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NL boys win XC title again

Different year, same results for North Lincoln’s boys cross country team.
The Knights placed five in the top nine and won the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference championship with 26 points at McAnderson Park in Statesville on Tuesday.
Ryan Shannon finished second for North Lincoln, which won its fourth straight title. Shannon finished in 15:52, followed by Andrew Fea (third), Riley Jones (fifth), Zach Wesson (seventh) and Lee Johnson (ninth).
Alex Akers finished 16th and Tyler Covington 17th to give North Lincoln seven of the top 20 spots.
Its girls team finished second behind Lake Norman. The Knights had four in the top seven: Allie Castro (second, 18:52), Caitlin Potter (fourth), Maeline Sides (sixth) and Madison Lynch (seventh). Jordyn Connell finished 15th, Blake Anderson 16th and Robin Martin 37th.
The Knights will compete in the NCHSAA 3A Midwest Regionals on Oct. 26 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte.

LINCOLN CHARTER, NORTH LINCOLN OPEN PLAYOFFS ON THE ROAD: The NCHSAA released its pairings for this year’s state volleyball playoffs, and both Lincoln Charter and North Lincoln will travel for their first round games on Saturday.
The Eagles (12-5) finished fourth in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference and will travel to Swain County (22-7), which finished second in the Big Smoky Mountain 1A Conference.
The Knights (14-10) finished fourth among 3A teams in the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference and travels to undefeated China Grove Carson (29-0) for a first round game.
Times for the games were not reported to the Lincoln Times-News.

LINCOLNTON 20, BUNKER HILL 0: At Lincolnton, the Wolves shutout the Bears on Thursday.
Xavier Littlejohn scored two touchdowns and Jaliek Littlejohn added a score. Norman Fuller led the Wolves on defense.
EAST LINCOLN 8, NEWTON-CONOVER 6: At East Lincoln, the Mustangs picked up a win. No other details were provided.
WEST CALDWELL 23, WEST LINCOLN 16: At West Caldwell, the Rebels dropped their first Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference game of the season. No other details were reported.

WEST CALDWELL WINS: The NCHSAA said Thursday it has clarified that West Caldwell is the winner of a Southern District 7 Athletic 2A match over East Lincoln.
The match was stopped after about 12 minutes of play on Tuesday night in Lenoir with West Caldwell leading 1-0 when East Lincoln coach Jason Dragoon received two yellow cards.
In an email on Thursday responding to questions by The Hickory Daily Record, NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield said West Caldwell is the match winner. He said the East Lincoln coach was disqualified and won’t be subject to sitting out any coming matches.
Among the choices game officials in all sports have are to disqualify an athlete or coach, which doesn’t carry a penalty of sitting out future games, or issuing a rejection, which does carry, by rule, a suspension.
The victory improves West Caldwell’s conference record to 11-0-1. The Warriors are in first place with Newton-Conover (10-1-1) in second place.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF DAVIDSON 4, LINCOLN CHARTER 0: At Community School of Davidson, the Eagles were shutout in a league match.
The host team outshot the Eagles 24-5. Isaiah Smith had six saves in goal.
Lincoln Charter (10-8, 2-5) travels to Challenger today.

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