By RYAN HERMAN
There are no superstars on Lincoln Charter’s undefeated girls basketball team, and it has the stats to prove it.
The Eagles (13-0) sit alone atop the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference with five league wins, and have remained unbeaten without having a superstar or two on their roster.
Lincoln Charter’s top scorer is Madi Neesmith, who, at fourth-best in the county, is averaging a modest 7.6 points per game.
The Eagles have five in the county’s top 10, and all five are separated by 1.1 point.
Caitlyn Miller is averaging 7.3 points per game, Ashley Baich 7.2, Victoria Cobb 6.6 and Eboni Tinsley 6.5. And those numbers are by design.
Third-year coach Franklin Lowery constantly rotates his players as to keep them fresh so they can play 84 feet of defense for 32 minutes.
No other county team has more than two players in the top 11.
“They could probably average double figures,” Lowery said, “but I play a lot of people and I play a lot of people because we want to be fresh and always be able to apply pressure on the basketball.”
Top 5 team
East Lincoln’s boys basketball may have suffered its first loss of the season last week, but that didn’t deter a panel of sportswriters from across the state as voting the Mustangs a top five 2A team.
East Lincoln (12-1) debuted at No. 5 in the season’s first NCPreps.com high school basketball media poll, which was released on Monday. The Mustangs fell 69-68 at Newton-Conover on Friday for their first loss of the year.
Shelby (13-1) was ranked first in the 2A classification. No other Lincoln County teams, boys or girls, were ranked.
Rounding out the 2A boys top 10 were: Shelby, Trinity (14-0), Kinston (9-3), Smoky Mountain (14-0), East Lincoln, East Rutherford (10-3), Burlington Cummings (10-2), Dunn Midway (12-1), Jacksonville Northside (11-1) and Hunter Huss (10-4).
Back in the saddle
Retired Maiden head football coach Tom Brown will be back on the sidelines next season.
Brown has come out of retirement and on Monday was approved by the Burke County school board to be the next head football coach at East Burke, the Hickory Daily Record reported.
Brown last coached in 2007 at a school where he spent 35 seasons across two tenures and won 330 games. He will be a non-faculty coach for the Cavaliers, the newspaper said.
Brown’s tenure at Maiden was divided by a four-year stint at Bunker Hill from 1982-85. He went 22-20-1 there, and in 39 seasons (1966-2007) his teams are 352-117-7 according to the Hickory Daily Record.
Lincolnton High junior Darian Roseboro received yet another football scholarship offer from another high-profile Division-I program.
Over the weekend the 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end received a formal scholarship offer from the Florida Gators, Roseboro said on his Twitter account.
The offer gives Roseboro at least 12 from major programs, including Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Aside from Lincoln Charter’s girls and East Lincoln’s boys, every other high school varsity basketball team in the county is currently on a losing streak.
The longest belongs to North Lincoln’s girls, who haven’t won a game this season in 15 tries. East Lincoln’s girls have lost two straight, Lincoln Charter’s boys have lost three in a row, and Lincolnton’s boys have dropped two straight while its girls are on a three-game slide. North Lincoln’s boys have lost eight straight, and West Lincoln’s boys and girls are both on four-game losing streaks.