N.C. State will induct local football great Dennis Byrd posthumously into its athletics hall of fame during a ceremony on Oct. 10, the school announced in a media release last week.
Byrd was a 1964 graduate of Lincolnton High, and he became N.C. State’s first consensus All-American in 1967. He was also the ACC’s first three-time first-team All-ACC selection from 1965-67.
Byrd, who was a first-round draft pick of the American Football League’s Boston Patriots in 1968, is the only Wolfpack defensive player to have his jersey number (77) retired. A leader of their famed “White Shoes” defense, Byrd unofficially had seven sacks as a sophomore in a single game against Duke in 1965. His senior year, he helped N.C. State reach its highest ranking in school history at No. 3 by anchoring its defense.
During his career in Raleigh, the Wolfpack were the 1965 ACC co-champions, conference runners-up in 1966 and 1967, and won Liberty Bowl champions in 1967 –– their first postseason bowl championship team.
Byrd’s professional career was cut short by a knee injury, and after leaving football he became a football coach and biology teacher.
Born Aug. 31, 1956, Byrd died on July 23, 2010. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame that year, and is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Football Team.
ST. CHARLES (OHIO) 3, EAST LINCOLN 2: At Myrtle Beach, the Mustangs fell in their first game at the Ripken Experience on Monday.
Chris Tomberlin (2-for-3, two RBIs), Cason Parrish (2-for-3, run) and Carson Philemon (1-for-2, run) led the Mustangs. Brett Wright gave up one run in an inning of relief in the loss. He relieved Philemon, who gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings. East Lincoln left seven runners in scoring position.
DESALES (OHIO) 2, EAST LINCOLN 1: At Myrtle Beach, the Mustangs were again plagued by stranded base runners on Tuesday.
Chris Cox (1-for-3, run), Nate Kinsch (1-for-2) and Austin Buchanan (2-for-4) led the Mustangs, who stranded nine in scoring position. Nick Savoie gave up two runs on six hits in six innings in the loss.
EAST LINCOLN 12, PADUA (OHIO) 2, 5 INN.: At Myrtle Beach, the Mustangs salvaged their trip to the beach with the mercy-rule win on Wednesday.
Austin Buchanan (3-for-4, four runs, three RBIs), Blake Strupp (hit, two RBIs), Chris Cox (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Cason Parrish (2-for-2, two runs) led the Mustangs. Chris Cox gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five in three innings in the win. Spencer Riddle finished the game for East Lincoln with two scoreless, two-hit innings.
East Lincoln (10-11) travels to Maiden on Tuesday.
SOUTH CALDWELL 12, WEST LINCOLN 2, 5 INN.: At Shelby, the Rebels were held to four hits in the semifinals of the Shelby FCA Easter Baseball Tournament.
Tommy Garwood, Chandler Jenkins (RBI), Charles Mack George (double) and Ashton Rana (RBI) had hits for the Rebels. Kenny Stevens gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in the loss.
West Lincoln (8-11-1) travels to Bandys on Tuesday.
NORTH LINCOLN SPLITS PAIR OF TOURNAMENT GAMES: At Cherryville, the Knights split their games in the Cherryville Easter tournament.
North Lincoln defeated Bessemer City 9-4 in its first game, then dropped a 3-1 loss to Hibriten in its second game. No other details were reported.
North Lincoln (14-5) hosts Statesville on Tuesday.
TRACK AND FIELD
EL GIRLS WIN SD-7 TITLE: At Bunker Hill, the Mustangs won the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference girls title last week.
East Lincoln scored 157, and was followed by Newton-Conover (137), West Lincoln (75.5), Bunker Hill (68), Bandys (64), Maiden (63), West Caldwell (61.5) and Lincolnton (38).
The Mustangs had 13 individuals or relay teams finish in the top three in 18 events, with freshman Frances Massey winning titles in the 3,200-meter relay (Shelbee Knopf, Maggie Foley, Elizabeth Sisk), 1,600-meter run, 800-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.
Keely Norman of West Lincoln won the 100-meter hurdles and East Lincoln’s Madison Rowles won the 400-meter dash.
EL BOYS FINISH SECOND IN SD-7 CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Bunker Hill, the Mustangs were the top finisher from Lincoln County and finished second to Bunker Hill in the SD-7 championships last week.
Bunker Hill scored 197, followed by East Lincoln (140), Bandys (78.5), Lincolnton (75), West Caldwell (70), Newton-Conover (49), West Lincoln (41.5) and Maiden (40).
East Lincoln won titles in the 3,200-meter relay (Nicholas Quigley, Brent Shanklin, Houston Rust, Garrett Reavis) and the 800-meter run (Reavis).
Lincolnton’s Tyron Roberts won the title in discus and Tyshawn Smith won a title in the 100-meter dash.
LINCOLNTON, WEST LINCOLN SENDS PLAYERS TO REGIONALS: Lincolnton and West Lincoln will be well represented at the 2A West Regionals next week.
Lincolnton’s Ethan Miller finished second in last week’s SD-7 tournament, and will be joined by Cory Cook and Hunter Green of West Lincoln in the singles portion of the regionals, which begin next Friday at Gardner-Webb University. Miller fell 6-0, 6-2 to singles champion Ryen Reid of Newton-Conover, which won the team regular season and tournament titles. Cook finished fourth after losing 6-1, 6-1 to Aaron Darden of Bunker Hill in the third-place match, and Green qualified by winning a semifinal match in the backdraw.
The doubles teams of Andrew Cromer and Matthew Bergstedt of Lincolnton, and Kyle Garver and Kendall Ramsey of West Lincoln, also qualified for the regionals. Garver and Ramsey won a backdraw semifinal while Cromer and Bergstedt finished fourth overall.
Team-wise, Newton-Conover scored 9 1/2, followed by Bandys (9), Lincolnton (6), Maiden (5 1/2), West Lincoln (4 1/2), Bunker Hill (4), East Lincoln (2 1/2) and West Caldwell (1).