Devin High concentrates as he hits a forehand in Tuesdayâ€™s match versus the Shelby Golden Lions at Lincolnton High School. The Wolves lost to the Golden Lions 6-2. However, High earned a victory playing the No. 2 seed winning 6-2, 6-3. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
Lee Campbell, a senior, hits a backhand against the Golden Lions in Tuesdayâ€™s match. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
Shelby and Lincolnton both entered Tuesdayâ€™s tennis match undefeated in the Midwest 2A Conference.
The Golden Lions were 3-0, while the Wolves were 2-0 coming into the contest.
Shelby put a blemish on the Wolvesâ€™ conference record with a 6-2 victory.
In what proved to be ominous, Golden Lions No. 1 seed Tyler Holden defeated John James 6-1, 6-4 in the first match.
However, Devin High for Lincolnton evened the match score 1-1 with a win at No. 2 over Forrest Bridges 6-2, 6-3.
However, it was downhill from there for Lincolnton. Wolves No. 3 seed Jason Martin fell to Joseph McMurray 6-4, 6-2.
Teammate Lee Campbell was defeated by Bruno Pascharlettes 6-4, 6-2, giving Shelby a commanding 3-1 lead.
Golden Lions No. 5 seed Aldon Brockman defeated Andrew Mauney 6-1, 6-2.
Adil Huselja fought hard trying to keep the Wolves in the match at No. 6 before losing to Shelbyâ€™s Brandon Hounshell 7-6 (10-8), 3-6, 7-4.
â€œShelby took the match. With a few exceptions they dominated most sets. Devin led our team with a win at No. 2 and a win in No. 1 doubles accounted for our only points,â€ Wolves head coach Chris Hoffman said.
Lincolntonâ€™s No. 1 doubles team James/High defeated Holden/Bridges 10-7.
Shelbyâ€™s No. 2 team Pascharlette/Brockman defeated Martin/Campbell 10-7.
The last match was scratched due to darkness along with the fact that the match was already decided.
Shelby improves their conference mark to 4-0 leading the Midwest 2A Conference.
Lincolnton falls to 2-1 in the conference and 6-4 overall on the year.
by John Mark Brooks