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UPDATED: C.J. Wilson injures hand in fireworks accident

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Former Lincolnton High football standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back C.J. Wilson severely injured one of his hands in a Fourth of July fireworks accident on Saturday. Wilson lost two fingers in the accident, sources close to the family confirmed to the Lincoln Times-News.…

Surratt switches commitment from Duke to UNC

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The thing that kept Chazz Surratt from committing to North Carolina is the same thing that has caused him to change his mind. Oh, and a guaranteed spot on its men’s basketball team helped sweeten the deal. Surratt, the two-sport East Lincoln star who committed to…

Eagles clipped in regional softball series

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Hiwassee Dam wins Game 3, advances to state title series RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor MURPHY — Lincoln Charter’s dream season has come to an end. Kameron Forrister went 3 for 4 and drove in five runs, including a walk-off two-run homer to lift Hiwassee Dam to a 6-4 win over…

Kinston beats East Lincoln for 2A state title

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor CHAPEL HILL — Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 28 points, and his personal 10-point run to start the third quarter helped Kinston pull away for a 60-43 win over East Lincoln in the NCHSAA state 2A boys basketball championship at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday.…

East Lincoln lives to fight another day — and for a state title

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Mustangs overcome late 13-point deficit to down Smoky Mountain in 2A West regional finals RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor WINSTON-SALEM — A night after having to rally for a win, East Lincoln again found itself trailing late, and this time by a much larger margin. But, just like the night before, it…

Mustangs survive North Rowan, advance to regional championship

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor WINSTON-SALEM — East Lincoln has blown away opponents all season, but on Friday against North Rowan it found itself down four with two minutes to play. Chazz Surratt willed his team to a state title in football in December. He willed the Mustangs to the regional championship…

Game times announced for NCHSAA basketball regionals

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincoln Charter will play its NCHSAA 1A West regional semifinal boys basketball game at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and East Lincoln opens the 2A regionals at 8:30 p.m. Friday, the NCHSAA announced on Wednesday. The fifth-seeded Eagles (24-6) will face No. 1 Albemarle (25-0) in the last of four…

Playoff hoops roundup: All county teams advance to third round

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Chazz Surratt scored a game-high 29 points and younger brother, Sage, added 26, as East Lincoln weathered an early deficit to beat Newton-Conover 75-66 in the second round of the NCHSAA state 2A boys basketball playoffs on Monday. The second-seeded Mustangs (21-0) host No. 7 Lake Norman Charter…

UPDATE: 3 of 4 local playoff games postponed

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Three of the four state playoff basketball games involving area teams were called off on Wednesday. The only game to take place Wednesday was a first round 1A West girls game between Elkin and Lincoln Charter, which the Elks won, 65-33, in Denver. The other three…

Rebels pin Croatan, win state 2A dual-team wrestling title

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor NEWPORT — West Lincoln can now hang another dual-team state title team photo in its wrestling room. Senior Michael McSwain’s pin in the 182-pound weight class dotted the ‘i’ and crossed the ’t’s for the Rebels’ title hopes as they dominated Newport Croatan 49-19 on Saturday to…

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