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East Lincoln’s defense can finally rest

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln’s defense can finally rest. The Mustangs members charged with stopping the opposition got very little rest this season, but it was all by design. And that design led to a state title. Most teams value time of possession, but not East Lincoln. In fact,…

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTEBOOK — Late goal line stand by Pam Pack benefits Mustangs

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor WINSTON-SALEM — To score or not to score? That was the question East Lincoln faced with a one-point lead and first-and-goal at the Washington 7 late in the fourth quarter on Saturday. Mustangs quarterback Chazz Surratt had four runs totaling 54 yards to put them at the…

HIGH SCHOOLS — Wolves sweep Rebels in league hoops openers

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DAVID KEEVER LTN Correspondent Lincolnton placed five players in double figures Friday night and pulled away from rival West Lincoln in the second half on its way to a 62-47 victory in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference opener for both teams at Lincolnton. Good perimeter shooting in the…

East Lincoln wins 2AA state title

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Mustangs hold off Washington for second championship in three seasons RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor WINSTON-SALEM — All season long East Lincoln has taken each opponent’s best shot and survived. The Mustangs’ latest turnback resulted in a state championship. Chazz Surratt accounted for 287 yards and two scores, but it was East…

Title on the line

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Undefeated Mustangs, one-loss Pam Pack square off on Saturday RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — One word describes East Lincoln’s state championship opponent: Fast. The Mustangs will square off against the speedy Pam Pack from Washington in the NCHSAA state 2AA championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.…

Game-by-game approach has EL in championship

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Hindsight is always 20/20, so it’s easy for East Lincoln to say that back in August it felt like it could go unbeaten and reach the state championship. But the truth is, in August, the Mustangs were never looking to December. They weren’t even looking…

HIGH SCHOOLS — Lincolnton names new AD, football coach

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincolnton wanted long-term commitments from its next athletic director and head football coach. It didn’t have to look very far to find it. The Lincoln County Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday approved of the promotions of current Wolves coaches and teachers Cole…

Title game just another game for the Mustangs

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor East Lincoln has a state championship to play for on Saturday, but, if you spent time in its locker room, you’d never know it. Maybe it’s the fact the Mustangs have been there before. Maybe it’s the fact winning becomes contagious, when, if you’re a senior…

LOCAL ROUNDUP — LCS boys hand Cherryville first loss

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Kody Shubert scored 20 points to lead five in double figures as Lincoln Charter’s boys basketball team defeated visiting Cherryville 84-63 in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference opener on Thursday night. Logan Foster added 17 points, Amir Davis scored 12, Josh Haudek 11 and Trey Johnsen 10 as…

School board approves promotions of LHS’s Sigmon, Ledford

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Sigmon is Wolves’ new AD, Gibson takes over football reins RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The Lincoln County Board of Education on Tuesday approved of the promotions of Lincolnton High coaches Cole Sigmon and Ledford Gibson to athletic director and head football coach, respectively, and its monthly meeting. Both will fill…