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East Lincoln girls look to add state title to résumé

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Melvin Morrison has coached East Lincoln to a girls cross country state title, and its girls track and field team to three consecutive conference championships. The Mustangs will try to pull off the trifecta on Saturday. East Lincoln, which finished second at last week’s 2A…

EL, WL, LCS advance in state baseball playoffs

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS West Lincoln was three outs away from seeing its season end, but the Rebels refused to go down without a fight. The 17th-seeded Rebels fought back to win, and with a little help, get to host a second round game. Alec Johnson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a…

Post 455 scheduled to open Sunday

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor After 26 years the excitement of starting another American Legion baseball season is still there for Lincoln County Cardinals manager Bruce Bolick. And so is the uncertainty. Post 455 is scheduled to open the season Sunday in Granite Falls with a doubleheader against Caldwell County Post…

Area teams begin spring playoff runs

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The NCHSAA on Monday released the pairings for its baseball, girls soccer and softball state playoffs, and six of the 10 teams who earned berths earned a first round home game. Baseball teams from East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter and West Lincoln, soccer teams from East Lincoln,…

Eagles finish second at 1A state tourney

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincoln Charter followed its first regional boys golf title with a state runner-up. The Eagles finished the two-day, 36-hole NCHSAA state 1A championship match at the Foxfire Golf and Country Club on Tuesday alone in second and 44 shots behind Kernersville Bishop McGuinness, who won the state championship…

Top Dawg wrestlers win titles at state tournament

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  LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS West Lincoln Top Dawg wrestlers Nathan Hull and Xander Pendergrass won state titles earlier this month at the annual state freestyle and greco-roman championships in Winston-Salem. Hull won first in freestyle and second in greco-roman in the 126-pound weight class. Pendergrass won first in greco-roman and third…

WL wins back-to-back tournament titles

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — Cassidy Wise has been lights out recently, and her latest gem gave West Lincoln back-to-back tournament titles. Wise tossed her fourth shutout in as many games, Carson Warlick went 3-for-4 and Katie Hively homered and drove in three runs to lift the Rebels to…

East Lincoln teammates sign baseball NLIs

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EL’s boys, girls track teams finished second at regionals

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  LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS East Lincoln’s boys and girls track and field teams finished second, and Lincolnton had two individuals win regional gold at the 2A West regional track and field meet held Saturday at Bunker Hill. Alexis Fonville won gold in the 100-meter hurdles, while Tyron Roberts finished first in…

Bears rally late, top Mustangs for SD-7 title

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  CHRIS HOBBS Hickory Daily Record NEWTON — In a run to a West 2A baseball championship last year, Bunker Hill’s Bears learned to lean on each other. They did it again Friday night, scoring three runs in the seventh inning in an intense Southern District 7 Athletic 2A tournament…