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Bunker Hill tops East Lincoln softball in battle for second place

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Bunker Hill limited East Lincoln to two hits and only three baserunners in its 2-0 win over the Mustangs on Wednesday to take sole possession of second in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference softball standings. Sophomores Kaley Reel and Maddie Hatfield singled for East Lincoln. Reel…

Rebels seek back-to-back SD-7 titles

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  RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — West Lincoln suffered its biggest defeat in over three years on Wednesday, but all it did was prepare the Rebels for today — and beyond. West Lincoln, which was run-ruled by the nation’s second-ranked team in Alexander Central, can clinch its second conference…

Doeren ‘excited’ for Roseboro’s future with ’Pack

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RICHARD WALKER The Gaston Gazette According to his new coach, Lincolnton’s Darian Roseboro has had to deal with being homesick at N.C. State. But Roseboro showed enough in Wolfpack spring football practice to leave Dave Doeren excited about the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder’s future. “I just met with him today,” Doeren said…

Burleson, Cox help Mustangs down Maiden for league crown

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — East Lincoln was ho-humming along when all of a sudden it hit a lull. That lull was nowhere to be found against Maiden. Alec Burleson went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs, Chris Cox relieved Burleson to pitch four shutout, hitless innings, and the…

Walk off HR lifts West Lincoln softball to win, share of league title

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS With a share of the conference softball title on the line Bandys made West Lincoln work for it, and the Rebels did. Kylee Leonhardt hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday to cap an 18-16 marathon win over the Trojans and…

East Lincoln duo selected to East-West football game

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The last time East Lincoln seniors Damarius Valentine and Triston Dennis played a game together they won a state title. The next time they’re teammates they’ll be trying to help their team win an all-star game. Valentine and Dennis, both starters on East Lincoln’s 2014 NCHSAA…

Tomberlin to walk on at Gardner-Webb

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Wild Friday makes Southern District -7 race interesting

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor What once looked like an easy road to the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference baseball title for East Lincoln has turned into anything but. The Mustangs lost for the second time in as many games on Friday, keeping them from clinching the league title outright.…

Red Devils bunt their way past Lincolnton High School

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    RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The little things have plagued Lincolnton all season, and they came back to bite it on Friday. Alex Mentzer struck out nine in seven strong innings, and Newton-Conover essentially bunted its way to a late-inning 5-2 win over the Wolves. The loss was the…

Rebels smack Blue Devils, force tie for 2nd

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Alec Johnson homered, Sam High was strong for seven innings, and West Lincoln defeated Maiden 9-2 on Friday to tighten the league race. Coltyn Miller, Charles Mack George and Matt Bumgarner drove in two runs each for the Rebels, who forced a tie for second with the Blue…