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Mustangs ready for conference opener

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With a likeable personality and aggressive, yet laidback, approach the early returns for Mustangs head coach Chris Matile are good. Last Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Forestview put the Mustangs at 3-1 on the young season as they begin Southern Piedmont Conference play tomorrow versus undefeated North Lincoln. “Beating them (the…

Take that: Wave no longer unbeaten

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There has been a healthy battle for bragging rights going on at North Lincoln between the baseball team that is 7-0 and the softball team that is looking for a third-consecutive trip to the Final Four in Raleigh. And the battle wages on… While there were some who felt the…

Oh, what a Knight: NL hands out awards

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The North Lincoln Knights held their winter sports awards ceremony Thursday night and in an emotional presentation named the first winner of the Trey Whiteside Award, which was fittingly given to one of Whiteside’s best friends. Reid Ketner, who honored Whiteside all season by wearing wristbands with his initials and…

Sports Roundup

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Mustangs bounce back The Mustangs tennis team picked up back-to-back wins over St. Stephens and East Gaston this week. East Lincoln edged St. Stephens Tuesday 5-4 before beating East Gaston 6-3 a day later. Against the Warriors, Drew Keener, Houston Stokes, Alex Willhite and Carson Leonhardt recorded singles wins. In…

`Wise` men handle Devils 12-1

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Four different Rebels had two hits versus Maiden in a 12-1 victory over the Blue Devils Wednesday afternoon. Payden Houser’s leadoff homer accounted for just one of the Rebels 10 hits through the first three innings. “Payden’s homerun set the tempo and even when we were getting out that inning…

The Wright Stuff

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Rebels down Huss 5-0, Finger homers

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After missing the Rebels first three games, senior Johnathan Wise made up for lost time with 3-for-3 performance in leading West Lincoln to a 5-0 victory over Hunter Huss Tuesday. Wise, a Mars Hill-signee, was absent from the Rebels’ lineup to begin the season after having his tonsils removed. Wise…

Matile managing the Mustangs

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When discussing the Southern Piedmont baseball title, most pundits and fans are quick to mention North Lincoln and West Lincoln. But fail to mention East Lincoln. First-year head coach Chris Matile, 29, would have it no other way. After coaching nearly all freshmen to a 4-16 record at Freedom High…

Sports Briefs

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NL winter sports awards night The Knights sports awards night will take place tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Copperheads need to fill one roster spot The Carolina Copperheads 10 and under tournament baseball team is currently recruiting one player to join their team for the 2006 season.…

Hogue steps up in Knights 5-3 win

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Despite playing without standout junior Trent Hopkins, North Lincoln improved to 5-0 on the season with a 5-3 victory over Lake Norman. Hopkins, who sustained a nasty gash to the top of his head after hitting it on a dip bar, had to get approximately 12 stitches, forcing him out…