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Knights improve, Eagles win pair

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While no North Lincoln Knights qualified for the 1A/2A State Wrestling Tournament, they did have five regional qualifiers. Under the direction of first-year head coach Jim Wandsnider, 103-pound freshman Nate Smith, 119-freshman Jake Nelson, 125-pound senior Jay Goodman, 130-pound senior Josh Gibson and 171-pound Lucas Graf all wrestled last weekend…

Knights strong on the mound

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The first thing fans and players might notice about North Lincoln’s baseball team this season is head coach Sean Andrews not wearing his usual No. 7 jersey anymore. That’s because he’s giving it to Alex Keener after Keener had eight strikeouts in a five inning performance against South Iredell that…

Sports Roundup

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Clark delivers big shot and Lady Wolves advance Senior Caitlin Clark wanted the ball and told Lincolnton head coach Jimmy Carr she could make the shot with 5.3 seconds left remaining in the first overtime. The rest ‑‑ as they say ‑‑ is history. “With the help of my two…

Sports Briefs

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Wolves baseball The Lincolnton Wolves will host a baseball scrimmage today versus St. Stephens. Lincolnton Legends The Lincolnton Legends are looking for players for a 14-and-under baseball team and assistant coaches. Players can not turn 15 before May 1, 2008. Interested players and coaches should contact Dennie Hoover as soon…

Mustangs move on

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Keith Rendleman may need to visit the eye doctor. Why? Because he’s been seeing double—as in double-double. The 6-foot-6 inch forward poured in 27 points and had 14 rebounds, helping lift East Lincoln over Lincoln County rival North Lincoln 58-42 Monday night in the first round of the Southern Piedmont…

Lovelace hungry for title

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There is a reason Cameron Lovelace is a gym rat. He wants the one thing his prep resume lacks– a state championship. As Cherryville`s all-time assist leader (with 704 and counting), 3-point shooter (224 made) and second all-time leading scorer (1,759) to current teammate Justin Johnson, Lovelace has had an…

Hometown Heavyweight enters Boxing HOF

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Mike Bivens describes himself as a country boy ‑‑ A country boy with a mean right hand. Born in Lincolnton in 1949 and a former heavyweight champion, Bivens was inducted to the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame on February 11. He was also recently named to James “Bonecrusher” Smith’s board…

Rebels Western Regional runner-up

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The Newton-Conover Red Devils had the West Lincoln Rebels number again this weekend at the 2A Western Regional Wrestling Tournament, edging the host 132 to 127. A week earlier in the Dual Team Western Regional final, the Red Devils won by four points before losing to Orange in the state…

Lady Rebel is ‘Center’ of attention

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Standing at 5-foot-10 inches Sarah Norman of West Lincoln could be considered an undersized center at her position. The senior Lady Rebel averages a double-double per game and is a leader for squad. “Sarah has been our go-to-person and inside rebounder,” Lady Rebels head coach Tom Sain said. “I push…

Wilson, Ward lead North Lincoln on Senior Night

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The North Lincoln seniors made the most of Senior Night as the Knights (6-15, 3-11) earned a 91-57 win over West Lincoln (2-22, 0-14) Friday night. “With it being their Senior Night, it’s real tough to come out with the same energy that they came out with. We had our…