LCSHOF Inductees 2020, 2021

The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame welcomed 10 new members at Saturday night’s induction ceremony at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.

Alexander Central and currently North Lincoln. In 2008, Bazzle led Newton-Conover to a 2A state title.

Cherry is known as the voice of the Mustangs. He’s been involved in East Lincoln sports for over 30 years, and has been the public address announcer since 1990. Cherry coached youth sports at East Lincoln Optimist Club in the mid-1970’s, and served as the ELO Athletic Director for seven years.

Heafner was a four-year starter in baseball at West Lincoln, and a key component in Cherryville Post 100’s national runner-up team in 2003. He played collegiately at Davidson College, where he earned the Southern Conference player of the year award as a junior. Heafner is currently a scout with the Texas Rangers.

Little began her coaching career at West Lincoln, before moving to East Lincoln Junior High when the school opened in 1974. She moved to the college level in 1979, when she began coaching women’s basketball and volleyball at High Point University. In 1985, she took the basketball job at Central Florida, where she became the first and only female from Lincoln County to coach Division I basketball.

The late Joanne Potts was a standout basketball player at Maiden High School where she was a four-year starter. At Maiden, she scored 2121 career points, averaging over 30 per game, and remains one of the top scorers of all-time in Catawba County history. Potts played professionally in Virginia, earning All-World honors.

Beam was a three-sport athlete at West Lincoln, participating in football, basketball and track. A well-rounded athlete, Beam helped lead his football team to a 16-4 record his final two years and was regional champion in the high hurdles and runner-up in the high jump in track & field. Since 1990, Beam has been the voice of the Rebels at West Lincoln football games.

Craig was also a three-sport athlete, playing basketball, softball and tennis at East Lincoln. The daughter of legendary coach Henry Barkley, she excelled on the basketball court, earning conference player of the year and being selected for the East-West All-Star game as a senior. Craig still holds the Lincoln County record for most career assists by a female.

Farley played a key role on Lincolnton’s 1993 state championship football team and on the Wolves 1995 state champion baseball squad, He was named to the Associated Press All-State team in both sports. Farley played his college baseball at nationally ranked Brevard College, and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1995. He currently coaches at SouthLake Christian Academy.

Haynes was a standout football player at Lincolnton, and was the first recipient of the Von Ray Harris Spirit Award in 1986. He coached at different levels, including the Rotary Rams, Lincolnton High and Shelby High. After winning a state championship in powerlifting, Haynes has played and coached USTA tennis at Westport, being a part of 6 state championship teams.

Smith was a three-sport athlete at East Lincoln, including track & field, An All-State performer in 1970, he was second in the state in the 440-Dash, third in the 220 and third in the Long Jump. At Pembroke State University, Smith was selected as an Outstanding Athlete of America in 1972. He was also named All-American in the Mile Relay that same year.

(Published November 15, 2021)

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