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Drew Bean celebrates East Lincoln's win over Newton-Conover Friday night.(Photo Courtesy of Steve Jordan Sports Photography)
Drew Bean celebrates East
Lincoln's win over
Newton-Conover Friday night.

(Photo Courtesy of Steve Jordan Sports Photography)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The East Lincoln Mustangs soccer team handed Newton-Conover its first loss and solidified their hold on the top spot in the South Fork Conference with a 2-0 victory Friday evening.  It wasn't easy or quick.  Luke Felts scored in the 67th minute to give the Mustangs the lead, then Jackson Thrap scored the final goal in the 79th minute. Chase Lynch added an assist. Will White had the shutout in goal, his 5th in 7 games this season. East Lincoln (7-0) will host Lincolnton on Monday.

A pair of Jacks became a winning hand for North Lincoln as the Knights claimed their first South Fork Conference basketball title with a win over Bandys Friday night.  Jack Carter scored 22 points, 12 of them on 4 of 8 three-point shots.  Jack Waggoner was 3 for 3 from long range and finshed with 13 points.  Cole Seagle also had 13.  

The Knights built an early lead and the final outcome was never in doubt.  They led by a dozen at the half and extended that to a 30-point lead going into the fourth quarter.  Their 66-46 win was their 12th of the season.  Now they'll await the NCHSAA's bracketing decision to determine who they'll play and where in the 2A playoffs.  The brackets are to be announced early Sunday afternoon. Their first playoff game will be Tuesday night.

East Lincoln claimed second place in the conference as the Mustangs outscored Newton-Conover 31-12 in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-point deficit, winning by a score of 70-64.  

The Mustangs had four players in double figures: Drew Bean  had 20 points; Logan Craig had 13; Jeremiah Jones had 11; and sophomore Tyler Mizzell had a career high 10 points. The Red Devils were led by Zane Redmond with 24;  Jackson Mullins had 16. 

Like North Lincoln, East will also be in the state playoffs.  Their Tuesday game will be on the road; we won't know until Sunday against whom and where. 

The East Lincoln girls also finished in 2nd place in the conference, but the Friday game went to Newton-Conover.  The Red Devils girls team finished the regular season unbeaten, winning 51-45.  The East girls made it close, overcoming a 12-point deficit going into the final period.  East was led by Taliyah Thomas, who had 20 points & 4 steals. Ginny Overbay scored 11 points, had 10 rebounds, 5 steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Madison Self had 7 points & 13 rebounds.  For Newton-Conover, Grace Loftin had18, Emma Fox 16, and Cassidy Geddes 9.

In other games, the North Lincoln girls ended their season with a 62-40 loss to Bandys. 

While the West Lincoln girls won't be going to the state playoffs, they did finish with a win--their 5th--as they came from behind to beat Lake Norman Charter 70-58.  The Rebels were tied at the half, but fell behind in the 3rd period; then outscored their opponents 27-11 in the fourth quarter for the victory.  Lake Norman Charter won the boys game 72-42, ending a winless season for West.  Lots of people talk about sports as being a great teaching experience.  If this season taught anything, it's that the boys on the West Lincoln team weren't quitters.  They kept coming back, playing the best they could, and yet they never won.  That kind of determination and unwillingness to just give up will serve them well in life.  It's unlikely that any of the players in our area will have an NBA career, but they'll all encounter some difficulties at some point in their lives.  These young men  from West Lincoln will survive and thrive.  We commend them for their efforts and wish them the best. 

The Maiden girls beat the Lincolnton girls 40-29.  Lincolnton won the boys game 57-56.

The Lincoln Charter Eagles finished their regular season with a 75-29 win over Piedmont Charter.  Their 11-1 conference record gave them the Southern Piedmont championship.  They'll be in the state playoffs on Tuesday.  The Lincoln Charter girls dropped their final regular season game to Piedmont Charter 57-41.  That created a five-way tie for the top spot in the league, so the coaches met Saturday morning to draw for spots and the result is that 
seeding for consideration for the state playoffs will be 

1. Bessemer City
2. Christ the King
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. Lincoln Charter
5. Piedmont Charter

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