Congratulations to past Shelby American Legion Post 82 Commander Evan Thompson. (photo below) Thompson was elected the North Carolina State Commander at the 100th Convention of the American Legion held in Raleigh June 27-30. Evan has been a member of Post 82 for years and has served as an officer or member of a committee at the Post, Department and National Levels. He also serves on the American Legion World Series Committee. His wife, Shirley is Past President of Unit-82 American Legion Auxiliary and currently serves as Department Chaplain for the American Legion Auxiliary.

Speaking of American Legion the Area Four playoffs get underway Saturday. Keep up with all the action on WOHS-101.5 FM and 1390 AM. WCSL 1590 AM and WLON-1050 AM.

The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame inducted five more members last week. Inductees included former Rock Springs high school basketball player Dan Duckworth. West Lincoln football and basketball player Jonathan May. Lincolnton three sport athlete and women’s basketball coach Gary Schrum. Basketball star Lawrence Carter, and baseball star Steve Bolick. Also honored were Lincoln Countys male and female Athletes of the Year. They included Caira McClain and Ryan Matz from East Lincoln. Maggie Hoey and Jackson Law of Lincoln Charter. Mikayla Dyson and Robbie Cowie from Lincolnton. Chandler McCaslin and Reed McRorie from North Lincoln and Carson Warlick and Keaton Norman from West Lincoln.

There will be three new head coaches in Lincoln County this year. Nick Bazzle has been named new head football coach at North Lincoln replacing Steve Pack who resigned to become head football coach at Newton-Conover. John Cloninger will take over as head basketball coach at Lincolnton replacing Bob Cowie. Billy Howell will take over the girls soccer program at East Lincoln.

North Gaston’s Fermin Osio has committed to play baseball at UNC-Asheville. Osio hit .311 this past season for the Wildcats.

Five area baseball players have been named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association all state team. They include Wesley Summey of Bessemer City. Jared Emory of Cherryville. Dalton Williams of North Gaston. Riley Cheeck of Crest and John Kyle Mitchell of Crest.

Several area girls softball players have been named All-District. Haleigh Guenther of Bessemer City was named Class 1A Co-Pitcher of the Year. Also on the District 6 Class 1A team were Heather Griffis, Natallie Peregory and Anna Ramsey all from Bessemer City. Lincoln Charter placed five players on the All District 6 Class 1A team including Reah Barger, Chloe Johnson, Kelsey Peede, Nichole Sparkman and Kaitlyn Wilshire. In Class 2A…..North Lincoln placed five players on All-District including McKayla Watts who was named Pitcher of the Year. Also Mia Duvall, Brooklyn Harris, Aidyn Cada and Haley Patrick of North Lincoln. Players from West Lincoln included Jessica Adams, Kinsley Gilmore, Addie May and Carson Warlick. In Class 3A, Crest placed four players on the All-District 6 team including Mackenzie

Hayes, Sydney Kale, Carlie Patterson and Abby Ramsey. Kings Mountain had three players on the team including Cassie Melton, Emily Graham and Catie Payne. Stuart Cramer also landed three players on the team including Carley Womack, Tiara Davis and Gracie Wright. Hannah Bruce of Forestview also was named to the squad.
Several local baseball players helped Region 6 win the bronze medal in the Powerade State Games of North Carolina. Team members include Crest pitcher C.J. Mayhue and Lincoln Charter’s Spencer Bright. Bessemer City head baseball coach Phillip Russ was an assistant coach in the games. Region 6 took 3 of four games.

Highland Tech has a new head football coach. The school has announced that David DeLaO will head up the coaching duties. In 16 years, the Rams have had four coaches and only 28 wins and just one conference win. DeLaO served the past three seasons as an offensive line coach at Harding.

Crest has a new head basketball coach. The school has announced the hiring of Scooter Lawrence replacing Justin Zaleski who left the school after five seasons. Lawrence has been serving as an assistant coach for both the Shelby girls and boys basketball teams.