Congratulations to Lincoln Charter as they won their first ever Wells Fargo Cup. The award is for the 2017-18 academic year and recognizes high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. Lincoln Charter finished 50 points ahead of Franklin Academy in the 1A division. No other area 1A school finished in the top 15. Lake Norman Charter captured the 2A Wells Fargo Cup. North Lincoln placed fourth. Weddington took home the 3A Wells Fargo Cup and Green Hope captured their ninth straight 4A Wells Fargo Cup.
Hats off to Forestview’s Reagan Sanford and Sierra Gilley of East Lincoln. Both were named to their All State Classifications. Sanford was named the Big South 3A Offensive Player of the Year and will be heading to LeTourneau University in Texas to play this fall. Gilley was named the South Fork 2A Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Belmont Middle School as they captured the 2017-18 Gaston County Middle School Conference Winner’s Cup Championship. Belmont was followed by Cramerton and Mt. Holly.
North Gaston’s Ethan Costner has signed a letter of intent to play football at Ferrum College. Colton Stroupe of Burns has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Catawba Valley Community College.
The inductees for this year’s Mt. Holly Sports Hall of Fame have been announced. They will include East Gaston’s Sue Carlton Whitley. East Gaston football player Jeff Lee. East Gaston football player John Logan. Mt. Holly football and baseball player Tony McConnell. Also Mt. Holly football and baseball player Phil White. Also inducted will be the 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 Mt. Holly High baseball teams.
Former East Lincoln baseball player Alec Burleson has been named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American. He was the American Athletic Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year for East Carolina where he was 5-2 with a 3.33 ERA.
East Lincoln girls basketball star Destiny Johnson has had her jersey retired. Johnson finished her career with 2,153 points and is the all time leading scorer for basketball in Lincoln County.
The Gaston Gazette has handed out some area High School Baseball awards. Ryan Restino of Lincoln Charter was named the All-Gazette baseball Player of the Year. He posted a 9-2 pitching record with a 0.66 earned run average. In 74 innings he struck out 82 and walked only 14. He also had a no hitter against Cherryville. North Lincoln Knights baseball coach Jon Carpenter has been named the Coach of the Year after the team advanced to the Western 2A championship series. North Lincoln finished 25-4 on the season.
The Gaston Gazette also handed out area High School girls softball awards. Haleigh Guenther of Bessemer City was named the Player of the Year and Danny Craig of Gaston Christian was named the Coach of the Year.
Hats off to former South Point Red Raider Jaelin Griffin. She tossed a 5-0 no hitter over the Gaston Braves for the South Gaston girls American legion baseball Post 144 team. Griffin who now pitches for North Greenville struck out 11 in the win.
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