Saturday’s roundup: Middle school basketball champions, State swimming meet, prep and college basketball results

By Richard Walker

Crest’s girls and R-S Central’s boys last week won the 2021 Tri-County Conference middle school basketball championships following an abbreviated six-game regular season schedule.

Crest knocked off Shelby 41-30 on Thursday for the Dragons’ second straight title and completed an unbeaten season after Crest went 6-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs. In the regular season, Shelby tied East Rutherford for second place at 4-2, followed by Burns and R-S Central at 3-3, Chase (1-5) and Kings Mountain (0-6).

R-S Central defeated Kings Mountain 59-39 on Thursday and completed an unbeaten season after also going 6-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the plyoffs. Shelby finished second at 5-1, followed by Kings Mountain (4-2), Burns (2-4), East Rutherford (2-2), Crest (1-4) and Chase (0-6).

Members of Lincoln Charter’s boys and girls swimming and diving team, both of whom finished in the top 10 in the N.C. 1A/2A state championships.

High school swimming
Carrboro swept to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A boys and girls state swimming and diving state championships on Friday at Raleigh’s Pullen Aquatic Center and Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center in a meet where local schools and individuals earned high marks.

In the boys championship, Lincoln Charter finished eighth, Mountain Island Charter ninth, Burns 16th, East Lincoln, Lincolnton and South Point tied for 20th, East Gaston 27th and Highland Tech finished tied for 28th.

In the girls championship, Lincoln Charter finished fifth, Mountain Island Charter finish tied for eighth, Shelby 23rd and East Lincoln 25th.

Here are the boys individual finishers:

East Lincoln 200 yard medley relay (Sam Brooks, Owen Barrineau, Zachary Clendenning, Jordan Fisher) – 11th
South Point 200 yard medley relay (Davis Adcock, Luke Smith, Gage Adcock, Luke McMahan) – 10th
Zach Lazaroski (Mountain Island Charter) 200 yard freestyle – 6th
John Neumann (Highland Tech) 200 yard freestyle – 8th
Sam Brooks (East Lincoln) 200 yard freestyle – 9th
Davis Adcock (South Point) 200 yard IM – 6th
Nolan Berry (Mountain Island Charter) 200 yard IM – 7th
Jacob Jensen (Burns) 100 yard freestyle – 7th
Blake Nelson (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard freestyle – 8th
Nolan Berry (Mountain Island Charter) 500 yard freestyle – 11th
Jake Simpson (East Gaston) 500 yard freestyle – 10th
Sam Brooks (East Lincoln) 500 yard freestyle – 6th
Mountain Island Charter 200 yard freestyle relay (Mason Greene, Ethan Jung, Nolan Berry, Zach Lazaroski) – 7th
Lincoln Charter 200 yard freestyle relay (Andrew Lambrecht, Mitchell Swicegood, Russell Chamblee, Blake Nelson) – 6th
Jake Simpson (East Gaston) 100 yard backstroke – 9th
Cordin Schrum (Lincolnton) 100 yard breaststroke – 6th
John Neumann (Highland Tech) 100 yard breaststroke – 9th
Mountain Island Charter 400 yard freestyle relay (Ethan Jung, Nolan Berry, Mason Greene, Zach Lazaroski) – 6th
Alex Givens (Lincoln Charter) 1-meter diving – 2nd
Davis Hutchinson (Lincoln Charter) 1-meter diving – 3rd
Clayton Harper (East Gaston) 1-meter diving – 7th

Here are the girls individual finishers:

Grace Wilson (Lincoln Charter) 200 yard freestyle – 6th
Jade Chamblee (Lincoln Charter) 200 yard freestyle – 7th
Libby Canipe (Shelby) 200 yard IM – 11th
Brooklyn DeCann (Lincoln Charter) 200 yard IM – 10th
Keara Wiley (Mountain Island Charter) 50 yard freestyle – 5th
Lauren Manion (Lincoln Charter) 50 yard freestyle – 11th
Abigail DeCann (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard butterfly – 9th
Devin Poteat (East Lincoln) 100 yard freestyle – 9th
Keara Wiley (Mountain Island Charter) 100 yard freestyle – 11th
Gabrielle Malta (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard freestyle – 12th
Lincoln Charter 200 yard freestyle relay (Jade Chamblee, Madeline Carey, Grace Wilson, Lauren Mannion) – 3rd
Mountain Island Charter 200 yard freestyle relay (Caitlyn Oliverio, Emily Heil, Sydney Strauss, Keara Wiley) – 4th
Abigail DeCann (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard backstroke – 8th
Jade Chamblee (Lincoln Charter) 100 yard backstroke – 11th
Devin Poteat (East Lincoln) 100 yard breaststroke – 7th
Lincoln Charter 400 yard freestyle relay (Brooklyn DeCann, Gabriella Malta, Lauren Manion, Grace Wilson) – 3rd
Mountain Island Charter 400 yard freestyle relay (Keara Wiley, Emily Heil, Sydney Strauss, Caitlyn Oliverio) – 4th
Riley Urash (Shelby) 1-meter diving – 9th
Olive Pharr (Shelby) 1-meter diving – 5th
Enily Lesniak (Lincoln Charter) 1-meter diving – 8th

High school boys basketball
Moravian Prep 78, Lincoln Charter 72: Sam Cogan (24 points), Troy Fulton (16 points) and Elijah Burnett (14 points) led Lincoln Charter against the powerful prep school team.

Crest 78, North Gaston 55 (Friday): The Chargers (11-1, 11-0), who visit non-conference rival Burns on Tuesday, wrapped up the Big South 3A Conference regular season title with the road victory behind Jadin Merritt (18 points), Mari Adams (16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals) and Caleb Borders (14 points, 6 steals).

R-S Central 70, South Point 67 (Friday): Ayden Baker had 17 points, Garret Hunt 14 and Cooper Ray 10 for South Point in the home loss.

Huss 72, Forestview 55 (Friday): J.J. Moore (31 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists), Yau’Mell Scott (10 points, 13 rebounds) and Noah Caulder (11 points) led Huss to the road victory.

Huss 56, Ashbrook 52 (Thursday): J.J. Moore (22 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Noah Caulder (13 points) and Sincere Love (6 points, 10 rebounds) led Huss to the road victory.

College men’s basketball
Belmont Abbey 67, Mount Olive 54: Sean Halloran had 18 points, Quest Aldridge 14 and Charles Solomon 10 as the Abbey (11-4, 9-3) took the Conference Carolinas road victory. The Crusaders next play on Tuesday at home against Chowan at 7:30 p.m.

Old Dominion 64, Charlotte 45: Jhery Matos scored 11 points and Jahmir Young 10 for Charlotte in the road loss.

College women’s basketball
Belmont Abbey 72, Mount Olive 58: Allie Downing had 18 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Crusaders (15-2, 11-1) won their 11th straight game. The Abbey next plays at home on Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Chowan.

Charlotte 87, Old Dominion 70 (OT): Octavia Jett-Wilson (34 points), Jada McMillian (24 points) and Molina Williams (10 points, 10 rebounds) led the 49ers to a second straight overtime victory over Old Dominion. The 49ers improved to 8-7 overall and 7-3 in Conference USA.


College women’s lacrosse
Wingate 18, Belmont Abbey 16: Angelina Perrone scored four goals as the Abbey lost its season opener on the road.