HUNTERSVILLE – The Mountain Island Charter boys and girls swim teams each finished fourth out of five teams in the PAC 7 1A conference championship swim meet Saturday, Jan. 19.
While Mountain Island didn’t have the team success it had hoped for, several individual swimmers turned in impressive performances on the conference’s biggest stage.
Cailyn Oliverio delivered the Raptors’ lone victory on the afternoon, capturing first place in the girls 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 51.36 seconds, nearly 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Oliverio also secured a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.92. In addition to those individual performances, Oliverio also competed on a pair of relay teams alongside Keara Wiley, Sydney Strauss and Brooke Harris that took second in the 400-yard freestyle and third in the 200-yard medley events.
Wiley and Strauss each experienced individual success as well, with Wiley placing second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle, while Strauss finished second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard butterfly.
Ethan Jung was Mountain Island’s standout performer on the boys side, finishing third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.05.
East Gaston hires new head football coach
MOUNT HOLLY – The East Gaston Warriors have hired Jason Lippard as its next head football coach.
Lippard, 36, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach. First, a second stint with the Statesville Greyhounds in 2017, and then a season with the West Iredell Warriors in 2018.
Lippard served as head coach of three different programs from 2011 to 2016, compiling a 21-49 record in two seasons each at North Stokes, Brevard and Northeast Guilford. Lippard will become the 12th head coach in the 48-year history of East Gaston’s football program.
Sean Joyce, East Gaston’s former coach, resigned in November following a winless season that dropped his overall record to 26-62 across eight seasons at the helm of the Warriors. East Gaston owns a 168-332-3 all-time record.