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Ernie Masche/Record File Photo: Former Fred T. Foard and Newton-Conover volleyball coach Linda Richards will be inducted to the Newton-Conover High School Athletic Hall of Fame this week as part of a three-member class that includes LaShawn Coulter and John Rabold. 

Newton-Conover High School has announced that three new members will be inducted to the school’s athletic hall of fame, according to a press release from athletic director John Echard.

The 2019 class consists of LaShawn Coulter, a 1990 graduate of Newton-Conover; John Rabold, who graduated in 2003; and Linda Richards, the former Red Devils volleyball coach.

Coulter was a standout basketball player, earning all-conference honors in three straight years from 1988-90. She was also named a McDonalds All-American honorable mention and continued her athletic career at Winthrop. She was a four-year starter with the Eagles and graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer before going on to play professionally in New Zealand and Australia.

Rabold was a three-sport star for the Red Devils. On the football field, he earned all-conference honors in 2001 and 2002. He was an all-conference basketball player in 2002 and 2003, and also named all-conference in baseball from 2001-03. He went on to play football at the United States Air Force Academy, where he was named a captain his senior year and made the All-Mountain West first team.

Richards led the Newton-Conover volleyball program from 2003-13, coaching the Red Devils to the 2011 NCHSAA 2A state championship. She amassed more than 500 career victories and five state championships between Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard. The 2015 inductee to the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame passed away last month.

The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Newton-Conover’s Lemon Gymnasium. No tickets are required for this event.

North Lincoln, East Lincoln win South Fork athletic awards

The South Fork 2A Conference has honored North Lincoln as its spring Wells Fargo Award winner and East Lincoln as the yearly Wells Fargo Award winner, according to a press release from conference executive secretary Butch Parker.

The award is based on teams receiving points for where they finish in the conference standings for all of the team sports. North Lincoln won the spring award with 48 points after a first-place finish in softball and boys track as well as sharing the baseball title. Lake Norman Charter finished second with 46 points this spring and East Lincoln was third with 45.

For the entire academic year, East Lincoln collected 119 points to barely edge North Lincoln (117) and Lake Norman Charter (116). Maiden placed fourth with 93 points, followed by West Lincoln (86), Bandys (80), Newton-Conover (72) and Lincolnton (57).

Coaches are encouraged to submit results to sports@hickoryrecord.com with detailed information, including scores, individual statistics, team record and upcoming games.

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