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North Lincoln's Jeremy Dellinger has signed to join the CVCC bass fishing program. Photo courtesy of Cody Dalton/CVCC Athletics

North Lincoln’s Jeremy Dellinger has signed with Catawba Valley Community College to join the Red Hawks’ newly formed bass fishing team, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

“I immediately thought it was a great opportunity as kind of a gateway into the collegiate field,” Dellinger said via the press release. “It’s really, really cool. It’s something that is unique. There’s no way to describe. Just being able to study on one side and at the same point in time you are bettering your skills to fish against some of the best college fishermen on the planet. It’s very special and unique, and it’s a great opportunity.”

A decorated high school fisherman, Dellinger and teammate Joshua Lackey recently finished the 2018-19 BASS North Carolina Western Series tournament trail – a series of tournaments during the 2018-19 school year – with the most points of any duo (740).

Dellinger, who qualified nationally this school year for both the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) national high school tournaments, also finished third as a sophomore in 2017 at the FLW North Carolina state tournament held on Lake Kerry.

Dellinger has also competed in and won multiple times on the Big Bass Tour.

Off the water, Dellinger is a standout in the classroom, having been a member of North Lincoln’s National Honor Society and BETA clubs, working with Habitat for Humanity and also serving in the Guiding Knights Mentorship program.

“It’s going to be a learning curve for me, but it’s going to be very enjoyable,” Dellinger said via the release. “Obviously, I’ve fished in high school. It’s been really fun to compete in the local tournaments with the high school guys as well as finishing my education here at North Lincoln. I look forward to it. I think it’s going to be a very, very fun journey.”

Dellinger plans to study math at CVCC with plans to transfer to one of five four-year engineering schools in North Carolina.

3 local high school soccer players make all-star roster

Three girls soccer players from local high schools have made the West roster for the state’s annual East-West All-Star game, according to a press release from the North Carolina Coaches Association.

Fred T. Foard’s Abby Walker and Hickory’s Lauren Hayes and Jess LaFrancis have each been selected as a West All-Star. Walker is a senior forward and played an integral role in the Tigers reaching the third round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs. Hayes, a senior defender, and LaFrancis, a senior midfielder, helped the Red Tornadoes advance to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A state tournament. LaFrancis finished the season with 12 goals and a team-best 35 assists, while Hayes keyed a defensive unit that posted 15 shutouts.

The all-star game will take place July 16 at MacPherson Stadium in Greensboro. For more information, visit eastwestallstars.com.

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