• 2017-2018

      Male Athlete
      Ryan Matz

      Ryan played football all four years at East Lincoln and was a letterman on the varsity team for three of those years.   He was named to the Southern District-7 and South Fork 2A All-Conference teams for the last two seasons.  For the 2017 season he was named the South Fork 2A Defensive Player of the Year.  He was also named Most Valuable Defensive Player at East Lincoln this season.  He is the East Lincoln record holder for number of sacks in a single season.  In Track, he was named Southern District-7 and South Fork 2A All-Conference in the Shot Put and Discuss the last two years.  He was a regional qualifier in the Shot Put for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons.  He was a 2A State qualifier in the shot put for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.   This season he finished first in every regular season meet in the Shot Put (including conference championship) and finished 4th in the shot put at the 2A Regionals.  He also had multiple top three finishes in the discus during the season.  In addition to football and track, Ryan played 3 years of basketball.  He graduated with a 4.42 GPA.  Ryan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

      Female Athlete
      Caira McClain

      Caira lettered and was a starter in varsity basketball for four years.  She was team captain for two years.  She was named to the South Fork 2A All-Conference Team for the 2017-2018 season.  She ranked 3rd in rebounding and 13th in scoring in the South Fork 2A Conference.  In Women’s Track, she was Southern District-7 and South Fork 2A All-Conference in the Shot Put all four years of high school.  Caira was a state qualifier for three years in the Shot Put and this year finished 2nd place in the regional track meet and 3rd place in the state track meet.  Caira will be attending North Carolina A&T in the fall and will be majoring in Graphic Design.  Throughout Caira’s high school years she has consistently and constantly demonstrated high character,  was a leader in the classroom, volunteered every year for the Special Olympics, and took one of those students to her senior prom so they could have the same experience everyone else has.


      Male Athlete
      Sidney Dollar

      In Football, Sidney was a South Fork 2A All-Conference selection.  He was named the Wide receiver of the Year (Team Award).  He had 31 receptions for 579 yards (18.7 YPC) and 10 touchdowns.  He also had 145 rushing yards and 1 touchdown and on defense had 3 interceptions for 1 touchdown and 25 total tackles.  In Basketball, Sidney led the team to a school record 29-3 season.  He averaged 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.6 steals, and 1 blocked shot per game.  He played three years of varsity basketball, was a captain of the team, and will leave East Lincoln as the most decorated basketball player in school history.  Here are some of his accomplishments:  1,000 point scorer, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 South Fork 2A All-Conference, 2017-2018 South Fork 2A Conference Player of the Year, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 All-Gaston Gazette First Team, 2018-2019 All-Charlotte Observer Second Team, 2018-2019 NCBCA District 10 All-District and Player of the Year, 2019 North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Basketball Game, and 2019 North Carolina East-West All-Star Basketball Game.  While at East Lincoln he was a member of the Dream Team and a Special Olympics volunteer.  He will be attending Lees-McRae College in the fall to play basketball and plans to major in Business. 

      Female Athlete
      Michaela Gammon

      In Cross Country she was the Mile Split United Way invitational winner overall and led the team to a victory.  She was 2nd overall in the 2A, 3A, 4A Cannon Invitational.  She was 4th in the 2A State Championship meet at Kernersville this season, which was the highest finish ever by an East Lincoln runner.  She was named South Fork 2A All-Conference, 2A West Region, and to the 2A All-State teams.  In Indoor track, Michaela was 1st in the 1600 meter and 3200-meter races at the Hickory indoor track invitational.  In the 2A State Indoor Track meet she finished 3rd in the 1600-meter run and 4th in the 3200-meter run.  She was named to the All State Indoor track team.  In Track she was 2nd in the South Fork Conference meet in the 800-meters, 2nd in the 3200-meter and 3rd in the 1600-meter run.  She was the anchor runner of the South Fork 2A All-Conference 4 X 800-meter relay team.  She was the 2019 MVP at the 2A Regional Meet and scored a total of 26.5 points on the day.  At the 2A State Track Meet she finished 3rd in the 1600-meter run.

      Male Athlete
      Ethan Martin
      Southern Fork 2A All-Conference, voted Defensive Player of the year for the South Fork 2A, East Lincoiln Team MVP
      Defensively he had: 154 tackles, 6 tackle for a loss, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions. On Offense he had: 1 reception 35 yds TD, 11 rushes for 78 yds, and Total yards:  113 1 TD
      The season was cut short but he started off with a bang:  1 outing on the mound 2 IP no runs on 1 hit and 4 strikeouts, Offensively had a 1000 on base percentage, yes that is perfect, and had a Key hit vs East Rutherford in the bottom of the 6th to put us ahead.  We only played 5 games but the way Ethan started and knowing his work ethic and his competitive nature he was going to have a big senior year.  Head Baseball Coach Chris Matile:  “I had the privilege to coach Ethan in both sports, Ethan is a hard worker, very committed to the process and when he is on the field no matter the competition he puts you in a better position to win the game.  He is very respectful, team captain, gets along very well with his peers and is very well respected by his coaches.  He has had a great 4 years and anyone that has been around this kid can speak of the growth he has made during his time here.”


      Female Athlete
      Taylor Barrineau
      In Soccer, Taylor was a 4 Year Varsity Starter, Team MVP Junior year and likely would be team MVP this year.  She was All-Conference here Fr, So, and Jr years.  She was All-Region her Fr, So, and Jr years and was All-State her Jr year.  Taylor has led the soccer team as Captain for the past two years.  In her Junior year, she set the Single Season Scoring Record with 33 goals while scoring in 18 of our 21 games.  Despite only playing 4 games this spring Taylor set the Career Scoring Record netting her 70th goal.  Taylor has committed to Lees McCrae College for next fall on a maximum offer both athletic and academic scholarship.  Taylor has been selected for the NCSCA Senior Clash (To be announced after May 8th), a tournament this summer created this year to honor the top seniors in the state due to the loss of the season.  
      In swimming, she Led the swim team as Captain for past three years.  She Made All-State as a swimmer this year (Made All-State Multiple Years) and was the 2020 Southfork 2A Conference Female Swimmer of the Year.  She was an All-Conference Swimmer and All-Regional Swimmer (All 4 Years).  Girls Soccer Coach Jason Dragoon:  “She is a fantastic athlete, very accomplished here at East Lincoln, very deserving of this honor.  This spring Taylor scored 8 goals in the first 3 games of the season to lead us to a 3-0 record in week 1. She netted 1 in a 2-1 win over Shelby, all 3 in a 3-0 win over Polk and all 4 in a 4-1 win over CATA, which led us to our first Tournament Title since 2007, and gave her the Career scoring record with 70 goals in just 3 years and a 3 games.


      Male Athlete
      Jeremiah Jones
      In Football, he was All-Conference for 2 years.  He was also the Defensive Back of the Year and was a solid leader on and off the field.  Great athlete who is very easily coached and demands excellence from his teammates.  Jeremiah Jones led the basketball team to a runner-up conference finish. He was South Fork 2A All-Conference and 3rd Team All-District 10 which is made up of teams from Rutherford, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Burke, Catawba, and McDowell Counties.  He was also named Co-MVP this season.

      Female Athlete
      Devin Poteat
      In Women's Swimming: 3rd appearance as All-State swimmer, placed 7th in 100 Freestyle and 9th in 100 Breaststroke.  Placed 2nd at Regionals in both 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke.  MVP for 3rd consecutive year and Team Captain.  Although the Swim Team had to compete independently this year without a conference due to COVID, Devin managed to add to her success as a swimmer by garnering several personal bests and landing in top 10 at States. As a captain, she is a natural leader with a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude. Devin loves to lift her teammates up with encouragement and always offers congratulations to swimmers she competes against.  In Women's Soccer, Devin is a 3rd year starter, she plays multiple roles on the team depending on our opponent.  She is versatile, explosive with speed and power, she can score goals as well as mark out the opposing teams best players.  She was an all-conference player her freshman year, and we had no awards last year due to covid.  Devin is a leader on the field, often directing movements of teammates around her especially defensively, and she is a very driven competitor, leaving her heart on the field.  Her physical strength and quickness over short distances makes her very explosive athletically and she tends to take over areas of the field.



      Male Athlete
      Dre Walker
      In Football for the 2022-2023 season, he was Western Foothills 3A All-Conference, 3A All-State, he was Offensive MVP of the 3A Football State Championship game. In Basketball, Dre was named to the 2021-2022 3A Western Foothills All-Conference team.


      Female Athlete
      Madison Self

      Women's basketball. Also plays Volleyball

      Madison had a dominant junior year campaign for the Lady Mustangs. She was named 3A Western Foothills Conference Player of the Year. She is a member of the 3A Western Foothills Conference Regular season and Tournament Championship team. She helped guide her team to a 28-2 mark and 14-0 in conference. She was also named 2nd Team All District 10 Basketball by the NCBCA. She was named to the All Conference Tournament team and the East Lincoln Winter Jam All Tournament Team. Named to 1st Team All Gaston Gazette. She recorded 19 Double Doubles in 30 games. She was Ranked #1 on our team in scoring and Rebounding averaging a Double Double for the Season. 

      • 2x Nominee for Gaston Gazette Player of the Week 

      • 1x Nominee for Charlotte Observer Player of the Week

      • #1 in Rpg in Western Foothills Conference

      • #4 in ppg in Western Foothills Conference

      • #4 in FGM in Western Foothills Conference

      • #1 in FG% in Western Foothills Conference

      • #1 in Double Doubles in Western Foothills Conference

      • #1 in FTM in Western Foothills Conference

      • #7 in SPG in Western Foothills Conference

      • #1 in Double Doubles in NCHSAA 3A West

      • #6 in FG% in NCHSAA 3A West

      • #5 in RPG in NCHSAA 3A West

      • #10 in FTM in NCHSAA 3A West


      Madison is a very hard worker both during the season and in the off season and is dedicated to becoming a better player. She has still not even come close to reaching her full potential as a basketball player. She is becoming a team leader for us and is poised to contend for a Captaincy spot next year.


      Maddy was a huge asset to our front row this season with a total of 57 blocks with 46 being solo blocks.  She led the team in solo blocks and was ranked 4th in the 3A West for solo blocking.  She has an amazing work ethic and is a huge team player.  She is a great kid and can't wait to see what she will do in the future!!

      2022/2023 Madison Self
      From Coach Jason Otey, Over the Last 4 years I have had the privilege to Coach Madison Self and have watched her grow from a raw talented Athlete who did not play basketball until the 7th grade, into one of the best players in the State of North Carolina. During another all Conference season her Senior Year while leading East Lincoln to the Final 4 and a top 3 State ranking, she played some of her best basketball when the spotlight was the brightest. Madison is the epitome of what all of us Coaches want to see a talented, athletic kid do when they come in as a freshmen, which is to maximize their athletic ability, continue to grow and develop, improve each and every year, never be satisfied with their level of success, become the leader and face of your program, and fulfill their dreams of winning Championships, while putting themselves in position to play College Athletics and become a Winner!