Catawba Ridge’s lone senior wrestler R.J. Lincoln was honored before the Copperheads’ match against Lancaster on senior night.

The Catawba Ridge wrestling team picked up its first Region 3-4A win of the season in its dual against Lancaster recently.

Catawba Ridge beat Lancaster 60-12 on the team’s first ever Senior Night as their lone senior and former state qualifier R.J. Lincoln was honored.

“It was a great night to recognize a great young man,” said Copperheads’ head coach Scooter Weathers. “RJ is a great wrestler, a great teammate, a great student at Catawba Ridge, and it has been such an honor for me to have been his coach.”

Connor Stukitz, Jackson Rozelle, Kade McCarter, Nate Teel, and Lincoln all won by pins against Lancaster. The Copperheads are now 4-5 on the season and finished their region schedule with a 1-4 record. Catawba Ridge has one more match scheduled against Chesterfield on the road Feb. 9.

Up next for the Copperheads is the region tournament Saturday at South Pointe.

“Due to our pandemic season, only the top two wrestlers will qualify for the Upper State tournament later in February,” Weathers said.  “This makes it tough on all the wrestlers in the region. If you have a bad day, a slip up on the mat, or anything, it could knock you out from going to the Upper State tournament to try and qualify for the 4A State Tournament.”

Girls basketball

The Catawba Ridge girls’ basketball team beat Lancaster Wednesday with a 47-25 victory over the Bruins to improve to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the region. Morgan Davis led the Copperheads with 18 points. Catawba Ridge will travel to South Pointe Thursday night for a very important region game.

The Fort Mill girls’ basketball team went to Boiling Springs and came away with a 46-36 win over the Bulldogs to improve to 3-1 in Region 3-5A and 7-5 overall.  The Jackets were led by Paige Wasiela, who scored 12 points, and Nadia Dial, who added 11 points in the win. Fort Mill travels to Nation Ford Friday for another region game.

Boys basketball

The Nation Ford boys’ basketball team hosted Boiling Springs Wednesday falling 44-43. The Falcons were led by Jackson Burnham who scored 22 points in the game as they fell to 1-10 overall and 0-3 in Region 3-5A play. Nation Ford next plays Friday at home as they host Fort Mill.

Mac Banks:, @fortprep