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NL, WL focus on self in prep for tonight

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Mistakes led to a pair of dismal season openers last week for North Lincoln and West Lincoln, so they’ll use each other as a measuring stick tonight to see how many wrinkles they’ve ironed out. The county rivals meet in Pumpkin Center following a pair of…

Sports Editor Ryan Herman’s Week 2 picks

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Ryan Herman’s Week 2 picks. RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor To quote one local coach: “This is the fastest Lincolnton team I’ve seen since I’ve been around here.” And indeed it could be. I wasn’t around when Lincolnton won its first 14 games and reached the regional championship in 2010, only…

LOCAL ROUNDUP — Lincoln Charter volleyball sweeps TJCA

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Local roundup for August 28, 2015. LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Madi NeeSmith and Bentley Earnest had nine kills each, Meghan Smith added seven kills and Lincoln Charter swept host Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 25-9, 25-11, 25-16 on Thursday. Earnest and NeeSmith added four aces each, Haley Hubeli had 10 digs, and Lorna…

Team-centered Knights sweep WL

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor VALE — It looks as if North Lincoln has found the right combination for success — the whole team. Behind a serve that either found the holes or couldn’t be returned the Knights defeated West Lincoln in straight sets Tuesday, 25-23, 25-4 and 25-13. The win…

Evan Wise renews contract with Grizzlies

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Former Lincolnton star will coach again in 2016 RICHARD WALKER Gaston Gazette GASTONIA — Evan Wise became the second-winningest first-year coach in Gastonia Grizzlies history this summer. On Tuesday, Wise agreed to extend his coaching tenure to a second year for 2016. “I’m real excited,” said Wise, a Lincolnton native…

WL’s girls tennis team shuts out Cherryville

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS West Lincoln’s girls tennis team cruised by Cherryville with a 9-0 sweep on Tuesday. The Rebels won each match in straight sets, and only dropped three points in singles. Their top three seeds — Lily Rollins, Mailee Weaver and Kylee Leonhardt — each won their matches 6-0 and…

Lincolnton runs over North Lincoln

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Lincolnton remembered what happened last year against North Lincoln, and on Friday the Wolves gave their fans something they won’t forget. Seniors Tarus Dameron and Jordon Easter scored three touchdowns apiece, Xavier McClain added two scores and Lincolnton routed the Knights 62-8 in Ledford Gibson’s head…

East Lincoln routs Huss

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RICHARD WALKER Gaston Gazette GASTONIA — Coming off an unbeaten state championship season, East Lincoln knew it would be getting everyone’s best shot this year. That began with Friday’s 2015 regular season opener at Hunter Huss. Based on its 49-6 victory, you could say the Mustangs made a strong opening…

Wildcats too much for West Lincoln

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Valdese Draughn won one game a season ago. The Wildcats matched that win total on Friday. Gavin Bennett threw a pair of touchdown passes, Cooper Abernathy ran for another and visiting Draughn snapped its losing streak against West Lincoln with a 23-6 season-opening win. The win was the…

NOTEBOOK — Healthy Easter shows skills in Wolves’ win

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor The last time Jordon Easter walked off the field last season it was with the help of someone else. On Friday the senior showed he’s back. Easter scored three touchdowns, had a sack and picked off a pass in Lincolnton’s 62-8 win over visiting North Lincoln.…