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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS — After big win, Mustangs turn focus to Franklin

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Over the last decade East Lincoln hasn’t played to its potential the week after facing Lincolnton. But the Mustangs also haven’t played their archivals this deep into the season. Undefeated East Lincoln hosts unbeaten Franklin at 7:30 Friday night in a game that decides…

LOCAL — Prep hoops schedules altered due to football; Wolves split wrestling matches

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Several local prep basketball programs have altered their schedules due to teams competing in the football state playoffs. East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter, Lincolnton and North Lincoln were forced to make changes this week. East Lincoln and North Lincoln’s regularly-scheduled contests at East Lincoln Monday was postponed, along with…

UPCOMING GAMES — 12/3/14

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Today Wrestling E. Lincoln at Crest, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 Basketball S. Iredell at E. Lincoln (no varsity boys) Friday, Dec. 5 Basketball N. Lincoln at Lincolnton W. Lincoln at Cherryville Varsity football NCHSAA 2AA regional final: Franklin at E. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 Wrestling E. Lincoln…

Mustangs move on

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East Lincoln takes care of Wolves, advances to regional championship RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Lincolnton did its best to keep the ball out of East Lincoln’s hands, but it was the Mustangs’ defense that ultimately sent the Wolves home. Chazz Surratt accounted for 267 yards and four touchdowns,…

Patience pays off for Surratt, Mustangs

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Nothing is more frustrating to a quarterback than not being able to get onto the field because the opposing team’s offense won’t get off. East Lincoln’ Chazz Surratt found himself in that situation on Friday, yet the star quarterback made the most of his limited…

Cloninger coaches his final game

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Lincolnton had 143 wins in his 15 seasons RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — The sun has set on Scott Cloninger’s head coaching career. With Lincolnton’s 35-14 loss at East Lincoln in the third round of the state playoffs on Friday, the coach who has called Lincolnton High home for 40…

East Lincoln tops Lincolnton to advance to regional finals

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor DENVER — Chazz Surratt accounted for 267 yards and four touchdowns, Damarius Valentine caught three TD passes, and East Lincoln’s defense stood firm when needed most as the Mustangs defeated archival Lincolnton 35-14 in a NCHSAA state 2AA third round playoff game on Friday night. Top-seeded…

Win or go home

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Mustangs, Wolves clash tonight RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Either East Lincoln or Lincolnton will play for a regional title next week. Tonight will determine which moves on, and which goes home. The top-seeded Mustangs (13-0) and fifth-seeded Wolves (11-2) will play each other at 7:30 in Denver in a third…

Players want rematch; Coaches? Not so much

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Coaches and players love a good rivalry game. But in this case, it’s the players who want a rematch, not the coaches. East Lincoln hosts Lincolnton at 7:30 tonight in the third round of the NCHSAA state 2AA playoffs, which will be the second time this…

Mustangs, Wolves a match made in Heaven for a sports writer

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Mike Byus and Scott Cloninger may not want to see each other again, but I sure do. Tonight will be, by far, the biggest high school football game I’ve covered in terms of what’s at stake for local teams who are playing each other. I’ve covered…