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Smith nets 26 for Rams

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Entering this season, the Highland Tech Rams weren’t what you would call a feared basketball team, but that could be changing. Tuesday night’s 59-31 thumping of Lincolnton provided further evidence the Rams may be a legitimate contender for the Southern Piedmont crown. The Wolves jumped out on the Rams (9-2,…

Ironmen pass first road test

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PUMPKIN CENTER– The Cherryville boys survived their first conference test on the road Tuesday night, but it was far from the easy win some might have envisioned. In fact, the Ironmen had to overcome their own sloppy play and a gritty, dogged effort from North Lincoln to emerge with a…

Lady Rebels take Clash title

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West Lincoln head coach Jaime Honbaier’s message at halftime was simple, but judging by the Lady Rebels dominating second half, it got through to her team. The host Lady Rebels beat North Lincoln 45-28 Friday night to win the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash. So what did Honbaier tell her team…

Mustangs take 7th

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The East Lincoln Mustangs took seventh place with a 61-55 win over Southlake Christian Friday night at the First Charter Holiday Classic. Keith Rendleman paced the Mustangs with a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds, while Alex Newsome also was in double-figures with 14 points and had nine boards and…

Wildcats crash Lincoln County`s Party

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The North Gaston Wildcats overcame a 14-1 deficit Friday night to come away with a 57-50 win over the North Lincoln Knights in the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash championship game. North Lincoln used two 3-pointers for both Adrian Aruzza and A.J. Smith to gain a 14-1 advantage with just three…

Rebels down Wolves

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West Lincoln downed Lincolnton 51-48 Friday night in the men’s consolation game. Casey Gee paced the Rebels with 15 points, while Ben Poole also was in double-figures with 10 points. Brad Labor and Jake Watts each scored seven points, while Clay Rayfield scored six in the victory. Phil Robinson scored…

Shives leads Cats to Clash title game

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When his team needed him to deliver most, D.J. Shives did just that in the opening round of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash. Entering the fourth quarter, North Gaston was up by just one point over host West Lincoln. That was before the Wildcats star senior went to work, scoring…

Host Rebels advance

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The host Lady Rebels advanced to the championship of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash with a 51-36 victory over North Gaston Thursday evening. West Lincoln (4-7, 2-0), which took a 26-19 lead into halftime, did not look back en route to its first-round victory. “It was a hard-fought win. The…

Thorne leads Knights

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Despite playing without one of their leading scorers, the Lady Knights of North Lincoln beat Lincolnton 45-35 Thursday evening to reach the championship game. Junior Kayla Alexander did not play after injuring her left shoulder versus South Iredell. While that’s disappointing, Kathryn Thorne, Ashley Thackeray and Kayleigh Brown all stepped…

Mustangs struggling

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East Lincoln’s opening of its new gym was supposed to make this year’s First Charter Holiday Classic special… so far, it’s been anything but. Both the Mustangs and Lady Mustangs have lost back-to-back games in the tourney’s first two nights. On the men’s side, East Lincoln fell to Mooresville Wednesday…