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West qualifies three

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The West Lincoln Wrestling team will be sending three wrestlers to the 1A/2A State Tournament next weekend. Matt Whittle, 112 lbs., and Clay Heafner, 285 lbs., claimed regional titles this weekend, while Logan Shronce took second place in the 152 lb. weight class. More to come on Wednesday.…

Sports Briefs

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Lincolnton Optimist Lincolnton Optimist is currently holding signups for baseball and softball. The signups are being held at Kate McCall Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The registration fee is $45 and is for boys/girls ages four and up. For…

Mustangs repeat champs?

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The Highland Tech Rams took excellent care of the basketball Wednesday night against East Lincoln. But due to an aggressive smothering defense, it didn’t seem to matter as they couldn’t do anything with it as the Mustangs advanced to the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament championship game with a convincing 46-31…

Eyes on the prize

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One quality that great teams have, regardless of the sport, is peaking at the right time. While it can be argued the West Lady Rebels have ‘peaked,’ all season, they saved their best effort for the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament semifinal versus North Lincoln. While the Knights trailed the Lady…

Ironmen in championship thanks to comeback

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CHERRYVILLE— North Lincoln senior Adrian Arruza did all he could to help the North Lincoln Knights pull off what would’ve been a substantial upset Thursday night in Southern Piedmont Conference tournament semifinal. But Cherryville, down by as many as 13 points in the first half, proved why it is the…

Knights moving on to 2nd round

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North Lincoln and West Lincoln entered the first round of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament with the exact same records. And watching them match each other point-for-point, effort-for-effort, resulting in nine ties and five lead changes, it was easy to see why. In the end, early heroics of Jordan Smith…

Cline reaches 1,000

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When Lincolnton senior Jessie Cline made a second quarter free throw in Friday night’s game versus West Lincoln, it seemed innocent enough. And while many Wolves fans knew Cline had joined the exclusive 1,000-point club, she had no idea. That is until they put a momentary stop to the game…

Mustangs slip by the Wolves 64-61

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On paper, Monday’s matchup between the East Lincoln Mustangs and Lincolnton Wolves in the first round of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament looked a mismatch. But desperate times call for desperate measures and with the Wolves playing for their season, they about pulled off the big upset. A last second…

North to meet West again

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West Lincoln beat Bessemer City 58-46 in the first round of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament Monday night. Senior Holly Hoover paced the Lady Rebels with 13 points, while both Sarah Norman and Jessie Watts had 10 points. “She really stepped it up. Her shot was on that night and…

Lady Rebels complete mission

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Just one thing stood in the way of the West Lincoln Lady Rebels in their pursuit of perfection – their rival Lincolnton. While the Lady Wolves actually led at halftime, the Rebels turned up the heat in the second half to come away with a hard-fought 51-47 victory. The victory…