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Mustangs return strong

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The East Lincoln Mustangs may have lost Jesse Cadenhead to Charleston-Southern, but the cupboard is far from being empty. With Chris Matile at the helm, the Mustangs finished third in the Southern Piedmont with a 10-4 mark, while finishing 12-12 overall. As seven starters in senior pitcher/catcher Jesse Guice, first…

Defending the crown

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Thanks in large part to Kayda Caldwell and Miranda Sigmon, the West Lincoln Lady Rebels have an opportunity to defend their Southern Piedmont Conference tournament title 6:30 p.m. today after downing North Lincoln 54-42 Wednesday night in the SPC tournament semifinal. Sigmon, who missed six weeks due to a fractured…

Lady Mustangs prevent late push by Lincolnton

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The Lady Wolves fought and climbed their way back down 22 points after the third quarter, but in the end their rally fell short, as the East Lincoln Lady Mustangs held on for a 55-42 victory to advance to the 1A/2A women’s Southern Conference Piedmont finals. “We believed all year…

Wolves seniors look to lead team

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The Lincolnton Wolves baseball team will look to rebound from last season’s 8-12 season and missing out on the playoffs, with a goal of winning a conference title this season, Lincolnton head coach Cole Sigmon said. “We’re pretty senior oriented this year with a good mix of juniors that are…

Knights improve, Eagles win pair

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While no North Lincoln Knights qualified for the 1A/2A State Wrestling Tournament, they did have five regional qualifiers. Under the direction of first-year head coach Jim Wandsnider, 103-pound freshman Nate Smith, 119-freshman Jake Nelson, 125-pound senior Jay Goodman, 130-pound senior Josh Gibson and 171-pound Lucas Graf all wrestled last weekend…

Knights strong on the mound

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The first thing fans and players might notice about North Lincoln’s baseball team this season is head coach Sean Andrews not wearing his usual No. 7 jersey anymore. That’s because he’s giving it to Alex Keener after Keener had eight strikeouts in a five inning performance against South Iredell that…

Mustang defense holds to advance

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The East Lincoln Mustangs shot worse than their counterparts in terms of field goal percentage [37 percent], and held off the Bessemer City Yellowjackets 50-44 to advance to the men’s 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference finals. “I’ve always heard an old adage, ‘the team that plays the worst and gets to…

Mustangs move on

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Keith Rendleman may need to visit the eye doctor. Why? Because he’s been seeing double—as in double-double. The 6-foot-6 inch forward poured in 27 points and had 14 rebounds, helping lift East Lincoln over Lincoln County rival North Lincoln 58-42 Monday night in the first round of the Southern Piedmont…

Lovelace hungry for title

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There is a reason Cameron Lovelace is a gym rat. He wants the one thing his prep resume lacks– a state championship. As Cherryville`s all-time assist leader (with 704 and counting), 3-point shooter (224 made) and second all-time leading scorer (1,759) to current teammate Justin Johnson, Lovelace has had an…

Hometown Heavyweight enters Boxing HOF

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Mike Bivens describes himself as a country boy ‑‑ A country boy with a mean right hand. Born in Lincolnton in 1949 and a former heavyweight champion, Bivens was inducted to the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame on February 11. He was also recently named to James “Bonecrusher” Smith’s board…