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College Baseball Former West Lincoln baseball standout Jake Watts (0-1) allowed six hits, four earned runs and walked three in 3.0 innings of work, his first on a collegiate mound. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs lost 12-1 on Tuesday to USC-Upstate at home. Watts had a rough start, loading the bases in…

Sports Briefs

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Cherryville Little League Cherryville Little League is having registration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion hut in Cherryville. The cost per player is $30 and 2 for $50. Items needed at registration: Official birth certificate (will be returned), Proof of residence (example: driver’s license),…

Mustangs soar past Red Hawks

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DENVER — East Lincoln senior guard Spenser Sydney’s one-handed jam over Monroe’s Sharmir Hailey at the 2:49 mark in the final quarter made the crowd go ecstatic. Though he converted the play for three points, it was much more than three points, the dunk itself was possibly a statement or…

Eagles grow with confidence

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DENVER — Moving around isn’t always easy. Just ask Lincoln Charter Eagles head girls and boys basketball coach Rick Rose. “We knew it was going to be a challenge this season,” he said. “But we wanted to be a in a growing conference where we could be competitive.” Rose is…

Baker wins USTA Jr. tourney

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SHELBY — Laura Baker, a junior at West Lincoln High School, last year’s girls tennis regional top seed, regional champion and state semi-finalist, swept all the awards at the Cleveland County Tennis Association’s Jr. Classic this past weekend in Shelby. The top-seeded Baker won the girls 16-and-under championship of the…

Ayers excited about tennis season

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LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Wolves boys tennis team is hoping to improve on last year’s four-win total as Wolves tennis head coach Phil Ayers said “this year the window of opportunity is definitely open.” “This group deserves to win but nothing is guaranteed,” he said. “I’m pulling for them hard.”…

Lady Knights fall valiantly

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PUMPKIN CENTER — The North Lincoln Lady Knights varsity basketball team were a half away from making history as the first girls’ team in school history to win a playoff game, but Ledford outscored North 37-24 and ended the Lady Knights’ playoff dreams with a 64-57 defeat on Tuesday. “The…

Spry signs letter of intent with Campbell University

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DENVER — Another dream came true for a former East Lincoln Mustang football player, as senior Baryn Spry signed a letter of intent to play Division I football with Campbell University last Wednesday. “It’s always been my dream to play Division I college football and I just want to thank…

Lady Rebels’ season ends

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THOMASVILLE — East Davidson jumped out to a 25-11 first quarter lead and never looked back. The defending state 2A champs played like they had something to prove last night as they handed the Rebels an opening round defeat in the 2A West girls sectional playoffs. East Davidson (28-0) was…

Wolves trapped out of playoffs

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Climax, NC — In their first round of the boys 2A West basketball state playoffs, the Lincolnton Wolves found themselves in a trap — a defensive trap — against the Providence Grove Patriots on Monday. “Things obviously didn’t go our way,” Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie said. “Providence Grove played…