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Softball Tourney There will be a SSAA Qualifier Tournament presented by Hooters of Gastonia/SSO/Rush Energy Drink will have a three-game guaranteed softball tournament for D and E teams this Saturday at Ferguson Park in Gastonia. The entry fee is $165 per team. Hooters of Gastonia will hold its annual benefit…

Lady Knights take SP Crown

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Despite back-to-back third place finishes in the N.C. Softball Final Four, there was one thing the Lady Knights of North Lincoln had never done — win a conference championship and sweep Cherryville. With a 9-7 victory over the Lady Ironmen Thursday night, both things changed as the Lady Knights head…

Mustangs odds-on favorite to take SP title

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Lonnie Custer will return to North Lincoln Wednesday in hopes of leading the East Lincoln Mustangs to a Southern Piedmont championship. Looking at the Mustangs, while it’s not a forgone conclusion, it’s a pretty safe bet, as arguably no team in the conference has such a well-rounded group. Jumpers, distance…

Unquestioned leader

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Ask anybody associated with West Lincoln baseball who the leader of the team is and the answer will be the same — Paul Finger. When most people think of leading, they think of someone who will vocally lead, but Finger leads by example. “Paul is not very vocal. He plays…

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Post 455 signups American Legion Post 455 will have signups this Sunday at two separate locations. From 4-5 p.m., signups will be held at the East Lincoln Optimist Clubhouse and at 5:30-6:30 p.m. registration will be held at Boger City Fire Department. A-Team players can not turn 19 prior to…

Gusler resigns as Rebels head coach

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It came down to pictures. Yes, first-year West Lincoln head football coach Randall Gusler just didn’t want to see his three children grow up in pictures; instead, he wanted to be an active part of their lives, unlikely many coaches. Statesville Principal Larry Rogers offered Gusler the position of Freshman…

Sports Roundup

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Wolves down Lincolnton Lincolnton (1-11, 1-4) picked up its first win of the tennis season over Cherryville 5-4 Monday. Adil Huselja, Fernando Sunsing and Colby Rash scored singles wins for the Wolves, while Montgomery Fortenberry, Logan Stewart and Matt McFee notched victories for the Ironmen. The doubles tandem of Huselja…

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Special Olympics Special Olympics of Lincoln County will hold their annual Spring Games on Friday, April 28 at Lincolnton High School’s Stadium. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include Special Olympians from across Lincoln County, who will compete in track and field events: wheelchair races, running, walking,…

Knights’ tale ends with title?

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High expectations haven’t affected the North Lincoln Lady Knights at all. In fact, they’ve played up to them. Tuesday, they defeated Highland Tech in a Southern Piedmont contest, 10-0 in five innings, in another dominant performance, allowing them to remain undefeated (11-0) in the conference. After Friday’s 5-1 loss to…

Playing with a higher purpose

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North Lincoln junior Trent Hopkins carries it with him everywhere he goes. Whether he’s in the spotlight on the gridiron, starring on the baseball diamond or asleep, Hopkins never puts it down. In fact, in his eyes, it’s the reason why he’s having another stellar season for the Knights. So…