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Oh, what a career

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No matter how you slice it, the impact Mustang seniors Thomas Huntley, Trishtan Johnson and Jamelle Lowery have had on the East Lincoln basketball program is undeniable. The two-headed scoring machine, named ‘TJ,’ averaged a combined 35 points per contest, setting numerous school records along the way. Johnson’s school records…

Ironmen bow out at Hiwassee Dam

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Senior shooting guard Antonio Griggs set a school record for the Cherryville Ironmen with 89 wins in a career. Unfortunately, for the Ironmen faithful, he needed 90 to keep the Ironmen’s season alive. Hiwassee Dam limited Cherryville to just seven second quarter points to swing the game in its favor…

Mustangs sectional runner-ups

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West Caldwell’s Stoney Polite was anything but in 79-59 victory over East Lincoln in the No. 2 Sectional Final in the 2A State Basketball Playoffs. Polite poured in a game-high 28 points, made three 3-pointers and was 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in helping head coach Danny Anderson claim his…

Whittle 2nd in state

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Rebels’ junior Matt Whittle had his eyes set on a second consecutive individual state championship in wrestling for West Lincoln, but it was not to be. Whittle fell to North Wilkesboro’s George Gianera 6-2 as he had to settle for state runner-up, a feat achieved last year by Dustin Hester.…

Jackets just too much

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Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie had one goal for his team entering Thursday night’s second round of the 2A State Basketball playoffs, play hard. His team accomplished that, but matched up against two division 1 talents, effort isn’t always enough as the Wolves found out in a 71-51 defeat to…

Ironmen on their way to Hiwassee

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With defenders draped on sophomore big man Justin Johnson like coats on a coat-rack, junior Jamelle Jefferies took full-advantage. Jefferies connected 9-of-13 shots for a team-high 19 points in the Ironmen’s 75-64 victory Thursday night. The second-round win advances them to the sectional finals Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hiwasssee…

The Brady Bunch blows out Cats

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If somebody would’ve said neither Trishtan Johnson or Jamelle Lowery would score 15 and the Mustangs would still beat Hibriten in the second round of the 2A State Playoffs…you would’ve laughed. But the only ones laughing were the Mustangs all the way to a 76-47 victory Thursday night. East Lincoln…

Sports Briefs

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No county passes accepted for playoffs For those interested in attending East Lincoln’s appearance in the 2A sectional finals, admission is $5 and no Lincoln County passes will be honored. The only passes honored will be state-issued passes. That will be the case for any of Lincoln County’s teams in…

Not ready to end season just yet

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Playing in his last home high school basketball game, Zack Gibson was determined not to go out with a loss. With a game-high 25 points, Gibson helped elevate Lincolnton over North Rowan 63-59 Tuesday night in the first round of the 2A Basketball Playoffs. Three minutes were on the clock…

Jackets sting Knights

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The Knights had upset on their mind, but it wasn’t meant to be as a layup rolled in and out, sending them to a 58-57 loss at the hands of Lexington. With North Lincoln ahead at the half, late in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets used half-court traps to…