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Popple’s going the distance

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Most any distance runner would be pretty worn out after running four events. Then again, most guys wouldn’t punish themselves for a mediocre performance by running home. Brad Popple is not most guys. After finishing second to his teammate, junior Rick Handy, who Popple says has helped push him all…

Henderson gits-r-done

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Ending on a good note

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Lincolnton’s softball team won its final three games of the regular season. First, they defeated East Lincoln in come-from-behind fashion 10-9, after trailing 9-5 entering the seventh. Brittany Minteer reached on a strikeout throwing error by the catcher, which tied the game at nine versus the Lady Mustangs. Heather Flynn…

Sports Briefs

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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…

Mustangs take SP crown

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All season long, East Lincoln has relied on a perfect mix of senior leadership and underclassmen contributions. Wednesday at the Southern Piedmont Conference track meet, it was no different. Dominating performances by seniors Thomas Huntley and Brad Popple helped the Mustangs cruise to a 214 to 95 victory over host…

Buzz off Ironmen

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CHERRYVILLE–Just call it a typical Cherryville-Bessemer City baseball game. In the third meeting of the season between these Gaston County rivals, and by far the most important, Bessemer City edged the Ironmen 6-5 Tuesday night in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference championship game. Like the first two games this year,…

Lady Rebels appear headed for playoffs

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With their state playoff hopes seemingly unconscious the West Lincoln Lady Rebels 4-3 victory over county rival North Lincoln in 10 innings resuscitated their hopes and now appear to be a sure lock to make the playoffs. Already with a two-run homer earlier in the game junior Kendall Barrett delivered…

Rebels rally, Wolves end on winning note

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West Lincoln rallied from three runs down to pull off a 9-8 victory Thursday night over North Lincoln. The Knights were 8-5 with two outs remaining. An error set the stage for a Jake Watts RBI-double to help cut into the lead. After Alex Loftin recorded a strikeout, a single…

Seniors go out with a bang!

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T.J. Chapman, making his first pitching appearance of the season, was nearly unhittable in helping lift the Mustangs a 10-0 win in six innings on senior night over Highland Tech. The right-handed senior (1-0) threw a complete-game shutout and struck out seven batters, allowing just two hits in the process.…

H-Squared proves to be too much for the Wolves

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Trailing 3-0, in the second inning, junior Trent Hopkins picked an ideal time to hit his first homerun of the season. Hopkins’ three-run homer with two outs over the rightfield fence tied the game, but more importantly, put momentum back in the Knights corner in a 7-5 victory Tuesday night.…