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Memorial tourney kicks off

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DENVER — The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs varsity soccer team opened the first annual Andy Kosmala Memorial Tournament in honor of the late Andy Kosmala, a friend to the team and brother to junior Emily Kosmala. Andy Kosmala lost a battle with brain cancer in May of 2008. The 3-day…

Jackets’ sting late, win SPC opener

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LINCOLNTON — The Bessemer City Lady Yellow Jackets softball team scored four runs in the top of the seventh for a comeback 5-3 win Tuesday against Lincolnton in both teams’ 1A/2A Southern Piedmont Conference opener. “We didn’t give up, and we relaxed a bit later in the game,” Bessemer City…

Sports Roundup

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Baseball Rebels still perfect The West Lincoln Rebels varsity baseball team moved to 3-0 overall and got its first SPC win of the season after defeating Draughn 13-0 in seven innings Tuesday. “It was a good game to get us started off right in the conference,” West Lincoln head varsity…

Sports Briefs

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West Lincoln Optimist The West Lincoln Optimist will be holding cheerleading tryouts 6:15-7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursdays March 16-19 at the North Childers Elementary School gym. There will be a parents meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information call Jenny at (704) 740-6546. Main Street Gala Friday The Downtown Development…

Sports Briefs

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Basketball BM 73, Cherryville 72 The Cherryville Ironmen fell 73-72 Saturday afternoon to Bishop McGuinness at the Western N.C. Class 1A regional final at UNC-Greensboro’s Fleming Gymnasium. Terry Whisnant led Cherryville with 27 points and nine rebounds. Howell added 24 points, five assists and four steals. And Bess had 11…

Sports Briefs

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Church Softball Lincoln County Parks and Recreation will be holding an organizational meeting for a men’s church softball league today at the Howards Creek Community Center in western Lincoln County. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. and will be used to discuss entry fees, rule changes, home run limits,…

Shelby ends Mustangs’ season

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GREENSBORO — East Lincoln came up short in their bid for the 2A Western Regional championship Saturday afternoon, falling to Shelby 53-45 at the Coliseum Special Events Center in Greensboro. Shelby used pressure defense and capitalized on the offensive glass to pull away from the Mustangs in the second half,…

Mustangs beat Huskies again

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GREENSBORO — East Lincoln senior Keith Rendleman’s double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and four steals) kept the Mustangs in the ball game with every key possession as he led East Lincoln to a 46-39 win over the Ashe County Huskies Thursday afternoon at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s…

19-1 JV Wolves unselfish in title run

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LINCOLNTON — For Lincolnton Wolves junior varsity head basketball coach John Cloninger his last season with the JV squad couldn’t have been more bittersweet. The JV Wolves basketball team finished 19-1 overall and 15-1 in conference play to earn an outright league title, Cloninger’s first and last with the team.…

Wolves expect big things

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LINCOLNTON — With two matches in, the Lincolnton Wolves boys’ tennis team has half of its win total from a year ago. The Wolves defeated Bandys 9-0 Thursday and West Caldwell 9-0 earlier on Wednesday. “We’re excited about this season and we feel like it’s our time to do well,…