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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.”…

Sports Roundup

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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 lose focus, game

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SALISBURY — With five minutes left in Salisbury’s game with East Lincoln on Tuesday night, Hornets’ coach Andrew Mitchell put in the girls at the very end of the bench. At the time, they were up by 50. You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the East…

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Varsity Basketball Cherryville 95, Elkin 40 Eric Crank scored a careerhigh 24 points, and Terry Whisnant scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out eight assists, and Thomas Bess added 13 points to lead Cherryville (20-8), who will play host on Wednesday to Cherokee in the second round of…

Sports Briefs

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Church Softball League The Boger City Church League will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, February 26th at Boger City UMC at 7 p.m. Any churches interested in adult men’s softball are required to attend. If you can not attend please make sure someone representing your church is in attendance.…

Seniors lead East in 78-45 win

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DENVER — East Lincoln seniors Spenser Sydney and Keith Rendleman led the Mustangs to a 78-45 victory Monday over the Central Davidson Spartans in the first round of the 2A West boys’ sectional basketball playoffs. “We’re always happy to get a win in the first round of the state playoffs,”…

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…