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Pittsburgh Pirates tryout The Pittsburgh Pirates will conduct a tryout camp at L.P. Frans Stadium (2500 Clement Blvd. NW) in Hickory, today. The tryout is open to amateur players ages 16 to 24. Players need only to bring their gloves, cleats and catcher’s equipment, if applicable. Registration will begin at…

Co-ed flag football coming this fall

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Children who didn’t quite excel or like football for one reason or another will have their shot at a different type of football this fall. The City of Lincolnton Parks and Recreation is announcing it will have a youth co-ed flag football program in place by September, Lincolnton Parks and…

Brian Brown replaces father

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MAIDEN — For Maiden High School, an upcoming change could be good or bad. On Wednesday, the Blue Devils held a press conference at the school to announce that former offensive coordinator Brian Brown would be the school’s head football coach for next season. “We’re very proud of Brian. Brian’s…

Cherryville Post 100 continues win streak

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CHERRYVILLE — Even hard-to-please coach Bobby Reynolds is impressed with Cherryville Post 100’s fast start. “Obviously, it is a great start,” Reynolds said after Cherryville ran its season record to 8-0 (5-0 Western Division-Area Four) Thursday night with a 14-3 win over Henderson County. “We have a lot of kids…

Denver falls to last place

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American Legion baseball team Gastonia Post 23 defeated Denver Post 455 Wednesday 12-6 at ‘The Corral’ pushing Denver to last place in the Area IV Eastern Division standings. “They out-hustled us, out-played us and particularly out-hustled us,” Denver Post 455 head coach Bruce Bolick said. Post 23 (2-3, 3-6) lashed…

Mustangs triumph despite odds

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After winning the Southern Piedmont Conference last year and earning a share of the conference title this year, East Lincoln head coach Jason Dragoon said he didn’t imagine his team finishing any better than third. “Considering what we had lost from last year’s team and how young we would be…

Rebels rewarded

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Athletes of the Year

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Roadrunners finish second

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The Cherryville Roadrunners USSSA 9-and-under boys traveling baseball team took runners-up in the state championship in Charlotte Sunday. The team was formed in November of 2007 and is comprised of players from Lincoln and Gaston Counties. The Roadrunners are a local USSSA baseball team made up of 9-year-old boys from…

Seventh heaven

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The Cherryville Ironmen won their seventh 1A high school baseball state championship title with a 11-0 mercy rule victory over the Hampstead Topsail Pirates Saturday and a 2-0 victory Friday after beginning the season 1-4. “I was ready for the dog pile,” junior Cory Parks said. “That’s the greatest feeling…