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East Lincoln tennis East Lincoln’s tennis team defeated West Stanly in the first round of the state dual team tournament Tuesday 5-2. Drew Keener, Kendall Law, Houston Stokes and Adam Pressley picked up singles victories for the Mustangs. Keener/Law won in doubles. “We came out a bit tentative and nervous,…

Sports Briefs

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Softball Tourney Hooters of Gastonia will hold its annual benefit softball tournament May 13 with all proceeds going to the Unicef Foundation. The entry fee is $140. For more information, please contact Shane Shuford at 704-445-8566. Masters of the Amateurs Tourney The Abernethy Dealerships are sponsoring the second annual ‘Masters…

Rebels hang on to advance vs. Wolves

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VALE — With West Lincoln just six outs away from reaching Thursday’s championship game of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament, head coach Allan Chapman decided to ride the horse that brought them. Chapman inserted senior Chris Henderson, who got six straight outs (three strikeouts), allowing the Rebels to hold on…

Wright sparks Wolves

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CHERRYVILLE—Nate Wright had the “right stuff” for the Lincolnton Wolves. Wright’s fifth-inning momentum-changing two-run home run, his third homer of the year off the same Cherryville pitcher, sparked the seventh-seeded Wolves to an 8-7 upset up second-seeded Cherryville Monday night in the first round of the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference…

Wolves reach SP title game

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With a 3-2 upset of West Lincoln, the Lincolnton Lady Wolves are on the verge of doing something nearly unthinkable. After going 3-11 on the season, the Lady Wolves have advanced to Thursday’s Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament championship versus North Lincoln. “We’ve told them all season long they had the…

High Lifts West

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West Lincoln downed South Iredell 16-14 Monday night. Chris Henderson earned the win on the mound, striking out four and giving up three hits. Tyler High led the charge for the Rebels with four RBIs, while senior Johnathan Wise went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Leadoff batter Payden…

Mustangs season comes to an end?

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PUMPKIN CENTER–Two outs away from their season being over, the East Lincoln Mustangs looked to rally from three runs down. Despite being held at bay by righthand junior T.J. Skidmore, it appeared lady luck was on the Mustangs side when a routine ground ball went right under an infielder’s glove…

Repeat champs?

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PUMPKIN CENTER–The North Lincoln Lady Knights are one game away from defending a conference championship, only this time it’s in the Southern Piedmont and not the Southern Foothills. With a 9-1 victory over county rival East Lincoln, which had a 9-5 SP mark on the season, Tuesday the Lady Knights…

Jackets no longer buzzing

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Despite not picking up a win in his last three starts, North Lincoln knew exactly where they wanted the baseball versus No. 1 seed Bessemer City—in Josh Belk’s right hand. Belk responded by shutting out the Yellow Jackets 6-0 and advancing the Knights to Thursday night’s Southern Piedmont Conference tournament…

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…