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Ironmen in quest for perfection

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Senior Brad Kendrick refused to let Cherryville (18-1, 9-0) lose. Within a two-minute stretch, in the final quarter, Kendrick scored six points in a key 10-0 run by the Ironmen to help lift Cherryville past North Lincoln 77-73. At the time of the Ironmen’s game-deciding run, the Knights (5-13, 4-5)…

Wolves hold banquet

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Lincolnton revived an old tradition Saturday night, and for a good reason. The Wolves had such a splendid season in football that the school held a banquet to celebrate the team`s runner-up finish in the 2A playoffs and to honor the individual members. Once an annual event at Lincolnton, the…

Sitting in second place all alone

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Considering East Lincoln dealt Lincolnton a loss in the season opener conventional wisdom said the Mustangs would have a much harder time on the Wolves home court Friday night. Conventional wisdom was wrong. Behind 23 points from leading-scorer Trishtan Johnson and 15 from his sidekick Jamelle Lowery, the Mustangs ran…

Knights take pair from the Rebels

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Kenny Bethea’s career-high of 31 points led North Lincoln past West Lincoln 74-63 Friday night. Bethea’s teammate Alex Loftin added 16 in the victory. “He’s finally getting his strength and confidence back. He’s finding his comfort zone within the team and has shown he can play as a presence underneath…

Making it count down the stretch

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Cherryville head coach Scott Harrill and his Ironmen (16-1, 7-0) had one goal in mind entering Wednesday night’s game. And although it did not come easy, the Ironmen achieved their goal of going undefeated through the first half of the Southern Piedmont’s Conference schedule with a 67-63 over Lincolnton (9-2,…

Eagles get sweep, Rebels hope to avenge

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The Lincoln Charter Eagles swept Resurrection Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles (3-7, 2-1) won 41-31 with Sarah Barbagli in double figures with 10. Loren Machado added nine in the victory, while Brooke Gallagher chipped in with eight. Katelyn Dean scored 18 in the losing cause. In the men’s game, Justin…

Showdown night in Southern Piedmont

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Tonight will mark two showdowns in the Southern Piedmont as wins tonight could go a long way in determining the conference championship. On the men’s side, Cherryville (15-1, 6-0) will host Lincolnton (9-1, 5-1) in a battle of the No. 1 and 2 teams. The Ironmen beat East Lincoln on…

Wilson nets 29 in win

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Call it in the zone, call it ‘balling,’ call it taking over the game. Whatever you want to call it, sophomore guard Darren Wilson was in it as he led Clinton Junior College 11-6, 2-0.over Belmont Abbey’s JV team Sunday night. Wilson, who was an accomplished scorer at Lincolnton High…

Lincolnton just keeps on winning

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Lincolnton (9-1, 5-1) won its ninth-straight game with a lopsided 61-31 victory over county rival West Lincoln (4-11, 1-5) Friday night. The Wolves jumped out to a 20-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter and never looked back led by Lance Friday’s 16 points. “We played extremely well.…

One for North’s memory book

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The moment was three years in the making. East Lincoln (11-5, 4-2) walked off the floor in disbelief while North Lincoln fans poured onto the court in celebration. A Trishtan Johnson 3-pointer bounced on the rim twice before hitting the floor, completing the Knights 61-58 victory Friday night. As shocking…