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Easter Tourney The Easter Baseball Tournament will once again be held at Lincolnton High School and will be sponsored by Carolina Trust Bank and Lincoln Athletics. At 5 p.m. on Monday, West Lincoln will face Lake Norman, followed by Lincolnton versus North Lincoln at 8. The two losing teams will…

Finger reaches 100

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With his team up by a lone run, senior Jonathan Thomas slugged a massive two-run homer over the left-field fence and with one swing helped lift the Rebels to their second win in a row in a 9-5 victory over South Iredell. The home Vikings took a 3-1 lead in…

Chiefs are county champs

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It was a day to remember for West Lincoln’s boys track team and East Lincoln’s girls track team Wednesday at the Lincoln County Middle School Track Meet. The Chiefs won the county crown for the boys, tallying 75.5 points, followed by the Falcons (69), Wildcats (47.5) and Panthers (37). On…

Wolves upset Ironmen 15-10 after trailing by 7 runs

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CHERRYVILLE–The night belonged to Nate Wright, Tyler Howard and a bunch of Lincolnton Wolves who refused to give up. Trailing Southern Piedmont Conference leader Cherryville 10-3 after four innings of play, the Wolves upstaged the Ironmen at their own game and rallied for an improbable 15-10 win Friday night. When…

Lady Knights keep on winning

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The Lady Knights started the second half of their Southern Piedmont season like they finished their first—undefeated. North Lincoln downed county rival East Lincoln 5-1 Thursday at home behind the strong pitching of senior Nicole Baxter. Baxter (9-1) threw a complete game, two-hitter and struck out seven as she nears…

Seeing green and orange

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Early returns did not bode well for first-year head coach Chris Matile. His Mustangs were 3-3 and had started the Southern Piedmont off with two straight losses, appearing to be a mediocre team. The low point for Matile’s bunch was striking out 19 times against rival North Lincoln and senior…

Sports Roundup

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Wilson signs with Wesleyan Former Lincolnton Wolves’ star point guard Darren Wilson signed with Southern Wesleyan Thursday at Clinton Junior College in Rock Hill. Wilson helped lead Clinton to a 20-14, 9-7 record and a NJCAA Region X championship, while averaging 12 points per game. Moving on up Dustin Weaver…

Rebels stop losing streak, look to get back into SP race

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VALE– After dropping back-to-back Southern Piedmont games versus Cherryville and Bessemer City, the West Lincoln Rebels could ill-afford to lose Tuesday night’s game. Whether they faced county rival North Lincoln or a cellar-dweller, they needed to protect their house. Riding the pitching of junior Ryan Rhodes and timely hitting, they…

Mustangs red hot

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The East Lincoln Mustangs needed one extra inning before beating South Iredell 3-2 Tuesday night. After senior Mitchell Lynch walked and a passed ball advanced him to second, freshman R.J. Colichio laid down a bunt down the first baseline. Fielded cleanly, an errant throw went sailing into right field, allowing…

Knight and day perfection

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PUMPKIN CENTER– Entering the match-up between county rivals West and North Lincoln, the Lady Rebels had confidence. Putting together a respectable record and playing Cherryville close (4-2), their confidence was well-founded. But what confidence they had was shattered as they ran into the Southern Piedmont’s premier team in a lopsided…