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Mustangs bring swimming state crown to Denver

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The East Lincoln Mustangs swim team did something that hadn’t been done since 1995—win a state title. Last Saturday, the Mustangs turned North Carolina State University green and orange as the men’s swim team bested all competition. Denver fans even got into the act as they named Most Spirited by…

Rebels fight hard but fall to No. 1

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After losing 17 seniors, West Lincoln’s wrestling team was supposed to have a ‘down season.’ But senior leaders Matt Avery, James Pearson, Tyler Wilfong and Johnny Walker were determined to not let that happen. Although the Rebels’ team season came to an end versus the No. team in the state…

Sain’s Perfect run?

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When head coach Tom Sain took over the West Lincoln JV Rebels he had one specific goal in mind—to win the Southern Piedmont Conference Championship. Little did he know, he would have a legitimate shot to go undefeated. Entering this afternoon’s game versus Lincolnton, the JV Rebels stand at 15-2…

Remembering Trey

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Five players were honored as part of North Lincoln’s senior night. Four in body and one in spirit. Kenny Bethea, Kyle Baker, Alex Loftin and Reid Ketner watched as fellow-senior Trey Whiteside had his jersey retired. Whiteside, a 16-year old, who passed away in a tragic car accident last summer…

Lady Knights fall to Vikings, East clinches second place

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North Lincoln let an eight-point lead slip away with six minutes to play before succumbing to South Iredell 59-52 Tuesday night in a battle for first place in the Southern Piedmont. Lady Knights head coach Mark Lackey credits the Lady Vikings (15-8, 12-1) for North’s collapse. “They forced us away…

Iron will: Ironmen beat Wolves

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Cherryville head coach Scott Harrill took what could’ve been a dire circumstance and made something positive out of it just in time for a 72-71 victory at Lincolnton. After dismissing sophomore starter Kalem Johnson and reserve guard Daniel Martin for a violation of team rules, Harrill shared Romans 5:3 with…

Lady Rebels down Yellow Jackets

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West Lincoln downed Bessemer City 53-29 behind another double-double from senior Sara Elmore. Elmore scored 19 points, had 11 boards and four steals in the victory, while Holly Hoover and Jessie Watts each had 11 in the win. Kayda Caldwell chipped in seven. Auny McCaskill paced Bessemer with 15 points…

Standing tall in the middle

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Mustangs take state crown

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East Lincoln’s men swim team won the 1A/2A State Championship Saturday held on the campus of North Carolina State University. The Mustangs scored 240 team points to best runner-up Cardinal Gibbons (190.5), Mount Airy (176), Hillsborough Cedar Ridge (134) and Reidsville (119). East Lincoln’s women finish fifth, tallying 86 points.…

Showdown set for the Lady Knights

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The Lady Knights refused to look past Lincolnton Friday and their focus earned them a 73-57 victory. North Lincoln (15-7, 11-1) will battle South Iredell (14-8, 11-) Tuesday night, but they knew for that game to mean anything they would have to get past Lincoln County rival Lincolnton (6-14, 5-7).…