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Young trio has Ironmen at No. 1

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As the 6-foot-7 leader of the 18-1, 9-0 Cherryville Ironmen, the No. 1 team in the state in 1A basketball, 15-year old center Justin Johnson has a lot of pressure on him. While it might not be the weight of the world, it’s certainly the weight of Cherryville. So how…

Riley named top coach

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For the second consecutive year, Coach Tom Riley, head football coach at the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, has been selected as the Mason-Dixon Conference Football Coach of the Year for the 2005 season. The NCSD Bears finished 7-2 for the season. The 7-2 record was the best…

Sports Briefs

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Lincolnton state championship shirts T-shirts and sweatshirts are currently on sale commemorating their appearance in the 2A State Championship. The shirts will read, ‘Lincolnton Wolves, 2005 State Championship.’ Shirts are on sale at the school and Lincoln Athletics. T-shirts will cost $12, while sweatshirts will cost $20. Carolina Flight The…

Now that’s a fish

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Lowery lifts Mustangs, Rebels upset Vikings 48-42

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Jamelle Lowery’s 28 points heled lead East Lincoln past Bessemer City 59-50 Tuesday night. Lowery established a new school record, knocking down 16-of-18 free throws in the process. “I used my quickness to penetrate to the bucket because my shot wasn’t falling and I got to the line and just…

Knights rally for Falasca

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Kathryn Thorne, Alyssa Lowe and Ashley Thackeray all came up huge for the Lady Knights (11-7, 8-1) down the stretch in North Lincoln’s 53-49 victory over Cherryville (8-9, 5-4). Just over one minute left, Thorne tied the contest at 48. On the ensuing possession for the Knights, Lowe nailed a…

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…