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Wolves fall in opener

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Monday, the Lincolnton Wolves fell 11-3 to South Point in their season opener. Lincolnton was behind 2-0 entering the fifth, but the Red Raiders scored four (three of them unearned) to take a 6-0 lead. The Wolves scored two in the bottom of the fifth, whittling the lead to 6-2,…

Rhodes pitches a gem

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The West Lincoln Rebels are off to a quick 2-0 start after beating Maiden Monday and Fred T. Foard. Junior Ryan Rhodes and Trent Rothlin, a Clemson-signee engaged in a pitching duel that will be remembered for quite some time. Rhodes threw all nine innings, struck out eight batters, walked…

Oh, what a career

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No matter how you slice it, the impact Mustang seniors Thomas Huntley, Trishtan Johnson and Jamelle Lowery have had on the East Lincoln basketball program is undeniable. The two-headed scoring machine, named ‘TJ,’ averaged a combined 35 points per contest, setting numerous school records along the way. Johnson’s school records…

Ironmen bow out at Hiwassee Dam

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Senior shooting guard Antonio Griggs set a school record for the Cherryville Ironmen with 89 wins in a career. Unfortunately, for the Ironmen faithful, he needed 90 to keep the Ironmen’s season alive. Hiwassee Dam limited Cherryville to just seven second quarter points to swing the game in its favor…

Mustangs sectional runner-ups

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West Caldwell’s Stoney Polite was anything but in 79-59 victory over East Lincoln in the No. 2 Sectional Final in the 2A State Basketball Playoffs. Polite poured in a game-high 28 points, made three 3-pointers and was 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in helping head coach Danny Anderson claim his…

Whittle 2nd in state

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Rebels’ junior Matt Whittle had his eyes set on a second consecutive individual state championship in wrestling for West Lincoln, but it was not to be. Whittle fell to North Wilkesboro’s George Gianera 6-2 as he had to settle for state runner-up, a feat achieved last year by Dustin Hester.…

The Brady Bunch blows out Cats

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If somebody would’ve said neither Trishtan Johnson or Jamelle Lowery would score 15 and the Mustangs would still beat Hibriten in the second round of the 2A State Playoffs…you would’ve laughed. But the only ones laughing were the Mustangs all the way to a 76-47 victory Thursday night. East Lincoln…

Sports Briefs

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No county passes accepted for playoffs For those interested in attending East Lincoln’s appearance in the 2A sectional finals, admission is $5 and no Lincoln County passes will be honored. The only passes honored will be state-issued passes. That will be the case for any of Lincoln County’s teams in…

Jackets just too much

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Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie had one goal for his team entering Thursday night’s second round of the 2A State Basketball playoffs, play hard. His team accomplished that, but matched up against two division 1 talents, effort isn’t always enough as the Wolves found out in a 71-51 defeat to…

Ironmen on their way to Hiwassee

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With defenders draped on sophomore big man Justin Johnson like coats on a coat-rack, junior Jamelle Jefferies took full-advantage. Jefferies connected 9-of-13 shots for a team-high 19 points in the Ironmen’s 75-64 victory Thursday night. The second-round win advances them to the sectional finals Saturday at 7 p.m. in Hiwasssee…