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Ironmen deny Mustang repeat

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CHERRYVILLE–Cherryville has been led all season by its two marquee players, junior point guard Cameron Lovelace (23 ppg) and junior center Justin Johnson (28 ppg). Friday night in the championship game of the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament, some unsung heroes stepped into the spotlight for the Ironmen. Cherryville (23-4)…

Mustangs repeat champs?

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The Highland Tech Rams took excellent care of the basketball Wednesday night against East Lincoln. But due to an aggressive smothering defense, it didn’t seem to matter as they couldn’t do anything with it as the Mustangs advanced to the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament championship game with a convincing 46-31…

Eyes on the prize

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One quality that great teams have, regardless of the sport, is peaking at the right time. While it can be argued the West Lady Rebels have ‘peaked,’ all season, they saved their best effort for the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament semifinal versus North Lincoln. While the Knights trailed the Lady…

Ironmen in championship thanks to comeback

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CHERRYVILLE— North Lincoln senior Adrian Arruza did all he could to help the North Lincoln Knights pull off what would’ve been a substantial upset Thursday night in Southern Piedmont Conference tournament semifinal. But Cherryville, down by as many as 13 points in the first half, proved why it is the…

Knights moving on to 2nd round

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North Lincoln and West Lincoln entered the first round of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament with the exact same records. And watching them match each other point-for-point, effort-for-effort, resulting in nine ties and five lead changes, it was easy to see why. In the end, early heroics of Jordan Smith…

Cline reaches 1,000

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When Lincolnton senior Jessie Cline made a second quarter free throw in Friday night’s game versus West Lincoln, it seemed innocent enough. And while many Wolves fans knew Cline had joined the exclusive 1,000-point club, she had no idea. That is until they put a momentary stop to the game…

Mustangs slip by the Wolves 64-61

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On paper, Monday’s matchup between the East Lincoln Mustangs and Lincolnton Wolves in the first round of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament looked a mismatch. But desperate times call for desperate measures and with the Wolves playing for their season, they about pulled off the big upset. A last second…

North to meet West again

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West Lincoln beat Bessemer City 58-46 in the first round of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament Monday night. Senior Holly Hoover paced the Lady Rebels with 13 points, while both Sarah Norman and Jessie Watts had 10 points. “She really stepped it up. Her shot was on that night and…

Mustangs share SP title with Ironmen

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East Lincoln didn’t allow revenge-minded North Lincoln to exact anything in an 84-70 victory Friday night. While everyone knows sophomore Keith Rendleman is talented, perhaps no one was in store for what he unleashed on the Knights. The 6-foot-5 budding star poured in 35 points and ripped down 11 boards…

Back-to-back for Ironmen

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It was a case of “mission accomplished” on two fronts for the Cherryville Ironmen Friday night at Bessemer City High School. First of all, Cherryville`s 77-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets in front of standing-room-only crowd gave the Ironmen sweet payback for a Jan. 12 loss to their rival in…