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Rebels hang on to advance vs. Wolves

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VALE — With West Lincoln just six outs away from reaching Thursday’s championship game of the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament, head coach Allan Chapman decided to ride the horse that brought them. Chapman inserted senior Chris Henderson, who got six straight outs (three strikeouts), allowing the Rebels to hold on…

Wright sparks Wolves

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CHERRYVILLE—Nate Wright had the “right stuff” for the Lincolnton Wolves. Wright’s fifth-inning momentum-changing two-run home run, his third homer of the year off the same Cherryville pitcher, sparked the seventh-seeded Wolves to an 8-7 upset up second-seeded Cherryville Monday night in the first round of the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference…

Wolves reach SP title game

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With a 3-2 upset of West Lincoln, the Lincolnton Lady Wolves are on the verge of doing something nearly unthinkable. After going 3-11 on the season, the Lady Wolves have advanced to Thursday’s Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament championship versus North Lincoln. “We’ve told them all season long they had the…

High Lifts West

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West Lincoln downed South Iredell 16-14 Monday night. Chris Henderson earned the win on the mound, striking out four and giving up three hits. Tyler High led the charge for the Rebels with four RBIs, while senior Johnathan Wise went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Leadoff batter Payden…

Mustangs season comes to an end?

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PUMPKIN CENTER–Two outs away from their season being over, the East Lincoln Mustangs looked to rally from three runs down. Despite being held at bay by righthand junior T.J. Skidmore, it appeared lady luck was on the Mustangs side when a routine ground ball went right under an infielder’s glove…

Repeat champs?

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PUMPKIN CENTER–The North Lincoln Lady Knights are one game away from defending a conference championship, only this time it’s in the Southern Piedmont and not the Southern Foothills. With a 9-1 victory over county rival East Lincoln, which had a 9-5 SP mark on the season, Tuesday the Lady Knights…

Popple’s going the distance

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Most any distance runner would be pretty worn out after running four events. Then again, most guys wouldn’t punish themselves for a mediocre performance by running home. Brad Popple is not most guys. After finishing second to his teammate, junior Rick Handy, who Popple says has helped push him all…

Henderson gits-r-done

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Ending on a good note

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Lincolnton’s softball team won its final three games of the regular season. First, they defeated East Lincoln in come-from-behind fashion 10-9, after trailing 9-5 entering the seventh. Brittany Minteer reached on a strikeout throwing error by the catcher, which tied the game at nine versus the Lady Mustangs. Heather Flynn…

Sports Briefs

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Softball Tourney There will be a SSAA Qualifier Tournament presented by Hooters of Gastonia/SSO/Rush Energy Drink will have a three-game guaranteed softball tournament for D and E teams this Saturday at Ferguson Park in Gastonia. The entry fee is $165 per team. Hooters of Gastonia will hold its annual benefit…