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Popple caps career as state runner-up

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Rebels headed to the next level

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West Lincoln seniors Paul Finger and Johnathan Wise have been teammates since they were in the seventh grade, so it was fitting they announced where they would continue their baseball careers together at the same time. Finger and Wise were joined by their parents, Rebels head baseball coach Allan Chapman…

Baxter makes decision to be a Bobcat

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Nicole Baxter won’t have to worry about college recruiters when softball season rolls around—that decision has already been made. In life, there are times you just know. You don’t know why you know and don’t see it coming, but nonetheless you feel it. That’s how it was for Baxter the…

Mustangs look to pull upset

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East Lincoln’s head coach Mike Byus and the rest of his coaching staff have generated lots of excitement and buzz in just their first year. Last week, in the first round of the 2A State Playoffs, the Mustangs pulled off what’s believe to be their first ever home playoff victory…

Lions make it a 3-peat

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For the third consecutive year, the Lincoln Christian Academy Lady Lions won the Carolina Christian Athletic Association regular season and tournament title. Under the direction of head coach Charlie Greene, the Lady Lions compiled a record of 19-0. Captains Haley Greene, Megan Caldwell and Amber Crump were integral parts of…

No easy rematch for Lincolnton

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The celebration lasted throughout the weekend, then it was back to work for the Lincolnton Wolves who refuse to get complacent entering their second round match-up versus Red Springs. A season ago, the Wolves ended the Red Devils’ season with a 28-6 away win. They’re expecting Red Springs’ best shot.…

Living Legends recognized

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The scope of Bruce Bolick’s achievement in high school athletics did not hit him until he walked into the James W. Warren Citizens Center Saturday night. “I must I admit I am overwhelmed,” Bolick said after his induction into the Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame. “You look around and…

Lions too much for Knights

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Shelby just had too much speed. North Lincoln kept it close, trailing only 14-7, at the end of the first quarter but a 28-point explosion by the Golden Lions propelled them to a 49-28 victory and into the second round. “They had a lot of speed. We played really good…

Cavs end Rebels’ season

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West Lincoln traveled to East Rutherford Friday night for an opening round game in the 2AA state playoffs. It marked the first time the Rebels had ever played in a postseason game. The Rebels were rewarded a playoff spot after a third place finish in conference play while the Cavaliers…

Sykes runs wild in Mustangs home playoff victory

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Ashe County knew entering the game to beat East Lincoln, they would need to stop Mustang seniors Thomas Huntley and Ryan Sykes. Despite doing everything they could to prevent both from turning in explosive plays, Huntley and Sykes made enough big plays to garner what’s believed to be East Lincoln’s…