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Back-to-back Sectional Champs

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DENVER — Four East Lincoln Mustang players scored in double figures to upset No. 1-ranked Salisbury 76-62, ending the Hornets’ 28-game win streak Friday and earning back-to-back 2A Western Sectional final championships. “It’s a great accomplishment to repeat as Sectional Champs,” East Lincoln head basketball coach Neal Hodges said. “I…

Sports Roundup

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Baseball Pine Lake Prep 9, Lincoln Charter 7 David Scoggins went five innings and struck out nine in a losing effort. Zach Hollar came in one inning relief and had two strikeouts in the loss for Lincoln Charter. Offensively: David Scoggins: 1-3, 3 RBI Ethan Bumgarner: 1-3, RBI Basketball Cherryville…

Mustangs soar past Red Hawks

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DENVER — East Lincoln senior guard Spenser Sydney’s one-handed jam over Monroe’s Sharmir Hailey at the 2:49 mark in the final quarter made the crowd go ecstatic. Though he converted the play for three points, it was much more than three points, the dunk itself was possibly a statement or…

Eagles grow with confidence

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DENVER — Moving around isn’t always easy. Just ask Lincoln Charter Eagles head girls and boys basketball coach Rick Rose. “We knew it was going to be a challenge this season,” he said. “But we wanted to be a in a growing conference where we could be competitive.” Rose is…

Baker wins USTA Jr. tourney

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SHELBY — Laura Baker, a junior at West Lincoln High School, last year’s girls tennis regional top seed, regional champion and state semi-finalist, swept all the awards at the Cleveland County Tennis Association’s Jr. Classic this past weekend in Shelby. The top-seeded Baker won the girls 16-and-under championship of the…

Ayers excited about tennis season

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LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Wolves boys tennis team is hoping to improve on last year’s four-win total as Wolves tennis head coach Phil Ayers said “this year the window of opportunity is definitely open.” “This group deserves to win but nothing is guaranteed,” he said. “I’m pulling for them hard.”…

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College Baseball Former West Lincoln baseball standout Jake Watts (0-1) allowed six hits, four earned runs and walked three in 3.0 innings of work, his first on a collegiate mound. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs lost 12-1 on Tuesday to USC-Upstate at home. Watts had a rough start, loading the bases in…

Sports Briefs

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Cherryville Little League Cherryville Little League is having registration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion hut in Cherryville. The cost per player is $30 and 2 for $50. Items needed at registration: Official birth certificate (will be returned), Proof of residence (example: driver’s license),…

Wolves trapped out of playoffs

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Climax, NC — In their first round of the boys 2A West basketball state playoffs, the Lincolnton Wolves found themselves in a trap — a defensive trap — against the Providence Grove Patriots on Monday. “Things obviously didn’t go our way,” Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie said. “Providence Grove played…

Mustangs lose focus, game

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SALISBURY — With five minutes left in Salisbury’s game with East Lincoln on Tuesday night, Hornets’ coach Andrew Mitchell put in the girls at the very end of the bench. At the time, they were up by 50. You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the East…