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WL team ousted in state

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The West Lincoln Belles saw their bid for a state softball title fall short with a semifinal loss in the N.C. State Dixie Youth Softball tournament at Shallotte. The Belles, playing in the 13-15 year-old division, finished 2-2 for the tournament Tuesday after a 9-4 loss to Brunswick in an…

Junior Legion tournament opens

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Apex will be Cherryville Post 100’s opening game opponent Friday in the state Junior Legion tournament at the Catawba County Fairgrounds in Hickory. Cherryville and Apex play the final game of opening day at 7 p.m. If Post 100 wins Friday, it will play again in the winner’s bracket on…

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Former E. Lincoln soccer star leads West team to win Former East Lincoln goalkeeper Erin Smith recorded two saves and allowed one goal as the West beat the East 2-1 in the 2005 North Carolina Coaches Association Women’s Soccer All-Star game Tuesday at UNCG. Smith, the Big South 3A Conference…

Caldwell ends jinx

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CHERRYVILLE–With the pitching staffs of both teams wearing thin, Sunday night`s game four of the Area 4 semifinal series between Caldwell County and Cherryville figured to be a high-scoring affair. The problem for Cherryville was that Caldwell County did most of the scoring. Post 29 battered Cherryville pitching for 15…

Ayers returns to LHS Lady Wolves tennis coach

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After a four-year hiatus from coaching, Phil Ayers will be back this fall as women’s tennis coach at Lincolnton High School. Ayers announced Friday that he has accepted the position, which was made vacant by the retirement of Chris Hoffman. Ayers, a West Lincoln High School and Western Carolina University…

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Duo wins Norman bass tournament With a five fish limit catch weighing 13.20 pounds, the team of Roy Winkler from Charlotte and Chris Curtis of Conover took first place honors in Friday’s Friday Night Fishin’ Friends group (FNFF) team bass tournament on Lake Norman. Finishing second was the team of…

Post 100 drops Game 1 after 5-0 lead

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GRANITE FALLS–Cherryville had favored Caldwell County reeling a bit and perhaps thinking about recent playoff history. But Post 100 made too many mistakes and gave the defending Area Four champions too many outs in a couple of innings. Trailing 5-0 in front of a crowd estimated at 700, Caldwell County…

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NL Optimist Football The North Lincoln Optimist Club will have football sign-ups for kids ages 7-13. Anyone interested in playing should call 704-748-2360. If interested in being a coach please call the same number for more information. Boger City Boosters All prospective football players between the ages of 7-12 can…

West Lincoln’s eyes on state title

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It may take five hours to get there. But a trip from Vale to Shallotte has 12 teenagers excited nonetheless. West Lincoln Optimist’s Dixie fast-pitch softball team (Ages 14-15) will make the trek to compete in the North Carolina State Dixie Softball Tournament this weekend. Ashley Workman, Whitney Ellis, Brittany…

Herbert ready in Denver

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When the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour reaches the mid-point of the season, teams are given the time to reflect on their past performance and focus on the remaining 11 races on the schedule. Doug Herbert and his Snap-on Tools dragster team put the three-week break between races to good…