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EL Optimist b-ball The East Lincoln Optimist Club will be holding signups for the 2008-09 basketball season. Boys and girls in the third through 12th grade are eligible to sign up. Signups will be held at the Optimist Club on November 6, 11 and 13 from 6-8 p.m. and Nov.…

Childers, Delinger, Hatley win contested school board seats

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In a field of eight candidates, four school hopefuls emerged as winners in a competitive race. Kelly Childers won the at-large seat with a total of 13,055 votes. Matt Zmijewski came in second place with 9,344 votes.. Clifidean Foster Bethea finished in third place at 5,203 votes. Childers, son of…

Eight inductees enter sports HOF

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They were athletes, coaches, role-models and heroes. But most of all the eight people inducted into the Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday are all winners. Scott Cloninger, Maebelle Aderholt Earnhardt, Ryan Shelton, Jerry and Terry Gates, Bill Abernathy Maurice Moore and Butch Ross are not winners…

Teams place in top 10

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CLEMMONS — Both the Lincolnton girls and East Lincoln boys cross country teams made their marks at the 2A high school state cross country meet Saturday, as both squads finished in the top 10. Lincolnton senior Morgan Turner was Lincoln County’s top finisher as she placed sixth overall with a…

Seniors lead the way to 45-19 win

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PUMPKIN CENTER — It was a special night for the North Lincoln football seniors who possibly played their last home game of the season at “The Dungeon” Friday night as they defeated rival West Lincoln 45-19. Twenty-three seniors led the Knights (7-3, 4-1) to an important victory that keeps North…

Wolves eye forward progress with victory

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CHERRYVILLE — Lincolnton coach Scott Cloninger sent a fashion statement to the Wolves Friday night. Still smarting from Monday night’s surprise loss to Bessemer City, Cloninger pulled out some old practice pants and jerseys and ordered his players to wear them as game uniforms against Cherryville. “I was mad at…

Luck wasn’t on Mustangs side

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DENVER — East Lincoln head soccer coach Jason Dragoon knew it was going to be tough playing an underdog team like East Davidson. He thought his team was ready to play, but the Mustangs lost at home 4-2 in the opening round of the 2A West soccer playoffs Wednesday. “It’s…

Wolves squad makes history

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WINSTON-SALEM — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships in cross-country for both boys and girls will be held at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Saturday. Both the Lincolnton girls and East Lincoln boys will take their shots at state titles. This meet is especially significant for the…

Wolves lose in OT

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The Lincolnton Wolves unfortunately suffered the same fate as the Mustangs Wednesday as they lost 2-1 in extra time to Forest Hills. The Yellow Jackets were down 1-0 at the half, but scored a goal in the second half to force extra time and then scored the game-winning goal five…

Teams look to finish strong

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As the final two weeks of regular season high school football begin to close, questions will be answered. Teams will show their true colors or fall by the wayside. Lincolnton head coach Scott Cloninger and his Wolves are expecting to get back on track after Monday’s 14-13 defeat at Bessemer…