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Branton to continue running career at Wingate

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David Branton has accomplished a lot as a runner. All-conference three years, team captain, Lincoln County champion and Southern Piedmont Conference Runner of the Year. Now, he can add Wingate-signee to his running resume. Branton, a senior at West Lincoln, shunned Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum in favor of Wingate as he…

Playoff drought over for East

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The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs did something Monday night they haven’t done in over a decade—win a state basketball playoff game. Riding the stellar individual efforts of sophomores Kiandra Long and Lindsy Wright, who both scored a team-high 20 points, the Lady Mustangs beat West Davidson 64-53—their first playoff win…

Ironmen dream ends

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CHERRYVILLE—It was not the way Cherryville’s record-setting senior class expected to go out. The Ironmen went down in the first round of the state 1A sectional playoffs Tuesday night in front of an overflow crowd at Nixon Gym. Reggie Johnson, a 6-9, 290-pound center who is headed for the University…

Sports Roundup

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Lady Wolves out The Lincolnton Lady Wolves, under the guidance of first-year head coach Jimmy Carr made the 2A State Basketball Playoffs. Unfortunately, although they proved preseason prognasticators, in making the playoffs, they were ousted in the first round by North Surry 55-12. In each of the first three quarters,…

Gary Eudy in race for commission

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Gary Eudy joined Leroy Buff Tuesday afternoon as the Democratic candidates for county commissioner. Unless two more individuals file between today and Friday at noon, Eudy and Buff will have the Democratic Party nomination automatically. “It’s time for the two-party system to work in Lincoln County,” Eudy said Wednesday. “I…

Tough road ahead for teams

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The tight nature of Friday’s Lincolnton/North Lincoln game was fitting. After all, it was a play-in game. While both teams wanted the No. 3 seed in the 2A State playoffs, the Lady Knights emerged victorious 37-35. North Lincoln had three players in double-figures with junior Ashley Thackeray leading the way…

Rebels hope for more success

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Nobody outside of the West Lincoln Rebels’ dugout likely expected them to make another deep playoff run last season ‑‑ yet alone another trip to the 2A Western Regional finals. But thanks to Allan Chapman and a fierce determination to match their talent, the Rebels, who were led by current…

Conference Champs

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Lindsy Wright and Kiandra Long combined to score 20 of the Lady Mustangs 26 points in a 26-10 fourth quarter run, as East Lincoln denied the Lady Rebels back-to-back conference titles in a 63-55 win Friday. The Lady Mustangs (22-5) went on an 18-0 run while holding West Lincoln (20-7)…

Ironmen prevail late, win back-to-back titles

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Cherryville’s smallest player Darius Howell, a 5-foot-4 inch sophomore guard, made the game’s biggest play Friday night, as the Ironmen became the Southern Piedmont’s 1A/2A Conference champions with a 74-73 victory over the East Lincoln Mustangs. “The difference in the game tonight was Darius Howell,” Mustang head coach Neil Hodges…

Wrestling Woes

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It was a disappointing weekend for the West Lincoln Rebels’ wrestling team. With five wrestlers qualified for the 1A/2A State Wrestling tournament in Winston Salem, West Lincoln’s chances for several to place in the state were pretty high. But thanks to misfortune that opportunity never came to fruition. The weekend…