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Who will it be in Final Four?

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The Cherryville Lady Ironmen’s spirits are soaring after a 6-0 win over Murphy in the second round of the 1A State Softball Playoffs. North Lincoln’s spirits aren’t far below. The Lady Knights reached the third round with a hard-fought 8-6 win over the Swain County Devils in eight innings. Tonight…

Heafner named P.O.Y.

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It’s not surprising Jay Heafner is focusing on the people that have been instrumental in helping him become Southern Conference Player of the Year, instead of the award itself. After batting .286 with seven homeruns and 30 RBIs as a sophomore, Heafner dramatically improved each mark. The Wildcats’ third baseman…

Mustangs sign with CVCC

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A pair of East Lincoln Mustangs have signed to play at Catawba Valley Community College next season. Carlos Marquez-Sykes and Wayne White will join the Buccaneers as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association next fall. Marquez-Sykes averaged a double-double this season for the Mustangs. He was named all-county…

Dream restored: Sain signs with Wilkes Community College

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Lindsey Sain’s dream of playing college basketball took a tremendous blow in the Lincolnton Wolves’ preseason. Sain tore her anterior, medial and lateral cruciate ligaments in her knee and was lost for the season. Monday afternoon, her dream was restored. The two-time Midwest 2A all-conference performer signed a national letter…

Baxter impresses
Junior right-hander earns nickname with brilliant pitching performance

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The SAT is designed to gauge a student’s classroom ability. It’s sometimes frustrating, to other students plain hard, and to all students stressful. So is Nicole Baxter’s pitching. The junior battled through some rough spots in Tuesday’s second round game to finish with 14 strikeouts. While she’s pitched no-hitters numerous…

Can somebody say rematch?

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It took one broken-down bus and a two-and-a-half hour game for the North Lincoln Lady Knights to advance to the elite eight in the 1A State Softball Playoffs Tuesday. The Lady Knights scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning for a thrilling 8 – 6 victory over…

Denver impressive in season opener

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Post 455 started the summer with a bang. After only winning two wins a season ago, Denver beat Burke 14-2 in seven innings Monday night at Brookins’ Memorial Stadium. Shane Brackett, who until this season wore No. 18 in memory of Jonathan Brookins, turned in a career night. Brackett had…

Hamilton state runner-up

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Lincolnton’s Charity Hamilton finished as state runner-up in the shot put event at the 2A Track and Field Championship held on Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A & T University. Hamilton turned in a throw of 37’10”, bested only by Bunn’s Nakisha Stewart.by Staff Reports…

Elkins regroups after win

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Clint Elkins made his first stop in victory lane of 2005 two Saturdays ago at Lancaster Speedway, following a dominating flag to flag victory. Clint aboard his Bugg Busters/Squeak`s Motorsports/A-1 Exhaust/P&W Grill/Trull Amusements/Monte Carlo, took off from his pole position and led all 25 laps of the main event. “We…

Herbert wins round one

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KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio – The day started out real well. Doug Herbert drove the Snap-on Tools dragster to a first round victory over the No. 1 qualifier, Larry Dixon, Sunday at the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals. Herbert drove the Snap-on dragster to a 4.629-second pass at 327.19 mph to beat Dixon’s…