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Garner wins state

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SHELBY— Garner`s Lief Baker proved to be the perfect foil for a hot team. Baker pitched eight scoreless innings Sunday to lead Garner to a 4-0 victory over Caldwell County in the 15th and decisive game of the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Championship Tournament. Caldwell forced a second game…

Lowery looks to make mark on Lady Wolves

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Franklin Lowery has coached for nearly 23 years. When you’ve coached over two decades of basketball, it’s time to find a new challenge. His challenge is to lead his team, the Lincolnton Lady Wolves, to the promised land. Lowery’s first objective will be teaching basic fundamentals on and off the…

Mustangs prepare for season

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East Lincoln Mustang Brent Caldwell form-tackles Tim Webb in Wednesday afternoon’s football practice. The Mustangs will begin their second season under head coach Matt Rikard with a scrimmage versus Newton Conover on Tuesday at home. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Lowery named Lady Wolves` coach

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Lincolnton High School announced Friday that Franklin Lowery will be the new Lady Wolves head basketball coach. Wolves’ Athletic Director Scott Cloninger announced that decision and several other decisions pertaining to coaching hires. Assisting Lowery will be Melinda Kilgrove, a first year teacher from Ohio. “She has a solid athletic…

Long-time softball coach resigns

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On Tuesday, one successful coaching career came to an end while another continued at West Lincoln High School. Allen Hoyle, who coached for years, decided to resign as softball coach. Hoyle will remain a teacher at the high school but due to wanting to spend more time with his family…

Chunking the ol` pigskin

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Sophomore quarterback Taylor Woodie throws a pass in Tuesday afternoon’s practice. Woodie is embarking on his second season as the Rebels’ signal caller. As a freshman, Woodie showed good leadership, athleticism and solid competitiveness. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

All-Star Champions

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The Boger City 8 year old All-Star team won the first annual All-Star Tournament held at Lincolnton Optimist Park. Team members are, front row, left to right, Cameron Walker, Tyger McRee, Ethan Dellinger, Ethan Smith and Eathan Wilkinson. Second row, left to right, Quinton Huss, JR Wilson, Jac McRee, Chase…

Yarbrough wins race

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Denver’s Dan Yarbrough bided his time for 16 laps, then moved out front of leader Buddy Smith to lead and win the 20-lap main for Late Models at East Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Smith started on the pole and took the lead when the green waved with third place started…

Football season is on way

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Casey Woodie (pictured), and the Knights will participate in a scrimmage jamboree on August 13th at West Lincoln. Lincolnton and North Wilkes will join North Lincoln and the host Rebels at 6 p.m. for Lincoln County football preseason action. File photo…

Andrews and Watson named soccer coaches

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As the school year starts, two Lincoln County schools will have new men’s soccer coaches. At North Lincoln, Preston Springer will be replaced by baseball coach Shawn Andrews. Lincolnton will replace John Meeker with Ed Watson. It’s believed that both Springer and Meeker stepped down voluntarily. Knights’ athletic director Mark…