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Fresh start for Rebels and Gusler

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Some people wonder why Randal Gusler would give up being an athletic director to become a head coach. Some whispers say that’s a demotion. To him it’s an opportunity. “I love football and I just want to coach football. My true love is football,” he said. Gusler was named the…

Scoop Kiser one of a kind

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CHERRYVILLE–Whatever success I had as a smalltown sports editor, I owe to three people. One was my high school English teacher at Cherryville High School, Vera B. Hoyle. She taught me a love of the written word. The second was Smack Proctor, sports editor at the Lincoln-Times News, whom I…

Must-Win Games

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Jamelle Lowery looks to help the East Lincoln Mustangs gain entry into the 3A State Playoffs. For that to happen, the Mustangs (13-9, 6-7) must win tonight at South Point. Chris Dean / LTN Photo…

Beam named Knights football coach

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Five-years old, that’s the first time Matt Beam roamed the sidelines. Now 22 years later, he has the opportunity to be a head coach. Wednesday night, Beam was approved by Lincoln County’s School Board to become the North Lincoln Knights new football coach, replacing Lonnie Custer. For the 27-year old,…

Regionals begin today

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Both the West Lincoln Rebels and the North Lincoln Knights suffered disappoint finishes to their team wrestling season. The Rebels were knocked out in the third round of the 2A State Dual Team Tournament by Bandys, while the Knights were ousted by Surry Central in the first round of the…

Standing room only at East

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The stage was set for East Lincoln to pull an upset over the East Gaston Warriors, literally. With bleachers filled to capacity, on both sides, extra chairs had to be set up on the stage behind one of the baskets. While the Mustangs laid it all out on Senior Night,…

Beam is Knights` top choice

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Matt Beam is the leading candidate in North Lincoln’s search to find Lonnie Custer’s replacement as Knights’ head coach. While sources say he already is the new head coach, his hiring is contingent upon how Lincoln County’s School Board votes in tonight’s meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. “The candidate of…

Sports Roundup

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Bears slide by Rebels The West Lincoln Rebels fell to Bunker Hill 59-54 Tuesday night at Bunker Hill. West Lincoln cut trailed by double-figures, but cut the deficit to six late. Unfortunately for the Rebels’ faithful, back-to-back turnovers derailed any chance they had to win. Despite the loss, Rebels’ head…

Cavs handle Wolves

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East Rutherford played a man-to-man pressure defense and had great shot selection on offense to put to rest any thought of a Wolves’ upset Tuesday night as the Cavaliers came away with a 70-51 victory at Lincolnton High School. The Cavaliers broke open an 8-8 game late in the first…

Slow start costs Wolves

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The Bandys Trojans defeated the Lincolnton Wolves 73-65 Friday night, trimming the Wolves lead for the fourth and final playoff spot to one game. With the loss, the Wolves fall to 6-6 in the Midwest 2A, while the Trojans improve to 5-7 in conference play with only two games remaining.…