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Stingy third quarter “D” lifts Mustangs

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To have maintain having any chance to qualify for the 3A State Basketball Playoffs, the East Lincoln Mustangs (14-9, 7-7) were faced with a must-win situation Friday night at South Point in the regular season finale. They proved to be up to the task, especially in the third quarter when…

Wolves win season finale over Bears

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In a game that they had to have, the Lincolnton Wolves came up big with a 72-61 victory over Bunker Hill Friday night at River Bend Middle School. Due to problems with the gymnasium floor at Bunker Hill High, the Bears have been playing their home games across the street…

Knights duo reaches 1A State tournament

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North Lincoln Knights sophomores Derrick Hanks and Aaron Licourt are proving that good things come in small packages. Hanks (103 pounds) and Licourt (112) have advanced to the 1A State Individual Tournament to be held in Winston-Salem next weekend. Hanks pinned Starmount’s Josh Swaim :25 into the first round. In…

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…

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…