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Bethea three-peat champion

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Kenny Bethea has won the Junior Club Championship three consecutive years now with this year’s victory. Nathaniel Hitt came in first place in 10-11 age group, Ben Beal was first place in the 12-13 group, Deborah Woodrum was 1st place in the 14-17 age group for girls and Reid Ketner…

Experience gone, expectations high

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The bar for East Lincoln Lady Mustangs’ volleyball is set high. For three consecutive years the Lady Mustangs have garnered a Big South 3A Conference title. Last year, in his second year at East Lincoln, head coach JT Spanos guided the Lady Mustangs to a 18-8 record before losing in…

Burgin headed to Wilkes

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Colby Burgin made his college decision recently. The former Lincolnton standout and Denver Post 455 standout will play his college baseball at Wilke`s Community College in Wilkesboro. The team returns only five players, so the odds are favorable Burgin will earn a lot of playing time. Burgin will begin his…

Eyeing the hoop

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Christian Byrd has his eyes on the hoop shooting a free throw at the First Baptist Basketball Camp recently. Spencer Pendleton, AJ Gregory and Allison Brown wait patiently for their turn. Brown puts her hands up to cheer for Byrd. File Photo…

Gabriel inducted into wrestling hall of fame

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For years, Steve Gabriel served not only as a beloved teacher and coach in Watauga County, but as a father figure to many of his students and athletes. Sammy Critcher remembers, as one of Gabriel’s championship wrestlers, how the coach let the older boys use his vehicle to take the…

Recreational softball action

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Chris Wilson hurls a pitch recently at Betty G. Ross Park in the recreational softball playoffs. Wilson, pitching for the Loggerheads, picked up several victories in route to helping his team win the recreational softball championship. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Former Bandys` star Harper shining for the Hokies

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Bandys’ star Justin Harper’s course was already charted out. The 6’4” two-sport standout had already committed to the Winthrop University Eagles to play basketball. At the time, Harper was a non-motivated student toting a 2.5 GPA and hadn’t yet reached an 820 on his SAT. Then Hargrave Military Academy came…

Dockery wins again

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Stanley— Ray Dockery started from the pole to lead the entire 20 laps for his third consecutive Late Model win at East Lincoln Speedway, Saturday night. According to track rules any driver that wins three features in a row must start at the rear of the field the next scheduled…

Lackey relishes new role as Athletic Director

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Throughout the 14 years that he has coached, Mark Lackey has had a challenge in the back of his mind. Last Thursday, Lackey decided it was time to tackle that challenge. “I think it was a concept of why not me. I sat down and thought about it and had…

Hooping it up

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Eddie Holmes takes a jumper during the ‘Doc Watson’ YMCA Basketball Camp last Friday. Holmes’ practicing his stroke paid off as he won the camp’s Free Throw contest. Darren Turner was also a winner in the free throw competition. Holly Guida was Most Improved. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…