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Juniior Club Champions

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The Lincoln Country Club held their annual Junior Club Championship on Wednesday. (Front row, left to right) Kendall Bethea, Nathaniel Hitt, John Gilleland, Ben Beal and Caleb Shrum. (Back row, left to right) Landon High, Kenny Bethea, Deborah Woodrum, Morty Wadsworth, Daniel Goodson and Reid Ketner. John Mark Brooks /…

State Legion Pairings

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The pairings have been announced for the eight-team state American Legion baseball tournament at Shelby. The tournament runs Aug. 4-8 at Veterans Field and includes two area teams: Area Four champion Caldwell County and host Shelby. Caldwell County swept Pineville in four games to win the Area Four title. Shelby…

Football underway in Lincoln Co.

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The whistles were out and footballs were in the air on Wednesday marking the first day of football practice for Lincoln County. Some football programs had more people show up for the first day than others. The North Lincoln Knights, a member of the Southern Foothills 1A Conference, had 77…

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…