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Surratts earn national honors

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Chazz Surratt’s conference said he was its best offensive player. A panel of sportswriters and a popular sports drink concurred he was the state’s best player. And now one of the nation’s leading scholastic sports websites has declared he’s the best on a national level. MaxPreps…

Rebels primed for another title run

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor A midseason loss to Newton-Conover last season propelled West Lincoln to a state title. The two teams meet this afternoon with not only what figures to be a conference title on the line, but could be a preview of which team gets to host the 2A…

Seahawks overcame early collapses to get to this point

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — They sat around in the aftermath of a fourth loss in six games, this vaunted group of Seattle Seahawks defensive backs trying to figure out how they could make such a costly mistake. It was Week 6 and Carolina had just walked out of CenturyLink Field…

Competition drives LBs Davis, Kuechly

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — Three days before the NFC divisional playoffs and Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis were in a heated competition before practice. They were seeing who is better at throwing the football underhand on Thursday. There isn’t much the two former first-round draft picks don’t…

Local Notes

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Local notes for January 15, 2016. VALENTINE 5K: The annual Valentine 5K race and fun run will be held Feb. 20 at Cowan’s Ford Country Club in Denver. The race begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a fun run. There will be upscale restaurant door prizes, and Anthony Famiglietti, a…

Big man has LHS on a roll

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RYAN HERMAN Sports Editor Raekwon Long may have taken the path less traveled to get to Lincolnton, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. “God doesn’t make mistakes,” the Wolves’ 7-foot-1 big man said. “Everything happens for a reason.” Long, who has attended four high schools in as many…

Valentine 5K races coming in February

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LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS An international distance running icon will be recognized with an award given in her memory at this year’s annual Valentine 5K race next month in Denver. The event, which will be held Feb. 20 at Cowan’s Ford Country Club, will give an award to the oldest runner, named…

Harper on Seahawks: ‘We are the better team’

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Carolina Panthers no longer appear apprehensive about playing the two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. In fact, they’re pretty confident. “We are the better team,” Panthers safety Roman Harper said matter-of-factly Monday. Now Harper wants his teammates to prove it again Sunday when the two teams…

Clemson plans quick return to playoffs

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Almost before the gold-tinted confetti stopped falling, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback Deshaun Watson were prepping for another run at the national title next year. It’s more than just wishful thinking on their parts. Led by the transcendent Watson, the Tigers seem like a strong…

LCS boys rout Cramer

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Kody Shubert neared a triple-double, Trey Johnsen scored 13 points, and Lincoln Charter throttled host Gastonia Cramer 82-33 in a non-conference game on Monday night. Shubert, a sophomore point guard being recruited by Davidson and Wake Forest, among others, finished with 16 points, nine assists and seven…