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West Lincoln’s Nathan Hull won the 2A state championship in the 145-pound class at Saturday’s individual state wrestling championships in Greensboro.

Hull, a junior, defeated David Veltri of Carrboro in the championship match with a 13-0 major-decision victory.

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#3 East Lincoln (22-5) vs. #30 North Surry (9-16)

#14 Draughn (21-6) vs. #19 Lexington Senior (15-10)

#6 R-S Central (19-7) vs. #27 Shelby (12-12)

#11 Lincolnton (21-5) vs. #22 Maiden (16-8)

#7 West Stokes (18-7) vs. #26 Smoky Mountain (12-12)

#10 T. W. Andrews (9-13) vs. #23 Hibriten (17-7)

#15 Walkertown (17-8) vs. #18 Mount Pleasant (17-9)

#2 Forest Hills (24-2) vs. #31 West Stanly (13-13)

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HICKORY—Over the past couple seasons, we’ve come to expect great basketball games when East Lincoln and Lincolnton hook up on the hardwood.  

Friday night did not disappoint.  

Cordel Littlejohn knocked down two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining to give the Wolves a hard-fought 64-62 win over the Mustangs in the championship game of the South Fork 2A conference tournament at CVCC in Hickory.

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Levontae Knox and Jehlon Johnson reached scoring milestones in their high school careers, and Lincoln Charter rolled to its fourth straight Southern Piedmont 1A Conference tournament championship.

The Eagles (23-4) pulled away in the third quarter after a competitive first half to defeat Bessemer City 93-59 Friday night on their home floor.

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HICKORY—The Lincolnton boys picked up right where they left off Tuesday, making seven of their first ten shots, and pulling away from the Red Devils late for a 62-39 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the South Fork 2A conference tournament at CVCC in Hickory.

The win for the Wolves sets up yet another conference tournament championship game against the East Lincoln Mustangs tonight at CVCC at 8 p.m.

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DENVER - Facing its longest break from action in more than a month, defending N.C. 1A state champion Lincoln Charter was more than ready to get its 2018 postseason underway Thursday night.

Off since last Friday, the Eagles used a pressing defense and an up-tempo offense to roll past visiting Highland Tech 98-32 in a Southern Piedmont 1A Conference tournament semifinal.

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HICKORY—An old saying says that it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season.  That became very apparent during Wednesday night’s semifinal-round matchup between the Mustangs and the Bandys Trojans.

East Lincoln needed all of regulation time and every second of an overtime period to take down a fiesty Bandys team 71-69 in the second round of the South Fork 2A conference tournament at CVCC in Hickory.

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The North Lincoln girls took third place at last week’s 1A/2A State Indoor Track meet at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.  

The team was led by Chandler McCaslin, who had second-place finishes in both the girl’s 1600-Meter and 1000-Meter events.  The North Lincoln girl’s 3200-Meter Relay team also came in second place.

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HICKORY—The Lincolnton girls saw their hopes for a South Fork 2A conference regular season and tournament championship sweep go away Wednesday night, dropping a 52-40 contest to the fourth seeded Lake Norman Charter Lady Knights at CVCC in Hickory.

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DENVER - East Lincoln High's basketball team hasn't lost in the 2018 calendar year.

And a fast start in Tuesday's 93-55 South Fork 2A Conference tournament quarterfinal win over visiting West Lincoln gave the Mustangs their 14th straight win.

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After last Friday night’s poor shooting performance led to a South Fork 2A loss at Maiden in their regular-season finale, the Lincolnton boys seemed eager to get back on the court.

Tuesday night, the Wolves came out scorching hot in the first half and built a 34-point lead by the break, then cruised the rest of the way for a 67-33 victory over county-rival North Lincoln in the first round of the SF2A conference tournament at Lincolnton.

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South Fork 2A Tournament

Wednesday’s semifinals at CVCC

Girls: 1)Lincolnton vs 4)Lake Norman Charter 6:30 p.m.

Boys: 1)East Lincoln vs 4)Bandys 8 p.m. 

Thursday’s semifinals at CVCC

Girls: 2)Maiden vs 3)Newton-Conover  6:30 p.m.

Boys: 2)Lincolnton vs 6)Newton-Conover  8 p.m.

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Tuesday

Girls Basketball

Lake Norman Charter 69, East Lincoln 61

Destiny Johnson had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists but the Lady Mustangs fell 69-61 at Lake Norman Charter in Tuesday’s SF2A first-round tournament game.  It was Johnson’s 17th double-double of the season, to go along with 3 triple-doubles.  Caira McClain recorded her seventh double-double, with 14 points and 11 rebounds for East Lincoln.  Briana Tadlock was also in double figures with 11.  The Lady Knights will take on top seed Lincolnton tonight at 6:30 p.m. at CVCC in Hickory.

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East Lincoln Valentine’s 5k and Fun Run Saturday

The 9th Annual Valentine’s 5k and Fun Run will be held on this Saturday beginning at Cowans Ford Country Club in Denver.  The fundraising event is to help needy families get through the winter months and to help send the East Lincoln High School team to summer camp.

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The Lincoln Charter men’s swimming team placed third overall and the women’s team took sixth place at the North Carolina 1A/2A Swimming and Diving State Championships on Saturday.

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MAIDEN—The Lincolnton girls basketball team has faced adversity throughout the season, and Friday night at Maiden was no different.

Trailing by two points with just 13 seconds left to play in regulation, head coach Jimmy Carr called a timeout.  Carr called a play that would hopefully free up either Mica Dyson or Hundley Rhyne, two seniors that are among the team’s top shooters.

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The Lincoln Charter Eagles rolled over the Patriots from Piedmont Community Charter on the way to a dominant 84-31 victory on Senior Night.

Given the occasion, Lincoln Charter head coach Brad Gabriel deployed a rotation made up entirely of seniors, meaning regular starters Jackson Gabriel and Levontae Knox watched from the bench until checking in late in the fourth quarter when the seniors were taken out of the game to a round of applause.

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Girls - Tuesday (at higher seeds)

8)West Lincoln at 1)Lincolnton 6 p.m.

5)East Lincoln at 4)L.N. Charter 6:30 p.m.

6)North Lincoln at 3)Newton-Conover 6:30 p.m.

7)Bandys at 2)Maiden 6 p.m.

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Several local wrestlers captured individual championships at Saturday’s regional events.  

In the 2A West Regional at  West Lincoln High School, the Rebels Canon Bridges took first place in the 152-pound division with a pin over Andy Houston of Smoky Mountain and Nathan Hull won the 145 with a 7-3 decision over Chandler Winebarger from Pisgah.

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North Lincoln’s 4 x 800 relay team of Jason Risse, Johnny Grant, Jason Thomson and Brian Risse set a new 1A/2A meet record in capturing the state championship at the 1A/2A State  Indoor Track Championships at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem on Saturday.

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Friday

Boys

East Lincoln 66, Newton-Conover 50

The Mustangs (20-4, 13-1)outscored the Red Devils 37-22 in the first half, then cruised to a 66-50 South Fork 2A conference win Friday night in Denver. Sidney Dollar led East Lincoln with a game-high 18 points and 9 rebounds.  Coleson Leach had 15 points and 6 rebounds and John Bean added 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.

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Several local athletes and coaches were recognized for their accomplishments at last Saturday’s Greater Charlotte Hot Stove Awards ceremony at the Oasis Shriners Temple in Charlotte.

Longtime high school and American Legion Baseball coach Bruce Bolick was the recipient of the Lou Presutti Award.

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Former Lincolnton quarterback Cordel Littlejohn signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play for high-profile head coach Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.  

“It was an easy decision for me,” Littlejohn said following the signing.  “Coach Kiffin has lots of experience, and he led the team (last season) to a 10-game win streak.”

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Three North Lincoln football players signed their national letter of intent on Wednesday to play college football this fall.

Quarterback Reed McRorie and wide receiver Caleb Holley both signed to play for the Wingate Bulldogs, and classmate DaeKwon Camp will play his college football at Guilford College.

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Friday, Feb. 9

Basketball

Lincolnton at Maiden  6:30 p.m.

Bandys at North Lincoln  6:30 p.m.

Newton-Conover at East Lincoln  6:30 p.m.

West Lincoln at Lake Norman Charter 6:30 p.m.

Piedmont Charter at Lincoln Charter  6 p.m.

Wrestling

2A Individual Regional at West Lincoln  5:30 p.m.

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After North Lincoln matched the Wolves basket for basket in the first few possessions of Tuesday night’s South Fork 2A contest, it was Lincolnton that remained hot throughout the opening half.  

Sophomore guard Kris Robinson scored 17 of his game-high 22 points before the break, helping the Wolves build a 20-point halftime lead and go on for a 73-44 win on Senior Night at Lincolnton.

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Tuesday

Girl’s Basketball

East Lincoln 64, West Lincoln 34

Destiny Johnson led the Lady Mustangs to a SF2A road win against the Lady Rebels with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.  Sophomore Brianna Tadlock had a big night with a double-double, including 17 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.

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The Lincoln Charter men’s and women’s swim teams competed in last Saturday’s 1A/2A Western Regional Swimming and Diving Meet at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte.

The men’s team took second place overall in the regional, with the women’s team finishing fourth.

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The South Fork 2A conference has announced the all-conference swim teams for the 2017-18 season.  North Lincoln placed five members on the women’s team, including Isabella Reid, Mattie Lancaster, Paulina Pena Boardman, Regan Lang and Sydney Kiser.  East Lincoln’s Chase Hines was named to the men’s all-conference squad.

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The West Lincoln Optimist will hold baseball and softball sign-ups for the spring season on Tuesdays and Thursdays from now through February 15 at the North Brook gym.  Registration on those days will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the cost is $55.

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Wednesday, Feb. 7

No games scheduled

Thursday, Feb. 8

No games scheduled

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West Lincoln ripped off three straight first period pin wins in the early portion of their 2A Dual Team Championship match against Croatan, running out to a 20-point lead through five bouts, on their way to a dominating 54-16 win over the Cougars.

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It might not have been pretty, but the East Lincoln Mustangs did get the “W” in their South Fork 2A contest Friday night against Maiden.

The Mustangs, who led by as many 13 points in the second half, held off a late rally by the Blue Devils to pick up a 51-45 hard-fought win in Denver.

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Boy’s Basketball

Lincolnton 71, Lake Norman Charter 59

Kris Robinson poured in 29 points to lead the Wolves to a SF2A road win over the Knights.  Cordel Littlejohn (11), Jamal Littlejohn (11), Robbie Cowie (10) and Tyshaun Harris (10) all scored in double figures.  Jan Martino scored 20 points and Connor Reed added 13 to lead Lake Norman Charter.  Lincolnton will host North Lincoln Tuesday night, while Lake Norman Charter plays host to Bandys.

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Monday, Feb. 5

No games scheduled

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Basketball

North Lincoln at Lincolnton  6:30 p.m.

East Lincoln at West Lincoln  6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Charter at Cherryville  6 p.m.

Maiden at Newton-Conover  6:30 p.m.

Lake Norman Charter at Bandys  6:30 p.m.

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The West Lincoln Middle School wrestling team had 5 members place in the top two of their respective weight classes at the North Carolina Jr. High State Championships on Saturday in Winston-Salem.

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NEWTON—Growing up, everyone dreams of hitting a walkoff homerun in a big game or burying a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the midst of March Madness.  

Thursday night, West Lincoln’s Chance Norman got the opportunity to be the hero, and he delivered.

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Wrestling

1A West Regionals: Mount Airy 43, Cherryville 30                                      

Wednesday

Girls Basketball

Lincolnton 52, Draughn 48

Hundley Rhyne poured in a game-high 21 points and Ashlyn Rhyne added 11 as the Lady Wolves defeated the Wildcats in a non-conference makeup game on the road Wednesday night.  The win was the ninth straight for Lincolnton (14-6, 9-2), who travels to Lake Norman Charter tonight.  Eboni Johnson scored 13 and Jenna Davis 10 to lead Draughn (11-10, 6-3), who will play at Fred T, Foard tonight.

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Friday, Feb. 2

Basketball

Maiden at East Lincoln  6:30 p.m.

Bandys at West Lincoln  6:30 p.m.

Newton-Conover at North Lincoln  6:30 p.m.

Lincolnton at Lake Norman Charter  6:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson at Lincoln Charter  6 p.m.

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The Lincolnton girls continued their strong second half of the season with a comfortable 55-31 win over the Lady Rebels Tuesday night at Lincolnton.

The Lady Wolves, winners of eight straight games, opened up a 17-9 lead by the end of the opening quarter, thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers from Hundley Rhyne and another by Mica Dyson.

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Tuesday

Basketball

Boys: East Lincoln 75, Bandys 59

East Lincoln held a slim 35-32 lead at half but took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Trojans 19-9 and held on in the fourth period to win by a score of 75-59 in a South Fork 2A conference game played Tuesday in Catawba.

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The South Fork 2A Conference has announced the all-conference wrestling team for the 2017-18 season.  

Regular season and tournament champion West Lincoln placed eight wrestlers on the all-conference squad.  North Lincoln and Lincolnton had three each on the team, and East Lincoln put two wrestlers on the squad.

Newton-Conover had a conference-high ten wrestlers make all-conference.

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Wednesday, Jan. 31

Basketball

Highland Tech at Lincoln Charter  6 p.m.

Lincolnton at Draughn  6:30 p.m.

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East Lincoln’s Destiny Johnson became the second Lincoln County player on record to reach the 2,000 point mark and the Lady Mustangs held of a scrappy North Lincoln team for a 62-58 win Friday night in Denver.

Johnson, who needed just seven points going into Friday’s contest, reached the plateau with ten seconds remaining in the opening quarter, helping the Lady Mustangs hold a 14-13 lead by the end of the period.

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West Lincoln's Xander Pendergrass too first place in the 132-pound weight class and Keaton Norman won he 138-pound division, helping the Rebels claim the South Fork 2A conference tournament championship Saturday at Maiden. 

Nathan Hull was also a first-place winner, capturing the 152-pound weight class and Canon Bridges took first place in the 160-pound division for West Lincoln, who completed the sweep as conference regular-season champions and tournament champions.

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BESSEMER CITY—Even a defending state champion and top-ranked team is going to deal with occasional adversity, especially on the road.

The Lincoln Charter boys ran into a bit of trouble Friday night at Ace Parker Gym against the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets, but the final score did not show that.

The Eagles weathered early foul trouble, off nights by a couple of top scorers, and a spirited Bessemer City squad to post an 84-53 Southern Piedmont 1A Conference win.

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Girls:

Lincolnton 57, Bandys 34

Mica Dyson scored 20 points and Kayla Smith added 13 as the Lady Wolves routed Bandys Friday night on the road.  Lincolnton led 31-12 at the half, and built a 30-point lead after three quarters.  McKenzie Deal scored 10 points to lead the Lady Trojans.

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Lake Norman Charter took first place in both the girl’s and boy’s South Fork 2A conference swim meets on Saturday at the Valdese Aquatics Center.

The Lake Norman Charter girls scored 565 points, well ahead of second-place North Lincoln who finished with 261 and third-place Lincolnton who scored 184.

The Lake Norman Charter boys put up 439 points, followed by Newton-Conover with 304.5 and East Lincoln with 257.5.

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Monday, Jan. 29

No games scheduled

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Basketball

West Lincoln at Lincolnton  6:30 p.m.

East Lincoln at Bandys  6:30 p.m.

North Lincoln at Maiden  6:30 p.m.

Lake Norman Charter at Newton-Conover  6:30 p.m.

Wrestling

First and second round state playoff team duals  (TBA)

West Lincoln vs. Bunker Hill, R-S Central vs Mtn. Heritage at West Lincoln

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The East Lincoln Mustangs will try and maintain their one-game lead over Lincolnton in the South Fork 2A conference tonight when they play host to the county-rival Knights.