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North Lincoln’s Angie Allen and Lincolnton’s Katherine Hopkins finished one and two individually at Saturday’s 2A West Regional Girls cross-country championship at Murrays Mill.

The Lady Knights finished with a team-best 36 points to claim the Regional championship, ahead of conference rival Lake Norman Charter who finished with 60.

North Lincoln’s Lori Glavan took fifth place in the event, while teammate Bella Wood had a seventh-place finish.

South Fork 2A member Bandys took home fifth place as a team at the 2A

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After the Lady Rebels defeated Lincolnton 47-32 in the varsity opener to improve to 2-2 on the season, the Lincolnton boys won their third game of the year in the nightcap.

The Wolves had six players score in double figures Friday night, with Tylan McClain and DeAndre Smith scoring 13 points each to lead a balanced attack in their 82-61 win at West Lincoln. Jacob McGill, Reed King and Gavin Queen all scored 12 points, and Connor Williams added 10 as Lincolnton improved to 3-1 on the season.

Nine different players got into the scoring column for the Rebels, led by Austin Flowers 16 points. Holiday Hopper poured in 13 points for West 

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The South Fork 2A has released the All-Conference team for the 2020-21 season, and leading the way was league champion East Lincoln with four selections, including Player of the Year Kaylee Spees.

Also representing the Lady Mustangs were Jordan Gromlich, Katie Cook and Peyton Crates.

East Lincoln head coach Stacy Possert was honored as the Coach of the Year in the South Fork 2A Conference.

East Lincoln went 10-1 during the regular season, before falling to Patton in the opening round of the 2A state playoffs on Tuesday.

North Lincoln’s Meagan Mowery, West Lincoln’s Morgan Chapman and 

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The Wolves (2-1) overcame a slow start to pull away from the Bandys Trojans in the second half for a 59-40 win at Lincolnton High School on Tuesday.

Lincolnton got 15 points from Reed King and 14 from Connor Williams, as they outscored Bandys 33-17 after the break.

An 11-0 run late in the third period gave the Wolves all the cushion that they would need.

Eric Habshied led the Trojans (0-3) with 17 points.

Bandys 11 12 7 10 - 40

Lincolnton 9 17 17 16 - 59

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The East Lincoln volleyball team celebrates on their home court after winning the South Fork 2A Conference championship.  The Lady Mustangs ended the regular season with a 10-1 record, and were to enter Tuesday night’s 2A state home playoff match against Patton as the league’s number one see…

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North Lincoln boys and girls cross-country teams took first place in last week’s South Fork 2A Conference Championship Meet at North Lincoln High School.

Angie Allen (18:15) and Bella Wood (19:32) of North Lincoln finished one and two in the girl’s race, followed by Katherine Hopkins (19:36) of Lincolnton in third place and the Lady Knights’ Lori Glavan (19:52) in the fourth spot. Lauren Buckminster (20:11) of Bandys rounded out the top five females.

North Lincoln finished the race with a score of just 22 points, beating out second-place Lake Norman Charter, who finished with 49.

North Lincoln took 7 of the top nine spots in the boys race, with second-

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North Lincoln football standout Daniel Carter was recently named to the North Carolina Shrine Bowl roster for 2020.

Although the Shrine Bowl game has been canceled due to Covid-19, both North and South Carolina selected their squads for the 2020 season to recognize the special athletes.

Carter was the first defensive back selected by the North Carolina coaching staff according to North Lincoln head coach Nick Bazzle. The 6’2, 205-pound senior has 14 career interceptions, and recorded 89 tackles during his junior season.

“He’s a heck of a player,” Bazzle said. “He’ll likely be a linebacker at the next level. He breaks on the football like nobody’s business.”

Bazzle noted that Carter is a very physical player, and plays the run game 

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The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its class of new inductees for the year 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional recognition banquet was not held last year, but the board of directors chose to continue with inducting a new class. These 2020 inductees will be officially recognized at the 2021 banquet.

Honored as the Class of 2020 for the Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame are Jimmy Cherry, Jay Heafner, Nick Bazzle, Nancy Little, and Joanne Potts.

Cherry can be heard on Friday nights at East Lincoln High School. He has been the public address announcer for Mustang athletics for more than 25 years and has been a longtime supporter and coach of youth athletics in eastern Lincoln County. He has volunteered many hours supporting East

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The South Fork 2A Conference basketball season is scheduled to tip off on Tuesday with four league matchups.  Scheduled games are West Lincoln at North Lincoln, Lake Norman Charter at East Lincoln, Lincolnton at Newton-Conover and Bandys at Maiden.  The games can be viewed on sfcnetwork.tv. …

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The East Lincoln volleyball team finished off a big week with a 3-0 victory over Bandys Wednesday night in Denver.

The win gave the Lady Mustangs (7-1) sole possession of first place in the South Fork 2A Conference, with three more matches scheduled for next week.

Jordan Gromlich had 10 kills and 7 solo blocks, as East Lincoln swept the Lady Trojans on Wednesday by scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-12.

Maddy Gartland had 11 kills, Ashley Fowler 5 kills and 17 digs, Kaylee Spees 26 digs and 7 aces and Katie Cook 31 assists and 10 digs for East Lincoln, who avenged a 3-2 loss to Bandys back on November 24.

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The Peoples Bank Holiday Clash and the East Lincoln Winter Jam holiday basketball tournaments were canceled this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The South Fork 2A Conference still plans to begin league play on Tuesday, January 5. (Published December 30, 2020) 

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The North Lincoln boys and girls cross-country teams swept the county meet last week in Pumpkin Center.

The Knights’ Angie Allen took first place in the girls race with a time of 17:47.45, followed by teammate Bella Wood. Lincolnton’s Katherine Hopkins finished third in the event.

North Lincoln dominated the boys race with the first 12 runners to cross the finish line.

Miles Phillips (15:04.14) edged out teammate Jacob Scott (15:06.24) to win the event, followed by Jared Campbell in the third-place spot.

The Lincoln County teams are scheduled to participate in the South Fork 2A

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West Lincoln’s Lacy Hoffman recently signed to play golf at Mars Hill University.  Hoffman, seated center, is surrounded by family, coaches and administrators.  (Published December 23, 2020) 

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Lincolnton boys’ head basketball coach John Cloninger walks through stretching exercises at a recent practice. The Wolves, along with other area teams, are hoping to get in a full conference season following the holiday break.  The South Fork 2A Conference’s first games are scheduled to begi…

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Surrounded by teammates, North Lincoln High School’s Jayden Tate (seated left) and Travali Price (seated right) sign their National Letters of Intent to play football at N.C. State University on Wednesday. The duo helped lead the Knights to a 12-2 record in 2019, including a perfect 7-0 mark…

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After many teams remain idle throughout the week due to exams, most South Fork 2A Conference teams will return to action on Friday when league play resumes.  Above, East Lincoln and North Lincoln battle at the net during a recent match. (Published December 16, 2020)

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The Lincolnton Lady Wolves basketball squad is just a couple of the many high school teams that held preseason workouts last week.  The South Fork 2A Conference basketball season opens on January 5.  (Published December 14, 2020)

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the first draft of the new 2021 realignment for over 400 member schools on Thursday, and the five Lincoln County high schools were spread into three different conferences.

East Lincoln and North Lincoln, who will both move up to the 3A classification in the fall of 2021, will play in a projected eight-team, all 3A league with Hickory, North Iredell, St. Stephens, Statesville and West Iredell.

With the Mustangs and Knights having seven conference games, the schools would be able to schedule three games out of the league, two of

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High school basketball teams across the state began full practices on Monday.  Here, the Mustangs go through practice drills at East Lincoln High School.  The South Fork 2A Conference basketball teams will open the regular season on Tuesday, January 5, with the Mustangs hosting Lake Norman C…

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released the first draft of the realignment that will go into effect in the fall of 2021, giving us a glimpse of what classification all 426 member schools will be in for the next four years.

The NCHSAA realigns the four classifications every four years, to keep the member schools on a level playing field, in regards to the number of students that attend each school.

This year, the NCHSAA will not only use the ADMs, which will count for 50% of each school’s realignment score, but will also include a three-year average of Wells Fargo Cup standings (25%), and an average of the previous three years of the Identified Student Percentage (ISP) numbers as

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The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs celebrate a point during a recent volleyball match in Denver.  The Lady Mustangs played at West Lincoln on Thursday evening, the only scheduled game in the South Fork 2A Conference. (Published December 4, 2020) 

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The Boger City Steelers Tiny Mites football team completed a perfect season with a 16-0 win in their championship game over the Carolina Bears at Mooresville High School in 2019. The Steelers, who finished the season 12-0, allowed just 32 points all year. The team dedicated the championship …

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Above, the West Lincoln Rebels battle the North Lincoln Knights on the gridiron.  This time last year, the two teams successful 2019 season came to an end with third-round playoff losses.  After defeating South Point in round two, the Rebels lost 42-7 at Shelby on November 29.  The Knights d…

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The West LIncoln Middle School softball team was the regular-season champions for 2020 with a record of 6-0.  The team finished 7-1 overall.  Members are Abree Sutton, Kennedy McCumber, Payton Hood, Milah Parrott, Jaylee Mathis, Kaylin Pardo, Kaylee Albano, Gabrielle Wright, Bailey Lewis, Me…

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East Lincoln’s Jordan Gromlich (left) and North Lincoln’s Baleigh Lambert do battle at the net during Monday night’s volleyball match in Denver.  Gromlich had 15 kills, 4 solo blocks, 10 block assists for the Lady Mustangs, while Ashley Fowler had 7 kills, Kaylee Spees 22 digs , Peyton Crate…

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North Lincoln’s Jared Campbell edged out Joey Quilla for first place in one of the two men’s cross-country races at North Lincoln High School last week.  The Knights men and women finished first as a team in their four-team event.  All eight South Fork 2A schools are back in action on Tuesda…

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There will be a hotdog fundraiser for the family of A.J. and Teresa Henley, longtime coaches and educators, on Friday, December 11 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.

Advance orders can be called in to the church on the day of the event at 704-435-3796, but are not required. Curbside pickup and large order delivery will be available.

Hotdogs will include your choice of chili, slaw, onions, mustard and ketchup.

This is a donation only event, and all proceeds will go to help with medical bills.

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Lincolnton’s Leah Tweed goes above the net to try and block a shot from a Newton-Conover player during Tuesday’s volleyball match at Lincolnton High School.  The Wolves lost to the Red Devils in three sets in the first high school competition for either school since March 13. (Published 11/20/2020)

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The East Lincoln men’s soccer team continued their perfection one year ago with a 5-1 win over Hibriten in the 2A West Regional Championship match in Denver, improving to 27-0.  The Mustangs reached the 2A championship game against Dixon with wins over East Burke, North Lincoln, Newton-Conov…

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The West Lincoln Rebels made history one year ago with their first-ever football playoff win.  The Rebel defense held an Ashe County team that had been averaging nearly 40 points a game to just one score in a 48-6 rout of the Huskies.  West Lincoln forced four first-half turnovers on defense…

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East Lincoln’s Chase Gilley (right) scored three goals and Logan Gilley scored four times as the Mustangs routed Newton-Conover 7-1 in their third-round matchup of the 2A state playoffs last season in Denver.  The win over the Red Devils was the team’s third of the year, pushing their season…

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One year ago, the North Lincoln Knights continued their dominance in 2A cross-country in North Carolina, winning their third straight state championship behind individual champion Jason Thomson.  The Lady Knights, led by individual winner Angie Allen, finished as runner-up for the second con…

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The 2019 regular season did not end as the East Lincoln Mustangs had planned, as the visitors from Denver fell to the Red Devils 42-21 on Senior Night at Gurley Stadium in Newton.  Newton-Conover’s combination of Justice Craig and Zane Redmond hooked up for four touchdown passes on the night…

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will allow full practices in both cross-country and volleyball beginning today.  Above, East Lincoln’s Gabby Leach participates in an event in 2019.  Both cross-country and volleyball will be eligible for their first contest on November 16.…

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Lincoln County runners dominated the men’s and women’s races at the 1A and 2A West Regional Cross-Country Meets at Southside Park in Newton last season.  Both the North Lincoln men and women captured the 2A Regional championships, while Lincoln Charter won both titles in the 1A races.  Above…

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East Lincoln outlasted the West Lincoln Rebels in their 2019 meeting in Denver, defeating the cross-county rival by a score of 63-35.  The Mustangs piled up over 600 yards of offense, while scoring the first 28 points of the game.  Cole Barber, pictured above, had 13 carries for 128 yards an…

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East Lincoln’s Logan Gilley celebrated his game-winning goal over Newton-Conover in October of 2019.  The win completed a perfect 22-0 regular season for the Mustangs, and clinched the South Fork 2A Conference championship.  (Published October 28, 2020)

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Several of the county’s top female golfers competed in the 2019 1A/2A Women’s Golf State Championship last October at the Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines.  Sophia Laliberte (pictured) of East Lincoln shot a two-day score of 182, while West Lincoln’s Laycee Hoffman shot 190.  …

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Jake Soorus carries the ball for North Lincoln in last year’s South Fork 2A Conference game at Newton-Conover.  The Knights ran past the Red Devils behind 350 yards rushing on 31 carries as a team.  Soorus ran the ball eight times for 136 yards and a touchdown to help North Lincoln improve t…

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Pediatric Cancer survivor, Carson Kale, will get the surprise of his life when he heads out for a fishing expedition this Friday. One of his idols, professional bass angler, Shane Lineberger will greet Carson at the dock, and they’ll spend the day together trying to catch the “big one.”

The two will be introduced at 8:00 a.m., at Beatties Ford Access, in Denver, N.C., as part of Craig Price’s Fishing for Cures tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society. Price is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement and began this fishing tournament six years ago. He has been a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society and is happy to use his talent as a fishing guide as a great way for him to give back.

Carson’s parents can hardly wait for their son Carson to meet Shane. “It 

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North Lincoln’s Angie Allen (above) and Lincolnton’s Daniel Hopkins were the individual winners at last year’s South Fork 2A Conference Cross-Country Meet at Southside Park in Newton.  The Knights swept both the men’s and women’s team championships at the event.  High school cross-country co…

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The defending South Fork 2A Conference champion North Lincoln Knights run onto the field prior to a game during the 2019 season.  The cool, crisp autumn Friday nights just don’t feel the same in 2020 without the sights and sounds of high school football.  North Lincoln will have to wait to d…

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West Lincoln’s Mason Huitt scampers into the endzone for a touchdown during the Rebels 54-14 win over the Lincolnton Wolves last season.  The win was West Lincoln’s second straight over their county rival.  The Rebels went on to have a record-setting 10-4 season, including their first two pl…

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The Lincoln Country Club recently held their annual Men’s Senior Club Championship (age 50+) and the Ladies Club Championship. Winners of the Men’s Senior Club Championship were: MEN’S SENIOR CLUB CHAMPION: Cole Sigmon; MEN’S SUPER SENIOR CLUB CHAMPION (AGE 62+): Bud Lefevers; CHAMPIONSHIP F…

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The Lincoln Charter men’s cross-country team took first place and the women’s team had a second-place finish in last year’s Southern Piedmont 1A Conference Championship Meet at Rescue Squad Park in Denver.  Above, the women’s race gets started in 2019.  Both teams hope to compete for this se…

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North Lincoln’s Landon Beard was one of the Knights offensive stars in last season’s matchup with the East Lincoln Mustangs, completing 4-of-8 passes for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards and another score.  North Lincoln ran the ball 49 times for 393 yards on the night,…

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North Lincoln’s Landon Beard was one of the Knights offensive stars in last season’s matchup with the East Lincoln Mustangs, completing 4-of-8 passes for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards and another score.  North Lincoln ran the ball 49 times for 393 yards on the night,…

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Following their first meet of the 2020 season, the Cleveland Community College Men’s Cross Country team is ranked 24th in the nation. The polls for week 2 of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) were released on September 23.

The ranking follows the Yetis first meet of the season held at Montreat College on September 18. According to Coach Steve McCachren, meet results are submitted to the USTFCCCA for review by a panel of coaches who monitor race results and create the poll. The panel considers the final results, the distance, weather, type of course and course conditions.

Members of the Cleveland Community College cross-country team include Noah Lesser from East Lincoln High School, Jonas Guffey and Kinser Hudson from Lincoln Charter School and Madison McCabe from North

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, released the final standings in the 41st annual Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2019-2020 academic year. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The 2019-2020 season was cut short, due to COVID-19, and therefore, no spring sports points were awarded in this year’s competition.

Lincoln Charter School won their second 1A Wells Fargo State Cup, sliding past Pine Lake Prep by a 302.5-270 margin in an abbreviated 2019-2020 race. Lincoln Charter teams were the top finishers in 1A for both Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving. They also picked up a state championship in Men’s Cross Country, finished third in Women’s Cross Country, and

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CVCC’s Jeremy Dellinger of Denver, along with teammate Nathan Smith won the Big Bass competition with their catch of a 3.61 pound bass. Dellinger caught the fish using a crank bait near a sea wall, but nearly lost the fish before reeling it in.

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East Lincoln High School is in the process of adding reserved stadium seating at the football field located on campus in Denver.  The photo above shows the project in its early stages.  The Mustangs hope to host both soccer and football at David Clark Stadium early in 2021.