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Editor’s Note: Pictures from Saturday can be found on Page 10.

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The R-S Central varsity boys squad improved to 5-1 on the season with a win over rival CHASE on Friday night behind 26 assists.

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Henry Aaron, who rose up from the depths of Southern poverty to become one of the towering figures in baseball history as well a bittersweet symbol of both American racial intolerance and triumph, has died today. He was 86.

BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb put five men in double figures but couldn’t get over the hump late in a 79-75 loss to UNC Asheville Tuesday night.

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ATLANTA — Having had the pleasure of employing numerous Hall of Fame pitchers during a majority of their respective careers, the Braves have witnessed their fair share of great pitching performances. Some have created history during the regular season, while others have further enriched the …

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FOREST CITY — Thomas Jefferson’s girls cross country team had four top ten finishers en route to winning the 1A West Region title. Kilia Hasty was the top runner for the team, finishing fourth with a time of 20:31.27. Kaitlyn Rowe finished sixth with a time of 20:55.16, Maggie Beard placed e…

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RUTHERFORDTON — For the second consecutive season, the R-S Central Lady Hilltoppers volleyball season ended at the hands of Fred T. Foard. R-S Central put up a good fight Thursday night, but the defending 2A state champions were too much, taking the match in straight sets (25-15, 25-9, 25-23).

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Gryphons win second straight

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RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central defended its home court on Tuesday evening with a four-set victory (25-20, 16-25, 25-16, 25-17) over Mount Pleasant in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A Volleyball State Playoffs.

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RUTHERFORDTON — The R-S Central Hilltoppers welcomed East Gaston to “The Palace” on Monday evening as all three home teams (varsity boys, varsity girls and JV boys) picked up victories.

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GASTONIA — The Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA) Gryphons hit the road for the first time on Monday night and all three teams (varsity boys, varsity girls and JV boys) picked up wins over Highland Tech.

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SHELBY — For the first 30 minutes of Saturday’s boys basketball contest, it looked as if the R-S Central Hilltoppers were going to leave Shelby High School with a win, but missed free throws and turnovers down the stretch allowed Shelby to overcome an 11-point deficit to win 79-76.

ROCK HILL — The Winthrop Eagles showed why they are one of the few undefeated teams left in the nation. Faced with their first halftime deficit of the season 46-40, they built as much as a 16-point lead in the second half, before holding off a late charge from a game Gardner-Webb squad 91-83…

FOREST CITY — The long awaited official schedule for the 2021 Forest City Owls has been finalized.