8-11-21 roundup: Middle school football, Legion baseball, Pro basketball, football and baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker

After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the Gaston County Conference football schedule and altered the Tri-County Conference football schedule, both leagues will run full slates for the 2021 season.

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In Gaston County, it’ll mark the first action since the 2019 season. And in Cleveland and Lincoln counties, the teams will play a full league slate after the Cleveland and Rutherford county schools played one schedule and the Lincoln county schools played another in the winter and spring of 2021.

Here’s the full Gaston County Conference schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 25
Grier at Stanley
Cramerton at W.C. Friday
Holbrook at Bessemer City
Southwest at Belmont
Mount Holly at York Chester
Bye – Chavis

Wednesday, Sept. 1
Chavis at Holbrook
Belmont at Grier
Bessemer City at Cramerton
York Chester at Southwest
W.C. Friday at Mount Holly
Bye – Stanley

Wednesday, Sept. 8
Stanley at Belmont
Mount Holly at Southwest
Grier at Cramerton
York Chester at Bessemer City
W.C. Friday at Chavis
Bye – Holbrook

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Southwest at Cramerton
Stanley at W.C. Friday
Mount Holly at Holbrook
Belmont at Bessemer City
Chavis at York Chester
Bye – Grier

Wednesday, Sept. 22
Cramerton at Mount Holly
Holbrook at Grier
Bessemer City at Chavis
Stanley at York Chester
Belmont at W.C. Friday
Bye – Southwest

Wednesday, Sept. 29
Grier at Mount Holly
Holbrook at Southwest
Belmont at Chavis
Bessemer City at Stanley
W.C. Friday at York Chester
Bye – Cramerton

Wednesday, Oct. 6
York Chester at Belmont
Southwest at Grier
Cramerton at Holbrook
Chavis at Stanley
W.C. Friday at Bessemer City
Bye – Mount Holly

Wednesday, Oct. 13
County championship game

Here’s the full Tri-County Conference schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 8
East Rutherford at Lincolnton
R-S Central at West Lincoln
East Lincoln at Chase
Kings Mountain at Shelby
Burns at Crest
Thomas Jefferson at North Lincoln

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Crest at East Rutherford
R-S Central at Shelby
Chase at Thomas Jefferson
East Lincoln at Burns
Kings Mountain at West Lincoln
Lincolnton at North Lincoln

Wednesday, Sept. 22
East Rutherford at Chase
Crest at R-S Central
Shelby at Thomas Jefferson
Burns at Kings Mountain
North Lincoln at East Lincoln
West Lincoln at Lincolnton

Wednesday, Sept. 29
East Rutherford at Shelby
Thomas Jefferson at R-S Central
Chase at Crest
Lincolnton at Burns
East Lincoln at Kings Mountain
West Lincoln at North Lincoln

Wednesday, Oct. 6
R-S Central at East Rutherford
Shelby at Chase
Crest at Thomas Jefferson
North Lincoln at Burns
Kings Mountain at Lincolnton
West Lincoln at East Lincoln

Wednesday, Oct. 13
Thomas Jefferson at East Rutherford
Chase at R-S Central
Shelby at Crest
Burns at West Lincoln
North Lincoln at Kings Mountain
Lincolnton at East Lincoln

Wednesday, Oct. 20
Playoff semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Conference championship game






Legion baseball

Here is the full schedule of games for the 2021 American Legion World Series that begin on Thursday:

Pool play 4-team divisions
Stars – Central Plains (Fargo, N.D.), Mid-Atlantic (Ridge St. Mary’s, Md.), Southeast (Tupelo, Miss.), Western (Honolulu Team Central, Hi.)
Stripes – Great Lakes (Midland Berryhill, Mich.), Mid-South (Dubuque County, Ia.), Northeast (Beverly, Mass.), Northwest (Idaho Falls, Id.)

Thursday Aug. 12
Central Plains vs. Western, 10 a.m.
Mid-South vs. Northeast, 1 p.m.
Great Lakes vs. Northwest, 4 p.m.
Southeast vs. Mid-Atlantic, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 13
Central Plains vs. Southeast, 4 p.m.
Mid-Atlantic vs. Western, 7 p.m.
Idle – Great Lakes, Mid-South, Northeast, Northwest

Saturday, Aug. 14
Mid-South vs. Northwest, 1 p.m.
Great Lakes vs. Northeast, 4 p.m.
Southeast vs. Western, 7:30 p.m.
Idle – Central Plains, Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, Aug. 15
Mid-South vs. Great Lakes, 1 p.m.
Mid-Atlantic vs. Central Plains, 4 p.m.
Northeast vs. Northwest, 7:30 p.m.
Idle – Southeast, Western

Monday, Aug. 16 – semifinals
Stars No. 1 vs. Stripes No. 2, 4 p.m.
Stripes No. 1 vs. Stars No. 2, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 17
6:30 p.m.




High school football

Here is the area’s scrimmage schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Stuart Cramer at East Lincoln, 6 p.m.
Forestview, Chase and Freedom at Newton-Conover, 6 p.m.
Hibriten at Crest, 6 p.m.
Shelby vs. Concord Robinson at Charlotte Country Day, 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 13

Charlotte Football Insiders Jamboree at Mountain Island Charter
Highland Tech vs. Pine Lake Prep, 5 p.m.
South Mecklenburg vs. Rocky River, 6:15 p.m.
Butler vs. Olympic, 7:30 p.m.
Mountain Island Charter vs. Harding, 8:45 p.m.

Gaston County Jamboree at Stuart Cramer
Hunter Huss vs. Clover, S.C., 5 p.m.
Ashbrook vs. West Mecklenburg, 6 p.m.
North Gaston vs. Bessemer City, 7 p.m.
Stuart Cramer vs. Hopewell, 8 p.m.

Lincoln County FCA Jamboree at East Lincoln
West Lincoln vs. Ashbrook, 5:30 p.m.
North Lincoln vs. Bandys, 6:30 p.m.
Lincolnton vs. Forestview, 7:30 p.m.
East Lincoln vs. Northwest Cabarrus, 8:30 p.m.

Cleveland County Jamboree at Burns
A.C. Reynolds vs. Burns, 6 p.m.
Asheville vs. Shelby, 7 p.m.
Charlotte Catholic vs. Kings Mountain, 8 p.m.
Newton-Conover vs. Crest, 9 p.m.




Pro football

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ full 2021 schedule:


Aug. 14 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Aug. 21 Baltimore, 7 p.m.
Aug. 27 Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

(Regular season)

Sept. 12 New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Houston, 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Oct. 10 Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24 at New York Giants, 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 New England, 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 21 Washington, 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Dec. 12 Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Dec. 18 or 19 at Buffalo, TBD
Dec. 26 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Jan. 2 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m




Pro basketball

Here is the full Hornets’ Las Vegas Summer League schedule:

Aug. 8: Portland (Lost 86-93)

Aug. 9: Sacramento, 6 p.m. (Lost 70-80)

Aug. 12: San Antonio, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Aug. 14: Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 16 or 17 TBD






Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters defeated West Virginia 10-5 on Wednesday night to improve to 32-33 on the season.

Gastonia continues its nine-game homestand Thursday at 6:50 p.m at home against West Virginia.




College athletics

Gaston College will return to athletic competition this fall for the first time since 1975.

The school is holding a Block Party from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 to unveil the school’s new nickname, logo and colors.

Gaston College was nicknamed the Rebels from 1965 to 1969 and the Warriors from 1969 to 1972 before the school ceased its athletic programs after the 1974-75 school year.

With its restart this fall, it will again compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 10 and field teams in baseball, beach volleyball, esports, men’s basketball, softball and women’s cross country.