8-20-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, College basketball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker

After two straight losses to its oldest rival, Shelby High opened the 2021 high school football season with a vengeance – and a 37-14 victory – at Kings Mountain.

In the earliest meeting of the 98-year-old series, Kings Mountain scored first before Shelby took charge of the game with 23 straight points.

Shelby’s win gives it a 73-20-7 all-time lead in a series that began in 1923 and has been played every school year since 1944-45; Kings Mountain had won 36-35 at Shelby in the 2021 spring meeting and was seeking its first three-game win streak over the Golden Lions since 1936.

Daylin Lee completed 21 of 34 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns (to Izay Bridges and Ja’Keith Hamilton), Marquis Adams had three touchdown runs and Jack Berkowitz booted a 37-yard field and four extra points to lead Shelby.

For Kings Mountain, Seth Neal caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Lamont Littlejohn, Caleb Holland had a 45-yard touchdown run and Jaden Ellis kicked two extra points.

Other scores:

Community School of Davidson 31, Bessemer City 24: Jameer Holmes ran for a touchdown and passed for another but it wasn’t enough as the Yellow Jackets dropped their season-opener.

Burns 8, Forestview 6: A 2-point run by Ryan Thompson in the second quarter was decisive in a defensive battle between former league rivals in a game played at Cramer. Thompson had caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Ben Mauney before running in the 2-pointer for an 8-0 Burns lead. Forestview scored with 9:17 to play on Austin Parker’s 54-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Aguilar to cut the lead to 8-6. But a two-point pass fell incomplete.

Cherryville 34, Avery County 22: Chase Miller rushed for 100 yards and threw three touchdown passes to Landon Hahn and Cooper Sloan rushed for 100 yards as the Ironmen won their season-opener for the third time in four seasons.

Bunker Hill 29, Cramer 18: An early Cramer lead disappeared in the second half as the host Bears took the nonconference victory.

East Gaston 52, North Gaston 0: The Warriors took their largest win in the 50-game series between the two schools. Only in a 55-14 win over North Gaston in 2009 and a 56-47 win over North Gaston in 2015 had East Gaston scored more in the series.

East Lincoln 39, Hibriten 7: The Mustangs scored an impressive win at the four-time defending league champion Panthers and extended their series lead over Hibriten 9-0 that dates to the 1980s and 1990s.

Hickory Ridge 68, Huss 13: Huss fell on the road in their season opener at a Hickory Ridge program that has made the playoffs 12 times in its 15-year history.

South Point 46, Lincolnton 7: Tyson Riley rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns, quarterback David Howard threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Blee and Dalton Skipper scored one touchdown as the Red Raiders opened the season with a non-conference victory over a longtime rival.

Mountain Island Charter 34, Anson County 27: The Raptors start impressively as they look to bounce back from the spring’s disappointing 2-5 season.

West Lincoln 14, North Lincoln 7: The Rebels won at home in a closely-contested non-conference game that gives West Lincoln a 9-8 all-time series lead.

Other scores:
Hough 32, Myers Park 16
Charlotte Catholic 13, South Meck 6
Chambers at Cardinal Gibbons, no report
Cox Mill 31, Hopewell 19
Mallard Creek 35, Butler 28
Kannapolis Brown 28, North Meck 20
West Meck at Montgomery Central, no report
East Meck at Berry Academy, no report
Harding 50, Garinger 0
Kell at Providence, cancelled
Olympic 49, Sun Valley 41
Independence at Concord Robinson, cancelled
Providence 21, Chester, S.C. 7
Porter Ridge 37, Rocky River 0
Maiden 56, Foard 0
Alexander Central 21, Hickory 7
South Iredell 51, North Iredell 7
Bandys 44, St. Stephens 7
Statesville 41, Carson 30
Lake Norman 37, West Iredell 0
East Burke 21, Patton 7
Polk County 28, Newton-Conover 7
South Caldwell 18, West Caldwell 7
Chase 54, West Henderson 21
McDowell County 20, R-S Central 14
Draughn at Thomas Jefferson, cancelled





High school boys soccer

The Gazette Cup began on Monday at Stuart Cramer High School as six teams were split into two pools to determine Saturday’s championship competition.

Here is the schedule for all games that are being played at Cramer:

Pool A: West Charlotte (0-2), Stuart Cramer (2-0), Highland Tech (1-1)
Pool B: East Gaston (0-2), Forestview (2-0), South Point (1-1)

Monday’s games
Stuart Cramer 8, West Charlotte 1
Forestview 3, East Gaston 1

Tuesday’s games
Stuart Cramer 4, Highland Tech 0
Forestview 1, South Point 0

Wednesday’s games
Highland Tech 9, West Charlotte 0
South Point 5, East Gaston 3

Saturday’s games
Pool A 3rd place (West Charlotte) vs. Pool B 3rd place (East Gaston), 4 p.m.
Pool A 2nd place (Highland Tech) vs. Pool B 2nd place (South Point), 6 p.m.
Pool A 1st place (Stuart Cramer) vs. Pool B 1st place (Forestview), 8 p.m.




High school volleyball

Stuart Cramer: Cramer swept its Thursday varsity and junior varsity matches with Charlotte Chambers. The varsity won 3-0 by scores of 25-7, 25-19, 25-15 and the junior varsity won 2-0 by scores of 25-5 and 25-8. Cramer next plays at Shelby on Tuesday.



College men’s basketball

The Charlotte 49ers have released their 2021-22 men’s basketball schedule. Here it is:

Nov. 9 Monmouth
Nov. 12 USC Upstate
Nov. 18 at Appalachian State

(Baha Mar Hoops Nassau, Bahamas Championship)
Nov. 22 Toledo, noon
Nov. 23 Drexel or Tulane
Nov. 24 TBA

Nov. 30 Davidson
Dec. 4 George Washington
Dec. 7 at Arkansas
Dec. 11 at Valparaiso
Dec. 17 Wake Forest (at Charlotte Spectrum Center)
Dec. 20 Maryland Eastern Shore
Dec. 22 Western Carolina
Dec. 30 at Florida Atlantic
Jan. 1 at Florida International
Jan. 8 Old Dominion
Jan. 13 UTEP
Jan. 15 Texas San Antonio
Jan. 20 at North Texas
Jan. 22 at Rice
Jan. 29 at Old Dominion
Feb. 3 Western Kentucky
Feb. 5 Marshall
Feb. 10 Louisiana Tech
Feb. 13 at Middle Tennessee
Feb. 17 at Western Kentucky
Feb. 19 at Marshall
Feb. 24 Florida International
Feb. 26 Florida Atlantic
March 2 Middle Tennessee
March 5 at Southern Miss




College esports

Belmont Abbey College has named Bryson Goins its esports head coach, Vice-President and Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today.

“I am pleased to announce Bryson Goins as our new Esports Head Coach,” Miss said in a school news release. “Energetic and charismatic, Coach Goins, despite his youth, exudes an air of confidence and possesses the requisite expertise to resonate with prospective students. We look forward to his forming and developing our students, who, collectively, will elevate our program to new heights.”

Goins is the founder and CEO of the Carolina Gaming Alliance, the region’s first digital marketing company designed to connect esports players with scholarships, sponsorships and career advancement opportunities. Additional, it spearheads projects that enhances esports in the region. Goins serves as a consultant to the Charlotte Hornets’ esports teams, while and remotely providing guidance to St. Edwards University in San Antonio, Texas as an assistant coach. Goins earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Organization Management) from UNC Charlotte in 2020.






Pro football

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ full 2021 schedule:


Aug. 15 at Indianapolis (Lost 18-21)
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 baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters now have a winning record.

Gastonia won 11-10 at York on Friday night to improve to 37-36 on the season. It’s the first time the first-year franchise has had a winning record since early June.