8-23-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football and boys soccer

By Richard Walker

After two seasons off, the Gazette Cup boys high school soccer tournament returned last week.

South Point’s 2021 Gazette Cup champion boys soccer team

And a familiar champion, South Point, enjoyed the event more than anyone else as the Red Raiders won their ninth title in 11 championship game appearances for a tournament that began in 1993.

Tony Baker scored two goals and Connor Proud one for coach Chris Baity’s team in a 3-0 victory at tournament host Stuart Cramer.

Here is a list of previous championship game results in the event:

1993: South Point 4, Ashbrook 2
1994: South Point 1, Ashbrook 0
1995: South Point 4, Ashbrook 3
1996: South Point 3, Ashbrook 1
1997: South Point 2, Ashbrook 1
1998: South Point 4, Forestview 1
1999: Ashbrook 3, Forestview 3 (Ashbrook wins 4-3 on PKs)
2000: Forestview 3, Ashbrook 0
2001: Forestview 3, Hunter Huss 1
2002: Forestview 2, Ashbrook 1
2003: Forestview 5, Ashbrook 1
2004: Forestview 2, Ashbrook 0
2005: Forestview 2, Ashbrook 0
2006: Forestview 3, Ashbrook 0
2007: South Point 1, Forestview 0
2008: Ashbrook 1, South Point 0
2009: Forestview 2, Ashbrook 0
2010: South Point 3, Ashbrook 0
2011: Forestview 1, Ashbrook 0
2012: Gaston Day 4, North Gaston 0
2013: Forestview 3, Ashbrook 0
2014: Forestview 3, Hunter Huss 2 (OT)
2015: Ashbrook 4, Gaston Christian 1
2016: Forestview vs. Gaston Christian (cancelled weather, co-champions)
2017: Gaston Christian 2, East Gaston 0
2018: Ashbrook 4, Lincolnton 0
2019 and 2020-21: no tournament
2021: South Point 3, Cramer 0


High school football

The ever-changing schedule continues to change as Ashbrook, Clover, Huss and South Point have had games cancelled and another game – East Lincoln vs. Forestview – has been moved to Cramer due to field conditions at Forestview.

Ashbrook’s game at T.C. Roberson has been cancelled.

Clover’s game with longtime rival York has been cancelled and the Blue Eagles will now host Charlotte’s Myers Park on Friday.

Huss’ game at Hibriten on Friday has been cancelled; Huss officials hope to reschedule the game later in the season.

And South Point’s junior varsity and varsity games at R-S Central slated for Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 have been cancelled.

Here is this week’s schedule:

Alexander Central at North Gaston
Ashbrook at T.C. Roberson, cancelled
Bessemer City at Cramer
Crest at Burns
East Lincoln at Forestview
Hickory Grove at Highland Tech
Huss at Hibriten, cancelled
Kings Mountain at Asheville
North Lincoln at Lincolnton
Shelby at A.C. Reynolds
South Point at East Gaston
Thomas Jefferson at Pine Lake Prep
West Lincoln at Cherryville
Myers Park at Clover, S.C.
Off – Mountain Island Charter




High school boys soccer

East Rutherford 6, Kings Mountain 2

Shelby 3, South Point 1: The Golden Lions improved to 3-0 with the home non-conference victory.





Pro football

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ full 2021 schedule as they prepare for their preseason finale on Thursday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Carolina head coach Matt Rhule said after Monday’s practice session that he planned to use his starters for much of the first half of the game, though running back Christian McCaffrey’s play may be limited if he plays at all.


Aug. 15 at Indianapolis (Lost 18-21)
Aug. 21 Baltimore (Lost 3-20)
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 begin an important three-game home series on Tuesday.

Gastonia is 38-36 overall and 11-6 in the second half to share first place in the second half South Division standings with High Point. The Honey Hunters next play a three-game home series against High Point that starts on Tuesday at 6:50 p.m.