8-25-21 roundup: Middle school football, High school football, cross country, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker

Wednesday’s inclement weather played havoc on the first Gaston County Conference middle school football games in two years.

Grier (white) hosted Stanley (blue) in one of five Gaston County Conference middle school football season-openers on Wednesday.

Only two games were played long enough to be completed as Cramerton won 24-8 at W.C. Friday and Grier defeated visiting Stanley 8-0.

In Cramerton’s win, Tristan Holt had three touchdowns and L.J. Watson one and Ashton Owenby and Jordan Littlejohn led the Eagles’ defense.

The other three games were either suspended or stopped.

Visiting Holbrook led Bessemer City 6-0 when the game was suspended with 4:46 left in the first quarter; It will be resumed on Thursday.

Southwest and Belmont were playing a scoreless tie later in the first half before their game was suspended until Thursday at Belmont.

And visiting Mount Holly and York Chester were scoreless after the first quarter before deciding they wouldn’t resume or reschedule their game.

Next Wednesday, Chavis visits Holbrook, Belmont plays at Grier, Bessemer City is at Cramerton, York Chester visits Southwest and W.C. Friday plays at Mount Holly.




High school football

Here is Friday’s schedule for games in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Alexander Central at North Gaston
Ashbrook at T.C. Roberson
Bessemer City at Cramer
Crest at Burns
East Lincoln at Forestview (Saturday at Cramer)
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

Other games in the area:
Bandys at Foard
Berry Academy at West Meck
Bunker Hill at St. Stephens
Charlotte Latin at Hickory
Chase at Owen
Cuthbertson at Kell
Freedom at East Burke
Hickory Ridge at Catholic
Hopewell at East Meck
Hough at Mooresville
Independence at Marvin Ridge
Myers Park at Clover, S.C.
Newton-Conover at West Iredell
North Iredell at Lake Norman
North Meck at Garinger
Richmond at Butler
Rocky River at Olympic
South Caldwell at Hickory, cancelled
South Iredell at Statesville
South Meck at Providence
Thomas Jefferson at Pine Lake Prep
Watauga at Maiden
West Caldwell at R-S Central, cancelled
West Charlotte at Harding
York, S.C. at Clover, S.C., cancelled

High school football standings

Conference record listed first followed by overall record:

South Point 0-0, 1-0
Ashbrook 0-0, 0-0
Crest 0-0, 0-0
Cramer 0-0, 0-1
Forestview 0-0, 0-1
Huss 0-0, 0-1
Kings Mountain 0-0, 0-1
North Gaston 0-0, 0-1

East Lincoln 0-0, 1-0
Statesville 0-0, 1-0
Foard 0-0, 0-1
Hickory 0-0, 0-1
North Iredell 0-0, 0-1
North Lincoln 0-0, 0-1
St. Stephens 0-0, 0-1
West Iredell 0-0, 0-1

Bandys 0-0, 1-0
Bunker Hill 0-0, 1-0
East Burke 0-0, 1-0
Maiden 0-0, 1-0
West Lincoln 0-0, 1-0
Lincolnton 0-0, 0-1
Newton-Conover 0-0, 0-1
West Caldwell 0-0, 0-1

Burns 0-0, 1-0
Cherryville 0-0, 1-0
East Gaston 0-0, 1-0
Shelby 0-0, 1-0
Highland Tech 0-0, 0-0
Thomas Jefferson 0-0, 0-0
Bessemer City 0-0, 0-1

Berry Academy 0-0, 1-0
Harding 0-0, 1-0
Olympic 0-0, 1-0
Kell 0-0, 0-0
Myers Park 0-0, 0-1
South Meck 0-0, 0-1

Catholic 0-0, 1-0
Providence 0-0, 1-0
Independence 0-0, 0-0
Butler 0-0, 0-1
East Meck 0-0, 0-1
Garinger 0-0, 0-1
Rocky River 0-0, 0-1

Chambers 0-0, 1-0
Hough 0-0, 1-0
Mallard Creek 0-0, 1-0
West Meck 0-0, 1-0
West Charlotte 0-0, 0-0
Hopewell 0-0, 0-1
North Meck 0-0, 0-1

Chase 0-0, 1-0
Clover 0-0, 0-0
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 0-0
R-S Central 0-0, 0-1




High school cross country

Non-conference boys: Zachary Willer and Nicholas Willer finished 1-2 to lead Stuart Cramer to a team win at the Kings Mountain course. South Point finished second behind fifth-place Davis Adcock, Kings Mountain third behind third-place Parker Key and West Lincoln fourth behind sixth-place Evan Hartzoe.

Non-conference girls: Thalia Kushman and Divinity Ervin finished 1-2 to lead Kings Mountain to a team win at its home course. South Point finished second and West Lincoln third.




High school volleyball

Lincolnton-Cherryville: Lincolnton won Tuesday’s varsity match 3-1 with Rileigh Kiser (6 aces, 28 assists, 7 kills, 26 digs), Taylor Digh (17 digs), and Terayha Bess (13 kills) led Cherryville (2-3). Lincolnton also won the junior varsity match by a 2-0 score.

Gaston Day: The Spartans improved to 7-3 on Tuesday with a 3-0 road win at Hickory Christian (25-7, 25-13, 25-20). Gaston Day plays at Dorman, S.C., on Thursday.

Stuart Cramer-Shelby: Cramer swept Shelby 3-0 on Tuesday (25-10, 25-16, 25-21) and played East Gaston on Wednesday.




College baseball

Kings Mountain High senior Peyton Fisher announced his commitment to play at High Point on twitter Tuesday.



Pro football

The Carolina Panthers traded linebacker Denzel Perryman and a seventh-round draft pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for a sixth-round draft pick.

Here is the Panthers’ full 2021 schedule as they prepare for their preseason finale on Friday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers:


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

Former South Point High standout Garrett Davila on Tuesday was promoted by the Kansas City Royals to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.

A 2015 South Point graduate who as the Royals’ fourth-round draft pick in 2015, Davila was 6-2 with four saves and a 2.45 ERA in 27 appearances for Class A Quad Cities.






Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters will close out their three-game game homstand against the High Point Rockers on Thursday night at 6:50 p.m. with the teams still tied for first place in the second half South Division standings of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Gastonia won 10-6 to take the divisional lead on Tuesday night before High Point scored 10 runs in the last two innings of a 15-10 win on Wednesday.

Gastonia is 39-38 overall and 12-7 in the second half.