8-28-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football and volleyball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker

Shelby honored the greatest football player the city has ever produced on Saturday with “Bobby Bell Day.”

Bell, a 1959 graduate of the old Cleveland Training School, went on to become an Outland Trophy winner at the University of Minnesota, a Super Bowl winner for the Kansas City Chiefs and was inducted into both the College Football and Pro Football halls of fame.

Bobby Bell speaks during “Bobby Bell Day” in Shelby on Saturday.

A two-sport star at Cleveland Training School where he helped the Tigers to state football titles in 1956 and 1957 as a quarterback and a basketball title in 1958 as a high-scoring forward, Bell was a defensive lineman that helped Minnesota win the 1960 national title and voted 1962 Outland Trophy winner as college football’s top lineman before an even more spectacular professional career.

Drafted by the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Bell signed with the Chiefs and became a six-time AFL All-Star linebacker, two-time AFL champion, member of the Chiefs’ 1970 Super Bowl championship team and three-time AFC Pro Bowler.

In 1983, when Bell and Wilmington’s Sonny Jurgensen were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, they became the first North Carolina high school products to be so honored.

After his retirement from football after the 1974 season, Bell opened Bobby Bell’s Bar-b-que in Kansas City, Mo., where he has lived ever since.

On Saturday, Shelby mayor Stan Anthony announced that North Dekalb Street in Shelby would be renamed Bobby Bell Boulevard and Hall of Fame Chiefs teammates Willie Lanier and Jan Stenerud were among those in attendance for the ceremony.

The plaque honoring Bobby Bell in Shelby on Saturday.




High school football

East Lincoln 31, Forestview 17: Markell Clark caught three touchdown passes as the visiting Mustangs knocked off Forestview in a game played at Stuart Cramer High School.

Mountain Island Charter 28, Cabarrus Stallions 6 (Friday): The Raptors improved to 2-0 as Dylan Bisson passed for 423 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown and Cole Hart caught four passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Chambers 24, Highland Springs, Va. 13
Richmond County 32, Butler 29
West Meck 16, Rocky River 12

Here is next Friday’s schedule for schools from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Blacksburg, S.C. at Cherryville
Central Cabarrus at Huss
Crest at Shelby
East Gaston at Cramer
Foard at West Lincoln
Forestview at Freedom
Kings Mountain at Burns
Lincolnton at East Lincoln
North Gaston at Chase
Northwest Cabarrus at North Lincoln
Pine Lake Prep at Bessemer City
South Point at R-S Central
West Meck at Ashbrook
Winston-Salem Carver at Highland Tech

High school football standings

Conference record listed first followed by overall record:

South Point 0-0, 2-0
Cramer 0-0, 1-1
Kings Mountain 0-0, 1-1
Ashbrook 0-0, 0-0
Crest 0-0, 0-1
Huss 0-0, 0-1
Forestview 0-0, 0-2
North Gaston 0-0, 0-2

East Lincoln 0-0, 2-0
Statesville 0-0, 2-0
North Lincoln 0-0, 1-1
North Iredell 0-0, 0-1
West Iredell 0-0, 0-1
Foard 0-0, 0-2
Hickory 0-0, 0-2
St. Stephens 0-0, 0-2

Bandys 0-0, 2-0
Bunker Hill 0-0, 2-0
Maiden 0-0, 2-0
West Lincoln 0-0, 2-0
East Burke 0-0, 1-1
Newton-Conover 0-0, 0-1
West Caldwell 0-0, 0-1
Lincolnton 0-0, 0-2

Burns 0-0, 2-0
Shelby 0-0, 2-0
Thomas Jefferson 0-0, 1-0
Cherryville 0-0, 1-1
East Gaston 0-0, 1-1
Highland Tech 0-0, 0-1
Bessemer City 0-0, 0-2

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

Catholic 0-0, 2-0
Providence 0-0, 1-1
Garinger 0-0, 0-1
Independence 0-0, 0-1
Butler 0-0, 0-2
East Meck 0-0, 0-2
Rocky River 0-0, 0-2

Chambers 0-0, 2-0
Hough 0-0, 2-0
West Meck 0-0, 2-0
Mallard Creek 0-0, 1-0
West Charlotte 0-0, 1-0
Hopewell 0-0, 1-1
North Meck 0-0, 0-1

Chase 0-0, 2-0
Clover 0-0, 1-1
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 2-0
R-S Central 0-0, 0-1




High school volleyball

Gaston Day 3, Hickory University Christian 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15): Mary Kate Hurst (25 digs), Anne Bradley Bing (23 Assists, 7 Kills), Drew Brown (15 Kills), Camryn Massey (7 Kills, 2 Blocks) and Megan Brown (8 Kills, 4 Aces) led the Spartans, who improved to 8-4. Gaston Day hosts Metrolina Christian Academy on Tuesday in its next match.




Pro football

The Carolina Panthers released slumping kicker Joey Slye on Saturday.

A third-year pro out of Virginia Tech, Slye had converted 54 of 68 field goals and 64 of 71 extra points in two seasons for the Panthers. But he had struggled this preseason, missing three of eight field goal attempts and one of two extra points.

Carolina acquired 26-year-old veteran kicker Ryan Santoso on Thursday from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. Santoso, who previously played for the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans of the NFL and Montreal Alouettes of the CFL, made all five of his kicks in Thursday’s 34-9 preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers (three extra points and two field goals).

Here is the Panthers’ full 2021 schedule:


Aug. 15 at Indianapolis (Lost 18-21)
Aug. 21 Baltimore (Lost 3-20)
Aug. 27 Pittsburgh (Won 34-9)

(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





Middle school football

In next Wednesday’s week two schedule, Chavis visits Holbrook, Belmont plays at Grier, Bessemer City is at Cramerton, York Chester visits Southwest and W.C. Friday plays at Mount Holly.





Middle school softball

In Monday’s second game of the season, Bessemer City plays at Stanley, Southwest is at Chavis, Cramerton visits Mount Holly and Holbrook plays at W.C. Friday.
















Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters emphatically put an end to their three-game losing streak with a 20-8 victory over Lexington on Saturday.

Gastonia (40-40) closes out the three-game series against Lexington on Sunday at 4:50 p.m.