9-15-21 roundup: Middle school football and softball, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, College football and basketball, Pro football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker

Holbrook and Southwest stayed unbeaten in Gaston County Conference middle school football action after wins on Wednesday.

Action from Wednesday’s Belmont at Bessemer City middle school football game.

Holbrook defeated Mount Holly 36-6 to improve to 4-0 and Southwest edged Southwest 6-0 to improve to 5-0. Grier (3-0) also is unbeaten in the Gaston County Conference.

Here are Wednesday’s Gaston County Conference results:

Holbrook 36, Mount Holly 6: Kendall Southern and Savion Lindsay scored two touchdowns apiece, Zaire Crommarty had one touchdown and a two-point conversion and A.J. McClain and T.J. Armstrong had two-point conversions for the Lions, who were led on defense by Crommarty, Armstrong, Jaylen Dickey and Anthony Taylor.

Southwest 6, Cramerton 0

Belmont 32, Bessemer City 8: Reid Wilson, Zeke Pruitt, K.J. Shouse and Brody Crawford had touchdowns and Gavin Smith a two-point conversion for Belmont.

Stanley 34, W.C. Friday 22

Chavis at York Chester, no report

Gaston County Conference standings through Sept. 15 unless noted-x with division record listed first followed by overall record:

(Division I)
Southwest 2-0, 4-0
Grier 1-0, 3-0
Holbrook 1-0, 3-0
Cramerton 0-2, 2-2
Mount Holly 0-2, 0-3-1
(Division II)
Belmont 2-0, 2-2
x-York Chester 1-0, 1-1-1
W.C. Friday 1-1, 2-2
Stanley 1-1, 1-2
x-Chavis 0-1, 0-2
Bessemer City 0-2, 0-4

Sept. 22 games
Cramerton at Mount Holly
Holbrook at Grier
Belmont at W.C. Friday
Bessemer City at Chavis
Stanley at York Chester

Tri-County Conference standings through Sept. 15 unless noted-x with division record listed first followed by overall record:

North Lincoln 1-0, 2-0
Kings Mountain 1-0, 1-1
East Lincoln 0-0, 1-0
Burns 0-0, 0-0
Lincolnton 0-1, 1-1
West Lincoln 0-1, 0-2
Shelby 1-0, 3-0
Thomas Jefferson 1-0, 1-1
Crest 0-0, 0-1
East Rutherford 0-0, 0-1
R-S Central 0-1, 1-1
Chase 0-1, 0-2

Sept. 15 games
Crest at East Rutherford, ppd., Oct. 4
Shelby 50, R-S Central 8
Thomas Jefferson 14, Chase 0
East Lincoln at Burns, no report
Kings Mountain 36, West Lincoln 0
North Lincoln 12, Lincolnton 8

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




High school football

The fifth week of high school will be played this week. Here’s a list of Friday games for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Bessemer City at Thomas Jefferson
Bunker Hill at Lincolnton
Cherokee at East Gaston
Cherryville at Shelby
Cramer at South Point
Crest at Ashbrook
East Lincoln at Hickory
Forestview at North Gaston
Highland Tech at Burns
Kings Mountain at Huss
North Lincoln at Statesville
Pine Lake Prep at Mountain Island Charter
West Lincoln at Bandys

Here are other games involving teams in the area:

Clover, S.C. at Spartanburg, S.C.
R-S Central at Hendersonville
Foard at North Iredell
St. Stephens at West Iredell
Maiden at East Burke, ppd. no date
Newton-Conover at West Caldwell
Chambers at West Meck
Hough at North Meck
West Charlotte at Mallard Creek
Myers Park at Berry Academy
Olympic at Harding
Kell at Porter Ridge
Catawba Ridge, S.C. at South Meck
Garinger at Butler
Providence-Charlotte Catholic (at Memorial Stadium)
Rocky River at East Meck

Here are standings through Sept. 10 with conference record listed first followed by overall record:

Crest 1-0, 1-1
Cramer 0-0, 2-1
Kings Mountain 0-0, 2-1
South Point 0-0, 2-1
Forestview 0-0, 1-2
Ashbrook 0-0, 0-1
Huss 0-0, 0-1
North Gaston 0-1, 0-4

East Lincoln 0-0, 3-0
Statesville 0-0, 2-0
North Lincoln 0-0, 2-1
Hickory 0-0, 1-2
West Iredell 0-0, 0-1
Foard 0-0, 0-2
North Iredell 0-0, 0-2
St. Stephens 0-0, 0-2

Bunker Hill 0-0, 3-0
Maiden 0-0, 3-0
West Lincoln 0-0, 3-0
Bandys 0-0, 2-0
East Burke 0-0, 1-1
Newton-Conover 0-0, 0-2
West Caldwell 0-0, 0-2
Lincolnton 0-0, 0-3

Thomas Jefferson 0-0, 2-0
Shelby 0-0, 2-1
Burns 0-0, 2-2
Cherryville 0-0, 1-2
East Gaston 0-0, 1-2
Bessemer City 0-0, 1-3
Highland Tech 0-0, 0-3

Kell 0-0, 3-0
Olympic 0-0, 3-0
South Meck 0-0, 3-1
Myers Park 0-0, 2-2
Harding 0-0, 2-2
Berry Academy 0-0, 1-1

Catholic 0-0, 2-1
Butler 0-0, 1-2
Independence 0-0, 1-2
Providence 0-0, 1-2
Rocky River 0-0, 1-3
Garinger 0-0, 0-3
East Meck 0-0, 0-4

Chambers 0-0, 4-0
Hough 0-0, 3-0
West Charlotte 0-0, 3-0
West Meck 0-0, 3-1
North Meck 0-0, 2-1
Mallard Creek 0-0, 1-1
Hopewell 0-0, 1-3

Chase 0-0, 4-0
Clover 0-0, 1-2
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 3-0
R-S Central 0-0, 0-2




High school boys soccer

Here are the standings through Sept. 15 unless noted-x with conference record listed first followed by overall record:

Cramer 2-0, 8-2
Forestview 2-0, 5-2-1
Huss 1-1, 4-1
South Point 1-1, 5-4
Ashbrook 1-1, 2-2
Kings Mountain 1-1, 2-4
North Gaston 0-2, 2-4-1
Crest 0-2, 0-6

Shelby 1-0, 6-1
Highland Tech 1-0, 3-1
Thomas Jefferson 1-0, 1-2
Burns 1-1, 4-1-1
East Gaston 1-1, 2-7
Cherryville 0-2, 1-3-1
Bessemer City 0-1, 2-6

East Lincoln 2-0, 4-3
Lincoln Charter 0-0, 4-3-1
Lincolnton 2-0, 4-0-1
Mtn Island Charter 0-0, 3-3
x-North Lincoln 0-1, 4-4
West Lincoln 0-2, 2-7

This week’s schedule:

Bandys 8, West Lincoln 0
Cramer 4, South Point 1
Ashbrook 9, Crest 0
East Lincoln 4, North Lincoln 1
Forestview 2, North Gaston 0
Huss 3, Kings Mountain 0
Hibriten 7, Lincoln Charter 0
Lincolnton 2, Bunker Hill 0
Forest Hills 3, Mountain Island Charter 1

Bessemer City at Shelby, ppd., Sept. 27
East Gaston 5, Cherryville 1
Thomas Jefferson 1, Burns 0

Forestview 2, Ashbrook 0
Cramer 9, Crest 0
Forest Hills 4, Lincoln Charter 1
East Lincoln 4, Hickory 1
Monroe Victory FC 2, Mountain Island Charter 0
Lincolnton 4, Newton-Conover 1
Kings Mountain 2, North Gaston 1
South Point 2, Huss 0
Statesville at North Lincoln, no report
Maiden 3, West Lincoln 2

Bessemer City at Highland Tech
Burns at East Gaston
Shelby at Thomas Jefferson




High school volleyball

Gaston Day 3, Davidson Day 0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-21 on Tuesday): The Spartans improved to 13-4 overall and 2-0 in the MAC behind Anne Bradley Bing (32 Assists, 11 Digs, 4 Kills, 3 Aces), Drew Brown (18 Kills, 10 Digs), Megan Brown (12 Kills), Camryn Massey (4 kills, 1 block) and Mary Kate Hurst (15 Digs). Gaston Day visits Concord Academy on Thursday.

Kings Mountain 3, South Point 0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-15 on Tuesday): Kings Mountain improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big South behind
Meile Songaila (11 service points, 11 serve receptions, 7 digs, 17 kills), Paige Bagwell (7 service points, 32 assists) and Aaliyah Byers (6 service points, 7 serve receptions, 12 digs, 15 kills). The Mountaineers host Stuart Cramer on Thursday.
South Point won the junior varsity match 2-0 (25-23, 25-23). Kings Mountain (4-3) was led by Brooke Hamrick (6 kills, 3 digs), London Brow (7 kills, 8 digs, 4 serve receptions), Caroline Moss (8 kills, 12 service points, 10 digs, 14 serve receptions) and Sara Kate Bridges (5 digs, 24 assists).\




Middle school softball

Gaston County Conference standings through Sept. 13:

Cramerton 4-0 (5-0 overall)
Chavis 4-0
Belmont 4-1
Mount Holly 4-1
Stanley 3-2
Holbrook 2-3
Grier 1-3
W.C. Friday 1-4
Bessemer City 1-4 (1-5 overall)
Southwest 0-6

Sept. 16 games
Chavis at Stanley
Cramerton at Southwest
W.C. Friday at Mount Holly
Grier at Holbrook



College football

Here’s the Carolinas Division I football schedule this week:
Coastal Carolina at Buffalo, 11 a.m.
Elon at Appalachian State, 2:30 p.m.
Samford at Western Carolina, 2:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.
Florida State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m.
Northwestern at Duke, 4 p.m.
Charlotte at Georgia State, 6 p.m.
East Carolina at Marshall, 6 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Lincoln, Pa. at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m.
Monmouth at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.
North Greenville at The Citadel, 6 p.m.
Presbyterian at Campbell, 6 p.m.
Winston-Salem State at N.C. Central, 6 p.m.
South Carolina at Georgia, 7 p.m.
Virginia at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Furman at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina State at New Mexico State, 8 p.m.

Here’s the Carolinas Division II football schedule this week:
Barton at Catawba, 1 p.m.
Central State at Shaw, 1 p.m.
Erskine at Chowan, 1 p.m.
Virginia Wise at Mars Hill, 1 p.m.
Wingate at Carson-Newman, 1 p.m.
Limestone at Tusculum, 3 p.m.
Livingstone at Allen University, 5 p.m.
Bluefield State at J.C. Smith, 6 p.m.
Glenville State at UNC-Pembroke, 6 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne at Newberry, 6 p.m.
Virginia Lynchburg at Virginia Union, 6 p.m.
Elizabeth City State at Norfolk State, 7 p.m.



College men’s basketball

The Big South Conference released its full schedule of men’s basketball league action on Wednesday which includes a 16-game slate for Gardner-Webb featuring eight tilts at home inside Paul Porter Arena.

Due to the Big South’s two-division set-up, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are set for home-and-home contests with each fellow South Division program – Charleston Southern, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville, USC Upstate and Winthrop – while the ‘Dogs will face each North Division team once.

For the fourth consecutive season, Gardner-Webb will open its conference campaign on the road as it heads to Charleston Southern on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The ‘Dogs are 4-4 in league openers under the guidance of head coach Tim Craft.

Gardner-Webb will then make its conference home debut its next time out, returning to Boiling Springs for its lone matchup of the year against Hampton on Saturday, Jan. 8.

The Gardner-Webb Big South schedule:

Jan. 5 at Charleston Southern
Jan. 8 Hampton
Jan. 12 Presbyterian
Jan. 15 at Longwood
Jan. 19 USC Upstate
Jan. 22 at Winthrop
Jan. 26 at UNC-Asheville
Jan. 29 Radford
Feb. 2 at High Point
Feb. 5 North Carolina A&T
Feb. 9 at Campbell
Feb. 12 Charleston Southern
Feb. 16 Winthrop
Feb. 19 at Presbyterian
Feb. 23 UNC-Asheville
Feb. 26 at USC Upstate
March 2-6 Big South tournament (at Bojangles’ Coliseum, Charlotte)



Pro football

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ 2021 regular season schedule:

Sept. 12 New York Jets (W 19-14)
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

The Charlotte named Jordan Surenkamp as the third Greensboro Swarm coach in the team’s G-League history.

Surenkamp was elevated to lead the Swarm after completing his third season with the Hornets – and second as the Head Video Coordinator. He joined the organization prior to the 2018 season as an Assistant Video Coordinator.

“Development is a key pillar of our organization and of building a sustainable program,” Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a team news release. “Jordan is well versed in the importance of our player development program and well prepared to lead the Greensboro Swarm in pursuit of this goal. We are excited about the synergy he will bring to Greensboro given his time under Head Coach James Borrego.”

Said Surenkamp: “I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to lead the Greensboro Swarm. The time spent helping develop our younger players in Charlotte and learning from Coach Borrego and his staff has prepared me for this opportunity. I’m grateful for the trust the Hornets organization, Swarm organization, Mitch Kupchak, Buzz Peterson, Larry Jordan and Coach James Borrego have put in me, and I’m excited to get to work with the Swarm.”

Before joining the Hornets, Surenkamp began his career in professional basketball with the Brooklyn Nets (2017-18). His tenure with the Nets included head video coordinator duties for their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

“I’m excited to see what Jordan is able to accomplish with the Swarm in this role,” Borrego said in a team news release. “He has been a valued part of my staff in Charlotte, and I am impressed by his work ethic and competitive nature. His passion for helping young players get better will be contagious as he builds a strong culture in Greensboro. I look forward to keeping a strong connection between his staff and mine as we continue building our organization and developing our players.”

Surenkamp came to the NBA after four seasons at the University of South Alabama under head coach Matthew Graves. From 2015-17 he was the director of basketball operations, a role he was promoted to after spending two seasons (2013-15) as a graduate assistant. Surenkamp earned a master’s degree in communication from South Alabama in 2015. A native of Indianapolis, Surenkamp graduated from Wabash College with a degree in speech communication and rhetoric. He was also a member of the men’s basketball program where he earned four letters and appeared in 74 career games.





Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters fell to 44-53 on the season after losing their fourth straight game – a 10-7 home loss to Lexington.

Gastonia completes the three-game home series with Lexington on Thursday at 6:50 p.m.