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1-17-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker Inclement weather has pushed back Tuesday’s high school basketball a day as all schools in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties will be closed on Tuesday. Here’s the schedule of girls/boys doubleheaders that have been moved: (Tuesday) Ashbrook at Huss (ppd., Wednesday) Crest at Kings Mountain (ppd., Wednesday) Forestview at Cramer (ppd., Wednesday) […]

1-15-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College basketball and football

By Richard Walker A former South Point High football state champion will finish his college career at another school. Matthew Robinson, a 2018 South Point High graduate who was a member of the Red Raiders’ 2016 state championship team, announced on Friday on twitter that he was leaving Gardner-Webb and entering the college transfer portal. […]

1-13-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker Twenty five years ago today, the Charlotte Hornets were a part of a historic NBA overtime period. A record-low two points were scored in that extra period, as Charlotte guard Tony Smith’s 10-footer with 1:29 left in the extra period was enough to give the Hornets a 102-100 victory over the Denver […]

1-11-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker Even with a losing overall bowl record, the Southeastern Conference continued its college football dominance since the Bowl Championship Series format was adopted in 1998. The league won its 14th title in the 24-year history of the format that was increased from two teams to four teams in 2014. Georgia’s 33-18 victory […]

1-5-22 roundup: College basketball and football, Pro basketball and football, High school basketball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Coming off its largest win over a power five conference opponent in its last game, Gardner-Webb used that momentum to open its Big South Conference schedule with an 88-63 win at Charleston Southern on Wednesday. The Runnin’ Bulldogs improved to 7-7 overall in their first game since a 77-60 win at Georgia […]

12-31-21 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College football, High school basketball

By Richard Walker One of the greatest legends in basketball has died as Sam Jones passed on Thursday evening at 88. Jones played his entire 12-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics and won 10 titles between 1957-69. Jones, Bill Russell and K.C. Jones were the only three players to be a part of Boston […]

12-29-21 roundup: High school basketball and baseball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker Championship games will be held at Lincolnton, East Lincoln and Kings Mountain involving high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. In the People’s Bank Holiday Classic at Lincolnton High School, defending champion Cramer meets host Lincolnton for the boys championship and two-time defending champion Bandys meets West Lincoln for […]

12-22-21 roundup: High school basketball, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule announced his starting quarterback for Sunday’s regular season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but added he would use two quarterbacks in the game. Cam Newton will get the start at quarterback and Sam Darnold is expected to see some playing time after missing the last […]

12-20-21 roundup: College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Former North Lincoln High standout Travali Price made the most of his redshirt freshman season at N.C. State. Price, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end, was named the Wolfpack’s Defensive scout team player of the year. A 2021 North Lincoln High graduate, Price was a two-time all-conference player for the Knights and helped […]

12-17-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football, women’s soccer and softball, High school basketball, Middle school volleyball

By Richard Walker Wake Forest’s Isaiah Mucius hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for an 82-79 Deacons’ victory over the Charlotte 49ers on Friday to cap the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. The Deacons (11-1) had led by as many as 19 points before Charlotte (5-5) rallied to tie the […]

12-15-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school basketball, Pro football and basketball and soccer, Middle school volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Three major college recruits from Cleveland County highlighted Wednesday’s national signing day as Crest’s Eli Hall signed with Wake Forest and Shelby’s Malaki Hamrick signed with North Carolina and Santana Hopper with Appalachian State. Additionally, Charlotte and Gardner-Webb added several players to their respective programs. At Charlotte, coach Will Healy signed 12 […]

12-11-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school wrestling

By Richard Walker In an offensive shootout against North Carolina’s most prolific high school rushing attack in history, Shelby downed Wallace-Rose Hill 55-34 to win the 2021 N.C. 2A title at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. It was Shelby’s 19th state in school history – and seventh championship in nine years. Even after falling […]

12-7-21 roundup: High school football, basketball and wrestling, Pro football and basketball, College football, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Cramerton will be hosting both the boys soccer and volleyball Gaston County Conference championship games on Thursday. Since both games are being played at Cramerton and a 3:30 p.m. school dismissal, all fans are encouraged to park at Life Church. The game time for boys soccer is 3:45 p.m. with volleyball slated […]

12-4-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker After 42 points were scored in the game’s first 21 1-2 minutes, Pittsburgh used defense to sew up its first ACC football championship Saturday night at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers held Wake Forest scoreless for 13 possessions, even aiding its offense with a score of its own in a […]

11-30-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker One of the most popular American Legion baseball regular season events will return in 2022 after two seasons off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cherryville’s Fraley Field will be the site of the 14th North-South Challenge that pits three teams from North Carolina against three teams from South Carolina on June 24 […]

11-29-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and volleyball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Lincoln County schools found out their all-conference award winners on Monday and all four schools are well represented in the Western Foothills 3A and Catawba Valley 2A conferences, respectively, in voting done by those league’s coaches. In the Western Foothills 3A, North Lincoln’s Kyle Kovalchuk and East Lincoln’s Ben Cutter came away […]

11-27-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker It’ll be Wake Forest against Pittsburgh in next Saturday’s 8 p.m. ACC championship game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1) clinched the Atlantic Division title on Saturday with a 41-10 win at Boston College. Pittsburgh (10-2, 7-1) wrapped up the Coastal Division title last week and closed its […]

11-26-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, College football

By Richard Walker South Point won a thriller and Shelby dominated the top seed in the playoffs to highlight Friday’s area high school football action. South Point scored late in regulation to force overtime, then won 34-27 at Crest to advance to next week’s Western N.C. 3A championship game. The Red Raiders (11-3) avenged an […]

11-25-21 roundup: High school football, Pro basketball and football, College football

By Richard Walker Cleveland County will host two Western N.C. semifinal playoff football games on Friday with teams that share levels of familiarity. In Class 3A, South Point visits Crest in a rematch of a regular season game. And in Class 2A, Shelby hosts Reidsville in a matchup of the state’s two winningest programs for […]

11-24-21 roundup: High school soccer, golf, volleyball, football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Several area players made the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state teams, including one player each from the state championship teams of Shelby (David Twiggs) and Gaston Day (Marco Wright). Also honored from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were Joseph Bravo and Jack Matz from Cramer and Zach Zagorski from Lincolnton. Here are […]

11-23-21 roundup: High school football, basketball and volleyball, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Highland Tech’s Ashlynn Stephens has been named North Carolina’s Class 1A high school player of the year by the N.C. Volleyball Coaches Association. Stephens, a senior, helped the Rams finish 19-4 overall, 10-1 in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference and to a historic playoff run as Highland Tech advanced to the third […]

11-22-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker After the COVID-19 pandemic limited last year’s high school baskeball season, it has returned with a full schedule for this season. While many games have already been played, the most common opening date is Tuesday for Gaston and Lincoln counties. Cleveland County’s first basketball game isn’t scheduled until next week. Five doubleheaders […]

11-21-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football and soccer, College football

By Richard Walker The excitement of the 73,350 fans who came to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday and many more who watched on television was the return of quarterback Cam Newton to town as the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback. Newton had a solid game but it was the return of three members of the […]

11-20-21 roundup: High school football and soccer, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker Shelby won its third N.C. High School Athletic Association soccer championship in dramatic fashion on Saturday. After Shelby and Greene Central went 120 minutes of regulation and overtime play with a scoreless tie, Shelby won the championship 5-3 on penalty kicks at Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park. Golden Lions keeper Eli Wilbanks, who […]

11-19-21 roundup: High school football, soccer and basketball, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Crest, Shelby and South Point will be practicing on Thanksgiving Day. All three perennial local high school football powers took convincing playoff wins on Friday night to advance into next Friday’s regional semifinal round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. Crest scored the first 21 points of the game before […]

11-18-21 roundup: High school football and soccer, College football and basketball, Pro football, soccer and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Six teams from Cleveland and Gaston counties remain in the N.C. High School Athletic Association high school football playoffs in Friday’s third round. The four games include a pair of regular season rematches as South Point hosts Forestview in Class 3A and Shelby hosts East Gaston in Class 2A. In the other […]

11-17-21 roundup: High school soccer and football, College football, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Shelby will meet Greene Central on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary for the 2021 N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2A state championship. The Golden Lions have previously advanced to the state finals three times – finishing as runner-up in 2008 and winning the 2009 and 2010 […]

11-16-21 roundup: High school soccer, basketball and football, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Shelby’s Jack Berkowitz scored the only goal of the Western N.C. 2A soccer championship less than three minutes in on an assist from Carter Bridges and the Golden Lions’ defense made the goal stand up for a 1-0 victory. The win sends Shelby (22-1-2) to its fourth state title game and first […]

11-15-21 roundup: High school soccer and football, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Cramer got top honors in Big South 3A Conference soccer this season after the Storm won its first league title. In voting done by the league’s coaches, senior Joseph Bravo was named offensive player of the year, senior Noah Arrowood was named defensive player of the year and Matthew Robertson was named […]

11-14-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer

By Richard Walker Could Cam Newton’s return to the Carolina Panthers have gone any better? Signed officially on Thursday, Newton was productive in a limited role as the Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals 34-10 on Sunday to even their record at 5-5 on the season. Arizona, whose 8-2 record remains the best in the NFC […]

11-13-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker Wake Forest took a huge step toward the Dec. 4 ACC football championship game in Charlotte with a 45-42 home win over N.C. State Saturday night. The Deacons (9-1, 6-0) has a two-game lead over every other team in the Atlantic Division entering its final two games of the season – at […]

11-12-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and boys basketball, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Big South 3A Conference football teams continued their extraordinary postseason run with a perfect second round performance that included three road victories. The wins set up an all-league 3A Western semifinal in Belmont with South Point hosting Forestview. Crest and Kings Mountain also were winners from the Big South, which is off […]

11-11-21 roundup: High school football and boys soccer, College football, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker A week ago, 15 teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties began N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoff journeys. This week, nine of them are still pursuing state titles after first-round victories. Here’s a look at each of those team’s Friday night matchups: (Class 3A) South Point at Pisgah Series: South […]

11-10-21 roundup: College basketball and football, Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker After five straight losses, the Charlotte emphatically snapped their slump with a 118-108 win at the Memphis Grizzlies behind a record-setting performance from Kelly Oubre, Jr. Oubre scored 37 points to set a franchise record for points off the bench. It came in a game Charlotte trailed by eight with 5:31 left […]

11-9-21 roundup: College basketball and football, Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers and Davidson Wildcats opened their 2021-22 college basketball seasons with home victories. Charlotte edged Monmouth 68-66 behind Clemson transfer Clyde Trapp, Jr. (20 points), Jahmir Young (14 points, 10 rebounds), Aly Khalifa (11 points) and Holy Cross transfer Austin Butler (10 points). And Davidson routed Delaware 93-71 behind Foster […]

11-8-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, College football, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Two Lincoln County teams and a Cleveland County team advanced to Thursday’s regional semifinals of the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer state playoffs. East Lincoln advanced to the Class 3A regional finals while Lincolnton and Shelby advanced to the Class 2A regional finals. Here’s Monday’s third round schedule: (3A) East […]

11-7-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, College football, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker The rollercoaster ride for the Carolina Panthers took a downward turn on Sunday as quarterback Sam Darnold’s poor play in a 24-6 home loss to the New England Patriots now has his own head coach questioning his future with the team. Darnold threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 88 yards […]

11-6-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer, tennis and cross country, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Stuart Cramer’s Zachary Willer set Gaston County history on a day in which local runners dominated the competition in the Class 3A N.C. High School Athletic Association cross country championships in Kernersville. Zachary Willer became Gaston County’s first boys state champion in 43 years on a day in which North Lincoln’s boys […]

11-5-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and tennis, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Nine of the 15 teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties won their opening round N.C. High School Athletic Association football state playoff games on Friday night, including four of the five Big South 3A Conference teams and all four Cleveland County teams. And they’ll move on to a second round that […]

11-4-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and tennis, College football, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Fifteen teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties begin N.C. High School Athletic Association football state title pursuits with first round games on Friday night. And Cleveland and Lincoln counties have all four of their schools in the postseason. Here’s a look at each of the games to be played in those […]

11-3-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and tennis, College football and soccer, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker A South Point High standout was honored by The Charlotte Touchdown Club on Wednesday. Ryan Harris, a senior linebacker for the Red Raiders, was named the 2021 Luke Kuechly Defensive Player of the Year. Harris has 87 tackles, including two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass interception in 10 games this […]

11-2-21 roundup: College basketball, football, cross country and field hockey, Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Gaston College’s first men’s basketball team in 50 years will compete in a 29-game schedule that features 14 games in the always-competitive Region 10 in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association that begins on Friday. The Rhinos, led by head coach David “Dickey” Nutt and associate head coach Jamie […]

11-1-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football, boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling, College football

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets dug too deep of a hole to get out of on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers and fell 113-110 in front of 13,889 at Spectrum Center. Charlotte (5-3) trailed by 19 points twice in the first quarter and by 17 points in the middle of the fourth quarter […]

10-31-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, College football, Middle school football, boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker After losing four straight games, Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule earlier this week said his team needed to follow a conservative game plan that featured running the football, limiting turnovers and relying on your defense. Despite a hiccup on the game’s first play, the Panthers did just that in a 19-13 win […]

10-30-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, Pro football and basketball, College football

By Richard Walker Gaston Day School entered Saturday in pursuit of three N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state titles. And the Spartans had a perfect day as they claimed titles in girls tennis and volleyball and boys soccer. In volleyball, Gaston Day knocked off Davidson Day 3-1 to finish with a 30-9 overall record. In […]

10-29-21 roundup: High school football and volleyball, Pro football and basketball, College football and women’s basketball, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker Crest and Shelby came out victorious in conference championship games on Friday and will be among the top seeds when the N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs are announced on Saturday. Crest won 42-20 at Kings Mountain as running back Mari Adams rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns to finish […]

10-28-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker The final day of regular season high school football is Friday and multiple local schools have either clinched playoff berths or can win on Friday to clinch a spot and/or improve the postseason chances. Crest and Kings Mountain have wrapped up Class 3A berths, Burns and Shelby have wrapped up Class 2A […]

10-27-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, College football, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets matched their best five-game start in team history with a come-from-behind 120-111 victory at the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Hornets (4-1) matched franchise-record best starts in the 2000-01 and 2016-17 seasons. In Wednesday’s win, Charlotte also rallied to win after trailing by double digits as the Hornets […]

10-26-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls golf, Pro football and basketball, College football, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker Three Gaston Day teams will be hosting N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 2A state championships on Saturday. In boys soccer, the Spartans are in the title game for the fourth time in eight years after defeating Fayetteville Academy 5-1 on Tuesday. The Spartans (16-2) will host Fayetteville Trinity Academy (17-2-1). Gaston […]

10-25-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football

By Richard Walker After setting history with the franchise’s first 3-0 start in history, the Charlotte Hornets were oh so close to 4-0 on Monday night in front of a vocal crowd of 17,238 at Spectrum Center. But the Boston Celtics closed the game on a 38-15 surge to pull out a 140-129 overtime victory […]

10-24-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football

By Richard Walker It may not be rock bottom but its close for the Carolina Panthers. After Sunday’s disappointing 25-3 loss at the New York Giants, the Panthers are in a complete free fall that on a day in which one report indicated they could pursue trading for another quarterback. Head coach Matt Rhule’s decision […]

10-23-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and men’s soccer, High school football and volleyball, Middle school football

By Richard Walker Thirty-one former North Carolina high school basketball players are on NBA rosters as the 2021-22 season moves into its second week. That inclues three players on two-way contracts for their respective teams’ G-League affiliates. Here’s the full list by NBA team with school and/or graduation year listed in parentheses: Boston Celtics – […]

10-22-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Pro football and basketball, College football, Middle school football, volleyball and boys soccer

By Richard Walker Cleveland County will be the site of two conference championship games next week after all four of the county’s teams enjoyed blowout wins on Friday. Kings Mountain (8-1, 6-0) will host Crest (6-2, 6-0) for the Big South 3A Conference title and Shelby (8-1, 5-0) will host Burns (7-2, 5-0) for the […]

10-21-21 roundup: College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Pro football and baskeball, Middle school football, volleyball and boys soccer

By Richard Walker A big day in the national spotlight ended with a thud for the Charlotte 49ers Thursday night in a disappointing 38-9 home loss to Florida Atlantic. Earlier Thursday, the school officially accepted an invitation to join the American Athletic Conference. The change of conference of leaving Conference USA had been reported on […]

10-20-21 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College football and basketball, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and cross country, Middle school football, volleyball and boys soccer

By Richard Walker A third quarter offensive explosion propelled a Charlotte Hornets’ comeback that ended in a dramatic 123-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers in front of 15,521 at Spectrum Center. The Hornets trailed 82-59 early in the third quarter and were still behind 84-63 with 8:48 left in that quarter before scoring 24 straight […]

10-19-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls golf, Pro football, Middle school football

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers football coach Will Healy declined to say much about media reports about the school soon applying to leave Conference to apply for membership in the American Athletic Conference. “There’s a lot of excitement around this program,” Helay said at his weekly news conference. “It’s really exciting to see what’s been […]

10-18-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, Pro football and basketball, College football, Middle school football

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers are expected to apply for membership to the American Athletic Conference this week, Yahoo sports reported on Monday. The 49ers, who are in their second stint in Conference USA, will have to pay a $3 million exit fee to the league to join the AAC along with league rivals […]

10-17-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, College football

By Richard Walker Despite a disappointing offense and a suddenly struggling defense, the Carolina Panthers forced overtime with the visiting Minnesota Vikings. But the same struggles the defense endured throughout the day showed again as the Vikings drove 75 yards on the lone possession of the extra period for a 34-28 victory that pinned a […]

10-10-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball, baseball and auto racing, College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers were looking at a 4-1 record for most of Sunday’s home game against the slumping Philadelphia Eagles. But several second half mistakes allowed the Eagles to pull off a stunning 21-18 win over the Panthers much to the dismay of many of the 72,545 at Bank of America Stadium. […]

10-9-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball, baseball and auto racing, College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker A late flurry helped Campbell win 42-28 at Gardner-Webb on Saturday night in the inaugural “East-West Barbecue Bowl” Big South Conference football game. The schools, who first met on the gridiron in 1929 when they were junior colleges, decided earlier this season to add a barbecue bet to their annual matchup. As […]