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6-8-21 roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Lincoln Charter ended Cherryville’s season-opening 12-game winning streak as well as clinching at least a share of the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference baseball title on Tuesday night. The Eagles knocked off Cherryville 5-1 at Fraley Field. It gave Lincoln Charter a 12-1 overall record and 11-1 league record entering its Friday non-conference […]

6-7-21 roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Former East Lincoln High standout Alec Burleson was honored by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as its Minor League Player of the MOnth for May. A 2017 East Lincoln graduate, Burleson was a second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2020 draft after a standout three-year career at East Carolina. Burleson didn’t […]

Last original Charlotte 49ers football player dies at 93

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers athletic department announced Monday that the last player from the school’s first football team in 1946 had died. Charlotte’s Carroll York died peacefully on June 2 surrounded by his family. York played on the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina Owls football teams in 1946 and 1947. […]

Sunday’s roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Crest, East Lincoln, Mountain Island Charter and R-S Central have clinched at least a share of their respective league titles as the regular season comes to a close this week – and Cherryville and Lincoln Charter play a huge matchup that’ll decide the area’s other league title. Crest (11-0, 11-0) will take […]

Saturday’s roundup: Legion baseball, Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Golf

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 opened its 2021 season in dramatic fashion. Post 100, whose 2020 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, played its first game since the 2019 state tournament at home Saturday night in a non-division matchup with Rock Hill, S.C. And Cherryville scored all of its run […]

Friday’s roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Crest High School kept its unbeaten season alive with a dramatic 5-4 win at North Gaston on Friday night. The Chargers, who haven’t lost a conference game or regular season game since 2018, scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning before surviving a late North Gaston rally to wrap […]

Thursday’s roundup: Prep wrestling and baseball, College basketball, baseball and softball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker North Gaston took its second straight Big South 3A Conference wrestling title in Wednesday’s league championships held at Kings Mountain High’s Parker Gymnasium. The Wildcats racked up 187 team points to outdistance second-place Cramer’s 121 points. Rounding out the team standings were Crest (98), Forestview (96), Kings Mountain (80 1-2), Huss (76) […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker After a slow start, the Gastonia Honey Hunters are one of the hottest teams in pro baseball. The first-year Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team evened its record at 3-3 on Wednesday with a 7-3 victory over the York Revolution to extend its winning streak to three games. Gastonia started 0-3 before […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker In only its second season of high school baseball, Rock Hill’s Legion Collegiate Academy is in the South Carolina High School League state championship series this week. Coached by former Lincoln Charter and Clover High coach Devon Lowery, the Lancers are 21-7 overall after going 13-1 to win the Class 2A League […]

Monday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Eight Carolinas teams and six local products will be participating this weekend in the NCAA college baseball championships after the 64-team field was announced on Monday. East Carolina, which won the American Athletic Conference regular season title, is the only top-seeded Carolinas team and the Pirates also have three local products who […]

Friday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker A pair of North Carolina schools that haven’t won an ACC tournament in years and a pair of teams with titles within the last 10 years square off today in the ACC baseball semifinals. Duke, which has never won an ACC tournament and hasn’t won an ACC baseball title since 1961, meets […]

Thursday’s roundup: College baseball and basketball, Prep baseball and track, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Three teams punched their tickets to Saturday’s ACC baseball tournament semifinals with wins on Thursday as Duke, Georgia Tech and N.C. State were victorious in back-to-back-to-back nail-biting finishes. Duke edged Miami, Fla., 3-2 in Thursday’s opener to wrap up the Pool D championship, then Georgia Tech edged Louisville 9-8 in 12 innings […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Prep baseball and track, College baseball and football, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain’s boys and Cramer’s girls claimed the team titles at the two-day Big South Conference track on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cramer track. Kings Mountain racked up 228 team points in the boys race, to finish ahead of Forestview (133). Cramer (118), Ashbrook (39), Crest (36), Huss (30) and North […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Local favorite North Carolina was eliminated from championship contention on Tuesday night in the first day of the ACC baseball tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Pitt (23-19), which entered the tournament on a seven-game losing streak, disappointed a partisan crowd of 3,235 as Ron Washington Jr.’s two-run home run in the eighth […]

Monday’s roundup: College baseball and softball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker A former East Lincoln High standout is headed to the NCAA softball super regionals. Kylie Thress, a 2020 East Lincoln graduate, scored one run in each of James Madison’s three wins as a pinch-runner in the Knoxville regional last weekend as the Dukes improved to 37-31 on the season by increasing their […]

Sunday’s roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey

By Richard Walker The pool play schedule has been set for this week’s ACC baseball tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Atlantic Division champion Notre Dame and Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech are the top-seeded teams in the tournament that will be completed next weekend with a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine a champion. The pool […]

Saturday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Pool play has been set for this week’s ACC baseball tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Atlantic Division champion Notre Dame and Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech are the top-seeded teams in the tournament that will be completed next weekend with a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine a champion. The pools, where each […]

Friday’s roundup: Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, College baseball

By Richard Walker When the American Legion World Series makes its return to Shelby after being cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Veterans Field and Keeter Stadium will be allowed full capacity. This comes after N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s May 14 announcement that most restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 […]

Charlotte 49ers baseball history features eight conference championship years and five NCAA tournament appearances

By Richard Walker UNC Charlotte was more than a century old before it added a baseball program. But the 49ers, who moved to an on-campus stadium shortly after their birth in 1979, quickly became a championship-winner that produced professional baseball talent under four head coaches – and new coach Robert Woodard certainly hopes to add […]

Saturday’s roundup: Pro football, College baseball, football and soccer, High school football, soccer and softball

By Richard Walker Despite being the high-rated player in the estimation of ESPN’s NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper for much of the late stages of the 2021 NFL Draft, former East Lincoln and Lincolnton star Sage Surratt wasn’t selected. No matter. Surratt, a wide receiver from Wake Forest, signed a free agent deal to play […]

2021 NFL Draft: 3 local stars await professional football futures starting on Thursday

By Richard Walker Three of the most accomplished athletes in North Carolina high school history are among several in-state products who hope to hear their names called this week on the 2021 NFL Draft. Former East Lincoln High star Chazz Surratt, his younger brother Sage Surratt who played at East Lincoln and Lincolnton high schools […]

Saturday’s roundup: College lacrosse and football, High school football, soccer and softball

By Richard Walker For the third time in school history, Belmont Abbey is a Conference Carolinas men’s lacrosse champion. The Crusaders knocked off top-seeded Mount Olive 12-7 on Saturday at North Greenville University to win the 2021 league tournament title. The Abbey (10-4) was led by Noah Haas’s four goals and Thomas Sullivan’s 10 saves […]

Thursday’s roundup: College football and soccer, High school football, soccer, softball and baseball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers confirmed they will have a spring football game on Saturday at noon at Richardson Stadium. “Excited about the opportunity to get out in front of our fans again,” 49ers head coach Will Healy said in a zoom news conference on Tuesday. “That’s a big deal for us. We know […]

Wednesday’s roundup: College football, basketball and soccer, High school football, soccer, softball, golf and tennis

By Richard Walker Less than a week after its 2021 spring season ended, Gardner-Webb University has its full 2021 fall football schedule that includes seven league games for the first time in Big South Conference history. An inaugural member of the Big South in 2002, Gardner-Webb and coach Tre Lamb will play an 11-game schedule […]

Charlotte 49ers to meet North Carolina in 2021 NCAA men’s soccer tournament

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers will be making their 15th NCAA men’s soccer tournament appearance against a familiar opponent in a 2021 spring tournament that will be played exclusively in North Carolina. The 49ers (6-3-1) will play the University of North Carolina (7-4-3) in the second round on Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m. […]

Monday’s roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school football, softball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Former Ashbrook standout Summer Schloss announced on twitter on Monday that she would be transferring to Appalachian State. A 2019 Ashbrook graduate, Schloss had 919 points and 1,075 points in her four-year career helping the Green Wave to a 103-15 overall record and three conference championships. Schloss is transferring to Appalachian State […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College football and basketball and High school football, girls soccer, softball and baseball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers will have a spring game and coach Will Healy couldn’t be happier. Not only will the school host a spring game on April 24 at noon, but they’ll be allowing 3,890 fans into Richardson Stadium – or more than double that were allowed in fall 2020 regular season games […]

Saturday’s roundup: College football, High school football, girls soccer and softball standings and College basketball tournament results/pairings

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb dropped to 2-1 on the season after pushing defending Big South Conference champion and preseason favorite Monmouth for a half before falling 48-19 on Saturday before 1,412 fans at Spangler Stadium. The visiting Hawks outscored Gardner-Webb 28-0 in the second half after a record-setting punt return helped the Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1) […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College football, High school soccer, softball and football, Middle schools and College basketball tournament results

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy can’t wait to get back on the field with his team as a 15-session spring practice will begin on Thursday. But Healy has learned through nine game postponements or cancellations last fall and some recent contact tracing issues that nothing is guaranteed. “We’re excited about getting […]

Saturday’s roundup: High school football and soccer, College basketball tournament pairings

By Richard Walker West Lincoln has been playing Lincolnton in high school football since 1974. And while the Rebels still trail the all-time series 38-9, they have matched a school record with three straight wins over Lincolnton after Saturday afternoon’s 21-0 win that was their largest shutout victory in series history. West Lincoln had previously […]

Friday’s roundup: Highland Tech gets historic win, prep football and soccer playoffs, middle schools and college basketball tournament pairings

By Richard Walker For nearly 20 years, Highland Tech had lost every time it met Bessemer City in high school football. That all changed on Friday night as the Rams ruined Bessemer City’s homecoming with a 27-8 victory that gave Highland Tech its first win over the Yellow Jackets after 20 consecutive losses. Highland Tech […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school soccer playoffs, basketball, girls soccer and softball, middle schools and college basketball tournament pairings

By Richard Walker East Lincoln advanced to the N.C. 2A quarterfinals for a third straight season with a 4-1 second round playoff win over visiting Salisbury on Thursday. The Mustangs (12-1-1) will play the winner of the Hibriten-Hendersonville second round match on Saturday. If Hibriten wins, the game would be at Hibriten. If Hendersonville wins, […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Gaston County middle school sports, high school soccer, softball and football and college basketball tournament pairings

By Richard Walker After more than a year away from competition, Gaston County Conference middle school competition returned on Wednesday. In boys soccer, Stanley knocked off Chavis 5-0 as Deshawn Coulter scored two goals, Issac Byers, Jr., Stephen Daniel and Dylan Howell each scored one goal apiece and Cam Clark had an assist. In girls […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school playoff soccer, College basketball tournament results/pairings, prep girls soccer, softball and football schedules

By Richard Walker Stuart Cramer High School’s first state playoff soccer match was a rainy, sloppy affair but it also was a victory as the Storm won 4-0 at Montgomery Central on Tuesday night. The win improved Cramer to 12-2 on the season and advances the Storm into Thursday’s second round playoff match at No. […]

Saturday’s roundup: College basketball tournament pairings and results, prep football standings

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s women’s basketball team advanced to a NCAA Division II regional final for the first time in school history Saturday night with a dominating second half effort in a 74-59 win over Tusculum in the Southeast Regional semifinals. Playing on Carson-Newman’s Holt Field House, the top-seeded Crusaders outscored the No. […]

Friday’s roundup: High school football and soccer, middle school football, college basketball tournament pairings and results

By Richard Walker Chase threatened one of the longest streaks in national high school history on Friday before Shelby rallied for a 47-41 home win. Chase (1-2) has still never beaten Shelby in a rivalry that started in 1959. The Golden Lions’ series lead is now 53-0-1 with the tie coming in 1968. The visiting […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school soccer wraps up, High school football schedule, Abbey award-winner, College basketball tournament pairings and results

By Richard Walker South Point High’s boys soccer team clinched its first league title since 1998 with a 5-1 home win over Chase on Thursday night for the Southwestern 2A championship. The Red Raiders finished with an 11-1 league record and 11-3 overall record. South Point tied Shelby for league honors but the Red Raiders […]

Wednesday’s roundup: High school soccer, college softball, college basketball tournament pairings and results

By Richard Walker South Point High’s boys soccer team won 2-0 at Chase on Wednesday and has a chance to wrap up its first conference title since 1998 with another win over Chase on Thursday. A win also would give the Red Raiders (10-3, 10-1) the No. 1 2A playoff berth for the Southwestern 2A […]

ONE SHINING MOMENT? Carolinas colleges and universities have annually made trips to the NCAA tournament

By Richard Walker The NCAA annually plays the song “One Shining Moment” with highlights of that year’s NCAA tournament. More often than not, Carolinas colleges are prominently profiled in the segment. That doesn’t appear to be changing in this most unusual of college basketball seasons. Winthrop clinched a berth on Sunday, Appalachian State and UNC-Greensboro […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Locals lead all-district, high school soccer and college basketball tournament pairings and results

By Richard Walker Local high school players and coaches dominate the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District 10 selections announced on Tuesday. Shelby’s Class 2A state championship-winning team leads the girls selections and Crest’s Western N.C. 3A runner-up team leads the boys selections. Shelby’s Maraja Pass, named MVP in the N.C. 2A state title game, […]

Monday’s roundup: App State NCAA-bound with local help, Forestview soccer close to perfection, other college honors and results

By Richard Walker Local products helped Appalachian State gain its third NCAA tournament appearance on Monday night as the upstart Mountaineers won the Sun Belt Conference title in Pensacola, Fla. Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain high star Adrian Delph scored 22 points, including three free throws in the final 32.5 seconds, as Appalachian […]

Saturday’s roundup: High school football, college football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker A fourth-quarter touchdown by Carmelo Bess proved decision for Ashbrook in a 9-7 win over Forestview Saturday afternoon at Stuart Cramer High School. The victory was head coach Darius James’ first win and evens the Green Wave record at 1-1 entering Friday’s game at Crest. It also improved Ashbrook’s all-time series lead […]

Friday’s roundup: High school football, basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker South Point bounced back emphatically from last week’s 28-27 season-opening loss to Burns with an impressive win at longtime rival East Gaston. The Red Raiders beat East Gaston 44-6 to even their record at 1-1 entering next week’s game at Cramer. It marks South Point’s 14th straight win in the “Black Friday” […]

Sunday’s roundup: State high school basketball playoff pairings, prep football, college basketball and tennis

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs head to the regional finals on Tuesday with four local teams – the boys teams from Lincoln Charter, North Lincoln and Crest and Shelby’s girls – pursuing wins for for berths in the Saturday’s state championship games. Here’s the full pairings of NCHSAA regional […]

Saturday’s roundup: High school basketball playoffs, high school football, college football and basketball

By Richard Walker Gaston Christian battled visiting Asheville Christian Academy tough throughout but dropped a 74-68 decision in the N.C. Independent Athletic Association Class 3A state boys basketball title game. It was the Eagles’ first-ever appearance in a boys basketball state title game and ended their season with a 9-19 record that includes losses to […]

Friday’s roundup: Shelby standout makes college commitment, pro baseball trade, prep football scores, prep basketball, college basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Four-star recruit Malaki Hamrick of Shelby High announced his commitment to play football at the University of North Carolina on Friday afternoon before Shelby’s season-opener against East Gaston. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior outside linebacker had previously announced UNC, Appalachian State, Notre Dame and Penn State were his five finalists. Considered one of […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school basketball playoffs, High school soccer, High school football, High school honor, College basketball

By Richard Walker The boys basketball teams from Gaston Christian, Crest, Lincoln Charter, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln and Shelby and the Ashbrook and Shelby girls teams advanced in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs with Tuesday night victories: Each advanced to the next round, with Gaston Christian hosting the N.C. Independent Schools […]

Thursday’s roundup: Gastonia’s professional baseball team has a new manager, college basketball and college football news

By Richard Walker A former major leaguer and a longtime baseball coach has been selected as the first manager of the Gastonia Honey Hunter in their inaugural season the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The team announced Thursday that Mauro “Goose” Gozzo will be the team’s 2021 manager and oversee all baseball operations, including player […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Local connection to S.C. prep history, prep basketball and soccer results, golf winner and college basketball

By Richard Walker A pair of former Cramerton Middle School and South Point High basketball standouts have helped York, S.C., Prep Charter School to the school’s first-ever state playoff appearance. Kendall Davis and Kory Davis, who played for Cramerton in 2017 and 2018 and at South Point in the 2018-19 season, are junior guards for […]

Monday’s roundup: NCISAA playoffs begin for Gaston Christian and Gaston Day, prep and college basketball and college football

By Richard Walker Gaston Christian’s boys basketball team and Gaston Day’s boys and girls basketball team will begin their pursuit of N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships this week. On Tuesday, boys boys teams host opening round games; No. 3 seed Gaston Christian hosts Hickory Grove Christian in a Class 3A game on Tuesday, […]

Saturday’s roundup: Middle school basketball champions, State swimming meet, prep and college basketball results

By Richard Walker Crest’s girls and R-S Central’s boys last week won the 2021 Tri-County Conference middle school basketball championships following an abbreviated six-game regular season schedule. Crest knocked off Shelby 41-30 on Thursday for the Dragons’ second straight title and completed an unbeaten season after Crest went 6-0 in the regular season and 2-0 […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Historic South Point soccer win, swimming state finals has several local products, Cherryville honor and basketball results

By Richard Walker South Point pulled off a historic boys high school soccer victory on Wednesday night when it won 2-1 at Shelby. The victory improved the Red Raiders to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the Southwestern 3A Conference while also ending Shelby’s 35-match conference winning streak and 42-match conference unbeaten streak. Shelby (3-1, 3-1) […]

Saturday’s roundup: College and prep basketball results

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers used six players for much of the game Saturday before coming away with an 82-72 win over Middle Tennessee in Conference USA action at Halton Arena. The conteset was the annual #Play4Kay game to honor former N.C. State women’s basketball head coach Kay Yow and the breast cancer fundraising […]

Charlotte 49ers add transfers to incoming class and coach Healy gives updates on local players

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy had added seven transfers to a signing class that now has 24 players on Wednesday. Healy said he was excited about adding many players that fit his team’s “culture” and he also gave some updates on local players like former Hunter Huss High linebacker Prince Bemah […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Gaston County Middle School sports will begin next month, High school basketball and soccer results and college football news

By Richard Walker Gaston County Middle Schools will hold championships in six sports this season after play had been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Chad Duncan, Gaston County Schools athletic director, said softball and boys soccer teams will begin practice on March 1 and play a schedule of divisional opponents before concluding […]

Monday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb begins spring football practice, High school basketball and soccer results, College basketball honors

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb football held its first official practice session in advance of the 2021 spring season on Monday afternoon at Spangler Stadium. First-year head coach Tre Lamb put his players through 18 periods of non-contact work and drills on a breezy, overcast 40 degree day. At the end of the month, the Runnin’ […]

Saturday’s roundup: A college baseball debut, college basketball results, college football commitment and high school basketball standings

By Richard Walker The Cleveland County Community College baseball team won its first game in program history 12-2 at Surry Community College on Saturday. The Yetis of coach Gene Bowles play again next Saturday at Florence-Darlington Tech in a noon doubleheader. College men’s basketball Belmont Abbey 62, North Greenville 59: Sean Halloran (19 points, 4 […]

Friday’s roundup: High school basketball and soccer and college basketball results

By Richard Walker Lincoln Charter’s boys basketball team improved to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference with a 90-32 home win over Bessemer City. The Eagles, who hosts Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy on Tuesday, had a balanced attack led by Troy Fulton (23 points, 7 of 8 3-pointers), Sam Cogan (19 […]

Wednesday’s roundup: High school soccer and high school and college basketball

By Richard Walker East Lincoln hasn’t lost a regular season high school soccer match since Nov. 24, 2018. Rival Lincolnton came close on a rainy Wednesday night at Lincolnton’s Battleground Stadium, but Landon Graden’s game-winner on his first career goal in the second overtime period allowed the Mustangs to escape with a 2-1 victory. Graden’s […]

Charlotte 49ers release 2021 football schedule

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers announced a 2021 football schedule filled with firsts on Wednesday. After a 2020 season limited to six games by the ongoing pandemic, the 49ers of 2021 are slated to host their first ACC opponent, play their first Big Ten opponent, host nearby FCS rival Gardner-Webb and play eight Conference […]