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11-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Drake Maye already knew he was making a homecoming visit when he leads North Carolina into Saturday’s 8 p.m. ACC championship game against Clemson at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. On Wednesday, the former Myers Park High standout will also be playing his first game as an ACC individual award winner after […]

11-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb made history again on Saturday as the Runnin’ Bulldogs made their Football Championship Series (FCS) debut a successful one in a 52-41 win at Eastern Kentucky. G-W senior running back Narii Gaither rushed for a NCAA Division I school-record 245 yards with two touchdowns and senior quarterback Bailey Fisher rushed for […]

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

By Richard Walker Conference champion Forestview received the most selections on the Big South 3A all-conference soccer team with six. Top individual honors went to North Gaston’s Braydon Johnson (offensive player of the year), Joan Bonilla (goalie of the year) and Jonathan Reed (coach of the year) and South Point’s Graham Williams (defensive player of […]

11-18-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and basketball, College football, basketball and baseball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker It was a nailbiting finish in three of the area’s four high school football playoff games on Friday night as Burns, Kings Mountain and South Point took dramatic victories. Burns scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:30 to play in a 24-20 win over visiting Salisbury, Kings Mountain scored with 6.7 seconds left […]

11-16-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and football, High school football, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker After finishing with the best regular season record in the 2022 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball schedule, the Gastonia Honey Hunters have announced their 2023 schedule. The Honey Hunters won both halves of the Southern Division races with records of 45-21 in the first half and 43-23 in the second half beofe […]

2022-23 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Former Huss standout preseason All-CIAA at Fayetteville State

By Richard Walker Former Huss standout Cress Worthy is a preseason All-CIAA selection at Fayetteville State. A senior guard, Worthy was named first team All-CIAA in the 2021-22 season when he averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 30 games (28 starts) for the Broncos. The 2017 Huss graduate is one of several […]

11-14-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and soccer, College football, basketball and cross country

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb has a chance at history this Saturday in its regular season finale that has become a championship game for the Big South Conference. The Bulldogs, who started the season 1-4 against a challenging schedule, have bounced back win four wins in the last five games of the season for a shot […]

11-12-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and soccer, College football, basketball and cross country

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb is one win away from the school’s first ever Football Championship Series (FCS) playoff berth after a 42-35 win at Campbell on Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-5, 4-0) will host North Carolina A&T (7-3, 4-0) for the Big South Conference championship next Saturday at noon and an automatic FCS playoff berth. In […]

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

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain continued their school-best start to a season with an impressive 42-0 win over Smoky Mountain on Friday in the second round of the N.C. Class 3A state playoffs. The Mountaineers, now 12-0, got three touchdown passes from Lamont Littlejohn – two to Caleb Holland and one to JaQualyn Sanders – […]

10-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and soccer, College football and rugby, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling, Auto racing

By Richard Walker In their 28-year history, the Carolina Panthers have had their share of heartbreaking losses. Sunday’s 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta has to rank right up there as one of the most heartbreaking. The Panthers fell to 8-20 all-time in Atlanta in a game in which it held a fourth-quarter lead and were […]

10-5-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and baseball, Middle school golf, football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2022 Gaston County Conference middle school football championship game has been set after an upset in Division I. Unbeaten Belmont (7-0) will host Holbrook (5-1) next Wednesday at 6 p.m. with gates opening at South Point’s Lineberger Stadium at 5:15 p.m. Belmont recorded its fifth straight shutout to finish 5-0 in […]

9-28-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, Middle school football and softball, College football and baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Crest visits South Point on Friday, it’ll again be a game with huge Big South 3A Conference title implications. It also reminds us of one of the first huge football meetings between the two schools that came on a day when another sport shined just as brightly. When Crest played and […]

9-19-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football and athletics, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters just completed one of the best seasons in the city’s long professional baseball history. On Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., the Honey Hunters open their bid for Gastonia’s seventh pro baseball league championship when they begin a best-of-five Atlantic League of Professional Baseball semifinal series against the High Point […]

8-18-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College soccer, volleyball and cross country, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2022 high school football season opens in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties on Friday night. Here’s a look at the history of this week’s games: Anson County at Mountain Island Charter – cancelled Ashbrook at Concord – Last year’s game, the first scheduled between the two schools, was cancelled Avery County […]

8-5-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football, soccer and golf, Legion baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Here’s a look at pro baseball players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: Former Gardner-Webb and Belmont Abbey baseball standout Emilio Pagan is 3-5 with nine saves and a 4.97 ERA in 40 appearances for the Minnesota Twins. Jeffrey Springs (South Point 2011 graduate) is 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 22 […]

7-23-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, Legion baseball and softball, Auto racing, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker Burns is two wins away from a N.C. Junior Legion state title after a heartbreaking 11-10 loss to host High Point-Thomasville in its pool play finale on Saturday at High Point’s Finch Field. Both teams had already clinched berths in Sunday’s semifinals before Saturday’s contest between the top teams in the Stars […]

6-27-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, Legion baseball, College basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College didn’t have to look far for a new women’s basketball coach. On Monday, they announced Lincoln Charter School athletic director Kim Lusk will become the ninth women’s basketball head coach in Crusaders’ history. Lusk had 18 of head coaching experience before she spent last season at Lincoln Charter. Lusk […]

6-14-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, football and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker Former East Lincoln and Lincolnton standout Sage Surratt will be a part of the new United States Football League playoffs. A receiver for the Birmingham Stallions, Surratt has helped his team to the No. 1 seed in the South Division and will meet No. 2 seed New Orleans on June 25 at […]

2022 College baseball review: All-American pitcher from West Lincoln leads large group of local products

By Richard Walker Two former local baseball players got top honors this season after helping Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to a third-place national finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series earlier this month. Seth Willis, a 2019 West Lincoln High graduate, was named second team All-American and first […]

5-22-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, track and girls soccer, College baseball

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter won its second straight N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A track championship at North Carolina A&T on Saturday. The Raptors finished with 99 team points to outdistance second-place Union Academy by 47 points. Mountain Island Charter won five events outright, including a pair of relay races. The Raptors […]

5-21-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College golf

By Richard Walker Cherryville and East Lincoln earned berths in the Western N.C. baseball finals with Friday night victories. Both teams have familiarity with the advancing this far, as Cherryville is making its 20th Western N.C. final and East Lincoln is making its fourth Western N.C. final. Cherryville has won Western N.C. titles in 1916, […]

5-20-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball

By Richard Walker Two area high school baseball teams advanced into next week’s best-of-three Western N.C. championship series with victories on Friday. Friday’s area N.C. High School Athletic Association Western semifinal playoff results: (Class 3A) South Rowan 7, North Lincoln 3: A late South Rowan rally ended North Lincoln’s season. East Lincoln 4, St. Stephens […]

5-19-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College golf

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High’s first conference title in 13 years led to the team getting top honors in the 2022 Big South Conference all-league selection, highlighted by player of the year Zane Brockman and coach of the year Brad Melton. Kings Mountain had three other all-league picks in Charlie Melton, Caleb Broome and […]

5-18-22 roundup: Pro baseball, soccer, football and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, basketball and athletics

By Richard Walker Trends are emerging among area high school baseball and softball conferences as we prepare for Western semifinal matchups on Friday. For example, the Western Foothills 3A Conference may be the best baseball league in the state as evidenced by its current 10-3 playoff record in addition to providing three of the four […]

5-17-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer, football and hockey, High school baseball, softball, golf and girls soccer, College baseball and athletics

By Richard Walker For the 22nd time in franchise history, the Charlotte Hornets were in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. And for the 11th time, the Hornets remained in the position in the draft in which they entered as the franchise will choose 13th in the first round of the June 23rd draft […]

5-16-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball, golf and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Local players are on the rosters of three of the seven baseball teams in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals that begin play later this week. North Greenville (45-8), the No. 1-ranked team in the country, is the No. 1 seed and host of the three-team Southeast Regional No. 1. Lenoir-Rhyne (44-11) […]

5-15-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker All eight area teams – four baseball and four softball – left in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs have history in being this far in the postseason. Entering Tuesday’s third round games, each team has advanced this far and six have made it as far as the regional finals. In […]

Belmont Abbey’s brush with greatness: Late Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier once played a game against Crusaders in 1970

By Richard Walker Iconic Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Lanier died after a brief illness on Tuesday at 73. Not only was Lanier a basketball legend who was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1970 NBA draft, he once played a game against Belmont Abbey. It came on Feb. 3, 1970 when the nationally-ranked […]

5-7-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and track, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter swept to both Catawba Shores 1A/2A Conference track championships on Thursday. In a meet held at the Mountain Island Charter track, the Raptors girls team had 228 team points to outdistance second place Pine Lake Prep by 100 points. And Mountain Island Charter’s boys team had 217 points to […]

5-6-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball and football, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association will unveil the 2022 baseball and softball playoff pairings on Monday and many local teams will be in the field. First round games are slated for Tuesday with future playoff rounds played on May 13, 17, May 20, May 24 through 28 and June 3 and […]

5-5-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school basketball, baseball, softball and track, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Six teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties began competing in the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys tennis dual team playoffs last month – and three remain alive. South Point (13-0) in Class 3A and Burns (11-4) and Lincoln Charter (10-1) in Class 2A will pursue bids in regional finals when […]

5-4-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school basketball, baseball, softball and track, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey is the No. 3 seed as the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament continues Thursday with six teams competing for the league title. The Crusaders (34-15, 21-8) set a school record for league victories in a season where head coach Chris Anderson became the Abbey’s all-time winningest baseball coach. Belmont Abbey has […]

2022 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame wrap-up: Former UNC, ACC leader talks college football as 5 are inducted

By Richard Walker Former University of North Carolina athletic director and ACC commissioner John Swofford talked about the past and the future on Monday night as the featured speaker of the 2022 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet in which five others were honored. In a ceremony at the Gastonia Conference Center, Swofford was […]

5-1-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College lacrosse, tennis and baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker The high school baseball and softball seasons are winding to a close as the regular season has ended for four of the six conferences with teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. Championships have already been won by Burns (Southern Piedmont 1A/2A baseball and softball), Lincoln Charter (Catawba Shores 1A/2A baseball) and […]

4-22-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets will have a new head basketball coach after the team fired James Borrego after four years in that position. Borrego was named the 11th head coach in team history on May 10, 2018 and had guided the franchise to a 138-163 record in four seasons. “I want to thank […]

Homecoming boost: Former East Lincoln standout Alec Burleson enjoys trip to Charlotte

By Richard Walker When Alec Burleson was helping lead the East Lincoln High baseball program to four straight state playoff appearances as a standout pitcher and hitter, he dreamed of making the major leagues. Now in his third year as a professional in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization, Burleson is one step away as a […]

4-16-22 roundup: Pro golf, basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Earlier this year, a win on the Asian Tour gave Gastonia’s Harold Varner III a spot in his first-ever Master’s. On Sunday, Varner will take a third-round lead into RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C., as he pursues his first-ever PGA tour win. Varner, a 2008 Forestview High graduate who also first […]

4-12-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball and golf, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets begin what they hope is a two-game winning streak that’ll land them into the NBA playoffs for the 11th time in franchise history when they visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Both teams finished 43-39 in the regular season but the Hawks earned the right to […]

4-11-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College basketball and golf, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker John Drew, one of Gardner-Webb’s greatest basketball players in history, died on Sunday at 67 in Houston, Tex., of bone cancer. Drew is one of four eventual NBA players for the Runnin’ Bulldogs – Artis Gilmore, George Adams and Eddie Lee Wilkins are the others – and his No. 22 jersey is […]

2022 PRO BASEBALL PREVIEW: 17 former local products still active as players in pro baseball

By Richard Walker Former Gardner-Webb and Belmont Abbey baseball standout Emilio Pagan has a new major league home as the 2022 major league and minor league season gets underway. Pagan was acquired in trade by the Minnesota Twins from the San Diego Padres. Entering his sixth season in the major leagues, Pagan has been in […]

4-6-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, Pro basketball, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Abbey College assistant coach Jonas Hayes was named the 16th head men’s basketball coach in Georgia State history on Wednesday. Hayes, who coached at Belmont Abbey from 2007 to 2012, last Thursday guided Xavier to the NIT championship as an interim head coach. Hayes was named interim head coach at […]

4-3-22 roundup: College baseball and basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Two local baseball programs had a good weekend as Gaston College recorded a three-game sweep to reach 30 victories and Belmont Abbey won two of three games at perennial power Mount Olive. Gaston College won 7-4 and 4-3 in extra innings on Saturday then won 9-8 on Sunday to improve to 30-2 […]

GCSHOF 2022: Basketball is life for former Huss standout who battled early adversity and has thrived in the sport

By Richard Walker When Nicole Woods first started playing basketball, she had hopes of playing professionally. Woods did so but her greatest impact on basketball has been in coaching the sport she has loved despite career-threatening injuries as a high school freshman and sophomore player. Now in her late 30s, when Woods reflects on her […]

2021-22 COLLEGE BASKETBALL WRAPUP: Former Belmont Abbey assistant coach leads team to NIT title, other local standouts

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Abbey assistant coach Jonas Hayes guided Xavier to Thursday’s NIT championship as an interim head coach. Named interim head coach on March 16 when Xavier fired head coach Travis Steele, Hayes was an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey for five seasons (2007-08 to 2011-12) and has also been an assistant […]

3-13-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Pro golf, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The NCAA men’s basketball tournament field was announced on Sunday and five ACC teams, nearby Davidson and three teams with local connections in the 68-team field. ACC champion Virginia Tech, which became the first No. 7 seed to win the tournament when it knocked off top-seeded Duke 82-67 on Saturday, is the […]

3-12-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball and baseball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker We’re two weeks into high school baseball season and all leagues will begin conference play this week if they haven’t already. Five teams in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties remain unbeaten – Burns (5-0) in Cleveland County, South Point 3-0) in Gaston County and East Lincoln (4-0), Lincoln Charter (4-0) and North […]

3-11-22 roundup: Hall of Fame, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The Belmont Sports Hall of Fame will return this year with a championship-winning football coach as the featured speaker. After being cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event that began in 1987 will be held on Tuesday, April 19 and 7 p.m. at Park Street United Methodist Church […]

3-10-22 roundup: Hall of Fame, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The N.C. Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) announced its all-district high school teams on Thursday. District 10 includes players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties and other area counties. Kings Mountain senior Zeke Cannedy was named boys player of the year, Shelby junior Maraja Pass was named girls player of the year and […]

3-9-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Holbrook Middle School’s girls basketball team completed one of the most dominant championship runs in Gaston County Conference history on Wednesday when it defeated W.C. Friday 51-12 in the 2022 title game at the Ashbrook High School gymnasium. The Lions not only completed a 12-0 season but they outscored their opponents by […]

3-8-22 roundup: College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Belmont Middle School pulled an upset in Tuesday’s Gaston County Conference boys basketball championship game as the Wildcats knocked off previously unbeaten Southwest 52-42 at the Huss High gymnasium. The Wildcats (10-2), whose head coach is Pet Sumner, won their third county title in history – joining the 2001 and 2011 teams […]

Back to the future: Former Belmont Abbey standout and coach meets his alma mater for the first time in NCAA Division II regional

By Richard Walker It’s been “back to the future” week for Augusta, Ga., University head basketball coach Dip Metress. Though in his 18th year as Jaguars head coach, Metress will face the school where he shined as a player and a coach in the quarterfinals of the 2022 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Saturday. […]

3-7-22 roundup: College basketball, baseball and softball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Shelby High’s Kate Hollifield and Ford “Scooter” Lawrence took top honors for Southern Piedmont 1A/2A girls basketball in voting done by league coaches. Hollifield, who averaged 17.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.6 steals, was named the league player of the year. She finished her career with 1,720 points and has […]

3-6-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Quest Aldridge scored 23 points, hitting 13 of 15 free throws, and No. 3 seed Belmont Abbey used a late run to upset ninth-ranked and top-seeded UNC-Pembroke 79-73 on Sunday in the 2022 Conference Carolinas men’s basketball championship game played at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. It was the Crusaders’ (22-9) second […]

3-5-22 roundup: High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, football, baseball and softball

By Richard Walker Charlotte’s Major League Soccer debut drew a record crowd at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday night as Charlotte FC fell 1-0 to LA Galaxy. A MLS-record crowd of 74,749 attended the contest. Efrain’ Alvarez’s goal in the 77th minute was the only score of the contest. Here’s the full Charlotte FC […]

3-4-22 roundup: High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker Before last season, Shelby High’s girls basketball team had never even advance to a state championship. On Saturday at noon at Greensboro Grimsley High School, the defending state champion Golden Lions (22-2) will look to make their second straight appearance in the title game. The task will be daunting as Shelby faces […]

3-3-22 roundup: Middle school basketball, High school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, Hall of Fame

By Richard Walker Southwest’s boys and Holbrook’s girls will seek to finish off unbeaten Gaston County Conference championship seasons next week after posting semifinal victories on Thursday. Southwest (11-0) knocked off York Chester 53-42 and advances to host Belmont on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Huss High School gymnasium; Belmont (9-2) won 48-45 […]

3-2-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association set regional sites and times for Saturday’s regional boys and girls championship games. Here is the full statewide schedule: (West) 1A at Asheville A.C. Reynolds High School 4 p.m. – Girls: (2) Mountain Heritage vs. (5) Bishop McGuinness 6 p.m. – Boys: (1) Hayesville vs. (2) […]

3-1-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Tickets are available for the 2022 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s event will be held May 2 that starts with a 5 p.m. social and 6:30 p.m. dinner at the Gastonia Conference Center. The induction class is comprised of Cherryville’s Stan Crisson, Cramerton’s Joe Eller and Gastonia’s Bob Frye, […]

2-28-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College track and field, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain senior Zeke Cannedy and Crest coach Brad LeVine took top boys honors and Ashbrook junior Kennette Bess and Ashbrook coach Tremayne Booker took top girls honors in Big South 3A Conference 2021-22 basketball honors that were released on Monday. Cannedy, a 32.3 points per game scorer, was named boys player […]

2-27-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College track and field, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s boys and Shelby’s girls will play N.C. High School Athletic Association Western semifinal basketball playoff games on Tuesday. Bessemer City (23-4), in the Western semifinals for the first time since 1995, will visit perennial power Winston-Salem Prep in a 1A Western boys semifinal. Tuesday’s winner advances to Saturday’s Western 1A […]