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1-19-22 roundup: College basketball and football, High school basketball, Pro basketball, football and soccer

By Richard Walker A Gastonia native, an original Charlotte Hornets player and an original Carolina Panthers player highlight a group of 11 that will be honored during the 2022 induction ceremonies for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Gastonia’s Dave Robbins, a two-sport star at old Ashley High School, is being inducted for leading […]

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. […]

1-12-22 roundup: High school football, basketball and wrestling, Pro football and basketball, College basketball

By Richard Walker Crest is looking for a new football coach. Nick Eddins has left after five seasons to become head coach at Class 4A Pinecrest. The ninth head coach in Crest history, Eddins had a 43-17 overall record, 6-5 playoff record and led the Chargers to the 2019 and 2021 Big South 3A Conference […]

1-4-22 roundup: Legion baseball, High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker The return of the North Carolina/South Carolina Challenge of American Legion baseball teams has tweaked its upcoming 2022 lineup with a new team. Rutherford County Post 423 will now join host Cherryville Post 100 and Fuquay-Varina Post 116 as N.C. teams for the June 24-26 event that will be played at Cherryville’s […]

1-3-22 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker A 14-point lead in the middle of the third quarter wasn’t enough for the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night in a 124-121 loss at the Washington Wizards. Charlotte, which fell to 19-19 overall, led 82-68 with 5:17 left in the third quarter before Washington rallied by Kyle Kuzma’s game-high 36 points. Gordon […]

12-18-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Record-setting performers from Shelby, South Point, Burns, Mountain Island Charter, Crest and East Gaston are the top high school football statistical leaders in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties for the 2021 season. Shelby’s Daylin Lee was the leading passer with 3,837 yards, South Point’s Tyson Riley the leading rusher with 2,485 yards, […]

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 […]

12-4-21 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 […]

12-3-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker A huge second quarter propelled Shelby to its 29th state championship football game in school history with a 45-13 win over East Surry on Friday night in the Western N.C. 2A championship game. South Point wasn’t as fortunate as Greensboro Dudley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the momentum never […]

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 […]

11-23-21 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 […]

11-20-21 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 […]

11-16-21 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 […]

Hometown heroes: College basketball preview 2021-22

By Richard Walker Several former local products will be playing and coaching college basketball as the 2021-22 season gets into full swing. That includes Gastonia’s Leonard Hamilton, a 1966 Highland High graduate and 1968 Gaston College graduate who entered the season as the 75th-winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA major college history. Hamilton, who has […]

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 […]

11-3-21 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 […]

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 […]

10-25-21 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 […]

10-23-21 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 – […]

9-21-21 roundup: College football and women’s soccer, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Several former local products are nearing the end of their professional baseball seasons. Here’s a look at how they are doing with statistics through Monday’s games: Emilio Pagan (former Gardner-Webb and Belmont Abbey): The right-handed pitcher is 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 66 appearances for the San Diego Padres. Jeffrey Springs […]

9-17-21 roundup: High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball, College football, cross country and rugby, Pro football, golf and baseball

By Richard Walker West Lincoln High School is off to its third 4-0 football start in the last four seasons after Mason Avery’s 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Rebels to a 20-17 win over Bandys in a Catawba Valley 2A Conference opener. West Lincoln hosts preseason league favorite Maiden next week. Here are […]

9-12-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football, College football and cycling, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker They may have started slow – and drew a few boos in the process – but the Carolina Panthers reversed a recent opening-game trend on Sunday with a 19-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. Sam Darnold completed 24 ot 34 passes for 279 yards and one touchdown in his […]

9-10-21 roundup: High school football, basketball, girls tennis and volleyball, Pro football and baseball, College football and rugby, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker A shootout at Shelby’s Blanton Memorial Stadium between two of the Carolinas winningest programs ended with South Pointe of Rock Hill, S.C., holding off Shelby 51-37 on Friday night. South Pointe scored 34 straight points in the first half to take a 37-7 halftime lead before the host Golden Lions outscored the […]

9-8-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football and women’s soccer, High school football, boys soccer and cross country, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Tanner Muse has a new NFL home. Muse, a 2015 South Point High graduate, signed to play on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on Wednesday. It comes two days after the Las Vegas Raiders released Muse from their roster. Muse had made eight tackles with half a […]

9-4-21 roundup: High school football, Pro football and baseball, College football and men’s soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb put a scare into traditional power Georgia Southern in the 2021 college football opener for both teams. The visiting Bulldogs scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and drove to the Georgia Southern 29 in the closing seconds before losing 30-25 at Paulson Stadium. Gardner-Webb quarterback Bailey Fisher completed 27 of 45 passes for […]

8-27-21 roundup: High school football, volleyball and girls tennis, Middle school football and softball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker South Point was challenged for a half at rival East Gaston. Then the Red Raiders scored 28 straight points in the second half for a 35-7 non-conference victory. It gives South Point its 25th win over the Warriors in their last 25 meetings. Tyson Riley scored two second half touchdowns and Cam […]

CRAMERTON LEGEND DIES: Reece played on title teams at old Cramerton High and at Belmont Abbey

By Richard Walker Cramerton lost one of its all-time sports legends when Arnold “Ted” Reece died at 93 on Monday at Robin Johnson Hospice in Dallas, N.C. A lifelong Cramerton resident, Reece played on back-to-back state championship basketball teams at old Cramerton High School in 1944 and 1945 and also played at Belmont Abbey College […]

7-29-21 roundup: Legion baseball and softball, College football, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville and Fuquay-Varina clinched their spots in Saturday’s semifinals with wins on Thursday in the N.C. American Legion baseball state tournament at Cherryville’s Fraley Field. Cherryville routed Rowan County 17-1 in six innings by the 10-run mercy rule in the final game of pool play. It came a few hours after Fuquay-Varina […]

7-27-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College football and baseball, Olympics, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Perennial North Carolina American Legion baseball powers will descend on Cherryville’s Fraley Field this week for the 21st state championship tournament. All-time N.C. state championship winner, state tournament participant and area champion Wilmington (12-0) is one of two unbeaten teams in the eight-team field. Wilmington 10 has won 12 state titles, 13 […]

7-17-21 roundup: Pro basketball, Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets continued pre-NBA Draft workouts on Saturday with six more prospects, including former Belmont Abbey standout Romeao Ferguson. The Hornets, who have had seven workouts with 43 different prospects, also worked out Derrick Alston, Jr., of Boise State, Ian Dubose of Wake Forest, Ariel Hukporti of Nevezis (Lithuania), Carlik Jones […]

FORMER ABBEY COACH DIES: Payne was one of the winningest basketball coaches in school history

By Richard Walker One of the winningest coaches in Belmont Abbey’s rich basketball history has died. Edward Gray “Eddie” Payne died Wednesday at 69 in Spartanburg, S.C., following complications due to stroke last weekend. A 1969 East Mecklenburg High graduate, Eddie Payne was an All-ACC player in 1973 at Wake Forest who spent one year […]

6-30-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Little League baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville and Cleveland County ended their North Carolina Area IV regular seasons by finishing tied atop Western Division standings with 10-4 records Wednesday’s games. Cherryville knocked off Burke County 3-1 as Noah Huss threw a four-hitter with six strikeouts and Zach Wilson (triple), Colin Robinson (double), Zane Brockman (one hit, one RBI) […]

Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame returns with 2021 class of five and noted speaker

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame will return in 2021 after the coronavirus forced a year off in 2020. This year’s banquet will be held Oct. 16 at the Gastonia Conference Center. National championship-winning college football coach and respected TV analyst Lou Holtz is the featured speaker and Belmont’s Stanley Dudko […]

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

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s historic men’s volleyball season came to an end Monday as the Crusaders fell three sets to none decision to two-time NCAA champion Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA championships in Columbus, Ohio. The Abbey, which won its first Conference Carolinas championship to advance, ends its season […]

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

By Richard Walker South Point High’s all-time leading receiver has made a decision about where he’ll play college football after announcing on twitter he’ll be transferring to East Carolina. Ray Rose announced via his twitter account at 11:25 a.m. on Sunday he’ll be playing for the Pirates after entering the transfer portal on March 25 […]

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 […]

Belmont Abbey baseball stays alive with early Saturday morning walkoff home run

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey stayed alive in the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament early Saturday morning when Mason Dodd’s walkoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning advanced the Crusaders into another elimination contest later on Saturday at Wilson’s Fleming Field. Dodd’s home run made a winner of former Forestview standout Dylan Smith. […]

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

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association football championship game schedule will be finalized on Saturday after Friday’s regional finals. Here’s are the pairings and results so far in the 2021 winter/spring season: Class 1A April 16 first round: (East) #8 Pamlico County 50, #1 West Columbus 8 #5 Northside-Pinetown 35, #4 Rosewood […]

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

By Richard Walker Eighteen Gaston County players were named to the All-Southern Piedmont 1A Conference football team. Five apiece were honored from Cherryville, Highland Tech and Mountain Island Charter and three from Bessemer City. Christian Hahn, Landon Hahn, Cooper Sloan, Kadin Beaver and Mitchell Lackey were honored from Cherryville, Caleb Foster, Tyier Camp, Trent Dockery, […]

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

By Richard Walker Two former local products for Belmont Abbey College were among those honored by Conference Carolinas for the 2021 baseball season. Dylan Smith, a 2015 Forestview High graduate, was named first team relief pitcher after going 2-2 with four saves and a 2.31 ERA in 17 appearances for the Crusaders. And Sam High, […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school football, baseball, soccer and softball, College football, baseball and soccer, Middle school sports

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain, Crest and Huss got top honors on the All-Big South Conference high school football team for the 2021 winter/spring season. Kings Mountain, which went unbeaten against league opposition, picked up four major honors – coach of the year Greg Lloyd, defensive player of the year Javari Rice-Wilson, offensive lineman of […]

Monday’s roundup: Legion baseball, High school football, golf, baseball, soccer and softball, College football, baseball and soccer, Middle school sports

By Richard Walker American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford announced Monday that The American Legion World Series will be played in Shelby this year. The eight-team championship tournament will be played Aug. 12-17 at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium and is returning after being cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “As […]

Sunday’s roundup: High school honor and football playoffs, College volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, baseball and football

By Richard Walker The winningest high school baseball coach in Gaston County history became the 14th person with local ties to be inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame when Henry Jones and seven others were honored on Saturday at Embassy Suites in Cary. Jones’ induction class of 2020 had […]

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 […]

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

By Richard Walker One of the most stunning nights in Cleveland County history struck on Friday as all three teams lost in the high school playoff teams lost on the same night for the first time since 2009 – and third time in history (2002 was first time). Burns suffered the biggest heartbreaker as Salisbury […]

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

By Richard Walker Former Lincolnton High and Cherryville Post 100 standout Robbie Cowie picked up his eighth save of the year on Monday night at first-year Atrium Health Ballpark in Kannapolis to preserve Catawba’s 5-4 win over Belmont Abbey. A 2018 Lincolnton High graduate, Cowie struck out two of the three batters he faced for […]

Sunday’s roundup: College men’s volleyball, High school football playoff results/pairings and golf

By Richard Walker Eight years ago, Belmont Abbey College started its men’s volleyball program. On Sunday, a member of that inaugural team coached the Crusaders to their first-ever title and trip to the NCAA national tournament. Matteo Miselli and Andrew Kohut each topped 20 kills and Brennan Davis dished out 57 assists as No. 2 […]

Saturday’s roundup: College football and baseball, High school football playoff results/pairings and high school golf

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb’s abbreviated 2021 winter/spring football season came to a close on Saturday in a 20-7 Big South Conference loss at Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs ended the season with a 2-2 overall record and 0-2 Big South Conference mark with two games cancelled due to COVID protocols. In Saturday’s finale, Gardner-Webb drove inside […]

Friday’s roundup: Prep football playoff results/pairings, softball and girls soccer standings, College women’s golf, football and women’s basketball

By Richard Walker Here’s a look a local first round games: Burns 13, Hibriten 12: Cam’Ron Sweezy scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 4:04 left to lift the Bulldogs (6-2) to the first round playoff win over previously unbeaten Hibriten (7-1). Sweezy also scored Burns’ first touchdown. Charlotte Catholic 28, Crest 21: The host […]

Friday’s first round state football playoff scores (will update later)

By Richard Walker First round state playoff scores: Burns 13, Hibriten 12 Charlotte Catholic 28, Crest 21 Kings Mountain 49, Robinson 6 Shelby 42, Walkertown 6 Mt. Pleasant 21, West Lincoln 20  

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

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College claimed its fourth Conference Carolinas women’s golf championship at the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. The Lady Crusaders of coach Jason Gault finished their three rounds with a cumulative total of 941 (304-314-323) that also earned the program automatic qualification to the NCAA Division II Women’s South Regional […]

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

By Richard Walker Sunday and Monday a trio of local athletes were honored and/or showcased for their talents on the football field. Robert Washington, a 2016 East Gaston High graduate and a former Charlotte 49ers standout, continues to shine at Valparaiso College and on Sunday was named Pioneer Football League offensive player of the week […]