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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 […]

Thursday’s roundup: College football, Pro baseball, HIgh school football and softball, Middle schools and College basketball

By Richard Walker South Point High’s all-time leading receiver will be moving on to another college. Ray Rose announced via his twitter account at 6:09 p.m. on Thursday that he was entering the transfer portal and leaving the University of North Carolina football program. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound wide receiver, Rose played in one game during […]

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

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain improved to 4-0 on the high school football season with a 50-0 win over North Gaston on Tuesday night in a makeup game from a previously postponed game. The Mountaineers have outscored their first four opponents by a 169-7 margin. In Tuesday’s win, Rashaard Brooks and Jaylen Mims scored two […]

Monday’s roundup: Honey Hunters add local player, HIgh school and middle school results and full NCAA men’s and women’s pairings and results

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters have added another Gaston County product to their roster as they prepare for their inaugural 2021 season in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Honey Hunters announced on Tuesday they had signed former Forestview High standout Reilly Hovis. A 2012 Forestview High graduate, Hovis was an ACC […]

HISTORIC JOURNEY: Belmont Abbey women’s basketball plays in NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament on Tuesday

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College has long had a successful women’s basketball program. The Lady Crusaders have won nine Conference Carolinas regular season titles, eight tournament titles and advanced to a national tournament 16 times. But they’ve never been as far in a national tournament as this year’s team that makes its first-ever NCAA […]

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. […]

Monday’s roundup: Belmont Abbey takes regional title, college baseball, high school soccer, softball and football

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s men’s basketball program is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time. The top-seeded Lady Crusaders defeated rival Barton 62-52 on Monday night at Carson-Newman’s Holt Field House to win the 2021 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. The Abbey which has won 19 straight games, advances to the […]

Sunday’s roundup: College basketball tournament pairings and results, prep girls soccer, softball, soccer and football schedules

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s men’s basketball season ended Sunday night against a hot-shooting Emmanuel, Ga., team in the sixth meeting this season between the two schools. Emmanuel knocked down 12 3-pointers, including seven in the first half when the Lions took charge of what became a 76-53 NCAA Division II Southeast regional semifinal […]

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Who made it, some local connections and pre-tournament picks

By Richard Walker Local products area helping two local teams into this week’s NCAA tournament along with three coaches who either grew up locally or coached local teams. Also, five Carolinas colleges and universities, seven ACC teams, a team coached by a former Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and a team with the future Gaston College […]

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 […]

HISTORIC PURSUIT: Belmont Abbey heads to Southeast Regional with high seeding and “target on our backs”

By Richard Walker There’s a sense of accomplishment, a sense of excitement and an understanding that challenges lay ahead for Belmont Abbey College’s men’s basketball team as it begins the 2021 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as the No. 1 seed this weekend. “Being the No. 1 seed is a testament to our team and […]

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 […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY: Abbey sweeps league titles to earn top NCAA regional seeds, Winthrop rolls, Queens falls and ACC tourney pairings

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College did something it hadn’t done since 2002 on Sunday. The Crusaders men’s and women’s basketball teams won Conference Carolinas tournament titles in the same season for the first time since 2002. Both teams later found out they would be the top-seeded teams in their respective NCAA Division II tournaments […]

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” […]

Thursday’s roundup: College basketball, Prep basketball, football and soccer

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey swept a basketball doubleheader Thursday that puts both of the school’s teams into Sunday’s Conference Carolinas championship games. The Lady Crusaders defeated King 68-59 in the women’s semifinal game in the opener, then the Crusaders rallied from a halftime deficit against Chowan to win 70-58 in the men’s semifinal in […]

Wednesday’s roundup: High school basketball state finals pairings, Prep soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker Shelby’s girls basketball team and North Lincoln’s boys basketball team got their sites and times on Wednesday for Saturday’s state title games. Here are the full N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship game pairings for Saturday: 1A girls Saturday, 1 p.m at Wheatmore High School Princeton Bulldogs (15-0) VS. Murphy Bulldogs […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Prep basketball regional finals, prep football and soccer and college basketball

By Richard Walker Shelby High’s girls basketball team and Lincoln Charter’s boys basketball team won Western N.C. championships on Tuesday night. Shelby won 49-44 at West Stokes on Tuesday night to advance the Golden Lions to their first-ever state championship game. Shelby (17-0) will meet unbeaten Farmville Central (14-0) in Saturday’s championship game that will […]

Monday’s roundup: College basketball, high school basketball and soccer, college football, wrestling and women’s lacrosse

By Richard Walker Late free throw shooting lifted Campbell past Gardner-Webb 63-57 Monday night in the Big South Conference basketball quarterfinals. The loss ends Gardner-Webb’s season at 11-15 overall. The Runnin’ Bulldogs of coach Tim Craft finished fifth place or better in the league for a sixth straight season. In Monday’s tournament game, Gardner-Webb was […]

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 […]

Thursday’s roundup: 6 basketball teams advance in state playoffs, prep football begins, prep soccer, college basketball and baseball results

By Richard Walker The boys basketball teams from Crest, Lincoln Charter, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln and Shelby and the Shelby girls basketball team were victorious in Thursday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association second round of the playoffs. Each team advanced to Saturday third round playoff matchups. Here are Thursday’s second-round results: 3A boys Crest […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Basketball playoffs continue Thursday, updated prep football schedule, prep soccer, prep cross country and college baseball

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs move into the second on Thursday as seven local teams won their Tuesday night first round games. Here’s a look at Thursday’s second-round games: 3A boys North Iredell (12-2) at Crest (14-1): Winner gets Thursday’s Cox Mill (11-2) at West Rowan (13-1) winner. Crest […]

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 […]

Saturday’s roundup: Bessemer City wins record-setting tiebreaker, Crest takes No. 2 spot in Big South and college basketball and baseball results

By Richard Walker Bessemer City High was the winner of an tiebreaker to separate an unprecedented five-way tie for the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference girls basketball championship. Bessemer City won the drawing to receive the league’s automatic No. 1 playoff seeding. The Yellow Jackets won a share of their third regular season girls basketball title […]

Friday’s roundup: Crest completes perfect conference season, more prep basketball, prep soccer and college sports results

By Richard Walker Crest High’s boys basketball team wrapped up only the fourth unbeaten conference championship season in school history. The Chargers knocked off visiting Kings Mountain 66-50 on Friday night to complete a 12-0 record against Big South 3A Conference competition this season. Crest (13-1 overall) will next play a home game next Tuesday […]

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 […]

Hometown heroes: College baseball preview 2021 – 92 players to take the field, including 3 for Belmont Abbey’s weekend season-opener

By Richard Walker Three local products will help Belmont Abbey open their 2021 baseball season this weekend in a pair of doubleheaders at Conference Carolinas rival Chowan. The Crusaders, picked third in the league preseason poll behind nationally-ranked North Greenville and Mount Olive, visit Chowan for doubleheaders that begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Cherryville stops win streak, Huss triple double, Crest 1,000-point scorer, prep basketball, college basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville High’s boys basketball team ended Lincoln Charter’s 30-game Southern Piedmont 1A Conference winning streak with an 80-70 road victory on Tuesday night. Lavonte Hughes (21 point, 8 assists, 6 rebounds), Carson Kelly (20 point, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Austin Thompson (13 points, 8 rebounds), Landon Hahn (11 points, 4 steals), Numarius […]

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 […]

Friday’s roundup: Another scoring record for a Bessemer City sophomore, prep basketball and soccer, college basketball and lacrosse

By Richard Walker For the second straight Friday, a Bessemer City High School sophomore set a Gaston County single-game scoring record. This time, it was boys standout Randall Pettus whose 60 points supplanted Bessemer City’s Tony Byers as the county’s all-time single-game record-holder in a 91-62 home victory over Piedmont Community Charter. Pettus also had […]

Belmont Abbey’s baseball history includes a stop and start to the program and a trip to the NCAA Division II World Series

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s baseball program has the area’s oldest documented championship. It also has had to deal with two stoppages of play, has advanced to a World Series while producing three eventual major leaguers. The school claims a 1892 championship when the school was named St. Mary’s College and produced its first […]