9-20-21 roundup: College football and cross country, Amateur golf, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball, Pro football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker During Big South Conference football media day this summer, Gardner-Webb coach Tre Lamb said former Crest standout Jalin Graham would be a future standout in his program. Graham, a 2020 Crest graduate, proved his coach correct on in the Bulldogs’ 56-0 home win over Lincoln, Pa., with a brief but very effective […]

8-2-21 roundup: Legion baseball and softball, College athletics, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker After a year off due to the coronavirus, American Legion baseball begins national playoff competition on Wednesday with start of regional play among 64 teams in eight regions across the country. Those 64 teams came out of 3,045 teams that registered to play this season. All state champions will participate along with […]

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 […]

7-20-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College baseball and cross country, High school sports, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s Junior team will make its fourth N.C. state tournament appearance starting on Thursday when High Point Post 87 hosts the event at three fields – High Point’s Finch Field and Truist Point and Lexington’s Holt-Moffitt Field. Cherryville (15-3), the No. 1 seed in Area IV, already knows […]

6-15-21 roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball, Legion baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a dramatic 6-5 win over Pine Lake Prep in the opening round of the N.C. 1A high school baseball playoffs. Cherryville was one of five local winners in Tuesday’s opening round; East Lincoln and South Point […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Pro hockey, High school baseball, softball and track, College softball and baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Savannah LaCount set Cleveland Community College history on Tuesday when she was named to the All-Region X team LaCount, a 2020 Bessemer City High graduate, is the first spring sports athlete at CCC to earn all-region honors. A pitcher, third baseman and outfielder, LaCount hit .229 with four home runs […]

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

By Richard Walker Two local coaches and nine players have been invited to participate in the North Carolina Coaches’ Association East-West All-Star football game this summer. The contest, which began in 1949, will be held on July 21 at Greensboro Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium this summer after the coronavirus cancelled the 2020 event. Local coaches for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Cleveland Community College releases 54-game 2021 baseball schedule that includes 20 home contests at Forest City’s McNair Field

By Richard Walker When Gene Bowles was hired as Cleveland Community College’s first head baseball coach in June 2019, he couldn’t wait for the spring 2021 season to begin. On Monday – and after COVID-19 restrictions have altered many of Bowles’ plans – that became even clearer as the school announced the schedule for its […]

Friday’s roundup: High school basketball results, All-conference volleyball, college basketball, college softball signing

By Richard Walker Ashbrook High’s visiting girls basketball team edged Kings Mountain 69-62 on Friday night in a battle of previously unbeaten teams at Don Parker Gymnasium. Ashbrook’s Kennette Bess scored 32 points as the Green Wave improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big South 3A Conference. Aaliyah El added 15 points for […]

Monday’s roundup: Former South Point standout makes decision, G-W basketball result, Cleveland CC softball signee and high school volleyball results

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Nick Muse announced on twitter Monday night that he will return to South Carolina to play for new Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer. Muse tweeted at 6:30 p.m. “Time to get to work!” with the following message: “There is an opportunity for greatness here at USC. I believe […]

In Thursday’s roundup, Kings Mountain-Shelby cross country, Cleveland CC baseball signee, Charlotte 49ers All-Academic honor and preseason polls for Belmont Abbey

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain’s boys and Shelby’s girls took victories in a dual cross country meet between the longtime rivals at a muddy Kings Mountain course on a 45-degree Thursday. In the boys meet, Kings Mountain’s Parker Key was the individual medalist and finished the course in 18:40.21. Teammates Marty Lovingood (4th), Kohen Johnson […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb men’s basketball ready for debut, Cleveland CC softball signing and prep volleyball standings

By Richard Walker After having seven previous potential season-openers postponed or cancelled, Gardner-Webb’s men’s basketball team has taken a seven-hour bus trip to Bowling Green, Ky., in hopes of opening its 2020-21 season at Western Kentucky Thursday night at 8 p.m. Gardner-Webb previously had games at Duke (Nov. 25) and Florida State (Nov. 29) postponed, […]

Thursday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb gets ACC matchups rescheduled, Cleveland CC softball signings, HS and MS volleyball results

By Richard Walker Two of Gardner-Webb’s marquee matchups for the 2020-21 basketball season were rescheduled on Thursday. The Bulldogs’ Nov. 25 season-opener at Duke has been rescheduled or Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. And their second game, originally set for Nov. 27¬†at Florida State, has been rescheduled for Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Both games […]

High school roundup: Gaston Day basketball stays unbeaten, Cleveland CC cross country competes in nationals and HS volleyball openers

By Richard Walker A look at the local sports roundup for Tuesday, November 17: High school boys basketball Gaston Day 84, Statesville Christian 62: The Spartans improved to 3-0 on a night in which Chris Britt surpassed 1,000 points for his high school career. Gaston Day visits High Point Westchester Country Day on Friday in […]