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11-17-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and volleyball, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Entering this year’s state high school football playoffs, there was a sense that Cleveland County teams could have a special year. After all, it was the fifth straight season all four teams had made the playoffs. Entering Friday’s third round, it’s yet another banner year for the county – and has a […]

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 […]

11-9-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and soccer, College football and basketball, Middle school boys, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker When Shelby visits Burns in a second round playoff game on Thursday in the N.C. 2A bracket, it’ll continue a Golden Lions’ tradition that proved quite successful. It’s because Shelby is facing a team in the postseason that it has played in the regular season for the 28th time. Since in-season improvement […]

11-2-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Shelby High star Dax Hollifield was named Defender of the Nation on Monday by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Hollifield, a sixth-year senior at Virginia Tech, won an award that goes to players from the nation’s service academies and senior military colleges that include Air Force, Army West Point, The Citadel, Coast […]

10-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and soccer, College football and college cross country, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Perhaps the Carolina Panthers’ struggles on the road against division rival Atlanta can be summed up in the franchise’s first game. With a team that would finish with a 7-9 overall record that remains the best of any expansion team in NFL history, the historic opener saw a thrilling comeback that ended […]

10-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball, soccer and golf, College football and cross country, Middle school soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two of the biggest rivalries in Gaston County history will highlight a schedule that ends the 2022 regular season. And part of why they’re such huge rivalries is that they are huge even when a league title isn’t on the line. Bessemer City against Cherryville is the oldest of the two rivalries […]

9-14-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and basketball, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston County Conference middle school football teams moved into their second week of divisional competition while the Tri-County Conference opened division play on Wednesday. Here are results from both leagues: GASTON COUNTY CONFERENCE Standings through Sept. 14 with division records followed by overall records: (Division I) Cramerton 1-0, 3-0 Southwest 1-0, 2-1 […]

9-7-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football and baseball, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Local history was made on Wednesday when the first East Lincoln High product was called up to the major leagues. Alec Burleson, a 2017 East Lincoln graduate, was promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals major league roster after having the best season of his professional baseball career. Ranked the No.5 prospect in […]

9-3-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football and cross country, Middle school softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five former local standouts were involved the highest-scoring NCAA Division I football game in the history of both programs on Saturday when North Carolina outlasted Appalachian State 63-61. In front of a record Kidd Brewer Stadium crowd of 40,168, the teams combined for 62 points and 504 yards in the fourth alone. […]

8-23-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer, cross country and volleyball, Middle school football, College basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Both Surratt brothers are shining so far this preseason in the NFL. Chazz Surratt, a 2016 East Lincoln High graduate, has made 11 tackles with a half-sack in two games for the Minnesota Vikings. And Sage Surratt, a 2017 Lincolnton High graduate who also played at East Lincoln, has caught four passes […]

6-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College cross country, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston College didn’t have to look far for its new cross country coach. The Rhinos, whose 2021 cross country team was the school’s first athletic team in 50 years, have hired title-winning South Point High coach Kody Kubbs as their second head coach. Kubbs replaces Jamie Rosser, who in May was promoted […]

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 […]

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

By Richard Walker Cherryville High’s baseball team will need to win twice today to take its 11th state title after suffering a hard-luck 1-0 loss to Perquimans County and UNC-Wilmington signee Tanner Thach at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs. The Ironmen (21-11) meet Perquimans (30-1) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the second game of […]

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) […]

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

By Richard Walker Former East Gaston High standout Robert Washington has been invited to Philadelphia Eagles rookie mini-camp that will be held this weekend. A 2016 East Gaston High graduate, Washington played collegiately at Charlotte (2016-17), Old Dominion (2019) and Valparaiso (2021) where he picked up 1,758 yards rushing in 17 games is ninth in […]

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 […]

4-27-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Four local products have helped Wingate to a No. 1 NCAA Division II national baseball ranking, a top seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference tournament and a 40-win season – 2017 Crest High graduate Logan McNeely, 2018 North Gaston High graduate Austin Mitchell, 2020 Cherryville High graduate Brent Walls and 2021 […]

4-26-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker HighSchoolOT.com named its second all-state boys basketball team and five players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were honored. Here’s the full team with statistics and upcoming college destinations if available: Players are listed with their averages in the following format: points/rebounds/assists. And if a player notched more than 1.5 steals or […]

4-24-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Two Gaston County high school prospects and the Carolina Panthers are preparing for this week’s NFL Draft in Paradise, Nev. Former East Gaston High standout Robert Washington and former South Point High standout Nick Muse are considered draft prospects or possibilities to sign free agent contracts for the draft that begins on […]

4-23-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Parker Agosta’s 1-hitter with 11 strikeouts in East Gaston’s 7-0 win over North Gaston in the 2022 Gaston County Baseball Championship finals on Thursday at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park to earn him most valuable player honors. He was joined on the all-tournament team by East Gaston teammates Logan Agosta, Dylan Howell 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 […]

4-20-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Crest and Kings Mountain are currently at the top of the Big South 3A Conference baseball standings. On Thursday, they’ll meet for the Cleveland County Easter tournament title for the third time in the event’s history. Crest advanced with a 7-0 victory over Shelby and Kings Mountain advanced with a 9-2 win […]

4-19-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball

By Richard Walker A “Back to the Future” championship game will be held on Thursday when the Gaston County Baseball Championship game is played at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park. It’s because East Gaston will face North Gaston in the 2022 championship game; Those two schools will be meeting for the title for the first time […]

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 […]

4-15-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Former Gaston and Lincoln county star athlete Sage Surratt will be a part of pro football history on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when he and the Birmingham Stallions play the New Jersey Generals in the official restart of the old United States Football League. Surratt was a sixth round pick of the […]

4-10-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets continued their strong finish to the season with a 124-108 home win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday afternoon. And the Hornets (43-39) will need to continue that momentum next week in the NBA play-in tournament to advance to the eight-team Eastern Conference playoffs. Charlotte finished as the No. […]

4-9-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College baseball and beach volleyball, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III struggled in Saturday’s unseasonable weather at The Master’s on Saturday. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner shot a eight-over-par 80 to fall from a tie for sixth to a tie for 36th in arguably the PGA’s most prestigious annual event. Varner, who tees off at 11:10 a.m. for […]

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 […]

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

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III will tee off at 1:08 p.m. on Thursday in his first career appearance at the prestigious Master’s golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner qualified through his high world golf ranking (currently No. 40) and he is paired with Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters. […]

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 […]

4-2-22 roundup: College basketball, football and baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker For the 27th time, an ACC team will play for the NCAA championship following Saturday’s 81-77 North Carolina victory over Duke in the Final Four in New Orleans. Duke has advanced to the title game to most (11 times) and won five NCAA tournament titles with six runner-up finishes. North Carolina has […]

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 […]

3-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers and Gardner-Webb announced their 2022 college football schedules on Wednesday. Charlotte plays a schedule with eight Conference USA games and seven 2021 bowl teams and includes a first-ever home game against a Big Ten opponent (Maryland) and first-ever road game at South Carolina of the SEC. Fourth-year 49ers head […]

3-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school football, baseball and softball

By Richard Walker North Gaston High School has a new football coach. Dan Rothwell, a Michigan native who spent 10 years coaching in his home state, was named North Gaston’s 10th head football coach on Tuesday. Rothwell has coached in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties the past six years, most recently as defensive line coach and […]

3-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Nine NCAA schools have advanced to the Final Four 10 times or more – and three of them have advanced to this year’s Final Four as Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova make up the field that will play next weekend in New Orleans. North Carolina is making its record 21st Final […]

3-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, baseball and softball, High school baseball

By Richard Walker On a Saturday in which Gaston College officially re-opened Sims Legion Park, its mascot “Mo the Rhino” was introduced and president Dr. John Hauser threw out the ceremonial first pitch, the baseball team set its own history. Right-handed pitcher Gus Hughes did the lion’s share of those honors with the first no-hit […]

3-25-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, College football

By Richard Walker To call the current NFL offseason a rollercoaster would be an understatement. For the Carolina Panthers, that’s been unmistakably true as head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer have tried to reshape a roster that ended last season 5-12 to complete a franchise-worst fourth straight losing season. This offseason, Carolina […]

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

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference will crown its first middle school champions since 2019 in baseball, girls soccer and boys and girls track this spring. That starts this week for baseball and girls soccer on Thursday. In opening games for those two sports, Belmont visits Bessemer City, Mount Holly visits Grier, Southwest visits […]

3-20-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The ACC continued a remarkable streak in NCAA tournament history when three teams advanced to this week’s Sweet 16. The league that started in 1954 has had at least one Sweet 16 team every year since 1980 – and has only missed out on the Sweet 16 five times in league history; […]

Sims Legion Park: A look at the history of a venue that opened in 1950 as it re-opens as Gaston College’s baseball home

  By Richard Walker Opened to be home of the city’s powerful American Legion baseball program and to attract professional baseball in 1950, Sims Legion Park re-opened for action on Sunday and it set for a grand re-opening on Saturday at 3 p.m. when Gaston College hosts Wake Tech in a doubleheader. It’s a facility […]

3-19-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Randall Pettus has been named N.C. 1A public high school player of the year and Class 1A first team all-state by hoopseen.com. A junior guard, Pettus averaged 26.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists for the Yellow Jackets this season as they advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first […]

3-18-22 roundup: College basketball, football, baseball and softball, High school football, baseball and softball, Pro basketball, football and soccer

By Richard Walker Belmont’s Leonard Laye will be remembered for his love of sports and his long career in journalism. Laye died at 78 on Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that Laye had battled the last several years. Funeral service details haven’t yet been made. […]

3-15-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker A pair of Huss teammates are a part of NCAA women’s basketball tournament teams this week. For the Charlotte 49ers, 2002 Huss graduate Nicole Woods is a ninth-year assistant coach for a school making its third NCAA tournament appearance in history – and first since 2009. Charlotte is the No. 13 seed […]

3-14-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Pro golf, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker One week after joining the official National Junior College Athletic Association rankings for the first in school history in any sport, Gaston College moved up to No. 8 in the Division II poll that was announced on Monday. The Rhinos went 3-1 last week to give them a 20-win season with a […]

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 […]

3-9-22 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 […]

3-7-22 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 […]

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 […]

2-26-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Two local teams survived Saturday’s third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs. Bessemer City’s boys and Shelby’s girls won and advanced into the Western 1A and Western 2A semifinals, respectively, that will be played on March 1. Meanwhile, Crest and North Lincoln in 3A boys, Lincoln Charter in […]

2-24-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Four boys teams and four girls teams advanced to the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoff with Thursday victories. In 3A boys, Crest and North Lincoln remained alive while Lincoln Charter won in 2A boys, Bessemer City in 1A boys, Ashbrook and East Lincoln in 3A girls […]

2-23-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball and football, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Eight boys teams and four girls teams remain alive as the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs continue with second round play on Thursday. Following the first round, trends are already emerging from postseason play. Unbeaten area conferences include Queen City 3A/4A boys (4-0), Western Foothills 3A boys (5-0), Mountain Foothills […]

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

By Richard Walker Boys high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties went 8-6 in Tuesday’s opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs and girls teams went 4-5. Crest, Cramer, East Lincoln and North Lincoln advanced in Class 3A boys, Lincoln Charter and Shelby in Class 2A boys, Bessemer City […]

2-20-22 roundup: High school wrestling and basketball, College baseball, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball, Mixed martial arts

By Richard Walker Twenty wrestlers from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties earned placement awards in Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association individual championships that was highlighted by two state champions and three state runner-up finishers. Cramer’s Charlie Sly and Zack Karagias won Class 3A individual state titles with victories over wrestlers from 3A team champion […]