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6-17-21 roundup: Prep baseball, College athletics, Pro football, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter and Mountain Island Charter stayed alive on Thursday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs. East Lincoln routed Thomasville Ledford 11-1 in five innings in Class 2A. And in Class 1A, Mountain Island Charter won 12-9 at top-seeded Hayesville and Lincoln Charter knocked off North Moore […]

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 […]

SAVING GRACE: Florida State, Syracuese come to ACC’s rescue in year of NCAA tournament struggles

By Richard Walker An annual rite of passage for many Carolinas sports reporters is to see and hear about the unparalleled tradition ACC basketball tradition every October when the league hosts its annual Operation Basketball kickoff event in Charlotte. Certainly the ACC has much to brag about as five current members and one former member […]

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 […]

North Carolina’s Junior College basketball history: Part 4 – The all-time great coaches and players of Region X and the two recent national championship teams

North Carolina and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X area that also includes schools from South Carolina and Virginia has a rich basketball history that dates to the 1920s. We’re doing a four-part series on that history. Part 1: The early years from 1929 to the 1950s when Belmont Abbey was one of […]

North Carolina’s Junior College basketball history: Part 3 – Gaston College builds program quickly, successfully before dropping sport in 1972

North Carolina and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X area that also includes schools from South Carolina and Virginia has a rich basketball history that dates to the 1920s. We’re doing a four-part series on that history. Part 1: The early years from 1929 to the 1950s when Belmont Abbey was one of […]

Gaston College announces its first athletic hires, including a former Duke All-American as athletic director

By Richard Walker Gene Banks, a former Duke All-American and NBA player will lead Gaston College’s athletic program as it prepare to restart for the first time since 1975, the school announced on Thursday. Banks was hired along with associate athletic director-head basketball coach Dickey Nutt, head baseball coach Shohn Doty and director of athletic […]

North Carolina’s Junior College basketball past: The first of a 4-part series starts with Belmont Abbey’s early dominance

North Carolina and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X area that also includes schools from South Carolina and Virginia has a rich basketball history that dates to the 1920s. We’re doing a four-part series on that history: Part 1: The early years from 1929 to the 1950s when Belmont Abbey was one of […]

As 2021 begins, we look at Gaston College’s athletic restart – and its athletic past

By Richard Walker As 2021 begins, Gaston College is preparing to go back “Back to the Future.” The Gaston College Board of Trustees voted on Nov. 24, 2020 to launch a college athletics program that will offer men’s baseball and basketball, women’s beach volleyball and softball and Esports. The school estimates 96 athletes – 52 […]