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College basketball set to begin: Several former Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln county products will coach or play in 2020-21

By Richard Walker College basketball has begun all across the country and several former standouts from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties are playing and coaching. That includes two with the Elon’s women’s basketball program that opens its season on Wednesday at Gardner-Webb. Charlotte Smith, a 1991 Shelby High graduate, begins her 10th season as head […]

Former Crest standout Jonathan Bullard adding to area’s pro football legacy

By Richard Walker When former Crest High standout Jonathan Bullard made one tackle in the Seattle Seahawks’ 27-26 home win over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, he was just adding to a long professional football history for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. Bullard, a 2012 Crest High graduate, is the 20th local product to play […]

National TV was to feature now-postponed Charlotte 49ers home opener

By Richard Walker Six local high school football products and the Charlotte 49ers were to get national television exposure at 8 p.m. Saturday night on ESPNU in their home opener until a late Thursday night game postponement. The 49ers (1-2, 1-1 C-USA) were to host Florida International on Saturday at 8 p.m. until COVID-19 issues […]