4-28-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A historic season continues for Burns High’s baseball program as it prepares to play in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament this week. The Bulldogs, who are defending N.C. 2A champions, will take a 23-0 record into conference tournament play seeking to enter the state playoffs as the 5th team in Cleveland […]

3-9-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Nick Muse will be returning to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings announced the re-signing earlier this week. A 2017 South Point High graduate, Muse was a 7th round draft pick in 2022 who spent his rookie season playing 10 games on special teams and played in 2 […]

2-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Crest High standout Lawson Harrill is among 82 former Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln county high school products who are playing or coaching college baseball this spring. Harrill, a 2019 Crest High graduate, also was announced earlier this month as one of 55 players on the 2024 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award […]

6-29-23 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former Crest High standout Riley Cheek earned College Sports Communicators Academic All-America honors while also helping Queens in its first season of NCAA Division I baseball. Also named the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Cheek was a third team honoree after maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. A 2018 […]

11-20-22 roundup: Pro softball, basketball and football, High school football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker One of the area’s most prominent softball players recently received arguably the highest honor he has ever received with induction into the 41st annual National Softball Hall of Fame. Kings Mountain’s Rusty Bumgardner was among 11 inductees on Nov. 12 in a ceremony held in Shreveport, La. A 1987 Kings Mountain High […]

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 […]

2022 GCSHOF: For Cherryville’s Stan Crisson, knee injury led to opportunity that made him a historic pro football champion

By Richard Walker When Stan Crisson grew up in Cherryville in the 1950s, he was like many youngsters who were determined to help the town’s high school and American Legion Post 100 baseball teams win titles and pursue greatness. However, it was a football injury during one of the best starts in Cherryville High School […]

Homecoming boost: Former East Lincoln standout Alec Burleson enjoys trip to Charlotte

By Richard Walker When Alec Burleson was helping lead the East Lincoln High baseball program to four straight state playoff appearances as a standout pitcher and hitter, he dreamed of making the major leagues. Now in his third year as a professional in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization, Burleson is one step away as a […]

2-3-22 roundup: College baseball and basketball, Pro basketball and football, College football, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Eighty-six Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln county products begin college baseball seasons all over the country this month, including a preseason All-American and a starting outfielder for nationally-ranked East Carolina, Sophomore left-hander C.J. Mayhue, a 2019 Crest High graduate, was named third team preseason All-American by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) earlier […]

Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame announces 2022 class

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame has selected five new inductees for its 2022 class that will be honored May 2 at the Gastonia Conference Center. Former University of North Carolina player and administrator John Swofford will be the featured speaker. The induction class is comprised of Cherryville’s Stan Crisson, Cramerton’s […]

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 […]