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6-15-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, High school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker High school football season begins in two months. Here are the 2024 schedules for the high schools of Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: Game times at 7:30 p.m. unless noted ALL CAPS indicate conference games Ashbrook Aug. 23 at Forest Hills Aug. 30 BYE Sept. 6 at West Meck Sept. 13 East […]

6-13-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s Dalton Pence and North Lincoln’s Matt Heavner are pursuing College World Series glory starting this weekend for their respective ACC teams. Pence and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet league rival Virginia on Friday at 2 p.m. in their CWS opener in Omaha and Heavner and the N.C. State Wolfpack face […]

6-11-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the first time in College World Series history, only two conferences will be represented in the 8-team field as the ACC and SEC have 4 teams apiece. The ACC will be represented by Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia with the ACC represented by Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas […]

6-7-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school softball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s Dalton Pence and North Lincoln’s Matt Heavner helped North Carolina and N.C. State last weekend to regional titles and prepare to pursue Super Regional wins that would advance them to the College World Series. Pence, a 2021 Cherryville High graduate, pitched the final 3 2/3 innings of the Tar Heels’ come-from-behind […]

6-6-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seven players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were honored on the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s all-state teams and 23 others were named to the All-Region 6 team. The all-region selections came from those 3 counties as well as Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties. Here are the NCBCA all-state selections from […]

6-4-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Darrell Armstrong is back in the NBA finals. A 1986 Ashbrook High graduate, Armstrong advanced to the finals once in his 14-year playing career and has now advanced for the 2nd time in his 16-year coaching career. A 2006 NBA runner-up as a guard for the Dallas Mavericks in a 4-2 […]

6-2-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A former local standout who sparked Gaston College to another historic season as we wrap up the area’s 2024 college baseball players. Mason Smith, a 2022 Lincoln Charter graduate, was Region 10 pitcher of the year for the Rhinos (51-8, 20-4 Region 10 Division I), who were ranked No. 1 in the […]

5-30-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker If and when Cherryville’s Dalton Pence decides he wants to play pro baseball, he’ll have no bigger supporter than his University of North Carolina baseball coach Scott Forbes. “I think he’s going to get the opportunity to sign and we want all of our kids to realize their ultimate dream of playing […]

5-27-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Burns High’s baseball team and Kings Mountain’s softball team got their state championship series pairings for this weekend’s games. Here are the pairings for the baseball state championships: (4A at Burlington Athletic Stadium) West-1 Skyland Roberson (26-4) vs. East-1 Wilmington Ashley (26-4) Game 1: May 31, 8 p.m. Game 2: June 1, […]

5-26-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Duke put on an impressive offensive display on Sunday as the No. 17 Blue Devils routed No. 10 Florida State 16-4 to win the 2024 ACC baseball championship at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Duke is now a perfect 8-0 in ACC tournament games played in Charlotte with the only 2 ACC tournament titles […]

5-25-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Burns’ baseball team and Kings Mountain’s softball team completed comebacks on Saturday that will send them to next weekend’s state championships. Burns, the defending N.C. 2A champion, trailed 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings before rallying to take an 8-5 victory over East Rutherford for a two games to one Western N.C. championship […]

5-24-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Western Foothills 3A Conference honored top athletes for the 2024 springs season in baseball, softball and girls soccer. In baseball, Foard’s Braxton Tramel (Player of the Year) and Sean Jenkins (Pitcher of the Year) and North Lincoln’s Charlie Goss (Coach of the Year) took top honors. Here is the full all-conference […]

5-23-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2023-24 Gaston County Conference middle school athletic season came to a close earlier this month. And the annual Winner’s Cup points standings with the same team on top as the last 7 full seasons competition has been held – with Belmont as the winner. The Wildcats finished with 119.8 cumulative points […]

5-22-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The featured speaker for the 2024 Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame may be from Ohio but he says his new job at Gardner-Webb came a few years after he and his wife fell in love with North Carolina. New Gardner-Webb football coach Cris Reisert is a Cincinnati native who played and […]

5-21-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of individuals stood out on a day in which area schools took 9 overall titles in the N.C. Class 1A and 3A track championships at the North Carolina A&T Complex on Monday. Mountain Island finished as 1A team runner-up behind the efforts of Reggie Daniel, who was named most outstanding […]

5-20-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker South Point High School set school and local history on Monday with a 5-3 victory over Wilson Fike in the N.C. Class 3A dual tennis title at the Burlington Tennis Center. The victory completed a 16-0 season for the Red Raiders and made them the 1st Gaston County dual tennis team state […]

5-19-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the 3rd time in 4 years and 5th time overall, the ACC baseball tournament will be held in the Charlotte area. This year’s event starts Tuesday at 11 a.m. and runs through next Sunday’s noon championship game at Charlotte’s Truist Field. North Carolina is the No. 1 seed while Clemson (No. […]

5-18-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After completing a suspended game on Saturday at a different field for a victory, Burns’ High School’s baseball continues on its path toward history. The Bulldogs, now 29-0, are seeking to become the 17th unbeaten high school baseball state champion in modern N.C. high school history. Burns, which set a Cleveland County […]

5-17-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker On a day where weather again played havoc on the high school spring sports playoffs, 2 local teams moved on and another will have that chance on Saturday after its game was suspended. Kings Mountain’s softball team won to advance to the Western N.C. 3A finals next week. South Point’s tennis team […]

5-16-24 roundup: Pro hockey, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2024 American Legion baseball season gets its start on Friday in the area for a year in which 2 of the 3 state and national tournaments are in the area. On Friday, Gastonia hosts Asheville in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader at Sims Legion Park and the Gaston Braves host Queen City […]

5-15-24 roundup: Pro hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, basketball and football, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A NFC South division rival is the opening game of the year for the Carolina Panthers and an AFC West team with the reigning College Football Playoff head coach is the home opener as the NFL announced its 2024 schedule Wednesday night. Carolina, under new head coach Dave Canales, is seeking to […]

5-14-24 roundup: Pro hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cramer’s Rich Wills became Gaston County’s 9th individual golf champion in history while posting the best state title score in county history – and 6th-best in N.C. High School Athletic Association history. Wills finished 2 shots ahead of 2 golfers from state championship team-winner Fayetteville Terry Sanford. He shot a 67 in […]

5-13-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Area teams have long enjoyed success in high school baseball and softball postseasons. After all, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have combined for 52 state championships and 22 runner-up finishes in baseball and 6 state titles and 7 runner-up finishes. A year ago, Burns won a 2A baseball state title and East […]

5-12-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Fourteen years after a final round 62 gave Rory McIlroy his 1st PGA tournament victory at Charlotte Quail Hollow Club, the popular golfer from North Ireland won his 4th Wells Fargo Golf Championship on Sunday after shooting 4 rounds of 68 or better this week. A 4-time major tournament winner, McIlroy has […]

5-11-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets will hope for a repeat of last year when they participate in the NBA Draft Lottery for the 24th time in franchise history. A year ago, the Hornets moved up two spots to No. 2 (where they picked Brandon Miller) in last year’s lottery. This season, Charlotte enters the […]

5-10-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer, football and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seven area high school baseball and softball teams advanced in their respective state playoffs on Friday and another plays on Saturday in hopes of advancing. In baseball, Burns (2A) and Cherryville (1A) advanced to the 3rd round in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs with Gaston Christian hosting a N.C. Independent […]

5-9-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets got their man – and he was the favorite all along. The Hornets announced on Thursday the team will be hiring Boston Celtics assistant coach Charles Lee as the franchise’s 12th head coach. “We are excited to welcome Charles Lee as the head coach of Charlotte Hornets,” new executive […]

5-8-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two former football stars, an international volleyball standout and local swimming legend comprise the induction class of the 57th annual Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame banquet hosted by the Cleveland County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This year’s banquet will be held Monday, May 20 at the Shelby City […]

5-7-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Thirty-two area teams began the week with the dream of a state high school baseball or softball title. After Tuesday’s games, 15 teams remain alive in that pursuit. Here are the baseball pairings and results with seedings listed first: -NCHSAA 1A (Tuesday, May 7 1st round) 17 Highland Tech at 16 East […]

5-6-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Thirty-two area baseball and softball teams are in the state playoffs that begin on Tuesday. There are 16 N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball teams, 2 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association baseball teams, 13 NCHSAA softball teams and 1 NCISAA softball team. Here are the baseball pairings with seedings listed: -NCHSAA 1A […]

5-5-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker This week the PGA tour returns to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The FedEx event will officially begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday. The field is headlined by Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and many more. And the 21st event on the 2024 PGA Tour […]

5-4-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A baseball team chasing county history and a softball team that ended the area’s longest league winning streak headline the area’s end of the regular season with an eye on the upcoming state playoffs. In all, South Point (Big South 3A), Burns (Southern Piedmont 1A/2A), Lincoln Charter (Catawba Shores 1A/2A) and Piedmont […]

5-3-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School became the 8th school to win the boys and girls Big South 3A Conference title in the same season when they recorded a title sweep on their track on Tuesday. The Mountaineers joined Ashbrook (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2016), Forestview (2011, 2014 and 2018) as programs to win […]

5-2-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont increased its winning streak to 52 games with its 4-0 victory over Holbrook for the 2024 Gaston County Conference middle school girls soccer championship on Thursday. Leah Stone scored 2 goals and Alice Bass and Kate Hux scored 1 goal apiece for the Wildcats. Belmont, coached by Stephanie Daniel, hasn’t lost […]

5-1-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Stanley pulled the upset on Wednesday in the 2024 Gaston County Conference Middle School baseball title game with a 7-3 victory at previously unbeaten Belmont. The Blue Devils (11-1), coached by Tyler Radford, won their 4th county title by avenging their lone loss of the season – 12-11 at home against Belmont […]

4-30-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Top-seeded Belmont will host both the baseball and girls soccer Gaston County Conference middle school championship games while Bessemer City High School is the site of the boys and girls track championships. Belmont (11-0) hosts Stanley (10-1) for the baseball title game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a rematch of the […]

4-29-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The top seeds won in baseball while there was one upset in girls soccer in Monday’s Gaston County Conference semifinal playoff action. In baseball, top-seeded Belmont defeated Cramerton 12-0 and No. 2-seeded Stanley defeated defending county champion Chavis 11-2. For Belmont, Brayden Kelly fired a 1-hitter with 4 strikeouts and Kelly (3 […]

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 […]

4-27-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Baseball Club started the city’s 4th year in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball earlier this week. A new ownership group has taken over for the previous ownership group who nicknamed the club Honey Hunters but were driven out of town by city and league officials are countless unpaid bills […]

4-26-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers jumped into the draft late in the first round in a trade that wasn’t announced after midnight of Thursday’s opening day of the event. The team sent its No. 33 overall (2nd round) and No. 141 (5th round) picks to the Buffalo Bills to move into the 1st round […]

4-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of unbeaten Belmont teams will enter next week’s Gaston County Conference Middle School baseball and girls soccer playoffs as the top-seeded teams. In baseball, Belmont (10-0) hosts No. 4 Cramerton (7-3) in one semifinal while No. 2 Stanley (9-1) hosts No. 3 Chavis (8-2) in the other. Belmont, whose head […]

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

By Richard Walker Three local products were named all-state boys basketball this week by the www.HighSchoolOT.com website. Kings Mountain’s Bradley Floyd and Lincolnton’s L.J. Smith were third team selection while Gaston Christian’s Makoi Mabor Marier was an honorable mention pick. Here is the HighSchoolOT All-State Boys Basketball Team for 2024: (First Team) C: Richard Goods, […]

4-23-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston College president Dr. John Hauser has announced the hiring of a new head basketball coach who will bring more than 30 years of college coaching experience to the Rhinos’ program. Benny Moss, 54, comes to Gaston College after 13 seasons at Coastal Carolina, including much of last season as the Chanticleers’ […]

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

By Richard Walker As the Carolina Panthers begin for the 2024 NFL Draft that begins on Thursday, the franchise will be without a first-round selection for only the 4th time in its history. As part of last year’s trade with the Chicago Bears that netted quarterback Bryce Young, the Panthers dealt away their 2024 first-round […]

4-21-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College volleyball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker One of the area’s winningest coaches reached a career milestone last week when West Lincoln High softball coach Allan Chapman took the 400th win of his coaching career. Chapman, who reached the milestone in last Wednesday’s 16-1 victory over Patton, is in his 29th season as a head coach at West Lincoln […]

4-20-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College volleyball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Roman Gabriel, one of the best quarterbacks in college football and NFL history, died on Saturday at 83. Gabriel also had significant area connections as he is 1 of 4 future NFL quarterbacks to play baseball at Sims Legion Park, he later returned to that same ballpark as a minor league team […]

4-19-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Arguably the country’s biggest college baseball series this weekend will take place at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park when Gaston College hosts Florence-Darlington Tech with the Region 10 Division I regular season title at stake. The host Rhinos (44-5, 17-3) are ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I […]

4-18-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Three local products were named all-state this week by the www.HighSchoolOT.com website. East Lincoln’s Kiara Anderson was a second team selection while Cramer’s Oshauna Holland and East Lincoln’s Emma Montanari were honorable mention picks. Here is the HighSchoolOT All-State Girls Basketball Team for 2024: (First Team) Jayda Angel, Cape Fear (senior) — […]

4-17-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Now that the Charlotte Hornets’ 2023-24 season is over and the franchise’s winningest coach Steve Clifford is moving into an advisory role, who will be the organization’s next head coach and when will that coach be hired? With 2 coaches previously considered strong candidates recently being hired elsewhere, some may think the […]

4-16-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Charlotte Hornets training camp began in October 2023, head coach Steve Clifford discussed in glowing terms the amount of talent he thought was on the team’s roster. “I’ve coached a lot of teams that are pretty good or good or whatever,” Clifford said at the team’s annual media day. “I don’t […]

4-15-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and football, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After 24 years as an assistant coach, Darrel Wilson was named head coach at North Gaston High School. Wilson, a former Huss High and Appalachian State football standout, had spent time as an assistant coach at Huss, Bessemer City, Forestview, Kings Mountain and Crest before being officially named the Wildcats’ 11th head […]

4-14-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets closed their season with a surprising come-from-behind victory as the NBA 2023-24 regular season came to a close on Sunday. Charlotte won 120-110 at playoff-bound Cleveland by rallying from a 13-point 4th quarter deficit. It marks the 9th time this season the Hornets, who finished 21-61, rallied to win […]

4-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five local products took postseason honors from their respective teams as we wrap up the 2023-24 college basketball season for local players and coaches from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. Women’s players Maraja Pass of Elon and Zaria Clark of UNC Pembroke picked up honors as did men’s players McCaskill Rivers of […]

4-12-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two local products are playing in the first-year UFL – former East Lincoln and Lincolnton standout Sage Surratt and former Gardner-Webb standout Jamari Brown. Surratt, who was a football and basketball standout in high school before playing football at Wake Forest, is in his 3rd spring pro season after playing for Birmingham’s […]

4-11-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With the professional baseball season getting underway recently, four former area products are playing in the major leagues and eight are in the minor leagues. The major leaguers are St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Alec Burleson, Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Mason Miller, Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Emilio Pagan and Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Jeffrey Springs. […]

4-10-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2024 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet’s featured speaker Shane Beamer admitted he didn’t know all of the stories of the five inductees at the Gastonia Conference Center. But he was certain they shared one quality that he said serves him well as a college football coach: A passion to […]

4-9-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Crest High School has announced its new head football coach on social media Monday night and it’ll be a “homecoming” hiring in 1992 graduate Greg Lloyd. A Chargers’ football and baseball standout in high school, Lloyd began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Crest from 1995 to 2004 before becoming […]

4-8-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont Middle School baseball coach Sam Pruitt set Gaston County history on Monday. The veteran coach’s Wildcats defeated Holbrook 13-0 on Monday to give Pruitt his 174th baseball coaching victory. Pruitt, a 1993 South Point High graduate and 1997 UNC Pembroke graduate, broke a tie with former Mount Holly coach Wayne Bolick […]

4-7-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After the Easter holidays, high school baseball begins it final 4 weeks of the regular season. And the league races couldn’t be more competitive than they are in the area’s Big South 3A, Southern Piedmont 1A/2A, Western Foothills 3A conferences. In the Big South, 3 teams (Crest, Kings Mountain and South Point) […]

4-6-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gastonia native and baseball pioneer Elmore “Moe” Hill was honored on Saturday as part of the Charlotte Knights’ 10th annual Nego League Baseball tribute at Truist Field. A 1964 graduate of Gastonia’s Highland High School, Hill and teammate Willie Gillispie broke the color in N.C. American Legion baseball history for Gastonia Post […]