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6-14-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, football and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker Former East Lincoln and Lincolnton standout Sage Surratt will be a part of the new United States Football League playoffs. A receiver for the Birmingham Stallions, Surratt has helped his team to the No. 1 seed in the South Division and will meet No. 2 seed New Orleans on June 25 at […]

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 […]

6-1-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College football, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Jerry Shaw will be a part of a seven-member 2022 induction class into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame. The late Shaw, the first African-American student-athlete in L-R history in 1967, will be joined by Sarah Atkins, William Combs, Kate Griewisch, Catherine Hauck, Chandler Rearden and Jameil Surratt with Shaw […]

5-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Rivals North Lincoln and East Lincoln gained top honors in All-Western Foothills 3A baseball, softball and girls soccer selections in voting by league coaches and released recently. In baseball, North Lincoln has seven selections led by pitcher of the year Landon Reeves; Matt Heavner, Reece Moody, Maddux Walker, Timmy Schafer, Kellen Karr […]

5-28-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker For the second time in ACC baseball tournament championship game history, longtime rivals North Carolina and N.C. State will meet in the championship game. The teams meet on Sunday at noon as North Carolina (37-19) enters with 14 wins in its last 16 games and N.C. State (36-20) looks for its first […]

5-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker The ACC baseball tournament semifinal pairings are set and two of the four teams can expect large crowds supporting them on Saturday when the try to advance to Sunday’s championship game. North Carolina, fresh off a 10-0 win over top-seeded Virginia Tech in Friday’s pool play finale, will meet Notre Dame at […]

5-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Gaston Day School set school and county history on Thursday when it found out it won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Wells Fargo all-sports award for Class 2A schools. The Spartans become the first Gaston County school in history to win a statewide all-sports award. In the 2021-22 school year, Gaston […]

5-25-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Three former local standouts will participate in upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association World Series games for the nation’s No. 1 ranked teams in two divisions. In the Division I tournament at Grand Junction, Col., that begins on Saturday, former East Lincoln High standout Ty Cobb and Walters State, Tenn., qualified as […]

5-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Gaston County’s first Olympian has a new coaching job. Former North Gaston High star Duane Ross was hired on Tuesday as University of Tennessee track and field coach. A 1991 North Gaston High graduate, Ross is a 2017 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame inductee who was a state champion hurdler in […]

5-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball, girls soccer and basketball, College baseball and football, Legion baseball, Middle school athletics

By Richard Walker Winning five Gaston County Conference Middle School titles were enough to lift Belmont to a comfortable victory in the 2021-22 school year Winner’s Cup all-sports trophy. The Wildcats, who won titles in wrestling, boys basketball, baseball, girls soccer and boys track, racked up 114 1-2 all-sports points to outdistance second-place Cramerton by […]

5-22-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, track and girls soccer, College baseball

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter won its second straight N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A track championship at North Carolina A&T on Saturday. The Raptors finished with 99 team points to outdistance second-place Union Academy by 47 points. Mountain Island Charter won five events outright, including a pair of relay races. The Raptors […]

5-21-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College golf

By Richard Walker Cherryville and East Lincoln earned berths in the Western N.C. baseball finals with Friday night victories. Both teams have familiarity with the advancing this far, as Cherryville is making its 20th Western N.C. final and East Lincoln is making its fourth Western N.C. final. Cherryville has won Western N.C. titles in 1916, […]

5-20-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball

By Richard Walker Two area high school baseball teams advanced into next week’s best-of-three Western N.C. championship series with victories on Friday. Friday’s area N.C. High School Athletic Association Western semifinal playoff results: (Class 3A) South Rowan 7, North Lincoln 3: A late South Rowan rally ended North Lincoln’s season. East Lincoln 4, St. Stephens […]

5-19-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College golf

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High’s first conference title in 13 years led to the team getting top honors in the 2022 Big South Conference all-league selection, highlighted by player of the year Zane Brockman and coach of the year Brad Melton. Kings Mountain had three other all-league picks in Charlie Melton, Caleb Broome and […]

5-18-22 roundup: Pro baseball, soccer, football and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, basketball and athletics

By Richard Walker Trends are emerging among area high school baseball and softball conferences as we prepare for Western semifinal matchups on Friday. For example, the Western Foothills 3A Conference may be the best baseball league in the state as evidenced by its current 10-3 playoff record in addition to providing three of the four […]

5-17-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer, football and hockey, High school baseball, softball, golf and girls soccer, College baseball and athletics

By Richard Walker For the 22nd time in franchise history, the Charlotte Hornets were in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. And for the 11th time, the Hornets remained in the position in the draft in which they entered as the franchise will choose 13th in the first round of the June 23rd draft […]

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) […]

5-15-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker All eight area teams – four baseball and four softball – left in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs have history in being this far in the postseason. Entering Tuesday’s third round games, each team has advanced this far and six have made it as far as the regional finals. In […]

5-14-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Ten area high schools will be in the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls soccer playoffs that begin with Monday’s first-round games. There are four league champions – South Point (19-0) of the Big South 3A, East Gaston (15-2-1) of the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A and East Lincoln (15-3-3) of the Western Foothills […]

5-13-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, College football, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College softball, Middle school girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker The coach who guided East Gaston to its winningest baseball season in school history announced his retirement after the Warriors’ 2022 season ended with a second round playoff loss at Randleman. Randy Sellers, who became East Gaston head coach in 2007, guided the Warriors to a 20-7 overall record this season to […]

5-12-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball, tennis and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers’ 2022 schedule was released Thursday night and the team hosts four of its first five games, will play one nationally-televised game and closes the season on the road for six of the last 11 games. Carolina opens the 2022 season at home against the Cleveland Browns in a 1 […]

5-11-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, High school basketball, baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Four local players were repeat selections for the HighSchoolOT.com’s all-state girls basketball teams for the 2021-22 season that were announced on Monday. Shelby’s Maraja Pass was named to the first team, Shelby’s Kate Hollifield and Kings Mountain’s Saniya Wilson to the second team and Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams to honorable mention. All […]

5-10-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school basketball, baseball, softball, golf and tennis, College football, Middle school track, baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference middle school track meet was held for the first time since 2019 on Tuesday – and Belmont’s boys and Holbrook’s girls came away as team championship at the Ashbrook High School track. Belmont won its first county title since 1992 and it marked the first time a Division […]

32 local teams in NCHSAA baseball and softball playoffs

By Richard Walker Sixteen high school baseball teams and 16 high school softball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties are among the state’s state championship tournament that was announced on Saturday by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. Kings Mountain (Big South 3A), North Lincoln (Western Foothills 3A), Lincoln Charter (Catawba Shores 1A/2A) and […]

5-8-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the last two Gaston County Conference baseball and girls soccer championship playoffs, they return in 2022 with Belmont the unbeaten top-seeded team in both brackets. In baseball, Belmont (10-0) will host Mount Holly (7-3) in one semifinal and Stanley (9-1) will host Chavis (8-2). Stanley won the […]

5-7-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and track, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter swept to both Catawba Shores 1A/2A Conference track championships on Thursday. In a meet held at the Mountain Island Charter track, the Raptors girls team had 228 team points to outdistance second place Pine Lake Prep by 100 points. And Mountain Island Charter’s boys team had 217 points to […]

5-6-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball and football, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association will unveil the 2022 baseball and softball playoff pairings on Monday and many local teams will be in the field. First round games are slated for Tuesday with future playoff rounds played on May 13, 17, May 20, May 24 through 28 and June 3 and […]

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

By Richard Walker Six teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties began competing in the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys tennis dual team playoffs last month – and three remain alive. South Point (13-0) in Class 3A and Burns (11-4) and Lincoln Charter (10-1) in Class 2A will pursue bids in regional finals when […]

2022 high school football schedules

Here are the full 2022 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. 19 at Concord Aug. 26 Roberson Sept. 2 at West Meck Sept. 9 OFF Sept. 16 at CREST Sept. 23 FORESTVIEW Sept. 30 at NORTH […]

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

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey is the No. 3 seed as the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament continues Thursday with six teams competing for the league title. The Crusaders (34-15, 21-8) set a school record for league victories in a season where head coach Chris Anderson became the Abbey’s all-time winningest baseball coach. Belmont Abbey has […]

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 […]

5-2-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Ten former N.C. high school standouts were drafted in last weekend’s NFL Draft and six others signed free agent contract after going undrafted. That includes six players from the Charlotte metro area, among them top N.C. pick Ikem Ekwonu of Charlotte Providence Day (1st round by Carolina Panthers) and former South Point […]

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 […]

4-29-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Two league victories may not sound like much but for York Chester Middle School’s baseball program, it marks the best season in nearly 30 years. The Cougars, coached by Jason Huffstetler, improved to 2-6 on the season with Thursday’s 11-5 victory over Southwest. Shortstop Brandon Rice (2 hits), catcher Landon lafar (2 […]

4-28-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College athletics, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers stayed at No. 6 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft and chose a local player. Carolina selected N.C. State offensive tackle Ikem Okwunu, who played high school football at Providence Day. Ekwonu is the first N.C. State player drafted by the Panthers in their history. Carolina has five more […]

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 […]

4-25-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and girls soccer, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Six teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties will be competing in the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys tennis dual team playoffs that begin on Wednesday. Here are the first round pairings: Class 3A No. 4 South Point (11-0) hosts No. 13 Rockingham County (9-2) Class 3A No. 11 Crest (10-1) […]

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 […]

4-21-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker East Gaston became the third Gaston County team to win six Gaston County Baseball Championship titles with a 7-0 win over North Gaston on Thursday night at Sims Legion Park. East Gaston improved to 6-7 all-time in GCB championship games with its first title since 2016. Additionally, Warriors coach Randy Sellers became […]

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 […]

4-18-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Some high school tournaments dodged Monday’s raindrops and others were postponed. At Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park, the Gaston County Baseball Championship made its return to action after two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. East Gaston, Forestview, North Gaston and Cramer were Monday’s first round winners and advance into Tuesday’s semifinals […]

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 […]

4-17-22 roundup: Pro golf, basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III keeps knocking on the door of his first PGA tour victory. But for the second straight year, Varner finished frustratingly close to a win when he finished one shot off the lead and tied for third place in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C. Varner (67-73-63-70) finished […]

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 […]

4-14-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, College football, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker After improving by 10 wins but getting blown out in the play-in tournament for a second straight year, Charlotte Hornets fans almost certainly have mixed feelings about the franchise’s future. Has improvement from 23 wins in the 2019-20 season to 33 victories last year to 43 wins this season mean the trend […]

4-13-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker For the second straight season, the Charlotte Hornets saw their season end on the short end of a road NBA play-in tournament loss. A year after getting routed 144-117 at the Indiana Pacers in the league’s inaugural playoff tournament, the Hornets were blasted again on Wednesday in a 132-103 loss at the […]

4-12-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball and golf, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets begin what they hope is a two-game winning streak that’ll land them into the NBA playoffs for the 11th time in franchise history when they visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Both teams finished 43-39 in the regular season but the Hawks earned the right to […]

4-11-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College basketball and golf, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker John Drew, one of Gardner-Webb’s greatest basketball players in history, died on Sunday at 67 in Houston, Tex., of bone cancer. Drew is one of four eventual NBA players for the Runnin’ Bulldogs – Artis Gilmore, George Adams and Eddie Lee Wilkins are the others – and his No. 22 jersey is […]

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 […]

4-8-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III not only made the cut in his first appearance at The Masters, but he will enter the weekend in title contention. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner shot a second straight one-under-par 71 to finish his second round with a two-under-par score of 142 that leaves him tied […]

4-7-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College football, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III is tied for 11th after shooting a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of The Masters on Thursday. It is Varner’s first appearance in the prestigious tournament and the 2008 Forestview High graduate eagled one hole (No. 13) and birdied four others (Nos. 2, 8, 14 and 16) […]

2022 PRO BASEBALL PREVIEW: 17 former local products still active as players in pro baseball

By Richard Walker Former Gardner-Webb and Belmont Abbey baseball standout Emilio Pagan has a new major league home as the 2022 major league and minor league season gets underway. Pagan was acquired in trade by the Minnesota Twins from the San Diego Padres. Entering his sixth season in the major leagues, Pagan has been in […]

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. […]