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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 […]

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 […]

5-14-22 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 […]

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 […]

4-17-22 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 […]

4-12-22 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 […]

4-7-22 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) […]

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. […]

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

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Knights begin their 2022 season with a six-game road trip to Norfolk that begins Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. The team held its annual media day and Gastonia’s Wes Helms, entering his second season as manager, is thrilled to have a traditional schedule and protocol after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled […]

4-3-22 roundup: College baseball and basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Two local baseball programs had a good weekend as Gaston College recorded a three-game sweep to reach 30 victories and Belmont Abbey won two of three games at perennial power Mount Olive. Gaston College won 7-4 and 4-3 in extra innings on Saturday then won 9-8 on Sunday to improve to 30-2 […]

4-2-22 roundup: College basketball, football and baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker For the 27th time, an ACC team will play for the NCAA championship following Saturday’s 81-77 North Carolina victory over Duke in the Final Four in New Orleans. Duke has advanced to the title game to most (11 times) and won five NCAA tournament titles with six runner-up finishes. North Carolina has […]

4-1-22 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, football and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker American Legion baseball is six weeks away from starting and North Carolina Area IV will have 19 teams competing for its title when the regular season begins on May 15. In the 10-team Eastern Division, Gaston Braves Post 144-266 and Gastonia Post 23 and Lincoln County Cardinals Post 455 will be joined […]

2021-22 COLLEGE BASKETBALL WRAPUP: Former Belmont Abbey assistant coach leads team to NIT title, other local standouts

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Abbey assistant coach Jonas Hayes guided Xavier to Thursday’s NIT championship as an interim head coach. Named interim head coach on March 16 when Xavier fired head coach Travis Steele, Hayes was an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey for five seasons (2007-08 to 2011-12) and has also been an assistant […]

3-31-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Back-to-back nail-biting wins over South Point this week have extended Crest’s conference winning streak to 35 games as well put the Chargers in first place of the Big South 3A Conference standings. As rain wiped away all area games on Thursday, the Chargers (9-3, 6-0) are idle until hosting North Gaston on […]

3-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers and Gardner-Webb announced their 2022 college football schedules on Wednesday. Charlotte plays a schedule with eight Conference USA games and seven 2021 bowl teams and includes a first-ever home game against a Big Ten opponent (Maryland) and first-ever road game at South Carolina of the SEC. Fourth-year 49ers head […]

3-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school football, baseball and softball

By Richard Walker North Gaston High School has a new football coach. Dan Rothwell, a Michigan native who spent 10 years coaching in his home state, was named North Gaston’s 10th head football coach on Tuesday. Rothwell has coached in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties the past six years, most recently as defensive line coach and […]

3-28-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The rebirth of the United States Football League could see the rebirth of one of the most accomplished athletes in North Carolina high school history. Sage Surratt, a star football and basketball player at East Lincoln and Lincolnton high schools, was selected with the 41st pick of the sixth round of the […]

3-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Nine NCAA schools have advanced to the Final Four 10 times or more – and three of them have advanced to this year’s Final Four as Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova make up the field that will play next weekend in New Orleans. North Carolina is making its record 21st Final […]

3-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, baseball and softball, High school baseball

By Richard Walker On a Saturday in which Gaston College officially re-opened Sims Legion Park, its mascot “Mo the Rhino” was introduced and president Dr. John Hauser threw out the ceremonial first pitch, the baseball team set its own history. Right-handed pitcher Gus Hughes did the lion’s share of those honors with the first no-hit […]

3-25-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, College football

By Richard Walker To call the current NFL offseason a rollercoaster would be an understatement. For the Carolina Panthers, that’s been unmistakably true as head coach Matt Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer have tried to reshape a roster that ended last season 5-12 to complete a franchise-worst fourth straight losing season. This offseason, Carolina […]

3-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference middle school 2022 baseball and girls soccer seasons began on Thursday. Here are the results of baseball games: Belmont 18, Bessemer City 0: Zeke Pruitt and Gavin Smith combined on a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and Luke Oberman (3-3), Pruitt, Smith, Jonathan Kalmbach, Carter Rowe, Brody Crawford and […]

3-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The only good news for the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday was that they didn’t lose any ground in the Eastern Conference standings. With a chance for their longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season, the Hornets never led in a 121-106 home loss to the New York Knicks in front of 16,290 at […]

3-22-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference will crown its first middle school champions since 2019 in baseball, girls soccer and boys and girls track this spring. That starts this week for baseball and girls soccer on Thursday. In opening games for those two sports, Belmont visits Bessemer City, Mount Holly visits Grier, Southwest visits […]

3-21-22 roundup: Pro golf, basketball and soccer, College basketball and football, High school baseball and softball

By Richard Walker With a current world golf ranking of 40, Gastonia’s Harold Varner III will soon make a career milestone when he makes his debut at The Masters in Augusta, Ga. on Aug. 7-10. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner is off to the best start of his career and this weekend will host […]

3-20-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The ACC continued a remarkable streak in NCAA tournament history when three teams advanced to this week’s Sweet 16. The league that started in 1954 has had at least one Sweet 16 team every year since 1980 – and has only missed out on the Sweet 16 five times in league history; […]

3-19-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Randall Pettus has been named N.C. 1A public high school player of the year and Class 1A first team all-state by hoopseen.com. A junior guard, Pettus averaged 26.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists for the Yellow Jackets this season as they advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first […]

3-17-22 roundup: College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker One of Gaston County’s oldest sporting events will return after two years away due to the coronavirus pandemic as the Gaston County Baseball Championship returns in April to Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park. Started in 1987, the event will enter its 34th season with an eight-team field from among its 10 Gaston County […]

3-16-22 roundup: College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain High standout Adrian Delph continues picking up honors. Already named All-Sun Belt Conference for Appalachian State University, Delph on Wednesday was named first-team All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). All-District honors are voted on by NABC-member coaches across NCAA Division I and […]

3-15-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker A pair of Huss teammates are a part of NCAA women’s basketball tournament teams this week. For the Charlotte 49ers, 2002 Huss graduate Nicole Woods is a ninth-year assistant coach for a school making its third NCAA tournament appearance in history – and first since 2009. Charlotte is the No. 13 seed […]

3-14-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Pro golf, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker One week after joining the official National Junior College Athletic Association rankings for the first in school history in any sport, Gaston College moved up to No. 8 in the Division II poll that was announced on Monday. The Rhinos went 3-1 last week to give them a 20-win season with a […]

3-13-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Pro golf, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The NCAA men’s basketball tournament field was announced on Sunday and five ACC teams, nearby Davidson and three teams with local connections in the 68-team field. ACC champion Virginia Tech, which became the first No. 7 seed to win the tournament when it knocked off top-seeded Duke 82-67 on Saturday, is the […]

3-12-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball and baseball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker We’re two weeks into high school baseball season and all leagues will begin conference play this week if they haven’t already. Five teams in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties remain unbeaten – Burns (5-0) in Cleveland County, South Point 3-0) in Gaston County and East Lincoln (4-0), Lincoln Charter (4-0) and North […]

3-10-22 roundup: Hall of Fame, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The N.C. Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) announced its all-district high school teams on Thursday. District 10 includes players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties and other area counties. Kings Mountain senior Zeke Cannedy was named boys player of the year, Shelby junior Maraja Pass was named girls player of the year and […]

3-7-22 roundup: College basketball, baseball and softball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Shelby High’s Kate Hollifield and Ford “Scooter” Lawrence took top honors for Southern Piedmont 1A/2A girls basketball in voting done by league coaches. Hollifield, who averaged 17.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.6 steals, was named the league player of the year. She finished her career with 1,720 points and has […]

3-6-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Quest Aldridge scored 23 points, hitting 13 of 15 free throws, and No. 3 seed Belmont Abbey used a late run to upset ninth-ranked and top-seeded UNC-Pembroke 79-73 on Sunday in the 2022 Conference Carolinas men’s basketball championship game played at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. It was the Crusaders’ (22-9) second […]

3-4-22 roundup: High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker Before last season, Shelby High’s girls basketball team had never even advance to a state championship. On Saturday at noon at Greensboro Grimsley High School, the defending state champion Golden Lions (22-2) will look to make their second straight appearance in the title game. The task will be daunting as Shelby faces […]

2022 high school softball previews: Kings Mountain, Crest, Cramer, Burns, Cherryville and East Lincoln favorites in their leagues

By Richard Walker A competitive race is foreseen in the Big South 3A and Southern Piedmont 1A/2A softball races this season. Favorite Kings Mountain, Crest and Cramer received first-place votes from rival coaches in the Big South, while Burns and Cherryville are considered co-favorites in the Southern Piedmont. In the Western Foothills 3A, East Lincoln […]

2022 high school baseball previews: Kings Mountain, East Gaston, Cherryville, East Lincoln favorites in 3 local leagues

By Richard Walker Competitive races are seen in area baseball conference as the 2022 high school baseball season gets underway on Monday. In the Big South 3A Conference, Kings Mountain is the favorite to unseat three-time defending league champion Crest, which also enters the season with a 29-game winning streak in league games. South Point […]

2-19-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Twenty-three high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties found out their N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff pairings on Saturday. Boys teams from Burns, Crest, Kings Mountain and Shelby in Cleveland County, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Cramer, East Gaston, Mountain Island Charter and South Point in Gaston County and East […]

2-18-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball, MMA, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Conference tournament champions were declared all around the region on Friday night and teams now await Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff fates. The NCHSAA is slated to announced postseason pairings with games slated to begin on Tuesday. Teams assured of postseason appearances are league champions Crest (Big South 3A boys), […]

2-17-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball and baseball, MMA, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Basketball tournament championship game pairings have been set for the Big South 3A, Western Foothills 3A and Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conferences after Thursday’s games. In the Big South, whose semifinals were on Wednesday, Kings Mountain’s boys face Crest and the Mountaineers’ girls meet Ashbrook in title games. In the Western Foothills, East […]

2-16-22 roundup: High school basketball and football, College football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams broke her own Gaston County High School girls basketball single game scoring record on Tuesday night in the Yellow Jackets’ 77-27 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament victory over Cherryville. A junior guard, Adams scored 55 points to break her previous best of 50 points scored against Cherryville on […]

2-15-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Gaston Day School’s boys basketball program continued its opening round playoff success of many years on Tuesday with an 84-36 win over over visiting Hickory Christian in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs. The Spartans, who improved to 25-3 this season, won their opening playoff […]

2-14-22 roundup: High school swimming/diving and basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Lincoln Charter held off league rival Pine Lake Prep to win the school’s first N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A/2A girls swimming and diving state championship in Cary on Saturday. The Eagles won their title thanks to a 200 Freestyle victory from Grace Wilson who churned to a 1:57.03 win. She […]

2-13-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker The boys and girls basketball teams from Gaston Christian and Gaston Day got their N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoff pairings on Sunday. Gaston Christian’s boys, who lost in the 3A title game last season, are a No. 5 seed in the 2022 Class 3A tournament and received a bye on Tuesday. […]

2-8-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker The Big South 3A Conference girls basketball race is one game away from ending om a dead heat while the boys title was wrapped on Tuesday. Ashbrook’s girls forged a tie with a 71-68 win at Kings Mountain to spoil the Mountaineers’ “Senior Night” and a record-setting individual effort. Both teams have […]

2-6-22 roundup: Pro golf, basketball and football, College baseball, High school basketball and girls wrestling

By Richard Walker You couldn’t have scripted a more dramatic ending for Gastonia’s Harold Varner III’s win in the Saudi International on Sunday in King Abdullah Economic City. Varner, a 2008 Forestview High graduate who later starred at East Carolina, hit a 90-foot putt to eagle the par 5 18th hole to overtake clubhouse leader […]

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 […]