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Monday’s roundup: College baseball, High school football, girls soccer, baseball and softball

By Richard Walker Former Lincolnton High and Cherryville Post 100 standout Robbie Cowie picked up his eighth save of the year on Monday night at first-year Atrium Health Ballpark in Kannapolis to preserve Catawba’s 5-4 win over Belmont Abbey. A 2018 Lincolnton High graduate, Cowie struck out two of the three batters he faced for […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College golf and basketball, High school football, softball and girls soccer and Middle school football

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College claimed its fourth Conference Carolinas women’s golf championship at the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. The Lady Crusaders of coach Jason Gault finished their three rounds with a cumulative total of 941 (304-314-323) that also earned the program automatic qualification to the NCAA Division II Women’s South Regional […]

2021 high school girls soccer preview: Tri-favorites in Big South 3A while traditional powers favored in other leagues

By Richard Walker Since the COVID pandemic ended the 2020 season after less than two weeks of play, area high school girls soccer teams are eager to get back on the diamonds. League preseason favorites are Crest, Forestview and Kings Mountain in the Big South 3A Conference, South Point in the Southwestern 2A Conference, Lake […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school playoff soccer, College basketball tournament results/pairings, prep girls soccer, softball and football schedules

By Richard Walker Stuart Cramer High School’s first state playoff soccer match was a rainy, sloppy affair but it also was a victory as the Storm won 4-0 at Montgomery Central on Tuesday night. The win improved Cramer to 12-2 on the season and advances the Storm into Thursday’s second round playoff match at No. […]

2021 high school softball preview with Gaston Christian, Gaston Day baseball (and day-by-day 2021 schedule)

By Richard Walker Since the COVID pandemic ended the 2020 season after less than two weeks of play, area high school softball teams are eager to get back on the diamonds. Crest and Lincoln Charter will look to extend long conference winning streaks and are favorites to win the Big South 3A Conference and Southern […]

Wrapping up the 2021 high school basketball season: Historical notes, complete area all-conference teams and final standings

By Richard Walker Last Saturday capped a shortened, strange and historic local high school basketball season for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. Not only was it the first year since 1973 and only the second year in history where each county sent a school to the state finals, but it produced a first-ever state champion, […]

Saturday’s roundup: High school basketball playoffs, high school football, college football and basketball

By Richard Walker Gaston Christian battled visiting Asheville Christian Academy tough throughout but dropped a 74-68 decision in the N.C. Independent Athletic Association Class 3A state boys basketball title game. It was the Eagles’ first-ever appearance in a boys basketball state title game and ended their season with a 9-19 record that includes losses to […]

Friday’s roundup: Shelby standout makes college commitment, pro baseball trade, prep football scores, prep basketball, college basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Four-star recruit Malaki Hamrick of Shelby High announced his commitment to play football at the University of North Carolina on Friday afternoon before Shelby’s season-opener against East Gaston. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior outside linebacker had previously announced UNC, Appalachian State, Notre Dame and Penn State were his five finalists. Considered one of […]

Gaston Christian chases history: Eagles host NCISAA 3A basketball state championship game on Saturday

By Richard Walker Gaston Christian chases history on Saturday night when it hosts Asheville Christian Academy at 6 p.m. for the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A basketball state championship game. The Eagles will seek their first-ever basketball state title and the county’s first state boys basketball title since 2011. First-year coach Aaron Waters […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school basketball playoffs, High school soccer, High school football, High school honor, College basketball

By Richard Walker The boys basketball teams from Gaston Christian, Crest, Lincoln Charter, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln and Shelby and the Ashbrook and Shelby girls teams advanced in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs with Tuesday night victories: Each advanced to the next round, with Gaston Christian hosting the N.C. Independent Schools […]

Monday’s roundup: High school basketball, football and soccer, College basketball, football and lacrosse

By Richard Walker Gaston Day’s basketball season ended Monday with road playoff losses. The Spartans boys team fell 80-49 at the top-seeded Burlington School to finish 10-10 overall. And Gaston Day’s girls lost 61-35 at second-seeded Davidson Day to finish 11-8 overall. High school basketball Here is Tuesday’s state playoff basketball schedule: NCISAA 3A boys […]

Friday’s roundup: Crest completes perfect conference season, more prep basketball, prep soccer and college sports results

By Richard Walker Crest High’s boys basketball team wrapped up only the fourth unbeaten conference championship season in school history. The Chargers knocked off visiting Kings Mountain 66-50 on Friday night to complete a 12-0 record against Big South 3A Conference competition this season. Crest (13-1 overall) will next play a home game next Tuesday […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Cherryville stops win streak, Huss triple double, Crest 1,000-point scorer, prep basketball, college basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville High’s boys basketball team ended Lincoln Charter’s 30-game Southern Piedmont 1A Conference winning streak with an 80-70 road victory on Tuesday night. Lavonte Hughes (21 point, 8 assists, 6 rebounds), Carson Kelly (20 point, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Austin Thompson (13 points, 8 rebounds), Landon Hahn (11 points, 4 steals), Numarius […]

Monday’s roundup: NCISAA playoffs begin for Gaston Christian and Gaston Day, prep and college basketball and college football

By Richard Walker Gaston Christian’s boys basketball team and Gaston Day’s boys and girls basketball team will begin their pursuit of N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships this week. On Tuesday, boys boys teams host opening round games; No. 3 seed Gaston Christian hosts Hickory Grove Christian in a Class 3A game on Tuesday, […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Mountain Island Charter volleyball sets history, Prep and college basketball results and college football commitment

By Richard Walker Mountain Island Charter set Gaston County history on Tuesday by sweeping Bishop McGuinness in the Western N.C. 1A volleyball championship match. The unbeaten Raptors (18-0) became the first team in county history to advance to the state championship. Mountain Island Charter will meet East Wake Academy in the 2020-21 championship at Green […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Shelby extends streak in opener, G-W bounces back at home, more prep basketball and prep volleyball playoff projections

By Richard Walker Defending state champion Shelby opened its 2021 high school basketball season with a 68-57 win at Southwestern 2A Conference rival East Gaston to extend its winning streak to 17 games. Shelby (1-0) hosts R-S Central on Friday night in its next game. Westminster 63, Gaston Christian 57: M.J. Collins scored 27 points […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College signings and college basketball and wrestling results

By Richard Walker Several local high school athletes have been or will be signing college scholarships before Wednesday’s national signing day. Here’s a list that will be updated throughout the rest of the week: Ashbrook: Jesse Coleman (Belmont Abbey soccer) East Gaston: Emma Kuproski (Catawba Valley Community College softball) East Lincoln: Kaitlynn Crowe (Appalachian State […]

Friday’s roundup: Local product helps App State in basketball win, Abbey preseason volleyball polls and honors for former East Lincoln standout

By Richard Walker Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain High School star Adrian Delph scored 21 points and made big plays down the stretch as visiting Appalachian State rallied to beat the Charlotte 49ers 61-57 on Friday night in non-conference college basketball action. A junior guard, Delph made a steal with 1:13 left to […]

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 […]

Friday’s roundup: NCISAA football championship is won, SCHSL teams advance to semis, private school basketball and Big South 3A Conference volleyball standings

By Richard Walker A look at the local sports roundup for Friday, November 20: NCISAA football Charlotte Christian 27, Rabun Gap 21: The Knights won their fourth straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship with a late touchdown against visiting Rabun Gap (7-2). Charlotte Christian, which finished with a 6-1 record, led 21-7 with […]

High school roundup: Gaston Day basketball stays unbeaten, Cleveland CC cross country competes in nationals and HS volleyball openers

By Richard Walker A look at the local sports roundup for Tuesday, November 17: High school boys basketball Gaston Day 84, Statesville Christian 62: The Spartans improved to 3-0 on a night in which Chris Britt surpassed 1,000 points for his high school career. Gaston Day visits High Point Westchester Country Day on Friday in […]