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9-21-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and cross country, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The 9th-oldest rivalry in Gaston County resumes tonight when East Gaston opens its Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference schedule at Cherryville. It’s a rivalry that features four schools and once was highlighted by one of the most amazing individual performances in N.C. high school football history. East Gaston, which opened in 1972 as […]

9-20-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Dax Hollifield was a star linebacker at Shelby High and Virginia Tech, many predicted he would have a future professional future. Hollifield is doing that – just in an unconventional manner with NASCAR. Just last weekend, Hollifield was working at legendary Bristol Motor Speedway just a few years after his last […]

9-3-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker With a win and an impressive losing performance, Saturday’s opening games have to be considered a success for the Charlotte 49ers and Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. Despite falling behind 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 15,622 at Jerry Richardson Stadium in the much-anticipated head coaching debut of Biff Poggi, the 49ers […]

8-24-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker One of the oldest Gaston County rivalries will resume this Friday when Bessemer City visits North Gaston in Week 2. It’s a rivalry that began in 1930 when it was Bessemer City against Dallas and Friday’s meeting will mark the 49th meeting between the schools. North Gaston holds a 24-21-3 alltime advantage […]

8-17-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The most played rivalry in North Carolina high schools is the headliner for the opening night of the area’s 2023 schedule. Kings Mountain will host Shelby in the 102nd meeting between the two schools since they first met in 1923. Among N.C. rivalries, only a pair of Western N.C. rivalries are older […]

8-15-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, Legion baseball, High school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker League City (Tex.) Post 554 made a first inning run stand up for a 1-0 victory over Lincoln (Neb.) Post 3 Tuesday night in the 2023 American Legion World Series championship game at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. The result gives the Lone Star state its first champion in […]

8-13-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, Legion baseball, High school football, College football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Several area products have been honored as members of the www.CarolinaGridiron.com 2023 preseason North Carolina all-state football team. Here’s the full time with notes on each player: Quarterback – Jadyn Davis, Providence Day Leading the charge is Jadyn Davis of Providence Day. With a rocket arm and a mind as sharp as […]

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

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

6-4-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball and football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Just one day after winning its first softball state championship in school and Lincoln County history, East Lincoln leads the 2023 All-Western Foothills 3A Conference team in voting done by the league’s coaches. The Mustangs, who finished with a 25-3 overall record, eight all-conference selections led by Western Foothills pitcher of the […]

6-3-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball and football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Burns High’s baseball team and East Lincoln High’s softball team completed historic state championship runs on Saturday. Burns won its first baseball state title by completed a 2-0 series win over South Granville with a 9-5 victory at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs. After winning 6-1 on sophomore right-hander Colby Putnam’s 4-hitter […]

6-2-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball and football, Legion baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker A big fourth inning moved Burns within a single victory of the school’s first high school baseball state title on Friday at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs. Trailing 1-0 after 3 1/2 innings, Burns scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Bulldogs’ starter and winner Colby Putnam made […]

6-1-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball and football, Legion baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Three area high school teams in three different spring sports this weekend will be pursuing state championships – Burns in baseball, East Lincoln in softball and South Point in girls soccer. Here’s a look at each team: Burns baseball – Coach Alex Leonhardt’s team is 26-4 and on a 6-game winning streak […]

5-31-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball and football, Legion baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gaston College’s historic National Junior College Athletic Association baseball World Series run came to an end on Wednesday in a 15-0 loss to Blinn, Tex. The loss ends the Rhinos’ season with a 50-13 overall record and fifth-place finish in the school’s first-ever World Series appearance. The 50 wins makes the Gaston […]

5-30-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball, Legion baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Burns High’s baseball team and East Lincoln’s softball team, who last week set history by advancing to their first-ever state championship appearances, got their best-of-3 finals series schedules from the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. Burns meets South Granville in a series that begins on Friday at 8 p.m. at […]

5-29-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The state of North Carolina will be represented by a record eight schools in the NCAA baseball tournament after pairings were announced on Monday. Campbell of the Big South Conference, Charlotte of Conference USA, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest of the ACC, East Carolina of the American Athletic Conference […]

5-28-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III on Sunday won his first professional golf tournament on United States soil. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, the 32-year-old Varner shot 12-under-par in the three-round event held at Trump National Course in Sterling, Va., to claim the $4 million title prize. The win was capped by a birdie […]

5-27-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker A pair of former local standouts helped Campbell win its second straight Big South Conference baseball championship on Saturday and earn an automatic berth in next week’s NCAA tournament. Former Crest High standout Lawson Harrill and former Gaston College standout Chandler Riley were named to the all-tournament team after the Camels beat […]

5-26-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker East Lincoln High School’s softball team set history on Friday night as it defeated Rockingham County 2-1 to win the best-of-3 Western N.C. 3A championship series 2 games to 1. It advances the Mustangs (23-2) to the state finals for the first time in the school’s 56-year history. Here is the area’s […]

5-25-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Burns High School set school history on Thursday after completing a sweep of Eden Morehead in the best-of-3 Western N.C. 2A baseball championship series. After the Bulldogs won 7-0 over Eden Morehead at home on Tuesday in the opener of the series, Burns closed out the series on Thursday with a 13-6 […]

5-24-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Hall of Fame, Legion baseball, College baseball and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former Crest High standout Lawson Harrill of Campbell and Gardner-Webb’s Bobby Alcock were voted as Big South Conference player and pitcher of the year, respectively, in voting by the league coaches. Other top awards that were announced on Wednesday were Campbell’s Justin Haire as Coach of the Year, Campbell pitcher Jackson Roberts […]

5-23-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Hall of Fame, Legion baseball, College baseball and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The featured speaker for the 2023 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet on Monday was University of North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown. But Brown spent much of his speech discussing the talent, work ethic and resilience of former Ashbrook High standout British Brooks. Brooks, a 2018 Ashbrook High graduate, […]

5-22-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball, soccer, track and golf, Hall of Fame, Legion baseball, College baseball and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former Southwest Middle School and Gaston Day School standout Keyshawn Woods is a basketball champion and most valuable player. Woods scored 33 points, including the last three at the free throw line of an 82-81 Tindastoll victory over Valur in the Icelandic basketball title game last Thursday. Woods, who played high school […]

5-21-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, Middle school athletics, College softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s baseball team moved within one victory of becoming the winningest team in school history in Saturday’s come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Newberry that wrapped up a NCAA Division II Southeast Regional 2 title. Coach Chris Anderson’s team improved to 41-16 entering a best-of-3 Southeast Super Regional at Conference Carolinas rival […]

5-20-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, Middle school athletics, College softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When the 2023-24 athletic season begins at Mount Holly Middle School, a familiar face will be missing. Mike Nixon, who has coached softball, volleyball, boys soccer and boys track at the school he once attended announced earlier this month that he was retiring after a long, successful coaching career. Nixon’s teams have […]

5-19-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gaston College learned who it will play in its historic National Junior College Athletic Association Division I World Series appearance in Oxford, Ala., on Friday. The NJCAA announced the Rhinos (43-8) will open their first World Series appearance on Tuesday May 23 against Florida SouthWestern (49-5). Gaston College was seeded 15th of […]

5-18-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Area college baseball is having possibly its best season ever as a second-year junior college (Gaston College) has advanced to the NJCAA World Series, a NCAA Division II school (Belmont Abbey) is making its second straight regional tournament appearance and NCAA Division I schools Charlotte, Davidson, Gardner-Webb and Queens are enjoying varying […]

5-17-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Big South 3A Conference champion South Point along with runner-ups Kings Mountain and Crest and fourth-place finishers North Gaston and Cramer led the all-league team done in voting by conference coaches. South Point had three first team selections in Patrick Blee, Gavin Smith and Talan McConnell, three second team selections in Zeke […]

5-16-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball, tennis, golf and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets came close to winning the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday. But the Hornets moved up for the fifth time in their draft lottery history and will choose No. 2 overall behind lottery-winning San Antonio. The Spurs are expected to draft 7-foot-3 Frenchman Victor Wemebanyama who is considered a “can’t […]

5-15-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school football, baseball, softball, tennis, golf and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker On Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. in Chicago, the Charlotte Hornets upcoming history could be altered forever when the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery is conducted. The Hornets are coming off a disappointing 27-55 record and have the fourth-best chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in a draft with 7-foot-3 French […]

5-14-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and soccer, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gaston College took on all sorts of challenges this weekend – and the Rhinos answered them all to win the National Junior College Athletic Association East District tournament at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park. Gaston College came through the loser’s bracket and defeated national power Florence Darlington Tech twice on Sunday – by […]

5-13-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and soccer, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker After opening the day with disappointment, Gaston College’s baseball program ended Saturday with the exhilaration of knowing they will be playing for a National Junior College Athletic Association East District title on Sunday. Preston Hall’s 2-out, 2-run RBI single completed a comeback from a 6-3 deficit for an 8-7 victory over Harford, […]

5-12-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and soccer, College baseball, softball, basketball and football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets on Friday announced on Friday the organization will be commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the inaugural 1988-89 Hornets season during the upcoming 2023-24 NBA campaign. A season-long celebration of the past, present and future of Charlotte NBA basketball will include a series of 35th Anniversary games that will feature […]

5-11-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers found out their 2023 NFL regular season schedule on Thursday night. And the team will play on national television twice, including a Monday Night Football home opener on Sept. 18 against NFC South Division rival New Orleans. In a nod to the past, new Panthers head coach Frank Reich’s […]

5-10-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, Legion baseball, High school baseball, softball, tennis, golf and basketball, College baseball and football, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference middle school closed this week with the final four champions of the year crowned in athletic events on Monday and Tuesday. In baseball on Tuesday, Chavis capped a topsy-turvy year with a 2-0 win over visiting Stanley for its county-record 10th overall title. The Wolverines of coach Tony […]

5-9-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, Legion baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame returned to Cherryville for the seventh time in its 56-year history and Post 100 welcomed six new inductees and had a featured speaker with local ties. The speaker, longtime college baseball coach Rusty Stroupe, played for Cherryville’s 1981 N.C. Legion state championship team […]

5-8-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker A pair of No. 1 baseball seeds lead the Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties high school baseball and softball playoffs that get underway on Tuesday. In pairings released Sunday by the N.C. Independent Athletic Association and Monday by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, 19 baseball teams and 17 softball teams will […]

5-7-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis, College baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Wyndham Clark closed out strong to take his first PGA win in his career on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship. Clark shot a final round 68 to win by four strokes of second place Xander Schauffele. Clark’s previous best PGA finish came in 2020 when he lost a playoff to Brian […]

5-6-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis, College baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Wyndham Clark holds a 2-shot lead after three rounds of the 2023 Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club. Clark seeks his first PGA victory as his best finish came in 2020 when he lost a playoff to Brian Gay in the Bermuda Championship. Here are the scores following Saturday’s third […]

5-5-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and soccer, College baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, NASCAR

By Richard Walker There’s a three-way atop the leader board at the Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club. Tyrrell Hatton, Nate Lashley and Wyndham Clark are tied at 8-under-par 134 after two rounds of the tournament. Here are all of Friday’s scores following the second round: 1 Tyrrell Hatton -8 69 65 134 […]

5-4-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and soccer, College baseball, softball and golf, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former North Gaston High golfing star and Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Larry Penley is among 11 members of the 2023 Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame. Penley, who played and coached golf at Clemson, will be honored with 10 others during the Sept. 23, 2023 weekend that coincides with the […]

5-3-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball, tennis and soccer, College baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Defending champion Belmont is the top seed in both the Gaston County Conference baseball and girls soccer middle school playoffs as they begin on Thursday. In baseball, Belmont (9-1) seeks its fourth title since 2017 – the Wildcats won in 2017, 2018 and 2022 – when it opens on Thursday at home […]

5-1-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former Carolina Panthers tight end Wesley Walls won the celebrity putting challenge as the Wells Fargo Golf Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club as week-long festivities began on Monday. In a tournament with six of the 10 highest-ranked players in the world – Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Patrick Cantlay (No. 4), Xander […]

4-30-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Six of the top 10 golfers in the current World Golf Rankings will be in the field this week as the Wells Fargo Golf Championship at Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club. Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Patrick Cantlay (No. 4), Xander Schauffele (No. 5), Matt Fitzpatrick (No. 6), Max Homa (No. 7) and Jordan […]

4-29-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gaston College and Belmont Abbey closed their regular seasons with impressive home victories on Saturday. Gaston College won 14-2 win over visiting Hosanna Bible College at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park gave Gaston College its second straight 41-9 regular season record. The Rhinos honored 23 players on “Sophomore Day” before the game. Twelve […]

4-28-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker With a crowd of 1,000 fans at a midday Friday pep rally, the Carolina Panthers officially introduced their newest franchise quarterback Bryce Young. Young, picked No. 1 overall in Thursday’s NFL Draft, met with fans, Panthers staffers and local media after arriving on a flight from Kansas City, Mo., on Friday. “It’s […]

4-27-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and basketball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers did what had been expected for the last few weeks on Thursday night when they officially made Alabama quarterback the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Young becomes the third quarterback selected in the first round in the 29-year history of the Panthers; No. 5 overall […]

4-26-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Kevin Millwood will be honored by the Philadelphia Phillies before Thursday’s 1:05 p.m. home game against the Seattle Mariners at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. Millwood will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to honor the 20th anniversary of his no-hitter for the Phillies in an April 27, 2023 no-hitter […]

4-25-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers are set to make their second No. 1 overall selection when the 2023 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. And the team is expected to select Alabama quarterback Bryce Young with that first selection, the Panthers will become the 18th team to select […]

4-24-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and basketball, College baseball and basketball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Several local products are making impacts on the high school, college and pro scene. Former East Lincoln and Lincolnton star Sage Surratt on Sunday has the best pro football game of his career with 11 catches for 121 yards and one touchdowns for New Orleans in the Breakers’ 38-31 USFL victory over […]

4-23-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College football, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers officially ushered in the Biff Poggi era with an exciting Spring Game in front of 5,250 fans at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Saturday night. In the game, quarterback James Foster’s 5-yard pass to Reggie Givhan III with 2:49 left to play capped a 16-point rally as TEAM MILLER/GREEN came […]

4-22-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College basketball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb University announced on Saturday that Scott Merritt will be its new head women’s basketball coach. A press conference to introduce Merritt will be held next week in Tucker Student Center on campus with the details to be announced at a later date. Merritt becomes the 13th women’s basketball head coach in […]

4-21-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a week away from opening their 2023 season. Gastonia won both halves of the Southern Division races with records of 45-21 in the first half and 43-23 in the second half before losing three games to two in a Southern Division playoff series. Here is the full […]

4-20-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College football, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association is set for major changes after a vote to increase the state’s number of classifications passed. An amendment proposal was sent to the 432 NCHSAA principals and needed 324 votes to pass that would increase the state’s classifications from the current four to at least seven […]

4-19-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker One of the area’s winningest basketball coaches is retiring from the sidelines as Bessemer City’s Danny McDowell announced he was resigning his head coaching job on Wednesday. A Kings Mountain High native who was a member of Gaston College’s first baseball team in 1968, McDowell got his college degree from Appalachian State […]

4-18-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball and soccer, High school baseball, softball, soccer, golf and football, Middle school baseball and soccer, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb will soon have its fourth major leaguer after Mason Miller was promoted to the Oakland Athletics. Miller, a third round pick in the 2021 major league draft, was promoted from Class AAA Las Vegas after going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings this season. A […]

4-17-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, football and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College volleyball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker A pair of former local high school baseball standouts have set career milestones in recent weeks. Lane Hoover, a 2018 Lincolnton High graduate, is hitting .320 with two home runs and 15 RBIs for East Carolina’s No. 7 nationally-ranked Pirates. He also now has 160 career runs, which is the new record […]

4-16-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, football and soccer, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Gaston College’s 11th doubleheader sweep of the season on Sunday – by 4-1 and 4-0 scores over Louisburg – will give the Rhinos a chance to win the Region 10 regular season title next week. The Rhinos improved to 39-5 overall and 15-3 in Region 10. Gaston College is ranked No. 15 […]

4-15-23 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, football and soccer, High school baseball and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former South Point High multi-sport standout Tanner Muse will have a new NFL home. The NFL Network reported on Saturday that Muse is expected to sign a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A 2015 South Point High graduate who won two College Football Playoff national championships at Clemson, Muse was […]

COACHING LIFER: Gastonia’s Bill Eccles continued Ashbrook’s successful football tradition while building Green Wave’s wrestling program

By Richard Walker (Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame) When Bill Eccles grew up in Gastonia’s Thomas Acres, perhaps his life’s passion was foretold when he was 12 years old. At the time, Eccles simply wanted his neighborhood team of 9-year-olds to beat another neighborhood’s team of 9-year-olds. “So I guess you could say I’ve […]

4-9-23 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer, golf and baseball, High school baseball and softball, College basketball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets closed out an injury-ravaged season with a 106-95 victory at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. In a year in which the Hornets lost 265 games due to injuries, including 46 for LaMelo Ball, 32 for Gordon Hayward and 19 for Terry Rozier, the finished with a 27-55 final overall […]