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11-21-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker New Charlotte 49ers head football coach Francis “Biff” Poggi was officially introduced to fans and the media on Monday. And Poggi talked about the 49ers and College Football Playoff. “The American Athletic Conference is an unbelieveable league,” Poggi said. “It’s the best ‘Group of 5’ conference in the country. As the College […]

11-18-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and basketball, College football, basketball and baseball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker It was a nailbiting finish in three of the area’s four high school football playoff games on Friday night as Burns, Kings Mountain and South Point took dramatic victories. Burns scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:30 to play in a 24-20 win over visiting Salisbury, Kings Mountain scored with 6.7 seconds left […]

2022-23 High school basketball preview: Crest boys, Ashbrook girls, Bessemer City boys and girls local favorites

By Richard Walker Boys basketball teams from Crest and Bessemer City and girls basketball teams from Ashbrook and Bessemer City are the choices of their rival coaches to win the Big South 3A and Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference titles this year. Crest’s boys enter the season after back-to-back unbeaten first-place seasons in the Big South […]

2022-23 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Former Huss standout preseason All-CIAA at Fayetteville State

By Richard Walker Former Huss standout Cress Worthy is a preseason All-CIAA selection at Fayetteville State. A senior guard, Worthy was named first team All-CIAA in the 2021-22 season when he averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 30 games (28 starts) for the Broncos. The 2017 Huss graduate is one of several […]

11-7-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, soccer and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school boys and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of Lincoln County high school soccer teams have advanced to the Western N.C. semifinals after Monday night victories. East Lincoln defeated St. Stephens 3-1 in Class 3A, giving the Mustangs (18-4-3) a fourth round appearance for the fourth time in fifth seasons; East Lincoln will play at top-seeded Asheboro on […]

11-1-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis and soccer, College football, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A week ago, it appeared the Charlotte 49ers’ football program was in disarray. Not only had the 49ers’ head coach Will Healy been fired, but the team’s statistical rankings were all at the bottom of the conference and nation. And they had a 1-7 overall record and 0-4 Conference USA record after […]

10-31-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis and soccer, College football, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two days after an overtime victory over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the Charlotte Hornets appeared in great position to win a second straight contest that would give them a winning record for the first month of the season. Instead, a 15-point halftime lead wasn’t enough for Charlotte to hold […]

10-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and soccer, College football and rugby, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling, Auto racing

By Richard Walker In their 28-year history, the Carolina Panthers have had their share of heartbreaking losses. Sunday’s 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta has to rank right up there as one of the most heartbreaking. The Panthers fell to 8-20 all-time in Atlanta in a game in which it held a fourth-quarter lead and were […]

10-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and soccer, College football and college cross country, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Perhaps the Carolina Panthers’ struggles on the road against division rival Atlanta can be summed up in the franchise’s first game. With a team that would finish with a 7-9 overall record that remains the best of any expansion team in NFL history, the historic opener saw a thrilling comeback that ended […]

10-28-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and soccer, College football, Middle school soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain and Burns won county rival regular season finales to clinch unbeaten conference title runs on Friday night. Kings Mountain won 35-20 at Crest and Burns knocked off visiting Shelby 27-14. It gives Kings Mountain an unbeaten regular season (10-0) and a likely No. 1 seed in the Western 3A bracket […]

10-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball, soccer and golf, College football and cross country, Middle school soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two of the biggest rivalries in Gaston County history will highlight a schedule that ends the 2022 regular season. And part of why they’re such huge rivalries is that they are huge even when a league title isn’t on the line. Bessemer City against Cherryville is the oldest of the two rivalries […]

10-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and softball, College football and basketball, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Shelby avenged its only loss of the season on Wednesday in a 28-0 win over visiting R-S Central in the Tri-County Conference middle school football championship game at Shelby High School. The Blue Devils, who had lost 26-20 at R-S Central on Sept. 14 in the regular season, won their last six […]

10-25-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball, boys soccer and girls golf, College football, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former high school teammates will be on opposite sides of a nationally-televised ACC game on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN when N.C. State hosts Virginia Tech. For N.C. State (5-2, 1-2), Jaylon Scott (Shelby 2019 graduate) has 15 tackles in seven games. And for Virginia Tech (2-5, 1-3), Dax Hollifield […]

10-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball, boys soccer and girls golf, College football and baseball, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain High standout Adrian Delph was selected last weekend as the No. 22 overall pick in the G League Draft. Delph, who played collegiately at Appalachian State, was selected by the College Park Skyhawks; College Park is the G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks’ organization. […]

10-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and boys soccer, College football, Middle school football, boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling, Auto racing

By Richard Walker One of the oldest axioms in the National Football League is that NFL says that any team can win on “Any Given Sunday.” After a second straight turbulent week on and off the field, the Carolina Panthers proved that Sunday with an unexpected 21-3 blowout loss of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and […]

10-22-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and boys soccer, College football, Middle school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Tom Brady makes his sixth and possibly final appearance at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make their annual trip to the city. Brady is 3-2 all time at Carolina entering the 1 p.m. game against the struggling Panthers and is 6-3 all time in nine […]

10-21-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cleveland County rivalries will determine the champions of two leagues in next Friday’s regular season finales after all four of the county’s teams took big wins on Friday night. Unbeaten Kings Mountain will travel to Crest in the Big South 3A Conference while defending state champion Shelby travels to in the Southern […]

10-20-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker East Lincoln and Kings Mountain have historically enjoyed high school football success. They’ve also finished with unbeaten regular seasons. Both are 8-0 overall entering Friday’s games, which makes them two wins shy of accomplishing a feat that has led to great success in each program’s history. East Lincoln has had three unbeaten […]

10-13-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, volleyball, softball and boys soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 has had a tough last couple of weeks. Just this past week, a former star baseball player and a former player and longtime baseball official have died. It comes a month after longtime Fraley Field scoreboard operator Darise Hartman died at 89 on Sept. 15 Former star […]

10-5-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and baseball, Middle school golf, football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2022 Gaston County Conference middle school football championship game has been set after an upset in Division I. Unbeaten Belmont (7-0) will host Holbrook (5-1) next Wednesday at 6 p.m. with gates opening at South Point’s Lineberger Stadium at 5:15 p.m. Belmont recorded its fifth straight shutout to finish 5-0 in […]

9-20-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football and athletics, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters routed the High Point Rockers 12-1 on Monday night in the first game of the best-of-five Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Southern Division championship series at Gastonia’s CaroMont Health Park. Gastonia, which went 88-44 in the regular and won the first- and second-half divisional titles, snapped a 1-all […]

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 […]

5-10-22 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 […]

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 […]

4-17-22 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 […]

3-24-22 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 […]