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5-15-24 roundup: Pro hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, basketball and football, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A NFC South division rival is the opening game of the year for the Carolina Panthers and an AFC West team with the reigning College Football Playoff head coach is the home opener as the NFL announced its 2024 schedule Wednesday night. Carolina, under new head coach Dave Canales, is seeking to […]

5-13-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Area teams have long enjoyed success in high school baseball and softball postseasons. After all, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have combined for 52 state championships and 22 runner-up finishes in baseball and 6 state titles and 7 runner-up finishes. A year ago, Burns won a 2A baseball state title and East […]

5-11-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets will hope for a repeat of last year when they participate in the NBA Draft Lottery for the 24th time in franchise history. A year ago, the Hornets moved up two spots to No. 2 (where they picked Brandon Miller) in last year’s lottery. This season, Charlotte enters the […]

5-8-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two former football stars, an international volleyball standout and local swimming legend comprise the induction class of the 57th annual Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame banquet hosted by the Cleveland County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This year’s banquet will be held Monday, May 20 at the Shelby City […]

5-5-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker This week the PGA tour returns to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The FedEx event will officially begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday. The field is headlined by Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and many more. And the 21st event on the 2024 PGA Tour […]

5-4-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A baseball team chasing county history and a softball team that ended the area’s longest league winning streak headline the area’s end of the regular season with an eye on the upcoming state playoffs. In all, South Point (Big South 3A), Burns (Southern Piedmont 1A/2A), Lincoln Charter (Catawba Shores 1A/2A) and Piedmont […]

5-3-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School became the 8th school to win the boys and girls Big South 3A Conference title in the same season when they recorded a title sweep on their track on Tuesday. The Mountaineers joined Ashbrook (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2016), Forestview (2011, 2014 and 2018) as programs to win […]

5-2-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont increased its winning streak to 52 games with its 4-0 victory over Holbrook for the 2024 Gaston County Conference middle school girls soccer championship on Thursday. Leah Stone scored 2 goals and Alice Bass and Kate Hux scored 1 goal apiece for the Wildcats. Belmont, coached by Stephanie Daniel, hasn’t lost […]

5-1-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Stanley pulled the upset on Wednesday in the 2024 Gaston County Conference Middle School baseball title game with a 7-3 victory at previously unbeaten Belmont. The Blue Devils (11-1), coached by Tyler Radford, won their 4th county title by avenging their lone loss of the season – 12-11 at home against Belmont […]

4-30-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Top-seeded Belmont will host both the baseball and girls soccer Gaston County Conference middle school championship games while Bessemer City High School is the site of the boys and girls track championships. Belmont (11-0) hosts Stanley (10-1) for the baseball title game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a rematch of the […]

4-29-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The top seeds won in baseball while there was one upset in girls soccer in Monday’s Gaston County Conference semifinal playoff action. In baseball, top-seeded Belmont defeated Cramerton 12-0 and No. 2-seeded Stanley defeated defending county champion Chavis 11-2. For Belmont, Brayden Kelly fired a 1-hitter with 4 strikeouts and Kelly (3 […]

4-28-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A historic season continues for Burns High’s baseball program as it prepares to play in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament this week. The Bulldogs, who are defending N.C. 2A champions, will take a 23-0 record into conference tournament play seeking to enter the state playoffs as the 5th team in Cleveland […]

4-27-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Baseball Club started the city’s 4th year in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball earlier this week. A new ownership group has taken over for the previous ownership group who nicknamed the club Honey Hunters but were driven out of town by city and league officials are countless unpaid bills […]

4-26-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers jumped into the draft late in the first round in a trade that wasn’t announced after midnight of Thursday’s opening day of the event. The team sent its No. 33 overall (2nd round) and No. 141 (5th round) picks to the Buffalo Bills to move into the 1st round […]

4-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of unbeaten Belmont teams will enter next week’s Gaston County Conference Middle School baseball and girls soccer playoffs as the top-seeded teams. In baseball, Belmont (10-0) hosts No. 4 Cramerton (7-3) in one semifinal while No. 2 Stanley (9-1) hosts No. 3 Chavis (8-2) in the other. Belmont, whose head […]

4-24-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Three local products were named all-state boys basketball this week by the www.HighSchoolOT.com website. Kings Mountain’s Bradley Floyd and Lincolnton’s L.J. Smith were third team selection while Gaston Christian’s Makoi Mabor Marier was an honorable mention pick. Here is the HighSchoolOT All-State Boys Basketball Team for 2024: (First Team) C: Richard Goods, […]

4-23-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston College president Dr. John Hauser has announced the hiring of a new head basketball coach who will bring more than 30 years of college coaching experience to the Rhinos’ program. Benny Moss, 54, comes to Gaston College after 13 seasons at Coastal Carolina, including much of last season as the Chanticleers’ […]

4-22-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker As the Carolina Panthers begin for the 2024 NFL Draft that begins on Thursday, the franchise will be without a first-round selection for only the 4th time in its history. As part of last year’s trade with the Chicago Bears that netted quarterback Bryce Young, the Panthers dealt away their 2024 first-round […]

4-21-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College volleyball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker One of the area’s winningest coaches reached a career milestone last week when West Lincoln High softball coach Allan Chapman took the 400th win of his coaching career. Chapman, who reached the milestone in last Wednesday’s 16-1 victory over Patton, is in his 29th season as a head coach at West Lincoln […]

4-20-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College volleyball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Roman Gabriel, one of the best quarterbacks in college football and NFL history, died on Saturday at 83. Gabriel also had significant area connections as he is 1 of 4 future NFL quarterbacks to play baseball at Sims Legion Park, he later returned to that same ballpark as a minor league team […]

4-19-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Arguably the country’s biggest college baseball series this weekend will take place at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park when Gaston College hosts Florence-Darlington Tech with the Region 10 Division I regular season title at stake. The host Rhinos (44-5, 17-3) are ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I […]

4-18-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Three local products were named all-state this week by the www.HighSchoolOT.com website. East Lincoln’s Kiara Anderson was a second team selection while Cramer’s Oshauna Holland and East Lincoln’s Emma Montanari were honorable mention picks. Here is the HighSchoolOT All-State Girls Basketball Team for 2024: (First Team) Jayda Angel, Cape Fear (senior) — […]

4-17-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Now that the Charlotte Hornets’ 2023-24 season is over and the franchise’s winningest coach Steve Clifford is moving into an advisory role, who will be the organization’s next head coach and when will that coach be hired? With 2 coaches previously considered strong candidates recently being hired elsewhere, some may think the […]

4-16-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Charlotte Hornets training camp began in October 2023, head coach Steve Clifford discussed in glowing terms the amount of talent he thought was on the team’s roster. “I’ve coached a lot of teams that are pretty good or good or whatever,” Clifford said at the team’s annual media day. “I don’t […]

4-15-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and football, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After 24 years as an assistant coach, Darrel Wilson was named head coach at North Gaston High School. Wilson, a former Huss High and Appalachian State football standout, had spent time as an assistant coach at Huss, Bessemer City, Forestview, Kings Mountain and Crest before being officially named the Wildcats’ 11th head […]

4-14-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets closed their season with a surprising come-from-behind victory as the NBA 2023-24 regular season came to a close on Sunday. Charlotte won 120-110 at playoff-bound Cleveland by rallying from a 13-point 4th quarter deficit. It marks the 9th time this season the Hornets, who finished 21-61, rallied to win […]

4-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five local products took postseason honors from their respective teams as we wrap up the 2023-24 college basketball season for local players and coaches from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. Women’s players Maraja Pass of Elon and Zaria Clark of UNC Pembroke picked up honors as did men’s players McCaskill Rivers of […]

4-12-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two local products are playing in the first-year UFL – former East Lincoln and Lincolnton standout Sage Surratt and former Gardner-Webb standout Jamari Brown. Surratt, who was a football and basketball standout in high school before playing football at Wake Forest, is in his 3rd spring pro season after playing for Birmingham’s […]

4-11-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With the professional baseball season getting underway recently, four former area products are playing in the major leagues and eight are in the minor leagues. The major leaguers are St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Alec Burleson, Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Mason Miller, Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Emilio Pagan and Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Jeffrey Springs. […]

4-10-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2024 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet’s featured speaker Shane Beamer admitted he didn’t know all of the stories of the five inductees at the Gastonia Conference Center. But he was certain they shared one quality that he said serves him well as a college football coach: A passion to […]

4-9-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Crest High School has announced its new head football coach on social media Monday night and it’ll be a “homecoming” hiring in 1992 graduate Greg Lloyd. A Chargers’ football and baseball standout in high school, Lloyd began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Crest from 1995 to 2004 before becoming […]

4-8-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont Middle School baseball coach Sam Pruitt set Gaston County history on Monday. The veteran coach’s Wildcats defeated Holbrook 13-0 on Monday to give Pruitt his 174th baseball coaching victory. Pruitt, a 1993 South Point High graduate and 1997 UNC Pembroke graduate, broke a tie with former Mount Holly coach Wayne Bolick […]

4-7-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After the Easter holidays, high school baseball begins it final 4 weeks of the regular season. And the league races couldn’t be more competitive than they are in the area’s Big South 3A, Southern Piedmont 1A/2A, Western Foothills 3A conferences. In the Big South, 3 teams (Crest, Kings Mountain and South Point) […]

4-6-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gastonia native and baseball pioneer Elmore “Moe” Hill was honored on Saturday as part of the Charlotte Knights’ 10th annual Nego League Baseball tribute at Truist Field. A 1964 graduate of Gastonia’s Highland High School, Hill and teammate Willie Gillispie broke the color in N.C. American Legion baseball history for Gastonia Post […]

4-5-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball, bowling and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker North Gaston junior Caleb Cloninger became the first 2-time MVP of the Gaston County Easter Baseball Tournament when he and teammate Chase Gantt were named co-MVPs after North Gaston’s 5-0 championship game victory over East Gaston on Thursday night. Cloninger, whose father Chris was the 1997 tournament MVP, picked up 2 pitching […]

4-4-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball, bowling and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With the Charlotte Hornets’ winningest head coach in history stepping away from the job at season’s end, the organization and new general Jeff Peterson will get a chance to hire a replacement for the organization’s rebuilding process. Steve Clifford announced his decision to leave at the end of the season on Wednesday. […]

4-3-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball, football and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets’ winningest head coach in franchise history will step aside at the end of the current season. Steve Clifford, who coached the franchise from 2013 to 2018 and since 2022, announced on Wednesday that he will guide the team for the rest of the season before moving into an advisory […]

4-2-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Four area players set school career scoring records in a year in which 9 players surpassed 1,000 career points as we wrap up the 2023-24 high school basketball season. East Gaston’s Trent Sherrill, who surpassed 1,000 career points last season, finished with 1,806 career points to finish first in school history – […]

4-1-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker N.C. State’s amazing NCAA tournament run is historical and yet typical of the success ACC teams have enjoyed over the years. The Wolfpack (24-14) has the most losses of any team to enter the Final 4 in history. They also become the 6th ACC team to reach the Final 4 in the […]

3-31-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker In an era where many top youth athletes and coaches believe in specializing on one specific sport, Gastonia’s James “Peanut” Parks is a throwback. A three-sport standout in Gastonia recreation leagues, at old Ashley Junior High School and Hunter Huss High School, Parks was a part of some of the city’s most […]

3-30-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont Middle School baseball coach Sam Pruitt has his Wildcats off to a solid start to the 2024 Gaston County Conference season. But the veteran coach also is closing in on a county record for junior high/middle school baseball coaching victories. At 5-0 after Thursday’s win over Southwest, Pruitt has tied Mount […]

3-29-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The last 2 champions are among the 8-team field for the 2024 Gaston County Easter baseball tournament that begins on Monday at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park. North Gaston (2023) and East Gaston (2022) are in a field that also includes Ashbrook, Bessemer City, Forestview, Highland Tech, Huntersville’s Christ the King and host […]

3-28-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball, football and baseball, High school baseball and football, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers’ biggest offseason splash came by way of a homecoming as the team has agreed to a 2-year, $20 million contract (with incentives for up to $24 million) with All-Pro pass rusher, three-time Pro Bowler and former No. 1 overall pick Jadaveon Clowney. Clowney, who played at Rock Hill’s South […]

3-27-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After a national search process, Gardner-Webb’s men’s basketball program will be turned over to longtime Runnin’ Bulldogs associate head coach Jeremy Luther. A member of the Gardner-Webb coaching staff for 11 years, Luther becomes the 7th senior college head coach in school history and 18th head coach in school history. G-W president […]

3-26-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The opening week of the 2024 NCAA tournament has come and gone and wonder of wonders, the ACC is again standing the tallest among the nation’s conferences. The ACC has the most wins (8) and most Sweet 16 teams (3) of all conferences and the Big East with its 6-0 record among […]

3-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Ever since Gaston College restarted its athletics program in the fall of 2021, it has enjoyed success in all five sports. On Monday, the Rhinos’ baseball program was ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association official poll for the first time. “I think our kids deserve it,” said Gaston […]

3-24-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker In nearly 30 years of coaching in Gaston County, Marty Hatchell has a lot to be proud about. Not only is he the rare coach who has competed for state championships in the three major sports of football, basketball and baseball, but he’s also been a part of some of the winningest […]

3-23-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After a month of action, here’s the area’s high school baseball standings through games of March 22: (Big South 3A) Crest 4-0, 5-3 South Point 4-0, 5-3 Kings Mountain 3-0, 6-3 Cramer 2-2, 5-2 North Gaston 2-2, 5-4 Ashbrook 0-3, 2-5 Huss 0-4, 4-5 Forestview 0-4, 0-8 (Southern Piedmont 1A/2A) East Gaston […]

3-22-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker North Carolina and N.C. State will be the favorites on Saturday as they both pursue streak-breaking Sweet 16 appearances. With 36 Sweet 16s in school history, North Carolina leads the ACC but hasn’t advanced to a Sweet 16 since the 2019 season. The Tar Heels had 13 consecutive Sweet 16s from 1981 […]

3-21-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker North Carolina improved its all-time NCAA tournament record in its home state to an impressive 34-2 on Thursday afternoon in a 90-62 victory over Wagner at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. The opening round victory moved the Tar Heels (28-7) into Saturday’s second round game against Michigan State. North Carolina scored the game’s 1st […]

3-20-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Hall of Fame, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The area’s 2 oldest Easter holiday tournaments will resume again next week with Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park and Shelby’s Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium the venues for 11 area teams. The Gaston County Baseball tournament, which has been held annually since 1987, opens on April 1 with Ashbrook, Bessemer City, East Gaston, […]

3-19-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and golf, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2024 NCAA tournament games hosted by Charlotte’s Spectrum Center will mark the 24th time the city has hosted the crown jewel of college athletics. The city will be hard pressed to outdo the storylines from the event’s last visit. In 2018 with No. 1 overall seed Virginia and defending national champion […]

3-18-24 roundup: Hall of Fame, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Late Saturday night when N.C. State won its ACC basketball championship, historians immediately scrambled to look up records to put context and perspective on arguably the most surprising title run in history. As someone who’s watched every ACC tournament title game since 1971 – including 16 in person – it’s the most […]

3-17-24 roundup: Hall of Fame, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Willie Gillispie grew up in Gaston County in the 1950s and 1960s, he developed a love affair with baseball. The sport helped create opportunities folks of Gillispie’s era couldn’t have imagined in his childhood – and it’s now led into induction in two halls of fame. A 2015 inductee into the […]

3-16-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Fifty years ago at the Greensboro Coliseum, a basketball championship game was played that led to changes that have created March Madness as we know it. The contest – N.C. State’s 103-100 overtime win over Maryland – has long been considered the greatest game in ACC tournament history. It also led to […]

3-15-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cleveland Community College recently completed an extraordinary 1st season of basketball since the 1970s. The Yetis, in their 4th year of athletics since restarting their program in 2020, finished 16-14 overall, 15-7 and in 2nd place of Region 10 Division II and had one of its players named the league’s top player. […]

3-14-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After a history-making regular season, the Charlotte 49ers will begin their first American Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. The 49ers (19-11 overall, 13-5 AAC) tied a school record for league victories 1st set in 1997-98 and Charlotte finished in the top 3 of its conference regular season standings for […]

3-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker One of the winningest coaches in Gardner-Webb athletic history is moving on to another job. Tim Craft, the school’s 4th-winningest senior college men’s basketball coach, resigned his position at the school on Wednesday in order to take the men’s basketball head coaching job at Western Carolina University. Western Carolina was looking to […]

3-12-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Several area basketball players were named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) all-district teams, highlighted by Kings Mountain’s Bradley Floyd being named district player of the year. Here are the boys and girls honorees for District 10, which includes players from Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties: (Boys) […]

3-11-24 roundup: Hall of Fame, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball and baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2023-24 Gaston County Conference middle school athletic comes to a close with four spring sports seasons beginning soon. Baseball and girls soccer begin on March 14 with baseball concluding with a May 1 title game and girls soccer on May 2. And boys and girls track starts on March 20 with […]