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7-19-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Beginning on Saturday, the 8 top N.C. American Legion teams in North Carolina start a state championship tournament that will determine a champion that will join Randolph County in the Southeast Regional in Asheboro. Here are the full American Legion regional pairings for the 8 regionals that begin on Aug. 7 and […]

7-18-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Perennial powers fill the 2024 N.C. American Legion state tournament field that begins pursuit of a state title on Saturday at Cherryville’s Fraley Field. All-time state champion and all-time state tournament participant Wilmington Post 10 has the most history as it has won 14 N.C. championships and made 16 state tourney appearances. […]

7-17-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College football and baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Dick Cooke’s reputation as a college baseball coach is extraordinary. The coach who restarted Belmont Abbey College’s program in 1989 and then went on to greater heights at Davidson College during a record-setting 28-year career with the Wildcats that also included time coaching Team USA Baseball teams. As part of his success […]

7-16-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s Dalton Pence and Gaston College alumnus Gus Hughes joined local history on Tuesday during the major league baseball draft. Pence was selected in the 11th round pick (No. 345 overall) by the Texas Rangers and Hughes was selected in the 18th round (No. 541 overall) by the New York Yankees. Pence, […]

7-15-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The N.C. American Legion state tournament championship pairings are now official after Monday’s results. Garner beat Wayne County 3-0 for the Area I title and Hamlet edged Wilmington 7-6 in 8 innings for the Area II title. Here are the full pairings for an event that begins on Saturday at Cherryville’s Fraley […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 15)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/7-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/5-3 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-5 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/8-5 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-14-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Shelby continued its unbeaten run through the 2024 Area IV playoffs with a 13-2 victory over Union County that was shortened to 5 innings by the 10 run “mercy rule.” The win gives Post 82 its 11th Area IV title all-time and the Area IV’s top seed in the upcoming N.C. state […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 14)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/7-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/5-3 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-5 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/8-5 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-13-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 8-team N.C. American Legion state tournament field has been set. Host Cherryville, Shelby and Union County will represent Area IV. High Point will represent Area III. Wilmington and Hamlet will represent Area II. And Garner and Wayne County will represent Area I. Championship games in Area I, II and IV are […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 13)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/6-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/5-32 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-5 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/8-4 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-12-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former South Point High star Jeffrey Springs defied low expectations to make the major leagues. Now for the 2nd time in the last 4 years, he’s bouncing back from a major injury to make it back to the big leagues. And, this time, the 31-year-old left-handed pitcher is making a homecoming to […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 12)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/6-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/5-2 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-5 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/7-4 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-11-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Pairings have been announced for the 2024 N.C. American Legion state baseball tournament that will be held at Cherryville’s Fraley Field. Only 1 team knows the time and pairing of its opening game as host Cherryville will play the finale of the July 20 opening day at 7:30 p.m. against the Area […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 11)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/6-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/4-2 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-5 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/7-3 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-10-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After setting Atlantic League of Professional Baseball history with a 46-17 record, the Gastonia Pro Baseball Club was honored with 2 ALPB Mid-season All-Stars – right-handed pitcher Phoenix Sanders and center fielder Josh Stowers. Sanders, Gastonia’s relief closer who is a former Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 10)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/5-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/3-2 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-4 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/7-2 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-9-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The last few months have certainly been filled with athletic success for North Gaston High’s Landon Weaver. A rising senior at North Gaston, Weaver won the 2024 N.C. Class 3A state title in the 150-pound weight class a few weeks after claiming in the 2024 Big South 3A Conference title and helping […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 9)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/4-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/3-1 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-3 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/6-2 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-8-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker We now have a Final Four in the Area IV playoffs after the Gaston Braves and Union County took Game 5s on Monday night to finalize the pairings. No. 4 seed Gaston will meet No. 1 Shelby and No. 6 Union County will meet No. 2 Rutherford County in best-of-5 series that […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 8)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/3-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/3-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-3 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/3-2 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-3 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/5-2 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-7-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Gardner-Webb pitcher Mason Miller became the area’s first player invited to play in the Major League All-Star Game in 25 years on Sunday. Miller, the Oakland Athletics’ relief ace, was named to the American League All-Star team for the game that will be played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex., […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 7)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/3-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/3-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-2 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/2-2 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-2 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/4-2 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-6-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets made a flurry of moves on Saturday highlighted by a reported 3-year, $75 million deal with free agent Miles Bridges. Bridges, whom the Hornets acquired in a 2018 NBA Draft night trade from the Los Angeles Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, has averaged 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 6)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/3-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/3-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/2-2 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/2-2 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/3-2 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-3 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-5-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of Cherryville American Legion Post 100 pitchers are among the N.C. Area IV regular season season leaders for the 2024 season. Post 100 pitchers Wyatt Davis and Eli Newsome led Area IV in wins and ERA, respectively. Davis went 7-0 while Newsome had an 0.23 ERA. Davis is the first […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 5)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/3-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/2-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/2-1 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/2-1 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/1-2 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/3-2 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-2 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-5 Hickory […]

7-4-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb University’s 1st major leaguer is gaining national attention after donating a kidney to his longtime girlfriend. Blake Lalli is in 3rd season as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class AAA Reno Aces Pacific Coast League team. The Aces hold a “Home Run for Life” game present by the Donor Network West […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 4)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/2-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/1-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/1-1 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/1-1 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/1-1 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/3-1 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-1 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-4 Hickory […]

7-3-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Veteran Cherryville American Legion Post 100 baseball coach Bobby Reynolds reached another milestone in Wednesday’s N.C. Area IV quarterfinal series opener at Union County. Reynolds, already North Carolina’s winningest coach in history, won the 900th game of his career in Wednesday’s 4-3, 8-inning victory at Union County in the opener of their […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 3)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/1-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/1-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/1-0 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/1-0 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/0-1 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/2-1 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-1 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-3 Hickory […]

7-2-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Knights’ highest-rated prospect will get a chance to show off his talent during 2024 Major League Baseball All-Star week. Shortstop Colson Montgomery will represent the Chicago White Sox organization at the MLB All-Star Futures Game, which will take be played on Saturday, July 13th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 2)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/0-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/0-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/0-0 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/0-0 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/2-0 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-0 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-3 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/3-2 Hickory […]

7-1-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College athletics, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Tom Whitestone, who worked for the Charlotte 49ers’ media relations department, had his final day of work on Sunday. One of the greatest supporters of the CarolinasSportsHub.com website and all area media, Whitestone retired after 37 years at the school. Hired in 1987, it’s the only full-time job he ever had and […]

American Legion baseball update (thru July 1)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/0-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/0-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/0-0 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/0-0 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/2-0 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-0 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-2 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/2-2 Hickory […]

6-30-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Last Monday night, Charlotte City Council voted 7-3 to commit $650 million to the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America stadium renovation. The long term plan with the David Tepper-owned Tepper Sports and Entertainment includes future discussion of a new stadium being able to start in 2037. Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles, the arrangement […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 30)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/0-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/0-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/0-0 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/0-0 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/0-0 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/3-0 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/2-1 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/1-2 Hickory […]

6-29-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker In its 4th season as a franchise, the Gastonia Baseball Club keeps on keepin’ on. Gastonia clinched its 4th overall title in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on Friday night when the Gaston Baseball Club rallied to win at Lexington to wrap up the 1st half title of the South Division […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 29)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/0-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/0-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/0-0 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/0-0 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/0-0 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/2-0 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/1-1 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/1-1 Hickory […]

6-28-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets officially introduced their 2 newest players on Friday in 1st-round pick Tidjane Salaun and 2nd-round pick K.J. Simpson. Salaun, a 6-foot-9, 217-pounder, was the youngest player selected in the draft at 18 years old – he turns 19 on Aug. 10 – and Simpson was a 3-year All-PAC 12 […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 28)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall/Playoffs Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7/0-0 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6/0-0 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7/0-0 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7/0-0 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8/0-0 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8/0-0 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10/1-0 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10/1-0 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15/0-1 Hickory […]

6-27-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 already knows it’ll be playing in the N.C. state tournament its hosts next month. But before that event, Post 100 wants to win its 5th straight Area IV championship in the Area IV playoffs that begin on Friday. Cherryville, which last year won its record 21st area […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 27)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15 Hickory […]

6-26-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets surprised many NBA experts by choosing 18-year French professional Tidjane Salaun with their No. 6 overall pick of the 1st round of Wednesday’s 2024 NBA Draft. Salaun was picked No. 8 or later in the NBADraft.net, MSN.com, SI.com and HoopsHype.com mock drafts. Salaun, a 6-foot-9, 218-pounder forward who will […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 26)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Shelby Post 82 14-6 19-7 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6 Cherryville Post 100 14-6 17-7 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8 Caldwell County Post 29 10-10 10-10 Gastonia Post 23 10-10 10-10 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15 Hickory […]

6-25-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets made it official on Tuesday when they introduced their new head coach Charles Lee. Lee becomes the 12th head coach in franchise and replaces the winningest coach in team history (Steve Clifford), who announced late last season he was stepping away after his 2nd stint with the club. “Charles […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 25)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Cherryville Post 100 14-5 17-6 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6 Shelby Post 82 13-6 18-7 Gaston Post 144-266 13-7 13-7 Asheville Post 70 12-8 12-8 Union Post 535 12-8 12-8 Gastonia Post 23 10-9 10-9 Caldwell County Post 29 9-10 9-10 Burke County Post 21 5-15 5-15 Hickory […]

6-24-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Baseball is always big in late October. That also will be the case for Gardner-Webb’s baseball team. Only the Runnin’ Bulldogs will be serving a mission trip to the Dominican Republic from Oct. 11-15 that their coach thinks will provide a lifetime memory. “This is bigger than baseball,” GWU head coach Jim […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 24)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Cherryville Post 100 13-5 16-6 Rutherford County Post 423 14-6 14-6 Shelby Post 82 12-6 17-7 Asheville Post 70 12-7 12-7 Gaston Post 144-266 12-7 12-7 Union Post 535 12-7 12-7 Gastonia Post 23 9-9 9-9 Caldwell County Post 29 8-10 8-10 Burke County Post 21 5-14 5-14 Hickory […]

6-23-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, High school athletics, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two Lincoln county schools and one Gaston County school finished among the top 10 in their respective classifications in the 45th annual N.C. High School Athletic Association Wells Fargo Cup all-sports standings for the 2023-2024 academic year. The awards recognize the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 23)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Rutherford County Post 423 14-4 14-4 Cherryville Post 100 13-5 16-6 Asheville Post 70 12-7 12-7 Gaston Post 144-266 12-7 12-7 Union Post 535 12-7 12-7 Shelby Post 82 10-6 15-6 Gastonia Post 23 9-9 9-9 Caldwell County Post 29 7-10 7-10 Burke County Post 21 5-14 5-14 Hickory […]

6-22-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Friday’s 14-11 win at Hickory ended a historic streak of pitching excellence by the Gastonia Post 23 pitching staff. It’s because earlier this week, Gastonia had back-to-back shutouts of Burke County (6-0) and Caldwell County (3-0). It was Post 23’s 1st back-to-back shutouts since 2017. Gastonia starters and winners Caleb Cloninger and […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 22)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Rutherford County Post 423 14-4 14-4 Cherryville Post 100 12-4 15-5 Gaston Post 144-266 11-6 11-6 Union Post 535 11-6 11-6 Shelby Post 82 10-6 14-6 Asheville Post 70 10-7 10-7 Gastonia Post 23 9-9 9-9 Caldwell County Post 29 7-10 7-10 Burke County Post 21 5-12 5-12 Queen […]

6-21-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Leo Mazzone became Atlanta Braves’ pitching coach in 1990, the franchise had won only 2 division titles in its history. By the time Mazzone left the organization after the 2005 season, the Braves had won 14 straight division titles in addition to 5 National League titles and the 1995 World Series […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 21)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Cherryville Post 100 12-3 15-4 Rutherford County Post 423 12-4 12-4 Union Post 535 11-6 11-6 Shelby Post 82 10-6 14-6 Gaston Post 144-266 10-6 10-6 Asheville Post 70 9-7 9-7 Gastonia Post 23 9-8 9-8 Caldwell County Post 29 7-8 7-8 Burke County Post 21 4-12 4-12 Queen […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 20)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Cherryville Post 100 12-3 15-4 Rutherford County Post 423 11-4 11-4 Union Post 535 11-6 11-6 Shelby Post 82 10-6 13-6 Gaston Post 144-266 10-6 10-6 Asheville Post 70 9-7 9-7 Gastonia Post 23 8-8 8-8 Caldwell County Post 29 7-8 7-8 Burke County Post 21 4-12 4-12 Queen […]

6-20-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers will celebrate their 30th season beginning with special events during the team’s upcoming training camp presented by Ticketmaster and highlighted by Fan Fest presented by Daimler Truck North America. The team will host its 2024 training camp at the Carolina Panthers Practice Fields on 705 West 4th Street in […]

6-19-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After a 3-month offseason program, the Carolina Panthers will take a break before the start of training camp late next month. And 1st-year head coach Dave Canales thinks he has laid a foundation for improvement. Of course, following 6 straight losing streaks including last year’s low-water 2-15 record, the bar isn’t extraordinarily […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 19)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Cherryville Post 100 11-3 14-4 Rutherford County Post 423 10-3 10-3 Shelby Post 82 10-6 13-6 Union Post 535 10-6 10-6 Gaston Post 144-266 9-6 9-6 Asheville Post 70 8-6 8-6 Gastonia Post 23 8-8 8-8 Caldwell County Post 29 7-7 7-7 Burke County Post 21 4-11 4-11 Queen […]

6-18-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Could Gaston County add another U.S. Olympian or even 2 this summer? A pair of former Gaston County standouts are currently pursuing spots on Team USA as former East Gaston High diver Kyndal Knight and former Belmont Middle School and Highland Tech sprinter Lauren Tolbert are competing in their respective U.S. Olympic […]

American Legion baseball update (thru June 18)

N.C. Area IV 2024 Area Overall Cherryville Post 100 10-3 13-4 Rutherford County Post 423 9-3 9-3 Gaston Post 144-266 9-5 9-5 Shelby Post 82 10-6 13-6 Union Post 535 9-6 9-6 Asheville Post 70 8-6 8-6 Caldwell County Post 29 7-6 7-6 Gastonia Post 23 7-8 7-8 Burke County Post 21 4-10 4-10 Hickory […]