1950s BASKETBALL STAR REMEMBERED: Lowell High’s Joe Ladd was Gaston County’s first 2,000-point boys basketball scorer

By Richard Walker Before Lowell’s Holbrook High School combined with Gastonia’s Ashley High School in 1970 to form Ashbrook, the fortunes of Lowell basketball were limited to the mid-1950s. On Wednesday, the person most responsible for the Lions’ greatest basketball success died at 85. Joe Ladd, a 1955 Lowell High graduate, died with his family […]

Wednesday’s roundup: College baseball, Middle school sports, Pro hockey, High school baseball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Former West Lincoln High and Cherryville American Legion Post 100 standout Brett Eurey received first team All-Region 10 outfield honors on Wednesday as part of a record number of Catawba Valley Community College honorees. One of six team captains for the Red Hawks this season, Eurey finished his final season at CVCC […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College baseball, football and soccer, High school soccer, softball, golf, baseball and track, Middle schools

By Richard Walker West Lincoln High School won its first state title in girls golf behind balance as the Rebels beat Pine Lake Prep by a 10-shot margin in the Class 1A/2A state championships played at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday. Other state champions were Freedom in Class 3A and Pfafftown Reagan in 4A. Leah […]

Monday’s roundup: High school golf, soccer, softball and baseball, College football and soccer, Middle schools

By Richard Walker Three Mecklenburg County high schools and hometown Pinecrest took the championships in the 2021 N.C. High School Athletic Association golf championships on Monday. Community School of Davidson won Class 1A, Lake Norman Charter Class 2A, Charlotte Catholic Class 3A and Pinecrest Class 4A in a one-day event played at Foxfire Village, Pinehurst […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school soccer, softball, baseball, football and wrestling, College football and soccer, Middle schools

By Richard Walker Crest High School’s first girls soccer championship team since 2011 took three of the top honors on the 2021 All-Big South 3A Conference team this spring. The Chargers, who won the league with a 11-1 record, took offensive player of the year (Madison Setzer), defensive player of the year (Olivia-Claire Wall) and […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Pro baseball and golf, High school football, soccer, softball, baseball, College football and soccer, Middle schools

By Richard Walker Thirteen players and two coaches highlight the area’s professional baseball players for the 2021 season. Last month, former Gardner-Webb and Belmont Abbey standout Emilio Pagan and former South Point and Appalachian State standout Jeffrey Springs began their seasons as pitchers for the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays, respectively, in the […]

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

By Richard Walker Belmont Abbey College’s historic men’s volleyball season came to an end Monday as the Crusaders fell three sets to none decision to two-time NCAA champion Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA championships in Columbus, Ohio. The Abbey, which won its first Conference Carolinas championship to advance, ends its season […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school football, baseball, soccer and softball, College baseball, football and soccer, Middle school sports

By Richard Walker Eighteen Gaston County players were named to the All-Southern Piedmont 1A Conference football team. Five apiece were honored from Cherryville, Highland Tech and Mountain Island Charter and three from Bessemer City. Christian Hahn, Landon Hahn, Cooper Sloan, Kadin Beaver and Mitchell Lackey were honored from Cherryville, Caleb Foster, Tyier Camp, Trent Dockery, […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school football, baseball, soccer and softball, College football, baseball and soccer, Middle school sports

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain, Crest and Huss got top honors on the All-Big South Conference high school football team for the 2021 winter/spring season. Kings Mountain, which went unbeaten against league opposition, picked up four major honors – coach of the year Greg Lloyd, defensive player of the year Javari Rice-Wilson, offensive lineman of […]

Previewing Gaston County Middle School baseball and girls soccer season

By Richard Walker The 2021 baseball and girls soccer season begins on Monday. Here’s a look at the teams:   Baseball previews Belmont Head coach: Sam Pruitt (11th year) Assistant coaches: Doug Waters, Ron Ensley Returning players: Gavin Gibson, Patrick Blee, Landon King, Carsten Green, Ty Detweiler, Zeke Pruitt, Brody Crawford, Walker Spargo, Aydan Bradley, […]

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

By Richard Walker Shelby Middle School finished off an unbeaten football championship as the Blue Devils defeated East Rutherford 42-6 Wednesday afternoon at Shelby’s High’s Blanton Stadium. Shelby won its seventh Tri-County Conference championship game and first since 2014. The Blue Devils of coach Justin Bowden got touchdowns from Tristan Tate, Jaylen Tate, Khalil Foster […]

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

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

Middle school title game: Shelby motivated by 2019 loss as it seeks to win 2021 spring title on Wednesday

By Richard Walker When Justin Bowden became Shelby Middle School’s football coach in the fall of 2019, he brought a new offensive system and was determined to lead the Blue Devils to their first Tri-County Conference championship since 2014. The new offensive system is in humming along in its second season and Shelby gets another […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school football, girls soccer and softball, Middle schools and College basketball tournament results/pairings

By Richard Walker South Point won at Shelby 28-16 to shake up the Southwestern 2A Conference high school football standings and keep its state playoff hopes alive. The Red Raiders (4-2, 3-2) took a 14-0 first half lead and held off a second half Shelby (4-2, 4-1) rally. Tyson Riley scored two touchdowns and Will […]

Tuesday’s roundup: College football, High school soccer, softball and football, Middle schools and College basketball tournament results

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers head coach Will Healy can’t wait to get back on the field with his team as a 15-session spring practice will begin on Thursday. But Healy has learned through nine game postponements or cancellations last fall and some recent contact tracing issues that nothing is guaranteed. “We’re excited about getting […]

Monday’s roundup: College, High school soccer, softball and football, College baseball, Middle schools and College basketball

By Richard Walker Sunday and Monday a trio of local athletes were honored and/or showcased for their talents on the football field. Robert Washington, a 2016 East Gaston High graduate and a former Charlotte 49ers standout, continues to shine at Valparaiso College and on Sunday was named Pioneer Football League offensive player of the week […]

Friday’s roundup: High school basketball football, soccer, Middle schools and College basketball

By Richard Walker Home sweet home. Well, sort of for Ashbrook High’s football team in this unprecedented winter and spring season caused by the COVID pandemic. The Green Wave of first-year coach Darius James rallied late to win for the second time this season on Cramer’s turf field. This time, Ashbrook beat Cramer 35-27 in […]

Thursday’s roundup: College football, Pro baseball, HIgh school football and softball, Middle schools and College basketball

By Richard Walker South Point High’s all-time leading receiver will be moving on to another college. Ray Rose announced via his twitter account at 6:09 p.m. on Thursday that he was entering the transfer portal and leaving the University of North Carolina football program. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound wide receiver, Rose played in one game during […]

Wednesday’s roundup: High school basketball, football, softball, soccer and golf, middle schools and College basketball

By Richard Walker Lincoln Charter’s boys basketball team will be undergoing major changes following its run to the 2021 N.C. 1A state championship. Last week, head coach Bradley Gabriel resigned after nine seasons as Eagles head coach. And on Wednesday, top 2021 scorer Sam Cogan announced he would be transferring to the prestigious Moravian Prep […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school football, soccer and softball, Middle schools, Pro baseball and College basketball

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain improved to 4-0 on the high school football season with a 50-0 win over North Gaston on Tuesday night in a makeup game from a previously postponed game. The Mountaineers have outscored their first four opponents by a 169-7 margin. In Tuesday’s win, Rashaard Brooks and Jaylen Mims scored two […]

Gaston County Middle School Conference boys soccer and softball preview capsules

By Richard Walker Boys soccer preview capsules Belmont Head coach: Sam Pruitt (15th year) Assistant coaches: Doug Waters, Jenn DelCastillo Returning players: Luke Wesolowski, Patrick Blee, Isaac Contreras, Dominic Fedunic, Aiden Crill, Justin Koehler, Brandon Cunningham, Landon King, Garrett Tidd, Zeke Pruitt, Brody Crawford Chavis Head coach: Michelle Cuomo (1st year) Returning players: Javier Moran, […]

Monday’s roundup: Honey Hunters add local player, HIgh school and middle school results and full NCAA men’s and women’s pairings and results

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters have added another Gaston County product to their roster as they prepare for their inaugural 2021 season in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Honey Hunters announced on Tuesday they had signed former Forestview High standout Reilly Hovis. A 2012 Forestview High graduate, Hovis was an ACC […]

Thursday’s roundup: High school soccer playoffs, basketball, girls soccer and softball, middle schools and college basketball tournament pairings

By Richard Walker East Lincoln advanced to the N.C. 2A quarterfinals for a third straight season with a 4-1 second round playoff win over visiting Salisbury on Thursday. The Mustangs (12-1-1) will play the winner of the Hibriten-Hendersonville second round match on Saturday. If Hibriten wins, the game would be at Hibriten. If Hendersonville wins, […]

Friday’s roundup: High school football and soccer, middle school football, college basketball tournament pairings and results

By Richard Walker Chase threatened one of the longest streaks in national high school history on Friday before Shelby rallied for a 47-41 home win. Chase (1-2) has still never beaten Shelby in a rivalry that started in 1959. The Golden Lions’ series lead is now 53-0-1 with the tie coming in 1968. The visiting […]

Remembering longtime basketball scorekeeper and clock operator who also was a Gaston County school teacher, administrator and school board member

By Richard Walker This has been a challenging week for Cherryville High’s basketball program – and not because of anything on the basketball court. The only clock operator Ironmen head coach Scott Harrill has ever known in his coaching career, Terry Alan Usery, died after complications from COVID-19 last Saturday. Usery, 68, died at Caromont […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Gaston County Middle School sports will begin next month, High school basketball and soccer results and college football news

By Richard Walker Gaston County Middle Schools will hold championships in six sports this season after play had been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. Chad Duncan, Gaston County Schools athletic director, said softball and boys soccer teams will begin practice on March 1 and play a schedule of divisional opponents before concluding […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Middle school volleyball title team, Prep and college basketball, college softball poll and college wrestling honor

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain Middle School repeated its championship this school year – and in unbeaten fashion. The Lady Patriots capped an 8-0 season on Dec. 15 when it defeated visiting Crest 3-1 (25-9, 25-17, 23-25, 25-11) to capture its second straight Tri-County Conference title. Leaders for coach Lindsay Ellis’ team were Camden Pasour […]

Playing in a gym that is now home to Holbrook Middle School teams, this high-scoring duo was the hottest ticket in town in the mid-1950s

By Richard Walker If you like watching high-scoring prep basketball, Lowell High School was the place to be in the mid-1950s. Two of Gaston County’s greatest highest school basketball players graced the court for the Lions and set records, some of which still stand to this day. Both players, Joe Ladd (2010 induction) and Gayle […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Big South 3A cross country, KM high school and middle school volleyball and preseason honors for Belmont Abbey

By Richard Walker Stuart Cramer’s boys and Forestview’s girls won the Big South 3A Conference cross country championships on Tuesday at the Ashbrook High course. Cramer’s boys won behind three top five finishers, including league individual champion Nick Willer. A junior, Nick Willer finished in 16 minutes, 16.94 seconds. Junior Zach Willer finished third in […]

Thursday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb gets ACC matchups rescheduled, Cleveland CC softball signings, HS and MS volleyball results

By Richard Walker Two of Gardner-Webb’s marquee matchups for the 2020-21 basketball season were rescheduled on Thursday. The Bulldogs’ Nov. 25 season-opener at Duke has been rescheduled or Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. And their second game, originally set for Nov. 27¬†at Florida State, has been rescheduled for Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Both games […]

The roots of current Gaston County, Tri-County middle school athletic conferences dates as far back as 1920s

By Richard Walker When Gaston County Conference and Tri-County Conference middle schools begin competitions in recent years, it’s easy to assume there will be playoff competition that will determine champions in all sports. It hasn’t always been that way as the history of local middle school and junior high sports competition dates to the 1920s. […]