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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 the Belmont Middle School field at 5:15 p.m. Belmont recorded its fifth straight shutout to finish 5-0 […]

10-4-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, College football, Middle school golf, football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cramerton won its fifth Gaston County Conference middle school golf championship in six seasons on Tuesday at Green Meadows Golf Course in Mount Holly. Belmont’s Will Monteith was the individual medalist for the second straight year with a 37 that was one shot ahead of five other golfers in the field. Cramerton […]

10-3-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Burns High and Cherryville American Legion Post 100 standout Christopher Proctor was a part of a professional baseball championship team. Proctor and the Lancaster Barnstormers won the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball title following series wins over Southern Maryland and High Point. A 2015 Burns High graduate, Proctor hit .243 […]

10-2-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker On a day dedicated to the memory of Sam Mills to honor his recent Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, Carolina Panthers’ fans abandoned Bank of America Stadium in droves during the fourth quarter of their 26-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Those who did stay – and 69,810 tickets were distributed […]

9-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, Middle school football and softball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Cherryville American Legion Post 100 baseball family has had a rough couple of weeks following the death of longtime scoreboard operator Darise Hartman. Hartman died on Sept. 15 at 89 with one of the greatest attendance streaks in Legion baseball history; Hartman attended the American Legion World Series for 34 straight […]

9-29-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain and South Point set up the area’s biggest game of the regular season for next week with impressive Thursday night victories in Big South 3A Conference play. With games moved up from Friday to Thursday due to Hurricane Ian’s projected Friday rainfall in the area, Kings Mountain routed Forestview 48-7 […]

9-28-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, Middle school football and softball, College football and baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Crest visits South Point on Friday, it’ll again be a game with huge Big South 3A Conference title implications. It also reminds us of one of the first huge football meetings between the two schools that came on a day when another sport shined just as brightly. When Crest played and […]

9-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Local standouts continue having impressive college football seasons last Saturday, including one that set a league record. Former Shelby High record-setting quarterback Isaiah Bess completed the longest touchdown pass in Big South Conference history for Charleston Southern in last Saturday’s 24-19 home loss to Furman. Bess, who set the Shelby High and […]

9-26-22 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, Middle school football and softball, College football and basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets are back – and so is former head coach Steve Clifford. Clifford, hired for a second tenure as the team’s head coach earlier this summer, begins training camp on Tuesday morning with its first practice as the team prepares for a 5-game preseason slate that begins Sunday at 1 […]

9-25-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, Middle school football and softball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two long losing streaks are over the Carolina Panthers. A league-worst nine-game losing streak? Done. A seven-game home winning streak that dated to Sept. 19, 2021 and made it the second-longest in franchise history? Also ended. Carolina wiped those streaks away with a defensive-minded 22-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints at […]

9-23-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer, girls tennis and cross country, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Four teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties entered Friday’s sixth week of the high school football season with unbeaten records. After Friday’s results, three remain unbeaten as East Lincoln, Kings Mountain and South Point won comfortably to each improve to 4-0 while West Lincoln couldn’t hold a late lead before losing […]

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

By Richard Walker Lincolnton High faces its third-oldest existing rivalry when the Wolves host Newton-Conover on Friday. Lincolnton first met “Newton” in 1929 – or 12 years before “Newton-Conover” was formed. And the Wolves hold a 32-26-3 all-time lead in the series that includes a 20-0 win in that inaugural matchup at Love Field in […]

9-21-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and golf, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After blitzing Atlantic League of Professional Baseball opponents all season long, the Gastonia Honey Hunters will need to win twice this weekend to advance to the league championship series. The High Point Rockers evened the best-of-five Southern Division playoff series at one game apiece following Wednesday’s 11-4 victory at CaroMont Health Park […]

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 […]

9-19-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football and athletics, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters just completed one of the best seasons in the city’s long professional baseball history. On Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., the Honey Hunters open their bid for Gastonia’s seventh pro baseball league championship when they begin a best-of-five Atlantic League of Professional Baseball semifinal series against the High Point […]

9-15-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Cramer opened in 2013, since the school was so close to South Point, it seemed natural that the schools would soon become rivals. Well, as the ninth renewal of the series opens Big South 3A Conference play for both teams at Cramer on Friday night, the host Storm still seek its […]

9-14-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and basketball, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston County Conference middle school football teams moved into their second week of divisional competition while the Tri-County Conference opened division play on Wednesday. Here are results from both leagues: GASTON COUNTY CONFERENCE Standings through Sept. 14 with division records followed by overall records: (Division I) Cramerton 1-0, 3-0 Southwest 1-0, 2-1 […]

9-13-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and cross country, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With the Charlotte 49ers enduring the school’s second-worst start in the program’s brief college football history, head coach Will Healy remains confident better days are ahead. “You’ve got to maintain positivity in the building,” Healy said during Tuesday’s weekly news conference. “I have to believe we’re making positive strides. What you have […]

9-12-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, soccer and volleyball, College football, College athletics, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Grier Middle School and Ashbrook High standout Isaiah Whaley has been signed to a contract with the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced on Monday. Joining Whaley as Hornets signees to their upcoming training camp roster were Jalen Crutcher, Anthony Duruji and Charlotte’s Jaylen Sims. Whaley, who helped Ashbrook to the 2015 […]

9-8-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, baseball, girls tennis, volleyball and boys soccer, College football and basketball, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker One of the area’s oldest rivalries highlights the lightest regular season playing date of the high school football season as most teams are off in preparation of starting league play next week. At Cherryville’s Rudisill Stadium, the Ironmen will host Chase in the 46th renewal of a rivalry that began in 1959. […]

9-7-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football and baseball, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Local history was made on Wednesday when the first East Lincoln High product was called up to the major leagues. Alec Burleson, a 2017 East Lincoln graduate, was promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals major league roster after having the best season of his professional baseball career. Ranked the No.5 prospect in […]

9-6-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, volleyball and boys soccer, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers could have a third starting quarterback in three games later this week. But after an 0-2 start and the starters on each of the first two games limited in practice, 49ers head coach Will Healy wouldn’t name a starter for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. home game against Maryland. “I don’t […]

9-5-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be at Gastonia’s CaroMont Health Park on Friday for a meet and greet with fans from 5 to 6 p.m. before the Gastonia Honey Hunters’ game against Lexington. Johnson, who led Michigan State to the 1979 NCAA championship and the Los Angeles Lakers to […]

9-4-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker There was so much to unpack from Friday’s Crest-Shelby thriller that it’s hard to know where to start in this week’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” high school edition for this week. Crest’s dramatic 54-49 victory in the 54th matchup of a series marked by defense fell just two points shy of a Cleveland […]

9-3-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football and cross country, Middle school softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five former local standouts were involved the highest-scoring NCAA Division I football game in the history of both programs on Saturday when North Carolina outlasted Appalachian State 63-61. In front of a record Kidd Brewer Stadium crowd of 40,168, the teams combined for 62 points and 504 yards in the fourth alone. […]

9-2-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Many call the Crest-Shelby rivalry the best in the state given how many times each school has won state championships. It’s most often been a defensive struggle over the years. That wasn’t the case in Friday’s renewal in the series. In the highest-scoring game in the 54-game history of the series, Crest […]

8-31-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and basketball, Middle school softball and football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two of the five NFL players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties survived Tuesday’s cut day – and one who didn’t was retained on his team’s practice squad on Wednesday. Two of the three who survived cuts are on the Minnesota Vikings roster – seventh-year defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (Crest 2012 graduate) […]

8-30-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football, golf and soccer, High school football and boys soccer, College football and basketball, Middle school softball and football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker If the Charlotte 49ers are to break into the win column in Friday’s 2022 home opener, they’ll be doing it without their school-leader in quarterback starts and quarterback victories. Charlotte head coach Will Healy announced Chris Reynolds wouldn’t play in Friday’s 7 p.m. home opener against William & Mary due to an […]

8-29-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football and baseball, Middle school softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A former Kings Mountain High standout made his collegiate reception in North Carolina’s season-opening win and a former Huss standout was a defensive leader for Charlotte in its season-opening loss in a pair of games last Saturday. Kobe Paysour, a Kings Mountain football and basketball standout from 2018 to 2021, caught one […]

8-28-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football and boys soccer, College football, Middle school softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker This week will start a segment called “Monday Morning Quarterback” that wraps up the recent high school football games. And some trends are emerging in high school football for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties after two weeks of the season. In Gaston County, Justin Rocquemore is poised for a record-setting career during […]

8-24-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer, volleyball and girls tennis, Middle school football, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A rematch of one of the 2021 championship game highlighted the opening day of Gaston County Conference middle school football season. And Belmont snapped a Southwest’s county-record 31-game winning streak with a 10-8 road victory on Jake Layman’s 23-yard field goal with 11 seconds left. The Southwest win streak that began in […]

8-23-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, High school football, boys soccer, cross country and volleyball, Middle school football, College basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Both Surratt brothers are shining so far this preseason in the NFL. Chazz Surratt, a 2016 East Lincoln High graduate, has made 11 tackles with a half-sack in two games for the Minnesota Vikings. And Sage Surratt, a 2017 Lincolnton High graduate who also played at East Lincoln, has caught four passes […]

2022 Gaston County Conference middle school football preview

By Richard Walker The 2022 Gaston County Conference Middle School football season begins on Wednesday with five games all across the county. The county is again split into two divisions based on size of schools, with the larger schools of Cramerton, Grier, Holbrook, Mount Holly and Southwest in Division I and the smaller schools of […]

8-9-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, Legion baseball, Middle school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2022 Gaston County Conference and Tri-County Conference middle school football seasons begin in the next month. Here’s the composite schedules of both conferences: (Gaston County Conference) Aug. 24 – Belmont at Southwest, Bessemer City at Holbrook, W.C. Friday at Cramerton, Stanley at Grier, York Chester at Mount Holly Aug. 31 – […]

5-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball, baseball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball, girls soccer and basketball, College baseball and football, Legion baseball, Middle school athletics

By Richard Walker Winning five Gaston County Conference Middle School titles were enough to lift Belmont to a comfortable victory in the 2021-22 school year Winner’s Cup all-sports trophy. The Wildcats, who won titles in wrestling, boys basketball, baseball, girls soccer and boys track, racked up 114 1-2 all-sports points to outdistance second-place Cramerton by […]

5-13-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, College football, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, College softball, Middle school girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker The coach who guided East Gaston to its winningest baseball season in school history announced his retirement after the Warriors’ 2022 season ended with a second round playoff loss at Randleman. Randy Sellers, who became East Gaston head coach in 2007, guided the Warriors to a 20-7 overall record this season to […]

5-11-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey, High school basketball, baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Four local players were repeat selections for the HighSchoolOT.com’s all-state girls basketball teams for the 2021-22 season that were announced on Monday. Shelby’s Maraja Pass was named to the first team, Shelby’s Kate Hollifield and Kings Mountain’s Saniya Wilson to the second team and Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams to honorable mention. All […]

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 […]

5-9-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school golf, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker A former local standout played a key role in helping Catawba Valley Community College win the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 10 Division II baseball tournament last weekend – and another local product is also on the Red Hawks’ roster. Zack Summerville, a 2019 North Gaston High graduate, had a walkoff […]

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 […]

5-4-22 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 Belmont Abbey is the No. 3 seed as the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament continues Thursday with six teams competing for the league title. The Crusaders (34-15, 21-8) set a school record for league victories in a season where head coach Chris Anderson became the Abbey’s all-time winningest baseball coach. Belmont Abbey has […]

5-3-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball and softball, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Former East Gaston High standout Robert Washington has been invited to Philadelphia Eagles rookie mini-camp that will be held this weekend. A 2016 East Gaston High graduate, Washington played collegiately at Charlotte (2016-17), Old Dominion (2019) and Valparaiso (2021) where he picked up 1,758 yards rushing in 17 games is ninth in […]

5-2-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey, High school baseball, softball and tennis, College baseball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Ten former N.C. high school standouts were drafted in last weekend’s NFL Draft and six others signed free agent contract after going undrafted. That includes six players from the Charlotte metro area, among them top N.C. pick Ikem Ekwonu of Charlotte Providence Day (1st round by Carolina Panthers) and former South Point […]

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 […]

4-30-22 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school tennis, Middle school baseball and girls soccer, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Nick Muse became the fifth Gaston County product to be drafted by a NFL team. A 2017 South Point High graduate who played for William and Mary and South Carolina in college, Muse was selected in the seventh round with the 227th overall pick by the Minnesota […]

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 […]

4-16-22 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 […]

4-13-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker For the second straight season, the Charlotte Hornets saw their season end on the short end of a road NBA play-in tournament loss. A year after getting routed 144-117 at the Indiana Pacers in the league’s inaugural playoff tournament, the Hornets were blasted again on Wednesday in a 132-103 loss at 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. […]