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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 […]

2-20-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the third time since the Tri-County Middle School Conference began holding basketball championship games in 2008, a school has claimed both the boys and girls titles. Kings Mountain’s boys team completed the sweep a 50-33 victory over Shelby to close out an unbeaten season 12-0 season. The Patriots’ girls started the […]

2-19-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five new members will be added to the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame on April 8 at the Gastonia Conference Center when University of South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer will be the featured speaker. Preparing for his fourth year as University of South Carolina head football coach, the 37-year-old Shane […]

2-18-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seventeen area individuals were top finishers this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum in the N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling championships, including 4 state champions. The state champions were Lincolnton’s Geviaunta Walker (Class 2A 285-pound weight class), Cramer’s Bentley Sly (Class 3A 132-pound weight class), North Gaston’s James Weaver (Class 3A 150-pound […]

2-17-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker High school basketball postseason play for N.C. High School Athletic Association school begins this week with conference tournaments all across the state. In Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties, the Big South 3A, Southern Piedmont 1A/2A, Western Foothills 3A, Catawba Valley 2A, Metro 8 1A and Catawba Shores 1A/2A conferences will be holding […]

2-16-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-15-24 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-14-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-12-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. Part 2: West Lincoln has […]

10-26-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school football, volleyball and tennis, Middle school soccer and volleyball, College football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Perhaps we should have always known the high school football histories of Gaston and Cleveland counties would be forever linked. After all, the first high school football games ever played in each county came between the two counties. Shelby beat visiting Gastonia 5-0 on Nov. 11, 1910, then also won in the […]

10-14-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 6: Trailing 13-3 at halftime on the road against eventual Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, the Panthers rallied to win […]

10-13-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football and tennis, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Southern Piedmont 1A/2A race continues to be a 3-team race but Burns and Shelby created some separation in the standings by remaining unbeaten in league play with 2 weeks left in the regular season. Burns overcame an early 14-0 deficit and trailed 35-34 late in the 3rd quarter before rallying for […]

10-12-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football and tennis, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Following Thursday’s Big South 3A Conference results, Crest or Kings Mountain will be involved in a game that will determine the league champion for a 6th straight season. Those two schools improved to 5-0 in league play and 8-0 overall with blowout wins on Thursday night as Crest rolled past Forestview 42-7 […]

10-11-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and golf, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Even as Southwest Middle School was unbeaten entering Wednesday’s 2023 Gaston County Middle School football championship game, the Roadrunners had taken four one-score victories while going 6-0 overall. On Wednesday, Stanley pushed Southwest even more by taking a lead late in the third quarter before the Roadrunners rallied for an 8-6 win […]

10-10-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker An ACC basketball legend is the featured speaker for the 2023 Belmont Sports Hall of Fame ceremony that will be held at Belmont’s Park Street United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. Phil Ford is considered among the greatest college point guards of all time and many call him […]

10-9-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The first conference championship-winning Gardner-Webb football coach is the featured speaker for the 2023 Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame ceremony where 10 individuals and one team will be inducted. Woody Fish, a former Bessemer City High School coach, guided the Bulldogs to a 73-70-1 record that included a NAIA national runner-up finish […]

10-8-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers dropped to 0-5 after a 42-24 loss at the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young completed 25 of 41 passes for 247 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. It was his best statistical game even as his two interceptions led to 14 Lions’ points that […]

10-7-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 5: Stephen Davis rushes for 159 yards and 1 touchdown and former XFL standout Rod “He Hate Me” Smart scored on a 100-yard kickoff return […]

10-6-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football and golf, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain need a pair of 4th quarter touchdowns to snap a 14-all tie at South Point and take a 28-14 high school football victory on Friday. The win gives the Mountaineers their 4th start of 7-0 or better in the last 5 years. Kings Mountain quarterback Kandan Zollo’s 64-yard pass to […]

10-5-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker It’s rare for perennial power South Point to endure losing streaks and even more rare for them to last 3 games. But that’s where the Red Raiders could find themselves after Friday’s home game against unbeaten Kings Mountain. A loss would give South Point its first 3-game losing streak since 2016 and […]

10-4-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, tennis and golf, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former Crest High standout Jonathan Bullard made the first game near his hometown a successful one last Sunday when he was a part of the Minnesota Vikings’ 21-13 win over the Carolina Panthers. A 2012 Crest High graduate and 8-year NFL veteran, Bullard had four tackles for a defensive unit that frustrated […]

10-3-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and tennis, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former Crest High star Mari Adams is coming off the best game of his college football career at Davidson. And Adams’ 14-carry, 169-yard, 4-TD performance in last Saturday’s 55-33 win over San Diego earned him Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Adams’ four TDs in a game are the […]

10-2-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Rookie Brandon Miller has enjoyed coming to Charlotte so much he’s spent much of the summer of 2023 in town and even took part in a ceremonial first pitch for the Class AAA Charlotte Knights baseball team. On Tuesday, Miller’s job becomes official as he and the rest of his Hornets’ teammates […]

10-1-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker A second half lead wasn’t enough for the Carolina Panthers to shake off its slump as the team slipped to 0-4 for only the 4th time in franchise history following a 21-13 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Carolina took early leads of 7-0 and 10-0 and was ahead 13-7 and had […]

9-30-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and tennis, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 4: Stephen Davis rushes for 153 yards and 1 touchdown as the Carolina Panthers routed the visiting Atlanta Falcons 23-3 to end a 6-game losing […]

9-29-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and tennis, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker East Gaston set school history Friday night by celebrating the school’s homecoming game with a 56-3 home victory over Thomas Jefferson. The victory improved the Warriors to 6-0 for the first time in school history; The best previous start came in 1978 when East Gaston went 5-0 on its way to its […]

9-28-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and tennis, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker In area high school football history, East Gaston and West Lincoln have struggled more than most. Entering the 2023 season, the programs ranked Nos. 13 and No. 12 in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties, respectively, in all time wins. But as has been the case in recent seasons, nothing lasts forever as […]

9-27-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker It’s been a busy year on and off the field for former South Point High standout Garrett Davila. In a baseball season in which he made his Class AAA debut, he also welcomed his first child and set a career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. “It’s been awesome and tiring,” said Davila, […]

9-26-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball, tennis and golf, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Charlotte 49ers coach Biff Poggi attended the school’s first American Athletic Conference Media Day in July, he gained national attention for his terse response to receiving a small amount from questions from reporters in Frisco, Tex. “That’s it? Three questions?” Poggi said from the podium. “Maybe that’s because you have us […]

9-25-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker N.C. State University will soon be immortalizing arguably the greatest basketball player in area and ACC history. The school announced on Monday that it will pay tribute to 3-time 1st team All-American David Thompson with a statue to be placed outside Reynolds Coliseum on the N.C. State campus. A 1971 Crest High […]

9-24-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers set dubious history in Sunday’s 37-27 loss at the Seattle Seahawks as the loss dropped them to 0-3 for only the 5th time in the team’s 29-year history. It’s the first time since 2010 when Carolina finished 2-14 in John Fox’s final season of a 9-year tenure. The other […]

9-23-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 3: The Carolina Panthers enjoy an early-season off week and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFC South at 2-0. The Week 3 bye […]

9-22-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Huss rallied from a 24-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime and knock off South Point 31-24 for the Huskies’ first home win in the long series since 1995. Huss had lost 11 straight home games to the Red Raiders, who lead the all time series that began in 1965 […]

9-21-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and cross country, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The 9th-oldest rivalry in Gaston County resumes tonight when East Gaston opens its Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference schedule at Cherryville. It’s a rivalry that features four schools and once was highlighted by one of the most amazing individual performances in N.C. high school football history. East Gaston, which opened in 1972 as […]

9-20-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Dax Hollifield was a star linebacker at Shelby High and Virginia Tech, many predicted he would have a future professional future. Hollifield is doing that – just in an unconventional manner with NASCAR. Just last weekend, Hollifield was working at legendary Bristol Motor Speedway just a few years after his last […]

9-19-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and girls golf, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Three days after a disappointing 41-25 home loss to Georgia State, Charlotte 49ers head coach Biff Poggi is eager to finish the first phase of his 2023 season – the 4-game non-league schedule – and vows to push his team with positivity. “Tough week last week and a tough loss for the […]

9-18-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and girls tennis, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers’ offense struggled again and it cost the team a 20-17 home loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The loss also dropped Carolina to 0-2 to start the season for the 12th time in the team’s 29-year history. Only in […]

9-17-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 2: One of the most improbable wins in team history hands the 2002 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 12-9 overtime loss on their […]

9-16-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker After one week, the four unbeaten teams in the Big South 3A Conference are conference favorites Crest, Kings Mountain and South Point in addition to upstart North Gaston. How surprising is North Gaston? The Wildcats won their second Big South Conference game in their 47 league contests when they knocked off Forestview […]

9-15-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and cross country, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Hickory ended East Lincoln’s 19-game winning streak on Friday in a 49-28 victory at Frank Barger Field. The Mustangs, defending N.C. 3A champions, have the four of the five longest winning streaks in Lincoln County history – 30 from 2014 to 2015, the one that ended on Friday, 16 from 2012 to […]

9-14-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Conference action starts up for most area teams on Friday. And the importance of winning a league opener is most prominent in the Big South 3A Conference. In the school histories of that 8-team league, only twice has a team lost its conference opener and still managed to win a league championship. […]

9-13-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Former East Lincoln High standout Chazz Surratt is one of four former local standouts on NFL rosters this year. Surratt also played a key role in one of the most prominent plays in the NFL’s opening weekend as his block near midfield helped spring Xavier Gipson’s game-winning 65-yard punt return that capped […]

9-12-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, volleyball and golf, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers first-year head coach Biff Poggi said at Tuesday’s weekly news conference that he felt he made a mistake during his team’s 38-20 loss at Maryland. Poggi said when his team held a 14-3 lead in the second quarter and faced a fourth-and-8 play near midfield, he thought about going for […]

9-11-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Wayne Bolick got into coaching, he used the coaching strategies and theories of one of the best Gaston County coaches in history. Those Delmer Wiles coaching methods helped make Bolick the winningest junior high/middle school football and baseball coach in Gaston County history. A 2011 Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame […]

9-10-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers struggles in Atlanta and head coach Frank Reich’s struggles in season openers continued on Sunday as rookie Bryce Young’s regular season debut was ruined by 2 pass interceptions that led to 10 Falcons’ points in Sunday’s 24-10 Atlanta victory. The Panthers fell to 8-21 all time in Atlanta and […]

9-9-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 1: Offseason free agent signee Jake Delhomme replaced 2002 starter Rodney Peete at quarterback in the second half with the Panthers trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars […]

9-8-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, tennis and cross country, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker In Shelby’s long history as the state’s winningest football program, the Golden Lions have gone 0-4 to start a football season only once. Entering Friday’s home game against Class 4A Charlotte Olympic, the Golden Lions were 0-3 and desperate to avoid the second 0-4 start in school history. And Shelby did so […]

9-7-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Cherryville visits North Gaston Friday night in a non-conference high school football game, it’ll resume the 6th-oldest rivalry in Gaston County history – and the oldest rivalry in each school’s history in the sport. Cherryville’s 9-6 home win over old Dallas High on Oct. 8, 1926 is the 1st game in […]

9-6-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker Four local products open their NFL seasons this weekend with one playing in the season-opening Monday Night Football contest. On Sunday, Jonathan Bullard (Crest 2012 graduate) and Nick Muse (South Point 2017) and the Minnesota Vikings host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. Bullard is beginning his 8th year as a defensive lineman […]

9-5-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Maryland and the Charlotte 49ers agreed to a two-game series in March 2016, the 49ers were four head coaches away from a homecoming trip for current Charlotte head coach Biff Poggi and many of his players. Back then, the 49ers had just completed their second season under inaugural head coach Brad […]

9-4-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker When Mack Brown was the featured speaker in May for the 2023 Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Gastonia Conference Center, he called former Ashbrook High standout British Brooks one of the “hardest-working players” he’s ever coached and said Brooks was in “our Hall of Fame” due to overcoming […]

9-3-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker With a win and an impressive losing performance, Saturday’s opening games have to be considered a success for the Charlotte 49ers and Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs. Despite falling behind 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 15,622 at Jerry Richardson Stadium in the much-anticipated head coaching debut of Biff Poggi, the 49ers […]

9-2-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football, College football and athletics, Middle school football and softball, NASCAR

By Richard Walker After stopping a 6-year losing streak to rival Cramer, East Gaston is off to only its 4th 3-0 start in the school’s 52-year history. And if the Warriors can defy history this Friday at home against Ashbrook, they’ll have a chance at the school’s best-ever seasonal start. East Gaston’s previous 3-0 starts […]