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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 […]

5-11-22 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 […]

5-7-22 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. […]

4-9-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College baseball and beach volleyball, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III struggled in Saturday’s unseasonable weather at The Master’s on Saturday. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner shot a eight-over-par 80 to fall from a tie for sixth to a tie for 36th in arguably the PGA’s most prestigious annual event. Varner, who tees off at 11:10 a.m. for […]

4-7-22 roundup: Pro basketball, golf and soccer, College football, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III is tied for 11th after shooting a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of The Masters on Thursday. It is Varner’s first appearance in the prestigious tournament and the 2008 Forestview High graduate eagled one hole (No. 13) and birdied four others (Nos. 2, 8, 14 and 16) […]

4-6-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, Pro basketball, golf and soccer, High school baseball, softball and girls soccer, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Abbey College assistant coach Jonas Hayes was named the 16th head men’s basketball coach in Georgia State history on Wednesday. Hayes, who coached at Belmont Abbey from 2007 to 2012, last Thursday guided Xavier to the NIT championship as an interim head coach. Hayes was named interim head coach at […]

4-5-22 roundup: College basketball and baseball, Pro basketball, golf and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III will tee off at 1:08 p.m. on Thursday in his first career appearance at the prestigious Master’s golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner qualified through his high world golf ranking (currently No. 40) and he is paired with Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters. […]

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

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Knights begin their 2022 season with a six-game road trip to Norfolk that begins Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. The team held its annual media day and Gastonia’s Wes Helms, entering his second season as manager, is thrilled to have a traditional schedule and protocol after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled […]

4-3-22 roundup: College baseball and basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Two local baseball programs had a good weekend as Gaston College recorded a three-game sweep to reach 30 victories and Belmont Abbey won two of three games at perennial power Mount Olive. Gaston College won 7-4 and 4-3 in extra innings on Saturday then won 9-8 on Sunday to improve to 30-2 […]

4-1-22 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, football and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker American Legion baseball is six weeks away from starting and North Carolina Area IV will have 19 teams competing for its title when the regular season begins on May 15. In the 10-team Eastern Division, Gaston Braves Post 144-266 and Gastonia Post 23 and Lincoln County Cardinals Post 455 will be joined […]

3-31-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Back-to-back nail-biting wins over South Point this week have extended Crest’s conference winning streak to 35 games as well put the Chargers in first place of the Big South 3A Conference standings. As rain wiped away all area games on Thursday, the Chargers (9-3, 6-0) are idle until hosting North Gaston on […]

3-30-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College football, basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers and Gardner-Webb announced their 2022 college football schedules on Wednesday. Charlotte plays a schedule with eight Conference USA games and seven 2021 bowl teams and includes a first-ever home game against a Big Ten opponent (Maryland) and first-ever road game at South Carolina of the SEC. Fourth-year 49ers head […]

3-28-22 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The rebirth of the United States Football League could see the rebirth of one of the most accomplished athletes in North Carolina high school history. Sage Surratt, a star football and basketball player at East Lincoln and Lincolnton high schools, was selected with the 41st pick of the sixth round of the […]

3-27-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker Nine NCAA schools have advanced to the Final Four 10 times or more – and three of them have advanced to this year’s Final Four as Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova make up the field that will play next weekend in New Orleans. North Carolina is making its record 21st Final […]

3-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball, softball and track, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference middle school 2022 baseball and girls soccer seasons began on Thursday. Here are the results of baseball games: Belmont 18, Bessemer City 0: Zeke Pruitt and Gavin Smith combined on a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and Luke Oberman (3-3), Pruitt, Smith, Jonathan Kalmbach, Carter Rowe, Brody Crawford and […]

3-23-22 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and girls soccer

By Richard Walker The only good news for the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday was that they didn’t lose any ground in the Eastern Conference standings. With a chance for their longest winning streak since the 2015-16 season, the Hornets never led in a 121-106 home loss to the New York Knicks in front of 16,290 at […]

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

By Richard Walker The Gaston County Conference will crown its first middle school champions since 2019 in baseball, girls soccer and boys and girls track this spring. That starts this week for baseball and girls soccer on Thursday. In opening games for those two sports, Belmont visits Bessemer City, Mount Holly visits Grier, Southwest visits […]

2-28-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College track and field, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain senior Zeke Cannedy and Crest coach Brad LeVine took top boys honors and Ashbrook junior Kennette Bess and Ashbrook coach Tremayne Booker took top girls honors in Big South 3A Conference 2021-22 basketball honors that were released on Monday. Cannedy, a 32.3 points per game scorer, was named boys player […]

2-27-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College track and field, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s boys and Shelby’s girls will play N.C. High School Athletic Association Western semifinal basketball playoff games on Tuesday. Bessemer City (23-4), in the Western semifinals for the first time since 1995, will visit perennial power Winston-Salem Prep in a 1A Western boys semifinal. Tuesday’s winner advances to Saturday’s Western 1A […]

2-26-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Two local teams survived Saturday’s third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs. Bessemer City’s boys and Shelby’s girls won and advanced into the Western 1A and Western 2A semifinals, respectively, that will be played on March 1. Meanwhile, Crest and North Lincoln in 3A boys, Lincoln Charter in […]

2-25-22 roundup: High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, American Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Eight local teams – four boys and four girls – will play in Saturday’s third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs. Crest and North Lincoln in 3A boys, Lincoln Charter in 2A boys, Bessemer City in 1A boys, Ashbrook and East Lincoln in 3A girls and Lincoln Charter […]

2-23-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball and football, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Eight boys teams and four girls teams remain alive as the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs continue with second round play on Thursday. Following the first round, trends are already emerging from postseason play. Unbeaten area conferences include Queen City 3A/4A boys (4-0), Western Foothills 3A boys (5-0), Mountain Foothills […]

2-22-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Boys high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties went 8-6 in Tuesday’s opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs and girls teams went 4-5. Crest, Cramer, East Lincoln and North Lincoln advanced in Class 3A boys, Lincoln Charter and Shelby in Class 2A boys, Bessemer City […]

2-20-22 roundup: High school wrestling and basketball, College baseball, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball, Mixed martial arts

By Richard Walker Twenty wrestlers from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties earned placement awards in Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association individual championships that was highlighted by two state champions and three state runner-up finishers. Cramer’s Charlie Sly and Zack Karagias won Class 3A individual state titles with victories over wrestlers from 3A team champion […]

2-19-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball, baseball and softball, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Twenty-three high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties found out their N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff pairings on Saturday. Boys teams from Burns, Crest, Kings Mountain and Shelby in Cleveland County, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Cramer, East Gaston, Mountain Island Charter and South Point in Gaston County and East […]

2-18-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball, MMA, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Conference tournament champions were declared all around the region on Friday night and teams now await Saturday’s N.C. High School Athletic Association playoff fates. The NCHSAA is slated to announced postseason pairings with games slated to begin on Tuesday. Teams assured of postseason appearances are league champions Crest (Big South 3A boys), […]

2-17-22 roundup: High school basketball, College basketball and baseball, MMA, Pro basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Basketball tournament championship game pairings have been set for the Big South 3A, Western Foothills 3A and Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conferences after Thursday’s games. In the Big South, whose semifinals were on Wednesday, Kings Mountain’s boys face Crest and the Mountaineers’ girls meet Ashbrook in title games. In the Western Foothills, East […]

2-16-22 roundup: High school basketball and football, College football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams broke her own Gaston County High School girls basketball single game scoring record on Tuesday night in the Yellow Jackets’ 77-27 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament victory over Cherryville. A junior guard, Adams scored 55 points to break her previous best of 50 points scored against Cherryville on […]

2-15-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Gaston Day School’s boys basketball program continued its opening round playoff success of many years on Tuesday with an 84-36 win over over visiting Hickory Christian in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs. The Spartans, who improved to 25-3 this season, won their opening playoff […]

2-14-22 roundup: High school swimming/diving and basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Lincoln Charter held off league rival Pine Lake Prep to win the school’s first N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A/2A girls swimming and diving state championship in Cary on Saturday. The Eagles won their title thanks to a 200 Freestyle victory from Grace Wilson who churned to a 1:57.03 win. She […]

2-11-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Two Gaston County high school boys basketball teams celebrated huge accomplishments on Friday as Cherryville’s Scott Harrill became the county’s first 400-game coaching winner and Gaston Day won its conference tournament title. Cherryville ended its regular season with a 58-51 victory over Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy as Harrill improved his 22-year head […]

2-10-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Five area high school basketball titles have been clinched while three others remain in contention entering Friday’s regular season finales. Crest’s boys, Shelby’s girls, East Lincoln’s girls and boys and girls teams From Lincoln Charter have wrapped their respective races. Meanwhile, Bessemer City’s boys clinched at least a share of the Southern […]

2-9-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Bessemer City High School’s boys basketball team enters Thursday’s home game with East Gaston seeking a historic title. The Yellow Jackets of coach Danny McDowell would clinch a least a share of the school’s first regular season boys basketball title since 1996 – and 10th in history. Monday’s 67-65 victory over preseason […]

2-8-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker The Big South 3A Conference girls basketball race is one game away from ending om a dead heat while the boys title was wrapped on Tuesday. Ashbrook’s girls forged a tie with a 71-68 win at Kings Mountain to spoil the Mountaineers’ “Senior Night” and a record-setting individual effort. Both teams have […]

2-7-22 roundup: Pro golf, basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Harold Varner III has put himself in position to compete the PGA’s biggest major tournament. A 2008 Forestview High graduate, Varner’s Sunday win in the Saudi International improved his world golf ranking to 45th. If Varner is in the top 50 on March 28, he gets an invitation to the April […]

2-4-22 roundup: Legion baseball, High school basketball, Pro basketball and football, Middle school basketball, College baseball

By Richard Walker Shelby’s Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium and Cherryville’s Fraley Field will host a six-team June Classic American Legion baseball tournament from June 10-12, The teams will be divided into two pools with Cleveland County, Kinston and Rowan County in Pool A and Cherryville, Randolph County and Wayne County in Pool B. Here’s […]

2-2-22 roundup: Pro baseball, basketball and football, College football, High school wrestling and basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Former Ashbrook High and Gastonia American Legion Post 23 baseball star Wes Helms will be returning as manager of the Class AAA Charlotte Knights, the Chicago White Sox organization announced on Wednesday. Helms, a 1994 Ashbrook graduate who played 13 seasons in the major leagues, made his managerial debut last year with […]

2-1-22 roundup: Pro baseball, High school wrestling and basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters announced Tuesday on twitter that they have re-signed former Forestview High standout Reilly Hovis. A 2012 Forestview graduate, Hovis was on the Honey Hunters roster for a month last season before the right-handed was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization as part of the Atlantic League of […]

1-31-22 roundup: High school wrestling and basketball, Middle school basketball, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker West Lincoln advanced to Wednesday’s N.C. Class 2A regional finals with a pair of wins in the first two rounds of the state playoffs on Monday. After knocking off Surry Central in the opening round, the Rebels improved to 19-3 with a 42-33 victory over host R-S Central. On Wednesday, West Lincoln […]