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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]