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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previewing Gaston County Middle School baseball and girls soccer season

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

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 […]

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, […]

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

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