Monday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb begins spring football practice, High school basketball and soccer results, College basketball honors

By Richard Walker

Gardner-Webb’s quarterback Tayvon Bowers gets in a throw during a Runnin’ Bulldogs practice session as they prepare for their upcoming 2021 spring season. [@GWUfootball twitter photo]
Gardner-Webb football held its first official practice session in advance of the 2021 spring season on Monday afternoon at Spangler Stadium.

First-year head coach Tre Lamb put his players through 18 periods of non-contact work and drills on a breezy, overcast 40 degree day.

At the end of the month, the Runnin’ Bulldogs open a six-game schedule that’ll include four Big South Conference games.

In Monday’s opening practice, Lamb welcomed several newcomers, among them graduate transfer quarterback Carlton Aiken from Pace (N.Y.) University. A former NE10 Conference offensive player of the year, Aiken will compete for the starting job with fall practice returnees Tayvon Bowers, Jy Tolen and Malik Davis. Bowers is a transfer from Wake Forest.

All four quarterback candidates received equal repititions at Monday’s practice.

Ten Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln county products are currently on the Gardner-Webb roster – junior linebacker Matthew Robinson (South Point 2018 graduate), freshman running back Jalin Graham (Crest 2020), sophomore punter Devin Baldwin (Stuart Cramer 2019), freshman offensive lineman Christopher Richardson (Crest 2020), junior tight end Stormy Mosteller (Burns 2018), junior defensive lineman Donnie Thompson (Lincolnton 2017), junior defensive lineman Tremayne Booker (Forestview 2017), freshman wide receiver Eli Brooks (Crest 2020), freshman defensive back Chase Marsh (Mountain Island Charter 2020) and freshman wide receiver Jordan Marshall (Mountain Island Charter 2020). And Mosteller has switched jersey numbers (94 to 87) and positions (defensive end to tight end).

Gardner-Webb also has kickoff times for its spring 2021 spring schedule. Here’s the schedule with game times:

Feb. 27 Elon, 3 p.m.
March 6 Presbyterian, 1 p.m.
March 20 Monmouth, 1 p.m.
March 27 Kennesaw State, 1 p.m.
April 3 at Charleston Southern, noon
April 10 at Robert Morris, noon

High school boys soccer
Forestview 9, North Gaston 0: Tyler McMurray (4 goals), Anthony Aguilar (2 goals), Evan Shiflet (1 goal), Nich Shiles (1 goal) and Johan Tabora (1 goal) led Forestview (3-0), which visits Huss next Monday.

Cramer 3, South Point 0: The Storm improved to 3-0 with the non-conference home win.

Huss 1, Kings Mountain 1 (2 OT)

Ashbrook at Crest: Postponed to Tuesday.

Highland Tech at Cherryville: Postponed to Tuesday.

Lincoln Charter at Christ the King: Postponed to Friday.

North Lincoln at East Lincoln: Postponed to Tuesday.

Shelby at Chase: Postponed to Tuesday.

High school boys basketball
Cherryville 66, Piedmont Charter 52: Lavonte Hughes (15 points, 8 assists), Carter Spangler (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Carson Kelly (12 points) led Cherryville to the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference victory.

High school basketball
The Huss at Ashbrook basketball games scheduled for last Tuesday have been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11.

College men’s basketball
Conference USA honor: After leading Charlotte to a pair of victories over Florida International last weekend, Jahmir Young was named league player of the week for the third time this season. Last season, Young earned Conference USA freshman of the week a league-best eight times.

Schedule update: The Big South Conference announced reschedule dates for three Gardner-Webb games. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will now host Presbyterian on Thursday and Friday and will play at USC Upstate on Feb. 8.


College women’s basketball
Regional ranking: Belmont Abbey is ranked No. 6 in the Southeast Region in the D2SIDA WBB Poll, the committee announced on Monday.

Conference Carolinas honor: Belmont Abbey forward Allie Downing has been named the Conference Carolinas defensive player of the Week for the second time this season.

College men’s volleyball
Conference Carolinas honor: Belmont Abbey’s Andrew Kohut and Brennan Davis swept league top honors by being named player of the week and specialist of the week, respectively. Davis is a repeat winner.

College cross country
All-Conference Carolinas: Sam Lynch and Thomas Thierfelder each earned men’s all-conference honors last Friday after helping Belmont Abbey to a fifth-place finish at the 2020-21 Conference Carolinas Men’s Cross Country Championship at Frank Lisle Park. Lynch was a member of the first team after finishing sixth overall, while Thierfelder placed 15th for a slot on the second-team.
Freshman Meghan Little earned women’s all-conference honors after finishing 18th overall to land a spot on the third team while helping the Abbey to a seventh place finish.