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6-24-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Baseball is always big in late October. That also will be the case for Gardner-Webb’s baseball team. Only the Runnin’ Bulldogs will be serving a mission trip to the Dominican Republic from Oct. 11-15 that their coach thinks will provide a lifetime memory. “This is bigger than baseball,” GWU head coach Jim […]

6-23-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, High school athletics, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two Lincoln county schools and one Gaston County school finished among the top 10 in their respective classifications in the 45th annual N.C. High School Athletic Association Wells Fargo Cup all-sports standings for the 2023-2024 academic year. The awards recognize the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within […]

6-22-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Friday’s 14-11 win at Hickory ended a historic streak of pitching excellence by the Gastonia Post 23 pitching staff. It’s because earlier this week, Gastonia had back-to-back shutouts of Burke County (6-0) and Caldwell County (3-0). It was Post 23’s 1st back-to-back shutouts since 2017. Gastonia starters and winners Caleb Cloninger and […]

6-21-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Leo Mazzone became Atlanta Braves’ pitching coach in 1990, the franchise had won only 2 division titles in its history. By the time Mazzone left the organization after the 2005 season, the Braves had won 14 straight division titles in addition to 5 National League titles and the 1995 World Series […]

6-20-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers will celebrate their 30th season beginning with special events during the team’s upcoming training camp presented by Ticketmaster and highlighted by Fan Fest presented by Daimler Truck North America. The team will host its 2024 training camp at the Carolina Panthers Practice Fields on 705 West 4th Street in […]

6-19-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After a 3-month offseason program, the Carolina Panthers will take a break before the start of training camp late next month. And 1st-year head coach Dave Canales thinks he has laid a foundation for improvement. Of course, following 6 straight losing streaks including last year’s low-water 2-15 record, the bar isn’t extraordinarily […]

6-18-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Could Gaston County add another U.S. Olympian or even 2 this summer? A pair of former Gaston County standouts are currently pursuing spots on Team USA as former East Gaston High diver Kyndal Knight and former Belmont Middle School and Highland Tech sprinter Lauren Tolbert are competing in their respective U.S. Olympic […]

6-17-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, High school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker There’s clearly been a lot of turmoil around Gastonia’s Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s franchise almost from its birth in 2021. It started with playing games while the COVID-19 pandemic was still going on and continued with the controversy that followed that led to the ouster of the Brandon Bellamy ownership group […]

6-16-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, High school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With its slated starting pitcher Johan Domínguez placed on the injured list just before the game, the Charlotte Knights’ bullpen knew it would be the pitchers for Sunday’s finale of a 6-game series at Durham. Did they ever come through as 7 Knights’ relievers combined for a 2-0 no-hit win at the […]

6-15-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, High school football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker High school football season begins in two months. Here are the 2024 schedules for the high schools of Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: Game times at 7:30 p.m. unless noted ALL CAPS indicate conference games Ashbrook Aug. 23 at Forest Hills Aug. 30 BYE Sept. 6 at West Meck Sept. 13 East […]

6-14-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball season is less than 2 weeks from the end of the regular season. And Rutherford County Post 423’s Wednesday night doubleheader sweep at Cherryville has it atop the standings with an 8-1 record. Post 423 now has 11 games scheduled in a 10-day period to […]

6-13-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s Dalton Pence and North Lincoln’s Matt Heavner are pursuing College World Series glory starting this weekend for their respective ACC teams. Pence and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet league rival Virginia on Friday at 2 p.m. in their CWS opener in Omaha and Heavner and the N.C. State Wolfpack face […]

6-12-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Belmont Middle School and Highland Tech standout Lauren Tolbert concluded her sophomore season at Duke University with a second straight NCAA All-American honor in the 800-meter run. Tolbert, a 2022 Highland Tech graduate, earned the honor by finishing in the top 8 of the recent NCAA championships that gives her 3 […]

6-11-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the first time in College World Series history, only two conferences will be represented in the 8-team field as the ACC and SEC have 4 teams apiece. The ACC will be represented by Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia with the ACC represented by Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas […]

6-10-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer, basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Last week, former Gardner-Webb Junior College star Artis Gilmore added another honor to a career filled with them while also enjoying somewhat of a full circle moment. Gilmore was in the 4th induction class of the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame during a June 6 ceremony at Charlotte’s University […]

6-9-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College football, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2024-25 college football bowl schedule was announced this week with the dates and times for the 12-team College Football Playoff as well as the full listing of other bowl games that includes the latest Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte in the history of the event. Here’s the full 2024-25 college football […]

6-7-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school softball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s Dalton Pence and North Lincoln’s Matt Heavner helped North Carolina and N.C. State last weekend to regional titles and prepare to pursue Super Regional wins that would advance them to the College World Series. Pence, a 2021 Cherryville High graduate, pitched the final 3 2/3 innings of the Tar Heels’ come-from-behind […]

6-6-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seven players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were honored on the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s all-state teams and 23 others were named to the All-Region 6 team. The all-region selections came from those 3 counties as well as Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties. Here are the NCBCA all-state selections from […]

6-5-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Gardner-Webb Junior College All-American Artis Gilmore will be inducted into the 4th class of the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. Gilmore led Gardner-Webb to a 61-8 record and its 1st 2 NJCAA Region 10 titles in 1968 […]

6-4-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Darrell Armstrong is back in the NBA finals. A 1986 Ashbrook High graduate, Armstrong advanced to the finals once in his 14-year playing career and has now advanced for the 2nd time in his 16-year coaching career. A 2006 NBA runner-up as a guard for the Dallas Mavericks in a 4-2 […]

6-3-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s Nick Clinard last Wednesday guided Auburn’s golf team to history. A 15th-year Tigers’ head coach and 1991 Ashbrook High graduate, Clinard’s team edged Florida State 3-2 on May 29 to win the program’s 1st NCAA title on the Omni La Costa Champions Course located in the California hills between San Diego […]

6-2-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A former local standout who sparked Gaston College to another historic season as we wrap up the area’s 2024 college baseball players. Mason Smith, a 2022 Lincoln Charter graduate, was Region 10 pitcher of the year for the Rhinos (51-8, 20-4 Region 10 Division I), who were ranked No. 1 in the […]

6-1-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker South Point High School’s girls soccer team came about as close as you can get to a state championship without getting one on Saturday at the Mecklenburg County SportsPlex in Matthews. After 2 halves and 4 overtime periods that amounted to 110 minutes of scoreless play against Jacksonville, the Red Raiders lost […]

5-31-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker South Point High School’s girls soccer team last year became the 1st Gaston County team to advance to a state final. On Saturday, the Red Raiders are seeking to become the 1st to win a state championship. South Point (18-2-2) enter Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. contest against Jacksonville (19-1-4) at the Mecklenburg County […]

5-30-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker If and when Cherryville’s Dalton Pence decides he wants to play pro baseball, he’ll have no bigger supporter than his University of North Carolina baseball coach Scott Forbes. “I think he’s going to get the opportunity to sign and we want all of our kids to realize their ultimate dream of playing […]

5-29-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 4th annual Bessemer City Sports Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a banquet on July 26 at Bessemer City’s First Wesleyan Church at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 apiece and will go on sale June 10. Former University of North Carolina 3-sport standout Charles Waddell is the featured speaker. […]

5-28-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, High school baseball, softball and soccer, Legion baseball, College football, Auto racing

By Richard Walker American Legion baseball is in its 3rd week of competition as long high school baseball playoff teams like 2A state title hopeful Burns have delayed 2 teams having their full rosters. A year ago, Cherryville Post 100 and Shelby Post 82 advanced all the way to the state tournament while the Gaston […]

5-27-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Burns High’s baseball team and Kings Mountain’s softball team got their state championship series pairings for this weekend’s games. Here are the pairings for the baseball state championships: (4A at Burlington Athletic Stadium) West-1 Skyland Roberson (26-4) vs. East-1 Wilmington Ashley (26-4) Game 1: May 31, 8 p.m. Game 2: June 1, […]

5-26-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Duke put on an impressive offensive display on Sunday as the No. 17 Blue Devils routed No. 10 Florida State 16-4 to win the 2024 ACC baseball championship at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Duke is now a perfect 8-0 in ACC tournament games played in Charlotte with the only 2 ACC tournament titles […]

5-25-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Burns’ baseball team and Kings Mountain’s softball team completed comebacks on Saturday that will send them to next weekend’s state championships. Burns, the defending N.C. 2A champion, trailed 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings before rallying to take an 8-5 victory over East Rutherford for a two games to one Western N.C. championship […]

5-24-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Western Foothills 3A Conference honored top athletes for the 2024 springs season in baseball, softball and girls soccer. In baseball, Foard’s Braxton Tramel (Player of the Year) and Sean Jenkins (Pitcher of the Year) and North Lincoln’s Charlie Goss (Coach of the Year) took top honors. Here is the full all-conference […]

5-23-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2023-24 Gaston County Conference middle school athletic season came to a close earlier this month. And the annual Winner’s Cup points standings with the same team on top as the last 7 full seasons competition has been held – with Belmont as the winner. The Wildcats finished with 119.8 cumulative points […]

5-22-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The featured speaker for the 2024 Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame may be from Ohio but he says his new job at Gardner-Webb came a few years after he and his wife fell in love with North Carolina. New Gardner-Webb football coach Cris Reisert is a Cincinnati native who played and […]

5-21-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of individuals stood out on a day in which area schools took 9 overall titles in the N.C. Class 1A and 3A track championships at the North Carolina A&T Complex on Monday. Mountain Island finished as 1A team runner-up behind the efforts of Reggie Daniel, who was named most outstanding […]

5-20-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker South Point High School set school and local history on Monday with a 5-3 victory over Wilson Fike in the N.C. Class 3A dual tennis title at the Burlington Tennis Center. The victory completed a 16-0 season for the Red Raiders and made them the 1st Gaston County dual tennis team state […]

5-19-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the 3rd time in 4 years and 5th time overall, the ACC baseball tournament will be held in the Charlotte area. This year’s event starts Tuesday at 11 a.m. and runs through next Sunday’s noon championship game at Charlotte’s Truist Field. North Carolina is the No. 1 seed while Clemson (No. […]

5-18-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After completing a suspended game on Saturday at a different field for a victory, Burns’ High School’s baseball continues on its path toward history. The Bulldogs, now 29-0, are seeking to become the 17th unbeaten high school baseball state champion in modern N.C. high school history. Burns, which set a Cleveland County […]

5-17-24 roundup: Pro football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker On a day where weather again played havoc on the high school spring sports playoffs, 2 local teams moved on and another will have that chance on Saturday after its game was suspended. Kings Mountain’s softball team won to advance to the Western N.C. 3A finals next week. South Point’s tennis team […]

5-16-24 roundup: Pro hockey, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2024 American Legion baseball season gets its start on Friday in the area for a year in which 2 of the 3 state and national tournaments are in the area. On Friday, Gastonia hosts Asheville in a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader at Sims Legion Park and the Gaston Braves host Queen City […]

5-15-24 roundup: Pro hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, basketball and football, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A NFC South division rival is the opening game of the year for the Carolina Panthers and an AFC West team with the reigning College Football Playoff head coach is the home opener as the NFL announced its 2024 schedule Wednesday night. Carolina, under new head coach Dave Canales, is seeking to […]

5-14-24 roundup: Pro hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cramer’s Rich Wills became Gaston County’s 9th individual golf champion in history while posting the best state title score in county history – and 6th-best in N.C. High School Athletic Association history. Wills finished 2 shots ahead of 2 golfers from state championship team-winner Fayetteville Terry Sanford. He shot a 67 in […]

5-13-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Area teams have long enjoyed success in high school baseball and softball postseasons. After all, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have combined for 52 state championships and 22 runner-up finishes in baseball and 6 state titles and 7 runner-up finishes. A year ago, Burns won a 2A baseball state title and East […]

5-12-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Fourteen years after a final round 62 gave Rory McIlroy his 1st PGA tournament victory at Charlotte Quail Hollow Club, the popular golfer from North Ireland won his 4th Wells Fargo Golf Championship on Sunday after shooting 4 rounds of 68 or better this week. A 4-time major tournament winner, McIlroy has […]

5-11-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets will hope for a repeat of last year when they participate in the NBA Draft Lottery for the 24th time in franchise history. A year ago, the Hornets moved up two spots to No. 2 (where they picked Brandon Miller) in last year’s lottery. This season, Charlotte enters the […]

5-10-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer, football and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seven area high school baseball and softball teams advanced in their respective state playoffs on Friday and another plays on Saturday in hopes of advancing. In baseball, Burns (2A) and Cherryville (1A) advanced to the 3rd round in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs with Gaston Christian hosting a N.C. Independent […]

5-9-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets got their man – and he was the favorite all along. The Hornets announced on Thursday the team will be hiring Boston Celtics assistant coach Charles Lee as the franchise’s 12th head coach. “We are excited to welcome Charles Lee as the head coach of Charlotte Hornets,” new executive […]

5-8-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Two former football stars, an international volleyball standout and local swimming legend comprise the induction class of the 57th annual Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame banquet hosted by the Cleveland County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This year’s banquet will be held Monday, May 20 at the Shelby City […]

5-7-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Thirty-two area teams began the week with the dream of a state high school baseball or softball title. After Tuesday’s games, 15 teams remain alive in that pursuit. Here are the baseball pairings and results with seedings listed first: -NCHSAA 1A (Tuesday, May 7 1st round) 17 Highland Tech at 16 East […]

5-6-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Thirty-two area baseball and softball teams are in the state playoffs that begin on Tuesday. There are 16 N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball teams, 2 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association baseball teams, 13 NCHSAA softball teams and 1 NCISAA softball team. Here are the baseball pairings with seedings listed: -NCHSAA 1A […]

5-5-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker This week the PGA tour returns to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The FedEx event will officially begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday. The field is headlined by Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and many more. And the 21st event on the 2024 PGA Tour […]

5-4-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A baseball team chasing county history and a softball team that ended the area’s longest league winning streak headline the area’s end of the regular season with an eye on the upcoming state playoffs. In all, South Point (Big South 3A), Burns (Southern Piedmont 1A/2A), Lincoln Charter (Catawba Shores 1A/2A) and Piedmont […]

5-3-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School became the 8th school to win the boys and girls Big South 3A Conference title in the same season when they recorded a title sweep on their track on Tuesday. The Mountaineers joined Ashbrook (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2016), Forestview (2011, 2014 and 2018) as programs to win […]

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 […]

4-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A pair of unbeaten Belmont teams will enter next week’s Gaston County Conference Middle School baseball and girls soccer playoffs as the top-seeded teams. In baseball, Belmont (10-0) hosts No. 4 Cramerton (7-3) in one semifinal while No. 2 Stanley (9-1) hosts No. 3 Chavis (8-2) in the other. Belmont, whose head […]