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1-21-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball, football and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker After a third straight win and seventh in eight games, the Charlotte Hornets are six games above .500 for the first time since the 2015-16 season following Friday’s 121-98 win over visiting Oklahoma City. In front of 15,835 at Spectrum Center, the Hornets (26-20) lead all but a few seconds behind a […]

1-20-22 roundup: High school basketball, football and wrestling, College basketball and football, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker Bessemer City didn’t have to look far for a new athletic director with the departure of longtime athletic director and football coach Larry Boone. The Yellow Jackets announced on Thursday that girls basketball head coach Billy James will become the school’s athletic director. A 1986 Bessemer City High graduate, James was the […]

1-19-22 roundup: College basketball and football, High school basketball, Pro basketball, football and soccer

By Richard Walker A Gastonia native, an original Charlotte Hornets player and an original Carolina Panthers player highlight a group of 11 that will be honored during the 2022 induction ceremonies for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Gastonia’s Dave Robbins, a two-sport star at old Ashley High School, is being inducted for leading […]

1-18-22 roundup: College basketball, High school basketball, Pro basketball, football and soccer

By Richard Walker Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain High standout Adrian Delph was named Sun Belt Conference basketball player of the week for the second time of his career on Tuesday. Delph, a 2018 Kings Mountain High graduate, was honored after leading Appalachian State to wins over Coastal Carolina last week. Honored previously […]

1-17-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball and soccer, College baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker Inclement weather has pushed back Tuesday’s high school basketball a day as all schools in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties will be closed on Tuesday. Here’s the schedule of girls/boys doubleheaders that have been moved: (Tuesday) Ashbrook at Huss (ppd., Wednesday) Crest at Kings Mountain (ppd., Wednesday) Forestview at Cramer (ppd., Wednesday) […]

1-16-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker At the halfway point of most high school conference basketball play, several teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties are atop their respective league standings or are in title contention. Here’s a look at those races: Big South 3A Conference boys – Kings Mountain (8-5, 5-0) and Crest (8-2, 3-0) are the […]

1-15-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College basketball and football

By Richard Walker A former South Point High football state champion will finish his college career at another school. Matthew Robinson, a 2018 South Point High graduate who was a member of the Red Raiders’ 2016 state championship team, announced on Friday on twitter that he was leaving Gardner-Webb and entering the college transfer portal. […]

1-14-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker Three local products completed their NFL seasons this, including two who were making their debuts. Veteran Jonathan Bullard, a 2012 Crest High graduate, completed his sixth NFL season with 21 tackles in nine games (four starts) for the Atlanta Falcons. Tanner Muse (South Point 2015) made his NFL debut in his second […]

1-13-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker Twenty five years ago today, the Charlotte Hornets were a part of a historic NBA overtime period. A record-low two points were scored in that extra period, as Charlotte guard Tony Smith’s 10-footer with 1:29 left in the extra period was enough to give the Hornets a 102-100 victory over the Denver […]

1-12-22 roundup: High school football, basketball and wrestling, Pro football and basketball, College basketball

By Richard Walker Crest is looking for a new football coach. Nick Eddins has left after five seasons to become head coach at Class 4A Pinecrest. The ninth head coach in Crest history, Eddins had a 43-17 overall record, 6-5 playoff record and led the Chargers to the 2019 and 2021 Big South 3A Conference […]

1-11-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker Even with a losing overall bowl record, the Southeastern Conference continued its college football dominance since the Bowl Championship Series format was adopted in 1998. The league won its 14th title in the 24-year history of the format that was increased from two teams to four teams in 2014. Georgia’s 33-18 victory […]

1-10-22 roundup: High school basketball, Legion baseball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and volleyball

By Richard Walker Cramer High’s boys basketball team has moved into historic territory during the Storm’s 11-0 start to the season entering Tuesday’s Big South 3A Conference game at Kings Mountain. Coach Brad Sloan’s team is off to the 11th boys basketball start of 10-0 or better in Gaston County in the last 40 years. […]

Wrapping up Carolina Panthers 2021-22: From 3-0 to a disappointing 5-12

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers 2021-22 season started fast but ended in disappointment. After starting 3-0 with new quarterback Sam Darnold, the Panthers lost 12 of their last 14 games and will enter the offseason with more questions than answers. What’s next for a franchise that will enter next season looking to snap a […]

1-9-22 roundup: Legion baseball, High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and baseball, College football

By Richard Walker The North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony is returning to Cherryville. The 2022 ceremony inducting the 2021 class will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherryville Post 100 Legion hut. Tickets are $10. Call Jerry Hudson (704-460-4855), Tony Robinson (980-329-7200), Mike Robinson (704-473-9310), Ned […]

1-8-22 roundup: High school basketball and wrestling, Pro football and basketball, College basketball and football

By Richard Walker Friday night was milestone night for local high school basketball as a pair of Bessemer City High juniors surpassed 1,000 career points and a Lincoln Charter coach reached a victory milestone. Bessemer City’s Janiya Adams and Randall Pettus surpassed 1,000 career points as Bessemer City swept rival Cherryville with a 75-29 girls […]

1-7-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football

By Richard Walker Cramer High’s fast start continued Friday as the Storm boys basketball team won 84-58 over visiting Ashbrook to improve to 11-0 overall. It’s the fastest start in the school’s nine-year history and comes after the Storm started 0-10 last season before finishing 1-13. This season’s start marks only the fourth time Cramer […]

1-6-22 roundup: High school basketball and football, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker When Kings Mountain returns to action on Friday in a Big South 3A Conference home game against South Point, the Mountaineers will be playing the first game since senior guard Zeke Cannedy tied a 67-year record. Cannedy tied a Cleveland County record set in 1954 with 55 points in Kings Mountain’s 83-74 […]

1-5-22 roundup: College basketball and football, Pro basketball and football, High school basketball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Coming off its largest win over a power five conference opponent in its last game, Gardner-Webb used that momentum to open its Big South Conference schedule with an 88-63 win at Charleston Southern on Wednesday. The Runnin’ Bulldogs improved to 7-7 overall in their first game since a 77-60 win at Georgia […]

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

By Richard Walker The return of the North Carolina/South Carolina Challenge of American Legion baseball teams has tweaked its upcoming 2022 lineup with a new team. Rutherford County Post 423 will now join host Cherryville Post 100 and Fuquay-Varina Post 116 as N.C. teams for the June 24-26 event that will be played at Cherryville’s […]

1-3-22 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker A 14-point lead in the middle of the third quarter wasn’t enough for the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night in a 124-121 loss at the Washington Wizards. Charlotte, which fell to 19-19 overall, led 82-68 with 5:17 left in the third quarter before Washington rallied by Kyle Kuzma’s game-high 36 points. Gordon […]

1-2-22 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Charlotte had a tough professional sports start to the new year as the NFL Carolina Panthers and the NBA Charlotte Hornets both suffered disappointing losses on Sunday. In the 54th day the teams have played on the same day, Charlotte teams were swept for the 23rd time – and third time this […]

1-1-22 roundup: College football, Pro basketball and football, High school basketball

By Richard Walker DeaconsIllustrated, a website devoted to Wake Forest University athletics, made the case in a story posted Saturday morning that Clover’s Nick Sciba became the NCAA’s most accurate kicker in history this season based on that organization’s record book. Sciba, a 2018 Clover graduate, finished his four-year Wake Forest career with 80 field […]

12-31-21 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College football, High school basketball

By Richard Walker One of the greatest legends in basketball has died as Sam Jones passed on Thursday evening at 88. Jones played his entire 12-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics and won 10 titles between 1957-69. Jones, Bill Russell and K.C. Jones were the only three players to be a part of Boston […]

12-30-21 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football

By Richard Walker Cramer won a second straight People’s Bank Classic boys basketball title and Gaston Day knocked off host Kings Mountain in the Mountaineers Classic boys tournament championship game to highlight a huge Thursday night of high school basketball. At the 18th People’s Bank Classic at Lincolnton High School, Cramer edged host Lincolnton 67-62 […]

12-29-21 roundup: High school basketball and baseball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker Championship games will be held at Lincolnton, East Lincoln and Kings Mountain involving high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. In the People’s Bank Holiday Classic at Lincolnton High School, defending champion Cramer meets host Lincolnton for the boys championship and two-time defending champion Bandys meets West Lincoln for […]

12-28-21 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s boys and South Point’s girls won championship games Tuesday night in the Bud Black/Dennis Tate Classic at Cherryville’s Nixon Gymnasium. Cherryville downed Thomas Jefferson 73-62 to give the Ironmen their 12th title in the history of the tournament that dates to 1981. Tournament MVP Carson Kelly (33 points) and all-tournament members […]

12-27-21 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football

By Richard Walker Thomas Jefferson and Cherryville will meet for the second straight time in the Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic boys championship game on Tuesday after each won opening round games on Monday. Thomas Jefferson won 74-65 in 2019 in the last tournament title game – there was no holiday tournament in 2020 due […]

12-26-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, High school basketball

By Richard Walker The Cam Newton era at Bank of America Stadium may well have ended Sunday – and it ended in a 32-6 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton started Sunday’s game, a 136th start in Panthers’ history, before he was replaced in the second quarter by Sam Darnold […]

12-25-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, High school basketball

By Richard Walker As we enter Week 16 of the NFL season, here’s an update on the area’s three local pro football players: For the Atlanta Falcons, defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (Crest 2012 graduate) has 18 tackles in eight games (four starts) but has been inactive for the last four games. Atlanta (6-8) hosts Detroit […]

12-24-21 roundup: College football, High school basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker If Sunday’s 1 p.m. game is Cam Newton’s last start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, there’s little that will change the notion many observers have that Newton is the greatest to ever play for the franchise. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Auburn, Newton holds franchise […]

12-23-21 roundup: College football, High school basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker Clover’s Nick Sciba has been invited to a prestigious All-Star that could lead to a career in the NFL. A 2018 Clover High graduate, Sciba will play in the 10th annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 29 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Cal. A 2021 All-ACC kicker, Sciba enters Wake Forest’s […]

12-22-21 roundup: High school basketball, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule announced his starting quarterback for Sunday’s regular season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but added he would use two quarterbacks in the game. Cam Newton will get the start at quarterback and Sam Darnold is expected to see some playing time after missing the last […]

12-21-21 roundup: High school basketball, College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker A championship-winning coach at Kings Mountain and North Gaston high schools died in a car crash in Duncan, S.C. on Tuesday evening. Bruce Clark, who guided Kings Mountain to two state baseball titles and led North Gaston to its only state football championship, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash. […]

12-20-21 roundup: College football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Former North Lincoln High standout Travali Price made the most of his redshirt freshman season at N.C. State. Price, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end, was named the Wolfpack’s Defensive scout team player of the year. A 2021 North Lincoln High graduate, Price was a two-time all-conference player for the Knights and helped […]

12-19-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, High school basketball, College football and baseball

By Richard Walker A pregame injury to kicker Zane Gonzalez proved a bad omen for the Carolina Panthers in a 31-14 loss at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It was Carolina’s fourth straight loss, drops the team to 5-9 overall this season to guarantee a fourth straight losing record and quarterback Cam Newton lost his […]

12-18-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Record-setting performers from Shelby, South Point, Burns, Mountain Island Charter, Crest and East Gaston are the top high school football statistical leaders in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties for the 2021 season. Shelby’s Daylin Lee was the leading passer with 3,837 yards, South Point’s Tyson Riley the leading rusher with 2,485 yards, […]

12-17-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football, women’s soccer and softball, High school basketball, Middle school volleyball

By Richard Walker Wake Forest’s Isaiah Mucius hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for an 82-79 Deacons’ victory over the Charlotte 49ers on Friday to cap the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. The Deacons (11-1) had led by as many as 19 points before Charlotte (5-5) rallied to tie the […]

12-16-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, High school basketball, Middle school volleyball

By Richard Walker Earlier this week, a former Shelby High standout added to area football history when Demerio Houston was on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ roster when they won the 108th Grey Cup championship for the Canadian Football League on Sunday. The Blue Bombers knocked off the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-25 as former Cincinnati Bearcats […]

12-15-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school basketball, Pro football and basketball and soccer, Middle school volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Three major college recruits from Cleveland County highlighted Wednesday’s national signing day as Crest’s Eli Hall signed with Wake Forest and Shelby’s Malaki Hamrick signed with North Carolina and Santana Hopper with Appalachian State. Additionally, Charlotte and Gardner-Webb added several players to their respective programs. At Charlotte, coach Will Healy signed 12 […]

12-14-21 roundup: College football, Track Hall of Fame, High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football

By Richard Walker Crest High’s Mari Adams announced on twitter on Tuesday that he would be playing football locally by committing to Davidson College. A running back who set Crest’s school record for single-season rushing yards and was named Big South 3A Conference offensive player of the year, Adams said this on twitter about his […]

12-13-21 roundup: High school football, basketball and soccer, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school volleyball

By Richard Walker State champion Shelby leads the All-Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference football team that was released on Monday. In voting done by league coaches, Shelby’s Mike Wilbanks was named coach of the year, Malaki Hamrick was named defensive player of the year and Jack Berkowitz was named kicker of the year. Shelby recently completed […]

12-12-21 roundup: High school basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and soccer, Middle school wrestling

By Richard Walker With Shelby’s N.C. 2A championship game on Saturday, local high schools can now focus on high school basketball which has been underway for a month for some teams. League play in the Big South 3A and Western Foothills 3A conferences began on Friday. With that in mind, here’s preseason projections for the […]

12-11-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school wrestling

By Richard Walker In an offensive shootout against North Carolina’s most prolific high school rushing attack in history, Shelby downed Wallace-Rose Hill 55-34 to win the 2021 N.C. 2A title at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. It was Shelby’s 19th state in school history – and seventh championship in nine years. Even after falling […]

12-10-21 roundup: Pro basketball and football, Middle school volleyball, High school football and basketball, College football

By Richard Walker Despite being without seven players, the Charlotte Hornets edged the Sacramento Kings in a 124-123 shootout victory on Friday night at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets were without starting guards LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, starting center Mason Plumlee and reserves Jalen McDaniels and Ish Smith due to health and safety protocols […]

12-9-21 roundup: Middle school boys soccer and wrestling, Pro basketball, football and soccer, High school football, basketball and indoor track, College football and basketball

By Richard Walker Cramerton Middle School finished a 12-0 seasons as the Eagles’ boys soccer team won the Gaston County county title. Cramerton edged Belmont 1-0 for the second time in eight days – this time in the championship game – as Aiden VanderMeer scored the goal in the first half on a Brody Dyer […]

12-8-21 roundup: College football and baseball, High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Former Ashbrook High standout British Brooks will be returning for another season with the University of North Carolina, the school announced on Wednesday. A 2018 Ashbrook graduate, Brooks has gone from recruited walkon to special teams standout and offensive contributor for the Tar Heels. This season, Brooks rushed for 223 yards and […]

12-7-21 roundup: High school football, basketball and wrestling, Pro football and basketball, College football, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Cramerton will be hosting both the boys soccer and volleyball Gaston County Conference championship games on Thursday. Since both games are being played at Cramerton and a 3:30 p.m. school dismissal, all fans are encouraged to park at Life Church. The game time for boys soccer is 3:45 p.m. with volleyball slated […]

12-6-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and baseball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Crest won three top awards and Cramer, Kings Mountain and South Point got one top honor apiece in All-Big South 3A Conference football honors that were announced on Monday. Crest’s Mari Adams (offensive player of the year), Eli Hall (defensive lineman of the year) and Nick Eddins (coach of the year) helped […]

12-5-21 roundup: High school cheerleading, basketball and football, Pro football, basketball and baseball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Cherryville High School won its 10th N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship in the 19 years cheerleading competition has been held. This year, Cherryville won the Varsity Game Day D2 title and the Small Varsity D2 division. Cherryville has also competed for the N.C. Cheerleading Coaches state title since it began […]

12-4-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball

By Richard Walker After 42 points were scored in the game’s first 21 1-2 minutes, Pittsburgh used defense to sew up its first ACC football championship Saturday night at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers held Wake Forest scoreless for 13 possessions, even aiding its offense with a score of its own in a […]

12-3-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker A huge second quarter propelled Shelby to its 29th state championship football game in school history with a 45-13 win over East Surry on Friday night in the Western N.C. 2A championship game. South Point wasn’t as fortunate as Greensboro Dudley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the momentum never […]

12-2-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker State championship pairings will be finalized for N.C. High School Athletic Association football teams after Friday’s regional finals across the state. The state announced earlier this week the following state championship times, dates and sites: Class 1A: Dec. 11 at noon (Kenan Stadium, North Carolina) Class 2A: Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. […]

12-1-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and wrestling, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Earlier this season, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Tanner Muse became the second South Point High product to play in the NFL. Tanner Muse’s younger brother Nick Muse earned an invitation to a prestigious postseason game that has him on the path to becoming the third Red Raiders’ NFL player. Nick Muse, a 6-foot-5, […]

11-30-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker One of the most popular American Legion baseball regular season events will return in 2022 after two seasons off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cherryville’s Fraley Field will be the site of the 14th North-South Challenge that pits three teams from North Carolina against three teams from South Carolina on June 24 […]

11-29-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and volleyball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Lincoln County schools found out their all-conference award winners on Monday and all four schools are well represented in the Western Foothills 3A and Catawba Valley 2A conferences, respectively, in voting done by those league’s coaches. In the Western Foothills 3A, North Lincoln’s Kyle Kovalchuk and East Lincoln’s Ben Cutter came away […]

11-28-21 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers’ 2021 season is spiraling downward after Sunday’s 33-10 loss at the Miami Dolphins. Not only are the Panthers 5-7 overall, but they now have a week off to hear rumors of imminent change that could include Carolina’s second-year head coach Matt Rhule. After a Miami blocked punt gave the […]

11-27-21 roundup: College football and basketball, High school football, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker It’ll be Wake Forest against Pittsburgh in next Saturday’s 8 p.m. ACC championship game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Wake Forest (10-2, 7-1) clinched the Atlantic Division title on Saturday with a 41-10 win at Boston College. Pittsburgh (10-2, 7-1) wrapped up the Coastal Division title last week and closed its […]

11-26-21 roundup: High school football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, College football

By Richard Walker South Point won a thriller and Shelby dominated the top seed in the playoffs to highlight Friday’s area high school football action. South Point scored late in regulation to force overtime, then won 34-27 at Crest to advance to next week’s Western N.C. 3A championship game. The Red Raiders (11-3) avenged an […]

11-25-21 roundup: High school football, Pro basketball and football, College football

By Richard Walker Cleveland County will host two Western N.C. semifinal playoff football games on Friday with teams that share levels of familiarity. In Class 3A, South Point visits Crest in a rematch of a regular season game. And in Class 2A, Shelby hosts Reidsville in a matchup of the state’s two winningest programs for […]

11-24-21 roundup: High school soccer, golf, volleyball, football and basketball, Pro basketball and football, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Several area players made the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state teams, including one player each from the state championship teams of Shelby (David Twiggs) and Gaston Day (Marco Wright). Also honored from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties were Joseph Bravo and Jack Matz from Cramer and Zach Zagorski from Lincolnton. Here are […]