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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) […]

1-14-22 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 […]

1-11-22 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

12-17-21 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 […]

12-14-21 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 […]

12-9-21 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 […]

11-22-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, High school football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker After the COVID-19 pandemic limited last year’s high school baskeball season, it has returned with a full schedule for this season. While many games have already been played, the most common opening date is Tuesday for Gaston and Lincoln counties. Cleveland County’s first basketball game isn’t scheduled until next week. Five doubleheaders […]

11-18-21 roundup: High school football and soccer, College football and basketball, Pro football, soccer and basketball, Middle school boys soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Six teams from Cleveland and Gaston counties remain in the N.C. High School Athletic Association high school football playoffs in Friday’s third round. The four games include a pair of regular season rematches as South Point hosts Forestview in Class 3A and Shelby hosts East Gaston in Class 2A. In the other […]

7-6-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte FC Major League Soccer expansion team now has its first coach, according to The Athletic and Associated Press. The franchise, which begins play in 2022, will hire 36-year-old Miguel Angel Ramirez. Ramirez will join Charlotte FC after coaching the Brazilian club Porto Alegre International to an 11-7-4 record to start […]

Charlotte 49ers to meet North Carolina in 2021 NCAA men’s soccer tournament

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers will be making their 15th NCAA men’s soccer tournament appearance against a familiar opponent in a 2021 spring tournament that will be played exclusively in North Carolina. The 49ers (6-3-1) will play the University of North Carolina (7-4-3) in the second round on Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m. […]

Soccer’s oldest N.C. rivalry? When Mecklenburg meets Wake County, it’ll continue state finals matchups that first began in 1978

By Richard Walker When Myers Park meets Cardinal Gibbons for the N.C. 4A high school state boys soccer championship, it’ll continue one of the state’s oldest soccer rivalries. It’s not the matchup between the two teams that will play at 11 a.m. at Koke Booth Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, it’ll be the […]