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6-17-21 roundup: Prep baseball, College athletics, Pro football, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter and Mountain Island Charter stayed alive on Thursday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs. East Lincoln routed Thomasville Ledford 11-1 in five innings in Class 2A. And in Class 1A, Mountain Island Charter won 12-9 at top-seeded Hayesville and Lincoln Charter knocked off North Moore […]

6-16-21 roundup: Prep baseball, Legion baseball, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Five Gaston and Lincoln county teams remain alive in the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs that move into the second round on Thursday night. In Class 2A, East Lincoln will host Thomasville Ledford and South Point will visit R-S Central. And in Class 1A, Mountain Island Charter will visit Hayesville, […]

6-15-21 roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball, Legion baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a dramatic 6-5 win over Pine Lake Prep in the opening round of the N.C. 1A high school baseball playoffs. Cherryville was one of five local winners in Tuesday’s opening round; East Lincoln and South Point […]

6-14-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Former Crest baseball standout Jack Millen was honored Monday as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy athletic department Julie Berke Rookie of the Year Award male winner for the 2020-21 season. Millen, a 2020 Crest High graduate, also was named the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year after he helped the Mariners advance […]

6-13-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College track and baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100’s Jerry Hudson was inducted into the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Raleigh during the annual North Carolina American Legion convention. Hudson, currently the N.C. Area IV commissioner, also is a longtime Cherryville Post 100 athletic officer. Hudson was inducted with Rowan […]

6-12-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate University completed its comeback run through the NCAA Division II World Series to finish as 2021 baseball national champions. And former Crest standout Logan McNeely was named tournament most valuable player after helping the Bulldogs beat Central Missouri 5-3 in Saturday’s championship game at the USA National Training Complex in Cary. […]

6-11-21 roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball

By Richard Walker Wingate wasn’t just satisfied with making its first NCAA Division II World Series. The Bulldogs’ fourth straight win at the event at the USA National Training Complex in Cary – an 8-7, 11-inning thriller over Angelo State – will give the school the chance to play for a national championship on Saturday. […]

6-9-21 roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Former Crest standout Logan McNeely had a RBI hit as Wingate advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II World Series with a 5-1 win over Seton Hill on Wedneday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. A 2017 Crest High graduate, is now six for 11 at the […]

Sunday’s roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Crest, East Lincoln, Mountain Island Charter and R-S Central have clinched at least a share of their respective league titles as the regular season comes to a close this week – and Cherryville and Lincoln Charter play a huge matchup that’ll decide the area’s other league title. Crest (11-0, 11-0) will take […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker After a slow start, the Gastonia Honey Hunters are one of the hottest teams in pro baseball. The first-year Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team evened its record at 3-3 on Wednesday with a 7-3 victory over the York Revolution to extend its winning streak to three games. Gastonia started 0-3 before […]

Sunday’s roundup: College baseball and softball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Duke set history on Sunday with its first ACC baseball tournament title in a 1-0 win over N.C. State at Charlotte’s Truist Field in the championship game. The Blue Devils, who finished in last place in the seven-team Coastal Division, extended their winning streak to 12 games as coach Chris Pollard guided […]

Friday’s roundup: Pro baseball, High school football, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis and wrestling, College football and soccer

By Richard Walker Jake Buchanan’s hometown pro debut got put on hold Friday afternoon when the Los Angeles Angels signed the former North Gaston High standout to a minor league contract. Buchanan had signed with the first-year Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball on March 4. But on Friday, the Los […]

Thursday’s roundup: College football, Pro baseball, HIgh school football and softball, Middle schools and College basketball

By Richard Walker South Point High’s all-time leading receiver will be moving on to another college. Ray Rose announced via his twitter account at 6:09 p.m. on Thursday that he was entering the transfer portal and leaving the University of North Carolina football program. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound wide receiver, Rose played in one game during […]

Tuesday’s roundup: High school football, soccer and softball, Middle schools, Pro baseball and College basketball

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain improved to 4-0 on the high school football season with a 50-0 win over North Gaston on Tuesday night in a makeup game from a previously postponed game. The Mountaineers have outscored their first four opponents by a 169-7 margin. In Tuesday’s win, Rashaard Brooks and Jaylen Mims scored two […]

Monday’s roundup: Honey Hunters add local player, HIgh school and middle school results and full NCAA men’s and women’s pairings and results

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters have added another Gaston County product to their roster as they prepare for their inaugural 2021 season in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Honey Hunters announced on Tuesday they had signed former Forestview High standout Reilly Hovis. A 2012 Forestview High graduate, Hovis was an ACC […]

Honey Hunters sign former North Gaston, N.C. State, major league pitching standout

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters have signed their first player for the upcoming season. And it’s a player with a local background. Former North Gaston High standout Jake Buchanan signed with team according to the team’s @gohoneyhunters twitter account release on Thursday morning. A 2007 North Gaston High graduate, Buchanan was also a […]

Gastonia Honey Hunters announce 2021 baseball schedule

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s newest professional baseball team now has a schedule. The Honey Hunters will begin play in May in the eight-team Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games as Gastonia’s FUSE stadium in downtown Gastonia off Franklin Boulevard. Here’s the schedule: May 23 High Point 4:50 p.m. 27 Lancaster 6:50 […]

Thursday’s roundup: Gastonia’s professional baseball team has a new manager, college basketball and college football news

By Richard Walker A former major leaguer and a longtime baseball coach has been selected as the first manager of the Gastonia Honey Hunter in their inaugural season the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The team announced Thursday that Mauro “Goose” Gozzo will be the team’s 2021 manager and oversee all baseball operations, including player […]

Gastonia’s new professional baseball team now has a nickname and a logo

By Richard Walker Gastonia baseball teams have been named Tigers, Combers, Spinners, Cardinals, Browns, Rockets, Pirates, Rippers, Rangers, Expos, Jets, King Cougars and Grizzlies over the years. On Wednesday, the Honey Hunters were born as the nickname of the city’s new Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team. The nickname was unveiled by Gastonia Professional Baseball […]

In 2021, Gastonia will add to a rich pro baseball history that includes 131 future or former major leaguers and 3 eventual Hall of Famers

By Richard Walker When Gastonia begins its first Atlantic Coast League baseball season in May it’ll be a back to the future moment for the city that hasn’t been home to a professional baseball team since 1995. Gastonia professional teams have had 131 future or former major leaguers, including National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees […]