Tuesday’s roundup: High school playoff soccer, College basketball tournament results/pairings, prep girls soccer, softball and football schedules

By Richard Walker

Stuart Cramer after winning the school’s first boys soccer state playoff game 4-0 at Montgomery Central on Tuesday night.

Stuart Cramer High School’s first state playoff soccer match was a rainy, sloppy affair but it also was a victory as the Storm won 4-0 at Montgomery Central on Tuesday night.

The win improved Cramer to 12-2 on the season and advances the Storm into Thursday’s second round playoff match at No. 3 seed Weddington. Weddington defeated North Iredell 3-0 in its first round playoff match.

Other playoff winners on Tuesday include East Lincoln, Hough, Myers Park, South Meck, Providence, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Community School of Davidson and Shelby.

Shelby had the most dramatic win as it took a penalty kick victory at previously unbeaten North Forsyth after the teams played to a 1-all tie in regulation and two overtime period. Shelby advances to the second round of the state playoffs on Thursday at Foard, a 2-1 first round winner at Owen.

In East Lincoln’s 5-0 win over Forbush, Luke Felts (2 goals), Blake Swanson (1 goal, 3 assists), Jason Gonzalez (1 goal), Connor Henderson (1 goal), Landon Graden (1 assist), Eli Perez (1 assist) and Will White and Braxton Reeves (goalkeeping shutout) led the way for the Mustangs.

Here’s the area’s first round playoff results and Thursday’s second round pairings:

(First round)
Class 4A
Hough 3, Greensboro Page 1
Myers Park 3, Panther Creek 0
Northwest Guilford 4, Butler 0
South Meck 5, East Forsyth 1
Providence 3, South Caldwell 1

Class 3A
Cramer 4, Montgomery Central 0
Hickory 5, Forestview 4 (Monday)

Class 2A
Salisbury 2, South Point 1
East Lincoln 5, Forbush 0
Shelby 1, North Forsyth 1, OT (Shelby wins penalty kick shootout)

Class 1A
Community School of Davidson 4, Uwharrie Charter 0
Pine Lake Prep 2, Christ the King 1
Thomas Jefferson 5, Swain County 2

(Second round – all scheduled for Thursday)
Class 4A
Hough at Durham Jordan
Lake Norman at Myers Park
Providence at South Meck

Class 3A
Cramer at Weddington

Class 2A
Salisbury at East Lincoln

Shelby at Foard

Class 1A
Thomas Jefferson at Polk County
Mount Airy at Community School of Davidson


College women’s basketball

Belmont Abbey was seeded fourth on Tuesday for next week’s NCAA Division II Elite Eight national championship tournament at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The Crusaders (24-2), who beat Barton 62-52 on Monday to win the Southeast Region title, will face fifth-seeded Central Missouri at 8:45 p.m. next Tuesday.

The full Elite Eight pairings:

Tuesday, March 23
#2 Lander (19-1) vs. #7 Azusa Pacific (12-4), noon
#3 Drury (22-1) vs. #6 Charleston, W.Va. (19-2), 2:45 p.m.
#1 Lubbock Christian (20-0) vs. #8 Daemen (14-2), 6 p.m.
#4 Belmont Abbey (24-2) vs. #5 Central Missouri (22-4), 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24
#2 Lander-#7 Azusa Pacific winner vs. #3 Drury-#6 Charleston, W.Va., winner, 6 p.m.
#1 Lubbock Christian-#8 Daeman winner vs. #4 Belmont Abbey-#5 Central Missouri winner, 8:45 p.m.

Friday, March 26
Championship game, 8 p.m.


Full results for the NCAA Division II Southeast men’s basketball regional at Harrogate, Tenn.:

Saturday’s quarterfinals
BYES – #1 Belmont Abbey, #2 Lincoln Memorial
#6 Tusculum 65, #3 Carson-Newman 63, OT
#4 Emmanuel 80, #5 Queens 78

Sunday’s semifinals
#2 Lincoln Memorial 80, #6 Tusculum 66
#4 Emmanuel 76, #1 Belmont Abbey 53

Tuesday’s championship game
#2 Lincoln Memorial 103, #4 Emmanuel 67 (Winner advances to Elite Eight March 24-27 at Evansville, Ind.)

Women’s NIT: The Charlotte 49ers and Clemson are the only Carolinas teams in the field and they’ll comprise a quarter of the teams in the Charlotte Region that will play its games at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Friday, Saturday and next Monday.

The Charlotte Region WNIT pairings at Bojangles’ Coliseum:

Friday’s quarterfinals
Fordham (11-4) vs. Delaware (21-4), 11 a.m.
Ohio U. (14-8) vs. Clemson (11-13), 1 p.m.
Charlotte (10-10) vs. Florida (11-11), 5 p.m.
Massachusetts (14-7) vs. Villanova (15-6), 8 p.m.
Saturday’s semifinals
Fordham-Delaware winner vs. Ohio U.-Clemson winner, 5 p.m.
Charlotte-Florida winner vs. Massachusetts-Villanova winner, 8 p.m.

Monday’s regional final
7 p.m. (Winner advances to WNIT Final Four March 26 and 28 at Memphis, Tenn.)


Lincoln Charter’s Troy Fulton signs a basketball scholarship with Hood College.

High school softball

Burns 5, South Point 1 (Monday): Winning pitcher Sayge Strange had 15 strikeouts and Strange (2-3), Maura Pendleton (2-4, 4 stolen bases) and
Peyton Cook (1-2 with two-run double) led Burns and Asheton Queen, Ashleigh Burns and Hailey Franks led South Point.

Cramer 12, Kings Mountain 6 (Monday): Winning pitcher Emma Donaldson pitched a seven-hitter with three strikeouts and Donaldson (2-3, triple, two RBIs, two runs), Payton Conroy (2-3, home run, four RBIs), Braley Hamilton (4-4, double) and Andrea Detweiler, Addy Marr, Regan Lavinder and Delani Wilson (one hit apiece) led Cramer.


High school girls soccer

Lincoln Charter 10, Highland Tech 1

Piedmont CC at Cherryville: Postponed to Wednesday

High school football

Here’s Friday’s schedule:

Cramer at North Gaston,
Crest at Huss
Hickory at Forestview
Kings Mountain at Ashbrook
East Gaston at Chase
R-S Central at Mountain Island Charter
Shelby at Burns
South Point at East Rutherford
East Lincoln at Bandys
North Lincoln at Maiden
West Lincoln at Lincolnton
Community School of Davidson at Cherryville
Highland Tech at Bessemer City
Thomas Jefferson at Christ the King
Union Academy at Pine Lake Prep

College men’s soccer

Davis McBee

Belmont Abbey’s Davis McBee was named Conference Carolinas offensive player of the week.

A 2019 Gaston Christian graduate, McBee had a hat trick and an assist in Belmont Abbey’s recent 6-1 win over Lees-McRae.