Wednesday’s roundup: Gardner-Webb men’s basketball ready for debut, Cleveland CC softball signing and prep volleyball standings

Trinity Hatchel signs a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Cleveland Community College. Seated with Trinity are her stepfather Bryant Williams and mother Tina Hatchel. Standing behind them are CCC Softball Coach Ronald Beaver and Athletic Director Chris Nanney.

By Richard Walker

After having seven previous potential season-openers postponed or cancelled, Gardner-Webb’s men’s basketball team has taken a seven-hour bus trip to Bowling Green, Ky., in hopes of opening its 2020-21 season at Western Kentucky Thursday night at 8 p.m.

Gardner-Webb previously had games at Duke (Nov. 25) and Florida State (Nov. 29) postponed, home games against Campbell (Dec. 4 and 5) and Presbyterian (Dec. 9 and 10) postponed and a game at Georgia (Nov. 27) cancelled.

After playing at Western Kentucky, Gardner-Webb is slated to play at Pittsburgh on Saturday at 4 p.m.

College softball
Cleveland Community College announced the signing of McMichael High’s Trinity Hatchel.

High school cross country
Shelby High’s girls team won the Southwestern 2A team championship.

High school volleyball
Bandys 3, West Lincoln 0

Here’s the standings for Big South 3A and Southern Piedmont 1A conferences entering Thursday’s matches:

Big South 3A
Kings Mountain 6-0
Crest 5-1
Forestview 4-2
North Gaston 3-3
Cramer 2-4
Ashbrook 1-5
Huss 0-6

Shelby High won the Southwestern 2A Conference team title on Wednesday.

Southern Piedmont 1A
Highland Tech 6-0
Lincoln Charter 5-1
Christ the King 4-2
Piedmont CC 3-3
Cherryville 2-4
Thomas Jefferson 1-5
Bessemer City 0-6