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

By Richard Walker

Kings Mountain’s boys and Cramer’s girls claimed the team titles at the two-day Big South Conference track on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cramer track.

Kings Mountain racked up 228 team points in the boys race, to finish ahead of Forestview (133). Cramer (118), Ashbrook (39), Crest (36), Huss (30) and North Gaston (24) rounded out the team standings.

In the girls meet, Cramer’s 229 points put it ahead of second-place Kings Mountain (194), Crest (62), Forestview (56), North Gaston (32), Huss (26) and Ashbrook (23) rounded out the team standings.

The winning results:

Girls 3200 Meter Relay: Kings Mountain 12:40.89

Boys 3200 Meter Relay: Cramer (Zachary Willer, Jacob Wooten, Luke Auten, Nicholas Willer) 8:42.69

Girls 100 meter hurdles: Allison Payton (Cramer) 15.22

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles: Josh Virgil (Forestview) 15.14

Girls 100 Meter Dash: Paris Turner (Crest) 12.92

Boys 100 Meter Dash: Jaylen Mims (KM) 11.15

Girls 800 Meter Relay: Kings Mountain 1:57.13

Boys 800 Meter Relay: Kings Mountain 1:32.62

Girls 1600 Meter Run: Emma Hughlett (Forestview) 6:38.63

Boys 1600 Meter Run: Oussama Ajala (Forestview) 4:24.19

Girls 400 Meter Relay: Crest 54.34

Boys 400 Meter Relay: Kings Mountain 43.58

Girls 400 Meter Dash: Alexis Willis (Cramer) 1:03.37

Boys 400 Meter Dash: Jackson Mamanno (Cramer) 53.22

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles: Allison Payton (Cramer) 48.41

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles: Josh Virgil (Forestview) 39.23

Girls 800 Meter Run: Claire Horn (Crest) 2:54.05

Boys 800 Meter Run: Oussama Ajala (Forestview) 2:14.68

Girls 200 Meter Dash: Allison Payton (Cramer) 26.63

Boys 200 Meter Dash: Plamedi Warsinsky (Forestview) 22.74

Girls 3200 Meter Run: Summer Bahr (Cramer) 15:27.05

Boys 3200 Meter Run: Nicholas Willer (Cramer) 9:45.57

Girls 1600 Meter Relay: Cramer 4:58.28

Boys 1600 Meter Relay: Huss 4:01.30

Girls Shot Put: Camryn Massey (Ashbrook) 34-11 1-2

Boys Shot Put: Jackson Mammano (Cramer) 36-4

Girls Long Jump: Alexis Willis (Cramer) 15-6 1-2

Boys Long Jump: Marcus Odums (KM) 22-2

Girls High Jump: Ava Cooper (Cramer) 4-10

Boys High Jump: Titus Phillips (KM) 6-4

Girls Discus Throw: Camryn Massey (Ashbrook) 137-4

Boys Discus Throw: Dameon Wilson (KM) 116-6

Girls Triple Jump: Alexis Willis (Cramer) 39-3 1-2

Boys Triple Jump: Marcus Odums (KM) 45-9

Girls Pole Vault: Bailey Ledford (KM) 7-0

Boys Pole Vault: Dillion Messenger (KM) 9-6


College football

The Charlotte 49ers will have a school-record four nationally-televised CBS Sports Network game after the Conference USA finalized dates for the 2021 football season and released a portion of the television schedule.

Three games have been moved up from Saturday – to Friday twice and to Thursday once – to accomodate television, including Charlotte’s historic season-opener.

The 49ers will now host Duke on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the school’s first home game against an ACC opponent.

The other two games are Conference USA contests; Charlotte visits Florida International on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and the 49ers will host Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte’s Conference USA home opener against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. also will be televised.

?What an honor to be selected by our conference for these nationally-televised games and a tribute to the growth and interest in Charlotte 49ers football,” head coach Will Healy said in a school news release. “We are excited to showcase our university and football program. We can’t wait for the 2021 season!”

For football season ticket information, visit Charlotte49ers.com/tickets or call 704-687-4949.

Here is the updated 2021 schedule:

Sept. 3 Duke, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Sept. 11 Gardner-Webb, TBA
Sept. 18 at Georgia State, TBA
Sept. 24 Middle Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oct. 2 at Illinois, TBA
Oct. 8 at Florida International, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oct. 16 BYE
Oct. 21 Florida Atlantic, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Oct. 30 at Western Kentucky, TBA
Nov. 6 Rice, TBA
Nov. 13 at Louisiana Tech, TBA
Nov. 20 Marshall, TBA
Nov. 27 at Old Dominion, TBA


College baseball

ACC tournament: Two pool champions will be declared and possibly a third on Thursday when the tournament resumes at Charlotte’s Truist Field.

Duke, which routed Florida State 11-1 on Wednesday, can clinch a spot in Saturday’s semifinal if it beats Miami, Fla., at 11 a.m. Thursday morning. A Miami victory would mean the winner of Friday’s 3 p.m. Florida State-Miami winner would win Pool D.

In the other three tournament pools, a championship matchup has already been set starting with Thursday’s 3 p.m. Georgia Tech-Louisville matchup in Pool B and Thursday’s 7 p.m. N.C. State-Pitt matchup in Pool C.

The Pool A winner will be determined by Friday’s 11 a.m. Notre Dame-Virginia matchup.

The tournament results and schedule follows:

POOL A – #1 Notre Dame, #8 Virginia, #12 Virginia Tech
Tuesday: Virginia 3, Virginia Tech 2
Wednesday: Notre Dame 8, Virginia Tech 0
Friday: Notre Dame vs. Virginia, 11 a.m.

POOL B – #2 Georgia Tech, #7 Louisville, #11 Clemson
Tuesday: Louisville 15, Clemson 10
Wednesday: Clemson 11, Georgia Tech 5
Thursday: Georgia Tech vs. Louisville, 3 p.m.

POOL C – #3 NC State, #6 North Carolina #10 Pitt
Tuesday: Pitt 5, North Carolina 3
Thursday: N.C. State vs. Pitt, 7 p.m.
Friday: North Carolina vs. N.C. State, 7 p.m.

POOL D – #4 Miami, #5 Florida State, #9 Duke
Wednesday: Duke 12, Florida State 1
Thursday: Duke vs. Miami, 11 a.m.
Friday: Florida State vs. Miami, 3 p.m.

Saturday’s semifinals
Pool A (Notre Dame-Virginia winner) vs. Pool D winner, 1 p.m.
Pool B (Louisville-Georgia Tech winner) vs. Pool C (N.C. State-Pitt winner), 5 p.m.

Sunday’s championship game

Here are the league’s updated standings with conference record following by overall record:
(Atlantic Division)
Notre Dame 25-10, 30-10
N.C. State 19-14, 28-15
Florida State 20-16, 29-22
Louisville 16-16, 28-21
Clemson 16-20, 25-27
Wake Forest 10-22, 20-27
Boston College 10-23, 20-28
(Coastal Division)
Georgia Tech 21-15, 28-22
Miami 20-15, 32-17
North Carolina 18-18, 26-25
Virginia 18-18, 28-22
Pittsburgh 16-17, 23-19
Virginia Tech 16-20, 27-25
Duke 16-17, 29-20


High school baseball

Cramer 5, Huss 4 (8 innings): Nathan Brittain’s walkoff RBI single gives Cramer the Big South 3A Conference victory.

Local high school baseball standings through Wednesday’s games with conference record first followed by overall record:

Crest 8-0, 8-0
Kings Mountain 7-1, 8-1
Forestview 5-3, 6-3
North Gaston 4-4, 4-5
Cramer 3-6, 4-6
Ashbrook 1-6, 1-8
Huss 0-7, 1-7

R-S Central 7-0, 8-1
South Point 5-2, 6-3
Chase 4-3, 6-3
East Rutherford 4-3, 5-3
Burns 3-6, 3-6
East Gaston 3-6, 3-6
Shelby 1-7, 1-8

East Lincoln 8-1, 8-1
North Lincoln 7-2, 7-2
Bandys 5-4, 5-4
Lk Norman Charter 5-4, 5-4
Maiden 5-4, 5-4
Lincolnton 3-6, 3-6
West Lincoln 2-7, 2-7
Newton-Conover 1-8, 1-8

Cherryville 7-0, 9-0
Lincoln Charter 7-1, 8-1
Christ the King 5-3, 5-3
Thomas Jefferson 5-3, 5-3
Highland Tech 2-5, 3-5
Bessemer City 1-7, 1-8
Piedmont CC 0-8, 0-8

PAC 7 2A
Mtn Isl Charter 7-0, 7-0
Pine Lake Prep 8-1, 8-1
Comm Sch Davidson 7-1, 7-1
Bradford Prep 3-6, 3-7
Union Academy 2-5, 2-5
Queen’s Grant 0-7, 1-7
Langtree Charter 0-7, 0-7

Thursday’s games
Crest at Ashbrook
Forestview at North Gaston
Kings Mountain at Huss
East Gaston at Burns
R-S Central at South Point
Shelby at St. Stephens
East Lincoln at Maiden
Lake Norman Charter at Lincolnton
North Lincoln at Newton-Conover
West Lincoln at Bandys
Highland Tech at Cherryville
Lincoln Charter at Bessemer City
Pine Lake Prep at Mountain Island Charter

Friday’s games
Corvian Community at Piedmont Community Charter


Amateur golf

Shelby High senior golfer Connor Brown shot 74 on Wednesday at Cramer Mountain Country Club to qualify for the N.C. Amateur at Raleigh’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course from June 17 to 20.


College baseball

Big South tournament: Campbell is the top seed for the 2021 Ingles Big South Baseball Championship to be played Thursday through Saturday at Fayetteville’s SEGRA Stadium.

The two-time defending champion Campbell finished 28-9 in the league for a third straight regular season title. USC Upstate (28-12) finished second and Gardner-Webb (27-13) finished third.

The tournament schedule follows:

Game 1: No. 1 Campbell vs. No. 4 Presbyterian, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 2 USC Upstate vs. No. 3 Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m.

Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m. (elimination game)
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 7 p.m. (elimination game)

Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, Noon (ESPNU)
Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 4 p.m.


Conference USA tournament: After winning its first regular season Conference USA title in history, No. 20 Charlotte is the top seeded team in the 2021 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Baseball Championship at the brand new J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston, La., on Wednesday through Sunday.

Charlotte finished the regular season with a 39-17 overall record and 24-8 Conference USA record after winning two of three games from UNC-Wilmington this weekend.

The tournament schedule follows:

Game 1: (4) Old Dominion 11, (5) Florida Atlantic 2
Game 2: (8) Middle Tennessee 7, (1) Charlotte 2
Game 3: (2) Louisiana Tech vs. (7) UTSA, late
Game 4: (3) Southern Miss vs. (6) WKU, late

Game 5: Florida Atlantic vs. Charlotte, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Old Dominion vs. Middle Tennessee, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 5 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m.

Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser game 6, 4 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser game 8, 7:30 p.m.

Game 11: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner game 9, 10 a.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner game 10, 1:30 p.m.
Game 13 (if necessary): Same teams as Game 11, 5 p.m.
Game 14 (if necessary): Same teams as Game 12, 8:30 p.m.

Championship Game: 2 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)


Pro hockey

The Carolina Hurricanes are in the midst of their Stanley Cup playoff pursuit after winning their fourth division title in 25 seasons in North Carolina. The Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup championship, advanced to the 2002 Stanley Cup finals and were in the Eastern Conference finals in 2019. Carolina is 36-12-8 this season and are the No. 1 seed in the Central Division.

First round series vs. Nashville Predators
Game 1 – May 17, Carolina 5-2
Game 2 – May 19, Carolina 3-0
Game 3 – May 21, Nashville 5-4 in 2 OT
Game 4 – May 23, Nashville 4-3 in 2 OT
Game 5 – Tuesday, Carolina 3-2 in OT (Carolina leads series 3-2)
Game 6 – Thursday at Nashville, 9:30 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary) – May 29 at Carolina



Legion baseball

The Gaston Braves Post 144-266 American Legion baseball team will hold sign-ups on June 5 at 4 p.m. at Gaston Christian School. For information, email [email protected].



Golf tournament

The Rutherford County Sports Hall of Fame is holding registration for the T. Max Champion Memorial Golf Tournament presented by Hardin’s Drugs. The event will be held Aug. 6 at Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club in Rutherfordton and will consist of three-person teams and a registration of $75 per player. The proceeds will benefit the RCSHOF Scholarship Fund and a prize of $600 will be awarded to the winning team. For more information on the T. Max Champion Memorial Golf Tournament or to nominate an athlete for the Rutherford County Sports Hall of Fame, please visit the RCSHOF website at https://rcshof.org/ or the organization’s Facebook page.