North Carolina ACC schools senior basketball players tour the state every year after the season is over competing against prep all-star teams at high schools across North Carolina.  This year they will make a stop in Gastonia on April 18th to play at Hunter Huss High School. Players from NC State, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina will be there. Gates will open at 6:00pm and tipoff is at 7:30pm. You can buy tickets online at carolinabarnstormingtour.com  as well as find out more information on the other locations and dates.

The local high school roster includes three ladies Alexis Murriel of Hunter Huss, Trinity Jones of Ashbrook and Sydney Bowen of Forestview. For the boys Hunter Huss will feature Blake Wilson, Sa’veon Falls and Jahleer Black. Dylan Collins, Dezure Moulden and John Grittin will play for Stuart Cramer. Matthew Stewart and Zane Jones will play for Highland Tech. From Bessemer City, Mike Lamar and Jay Sadler will play and Ryan Grice of North Gaston will join them.  Caleb Bridgewater of East Gaston and Ashbrook’s Byron Sanders and Ja-Quail Brown round out the roster.  

In addition to the basketball games, each stop will also consist of a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Players will be available following the game for a limited autograph session with general admission ticketholders. VIP ticketholders will enjoy reserved front row seating to the game, a post game reception with the ACC All-Stars, and a photo/autograph session. A portion of the proceeds from each game will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Additional proceeds will also benefit each hosting high school.

If you can’t make it out to the game or get tickets, don’t worry because The BOSS will be there for coverage of the event. See the ad on page 30 for information on the broadcast. We will have  radio and video coverage of the event and you can rewatch it on the KTC Broadcasting YouTube page. Follow us on Twitter at the event @KTCbroadcasting and #KTCsports.

North Gaston pole vaulter Ben Finger has been ranked as the number one pole vaulter in North Carolina. He recently set a personal record of 15 feet, 7 inches.

South Point’s Jordan Lathe has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Mars Hill University. Lincolnton’s Skyler Evans has signed a letter of intent to play football at Guilford College. East Gaston’s Dosi Jones has signed to play baseball at Spartanburg/Methodist College. Lily Chapman of Gaston Christian has signed to play volleyball for the University of the Cumberlands. Christian Parks of East Lincoln has signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Bethune-Cookman University. Logan Philemon has signed to play baseball at Surry Community College.

Congratulations for former classmate and Gastonia Recreation Director for 39 years, Chuck Dellinger. Dellinger a 1974 graduate of Cherryville High School is retiring after 39 years as Athletic Director for Gastonia.

Hats off to Olivia Bridges of the Lady Burns Bulldogs. Bridges tossed a perfect game and struck out 10 leading the Lady Bulldogs over Ashbrook last week by a 17-0 score.

Hunter Huss honored former basketball coach Ron Brey last week. Brey is leaving Gastonia and going back home to Yancey County. In 10 seasons at Hunter Huss Brey posted a record of 162-99. His 2011 team won the state 3A title.

Lincolnton boys basketball coach Bob Cowie has resigned after 20 years posting a career record of 317-186. The 317 wins are the most ever by a basketball coach in Lincoln County.

North Lincoln captured the Lincoln County Track meet last week. East Lincoln placed second. The North Lincoln Lady Knights also placed first followed by West Lincoln.

Finally, we lost a good sport and a good friend last week. Everett Hord passed away after a bout with cancer. “The Big E” as we affectionately called him worked at KTC Broadcasting, Inc. as a board op in the 1990s. He was a “ham” operator and served as a merchant marine where he circled the world seven times. He loved the old westerns and called several of our employees “the Cisco Kid”.

Everett was the first to tell us when a What’s Up Shopper box was empty and was ready to fill it up. We could always count on “the Big E” to show up at the remotes just as we were ready to pack up. I think he waited so he could get any left over hotdogs. We’re going to miss “the Big E”. He just never got around to changing that light on the top of the tower. Something I always kidded him about. But I’m sure he’s got us tuned in up above. Someone has to keep a watch over us!



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