Area coaches have gotten together and voted on who they think will capture area conference championships. In the Big South 3A, the coaches selected Kings Mountain to win the top honor followed by Crest, Hunter Huss, Ashbrook, Burns, Stuart Cramer, Forestview and North Gaston. Mountain Island Charter was the top choice for the Southern Piedmont 1A followed by Thomas Jefferson, Union Academy, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Pine Lake Prep, Community School of Davidson and Highland Tech. The Shelby Golden Lions are picked to repeat in the Southwestern 2A followed by South Point, East Rutherford, East Gaston, Chase and RS Central. Maiden is picked to take home the championship in the South Fork 2A followed by Lincolnton, East Lincoln, Newton-Conover, West Lincoln, Bandys, North Lincoln and Lake Norman Charter.

We'll have complete coverage of high school football at KTC Broadcasting. WCSL 92.3FM/1590AM will once again carry all of the Cherryville Ironmen games. WLON 107.5FM/1050AM will carry the Lincoln County Game of the Week. WOHS 101.5FM/1390AM will carry the Cleveland County Game of the Week. All of the Shelby, Crest and Burns games can be seen and heard at and YouTube. We'll also have the Witherspoon Insurance Pre Game show with Terry Rhinehardt, Shannon Allen and Carson Dockery. The Renaldo Auto Mall post game show will feature Kevin Hastings, Terry Rhinehardt and Dennis Davis. The post game show will also be broadcast on 101.1 FM WGNC in Gastonia.

Delaware took home the American Legion Baseball World Series championship with an 8 inning 1-0 win over Las Vegas. It was the first ever World Series title for any team from Delaware.

Hats off to the Stanley Pitch as they captured the Dixie Youth Tournament. Stanley downed West Chatham by an 8-3 score. The team is coached by Stanley police chief Derek Summey.

Lincoln Charter’s Kody Shubert was named the Most Valuable Player in the annual North Carolina Coaches Association All Star Game. He led the west to a 106-104 win and scored 14 points. Shubert will be attending Presbyterian College. He finished his career at Lincoln Charter with 2,476 career points.
Congratulations to the Denver Nuggets Elite 11th and 12th grade basketball team as they captured the National Travel Basketball Association National Championship. The team defeated Kinston by a 59-48 score. The team includes John Bean, Sidney Dollar, Justin Kuthan and Kabian McClendon of East Lincoln.

Kings Mountain’s Will Spicer captured the 22nd North Carolina Junior Boys 13 and under championship. Spicer won three matches at the Asheboro Municipal Golf Course winning a three man playoff.

Baseball legend Tony Cloninger passed away last week at the age of 77. He will always be remembered for what happened on July 3rd, 1966. Cloninger was pitching for the Atlanta Braves but its what happened when he came to bat. Cloninger hit two grand slams at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He was the first National Leaguer to hit two grand slams in a single game and still is the only pitcher to do so.

The only person from Stanley to play in a Shrine Bowl passed away recently. Charlie Handsel was a running back in the mid 1950s. Handsel rushed for 2.006 yards in his career and scored 273 ponts. He led Stanley to a perfect 10-0 record in 1955. He still holds Gaston County's single game scoring record with 47 points in a win over Cherryville in the 1955 season.

The Shelby Post 82 girls fastpitch softball team finished fourth in the state playoffs last weekend. They lost in the semi final game by a 4-3 score to HIckory. Concord topped Hickory 9-4 to win the state championship. Shelby Post 82 girls finished 20-6 on the season.

Lawson Harrill of Crest has signed to play baseball at Campbell University. Harrill hit .312 this past season for the Chargers.

The Lincoln Country Club had their Junior Club Championship last weekend. Bauer Galloway was named the Tournament Champion for the 14 and up division. D'Yannie Rhyne took first in the 12/13 year old division. Brandon Miller was first in the 11 and under division. For the girls, Joslynn Killian placed first for the 14 and up division. Reese Coltrane took first in the 13 and under division.

Former Lincolnton baseball star Tripper Crisson has been named the new head baseball coach at York High School. Crisson served as head coach at Hunter Huss for the past three years.

Hats off to the Kings Mountain 13/14 year old Dixie Youth All Stars. The team won the North Carolina state championship. They moved on to the Nationals where they won three games and lost two.

Longtime South Point Red Raider coach Earl Lingafeldt passed away last week. He led South Point to the girls state basketball championship in 1972 and 1973 . He was also an assistant coach for the 1971 South Point football state championship team.

The 2018 Gaston County Amateur Golf Tournament will be held September 14th, 15th and 16th at the Catawba Creek Golf Course, the Cramer Mountain Country Club and the Gaston Country Club. There will be 72 amateur golfers and 24 seniors will compete.

Three area coaches will coach at the 2019 North Carolina Coaches Association East/West All Star Basketball games set for July 15-17 in Greensboro. They include Cherryville’s Scott Harrill. Shelby’s Mike Wilbanks and East Lincoln’s Jason Dragoon.

Hats off to Jashaun Clark of the Gastonia Eagles Track & Field Club. Clark took first place in the 13 year old boys high jump at the Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa last week with a jump of 5 feet, 7 inches.

The 2018 Gaston Gazette Soccer Cup All-Tournament awards were handed out last week. Jayden Dixon of Ashbrook was named the Best Offensive Player. Cade Ratliff of South Point was named the Best
Defensive Player and John Avila of Hunter Huss won the Braxton Sportsmanship Award. Ashbrook won the tournament championship with a 4-0 win over Lincolnton.

Hats off to Gary Poole after acing the 169 yard number 17 hole at the Catawba Creek Golf Club last Saturday. Pool made the shot with a 7-iron. The shot was witnessed by Roland Black, Charlie Dobbins and Tony Poole. Also Thomas Jefferson freshman Katherine Robinson scored a hole in one on hole #7 at the Cherryville Country Club. Robinson aced the 121 yard par 3 with a 7 iron.

Tough break for Mountain Island quarterback Marcus Graham. Graham is out for the season after suffering a knee injury. Graham has committed to play football at Wisconsin.

Pierce Robinson won the 2018 Cleveland County Amateur Golf Championship. Robinson is a senior at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Alex Goff of Kings Mountain placed second in the event. Robinson finished with a three round total of 201 including a 62 on the final day at the Kings Mountain Country Club finishing two strokes ahead of Goff.