JUNE 23, 2017 - JULY 6, 2017

The PCA Thunderbirds from Pinnacle Classical Academy in Shelby won their third straight National Championship at the Scholastic 3D Archery National Championships last week in Metropolis, Illinois. The teams won both the Elementary and Middle School Championships. Todd Tongel is head coach of the team. Over 700 shooters from 16 states competed in the three day event. The PCA Thunderbirds won the North Carolina State Championships for both elementary and middle school the prior week.

Lincolnton’s Saylor Whitesides has signed to play basketball at Newberry College in South Carolina.

Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet saw Todd Landers take home the 2017 David Poole Service Award. Landers has been a big supporter of Bessemer City High School athletics. This year’s inductees included Cheryl Littlejohn, Bobby Reynolds, Koren Robinson, Duane Ross and Pat Crawford.

North Gaston has a new head girls varsity basketball coach. The school has hired Hunter Huss graduate Courtney Radford Wellman. It is her first head coaching job. She has been an assistant coach at Hunter Huss and Stuart Cramer. The Lady Wildcats won the Big South 2A/3A Conference championship last season.

Crest Charger Riley Cheek has been named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association All-State team. Check was 9-3 on the mound for the Chargers and hit .383. Other area selections included Carlton Jackson from Cherryville and Wesley Summey of Bessemer City in the 1A division. Nate Kinsch and Alec Burleson of East Lincoln in the 2A division and Austin Primm of North Gaston in the 3A division.

Hats off to the Belmont Middle School Athletic program as they won their second straight Gaston County All Sports Trophy. Mt. Holly was runner up followed by W.C.Friday, Cramerton and Holbrook.

Five area softball players are headed to the Powerade State softball games. They include Carley Womack of Stuart Cramer. Anna Ramsey of Bessemer City. Faith Cooke of East Lincoln. Hallie Mele of Lincoln Charter and Addie May of West Lincoln.

The final standings for the Wells Fargo Cup has been announced for local area conferences. The cup recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances. In the Big South 2A/3A conference…Forestview placed first followed by Lake Norman Charter, South Point, Stuart Cramer, Ashbrook, North Gaston, East Gaston and Hunter Huss. In the Southern District 7 Conference East Lincoln placed first followed by Newton Conover, Lincolnton, Maiden, West Lincoln, Bunker Hill, West Caldwell and Bandys. In the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference Pine Lake Prep placed first followed by Lincoln Charter, Community School of Davidson, Highland School of Technology, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Mountain Island Charter, Bessemer City, Cherryville and Piedmont Charter.

The Cherryville Ironmen basketball team took a hit when Jaiden Hunt announced he is transferring from Cherryville to Shelby. Hunt averaged 18.9 points per game last season. Cherryville has now lost its top five scorers from last year.