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The Time to Define?

By Andrey S Bush

There was a lot of mayhem that went on last Friday night.  There were games postponed and delayed all over the area due to lightning storms.  The lightning forced some games to be played on Monday.  The weather this week should be no problem, and that means a good start to some tough conference matchups.  Conference play is where it really counts, by this time in the season as a team your identity has been discovered and the game plan falls in place with your strengths on offense and your execution of defense.  So lets dive into my picks for the week of “The Time To Define?” For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses  Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!

West Lincoln Rebels @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES

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This will be a tough matchup in Lincoln County when the Rebels load up and take a short bus ride to Lincolnton High School to take on the Wolves.  The Wolves and Rebels were amongst the teams that had their Friday action postponed until this past Monday, when action was resumed.  The Rebels 14 point deficit was too much to bounce back from against Fred T Foard, while the Wolves already leading East Gaston when game action was suspended went on to win their game and improve their record to 3-1.  This will be a very physical matchup of Mack George of West Lincoln vs Darian Roseboro of Lincolnton.  Which stud will make the biggest difference for their team.

HIGHLAND TECH RAMS @ Stuart Cramer Storm

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When coaches look down the schedule they look for the games that are winnable and those that are going to be a toss up.  This week both programs Highland and Stuart Cramer has this game circled for a possible win.  The Rams and Storm are both winless on the season and would like to get a early season win to boost the morale of the team.  This matchup of the winless leans heavily in the favor of the Rams only because they are more experienced and have the capability to put points on the board.  The Storm, on the season, has only scored 13 points averaging 4.3 a game.  That’s not enough to get the job done against a more experienced team like the Rams.

CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ East Gaston Warriors

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Cherryville resumed their game Monday against North Gaston at halftime where they were trailing by one point 7-6.  They outcome of the game went to the favor of the Wildcats 24-12.  This week the Ironmen will be back on the road to take on the East Gaston Warriors.  On the year the struggle for the Ironmen has been turnovers and a struggling defense which puts your team into a state of inconsistency.  This week they will be up against a Warrior team that has had problems of their own. They have still yet to collect a win.  The Ironmen and their explosive pass game anchored by Grant Henderson and wideouts Rhyer Davis and Andrew Thompson should have a big game in Mt Holly.

Burns Bulldogs @ KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS

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The Bulldogs got it done against the Chase Trojans at home getting their first win of the season, a much needed moral booster to their program.  This week they will be travelling to take on the those mighty Mountaineers down in Kings Mountain.  Coach Greg Lloyd has his Mountaineers playing well this season off to a 4-0 start.  The most impressive thing about the undefeated start is that they’ve only played one home game. It speaks a lot for your team when you start your season on the road with no losses.  In the SMAC these two teams always play it close so don’t let the teams records say any different.

SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS @ Chase Trojans

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The Shelby Golden Lions resumed their game Monday with 5:51 to play in the 1st quarter against a tough RS Central bunch that gave the Lions all they could handle before RJ George and the run game finally got on track.  The Golden Lions this week will be on the road against the Trojans who always believe that they are one of the top teams in the SMAC despite their position in the standings.  It will be a short week of practice for both teams but after a loss to Burns Monday the Trojans find that the struggle will only get worse hosting the Lions.

TC Roberson Rams @ CREST CHARGERS

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The Chargers starters had short duties last week when they played Draughn beating them 35-0 before having the game suspended due to lightning.  Unlike the other games that were suspended and then replayed on Monday the coaches decided Crest the winner of this contest at the point of suspension.  This week the Chargers will be at home hosting TC Roberson.  Its a safe bet for top ranked 3A team in the state to come out and pick up where they left off last week.  This matchup will end in another short tour of duty for the starters when the Chargers led by a stingy defense and a explosive offense gets the gears turning.

OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

Bessemer City @ NORTH LINCOLN

AC Reynolds @ SOUTH POINT

OPEN: Ashbrook, East Lincoln,

Forestview, Hunter Huss, North Gaston

Whats Up with keeping shelby beautiful

Keep Shelby Beautiful Presents the September, 2014

Appearance Awards to


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2013 Willis Drive - Shelby, NC

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Chik-Fil-A  - Shelby, NC


Shelby, NC, August 8th, 2014 —The September 2014 Commercial Appearance Award was received by  Chic-Fil-A, located at 719 East Dixon Boulevard,  due to their continued improvements and maintenance to their landscape and building.  A Chic-Fil-A employee searches for and removes litter from the property daily, hanging planters adorn the exterior wall along the drive through and fresh flowers are replaced weekly at the customer tables.  These are just a few reasons why the Appearance Committee feels that Chic-Fil-A deserves the September Commercial Appearance Award.  If you find yourself at Chic-Fil-A this month, let them know how much you appreciate all their hard work to enhance and preserve our community’s appearance.

The September 2014 Residential Appearance Award was received by Jimmy and Vicki Willis, residing at 2013 Willis Drive.  With the meticulously maintained landscape and structures, this property is a shining example of what the Appearance Award represents. These properties were eligible for the award because they met the following criteria:

The properties enhance the appearance of their surrounding areas.

The properties contain building, landscape and appearance improvements.

The properties consistently maintain a high quality landscape that contributes to the City’s image.

The properties that were nominated were unanimously accepted to receive the appearance award by the KSB Board.  The beauty and attention to detail of the winning properties surpasses the guidelines for receiving this exclusive appearance award. Keep Shelby Beautiful is very grateful to all that contribute to the properties, for their hard work and dedication to help keep Shelby beautiful.

Keep Shelby Beautiful encourages anyone with a nomination for a commercial or residential appearance award to send them to the Keep Shelby Beautiful Coordinator, Jordan Tubbs, at PO Box 207, Shelby, NC 28151 or email to  jordan.tubbs@cityofshelby.com jordan.tubbs@cityofshelby.com or call 704-484-6829.

Whats up with the grand re-opening

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Thursday Sept 11 at 11:30am Janie Jones, owner of Twice Upon A Time Antique & Artisian Mall celebrated the grand reopening of her business as the first multivendor business in Downtown Cherryville.  The Mall features antiques and handmade items from Artisians in the area.

For more information you can reach Janie Jones at 716-640-4036.

WHATS UP WITH 139 STRAIGHT LOSSES?

By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

How would you like for your school to lose 139 straight games?  That’s what happened at York Chester.  The school had lost 139 straight girls softball games before pulling out a big 20-8 win over Grier.  The win broke the longest streak in Gaston County history as reported by Gaston Gazette reporter Richard Walker.  Their last girl’s softball win came on August 29th, 2000 when the girls downed Bessemer City 18-17.  On one other note, the York Chester baseball team lost 105 baseball games between 1994 and 2005.  Yes, streaks are made to be broken!

Two Gastonia natives have been inducted into the North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame.  James Bowden of Ashbrook and Barry Turner of Hunter Huss were both inducted.   Bowden was the Aggie’s leading receiver in 1995 and is sixth in school history with career receiving yardage.  Turner played  from 1990 to 1992 and was the team’s leading rusher in 1991 and leading receiver in 1993.  Turner is fourth in school history in career rushing yardage.

Former Forestview basketball star Kelsey Harris has been selected to take part in the Sport Changes Life Foundation.  Harris is an Elon graduate and will take part in a 10 month program in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  She was an All-Southern Conference selection at Elon and scored over 1000 career points.

Shelby lost a baseball legend last week in the passing of 87 year old Roger McKee.  Some say he was the best left handed pitcher to come out of the Shelby area.  McKee pitched in the 1940s for the Philadelphia Phillies and is member of the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame.  McKee played on the Shelby Post 82 state championship team in 1942 and was the winning pitcher in the state championship game.

Several area teams were in the Top Ten Associated Press High School Football Poll.  Butler was the top ranked 4A team.  The Crest Chargers are the top ranked 3A team with Forestview 10th.  Shelby is the top ranked 2A team with East Lincoln 6th and Newton-Conover 10th.  Wallace Rose Hill was the top ranked 1A team.

Former Lincolnton football star C.J. Wilson was cut last week by the Chicago Bears.  Wilson was signed as a free agent in 2013.

The sites have been set for this year’s High School State Finals.  Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh will host the 1A, 1AA, 3A and 3AA games.  BB&T Field in Winston-Salem will host the 2A, 2AA, 4A and 4AA games.  One game will be played on Friday night, December 12th with the all the other games on Saturday.  Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill will not be available this year because of work that is being done on the field.  It will be the first time since 1989 that Chapel Hill has not hosted a state playoff final game.

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WHATS UP WITH PREP FOOTBALL!

WHAT’S UP PREP FOOTBALL?

By Andrey S Bush

There was some good action last week in prep football.  South Point avoided a change in history books of a 0-3 start by knocking off defending State Champs Shelby Golden Lions, delivering Shelby their first loss of the season.  My predictions took a beating last week.  The loss to South Point was definitely an upset to my predictions along side the Mountaineers, Rebels and Huskies winning. I finished the week 5-4, over the magic crystal ball of knowledge.  But, last week is behind us and a new slate of games are on the board. For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses  Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!

Fred T Foard Tigers @ WEST LINCLOLN REBELS

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The West Lincoln Rebels had an explosion last week on offense against the Cherryville Ironmen beating them 60-38 on the road.  The Rebels will be home in front of their fans and student body to try and repeat in the win column.  The Tigers will have their problems cut out trying to stop Charles Mack George who carried the ball 33 times for 268 yards against the Ironmen.  George proved that he’s a load to bring down with arm tackles.  It will be a running affair in West Lincoln.  Look out for the the “Mack” truck.

Stuart Cramer Storm @ BESSEMER CITY YELLOW JACKETS

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Its hard to win games when you have turnovers.  The Yellow Jackets last week turned the ball over to the opposing team four times.  They had six fumbles but managed to recover three of them, and also added a interception to get to the four turnovers.  This week they will be home against the newly started program Stuart Cramer.  The experience of the defending Yellow Jackets should coast them to a easy win over the Storm behind the legs of Cedric Mackey who despite the loss last week managed to finish the game over the century mark carrrying the ball 23 times for 118 yards.  Mackey’s teammate, Tyler Bess came close to crossing the mark finishing with 87 yards.

CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ North Gaston Wildcats

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Its one thing to lose to your rival but its another situation to lose in the fashion that the Ironmen did last week 60-38 at home.  The defense really had problems trying to control Mack George who just ran the ball with malice.  This week they will be going to Wildcat country to tame the cats.  The Ironmen’s bright spot week to week has definitely been their ability to pass the ball, a different look from last year when they were more of a running team with RJ Abernethy.  Short term memory is the name of the game so for the Ironmen, get last week out their heads and take it to the Wildcats.

Chase Trojans @ BURNS BULLDOGS

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The Bulldogs are looking for their first win this week against the Trojans.  The Bulldogs are still in the process of building their identity on offense, which puts a lot on the back of the defense.  The defense has been the formula for success for the bulldogs over the past few years but with the graduating of seniors and the loss of some key players its needed more than ever.  Last week they appeared to have found some momentum on offense to build on for this weeks action at home.  Beware of the dogs running loose in their backyard this week against the Trojans.

RS Central Hilltoppers @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS

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Well what can be said for the Golden Lions losing to South Point last week at home.  The Red Raiders were a struggling team on the ropes coming into last week but left out of Shelby with a great feeling, a victory.  Last weeks victory kept the Raiders from the worst school start since 1996.  The Golden Lions watched another opportunity to defeat the Red Raiders fall through their fingers, losing to them the year before while on their way to a State Championship.  This week the Golden Lions will be back at home to get things back on track against the Hilltoppers.  I expect execution on offense and discipline on defense for Shelby after losing last week at home.

CREST CHARGERS @ Draughn Wildcats

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The Chargers had a bye week last week to rest some early season bruises and iron out the wrinkles in the game plan.  The Chargers, coming off the bye, will be on the road to take on the win-less Draughn Wildcats.  This will be a early exit for the starters and some playing time for the bench players.  The Wildcats in three games has surrendered 125 points, and this Crest team (currently ranked #1 in the State) has one its best all-around offensive attacks that they’ve suited up in years.

OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

Ashbrook Greenwave @ TC ROBERSON RAMS

Forestview Jaguars @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

LINCOLNTON WOLVES @ East Gaston Warriors

HUNTER HUSS HUSKIES @ Rocky River Ravens

Highland Tech Rams @ LAKE NORMAN KNIGHTS

KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS @ East Rutherford Cavailiers

What’s Up With Local Golf?

By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

It’s that time of the year when many area golf tournaments are underway.  I, myself will be participating next Wednesday in the 34th annual Paul Porter Memorial for the Cleveland/Rutherford Kidney Association.  The event will be played at the Riverbend YMCA Golf Crouse.  It is held in memory of River Bend Acres founder Paul Porter.  You still have time to enter.  Just call Phil Wallace at River Bend at 704-482-4286.

Shelby golfer Tripp Boinest has qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur  Championship September 13-18 at the Big Canyon Golf Club in Newport Beach, California.  Boniest shot a 69 to earn his shot at the Duke University Golf Club.

Ashbrook placed first in a non conference golf match at the Kings Mountain Golf Club.  Kings Mountain’s Madison Lutz took medalist honors with a 41.

The Gaston County Amateur Golf Tournament is set for September 19-21 at the Catawba Creek Golf Club and the Gaston Country Club.  Entry forms are available at Cancer Services in Gastonia, the Catawba Creek Golf Club, the Gaston Country Club and Pine Island Country Club.  For more information you can contact Stephanie Roberts at 704-864-1271.

Lincolnton defensive end Darian Roseboro announced last week that he is headed to Michigan to play football.  Roseboro is a four star recruit and selected Michigan over Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee.  He was named last year’s defensive player of the year after recording 125 tackles and 10 sacks.  Lincolnton coach Scott Cloninger said Roseboro was the most highly recruited player in school history.

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What’s Up With 11 In A Row?

By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

The Forestview Jaguars won the Gazette Cup Soccer Championship last Friday with a 3-2 overtime win over Hunter Huss.  It was the 11th tournament championship for Forestview.  Jeff Friday of Forestview was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player.  Seth Jones of Hunter Huss was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player and Michael Mosk of Ashbrook was named the Braxton Award Sportsmanship winner.

The dust has finally settled after New Jersey ripped Michigan in the American Legion World Series last week by an 18-0 score.  The 18 run difference was the biggest in the history of the World Series.  The Big Stick Award went to Sean Breen of Brooklawn, New Jersey.  The Slugger Award went to Sean Breen who hit .575.  The RBI award went to Jordan Mopas of Hawaii.  The Pitching Award went to Jake Meyers of Nebraska with 29 strikeouts.  The Leadership Award went to the New Jersey coaching staff.  The Sportsmanship Award went to Tanner Gross of Michigan and the American Legion Baseball Player of the Year Award was presented to Sean Breen of New Jersey.

Statistic leaders for the top hitters and pitchers in Area IV were released in the Gaston Gazette and Shelby Star last week.  Jha’Qui Adams of Kings Mountain led the way in hitting with a .455 average.  Jackson Mims of Shelby and Mitchell Painter of the Gaston Braves each hit five home runs.  Jackson Mims of Shelby led the Area IV with 56 RBI’s.  Ethan Carpenter was the top pitcher going 14-0 with one save in 96 innings pitched.  He also led in strikeouts with 125.  Jared Wallace of the Gaston Braves had the lowest earned run average at 1.01.

There were six inductions last Saturday night in the Mt. Holly Sports Hall of Fame.  They included Tracy Leroy Black, Richard Dill, A.C. Hollar, Larry George Lawning, Lois Herring Parker and George Edward Wilson.  Buddie Hodges won the Community Spirit Award.

Jody Clary won the 52nd annual Cleveland County Amateur Golf Tournament in a sudden death playoff with Eric Spicer.  It was Clary’s third straight championship.  Terry Abercrombie, Sr. took home the Senior Division with Trip Boinset finishing second.  Mike Boatwright won the Super Senior Division followed by Henry Jones and Roger Vassey.  The Kings Mountain Country Club was the winner of the Dan Allen Cup.

Former Lincolnton baseball player Evan Wise has been promoted to head coach of the Gastonia Grizzlies.  He served last summer as the team’s pitching coach.

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WHATS UP WITH PREP FOOTBALL!

ANY GIVEN FRIDAY!

By Andrey S Bush


Week 1 is in the book and there was some excitement in the air.  My predictions faired pretty well aside from a couple upsets derailing me from a perfect Friday.  There are some big early season matchups this Friday that will make it tough on me predicting a winner.  There’s no true formula to deciding who will come out victorious contrary to what some may say.  Every teams puts there pants, helmets, pads and cleats on the same way so any given Friday can be an upset. you just have to play the game out and let the ball determine the winner.  This week I will be at Crest High School for their matchup with the Ashbrook Greenwave and it should be an exciting one. For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses  Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!

NORTH LINCOLN KNIGHTS @ West Lincoln Rebels

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The North Lincoln Knights came out last week and left the Lincolnton Wolves fans, coaches and players shocked as they controlled the game from beginning to end despite one of the areas top prospects on the other side of the ball.  I was in attendance and let me be the one to say the Knights played with a lot heart with the student section and fans behind them cheering them on the whole way, and it was a packed house.  Keep the impressive play on offense and the intensity on defense and they should have no problem taking down the Rebels.

Clover Eagles @ FORESTVIEW JAGUARS

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The Forestview Jaguars will be taking time away from local play and hosting the Clover Eagles from SC.  The Eagles will be coming into Gastonia looking to get their first win of the season while the Jaguars will look to defend their home and improve their record to (2-0).  The Jaguars are one of my teams that I have finishing the season in the playoffs, Moe Neal and that lightning speed will have an impact on this game out of the backfield both receiving and carrying the ball.

CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ Bessemer City Yellow Jackets

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Best matchup of the Night will be the always intense rivalry of last years Conference Champs.  The Ironmen and Yellow Jackets last year both had a share of the Conference Championship, so this game will be some what of a swing at who is really the top dog.  Yes, its early in the season but this game still has the feel of a late season matchup with a lot on the line.  The Ironmen had a shootout last week with Bunker Hill both teams combing to put 94 points on the board.  Cherryville ultimately scored with 13 seconds on the clock to walk away with a 50-44 victory.  The newly introduced spread offense has already proven to be beneficial for Ironmen, mostly for quarterback Grant Henderson who passed for 260 yards and connected with six different receivers.

Ashbrook Greenwave @ CREST CHARGERS

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The Crest Chargers last week backed up their #1 state ranking by spanking the South Point Red Raiders.  The Chargers have added a new element to the offensive side of the ball, like a lot of teams in the area, switching over to the spread offense.  The offense was impressive behind the arm of Willie Green and the running of Tre Harbison.  The passing of Willie Green connecting to Cameron Peeler earned honors of being nominated as play of the week.  The offense of Crest will be the least of worries for the Greenwave. The concern should come trying to stop the studs that the Chargers have on defense led by Omar Brooks.  Tough to block and tough to stop, Crest Chargers with a easy win.

SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS @ AC Reynolds Rockets

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The Golden Lions had a big win over Polk County last week.  They played sure to my prediction winning big 50-20.  The Lions undoubtedly has nothing on their minds besides returning to the stage of State Champions.  Though the defense surrendered 20 points that doesn’t over shadow the fact that they coasted with a 50 point offensive output.  RJ George continues to put up great numbers after leading his team last year to the State Championship and being honored with the MVP award.  This will be just another stepping stone towards to defending the title.

OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

Hunter Huss Huskies @ VANCE COUGARS

HIGHLAND TECH RAMS @ Central Academy Cougars

Lincolnton Wolves @ SOUTH POINT RED RAIDERS

Q-Foundatin Falcons @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

East Gaston Warriors @ KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS

North Gaston Wildcats @ East Rutherford Cavaliers

RS CENTRAL HILLTOPPERS @ Stuart Cramer Storm


What’s Up With the Shopper Poll?

By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

It’s that time of year again for me to put together the brand new 2014 Pre-Season What’s Up Shopper Football Poll.  This year was one of the hardest to decide who should be number one.  There are plenty of contenders including last year’s State 2A champions the Shelby Golden Lions along with a much improved Crest Chargers.  You never count the South Point Red Raiders out and then there is Chaz Sarratt at East Lincoln and the much improved Lincolnton Wolves.  So after looking over pages of stats and considering a coin flip I decided to name this year’s number one team with a saying from wrestler Rick Flair.  “To be the MAN, you got to beat the MAN”.  So with that said,  we’ve awarded the Shelby Golden Lions the number one spot on this year’s What’s Up Shopper Pre-Season Football Poll.  They are the defending State 2A champions with many returners coming back from that team.  So check out this week’s poll and follow it throughout the year.

Now here is the criteria that makes up the poll.  And this year there is going to be a change in how we decide teams with identical records.  We’re going to take a page out of the American Legion Baseball Pool Play tiebreaker process.  This year, instead of ranking teams by the point differential (points scored against points given up), we’re going with points given up only.  This awards the defense instead of teams “piling” up points against weaker opponents.  Of course, the main determination  is win/loss records.  We’ll see how it goes this year.

We want to thank all of our schools for allowing us to do video of the games again this year.  I believe this adds excitement to our broadcasts.   We’ll also continue our radio coverage as well.  WOHS-1390 AM will again carry the Shelby Golden Lions.  WLON-1050 AM will carry the Lincoln County Game of the Week and WCSL-1590 AM will again carry the Cherryville Ironmen.  You can watch video games this year of Crest, Burns, Shelby, the Gaston County Game of the Week and the Lincoln County Game of the Week.

The Witherspoon Insurance Pre-Game show with Sam Davis and Terry Rhinehardt returns this year from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm on Friday nights.  You can call in and talk football with the guys.  And of course we have the all new Renaldo Post Game Show with Dennis Davis, Tom Centifonti and Lewis Carpenter, all engineered by Steve Roberts and Kevin Hastings.  The excitement returns this Friday night.  Be here by going to www.ktcbroadcasting.com.

The 22nd year of the Gaston Gazette Soccer Cup is going  on this week at Poston Park in Lowell.  The tournament will continue thru Saturday with the championship game set for 5:00 pm on August 23rd.  Forestview is the defending champion.

Former Crest Charger Temeshia Dawkins-Abney will be inducted into the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame.  Dawkins-Abney was a three time All-South Atlantic Conference selection.  She finished her career with 1602 points and 992 rebounds and was named to Wingate’s All-Decade team.

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Whats Up With Prep Football!

FOOTBALL TIME HAS COME!

By Andrey S Bush

The smell of fresh cut grass and the smell of the locker room that only those who have played can relate to can only mean one thing, football season is upon us.  Teams in the area have finished up the last week of scrimmaging and preparation for the first week’s action of prep football.  Come playoff time there should be more than a handful of teams with a legitimate shot at state championships.  The Shelby Golden Lions are my favorite to repeat as champs this season.  They are returning key components to the team that last year swept through the playoffs ultimately landing them a spot at Chapel Hill where they finished business in a rainy and cold championship game.  Along with them there will be others that will have their shot at a championship like the Crest Chargers, East Lincoln Mustangs, Forestview Jaguars and South Point Red Raiders.  In the mix there will be the Lincolnton Wolves and surprise mention Ashbrook Greenwave.  If you are not familiar with what it is that I do week to week, I try and provide to you who I predict to walk away with the victory.  For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guest.  Below, you will find my predictions for the opening week for our area, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!

LINCOLNTON WOLVES  @ North Lincoln Knights

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The Wolves are ready to make a statement this year and claim recognition in the SD-7.  Darian Roseboro will take most of the focus from the opposing teams so that will leave opportunity for teammates to step up.

KINGS MT MOUNTAINEERS @ Hunter Huss Huskies

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The Mountaineers Friday at Gardner-Webb during the Cleveland County Jamboree looked very impressive versus Polk County.  The offensive attack was very impressive from the start.  It will be a break out year for Senior wide out Tico Crocker.

BUNKER HILL BEARS @ Cherryville Ironmen

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The Bears will be up against a Ironmen team that has lost some key pieces (RJ Abernethy and Darius Wingate) to a strong run game and earned them a share of the Conference Championship with rival Bessemer City Yellow Jackets, last year.  With these pieces missing there’s nothing to stop another repeat victory by the Bunker HIll Bears.

CREST CHARGERS @ South Point Red Raiders

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The Chargers have revamped their offense adding a new element, the pass game.  Last year, they fell short in the State Championship game so Coach Mark Barnes has his goals set on returning with his kids and finishing what they left behind.  Dominique Roseboro will be back to the line up after sitting out all last year due to injury and with the addition of transfer Quarterback Willie Green look out for the Chargers.

Burns Bulldogs @ ASHBROOK GREENWAVE

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The Burns Bulldogs will be in a rebuilding process this year as they try and replace losses to key positions on both sides of the ball.  The Bulldogs will also be adjusting to the control of new head coach Greg Hill, so they are looking forward to a tough season.  This will be a break out game for Greenwave quarterback Austin Mitchell to show the area what they will have to deal with.

Polk County @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS

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The Golden Lions path to repeat as the State Championship will start with a easy pass through Polk County Wolverines.  The Wolverines didn’t fair well in the Cleveland County Jamboree and now they will be up against the Champs in Shelby at the Lions Den.  BIg game for RJ George and Buck Ussery.

OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES

FORESTVIEW JAGUARS @ Nations Ford Falcons

East Gaston Warriors @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

WEST LINCOLN REBELS @ Draughn Wildcats

Bessemer City Yellow Jackets  @ NORTH GASTON WILDCATS

THOMAS JEFFERSON GRYPHONS @ Stuart Cramer Storm