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What’s Up in Local Sports with Calvin

By Calvin Hastings

By Calvin Hastings

We all know that NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson can definitely drive a race car.  Some consider the best ever.  But If all stays the same, we’ll see if Jimmie Johnson can swim, bike and run during the Kings Mountain triathlon on May 17th.  Yes, NASCAR’S Jimmie Johnson is planning to compete in this year’s event.  The triathlon will include a one mile open water swim across Moss Lake, a 30 mile bike ride through four counties and a 10K run through Kings Mountain’s Historic district.  The event is now part of the North Carolina Triathlon Series and is now sanctioned by the USA Triathlon.  The event started 15 years ago.  Volunteers are needed and you can do so by calling the Kings Mountain City Hall at 704-734-0333 or visiting the website of www.cityofkm.com.  Swim Jimmie Swim!

There is a new mercy rule coming to high school football this fall.  The new rule has been approved by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors.  The new rule will force a running clock when there is a 42 point deficit at halftime or at anytime in the second half.  The game can even be terminated at that point if agreed upon by the coaches.  The Association also approved a mercy rule in basketball to continue a running clock whenever the game reaches a 40 point differential at halftime or anytime in the second half.  The clock can be stopped if a team calls a time out.  In Gaston and Lincoln Counties alone 21 games were decided by 42 points or more last season.

The North Lincoln Knights won the North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference Golf Championship last week.  It was the Knight’s seventh straight golf title and ninth overall.  Alston Taylor of North Lincoln and Jonathan Moon tied for medalist honors with a 73.

Three people were inducted into the FCA Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night.  They included Richard Gold, Burney Drake and Steve Sherman.  In addition Gary Spangler was named the WOHS Fan of the Year.  Richard Gold was a three sport athlete at Kings Mountain and won All-American honors in baseball at Florida State.  Burney Drake was a football and track coach at Shelby High School and Steve Sherman is a former All-American golfer from Gardner Webb and was director of Royster Memorial for many years.

Former Cherryville Lady Ironmen Taylor Laskey has been named a first team selection for Wingate by the South Atlantic conference.  Taylor  hit .354 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs.

Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday won three gold medals last week at the 1A West Track and Field Regionals.  Friday won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and was a member of Cherryville’s 4×400 meter relay team that placed first.  Other team members included Radolpho Martinez, Jamar Wright and Gabriel Branning.

Bessemer City’s Isaiah Cole won the boys jump.  Diamond Williams of Bessemer City won the girls 100 meters.  And the Yellowjackets 4×100 meter relay team placed first.  Team members included Williams, Shamila Roberts, Alahdrian Petty and Miata Roberts.  The State Championships are set for this weekend

The Crest Charger doubles tennis team won the 3A Western Regional.   The doubles team was Jack Wasserman and Dylan Goodman.  The Chargers defeated North Buncombe to place first.

More than 160 people got a sneak preview of the new fieldhouse at Kings Mountain High School.  The new fieldhouse came at a cost of $1 million dollars.  Features include team meeting rooms, offices, training and therapy room, laundry room and storage.

The South Point Red Raider golf team won the Western 3A regional with a tiebreaker over the Forestview Jaguars.  Both teams will advance to state competition.

The Kings Mountain Country Club held their 25th annual Member/Member Golf Tournament last weekend.  The team of Gary Howze and Bryan Jones won the Championship Flight.  Tony Wells and Bryant Wells won the First Flight.  Stoney Jackson and Josh Etters won the Second Flight.

The Highland Tech Rams baseball team had a school first this week.  The Rams downed Cherryville 2-0 for their first ever win over the Ironmen.  The loss was the first conference loss for Cherryville who won the Southern Piedmont regular season with an 11-1 mark.

Gardner Webb All-American defensive end Shaquille Riddick will be leaving Gardner Webb to play elsewhere.  He hopes to play somewhere close to his hometown in Akron, Ohio.  Riddick is rated as the number 12 defensive end prospect for the 2015 NFL draft.  The Bulldogs open their season on August 30th at Furman.

Gardner Webb senior softball player Samantha Meenaghan has been named to the All Big South Conference first team for the fourth time in her career.  She leads the team with a .431 batting average.  Also freshman Megan Gibbons was named to the All freshman Team.


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CCC Radiography Students Honored with Pinning Ceremony

Students in the Cleveland Community College Radiography Program were honored with a pinning ceremony on Thursday, April 24, in the Student Activities Center on the CCC campus. Ceremony speaker was Dr. Michael Wehmueller of Shelby Radiological Associates and Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Cleveland Community College Discipline Coordinator of Radiography Alease Rousseau presented the class of 2014 with their pins. The ceremony concluded with lighting of candles and recitation of the Radiographer’s Code of Ethics.

Cleveland Community College’s Radiography program accepts 20 students each year. Interviews and selections are highly competitive. For more information visit:  www.clevelandcc.edu.


Pictured included:Row 1, l-r: Megan Garcia, Laci Ford, Kelly Elledge, Kylie Murray

Row 2, l-r: Jessica Hamrick, Kinsey Williams, Callie Nartowicz

Row 3, l to r: Rachel McDaniel, Sierra Blanton, Tavian Tate

Row 4, l-r: Clinical Coordinator, Radiography Lee Ann Mayse and Discipline Coordinator, Radiography Alease Rousseau



100 T.R. Harris Dr. Shelby, NC


Free tax preparation service at the Council on Aging/Senior Center, 100 T.R. Harris Drive, Shelby. Monday & Wednesday & April 15, 2013- Last Days. 9:00am – 3:30pm

Call 704-482-3488 to schedule an appointment.


Each Monday Night (except holidays). Doors open at 5:30 (no admittance after 7:00pm)

Jackpot up to $500.00 – Public invited 12 years old and up.  


Now accepting your spring and summer items . Consignment Store is open Tuesday-Thursday , 10:00am – 3:00pm. 


NOTICE – April 18, 2014 – Neal Senior Center will be closed in observance of Easter.  Happy Easter to Everyone.



Diabetes and Hearing Loss – What can I do?  Presented by Kay Young, Audiologist @ Shelby Hearing


Please Call the Senior Center to reserve seating by Tuesday, April 21, 2014.


Sign – up in advance

Entertainment Announced for American Legion World Series


Charlie Daniels Band


Corey Smith


Rodney Atkins

The entertainment was announced for this year’s American Legion Baseball World Series set for August 14th thru August 19th.  The 7th inning stretch festival will kick off on Saturday, August 9th in uptown Shelby at 3:00 pm.  Bands performing uptown will be Darin and Brooke Aldridge, the Boomers and Corey Smith.  The festival and entertainment will be free to the public.  The National Commander’s Reception on Tuesday, August 12th at the Legrand Center will feature the Charlie Daniels Band.   And the Celebration of Champions Concert on Wednesday, August 13th will feature Acoustic Syndicate followed by country music star Rodney Atkins  with six number one hits!  For ticket information got to American Legion World Series dot com.

Keep Shelby Beautiful Tree Planting Day!


Where: Cameron Street, Behind The Shelby Middle School Football Field Parking Lot

When: April 5Th, 2014 @ 9:00 Am – 11:00 Am

What To Bring:  Work Shoes, Work Pants, Sunscreen And A Positive Attitude

WHY: Keep Shelby Beautiful knows that clean communities are not just nice to look at – they are economically vibrant and environmentally healthy places where people want to live, work, shop and play. Service to the community is the ultimate declaration of love for where you live and for the people you share it with. Volunteer service is an important way that anyone can contribute to improving the quality of life in the community.  By participating in this event, you will be making a long term investment into the community of Shelby.

CCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts New Members

The Cleveland Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on March 19, 2014, in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the CCC campus. Twenty-one students were eligible to attend the induction ceremony.

Chapter Advisor and CCC math instructor, Susan Jones, welcomed guests and introduced ceremony speaker CCC Vice President of Academic Programs, Dr. Becky Sain. Chapter Advisor and CCC Discipline Coordinator Developmental Mathematics, Solomon Willis, introduced students eligible for induction and new members were then inducted by officers and advisors of Beta Iota Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Each year invitation for membership is extended by the chapter to students who have completed at least 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree in which they have a GPA of 3.50 or higher.


Inductees and officers pictured:

Front row l-r: Lisa Porter, Anna Marie Vagnozzi (president), Kristi MacDougal (vice-president),

Second row l-r: Charlotte Russ, Tina Hinojosa, David McCracken

Third row l-r: Mary Absher, Lori Bowman, Yvette Whitley

Fourth row l-r: Michelle Threewits, Cole Thompson, Erin Sarratt

Not pictured: Nathaniel Dedominicis, Casey Gallarini, Kaitlynn Krieger, Anna Lineberger, Dylan McMurry, Michelle Miller, Linda Payne, Kayla Ramey, Sandra Rich, Kenyetta Ross, and Valerie Scruggs.

Cleveland Community College Firefighter Academy Holds Graduation!


Cleveland Community College held its 2014 Spring Firefighter Academy graduation ceremony on Friday, March 7, 2014, in the LeGrand Center on the CCC campus. Fifteen students, who were part of Class 10, were recognized during the ceremony.

Brown Emergency Training Center Coordinator Jimmy Hensley welcomed family and friends and thanked them for their support during the nine-week Academy. Shelby Fire and Rescue Chief William Hunt served as the keynote speaker and Academy staff presented graduates with their certificates and pins.

The next Firefighter Academy will be held this summer, June 15 – August 15, 2014, at the Brown Emergency Training Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College. For more information call 704-669-4193.

Front row, l-r: Keegan Sylvester, Austin Butler, Jurgen Kohler, Joseph Cagle, T.J. King, Frankie Key

Second row, l-r:  Reily Delk, Paul Wessolleck, Tyler Laughridge, Cory Gibson, Andrew Peterson, Ryan Morrison, Matthew Rollins, Dylan Hill, Joshua Worsham

Scholar Athlete of the Month!

McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete of the Month


Garrett Simpson, a senior at Crest High School, is a member of the swim team at Crest.

Garrett has earned a 4.7 grade point average while taking numerous advanced placement classes including Psychology, Human Geography, Calculus, European History and English III.

As a member of the Crest swim team, Garrett is a two time state champion in the 100 yard backstroke.  He is the 3A West Regional record holder in the 100 yard backstroke. He has received All-American consideration for his time in the 100 yard backstroke.

Garrett is the Senior Class President and is also President of the National Honor Society.  Garrett is also a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader.

Upon graduation, Garrett plans to attend Gardner-Webb University and pursue a degree in Political Science.

Garrett is the son of Mike and Kathi Simpson of Shelby.  He is a member of Broad River Community Church.

Among his community activities, Garrett teaches swim lessons to inner city youth as a part of a friend’s Eagle Scout project.

The McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete Award is sponsored by the McDonald’s Restaurants in Shelby and Kings Mountain, WOHS Radio and the What’s Up Shopper.  The purpose of the award is to recognize a student athlete not only for accomplishments in athletics but also for achievements in the classroom and for overall school and community citizenship.

Photo Dan Greer - WOHS/What’s Up Shopper,  Rodney Graves - Crest High School Principal, Shawn Kuthan - McDonald’s, Garrett Simpson,  Guy Suttle - Crest Athletic Director.

Miss Shelby & Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen



Miss Shelby/Miss Shelby Outstanding Pageant was held Saturday night February 22nd to a sold out crowd of over 350 people. We are so excited to be moving to the Miss North Carolina pageant in June with these two outstanding ladies to represent Shelby and Cleveland County. If these ladies win the pageant at the North Carolina level, they will go on to compete for Miss America.

Miss Shelby Winner received a scholarship from Gardner-Webb University for $15,000 a year for 4 years and a 2 year full scholarship to Cleveland Community College

Miss Shelby 1st Runner up received a scholarship from Gardner-Webb University for $10,000 a year for 4 years

Miss Shelby Outstanding Teen Photo Left:  Left to Right: Courtney Smith – 1st Runner Up, Rachel Mower – Winner Miss Shelby’s Outstanding Teen,  Mollie Hollifield – 2nd Runner Up

Miss Shelby Photo Right:  Left to Right:  Molly McKinney – Winner Miss Shelby,  Mary-Katherine Leigh – 1st Runner Up

Sponsors of the Miss Shelby/Miss Shelby’s Outstanding Teen Pageant were:  Shelby Savings Bank, Speed Williams, Step-N-Out Dance Productions, KD Marketing, Victorian Rose Studio, Walker Woodworking, One of a Kind, Jewel’s Formal, Gregory Ellenburg, Pixton Bridal, Kids World Daycare

23rd Hog Happnin’ returns to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds


The Hog Happnin’ Board of Directors voted on Thursday, January 30, 2013, for the 23rd Hog Happnin’, a charity barbecue event set for October 31-November 1, 2014, to return to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds

The event is returning after a two-year stay at the Shelby City Park.  Board President Lloyd Williams says, “We left the fairgrounds only because the health department stopped the public usage after the e-coli outbreak in 2012.  Charlie Holtzclaw, Shelby City Park Director, and his staff stepped up and helped us move the event to the park in just 12 days; they did a terrific job in meeting our needs, and we are very grateful for that help.  However, the Hog Happnin’ will be participating in the Old North State BBQ Competition in 2014, and we will require more space than is available at the Park.”

The entire Hog Happnin’ Board thanks the City Park staff and the City of Shelby for their hospitality and assistance for the past two years. Their help ensured that the event continued when it looked as if it would have to be cancelled.

Twenty-three years ago Hog Happnin’ started at the fairgrounds with only 12 teams participating in the barbecue competition.  In 2013, there were 75 teams and 106 KCBS certified judges from across the country.  In addition, there was a car show, an arts and crafts fair, a corn hole tournament for the public, ongoing entertainment and a Travis Powell concert.  Connect, Commit to Change has been an important part of Hog Happnin’ for the past two years, identifying volunteers for local charities.

Plans for an even bigger and better 2014 Hog Happnin’ are already underway.

For more information, contact Lloyd Williams at 704-692-4576.