Local Sports with Calvin
Shelby Post 82 won its second straight Area IV title with a 5-3 win Sunday night over the Gaston Braves. Shelby won the three game series two games to none and improved to 36-1 on the season. It was their ninth Area IV championship. The good news for the Gaston Braves is that they’ll move on to the state tournament this weekend in Lexington with Shelby Post 82. The Braves are now 24-3 on the season. Shelby Post 82 will meet the Area 2 runner up at 9:30 AM on Friday while the Gaston Braves will face the Area 2 champion at 12:30 PM on Friday. WOHS, WCSL and WLON will have all the action for you this weekend along with “live” video coverage on www.ktcbroadcasting.com. It’s possible these two local teams could meet again this weekend.
Hats off to the Shelby Junior All Stars 13/14 year old team aas they downed Johnson County 10-0 to win the Tar Heel League State Championship.
The Shelby 8 and under girls softball team downed Louisberg 19-8 to win the state Tar Heel 8 and under championship. And for the second straight year the Shelby 14 and under All Stars won the state Tar Heel 14 and under title with a 16-1 win over Western Harnett.
Former Cherryville Ironmen and now Gastonia Grizzlies outfielder Thomas Bess is out three weeks with a dislocated left shoulder after suffering the injury while sliding into home. Bess was hitting .316 for the season at the time of his injury.
Shelby High has a new head girls basketball coach. He’s Jason Smith who was head girls coach at Hough High School in Cornelius. He had a 37-16 overall record at the school. Smith replaces Cal Pass who resigned after last season’s 10-10 record.
The Gaston Gazette has named its 2014 All-Gazette baseball team. The Gazette player of the year was Ethan Reep of Highland Tech and is now Gaston County’s All-Time strikeout leader. He has signed to play at Lenoir Rhyne. Other first team members included Mason Smith of North Gaston, Tanner Muse of South Point, Garrett Sutton of Forestview, Andrew Jordan of Hunter Huss, Alex Reynolds of Kings Mountain, Alston Mosteller of Cherryville, Jha’Qui Adams of Bessemer City, Jonathan Carpenter of Cherryville, Austin Buchanan of East Lincoln, Wes Wood of Ashbrook and Christian Hilty of Lincoln Charter. Jesse Martin of North Gaston was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a 20-4 record and a Big South 2A/3A Conference title.
Madison Carter of Bessemer City was named the Gaston Gazette’s girls softball Player of the Year. Carter hit .662 this past season and will be heading to Lenoir Rhyne this fall. Other first team members included Haley Stewart of South Point, Chloe Hamilton of North Gaston, Cassidy Wise of West Lincoln, Emily Hester of Kings Mountain, Kylee Leonhardt of West Lincoln, Madison Armstrong of Highland Tech, Hollyn Franklin of North Lincoln, Marisa Harkey of Clover, Caitlin Hay of Cherryville, Brezzy Davis of North Gaston and Emily Kenley of Lincoln Charter. Abbey Norwood of North Gaston was named the Girls Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Wildcats to a 15-8 record and the Big South 2a/3a championship.
Several area high school football players have been named to the NC Preps Dot Com all state football teams. They include Kings Mountainn offensive lineman Graham Keeter, South Point linebacker Tanner Muse, Lincolnton defensive lineman Darian Roseboro, Lincolnton defensive back Quinlyn Harris, East Lincoln quarterback Chazz Surratt, Bessemer City running back Cedric Mackey.
Gaston Day has named a new head girls basketball coach. She’s Kristin Gary. Gary was previously the assistant coach. Former head coach Brooke Wilkinson resigned to take a collegiate coaching position. Gary is a 2005 graduate of East Gaston High School.
Kings Mountain’s James Tillman scored 16 points for the West All-Stars as the West downed the East All Stars 98-86 in the North Carolina Coaches Association East/West All Star boys basketball game in Greensboro. Tillman also added nine rebounds. Shelby’s Gabe DeVoe pulled down 12 rebounds.