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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