What’s Up in Local Sports with Calvin
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.