What’s Up in Local Sports with Calvin
By Calvin Hastings
Several area high school athletes won state titles this past weekend in their individual events. Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday won all four events at the North Carolina 1A High School Athletic Association state track championships. Friday won the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and also anchored the 1600 meter relay team that included Radolpho Martinez, Jamar Wright and Gabrial Branning. Friday was named the Most Valuable Athlete and set two meet records in the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash.
Shelby’s Blanton Gillespie won the 1600 meter state 2A track championship last week.
Burns high wrestler Dylan Millson won two state titles in wrestling. Millson won the state title in the Greco-Roman and the Freestyle in the Cadet age division at 145 pounds. Millson now heads to the Southeast Regionals May 23-25 in Atlanta.
Corey Thompson of East Gaston won the boys 400 meters in the state 3A meet. Keshon McFadden of Forestview placed first in the boys 110 meter hurdles. The Forestview 4×200 meter relay team also placed first. Solomon Hawkins of Kings Mountain placed first in the boys high jump. North Gaston’s Mariel Finger placed first in the girls pole vault.
Cherryville High School has a new Athletic Director. Scott Harrill will take over as its new Athletic Director on July 1st. Harrill will replace Alan Mauldin who is retiring after a 31 year career. Harrill will remain boys basketball coach for the Ironmen. Mauldin has served as Athletic Director since 2005.
Pete Reed scored his first ever hole in one last week at the River Bend YMCA Golf Club. Reed used a 5-wood to ace the 166 yard par 3 number 3 hole. Jerry Binion, Rex Whitaker and Ron Clendenning witnessed the shot.
The 2014 American Legion Baseball World Series is taking applications for bat boys and girls. Applications are being accepted thru May 31st. To apply, go online at www.americanlegionworldseries.com and click on the bat boy link.
The first ever Cleveland County Alumni Volleyball Tournament will be held June 21st at Lloyd Little Gym at Shelby High School on June 21st. Cost is $20.00 per player and will include a t-shirt. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Lincoln girls softball team won their first ever conference championship with a 6-0 win over Bandys last week. The team is coached by Tyler Sain and they now move on to the state playoffs.
Hats off to the Cherryville Ironmen baseball team. The Ironmen held on and downed Lincoln Charter 7-3 to captured the Southern Piedmont 1A tournament championship. Cherryville is now 18-6 on the season and will begin state tournament action this week at home.
Former Forestview Jaguar Aaron Rumburg is leaving Belmont Abbey to a junior college. Rumberg earned All Conference honors as a freshman for the Abbey and will play this summer for the Gastonia Grizzlies.
No time to get it in! That’s what happened when rain forced cancellation of the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference girls softball championship game last week between Lincoln Charter and Cherryville. Both schools had their proms on Saturday so the game was cancelled.
Area girls softball teams are in state playoff action. Teams making the playoffs included Bessemer City, Highland Tech, Cherryville and Lincoln Charter in the 1A bracket. Hunter Huss, East Lincoln and West Lincoln in the 2A bracket. Forestview, North Lincoln, Crest, Burns, Kings Mountain, South Point, North Gaston and East Gaston from the 3A bracket.
Area high school baseball teams making the playoffs include Lincoln Charter, Bessemer City, Highland Tech and Cherryville in the 1A bracket. Stuart Cramer, Hunter Huss, Shelby and East Lincoln in the 2A bracket. South Point, North Lincoln, Forestview, North Gaston, Kings Mountain , Burns, Crest and East Gaston in the 3A bracket.
One game got underway Tuesday with Highland Tech downing Murphy by a 4-0 score. In the game Highland Tech’s Ethan Reep threw a perfect game, the first in school history and the first in his career. He struck out 15 in the win. Highland Tech advances to the second round Friday at Mitchell County. Mitchell County eliminated Bessemer City 3-2 in nine innings on Tuesday.
In the State 2A golf tournament, Newton-Conover placed first. Shelby placed second with Lincolnton seventh.
Bishop McGuinness won the state 1A golf championship. Lincoln Charter placed sixth.
The Gaston Gazette has named their All-Gazette basketball teams. For the girls, first team members included Madison Carter of Bessemer City, Nikkyanna McCaskill of Forestview, Logan Carter of Ashbrook, Monique Petty of Kings Mountain and Kendal Cloninger of North Gaston. Carter was named the girls Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for the Yellowjackets. Franklin Lowery of Lincoln Charter was named the girls Coach of the Year.
The Gaston Gazette boys first team included Kerrion Moore of Hunter Huss, D.J. Cunningham of Cherryville, Chazz Surratt of East Lincoln, James Tillman of Kings Mountain and Isiah Whaley of Ashbrook. Moore was named the boys Player of the Year after averaging 21.6 points per game for the Huskies. Walt Wallace of Hunter Huss was named the boys Coach of the Year.
Gardner Webb’s Matt Fraudin has been named a Louisville Slugger Player of the Week. Fraudin tossed a one hitter for the Bulldogs last week in a 2-0 win over William & Mary. He struck out 11 and walked just one batter in the win. He leads the Big South Conference in strikeouts with 95.
The North Carolina Tarheels downed Gardner Webb 7-2 in a packed house at Veteran’s Field/Keeter Stadium in Shelby on Tuesday night. Former area players Nick Triplett of Crest, Zach Daly of Forestview and Henry Rundio of North Gaston combined for 3-3 at the plate and a walk. Daly plays for the Tarheels while Rundio and Triplett play for the Bulldogs.