Saturday Morning, Town Hall Meeting at 10:00 AM…Be There!
By Calvin Hastings
This weekend could be one of the biggest weekends for the City of Shelby and Cleveland County when the American Legion World Series Site Committee comes to town. Shelby is one of three teams left in the bidding to become the permanent site for the American Legion World Series. This Saturday morning is very very important. There will be a World Series Town Hall Meeting at Cleveland Community College’s Keeter Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend and show your support. Fans, parents and those interested in supporting sports and economic development are welcome. A number of local government officials will be among those who will be there to welcome the National Officials. The National Director of American Legion Baseball, Jim Quinlan will be holding a question and answer session for the public. Bring your questions and show you support at the very special town hall meeting. Below is the scheduled itinerary for the weekend.
Friday, March 19th
2:50PM -Welcome at Holiday Inn Express
3:15PM - Accommodations and Travel and Tourism Meeting
4:30PM- Tour of the Don Gibson Theatre
5:00PM- Tour of the Shelby City Park
6:00 PM Holiday Inn Express
7:00 PM Reception and Dinner at Deerbrook
9:00 PM Business Session
Saturday, March 20th
8:00AM - Breakfast at Ken and Marys
9:00AM - Visit Conference Center
10:00AM - Town Hall Meeting at Cleveland Community College’s Keeter Auditorium
11:30AM - Music, Food and Entertainment in the Gym
12:00PM - Executive Committee Meeting with American Legion Officials
2:00PM - Keeter Stadium visit
4:15PM - Committee Review at Holiday Inn Express Conference Room
7:00PM - Dinner at Hamilton Hall, First National Bank
Sunday, March 21st
8:00AM- Breakfast and review session with Executive Committee at Cleveland Country Club
9:15AM - Committee returns to Airport
What’s Up in Local Sports
By Calvin Hastings
The Forestview Lady Jaguars brought home the State 3A girls championship last Saturday with a a 62-55 win over South Central at UNC Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center. Shannon Smith led the way for the Lady Jaguars with 26 points. Smith will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill this fall and play basketball under Sylvia Hatchell. Smith was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. The Lady Jaguars finish their season with a 27-2 record under head coach Ken Beatty. The 27 wins is second in school history after a 30-1 season in 2008.
The Big South 3A Conference has announced its All-Conference teams. On the boys side, Jontavian Hall of Hunter Huss was named the Player of the Year and Dan Ghent of Forestview was named Coach of the Year. All Big South Team players included Zeek Bigger of Ashbrook. Catrell Boyd, Preston Holmes, Chris Johnson and Jack Sumner of Forestview. Brian Brown and Cedric Thompson of Kings Mountain. Taylor Crosby of Crest. Giovanni Dotson of North Gaston. Christian Lawrence of South Point. Jontavian Hall, T.J. Wilson and Jihad Wright of Hunter Huss.
On the girls side, Shannon Smith of Forestview was named the Big South 3A Conference girls Player of the Year. Jan Wiggins of Hunter Huss was named Coach of the Year. Big South Team members included Bre Armstrong, Kelsey Harris, and Shannon Smith of Forestview. Janay Brickey, Justin Taylor and Whitney Collins of Ashbrook. Shaliah Degree and Kendyl McWhirter of Crest. Meghan Hardin and Taylor Jordan of Hunter Huss. Misty Haskins of North Gaston. Hayley Lowe of South Point and Britnee Roberts of Kings Mountain.
The South Mountain Athletic Conference announced its wrestling awards for this past season. Patton‘s David Cook was named the Wrestler of the Year and Freedom’s Jon Smith was named the Coach of the Year. All-Conference wrestlers from Burns included Dustin Smith, Shawn Staton and Gilbert Brooks. Shelby All-Conference wrestlers included Jaylee Small, Felix Soto and Deshawn Dawson.
North Lincoln’s Jake Nelson won the State 2A individual title in the 130lb. weight class. Nelson became the first student at North Lincoln to win an individual state title. He finished the season with a 42-1 record. He was also the 2010 Conference Champion and Regional Champion. In his career Nelson has posted a record of 103-21.
The Southern Piedmont 1A/2A has announced its All-Conference Teams. Lindsay Wright of East Lincoln was named the Girls Player of the Year and Highland Tech coach Jerry Jordan was named the girls Coach of the Year. Girls All-Conference team members include Sarah Barr, Jill Baxter and Sydney Wilkinson of North Lincoln. Lindsy Wright and Kiandra Long of East Lincoln. Leah Graham and Bry’Anne Robbins of Highland Tech. Maggie Cline and Treasure Avery of Lincolnton. Ariel Bumgardner of Cherryville and Sadie Saine of West Lincoln. Kiera Ussery of Bessemer City and Melodee Osborne of Challenger.
Terry Whisnant of Cherryville was named the boys Player of the Year and Butch Blalock of Highland Tech was named the Coach of the Year. All-Conference boys team members include Terry Whisnant, Terry Bess and Brandon Heavner of Cherryville. Kendall Bethea and Patrick Rendleman of East Lincoln. Lorenzo Carter and Jonathan Gidney of Lincolnton. Christian Walker and A.J. McKenzie of Highland Tech. Kameron Wilson and Reggie Williams of Bessemer City. Dylan Jenkins of West Lincoln. Gary Brotherton of North Lincoln and Tashawn Byrd of Challenger.
Hats off to the Southwest Middle School boys basketball team. Southwest downed Belmont 46-39 to capture this year’s Gaston County boys Middle School basketball championship. Southwest finished unbeaten with a perfect 12-0 mark. Keyshawn Woods led Southwest with 22 points while Deonte Gaston scored 16 for Belmont.
Congratulations to Hunter Huss girls softball pitcher Taylor Grigg. Grigg tossed a no-hitter last week in a 12-1 win over Shelby. The loss was the first of the year for the Lady Golden Lions while the Huskies picked up their first win of the season. Grigg had seven strikeouts in the win.
With baseball season here, several area league coaches have picked their pre-season favorites. In the Big South 3A Conference, South Point was picked to win followed by Crest, Forestview, Kings Mountain, North Gaston, Ashbrook and Hunter Huss. In the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference, West Lincoln was picked to finish first followed by East Lincoln, North Lincoln, Cherryville, Bessemer City, Lincolnton and Highland Tech.
Hats off to North Lincoln’s Savannah Rhyne. Rhyne has signed to play Volleyball for Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Rhyne was named indoor track MVP for North Lincoln. Congratulations are in order for Catawba Valley Community College Volleyball coach Shannon Hudson for being named the 2009 NJCAA District Coach of the Year.
Shane Lineberger of Lincolnton won $4,695 in the BFL South Carolina Division Fishing Tournament on Lake Murray. Lineberger’s catch total 15 pounds and 13 ounces. The next BFL South Carolina Tournament will be this weekend at Santee Cooper.
Tough luck for the Gardner-Webb Women’s Basketball Team as they fell 68-66 to Liberty for the Big South Conference Tournament Championship. The Lady Bulldogs trailed by 20 points with 9:57 left before mounting the comeback. With the win Liberty received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs are now 28-4 on the season.
The Mt. Holly fourth Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced. They include John Farrar, a 1969 Mt. Holly graduate and defensive star before playing at Livingstone College. Farrar spent time with three NFL teams including the Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers. Also Joe Huffsteter, a three time Mt. Holly football captain who played at Gardner Webb and help coach the 1976 Mt. Holly Optimist club in the Disney Bowl. Also Joe Spears who served as a football coach at Mt. Holly along with heading up the girls and boys basketball teams winning a boys district championship in 1969 and finishing fourth in the 2A state tournament. And Johnny Wike, a 1956 Mt. Holly graduate who went to Wingate Junior and East Carolina to play football. Wike also served as a football and golf coach at Western Carolina University and head football coach at Carson-Newman. And the 1990 East Gaston wrestling team will be inducted coached by Doug Smith. The team became East Gaston’s first state champion.
Hats off to Crest Lady Charger Bailey Smith. Smith tossed a one hitter and struck out 12 Kings Mountain batters last week. She also blasted two home runs and had five RBIs for the Lady Chargers 15th straight Big South Conference victory.
What’s Up with Hendrick’s Appliance Gastonia Grand Opening
View all photos from Hendrick’s Parking Lot Party on our Facebook page.
Contest Winners From Last Weekend’s Party:
Gatliburg, TN Vacation: Michael Dean of Gastonia
T-Shirts: Blanche & Jeffery Dean of Gastonia
Movie Passes: Joyce Long & Bobby Huggins of Belmont,
Hope Clayton of Bessemer City, & Jackie Clevenger of Gastonia
Crowder’s Mountain Golf: Betty Terres & Dean Lowman of Gastonia
McDonald’s, What’s Up Shopper & WOHS Scholar-Athlete
Carson Putnam, a senior at Crest High School is the McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar Athlete of the Month! Carson is a member of the Tennis and Soccer teams at Crest. He has earned a 4.53 GPA while taking numerous advanced placement classes including Calculus, Chemistry and English.
Upon graduation from Crest High School, Carson plans to attend Wofford College, major in Biology, go to medical school and become a Doctor.
Carson is the son of David and Jill Putnam of Shelby. He is a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church where he is active in the youth group and is Co-President of ‘The Guys’ Mission Organization.
The McDonald’s/WOHS/What’s Up Shopper Scholar-Athlete Award is sponsored by the McDonald’s Restaurant 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 for achievements in the classroom and for overall school citizenship as well.
Nineteen contestants participated in the Miss Valentine Queen Pageant held February 20th at the Cherryville Community Building.
The winners were Bitsy Miss Grace Shook, Baby Doll Miss Makenzie Kay, Miniature Miss Zoe Hodge, Wee Miss Elizabeth Sellers, Tiny Miss Kailee Huffman, Young Miss Courtney Cureton, Petite Miss Anna Colvin, Junior Miss Hailey Rotenberry and Teen Miss Ericka Chabot.
Hannah Cline, Khloe Lay, Ashtyn Lane, Kynli Jordan, Norah Davis, Mollie Gilmore, Taylor-Ann Nolan, Brianna Jordan and Alexis Jordan were the runners-up in the various age divisions.
The photogenic award winners were Khloe Lay, Ashtyn Lane, Mollie Gilmore, Olivia Swaim, Brianna Jordan, Courtney Cureton and Anna Colvin.
The signatures award winners were Hannah Cline, Khloe Lay, Makenzie Kay, Mollie Gilmore, Olivia Swaim, Courtney Cureton and Anna Colvin. Ashtyn Lane won the overall signatures and first application awards. Olivia Swaim was named the overall majestic winner.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association sponsored the pageant to raise money for the scholarship fund. The next event is the Miss Easter on Parade Pageant on March 20th in Cherryville. For more information, visit www.missgastoniapageant.com.
PHOTO: The winners in the Miss Valentine Queen Pageant held February 20th at the Cherryville Community Building were (front row, left to right) Elizabeth Sellers, Olivia Swaim, Zoe Hodge, Makenzie Kay and Kailee Huffman. Back row, left to right, are Ericka Chabot, Anna Colvin, Hailey Rotenberry, Courtney Cureton and Grace Shook.
What’s Up with Higher Learning Child Care Academy
The pre-school class at Higher Learning Academy in Shelby recently collected canned food to take to the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association for their food closet. The students have been learning about math and the economy and were surprised to find out how much it takes to feed a family. They were happy to help out!
Friday night, March 19th is a special night in downtown Lincolnton, ‘The second Art Crawl will be held in downtown showcasing artist from around the area. Local businesses will be open from 5:30 - 9:00. Luminaries will light the local businesses that will be participating in this years event. Maps are available to help patrons walk through downtown Lincolnton and see which artist is being showcased at which business.
Merle Norman and Studio 220 is hosting local photographer J J. Tindall in the salon in a bridal event showcasing his bridal portraits. Tindall’s photography will have his other work displayed at his own studio. Southern Charm Winery is hosting Max Schronce, a wood turner, and is also offering free wine tasting. There are 37 businesses participating in this years Art Crawl sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank. Artists will be on Main St, Sycamore St, Academy St and several other streets winding their way through historic downtown Lincolnton. Come out and enjoy this event and celebrate the arts.
By Calvin Hastings
Al Dunkleman will present his 7th annual concert benefitting the Abuse Prevention Council on March 22nd, 2010 from 7:00 PM TILL 8:30 PM in the Mildred H. Keeter Auditorium on the campus of Cleveland Community College. Dunkleman is a Sociology Instructor at Cleveland Community College and will perform his original songs and some old-time tunes on fiddle and banjo. The band “New Plowed Ground” features Dunkleman’s wife Karen on upright bass and Dr. Bobby Jones on mandolin and guitar. Both will be accompanying Dunkleman during the concert. The event is sponsored by the Sociology Department of Cleveland Community College and the Student Government Association. Admission to the concert is $2.00 or $2.00 worth of paper goods including paper towels, bathroom tissue, paper plates and napkins. All donations will be given to the Abuse Prevention Council of Shelby. The public is invited to attend. For more information you can call 704-484-4000 or visit the website www.clevelandcommunity college.edu.