What’s Up in Local Sports
If you keep up with high school sports, you know the year is winding down, and high school state playoffs are underway in just about every sport- from girls’ softball to baseball to soccer to tennis. Keep reading this week’s column to find out if your school is still in, or if it is out. It’s fun to follow. Plus, this is the opening week of American Legion Baseball. Can you believe it? American Legion Baseball is here! You can hear most of the action on WOHS 1390 AM and WCSL 1590 AM. In addition, you’ll be able to watch the game of the week at www.whatsupshopper.com. So stay tuned, there’s a game on near you!
Shelby won the state 2A boys tennis championship last weekend after a 5-1 win over Carrboro. Shelby finished with a perfect 23-0 season. It was the school’s first state title since 2003.
Hats off to East Lincoln’s Marcus “Bubba” McDowell and North Lincoln’s Allie Castro! McDowell won the gold medal in the 400 meter dash at the State 3A Track and Field Championship last week. Castro won the gold in the 3,200 meter run.
Lincolnton’s Chelsea Slentz has signed to play basketball at Guilford Tech.
Hats off to the Forestview Jaguars baseball team as they advanced to the third round of the state high school playoffs with a 1-0 win over Patton last week! East Lincoln also advanced to the third round with a 12-2 win over Shelby. The Golden Lions finished their season at 14-9. The season ended for the Burns Bulldogs last week as they fell to North Buncombe by a 2-0 score. The Bulldogs finished 17-6 on the year.
Forestview downed the Crest Chargers by a 9-3 score last week to advance in the state 3A high school baseball playoffs. The Chargers finished 17-7 on the season. East Lincoln’s season came to an end as the Mustangs fell 2-0 to East Davidson in the state 3A high school baseball playoffs. The Mustangs end their season with a 22-5 mark.
Bessemer City’s girls’ softball team has advanced to the fourth round after a 4-2 win over Lake Norman Charter last week. Megan Phillip’s two run home run on her birthday gave the Yellow Jackets the win. The season ended for the Cherryville Lady Ironmen girls’ softball team as they were eliminated last week by Chatham Central with a 5-2 score. The Lady Ironmen finished 19-10 on the season. North Lincoln advanced in the state 3A girls’ softball playoffs with a 3-2 win over county rival, West Lincoln. The Lady Rebels finished 13-10 on the year.
Shelby’s Jerry Zeller is heading to Florida Gulf Coast University on a soccer scholarship. Zeller helped lead the Golden Lions to the Western 2A finals.
The Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference has named its All Conference High School Baseball Team. Addison Parrish of East Lincoln was named the Player of the Year. Chris Mantile of East Lincoln was named the Coach of the Year. All Conference Team members include: Addison Parrish, Danny Sullivan, Clay Hodges, Charlie Goss and David Keener of East Lincoln; Brett Huff, Chandler Jenkins, Cameron High and Dalton Towery of West Lincoln; Jonathan Carpenter, Wes Jackson and Hunter Jackson of Cherryville; Joey Royko, Jake Cochran and Justin Nortin of North Lincoln; Kurt Stabasefki and Carson McNamara of Lake Norman Charter; Clayton Johnson and Jacob Breakfield of Bessemer City; Jacob Hoover of Lincolnton; and Ethan Reep of Highland Tech.
The Big South 3A conference has named its All Conference Girls Softball Team. Jordan Wilson of South Point was named the Player of the Year, and Chip Wilson of South Point was named the Coach of the Year. All conference players include: Graylin Heustess, Jordan Wilson, Haley Stewart, Summer Davila, Morgan Mahaffey and Karsen Moody of South Point; Emily Kale, Kaylee Waycaster, Katelyn Spangler, Summer Kale, Dakota Keller, and Macy Ollis of Crest; Reagan Childers, Amber Goins, Emily Hester, and Molly Short of Kings Mountain; Alexis Wallace, Nicolle Estep, and Kristin Cheek of Ashbrook; Laura Anderson of Forestview; and Madison Parker of Hunter Huss.
Former Ashbrook wrestling coach, Bill Eccles, and West Lincoln’s Butch Ross are headed to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame from the North Carolina chapter. Both were honored last weekend at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Both will be permanently honored at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Kenneth Svendsen, 36, was the top finisher in the Over the Mountain Triathlon last Saturday. Svendsen is from Charlotte and won with a time of 2:11:27. Jenny Leisner, also from Charlotte, was the female top finisher.
Shelby Gold Lions was eliminated from the state 2A soccer playoffs last week after a 4-1 loss to South Iredell. The Golden Lions finished 18-6 on the year.
Grier won the Gaston County boys track and field championships last week. Holbrook placed second followed by Belmont, Cramerton, Mt. Holly, Friday, Southwest, Stanley, John Chavis, Bessemer City and York Chester. Belmont took first in the girls track and field championships. They were followed by Holbrook and Grier.
Hats off to Cramerton as they went undefeated in winning the Gaston County Middle School baseball championship with a perfect 12-0 mark! Cramerton downed Belmont 13-8 to take the title this year.
Speaking of undefeated, the Cramerton Middle School Eagles won the Gaston County Middle School Soccer Championship with a 2-0 win last week over Holbrook. Cramerton finished 12-0 while Holbrook finished 9-3.
Former Gardner Webb catcher, Blake Lalli, has been called up to the big show by the Chicago Cubs. Lallie was hitting .176 for the Cubs triple a club in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. Lallie is the first Gardner Webb player to make it to the major leagues. Lalli made well his first game with a two run single as the Cubs fell 8-4 to Houston.
Gardner Webb assistant basketball coach, Brooke Wilkinson, has resigned to pursue another career. Wilkinson will work with the family business of Wilkinson Inc. in Gastonia. No replacement has yet been named.
Gardner Webb’s Samantha Meenaghan and Amanda Gomes were both named to the 2012 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Division I Mid-Atlantic All Region Team. Meenaghan hit .409 and Gomes hit .327.
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