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Kelly named Gaston County Player of Year

Congratulations to Will Kelly of Gaston Christian School on being named the Gaston County Player of The Year.  Schools like Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Wofford, Georgia State, Liberty, Charlotte, Yale, UMBC, and Mercer have all expressed interest his way at some point and that list could continue to grow.
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 Assistant Coaches join new
Gaston College Athletics Program

The Gaston College Athletics Department has added two new members to its baseball coaching staff. Jacob Rand and Kenneth “KJ” McAllister, Jr., will join Head Baseball Coach Shohn Doty in the Gaston College’s athletics program that officially begins this fall.
Rand is the Recruiting Coordinator and an Assistant Coach for the Baseball team. He graduated in 2015 from Mars Hill University in North Carolina, where he was a four-year starter on their baseball team, playing in three positions: Catcher, Second Baseman, and Third Baseman. Prior to Gaston College, he was assistant Baseball Coach and Director of Operations at Wingate University in N.C. Wingate averaged more than 30 wins per season and appeared in two NCAA Regionals during Rand’s tenure there, and in April won the 2021 South Atlantic Conference tournament title.
He has worked with several traveling baseball organizations, including the Charlotte Megastars and the Pineville Pioneers/Southern Collegiate summer team, and was the Head Coach of the On Deck O’s inaugural senior team.
“This is an unprecedented time for Gaston College, and I am excited to be a part of the bright future of this athletics department,” said Rand. “I look forward to working with Coach Doty and Coach McAllister as we build a program in an always competitive Region 10.”
“Jacob is a relentless recruiter and is on the cutting edge with his hitting philosophies,” said Doty. “We are extremely excited to add him to our staff. He is coming from a program that has a tradition of winning and he will bring that culture with him.”
McAllister, who was the 2018 3A High School Baseball Coach of the Year at Jacksonville High School in N.C., is also an Assistant Coach at Gaston College. He is a graduate of Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina, where he had the all-time sixth highest batting average, and was an All-Conference player.
In 2013, McAllister was an All-Star in the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s premier collegiate summer baseball league, and he played professionally for the San Angelo (Texas) Colts in 2014. He served as Assistant Baseball Coach at North Carolina Central University prior to joining Gaston College.
“I’m excited to be able to work with a great coaching staff and help mold a great group of student athletes,” said McAllister. “I’m truly grateful for the opportunity and I am ready to get to work!”
“KJ has a unique presence and energy around him that I believe will translate to our players,” said Doty. “He will be a quality coach and his knowledge of infield play will be a huge asset.”
Gaston College has several players already committed to join the baseball team this fall. New recruits include several Division I transfers as well as high school graduates from various areas, including Canada. With the high level of baseball talent in the area more local commits are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Gaston Braves season ends in second round of playoffs

By Art Shoemaker
The G-Braves opened the second round of the play-offs against an outstanding Rutherford County squad.
In the first match-up, played at South Point, the Braves fell by a 9-5 score.  In a seven inning game the locals trailed 9-2 after six innings but mounted a comeback by posting three runs in the final inning but this was not enough in losing the opener.
Parker Agosta, an East Gaston Warrior, suffered the loss on the mound for the Braves.  Grayson Guy, Dylan Owensby, Drew Wofford, Daniel McClellan, Logan Agosta, Caleb Burr and Jackson Risk all had a single hit for the Braves.
Game two in the series saw the Braves rebound in winning by a 5-1 score. Jake Bidoglio, a Red Raider standout, pitched a masterpiece in going the distance allowing only three hits and striking out seven.
Grayson Guy, who performed at Gaston Christian and Caleb Burr, an East Gaston star, led the Braves on offense with two hits each.
The Braves traveled to Forest City to play Post 29 in game three of the series.  The G-Braves managed only one run in this affair in losing 7-1.
Ethan Simmons, who has been stellar all season for the Braves, only allowed five hits but was the hard luck loser on the mound.
Grayson Guy, who continued his season long hitting success for the Braves led the Braves with two hits in the game.
The season came to an end last Monday as the Braves fell by an 11-3 score.
Rutherford Co. scored in every inning but one with the big inning occurring in the sixth.  Post 29 put the game away with six runs in this inning.
Marshall Witheral, a South Pointer, took the loss for the G-Braves.  He allowed only four hits in his four innings of work but the Braves committed errors that aided the host team in their victory.
Ayden Ledford and Jackson Risk each had two hits for the Braves.
Coach Tim Brown offered praise to this team for their effort, hustle and positive attitude throughout the 2021 season.
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Zack Karagias, First State Champion

Congratulations to Stuart W. Cramer High School junior Zack Karagias who recently became the school’s first state champion. Zack won an individual 3A state championship in wrestling in the 145 weight class.
 
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Massey wins an individual 3A state championship

“SHOUT OUT” to Ashbrook High School freshman Camryn Massey who recently won an individual 3A state championship in the discus throw. Her toss of 140’ 09” is a new state record. In addition, Massey placed third in the shot put. 

Photos courtesy: Jeffrey Sides
 
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Congratulations to Highland School of Technology junior Lauren Tolbert!

Congratulations to Highland School of Technology junior Lauren Tolbert who was named the 1A Female Most Valuable Performer for winning individual state championships in the 400 meter run and 800 meter run. In addition, she finished second in the 100 meter dash and third in the 200 meter dash.

Photo courtesy: Dan Loughlin
 
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Congratulations to the Gaston College- Apprenticeship 321 CNAI Apprentice Grads!

After a year of hard work, Their instructors, employers and mentors got together for a small celebration to recognize their achievement. For more info on becoming an apprentice, email apprenticeships@gaston.edu.
 
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2021 GASTON BRAVES AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL TEAM - Back Row L to R: Athletic Director Mark King, Head Coach Tim Brown, Micah Tribble, Caleb Burr, Jake Bidoglio, Ethan Simmons, Jackson Risk, Wyatt Triplett, Cameron Cook, Drew Wofford, and Assistant Coach Zack Bumgarner. Front Row L to R: Grayson Guy, Ayden Ledford, Daniel McClellan, Parker Agosta, Liam Brady, Riley Hawkins, Dylan Owensby, Logan Agosta, and Greyson Thomas. The Gaston Braves American Legion baseball team took on Cleveland County on July 6 and 7th. On July 6th the Braves lost 15-6. On July 7th the Braves won 9-8. July 6th was played home at South Point High School. July 7th was played in Granite Falls. The Braves advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Gaston Braves win opening Play-off Series

By Art Shoemaker

As July 4th is a day of celebration it was fitting that the Gaston Braves also celebrated with an opening game victory in a win over Post 29 from Caldwell County.
In a best three wins in a possible five game series the Braves opened with a win at Raider Field by the score of 12-9.
Ethan Simmons picked up the win on the hill for the G-Braves.  Greyson Thomas, Jake Bidoglio and Drew Wofford all worked in relief in this opening contest.
The Braves posted a run in the first frame and added two in the second and surged ahead in the sixth inning with six runners crossing the dish.  The team added three additional runs in the sixth inning.
A South Pointer, Jackson Risk, continued to shine on offense for the Braves.  Risk enjoyed a 2 for 3 night that produced five RBI’S for the Braves.  Liam Brady also enjoyed a productive night on offense in gathering three hits in his three plate appearances.  Jackson Risk, Caleb Burr and Daniel McClellan each racked up multiple hits for the Braves.
The Braves followed up this opening game win with another victory in game two in defeating Caldwell Co. by a 9-5 score.
After scoring two tallies in the fourth inning the Braves put the game away in the fifth frame with a four spot.  The Braves out hit the visitors by a 9 to 5 count.
Liam Brady was the winning pitcher for the Braves in relief.  Parker Agosta started on the mound giving way to Brady in the third inning.  Jake Bidoglio also pitched in relief.
Drew Wofford and Logan Agosta both had two hits for the Braves.  The Braves played errorless baseball in the game.
Caldwell Co. rebounded in a big way in game three.  Post 29 recorded a 15-6 victory in this contest.  Caldwell Co. led 10-6 after five innings of play but broke the game open by scoring five runs in the seventh inning.
Grayson Guy took the loss for the Braves.  Parker Agosta, Daniel McClellan, Logan Agosta, Caleb Burr and Drew Wofford all had hits in the game for the Braves.
The Braves traveled to Lenoir Wednesday to play game four.  In a rain delayed game the G-Braves closed out the series in winning by a 9-8 score.  The Braves could only muster five hits in the game but were aided by four Caldwell Co. errors.
The Braves posted five runs in the fifth inning and added four more in the sixth.
Ethan Simmons started on the hill for the Braves.  He was relieved by Cameron Cook who picked up the win.  Jake Bidoglio also worked in relief for the Braves.
Dylan Owensby had two of the Braves five hits in the game.  Ayden Ledford, Caleb Burr and Daniel McClellan each collected important RBI’s in the game.
The Braves will now play Rutherford County in their next play-off series.  Rutherford Co. advanced by defeating Gastonia Post 23.

Summer Out Loud challenge

The YMCA’s free three-week Summer Out Loud Challenge, presented locally by Atrium Health, launches July 12.
Opt-in to the free challenge today by texting SUMMER to 877-799-6220 and be entered to win a one-year household membership to the Gaston County Family YMCA and the national grand prize of a family vacation of your choice (up to $5,000 value).
After opting-in via text, follow the prompts to register for the challenge. You will receive three texts a week filled with motivation, workouts, and family fun activities to try throughout the challenge. Participating in the Summer Out Loud Challenge will also let you attend select Gaston County Family YMCA classes and activities throughout the challenge.
Visit any Gaston County Family YMCA location to pick up your Summer Out Loud passport filled with creative ideas and activities to do together with your family this July. To be eligible for the grand prizes, you must opt-in to the challenge and complete and return the passport to your local Y by Wednesday, August 4. The grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, August 13.
“Kids and parents are eager to get out of the house and enjoy some of their most cherished summertime traditions and activities, said Sharon Padgett, Gaston County Family YMCA. “With sunny days finally in the forecast, we encourage families to participate in this free challenge to rediscover sunshine, optimism, and what it means to live Summer Out Loud!”
Visit the website gastonymca.org, to learn more about the free challenge and to review the rules and regulations.

Park Hop Scavenger Hunt...

Mount Holly Parks & Recreation is happy to be involved with Gaston County’s Park Hop Scavenger Hunt again this year.
Park Hop is a fun and exciting way for people to explore parks within Gaston County while being physically active. The website for more information is www.gastongov.com/parkhop.
From the website, you can register for Park Hop, download a paper passport, and submit clues.

Gastonia Braves complete
regular season - await play-offs

By Art Shoemaker

Last Saturday the G-Braves played host to Post 23 from Gastonia. Post 23 posted a single run in the opening inning and added two more tallies in the third frame. This was all the visitors could muster in losing to the Braves by a 7-3 final score. The Braves scored twice in both the third and fourth innings and put the game away by posting a three spot in the sixth inning. Grayson Guy pitched a strong four innings for the Braves in picking up the win. Marshall Witherall was very effective in his three innings of relief. Parker Agosta and Liam Brady each collected two hits for the Braves.
Last Monday the Braves traveled to Charlotte to face Mint Hill. The G-Braves lost a high scoring affair to Mint Hill by a final score of 9-8. Mint Hill put the game away by scoring four runs in the sixth inning.
Wyatt Tripplett started on the mound for the Braves and worked two innings. He was followed by Jake Bidoglio, Grayson Thomas, and Riley Hawkins. Grayson Guy and Caleb Burr each collected two hits for the Braves.
Mint Hill traveled to South Point last Tuesday to play the Braves for a second time. This game produced strong pitching by both teams as Mint Hill was victorious by a 3-2 final score.
Ethan Simmons pitched into the fourth inning for the Braves. Simmons was very effective early but ran into control problems in the fourth. Liam Brady finished the game for the Braves and looked good in his almost three innings on the rubber. Jackson Risk led the Braves on offense with two hits.
Last Wednesday the G-Braves hosted the pitching rich Union County nine at Raider Field. This was a double header affair with the visitors emerging with a 6-3 win in the opening encounter.
Union County plated two runs in the third inning and four additional scores in the fourth frame aided by a mental blunder by the Braves in the field.
The Braves scored a single run in the sixth and two additional scores but this was not enough offense in the opening contest as the Braves could only manage four hits in the game.
Parker Agosta, an outstanding baseball player from East Gaston, pitched well enough to win throwing six strong innings but the Braves came up short in the opening game loss.
Grayson Guy, Jackson Risk, Caleb Burr and Riley Hawkins each had one hit in the game. In the second game the Braves scored a remarkable comeback win. Trailing 5-2 going into the final inning the Braves erupted with a four spot to pull out a 6-5 win.
Jackson Risk, a two sport star at South Point who is headed to Belmont Abbey to continue his athletic career, was the star of the game. Risk laced a double plaiting three Braves scores in this dramatic comeback victory.
Jake Bidoglio, another South Pointer opened the game on the hill and pitched well. Grayson Thomas came on in relief and was outstanding in his four innings of work. Thomas picked up the win in relief.
Liam Brady led the Braves with two hits. Wyatt Triplett, who has played outstanding baseball all summer, launched a home run in the fifth frame for the Braves.
The G-Braves finished the regular season with a win-loss record of 6-6. And now await their opponent at the playoffs which began on July 4th.
Coach Tim Brown stated that the Braves have played hard all season and the entire team has displayed a team ball first attitude in every game. Most of the regular season losses were decided by a run or two.
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Maria Kuhlman and Allie Downing

Kuhlman, Downing earn CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors

Belmont Abbey women’s basketball players Maria Kuhlman and Allie Downing have been named Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced. Kuhlman was a first-team selection, while Downing earned second-team honors. Belmont Abbey was the only school with multiple selections on the 15-player team.
The players are only the fifth and sixth overall -- and first two females -- to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in school history.
Kuhlman, a May graduate from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., played in 107 career games at The Abbey, averaging 14.0 points, 4.2 rebound and 2.0 assists during that span. She was named Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball and was the winner of the conference’s Murphy Osborne Award, significant of the top graduating senior in the league. She was a three-time first-team all-conference selection and finished the season as Division II’s active career leader in three-pointers made. She holds Belmont Abbey’s career threes record for both men and women and was on the 2021 Conference Carolinas and the NCAA Southeast Regional all-tournament teams, the latter as the Most Valuable Player. She finished with a 3.99 GPA in Theology.
Downing, from New Madison, Ohio, also graduated in May with a 3.98 grade-point average in accounting and business management. She appeared in 116 games for the Crusaders, averaging 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists during her career. A three-time All-Conference Carolinas selection, she was named to the all-tournament teams for the conference tournament and NCAA Southeast Regional.
Ten of the 15 members of the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Basketball teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with four student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.98.
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East Gaston alumni taking part in Olympic trials

If you have your eyes on this summer’s Olympics, you might want to be on the lookout for Kyndal Knight. She is competing  in the Olympic diving trials that are happening in Indianapolis. How awesome would it be to have an East Gaston High School graduate in Tokyo representing Team USA! While at East Gaston, Kyndal was a swimming and diving sensation, winning two regional titles and the 1A/2A state diving championship. She graduated in 2018 and went on to the University of Kentucky on a full-ride scholarship. Kyndal certainly knows what it takes to be a champion, and it is good to see that she is continuing to put forth a winning effort in everything she does! 

Gaston Christian School runners news...

Just before school let out, Gaston Christian School hosted NC runners elite meets for both middle school and high school.
In the middle school meet:
Olivia Van Pelt ran a 14.09 in the 100 meter dash and a 29.04 in the 200 meter dash, both marks are middle school team records.
Cayden Brack ran a time of 13.00 in the 100 meter dash. Our 3rd fastest middle school mark in team history.
In the 1600, Henry Roberts posted a time of 5:33 which is a 7th grade team record and the GCS 3rd fastest middle school time ever. Nathan Eastburn and Carter Hoersch were also sub 6:00 with times of 5:52 and 5:58.
The GCS boys 4x800 team (Carter, Nathan, Henry, Jordan) posted a time of 10:32 which is a new MS school record.
Carter Hoersch posted a time of 13:38 in the 3200 which is the GCS 2nd fastest 7th grade mark.
In the high school meet:
Connor Nanney ran times of 2:04 in the 800 and 4:44 in the 1600 while Madi Freeman placed 2nd in the shot put.
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Belmont Abbey Athletics enjoys unprecedented success in 2020-21

Belmont Abbey Athletics overcame unprecedented obstacles to enjoy unparalleled success during the 2020-21 academic year. The College’s motto of Excellence and Virtue played out in competitions, classrooms and with community service.
Crusader sport programs won six Conference Carolinas Tournament championships and three regular-season titles with several teams advancing to regional and national tournaments. Previously, the highest number of championship wins was seven. A record number of athletes were also recognized individually with conference, regional and national awards.
After limited competition during the fall semester, the winter sports seasons kicked off the year with a bang. Women’s Basketball repeated as regular-season champions and earned the right to host all rounds of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. A win over Barton in the final sent the team to the Southeast Regional as the top seed, where they again defeated Barton for the rights to cut down the nets and a spot in their first-ever Elite Eight. Men’s Basketball earned the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, and after a pair of home wins, traveled to Emmanuel, where it upset the top-seeded Lions for an automatic bid to the Southeast Regional. The Crusaders then earned the No. 1 seed -- another program first -- but they bowed out in the regional semifinal.
Wrestling sent a pair of Crusaders to the national tournament with Mitch Dean winning the regional title and earning All-America honors after placing sixth. Benjamin Fielding finished second at the regional tournament earning his first NCAA national qualifier accolade.
Men’s Volleyball earned its first-ever conference tournament title and automatic bid, facing Penn State in the opening round of the NCAA National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship. The men’s lacrosse team also won the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed, but finished just outside the region’s top five. On the women’s side, the golf team captured its second Conference Carolinas Championship and participated in the NCAA South Regional.
The men’s tennis team captured a share of the league’s regular-season championship, advancing to the tournament final, while men’s soccer -- playing in the spring -- surprised everyone by upsetting its way to the tournament title as the No. 6 seed.
Cheerleading competed at the Can-Am Nationals in March and won the championship for the second time in three years.
Individually, women’s basketball player Maria Kuhlman earned the conference’s highest honor, the Murphy Osborne Award. It is given annually to the senior who is the most well-rounded in terms of athletics, academics and community service. Softball’s Payton Whitley and women’s lacrosse’s Kylie Eastman were named Player of the Year for their respective sports, while Chandler Baker (men’s basketball) and Andres Golindano (men’s tennis) were deemed best freshman in the league. A pair of coaches -- Jason Williams and Jason Gault were each honored by their peers as Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year.
A total of 76 athletes earned all-conference honors -- second-most in the league -- while 58 were named Player of the Week. The latter total is more than 50 percent higher than the next closest competitor.
Off the court, Belmont Abbey was chosen as Conference Carolinas representative and national runner-up for the NCAA Award of Excellence for its work on the Mr. Crusader Pageant. The annual event raised a record-total in donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, NCAA Division II’s national charity. More than 2,800 hours of community service were performed and recorded through Helper Helper, third-most among Division II schools.
Five programs (men’s and women’s cross country, men’s indoor track, acrobatics and tumbling and men’s volleyball) were recognized by the league with individual sport Messick Awards, significant of outstanding sportsmanship during their seasons.
In the classroom, 239 students were on the Conference Carolinas honor roll with 101 earning Academic All-Conference recognition. 28 student-athletes were on the President’s List with 258 earning a spot on the Dean’s List.

Annual Kids Catfish tournament planned

The Gaston County Parks and Rec. Annual Kids Catfish Tournament will be held Saturday, July 17th at 8am for ages 3 – 15. The event will be held at Dallas Park at the end of Leisure Lane past the dog park at the two lakes.
This will be the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to fishing. There will be a limited supply of fishing poles that will be loaned out during the event. Please wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no sandals.
All kids must be accompanied by an adult who can help bait their fishing pole and assist handling any fish caught.
Adults are not permitted to fish during the tournament.
Prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Free admission.
For additional information please contact Gaston County Parks & Recreation at 704-922-2164 or spencer.hall@gastongov.com.
Gaston County strives to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access its programs, services, and activities. If you require assistance to participate in a program, service or activity of Gaston County, we request that you contact our office at least 5 days before the event.
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Cramerton 2021 Summer Camps are signing up!

Registration is in person only at the C.B. Huss Recreation Complex - 8 Julian Street; Cramerton, NC 28032. The Recreation Center is open Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm.  Due to the limited spots in these camps, registration forms are only available at the C.B. Huss Recreation Center.

EDUCATIONAL CAMPS
Nature Explorer Day- If getting messy and finding crawling things is your child’s jam, be sure to register for Nature Explorer camp.  Campers will explore our parks and streams learning about the local ecology.  Campers should wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, bring a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray.
Dates:  June 7-10
Ages: 8-13 years old
Time:  9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton resident / $80 for non Cramerton resident
Art Camp- During this workshop we will be discussing the basics of acrylic paint and how to use it in a fun and creative way. We will be learning how to paint with a brush, a palette knife, and even just pouring it straight on to the canvas! This will be a great time for your child to learn in a creative environment while having a blast.
Dates:  July 19-22
Ages: 8-12 years old
Time:  9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton resident / $80 for non Cramerton resident
Coding Camp- Chase boredom away – learn to code! Campers will create a “Chase” game or an animated story (their choice) during this session. Campers will need to bring a device with a keyboard (laptop, Chromebook, etc.). Scratch programming software will need to be installed on the device prior to the first class (installation instructions will be emailed the Friday before camp starts).
Dates:  July 26-29
Ages: Rising 4th graders - Rising 6th graders
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Cost: $30 for Cramerton residents / $40 for non Cramerton residents
Race Day Camp- Build, race, break and fix.  Kids will build things that roll, fly or float, test them out and take them home!  Races will be indoor or outdoors so be sure to dress for the weather.  Bring water and sunscreen.
Dates:  August 2-5
Ages: 8 years old-12 years old
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton resident / $80 for non Cramerton resident

SPORTS CAMPS
Boys Basketball Camp
Dates: June 14-17
Ages: 8 years old-12 years old
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton residents / $80 for non Cramerton residents
Baseball Camp
Dates:  June 21-24
Ages: 8 years old-12 years old
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton resident / $80 for non Cramerton resident
Soccer Camp
Dates: June 28-July 1
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton residents / $80 for non Cramerton residents
Basketball Camp-
Girls Basketball Camp
Dates: July 5-8
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton residents / $80 for non Cramerton residents
Volleyball Camp- Dates & Ages:
7-9 years old: TBD in August
10-12 years old: TBD in August
13-15 years old: TBD in August
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $60 for Cramerton residents / $80 for non Cramerton residents

LIL’ SQUIRTS CAMPS
Lil Astronauts Day- Future astronauts will complete crafts and activities relating to space including making cosmic playdough, their own planet suncatchers and launching stomp rockets sky high! We will be both indoors and outdoors during this fun day of space play.
Date: June 19
Ages: 4-7 years old
Time:  9am-12pm
Cost: $20 for Cramerton resident / $30 for non Cramerton resident
Dino Day- Our paleontologists will explore dinosaurs hands on!  We will make molds of footprints, excavate fossils and do some din-inspired art too.  Campers should wear clothes that can get dirty along with their sense of adventure!
Date: June 26
Ages: 4-7 years old
Time:  9am-12pm
Cost: $20 for Cramerton resident / $30 for non Cramerton resident
Superhero Day- Engage your camper’s imagination as they transform into a superhero!  Supers will create their own costumes or wear one from home, complete feats of valor and solve crimes together!  While superhero knowledge is appreciated, it is definitely not required!
Date: July 24
Age: 4-7 years old
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $20 for Cramerton residents / $30 for non Cramerton residents
H2O Outdoors Day- Beat the heat at Cramerton Parks and Rec!  We will play a variety of games and activities involving water to stay cool.  Campers should wear bathing suits and shoes that they can run in and can get wet.  No crocs or flip flops and don’t forget a towel!
Date: July 31
Age: 4-7 years old
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $20 for Cramerton resident / $30 for non Cramerton resident

Gaston Schools sports physicals

Student-athletes and parents! Mark your calendar for the annual Gaston County Schools Sports Physical Day. It’s Saturday, June 5 from 8:00 until 12:30 p.m. at CaroMont Specialty Surgery in Gastonia. Student-athletes can take advantage of this opportunity to complete a physical for the fall sports season. The cost is free. Space is limited. The deadline to register is Friday, June 4 at 8:00 a.m. Click the link below to register for an appointment and to complete a form. https://www.gaston.k12.nc.us/athletics.
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Gaston Christian School MAC Track Team

The Gaston Christian School MAC Track team recently participated in a MAC Conference meet. Results included- 100 meter 3rd: Abbey, 200 meter 3rd: Luke, Boys 4x2 relay: Luke, Jake, Jake and Greg. Both boys and girls teams finished in 2nd place for MAC Conference.
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Belmont Abbey men’s soccer team
Captured Conference Carolinas Championship

(May 6, 2021 Issue)

The Belmont Abbey men’s soccer team captured the Conference Carolinas Championship Sunday evening. The sixth seeded Crusaders defeated the second-seeded Barton Bulldogs 1-0. In the championship game. Recap- Nathan Deimling scored the lone goal of the game in the 69th minute off a pass from Aaron Madison. The Abbey outshot Barton 9-4. Ben Knust had two saves in the game. It is the second conference championship in program history, the first coming in 2005. Aaron Madison, Jorgoe Agular, Kevin Daly, Maynor Figueroa, and Ben Knust were named all-tournament team. Knust earned tournament MVP honors. 

 
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Kindergarten signup time

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

It’s time for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration in Gaston County Schools. Parents may complete the registration process online, and they are encouraged to go ahead and register their child now.
Kindergarten Registration: gaston.k12.nc.us/kindergartenregistration
Pre-Kindergarten Registration: gaston.k12.nc.us/prekindergarten
For more information and assistance, call the Student Assignment Office, (704) 810-7284.
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Crusaders claim Men’s
Volleyball Championship

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Matteo Miselli and Andrew Kohut each topped 20 kills and Brennan Davis dished out 57 assists, leading No. 2 seed Belmont Abbey to a 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22) upset of top-seeded Mount Olive to win the 2021 Conference Carolinas Men’s Volleyball Championship.
With their first conference title in the history of the program, the Crusaders will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance next month in Columbus, Ohio.
Belmont Abbey is now 15-7 overall, while Mount Olive finishes the year 13-4.

How It Happened 
Kohut hit .351 with 21 kills against eight errors in 37 chances. He secured the championship kill moments after just missing an attempt. Miselli had 20 kills and a .325 hitting percentage. He had just seven errors in 40 attempts, while adding five digs. Davis added an aces, six digs and two block assists. Daniel Cerqua led the defensive effort with 14 digs. Riley Mulkey and Brian Long each had seven kills with only one combined error. Belmont Abbey hit .333 as a team, including .417 in the first set. The victory avenged a pair of regular-season losses to the Trojans.

Stuart Cramer High Storm

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

The Stuart Cramer High Storm football team wrapped up its season on April 9 against Forestview. The Storm came up short 45-19. The event was also Band Recognition Night for Stuart Cramer. Here are some scenes from the evening.

Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel

Sports Photography
 

South Point High Powder Puff Game

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Students from South Point High recently held the annual Powder Puff Game at Davis Park. Everyone had a great day of football frivolity and friendship. Here are some shots from the fun day.


Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography
 

South Point High Red Raiders  clashed with the Chase High Trojans

(April 15, 2021 Issue)

The South Point High Red Raiders varsity football team clashed with the Chase High (Forest City) Trojans last Friday. The Red Raiders hammered out a 36-34 win in the contest. It was the last game of the seven game season since neither squad is going to the playoffs. Here are some scenes to hold you for a while until August rolls around and the “regular” 2021 season begins.
Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders
 

South Point Red Raiders JV Wins Over Chase High

(April 15, 2021 Issue)

The South Point Red Raiders JV football team wrapped up their seven game season last Friday with a thrilling 43-0 win over the Chase High (Forest City) Trojan JV team. Here are some shots from the fast paced football fracas.

Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

Raptors vs Cardinals scenes

(April 15, 2021 Issue)

The Mt. Island Charter School Raptors varsity football team sojourned to Monroe last Thursday and clashed with the Union Academy Cardinals. When the final gong sounded, the Raptors had rapped out a 60-19 win. Congratulations to Jadon Robinson, Trae Nickelson, Dontrae Henderson and Jacob Laughlin for being selected the Mountain Island Charter players of the game.
Photos by Roger Phipps
 
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Abbey women’s softball sweeps Converse
 

(April 15, 2021 Issue)

Belmont Abbey softball ran its winning streak to nine games last week with a doubleheader sweep of Conference Carolinas foe Converse at Crusader Field. The Crusaders won the opener 13-4 in five innings, then took the nightcap 2-1.
The wins passed a 2015 run of eight games without a loss as the second-longest in school history. The record is 12 games, set in 2004.
The Opener- Hailey Gass went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Payton Whitley was 2-for-2 with three runs driven in. The Crusaders posted an 11-hit attack, including a pair of triples from Whitley and Cameron Cooper. Annabeth Watkins (7-6) pitched a complete-game four-hitter with only two of the runs allowed being earned. She struck out three. Converse opened the scoring with two runs in the first, but the Crusaders exploded for two in the first, three in the second and four in both the third and fourth innings. Cooper’s triple tied the game in the first; Whitley had a two-run single in the second and her run-scoring triple in the third.
The nightcap- Mackenzie Allison tallied two of the Crusaders’ five hits. Gass had her fourth hit of the day, a single in the second. She tied the game when she came home on an error. The second run, on a sacrifice fly by Melissa Neyhouse, also came unearned in the second. Allanah Browne scattered eight hits, allowing just a single run. She struck out two in the complete-game effort to improve to 5-4.

17th Annual Belmont Classic 5K & Family Fun Run

(April 15, 2021 Issue)

Register today for the 17th Annual Belmont Classic 5K & Family Fun Run! The Belmont Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (BCPAAA) will be hosting the Belmont Classic 5K on Saturday, May 15th at 8am. Follow the links below for more information and to register.
Belmont Classic 5K - Facebook Page or registration link https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Belmont/BelmontClassic5K

Mountain Island Charter vs Davidson scenes...

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

The Mountain Island Charter Raptors varsity football team lost Thursday’s home conference game against Community School of Davidson (Davidson, NC) by a score of 23-6. Here are some action shots from the hard fought game.


Photos by Roger Phipps
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Abbey runs win streak to seven on Senior Day

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

Thirteen Crusaders scored as the Belmont Abbey men’s lacrosse team earned a 17-7 victory over Emmanuel on Senior Day last week.  The win puts BAC at 7-2 on the year, with a 4-0 conference record.  Emmanuel is now 3-5 overall, and 1-3 against Conference Carolinas opponents.
 
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Crusaders end season 2-4 overall

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

Belmont Abbey Sophomore goaltender Kirsten Rafferty made seven saves, but a third-period goal sent Belmont Abbey to a 1-0 defeat at Coker in the quarterfinals of the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Field Hockey League Tournament last Tuesday afternoon. The fifth-seeded Crusaders end the season at 2-4 overall, while No. 4 seed Coker advances to a semifinal matchup with top-seeded Limestone.

Stuart Cramer Storm
wins against Ashbrook

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

The Stuart Cramer Storm varsity girls softball team won last Monday’s away conference game against Ashbrook (Gastonia, NC) by a score of 12-0. Here are some scenes from the big victory.

Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports Photography
 

South Point takes on Shelby

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

The South Point Red Raiders beat Shelby 28-16 last week at Shelby spoiling Shelby’s senior night.  It was only the 14th win against Shelby in Red Raider history.  Tyson Riley led the way with 166 yards on 29 carries and touchdowns from 19 and 1 yards out. Omari Hunt rushed for 143 yards on 11 carries with one spectacular 77 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to push the lead to 12 points. South Point ran everything on the ground with 64 carries for 412 yards.

Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders
 

Davis Park tennis courts update

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

The courts at South Point High are being resurfaced and the South Point High tennis team will be using Davis Park for practice and home games while the job is underway. Home games are at 4pm on April 14, April 19, April 29, May 11, May 12, May 17, May 24, and May 26. Beginning April 10, reservations will be required for the Tennis and Pickleball Courts.  Two tennis courts will be open without requiring reservations and the remaining three will require reservations. Due to high usage, the two Pickleball Courts will need to be reserved. Currently there is no reservation fee to reserve the courts. The public can download the free “Court Reserve” app on their phones or go to courtreserve.com to make reservations. There will also be a banner at the Davis Park courts with a QR code that individuals can scan to also download the app. Users will then need to create an account on the app or website to make reservations.
In a reciprocal agreement with South Point, after their courts are finished the public will be able to use them freely.
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Abbey’s Kuhlman named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

Belmont Abbey forward Maria Kuhlman has been named the 2020-21 Conference Carolinas Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced today.
To be considered for this award, a student-athlete must have been named all-conference in their sport and also chosen academic all-conference.
Kuhlman finished her career as one of the best 3-point shooters in Division II history. She finished the 2020-21 season as the nation’s leader in 3-point field goals made and third in 3-point field goal percentage. She was named the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year in the 2017-18 season; was a first team all-conference selection in 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21; and earned all-conference honors as a third team selection in the 2017-18 season. Kuhlman was an all-region selection in the 2019-20 season.
She also excels in the classroom, where she holds a 3.99 GPA as a Theology major, with minors in Sport Management and Psychology.
Earlier this year, Kuhlman was also awarded the conference’s Murphy Osborne Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in the league.
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BMS ends great soccer season

Belmont Middle School soccer defeated Chavis 9-0 last week. Patrick Blee led the scoring with three goals. Brandon Cunningham scored two goals. Zeke Pruitt, Isaac Contreras, Zander Wells, and Brian Shaw had one goal each. Luke Wesolowski and Hunter Gerould combined for the shutout in goal.
Belmont also defeated York Chester 6-0. Isaac Contreras scored two goals. Brandon Cunningham, Zeke Pruitt, Dominic Feduniec, and Ty Cunningham scored one each. Belmont’s defense was led by Aiden Crill, Justin Koehler, Landon King, Bennet Nixon, and Garrett Tidd. Luke Wesolowski recorded the shutout in goals. Belmont ends the season 5-0 and did not give up a goal all season.                                Photo by Norris Pruitt

Belmont Middle School Wildcats Softball

(March 25, 2021 Issue)

The Belmont Middle School Lady Wildcats softball team is back in action. After a warm-up intramural game at Dwight Frady Field in East Belmont, the team faced W.C. Friday and won a 27-9 victory. Kendall Jones led the team with RBIs and had an in the park home rum. Mallory Stafford was the winning pitcher.

Photos by Daryle Marr
 

Belmont Middle Boys Soccer

(March 25, 2021 Issue)

Belmont Middle boy’s soccer defeated WC Friday in their season opener last Wednesday 5-0. Zeke Pruitt lead the scoring with two goals. Patch Blee, Brandon Cunningham,and Ty Cunningham had one each. Luke Wesolowski recorded the shutout in the goal. Number 14 is Bennet Nixon. Number 24 heading ball is Patrick Blee. Player with blue mask  is Ty Cunningham.

Photos by Norris Pruitt
 

Red Raiders Junior Varsity vs KM Mountaineers action...

(March 25, 2021 Issue)

The South Point Red Raider JV team hosted the Kings Mtn. Mountaineers JV squad last week. Rain fell on part of the game and dampened the atmosphere literally and figuratively for the Raiders who lost 36-14. Here are some scenes from the soggy situation.  

Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

 

Mt. Island Charter School Raptors
vs. R-S Central Hilltoppers

(March 25, 2021 Issue)

The Mt. Island Charter School Raptors played the R-S Central Hilltoppers from Rutherfordton last week. The Hilltoppers came out on top 48-42.  It was MICS’s Homecoming night. Landon Amick was named King and Brooke Harris Queen. The MICS Ladybirds presented the half time show.

 Photos by Michael Strauss Studios

 

South Point wins
over East Rutherford

(March 25, 2021 Issue)

The South Point Red Raiders Varsity football team sojourned to Forest City last week and played East Rutherford. The Red Raiders won 45-0.  At halftime the score was 10-0, but in the second half the Red Raiders scored touchdowns on all five possessions to make the score 45-0. Trevon Jones and Cam Medlock scored two touchdowns each and Hunter Hogue and Will Rhinehart scored one touchdown each. Carson Smith kicked a 30 yard field goal and four extra point kicks and Daniel O’Hanlan kicked two extra point kicks.

Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders
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Gaston Christian runners...

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

Gaston Christian School recently hosted the NCISAA Winter Track and Field Carnival.  The GCS 4x800 team (pictured) of Garrett Huffman, Thomas Bunko, Ryan Thornburg, and Jake Sosebee placed 2nd overall. Adam Hoyle ran a 4:36 in the 1600, his time qualifies him for the state meet in May and was the top time among 3A runners. Adam also placed top 5 in the 1000 meter run. Luke Hoyle finished in the Top 5 in the 55 meter dash and top ten in the 300 meter dash. Connor Nanney placed in the top 5 in both the 500 and the 1000 Meter runs.
GCS photo

 
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Belmont Abbey story/photo

Kuhlman leads Crusaders
to semifinal victory

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

Maria Kuhlman (pictured #15) went 6-for-8 from three-point range to lead the Belmont Abbey women’s basketball team to a 74-59 win over no. 4 seed Tusculum in NCAA Southeast Regional semifinal action this evening.  The win marks the 19th straight for the Crusaders, who now own a 23-2 record on the year.

How It Happened 
Brittany Autry scored the first basket of the contest, in a first quarter that was back and forth. A layup by Kuhlman with less than a minute to go in the quarter tied the game at 10, though Tusculum had a 13-10 lead when the period expired. A 5-0 run midway through the second pulled The Abbey to within three, at 22-19. The tough Crusader defense did not give up a field goal over the last three and a half minutes of the quarter, and The Abbey pulled to within four, 28-24 at halftime. The Crusader offense exploded in the third.  The team went opened the quarter with a 5-0 run. Autry scored six straight Abbey points.  Kuhlman scored nine points in the last two minutes, and the Crusaders held a 49-44 lead heading into the final period. Two free throws by Keyanna Spivey to start the third made it an 11-2 Abbey run. The Crusaders made their free throws down the stretch to wrap up the 74-59 victory.

South Point Red Raiders JV vs. Shelby

The South Point Red Raider JV team sojourned to Shelby last Thursday where they took on the Crest High Chargers. South Point’s gridiron learning curve continued with a 36-22 loss. Here are some scenes from the action-packed evening.

Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders
 

More South Point
 vs Stuart Cramer scenes...

 

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

Photos by Bill Bostick Tarheel Sports Photography
 

Red Raiders meet Storm
in gridiron action

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

The South Point Red Raiders Varsity football team visited Stuart Cramer High last week and played the Storm Varsity team. When the dust settled, the Red Raiders had pounded out a 42 to 24 win. The child in one of the photos is South Point coach Adam Hodge’s son watching his first Red Raider game.
Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

 

MICS vs TJCA football scenes...

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

The Mt. Island Charter School Raptors football squad took on the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons last week. The game was a close one with the Gryphons ironing out a 25-21 win. Congratulations to Joshua B. Stoney, Dylan Bisson, Jadon Robinson and Jaden Lockhart for being selected the Mountain Island Charter players of the game. Also, kicker #15 Todd Pledger just signed to play for UNC.  Here are some scenes from the exciting contest.
Photos by Michael Strauss Studio

 
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Belmont Abbey Victory

(March 11, 2021 Issue)

Second-seeded Belmont Abbey picked up an 82-70 victory over top-seeded Emmanuel to win the 2021 Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball Championship. The matchup was the fifth of the season between the two conference and region powers. The two teams split two non-conference games early in January before splitting their two conference matchups on Jan. 21 and Jan. 23. Belmont Abbey outscored Emmanuel by six points in each half to win the fifth meeting of the year between the two teams currently ranked in the top three in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings.
Belmont Abbey Photo
 

Stuart Cramer Storm soccer team 

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

The Stuart Cramer Storm soccer team clashed with the South Point Red Raider squad last week. In a closely fought battle of strong defenses, Cramer pulled out a 1-0 victory. Here are scenes from the sunny soccer showdown that also featured a performance by the South Point Dance Team. More on page 13.    Photos by Bill Bostick/Tarheel Sports photography