Forestview edges KMHS
in golf match

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Forestview edged Kings Mountain 334-338 in a Big South Conference golf match Monday at Kings Mountain Country Club.
Nick Norman of Forestview was medalist with a 74.
Cooper Putnam led KM with a 77. Caleb Marr shot 80, Baylor Benton 83 and Michael King 98.
In the girls match, KM’s Emma Short shot a nine-hole score of 61.
Kings Mountain will face Stuart Cramer Monday, April 19 at KMCC. 

JV Mountaineers
finish undefeated  

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High’s JV football team won a hard-fought 16-8 victory over county rival Crest Thursday to finish the season undefeated with a 4-0 record.
During a season cut short because of COVID 19, the Mountaineers swept all three of their county opponents – Shelby, Burns and Crest – and also defeated a good South Point Red Raider team.
The Mountaineers scored on the game’s opening drive Thursday with Zavian Smith getting the TD on a 20-yard run. Lamont Littlejohn’s pass to Curtis Simpson gave Diron Bell’s charges an 8-0 lead.
The two teams battled back and forth and were tied at 8-all at the half.
Kings Mountain scored the winning points on a 15-yard run by Smith late in the fourth quarter. Littlejohn passed to Ethan Guy for the two-point conversion.  

Young Mountaineer baseball team hopes to compete for Big South Conference title

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

This will be a challenging season for Kings Mountain High baseball and other high schools because of the “changes of seasons” brought on by the pandemic.
But, KMHS coach Brad Melton has good feelings about the spring and his team’s chance of competing for the Big South championship. The Mountaineers, like most other schools, will start their season next week minus a lot of athletes who will still be competing with their football team in the state playoffs. He will get his first look at the Mountaineers in game situations Wednesday when the Mountaineers host Shelby in a 5 p.m. scrimmage. The game will be open to spectators.
Melton has been working with about a dozen players in early drills, but he is minus four good players who are still competing with the Mountaineer football team in the state playoffs.
“They would all be starting for us, but I hope they don’t join us anytime soon because we want the football team to win the state championship,” Melton said.
Melton expects pitching to be the team’s strength, but at present he is missing one of his aces Devin Pressley, a senior tight end on the football team.
“He will be a great addition when football is over,” Melton said. “Our starters right now will be Charlie Melton, a returning junior, and Zane Brockman, an NC State commit.”
Another starter could be Wyatt Davis, a transfer from Gaston County. “He should contribute a lot,” Melton noted.
Several other returning starters are looking good in early drills. They include catcher Boone Cartee, infielder A.J. Wylie and centerfielder Jaxson Bolin. Parker Richards should contribute at first base, Melton said.
“The biggest thing right now is that we have four guys who would be starters still playing football,” he noted, “so we will be replacing them with freshmen and sophomores. But that’s a good problem to have.”
Senior gridders like Peyton Fisher and Chris Ruffalo are also wrestlers, Melton pointed out, and the baseball and wrestling programs will be competing at the same time of the year.
“Hopefully they can play both sports,” he noted, “but physically it will be hard. Sometimes we’ll be at home and wrestling will be away. And sometimes wrestling matches are long. It may be that logically, we can’t do it. We don’t really know who we’ll have and when.”
Melton said he expects hitting to be strong, and playing in warm weather instead of the cold nights of February and March should be a big help to pitchers and hitters.
“The only thing right now is that we have to move kids to new positions and that’s basically what we’ve been concentrating on in practice,” he said. “Ruffalo, Pressley and Crawford are all outfielders so we’re having to move a lot of people around.”
Melton has several other starters back from last year, including catcher Boone Cartee who is one of, if not the best in the Big South.
“Pitching will be our strength,” he noted. “Pressley can throw with anybody, and the middle of our defense is in good shape. Our offense has a few good bats, but our scores might be like 4-2 and 3-1 this year. We won’t have very many slugfests. I don’t anticipate a 15-0 win, although that would be nice.”
Melton tabs Crest as the team to beat “until somebody takes them down.” He also believes North Gaston and Forestview will be strong.
“I think we’ll compete for the conference, too,” he said. “This could be our year but we have to beat Crest first.”
Melton will be assisted by Wil Sellers, a former KMHS and Gardner-Webb pitcher who will be managing the mound staff. JV coaches John Gamble and Alex Grooms are the other members of the staff.
Kings Mountain’s first Big South game is at home on April 27 against Stuart Cramer. JV games begin at 4 p.m. and varsity at 7. 

Game tickets
available at
KMHS office

(April 21, 2021 Issue)

Tickets for the Jay M. Robinson at King Mountain state playoff game Friday night will be on sale Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. in the KMHS front office.
Game time this week will be 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $8 each. No passes will be accepted.
Any leftover tickets will be sold at the stadium gate, which opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday.     

Remember ‘17 game?
Robinson upset KM

 

 (April 14, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers were road warriors in last year’s 3A state playoffs after drawing the #3 seed from the Big South Conference.
They defeated some good teams on the road to the Western 3A championship game for the second straight season, but their first game in this year’s playoffs will be Friday at 7:30 at John Gamble Stadium against a very good six seed from the South Piedmont, J.M. Robinson. In this year’s Western 3A bracket, the Mountaineers were seeded #3 even though they’re the only undefeated team in the mix.
A.C. Reynolds again got the #1 seed with a 6-1 record and will play #8 West Rowan (4-2). Statesville (5-1) is seeded second and hosts #7 Monroe (5-2). Charlotte Catholic (5-1) is #4 and hosts #5 Crest which is 6-1.
Robinson comes in with a 5-2 record, but don’t believe they’re not an outstanding football team. Their losses were over the past two weeks to Kannapolis A.L. Brown  29-14, which is one of the top ranked teams in the state, and Central Cabarrus, 38-35 on a late touchdown.
Kings Mountain coaches and some fans, and one KM player, remember in 2017 when the highly-favored Mountaineers were upset by Robinson 47-46 in Gamble Stadium when they stopped KM running back Ricaylen Mack on a two-point conversion attempt in overtime. Senior linebacker Dameon Wilson was a freshman starting line backer on that KM team.
“They are a very dangerous football team,” KM coach    Greg Lloyd said. “They just lost to two really good teams. Robinson could easily be 7-0 because both of those games were really close.”
Lloyd says this year’s Robinson team is very similar to the one that beat the Mountaineers in ’17.
 “They are very athletic and we will have our hands full,” he said.  “They run multiple things on offense. They run a lot of trick plays and use a swinging gate for their two-point conversions. We have to be disciplined and not get tricked.”
Lloyd hopes the Mountaineers can keep the ball away from them just like they did Crest last week.
“On offense, we have to run the clock and convert third downs and keep them off the field,” he said. He also said the Mountaineers have to protect their kicker and do a good job kicking extra points and field goals.
“J.M. Robinson is a good team,” he stressed. “We need to beat them and get past this Friday and get on with it.”
The winner of Friday’s contest will advance against the winner of the Monroe at Statesville game. Should KM and Monroe win that game would be played in Kings Mountain. If KM and Statesville win it would be in Statesville.

Mountaineers Vs. Forestview 

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

KM’s win over Forestview Thursday at Gamble Stadium.


Photos by Gary Smart
 

Women’s tennis
tryouts to begin

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High women’s tennis tryouts will begin Monday, April 12 at 5 p.m. at the new KMHS tennis complex.
All student athletes are required to take their tennis gear and their personal cooler.
From a COVID-19 perspective, all student athletes are required to take a mask and are required to maintain a social distancing requirement of six feet or more while practicing and conditioning.
All athletes must have an updated physical on file prior to practicing.
For questions or concerns contact Coach Rick Henderson at Rick.Henderson2@duke-energy.com or 704-460-8066.      

Pre-sale tickets
for KM football

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

 Ticket information for Friday’s Crest at Kings Mountain football game:
Tickets are $10, cash only. More than likely, there will be no tickets sold at the game because a sell-out is expected.
Ticket sales are as follows:
Wednesday – 2:30-3:30 p.m., for marching band, varsity cheer and varsity football players at Brinkley Field House.
Thursday - 12-1 p.m. for Touchdown Club members at Brinkley Field House.
Thursday - 1-3:30  p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public at Brinkley Field House.
Friday – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Tickets on sale to the general public at the front office at KMHS.

KMHS girls softball
golf tourney at KMCC

 (April 7, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain High School girls softball team is having a captain’s choice fund raiser Saturday, April 10 at Kings Mountain Country Club.
There will be a 7:30 shotgun start. Teams and hole sponsors are needed.
Entry fees are $260 per team. Checks should be made payable to Carolina Curve-Deaton. Hole sponsors are $100.
Mulligans will be available along with cash prizes for the top three teams (determined by numbers of entries), closest to the pin, longest drives and door prizes.
All profits will support KMHS softball.
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Kings Mountain High senior Dameon “DayDay” Wilson started his 50th varsity game for the Mountaineers in last week’s win over Forestview. The Mountaineers have gone deep in the state playoffs every year Wilson has been on the team. Photo by Charlie Smith

Crest here Friday,
BSC title on line 

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

If not for COVID restrictions, John Gamble Stadium’s seating sections and hills would be packed for Friday’s Crest at Kings Mountain Big South 3A Conference football game.
In a shortened seven-game regular season, both teams enter the contest with perfect 6-0 records and the winner will be crowned Big South Conference champion and get the conference’s #1 seed for the upcoming state 3A playoffs.
Neither team has had anything close to a scare in the conference, although Kings Mountain did have to overcome an excellent Shelby passing attack to edge the Lions 36-35 in a non-conference game two weeks back.
Crest, on the other hand, rolled over the Burns Bulldogs in their only county matchup and, like KM, also handily defeated all of its Big South opponents.
So, from all indications, Friday’s game is going to be a barn burner.
Mountaineer coach Greg Lloyd is a former Crest player and wishes them well…except when they’re playing his Mountaineers.
“They are a very solid,” Lloyd said. “They’re an excellent team. They have an extremely fast quarterback in TJ Ruff. He made us look bad last year with his running and passing. He’s really fast on the field and a special talent.”
And, he hasn’t slacked off any during this shortened season. He has accounted for almost 1,200 yards in six games, including hitting 24 of 38 passes for 428 yards and rushing 87 times for 738 yards and 10 TDs.
“They also have great speed defensively. They played really well at Burns last week and Burns is a very good ball team,” Lloyd said.
Like always, the Chargers are well-balanced and have one of the best receivers in the state in Chelsey Borders, who has caught 16 passes for 375 yards and eight TDs.
“He catches a ton of balls,” Lloyd noted. “They have a lot of good skill guys. They play a 3-4 defense and are really solid. They’re going to be a big challenge for us.”
Crest, no doubt, feels the same about the Mountaineers.
“We’re happy to be 6-0 and tickled to death to get to play in a game like this at our place,” Lloyd said. “It should be a great game and some good competition. We have to play good defense, much better than we did at Shelby. We can’t give up big plays. We have to make them earn it. We have to keep them off the field as much as possible.”
Lloyd stresses that the Mountaineers must also win the kicking game. “Crest is well rounded in all three phases,” he noted.   
“I am confident we will play well,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the game and to a big crowd. It’s not just for the conference championship. If we win this game we should have some home playoff games.”
 
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Orlando Odums runs after catching a pass in KM’s win over Forestview Thursday at Gamble Stadium. Photos by Gary Smart

Mountaineers beat Forestview
to clinch state 3A playoff berth

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

What everyone thought from the beginning is now official. After last Thursday’s 39-7 victory over Forestview at John Gamble Stadium, Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers are in the 2021 3A state playoffs.
The Mountaineers will be hosting Crest in a battle for the Big South Conference title and the conference’s top playoff berth Friday at 7 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium.
After a sluggish start due to a fired-up Forestview defense which held the Mountaineers to just one touchdown in the first quarter, the home team built an 18-0 halftime lead and rolled to its sixth straight victory.
The slow start really wasn’t anything threatening because the KM defense was in top form from start to finish, limiting the Jaguars to minus yards rushing until they gained 21 on their last two carries of the night. They had 28 yards rushing in the second half to finish with plus 20 for the game. They had only 24 yards passing.
“The defense played very well,” noted Mountaineer Coach Greg Lloyd. “We tackled their big backs really good and covered the ball with a lot of pressure.
“Our offense continued to run the ball good, but it was tough to pass with it being so windy and cold. But it was a solid effort, especially on a short week and considering it was our fourth game in about 13 days. That’s tough and it speaks volumes.”
The Mountaineers drove to the Forestview seven on their first possession before a sack forced KM to try a field goal from the 18. On a very cold and windy night, the kick fell short with 4:35 left in the quarter.
But KM’s defense quickly forced a Jaguar punt from its own 22, and an 11-yard kick put KM in business at the Jags’ 33. Four plays later Rashaard Brooks went 13 yards up the middle for a 6-0 lead.
Moments later Deandre Hoyle picked off a pass at midfield and returned it to the Forestview 39. Orlando Odums and Peyton Fisher caught key first down passes and Brooks scored on a three-yard run behind good blocking for a 12-0 lead.
After a DayDay Wilson sack at the Forestview 25, the Jaguars went into punt formation but punter Anthony Aguilar dropped the snap and
was tackled at his own four. Wilson bulled his way in for the TD and an 18-0 lead, and celebrated his 50th start as a Mountaineer by spiking the ball.
With that good of a lead, KM Coach Greg Lloyd began getting some starters out of the game. He said Brooks was “nicked up a little bit” so sophomore running back Caleb Holland entered and began his best varsity night of the year, finishing with 155 yards on 18 carries. He carried the ball five straight times to open the third period with the final tote putting KM on the Jags’ six from which point DayDay Wilson scored and Jaden Ellis kicked the point after for a 25-0 lead.
On a 61-yard drive beginning on the last play of the third quarter, Holland broke a 43 yard run to the Forestview 13. Reid went off tackle for eight yards and then threw a five-yard TD pass to Devin Pressley. Ellis kicked the PAT for a 32-0 lead.
The Jaguars answered with an 18-yard touchdown catch by Josh Medlin, and Aguilar added the PAT from placement to make it 32-7.
Taking over with nine minutes left in the game, the Mountaineers got 27 yards from Holland on two carries, two receptions by Odums for 27 yards and another by Pressley for 12 to work the ball to the Forestview four. Jake Lloyd carried twice for the TD. Ellis’ PAT wrapped things up. 
HOW THEY DID IT
FIRST QUARTER
2:04 – KM – Rayshaard Brooks 13-run (kick failed). 33-yd. drive following short FV punt. Brooks 3-23 rushing, Pressley 9-yd. reception.
SECOND QUARTER 
9:32 – KM – Brooks 3 run (pass failed). 39-yd. drive following Hoyle pass interception and 11 yd. return. Brooks 5-10 rushing, Odums 9-reception, Fisher 11-reception.
6:51 – KM – Dameon Wilson 4 run (kick failed from 25 yard line after penalty).
THIRD QUARTER
8:58 – KM – Dameon Wilson 6 run (Ellis kick). 56-yard drive, 6 plays. Holland 5-49 rushing.
FOURTH QUARTER 
10:57 – KM – Devin Pressley 5 pass from Ethan Reid (Ellis kick). Five plays. Key play 41-yard run by Caleb Holland.
9:38 – FV – Josh Medlin 18 pass from Jamarion Dawkins (Anthony Aguilar kick). 3-play, 20 yard drive following Dawkins’ 64-yard KO return to KM 20.
KM – 4:20 – Jake Lloyd 2 run (Ellis kick). 69-yd. drive following FV kickoff. 8 plays including runs of 17 and 10 yards by Holland, two receptions for 27 yards by Odums and one 12-yard catch by Pressley.
KM RUSHING – Reid 4-13, Brooks 14-49, D. Wilson 2-10, Holland 18-155, Team 1-(-5).
KM PASSING – Reid 12-27-1-123.
KM RECEIVING – Cannon 1-3, Fisher 3-43, Pressley 3-26, Odums 4-50, Brooks 1-1. 
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KM’s DayDay Wilson (10) scores from 11 yards out in Saturday’s 36-35 win at Shelby.

Offensive lineman’s 2-point conversion gives Mountaineers 36-35 win at Shelby

 (March 31, 2021 Issue)

Offensive lineman Tykel Smith recovered a fumbled two-point conversion attempt in the end zone to give Kings Mountain a 36-35 come-from-behind victory over Shelby in a non-conference football game Saturday night in Shelby.
The victory kept the Mountaineers unbeaten with a 4-0 conference and 5-0 overall record heading into an important Big South contest with Forestview Thursday night at John Gamble Stadium. It broke a 39-game home winning streak for the Lions and it was KM’s first victory on the Shelby field since 1986. That was KM’s second straight victory on the Shelby field as Denny Hicks’ 1985 team beat them there 7-0 in the second round of the state playoffs. Current Shelby assistant Aubrey Hollifield was a linebacker on those KM teams.
The defending state champion Lions used good defense and an outstanding passing game to hold a 35-28 lead going into the final quarter.
But Kings Mountain, which had struggled with its running and passing in the first half, mounted an 80-yard touchdown drive in the final 10 minutes and got a three-yard touchdown run by Rashaard Brooks to pull within 35-34 with 3:39 remaining.
The Mountaineers lined up for an extra point kick, but when Shelby jumped offside and the ball was moved inside the two Coach Greg Lloyd called a time out and set up a two-point conversion try. Big linebacker Dameon Wilson went in to carry the ball but the Shelby defense caused a fumble. After a scurry by players from both teams to retrieve it, Smith scooped it up for the winning points.
“That was a huge win for us,” said Mountaineer coach Greg Lloyd. “Both teams laid it on the line.”
The game see-sawed back and forth all night. Shelby’s Omar Phillips rambled 74 yards for a TD on the Lions’ second possession to put them up 7-0.
KM answered with a 66-yard, 11-play drive capped by a two-point sneak by quarterback Ethan Reid. However, KM’s extra point kick was wide and Shelby clung to a 7-6 lead.
Early in the second period, Day-Day Wilson blocked a Shelby field goal attempt and Marcus Odums scooped it up and rambled 85 yards for a TD. Jaylen Mims ran a two-point conversion to put KM up 14-7.
Late in the second quarter, KM drove to the Shelby 11 but Shelby’s Adams intercepted a pass and appeared heading to the end zone but Mims ran him down at the KM 27. With 16 seconds left, Luke Williams caught a 16-yard TD pass to tie the game at 14-all at the half.
The Lions opened a rainy second half with two quick scores to go up 28-14. The first came on the first play following KM’s third quarter kickoff when Adams caught a pass and rambled 76 yards for a 21-14 lead. Shelby picked off a pass two plays later and returned it to the KM 44 and Torrian Arrington caught a touchdown pass to put Shelby up 28-14.
“We got off to a very slow start but Shelby was ready to play,” Lloyd said. “They came out with five wide receivers and we didn’t do a good job with them. I’m not saying it as an excuse but we didn’t have a full day of practice because it rained on Thursday. And, then when you consider we played three games in eight days it was hard. We just had to regroup. Shelby played great. They’re a fine team and our kids did a great job against them.”
After Shelby went up 28-14, Mims returned the kickoff to the Lions’ 31, and later scored from two yards out to cut the margin to 28-21. Along the way Odums caught two passes and Brooks and Mims shared the running load.
After the ensuing kickoff, Shelby set up at the 27 but Odums intercepted a pass at the 50 and returned it to the Shelby 30. Six plays later Wilson rambled 11 yards up the gut of the Shelby defense to pull even at 28-all.
Shelby lost the services of quarterback Gabe Huitt to an injury, but Adams scooped up a Brooks fumble at the Shelby 35 and rambled 65 yards for a touchdown which put the Lions up 35-28 going into the final quarter.
KM set up its winning TD drive at the 20 with 10:03 left in the game. Brooks and Mims shared the running load. Odums hauled in a key 29-yard pass for a first down at the Shelby 43, then an 8-yarder for a first down at the 31. Brooks, Mims and Caleb Holland shared the rushing load to work the ball to the Shelby two to set up Brooks’ three-yard TD and Smith’s winning two-point conversion.
 HOW THEY DID IT
FIRST PERIOD
S – 6:18 – Omar Phillips 74 run (Eli Berkowitz kick).
KM – 1:52 – Ethan Reid 1 run (kick failed).
SECOND PERIOD
KM – 11:32 – Marcus Odums, 85 yards return of blocked field goal by DayDay Wilson (Jaylen Mims 2-point run).
S -0:16 – Luke Williams, 16-yard pass from Gabe Huitt (Berkowitz kick).
THIRD PERIOD
S – Marquiz Adams, 76-pass from Huitt (Berkowitz kick).
S – Torrian Arrington, 46-pass from Huitt (Berkowitz kick).
KM – 6:07 – Mims 2 run (Jaden Ellis kick).
KM – 3:45 – Dameon Wilson, 11-run (Ellis kick).
S – 0.09 – Adams, 65 fumble return (Berkowitz kick).
FOURTH QUARTER
KM – 3:39 – Rashaard Brooks 3 run (Two-point PAT fumbled in end zone, KM lineman Tykel Smith recovered).

KM RUSHING – Brooks 28-83, Mims 12-49, Reid 4-5, Cannon 1-3, Wilson 1-11, Holland 1-5.
KM PASSING – Reid 11-29-152.
KM RECEIVING – Orlando Odums 6-116, Devin Pressley 2-6, Bryce Fisher 1-10, Chance Cannon 2-20.
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KM’s Chance Cannon is heading for the end zone in last week’s game with North Gaston at Gamble Stadium. Photos by Gary Smart

Mountaineers
blank Wildcats

(March 31, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain got off to a slow start but still rolled to its third straight shutout with a 50-0 victory over North Gaston in a rare Tuesday night Big South contest at Gamble Stadium.
The fired-up Wildcats held the Mountaineers to three-and-out on the game’s opening possession but Greg Lloyd’s men still managed to put a couple touchdowns on the board by the end of the first quarter. A flurry of touchdowns in the second period built the lead to 43-0 resulting in a running clock the entire second half.
Very few starters were on the field in the second half but the reserves stood strong against the Wildcats, especially on defense. The Mountaineers held the Wildcats to minus 80 yards rushing and just 11 yards total offense as the ‘Cats were able to pass for 91.
Forestview transfer Jaylen Mims led the KM rushing attack with 83 yards on seven carries and also scored a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Quarterbacks Ethan Reid and Jonah Patrick hit 8 of 10 passes for 152 yards with Bryce Fisher hauling in three for 77 yards and Chance Cannon three for 44.
After North held the Mountaineers to three and out to open the game, KM returned the favor with DayDay Wilson’s 11-yard sack the highlight of a three-play, minus 14 yards start by North.
KM started a 58-yard, five-play TD drive with a 19-yard burst around left end by Mims. A 19-yard reception by Marcus Odums set up a four-yard TD run by Wilson. Jaden Ellis’ PAT made it 7-0 with 6:38 on the clock.
North answered with its best drive of the night to the KM 30 but Trey Crawford put a stop that with an 8-yard quarterback sack on fourth and 17.
North answered by forcing a KM punt, but a DayDay Wilson sack forced the Wildcats to kick from their own 10. After just a 21-yard kick, KM took over on the Wildcats’ 31 and five plays later Mims scored from the two and then ran a two-point conversion to put KM up 15-0.
After that the Mountaineers were unstoppable. On North’s third play following the kickoff, Logan Patrick picked off a pass at the 40 and returned it to the North three from which point Rashaard Brooks scored and Ellis added the PAT for a 22-0 lead.
North’s next possession ended in three plays when Javari Rice-Wilson sacked North QB Daniel Scott. The KM defense put pressure on the punter and he punted the ball out of bounds at the North 29. Mims rambled 24 yards to set up Brooks’ five-yard TD and a 29-0 lead.
North’s next possession ended in another three-and-out on consecutive tackles for losses by Ty Ledbetter, DayDay Wilson and Trey Crawford and KM took possession at its own 43. On the first play, Reid hit Fisher for a 57-yard TD and a 36-0 lead.
With the first half clock winding down, KM again held the Cats to three straight negative rushes at their six, and a short punt gave KM possession at the Wildcats’ 28. Only 29.8 seconds remained, so Reid immediately hit Cannon  for a 28-yard catch and run TD and a 43-0 lead which resulted in a running clock.
On the first play of the second half, Fisher intercepted a pass at the North 11. It took just one run for Mims to score, and Dillon Messenger added the PAT to end the scoring with 9:56 left in the third quarter.
With mostly reserves in the game the KM defense still held the Wildcats without a first down in the second half until the last play of the game. DJ Black carried the rushing load with seven carries for 30 yards, and reserve quarterback Jonah Patrick completed his only pass, a 12-yard catch by Blake Emory.
KM RUSHING –  Jaylen Mims 7-83, Rashaard Brooks 4-13, Ethan Reid 2-(-6), Jake Lloyd 2-18, Logan Patrick 1-4, D.J. Black 7-30.
KM PASSING – Ethan Reid 7-9-140, Jonah Patrick 1-1-12.
KM RECEIVING –Chance  Cannon 3-44, Orlando Odums 1-19, Bryce Fisher 3-77, Blake Emory 1-12.
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Ruthe Ware is KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen of Week

Ruthe Ware is KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen of Week

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain High School Booster Club would like to honor Ruthie Ware, 4th grader from East Elementary as their Good Citizen of the Week.  Ruthie is an example of good citizenship. She is always doing the right thing and making smart decisions. Ruthe always follows school and classroom rules. Even with the challenges of remote learning, Ruthe gives one hundred percent and wants all her classmates to succeed. Her favorite subject is English. She also enjoys recess  to interact with her friends. At home Ruthe likes creek stomping, climbing trees and playing video games.
Ruthe is the daughter of Patrick and Charlotte Ware.
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KM Golf Team

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High's golf team ready to tee off for a Big South Conference match Monday at Kings Mountain Country Club. 



Photo by Gary Smart
 

Senior night
will be April 1

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High’s senior night will be played April 1 against Forestview at John Gamble Stadium.
“I think it is a really good idea as far as not doing it against Crest (in the regular season finale the following week) because of it being spring break,” said Athletic Director Matt Bridges.  “We will also have more tickets for the Forestview game.”

Softball
team nips
N. Gaston

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High’s softball team came from behind with five runs in the fifth inning to defeat North Gaston 5-3 Wednesday for their first Big South victory.
Jenna Ramsey led the Lady Mountaineers at the plate going 1-for-2 including a walk. Alayna Patrick, Andrea Melton and Karlee Nantz all had runs batted in.
Kali Weaver went the distance on the mound, scattering only four hits and one earned run while striking out six for her first high school varsity win. 

Mountaineer tennis season gets underway

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

 Kings Mountain High’s men’s tennis team was scheduled to kick off its 2020-21 season yesterday at the new KMHS tennis complex.
The Mountaineers have lost a number of players due to graduation, early graduation in December or going virtual on their studies which does not allow them to participate in high school sports, Coach Rick Henderson noted.
“This has impacted our team greatly,” he said, “but I’m optimistic about what we’ve accomplished in the last two and half weeks in practice.”
This year’s team is comprised of eight returning players and one freshman coming from the Kings Mountain Middle School team.
Returning players include seniors Connor Goodson, Ryne Smith, Brandon Paulson, Jesse Yarbro and Sam Parsons; juniors Mark Petrilli and Tyler Smith, sophomore Adam Guy and freshman Manoah Allen.
“The seniors are very hungry to play since they were cut short from COVID-19 last spring,” Henderson said. “Not getting to play their first tennis match last year at the new KMHS tennis complex was very upsetting to all of our players, especially the outgoing seniors, so I know this year’s seniors are eager to get their first win at this magnificent tennis complex.”
Goodson, Guy and Ryne Smith are battling for the top three positions, Henderson said. “All three have improved since last year, simply because they’ve each grown six to eight inches taller, they are stronger and quicker. I truly believe they will be tough to beat once they face off against their competition in the 3A Big South Conference. It wouldn’t surprise me if all three make All-Conference. That’s how optimistic I feel.”
As for the lower seeds, Henderson said Petrilli is improving on a daily basis and should be the team’s fourth seed. Fifth and sixth seeds are up from grabs between Tyler Smith, Allen, Paulson, Yarbro and Parsons.
Coach Henderson is in his ninth year coaching the men’s team and this will be his 200th tennis match between coaching men’s and women’s teams (excluding post season playoffs).
“I encourage the entire tennis community to come out and support our local student athletes as they will be the first team to play a match at one of the premier tennis complexes in the south,” Henderson said.
Kings Mountain’s next scheduled match is at North Gaston Thursday.

Mountaineers
face unbeaten
Lions Saturday

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain and Shelby put undefeated records on the line for yet another year Saturday when the Mountaineers travel to Shelby’s Blanton Memorial Stadium for a 7:30 non-conference game.
The contest was moved from its original date of Friday because Kings Mountain and North Gaston had to work in a game for last night at Gamble Stadium because the North program had Covid tracing the week of their original play date.
The KM-Shelby series is one the longest in North Carolina, dating back to the mid-twenties. The teams did not play in 1942 because of World War II or it would be the longest continuous rivalry in the state.
Like many times in the past, this year’s game sees both teams undefeated and the game as a toss-up.
“They’re good, as always,” noted Mountaineer head coach Greg Lloyd. “They run more than they pass but they are still in the spread and do a really good job with it.
“Defensively, they played very well against Burns last week (a 20-18 Shelby win). They have great personnel and it’s been a long time since anybody beat them in Shelby. It’s going to be a tough test.”
Kings Mountain defeated the Lions 42-17 last year at Gamble Stadium, so the Lions’ coaching staff probably won’t have any problem getting their guys fired up for Saturday.
“We’ll have to tackle well and play solid defense,” Coach Lloyd noted. “We can’t let them run the ball on us.”
With just a few days of practice between the makeup game with North Gaston and their date at Shelby, the Mountaineers hope to be in top shape and ready to go.
“They run a 3-4 defense and may be the fastest team we’ll see all year,” Lloyd said. “They play tough defense but that will help us as we move on in the season.”
Lloyd said it is important for the Mountaineers to win every game in this abbreviated season to give them a good seeding for the upcoming state playoffs. An undefeated regular season would surely guarantee them some home playoff games.
After the Shelby game, the Mountaineers will wind down their regular season with home games against Forestview and Crest, both at 7 p.m.

JVs scalp Red Raiders,
Shelby here Thursday

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

South Point scored on its opening possession to take a quick 6-0 lead, but it was all Kings Mountain after that as the Mountaineers rolled to a 36-14 victory over the Red Raiders in JV action Wednesday night in Belmont.
It was the second straight win to open the season for the Mountaineers, who host Shelby Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium.
After South Point’s initial score, the Mountaineers answered with a 90-yard kickoff return by Zavian Smith to tie the game at 6-all. They then came up with a pass interception and drove 70 yards to take a lead they would not relinquish. They widened the margin to 30-6 before the Red Raiders got on the board again.
On a rainy night, the Mountaineers kept the ball on the ground most of the game. They rushed for well over 270 yards.
Smith and Caleb Holland both topped the 100-yard rushing mark. Smith had 111 and a rushing TD to go with his kickoff return for a TD.
Holland had 108 yards rushing and a two-point conversion.
Micah Ward added 50 yards and a rushing TD.
Quarterback Lamont Littlejohn had a one-yard sneak for a touchdown and threw two-point conversions to Ethan Guy and Curtis Simpson.
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Isaiah Eskridge (64) blocks for Rashaard Brooks in Friday’s win over Gastonia Ashbrook. 

KM offense, defense
rout Ashbrook 41-0

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers scored on six of their seven first half possession and rolled over the Ashbrook Green Wave 41-0 in a Big South Conference game Friday in Gastonia.
With that lead coming just before halftime, the game went to a running clock the entire second half. The Mountaineers used that time to rest their starters and get everyone else some playing time.
While the KM offense was riding the Wave for 390 total yards, the Wave’s offense wasn’t as much as a ripple  with just two first downs and minus yardage for the night. Both of those first downs came late in the fourth quarter against KM’s reserves.
“It was a great effort,” said Mountaineer head coach Greg Lloyd. “I thought we showed a lot of improvement. It was the best game we’ve played. Both lines played the best since the Stuart Cramer game.
“And I thought our defense was phenomenal. We tackled well and showed a lot of improvement. The special teams played well also. “
The defense showed its stuff on Ashbrook’s opening drive. Ashbrook running back Elijah Antis picked up a yard on the game’s first play from scrimmage, but it was followed up by an incompletion and then an interception by KM’s Deandre Hoyle at the KM 47. Seven plays later quarterback Ethan Reid hit Orlando Odums with a 16-yard touchdown pass and Jayden Ellis kicked the point after for a 7-0 KM lead.
Yet another Ashbrook three and out set KM up at its own 45. It took just an 11-yard pass from Reid to Rashaard Brooks and three carries for 44 yards by Jalen Mims, the final one for 11 yards and a TD for a 14-0 lead.
After another three and out by Ashbrook, KM took over at midfield on a punt and seven plays later Brooks went in from the three to make it 21-0.
A quarterback sack by Chris Ruffalo forced yet another Ashbrook three and out, and KM took over at its own 24. Nine plays later Brooks scored from a yard out, but the PAT was wide left and KM led 27-0.
The Ashbrook defense was able to force a loss of downs on KM’s next possession. But after the KM defense held the Green Wave to three and out again, Coach Lloyd reached into his bag of tricks and had Reid throw a lateral pass to Chance Cannon who then threw to Payton Fisher 20 yards behind the Ashbrook defense for a 44-yard touchdown reception and a 34-0 lead with 2:23 left in the half.

On Ashbrook’s first play following the KM kickoff, freshman Robert Kendrick recovered a fumble at the Ashbrook 21 and it took just one run by Brooks to get the final TD with 2:10 to go in the half.
“I thought Rashaard ran the ball very well,” Coach Lloyd noted. “Our offensive line was good, and the defense played well, too. I thought Trey Crawford had a really good game, and so did AJ Richardson. It was just a good all-around game by all.”
Most KM starters were taken out at the half but the defense still held Ashbrook without a first down until late in the fourth quarter. It came on a four yard reception by Antis at the Ashbrook 20. They added another first down at the 30 from which point they threw three incomplete passes and a run for zero yards by Brandon Lewis to end the game.
It was the second straight shutout for the KM defense against a Gastonia team (the other a 35-0 win over Hunter Huss the week before) and the second straight game that the D held its opponent to minus rushing yards.

See more photos in this week's issue of the KM Herald (3-24-21)
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L-R: Principal Miriam Harvey, Ruthie Ware and Booster President Mark McDaniel. (Photo provided)

Ruthe Ware is KMHS Booster Club Good Citizen of Week

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain High School Booster Club would like to honor Ruthie Ware, 4th grader from East Elementary as their Good Citizen of the Week.  Ruthie is an example of good citizenship. She is always doing the right thing and making smart decisions. Ruthe always follows school and classroom rules. Even with the challenges of remote learning, Ruthe gives one hundred percent and wants all her classmates to succeed. Her favorite subject is English. She also enjoys recess  to interact with her friends. At home Ruthe likes creek stomping, climbing trees and playing video games.
Ruthe is the daughter of Patrick and Charlotte Ware.

Gateway Trail 5K/10M a success

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

By Loretta Cozart

The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail 5K race had 120 entrants, with 34 participating in the 10Miler. “Everything went well, the weather was perfect,” said Shirley Brutko. “We took the run opportunity to thank the KMPD at the same time for all they do for the trail.”
The event was held Saturday, March 13 from 9 am – 12 pm. Due to COVID-19, the runners were given a chip in their credentials, so equipment clocked when they started and ended the race. The 10Miler could be run anytime between Feb. 27 and March 12 and was held on the honor system.
Trophies for winners will be picked up at the Kings Mountain Art Center this coming week, winners are posted on-line at finishwelltiming.com.
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Lady Mountaineers encourage their teammates in Monday’s home opener against Cramer. Photos by Gary Smart

KM softball
drops opener

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High’s women’s softball team was defeated 12-6 on opening night Monday by Stuart Cramer.
The Lady Mountaineers were led at the plate by Austyn Dixon, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Jenna Ramsey was 3-for-4 with one RBI and Alayna Patrick went 3-for=4.
The Lady Mountaineers pounded out 12 hits.
Kali Weaver got the start in the circle for KM. She gave up nine hits and struck out five.
Andrea Weaver took over in the fifth inning, surrendering three hits while striking out two.
Kings Mountain travels to North Gaston Wednesday night and returns home Monday for a 6 p.m. game with Hunter Huss and a Wednesday game with Ashbrook.
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Kings Mountain High senior volleyball standout Kyann Crocker signed a letter of intent last week with Winston-Salem State University. She is pictured front row, left right, with her grandmother Patricia Craig, mother Latrisha Jeter and grandmother Gayla Crocker. Back row, left to right, athletic director Matt Bridges, principal Julie Rikard, club coach Lewis Williamson, stepfather Reginal Jeter, father Sidney Crocker and KMHS coaches Lindsay Ellis and Heather Pasour.

Crocker signs with
Winston-Salem State University

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High senior volleyball standout Kyann Crocker signed a letter of intent last week with Winston-Salem State University. She is pictured front row, left right, with her grandmother Patricia Craig, mother Latrisha Jeter and grandmother Gayla Crocker. Back row, left to right, athletic director Matt Bridges, principal Julie Rikard, club coach Lewis Williamson, stepfather Reginal Jeter, father Sidney Crocker and KMHS coaches Lindsay Ellis and Heather Pasour.
 

Revised KM High football schedules

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Because of the recent Covid cases on North Gaston’s football team, the Kings Mountain High football schedule has been revised.
Over the next week and a half, the Mountaineers will play three games.
To achieve that, some games have been changed from their original dates and times.

NEW VARSITY SCHEDULE
March 19 – Kings Mountain at Ashbrook, 7 p.m.
March 23 – North Gaston at KMHS, 7 p.m.
March 27 – Kings Mountain at Shelby, 7:30 p.m.
April 1 – Forestview at Kings Mountain, 7 p.m.
April 9 – Crest at Kings Mountain, 7 p.m.

NEW JV SCHEDULE
March 17 – Kings Mountain at South Point, 6:30.
March 25 – Shelby at Kings Mountain, 6:30.
March 31 – East Gaston at Kings Mountain, 6:30.
April 9 – Kings Mountain at Crest, 6:30.
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Late TD lifts JV Mountaineers over Burns

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

Quarterback Lamont Littlejohn scored on a sneak with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter to lift Kings Mountain High’s JVs to a 12-8 victory over Burns in their 2021 opener Thursday night at Gamble Stadium.
The winning drive began with 28.8 seconds left in the third period after Burns punted to KM’s 24 yard line.
The Mountaineers’ sophomore running back Caleb Holland, who finished with 209 yards rushing on 20 carries, got the winning drive going with a 13-yard burst. Holland and Micah Ward shouldered the rushing load during the winning drive with Holland producing 37 yards and Ward 19.
A big play came with KM facing a third and 21 at the 49 when Burns was whistled for pass interference. That gave the Mountaineers a first down on the Burns 36, and the Mountaineers were awarded another 15 yards on an unsportsmanlike penalty call against the Bulldog sidelines.
That put KM at the Burns 21 with 5:25 remaining. Two carries by Ward for six yards and a 14-yard burst by Holland put KM within inches of the goal line from which point Littlejohn snuck it in for the winning score.
The KM defense rose to the occasion, forcing three straight incomplete passes to regain control of the ball with 2:06 left. From there, Holland burst 13 yards for a first down at the Burns 27. Ward picked up four and Holland seven for another first down at the 16 with just over a minute remaining. With Burns having used all of its timeouts, Littlejohn took a knee twice to end the game.
The Mountaineers had taken a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on a six-yard run by Holland and that score stood until after halftime.
The Mountaineers’ offense had some problems holding onto the ball, and Burns scored its only TD when a KM pitch that took one bounce was caught on the run by Jeremiah Norris who raced 67 yards for a touchdown. A pass from Ben Mauney to Kamari Smart for a two-point conversion left the Bulldogs on top until the Mountaineers mounted their winning drive.
Javion Smith aided the KM running game and also had an outstanding game on defense along with JaQualyn Sanders, Curtis Simpson, Andre Willis, Javier Teshawn-Currie and others.
The Mountaineers will hit the road Wednesday for a 7:30 game at South Point. They return home March 17 at 6:30 against Shelby.

Mountaineers at Ashbrook Friday,
North Gaston here next Tuesday 

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

 Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers go after their third straight victory Friday night when they travel to Gastonia to face an improved Ashbrook Green Wave.
The Wave is 1-1 in the Big South Conference with a victory over Forestview and a loss to one of the pre-season favorites, Crest. They are 1-2 overall with their non-conference loss coming against Berry Academy of Charlotte.
The Green Wave has a new head coach who has installed a spread offense and they look to have a much better season that they’ve had the past few years.
“They’ve moved to a spread offense and they’ve been improving steadily through the first three games,” noted Mountaineer head coach Greg Lloyd. “They have a running back that runs hard and they’re in a 4-2-5 defense."
“They don’t blitz a lot but they are pretty big and force a lot of turnovers,” Lloyd noted. “Their score against Crest is sort of misleading. Crest is really good but Ashbrook played well against them.”
Several veterans like quarterback Chandler Meeks, who is a good runner and passer, have Ashbrook fans hoping to turn their fortunes around. With this being their homecoming game, there will be a limited number of tickets for Kings Mountain fans.
“Ashbrook throws the ball a good bit,” Lloyd noted. “They are a spread team in the shotgun and trying to improve every game. They had their best game last week against Forestview (a 9-7 win) so we have to be ready to play.”
This will be the first of three games over an eight-day period for the Mountaineers, who play at home Tuesday in a makeup game with North Gaston and the following Saturday at Shelby for a non-conference game. The Shelby game will begin at 7:30. All other games are at 7 p.m.
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THE DEFENSE RESTS?
THINK AGAIN!

Mountaineers demolish Huss 35-0 in homecoming

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

With several outstanding returners aboard like major college commits Dameon Wilson and Javari Rice-Wilson, Kings Mountain High coaches and fans knew the Mountaineers would be strong on defense this season.
But, perhaps no one except the players and coaches knew that they could turn in the dominating performance they did against the Hunter Huss Huskies Friday night at Gamble Stadium.
Limiting the Huskies to just six first downs – of which two were on KM penalties – minus four yards rushing and just 43 passing, the Mountaineers completely outclassed their Gastonia opponents 35-0 in a homecoming game current KMHS players and students will remember each time they have a class reunion.
From an offense that accumulated 269 yards overall to a defense that came up with three interceptions and two safeties, the Mountaineers scored in all four quarters. The Huskies offered only one serious scoring threat which ended on a pass interception at the one by KM senior Titus Phillips.
“It was a great game,” said Coach Greg Lloyd. “We got off to a great start and played with a lot of intensity from the opening kickoff. I was pleased with all three phases of the game.”
After Huss won the toss and deferred to the second half, the Mountaineers made it as far as the Huss 49 before having to punt. But, the defense quickly gave a glimpse of what was to come by holding the Huskies to minus three yards on their first possession.
Punting from their own 13, the Huskies’ kick was partially blocked by KM’s Jake Lloyd and KM took over at the Huss 25. After Jaylen Mims and Rashaard Brooks ran for eight and 16 yards, respectively, senior quarterback Ethan Reid scored from the one and Jaden Ellis kicked the extra point and the rout was on.
From that point on, the Huskies had very little success moving the ball, except for a brief time late in the first quarter when Titus Phillips picked off a pass at the KM one yard line.
After KM’s initial score, the defense got a big sack from Derek Wilson to force a fourth and 18 at the Huss seven. Five plays after the Huss punt quarterback Ethan Reid hit end Marcus Odums with a 19-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead.
“The first quarter was big for us,” Lloyd noted. “Getting a score after a blocked punt set the tone. I was pleased with all three phases of the game. It was a great effort.”
Down 14-0, Huss got its first two first downs on back-to-back 15 yard penalties against KM which put them on the KM 36. A 19-yard reception by Noah Lowery put them on the KM 20, but a sack by AJ Richardson followed by Phillips’ interception at the one basically stopped what little offense the Huskies could muster.
KM was able to drive the ball to the Huss 23 before losing it on downs, but on the Huskies’ first play from scrimmage Logan Patrick intercepted a pass. A 21-yard run by Mims put the Mountaineers on the Huss 15, from which point Reid rolled right but threw back to his left to  a wide-open Rashaard Brooks for a 21-0 lead.
That score stood until halftime, but it didn’t take long for the KM defense to score again when Javari Rice-Wilson sacked the Huss QB in the end zone for a safety and a 23-0 lead.
After the free kick, KM marched as far as the Huss 12 but had to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Ellis to run the score to 26-0.
Early in the fourth quarter the Mountaineers took over at their 39 following a Huss punt. Brooks covered the distance in six carries, scoring from eight yards out for a 33-0 lead.
With Huss backed up to its own three facing second and 12, the Mountaineer defense forced another fumble by the Huss QB and Xavier Johnson covered it for a safety to end the scoring.
Obviously, Coach Lloyd was pleased with his team’s overall performance against a Huss team that is always a contender for the BSC championship.
“We were happy with our defense,” he said. “Coach Wilson and the defensive coaches did a great job. Our offensive line looked better. They’ve really gotten better and we hope to get better every Friday.
“Javari Wilson had someone roll into his leg in the fourth quarter and that concerned us,” he noted. “I was worried for a while but he’s in good shape and ready to go. I was really proud of his effort as well as the whole defense. Javari had five sacks. Isaiah Eskridge did a good job at right tackle in his first start.
“I thought Logan Patrick at safety did a great job for us. He was all over the field hustling. And Titus Phillips’ interception at the one was big. He got it out to the 30. We got penalized but still drove it to their 30, so that was big.”
Lloyd said he was also pleased with his running combo of  Brooks and Mims, who kept the clock running.  
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Cramer at KM Monday for softball opener

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

With several returning players from last year’s team, Kings Mountain High softball coach Kevin Cruise expects his Lady Mountaineers to be among the best teams in the Big South 3A Conference this season.
The Lady Mountaineers begin their season Monday at 6 p.m. with a home conference game against Stuart Cramer, another team that is expected to be fighting for first place in the BSC.
Cruise also expects Crest and Forestview to be very strong so the Lady Mountaineers will have to be at the top of their game when they face those opponents. “If we can sweep or split with all of them, we would have done something,” he says.
Cruise said one drawback has been that he has been coaching both football and softball, but he credits his assistant coaches Shon Macopsen, Jeff Cloninger and Cassie King for their help in keeping the softball program strong.
The Lady Mountaineers have a host of returning players from last year’s team that saw its season cut short because of Covid-19. They include Jenna Ramsey, Andrea Melton, Keegan Irby, Alayna Patrick, Karlee Nantz, Monica Head, Austyn Dixon and Samantha Harrelson.
A new player, freshman Kali Weaver, may be the #1 pitcher with Melton and Irby also seeing duty on the mound. “Keegan pitched some last year and both would have pitched a lot had our season not ended early,” Cruise said.
Because of the shortened season last year, Cruise said an all-conference team was not named but Crest has the returning Player of the Year from two seasons ago.
“They will be someone to reckon with,” he said, “but I feel good about our chances. Defense is what we hang our hats on. We’ll have to keep the score low and get timely hits.”

Ticket info for KM
JV, varsity games

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Some important information fans need to know about Kings Mountain’s rescheduled football games for this week.
The JVs, who have not yet played a game, are scheduled to host county rival Burns Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The varsity, which has had only one game since last week’s scheduled game with North Gaston was cancelled, will face Hunter Huss Friday at 7 p.m. That will now be KM’s homecoming game.
Thursday’s JV game will begin at 6:30. Gates will open at 5:30. Tickets will be $5 (cash only) and will be available only at the home gate.
Tickets for Friday’s varsity game will be $10 (cash only). All students, teachers and participants in the game can buy tickets from 12-1 p.m. Wednesday at Brinkley Field House.
The general public can buy tickets from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Brinkley Field House.
Any leftover tickets will be sold at the home gate on Friday night.

Mountaineers host Huss
Friday for homecoming

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Both Kings Mountain and Hunter Huss will have had two weeks of preparation for their Big South 3A Conference battle Friday at 7 p.m. at KM’s John Gamble Stadium.
The Huskies, who defeated North Gaston 27-0 in their season opener, had an open date last Friday while the Mountaineers, who whipped Stuart Cramer in their opener two weeks ago, saw their scheduled game with North Gaston postponed because of Covid cases within the Wildcats’ football program. It is not known at this time when that game will be made up, but Mountaineer coach Greg Lloyd said it’s important to make it up because not doing so would put KM playing one less game than its major opponents and could have playoff implications.
And, that’s also a big reason why the Mountaineers need to defeat the always-strong Huskies Friday because the Big South has only two guaranteed spots in this year’s state 3A playoffs.
“This is a big game for us,” Coach Lloyd said. “With only two guaranteed spots in the playoffs you can’t afford to lose one. The third place team may get a wild card but it’s not promised. So, obviously this is a big game.
With an extra week of practice for both teams, Lloyd said both teams should be in top form.
“We had a couple of players nicked up in the opening game (with Stuart Cramer) but we should be at full strength Friday,” Lloyd said. “We need this one. Huss will be one of the better teams we’ll see this year. They’re really tough.”
The already strong Huskies were made even tougher during the off-season when a quarterback and receiver transferred from Clover, SC. The two hooked up for two TDs in the Huskies’ win over North Gaston.
“Their top running back that rotated last year is back and he’s very good,” Lloyd noted. “He’s a three-year starter. They are very balanced. The quarterback is definitely going to be a problem. We will have to play really well.”
Lloyd said the Mountaineers should be at full strength. “Practice has been going really well,” he noted. “We’re eager to get back out there and play ball. Hopefully it will happen this week. This should be a sell out and we’re looking forward to it.”
Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

JVs host Burns Thursday

(March 10, 2021 Issue)


Kings Mountain High’s JV football team will finally get its season underway Thursday at 6:30 when the Burns Bulldogs come to John Gamble Stadium.
Kings Mountain’s scheduled opener last week was cancelled because of Covid tracing in the North Gaston program.
New Mountaineer head coach Diron Bell is happy with the way things have gone in practice so far and is eager to see his players get to hit someone else.
“We’ve been looking good,” said Coach Bell, the oldest of three very good Bell brothers (Marcus and Joe being the other two) that brought Mountaineer fans a lot of exciting moments in the nineties, said of practice sessions. “We’re excited to finally get to play.”
The JVs and Burns met several weeks ago in a scrimmage and both teams showed a lot of promise.
“We’ve got a lot of good guys out there, and many of them are freshmen which is good,” Bell noted.
Caleb Holland, who made his mark on KMHS football early when the returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the varsity’s win over Stuart Cramer a couple weeks ago, will be “a big time contributor,” Bell said. Alex Jackson will be a strong on defense, he said.
Bryson Brown, a freshman running back, will be another exciting player.
Center Micahel Lubas, a returning 10th grader, and other guys up front will be counted on to create the holes for backs to show their stuff.
Bell believes he has a good quarterback in transfer Lamont Littlejohn Jr., whose father the Rev. Lamont Littlejohn was a standout quarterback for the varsity Mountaineers in the early 1990s.
“He has a lot of potential,” Bell said. “He is a very smart player and throws the ball well. We’re excited to have him.”
Unless the North Gaston game is re-scheduled, this will be the first of just five games for the JVs. Many of them will 8-quarter on varsity which means they can play on both teams but if they get into as many as eight quarters on varsity then they have to play either JV or varsity the rest of the year.
CURRENT SCHEDULE
March 11 – Burns
at KM
March 18 – KM
at South Point
March 25 – Shelby
 at KM
March 31 – East
Gaston at KM
April 8 – KM at Crest

3 from KM
All-Big South

(March 10, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High placed three players on the All-Big South Conference team which was announced late last week.
Leading scorer Isaiah Tate was named to the first team. Zeke Cannedy and Marcus Odums were named to the second team.
Tate, a junior, topped the 1,000 career point mark late in the season.
Brad LeVine of Crest, whose team went undefeated in the BSC and to the Western finals in the NCHSAA playoffs, was named Coach of the Year. Mari Adams of the Chargers was Player of the Year.
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Award winners at KMHS cross country awards program. Left to right: Parker Key, all-conference and MVP; Wyatt Wilson, coach’s award; Marty Lovingood, all-conference; Kohen Johnson, all-conference, Hunter Cruise, all-conference and rookie of the year; Thalia Kushman, all-conference and MVP, Parker Wilson, all-conference, rookie of the year and Joe Hord Perseverance Award; Ashley Gural, all-conference, Divinity Ervin, all conference and coach’s award, and Nicole Poston, all-conference.   

KMHS cross country teams
hold awards program

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

The Kings Mountain High School cross country teams held their awards program on February 23.
Due to Covid-19 guidelines, only athletes were allowed to attend. Parents and other supports watched virtually.
This year’s team boasted nine All-Big South Conference runners. Both teams finished with 11-4 records.
The Lady Mountaineers finished second in the Big South while the Mountaineers finished third.
The boy’s team won the Cleveland County Schools championship while the girls finished second to Shelby.
Both teams are looking forward to another successful season, hopefully in the fall. 
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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free program designed for cancer survivors 18-years and older who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment or disease. The goals of the program include:
• Rebuilding muscular strength and endurance
• Increasing flexibility and improving functional ability
• Reducing severity of therapy side effects
• Preventing unwanted weight changes
• Improving self-esteem and energy levels
Participants receive a FREE 12-week Family Membership Plus and may use YMCA facilities at any time. Participants may bring a support person who can participate in a workout of their own. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the program is free to participants.
Participants must receive medical clearance and are evaluated on an individual basis. Patients currently undergoing treatment may participate, but only if they receive proper medical clearance.
The 90-minute sessions are held twice a week. There is easy parking front and side of buildings and designated handicapped parking is available.
For more information, contact Margaret Litton, LIVESTRONG Instructor, Kings Mountain Family YMCA, 211 Cleveland Ave., Kings Mountain, 704-739-9631, or email MLitton@CleveCoYMCA.org.

KMHS golf season
to begin March 15

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High’s men’s and women’s golf seasons will be played at the same times and places this season, except for the conference and regional tournaments.
Kings Mountain will only be playing against one or two other teams in the regular season instead of all schools in the conference like it has been done in the past.
Members of the men’s team are freshmen Baylor Benton, Branson Bouchard, Caleb Marr and Hunter Cruise; junior Seabron Echols, sophomore Michael King, freshman Cade Leigh, junior Cooper Putnam and freshman Jayden Smith.
The only player on the women’s team is junior Emma Short.
THE SCHEDULE
MARCH
15 – Kings Mountain at Crest (Riverbend).
22 – North Gaston at KM (KM Country Club).
29 – Hunter Huss/Ashbrook at KM (KMCC).
APRIL
12 – Forestview at KM (KMCC).
19 – Cramer at KM (KMCC).
26 – Men’s conference match (Riverbend).
27 – Women’s conference match (KMCC).
MAY
3 – Men’s regional (Riverbend).
4 – Women’s regional (Skybrook in Huntersville)
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natalie lutz

Lutz off to good
start for LR tennis

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain’s Natalie Lutz is off to a good start in her second year on the Lenoir-Rhyne tennis team.
Presently, Lutz is 3-0 and leading the team (2-1) in individual wins.
Lutz’s freshman year with the LR ladies came to an abrupt halt because of Covid.
Lutz was a two-sport standout at KMHS, playing tennis and golf. She had the option to play either sport in college and chose tennis. She and her KMHS teammate Madelynn Frye won one state championship in doubles.
“She always excelled in both sports and what was amazing and both were played in the same season,” noted her high school coach Rick Henderson. “So when the decision had to be made, Naatlie chose tennis over golf. As her high school tennis coach those four years, it didn’t surprise me that she wanted to continue her tradition by competing at the college level on the tennis team.
“Natalie could have taken the easier of the sport which was golf, but she chose the most physical and demanding of her body simply because tennis was her first love,” Henderson added.
Lutz opened this season by defeating a nationally ranked Queens University player. She was chosen the player of the match mainly due to her winning both her singles and doubles matches. She later defeated her opponents from Lander and Mars Hill.
Lutz is presently playing #4 in singles and bounces between #1 and #2 in doubles.
Lutz is majoring in Medical Studies and plans to attend graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

Tennis to begin

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High men’s tennis practice will begin Wed., March 3 at 4 p.m. at the new KMHS tennis complex.
All student athletes must have an up to date physical on file before they can participate in tryouts or conditioning. Items to take for practice will be tennis attire, appropriate footwear and a tennis racquet.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions all student athletes are required to wear a mask during practice as well as having their temperature checked prior to practice.
For more information call Coach Rick Henderson at 704-460-8066 or email Rick.Henderson2@duke-energy.com
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Kings Mountain junior guard Isaiah Tate topped the 1,000 career point mark in last week’s first round playoff loss to Central Cabarrus.

Tate tops 1,000
in playoff loss,
KM girls lose too

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

About the only bright thing for Kings Mountain High’s venture into the state 3A basketball playoffs last week was that junior standout Isaiah Tate topped the 1,000 career point mark in the Mountaineers’ first round 95-57 loss to Central Cabarrus.
The KM girls were in a similar boat at Jesse Carson, falling hard to a very good Carson team 69-33.
Led by a couple of Tate three-pointers, the Mountaineers were able to take an early 9-3 lead before Central Cabarrus began canning some threes of its own and rallied to lead 27-19 at the first quarter break. They were never headed after that.
It was Central Cabarrus’ first home first round playoff win in 10 years.
After leading 44-31 at the half, Central took a 71-44 lead heading into the final quarter.
Tate and Zeke Cannedy were KM’s only double-digit scorers with 20 and 12 points, respectively. Matt Toms scored seven, Marcus and Orlando Odums six each, Maddox James four and Titus Phillips two.
The undefeated Carson team had no trouble with the KM ladies, running up a 23-2 first quarter lead en route to a 69-33 victory.
Saniya Wilson had a big game with 23 points, four rebounds and four steals but she was the only KM player in double figures.
Tyasya Bell scored three points and also had four rebounds and three blocks. Khalia King had three points, two rebounds and two blocks, Aaliyah Byers two points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks, Monica Head two points and Kennedy Barnes six rebounds.
A strong 1-3-1 press was the key to Carson’s quick beginning. Kings Mountain rallied in the second period to outscore Carson 14-12 but that still left them behind 25-16 at the break. Carson led 52-23 going into the fourth quarter.
Mary Spril and Carleijh Perry scored 16 points each to lead Carson. Hannah Isley added 13, Colsie Perry and Ellie Wilhelm nine each, Kary Isley six and Camden Carley two.

Information for Friday’s game

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Fans planning to attend Friday’s North Gaston at Kings Mountain football game at Gamble Stadium need to remember this information:
Game time is 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Parking is first come, first served at the parking lots at the school and the Touchdown Club lot behind the baseball field.
Everyone is required to wear a mask and social distance at least six feet apart. Fans may take lawn chairs to sit on the bank. They can also sit in the stands.
Pre-sale of tickets for the varsity game will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday for all varsity cheer, varsity football and band at the field house.
Pre-sale for the general public is 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at the field house.
Any tickets left over will be sold at the home gate on game night. The cost is $10 (cash only).
Persons holding NCHSAA coaching passes and Cleveland County Schools employees passes must purchase tickets.

Mountaineers
host Wildcats
Friday night

 

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers were scheduled to hit the road to Dallas Friday night for their second Big South 3A Conference game with the North Gaston Wildcats, but because of wet field conditions at North Gaston the game will now be played at KM’s John Gamble Stadium.
Just like last week with Stuart Cramer, Mountaineer coach Greg Lloyd believes North Gaston will give the Mountaineers a good test and hopefully prepare them for a big home game against Hunter Huss next week.
Lloyd said new head coach Justin Clark, who spent his early years in Kings Mountain while his father Bruce was coaching at KMHS, has put in a new offense that should bring improvement to the Wildcats’ program.
“They’re now in a spread and they have a dual threat quarterback similar to the one we saw last week,” Lloyd noted. “They are definitely much improved. They gave up 20 points last week (to Hunter Huss) but they have a really solid offense. They are dangerous and we have to be ready to roll.”
Lloyd said, overall, he was pleased with his Mountaineers in their opening season win over Cramer but hopes to see much improvement this week.
“We need to work on special teams and add a few things on offense to make it more versatile,” he said. “Our defense needs to play like it did last week and not give up any big plays. And our offense needs to take care of the ball.”
The offensive line should be at full strength this week with the return of sophomore Isaiah Eskridge, who sat out last week with an injury.
“He’s our biggest offensive lineman, and we’re projecting him to play,” Lloyd noted.
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KM’s Chance Cannon is on his way to a 95-yard catch and run touchdown in Saturday’s 43-7 win over Stuart Cramer at Gamble Stadium.

Opening kickoff return sparks
KM to 43-7 season opening win

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain sophomore Caleb Holland made a varsity debut that he will remember for a long time Saturday when he returned the opening kickoff of the 2021 spring season 90 yards for a touchdown to spark a 43-7 win over Stuart Cramer.
The Mountaineers would go into the halftime break with a 36-0 lead and turned the contest into a “running clock” game when quarterback Ethan Reid hit Devin Pressley on a 16-yard touchdown across the middle to run the score to 43-0 with 9:52 left in the third quarter.
Cramer scored its only touchdown in the final seconds of the third period when Jesse Allran managed to get past the KM defense for a 15-yard TD reception.
The Mountaineers showed signs of its typical greatness all through the game, but hurt themselves at times with miscues that can be corrected.
“It was a good first game,” said head coach Greg Lloyd. “We made plenty of mistakes but all in all it was good. Our defense was solid and we had a decent running game. The offensive line was better than a week before” when the Mountaineers scrimmaged Burns.
Last year’s leading rusher, junior Rashaard Brooks, finished with 92 yards rushing in 13 carries as the Mountaineers tried to distribute the ball to a lot of players. Quarterback Ethan Reid and running backs Holland and Jaylin Mims also did a good job running the ball.
“Brooks and Mims played well and the kickoff return by our tenth grader was the first time he touched the ball on varsity,” Lloyd said.  “We have to work on a lot of special teams’ breakdowns, but all in all it was good.”
Reid, the top passer in the Big South a year ago, hit 7 of 15 passes for 205 yards.
After KM’s initial score, new placekicker Jayden Ellis put his first varsity kickoff down at the two yard line where Cramer’s Johnny O’Shea caught and returned it to the 21. Three plays later the visitors faced a fourth and 23 at their own seven and the Storm’s punter was tackled in the end zone for a safety to put KM up 9-0.
KM then drove 57 yards in 10 plays to score on a two-yard burst by Jaylin Mims for a 16-0 lead.
The Mountaineers had some problems early with its passing game, but late in the quarter wide receiver Titus Phillips, who had just finished his basketball season earlier in the week, came onto the field and immediately raced down the home sideline past a Cramer defender and caught a pass in stride for a 51 yard touchdown and a 23-0 lead that broke the game open.
Cramer was driving later but Phillips, now in the secondary, intercepted a pass at the one yard line and returned it to the 30. However, a block in the back resulted in KM taking possession at the five. On first down, Reid hit Chance Cannon with a quick screen pass and he went 95 yards down the home sideline for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead.
On their next possession, a 34-yard run off tackle by Brooks was the big run on a drive that ended with Reid’s one-yard sneak and a 36-0 lead with 1:06 left in the half.
Deandre Hoyle recovered a fumble at the Cramer 35 on the first possession of the third quarter to set up Pressley’s touchdown.

KM RUSHING – Brooks 13-92, Reid 6-31, Mims 6-24, Holland 6-25, Patrick 1-2, Team -10.
KM RECEIVING – Cannon 2-103, Fisher 2-23, Phillips 1-51, Hoyle 1-13, Pressley 1-16.
KM SCORING – Holland 6, Mims 6, Reid 6, Cannon 6, Phillips 6, Pressley 6, Ellis 5, Team 2.
INTERCEPTIONS – AJ Richardson, Titus Philllps.
FUMBLE RECOVERY – Deandre Hoyle.
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Saniya Wilson

Saniya Wilson POY
in BSC basketball

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain junior guard Saniya Wilson has been named Big South Basketball Player of the Year by the conference coaches.
She is a repeater on the All-Big South team and was joined there by her teammate, Khalia King.
Wilson, who topped the 1,000 career point mark in a win over Forestview this season, averaged 24.3 points a game in leading the Lady Mountaineers to a tie for second place in the BSC and a berth in the state 3A playoffs. She also set a personal single game record of 40 points in a game against Crest. Jessica Brunson of Crest was named BSC Coach of the Year.
The boys all-conference team will be announced after Crest has completed its run in the state 3A playoffs. The Chargers were schedule to face Weddington in the semi-finals last night.

JV Mountaineers
here Thursday

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain High’s JV football team will open its season Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. home game against the North Gaston Wildcats.
Diron Bell begins his first season as the Mountaineers’ head coach. He has been a fixture in KM sports for many years. He was an outstanding running back for the Mountaineers in the early 1990s and later played for Catawba College.
All JV games this season will begin at 6:30. Four of them will be at home (North Gaston March 4, Burns March 11, Shelby March 25 and East Gaston on Wednesday, March 31.

Cramer here Friday for football opener

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

For the first time in over 15 months, Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers are scheduled to host Stuart Cramer’s Purple Storm in the Big South 3A Conference opening football game Friday at 7 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium. All regular season games will begin at 7 p.m. this season.
At the time of this writing, only 100 fans are to be allowed in the stands but Governor Roy Cooper was supposed to make a decision whether or not to increase that number Tuesday, which was past the Herald’s deadline. There is some talk that up to 40% of the stadium’s capacity could be admitted.
Regardless of how many fans will see them either in person or by KM high.org livestream, the Mountaineers expect to put on a good show against Cramer and all the other opponents on their schedule. Because of COVID, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is allowing just seven regular season and four playoff games this year so winning every game will be the top priority for all schools hoping to win a conference championship and make a playoff run.
Kings Mountain saw action against a good Burns team in a scrimmage Saturday at John Gamble Stadium. The final hour (with a running clock) was game situations except for contact on kickoffs and punts.
During that time the Mountaineers scored one touchdown but missed the extra point. They threatened several more times but lost two fumbles inside the Burns 10 yard line.
It wasn’t unusual that both teams’ defenses were better than their offense but both the Bulldog and Mountaineer coaches were trying to get most of their players playing time so they can evaluate talents of non-returning starters.
Kings Mountain’s defense was strong all day. Defenders like Chris Ruffalo, Dameon Wilson, Javari Rice-Wilson, Ty Ledbetter, Chance Cannon, Robert Lipscomb, Logan Patrick, AJ Richardson, Derek Wilson, Devin Pressley and others basically kept the Dogs penned up.
The Mountaineers got good blocking from its offensive linemen, including Blake Davis, Michael Blanton, Chris Richardson and many others. They opened huge holes for running backs like Roderick Kendrick, Jaylin Mims, Caleb Holland and others.
Returning starter Ethan Reid scored the game’s only touchdown on a quarterback sneak and along with Logan Patrick threw some accurate passes to receivers like Deandre Hoyle, Chance Cannon, Blake Emory and Pressley. But they misfired occasionally and some other passes were dropped.
The scrimmage saw the varsity and JV teams working at once from 40 yards in. Lamont Littlejohn, son of former Mountaineer quarterback Lamont Littlejohn, threw three touchdown passes. Caleb Holland made some spectacular runs and then joined the varsity for the live action. Kendrick was also with the JVs during that time and made several long runs.

Regular season champions in YMCA 7-8, 9-10 and 11-13 boys basketball league

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain

YMCA basketball scores:

7-8 Boys
Tarheels 26, Hornets 21
Hornets – Daniel Bullock 9; Tarheels Michael Meeks 10.
Raptors 19, Dunk-aroos 13
Dunk – Easton Pasour 8; Raptors - Chase Thomas 9.
9-10 boys
Hornets 30, Buckets 13
Hornets – Brantley Deaton 10. Buckets – Karter Willis 10.
Destroyers 31, Heat 17
Destroyers – Yates Toney 10; Heat – Jaqualyn Ford 8.
11-13 boys
Heat 27, Hornets 22
Hornets – Cory’on Gaines 11; Heat – Ty Howard 14.
Bulls 40, Panthers 37
Panthers – Silas Tate 17. Bulls, Aiden Smith 16.
7-9 girls
Lady Bombshells 20, Lady Fireballs 15.
Lady Ballers – Kyleigh Gaines 8. Lady Fireballs, Addy Morehead 10.

Mountaineers sweep Forestview
in final home
 regular season game

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain swept Forestview in their final home basketball games Tuesday night at Parker Gym.
The girls rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Lady Jaguars 62-57 and maintain their hold on second place behind defending Big South champion Ashbrook.
The boys rolled to an 85-72 victory, keeping alive their hopes of finishing second and earning a berth in the state tournament.
The Lady Mountaineers struggled early and trailed the Lady Jaguars 19-12 after the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime. The locals rallied in the third period and outscored their visitors 21-12 to take a 42-40 lead into the final quarter.
“We struggled in the first half, but solid defensive pressure helped bring us back from the halftime deficit,” noted Coach Nicholas Inman.
Andrea Melton had her best game of the year, scoring all of her 13 points in the second half to help lead the comeback. Aaliyah Byers scored all eight of her points in the third period, and Saniya Wilson went 9-for-11 from the foul line to close out the victory.
Wilson finished with 27 points, five rebounds and five assists. Melton had two steals to go with her 13 points and Byers controlled the board with 10 rebounds.
Khalia King scored four points, Austyn Dixon had three points and three boards, Alayna Patrick, Kennedy Barnes and Monica Head had two points each, and Tyasya Bell had a point and four rebounds.
Myla Hoover led three double-digit scorers for Forestview with 20 points, Kendall Manning had 14 and Jimena Vazquez 10.
Payton Jacobs and Blake Riley added four points each, Zailyn Jeter and Megan Baker two each and Kiana Robinson one.
The Mountaineers had their most balanced scoring attack of the year with all five of their starters hitting double figures.
Zeke Cannedy led the way with 25 points and six rebounds. Isaiah Tate had 15 points and six assists; Marcus Odums 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists; Matt Toms 12 points, five rebounds and five assists; and Orlando Odums 11 points and four rebounds.
Maddox James had a big game off the bench with eight points and a team-leading 10 rebounds.
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Kameron Adams (20) carries the ball in KMMS game with Shelby. Adams was selected as KM’s offensive player of the game.

Shelby Middle bombs KM
42-0 in Tri-County opener

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

Shelby got a safety on Kings Mountain’s first possession and rolled to a 42-0 victory over the Patriots in the middle schools’ opening football game Wednesday at John Gamble Stadium.
The Blue Devils scored on all of their first half possessions, including one on an interception of a KM pitchout and 48 yard return by Tyjai Johnson.
The Blue Devils got their safety when the KM quarterback stepped out the back of the end zone trying to escape tacklers after Shelby backed the Patriots up to the one-inch line.
KM kicked off from its own 20 and Shelby’s Tristan Tate went untouched from 40 yards out to make the score 8-0.
Shelby scored three more touchdowns in the second quarter to turn the game into a rout.
Kings Mountain was held to two first downs in the game. Coach Kenny Bridges cited Kameron Adams for his play on offense and Max Thompson for his defensive play.
“Hopefully our next two games, which are on the road, will go better,” Bridges said. “I’m thinking Shelby is a whole lot better than anybody in the conference.”
The Patriots were behind the eight-ball going in as they had only four days of practice and are without eight starters from last year that did not come out for football.
The Patriots had only four eighth graders in the starting lineup and they were much smaller, and not nearly as experienced as the Shelby team.
Kameron Adams was selected KMMS offensive player of the game and Max Thompson was selected defensive player of the game.
Kings Mountain will travel to RS Central today and East Rutherford next week. The Patriots’ next home game is against Crest on March 10. Fifth quarter action begins at 4:30 and game-time for the varsity is 5 p.m.  

Crest sweeps KM in BS final

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

 Kings Mountain High’s basketball teams ended their regular season Friday night at Crest with a double loss.
The KM girls saw Crest come from behind in the fourth quarter to win 60-56 and knock the Lady Mountaineers out of an automatic berth in the state playoffs.
Kings Mountain finished the season with a 9-3 Big South and 10-4 overall record. Crest also finished 9-3 after beating Forestview in a makeup game on Saturday. Just in case that happened, KM and Crest flipped a coin after their game and Crest won the flip for second place.
The game was close throughout with neither team ever having a big advantage. KM led 16-14 after the first period, 28-27 at the half and 42-39 going into the fourth quarter but a 19-12 advantage in the final eight minutes made the difference for the Lady Chargers.
Despite the loss, KM junior Saniya Wilson had one of her best games of the year with 40 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Kennedy Barnes scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, but the Crest defense did a super job in holding the other KM ladies down. Austyn Dixon had two points and five rebounds, Andrea Melton one point and three steals, Alayna Patrick one point and three rebounds and Tyasya Bell five rebounds.
Petty led three double-digit scorers for Crest with 16 points. Marshall had 15 and Williams 13. Warlick scored seven, Lee five, and Surratt and Hamrick two each.
The Crest boys completed a perfect regular season with a 60-44 win. Caleb Borders led the way with 16 points, but KM’s worst enemy was Matt Adams who scored 15 points and controlled the backboard with 15 rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers still qualified for the state playoffs as the #2 team from the BSC. Hunter Huss went into its final game needing a win to force a tie for second place, but was tripped up by Ashbrook and finished in third place a game behind the Mountaineers.