KMHS band entertains the crowd at football home opener

 Kings Mountain High’s football team played its first home game of the season Friday night. After a 45-minute lightning delay the Mountaineers squared off against Asheville and posted an impressive 24-0 victory. Not only did the team play its usual exciting game, the band did as well before a packed home crowd. The Mountaineers and the band will be back on the Gamble Stadium turf Friday with a big county rivalry game with the undefeated Burns Bulldogs.

Photos by Gary Smart

KM’s Watts first, KM teams
second in opening XC meet

Both Kings Mountain teams ran second to South Point in the Mountaineers’ first cross country meet last week – a two-mile scrimmage- at KMHS but the Mountaineers’ sophomore Isaiah Watts ran first with a time of 11:23. He finished 23 seconds ahead of second place Mason Braswell of South Point in 11:46.
It was the only home meet scheduled for the Mountaineers this season.
The Mountaineers’ only other top ten finisher was Hunter Cruise, who was 10th in 13:07. Nathan Inthavong was 16th, Marty Lovingood 19th, Elliot Habel 20th, Nicholas Horn 24th, Nathaniel Kiser 39th, Marcus Williams 40th, Hayden Huss 49th and Eric Bell 51st.
South Point’s girls finished with 34 points to KM’s 38. Forestview was third with 56. In the boys’ race, South Point had 37 to KM’s 63. Forestview was third with 75, followed by Crest 99, Hunter Huss 114 and West Lincoln 150.
The Lady Mountaineers were led by Divinity Ervin, who finished second to South Point’s Lexi Birtwistle  14:01 to 14:29. KM’s Thalia Kushman was third in 14:40.
Kings Mountain’s only other top 10 finisher was 10th place Brooke Waseman in 16:16. Sindy Ulloa ran 13th in 17:00, Kinley Putnam 16th in 17:22, Nicole Poston 17th in 17:26, Kallie Hope 24thin 18:15 and Emily Phelps 36th in 24:03.
Kings Mountain travels to York, SC September 1 for a 5 p.m. start. The Mountaineers will go to Ashbrook on September 6 and compete in the county meet with Burns, Crest and Shelby on September 13 at the Cleveland Community College course.

Burns bringing
powerful team
to KMHS Friday

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers have opened their 2022 football season with a pair of impressive wins over perennial North Carolina powers Shelby and Asheville, but their toughest game so far comes Friday night when a powerful Burns team comes to John Gamble Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Bulldogs’ come to town with an impressive resume with blowout wins over the Forestview Jaguars and Crest Chargers. They have tons of experience and are led by one of the area’s – if not one of the state’s – best quarterbacks in 6-3 Ben Mauney who is averaging 388 yards passing per game.  They also have a strong running attack, led by Jeremiah Norris with 111 yards per game.
“Burns is definitely an improved team,” says Mountaineer coach Greg Lloyd. “They have tons of skill players who make big plays. They’re very aggressive and they are the best team we’ve seen to this point.
“They are really good in all areas of the game,” he added. “They’re strong on both sides of the ball. Their quarterback is a returning starter and they have a lot of seniors that have had good success. I’d say they are one of the top two or three 2A teams in the state. They are a state championship caliber team.
“This will be a big test for us,” he said. “We’ll have to earn everything we get. We need to stay on the field, pick up first downs and not have turnovers. They have a lot of seniors that started their sophomore and junior years. Their receivers are really tall and talented and skilled athletes.
“They’re going to be a challenge. Their quarterback is a junior and is starting for his second year. We have to be ready. This is our third tough game. We’d like to get finished up non-conference with everybody healthy. Then we’ll have an open date before we start conference play. But we can’t think about anything but Burns right now.”
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Quarterback TJ Armstrong fires a pass in KM JVs season opening win over Shelby Thursday night at Gamble Stadium. Photos by Gary Smart

KM JVs open season with
35-6 win over rival Shelby

A scoop and score by the Mountaineer defense on the first series of the game sparked a 35-6 victory over rival Shelby in the opening JV game Thursday night at Gamble Stadium.
The Mountaineers won the opening coin flip and opted to go on defense. Facing fourth and 12 at the KM 48, Shelby’s Santana London fumbled and Kings Mountain’s Zavion Wilson scooped up the ball and rambled 55 yards for a touchdown.  Vance Johnson kicked the point-after and the rout was underway.
The defense came up big again on Shelby’s next possession as freshman Izaiah Jones sacked the Shelby QB for a 14-yard loss at the Lions’ 25. After a five-yard delay of game penalty on the Lions, they attempted a fourth and 24 punt from the 20 but a bad snap went into the end zone and KM’s Kameron Adams recovered it for a safety and a 9-0 lead. Shelby’s free kick from the 20 was returned by KM’s Kameron Adams for a 60-yard TD and a 14-0 lead.
The defense showed its stuff again on Shelby’s next possession as Dom Davis blocked a Lions’ punt and returned it 15 yards to the Lions’ one yard line. Quarterback TJ Armstrong scored on a sneak and Vance Johnson’s PAT made it 21-0.
The KM defense came up big again as back-to-back sacks by Davis and Semaj Odems forced a Shelby punt. KM took over on its own 34 and Kameron Adams picked up 10 yards on the final play of the first period to spark an 8-play, 66 yard touchdown drive. After a seven yard run by Adams, Shelby was penalized 15 yards for a horse collar penalty and the Mountaineers had a first and 10 at the Lions’ 35. Facing fourth and 15 from the 25, Armstrong found Lanair behind the Shelby D in the end zone and hit him for the TD. Johnson’s PAT made it 28-0 with 6:22 on the first half clock.
Shelby was able to get its only TD of the night when Calvin Ramseur took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the end zone.
Led by good blocking and the running of Hill and Adams, the Mountaineers drove 60 yards to score on a 31-yard pass from Armstrong to Xzorion Lenair with 1:12 left in the half. Johnson’s PAT split the uprights and KM went into the break with a 35-6 lead.
Feeling comfortable that it would hold, the KM coaching staff used the second half to work most of – if not all – their players into the game. Shelby was able to get to the Mountaineer 31 late in the third period but a 9-yard sack by KM’s Zavion Wilson and Dom Davis stopped the Lions dead at the KM 40. After that, the Lions stayed deep in their own territory the rest of the night.
The JVs will be road warriors for a while now. They go to Asheville this Thursday, then to Burns on September 1. They will have a bye on September 8 and go to Hunter Huss on September 15. After that they will be back in Gamble Stadium for back-to-back home games against North Gaston and Forestview.

Very good
Asheville
team here
on Friday

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers will probably remember last week’s big win over the Shelby Lions for the rest of their lives, but it would be a mistake to dwell on it the rest of the season.
The next two Friday nights could produce more nail-biters as the Mountaineers will host two other state powers in 4A Asheville and 2A Burns.
Asheville comes to town Friday with a team that is ranked among the best in the state, and the Cougars appear to be even stronger than they were last year when the Mountaineers barely got by them in Asheville.
“Asheville is going to be one of our toughest games,” says head coach Greg Lloyd. “They are very good. They have an excellent defense and offense. They won their conference last year. They won their first game last week (against Robbinsville) and they’re coming in here on a high note.”
The Cougars had some almost unbelievable individual accomplishments in last week’s win. Freshman quarterback Meek Slydel hit 14 of 21 passes for 197 yards, including a 71-yard TD pass to freshman Monty Mosley.
The defense turned in a strong effort, also, with 113 tackles.
“It’s going to be a very tough home game,” Lloyd said. “And, then we have another good Burns team coming in the next week. These first three games are going to help get us ready for the regular season.
“We need to shore up some things on both sides of the ball. As always, the key is good blocking and tackling. We need to get over this big win (over Shelby) and move on. We’ve got to move forward.”
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Kings Mountain’s AJ Richardson (15) puts the pressure on Shelby quarterback Daylin Lee in Friday’s season opener at Shelby. Photos by Gary Smart

What a way to begin 100th year of KMHS football!
Mountaineers lead wire to wire to beat Shelby 28-26

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers opened their 100th season of football Friday night with a victory that will be remembered for a long time. They went across Buffalo Creek and defeated their longest and toughest rival Shelby 28-26.
“It was a big win for us,” said KM head coach Greg Lloyd. “It was very exciting. We played well against one of the top teams in the state and didn’t have any turnovers. We cramped some in the second half and that hurt us, but on Shelby’s last drive our defense got enough stops.”
The Lions, who had trailed 21-6 at the half, rebounded in the third quarter and got within 21-13. KM quarterback Lamont Littlejohn, who threw for all four MountaineersTDs, hit Jake Lloyd with a short toss and he followed great blocking from the left side of the Mountaineer line to score on a 14-yard play. Jaden Ellis booted his fourth straight extra point to put the Mountaineers up 28-13, and it would prove to be big because Shelby’s offense wasn’t through. They got two quick TD’s to make it interesting at the end.
Following a punt return to the KM 36, it took just four Daylin Lee passes to pull the Lions within 28-20 with 6:12 remaining. The Shelby defense stood big, forcing a KM three and out, and Shelby took over after a KM punt was downed on the Lions’ 32. Back-to-back penalties on the Mountaineers moved the ball to the 42 and Lee went to the air and pulled the Lions to within 28-26 but the KM defense stopped their two-point conversion attempt with 2:35 left.
KM took possession at its own 20 and the Mountaineers got their second wind. A first down run by Teddy Jeffries went for 22 yards to the 42 and then the offensive line and big Mountaineer senior AJ Richardson took charge. Two totes by Richardson gave the Mountaineers a first down at the Lions’ 46. The Lions took their final time out with 1:35 left and Richardson carried twice more to the 37. KM intentionally took a five-yard delay of game penalty with 11 seconds left, and Littlejohn took a knee to end the game.
“After their last score we were really expecting an onside kick,” Lloyd noted. “We were laying for it. But Jeffries got us out of the hole and AJ played very well. Both our blocking and running was very good even though they were a little tired.”
Littlejohn had one of – if not his best – games in his second year as KM’s starting QB, hitting 14 of 20 passes for 221 yards. He did not throw an interception. He hit Ja’Qualyn Sanders with a short pass and Sanders broke two tackles and rambled 42 yards for the game’s first TD in the opening period. Jaden Ellis booted the point after for a 7-0 lead.
Shelby battled back and scored but missed the point-after, and on the second play of the second period Littlejohn hit Bryson Brown for a 53-yard catch and run to make it 14-6.
With 3:14 left in the first half, the Mountaineers began a 60-yard scoring march which included Littlejohn passes of six yards to Sanders and 22 to Lloyd for a first down at the Shelby 15. He hit Robert Kendrick for an eight-yard TD pass with 7.5 seconds on the clock and Ellis added the PAT for the 21-6 halftime lead.
Even though some Mountaineers cramped up some, Lloyd gave Shelby credit for the big second half comeback.
“It was good play on their part,” he said. “They have 22 starters back (11 on offense and 11 on defense) and a lot of our players were going both ways. They have a very good team and we had to dig deep.
“I thought we played really well in the first half. They usually score 40 to 50 points on most teams but we chewed up some clock and played really well.
“I thought our blocking and running was really good in the last three minutes.”
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Meile Songaila and the KMHS women’s volleyball team are off to another great start.

KM volleyball
stays unbeaten

Kings Mountain High’s volleyball team continued to roll last week with non-conference 3-0 wins over East Lincoln and St. Stephens.
The Lady Mountaineers defeated East Lincoln 25-21, 25-14, 25-14 and St. Stephens 25-20, 25-15, 25-23.
In the win over East Lincoln, Meile Songaila provided nine serve receptions, nine digs, 17 kills and seven service points. Camden Pasour had 16 assists, eight digs, three kills and eight service points. Paige Bagwell had 10 assists, five digs, nine kills and eight service points; Caroline Barber five assists, 16 serve receptions, 16 digs and six service points; and Myracle Davis 10 kills.
In JV action, KM won 25-10 and 25-20. Megan Harrison had eight kills and three service points, Brooke Hamrick four kills and nine service points and Abigail Hedgepath eight service points and 16 assists.
Against St. Stephens, Songaila had 10 kills, nine digs, one block, nine service points and 17 serve receptions. Davis had 10 kills and five blocks, Pasour three kills, 16 assists, two blocks and 12 service points; Bagwell nine kills, 11 assists and 14 service points and Barber 22 digs, four service points and 19 serve receptions.
The JVs won 25-21, 25-19. Ava Tipton had 11 serve receptions, 14 digs and four service points. Brooke Hamrick added seven kills and seven service points, Ruby Osborne three kills and two blocks and Abigail Hedgepath three kills and 17 assists.
The Lady Mountaineers were scheduled to host Polk County Tuesday and will go to Weddington Thursday, Chesnee, SC Saturday and Hickory Tuesday. They open Big South Conference play September 1 at home against Ashbrook.
Heraldbsection

2022:
Celebrating 100 years
On The Gridiron

See Special Section in this week's KM Herald  (August 17, 2022)

Mountaineers to host Cleveland County Jamboree Friday,
then start getting ready for 100th season opener at Shelby

The opening of the 100th season of Kings Mountain High School football is right around the corner and fans have a chance to see what’s to come when the Mountaineers host the annual Cleveland County Jamboree Friday night at John Gamble Stadium.
All four county teams will be facing good competition. Crest takes on Newton-Conover at 6 p.m., followed by Burns and Cox Mill at 7, Shelby and Reagan at 8 and the Mountaineers and Monroe at 9.
Kings Mountain’s game may be the best as the Mountaineers and Monroe have been involved in barn-burners every time they’ve met. In their last outing at Monroe the Mountaineers won but in their last meeting here in the 2020 “spring” season Monroe knocked them out of the playoffs to end their perfect 8-0 regular season.
“Monroe is going to be very good,” says Mountaineer coach Greg Lloyd. “They have a three-year starter at quarterback. He was their starter as a sophomore when they beat us in the first round of the playoffs in the COVID spring season. He is a dual threat.
“They have a ton of speed,” he added. “They are a top tier team that’s going to be a very good team for us to play.
“And the first three games (Shelby, Asheville and Burns) will be really good, too,” he added. “All of our county teams are going to be real good competition. We’re going to have to play at a very high level.”
Lloyd said his main goal going into the jamboree is to see how much his team has improved during early practice.
“We have a lot of players back,” he noted, “but we will be working on getting new guys in and seeing what they can do. We’re going to try to get all of our young guys some good competition.”
The Mountaineers had wa ton of sophomore and junior starters last season so if all goes as planned and they avoid injuries they could go a long way.
“We’ll have AJ Richardson and Jake Lloyd as our only seniors returning on defense, so we will be super young overall there,” he said. “Our linebackers are young and we have a couple new on the offensive line that need game experience. And, it’s a good chance to get special teams out there because we have to get ready in a hurry.”
Offensively, they will return several starters including quarterback Lamont Littlejohn, running backs Robert Kendrick and Caleb Holland and receivers Jake Lloyd, Zay Smith and Bryson Brown,
Lloyd said the Mountaineers have the highest numbers in the county with 45 players on varsity and 55 on JVs. “But, we’re going to try to watch the other games because we’re going to have four good teams in Cleveland County. It’s going to make it very interesting this season.”

Kings Mountain Middle School football workouts 

KM Touchdown Club’s
online auction
August 11-13

The annual Kings Mountain Touchdown Club auction will be held August 11 and 12 through 6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 13.
Once again, the TD Club has an abundance of outstanding offers including Carolina Panther tickets, credits toward Braves tickets and golf items.
Sign up through the website KMTouchdownClub.com.
The auction is open to the public. All proceeds go to Kings Mountain High School athletic programs.
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Kings Mountain High’s state champion
recognized by KM Touchdown Club

Kings Mountain High’s state champion tennis players were recognized by the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club by having state championship plaques added at the KMHS tennis facility. TD Club president David Brinkley, center, and the state championship players (left to right) Natalie Lutz, Madeline Frye, Jackie Houston and Bryan Jones accepted a check to the tennis program from the Albemarle Foundation.
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New coaches hired
at KM High School

Kings Mountain High School has announced numerous coaching changes for the 2022-23 school year, and some others will probably be coming on board soon as well.
Alex Rowe has been selected as the new men’s soccer coach.
Timothia Guest has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach, replacing Nicholas Inman who resigned recently to accept a teaching position at Cleveland Community College. Inman may also help out with the women’s basketball program there.
While at Kings Mountain, Inman became just the second coach in modern history to lead the Lady Mountaineers to a conference championship, and he did it twice in 2019 and 2022. The only champion prior was in 1983.
Hailey Raza-Spearman has been named women’s track coach. She has held previous coaching positions at the school.
KMHS is currently in search of a new head wrestling coach. Anyone interested in applying should email Principal Dustin Morehead or Athletic Director Matt Bridges.

Men’s soccer 
meeting July 18 
at high school 

Kings Mountain High School will have a men’s soccer greet and interest meeting July 18 at 6 p.m. in the Brinkley Field House.
All players interested in trying out for men’s soccer are invited. Parents can attend also.
Informatoin about summer workouts and fall tryouts will be given at the meeting.
“We are excited to announce Coach Alex Rowe as our new men’s soccer coach as he has also joined our staff at KMHS in the history department,” said Mountaineer athletic director Matt Bridges.
Anyone not able to attend the meeting can contact Coach Rowe at sarowe@clevelandcountyschools.org.

County Jamboree
set for August 12
at Gamble Stadium

Kings Mountain High School will host the annual Cleveland County Football Jamboree August 12 at John Gamble Stadium.
Action begins at 6 p.m. with Crest taking on Newton-Conover. Burns faces Cox Mill at 7 p.m., and Shelby plays Reagan at 8 p.m. Kings Mountain and Monroe will close out the action with a 9 p.m. start.
The Mountaineers will be practicing July 18 through the first of August at 5 p.m. August 1 is the official first day of practice.
The Mountaineers will host their annual Black and Gold scrimmage City Stadium on August 8 and will go to Polk County for a scrimmage on August 10. Times will be announced later.

County Jamboree
set for August 12
at Gamble Stadium

Kings Mountain High School will host the annual Cleveland County Football Jamboree August 12 at John Gamble Stadium.
Action begins at 6 p.m. with Crest taking on Newton-Conover. Burns faces Cox Mill at 7 p.m., and Shelby plays Reagan at 8 p.m. Kings Mountain and Monroe will close out the action with a 9 p.m. start.
The Mountaineers will be practicing July 18 through the first of August at 5 p.m. August 1 is the official first day of practice.
The Mountaineers will host their annual Black and Gold scrimmage City Stadium on August 8 and will go to Polk County for a scrimmage on August 10. Times will be announced later.
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Financial assistance and scholarships available because Everyone Belongs at the Y!

By Kevin Osborne

The Kings Mountain Family YMCA is here for the community. We’re part of a nonprofit organization of over 2,700 Ys located in 10,000 communities across the United States dedicated to strengthening the communities that they serve. With a focus on developing the potential of youth, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back to and supporting communities, your participation brings about meaningful change not just within yourself, but also in your community.
   Financial assistance and/or scholarship is available for all programs: summer camp, youth sports, sports camps, memberships, swimming lessons, etc. Call your local YMCA at 704-739-9631 to find out more. CleveCoYMCA.org
The mission of the Cleveland County Family YMCA is to help all people reach their God given potential in spirit, mind, and body.
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KMHS Football Workouts

Kings Mountain High football players go through early morning preseason workouts yesterday at John Gamble Stadium.

Everyone belongs at the Y!

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Guided by our core values of caring, honesty, respect, faith, and responsibility, the Y is dedicated to giving people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Cleveland County Family YMCA has branches in Kings Mountain, Shelby, and Boiling Springs.
Youth and Family Programs March 1 - August 1:
2022 Summer Day Camp:  Spend your summer at the YMCA and discover what camp is all about. Each week is jam-packed with swimming, group games, field trips, crafts and SO MUCH MORE. Our summer camp program is about building character, teaching responsibility, honesty, faith, and care for others. Your child will discover fun, friends, and themselves! We offer traditional day camp, as well as sports camps (see sports section) for ages 5-12. Day camp is Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parent’s Night Out & Family Events: Parent’s Night Out events take place every third Friday of the month. The event lasts from 6pm to 9pm. Registration can be completed online or at the Welcome Center. The cost is $10.00 for both members and non-members. This includes dinner! Be sure to ask about the 2022 Father Daughter Dance! Grab the princess in your life and accompany her to our annual dance. You will enjoy an event of dinner, dancing, and memories that will last a lifetime! This annual event will take place in the spring at the Trinity Barn in Kings Mountain, N.C.
Child Watch Programs: In Child Watch, we welcome your children to visit our drop-in childcare so that you can achieve your wellness goals. This is a benefit for family members. We accept ages 8 weeks to 8 years old Monday - Friday from 9am - 12pm, Monday - Thursday from 4pm -7pm & Saturday from 8:30am to 7:30pm. Contact: Ranata Wingo, Family Director rwingo@clevecoymca.org 704.669.3685.

Youth & Adult Sports:
Volleyball Session 1 -  June 6 - 10, Session 2 July 18 - 20, Ages 7 - 13

Soccer Session 1 -  June 13 - 17,  Session 2 July 11 -15 Ages 5 - 16

Basketball Session - 1 June 20 - 24, Session 2 July 25 - 29, Ages 5 - 16

Speed & Agility Session -  June 27 - July 1, Ages 7 - 13

Multi-Sports Session - July 5 - July 8 Ages 7 - 13

Golf Session - August 1 - 5 Ages 7 – 13

KM Swim Lessons 2022
   Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and challenging sport. We use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water, and develop skills that last a lifetime. The YMCA has over 100 years of experience teaching kids and adults how to swim, providing a safe and rewarding place to enjoy aquatics. Believe it or not, now is the perfect time for you or your child to learn how to swim! YMCA swim lessons are progressive, so everyone continues enhancing their skills in each lesson.
Group Swim Lessons (Ages 3-6) – June 6 – July 21
Group Swim Lessons (Ages 7-14) – June 6 – July 21
Private (1 on 1 Ages 3-6) – June 6 – July 28
Private (1 on 1 Ages 7-13) – June 6 – July 28
Private (1 on 1 Ages 14-99) – June 6 – July 28
Adult Sports:
Adult Basketball: We offer a recreational league and a competitive league. Registration is from February 28 - March 27 and late registration will be from March 28 - April 1 at Kings Mountain Family YMCA.
Adult Volleyball: Come join us for a co-ed, recreational adult volleyball league at the Y! Registration will be from June 27 to July 31. Late registration will be August 1 to August 5. Captain’s meeting: Monday, August 8 at 6:30pm Kings Mountain Family YMCA.
Health, Well-Being & Fitness: We know that staying healthy involves more than working out. Our programs and services focus on the entire family’s health, while providing a variety of fitness and wellness programs to serve a person’s unique needs.
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At the Y, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions so you can know the best ways to stay fit. With a recently updated free-weight room as well as upgrades to our upstairs wellness area, we have everything you need to start your journey. We offer the latest fitness classes, personalized training programs, sports leagues for all ages and SO MUCH MORE.
Trainer Tip Tuesday & Thursday: Our trained YMCA staff are happy to assist you in as many ways as we can. Keep an eye out on our social media pages for Trainer Tip Tuesday & Thursday. Our trained staff¬ will be recording short videos on various tips and tricks in the fitness industry. From diet to technique, we are here to help. New content will be uploaded weekly.
Personal Training: YMCA Personal Training is a one-on-one session with a personal fitness trainer. Our trainers are educated professionals often with years of experience who can help any YMCA member including working professionals, new moms, seniors, and triathletes. YMCA personal trainers come from as many different backgrounds and walks of life as our members do, and we take great care in matching members with the right personal trainer.
Group Exercise: Group exercise is one of many ways the Y supports members in achieving their health and wellness goals. The YMCA Group Exercise Programs improve health, encourage social interaction and with motivating music, are one of the most enjoyable ways to move and feel great. Highly trained staff¬ members lead the programs and often tailor them to the specific needs of the community. Each month a new schedule is produced with the Group Exercise classes offered for that month.
Wellness Orientations: Are you new to the YMCA? Come in and meet with one of our experienced Wellness Coaches for an orientation. We will guide you through the proper use of equipment along with demonstrations of various exercises. We can also give general recommendations on your diet, along with how to begin your fitness journey. Call or drop by to schedule your appointment. Classes are free for members.
LIVESTRONG: 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. Participants receive a FREE 12-week Family Membership Plus and may use YMCA facilities at any time. This program is free to all members and nonmembers. Lil’ Ninjas Awaken potential, build focus, confidence, and develop self-control in your child without  Lil’ Ninjas Self Defense Class: Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., and each class lasts 45 minutes.
The LOFT Functional Training Center: This diverse space is about building community and enabling achievement for all ages and abilities. Functional fitness trains your muscles to work together and prepares them for daily tasks by simulating movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. It trains your whole body while emphasizing core stability. The LOFT is currently only available for personal training sessions, group exercises, and bootcamps. Check our website for updates on classes and bootcamps.
For more information, contact the Kings Mountain Family YMCA at 704-739-9631.
Hours of operation are:
Monday - Thursday 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
   The Cleveland County YMCA is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Donations are tax-exempt.
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Kings Mountain’s three senior baseball players were honored prior to Friday’s game with Ashbrook at Lancaster Field. Left to right are Charlie Melton, Peyton Fisher and Maddox Brown. The trio handled the pitching duties in a 10-0 victory. Photos by Gary Smart

Mountaineers shutout Ashbrook on Senior Night,
host Chargers Friday for Big South Conference title

Senior Night could not have gone any better for Kings Mountain High’s baseball team Friday night at Lancaster Field. The team honored its three seniors – Charlie Melton, Maddox Brown and Peyton Fisher – before the game and the trio teamed up to pitch the Mountaineers over the Ashbrook Green Wave 10-0 in a 4 ½ inning contest stopped by the state’s 10-run rule.
While that victory was sweet in front of a huge home crowd, the most important games of the conference season take place this week when the Mountaineers face county rival Crest to decide the Big South championship. Heading into last night’s game in Boiling Springs the Mountaineers had a one game lead over the Chargers and could clinch the title with a win. A loss would mean the championship would be decided Friday when the Chargers come to Lancaster Field for a 7 p.m. contest that completes the regular season. After that, both teams will await the state 3A seeding and first round opponents for Tuesday, May 10.
Melton worked the first four innings to get the win over Ashbrook. He fanned five batters along the way. Brown struck out one and Fisher two in the top of the fifth to seal the victory.
The Mountaineers got home runs from Zane Brockman in the second inning and Cole Irby in the third to go with singles from Bebe Moore, Brown and Jacob Hamrick. They also benefited from seven walks and three hit batsmen.
The Mountaineers got on board 2-0 in the bottom of the first as wildness by Ashbrook pitchers showed up early. After Moore’s hit, Hamrick was walked and an out later Brown’s single to left plated the first run. Another out later, Cole Irby was hit by a pitch to load the sacks and Fisher drew a walk to plate the second run.
The Mountaineers increased the lead to 4-0 in the second on Brockman’s high blast over the centerfield fence after Moore had reached base on a fielder’s choice.
KM closed out the scoring with six runs in the third inning. Irby’s home run over the left field fence also plated Ellis, who had been hit by a pitched ball, to run the score to 6-0. Three walks loaded the bases and an infield hit by Hamrick and another walk to Brockman produced two more runs to make it 8-0. The final two runs came on a fielder’s choice and error.
The previous Tuesday in Gastonia, the Mountaineers defeated Ashbrook 8-0 behind the two-hit, 13 strikeout performance from Brockman who also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Caleb Broome led the KM plate attack with 3-for-4 and two RBI. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a RBI and Hamrick 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Kings Mountain took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and broke the game open with one run in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Colton Mayes relieved Brockman in the seventh inning.

Mountaineers shutout Ashbrook on Senior Night
host Chargers Friday for Big South Conference title

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KMHS GOLF TEAM

KM golfers win Big South Conference,
Will Spicer individual champ and POY


King Mountain High’s golfers wrapped up the Big South 3A Conference title last week and were playing in the Western Regional championship match Monday at Riverbend Golf Course near Shelby with individual and team spots for the state 3A championship match on the line. The top three teams and the top nine individuals not on one of the qualifying teams will advance to the state tournament.
Heading into the final regular season match the Mountaineers had a three shot advantage over a good Stuart Cramer team and beat the Storm by six strokes 290 to 296 to wrap up the championship. The host Crest Chargers finished third at 298 followed by Forestview 318, South Point 325, Ashbrook 326, North Gaston 353 and Hunter Huss 493.
The victory wrapped up the Mountaineers’ second conference championship in six years. (One of those years, the golf season was cancelled because of COVID). Their last championship year was 2017 when current University of Kentucky player Alex Goff was Player of the Year and finished high in the state tournament. Other members of the team were Dawson Adams, Carson Bailey, Joey Blanton and Tyler Withers.
Just like in 2017, Kings Mountain didn’t just have the championship team but had the conference championship player Will Spicer. Spicer’s low season score of 65 made him the match medalist and his season stroke average of 69.8 earned him the Conference Player of the Year award. For the year, he had a stroke total of 419.
Three other Mountaineers made the All-Conference team, including:
Cooper Putnam, who shot a 71 to finish sixth in the conference;
Thomas Spicer, who shot a 77 to finish ninth in the conference;
And, Caleb Marr who shot a 77 to finish 12th in the conference.
Josh Gillespie’s 78 rounded out the KM scoring.
The Mountaineers had a team score of 2,143 for the seven conference matches, followed by Stuart Cramer at 2,152, Crest 2,257, Forestview 2,361, Ashbrook 2,389, South Point 2,467, North Gaston 2,726 and Hunter Huss 2,979.
“This is a good, young team,” noted Coach Kevin Moss. “We have one senior, three sophomores and two freshmen in the top six. This is a special group. It’s always good to have good young players. There were some very good teams in the conference this year such as Stuart Cramer, Crest and Forestview so winning it was a big accomplishment.”
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Kings Mountain High’s baseball team went 3-0 to win last week’s Shelby Easter Tournament at Shelby’s Veteran’s Park. Photos by Gary Smart

Mountaineers go 3-0 to win Shelby Easter Tournament

Kings Mountain High junior right hander Wyatt Davis, who has been a valuable closer for the Mountaineers all season, got the start against Crest in the championship game of the annual Shelby Easter Tournament last week and turned in a performance that he and many others may never forget.
Davis had a no-hitter going with one out in the seventh inning before giving up a single to the Chargers’ Colby Humphries. He finished with a one-hitter and 8-0 victory against a Charger team that is always in the thick of the running for the Big South Conference and state 3A championships. Peyton Fisher came on to retire the final two Crest batters.
Davis walked only two men and struck out 14.
“He threw really well,” said Mountaineer head coach Brad Melton. “He started against Burns earlier in the season but his primary role has been in relief. He is so good coming in and has been lights out all season. He has not had a bad outing yet. Every pitcher on our staff was dominant in the tournament. Charlie (Melton) went six innings in our first tournament game and Zane Brockman did a good job against Burns.”
Caleb Broome, who just returned to the starting lineup after an injury, came back with a roar leading the Mountaineers at the plate with 2-for-2 and two runs scored. Colton Mayes and Brockman each had a hit and two runs batted in.
Melton gave up just four hits and struck out nine in six innings as the Mountaineers defeated Bandys 7-1 in the opening round.
Fisher carried the big stick for the Mountaineers with a three-run home run, and got plenty of help from many other KM hitters.
Maddox Brown had a hit, two runs batted in and scored twice. Cole Irby had a hit and RBI and Jackson Toney had a hit and RBI. Kenyon Moore, Jacob Hamrick, Brockman and Hunter Ellis also had hits.
Brockman shook off a shaky start to hurl the Mountaineers past the Burns Bulldogs 9-2 in the semi-finals. Burns loaded the bases in the first and fifth innings but Brockman and his defense worked their way out of the jam.
Brockman finished with five strikeouts and also had a big day at the plate. His run-scoring hit in the third inning got the Mountaineers off to a 1-0 lead. The Mountaineers got a lot of breathing room in the fourth, scoring six more runs with the help of four Burns errors.
Hamrick and Irby led the Mountaineers at the plate. Both had two hits and two runs batted in. Broome had a hit and RBI and Moore and Brown added a hit apiece.
“Hamrick had a really good tournament,” Coach Melton noted. “He led us with five hits. Brockman had a big week and Brown got some good hits. No one person really stood out, the whole team played well. We moved runners around. It was really a great effort by the whole team. Everybody hit the ball well.
“Defensively, we made some very good plays. The defense was really solid.
“The last two weeks our bats have been coming around,” he noted. “We’re cutting out strikeouts. We outscored our opponents 24-3 during the three-game series. That’s pretty good against three good teams. The three teams we beat finished 2-1 in the tournament, with their only loss coming to us. We played very well.”

KMMS Lady Patriots

Scenes from last week's KM Middle School soccer game.

Dixon’s homer sparks KM
over Forestview

 Austyn Dixon’s two-strike, two-run homer on a 3-2 count in the top of the fifth inning erased a 4-3 deficit and gave the Kings Mountain High’s women’s softball team the lead for good in an 8-4 victory over Forestview Wednesday.
Dixon went 4-for-4 to lead the KM plate attack. She singled in the first and third innings, and after her fifth inning home run she singled again in the sixth.
The Lady Mountaineers got on the board in the first inning when Dixon singled on a 3-2 count .
Kali Weaver toed the rubber for the Lady Mountaineers. She went seven innings, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking none. Upton was in the circle for Forestview. She went the distance and registered eight strikeouts.
Andrea Melton also homered for the KM ladies, who finished with 12 hits. Dixon, Paige, Flemming and Karlee Nantz all had multiple hits.
In a Tuesday game the KM ladies were shutout by North Gaston 13-0. Weaver took the pitching loss. She struck out five and gave up nine hits.
Dixon and Reynolds had a hit apiece for the Lady Mountaineers.
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Kings Mountain Middle School’s tennis team completed its season last week with a 9-0 win over R-S Central, giving the Patriots a 4-2 record in their first season under Coach Ed Guy.

KMMS tennis beats RS,
finishes with 4-2 record

Kings Mountain Middle School’s tennis team shutout RS Central 9-0 last week to end its first season under new head coach Ed Guy with a 4-2 record.
The Patriots had good singles play from Katherine Frye, Seanna Simon, Elizabeth Bolt, Kayla McSwain, Jasmyn Adams and Jacob Baker as they clinched the victory early.
The Patriots finished third in the Tri-County Conference.
“We had a great group of young people who worked hard to improve,” said Guy. “I see continued growth for next year from our beginning players. We will miss our eighth grade players including Katherine Frye, Elizabeth Bolt, Kayla McSwain, Jacob Baker, Jasmyn Accor, Olivia Deloera, Raylee Clark, Caroline Pyne and Sadie Mauney. These players will give the Kings Mountain High teams additional help for next year.
“I would like to thank the parents of all of our student athletes for their support this year,” Guy said. “They all pitched in to give the team and families a great end of the season cookout. I would like to give our thanks to the administration, staff and Jason Bridges of KMMS and KMIS for their help and support. Thanks to the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club for their support.
“A final thanks to some of the KMHS tennis players and especially to my grandson, Adam Guy, for always being there and helping with tennis instruction.”
Singles:
Katherine Frye (KM) d. Edward Barrea 8-1; Seanna Simon (KM) d. Tinley Hill 8-1; Elizabeth Bolt (KM) d. Kelly Huddleson 8-1; Kayla McSwain (KM) d. Ryan Whitesides 8-3; Jasmyn Accor (KM) d. Owen Howard 8-3; Jacob Baker (KM) d. Jack Brown 9-8.
Doubles:
Frye/Simon (KM) d Hill/Barrea 8-3; D. Allen/C. Tipton (KM) d. Huddleson/Whiteside 8-6; C. Pyne/D. Deloera (KM) d. Howard/Brown (default injury).

KM sweeps Cramer, alone in first in BSC

 Kings Mountain High’s baseball team went into spring break in first place in the Big South Conference after sweeping Stuart Cramer 6-2 Tuesday in Cramerton and 7-0 Wednesday in Kings Mountain.
The Mountaineers, now 9-1 in the conference, went into their final pre-Easter game tied with Crest for first place but the Chargers fell to Forestview 2-1 to drop into second place with an 8-2 mark. Both teams are playing in the annual Shelby Easter tournament this week and will end the regular season this week and next. Kings Mountain was scheduled to go to Ashbrook last night and will host the Green Wave Friday at 7 p.m.
The regular season championship could go down to the final two games of the season when the Mountaineers travel to Crest on May 3 and host the Chargers on May 6. State playoffs will begin on May 10.
Kings Mountain got good pitching performances from aces Zane Brockman and Charlie Melton in last week’s victories over Stuart Cramer. Brockman went six strong innings and had the 7-0 lead before reaching the pitch limit and leaving the mound in Tuesday’s road win. He gave up only one hit and struck out 11.
Hunter Ellis had a big night at the plate for the Mountaineers, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Kenyon Moore had a single and RBI, Maddox Brown a single and RBI and Jackson Toney a hit.
The Storm was in trouble from the beginning Wednesday at Lancaster Field. With runners on first and second with just one out in the bottom of the first, the visitors were able to pull an inning-ending double play.
But with Charlie Melton fanning the side in the top of the first two innings, the Mountaineers got going on offense and scored twice in the bottom of the second to nail down the victory early. Ellis ripped a single to left to get things going. After a walk and wild pitch got him to third, he scored on a grounder by Ethan Guy and Irby later came home on a wild pitch.
The offense kept things going in the third, scoring three more runs to go up 5-0.  Moore’s single to left got things going. After Brockman walked Moore scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. Brown walked and Ellis singled to right to make it 4-0. After Cramer made a pitching change, Irby hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 5-0.
The Mountaineers added their final two runs in the fourth. Toney walked, Moore singled to center and Hamrick walked to load the bases. Brockman’s sacrifice fly to left brought home the sixth run, and Brown’s groundout to second produced the final tally.
Melton and relief ace Wyatt Davis finished with 16 strikeouts. Melton fanned 13 and gave up just three hits over the first six innings. Davis didn’t give up a hit and struck out three in the seventh.

KM
men’s track
county champs

Kings Mountain High’s men’s track team won the annual Cleveland County championship Wednesday at John Gamble Stadium.
The Mountaineers compiled 104 points to defeat Burns with 84, Shelby 65 and Crest 18.
The Mountaineers had two triple medalists and two double medalists.
Parker Key’s triple included a 4.56 in the mile, 11.32 in the two-mile and the anchor leg of the winning 4x800 relay team which included Hunter Cruise, Max Thompson and Isiah Watts.
Andre Willis was also a triple medalist with a 15.83 in the 110 high hurdles, 43.29 in the 300 hurdles and part of the winning 4x200 relay team.
Dwayne Black was a double medalist with a 22.85 in the 200 meter run and a part of the 4x200 relay with Jeramaine Thurman   and   Zavion  Smith.
Nicholas Harris took first with a personal best 11’0” in the pole vault.
D’Andre Hoyle double-medaled with a 40’7” triple jump and a 19’6” long jump.
The Mountaineers will be competing in the Porter Relays at Hibriten High School on April 26.

Mountaineers 
13-4 winners
at Blacksburg

Kings Mountain sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth inning to score seven runs and break open a 4-4 tie and defeat Blacksburg 13-4 in a non-conference game last week in Blacksburg, SC.
The Mountaineers had five of their 11 hits during that inning and also took advantage of two walks, two Blacksburg errors and a hit batsman.
Jacob Hamrick got the rally going when he reached on an error by the Blacksburg shortstop. Zane Brockman followed with the first of his two sharp singles to right during the rally and the Wildcats called Kolby Capps to the mound. He issued a walk to Brayden Patrick to load the sacks and Maddox Brown ripped a two-run single to center for a 6-4 lead that would turn out to be the winning runs. After Charlie Melton was hit by a pitched ball the sacks were full again, and Hunter Ellis drew a walk to make it 7-4.
After another pitching change, Moore ripped a double which was booted in center field and Hamrick singled to left and all of a sudden it was 11-4.
The Mountaineers added their final two runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Wyatt Davis drew a base on balls, Ellis got an infield hit and they moved to second and third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left by Ethan Guy.
Blacksburg used six pitchers who combined for 12 walks. Their starter, Lucas Earls, pitched three strong innings giving up just one run and two
hits and left with a 4-1
lead. Freshman Jackson Toney started for the Mountaineers. Sophomore Colton Mayes came on in the fourth to put down a potential Blacksburg rally and was the beneficiary of a KM two-run rally in the top of the fifth that tied the score at 4-all.
Brockman drew a walk to lead things off and the Wildcats called Isaac Westmoreland to the mound. After a strikeout, he walked Brown and Melton bunted for a base hit to load the bases. Hunter Ellis singled to center to bring the Mountaineers to within 4-3, and Guy lifted a sacrifice fly to tie the score.
Kings Mountain had scored its first run in the top of the first on an RBI single to center by Brown. Blacksburg took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a walk, infield single by Jacob Gilfillan and a two-run single to center by Kolby Capps.
Levi Barrett hit a home run high over the fence in dead center to put the Wildcats up 4-1 in the third.
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Will Spicer led the Mountaineers with a 35 in last week’s win over South Point at Kings Mountain Country Club.

KM golfers beat Raiders

 Kings Mountain High’s golf team defeated South Point 148-172 in a nine-hole match last week at Kings Mountain Country Club.
Will Spicer led the Mountaineers with a one-under par 35. Caleb Marr shot 37, Baylor Benton 38, and Thomas Spicer 38.
Since there were no other teams involved, the Mountaineers and Red Raiders were able to let all of their players participate.
Other Kings Mountain scores were Michael King
41, Josh Gillespie 42, Cooper  Putnam 42, Gabe Short 45, Bruce Brown 50 and Alex Browning 52.
All Big South 3A Conference teams were scheduled to play at Cramer Mountain yesterday in a match hosted by South Point. BSC teams will end their conference season Monday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Riverbend.
The Western Regional tournament will be held on May 2 and the state championship on May 9-10.
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KMHS Golf Team wins numerous matches 

Kings Mountain High’s golf team for the spring 2022 season has won numerous matches and is in the running for the Big South Conference championship.  Front row, left to right, Josh Gillespie, Cooper Putnam, Caleb Marr and Alex Browning. Back row, left to right, Michael King, Bruce Brown, Gabe Short, Baylor Benton, Will Spicer, Thomas Spicer and Coach Kevin Moss.                                                                                                                                                Photos by Gary Smart
 

KM Mountaineers’ bats come alive,
pound South Point Raiders 9-2

South Point grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Kings Mountain came back for a big 9-2 win over the Red Raiders in a Big South 3A Conference game Wednesday night at Lancaster Field.
Starter Zane Brockman and relief pitcher Wyatt Davis held the Raiders to just four hits and sent nine men back to the dugout via the strikeout route while the Mountaineers were having their best hitting night so far this spring. Brockman gave up just three hits and fanned seven in six innings of work. Davis gave up a hit and struck out two in the seventh.
Things didn’t look good for the Mountaineers in the top of the first inning as the Red Raiders took advantage of two walks and a single by Carson Shell to go up 1-0.
But things changed quickly. Kenyon Moore led off the KM first with a walk, Jacob Hamrick followed with a single, and after a passed ball moved both runners up Brockman and Cole Irby produced back-to-back RBI singles to put the Mountaineers on top for good, 2-1.
Kings Mountain really got going in the bottom of the second, scoring four more runs on five hits to take a 6-1 lead and put the game out of the Raiders’ reach. The Mountaineers’ first three batters – Maddox Brown, Colton Mayes and Charlie Melton – singled to load the bases. Jackson Toney ripped a double to right-center to make it 4-1, and Moore followed with  a triple for the 6-1 margin.
By that time, Brockman and the KM defense had the game in hand but the offense was nowhere near through.
A leadoff walk to Peyton Fisher and a Brown single to right chased Raider starter Camden Ashe. Lefthander Wyatt Triplett took the mound but couldn’t slow the KM assault. Charlie Melton’s double to deep center put the Mountaineers up 8-1, and following a single by Toney the Mountaineers added their final run on an infield out.
The Mountaineers finished with 11 hits, led by Brown, Melton and Toney with two each. Hamrick, Brockman, Mayes, Moore and Fisher added one apiece.
The Mountaineers were scheduled to go to Blacksburg, SC Monday and Stuart Cramer Tuesday. Cramer comes to Lancaster Field Thursday at 7 p.m.
Kings Mountain will compete in the Shelby Easter Tournament next week. Their first game is Tuesday, April 19 against Bandys. They will also play there on April 20 and 21.

KM rallies for 5-1 win

The late New York Yankee great Yogi Berra said it, and it’s still true today:
“It ain’t over til it’s over.”
South Point’s Red Raiders had a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the seventh inning but the Mountaineers came back for a 5-1 victory to remain in a tie for first place in the Big South Conference Friday night in Belmont.
With Jacob Hamrick on second after a walk and stolen base, Peyton Fisher had two strikes on him but ripped a triple to the gap in right-center to tie the game at 1-all.
Kings Mountain struck for four more runs to put the win in the bag. After Hunter Ellis reached on an error, Jack Toney walked and Kenyon Moore singled to left to drive home Charlie Melton, who was running for Ellis. Hamrick bunted for a single and an error put the Mountaineers up 3-1. After Zane Brockman was walked intentionally, Cole Irby reached on a fielder’s choice and the
 final two runs scored on a double by Fisher.
 Wyatt Davis turned in another strong relief performance to get the win, ending the game on a strikeout. He pitched the final 2.1 innings with five strikeouts and no walks.
“He pitched really well for us,” said KM Coach Brad Melton.
Charlie Melton worked the first 5 2/3 innings, giving up just the one South Point run while fanning seven. Fisher relieved him to get the final out.
“This one was a nail-biter,” noted Coach Melton. “It was a big win for us.”
The Mountaineers were scheduled to go to Blacksburg, SC Monday night for a non-conference game. They were scheduled to face Stuart Cramer in the Gastonia Honey Hunters’ Fuse Stadium last night and will host the Storm Thursday at 7:15.
Kings Mountain will compete in the annual Shelby Easter Tournament next week.

KM track registers 10 wins at Cramer

Kings Mountain High’s track teams claimed 10 first places in Thursday’s meet at Stuart Cramer High School in Belmont.
Senior Parker Key ran his personal best 4:52 to win the mile.
The Mountaineers took one through three in the 100 meter dash, with senior DJ Black crossing the line in 10.8 seconds just one-tenth of a second ahead of sophomore Zavion Smith at 10.9. JJ Thurman was third in 11 seconds.
Sophomore Rodney Unnasch won the 300 meter hurdles in 47.2 seconds.
Black, Thurman, Smith and Barry Moore took the 4x200 relay in 1:33.0.
The Mountaineers went 1-2-3 in the triple jump with senior D’Andre Hoyle going 38’06”, sophomore Thomas Feemster 36’03” and sophomore CJ Houser 33’09”.
The Mountaineers also swept the pole vault, led by Nicholas Harrison who cleared 10’06”. Ethan Capps was second at nine feet even followed by sophomore Hunter Cruise at 8’06” and junior Nicholas Horn at eight feet even.
For the ladies, Divinity Ervin dominated the mile in 6:38.7.
Sophomore Thalia Kushman won the 3200 (two-mile) in 14:07, edging out her teammate Sindy Ulloa.
In the 4x400 meter relay, KM’s Divinity Ervin, Nicole Poston, Ashley Gural and Parker Wilson won in 5:02.7.
Kings Mountain swept the pole vault  with freshman Kinley Putnam and senior Rayna Brown clearing six feet even, followed by juniors Ashley Blanton at 5’6” and Aaliyah Drake at 5’0”.
The Kings Mountain teams will host Burns, Crest and Shelby in the annual Cleveland County Championship Wednesday at 4 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium. That will be their last home meet. They will compete in the Big South Conference meet on Tuesday, May 3 at Stuart Cramer.

KM Hall of Fame
to induct 5 May 10

The Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church.
Tickets are available from members of the Hall of Fame committee and at Ingram’s Barber Shop in downtown Kings Mountain.
Five former Kings Mountain High athletes will be honored, including the late Jim Cloninger, Sheryl Goode, Mariko Feemster, Tony Young and Tandra Leftwich.
Cloninger was a standout end and punter on Kings Mountain High’s undefeated Southwestern Conference football team in 1964. He was All-State and played in the prestigious Boys Town all-star game. He went on to play at Appalachian State where he broke the starting lineup as a freshman end and punter.
Goode was an All-Conference basketball player at KMHS in 1981 and helped lead the team to its best record in school history at that time. She went on to play at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte and scored 428 points with 314 rebounds in 91 games. She helped lead the team to a 17-9 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 1985.
Feemster was one of five great offensive linemen on Ron Massey’s 1998 football team that won the Southwestern Conference and Western Regional championships and to this day is the only KMHS football team to play for a state championship. Feemster earned a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he gained significant playing time as a freshman before suffering a career-ending injury.
Leftwich was a three-year All-Conference performer in softball, volleyball and swimming at KMHS and was the NCHSAA state diving champion in 1992. She went on to Gardner-Webb University  where she was a three-year All-Conference standout in volleyball and softball.
Young was a super heavyweight wrestler at KMHS from 1990-92 under Hall of Fame coach Steve Moffitt. He won 112 matches, including three Southwest Conference championships, and was the State heavyweight champion in 1992 when he was first team All-State. He led the Mountaineers to three straight regional championships and a runner-up in the 1990 state championship.
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KJ Bell

KJ Bell pitches for the Kings Mountain Middle School Patriots in a recent game at KMMS.    

  Photo by Lizzie Ingram

 

Brockman, Davis
hurl KM over FV

Kings Mountain got timely hits and strong pitching from Zane Brockman and Wyatt Davis to blank the Forestview Jaguars 7-0 in a Big South Conference game last week in Gastonia.
The Mountaineers scored single runs in the first two innings and added three in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Brockman gave up just three hits and struck out eight in his five innings on the mound, and Davis fanned six in his two innings of relief.
Jacob Hamrick led the Mountaineers at the plate with 2-for-3, including a double and two runs batted in. Maddox Brown had two hits and one RBI.

11th inning error
lifts Forestview
over KM Friday

The visiting Forestview Jaguars’ Austin Parker scored an unearned run in the top of the 11th and then relief pitcher Cooper Botts struck out the side in the bottom of the inning to defeat Kings Mountain 2-1 in a Big South 3A Conference game Friday night at Lancaster Field.
The loss was the first in the conference for the Mountaineers who were 5-1 and a game behind unbeaten Crest heading into a game with an always-good South Point nine last night at Lancaster Field. The two teams meet again Friday in Belmont. Kings Mountain goes to Blacksburg SC next Monday for a 6 p.m. varsity only non-conference game and returns home Tuesday to host the Stuart Cramer Purple Storm.
Kings Mountain’s Wyatt Davis, who had pitched very well after coming on to relieve Peyton Fisher in the top of the ninth, was the victim of the winning run which came on a catcher’s throwing error that went into left field as the Forestview runner was attempting to steal third.
Forestview, which had lost to the Mountaineers three nights earlier in Gastonia, led off the 11th with a pop-up single by Osborne that just got over the infield to short left field. An infield grounder hit Osborne and he was called out, but batter Parker made it to first. On second after a passed ball, Parker broke for third and came all the way home on the error.
Neither team did anything to write home about at the plate as each had four hits. The Jaguars didn’t get their first hit off KM starter Charlie Melton until two outs in the top of the fourth. Melton had retired the first 11 batters, including five on strikeouts, before Parker managed a single to center.
KM’s first hit in the bottom of the fourth was a long home run over the left field fence by Colton Mayes to put the Mountaineers up 1-0.
Melton put the visitors down in order again in the top of the fifth and KM missed a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the bottom of the inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. But two strikeouts, followed by a high fly to deep left-center by Mayes that looked like it may go out was caught just inside the fence.
The Jaguars came in and got an infield single by Carson Adams, a sacrifice bunt by Ethan Bray and a single by Potts to tie the game.
The Mountaineers missed a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the seventh after a single by Hamrick to start the inning, followed by Zane Brockman being hit by a pitch. An out later, Melton laid down a perfect bunt and beat it out to load the bases. Mayes hit a bloop-type fly ball toward third. With Hamrick breaking for the plate, the fly was caught and the Jaguars doubled Hamrick off third.
Peyton Fisher and Davis both did a good job of relief for the Mountaineers. When he took the mound to start the ninth, Davis fanned the side and fanned two more in the 10th and one in the 11th. The three KM pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts.

5 to join
KM HOF
on May 7

The Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church.
Tickets are available from members of the Hall of Fame committee and at Ingram’s Barber Shop in downtown Kings Mountain.
Five former Kings Mountain High athletes will be honored, including the late Jim Cloninger, Sheryl Goode, Mariko Feemster, Tony Young and Tandra Leftwich.
Cloninger was a standout end and punter on Kings Mountain High’s undefeated Southwestern Conference football team in 1964. He was All-State and played in the prestigious Boys Town all-star game. He went on to play at Appalachian State where he broke the starting lineup as a freshman end and punter.
Goode was an All-Conference basketball player at KMHS in 1981 and helped lead the team to its best record in school history at that time. She went on to play at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte and scored 428 points with 314 rebounds in 91 games. She helped lead the team to a 17-9 record and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 1985.
Feemster was one of five great offensive linemen on Ron Massey’s 1998 football team that won the Southwestern Conference and Western Regional championships and to this day is the only KMHS football team to play for a state championship. Feemster earned a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he gained significant playing time as a freshman before suffering a career-ending injury.
Leftwich was a three-year All-Conference performer in softball, volleyball and swimming at KMHS and was the NCHSAA state diving champion in 1992. She went on to Gardner-Webb University where she was a three-year All-Conference standout in volleyball and softball.
Young was a super heavyweight wrestler at KMHS from 1990-92 under Hall of Fame coach Steve Moffitt. He won 112 matches, including three Southwest Conference championships, and was the State heavyweight champion in 1992 when he was first team All-State. He led the Mountaineers to three straight regional championships and a runner-up in the 1990 state championship.

KM ladies roll Wave
in BSC softball action

Kings Mountain High’s women’s softball team rolled the Ashbrook Green Wave 18-0 in Big South Conference action Friday night at the KM field.
Andrea Melton pitched the complete game shutout, allowing just one hit while striking out 10. She also helped KM’s offensive attack going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Kings Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before breaking the game open with six runs in the second and third innings and five in the fourth. The game ended on the 10-run rule after Ashbrook batted it in the top of the fifth.
Austyn Dixon continued her heavy hitting with 3-for-3, including a three-run homer run and four RBIs.
Kali Weaver also went 3-for-3, including a double and triple, and three runs scored.
Alayna Patrick had a two-run triple and stole two bases; Kaylee Lavin was 1-for-2, and Cheyanne Reynolds and Saniya Wilson provided run-scoring hits.
Melton faced only 18 batters in the 4 ½ inning contest.
The Lady Mountaineers suffered a tough 3-2, 10-inning loss to a strong Stuart Cramer team Wednesday night in Cramerton.
Weaver led the Mountaineers on the mound and at the plate. She scattered seven hits and struck out 18 and went 2-for-5 with a triple. Only one of Cramer’s runs   was   earned  as  the  KM defense committed six errors.
The Lady Mountaineers scored two runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2-all. The Lady Storm had gotten two in the first.
Andrea Melton, Austyn Dixon and Kaylee Lavin had the other KM hits.

Softball bombs South Point

Kings Mountain High’s women’s softball team posted a pair of important victories last week at Lancaster Field, defeating the Forestview Lady Jaguars in a close game Tuesday, 6-5, before rolling over the South Point Lady Raiders Friday, 17-1.
Karlee Nantz delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Forestview.
Kali Weaver led the Lady Mountaineers with 3-for-4. Austyn Dixon went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The winning seventh inning was led off by a Saniya Wilson double to right field. Cheyanne Reynolds drove her in to tie the game before Nantz delivered the knockout blow.
Weaver went the route on the mound, scattering nine hits while striking out seven.
Friday’s game got one-sided in a hurry as the Lady Mountaineers sent 18 batters to the plate in the second inning to score 14 runs.
The Lady Mountaineers collected 12 of their 16 hits during the inning with Head, Lavin, Nantz, Dixon and Weaver getting two apiece. Lavin’s triple brought home the first two runs of the game, and later in the inning she hit a grand slam home run.
Dixon finished with 3-for-3 including two doubles and three RBI, and Weaver also had three hits. Paige Fleming hit a home run and Andrea Melton had a single.
Weaver limited the Lady Raiders to just one hit and sent seven of them back to the dugout via the strikeout route.

Mountaineers overcome North Gaston 4-2

North Gaston Wildcats are probably hoping they won’t see Peyton Fisher again this season.
After seeing him slam a long home run in a game in Dallas the previous Tuesday, the Wildcats didn’t want him to swing the bat as the Mountaineers were trying to come back from a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday at KM’s Lancaster Field.
With two outs and Caleb Broome on second base after reaching on an error and taking second on an error on a pickoff attempt, the Wildcats intentionally walked Zane Brockman to put runners on first and second. Not wanting Fisher to unload another homer or even a hit in that situation, they walked him to load the bases.
That brought Cole Irby to the plate. He lifted a routine fly ball into left-center, and with all KM runners moving the leftfielder dropped the ball allowing all three to score for a 4-2 Mountaineer victory.
Fisher, who had taken the mound in relief of starter Charlie Melton in the fifth, retired the order in the top of the seventh.
The dropped fly ball was sorely needed as the North Gaston and KM pitchers did an excellent job for most of the night.
Fisher picked up the win. He did not allow a hit and struck out seven. Melton allowed only two first inning doubles that gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The visitors went up 2-0 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Chase Pope. The Mountaineers cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth with their only two hits of the night, an infield single by Jacob Hamrick and Fisher’s RBI double to left.
Fisher took over the mound duties when North came to bat in the top of the fifth and struck out the side. He walked the leadoff batter in the sixth but he was caught trying to steal second and Fisher struck out four batters in a row - the last two in the sixth and first two in the seventh - before Wood managed to get his bat on the ball and pop it up to first to end the game.
After the Wildcats’ two first inning doubles, Melton did not allow another hit and registered five strikeouts.
The Mountaineers were scheduled to go to Forestview last night and will host the Jaguars Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Lancaster Field. They will remain home for a big conference game with perennial power South Point Tuesday at 7:15.
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Jeremiah Currence throws the discus for the Mountaineers in last week’s track meet at Gamble Stadium.

KM track rolls
to second win

Kings Mountain High’s track teams ran away from Forestview, Crest and Hunter Huss for their second straight win Thursday at John Gamble Stadium.
KM accumulated 108.5 points to far outdistance the Forestview Jaguars with 65.5. Crest ran third with 38 points followed by Hunter Huss with 28.
The KM men had numerous first place winners.
D’Andre Hoyle won both the triple jump and high jump.
Parker Key won the 1600 and 3200 and was part of the winning 4x800 relay team.
Nicolas Harrison won the pole vault.
Alex Jackson won the shot put.
Rodney Unnasch won the 300 meter hurdles.
Andrew Willis won the 100 high hurdles.
DJ Black won the 100 and was also on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
The Mountaineers also won the 4x400 to take all relay events.
Thalia Kushman was a triple winner for the KM ladies, taking the 800 meter run in 2:58.28, the 1600 meter run in 6:20.25 and joining with Sindy Ulloa, Carly Evans and Divinity Ervin to take the 4x100 relay in 12:31.40.
Ervin, a junior, won the 3200 meter run, setting a personal best record of 13:45.01.
Freshman Nydria Watkins won the discus with a throw of 64’5” and freshman Kinley Putnam cleared 6’6” to win the pole vault.

Brockman’s one-hitter, bats
help Mountaineers skin ‘Cats

 Zane Brockman hurled a one-hitter over four innings and went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in to lead Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers to a 5-1 Big South Conference victory over North Gaston last Tuesday in Dallas.
Peyton Fisher hit a solo home run and Charlie Melton, Cole Irby, Maddox Brown and Colton Mayes all had hits.
North Gaston’s lone run off Brockman was unearned. Brockman struck out nine.
Wyatt Davis came on in relief to hurl the final three innings, giving up just two hits and fanning seven.
The KM pitchers were backed by good hitting and defense.
KM got the scoring going in the third inning. Colton Mayes singled and Caleb Broome walked. Jacob Hamrick’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position and Brockman’s double to right-center brought them home for a 2-0 lead.
North Gaston answered in the bottom of the fourth. A leadoff walk to Nate Williams got them going. Pinch runner  Ryan  Propst  stole
second, and a throwing error that went into centerfield allowed him to score.
Fisher led off the sixth inning with a solo home run, making the score 3-1. Cole Irby followed with a single to right field. Charlie Melton executed a sacrifice bunt to move pinch runner Lucas Saldo into scoring position. Maddox Brown then singled to centerfield, driving home Saldo for a 4-1 lead.
Colton Mayes led off the seventh inning with a hard hit ball that the North shortstop couldn’t handle. With one out, Jacob Hamrick reached on an error and Brockman’s single made the score 5-1.
North Gaston threatend in the bottom of the seventh when Josh Lemley led off with a double. Davis struck out the next batter. Carter Wright singled to right but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch it into a double. After a two-out walk, Davis struck out the last batter to end the game.

KMMS track team 2-0, hosts county meet today

The Kings Mountain Middle track team won its second straight meet Tuesday and will host Shelby, Burns and Crest in the Cleveland County meet today at John Gamble Stadium.
The Patriots compiled 136 points to 47 for East Rutherford, 41 for RS Central and four for Burns.
“We got a little better today,” noted Patriot Coach Shane Cole. “We just need some more practice. It’s been really tough with the weather, but we’re starting to look like a team out there. We ran much better today than last week. I am very blessed to have a talented group.”
Results:
3200 meters – KM’s Luke Howell finished second in 12:49.70 (.32 behind first place). Landon Hogston was fourth in 13:09.
1600 meters – David Johnson won with a time of 5:44 and Luke Howell was third in 6:02.
800 meters – For the second straight meet, KM took the top three spots. David Johnson (2:28) was able to outlast Ethan DiBruno (2:35). Joseph Williams was third in 2:37.
100 meters – Kayden Marthers was first in 12.12, Josiah Hill was third in 12.28 and Tucker Robinette fourth in 12.94.
200 meters – Marthers won his second event of the day with a time of 25.75. Helping out were Josiah Hill (25:87) and Vance Johnson (26:09) in third and fourth, respectively.
400 meters – Vance Johnson ran a blazing 59.87 to edge the Patriots’ Alex Suarez at 1:00.26.
110 hurdles – Ethan DiBrunio stayed undefeated for the year with a time of 16:56, just squeaking by the second and third place runners. Dakota Smith was third at 16:60.
Relays:
4x1 – Josiah Hill, Kayden Marthers, Tucker Robinette and Quadry Roberts fell just short of first place with a 53.65.
4x2 – Robinette, Kamari Coleman, Nasir Epps and Jayden Watkins ran a time of 1:51.18 to take the number one spot for the second straight week.
4x4 – Devin Hopper, Landon Hogston, Kamari Coleman and Alex Suarez ran a 4:26 to win by 10 seconds and remain undefeated.
Field Events:
Disc – KM was carried by Nick Moss (91’7”), Uriah Johnson (84’6.5”) and Cameron Zuniga (72’1/2”) as they placed first, third and fourth.
Shot – Cameron Zuniga’s throw of 32’10.5” was good enough for second place while his teammates O’Ryan Dorsey (31’2.5) and Stephen Sanders (30’2.) backed him in fourth and fifth.
Triple jump – Lucas Ward (31’6.5”) and Ethan DiBruno (31’4”) took the top two spots.
Long jump – Quadry Roberts’ jump of 15’3.5” was good enough for first place. Jayden Watkins and Devin Hopper placed third and fourth, respectively, at 13’3” and 13 feet even.
High jump – For the second meet in a row, Ty Howard and Vance Johnson battled for first. This time it was a tie as both cleared 5’1”. Colton Willyoung pitched in with a jump of 4’8” for fourth place.
Of the 15 total events, KMMS won 12. The Patriots had seven second and third place finishes.
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Zane Brockman slides into third base in last week’s win over Hunter Huss at Lancaster Field. Photos by Gary Smart

Melton fires 3-inning perfect
game in 22-0 win over Huss

Kings Mountain senior right hander Charlie Melton pitched three innings of perfect baseball and the Mountaineers hit what is believed to be an all-time single game record two grand slam home runs in a 3 and ½ inning 22-0 victory over the Hunter Huss Huskies Friday night at KM’s Lancaster Field.
It was actually the Huskies’ home game as their field was not playable. With KM up 14-0 at the end of three innings the coaches and umpires gathered at home plate to discuss whether or not to end the game. With the Huskies due to bat again in the bottom of the fourth, they elected to continue but after the rains became harder and the pitcher’s rubber dangerously slick the umpires decided to end it after KM scored eight runs in the top of the fourth to account for the final margin.
Melton struck out the first seven Huss batters before their Edward Roberts grounded to third. Melton then fanned ninth place hitter Isaiah Adair to complete the ‘perfecto.’ Although his pitching was perfect, he would not have been credited with a perfect game if it had continued because his father and head coach Brad Melton planned to send Zane Brockman to the mound in the bottom of the fourth.
After scoring just one run in the top of the first on Jacob Hamrick’s triple and RBI groundout by Brockman, the Mountaineer bats would not be silenced by Huss starter Zack Kimmell and his replacement Joe Harmatage.
Kings Mountain sent all nine men to the plate in the top of the second and scored five more runs to go up 6-0. The big blow was Caleb Broome’s grand slam home run.
Cole Irby’s leadoff home run over the dead centerfield fence sparked an eight-run rally in the third to make it 14-0. Melton followed with the second of his three hits for the night, a double to left. He stole third and scored an out later on a single by Hunter Ellis. After a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases, Jacob Hamrick hit a grand slam.
The Mountaineers added eight more in their final at-bat. Coach Melton was working in all of his players and the reserves helped out an eight-run assault that finished the game. Brayden Patrick had a single and three-run home run, Melton a three-run homer, Marty Lovingood and Ethan Guy doubles, and Jack Toney and Babay Moore singles.
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Kings Mountain senior Parker Key leads the way in 3200 in Mountaineers Relays which opened the 2022 track and field season.

Mountaineer track 
opens season with
win in own relays

Kings Mountain High’s track teams opened their spring ’22 season Thursday at home with a double victory in their annual Mountaineer Relays.
Both KM teams finished far ahead of their closest competitor in a race that involved four other area high schools.
In boys action, the Mountaineers piled up 103 points to far out distance Shelby with 66.5, Cherryville 64.5, Ashbrook 35 and Stuart Cramer 32.
In girls action, the Lady Mountaineers dominated as well, leaving their county rival Shelby in the dust, 106-67. Stuart Cramer ran third with 45 points followed by Cherryville with 34 and Gastonia Ashbrook with 27.
The Kings Mountain men recorded five first place finishes. Andre Willis was first in the 110 high hurdles in 15.65, Parker Key won the 3200 meters in 10:42, Alex Jackson took the shot put with a throw of 45’3”, D’Andre Hoyle won the triple jump with a leap of 38’1”, and Nicolas Harrison was first in the pole vault, clearing the bar at an even ten feet.
The KM ladies also recorded five first place finishes.
Divinity Ervin won the 3200 meter run in 14:04, followed closely by her teammate Sindy Ulloa in 15:27. Both are juniors.
Sophomore Alathia Willis finished second to Ally Hollifield of Shelby in the 100 meter hurdles. Hollifield won with a 19.68 to Willis’s 20.29 and KM’s Taniya Brown and Nicole Poston at 20.93 and 21.74, respectively.
KM’s 4x100 relay team ran fourth behind Shelby, Ashbrook and Cherryville. Lady Mountaineers crossing the line in 56.90 were Nevaeh Brown, Lawren Thomas, Nyadria Phillips and Janiya Hunt.
Kings Mountain’s A team won the throwers relay in 1:04.31. They were Ashley Blanton, Nydria Watkins, Jailen Moore and Rayna Brown.
KM’s Thaliah Kushman, Divinity Irvin, Sindy Ulloa and Carley Evans won the 4x800 relay in 12:52.53. Parker Wilson, Kinley Putnam, Ashley Gural and Kushman finished second in the 4x400 relay.
Kings Mountain was fourth in the sprint medley in 2:16.41. Members of the team were Nevaeh Brown, Nyadria Phillips, Janiya Hunt and Lawren Thomas.
Divinity Ervin, Parker Wilson, Cary Evans and Thalia Kushman finished second to Shelby in the distance medley. Their time was 16:01.81.
Sophomore Alexis Jackson was third in the high jump with a jump of 4’6”.
Kings Mountain swept the pole vault. Senior Rayna Brown and freshman Kinley Putnam led the way, both clearing 6’6”. They were followed by juniors Ashley Blanton and Aaliyah Black who cleared 6 and 5 feet, respectively.
Sophomores Janiya Hunt and Alexis Jackson finished second and third, respectively in the long jump. Hunt cleared 15’3” and Jackson 13’11W. Sophomore Alathia Willis was fifth with a jump of 13’3”.
Jackson won the triple jump, going 29’1”.
Taylor Smith threw the shot 26’5” to finish in third place. Jailen Moore was fifth at 24’8.50.
Taylor Smith was fourth in the discus with a throw o
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Assistant coach Johnny Gamble likes what he sees in KM’s 11-0 win over Hunter Huss last week at Lancaster Field.

KM fourth inning
burst blanks Huss

Kings Mountain sent 15 men to the plate in the fourth inning and scored nine runs to put away the Hunter Huss Huskies 11-0 on the mercy rule in the two teams’ Big South Conference opener Tuesday night at Lancaster Field.
Mountaineer pitchers Jack Toney, Colton Mayes and Brayden Patrick combined for a two-hitter, allowing just an infield single to Ben Kimmell in the second and a single to right by Kimmell in the fourth. The KM hurlers combined for 11 strikeouts.
The Mountaineers scored the only run they would need in the third inning when Hunter Ellis doubled and scored on a single to right by Maddox Brown.
Peyton Fisher put the Mountaineers up 2-0 in the third inning when he singled to center, stole second and came all the way home from second on a wild pitch.
The floodgates opened in the bottom of the fourth when Hunter Ellis reached base on an error. Hamrick, Charlie Melton and Kenyon Moore had the only hits during that uprising but the Mountaineers also took advantage of six walks, three stolen bases, three errors, two hit batsmen and a sacrifice fly by Colton Mayes.

KMHS softball
drops twinbill

Kings Mountain High’s women’s softball team was able to get its doubleheader with East Rutherford in Friday but the visitors took both contests, 4-2 and 7-1.
It was the Lady Mountaineers’ only action of the week as all other contests were postponed because of rain. The non-conference contest was originally scheduled for last Tuesday as a single game, but due to both teams having postponements all week they agreed on two five-inning contests.
Kings Mountain stayed close throughout in the opening game. The Lady Cavaliers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Mollie Burgess led off with a single to left and later scored on an error.
Kings Mountain’s Austyn Dixon slammed a home run high over the centerfield fence for a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first. East regained the lead in the second, but again KM tied the game on an unearned run in the third.
The Lady Mountaineers missed an opportunity to go on top in the bottom of the fourth when Patrick led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice by Paige Fleming. With two outs, the Lady Mountaineers attempted a squeeze bunt but the Lady Cavaliers were able to get the putout at first and then come to bat to score the winning runs.
Kings Mountain was scheduled to open Big South 3A Conference action Tuesday at home against Hunter Huss. The Lady Mountaineers travel to Burns today for a non-conference game, then to North Gaston Friday for a BSC contest.  They return home March 22 for a 6 p.m. contest with Forestview.
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Cannedy signs to play for Johnson C. Smith

KMHS basketball star Zeke Cannedy signs to play for Johnson C. Smith as his mother Donna Bess and father Elton Cannedy look on.

Photo by Gary Smart