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Aaliyah Byers makes a powerful kill in last week’s sweep of Crest at Parker Gym. See more photos on 2B. Photo by Gary Smart

KM spikers blank Crest
to take sole lead in BSC

Kings Mountain High’s women’s volleyball team took over sole possession of first place in the Big South 3A Conference Thursday at Parker Gym with a 3-0 victory over Crest.
The two teams went into the final game of the first round tied for the lead. The Lady Chargers gave the Lady Mountaineers a tough run in the first set, losing by just 25-22, but KM dominated after that with wins of 25-13 and 25-15.
Aaliyah Byers led the way for the Lady Mountaineers with 19 kills, 10 service points and six serve receptions. Meile Songaila had 11 kills, two service points and eight serve receptions. Paige Bagwell added two kills, 35 assists and nine service points and Caroline Barber had 19 serve receptions, nine digs and three service points.
Kings Mountain’s JVs were also victorious, 25-10, 25-12.
Sara Kate Bridges had 14 assists, two kills, four digs and four service points. Alexa Jones had eight kills, three digs and 12 service points. London Brown had four kills, a block, five digs and four service points and Addi Peeler had 14 service points, five digs and eight serve receptions.
Kings Mountain, 10-1 overall, was scheduled to host a good Ardrey Kell team in a non-conference game Monday and Hunter Huss in a Big South game Tuesday. Then, the Lady Mountaineers will hit the road for BSC games at North Gaston on September 30 and Forestview October 5. Their next home game will be October 7 against South Point.
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KM’s DeAndre Hoyle returns one of his three pass interceptions in Friday’s game with North Gaston at KMHS.  Photos by Gary Smart

Mountaineers rout
Wildcats 56-0,

Hoyle ties pass
interception record

After having to punt on their first possession, Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers scored on eight of their next nine possessions and rolled to a 56-0 running clock victory over North Gaston Friday night at John Gamble Stadium.
Meanwhile, the KM defense was turning the Wildcats every way but loose. They had only 30 yards total offense in each half with 20 of their second half yards coming on their last possession.
“We played well, for sure,” noted Coach Greg Lloyd. “Everybody played really well but the competition ramps up this week, for sure” when the Mountaineers host a solid Gastonia Forestview eleven.
KM’s offensive assault began after a Peyton Fisher punt was downed at the North Gaston nine. The visiting Wildcats were held to three and out and had to punt. KM then began the rout when Zay Smith returned the kick 34 yards to the Wildcats’ 24 yard line.
A holding penalty during that run caused the Mountaineers to start on the ‘Cats 35 yard line. After a 19-yard run by Thomas Feemster and a six yard pass reception by Fisher, Robert Kendrick took a handoff from quarterback Lamont Littlejohn and scored from 10 yards out. Jaden Ellis’ point after touchdown made it 7-0 and the rout was on.
The two teams traded 15-yard penalties and a sack by Seth Neal forced the Wildcats to punt from their own five yard line. The Mountaineers took just six plays to score with AJ Richardson going in from six yards out for a 14-0 lead.
Two plays later, Deandre Hoyle recorded the first of his record-tying three interceptions on the night and returned it from the 50 to the North Gaston  23. Four plays later quarterback Jonah Patrick found Peyton Fisher wide open in the end zone for a 22-yard TD pass and a 21-0 lead.
The Mountaineer defense held North to three and out again and after a partially blocked punt took over at the Wildcats’ 32. A 13-yard reception by Hoyle and a nine-yard rush by Smith set up AJ Richardson’s eight-yard TD run for a 28-0 lead.
After the kickoff, Hoyle made his second interception on North’s first play, but North later picked off a Patrick pass. The Wildcats were able to pick up a first down and have five offensive touches, but the fifth resulted in Hoyle’s third interception at the 48 and return to the North 23. On second and six, Kendrick went 19 yards around left end to make it 35-0. (Former Mountaineers with three  interceptions in  a game were Chris Johnson vs. North Gaston in 1975, Petie McNeil vs. Burns in 1989 and Tyrese Crawford vs. Burns in 2011).
On the Mountaineers’ first possession of the third quarter, Jake Lloyd got off a 21 yard run to the North 12. Feemster’s seven-yard TD run was called back on a holding penalty, but he got off a 10-yard run to set up a two-yard TD run by Smith. That put the running clock rule into effect.
On second and eight from their own 22, the Wildcats coughed up the ball at the 17. Feemster covered the distance in two runs – the latter for a yard – and Ellis’ PAT made it 49-0. Feemster then left the game with a team-leading 75 yards on 12 carries.
North was able to pick up a first down, but sophomore Bryson Brown intercepted a pass with 10:45 left in the game. Sophomore Micah Ward carried the ball four times for 33 of his 55 rushing yards. After Patrick kept it for a 10-yard gain, Ward carried it four more times for 22 yards to set up Patrick’s three-yard TD with 4:25 remaining. Max Thompson’s PAT accounted for the final 56th point. For the game the Mountaineers were perfect on extra points, with Ellis kicking six and Thompson two.
North was finally able to pick up two first downs and get the ball to the KM 41 before the clock ran out. 


Wed., Sept. 22
TBA – High school cross country, Kings Mountain, Burns and Crest at Shelby.
5 p.m. - Middle school football, Burns at Kings Mountain. (Fifth quarter begins at 4:30).
Thur., Sept. 23
4 p.m. – High school volleyball, Crest at Kings Mountain.
4:15 - Middle School men’s soccer, Kings Mountain at North Lincoln.
4:15 – Middle school softball, Kings Mountain at North Lincoln.
7 p.m. – High school JV football, Kings Mountain at North Gaston.
Fri., Sept. 24
7:30 p.m. - High school football, North Gaston at Kings Mountain.
Saturday, Sept. 25
TBA – High school cross country, Kings Mountain at Freedom Invitational.
Mon., Sept. 27
2 p.m. – High school golf, all Big South teams at Kings Mountain Country Club.
3:30 – Middle school cross country, Kings Mountain, Burns and Shelby at Crest.
4 p.m. – High school volleyball, Audrey Kell at Kings Mountain.
4:15 – Middle school men’s soccer, Kings Mountain at West Lincoln.
Tues., Sept. 28
4 p.m. – High school volleyball, Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain.
4 p.m. – Middle school golf, Kings Mountain and North Lincoln at West Lincoln
4:15 – Middle school men’s soccer, Burns at Kings Mountain.
Wed., Sept. 29
5 p.m. – Middle school football, East Lincoln at Kings Mountain (Fifth quarter begins at 4:30).

JVs roll over Hunter Huss,
at North Gaston Thursday

Kings Mountain’s JV football team returned to action for the first time in three weeks Thursday night and rolled to a 20-6 victory over the Hunter Huss Huskies at Gamble Stadium.
Kings Mountain grabbed a 7-0 lead on its first possession, driving 35 yards after Jakari Roberts partially blocked a Huss punt attempt to give the Mountaineers possession on the Huss 30.
After a pass interference, the Mountaineers found themselves at the Huss 15. Two plays later Thomas Fair ran nine yards for a TD, and Max Thompson added the PAT for a 7-0 lead that held up until halftime. Kings Mountain was threatening to score again late in the half but lost a fumble at the Huss 10 yard line.
The Mountaineers drove 48 yards in the third quarter to take a 14-0 lead on a six-yard run by Kameron Adams. Thompson’s PAT made it 14-0.
Huss answered quickly, though, and scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak to cut the margin to 14-6.
Huss tried to pull off an onside kick, but KM’s CJ Houser recovered it at the 49, setting up the Mountaineers’ clinching touchdown drive. Adams and Wilson keyed a strong KM running attack and Ethan Guy had a key pass reception. Wilson scored on a 16-yard run to seal the win.
Huss lost the ball on downs at the KM 16 with 3:21 left. Wilson had two carries for 17 yards and Adams added two carries for nine yards to run out the clock.
The JVs are scheduled to go to North Gaston Thursday at 7 p.m.
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Zavion Smith (2) follows the blocking of Alex Jackson (57) and Thomas Feemster on a kick return in Friday’s game at Hunter Huss.  Photos by Gary Smart

KM opens BSC with win over Huss

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers got off to a slow start in their opening Big South Conference game Friday night at Hunter Huss, but soon heated up and rolled to a 45-6 victory.
The win puts KM at 1-0 in the Big South and 3-1 overall heading into a long-awaited home game Friday at Gamble Stadium against North Gaston. After their season opening loss to Shelby at home, the Mountaineers hit the road for wins over Asheville and Burns and they had an open date before going to Huss.
The Mountaineers moved the ball well all night but lost the ball on downs and had to punt on their first two possessions.
But, after the defense blocked a Huss punt to gain possession on the Huss 23, the points started coming quickly. The Mountaineers built a 45-0 lead in the third period, putting the running clock rule into play. The Huskies’ only touchdown came against KM’s second unit defense.
“We played pretty good on both sides of the ball,” Coach Greg Lloyd noted. “The offensive line gave us their best game of the year so far. Tykel Smith and Michael Lubas looked really good.
“Our running backs ran real hard and both of our quarterbacks (Lamont Littlejohn and Jonah Patrick) did  a good job.” “The defense played a solid game, too. All in all it was a good night.
“We scored on several passes and did some good things. We were a little slow starting out but we played pretty decent after that. The second quarter was really good to us.”
After blocking the punt, KM was penalized five yards for a false start but they scored four plays later on AJ Richardson’s one-yard burst. Jaden Ellis added the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 42.7 seconds left in the opening period.
Huss was driving when KM’s Deandre Hoyle intercepted a deep pass and returned it to the KM 41. The Huss defense held, though, and Peyton Fisher got off a 50-yard punt to the Huss eight yard line. On the Huskies’ first play, Richardson tackled Quentayvious Murray for a safety and a 9-0 KM lead.
“Deandre Hoyle had a very good game,” Coach Lloyd noted. “Our defense played extremely well. They got off a couple plays against us early, but we put pressure on them and created some turnovers. We had two interceptions. Michael Ward and AJ Richardson did a good job, and Zay Smith did a good job at safety. We had a lot of contributors.”
After the 9-0 start, points came rapidly. The Mountaineers returned the free kick to the Huss 27. Two runs by Thomas Feemster had the Mountaineers in the end zone, and Sel Randolph threw a two-point conversion pass to Seth Neal to run the score to 17-0.
Aided by a pass interference call, the Huskies were able to make it as far as the KM 29 before turning the ball over on a pass interception. Taking over on their own 25, it took the Mountaineers just three plays to score with Smith covering the final 32 yards. Ellis’ PAT made it 24-0 with 6:35 on the clock.
“I thought Feemster and Smith had some really nice runs,” Lloyd noted. “It was a good all-around play by our offense.”
Huss made it to the KM 49 before losing the ball on downs again. Nine plays later Hoyle took a screen pass and rambled 28 yards for a 31-0 halftime lead.
After the defense held Huss to three and out to open the second half, KM took just nine plays to score on Robert Kendrick’s two-yard run for a 38-0 lead.
Again, the Huskies couldn’t move the ball as they had two straight 15-yard penalties and a big sack by Richardson that put them on their own 19. A fourth down punt attempt was blocked by Jake Lloyd for a touchdown and a 45-0 lead with 4:46 left in the third period.
That put the running clock rule into effect and the KM starters left the game.
Huss managed to drive 63 yards for its only TD which came on a two-yard run by Javarion Brown. 

Lady Patriots win
fourth straight 14-2

Kings Mountain Middle School’s softball team ran its record to 4-0 last week with a 14-2 victory over East Lincoln.
Maddie Huffman pitched a complete game, striking out 14 batters.
It was a close game going into the fifth inning when the Lady Patriots scored 10 runs to break the game open.
Huffman went 3-for-4. Ava Broome went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and an inside the park home run down the right field line. Ava Tipton and Addi Carpenter both went 2-fof-4.

KMMS runner
Landon Hogston
wins XC meet

Kings Mountain Middle School’s cross country team finished second in its first meet last week on the KM course, but Landon Hogston of the Patriots crossed the finish line first in 13:34.00.
The Patriots scored 39 points to trail leader North Lincoln with 23. Crest ran third with 88.
Other top ten finishers for the Patriots were Luke Howell, who was fourth in 14:21 and David Johnson who was ninth in 15:27. What made the difference was that North Lincoln had the other seven top ten finishers.
The Patriots’ Luis Cedillo Barrera was 12th in 17:29, Nate Kaiser 13th in 17:59, Jacob Baker 14th in 18:40 and Colton Willyoung 17th in 19:18.
Kings Mountain will go to Lincolnton on September 20 and will compete in the Cleveland County Meet at Shelby on September 27. All runs begin at 3:30 p.m.

Scenes from KM Vs. Hunter Huss Game

Photos by Gary Smart

Mountaineers return home
to face N. Gaston Wildcats

 Kings Mountain High football fans can save a little gas Friday night.
After three road games against Asheville, Burns and Hunter Huss, the Mountaineers will be hosting the North Gaston Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium.
The Mountaineers carry a 1-0 Big South Conference and 3-1 overall record into the contest. The Wildcats, coached by Justin Clark, have yet to win a game but Coach Greg Lloyd will be cautioning his players not to take them lightly.
“They are a much improved team,” Lloyd said. “They have a more balanced offense this year. They gave a really good Chase team a 10-point ball game and they put up 21 points on a really good Forestview defense last week. They are definitely better.”
Barring any injuries in practice this week, the Mountaineers should go into the game at 100 percent.
“It’s nice to be home for the next two weeks after being on the road so much,” Lloyd noted.
This year’s Wildcat team will probably be the strongest they’ve put on the field in many years.
“They are definitely better,” Lloyd noted. “They run a spread and also I-backs. They are a well-coached team that is getting better every week. They will come ready to play.
“They will mix it up a lot between throws and runs,” he added. “They run a bunch of formations so we’ll have to be ready for them.”
North Gaston’s quarterback, Kandon Zollo, has hit 34 of 64 passes for 406 yards so far. J.J. Gordon has rushed for 181 yards in three games and Brian Coley comes in with 14 receptions for 222 yards.
Coach Clark is the son of Bruce Clark, who was an assistant coach at KMHS in the 1980’s and early 90’s and late in his career was at North Gaston where he led the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the state.
This will be the first of two straight home games for the Mountaineers. A very good Forestview team will be coming to Gamble Stadium the following Friday.
“It’s nice to be home for the next two weeks after being on the road so much,” Lloyd said.

Lady Mountaineers, Crest heading for BSC showdown

 The Kings Mountain and Crest women’s volleyball teams appear to be heading for a showdown for first place in the Big South 3A Conference Thursday at Donald L. Parker Gymnasium.
The Lady Mountaineers and Lady Chargers won both of their games last week and carried 3-0 Big South records into this week.
Kings Mountain took care of South Point and Stuart Cramer last week with both contests ending in 3-0 victories.
The Lady Mountaineers defeated South Point 25-13, 25-22, 25-15 Tuesday.
Meile Songaila provided 11 service points, 11 serve receptions, seven digs and 17 kills. Paige Bagwell had seven service points and 32 assists, and Aaliyah Byers had six service points, seven serve receptions, 12 digs and 15 kills.
The JVs fell 25-23, 25-23.
Brooke Hamrick had six kills and three digs; London Brown seven kills, eight digs and four serve receptions; Caroline Moss eight kills, 12 service points, 10 digs and 14 serve receptions; and Sara Kate Bridges five digs and 24 assists.
The varsity swept Stuart Cramer 25-15, 25-12 and 25-14 Thursday at Parker Gym, but the JVs lost again 25-16 25-9.
Byers had six serve receptions, six digs, 15 kills and four service points. Songaila added 11 receptions, seven digs, 11 kills, two blocks and nine service points. Bagwell had 22 assists and 13 service points, and Jessie Ozmore had nine assists and seven service points.
London Brown led the JVs with six kills, 12 service points and four digs; Caroline Moss had 10 service points and five serve receptions; Alexa Jones had eight kills, four digs and three serve receptions and Sara Kate Bridges had 16 assists and three digs.

Sports Hall of Fame
induction October 9

 The Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church.
Since no banquet was held last year because of COVID, this year’s ceremony will honor two classes, 2020 and 2021.
Tickets are available from any member of the Hall of Fame committee. They are $15 each and only 250 tickets will be sold.
The 2020 inductees include Jim Medlin, Joseph Bell Jr., Marquiz Williamson, Tim Riddle, Diane Williams, the 1998 KMHS track team and David Ray Robinson.
The 2021 inductees are Will Wilson, Trina Hamrick and Monty Deaton.
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McGills donate $10,000
In memory of Coach Bagwell

Chip and Laura McGill recently made a $10,000 donation to the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club in memory of Brent Bagwell.
They designated one-third of the total to go to the KMHS volleyball team, one-third to the football program and one-third to the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club to apply toward its debt.
The volleyball team purchased an Acuspike machine and serving machine to help improve their skills and keep practices running smoothly. Bagwell’s daughter plays on the Lady Mountaineer volleyball team.
The football program purchased weighted tackling dummies, single sled pads and arm shields.
The donation to the Touchdown Club went directly to its building fund.
Brent Bagwell was a three-sport athlete at KMHS in the late 1980s, starring in football, basketball and baseball. He was a starting offensive lineman at NC State before suffering a career-ending injury. Bagwell later coached football at several colleges and also was an assistant football coach at North Gaston High School under Coach Bruce Clark. At the time of his death he was a volunteer assistant at Kings Mountain High School under Coach Greg Lloyd.

resume season
Friday at Huss

 Two young and well-rested teams hoping to make some noise in the Big South Conference will face off Friday night at 7:30 when Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers travel to Hunter Huss for both teams’ BSC opener.
Huss has been idle since its August 20 opener, and the Mountaineers were idle last week after posting a 2-1 record in non-conference play.
Although the Huskies lost their opener to a very good Hickory Ridge team, they have had plenty of time to rest up and work on a game plan against the Mountaineers. Their other two scheduled non-conference games were cancelled because of COVID concerns.
Kings Mountain has also had time to mend some wounds since defeating Burns two weeks ago, but the Mountaineers will still
be without the services of junior running back Caleb Holland who was injured in the Asheville game and still hasn’t been cleared to play.
“We should be a full strength except for him,” Coach Greg Lloyd said. “His elbow still isn’t completely healed so it will be running backs by committee like it was at Burns. He took a bad shot and they want to re-evaluate him before clearing him to play. Hopefully he will be back for North Gaston next week.”
Hunter Huss is probably even younger than the Mountaineers as most of their starting players are freshmen and sophomores. They have only five seniors in their starting lineup.
“They’re very similar to us,” Lloyd said. “They missed some of their key guys in their first game.”
The Huskies’ starting quarterback, freshman Javarion Brown, passed for 130 yards against Hickory Ridge. Junior Qualin Thompson is probably the Huskies’ top all-around athlete. He was their leading rusher and pass receiver in their opening game.
Their defense was also led by freshmen as free safety Gene Neely recorded seven tackles and defensive end Quashawn Mack five tackles and a sack.
“They run a 4-2-5 defense,” Lloyd noted. “They’re a fast team. They have a very good kicker.”
With Holland unavailable, Robert Kendrick and Thomas Feemster shared his position in the win over Burns, and defensive line standout AJ Richardson came into the backfield in tough yardage situations and ended up being the leading rusher in a 19-14 Mountaineer win.
“It will be running by committee again for us,” Lloyd said. “We’ll use multiple players.”
Kings Mountain has had a well-rounded passing attack so far with quarterback Lamont Littlejohn hooking up with a host of receivers like DeAndre Hoyle, Zavion Smith, Jake Lloyd, Sel Randolph, Peyton Fisher and others.
The Mountaineers have gotten good line play from Isaiah Eskridge, Tykel Smith, Michael Lubas and others, and good defense from Hoyle, Fisher, Jake Lloyd, Seth Neal, Jason Feemster and others.
Lloyd said because of the heat the Mountaineers will be inside a lot this week. They got in some good practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week but Lloyd gave the players days off on Monday and Friday.
“We want to stay fresh and healthy and get in a good game Friday night,” he said.
The junior varsity Mountaineers will host the Huskies Thursday at 7 p.m. at John Gamble Stadium. They carry a 1-1 record into the contest with a loss to Shelby and a win over Asheville. Their scheduled game with Burns was cancelled due to COVID concerns.

KM girls first,
boys second
In XC meet

Kings Mountain’s girls finished first and the boys second in the Ashbrook Luminary Run last week.
Led by Thalia Kushman with a first place finish in 23:30, the Lady Mountaineers placed four runners in the top seven and five in the top 13 to post an impressive victory. KM finished with 29 points to far outdistance second place South Point with 55. Stuart Cramer had 70 and Forestview 71. Ashbrook, Hunter Huss and East Gaston didn’t score.
The Mountaineers gave pre-season Stuart Cramer a tough race but Cramer prevailed with 34 points. KM had 48, Foretview 60, South Point 95 and Ashbrook 111.
Kings Mountain did have the individual winner
though, with Parker Key crossing the finish line in 18:58.
Following Kushman for the Lady Mountaieners were Divinity Ervin (23:57) in third place, Brooke Waseman (25:54) in fifth, and Nicole Poston (26:52) in seventh.
Other top 10 finishers for the Mountaineers were Isaiah Wood, eighth in 21:23, and Rohen Johnson, ninth in 21:24.
Next up for the KM runners is the Cleveland County Championship meet September 22 at Shelby High School.
KM men:
1 – Parker Key (18:58). 8 – Isaiah Wood 21:23; 9 – Rohen Johnson 21:24; 11 – Hunter Cruise 21:36; 18  Hudson Durham 32:12; 20 – Hayden Huss 32:54; 22 – Nathan Parsons 34:04; 23 – Mark Allen 36:48.
KM women:
1 – Thalia Kushman 23:30; 3 – Divinity Ervin 23:57; 5 – Brooke Waseman 25:54; 7 – Nicole Poston 26:52; 13 – Parker Wilson 28:0; 16 – Sindy Ullou 28:22; 26 – Lacy Wiggins 34:45.

NCHSAA distributes
$1.7 million to schools

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) distributed $1,717,803.65 to the Association’s member schools from interest earned on the Association’s Endowed Funds during 2020-2021. This total is in addition to the $4 million distribution approved by the Board of Directors in the COVID-19 Athletic Program Subsidy (CAPS) initiative from earlier in the fiscal year.

On July 27, 2021, the newly formed NCHSAA Endowment Advisory Committee reviewed the Endowment and recommended a 7% share on investment earnings for member schools in 2020-2021. The Board approved that recommendation in August, and the over $1.7 million end-of-year distribution total is a direct result of those two groups oversight.
NCHSAA membership distributions in 2020-2021 total $5,717,803.65. These types of distributions have been ongoing since 2010-2011 and with the total from 2020-2021 now equal $18,535,005.12 over that span.
 “We are thankful that due to the financial stability of the NCHSAA and the wisdom of past Boards of Directors and Executive Directors that we are able to provide such a large benefit to our member schools in an incredibly challenging year,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “This type of distribution is only possible because our member schools agreed to pool shared resources in the early 1990’s and create one of the first Endowment Funds for a high school athletic association in the country and that visionary partnership is now bearing fruit to the benefit of schools in our state.”
The NCHSAA Board of Directors also made a commitment in May 2021 to cover the payment of Catastrophic Insurance Premiums for member schools, an estimated savings of $500,000 per year for the full membership.
 The NCHSAA Endowment, a first-of-its-kind program in high school athletics, was started under the leadership of Charlie Adams, the late Executive Director of the NCHSAA who led the organization from 1984-2010 when he retired. Under Adams’ leadership, the Board of Directors studied the concept of beginning an Endowment for the Association, starting the fund in 1991.
Since the endowment’s inception and the start of a corporate partnership program, another early adoption of Adams relative to other state associations in the country, the profile of the NCHSAA membership’s shared assets has blossomed is now able to annually return interest and other benefits to the member schools of the NCHSAA.

Lady Mountaineers open BSC
with sweep of Cats and Jaguars

Kings Mountain High’s volleyball team opened Big South 3A Conference play last week with 3-0 sweeps of North Gaston and Forestview.
The Lady Mountaineers took all the bite out of the Wildcats with wins of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-7. Forestview gave the KM ladies a tough time in game one, losing by only 25-22 but the Lady Mountaineers took the final two sets more easily, 25-15 and 25-19.
Aaliyah Byers had two super outings with 45 kills for the week. She had 17 kills, nine service points, three serve receptions and five digs against North Gaston and 28 kills and 12 digs against Forestview.
In the battle with North, Meile Songaila registered five kills, 12 service points, five serve receptions and five digs. Paige Bagwell added 14 assists, two kills and five service points, and Jessie Ozmore dished out 15 assists.
Against the Lady Jaguars, Jarvis had three blocks, Songaila and Lily Gold seven digs each, and Bagwell 36 assists.
The Lady Mountaineers were scheduled to go to Shelby Monday and South Point Tuesday. They are at home Thursday against Stuart Cramer and travel to Gastonia Ashbrook on September 21 before closing out first round play against BSC co-leader Crest at home on September 23.

Mountaineers hand Burns first loss

Kings Mountain and Burns showcased some good, young talent Friday night in their non-conference battle at Ron Greene Stadium in Fallston and when the dust settled the Mountaineers had handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season, 19-14.
After holding the Mountaineers to three-and-out to open the game, the Bulldogs marched right down the field to take a 7-0 lead on a 13-yard Ben Mauney to Kahari Surratt pass but the Mountaineers battled back to tie the game at 7-all at the half.
Kings Mountain then built a 19-7 lead but had to hold off the Bulldogs in the final five minutes to take its second win in three outings heading into a break this week before beginning Big South Conference play on Friday, Sept. 17 at Hunter Huss.
The Mountaineers, led by running backs Thomas Feemster and Robert Kendrick along with big defensive tackle AJ Richardson in short yardage situations, moved in for a tying TD on Kendrick’s five yard run and Jaden Ellis’s PAT with 58.6 seconds left in the half. The big plays of the drive came when the Mountaineers faced third and one at their own 45 yard line and Richardson came in to ramble 16 yards up the gut of the Burns defense for a first down at the Burns 40; and again when they faced third and one at the Burns 35 and he bulled his way nine yards for a first down at the 26. Kendrick went eight yards around the left side of the Burns defense for the tying score.
Burns drove the second half kickoff to the KM 25 before misfiring on two straight passes and losing the ball on downs. Lamont Littlejohn’s 20-yard pass to Deandre Hoyle got the KM attack going, and four plays later Littlejohn hit Sel Randolph for a 24-yard completion to the Burns 32. A pass interference call on Burns for face-guarding gave KM a first down at the 15 and a five-yard reception by Fisher made it first and goal at the Burns four. It took four plays to score with Richardson bulling his way off left guard for a 13-7 KM lead with 2:56 on the clock.
Burns mounted a good drive and appeared to be on its way to a tying or go-ahead touchdown but KM’s Deandre Hoyle intercepted a pass at the 10 yard line and returned it to the 31. Burns DB Jakari Geter intercepted a Littlejohn pass at the Burns 13 with 5:20 showing on the clock.
Big stops by KM defenders Curtis Simpson, Fisher, Lloyd and Bryson Brown forced a punt. Three plays later Littlejohn found Hoyle wide open down the KM sideline for a 69 yard touchdown pass and run and a 19-7 lead with 2:59 left in the game.
Mountaineer fans still were on the edge of their seats, though, as the Bulldogs’ senior receiver Chase Bridges took a short pass from Ben Mauney and broke past the KM secondary for a first down at the KM 14. Mauney then hit Ryan Thompson in the end zone to cut the score to 19-14 with 2:03 remaining.
Fisher covered a Burns onside kick at the KM 44, and with the help of a big eight-yard run for a first down by Feemster to the Burns 42 with 59.8 seconds left the Mountaineers were able to take a time out and then a knee to end the game.

Kings Mountain 
Hall of Fame set
for October 9

The Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame will have a two-year induction ceremony Saturday, Oct. 9 at Central United Methodist Church.
The 2020 ceremony had to be postponed because of the corona virus, and it will be held with the 2021 ceremony. After that the Hall of Fame committee will begin planning the 2022 event which hopefully will be held next May.
The 2021 inductees include professional baseball player Will Wilson, former KMHS basketball star Trina Hamrick and the man who is probably the winningest coach in Kings Mountain sports history, Monty Deaton. Deaton currently serves as golf and girls basketball coach at Kings Mountain Middle School but he has also coached in the city youth leagues and is a former head football coach at Kings Mountain Middle.
Wilson was all-star baseball player for the Kings Mountain Mountaineers and was an All-American at NC State University. He is currently playing pro baseball in the San Francisco Giants organization.
Hamrick was a standout basketball player at KMHS where she led the Lady Mountaineers to their first modern day conference championship in 1983 and was KM’s first female to make the East-West All-Star game.
The Hall of Fame 2020 class, originally announced more than a year ago, includes Joseph Bell, Marquiz Williamson, Jim Medlin, Tim Riddle, David Ray Robinson, Diane Williams and the 1999 KMHS boys track team that won every regular season meet and finished second in the state 3A meet.
Johnny Gamble, longtime coach in Kings Mountain youth leagues and currently head JV baseball coach at KMHS, will receive the 2020 Distinguished Service Award.
Julie Rikard, retiring principal of Kings Mountain High School, will receive the 2021 Distinguished Service Award.

are idle until
September 17

Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers have an open date Friday, but beginning Friday, Sept. 17 they hope to continue their improvement and make a strong run in the Big South Conference and perhaps the state playoffs.
With most of the starters gone from last year’s undefeated Big South Conference team, the Mountaineers are in a rebuilding year but it is going very well as they have posted impressive victories over Asheville and Burns since dropping their season opener to Shelby.
Coach Greg Lloyd said he could not be happier with the Mountaineers’ 19-14 win last week over county rival Burns.
“It was a big win for us,” he said. “I was pleased with the way the kids played. We got off to a rugged start but after that we played well and had a bunch of players that contributed. It was sort of a bend but don’t break defense, but we got them stopped.
“Our offense was balanced,” he added. “AJ Richardson did a good job. He had some nice carries from the fullback position” while also standing out on the defensive line.
“Lamont Littlejohn had some big throws, especially in the second half,” Lloyd noted. “Everybody contributed. I was real pleased to get out of these first three games with a 2-1 record.
“Deandre Hoyle made a couple of big plays with that interception and the long touchdown reception. He made up for the pass he dropped earlier in the game.
“Alex Jackson and Isaiah Eskridge had good games on the offensive line. The whole line did a good job.
“Peyton Fisher had a very good game,” Lloyd noted. “He didn’t come off the field. He is in excellent shape.
“I was real pleased with everybody. It was pretty exciting. It was a good game.”
Lloyd doesn’t know if he will be able to scout Hunter Huss this week. They are scheduled for an open date but have played only one game to date.
“If they play this week we’ll go scout them,” Lloyd noted, “and then get ready for the rest of the season.”
Lloyd said when the Mountaineers travel to Huss they should be at full strength.
“We should have (running back) Caleb Holland back and he will be a big help,” Lloyd noted. “We’ve been well pleased with how well the other backs have played since he got hurt.”


5 p.m. – Middle school football, Kings Mountain at Shelby (Fifth quarter at 4:30).
4:15 – Middle school softball, Kings Mountain at Burns.
4:15 p.m. – Middle School soccer, Kings Mountain at Burns.
4 p.m. – High school volleyball, Forestview at Kings Mountain (JV/V DH).
MON., SEPT. 13
3:30 p.m. – Middle school cross country, Crest, Burns and North Lincoln at Kings Mountain.
4 p.m. – High school volleyball, Kings Mountain at Shelby (JV/V DH).
6 p.m. – High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Hunter Huss.
1:30 – High school women’s golf, Kings Mountain and all Big South teams at Catawba Creek (Ashbrook and Huss hosts).
4 p.m. -  Middle school golf, KM, East Lincoln and Crest at Deerbrook GC.
4 p.m. – High school volleyball, Kings Mountain at South Point (JV/V DH).
4:15 – Middle school soccer, West Lincoln at Kings Mountain.
4:15 – Middle school softball, West Lincoln at Kings Mountain.
WED., SEPT. 15
5 p.m. – Middle school football, Kings Mountain at West Lincoln (5th quarter at 4:30).
6 p.m. – High school soccer,  North Gaston at Kings Mountain.
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Pictured L-R: parents, Joseph and Brandi Torres; Mark McDaniel, Booster Club President; Joshua Torres and Amy Allen, North School Principal. (photo provided)

Torres honored awarded
Booster Club Good Citizen

Joshua Torres is the first KMHS fourth grade Booster Club Good Citizen. Joshua is a student at North Elementary School. He is an exceptional student, always eager to learn and adds tremendous value to lessons through his active participation and astute insight.
Joshua’s teachers and fellow students appreciate his positive attitude and consideration for others. He embodies all the positive character traits highlighted each month in Cleveland County Schools. His favorite subject in school is math. Joshua’s hobbies include video games, Upwards Soccer and 3-D printing.
Joshua is the son of Joseph and Brandi Torres. He has an older brother, Jordan and younger sister, Harper.
Congratulations to Joshua for being such a great example for others to follow. 


 Thurs., Aug. 26
4:30 – KMHS volleyball, Weddington at Kings Mountain (JV/V DH).
5 p.m. – High school soccer, RS Central at Kings Mountain.
7 p.m. – JV football, Asheville at Kings Mountain
Fri., Aug. 27
6 p.m. – High school cross country, Kings Mountain in 44-team Western NC XC Carnival at Jackson Park, Hendersonville. (Open boys begins at 4 p.m., girls 4:45; Inv. boys begin at 6 p.m., girls at 6:30).
7:30 – High school football, Kings Mountain at Asheville
Sat., Aug. 28
TBA – High school volleyball, Kings Mountain at Chesnee, SC
Mon., Aug. 30
4:30 – High school volleyball, Burns at KM (JV/V DH).
6 p.m. – High school soccer, Lincolnton at Kings Mountain.
Tues., Aug. 31
4:15 – KMMS softball, Crest at Kings Mountain
6 p.m. – High school soccer, Kings Mountain at Burns


Date     Host    Course      Time

Set. 7    S. Point, Cramer    Cramer Mtn.    1 p.m.

Sept. 20    Crest    Riverbend    2 p.m.

Sept. 27    Kings Mountain    KMCC    2 p.m.

Oct. 5    N. Gaston    Lincoln CC    2 p.m.

Oct. 12    Ashbrook/Huss    Catawba Creek    2 p.m.

Fans, Bands & Stands

Photos by Gary Smart
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Kings Mountain’s Peyton Fisher sacks Shelby quarterback Daylin Lee in Friday’s season opener at Gamble Stadium.

Mountaineers drop opener,
travel to Asheville on Friday

Things looked good for Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers when they took a quick 7-0 lead over Shelby in last week’s season opener at John Gamble Stadium. But the Lions quickly roared back to defeat the Mountaineers 37-14 and break a two-game losing streak to their longtime rival.
After Curtis Simpson recovered a fumble to end the Lions’ first possession on the Shelby 46 yard line, quarterback Lamont Littlejohn threw a 36-yard pass to Bryson Brown to set up a four-yard TD pass to Seth Neil for a touchdown. Jaden Ellis added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
That got the huge home crowd excited, but the Lions quickly drove 83 yards to tie the score on a three-yard touchdown run by former KM player Marquis Adams.
Adams scored again from 18 yards out with just 45.7 seconds left in the quarter that put the Lions up for good.
Shelby’s balanced passing and running attack along with a rock solid defense basically kept the young Mountaineers at bay for the rest of the night, except for a brief third quarter run by the KM offense that resulted in a 45-yard Caleb Holland burst for a touchdown that brought the Mountaineers to within 23-14.
Shelby’s Ja’Keith Hamilton got loose down the sideline for a 75 yard touchdown catch and run, and Adams later scored from five yards out to give the Lions their final margin of 37-14 with 1:45 left in the third.
The Lions finished with a whopping 595 yards total offense (159 rushing and 336 passing) while holding the Mountaineers to 94 rushing and 125 passing.
“I wasn’t disappointed in our effort,” KM coach Greg Lloyd said. “It was a little frustrating because we didn’t have all of our players in there in the second half because of cramps; and we’re far more inexperienced than we’ve been in years. I thought Peyton Fisher had a good game. Isaiah Eskridge at right tackle did a good job. Littlejohn had a decent game at quarterback and Jake (Lloyd) did good.
“It was a good experience for us. We had eight sophomores and a freshman on defense and that is really tough when you’re taking on a team like Shelby. Jaden Ellis did a great job kicking
“We knew it would be tough going in. We knew it would be an uphill battle, but it was good experience and will only help us get better. We won’t see another team as good as Shelby. We’ll be fine and we’re looking forward to going to Asheville Friday night.
“Asheville has a lot of speed. Their quarterback’s a good passer and they run a lot. They run a lot of five-wides. They’re a good team and they’re hungry for a win, too. They lost to a very good Robinsville team last week. Robinsville is the defending 1A state champions and a very good team.
“We will have to come out healthy. We had a lot of guys cramp up last week in the second half. Hopefully, we won’t have that this week.”
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Aaliyah Byers kills one in season opener against Highland Tech.  Photos by Gary Smart

Lady Mountaineer volleyball
2-1 after first week of action

Kings Mountain High’s volleyball team is 2-1 after losing to a very good TC Roberson team 3-2 on the road Thursday.
Roberson, playing its first game, prevailed 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-7.
Aaliyah Byers led the KM ladies with 27 kills and seven blocks while Meile Sangaila added 23 digs and 38 serve receptions. Paige Bagwell had 36 assists.
The Lady Mountaineers opened their season the previous Monday with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Highland.
Byers got her senior season off to a great start with 13 kills, four service points, six serve receptions, three blocks and 10 digs.
Songaila also got off to a big start with six kills, 11 service points, 23 serve receptions, two blocks and 13 digs.
Lily Gold contributed five kills, six service points and eight digs and Bagwell dished out 16 assists to go with nine digs and four service points.
KM posted its second straight win on Tuesday with 25-18, 25-18, 29-27 win over East Lincoln.
Byers again had a big night with 15 kills, nine digs, six serve receptions, three blocks and seven service points.
Songaila contributed nine kills, nine digs, 13 serve receptions, four blocks and six service points.
Ozmore had 11 assists and five digs; and Bagwell dished out 21 assists to go with three digs, two blocks and 11 service points.
In JV action, Kings Mountain opened its season with a 25-11, 25-21 win over Highland Tech.
Sara Kate Bridges had 11 assists, seven digs and five service points.
London Brown had six kills, four digs, five serve receptions and 10 service points; and Addi Peeler added seven serve receptions, five digs and 10 service points.
The JVs came back from a 25-23 loss in the first set to defeat East Lincoln 25-17, 16-14.
London Brown had 11 kills, three digs, seven serve receptions and four service points.
Addi Peeler added seven digs, 20 serve receptions and 13 service points.
Sara Kate Bridges had six digs, 18 assists and six service points. 
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See KM Herald Fall Sports Preview in this week's issue (August 18, 2021)

Shelby here Friday for opener
Mountaineers inexperienced but hope
to be ready for Big South competition

For the past several seasons Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers just reloaded each fall and were always in the running for conference championships and deep playoff runs.
But losing well over 20 outstanding senior players from the spring ’21 team, the Mountaineers will begin the fall season in a rebuilding mode. Hopefully, a tough three-game non-conference schedule against some of the top teams in Western North Carolina will give Coach Greg Lloyd’s young Mountaineer eleven the experience it needs to compete in the Big South Conference and the post-season.
The Mountaineers open Friday night at John Gamble Stadium against their oldest and toughest rival, Shelby.  After that they face two other Western powers on the road, Asheville and Burns.
“We lost a lot of good athletes” off of last year’s team, Lloyd noted. At least 10 of them will be playing on the collegiate level.
Lloyd does have some returning starters and others that saw playing time last year, and he looks for some of last year’s JV players to fill important roles.
Isaiah Eskridge and Tykel Smith return to the interior line along with Peyton Fisher at wide receiver. Deandre Hoyle started as a receiver on offense and corner on defense.
KM’s only returning starter in the backfield is junior Caleb Holland, who came up from the JV team to lead the Mountaineers in rushing after Rashaard Brooks was injured. Brooks is still recuperating and if he plays at all this year it will be late in the season.
Sel Randolph, who was a key reserve last year, and Zay Smith, who excelled at the JV level, will see a lot of action at the slot. Jake Lloyd, a returning starter on defense, and Bryson Brown will be at wide receiver.
Robert Kendrick, who had a good season in the secondary as a varsity freshman, and Smith will also see time at running back.
Up front, Alex Jackson and Dalton Smith will move into starting guard spots, and Michael Lubas will take over the center position.
The Mountaineers lost one of their leading passers ever, Ethan Reid, who is now at Appalachian State. During the early-going, the Mountaineers will have Jonah Patrick and Lamont Littlejohn splitting time at quarterback. Patrick was back-up to Reid last season and Littlejohn quarterbacked the JVs to an unbeaten season.
“On offense, I think we have a decent chance to be good,” Lloyd noted. “We’re just young. There’s not a lot of seniors on this team. I like our spread. It will take some games to develop but I think we will be pretty good.”
Defensively, the Mountaineers lost several starters including two of their all-time best, Javari Rice-Wilson at defensive end and DayDay Wilson at linebacker. They are now in the major college ranks.
But junior AJ Richardson, who was also one of the team’s top tacklers, returns at linebacker along with Jake Lloyd at safety and Deandre Hoyle at corner.
Alex Jackson, a part-time starter last year, will start on the defensive line and Peyton Fisher also returns to the defense.
Lloyd looks to Michael Ward and Jacaylen Sanders to start at linebacker. Tykel Smith and Zaylon Ramos return to the defensive line.
Bryson Brown looks good at corner and Chase Ellis, a senior, will play a lot on the defensive line.
KM’s kicking game should be strong as Jaden Ellis returns as the place kicker. Fisher will probably do the punting, and freshman Max Thompson is also a talented kicker. Randolph and Lloyd will return punts and Kendrick and Smith will return kicks.
While many schools are reporting low numbers, Lloyd is pleased that the Mountaineers had 76 people show up for opening day of practice.
“I believe Shelby, Burns and Crest had about the same so all four Cleveland County teams should be good,” he said. “I am glad we will be able to field a JV team. A lot of schools won’t be able to do that.”
Although the Mountaineers are young overall, Lloyd is optimistic.
“Our players have won a lot at the middle school and JV level, but it’s a little different on the varsity level,” he said. “Our Achilles heel may be that we are so young. We have a tough early season schedule with Shelby, Asheville and Burns. But, after that we have a bye and will know more about how we might fare in the Big South Conference.
“We have a hard-working group of players. We’re young, so the good thing is that we will have 80 percent of them for two or three more years. We can grow together and hopefully have a good year this year and be very good the following years.”
He knows challenging for the Big South title is a tall order, but he’s ready to give it a shot.
“The Big South Conference is super competition,” he said. “And South Point coming back in is going to make it even stronger. They have most of their players returning from last year so they could be the favorite.
“I am glad the conference is up to eight teams. I’m not sure if anyone will be able to run the table. Crest will be good. They may be a little young, too, but they have a lot of people back on defense.
“I think Ashbrook and Forestview will be pretty good, too. They have a lot back so you know they will be much better than they were in the spring. I really don’t know that much about the other teams. I think Huss will be very young and I believe North Gaston will be improved in the second season under their new coach, Justin Clark. Cramer could be very good. Their number 7 (Arias Nash) is a very good defensive end, and their quarterback (Justin Rocquemore) is a very good passer.
“It’s going to be an interesting year. We’re not settled on a starting quarterback yet. We’re going to play them both starting out because they did a good job over the summer.”

YMCA All-Star baseball teams

Crest edges KM
for Wachovia Cup

In an incredibly tight race with four teams finishing within six points of each other at the top, Crest edged Kings Mountain 187.5 to 186.5 to win the Wachovia Cup for the Big South Conference for the 2000-21 school year.
Stuart Cramer finished two points behind Crest and Forestview just six points back.
Crest won conference championships in baseball, softball, women’s soccer, men’s basketball and women’s golf.
Final standings: Crest 187.5, Kings Mountain 186.5, Cramer 185.5, Forestview 181.5, Ashbrook 39, North Gaston 136.7, Hunter Huss 115.
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ALWS Keeter Stadium (Photo provided)

Play Ball! American Legion World Series celebrates ten years in Shelby

By Loretta Cozart

In April, the head of the nation’s largest veterans’ organization announced that The American Legion World Series will be played in Shelby, N.C., August 12-17. The eight-team championship tournament is returning after the premier baseball event was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 2021 marks the events 10th year in Shelby.
American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford said “As a former American Legion Baseball coach, I am extremely excited about the return of this fantastic event. With the availability of vaccines and additional data showing that young people participating in outdoor activities represent a low risk for spread of the virus, we feel that we can conduct a safe world series. This is a very different environment than what we faced last year. Many of us eagerly await the umpire’s welcoming words of ‘play ball!’”
   Events for the six-day event include:
• Thursday, August 12, Opening Day: Senior Citizens, 55 and older, are admitted free. Cleveland County City Council on Aging will place large containers at the main gate to collect non-perishable food and hygiene items for the pantry at the Neal Senior Center. 6:30 pm – Parade of Champions.
• Friday, August 13, Salute to Academic Achievement Day: JROTC Unit of Blackman High School of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, under the instruction of retired Col. Jeffrey Gaylord, will post the colors for all games on Friday and Saturday.
• Saturday, August 14, USAA Military Appreciation Day, 3:30 pm: Ceremony to honor Mitch Harris, Mt. Holly native, U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Navy veteran, former Legion baseball and MLB player, and Lt. Col. Brad H., a Shelby native, former Legion player, who is currently active Army with U.S. Special Operations Command.
    •    Sunday, August 15, Atrium Health Salute to Healthy Living Day, 10:00 am: Worship Service lead by Pleasant City Church, 3:15 pm: Presentation to J.J. Guinozzo, celebrating 50-years as the scoring czar for the ALWS, 3:40 pm: Autograph session in the McIntosh Law Firm Hospitality Tent with Mitch Harris; Buddy Green who recommended Harris to the U.S. Naval Academy; Kermit Smith, Appalachian State University head baseball coach and Harris’ Legion coach; and J.J. Guinozzo.
• Monday, August 16, Youth Athletic Day, 5:45 pm: Recognition on the field of two North Carolina ALWS Champions: Shelby Post 82 (1945) and Charlotte Post 9 (1965). Members of both teams have been invited to attend.
• Tuesday, August 17, Championship Tuesday: Seven-time NASCAR Champion and current NTT driver Jimmy Johnson will throw out the first pitch. Miss Gastonia 2020 Julie DeSerio will sing the National Anthem. Skydive Carolina parachutists will deliver the game ball. Fireworks after the game.
   The American Legion will observe Center for Disease Control guidelines and local and state public health mandates for all its national programs.
The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in more than 12,000 posts across the nation. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and continued devotion to servicemembers and veterans.
General Admission, Adult Day Passes tickets, and Student Day Pass tickets remain available. Box Seats, Reserved Seats, and Rocking Chair Seats have sold out. Tickets can be bought online at:

Schedule for tryouts
 at KM Middle School

 Here is the schedule for tryouts for Kings Mountain Middle School sports for the fall 2021 season.
 In order to participate, you must have an up to date physical.
 Golf – Tryouts August 25-27 at 3:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain County Club.
 Softball – Tryouts August 23-25 from 3-5 p.m.
 Boys soccer – Workouts August 16-20 from 3-4:30 p.m. Tryouts August 23-25 from 3-4:30 p.m.
 Football mini camp – August 2-5. First official practice is August 9.
 Cross country – Tryouts/practice August 30 from 3-4:15 p.m.

Volleyball scrimmage
Saturday at KMHS

Kings Mountain High volleyball fans can get a first look at their 2021 Lady Mountaineers when they host their annual all-day scrimmage Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Games will be played in Donald L. Parker Gymnasium and the mini gym. Admission is $5.
All of the KMHS games will be in Parker Gym.
Some of the visiting teams include Shelby, Cherryville, Ashbrook, North Henderson, Highland, South Point, RS Central and East Rutherford. KM’s games will be during the afternoon session (12:30-4 pm).
Coach Heather Pasour will take her ladies to North Henderson Thursday, Aug. 12 for another multi-team scrimmage before opening regular season action Tuesday, Aug. 16 at home against Highland.
The Lady Mountaineers are the defending Big South 3A Conference champions and have their sights set on a repeat.

Mountaineers put on pads
today, go full contact Monday

High school football practice will get serious today as teams in North Carolina begin heavy practice in preparation for the 2021 fall season that begins August 19-20.
For the first time in many years Kings Mountain’s Mountaineers will begin their season against arch-rival Shelby. Those two teams have the longest rivalry in the state dating back to the early 1920s.
The JV Mountaineers will be traveling to Shelby on Thursday, Aug. 19 for a 7 p.m. game. The varsity Mountaineers will host the Lions on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 at John Gamble Stadium. The JV schedule will probably see some changes because many schools on their schedule will probably be dropping JV games because of low player turnouts.
North Carolina teams began official pre-season practice Monday with light drills in helmets only. They can put on pads today and go to full contact drills next Monday.
The Mountaineers have non-conference games against Shelby, Asheville and Burns and will have a bye on September 9 and 10 before beginning Big South 3A Conference play against Hunter Huss on September 16 and 17.
The Mountaineers had a mini-camp last week where they broke off in groups and simulated some plays.
While most teams’ turnouts have been low so far this summer because of COVID, on most days Kings Mountain has had a turnout of about 75 to 80 JV and varsity players. The varsity lost 20 seniors from last spring’s team including many that will be freshmen on college teams this fall. The Mountaineers will be working hard in the next few weeks to settle on a starting lineup.
Some of the returning starters include running back Caleb Holland, defensive back/wide receiver Jake Lloyd, junior linebacker AJ Richardson, defensive back Robert Kendrick, kickers Jaden Ellis and Hunter Whisnant, defensive lineman Jason Feemster, and lineman Tykel Smith whose fumble recovery in the end zone clinched the Mountaineers’ second straight victory over arch rival Shelby.
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Recent Kings Mountain High graduate Javari Rice-Wilson has been selected as the North Carolina High School Football Defensive Player of the year and is now in the running for National Player of the Year.

Rice-Wilson in running for National Athlete of Year

Recent Kings Mountain High graduate Javari Rice- Wilson has been named the North Carolina USA Today High School Sports Football Athlete of the Year award winner for the 2021 spring football season and is now in the running for National Player of the Year.
He is the first athlete in the 100-plus year history of KMHS sports to be nominated for National Player of the Year. KMHS began playing organized sports in the early 1900s and began playing football in 1922; however, they did not play in 1943 because of World War II.
The winner will be announced on the USA Today High School Sports Awards show, hosted by Michael Strahan and Rob Gronkowski, at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 5. The telecast can be watched on any smart device through the USA Today Sports Wire and News Wire channels, available on Roku, Samsung, Amazon Fire and most smart TVs. Viewers can also stream the show on demand on the USA Today High School Sports Awards website or through You Tube.
In addition to football, the awards honor national winners in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, polo, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
Rice-Wilson was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big South 3A Conference after leading the Mountaineers with a school record 23 sacks which ranked third in the entire United States. Wilson’s feat is even more impressive in that he did it in nine games as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association trimmed its regular season to just seven games as compared to 11 in the past because of Covid 19. Kings Mountain won the Big South and went two rounds in the state playoffs so Wilson averaged 2.5 sacks per game. In many regular season games, he and other starters left the game shortly after halftime because of big leads.
The star defensive end will be continuing his football career this fall at Fordham University in New York City.

KMHS Sports & Band

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Cleveland County Host Softball Team pictured font row, L-R: #33 Sierra Crocker, #4 Alexis Shope, #6 Riley Parker, #19 Maura Pendleton, #1 Makenzie Clark, and #17 Morgan McCurry. Middle row, L-R: #16 Savannah Center, #2 Kamryn Spangler, #3 Sara Warlick, #8 Mackenzie Hayes, #10 Jaylen Ledbetter, #14 Peyton Cook, and #44 Hunter Morgan. Back row, L-R: Assistant Coach Gary Spangler, Assistant Coach Kyle Warlick, Head Coach Thomas Pruett, Assistant Coach Carlie Patterson. Not Pictured: #21 Taylor Black, # 24 Laney Jo Patterson, and #31 Sage McCurry.

Legion Post 82 to host 2021 State Legion Lady fastpitch tournament 

The  American Legion Post 82 Senior softball team will host the 2021 State Legion Lady Fastpitch Tournament on August 2-4.
The tournament features five teams: four regional championship teams from North Carolina and the Shelby host team. The tournament will be held at Crest High School softball field. The Crest Diamond Club and Legionnaires from Post 82 have worked many hours preparing the ballpark for visitors.
The stadium received a fresh coat of paint, new crushed brick dust was added to the infield, and the outfield grass was vertical-cut and fertilized. The four out-of-town teams will stay at AmericInn in Boiling Springs. The three-day tournament will feature eight games. The City of Boiling Springs and Boiling Springs Tourism Development Authority are the Platinum Sponsors of the Tournament.

Schedule for tryouts
at KM Middle School

Here is the schedule for tryouts for Kings Mountain Middle School sports for the fall 2021 season.
 In order to participate, you must have an up to date physical.
 Golf – Tryouts August 25-27 at 3:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain County Club.
 Softball – Tryouts August 23-25 from 3-5 p.m.
 Boys soccer – Workouts August 16-20 from 3-4:30 p.m. Tryouts August 23-25 from 3-4:30 p.m.
 Football camp – August 2-5. First official practice is August 9.
 Cross country – Tryouts/practice August 30 from 3-4:15 p.m.

Girls tennis tryouts
begin Aug. 2 at KMHS

Kings Mountain High School women’s tennis tryouts will take place at the new KMHS tennis complex beginning Monday, August 2 from 5-6:45 p.m.
All interested rising freshmen from Kings Mountain Middle School are encouraged to attend.
All participants need an up to date physical on file before they can practice. All participants need to take their racquets and appropriate tennis apparel.
Contact KMHS tennis coach Rick Henderson at 704-460-8066 or for more information, questions or concerns.

KM-West Lincoln 7-on-7

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KM’s Cannon in tonight’s East-West All-Star game

Recent Kings Mountain High graduate Chance Cannon will be playing outside linebacker for the West team in tonight’s annual East-West All-Star football game at Greensboro’s Grimsley Stadium. Game time is 8 p.m.
Except for last year when the game was cancelled because of COVID 19, the game has been played every July on the final day of the North Carolina High School Coaches Clinics.
Many players from past games have gone on to make their marks in college and professional football.
The first all-star football game was played in 1949. Coach Bob Jamieson, Director of the NCCA, received the keys to the stadium from the contractor at 4 p.m. on the day of the game. Coach Jamieson then went onto the field at his school and coached the West team against the East’s Leon Brogden, Wilmington’s legendary coach.
The football game has featured hundreds of future NCAA Division I stars and many have gone on to successful careers in the NFL. Over 3,400 North Carolina boys have had the chance to wear the royal of the East or the scarlet of the West.
Cannon was one of the key players for the Mountaineers in one of their most successful runs in their 99-year history. During the spring 2021 season which was cut to seven regular season games because of the COVID epidemic, he and his teammates went undefeated through the Big South Conference and finished 8-1 overall.
Players and coaches to represent KMHS in the East-West Game:
2021 – Chance Cannon
2020 – Quintin Davidson,
   James Ussery.
2019 – Kaylon Wade, Jeremiah Brown.
2018 – Jerdon Pressley.
2017 – Head coach Greg
2017 – Darian McClain
2017 – Cooper Short
2011 – Cedric Thompson
1999 – Julius Curry
1999 – Frank Hopper
1988 – Coach Dennis
1986 – Edwin Sherer
1980 – Kevin Mack
1973- Mark George
1967 – Coach Bill Bates
1965 – Hubert McGinnis

Football mini-camp
will be held at KMHS

 Kings Mountain High football coaches will be holding a mini-camp Monday through Thursday July 26-29 from 5:30-8 p.m. for all persons interested in playing football for the Mountaineers this fall.

KMHS football
will be streamed

Kings Mountain High School and the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club will continue to stream games this upcoming football season.
The streaming began last year due to limited COVID attendance and was a huge success for people who could not watch the game because of health, age, etc.
David Brinkley, president of the Touchdown Club, noted that the first several games were a test and after purchasing a new camera the quality was substantially better the rest of the year.
“Overall, we had tremendous success in households watching the games,” he said. “We had upwards of 1,000 households watching every Friday night. With that success, our sponsors had broad exposure to advertise their business along with our supporters who also participated financially in this endeavor.”
Because the streaming reached so many people, especially those who are unable to personally attend games, Brinkley said the KMTD decided to continue the streaming this season and is asking for sponsors.
Sponsorships for individuals and businesses are as follows:
Title sponsor - $2,000 (two available), includes all packages listed below.
Bug sponsor - $500 (no limit on availability), includes electronic logo display on a 15-second rotation.
Coaches show - $1,000 (5 available) includes Bug, Tuesday night interviews after the previous game with Coach Lloyd and players.
Pregame show - $1,000 (five available) includes Bug, Pregame interviews with Coach Lloyd.
Halftime show - $1,000 (one available) includes Bug, recap of the first half and coverage of special events.
Scoreboard - $1,000 (one available) includes Bug, local games scores updated during the KM game.
Players of the Game - $2,500 (one available), includes Bug, local games scores, updated during KM game (offensive, defensive and special teams player of the game).
Donations – Donate based on ticket prices. Example: tickets are $7 x 3 fans = $21 x 7 games = $147.
Make your tax deductible checks payble to KMTD, PO Box 2017, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Payment is due before August 1.
All of the money raised will be used for KMHS athletics. For more information call David Brinkley at 704-739-4689.

Women’s tennis
tryouts at KMHS

Kings Mountain High School women’s tennis tryouts will take place at the new KMHS tennis complex beginning Monday, August 2 from 5-6:45 p.m.
All interested rising freshmen from Kings Mountain Middle School are encouraged to attend.
All participants need an up to date physical on file before they can practice. All participants need to take their racquets and appropriate tennis apparel.
Contact KMHS tennis coach Rick Henderson at 704-460-8066 or for more information, questions or concerns.

Schedule for tryouts
at KM
Middle School

Here is the schedule for tryouts for Kings Mountain Middle School sports for the fall 2021 season.
In order to participate, you must have an up to date physical.
Golf – Tryouts Augsut 25-27 at 3:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain County Club.
Softball – Tryouts August 23-25 from 3-5 p.m.
Boys soccer – Workouts August 16-20 from 3-4:30 p.m. Tryouts August 23-25 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Football mini camp – August 2-5. First official practice is August 9.
Cross country – Tryouts/practice August 30 from 3-4:15 p.m.

KMHS football
will be streamed

Kings Mountain High School and the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club will continue to stream games this upcoming football season.
The streaming began last year due to limited COVID attendance and was a huge success for people who could not watch the game because of health, age, etc.
David Brinkley, president of the Touchdown Club, noted that the first several games were a test and after purchasing a new camera the quality was substantially better the rest of the year.
“Overall, we had tremendous success in households watching the games,” he said. “We had upwards of 1,000 households watching every Friday night. With that success, our sponsors had broad exposure to advertise their business along with our supporters who also participated financially in this endeavor.”
Because the streaming reached so many people, especially those who are unable to personally attend games, Brinkley said the KMTD decided to continue the streaming this season and is asking for sponsors.
Sponsorships for individuals and businesses are as follows:
Title sponsor - $2,000 (two available), includes all packages listed below.
Bug sponsor - $500 (no limit on availability), includes electronic logo display on a 15-second rotation.
Coaches show - $1,000 (5 available) includes Bug, Tuesday night interviews after the previous game with Coach Lloyd and players.
Pregame show - $1,000 (five available) includes Bug, Pregame interviews with Coach Lloyd.
Halftime show - $1,000 (one available) includes Bug, recap of the first half and coverage of special events.
Scoreboard - $1,000 (one available) includes Bug, local games scores updated during the KM game.
Players of the Game - $2,500 (one available), includes Bug, local games scores, updated during KM game (offensive, defensive and special teams player of the game).
Donations – Donate based on ticket prices. Example: tickets are $7 x 3 fans = $21 x 7 games = $147.
Make your tax deductible checks payble to KMTD, PO Box 2017, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Payment is due before August 1.
All of the money raised will be used for KMHS athletics. For more information call David Brinkley at 704-739-4689.
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Front row Alexis Jackson, Big South Field MVP and all-conference in high jump and triple jump. Back left to right, Thalia Kushman, 1600m and 4x800; Parker Wilson, 4x800, Neveah Brown, track MVP, All-Conference in 4x100; Nyardin Phillips 4x100, Janiya Hunt, 4x100 and Taylor Smith, Coach’s Award. Not pictured Bailey Ledford, pole vault; Rayna Brown, pole vault; Divinity Ervin 3200m and 4x800, Ashley Gural 4x800, Leilani Clark 4x100, Jailen Moore shot put. 
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Left to right, Dwayne Black, 100, 4x100 and 4x200; Jaden Fields, 4x100, 4x200 and Coach’s Award; Titus Phillips, Big South and West Regional Field MVP, State Champion in the long jump and All-Conference in long jump, triple jump and high jump; Marcus Odums, Team MVP field and All-Conference in long jump and triple jump; Jaylen Mims, Big Souith MVP in track and All-Conference in 100m, 200m, 4x100 and 4x200m; Jeramie Thurman team MVP track and All-Conference in 4x100 and 4x200m. Not pictured, Dillon Messenger, pole vault, and Ethan Capps, pole vault; Dameon Wilson discus, and Andrea Willis 110 high hurdles and 300m hurdles.

Lady Mountaineer basketball star Trina Hamrick
to be inducted into Kings Mountain Hall of Fame

Trina Hamrick had no intentions of playing basketball when she entered Kings Mountain Junior High School in 1980.
But seeing how tall she was, coaches Candy Albergine and Becky Summit took an immediate interest in her.
“They were my P.E. teachers and asked me to come out for the basketball team,” Hamrick recalled. “I went out not so much for the fun of playing, I just wanted to go to the games. I had no clue I would ever be successful with it. I couldn’t even do a lay-up. But they worked with me and I ended up really loving the game. They were excellent coaches.”
Hamrick was so successful in basketball, she is the third-leading scorer in KMHS history and her 1,160 points came in just three years as the high school back then was 10th through 12th grades. Her career point total is third best in school history behind Shonda Cole’s 1,326 and Tameeka Anderson’s 1,235 and they were four-year varsity players.
“At first, I didn’t like basketball,” Hamrick recalled recently while taking a break in her hair salon in Kings Mountain. “Coach Albergine and Coach Summitt made us run suicides ‘til it just tired us out. But, after they worked with me and saw that I could play the game I fell in love with it. They’d make us run suicides if we missed a foul shot or lay-up, and it paid off.”
Hamrick was an instant success at KMHS where she played for David Brinkley and Nancy Scoggins. Hamrick and her teammates led Scoggins’ 1983 team to the Southwestern Conference championship, the school’s first in the “modern” era. She averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game.
“Nancy Scoggins was a really, really good coach,” Hamrick recalled. “She made us do a lot of pushups but it paid off because we won the conference. We had some awesome coaches in David Brinkley and Nancy Scoggins.”
The ’83 team finished with a 22-5 record, one of the school’s best-ever in girls basketball. She was named the Conference Player of the Year and was KM’s first female basketball player selected for the prestigious North Carolina East-West All-Star game. She scored 70 points in three games in the SWC tournament and had a season high 31 points in a Christmas tournament win over West Mecklenburg.
But, probably her most memorable moment was when the Lady Mountaineers’ game with East Rutherford was stopped after she scored her 1,000th career point and Scoggins presented her with the game ball. The team had a big party afterward.
“When they stopped the game I had no idea what they were doing,” she noted. “I saw my mom and dad in the gym and wondered what was going on. Then they announced it and gave me the game ball, and I just thought ‘wow, this started as fun and ended a blessing.’”
Hamrick had numerous offers from colleges, but she loved cosmetology and that was her life’s dream. It has continued to be for years as she owns a beauty salon in downtown Kings Mountain and is a teacher and consultant for a beauty college in Charlotte.
“I knew that’s what I wanted to do and it has given me a good life,” she said. “I took cosmetology three hours a day in high school under the late Vivian Whitworth; now I’m walking in my calling.”
Basketball’s still in her blood, but as a fan watching her granddaughters play in Gaston County.
“My memories of high school are still there, though,” she said. “Crest and Shelby were always our big rivals. It felt like when it came to Shelby we got intimidated. Shelby had some bullies. They had three on me elbowing me all night. That was the first game I ever cursed. Jimmy Curry was in the stands and he told me afterward, ‘Trina, you cursed.’ I’ve never been one to curse but they were bullies and I got intimidated.”
She credited Mrs. Whitworth, her coaches, and teachers Eugene Bumgardner and Steve Baker for encouraging her.
Hamrick said except for some recreation league softball, she hasn’t actively participated in sports since high school.
“I worked two jobs for 11 years, at my shop and in cosmetology education in Charlotte,” she noted. “Now I’m a career planning specialist and plan to move to Belmont soon to be closer to my work.
“Life has been good to me,” she said. “COVID came along and I had double pneumonia and was in ICU for five days and in the hospital for 10. It was a sad situation. The doctors didn’t think I would make it, but God…”
After that, Hamrick said she had to re-think her life.
“I sold my home in Grover and got rid of some responsibilities I didn’t need,” she said. “I just wanted life, peace, happiness and to be free. God has given that to me. I am in a good place.”
She said being selected unanimously for the Hall of Fame is a blessing.
“I want to thank everybody that believed in me,” she said. “I greatly appreciate this honor. It is a great feeling to be thought of in that manner. I am ecstatic.

Touchdown Club
golf tournament 
set for Aug. 13 at KMCC

The 14th annual Kings Mountain Touchdown Club golf tournament will be held Friday, August 13 at Kings Mountain Country Club.
It is a four-person Captain’s Choice and is limited to the first 30 registered teams. There is a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $70 per player and includes one mulligan per player, one red tea per player and one string per team on hole 15.
There will be prizes for closest to the pin on all four par 3 holes; and longest drive for men, women and seniors on #2. The tournament will be flighted at the end with first place prizes in each flight.
Entry forms and checks should be made out to KM Touchdown Club and mailed to PO Box 2017, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 by July 31.
Sponsorships are also available for individuals, businesses and industry. A diamond sponsowrship is $1,000, platinum $500, gold $250 and silver $100. Make checks payable to KM Touchdown Club and mail to the above address.
There will also be an online raffle. Details will be available soon.