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The Male and Female Scholastic Athlete of the Year cups went to Kendall Chupp and Will Fowler, The cups were sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas White.

Winter/Spring CHS Sports Awards

At the recent Winter/Spring CHS
Sports Awards, some of the winners are
shown here with their awards and certificates.
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Cherryville Ironmen Golf Team Wins

The Cherryville Ironmen Golf Team won the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A by a total of 46 strokes over 2nd place East Gaston.  All conference players for this season include; Jackson Tedder, Blake Tedder, Tyler Stroupe, and Peyton Huffman.  The Southern Piedmont player of the year was Senior Jackson Tedder with a season average of 36.2 strokes per 9 holes. Cherryville competed in the 1A West Regional on May 8th at Lincoln Country Club where they finished runner-up to Mitchell.  Next for the Ironmen will be the State tournament which is being held at Pinehurst #6 on May 15th and 16th.   (photo provided)
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The John Chavis Middle School Wolverines championship baseball team and their coaches at Fraley Field on Tuesday, May 9. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

JCMS baseball boys win county baseball championship

On Tuesday, May 9, John Chavis Middle School’s Wolverines baseball squad took the county championship title with a 2-0 win over Stanley. It was the school’s county-record, 10th overall title.
Head coach Tony Owens said his Wolverines were the No. 3 seed in a season that saw no team go unbeaten in the 10-game regular season. He noted that the number one seed (Belmont) and the number two seed (Cramerton) were knocked off in the postseason semifinals.
Pitcher Parker Anderson had a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the 10-2 Wolverines, helping himself at the plate with two hits. Others having hits for the JCMS team were Kenan Fowler and Jackson Heavner. The team has won nine county championships, the most recent being in 2015.
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CHS senior ball player Collin Huss, a lefty, slings one toward the plate in last week’s game against the visiting TJCA Gryphons.

CHS Ironmen baseball downs TJCA; Shelby on the way to dropping rival Burns

Team is currently 21-4 overall; 11-1 in SPC 1A/2A play


The CHS Ironmen baseball juggernaut keeps rolling along, with an eye on the prize of possibly another state championship. Last week, they were 18-4 overall, and 11-1 in SPC 1A/2A play and didn’t look to be slowing down any. As they head into the final week of play the Ironmen are far ahead of other teams in the hunt, according to an NCHSAA West projection.
Let’s have a look at their last two matchups: between them and the visiting Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons and the Shelby Golden Lions.
In the Tuesday, May 2 game at Fraley Field pitting the Ironmen against the visiting TJCA Gryphons, the Ironmen, who have bested this team on numerous occasions, did it again, blanking them 10-0 in a mercy-ruled five innings of play at Fraley Field.
Coach Heavner used two pitchers in this one – lefty Collin Huss, who struck out 8 batters and walked 3, and right-handed dynamo, Collin Robinson, who polished it all off by striking out two batters.
Hitters for Coach Heavner and his crew were Landon Hahn (3-3, a triple); young Robinson (2-3, an RBI, and scoring on a wild pitch); Kanon Willis (2-3, a double, an RBI, scored on a wild pitch and a balk); Will Fowler (2-3, and hit by a pitch); Tobias Miller (2-3, a walk); Huss (1-3, a home run, and an RBI); Brayden Reynolds (1-3, a home run); and Chase Miller (1-2, an RBI).
The Ironmen got their 10 runs off of 12 hits.

Against the Shelby Golden Lions
The Ironmen won this battle 7-3 with pitchers Eli Newsome and Kanon Willis racking up some nice stats so far as strike outs go: Newsome struck out seven Golden Lions batters while teammate Willis knocked off two (K’s). It took the CHS men nine hits to rack up their 7 runs, but that did the trick.
Hitters for Coach Scotty Heavner’s men in blue were as follows: Hahn (3-4, he also got his 100th hit!); Willis (2-4, 2 RBIs, and scored on a wild pitch); Fowler (2-3, hit by a pitch); Will Heavner (1-3 and a walk); Tobias Miller (3-3, an RBI, and hit by a pitch); Collin Huss (2-3, 3 RBIs, and hit by a pitch); and Brayden Reynolds (1-3).
They played Burns at Burns on Friday, May 5, and won that game 6-3. They are currently 21-4 overall; 11-1 in SPC play.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker) 
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Kanon and his family and school staff and coaches at his signing of his letter of intent to play baseball for the Cobras of Caldwell Community College. Sitting with him are his dad, Brandon, and mom, Dawn. Behind him (L-R): CHS Principal Shawn Hubers, CHS AD Scott Harrill, CHS head baseball coach Scott Heavner, and former BCHS baseball coach and teacher, Stan Haynes. Coach Haynes has been a friend of the Willis family for many years. (photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Ironman baseball player Will Fowler signs to play ball at CVCC

For Will, it’s all about getting to that next level of play…


CHS Ironmen baseball player Will Fowler has signed to play baseball for the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks when he starts college in the fall. He had many family members and friends there last week to watch him sign his name on the dotted line to play ball for
a college team.
Will said before the signing, “I’m excited to start something new. All my coaches have worked hard to get me better and to know what to do to get to the next level (of play).”
His mom, Sarah, said of him, “We are so proud of him. He has worked really hard for this. We can’t wait to watch him keep playing baseball.”
His aunt Emilie Pope said she too was proud of her nephew, agreeing with his mom that she too “…can’t wait to see him continue to play.”
CVCC’s assistant baseball coach Randall Ortiz was on hand to watch the signing, but, as per college policy, was unable to give a comment.
Will’s grandfather, Louie Fowler, said, “We are extra proud of him! He has been playing baseball since T-ball up. We have been to all of the games.” Grandmother Joan agreed, adding, “We are really proud of him, as Louie said. He is a fine young fellow and we are sure he will do well.”
Grandmother Barbara Crews noted, “For Will, baseball has been such a dream to him. He is a good kid. He has such character!”
Dad Jody Fowler also echoed what everyone had said previously, “Obviously we are just super proud of him and his great work ethic! Will is a great example that hard work pays off and that you can achieve your dream if you are willing to work at it. He has done that since coming up through the great Cherryville Little League program.”
Shawn Hubers, CHS Principal, said, “Will is just a super kid and the picture of what a student athlete should look like. He excels on the field and in the classroom. I am confident he will do great things in the future.”
Grandfather Billy Crews said of Will, “As proud as I am of my kids and grandkids at this moment, I am more proud of my children and grandkids for their faith in Christ. Will has used his talents and abilities to achieve his goals and ambitions, leading up to this as it takes him into the future.
“As a family, we’re excited about his commitment to CVCC,” he concluded.
Head CHS baseball coach, Scott Heavner said, “We are extremely proud of Will and his accomplishments. He is such an important part of our baseball program. He’s a tremendous work horse and his work ethic is phenomenal! He commands respect by his presence on the field and in class. He is one of a very special CHS baseball group we have this year.”
Coach Heavner said of the 2023 CHS Ironmen baseball squad, of which Will is an integral part and player (he is the team’s catcher), “These young men, for the most part, have played together for so long. What he does for us is tremendous! He has been there for the last three years as our full-time catcher. Not only that, but he is a great human being who comes from a great family. Will is a young man who will do great things in life, and that’s what it’s all about! All I can say to end my comments is that Will is ready!”
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Batting against the Rebels of West Lincoln in last week’s away game is senior Landon Hahn.

Back from Beach Diamond Invitational, Cherryville Ironmen are now 16-4 overall

Will honor 1998 state championship team Thursday night, April 26


The CHS Ironmen baseball team came back from their Beach Diamond Invitational last week and went right back to work, taking on two teams; the Highland Tech Rams (twice) and the West Lincoln Rebels and came away victorious, defeating the Rams in their first matchup on Tuesday, April 18, by a score of 16-4 in five innings of play; defeating the Rebels on Wednesday, April 19, by a score of 7-2, again winning in six innings; and finally blasting the Rams again, 16-4 in a Thursday, April 20 home game that was moved from the originally scheduled Friday, April 21, due to possible inclement weather.
Breaking down the stats, the winning pitcher for the first HT game was right-hander Brayden Reynolds. Reynolds is now 3 wins and 2 losses in his pitching stats. Chase Miller came in the last inning to mop up.
The Ironmen tagged 11 hits to get their 16 runs in this one.
Hitters for Coach Heavner’s club for this game were Landon Hahn (1-5, an RBI); Collin Robinson (0-2, an RBI); Kanon Willis (2-3, 3 RBIs); Will Fowler (2-4, 2 RBIs); Will Heavner (1-2); Tobias Miller (0-2, an RBI); Collin Huss (1-4, 3 RBIs); Eli Newsome (1-4, 2 RBIs); and Chase Miller (1-3, 3 RBIs).
Against West Lincoln last week (April 19), pitcher Kanon Willis went 6 innings and gave up one run. Collin Robinson came in and gave up a run. He was credited as the winning pitcher.
The Ironmen scored 5 runs in the top of eighth inning.
The Ironmen took on the HT Rams again, this time at Fraley Field on Thursday, April 20 (date was changed) and defeated that club again by a score of 13-3. Eli Newsome got the win on the mound. With that win, young Newsome is the team’s winningest pitcher this year with 6 wins against 1 loss. The Ironmen banged out 10 hits on the way to the 13-run win.
Hitters for the Ironmen in this one were: Hahn (2-5, 2 RBIs); Robinson (1-3, an RBI); Willis (1-4, a triple, 3 RBIs); W. Heavner (1-4); T. Miller (1-3, 3 RBIs); Huss (1-4); B. Reynolds (1-2, an RBI); and C. Miller (2-3, two doubles, an RBI).
CHS Athletic director Scott Harrill said the Ironmen and CHS will honor the 1998 state championship team Thursday night, April 27, at the baseball game at Fraley Field against the visiting Green Wave of Ashbrook.
CHS plays BCHS at Bessemer City at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 28.
SPC 1A/2A tournament play is scheduled to start on May 2 and run through May 5, according to the schedule. May 19 is the start of the NCHSAA State Playoffs (times to be determined).
(Additional stats and info by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)

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The 2023 CHS Lady Ironmen softball team – Front row, from left to right: Krista Davis, Chloee Stroupe, Landyn McBride, Laila Davis, Ava Miller, and Taylor Digh. Back row, from left to right: Lexi McSwain, Kennedy Weathers, Raylei Gidney, Jenna Anthony, Emma Proctor, Riley Bryant, and Kylie Jackson. (photo by Mr. Jhoan Alfaro for The Eagle/CF Media)

CHS Lady Ironmen are 11-3 overall; 6-2 in SPC 1A/2A play

On Thursday, April 6, new head coach Lance Bean’s CHS Lady Ironmen took on the Lady Warriors of East Gaston High School and came away victorious by a score of 12 to 11. Coach Beam noted it was a tight one, but was proud of the CHS ladies for staying true to form and battling on the diamond.
Said Beam, “Raylei Gidney was the winning pitcher. Emma Proctor had 3 hits, 1 RBI, Laila Davis had 3 hits, 1 RBI, Riley Bryant  had 3 hits, 1 RBI, Landyn McBride had 2 hits, 3 RBI’s, and (catcher) Lexi McSwain had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.”
The CHS ladies are currently 11-3 overall and 6-2 in SPC 1A/2A play, as per the sports info web site, Max Preps.
They were scheduled to play Monday, April 10, at South Point High School against the Stuart Cramer High School Lady Storm at 9 a.m.; then against the Kings Mountain Lady Mountaineers at 11 a.m.
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MVP & Most Outstanding Women’s All-Stars Girls – L to R: Dr. Bud Black, Mahalah Stewart (Blue Ridge Early College), Kilee Morrow (Mountain Heritage), Janiya Adams (Bessemer City), A. J. Hill (Cherokee), Kiara Taylor (Hiwassee Dam), and Kensley Phillips (Robbinsville).

West-Midwest 1A All-Star
basketball games wrap at BCHS

Guest Sports Writer
Special to the Eagle

Keyshawn Woods of Bessemer City scored 25 points to earn MVP honors and lead the Midwest team to a 110-73 win over the West in the West-Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Games March 18 at Bessemer City High.
Nazari Smarr and Randall Pettus, teammates of Woods at Bessemer City, had 18 and 16 respectively for the West, which featured players from two other Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference teams – Cherryville (Numerius Good and Carson Kelly) and Highland Tech  (Gavin Blackwood and Dante Hairston).
In the girls all-star game, Mahalah Stewart of Blue Ridge Early College High School captured MVP honors in sparking the West to a 93-76 victory.
Other players named as outstanding all-stars in the girls division were: Janiya Adams (Bessemer City), Kilee Morrow (Mountain Heritage), A.J. Hill (Cherokee), Kensley Phillips (Robbinsville) and Kiara Taylor (Hiwassee Dam).
Boys most outstanding all-stars were: Dillian Brown (Murphy), Preston Hyde (Hiwassee Dam), Randall Pettus (Bessemer City), Max Smoker (Mountain Heritage) and Kris Littlejohn (Polk County).
Dr. Bud Black of Cherryville, the tournament’s organizer, called the ninth all-star games and banquet “probably the best we have had over the years. There was an overflow banquet hall with at least 250 people attending, and the Ace Parker Gynasium was full.”
Nine scholarships were awarded to players from the combined rosters, Black said.
The coaching staff for the boys Midwest team consisted of Danny McDowell of Bessemer City, Barry Johnson of Mountain Heritage and Chad Dellinger Mitchell. West all-star boys coaches were Mark Raper of Hiwassee Dam and Brett Lamb of Highlands.
In the girls ranks, Anny Garner of Cherokee, Josh Griffith of Swain and Brett Lamb of Highlands made up the West coaching staff. Midwest coaches were Billy James of Bessemer City, Allison Phillips of Avery and Liz Taylor of Draughn.
Forner N.C. State star Rodney Monroe was the guest speaker at the banquet.
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Ironman Brayden Reynolds pitching against Burns last week at Fraley Field. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Ironmen baseball varsity squad wins one; loses one to the Burns Bulldogs last week

Team is currently 9-3 overall; 5-1 in SPC 1A/2A play


The CHS Ironmen played the Burns Bulldogs twice last week, once at home at Fraley Field, and once at the Bulldog’s home turf. In the first game, the Ironmen won 3-2 in a tight, well-paced game.
In last Tuesday, March 28 action at Fraley, the CHS men used two pitchers, starting out with Brayden Reynolds, who struck out four batters and walked three. Coach Scottie Heavner sent in his closer, Kanon Willis, who wrapped the game by striking out one Burns batter. The Ironmen had three runs off of six hits, with young Reynolds getting the win. Hitters for the CHS men in this one were Landon Hahn (2-4); Collin Robinson (3-24); Willis (3-4, an RBI); Will Fowler (an RBI); Will Heavner (1-3, an RBI); Collin Huss (2-3; and Reynolds, who helped himself at the plate by going 1 for 3.
The Ironmen traveled on Friday, March 31, to Burns and played the second game against the Bulldogs, coming away this time with a 4-3 loss.
The Ironmen had the momentum originally with a 3-1 lead going into the sixth inning. Pitcher Eli Newsome gave the team a great run for five innings, but the steam ran out and the Bulldogs rallied, getting the necessary runs for the win. Newsome took the loss. He is now 3-1 in pitching wins.
The Ironmen got some great juice from their batters as two players hit home runs (Will Heavner and Collin Huss), followed up by great work by the following players: Collin Robinson (2-4, an RBI); Heavner (1-2, a solo home run, an RBI); Collin Huss (1-3, a home run, an RBI); and Chase Miller (1-3).
The CHS men are currently 9-3 overall; 5-1 in SPC 1A/2A play, and faced the Warriors of East Gaston and will face them again,  this week. The CHS men are in a three-way tie in the SPC 1A/2A with Burns at 5-1.
(Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker) 
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CHS’ Ava Miller slides in under the Lady Gryphons player’s tag attempt and scores for the Lady Ironmen.

CHS Lady Ironmen currently
8-1 overall; 4-0 in SPC 1A/2A


On Monday, March 20, the CHS Lady Ironmen softball team defeated the Lincolnton Lady Wolves 8-2 in an away game, according to head coach Lance Beam.
Beam said Raylei Gidney was the winning pitcher. Hitters for the CHS ladies in this matchup were: Landyn McBride (3 singles, 2 RBI’s), Krista Davis (home run), Lexi McSwain (single, double), Ava Miller (2 singles, 2 RBI’s) and Chloee Stroupe (single, 2 RBI’s).
The Lady Ironmen traveled again on Tuesday, March 21 to battle the Lady Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, defeating them by a score of 17-0.
Coach Beam noted Krista Davis was the winning pitcher and Davis helped herself in this one by getting a single, double, an inside the park home run, and 3 RBI’s.
Others doing well in this game were Kennedy Weathers (single, triple, an inside the park home run, and 3 RBI’s), Landyn McBride (2 singles, 1 RBI), Lexi McSwain (2 singles, 2 RBI’s), Laila Davis (single, double, 2 RBI’s), and Ava Miller (single, triple, 2 RBI’s).
On Friday, March 24, the TJCA Lady Gryphons visited the CHS ladies for a rematch. This one didn’t fare any better for the Lady Gryphons as the CHS softball team won the mercy-rule ended game by a score of 10-0.
Coach Beam’s stats for this one were: Raylei Gidney was the winning pitcher with six (6) strikeouts.
Hitters were Riley Bryant (single, double, 3 RBI’s), Krista Davis (single, double, 2 RBI’s), Landyn McBride (2 singles, 1 RBI), and Emma Proctor (single, double).
The CHS ladies played the Lady Bulldogs of Burns on Tuesday. March 28 at CHS Field, then are scheduled to visit Burns on Friday, March 31, game time at 6 p.m. They will play East Gaston at home on Tuesday, April 4, and will travel on Thursday, April 6 to East Gaston for an away game.
The team’s Easter Tournament starts Tuesday, April 11 and ends on Wednesday, April 12. Both dates are scheduled to be played at CHS.
(Stats/info by Coach Lance Beam)
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The pitch is a bit low, but Ironmen catcher Will Fowler has his eye on the ball and it won’t get by him!

Cold weather doesn’t keep the
CHS Ironmen from winning games

Team is currently 5-2 overall; 2-0 in SPC 1A/2A play


The CHS Ironmen baseball squad is rolling right along, in spite of the colder weather, and are making their presence known among their opponents, many of whom have been at the receiving end of their bats, gloves, and pitching skills. They currently have a 5-2 overall win/loss stat (MaxPreps Sports); 2-0 in the SPC 1A, and have knocked off a couple of former powerhouse teams, such as Shelby and Lincolnton, although Kings Mountain proved to be a tougher nut to crack last week. Still… the season is young.
On Tuesday, March 14, they traveled to their new SPC 1A/2A opponents, Shelby, and got an 8-6 victory in that away matchup.
Shelby (2A) gave the Ironmen a run for their money, but the CHS crew won it all in the 7th inning as they came from behind a 6-4 deficit going into the seventh and loaded the bases on the Golden Lions. Brayden Reynolds came up to bat and he cleared the bases. End of game. End of story. The winning pitcher was Kanon Willis.
Then, on Wednesday, March 15, they blasted the 2A Lincolnton Wolves 13-0 at the Wolves’ own home field. The winning pitcher in that one was Collin Huss, who received a bit of help from a Tobias Miller home run.
The nest time the Ironmen face the 2A Golden Lions was last week at Fraley Field and they got a 7-2 home field win over the Golden Lions, as starting pitcher Eli Newsome went five and a third innings. Senior Chase Miller came in to relieve Newsome.
Hitters in this one were Collin Robinson (2-3, an RBI); Kanon Willis (1-3. an RBI); Will Fowler (2-4, an RBI); Will Heavner (2-4, an RBI); and Chase Miller (2-3, an RBI).
In JV news, starting pitcher Aaron Heavner helped his team get a 10-0 win over the JV Golden Lions last week. The win came in five innings of work as young Heavner struck out nine (9) batters, had no walks, and only gave up two hits in his work on the mound.
For the CHS JV’s Talon Dalton, Noah Hollingsworth, Aiden Dills, and Garren Short each had one hi apiece to seal the deal on the JV win in this one.
The Ironmen are away against the Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy this week.
(Additional information/stats by Danny Eaker and Susan L. Powell.)
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Lady Ironman Taylor Digh waits for her pitch against the Robbinsville pitcher at last week’s game at CHS Field. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Lady Ironmen softball team get a win and a loss at home last week

The CHS Lady Ironmen softball team picked up a win and a loss last week as they took on the Lady Jaguars of Forestview on Tuesday, March 7, followed by a game at home against the visiting Robbinsville Lady Knights on Thursday, March 9.
In the non-conference matchup between the Lady Ironmen and the Lady Jags, the CHS ladies won by a score of 5-1.
Coach A.J. Henley said the winning pitcher in this game was newcomer Raylei Gidney.
Henley noted his leading hitters in the Forestview game were Emma Proctor (2-4), and Laila Davis (2-4).

Against Robbinsville
In another non-conference matchup, the CHS ladies lost to the Lady Knights of Robbinsville on March 9, at CHS Field by a mercy-ruled score of 14-4.
Coach Henley noted the losing pitcher was Lady Ironman Laila Davis. He also added there were no leading CHS hitters in this game.
The CHS ladies were scheduled to play an away conference game against the Lady Golden Lions of Shelby on Tuesday, March 14, then are scheduled to be back home on Thursday, March 16 versus Stuart Cramer and Friday, March 17 against Shelby.
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Winning pitcher Eli Newsome winds up to deliver the ball to the waiting Rebels batter.

CHS baseball Ironmen get 3-2 win over West Lincoln Rebels

Great weather brings good crowd, all eager to see some baseball


The CHS Ironmen baseball team got a 3-2 win over the visiting West Lincoln Rebels last Saturday, in a game that was moved to that date due to a rain cancellation.
As torrential as Friday’s rain was, Saturday’s blue skies made for great baseball weather at Fraley Field as the visiting Rebels came looking for the win. Last week, the Ironmen had a 3-2  loss and were looking for their first win at home.
Coach Scott Heavner started right-hander, Eli Newsome, and went through an assortment of pitchers, from Colin Robinson, and Chase Miller; ending with closer Kanon Willis.
The Ironmen scored their three runs off of six hits, and Newsome was the winning pitcher.
Hitters for the Ironmen were shortstop Landon Hahn (2-3, a double); second baseman Colin Robinson (1-3); catcher Will Fowler (1-3, a double, and a walk); first baseman Tobias Miller (1-3, a double, and an RBI); Collin Huss (1-3, a triple, and an RBI); and Kanon Willis (an RBI).
Newsome struck out two Rebels batters and pitched four innings. He was followed by Robinson who walked one and struck out two batters. Robinson pitched one inning.
Chase Miller pitched one inning and struck out a West Lincoln batter, the Willis came in and pitched the last inning, striking out three Rebels batters.

(Additional information/stats by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)
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The 2022-2023 CHS Ironmen men’s varsity basketball team and their coaches. They are (front row, sitting – left to right): Chance Hunt, Carson Kelly, Numarius Good, Landon Hahn, Steven Brown, and Rayshawn Sewell. Back row, standing – left to right: Assistant coach Dr. Bud Black, Assistant coach Dennis Tate, Andron Patterson, Ethan Honeyman, Jordan Lowrance, Hunter Jackson, Darrien Floyd, Nate Bookout, Head coach and CHS Athletic Director, Scott Harrill, and Assistant coach Antonio Griggs. (photo provided)

CHS varsity men’s 2022-2023 roundball season ends with loss to Wildcats

Team finishes at 12-13 overall, 5-8 in SPC 1A/2A


Cherryville High School Ironmen head basketball coach and Athletic Director Scott Harrill said his men finished their 2022-2023 roundball season as they always have, by playing strong and giving their all throughout the season.
Said Harrill, “The Cherryville Ironmen had a strong showing in the conference tournament, but came up one point short of defeating a very good Burns team.”
The Ironmen lost to the Bulldogs by a score of 66-65.
Coach Harrill noted his Ironmen varsity squad “…fought back from a 14-point deficit with Landon Hahn getting hot in the third quarter.”
He continued, “Hahn had 10 (points) in the third quarter, along with three steals. In the fourth quarter, as the Ironmen made a run on the Bulldogs, juniors Nate Bookout and Chance Hunt hit back-to-back three pointers.”
Harrill noted Cherryville was led in scoring by the team’s seniors, with Carson Kelly getting 25 points, Landon Hahn scoring 20 points, Numarius Good 6, and Ethan Honeyman scoring 5 points.

Against the Eastern Randolph Wildcats
The Ironmen traveled to play the third-ranked Eastern Randolph Wildcats in the first round of the state playoffs. The CHS men lost the game against the Wildcats by a score of 95-60.
Coach Harrill said, “Eastern Randolph was tall and athletic and ended the season for the Ironmen.”
He continued, “The length and press bothered us early. We finally were able to settle down, but it was a little too late.”  Coach Harrill said senior Carson Kelly had “…a big second half, hitting six (6) three-pointers and (he) finished his senior year off with 21 points.”
Fellow senior Landon Hahn got in early foul trouble, Harrill noted, “…but came on strong in the second half scoring all 14 of his points in the second half. Senior Numarius Good had 12 points while Darrien Floyd chipped in 11 points.”
Coach Harrill said he was, “…really proud of this group” and added that he “…hated to see the season come to an end.”
Ever the great mentor and coach, Harrill said, “I wish these seniors a lifetime of memories of basketball and look forward to see what they do in the future. I know they will all be very productive in life.”
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CHS Lady Ironmen softball player Laila Davis prepares to throw to first base at last week’s skill drills at CHS Field.

CHS softball team gets in skill drills before practices start in earnest


Well, folks. It’s that time again; the time all you Cherryville Lady Ironmen softball fans have been earnestly waiting for – time for the Lady Ironmen softball team to get out on the CHS softball field again and start honing those skills with bat and glove.
The ladies worked hard last week on the mound, behind the plate, on the plate, and out on the big green and brown diamond-shaped spot of local softball heaven in anticipation of another stellar year of Lady Ironmen ball playing!
That said, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, head softball coach A.J. Henley, along with a few of his assistant coaches, and a smattering of players, came out onto the CHS field, braving the cool weather in order to get in a couple of skill drills prior to them being able to start official practices and begin their season.
Coach Henley and his assistants put the ladies through their paces as Coach Henley hit them a couple of shots in varying places in the field, watching to see how they did after being away for almost a whole year from playing. Coach Williams gave the ladies their instructions and directions for ball handling out in the infield while coaches Walls
Expect to see a number of familiar faces when the season starts up in earnest this month, along with a good crew of newer young ladies who are coming out to play for Coach Henley for their first time in high school. He also noted they have been out doing a few of these skill sets earlier in anticipation of the season’s start of actual practice and this was just one of many the young ladies have been at.
“I don’t have any seniors on the team this year at all,” noted Coach Henley.
Henley had a couple of his assistants on the field with him last week: AC’s Ron Walls, Jeff Williams, and Bailey Scronce were all there to help him and to dole out coaching advice to the young ladies who will comprise this year’s Lady Ironmen.
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Coaches Austin Treadway and Michael Whitesides share a laugh as one of their young baseball charges prepares to blast one out to the outfield at the team’s skill drills last week.

CHS baseball team gets in skill drills before practices start in earnest


Well, folks. It’s that time again; the time all you Cherryville Ironmen baseball fans have been earnestly waiting for – time for the CHS Ironmen “Boys of Summer” – well… spring, really – to get out on the John L. “Buck” Fraley Field and take to the mound smack dab in the middle of the big green and brown diamond-shaped spot of local baseball heaven in anticipation of another stellar year of Ironmen baseball!
That said, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, head baseball coach Scott Heavner, along with a few of his assistant coaches and a smattering of players, came out onto Fraley Field, braving the cool weather in order to get in a couple of skill drills prior to them being able to start official practices.
Coach Heavner said he expected to see a number of familiar faces when the season starts up in earnest this month, along with a good crew of newer young men who are coming out to play baseball for him for their first time in high school. Heavner also noted they have been out doing a few of these skill sets earlier in anticipation of the season’s start of actual practice and this was just one of many the young men have been at.
There are still a few players Coach Heavner had from last season who are still playing basketball. They will come to play and practice, he noted, when that sport’s season is finished and they have done what is needed of them there.
Heavner had a couple of his assistants on the field with him: AC Seth Freeman, AC Michael Whitesides, and a new, but familiar face, AC Austin Treadway.
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Prior to the start of the men’s game last Friday night, Coach Scott Harrill has a pep talk with his men. The HT/CHS home game was the last regular season home game for the man, the myth, the legend: Coach Scott Harrill – who retires after 24 years as the Ironmen’s head roundball coach!

CHS Ironmen hoops teams regular season winding down

One game left before conference tournament; playoffs


The Ironmen basketball teams had two games last week as their 2022-2023 regular season came to a close. The games were home games against the Burns Bulldogs (Tuesday, Jan. 31,) and against the Highland Tech Rams (Friday, Feb. 3). The week also saw the last regular season home game for retiring head men’s coach, Scott Harrill, whose 24-year career has brought many great memories to the Ironmen family of sportsmen and women.
The Junior Varsity squad won both of their games against their respective teams, beating Burns’ JV team by a score of 61-60, and the HT Rams’ JV team by a score of 41-40.
Against Burn’s
The Lady Ironmen faced the Lady Bulldogs of Burns on Tuesday night, Jan. 31, and lost their game by a score of 46-39. High scorer for the CHS ladies was Gabbie McCorkle with 21 points. She was the only player in double digits in this one. Laila Davis and Krista Davis both 4 points apiece, followed by Raylei Gidney and Kate Bookout with 3 points apiece. Regan Hovis and Ceniya Powell had 2 points apiece to round out the score in this one.
For the varsity men, it was a loss on their home court at Nixon Gym as the Bulldogs won, 69-57 over the CHS men.
High scorers for the Ironmen were Darrien Floyd (17), Landon Hahn (14), and Numarius Good (12). Carson Kelly had 9 points and Nate Bookout had 5 points.
Against Highland Tech
On Friday, Feb. 3, the Ironmen hoops teams took on the Rams of Highland Tech.
The Lady Ironmen took the court after the JV team downed the Rams JV squad, as noted earlier, and were only down by 2 points at the half (13-15), but when play resumed the Lady Rams went on a romp and the game ended with the CHS ladies falling to the HT ladies 34-26.
High scorers for the Lady Ironmen in this one were Gabbie McCorkle (8 pts.), Kate Bookout and Krista Davis (5 points apiece), Raylei Gidney (4 pts.), and Emily Allen and Evionna McDowell, each with 2 points.
The varsity men fared somewhat better but were in a fight as the Rams were only behind by 5 points at the half (30-25). Fortunately, the Ironmen came back after the half and got the win by a score of 62-48. Four Ironmen were in double figures: Carson Kelly (18 pts.), Landon Hahn (15 pts.), Numarius Good (12 pts.), and Darrien Floyd (10 pts.) Nate Bookout score 3 points and Chance Hunt and Rayshawn Sewell each scored two points.
The Ironmen will travel to Thomas Jefferson to play the Gryphons on Friday, Feb. 10, then will start their conference and sectional play the following week.
(Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell)
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Junior varsity head coach Antonio Griggs gives his men a pep talk and more instructions on their way to their win over the BCHS JV Yellow Jackets.

Cherryville Ironmen varsity men beat BCHS ’Jackets, currently 10-10 overall


The CHS Ironmen basketball teams traveled to Shelby to battle the Golden Lions on Tuesday, Jan. 24, then away again against rivals Bessemer City on Friday, Jan. 27, on their way to finishing out the month of January. Their last January game was Tuesday, Jan. 31, against the Burns Bulldogs, played at Nixon Gym. Senior Night is Friday, Feb. 3 as they play Highland Tech at Nixon, with the last game of the 2023 regular season schedule being an away game at the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons on Friday, Feb. 10.
Against Shelby
In this away conference game against the Golden Lions of Shelby, the Ironmen varsity men lost 75-57, while the Lady Ironmen lost by a score of 65-21 to the Lady Lions.
Against BCHS
The CHS Ironmen basketball teams traveled again on Friday, Jan. 27, to take on the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets teams in conference matchups that saw the Ironmen JV and varsity men get wins over their rivals. The Lady Ironmen, in spite of a valiant battle on the court were unable to control the Lady ’Jackets, who won their game 71-27.
Taking the court first on the night were Coach Antonio Griggs’ young JV squad. The easily handled a poorly shooting ’Jackets JV squad, downing them by a score of 68-57.
The Lady Ironmen came out after them and found themselves overmatched by a fast and accurate Lady Jackets team of aggressive, hot-handed shooters.
The Lady Ironmen were led in this one by Gabbie McCorkle (8 pts.), Krista Davis (6 pts.) and Kate Bookout (5 pts.). Rounding out the points for the ladies were Laila Davis, Regan Hovis, and Raylei Gidney, with two points apiece.
The men’s varsity Ironmen crew came onto the court after the ladies’ game and, in an overtime battle with a Yellowjackets squad that did not want to admit defeat, managed to get the win against their cross-county rivals by a score of 83-78.
The Ironmen were led in scoring by senior Numarius Good who scored a whopping 30 points for the night!
He was trailed by Carson Kelly (18 pts.) and Landon Hahn (14 pts.) and Nate Bookout (11 pts.). These were the only Ironmen to score in double figures against the highly-touted BCHS team. Darrien Floyd, who fouled out, scored 8 points and Chance Hunt scored two (2) points.
As noted earlier, the Ironmen played Burns at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will be home on Friday, Feb. 3, taking on Highland Tech. That date is also Senior Night for the Ironmen teams.
The last game on the schedule is Friday, Feb. 10, and is an away game at Thomas Jefferson. February 13-17 is the conference tournament (places/venues TBD).
(Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell)
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Gabbie McCorkle, of the CHS Lady Ironmen puts up her shot as the Lady Warriors player watches.

CHS Ironmen hoops men currently 9-9 overall; 2-5 in SPC 1A/2A

Ladies are currently 3-15 overall and
0-7 in 1A/2A play


The CHS Ironmen hoops teams played three games last week losing winning three and losing three. The teams they faced were: the East Gaston Warriors (conference); the Pinnacle Classical Academy Eagles (non-conference); and the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons (conference).

Against East Gaston
The Warriors teams came to Nixon Gym on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and played the Ironmen. Of the three CHS teams that played that day, the JV’s were the only team to win their matchup (47-39),
The CHS Lady Ironmen game followed and the ladies fought a good fight against the Lady Warriors but still lost by a score of 37-53. The only Lady Ironman in double figures in this one was Raylei Gidney, with 10 points. Gabbie McCorkle scored 9 points; Krista Davis scored 8 points; and Laila Davis and Evionna McDowell had 4 points apiece. Emily Allen had 2 points.
The varsity men came onto the Bud Black Court and battled the Warriors men’s team, losing to them by a score of 64-76. High scorers for Coach Harrill’s men in this one were Carson Kelly (17 pts.); Darrien Floyd (15 pts.); Landon Hahn (12 pts.); and Numarius Good (10 pts.). Nate Bookout had 8 points and Andron Patterson made 2 points.

Against Pinnacle
Classical Academy
The Pinnacle Classical Academy Eagles visited Nixon Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 18, for a non-conference matchup but lost both of their varsity games to the Ironmen roundball teams.
Coach Carrie Dalton said her ladies triumphed over the Lady Eagle by a score of 48-28.
The Ironmen varsity boys clipped the Eagles’ wings by a score of 92-59.

Against Thomas
Jefferson Classical Academy
The Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy came to Nixon Gym on Friday, Jan. 20, and played the Ironmen varsity teams.
In the girl’s game, the Lady Ironmen lost to the Lady Gryphons by a score of 42-55. Scoring in double figures for the CHS ladies were senior Gabbie McCorkle (18 points) and Krista Davis (10 points). Raylei Gidney and Evionna McDowell each scored 4 points apiece, with Emily Allen getting 3 points. Rounding out the ladies’ score were Laila Davis with 2 points and Ceniya Powell with one point.
The CHS men took to the court against the TJCA Gryphons and soundly defeated them by a score of 81-46.
Coach Harrill had three players in double digits with Carson Kelly scoring 24 points (18 points off of three-point shots alone!); Numarius Good with 14; and Landon Hahn with 10 points. They were followed by Darrien Floyd with 7 points; Rayshawn Sewell and Ethan Honeyman with 6 points apiece; Nate Bookout with 5 points and Steven Brown with 5 points.
The Ironmen will be away this week at Shelby and BCHS.
The men are currently 9-9 overall and 2-5 in SPC 1A/2A play, and the ladies are currently 3-15 overall and 0-7 in 1A/2A play
(Additional info and stats by Susan L. Powell)
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Chase Miller, a CHS Ironmen senior wrestler, was named a Career Win Leader on Dec. 23, 2022, with 130 wins under his belt. Standing inside the Shelby HS Golden Lions school gym, he proudly displays his photos and poster of the event. (Photo provided)

Ironmen grapplers pick up a couple of wins in last week’s match

They took on East Gaston; Davie County grapplers at CHS’ gym

The CHS Ironmen wrestlers faced off last week at CHS Gym against wrestlers from East Gaston and Davie County. Head wrestling coach Matt Powers said he was glad his men made a good showing against the visiting teams, picking up wins from veteran Ironmen grapplers Chase Miller, Kam Bolin, Tobias Miller and Caleb Hovis, among others.
Miller, a senior, was named the Career Win Leader on Dec. 23, 2022, with 130 wins under his belt. Bolin got his 100th Career Win as well.
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CHS Ironman player Carson Kelly made it into the elite 1,000 Points Club of Ironmen “shooters” in this game as he amassed his 1,000th point of his CHS basketball career. Coach Harrill gave him the game ball at that poin

Ironmen basketball squads have back-to-back losses

Boys are currently 4-8 overall; girls are currently 2-11 overall


The Holiday Classic is over, and now it’s back to regularly scheduled basketball as the Ironmen teams look to pick up some wins as the season moves on.
Such was not to be however, as the CHS Ironmen basketball men and women lost two recent matches to the East Gaston Warriors (away) and to their rivals, the BCHS Yellow Jackets (at Nixon Gym).
Against East Gaston
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Ironmen traveled to Mt. Holly to play the East Gaston Warriors. The Lady Ironmen lost their game to the Lady Warriors by a score of 47-46. High scorer for the ladies in this one was Gabbie McCorkle, with 26 points, followed by Krista Davis with seven (7) points.
Emily Allen had three (3) points, and Evionna McDowell, Kate Bookout, and Layla Davis each scored two (2) points apiece.
The varsity boys’ team fared little better as the Warriors handed the CHS men an 85-54 defeat.
 Against Bessemer City
The BCHS Yellow Jackets hoops teams traveled to Cherryville on Friday, Jan. 6 to take on the CHS Ironmen basketball squads. Both Yellow Jackets teams came out winners in these matchups as the Lady YJ’s bashed the Lady Ironmen 66-18 while the varsity YJ men took a 20-point win over the CHS men, 76-56, to hand the CHS men another loss at home.
High scorers for the Lady Ironmen were Gabbie McCorkle, with 12 points. Newcomer Raylei Gidney scored four points for the ladies, while Krista Davis had two (2) points.
In varsity men’s action, the Ironmen’s highest scorer was Carson Kelly with 18 points, followed by Numarius Good and Darrien Floyd, each with 10 points. Kelly made it into the elite 1,000 Points Club of Ironmen “shooters” in this game as he amassed his 1,000th point of his CHS basketball career. Coach Harrill gave him the game ball at that point.
Nate Bookout had 9 points and Chance Hunt had 3 points while Ironmen players Rayshawn Sewell, Hunter Jackson, and Adrian Patterson had two (2) points apiece.
The Lady Ironmen are currently 2-11 overall and 0-4 in SPC 1A/2A play and the Ironmen varsity boys are 4-8 overall and 04 in SPC 1A/2A play.
The Ironmen basketball teams played Highland Tech at Highland Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and are set to play Pinnacle at Pinnacle on Wednesday, Jan. 11. All varsity games are scheduled to begin at 6  p.m.
(Additional stats and information by Susan L. Powell)
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Dr. Bud Black presents three CHS Lady Ironmen players their All-Tournament plaques. They are: Gabbie McCorkle, Krista Davis, and Kate Bookout.

Ironmen hoopsters have great
Holiday Classic first round wins, but…

…No “W’s” for either team in second day of 2022 tournament


The 2022 Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic – billed as “The Small High School Basketball Tourney Since 1981” was played over a two-day period last week at CHS’ Nixon Gym as the Ironmen and Lady Ironmen hoops teams hosted Piedmont Charter’s basketball teams; Highland Tech’s Lady Rams; the tough Burns Bulldogs men’s team; and Pinnacle Classical Academy’s Eagles and Lady Eagles teams. While the Ironmen teams both fared well on the first day of the Classic (Tuesday, Dec. 27), with each of the CHS teams winning against their respective foes, Wednesday’s (Dec. 28) championship bouts were another matter altogether.

Tuesday – Dec. 27, 2022
In the first game of the day in this Holiday Classic matchup, the Piedmont Charter Lady Patriots lost 49 to 53 to the tough and focused shooting of the Highland Tech Lady Rams.
Later that night, the Pinnacle Classic Academy Lady Eagle’s team lost to the CHS Lady Ironmen by a score of 42-30. It was the CHS ladies’ second win of the 2022 hoops season.
High scorer for the Lady Ironmen in the win was Gabbie McCorkle with 20 points. Kate Bookout had 6 points; Rayleigh Gidney had 4; Krista Davis 3; and four players had 4 points apiece.
Next up in that day’s games was the matchup between the Burns varsity Bulldogs, who played the Piedmont Charter Patriots men’s team, defeating that team by a score of 65 to 59.
In the following Tuesday men’s hoops action pitting the CHS Ironmen against the Pinnacle CA Eagles, the Ironmen won by a score of 74-32.
High scorer for the Ironmen in the win was Carson Kelly with 19 points. Numarius Good had 13 points; Hunter Jackson had 8; with numerous players getting 6, 4, and 2 points apiece to add to the win.

Wednesday – Dec. 28, 2022
In the consolation games for the ladies’ teams, the Piedmont Charter Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Eagles of Pinnacle Classic Academy, 60-41.
In the boys’ consolation game, the Pinnacle CA men defeated Piedmont by a score of 84-48.
The two championship games played in the Holiday Classic later that night were between the Lady Rams of Highland Tech and the CHS Lady Ironmen. The Lady Rams took this one by a score of 48-22.
High scorer for the CHS ladies in the loss was Gabbie McCorkle, who had 13 points.
In the men’s championship game that followed the ladies’ game, the CHS Ironmen lost to the hard-charging, couldn’t-seem-to-miss Burns Bulldogs by a score of 76-52.
High scorers in this matchup for the CHS men was Darrien Floyd with 20 points, followed by Numarius Good with 11 points and Carson Kelly with 10 points. Chance Hunt had 5 points with Nate Bookout, Rayshawn Sewell, and Hunter Jackson scoring the remainder of the points.
Most Valuable Player (Girls) went to HT’s Akela Taylor. All-Tournament Girls were: Bailey Maiers, Addie McCraw, Reese Thomas, and Emma Ghorley – Highland Tech; Kate Bookout, Krista Davis, and Gabbie McCorkle – Cherryville; Cydney Self – Pinnacle Classical Academy; and Grace East and Lyric Brown – Piedmont Charter.
Most Valuable Player (Boys) went to Burns’ Carlo Wallace. All-Tournament Boys were: Jeremiah Norris, Lemont Wilson, Ryan Thompson, and Johnny Johnson – Burns; Carson Kelly, Numarius Good, and Darrien Floyd – Cherryville; Jordan Jones and Xavier Wilcher – Piedmont Charter; and Cody Humphries – Pinnacle Classical Academy.
(Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell and Dr. Bud Black)
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At their presentation of their 2022 Track championship rings on Dec. 16 are (L to R): Head coach Justin Willyoung; Jackson Owens, Jack Mulvey, Yandell Lazala, Cooper Sloan, Mason Grindtaff’s father, Howard and assistant coach Houston Gilmore.

CHS Ironmen Track champs get
state championship rings on Dec. 16


The 2022 CHS Ironmen Track championship 4x400 meter state champs received their state championship rings on Friday, Dec. 16 at a half-time ceremony at Nixon Gym during the Ironmen basketball game.
Athletic Director Scott Harrill and head track coach Justin Willyoung handed out the ornate rings to the following young men who brought honor and glory to the 2022 CHS Track men’s team: Jackson Owens, Cooper Sloan, Jack Mulvey, Mason Grindstaff, and Yandel Lazala. Grindstaff was unable to be there due to his serving his country as a United States Marine, but the ring was accepted by his father.
Coach Willyoung noted these five amazing young men “…were the nucleus for a team that made school history multiple times last year.” Coach Willyoung added, “This was a once-in-a-generation group of young men that banded together and made history multiple times this past season.”
It was noted that Owens is attending Lenoir-Rhyne for pre-med and is involved in their track and field program. Sloan is attending Defiance College for Exercise Science and is playing football. Lastly, Lazala is currently a senior at CHS and is returning with his eyes on another state championship.
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Ironmen shooter Darrien Floyd goes around the Stuart Cramer Storm defender in order to make a basket. See more photos on page 9.

Varsity Ironmen currently 4-4 overall; 0-1 in SPC 1A/2A play

Black/Tate Holiday Classic scheduled
for Dec. 27-28


The CHS Ironmen varsity basketball men are currently 4-4 overall and 0-1 in SPC 1A/2A play at roughly the mid-point in their 2022-2023 hoops season, with the bulk of their conference games looming ahead of them.

Against Stuart Cramer
Last week they took on the Storm of Stuart Cramer in a non-conference matchup which saw the Lady Storm hand the Lady Ironmen a 55-13 loss. The Lady Storm held the CHS ladies’ leading scorer – Gabbie McCorkle – to just five points in the game. However, Emily Allen came through for Coach Carrie Dalton and scored 7 points in the game. The remaining point scored for the ladies in this one was from Krista Davis.
The varsity men’s game went to overtime as the CHS men battled the larger school, fighting hard and forcing the game into overtime at 61-all at the end of fourth quarter play. The final score in the Tuesday, Dec. 13 game was 74-68 in favor of the visiting Storm.
Landon Hahn was the leading scorer for Coach Scott Harrill’s men in this one with 20 points, followed by Numarius Good and Darrien Floyd, who each score 15 points. Carson Kelly scored 14 points; 12 of which were shot from three-point land. Ethan Honeyman scored four points for the Ironmen.
The CHS JV squad lost to the JV Storm team by a score of 46-43.

Against Shelby
The Shelby HS Golden Lions roared into town last Friday night, Dec. 16, and clobbered the CHS varsity teams. The only win any CHS team got that night was JV squad’s 47-38 win over the JV Golden Lions before the varsity teams took to the Bud Black Court at Nixon Gym.
The Lady Golden Lions defeated the hard-fighting, CHS ladies by a score of 71-18, giving the Lady Ironmen their fourth consecutive loss of the season.
The highest scorers for the ladies in this one were Gabbie McCorkle, with 7 points, one of which was a three-pointer; and Laila Davis, with 5 points. Other shooters for the ladies were Kate Bookout and Krista Davis, with 2 points apiece, and Regan Hovis and Emily Allen with one point apiece.
In the men’s game, the varsity Ironmen lost a hard-fought game against the Golden Lions visitors by a score of 69-46, giving Coach Harrill’s group of shooters their third loss in a row this season.
Only two Ironmen made into double digits in this matchup – senior Numarius Good, with 21 points, and Darrien Floyd, with 11 points. Other scorers for the Ironmen varsity men were: Carson Kelly (6 points); Chance Hunt (4 points); Rayshawn Sewell (3 points); and  Ethan Honeyman, with one point.
The Ironmen played the Burns Bulldogs on Tuesday, Dec. 20 before playing in the Bud Black/Dennis Tate Holiday Classic, which is held Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, after the Christmas holiday.
The New Year, 2023, will see the Ironmen teams playing on Wednesday, Jan, 4, 2023 at East Gaston, then they will play their first home game of the New Year on Friday, Jan. 6, against rival Bessemer City. Both of these games continue the CHS teams’ conference matchup schedule, which ends on Feb. 10 against Thomas Jefferson’ Gryphons at TJCA.

(Additional information/stats by Susan L. Powell)
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Evionna McDowell tips the ball back to her fellow Lady Ironmen at the start of action against the CHASE Lady Trojans on Dec. 5. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Ironmen varsity men “hoops” teams currently 4-2 after loss to West Lincoln Rebels


Against CHASE
The CHS Ironmen basketball teams played a couple of home non-conference games last week and won over visiting CHASE High School at Nixon Gym.
The Lady Ironmen, coached by Carrie Dalton and Callie Hahn, defeated the visiting Lady Trojans on Monday, Dec. 5 by a score of 39-19.  The leading scorer in this matchup for the CHS ladies was Gabbie McCorkle with 13 points, followed by Raylei Gidney, with 12 points. Emily Allen scored six points and Krista Davis scored four points. Regan Hovis and Skye Taylor each scored two points apiece for the Lady Ironmen.
In varsity men’s court action, Coach Scott Harrill’s Ironmen defeated the Trojans by a score of 70-53, in Nixon Gym action following the girls’ win.
The leading scorers for the men in this one were seniors Carson Kelly (#0) with 29 points, and Landon Hahn (#1), with 15. Darrien Floyd had 10  points and Numarius Good had eight (8) points against the Trojans.
Others scoring were Ethan Honeyman with four (4) points and Nate Bookout, with two (2) points.

Against Fred T. Foard
In a Tuesday, Dec. 6 away non-conference game, the CHS Ironmen varsity men beat the Fred T. Foard Tigers 70-64 at Newton. In a game played before the men’s game, the CHS Lady Ironmen were defeated by the Fred T. Foard Lady Tigers by a score of 62-17.

Against West Lincoln
The CHS Ironmen basketball teams traveled on Friday, Dec. 9, to play nearby rivals, the West Lincoln Rebels, in another non-conference game.
Also, on Friday, Dec. 9, the CHS ladies lost to the Lady Rebels by a score of 59-31. The men lost to the Rebel varsity men by a score of 82-75.
According to the web site, MaxPreps, the CHS varsity men are currently 4-2 overall, and 0-0 in conference play, which has yet to start. The CHS girls are now 1-5, 0-0; having lost to the Lady Rebels 59-31, last Friday night.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell)
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CHS senior Landon Hahn takes a free throw shot.

CHS hoops men are currently 2-1 overall as winter sports season starts


Head Ironmen basketball coach Scott Harrill said the men “…started out the season at a very tough 3A Stuart Cramer team.”
He continued, “The Ironmen could not overcome the strength and size of a much larger (Stuart) Cramer team and lost in their matchup last week. Harrill noted senior Carson Kelly led the way with 21 points, while Darrien Floyd had 11 points and 15 rebounds.
In Lady Ironmen court action at SCHS, the ladies lost 69-36 to the Lady Storm.
However, noted Coach Harrill, the Ironmen “rebounded quickly”, traveling to and taking on, the 2A CHASE High School Trojans, coming away with a 88-83 overtime victory.
“(Senior) Landon Hahn led the Ironmen with 21 points including two big three-pointers in overtime,” said Coach Harrill. “Carson (Kelly) had 21 points as well and was closely guarded after knocking down three-pointers in the first quarter.”
Coach said the Ironmen had a lot of fight in them as they were up against a much taller CHASE team.
“(Darrien) Floyd had 16 points and 15 rebounds to do all he could in the paint against the large 6’7” CHASE big man.  “Numerius Good took care of the ball from the point guard position and had nine points and seven assists,” said Coach Harrill, who added, “Nate Bookout came in and gave the Ironmen a big energy lift.”
Bookout had 11 points and six rebounds, said Harrill.
Coach Harrill said, “I am proud of how hard the men play. They are undersized most every game but they play so fast and hard to make up for it. Effort and energy will be a big part of our season.”
The Lady Ironmen played a hard game against the CHASE Lady Trojans and almost got a win, but the Lady Trojans eked a 42-40 win at the last buzzer.
The CHS varsity hoops teams played at home in Nixon Gym against the West Lincoln Rebels on Friday, Dec. 2.
The Lady Ironmen lost to the Lady Rebels of West Lincoln 62-40. The CHS ladies had a number of players who scored and played hard in this non-conference battle.
The CHS Ironmen are currently 2-1 overall, 0-0 in SPC 1A/2A play, while the ladies are 0-3 overall and 0-0 in SPC 1A/2A play.
The Ironmen teams played CHASE at Nixon Gym on Monday, Dec. 5, but were away at Fred Foard on Tuesday, Dec. 6. They will also be on the road on Friday, Dec. 9, at West Lincoln for a rematch with the host Rebels. Games always start at 4:30 (JV), unless otherwise noted on the sports calendar or on the Ironmen’s web site.
(Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell) 
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Landon Hahn, posing with his mom and dad, David and Callie Hahn, as they all hold a Belmont Abbey Crusaders pennant. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

CHS’ Landon Hahn to play baseball for Belmont Abbey Crusaders


Cherryville High School three-sport phenom Landon Hahn signed a letter of intent last week to play baseball for the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey.
Hahn, equally at home on a football field or a basketball court, penned his name to a paper indicating his desire to play for the Division II, Conference Carolinas Crusaders.
Hahn, surrounded by his family and a host of friends, coaches, and well-wishers, sat at a table in the CHS library, where countless other Ironmen athletes have penned their names onto similar LOIs in the past, joining the Ironmen sports history books as one of the young men and women destined to make a name for themselves and bring honor and glory to the small town and school they have called home for so many years.
Landon has been a driving force on and off the field for the Ironmen squads with whom he has played as well as the Post 100 American Legion teams for whom he has played.
The normally chatty and exuberant Hahn was all smiles but a man of few words when asked the standard journalistic question of “how does it feel” to be signing to play at that next level of baseball.
“It feels great and amazing! I’m just going to go and compete and see how far I can get,” said the youngster, who wants to major in sports management while at the Abbey.
CHS Athletic Director Scott Harrill, who also coaches Landon on the basketball court, said, “Landon is a true competitor who gives who gives his all in everything he does. I appreciate that he lives out his faith around his peers.”
Hahn’s baseball coach, Scott Heavner, said of him, “Landon is, for a coach; well… he’s what you’re looking for. He’s got the energy, the competiveness, the desire to play… he’s the whole package! He is a kid who plays at his highest level. Landon, for us, has always been that guy!”
Heavner continued, “He refuses to accept mediocrity. He wants the best for himself; for his team to be the best. He is pretty special for that reason. He’s also a great kid, in and out of the classroom and is very involved in his church (Anthony Grove Baptist Church). He brings out the best in people; in the classrooms; everywhere! It is a tremendous honor and a privilege to coach him.”
Landon’s Post 100 head baseball coach Bobby Dale Reynolds said, “This is well deserved for Landon. He is a very good athlete. I don’t think he has reached his potential yet; that’s at another stage and that’s coming. His best days are ahead of him and I believe baseball is the right direction for him. He is a good leader; loves to play the game of baseball; and I feel this is another step in his career.”
Last, but certainly not least, Landon’s mom, Callie, said, “We are so proud he has set high goals for himself. He has done that since he was little. It’s exciting to watch what God’s got in store for him.”
Dad, David, agreed, adding, “We couldn’t be more proud of him, and we’re excited to see what God has in store for him!”
Christian smiled and said simply, “I am very proud of him and for him.”
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Alan Lindsey throws a pitch during his Gaston College career. (photo provided).

GASTON COLLEGE RECORD BOOK: Baseball’s first and only draft pick was a local strikeout legend – Alan Lindsay

Gaston College Sports Information Specialist

When Alan Lindsay came to play baseball at Gaston College, he was already a local legend for Cherryville’s Junior and Senior High and American Legion Post 100 baseball teams.
By the time his career ended at Gaston College after the 1971 season, Lindsay set history that remains today as the school's only player to be drafted by a major league franchise.
When he played professionally in 1972, he also became the first Gaston College product to play professional baseball.
The story of how he turned down professional baseball twice before signing a free agent contract shows the uncertainty that existed in the country during the Vietnam War era.
A 6-foot-4, 215-pound left-handed pitcher, Lindsay’s pitching performances in high school, during American Legion baseball and at Gaston College were events if for no other reason than major league scouts frequently attended those contests.
Those scouts wanted to find out how more about Lindsay’s proficiency to strike out so many hitters.
Before coming to Gaston College, Lindsay racked up 725 strikeouts in 428 2-3 innings for Cherryville teams dating back to Junior High. He also had two 21-strikeout games in Legion baseball – once each in the 1968 and 1969 seasons.
After going 11-2 with 169 strikeouts in 80 2-3 innings for Cherryville High in his senior year of 1969, the Chicago White Sox drafted Lindsay in the 24th round of the June major league draft.
Lindsay forsook the pros to sign with Gaston College though he was drafted again by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 9th round of the January 1970 second phase major league draft – or before he’d ever thrown an official pitch for Gaston College.
Back then, the U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War created issues for Lindsay that made his decision complicated.
“Looking back on it now, I should’ve went with the Pirates,” Lindsay said. “I was really stuck with the Vietnam War going on. I knew that I got a one-year deferment if I was playing pro ball but I didn’t know what would happen after that year had ended.
“I didn’t go and didn’t take a chance at the time.”
Instead, Lindsay and former high school rivals Rocky Goforth (Kings Mountain), Searly Lowery (Kings Mountain) and John Colvard (Lincolnton) formed a formidable pitching staff for Gaston College coach Dean Burroughs’ 1970 N.C. Community College Conference championship team.
Lindsay had a 3-2 record with 56 strikeouts in 34 innings highlighted by 2-hitter in a 4-2 win over Sandhills Community College that wrapped up the Warriors’ second of four straight league championships.
The following year in 1971, Lindsay was even better with a 7-2 overall record and 100 strikeouts in 56 innings highlighted by a near no-hitter in a 13-0 victory over Surry Community College and a school-record 19 strikeouts in a 2-hit 7-0 shutout at Lenoir Community College that completed an unbeaten, 11-0 NCCC season.
The school-record 156 career strikeouts gave Lindsay a staggering 881 strikeouts in 518 2-3 innings in local baseball games covering six springs and summers from 1965 to 1971.
"I always had a good time and we had good teams," Lindsay said of career.
He considered the Gaston College near no-hitter a career highlight; He has thrown 6 2-3 no-hit innings and had two strikes on the batter when a bloop single in shallow right field ended up being the only hit he allowed that day.
“I made a bad pitch is what I would say,” Lindsay said.
Once his Gaston College career ended, Lindsay still longed to give professional baseball a shot.
In the late winter of 1972, he did tryouts for the Minnesota Twins in Orlando, Fla., and the Houston Astros in Cocoa, Fla.
“It was about three days before spring training camp started and my dad and I went down there,” Lindsay said. “We warmed up on the side. I actually had stopped in Orlando first to talk to the Twins. They said they didn’t need anybody at the time but Houston called and told us to go to Cocoa where the Astros trained.
“I went down there and tried out and they said, ‘Go back to where you’re staying and we'll give you a call.’ They called, had a fair contract and I signed it.”
In eight appearances (three starts) for the Astros’ Florida Rookie League team in 1972, Lindsay had a 2-1 record and 4.00 ERA. But the Astros didn’t renew his contract and he returned to Gaston County where he played semipro baseball and began a career as a truck driver.
He now lives in rural Cleveland County with his wife Beke, a longtime teacher.
Lindsay said he’s happy to hear that Gaston College had restarted athletics that included a baseball team that won a league championship during the 2021-22 school year.
“Baseball’s always been big around here so I’m sure they’ll be able to attract some good players,” Lindsay said. “It’s good to know they have a team again.”
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CHS senior setter led the team with 71 serve aces, 501 assists, and 208 defensive digs

CHS’ Rileigh Kiser named All-Conference for the fourth time


According to a recent media release, CHS Lady Ironmen volleyball Coach Leigh Kiser announced that, “…after a successful ending to the high school volleyball season,” her Southern Piedmont 1A/2A All-Conference member is senior setter, Rileigh Kiser.
Said Coach Kiser, “Rileigh has been selected for the All-Conference team after helping her Cherryville teammates to a season record of 13-10.”
She continued, “Rileigh is just the second volleyball player in school history to be named All-Conference four times.”
Coach Kiser said that, “…for the season, Rileigh led the team with 71 serve aces, 501 assists, and 208 defensive digs. She also contributed 94 kills and 13 blocks.”
Coach Kiser said that she was “really proud” of Rilegh’s season, adding “…it will be hard to replace a four-time All-Conference performer.”
Thanks to the efforts by young Kiser and her outstanding teammates, the 2022 CHS Lady Ironmen spikers ended their season with a 13-10 season record and, as Coach Kiser noted proudly, “We had the first winning season for the volleyball team in six seasons!” 
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CHS Ironmen senior soccer men, Will Allen, Steven Brown, JD Dattoli, Numarius Good, and Carson Kelly stand on their home pitch at Rudisill Stadium with their parents at Senior Night, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

With a playoff loss, CHS men’s soccer wraps up its 2022 season

Team break record for most soccer wins in school’s history


The CHS Ironmen soccer team had a great senior night on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 as they defeated their rivals, the BCHS Yellow Jackets 5-2 at Rudisill Stadium. It was the last night of their regular season.
Coach Michelle Cuomo said the win was the result of good teamwork, driven by play and effort of all members, especially the seniors.
Said Cuomo, “Carson Kelly had three goals, which was huge! Nate Bookout and Henry Gil followed up on that with one goal each.”
Coach said her men were 8-10 overall and 4-8 in the SPC 1A/2A Conference, finishing sixth in that conference.
The played Mt. Airy in the playoffs on Monday night, Oct. 31, losing to that team by a score of 8-0. Mt. Airy was the number two seed, with a 20-0 record, she noted, adding, “We gave it our best, but they were really good!”
Cuomo said “one positive” take-away from this season, among many, is the 2022 men’s soccer team broke the record for most wins in Cherryville High School soccer history, a fact of which they are very proud.
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Led by #78 – Caleb Hovis, #6 – Kam Bolin, and #17 – Tobias Miller, the 2022 CHS Ironmen gridiron squad take the field last Friday night, Oct. 28, at Rudisill Stadium for their last regular season home game.

Ironmen 3-7 overall; will travel Nov. 4 to face #8 1A/2A seed Robbinsville

Team loses to BCHS to end their 2022 regular season


The 2022 CHS Ironmen football team ended their regular season at Rudisill Stadium last Friday night, Oct. 28, with a 10-28 loss to rival Bessemer City Yellow Jackets. With the win, the ’Jackets once again took control of the Belt, a token of the prowess of both of these 1A/2A teams which they have vied for over the years. For the last couple of seasons the Ironmen have been in control of the Belt, but thanks to this win, it will find a new home, for at least a year, at Bessemer City High School.
The Ironmen had a decent first quarter, with quarterback Chase Miller picking up 19 yards off of five carries, followed by Shamyr Moss carrying the ball for six yards. Kam Bolin also carried the ball but was unable to gain any yardage.
The second quarter saw the Ironmen get on the board first thanks to a 44-yard field goal by kicker Henry Gil, who drilled the uprights square on with 5:31 on the clock. The score was 3-0, Ironmen. The Yellow Jackets answered right back, scoring a TD, but they were unable to get the PAT, so the game was now 6-3, BCHS.
On the ensuing kick-off, receiver Landon Hahn ran the ball back 66 yards into ’Jackets territory, setting up a Kam Bolin 10-yard TD run with 52.5 seconds on the clock. The Gil PAT was good and the score was now 10-6, CHS. Bolin also carried the ball four times for 14 yards.
Half-time stats for the Ironmen were C. Miller, 9 carries for 38 yards; K. Bolin, 4 carries for 14 yards; and S. Moss, 3 carries for 7 yards. Miller completed 2 of 6 passes for 27 yards in the air. The Ironmen had a halftime yardage total of 89 yards.
The third and fourth quarters were predominately all Yellow Jackets action as the held on to win the game (and the Belt) by a score of 10-28, effectively ending the Ironmen’s 2022 regular season and the regular season of 16 gridiron seniors who played with heart and through injuries all year long.
A couple of fourth quarter highlights: an interception by Tobias Miller and a Tobias Miller reception for 10-yards off a pass by backup QB junior Josh Ward who came in and filled in nicely for Chase Miller, who had to come out of the game momentarily.
The 3-7 Ironmen were seeded #25 against the #8 seed, Robbinsville (7-3) for the Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 NCHSAA West 1A Football Playoffs, First Round pairings.
(Additional information and stats by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)
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The CHS Lady Ironmen cross-country team at the Tuesday, Oct. 4, Tryon meet. Left to right are: Cameryn Bell, Willow Chambers, Harleigh LaRoche, and Leilani Delano. (photos provided)

Cross-country Lady Ironmen have a great regular season

Bell is All-Conference for Cross Country ladies


Coach Scott Harrill, one of the coaches for the CHS Lady Ironmen cross-country team, said the ladies have had a great season.
“The Cherryville Lady Ironmen cross-country team ran in the Southern Piedmont Conference Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Shelby High School, he said.
“Cameryn Bell led the way with for the Lady Ironmen, running a very impressive 24:56 in her first year competing,” said Coach Harrill, adding, “Cameryn has been a great runner this year for us as a freshman. We are very proud of the way she competes and always pushes herself to get better.”
Harrill further noted, “Lailanni Delano had a PR for the championship meet, followed by Harliegh LaRoche. Willow Chambers rounded out the scoring for the cross-country team and also ran a personal best time. The ladies competed hard in every meet this season. It was a great finish to the year.”
Coach Harrill also said the All-Conference team was named and Cameryn Bell earned All-Conference honors in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference.
The Regionals are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30, at a place yet to be named.
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Senior Gracie Truesdale is quick to answer volley for volley no matter who is the Lady Ironmen are playing.

Lady Ironmen spikers get Senior Night win against West Lincoln

End regular season 12-8 overall; 5-7 in SPC 1A/2A play


On Senior Night (Monday, Oct. 10), the CHS Lady Ironmen spikers won against the visiting West Lincoln Lady Rebels. Coach Kiser said the team honored five senior players before the match.
“Seniors honored were Gracie Truesdale, Adi Breese, Kaitlyn Newsome, Makayla Sigmon, and Rileigh Kiser,” she said, adding that it was an emotional day as they honored the seniors, but exciting that the home team won a hard fought match, 3-2. Match scores in this one were 25-22 (CHS), 25-13 (WL), 26-24 (WL), 25-23 (CHS), and 15-10 (CHS). Taylor Digh, with 6 serve aces and 9 digs, and Krista Davis, with 6 digs, led the defensive effort, said Kiser.
“Gracie Truesdale’s 5 kills, Carson Reed’s 5 kills and 3 blocks, and Emily Allen’s 8 kills led the offense,” she said, noting that senior setter, Rileigh Kiser had a big game with 7 aces, 25 assists, and 12 digs in the CHS victory.
Coach Kiser said this group of seniors helped lead her team back to the playoffs and will have the first winning season this year that the team has had in the last six years.
“This group will be greatly missed,” said Coach Kiser.
After an emotional game the ladies traveled to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy for the last regular season match and won for the second day in a row with a complete victory by a 3-1 match score. Scores were 25-23 (CHS), 25-18 (CHS), 27-25 (TJCA), and 25-12 (CHS).
Coach Kiser noted this was her team’s best game of the year, “period!”
She continued, “We played great and (played) together,” adding that for the Lady Ironmen, Lexi McSwain and Carson Reed had 8 kills each. Emily Allen, with 12 kills and Rileigh Kiser’s 11 kills, led the offense. Senior Rileigh Kiser also set up her teammates with 31 assists, chipped in 6 aces and 8 digs.
“Emily (Allen) also had 5 serve aces, and Taylor (Digh) led the defense with 10 digs.” sai8d Coach Kiser, who added Krista Davis “…was good on the defensive side, with 7 digs also in the win.”
“We are playing really good right now,” said Kiser, whose team has won four out of the last five matches to end their regular season.
In JV action the junior Lady Ironmen lost a hard-fought match to West Lincoln’s JV ladies, 2-1. Kennedy Weathers (with 7 serve aces) led the JV Lady Ironmen. In the season finale at TJCA, the ladies lost by a 2-0 match score. The JV’s ended their regular season 4-15 overall, and 2-10 in conference play.
The varsity ladies’ (as of Oct. 11) regular season record is 12-8 overall, and 5-7 in the conference.
The ladies started conference play last Thursday in Round One of the conference tourney at Thomas Jefferson at 6 p.m.
(Stats and additional information by Brian Kiser)
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Ironmen quarterback Chase Miller has called his own number and races through a hole in the Rams line on his way toward their end zone. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Pruitt’s Ironmen get 47-0 Homecoming win over HT Rams


The CHS Ironmen got a much-needed win last Friday night, Oct. 7, as they rolled over the visiting Highland Tech Rams for a 47-0 Homecoming Game victory.
Things started well in the first quarter of the first half as the Ironmen got on the scoreboard with a safety by Abram Avery with 5:06 on the clock, then quarterback Chase Miller got into the field zone on a QB keeper for a TD with 1:03 on the clock. The Henry Gil PAT was good and the Ironmen led 9-0.
In the second quarter (first half action again), Kam Bolin scooted 22 yards for a TD, with 9:31 on the clock. Gil’s point-after attempt was good and the score was 16-0, Ironmen.
The CHS defense did a great job in this half as they held the Rams to only a few yards gained and recovered a Rams fumble. Seeing a lot of running action and yardage gained in this quarter were Shamyr Moss (16 yards) and Chase Miller (14 yards), getting the Ironmen close enough for the strong leg of Henry Gil to bang the pigskin through the uprights from 18 yards out for a three-point add-on, making it 19-0, Ironmen, with 3:51 on the clock. Tanner Sisk caught a 12-yard Miller pass to end the half.
The third quarter started with a Sisk interception which put the Ironmen in good field position for Miller to captain the team downfield, culminating in a Moss six-yard TD run with 9:20 on the clock. With the Gil PAT being good, the CHS men were now up 26-0.
Collin Huss recovered a Rams fumble, caught a 10-yard pass from Miller, and later went into the end zone on a completed pass from Miller with 7:18 on the clock. The score was now 33-0 with no answer back from the Rams, who were giving it all they had in this matchup.
Another Rams fumble, recovered by sophomore Jordan Lowrance, brought about another IM TD. With the PAT by Gil streaking through the uprights, the Ironmen moved ahead smoothly, 40-0.
Just before the fourth quarter, Rayshawn Sewell intercepted a pass and ran it back 40-plus yards. This put the CHS gridiron squad in a great position and QB Miller took advantage of it to call his own number, bursting into the end zone from seven yards out, getting a TD (with 1:25 on the clock), giving the IM – with the Gil PAT – 47 unanswered points to no points scored by the outgunned, but not out of the game yet, Rams.
The Rams battled bravely and got close to a score on a few occasions but had to turn the ball over on downs in the fourth quarter. The Ironmen tacked a few more yards at that time, but for all intents and purposes, the game was over, with the Ironmen winning, 47-0 over the Highland Tech Rams.
The CHS men had 236 total yards on offense, 202 of which were on the ground; 18 first downs, and QB Miller completed 3 of 7 passes for 34 yards.
Miller carried the ball 10 times for 74 yards; Kam Bolin was 4 for 42; Shamyr Moss was 8 for 32; and Josh Ward was 3 for 34.
The Ironmen will travel to face the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Gryphons on Friday, Oct. 14. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
(Additional information/stats by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)
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The 2022 JCMS Lady Wolverines softball team and their coaches, excited after their win over W.C. Friday last month. (Eagle file photo)

JCMS Lady Wolverines softball team end regular season at 7-2

Team finishes in second place in Gaston County standings


Head coach Lance Bema said his John Chavis Middle School Lady Wolverines softball team ended their 2022 regular season at 7-2. They finished that season with two wins; one over Cramerton and the other over Grier, both finished in just three innings of play.
Those scores and stats are as follows:

Chavis 15 – Cramerton 0 (in 3 innings)
Coach Beam said the Chavis ladies defeated Cramerton on Thursday, Sept. 29, with pitcher Jenny Brown getting the win on the mound. Landry Beam, Kate Mulvey, Livi Harmon, Kate Throckmorton and Mary Upchurch had hits to lead the offense, he added.

Chavis 19 – Grier 3 (in 3 innings)
The Chavis Lady Wolverines softball team defeated Grier on Monday, Sept. 26, said Coach Beam, who noted the winning pitcher in this matchup was Grace Capps, who got the win on the mound striking out six (6) batters.
“Landry Beam, Maddie Avery and Hailey Vance had multiple hits to lead the offense,” said Coach Beam, who added, “Also contributing to the offense was Kate Mulvey, Livi Harmon, Kayla Throckmorton and Grace Capps with one hit apiece.”
Beam noted that, as the Number Two team in the county standings, the Chavis ladies were scheduled to play Stanley (the Number Three team) at 4:15 p.m. at the Ballard Park C.J. Thornburg Field, Chavis’ home field.
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The 2022 CHS Ironmen Varsity football team – Landon Hahn (#1), Tanner Sisk (#2), Bryson Sigmon (#3), Josh Ward (#4), Abram Avery (#5), Kam Bolin (#6), Rayshawn Sewell (#7), Caleb Hovis (#8), Collin Huss (#9), Hunter Jackson (#10), Chase Miller (#11), Liam McIntyre (#17), Austin Clinton (#20), Marllon Gomez (#25), Shamyr Moss (#34), Bryson Huffman (#35), Caydin Wooten (#43), Elijah Gibson (#44), Henry Gil (#46), Ben Street (#50), Seth Kahler (#51), Justin Harris (#52), Justin Houser (#54), Cameron Lee (#56), Tobias Miller (#57), Jack Dellinger (#59), Gage Vernon (#60), Amir Starr (#61), Corey Alston (#65), Connor Hawkins (#68), Dawson Frady (#70), Jibri Starr (#71), Jordan Lowrance (#75), Tyler Foley (#77), and Noah Hollingsworth (#89). (Eagle/CF Media file photo by Michael E. Powell)

Ironmen gridders suffer third straight loss this season

2A East Gaston Warriors’ 38-0 win another hard blow to CHS team


The CHS Ironmen visited the East Gaston Warriors last Friday, Sept. 23, and suffered another heartbreaking defeat; this one a 38-0 romp at the hands of the 2A Warriors.
The loss was reminiscent of the previous two games in which the overmatched, injury-plagued Ironmen battled valiantly but couldn’t get on the board despite some shining examples of play by many of the young men.
The game was plagued by penalties from both teams, and it should be noted the Ironmen are missing some key players out due to the afore-mentioned injuries. It should also be noted the CHS men played well at the beginning of the game, yet the Warriors scored in the first quarter, going up 10-0. The Warriors scored two more TDs in the second quarter, and when the teams came back onto the field after half-time (it was the East Gaston’s Homecoming game), they scored one additional TD in the third and the fourth quarter.
Ironmen QB Chase Miller attempted 18 passes, completing 7 of them for a total of 100-plus yards on the night. Miller’s targets were Joshua Ward (three passes for a total of 53 yards); Collin Huss (three passes for a total of 41 yards); and Tanner Sisk (one pass for 10-yards).
In the ground attack for the Ironmen, Kam Bolin carried the ball six times, as did Ward and Shamyr Moss. The overall yards on the ground, due to the number of penalties called on the Ironmen, amounted to a great deal of negative yardage the youngsters tried to give their team in this battle.
The Ironmen have an open date next Friday, Sept. 30, and their next game is at home at Rudisill Stadium in their Homecoming 1A/2A conference matchup against the visiting Highland Tech Rams. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
(Additional information by Danny Eaker)
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Ironmen Caleb Hovis and Kam Bolin lead the way onto the field at last Friday night’s matchup against the visiting Shelby HS Golden Lions. (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

Shelby’s Golden Lions down CHS Ironmen 70-0 at Rudisill

Team is now 2-3 overall; 0-1 in conference play


On Little Ironmen Night, the CHS Ironmen prepared to welcome the little gridiron kids and cheerleaders to watch them take on the visiting Shelby High Golden Lions.
However, the game didn’t go as all hoped it might as the CHS football men gutted out a heart-wrenching 70-0 loss to an overwhelming Golden Lions air and ground game last Friday night (Sept. 16) at Rudisill Stadium.
Though the Ironmen are down a couple of players due to injuries; it is to be noted that Coach Pruitt’s team did make a number of good overall plays, what with Kam Bolin’s offensive activities  being good for eight carries, totaling 39 yards.
Next up in yardage on the ground was Tobias Miller, who racked up 15 yards, followed by big Shamyr Moss’s three yards, as the Golden Lions held the big man to little running room.
Quarterback Chase Miller was able only to complete two of 13 attempted passes and the Lions kept him to a negative 15 yards.
The Golden Lions got on the scoreboard with 9:17 on the clock, the it was all Shelby after that as they moved the ball with impunity against the Ironmen. There were a couple of defensive highlights in the game as Caleb Hovis (#8) recovered a loose ball toward the end of the first quarter, but the Ironmen were unable to capitalize on that recovery. A number of Ironmen defensemen were in on some good tackles all through the game but the speed of the Lions gridiron offensive crew was a hard thing to deal with as they got away on more than one occasion from their determined Ironmen counterparts.
So far as passing was concerned, QB Chase Miller, who was without his “go-to” guy from past games – Landon Hahn (out with a shoulder injury), he turned to other receivers such as Collin Huss, Rayshawn Sewell, Tobias Miller, and Shamyr Moss. He connected with Tobias an Shamyr on only two of his 13 attempts, but no scores came from those valiant tries.
Punter Justin Houser was kept pretty busy as the Ironmen couldn’t score by the fourth down on many of their plays and drives.
The Ironmen are away to face the East Gaston Warriors on Friday, Sept. 23 (game time: 7:30 p.m.), and have a scheduled open date on Friday, Sept. 30, as the month of September draws to a close.
(Additional information by Susan L. Powell and Danny Eaker)
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The 2022 John Chavis Middle School Lady Wolverine’s softball team and their coaches (on their Thursday, Sept. 8 win over W.C. Friday MS.) The team is currently 3-1. (photo provided)

Coach says his Lady Wolverines
are currently 3-1 on the season

Chavis 6 - Holbrook 7 – Head John Chavis Middle School softball coach Lance Beam said his Chavis softball ladies lost to Holbrook on Tuesday (Sept. 6), 9-6.
Yet even so, leading the offense – noted Beam – was Landry Beam and Hailey Vance with multiple hits.
“Also contributing to the offense was Kate Mulvey, Jenny Brown and Grace Capps with one hit each,” he said.
That said, Beam said Chavis played and defeated W.C. Friday 13-6 in a game which also showcased the young team’s talents.
Said Beam, “We defeated W.C. Friday on Thursday, Sept. 8, as Jenny Brown got the win pitching, striking out six batters,” he said.
Leading the offense (noted Beam) was Jenny Brown, Maddie Avery, Livi Harmon and Kayla Throckmorton with multiple hits. Also contributing to the offense was Kate Mulvey, Landry Beam and Isabelle Robinson with one hit each. Hailey Vance, Harmon, Beam and Mulvey were strong defensively for the JCMS Lady Wolverines.
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Ironman Henry Gil moves to position the ball in last week’s win over Crest at Rudisill Stadium. Nearby to assist him are teammates Nate Bookout (#10) and William Allen (#5). (photos by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media)

CHS soccer men get two early season non-conference wins


Coach Michelle Cuomo said her CHS soccer Ironmen beat Maiden 5-2 last Monday night, Aug. 22, in their first non-conference match.
“Carson Kelly netted three goals and had two assists, Henry Gil had one goal, Marlon Gomez with one goal and one assist, and Nate Bookout assisted in two goals for the Ironmen,” she said, adding that Jared Varela played a strong game in the goalkeeper’s position with 15 saves.
Cuomo also noted the Aug. 24 (Wednesday) home field win over Crest’s Chargers, with the match final score being 7-2.
Said Coach Cuomo, “Goals came from Carson Kelly (with 2), Nate Bookout, 2 goals and 2 assists; Will Allen, one goal; Henry Gil, one goal and one assist, freshman Davis Escobar, one goal; and Marlon Gomez with 2 assists.”
Cuomo also noted Jared Varela had a shutout in the first half with 7 saves for the Ironmen, and that Josh Morgado made his debut in goal with 8 saves in the second half.
“Steven Brown, Aiden Farmer, Javier Moran, Kai Shipley, and Numarius Good played outstanding defense to contribute to our win” added Cuomo.
The Ironmen traveled on Monday, Aug. 29, to play the West Lincoln Rebels, and will be at home tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Rudisill Stadium to play Maiden at 5:30 p.m.
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