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High School Roundup; A nod to a legend

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High School Baseball

R-S Central baseball has won eight playoff games in the last calendar year after defeating West Iredell in round one and Anson 4-1 in the second round.

Central played a very tough Ledford team on Tuesday and if they advance will likely play North Davidson at home Friday at 7pm.

East Rutherford's season came to an end as Franklin beat them on the road 4-3. It was an up and down season all year as they won 14 games, but lost by errors in round one. That isn't typical Cavalier baseball. Still, East Rutherford is a threat ever time they step on the field.

High School Girls Soccer

R-S Central's soccer team was still alive, but had to travel up 64 to Hendersonville to take on one of best clubs in the state. R-S can score and are not bad defensively, but likely face the toughest matchup of the season. They lost to Hendy 3-1 earlier in the season. Central would likely go to Lake Norman Charter if they won on Friday.

Thomas Jefferson won a first round game against East Surry 2-1, but lost in the second round to Murphy. The Lady Gryphons program was the first to ever win a playoff game in school history and still have the most playoffs victories in school history. All 15 in the last 9 years.

High School Softball

All three county high school softball teams are out of the playoffs by the end of round two.

R-S Central, who won the conference handily picked up an 8-1 win in the first round, but lost 3-1 to North Davidson in the second. It's sad because one of the better pitchers in the state in Hailey White played her last softball game. Eight others also played in their last game as well such as Brooke Vance, Madison Crain, Holly Newton, Taylor Stofer and maybe the most improved this season in Haley Wilson.

East Rutherford was stunned at home in being shutout by South Rowan. The good news is that everyone returns to the diamond again next year.

Chase ended up with a bad draw and got R-S Central during the first round of the playoffs. They ended the season with an 8-1 loss. They had three key seniors in Sam Craft, Ciera Hardin and Makayla Gordon which sadly ended their high school careers as well. However, they did win 16 games this season.

NASCAR

Kevin Harvick won again, but he ran second for most of the night. For some reason, Kansas is a little bit weird. It was a quiet night, but a few wrecks towards the end helped Harvick out. There were times where Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. were on the way to victory, but all three ran into issues down the stretch. How many more races is Harvick going to win this season? He has 5 wins in 12 starts so far this season.

And finally, this past week, Shelby Star Sports Editor and legendary media man in the Carolinas, Alan Ford...retired. I have known Alan for years and the one thing I will say is that he was genuine. He's very well respected and if he never thought that, I hope maybe this little piece writing will help him understand.

Honestly, I have been in the business for 15-plus years and I am not even close to the same class of well-respected writers that he is in.

He always was straight-forward with me. He did ask coaches tough questions, but tried to be nice about it. I have a ton of respect for the guy. He could tell you countless stories of his years covering sports as a nearly 40 year run came to an end. I learned some things from him just by watching him work and how he interacted with people. He comes from the old school of writing and there are some things I have learned off him as well. So, congrats to you, Alan. Cleveland County games won't be quite the same without you.

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