North Carolina Newspapers

Thursday January 25, 1996
Kings Mountain's Cedric Smith (#32, left photo) and Tammie Welch
(right photo) had big games despite their teams’ losses in Friday night
Southwestern 3-A Conference basketball action at Shelby. Smith
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scorer Eric Tate in the lineup they fell to the Lions 69-52. Welch scored
a game-high 18 points, including14 in the fourth quarter, but a late
KM comeback attempt fell short, 36-33. KM returns home Friday to
KM drops two
to North Gaston
Kings Mountain High's varsity
basketball teams hope to get back
on the winning track Friday night
at home when they host Burns in
Southwestern 3-A Conference ac-
The locals lost their second
straight doubleheader - and the
boys lost their third game in a row
- Tuesday at North Gaston. The
boys, again playing without the
services of their leading scorer Eric
Tate, fell 71-56 after the girls lost a
hard-fought 42-41 decision.
The Mountaineers continued to
get good play inside from Cedric
Smith, who led the scoring with 17
points, and John Sizemore added
an outside shooting touch with 11.
But that wasn't enough to offset the
loss of Tate's 23-point per game
average and the balanced scoring
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of the Wildcats. Four North Gaston
players scored in double figures,
with Robbie Joyner getting 14,
Wallace Montgomery 13, Charles
Pratt 12 and Matt Gowdle 11.
The North Gaston girls got 13
points and Miriam McLeod and 11
from Tammy Kiehl to hold off a
KM upset bid. Danielle Hunter and
Nicole Ingram scored 10 each for
KM and Tammie Welch added sev-
KM (56) - Sizemore 11, Turner
5, Rhodes 3, Burris 2, McCree 2,
Odums 2, C. Smith 17, Jones 6,
Champion 4. ‘
NG (71) - Fields 7, Joyner 14,
Guthrie 2, Summey 6, Burgess 4,
Montgomery 13, Pratt 12, Gowdle
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cored 10 points to lead the Mountaineers, but without their leading
ings Mountain High's basket-
I teams fell to Shelby in a
Southwestern 3-A Conference
twinbill Friday at Shelby.
Kings Mountain's girls came
from 15 points down in the fourth
quarter to cut a big Shelby lead to
three points, but lost 36-33 despite
a game-high 18 point-effort from
Tammie Welch. Welch scored 14 of
her points in a 21-point KM out-
frst in the fourth quarter.
"Kings Mountain couldn't get its
offense going in the first three
quarters. Tony Leigh's ladies man-
aged only one field goal until the
final minute of the first half. The
Kings Mountain High's swim
neet with Salisbury and South
Point Wednesday at Neisler
Natatorium was cancelled after
five events after an upset Salisbury
swimmer was disqualified and
ejected from the meet.
According to Kings Mountain
Coach Amy Gordon, a Salisbury
swimmer who won the 200 indi-
vidual medley removed his swim
cap, splashing timers, and used
orofanity. He was disqualified in
that event and suspended for the
emainder of the meet for "un-
portsmanlike conduct."
However, Gordon said, his dis-
qualification angered other
Salisbury swimmers, causing "junk
talking" by both Kings Mountain
ind Salisbury swimmers. The talk-
ing continued through the next
event and referee Scott Mayse of
ngs Mountain halted the match
revent any more problems.
rding to the NCHSAA
ndbook, players in any sport
Dream Team leads
n duckpin bowling
The Dream Team defeated
Sullwinkle 'n Friends 6-2 to open
eight-game lead in Mixed
Duckpin Bowling League action
Tuesday night at Dilling Heating.
In another match, Family Affair
knocked the Antiques out of sec-
ond place, 6-2.
The Dream Team now sports a
24-8 record, compared to
Bullwinkle's 16-16 mark. The
Antiques are 14-18 and Family
Affair 10-22.
Mark Midgette's 126 line and
346 set and Chris Hullender's 111
ne and 312 set led Dream Team
over Bullwinkle. Robbie Hullender
had a 146 line and 354 set and
Chuck Ruley had a 126 line and
324 set for Bullwinkle.
R.W. Hullender's 136 line and
377 set and Debbie Hullender's 114
line and 315 set led Family Affair
over the Antiques. John Dilling
had a 109 line and 311 set for the
Mounties drop
Mountaineers still managed to lead
5-4 after the first quarter but the
Lions came on strong to lead 18-8
at intermission and 27-12 going in-
to the fourth quarter.
Shelby, which improved its con-
ference record to 3-0, got 13 points
from Tasha Hopper.
Shelby's boys got off to a quick
start, and Kings Mountain, playing
without the services of its leading
scorer Eric Tate, couldn't get its of-
fense untracked. The result was a
69-52 win for the Lions and their
new head coach, Ken Napier, the
former KM Middle School mentor,
who are ejected from a game are
ineligible to compete in the follow-
ing game.
Both Gordon and Salisbury
Coach Gus Andrews said they sup-
ported the referee's decision.
Andrews said he didn't agree
with every accusation made by
Kings Mountain officials against
his swimmer, but he supported the
referee's decision "100 percent.”
"They were basically telling me
he was disqualified for unsports-
manlike conduct when he finished
the race, which is not totally un-
usual in high school athletics,"
Andrews said. "If you're unsports-
manlike, you're disqualified. I was
over on the side of the pool and
didn't see what happened, but you
have officials running the meet and
according to them it was unsports-
manlike conduct, and I support
them 100 percent. They have very
good officials, very knowledgeable
people running their program."
Gordon said she did not know at
this time if NCHSAA officials
have been notified of the situation.
She said it is Dr. Mayse's responsi-
bility as the meet official to report
the disqualification, and it is
Salisbury High School's responsi-
bility to report the ejection and sus-
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Shelby led 19-11 after the first
quarter and 39-19 at halftime.
Sophomore guard Norris Hopper
had a big night for the Lions with
14 points. Ronald Watkins added
13 and Cliff Washburn 12, and the
duo also dominated the back-
boards. Cedric Smith was KM's
only double-digit scorer with 10
points, and John Sizemore added
nine. NA y
Shelby improved to 2-1 in the
conference and 6-8 overall, while
the Mountaineers dropped to 0-2
and 3-6.
pension of its swimmer.
Kings Mountain and Salisbury
have been among the most compet-
itive 3-A swimming programs in
the state for several years, and the
state championship sometimes
boils down between the two clubs.
Kings Mountain won the state title
in 1993 and 1994 but was edged
out by Salisbury last year when
two of KM's top swimmers were
disqualified, one by a Salisbury of-
"As a result of that, we lost,"
said Gordon, "but it wasn't one call
or the other. Both of them together
cost us the points.
KM: (32) -'C.. Smith 10,
Sizemore 9, M. Smith 8, Jones 6,
Crocker 4, McCree 4, Turner 3,
Champion 2, Odums 2, Rhodes 2,
Burris 2.
S (69) - Hopper 14, Watkins 13,
Washburn 12, Fullerwider 8,
Hamrick 8, Scott 8, Cannon 6.
KM (33) - Tammie Welch. 18,
Tina Welch 7, Hamrick 4, Moore 3,
Ingram 1.
S (36) - Hopper 13, Moore 7,
Currie :6, Pass 3, Borders 2,
Boulware 2, Eberhardt 2, Labon 1.
WM-Salisbury swim meet called
"I think there may be some bad °
blood between the two schools be-
cause they've competed so tightly
in previous years. Salisbury is al-
ways really competitive. They've
been coming over here for a num-
ber of years (for a non-conference
meet) because they don't have a fa-
cility of their own. It's usually a re-
ally good meet for all the kids be-
cause they really swim well."
Kings Mountain was scheduled
to host West Henderson and South
Point in a non-conference meet
yesterday. Kings Mountain and
South Point will travel to R-S
Central next week.
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