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1-17-23 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school basketball and football, College basketball and football

By Richard Walker

Gardner-Webb’s Jhessyka Williams continues having a record-setting season for the Bulldogs’ Big South Conference-leading women’s basketball team.

Gardner-Webb’s Jhessyka Williams

Williams, a 5-foot-10 graduate student from Augusta, Ga., was on Monday named Big South Conference women’s player of the week for the fifth time this season. The league record for most player of the week honors is nine and Williams has six weeks left in the season to come closer to the record.

This week’s honor comes after Williams set Gardner-Webb history with the school’s first triple-double in program history on Jan. 11 when she had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assist in a win over Presbyterian. She also had 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in last Saturday’s 76-45 win at UNC-Asheville.

Entering Wednesday’s game at Longwood, Williams is averaging 19.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 18 starts this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school basketball

(Tuesday’s games)
-BOYS
Cramer 65, Forestview 52: Jacob Joyner (19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), John Hill (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals), Owen Sloan (13 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals) and Justin Rocquemore (10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks) led Forestview and Nico Aguilar (13 points) led Forestview.
Cramer won the JV game 53-51 in overtime behind Zack Alexander (13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), D.J. Cross (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Kingston Womack (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals).

Crest 69, Kings Mountain 51

South Point 85, North Gaston 72: Quay Harris (21 points), Dylan Bradley (13 points), Greyson Kines (10 points) and Sean Gore (11 assists, 8 points) led South Point.

Burns 67, Thomas Jefferson 51

East Gaston 76, Cherryville 63

Bradford Prep 55, Highland Tech 42

North Lincoln 68, East Lincoln 61: Ty Sanders had 22 points, Connor Carson 11 and Reed King 10 for North Lincoln and Keandre Walker had 19 points, Jackson Fannon 15 and Houston Hartsell 10 for East Lincoln.

West Lincoln 43, Lincolnton 39

Gaston Day 45, Gaston Christian 37: Evan Montanari had 21 points for Gaston Day and Corey Gaines had 17 points for Gaston Christian.

-GIRLS
Cramer 60, Forestview 28: Oshauna Holland (19 points, 6 assists, 11 steals), Ellia Barajas (14 points) and Zion Duncan (14 points, 11 rebounds) led Cramer and Molly Forgan and Miangel Thompson had 9 points apiece for Forestview.

Huss 44, Ashbrook 42 (OT)

Crest 64, Kings Mountain 27

South Point 64, North Gaston 29: Maddie Frank (25 points, 5 assists), Lexi Birtwistle (13 points, 5 rebounds), Toney Milton (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Lauren French (8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks) led South Point.

Thomas Jefferson 50, Burns 29

East Gaston 53, Cherryville 37

Highland Tech 47, Bradford Prep 23

East Lincoln 62, North Lincoln 16

West Lincoln 45, Lincolnton 43: Zoey Owenby had 15 points, Chloe Norman 14 and Carolina Robinson 11 for West Lincoln and McKenzie Sand-Odom had 17 points for Lincolnton.

Lincoln Charter 37, Community School of Davidson 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

The Carolina Panthers head coaching search went through some twists and turns on Tuesday.

After reports came out earlier in the day that some NFL insiders felt Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson was the favorite, Johnson announced he would not be interviewing with Carolina owner David Tepper because he wants to remain on head coach Dan Campbell’s staff in Detroit.

Johnson, who turns 37 in May, had just completed his 11th season as a NFL assistant coach.

The former Asheville A.C. Reynolds High School quarterback who was a walk-on at North Carolina from 2004 to 2007, Johnson spent three seasons at Boston College from 2009 to 2011 before joining the NFL staffs of the Miami Dolphins (2012-18) and Detroit Lions (2019-22).

At A.C. Reynolds, Johnson quarterbacked the Rockets to the N.C. Class 4A state title as a junior in 2002 with a 14-1 record and a 14-7 victory over Northern Nash in the state championship game. Coached by Bobby Poss, Johnson completed 54 of 110 passes for 761 yards and nine TDs that season.

One of Johnson’s high school and collegiate teammates was Chase Rice, a linebacker who became more famous as a country singer.

With Johnson being out of the running, much will be made of Tepper’s interview later this week with former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

If the Panthers were to hire Payton, they would owe the Saints compensation through draft picks since he’s still under contract with that organization.

Payton and Johnson are among the 12 candidates the Panthers have pursued to replace Matt Rhule, who was fired as head coach after a 1-4 start to the recently-completed 7-10 season.

Other candidates the Panthers have either interviewed or requested interviews with have been current Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks, former Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions and Wake Forest head coach Jim Caldwell, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

College football

Charlotte 49ers first-year head coach Biff Poggi has named Jonathon Jacobson as the program’s Assistant Head Coach and Senior Advisor.

The relationship between and Jacobson and Poggi spans almost five decades since the two were high school classmates and teammates at Gilman School in Baltimore, Md.

“I am so excited to have Jake in the 49er family,” Poggi said in a school news release. “He is one of the smartest people I know, and I trust him implicitly. He built a highly successful, complex organization from scratch, and I could think of no one better to partner with in building this program. Among other things, he will be primarily responsible for advice and counsel, being a sounding board for and mentoring our coaching staff, overseeing our analytics program and student-athlete development, including enhancing the internship options for our players. I am counting on him to give me honest feedback, even when I don’t want to hear it.”

Jacobson is currently the non-executive Chairman of HighSage Ventures, a private investment firm formed in 2019 to exclusively manage his family’s assets and those of the One8 Foundation. Prior to HighSage, Jacobson had a 30-year career as a professional investor first as a senior portfolio manager at Harvard Management Company and then as the CEO and CIO of Highfields Capital Management, a firm he co-founded in 1998, which invested over $10 billion on behalf of university endowments, foundations, pension funds and other institutional investors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro basketball

Here’s the 2022-23 Charlotte Hornets schedule:

(11-34 record)
October
19 at San Antonio (W 129-102)
21 New Orleans (L 112-124)
23 at Atlanta (W 126-109)
26 at New York (L 131-134, OT)
28 at Orlando (L 93-113)
29 Golden State (W 120-113, OT)
31 Sacramento (L 108-115)
November
2 at Chicago (L 88-106)
4 at Memphis (L 99-130)
5 Brooklyn (L 94-98)
7 Washington (L 100-108)
9 Portland (L 95-105)
10 at Miami (L 112-117, OT)
12 at Miami (L 115-132)
14 at Orlando (W 112-105)
16 Indiana (L 113-125)
18 at Cleveland (L 122-132, 2 OT)
20 at Washington (L 102-106)
23 Philadelphia (W 107-101)
25 Minnesota (W 110-108)
28 at Boston (L 105-140)
December
2 Washington (W 117-116)
3 Milwaukee (L 96-105)
5 L.A. Clippers (L 117-119)
7 at Brooklyn (L 116-122)
9 New York (L 102-121)
11 at Philadelphia (L 113-131)
14 Detroit (L 134-141, OT)
16 Atlanta (L 106-125)
18 at Denver (L 115-119)
19 at Sacramento (W 125-119)
21 at L.A. Clippers (L 105-126)
23 at L.A. Lakers (W 134-130)
26 at Portland (L 113-124)
27 at Golden State (L 105-110)
29 Oklahoma City (W 121-113)
31 Brooklyn (L 106-123)
January
2 L.A. Lakers (L 115-121)
4 Memphis (L 107-131)
6 at Milwaukee (W 138-109)
8 at Indiana (L 111-116)
10 at Toronto (L 120-132)
12 at Toronto (L 114-124)
14 Boston (L 106-122)
16 Boston (L 118-130)
18 at Houston, 8 p.m.
21 at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
23 at Utah, 9 p.m.
24 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
26 Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
29 Miami, 1 p.m.
31 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
February
2 at Chicago, 8 p.m.
3 at Detroit, 7 p.m.
5 Orlando, 1 p.m.
8 at Washington, 7 p.m.
10 at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
11 Denver, 7 p.m.
13 Atlanta, 7 p.m.
15 San Antonio, 7 p.m.
24 at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
25 Miami, 7 p.m.
27 Detroit, 7 p.m.
March
1 Phoenix, 7 p.m.
3 Orlando, 7 p.m.
5 at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
7 at New York, 7:30 p.m.
9 at Detroit, 7 p.m.
11 Utah, 7 p.m.
12 Cleveland, 5 p.m.
14 Cleveland, 7 p.m.
17 Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
20 Indiana, 7 p.m.
23 at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
24 at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
26 Dallas, 1 p.m.
28 at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
31 Chicago, 7 p.m.
April
2 Toronto, 1 p.m.
4 Toronto, 7 p.m.
7 Houston, 7 p.m.
9 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College basketball

(Tuesday’s game)
Dayton 68, Davidson 61: The slumping Wildcats fell to 9-10 overall and 2-5 in the Atlantic 10 after their fourth straight loss and fifth loss in six games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

Here’s the 2022-23 NFL playoff schedule:

-Wild Card weekend
(AFC)
No. 1 Kansas City – bye
No. 5 L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville – Jacksonville 31-30
No. 7 Miami at No. 2 Buffalo – Buffalo 34-31
No. 6 Baltimore at No. 3 Cincinnati – Cincinnati 24-17

(NFC)
No. 1 Philadelphia – bye
No. 7 Seattle at No. 2 San Francisco – San Francisco 41-23
No. 6 N.Y. Giants at No. 3 Minnesota – N.Y. Giants 31-24
No. 5 Dallas at No. 4 Tampa Bay – Dallas 31-14

-Confererence semifinals
Jan. 21-22, pairings, times and dates TBA
(AFC)
No. 4 Jacksonville at No. 1 Kansas City, 4:30 p.m. Saturday (NBC)
No. 3 Cincinnati at No. 2 Buffalo, 3 p.m. Sunday (CBS)

(NFC)
No. 6 N.Y. Giants at No. 1 Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. Saturday (FOX)
No. 5 Dallas at No. 2 San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. Sunday (FOX)

-Conference championship games
NFC, 3 p.m. on Jan. 29 (FOX)
AFC, 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 (CBS)

-Super Bowl
Feb. 12 at Glendale, Ariz., 6:30 p.m. (FOX)