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1-21-22 roundup: High school basketball, Pro basketball, football and soccer, College basketball

By Richard Walker

After a third straight win and seventh in eight games, the Charlotte Hornets are six games above .500 for the first time since the 2015-16 season following Friday’s 121-98 win over visiting Oklahoma City.

In front of 15,835 at Spectrum Center, the Hornets (26-20) lead all but a few seconds behind a balanced offensive attack.

Terry Rozier (24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists), Miles Bridges (22 points, 13 rebounds), P.J. Washington (20 points, 6 rebounds), Gordon Hayward (16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists) and LaMelo Ball (10 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) led Charlotte.

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full regular season schedule (with results):

OCTOBER
Wed. 20 INDIANA (W 123-122)
Fri. 22 at Cleveland (W 123-112)
Sun. 24 at Brooklyn (W 111-95)
Mon. 25 BOSTON (L 129-140, OT)
Wed. 27 at Orlando (W 120-111)
Fri. 29 at Miami (L 99-114)
Sun. 31 PORTLAND (W 125-113)
NOVEMBER
Mon. 1 CLEVELAND (L 110-113)
Wed. 3 at Golden State (L 92-114)
Fri. 5 at Sacramento (L 110-140)
Sun. 7 at LA Clippers (L 106-120)
Mon. 8 at L.A. Lakers (L 123-126, OT)
Wed. 10 at Memphis (W 118-108)
Fri. 12 NEW YORK (W 104-96)
Sun. 14 GOLDEN STATE (W 106-102)
Wed. 17 WASHINGTON (W 97-87)
Fri. 19 INDIANA (W 121-118)
Sat. 20 at Atlanta (L 105-115)
Mon. 22 at Washington (W 109-103)
Wed. 24 at Orlando (W 108-99)
Fri. 26 MINNESOTA (W 133-115)
Sat. 27 at Houston (L 143-146, OT)
Mon. 29 at Chicago (L 119-133)
DECEMBER
Wed. 1 at Milwaukee (L 125-127)
Sun. 5 at Atlanta (W 130-127)
Mon. 6 PHILADELPHIA (L 124-127, OT)
Wed. 8 PHILADELPHIA (L 106-110)
Fri. 10 SACRAMENTO (W 124-123)
Mon. 13 at Dallas (L 96-120)
Wed. 15 at San Antonio (W 131-115)
Fri. 17 at Portland (L 116-125)
Sun. 19 at Phoenix (L 106-137)
Mon. 20 at Utah (L 102-112)
Thu. 23 at Denver (W 115-107)
Mon. 27 HOUSTON (W 123-99)
Wed. 29 at Indiana (W 116-108)
JANUARY
Sun. 2 PHOENIX (L 99-133)
Mon. 3 at Washington (L 121-124)
Wed. 5 DETROIT (W 140-111)
Sat. 8 MILWAUKEE (W 114-106)
Mon. 10 MILWAUKEE (W 103-99)
Wed. 12 at Philadelphia (W 109-98)
Fri. 14 ORLANDO (L 109-116)
Mon. 17 at New York (W 97-87)
Wed. 19 at Boston (W 111-102)
Fri. 21 OKLAHOMA CITY (W 121-98)
Sun. 23 ATLANTA 7:00
Tue. 25 at Toronto 7:00
Wed. 26 at Indiana 7:00
Fri. 28 L.A. LAKERS 7:30
Sun. 30 LA CLIPPERS 1:00
FEBRUARY
Wed. 2 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 4 CLEVELAND 7:00
Sat. 5 MIAMI 7:00
Mon. 7 TORONTO 7:00
Wed. 9 CHICAGO 7:30
Fri. 11 at Detroit 7:00
Sat. 12 MEMPHIS 7:00
Tue. 15 at Minnesota 8:00
Thu. 17 MIAMI 7:00
Fri. 25 TORONTO 7:00
Sun. 27 DETROIT 7:00
Mon. 28 at Milwaukee 8:00
MARCH
Wed. 2 at Cleveland 7:00
Sat. 5 SAN ANTONIO 7:00
Tue. 8 BROOKLYN 7:00
Wed. 9 BOSTON 7:00
Fri. 11 at New Orleans 8:00
Mon. 14 at Oklahoma City 8:00
Wed. 16 ATLANTA 7:00
Sat. 19 DALLAS 7:00
Mon. 21 NEW ORLEANS 7:00
Wed. 23 NEW YORK 7:00
Fri. 25 UTAH 7:00
Sun. 27 at Brooklyn 7:30
Mon. 28 DENVER 7:00
Wed. 30 at New York 7:30
APRIL
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00
Sun. 10 WASHINGTON TBD

 

 

 

Obituary

A former Lincolnton High player and coach, Gaston College athlete and former Cherryville American Legion Post 100 coach has died at 71.

John “Johnny” Henry Colvard Jr., died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

A 1969 Lincolnton High graduate, Colvard played football, basketball, soccer, baseball, boxing, softball, golf, racquetball and pickleball and ran cross country. After starring for the Wolves and at nearby Gaston College, Colvard attended Stetson University in Deland, Fla., on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher where he graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in physical education. Colvard was a 2001 inducteed into the Stetson University Sports Hall of Fame.

Other awards and accolades include several Golden Gloves boxing titles from 1964 to 1970, several MVP awards in high school, college and recreation softball. A 2014 Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Colvard spent 30 years in Lincoln County Schools with most of them as a physical education teacher at Love Memorial Elementary School.

A longtime Lincolnton High athletic coach, Colvard also guided the Cherryville Post 100 Legion team to a 31-20 record in 1994 and 1995.

John Colvard is survived by his loving wife Vickie; his daughter Amie Millsaps and husband Frankie; son Ron Colvard; stepdaughters Tonya West and husband Derrick and Amy Chaney and husband Shawn; grandchildren Kachae Mayo, Kaiyah Millsaps, Megan West, Dylan West, Ashlynn Chaney, and Aubrey Chaney. He is also survived by his adoring fur baby, Louie.

John Colvard’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 29 at 2 p.m. at City Church in Gastonia, where he was a member. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of Lincoln County, Least of These Carolinas, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Purple Stride. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.neptunesociety.com/location/charlotte-nc-crema for the Colvard family.

 

 

 

High school basketball

Friday’s games:
(Boys)
Huss at Kings Mountain (ppd., no date)

Forestview 73, North Gaston 53: Daris Byers (20 points), Deviyus Harris-Byrd (17 points) and Christian Williams (12 points) led Forestview.

Cherryville at Thomas Jefferson (ppd., Feb. 3)

Shelby at Burns (ppd., Jan. 29)

Hickory at East Lincoln (ppd., Feb. 2)

Gaston Christian 64, SouthLake Christian 56: Jahseem Felton (14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Isaiah Tate (12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 1 block), Joe Rhyne (10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists), Preston Shuford (12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block), Cam Newman (12 points, 3 assists, 2 steals) amd Corey Gaines (2 points, 4 steals, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) led Gaston Christian.

Cramer 67, Forestview 66 (Thursday): Will Kelly (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), Frankie Verdezas (10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and John Hill (8 points, 6 rebounds) led Cramer and Nate Aguilar (18 points), Christian Williams (15 points) and Daris Byers (11 points) led Forestview.
Cramer also won the JV game 70-51 with Quinton Rybczyk (23 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists), Amari Littlejohn (15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals) and Campbell Pierce (13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals) leading Cramer.

Bessemer City 62, Thomas Jefferson 43 (Thursday): Randall Pettus (25 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, 7 steals), Keyshawn Adams (13 points, 15 blocks, 14 rebounds) and Jameer Holmes (6 points, 10 rebounds) led Bessemer City.

Cherryville 69, East Gaston 49 (Thursday): Carson Kelly (35 points), Chance Hunt (10 points, 4 steals), Landon Hahn (7 points, 7 rebounds), Jack Mulvey (10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 drawn charges) and Gavin Cease (8 points, 8 rebounds) led Cherryville.

South Point 68, North Gaston 43 (Thursday): Sully Absher (11 points, 8 rebounds), Cooper Ray (11 points) and Grayson Kines (10 points) led South Point.

(Girls)
Ashbrook 45, Crest 35

Kings Mountain 59, Huss 54 (OT): Saniya Wilson (28 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 5 charges taken), Khalia King (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Tyasya Bell (9 points, 7 rebounds) and CoRey Simpson (8 points, 8 rebounds) led Kings Mountain and Myla Hoover (14 points), Anyasiah Love (13 points), Brooklyn Swann (12 points) and Savanni Harris (9 points) led Huss.
Kings Mountain also won the JV game 18-13 as Kamari Odoms had seven points.

South Point 52, Cramer 45: Maddie Frank (16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Toney Milton (14 pts. 13 rebounds), Lexi Birtwistle (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Dajshia Foust (7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals) led South Point and Dasia Harris (25 points) and Hadley Womack (15 points) led Cramer.

Cherryville at Thomas Jefferson (ppd., Feb. 3)

East Gaston 42, Highland Tech 35

Shelby at Burns (ppd., Jan. 29)

Hickory at East Lincoln (ppd., Feb. 2)

Ashbrook 72, Huss 60 (Thursday): Kennette Bess had 32 points, Madison Cole 15, Yazahri Mason 13 and Emerald Butler six for Ashbrook.

Thomas Jefferson 51, Bessemer City 45 (Thursday): Tionna Pettus (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Janiya Adams (16 points, 9 steals) led Bessemer City.

Forestview 48, Cramer 37 (Thursday): Kendall Manning (23 points, 5 steals, 2 assists), Samantha Bolton (11 points, 16 rebounds) and Molly Forgan (8 points, 13 rebounds) led Forestview.

Saturday’s games:
Cramer at Kings Mountain
Huss at Crest, 12:30 p.m.
Shelby at East Rutherford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

The 2021-22 NFL playoffs:

(AFC 1st round)
1. Tennessee (12-5) – bye
4. Cincinnati (11-7) 26, 5. Las Vegas (10-8) 19
3. Buffalo (12-6) 47, 6. New England (10-8) 17
2. Kansas City (13-5) 42, 7. Pittsburgh (9-8-1) 21

(NFC 1st round)
1. Green Bay (13-4) – bye
2. Tampa Bay (14-4) 31, 7. Philadelphia (9-9) 15
6. San Francisco (11-7) 23, 3. Dallas (12-6) 17
4. Los Angeles (13-5) 34, 5. Arizona (11-7) 11

(AFC, NFC semifinals)
AFC
Cincinnati (11-7) at Tennessee (12-5), 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Buffalo (12-6) at Kansas City (13-5), 6:30 p.m. Sunday
NFC
San Francisco (11-7) at Green Bay (13-4), 8:15 p.m. Saturday
Los Angeles (13-5) at Tampa Bay (14-4), 3 p.m. Sunday

(AFC, NFC championship games)
Jan. 30

(Super Bowl)
Feb. 13

 

 

 

 

College basketball

Charlotte: The 49ers men’s basketball game at FIU in Miami has been rescheduled for Feb. 7, Conference USA announced on Friday. Charlotte and FIU were previously scheduled to play on Jan. 1 but it was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

Gaston College: The Rhinos’ Region 10 home game against Brunswick Community College scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at North Gaston High School has been postponed to a later date due to weather issues in Eastern N.C. Also, Gaston College has moved a game at USC-Salkehatchie to Feb. 22. It was originally slated for Feb. 20.

 

 

 

 

Pro soccer

Charlotte FC, in conjunction with Radio One, on Friday announced the team’s first-ever radio partnership with WFNZ as the Club’s English-language radio partner. Radio One will broadcast most matches on its flagship station WFNZ, while the remaining matches will be carried on its sister-station, WLNK FM Mix 107.9.