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10-24-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball, boys soccer and girls golf, College football and baseball, Middle school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker

Former Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain High standout Adrian Delph was selected last weekend as the No. 22 overall pick in the G League Draft.

Adrian Delph (20) during his Appalachian State career.

Delph, who played collegiately at Appalachian State, was selected by the College Park Skyhawks; College Park is the G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks’ organization.

At Appalachian State, Delph averaged including 17.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals last season while converting 36.3 percent of his career 3-pointers. He finished with 1,423 career points for the Mountaineers after scoring 1,000 points at both Piedmont Community Charter and Kings Mountain.

Delph scored 1,085 points at Piedmont Community Charter in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, then tallied 1,264 more at Kings Mountain in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

College baseball

Gaston College’s baseball program will close out its 2022 fall drills with a best-of-three Rhinos World Series next week at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park. The teams were split into Team Mac for assistant coach K.J. McAllister and Team Rand for assistant coach Jacob Rand.

The Rhinos, who will begin their 2023 season on Jan. 29 with a 1 p.m. home doubleheader against Roane State Community College, will play two seven-inning games at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. If a third game if necessary, it’ll be a seven-inning game on Friday at 4 p.m.

Team Mac is composed of sophomore pitchers J.D. Everett, Derek Vartanian, Darrell Johnson and Hunter Shew, sophomore infielders Miller St. John and Preston Hall, sophomore outfielder Wade Kelly, freshman pitchers Landon Carr and J.J. Devos, freshman catchers Seth Christmas and Elijah Jordan, freshman infielders Nathan Williams and Chase Ketner, freshman outfielders Jack Starke and freshman pitcher-outfielder Shane Thorson and freshman infielder-outfielder Andrew Muraco.

Team Rand is composed of sophomore pitchers Kyle McKernan, Jaxson Mangum, Tyler Parks and Dusty Sanderlin, sophomore catcher Pierson Gunnell, sophomore infielders Enrique Wood, Matthew Dobson and Adam Quintero, sophomore outfielder Trenton Snyder, freshman pitchers Nolan Staniero, Sawyer Sutton and Antwan Walton, freshman outfielders Korbin Pettigrew and Trey Truitt and freshman infielder-outfielder Freddie Oliver.

Gaston College went 41-9 overall last season, won the Region 10 West Division regular season and earned national rankings in the school’s first season of athletics since 1972 last spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

Entering last week, there was some speculation Carolina Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks might start a third quarterback (Sam Darnold) in the team’s frustrating season that saw head coach Matt Rhule fired on Oct. 10.

After Sunday’s 21-3 win over Tampa Bay improved the Panthers to 2-5 overall and one game out of first place in the NFC South, Wilks will start P.J. Walker for a third straight game this week in his team’s game at Atlanta.

“I feel like P.J. would be our starter this week,” Wilks told reporters at his weekly Monday news conference.

Wilks added that he remains unsure of the injury status of Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold due to ankle injuries and that Walker had played well enough to remain Carolina’s starting quarterback for a third straight week.

“I don’t see no reason not to start him,” said Wilks, whose team gave Walker a game ball after Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay and seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

Here’s the full Carolina Panthers schedule for the 2022 season:

Week 1, Sept. 11, Cleveland (L 24-26)
Week 2, Sept. 18, at N.Y. Giants (L 16-19)
Week 3, Sept. 25, New Orleans (W 22-14)
Week 4, Oct. 2, Arizona (L 16-26)
Week 5, Oct. 9, San Francisco (L 15-37)
Week 6, Oct. 16, at L.A. Rams (L 10-24)
Week 7, Oct. 23, Tampa Bay (W 21-3)
Week 8, Oct. 30, at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 9, Nov. 6, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 10, Nov. 10, Atlanta, 8:15 p.m.
Week 11, Nov. 20, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 12, Nov. 27, Denver, 1 p.m.
Week 13, Dec. 4, BYE
Week 14, Dec. 11, at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Week 15, Dec. 18, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 16, Dec. 24, Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 17, Jan. 1, at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 18, Jan. 7 or 8, at New Orleans, TBD

 

 

 

 

 

High school football

(This week’s Cleveland/Gaston/Lincoln games:)
Bessemer City at Cherryville
Cramer at Forestview
Highland Tech at East Gaston
Huss at Ashbrook
Kings Mountain at Crest
Mountain Island Charter at Lake Norman Charter
North Lincoln at East Lincoln
Shelby at Burns
South Point at North Gaston
West Lincoln at Lincolnton

(This week’s other area games:)
Foard at St. Stephens
Statesville at Hickory
North Iredell at West Iredell
Bunker Hill at Bandys
West Caldwell at East Burke
Maiden at Newton-Conover
Chambers at Mallard Creek
Hough at Hopewell
West Charlotte at North Meck
Berry Academy at Kell
Harding at South Meck
Olympic at Myers Park
Charlotte Catholic at Palisades
Butler at Independence
East Meck at Providence
Rocky River at Garinger
Chase at R-S Central
Rock Hill, S.C. at Clover, S.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College football

Big South Conference: Three Gardner-Webb players have been honored by the league for their efforts in last Saturday’s 28-14 win over Charleston Southern.

Quarterback Bailey Fisher of Clayton, Ga., was named co-offensive player of the week, linebacker Brendan Jackson of Statesboro, Ga. was defensive player of the week and Jayden Brown of Lithonia, Ga., was named freshman of the week.

Fisher tied a league-game record with his career-high 408 passing yards. He threw for one touchdown along with a five-yard rushing score, and finished the day with 452 yards of offense. Fisher’s efforts engineered 637 total offensive yards at CSU which is Gardner-Webb’s most-ever against a Division I opponent.

Jackson had five total tackles – all solo – with 2.0 for loss, one sack and a pass-break-up. His sack on fourth down in the fourth quarter was part of a defensive effort that limited the Bucs to just 279 yards overall, as well as 3-of-14 on third down.

Brown rushed 14 times for a career-high 92 yards with a score. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry, and his 44-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter put Gardner-Webb ahead 20-7.

(This weekend’s NCAA Division I Carolinas schedule:)
-Thursday
Virginia Tech at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m.
-Friday
East Carolina at BYU, 8 p.m.
-Saturday
South Carolina State at Morgan State, noon
Presbyterian at Marist, noon
Charleston Southern at Kennesaw State, 1 p.m.
Campbell at North Carolina A&T, 1 p.m.
East Tennesee State at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.
Bryant at Gardner-Webb, 1:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Rice, 2 p.m.
North Carolina Central at Delaware State, 2 p.m.
Chattanooga at Furman, 2 p.m.
Samford at The Citadel, 2 p.m.
Wake Forest at Louisville, 3:30 p.m.
Robert Morris at Appalachian State, 3:30 p.m.
Delaware at Elon, 3:30 p.m.
Missouri at South Carolina, 4 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Marshall, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at North Carolina, 8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro basketball

Here is the 2022-23 Charlotte Hornets schedule:

(2-1 record)
October
19 at San Antonio (W 129-102)
21 New Orleans (L 112-124)
23 at Atlanta (W 122-109)
26 at New York (W 126-109)
28 at Orlando, 7 p.m.
29 Golden State 7 p.m.
31 Sacramento, 7 p.m.
November
2 at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
4 at Memphis, 8 p.m.
5 Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
7 Washington, 7 p.m.
9 Portland, 7 p.m.
10 at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
12 at Miami, 8 p.m.
14 at Orlando, 7 p.m.
16 Indiana, 7 p.m.
18 at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
20 at Washington, 6 p.m.
23 Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
25 Minnesota, 5 p.m.
28 at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
December
2 Washington, 7 p.m.
3 Milwaukee, 6 p.m.
5 L.A. Clippers, 7 p.m.
7 at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
9 New York, 7 p.m.
11 at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
14 Detroit, 7 p.m.
16 Atlanta, 7 p.m.
18 at Denver, 8 p.m.
19 at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
21 at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
23 at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
26 at Portland, 10 p.m.
27 at Golden State, 10 p.m.
29 Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
31 Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
January
2 L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
4 Memphis, 7 p.m.
6 at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
8 at Indiana, 5 p.m.
10 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
12 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
14 Boston, 7 p.m.
16 Boston, 1 p.m.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school volleyball

Here are Saturday’s first round playoff results:

(Class 1A)
No. 6 Murphy def. No. 27 Cherryville 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-22)

No. 4 Highland Tech def. No. 29 Millenium Charter 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-9)

No. 3 Bishop McGuinness def. No. 30 Thomas Jefferson 3-1 (25-7, 25-9, 22-25, 25-11)

No. 2 Mountain Island Charter def. No. 31 Bradford Prep 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 30-28)

No. 8 Piedmont Community Charter def. No. 25 Avery County 3-1 (21-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-21)

(Class 2A)
No. 23 North Stanly def. No. 10 East Gaston 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-8)

No. 19 Community School of Davidson def. No. 14 Lincoln Charter 3-1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-14)

(Class 3A)
No. 4 North Henderson def. No. 29 Cramer 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-9)

No. 12 Forestview def. No. 21 Crest 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-22)

No. 3 Kings Mountain def. No. 30 North Davidson 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-9)

No. 11 West Henderson def. No. 22 South Point 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14)

No. 14 East Lincoln def. No. 19 St. Stephens 3-0

No. 27 North Lincoln def. No. 6 Rockingham County 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-14)

Here are Tuesday’s second round pairings:

(Class 1A)
No. 8 Piedmont Community Charter hosts No. 9 Draughn
No. 4 Highland Tech hosts No. 13 Robbinsville
No. 2 Mountain Island Charter hosts No. 16 Cherokee

(Class 3A)
No. 12 Forestview at No. 5 Ashe County
No. 3 Kings Mountain hosts No. 14 East Lincoln
No. 27 North Lincoln at No. 11 West Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

High school girls tennis

North Lincoln won the team title at the 3A Western Regional regional at Hickory City Park.

Team standings: North Lincoln (6 points), Frankin (5), Forestview (4), East Lincoln (3), North Iredell (3), West Henderson (3), Hickory (2), North Buncombe (1), Pisgah (1), South Point (1), Tuscola (1).

Singles Draw
First Round – Friday, October 21, 2022
Rennie Liu (Forestview) def. Abigail Angel (Franklin) 6-0, 6-0
Caitlin Simcox (North Lincoln) def. Elizabeth Smith (Enka) 6-1, 6-0
Karsyn Sink (East Lincoln) def. Maddy McKinley (Cramer) 6-0, 6-1
Lauren Lucas (South Point) def. Zada Meachem (West Charlotte) 1-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-1
Evelyn Merrill (North Buncombe) def. Maci Stork (Franklin) 6-2, 6-2
Ava Heffner (West Henderson) def. Jazmin Higley (Hunter Huss) 6-0, 6-0
Sierra Sellers (Tuscola) def Sophie Meyers (East Lincoln) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Emma Carver (North Lincoln) def. Emily Kania (Freedom) 6-1, 6-0
Second Round – Friday, October 21, 2022
Rennie Liu (Forestview) def. Caitlin Simcox (North Lincoln) 6-0, 6-0
Karsyn Sink (East Lincoln) def. Lauren Lucas (South Point) 6-3, 6-1
Ava Heffner (West Henderson) def. Evelyn Merrill (North Buncombe) 7-5, 6-1
Emma Carver (North Lincoln) def. Sierra Sellers (Tuscola) 6-0, 6-0
Semifinal Round – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Rennie Liu (Forestview) def. Karsyn Sink (East Lincoln) 6-4, 6-1
Emma Carver (North Lincoln) def. Ava Heffner (West Henderson) 0-6, 6-2, 6-1
Championship Round – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Rennie Liu (Forestview) def. Emma Carver (North Lincoln) 7-5, 6-1
Consolation Final – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Karsyn Sink (East Lincoln) def. Ava Heffner (West Henderson) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles Draw
First Round – Friday, October 21, 2022
Alyssa Smith & Kate Phillips (Franklin) def. Payton Propst & Kristyn Carroll (North Gaston) 6-0, 6-2
Kenndy Barker & Kristi Shuford (Pisgah) def. Selah Frisbee & Camden Shelton (Erwin) 6-2, 6-1
Tori Knight & Catherine Jones (West Henderson) def. Kaitlyn Fleming & Railey Bolt (Kings Mountain) 6-0, 6-0
Natalie Gore & Lulu King (North Lincoln) def. Zola Meachem & Asiyah Swaim (West Charlotte) 6-0, 6-1
Molly McGuirk & Katie Brown (East Lincoln) def. Hannah McCall & Hailey McCall (Kings Mountain) 6-4, 6-1
Elleigh Williams & Sydney Templeton (North Iredell) def. Addison Dollar & Julia Herman (Ashe County) 6-2, 6-2
Laura Holland & Lydia Holland (Franklin) def. Alixanna Shelton & Krya Sowell (North Buncombe) 6-2, 6-3
Ellie Holtzman & Berkeley Geyer (Hickory) def. Sofia Czerwinsky & Carlie Anne Phillips (South Point) 6-2, 6-0
Second Round – Friday, October 21, 2022
Alyssa Smith & Kate Phillips (Franklin) def. Kenndy Barker & Kristi Shuford (Pisgah) 6-1, 6-1
Natalie Gore & Lulu King (North Lincoln) def. Tori Knight & Catherine Jones (West Henderson) 6-3, 6-0
Williams & Sydney Templeton (North Iredell) def. Molly McGuirk & Katie Brown (East Lincoln) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Ellie Holtzman & Berkeley Geyer (Hickory) def. Laura Holland & Lydia Holland (Franklin) 6-2, 6-2
Semifinal Round – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Alyssa Smith & Kate Phillips (Franklin) def. Natalie Gore & Lulu King (North Lincoln) 6-0, 7-5
Williams & Sydney Templeton (North Iredell) def. Ellie Holtzman & Berkeley Geyer (Hickory) 6-3, 6-3
Championship Round – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Alyssa Smith & Kate Phillips (Franklin) def. Elleigh Williams & Sydney Templeton (North Iredell) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
Consolation Final – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Ellie Holtzman & Berkeley Geyer (Hickory) def. Natalie Gore & Lulu King (North Lincoln) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

DUAL TEAM PLAYOFFS:
Oct. 19 first round results:

(Class 1A)
No. 4 Highland Tech (10-3) hosts No. 13 Piedmont Community Charter (3-7) – HT 6-0

(Class 2A)
No. 8 Shelby (11-2) hosts Wheatmore (12-7) – Shelby 8-1
No. 7 West Lincoln (15-2) hosts Mount Pleasant (9-6) – WL 8-0
No. 2 Lincoln Charter (11-0) hosts Southwestern Randolph (10-5) – LC 5-2

(Class 3A)
No. 1 Kings Mountain (8-0) hosts West Henderson (10-4) – WH 6-3
No. 5 North Lincoln (14-1) hosts Hickory (9-2) – NL 5-1
No. 11 East Lincoln (12-2) at W-S Atkins (11-2) – EL 5-3
No. 15 Forestview (8-2) at Franklin (14-0) – Franklin 5-1

Oct. 25 second round pairings:

(Class 1A)
No. 4 Highland Tech (11-3) hosts No. 12 Elkin (7-8)

(Class 2A)
No. 8 Shelby (12-2) at No. 1 Salisbury (16-0)
No. 7 West Lincoln (16-2) at No. 2 Lincoln Charter (12-0)

(Class 3A)
No. 5 North Lincoln (15-1) at No. 4 Lake Norman Charter (18-1)
No. 11 East Lincoln (13-2) at No. 3 Montgomery Central (16-0)

 

 

 

 

 

High school boys soccer

Forestview 11, Crest 2: Christian Tyler had six goals, Alex Velasquez two goals and four assists and Aaron Hand, Parker Hope and Chris Tuttle had one goal each for Forestview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school girls golf

4A Championship: Myers Park’s Elizabeth Rudisill shot a 5-under, 67 on her way to a four-shot lead in the individual tournament and lifting her team to a four-shot advantage over second-place Pinecrest in the team competition after the first day of the two-day event at Pinehurst No. 6.

3A Championship: Two-time defending champion Emily Mathews of Eastern Alamance has a one shot lead over Hibriten’s Trinity White and Jacksonville’s Sanaa Carter at Longleaf. Wilson Fike is the team leader after the first day with East Lincoln is three shots behind and South Point four shots back.

1A/2A Championship: Defending champion Newton-Conover had a 13-shot lead and Christ the King’s Malerie Lague holds a four-shot individual lead ate Foxfire’s Red Course.

 

 

 

 

 

Middle school football

TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE

(Playoffs)
Oct. 19 – No. 2 West (R-S Central) at No. 1 East (Kings Mountain) – R-S Central 20-0
Oct. 24 – No. 2 East (East Lincoln) at No. 1 West (Shelby) – Shelby 27-12

Oct. 26 – Championship game: R-S Central vs. Shelby, 4:30 p.m. at Shelby High School

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School boys soccer

(Monday’s results)
Belmont at Cramerton, moved to Nov. 8

Bessemer City at Chavis

Holbrook def. Southwest 3-0

Stanley def. Grier (4-1 on penalty kicks)

York Chester at W.C. Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School volleyball

(Monday’s results)
Belmont at Cramerton, moved to Nov. 8

Chavis def. Bessemer City 3-0: Kate Mulvey, Landry Beam, Maddie Avery, Sophia Williams, Ella Blake and Isabelle Robinson led Chavis.

Holbrook def. Southwest 3-0

Stanley at Grier

York Chester at W.C. Friday

 

 

 

 

 

Auto racing

The 2022 NASCAR cup schedule (with winners):

Feb. 6 Busch Light Clash (Joey Logano)
Feb. 17 Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 (Brad Keselowski)
Feb. 17 Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 (Chris Buescher)
Feb. 20 Daytona 500 (Austin Cindric)
Feb. 27 Wise Power 400 (Kyle Larson)
Mar. 6 Pennzoil 400 (Alex Bowman)
Mar. 13 Ruoff Mortgage (Chase Briscoe)
Mar. 20 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (William Byron)
Mar. 27 EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (Ross Chastain)
Apr. 3 Toyota Owners (Denny Hamlin)
Apr. 9 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 (William Byron-2)
Apr. 17 Food City Dirt Race (Kyle Busch)
Apr. 24 Geico 500 (Ross Chastain-2)
May 2 DuraMAX Drydene 400 (Chase Elliott)
May 8 Goodyear 400 (Joey Logano-2)
May 15 AdventHealth 400 (Kurt Busch)
May 22 NASCAR All-Star Open (Daniel Suarez)
May 22 NASCAR All-Star (Ryan Blaney)
May 29 Coca-Cola 600 (Denny Hamlin-2)
June 5 Enjoy Illinois 300 (Joey Logano-3)
June 12 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Daniel Suarez)
June 26 Ally 400 (Chase Elliott-2)
July 3 Kwik Trip 250 (Tyler Reddick)
July 10 Quaker State 400 (Chase Elliott-3)
July 17 Ambetter 301 (Christopher Bell)
July 24 NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono (Chase Elliott-4)
July 31 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard (Tyler Reddick-2)
Aug. 7 FireKeepers Casino 400 (Kevin Harvick)
Aug. 14 Federated Auto Parts 400 (Kevin Harvick-2)
Aug. 21 Go Bowling at The Glen (Kyle Larson-2)
Aug. 27-28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Austin Dillon)
Sept. 4 Cook Out Southern 500 (Erik Jones)
Sept. 11 Hollywood Casino 400 (Bubba Wallace)
Sept. 17 Bass Pro Shops Night Race (Chris Buescher)
Sept. 25 AutoTraderEchoPark Automotive 500 (Tyler Reddick-3)
Oct. 2 YellaWood 500 (Chase Elliott-5)
Oct. 9 Bank of America ROVAL 400 (Christopher Bell)
Oct. 16 South Point 400 (Joey Logano-4)
Oct. 23 Dixie Vodka 400 (Kyle Larson-3)
Oct. 30 Xfinity 500
Nov. 6 NASCAR Cup Series Championship