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10-28-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football, girls tennis, volleyball and soccer, College football, Middle school soccer and volleyball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker

Kings Mountain and Burns won county rival regular season finales to clinch unbeaten conference title runs on Friday night.

Kings Mountain won 35-20 at Crest and Burns knocked off visiting Shelby 27-14.

It gives Kings Mountain an unbeaten regular season (10-0) and a likely No. 1 seed in the Western 3A bracket of the upcoming state playoffs; Pairings will be released by the N.C. High School Athletic Association on Saturday.

Caleb Holland had two touchdowns and Teddy Jeffries and A.J. Richardson had one touchdown apiece and Lamont Littlejohn threw a touchdown pass to JaQualyn Sanders to lead the Mountaineers, who scored the first 21 points of the game.

The league title is Kings Mountain’s 13th in school history and the third in the last six seasons.

Burns finished 9-1 overall – losing only 27-0 at Kings Mountain – and won its eighth league title in school history and second in three seasons.

Ryan Thompson, Jeremiah Norris and Cahari Haynes had touchdown runs and Ben Mauney a touchdown pass to lead the Bulldogs.

Here are Friday’s other results in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties:

Bessemer City 28, Cherryville 10

Ashbrook 21, Huss 12

Forestview 35, Cramer 21

East Gaston 58, Highland Tech 0

Lake Norman Charter 21, Mountain Island Charter 15

East Lincoln 28, North Lincoln 7

South Point 55, North Gaston 0

West Lincoln 49, Lincolnton 48 (overtime)

(This week’s other area games:)
St. Stephens 50, Foard 21
Statesville 20, Hickory 14
North Iredell 34, West Iredell 27
Bunker Hill 37, Bandys 14
East Burke 42, West Caldwell 27
Maiden 47, Newton-Conover 13
Chambers 27, Mallard Creek 13
Hough 43, Hopewell 0
West Charlotte at North Meck
Kell 42, Berry Academy 7
South Meck 37, Harding 14
Olympic 28, Myers Park 17
Charlotte Catholic 46, Palisades 0
Independence 27, Butler 21
Providence 49, East Meck 0
Rocky River at Garinger
Chase 49, R-S Central 8
Rock Hill, S.C. at Clover, S.C.

 

 

 

 

College football

To say this week has been tumultuous for the Charlotte 49ers’ football game would be an understatement.

After losing 34-15 last Saturday in the school’s homecoming game, a contest in which Charlotte entered as a 10-point favorite but trailed 34-0, fourth-year head coach Will Healy was fired.

This week, the 49ers head to Conference USA rival Rice for a 2 p.m. game with offensive line coach Pete Rossomando as the interim head coach.

“It’s been an interesting week around here,” Rossomando said. “We’re still helping these guys through this. The guys have done a great job of responding.”

Team captains Chris Reynolds and Markees Watts offered their support for Healy while also vowing to help the program move forward as it enters the season’s final four games with a 1-7 overall record and 0-4 mark in its final year in Conference USA.

“We all wish him the best,” said Watts, a defensive end. “He reignited my passion for football.”

Said Reynolds: “You hate to lose your coach. He’s given his all to the program. But you put on your hard hat on and I know coach Rossomando will do a good job. Tough times don’t last. But tough people do.”

After Saturday’s game at Rice, Charlotte hosts Western Kentucky on Nov. 5, visits Middle Tennessee on Nov. 12 and hosts Louisiana Tech on Nov. 19.

The 49ers will leave Conference USA at the end of the year to join the American Athletic Conference.

(This weekend’s NCAA Division I Carolinas schedule:)
-Thursday
N.C. State 22, Virginia Tech 21
-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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school boys soccer

Thirteen teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties will begin pursuit of a N.C. High School Athletic Association state title after pairings were announced on Friday.

Here are Monday’s first round pairings:
(Class 1A)
No. 30 Cherryville at No. 3 Gray Stone Day
No. 21 Highland Tech at No. 12 Union Academy
No. 24 Mountain Island Charter at Nov. 9 Corvian Community
No. 22 Piedmont Community Charter at No. 11 Bradford Prep

(Class 2A)
No. 8 Shelby hosts No. 25 Walkertown
No. 27 Lincolnton at No. 6 North Forsyth
No. 17 Lincoln Charter at No. 16 Surry Central

(Class 3A)
No. 16 Cramer hosts No. 17 West Henderson
No. 2 Forestview hosts No. 31 Northeast Guilford
No. 18 North Gaston at No. 15 North Henderson
No. 13 South Point hosts No. 20 East Henderson
No. 4 East Lincoln host No. 29 North Buncombe
No. 21 North Lincoln at No. 12 St. Stephens

Here are the final area regular season standings:

(Big South 3A)
Forestview 13-1, 17-1
South Point 12-2, 14-4-2
North Gaston 8-4-2, 12-6-2
Cramer 8-5-1, 11-8-2
Huss 5-8-1, 7-10-2
Ashbrook 4-9-1, 7-13-1
Kings Mountain 3-10-1, 3-14-2
Crest 0-14, 0-22

(Southern Piedmont 1A/2A)
Shelby 12-0, 16-3-2
Thomas Jefferson 9-3, 10-5-2
Highland Tech 7-4-1, 8-7-4
Burns 5-6-1, 7-11-2
Cherryville 4-8, 8-10
East Gaston 4-8, 6-13-1
Bessemer City 0-12, 0-18

(Western Foothills 3A)
East Lincoln 12-1-1, 15-4-3
Hickory 12-1-1, 16-2-3
St. Stephens 9-4-1, 13-4-1
North Iredell 6-8, 10-11
North Lincoln 5-8-1, 9-10-2
Foard 4-8-2, 8-10-3
West Iredell 3-9-2, 6-11-2
Statesville 1-13, 6-15

(Catawba Valley 2A)
Newton-Conover 14-0, 16-3-1
Bandys 11-3, 17-3
West Caldwell 10-4, 11-8-1
Lincolnton 9-5, 10-11-1
Maiden 5-9, 9-12
East Burke 5-9, 6-15-1
Bunker Hill 2-12, 4-16
West Lincoln 0-14, 3-19

(Others)
Lincoln Charter 4-7-1, 9-9-3
Mtn Isl Charter 1-10-1, 3-15-1
Piedmont CC 6-2, 7-7-2

 

 

 

 

 

Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets struggled offensively in the first half and, despite a 40-point fourth quarter, fell 113-93 at Orlando on Friday.

Gordon Hayward (18 points, 6 rebounds), Nick Richards (14 points, 6 rebounds), Kelly Oubre (12 points, 4 rebounds) and James Bouknight (11 points) led Charlotte in the Hornets’ first game in which they didn’t reach the 100 points.

Here is the 2022-23 Charlotte Hornets schedule:

(2-3 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 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 Thursday’s third round results:
(Class 1A)
No. 4 Highland Tech def. No. 5 Uwharrie Charter 3-2

No. 2 Mountain Island Charter def. No. 26 South Stokes 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 30-28)

(Class 3A)
No. 4 North Henderson def. No. 12 Forestview 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-11)

No. 3 Kings Mountain def. No. 11 West Henderson 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19)

Here are Saturday’s fourth round pairings:
(Class 1A)
No. 4 Highland Tech at No. 1 Union Academy

No. 3 Bishop McGuinness at No. 2 Mountain Island Charter

(Class 3A)
No. 10 Foard at No. 3 Kings Mountain

 

 

 

High school girls tennis

DUAL TEAM PLAYOFFS:

Oct. 31 third round pairings:
(Class 1A)
No. 4 Highland Tech (12-3) at No. 1 Mount Airy (18-1)
(Class 2A)
No. 7 West Lincoln (17-2) at No. 6 Hendersonville (14-1)
(Class 3A)
No. 11 East Lincoln (14-2) at No. 2 Franklin (16-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School boys soccer

GASTON COUNTY CONFERENCE
Standings through Oct. 27:

Belmont 1-0
Cramerton 1-0
Holbrook 1-0
Mount Holly 1-0
York Chester 1-0-1
Bessemer City 1-1
Southwest 1-1
Stanley 1-1
Chavis 0-1-1
W.C. Friday 0-2
Grier 0-2

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont def. Bessemer City 4-2

Chavis tied York Chester

Cramerton def. Stanley 9-0: Santi Calle (2 goals, 1 assist), Jacob Ledwak (2 goals), Ben Kelly (1 goal and had 2 assists. Also scoring goals were Jarrett Bumpass, David Herrera, Lane Crotts and MJ Liwosz. Maxi Rodriguez and Carson Holcomb had 2 assists each.

Southwest def. W.C. Friday

Mount Holly def. Grier 6-2

(Monday’s games)
Belmont at York Chester, Chavis at Southwest, W.C. Friday at Holbrook, Stanley at Bessemer City

 

 

 

 

Middle School volleyball

GASTON COUNTY CONFERENCE
Standings through Oct. 27:

Chavis 2-0
W.C. Friday 2-0
Belmont 1-0
Cramerton 1-0
Holbrook 1-0
Mount Holly 1-0
Stanley 1-1
Bessemer City 0-2
Grier 0-2
Southwest 0-2
York Chester 0-2

(Thursday’s games)
Belmont def. Bessemer City 3-0

Chavis def. York Chester 3-0

Cramerton def. Stanley 3-0

W.C. Friday def. Southwest

Mount Holly def. Grier 3-0

(Monday’s games)
Belmont at York Chester, Chavis at Southwest, W.C. Friday at Holbrook, Stanley at Bessemer City

 

 

 

 

Middle School wrestling

GASTON COUNTY CONFERENCE
(Friday’s matches)
Belmont at Cramerton

Bessemer City at Chavis

Southwest at Holbrook, moved to Nov. 8

Stanley at Grier

York Chester at W.C. Friday

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

The Carolina Panthers will be without running back Chuba Hubbard due to an ankle injury on Sunday.

D’Onta Foreman and Raheem Blackshear will be expected to handle the Panthers’ running back duties in Sunday’s game at Atlanta.

The winner of Sunday’s game will take the lead in the NFC South divisional standings.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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