11-14-22 roundup: Pro basketball and football, High school football and soccer, College football, basketball and cross country

By Richard Walker

Gardner-Webb has a chance at history this Saturday in its regular season finale that has become a championship game for the Big South Conference.

The Bulldogs, who started the season 1-4 against a challenging schedule, have bounced back win four wins in the last five games of the season for a shot at their fifth conference title as a senior college.

This time, a victory also would give Gardner-Webb its first-ever Football Championship Series (FCS) playoff berth as Big South Conference champion.

The Bulldogs won the first two Big South league titles in 2002 and 2003 but the league didn’t qualify for an automatic FCS berth in those days when the playoff series was called NCAA Division I-AA.

Gardner-Webb’s other championships came in the South Atlantic Conference when it was affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Bulldogs went 3-2 in NAIA playoff games, including a 19-16 loss to Central State, Ohio, in the 1992 championship game played at Gardner-Webb’s Spangler Stadium.

Those previous championship winners were coached by the school’s winningest football coaches – Woody Fish (73-70-1 record from 1984 to 1996) and Steve Patton (88-65 record from 1997 to 2010).

This year’s team is under third-year head coach Tre Lamb and has been led by quarterback Bailey Fisher (2,191 yards passing, 16 TDs), running back Narii Gaither (506 yards rushing, 3 TDs) and receivers T.J. Luther (45 catches for 851 yards, 7 Tds) and Cutrell Haywood (54 catches for 472 yards, 5 TDs), linebacker William McRainey (77 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks) and defensive end Ty French (53 tackles, 9 sacks).

On Monday, Fisher was named Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Week and wide receiver Caleb Borders was named league Freshman of the Week. Fisher completed 30-of-38 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards and another TD in last Saturday’s 42-35 win at Campbell. Borders, a 2021 Crest High graduate, caught three of Fisher’s passes for 51 yards and one touchdown in his first career start.

(This weekend’s NCAA Division I Carolinas schedule:)
Duke at Pittsburgh, noon
Wofford at Furman, noon
The Citadel at VMI, noon
North Carolina A&T at Gardner-Webb, noon
Chattanooga at Western Carolina, 1 p.m.
Dayton at Davidson, 1 p.m.
Presbyterian at Stetson, 1 p.m.
Norfolk State at South Carolina State, 1:30 p.m.
Houston at East Carolina, 2 p.m.
Campbell at Delaware State, 2 p.m.
Old Dominion at Appalachian State, 2:30 p.m.
North Carolina Central at Tennessee Tech, 2:30 p.m.
Miami, Fla. at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.
N.C. State at Louisville, 3:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Virginia, 3:30 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech at North Carolina, 5:30 p.m.
Tennessee at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
Syracuse at Wake Forest, 8 p.m.









Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets led from start to finish to end an eight-game losing streak in a 112-105 victory at the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

Seven players reached double figures for the Hornets led by Mason Plumlee (18 points, 10 rebounds), LaMelo Ball (17 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists) and Terry Rozier (17 points).

Here is the 2022-23 Charlotte Hornets schedule:

(4-11 record)
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)
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 Toronto, 1 p.m.
4 Toronto, 7 p.m.
7 Houston, 7 p.m.
9 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.








High school football

This week’s third round pairings:
(1A East)
Riverside-Martin at Tarboro
West Columbus at Northampton County
Hobbton at Rosewood
Perquimans County at North Moore

(1A West)
Robbinsville at Eastern Randolph
Hayesville at Mount Airy
Draughn at Thomasville
Murphy at Andrews

(2A East)
Cummings at Princeton
Wallace-Rose Hill at Nash Central
Hertford County at Whiteville
Clinton at East Duplin

(2A West)
Chase at Reidsville
Bunker Hill at Maiden
Salisbury at Burns
Monroe at East Surry

(3A East)
Southern Durham at Northern Nash
Triton at Jacksonville
North Brunswick at 71st
Terry Sanford at Eastern Alamance

(3A West)
West Charlotte at Kings Mountain
Ledford at East Lincoln
Crest at South Point
Eastern Guilford at West Henderson

(4A East)
Pine Forest at Hillside
Southern Alamance at Millbrook
Rolesville at Wake Forest
Jordan at New Bern

(4A West)
Independence at Grimsley
Hough at East Forsyth
Northwest Guilford at Weddington
Butler at A.C. Reynolds

N.C. Independent School Athletic Association playoffs

Division 1
(Nov. 4 first round results)
Charlotte Providence Day 56, Charlotte Country Day 7
Asheville Christ School 36, Charlotte Latin 35
Rabun Gap 45, Cannon/Concord Academy 14

(This weeek’s semifinals)
Charlotte Providence Day 51, Asheville Christ School 14
Charlotte Christian 33, Rabun Gap 31

(Next week’s championship game)
Charlotte Christian at Charlotte Providence Day

Division 2
(Nov. 4 first round results)
High Point Christian 19, Hickory Grove Christian 7
Trinity Christian 50, Harrells Christian 0

(This week’s semifinals)
Asheville School 47, High Point Christian 3
Covenant Day 21, Trinity Christian 18

(Next week’s championship game)
Covenant Day at Asheville School








College basketball

Shelby’s Ally Hollyfield signs a basketball scholarship with Gardner-Webb.

Shelby High senior player Ally Hollifield has signed a scholarship to play for the Gardner-Webb’s women program. Hollifield was named most outstanding player in the Golden Lions’ 2021 Class 2A state championship victory.

(Monday’s men’s results)
Charlotte 80, Maryland Eastern Shore 47: A stifling defensive effort and a second consecutive game with four double-digit scorers helped the 49ers improve to 2-0.

Gaston College 110, Belmont Abbey developmental team 71: Joshua Jackson had 24 points and Jamal Ukeagbu and Caleb McCarty had 20 each as the Rhinos improved to 5-0.











Pro football

For the second time this season, an injury has forced the Carolina Panthers into a quarterback change.

The team announced on Monday that Baker Mayfield would be the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Baltimore following a high ankle sprain suffered by P.J. Walker in Thursday’s 25-15 win over Atlanta.

Acquired from the Cleveland Browns, Mayfield was 1-4 as the Panthers’ starting quarterback before he suffered an ankle injury in a 37-15 loss to San Francisco.

Walker has been 2-3 as a starter since taking over the job last month.

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 (L 34-37, OT)
Week 9, Nov. 6, at Cincinnati (L 21-42)
Week 10, Nov. 10, Atlanta (W 25-15)
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







College baseball

Shelby High senior Steven Spaes has signed to play at Mars Hill. Spaes also plays for the Cleveland County American Legion Post 82-155 baseball team.








High school boys soccer

Tuesday’s Western final pairing:
(Class 2A)
No. 17 Lincoln Charter at No. 10 Owen








Middle School boys soccer

Standings through Nov. 10:

Cramerton 5-0
Belmont 4-1
Holbrook 4-1
Mount Holly 3-1
Stanley 4-2
York Chester 2-2-1
Southwest 2-3
Bessemer City 2-4
Chavis 1-3-1
Grier 0-5
W.C. Friday 0-5

(Monday’s games)
Belmont def. Chavis 8-0: Tyler Cunningham, Owen Bene, Tanner Layman, Gabriel Johnson, Aidan McGinnis, Harley Green, Jenton Miller, and Buxton Smith all scored 1 goal and Hunter Gerould and Jacob Wallace combined for the shutout in goal for Belmont.

Cramerton def. York Chester 6-1: Jacob Ledwak had 3 goals and 1 assist, Jarrett Bumpas, Marcus Rhodes and Anas Alzaghari scored 1 goal each, Santiago Calle, Zach Janik, David Herrera and Maxi Rodriguez each had 1 assist, Brody Dyer led the defense and Owen Kelly had 2 saves in goal for Cramerton.

Stanley def. W.C. Friday 6-1

Grier at Southwest

Holbrook at Mount Holly

(Wednesday’s games)
Belmont at York Chester, Southwest at Mount Holly

(Thursday’s games)
Holbrook at Grier, Mount Holly at W.C. Friday, Southwest at Cramerton, Stanley at Chavis, York Chester at Bessemer City







Middle School volleyball

Standings through Nov. 10:

Chavis 5-0
Mount Holly 4-0
Stanley 5-1
Belmont 4-1
Cramerton 4-1
W.C. Friday 2-3
Holbrook 2-3
York Chester 1-4
Bessemer City 1-5
Grier 0-5
Southwest 0-5

(Monday’s games)
Belmont def. Chavis 3-1: Stella Absher, Adeleigh Hutcheson, Emmy Hammeed and Carsyn Redmond led Belmont.

Cramerton def. York Chester 3-0

Stanley def. W.C. Friday 3-0

Grier at Southwest

Holbrook at Mount Holly

(Wednesday’s games)
Belmont at York Chester, Southwest at Mount Holly

(Thursday’s games)
Holbrook at Grier, Mount Holly at W.C. Friday, Southwest at Cramerton, Stanley at Chavis, York Chester at Bessemer City










Middle School wrestling

Standings through Nov. 10:

Stanley 5-0
W.C. Friday 4-0
Belmont 4-1
Cramerton 3-1
Chavis 3-2
Grier 2-2
York Chester 2-3
Holbrook 1-3
Mount Holly 1-3
Bessemer City 0-5
Southwest 0-5

(Nov. 10 matches)
W.C. Friday def. Chavis

Grier def. Bessemer City

Belmont def. Holbrook 78-24

York Chester def. Mount Holly 60-30

Stanley def. Southwest 96-12

(Wednesday’s matches)
Belmont at W.C. Friday, Bessemer City at Cramerton, Southwest at Mount Holly, Stanley at Holbrook, York Chester at Grier