12-13-21 roundup: High school football, basketball and soccer, Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, Middle school volleyball

By Richard Walker

State champion Shelby leads the All-Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference football team that was released on Monday.

Malaki Hamrick

In voting done by league coaches, Shelby’s Mike Wilbanks was named coach of the year, Malaki Hamrick was named defensive player of the year and Jack Berkowitz was named kicker of the year. Shelby recently completed a 15-1 season that was capped by the 2021 N.C. 2A state title.

The other top award, offensive player of the year, went to East Gaston’s Justin Hill..

The complete all-conference team follows:

DL Santana Hopper Shelby
DL Josiah Lucas East Gaston
DL Jaden Pierce Shelby
DL Nick Vinson Burns
DL Justin Watkins Thomas Jefferson
DL Tyler Boyce Shelby
DL Mason Chastain Bessemer City
LB Sam Baldree Shelby
LB Azari Brown Burns
LB Cahari Haynes Burns
LB Luis Nunez East Gaston
LB Jake Fox East Gaston
LB Cadin Beaver Cherryville
DB LJ Allen Burns
DB Canden McGill Shelby
DB Dakota Twitty Thomas Jefferson
DB Marquis Adams Shelby
DB Shane Goins East Gaston
DB Lemont Wilson Burns
OL Adam Massey East Gaston
OL Jesse Love Burns
OL Jackie Ross Shelby
OL David Griffith Thomas Jefferson
OL Jackson Bivins Burns
OL Jack Dellinger Cherryville
OL Jashawn Thomas Bessemer City
OL Patrick Hullett Highland Tech
TE Hunter Davis Burns
TE Trent Dockery Highland Tech
QB Daylin Lee Shelby
QB Ben Mauney Burns
FB Justice Cooper Bessemer City
RB Markel McKinney East Gaston
RB Jeremiah Norris Burns
RB Cooper Sloan Cherryville
WR Ryan Thompson Burns
WR Landon Hahn Cherryville
WR Izay Bridges Shelby
WR Luke Williams Shelby
WR Aiden Cloninger East Gaston
Ath Bryce Jergenson Thomas Jefferson






Middle school volleyball

Kings Mountain Middle School celebrates its Tri-County Conference semifinal victory last Thursday.

Kings Mountain hosts East Lincoln on Tuesday for the Tri-County Conference championship. Kings Mountain is seeking its third straight title.

Kings Mountain defeated North Lincoln and East Lincoln knocked off Crest in last week’s semifinals.






High school basketball

(Monday’s games)
Boys games:

Crest 65, Ashbrook 53

East Lincoln 56, South Iredell 54: Drew Bean’s driving layup with 2.8 seconds left kept East Lincoln unbeaten at 7-0. Bean had 24 points and Palmer Crichton 11 to lead the Mustangs.

Franklin Prep at Mountain Island Charter, no report

Huss at Bessemer City, no report

Cramer 84, Lincolnton 83: Will Kelly (39 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 charge taken, game-winning 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left), Justin Rocquemore (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Jacob Joyner (10 points, 2 steals) led unbeaten Cramer (7-0). Brittain Burney had 20 points for Lincolnton.

Cherryville d. Pinnacle: Carson Kelly had 24 points, Landon Hahn 18 and Darrien Floyd 10 for Cherryville.

Catawba Ridge 67, South Point 44

Girls games:

Ashbrook 49, Crest 36

East Lincoln 61, South Iredell 38

Huss at Bessemer City, no report

Cramer 59, Lincolnton 41: Hadley Womack (27 points, 4 steals) and Dasia Harris (23 points) led Cramer and Mackenzie Sand-Odom had 12 points and Sarah Rhyne and Emma Rhyne had 10 points apiece for Lincolnton.

Pinnacle at Cherryville, no report

Catawba Ridge 79, South Point 45: Amya Graham (23 points, 12 rebounds) led South Point.


The rest of this week’s schedule:

Queen’s Grant at Piedmont CC
Crest at Shelby
Highland Tech at Huss

Bessemer City at East Rutherford
Charlotte Elite at Mountain Island Charter
Piedmont CC at Polk County
R-S Central at Burns

Ashbrook at Forestview
Cramer at Ashbrook
North Gaston at Kings Mountain
South Point at Huss
Highland Tech at Burns
Shelby at Cherryville
Hickory at North Lincoln
Statesville at East Lincoln
Bandys at West Lincoln
Lincolnton at Bunker Hill
Westminster Catawba at Mountain Island Charter



High school soccer

Gaston Day’s Greg Lekavich has been named N.C. Private School Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.

Greg Lekavich

Lekavich guided the Spartans to their second state title in three years this past season and has guided Gaston Day to a 186-48-9 record in 12 years as head coach at the school.




Pro football

Here is the Carolina Panthers’ 2021 schedule (with results):

Sept. 12 New York Jets (W 19-14)
Sept. 19 New Orleans (W 26-7)
Sept. 23 at Houston (W 24-9)
Oct. 3 at Dallas (L 28-36)
Oct. 10 Philadelphia (L 18-21)
Oct. 17 Minnesota (L 28-34, OT)
Oct. 24 at New York Giants (L 3-25)
Oct. 31 at Atlanta (W 19-13)
Nov. 7 New England (L 6-24)
Nov. 14 at Arizona (W 34-10)
Nov. 21 Washington (L 21-27)
Nov. 28 at Miami (L 10-33)
Dec. 12 Atlanta (L 21-29)
Dec. 19 at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Dec. 26 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Jan. 2 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m





Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets lost for the sixth time in eight games in a 120-96 blowout loss at the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

Still without four players due to health and safety protocols – including starters LaMelo Ball and Mason Plumlee – the Hornets never led in the first game of a six-game, 11-day road trip.

Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre had 20 points apiece and Gordon Hayward 17 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Charlotte.

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

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)
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)
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 8:30
Fri. 17 at Portland 10:00
Sun. 19 at Phoenix 8:00
Mon. 20 at Utah 9:00
Thu. 23 at Denver 9:00
Mon. 27 HOUSTON 7:00
Wed. 29 at Indiana 7:00
Sun. 2 PHOENIX 7:00
Mon. 3 at Washington 7:00
Wed. 5 DETROIT 7:00
Sat. 8 MILWAUKEE 7:00
Mon. 10 MILWAUKEE 7:00
Wed. 12 at Philadelphia 7:00
Fri. 14 ORLANDO 7:00
Mon. 17 at New York 1:00
Wed. 19 at Boston 7:30
Fri. 21 OKLAHOMA CITY 7:00
Sun. 23 ATLANTA 7:00
Tue. 25 at Toronto 7:00
Wed. 26 at Indiana 7:00
Fri. 28 L.A. LAKERS 7:00
Sun. 30 LA CLIPPERS 1:00
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
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
Sat. 2 at Philadelphia 12:30
Tue. 5 at Miami 7:30
Thu. 7 ORLANDO 7:00
Fri. 8 at Chicago 8:00








College football

Here’s the full college bowl schedule:

Friday, Dec. 17
Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo, noon
Cure Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18
Boca Raton Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Western Kentucky, 11 a.m.
Celebration Bowl: Jackson State vs. South Carolina State, noon
New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. UTEP, 2:15 p.m.
Independence Bowl: No. 13 BYU vs. UAB, 3:30 p.m.
LendingTree Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty, 5:45 p.m.
LA Bowl: Oregon State vs. Utah State, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans Bowl: No. 23 Louisiana vs. Marshall, 9:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 20
Myrtle Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Old Dominion, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 21
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Kent State vs. Wyoming, 3:30 p.m.
Frisco Bowl: No. 24 San Diego State vs. UTSA, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 22
Armed Forces Bowl: Missouri vs. Army, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23
Frisco Football Classic: Miami, O. vs. North Texas, 3:30 p.m.
Gasparilla Bowl: Florida vs. Central Florida, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24
Hawai’i Bowl: Memphis vs. Hawaii, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 25
Camellia Bowl: Ball State vs. Georgia State, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 27
Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Nevada, 11 a.m.
Military Bowl: East Carolina vs. Boston College, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28
Birmingham Bowl: No. 20 Houston vs. Auburn, noon
First Responder Bowl: Air Force vs. Louisville, 3:15 p.m.
Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State, 6:45 p.m.
Holiday Bowl: No. 18 N.C. State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Minnesota vs. West Virginia, 10:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Fenway Bowl: Virginia vs. SMU, 11 a.m.
Pinstripe Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland, 2:15 p.m.
Cheez-It Bowl: No. 19 Clemson vs. Iowa State, 5:45 p.m.
Alamo Bowl: No. 14 Oregon vs. No. 16 Oklahoma, 9:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30
Duke’s Mayo Bowl: North Carolina vs. South Carolina, 11:30 a.m.
Music City Bowl: Tennessee vs. Purdue, 3 p.m.
Peach Bowl: No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State, 10:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 31
Gator Bowl: No. 17 Wake Forest vs. No. 25 Texas A&M, 11 a.m.
Sun Bowl: Washington State vs. Miami, Fla., noon
Arizona Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Boise State, 2 p.m.

(College Football Playoff semifinals)
Cotton Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m.
Orange Bowl: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 1
Outback Bowl: No. 21 Arkansas vs. Penn State, noon
Citrus Bowl: No. 15 Iowa vs. No. 22 Kentucky, 1 p.m.
Fiesta Bowl: No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah, 5 p.m.
Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Mississippi, 8:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 4
Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. LSU, 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 10
(College Football Playoff championship game)
At Indianapolis: Cotton/Orange bowl winners, 8 p.m.