12-14-21 roundup: College football, Track Hall of Fame, High school basketball, Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football

By Richard Walker

Crest High’s Mari Adams announced on twitter on Tuesday that he would be playing football locally by committing to Davidson College.

Mari Adams

A running back who set Crest’s school record for single-season rushing yards and was named Big South 3A Conference offensive player of the year, Adams said this on twitter about his decision:

“First and foremost I want to thank God this opportunity. For I know the plans he has for me. Thanks to my support system and everyone that has been influential in my life. After much consideration,I have decided to further my academic and athletic career at Davidson College.”

Adams, also the reigning Big South 3A basketball player of the year, is currently in his senior season in that sport. Last season, Adams led the Chargers to a league title while surpassing 1,000 career points.





Track Hall of Fame

Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday is among those who will be inducted into the third class of the North Carolina High School Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame on Jan. 29 in Winston-Salem.

Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Track & Field News

A 2014 Cherryville High gradaute, Friday was the Track & Field News National Track & Field Athlete of the Year, National High School Coaches Association National Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year and High School Track Yearbook Track & Field Athlete of the Year in his senior year of high school.

Also a the current national high school 100-meter record holder and USA Junior (19-under) Championships record holder, Friday was a Track & Field News All-American who won eight NCHSAA titles in his final three seasons.

After running for Florida State, Friday competed professionally.

Joining Friday in the third induction class are former indoor mile world record holder and 1975 Pan Am Games 1500-meter champion Tony Waldrop (Polk Central), Olympian, 2-time World Junior Champion and six-time Track & Field News High School All-American Anna Cockrell (Charlotte Providence Day School), U.S. Junior Champion and 5-time Track & Field News High School All-Amerian Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte Harding), 2006 Track & Field News High School National Athlete of the Year and 2006 USATF Youth Track & Field Athlete of the Year Gabby Mayo (Southeast Raleigh), 17-time state champion Darius Brewington (High Point Andrews), longtime coach and official and founder of the N.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association DePaul Mittman (Western Guilford) and 7-time state championship coach Norman Trzaskoma (Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds).

A statewide committee of 20 track and field and cross country coaches, officials and media representatives who cover the sport extensively nominated and elected the class.



High school basketball

(Tuesday’s games)
Boys games:

Crest 62, Shelby 61: Kevin Kollock’s baseline jumper with 1.5 seconds left was the difference in closely contested game. Mari Adams had 22 points and Kollock 12 for Crest with Drew Hollifield’s game-high 23 points leading Shelby.

Highland Tech at Huss, no report

Girls games:

Shelby d. Crest

Huss 50, Highland Tech 8

The rest of this week’s schedule:

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

Ashbrook at Forestview, ppd. no date
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





Pro soccer

Charlotte FC continued to build it roster with five selections in Tuesday’s MLS expansion draft.

The team, which will keep three of the picks while trading the other two.

Charlotte selected Austin FC winger McKinze Gaines with the first pick of the expansion draft, Atlanta United center back Anton Wilkes at No. 2, DC United left back Joseph Mora at No. 3, LAFC center back Tristan Blackmon at No. 4 and New York City FC Ismael Tajouri-Shradi at No. 5

Charlotte FC Blackmon to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for $350,000 General Allocation Money (GAM) for the 2022 season with an additional $125,000 GAM in 2023 and traded Tajouri-Shradi to Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400,000 GAM.

Charlotte FC’s roster is now at 14 players with 2 1-2 months before the start of their inaugural season. The team also has $875,000 GAM acquired through the trades, which should give Charlotte FC advantages for any new signings.




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

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.