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8-10-22 roundup: Pro baseball, football and soccer, Legion baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker

Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams was the featured speaker on Wednesday at LeGrand Center in Shelby, N.C., during the “Host City Welcome” festivities that kicked off the 2022 American Legion World Series.

Roy Williams speaks to the crowd on Wednesday night at “Host City Welcome” in Shelby

Williams applauded each of the eight regional champions that begin play in the ALWS on Thursday.

“I want to congratulate you because you all have a chance to win a national championship,” said Williams, who won three NCAA basketball titles at his alma mater of North Carolina during his 903-win coaching career. “When I coached, I always wanted to be a national champion and one of you is going to leave here as a national champion.”

Williams, a native of nearby Marion, N.C., was head coach at his high school alma mater (Owen) for five years in Swannanoa, N.C., before spending 10 years as a North Carolina assistant coach to the legendary Dean Smith and then 15 seasons as Kansas head coach and 18 years as North Carolina head coach. He retired in April 2021 as the only coach in NCAA history to guide two schools to 400 or more victories and the fifth in NCAA history with 903 total victories.

He’s also a lifelong baseball fan that dates to his playing days.

He told the crowd of his time as a batboy in 1961 for the Asheville Tourists’ minor league baseball team that featured future Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Willie Stargell and of his pursuit of an unsuccessful Babe Ruth League state title in Monroe, N.C., in 1965.

When Williams coached at UNC, he was a frequent spectator at Tar Heels’ baseball games and made several trips to support the school at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

An avid golfer, Williams used the “Black Cat Sports” shirt he was wearing to tell stories about his favorite athletes, among them a player he helped recruit to North Carolina.

“I’m wearing this ‘Black Cat’ logo because it’s from Michael Jordan’s golf course in Florida,” said Williams, who helped recruit Jordan to UNC in 1981 out of Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C. “When I saw Michael Jordan play in high school, I said to myself, ‘I just saw the best 6-foot-4 high school I’ve ever seen.'”

Jordan, regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, hit the game-winning shot of North Carolina’s 1982 NCAA title victory over Georgetown before becoming national collegiate basketball player of the year and later a six-time NBA champion and five-time NBA MVP for the Chicago Bulls.

Williams recalled how he witnessed Jordan’s drive to succeed as soon as he enrolled in college.

During Jordan’s freshman year, one of Williams’ chores as assistant coach was to run Tar Heels’ conditioning exercises.

“I tried to bury those guys on the track,” Williams said of his preseason running drills. “I wanted us to be the best conditioned team in the United States. If nobody threw up, I felt like we hadn’t worked hard enough. One day, Michael looked up at me and said, ‘I want to be the best player that ever played in North Carolina history.’
“I said, ‘That’s quite a challenge.’ He later told me, ‘Nobody will outwork me the rest of my life.’ And he’s the only player I’ve ever seen who never turned if off.”

Williams said he considers Jordan (now the owner of the NBA Charlotte Hornets), golfer Tiger Woods and Tyler Hansbrough as his three favorite athletes. Hansbrough was the star of Williams’ 2009 NCAA title team at North Carolina. He said each of them was “so driven and focused” to improve and succeed.

Williams’ appearance at the 2022 ALWS kickoff event was due to his long relationship with ALWS chairman Eddie Holbrook and his son, Chad Holbrook; Chad Holbrook was a North Carolina assistant baseball coach and his wife Jennifer Holbrook worked in Williams’ basketball office when Williams came to North Carolina in 2003.

Chad Holbrook, now head coach at College of Charleston, S.C., introduced Williams to the crowd on Wednesday.

“It’s great to be in my hometown to see so many familiar faces and get to introduce my favorite coach,” said Chad Holbrook, a 1989 Shelby, N.C., High School graduate who played baseball for Shelby, N.C., American Legion Post 82 before a four-year playing career at North Carolina. “And what’s so special to me is that I know coach Williams as a person.
“When my son (Reece Holbrook) got diagnosed with cancer at two years old, Roy Williams was there for our family. Anytime we wanted to raise money for cancer research, there was Roy Williams. In 2005, when he won his first NCAA title, he had his staff get memorabilia from the championship team signed to raise money for cancer research.”

(Reece Holbrook, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 2 in 2004, was cured after several treatments at the UNC Hospital and just completed his freshman season as an outfielder for the ACC champion Tar Heels.)

Eddie Holbrook, formerly a basketball coach at Gardner-Webb and Furman, invited Williams to bring his players at Owen High School to his Gardner-Webb Basketball camp in the 1970s.

According to Williams, it’s created a soft spot in his heart for Shelby.

“I’ve been driving by Shelby for years and seeing those (ALWS) signs at Shelby High School,” Williams said. “This has got to be the best tournament of its kind in the United States.”

Here’s the schedule of games for the 2022 ALWS at Shelby’s Veterans Field and Keeter Stadium:

Stars Division – Mid-South (Troy AL), Northeast (Shrewsbury MA), Southeast (Camden SC), Western (League City TX)
Stripes Division – Great Lakes (Midland MI), Mid-Atlantic (Chesapeake VA), Central Plains (Omaha Prep NE), Northwest (Idaho Falls ID)

August 11
Game 1 – Great Lakes vs. Mid-Atlantic, 10 a.m.
Game 2 – Mid-South vs. Northeast, 1 p.m.
Game 3 – Southeast vs. Western, 4 p.m.
Game 4 – Central Plains vs. Northwest, 7:30 p.m.

August 12
Game 5 – Northeast vs. Western, 4 p.m.
Game 6 – Mid-South vs. Southeast, 7 p.m.
Off – Central Plains, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Northwest

August 13
Game 7 – Mid-Atlantic vs. Northwest, 1 p.m.
Game 8 – Great Lakes vs. Central Plains, 4 p.m.
Game 9 – Northeast vs. Southeast, 7:30 p.m.
Off – Mid-South, Western

August 14
Game 10 – Mid-South vs. Western, 1 p.m.
Game 11 – Mid-Atlantic vs. Central Plains, 4 p.m.
Game 12 – Great Lakes vs. Northwest, 7 p.m.
Off – Northeast, Southeast

August 15 (Semifinals)
Game 13 – Stripes No. 1 vs. Stars No. 2, 4 p.m.
Game 14 – Stars No. 1 vs. Stripes No. 2, 7 p.m.

August 16 (Championship)
Game 15 – Monday winners, 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters fell 6-2 to Staten Island on Wednesday night.

The full Gastonia Honey Hunters’ 2022 schedule (Games times 6:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 4:15 on Sunday):

First half record: 44-21 (South Division winner)
Second half record: 25-8

April (8-1)
21 Lancaster, Pa. (L 2-5)
22 Lancaster, Pa. (W 4-3)
23 Lancaster, Pa. (W 8-1)
24 Lancaster, Pa. (W 13-4)
26 Wild Health, Ky. (W 12-1)
27 Wild Health, Ky. (W 17-4)
28 Wild Health, Ky. (W 6-4)
29 Staten Island (W 5-4)
30 Staten Island (W 6-5)

May (16-10)
1 Staten Island (W 10-5)
3 at York, Pa. (W 3-1)
4 at York, Pa. (L 4-5 in 10)
5 at York, Pa. (W 12-7)
6 at Staten Island (ppd.)
7 at Staten Island (ppd.)
8 at Staten Island (W 4-1)
8 at Staten Island (W 7-2)
10 at So. Maryland (W 2-0)
11 at So. Maryland (L 0-4)
12 at So. Maryland (L 2-4)
13 at Staten Island (ppd.)
14 at Staten Island (ppd.)
15 at Staten Island (L 1-2)
15 at Staten Island (W 1-0)
16 at Staten Island (W 8-3)
17 So. Maryland (L 4-5)
18 So. Maryland (L 6-8)
19 So. Maryland (W 13-1)
20 Charleston, W.Va.(W 12-10)
21 Charleston, W.Va.(W 6-4)
22 Charleston, W.Va.(L 1-8)
24 at Lancaster, Pa.(W 2-1)
25 at Lancaster, Pa.(L 3-13)
26 at Lancaster, Pa.(L 1-4)
27 at Long Island (W 5-3)
28 at Long Island (W 10-3)
29 at Long Island (W 3-2)
30 at Long Island (W 5-2)
31 Long Island (L 7-8)

June (17-9)
1 Long Island (L 9-10 in 11)
2 Long Island (L 0-5)
3 at High Point (W 5-4)
4 at High Point (W 8-3)
5 at High Point (W 8-3)
7 at Charleston,W.Va.(L 5-7)
8 at Charleston,W.Va.(W 6-0)
9 at Charleston,W.Va.(W 3-2)
10 High Point (W 7-6)
11 High Point (W 6-4)
12 High Point (W 9-5)
14 Charleston, W.Va. (L 4-6)
15 Charleston, W.Va. (W 14-7)
16 Charleston, W.Va. (W 2-0)
17 at Lexington, Ky. (W 6-1)
18 at Lexington, Ky. (L 2-3 in 10)
19 at Lexington, Ky. (W 4-0 in 11)
21 Charleston, W.Va. (W 8-7)
22 Charleston, W.Va. (L 1-4)
23 Charleston, W.Va. (W 5-4)
24 at So. Maryland (ppd.)
25 at So. Maryland (W 6-3)
25 at So. Maryland (W 3-0)
26 at So. Maryland (L 7-9)
28 Wild Health, Ky. (W 4-0)
29 Wild Health, Ky. (L 2-10)
30 Wild Health, Ky. (L 6-7)

July (21-5)
1 at Lexington, Ky. (W 12-11)
2 at Lexington, Ky. (W 10-6)
3 at Lexington, Ky. (W 10-5)
4 High Point (L 1-8)
–end of 1st half of season
5 High Point (W 8-5 in 5/weather)
6 at High Point (W 7-6)
7 at High Point (W 6-4)
8 High Point (ppd.)
9 High Point (W 4-0)
10 High Point (W 5-2)
10 High Point (ppd., Aug. 5)
12 at Wild Health, Ky. (W 8-6)
13 at Wild Health, Ky. (W 6-2)
14 at Wild Health, Ky. (W 4-1)
15 Lexington, Ky (ppd.)
16 Lexington, Ky. (W 4-1)
16 Lexington, Ky. (W 5-3)
17 Lexington, Ky. (W 12-5)
19 at York, Pa. (W 19-5)
20 at York, Pa. (W 10-0)
21 at York, Pa. (L 2-6)
22 at High Point (L 1-2)
23 at High Point (W 5-3)
24 at High Point (L 6-7)
26 Lexington, Ky. (L 4-10)
27 Lexington, Ky. (W 11-0)
28 Lexington, Ky. (W 8-6)
29 York, Pa. (W 3-2)
30 York, Pa. (ppd.)
31 York, Pa. (W 8-7)
31 York, Pa. (W 5-1)

August (6-4)
2 at Lexington, Ky. (W 10-8)
3 at Lexington, Ky. (W 10-3)
4 at Lexington, Ky. (W 10-5)
5 High Point (W 6-3)
5 High Point (L 2-3)
6 High Point (L 4-8)
7 High Point (L 5-11)
9 Staten Island (W 10-5)
9 Staten Island (W 7-2)
10 Staten Island (L 2-6)
11 Staten Island
12 at High Point
13 at High Point
14 at High Point
16 So. Maryland
17 So. Maryland
18 So. Maryland
19 High Point
20 High Point
21 High Point
23 at Charleston,W.Va.
24 at Charleston,W.Va.
25 at Charleston,W.Va.
26 at High Point
27 at High Point
28 at High Point
30 High Point
31 High Point

September
1 High Point
2 Wild Health, Ky.
3 Wild Health, Ky.
4 Wild Health, Ky.
6 at Wild Health, Ky.
7 at Wild Health, Ky.
8 at Wild Health, Ky.
9 Lexington, Ky.
10 Lexington, Ky.
11 Lexington, Ky.
13 at High Point
14 at High Point
15 at High Point
16 at Charleston,W.Va.
17 at Charleston,W.Va.
18 at Charleston,W.Va.

—ALPB playoffs
(Southern Division championship: Best-of-5)
20 home at 6:15 p.m.
21 home at 6:15 p.m.
23 away TBA
24 (if necessary) away TBA
25 (if necessary) away TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro football

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

(Preseason)
Aug. 13 at Washington, 1 p.m.
Aug. 19 at New England, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 Buffalo, 7 p.m.

(Regular season)
Week 1, Sept. 11, Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 2, Sept. 18, at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Week 3, Sept. 25, New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Week 4, Oct. 2, Arizona, 4:05 p.m.
Week 5, Oct. 9, San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Week 6, Oct. 16, at L.A. Rams, 4:05 p.m.
Week 7, Oct. 23, Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 8, Oct. 30, at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 9, Nov. 6, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 10, Nov. 9, Atlanta, 1 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro soccer

Here’s the full Charlotte FC MLS schedule for the 2022 season (with results):

(9-13-2 record)
Feb. 26 at D.C. (L 0-3)
March 5, L.A. (L 0-1)
March 13, at Atlanta (L 1-2)
March 19, New England (W 3-1)
March 26, Cincinnati (W 2-0)
April 2, at Philadelphia (L 0-2)
April 10, Atlanta (W 1-0)
April 16, at New England (L 1-2)
April 23, at Colorado (T 0-0)
April 30, at Orlando (L 1-2)
May 7, Miami (W 1-0)
May 14, Montreal (L 0-2)
May 22, Vancouver (W 2-1)
May 29, at Seattle (L 1-2)
June 11, New York (W 2-0)
June 18, at Columbus (T 1-1)
June 25, at Montreal (L 1-2)
June 30, Austin (L 0-1)
July 3, at Houston (W 2-1)
July 9, Nashville (W 4-1)
July 16, at Miami (L 2-3)
July 23, at Toronto (L 0-4)
July 30, Columbus (suspended at 0-0 in 16th minute to Oct. 5)
August 3, D.C. (W 3-0)
August 6, Chicago (L 2-3)
August 13, at LAFC, 10:30 p.m.
August 17, at New York City, 8 p.m.
August 21, Orlando, 7 p.m.
August 27, Toronto, 7 p.m.
September 3, at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
September 10, New York City, 7 p.m.
September 17, at Chicago, 8 p.m.
October 1, Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m.
October 5, Columbus, 7 p.m.
October 9, at New York, 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)
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-2)
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
Aug. 21 Go Bowling at The Glen
Aug. 27 Coke Zero Sugar 400
Sept. 4 Cook Out Southern 500
Sept. 11 Hollywood Casino 400
Sept. 17 Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Sept. 24 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Oct. 2 YellaWood 500
Oct. 9 Bank of America ROVAL 400
Oct. 16 South Point 400
Oct. 23 Dixie Vodka 400
Oct. 30 Xfinity 500
Nov. 6 NASCAR Cup Series Championship