8-5-21 roundup: College athletics, Pro basketball and baseball, College men’s soccer

By Richard Walker

Gaston College will return to athletic competition this fall for the first time since 1975.

The school is holding a Block Party from 3-8 p.m. on Aug. 19 to unveil the school’s new nickname, logo and colors.

Gaston College was nicknamed the Rebels from 1965 to 1969 and the Warriors from 1969 to 1972 before the school ceased its athletic programs after the 1974-75 school year.

With its restart this fall, it will again compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 10 and field teams in baseball, beach volleyball, esports, men’s basketball, softball and women’s cross country.




Pro baseball

The Gastonia Honey Hunters won 10-9 in 10 innings at the West Virginia Power on Thursday.

Gastonia (28-32) will begin a three-game series at Lexington on Friday.



Pro basketball

The Charlotte Hornets’ Las Vegas Summer League schedule:

Aug. 8 Portland, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 9 Sacramento, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 12 San Antonio, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Aug. 14 Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

Aug. 16 or 17 TBD




College men’s soccer

Defending champion High Point University has been voted the favorite in the annual Big South Conference preseason poll by the league’s head coaches, the league announced on Thursday.

The coaches also voted Panthers’ junior forward M.D. Myers the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Campbell senior defender Franck Momo the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honoree.

High Point, which went 8-0 in the league and 12-2 overall in the spring, received eight of the nine first-place votes from league coaches.

The preseason poll follows:

1. High Point (8 first-place votes)
2. Campbell (1)
3. USC Upstate
4. Gardner-Webb
5. UNC Asheville
6. Presbyterian
7. Radford
8. Longwood
9. Winthrop