9-27-23 roundup: Pro football, baseball, basketball and soccer, High school football and volleyball, College football, Middle school football, softball and golf, NASCAR

By Richard Walker

It’s been a busy year on and off the field for former South Point High standout Garrett Davila.

Garrett Davila with his wife and new baby at Charlotte’s Truist Field. (Charlotte Knights photo/Laura Wolff)

In a baseball season in which he made his Class AAA debut, he also welcomed his first child and set a career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.

“It’s been awesome and tiring,” said Davila, the 2015 South Point High graduate who spent the majority of his sixth professional baseball season playing near his hometown with the Class AAA Charlotte Knights of the Chicago White Sox organization.

He and his wife, the former Mackayla Starkey (2015 East Gaston High graduate), had their first child on Aug. 19 when Liliana June Davila was born.

The birth knocked Davila off the active roster and skipped a start in mid-August.

And for Davila, who had to have “Tommy John surgery” to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow on April 5, 2019, it was the only time all season he had missed significant time.

“Triple-A has been awesome because I can stay at home,” said Davila, who was promoted to Charlotte for good on May 20 from Class AA Birmingham. “And being in Triple-A, every game I’m pitching against former big leaguers and my team is full of big leaguers.
“The big thing is that I’ve been able to handle this workload. I haven’t had to skip any starts other than when my daughter was born. But that’s for a different reason.”

After going 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 6 appearances (4 starts) for Birmingham, Davila went 2-11 with a 6.88 ERA in 23 appearances (20 starts). Most importantly, his 126 1/3 total innings and 121 total strikeouts were the best of his career – and come as Davila will be a free agent this offseason.

“I’m a free agent after this year ends,” said Davila, a 4th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 major league draft. “So five days after the World Series, my contract is officially up unless the White Sox want to officially sign me. And they have the exclusive right until then to talk to me. So we’ll see what happens.”

For the Knights, Davila has had 10 starts last five or more innings and has had the bad fortune on being on a team that finished the season with a 53-96 record for the most losses in Charlotte’s professional baseball history.

“We definitely struggled some this year,” Davila said. “We have some young guys that are making their way up so we’ve had some growing pains.
“But I’m not a young guy and I’ve gone through some growing pains too.”

Being home has allowed Davila to spent time with his family and many of his former South Point classmates. Among the former Red Raiders to come visit with the Davilas are NFL-playing brothers Tanner and Nick Muse, former South Point football standout Matthew Robinson and former South Point baseball players Scottie Lee, Logan Edgerton and Cole Merrill.

“The team usually works with me,” Davila said. “I have sometimes needed 20 tickets, so I’ll get 10 for myself and let the other 10 spread out. It’s been great catching up with everybody.”

Garrett Davila (right) talks with Charlotte Hornets rookie Brandon Miller before Davila caught Miller’s ceremonial first pitch. (Charlotte Knights/Laura Wolff)

Another highlight for Davila came in September when he was the catcher designated to receive a ceremonial first pitch from Charlotte Hornets’ forward Brandon Miller, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Here’s a look at the area’s other professional baseball players and how they’ve done this past season:

Emilio Pagan, who played for Gardner-Webb (2010-11) and Belmont Abbey (2012-13), is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 63 relief appearances for the Minnesota Twins, who have already clinched the American League Central Division title and will play in the major league playoffs starting next week.

Jeffrey Springs, a 2011 South Point High graduate, was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in 3 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays before he was placed on the disabled list after needing season-ending elbow surgery.

Alec Burleson, a 2017 East Lincoln High graduate, hit .244 with 8 home runs and 36 RBIs in 107 games for the St. Louis Cardinals before his season ended with a left thumb fracture and he was placed on a season-ending disabled list Sept. 20.

Will Wilson, a 2016 Kings Mountain High graduate, hit .234 with 13 home runs and 47 RBIs for the Class AAA Sacramento River Cats and hit .215 with 5 home runs and 19 RBIs for the Class AA Richmond Flying Squirrels. Both are in the San Francisco Giants organization.

Tyler White, a former Gastonia Post 23 American Legion player, hit .256 with 3 RBIs for the Class AAA Syracuse Mets of the New York Mets’ organization before being placed on the voluntarily retired list on July 21.

Christopher Proctor, a 2015 Burns High graduate, hit .272 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs in 62 games for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball; Proctor and the Barnstormers are currently playing the Gastonia Honey Hunters in the league championship series.

Mason Fox, who played for Gardner-Webb (2016-18), was placed on the disabled list for the Class AAA El Paso Chihuahuas of the San Diego Padres’ organization and hasn’t played this season.

Chandler Redmond, who played for Gardner-Webb (2916-19), hit .256 with 31 home runs and 92 RBIs for the Class AA Springfield Cardinals of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization.

Blake Brown, a 2016 North Gaston High graduate, was placed on the disabled list for the Class AA Reading Fightin Phils of the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization and hasn’t played this season.

Jeremy Walker, who played for Gardner-Webb (2014-16), went 6-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 47 appearances (2 starts) for the Class AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization. On Sept. 25, the Iron Pigs named him the team’s Pitcher of the Year.

Mason Miller, who played for Gardner-Webb (2021), started one game each for the Class AA Midland RockHounds and four for the Class AAA Las Vegas Aviators of the Oakland Athletics’ organization before being promoted to the major leagues. For Oakland, Miller was 0-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 8 appearances (6 starts) entering the final week of the season.

Isaiah Lowe, a 2022 Combine Academy graduate from Shelby, went 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 3 starts for the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm and 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 1 start for the Arizona League team of the San Diego Padres’ organization.

C.J. Mayhue, a 2019 Crest High graduate, went 0-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 appearances for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers and went 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 5 appearances (2 starts) for the Class A Tri-City Dust Devils of the Los Angeles Angels’ organization before being released on Sept. 11.

Connor Godwin, a 2021 Combine Academy graduate, was on the roster of the Class A Rancho Cucamonga of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization.

Ben Gobbel, who played for Belmont Abbey (2019-22), hit .267 with 5 home runs and 27 RBIs in 59 games for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers of the Los Angeles Angels’ organization.

Lane Hoover, a 2018 Lincolnton High graduate, hit .218 with 19 RBIs in 50 games for the Florence Y’alls of the Frontier League.

And Dylan Smith, a 2015 Forestview High graduate who played at Belmont Abbey (2016-21), went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 4 appearances for Gastonia of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball; Smith and the Honey Hunters are currently playing the Lancaster Barnstormers in the league championship series.










Pro baseball

Gastonia 12, Lancaster 3: The Honey Hunters bounced back from Tuesday’s heartbreaker with an blowout Game 2 victory to even the best-of-5 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball championship series at defending league champion Lancaster, Pa. Gastonia’s CaroMont Health Park will host the final three games of the series starting on Friday.

Here is the full Gastonia Honey Hunters’ 2023 schedule:

Overall record: 79-47
First half record: 41-22
Second half record: 38-25

-First half
April (3-0)
28 Spire City (W 10-4)
29 Spire City (W 8-6)
30 Spire City (W 7-4)

May (17-9)
2 at So. Maryland (W 8-6)
3 at So. Maryland (W 11-6)
4 at So. Maryland (L 2-4)
5 at Long Island (W 3-2)
6 at Long Island (L 1-3)
7 at Long Island (L 4-6)
9 Spire City (W 2-1 in 10)
10 Spire City (W 10-0)
11 Spire City (W 9-7)
12 at High Point (L 5-8)
13 at High Point (W 12-5)
14 at High Point (L 3-4)
16 Charleston, W.Va. (W 13-4)
17 Charleston, W.Va. (W 4-2)
18 Charleston, W.Va. (L 4-6)
19 at Lexington (W 15-2)
20 at Lexington (W 8-0)
21 at Lexington (W 5-3)
23 at Spire City (W 6-0)
24 at Spire City (W 8-5)
25 at Spire City (W 8-3)
26 Lancaster (L 3-4 in 11)
27 Lancaster (ppd., rain)
28 Lancaster (ppd., rain)
29 Lancaster (W 9-1)
29 Lancaster (L 3-4)
30 High Point (L 8-10)
31 High Point (W 14-10)

June (19-8)
1 High Point (W 7-4)
2 Lexington (W 3-2)
3 Lexington (W 10-1)
4 Lexington (W 4-1)
6 at Charleston, W.Va. (W 4-1)
7 at Charleston, W.Va. (L 1-13)
8 at Charleston, W.Va. (L 2-4)
9 at Spire City (W 5-4)
10 at Spire City (W 12-7)
11 at Spire City (L 6-9)
13 So. Maryland (W 5-0)
14 So. Maryland (L 9-10)
15 So. Maryland (W 11-6)
16 Staten Island (W 5-4)
17 Staten Island (W 7-5)
18 Staten Island (W 5-1)
20 at Lancaster (L 0-6)
21 at Lancaster (W 9-7)
22 at Lancaster (W 4-1)
22 at Lancaster (L 2-6)
24 at Staten Island (W 12-3)
25 at Staten Island (L 2-7)
27 High Point (W 8-3)
28 High Point (W 7-3)
29 High Point (L 1-11)
30 So. Maryland (W 15-0)

July (13-13)
1 So. Maryland (L 6-7)
1 So. Maryland (W 8-7)
2 So. Maryland (W 3-2 in 10)
4 at Spire City (L 3-4)
5 at Spire City (L 8-18)
6 at Spire City (L 4-6)
7 at High Point (L 1-8)
-Second half
8 at High Point (W 7-2)
9 at High Point (L 13-14)
11 at Charleston, W.Va. (W 5-3)
12 at Charleston, W.Va. (W 2-1)
13 at Charleston, W.Va. (ppd.)
14 Staten Island (W 7-3)
15 Staten Island (L 10-12 in 10)
16 Staten Island (W 13-8)
18 High Point (W 6-5)
19 High Point (L 5-9)
20 High Point (W 10-5)
21 at So. Maryland (L 9-11)
22 at So. Maryland (W 8-6)
23 at So. Maryland (L 8-12)
25 at Staten Island (W 10-2)
26 at Staten Island (L 3-8)
27 at Staten Island (W 17-5)
28 at Long Island (L 1-18)
29 at Long Island (W 12-5)
30 at Long Island (L 2-4)

August (19-7)
1 High Point (L 3-6)
2 High Point (L 3-7)
3 High Point (ppd.)
4 Lexington (W 9-8)
5 Lexington (W 9-2)
6 Lexington (W 4-3)
8 Spire City (W 8-3)
9 Spire City (L 2-3)
10 Spire City (W 9-6)
11 at Long Island (L 5-7)
12 at Long Island (W 14-3)
13 at Long Island (W 10-7)
15 York (W 6-5)
16 York (L 1-2)
17 York (W 5-2)
18 Lexington (W 12-8)
19 Lexington (L 1-5)
20 Lexington (W 8-3)
22 at Long Island (W 6-5)
23 at Long Island (W 5-0)
24 at Long Island (W 13-12)
25 at Lancaster (W 4-1)
26 at Lancaster (L 2-6)
27 at Lancaster (W 5-4)
29 Spire City (W 6-4)
30 Spire City (ppd., Aug. 31)
31 Spire City (W 6-4)
31 Spire City (W 8-2)

September (8-10)
1 So. Maryland (W 5-2)
2 So. Maryland (W 8-6)
3 So. Maryland (L 2-11)
4 So. Maryland (L 4-5)
5 at High Point (L 2-8)
5 at High Point (W 7-0)
6 at High Point (L 3-4)
7 at High Point (L 3-8)
8 Charleston, W.Va. (L 8-19)
9 Charleston, W.Va. (W 8-2)
9 Charleston, W.Va. (L 3-4)
10 Charleston, W.Va. (L 2-3)
12 So. Maryland (L 3-5)
13 So. Maryland (W 5-1)
14 So. Maryland (W 5-4)
15 at Lexington (L 1-7)
16 at Lexington (W 2-1)
17 at Lexington (W 10-5)


(Southern Division championship: Gastonia vs. High Point – Best-of-5)
Sept. 19 Game 1 – at Gastonia (L 1-3 in 10)
Sept. 20 Game 2 – at Gastonia (W 5-2)
Sept. 22 Game 3 – at High Point (W 11-8)
Sept. 23 Game 4 – at High Point (ppd.)
Sept. 24 Game 4 – at High Point (L 2-3)
Sept. 25 Game 5 – at High Point (W 9-3, Gastonia wins series 3-2)

(Northern Division championship: Lancaster def. Long Island 3 games to 0)

(League championship: Gastonia vs. Lancaster – Best-of-5)
Sept. 26 Game 1 – at Lancaster (L 2-3)
Sept. 27 Game 2 – at Lancaster (W 12-3)
Sept. 29 Game 3 – at Gastonia
Sept. 30 Game 4 (if necessary) – at Gastonia
Oct. 1 Game 5 (if necessary) – at Gastonia










High school football

(This week’s area games:)
Bandys at Lincolnton
Burns at Bessemer City
East Lincoln at West Iredell
Forestview at Kings Mountain
Huss at Cramer
North Gaston at Ashbrook
North Iredell at North Lincoln
Shelby at Highland Tech
South Point at Crest
Thomas Jefferson at East Gaston
West Lincoln at Bunker Hill
Winston-Salem Prep at Mountain Island Charter
Off – Cherryville

Berry at Kell
Butler at East Meck
Cabarrus Stallions at Lake Norman Charter
Catholic at Rocky River
Chambers at Harding
Garinger at Independence
Hough at West Meck
North Meck at Mallard Creek
Palisades at South Meck
Providence at Mooresville
West Charlotte at Hopewell

Foard at Statesville
Hickory at St. Stephens
Newton-Conover at East Burke

(Next week’s area games:)
Ashbrook at Cramer
Bessemer City at East Gaston
Cherryville at Highland Tech
Crest at North Gaston
Foard at East Lincoln
Huss at Forestview
Kings Mountain at South Point
Lincolnton at West Caldwell
Mountain Island Charter at Christ the King
St. Stephens at North Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson at Burns
West Lincoln at Newton-Conover
Off – Shelby

Butler at Rocky River
Catholic at Garinger
Hopewell at Chambers
Independence at Providence
Kell at Myers Park
Lake Norman Charter at North Stanly
Mallard Creek at Harding
Palisades at Olympic
West Charlotte at Hough
West Meck at North Meck

Bandys at Maiden
Brevard at Chase
Bunker Hill at East Burke
Hendersonville at East Rutherford
North Iredell at Hickory
Patton at R-S Central
West Iredell at Statesville











College football

Here is this week’s Carolinas NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS) schedule:

(Friday, Sept. 29)
Louisville at N.C. State, 7 p.m.

(Saturday, Sept. 30)
Clemson at Syracuse, noon
San Diego at Davidson, noon
Presbyterian at Butler, 1 p.m.
North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State, 2 p.m.
Western Carolina at The Citadel, 2 p.m.
William & Mary at Elon, 2 p.m.
Campbell at North Carolina Central, 4 p.m.
Chattanooga at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Souhern, 6 p.m.
Kennesaw State at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.
East Carolina at Rice, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at SMU, 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame at Duke, 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m.
Appalachian State at Louisiana Monroe, 8 p.m.

Here is next week’s Carolinas NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS) schedule:

(Saturday, Oct. 7)
Stetson at Presbyterian, 1 p.m.
Samford at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.
Campbell at Hampton, 2 p.m.
The Citadel at Furman, 2 p.m.
Marshall at N.C. State, 2 p.m.
N.C. Central at Elon, 2 p.m.
Virginia Lynchburg at S.C. State, 2 p.m.
Syracuse at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m.
Wake Forest at Clemson, 3:30 p.m.
Villanova at North Carolina A&T, 4 p.m.
Western Carolina at Chattanooga, 4 p.m.
Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m.









Pro football

The Carolina Panthers got good injury news and bad on Wednesday as they prepare to win their first game after an 0-3 start.

Rookie quarterback Bryce Young practiced Wednesday after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury. Young has received treatment since suffering the injury in the Sept. 18 home loss to New Orleans and accompanied the team to Seattle for last Sunday’s loss with veteran Andy Dalton starting at quarterback.

Perhaps indicating Young’s improved health, the Panthers signed wide receiver Matt Landers to replace a practice squad vacancy earlier this week when Carolina pratice squad quarterback Jake Luton was signed by New Orleans to the Saints’ active roster.

Late Tuesday, news broke that at least two key members of the secondary will be out of action for an extended period of time as safety Xavier Woods (hamstring) is expected to miss extended time after suffering an injury in Seattle and starting cornerback Jaycee Horn (hamstring) remains out of action following an injury in the Sept. 10 opener at Atlanta.

Two other players, Horn’s cornerback replacement C.J. Henderson (ankle) and inside linebacker Frankie Luvu (hip) were injured on Sunday in the Seattle loss.

On Wednesday, Luvu didn’t practice along with wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. (rest) and right tackle Taylor Moton (rest/ankle). Henderson, wide receiver Jonathan Mingo (concussion), running back Miles Sanders (groin), left guard Chandler Zavala (calf) and defensive end LaBryan Ray (finger) were limited practice participants.

The 2023 Carolina Panthers’ schedule:
Sept. 10 at Atlanta (L 10-24)
Sept. 18 New Orleans (L 17-20)
Sept. 24 at Seattle (L 27-37)
Oct. 1 Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Miami, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 OFF WEEK
Oct. 29 Houston, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Chicago, 8:15 p.m.
Nov. 19 Dallas, 1 p.m.
Nov. 26 at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Dec. 10 at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Dec. 17-18 Atlanta, TBD
Dec. 24 Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Dec. 31 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Jan. 6-7 Tampa Bay, TBD











Middle school football

Gaston County Conference standings through Sept. 27:
-Division I
Southwest 4-0, 6-0
Holbrook 2-1, 4-1
Belmont 1-2, 3-2
Grier 1-2, 3-2
Cramerton 0-3, 2-3
-Division II
York Chester 4-0, 4-1
Stanley 4-0, 4-2
W.C. Friday 2-2, 2-3
Chavis 1-3, 1-5
Mount Holly 1-3, 1-5
Bessemer City 0-4, 0-6

(Sept. 26 game)
Holbrook 20, Belmont 7: Kaveuan Pless (1-yard TD run, 69-yard TD pass from E.J. Lindsay), Tramel Bell (2-point conversion run), Jaylen Williams (18-yard TD run) and defenders Ja’kobi Freeman, Pless, Bell, Williams, Santana Leach, Elijah Christenbury, Ja’qualen McGill and Jackson Carter led Holbrook.

(Sept. 27 games)
Southwest 40, Cramerton 0

Stanley 30, W.C. Friday 6: Lamarqua Watson and Devin Phillips had 2 TDs each and Christian Leavy had 1 TD for Stanley.

Mount Holly 29, Bessemer City 0

York Chester 40, Chavis 0

BYE – Grier

(Oct. 4 games)
Cramerton at Belmont, Holbrook at Grier, Bessemer City at Chavis, Stanley at York Chester, Mount Holly at W.C. Friday, BYE – Southwest

(Oct. 11 championship)
Oct. 4 Stanley-York Chester winner vs. Southwest (Southwest is host team)

Tri-County Conference standings through Sept. 27:
East Lincoln 4-0, 5-0
Burns 3-1, 3-2
x-Kings Mountain 2-1, 2-1
x-Lincolnton 1-2, 2-2
North Lincoln 1-3, 1-4
West Lincoln 0-4, 1-4
x-Shelby 3-0, 3-0
Crest 3-1, 4-1
R-S Central 3-1, 4-1
x-Chase 2-1, 2-2
East Rutherford 0-4, 0-5

Thomas Jefferson 0-4, 0-5

x-missing Wedensday result

(Sept. 27 games)
Burns 29, North Lincoln 0

East Lincoln 38, West Lincoln 8

Kings Mountain at Lincolnton

Shelby at Chase

Crest 38, Thomas Jefferson 0: Luke Rowell had TD passes of 40 yards to Brandon Surratt and 35 yards to Carter Glenn, C.J. Bradley had TD passes of 15 yards to Mari Brown and 20 yards to Naz Famble, Shawntrae Allen had an 18-yard TD run, Haiden Toms had two 2-point conversion runs and one 2-point conversion pass to Jeremiah Davis and defenders T.J. McSwain, Malachi Tennal, J’Andre Beam and Toms led Crest.

R-S Central 30, East Rutherford 12

(Oct. 4 games)
Burns at Kings Mountain, North Lincoln at East Lincoln, West Lincoln at Lincolnton, Chase at R-S Central, Shelby at Crest, Thomas Jefferson at East Rutherford










Middle school softball

Gaston County Conference standings through Sept. 26:

Stanley 9-0
Belmont 6-2
Bessemer City 6-2
W.C. Friday 6-2
Chavis 4-4
Cramerton 4-4
Mount Holly 3-5
Holbrook 2-6
Grier 1-7
Southwest 0-9

(Sept. 25 games)
Stanley 11, Belmont 2
Bessemer City 21, Southwest 0
Chavis 18, Mount Holly 5
Cramerton 16, Holbrook 2
W.C. Friday 17, Grier 0

(Sept. 26 game)
Chavis 15, Southwest 0

(Sept. 28 games)
Mount Holly at Belmont, Holbrook at Bessemer City, Grier at Chavis, W.C. Friday at Cramerton, BYE – Stanley, Southwest


Oct. 2 semifinals:
No. 4 Belmont, Bessemer City or W.C. Friday at No. 1 Stanley
No. 3 Belmont, Bessemer City or W.C. Friday at No. 2 Belmont, Bessemer City or W.C. Friday

Oct. 5 championship:
At highest remaining seed








Middle school golf

(Sept. 25 match:)
At Cramer Mountain: Chavis 198, W.C. Friday 222, Bessemer City 245

(Sept. 26 match:)
At Cherryville: Belmont 195, Holbrook 224, Mount Holly 232

(Sept. 27 match:)
At Crowders Mountain- Cramerton 176, Stanley 222
Cramerton’s Coley Pruitt was the individual medalist with a 40.

(Oct. 2 match:)
2023 County championship at Cherryville










High school volleyball

Kings Mountain def. South Point 3-0 (25-9, 25-5, 25-12 on Tuesday): Meile Songaila (19 kills, 4 digs, 4 serve receptions), Camden Pasour (32 assists, 3 kills, 1 block, 7 digs, 2 serve receptions, 5 service points), London Brown (8 kills) and Alexa Jones (20 service points, 6 serve receptions, 2 kills, 4 assists) led Kings Mountain (21-1, 8-0 Big South 3A), which hosts Ashbrook on Thursday.
In the JV match, Kings Mountain won 2-0 (25-14, 25-20) behind Abigail Hedgepath (21 digs, 5 digs, 6 kills), Ruby Osborne (9 kills, 3 blocks) and Kenzlie Morris (6 kills, 1 block).

Gaston Day def. SouthLake Christian 3-0 (25-12, 26-24, 25-10 on Tuesday): Anne Bradley Bing (17 Kills, 15 Assist, 14 Digs, 3 Blocks), Megan Brown (15 Kills, 16 Assists, 13 Digs, 2 Aces), Carlie Covelli (4 kills, 14 Digs, 2 Assists, 1 Ace) and Mary Ellen Lovelace (7 Aces, 13 Digs) led Gaston Day (12-4, 5-0 MAC), which hosts Spartanburg Day Academy on Friday.








Pro basketball

Here is the Charlotte Hornets’ full 2023-24 schedule:

Wed. 25 ATLANTA 7 p.m.
Fri. 27 DETROIT 7 p.m.
Mon. 30 BROOKLYN 7 p.m.
Wed. 1 at Houston 8 p.m.
Sat. 4 at Indiana 7 p.m.
Sun. 5 at Dallas 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 8 WASHINGTON 7 p.m.
Fri. 10 at Washington 7 p.m.
Sun. 12 at New York Noon
Tue. 14 MIAMI 7 p.m.
Fri. 17 MILWAUKEE 7 p.m.
Sat. 18 NEW YORK 6 p.m.
Mon. 20 BOSTON 7 p.m.
Wed. 22 WASHINGTON 7 p.m.
Sun. 26 at Orlando 6 p.m.
Tue. 28 at New York 7:30 p.m.
Thu. 30 at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.
Sat. 2 MINNESOTA 5 p.m.
4-9 Two games TBD
Mon. 11 MIAMI 7 p.m.
Wed. 13 at Miami 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 15 NEW ORLEANS 7 p.m.
Sat. 16 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
Mon. 18 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Wed. 20 at Indiana 7 p.m.
Sat. 23 DENVER 7 p.m.
Tue. 26 at LA Clippers 10:30 p.m.
Thu. 28 at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.
Fri. 29 at Phoenix 9 p.m.
Mon. 1 at Denver 9 p.m.
Tue. 2 at Sacramento 10 p.m.
Fri. 5 at Chicago 8 p.m.
Mon. 8 CHICAGO 7 p.m.
Wed. 10 SACRAMENTO 7 p.m.
Fri. 12 at San Antonio 10 p.m.
Sun. 14 at Miami 6 p.m.
Wed. 17 at New Orleans 8 p.m.
Fri. 19 SAN ANTONIO 7 p.m.
Sat. 20 PHILADELPHIA 7 p.m.
Mon. 22 at Minnesota 8 p.m.
Wed. 24 at Detroit 7 p.m.
Fri. 26 HOUSTON 7 p.m.
Sat. 27 UTAH 7 p.m.
Mon. 29 NEW YORK 7 p.m.
Wed. 31 CHICAGO 7 p.m.
Fri. 2 at Oklahoma City 8 p.m.
Sun. 4 INDIANA 6 p.m.
Mon. 5 L.A. LAKERS 7 p.m.
Wed. 7 TORONTO 7 p.m.
Fri. 9 at Milwaukee 8 p.m.
Sat. 10 MEMPHIS 7 p.m.
Mon. 12 INDIANA 7 p.m.
Wed. 14 ATLANTA 7 p.m.
Thu. 22 at Utah 9 p.m.
Fri. 23 at Golden State 10 p.m.
Sun. 25 at Portland 9 p.m.
Tue. 27 at Milwaukee 8 p.m.
Thu. 29 MILWAUKEE 7 p.m.
Fri. 1 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Sun. 3 at Toronto 6 p.m.
Tue. 5 ORLANDO 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 at Washington 7 p.m.
Sat. 9 BROOKLYN 7 p.m.
Mon. 11 at Detroit 7 p.m.
Wed. 13 at Memphis 8 p.m.
Fri. 15 PHOENIX 7 p.m.
Sat. 16 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Tue. 19 at Orlando 7 p.m.
Sat. 23 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Mon. 25 at Cleveland 7 p.m.
Wed. 27 CLEVELAND 7 p.m.
Fri. 29 GOLDEN STATE 7 p.m.
Sun. 31 LA CLIPPERS 6 p.m.
Mon. 1 BOSTON 7 p.m.
Wed. 3 PORTLAND 7 p.m.
Fri. 5 ORLANDO 7 p.m.
Sun. 7 OKLAHOMA CITY 6 p.m.
Tue. 9 DALLAS 7 p.m.
Wed. 10 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 12 at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Sun. 14 at Cleveland 1 p.m.

Charlotte’s In-Season Tournament Group Play Schedule:

Nov. 10 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Nov. 14 MIAMI, 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 MILWAUKEE, 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals: Dec. 4-5 at higher-seeded teams
Semifinals: Dec. 7 at Las Vegas
Championship game: Dec. 9 at Las Vegas

The NBA In-Season Tournament Groups:

Western Conference
A: Memphis, Phoenix, L.A. Lakers, Utah, Portland
B: Denver, L.A. Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston
C: Sacramento, Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, San Antonio

Eastern Conference
A: Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Indiana, Detroit
B: Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Washington, Charlotte
C: Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Orlando

The Charlotte Hornets’ 2023 preseason schedule:

Oct. 10 at Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.
Oct. 19 Boston Celtics, 7 p.m.










Pro soccer

Here is Charlotte FC’s full 2023 schedule with results:

(7-10-11 record)
Feb. 25 New England Revolution (L 0-1)
March 4 at St. Louis City SC (L 1-3)
March 11 Atlanta United FC (L 0-3)
March 18 at Orlando City SC (W 2-1)
March 25 New York Red Bulls (T 1-1)
April 1 at Toronto FC (T 2-2)
April 8 at Real Salt Lake (L 1-3)
April 15 Colorado Rapids (T 2-2)
April 22 Columbus Crew (W 1-0)
April 29 at D.C. United (L 0-3)
May 6 New York City FC (W 3-2)
May 13 at Atlanta United FC (W 3-1)
May 17 Chicago Fire FC (W 2-1)
May 20 Nashville SC (L 1-2)
May 27 at L.A. Galaxy (W 1-0)
May 31 at Philadelphia Union (L 0-1)
June 3 at Columbus Crew (L 2-4)
June 10 Seattle Sounders FC (T 3-3)
June 21 at New York Red Bulls (T 2-2)
June 24 CF Montreal (T 0-0)
July 5 at New York City FC (T 1-1)
July 8 FC Cincinnati (T 2-2)
July 15 at CF Montreal (L 0-2)
Aug. 26 L.A. FC (W 2-1)
Aug. 30 Orlando City SC (T 1-1)
Sept. 2 at Nashville SC (T 1-1)
Sept. 16 D.C. United (T 0-0)
Sept. 20 Philadelphia Union (T 2-2)
Sept. 23 at FC Cincinnati (L 0-3)
Sept. 30 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Inter Miami CF, 8 p.m.
Oct. 21 Inter Miami CF, TBD

(Leagues Cup schedule – Group stage)
July 21 at FC Dallas (T 2-2, wins 4-1 on penalty kicks)
July 29 Necaxa (W 4-1)
(Round of 32)
Aug. 3 Cruz Azul (at Dallas TX) (T 0-0, wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Aug. 7 at Houston Dynamo (W 2-1)
Aug. 11 at Inter Miami (L 0-4)












Auto racing

The 2023 NASCAR schedule (with winners in parentheses):

Feb 5 Clash at The Coliseum, Los Angeles CA (Martin Truex, Jr.)
Feb 16 Duel No. 1, Daytona Beach FL (Joey Logano)
Feb 16 Duel No. 2, Daytona Beach FL (Aric Almirola)
Feb 19 Daytona 500, Daytona Beach FL (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.)
Feb 26 NASCAR Cup Series at California, Fontana CA (Kyle Busch)
Mar 5 NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV (William Byron)
Mar 12 NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix, Avondale AZ (William Byron-2)
Mar 19 NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta, Hampton GA (Joey Logano-2)
Mar 26 NASCAR Cup Series at Circuit of the Americas, Austin TX (Tyler Reddick)
Apr 2 NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond, Richmond VA (Kyle Larson)
Apr 9 NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol, Bristol TN (Christopher Bell)
Apr 16 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville, Martinsville VA (Kyle Larson-2)
Apr 23 NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega, Lincoln AL (Kyle Busch-2)
May 1 NASCAR Cup Series at Dover, Dover DE (Martin Truex, Jr.-2)
May 7 NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas, Kansas City KS (Denny Hamlin)
May 14 NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington, Darlington SC (William Byron-3)
May 21 NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open Race, North Wilkesboro NC (Josh Berry)
May 21 NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race, North Wilkesboro NC (Kyle Larson-3)
May 29 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte, Concord NC (Ryan Blaney)
Jun 4 NASCAR Cup Series at World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison IL (Kyle Busch-3)
Jun 11 NASCAR Cup Series at Sonoma, Sonoma CA (Martin Truex, Jr.-3)
Jun 25 NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville, Lebanon TN (Ross Chastain)
Jul 2 NASCAR Cup Series at Chicago, Chicago IL (Shane van Gisbergen)
Jul 9 NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta, Hampton GA (William Byron-4)
Jul 17 NASCAR Cup Series at New Hampshire, Loudon NH, noon on USA (Martin Truex, Jr.-4)
Jul 23 NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono, Long Pond PA, 2:30 p.m. on USA (Denny Hamlin-2)
Jul 30 NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond, Richmond VA, 3 p.m. on USA (Chris Buescher)
Aug 6-7 NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan, Brooklyn MI, noon on USA (Chris Buescher-2)
Aug 13 NASCAR Cup Series at Indianapolis Road Course, Speedway IN (Michael McDowell)
Aug 20 NASCAR Cup Series at Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen NY (William Byron-5)
Aug 26 NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, Daytona Beach FL (Chris Buescher-3)

(Cup Playoffs)
Sep 3 NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington, Darlington SC (Kyle Larsen-4)
Sep 10 NASCAR Cup Series at Kansas, Kansas City KS (Tyler Reddick-2)
Sep 16 NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol, Bristol TN (Denny Hamlin-3)
Sep 24 NASCAR Cup Series at Texas, Fort Worth TX (William Byron-6)
Oct 1 NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega, Lincoln AL, 2 p.m. on NBC
Oct 8 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte, Concord NC, 2 p.m. on NBC
Oct 15 NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV, 2:30 p.m. on NBC
Oct 22 NASCAR Cup Series at Miami, Homestead FL, 2:30 p.m. on NBC
Oct 29 NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville, Martinsville, 2 p.m. on NBC
Nov 5 NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix, Avondale AZ, 3 p.m. on NBC