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9-18-21 roundup: Pro football, golf and baseball, College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers pursue a rare 2-0 start on Sunday when they host the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Winning again would put the team in a good historical position since six of the previous 2-0 starts have resulted in postseason appearances. Carolina has started out 2-0 or better in 1996, […]

9-17-21 roundup: High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball, College football, cross country and rugby, Pro football, golf and baseball

By Richard Walker West Lincoln High School is off to its third 4-0 football start in the last four seasons after Mason Avery’s 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Rebels to a 20-17 win over Bandys in a Catawba Valley 2A Conference opener. West Lincoln hosts preseason league favorite Maiden next week. Here are […]

9-16-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, College football, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker How important is winning your conference football opener? In the Big South Conference, it’s imperative if you want to win the league championship. How so? With Friday featuring six teams opening their league slate – Crest beat North Gaston 42-16 last week – none of the previous league champions or co-champions have […]

2021-22 Carolinas ACC Basketball schedules

Clemson NOV 9 Presbyterian NOV 12 Wofford NOV 15 Bryant (SHRINERS CHILDREN’S CHARLESTON CLASSIC) NOV 18 Temple (at CHARLESTON, S.C.) NOV 19 St. Bonaventure/Boise State (at CHARLESTON, S.C.) NOV 21 TBA (at CHARLESTON, S.C.) NOV 26 Charleston Southern NOV 30 at Rutgers DEC 4 at Miami, Fla. (HOLIDAY HOOPSGIVING) DEC 11 Drake (at ATLANTA, GA.) […]

How do you rank local high school football programs? By winning, of course. And the countdown begins

Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties high school football all-time rankings. Here is a 7-part series on how local programs rank all-time based on victories: Part 1: Teams ranked Nos. 19 to No. 13 – Cramer, Highland Tech, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln, Forestview, West Lincoln, North Gaston. https://carolinassportshub.com/how-do-you-rank-local-high-school-football-programs-by-winning-of-course-and-the-countdown-begins/ Part 2: Teams ranked Nos. 12 to […]

9-15-21 roundup: Middle school football and softball, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, College football and basketball, Pro football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Holbrook and Southwest stayed unbeaten in Gaston County Conference middle school football action after wins on Wednesday. Holbrook defeated Mount Holly 36-6 to improve to 4-0 and Southwest edged Southwest 6-0 to improve to 5-0. Grier (3-0) also is unbeaten in the Gaston County Conference. Here are Wednesday’s Gaston County Conference results: […]

9-14-21 roundup: College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, Pro football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Charlotte is off to its fourth 2-0 start in the school’s nine-year football history. Coach Will Healy said during his weekly news conference that 2-0 won’t mean anything if the team doesn’t finish strong – and that starts with this week’s 7 p.m. game at Georgia State. “Every week I say this […]

Remembering a N.C. basketball icon: Littles dies at 78

By Richard Walker Pioneering basketball player and longtime coach Gene Littles died at 78 on Thursday, Sept. 9. Littles was a pioneer as a one of the first African-American college players to play in the state when he went to High Point University from 1965 to 1969 before playing six years of professional basketball, including […]

9-13-21 roundup: College baseball and football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Former South Point High baseball standout Dawson Gause will be playing on one of the biggest stages in all of college baseball this spring when he pitches for six-time national champion LSU. A 2018 South Point High graduate, Gause will be a 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt sophomore for the Tigers after transferring from […]

How do you rank local high school football programs? By winning, of course. And the countdown continues

Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties high school football all-time rankings. Here is a 7-part series on how local programs rank all-time based on victories: Part 1: Teams ranked Nos. 19 to No. 13 – Cramer, Highland Tech, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln, Forestview, West Lincoln, North Gaston. https://carolinassportshub.com/how-do-you-rank-local-high-school-football-programs-by-winning-of-course-and-the-countdown-begins/ Part 2: Teams ranked Nos. 12 to […]

9-12-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football, College football and cycling, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker They may have started slow – and drew a few boos in the process – but the Carolina Panthers reversed a recent opening-game trend on Sunday with a 19-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. Sam Darnold completed 24 ot 34 passes for 279 yards and one touchdown in his […]

9-11-21 roundup: High school football, College football, Pro football and baseball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker There was no letdown for the Charlotte 49ers as they rolled to a 38-10 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday night at Richardson Stadium. One week after Charlotte’s first-ever home game and victory over a power five major college football conference – the 49ers beat Duke 31-28 – Charlotte never trailed as it […]

9-10-21 roundup: High school football, basketball, girls tennis and volleyball, Pro football and baseball, College football and rugby, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker A shootout at Shelby’s Blanton Memorial Stadium between two of the Carolinas winningest programs ended with South Pointe of Rock Hill, S.C., holding off Shelby 51-37 on Friday night. South Pointe scored 34 straight points in the first half to take a 37-7 halftime lead before the host Golden Lions outscored the […]

How do you rank local high school football programs? By winning, of course. And the countdown begins

Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties high school football all-time rankings. Here is a 7-part series on how local programs rank all-time based on victories: Part 1: Teams ranked Nos. 19 to No. 13 – Cramer, Highland Tech, Mountain Island Charter, North Lincoln, Forestview, West Lincoln, North Gaston Part 2: Teams ranked Nos. 12 to No. […]

9-9-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker On Saturday, a former Crest High quarterback will make his head coaching debut against the ACC when Dawson “Tyrone” Odums leads his Norfolk State team into its first game at Wake Forest at noon. Odums, a 1992 Crest High graduate, played quarterback in high school and defensive line at North Carolina Central […]

9-8-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football and women’s soccer, High school football, boys soccer and cross country, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Tanner Muse has a new NFL home. Muse, a 2015 South Point High graduate, signed to play on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on Wednesday. It comes two days after the Las Vegas Raiders released Muse from their roster. Muse had made eight tackles with half a […]

NFL pros from N.C. high schools

By Richard Walker As we prepare for the start of the 2021 NFL season, a large number of North Carolina high school products are again on team rosters. Seventy-four players who attended N.C. high schools are on league rosters as the season begins. That’ll included six players who will participate in Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys at […]

Fall baseball begins at Cherryville’s Fraley Field this week. Here’s the schedule

Here is the Cherryville Post 100 Fall League 2021 baseball schedule with all games being played at Cherryville’s Fraley Field: Tues. Sept. 7 5 p.m. Burns/Post 100 7:15 p.m. East Rutherford/North Gaston Wed. Sept. 8 5 p.m. Crest/East Rutherford 7:15 p.m. Kings Mountain/Post 100 Mon. Sept. 13 5 p.m. East Rutherford/Burns 7:15 p.m. Crest/Kings Mountain […]

9-7-21 roundup: Pro basketball, football and baseball, College football, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Former Forestview and Gaston Day standout Nate Hinton has a new NBA team. Hinton signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Indiana’s new head coach is Hinton’s former Dallas Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle. A 2018 Gaston Day graduate who was an undrafted free agent signee out of the University of […]

Familiarity, similarity of head coaching methods and strategies add to intrigue of Saturday’s Gardner-Webb at Charlotte 49ers matchup

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers head football coach Will Healy and Gardner-Webb head football coach Tre Lamb have known each other for years. That’s why Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at Charlotte’s Richardson Stadium will have a “family” feel to it, even as both coaches say they desperately seek a victory over a coaching rival that […]

9-6-21 roundup: College football, High school football and boys soccer, Pro football and baseball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Quarterbacks at Charlotte and Gardner-Webb, a Gardner-Webb receiver and Gaston County’s all-time leading high school football rusher were among those honored with top conference awards for their play in the opening week of the 2021 college football season. Charlotte’s Chris Reynolds was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after he […]

9-5-21 roundup: High school football and athletics, Pro football and baseball, College football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Former North Gaston High standout Blake Brown was promoted by the Philadelphia Phillies to its Class AA affiliate on Sunday. A 2016 North Gaston High graduate, Brown went 2-1 with eight saves with a 3.15 ERA in 33 appearances for the Class A Jersey Shore Blue Claws before being promoted to the […]

What to expect from 2021 Panthers? Second-year coach, first-year GM have completely reshaped the team in hopes of postseason run

By Richard Walker When the Carolina Panthers made four postseason appearances in five years from 2013 to 2017, many of the team’s fans expected playoff football to be an annual enjoyment. But, as the cliche’ about the real meaning of the NFL goes, “Not For Long” has led to three straight seasons of struggles as […]

9-4-21 roundup: High school football, Pro football and baseball, College football and men’s soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb put a scare into traditional power Georgia Southern in the 2021 college football opener for both teams. The visiting Bulldogs scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and drove to the Georgia Southern 29 in the closing seconds before losing 30-25 at Paulson Stadium. Gardner-Webb quarterback Bailey Fisher completed 27 of 45 passes for […]

9-3-21 roundup: High school football, girls tennis, boys soccer and volleyball, Pro football and baseball, College football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers set history Friday night. The 49ers scored late and survived a Duke rally for a 31-28 victory in front of 14,125 fans at Richardson Stadium. It marks Charlotte’s first win over an ACC school in the 49ers first home game against an ACC opponent. In a game with six […]

Who has the best barbecue? Campbell, Gardner-Webb football series will now help decide on annual basis

By Richard Walker Who has the best barbecue in North Carolina? It’s a debate that’s been discussed for years by folks who like eating Western-style or Eastern-style or both versions of the barbecue that is so popular in the state. On Friday, longtime rivals Gardner-Webb and Campbell added a twist to the discussion by announcing […]

9-2-21 roundup: High school football, soccer and volleyball, Pro football and baseball, College football and soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker High school football’s third week continued Thursday with non-conference games that include rivalry matchups like Burns-Kings Mountain, Cramer-East Gaston and East Lincoln-Lincolnton. There’s also been four game cancellations – Blacksburg, S.C., at Cherryville, Central Cabarrus at Huss, Foard at West Lincoln and South Point at R-S Central – with South Point picking […]

9-1-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football, High school football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker After the COVID-19 pandemic completely disrupted high school football in the 2020-21 school year, it continues having an impact on the 2021 fall schedule. On Wednesday, the Crest at Shelby game that was scheduled for Friday will be postponed with school officials saying they are “working to reschedule.” It is the fourth […]

8-31-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football, High school football, cross country and volleyball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers roster is at 53 after a flurry of moves on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the team waived linebacker Josh Bynes, wide receiver Omar Bayless, running back Spencer Brown, quarterback Will Grier, defensive lineman Frank Herron, offensive lineman Mike Horton, cornerback Jalen Julius, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, outside linebacker Christian Miller, […]

Back in action: Former Huss standout Prince Bemah eager to play for Charlotte 49ers against Duke, former prep teammate

By Richard Walker When Gastonia’s Prince Bemah graduated early from Hunter Huss High School in order to attend UNC Charlotte in January 2019, then first-year Charlotte 49ers coach Will Healy considered Bemah one of his top recruits. Healy still has high hopes for Bemah, even as two knee surgeries have kept the linebacker off the […]

Week 1 college preview: Charlotte the center of college football universe

By Richard Walker After a handful of games last week, the college football universe descends on Charlotte for three days in the first full week of the 2021 college football season. On Thurday, Appalachian State and East Carolina meet at the NFL Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium. On Friday, the Charlotte 49ers host their […]

8-30-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football, High school football and volleyball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Four local high school products are currently on NFL rosters following the 2021 preseason – former Crest standout Jonathan Bullard, former South Point standout Tanner Muse, former East Lincoln standout Chazz Surratt and former East Lincoln and Lincolnton standout Sage Surratt. Here is a look at how each player is doing: Bullard: […]

8-29-21 roundup: High school football and cross country, Pro football and baseball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker High school football teams into the third playing date of the season this week. One game, South Point at R-S Central, has been cancelled due to COVID issues at R-S Central but South Point is trying to find another opponent. Here is Friday’s current schedule for schools from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln […]

8-28-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football and volleyball, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Shelby honored the greatest football player the city has ever produced on Saturday with “Bobby Bell Day.” Bell, a 1959 graduate of the old Cleveland Training School, went on to become an Outland Trophy winner at the University of Minnesota, a Super Bowl winner for the Kansas City Chiefs and was inducted […]

QUEEN CITY PASSION: Charlotte has longtime major college football roots, but this could be biggest weekend ever

By Richard Walker The center of the college football universe will descend upon Charlotte, N.C., during this Labor Day weekend. Not only will three historic games be played in Charlotte from Thursday to Saturday but ESPN’s College Game Day will be broadcasting live from Charlotte all day on Saturday. Since North Carolina defeated Virginia Tech […]

8-27-21 roundup: High school football, volleyball and girls tennis, Middle school football and softball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker South Point was challenged for a half at rival East Gaston. Then the Red Raiders scored 28 straight points in the second half for a 35-7 non-conference victory. It gives South Point its 25th win over the Warriors in their last 25 meetings. Tyson Riley scored two second half touchdowns and Cam […]

Last ride: Former East Lincoln star Dollar ready for his final season with Charlotte 49ers

By Richard Walker Now a redshirt senior wide receiver for the Charlotte 49ers, former East Lincoln High standout Cam Dollar said he had a revelation one day before the first practice to get ready for the 2021 season. “It was the night before camp and I was out here and I was walking around and […]

8-26-21 roundup: High school football, volleyball and girls tennis, Middle school football and softball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker High school football moves into its second week highlighted by three of the oldest rivalries in the area when Crest visits Burns, South Point plays at East Gaston and West Lincoln visits Cherryville. Here’s a look at each of the matchups in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: Alexander Central at North Gaston […]

College football 2021 preview: Local products in three Charlotte games that open the season

By Richard Walker Area products fill college football rosters all across the nation. And during Labor Day weekend, when the focus of college football will be on Charlotte, local products will be involved for five of the six teams who will be playing in the Queen City. On Thursday, Sept. 2, seven area products will […]

8-25-21 roundup: Middle school football, High school football, cross country, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Wednesday’s inclement weather played havoc on the first Gaston County Conference middle school football games in two years. Only two games were played long enough to be completed as Cramerton won 24-8 at W.C. Friday and Grier defeated visiting Stanley 8-0. In Cramerton’s win, Tristan Holt had three touchdowns and L.J. Watson […]

8-24-21 roundup: Middle school football, High school football, girls tennis and volleyball, Pro football

By Richard Walker After a year or disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, middle school football returns to the area with conventional schedules for both area leagues. In the Gaston County Conference, action begins on Wednesday in its 11-school league with five games. Gaston County didn’t play any football in the 2020-21 school year. And […]

8-23-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football and boys soccer

By Richard Walker After two seasons off, the Gazette Cup boys high school soccer tournament returned last week. And a familiar champion, South Point, enjoyed the event more than anyone else as the Red Raiders won their ninth title in 11 championship game appearances for a tournament that began in 1993. Tony Baker scored two […]

8-22-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football

By Richard Walker Four local high school products are currently active on NFL rosters in the 2021 preseason – former Crest standout Jonathan Bullard, former South Point standout Tanner Muse, former East Lincoln standout Chazz Surratt and former East Lincoln and Lincolnton standout Sage Surratt. Here is a look at how each player is doing: […]

8-21-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, High school football and boys soccer

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers fans got their first preseason look at new starting quarterback Sam Darnold but the Baltimore Ravens kept alive one of the most confounding streaks in NFL history with a 19-3 win over the Panthers on Saturday in the team’s preseason home opener. Carolina closes out the 2021 preseason on Friday […]

8-20-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, College basketball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker After two straight losses to its oldest rival, Shelby High opened the 2021 high school football season with a vengeance – and a 37-14 victory – at Kings Mountain. In the earliest meeting of the 98-year-old series, Kings Mountain scored first before Shelby took charge of the game with 23 straight points. […]

Charlotte Hornets release 2021-22 schedule

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets announced their 2021-22 regular season schedule on Friday. And they’ll start the new season with a chance for some revenge as they’ll host the Indiana Pacers team that routed Charlotte 144-117 in the 2021 play-in tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Spectrum Center. Other highly-anticipated home […]

8-19-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, college athletics, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker Gaston College has a nickname, a logo and school colors for its startup athletic program. The school unveiled its blue and yellow colors, its “Rhinos” nickname and its logo during a Thursday outdoor party at the campus. Gaston College’s Rhinos will return to athletic competition this fall for the first time since […]

High school football previews: Part 4 – Big South 3A Conference

WWW.CAROLINASSPORTSHUB.COM High School Football Previews Aug. 16 – Others (Mountain Island Charter and Clover) Aug. 17 – Catawba Valley 2A, Western Foothills 3A conferences Aug. 18 – Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Aug. 19 – Big South 3A Conference By Richard Walker As much as some leagues have changed dramatically due to realignment, the Big South […]

8-18-21 roundup: Youth softball, Legion baseball, High school football, boys soccer and volleyball, Pro football and baseball, College cycling

By Richard Walker Cherryville’s Dixie Angels All-Star softball recently won both the North Carolina state and the Dixie World Series tournament titles. In the N.C. state tournament held in Cherryville from July 9-13, Cherryville routed three opponents by a 33-0 cumulative score and yielded only one hit. In the Dixie World Series (Angels Division) held […]

Legion baseball update (final 2021 with full ALWS results)

Here are all results from the 2021 American Legion World Series: Pool play 4-team divisions (with records) Stars – Central Plains (Fargo, N.D. 0-3), Mid-Atlantic (Ridge St. Mary’s, Md. 2-1), Southeast (Tupelo, Miss. 2-1), Western (Honolulu Team Central, Hi. 2-1) Stripes – Great Lakes (Midland Berryhill, Mich. 1-2), Mid-South (Dubuque County, Ia. 2-1), Northeast (Beverly, […]

High school football previews: Part 3 – Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference

WWW.CAROLINASSPORTSHUB.COM High School Football Previews Aug. 16 – Others (Mountain Island Charter and Clover) Aug. 17 – Catawba Valley 2A, Western Foothills 3A conferences Aug. 18 – Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Aug. 19 – Big South 3A Conference By Richard Walker Old school meets new school in the newly-constructed Southern Piedmont Conference that will be […]

8-17-21 roundup: Legion baseball, High school football and boys soccer, Pro basketball and football

By Richard Walker Inclement weather wreaked havoc on the 2021 American Legion World Series for the third straight night Tuesday as the championship game matching defending champion Idaho Falls, Id., against Honolulu, Hi., will be played on Wednesday at a time to be determined. Here is the full schedule of games for the 2021 American […]

High School football 2021 previews: Part 2 – Catawba Valley 2A and Western Foothills 3A conferences

WWW.CAROLINASSPORTSHUB.COM High School Football Previews Aug. 16 – Others (Mountain Island Charter and Clover) Aug. 17 – Catawba Valley 2A, Western Foothills 3A conferences Aug. 18 – Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Aug. 19 – Big South 3A Conference By Richard Walker For the past four years and for 12 of the last 16 seasons, each […]

Legion baseball update (through Aug. 16)

American Legion World Series (at Shelby) Pool play 4-team divisions (with records) Stars – Central Plains (Fargo, N.D. 0-3), Mid-Atlantic (Ridge St. Mary’s, Md. 2-1), Southeast (Tupelo, Miss. 2-1), Western (Honolulu Team Central, Hi. 2-1) Stripes – Great Lakes (Midland Berryhill, Mich. 1-2), Mid-South (Dubuque County, Ia. 2-1), Northeast (Beverly, Mass. 1-2), Northwest (Idaho Falls, […]

8-16-21 roundup: Bessemer City Hall of Fame, Legion baseball, Pro football, High school football and boys soccer

By Richard Walker On Saturday night, Bessemer City inducted its inaugural Sports Hall of Fame class. In a ceremony held at First Baptist Church of Bessemer City, a class of four individuals and one team were officially inducted – Mike Mahaffey, Kevin Millwood, Jackson “Ace” Parker and Shameka Smith and the 1959 Bessemer City High […]

High school football 2021 previews: Part 1 – Clover, Mountain Island Charter

WWW.CAROLINASSPORTSHUB.COM High School Football Previews Aug. 16 – Others (Mountain Island Charter and Clover) Aug. 17 – Catawba Valley 2A, Western Foothills 3A conferences Aug. 18 – Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Aug. 19 – Big South 3A Conference   By Richard Walker As we all know by now, athletics and high school football locally were […]

8-15-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, High school football, Legion baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker The Indianapolis Colts scored 11 points in the final 7:43 on Sunday afternoon to ruin the Carolina Panthers preseason opener. The Colts, who got six of those points on a 1-yard touchdown run by former Charlotte 49ers running back Benny LeMay, won the contest on Eddy Pinero’s 30-yard field with seven seconds […]

8-14-21 roundup: High school football and volleyball, Pro basketball, football and baseball, Legion baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker Area high school football teams have completed preseason practices and scrimmages. And on Friday, the 2021 regular season will begin. Here’s the schedule for opening games for teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties: Bessemer City at Community School of Davidson Burns at Forestview Cherryville at Avery County Cramer at Bunker Hill […]

8-13-21 roundup: Pro basketball, football and baseball, Legion baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets announced a four-game preseason schedule that features two home games at Spectrum Center. Charlotte opens its 2021-22 preseason at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. before returning home to play the Mamphis Grizzlies on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. After visiting the Miami Heat on […]

8-12-21 roundup: Pro basketball, football, Legion baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets fell to 0-3 in the Las Vegas Summer League after losing a 106-105 shootout to the San Antonio Spurs. Tre Jones scored 34 points to lead the Spurs to the win. Charlotte was led by James Bouknight (23 points, 8 assists), Vernon Carey, Jr. (19 points, 8 rebounds), Grant […]