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9-27-21 roundup: College football, Pro football and baseball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Local products came away with top league honors on Monday after having impressive efforts in Saturday college football games. At Charlotte, quarterback Chris Reynolds was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. At Gardner-Webb, two players were honored by the Big South Conference. And at N.C. State and Wake Forest, local […]

9-26-21 roundup: Pro baseball and football, College football, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Garrett Davila last week won his second minor league championship as a member of the Kansas City Royals’ organization. A 2015 South Point High graduate, Davila was the winning pitcher for Northwest Arkansas in the second game of the Naturals’ three games to none Class AA Central […]

9-25-21 roundup: College football, High school football and boys soccer, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb trailed at halftime against Western Carolina before its offense got untracked for a 52-34 victory at Spangler Stadium. The Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-2) won their second straight game by scoring the game’s final 28 points – or after trailing 34-24 with 8:09 left in the third quarter. Gardner-Webb quarter B Fisher completed […]

9-24-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer, baseball, volleyball and cross country, Pro football and baseball, College football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker The first big Southern Piedmont 1A/2A matchup of the season turned into a rout for Shelby as the Golden Lions rolled to a 55-7 win at previously unbeaten Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy on Friday night. Shelby improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play by scoring the game’s last 49 points […]

9-23-21 roundup: High school football, boys soccer, baseball, volleyball and cross country, Pro football and baseball, College football, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker As the high school football season hits the midway point of the 11-week, 10-game season on Friday, we look at individuals who have shined brighest so far this season. Already, two quarterbacks in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties have surpassed 1,000 yards passing and many others are having strong seasons. No running […]

9-22-21 roundup: Pro football and baseball, College football and baseball, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker Can the Carolina Panthers’ defense keep it up? And can the offense continue it fast starts? If Carolina can keep doing both, the Panthers will become the first 3-0 team in the NFL this season if they can win Thursday’s 8:20 p.m. game at the Houston Texans. The Panthers also are seeking […]

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

By Richard Walker Several former local products are nearing the end of their professional baseball seasons. Here’s a look at how they are doing with statistics through Monday’s games: Emilio Pagan (former Gardner-Webb and Belmont Abbey): The right-handed pitcher is 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 66 appearances for the San Diego Padres. Jeffrey Springs […]

9-20-21 roundup: College football and cross country, Amateur golf, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball, Pro football, basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker During Big South Conference football media day this summer, Gardner-Webb coach Tre Lamb said former Crest standout Jalin Graham would be a future standout in his program. Graham, a 2020 Crest graduate, proved his coach correct on in the Bulldogs’ 56-0 home win over Lincoln, Pa., with a brief but very effective […]

9-19-21 roundup: Pro football, golf and baseball, College football, High school football and boys soccer, Middle school football and softball

By Richard Walker A dominating defensive effort in Sunday’s 26-7 home win over the New Orleans Saints could have the Carolina Panthers thinking big already this season. Not only did it give the Panthers a 2-0 for only the eighth time in the franchise’s 27-year history but it also ended a four-game losing streak to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

8-20-21 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. […]

8-6-21 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, college football and athletics

  By Richard Walker After a year off, Carolina Panthers Fan Fest returned on Friday night at 7 p.m. as the team got to show off its new players and the new field turf at Bank of America Stadium. More than 20,000 fans attended to make it the largest crowd at the stadium since the […]

8-3-21 roundup: High school athletics, Legion softball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker East Lincoln and Crest are among the Wells Fargo Conference Cup award winners for conferences with Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties. The Wells Fargo Conference Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the N.C. High School Athletic Association, is a companion to the statewide Wells Fargo Cup. The Conference Cup is […]

7-21-21 roundup: College football, Legion baseball, High school football, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker After going 2-4 last season with nine games postponed and/or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte 49ers coach Will Healy and his players are eager for the 2021 season. “It’s exciting to talking about football again,” Healy said during Wednesday’s Ryan’s Conference USA Kickoff zoom news conference. “I know my job […]

7-19-21 roundup: Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame, Legion baseball, College football, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker The Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members on Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. during its 14th annual ceremony at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2021 event tickets are available for $20 apiece at Moose’s Pharmacy and […]

7-16-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College football, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 will get a chance to increase its record for N.C. Area IV titles after finishing off a three-game sweep in the semifinals on Friday. Post 100 shutout Mint Hill 9-0 as starter and winner Noah Huss struck out five in six innings and Noah Ingle (three hits, […]

North Carolina to the NFL Part 5: Which colleges have benefitted the most from N.C. high school products who eventually played in the NFL?

  North Carolina to the NFL (This is the fifth in a series on the North Carolina products who went on to play in the NFL. Here are the previous and upcoming stories:) Part 1: The first NFL player came in 1921 and he came from the state’s winningest high school program. Link: https://carolinassportshub.com/north-carolina-to-the-nfl-part-1-the-first-nfl-player-came-in-1921-and-he-came-from-the-states-winningest-high-school-program/ Part […]

6-8-21 roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Lincoln Charter ended Cherryville’s season-opening 12-game winning streak as well as clinching at least a share of the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference baseball title on Tuesday night. The Eagles knocked off Cherryville 5-1 at Fraley Field. It gave Lincoln Charter a 12-1 overall record and 11-1 league record entering its Friday non-conference […]

6-7-21 roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Former East Lincoln High standout Alec Burleson was honored by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as its Minor League Player of the MOnth for May. A 2017 East Lincoln graduate, Burleson was a second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2020 draft after a standout three-year career at East Carolina. Burleson didn’t […]

Last original Charlotte 49ers football player dies at 93

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers athletic department announced Monday that the last player from the school’s first football team in 1946 had died. Charlotte’s Carroll York died peacefully on June 2 surrounded by his family. York played on the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina Owls football teams in 1946 and 1947. […]

Sunday’s roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Crest, East Lincoln, Mountain Island Charter and R-S Central have clinched at least a share of their respective league titles as the regular season comes to a close this week – and Cherryville and Lincoln Charter play a huge matchup that’ll decide the area’s other league title. Crest (11-0, 11-0) will take […]

Saturday’s roundup: Legion baseball, Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Golf

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 opened its 2021 season in dramatic fashion. Post 100, whose 2020 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, played its first game since the 2019 state tournament at home Saturday night in a non-division matchup with Rock Hill, S.C. And Cherryville scored all of its run […]

Friday’s roundup: Prep baseball and softball, College baseball and softball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Crest High School kept its unbeaten season alive with a dramatic 5-4 win at North Gaston on Friday night. The Chargers, who haven’t lost a conference game or regular season game since 2018, scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning before surviving a late North Gaston rally to wrap […]

Thursday’s roundup: Prep wrestling and baseball, College basketball, baseball and softball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker North Gaston took its second straight Big South 3A Conference wrestling title in Wednesday’s league championships held at Kings Mountain High’s Parker Gymnasium. The Wildcats racked up 187 team points to outdistance second-place Cramer’s 121 points. Rounding out the team standings were Crest (98), Forestview (96), Kings Mountain (80 1-2), Huss (76) […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball and softball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker After a slow start, the Gastonia Honey Hunters are one of the hottest teams in pro baseball. The first-year Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team evened its record at 3-3 on Wednesday with a 7-3 victory over the York Revolution to extend its winning streak to three games. Gastonia started 0-3 before […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker In only its second season of high school baseball, Rock Hill’s Legion Collegiate Academy is in the South Carolina High School League state championship series this week. Coached by former Lincoln Charter and Clover High coach Devon Lowery, the Lancers are 21-7 overall after going 13-1 to win the Class 2A League […]

Monday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Eight Carolinas teams and six local products will be participating this weekend in the NCAA college baseball championships after the 64-team field was announced on Monday. East Carolina, which won the American Athletic Conference regular season title, is the only top-seeded Carolinas team and the Pirates also have three local products who […]

Friday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker A pair of North Carolina schools that haven’t won an ACC tournament in years and a pair of teams with titles within the last 10 years square off today in the ACC baseball semifinals. Duke, which has never won an ACC tournament and hasn’t won an ACC baseball title since 1961, meets […]

Thursday’s roundup: College baseball and basketball, Prep baseball and track, Pro baseball and hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Three teams punched their tickets to Saturday’s ACC baseball tournament semifinals with wins on Thursday as Duke, Georgia Tech and N.C. State were victorious in back-to-back-to-back nail-biting finishes. Duke edged Miami, Fla., 3-2 in Thursday’s opener to wrap up the Pool D championship, then Georgia Tech edged Louisville 9-8 in 12 innings […]

Wednesday’s roundup: Prep baseball and track, College baseball and football, Pro hockey, Legion baseball, Golf

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain’s boys and Cramer’s girls claimed the team titles at the two-day Big South Conference track on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cramer track. Kings Mountain racked up 228 team points in the boys race, to finish ahead of Forestview (133). Cramer (118), Ashbrook (39), Crest (36), Huss (30) and North […]

Tuesday’s roundup: Prep baseball, College baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Local favorite North Carolina was eliminated from championship contention on Tuesday night in the first day of the ACC baseball tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Pitt (23-19), which entered the tournament on a seven-game losing streak, disappointed a partisan crowd of 3,235 as Ron Washington Jr.’s two-run home run in the eighth […]

Monday’s roundup: College baseball and softball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker A former East Lincoln High standout is headed to the NCAA softball super regionals. Kylie Thress, a 2020 East Lincoln graduate, scored one run in each of James Madison’s three wins as a pinch-runner in the Knoxville regional last weekend as the Dukes improved to 37-31 on the season by increasing their […]

Sunday’s roundup: College baseball, Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey

By Richard Walker The pool play schedule has been set for this week’s ACC baseball tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Atlantic Division champion Notre Dame and Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech are the top-seeded teams in the tournament that will be completed next weekend with a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine a champion. The pool […]

Saturday’s roundup: College baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker Pool play has been set for this week’s ACC baseball tournament at Charlotte’s Truist Field. Atlantic Division champion Notre Dame and Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech are the top-seeded teams in the tournament that will be completed next weekend with a four-team, single-elimination bracket to determine a champion. The pools, where each […]

Friday’s roundup: Legion baseball, Prep baseball, Pro hockey, College baseball

By Richard Walker When the American Legion World Series makes its return to Shelby after being cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Veterans Field and Keeter Stadium will be allowed full capacity. This comes after N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s May 14 announcement that most restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 […]

Charlotte 49ers baseball history features eight conference championship years and five NCAA tournament appearances

By Richard Walker UNC Charlotte was more than a century old before it added a baseball program. But the 49ers, who moved to an on-campus stadium shortly after their birth in 1979, quickly became a championship-winner that produced professional baseball talent under four head coaches – and new coach Robert Woodard certainly hopes to add […]

Saturday’s roundup: Pro football, College baseball, football and soccer, High school football, soccer and softball

By Richard Walker Despite being the high-rated player in the estimation of ESPN’s NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper for much of the late stages of the 2021 NFL Draft, former East Lincoln and Lincolnton star Sage Surratt wasn’t selected. No matter. Surratt, a wide receiver from Wake Forest, signed a free agent deal to play […]