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5-7-24 roundup: Pro golf, hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Thirty-two area teams began the week with the dream of a state high school baseball or softball title. After Tuesday’s games, 15 teams remain alive in that pursuit. Here are the baseball pairings and results with seedings listed first: -NCHSAA 1A (Tuesday, May 7 1st round) 17 Highland Tech at 16 East […]

5-6-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Thirty-two area baseball and softball teams are in the state playoffs that begin on Tuesday. There are 16 N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball teams, 2 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association baseball teams, 13 NCHSAA softball teams and 1 NCISAA softball team. Here are the baseball pairings with seedings listed: -NCHSAA 1A […]

5-5-24 roundup: Pro golf, basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker This week the PGA tour returns to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The FedEx event will officially begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday. The field is headlined by Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay and many more. And the 21st event on the 2024 PGA Tour […]

5-4-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A baseball team chasing county history and a softball team that ended the area’s longest league winning streak headline the area’s end of the regular season with an eye on the upcoming state playoffs. In all, South Point (Big South 3A), Burns (Southern Piedmont 1A/2A), Lincoln Charter (Catawba Shores 1A/2A) and Piedmont […]

5-3-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball, softball and track, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Kings Mountain High School became the 8th school to win the boys and girls Big South 3A Conference title in the same season when they recorded a title sweep on their track on Tuesday. The Mountaineers joined Ashbrook (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2016), Forestview (2011, 2014 and 2018) as programs to win […]

5-2-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Belmont increased its winning streak to 52 games with its 4-0 victory over Holbrook for the 2024 Gaston County Conference middle school girls soccer championship on Thursday. Leah Stone scored 2 goals and Alice Bass and Kate Hux scored 1 goal apiece for the Wildcats. Belmont, coached by Stephanie Daniel, hasn’t lost […]

5-1-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Stanley pulled the upset on Wednesday in the 2024 Gaston County Conference Middle School baseball title game with a 7-3 victory at previously unbeaten Belmont. The Blue Devils (11-1), coached by Tyler Radford, won their 4th county title by avenging their lone loss of the season – 12-11 at home against Belmont […]

4-30-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Top-seeded Belmont will host both the baseball and girls soccer Gaston County Conference middle school championship games while Bessemer City High School is the site of the boys and girls track championships. Belmont (11-0) hosts Stanley (10-1) for the baseball title game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a rematch of the […]

4-29-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The top seeds won in baseball while there was one upset in girls soccer in Monday’s Gaston County Conference semifinal playoff action. In baseball, top-seeded Belmont defeated Cramerton 12-0 and No. 2-seeded Stanley defeated defending county champion Chavis 11-2. For Belmont, Brayden Kelly fired a 1-hitter with 4 strikeouts and Kelly (3 […]

4-28-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A historic season continues for Burns High’s baseball program as it prepares to play in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament this week. The Bulldogs, who are defending N.C. 2A champions, will take a 23-0 record into conference tournament play seeking to enter the state playoffs as the 5th team in Cleveland […]

4-27-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball, softball and tennis, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Baseball Club started the city’s 4th year in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball earlier this week. A new ownership group has taken over for the previous ownership group who nicknamed the club Honey Hunters but were driven out of town by city and league officials are countless unpaid bills […]

4-23-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston College president Dr. John Hauser has announced the hiring of a new head basketball coach who will bring more than 30 years of college coaching experience to the Rhinos’ program. Benny Moss, 54, comes to Gaston College after 13 seasons at Coastal Carolina, including much of last season as the Chanticleers’ […]

4-19-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Arguably the country’s biggest college baseball series this weekend will take place at Gastonia’s Sims Legion Park when Gaston College hosts Florence-Darlington Tech with the Region 10 Division I regular season title at stake. The host Rhinos (44-5, 17-3) are ranked No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I […]

4-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five local products took postseason honors from their respective teams as we wrap up the 2023-24 college basketball season for local players and coaches from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties. Women’s players Maraja Pass of Elon and Zaria Clark of UNC Pembroke picked up honors as did men’s players McCaskill Rivers of […]

4-11-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College baseball and softball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With the professional baseball season getting underway recently, four former area products are playing in the major leagues and eight are in the minor leagues. The major leaguers are St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Alec Burleson, Oakland Athletics’ pitcher Mason Miller, Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Emilio Pagan and Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Jeffrey Springs. […]

3-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school baseball and softball, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Ever since Gaston College restarted its athletics program in the fall of 2021, it has enjoyed success in all five sports. On Monday, the Rhinos’ baseball program was ranked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association official poll for the first time. “I think our kids deserve it,” said Gaston […]

3-15-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Cleveland Community College recently completed an extraordinary 1st season of basketball since the 1970s. The Yetis, in their 4th year of athletics since restarting their program in 2020, finished 16-14 overall, 15-7 and in 2nd place of Region 10 Division II and had one of its players named the league’s top player. […]

3-14-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker After a history-making regular season, the Charlotte 49ers will begin their first American Athletic Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. The 49ers (19-11 overall, 13-5 AAC) tied a school record for league victories 1st set in 1997-98 and Charlotte finished in the top 3 of its conference regular season standings for […]

3-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker One of the winningest coaches in Gardner-Webb athletic history is moving on to another job. Tim Craft, the school’s 4th-winningest senior college men’s basketball coach, resigned his position at the school on Wednesday in order to take the men’s basketball head coaching job at Western Carolina University. Western Carolina was looking to […]

3-12-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school baseball and soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Several area basketball players were named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) all-district teams, highlighted by Kings Mountain’s Bradley Floyd being named district player of the year. Here are the boys and girls honorees for District 10, which includes players from Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties: (Boys) […]

3-11-24 roundup: Hall of Fame, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball and baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The 2023-24 Gaston County Conference middle school athletic comes to a close with four spring sports seasons beginning soon. Baseball and girls soccer begin on March 14 with baseball concluding with a May 1 title game and girls soccer on May 2. And boys and girls track starts on March 20 with […]

3-10-24 roundup: Hall of Fame, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker When Gastonia’s Sean Boyd was in junior high, he remembers being among the throng of 10,000 fans at the Ashbrook High School Stadium when the Green Wave completed an unbeaten regular season with a 14-6 season-ending win over crosstown rival Hunter Huss in 1986. The electricity of the crowd made an impression […]

3-9-24 roundup: Pro basketball, football and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former South Point High standout Nick Muse will be returning to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings announced the re-signing earlier this week. A 2017 South Point High graduate, Muse was a 7th round draft pick in 2022 who spent his rookie season playing 10 games on special teams and played in 2 […]

3-6-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Gaston County Conference history was set Wednesday as Holbrook Middle School set a new record for consecutive victories while also winning its 3rd straight girls basketball title. The Lions finished as 12-0 county champions for 3rd straight year while also winning their 37th consecutive game when they defeated Belmont 36-19 at the […]

3-5-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the 5th time in school history, Grier finished a perfect 12-0 season with a Gaston County Conference middle school boys basketball title. The Knights accomplished that feat on Tuesday for the 2024 season with a 51-37 victory over Belmont. Coach Alec Hudson’s team was led by Christian Bailey (18 points, 11 […]

3-4-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Grier seeks its first unbeaten season since 2017 and Belmont seeks its 2nd title in 3 seasons when the 2024 Gaston County Middle School boys basketball title game is held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Gastonia’s Ashbrook High School. Grier (11-0), in the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 years, has […]

3-3-24 roundup: Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Trace Barnette always had a passion for sports. Attending North Gaston in the mid 1970’s, he excelled in football, baseball and basketball in addition to his favorite sport of all – track and field. Graduating high school in 1978 – and with the help of his mentor Zip Stowe – Barnette was […]

3-2-24 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker N.C. American Legion Area IV baseball will have a new league setup for the 2024 season. For the first time since 1979, there will be one division with all teams as 11 teams will compete for the 2024 title -Asheville Post 70, Burke County Post 21, Caldwell County Post 29, Cherryville Post […]

3-1-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, football, baseball and softball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seven high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties survived to the 3rd round with Friday night victories in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. The boys teams from Crest, Mountain Island Charter, Piedmont Community Charter and Shelby and the girls teams from Cramer, East Lincoln and Lincoln Charter. […]

2-29-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and football, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets have found their next top basketball executive. The Brooklyn Nets’ 35-year-old assistant general manager Jeff Peterson, according to multiple media reports on Thursday. Peterson will replace Mitch Kupchak, who will move into an advisory role after serving as the team’s president of basketball operations and general manager since 2018. […]

2-28-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball, baseball and golf, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Three area high schools extended existing opening round postseason winning streaks in Tuesday’s 2024 start to the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs. On a night where 10 of the 15 of the boys teams and 5 of the 14 girls teams who qualified moved on, Lincoln Charter’s boys and girls and […]

2-27-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker A veteran coach who served at York Chester Middle School for more than 30 years was recently honored with naming rights for the school’s legendary basketball court. Michele Radford was honored with the naming of the legendary court on Feb. 4 as the school’s gymnasium is now known as “Coach Radford Gym.” […]

2-26-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Twenty nine teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties begin their N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball state playoff journeys on Tuesday. East Lincoln’s girls (26-1) are the highest-seeded team at No. 3 in the Class 3A girls bracket. The Mustangs, the 2023 Western 3A runner-up, host Forestview (16-9). East Lincoln is […]

2-25-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Former Crest High standout Lawson Harrill is among 82 former Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln county high school products who are playing or coaching college baseball this spring. Harrill, a 2019 Crest High graduate, also was announced earlier this month as one of 55 players on the 2024 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award […]

2-24-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Twenty nine high school basketball teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties – 15 boys and 14 girls – were announced on Saturday as part of the N.C. High School Athletic Association postseason tournament field. The 2024 postseason begins on Tuesday with the second round on March 1, third round on March […]

2-23-24 roundup: Pro basketball and soccer, College basketball, High school basketball and baseball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Before this season, most basketball fans knew Chris Duhon as a former Duke national championship player and a 10-year NBA player. On Saturday at 1 p.m. at Raleigh’s Ravenscroft High School, Duhon has a chance to add “state championship-winning high school basketball coach” to his credentials. That’s Duhon’s 1st year at Gaston […]

2-22-24 roundup: Pro basketball and baseball, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker With the player whose record he broke watching, East Gaston’s Trenton Sherrill became East Gaston’s all-time leading basketball scorer earlier this week. Already the school’s all-time career passing leader in football, Sherrill passed 1980s star Shane Trull to set the school record. Entering Friday’s 7 p.m. Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference tournament title […]

2-21-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker College baseball has been underway in the area for nearly a month in the 2024 season – and two local coaches have recently surpassed career coaching milestones. Gaston College’s Shohn Doty and Belmont Abbey’s Chris Anderson won their 100th and 300th victories, respectively, in the last two weekends. One of the first […]

2-20-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker For the third time since the Tri-County Middle School Conference began holding basketball championship games in 2008, a school has claimed both the boys and girls titles. Kings Mountain’s boys team completed the sweep a 50-33 victory over Shelby to close out an unbeaten season 12-0 season. The Patriots’ girls started the […]

2-19-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Five new members will be added to the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame on April 8 at the Gastonia Conference Center when University of South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer will be the featured speaker. Preparing for his fourth year as University of South Carolina head football coach, the 37-year-old Shane […]

2-18-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker Seventeen area individuals were top finishers this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum in the N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling championships, including 4 state champions. The state champions were Lincolnton’s Geviaunta Walker (Class 2A 285-pound weight class), Cramer’s Bentley Sly (Class 3A 132-pound weight class), North Gaston’s James Weaver (Class 3A 150-pound […]

2-17-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

By Richard Walker High school basketball postseason play for N.C. High School Athletic Association school begins this week with conference tournaments all across the state. In Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties, the Big South 3A, Southern Piedmont 1A/2A, Western Foothills 3A, Catawba Valley 2A, Metro 8 1A and Catawba Shores 1A/2A conferences will be holding […]

2-16-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-15-24 roundup: Pro basketball and football, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-14-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball, Auto racing

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-13-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. (Feb. 12) Part 2: West […]

2-12-24 roundup: Pro basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts today. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. Part 2: West Lincoln has […]

2-11-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

NOTE: www.CarolinasSportsHub.com is doing a 5-part series on conference tournament history that starts on Monday. Here’s the schedule: Part 1: Invented in 1891, it took nearly 30 years for area high schools to field teams. Once all schools did, it took awhile for the current conference tournament schedule to be adopted. Part 2: West Lincoln […]

2-10-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker With 5 newcomers getting playing time, including 1 in the starting lineup, the Charlotte Hornets snapped their 10-game losing streak in a 115-106 home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Miles Bridges (25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and Brandon Miller (18 points, 6 rebounds) continued their solid play while 5 players the […]

2-9-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker One of the most talented all-around athletes in North Carolina’s rich athletic history added another career accolade on Thursday night when Julius Peppers became a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. The former two-sport standout at Southern Nash High School and the University of North Carolina and NFL 17-year veteran defensive […]

2-8-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College athletics and basketball, High school basketball and football, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Thursday as a news conference in Charlotte that Charlotte, Greensboro, Cary, Durham and Raleigh will play host to numerous future neutral site conference championships as approved by the league’s membership. Half of the conference’s 28 sponsored sports hosts were revealed, including the men’s and women’s basketball […]

2-7-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Gastonia finally knows the owners of its new Atlantic League of Professional Baseball team after Andy Kaufmann of Zawyer Sports & Entertainment announced the formation of the Gaston Baseball Club. Kaufmann inherits the ALPB ownership of the team formerly called Gastonia Honey Hunters after that ownership group was kicked out of the […]

2-6-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker This week as we prepare for Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, it’s possible there will be some chatter about an obscure Super Bowl hero who has strong Gaston College, Gastonia and area connections. He’s Percy Howard, a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver whose only NFL catch was a fourth quarter touchdown […]

2-5-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker New Carolina Panthers head coach Dave Canales said at his introductory news conference last Thursday that retaining defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero would be important to his rebuilding job. On Monday, Canales reportedly convinced Evero to remain on the coaching staff. It’s part of a coaching staff pursuit Canales has undergone since being […]

2-4-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker With two weeks left in the regular season, there’s not much intrigue to the boys and girls regular season races in the Big South 3A and Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conferences. Crest’s boys and Cramer’s girls in the Big South and Shelby’s boys and Thomas Jefferson’s girls all have two-game leads in the […]

2-3-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers rode the momentum of the school’s Halton Arena sellout crowd in 11 years to set a school record for consecutive conference wins in a 67-52 victory over East Carolina. The 49ers’ 8th straight American Athletic Conference victory improved them to 14-7 overall and 8-1 in league play. “Extremely proud […]

2-2-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte 49ers will look to extend their turnaround season on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it hosts in-state rival East Carolina at Halton Arena. Students are camping out Friday night into Saturday morning in anticipation for the game that could become the school’s first basketball sellout since Feb. 2, 2013 against […]

2-1-24 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, College basketball and baseball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker For the first time in Carolina Panthers history, they hired a new general manager and head coach in the same hiring cycle. On Thursday, the franchise introduced those new hires in general manager Dan Morgan and head coach Dave Canales. Former colleagues with the Seattle Seahawks, Morgan and Canales spoke about improving […]

1-31-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Five area teams are ranked in The Charlotte Observer/The News and Observer statewide N.C. high school basketball rankings. Boys teams from Ashbrook, Crest, Lincolnton and North Lincoln and the East Lincoln girls are ranked among the state’s top 10 teams in their respective classifications. In 3A boys, Crest is ranked No. 4, […]

1-30-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Two days before Dave Canales is to be officially introduced as Carolina Panthers’ head coach, he’s beginning to build his coaching staff. According to media reports on Tuesday, Canales will hire Brad Idzik as his offensive coordinator. Brad Idzik, 32, has previously worked with Canales for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay […]