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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

8-13-21 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 […]

8-11-21 roundup: Middle school football, Legion baseball, Pro basketball, football and baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the Gaston County Conference football schedule and altered the Tri-County Conference football schedule, both leagues will run full slates for the 2021 season. In Gaston County, it’ll mark the first action since the 2019 season. And in Cleveland and Lincoln counties, the teams will play a full […]

8-10-21 roundup: Pro basketball and baseball, Legion baseball, High school football, College athletics

By Richard Walker During Tuesday’s offseason media session, Charlotte Hornets president and general manager Mitch Kupchak said his team had finished its offseason roster decisions, had high hopes for the upcoming season and felt the contract extension the team gave head coach James Borrego indicated he would be able to meet those expectations. Charlotte added […]

8-9-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and baseball, College athletics

By Richard Walker The schedule has been set for the 2021 American Legion World Series that returns for the 10th straight time and 11th time overall to Shelby’s Keeter Stadium at Veterans Field. Defending champion Idaho Falls, Id., and runner-up Fargo, N.D., are two of the six teams who will comprise the eight-team field. Midland […]

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

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets lost their 2021 Las Vegas Summer League basketball opener on Sunday night. The Portland Trail Blazers led most of the way in a 93-86 victory. Antonio Blakeney’s 27 points off the bench led Portland. For Charlotte, rookie James Bouknight had a team-high 19 points and LiAngelo Ball had 16 […]

8-7-21 roundup: Pro basketball and baseball, college athletics

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets’ busy summer continued Saturday with three more transactions and an ESPN report that the team and head coach James Borrego are finalizing a multi-year contract extension. Borrego has one year left on the three-year, $6 million contract he signed with the Hornets in May 2018. He’s guided Charlotte to […]

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 […]

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

By Richard Walker Gaston College will return to athletic competition this fall for the first time since 1975. The school is holding a Block Party from 3-8 p.m. on Aug. 19 to unveil the school’s new nickname, logo and colors. Gaston College was nicknamed the Rebels from 1965 to 1969 and the Warriors from 1969 […]

NBA’s top talent producer? Gastonia’s Leonard Hamilton and Florida State have a strong case

By Richard Walker When you think of Florida State athletics, most think of the school’s football and baseball programs. Gastonia native Leonard Hamilton certainly supports the Seminoles’ football and baseball teams, but his basketball program is becoming one of the biggest pro basketball talent producers in all of college basketball. Since arriving at Florida State […]

6-17-21 roundup: Prep baseball, College athletics, Pro football, College baseball and Pro baseball

By Richard Walker East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter and Mountain Island Charter stayed alive on Thursday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs. East Lincoln routed Thomasville Ledford 11-1 in five innings in Class 2A. And in Class 1A, Mountain Island Charter won 12-9 at top-seeded Hayesville and Lincoln Charter knocked off North Moore […]

Saturday’s roundup: College football and baseball, High school football playoff results/pairings and high school golf

By Richard Walker Gardner-Webb’s abbreviated 2021 winter/spring football season came to a close on Saturday in a 20-7 Big South Conference loss at Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs ended the season with a 2-2 overall record and 0-2 Big South Conference mark with two games cancelled due to COVID protocols. In Saturday’s finale, Gardner-Webb drove inside […]

SAVING GRACE: Florida State, Syracuese come to ACC’s rescue in year of NCAA tournament struggles

By Richard Walker An annual rite of passage for many Carolinas sports reporters is to see and hear about the unparalleled tradition ACC basketball tradition every October when the league hosts its annual Operation Basketball kickoff event in Charlotte. Certainly the ACC has much to brag about as five current members and one former member […]

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Who made it, some local connections and pre-tournament picks

By Richard Walker Local products area helping two local teams into this week’s NCAA tournament along with three coaches who either grew up locally or coached local teams. Also, five Carolinas colleges and universities, seven ACC teams, a team coached by a former Charlotte Hornets assistant coach and a team with the future Gaston College […]

North Carolina’s Junior College basketball history: Part 4 – The all-time great coaches and players of Region X and the two recent national championship teams

North Carolina and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X area that also includes schools from South Carolina and Virginia has a rich basketball history that dates to the 1920s. We’re doing a four-part series on that history. Part 1: The early years from 1929 to the 1950s when Belmont Abbey was one of […]

North Carolina’s Junior College basketball history: Part 3 – Gaston College builds program quickly, successfully before dropping sport in 1972

North Carolina and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X area that also includes schools from South Carolina and Virginia has a rich basketball history that dates to the 1920s. We’re doing a four-part series on that history. Part 1: The early years from 1929 to the 1950s when Belmont Abbey was one of […]

Gaston College announces its first athletic hires, including a former Duke All-American as athletic director

By Richard Walker Gene Banks, a former Duke All-American and NBA player will lead Gaston College’s athletic program as it prepare to restart for the first time since 1975, the school announced on Thursday. Banks was hired along with associate athletic director-head basketball coach Dickey Nutt, head baseball coach Shohn Doty and director of athletic […]

North Carolina’s Junior College basketball past: The first of a 4-part series starts with Belmont Abbey’s early dominance

North Carolina and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X area that also includes schools from South Carolina and Virginia has a rich basketball history that dates to the 1920s. We’re doing a four-part series on that history: Part 1: The early years from 1929 to the 1950s when Belmont Abbey was one of […]

As 2021 begins, we look at Gaston College’s athletic restart – and its athletic past

By Richard Walker As 2021 begins, Gaston College is preparing to go back “Back to the Future.” The Gaston College Board of Trustees voted on Nov. 24, 2020 to launch a college athletics program that will offer men’s baseball and basketball, women’s beach volleyball and softball and Esports. The school estimates 96 athletes – 52 […]