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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 […]

1-29-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker When the Charlotte Hornets traded away Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat last week, it was taken as a signal the team would be a seller and not a buyer before the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline. And two other players are considered candidates to be traded away. The most attractive candidate […]

1-28-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker When the 2023-24 high school basketball season began, Cramer sophomore Oshauna Holland was considered one of the top prospects in the area. Through 18 games, she has justified those high expectations by averaging 26.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.8 steals and 5.3 assists while leading the Storm to a 14-4 overall record, a […]

1-27-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com has looked back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Today’s lookback is the final of the series. Week 21: Adam Vinitieri’s 41-yard field goal was the difference in a 32-29 New England Patriots Super Bowl […]

1-26-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker After a 2nd straight rally from a 20-point deficit on Tuesday night, the Charlotte 49ers are threatening to match a school record for their fastest start in league play as they continue American Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Tulane at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. In Charlotte 49ers’ school history, the current […]

1-25-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball, Legion baseball

By Richard Walker When the offseason began, the Carolina Panthers appeared determined to hire a talented offensive mind to lead their football team in 2024. On Thursday night, the team announced it was hiring Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales as the franchise’s 10th head coach as it enters its 30th season. Other previous […]

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

By Richard Walker For the 3rd straight year, Shelby and Cherryville will again be the sites of the June Classic American Legion baseball tournament. Here’s the schedule for the event that will draw teams this season from both Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee: Pool A: Shelby, Easley, S.C., Columbia, Tenn. Pool B: Cherryville, Wayne County, Evans, […]

1-23-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and wrestling, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Host North Gaston edged Kings Mountain in the hotly-contested Big South 3A wrestling championships last Saturday. The Wildcats finished a half-point ahead of the Mountaineers to take the team title. Here are the team scores: 1. North Gaston 172.5 2. Kings Mountain 172.0 3. Ashbrook 147.0 4. South Point 134.0 5. Cramer […]

1-22-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker Two of the area’s oldest rivalries resume on Tuesday in the Big South 3A Conference when Ashbrook visits Huss and Kings Mountain visits Crest. Ashbrook and Huss have been playing at least twice per year every season since 1964-65 in a series that’s currently tied at 68 wins apiece. Ashbrook dominated the […]

1-21-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball, Middle school basketball

By Richard Walker As the 2024 Gaston County Middle School Conference basketball season gets underway on Monday, a competitive race is projected by boys coaches while the Holbrook girls are picked to win a third straight title. Defending champion Southwest, Belmont, Holbrook and Grier are the favorites in a boys race where Southwest is the […]

1-20-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 20: Ricky Manning intercepts 3 passes and Dan Morgan 1 and Muhsin Muhammad and Deshaun Foster scored TDs as the Carolina Panthers whip the Philadelphia […]

1-19-24 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker With one of the worst records in the NBA and a continued spate of injuries that shows no sign of slowing, the Charlotte Hornets are expected to be active at this year’s Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline, according to several reports. The team, which is under a new ownership group led by […]

1-18-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Former Burns High standout Jay Guillermo was 1 of 2 assistants with local ties to join the football coaching staff and the Naval Academy. Guillermo, the grandson of former Burns High coaching legend Ron Greene, will coach the Midshipmen offensive line alongside former Lenoir-Rhyne player and coach Tommy Laurendine for new Navy […]

1-17-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Four area teams are ranked in The Charlotte Observer/The News and Observer statewide N.C. high school basketball rankings. Boys teams from Ashbrook, Crest and Lincolnton 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. 6 and Ashbrook […]

1-16-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers are still without a head coach and general manager. But the team now has 12 head coaching candidates and 10 general manager candidates as the organization’s offseason work continues. The team has hired the Sportsology advisory firm and last week began interviews for their vacancies. Already the Panthers have […]

1-15-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and football

By Richard Walker The N.C. High School Athletic Association just completed its 2023 season last month. But many teams are already working in preparation for the 2024 season. Here are the important dates for 2024: (First Scrimmage) Saturday, Aug. 10 (Regular season) Week 1 — Friday, Aug. 23 Week 2 — Friday, Aug. 30 Week […]

1-14-24 roundup: Pro football, basketball and hockey, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Last week was separation week in area high school basketball leagues. In Big South 3A boys, Crest’s 77-52 home win over Ashbrook last Wednesday helped the Chargers to 4-0 in league and 9-1 overall – and one game ahead of co-2nd place teams Ashbrook (3-1, 11-2) and Kings Mountain (3-1, 9-3). In Southern […]

1-13-24 roundup: Pro football, basketball and hockey, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 19: On the road at the St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf,” the Carolina Panthers won the 5th-longest game in NFL history 29-23 in […]

1-12-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker The highschoolot website has again picked an all-state high school football team for the 2023 season. One player, Jonathan Paylor of Cummings, becomes the 1st player to make the HSOT all-state team 4 straight seasons; Paylor was a 2nd team “athlete” as a freshman, 3rd team as a sophomore, 2nd team again […]

1-11-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker With the NFL regular season concluded and the playoffs getting underway this weekend, the area has 2 coaches still alive in postseason play with 4 players having their seasons conclude last weekend. Former Burns High standout Scottie Montgomery is a 1st-year assistant coach for the Detroit Lions, who won their first division […]

1-10-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker When the 2023-24 college football ended on Monday, it did so with an eye on the future – for players, coaches and teams. It’s because the college landscape has changed more in the last couple of seasons more than possibly even before due to the transfer portal, extraordinary conference realignment changes and […]

1-9-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker To call the Carolina Panthers’ 2023 season a disappointment would be a gross understatement. Not only did they finish 2-15 overall for the 2nd-worst record in its 29-year franchise history, but their owner David Tepper was fired $300,000 by the NFL for “unacceptable conduct” after he tossed the contents of a drink […]

1-8-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker All 7 area conferences will have league games this week as the high school basketball season kicks into high gear. And in the Big South 3A, there are huge matchups scheduled for Tuesday night as the only 2 remaining league unbeaten boys teams meet when Ashbrook hosts Crest and 2 of the […]

1-7-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker One week after a historic shutout loss at Jacksonville, the Carolina Panthers followed up with another on Sunday in a 9-0 shutout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers, with Baker Mayfield at quarterback, finished the regular season with a 9-8 record and with their 3rd straight NFC South Division title. […]

1-6-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 18: The Carolina Panthers avenge a regular season loss with a 29-10 rout of the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC opening round playoff game in […]

1-5-24 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and basketball, High school basketball and football

By Richard Walker With the Carolina Panthers doing a head coaching search for the 2nd year in a row and 3rd time in 5 years, SI.com is reporting that team owner David Tepper will hand Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson “a blank check.” Tepper is reportedly “looking to check 10 boxes” this time around, […]

1-4-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Chark, Jr. was awarded the 2023 Tom Berry Good Guy Award, which annually honors the Panthers player who was most helpful to the media. Chark becomes the 2nd 1st-year Panthers’ players – joining Teddy Bridgewater in 2020 – as the only players to win the award in […]

1-3-24 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker The 2024 Gaston County Conference middle school boys and girls basketball season gets underway with practice next Monday with regular season games slated to begin on Jan. 22. The 11-team league continues its regular season through Feb. 26 with the playoff scheduled for Feb. 29 through March 6. Southwest is the defending […]

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

By Richard Walker Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper was fined $300,000 on Tuesday for his actions during Sunday’s 26-0 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL announced the following: “The National Football League today fined Carolina Panthers’ chairman David Tepper $300,000 for his unacceptable conduct in Jacksonville during Sunday’s game. All NFL personnel are expected […]

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

By Richard Walker After 10 teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties won holiday tournament titles last week, the high school basketball season kicks into high gear as we move into the new year. Already, Big South 3A, Western Foothills 3A, Catawba Valley 2A, Metro 8 1A, Catawba Shores 1A/2A and Metrolina Athletic league games […]

12-31-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker After appearing to get some offensive momentum the previous week, the Carolina Panthers set all sorts of negative history in Sunday’s 26-0 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the team’s first shutout loss in 342 games, a streak that dated to November 2002. And it came on a day in which […]

12-30-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 17: Playing against his former team for the first time, Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox guides his team to a 37-24 road victory over […]

12-29-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker Eight area teams were crowned tournament champions on Friday night in high school basketball tournaments all across the region. At the inaugural Crest Christmas Classic, the host Chargers won both the boys and girls championships. At the East Lincoln Winter Jam, the host Mustangs won both the boys and girls titles. East […]

12-28-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker When Ben Cutter left East Lincoln, he was coming off a career in which he had 587 tackles highlighted by 201 last year while leading the Mustangs to a 16-0 record and N.C. 3A state championship. When he committed to West Virginia in June 2022, the 6-foot, 224-pound linebacker was 3-star recruit […]

12-27-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker North Carolina’s late season struggles continued as the short-handed Tar Heels lost 30-10 to West Virginia in front of 42,925 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. The Tar Heels, without 12 players due to early entry or injury including future NFL first-round quarterback Drake Maye, […]

12-26-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the 22nd installment of the Duke’s Mayo Bowl kicks off at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium when North Carolina meets West Virginia in a matchup of teams with 8-4 records and at least 1 area product on both teams. How the Tar Heels and Mountaineers finished their seasons […]

12-25-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker It’s hard to believe that what is now such a common holiday tradition wasn’t even a regular event until the 1970s. So this week when high school basketball tournaments dominate the area’s sports landscapes, keep in mind an area team isn’t even believed to have participated in a holiday tournament until 1955. […]

12-24-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker On a day where the Carolina scored its 1st touchdown in the opening half in 7 games, Bryce Young passed for a career-high and threw his 1st TD pass in 5 games, the Panthers suffered a heartbreaking 33-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Carolina (2-13) rallied from a 30-16 deficit to […]

12-23-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker Every week this season, www.CarolinasSportsHub.com will look back at the Carolina Panthers’ historic 2003 season that ended with the franchise’s first trip to the Super Bowl. Week 16: Carolina takes a comfortable 20-14 home victory over the Detroit Lions in a game in which a pair of fourth quarter non-offensive scores – […]