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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 […]

Hornets Media Day: Playoffs clearly the goal for eager, excited Hornets

By Richard Walker Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier said on Monday what most of his team’s fans think entering the 2021-22 season. Asked about the team’s goals for the upcoming season, Rozier said: “You’ve got to make the playoffs.” Rozier later added that if his team did not make the postseason, this season would be […]

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Hornets release 2021-22 schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

8-4-21 roundup: Pro basketball and baseball, Legion softball

By Richard Walker Gastonia’s current three NBA products have had big summers. Former player and longtime coach Darrell Armstrong will remain with the Dallas Mavericks after new head coach Jason Kidd kept him on his new staff. Former Ashbrook, Forestview and Huss student Hassan Whiteside will be joining his fourth NBA team in four years […]

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 […]

8-2-21 roundup: Legion baseball and softball, College athletics, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker After a year off due to the coronavirus, American Legion baseball begins national playoff competition on Wednesday with start of regional play among 64 teams in eight regions across the country. Those 64 teams came out of 3,045 teams that registered to play this season. All state champions will participate along with […]

8-1-21 roundup: Legion baseball and softball, High school football, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Fuquay-Varina scored early, survived a rain delay, then held off Wilmington 8-6 to take its first N.C. American Legion state tournament championship on Sunday afternoon at Fraley Field in Cherryville. Post 116 scored once in the bottom of the first, then scored four times after a 20-minute rain delay in the second […]

Hornets 2021 NBA Draft: Team adds 5 players, including highly-rated UConn guard and Texas center and acquires former Duke standout

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets entered the offseason knowing two centers and two shooting guards were potential free agent departures. On Thursday, the team found replacements at both positions. A pre-draft trade with Detroit brought in former Duke center Mason Plumlee from the Detroit Pistons and the No. 37 overall pick in the draft. […]

7-28-21 roundup: Legion baseball, High school basketball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker The top seeds won all four games on the opening day of the N.C. American Legion baseball state tournament at Cherryville’s Fraley Field. Area III champion Rowan County scored in the fifth inning and held on to beat Port City 3-2 in the opening game. The No. 1 Area II seed Wilmington […]

7-27-21 roundup: Legion baseball, College football and baseball, Olympics, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Perennial North Carolina American Legion baseball powers will descend on Cherryville’s Fraley Field this week for the 21st state championship tournament. All-time N.C. state championship winner, state tournament participant and area champion Wilmington (12-0) is one of two unbeaten teams in the eight-team field. Wilmington 10 has won 12 state titles, 13 […]

Hornets 2021 NBA Draft: Kupchak seeks “best available player,” talks free agency, summer league and increased expectations

By Richard Walker After a near-breakthrough 2020-21 season that ended with a disappointing NBA play-in tournament loss at the Indiana Pacers, the Charlotte Hornets are looking to improve their roster through Thursday’s 2021 NBA Draft and upcoming free agent pursuits. Mitch Kupchak, Hornets president of basketball operations and general manager, met with media via zoom […]

7-25-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville Post 100’s Junior American Legion program will go after its first state championship on Monday at 2 p.m. Coach Stan Haynes’ team knocked off Carson 10-4 on Sunday in the semifinals to advance into the state title game against Area IV rival Matthews. Carson entered the game 3-0 in pool play […]

7-23-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post has another North Carolina Area IV championship. Post 100 defeated Rutherford County 10-0 in six innings at Cherryville’s Fraley Field to sweep the best-of-three area final. It gives Post 100 its 19th Area IV title – a record – and sends Cherryville into next week’s state tournament with […]

7-22-21 roundup: Legion baseball, High school football and baseball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Off for six days after sweeping its first six North Carolina Area IV playoff games, some wondered if the time away would make Cherryville American Legion Post 100 rusty. Not a chance. Cherryville rolled to a 15-0 victory over Rutherford County by the five-inning, 10-run mercy rule to move within one victory […]

7-18-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker There’s a familiarity between Cherryville Post 100 and Rutherford County Post 423 when it comes to American Legion baseball as the two teams prepare to meet for the N.C. Area IV championship. After all, they’ve played in the same division every year since 2006. Additionally, Post 100 head coach Bobby Reynolds coached […]

7-17-21 roundup: Pro basketball, Legion baseball, Pro baseball

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets continued pre-NBA Draft workouts on Saturday with six more prospects, including former Belmont Abbey standout Romeao Ferguson. The Hornets, who have had seven workouts with 43 different prospects, also worked out Derrick Alston, Jr., of Boise State, Ian Dubose of Wake Forest, Ariel Hukporti of Nevezis (Lithuania), Carlik Jones […]

7-15-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five N.C. Area IV semifinal series on Thursday at Fraley Field against Mint Hill Post 555 by making a mid-game comback. Trailing 5-3 after 4 1-2 innings, Cherryville scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to propel Post 100 […]

7-14-21 roundup: Legion baseball and softball, Pro football and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 started its N.C. Area IV semifinal series in impressive fashion with a 10-2 win over Mint Hill Post 555 at Independence High School. Cherryville (15-5) got six-hit, one-run, four-strikeout pitching from starter and winner Zach Wilson and Zane Brockman had two of Post 100’s 11 hits. Game […]

7-10-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Little League baseball, Pro basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Cherryville American Legion Post 100 moved within one victory of the North Carolina Area IV semifinals after shutting out Lincoln County 3-0 on Saturday night at The Corral at East Lincoln High School. Zane Brockman pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and helped himself at the plate with two hits as Cherryville […]

7-7-21 roundup: Legion baseball, High school track, Pro baseball and basketball

By Richard Walker A Wednesday rainstorm turned the Gaston Braves N.C. Area IV American Legion baseball playoff game into a Thursday morning series-clincher at M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls. In a game that didn’t finish until 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, the Braves won 9-8 to take their best-of-five series three games to one over […]

7-6-21 roundup: Legion baseball, Pro baseball, basketball and soccer

By Richard Walker The Charlotte FC Major League Soccer expansion team now has its first coach, according to The Athletic and Associated Press. The franchise, which begins play in 2022, will hire 36-year-old Miguel Angel Ramirez. Ramirez will join Charlotte FC after coaching the Brazilian club Porto Alegre International to an 11-7-4 record to start […]

7-3-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker The Gastonia Honey Hunters fell to 13-18 on the season following Saturday’s 12-4 loss to the High Point Rockers at Gastonia’s Caromont Health Park. Joshua Sale led Gastonia with two hits. The Honey Hunters play the ninth game of their current 10-game homestand on Sunday at 4:50 p.m. against High Point.   […]

7-3-21 roundup: Pro baseball, Legion baseball, Pro basketball

By Richard Walker Blake Lalli, Gardner-Webb University’s first major league baseball player, is making a name for himself as a minor league manager. Lalli got another honor on Thursday when he was named the National League team’s bench coach for the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 11 at 3 p.m. ET on the […]

Hornets’ LaMelo Ball joins select company in franchise and NBA history

By Richard Walker Charlotte Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball joined select company on Wednesday night – both in team franchise history and NBA history. The NBA announced that Ball was the runaway in media voting for the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Ball received 84 of of 99 […]

Hornets 2020-21 season wrapup – What’s next for team after season filled with improvement, injuries, highs and lows

By Richard Walker Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego knows there’s pain and disappointment over the way his team’s 2020-21 season ended. After all, after climbing as high as fourth place in the Eastern Conference in early April, Charlotte ended the regular season with a season-long five-game losing streak that dropped the team to 10th place. […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Tuesday’s road playoff game vs. Indiana Pacers

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Tuesday’s 144-117 Hornets’ road loss to the Indiana Pacers that eliminated Charlotte from the NBA play-in tournament: … Perhaps veteran Hornets center Cody Zeller summed up the disappointment he and his Charlotte teammates felt after losing Tuesday in a game Indiana never trailed and led by as many […]

One and done? 10th-seeded Hornets need Tuesday victory to extend their postseason stay

By Richard Walker The good news for the Charlotte Hornets is that Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. Eastern Conference play-in game at Indiana Pacers is a new season. The bad news is the Hornets are the last team in the four-team Eastern Conference play-in tournament so they’ll have to win two games to advance into the 16-team […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Sunday’s road game vs. Washington Wizards

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Sunday’s 115-110 Hornets’ road loss to the Washington Wizards that ended Charlotte’s regular season with a 33-39 record: … As painful losses go, this has to rank right at the top in franchise history. With back-to-back days having the chance to wrap up the No. 8 seed in […]

Hornets playoffs: Part 10 – Franchise snaps long postseason losing streak with 2016 postseason play

This is the 10th in a series on Charlotte’s previous NBA playoff seasons. Here’s a look at other stories in the 10-part series: Part 1 – The Hive Is Alive as the Hornets win their first postseason series in 1993. Link: https://carolinassportshub.com/hornets-playoffs-part-1-the-hive-is-alive-as-the-hornets-win-their-first-postseason-series-in-1993/ Part 2 – Homecourt no advantage against Michael Jordan’s late-season return in 1995. […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Saturday’s road game vs. New York Knicks

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Saturday’s 118-109 Hornets’ overtime road loss to the New York Knicks that dropped Charlotte to 33-38 overall: … It comes to Sunday’s regular season finale at Washington. Charlotte will again be in a situation where a win ensures the No. 8 playoff seed and a Tuesday play-in game […]

NBA play-in schedule announced: Hornets would play on Tuesday and possibly Thursday

By Richard Walker The Charlotte Hornets will open their NBA play-in tournament on Tuesday, the league announced Friday evening. They hope they are playing at the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics. Charlotte (33-37) enters the weekend in eighth place. If the Hornets can keep the No. 8 seed they will have the chance to beat Boston and […]

Hornets playoffs: Part 9 – First-year head coach, offseason free agent acquisition lead to playoffs in 2014

This is the ninth in a series on Charlotte’s previous NBA playoff seasons. Here’s a look at other stories in the 10-part series: Part 1 – The Hive Is Alive as the Hornets win their first postseason series in 1993. Link: https://carolinassportshub.com/hornets-playoffs-part-1-the-hive-is-alive-as-the-hornets-win-their-first-postseason-series-in-1993/ Part 2 – Homecourt no advantage against Michael Jordan’s late-season return in 1995. […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Thursday’s home game vs. Los Angeles Clippers

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Thursday’s 113-90 Hornets’ home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that dropped Charlotte to 33-37 overall: … The Hornets have lost three straight games yet remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte is tied with the Indiana Pacers but hold the series tie-breaker with a 2-1 […]

Hornets playoffs: Part 8 – Early season trade sparks expansion franchise into playoffs in 2010

This is the eighth in a series on Charlotte’s previous NBA playoff seasons. Here’s a look at other stories in the 10-part series: Part 1 – The Hive Is Alive as the Hornets win their first postseason series in 1993. Link: https://carolinassportshub.com/hornets-playoffs-part-1-the-hive-is-alive-as-the-hornets-win-their-first-postseason-series-in-1993/ Part 2 – Homecourt no advantage against Michael Jordan’s late-season return in 1995. […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Tuesday’s home game vs. Denver Nuggets

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Tuesday’s 117-112 Hornets’ home loss to the Denver Nuggets that dropped Charlotte to 33-36 overall: … Despite the loss, Charlotte wrapped up a spot in next week’s NBA play-in tournament with the Chicago Bulls’ home loss to the Brooklyn Nets later in the evening. But there were no […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Sunday’s home game vs. New Orleans Pelicans

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Sunday’s 112-110 Hornets’ home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans that dropped Charlotte to 33-35 overall: … Statistical oddities abounded in the Hornets’ loss that defied the many trends of the season. Charlotte lost after leading entering the fourth quarter for only the second time this season and […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Friday’s home game vs. Orlando Magic

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Friday’s 122-112 Hornets’ home win over the Orlando Magic that improved Charlotte to 33-34 overall: … After struggling in Thursday’s 120-99 home loss to the Chicago Bulls, rookie LaMelo Ball rebounded with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Hornets cut their magic number to clinch […]

Hornets playoffs: Part 7 – Lame duck Hornets again advance to conference semifinals in 2002

This is the seventh in a series on Charlotte’s previous NBA playoff seasons. Here’s a look at other stories in the 10-part series: Part 1 – The Hive Is Alive as the Hornets win their first postseason series in 1993. Link: https://carolinassportshub.com/hornets-playoffs-part-1-the-hive-is-alive-as-the-hornets-win-their-first-postseason-series-in-1993/ Part 2 – Homecourt no advantage against Michael Jordan’s late-season return in 1995. […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Thursday’s home game vs. Chicago Bulls

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Thursday’s 120-99 Hornets’ home loss to the Chicago Bulls that dropped Charlotte to 32-34 overall: … The Bulls may be 27-39 and likely out of postseason play but they have dominated the Hornets in all three matchups, leading wire-to-wire in two of their three wins and for all […]

Hornets playoffs: Part 6 – Headband fever sparks longest playoff run in season of off-court turmoil in 2001

This is the sixth in a series on Charlotte’s previous NBA playoff seasons. Here’s a look at other stories in the 10-part series: Part 1 – The Hive Is Alive as the Hornets win their first postseason series in 1993. Link: https://carolinassportshub.com/hornets-playoffs-part-1-the-hive-is-alive-as-the-hornets-win-their-first-postseason-series-in-1993/ Part 2 – Homecourt no advantage against Michael Jordan’s late-season return in 1995. […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Tuesday’s road game vs. Detroit Pistons

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Tuesday’s 102-99 Hornets’ road win over the Detroit Pistons that improved Charlotte to 32-33 overall: … With the 21st starting lineup of the season and without five players who combined to play 268 games (170 starts), the Hornets got some unexpected contributions from Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Sunday’s home game vs. Miami Heat

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Sunday’s 121-111 Hornets’ home loss to the Miami Heat that dropped Charlotte to 31-33 overall: … With a chance to sweep Miami for the first time since the 2001-02 season, Charlotte didn’t match the Heat’s playoff-type intensity or physical play and were down 118-94 with 5:42 to play […]

Charlotte Hornets wrapup: Saturday’s home game vs. Detroit Pistons

By Richard Walker Notes and observations from Saturday’s 107-94 Hornets’ home win over the Detroit Pistons that improved Charlotte to 31-32 overall: … It didn’t take long for LaMelo Ball to make the kind impact he had made earlier this season for the Hornets as the rookie had seven points, five rebounds and five assists […]