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3-28-24 roundup: Pro basketball, soccer and baseball, College basketball, football and baseball, High school baseball and football, Middle school baseball, soccer, Auto racing

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers’ biggest offseason splash came by way of a homecoming as the team has agreed to a 2-year, $20 million contract (with incentives for up to $24 million) with All-Pro pass rusher, three-time Pro Bowler and former No. 1 overall pick Jadaveon Clowney. Clowney, who played at Rock Hill’s South […]

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 […]

2-9-24 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 […]

2-1-24 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 […]

1-27-24 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 […]

1-25-24 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 […]

1-23-24 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 […]

1-13-24 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 – […]

12-22-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball and football

By Richard Walker The recently-completed 2023 high school football season featured several record-setting performances by area performers including several in Cleveland County. They were highlighted a new career passing leader and a single-season receiving yardage leader. Burns’ Ben Mauney became the county’s career passing leader with 8,314 yards and Shelby’s Izay Bridges became county’s single-season […]

12-21-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school basketball

By Richard Walker High school basketball holiday tournaments have been a local tradition since the 1970s in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties and will continue to do so this season. Here are the pairings that have been made available to CarolinasSportsHub.com. If you know of any others, please email their schedule and site to 22Richard […]

12-20-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and basketball, High school basketball and baseball

By Richard Walker Charlotte 49ers head coach Biff Poggi was thrilled with his 29-player incoming recruiting class on Wednesday’s NCAA national football signing day. “Our staff has done an unbelievable job of scouting and identifying talent,” Poggi said in a zoom news conference. Poggi’s haul of incoming freshman and transfers from other schools are both […]

12-19-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and soccer, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is housed in Raleigh. But it’s 60th anniversary 2024 induction class will be honored in Charlotte on May 10 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The inductees are former Wake Forest basketball star Randolph Childress, former UNC Asheville women’s basketball star Sheila Ford Duncan, former U.S. […]

12-18-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson Stadium was the site of the one of the greatest comebacks in college football history as Western Kentucky rallied to beat Old Dominion 38-35 in overtime in the Famous Toastery Bowl. The Hilltoppers trailed 28-0 in the middle of the 2nd quarter before Caden Veltkamp came off the bench […]

12-17-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker For the 2nd time this season, the Carolina Panthers picked a victory. Also, for the 2nd time season, the Panthers won on Eddy Pineiro’s 23-yard field goal on the last play of the game. Pineiro’s boot capped a 7-minute, 35-second drive that began with a Xavier Woods pass interception return to the […]

12-16-23 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 15: In a year of comebacks, the Carolina Panthers got another one to wrap up the NFC South in a 20-17 victory at the Arizona […]

12-15-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker The Bowl Championship Series starts on Saturday and Charlotte’s place in this year’s postseason is unprecedented in its history. It’s because the Bahamas Bowl moving to the Charlotte 49ers’ Jerry Richardson Stadium on Monday means Charlotte will host 2 bowl games for the first time in its history. Called the Famous Toastery […]

12-14-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and baseball, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker Lincolnton’s Andre Bost, Crest’s Ny’Tavious Huskey and Shelby’s Izay Bridges are the top rusher, passer and receiver, respectively, in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties for the 2023 high school football season. Bost rushed for 1,624 yards, Huskey passed for 3,663 yards and Bridges caught passes for 1,818 yards. Huskey’s passing total set […]

12-13-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker Last weekend, the N.C. High School Athletic Association completed its football playoffs and the Western champions had a perfect 4-0 record after Weddington (Class 4A), Hickory (3A), Reidsville (2A) and Mount Airy (1A) won titles. The regional sweep is just the 5th in the 52-year history of the state holding its playoffs […]

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

By Richard Walker (Special from Mike Powell) State legislators, City of Cherryville officials, and American Legion brass gathered on Thursday, Dec. 7 for a check presentation to Cherryville American Legion Post 100 for improvements at Fraley Field in advance of the 2024 state Legion baseball tournament. The $158,272 state-funded check will be used toward the […]

12-11-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and soccer, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school wrestling

By Richard Walker Last week, N.C. State University immortalized one of the greatest athletes every produced by this state when a statue of former Crest High standout David Thompson was unveiled. A 1971 Crest High graduate who grew up just outside of Boiling Springs, Thompson’s statue was unveiled on Dec. 6 a few hours before […]

12-10-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers historically are sure winners if they run the ball often and effectively. On Sunday, they fell to 1-12 overall, clinched last place in the NFC South and extended their losing streak to 6 games in a 28-6 loss at New Orleans despite doing well in rushing statistics that usually […]

12-9-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school wrestling

By Richard Walker Belmont Middle School won its 3rd Gaston County Conference wrestling championship on Saturday at Cherryville High’s Nixon Gymnasium. The Wildcats, coached by Dakota Hood, racked up 231 team points to outdistance 2nd-place Cramerton by 17 points. Belmont also won the regular season title with a 10-0 record. The Wildcats previously won county […]

12-8-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school wrestling

By Richard Walker After its 4th unbeaten regular season in 8 seasons, Belmont will seek to win its 3rd Gaston County Conference middle school wrestling title on Saturday at the county championship held at Cherryville High’s Nixon Gymnasium starting at 9 a.m. Belmont previously won county titles in 2015 and 2021. This season the Wildcats, […]

12-7-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Cramerton Middle School’s volleyball team completed perfection on Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Belmont in the Gaston County Conference championship match. It allowed the Eagles to finish with a 12-0 final record and 36-0 final set differential for the season. It’s the 2nd time in the county’s 18-year of the sport […]

12-6-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football, basketball and soccer, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Mount Holly Middle School’s boys soccer team completed a historic season behind a historic individual accomplishment on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over visiting Belmont. The Hawks, who won their first regular season title since 1988, finished with an 11-1 overall record and Andres Guerra finished his middle school career with a […]

12-5-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Ten bowl teams with former local products and two teams still alive in football playoffs highlight players from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties as we wrapup the 2023 college football season. Two of the 10 bowl teams will face one another when North Carolina meets West Virginia in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl […]

12-4-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Western N.C. 2A runner-up Shelby leads the 2023 Southern Piedmont 1A/2A football selections that were voted on by league coaches. Senior Jaden Pierce was named the league’s defensive player of the year and title-winning head coach Mike Wilbanks was named coach of the year in the league. Shelby went 11-4 overall and […]

12-3-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers fell to 1-11 on the season following Sunday’s 21-18 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers led 10-7 in the third quarter before two Buccaneers’ TD drives gave them a 21-10 lead – and enough to hold off a Carolina comeback bid. It was the Panthers’ 1st game […]

12-2-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball 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 13: Carolina fell behind early but couldn’t overcome the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 25-16 to fall to 8-4 and out of first place in the NFC […]

12-1-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and volleyball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker Shelby’s magical playoff ride came to an end on Friday. Host Reidsville took a huge early lead before taking a 49-14 victory in the Western N.C. 2A championship game. Shelby trailed 28-0 at halftime before Lan Farmer’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Izay Bridges got the Golden Lions on the scoreboard. Farmer threw […]

11-30-23 roundup: Pro football, basketball and baseball, College football and basketball, High school football and basketball, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker In Friday’s Western N.C. 2A championship game, the state’s 2 top programs in overall victories and state championship will clash when Shelby visits Reidsville. It’ll mark the 6th meeting all time between the 2 schools with Shelby having won 4 of the previous 5 matchups. All of the meetings have been in […]

11-29-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and soccer, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker From the instant Biff Poggi was hired as Charlotte 49ers head football coach, he’s brought more attention to the school’s program that any of his predecessors. And while his first season finished with a 3-9 overall record that is the exact same as a year ago, Poggi’s first season has gone through […]

11-28-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and soccer, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers officially introduced Chris Tabor as its interim head coach on Tuesday. The teams’ special teams’ coordinator, it’s Tabor’s second NFL stint as an interim coach as he guided the Chicago Bears to a 33-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8 of 2021 when then-Bears head coach […]

11-27-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and soccer, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker After guiding Gardner-Webb to back-to-back league titles, head coach Tre Lamb is leaving the school for the head coaching job at East Tennessee State. Lamb, 34, guided Gardner-Webb to a 20-20 overall record in his 4 seasons as Runnin’ Bulldogs head coach. His tenure was highlighted by a 7-6 record in 2022 […]

Panthers owner fires another coach after Reich’s first 11 games result in 1-10 record

By Richard Walker The Carolina Panthers’ most successful coach in history, Ron Rivera, frequently said winning even a single NFL game was hard and something to be cherished. Rivera was the 1st head coach fired by current Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper when his tenure was ended in its 9th season on Dec. 3, 2019. […]

11-26-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and soccer, Middle school soccer, volleyball and wrestling

By Richard Walker For the 2nd straight year, Crest quarterback Ny’Tavious Huskey has been named Big South 3A Conference offensive player of the year in voting done by the league’s coaches. Huskey led the Chargers to a 13-1 overall record and 2nd 7-0 finish in league play in 3 years. Other superlative award winners were […]

11-25-23 roundup: Pro football and basketball, College football and basketball, High school football, basketball and soccer, Middle school soccer, volleyball 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 12: The Panthers make 2 critical turnovers that lead to 10 game-changing points in a 24-20 road loss at the Dallas Cowboys. Carolina would never […]