Wednesday, October 1, 2014

'Dig Pink' volleyball campaign underway for Charlotte 49ers

-- The Charlotte 49ers’ volleyball team, perennially a national leader in the “Dig Pink” breast cancer campaign, is hoping to raise more than $10,000 for the cause this month.

The 49ers, who have led the nation in fundraising two of the past three years, will host their “Dig Pink” match Oct. 10 against Florida International at Halton Arena, as well as several other events over the next few weeks.

-- Basketball practice begins next week: the 49ers women on Tuesday, the men Wednesday. The men's season opens Nov. 16 at Elon, with an exhibition Nov. 11 at Halton against Newberry; the women open Nov. 14 at Liberty, with a Nov. 5 exhibition against Catawba.

-- The 49ers’ men’s soccer team didn’t hurt its national rankings with a 3-1 victory against William & Mary on Tuesday night at Transamerica Field. Heading into the game, Charlotte’s RPI was seventh, while the 49ers were ranked 10th by the NCSAA, 12th by College Soccer Weekly and 16th by Soccer America. Defender Nick Barnhorst was named to’s team of the week for his assist and defensive work in a 2-0 victory against New Mexico. The 49ers (6-1) have won five in a row.

Next up for coach Kevin Langan’s team is a tough swing through South Carolina, with a Conference USA game Saturday at South Carolina and a contest next Tuesday against Clemson.

-- 49ers women’s soccer player Martha Thomas also made Top Drawer’s team of the week. She scored twice in the 49ers’ 2-1 victory Sunday at FIU. Thomas leads Charlotte with six goals and assists. The 49ers (4-4-1, 1-1 C-USA) play Marshall on Friday at Transamerica Field.

-- Charlotte’s baseball team will practice at Gastonia’s Sims Park on Thursday and Friday. Phillips Field in Hayes Stadium is being over-seeded, forcing the move. Both practices (Thursday 4-8 p.m.; Friday 1:30-5 p.m.) are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charlotte 49ers' Trickett out for season with knee injury

Charlotte 49ers junior Monica Trickett, Conference USA's women's soccer preseason defender of the year, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Trickett hurt her knee in practice last week. It's the third time she's injured her knee, one coming earlier in her career at Charlotte, the other in high school in Raleigh.

Trickett was a second-team all-conference pick in 2013 and also made the league's all-tournament team. She was a preseason first-team all-conference pick for this season.

The 49ers (1-3-1) play their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Winthrop at TransAmerica Field.

Friday, September 12, 2014

49ers men's basketball team paints for charity

Photo courtesy of Charlotte 49ers sports information

Members of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team spent Friday morning helping paint the interior of a home in the university area as part of the Purple Heart Homes Charity, an organization that adapts and remodels homes for disabled veterans. Players and staff put several coats of paint on rooms inside the home.

For more information on the Purple Heart Homes Charity:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

49ers host Coastal in men's soccer Friday; Hammonds signs pro contract

A few 49ers news items:

Men's soccer

The 49ers men's soccer team gets a stern early season test Friday, hosting ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field. The Chanticleers (1-1) have beaten then-seventh ranked Connecticut 3-2 and lost to No. 7 Maryland 3-2 on the road.

The 21st-ranked 49ers (1-0) won their season open on Sunday, beating Radford 2-1 despite playing a man down after defender Nick Barnhorst was issued a red card for a hand ball in the penalty area.

The Chanticleers ended Charlotte's 2013 season with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Charlotte beat Coastal Carolina in an earlier regular-season game 2-1 in Conway, S.C. One of the Chanticleers' top players is senior striker Ricky Garbanzo, who played at Rock Hill's Northwestern High. Garbanzo scored the game-winning goal against UConn.

Charlotte's volleyball team (3-2) will play in the Temple Invitational this weekend. The women's soccer team (1-2) is at Liberty on Thursday night.

Women's basketball

Former 49ers point guard Ny Hammonds has signed a pro contract with Lithuania's Kibirkstis-VICI. Hammonds, who played at Concord High, was a second-team all-Conference USA selection last season and is Charlotte's career assists leader with 496. She is the third player under coach Cara Consuegra to play professionally, joining Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey, who are also playing abroad.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men's basketball open against Elon; also faces Georgetown

Two games at Washington’s Verizon Center – against Georgetown and George Washington – highlight the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball nonconference schedule.

The 49ers will face the Hoyas on Dec. 20 and former Atlantic 10 rivals Colonials on Dec. 7.

Charlotte opens its season Nov. 16 at Elon and begins its 18-game Conference USA schedule Jan. 4 against Old Dominion at Halton Arena.

Georgetown was 18-15 last season and lost in the second round of the NIT to Florida State. The game is the first of a home and home agreement between the schools, with the second to be played next season at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

George Washington went 24-9 and was one of six Atlantic 10 teams to play in the NCAA tournament, losing to Memphis in the second round.

The 49ers’ home schedule includes a visit from Miami on Nov. 25.

Charlotte will also play in the Charleston Classic Nov. 20-23, opening with a game against Penn State.

The 49ers play their annual game against Davidson for the Hornets Nest Trophy on Dec. 3 at the Wildcats’ Belk Arena. Charlotte also plays at Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.

Other home games include Appalachian State, College of Charleston and N.C. A&T. The 49ers also visit UNC Asheville.

Charlotte 49ers 2014-15 men's basketball schedule:

Nov. 11, Newberry (exh.); 16, at Elon; Nov. 20-23, at Charleston Classic; 26, Miami; 30, at UNC Asheville.

Dec. 3, at Davidson; 7, at George Washington (Verizon Center); 16, College of Charleston; 18, Appalachian State; 20, at Georgetown (Verizon Center); 30, at Georgia Tech.

Jan. 4, Old Dominion; 8, at Western Kentucky; 10, at Marshall; 15, North Texas; 17, Rice; 22, at Ala.-Birmingham; 24, at Middle Tennessee; 29, Florida Atlantic; 31, Florida International.

Feb. 4, N.C. A&T; 7, at Old Dominion; 12, at Texas-El Paso; 14, at Texas-San Antonio; 19, Louisiana Tech; 21, Southern Mississippi; 26, at North Texas; 28, at Rice.

March, 5, Western Kentucky; 7, Marshall; 11-14, C-USA tournament (at Birmingham, Ala.).



Monday, August 25, 2014

Former star pitcher Maine joins 49ers baseball staff

Former 49ers pitcher John Maine has been added to the baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.

Maine, a former Conference USA pitcher of the year for Charlotte, had a major league career that included stops with the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins. Maine won 41 games over his eight-year career, a highlight coming when he won Game 6 of the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Maine is the latest of a few former 49ers athletes who have joined Charlotte coaching staffs recently. Mikel Hunter is a football grad assistant; Owen Darby is men's soccer director of operations; and Colby Lewis was promoted from graduate manager to assistant director of operations.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charlotte 49ers release 2-deep depth chart

The 49ers released their two-deep depth chart Wednesday. Nothing much surprising here as the 49ers prepare to open the season Aug. 28 at Campbell, but a few observations:

 -- It looks like juco transfer Branden Dozier has overtaken Ardy Holmes for one of the safety spots. Holmes has been slowed by an injury, but figures to get plenty of playing time at what is a deep position.

-- Austin Duke and Corey Nesmith will handle the kickoff return duties and Nesmith will return punts. Freshman Arthur Hart looks like he’ll punt.

-- There are a couple of true freshmen listed as backups – receivers Juwan Foggie and T.L. Ford and corner Tre’Shun Wynn. The goal for coach Brad Lambert will be to redshirt the remainder of this freshman class, although running back Maetron Thomas might play depending on when a shoulder injury heals.

-- Sophomore cornerback Devin Pearson and sophomore linebacker Justin Bridges-Thompson aren’t listed, which means they will likely be redshirted.
-- The average weight of the offensive line starters is a hefty 307 pounds.


WR:               9 DMARJAI DEVINE                       6-3 210 Sr.
                      84 Juwan Foggie                                6-2 190 Fr.

WR:              81 TRENT BOSTICK                          6-1 195 So.
                      89 T.L. Ford                                         6-3 175 Fr.

LT:               73 JAMAL COVINGTON                   6-4 295 R-So.
                      78 Kyle Hoffman                                6-4 255 R-So.

LG:              70 CASEY PERRY                               6-2 335 R-So.
                     77  Wolfgang Zacherl                         6-4 285 So.

C:                 74 THOMAS LA BIANCA                  6-3 295 R-So.
                    50 Jarred Barr                                      6-3 290 R-So.

RG:             76 DANIEL BLITCH                            6-6 320 R-Sr.
                    55  Mason Sledge                                 6-3 295 R-So.

RT:             68 DANNY BOOK                                6-6 275 R-Jr.
                    75 Eugene German                              6-4 290 R-Fr.

H:               15 JUSTIN BOLUS                               6-3 220 R-So.
                    85  Richard Murphy                            6-3 230 Jr.

SR:              10 AUSTIN DUKE                               5-9 152 R-So.
                     2 Will Thomas                                      6-0 170 R-So.

RB:             25 KALIF PHILLIPS                            5-11 185 So.
                   32 Damarrell Alexander                      5-10 165 R-Jr.

QB:             8 MATT JOHNSON                             6-3 230 R-So.
                    5 Lee McNeill                                        6-1 200 R-So.


DE:             99 BRANDON BANKS                        6-2 270 R-So.
                    11 Mark Pettit                                       6-4 230 R-So.

NT:             65 LARRY OGUNJOBI                       6-2 275 R-So
                   97 Tanner Fleming                               6-2 275 R-So.

DE:            92 JAMES MIDDLETON                     6-4 265 R-So.
                   91 Nick Carroll                                       6-5 235 R-Fr.
                   or 95 Devin Clegg                                  6-4 235 R-So.

OLB:         34 NICO ALCALDE                               6-2 205 R-So.
                  24 Daquan Lucas                                    5-10 210 R-So.

ILB:          6 NICK COOK                                         6-1 220 Jr.
                  50 Karrington King                                5-11 215 R-Fr.

ILB:         42 CALEB CLAYTON-MOLBY             6-2 240 Sr.
                 58 Dustin Crouser                                   6-2 230 R-Fr.

OLB:        7 JALEN HOLT                                       6-4 200 R-So.
                43 Tyler DeStefani                                   6-4 210 R-Sr.

CB:          14 TANK NORMAN                                5-11 190 R-So.
                  5 Tre’Shun Wynn                                   6-0 175 Fr.

S:              13 DESMOND COOPER                       6-2 210 R-Sr.
                 21  Prince Mayela                                    5-10 170 R-So.

S:              3 BRANDEN DOZIER                           6-0 195 Jr.
                 8 Ardy Holmes                                        5-9 190 R-Jr.

CB:         28 GREG CUNNINGHAM JR.               6-2 185 R-So.
                27 Terrance Winchester                          6-0 170 R-So.


K:              86 BLAKE BREWER                             6-1 200 So.
                  69 Stephen Muscarello                         5-11 195 R-So.

P:               40 ARTHUR HART                              6-2 185 Fr.
                  37 Hayden Pezzoni                                5-9 160 R-So.

LS:            48 KEASTON SINICKI                        6-0 235 So.
                  64 Brian McDonough                           5-9 190 Fr.

KR:           10 AUSTIN DUKE                                  5-9 160 R-So.
                  4 COREY NESMITH                             5-9 185 R-So.
                  32 Demarrel Alexander                        5-10 165 R-Jr.
                   5 Tre’Shun Wynn                                  6-0 175 Fr.

PR:            4 COREY NESMITH                             5-9 185 R-So.
                   10 Austin Duke                                      5-9 160 R-So

 HLD:        5 LEE MCNEILL                                    6-1 200 R-SO.