Alex Passannante

Alex Passannante

Alex is the Assistant Sports Editor for the Niner Times. He is pursuing a degree in Comm Mass Media, with a minor in Journalism.

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Interview and a game of HORSE with Braxton Ogbueze

| May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Interview and a game of HORSE with Braxton Ogbueze

The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team did not meet expectations last season, in which they were picked to finish third in the pre-season Conference USA rankings. Fast forward to May, and things are very different around the program. Alan Major and his staff were let go, making room for the splashy hire of former NBA great, […]

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Off-season transfers create turmoil for Charlotte basketball

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Off-season transfers create turmoil for Charlotte basketball

College basketball programs shift and change every off-season. Once they play their last game, transfers and new recruits start to go into and out of the program. In Charlotte’s case, there has been an abundance of transfers leaving the Queen City over the past couple of years. Ever since Alan Major took over, players have […]

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49ers Track & Field finds success at Charlotte Invitational

| April 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
49ers Track & Field finds success at Charlotte Invitational

The Charlotte 49ers track & field team hosts a few outdoor meets per season, which is one of the biggest advantages you can possibly have when competing. There’s nothing better than doing your event at the same venue that you practice at. The Niners finished strong in the Charlotte Invitational, hosted at the Belk Track and Field […]

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Mark Price announced as men’s basketball head coach

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mark Price announced as men’s basketball head coach

Mark Price is a well-known name in the basketball community; his 12-year NBA career was full of awards and accolades, including all-star games, first-team selections and the second best career free throw percentage in NBA history (.904). Price isn’t just a well-respected name in basketball, but he’s also the new head coach of the Charlotte […]

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No. 20 Florida Atlantic defeats 49ers baseball

| March 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
No. 20 Florida Atlantic defeats 49ers baseball

Coming off a four game losing streak and sweep by No. 10 Rice, the Charlotte 49ers (4-8, 0-3) looked to get back into the win column against No. 20 Florida Atlantic (16-3, 1-0). They weren’t able to get the win due to giving up 13 hits and eight runs. Things were quiet until the top […]

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Men’s Basketball ends season in first round of conference tournament

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Men’s Basketball ends season in first round of conference tournament

Another year, another disappointing season for the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team. In Alan Major’s fifth year as head coach, his team has once again failed to win the conference tournament and get a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Charlotte (14-18, 7-11) fell to Middle Tennessee today, 63-60. In a season that was full of […]

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Henry, Williams end on home high note for 49ers Basketball

| March 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Henry, Williams end on home high note for 49ers Basketball

Seniors Terrance Williams and Pierria Henry came to UNC Charlotte as head coach Alan Major’s first full recruiting class. After three seasons together, they’ve accomplished one post-season run with a first round loss in the NIT. With one conference tournament remaining for the two seniors, tonight was a stepping stone to what they eventually want […]

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Hopeful Henry reflects on his career

| February 24, 2015 | 2 Comments
Hopeful Henry reflects on his career

Pierria Henry is the senior leader of Charlotte 49ers basketball, a program that has fallen under hard times as of late. Before the season, the 49ers were predicted to finish third in Conference USA. Fast forward to late February and the team is third from last. Despite all of the negativity from fans, alumni and students […]

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Men’s basketball falls to Louisiana Tech in overtime

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Men’s basketball falls to Louisiana Tech in overtime

Coming off a win against UTSA, the Charlotte 49ers returned home to host the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. While they put up a good fight, the 49ers fell victim to their third overtime loss of the season. The game started with a dunk from Pierria Henry, who was awarded before the game for achieving the […]

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Men’s Basketball falls to Old Dominion

| February 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Men’s Basketball falls to Old Dominion

Following a lackluster start to conference play, the 49ers came into Old Dominion tonight with their heads held high after defeating NC A&T last Wednesday. In front of a loud and rowdy crowd, the Monarchs were able to come away with the narrow victory against the 49ers. The game started with the 49ers winning the tip […]

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Charlotte breezes past North Carolina A&T

| February 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Charlotte breezes past North Carolina A&T

Pierria Henry has accomplished a lot in his career at Charlotte (10-12); one thing he hasn’t done however, is make the NCAA Tournament. After tonight’s blowout win against North Carolina A&T (6-18), spirits were high, including Henry’s when he talked about how far this team can go. “I want to be remembered for being on […]

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49ers comeback attempt falls short against FIU

| January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
49ers comeback attempt falls short against FIU

Following a blowout win against Florida Atlantic on Thursday, the Charlotte 49ers looked to continue their winning streak against another team from the Sunshine State. Despite a late comeback attempt, the 49ers fell to the Panthers of Florida International. Braxton Ogbueze opened the game with a 3-pointer, but scoring was hard to come by early […]

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Men’s Basketball escapes losing streak with home victory

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Men’s Basketball escapes losing streak with home victory

Charlotte Men’s Basketball has had a rough season so far. Underperforming and multiple losses have highlighted the slate, but tonight was far from the norm, with Charlotte blowing past the Owls of Florida Atlantic by 25 points. Before the game, senior guard Pierria Henry was recognized for a special feat; the all-time steals record in […]

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49ers fall again on the road

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
49ers fall again on the road

Fans have wanted the Charlotte 49ers coaching staff to change the lineup for a long time, and they got their wish tonight. For the first time this season, both freshmen Keyshawn Woods and Torin Dorn started in place tonight for Willie Clayton and Terrance Williams against the University of Alabama Birmingham. Despite the change, the […]

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49ers’ Freshman Firepower

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
49ers’ Freshman Firepower

When the Charlotte 49ers signed their 2014-15 recruiting class, fans knew that they were getting some talented players; not many expected how much of an impact they would have though. Through transfers and injuries, Keyshawn Woods and Torin Dorn were thrust into the second rotation, and one time, even the starting lineup. Woods and Dorn […]

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Women’s Basketball wins second straight

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Women’s Basketball wins second straight

Lefty Webster has been a special part of the 49ers this season. As a Preseason All-Conference USA player, Webster has averaged 13.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Last night was no exception, with a 25 point outpour, helping the 49ers defeat the North Texas Mean Green (2-13, 1-3 C-USA), 67-58. The 49ers controlled […]

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Charlotte 49ers breeze past North Texas

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Charlotte 49ers breeze past North Texas

Ryan Odom has been in Charlotte for a few years, but tonight was his first win as interim head coach in Halton Arena. The game started with a rare occasion; a Pierria Henry 3-pointer. Good defense hindered North Texas from establishing any sort of offensive pace. On the next possession, Mike Thorne Jr. made a […]

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Yilmaz resigns from Charlotte 49ers Volleyball

| January 12, 2015 | 3 Comments
Yilmaz resigns from Charlotte 49ers Volleyball

  In an unexpected move, the Charlotte 49ers Volleyball team is in need of a head coach for the second time in two years. Gokhan Yilmaz, who was hired last spring from Florida State, took over the program this past fall. The team had the most wins since their 2006 season and their first conference […]

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49ers get first Conference USA win against Marshall

| January 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
49ers get first Conference USA win against Marshall

Despite shooting 12-25 from the free throw line, the Charlotte 49ers were able to pull out their first Conference USA win of the season over the Marshall Thundering Herd. Led by Pierria Henry and four double-digit scorers, Charlotte picked up a much needed win. At the first media timeout, Charlotte was up 21-15 with big […]

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Alan Major takes second medical leave of absence

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Alan Major takes second medical leave of absence

This past summer, Head Coach Alan Major took a medical leave of absence for surgeries on his eyes and heart. He returned to the team in the fall and has guided the team to a 6-7 record this season. For the second time in a year, Major has announced that he is taking another medical […]

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