Back from exams

Trojan guard Josh Abee(15) had a big night against the Vikings last week. The Trojans defeated Central 85-69. They’re at A.L. Brown tonight. Todd Maulden Photo

Students have completed exams and that means the high school athletes can back to playing. Tonight, Friday, Jan. 18, 485 Sports/Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast six games (varsity boys and girls games from three sites) on the NFHS Network.

Wendell Moore Jr. could become Cabarrus County’s all-time leading scorer. He needs 22 points to catch Cannon School great Jarrel Eddy. Earlier this year the Cox Mill star passed Lavar Batts Jr. for the Cabarrus public schools record.

Other headlines from tonight’s action includes a battle for first place in the Rocky River Conference as Coach George Walker’s Mt. Pleasant Tigers host the defending 2A state champion Forest Hills Yellow Jackets, who are coached by former Concord star Matt Sides.

At Bullock Gym, it’s the battle of Kannapolis with red-hot Northwest Cabarrus coming across town to do battle with the A.L. Brown Wonders. The men from K-town started the season hot but have hit an icy patch once they got to South Piedmont Conference. The Wonders will try to rebound tonight.

No broadcasts tonight, but other games include Central Cabarrus at Concord and Hickory Ridge at East Mecklenburg.

Butler at Hickory Ridge highlights Friday action

485 Sports/Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast varsity basketball doubleheaders from A.L. Brown, Hickory Ridge and Northwest Cabarrus tonight, Jan. 11, on NFHS Network. Girls games tip sometime around 5:30-6 and boys games game around 7 p.m.
Butler at Hickory Ridge
Cox Mill at A.L. Brown
Central Cabarrus at Northwest Cabarrus

Todd Mauldin photo

B-ball: Cox Mill,Concord, HickoryRidge&MyersPark

Cox Mill visits Concord

Live streaming broadcasts on NFHS Network from Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports Tuesday, Jan. 8:

Girls game approximately 5:30 p.m.

Boys game approximately 7 p.m.

Myers Park at Hickory Ridge

Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports is broadcasting both boys and girls varsity games on NFHS Network:

Girls game approximately 5:30 p.m.

Boys game approximately 7 p.m.

Providence vs AL Brown


A.L. Brown hosts Providence Friday, Jan. 4. Note this game is being planned at Kannapolis Middle School. The floor at Bullock Gym was painted during the holidays and needs a little more time to dry.

Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports taped both girls and boys games due to lack of Internet signal.

The boys game will be uploaded later. Sorry for the delay.

Friday night basketball

Forest Hills visits Concord for a non-conference match-up at Rimer Gym, Coach Bo Court Friday, Dec. 21.

The girls will tip sometime around 5:30 and the game can be seen on NFHS Network.

The boys game, featuring the defending 2A state champion Yellow Jackets should tip around 7 p.m. and will also be on NFHS Network.

Replays from Thursday

Charlotte Catholic over Cox Mills girls

Cox Mill rolls over Charlotte Catholic boys

East Rowan at A.L. Brown boys

East Rowan at A.L. Brown girls

Regionals, recruiting and more from 485 Sports

Live football and basketball Friday, Dec. 7, on NFHS Network.

Western 3A Regional Final

Kings Mountain at Charlotte Catholic Pregame 7 p.m.

 Western 4AA Regional Final

Myers Park versus Vance (at Mallard Creek) Pregame 7 p.m.


Jay M. Robinson at Mt. Pleasant girls approximately 6 p.m.

Jay M. Robinson at Mt. Pleasant boys approximately 7:15 p.m.

485 Sports Report

Will Healy Introduced as Charlotte 49ers Head Football Coach

“Everything you do, do it with passion, energy and enthusiasm.” 
Will Healy, the new head football coach of the Charlotte 49ers, is driven by those 10 words. His teams are driven by the same philosophy, which leans heavily on character, relationships and positivity.
In hiring Healy, Charlotte Director of Athletics Mike Hill saw those characteristics and knew they meshed with the very culture he is building for the 49ers athletic program. 
“Will Healy reflects our program and institution,” Hill said. “He is a young, hungry, up and comer. He is a force to be reckoned with.”
Healy, an Eddie Robinson Award winner as the National FCS Coach of the Year, is known for infusing energy and enthusiasm into his program. During his three-year stint as head coach at Austin Peay he engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history. Now he brings that attitude to Charlotte, which set school records for FBS wins and Conference USA, this past season.
“Were delighted to attract a coach of Will Healy’s caliber and character,” UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois said.
“We’ve got a gold mine here. I love what we’re going to do here together. Let’s build something special,” Healy told the standing room only crowd. “The people in the city of Charlotte need to come see what this place is about. People are going to come here because they know us and because of the the relationships that our players and our coaches and our athletic department have with them. We are going to build a family atmosphere. We believe in who we are, we believe in how we are raising a culture and how we are raising these men to be great husbands and fathers. We believe in the opportunity that comes with being a student-athlete here at Charlotte and I can’t wait to go along this journey with all of you in this room.”
To say his enthusiasm is contagious is an understatement. 
When he said he told Hill “I would walk to Charlotte from Chattanooga to have an opportunity to talk about this job”, you believed he would.
That attitude helped him land top five FCS recruiting classes at two schools in four of the last five years, including the top recruiting class in the FCS following an 0-11 season.
That attitude helped him produce back-to-back five-win seasons at a place that had two five-win seasons in the previous 24 years.
That attitude helped him win 13 games in the last two years after the Govs had won one game in the previous four years.
“We used … multiple conversations with fellow colleagues across the country, administrators, coaches and others,” Hill said “Will Healy’s name continued to pop up over and over. There is high praise for this man, not only as a football coach, but as a human being. He made an impact obviously recruiting and as a coordinator. He’s clearly a rising star as we talked to everyone around the country. There were four characteristics we were looking for in our new head coach. High character and integrity, proven recruiter, teacher and developer of talent, and who values culture.”
Healy checks every box.
And now he’s the coach charged with lifting Charlotte’s young, energetic and enthusiastic football program to greater heights.
“This place is special. We get the chance to build our own history, our own story,” Healy remarked. “We want fans screaming about Charlotte Athletics, that’s my vision for this place. I feel like I’m living a dream. I always felt this job can be one of the top programs in college football. I think when you drive on this campus for the first time you get a chance to see the facilities and the resources this place has to offer – this place is really special. My family and I are really living a dream being here.”

Hurlbut’s Hits, Shaked’s Take and live basketball

Radio Free Cabarrus and 485 Sports begins its basketball coverage this week.

First up is Stuart Cramer at Northwest Cabarrus Wednesday, Dec. 5. Shaked Bar-Tal and Mark Plemmons bring you the action on NFHS Network. The girls broadcast begins at 6 p.m. The boys game is expected to begin about 7:30 p.m. from Northwest.

Game two will be Friday, Dec. 7,  with Jay M. Robinson visiting Mount Pleasant. Ford Martin and Luke Hurlbut are on the call on NFHS Network.

Football  continues Friday

485 Sports is broadcasting the regional finals of two game Friday in NCHSAA football:

3A West Kings Mountain at Charlotte Catholic

4AA West Myers Park versus Vance (moved to Mallard Creek)

Hurlbut’s Hits

Shaked’s Take

South Piedmont Football 2018

Final Standings:

Northwest Cabarrus    5-0

Cox Mill                       4-1

Robinson                     2-3

Central Cabarrus        2-3

AL Brown                     2-3

Concord                       0-5

All Conference

Nick Wilds-Lawing                  Northwest                               Offensive Player of the Year

IJ Sturdivant                            Northwest                               Tyrese Blake – Northwest Cabarrus

Braxton Shipp                          Northwest

CJ Ward                                   Northwest

Karsen Perkins                                    Northwest

Eli Eason                                  Northwest                               Defensive Player of the Year

Andre Hill                                Northwest                               Joe Camara – Northwest Cabarrus

Sam Walker                            Northwest

Joe Camara                             Northwest

Tyrese Blake                           Northwest

Tyler Jackson                           Cox Mill                                   Special Teams Player of the Year

Brandon Gillespie                   Cox Mill                                   De’Andre Boykins – Central Cabarrus

Terrell Dawkins                       Cox Mill

Kendall Gilmore                      Cox Mill

Ahmad Baruti                          Cox Mill

Cody Cline                               Cox Mill                                   Coach of the Year

Michael Lewis                         CoxMill                                    Brandon Gentry – Northwest Cabarrus

Bryson Furr                             Robinson

Dom Wiley                              Robinson

Miguel Callejas                       Robinson

Chris Caldwell                         Robinson

Nic Lynch                                 Robinson

Derek Boykins                         Central

Hakim Simmons-Blakney        Central

Dallas Foard                            Central

Logan Anderson                      Central

Ke’Shawn Harvey                    Central

De’Andre Boykins                    Central

Jordan Medley                        AL Brown

Justin Holsclaw                        AL Brown

Jalen Goode                            AL Brown

Steven Robinson                      AL Brown

Jnaz Jordan                              AL Brown

Clint Bost                                 Concord

Sam Hartsell                           Concord

Jourdan Heilig                         Concord

4AA, 4A and 3A West third round games live

Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports is broadcasting three games in the NCHSAA 3rd Round. All broadcasts begin with the pregame at 7 p.m. and the kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on

3A West Kings Mountain at Northwest Cabarrus

Please note in case of heavy rain, this broadcast may be cancelled because broadcasters will be in an unsheltered area.

4AA West Hough at Vance


4A West Porter Ridge at West Mecklenburg



Big playoff games tonight

485 Sports will broadcast three games tonight in the N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs on the NFHS Network:

3A West – Tuscola at Northwest Cabarrus

4AA West – Hough at Mallard Creek

3AA West – Sun Valley at A.C. Reynolds

Tonight’s NCHSAA 2nd Round Games



#1 Northampton County (10-1) vs. #9 Washington County (4-7)

#4 Rosewood (7-2) vs. #5 North Edgecombe (6-5)

#3 Gates County (9-2) vs. #6 South Creek (8-4)

#2 Pamlico County (10-1) vs. #7 Southside (5-7)


#1 Thomas Jefferson (11-0) vs. #8 Bishop McGuinness (8-4)

#4 Robbinsville (9-2) vs. #5 Elkin (7-5)

#3 Murphy (9-1) vs. #6 Alleghany (7-5)

#2 Mitchell (9-2) vs. #7 Cherokee (7-5)




#1 Tarboro (11-0) vs. #9 South Stanly (8-4)

#4 Granville Central (8-1) vs. #5 North Stanly (10-2)

#3 John A. Holmes (10-1) vs. #6 East Carteret (8-4)

#2 Princeton (9-0) vs. #7 Riverside-Martin (9-3)


#1 Mount Airy (11-0) vs. #8 Swain County (7-5)

#4 East Surry (8-3) vs. #5 Bessemer City (7-5)

#3 North Rowan (9-2) vs. #11 Polk County (4-8)

#2 Starmount (5-6) vs. #10 Community School of Davidson (7-5)




#1 Northeastern (11-0) vs. #9 Beddingfield (9-2)

#5 Clinton (8-2) vs. #4 Kinston (11-0)

#3 South Columbus (12-0) vs. #6 Southwest Onslow (10-2)

#7 Wallace-Rose Hill (8-3) vs. #15 Goldsboro (6-5)


#1 Randleman (12-0) vs. #8 Brevard (9-3)

#5 West Stanly (7-4) vs. #4 Wheatmore (11-1)

#3 Mountain Heritage (10-1) vs. #11 Hendersonville (7-5)

#2 Reidsville (12-0) vs. #7 East Rutherford (10-2)




#1 Ledford (11-1) vs. #8 Roanoke Rapids (8-4)

#5 Hertford County (6-5) vs. #4 West Craven (7-5)

#3 North Davidson (10-2) vs. #6 Cummings (5-7)

#2 SouthWest Edgecombe (10-2) vs. #7 Croatan (6-5)


#8 North Lincoln (9-3) vs. #16 East Lincoln (6-6)

#4 Shelby (9-3) vs. #5 Ashe County (10-2)

#3 Bandys (11-1) vs. #6 West Stokes (11-1)

#2 Hibriten (12-0) vs. #10 South Point (9-3)




#1 Havelock (11-0) vs. #8 Southern Lee (7-3)

#5 Rocky Mount (9-1) vs. #4 Terry Sanford (9-3)

#3 Western Alamance (11-1) vs. #6 Jacksonville (8-1)

#2 Southern Nash (10-0) vs. #7 Eastern Alamance (9-3)


#1 Northwest Cabarrus (12-0) vs. #9 Tuscola (8-4)

#4 Statesville (9-3) vs. #5 Kings Mountain (10-2)

#3 Charlotte Catholic (11-1) vs. #11 Monroe (7-5)

#2 Hunter Huss (12-0) vs. #7 Crest (9-3)




#1 Northern Durham (11-1) vs. #9 Hillside (9-3)

#5 D.H. Conley (9-3) vs. #4 Cleveland (10-2)

#6 New Hanover (9-3) vs. #14 Dudley (9-3)

#2 Southeast Guilford (11-1) vs. #7 Eastern Guilford (10-2)


#1 Watauga (12-0) vs. #8 Parkland (11-1)

#5 Weddington (11-1) vs. #4 South Iredell (7-5)

#3 Mount Tabor (8-4) vs. #6 Clyde A. Erwin (10-1)

#2 A.C. Reynolds (11-1) vs. #10 Sun Valley (10-2)




#1 South Central (11-0) vs. #8 South View (10-2)

#4 Riverside-Durham (7-3) vs. #5 Seventy-First (9-3)

#3 Pine Forest (9-2) vs. #6 Middle Creek (8-4)

#2 Cardinal Gibbons (10-1) vs. #10 Scotland (6-5)


#1 East Forsyth (11-0) vs. #9 Glenn (6-6)

#4 Grimsley (6-5) vs. #5 Mooresville (9-3)

#3 Page (6-5) vs. #6 Porter Ridge (8-4)

#2 West Mecklenburg (8-2) vs. #7 West Charlotte (7-5)




#1 Wake Forest (10-0) vs. #8 Fuquay-Varina (8-4)

#4 Leesville Road (9-2) vs. #12 Broughton (7-5)

#3 Holly Springs (7-4) vs. #6 Pinecrest (9-3)

#2 Hoggard (9-1) vs. #10 Garner (7-5)


#1 Mallard Creek (10-0) vs. #8 Hough (10-2)

#4 Ardrey Kell (5-6) vs. #5 Zebulon B. Vance (11-1)

#3 Butler (9-2) vs. #6 Myers Park (11-1)

#2 Richmond (10-1) vs. #10 Reagan (8-4)

The field was cut in half last week and will be again this week as the push for state titles continue. Todd Maulden photo


Playoffs, Panthers and HoF

NCHSAA Playoff broadcasts

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast four games Friday, Nov. 16 on NFHS Network. Here are the games:

Sun Valley at Cox Mill

Tuscola at Jay M. Robinson

South Point at Mount Pleasant

North Buncombe at Northwest Cabarrus

Pregame begins at 7 p.m. with each game with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Eventful week for Panthers

Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame induction