Monthly Archives: August 2015

Racing at Concord Speedway

Racing returns to the big track at Concord
Racing returns to the big track at Concord

The CARS Tour brings to two close points races to Concord Speedway Saturday with only three races left in the season.

 

Concord Speedway fall schedule 8-27-15

Charlotte 49ers news

Johnson to start at QB for 49ers

Sam Roberts, on the ladder, takes this year's team photo at  Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sam Roberts, on the ladder, takes this year’s team photo at Jerry Richardson Stadium

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert, today, announced red-shirt junior Matt Johnson (Newton, N.C.) as the 49ers starting quarterback. Johnson started the bulk of the 49ers first two seasons, but missed the final three games of last year with injury.

The 49ers entered spring practice with an open competition between Johnson, red-shirt junior Lee McNeill, who started those final three games of 2014 and red-shirt freshman Brooks Barden, who sat out the 2014 season.

“I’ve been real pleased with how all three have handled the competition from the spring, through the summer and into the fall,” Lambert said. “Matt has worked extremely hard and has had a really strong camp. He really stepped up and earned the spot.”

Charlotte’s two-year old football program will make its debut at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA in 2015. The 49ers spent the first two years competing as an FCS Independent.

In his first two seasons, Johnson completed 340 of 596 passes for 4,522 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the FCS First-Year Player of the Year. He owns all four of the 49ers’ 300-yard passing performances and threw for a record five TDs twice. He is also the 49ers second-leading rusher, with 801 career rushing yards.

The 49ers make their FBS debut, in a nationally-televised contest, Sept. 4 at Georgia State at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU). Charlote will face Presbyterian in its home-opener, Sat. Sept. 12.

49ers on Time Warner Channel 22 in Mecklenburg

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Athletics and UNC Charlotte Cable Television have partnered up to broadcast 10 fall events which will reach over 500,000 Time Warner Cable and AT&T UVerse subscribers in the Charlotte region. Men’s soccer will have four of their home matches broadcast while women’s soccer and volleyball will each have three.

The broadcast can be seen on campus and in Mecklenburg, Union and Iredell counties through Time Warner Cable’s channel 22. Broadcast Communications, located on campus, provides television and video production services to the University community. The department is also responsible for the operation of the University’s cable television channel 22.

The broadcast on channel 22 will be a simulcast with http://www.charlotte49ers.tv online. Fans can watch all home athletic events online at http://www.charlotte49ers.tv. More athletic events may be added in the fall with winter and spring sport broadcasts planned for the 2015-16 season.

The first broadcast of the 10 will take place on Friday night as the women’s volleyball team hosts rival Davidson at 7:00 p.m. inside Halton Arena.

Live Broadcasts on TWC Channel 22

Friday, August 29 – Volleyball vs. Davidson (7pm)

Friday, Sept. 11 – Women’s Soccer vs. South Florida (5:30pm)

Monday, Sept. 21 – Volleyball vs. UTEP * (6pm)

Thursday, Oct. 1 – Volleyball vs. Southern Miss* (6pm)

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Men’s Soccer vs. Clemson (7pm)

Friday, Oct. 9 – Women’s Soccer vs. North Texas* (7pm)

Sunday, Oct. 11 – Women’s Soccer vs. Rice* (1pm)

Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Men’s Soccer vs. Virginia Tech (7pm)

Friday, Oct. 23 – Men’s Soccer vs. South Carolina* (7pm)

Friday, Oct. 31 – Men’s Soccer vs. Kentucky* (7pm)

*Conference USA matches

Football is underway

A full slate of games is set for tonight
A full slate of games is set for tonight

The Bell goes to Kannapolis

The A.L. Brown Wonders rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat the Concord Spiders 26-15. It was witnessed by more than 9,000 fans and a live TV audience on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

Here are two stories on the game from the Independent Tribune:

Wonder-ful world: Kannapolis claims the bell

Washington answers the call from QB Johnson

Complete North Carolina schedule

Chris Hughes and Carolina Preps have a complete list of this week’s games in North Carolina here. Chris and his crew will be following games all across the state.

Saturday night football

charlotte preps schedule

 

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Football season is here

Battle for the Bell kicks off the season

Independent Tribune photographer James Nix captured this shot of Concord Coach Glen Padgett and A.L. Brown Coach Mike Newsome at last year's Battle for the Bell
Independent Tribune photographer James Nix captured this shot of Concord Coach Glen Padgett and A.L. Brown Coach Mike Newsome at last year’s Battle for the Bell

First live TV in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC  – Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official media partner and TV home of the NCHSAA, will kick off its inaugural season of live Thursday Night Football tonight, beginning with the 80-year old “Battle of the Bell” rivalry game between Concord and AL Brown on Thursday, August 20. All games will air exclusively on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and feature an in-depth half-hour pregame show, halftime interviews with the participating schools coaches and/or conference representatives as well as live interviews with the coaches and players following each game.

On-air talent for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel’s exclusive Thursday Night Football coverage will feature play-by-play announcer Chris Edwards, color commentator Jay Sonnhalter, and pre-game anchor/sideline reporter Erin Summers.

If you can’t get the Time Warner broadcast, Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast live audio with John Voncannon and Chris Hudson calling the action.

Time Warner Thursday Night Football Game Schedule
  • Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Concord at AL Brown
  • Thursday, Aug 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Garner at Cleveland
  • Thursday, Sept 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Mt. Airy at Elkin
  • Thursday, Sept 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Chapel Hill at SE Raleigh
  • Thursday, Sept 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Northern Guilford at Reidsville
  • Thursday, Sept 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Orange at Southern Durham
  • Thursday, Oct 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Plymouth
  • Thursday, Oct 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Western Harnett at Southern Johnston
  • Thursday, Oct 15 at 7:30 p.m.: West Rowan at East Rowan
  • Thursday, Oct 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Northeastern at Pasquotank
  • Thursday, Oct 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Ragsdale at East Forsyth
  • Thursday, Nov 5 at 7:00 p.m.: Vance at Hough (Pregame will start at 6:30 p.m.)

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also air high-profile Friday night NCHSAA football games by tape delay each week throughout the course of the season, as well as a select number of tape-delayed Saturday night matchups. The Friday night football programming on TWC SportsChannel this season is presented by Wingate University. Fans can view the most up-to-date programming schedule at www.twcsportschannel.com.

Charlotte Kickoff Night Saturday

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Scholastic Sports Marketing is proud to announce the return of the “CharlottePreps.TV Kickoff Night,powered by OrthoCarolina.” The event’s exciting doubleheader will once again be featured at the newly renovated Memorial Stadium in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, on Saturday August 22nd, 2015 season at 5:00 p.m.

First up, the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers will take on the Myers Park Mustangs, in a long-awaited public-private matchup. This game is especially poignant as Country Day very recently hired former Mustang Defensive Coordinator, Drew Witman, as their new Head Coach. Drew is replacing his father, Charlotte coaching legend, Bob Witman. Bob resigned earlier this year after 25 years of coaching at Charlotte Country Day. With the schools being only five miles apart, the winner of this game looks to take away the ultimate bragging rights within the South Park – south Charlotte area.

For the second game of the night, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Mavericks of Mallard Creek will take on the Independence Patriots. The Mavericks offer an exciting challenge for Independence, as they come into the game as back-to-back NCHSAA 4AA State Champions. Independence finished their impressive 2014 regular season undefeated, falling only to Hough in the 3rd round of the NCHSAA 4AA State Championship playoffs.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Middle School Athletics. Tickets can be purchased in advance online: $10 for Saturday’s doubleheader.

 Complete North Carolina schedule

Chris Hughes and Carolina Preps have a complete list of this week’s games in North Carolina here. Chris and his crew will be following games all across the state.

 

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Concord-Kannapolis kick off the season Thursday

The Charlotte Observer Great Eight

Mt. Pleasant’s Cody Reece getting national attention

 

One week to go

The high school football season kicks off Thursday, Aug. 20, with Concord at A.L. Brown live on Time Warner Cable. We gathered a few social media posts above about some of the teams and fans in the Greater Cabarrus area. Hope you enjoy it.

News & sports videos

Click this photo for lots of news and sports videos including Cabarrus football coach's shows
Click for lots of news and sports videos including Cabarrus football coach’s shows

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast three games in week one.

Short track racing

 Mid-week racing at Carolina Speedway

shrine 100 info

NASCAR drivers Mason Mingus and David Ragan will be on hand to sign autographs. Gates open at 5 p.m. Remember it’s cash only at the gate and concession stands.

Summer Shootout champions crowned

Jordan Black, Tom Pistone, Sheldon Crouse, Chase Purdy, Daniel Wilk and Ashton Higgins took home championships  at the Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series - Charlotte Motor Speedway photo by John Davison
Jordan Black, Tom Pistone, Sheldon Crouse, Chase Purdy, Daniel Wilk and Ashton Higgins took home championships at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series – Charlotte Motor Speedway photo by John Davison

Concord Speedway cranks back up

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After most of the summer off, Concord Speedway on U.S. 601 between Concord and Midland is set to crank back up on the quarter mile. Here is the latest schedule:

Friday, Aug. 21  Legends, Bandos, Quarter Midgets, Karts DOUBLE TRACK POINTS

Saturday, Aug. 22 Legends, Bandos , Mini Cup

Friday, Sept. 4 Legends, Bandos, Karts

Saturday, Sept. 5 Legends, Bandos, Mini Cup

Friday, Sept. 18 Legends, Bandos, Quarter Midgets

Saturday, Sep 19 Legends, Bandos, Mini Cup DOUBLE TRACK POINTS

Friday, Oct. 2 Legends, Bandos, Quarter Midgets, Karts

Saturday, Oct. 3 Legends, Bandos, Mini Cup, Karts

Sunday, Oct. 4 Rain date

Saturday, Oct. 31 Spooktacular

Sunday, Nov. 1 Spooktacular

 

College football starts

Davidson’s #PlantTheFlag day

Davidson's locker room at Richardson Stadium got a makeover this summer
Davidson’s locker room at Richardson Stadium got a makeover this summer

College football practice officially begins this week for teams across our region including at Davidson, Charlotte and elsewhere. The Wildcats have their annual Plant The Flag Day set for Wednesday, Aug. 5. Coach Paul Nichols wrote a letter this week to Wildcats’ fans about the show of support.

Coach Nichols’ letter

Dear Wildcats,

The 2015 Wildcats report to training on Wednesday, August 5. We are excited to welcome 34 freshmen to our family. Our mission is to represent Davidson College and the former players well this season.

Summer has been an exciting time on campus.  We had a record number of players make a commitment to live in Davidson and improve mentally and physically through work in the weight room and film room. Additionally, we head into fall semester after a record-breaking academic performance in the spring semester.

Training camp is a critical time for our football program as we lay the foundation for our 2015 season.  It is a time where we will grow together and forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

At the urging of Jon Perry ’76, we “planted the flag” last year.  This is now an annual tradition.  We would like to do it better than ever this year. I ask that you fly your Davidson flag outside of your home on Wednesday, August 5 and send us a picture. We will take those pictures and hang them in our locker room in order so that our current roster feels the support of the Wildcat Football Family.  If you do not have a flag, please send us a picture in any Davidson gear that you have.

Please send a picture including your name and graduation year if applicable. Pictures should be sent to Kelly Shuman at keshuman@davidson.edu. We will post the pictures to our website as well as our twitter and Instagram accounts.

I look forward to breaking the record for number of flags planted on the 5th.

Go ‘Cats & Plant the Flag,

Paul Nichols ‘03

The Wildcats open the season at The Citadel Saturday Sept. 5 and have their home opener at Richardson Stadium Sept. 12 against Catawba. For the complete schedule visit DavidsonWildcats.com

Charlotte 49ers moving up

Here are the 49ers' Drum Majors in their new uniforms. Photo by Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Jeffrey Miller.
Here are the 49ers’ Drum Majors in their new uniforms. Photo by Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Jeffrey Miller.

After two seasons as an independent FCS Division team, the Charlotte 49ers are now at the NCAA’s top level in football and will begin play in Conference USA this season.

The 49ers have postponed their Media Day previously scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8. For more information on the Charlotte 49ers visit Charlotte49ers.com

For the first time, the Charlotte 49ers will have a marching band, which should liven up the atmosphere at Jerry Richardson Stadium even more. Here is the band’s Facebook page which has more information and photos.