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About Mark Plemmons

Mark Plemmons is a multi-media journalist for the Independent Tribune and is the owner/operator of Radio Free Cabarrus and Cabarrus Sports Marketing in Concord, N.C.

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.

Basketball

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 NFHSNetwork.com

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

1A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

1AA FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

2A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

2AA FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

3A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

3AA FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

4A FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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)

 

4AA FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#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)

West

#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

 

Playoff football

Southlake Christian battles Asheville School in the Division 3 State Semifinals. Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 on NFHS Network.

The cost for a monthly pass for NFHS Network is $9.95 per month. Get on the details.

NCHSAA playoffs next week

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast several games next Friday as the playoffs begin. Check back here for our slate of game on the NFHS Network. Previous regular season broadcasts are also available for replay.

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Lots of high school football

Jay M. Robinson hosts Anson to wrap up the regular season. Pregame is at 6 with kickoff at 6:30 on the NFHS Network.

Monday night football

Mount Pleasant won the Rocky River Conference title by beating second place West Stanly Monday, Nov. 5. You can see all the action on NFHS Network.

Even more football

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast the Southlake Christian at Asheville School game Friday, Nov. 9.

Other broadcasts this season include the SPC/Coddle Creek Cup game between Northwest Cabarrus and Cox Mill as well as the Battle for the Bell are available on NFHS Network.

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Playoffs, division play and wet football

Private School Whip Around

 

Shaked’s Take

 

The Southern Christmas Show is Nov. 8-18 at the Park Expo and Convention Center.

High school football on NFHS Network

Weather is messing with the high school football schedule again, but this is the schedule of broadcasts we have currently:

Rocky River Conference title

The game was moved to Monday at 7 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant.

The Mount Pleasant Tigers host the West Stanly Colts to close the regular season at 7:00 p.m. Monday Nov. 5. Pregame on the NFHS Network is at 6:30 p.m.

The winner takes the Rocky River Conference title.

Independent schools playoffs

Southlake Christian hosts Hickory Grove Christian in the first round of the playoffs. Pregame is set for 6:45 p.m. with kickoff at 7 p.m. on NFHS Network.

South Piedmont Conference title

Cox Mill hosts Northwest Cabarrus in the Battle of the Coddle Creek Cup, but it is also going to decide the South Piedmont Conference championship. Pregame will be at 6:15 p.m. with kickoff at 6:30 Saturday, Nov. 3, on the NFHS Network. Both teams are undefeated in conference play.

Battle for the Bell

Concord hosts A.L. Brown in the Battle for the Bell at Robert C. Bailey Stadium Saturday, Nov. 3. Pregame is set for 5:45 p.m. with kickoff at 6 p.m. on NFHS Network.

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SPC, RRC, SW 4-A action tonight

The Cox Mill Chargers and the Northwest Cabarrus Trojans are tied for first in the SPC entering Friday night’s action. Photo by Todd Mauldin.

Four broadcasts on NFHS Network by RFC

The Cox Mill Chargers host cross-town rivals Jay M. Robinson. The Chargers look to stay unbeaten in the South Piedmont Conference. All the action is on NFHS Network. The Chargers are tied for first in SPC with Northwest Cabarrus.

Another first place battle features Forest Hills visiting the Mt. Pleasant Tigers. You can see the game on NFHS Network. Both teams are unbeaten in Rocky River Conference play.

Two of the top teams in the Southwestern 4A Conference do battle in Harrisburg as Butler visits Hickory Ridge. Watch the exciting action on NFHS Network powered by RFC.

Powerhouse Central Cabarrus visiting Concord in another SPC game. All action from Robert C. Bailey Stadium is on the NFHS Network.

Previous NFHS broadcasts from RFC are here.

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Battle of unbeatens

Undefeated Central Cabarrus battles undefeated Northwest Cabarrus in South Piedmont Conference action from Trojan Stadium at Northwest Cabarrus.

The game can be seen on Radio Free Cabarrus’ broadcast on NFHS Network. Pregame is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

Game 2

Cross town rivals Concord and Jay M. Robinson do battle at Robinson. You can see on the action on NFHS Network beginning with the pregame at 7 p.m.

Friday night football action

Photographer Todd Mauldin captured this shot of fans last week.

The Southern Christmas Show starts Nov. 8

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