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100 day for 49ers AD

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New Charlotte 49ers Athletic Director Mike Hill has been on the job for 100 days and has hit the ground running. Here is a letter from Hill to 49ers faithful:
Niner Nation,
What an amazing first 100 days it’s been here at Charlotte — the energy and excitement from Niner Nation has been incredible! Thank you to Chancellor Dubois, the cabinet, and the athletic department staff for helping me during this transition. And a special thank-you to Judy Rose, who has served this wonderful institution for 43 years and has been unbelievably supportive.
We’ve accomplished a lot in the first three months, including hiring one of the nation’s most successful and respected basketball coaches in Ron Sanchez, hiring an absolute superstar in Chris Fuller to oversee external operations, and greeting legions of fans at numerous sporting and special events.
The schedule has been full-throttle, and the reception has been inspiring.
And talk about inspiring – led by our 21-time conference Coach of the Year Bob Olesen, our track and field program is setting the tone for our athletic department, winning C-USA titles at the women’s cross country, men’s indoor, and, most recently, men’s outdoor championships. A school-record four student-athletes earned outdoor track and field all-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
With excitement building for football season, we are adding approximately 2,500 seats to Jerry Richardson Stadium for both the home opener vs. Fordham and the Appalachian State games. We have adjusted ticket sales plans to give our most loyal football fans the first opportunity to purchase high-demand tickets.
After reaching our initial goal of $40 million, we have increased our goal towards the university’s Exponential Capital Campaign to $49 million. To reach that goal we need the support of each and every member! Our fiscal year ends on June 30, so please make a contribution to support our amazing student-athletes by visiting www.charlotte49ers.com/givenow.
We have initiated the process to create an athletic facilities master plan, which will allow us to better assess our current facilities, needs for enhancements, and growth. Once complete, this master plan will serve as a road map as we identify our needs and develop a strategy to raise necessary capital. One step we’ve already taken is the replacement of the Hayward Practice Gym court for our basketball and volleyball programs.
As for the vision for our program, I have met with coaches and staff, student-athletes, stakeholders, students, media and fans.  At each step, we have discussed the culture we want to instill in our program.
First and foremost, we are here for our student-athletes and will prioritize their growth and personal development at every turn. We will conduct business the right way and run the program with integrity. We will actively engage our students, alumni and fans, working hard to enhance their game day experience.
And make no mistake, we are not in this to be ordinary – we are in it to be extraordinary. We expect to be highly competitive in every sport – and we expect to compete for conference championships and NCAA post-season births.
We have established “Gold Standard” as a departmental theme – but it is so much more than a motto.  It is an expectation – for our coaches, for our student-athletes, for our staff and for our fans.  Excellence is our goal. To reach it, everyone must be pulling in the same direction.
On a personal note, my wife, Jess, and I were married in April and have successfully moved into our Uptown home.  Living Uptown allows me to engage our fans on a regular basis and easily meet with members of the corporate community.  Professionally, it is important for me to be situated in the heart of our city and personally, Charlotte’s got a lot to love.  It’s very clear that this city wants us to be successful!
I look forward to the next 100 days of working with you and for you so that this fine institution can realize its fullest potential.  It will take all of us, together, to get to where we want to go.  And we will.
Thank you for the wonderful welcome and Go Niners!
Mike Hill, Director of Athletics

Playoffs: And then there were 8

Watch Jesse Carson at Cox Mill on NFHS Network

Former South Piedmont Conference rivals Jesse Carson and Cox Mill battle for the right to play in the Western Regional Finals. Mark Plemmons, Perry Gabriel and Jay Alverson call the action beginning with the pregame at approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Saturday Cox Mill win over Mt. Tabor

Saturday’s Ardrey Kell win over Hickory Ridge

Complete list of quarterfinals

1A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Rocky Mount Preparatory (24-0) vs. #5 Voyager Academy (21-6)

#3 Pamlico County (20-5) vs. #7 Granville Central (15-11)

West

#1 Winston-Salem Prep (24-3) vs. #5 North Stanly (24-5)

#2 Lincoln Charter (24-4) vs. #6 Starmount (24-3)

1A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Pamlico County (24-1) vs. #4 Cape Hatteras (25-0)

#3 Northampton County (21-3) vs. #10 Weldon (21-2)

West

#1 Mount Airy (24-2) vs. #4 East Wilkes (23-4)

#3 Murphy (26-2) vs. #10 Cherokee (19-6)

2A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#9 Greene Central (24-6) vs. #4 Farmville Central (22-3)

#2 Clinton (26-1) vs. #3 Fairmont (29-1)

West

#1 Mountain Heritage (23-1) vs. #4 Salisbury (26-3)

#2 Forest Hills (27-2) vs. #3 East Lincoln (25-5)

2A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Kinston (28-1) vs. #4 Richlands (26-3)

#2 East Duplin (25-2) vs. #3 North Pitt (23-5)

West

#1 Mountain Heritage (26-1) vs. #21 Wilkes Central (17-12)

#3 North Wilkes (26-3) vs. #18 Ledford Senior (23-5)

3A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Northside-Jacksonville (27-0) vs. #5 New Hanover (26-4)

#3 Eastern Guilford (26-2) vs. #7 Southern Lee (25-3)

West

#1 Cox Mill (26-3) vs. #4 Jesse Carson (26-2)

#2 Ben L. Smith (26-3) vs. #3 Hickory (27-2)

3A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Jacksonville (21-3) vs. #4 Hillside (21-7)

#3 E.E. Smith (27-3) vs. #10 Havelock (22-2)

West

#1 Ashbrook (29-0) vs. #4 North Iredell (24-5)

#2 Northern Guilford (25-4) vs. #11 Rockingham County (25-4)

4A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Garner Magnet (26-1) vs. #4 South Central (26-0)

#2 Broughton (26-2) vs. #3 Heritage (23-4)

West

#9 Rocky River (22-6) vs. #13 David W. Butler (25-5)

#2 Independence (28-1) vs. #3 Olympic (22-4)

4A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS

East

#1 Southeast Raleigh (28-0) vs. #4 Green Hope (24-4)

#2 Heritage (26-2) vs. #3 E.A. Laney (27-2)

West

#1 Northwest Guilford (26-2) vs.  #4 Ardrey Kell (25-3)

#2 Mallard Creek (27-2) vs. #3 West Forsyth (24-3)

Southern Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend

The show continues at the Park Expo Center in Charlotte. Get great home gardening and decorating ideas as well ideas about home improvements and much more at the annual Southern Spring Home and Garden Show.

Friday, March 2, 2018               10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018          10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018
             10:00 am – 5:00 pm

We are thanking teachers for all they do for our kids and community. On Friday, March 2nd, educators and staff who present a valid school ID at the Box office get free admission. All day!

Basketball, officials needed

Broadcasts are expected to begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The games will also be available for replay later.

Central Cabarrus at Concord

Forest Hills at Mt. Pleasant

Butler at Hickory Ridge is on the NFHS Network

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BECOME AN OFFICIAL – STAY CONNECTED TO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.

These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic.

In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed – or even cancelled – because there are not enough men and women to officiate them.

Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation.

Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation.

Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come.

Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the application process, can do so at www.HighSchoolOfficials.com.

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#HoopsvilleNC action live

A.L. Brown at Cox Mill

Also check out Radio Free Cabarrus’ Facebook page. We sometimes broadcast on Facebook Live, such as Wednesday, Jan. 10, when we had technical issues on The Cube.

Friday night basketball

Join us for South Piedmont Conference basketball live on the NFHS Network. The broadcast begins at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.

Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson

Also playing tonight:

Hickory Ridge at Butler

 From earlier this week

A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus

 

South Piedmont basketball

A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus

A.L. Brown visits Northwest Cabarrus Wednesday, Jan. 3, for a South Piedmont Conference basketball match-up. The broadcast will include both girls and boys varsity games.

Our 2017 plan for basketball

This season Radio Free Cabarrus will be splitting games between TheCube.com and the NFHS Network.

Broadcasts on The Cube will be free and live, while NFHS Network games are subscription based. NFHS Network games are free after 72 hours.

Our new NFHS Network game will be Friday, Jan. 5, with Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson.

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show coming up

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at the Park Expo Center in Charlotte is set for Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4.

Lincoln Charter-Cox Mill

Watch Lincoln Charter versus Cox Mill basketball Wednesday, Dec. 13, on the NFHS Network by Radio Free Cabarrus. Both boys and girls games will be broadcast beginning at 6 p.m.

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3A Western Regional Semifinal

Jay M. Robinson vs. Cox Mill
It’s a showdown between South Piedmont Conference Champion Jay M. Robinson and crosstown rival Cox Mill. The Bulldogs won the two previous meetings this season. The game has been moved to the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center to accommodate the big crowd.
The winner will advance to the NCHSAA’s 3A Western Finals Saturday.
Tonight’s game will be called by Shaked Bar-Tal, John Voncannon and Chris Hudson from Radio Free Cabarrus.
For extensive post game coverage visit the Independent Tribune with award-winning sportswriters David Exum and Jemal Horton.
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High School Tournament Finals

Shaked’s Scoreboard Show

Live streaming video by Ustream

Tune in Friday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. as Shaked Bar-Tal keeps up to date on all the score in the area.

SPC Tournament Finals

The girls championship, beginning at 6:30 p.m. pits West Rowan versus Hickory Ridge. The boys title game has Concord versus Jay M. Robinson. Both games are at Cox Mill High School.

Regular season finales

Concord at Jay M. Robinson

The boys game will be for the South Piedmont Conference regular season title. Concord won the first game 101-97 in overtime. A packed house is expected.

West Stanly at Mt. Pleasant

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Click on photo above for Independent Tribune preview

SOUTHERN SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Find gifts and goods for home, garden and lifestyle Feb. 26 – 28 and March 4 – 6

Charlotte, N.C.: Any project a homeowner ever undertakes begins with an idea. And those are in great supply at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. But to make that idea a reality takes supplies. And guests will also find those in abundance. Plants, pots, gardening tools, yard art, kitchen gadgets, wildflower wreaths, pillows and pottery, gifts and so much more are in store at the 56th annual show.

“The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is a treasure chest of ideas,” said Mardee Woodward, the show’s manager. “Guests can leave with the inspiration, snapshots and know-how to take on a variety projects. But they can also leave with more than ideas. The show is a shopper’s paradise.”

For home gardeners, there are plants, soil, tools, equipment and more. Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, is a perennially popular part of the Green Market. So are the bonsai trees from the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas.

Even those who lack a green thumb – but want to add interest to their yard or patio – will find something to love … perhaps in the form of whimsical yard art. (No watering needed!)

And in addition to the nearly exhaustive array of home and garden items available, there’s even more – wine, gourmet foods, purses and tote bags, scarves, soap and lotions, artisan jewelry.

More than 350 exhibiting companies will be at the show with products, services and demos designed to inspire a sense of adventure in home and garden design. And of course, the latest accessories, tools and plants are all available for purchase.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.southernspringhomeandgardenshow.com.

SHOW FACTS
Feb. 26 – 28 and March 4 – 6, 2016
The Park Expo
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28205

Hours:
Friday, Feb. 26 and March 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 and March 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 6: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Preview Night Gala to Benefit Catawba Lands Conservancy will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.  Tickets are $75 and include access to Freedom Hall, food, beverage and entertainment. To purchase: www.catawbalands.org/spring

Tickets (at the door):
Adults: $11
Children under 15: Free with paying adult
Seniors (55+) Day:
Seniors get in for $7 on both Fridays.
Special Days:
$5 admission on Fridays after 5 p.m. (at the door only) and $5 parking after 5pm

Advance tickets
:
$8.50 (with VIC card) at regional Harris Teeter locations. Advance tickets will be available at beginning Jan. 27.
$9 online at www.southernshows.com

Group tickets:
$8.50 for group orders of 20 tickets or more when ordered in advance.

Parking
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All-day parking: $7 (cash only)
FREE parking for coaches, transport vans and buses