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.
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:
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!
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
#1 Rocky Mount Preparatory (24-0) vs. #5 Voyager Academy (21-6)
#3 Pamlico County (20-5) vs. #7 Granville Central (15-11)
#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
#1 Pamlico County (24-1) vs. #4 Cape Hatteras (25-0)
#3 Northampton County (21-3) vs. #10 Weldon (21-2)
#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
#9 Greene Central (24-6) vs. #4 Farmville Central (22-3)
#2 Clinton (26-1) vs. #3 Fairmont (29-1)
#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
#1 Kinston (28-1) vs. #4 Richlands (26-3)
#2 East Duplin (25-2) vs. #3 North Pitt (23-5)
#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
#1 Northside-Jacksonville (27-0) vs. #5 New Hanover (26-4)
#3 Eastern Guilford (26-2) vs. #7 Southern Lee (25-3)
#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
#1 Jacksonville (21-3) vs. #4 Hillside (21-7)
#3 E.E. Smith (27-3) vs. #10 Havelock (22-2)
#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
#1 Garner Magnet (26-1) vs. #4 South Central (26-0)
#2 Broughton (26-2) vs. #3 Heritage (23-4)
#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
#1 Southeast Raleigh (28-0) vs. #4 Green Hope (24-4)
#2 Heritage (26-2) vs. #3 E.A. Laney (27-2)
#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!
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.
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.