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American Legion Baseball

Concord Post 51 beats Mocksville 10-4 in American Legion Senior Baseball. Note there is no audio in the pregame and play-by-play picks up with the National Anthem and as the action begins. This game was played Friday, June 22, 2018.

Football odds and ends

Shaked’s take on Panthers win over Tampa Bay

Sportscaster Shaked Bar-Tal gives you his take on the Panthers 22-19 win over Tampa Bay. For more of Shaked’s takes visit his YouTube channel. It’s mostly sports with an occasional food segment.

Charlotte 49ers 2018 signees 

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Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert has announced the first eighteen members of the 49ers 2018 recruiting class who signed national letters of intent on the first day of the Dec. 20-Dec. 22 signing period. A second signing period will begin Feb. 7.
Nine members of the 49ers’ seventh recruiting class will enroll in January and join the team for the Spring 2018 semester. The 18-member class includes 11 three- and two-star prospects, four junior college transfers and two prep school players.
“This is a fun day for us,” said Lambert. “To bring new guys in to infuse your program. Our staff did a tremendous job – worked extremely hard on the road and did a fantastic job finding the right student-athletes to come to Charlotte. We’re excited about the length we’ve added to our team. Good students, good kids who are going to be good players for us so were excited about that. I really like the early signing day and getting guys on board. This class is most mid-year guys (9) we’ve brought in.”
The 2018 class is highlighted by three-star recruits Justin Jeffery, a 6-1 receiver from Richmond Hill, Ga. and Terrick Smalls Jr., a 5-9 running back from Savannah, Ga., as well as Coffeyville C.C. offensive lineman Jon Timmons, a former three-star recruit out of Memphis Southwind High. Four in-state recruits are among the signee class, including Charlotte area products Matt Martinez, a 6-2 defensive back from Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville Senior, Brady Pope, a 6-3 two-star quarterback from Statesville, N.C./South Iredell and Emmanuel White, a 6-7 defensive lineman from Huntersville, N.C./Victory Christian who attended Georgia Prep Sports Academy this past year. Linebacker Markees Watts, of nearby Lancaster, S.C. and offensive lineman Malik Harkness (Lugoff, S.C.) are a pair of two-star prospects from South Carolina.
The class includes seven offensive and defensive linemen, five receivers/tight ends, three defensive backs, and a linebacker, quarterback and running back.
DECEMBER 20, 2017 Signees:
Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Hometown Previous School(s)
Daymon (DJ) Anderson^ 6-0 195 DB Silver Spring, Md. Montgomery Blair/Lackawanna College
**Rico Arnold^ 6-1 168 WR Athens, Ga. Clarke Central
**Malik Harkness^ 6-5 280 OL Lugoff, S.C. Lugoff-Elgin
**Jacob Hunt 6-4 255 TE Rome, Ga. The Darlington School
***Justin Jeffery 6-1 170 WR Richmond Hill, Ga. Richmond Hill
Matt Martinez 6-2 175 DB Mooresville, N.C. Mooresville Senior
**Jonnie Pitman 5-11 175 DB Oxon Hill, Md. Potomac
**Brady Pope 6-3 182 QB Statesville, N.C. South Iredell
Moss Saccomanno^ 6-5 235 TE Smiths Station, Ala. Smiths Station/Dodge City C.C.
***Terrick Smalls Jr. 5-9 199 RB Savannah, Ga. Benedictine Military
Dominic Taylor^ 6-5 280 OL Snellville, Ga. Shiloh/Hutchinson C.C.
(***)Jon Timmons^ 6-5 335 OL Memphis, Tenn. Southwind/Coffeyville C.C.
Bryan Wallace 6-5 260 DL Berryville, Va.  Clarke County
**Markees Watts 6-2 205 LB Lancaster, S.C. Lancaster
Damon Weldon^ 6-5 235 DL Roanoke, Va. William Fleming/Fork Union Military
Emmanuel White^ 6-7 235 DL Huntersville, N.C. Victory Christian/Georgia Prep Sports
**Dalton Widner 6-4 280 OL Corryton, Tenn. Gibbs
**Chris Wiggins^ 6-2 190 WR Greensboro, N.C. Grimsley
^ – to enroll in January, 2018
Daymon (DJ) Anderson
6-0; 195; DB
Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair/Lackawanna College
A first-team Northeast Football all-conference defensive back … among the Falcons’ leaders with three interceptions and three pass break-ups as a sophomore … Falcons went 7-2 and were ranked 19th in the final NJCAA rankings … had 25 tackles (3.1/game) in eight games played … Falcons went 10-1 in his freshman season, winning the NEFC Championship with a perfect 10-0 record … advanced to the 2016 Valley of the Sun Bowl (L, 48-41 to Mesa Community College) … averaged 3.2 tackles and had one INT … led Blair High to a 9-4 record as a senior — the Blazers second eight-win season since 1994 … earned the Blazers their first-ever post-season bid … reached Class 4A Regional Semifinals under head coach Dr. Andrew Fields.
Rico Arnold
6-1; 168; WR
Athens, Ga./Clarke Central HS
A two-star 2016 recruit (247Sports) … three-year letterwinner … over 1,500 career receiving yards … AAAAA Region 8 First Team all-Region … had 47 catches for 766 yards (16.3/rec.) and 7 touchdowns as a senior … named GITV Offensive Player of the Year … helped the Gladiators to a 7-5 record under coach David Perno … Clarke Central lost in the second round of the 2016 AAAAA Georgia state playoffs … AAAAA state runner-up in track and field (4×100 relay).
Malik Harkness
6-5; 280; OL
Lugoff, S.C./Lugoff-Elgin HS
A two-star recruit (247Sports) … participated in South Carolina’s North-South All-Star game … named all-Region 4A at Offensive Tackle … graded out at 85% in 2017 with 30 knockdowns and five demon blocks (driving defender back 10+ yards) … only alowed one sack as a senior … Demons’ Offensive Lineman of the Year … team captain as a senior … three-year letterwinner … led the Demons to an 8-6 mark that included a trip to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs … A-B Honor Roll.
Jacob Hunt
6-4; 255; TE
Rome, Ga./The Darlington School
A two-star recruit (247Sports) … three-year starter for coach Tommy Atha … two-time team captain … preseason all-state selection for 2017 … had 19 catches for 231 yards and four TDs … added 70 tackles, 15 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 INT and 2 PBU’s on defensive side of the ball … Tigers reached the quarterfinals of the state A Private playoffs … finished season with an 8-5 record … several collegiate offers including Georgia Southern, Tulane and Ball State.
Justin Jeffery
6-1; 170; WR
Richmond Hill, Ga./Richmond Hill HS
A three-star recruit (247Sports) … had 10-plus collegiate offers, including FAU, Cincinnati and Central Michigan … saw time on varsity all four years with standout seasons in 2016 and 2017 … Wildcats went 7-3 in his senior season under head coach Matt LeZotte … had 27 catches for 341 yards and one touchdown … averaged 12.6 yards per catch and 34.1 yards per game … Wildcats advanced to the AAAAAA GHSA State playoffs … reached  GHSA state playoffs as a junior as well, with a 6-4 record … 22 receptions for 300 yards and four TDs … averaged 13.6 yards per catch and 30.0 yards per game.
Matt Martinez
6-2; 175; DB
Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville Senior HS
A 2016 North Piedmont 3A/4A all-conference selection (Charlotte Observer) … team captain for head coach Marty Paxton … averaged 7.3 tackles with two interceptions and 4 pass breakups as a senior … three-year varsity player … had 6.0 tackles with 1 INT as a junior … helped Blue Devils to an 8-4 record as a junior … North Piedmont runner-up with a 6-1 conference record … advanced to a 4AA state playoffs … 4 career interceptions.
Jonnie Pitman
5-11; 175; DB
Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac HS
A two-star recruit (247Sports) … had over 20 collegiate offers, including Army and Navy … 2017 Maryland Crab Bowl participant … two-time all-conference defensive back … averaged 2.3 tackles with 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 6 passes deflected and a blocked field goal for coach Ronnie Crump … played on varsity all four years … career stats: 61 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 21 passes deflected … Wolverines reached Maryland 3A state playoffs all four years with back-to-back state semifinal trips in his sophomore and junior seasons … had 25 tackles and 8 passes deflected as a junior with one interception returned for a touchdown and one fumble recovery … went 7-4, winning 7 of 8 to reach the semifinals … Wolverines went 10-3 to reach state semifinals in his sophomore season … 10-2 as a freshman, reaching the 3A Regional finals.
Brady Pope
6-3; 182; QB
Statesville, N.C./South Iredell HS
A two-star recruit (247Sports) … threw for over 10,000 (10,624) yards with 112 passing touchdowns … both numbers rank in NCHSAA all-time Top 10 … four-year varsity player and three-year starter … led Vikings to an 11-3 record as a senior with 4,052 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and a .645 completion pct. … added 315 rushing yards and six TDs … North Piedmont 3A Conference Champions … first team all-conference QB was named the Conference Offensive Player of the Year … head coach Scott Miller led Vikings to 3AA state quarterfinals … threw for 3,624 yards as a junior with 40 touchdown passes and a .672 completion pct … named all-North Piedmont Conference … 9-4 Vikings reached second round of the 3AA state playoffs … 2,425 passing yards and 25 TDs as a sophomore with a .624 completion pct … added 523 passing yards and four TDs as a freshman … had a career QBR of 115.1 and a .641 completion pct.
Moss Saccomanno
6-5; 235; TE
Smiths Station, Ala./Smiths Station HS/Dodge City CC
Spent 2017 season with the Conquistadors at Dodge City Community College under coach Gary Thomas … started 11 games … received offers from Southern Miss, Kansas and Bowling Green … started eight games as Tight End at Alabama Prep of Birmingham in 2016 … four-year letterwinner at Smiths Station … went 6-4 as a senior at Smiths Station for head coach Jason Dukes in 2015 … Panthers were 5-5 in his junior year … three-year letterwinner in track and field.
Terrick Smalls Jr.
5-9; 199; RB
Savannah, Ga./Benedictine Military HS
A three-star recruit (ESPN, Scout, 247Sports) … 2016  AA GHSA State Champs … four-year varsity player; two-year starter for the two-time Region 2-AA Champs … owns a 4.57 40 … had 1,687 career rushing yards with 27 rushing touchdowns … had 821 rushing yards (74.6/game) and 10 TDs as a senior to lead Cadets to a 12-1 record, including a 7-0 Region 2-AA Championship … Reached third round of AA GHSA state playoffs … 729 rushing yards and 15 TDs as a junior … Cadets posted best record in school history with a perfect 15-0 record and a state and Region 2-AA title.
Dominic Taylor
6-5; 280; OL
Snellville, Ga./Shiloh/Hutchinson CC
2017 KJCCC Honorable Mention all-conference center … team captain as a sophomore for the Blue Dragons … helped Hutchinson C.C. to a 7-5 record as a sophomore … started 15 games at tackle and six at center for Hutchinson … starred on the O-Line and D-Line for Ryan Andrews-coached Shiloh Generals … three-year varsity player … started 28 games … named Shiloh Male Athlete of the Year as a senior … graduated with honors … recipient Kevin Maloof Leadership Award.
Jon Timmons
6-5; 335; OL
Memphis, Tenn./Southwind/Memphis/Coffeyville CC
2017 KJCCC Second Team all-conference tackle for the Red Ravens … served a red-shirt season at Memphis in 2016 … selected to play for the 2016 US Under 19 National Team … rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and two-star by Rivals out of Southwind High … three-year varsity player led Jaguars to an 8-3 record and a 5A Region 8 runner-up finish as a senior in 2015 … Jaguars reached the Division I Class 5A state playoffs under head coach Rahnmann Slocum in 2015.
Bryan Wallace
6-5; 260; DL
Berryville, Va./Clarke County HS
Four-year varsity standout for three-time Region Champs and 2015 2A VHSL State runner-up … three-time First Team 2A all-State defensive end … 2017 first team 2A all-State Offensive Lineman … two-time second team all-state offensive lineman (2015, 2016) … two-time Winchester Star Athlete of the Year (2015, 2016) and Winchester Star Defensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017) … four-time First team all-Bull Run District Defensive End and three-time First team all-Bull Run District Offensive Lineman … Eagles’ Golden Helmet Award winner (Team MVP) in 2016 and 2017 … Clarke County’s leading tackler in 2017 and all-time sack leader with 45.5 sacks … helped Eagles to 2A VHSL State playoffs in each of his four years … Eagles went 10-3 under head coach Chris Parker to reach the 2017 2A state playoffs second round … In 2016, Eagles went 10-3 and were Bull Run District co-champs with a 5-1 mark … reached 2A state quarterfinals … posted a 12-2 record his sophomore season, winning the 2A Conference 35 Region title with a 4-0 record … defense allowed just six points in first three playoff games to reach the 2A VHSL State title game … Region co-champs (4-0) as a freshman with an 11-2 record … three-time 2A state wrestling champ: 2014, 182; 2015, 195; 2016, 220 … competing at 285 as a senior.
Markees Watts
6-2; 215; LB
Lancaster, S.C./Lancaster HS
Two-star recruit (247Sports) … two-time Region III Defensive Player of the Year after winning award as a sophomore and junior … amassed a total of 42 Tackles for Loss (TFL) and 27 sacks in sophomore and junior seasons … Tri-Country Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 … first team all-Area … season-ending injury on opening kickoff of 2017 season … led Bruins to a 6-5 record as a junior to reach the Class AAAA SCHSL state playoffs … 2016 Region III (AAAA) Defensive Player of the Year … had 95 tackles, 20 TFL and 19 sacks … one forced fumble for a scoop and score … 14 QB hurries, 7 passes knocked down … 2 blocked kicks (punt; PAT) … 8-3 as a sophomore … Region III runner-up … 2015 Region III (AAA) Defensive Player of the Year … 8-4 as a freshman … reached Class AAA SCHSL State playoffs first two seasons.
Damon Weldon
6-5; 235; DE
Roanoke, Va./William Fleming HS/Fork Union Military Academy
Versatile athlete who has played defensive end, tight end and offensive line … attended Fork Union Military Academy this past year … had 22 tackles (9 solo), 12 sacks, nine QB hurries and two blocked passes for coach John Shuman … had 38 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 2.5 TFL at Fleming High for coach Bobby Martin … 2016 First Team all-Conference 24 … played in the VHSL All Star Game.
Emmanuel White
6-7; 235; DE/DL
Huntersville, N.C./Victory Christian/Georgia Prep Sports Academy (Decatur, Ga.)
Originally from Africa … played locally at Victory Christian … spent 2017 season at Georgia Prep Sports Academy … had 39 tackles with 19 sacks in nine games at Georgia Prep … added 19 tackles for loss … four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries and one blocked kick … two-sport athlete played both football and basketball … Honor roll student as a junior and senior at Victory Christian.
Dalton Widner
6-4; 280; OL
Corryton, Tenn./Gibbs HS
Two-star recruit ( 247Sports) … three-time all-Region 2-5A … selected for the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic … team captain as a senior … played both O-Line and D-Line during his career … four-year varsity player … Eagles went 5-5 in his senior season under head coach Brad Conley … 8-4 as a junior … reach second round of the Div. I Class 5A playoffs … 3.5 GPA in NCAA required courses.
Chris Wiggins
6-2; 190; WR
Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley HS
Two-star recruit ( 247Sports) … two-time Metro 4A all-Conference (2016, 2017) … won Whirlies’ Bob Jamieson Team MVP Award as a senior … Whirlies’ Offensive Player of the Year as a junior … Greensboro News & Record all-Area in 2017 … Honorable Mention all-Area in 2016 … had 47 catches for 567 receiving yards (63.0/game) with five touchdowns as a senior … added 10.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 4 PBU and 1 INT … had 426 receiving yards as a junior with three TDs … career totals of 74 catches, 993 receiving yards and 11 TDs.

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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Wildcats & 49ers football

Davidson Wildcats

Charlotte 49ers


Coming up Saturday

Dayton at Davidson 1 p.m.

UAB at Charlotte 6:30 p.m.

Friday night football

Radio Free Cabarrus is broadcasting two game for Friday, Sept. 29. Links to the broadcasts are below.

Garinger at Hickory Ridge

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Harrisburg. The pregame will begin at 7 p.m.

West Stanly at Jay M. Robinson

Mark Plemmons calls this action on this audio only broadcast. The game is being videotaped for replay later on Cabarrus County Schools Channel 21. Pregame is set for 7:15 p.m.

North Iredell at Northwest Cabarrus

Ken Anderson and Coach Soupy Campbell call this game on Memories 98.3 FM and WTIX-AM 1410. Pregame is at 7 p.m.


A great Friday night for football

Guest column

High school activities bring communities together

By Bob Gardner and Que Tucker

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games.  It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.

Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.

That’s why attending the activities hosted by your high school this fall is so important. It’s not only an opportunity to cheer for your hometown team, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our commonality. And that’s something our country needs right now.

The bond we share is mutually supporting the teenagers in our respective communities. We applaud their persistence, tenacity, preparation and hard work, regardless of the color of the uniform they wear. We acknowledge that education-based, high school sports are enhancing their lives, and ours, in ways that few other activities could. And we agree that, regardless of what side of the field we sit on, attending a high school sporting event is an uplifting, enriching, family-friendly experience for all of us.

Many of the high schools in our state lie at the heart of the communities they serve.   They not only are educating our next generation of leaders, they also are a place where we congregate, where people from every corner of town and all walks of life come together as one. And at no time is this unity more evident than during a high school athletic event.

This is the beginning of a new school year. Opportunities abound in the classroom and outside it. Let’s make the most of them by attending as many athletic events at the high school in our community as possible.

Turn on the lights, and let the games begin!

Bob Gardner and Que Tucker

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

High School football

Under the Lights on Friday Nights will be at Central Cabarrus for Vikings game with Hickory Ridge. Mark Plemmons and Perry Gabriel will co-host the show. Shaked Bar-Tal will be reporting from Cuthbertson at Jay M. Robinson and Chris Hudson will bring updates from Mount Pleasant at Northwest Cabarrus.
We welcome your calls (texts too) and updates at 704-490-3715. We expect to be on the air from 7 to 10 p.m.

Area III American Legion Baseball

Concord Post 51 at Kannapolis Post 115

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action as Concord and Kannapolis play for the second time in eight days. Concord won last week’s game 14-10 after Kannapolis led 8-6. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25.
Standings through June 24, 2017

Special thanks to Jonathan Bost for scores, standings, schedules and updates.

Upcoming Area III Games

Sunday, June 25, 2017                                                                   

Eastern Randolph            @            Greensboro

High Point           @            Randolph Co.

Mooresville        @            Rowan Co.

Concord               @            Kannapolis

Davidson Co.      @            Mocksville-Davie

Kannapolis          @            Stanly Co.


Monday, June 26, 2017                                                                                 

Eastern Randolph            @            Winston-Salem

Mooresville        @            Stanly Co.

Kernersville        @            Davidson Co.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017                                                                 

High Point           @            Kernersville

Davidson Co.      @            Greensboro

Winston-Salem @            Randolph Co.

Stanly Co.            @            Rowan Co.

Mooresville        @            Kannapolis


Wednesday, June 28, 2017                                                                                         

Greensboro       @            Kernersville

Randolph Co.     @            Eastern Randolph

Mooresville        @            Concord

Kannapolis          @            Mocksville-Davie


Thursday, June 29, 2017                                                                                               

Winston-Salem @            Kernersville

Davidson Co.      @            High Point           6:00 PM

Eastern Randolph            @            Concord

Stanly Co.            @            Kannapolis

Rowan Co.          @            Mocksville-Davie


Friday, June 30, 2017                                                                                     

Concord               @            Rowan Co.

Last Day of Regular Season

All game times are at 7:00PM unless otherwise noted.

Recent scores

Sunday, June 18, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 

Rowan Co.          22           Stanly Co.            0

High Point           7              Greensboro       3

Winston-Salem 10           Eastern Randolph            9

Randolph Co.     10           Kernersville        0

Concord               14           Kannapolis          10

Stubenville, OH 13           Mocksville-Davie              5              NL


Monday, June 19, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 

Eastern Randolph            14           Davidson Co.      6

Kernersville        5              High Point           1

Stanly Co.            6              Concord               5

Mocksville-Davie              5              Kannapolis          3


Tuesday, June 20, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 

Mooresville        @            Stanly Co.            ppd.       to Mon. 6/26

High Point           4              Randolph Co.     2

Rowan Co.          12           Kannapolis          1

Greensboro       6              Winston-Salem 4


Wednesday, June 21, 2017                                                                                                                                                                         

Eastern Randolph            3              Kernersville        1

Randolph Co.     3              Davidson Co.      1

Greensboro       6              Winston-Salem 5

Rowan Co.          @            Concord               ppd.                       to 6/30

Mocksville-Davie              @            Mooresville        ppd.       no makeup set


Thursday, June 22, 2017                                                                                                                                                               

Kannapolis          @            Stanly Co.            ppd.       to 6/25 at 1 p.m.

Davidson Co.      3              Eastern Randolph            2

Randolph Co.     12           Winston-Salem 4

Rowan Co.          17           Mocksville-Davie              7


Friday, June 23, 2017                                                                                                                                                                     

Greensboro       8              High Point           6

Kernersville        8              Winston-Salem 3

Concord               10           Mocksville-Davie              6

Rowan Co.          18           Kannapolis          8


Saturday, June 24, 2017                                                                                                                                                

Randolph Co.     @            Kernersville        ppd.       to 6/30

High Point           @            Eastern Randolph   6/30

Stanly Co.            @            Mooresville

Davidson Co.      @            Winston-Salem 6/25

Mocksville-Davie  8         Concord               6

Texarkana, Ar    6              Rowan Co.          1

Rowan Co.          11           Hope Mills           9

#catsarewild on the #roadtoomaha

The Davidson Wildcats, Atlantic 10 champions, have beaten #2 North Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast to advance to the Chapel Hill Regional championship round.

You can hear tonight’s broadcast on WHIP-AM 1350, on the TuneIn Radio app, on  WGNC 101.1 FM / 1450 AM or on-line here Davidson Baseball from Learfield The Wildcats face the winner of UNC and Florida Gulf Coast.


Here are some highlights.

New Davidson women’s basketball coach

Davidson Names Gayle Coats Fulks Coach

By Gavin McFarlin – Associate SID

DAVIDSON — Davidson College Director of Athletics Jim Murphy announced on Wednesday the hiring of Wake Forest assistant coach Gayle Coats Fulks as the Wildcats’ 12th head women’s basketball coach.

Coach Coats Fulks will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. inside the Harry L. Vance Athletic Center.

“Gayle understands the opportunities and relationships of a high-academic Division I environment,” said Murphy. “She has been recognized by her peers for her commitment to the scholar-athlete experience and her ability to recruit and develop players. We welcome Gayle and her husband Ryan to the Davidson community.”

In addition to helping the Demon Deacons to consecutive NIT appearances the last two seasons, Coats Fulks was recognized during the 2015-16 campaign as one of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Thirty Under 30 honorees. The award is given annually to up-and-coming coaches 30 years old and younger, to recognize their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others’ professional manner and attitude as well as association involvement.

Gayle Coats Fulks action photo

While on the bench for Head Coach Jen Hoover the last five seasons, Coats Fulks assisted in all aspects of the program, from academics to recruiting, where she served as an integral part to the Demon Deacons putting together ranked recruiting classes each year on staff.

In her first season with the Deacs, she helped guide one of the top-scoring backcourts in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Point guard Chelsea Douglas led the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game, while Lakevia Boykin was right behind her at 14.4 points. The two combined to make 134 three-pointers on the season, with Douglas’ 72 ranking as the third-most for a single-season in school history.

“It is a dream come true to be named the next head women’s basketball coach at Davidson,” commented Coats Fulks. “I want to thank President Quillen and Jim Murphy for the opportunity to join this amazing community. I believe that Davidson has the perfect fusion of genuine and dedicated people, prestigious academics, and top-notch facilities to achieve a high level of success on and off the court. I will work tirelessly to create a culture of excellence in everything that we do. I cannot wait to get started. Go Wildcats!”

She takes over a program that just finished its third season in the Atlantic 10 Conference after being in the Southern Conference for 21 seasons.

Coats Fulks joined the Wake Forest staff after one season as an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro in 2011-12. With the Spartans, Coats Fulks assisted with academics, recruiting, scouting, game preparation and practice planning, along with player development. She also served as the team’s academic liaison.

Coats Fulks broke into the coaching ranks at Longwood University, where she was on staff from 2007-11. In her first season with the Lancers, they went 16-13, notching the program’s best win total in its Division I era at the time.

Prior to her first collegiate job, Coats Fulks served as the Assistant Video Coordinator during the 2007 season for the WNBA’s New York Liberty, where she assisted with scouting reports and film exchange.

A four-year letterwinner at Fairleigh Dickinson, Coats Fulks was a co-captain and member of the Northeast Conference All-Academic squad. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.The Coats Fulks File
April 6, 1985
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
Alma Mater: Farleigh Dickinson, 2007
Spouse: Ryan

Coaching History
Davidson, Head Coach (2017-pr.)
Wake Forest, Assistant Coach (2012-17)
UNCG, Assistant Coach (2011-12)
Longwood, Assistant Coach (2007-11)
New York Liberty (WNBA), Assistant Video Coordinator (2007)

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Spring football

White team Tops Green 50-29 in 49ers Spring Game

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Photo by Charlotte Sports Information

The Charlotte 49ers White team scored a 50-29 victory over Green in the annual Spring Game, Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium.  The game pitted the offense (White) against the defense (Green) and used a modified scoring system that awarded points for big plays in addition to scoring plays.

“Overall, it was pretty good — guys flew around and for the most part were taking care of each other,” head coach Brad Lambert said.  “This spring —  really pleased with the way our guys have progressed.  Tonight was a lot of fun.  Overall, really pleased with the guys and how hard they played.”

RS-junior quarterback Hasaan Klugh connected on 12-of-14 passes for 93 yards to lead the White’s attack. RS-senior wideout Trent Bostick had five catches for 65 yards in his return after red-shirting the 2016 season.

“It’s truly a blessing just being out there and getting in a groove with the teammates,” said Bostick. “I missed it.  Being back on the field, I just appreciate it a lot more.  Being out there with those guys and lining up beside them and I see the intensity in their eyes just makes me push forward and go hard.”

The White squad scored touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and added two field goals in the fourth quarter to pull away from Green.  The defense received points for tackles for loss, sacks, three and outs, turnovers and red-zone stops.  The defense piled up  11 tackles for loss, led by Alex Highsmith and Alex Duncan, who has two apiece.  Anthony Butler led the defense with seven tackles and one TFL followed by Highsmith (6) and Duncan (5).

Akease Rankin scored the White’s first TD on a three-yard run in the first quarter.  Robert Washington added a six-yard TD carry in the second and Brooks Barden hit TE Ben Jacques for a seven-yard TD pass in the third quarter.  Barden finished the game 5-of-9 in pass attempts for 61 yards and that TD.  RS-freshman QB Joe Thompson was 5-of-7 for 35 yards in his debut.

Jackson Vansickle kicked field goals of 26 and 33 yards and Kyle Corbett added a 29-yard field goal.

“We had to look at our young defense linemen  and pushed on them and our offensive line was really limited in numbers.  We got through 15 practices with 10 guys (on offensive line) and not one guy missed a practice.  Those guys got a ton of reps.  Really proud of that group upfront.  Those two  positions are positions that we need to continue to build and get better.  Proud of those two groups — really came along and did a nice job, ” Lambert added.  “I like the way we’re been working.  We pushed on that. Our guys have responded from January all the way through.  I’ve pushed on them hard this spring and they’ve responded to that.”

The White team put up 274 yards of total offense (189 passing; 85 rushing) and scored on 5-of-7 red zone chances.  The Green team held the offense to 3-of-13 on third down and was credited with six red-zones stops by either forcing a field goal attempt or stopping a possession.

Charlotte will open the 2017 season, Sept. 1 at Eastern Michigan.  The 49ers 2017 home opener will be Sept. 16 vs. North Carolina A&T.

2017 season ticket packages are available at or by calling 704-687-4949.

Davidonson announces tenative 2017 schedule

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DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson football released the 2017 schedule announced by head coach Paul Nichols. The slate features six games at Richardson Stadium including 3-of-4 in the opening month.

Davidson begins the season at home against Brevard on Sept. 2 before hitting the road to Western Carolina (Sept. 9). The final non-conference tilt is back at Stephen B. Smith Field against Guilford (Sept. 16). The Wildcats have not played in-state foe WCU since 1985 and will clash with Brevard for the first time in program history.

The Wildcats begin Pioneer Football League play after the open week at home against Marist (9/30).

October sees Davidson on the road in 3-of-4 games starting with consecutive trips to the Sunshine State, at Jacksonville (Oct. 7) and at Stetson (Oct. 14). Davidson’s lone home game of the month features Dayton (Oct. 21) before the squad heads back out to Drake (Oct. 28) to end the month.

The final stretch of the season features a pair of home games beginning with Campbell (Nov. 4) and ends with a Senior Day tilt against San Diego (Nov. 11). The ‘Cats conclude the 2017 campaign with a trip to Morehead State (Nov. 18).

Ticket information and game times will follow in the coming weeks, but the schedule is tentative and subject to change.  More information is available at

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