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 is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Que Tucker is Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
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.
Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons host this week’s scoreboard show from the site of Concord at Hickory Ridge.
Shaked Bar-Tal will provide live reports from the Cox Mill at Mount Pleasant game. Chris Hudson will report from Piedmont at Central Cabarrus.
We will follow other games and we encourage you to call in your scores from across North Carolina live between 7:30 and 10 p.m. each Friday night. The number to call is 704-786-0001 to connect live on the air with Mark and Perry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Birthdate: April 6, 1985 Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. Alma Mater: Farleigh Dickinson, 2007 Spouse: Ryan
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)
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 HasaanKlugh 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.
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 www.davidsonwildcats.com