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
The Point After
UTSA 33 at Charlotte 14
Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
#49: Wolfgang Zacherl
Captains: Austin Duke, Workpeh Kofa, Daquan Lucas, Nick Cook
“I want to just thank (the senior class) for taking a risk and coming to Charlotte to start this program. They laid a great foundation for us and it has a chance to propel us forward as we move into the coming years.” – HC Brad Lambert
The 49ers concluded the 2016 season with a 4-8 overall record; 3-5 in Conference USA. The four wins double the win total of 2015, the 49ers first at the FBS level. The three C-USA wins are the first in school history.
It was the final game for 27 seniors, including 19 members of the program’s First Class.
After going winless in league play in 2015, the 49ers finished 5th of 7 teams in the C-USA East Division and T8th of 13, overall with a 3-5 league mark.
Charlotte had two league games decided by one possession, last year (three-point losses to ODU and UTSA). This year, six of the eight league games were either wins (3) or one-possession losses (3).
Six of Charlotte’s eight losses came to bowl eligible teams. Charlotte also scored a victory over a bowl eligible team (Southern Miss) for the second straight year.
Sr. RB Kalif Phillips established the school career record with 4,020 career rushing yards.
R-Sr. WR Austin Duke established the school career record with 3,437 career receiving yards.
Kalif Phillips and Austin Duke rank 1-2 in touchdowns scored for the 49ers: Phillips has 43 career TDs (41 rushing; 2 receiving) while Duke completed his career with 25 career TDs (24 receiving; 1 rushing).
Kalif Phillips completes his career with 4,504 yards from scrimmage (4,020 rush; 484 rec.), including 1,149 from scrimmage (907 rush; 242 rec.), this season.
Austin Duke notched his 13th career 100-yard receiving game with 115 yards in his finale at UTSA. It is the most receiving yards put up by a 49er against FBS competition. It was Duke’s 4th 100-yard game of the year.
The 115-yard game is the ninth-most in school history. Duke owns each of the top nine performances and 13 of the 16 100-yard receiving games in school history.
Austin Duke had a 76-yard TD reception, matching his longest of the year and the 4th longest in school history. Duke owns each of the 49ers six all-time longest TD receptions.
The 76-yard TD pass from Hasaan Klugh to Austin Duke is the longest TD throw of Klugh’s career. He had a 69-yarder to Duke earlier in the season at FAU.
Klugh finished his first year with the 49ers connecting on 120-of-224 passes for 1356 yards (123.3/gm) and 10 TDs with 3 INT. He was third on the team with 426 yards rushing.
Austin Duke had at least 50 catches in each of his four years, and finishes his career with a school-record 24 career receiving TDs (25 total, 2nd all-time), 252 receptions and a 74.7 per game receiving avg.
QB/RB Matt Johnson completes his 49ers career with a school-record 5,405 yards passing and he added 1,273 career yards rushing.
Three players started over 40 of the 49ers 46 all-time games. DL Larry Ogunjobi is the only player that started all 46 games. DL Brandon Banks made 43 starts and Austin Duke made 41 career starts.
DL Larry Ogunjobi had 0.5 TFL at UTSA to complete his 49ers’ career, fittingly, with a school record 49.0 TFL.
Ogunjobi completes his 49ers career with school records for tackles (217), TFL (49.0) and sacks (13.0).
Sr. LB Nick Cook established a new single-season record with 107 tackles. Cook had at least 8 tackles in each of the last five games and 10 of 12 overall. He ranks 8th in C-USA in tackles.
LB Karrington King had 7+ tackles in four of the last five games, averaging 8.4 tackles over that span. He ranked 32nd in C-USA with 6.1 tackles this year.
Fr. S Ben DeLuca led the 49ers with 10 tackles at UTSA. It was DeLuca’s third game with 10 or more tackles and the 12th double-digit tackle performance by a 49er, this year.
Ben DeLuca ranks second among C-USA freshmen with 5.7 tackles per game.
Charlotte finished the year with an FBS record 302 points scored, surpassing last year’s total of 210.
Charlotte allowed 106 yards rushing to UTSA and completes the regular season ranked third in the league in rushing defense (143.4/gm). Four of the last six opponents were held to 106 yards rushing or less.
Charlotte special teams scored its third TD of the season when Juwan Foggie recovered the punter’s fumble and rambled three yards for the score at UTSA. Earlier in the year, Foggie blocked a punt that was recovered by Ed Rolle in the endzone and Anthony Covington recovered a muffed punt in the endzone. In addition, Terrance Winchester had a Pick Six and Ben DeLuca returned a fumble for a score to give Charlotte five TDs from its defense/special teams.
Charlotte forced a turnover in 11 of 12 games. The lone game without a forced turnover: Temple. Charlotte finished the year with a +8 TO margin (2nd in C-USA).
Charlotte led C-USA through the regular-season with 16 interceptions and had at least one pick in 10 of 12 games.
KR Chris Montgomery finished the season with a single-season record 845 kick return yards and he ranks 4th in C-USA with a 19.7 return avg. He owns the 49ers career record with 1345 return yards.
2016 Season Leaders:
Rushing Yards Kalif Phillips 907
Receiving Yards Austin Duke 803
Passing Yards Hasaan Klugh 1356
Touchdowns Hasaan Klugh 8
Passing TD Hasaan Klugh 10
Receiving TD Workpeh Kofa 5
Rushing TD Hasaan Klugh 8
Tackles Nick Cook 107 – SCHOOL RECORD
TFL Larry Ogunjobi 13.5
Sacks Larry Ogunjobi 3.0