Friday night football

North Mecklenburg at Cox Mill


Mount Pleasant at Hickory Ridge


Albemarle at Concord

Other games tonight
Central Cabarrus at Jay M. Robinson
A.L. Brown at South Rowan
cfa Academy at Cannon School
Northwest Cabarrus is idle
week 2 matchup pic

High School Football Week 2

This week’s broadcasts on The Cube

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast three games this Friday as the high school football season enters week 2.

Coach Soupy Campbell and Perry Gabriel will call the North Mecklenburg at Cox Mill game. It will be the opener for the Chargers.

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will call the Albemarle at Concord game. The Spiders are renewing a traditional rivalry. The Spiders and Bulldogs had played each other more times than Concord-Kannapolis until the series stopped in 1982.

Mark Plemmons and Shaked Bar-Tal will call the Mount Pleasant at Hickory Ridge game in Harrisburg. The teams haven’t met in the past three seasons.

All three games will be on The Cube. Check out our other broadcasts that are archived there The Cube

This is part of the bulletin board at A.L. Brown
This is part of the bulletin board at A.L. Brown

Other games this week:

Central Cabarrus at Jay M. Robinson

cfa Academy at Cannon School

A.L. Brown at South Rowan

Northwest Cabarrus is off this week.


2015 fair Logo with theme

Cabarrus Fair entry deadline Wednesday

Cabarrus County Fair Facts

Dates: September 11-19, 2015

Location: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center (4751 NC-49, Concord)

2015 Fair hours: Weekdays from 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-10 p.m.

2015 Fair theme: Share the Fair

Fair website:

Fair Facebook:

Fair Twitter: @cabarrusfair

Video from 2014 Fair

2015 Gate Specials (rides not included):

Saturday, September 12 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Free General Gate Admission for all from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., only.

Sunday, September 13 – Cooperative Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive
Free General Gate Admission for all from 1-3 p.m. with any brand of four canned food items per adult and two canned food items per child.

Tuesday, September 15 – School Education Night
Receive $1 off General Gate Admission when you show off your school spirit by wearing your favorite grade school to college attire.

Thursday, September 17 – Salute to Seniors Night
Admission price of $4.30 for seniors ages 65 and older from 4-6 p.m., only. Price includes sales tax.

Catch the Fair for free on Fridays
Present your high school football ticket stub at the gate after the game on Friday, September 11 and 18, only, and get free gate admission for the corresponding evening.

Advanced online ticket purchases (now -September 10): The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride wristband vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 10. The tickets are available online or at the Arena Box office (704-920-3976, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.5 p.m.). Click on the Tickets tab. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35—a $2 savings off the gate price, kids ages 6-11 are $3.25. (Prices include tax.) Purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15—a $5 savings.

IMPORTANT information about 2015 Contest entries:  The Cabarrus County Fair has published its 2015 Fair Catalog. Contests include photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, Lego creations, kids craft projects, jewelry, painting, flowers and more. One adult and one youth will walk away with the Best of Show award and will compete in the North Carolina State Fair Best of Show contest, which comes with a $500 prize. Other contests and livestock shows include the Fair Pageant; Make it with Wool Contest; and mini horse, horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef shows. Access the 2015 Fair Catalog online Click on the Exhibits tab to view a drop-down menu for the various forms, contests, programs and other entry opportunities. All 2015 Fair contest entries are due to the Fair Office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.

Onsite ticket prices: General Gate admission to the fair are $7.50 for ages 12-64, $5.35 for ages 65+ and those with military ID, $3.25 for ages 6-11 and ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free. All transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.

Shuttle service: Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite parking lots during the weekends. Satellite parking lots are only operational on weekends and CCTS vans run at specified hours.

2015 Shuttle Van Service Schedule:

Saturday, September 12, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Sunday, September 13, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Entertainment: There’s plenty of Fair just beyond the midway. The Cabarrus County Fair features a petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. Live performances include local bands, Master of the Chainsaw, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, K9’s in Flight and The Magic of Lance Gifford & Company. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners, wood turners, and stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display. for entertainment details.

The New 103.7 Stage performances:

Monday-Friday, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 12, 1:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 13, 1:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 19, 8:30 p.m.

State ban on bird shows: The Cabarrus County Fair is following the State ban of live bird shows due to the highly pathogenic avian flu. The Fair’s livestock displays and shows will not include poultry. For more information on the ban, visit

Background: The Cabarrus County Agricultural Fair began in 1953. The 2014 Cabarrus County Fair received 20 awards form the International Association of Agricultural Fairs and Expos (IAFE) and three awards from the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs. The Cabarrus County Fair also received recognition with two Best of Division awards from the IAFE for marketing and youth programming and Supreme Champion award for youth programming efforts. In 2014, the Cabarrus County Fair Annual Food Drive collected 16,907 pounds of food for Cabarrus County food pantries.

First Friday of the season

Games of the week

Central Cabarrus is at Mount Pleasant and Northwest Cabarrus visits Jay M. Robinson in high school openers tonight. The Sundrop Preview Shows begin at 7:15. The broadcasts are live audio with video available after the games are over.
Northwest Cabarrus at Jay M. Robinson

Central Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant

(No audio until the Sundrop Post Game Report – it screwed it up – Mark Plemmons)

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More football news is available on our new site The 485 Sports Report

Battle for the Bell

Concord at A.L. Brown on live TV

Time Warner Cable Sports Channel will broadcast tonight’s (Aug. 20) Concord at A.L. Brown game from Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. The Battle for the Bell will be the first ever live TV broadcast of a high school game in the state.

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast an audio only play-by-play for fans who can’t get the Time Warner broadcast. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will call Concord Spiders’ games all season long.

Independent Tribune’s Battle for the Bell edition


Check out this great special section
Check out this great special section

This week’s coaches’ videos (some shows are still being uploaded and will be available later today).

Discount tickets are now available
Discount tickets are now available

Battle for the Bell Week

The Battle off the field

battle of the buses 2015

Students and supporters of both Concord and A.L. Brown will be competing in a food drive competition at Thursday’s Battle for the Bell game. Each school will have a school bus on hand to be filled with canned food items to benefit those in need through the Cooperative Christian Ministry.

The food will be weighted the school with the most pounds wins.

Concord Bell Week activities

concord bell week 2015

Kanapolis Pep Rally Tuesday

kannapolis pep rally 2015

Battle of the Bell Flashbacks

2014 Game

2013 Game

2012 Game


2011 Game

Countdown to kickoff

The Battle for the Bell kicks off the season

This is the 100th year of Concord High School athletics
This is the 100th year of Concord High School athletics

Opening week is right around the corner for high school football. Our first broadcast will be the Battle for Bell with Concord at A.L. Brown.

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast audio only for the game. The game will be broadcast live on TV by Time Warner Cable. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will call the action for RFC. They will broadcast Concord games all season long.

Our regular broadcasts (live audio with delayed video) will begin on Friday, Aug. 21, with two games.

Northwest Cabarrus visits Jay M. Robinson in a South Piedmont Conference game. The Bulldogs are rejoining the 3-A ranks after two season at 4-A. Perry Gabriel and Coach Soupy Campbell will call the action.

The Highway 49 Rivalry will be the other broadcast with Central Cabarrus visiting Mount Pleasant. It will be the first game since the Cabarrus County School Board approved naming the field. It is now Larry Honeycutt Field at Tiger Stadium. Mark Plemmons and Shaked Bar-Tal will call the action.

Independent Tribune’s coach’s videos

The Independent Tribune’s Pigskin Preview coach’s videos are now available for all 10 Cabarrus schools that play football. Links to the videos are below. The newspaper will also publish its Cabarrus gridiron guide Aug. 19 and the Battle for the Bell section Aug. 16.

A.L. Brown Wonders Football Report

Cannon School Cougars Football Report

cfa Academy Eagles Football Report

Central Cabarrus Vikings Football Report

Concord Spiders Football Report

Cox Mill Chargers Football Report

Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls Football Report

Jay M.Robinson Bulldogs Football Report

Mount Pleasant Tigers Football Report

Northwest Cabarrus Trojans Football Report

More local sports coverage is available on our sister site Greater Cabarrus Sports

Preseason football is here

First practices were held Saturday

 Saturday was the first day of official practice for teams in the N.C. High School Athletic Association football. They are getting ready for first games beginning Aug. 20. The Battle for the Bell will be televised live by Time-Warner Cable with Concord at A.L. Brown Thursday, Aug. 20.
Radio Free Cabarrus will have a full slate of broadcasts opening week.
Central Cabarrus warming up for game in 2014
Central Cabarrus warming up for game in 2014

Summer Shootout winding down

Hill, Faggart and Holleman among winners

Austin Hill claimed his first Bojangles' Summer Shootout Series win in the Human Body Tuning Group Legend Car Pro Division during Round 8 on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  CMS Photo/John Davison
Austin Hill claimed his first Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series win in the Human Body Tuning Group Legend Car Pro Division during Round 8 on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS Photo/John Davison

It’s that time of year at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series when every lap and every point matters as drivers battle for a championship. With just two rounds remaining to decide the 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series champions, Austin Hill, Robbie Faggart and John Holleman IV were among the drivers to score pivotal wins during Round 8 on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Security Force Masters division Legend Car drivers Tom Pistone and Scott Whitaker started Tuesday night tied for the points lead. After an entertaining race from start to finish, both drivers stayed in the top five, but did not find their way to Victory Lane. On lap 21, with only four circuits remaining, both drivers found themselves fighting for second when Pistone slid on top of Whitaker, sending sparks flying as the veteran drivers struggled to control their cars down the backstretch.

Robbie Faggart took advantage of the tussle and moved to the head of the pack and later found himself in Victory Lane, earning his second win of the season. Carl Cormier, who finished third during Tuesday’s race, also kept himself in the mix in a tight points battle with Pistone and Whitaker.

With eight of 10 races in the books for the Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group Pro division, there is still no clear favorite to win the championship. Newcomer Austin Hill took home the Tuesday night victory during Round 8. Unofficially, Michael Torres remains the division’s points leader with 361 points, followed by Jared Irvan with 353 points.

After finishing second in last week’s race – Hill’s first race of the 2015 season – he started second behind Gregory Lang on Tuesday, and was able to take the lead on lap 2. Reid Wilson, who spun in Turn 2 caused the race’s first caution. Lang faded to the middle of the pack, while Joey Padgett, Dillon Faggart and Jordan Black all battled for second.

On the restart, Padgett spun through the grass in Turn 1 to send out the caution once again. Hill maintained his lead on the ensuing restart and Faggart took second after Padgett stayed out, followed by Irvan and Black.

Hill took home his first Bojangles’ Summer Shootout win of the season. Faggart finished second and Irvan third.

The eighth round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout was also highlighted by an action-packed First Responders’ school bus slobberknocker, featuring Charlotte area police, fire and emergency personnel battling for bragging rights and a coveted Summer Shootout Series trophy.

Gregory Clemmons from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol bested the field in a wreck-fest that saw 2014 champion Jeremy Brown of the Kannapolis Fire Department flip his school bus onto its side. Pole sitter Tony Peeler (Kannapolis Police Department) spun through the infield grass and several school buses plowed through barrels lining the outside of Turns 1 and 2 during the eight-lap exhibition.

“It was wide open,” Clemmons said of the final school bus race of the 2015 season. “I didn’t know if I was hitting the front or getting hit in the back. It was wild. I had a ball. Last year I got wrecked, so this year was more exciting.”

Other winners of the night included Tyler Chapman (Beginner Bandolero Bandits), DJ Canipe (LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits), Ashton Higgins (Bandolero Bandits) and Chase Purdy (Young Lions Legend Cars).

The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues with a double-header at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday, July 27 and 28. Champion’s Night, on Tuesday marks the final round of racing and the last chance for drivers to race their way to a division title. The night will conclude with a huge fireworks display. For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.

Unofficial Results:

Beginner Bandolero Bandits (17 laps): 1. Tyler Chapman; 2. Mason Dejarnett; 3. Jackson Moore; 4. Stanley Hayes; 5. Byers Faunce; 6. Parker Eatmon; 7. Trevor Wester; 8. Tyler Bartoszewicz; 9. Adam Eades; 10. Zachary Miracle; 11. David Sullivan; 12. Jacob Putman; 13. Jaiden Reyna; 14. Jacob Gantz; 15. Jason Chapman 

LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits (20 laps): 1. DJ Canipe; 2. Daniel Wilk; 3. Carson Kvapil; 4. Cameron Bolin; 5. Tommy Good; 6. William Robusto; 7. Josh Kossek; 8. Blaise Maddox; 9. Steven Chapman; 10. George Hayes; 11. Josh Speas; 12. Bryson Ruff; 13. Landon Rapp; 14. Isabella Robusto; 15. Leland Honeyman; 16. Dylan Notaro; 17. Blake Cisneros

Body Mechanic Human Tuning Group Legend Car Pros (25 laps): 1. Austin Hill; 2. Dillon Faggart; 3. Jared Irvan; 4. Jordan Black; 5. Michael Torres; 6. Greg Lang; 7. Alex Murray; 8. Ryan Shattuck; 9. Ryan Eyer; 10. Matthew Barnard; 11. Reid Wilson; 12. Evan Swilling; 13. Joey Padgett

Security Force Legend Car Masters (25 laps): 1. Robby Faggart; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Carl Cormier; 4. Tom Pistone; 5. Chip Ferguson; 6. Akinori Ogata; 7. Jan Ingram; 8. Ernie Irvin; 9. Jamie Smith; 10. Charles Parker; 11. Jon Craig; 12. Bruce Silver; 13. Herman Towe; 14. Ron Mander

Legend Car Semi-Pro (25 laps): 1. John Holleman IV; 2. Devin O’Connell; 3. Scott Joy; 4. Conner Pyle; 5. Stevie Johns Jr.; 6. Jensen Jorgensen; 7. Jordan Stillwell; 8. Sheldon Crouse; 9. Craig Biryle; 10. Joshua Plummer; 11. Holden German; 12. Hannah Bell; 13. Enrique Limon; 14. Taylor Jorgenson; 15. Jonathan Wessel; 16. Austin Langenstein; 17. Sprout Royal; 18. Gus Dean

Bandolero Outlaws (20 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Blaise Brinkley; 3. Roy Hayes; 4. Gracie Trotter; 5. Matthew Emery; 6. Jordan Plummer; 7. Elysia Potter; 8. Conner Younginer; 9. Seth Henry; 10. Ashley Pantoulas; 11. Matthew Eades; 12. Alberto Limon; 13. Matthew Davey; 14. Liz Montgomery; 15. Trevor Rizzo; 16. Austin Geer

Legend Car Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Chase Purdy; 2. Austin Green; 3. Ryan Millington; 4. Jacob Heafner; 5. Eddie Fatscher; 6. Jack Fread; 7. Sam Mayer; 8. Conner Snow; 9. Dawson Cram; 10. Carson Poindexter; 11. Garrett Manes; 12. Alex Reece


It’s a block party & more

Ken Knox & Company, Nerve Cannon Thursday

Free concert in Downtown Concord
Free concert in Downtown Concord

Union Street Live in Downtown Concord is set for Thursday, July 16. It is part of the summer concert series held the third Thursday of each summer month.

Ken Knox & Company will be on the Main Stage is on Means Avenue next to the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union Street, South. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.

Nerve Cannon plays on the North Stage is on Union Street in front of the public library at 27 Union Street, North. That concert begins at 7 p.m.

For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208.

CCM benefit garden tour and more events coming up

summer reading program

10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading

…and heat is just one of them

CONCORD, N.C. – It’s easy to get lost in these dog days of summer, when the school year is just as far in the horizon as it is in the rear view mirror. Now that it’s mid-July, the Cabarrus County Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program is in full swing with a superhero-sized calendar of free events and programs for the entire family.

So far, more than 5,500 people have signed up for the program, which encourages summer reading and education through courses and events around a centralized theme. This year’s theme is superheroes.

Need a little motivation to get you through? Cabarrus County’s library staff sent in their top 10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s hot outside. A good book reads well in the air conditioning or poolside.

Chocolate. Yes, there is a program for adults on the health benefits of chocolate. There are several other classes that will help you escape the ordinary, like introductions to belly dancing and yoga.

No time? No problem. You don’t have to stop by the library—pick up your favorite titles as eBooks and eAudio. It all counts toward the summer reading challenge.

Order off the lite menu. Between your traditional books, the library can fill your need for lite titles, such as print and digital magazines, a selection from their NEW collection of digital graphic novels or even comic books.

Meet your personal heroes. Whether they are comic book artists, filmmakers, therapy dogs or our hometown heroes, special guests are a big part of the Summer Reading Program.

Fill your feed. Does your summer Facebook feed need a little boost? “Like” your way to coolest parent ever with tons of free events the family will love. Share pics from a “Peter Pan” performance at Stories under the Stars, the birds of prey event with the Raptor Center and the apocalyptic zombie game—your feed will not disappoint.

Become a little more interesting. Use the Summer Reading Program to pick up a new skill, like creating a podcast, upcycling books and magazines to create art and reviving the throwback craft of Perler Beads.

Avoid starting a school year trying to catch up. Reading, even just a little and just stuff you like, can keep your brain active and imagination in high gear. Students who don’t read over the summer spend about two months of the next school year trying to remember skills they forgot over the break.

Say it’s for the kids…but really use it as an excuse to check out the library for the first time in a decade—or maybe longer. The library’s staff can make personalized recommendations and show you the ropes, including how to navigate eResources so you can go another decade without visiting a building and still get free books.

Prizes, prizes, prizes! Everyone who participates in summer reading will walk away with a trinket and everyone who completes a reading log earns a free book. If you can’t wait that long, participate in one of the puzzle/brain teaser games, submit a book review or take a crack at the guessing jar—you could walk away with some great swag.

Participate in the Cabarrus County Summer Reading Program through August 15 at any branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library. The program is open to any Cabarrus County resident and divides participants into age groups with age-appropriate activities.

For more information on the Cabarrus County 2015 Summer Reading Program, including a downloadable calendar of free events, visit