Lewis makes 49ers’ practice squad, Klugh on ESPN, Wildcats snap losing streak

Former Concord Spider makes San Francisco practice squad

Lance Lewis, who played for Washington and Dallas last season, was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad after the team made final cuts Saturday.

The former East Carolina star wide receiver caught a 49-yard pass during the 49ers final exhibition game.

Earlier this preseason Lewis was greeted by 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh after catching a 2-point conversion.
Earlier this preseason Lewis was greeted by 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh after catching a 2-point conversion.

 Central Cabarrus star on ESPN Sunday

North Carolina A&T freshman quarterback Hasaan Klugh played in the Aggies’ 47-13 win over Alabama A&M Sunday. The game was nationally televised by ESPN.

Klugh, the former Central Cabarrus, had a 12-yard run to highlight his work as a back-up quarterback.

Davidson Wildcats win over College of Faith

The Davidson Wildcats snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 56-0 win over College of Faith-Charlotte Saturday at Richardson Stadium. It was the first win for second-year head coach Paul Nichols.

Every player who was physically able to play on the Davidson roster did play. Here are stats and more information about the game from Davidson Wildcats dot com

Nelson White  (#75) from J.M. Robinson is the starting left tackle for the Wildcats. He started all 11 games in 2013.

The Wildcats host Catawba at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Stadium Stephen B. Smith Field.

Here is a shot from the second half with the Saints on offense (neon green) and the Wildcats on defense. Davidson won 56-0.
Here is a shot from the second half with the Saints on offense (neon green) and the Wildcats on defense. Davidson won 56-0.

College of Faith featured several Charlotte area players and a couple of Cabarrus County players. Gerald Carr (#70) from Concord High played on the line for the Saints. He was injured late in the game. Tony Wall Jr. of Harrisburg also played.


Spiders-Tigers and Trojans-Bulldogs highlight week 2 action

Concord  20 Mount Pleasant 14


Northwest Cabarrus 20 J.M. Robinson 13

Student broadcast: Cannon School 36 cfa Academy 10


Cabarrus Scores
Concord 20 Mount Pleasant 14
Northwest Cabarrus 20 J.M. Robinson 13
A.L. Brown 51 South Rowan 7
Central Cabarrus 28 Albemarle 9
Hickory Ridge 28 Cuthbertson 25
Charlotte Latin 65 Cox Mill 27
Cannon School 36 cfa Academy 10
South Piedmont Conference
North Rowan 42 Jesse Carson 28
West Rowan 48 Davie 36
East Rowan 54 Salisbury 28
Rocky River Conference
Weddington 35 Forest Hills 20
West Stanly 27 South Stanly 15
Parkwood 40 Union Academy 7
Monroe 41 Anson 0
Central Academy 30 Highland Tech 0
MeCKa Conference
West Charlotte 20 West Mecklenburg 16
Butler 28 Mallard Creek 27
Mooresville 38 Hough 7
Vance 53 Hunter Huss 7
Independence 28 North Mecklenburg 0
Lake Norman 38 Hopewell 7
Here are the junior varsity results from Thursday:
Mount Pleasant 28-14 Concord
Hickory Ridge 33-19 Cuthbertson
J.M. Robinson 28-8 Northwest Cabarrus
Central Cabarrus over Albemarle (no score available)
For more detailed coverage of Cabarrus County Sports check out the Independent Tribune’s high school section that includes the weekly coaches’ interviews.
If you are on Twitter, we use #cabarrussports with much of our coverage.

Charlotte 49ers open Thursday, Davidson Wildcats Saturday

49ers’ second football season begins at Campbell

Thirteen players with ties to Cabarrus County will be on the rosters for Campbell and Charlotte when the Niners travel to Buies Creek.

Campbell’s team, led by former First Assembly coach and Carolina Panther Mike Minter, have five former Eagles: Damon Simmons, Donte Simmons, Tyler Rhyne, Ugonna Awuruonye and David Larson. All played for Minter at First Assembly, now cfa Academy. Chris Beaty of Northwest Cabarrus is also on the Camels’ roster.

The 49ers have Kalif Phillips of A.L. Brown, Blake Brewer of Cannon School, R.J. Rhinehart of Northwest Cabarrus, Quintin Gay of Central Cabarrus, and Danny Book and Jason Eury from Hickory Ridge. They all played a year ago for Coach Brad Lambert. Joining the Cabarrus County contingent this season is Weston Smith of Northwest Cabarrus. Smith had played baseball for the Niners but decided he would rather play football.

The game will be broadcast on WFNZ-AM 610 in Charlotte. The pregame show begins at 6 p.m. with kickoff at 7.

More information about Campbell is available here: Go Camels

For all the 49ers details visit: Charlotte 49ers dot com


Davidson hosts College of Faith at Richardson Stadium

Year two of the Paul Nichols coaching era begins Saturday with Charlotte-based College of Faith playing at Richardson Stadium Stephen B. Smith Field. Faith is a second year football program.

Earlier this week Davidson and College of Faith served at the Charlotte Men’s Shelter in a service project together.

Senior offensive lineman Nelson White from J.M. Robinson is the only Cabarrus County player on the Wildcats’ this season.

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s game, listen to all the action on the Davidson Radio Network anchored by WHIP-AM 1350 in Mooresville or listen or watch streaming video on-line at Davidson Wildcats dot com 

Mark Plemmons, general manager of Radio Free Cabarrus, is the play by play voice of Davidson football.

Several former Cabarrus County players are on NCAA Division II teams, which don’t start their seasons until after Sept. 1.

Cabarrus County Game of the Week broadcasts

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast two games this Friday. Links will be posted on this site later. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson will provide play by play of Concord at Mount  Pleasant. Plemmons and Shaked Bar-tal will call the action as J.M. Robinson travels to Northwest Cabarrus on Military Appreciation Night at Trojan Stadium.

Other games Friday include:

Central Cabarrus at Albemarle

Cannon School at cfa Academy

South Rowan at A.L. Brown

Charlotte Latin at Cox Mill

Cuthbertson at Hickory Ridge


Hot action from football opening Friday night

Concord keeps the Bell in a thriller

Cox Mill wins at home against J.M. Robinson 42-17

Central Cabarrus 40 Mount Pleasant 34

 Cabarrus scores

Concord 20-14 A.L. Brown

Central Cabarrus 40-34 Mount Pleasant

Cox Mill 42-17 J.M. Robinson

Hickory Ridge 35-28 Piedmont

West Stanly 34-20 Northwest Cabarrus

Cannon School 33-13 North Raleigh Christian

Metrolina Christian 61-0 cfa Academy

South Piedmont Conference

South Rowan 31-21 South Iredell

Mooresville 49-21 West Rowan

North Rowan 43-21 East Rowan

Jesse Carson 42-35 Salisbury

MeCKa Conference

Mallard Creek 28-21 Charlotte Christian

Hough 34-20 Sun Valley

Vance 47-0 West Mecklenburg

Butler 54-6 West Charlotte

Lake Norman 35-28 North Mecklenburg

Hopewell 39-0 Garinger

Rocky River Conference

Cuthbertson 34-9 Parkwood

North Stanly 26-24 CATA

Monroe 50-7 Lexington

Forest Hills 7-6 Anson OT

Click here for the complete scoreboard from our friends at Carolina Preps



Battle of the Bell, First on the Turf highlight week 1

Friday is opening night for Cabarrus County high school football. We will broadcast The Battle of the Bell: Kannapolis at Concord and First on the Turf: Mount Pleasant at Central Cabarrus. We will also broadcast J.M. Robinson at Cox Mill on a tape delay basis. Listen and watch below or go to our High School Cube page

 Battle for the Bell

First on the Turf

Here is the rest of Friday’s schedule for Cabarrus County teams. Follow us with on Twitter too and will be using #cabarrussports


J.M. Robinson at Cox Mill 7:30 p.m.

Northwest Cabarrus at West Stanly 7:30 p.m. Another broadcaster’s at this one on High School Cube

Piedmont at Hickory Ridge 7:30 p.m.

North Raleigh Christian Academy at Cannon 7 p.m.

cfa Academy at Metrolina 7 p.m.

Cabarrus Football Jamboree broadcast

Scrimmages from Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis Friday, Aug. 15

The A.L. Brown Wonders will host this year’s Cabarrus Football Jamboree at Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. The Wonders and the Concord Spiders alternate hosting the preseason scrimmages. The Spiders will be hosting the Battle for the Bell with Kannapolis, Friday, Aug. 22, at Robert C. Bailey Stadium.
Here is the schedule for the jamboree:
J.M. Robinson versus East Mecklenburg at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15
Concord versus Butler at 7 p.m.
A.L. Brown versus East Rowan 8 p.m.
We hope to see you at the stadium but if you can’t make listen in to the call with John Voncannon, Chris Hudson, Shaked Bar-tal and Mark Plemmons. Video will be available after the event.
Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast games throughout the season on High School Cube Each game begins and ends with the Sundrop Pregame and Postgame Shows. This year’s broadcasts will feature the Ben Mynatt Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac Halftime Show.
Other scrimmages tonight include: Mount Pleasant at North Stanly 6 p.m.; North Mecklenburg vs. Hickory Ridge 9 p.m. at Mooresville; and West Stanly at Thomasville.
Week One games to be broadcast are:
A.L. Brown at Concord
Mount Pleasant at Central Cabarrus
J.M. Robinson at Cox Mill
Other week one games include: Northwest Cabarrus at West Stanly, Piedmont at Hickory Ridge, and North Raleigh at Cannon School.
Be sure to check out our Football Page for more videos and information about Cabarrus County teams and players.
One of our sponsors this season in the Southern Ideal Home Show at the Park Center in Charlotte. Twiggy the water skiing squirrel will be there. Check him out below.
The Southern Ideal Home Show is set for Aug. 22-24 at the Park Center in Charlotte.
The Southern Ideal Home Show is set for Aug. 22-24 at the Park Center in Charlotte.

Cabarrus Food Truck Friday

DAV Chapter 27 hosts the second Cabarrus County Truck Friday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the post home on Rock Hill Church Road, just off Concord Parkway.

7 from Cabarrus on Charlotte 49ers, 1 with San Francisco 49ers

Former Spider Lance Lewis signs with the San Francisco 49ers.
Former Spider Lance Lewis signs with the San Francisco 49ers.

Former Concord Spider Lance Lewis is now with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers signed Lewis as a free agent after their preseason game with the Baltimore Ravens last week. Here is the 49ers’ story about the signing:

49ers sign WR Lance Lewis

Lewis was with the Dallas Cowboys, playing three games in 2013. He was with the Washington Redskins prior to that. The Cowboys waived the former East Carolina Pirate wide receiver in May.

Seven other former Cabarrus County high school football players are playing for the 49ers – the Charlotte 49ers. The Niners had Media Day Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium as Coach Brad Lambert’s team gets ready for season two.

The Cabarrus players are in the final 50 seconds of this video.

There are seven Cabarrus players on the team: Kalif Phillips, A.L. Brown; Danny Book and Jason Eury, Hickory Ridge; Quintin Gay, Central Cabarrus; Blake Brewer, Cannon School; and E.J. Rhinehart and Weston Smith, Northwest Cabarrus.

We’ll have interviews with the players as soon as the video is edited. We talked about goals for the second season and the difference from season one to this year.

Cabarrus County Football Jamboree

We will broadcast Friday’s Cabarrus County Football Jamboree from A.L. Brown Friday beginning at 5:55 p.m. The scrimmages are: J.M. Robinson versus East Mecklenburg; Concord versus Butler; and A.L. Brown versus East Rowan.



Wondermazement! The Cabarrus County Fair

It's all fair play - Sept. 5-13 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
It’s all fair play – Sept. 5-13 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center

Where can you stare in wondermazement at the blinding speed of racing pigs, marvel at the County’s best agriculture and enjoy the thrills of your favorite rides?

It’s the Cabarrus County Fair—an internationally recognized event where outside voices are preferred and having fun is required. Did we mention the fresh, hot funnel cakes and live entertainment? Yeah, the Cabarrus County Fair has it all, September 5-13, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, off Hwy 49.

Advance tickets and ride wristband vouchers are available for sale through Sept. 4 atwww.cabarruscountyfair.com. Advance adult admission tickets for ages 12-64 cost $5 – a $2 savings off the gate price. Advance ride wristband vouchers can be purchased for $15, offering a $5 savings. Ride wristbands are offered every day of the Fair and allow fair-goers to ride unlimited mechanical rides at one low price. Just bring the advance ride wristband voucher on any day of the Fair to redeem for a wristband at the midway guest relations booth inside the fairgrounds.

Just steps from the midway, families can visit the pavilion, which includes the community, arts and agricultural heart of the show. Tour the Fair’s exhibit hall to view blue ribbon entries, learn about County programs and resources, or visit local business/organization exhibits. Then, make your way to the livestock area where you can milk a cow, watch pigs race, interact with animals or catch a livestock show.
Earn your blue ribbon by participating in a Fair contest.

From beauty pageants to vegetable-growing contests, the Cabarrus County Fair is calling for contest entries.

Choose from hundreds of categories to find your blue ribbon event. The competitive exhibit area includes vacation photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, Lego creations, kids’ summer craft projects, jewelry, paintings, flowers and so much more.

Within the competitive exhibits entries, one adult and one youth are awarded with the Best of Show Award and will continue on to compete in the North Carolina State Fair Best of Show contest, for a chance to win $500 (and bragging rights).

Other contests include the Cabarrus County Fair Pageant, Make it With Wool competition, Senior Talent Show, farm equipment contest and agriculture shows, including dog, mini horse, horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef shows.

The 2014 Cabarrus County Fair Catalog is available online at www.cabarruscountyfair.com. Click on the Exhibits tab to view contests and download entry forms. All entry forms must be submitted to the Fair office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.

For more information, log on to www.cabarruscountyfair.com or follow www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair.

Football, cycling, racing – busy week in Cabarrus

Fall high school official practices began Friday

Rain pushed practice inside but it didn't stop teams from getting work done Friday, like the A.L. Brown Wonders during this work session.
Rain pushed practice inside but it didn’t stop teams from getting work done Friday, like the A.L. Brown Wonders during this work session.

N.C. High School Athletic Association teams began official fall practices on Friday, Aug. 1. That included Cabarrus County teams. The heavy rain forced most Friday’s workouts inside.

I had a chance to visit practices at Mount Pleasant, A.L. Brown and Northwest Cabarrus Friday. The teams were working hard, like I’m sure all the teams in the county were. The Independent Tribune will have more in Sunday’s edition. Here is the Google picture and video story from some of the photos and videos shot Friday:

Rainy First Day of Football

Central Cabarrus field turf is complete!

Workers put the finishing touches on the interlocking C's logo at midfield Thursday.
Workers put the finishing touches on the interlocking C’s logo at midfield Thursday.

All the fund-raising and work at Central Cabarrus has resulted in a brand new turf field at Central Cabarrus. Congratulations to the Vikings! Here is the Independent Tribune story about the turf:

A Source of Pride at Central Cabarrus

 Hundreds of cyclists race in Kannapolis

Kannapolis hosted the Cabarrus Creamery Criterium Thursday.
Kannapolis hosted the Cabarrus Creamery Criterium Thursday.

The Giordana Crossroads Classic rolled into Kannapolis and the N.C. Research Campus Thursday for the Cabarrus Creamery Criterium. 216 cyclists raced in the races around a .7 mile D-shaped course.

The event was moved from Concord, where it has been for several years, because of construction of the new Concord City Hall. Here is the story in the Independent Tribune about the races and the winners:

Martz wins pro bike race in Kannapolis

Daniel Hermic leads the champions at the Summer Shootout

Daniel Hermic won the Jack In the Box Summer Shootout Legends Pro title for a third time. He and dozens of other racers competed in the 10-round Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Champions were crowned after the final races Tuesday. Here are the winners and the final race results:

Summer Shootout champions crowned

Hemric, a racer from Kannapolis, also had a big win the super late models in the Southern Super Series in Pensacola, Fla. Here are details in this week’s Short Track Racing Report:

Hemric dominates at Five Flags Speedway

Preseason Pigskin Previews

The Cabarrus Pigskin Previews are being published in the Independent Tribune. Here are links to those videos. More links will be added as the coaches’ interviews are completed:

Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls Football Report

Mount Pleasant Tigers Football Report

Cox Mill Chargers Football Report

J.M. Robinson Bulldogs Football Report

Northwest Cabarrus Trojans Football Report

Cannon School Cougars Football Report

A.L. Brown Wonders Football Report

Concord Spiders Football Report

These are the first in a series of preseason interviews. Check back later for more interviews.


Food Truck Friday – this Friday in Concord

More than a dozen food trucks are expected to be at Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday (Aug. 1).

Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday is this Friday, Aug. 1
Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday is this Friday, Aug. 1

The event will be at DAV Chapter 27 at 2400 Rock Hill Church Road in Concord. That’s just off Concord Parkway at S&D Coffee and Tea.

Here is the Facebook page for the organizers:

Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday

Here is the organizer’s information about parking:

Troutman Motors has given us permission to park in their lot! A short walk! Careful crossing the street! 

“The assisted living behind us has given us permission to park in their lot BUT A FIRE LANE MUST BE LEFT OPEN! 

“The D.A.V. has some parking BUT we ask that you use our horseshoe driveway to drop off passengers and chairs and such and park in First Assembly’s parking lot near Big Lots in front Arby’s. This is a huge parking lot and we will be running a shuttle back and forth the entire time.

“S&D Coffee will not let you park in their lot unless someone knows the right person to contact for us. ”

Food items range in price from $2 to $10 and canned drinks are $1.

Master Bacon
Click on the pig to find out more about Master Bacon.
Save room for dessert because Sweet Cakes will be there.
Save room for dessert because Sweet Cakes will be there.

I know where I will be eating Friday and I will be eating cupcakes! Hope to see you there.