Category Archives: basketball

Regular season finales

Kannapolis at Concord Postponed

Technical problems are not allowing the goals in Rimer Gym to be lowered. They hope to play the game Saturday if the problems can be resolved.


Northwest Cabarrus at Cox Mill

Luke Hurbut and Perry Gabriel call the action. The broadcast is expected to begin at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.

Porter Ridge at Hickory Ridge on NFHS Network

Shaked Bar-Tal, Coach Jay Alverson and Mark Plemmons call the action on senior night for the Ragin’ Bulls in Harrisburg. The broadcast will begin about 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.


 Video from last week’s Hickory Ridge game


Triple header Friday

Broadcasts are expected to begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The games will also be available for replay later.

Central Cabarrus at Concord

Forest Hills at Mt. Pleasant

Butler at Hickory Ridge is on the NFHS Network



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

They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.

These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic.

In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed – or even cancelled – because there are not enough men and women to officiate them.

Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation.

Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation.

Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come.

Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the application process, can do so at


Bob Gardner Picture

SPC doubleheader

Cox Mill at Concord


Jay M. Robinson at Northwest Cabarrus

Girls varsity games are expected to tip about 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and the boys games will follow.

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show


Chargers-Wonders battle

A.L. Brown at Cox Mill

Also check out Radio Free Cabarrus’ Facebook page. We sometimes broadcast on Facebook Live, such as Wednesday, Jan. 10, when we had technical issues on The Cube.

Central Cabarrus-Hickory Ridge games

Wednesday’s broadcast moved to Facebook Live after we could not keep connected to The Cube. Below are the segments of the broadcast.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Be the Match Night

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Remembering Todd Kevin Rose

The Hickory Ridge High School girls basketball coach continues to recruit possible donors to the national BE THE MATCH Registry.

On Wednesday, January 10th, Hickory Ridge HS will join forces with Central CabarrusHigh School to help save lives. Hickory Ridge will host the fourth annual BE THE MATCH drive in memory of Todd Kevin Rose, the brother of the girls basketball coach Tolonda Rose Simmons. For the past five years  BE THE MATCH drives we are averaging about 12 individuals taking the step and signing up,  Simmons said.

Todd was a very loving, kind, and generous person. His infectious smile won the hearts of many. He would very willingly do anything that he could to help others, even strangers, often times going over and beyond what was required or expected of him. On October 24, 2010, Todd was diagnosed with leukemia, a form of cancer. Unfortunately on October 24th, 2012, at Duke University hospital Todd lost the battle to such a mean disease.

Morrow donors in our community are urgently needed to save the lives of patients with diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell anemia.  Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their ethnic background. Many patients are in need of a matching blood type.

Hendrick BMW of Charlotte, Hendrick BMW of Northlake, and Hendrick Mini of Charlotte are sponsoring the basketball players and coaches’ from both schools with special t-shirt and coaches shirts with an orange ribbon. Todd worked for the Hendrick Automotive Group for 24 years.

Please come out and join the BE THE MATCH REGISTRY, ages 18 to 44 on Wednesday, January 10th from 3:30 until 8:00 at Hickory Ridge High School Auxiliary Gym, 7321 Raging Ridge Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075.

Contact Info: Addie Saunders, BE The Match,, 704-921-3578, or Tolonda Simmons,, 704-454-6556

Every $100 raised helps add another member to the registry. Make a contribution today at or you may drop it off in the front office at Hickory Ridge HS.

Friday night basketball

Join us for South Piedmont Conference basketball live on the NFHS Network. The broadcast begins at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.

Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson

Also playing tonight:

Hickory Ridge at Butler

 From earlier this week

A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus

Battle of Kannapolis

A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus

A.L. Brown visits Northwest Cabarrus Wednesday, Jan. 3, for a South Piedmont Conference basketball match-up. The broadcast will include both girls and boys varsity games.

Our 2017 plan for basketball

This season Radio Free Cabarrus will be splitting games between and the NFHS Network.

Broadcasts on The Cube will be free and live, while NFHS Network games are subscription based. NFHS Network games are free after 72 hours.

Our new NFHS Network game will be Friday, Jan. 5, with Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson.

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show coming up

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at the Park Expo Center in Charlotte is set for Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4.

Lincoln Charter-Cox Mill

Wednesday’s games between Lincoln Charter and Cox Mill be broadcast by Radio Free Cabarrus on the NFHS Network from Cox Mill. The broadcast begins at 6 p.m. and will include both the boys and girls varsity games.

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Lincoln Charter-Cox Mill postponed

Our first basketball broadcast of the season scheduled for tonight, Friday, Dec. 8, with Lincoln Charter battling Cox Mill has been postponed. We’ll get cranked up for basketball next week. Be safe in the snow.