The Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its fifth class Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. The event is free and open to the public. If you can make it, join us for the broadcast.
The Concord Spiders are celebrating 100 years of athletics and the 2015 high school football races are developing with big match-ups this week.
Jesse Carson at Concord
Big MeCKa game at Memorial Stadium
WRKB-AM in Kannapolis will broadcast the Wonders game with Hough. Here is a link to Wonders Radio.
5th Annual Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame Induction
The Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its fifth class at a ceremony Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m.
CONCORD, N.C. – The Fourth Annual Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame Induction is set for 7 p.m. today at the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County.
This year’s class is made up of nine former athletes, coaches and leaders who made have made great impacts on their community, according the Hall of Fame Chairman Tony McClamrock.
Long-time principal and coach Richard A. Lapish is one of this year’s class.
The 1952 graduate of Concord High, played baseball at Appalachian State and served in the military for 27 years and was a teacher, coach and principal for 35 years.
Coach Bill Watts, a 1949 graduate of Mount Pleasant High, is also being honored. He played baseball and football and went on to be captain at Lenior-Rhyne.
Watts coached for 46 years in Cabarrus County.
Other inductee Thursday will be: Bob Mauldin, Concord High 1956; Lafette Jordan, Concord 1976; Edwin “Eddie” Green, Kannapolis; Robert “Beetle” Auten, Hartsell High 1956; Earl B. Lentz Sr., A.L. Brown 1952; the late George Blanton, Concord High 1960; the late Edwin “Eddie” Green; and David Cook, Concord High 1947.
The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is free and open to the public.
The ceremony will feature photos and highlights of the new hall of famers’ achievements.
Here are the current Hall of Fame members:
The 2013 class: Margaret Hagerty, Crystal Cox Crump, Melissa Morrison Howard, Amy Privette-Perko, Natrone Means, Haskell Lavon Stanback, Lance Smith, Benny Moose, and the late Roy Thomas, Arden Ray, Barbara Smith Roberson, Donnie Whittington, Carl A. Widenhouse, and Dale Earnhardt.
The 2012 class: Bill Ford, Larry Honeycutt, Kellie Rose Kennedy, Michael Morton Jr., E.Z. Smith III, Ethan Horton and the late John McInnus, Billy Goodman, Claude “Bear” Little, Leroy Scercy and George “Ick” Alley.
The 2011 class: Charles E. Rimer, Kenneth E. Basinger, W. Frank Cannon, Quin Troxler Dionne, Larry “Satch” Sedberry and Gene K. Verble Sr.
Check out some of our previous Cabarrus Sports Hall of Fame posts
Kannapolis native Dale Earnhardt made his first start in NASCAR May 25, 1975 in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt finished 22nd that day.
During his legendary career, Earnhardt won 76 races, 7 championships and had 468 Top 10s in NASCAR’s top division. He also won 21 times in the Nationwide series.
The Intimidator was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
A larger than life bronze statue of Earnhardt stands in a memorial plaza in his hometown of Kannapolis. It is just off Main Street near the Amtrak Station.
Dale Earnhardt Hall of Fame Special
Dale Earnhardt: One Tough Customer
A.L. Brown graduate Haskel Stanback had a great football career, starring at running back for the Wonders and the Tennessee Volunteers before a six-year career (1974-79) for the Atlanta Falcons.
Stanback was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL Draft in 1975 by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the 114th overall pick.
With the Falcons, he rushed for 25 TDs and caught a pass for a score. His only NFL pass hit Wallace Francis for a 41-yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in 1975.
If you watch some of the videos, you will see Stanback was a crushing blocker in addition to being an outstanding runner.
After football, Stanback had a career with Norfolk Southern Roadway.
Tennessee highlights of Stanback’s 1973 senior season
A 1977 clip from Rams-Falcons (watch #24 in white)
As a Norfolk Southern exec in “On the Right Field”