The Radio Free Cabarrus crew will be covering several games in person and reporting scores from many others. Shaked Bar-Tal will be at Forest Hills for the Rocky River Conference match-up with Mt. Pleasant. John Voncannon will report from the Battle for Kannapolis with A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus. Henry Hutton will be doing double duty, covering the Hickory Ridge at Butler for the Independent Tribune and checking in with RFC gang. Chris Hudson will report live from Concord at Central Cabarrus. Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons will host the program live from the Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson game.
You can join in as well. Call or text 704-490-3715. Under the Lights on Friday Nights will be live from 7 to 10 p.m.
John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Harrisburg. The Ragin’ Bulls come in with a 2-0, while the Bulldogs are 1-1. The game has been moved back to Friday at 7:30 p.m. weather permitting.
Central Cabarrus at Mt. Pleasant and Parkwood at Cox Mill have been moved to Monday night.
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.
High school activities bring communities together
By Bob Gardner and Que Tucker
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.
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 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.
A few years ago Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote a book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” It’s good reading for anyone in business. Our cheese keeps moving and we must move to keep up with the changes.
Bob Brown and I started Radio Free Cabarrus in 2009 after the owner of the local radio station abandoned our community. Since then we have expanded our coverage and included video.
In the past year or so, the local AM station WTIX 1410 was purchased by people who see the value of local radio. They’ve expanded their operation to include Memories 98.3 FM. They will be broadcasting a game of this week this football season. That’s great news and we certainly support their efforts.
Another change has been at the N.C. High School Athletic Association, which is now requiring rights fees for regular season games. I don’t think they completely understand the impact of their fees. For companies like Radio Free Cabarrus it will mean less games will be broadcast.
RFC will continue to broadcast games live, but not every week and not as many. We will however continue to cover and report on games. Here is our basic plan for the 2017 football season:
A live scoreboard show (we haven’t come up with a name yet) will be broadcast each Friday night with live reports from games involving Cabarrus teams and others. This will be a work in progress and we will adjust as we go. There are a lot of exciting possibilities.
Select live video broadcasts of big games will be broadcast. We plan to ramp up our live broadcasts as the season heats up and as we get near the playoffs.
We will be open to suggestions. If you have ideas or comments I would love to hear them. Email me at email@example.com
Thanks for all the support you have provided. We pledge to continue our efforts to promote Cabarrus County sports including the schools, athletes and community organizations to the best of our abilities.
The winner will play the winner of Jacksonville at Eastern Guilford for the state title next Saturday at Wake Forest.
Hickory Ridge Coach Jason Seidel wants to thank everyone for tuning tonight and for those who made the trip to Weddington:
“Being from New York, my wife and I have been blessed with so much family and friend support throughout this season. I want to say thank you to Bruce and his family in Binghamton. A special thank you to Mike and Marion in Rockland County. To my sister and family back home, we love and miss you. To all our friends in New York City and up and down the coast, thank you for reaching out and supporting the Bulls. And finally to our Red Hook family, throughout this journey you are always in my thoughts. We are going to try and do you proud. Family All In”