Category Archives: Baseball

Name change coming, new athletic season at Vance

Vance Cougars Athletic Director Carlos Richardson visited with 485 Sports’ Mark Plemmons and Coach Jay Alverson about the upcoming sports seasons for the Cougars and the name change to Julius Chambers High School at the end of the school year. Here is that conversation.

Vance AD Carlos Richardson recently joined Mark Plemmons and Jay Alverson.

COVID-19 pushing sports back until at May 18

The N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) issed this statement on Governor Roy Cooper’s order to close schools through May 15th:

CHAPEL HILL – In response to Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order closing all North Carolina public schools through May 15th, North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Commissioner Que Tucker released the following statement:

“Having heard the updated information relative to schools remaining closed until the middle of May, NCHSAA interscholastic athletics will remain suspended until at least May 18.

The NCHSAA Board of Directors and staff will use the next few weeks to weigh our future decisions based on the new directions given by Governor Cooper, other government leaders, and organizations charged with public health and safety during this unprecedented time. Such decisions will include the possible resumption of spring sports’ competition and the possibility of holding the state basketball championships.

While we remain hopeful that we will be able to resume competition, particularly for our senior student-athletes, we also recognize the need to protect the health and safety of our students, coaches and the communities we serve.”

Cox Mill’s new AD

Interview Cox Mill AD Philip Davanzo

Independent Tribune story about Davanzo joining #MillMentality

Regular season finale

Concord visits A.L. Brown to close out the regular season basketball schedule. Conference tournaments are set for next week. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on NFHS Network.

Intimidators job fair

The Kannapolis Intimidators annual job fair is set for February 23rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health.

The Intimidators are hiring part-time, game day employees for the 2019 season. The team is looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals to fill out its game day staff for the 2019 season, which opens on Thursday, April 4th, against the Rome Braves.
Applications will be accepted for the following positions:
– Bat Boys- Food & Beverage Staff- Mascot- Merchandise Sales Representative- Parking Attendants- Promotions Team- Press Box Staff- Customer Service Staff         – Box Office Staff         – Ticket Takers         – Section Leaders
Applicants must be 18 years & older.

Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health is located at 2888 Moose Road in Kannapolis off I-85 at Exit 63. The Intimidators are an equal opportunity employer.

Winding down the regular season

Regular season play for the public schools is in its final week with conference tournaments next week. For the private schools, the playoffs begin this week. Our Tuesday, Feb. 12, night broadcasts for Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports on NFHS Network are:

Northwest Cabarrus at Concord

Central Cabarrus at Cox Mill.

More broadcasts are planned for later this week, including Concord at A.L. Brown Friday.

Action from last week’s A.L. Brown-Northwest Cabarrus Todd Maulden photo

Kannapolis I’s prep for the 2019 season

KANNAPOLIS, NC – To celebrate the historic final season at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health, the Kannapolis Intimidators plan to thank their fans with its most robust, action-packed promotions schedule in years chocked full of fireworks shows, premium giveaways, theme nights and plenty of on and off-the-field entertainment. The Intimidators open the season at home on Thursday, April 4 with a 7:00 p.m. game vs. the Rome Braves featuring a post-game fireworks display, the first of 16 slated for 2019.

In addition to spectacular fireworks shows, the 70-game home schedule showcases 11 premium giveaways commemorating the 25-year history of professional baseball in Kannapolis, including a six-game return of the Piedmont Boll Weevils. Single-game tickets for the upcoming season will go on sale to the general public in person at the F&M Box Office, or by phone (704) 932-3267 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Presidents Day, Monday.

Opening Weekend kicks off with a 2019 Magnet Schedule giveaway presented by Carolinas Pizza Hut, Thirsty Thursday & Post-Game Fireworks on April 4th. The celebration of baseball continues with the first “Salute to the Boll Weevils” Night on April 5th, Bark in the Park & Post-Game Fireworks on April 6th and Post-Game Kids Run the Bases on Sunday, April 7th.

The team pays tribute to its Kannapolis timeline with Intimidators, Boll Weevils and even Piedmont Phillies promotions throughout the season. The Intimidators will wear throwback uniforms and take the field as the Piedmont Boll Weevils six times during the season 2019 Season, the name the Kannapolis team was known as from 1996 to 2000. The “Salute to the Boll Weevils” series includes three different Boll Weevils-themed giveaways, a Baseball Card Strip giveaway on May 3rd, a Tin Lunch Box giveaway presented by Sunbelt Rentals on May 31st and a Boll Weevils Baseball giveaway on June 16th.

The 2019 campaign also features a four-game Faith & Family Night series presented by Christian Tours, and the team honors baseball’s strong connection to the Latino community by playing as the Los Rápidos de Kannapolis for three different games. Other notable theme games include Star Wars Night featuring never before seen ‘Darth Maul’ Jerseys on May 4th and Wizards & Wands Night presented by Charlotte Eye Ears Nose & Throat Associates on July 13th, and an appearance by classic kids’ favorite, Thomas the Tank Engine, on August 4th.

Weekly, fan-favorite promotions such as Tuesday Night Bingo, Thirsty Thursday, Saturday Night Fireworks & Sunday Post-Game Kids Run the Bases return in 2019. In addition, the team debuts Wieners and Wags Wednesdays that, along with three other Bark in the Park games, provides seven opportunities for fans to bring their dogs to the ballpark.

2019 Promotional Schedule


Thursday, April 4th: Opening Night Celebration | Magnet Schedule presented by Carolinas Pizza Hut Giveaway | Post-Game Fireworks | Thirsty Thursday

Friday, April 5th: Salute to the Boll Weevils Game #1

Saturday, April 6th: Bark in the Park | Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, April 7th: Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Tuesday, April 9th: Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, April 10th: Education Day presented by Atrium Health

Thursday, April 18th: Piedmont Phillies Baseball giveaway to first 1,000 fans | Thirsty Thursday

Friday, April 19th: Faith & Family Night presented by Christian Tours | Post-Game Fireworks | Good Deed Day

Saturday, April 20th: Post-Game Fireworks

Tuesday, April 30th: Baseball Bingo


Wednesday, May 1st: Education Day presented by Atrium Health

Thursday, May 2nd: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, May 3rd: Baseball Card Strip giveaway to first 1,000 fans | Salute to the Boll Weevils Game #2

Saturday, May 4th: Star Wars Night with Specialty Jersey | Post-Game Fireworks | Girl Scout Night

Sunday, May 5th: Cinco De Mayo | Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Tuesday, May 14th: Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, May 15th: Education Day presented by Atrium Health

Thursday, May 16th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, May 17th: Faith & Family Night presented by Christian Tours

Saturday, May 18th: Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, May 19th: Bark in the Park presented by Camp Bow Bow | Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Thursday, May 30th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, May 31st: Boll Weevils Tin Lunch Box giveaway to first 1,000 fans presented by Sunbelt Rentals | Salute to the Boll Weevils Game #3


Saturday, June 1st: Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, June 2nd: Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Tuesday, June 4th: Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, June 5th: Wieners and Wags Wednesday

Thursday, June 13th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, June 14th: Rápidos de Kannapolis Youth T-Shirt Giveaway | Los Rápidos de Kannapolis Game #1

Saturday, June 15th: Post-Game Fireworks | Boy Scout Night

Sunday, June 16th: Boll Weevils Baseball giveaway to first 1,000 fans | Salute to the Boll Weevils Game #4 | Post-Game Kids Run the Bases | Father’s Day

Thursday, June 20th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, June 21st: Bobblehead Giveaway to first 1,000 fans

Saturday, June 22nd: Faith & Family Night presented by Christian Tours | Post-Game Fireworks 


Tuesday, July 2nd: Post-Game Fireworks | Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, July 3rd: Independence Eve Celebration & Post-Game Fireworks presented by Cabarrus Eye Center

Tuesday, July 9th: Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, July 10th: Camp Day

Thursday, July 11th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, July 12th: Baseball Card Strip giveaway to first 1,000 fans

Saturday, July 13th: Wizards and Wands Night presented by CEENTA | Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, July 14th: Bark in the Park | Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Thursday, July 18th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, July 19th: 2005 Championship Canvas giveaway to first 1,000 fans

Saturday, July 20th: Salute to the Boll Weevils Game #5 | Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, July 21st: Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Wednesday, July 31st: Wieners and Wags Wednesday


Thursday, August 1st: Thirsty Thursday | Los Rápidos de Kannapolis Game #2

Friday, August 2nd: Intimidators “I” Baseball giveaway to first 1,000 fans

Saturday, August 3rd: Faith & Family Night presented by Christian Tours | Post-Game Fireworks | Boy Scout Night

Sunday, August 4th: Thomas the Tank Engine Character Appearance | Post-Game Kids Run the Bases

Tuesday, August 6th: Camp Day | Baseball Bingo

Tuesday, August 13th: Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, August 14th: Wieners and Wags Wednesday

Thursday, August 15th: Thirsty Thursday

Friday, August 16th: Stadium Seat Replica giveaway to first 1,000 fans

Saturday, August 17th: Salute to the Boll Weevils Game #6 | Post- Game Fireworks | Girl Scout Night

Sunday, August 18th: Post-Game Kids Run the Bases | Los Rápidos de Kannapolis Game #3

Monday, August 26th: National Dog Day featuring $1 Hot Dogs

Tuesday, August 27th: Baseball Bingo

Wednesday, August 28th: Wieners and Wags Wednesday

Thursday, August 29th: Final Game Played at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health | Commemorative Rally Towel giveaway to first 1,000 fans | Post-Game Fireworks

All promotions are subject to change at the Intimidators discretion.

Season tickets for the 2019 season, including Founders Club memberships ensuring priority season seat selection at the team’s new ballpark in 2020, are on sale now at

The 485 Sports Report

This is the first edition of The 485 Sports Report.

This week’s game broadcasts

Radio Free Cabarrus is broadcasting Cox Mill at Concord and Jay M. Robinson at Northwest Cabarrus live on NFHS Network Friday, Oct. 5.

The A.L. Brown at Central Cabarrus match-up will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis (limited Internet access at Central).

Other games broadcast this season by Radio Free Cabarrus are available free on NFHS Network.

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Concord Hall of Fame

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CHS HOF Nomination Form

The deadline for nominations this year is Sept. 7, 2018.


American Legion baseball

Concord Post 51 beats Mocksville 10-4 in American Legion Senior Baseball. Note there is no audio in the pregame and play-by-play picks up with the National Anthem and as the action begins. This game was played Friday, June 22, 2018.

American Legion Baseball

Mooresville at Concord Post 51

Shaked Bar-Tal and Mark Plemmons call the action Wednesday, June 28, as Concord Post 51 hosts Mooresville at Mt. Pleasant High School.  First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Area III Southern Standings

Standings are through Tuesday, June 27, courtesy of Jonathan Bost.

American Legion Baseball

Concord Post 51 at Kannapolis Post 115

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action as Concord and Kannapolis play for the second time in eight days. Concord won last week’s game 14-10 after Kannapolis led 8-6. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

Standings through June 24, 2017

Special thanks to Jonathan Bost for scores, standings, schedules and updates.

Upcoming Area III Games

Sunday, June 25, 2017                                                                   

Eastern Randolph            @            Greensboro

High Point           @            Randolph Co.

Mooresville        @            Rowan Co.

Concord               @            Kannapolis

Davidson Co.      @            Mocksville-Davie

Kannapolis          @            Stanly Co.


Monday, June 26, 2017                                                                                 

Eastern Randolph            @            Winston-Salem

Mooresville        @            Stanly Co.

Kernersville        @            Davidson Co.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017                                                                 

High Point           @            Kernersville

Davidson Co.      @            Greensboro

Winston-Salem @            Randolph Co.

Stanly Co.            @            Rowan Co.

Mooresville        @            Kannapolis


Wednesday, June 28, 2017                                                                                         

Greensboro       @            Kernersville

Randolph Co.     @            Eastern Randolph

Mooresville        @            Concord

Kannapolis          @            Mocksville-Davie


Thursday, June 29, 2017                                                                                               

Winston-Salem @            Kernersville

Davidson Co.      @            High Point           6:00 PM

Eastern Randolph            @            Concord

Stanly Co.            @            Kannapolis

Rowan Co.          @            Mocksville-Davie


Friday, June 30, 2017                                                                                     

Concord               @            Rowan Co.

Last Day of Regular Season

All game times are at 7:00PM unless otherwise noted.

Recent scores

Sunday, June 18, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 

Rowan Co.          22           Stanly Co.            0

High Point           7              Greensboro       3

Winston-Salem 10           Eastern Randolph            9

Randolph Co.     10           Kernersville        0

Concord               14           Kannapolis          10

Stubenville, OH 13           Mocksville-Davie              5              NL


Monday, June 19, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 

Eastern Randolph            14           Davidson Co.      6

Kernersville        5              High Point           1

Stanly Co.            6              Concord               5

Mocksville-Davie              5              Kannapolis          3


Tuesday, June 20, 2017                                                                                                                                                                 

Mooresville        @            Stanly Co.            ppd.       to Mon. 6/26

High Point           4              Randolph Co.     2

Rowan Co.          12           Kannapolis          1

Greensboro       6              Winston-Salem 4


Wednesday, June 21, 2017                                                                                                                                                                         

Eastern Randolph            3              Kernersville        1

Randolph Co.     3              Davidson Co.      1

Greensboro       6              Winston-Salem 5

Rowan Co.          @            Concord               ppd.                       to 6/30

Mocksville-Davie              @            Mooresville        ppd.       no makeup set


Thursday, June 22, 2017                                                                                                                                                               

Kannapolis          @            Stanly Co.            ppd.       to 6/25 at 1 p.m.

Davidson Co.      3              Eastern Randolph            2

Randolph Co.     12           Winston-Salem 4

Rowan Co.          17           Mocksville-Davie              7


Friday, June 23, 2017                                                                                                                                                                     

Greensboro       8              High Point           6

Kernersville        8              Winston-Salem 3

Concord               10           Mocksville-Davie              6

Rowan Co.          18           Kannapolis          8


Saturday, June 24, 2017                                                                                                                                                

Randolph Co.     @            Kernersville        ppd.       to 6/30

High Point           @            Eastern Randolph   6/30

Stanly Co.            @            Mooresville

Davidson Co.      @            Winston-Salem 6/25

Mocksville-Davie  8         Concord               6

Texarkana, Ar    6              Rowan Co.          1

Rowan Co.          11           Hope Mills           9