Category Archives: Cycling/running

Legion playoffs, no bike races in Cabarrus

Rowan, Eastern Randolph advance

Rowan County and Eastern Randolph completed three-game sweeps in their second round Area III American Legion Baseball Playoffs Wednesday.

Rowan beat Mocksville-Davie 14-4 to advance.

Eastern Randolph beat Kernersville 11-5.

Davidson County beat Randolph County 8-7. Randolph leads the series 2-1. The winner plays #1 seed Rowan.

Eastern Randolph, the #3 seed, advances to play High Point (#2 seed)/Winston-Salem (#7 seed) winner in Round 3.

High Point beat Winston-Salem 21-10 Wednesday.  High Point leads 2 – 1.

Area III Legion Round 3 begins Sunday, July 12, 2015 at higher seeds.  It is a best of five series with six playing dates (ends 7/17/15).

Home field advantage for Eastern Randolph vs. High Point/Winston-Salem winner will be determined by highest seed of the three teams.

A special thanks to J.T. Bost for providing scores and standings all season long.

Crossroads Classic without Concord/Kannapolis

crossroads classic logo 2015


This year’s Giordana Crossroads Classic will be held in Mocksville, Statesville, Asheboro and Salisbury. For the first time in many years, there will not be an event in Cabarrus County.

Last year the event featured bicycle racing at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. It previously had been held in Downtown Concord, but construction of the new Concord Municipal Building at the corner of Market Street and Cabarrus Avenue disrupted the race course.

The race promoter said lack of sponsorship is the reason there will be no event in Cabarrus County.

Here is action from last year's races in Kannapolis
Here is action from last year’s races in Kannapolis


Cabarrus Avenue closed this week


Icenhour is the ‘faster pastor’

Congratulations Daniel Wallace, Jill Moore

Lt. Daniel Wallace, Kannapolis' newest school board member
Lt. Daniel Wallace, Kannapolis’ newest school board member

Former coach and resource office named to school board

Some of you know him as coach, others as Officer Wallace, but everyone knows him as a friend to students in Kannapolis City Schools. You can add school board member to Lt. Daniel Wallace’s associations. He was appointed to fill the seat of a school board legend Millie Hall, who resigned in June.

Here is the Independent Tribune’s story about his appointment

Former Northwest Cabarrus Trojan makes Team USA

Jill Moore at IUPUI Carroll Stadium, photo from Illinois Wheelchair Athletics
Jill Moore at IUPUI Carroll Stadium, photo from Illinois Wheelchair Athletics
 Congratulations to Jill Moore, a former Northwest Cabarrus Trojan, who has made the  U.S. Track and Field Team for the 2015 Parapan American Games. Here is the team announcement

Round 2 of the Area III American Legion playoffs

Both Kannapolis Post 115 and Concord Post 51 were eliminated in the first round of the American Legion playoffs last weekend.
The second round is now underway. The second round pairings are posted on Greater Cabarrus County Sports

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.


Pharr Family Preserve Trail near Midland

Pharr Family Trail sign 5-26-14

The Pharr Family Preserve Trail is now open off of Mount Pleasant Road South near Midland. The trail is approximately 1.75 miles out. It is mostly wooded and runs along Rocky River.

Part of the Carolina Thread Trail

The Plemmons Family took a Memorial Day hike down the trail and had a nice stroll. The trail is mostly flat . It earthen and pretty well-packed. It would likely be softer and muddy during wet weather.

We completed the hike in about a hour and half at a leisurely pace. We saw no one on the way out but passed a mother and two children who had been playing in the river with inner tubes on the way out.

Bicycles are allowed but no ATVs or motorized vehicles. The trail is nicely suited for mountain bikes and is suitable for beginners. Advanced riders will find the trail very basic.

The Pharr trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail system that is being developed across the Charlotte Metro area. The aim is to link communities with a system of trails and greenways. The system is in the early stages and will take decades to complete.

launch sign 5-26-14


Independent Tribune article on opening

Funding is a major issue for the Carolina Thead Trail and donations of land, right-of-ways and grants are greatly needed.

Many of the trails like the Pharr Trail and the Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail, just to the north, have had a lot of work done by volunteers. That includes construction of the Canoe & Kayak Launch into Rocky River. The 2013 Leadership Cabarrus Class from the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce built the launch. Duke Energy donated the materials.

Our family really enjoys the trails and greenways that are being developed. We hope you will give them a try in your community and show your support for expanding the trail system.

What can a bike do?

Here is the latest video from PeopleForBikes