Category Archives: Football

Rivalry week

Watch the action from Memorial Stadium
Live from Trojan Stadium at Northwest Cabarrus

Friday Night football

Watch CoxMill at Mt. Pleasant live

Also in NFHS Network tonight:

Clinton at Central Cabarrus

Jay M Robinson at Statesville

Many other schools also on the network.

Cabarrus Game of the Week

Also check out Central Cabarrus hosting Hunter Huss on and several other games.

Fair and football

It’s a football Friday and the opening day of the Cabarrus County Fair. Tonight, Friday, Sept. 6, you can take your ticket stuff from any Cabarrus high school football game and get free admission to the fair.

Game night

Central Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant on YouTube Live Also on radio WEGO 98.3 FM, 1410 AM,

Monroe at Jay M. Robinson on NFHS Network

Sun Valley at Concord on NFHS Network

Northwest Cabarrus at Jesse Carson

Cox Mill at West Rowan on WSAT 103.3 FM, 1280 AM,

Cabarrus Warriors at Christ School

The Independent Tribune has previews of each of these games.

Fast Facts on the Fair

A blue ribbon winning watermelon from the 2018 Cabarrus County Fair.

Cabarrus County Fair Facts

Dates: September 6 to 14, 2019

Location: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center (4751 NC-49, Concord)

2019 Fair hours: Weekdays, 4 to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.

2019 Fair Theme: Fairly Extraordinary (logo available upon request)

Fair website:

Fair Facebook:

Fair Twitter: @cabarrusfair

2019 Gate specials (rides not included):

·         Saturday, September 7 – Opening Celebration
Free general gate admission for all from 1 to 2 p.m.

·         Sunday, September 8 – Cooperative Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive
Free general gate admission for all from 1 to 3 p.m. with four canned food items per adult and two canned food items per child. All food brands are accepted.

·         Monday, September 9 – Discount Night

$20 ride wristband ($5 savings); $3 general gate admission for ages 6 to 11 ($2 savings); $5 general gate admission for ages 12 and older ($3 savings).

·         Tuesday, September 10 – Family Fun Night
$4 general gate admission for all.

·         Thursday, September 11 – Salute to Seniors Night
FREE general gate admission for ages 55 and older from 4 to 6 p.m.

·         Catch the Fair for FREE on Fridays
Get FREE general gate admission with your high school football game ticket stub on Friday, September 6 and Friday, September 13.

Onsite ticket prices: General gate admission to the fair is $8 for ages 12 to 54; $5 for ages 55+ and those with military ID; and $5 for ages 6 to 11. Ages 5 and younger admitted free. Parking is free. All transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.No re-entry, refunds, rainchecks or exchanges.

Ride ticket information: Ride tickets are available for purchase inside the fairgrounds at Powers Midway ticket booths. One strip of four tickets is $5 and one sheet of 22 tickets is $20. Ride wristbands ($25) allow unlimited mechanical ride access for one day (Air Raid not included). Children under 36 inches can ride the Merry Go Round, Fun Slide and Kiddie Wheel for free with a paying adult (16 years and older).

Shuttle service: Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite lots on the weekends. CCTS vans run the following hours:

Saturday, September 7, noon to midnight

Sunday, September 8, noon to midnight

Friday, September 13, 6 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, September 14, noon to midnight

Entertainment: There’s plenty of Fair just beyond the midway. The Cabarrus County Fair features a butterfly encounter, petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. New this year is the Ninja Experience, a team of martial arts experts that wow audiences with high to flying, jaw-dropping performances. Returning fan-favorites include live performances by Mountain Mike chainsaw creations, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Rust and Flame Blacksmithing and Rockstar Karaoke. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners and wood turners. Stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display.

See for entertainment details, which are subject to change.

Country 103.7 Outside Stage performances:

Friday, September 6: 2019 Fair Pageant 7 p.m.; Live music 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 7: Live music 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 8: Rockstar Karaoke 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Monday, September 9: Live music 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10: Cooking demo 6 p.m.; Live music 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11: Live music 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 12: Live music 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Friday, September 13: Live music 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 14: Rockstar Karaoke 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Background: The Cabarrus County Agricultural Fair began in 1953. The 2018 Cabarrus County Fair received 16 awards form the International Association of Agricultural Fairs and Expos (IAFE) and three awards from the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs. For more information visit or follow

Football is back

Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports is broadcasting two games on opening night, Friday, August 23. Kickoffs are set for 7:30 p.m. The games are being broadcast on the NFHS Network.

Jay M. Robinson at Mount Pleasant

Hickory Ridge at Central Cabarrus

Other games:

Northwest Cabarrus at Forestview

Cox Mill at Lake Norman

Concord at Pinecrest

Cabarrus Warriors at High Point Christian

Who will win the SPC?

This is the first of the preseason polls from Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports. First up is the South Piedmont Conference, where Northwest Cabarrus is reigning champ.

The polling among our broadcasters and reporters was very close with the top spot split between Northwest Cabarrus and A.L. Brown but the Trojans get the call based on points awarded (6 for first and descending to 1 for sixth place).

So if our predictions are accurate, the South Piedmont Conference could come down to the “Battle for Kannapolis.” Circle your Friday nights in October: Oct. 11, Central Cabarrus at A.L. Brown; Oct. 18, Northwest Cabarrus at Central Cabarrus; and Oct. 25, A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus.

It should be fun. And of course we expect some surprises. Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports will be broadcasting lots of games again this year on the NFHS Network. This year many of the school’s booster clubs will be doing fundraisers through NFHS Network broadcasts. Contact your school’s boosters club to find out how you can help.

Who do you think will win the SPC?

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Here are some of the comments from RFC broadcasters about their predictions:

Perry Gabriel

Three teams have a legitimate shot at winning the SPC title this season.  Northwest Cabarrus and AL Brown are my favorites but don’t count Central Cabarrus out. 

Northwest will try to prove that last season was not a fluke and continue to look to establish itself as a top program in the always strong conference.  Another championship run this year could be the start of good things to continue for that program. 

The A.L. Brown Wonders will be looking to rebound and get back to championship form and this could be the year. You can never count a Mike Newsome coached team out so look for the Wonders to make some noise – they have some payback on their mind with some county foes to regain some bragging rights.  If you own the bragging rights in the county then you own the SPC title as well. 

Central Cabarrus can make a difference in the race but they will need more consistency to make it happen.  All 3 of the top teams cannot afford a setback at the hands of the other conference teams as Cox Mill could be the sleeper again this year. 

Concord and JM Robinson will battle it out for the bottom two spots with the winner of that game probably avoiding the final spot in the standings.  Both teams are improved but not at the level of the other teams in the conference.

Chris Hudson

I think A.L. Brown will be very strong this year, but Northwest returns probably the best core of players. The Vikings will return a strong core of players and could be better than both Northwest and AL Brown. I think the Concord Spiders will surprise a lot of people and be tons better than last year’s team and by end of the season could earn a playoff spot. I think the Robinson Bulldogs will be slightly down this year but will still be a good team.

Spencer Ball

The Trojans have star players, Tyrese Blake and Nick Wilds-Lawing, returning which should help keep them atop the conference. The Vikings also have many returning players which will keep them in the running towards the top of the conference. 
Cox Mill lost a lot of strong seniors but former junior varsity players will look to fill their shoes and should keep them in the middle of the pack.

Concord struggled mightily last season but with a strong Junior Varsity team and more understanding of Coach Paxton’s systems should help propel the Spiders to a better record than 1-10. A.L. Brown could be a surprise team with returning seniors and a strong Junior Varsity team but with the top three teams looking very strong it will be difficult to find conference wins. Jay M. Robinson has a lot of problems to fix but they did show some bright spots with young players making big plays throughout the season.

Mark Plemmons

The Wonders likely fueled their offseason with memories of losses to Northwest and Central Cabarrus and feel like they’re due some payback. The new turf at Memorial Stadium should be beneficial to always speedy Wonders.

The Trojans and Vikings both return strong teams and should make it a real battle for the top. College coaches have been very interested in players for all three teams.

One question in my mind is whether the Vikings can avoid the late season decline that has plagued the team for the past few years. Injuries no doubt have played a major factor.

The Bulldogs and Chargers both have a few big holes to fill and if they find the right pieces could content for upper half of the SPC. Can Robinson find a consistent offense? Can the Chargers continue their outstanding defense after major graduations along the defensive line?

The Spiders are the great unknown. Marty Paxton’s squad showed improvement at the end of the season, but just how much progress did they make in the off season. The SPC is a tough league to make up ground and the Spiders could make great strides and still be in last place.

Check back next week for our Rocky River Conference predictions.

Cox Mill’s new AD

Interview Cox Mill AD Philip Davanzo

Independent Tribune story about Davanzo joining #MillMentality

Greiner out, Jupiter Wilson in as Hickory Ridge football coach

new hickory ridge coach pdf

Randy Greiner resigned as the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls football coach last week and assistant coach Jupiter Wilson has been named as his replacement.

Hickory Ridge in Harrisburg will have a parents meeting Tuesday, June 4, at the school at 7 p.m. and a meet and greet with Wilson afterwards.


B-ball, wrestling & more

Coach George Walker talks following the Tigers’ win over West Stanly

Basketball broadcasts Tuesday

RFC/485 Sports will broadcast girls and boys varsity games Tuesday, Jan. 29, on NFHS Network. The line-up includes:

More broadcasts will be coming Friday evening.

A little football: Shaked’s Take

Shaked Bar-Tal gives his take on the latest Panthers news.

Wrestling dual team pairings

CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released the 2019 Dual Team Wrestling State Championship Brackets. The tournament begin with rounds 1 and 2 on Tuesday, January 29 at selected sites and will culminate on Saturday, February 2 with the western and eastern regional champions meeting at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse for the State Championships.

The 2A, 3A and 4A classifications will feature 32-team, pre-determined brackets while the 1A Bracket will feature a 24-team, pre-determined lineup. The Dual Team State Championship at Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse is a credentialed event. Media that wish to cover the event should wear their NCHSAA-issue year-long Media Badge for access to the event. Media without a year-long Media Badge should submit their single-event request through the online form. (Scroll to Winter Events on the Credentials Page of the NCHSAA Website to find the correct form) Credential requests are due by Friday, February 1 at noon.

First round matches begin Tuesday.

NCHSAA 2019 1A Dual Team Wrestling Pairings

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

First Round

Pender (7-19, Wild Card) vs. Neuse Charter (11-29, Wild Card) (@ John A. Holmes)

John A. Holmes (8-10, #1 Atlantic 6/Albemarle Athletic), BYE (@ John A. Holmes)

East Carteret (9-23, #1 Coastal 8) vs. South Davidson (10-11, Wild Card) (@ Louisburg)

Louisburg (5-18) #1 Northern Carolina), BYE (@ Louisburg)

Voyager Academy (9-0, #1 Central Tar Heel/North Central Athletic) vs. North Rowan (4-8, Wild Card) (@ Uwharrie Charter)

Uwharrie Charter (37-0, #1 Yadkin Valley), BYE (@ Uwharrie Charter)

South Stanly (29-16, #2 Yadkin Valley) vs. Chatham Central (10-24, Wild Card) (@ South Stanly)

Rosewood (32-5, #1 Coastal Plains/Carolina), BYE (@ South Stanly)

Robbinsville (15-3, #1 Smoky Mountain) vs. Mitchell (13-9, Wild Card) (@ Mitchell)

Alleghany (19-13, #1 Mountain Valley), BYE (@ Mitchell)

Bradford Prep (11-23, #2 Southern Piedmont/PAC 7) vs. East Wilkes (19-12, Wild Card) (@ East Wilkes)

Mount Airy (11-5, #1 Northwest), BYE (@ East Wilkes)

Swain County (23-3, #2 Smoky Mountain) vs. East Surry (9-9, Wild Card) (@ Cherryville)

Cherryville (13-22, #1 Southern Piedmont/PAC 7), BYE (@ Cherryville)

South Stokes (19-10, #2 Northwest) vs. Rosman (8-9, Wild Card) (@ Avery County)

Avery County (17-3, #1 Western Highlands), BYE

NCHSAA 2019 2A Dual Team Wrestling Pairings

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

First Round

Croatan (21-3 #1 Coastal 8) vs. Ayden-Grifton (21-10, #2 Eastern Carolina) (@ Ayden-Grifton)

Currituck (22-3, #1 Northeastern Coastal) vs. North Johnston (11-15, #2 Eastern Plains) (@ Ayden-Grifton)

Washington (31-5, #1 Eastern Plains) vs. North Pitt (21-13, #1 Eastern Carolina) (@ Washington)

Bunn (16-10, #1 Northern Carolina) vs. Roanoke Rapids (18-5, Wild Card) (@ Washington)

St. Pauls (15-11, #1 Three Rivers) vs. Central Davidson (16-6, #2 Central Carolina) (@ Trinity)

Trinity (20-1, #1 PAC 7) vs. Cummings (15-11, #2 Mid-State) (@ Trinity)

Reidsville (8-5, #1 Mid-State) vs. West Davidson (15-5, #3 Central Carolina) (@ Ledford)

Ledford (19-10, #1 Central Carolina) vs. Wheatmore (19-8, #2 PAC 7) (@ Ledford)

Surry Central (17-6, #1 Western Piedmont Athletic) vs. West Lincoln (22-2, #2 South Fork Athletic) (@ West Lincoln)

West Wilkes (24-1, #1 Mountain Valley) vs. Central Academy (27-1, #2 Rocky River) (@ West Lincoln)

Mount Pleasant (30-7, #1 Rocky River) vs. Patton (31-8, Wild Card) (@ Fred T. Foard)

Fred T. Foard (22-3, #1 Northwestern Foothills) vs. North Surry (17-6, #2 Western Piedmont Athletic) (@ Fred T. Foard)

Newton-Conover (41-2, #1 South Fork Athletic) vs. Brevard (7-7, #2 Mountain Six) (@ R-S Central)

R-S Central (24-5, #1 Southwestern Athletic) vs. Bunker Hill (23-10, #2 Northwestern Foothills) (@ R-S Central)

Pisgah (17-4, #1 Mountain Six) vs. East Lincoln (25-4, Wild Card) (@ East Lincoln)

Madison (15-7, #1 Western Highlands) vs. East Gaston (5-9, #2 Southwestern Athletic) (@ East Lincoln)

NCHSAA 2019 3A Dual Team Wrestling Pairings

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

First Round

Northern Guilford (11-1, #1 Mid-State) vs. Southern Nash (24-7, #2 Big East) (@ Clayton)

West Carteret (33-1, #1 Coastal) vs. Clayton (7-9, #2 Greater Neuse) (@ Clayton)

D.H. Conley (34-5, #1 Eastern Carolina) vs. Western Harnett (16-6, #2 Tri-County) (@ Havelock)

North Brunswick (22-6, #1 Mideastern) vs. Havelock (20-10, #2 Coastal) (@ Havelock)

Fike (27-4, #1 Big East) vs. Gray’s Creek (12-8, #2 Patriot Athletic) (@ Cleveland)

Cleveland (26-7, #1 Greater Neuse) vs. Chapel Hill (19-11, #2 Big Eight) (@ Cleveland)

Cape Fear (8-0, #1 Patriot Athletic) vs. Union Pines (39-6, #1 Tri-County) (@ Orange)

Orange (27-1, #1 Big Eight) vs. Morehead (18-13, #2 Mid-State) (@ Orange)

North Henderson (18-1, #1 Western Mountain Athletic) vs. Central Cabarrus (16-19, #2 South Piedmont) (@ site TBD)

Southeast Guilford (20-3, #1 Mid-Piedmont) vs. Mount Tabor (8-11, #2 Piedmont Triad) (@ site TBD)

A.L. Brown (12-11, #1 South Piedmont) vs. Weddington (23-8, #2 Southern Carolina) (@ A.L. Brown)

Southwest Guilford (15-5, #1 Piedmont Triad) vs. Asheboro (34-1, #2 Mid-Piedmont) (@ A.L. Brown)

Piedmont (31-2, #1 Southern Carolina) vs. North Gaston (15-13, #2 Big South) (@ Piedmont Middle School)

West Rowan (17-3, #1 North Piedmont) vs. Alexander Central (17-16, #2 Northwestern) (@ Piedmont Middle School)

St. Stephens (38-0, #1 Northwestern) vs. Statesville (30-11, #2 North Piedmont) (@ Statesville)

Kings Mountain (38-5, #1 Big South) vs. Enka (22-5, #2 Western Mountain Athletic) (@ Statesville)

NCHSAA 2019 4A Dual Team Wrestling Pairings

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

First Round

South View (13-15, #1 Patriot Athletic) vs. Green Hope (18-3, Wild Card) (@ Lumberton)

Laney (16-1, #1 Mideastern) vs. Lumberton (25-6, #2 Sandhills Athletic) (@ Lumberton)

Jack Britt (11-2, #1 Sandhills Athletic) vs. Millbrook (15-6, Wild Card) (@ Jack Britt)

New Bern (25-3, #1 Eastern Carolina) vs. Leesville Road (28-5, #2 CAP 7) (@ Jack Britt)

Cary (18-1, #1 Triangle Six) vs. Pinecrest (20-5, Wild Card) (@ Cary)

Corinth Holders (8-3, #1 Northern Athletic) vs. Middle Creek (23-4, #2 South Wake Athletic) (@ Cary)

Apex Friendship (14-16, #1 South Wake Athletic) vs. Heritage (15-12, #2 Northern Athletic) (@ Cardinal Gibbons)

Cardinal Gibbons (24-2, #1 CAP 7) vs. Riverside-Durham (10-8, #2 Triangle Six) (@ Cardinal Gibbons)

Ardrey Kell (11-7, #2 South Meck 7) vs. Glenn (20-3, #2 Central Piedmont) (@ Glenn)

Northwest Guilford (26-0, #1 Metro) vs. Mallard Creek (13-11, Wild Card) (@ Glenn)

Porter Ridge (27-6, #1 Southwestern) vs. Lake Norman (16-9, Wild Card) (@ Davie)

Davie County (31-2, #1 Central Piedmont) vs. Page (13-9, Wild Card) (@ Davie)

McDowell (15-20, #1 Northwestern) vs. High Point Central (19-11, Wild Card) (@ Mooresville)

Mooresville (31-1, #1 I-Meck) vs. West Forsyth (11-8, Wild Card) (@ Mooresville)

Olympic (12-3, #1 South Meck 7) vs. East Mecklenburg (17-3, #2 Southwestern) (@ Olympic)

Hough (20-3, #2 I-Meck) vs. Ragsdale (24-4, #2 Metro) (@ Olympic)

Back to basketball


A.L. Brown hosts Providence Friday, Jan. 4. Note this game is being planned at Kannapolis Middle School. The floor at Bullock Gym was painted during the holidays and needs a little more time to dry.

Radio Free Cabarrus/485 Sports taped both varsity games and will post as the video becomes available.