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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.

3A basketbal playoffs


North Forsyth at Concord

Ledford at Jay M. Robinson

Other Cabarrus boys teams in 3A playoffs
Hickory Ridge at Cuthbertson
Asheville at Cox Mill
Northwest Cabarrus at North Henderson
Central Cabarrus at Weddington
2A Playoffs
Mount Pleasant at Forest Hills
Cabarrus girls in the playoffs

Concord at North Iredell

Jay M. Robinson at West Rowan

Southwestern Randolph at Hickory Ridge

concord spiders

Round 3 – SPC Finals

West Rowan versus Hickory Ridge (girls)

Concord verus Jay M. Robinson (boys)

At Cox Mill High School

It’s Round 3 for both these match-ups with the West Rowan girls and the Jay M. Robinson boys coming in as number one seeds. Both teams earned those #1 seeds with close wins on their home floors last Friday night.
Concord and Robinson split their games. The Spiders won 101-97 in overtime at Concord, while the Bulldogs won at Robinson also by four points.

Get there early if you are going

This game is expected to sell out so if you plan to go. Get there early.

Shaked’s Scoreboard Show


Live streaming video by Ustream

Keep track of all the game with Shaked Bar-Tal, Radio Free Cabarrus’ dynamic sportscaster.  Shaked will be broadcasting from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. updating all the games and sports news.

Complete coverage of the games in Independent Tribune

Photo by James Nix/Independent Tribune
Photo by James Nix/Independent Tribune

SPC doubleheader from Cox Mill, Robinson

Concord at Cox Mill


Hickory Ridge at Jay M. Robinson

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Cox Mill, while Shaked Bar-Tal and Mark Plemmons will bring you the game from Jay M. Robinson.
There might be a few dunks tonight.
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Wonders battle the Spiders

Concord hosts Kannapolis A.L. Brown in non-conference basketball tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 20. John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action for Radio Free Cabarrus.

Schedule changes due weather forecast

With potentially icy weather in the forecast for Thursday night into Friday morning, some schools have moved games and matches to Thursday.  Check with your school for the latest schedule. Here are the changes that we have (subject to change):

Parkwood at Mount Pleasant Thursday, wrestling at 5 p.m. followed by varsity basketball (no junior varsity games)

Jesse Carson at Jay M. Robinson Thursday

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge Thursday

Week 5 tripleheader

South Rowan at Concord

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Coach EZ Smith Field at Robert C. Bailey Stadium in Concord, N.C.

Hickory Ridge at Cox Mill

Perry Gabriel and Coach Soupy Campbell call the action at Cox Mill.

Jay M. Robinson at Mount Pleasant

Mark Plemmons and Shaked Bar-Tal call the action at Larry Honeycutt Field at Tiger Stadium in Mount Pleasant.
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Other Cabarrus games Friday
Northwest Cabarrus at West Rowan
High Point Christian at cfa Academy
A.L. Brown, Cannon School and Central Cabarrus have byes this week.

Preseason football is here

First practices were held Saturday

 Saturday was the first day of official practice for teams in the N.C. High School Athletic Association football. They are getting ready for first games beginning Aug. 20. The Battle for the Bell will be televised live by Time-Warner Cable with Concord at A.L. Brown Thursday, Aug. 20.
Radio Free Cabarrus will have a full slate of broadcasts opening week.

Central Cabarrus warming up for game in 2014
Central Cabarrus warming up for game in 2014

An interview with Concord Spiders new Coach Jason Stowe

Coming up this Saturday
kannapolis arts
This Saturday’s Kaleidoscope Festival includes plenty of artists and a Food Truck Rally in downtown Kannapolis. It’s happening from noon to 4 p.m.

South Piedmont Conference basketball: Jesse Carson at Concord

Cougars battle the Spiders at Rimer Gym

Bulldogs battle Spiders at Charles E. Rimer Gym

J.M. Robinson at Concord in non-conference basketball