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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.

Big rivals head to head


Northwest Cabarrus at Cox Mill

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge

Shaked’s High School Preview

 

Bye weeks for Mount Pleasant, Concord

 

Other games

Jesse Carson at Jay M. Robinson

North Mecklenburg at A.L. Brown

Memories 983

Round 2 NCHSAA Playoffs

Hickory Ridge at Jay M. Robinson

This will be the fourth meeting this season for the Ragin’ Bulls and the Bulldogs. Last time out in the South Piedmont Conference tournament Jay M. Robinson won in double overtime 104-101.

Northwest Cabarrus at Cox Mill

Northwest Cabarrus comes to Cox Mill fresh off an upset of #3 seed North Henderson. The Chargers beat Asheville to advance to the second round.
The Hickory Ridge ladies are on the road at Pisgah in Canton for a second round game.
southern spring show

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

Heavyweight Showdown Concord-Robinson Round Two

The boys game will be for the South Piedmont Conference regular season title. Concord won the first game 101-97 in overtime. A packed house is expected.

West Stanly at Mt. Pleasant

rematch

Click on photo above for Independent Tribune preview

SOUTHERN SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Find gifts and goods for home, garden and lifestyle Feb. 26 – 28 and March 4 – 6

Charlotte, N.C.: Any project a homeowner ever undertakes begins with an idea. And those are in great supply at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. But to make that idea a reality takes supplies. And guests will also find those in abundance. Plants, pots, gardening tools, yard art, kitchen gadgets, wildflower wreaths, pillows and pottery, gifts and so much more are in store at the 56th annual show.

“The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is a treasure chest of ideas,” said Mardee Woodward, the show’s manager. “Guests can leave with the inspiration, snapshots and know-how to take on a variety projects. But they can also leave with more than ideas. The show is a shopper’s paradise.”

For home gardeners, there are plants, soil, tools, equipment and more. Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, is a perennially popular part of the Green Market. So are the bonsai trees from the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas.

Even those who lack a green thumb – but want to add interest to their yard or patio – will find something to love … perhaps in the form of whimsical yard art. (No watering needed!)

And in addition to the nearly exhaustive array of home and garden items available, there’s even more – wine, gourmet foods, purses and tote bags, scarves, soap and lotions, artisan jewelry.

More than 350 exhibiting companies will be at the show with products, services and demos designed to inspire a sense of adventure in home and garden design. And of course, the latest accessories, tools and plants are all available for purchase.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.southernspringhomeandgardenshow.com.

SHOW FACTS
Feb. 26 – 28 and March 4 – 6, 2016
The Park Expo
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28205

Hours:
Friday, Feb. 26 and March 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 and March 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 6: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Preview Night Gala to Benefit Catawba Lands Conservancy will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.  Tickets are $75 and include access to Freedom Hall, food, beverage and entertainment. To purchase: www.catawbalands.org/spring

Tickets (at the door):
Adults: $11
Children under 15: Free with paying adult
Seniors (55+) Day:
Seniors get in for $7 on both Fridays.
Special Days:
$5 admission on Fridays after 5 p.m. (at the door only) and $5 parking after 5pm

Advance tickets
:
$8.50 (with VIC card) at regional Harris Teeter locations. Advance tickets will be available at beginning Jan. 27.
$9 online at www.southernshows.com

Group tickets:
$8.50 for group orders of 20 tickets or more when ordered in advance.

Parking
:
All-day parking: $7 (cash only)
FREE parking for coaches, transport vans and buses

South Piedmont Conference Basketball

West Rowan at Concord

South Rowan at Hickory Ridge

basketball

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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SPC basketball: West Rowan at Hickory Ridge

Shaked Bar-Tal and Mark Plemmons call the action from Hickory Ridge.

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Jesse Carson at Concord

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action as Jesse Carson visits Concord in South Piedmont Conference basketball. Both girls and boys games will be broadcast.

cox mill at concord

Regular season finales

Jay M. Robinson at Concord

West Rowan at Hickory Ridge

Other games tonight

Hopewell at A.L. Brown

Northwest Cabarrus at Central Cabarrus

Jesse Carson at Cox Mill

North Raleigh Christian at Cannon School (playoffs)

Mount Pleasant at West Stanly

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