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.
My daughter Jordan convinced me to try the Couch to 5K group. It was really cold to start and painful.
My left calf felt like a rope was tied around it and every tiny hill, even the little hump at the tennis courts at Dorton Park, seemed like I was limping up a mountain. My per mile pace was over 18 minutes per mile.
But every one in the group was encouraging including the coaches and the post run stretches felt good, especially my corpse pose that I finish up with. Sorry for scaring everyone. More than one person asked “Is he okay?” I just like to relax and melt into the concrete as I cool down.
My medical numbers were not good when I started. My A1C was borderline diabetic, my blood pressure was barely in control and my cholesterol was high (my good cholesterol was too low). I started the Couch to 5K on Jan. 29. My doctor’s appointment was Feb. 2.
I told Dr. Revis that I had signed up. She is a runner and hiker. “Oh you know that’s a gateway drug to a half marathon,” was her response.
I’m having a lot of fun with this. My calf doesn’t hurt now and I am trying to get faster. But I did strain my hamstring sprinting to the finish line once. Stretching, essential oils and a couple of ibuprofen tablets seem to have taken care of that pain. So far I have lost 18 pounds. I still have a long way to go.
We completed the Couch to 5K, then on the 5K to 10K, and now back to the Couch to 5K.
So far here are my results:
Harrisburg 5K April 14
46:03, 10th out of 12 in 55-59 age group, 14:49 per mile
Jiggy with the Piggy 5K May 1 in Kannapolis
44:18 3rd out of 3 in 55-59 age group, 14:15 per mile
Shirley’s Angels Love Your Headlights 10K May 12 in Huntersville
1:30.11 2nd out of two in 55-59 age group, 14:51 per mile
Find Your Fit 5K June 2 at Frank Liske Park
42:10 first out of 1 in 55-59 age group, 13:34 per mile
You can’t win if you don’t enter.
Slow and steady and persevere.
As a broadcaster, editor and sports fanatic this might be the best time of year. It is hectic but we’re seeing some great basketball and getting a good overlap of baseball. As the saying goes, “I’m living the dream.”
Good luck to all the teams. We want to see everyone do their best. That doesn’t always mean winning but it does many have no regrets. – Mark Plemmons
Former South Piedmont Conference rivals Jesse Carson and Cox Mill battle for the right to play in the Western Regional Finals. Mark Plemmons, Perry Gabriel and Jay Alverson call the action beginning with the pregame at approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Saturday Cox Mill win over Mt. Tabor
Saturday’s Ardrey Kell win over Hickory Ridge
Complete list of quarterfinals
1A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Rocky Mount Preparatory (24-0) vs. #5 Voyager Academy (21-6)
#3 Pamlico County (20-5) vs. #7 Granville Central (15-11)
#1 Winston-Salem Prep (24-3) vs. #5 North Stanly (24-5)
#2 Lincoln Charter (24-4) vs. #6 Starmount (24-3)
1A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Pamlico County (24-1) vs. #4 Cape Hatteras (25-0)
#3 Northampton County (21-3) vs. #10 Weldon (21-2)
#1 Mount Airy (24-2) vs. #4 East Wilkes (23-4)
#3 Murphy (26-2) vs. #10 Cherokee (19-6)
2A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#9 Greene Central (24-6) vs. #4 Farmville Central (22-3)
#2 Clinton (26-1) vs. #3 Fairmont (29-1)
#1 Mountain Heritage (23-1) vs. #4 Salisbury (26-3)
#2 Forest Hills (27-2) vs. #3 East Lincoln (25-5)
2A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Kinston (28-1) vs. #4 Richlands (26-3)
#2 East Duplin (25-2) vs. #3 North Pitt (23-5)
#1 Mountain Heritage (26-1) vs. #21 Wilkes Central (17-12)
#3 North Wilkes (26-3) vs. #18 Ledford Senior (23-5)
3A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Northside-Jacksonville (27-0) vs. #5 New Hanover (26-4)
#3 Eastern Guilford (26-2) vs. #7 Southern Lee (25-3)
#1 Cox Mill (26-3) vs. #4 Jesse Carson (26-2)
#2 Ben L. Smith (26-3) vs. #3 Hickory (27-2)
3A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Jacksonville (21-3) vs. #4 Hillside (21-7)
#3 E.E. Smith (27-3) vs. #10 Havelock (22-2)
#1 Ashbrook (29-0) vs. #4 North Iredell (24-5)
#2 Northern Guilford (25-4) vs. #11 Rockingham County (25-4)
4A MEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Garner Magnet (26-1) vs. #4 South Central (26-0)
#2 Broughton (26-2) vs. #3 Heritage (23-4)
#9 Rocky River (22-6) vs. #13 David W. Butler (25-5)
#2 Independence (28-1) vs. #3 Olympic (22-4)
4A WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOURTH ROUND PAIRINGS
#1 Southeast Raleigh (28-0) vs. #4 Green Hope (24-4)
#2 Heritage (26-2) vs. #3 E.A. Laney (27-2)
#1 Northwest Guilford (26-2) vs. #4 Ardrey Kell (25-3)
#2 Mallard Creek (27-2) vs. #3 West Forsyth (24-3)
Southern Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend
The show continues at the Park Expo Center in Charlotte. Get great home gardening and decorating ideas as well ideas about home improvements and much more at the annual Southern Spring Home and Garden Show.
Friday, March 2, 2018 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We are thanking teachers for all they do for our kids and community. On Friday, March 2nd, educators and staff who present a valid school ID at the Box office get free admission. All day!
BECOME AN OFFICIAL – STAY CONNECTED TO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Que Tucker, Commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.
These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic.
In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed – or even cancelled – because there are not enough men and women to officiate them.
Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation.
Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation.
Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come.
Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the application process, can do so at www.HighSchoolOfficials.com.
Lots of basketball Friday
Broadcasts are expected to begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The games will also be available for replay later.
Central Cabarrus at Concord
Forest Hills at Mt. Pleasant
Join us for South Piedmont Conference basketball live on the NFHS Network. The broadcast begins at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.
Also playing tonight:
Hickory Ridge at Butler
From earlier this week
A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus
The Davidson Wildcats, Atlantic 10 champions, have beaten #2 North Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast to advance to the Chapel Hill Regional championship road. Here are some highlights