Lots of basketball

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

Watch Jesse Carson at Cox Mill on NFHS Network

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

East

#1 Rocky Mount Preparatory (24-0) vs. #5 Voyager Academy (21-6)

#3 Pamlico County (20-5) vs. #7 Granville Central (15-11)

West

#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

East

#1 Pamlico County (24-1) vs. #4 Cape Hatteras (25-0)

#3 Northampton County (21-3) vs. #10 Weldon (21-2)

West

#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

East

#9 Greene Central (24-6) vs. #4 Farmville Central (22-3)

#2 Clinton (26-1) vs. #3 Fairmont (29-1)

West

#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

East

#1 Kinston (28-1) vs. #4 Richlands (26-3)

#2 East Duplin (25-2) vs. #3 North Pitt (23-5)

West

#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

East

#1 Northside-Jacksonville (27-0) vs. #5 New Hanover (26-4)

#3 Eastern Guilford (26-2) vs. #7 Southern Lee (25-3)

West

#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

East

#1 Jacksonville (21-3) vs. #4 Hillside (21-7)

#3 E.E. Smith (27-3) vs. #10 Havelock (22-2)

West

#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

East

#1 Garner Magnet (26-1) vs. #4 South Central (26-0)

#2 Broughton (26-2) vs. #3 Heritage (23-4)

West

#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

East

#1 Southeast Raleigh (28-0) vs. #4 Green Hope (24-4)

#2 Heritage (26-2) vs. #3 E.A. Laney (27-2)

West

#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!

#BecomeAnOfficial

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.

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Bob Gardner Picture

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

Butler at Hickory Ridge is on the NFHS Network

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Garden planning

Just doodling with my Rocketbook and trying to figure how to space our garden this year.

Friday night basketball

Join us for South Piedmont Conference basketball live on the NFHS Network. The broadcast begins at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.

Cox Mill at Jay M. Robinson

Also playing tonight:

Hickory Ridge at Butler

 From earlier this week

A.L. Brown at Northwest Cabarrus

 

#Catsarewild on the #roadtoomaha

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

Jiggy with the Piggy

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Jonathan Foundation

Pancake Day!

Marketing Videos

The 60th Annual Pancake Day is today, Thursday, March 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. They will be serving until 7:30 p.m. Come out and help a great community organization.

Pancake Day 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County in Concord.

Championship Saturday

Hickory Ridge versus Northern Guilford

Cox Mill versus Eastern Guilford

Radio Free Cabarrus will stream live audio only of the games. Also our friends at Memories 98.3 and WTIX-AM 1410 will have the game on radio.

Complete coverage after the games will be at IndependentTribune.com

Get ready for spring