Football under the lights

Radio Free Cabarrus is broadcasting two games Friday, Sept. 21, on NFHS Network:

Mount Pleasant at Jay M. Robinson

Jesse Carson at Central Cabarrus

The free replay of the broadcasts are available 72 hours after completion of the game.

Last week’s broadcast

The free replay of last week’s broadcast of Mount Pleasant’s win over East Rowan is now available.

East Rowan at Mt Pleasant

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Coming soon

The Carolina Renaissance Festival begins Sept. 29. Get all the details here.

South Iredell vs Cox Mill

Photographer Todd Mauldin captured this photo of happy Cox Mill fans during the Chargers win over South Iredell.

Hurricane football

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast one game tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 12. The plan had been to broadcast three games, but Anson at Jay M. Robinson was postponed. Another game, North Stanly at Northwest Cabarrus is still a go, but our broadcast location is outside and with a 40 to 50 percent chance of thundershowers at game time I made the decision to cancel our broadcast.

RFC will be broadcasting East Rowan at Mount Pleasant on the NFHS Network. Pregame is 6:15 with kickoff at 6:30.

Free replays of Sept. 7 games

Northwest Cabarrus over Hickory Ridge

Cox Mill over South Iredell

Mount Pleasant over Concord

Note: A technical issue caused the Tigers and Spiders broadcast to drop out and be incomplete.

Cabarrus County Fair Week

The Cabarrus County Fair is scheduled to continue through Saturday, Sept. 15. Check the fair website for all the details.

Carolina Renaissance Festival coming

The Carolina Renaissance Festival begins the weekend of Sept. 29 and runs Saturday and Sundays through Nov. 18.

 

Fun week of football and fair

Radio Free Cabarrus will broadcast three more games this week, Sept. 7, on NFHSnetwork.com:

Concord at Mt. Pleasant

Northwest Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge

South Iredell at Cox Mill

Replays of Aug. 31 games

Here are replays of the game RFC broadcast on Aug. 31

Central Cabarrus 42 Mt. Pleasant 0

Hough 33 Concord 0

Hickory Ridge 55 Jay M. Robinson 12

Cabarrus County Fair starts Friday, Sept. 7

Cabarrus County Fair Facts

Dates: September 7-15, 2018

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

2018 Fair hours: Weekdays from 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-10 p.m.

2018 Fair Theme: Fair-a-dise (logo available upon request)

Fair website: www.cabarruscountyfair.com

Fair Facebook: www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair

Fair Twitter: @cabarrusfair

2018 Gate Specials (rides not included):

  • Saturday, September 8 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Free General Gate Admission for all from 1 p.m.-2 p.m., only.
  • Sunday, September 9 – Cooperative Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive
    Free General Gate Admission for all from 1-3 p.m. with any brand of four canned food items per adult and two canned food items per child.
  • Tuesday, September 11 – School Education Night
    General Gate Admission, $4 for those 12 and older and $2 for kids, ages 6-11.
  • Thursday, September 13 – Salute to Seniors Night
    General Gate Admission price of $4.30 for seniors ages 55 and older from 4-6 p.m., only. Price includes sales tax.
  • Catch the Fair for free on Fridays
    Present your high school football ticket stub at the gate after the game on Friday, September 7 and 14, only, and get free gate admission for the corresponding evening.


Advanced online ticket purchases (August 1-September 6): 
The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride wristband vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 6. The tickets are only available online at www.cabarruscountyfair.com. Click on the Fair Info & Ticketing tab. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35—a $2 savings off the gate price. Purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15—a $5 savings.

IMPORTANT information about 2018 Contest entries:  There’s still time to enter a Fair contest to earn your bragging rights. Choose from hundreds of categories from photography to baking. One adult and one youth are awarded with the Best of Show Award and will continue on to compete in the North Carolina State Fair Best of Show contest, for a chance to win $500. The 2018 Cabarrus County Fair Catalog is available online at www.cabarruscountyfair.com. Click on the Competitions tab to view contests, programs and other entry opportunities. All entry forms must be submitted to the Fair office by noon on Wednesday, August 22.

Onsite ticket prices: General Gate admission to the fair are $7.50 for ages 12-64, $5.35 for ages 65+ other senior age says 55+ and those with military ID, $3.25 for ages 6-11 and ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Parking is freeAll transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.

Shuttle service: Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite parking lots during the weekends. Satellite parking lots are only operational on weekends and CCTS vans run at specified hours.

2018 Shuttle Van Service Schedule:

Saturday, September 8, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Sunday, September 9, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Friday, September 14, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

Saturday, September 15, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

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. Live performances include Mountain Mike chainsaw creations, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, K9’s in Flight and Rockstar Karaoke. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners, wood turners, and stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display. See www.cabarruscountyfair.com for entertainment details.

The New 103.7 Stage performances:

Fridays, 7-9 p.m.

Monday- Thursday 7-8:30 p.m.

            Saturday, September 8, 7:30-10 p.m.

Sunday, September 9, Rockstar Karaoke 4-5:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, Rockstar Karaoke 4:30-6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Background: The Cabarrus County Agricultural Fair began in 1953. The 2017 Cabarrus County Fair received nine 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 www.cabarruscountyfair.com or follow www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair.

 

Baseball broadcast

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.

Worship from McGill

Running 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.

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Jordan and I show off our medals after the Find Your Fit 5K at Frank Liske Park

 

 

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