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Listen to Hickory Ridge versus Ashbrook in the NCHSAA playoffs

GASTONIA, N.C. - The Hickory Ridge Ragin' Bulls travel to Gastonia to play the Ashbrook Green Wave in the second round of the NCHSAA 3A boys basketball playoffs.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
Cold-shooting Cox Mill falls to Weddington in 3A playoffs
Posted: February 28, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. – An ice cold third quarter offensively proved to be the undoing of the Cox Mill Chargers Saturday in a 82-70 loss to the Weddington Warriors in the 3A basketball playoffs.

Champions: cfa Academy beats Northside, wins 1st state hoops title
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 10:29 pm

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Asheville School gymnasium is not the most intimate of basketball settings. At times during games, even spectators several rows from the court can hear the ball bouncing and flesh smacking when players exchange high-fives.

Hickory Ridge boys fight off pesky McMichael to advance to Round 2
Updated: March 01, 2015 - 8:50 am

HARRISBURG, N.C. – Survive and advance.

Morgan, short-handed Cox Mill charge into 2nd round of playoffs
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:38 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Seconds before the Cox Mill boys basketball team walked to midcourt for the start of its state playoff game against Asheville A.C. Reynolds, Chargers coach Jody Barbee wrapped his arms around his starting five and looked each boy in the eyes.

cfa Academy boys win, set up title-game 'three-match' with Northside
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 12:15 am

cfa Academy boys basketball coach Frank Cantadore hopes good things indeed come in threes.

Friday 02/27/2015
Hickory Ridge girls take down East Gaston, advance to face No. 1 seed
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 11:34 pm

HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Aided by a huge third-quarter performance, the 16th-seeded Hickory Ridge girls basketball team won its state playoff opener, 59-56, against 17th-seeded East Gaston Friday afternoon.

3 Cabarrus basketball teams will play today, while 2 others will not
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 11:44 am

Two Cabarrus County high school basketball teams have had their state playoff games postponed another day, while two more are set to take the floor this evening.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Coaches' quandary: prepping for an ever-changing game schedule
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Instead of games on the court, Cabarrus County basketball teams have had to play a different kind of game over the past two weeks: a game called Hurry Up and Wait.

Minlend's 33 help cfa boys reach NCISAA semfinals; girls advance
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 10:12 pm

In Asheville Thursday, cfa Academy senior guard Charles Minlend scored 33 points in a 76-69 victory over Fayetteville Village Christian that propelled the Eagles to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A semifinals.

Agent: Panthers' Hardy seeking reinstatement from NFL
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 1:02 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is seeking immediate reinstatement from the NFL after a federal judge cleared way for Adrian Peterson's return to the league.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
North Iredell gives Concord rare early exit from state playoffs
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 12:01 am

CONCORD, N.C. – After several days of icy, snowy conditions caused the cancelation of conference tournaments and postponements of state playoff games, the Concord boys basketball team was the only show in town Wednesday.

Jay M. Robinson, Central Cabarrus girls squads lose first-round games
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 12:14 am

Wednesday wasn’t a good day for Cabarrus County basketball teams.

Listen to Concord Spiders battle North Iredell in 3A playoffs
Posted: February 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. - The Concord Spiders open up the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs today with a 4:30 p.m. game with North Iredell.

A Quick Study: Concord's Spencer Boyd balances auto racing, college
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 3:01 pm

CONCORD – Spencer Boyd spent a couple of days in Daytona last week, but he’s back in Concord going to college classes and taking care of business so he can get back on the race track.

Wrestler Ethan Jones receives champion's welcome at Hickory Ridge
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 3:19 pm

HARRISBURG, N.C. – It was a normal Monday in the Hickory Ridge High School cafeteria, when Joey Rufolo suddenly stood up and started clapping.

SNOW PLAYOFFS: A.L. Brown, Hickory Ridge, Cox Mill, Robinson boys postponed; Spiders, Vikings tipoffs moved up
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 3:18 pm

CONCORD, N.C. - Basketball playoff games for Cox Mill and Jay M Robinson boys, A.L. Brown girls and both Hickory Ridge teams have been postponed due to travel restrictions and the foreboding weather forecast.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Snow Playoffs: All Cabarrus games postponed until Wednesday
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 2:15 pm

All basketball playoff games scheduled for tonight involving Cabarrus County teams have been postponed until Wednesday.

Monday 02/23/2015
Drama-free Daytona 500 good for Logano, NASCAR
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 6:33 pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

RB DeAngelo Williams tells TV station Panthers are releasing him
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 5:23 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams said the team plans to release him after nine seasons.

Ties That Bind: Barbee, Machado share childhood, championship
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 2:53 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – The two men hate sharing. Hate it with a passion. They despise it as much as a Carolina fan hates sharing anything with a Duke supporter, and vice versa.

Dean Smith honored at public memorial service
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 12:45 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Dean Smith wouldn’t have liked that thousands of people came to a giant building named after him for the sole purpose of paying tribute.

Friday 02/20/2015
Cox Mill, Cabarrus and state officials impose suspension of five players
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Five Cox Mill High School boys basketball players have been suspended for the Chargers’ first-round state playoff game next week, according to the Cabarrus County Schools Athletic Department.

WEND 106.5 FM to broadcast Sprint Cup races through 2017 season
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 1:34 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Area race fans will have a much easier time listening to NASCAR events on the radio, thanks to a partnership between Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network and iHeartMedia, Inc.’s WEND New Rock 106.5 FM.

Tie-breaker gives Cox Mill boys top SPC seed; Hickory Ridge girls third
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 12:22 pm

With schools being closed all week because of inclement weather, the MECKA 4A, South Piedmont 3A and Rocky River 2A conference basketball tournaments were canceled.

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. to headline card at Cabarrus Arena
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 10:54 am

CONCORD, N.C. -- As home to one of racing’s iconic speedways, Cabarrus County is accustomed to hosting sports legends and historic moments.

Thursday 02/19/2015
CYCLING: Is the time right for a Tour de France-style American tour?
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 12:21 pm

On the coldest day of the year let’s talk a warm weather sport – cycling.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
MeCKa 4A, RRC, SPC tournaments canceled, tie-breakers to be played
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 5:57 pm

The MeCKa 4A Conference Rocky River Conference and South Piedmont Conference tournaments have been canceled due to continued weather issues.

The Last Stand: Bulldogs' Boothe wants a memorable playoff run
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 10:52 am

CONCORD, N.C. – It was late last Thursday night, and Connor Boothe’s emotions were all over the place.

A.L. Brown wrestling program will be well-represented at state meet
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 11:28 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – A.L. Brown High School is slated to have a strong contingent at the Class 4A state wrestling championships this week.

Winning NCISAA title a tall task but within reach for cfa Academy boys
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 11:04 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Although it slides under the basketball radar a bit, the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association has some of the best boys players and teams in the state, if not the country.

Saturday 02/14/2015
Ragin' Bulls boys defeat West Rowan, take place in school history
Updated: February 14, 2015 - 10:34 am

HARRISBURG – It was a night of historic proportions at Hickory Ridge High School.

Cox Mill boys nab share of program's first regular-season title
Updated: February 14, 2015 - 10:29 am

CONCORD -- The Cox Mill boys basketball team saw the good and the bad Friday night.

McManimen, Smith lead Hickory Ridge girls past West Rowan
Updated: February 14, 2015 - 12:43 am

HARRISBURG – The Hickory Ridge boys weren’t the only Ragin’ Bulls who got to celebrate a special night on Friday.

Friday 02/13/2015
Pick Your Poison: Hickory Ridge's Stowe, Metcalf potent offensive duo
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 9:28 am

HARRISBURG, N.C. – When opposing teams prepare to face the Hickory Ridge boys basketball team, they have a difficult decision to make.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Sam Jones
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 10:26 am

CONCORD, N.C. – Last year, Sam Jones had a strong season for the Concord High School swimming team, and he received heavy consideration for his conference’s Boys Swimmer of the Year award before falling just short.

Jay M. Robinson boys fall short vs. Lions in MECKA conference title bid
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 12:05 pm

CONCORD, N.C. – Thursday evening began with conference championship aspirations for the Jay M. Robinson boys basketball team.

Mahoney, Bickford lead Bulldogs girls to a win over West Charlotte
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 12:08 pm

CONCORD – On Senior Night, Kelsi Mahoney and Sydni Bickford made certain that their last regular-season performances in their home gym were memorable.

Thursday 02/12/2015
Private service held for Dean Smith
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 12:15 am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Even death cannot stop Dean Smith from teaching.

Cream of Cabarrus rankings unveiled, regular season ends
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 7:18 am

CONCORD, N.C. - The regular season concludes for most Cabarrus County basketball teams. Independent Tribune Sports Editor C. Jemal Horton and sports writer Mark Plemmons count down the area's top teams.

MeCKa Showdown: West Charlotte at Jay M. Robinson broadcast
Posted: February 12, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. - Listen to live play by play of the West Charlotte at Jay M. Robinson basketball game in the MeCKa 4A Conference regular season finale.

Speedway Motorsports: Marcus Smith to take larger role, Bruton Smith named executive chairman
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

CONCORD, N.C. – The board of directors for Speedway Motorsports Inc. has named O. Bruton Smith as executive chairman and Marcus G. Smith as chief executive officer in a realignment of executive officers, the board announced Wednesday.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Northwest Cabarrus versus Concord basketball broadcast
Posted: February 10, 2015

CONCORD, N.C. - Northwest Cabarrus battles Concord in South Piedmont Conference basketball at Rimer Gym.

MOVING UP: Daniel Hemric gets full time NASCAR truck ride with NTS
Updated: February 10, 2015 - 10:33 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Daniel Hemric will be racing full time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

Monday 02/09/2015
Domestic violence charges against Hardy dismissed
Posted: February 09, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed domestic violence charges against Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy after they said the accuser in the case couldn't be found.

Dean Smith’s influence on Duckett was big
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 10:21 am

Rick Duckett is still a busy man as a basketball coach, father and a husband.

Reaction to the death of retired UNC coach Dean Smith
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 10:21 am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Quotes and reaction to the death of retired Hall of Fame North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith:

Dean Smith remembered as 'basketball royalty' at UNC
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 10:21 am

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Dean Smith did everything to bring the best out of his North Carolina players.

Smith's impact goes beyond UNC, basketball after his death
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 10:21 am

Dean Smith accomplished so much on and off the court during his time as North Carolina's coach, leaving a lasting influence both on the game and the world around him.

Sunday 02/08/2015
Horton column: Dean Smith's true greatness went far beyond the court
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 7:32 am

CHARLOTTE -- Greatness cannot be measured by won-loss records.

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