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Providence High alumnus makes professional debut with nearby Kannapolis Intimidators

Posted at 4:09pm on Jun. 30, 2014

Providence High graduate Brett Austin, an N.C. State standout, was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft last month and made his pro debut with the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Kannapolis resident turns hobby into championship-winning career

Posted at 1:56pm on Jun. 26, 2014

Kannapolis resident Daniel Hemric thought his racing would end at age 10, but thanks to assistance from numerous people he has now turned his family’s hobby into a championship-winning career.

All-Cabarrus News softball: Romine’s arm helps Jay M. Robinson push eventual state champs to limit

Posted at 9:51am on Jun. 25, 2014

First-year coach Scott Rodgers leads A.L. Brown softball to best-ever season. Robinson, led by Keleigh Romine, narrowly loses to eventual state champions.

Cabarrus softball players named all-district

Posted at 8:42am on Jun. 26, 2014

Jay M. Robinson softball player Keleigh Romine was named the N.C. Softball Coaches Association District 6 4A Player of the Year.

Jay M. Robinson finishes 2nd in MECKA Conference Cup standings

Posted at 11:47am on Jun. 20, 2014

Jay M. Robinson High finished second in the final MECKA 4A Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings.

Cross-country move pays off for Concord driver Steven Cantrell

Posted at 9:41am on Jun. 20, 2014

At age 16, California native Steven Cantrell bid his family farewell and moved 3,000 miles to North Carolina to enter Mooresville’s NASCAR Technical Institute. Now 22, Cantrell races Legend cars part-time and works full-time at Stewart-Haas Racing on Kurt Busch’s NASCAR Sprint Cup team.

All-Cabarrus News girls’ soccer: Cox Mill dominant in South Piedmont

Posted at 9:51am on Jun. 20, 2014

Cannon School senior forward Anna Estep is player of year with 34 goals and 12 assists.

49ers insider: Former Charlotte 49er soccer player raising funds with Saves for SEALS program

Posted at 3:14pm on Jun. 17, 2014

MLS veteran and former Charlotte 49ers All-American Jon Busch has passion for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Cox Mill wins NCHSAA Conference Cup

Posted at 10:52am on Jun. 13, 2014

Cox Mill earned the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Conference Cup for the South Piedmont 3A Conference.

All-Cabarrus News track: Robinson athletes come through for team in 4A

Posted at 10:36am on Jun. 13, 2014

All-Cabarrus News Boys’ track and field winners include Jay M. Robinson’s Rick Hedden nabbing coach of the year, and Bulldogs’ Market Dalton grabbing track-and-field of the athlete of the year. Gil Gilreath of Northwest Cabarrus was named runner of the year.

Harrisburg’s Steve Furr seeks first NHRA national title

Posted at 12:03pm on Jun. 12, 2014

Since Steve Furr began drag racing in the 1990s, he has won various titles, but never an NHRA national title. This year, the Harrisburg resident leads the NHRA Super Gas national standings.

Charlotte 49ers pitcher Ryan Butler drafted in the seventh round by San Diego Padres

Posted at 11:24am on Jun. 13, 2014

Charlotte 49ers right-handed pitcher Ryan Butler’s college career took various directions before he landed at Charlotte for one season. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in June.

Young driver uses racing to raise autism awareness

Posted at 9:22am on Jun. 6, 2014

When Jake Ruggles started competing in quarter midgets, the Kannapolis resident never envisioned using the sport to support his younger brother in a special way. Ruggles’ brother is autistic, and Jake is using his platform to raise money for the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Mount Pleasant’s impressive girls’ track and field season ends with area honors

Posted at 4:40pm on Jun. 5, 2014

Mount Pleasant girls’ track and field finished sixth in the state with a mix of determined seniors and talented underclassmen.

Charlotte 49ers track and field team stocked with homegrown talent

Posted at 10:01am on Jun. 5, 2014

UNC Charlotte is becoming a popular choice for many Charlotte-area track and field star athletes, and coach Bob Olesen prides himself on recruiting the best the city has to offer. Recently, the Charlotte 49er men’s 4x100-meter relay team, which includes a Hopewell High and Victory Christian Academy graduate, was invited to compete at the NCAA National Championships June 11-14. High jumper Trey McRae will join them.

All-Cabarrus News boys’ tennis: Cabarrus teams come close to league titles

Posted at 4:56pm on May. 29, 2014

Northwest Cabarrus’ Kyle Kennedy repeats as boys’ tennis player of the year. Central Cabarrus’ Collin Springer is coach of the year.

Childhood seasickness leads to motorsports career

Posted at 4:15pm on May. 29, 2014

When Sandy Wilkins was a child, extreme seasickness prevented him from enjoying sailboat racing with his father. So when they talked about what they could do together, the father-son duo settled on racing. Today, Wilkins works in engine development at Roush Yates Engines and battles for championships on weekends in the NHRA’s Division 2 Top Sportsman class.

Charlotte 49ers sports had tough time transitioning to new conference

Posted at 1:00pm on May. 27, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer was the only team to win a championship of any kind in Conference USA this year.

Cannon School boys golf team caps season with 3rd place finish at state championship

Posted at 5:28pm on May. 22, 2014

Cannon School’s Pat Whisenant is the Cabarrus News boys’ golf coach of the year. Will Gordon is golfer of the year.

2-time Concord champion finds enjoyment in vintage racing

Posted at 4:11pm on May. 21, 2014

When late model racing became too expensive for Larry Benz, the Harrisburg resident had the opportunity to compete in Classic Sportsman Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway. The two-time Concord Speedway dirt track champion is now second in the division’s points at the historic Hickory track.

Moorseville-based NASCAR artist’s career spans three decades of racing

Posted at 10:51am on May. 27, 2014

Garry Hill, considered a pioneer of stock-car racing art, has depicted more than three decades of NASCAR history

UNC Charlotte baseball closes with good second-half showing

Posted at 7:39pm on May. 23, 2014

The Charlotte 49ers baseball record was over .500 after March 25. Since then, UNCC won more games than it lost, and the 49ers’ Conference USA win percentage would have been good enough to vie for a league tournament bid.

Spencer Boyd dominating super truck series in first full season

Posted at 1:03pm on May. 14, 2014

Three races into the 11-event super truck season at Hickory Motor Speedway, 18-year-old Spencer Boyd is undefeated and leading the series point standings.

Jay M. Robinson softball team carries perfect record into state tournament.

Posted at 3:44pm on May. 13, 2014

The Jay M. Robinson softball team finished the regular season 22-0 and won the MECKA 8 4A conference tournament championship.

Cox Mill girls’ soccer stays ahead of conference game

Posted at 10:31am on May. 9, 2014

Cox Mill (16-2 through May 8) is undefeated through its first 15 SPC contests, and it has outscored opponents in those games by a combined score of 125-2.

The 24 Hours of LeMONS Provides Fun For Low-Budget Racers

Posted at 3:59pm on May. 7, 2014

Four friends in an ice hockey league in Indian Trail decided building an entry for the 24 Hours of LeMONS sounded like a fun project.

Cannon boys’ golf wins conference tournament

Posted at 11:54am on May. 9, 2014

The Cannon boys’ golf team shot a 287 team score to win the CISAA conference golf tournament May 6 at Myers Park Country Club.

Alumni from 1st 49ers baseball team reunites before recent game

Posted at 12:58pm on May. 6, 2014

Gary Bartley, coach of the 1979 inaugural Charlotte 49ers baseball team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the May 3 game.

Robinson golfer named all-conference

Posted at 4:42pm on May. 1, 2014

Jay M. Robinson boys’ golfer Zach Boatwright was the only Cabarrus County golfer to be named to the MECKA 4A all-conference team.

Stanley family stays in quarter-midget business despite loss

Posted at 3:49pm on May. 1, 2014

The Stanley family of Concord has experienced the joys and the sorrows that a life in motorsports brings. Along the way they built a successful quarter-midget business that now produces about 100 cars annually.

Cannon School boys’ golf team is poised to compete for a state title

Posted at 3:30pm on Apr. 28, 2014

Cannon School boys’ golf has four NCAA Division I-caliber players in its lineup.

Lexi Betancourt turns into the ace of Charlotte 49ers pitching staff

Posted at 3:49pm on Apr. 28, 2014

Charlotte 49ers redshirt sophomore pitcher Lexi Betancourt sat out last year with injury but returned this year to anchor the pitching staff.

Two Cabarrus County boys’ basketball players named honorable mention freshman All-Americans

Posted at 11:21am on Apr. 25, 2014

Concord High’s Ty-Shon Alexander and Jay M. Robinson’s Lavar Batts were named honorable mention freshman boys’ basketball All-Americans by high school sports website MaxPreps.

Robinson boys’ tennis boasts 3 brothers

Posted at 10:33am on Apr. 25, 2014

The brothers Teal comprise half of the Bulldogs’ starting lineup for Robinson, which posted a 9-1 overall record and finished second in the MECKA 8 4A conference this season. Together, the three of them lost only two regular season singles matches.

Salisbury’s Bill Naves ‘just can’t stop’ drag racing

Posted at 10:04am on Apr. 25, 2014

For more than 25 years, Salisbury resident Bill Naves has piloted a Top Alcohol Funny Car. Now at age 59, Naves says he tells himself every year he’s getting too old to continue drag racing, but he just can’t stop. “I guess it defines who I am,” Naves said.

Former 49er Barnette playing for Kannapolis Intimidators this season

Posted at 1:52pm on Apr. 22, 2014

Hickory native Tyler Barnette was selected in 14th round of first-year player Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox last June.

Cannon’s Anna Estep has 29 goals in 13 games

Posted at 11:44am on Apr. 18, 2014

Cannon School girls’ soccer senior forward Anna Estep has 29 goals and eight assists through 13 games this season.

Formula One team excites county officials over economic growth potential

Posted at 4:20pm on Apr. 17, 2014

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas has decided to base his new Formula One team in Kannapolis adjacent to Stewart-Haas Racing. County officials see this as not only bringing economic growth to the county but providing the opportunity to promote Cabarrus County internationally as well.

Robinson High graduate Trevor Cone will compete at the ACC golf championships

Posted at 12:57pm on Apr. 15, 2014

Former Bulldogs player has won two collegiate tournaments this spring season.

Kannapolis official is Golden Whistle Merit Award recipient

Posted at 5:34pm on Apr. 10, 2014

Kannapolis native Jeter McKinley was named April 7 as a Golden Whistle Merit Award recipient by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.