Cabarrus | Sports

Davidson’s Pietro Fittipaldi claims European racing title

Posted at 1:04pm on Dec. 30, 2014

Three years after becoming the first Latin American NASCAR champion, Davidson’s Pietro Fittipaldi has added a European title to his racing resume and taken another step towards one day following in his grandfather’s footsteps into Formula One.

49ers women’s basketball gets hot heading into winter break

Posted at 8:54am on Dec. 30, 2014

Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball won three of their four games before the holiday break.

Stepping up in crunch time: A look back at the fall sports season

Posted at 1:28pm on Dec. 26, 2014

The Cabarrus News looks back at the 2014 fall sports season, highlighting some of the best individual performances.

Concord’s Joshua Brimecombe claims national championship

Posted at 12:20pm on Dec. 23, 2014

Joshua Brimecombe knew the 2014 racing season might be his last opportunity to obtain a national championship, so when the Concord resident achieved his objective in the Legend Semi-Pro asphalt division he still found it difficult to believe.

Harrisburg’s Steve Furr claims 2nd NHRA divisional championship

Posted at 11:10am on Dec. 23, 2014

Steve Furr used victories to bookend a successful 2014 season that provided the Harrisburg resident with his second NHRA Division 2 title and his first in Super Gas.

Hickory Ridge basketball teams jump to top of SPC standings

Posted at 11:48am on Dec. 19, 2014

Hickory Ridge’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams use winning streaks to start the season at 8-1.

John Hunter Nemechek caps season with Snowball Derby victory

Posted at 9:00am on Dec. 18, 2014

John Hunter Nemechek didn’t let a lack of sleep keep him from pulling off a bold move in the closing laps of the Snowball Derby to secure a victory and cap off the 2014 season.

Cox Mill volleyball player to attend USA Volleyball camp

Posted at 4:02pm on Dec. 11, 2014

Cox Mill freshman volleyball player Taylor Rowland will attend USA Volleyball’s Girls Select Holiday Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., spending the week training with the 48 best players in her age group in the country.

Charlotte 49ers club hockey team moving forward with former player as coach

Posted at 3:44pm on Dec. 9, 2014

Now a UNC Charlotte graduate student, club hockey coach Dave Kenehan played for 49ers for five seasons.

Small numbers don’t deter Northwest Cabarrus girls’ swimming

Posted at 3:41pm on Dec. 4, 2014

Northwest Cabarrus girls’ swimming finished fourth at regionals last year even though only four swimmers scored points.

On the track: Kodie Conner quickly establishes himself as PASS Pro Late Model contender

Posted at 8:50am on Dec. 3, 2014

At age 13, Kodie Conner has quickly established himself as a victory contender in the Pro All Star Series, finishing fourth two consecutive years in the Pro Late Model standings.

Central Cabarrus and Northwest Cabarrus wrestling teams make history

Posted at 10:20am on Nov. 26, 2014

Northwest Cabarrus and Central Cabarrus competed in the first outdoor high school wrestling match on Nov. 20.

Concord late model racer sets sights on Snowball Derby

Posted at 11:29am on Nov. 26, 2014

When Preston Peltier was in his late teens he decided he needed to move to North Carolina if his racing career was to progress. He sold most of his possessions, packed a truck and drove from California to North Carolina. Two decades later with PASS South and national championships in hand, Peltier is now focused on the prestigious Snowball Derby.

Charlotte 49ers volleyball finishes season on high note

Posted at 10:15am on Nov. 25, 2014

The Charlotte 49ers volleyball team made it to the conference tournament and had a non-losing season for the first time since 2010.

Concord football seniors are the winningest in school history

Posted at 3:39pm on Nov. 17, 2014

The seniors on this year’s Concord football team have played in the most wins over four seasons in the program’s history. But is it the Spiders’ best four-year run?

Hickory father-son team captures 1st racing title

Posted at 12:19pm on Nov. 19, 2014

Ever since Tyler Church’s mother lost her battle with lung cancer when he was 12 years old the Hickory resident and his father have focused on racing as quality father-son time. However, they never envisioned their small family operation emerging as the 2014 Pro All Stars Series South Super Late Model champion.

Charlotte women’s basketball team takes a new approach to this season

Posted at 3:32pm on Nov. 18, 2014

Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball coach Cara Consuegra says team will focus on the process rather than the end results.

Harrisburg softball team goes undefeated

Posted at 9:13am on Nov. 14, 2014

The RiverDogs 7- and 8-year-old softball team went undefeated and won the Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Department championship this year. The team is Caroline Allen, Casey Elliott, Shelby Young, Ava Graham, Abigail Keefover, Emma Kirchner, Carleigh Deaver, Hannah Birkmeier, Rylee Rito and Victoria Porretta. It is coached by Chris Allen and David Young.

Mount Pleasant football team claims first conference title since 2007

Posted at 11:12am on Nov. 14, 2014

Mount Pleasant junior running back Cody Reece became first Tigers’ running back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

Harrisburg Yankees baseball team goes undefeated

Posted at 11:07am on Nov. 13, 2014

The Harrisburg Yankees 11- to 13-year-old baseball team went undefeated this season and won the championship in the Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Department.

Mooresville racer says 2014 K&N season was ‘solid’

Posted at 12:33pm on Nov. 12, 2014

Brandon McReynolds had 11 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, two poles and a 5.9 average finish in his first full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season; however, it was the little things that kept him out of victory lane and made a solid season frustrating.

Cox Mill girls’ sports dominate South Piedmont Conference

Posted at 12:31pm on Nov. 7, 2014

Cox Mill girls’ tennis, golf and volleyball teams won conference championships and were unbeaten in the regular season.

Defense is a total team effort for Charlotte 49ers soccer

Posted at 1:37pm on Nov. 6, 2014

Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer has posted eight shutouts, including three in past four games.

Lake Norman High student Cole Timm competing for late model title

Posted at 1:51pm on Nov. 5, 2014

During the week, Cole Timm focuses on his classes at Lake Norman High School, but on the weekend he straps into a super late model and competes for top honors on the Southeast’s short tracks.

Cannon golf wins 4 in a row

Posted at 12:38pm on Oct. 31, 2014

The Cannon girls’ golf team won its fourth straight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship Oct. 21 at Longleaf Golf Club in Pinehurst.

Versatile Nate Mullen leads Hickory Ridge football’s offense

Posted at 9:58am on Oct. 31, 2014

Hickory Ridge senior football player Nate Mullen is school’s first Shrine Bowl all-star game selection. Through nine games, Mullen had 74 rushes for 610 yards, and 39 receptions for 584 yards.

Tifft surprises most with top-10 truck series debut

Posted at 8:52am on Oct. 30, 2014

Matt Tifft always enjoyed Martinsville Speedway as a boy, so when the UNC Charlotte freshman recorded an eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the tough little short track, he couldn’t quit smiling.

Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team hosts Conference USA tournament Nov. 5-9

Posted at 3:17pm on Oct. 28, 2014

The Charlotte 49ers women’s soccer team was fighting for one of the top eight spots in the standings to qualify for the Conference USA tournament, which Charlotte will host Nov. 5-9.

Concord High striker playing a more complete game this season

Posted at 3:47pm on Oct. 22, 2014

Concord High senior soccer player Jonny Bernal leads team in goals, but teammates are pulling their weight, too.

McLaughlin following in dad’s dirt-track racing footsteps

Posted at 12:01pm on Oct. 23, 2014

Max McLaughlin enjoyed piloting his go-kart around his parents’ yard at age 3, but it wasn’t until he was 11 years old that the Mooresville resident discovered his passion for the sport. Now at age 14 he’s racing in Millbridge Speedway’s Mini Outlaw Series and campaigning a dirt modified.

Hickory Ridge runner Alex Cornwell set on all-state nod

Posted at 5:41pm on Oct. 16, 2014

Hickory Ridge junior cross-country runner Alex Cornwell has an all-state finish in mind after running a personal-best 15:40 at the Wendy’s Invitational.

Broken wrist costs Huntersville’s Osborne shot at modified rookie title

Posted at 9:39am on Oct. 16, 2014

Entering the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season finale at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joe Ryan Osborne trailed Spencer Davis by only five points in the battle for rookie honors. A broken left wrist cost Osborne the opportunity to challenge for the title.

Concord High’s Tucker Wall excels on field and in pool

Posted at 1:43pm on Oct. 10, 2014

Concord senior Tucker Wall is a two-time state swimming champion and has been a member of two football teams that have finished as state runner-up.

UNC Charlotte men’s soccer team getting balanced scoring in stellar season.

Posted at 12:36pm on Oct. 9, 2014

The No. 10 UNC Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer team has five players with at least three goals in the first nine games.

Action Express Racing Claims Championships With Flawless Season

Posted at 11:56am on Oct. 8, 2014

Approximately nine months after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Denver-based Action Express Racing emerged from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s inaugural season with four titles and the phenomenal accomplishment of completing every race lap in the 13-event season.

Mooresville driver becomes youngest NASCAR winner

Posted at 9:56am on Oct. 8, 2014

Cole Custer, 16, became the youngest NASCAR winner when he won a Truck Series race in New Hampshire.

Cox Mill volleyball team rises to the top of the South Piedmont Conference

Posted at 1:34pm on Oct. 2, 2014

Mix of upper and lowerclassmen has Cox Mill volleyball undefeated through 16 matches.

Robinson golfer looks to revisit state tourney

Posted at 4:12pm on Sep. 25, 2014

Emily Davis has set school milestones in the last two seasons including winning a regular season match. This year, two of Robinson’s five golfers are high school rookies. But senior Davis has set a high standard for her teammates.

Hickory win gives Taylor Stricklin first-ever championship on a shoestring budget

Posted at 12:32pm on Sep. 24, 2014

Taylor Stricklin’s 2014 racing season was full of uncertainty when the year began; however, by September the 25-year-old Mount Ulla resident possessed a limited late-model track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Setter Britney Held helping Charlotte 49ers volleyball turn things around

Posted at 11:45am on Sep. 23, 2014

Six-foot junior setter Britney Held gives the 49ers an extra attacker on the front line.