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Cabarrus volleyball teams help each other prep for upcoming season

Posted at 10:32am on Aug. 1, 2014

Once the high school volleyball season starts in a couple weeks, Cabarrus teams will renew rivalries and vie for county and conference supremacy. But many of them have spent the last two months helping each other improve.

Sheldon Crouse balances Legend racing with paramedic schedule

Posted at 8:14am on Jul. 30, 2014

Racing lured Sheldon Crouse from California to North Carolina at age 17, but after about three years of working on Legend cars, he turned his attention to becoming a first responder.

Former 49ers baseball player now coaching in the Major Leagues.

Posted at 3:46pm on Jul. 30, 2014

Former Charlotte 49er baseball player Stu Cole is in his second season as the Colorado Rockies third base coach.

cfa Academy wide receiver commits to Virginia Tech

Posted at 4:31pm on Jul. 30, 2014

Junior wide receiver Conner O’Donnell from cfa Academy verbally committed to Virginia Tech on July25.

Cabarrus County athletes named NCSCA all-state

Posted at 11:19am on Jul. 25, 2014

Several Cabarrus County softball players made the 2014 N.C. Softball Coaches Association all-state teams.

After more than 4 decades, the Rahilly brothers still enjoy building race engines

Posted at 11:27am on Jul. 23, 2014

Ever since brothers Bob and Dick Rahilly were teenagers, constructing powerful racing engines has consumed their lives, providing them with hundreds of trips to victory lane in several forms of racing.

Concord golfer gets to ‘play famously’ for the next year

Posted at 5:36pm on Jul. 24, 2014

Amy Newman recently won an essay contest allowing her to be a Mizuno golf professional.

Charlotte 49ers baseball players star for summer wood-bat teams

Posted at 10:56am on Jul. 22, 2014

Charlotte 49ers baseball players Des Roberts and T.J. Nichting made their respective league’s all-star teams this summer.

Bob Park of Concord still winning races at 73

Posted at 9:02am on Jul. 16, 2014

Throughout Bob Park’s racing career, the Concord resident was known for his accomplishments in the lightweight, powerful modifieds, but this year the 73-year-old driver has shown he can pilot cars with fenders just as well.

Mia Hamm brings soccer academy to Cabarrus

Posted at 2:23pm on Jul. 15, 2014

Women’s soccer’s biggest star brings former teammates in collegiate and international soccer to Cabarrus County to lead soccer camp for girls.

Concord athlete wins Taekwondo gold

Posted at 10:08am on Jul. 14, 2014

Concord’s James Chapman won the gold medal for 15- to 17-year-old black-belt Olympic sparring at the 2014 AAU Taekwondo National Championships on July 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kannapolis Intimidators players are teammates once again

Posted at 2:20pm on Jul. 8, 2014

Kannapolis Intimidators have two sets of teammates who were on the same team before their professional careers.

Dillon Faggart strives to continue family’s racing tradition

Posted at 9:16am on Jul. 10, 2014

Dillon Faggart is a year-round athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball, but the 16-year-old Concord resident knew he belonged in racing the first time he drove a Legend car.

Two Cabarrus players named NCBCA All-State

Posted at 1:55pm on Jul. 10, 2014

Two Cabarrus County players were named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association 2014 All-State teams.

49ers insider: Justin Seager joins 2 brothers, 2 UNCC teammates in pro baseball

Posted at 10:37am on Jul. 8, 2014

Justin Seager joins two brothers and two Charlotte 49ers teammates playing professional baseball.

All-Cabarrus News baseball: Ross helps Mount Pleasant to undefeated conference record.

Posted at 11:03am on Jul. 3, 2014

A team with a perfect conference record and two teams that experienced dramatic turnarounds from last season highlighted the 2014 high school baseball season in Cabarrus County.

Bruce Silver found a new hobby in Legend racing

Posted at 12:22pm on Jul. 2, 2014

After Bruce Silver moved to Davidson eight years ago and located his company’s headquarters in Concord, it didn’t take the owner of Racing Electronics long to determine his new hobby: racing Legend cars.

UNC Charlotte’s Belk Gym closes for remodeling

Posted at 10:24am on Jul. 2, 2014

Belk Gymnasium will close for renovations and reopen in fall 2015 with new recreational amenities.

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.