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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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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

 

#Catsarewild on the #roadtoomaha

The Davidson Wildcats, Atlantic 10 champions, have beaten #2 North Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast to advance to the Chapel Hill Regional championship road. Here are some highlights

Jiggy with the Piggy

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Pancake Day!

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The 60th Annual Pancake Day is today, Thursday, March 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. They will be serving until 7:30 p.m. Come out and help a great community organization.

Pancake Day 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County in Concord.

Championship Saturday

Hickory Ridge versus Northern Guilford

Cox Mill versus Eastern Guilford

Radio Free Cabarrus will stream live audio only of the games. Also our friends at Memories 98.3 and WTIX-AM 1410 will have the game on radio.

Complete coverage after the games will be at IndependentTribune.com

Get ready for spring

Race Month Is Here

600 Festival brings a month full of activities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 2, 2016) – If you have time on your hands in May and are looking for something to do, the 600 Festival Association™ has got it covered.

From some of the top musical acts in the nation to a family-friendly movie to race cars, drivers and big rigs, the 600 Festival offers up many entertainment opportunities in the Charlotte region during May.

“It is going to be an amazing month of May for everyone in this region,” said Jacqueline Gafrarar, executive director of the 600 Festival. “The 600 Festival has so many events again this year that it’s going to be great for locals and for the thousands of fans who come to town for the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

For more than 31 consecutive years, the 600 Festival has led the area in celebrating the May racing events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 600 Festival kicks off May 6 with Movies on the Campus, a family-friendly, free affair in Kannapolis. The event, in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy, is featuring Disney’s “Cars 2” on the big screen starting at 8 p.m.

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Two weeks later on May 19, it’s Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest, the annual parade of NASCAR big rigs through downtown Concord on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. And like any parade, there is much more, including live music from beach music icons The Tams and country music artists Acoustic South, celebrity appearances, mascots, games and show cars.

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The scene shifts to Mooresville and the GoPro Motorplex on May 24 for the ENEOS Little 600 go-kart extravaganza, featuring topNASCAR drivers going head-to-head in go-karts.  The ENEOS Little 600 will have a similar entry list as years prior that included Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne and many more. There also will be a race between spotters, the eyes-in-the-sky for drivers, as they take the wheel to race peers.

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola opens its three-day run in Uptown Charlotte May 26 as the streets come alive with NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup drivers such as Joey Logano, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, show cars, interactive displays, kids’ events, food vendors and much more.

Sol Fusion and the Voltage Brothers will offer up the sounds of rhythm and blues, beach music, soul and funk on the Mello Yello stage Thursday, May 26 for a free concert.

Chris Young, who has seven number-one singles and is currently on the charts in a duet with Cassadee Pope, and country icon Montgomery Gentry will be on the Coca-Cola stage Friday, May 27. Twenty-four hours later, sibling group The Band Perry, owner of a Grammy Award and a multitude of gold and platinum records, will be in the spotlight on the Coca-Cola stage along with North Carolina’s own Kellie Pickler. Tickets for the May 27 and 28 shows are $15 for each night.

Bright and early on Saturday, May 28, runners will hit the streets of Uptown Charlotte for the PNC Speed Street 5K, which begins on Tryon Street and ends at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.