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Practice Changes for Tonight
Due to wet field conditions we are moving practice inside tonight for film study... DO NOT SKIP. It will begin at 6:30pm until 8:30. Address is 8600 Potter Road, Weddington NC. For tonight, come to the double glass doors toward the right of the building.
Carolina Bearcats at Hickory Hawks
After an off week and a forfeit win, the Bearcats take a 3-5 record up to Hickory this week. Friday nights game will start at 7:30pm and will be played at the college campus stadium of Lenoir Rhyne college in Hickory. The address of the stadium is 625 7th Ave NE Hickory NC. Once you have arrived on campus follow the signs for the football stadium. All players are to arrive at 5:30pm and we will wear our BLUES for this game. Please plan ahead as rush hour traffic heading out I-85 toward Gastonia can get very congested. If you can get ahead of it, try your best. The best way to go is I-85 to Hwy 321 and then straight to Hickory for most of you. Look forward to seeing you all there. GO BEARCATS!!!
No practice this week
With a forfeit win this next week against Commonwealth we will not have practice this upcoming week. Take this time to get rested and reflect on the last part of our season. How bad do you want this?? We have very winnable games the rest of the way and into the playoffs.. ALL players are expected at practice Monday 10-14. If you are not their playing time will be affected after getting the whole week off. Enjoy the time off!! GO BEARCATS
Senior Night - Bearcats host Harrels Christian Academy
This Friday night the Bearcats will play at home for the last time this year and we will recognize our Seniors at halftime. Several volunteers are still needed so please let me know if you can help us. The first key change is that game time has been moved up to 7pm. All players are to arrive at 5pm for the game. This has been done to accommodate the road team and to let them get out of a town earlier for a long road trip home. We will also have a 20 minute halftime for Senior recognition.
My volunteer opportunities for Friday night are:
- Scoreboard Operator - Paul Chesser
- Water - Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Martin
- Chains - Mr. Schattin and Mr. Hathaway... i still need two additional volunteers here. Please let me know if you can help
- Sideline support - Mr. Truax
- Money collector - I Need two volunteeers here. You must be able to main the tables by 6pm to collect. THanks
- Oranges - I need someone for the 20 cut in halves Oranges.
- Granola Bars - Akela Bethea
Please note that I don't have anyone signed up for our last three games for halftime food. Please go to SIgn Up Genius and put in Carolinabeartcats@gmail.com to find our sign up sheet. Commonwealth game next week is a forfeit so I am looking for food for Hickory, Chesterfield and Sandhill.
Thanks so much for your support of the team and I look forward to seeing you all at the game Friday night and to celebrate our Seniors.
Senior night schedule change
Bearcats players, parents and coaches:
Commonwealth Charter was forced to close down their football program a few weeks back. During that time we attempted to see if we could get a replacement game, but were unsuccessful in finding one. SO we now are moving Senior recognition week to this weeks game vs Harrells Christian at home. It will be a very busy week with many volunteers needed. I will get back to you on the volunteers signed up and needed for the game tomorrow, but wanted to share the schedule change now.
Players, we need you at practice. Many of you cannot seem to make 4 practices a week. The reasons for the misses just don't seem to be reasonable anymore. We need all players practicing so you are prepared for what the coaches are attempting to prepare you for. So lets get focused here in October and work hard as a team to get prepared.
Seniors, I have text you all to ask about who will walk with you for recognition at halftime. Most of you have responded, but I am still waiting for a few of you. I need to make sure I know so we can plan. We will take pictures which will be made available to you at a later date. We will also be back in our home blues this Friday night!! Lets make this a good week and get prepared for Harrells Christian as they bring their 4-2 record to our home field. GO BEARCATS!!
GPIAA Playoffs for the Bearcats!
To all Bearcats players, parents, and fans:
It is with great pleasure I share that the Carolina Bearcats have been asked to participate in the first ever Greater Piedmont Independent Athletic Association playoffs in 2019. For years we have hoped for a system that might enable us to participate in a true playoff format like all public and private schools do. While I realize this is an addition to our season, we are honored for this to have come about and to be asked to be involved.
So what does this mean for this year's Bearcats and the season?
It means that our game with Sandhill this year in Fayetteville on Friday November 1st has just increased in its importance. That game will act as a first round game in the field of 8 teams that will participate this year. The winner will continue on in the playoffs. The eight teams partcipating this year are:
Sandhill Titans, Carolina Bearcats, North Wake Saints, Greensboro Panthers, Hampton Generals, Quality Education Academy, Word of God Christian Academy and AHOP Christian Academy.
The winner of our game on November 1st will move on to the semi finals to be played in High Point, NC on Saturday November 9th with the championship game to be played Saturday November 16th. While there are no guarantees that we will have games beyond the Sandhill game unless we win, it is an opportunity that we are proud to be a part of.
So what do you say Bearcats? Shall we go out and work hard and claim the first ever state Championship for Independent teams in North Carolina? Lets get down to business the rest of this year!! GO BEARCATS!!!!
Wanyae Freeman one of the area Players of the Week
Quarterback Wanyae Freeman is interviewed by WSOC sports as one of the local players of the week for high school Friday night. Check him out on the news cast. and it is confirmed there will be plenty of cameras in Fort Mill Friday night.
Follow your Bearcats for live scoring updates online
Follow the Carolina Bearcats online. During our games this season there will be two ways to see what’s happening with your Bearcats during the game. We will have a live Twitter updates on our Twitter feed at Carolina bearcat as well as using the app score stream. We will have live scoring updates on the app. Presently on score stream we are listed as Carolina pride in the app, so you may need to search for us that way initially. Eventually it will change to Carolina Bearcats. it’s almost game time !!!!!
Bearcat Spiritwear is here!!
Heeeey Bearcats family! Wanna show up to the scrimmage sporting the new bearcats apparel?
Stephanie, over at SM Designs has offered to make shirts for us this year! Just $20 each AND 20% of each shirt comes right back to the team!!
Order in one of two ways: Check out our Facebook page and order or email at Smdesigns@cheerful.com with your order as requested below:
2. Shirt style
3. Design style
4. Email for invoicing
You can pick up your shirts at the practice field Thursday and Friday. If you want your items shipped, include your address. (Shipping rates apply)
Currently offering Small-XLarge in standard unisex and women’s V-necks in royal blue. Larger sizes on the way! Fingers crossed they arrive this week! (Larger sizes will be available for $25) We will update this post when they arrive!
More shirt designs and other items such as hats and stadium blankets will be offered throughout the season if there is an interest!
Items can also be personalized for a small fee.
Don’t miss out rocking some new bearcats apparel!!!
Weather Practice Policy
Players and Parents:
This is a reposting of our weather policy. Please pay attention to the details of this posting. If you don't see anything posted about a cancellation as shown below, then practice is on.
Football is a sport that can be played in the rain. Thunderstorms however will require the team to suspend or cancel practice and field conditions will also create the issue. The best way we can share information is through the website, so please check that if you have any questions. We will do our best to try and make a decision by 5pm each night if we believe weather is going to cancel the practice, but just because it is raining where you are, don't assume practice is cancelled. Always check the website. If you don't see anything posted, practice is on. It will only be posted if we are cancelling. Thanks. GO BEARCATS!!
Registration and payments due
As we now move into Monday through Thursday practices we also need to get missing registration packets, physicals , etc.. in. If you owe me items bring it to practice tonight. Also it is time to make payment. Checks can be made out to Carolina Pride football, you can bring cash or cash app is at $carolinabearcats. If you need to make multiple payments that’s fine but we need to start. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Let’s go Bearcats! Bryce Friesz Athletic Director.
If you are a rising 8th to 12th grader and have an interest in cheerleading for the Bearcats come to the practice field at 580 A Union West Blvd in Matthews at 5pm Monday night for a meeting with the leaders. This is an informational meeting to gauge interest. Come cheer the Bearcats.. officially!
Let the Bearcat Season Begin!!
Bearcat players, parents and coaches:
We are about ready to go live!!! July 8th will began the mandatory practices for the Carolina Bearcats. While this is earlier then in past years, it is needed to prepare for the upcoming season. We return to our normal practice facility at 580A union west blvd in Matthews, NC.. .With the new traffic flow on Highway 74, if you are coming from Charlotte you will need to exit right at the Stalling Road exit. Take a left under the new overpass and take a right to go parallel with Highway 74. That will take you to Union West Blvd where you can turn left and go to the field. You can see a map of this under the direction page of our website. Coming from Indian Trail you simply take a right off of Highway 74 before you go over the overpass. Should be much easier for all this year with the new traffic flow.
Please do not park on the grass this year unless you are on the coaching staff. All parking must be on the street or in the parking lot of the building adjacent to the field. All trash must be picked up after practice and please do not leave anything at the field when you leave each night. Parents are others are more then welcome to stay, bring a chair and watch, but do not interrupt the practice. In July the practice schedule is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm. We will be handing out equipment starting 7-8 and you MUST have your registration packet turned in or with you on that night to obtain equipment. The registration packet is under the handout section of our website. There will be no exceptions. The checklist provides all the needed information. The only items I will forgive initially are the physical (which will need to be done before our first game on 8-16) and the payment. While I prefer to be paid with the registration packet as we have many expenses that we must pay before the season begins, I will work with you on plans to pay if you need to discuss. That needs to be something you contact me about either at carolinabearcats@ gmail.com or you can contact me at 704-575-3956 and I will gladly discuss that.
If you cannot make a July practice you MUST communication with Coach Mallos. While we have other coaches and myself, Coach Mallos needs to know you will not be in attendance. Remember these are mandatory, so if you are missing it could affect your playing time. Starting in August we will add Wednesday to our practice week with games on Friday nights, so each week night will be football related.
We are excited about the upcoming season and more information, including a parents conference call, will be on the schedule in later July. I have several volunteer needs and things that will require parental help. It will also answer a lot of your questions. I would strong suggest that you make sure you check the website for updates. I also will have an email communication coming from our the league lineup site (www.carolinapridefootball.com). As I received the registration packets I load emails of the players and parents listed in that group. IF you are NOT receiving emails check your spam first, but let me know as something may be wrong with the address. Thanks so much and LET GO BEARCATS!!
Carolina Bearcats Home Practice Field
Many have asked where we practice normally and so attached you will find our regular practice home starting Monday July 8th:
Carolina Bearcats Union West Practice Field
580A Union West Blvd, Matthews, NC 28104
Clicking on the map will show you the site location. If you are coming on Hwy 74 from Monroe it is simply to turn off the highway and turn into Union West Blvd. However, if you are coming from Charlotte you have two options with current construction:
1) take Hwy 74 to Indian Trail- Waxhaw road and make a U Turn and come back toward Charlotte to enter Union West Blvd.
2) Turn left at Stallings road off Hwy 74. About half a mile turn right on Sweet Birch Road. At first stop sign turn Right. Then Turn left on White Oak Lane, Then Turn Right on Cupped Oak Drive, left on Beltway Blvd and left on Union West and field is on the right. This will avoid the busy Hwy 74 and wait at the u turn.
The map will show the streets mentioned in #2 above and you can follow my lead through the map. See you there!
The Carolina Pride is now officially......
The comments are in and the staff has reviewed all of the suggestions for the name change of our team. Effective with the 2019 season the Carolina Pride will now be known as the Carolina Bearcats. This change will be reflected in new uniforms and helmet logos. The team will remain incorporated as Carolina Pride Football Inc. As a Non Profit Organization but we will be known as the Bearcats going forward. I did receive feedback of those not wanting to change history. Trust me we won’t forget our history and will always be known as the Pride!! We will even wear some throwback uniforms from time to time at home. We had a great first meeting and have heard from many. Stay in tune as we keep building towards 2019 season! Go Bearcats!!
Who is the Carolina Bearcats (formally known as the Pride)?
Take a listen to our athletic director Bryce Friesz and past head coach Mike Hawks tell you a little bit about who we are as an organization.
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