Jamison Crowder 'went to bed kinda mad' Friday night, when he was passed up in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. But he didn't have to wait long on Saturday to get the word that he is now a member of the Washington Redskins.
Former Monroe High football star Jamison Crowder, who had an all-American career at Duke, became the highest-drafted player in Union County history (105th overall) on Saturday. Crowder is expected to play slot receiver and return punts in the NFL.
Marvin Ridge's Max Wotell, an Arizona signee, is considered one of the top senior baseball players in the country, and he showed it in a doubleheader sweep against state powerhouse Piedmont. The left-handed pitcher struck out 15 and also stood out at the plate.
Former Cuthbertson High all-state point guard Shelton Mitchell has announced plans to leave Vanderbilt after his freshman year. He will sit out a season at Clemson and then have three years of eligility left.
Weddington senior Ethan Kanagy and Piedmont junior Brett Underwood have been named co-Wrestlers of the Year in Union County after each won a state title in 2014-15. Underwood has been groomed for this since middle school, while Kanagy had to endure a late start that included a winless freshman season.
Piedmont's powerhouse baseball program is having another successful season. The Panthers, who won the 2A state title in 2013 and finished second as a 3A school last year, have won five in a row and 12 of their last 13 games. They went 3-0 at their own tournament during Spring Break.
Parkwood won two of its three games in Piedmont's Spring Break baseball tournament, including a 10-0 victory over Sun Valley. The veteran Rebels, who start five seniors and four juniors, are one game out of first place heading into the final six games of the Rocky River Conference schedule.