John Emezie, a 6-5 wing who averaged over 30 points a game as a senior, has been rewarded with a spot on the North Carolina squad for the Carolina's Basketball All-Star Classic, which is being played in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 22.
Weddington's boys put up a furious fight, but Freedom won Saturday's 3A state quarterfinal game in Greensboro. The Warriors rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth to take a late lead but Freedom came back to tie the game and then advanced with a 3-pointer in the final seconds of a 63-60 win.
Weddington's boys are playing Freedom High Saturday (5 p.m.) in the 3A state quarterfinal round, with the winner advancing to Sunday's semifinal. The Warriors know they will have to recover on defense against the Patriots, whoa re averaging 87.3 ppg in the playoffs.
Forest Hills doesn't have a senior in the rotation, so postseason success was supposed to be a year away. But the Yellow Jackets pulled off an upset over archrival Monroe on Wednesday, and the Yellow Jackets are now the talk of the town in Marshville.
Piedmont lost six starters off a record-setting 30-3 baseball team, but the Panthers have four college signees and expect to be strong again in 2014.
Logan Farlowe completed a perfect season at 160 pounds and Billy Benfield captured gold at 138, giving Sun Valley High two individual state champions at the 3A tournament. The Spartans placed fifth in the state as a team.
Union County has three girls and two boys averaging at least 20 points per game this season, and all five teams have winning records.