At 6-foot-6 and throwing in the upper 80's from the left side, Central Academy senior Dillon Hardy is an imposing figure on the mound. In 21 innings of work this season, Hardy has a Union County-high 41 strikeouts.
The Southern Carolina Conference has three of its six teams ranked among the top seven in the 3A state by ncfastpitch.com. Porter Ridge is ranked as well, among 4A schools, while Cuthbertson and Sun Valley have a combined record of 9-1. Safe to say, Union County has a lot of talent on the softball diamond this season.
Carolina QB Cam Newton was hoping his ankle injury would heal with some rest, but it didn't. So he had surgery on Wednesday, and his recovery time is expected to be roughly four months. He had it done now so he can be healthy for the start of training camp in late July.
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.