Former Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover is in his first season as head coach at Marvin Ridge High, and he's still waiting for one of his quarterbacks to emerge. He had mixed feelings about the results of their recent 7-on-7 against West Meck.
Sun Valley's softball team is the most recent state champion from Union County. Fifty UC teams before them have experienced the feeling of being a state champion over the past 38 years. The Spartans are the most decorated with 20 of those state crowns.
Tyler Griffiths was on N.C. State's campus getting a nice offer when Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino contacted him and put a full ride on the table. The long snapper is ranked among the best in the country at his craft.
Sun Valley won the 3A state title in softball, so it's only fitting the Spartans would take home most of the top honors on the all-Southern Carolina Conference team.
Piedmont lefty pitcher Corey Sikes helped his baseball team win 14 playoff games over the last 13 months, and his success on the diamond is a lengthy list. A lesser-know fact about Sikes: He never missed a day of school from kindergarten through his graduation on June 12.
Piedmont tried to rally, scoring three runs on David Nash's bases-loaded double with two outs in the seventh inning, but Topsail held on for a 5-4 win on Saturday. The victory gave the Pirates a series sweep and their first-ever state championship in baseball.