Sun Valley's softball team won Game 2 of the 3A state championship series 6-4 Saturday morning, completing a sweep of Aycock in their best-of-3 series. The Spartans delivered the second softball state championship in the school's 54-year history, and the first in 17 years.
Freshman Courtney Dean knocked in the winning run with a triple, helping Sun Valley defeat Aycock 6-5 in the opener of their best-of-3 state championship series on Friday night.
UNC commit Chad Cota knocked in two runs with a two-out single in the sixth inning, giving Topsail a 5-3 win over Piedmont in Game 1 of the 3A state championship series on Friday night.
Sun Valley softball coach Rob Enloe says his team has been motivated this season by a perceived lack of respect. If the Spartans beat Aycock in the 3A state title series this weekend, they will cement their place as one of the best softball teams in Union County history.
Nigel Hester says the experience of winning the 2A state championship last season has helped the Panthers during their run of six playoff wins this year. In addition to leading Piedmont in nearly every offensive category, Hester also plays the role of inspirational leader for Union County's most successful baseball program.
Andrew Giarla, a star student and one of the best linemen at Parkwood High, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. 'He has more will than you can shake a stick at,' says his father.