Corey Sikes threw his second straight shutout in the postseason and also had a pair of hits to lead Piedmont High into the 3A state semifinal round with a 4-0 road win over Carson on Friday. The Panthers will face Burns in a best-of-3 series starting next week.
Former Marvin Ridge linebacker Vinnie Sunseri signed a four-year conract with the New Orleans Saints this week. Sunseri won two national championships as a safety at Alabama.
In addition to getting the win in the circle, Sun Valley's Brittany Pickett blasted a three-run homer that lifted her team into the 3A state quarterfinals.
Piedmont's baseball team plays at Carson in the 3A state quarterfinals on Friday. Panthers left fielder Colton Greene credits his team's experience as part of the reason for the most recent success.
Charlotte returns all five starters and three key reserves from last season's 43-39 team, and has roughly $20 million in cap space for 2014-15. The Hornets need a low-post scorer and a two-guard that can stretch the floor — both would take some scoring pressure off star center Al Jefferson and emerging point guard Kemba Walker.
Former Cuthbertson all-state point guard Shelton Mitchell has asked out of his scholarship at Wake Forest. Mitchell told The Enquirer-Journal he plans to come home this weekend and discuss with his family the re-opening of his recruiting process.