Weddington's baseball team is trying to repeat as 3A state champions, and the Warriors took a big step on Tuesday with a 2-1 road win over archrival Marvin Ridge in the quarterfinal round. The Warriors take on Hickory in the next round.
Piedmont fell behind early but used the long ball to rally past Randleman and reach the state semifinals. Jonathan Caldwell and Cody Purser hit critical home runs, while Cameron Price and Colby Barnette combined to hold the Tigers scoreless after the first inning.
It's been almost two months since Blair Hardin resigned as head football coach at Porter Ridge to take the Freedom job. The Pirates, who have a 40-5 record over the past three years, are still working out this offseason — but without a head coach.
Forest Hills sophomore Juwan Crowder led his team to a seventh-place finish at the state meet by placing among the top five in four events. Crowder is already the centerpiece of the program, and he has two more years to run.
Junior ace Sean Collins (5) earned the complete-game victory in Weddington's 3-2 road win over Charlotte Catholic in the third round of the 3A playoffs on Friday. The Warriors, defending 3A state champs, play at archrival Marvin Ridge in the state quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Piedmont High got two doubles from Austin Harding and two hits each from John Elwood, Cameron Price and Nigel Hester in a 7-0 home win over Trinity in the third round of the 2A baseball playoffs, while pitcher Corey Sikes improved to 9-0 with a two-hitter. The Panthers host defending state champion Randleman on Tuesday.
Jane Cline scored four goals to lead Charlotte Catholic's girls soccer team to an 8-4 road win over Weddington in the 3A state quarterfinal round. Weddington, champions of the Southern Carolina Conference, finishes with an 18-5-1 record.