Piedmont's wrestling program has been the strongest in Union County for a half-dozen years, and has back most of last year's team that went 28-7 in dual-team competition. The Panthers, who start just one senior, open the season Wednesday against the team that put them out of the postseason last year, and will also take on the five-time defending 4A state champions.
Weddington improved to 12-1, breaking the school record for wins in a season, with a 45-18 home win over A.C. Reynolds in the second round of the 3AA football playoffs on Friday. Of the five Union County teams that reached the second round, three of them advanced with lopsided wins.
Cuthbrtson 48, Asheboro 14
Monroe 67, Ashe County 14
Lincolnton 28, Parkwood 12
Murphy 50, Union Academy 16
Marvin Ridge left-handed pitcher Max Wotell signed a National Letter of Intent with the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday. See a list of other Union County athletes who signed.
Star combo guard Stephanie Watts made it official on Wednesday, signing a Letter of Intent with the UNC Tar Heels. Watts accepted North Carolina's scholarship offer as a sophomore.
Five Union County football teams are alive in the second round of the playoffs. Here's a breakdown of the matchups.
Austin Kendall had 447 yards of offense and was in on five touchdowns in Cuthbertson's first round playoff win on Friday. Kendall threw touchdown passes to BJ Muckelvene, JT Cauthen and Nick Karas. Here are other scores involving Union County:
Parkwood 37, Hunter Huss 7
Union Academy 42, South Robeson 0
Asheboro 28, Marvin Ridge 27
Weddington 38, South Iredell 0
Monroe 35, TW Andrews 12
West Stokes 42, Forest Hills 13
Statesville 21, Sun Valley 20
Senior Chris Trevisan caught three TD passes and also had an interception in Weddington's 38-0 first-round win over South Iredell. The Warriors are now 11-1 on the year, matching the school record for wins they set last season.