Weddington's boys are playing Freedom High Saturday (5 p.m.) in the 3A state quarterfinal round, with the winner advancing to Sunday's semifinal. The Warriors know they will have to recover on defense against the Patriots, whoa re averaging 87.3 ppg in the playoffs.
Forest Hills doesn't have a senior in the rotation, so postseason success was supposed to be a year away. But the Yellow Jackets pulled off an upset over archrival Monroe on Wednesday, and the Yellow Jackets are now the talk of the town in Marshville.
Piedmont lost six starters off a record-setting 30-3 baseball team, but the Panthers have four college signees and expect to be strong again in 2014.
Logan Farlowe completed a perfect season at 160 pounds and Billy Benfield captured gold at 138, giving Sun Valley High two individual state champions at the 3A tournament. The Spartans placed fifth in the state as a team.
Marvin Ridge has defeated Weddington six out of nine times the last two seasons, and the Mavericks have also hung two conference championship banners during that stretch. But the Warriors have one-upped their archrival both years, capping the 2012 and 2013 seasons with state championships.
Gosnell White, who won a state championship as the boys basketball coach at West Charlotte in 1999, is retiring at the age of 58. White is in his seventh and final season at Marvin Ridge, where he's compiled 102 of his 535 career wins.
Union County has three girls and two boys averaging at least 20 points per game this season, and all five teams have winning records.