Central Academy's boys basketball team has never won more than nine games in a season, but that should change soon. The Cougars are 8-2, and are currently riding a six-game winning streak.
Carolina's Luke Kuehly, Mike Tolbert and Greg Hardy made the Associated Press All-Pro team for the first time in their careers, while center Ryan Kalil is a two-time selection.
Monroe's Tre'Shun Wynn and Porter Ridge's Jerrick Robbins have been voted to the Associated Press All-State team.
Former Weddington High QB Anthony Boone threw for 427 yards and three touchdowns in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but it wasn't enough to hold off Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in an epic battle. Boone was one of five former Union County players who contributed in bowl games last week.
Monroe High held the lead with just over a minute left, but Andrews scored a late touchdown to win the 2AA state football title with an 18-14 win in Chapel Hill.
The Redhawks are playing for a state championship for the first time since 1989 when they take on T.W. Andrews for the 2AA title Friday night at UNC Chpael Hill. Monroe is 11-3 in playoffs since this senior class stepped on campus, and they have a chance to deliver the school's first-ever state title in football.