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ROUGHEDGE — The Parkwood High won the Rocky River Conference wrestling title on Tuesday night, ending the program’s 33-year drought between league titles. The Wolf Pack clinched the conference crown with a 45-34 win over Central Academy on their home mat.

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WAXHAW — With his team leading by one point, Piedmont High sophomore 126-pounder Trey Hinson (24-7 record) bumped up to the 132-weight class match and pinned Weddington’s Ethan Lucado (19-13) to seal the Panthers’ win over the Warriors on Cuthbertson High’s mat, 35-29, on Thursday night.

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If you wanted proof that this year’s Charlotte Hornets are different from years past, look no further than Wednesday night, when the Hornets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 109-98, on the road.

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For the first time in a long time, a team not named Cuthbertson headlines The Enquirer-Journal’s Super Six Union County Girls Basketball Poll.

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Jamison Crowder carries the torch for the Union County sports community. He is the gold standard for what a parent of any athlete should want their child to look up to, emulate, and aspire to be like.

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WAXHAW — Porter Ridge High junior point guard Kyler Harris scored a career-high 29 points and also had 10 rebounds, seven steals and four assists to lead the Pirates to a 60-58 road win over Cuthbertson on Friday. Head coach Garrett Malone’s team has now won five games in a row.

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In its new rankings released Sunday (Jan. 9), Prospects 1500, a major league baseball scouting website, ranks former Porter Ridge High pitcher Brennan Malone as the No. 34 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

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The Carolina Panthers closed the regular season with a 41-17 road loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; their seventh straight gives the Panthers a final record of 5-12.

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UNIONVILLE — After losing nine of their 11 non-conference games, the Piedmont High girls improved to 2-0 in the Southern Carolina 4A Conference with a 41-31 home win over Weddington on Friday.

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Former Sun Valley softball star Brittany Pickett earned an invite to compete at the 2022 USA Softball National Team Selection Trials, which were held from Jan. 1-6 at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla.

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Weddington High’s boys basketball team improved to 13-0 on the season with a 74-50 home win over Freedom on Wednesday. The Warriors, who won the 3A state title with an undefeated record last year, have now won 31 straight games — their last loss was to Freedom in the playoffs in 2020.

Almost midway through the regular season, the Charlotte Hornets are 20-19 and are currently the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of No. 9 Washington. This season, like last, teams 7-10 in the conference standings will compete in a play-in tournament at the conclus…

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The Carolina Panthers close the 2021-22 regular season Sunday afternoon at Tampa Bay. The Panthers are just a few weeks removed from a 32-6 home loss to the Buccaneers.

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CHARLOTTE — Marvin Ridge High swept the boys and girls swimming and diving meets at the Southern Carolina Conference championships, held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Thursday (Jan. 6).

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The Marvin Ridge High girls basketball team improved to 10-4 overall with a 69-25 home win over Nation Ford on Wednesday night. The Mavericks, led by second-year head coach Steve Lenahan, are on a three-game winning streak.

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MATTHEWS — After winning the Patriot Classic Tournament at Independence High last month, the Weddington High Warriors were well prepared heading into the start of conference play Tuesday night. Head coach, Gary Ellington’s team ran away from rival Sun Valley during a 65-40 victory on their h…

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Former Weddington High McDonald’s all-American Stephanie Watts, who is Union County high school basketball’s all-time leading scorer, had her first professional season end abruptly.

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The Cuthbertson High boys continued their winning ways in their first conference game of the season, defeating Marvin Ridge by 15 points, 65-50, on the road Tuesday night.

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Perhaps the biggest shock of this Union County high school basketball season came Tuesday night, when the Marvin Ridge girls dominated Cuthbertson, 51-28, at home to move to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in Southern Carolina Conference play.

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CHARLOTTE — Defending 2A dual team state champion Central Academy placed seventh out of 68 teams in the 2021 Holy Angels Wrestling Invitational at Bojangles Coliseum (Dec. 29-30). It was also the first time that Piedmont High School was the host team for the tournament.

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Former Weddington High 5-star recruit Will Shipley had one of his best performances of the season in Clemson’s bowl game win over Iowa State last week.

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The return of Sam Darnold to the starting lineup went about as expected for the Carolina Panthers, who fell to the New Orleans Saints on the road Sunday, 18-10, to drop to 5-11 on the season.

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MONROE — Already a three-time state champion wrestler for Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Kyle Montaperto is well established as one of the best to ever compete in his sport in Union County. The University of Virginia signee has a goal this season to become the first County wrestler …

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Former Piedmont High 3-star recruit Hunter Tyson was set to play his biggest game of the season Wednesday against Duke, but the game was ultimately postponed because of COVID-19 issues within the Blue Devils’ program, according to a report from The Athletic.

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Following are the 5 biggest sports stories in Union County for the 2021 calendar year, according to The Enquirer-Journal.

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The 2021 calendar year offered quite a bit of sports news in Union County. Here’s a review of the highlights over the past 12 months.

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UNIONVILLE — Piedmont High’s wrestlers improved their dual team record to 5-3 with three wins on their home mat Tuesday. The Panthers defeated Parkwood (48-32), Wheatmore (59-16) and Scotland County (78-4). Piedmont wrestlers who went undefeated on the day were: junior 113-pounder Noah Caubl…

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After a few weeks filled with speculation, former Porter Ridge High quarterback Grayson McCall announced where he will play football for his redshirt junior season in 2022. McCall — whose name had been linked to a potential transfer to a Power 5 school — silenced those rumors Tuesday (Dec. 2…

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A familiar girls basketball team is still leading the charge heading into the holiday break. The Cuthbertson High girls are ranked No. 1 entering the Christmas weekend in The Enquirer-Journal’s Super Six Basketball Poll.