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INDIAN TRAIL — Union County has developed into a hotbed for baseball talent, with local high schools combining to win five state championships in the past eight years. Since 2015, seven pitchers from the County have been drafted by Major League Baseball.

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UNIONVILLE — Phil Mauro has been hired as the next head football coach at Piedmont High, according to the Twitter account @PHS ATHLETICS5.

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WINGATE — Marcus Kirkland will lead Wingate University’s newly-created Office of Diversity and Inclusion, according to a report from the school. Wingate University Vice-President and Director of Athletics Steve Poston announced the creation of the athletic department’s Office of Diversity an…

MONROE — Union County Public Schools has announced all fall sports athletes will be allowed to return to their campuses for voluntary workouts beginning July 6, according to the UCPS communications department.

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The Carolina Panthers will open the 2020 regular season with a home game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 13, or at least that’s the plan for now. When the NFL released its schedules on Thursday (May 9), the league stipulated adjustments will be made based on government regulations sur…

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ROUGHEDGE — Terry Gittens, who has been an assistant football coach at Cox Mill High School the past nine years, has been hired as the head football coach at Parkwood High School, according to Parkwood’s Twitter account.

Weddington’s Will Shipley, arguably the best high school football prospect in Union County history, announced his commitment to Clemson University through his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Carolina Panthers made the first step in what they hope is a successful rebuild Thursday night, when the NFL team selected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

This was supposed to be David Nash’s last season as a pitcher for the Wingate University baseball team. After starting the season with a 3-0 record in six games (four starts) with a 1.73 ERA, the fifth-year senior was devastated when he heard the NCAA would suspend spring sports because of t…

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After over a month of sports purgatory, a bit of normalcy will return Thursday, April 23, as the NFL holds the first round of its annual draft starting at 8 p.m. The draft, being broadcast on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network, will hold the second and third rounds on Friday. Rounds four through …

Like most athletes in America, Wingate University junior Tucker Mullis has had his life mostly upended during a stay-at-home mandate across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The 2020 NFL Draft is this week, and with only a handful of hours left until the Panthers make their first selection at No. 8 overall, it’s worth going back in time to see how Carolina has fared selecting rookies over the past several years.

The Weddington High’s football team will be trying to three-peat as 3AA state champions in 2020, and the Warriors will prepare for that run with a difficult non-conference schedule.

This past season, the Forest Hills boys basketball team was once again the class of Union County, starting the season 29-0 and winning the Rocky River Conference regular season and conference tournament titles. The 29 consecutive wins is a Union County record.

Technically, it’s still basketball season in North Carolina, as the NCHSAA has been unable to put on the state championships in all four classifications because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the season is over in Union County, so let’s look ahead to what next year could bring.

Shane Griffin is set for his third stint with the Central Academy football team. Griffin, who previously worked as the offensive line coach at Forest Hills, was formally announced as the Cougars’ new head coach on Thursday afternoon.

It seems the NFL Draft is one of the only few American sporting attractions that is mostly immune to the coronavirus pandemic; commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that the draft will go on as scheduled, albeit virtually, on its original dates of Apr. 23-25.

Last season, the Marvin Ridge football team finished 6-6 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Carolina Conference, which was good for third place behind 3A state powerhouse programs Weddington and Charlotte Catholic. The Mavericks fell to Northwest Cabarrus by one point, 31-30, in the first round…

Crazy as it might sound, the next high school sporting event to take place in Union County might not come until the fall, as the nationwide coronavirus pandemic has put all current spring sports in jeopardy.

Former Union County Athletic Director Doug Jones, now retired, believes there are two main criteria a coach has to meet before having a chance at being enshrined in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame.

Weddington High’s Travis Poole has been highly successful as the head baseball coach, including back-to-back 3A state championships in 2012 and 2013. He has an overall record of 207-112 since the start of the 2008 season. Weddington was 1-2 this season before the coronavirus pandemic caused …

The possibility that no more high school athletic competitions will take place this school year seems to grow by the day. On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that all North Carolina schools will be closed through at least May 15 to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Another impressive season for the Forest Hills High boys basketball team has resulted in four players being recognized as all-conference selections.

After winning the Rocky River Conference for the second consecutive season, the Forest Hills girls basketball team placed a league-high four players on the All-RRC team.

Among the many local sports teams affected by the coronavirus outbreak is the Wingate football team, which is looking to build on the 10-2 record it produced last season.

It might seem hard to believe, but the most accomplished player in Union County football history still has another year left to add to his already stellar resume.

The global coronavirus outbreak has shut down the college recruiting process across the nation, and the events of the past two weeks have caused a delay in the college decision of the highest-rated football prospect in Union County history.

The 2020 offseason was always going to be a period of transition for the Carolina Panthers, and the organization kicked off the start of the league year Tuesday by announcing several key roster moves.