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ROCK HILL, S.C. — The defending South Atlantic Conference champion Wingate Bulldogs have been picked as the preseason favorites in the SAC baseball poll, which is voted on by the league’s head coaches. The 2021 national champions received the maximum of 12 first-place votes in the poll. Wing…

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There’s some hurt feelings among Carolina Panthers fans upon hearing Frank Reich, Jr. is the new head coach, and it’s understandable. After taking over a 1-4 football team that was destined for another miserable season, Wilks had a 6-6 record as interim head coach. He changed the culture mid…

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WAXHAW — Cuthbertson High junior Stella Kermes is having remarkable success as a year-round runner. She won four cross-country meets last Fall, including the NCHSAA 4A title meet, and has been named the 2022-23 Gatorade North Carolina Girls Cross Country Player of the Year.

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WINGATE — In addition to the most successful Fall in the school’s sports history, Wingate University had a fall cumulative GPA of 3.26, up from 3.21 in the fall of 2021.

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Clemson continues to be the biggest surprise in the ACC this season in men’s basketball. The Tigers cruised past Georgia Tech, 72-51, at home on Tuesday (Jan. 24), and they remain in first place in the standings at 9-1 (17-4 overall). With 10 games left, they already have more league wins th…

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CHARLOTTE — On Friday night at the Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomed a formidable champion of the stock car racing’s premier division, one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ most successful modern-era crew chiefs and a driver who competed in NASCAR events during seven diff…

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Led by their version of the Big 3, Piedmont High’s boys have been the most improved basketball team in Union County so far this season. The Panthers, who won 9 games last year, have a 14-5 record and are alone in second place in the Southern Carolina 4A Conference standings. Last year, the P…

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Monroe native Cade Tyson is one of the top freshmen in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. A 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward, Tyson is averaging 13 points and 4.6 rebounds for Belmont University, which is tied for first place in the MVC.

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WAXHAW — Marvin Ridge High senior kicker Jackson Moore announced on Saturday (Jan 22) he will continue his football career at the University of Kentucky on a full athletic scholarship, according to his Twitter account (@jacksonmoore96). He plans to major in marketing and business at Kentucky…

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Hunter Tyson added a memorable moment to what has been a storybook season for the fifth-year senior at Clemson when he made a 3-pointer above the top of the key with 11 seconds left that gave his team a 51-50 home win over Virginia Tech on Saturday (Jan. 21).

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Sun Valley High’s boys ended Weddington’s dominance over the Southern Carolina Conference with a 60-51 road win over WHS on Friday (Jan. 20). Before Friday, the Warriors had won 31 straight games against conference opponents and went more than 1,000 days between league losses; the last time …

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MONROE — After dominating on both sides of the ball, Monroe High sophomore Jordan Young has been named Most Valuable Player and he headlines The Enquirer-Journal’s 2022 all-Union County football teams. The 6-foot, 165-pound Young caught 52 passes for a County-high 1,010 yards and 12 touchdow…

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The Charlotte 49ers have identified a slew of high school football talent they would like to tap. Charlotte head coach Biff Poggi visited Monroe High, Forest Hills High and Weddington this week and offered full football scholarships to at least nine students in Union County.

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The Atlanta Falcons have released former Marvin Ridge High receiver Emeka Emezie, who was on the team’s practice squad for part of the 2022-23 season.

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The steady stream of Union County high school football players who are reporting Division 1 scholarship offers continues to mount. Weddington High defensive back Sam Neely, former Monroe High DB Salen Streater, Monroe junior tailback Nate Crosby and running back Zion Lindsey are the latest t…

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WEDDINGTON — Marvin Ridge High’s girls have won eight straight basketball games and they marched through the league with little resistance in the first half of the schedule, including Tuesday’s 66-32 road win over Weddington.

Duke contained Clemson star Hunter Tyson, but the Tigers still prevailed, defeating the Blue Devils 72-64 at home on Saturday. Clemson is now ranked 19th in the nation by the Associated Press and at 7-0 has at least a two-game lead on the other 14 teams in the ACC.

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WEDDINGTON — Weddington High senior 170-pounder Bennett DiCarlo earned his 100th career victory at the Warriors’ home dual meet against Piedmont last Thursday. He earned the win by a major decision against sophomore Nathaniel Gagnon.

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WAXHAW — Grant Hamilton, Jack Ellyson and Nolan Dunphy were efficient on offense — combining for 50 points on 27 shot attempts — to lead Weddington High’s boys to a 73-64 road win over Cuthbertson on Friday.

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WAXHAW — Amanda Sacoto scored 12 of her 20 points in the first half and Reagan Iovino scored 15 on the strength of five 3-pointers in Cuthbertson High’s 43-27 home win over Weddington on Friday (Jan. 13).

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MONROE — Highlighted by a dominant performance from 6-foot-5, 255-pound junior forward Jalik Byrd, Forest Hills High defeated defending Rocky River Conference champion Monroe 51-47 on the road to grab a share of first place in the league standings on Friday (Jan. 13).

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The Charlotte Hornets lost again on Thursday, 124-114 at Toronto, dropping their record to 11-32 for the season, which ranks last out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two decades of competition, 60 NASCAR Cup Series wins, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy and a pair of NASCAR Xfinity Series titles to his name, driver Kevin Harvick announced Thursday that he will retire from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition at the …

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After more than three months of recovery time from a broken ankle, Monroe High 2011 graduate Jamison Crowder has started practicing with the Buffalo Bills this week with the hope of participating in the NFL playoffs for the first time since his rookie year in 2015 with Washington.

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Piedmont High 2018 graduate Hunter Tyson carried Clemson to an 83-70 home win against Louisville on Wednesday, giving the Tigers a 6-0 league record for the first time in their 70 years as a member of the ACC. A 6-foot-8, 217-pound combo forward, Tyson led all scorers and rebounders with 28 …

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MARSHVILLE — Forest Hills senior Jamyah Blakeney scored a school-record 46 points in the Yellow Jackets’ 70-33 home win over Central Academy Tuesday night. She has scored 40 points or more in three games this season and she raised her scoring average to 30 points per game.

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CHARLOTTE — Marvin Ridge High swept the boys and girls swimming and diving meets for the second consecutive year at the Southern Carolina Conference Championships, held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Tuesday (Jan. 10).

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Charlotte fell to 20 games below .500 after Toronto defeated the visiting Hornets 132-120 on Tuesday. Charlotte’s 11-31 record ranks 28th out of 30 NBA teams.

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ST. LOUIS — Belmont University freshman forward Cade Tyson has been named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. The Monroe, N.C. native had a career-high 20 points, three rebounds and two steals vs. Missouri State. He had eight points, seven re…

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WEDDINGTON — Piedmont High’s boys basketball team is clearly one of the most improved teams in Union County — the Panthers have already won as many games as the previous two seasons combined — but they couldn’t quite overcome the two-time defending state champions on Friday.

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SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Former Union Academy Charter School golfer Caleb Surratt, now a freshman on scholarship at Tennessee, placed second over the weekend at the 22nd annual Jones Cup Invitational tournament at Ocean Forest Golf Club.

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MONROE — After losing two straight home games, the Monroe High girls basketball team survived Sun Valley in overtime, 62-58, at home Saturday. The win improved the RedHawks to 5-8 overall.