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Only two Union County football teams earned postseason berths, and both will be in action in their respective tournaments this Friday.

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The 2021 spring football regular season wrapped up last week. Despite most area teams only playing seven games, there were plenty of athletes who made a name for themselves as key contributors.

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After a six-game road trip, the Charlotte Hornets returned to the Spectrum Center on Sunday afternoon and fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 105-101, despite a big game from forward Miles Bridges.

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WAXHAW — The Weddington football team clinched their sixth conference title in program history and their second consecutive outright Southern Carolina Conference title under head coach Andy Capone (37-1 record in three seasons) on Friday night, rolling past Cuthbertson, 54-13, on the road.

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The 2021 NFL Draft starts in less than a month, and one of the mysteries emerging from preparations this week is how the Panthers will use the No. 8 overall pick now that they have traded for quarterback Sam Darnold.

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After capturing the program’s first state championship since 2015, the Weddington boys soccer team placed a league-high seven players on the 2021 All-Southern Carolina Conference team.

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Former Weddington girls basketball star Stephanie Watts is set to embark on the next stage of her career this month. After spending almost six years playing collegiately while dealing with nagging injuries, Watts is finally eligible for the WNBA Draft, which takes place Apr. 15.

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Wary of waiting until draft day to find its next quarterback, the Carolina Panthers made a colossal move Monday afternoon as they traded three draft picks for New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

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The Weddington football team is 5-0 on the season, but the Warriors have had to deal with far more adversity so far this spring than their undefeated record represents.

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Girls soccer teams in the Southern Carolina Conference and currently playing catchup with Charlotte Catholic right now. The Cougars lead the SCC standings at 6-0 and have outscored their opponents by a total of 13-1 so far this season.

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Spring Break represents the midway point for many spring sports, and at the halfway mark of the softball season, Piedmont is currently leading the charge among Union County teams.

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Former Forest Hills star Jaleel McLaughlin is finally finding his groove with the Youngstown State football team. Despite the Penguins being 1-4 on the season, McLaughlin has run for at least 100 yards in each of his last three games.

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The Marvin Ridge football team earned its third straight victory with a 28-6 home win over Sun Valley on Thursday. The Mavericks are now tied with Charlotte Catholic for second place in the Southern Carolina Conference standings at 4-1 on the season.

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In a decision that sent shockwaves across the county Monday afternoon, Matt Sides announced via social media that he would be stepping down as the head coach of the Forest Hills boys basketball team effective immediately.

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It has been 383 days since Union County high school baseball teams took the field due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but teams will be able to practice starting on April 12th, according to the NCHSAA calendar.

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After watching from the sidelines for the second time in three weeks last Friday, the Weddington football team returns to action Thursday night at home with a matchup against Monroe.

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CARY — Regardless of result, Saturday’s 3A boys soccer state championship in Cary was the final game for 17 Weddington seniors, well over half the team’s roster. After a dramatic 3-2 win over Hickory in the state semis Tuesday, the Warriors fought through even more adversity against New Hano…

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The Porter Ridge football team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 30-16 win over Rocky River on Friday night. The win marked the Pirates’ third straight victory since falling to Butler back in Week 2.

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MONROE — The Monroe football (4-1) took care of business Friday night at home, defeating Piedmont, 35-7. The victory was the Redhawks’ fourth consecutive victory over the Panthers (0-3) in the 3A Southern Carolina Conference. The Redhawks have averaged 35 points in the series.

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The 2021 NFL Draft starts in little over a month on Thursday, Apr. 29. As the months have progressed, the talk of the draft has been how the first top 10 picks will shake out with several teams in need of quarterback help.

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Elon softball commit Mauri Murray scored the game-winning run to help Marvin Ridge softball stay unbeaten with a 3-2 home win over Southern Carolina Conference rival Sun Valley on Tuesday night. The victory gives the Mavericks (3-0) a share of first place in SCC play with Piedmont.

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The Charlotte Hornets suffered a major blow to their playoff hopes over the weekend, as rookie point guard LaMelo Ball suffered a right wrist fracture in Charlotte’s 125-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on the road Saturday night.

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WAXHAW — Cuthbertson senior running back Myles Teasley (12 carries for 100 yards) scored on the game’s final play, but it was too little, too late, as the Marvin Ridge football prevailed over the Cavaliers at home, 19-13, on Friday night.

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With a road loss to the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, the Charlotte Hornets fell to 20-20 on the season in their biggest test since the All-Star Break.

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While the 2021 football season has been going for less than a month, we are already more than halfway through the regular season. This week, all 11 Union County schools are in action, and here’s a look at what you can expect around the area Friday night.

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The Weddington boys basketball team was the class of Union County in 2021. For the first time in school history this season, the Warriors put together an undefeated record (18-0) and won the 3A state championship over Northwood on Mar. 6.

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Three Union County boys soccer teams have made their respective state tournaments. In a season moved and shortened because of COVID-19, only 32 teams per classification made the playoffs.

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In a season we will likely never forget due to the COVID-19 outbreak, local high school softball teams will take the field for their first games of the season on Monday. In 2020, Union County teams only played between three and five games before the season came to a halt.

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Concerns that some state legislators have raised about the group that oversees most high school athletics in the state, including how much money it takes in, are overblown in some cases and downright inaccurate in others, three of the group’s top officials said Thursday.

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This week’s game of the week sees the Monroe football team travel to take on Cuthbertson on Friday night. The Mavericks are 1-1 and are coming off a 33-17 win over Marvin Ridge last week, while the Cavaliers are undefeated at 2-0 after scoring wins over Parkwood and Piedmont to open the season.

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Marvin Ridge’s Ethan Robitaille has been a primary target for first-year starting quarterback Cole Delissio. Robitaille, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, has caught a touchdown in each of the first two games of the 2021 season for the Mavericks (1-1 record).