One of Union County’s most intense rivalries hasn’t been that competitive over the past several years, but could that change Friday night?

INDIAN TRAIL -- Almost a year to the day since leading the Sun Valley football team to a 42-41 come-from-behind overtime win over Porter Ridge last season, quarterback Sam Howell stood out against the Pirates once again Friday night, racking up nearly 500 yards of total offense and accountin…

WEDDINGTON -- Facing an offense that put up an average of 478.5 rushing yards and 588 total yards per game heading into its Friday night matchup, Weddington managed to slow down Porter Ridge’s high-octane attack while capitalizing on chunk plays from its own offense on the way to a 28-12 win…

Marvin Ridge improved to 3-0 for the second year in a row as they defeated Ardrey Kell, 28-18, on Friday night. The Mavericks got a strong effort from Matthew Wunder, who was starting in place of Jake Cameron, who was injured in last week’s win. The senior quarterback threw for four touchdow…

Stephen Ridge is beginning the next chapter of his life this weekend, moving away from his parents for the first time and into his on-campus residence at UNC Wilmington, along with the other incoming freshmen joining the Seahawks’ powerhouse baseball team.

The top rusher in Union County last season wasn’t actually a running back. That honor belonged to Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell, who led the county in rushing yards (1,594) and touchdowns (24) despite missing one game.

One of the most consistent teams in Union County and the state over the past six seasons, the Weddington High football team will look to carry its storied success over to its new regime in 2018.

Football has become increasingly quarterback-centric at the collegiate and professional levels over the past decade, and the same can be said for the high school game.

Editor’s note: Leading up to the regular season, The Enquirer-Journal will break down five impact players in Union County at each position group. Here's a look at some of the area’s top kickers/punters.

Forest Hills was one of just three Union County teams, along with Porter Ridge and Union Academy, to feature two running backs with at least 700 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, but the Yellow Jackets will be without both in 2018.

Editor's note: Leading up to the regular season, The Enquirer-Journal will look at five impact players in Union County at each position group for the upcoming season. Here's a look at the running backs.

Last season’s banner year for the Marvin Ridge football team was highlighted by its offense, which put up an average of 34.3 points per game — second-best in Union County — but the impact the team’s defense had on the season can’t be overlooked.

The Monroe girls basketball team will be one of two squad’s in Union County, along with Cuthbertson, to bring all five of its starters back from last season, but leading the charge for the Redhawks this year could be two impact freshmen who are expected to start from Day 1.

MONROE — It’s unknown who will be the starting quarterback for Piedmont High when the Panthers open the 2018 season against Central Cabarrus on Aug. 17.

The Porter Ridge football team hasn’t claimed a conference title since winning three straight under head coach Blair Hardin from 2010 to 2012, but as current head coach Michael Hertz enters his third season in charge, the Pirates look like a challenger for the Southwestern 4A Conference title.

Marvin Ridge baseball coach Mark Mennitt will not return to coach his 12th straight season with the Mavericks in 2019, Mennitt told The Enquirer-Journal on Friday afternoon. Mennitt said he plans to teach at Marvin Ridge for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year before retiring.

After going 10-4 in singles and 6-3 in doubles play, Weddington senior Grant Kimner was recognized by the Southern Carolina Conference coaches as the league's 2018 boys tennis Player of the Year.

On the heels of its best season since 2011, the Marvin Ridge football team will have plenty of holes to fill before its season kicks off Aug. 17 against South Mecklenburg.

After finishing second to Charlotte Catholic in the Southern Carolina Conference before upsetting the perennial powerhouse Cougars in the state playoffs, the Weddington girls soccer team saw five of its players selected to the 2018 All-SCC girls soccer team, the most of any Union County program.

MONROE — Union Academy girls soccer coach Vic Johnson admits he was surprised at the outcome of the 1A state championship in Raleigh over the weekend.

MARVIN -- For a baseball team that’s exceeded expectations, the season came to an end Tuesday night. In what could be head coach Mark Mennitt’s final game at Marvin Ridge, Jesse Carson eliminated the Mavericks with a 4-0 win in the third round of the 3A state tournament.

After a sluggish start in the first round of the 3A playoffs, the Weddington baseball team took advantage of some costly mistakes by Stuart Cramer and cruised to an 8-2 victory at home Wednesday night.

Marvin Ridge advanced to the second round of the 3A state baseball playoffs with a 7-0 home win over Central Cabarrus on Tuesday. For the first time in more than six years, the Mavericks have put together three straight shutouts.

Before this season, Tyler Hall hadn’t pitched an inning of varsity baseball. But with a regular season in the books and the state playoffs starting up next week, he might just be the ace the Marvin Ridge baseball team has been looking for.

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Led by junior pitcher Tyler Hall’s dominant performance on the mound, the Marvin Ridge baseball team defeated Charlotte Catholic, 7-0, at home on Wednesday night. The victory marked career win No. 400 for head coach Mark Mennitt and also clinched the SCC regular season title for the Maverick…

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Marvin Ridge High's baseball players will have a lot of incentive on Tuesday when they host Charlotte Catholic in Game 1 of their 3-game series. A win would make the Mavericks the outright champions in the Southern Carolina Conference, and it would also give legendary head coach Mark Mennitt…

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At 11-7 overall and 8-4 in league play, the Cuthbertson baseball team sits in a tie for second place with Weddington in the Southern Carolina Conference, and head coach Hank Harris knows it could be a lot different without one of his star players.