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Twelve volleyball players across five Union County schools were honored as all-conference selections by the Southern Carolina Conference for the shortened 2020-21 season.

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WEDDINGTON — The first big upset of the 2021 girls basketball season in Union County occurred Tuesday night, when the Weddington girls surprised previously undefeated Cuthbertson, 56-50, at home to snap a two-game losing streak. The win marked Weddington’s second in their previous nine meeti…

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The Cuthbertson High girls cross country team has made a habit of bringing home hardware year after year, but nothing was guaranteed for the Cavaliers when they took the course at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville on Saturday (Jan. 23) in the 2021 3A state championships.

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Marvin Ridge High’s girls have been the surprise of the early season in Union County. The Mavericks improved their record to 4-1 last Thursday with a 70-39 home win over Sun Valley, and have won three straight games since falling to Cuthbertson on Jan. 12.

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Former Weddington star Stephanie Watts, of Wesley Chapel, is making an impact in her sixth season of college basketball. Sunday afternoon, Watts totaled 25 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high nine assists to help the UNC women’s basketball team take down Notre Dame, 78-73.

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UNIONVILLE — Weddington junior guard A.J. Cook scored a game-high 20 points and five steals in his team’s 71-25 road win over Piedmont on Thursday, improving the Warriors’ record to 6-0 on the year.

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As one of the first sports back in action following the athletic hiatus brought on by COVID-19, volleyball took on new importance in the county this year, and what a season it was for some of the top teams in Union County.

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One of Union County’s top football players from 2019 has made an early jump to the next level. Gavin Blackwell, who would have been a senior for the Sun Valley football team this spring, has officially enrolled early at UNC and is already on campus in Chapel Hill. This is the second Sun Vall…

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Thanks to a game-winning layup by sophomore Zahra Douglas in overtime, the Marvin Ridge girls basketball team upset Weddington, 60-59, at home Tuesday to move to 3-1 on the season.

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Playing for the first time this season because of COVID-19 protocols, the Piedmont boys basketball team defeated Parkwood, 58-52, at home on Senior Night on Tuesday. The Panthers were able to practice just twice before their matchup with the Wolfpack after a 14-day quarantine following a pos…

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After the first two weeks of basketball season, the Weddington boys and Cuthbertson girls are looking like the teams to beat in Union County. The Warriors and Cavaliers came in at No. 1 in their respective county polls this week.

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Union County’s top distance runners will compete this Saturday in the NCHSAA cross country regionals, which will determine which teams and top individual runners compete in the state cross country championships next weekend.

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Marvin Ridge High’s volleyball team is the only county team remaining in the state playoffs after the first two rounds. The 2018 3A state champions hit a rough patch during the regular season, but the club seems to have found its footing in the postseason.

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WEDDINGTON — Perhaps no boys basketball team in Union County was better equipped to handle the strain of the most recent offseason better than the Weddington. Despite rarely meeting face-to-face over the offseason, the Warriors have picked up where they left off after going 21-8 in 2019-20.

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WAXHAW — The Cuthbertson girls basketball team stayed undefeated on the season with a 55-34 win over Marvin Ridge at home Tuesday night. The Cavaliers jumped out to a 35-10 halftime lead and never looked back en route to their third win of the young season.

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WAXHAW — The Cuthbertson boys basketball team hasn’t finished above .500 in Southern Carolina Conference play since going 6-4 back in 2015-16, but this season’s Cavaliers could break that streak.

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Ten games into the shortened 2020-21 NBA season, the Charlotte Hornets finally look like they might turn the table and become a playoff team once again. After losing three straight games, including the first two of a four-game road trip — both of which were against Eastern Conference leader …

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this season. The Warriors will look to improve to 3-0 on Tuesday night as they host Sun Valley. Monroe, meanwhile, isn’t scheduled to play again until Jan. 19 against Cuthbertson.

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MONROE — After a shortened regular season brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, four Union County volleyball teams have advanced to the state playoffs.

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WAXHAW — The Cuthbertson girls basketball team has won back-to-back Southern Carolina Conference titles and is favored to three-peat in 2021, but the Cavaliers are dealing with very different circumstances than they have in years past.

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The Marvin Ridge girls basketball team opened up the 2021 season with a 62-52 win over Monroe on Wednesday, delivering new head coach Steve Lenahan his first win since taking over the Mavericks.

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MARSHVILLE — Because of the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, the Forest Hills boys basketball team opted to open their 2021 season by hosting senior night for two of its veteran players.

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After a months-long delay, the start of the high school basketball season is finally here, and there are eight games early this week that should help bring the new year in on a high note.

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Former Monroe High two-sport star Jamison Crowder was the 15th receiver taken in the 2015 NFL Draft, and as the sun sets on his sixth season in the league, it’s clear that the 5-foot-9 playmaker was one of the best values in that draft.

The year 2020 has truly been unlike any other, and the Union County athletic landscape has had its share of notable sports news across the most notable year in recent memory.

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MONROE — Grayson McCall was considered Coastal Carolina’s third-string quarterback heading into his redshirt freshman season, so just cracking the starting lineup in 2020 was notew+orthy. But the Porter Ridge High graduate did so much more, and was recently named Player of the Year in the Su…

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MONROE — After a longer wait than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the boys basketball season is set to start next week across Union County. Weddington High projects to have perhaps the best boys team in the County, and four Warriors have been honored among The Enquirer-Journal’s Preseaso…

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MONROE — At the age of 27, Jamison Crowder has already made more money as a professional than any athlete in Union County history. He reminded the NFL of his value on Sunday, when he caught a touchdown pass and threw for another in the New York Jets’ 23-16 home win over Cleveland.

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The biggest race of the cross country season so far happened at McAlpine Park in Charlotte last weekend, as the Weddington finished with the top local boys and girls teams at the CRC Holiday Invitational.

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Former Piedmont High basketball star Hunter Tyson is out indefinitely for the Clemson men’s basketball team after fracturing a bone in his face during the Tigers’ win over Alabama on Dec. 12.

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After separating themselves as the bonafide top team in the county the past several seasons, the Cuthbertson girls basketball team placed a county-high three players on The Enquirer-Journal’s 2020-21 All-County teams.

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Former Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell will play the biggest game of his young career in under two weeks, as the No. 13 UNC football team is slated to play No. 5 Texas A&M in the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Jan. 2.

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The Panthers were officially eliminated from playoff contention Saturday night with a 24-16 loss to Green Bay. While Saturday’s result was closer than many expected, the Carolina offense failed to find a rhythm for most of the night.

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Midway through the regular season, one Union County volleyball team has separated itself from the pack in the race for best in the county. In this edition of The Enquirer-Journal’s Super Six volleyball poll, Sun Valley takes the top spot.

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The start of the 2021 basketball season in Union County starts next month, and the Cuthbertson girls basketball team is expected to be the class of the county again.

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Former Porter Ridge High quarterback Grayson McCall accounted for four touchdowns, including a game-winning 23-yard strike to receiver Jaivon Heiligh with 35 seconds left, to help the Coastal Carolina football team stave off an upset in a 42-38 win over Troy on Saturday.