by Aaron Garcia
Mavs baseball, Pirates softball advance to regional finals
The Porter Ridge softball team and Marvin Ridge’s baseball team have each advanced to their respective regional finals with wins on May 24.
The Mavericks (19-9) downed upstart Parkwood, their Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference rival, 7-6 in the fourth round of the Class 3A playoffs to advance to the best-of-three series where they will face Belmont South Point (23-2). The series was scheduled to begin May 26 at South Point before the Mavs host the second game on Friday, May 27. Game 3, if needed, will move back to South Point.
The Pirates (24-1) were slated to start their best-of-three series against Alexander Central (27-1) on May 26. Porter Ridge will host the second game on Friday, May 27. The final game, if needed, will be played at Alexander Central the following day.
The winners of each series will advance to the state finals. The Class 4A softball championship series is slated for June 3-4 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Softball Complex. The Class 3A baseball championship series is scheduled for June 3-4 at N.C. State’s Doak Field.
In soccer, Central Academy advanced to the Class 1A title game after beating Avery County 3-2 on May 21. The Cougars, who sport a 19-4-1 overall record, are scheduled to face Southwest Onslow (11-8-3) on Saturday, May 28. The game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park.
1A/2A state track medalists
The Monroe girls track and field team medaled in seven events to finish in third place with 67 points just behind champion Hendersonville (84) and runner-up East Rowan (75) at the Class 1A track and field state championships on May 20.
Redhawk Janieyah Collins won the 300-meter hurdles in 45.29 seconds and teamed with Julice Crowder, Reneazia Collins and Kendall Cox to set a new Class 1A record in the 4×200 (1 minute, 42.15 seconds). Reneazia and Janieyah Collins also joined Daya Jordan and Desure Robinson to win the 4×400 (4:10.25). Cox, Crowder, Jamie Glenn and Shakira Jordan combined to finish second in the 4×100 (50.26). Glenn also won the triple jump (37 feet, 8.5 inches) and placed third in the long jump (16-11.75). Reneazia Collins added a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles (47.13).
At the 2A meet on May 21, Union County athletes medaled in four events, including Cuthbertson’s Raven Covington, who took silver in the long jump (16-11) and Piedmont’s Amanda Hinson, who placed second in the 3,200 (11:59.59). The Forest Hills boys team medaled in the 4×200 (1:28.20) and the 4×400 (3:24.29).
Local athletes lift Charlotte Latin
On May 21, the Charlotte Latin School boys and girls track and field teams swept the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A titles in Lewisville.
Both squads featured athletes from Union County. The Charlotte Latin girls squad, which won its sixth consecutive state championship, included Emily Davis. The boys team, which won its third title in four years, included local products Marty Berkowitz, Tristan Gordon and Tyler Mott. Gordon contributed to the Hawks’ third-place 4×100 relay (44.04 seconds) while Mott helped Latin to a third-place finish in the 4×800 (8 minutes, 15.52 seconds).