Sports Shorts for October 28

Mavs’ Chadwick hits milestone

This season, Marvin Ridge quarterback Tyler Chadwick has added to his legacy as one of Union County’s best all-time quarterbacks. The Mavs are 8-1, and a win on Friday against rival Weddington would give them their best regular-season finish in school history. In the last three games, Chadwick has completed 51 of his 69 passes for 647 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also supplemented the running game with four touchdowns in wins over Sun Valley, Anson and Parkwood.

But perhaps his most memorable play of the year – and maybe his career – came in his last completion in the Mavs’ 49-14 win over Parkwood last week, when he found his brother, Cody, for a seven-yard completion. The pass put Chadwick over the 5,000-yard passing mark for his career, which Scott Chadwick said was third all-time in Union County history.

“It was a pretty cool moment, it really was” said Scott Chadwick, Marvin Ridge’s coach and Tyler’s father. “For him to accomplish such a rare feat and to do it with a completion to his brother, it was one of those moments that makes it worthwhile.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”

Weddington rebounds after loss

With a vital game against archrival -Marvin Ridge on the slate for this week, and with the Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference’s top 3A seed on the line, Weddington coach Tim Carson said his players’ spirits are high despite losing their last two games, including an 11-9 decision against Sun Valley last week.

“The kids are doing fine,” Carson said. “We’ve lost the last two weeks, but our kids have played hard. That’s the thing I like about our kids: They don’t back down, they go out on the field and give everything they’ve got. We’re going to do that this week. We’re just going to keep playing.”

The Warriors will get a boost this week from the return of quarterback Drew Podreberac, who missed last week with an illness. Though the Warriors will benefit from the return of their senior signal-caller, Carson commended sophomore Jeff Welch for filling in last week.

“It was the first time he ever took a varsity snap,” said Carson. “He was shaky at the beginning, but he settled down and I think he grew up a little bit by the time the game was over with. It was a heck of a job by a young man who didn’t know he was going to play until about five minutes before the game started. He did a good job for us.”

Mavs Walker wins regional

Marvin Ridge senior Rachel Walker, Union County Weekly’s 2010 Girls Golfer of the Year, won the 3A Western Regional title on Oct. 24 at Asheville Municipal Golf Course.

Walker fired a one-round 81 to lead the field. Teammate Amanda Hampton’s 89 was good for seventh, while fellow Mav Morgan Land was next with a 91. Thanks to the three top-10 finishes, Marvin Ridge also captured the team title.

Next up for the Mavs is a trip to Foxfire Golf & Country Club for the Class 3A state championship on Oct. 31. q

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