Porter Ridge JV finishes a perfect year
INDIAN TRAIL – The Porter Ridge JV football team capped off a perfect season with a 25-7 win over Myers Park on Oct. 26.
The Pirates scored 247 points and allowed just 102 on the season, which they finished 6-0 in Southwestern 4A play.
The defense engineered two shutouts and allowed just one team to score more than 14 points on them all year and the offense scored at least 19 points in all but three of the their wins.
The Pirates were led by captains (from left) Mason Cox (12), Mason Gore (44), and Conner Henderson (15).
Magic runs out for Mavs volleyball team in Final 4
WAXHAW – The Marvin Ridge volleyball team seemed to be a team of destiny and played much of the regular season and playoffs like they were primed to win their first state title.
The Mavs had blitzed through the playoffs, beating Erwin, Hickory, Jesse Carson and TC Roberson all in 3-0 straight sets after going 24-1 during the regular season to reach the NCHSAA 3A Final 4 where they took on North Iredell, who turned the tide and ended Marvin Ridge’s season with a 3-0 loss.
The Mavs had an impressive run at it, with winning streaks of 21 and seven games and finish their season with a 28-2 record.
Warriors’ Merrill falls in tennis final
WEDDINGTON – Weddington junior tennis star Sarah Merrill continued her season to the championship of the NCHSAA 3A individual tennis championship, but lost in the final match to Charlotte Catholic’s Rose Kenney.
Merrill, who went 13-1 in singles and 10-2 in doubles playing exclusively at No. 1 during the regular season, made a dominating run to reach the championship match.
In the opening round, she knocked off AC Reynolds’ Emma Jones 6-0, 6-0. In the second round, the Weddington star got past Northern Guilford’s Emily Callahan 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semifinals. There, Merrill dominated Cox Mill’s Hannah Jiang, winning 6-0, 6-0 to reach the championship match.
In the championship, Merrill met a familiar foe in Kenney, as the two had met three times in singles play with Merrill winning each time.
She knocked out Kenny 6-2, 6-2 on Sept. 19 and six days later was victorious in a 6-2, 7-5 win. When the pair met again Oct. 20, Merrill scored a 6-3, 6-4 win, but couldn’t overcome Kenny for a fourth time as the Charlotte Catholic sophomore won in the 3A championship match 7-6, 6-1.
Merrill is among the top players in her class, as the junior is ranked fourth in the state in the Class of 2019 and 136th in the nation in her class by Tennisrecruitingnet work.com.
Weddington teammates Nele Steffens and Riya Vasa reached the semifinals of the 3A doubles bracket, but lost to the eventual state champion duo of Savannah Bright and Stela Jocksimovic.
Steffens and Vasa opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Northern Guilford’s Erin Baer and Samantha Morgan and got past Fike’s Macy Hebbard and Jenna Hebbard with a 6-4, 6-1 win.
With the win, Steffens and Vasa reached the semifinals, but were defeated 6-0, 6-1 by the eventual state champions.
Pirate soccer wins Southwestern 4A title
INDIAN TRAIL – The Porter Ridge soccer team won the Southwestern 4A regular season championship for the second consecutive season with a 4-1 win at Hickory Ridge on Oct. 26.
The win came on the heels of the Pirates first loss of the season, as they fell 4-0 to Myers Park two days prior, but bounced back to beat the Mustangs by one game in the standings.
The Pirates, who improved to 18-1-2 on the season, will open the NCHSAA 4A playoffs on Nov. 4 after getting a first-round bye and a No. 3 seed. They will play the winner of the East Forsyth/HIgh Point Central game being played on Nov. 1 after The Union County Weekly’s press deadline.