Warriors Shipley picks up offer from Tide
WEDDINGTON – Weddington running back Will Shipley picked up an offer from Alabama head coach Nick Saban, the team announced on Sept. 16.
Shipley, Union County’s first-ever 5-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2021, added the Alabama offer to his already glowing recruitment that also includes an offer from national champion Clemson within the past few months.
According to 247sports.com, the Alabama offer runs his total of scholarship offers to somewhere in the range of 30 with interest coming from Stanford to Florida and seemingly everywhere in between.
Shipley has said he’s in no hurry to make a decision.
Mavs volleyball winners of seven straight
WAXHAW – The defending champion Marvin Ridge volleyball team has not shied away from competition and is out to an 11-2 start this season.
The Mavs have won also now won seven straight games after blanking Parkwood 3-0 on Sept. 12.
During the season they have knocked off powerhouse teams such as Chapel Hill, Porter Gaud, Hickory, Ardrey Kell and Hoggard and have begun 4-0 in league play.
The Mavs opened last week by knocking off Cuthbertson 3-0 on Sept. 10.
Alicia Davis (13 kills and 11 digs), Mac Russ (nine kills), Shriya Madhavaram (10 digs) and Katie Jamerson (29 assists) all had standout games.
Cuthbertson was led by senior Hayley Montoya who compiled 15 assists and 14 digs.
Two days later, the Mavs were at it again with a 3-0 shutout of Parkwood.
Davis (14 kills and nine digs), Russ (12 kills) and Jamerson (34 assists) stood out in that win.
At 4-0 in the Southern Carolinas, the Mavs are tied with Sun Valley for the conference lead.
Cardinals soccer back to even
MONROE – After starting off the 2019 season 0-2, the Union Academy boys soccer team has reeled off a pair of wins to get back to .500 on the season.
After losing to Monroe and Parkwood by the combined score of 18-4, the Cardinals got their first win of the season Sept. 11 against Arborbrook Christian.
The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 halftime advantage in that game, but Union Academy got second half goals from Jonathan Gallego (one goal) and Gaston Moise (two goals and the assist on Gallego’s goal).
Matias Mortan allowed two goals, but combined with Danny Beare to make 20 saves in goal.
On Sept. 16, it was the Cardinals who jumped out to an early lead with a 3-1 advantage at the half and the teams traded second half goals and the Cardinals won, 5-3.
Moise, the junior striker, scored a hat trick to lead the way and also added an assist. Gallego added one goal and an assist while Liam MacKinnon fired the final strike.
Morton made nine saves in goal for the Cardinals.
Union Academy played Queen’s Grant (1-6) on Sept. 18, after Union County Weekly’s press deadline, and has games next week with Carolina International (0-5) and Pine Lake Prep (4-1-2) as they look to continue their hot play.
Pirates streak to top of SW4A volleyball standings
INDIAN TRAIL – The Porter Ridge volleyball team has won two straight and is off to an 8-2 start to the season after shutting out Rocky River on Sept. 17.
The Pirates only losses this season have come to unbeaten Sun Valley and in a slipup at Cuthbertson on Sept. 11, but the Pirates have avenged that loss with a pair of wins.
In the Cuthbertson game, the Pirates got seven kills each from Sydeney Rutledge and Reilly Donoghue, but Porter Ridge connected on just 11 percent of their kills as a team. Shannon Brewer led the way with five service aces, and junior Savannah McIntosh played a great floor game with 19 assists and 10 aces.
Reagan Hunter (12 kills), Maddie Dillinger (11 kills and six blocks), Hayley Montoya (20 digs) and Kate Ryan (35 assists) led the Cavs to the upset.
The Pirates got back on track the following night with a 3-0 win over Garinger in which the Wildcats lost 75 of 87 points.
Rutledge (eight kills), Tyler Anderson (nine digs) and McIntosth (14 assists and seven of the team’s 21 aces) led a balanced attack.
Most recently, the Pirates blanked Rocky River 3-0 on Sept. 17.
Brewer put down nine of 10 kill chances to lead a balanced attack as the Pirates won 25-3, 25-13, 25-16. Genesis Ortiz produced seven of the team’s 21 service aces and added eight digs, Maddie Goodman had 10 digs and McIntosh finished with 23 assists.
The Pirates (8-2, 5-0 in the Southwestrn 4A) have a huge match at conference rival Myers Park (9-2, 4-0) on Sept. 19, after Union County Weekly’s press deadline. Look for information on the match in next week’s paper.
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