↑Union County baseball: Two of the final four western 3A teams (Marvin Ridge, Cuthbertson). Union County also has two of the final four western 3A softball teams (Sun Valley, Piedmont) plus Parkwood in 2A.
↑Mecklenburg County baseball: Two of the final four western 4A teams (Providence, Butler)
↑Charlotte Catholic lacrosse offense: Cougars, in Friday’s state final with Apex, average more than 12 goals per game.
↑Providence girls’ soccer: Up three spots to No. 9 in Top Drawer Soccer’s national ranking. Cary’s Panther Creek is No. 5. Providence has outscored three playoff teams 16-0.
Observer Top Performers
Jared Blum, Marvin Ridge lacrosse: 38 goals, 34 assists for Marvin Ridge (18-2), which faces Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons Saturday at 4 p.m. in Cary for the N.C. 1A/2A/3A state title.
Jackson Harris, Charlotte Catholic lacrosse: 35 goals for the Cougars (20-2), who play Apex for the N.C. 4A state title Friday in Cary.
Carly Vaccaro, Lake Norman girls lacrosse: 81 goals, 36 assists for Lake Norman (17-2), which will face Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (19-1) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Cary for the state championship.
Stowe named basketball coach at Concord High
Former Concord High all-state star Jason Stowe has been hired as the school’s basketball coach. He replaces George Walker, who left to coach at Mount Pleasant.
Stowe, a 1993 Concord graduate, played collegiately for Steve Joyner at Johnson C. Smith. He has experience at the highest levels of AAU basketball, once leading his Concord Spiders teams to back-to-back top 10 Division I finishes at AAU nationals.
Stowe’s son, Jaylen, an All-Observer pick at Hickory Ridge, will play at Mercer next season.
Stowe will take over a Concord team that was 17-8 last season.
Charlotte Latin football looking for scrimmage
Charlotte Latin is looking for a scrimmage Aug. 19, Aug. 20, Aug. 21 or Aug. 22. The team is willing to travel. Information? Larry McNulty at 704-846-7222.
NCHSAA Playoff pairings
Fourth round by Friday
4A: Providence at North Davidson, Fri, 7; Butler at East Forsyth, Fri, 7
3A: West Rowan at Marvin Ridge, Fri, 7; Cuthbertson at Crest, Fri, 7
2A: West Lincoln at Randleman; West Wilkes at North Surry
1A: East Wilkes at North Moore; South Stanly at East Surry
Fourth round by Friday
4A: Richmond Sr. at South Caldwell; North Davidson at Alexander Central, Fri, 7
3A: Piedmont at Sun Valley, Fri, 7; Ledford at Enka
2A: Parkwood at Franklin, Fri, 6; West Lincoln at Forbush
1A: North Stanly at Lincoln Charter; North Stoke at Hiwassee Dam
Third round by Wednesday
4A West: Lake Norman 3, Grimsley 0; East Forsyth 1, West Forsyth 0; Ragdale 1, Ardrey Kell 0; Providence 2, Charlotte Catholic 0
Fourth round by Saturday: East Forsyth at Lake Norman; Ragsdale at Providence
3A West: Sun Valley 4, Hickory 1; AC Reynolds 5, Foard 1; Weddington d. Asheville, score NA; Cuthbertson 4, Cox Mill 2
Fourth round by Saturday: Sun Valley at AC Reynolds; Cuthbertson at Weddington, Thurs, 7
2A West: Lake Norman Charter 4, East Lincoln 0; Franklin 4, Ashe Co. 2; Forbush d. Polk Co. score NA; Parkwood 1, Salisbury 0
Fourth round by Saturday: Parkwood at Forbush, Sat, time TBD; Franklin at Lake Norman Charter
1A West: Union Academy 3, Thomas Jefferson 0; Lincoln Charter 2, Elkin 1; Bishop McGuinness 4, Gray Stone Day 0; Community School 9, Avery Co. 0
Fourth round by Saturday: Bishop McGuinness at Community School of Davidson; Lincoln Charter at Union Academy
State finals at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary
1A/2A/3A: Marvin Ridge vs. Cardinal Gibbons, Saturday, 4 p.m.
4A: Charlotte Catholic vs. Apex, 7:30 p.m.
State finals at WakeMed Soccer Park Cary
Saturday’s state final at WakeMed Soccer Park: Cardinal Gibbons vs. Lake Norman, 12:30 p.m.