Monroe High School will host the two-day Union County Gridiron Clash this week. On Friday, Pinecrest plays Cuthbertson at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, South Mecklenburg, ranked No. 16 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, will play Porter Ridge at noon. No. 12 Charlotte Christian plays No. 8 Weddington at 4 p.m, and Hunter Huss plays Monroe at 8 p.m.
Pinecrest is ranked No. 12 in the CarolinaPreps 4A power poll. Cuthbertson is No. 9 in the Sweet 16. Charlotte Christian has won three straight private school state titles. Weddington reached the N.C. 3A state finals in 2014.
▪ Mallard Creek remained No. 7 in MaxPreps national poll. Among Carolinas teams, Spartanburg moved up four spots to No. 13.
▪ Former Butler High quarterback Riley Ferguson was 37-for-51 for 473 yards and three touchdowns to lead Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College to a 48-42 win over Iowa Western Saturday. Ferguson also ran for two scores. Iowa Western, which led 35-14 early in the third quarter, was ranked No. 3 nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Iowa Western had its 16-game win streak snapped and damaged its hopes of a third national championship game appearance in four years.
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▪ Charlotte Christian, a private school ranked No. 12 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, shut down Myrtle Beach Saturday, winning 24-3. Myrtle Beach was ranked No. 3 in the S.C. 3A poll. Charlotte Christian forced four turnovers, including three interceptions. In two weeks, the Knights (1-1) have allowed a total of eight points to two of the Carolinas’ best programs – Myrtle Beach and Charlotte Catholic. Catholic beat the Knights 5-0 two weeks ago.
Providence Day lost 3-1 to Raleigh Ravenscroft in the championship game of the eight-team Ravenscroft tournament Saturday. Chargers BJ Hahn and Jordan Sienkowski made all tournament.
▪ Austin Acks of Charlotte Latin had a hat trick in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Wake Christian.
▪ Big matches on tap (All rankings are N.C. state coaches): Mooresville (4-0-1) at No. 3 4A Hough (2-0-1), Wed, 6; No. 11 Marvin Ridge (1-0-3) at No. 5 4A Charlotte Catholic (0-0), Tue, 7; No. 2 3A IND Country Day (1-1-3) at No. 3 3A Weddington (5-0), Tue, 6
Tuesday, SouthLake Christian will host Concord First Assembly on Dig Pink Night, a game to raise money for cancer awareness. Proceeds go toward medical expenses for Trina Law, wife of SouthLake Dean of Students and cross-country coach Donovan Law. Trina Law is battling cancer.
▪ Providence Day defeated Forsyth Country Day, Raleigh Ravenscroft and Cary Academy last week, led by Lexi Mitchell, who had 24 aces in the three matches.
▪ Nation Ford won the Nation Ford Volleyball Invitational Saturday. Rock Hill and Covenant Day tied for third. Nation Ford’s Jessica Kemp was tournament MVP.
Providence Day beat Myers Park 1-0 in the semifinals of the Cary Academy Tournament Saturday and beat East Chapel Hill 3-2 in the finals. East Chapel Hill was 2014 N.C. state champ. Chargers Celine Ives (MVP) and Grayson Buben were named all-tournament.
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