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Prep Notes: West Charlotte’s Marlon Dunlap commits to UNC football

West Charlotte's 6-5, 285-pound defensive Tackle defensive, Marlon Dunlap. Dunlap committed to UNC Saturday
West Charlotte's 6-5, 285-pound defensive Tackle defensive, Marlon Dunlap. Dunlap committed to UNC Saturday dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

West Charlotte defensive lineman Marlon Dunlap committed to North Carolina Saturday, Lions coach Daren Hart said.

Dunlap is the Tar Heels’ 20th commitment. He is a 2015 Shrine Bowl selection.

“They’re getting a good football player,” Hart said. “He’s very strong. From what I’ve witnessed, when he wants to, he can take over a game. He has great agility and he’s a smart football player and he knows how to play the position.”

Dunlap, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior, and the Lions play at Kannapolis Brown Friday.


▪ Cuthbertson QB Austin Kendall was named to the fifth annual Marine Corps’ Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He will be presented his jersey Nov. 3 at a special presentation at his school. The game will be played in January. Kendall, a 6-2 senior, is an Oklahoma recruit.

▪ Winston-Salem State has started a fund for freshman Marquise Gaddy, a former Mallard Creek player who suffered a spinal cord injury while performing a tackling drill in September. The fund is to aid the Gaddy family with medical expenses.

Contributions can be made the Gaddy fund at any BB&T bank branch, payble to BB&T (Memo: WSSU Foundation Marquise Gaddy Fund). Donations can be mailed to BB&T, 2601 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101, c/o Ryan Murphy (336-773-1114). These donations are not tax-deductible.


Garinger’s Shalom Dutey, a defender, made the Top Drawer Soccer All-American team. Dutey will play in the fifth annual boys All-America game Dec. 5 at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. He was one of three N.C. players to make the team, joining High Point Wesleyan’s Cooper Robbins, a defender, and Fayetteville Academy’s Bruno Lazaro, a midfielder.

Dutey and Garinger (16-4-1) are ranked No. 10 in the latest N.C. 4A coaches poll. South Meck (16-0-1) is No. 1. Lake Norman (17-2) is No. 2 and Hough (13-2-3) is No. 9.

▪ In the 3A private statewide poll, Charlotte Country Day (12-3-4) is No. 3, Charlotte Latin (11-4-4) is No. 8, Charlotte Christian (10-7-1) is No. 9 and Providence Day (9-10-1) is No. 10. In 3A, Statesville (17-1) is No. 1, Weddington (13-1-2) is No. 2, Ashbrook (19-1-1) is No. 5 and Marvin Ridge (12-1-4) is No. 6.

▪ South Meck has already wrapped up the SoMeck 8 championship. The Sabres are ranked No. 25 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer.

▪ In the MECKA, Mallard Creek (9-10-1, 8-1) leads Hough (13-2-3, 7-1). Hough finishes the season at North Meck Monday (6-8-4, 4-4) and home with Vance (3-11-1, 1-7) Wednesday. Mallard Creek can clinch at least a share of the league title by beating North Meck at home Wednesday on Senior Night.

▪ In the Southwestern 4A, Myers Park (11-5-1, 9-1) leads Garinger (16-4-1, 9-2). Garinger plays at Myers Park Monday in its regular-season finale. Myers Park ends the season at East Meck Wednesday. So Garinger can claim at least a share with a win Monday night or Myers Park can win outright.


Six Mecklenburg County schools advanced to the second round of the 4A playoffs Tuesday. Mallard Creek visits Hough, Davie County is at Charlotte Catholic, South Meck is at Providence and Ardrey Kell is at Northwest Guilford.

This will be the fourth time this season Mallard Creek and Hough have played this year. Hough has won the past three meetings, including the championship match of the MECKA 8 tournament. Providence and South Meck will meet for the third time this season. Providence has won the past two meetings.

▪ The 14th annual Serve for the Cure volleyball tournament Sept. 26 at Charlotte Latin raised more than $30,000 for breast cancer research. The event featured 300 players from 22 teams and 11 schools. Players raised money through the sale of raffle tickets and pledges. Since its inception, the tournament -- started by former Charlotte Latin coach and breast cancer survivor Suzie Pignetti -- has raised nearly $400,000.

NCHSAA State Football Championships

The N.C. High School Athletic Association announced sites and times for this year’s state championships:

▪ 3A: Friday, Dec. 11, UNC, 7:35 p.m.

▪ 3AA: Saturday, Dec. 12, UNC, 12:05 p.m.

▪ 4AA: Saturday, Dec., 12, N.C. State, 12:05 p.m.

▪ 2A: Saturday, Dec., 12, N.C. State, 4:05 p.m.

▪ 2AA: Saturday, Dec. 12, N.C. State, 8:05 p.m.

▪ 1AA: BB&T Field Winston-Salem, Saturday, Dec. 12, 12:05 p.m.

▪ 1A: BB&T Field Winston-Salem, Saturday, Dec. 12, 4:05 p.m.

▪ 4A: BB&T Field Winston-Salem, Saturday, Dec., 12, 8:05 p.m.

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