Kasey Brooks (PM)

Piedmont's Brooks steps down.

The Piedmont Panthers join a list of Union Co. basketball teams who will have a new face on the bench after Piedmont’s girls coach Kasey Brooks stepped down. Brooks, in her second stint at the helm of the lady Panthers led them to a 16-11 record in the Rocky River and made the 3A playoffs for the first time since the 2019-20 season. Brooks is 51-75 overall with Piedmont. Brooks took over for Phil Apple after the 2016-17 season and coached two seasons then stepped away returning for the 2021-22 season. The Panthers should return a good group of guards in rising senior Jailyn Thomas along with rising juniors Ada Allan and Tara Deese. Thanks Coach Brooks!!!

Cody Frady (PR)

Pirates find their new boys Headcoach in Cody Frady!

The Porter Ridge boys’ basketball program found their man to lead the Pirates in Cody Frady. Frady comes from Avery Co High School. where he was the boys’ head coach from 2018-19 to 2023-24, leading them to a 54-83 record over those 6 seasons. Frady replaces Garrett Malone after six seasons and is Porter Ridge’s winningest boys’ basketball coach. Malone took the Forest Hills boys head coaching position earlier this spring. Good luck Coach Frady!

Mike Fetherstone (CU)

Cavs tap Featherstone to lead the girls program.

The Cuthbertson girls’ basketball has found their new womens headcoach in Mike Featherstone. The Cavaliers announced the hiring via CuthberstonAtheticzone.com, "We are pleased to announce that Coach Featherston is joining Cuthbertson as our new head women’s basketball coach and CTE department teacher. Coach Featherston brings much experience from his time as a collegiate player at Milligan University and as an assistant coach at Milligan and Western Kentucky. We look forward to his contributions on and off the court. Featherstone replaces Jeff Buseick who stepped down in March after just two seasons. The Cavs were 8-18 overall and 3-5 in the SCC last season. Buseick was 25-29 overall and the Cavs reached the 1st round of the state playoffs both seasons. Cuthbertson should return 6 of their top 7 players for Coach Featherstone, including the rising sophomore backcourt of Christian Mundy (13.5 ppg/3.9 rpg) and Christian Johhson (10.6 ppg/2.5 spg/All-SCC) along with junior wing Amayah Rogers, sophomores Alexis Juhl (5.3 rpg), and Ava Beals (4.8 ppg). Welcome Coach Fetherstone and good luck!

Cinjun Bridges (MR)

Mav's Bridges headed to Newberry

Marvin Ridge’s senior guard Cinjun Bridges will continue his academic and basketball career at Newberry College. Bridges announced his decision via Twitter, "Blessed and excited to announce my commitment to Newberry college ❤️🖤". Bridges was named 1st team All UCHOOPs along with All SCC and 3rd team All District as a senior. One of the best shooters Marvin Ridge has produced Bridges shot 37% from three for his career, scoring 888 career points. Bridges joined the Union Co. record book with 7 3’s made in a 79-55 win over Rock Hill as a senior. Congrats Cinjun we will be watching!!!

Patrick McCarthy (MR)

Mavericks name McCarthy boys head coach

The Marvin Ridge boys basketball has named their successor to Adam Haines. Hanes stepped down after 10 years as the head coach and 17 years with the Maverick program. The Mavericks have named Patrick McCarthy to replace Haines. McCarthy has previously coached at Carolina International and Lake Norman Christian. Marvin Ridge finished 2023-24 17-11 overall and 5-3 in the SCC and will return their strong guard play in rising seniors Brady Dunn (10.1 ppg/2.5 apg), Alex Hutchins (3.5 ppg) and junior Marshall Payne (5.8 ppg). Welcome Coach McCarthy and good luck!

Karli Mason (SV)

Sun Valley names Mason as new girls head coach

The Sun Valley girls’ basketball program has named former Sun Valley standout Karli Mason to lead the program in the 2024-25 season. Mason scored over 1000 points as a Spartan and helped lead the Spartans to their most recent SCC title(‘16-‘17) before taking her talents to Lees-McRae and then to Greensboro college where she hit 38% from 3 for the Pride. Mason was an assistant to Coach Bair last season for Sun Valley. The 2024-25 Spartans will return rising seniors Jordan Vaughn (10.2 ppg), wing Kaylen Henry and Zoe Bradly to build around. Congrats Karli!!

Matt Bair (SV)

Sun Valley's Bair steps down

The Sun Valley Spartans will be in search of a head girls coach after Matt Bair stepped down of the Sun Valley girl's basketball program. Bair steps away after one season where the Spartans were 13-14 overall and made the state playoffs. The Spartans will be looking for their 4th head coach in 4 seasons. The 2024-25 Spartans will return rising senior guard Jordan Vaughtn (10.2 ppg), rising senior wing Kaylen Henry to build around.

Jeff Buseick (CU)

Cavs Buseick steps down

The Cuthbertson girls’ basketball program will be looking for a new head coach this off season. Jeff Buseick has stepped down as the girl’s head coach after 2 seasons. Coach Buseick was 25-29 overall. The Cavaliers reached the 1st round of the state playoffs both seasons under Coach Buseick. Buseick replaced Joel Allen who was 188-100 after 12 seasons at Cuthbertson. Good luck Coach Buseick!

Garrett Malone (PR)

Malone leaving Porter Ridge BUT moving to Forest Hills

The Porter Ridge boys’ basketball program will be looking for a new head coach this off season. Garrett Malone has stepped down as the boys’ head coach. Malone was 72-69 over his six seasons after taking over the Pirate program prior to the 2018-19 season. Malone led the Pirates to four state 4A playoff berths and is the winningest boys’ basketball coach in school history. Malone is headed to Forest Hills where he was an assistant for former Yellow Jacket HC Matt Sides and will be taking over the boys’ program after Danny Bailey stepped down as the Yellow Jacket head coach. Good luck Coach Malone!

Adam Haines (MR)

The end of an era at Marvin Ridge

The Marvin Ridge boys’ basketball program will be looking for a new head coach for the 1st time since the 2013-14 season when the Mavericks named Adam Haines as head coach. Haines has officially stepped down as head coach after 10 full seasons. "After much thought and consideration, I have reached the decision to resign as head coach at Marvin Ridge, effective immediately. It has been my privilege to be a part of the Marvin Ridge basketball program since the school’s inception 17 years ago. There is no way to adequately list and thank all the people I’ve been fortunate enough to have as part of my coaching journey here." Marvin Ridge has had only two head coaches of the boy’s program since the school opened its doors in the fall of 2007, Gosnell White and Adam Haines. Haines was an assistant to White for all his 103 wins and then took over the program when White retired after the 2013-14 season. Haines is Marvin Ridge winningest head coach with 130 career wins. You will be missed Coach Haines!

Danny Bailey (FH)

Forest Hills looking for a new boys HC

The Forest Hills boys basketball program is looking for a head coach after Danny Bailey stepped down. Bailey took over the program prior to the 2021-22 season after Matt Sides stepped away after a 258-98 record. Bailey was 30-46 overall and 15-18 in the Rocky River. The Yellow Jackets missed the 2A state playoffs in the three seasons under Bailey.

4 Union Co. players and a HC named to the all-district teams!

The 2023-24 All District teams were announced and Union Co. was represtend with 4 players making the 3 teams. Weddington junior KJ Younger and his teammate senior Grant Hamilton were named 1st team. Parkwood senior Cam Mckinney was named to the 2nd team and Marvin Ridge senior Cinjun Bridges was named to the 3rd team. Weddington's Gary Ellington was name Coach of the Year. Congrats Gentlemen!

6 Union Co. Girls named to the all-district teams!

The 2023-24 All District teams were announced and Union Co. was represtend with 6 players making the 3 teams. Union Acadmey's junior guard Ranon Suttle was named 1st team. Porter Ridge's freshman guard Ashanti Taylor and junior guard Sidney Blackwell along with Union Academy's sophomore wing Jaiden Thompson were named to the 2nd team. Marivn Ridge senior Ella Chepu and Union Acadamey's junior Paisley Boatright were named to the 3rd team. Congrats Ladies!

KJ Younger (W)

Weddington's Younger sets school record with 665 points in a single season!

Weddington’s outstanding junior KJ Young set the school record for points in a season finishing the 2023-24 season with 668 points. The Weddington school record was 622 set by Ryan Schwieger in the 2016-17 season. Younger set the school record in the 1st round playoff win over East Meck. Younger’s 668 points ranks 6th all-time in Union Co. history. The Union Co. record for points in a game is held by Cuthbertson’s Shelton Mitchell with 773 points set in 2011-12 season. The Warriors finished the season 27-2. Congratulations KJ!

Most points in a season

Scruitsky & McGinnis (UA)

2 Cardinals make All-YVC Boys team for 2023-24

Congratulations to Union Academy Cardinals junior Aidan Scruitsky and Miles McGinnis for being named to the 2023-24 All-Yadkin Valley team for the 2023-24 season. Scruitsky and McGinnis helped lead the Cardinals to a 7-19 record and 4-6 in the YVC. Congrats boys!

Thompson, Suttle & Boatright (UA)

3 Cardinals make All-YVC Girls team for 2023-24

Congratulations to Union Academy Cardinals sophomore wing Jaiden Thompson, junior guard Ranon Suttle & junior wing Paisley Boatright for being named to the 2023-24 All-Yadkin Valley team for the 2023-24 season. These three girls are all averaging double figures in scoring and helped the Cardinals to a #2 seed with a 19-4 record over all and 8-2 in the YVC. Congrats ladies!

Tyra Robinson (SV)

Sun Valley's Tyra Robinson joins a special Spartan group!

Congratulations Sun Valley’s Tyra Robinson, the newest member of the 1000-point club. Ms. Robinson joined the 1K point club after scoring 24 points in the 49-39 loss to Marvin Ridge. Robinson needed 16 points heading into the SCC tournament semi-final game with Marvin Ridge and joined the elite club on a layup in the 4th quarter. Tyra now has 1008 career points. and now is the 6th Spartan to join the elite club and joins former Spartan greats Amanda Cherry (1694 pts), Amanda Leigh (1547 pts), Stephanie Taylor (1186 pts), Karli Mason (1118 pts), Hannah Adamczyk (1056) in the Spartan 1000- point club. Congratulations, Tyra!!

Caroline Clark (W)

Weddington's Clark joins the Union Co. record book!

Weddington's outstanding freshman guard Caroline Clark joined the Union Co. record book after hitting 8 three-pointers in a tough 66-61 loss to Porter Ridge. Clark was 8-of-10 from 3 and led the Warriors with 27 points. The Union Co. record for made 3's in a game is 11 held by Weddington's Stephanie Watts who did it vs. Cuthbertson in the 2014-15 season. Congratulations Caroline!

Most 3's in a game

Ashanti Taylor (PR)

Porter Ridge's Taylor sets school record with 37 points in win!

Porter Ridge freshman Ashanti Taylor sets school record for points in a game with 37 in win over Weddington. Ashanti Taylor’s 37 points in the 66-61 win over Weddington broke the previous record of 32 points in game set by Brittney Mitchell and tied by Taylor back in November vs, North Mecklenburg. The Union Co. record for points in a game is held by Weddington's Stephanie Watts with 50 points set in 2012-13 season. The Pirates improve 16-5 overall and 4-1 in the SCC. Congratulations Ashanti!

Most points in a game

Miles Leaks (PM)

Piedmont's Miles Leaks joins 3 elite Panthers with 1K points!

Congratulations Piedmont’s junior guard Miles Leaks. the newest member of the 1000-point club. Miles joined the 1K point club after scoring 24 points in the 65-53 win over rival Monroe. Leaks needed 14 points heading into the game with the RedHawks and joined the elite club on a 3-pointer with 5:45 left in the 2nd quarter and now has 1010 career points.

Miles joins former Piedmont greats Hunter Tyson (2131 pts) Cameron Tripp (1443 pts) and Marcus Winnegan (1137 pts) in the 1000 point club. The Panthers improve to 11-8 overall but more importantly 7-1 in the Rocky River. Congratulations Miles!!

Sidney Blackwell (PR)

Porter Ridge's Blackwell joins the Pirate elite in BIG WIN!

Congratulations Porter Ridge junior guard Sidney Blackwell, the newest member of the 1000-point club. Sid “The Kid” joined the 1K point club after scoring 27 points in a 58-56 win over Marivn Ridge. Sidney needed 4 points heading into the Marvin Ridge game and joined the club on a 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the first quarter. Sidney now has 1023 career points.

Kelly Godbout (1610 pts), who played at Porter Ridge from 2007-2011 is the school’s all-time leading scorer. Sidney joins former Pirate greats Godbout, Jada Huntley (1350 pts), Jasmin Huntley (1078 pts), and Kristen Petrini (1069 pts) to score 1000 or more points in their Porter Ridge careers. The Pirates are 15-5 and 4-1 in the SCC tied for 1st place. Congratulations Sidney!!

Cam McKinney (PW)

Parkwood's McKinney enters history!

Congratulations Parkwood senior wing Cam Mckinney, the newest member of the 1000-point club. Cam joined the 1K point club after scoring 32 points in the 61-46 win over rival Forest Hills. Cam needed 19 points heading into the game with Forest Hills and now has 1013 career points.

Cam joins former Parkwood greats including Donavon Monroe (1820 pts), Patrick Lee (1550 pts) and Rashad McGee (1210 pts). The Wolf Pack improve to 12-6 overall but more importantly 7-0 in the Rocky River. Congratulations Cam!!

Leyah Melton (FH)

Forest Hills Leyah Melton 1 board away from history!

Forest Hills freshman guard Leyah Melton fell one rebound short of joining Weddington’s all-time great Stephanie Watts when she put up a near quadruple-double in the 66-47 win over Pageland Central. Melton put up 18 points, 11 assists, 11 steals and 9 rebounds in the game in the win. She was one rebound from becoming the 3rd girl’s player in North Carolina. Melton is averaging 20 points, 4.3 assists and 6.8 steals through 5 games this season.

According to the NCHSAA only two girls have recorded a quadruple-double in the state of North Carolina, with Ms. Watts being one of them. Watts recorded her quadruple-double in a 74-32 win over Cox Mill in 2012.The other is Amanda Sinclair of Red Springs in a game against South Robeson on December 8, 2006. Sinclair had 14 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals, and 14 assists. The Yellow Jackets are 3-3 on the season.

Cinjun Bridges (MR)

Mav's Bridges lights it up in win over Rock Hill!

Marvin Ridge’s senior guard Cinjun Bridges caught fire from the outside and joined the Union Co. record book with 7 3’s made in a 79-55 win over Rock Hill. The Mavs school record is 9 made 3’s by John Emezie and the Union Co. record for 3’s made in a game is held by Weddington’s Grant Hamilton with 12. Congrats Cinjun!!!

Most made 3's in a game

Emily Polk (PM)

Piedmont's Polk joins Union Co. record book

Piedmont’s senior forward Emily Polk put up 22 points and 20 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Panther lost to East Mecklenburg 64-52. Polk, a 5’11 forward joined the Union Co. record book and sits tied with Jennifer Hailey (FH) & Kinya Adams (FH), Stephanie Taylor (SV), Zasha Barrett (M), Jordan Henry (MR), Emry Tsitouris (PW), and Kelly Godbout (PR) with 20 boards in a game. Polk now holds the Piedmont school unoffical record for rebounds in a game as well. The Union Co. for rebounds in a game is 30 held by Forest Hills Jennifer Hailey who did it twice in the 04-05 and 05-06 seasons.

Most rebounds in a game

Ella Chepul (MR)

Mavericks Chepul sets school record for 3's!

Marvin Ridge's Ella Chepul set the school record for 3-pointers made in a game with 7 in the 83-21 win over Catawba Ridge. Chepul broke the Marvin Ridge record of 6 set by Kyndall Shivers who hit 6 3's in a game vs. multiple teams in the 2020-21 & 2021-22 seasons. Chepul finished the game with 23 points. The Mavs as a team hit 18 3's to set another school record as well. Marvin Ridge improves to 2-0 and will host Stuart Cramer Friday Dec. 1st. Congrats Ella!

Jenny Briggs (MR)

Marvin Ridge's Briggs wants to be an Owl!

Marvin Ridge junior guard Jenny Briggs has decided to continue her education and basketball career at Bryn Mawr College. Briggs announced her decision via twitter, “I’m excited to announce my offer and commitment to play basketball and continue my academic career at Bryn Mawr College. Thank you so much Coach Coleman for believing in me and giving me this opportunity! “. The Bryn Mawr Owls, located in Mawr Pennsylvania are 2-4 on the season thus far. Briggs was part of the Mavericks 3-guard rotation as a sophomore and is pivotal guard for Coach Lenahan and 2-0 Mavericks this season. Congrats Jenny!!

Ashanti Taylor (PR)

Pirate freshman Taylor ties school record!

Porter Ridge's freshman wing Ashanti Taylor tied the school record with 32 points in a 85-77 overtime loss to N. Meck in the Thanksgiving tournament. Taylor played 40 minutes and tied the Pirate record set by Brittney Mitchell set in the 2008-09 season. Taylor finished the game with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. The Pirates were 1-1 in the holiday tournament defeating East Meck 66-22 in the 3rd place game. The Pirates return to action Nov. 28th at Lincoln Charter. Congrats Ashanti!

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