Sports Shorts for November 18

Weddington Swim and Racquet Club: 2011 Jr. Team Tennis Intermediate Division National Champions. (Courtesy of Paresh Vasa)

Weddington Racquets win national title

On Oct. 22, Weddington Swim and Racquet Club’s 14-and-under team won the 2011 Jr. Team Tennis Intermediate Division National Championship, held in Surprise, Ariz. The team, known as the Weddington Racquets, is comprised of players from Union, Mecklenburg and Forsyth counties. The Racquets topped the Florida Acers in the final, 60-29, and only dropped nine total games in the two-day event.

The Racquets’ roster included Weddington High School student Sahil Vasa, Jackson Plyler (Weddington Middle School), Woody Watson (Marvin Ridge High School) and William Hatt, Cara Clemons and Caytie Clemons, all of whom attend Weddington Middle School. Charlotte Christian’s Nate Bryson was also on the team, as was Charlotte Providence’s Camie Hobson and West Forsyth’s Kennedy Schmitt.

The Racquets qualified for the national tournament after winning the Charlotte Division in the spring. From there, they won the state tournament in Greenville. In August, they travelled to Mobile, Ala., to represent North Carolina in the Southern District Tournament, where they won and advanced to the national championship.

Mavs’ Parker named national all-star

Marvin Ridge soccer standout Kyle Parker has been selected to participate in the first High School All-American Soccer Game on Dec. 10 in Birmingham, Ala. Parker was one of 40 senior soccer players from around the nation to be invited to the event. The selections were made by a committee of 20 high school coaches from across the country.

The game is slated to be held on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The game begins at 6 p.m.

High school football playoffs, Week 3

Entering the third week of the N.C. High School Athletic Assoctiation football playoffs, three Union County teams are still making their way toward state titles.

• In Class 4A action, Porter Ridge improved to 12-0 on the year after downing Greensboro Dudley last week, 29-7, to advance to the third round, where the Pirates will host Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (11-1).

Sun Valley also advanced after edging Huntersville Hopewell, 35-28. This week the Spartans travel to Mooresville (11-2), a team the Spartans downed in the second round of last year’s state playoffs. The win improved the Spartans’ record to 7-5.

• The Monroe Redhawks (10-3) advanced to host West Montgomery this week in the Class 1AA playoffs after drubbing South Stokes last week, 50-3. Monroe has now won nine consecutive games after starting the year 1-3.

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