Drew Preuninger (UA)

Union Academy names Drew Preuninger boys head coach.

The Union Academy Cardinals have named Drew Preuninger the boy’s head basketball coach. Preuninger takes over for Barney Harris who unexpectedly passed away in April. Preuninger comes from the pacific northwest here he was the head boy's basketball coach at Hermiston High School in Hermiston, Oregon for the past two years. The 2021-22 season will be his 5th year as a head coach in boy’s basketball and 8th year coaching at the high school level. Preuninger played 4 years of college basketball at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and holds 2 school records (most 3’s in a season and career). The Cardinals were 4-8 in a "Covid) short season and will need to replace their top two scorers from last year. They willl build around senior guard Bailey Austin (7.7 ppg/2.6 rpg/1.0 spg). The 2021-22 season tips off for Union Academy on November 22nd hosting Queens Grant.

Angela James(PR)

Porter Ridge makes a head coaching change.

After 2 season as the girls head coach at Porter Ridge Angelia James has been relieved of her duties. James made the announcement via her Twitter account, "I appreciate the opportunity at Porter Ridge for the last 2 years. Just received the phone call I’m no longer the head coach, I’m very disappointed in the decision that was made but I trust God. Based off a moment that I had, we all have them mine was recorded that’s all." The "moment" that that Coach James is refering to happened on Sept. 9th when Monroe police responded to the hotel for a disturbing the peace call. James said God told her there was a felon who needed to be arrested in the hotel. James was 11-23 in the two years at the helm for the Pirates. The 2021-22 high school basketball season tips off November 22nd.

Ruby Williams (CU)

Cavs Williams picks Cornell!

Cuthbertson Cavaliers outstanding forward Ruby Williams has committed to Cornell University to further both her academic and basketball careers. Williams made the announcement via her twitter account simply stating "dream come true #gobigred @cornellwbball". Williams, a 6'0 ft wing can play and guard 4-of-the-5 positions on the basketball court if needed. Williams is heading into her senior year after being named All-UCHOOPS 1st team and All-SCC after putting up 13.0 ppg/3.7 rpg/2.1 apg/2.2 spg/1.0 bpg for Coach Allen and the Cavs as a junior. As a sophomore Ruby was named All-UCHOOPS Special Mention (6.8ppg/2.7 rpg/2.3 apg/1.3 spg). Ruby was named to the All-New Comer Team as a freshman (5.2 ppg/2.8 rpg/1.0 spg). Cavliers Head Coach Joel Allen said, "I've coached future NFL athletes, future doctors and lawyers, I've been doing this for 20 years and I've never coached a kid that has the type of moral character, work ethic, and commitment to her teammates that Ruby has. A kid with her qualities comes along once in every 20 years. I'm just thankful that I had the opportunity be there for 4 years of her journey." Congrats Ruby!

Brett Jensen (PM)

Jensen will take over in Unionville for Piedmont.

The Piedmont Panthers named Brett Jenson as the new head boys basketball coach via their twitter account, "Welcome to the newest PANTHER!! Coach Brett Jensen!! He is the new Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. He came to UC in 2016 from Kansas. He has served as JV head/Asst var coach at PW & currently Cuth. Coach He is a SS teacher at Cuth MS, but will join PHS in the fall." Jensen will take over for Jay Fitts who resigned in April. Fitts finished his five seasons at Piedmont 49-65 overall. Congrats Coach Jensen!

Marcus Winnigen (CA)

Winnegan takes over CATA hoops program.

The CATA Cougars announced via their twitter account that they have named Marcus Winnegan as their new head boys basketball coach. Congrats Coach Winnegan!

Dwight MIller (CA)

Miller back to coaching Hoops for CATA.

The CATA Cougars announced via their twitter account that they have named Marcus Winnegan as their new head boys basketball coach. Congrats and WELCOME BAC Coach MillerK!

Kasey Brook (PM)

Brooks back at the helm in Unionville!

The Piedmont Panthers announced via their twitter account, "You know the saying “She’s BACK”!!Congrats Coach Brooks!! Coach Kasey Brooks has been selected as our Head Women's Basketball Coach - Welcome Back!" that they have picked Kasey Brooks to take over the program after Anthony George stepped down one month ago. Brooks returns after a two year hiatus. In two years at the helm of the Panthers, Brooks went 24-26 and made the 3A state playoffs in 2017-18. Congrats and WELCOME BACK Coach Brooks!

Jay Fitts (PM)

Fitts steps down as Piedmont boys head coach

The Piedmont Panthers will be looking for a new boys’ basketball coach after HC Jay Fitts resigned Wednesday afternoon. Piedmont announced the resignation via their twitter account, “Coach Jay Fitts announced today that he would not be returning as Head Boys’ Basketball Coach. Thank you for the time you have given to Piedmont High and to our athletes.“ Fitts finished his five seasons at Piedmont 49-65 overall. He has been a staple in Union county with both boys’ and girls’ basketball varsity basketball programs at Weddington, Porter Ridge, Forest Hills and Piedmont. Fitts has accepted a head coaching position at Whitehouse high school in Whitehouse, Texas. Thank you Coach Fitts and GOOD LUCK!

Danny Bailey (FH)

Yellow Jackets name assistant Danny Bailey as boys head coach

The Forest Hills Yellow Jackets have a new head coach. The Yellow Jackets have named assistant Danny Bailey as the replacement for Matt Sides who stepped down in March. Bailey was an assistant under Sides and will take over a program that has 201-50 record including 5 trips to the 2A Final-4 and the 2017-18 State Championship. Forest Hills returns two juniors in 1st Team UCHOOPS Zach Barbour and 3rd Team UCHOOPS Tyveon Burch for the 2021-2022 season. Good Luck Coach Baily and we will see you in November!

Paul Swartz (SV)

Swartz steps down as Sun Valley girls head coach

The Sun Valley Spartans will be looking for a new girls’ basketball coach after HC Paul Swartz resigned. Sun Valley announced the resignation via their twitter account; “SVHS would like to thank Coach Swartz for serving as our Head Women’s basketball coach for the last 3 years. Coach Swartz has decided to step down so he can be present while his sons compete in NCAA & NCHSAA athletics. Swartz took over for Jeremy Waldup after the 2017-18 season. Swartz was 11-53 in his three years missing the playoffs all three seasons.

Matt Sides (FH)

Sides steps down as Forest Hills boys head coach

The most successful coach in the history of Forest Hills boys basketball is stepping down. Matt Sides announced he was stepping down via a letter he posted on Twitte and Facebook stating his intentions. Sides stated, "..i want to make sure i am always making my family my number one priority". Sides will stay on and teach at Forest Hills. Sides took over the Yellow Jacket program after the 2011- 12 sesaon from Warren Taylor. Sides guided the Forest Hills program to a 201-50 record including 5 trips to the 2A Final-4 and the 2017-18 State Championship. Sides is a 3-time UCHOOPS Coach of the Year. Thank you Coach Sides and GOOD LUCK!

Allran steps down as CATA's girls headcoach

Central Acadamey will begin the search for a new varsity girls head basketball coach after Kevin Allran has stepped down from the position. Allran stated via email, "This was a very difficult decision for me to make but one that I had to do for my family and my health". CATA finised 3rd in the Rocky River in 2019-20 under Allran and was 5-7 in this COVID shortened season. Allran leaves CATA after 2 seasons with a 15-20 record. The Cougars will return rising junior All-Rocky River guard Zoe Jordan and rising senior forwad Shannon Studer for the 2021-22 season, a nice pair to build around. Thanks Coach Allran and GOOD LUCK!

3 Cardinals make All-Pac 7 team

Three Union Academy Cardninals were named to the All-PAC 7 team to conclude the 2020-21 season. Karynton Clark, Hannah Wease, Savanna Brooks. Senior Karynton Clark was name Pac-7 Player of the year. Clark was outstanding for Coach Trull this season putting up 18.4 ppg/5.9 rpg/3.3 apg/4.6 spg. Senior Hannah Wease averaged 2. 7ppg and 7.6 rpg. Senior Savanna Brooks, injured her knee in the second game of the seaseon was averaging 18.5 ppg/9.0 rpg and 2.0 spg for the Cardninals. Freshman Shelby Brooks (6.5 ppg/5.0 rpg/2.5 spg) was named honorable Mention All-Pac 7. Congrats ladies!

Anthony George (PM)

George steps down from Piedmont job

After two-and-a half years Piedmont girls head coach Anthony George is stepping down. George took over in the spring of 2019 and replaced Kasey Brooks. George stated via text, “2020 was a tough year and need to focus my professional attention on my business”. George is the Academy Director and Chief Operating Officer of Carolina Courts located in Indian Trail. George was 14-21 in the 2 seasons at Piedmont. Good Luck Coach!

Isaiah Williams(PR)

Pirates Williams named All-SW4A!

Porter Ridge's Isaiah Williams was named to the All-SW4A team. Williams, the 6'5 forward posted his best season with 14.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg in leading the Pirates to a 5-5 record in the COVID shortened season. Williams best game was the 75-58 win over Butler, finishing the night with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The future continues to look bright for the Pirates as Williams looks to return for his senior year. Congrats Isaiah!

Jyana Salton(PR)

Pirates Salton named All-SW4A, again!

For the second year in a row Porter Ridge sophomore Jyana Salton was name All-SW4A. Salton responed after an outstanding freshman year at Porter Ridge with a sophmore year where she improved in every catagory. Salton finished her sophomore year leading the Pirates scoring (14.9 ppg) and steals (3.2 spg) for Coach Angela James. Slaton helped the Pirates to a 4-6 overall record and 3-5 in the SW4A in the COVID shortened season. The future continues to look bright for the Pirates. Congrats Jyana!

Hope Benson(FH)

Forest Hills Hope Benson scores her 1000 point in win over Anson Co.

Forest Hills outstanding forward Hope Benson joined the 1K point clube in the 68-33 win over Anson Co. Benson, a four-year starter as been nothing short of consistant in her career at Forest Hills. Hope joins former Yellow Jacket greats Tonjai Everett (1728), Jennifer Hailey (1708) and Sha' Bivens (1636) in the elite 1K-club. Congrats Hope!

Chase Lowe (W)

Weddington's Lowe scores his 1000 point in blowout of Marvin Ridge

Reigning UnionCountyHoops.com's Player of the Year Chase Lowe scored his 1000 career point in the 70-25 win over Marvin RIdge. Lowe entered the game with 980 career points and looked to join the elite class by the end of the game. Lowe finished the game with 22 points and now stands at 1002 career points as a junior. Lowe is only 6th person in Weddington school history to reach the milestone and the 1st to do it before their senior year. Congrats Chase!!

photo courtesy of Tyler Ford

Cameron McKinney (PW)

Freshman McKinney scores 35 and grabs 17 boards in Wolf Pack's 1st win!

Freshman Cameron McKinney scored a career high 35 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in leading the Parkwood Wolf Pack to their 1st win of the season, a 79-72 2-OT win over Marvin Ridge. The 2020-21 has been tough for new head coach Mike Helms. "With a new school and new players and no summer and a different kind of preseason I just feel like we are so far behind. Kids are buying in and working hard.", Helms said. The Wolf Pack will look to get win #2 hosting Piedmont this Thursday. Good Luck Wolf Pack!

Maddie Dillinger (CU)

Cuthbertson's Dillinger will be a Bear!

Cuthbertson’s senior & the reigning UCHOOPS Player of the Year Maddie Dillinger is headed to Lenoir Rhyne University to continue her academics and basketball career. Dillinger, the a 6’1 forward announced her decision via twitter, “I am happy to announce my verbal commitment to Lenoir Rhyne University!!! It’s been a super long process but it’s all been worth it! Thank you to everyone who has been by my side and helped me get to where I am today!!"

Maddie finished the 2019-20 season 5th in scoring in Union Co. with a 13.7 ppg average. Maddie grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game including a season high 14 rebounds in the 38-35 win over Weddington. Ms. Dillinger dished out 2.4 assists per game and 2.0 steals for the Cavaliers. Ms. Dillinger currently sits 29th all-time in career points (1220 pts) in Union Co. history. Maddie was named 1st Team All-UnionCountyHoops, All-SCC, SCC Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-District. Maddie was named UnionCountyHoops.com's Player of the Week six times during the 2019-20 season. Ms. Dillinger helped lead the Cuthbertson Cavaliers to a 28-3 record and into the Elite-8. Maddie is the first Cuthbertson Cavalier to be named the UnionCountyHoops.com's Girls Player of the Year. Congrats Maddie!!!

Kamaria Sheriff (CU)

Cuthbertson's Sheriff headed to Saint Leo University

Cuthbertson’s senior forward Kamaria Sheriff has committed to Saint Leo University to play basketball. Sheriff, a 6’0 forward announced her decision via twitter, “ I am glad and to say that I have verbally committed to play at Saint Leo University for the next 4 years to further my academic and college career. Thanks to all of my coaches and teammates throughout the years that have helped me get to this point.” Sheriff helped the Cuthbertson Cavaliers to a 28-3 record and the NC Elite 8. Kamaria averaged 6.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Coach Joel Allen as a junior and will look to help lead the Cavs in the 2020-21 season.

Justin Morton and Joe Flucus (SV)

Sun Valley's Morton and Flucas set to play college hoops.

Sun Valley's Justin Morton and Joe Flucas will continue their education and basketball careers in college. Morton, a 3-year starter at Sun Valley has signed with Erskin College and Flucas is headed to Catawaba College. Morton was named All-UCHOOPS 2nd Team and All-SCC as a senior while scoring 14.2 ppg and 3.2 apg for Coach Keith Mason. Flucas, a 6'9 forward was a good defensive presence for Sun Valley. Joe averaged 3.2 rpg and just under a block a game. Good Luck Boys!

JP Haggarty (CU)

Cuthbertson's Haggarty transfering out of Union Co.

Cuthbertson rising senior JP Haggarty is leaving Cuthbertson and headed to Lake Norman Christian for the 2020-21 school year. Haggarty announced via his twitter account, "Excited to announce that I will be transferring to Lake Norman Christian School, and will be joining the class of 2022. Thank you to Cuthbertson for 3 years, and all my coaches!!" A 6'5 wing, Haggarty is the 2nd All-UCHOOPS first teamer to leave Union Co. this year. Piedmont's Cade Tyson announced he was leaving Piedmont in May. Haggarty was 3rd in scoring in Union Co. (18.4 ppg) and 6th in rebounding (7.4 rpg) for the Cavs while being named 1st Team All-UCHOOPS and All-SCC. As a sophomorr Haggarty was named 3rd Team All-UCHOOPS and All-SCC while averaging 10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.5 apg for the Cavs. Good Luck JP!

Steve Lenahan

Marvin Ridge finds their girls head coach in Steve Lenahan

Marvin Ridge has found their new girls coach that will lead them into the 2020-21 season. Steve Lenahan has been named the girls head coach. In a press release from Marvin Ridge High School, "Steve Lenahan is the new Marvin Ridge women’s varsity basketball coach. “I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to be the head women's basketball coach at Marvin Ridge,” Lenahan said. “... My family and I are excited to be moving to the area and being part of the Marvin Ridge family. I am looking forward to working with the women’s basketball program and having an opportunity to impact our student-athletes' lives in a positive way while competing for championships." "Coach Lenahan has an incredible track record of success, matched only by his reputation for building strong and lasting relationships,” said Marvin Ridge Athletic Director Tom Jamerson. "We welcome him and his family to Maverick Nation and I'm looking forward to supporting him and his staff as they build a championship program both on and off the court." Lenahan has been a winner at every level. When Coach Lenahan took over the Harrison High School (GA) girls basketball team in 2008, it was coming off a 2-23 season. Four years later, he had the team in the state quarterfinals. After compiling a 212-130 record with the Lady Hoyas, Lenahan said this is the right time to move on. Once the program was constructed in his image, Lenahan turned it into one of the best in the state. Over the last six seasons, Harrison has gone 141-41. That includes six straight 20-win seasons and state playoff appearances, two trips to the quarterfinals and two GHSHAA 6A state championship game appearances.

Lenhan will replace former coach Jamie Ellis who was relieved of her position as girls head coach after finishing 11-13 in 2019-2020. Ellis, a former Maverick player took over as Mavs head coach in the 2016-17 season replacing Marshall Smith. The Mavericks advanced to the the state playoffs in four of Ellis's five years but never advanced past the 1st round. Ellis leaves the program with a 48-49 record, 24-27 in the SCC.

Mike Helms is going home.

Mike Helms is headed home

Well it didn’t take long for Mike Helms to return to the Union Co. basketball coaching family. Helms was named Head Coach of the Parkwood Rebels men’s basketball team. Helms, a graduate of Parkwood has been a staple in Union Co. basketball for more than 30 years. Helms stepped down as the boys’ basketball head coach at Cuthbertson in April. Helms led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state title game appearances during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Helms’ record at Cuthbertson was 177-122. Before taking the position at Cuthbertson, Helms was Head Coach at Porter Ridge from 2005 thru 2009.

Helms takes over for Don Mather who took over for the 2019-2020 season at the last minute after Rashad McGee stepped down has Head Coach. Parkwood was 3-19 and 2-12 in the SCC. Coach Helms, it’s GREAT to have you back!

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