After games on Sunday, June 3
Let's be honest -- when it came to naming preseason state title contenders, Middle Creek and Weddington weren't in the discussion. But both teams are the school of North Carolina now after triumphing in the Class 4A and 3A championship series, respectively, for their first state titles.
Middle Creek got their first state crown in any sport by sweeping Hough behind the play of MVP Jimmy Boyd, who pitched a one-hitter in Game 1 and reached base four times during the two games. As a result, the Mustangs cracked the POWERADE FAB 50 this week at No. 40.
Weddington also rode the impressive play of the series MVP, Alex Bostic, who got the win on the mound in Game 1 and blasted a home run in the decisive second game.
Here are the final rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. Middle Creek (Apex) 26-7 (1)
Swept Hough to win the Class 4A crown, the school's first in any sport.
2. Weddington (Matthews) 28-6 (2)
MVP Alex Bostic got the win on the mound in Game 1 and smashed a home run in Game 2 to complete sweep of CB Aycock and seal Class 3 championship.
3. Providence (Charlotte) 25-3 (6)
Sat atop the state rankings for most of the season before falling in first round of Class 4A playoffs for second time in three years.