Featured Player of the Week – Amber Parker, Parkwood Rebels

Amber Parker, First female state wrestling champion. (NCHSAA)

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Amber Parker is now the only female athlete from Union County to have won two state championships at Parkwood High School.  This is an historical moment for women’s athletics at the high school level, and especially in the Tri-W area.

Parker is an accomplished athlete and the first female in Union County history to win a state title in the sport of wrestling.  She also was very instrumental in the Lady Rebels 3A  state championship run in softball in 2017.  Parker has been recruited by various colleges and has accepted a softball scholarship at Western Carolina University.

She entered the state wrestling tournament as the No. 2 seed.  She won in the first round by a 7-4 decision.  In the semi-final round she won with a pin against her opponent.  Then in the championship match, she faced the No. 1 seed Elisa Cox from Butler High School and Parker defeated her opponent by a 9-4 decision to win the state title.

Previously she had to wrestle against boys and the NCHSAA started the first girls wrestling invitational tournament this year making Parker the very first female wrestling champion in the state.

Parker is a a solid individual who has faith and is an excellent student athlete.  She has a 4.4 GPA and plans to study criminal justice in college.

The Tri-W-News congratulates Amber Parker for her accomplishment.  Also, to be selected the first female athlete to be the Featured Player of the Week.

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Ed Berti
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