Six Weddington High Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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Six Weddington High athletes recently signed to advance their careers beginning this fall.

Alex Helms- University of North Carolina- Men’s Lacrosse

Miriam Miller- North Carolina State University- Cheerleading

Kaitlyn Paxton- University of South Carolina- Cheerleading

Kyle Hinson- Louisburg College- Cross Country

Drake Smith- Winthrop University- Baseball

Elijah Bowers- University of South Carolina- Baseball

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at