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iKnight Tech Drive 5K RunWalk & Silent Auction

North Lincoln High School established a Tech Drive to replace and upgrade technology in their classrooms. On Aprill 5, 2014, they held a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser to help this cause. The 1 mile Fun Run will began at 8:30am with the 5k to follow at 9:00am. An incredible turnout for this great fundraiser to upgrade technology inside the North Lincoln classrooms. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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White Lightning 2nd Gym - Open House and Ribbon Cutting

White Lightning Athletics is GROWING and the official ribbon cutting & opening of their second location was held on Saturday April 5th. The newly constructed state-of-the-art gym is designed to be a world-class facility to develop the fast growing sport of competitive cheerleading. “Every year the skill levels escalate for what it takes to compete on the national stage” said Paige Coleman, Owner of White Lightning Athletics. Coleman added, “This 2nd facility, which is 10,000 sq ft, gives us the space and infrastructure to develop those skills”. Photos of these incredible athletes having fun with their "Cheer Family" and Friends. Photos by Nate.

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Davidson clinched the Southern Conference Season Title

DAVIDSON - Davidson College men squared off against the UNC Greensboro Spartans and with a dominant 79-46 win. The victory was the 11th straight for the Wildcats (18-11, 14-1) and clinched the outright Southern Conference regular season title - their 23rd overall and third straight. Davidson hit 50 percent of its field goal attempts, with 9 of 16 from behind the 3 point line. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Long night for the Knights - Womens Varsity Basketball

The basketball season came to a shocking end for the Lake Norman Charter girls’ team. The Knights, top seeded among 32 teams in the N.C. 1A Western region, was upset 55-53 by Lexington (a No. 17 seed) in a second-round playoff game Feb. 26 in Huntersville. Lake Norman Charter finished with a 26-2 record and had its 24-game winning streak snapped. The Knights led 53-49, but were outscored 6-0 in the final two minutes. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Hopewell and North Meck win MECKA 4A tournament titles

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team and North Mecklenburg High boys’ team won championships at the MECKA 4A conference tournament Feb. 21 at Hopewell High. Hopewell beat North Mecklenburg 56-46 in the girls’ title game. The Titans (22-4) were led by Mariah Washington’s 10 points. Taneesha Schott and Rhema Francis scored eight each. Dynasty Heyward led North Mecklenburg (17-10) with 19 points. North Meck won the boys’ title by beating top-seed Hough 55-52 in the championship game. Quay Collins and Taj Middleton scored 12 points each for the Vikings (22-4), Kendall Coles scored 10 and C.J. Bryce added nine points. Luke Maye had a game-high 19 points for Hough (21-5). Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Patriots won by spreading out the scoring

DAVIDSON - Davidson Days balanced scoring keyed a 78-68 victory against visiting Forsyth Country Day in a boys' basketball game Feb 7th.  Three Patriots - Jermaine Blackmon, Blake Scherrman and Kendon McLaurnin - scored 15 points each.  Johnny McLean scored 13 and Kenny Hairston added 11.  Davidson Day's 78 points were the most it scored in the past 13 games.  The Patriots improved to 14-8.  Forsythe Country Day slipped to 19-12.   Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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2014 ESPN Winter X-Games in Aspen Colorado

Local Sports photographers, Serge Skiba and Pete Dixon, flew out to Aspen to document the festivities of the ESPN 2014 Winter X-Games. Charlotte bid to get the Summer X Games here, but we lost the bid to Austin, TX. We wanted to show ESPN that how much we want them to come to Charlotte so we documented the athletes, the fans, and the event overall. Special thanks to ESPN for the Credentials and thanks to Serge and Pete for the great photos. For more information about the games see our article in the Sports section.

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Hough wrestlers win conference championship

Hough High won the team championship at the MECKA 4A conference wrestling tournament Feb. 1. The Huskies also had five individual conference champions. Hough, which also won the regular-season title, scored 181 points, followed by Mallard Creek (154) and Kannapolis Brown (148.5). The Huskies’ individual champions were Austin Powell (113 pounds), Kevin O’Brien (138), Jake Efird (152), Jordan Thompson (170) and Sebastian Barreto (182). Hough’s Connor Brooks was runner-up in the 285-pound division. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Hough maintains perfect conference record

The Hough High boys’ basketball team routed Hopewell 61-40 on Jan. 24 to improve to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in the MECKA 4A conference. Luke Maye, a junior forward, dominated with 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Huskies Jaqueaz Jackson (10 points, three assists) and Tucker Thompson (10 points, eight rebounds) helped snap Hopewell’s two-game winning streak. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Lake Norman Charter snaps Lincoln Charter’s streak

Lake Norman Charter brought an abrupt end to Lincoln Charter’s 14-game winning streak. The Knights beat the host Eagles 56-23 in a non-conference girls’ basketball game Jan. 22, in a match of two of the lake area’s top teams. Lake Norman Charter improved to 15-1 and Lincoln Charter fell to 14-1. Lake Norman Charter jumped to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and extended it to 26-6 by halftime. Ezinne Mbamalu scored a game-high 21 points for Lake Norman Charter. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Hough boys’ team grabs conference lead

The Hough High boys’ basketball team edged rival North Mecklenburg 69-61 on Jan. 17 to snag first place in the MECKA 4A conference. The Huskies improved to 6-0 in conference games and 12-3 overall with their third straight victory. Luke Maye led Hough with 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five assists. Tucker Thompson scored 14 points and Theo Mack scored 13 for the Huskies, who shot 62 percent from the field. C.J. Bryce scored a game-high 23 points for North Meck (13-2 overall, 4-2 conference). Photos by Kato Ibeto.

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North Mecklenburg continues its hot streak

The North Mecklenburg High boys’ basketball team beat Vance 85-69 in a home game Jan. 10 to extend its winning streak to five games. The Vikings, coached by Duane Lewis, improved to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the MECKA 4A conference. North Mecklenburg’s victory was sparked by a 29-point third quarter. The Vikings next will play a key conference game at Hough High (11-5, 5-0) on Jan. 17. The winner will move into first place in the conference. There were no CMS games Jan. 14 because of exams. Photos by Kato Ibeto.

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Hough vs Lake Norman Charter Basketball - Split Wins

The Lake Norman Charter girls’ basketball team beat Hough 59-50 in a Dec. 6 non-conference game in Huntersville. The Knights improved to 3-1 by outscoring Hough 18-0 in the second quarter. Alex Busch scored a game-high 22 points, Ezinne Mbamalu had nine points and 17 rebounds and Jessi Harris grabbed 12 rebounds. Hough earned a split by coasting to a 55-29 victory in the boys’ game. The Huskies (4-1) did most of their damage inside as forward Luke Maye had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and center Tucker Thompson scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. Jaqueaz Jackson added 11 points, including two 3-pointers. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Lake Norman Charter vs Hough Basketball - Split Wins

The Lake Norman Charter girls’ basketball team beat Hough 59-50 in a Dec. 6 non-conference game in Huntersville. The Knights improved to 3-1 by outscoring Hough 18-0 in the second quarter. Alex Busch scored a game-high 22 points, Ezinne Mbamalu had nine points and 17 rebounds and Jessi Harris grabbed 12 rebounds. Hough earned a split by coasting to a 55-29 victory in the boys’ game. The Huskies (4-1) did most of their damage inside as forward Luke Maye had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and center Tucker Thompson scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. Jaqueaz Jackson added 11 points, including two 3-pointers. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Patriots go back-to-back-to-back 3rd State Championship

Davidson Day’s football team packed the bleachers with good reason Nov. 22. The Patriots won their third straight state championship with a 69-28 rout against Harrells Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II championship at Northside Christian. Davidson Day (12-1) wasn’t forced to punt, scored 35 points in the third quarter alone and had the fourth quarter to unofficially celebrate along the sidelines. They became the first lake-area team to win state championships in their first three varsity seasons, passing Hopewell High softball, which did it their first two years (2002 and 2003)Photos by Ken Bumgarner.

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SouthLake Christian wins football state championship

Intermittent rain did little to quell SouthLake Christian Academy’s celebration Nov. 15 as the Eagles beat Victory Christian 7-0 to win the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III football championship. The title was the first in the program’s history. It capped SouthLake’s 11-1 season and avenged a loss to Victory Christian in last season’s final. The rain did slow our photographer down from action shots, but some great pics of the FANS! Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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White Lightning Athletics Wins BIG in Charlotte

White Lightning Athletics, competitive cheer teams began the season at the Charlotte Convention Center for the CHEERSPORT Charlotte Grand Championship. 3 of White Lightning's Teams won 1st in their Division (Junior 3, Junior 4, and Senior 3). The Junior 4 Team won Best of Show! Competitive Cheer is a year round sport that combines choreographed dance and tumble into a 2 minute and 30 second routine. These young athletes train year round for their 4 month competition season. Photos in this album are of Junior Level 3 and Junior Level 4. Junior Division is age 14 and below. Take a look at the photos... you'll see the crowd, and some amazing athletic young girls. Photos by Nate Davis.

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Davidson Day crushed another football opponent

Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier threw nine touchdown passes as the Patriots blitzed Concord Cannon 59-0 in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II playoffs Nov. 8. Eight of Grier’s scoring passes were in the first half. He came within one of the state record of 10 touchdown passes, which he set last season. Davidson Day is seeking their third straight state championship, and has scored 40 or more points 11 times. The Patriots, a No. 1 seed, will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  Photos by Ken Bumgarner.