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North Meck outlasts Hough in MECKA 4A showdown

North Meck remained perfect in conference play and expanded its MECKA 4A lead to two games with a hard-fought 69-63 win over Hough on Jan. 8. Neither team led by more than eight points in the game, and Hough fought back to cut a late lead to two points with just over a minute to play, but the Vikings’ experience and depth was the difference. Jaylen McManus scored a game-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for North Meck, who got 18 points from Davion Mintz and 11 from Kendall Coles. Qon Murphy scored 18 and Ryan Friday added 15 for the Huskies.

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Davidson Day claims title

Davidson Day imposed its will on both sides of the ball to rout Charlotte Latin, 31-13, on Nov. 13 and claim the NCISAA Division I title. The win was the Patriots’ fourth title in their past five seasons. Cade Carney led the way with 216 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman completed 12-18 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns – a 49-yard strike to Tommy Lawley and a 12-yard throw to Jake Dyer. (Photos courtesy of Ken Bumgarner)

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Knights run out of steam, fall to Stuart Cramer

Stuart Cramer pulled off a come-from-behind 27-20 win over Lake Norman Charter on Oct. 9. The Knights trailed 20-13 at the half, but scored in the third quarter to tie the score. Stuart Cramer put it away late and held on for the win. Sean Dugan accounted for 113 yards of total offense and a touchdown to lead Lake Norman Charter. Kurt Wronsky and David Gonzales had solid games, as did quarterback Teddy Spooner, who threw for a season-high 172 yards and a touchdown. Stuart Cramer was led by quarterback Jaylen Rocquemore, who threw for 218 yards, ran for 52 yards and another score and caught a 18 yard pass in the win.

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Pine Lake Prep shuts out Mountain Island Charter

Will Harwood and Taylor Hochman led Pine Lake Prep to a 42-0 win over Mountain Island Charter on Sept. 18.  Harwood ran 24 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Hochman carried the ball 15 times for 82 yards and three scores. The duo led Pride run game, which recorded 51 carries for 345 yards on the day. The win is Pine Lake Prep’s third consecutive shutout, and the Pride has allowed just 14 points through five games. Tanner Howard had two sacks and recorded five tackles to lead the defense, which had four sacks and two interceptions in the lopsided win. Mountain Island Charter was led by Aapri Washington, who recorded 118 yards of total offense and had 15 tackles. The Raptors dropped to 1-4 and 0-3 in the Southern Piedmont Conference, while Pine Lake Prep improved to 5-0 and 1-0 in league play.

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Vikings dominate Spartans with 35-0 shutout

North Meck improved to 3-1 with a dominating 35-0 non-conference win over Community School of Davidson on Sept. 11. The Vikings led 21-0 at the half after quarterback Kendall Coles connected with De’Montrez Burroughs and Nyree Hardy and Eriq Boyd returned an interception for a touchdown. North Meck’s sophomore running back Emmanuel Wilson ran for 226 yards in the win and Coles went 9 of 17 for 134 yards and threw for the two scores. The Spartans had trouble moving the ball at all and were overmatched on the defensive side of the ball. Joey Bernardini had averaged more than 200 rushing yards through the first three games, but led the way with 98 yards on 21 carries. The Vikings (3-1) host 1-3 Rocky River next week while the Spartans try to tame 4-0 Davidson Day.

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Vikings dominate Spartans with 35-0 shutout

North Meck improved to 3-1 with a dominating 35-0 non-conference win over Community School of Davidson on Sept. 11. The Vikings led 21-0 at the half after quarterback Kendall Coles connected with De’Montrez Burroughs and Nyree Hardy and Eriq Boyd returned an interception for a touchdown. North Meck’s sophomore running back Emmanuel Wilson ran for 226 yards in the win and Coles went 9 of 17 for 134 yards and threw for the two scores. The Spartans had trouble moving the ball at all and were overmatched on the defensive side of the ball. Joey Bernardini had averaged more than 200 rushing yards through the first three games, but led the way with 98 yards on 21 carries. The Vikings (3-1) host 1-3 Rocky River next week while the Spartans try to tame 4-0 Davidson Day.

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Hough smothers Lake Norman

Hough’s defense stifled Lake Norman and Jarrett Nagy led the Huskies to a 23-6 win on Sept. 4. The Huskies held Lake Norman to just 188 total yards and held the Wildcat run game which had averaged more than 250 yards a game to just 71. Nagy finished the night with 220 rushing yards on just 11 carries and set a new school record with a 98-yard touchdown late in the first half that put Hough up, 16-0 at the break. The Huskies added another score before Lake Norman was able to get into the end zone with a fourth quarter touchdown. Lake Norman (2-1) will play Statesville while Hough (3-0) hosts Ardrey Kell on Sept. 11. (Photos courtesy of Chris Hull)

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Hough improves with win over Mooresville

Hough improved to 2-0 on the season with a come-from-behind 14-10 non conference win over Mooresville on Aug. 28. The Huskies never led until Rashad Williams found the end zone with 1:48 left to play. Mooresville tried to answer late, but Adam Smith stripped receiver Jonathan Knox inside Hough’s 20-yard line to secure the win. Mooresville Donshel Jetton ran for 171 yards and the touchdown for the Blue Devils, who dropped to 1-1 on the year.

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Steve Langley breaks record for longest bubble chain

Steve Langley of Huntersville unofficially huffed and puffed his way into the record books June 11, blowing a chain of 35 soap bubbles long at Discovery Place KIDS. The Soap Bubble Circus juggler and variety entertainer beat the previous world record of 30 bubbles. Barrett Long, director of Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, and Tim Chartier, a math professor at Davidson College, served as the two official witnesses to the record-breaking feat. Letters from both Barrett and Chartier will be included in a packet of materials to be sent to the Guinness Book of World Records for officials to review and certify. Following the feat, Langley stepped outside and treated children running and jumping on the front lawn to showers of tiny bubbles. (Courtesy of Kahaniyah Webster) 

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Boys & Girls Basketball Players of the Year

Lake Norman Publications announced its boys and girls basketball Players of the Year for each of our three weekly papers. Hough High's Luke Maye and Davidson Day’s Maya Caldwell earned the Herald Weekly honors, East Lincoln’s Sage Surratt and Destiny Johnson are the Denver Weekly award winners and Lake Norman High's Hunter Seacat and Allie VanSant are the Mooresville Weekly recipients. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Lake Norman Charter outscored Shelby

Lake Norman Charter outscored Shelby by 11 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 78-74 win in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Class 2A championships. Sophomore Grayson Hickert paced the Knights with 17 points and six rebounds, leading five players in double figures including Barrett Hancock (15 points),Malik McCormick (14), Nick Worthy (11) and Troy Cracknell (10).  The Knights play Mountain Heritage in second-round play on March 2. (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly)

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North Meck overcomes Charlotte Catholic

C.J. Bryce helped North Meck overcome a sluggish start in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 4A playoffs. Bryce, a UNC Wilmington commit, his a 3-pointer to close the first half that led to a big Viking run in the second half and finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Davion Mintz added 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the 83-61 win. The Vikings host Berry on March 2. (Dana Pianowski/Herald Weekly)

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Davidson wins as Sullivan reaches milestone

DAVIDSON – Davidson College shooting guard Brian Sullivan, a junior, scored his 1,000th career point as the Wildcats trounced George Mason 92-71 in an Atlantic 10 conference men’s basketball game Feb. 11 at Belk Arena. Sullivan, who led five Wildcats scoring in double figures, became the 47th player in Davidson history to reach the plateau. He finished with 19 points, seven assists and sank all six of his free throws. Davidson improved to 16-6 overall and 7-4 in Atlantic-10 games.

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Hough upsets rival North Mecklenburg

The Hough High boys’ basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with a 77-64 upset against rival North Mecklenburg in a MECKA 4A conference game Feb. 10. The Huskies were led by Connor Whipp (21 points), Chase Sweetman (18 points) and Luke Maye (18 points and 17 rebounds). North Carolina coach Roy Williams was in attendance, watching future Tar Heel Maye on Hough’s Senior Night. C.J. Bryce led North Meck with 28 points. (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly photos)

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Davidson dumps Duquesne

DAVIDSON – The Davidson College men’s basketball team shot 60 percent from the field to crush Duquesne 95-69 in an Atlantic 10 conference game Feb. 7 at Belk Arena. Six Davidson players scored in double figures, led by Brian Sullivan (23 points), Peyton Aldridge (19 points) and Tyler Kalinoski (16). The Wildcats are 15-6 overall and 6-4 in conference games. (Chris Hull/Herald Weekly photos)

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Titans rout Hough; maintain conference lead

HUNTERSVILLE – The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team beat rival Hough 54-31 on Jan. 23 to improve to 16-1 overall and 8-0 in the MECKA 4A conference. The Titans were led by Ineesha Hankerson (14 points, 12 rebounds and two steals) and Rhema Francis (17 points). Hopewell is on a six-game winning streak. Gabby Gianikos led Hough with 12 points. (Dana Pianowski/Herald Weekly photos)

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Hough swims to two conference titles

HUNTERSVILLE – Hough High’s swimming and diving team was dominant at the MECKA 4A conference swimming meet Jan. 23 at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic. The Huskies girls’ team won the conference title by scoring 635 points, well ahead of second-place Hopewell (336 points), Concord Robinson (277) and Mallard Creek (272). Hough’s girls won 11 of 12 events. The Hough boys’ team piled up 633 points to easily win its conference championship, followed by Robinson (300) and Mallard Creek (265.5). Hough’s boys won nine of the 12 events. (Bobby Cochran/Herald Weekly photos)

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Knights’ hoopsters crush North Gaston

HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Charter boys’ basketball team routed North Gaston 75-39 on Jan. 20 to maintain its lead in the Big South 2A/3A conference. The Knights pumped in 31 points in the second quarter to build a 41-16 halftime lead. Lake Norman Charter improved to 7-0 in the conference and 11-4 overall. The Knights have won five games in a row, and nine of their past 10. Pat Lilly led Lake Norman Charter with 16 points, Malik McCormick scored 12 and Grayson Hickert added 11. (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly photos)

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Hopewell girls basketball improves to 6-0 over Vance

The Hopewell High girls’ basketball team improved to 6-0 in MECKA 4A conference games - and remained in the league lead - with a 59-31 blowout against Vance on Jan. 16. The Titans (14-1) limited Vance to three points in each of the first two quarters to build a 21-6 halftime lead. Hopewell’s top performers were Rhema Francis (14 points, three rebounds), Lauren Parks (10 points) and Ineesha Hankerson (eight rebounds). (Courtney Parlier/Herald Weekly photos)