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1st Annual Rhythm and Brews for Pats Place

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center held their 1st Annual Rhythm & Brews Fundraiser, at The Pearl in Cornelius, on March 1, 2014 and raised over $49,000!  The event featured local craft beers and live music from the Charlotte based band, the Holdouts. The high energy evening was emceed by local radio and television host Ramona Holloway. Gourmet treats were prepared and generously subsidized by Armin’s Catering. Funds raised at the event will go toward services to assist children and families affected by sexual abuse. For more information on how you can become involved with this great cause visit:  www.patsplaceac.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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An Evening with the Beatles to benefit Musical Minds

Rachael Dyl, a senior at Cannon School is hosted “An Evening with the Beatles,” at River Run Country Club to benefit Musical Minds. The evening featured music from jazz to classical and was performed by local and international performers. Food, drinks, a live auction and local art were all part of the event. Rachael’s goal is to give kids in the area the opportunity to have music affect their lives by providing structure, focus and freedom of expression. For information about how you can help, visit www.musicalmindsnc.org - Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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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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Lake Norman Conservatives Meet at Fox n Hound Birkdale

The Lake Norman Conservatives met at Fox and Hound in Birkdale. The group has interesting speakers and help others to learn about issues impacting our region, state and nation. This particular meeting featured Karen & Billy Vaughn. They discussed Extortion 17 and are parents of the late Aaron Vaughn, a Navy Seal who died in the plane crash while on a mission coded Extortion 17. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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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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1st Annual Celebrities and Strikes Bowling Fundraiser

Wendy's is hosted their 1st Annual "Celebrities and Strikes" Bowling Fundraiser at Strike City located in the EpiCentre Charlotte. All proceeds benefit The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Each bowling team was paired with a local celebrity. This family friendly fundraiser included a bowling tournament, corn hole tournament, DJ Bryon, live music by Aswan North “Lead singer of Paper Tongues”, celebrity autograph sessions, balloon artist for the kids, and a huge silent auction. A GREAT event. Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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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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Beach Bash for Big Day at the Lake Kick-Off

Big Day at the Lake - Sponsored by Duke Energy - Kick Off event was held at Harvey's Bar and Grille in Cornelius.  A huge turn out as always with lots of familiar friendly faces.  Stay tuned - Big Day still has a celebrity bartending event, and a lake cruise, prior to the actual day on the water with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  For more information contact netbiztoday@gmail.com.  Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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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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BANSHEE screening - INVITE ONLY at McGlohon Theater

Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic, stars of Cinemax's hit drama "Banshee," celebrated the premiere of the show's second season at a red carpet event at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater. Parts of the show are filmed around Charlotte and Mooresville. Beth Petty, director of the Charlotte Regional Film Council, was also on hand to talk about the importance of the state's filming tax incentives, which attract big productions such as "The Hunger Games" and "Homeland" to the area. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon commented that the filming industry provides work to many locals, from those who build sets to costume designers. Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Relay For Life of 2014 Kickoff at Hendrick Mercedes

A great crowd came out to support the 2014 Kickoff for the Huntersville and Cornelius Relay for Life. Appetizers and Cocktails were available for all who attended. This was the initial Kick-Off for 2014, so that means IT NOT TOO LATE to get involved! For more information about how you can become involved in this great cause visit: http://bit.ly/19TNMRK, or you can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HVCrelay - Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Galway Hookers All Inclusive New Years Eve Celebration

Galway Hooker has the longest running all inclusive New Years Eve party at the Lake, and it sold out well before New Years Eve. GALWAY HOOKER is MORE THAN FISH AND CHIPS! We have something for EVERYONE including Kids! Chef Steve - the Galway Executive Chef came from Charleston Chops (for those who have been here long enough to remember) and is one of the best chefs at the lake. If you're looking to get out of that rut and add a GREAT new dining experience to your routine... Check us out - we even have a NEW MENU for 2014! Photos by Nate.