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East Burke d. Burns 25-16, 25-11, 25-14.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is changing a policy that kept some students from playing sports who couldn’t afford a $100 participation fee, officials told the Observer on Tuesday.

Observer prep reporters Langston Wertz Jr. and Corey Inscoe talk about this week's Sweet 16 football rankings and Friday's top games.

Ardrey Kell High offensive lineman Mason Veal, who committed to play college football at North Carolina and is the state’s No.16 overall college prospect, has evolved from an awkward seventh-grader who disliked football.

Charlotte Catholic beat Providence Day 35-23 Saturday and made a big jump up the Observer’s Sweet 16 high school football poll that measures the top teams in the newspaper’s coverage area.

Mallard Creek (1-0) vs. Butler (1-0) at Providence, 7 p.m. Friday: The top two teams in the area meet for the sixth time in four years. Nationally ranked Mallard Creek has won three of the first five. These two have played for the right to go to the state championship the past two seasons.

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