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There are two holiday basketball tournaments Friday and Saturday in Mecklenburg County: the Leroy Holden Thanksgiving tournament at North Mecklenburg and the Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Myers Park.

Observer rankings of the top 16 high school football programs in our circulation area

Seven of the weekend’s best Charlotte-area high school football games as chosen by Observer staffers.

Mallard Creek will try to reach its fourth straight N.C. 4AA Western Regional championship game. The Mavericks are the reigning N.C. 4AA state champs. Providence has never reached the regional round and will try to spring a huge upset without quarterback Caleb York (broken collarbone).

As the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs will hit the quarterfinal round Friday, Charlotte-area teams in 4A and 4AA are dominating those brackets.

Tresor Mbuyu scored a state-best 56 goals and handed out 16 assists on his way to all-state, all-region and Southwestern 4A Player of the Year honors for a second straight year. The senior is The Charlotte Observer boys’ soccer player of the year for the second consecutive season. Weddington’s Powell Williams earns the Observer boys’ soccer coach of the year.

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Lenoir-based national recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons has released his early list of the nation's ...

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We're tipping off our winter sports previews with a complete look at area high school basketball. Check the archive if you've missed a story.

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