1 Ryder Ryan, North Mecklenburg Baseball: The 6-foot-2, 200-pound do-it-all junior is one of top five prospects in the nation (in class of 2014), according to perfectgame.org, and looks to show it while taking the Vikings and his dad, first-year coach Sean Ryan, back into I-Meck contention.
2 Kirsten Terry, Fort Mill Lacrosse: It would hard to top scoring the game-winning goal in the Upper State final and state championships game, but that is exactly what Terry will try to do in helping the Yellow Jackets repeat.
3 Kwame Donyinah, Myers Park Track: North Carolina signee, 4A 400-meter state champion not only is one of the fastest in the state, but also burst onto the national (3rd-place at nationals in the 400) and international scene, running in Ghana and Barcelona last summer.
4 Jane Cline, Charlotte Catholic Girls Soccer: Observer Player of the Year (Appalachian State signee) had 41 goals and 17 assists last season as Cougars lost in 3A state finals. Now shes looking to help Catholic win it all.
5 Michael Ogden, Salisbury Boys Tennis: Won the 2A state singles title as a freshman; now the question is can he do it again?
6 Ben Huffman, Providence Day Track: The Chargers all-state junior broke records on a weekly basis in cross country, including a NCISAA individual and team title. He is seeking similar results outdoors.
7 Erin Jenkins, Vance Track: 300-meter hurdles 4A state champion has proven to be one of the top hurdlers in the country (in his age group), competing in the Junior National Olympics.
8 Tanner Bigham, Northwest Cabarrus Baseball: North Carolina-bound star steps into the spotlight with All-American Corey Seager, now playing in the L.A. Dodgers organization.
9 Venus Gonzalez, Olympic Softball: Trojans catcher was MEGA 7 Player of the Year as a sophomore, hitting .574 with 48 RBI, and wants more.
10 Nick Sawyer, Charlotte Catholic Boys Lacrosse: Like his older brothers, Mike and Matt, who once starred for Catholic, Nick hopes to lead the Cougars to a state title before joining his brothers on the defending national champion Loyola (Md.) lacrosse team.
11 Courtney Price, Porter Ridge Softball: Western Carolina commit, an all-state catcher takes the lead role for defending 4A state champs.
12 Sydney Foreman, Ardrey Kell Track: Junior already established herself as one of top N.C. distance runners, with fourth-place at states last season.
13 Dakota Keller, Crest Softball: Lenoir-Rhyne signee has 25 career homers.
14 Logan Sherer, East Mecklenburg Baseball: Some area coaches say the Charlotte 49ers-bound standout is the best player in the always-loaded Southwestern 4A conference.
15 Jordan Warren, Hickory Ridge Track: Just came off winning a state title in the triple jump and state runner-up in high jump indoors, now wants to pull off a similar feat on the outdoor track.
16 Trentavius Friday, Cherryville Track: Set a 1A state record (48.12) in winning 400-meter dash as a sophomore last year, now looks for more. Jay Edwards