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York, Kannapolis Brown join Observer’s Sweet 16 poll

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

The Sweet 16 is undergoing a major shakeup this week.

North Rowan (6-0) dropped out of the poll along with Independence (4-3) and Central Cabarrus (5-1). Four Observer sportswriters have voted in two new teams and shuffled the order quite a bit from last week.

New to the poll are 4A York (6-0) and 4A A.L. Brown (5-1). York jumped in at No. 10. Brown, which was ranked earlier this season, returns at No. 15.

Since a season opening loss to Concord, Brown has won five straight, including Friday’s wild 55-40 win at Vance. York, ranked No. 9 in the S.C. 4A poll, is off to one of the best starts in school history.

• Elsewhere, Crest jumped four spots to No. 7. West Meck dipped three spots to No. 8. South Pointe dipped three to No. 9. Three teams – Charlotte Catholic, Burns and South Iredell – are tied for 11th.

Observer Sweet 16

Rk. Team (Class) Rec. Pts. Pv.
1Mallard Creek (4A) (4)6-0641
2Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)6-0602
3Hough (4A)6-0553
4Butler (4A)5-2514
5South Point (3A)7-048T6
6Charlotte Christian (IND)6-0378
7Crest (3A)5-13311
8West Mecklenburg (4A)5-1325
9Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)4-228T6
10York (4A)6-026NR
T11Charlotte Catholic (4A)4-22513
T11South Iredell (3A)6-02512
T11Burns (3A)7-0259
14Concord (3A)6-016T16
15A.L. Brown (4A)5-110NR
16East Lincoln (2A)5-1316

Dropped out: Central Cabarrus (3A, 5-1); Independence (4A, 4-3); North Rowan (2A, 6-0). Also receiving votes: Rocky River (4A, 6-1); Central Cabarrus (3A, 5-1); North Rowan (2A, 6-0). Note: Four Observer sportswriters voted.

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