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High School Sports Gameday 02.17.14

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↑  Clarence Johnson, Mallard Creek girls basketball coach: Won his 100th game last week. Team has a shot to get a share of the MECKA 8 regular-season title on Monday. Johnson’s team is 18-5 this year while starting three freshmen and two sophomores.

↑  Lake Norman Wildcats boys: No. 3 in the Sweet 16, won their first conference championship since 2009. Lake Norman was in the Charlotte-centric I-Meck 4A from 2010-13, and its best finish was second in 2010, the year it won the N.C. 4A state title.

↑  Bruce Hardin, Providence Day football: Received honorary membership in the N.C. Football Coaches Association last week.

↑  Albemarle girls: Playing North Stanly on Monday trying to win their first conference championship since 1989.

Monday’s top matchups

Independence boys at Butler, 7:30 p.m.: Doesn’t the Southwestern 4A championship always come down to these two? Butler (16-5, 9-2) beat Independence 60-59 on Jan. 21 and can win a share of the conference championship and the No. 1 seed with a win. Independence (14-9, 10-1) can do the same and win the outright title.

Olympic boys at Berry, 7:30 p.m.: Olympic (21-2, 11-2) and Ardrey Kell (18-5, 11-2) trail Berry (19-3, 12-1) by one game in the SoMeck 8 heading into Monday’s regular-season finale. If Berry wins, it’s the outright champ. If Olympic wins – and Ardrey Kell beats rival South Meck at home – there will be a three-way tie.

Hopewell girls at A.L. Brown, 6 p.m.: Hopewell (18-4, 10-3) can win a share of the MECKA 4A Conference championship with a fourth straight win. A.L. Brown (6-15, 2-11) has lost three straight, but Mallard Creek (18-5, 9-4), North Meck (14-9, 9-4) and Hough (16-6, 9-4) are all pulling for a Brown upset. If that happens and any of those three win, there’s a tie for the title.

Monday’s Observer-area schedule

Alexander Central at North Iredell

Anson Sr. at Cuthbertson

Bandys at Newton-Conover

Bunker Hill at West Caldwell

Burns at R-S Central

Charlotte Catholic at Providence

Chase at East Burke

Cherryville at Thomas Jefferson

Draughn at Shelby

Highland Tech at Bessemer City

Hopewell at A.L. Brown

Independence at Butler

Lake Norman at Mooresville

Lincoln Charter at Pine Lake Prep

Maiden at Lincolnton

Monroe at Forest Hills

Myers Park at East Mecklenburg

North Lincoln at West Iredell

North Mecklenburg at Mallard Creek

North Stanly at Albemarle

Olympic at Berry

Parkwood at Central Academy

Porter Ridge at Rocky River

Robinson at West Charlotte

South Iredell at Statesville

South Mecklenburg at Ardrey Kell

South Rowan at East Rowan

South Stanly at Gray Stone Day

Sun Valley at Piedmont

Union Academy at Queens Grant

Vance at Hough

Weddington at Marvin Ridge

West Lincoln at East Lincoln

West Mecklenburg at Harding

West Stanly at Mount Pleasant

NCISAA playoff pairings

Tuesday’s first-round games

1A Girls

Kerr-Vance at Hickory Christian; Ridgecroft at Freedom Christian; Carmel Christian at Oakwood; Cape Fear at Hobgood.

1A Boys

Neuse Christian at Wayne Country Day; Pungo Christian at United Faith, 6:30 p.m.; Hickory Christian at Burlington Christian; Cresset Christian at Freedom Christian.

2A Girls

Harrells at Fayetteville Christian; Caldwell at Concord First Assembly; Fayetteville Academy at Gaston Day; St. David’s at Davidson Day.

2A Boys

Christian at Calvary Baptist; Fayetteville Christian at Davidson Day; Harrells Christian at Westchester Country Day; Cary Christian at Fayetteville Academy.

3A Girls

Hickory Grove at Charlotte Latin; Covenant Day at Charlotte Christian; High Point Wesleyan at Durham Academy; SouthLake at Cannon.

3A Boys

Ravenscroft at Charlotte Latin; Charlotte Christian at Village Christian; Cannon at Forsyth Country Day; SouthLake at Christ School.

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