↑ 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
Kerr-Vance at Hickory Christian; Ridgecroft at Freedom Christian; Carmel Christian at Oakwood; Cape Fear at Hobgood.
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.
Harrells at Fayetteville Christian; Caldwell at Concord First Assembly; Fayetteville Academy at Gaston Day; St. David’s at Davidson Day.
Christian at Calvary Baptist; Fayetteville Christian at Davidson Day; Harrells Christian at Westchester Country Day; Cary Christian at Fayetteville Academy.
Hickory Grove at Charlotte Latin; Covenant Day at Charlotte Christian; High Point Wesleyan at Durham Academy; SouthLake at Cannon.
Ravenscroft at Charlotte Latin; Charlotte Christian at Village Christian; Cannon at Forsyth Country Day; SouthLake at Christ School.
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