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In September 2001, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools moved high school football kickoffs up 30 minutes to 7 p.m. Turns out that was a brilliant move. I remember back in the ’80s, games started at 8 p.m.

Vance High first-year football coach Aaron Brand is not shy. He promised in July that he would have a quick and profound effect on the program.

Lightning: Forced delays around the area and also forced cancelation of the highly anticipated halftime battle of the bands between West Charlotte and Harding. In Union County, Sun Valley’s and Monroe’s scoreboards were hit by lightning and were knocked out of service.

After 33 years of being a head high school football coach, Charlotte Country Day’s Bob Witman is beginning to think about what life would be like without a whistle.

Believe it or not, Mecklenburg County football wasn’t always strong. After South Mecklenburg won a N.C. 4A championship in 1981, the county didn’t produce another public school champion until 1995, when West Charlotte won its first and only title.

Langston Wertz Jr.’s thoughts on the first night of high school football for most area teams centers on Rocky River’s title hopes, Davidson Day’s numbers, West Meck’s new stadium, the legend coming to Providence, Olympic’s big night and Sun Valley’s wicked schedule

After East Carteret and Community School of Davidson played 110 minutes of soccer in the N.C. 1A state championship game Saturday, the teams lined up for penalty kicks. CSD goalie Madison Good jogged down to the goal and admitted she was scared to death.

Myers Park’s Rydeiah Rogers, playing Saturday night on the N.C. State campus, turned in one of the best performances ever by a Mecklenburg County player in a state championship game.

Lake Norman forward Kishawn Pritchett, who hit the game-winning buzzer beater to beat Ardrey Kell 45-43 in the N.C. 4A quarterfinals Thursday, had to work his way back after breaking his ankle in a pick-up basketball game.

Weddington High girls’ basketball star Stephanie Watts was off Wednesday in the N.C. 3A Western Regional semifinals.

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Langston Wertz Jr.
Langston Wertz Jr. writes about high schoool sports for The Charlotte Observer and