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Observer’s Sweet 16 preseason football rankings: It probably won’t surprise too many people who follow high school football locally that Mallard Creek starts the season No. 1.

For years, the epicenter of Mecklenburg County soccer was in the south and southeast, where powers such as Charlotte Catholic, East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg, Myers Park and Providence annually battled for conference supremacy – and often the right to advance to regional and state championships. Now, that power appears to be shifting.

Here are the final Sweet 16 polls for high school girls soccer, baseball and softball teams.

Freedom Patriots finished 31-1 and won the N.C. 3A championship.

Nationally ranked Myers Park is the 2013-14 Observer Sweet 16 girls’ basketball champion.

The Sweet 16 musical chairs continue this week.

The musical chairs at the top of the Observer’s Sweet 16 boys basketball poll continues. This week, Olympic’s Trojans are back on top

The Mallard Creek Mavericks ended the season where they started it: on top of the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.

After a topsy-turvy week, Lake Norman zooms back to the top of the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll, thanks to Ardrey Kell’s momumental upset of national power Olympic

Observer rankings of the top 16 high school football programs in our circulation area

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