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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.

Even while fighting a virus, Myers Park point guard Aliyah Mazyck pulled off head-turning plays in a 53-35 win over West Forsyth in the state quarterfinals.

Boys, girls win to qualify N.C. 4A Western Regionals

In the past two years, Myers Park High’s girls basketball team went into the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs nationally ranked and heavily favored to win a state championship. Two years ago, the Mustangs lost in the state semifinals. Last year, it fell in the third round.

N.C. recruiting analyst Mike Talbott thinks that the best player on the best team in the state is Northside Christian senior small forward Keyshawn Woods.

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