Logan Harrell is used to being the best. The Hopewell High senior is the state's top-ranked junior golfer and is ranked 38th in the country by golfweekly.com.
Harrell, who has committed to play for South Carolina next season, is coming off an all-state season in which he also was named junior golfer of the year by the Carolinas Golf Association and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association.
He wants his senior season to be his best after he finished fourth at the 4A regional meet and seventh at the state meet last season.
One of his best moments last season came at the U.S. Junior Amateur, where he was the sectional qualifying medalist and reached the semifinals of match play in the national championship. That year he finished among the top 10 golfers in 10 of the 13 events that determine state and national rankings.
But Harrell, who trains under Ricky Sullivan at Bulls Bay Golf Club, will focus on high school golf for the next couple of months, hoping he can lead the Titans and himself to regional and state supremacy.
Wildcats on top
The Lake Norman girls' soccer team is off to another great start at 4-0-1. The Wildcats started last season 15-0 before losing to North Mecklenburg. They tied the Vikings 1-1 this week in double overtime.
Lake Norman, ranked No. 12 in the state's 4A classification, has been dominant again this season. The Wildcats had outscored opponents 35-13 going into the Fort Mill tournament this weekend. Sophomore Taylor Waters has led the offense, scoring nine goals and dishing out three assists.
Just kicking it
The North Meck girls' soccer team (2-1-1) is ranked No. 11 in the state in 4A after a draw with Lake Norman. The Vikings lost their first game to No. 9 Myers Park last week but have blowout wins of 8-0 over Olympic and 6-0 over Providence.
Statesville is 3-1 after beating Carson 8-0 Monday. The Greyhounds, ranked No. 10 in the state in 3A, gave Lake Norman all it could handle last week, losing 2-1.
SouthLake Christian is off to a 5-0 start, beating Gaston Christian and Westminster Catawba this week. The Eagles are ranked No. 7 in the state's private schools and have outscored opponents 25-3 so far.
The Lake Norman boys' tennis team is getting back on track after losing six of its top nine players from last year's state championship team.
The Wildcats (3-3) beat West Iredell 8-0 Monday, getting contributions from a lot of new faces. Ten different players scored for Lake Norman, including Drew Harmon, Matt Crisp, David Dyer, Hammit Coody, Gunnar Goodway and Nick Sajatovic in singles.
The doubles duos of David North/Bailey Abernathy and Ryan Aryeetey/Seth McGroder also won matches.
Hopewell's boys' tennis team is off to a 4-1 start; their only loss is to Providence. The Titans, who beat Independence Tuesday, also beat defending state champion Lake Norman to win the Huntington Learning Center Invitational earlier this month.
Last weekend, the Lake Norman boys' basketball team claimed the first 4A state championship in school history, beating previously unbeaten Sanford 63-47.
This week, the Wildcats have begun to reap the rewards. Senior guard Reggie Price was named second-team all-state by ncpreps.com, while senior center Paul Larsen, the MVP of the state championship game, was named all-state third team. N.C. Preps also named Wildcat coach Brandon Jolly state coach of the year.