In its inaugural season, the I-Meck conference proved to be one of the best in the state.
Hopewell started its season 21-0but struggled down the stretch, going 2-3 and losing in the second round of the 4A state playoffs.
Lake Norman also had a noteworthy regular season, finishing second in the I-Meck.
North Mecklenburg had an excellent 7-0 start to their season but finished the season 13-10, missing the state playoffs.
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The Lady Titans finished their season atop the conference and with the I-Meck tournament trophy. North Mecklenburg finished 15-11 record in coach Jennifer Baker's first season. Lake Norman also had a good season, finishing 24-5.
After losing six seniors last season, the East Lincoln boys' team was able to finish with 22 wins behind Kendall Bethea. The Mustangs' season was cut short when they had to forfeit a 2A playoff win following a self-reported eligibility issue.
The Lady Mustangs had an outstanding season and finished 22-6 for the year.
All-Lake Norman boys
Player of the Year: Jordan Downing, Hopewell.
The 6-5 small forward was key to the Titans' success this season, finishing the season averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game.
Downing, who provided great length on the wing for the Titans, is an athletic player who is not only able to get to the rim but who's also able to run the floor in transition and pull up for a mid-range shot. He also has the ability to take over games with his versatile style.
Downing has a 4.25 GPA and will attend Davidson College in the fall to play for Bob McKillop.
Kendall Bethea, East Lincoln: The 6-foot-2 senior guard nearly single-handedly carried his young Mustang squad this season.
Carlin Bremner, North Meck: 5-foot-11 junior guard had several 30+ games and finished second in scoring for the Vikings.
DeMon Brooks, Hopewell: 6-foot-7 senior is headed to Howard after a dominant season under the basket for the Titans.
Kevin Canevari, Lake Norman: The 5-foot-9 senior point guard led Lake Norman in assists, averaging more than seven a game.
Rashun Davis, Davidson Day: 5-foot-9 sophomore guard led the Patriots to 22 wins after the team only won five games last season.
Bryce Hawkins, Hopewell: The athletic 6-foot-4 senior forward was a reliable third-scoring option for the Titans.
Paul Larsen, Lake Norman: The 6-foot-6 senior center averaged 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.
Reggie Price, Lake Norman:6-foot-4 senior guard led Lake Norman with nearly 18 points per game.
Bernard Sullivan, North Meck: 6-foot-8 Junior forward led his struggling Vikings in scoring while attracting a lot of D-1 college attention.
Coach of the Year: Eric Davis, Hopewell.
Despite his Titans' late-season struggles, Eric Davis had a quite successful season at Hopewell.
Davis led his team to 21 consecutive victories, in which the Titans passed nearly every test thrown at them. That included close games, injuries and playing against talented squads like Lake Norman.
Davis and his squad nearly had their second consecutive undefeated regular season, but that slipped away when Vance defeated the Titans in a close 56-52.
After last year's 29-1 season and his success this season, Davis no doubt had state championship dreams but he should be proud of what his team accomplished and look forward to next season.
All-Lake Norman girls
Player of the Year: Lindsy Wright, East Lincoln.
Center Lindsy Wright dominated her competition this season.
The 6-foot-0 senior is hard to handle with her rebounding and scoring skills. Wright averaged 21.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season.
She led her squad to the Southern Piedmont Conference tournament championship and a 22-6 record. She was named SPC player of the year and will represent North Carolina at the 13th Annual Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic, which will be held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the weekend of March 18-20.
Wright will play for coach Mike Petersen at Wake Forest next season.
Sharee Boyd, Hopewell: Only a sophomore, the 5-foot-11 guard averaged 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and four assists per game.
Hannah Early, Hopewell: 6-foot junior forward led the Titans with 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Kasey Haynes, Lake Norman: The 5-foot-6 senior guard was second in scoring for the Wildcats with nearly 10 points per game.
Lauren Lewis, North Meck: 5-foot-5 senior guard led the Vikings in scoring with 16.7 points per game.
Hunter Meakin, Hopewell: The 5-foot-4 junior guard was third in scoring for the Titans with 9.8 points per game.
Marissa Riley, Lake Norman: 5-foot-10 sophomore combo guard led the team with 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Margaret Spaulding, Hopewell: The 5-foot-11 senior forward was one of the team's captains and averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Kristen Wakefield, SouthLake Christian: 5-foot-9 junior shooting guard averaged 18.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Jamie Williams, Lake Norman Charter: The 5-foot-4 sophomore point guard averaged 20.3 points, leading the Knights to 19 wins in their first season in the NCHSAA.
Coach of the Year: Gary Richmond, Hopewell.
Gary Richmond led his Lady Titans to a 23-5 record and a I-Meck Conference tournament title in what is arguably his best season at the helm of the program since taking over three years ago. Hopewell also won the 2009 Bojangles' High School Shootout. Even though Richmond's team wasn't favored to win the conference in the preseason, he pushed his players to a 12-2 conference record.