The I-Meck boys' basketball conference is only 2 years old, but already, Hopewell, Lake Norman, Mooresville, North Mecklenburg and West Charlotte have transformed the league into one of the best in the state.
This year, West Charlotte proved to be the top team in the I-Meck, while North Mecklenburg and Mooresville also had standout seasons.
The Vikings finished a close second while the Blue Devils were third.
Hopewell, which finished fourth with a strong conference push, and Lake Norman began the process of rebuilding their proud programs, while Hough started its program from scratch.
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"There is no question that the I-Meck is one of the best conferences, if not the best in the state," said Lake Norman coach Brandon Jolly earlier this season after winning the 4A state championship last year. "You have to be ready for every game in this league."
The I-Meck isn't the only area conference prospering in its infancy, as the NCISAA's Southern Piedmont Athletic Association features top private school teams like Davidson Day and United Faith. This year, the Patriots finally beat the Falcons to tie for the regular season title.
Mooresville News Player of the Year: Carlin Bremner, North Mecklenburg
Carlin Bremner may not look like one of the best basketball players in Charlotte, but the 6-foot North Meck senior plays like it when he's on the court.
Bremner, an All-I-Meck selection, saved his best for his senior season, averaging 20 points per game to lead his Viking team to a 22-6 mark and a second place finish in one of the state's top conferences.
Bremner's accomplishments were even greater after North Meck lost two of its top post players in Bernard Sullivan and Phillip Anglade, who both transferred to Davidson Day.
Mooresville News Coach of the Year: Duane Lewis, North Mecklenburg
Duane Lewis has won nearly everything in his time as head basketball coach at North Mecklenburg, including the 2005 4A state championship, but Lewis had one of his best coaching performances of his career this season.
He led his Vikings, which many expected to have another down year, to a 9-3 finish in the I-Meck behind only West Charlotte.
North Meck also reached the second round of the 4A playoffs, where they lost to a talented Olympic team.
All of this came on the heels of one of Lewis' tougher seasons last year. Despite arguably having more talent than this season, North Meck struggled to finish 12-10, including 2-9 in the I-Meck to miss the playoffs.
All-Mooresville News boys' basketball first team
Carlin Bremner, North Mecklenburg: Senior guard led Vikings with 20 points per game.
Shivaughn Wiggins, North Mecklenburg: Talented playmaker, who averaged seven assists per game, was key for Viking success.
Shawn Lester, Mooresville: Junior guard (16 ppg) had Blue Devils near top of the I-Meck.
Bernard Sullivan, Davidson Day: All-state Clemson signee made the 22-10 Patriots a factor in every game.
Elliott Pope, Hopewell: Senior recovered from injury to average more than 18 points a game in Titans' last 10 games.
All-Mooresville News boys' basketball second team
Rashun Davis, Davidson Day: Junior point guard was the engine that makes the Patriots go, averaging 14 points a game.
Isaiah Johnson, Mooresville: Alongside Lester, the senior formed one of best guard duos in the state.
Antwaine McLean, East Lincoln: 5-foot-9 speedy junior guard will be back to lead Mustangs next year.
Brian Whalen, Lake Norman: Only returning starter from title team was offensive/defensive standout for Wildcats.
Je rmaine Forte, North Mecklenburg: 6-foot-4 senior forward stepped up big time for Vikings.