For some programs, winning a state title is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For the Providence Day girls' basketball team, it is an annual tradition. The Chargers have won six of the last seven N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association titles.
Led by coach Josh Springer, the Chargers went 28-4 and won their second consecutive NCISAA 3A title this year. The most impressive thing about the win may be that it came against Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association rival Charlotte Christian.
The Knights had a great season of their own (22-5) with three of their losses coming to Providence Day.
"Obviously, the schools are right near each other and in the same conference, which makes for a natural rivalry," Springer said earlier this season. "But in the last few years, I think (Providence Day and Charlotte Christian) have taken it to a new level."
Ardrey Kell and Myers Park had solid seasons in the Southwestern 4A, finishing just behind conference champion Butler (30-1).
Providence and Charlotte Catholic's girls' teams also had solid seasons.
All of these teams were led by standout players.
Player of the year: Tiffany Mitchell, Providence Day. Mitchell has done just about everything in her Providence Day career.
This season, the junior guard averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals per game in leading Providence Day to another NCISAA 3A state championship.
Mitchell also committed to South Carolina and coach Dawn Staley this season, taking pressure off Mitchell next season, which could be bad for opponents.
Coach of the year: Josh Springer, Providence Day. When Springer arrived at Providence Day School a little more than four seasons ago, he knew the expectation was to win a state title every year.
Springer has lived up to that reputation and more, leading the Chargers to three of the last four state championships.
Springer also led the Chargers to another perfect CISAA season this year, at 8-0.