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Lake Normans Josh Ladowski is The Associated Press prep football player of the year for North Carolina. The senior quarterback set a state single-season record with 5,647 yards of total offense while leading his team to the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 4AA semifinals. He earned seven votes from 20 sports writers across the state in results released Wednesday.
Mike Palmieri of Mallard Creek is The Associated Press prep football coach of the year for North Carolina after guiding his program to a second straight state championship.
The Associated Press released its 2014 all-state football team Monday. Observer-area players are well represented on the 24-man team.
Quarterback Smith, DB Henderson, coach Palmieri lead all-Observer teams with West Charlotte coach Collins
Observer area standout football players
Here are all-conference football teams in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools conferences. The teams were voted on by the conferences coaches
After a vote of a four-member panel of sportswriters, the Mavericks repeat as Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 champions for the 2014 season.
Providence’s Grace Sullivan earns the Observer girls’ cross country runner of the year honors after running the best time in the coverage area when she won the 4A West Regional title in 17:35 (3rd-best time in the state this season) at McAlpine Park.
When Jack Paddison was a rising freshman at Providence Day, his best friend Nick Linder talked him into running cross country for the first time for the Chargers.
The Lake Norman Charter girls’ tennis team was perfect this season, as the Knights went 17-0 on their march to the school’s first NCHSAA 2A state, dual tennis championship.
Tresor Mbuyu scored a state-best 56 goals and handed out 16 assists on his way to all-state, all-region and Southwestern 4A Player of the Year honors for a second straight year. The senior is The Charlotte Observer boys soccer player of the year for the second consecutive season. Weddingtons Powell Williams earns the Observer boys soccer coach of the year.
The Charlotte Country Day volleyball team had a historic run this season, setting a school record with 44 wins and only one loss on its way to its second straight, NCISAA 3A state championship over Covenant Day. Coach Brian Rosen, the Charlotte Observer volleyball coach of the year, and the Bucs were dominant all season, winning 112 sets while losing only five all season, never trailing in any match.
From 2011 to 2013, the Cannon girls’ golf team has dominated the rest of the state on the golf course, going unbeaten in that span while winning back-to-back-to-back NCISAA state championship by 22, 26 and 25 shots, respectively. While they went through some ups and downs this season, when it mattered most the Cannon School girls were up to the task again, claiming their fourth straight NCISAA state championship.
The Charlotte Observers Sweet 16 polls for girls' soccer, baseball and softball as well as the All-Observer teams for boys golf , boys tennis, girls and boys lacrosse, girls soccer and boys and girls track are linked here.
Here are the final Sweet 16 polls for high school girls soccer, baseball and softball teams.