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Football schedule | Sweet 16 | Eligible teams

Butler High quarterback Anthony Ratliff-Williams added a last name, 15 pounds of muscle and most of all, more responsibilities to his role as the face of one of the Carolinas’ top high school football programs.

The Observer’s annual list of the top 25 senior football recruits in North and South Carolina.

Butler (Southwestern 4A): This might be the toughest local race of all. The Bulldogs face stiff competition from at least three teams in the league, annually the state’s most difficult.

Observer’s Sweet 16 preseason football rankings: It probably won’t surprise too many people who follow high school football locally that Mallard Creek starts the season No. 1.

The Observer breaks down the top high school quarterbacks from around the area

Charlotte Observer area high school football schedules, sorted by schools, for the 2014.

C.J. Bradley is used to accomplishing his goals. But they usually go in the back of the net.

For years, the epicenter of Mecklenburg County soccer was in the south and southeast, where powers such as Charlotte Catholic, East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg, Myers Park and Providence annually battled for conference supremacy – and often the right to advance to regional and state championships. Now, that power appears to be shifting.

Ffive key players return and Katharine Franz, Rachel Janson, Hannah Kintzinger, Asya Patterson and Taylor Portland plan on finishing their Charlotte Country Day volleyball careers as back-to-back state champions.

The Providence Day boys’ cross country team has built quite the tradition.

Here are key dates for the 2014 high school football season

Coach Justin Hardin says he wants wants to build a consistent winner at Providence. The school has had 10 winning seasons since it opened in 1989 and hasn’t had three in a row since Hardin’s father, Bruce, went 29-11 from 2001-03. Justin Hardin says it starts with changing the team’s culture. .

Mallard Creek returns with NC’s third-longest winning streak. The Mavericks are ranked among the nation’s top teams.

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