With the fall sports season starting this week for most high schools, the Observer is profiling several of the area’s top athletes.
For in-depth stories on these athletes, teams and players to watch in each fall sport, visit charlotteobserver.com/sports/high-school
Name: Reed Hunnicutt, senior
School: South Mecklenburg
2015 statistics: 10 goals, 22 assists.
Why him: All-state outside midfielder last season, when he had 10 goals and 22 assists. ... Hunnicutt, who has committed to play in college at Appalachian State, could have a bigger impact playing forward and midfielder this season. ... Chosen to play in the Boys’ High School All-American in Raleigh in December.
Name: Sarah Billiard, senior
School: Covenant Day
2015 statistics: 522 kills, 69 aces, 424 digs.
Why her: Billiard, a two-time all-state outside hitter, will play at Virginia. ...At 6-foot, she uses size and athletic ability to dominate in nearly every phase for the Lions, who’ve won NCISAA 3A state championships the past three seasons.
Name: Olivia Archer, junior
School: Lake Norman Charter
2015 statistics: Two-time NCHSAA 2A doubles state champion was 19-0 last season with her partner, sister Hannah. ... Olivia’s record is 34-1 the past two seasons in singles.
Why her: She has won the 2A doubles and 2A team state championships in each of her first two high school seasons.
Name: Emily Anderson, senior
School: Porter Ridge
2015 statistics: Southwestern 4A conference runner-up. ...Was medalist in each of her regular-season matches. ...Finished fourth at the 4A West Regional and 24th at the state 4A meet.
Why her: Anderson was medalist in each of her regular-season matches the past two years.
Boys’ cross country
Name: Noah Dolhare, junior
School: Providence Day
2015 statistics: Ran personal-best 16:02.50 to finish third at N.C. Independent Schools meet. ... Was CISAA conference champion.
Why him: Had breakout sophomore season, winning the CISAA conference title and placing third at the state championship meet. ... Also won his first individual state title last spring (3200-meter outdoor track).
Girls’ cross country
Name: Lexi King, senior
School: Marvin Ridge
2015 statistics: Won Southern Carolinas Conference (SCC) and 3A Midwest Regional championships for third consecutive year. ... Was fourth at state meet for the second straight year.
Why her: Has been all-state three times, aiming for individual and team state championships.
Name: Camille Kane, senior
School: Charlotte Latin
2015 statistics: Led Hawks with 18 goals, 17 assists.
Why her: All-South Region and all-state pick committed to Virginia. She’ll try to lead Latin to its second straight NCISAA championship.