Katie Kirk is No. 1 again.
After spending most of her career at the top for North Mecklenburg High School, the Vikings' senior golfer is No. 1 in North Carolina's junior rankings, according to golfweek.com.
Kirk, who has committed to play golf at East Carolina next year, is ranked No. 2 in the Carolinas, according to the Carolinas' Golf Association's junior girls rankings.
Now she's entering the most important parts of her final high school season: the 4A West Regional match Oct. 25 and the 4A state match Nov. 1-2.
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Kirk won regionals her sophomore year and finished second last season. She's aiming this year to win both the regional and the state titles. With an average score of 75.88 and a 230-yard drive, she finished fourth at the state match in 2009 and sixth overall in 2008.
"(Kirk) is a great competitor, and she wants to win everything she plays in," North Meck coach Mark Clarke said. "The next few weeks, regionals and states are very important to her. She wants to win both, and finish on top."
Ahead of the class
Former Hopewell golf star Logan Harrell is making a name for himself at South Carolina.
Harrell finished second on the team in both tournaments so far this year for the Gamecocks. The freshman has shot no higher than 76, and he shot a season-low 69 in final round of the Mason Rudolph Invitational.
East Lincoln senior Mattie Tobey, the two-time Southern Piedmont 3A Conference player of the year, is also playing well. Tobey, who signed with Texas Tech, is ranked No. 6 in the Carolinas, according to Carolinas' Golf Association.
After a rough start, the North Meck boys soccer team has won eight of its last nine games; the only blemish was a tie at Mallard Creek. The Vikings (9-5-3, 6-0-2) had started 2-5-1.
North Meck, ranked No. 15 in the state, and coach Paul Kikta pulled off a similar feat last year, when they started 6-4-2, then won 10 of their final 11 games to finish 17-5-2 overall. The Vikings lost in the third round of the 4A state playoffs.
Just kicking it
The Lake Norman boys soccer team (13-1-3, 6-1-2) is just behind the Vikings, after losing a by a heartbreaking 1-0 score to North Meck earlier this month.
The Wildcats, who have juggled their lineup because of injuries for the last month, are led by junior midfielder Jordan Chillson and junior forward Marcus Lohrmann.
The Mooresville tennis team won the I-Meck 4A Conference, beating Lake Norman 7-2 earlier this month to clinch the conference title. The Blue Devils (16-1, 6-0) begin the 4A playoffs this week along with Lake Norman (13-2, 5-1), which finished second in conference play after winning the last two league titles.
The Lake Norman and Hopewell volleyball teams will be co-champions of the I-Meck, at least during the regular season.
The Lake Norman Wildcats (22-2, 13-1) have won 15 straight matches since losing to Hopewell on Sept. 7. Senior Lauren Steiner leads the team with 149 kills. Junior Briana Gottberg orchestrates most of the offense with her 489 assists.
Hopewell (25-2, 13-1) is led by senior Hannah Early, who orally committed to play basketball at Davidson earlier this fall, and has 149 kills on the season. Sophomore Rachel Eppley has a team-high 414 digs; her older sister, Adian, sets up most of the offense with 566 assists.
The Davidson College basketball careers of former Hopewell stars Jordan Downing and DeMon Brooks were to officially begin Saturday. Both freshman were to start practice then and are expected to debut Nov. 13 at the University of Pennsylvania.