The SouthLake Christian girls' basketball team is used to giving their best on the court.
The Eagles also have been at their best off the court, however.
On Dec. 7, the team purchased an at-home-style meal from Bob Evans and baked sweets to help provide a meal for the Huntersville Volunteer Fire Department as part of the team's "Sacrifice for Service," project.
Each SouthLake player gave up something they would have normally enjoy, like drinking coffee or sodas, or going to movies, for a week. They used the money they saved to help others. Each of girls' family supplied a baked good.
The team served the meal to people working at the fire department. SouthLake Christian players Bri Mack and Anna Landis led prayers for the meal and the firemen and women.
"It always feels good to give back to those who so unselfishly give all the time," Mack said. "All I had to do was sacrifice a few dollars and simple pleasures. They put it on the line each and every day with very little reward."
Mack and Co. also have turned in strong performances on the court.
Mack, a senior who has signed with Western Carolina, is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game. Classmate Kourtney Hailey is scoring 19 points per contest.
The Eagles are 4-3 and have played a very challenging nonconference slate. They were winners of three straight games going into the weekend.
Lake Norman's girls basketball team is 5-1, led by senior Marissa Riley's 20 points per game. Riley has a lot of help, even from within her own family as her sister, Madie, is now a key player in the Wildcat rotation.
Lake Norman Charter senior point guard Jamie Williams and sophomore center Ezzine Mbamalu have the Knights off to a 3-1 start.
Williams is averaging 13 points, six assists and six steals, while Mbamalu is averaging 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game.
The Davidson Day boys' basketball team is 9-1 going into the weekend. The recently upset perennial national power, United Faith Christian.
Senior point guard, Rashun Davis, led the way with 19 points and six assists.
North Meck point guard Shivaughn Wiggins continues to show he is one of the top players in the area, averaging 24 points, six assists and three steals per game for the 7-1 Vikings. The 5-foot-9 senior point guard, had 33 points, going 19 of 20 from the free-throw line in a recent 77-54 win at Lake Norman.
John Suther and Taylor Stamm are used to being busy, but this winter both Wildcat athletes are do swimming and playing basketball.
Lake Norman swimming coach, Jonathan Busch says Suther and Stamm aren't just on their respective teams, but are expected to play key roles with both squads.
SouthLake Christian volleyball standout Katie Schoenrock will attend Queens University of Charlotte. Schoenrock, who has been an all-state selection the last two years, was also first-team All-Charlotte Observer and the Lake Norman News Player of the Year this season.
The SouthLake Christian senior helped her team to 52-6 mark over the past two seasons, including a 2010 NCISAA 2A state title and a NCISAA 3A state runner-up finish this year.