The Lake Norman Charter girls' golf team knew it would be big challenge to play their first season in the Southern Piedmont conference with 2A schools like East and North Lincoln already established at the top of the league.
But coach Greg Murphy and the Knights, who were only in their second year as a program, won the SPC title by 15 shots before finishing in second place at regionals and a 10that the 1A/2A state meet.
The Knights were led by SPC Player of the Year Maegan Ports, but they also got big contributions from freshman Kaelyn Pack and juniors Brittany Buckstad and Kayla Thomas.
East Lincoln also had a solid season in the SPC, behind the play of junior Brittany Smith.
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Mooresville was the top local team in the I-Meck, finishing second in the league behind Mallard Creek.
The Blue Devils were led by Jesse Long and Abby Cathcart, who took turns leading the team in scoring and finished the year No. 4 and 5, respectively, in league play.
Cannon School, with the help of a pair of Davidson players, had a season to remember, winning the first N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association girls' golf state championship by 22 shots.
Lake Norman Player of the Year: Maegan Ports, Lake Norman Charter
Maegan Ports led her Lake Norman Charter team to a record-breaking season in only the second year of the program.
Ports, who was the medalist in five different matches, set the school record for nine holes, firing a 40 at Woodbridge Golf Club in Kings Mountain and set the Knights' record for 18 holes a few weeks later, shooting an 88 at Lincoln County Country Club.
The junior was also solid in the postseason, finishing eighth at the 1A/2A West Regionals and trying for 27th at states.
The best thing about Ports may be the fact that she has one more year to lead the Knights and continue rewriting the school's record books in the process.
Lake Norman Coach of the Year: Greg Murphy, Lake Norman Charter
Greg Murphy and his Lake Norman Charter golf team have only been together for two years, but they are already starting to make a big impact not only on their new conference, but also in regional and state play.
Murphy helped the Knights break three-time consecutive SPC champ East Lincoln's streak with a young group of girls.
Murphy's top four players - Ports (junior), Pack (freshman), Buckstad (junior) and Thomas (junior) - should all be back next year, which should give the Knights and Murphy ammunition to improve upon their season.
All-Lake Norman girls' golf team
Maegan Ports, Lake Norman Charter: SPC Player of the Year was eighth at regionals and 27th at states.
Brittany Smith, East Lincoln: Mustangs' top talent, a junior, finished fifth at regionals, 21st at states.
Kaelyn Pack, Lake Norman Charter: Freshman stepped up with ninth-place regional finish before placing 30th at states.
Jesse Long, Mooresville: Junior led Mooresville to second-place finish in I-Meck and was No. 4 in conference play.
Abby Cathcart, Mooresville: Another Blue Devil junior, she was fifth in the I-Meck standings.
Kate Collom, Cannon: All-state sophomore, a Davidson resident, was medalist at NCISAA meet while leading Cougars to a state title.
Annie Collom, Cannon: Kate's younger sister, a freshman, was also an all-state player after finishing fourth at states.