The Ardrey Kell girls' golf team had a dream season a year ago, becoming only the second Mecklenburg County team ever to win a 4A state championship and winning the Southwestern 4A conference title and the 4A West Regionals.
This year, despite losing their top player Allison Emrey to Wake Forest, the Knights won the SW4A with another unbeaten regular season.
The Knights finished second at the regional match and third at states with two juniors, Allyson Markiewicz and Emily Stinson and a freshman, Megan Cullip, in their top three.
Providence also had a solid year, finishing fourth as a team at regionals and tenth at states, led by Michelle Fogarty.
Charlotte Country fourth at the inaugural N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association girls' championship, was led by Brook Vann, who finished 8th at states.
Player of the year: Allyson Markiewicz, Ardrey Kell - Markiewicz was at her best when it mattered most. She beat eventual state champion Victoria Allred (Ronald Reagan) in a playoff two win the 4A West Regional match.
Markiewicz, a junior, finished second at states (to Allred), shooting a 75 the first day at Pinehurst, followed by a 77 in the final round.
Coach of the year: Bart Whitney, Ardrey Kell - Bart Whitney expects his Ardrey Kell team to play to the best of their ability. For the last four years, that has also meant his Knight team was one of the best teams in the state. This year, the defending 4A state and West region champions, were again among the best teams in their classification, finishing second at regionals and third at states.
Whitney led his team to a seventh-place finish at states in 2008, followed by a runner-up finish (at states) in 2009 and a state title last year.