High School Sports

Observer Sweet 16 Boys’ Basketball Poll 11.24.14

West Charlotte is the new No. 1 team in the Observer’s Sweet 16 basketball poll.

The Lions have spent more weeks at No. 1 than any other team since the newspaper began the poll in the 1984-85 season. West Charlotte had a big home game Monday night with No. 8 Butler.

Hough moved up three spots to No. 2 after upsetting preseason No. 1 Lake Norman 55-50 last week. Lake Norman dropped to No. 4.

One new team is in this week: Harding (1-0) jumps in at No. 15 after an 86-49 season-opening win against Garinger, sparked by 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks by Jarlen McDonald.

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. Pvs
1. West Charlotte (4A) 1-0 47 2
2. Hough (4A) 2-0 44 5
3. North Mecklenburg (4A) 1-0 43 3
4. Lake Norman (4A) 0-1 40 1
5. Myers Park (4A) 2-0 35 5
6. Providence Day (IND) 0-2 34 6
7. Ardrey Kell (4A) 1-1 30 4
8. Butler (4A) 2-0 27 8
9. Robinson (4A) 1-0 23 10
10. Rock Hill South Pointe (3A) 0-0 22 9
11. Olympic (4A) 1-0 18 11
12. Concord (3A) 1-0 15 12
13. Berry (4A) 2-0 12 13
14. Charlotte Christian (IND) 1-0 9 14
15. Harding (4A) 1-0 4 NR
16. Sun Valley (3A) 0-0 3 16

Dropped out: Charlotte Latin (IND, 1-1). Also receiving votes: None.

First-Place Votes: West Charlotte (2); Hough (1)

Note: A three-person panel of Observer sportswriter voted. Eligible teams are in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Union and York counties that do not allow student-athletes to repeat a grade and maintain eligibility once beginning their ninth-grade year. Eligible schools must also belong to a recognized state association.

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