North Mecklenburg’s girls and Charlotte Latin’s boys move into the Observer’s Sweet 16 basketball rankings this week.
Latin, ranked in the preseason, returned to the boys poll.
North Meck (4-0) hasn’t been ranked in the girls poll this season, but zooms in at No. 9, where the Vikings are tied with West Charlotte. That’s a higher-than-normal debut, but the Vikings impressed voters by winning the Leroy Holden holiday tournament at North Meck in impressive fashion last week.
North Meck beat Mooresville 61-36 and beat then-top 10 Sweet 16 team Lake Norman Charter 67-38 in the championship game.
Charlotte Latin (2-2) has lost to private-school power Greensboro Day and Sweet 16 No. 4 Myers Park (76-71) but has been impressive against a tough early season schedule. The Hawks play rival Charlotte Catholic at home Tuesday.
Elsewhere in the polls, Providence Day’s boys – playing one of the toughest schedules in North Carolina – moved up to No. 2 after wins against Tennessee power Hamilton Heights and Hough, which dropped three spotsto No. 5. And Weddington’s girls moved up to No. 2 after a 44-35 victory at Ardrey Kell, which fell a spotto No. 3.
BOYS SWEET 16
|1||West Charlotte (4A)||2-0||48||1|
|2||Providence Day (IND)||2-2||44||6|
|3||North Mecklenburg (4A)||3-0||43||3|
|4||Myers Park (4A)||3-0||38||4|
|6||Lake Norman (4A)||1-2||33||4|
|7||Ardrey Kell (4A)||3-1||30||7|
|11||Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)||0-0||18||10|
|14||Charlotte Christian (IND)||4-0||9||14|
|15||Sun Valley (3A)||2-0||2||16|
|15||Charlotte Latin (IND)||2-2||2||NR|
Dropped out: None. Also receiving votes: None.
First-place votes: West Charlotte (3).
GIRLS SWEET 16
|1||Myers Park (4A)||3-0||48||1|
|3||Ardrey Kell (4A)||2-2||42||2|
|4||Providence Day (IND)||2-1||39||3|
|9||North Mecklenburg (4A)||4-0||21||NR|
|9||West Charlotte (4A)||1-2||21||7|
|12||Charlotte Catholic (4A)||2-0||13||15|
|13||Rock Hill Northwestern (4A)||0-0||12||11|
|15||South Iredell (3A)||1-0||5||16|
|15||Lake Norman Charter (2A)||1-1||5||9|
Dropped out: None. Also receiving votes: Rocky River (4A, 2-0); Lincoln Charter (1A, 5-1).
First-place Votes: Myers Park (3).
Note: A three-person panel of Observer sportswriters 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.