No. 4 Butler (5-0, 0-0 Southwestern 4A) at Porter Ridge (7-0, 0-0), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Be tough to find a better conference opener around the state than this one. It’ll be full of college recruits, fans and talent.
No. 3 North Mecklenburg (6-0, 0-0 I-MECK 4A) at West Charlotte (4-2, 0-0) Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Didn’t we say it would be tough to top Butler-Porter Ridge? Well, this one just might. Full of college talent and it’s a big rivalry game to boot. Two of the area’s top players match up: North’s Tristan Maxwell and West Charlotte’s Patrick Williams.
No. 1 Carmel Christian (14-0) vs. Lanier (Ala.), Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: Carmel faces a tough test at the Emerald Coast 16 Holiday Classic in Niceville, Fla. Lanier (10-1) is the No. 2 ranked team, regardless of class, in Alabama according to MaxPreps.
No. 1 Vance girls (6-0) vs. Florence Wilson (5-0), Thursday, 3:15 p.m.: Vance begins play at the Beach Ball Classic with a tough matchup with an unbeaten S.C. power that’s already beaten Sweet 16 No. 6 North Mecklenburg.
Crown Town Classic at Providence Day, Friday-Saturday: Some great matchup on both days among some of the state’s top players and teams. This will be one of the state’s best five events all season.
Friday at Providence Day: Hickory vs. Virginia Episcopal, 3:30; Northside vs. Durham Academy, 5:15; Fayetteville Trinity Christian vs. Providence Day, 7; Raleigh Trinity vs. Butler, 8:30
Saturday at Providence Day: Charlotte Country Day vs. Virginia Episcopal, noon; Northside Christian vs. Raleigh Trinity, 1:45; Concord Cannon vs. Durham Academy, 3:30; Walkertown vs. Providence Day, 5:15; Concord Cox Mill vs. Greensboro Day, 7; Fayetteville Trinity Christian vs. Butler, 8:45.