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Last week, both teams that were tied for No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll lost. Charlotte Christian was upset by Adren Christ School; Concord Cox Mill lost to the Patrick School (NJ).

That opened the way for a new — and old — No. 1.

Carmel Christian, the preseason No. 1 team, returns to the top of the poll. The Cougars, chasing a second straight state title, play in a N.C. Independent Schools semifinal on Friday.

Also this week, SoMeck conference champion Olympic bolts into the top 10. Under coach Baronton Terry, Olympic has not lost a regular-season conference game. The Trojans are 38-0.

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Sweet 16 Boys’ Basketball



Rk

Team

Cl

Rec

Prvs.

1

Carmel Christian

IND

29-3

4

2

North Mecklenburg

4A

20-3

7

3

Concord Cox Mill

3A

22-2

1

4

Charlotte Christian

IND

27-2

1

5

Marshville Forest Hills

2A

22-2

5

6

Morganton Freedom

3A

23-1

6

7

West Charlotte

4A

18-6

3

8Olympic4A19-410

9

Butler

4A

19-5

13

10

Fort Mill Nation Ford

5A

25-4

12

11

North Rowan

1A

21-2

15

12

Independence

4A

18-6

8

13

Vance

4A

18-5

9

14

Ardrey Kell

4A

18-5

11

15

Myers Park

4A

17-7

14

16

Kings Mountain

3A

18-5

NR

Dropped Out: Davidson Day (IND, 20-5). Also receiving consideration: Hickory (3A, 19-4); Maiden (2A, 20-2); Charlotte Catholic (3A, 17-7); Lincoln Charter (1A, 19-6); Concord First Assembly (IND, 27-5); Community School of Davidson (IND, 21-3); Cherryville (1A, 20-4); Maiden (2A, 21-3); Mount Pleasant (2A, 20-4). Note: The Observer’s Sweet 16 poll is a ranking of the top 16 boys and girls teams in the newspaper’s 162-school coverage-area in North and South Carolina. The poll considers performance, strength of schedule and strength of class. To be considered, teams must play for a recognized state association.

Langston Wertz Jr. is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked at the Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and NFL to video games and Britney Spears. Wertz -- a West Charlotte High and UNC grad -- is the rare person who can answer “Charlotte,” when you ask, “What city are you from.”

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