They say good things come in threes. For Lake Norman-area athletes this season that magic number was much higher.

Eight.

From football to cross country to NASCAR, there’s no doubt the Lake Norman area produces stellar athletes – proven through the eight individual and team championships earned this fall.

Look inside this week's Herald for special coverage of the season’s top performers. Read what drives them to success and what makes them tick. Also, read about extraordinary efforts against top-flight competitors - like Melissa Zammitti, a state champion who’s only in eighth grade, or Davidson Day’s incredible run to a second-straight title and some national records to boot. And, of course, the heroics of East Lincoln’s perfect season.

Each adds something special to Lake Norman athletics, and this week, we will celebrate them.