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North Meck outlasts Hough in MECKA 4A showdown

North Meck remained perfect in conference play and expanded its MECKA 4A lead to two games with a hard-fought 69-63 win over Hough on Jan. 8. Neither team led by more than eight points in the game, and Hough fought back to cut a late lead to two points with just over a minute to play, but the Vikings’ experience and depth was the difference. Jaylen McManus scored a game-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for North Meck, who got 18 points from Davion Mintz and 11 from Kendall Coles. Qon Murphy scored 18 and Ryan Friday added 15 for the Huskies.

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Davidson Day claims title

Davidson Day imposed its will on both sides of the ball to rout Charlotte Latin, 31-13, on Nov. 13 and claim the NCISAA Division I title. The win was the Patriots’ fourth title in their past five seasons. Cade Carney led the way with 216 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman completed 12-18 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns – a 49-yard strike to Tommy Lawley and a 12-yard throw to Jake Dyer. (Photos courtesy of Ken Bumgarner)

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Knights run out of steam, fall to Stuart Cramer

Stuart Cramer pulled off a come-from-behind 27-20 win over Lake Norman Charter on Oct. 9. The Knights trailed 20-13 at the half, but scored in the third quarter to tie the score. Stuart Cramer put it away late and held on for the win. Sean Dugan accounted for 113 yards of total offense and a touchdown to lead Lake Norman Charter. Kurt Wronsky and David Gonzales had solid games, as did quarterback Teddy Spooner, who threw for a season-high 172 yards and a touchdown. Stuart Cramer was led by quarterback Jaylen Rocquemore, who threw for 218 yards, ran for 52 yards and another score and caught a 18 yard pass in the win.

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Pine Lake Prep shuts out Mountain Island Charter

Will Harwood and Taylor Hochman led Pine Lake Prep to a 42-0 win over Mountain Island Charter on Sept. 18.  Harwood ran 24 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Hochman carried the ball 15 times for 82 yards and three scores. The duo led Pride run game, which recorded 51 carries for 345 yards on the day. The win is Pine Lake Prep’s third consecutive shutout, and the Pride has allowed just 14 points through five games. Tanner Howard had two sacks and recorded five tackles to lead the defense, which had four sacks and two interceptions in the lopsided win. Mountain Island Charter was led by Aapri Washington, who recorded 118 yards of total offense and had 15 tackles. The Raptors dropped to 1-4 and 0-3 in the Southern Piedmont Conference, while Pine Lake Prep improved to 5-0 and 1-0 in league play.

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Vikings dominate Spartans with 35-0 shutout

North Meck improved to 3-1 with a dominating 35-0 non-conference win over Community School of Davidson on Sept. 11. The Vikings led 21-0 at the half after quarterback Kendall Coles connected with De’Montrez Burroughs and Nyree Hardy and Eriq Boyd returned an interception for a touchdown. North Meck’s sophomore running back Emmanuel Wilson ran for 226 yards in the win and Coles went 9 of 17 for 134 yards and threw for the two scores. The Spartans had trouble moving the ball at all and were overmatched on the defensive side of the ball. Joey Bernardini had averaged more than 200 rushing yards through the first three games, but led the way with 98 yards on 21 carries. The Vikings (3-1) host 1-3 Rocky River next week while the Spartans try to tame 4-0 Davidson Day.

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Vikings dominate Spartans with 35-0 shutout

North Meck improved to 3-1 with a dominating 35-0 non-conference win over Community School of Davidson on Sept. 11. The Vikings led 21-0 at the half after quarterback Kendall Coles connected with De’Montrez Burroughs and Nyree Hardy and Eriq Boyd returned an interception for a touchdown. North Meck’s sophomore running back Emmanuel Wilson ran for 226 yards in the win and Coles went 9 of 17 for 134 yards and threw for the two scores. The Spartans had trouble moving the ball at all and were overmatched on the defensive side of the ball. Joey Bernardini had averaged more than 200 rushing yards through the first three games, but led the way with 98 yards on 21 carries. The Vikings (3-1) host 1-3 Rocky River next week while the Spartans try to tame 4-0 Davidson Day.

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Hough smothers Lake Norman

Hough’s defense stifled Lake Norman and Jarrett Nagy led the Huskies to a 23-6 win on Sept. 4. The Huskies held Lake Norman to just 188 total yards and held the Wildcat run game which had averaged more than 250 yards a game to just 71. Nagy finished the night with 220 rushing yards on just 11 carries and set a new school record with a 98-yard touchdown late in the first half that put Hough up, 16-0 at the break. The Huskies added another score before Lake Norman was able to get into the end zone with a fourth quarter touchdown. Lake Norman (2-1) will play Statesville while Hough (3-0) hosts Ardrey Kell on Sept. 11. (Photos courtesy of Chris Hull)

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Hough improves with win over Mooresville

Hough improved to 2-0 on the season with a come-from-behind 14-10 non conference win over Mooresville on Aug. 28. The Huskies never led until Rashad Williams found the end zone with 1:48 left to play. Mooresville tried to answer late, but Adam Smith stripped receiver Jonathan Knox inside Hough’s 20-yard line to secure the win. Mooresville Donshel Jetton ran for 171 yards and the touchdown for the Blue Devils, who dropped to 1-1 on the year.

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Huntersville Celebrates National Night Out

Residents and the Huntersville Police Department came together Aug. 4 during National Night Out to fight back against crime. The event offers residents a way to interact with the police, stand together to promote safety and learn about crime prevention and how to avoid becoming a victim. Huntersville’s event included moon bounces, rock climbing and water slides. Local merchants provided giveaways, discount tickets and informational pamphlets and police and fire displayed vehicles and answered questions about services. Families and kids enjoyed hotdogs, snow cones and cotton candy. (Photo courtesy of Carrie C. Causey)

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Steve Langley breaks record for longest bubble chain

Steve Langley of Huntersville unofficially huffed and puffed his way into the record books June 11, blowing a chain of 35 soap bubbles long at Discovery Place KIDS. The Soap Bubble Circus juggler and variety entertainer beat the previous world record of 30 bubbles. Barrett Long, director of Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, and Tim Chartier, a math professor at Davidson College, served as the two official witnesses to the record-breaking feat. Letters from both Barrett and Chartier will be included in a packet of materials to be sent to the Guinness Book of World Records for officials to review and certify. Following the feat, Langley stepped outside and treated children running and jumping on the front lawn to showers of tiny bubbles. (Courtesy of Kahaniyah Webster) 

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Lake Norman Charter Class of 2015

Lake Norman Charter School celebrated June 6 the graduation of 189 students at Park Church. The celebration included remarks from math teacher John Imburgia as well as students Adam Bullock, Aalia Shariff and Parker Moss. The ceremony portrayed the class’ sense of humor with jokes throughout, demonstrating the closeness of the class with their teachers. (Carrie C. Causey/Herald Weekly photos)

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I-485 Opening

After several delays, drivers are finally riding on a complete 67-mile I-485 highway after Governor Pat McCrory spoke June 5 during the official opening, according to Mayor Jill Swain and the town of Huntersville. The final segment of the I-485 outer loop runs from N.C. 115 to Interstate 85. (Carrie C. Causey/Herald Weekly photos)

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Exit 28 I-77 Toll Lane Protest

A large crowd of demonstrators lined up at 4 p.m. May 1 along the median of the Catawba Avenue overpass at Exit 28 off Interstate 77 to protest the I-77 express lanes project that will offer motorists a way to avoid traffic by riding a toll lane. The lanes, operated by the Spanish company, Cintra, will span 26 miles from Exit 11 in Charlotte to Exit 36 in Mooresville. The protesters held signs, shouting to motorists and demanding the state do away with the managed express lanes. (Chris Tittel/Herald Weekly photos)

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Relay for Life

The annual Relay For Life of Cornelius / Huntersville took place May 1 at Bailey Road Park in Cornelius. The event helps people celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who have died and raise money for the American Cancer Society and its programs. Initial estimates show the event raised $53,000, but people can still donate at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15SA?fr_id=64644&pg=entry. (Carrie C. Causey/Herald Weekly photos)

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Rural Hill Bark in the Park Festival

The Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival was held April 25 on the rolling green fields of Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. Canines of all shapes, sizes and breeds walked, ran, jumped and fetched everything from rubber toys to flying discs. Some just lazed about, enjoying the free treats and company of other dogs. Several owners watched their pets charge down a portable dock, leap 25 feet in the air, land in an above-ground swimming pool and climb out only to do it all over again. Dogs competed for top honors in several competitions, including smallest dog, largest dog and top dog. There was even an owner-pet look-alike contest. Purina, Harris Teeter, Historic Rural Hill and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation sponsored the festival. (Courtesy of Sarah Gillie and Chris Tittel)

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Torrence Creek prepares for Hello Huntersville

Students from Torrence Creek Elementary School have been preparing for Huntersville's annual arts and music festival, Hello Huntersville, May 9. Fourth and fifth grade students painted words, such as "love" and "freedom", with yellow and purple paint on a white canvas. The Quarter Notes choir practiced a Beatles classic, "Let It Be". The posters will be showcased during the event as the students perform.

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ReCommunity Recycling collects from Lake Norman

ReCommunity Recycling, located in Charlotte, is Mecklenburg County's recycling facility, recycling and reusing day-to-day materials collected from Davidson and other Lake Norman areas. The center has about 10,000 people visit every year for tours where guests are enlightened on the benefits of recycling. The main lobby houses art work, benches and even a chandelier made of recyclable materials. (Courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Cort Savage Coffee + Conversation Art Gallery March 31

The Interiorities: A Decade of Inevitable Forms is a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Cort Savage, professor of art at Davidson College. The exhibition is on view in the Van Every Gallery from March 12 through April 12. Savage gave a short gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception March 12. Savage uses 3D printing in the sculpture lab and creates mixed-media kinetic sculptures and rubber-band based sculptures. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie) 

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Boys & Girls Basketball Players of the Year

Lake Norman Publications announced its boys and girls basketball Players of the Year for each of our three weekly papers. Hough High's Luke Maye and Davidson Day’s Maya Caldwell earned the Herald Weekly honors, East Lincoln’s Sage Surratt and Destiny Johnson are the Denver Weekly award winners and Lake Norman High's Hunter Seacat and Allie VanSant are the Mooresville Weekly recipients. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)

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Davidson Community Players 2015 Encore Golden Jubilee

Theatergoers experienced an unforgettable time at the Encore Golden Jubilee event, which celebrated Davidson Community Player's 50th anniversary March 21 at The Peninsula Club. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, raffle, dinner and DCP performances. The fundraising event allows DCP to grow further to better serve the community. Last year’s Encore event raised more than $14,000, helping pay for upgrades to technical equipment. (Photos courtesy of Amy Pennell)

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Hough High School Career Day

Hough High School's Future Business Leaders of America Club and JROTIC hosted their second annual Career Day event March 18 in the school's gymnasium. Professionals from the community shared their career/occupation experience with Hough students. Some of the local businesses that participated were Wells Fargo, CMPD, Duke Energy, CMS, AT&T, Charlotte Living and The Herald Weekly. Representatives from these companies helped prepare students for the professional world by giving them firsthand knowledge about different career paths. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Gillie)