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Hough wrestlers win conference championship

Hough High won the team championship at the MECKA 4A conference wrestling tournament Feb. 1. The Huskies also had five individual conference champions. Hough, which also won the regular-season title, scored 181 points, followed by Mallard Creek (154) and Kannapolis Brown (148.5). The Huskies’ individual champions were Austin Powell (113 pounds), Kevin O’Brien (138), Jake Efird (152), Jordan Thompson (170) and Sebastian Barreto (182). Hough’s Connor Brooks was runner-up in the 285-pound division. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Hough maintains perfect conference record

The Hough High boys’ basketball team routed Hopewell 61-40 on Jan. 24 to improve to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in the MECKA 4A conference. Luke Maye, a junior forward, dominated with 29 points, 18 rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Huskies Jaqueaz Jackson (10 points, three assists) and Tucker Thompson (10 points, eight rebounds) helped snap Hopewell’s two-game winning streak. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Lake Norman Charter snaps Lincoln Charter’s streak

Lake Norman Charter brought an abrupt end to Lincoln Charter’s 14-game winning streak. The Knights beat the host Eagles 56-23 in a non-conference girls’ basketball game Jan. 22, in a match of two of the lake area’s top teams. Lake Norman Charter improved to 15-1 and Lincoln Charter fell to 14-1. Lake Norman Charter jumped to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and extended it to 26-6 by halftime. Ezinne Mbamalu scored a game-high 21 points for Lake Norman Charter. Photos by Dana Pianowski.

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Hough boys’ team grabs conference lead

The Hough High boys’ basketball team edged rival North Mecklenburg 69-61 on Jan. 17 to snag first place in the MECKA 4A conference. The Huskies improved to 6-0 in conference games and 12-3 overall with their third straight victory. Luke Maye led Hough with 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocked shots and five assists. Tucker Thompson scored 14 points and Theo Mack scored 13 for the Huskies, who shot 62 percent from the field. C.J. Bryce scored a game-high 23 points for North Meck (13-2 overall, 4-2 conference). Photos by Kato Ibeto.

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North Mecklenburg continues its hot streak

The North Mecklenburg High boys’ basketball team beat Vance 85-69 in a home game Jan. 10 to extend its winning streak to five games. The Vikings, coached by Duane Lewis, improved to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the MECKA 4A conference. North Mecklenburg’s victory was sparked by a 29-point third quarter. The Vikings next will play a key conference game at Hough High (11-5, 5-0) on Jan. 17. The winner will move into first place in the conference. There were no CMS games Jan. 14 because of exams. Photos by Kato Ibeto.

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BANSHEE screening - INVITE ONLY at McGlohon Theater

Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic, stars of Cinemax's hit drama "Banshee," celebrated the premiere of the show's second season at a red carpet event at Charlotte's McGlohon Theater. Parts of the show are filmed around Charlotte and Mooresville. Beth Petty, director of the Charlotte Regional Film Council, was also on hand to talk about the importance of the state's filming tax incentives, which attract big productions such as "The Hunger Games" and "Homeland" to the area. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon commented that the filming industry provides work to many locals, from those who build sets to costume designers. Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Relay For Life of 2014 Kickoff at Hendrick Mercedes

A great crowd came out to support the 2014 Kickoff for the Huntersville and Cornelius Relay for Life. Appetizers and Cocktails were available for all who attended. This was the initial Kick-Off for 2014, so that means IT NOT TOO LATE to get involved! For more information about how you can become involved in this great cause visit: http://bit.ly/19TNMRK, or you can find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HVCrelay - Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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Galway Hookers All Inclusive New Years Eve Celebration

Galway Hooker has the longest running all inclusive New Years Eve party at the Lake, and it sold out well before New Years Eve. GALWAY HOOKER is MORE THAN FISH AND CHIPS! We have something for EVERYONE including Kids! Chef Steve - the Galway Executive Chef came from Charleston Chops (for those who have been here long enough to remember) and is one of the best chefs at the lake. If you're looking to get out of that rut and add a GREAT new dining experience to your routine... Check us out - we even have a NEW MENU for 2014! Photos by Nate.

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Evernham Racing for a Reason - IGNITE for Autism

The Evernham Family Racing for a Reason and the Autism Society of North Carolina cordially held an open house to celebrate the first anniversary of IGNITE. IGNITE is a community center to support young adults with Autism and Aspberger's syndrome. The Open House was held at Davidson Cotton Mill from 5pm-8pm. For more information about how you can become involved with this great organization visit www.autismsociety-nc.org. Photos by Will McMurray.

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Hough vs Lake Norman Charter Basketball - Split Wins

The Lake Norman Charter girls’ basketball team beat Hough 59-50 in a Dec. 6 non-conference game in Huntersville. The Knights improved to 3-1 by outscoring Hough 18-0 in the second quarter. Alex Busch scored a game-high 22 points, Ezinne Mbamalu had nine points and 17 rebounds and Jessi Harris grabbed 12 rebounds. Hough earned a split by coasting to a 55-29 victory in the boys’ game. The Huskies (4-1) did most of their damage inside as forward Luke Maye had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and center Tucker Thompson scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. Jaqueaz Jackson added 11 points, including two 3-pointers. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Lake Norman Charter vs Hough Basketball - Split Wins

The Lake Norman Charter girls’ basketball team beat Hough 59-50 in a Dec. 6 non-conference game in Huntersville. The Knights improved to 3-1 by outscoring Hough 18-0 in the second quarter. Alex Busch scored a game-high 22 points, Ezinne Mbamalu had nine points and 17 rebounds and Jessi Harris grabbed 12 rebounds. Hough earned a split by coasting to a 55-29 victory in the boys’ game. The Huskies (4-1) did most of their damage inside as forward Luke Maye had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and center Tucker Thompson scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds. Jaqueaz Jackson added 11 points, including two 3-pointers. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.

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Christmas in Davidson 2013 - Thursday Evening

The cold and rainy night did not stop the crowds from showing up in Davidson for their Annual Christmas Celebration.  If this many people showed up in the rain... we can't imagine how many people would have been at this great multiple day event.  If you missed Christmas in Davidson - check out these photos - this is a family event that all should attend.  Shopping, Food, Cider, Performances, and the Beauty of Christmas all packaged in a few short blocks of Davidson.  Photos by Courtney Parlier.

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White Lighting Performs at Christmas in Davidson

White Lightning Athletics Competitive Cheer Teams performed at Christmas in Davidson.  The rain and wet brick required last minute changes to their routines, but as always White Lightning Coaches were quick on their feet and were able to modify the plans for a safe demonstration of their Competitive Cheer Teams.  White Lighting offers both competitive and recreational programs.  They are recognized as one of the best gyms at the lake for Gymnastics, Cheer, and Tumbling.  Photos by Nate Davis.

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1st Annual AmeriCarna IGNITE Car Show - Ingersoll Rand

Hundreds of classic custom celebrity cars rolled into the Ingersoll Rand corporate campus on Nov. 30 for the inaugural AmeriCarna LIVE Car Show, created by Ray Evernham, ESPN broadcaster and Former NASCAR crew chief. Celebrities include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and many others. The event supported IGNITE, a new community center in Davidson for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome. For more information about how you can become a part of this great organization visit www.americarnatv.com. Photos by Kato Ibeto.

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Patriots go back-to-back-to-back 3rd State Championship

Davidson Day’s football team packed the bleachers with good reason Nov. 22. The Patriots won their third straight state championship with a 69-28 rout against Harrells Christian in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II championship at Northside Christian. Davidson Day (12-1) wasn’t forced to punt, scored 35 points in the third quarter alone and had the fourth quarter to unofficially celebrate along the sidelines. They became the first lake-area team to win state championships in their first three varsity seasons, passing Hopewell High softball, which did it their first two years (2002 and 2003)Photos by Ken Bumgarner.

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Bowling Pin Shoot and Introduction to The Range at LKN

Bowling Pin shoot night is one of our favorite "shoots" that the Range puts on.  Apparently lots of people like this night as they had a great turn out to see who could knock the most pins down with the fewest shots.  Each Month a Champion is named and added to the Golden Bowling Pin.  We even took some introduction photos for the Range that give you a feel for the layout, and also show some great pictures of their Lounge.  Pizza was served for all those who participated in the shoot.  Next time we'll be there with our guns instead of a camera.  We'll see you at the Range at Lake Norman.  Photos by Nate.

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Birkdale Parade with Ace n TJs 96 1 and Santas Arrival

The Arrival of Santa and Tree Lighting at Birkdale Village was a HUGE success! Birkdale hosts a parade and float contest as part of their Santa Arrival event. All proceeds benefit Grin Kids. Birkdale Village retailers donated prizes/gift cards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the contest. Check out Birkdale's website for Photos with Santa and various other Birkdale promotions and events.