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Jordan Downing has shared the basketball court with numerous players who have NBA experience, so he knows what a top-level player looks like.

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It has always appealed to A.J. Whisenant that soccer is like a universal language, and Jordan Hall tends to agree. He enjoys playing soccer whether he’s speaking English or German.

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Golfers from across the nation will compete in the 71st U.S. Junior Amateur at New Jersey’s Baltusrol Golf Club July 16-21, and recent Hough High graduate Ben Woodruff is excited to face them.

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The Boston Red Sox organization surprised Durin O’Linger when he arrived at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., in February.

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Lately I’ve been catching so many white perch in my cast net that I have a hard time getting to the shad and herring I’m trying to catch. Some anglers consider the presence of white perch in local waters to be a good thing, but many others think these fish are a destructive nuisance. Let’s t…

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T.J. Albert is self-aware enough to know he’s prone to hyperbole, and the Community School of Davidson baseball coach admits he’s only stepped foot inside a few dozen high school baseball stadiums in North and South Carolina.

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At 15 years old, Tommy Good cannot yet legally operate a vehicle on a public road.

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Relief pitching is not for everyone, but Ryder Ryan is embracing the intensity of a bullpen role in his third professional season.

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Summer water temperatures are rising through the 80-degree range, which makes proper handling of the fish we’re catching a more important practice than any other time of year. Several factors combine to make being caught and released in warm water a tougher experience for all fish but especi…

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Michael Russell’s steady climb through the Tampa Bay Rays system has him back in the Tar Heel State and playing for perhaps the country’s most famous minor league team.

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CHAPEL HILL – Make that seven out of eight for the Hough High Huskies, who continue to excel in overall conference competition.

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It was a successful spring campaign for the Hough High Huskies in the I-Meck 4A, who have the individual conference honors to show for it.

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Hannah Early thinks of her dad often these days, and when she does, she can smile and remember the good times, the love he gave, the goofy jokes he’d tell and how he picked just the right moments to speak up at one of her Hopewell High or Davidson College basketball games.

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DAVIDSON – A few weeks after hosting the Symetra Classic pro golf event, those at River Run Country Club are beginning to prepare for next year’s tournament, the second in a two-year deal with the official qualifying tour of the Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA).

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HUNTERSVILLE – Drexler Clark, a fleet-footed guard who could dart from baseline to baseline in a blink, graduated from Hough High in 2013, the year before the Jimmy V All-Star Classic was first held.

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HUNTERSVILLE – In 2013, the Lake Norman Charter girls soccer team reached the state final for the first time and won the 1A state championship by an unusual score.

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Bobby Lutz has spent his career coaching at the top level of college basketball, and along the way, he’s seen cancer intervene far too often.

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HUNTERSVILLE – Motivation has not been a problem for North Meck High junior Chancelor Crawford this year. It’s come early and often.

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How many watercraft can safely operate one lake at the same time? I don’t know but we’re fixin’ to find out. Summer’s here, and as the area’s population continues to grow, it’s more critical now than ever that all boat operators, and their passengers, make safety their No. 1 priority on the …

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HUNTERSVILLE – As much state-level success as Lake Norman Charter has had in cross country, the Knights have never really considered themselves serious contenders for team championships in track and field.

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HUNTERSVILLE – It was a hot, sun-drenched afternoon at SouthLake Christian Saturday, May 19 when members of the Eagles lacrosse team quietly and secretly lifted the water cooler, crouched behind a few teammates screening their movements and headed in the direction of unsuspecting head coach …

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HUNTERSVILLE – Perhaps the most cliché of all sports clichés indicates that offense wins games and defense wins championships, and if that’s truly the case, the Lake Norman Charter girls soccer team likes its chances.

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GREENSBORO – The N.C. High School Athletic Association track and field state championships are scheduled for May 19-20 at North Carolina A&T State University.

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State champions will be crowned in a number of sports Saturday, and teams from SouthLake Christian, Christ the King Catholic and Lincoln Charter are in the mix.

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Those at River Run Country Club in Davidson are diligently making final preparations for the Symetra Classic women’s pro golf event, which is May 17-19.

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DAVIDSON – Two straight runner-up state championship performances crystallized the objective for the Community School of Davidson golf team this spring.

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The Christ the King Catholic girls soccer team concluded the regular season with a 12-0-2 record, which coach Andy Rendon credits to an improving team chemistry among the team’s veterans and newcomers.

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After top performances on the conference level, local track and field athletes head to regionals Saturday, May 12 with hopes of qualifying for the upcoming state championships.

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HUNTERSVILLE – Aaron McMellon has changed during his time playing baseball for the Hopewell High Titans, and not just in terms of the senior’s development into a physically imposing 6-foot, 215-pound catcher and the Titans’ top offensive weapon.

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The Hough High golf team won its third regional championship Tuesday, leading the field at the 4A West Regional at Mooresville Golf Club and qualifying for its seventh state tournament in eight seasons.

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CORNELIUS – In terms of wins, the Hough High baseball team is right where it typically is this time of year, with the 4A state playoffs just around the corner.

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HUNTERSVILLE – A year after ending Forestview’s conference dominance in golf, winning regionals and placing second in the 2A state tournament, the Lake Norman Charter Knights are champions of the South Fork 2A Conference.

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CORNELIUS – As he talked to him, Joe Carey could tell that Jonnie Varga just wasn’t sure if he wanted to try rugby.

MOORESVILLE – The top four golfers per team comprise team scores in the weekly I-Meck 4A Conference matches, and Hough High’s fifth-best golfer regularly finishes in the top 10 – or better – overall.

CORNELIUS – Hough High senior Will Crane admits there are times when he might get too serious in a match, and freshman Ryan Mangiapane acknowledges he can get carried away using his jumping fo…

HUNTERSVILLE – Hunter Stallings doesn’t have the fastball velocity of many of his counterparts in the I-Meck 4A Conference, but North Meck High’s top pitcher has found ways to give the Vikings…

HUNTERSVILLE – Michael Clark has been fascinated by flight for about as long as he’s been intrigued by the game of baseball. That is, essentially all his life.

Former Lake Norman Charter standout Alex Scearce learned a lot about pro football while in training camp with the Chicago Bears last year, and the former Coastal Carolina All-American lineback…

Strike calls, bang-bang plays at second base and the intricacies of the rulebook make life interesting for an umpire, the often-criticized-but-necessary arbitrator of baseball and softball games.

DAVIDSON – There are 10 new players on the Community School of Davidson girls soccer team this spring, including seven freshmen, but the expectations for the two-time 1A state champions have n…

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DAVIDSON – The regular season ended in a notable way for the Davidson Wildcats, and the 63-61 win over first-place Rhode Island, then the 17th ranked team in the country, on March 2 provided c…

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CORNELIUS – Up and down his Hough High lineup card, Huskies coach Jimmy Cochran scribbles the names of players who will one day play college baseball.

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DAVIDSON – From Davidson coach Bob McKillop’s viewpoint, Rhode Island’s Jared Terrell was “just a fingertip away” from ending Davidson’s night in a much different way.

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DAVIDSON – This time a year ago, there were three 2,000-point scorers in the century-plus history of the Davidson men’s basketball program.

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From growing up in Huntersville to leading Lake Norman High to the 2010 4A state title to dancing the “Nae Nae” after helping Mercer upset Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Kevin Canevari has …

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MOORESVILLE – The Pine Lake Prep boys basketball team won 19 games, the PAC-7 regular season title, had a 12-game win streak and reached the round of 16 in the 1A state playoffs.

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HUNTERSVILLE – There was some shock and disappointment but also a great deal of pride when the end came for the North Meck Vikings in the third round of the 4A basketball state playoffs Feb. 24.

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HUNTERSVILLE – It’s possible to beat the North Meck High Vikings on their home floor. Sure, it’s possible.

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MOORESVILLE – The Pine Lake Prep boys basketball team entered the 1A state playoffs this week with a first-round bye and a chance to redeem itself.

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It’s state playoff time in high school basketball, and if anyone in the Lake Norman area knows what that means, it’s Leroy Holden, a 2016 N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee.

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MOORESVILLE — Pine Lake Prep is sending seven divers to the 1A/2A state championships this weekend, and two have the last name Yeakley.