Many times, when the subject of high school sports in the Matthews-Mint Hill area arises, one image immediately comes to mind: football. And while the area has enjoyed its share of success on the gridiron, thanks to state championship runs by Independence and Butler in recent years, that’s certainly understandable.
But this winter, Matthews-Mint Hill basketball teams made their presence known.
A number of area hoops squads made strides, starting with the young Independence boys and girls teams, whose on-the-court performances belied their sub-par win-loss records. There also were improved showings from the boys and girls teams at Queen’s Grant and Grace Academy.
However, two schools – Butler and Covenant Day – found themselves in Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s season-ending Southern Mecklenburg Super 7 basketball rankings, which also include programs located in south Charlotte.
A year after losing a number of players, including McDonald’s All-American Cierra Burdick, to graduation, the Butler girls showed that the program remains strong. The Bulldogs finished the season at the No. 4 spot in the Super 7 girls rankings.
The Butler boys also wound up fourth in the Super 7, following a season in which they threatened to win a Southwestern 4A conference championship before going on to claim their third consecutive league tournament title.
For the first time in school history, the Covenant Day girls also earned a spot among the final Super 7, coming in at No. 7 after finishing a game above .500 (16-15) and reaching the private-school 3A state tournament this season.
South Mecklenburg earned the Super 7 boys championship after winning its first conference title in nine years. Rounding out the boys Super 7 were No. 2 Charlotte Catholic, No. 3 Charlotte Christian, Butler, No. 5 Charlotte Latin, No. 6 Myers Park and No. 7 East Meck.
The final girls Super 7 rankings included No. 1 Providence Day, No. 2 Myers Park, No. 3 Ardrey Kell, Butler, No. 5 Charlotte Christian, No. 6 Charlotte Catholic and Covenant Day.