Are there really 17 new teams in the NC high school basketball rankings? Why, yes.

Alex Slitz/alslitz@charlotteobserver.com

As N.C. high school basketball teams ready to begin conference play this week -- and holiday tournament season -- the boys and girls state rankings are getting a mighty shake up.

On the girls’ side, there are eight new teams in this week’s class-by-class rankings from The Charlotte Observer and News & Observer of Raleigh.

There’s one new girls No. 1: Providence Day of Charlotte.

On the boys side, welcome nine new teams, including Charlotte Country Day, which was 1-17 just two years ago.

Third-year coach David Carrier, who built a NC power at Providence Day, is slowly doing the same at his new school. Last season, Country Day was 17-16 and won a game in the state playoffs.

Now this.

“I love these guys,” Carrier said, “and I’ve had them working for three years now, and we’ve got a lot of seniors, and it’s just been fun seeing them grow up, and seeing them become a family.

“It’s been fun for this old man.”

Country Day beat Carolina International 79-55 at home Saturday and improved to 9-1. The Bucs have won six straight games heading Tuesday’s non-conference showdown with unbeaten Charlotte Catholic (5-0). That’s the game of the night in Mecklenburg County.

“I tell you, man we’re enjoying the ride,” Carrier said. “We had a slow build, and we played a lot this summer. We worked out a lot this fall. We had most everybody back on our team and we’re just enjoying the moment. We feel we’ve got a lot of potential and I just love these guys. I feel like we are a family and it’s a lot of fun and I’m very blessed.”

Boys Rankings

NCISAA

Rank

School

Record

Prvs.

1

Carmel Christian

9-1

1

2

Christ School

8-0

4

3

Concord Academy

9-2

2

4

United Faith

8-1

3

5

Providence Day

6-1

5

6

The Burlington School

7-3

6

7

Greensboro Day

8-2

7

8

Cannon

8-2

8

9

Forsyth Country Day

10-0

10

10

Charlotte Country Day

9-1

NR

NCHSAA 4A

Rank

NCHSAA

Record

Prvs.

1

North Mecklenburg

4-0

2

2

Myers Park

1-1

1

3

Holly Springs

3-1

3

4

Millbrook

3-1

4

5

Wake Forest

3-0

6

6

Olympic

4-0

9

7

Chambers

2-2

NR

8

Mt. Tabor

3-0

NR

9

Pine Forest

3-1

NR

10

Richmond

6-1

NR

NCHSAA 3A

Rank

NCHSAA

Record

Prvs.

1

Central Cabarrus

5-0

1

2

Northwood

3-0

2

3

West Charlotte

4-1

3

4

Northern Nash

2-0

4

5

Southern Durham

3-0

5

6

Hickory

4-0

6

7

Westover

5-0

7

8

Rocky Mount

2-0

8

9

Southern Nash

3-0

9

10

Crest

1-0

NR

NCHSAA 2A

Rank

NCHSAA

Record

Prvs.

1

Farmville Central

3-0

1

2

Goldsboro

3-0

5

3

North Surry

3-0

7

4

Salisbury

3-1

2

5

JM Robinson

3-2

4

6

Cummings

1-1

3

7

R.S. Central

3-1

NR

8

Kinston

3-1

6

9

North Johnston

4-0

NR

10

Shelby

0-1

10

NCHSAA 1A

Rank

NCHSAA

Record

Prvs.

1

Chatham Charter

9-0

1

2

Washington County

1-0

2

3

Bessemer City

3-0

3

4

Bishop McGuinness

2-0

4

5

Southeast Halifax

2-0

NR

6

North Edgecombe

1-1

6

7

KIPP Pride

1-1

7

8

Wilson Prep

1-2

8

9

Thomasville

0-1

5

10

Hayesville

1-1

10

Girls Rankings

NCISAA

Rank

NCISAA

Record

Prvs.

1

Providence Day

6-0

4

2

Grace Christian

5-0

3

3

Cannon School

5-2

1

4

Asheville Christian

4-1

5

5

Rabun Gap

8-2

2

6

O’Neal Schol

7-1

6

7

Victory Christian

7-1

8

8

Saint David’s

5-0

9

9

North Raleigh Christian

3-3

NR

10

Rocky Mount Academy

5-1

10

NCHSAA 4A

Rank

School

Record

Prvs.

1

Charlotte Catholic

2-1

1

2

Panther Creek

3-0

2

3

Northern Guilford

3-0

4

4

Lake Norman

6-0

5

5

Myers Park

3-1

6

6

North Mecklenburg

5-1

7

7

Willow Spring

5-0

8

8

Watauga

3-1

9

9

Apex Friendship

3-1

10

10

Hillside

1-1

NR

NCHSAA 3A

Rank

School

Record

Prvs.

1

Rocky Mount

3-0

1

2

D.H. Conley

6-0

NR

3

Ben L. Smith

2-0

3

4

Freedom

3-0

8

5

Southern Durham

4-0

9

6

South Central

3-1

5

7

North Davidson

2-1

4

8

Parkwood

3-1

7

9

E.E. Smith

3-1

3

10

Terry Sanford

2-2

2

NCHSAA 2A

Rank

School

Record

Prvs.

1

Salisbury

3-1

1

2

Shelby

1-0

2

3

East Rutherford

2-0

3

4

Farmville Central

2-2

4

5

North Pitt

3-1

5

6

Randleman

5-0

6

7

Newton-Conover

4-0

7

8

Seaforth

2-0

NR

9

East Bladen

4-0

9

10

Saint Pauls

2-1

NR

NCHSAA 1A

Rank

School

Record

Prvs.

1

Bishop McGuinness

2-0

1

2

Mountain Heritage

4-0

3

3

Falls Lake Charter

8-0

7

4

North Rowan

3-1

6

5

Midway

2-1

NR

6

Chatham Charter

3-1

8

7

Bessemer City

3-0

9

8

Starmount

1-1

5

9

Holmes

2-0

NR

10

Chatham Central

2-0

NR

Note: Records through games played Saturday Dec. 3