Indy qualifies three wrestlers for State Tournament

This past weekend Independence High School qualified three wrestlers  for the NCHSAA State Wrestling tournament in Greensboro this weekend.
Brian Tiderman and Casey Belville both reach milestones at the 4A West Regional tournament. Belville recorded his 150th career win with his win in the finals and Tiderman achieved his 100th win in the match that qualified him for the State tournament.
Belville was the regional champion in the 138 lbs. weight class, beating Michael Huntley of Mooreville, 3-0 in the finals. He is 55-3 on the year.
Demetree Hardison came in second place, losing to Zach Brown of Mooresville, 4-1 in the finals. Demetree is 45-8 this year.
Tiderman came in fourth place losing to Johnathon DiBernard by fall in the third/fourth place match. He is 54-9 this year.
Belville is a senior and Tiderman and Hardison are both underclassmen, Sophomore and Junior respectivley.
This is Belville’s second trip to the state tournament and the first for Tiderman and Hardison.

Other news:

Casandra Harrell
Senior drama student, Casandra Harrell was selected to participate in The Broadway Experience. The Broadway Experience is funded by Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for theater students to provide a scholarship for a trip to New York City to see a Broadway show. Students are nominated by their teachers and must write an essay and participate in a personal interview. Casandra will participate in an all expense paid trip to New York in March.

Anna McElrath
Anna McElrath (10th grade) qualified to compete in three events at the 4A State Indoor Championship meet at UNC on Saturday, February 10. She competed in two of those events (1,000 meters and 1,600 meters) representing Independence. In the 1,000 meter run, she placed 3:17.94 in the finals. In the 1,600 meter run, she placed 5:36.67 in the finals.
McElrath took up cross country for the first time last year. She did well in her debut season and was noticed by many coaches and others in the sport. She is a relentless trainer and finished 21st at the 4A Western Regional with a time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds. McElrath thanked her coach and her father, who is a long distance runner. Her mother is a teacher at Bain Elementary. Anna hopes to run in college one day.

Patriot Singers
The Patriot Singers will compete in “My School Rocks” for a cash prize of $5,000. This money will help impove the music program  at Independence.  The opportunity to earn points for the school has been posted to the My School Rocks facebook fan page.
For every 50 “likes” their video receives, they will get five points toward their total. For every 50 “shares” the video receives, they will get another five points toward their total. A “share” is when the video is posted onto another page. Help the Independence Choirs win $5,000 by going to Tell your friends. Post it in your status update on Facebook.