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Independence outlasts Rocky River in Mint Hill football showdown

The Independence Patriots and the Rocky River Ravens faced off on Friday for an important 4A Southwestern Conference game. The Patriots came into the game with an overall record of 7-1 and 4-0 in conference. The home-standing Ravens were 6-2 and 3-1. Both teams appear headed for the playoffs, and this game would play a part in future playoff match ups.

This game was a back and forth affair between two evenly matched teams.

Independence kicked off and the game was on. After a first down, Ravens senior quarterback Andre Rice attempted his first pass. The pass was promptly picked off by the Patriots’ sophomore defensive back Cordell McMurray who returned it to the Rocky River 33 yard line.

The Patriots wasted no time taking advantage of the sudden change of possession. On the first play senior quarterback Jason Connella connected with wide receiver Jamar Jenkins, only a sophomore, on a deep pass down the right sideline for a gain of 29 yards.

From four yards out, the Patriots were able to pound the ball into the end zone. Connella scored the touchdown on a quarterback sneak. The extra point was blocked but the Patriots led early 6-0. The teams exchanged punts until the Ravens offense exploded. After a first down, senior running back James House burst through a big hole on the left side and juked his way through the Patriots’ secondary for a 41 yard touchdown run. The extra point was missed and the game was tied 6-6.

The excitement in the first quarter was far from over. After the Ravens’ kickoff, Connella hit Patriots’ senior wide receiver Dequan Barnes on a 65-yard bomb. Barnes had gotten wide open behind the Ravens’ secondary and Connella hit him in stride for the score.

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Resident works to bring new sport to Mint Hill

 

Mark Guion is bringing a new sport to Mint Hill: paddle tennis.

Paddle tennis is a variation of its classic namesake, played with wooden paddles, a deadened ball, a smaller court, and a shorter net.

Guion, a resident of Mint Hill, discovered the game while on vacation in Venice Beach, California, started playing, and “absolutely loved it.”

Upon returning to Mint Hill, Guion couldn’t find any courts in the area, but started to play at the Park on Wilgrove, marking off

the smaller courts from the regular tennis courts.

Today, Guion is working to replace the old, unused basketball court at the park with two paddle tennis courts, circulating a petition, which has more than 300 signatures.

The goals were removed from the court years ago, the asphalt is weathered and cracked, and the dimensions are ideal for two paddle tennis courts.

Guion has been in contact with town commissioners and lions club and will be presenting the proposal to the parks and recreation committee at its November 13 meeting.

According to Guion, there are no paddle tennis courts in the area, and the United States Paddle Tennis Association has shown interest in coming to the Charlotte area to host clinics and promote the game.

“I’d love for Mint Hill to be the place where people would have to come to play,” Guion said. “If anybody knows of or wants to try it out, they would have to come here, because there is nowhere else available.”

Guion is optimistic about the success of the proposal, based on the interest and feedback from the community.

“The amount of people I’ve talked to, the number of signatures I’m getting, the level of interest from those folks, I think there’s a pretty good shot,” Guion said.

Guion hosted a demonstration of the sport at the park on Wilgrove Sunday, October 14, explaining the game and showing attendees how to play.

Tom Campbell, a resident of Matthews, attended the demonstration, and while he has never played paddle tennis before Sunday, he supports replacing the basketball court with paddle tennis courts.

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By |October 19th, 2012|Around Town|1 Comment

News Notes & Happenings

FREE HOCKEY DAY FOR CHILDREN

The Charlotte Metro Hockey Association invites boys and girls ages four to nine years old to the Extreme Ice Center Saturday, November 3 from 1:30-3 pm for a Try Hockey for Free clinic to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun […]

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Independence students compete to feed the hungry

This fall, the Academy of International Studies at Independence High School is competing to feed the hungry.

The competition is the Student Hunger Drive of the Carolinas, a competition among more than 20 schools to donate food to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

This is Independence’s first year competing in the hunger drive, which started in 2010 […]

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