Softball champs honored at halftime

The 2007-08 Butler state softball champs were honored Friday at halftime of the North Meck football game. The state title is the third in a row for the Lady Bulldogs, and they won more than 50 games in a row. It’s the best run ever for a high school fast pitch softball team.

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Bulldogs blast North Meck

There’s a lot of new faces on the 2008 Butler Bulldogs team. The talent, however, has never been better. [singlepic=59,260,180,,right] Running back Markel Moore and the rest of the Bulldogs were fast and physical against North Meck. PHOTO: swardpics.com

Butler 49 North Meck 7

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Former Butler and Big I players return Saturday

[singlepic=51,250,170,watermark,left]Virgina Tech players Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Whitley return to the area Saturday to open the 2008 college football season. Boykin was Butler’s best receiver last year, and he was also a great all-around talent for the Bulldogs. Boykin and Whitley aren’t the only local players opening the season in Bank of America Stadium. East Carolina’s Dominique Lindsay and D.J. McFadden graduated from Independence. This is Lindsay’ senior season at ECU.

The game is televised Saturday at noon on ESPN.

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Bulldogs, Patriots open preseason

Lawrence Martin makes a big hit Tuesday in the Patriots' scrimmage against Catholic.

Lawrence Martin makes a big hit.

The Butler Bulldogs and Independence Patriots scrimmaged against local high school football teams yesterday. Butler scrimmaged the Olympic Trojans at 8 am, and the Patriots faced the Charlotte Catholic Cougars at 7 pm. Continue reading

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Butler and Independence players declared ineligible

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said yesterday it found three players ineligible at Butler and Independence high schools.

After an investigation by CMS Law Enforcement, one Butler High School varsity football player and one Butler High basketball player were declared ineligible. The students violated a CMS residency rule by falsifying their addresses. A junior varsity football player from Independence High School was also declared ineligible for violating the same CMS residency rule. One of the Butler students has already graduated; the other students who were not at their correct home schools will be sent to the correct schools for the 2008-2009 school year.

CMS did not release the students’ names in its press release. According to the CMS communications department, the ineligible players were discovered by tips sent to CMS Law Enforcement. The tip can come in the form of an e-mail, phone call or simply seeing CMS Athletic Director Vicki Hamilton in public and telling her directly. All tips, according to CMS, are investigated.

Superintendent Peter Gorman is scheduled to announce tomorrow at 11:30 am changes in the system’s eligibility verification policies. Developing…

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