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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Butler and Independence scrimmage tomorrow, but not each other

[singlepic=8,150,150,,right]High school football preseason kicks off tomorrow in the Mint Hill area. Butler High gets things started with a scrimmage at 7 am against Olympic at home. Independence gets its preseason underway at 7 pm at Independence against Charlotte Catholic. The last two scrimmages against Charlotte Catholic have been unlucky for the Patriots. One was canceled because of weather, and tight end Mario Carter tore an anterior cruciate ligament last year. Carter now plays for N.C. State.

Butler and Independence open the regular season August 29. The Bulldogs play North Meck at Butler, and the Patriots take on the Olympic Trojans at Independence.

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Butler practices in dawg days of summer

Prospective Bulldogs took over two practice fields Tuesday morning preparing for the upcoming football season.Assistant coaches led players through various position drills while head coach Mike Newsome looked-in at each station. Newsome also advised some of the younger players about their position.

Butler had two water fountains to counter the effects of the early morning heat.

The Bulldogs finished last season 10-3 and open the 2008 season August 29 at home against North Meck.

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Ryan Houston looks lean and mean at UNC

Last year, former Butler Bulldog Ryan Houston entered UNC weighing a whopping 273 pounds–as a running back! He netted 145 yards and scored one TD playing a back-up role for the 2007 Heels. This season, Scout.com reports, he’s at 240 pounds and looks like a new man. He’s listed at No. 2 on the Tar Heel depth chart, but look for him to make huge strides this season. Butler’s head Coach Mike Newsome said he could one day see Houston playing in the NFL. He seems to be on the right path.

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