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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Butler students head for Outward Bound

photo courtesy of ncobs.org

Twelve students from Butler High School, along with 36 other CMS high school students from Philip O. Berry, Myers Park and Vance high schools, will head out for an adventure tomorrow morning. The students will participate in Outward Bound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trip will last eight days and the students “will learn decision-making and leadership skills while rock-climbing and backpacking.” Sounds like a nice vacation before school starts.

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Yet another school gets trashed

Butler High was the victim of vandalism in June.

Butler High was the victim of vandalism in June.

Providence High is the third victim this summer of high school property damage. Arsonists set fire to three sheds near the school’s softball field. Two sheds housed Panther football practice equipment and the third was used by the Matthews Athletic Association. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools estimated the fires caused roughly $31,000 in damage.

Security cameras at the school caught a dark-colored sedan on Providence school grounds that night.

Butler High and Northeast Middle were also vandalized earlier this summer. Perpetrators broke windows at the schools, and they destroyed televisions and computers at Butler. The damage at Butler and Northeast was an estimated $58,000.

No suspect has been named in either case. Please contact CMS police or Matthews police if you have any information.



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Butler linebacker Hawatha Bell to visit four schools in fall

Butler’s most prominent football recruit Hawatha Bell will visit four schools this fall, including UNC and NC State.

Common Hawatha, keep your talent in state!

Of all the high profile Butler Bulldogs recruits last season, none stayed in state. Can’t blame them too much for wanting to play for Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Illinois, but it would be nice to keep some of that homegrown talent in NC for a change.

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