Indpendence Patriots holds off Garinger Wildcats

The Independence Patriots boy’s basketball team maintained their top spot in the

Southwestern 4A Conference by holding off a strong effort by the Garinger Wildcat
 Tuesday night to earn the road win.
After leading by only two points, 19-17, at the end of the first quarter, the Patriots
opened the second quarter with a 17-0 run and clamped down defensively holding the
Wildcats to only four points in the second quarter.
Garinger outscored the Patriots 47-39 in the second half, but was unable to overcome
 Indy’s second quarter run, allowing Indy to pick up the 79-68 road victory. Continue reading
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Tiderman picks up 200th win

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.38.58 AMIndependence’s Brian Tiderman picked up his 200th and 201st career wins at the 2014 Southwestern 4A Conference Wrestling Championship at Porter Ridge High School over the weekend. Tiderman won the confer- ence championship in the 220 lb. weight class with a first period pin over Butler’s Dean Looney. He was also voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Porter Ridge was the over all champion as the Pirates posted a score of 188.5. Independence, who was the regular sea- son champions, took second place with a score of 163.5. Butler placed third with 126 points. Myers Park earned fourth with 89 points. Rocky River was fifth 59.5. East Mecklenburg, 49 and Gar- inger 43 took sixth and seventh in the tournament. PHOTO BY RON MORRIS

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Indy theater department continues to rebuild

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The cast of Seussical the Musical from Independence High School.

The cast of Seussical the Musical from Independence High School.

Seussical the Musical opens January 31
The Independence High School theater program continues its rebuilding process by presenting Seussical the Musical. This fun, fast-paced musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss. According to theater teacher Paula Baldwin, it has become a favorite with schools and community theaters.
“We chose the show because it has been very popular with many of the theatre companies in the area,” says Baldwin. “It’s light and fun for all ages.”
Baldwin, who has been at Independence for three years, continues to rebuild a drama program that had all but ceased to exist.
Although there had been a string of drama teachers over the years, there had been not been a musical produced at the school for 12 years until Baldwin took the helm and breathed life back into the program. Continue reading

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Independence Patriots Varsity basketball

The Independence Patriots varsity basketball teams opened their Southwestern 4A conference play at home Friday night against the Eagles of East Meck.

Girls
East Meck          72
Independence  35
After a close first quarter, the visiting Lady Eagles pulled away and earned a 72-35 conference win.  Camile Martin led the Lady Patriots with 13 points while Jayla Horton paced the Lady Eagles and led all scores with 18 points.
Scoring:
East Meck       13  22  16  21  -   72
Independence   8   7   10  10  -  35
East Meck:  Jayla Horton 18,  Zhamya Wills 16,  Ciera Rucker 13,  LaBria King 10,  Miya Bull 6,  Taylor Hudson 5,  Shatoya Alexander 2,  Rachel Collins 2.
Independence:  Camile Martin 13,  Lydajah Mcleod 7,  Monique Dubose 6,  Krysta Peterson 6,  Laryn Sullivan 3.
Boys
East Meck          61
Independence  66
In the boys’ game The Independence Patriots held off a fourth quarter rally by the East Meck Eagles to pick up the 66-61 win in the conference opener for both teams.  East Meck entered the fourth quarter trailing by 12 points and out scored the Patriots 26-19.
Tryle Poindexter led the Eagles with 20 points. Independence got another big night from Deion Lane who led all scores with 28 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.  He hit 5 out of 6 from the floor, 4 three pointers and went 6 for 6 from the line.  Workpeh Kofa also had a big night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 6 deflections.
Scoring:
East Meck          12  13  10  26  -    61
Independence  18  14  15  19  -    66
East Meck:  Tryle Poindexter 20,  John Rankin 10,  Ray’Quelle Days 8,  Reggie Smith 7,  Desmond Covington 6,  Jaylen McManus 4,  Charles Patton 4,  Cameron Stradford 2.
Independence:  Deion Lane 28,  Junior Bowen 9,  Workpeh Kofa 9,  Tayon Gleaves 8,
Marcus Thomas 7,  Matthew Statile 3,  Kadeem Harry 2.
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Indendence 39–Butler 46

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Indy 39 – Butler 46.  The Independence football season ended in the second round of the State Playoff with a loss to Butler for the second time this season.   Butler will advance to the third round of the State Playoffs friday night by traveling to and playing the number on seed West Forsyth.    Rocky River will also advance to the third round after beating Porter Ridge 37 to 29.  The Ravens  will travel to Greensboro to play Dudley High this Friday night.

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