Independence students raise money for bears

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Independence High School is giving Teddy bears to hospitalized children. The students and staff of Independence are buying Teddy bears to give to children in the hospital on Valentine’s Day. The Student Council is sponsoring a “Build a Heart” campaign and is collecting money to purchase stuffed Teddy bears for children in the hospital during Valentine’s Day. Each student and teacher is asked to give at least a $1. The Teddy Bears will be made at “Build-A-Bear” at Concord Mills Mall.
Money will be collected during lunches in the mall and may be given to Student Council members. The Teddy Bears will be taken to Levine’s Children Hospital on Valentine’s Day.

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Rhynes chooses Marshall U.

Independence wide receiver Michael Rhynes will play next year with Marshall University. Rhynes chose Marshall over Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee and joins former Patriot T.J. Drakeford on the team. Although he was hampered by injuries this past season, Rhynes is a steal for the Herd. At 6-foot-5 and 202 pounds, Rhynes runs a 4.6-second 40 and of his 18 catches last season, eight went for touchdowns.

In other local high school football news, former Butler star Robert Blanton was the feature of an article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday.

“Here is a guy, a freshman, really not afraid of anyone, and that’s a tough position to say that at,” coach Charlie Weis said in November.

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‘Big I’ Key Club visits Lawyers Glen

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Independence Key Club members visited Lawyers Glen Retirement Center Saturday to help the seniors decorate trees and wrap packages. The seniors treated the Key Club to pizza for their help. The Independence Key Club has more than 70 members and is sponsored by the Mint Hill Kiwanis Club. In the photo: Left to right: Thu, Nga, Rubia, Kenia, De’Meshia, Le, Miki, Terry, advisor Tamara Babulski

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Patriots stunned; Fall to Raiders 30-22

Independence’s magical run of eight consecutive seasons playing in the state championship game is over.  All streaks are made to be broken, but not like this.  The Patriots were dismantled by a Richmond option[singlepic=407,320,240,,right] attack and could not overcome their own mistakes and mental lapses as they were defeated 30-22 Friday.

A banner hanging on the Raiders sideline read “Go Big..”.  Like the banner read, Independence was missing from some of the game and was never able to take control.  Richmond never trailed and confused the Patriots all night before a packed house.

The Patriots went for an early fourth down play from the Raiders three yard line and were stuffed, coming away with no points. After a three and out for Richmond, a punt was fumbled by Kyle Gregg and Richmond started controlling the clock and the game. PHOTO ROGER HARDING rahpix.com Continue reading

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Independence dismantles Butler 49-7

It took 15 seconds for Independence to take the lead in Friday’s game against Butler. Lawrence Martin[singlepic=383,320,240,,right] ran the opening kickoff back for six points and kicker Robbie Ward added an extra point for a 7-0 score. Butler would not get closer the rest of the game as the Patriots overwhelmed the Bulldogs 49-7.

“I was a little surprised because Butler came out a little flat and Lawrence’s touchdown return stuck it to them a bit,” Knotts said after the game.

Martin finished with six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with his kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had a 72 yard touchdown pass called back because of penalty on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage.

“He’s made big plays for us all year,” said Knotts. “When he gets the ball in his hands he can do special things. He’s electric when he gets it.”

Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com

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Gameday: Butler vs. Independence II

Breaking down tonight’s game, 8 pm Memorial Stadium

[singlepic=380,320,240,,left] There is one team left in the state who can beat Independence this season and that’s Butler. The Bulldogs have the talent to hang with the Patriots, but you don’t beat a Tom Knotts team with talent alone. It will take execution on the field. In the previous match up between these two teams, the Patriots out-executed the Bulldogs for a decisive 41-31 win.

The Patriots crisply run offense begins and ends with Anthony Carrothers. The junior quarterback either passes or runs —usually very successfully—on about 80 percent of Independence’s plays. He is the sole reason they have been as dominant as any team in the state this season. Knotts said Carrothers’ play in the last meeting between the Independence and Butler “was not one of his best.”

He passed for 256 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns. All this against one of the top defenses in the state.

Carrothers has proven he can’t be contained and is the MVP of the state this season.

Butler’s best shot at winning is to execute on offense and try to out-score the Patriots. Continue reading

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