Big day tomorrow at Big I

A lot is going on tomorrow at Independence High. It’s homecoming against Ardrey Kell, kickoff is at 7 pm. But you should stop by between 11 am and 6:30 pm to pick up some Stallings Rock Store Bar-B-Q from the Independence booster club. Funds raised benefit the club.

The game is WBTV’s high school Game of the Week. WBTV will also be in the parking lot filming people tailgating before the game and feature the band. Charlotte radio station 96.1 The Beat will be in the parking lot at 4:30 pm blasting music.

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Patriots keep Mustangs corraled

[singlepic=194,220,140,,right]It was a short night for Independence quarterback Anthony Carrothers. Carrothers threw for 209 yards and a touchdown on 12 complete passes in the first quarter Monday against Myers Park’s defense. The junior quarterback threw for 296 yards in the first half and finished with 318 yards.

Back-up quarterback P.J. Jackson took a majority of the snaps in the second half, and Independence won 55-15.

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Monday night (high school) football

[singlepic=191,210,130,,left]Butler and Independence play again at 7 pm tonight. The Bulldogs face Ardrey Kell at Butler, and the Patriots play Myers Park at Independence. Coaches Tom Knotts and Mike Newsome are not happy playing their games tonight. It is the second game in four days and the middle game in a three-game-in-eight-day stretch. Knotts said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decision to play that many games was “bone-headed.”

Both teams are undefeated going into tonight’s match ups. The Patriots beat South Meck 42-14 on Friday, and the Bulldogs won 35-21 against Providence.

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Independence takes down South Meck

Running back Harold Blythe took over the Independence offense Friday. Blythe scored four touchdowns and rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries. Blythe set a personal record for touchdowns Friday, despite expecting not to play such a vital role in the Patriots’ offense.  He expects that role to grow as the season progresses.

“I think now they have some trust in me running the ball, so I think we’ll get so more runs going,” he said.

He still has room for improvement. Coach Tom Knotts said Blythe has to be a better runner in goal-line situations, but he has experience and good quickness.

INDEPENDENCE 42

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Are you ready for some football?

[singlepic=186,220,140,,left]It’s Friday in Mint Hill, and that means everybody’s focused on football. Butler faces Providence at 7 pm tonight at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs took down the Panthers 62-6 last season. Independence travels to South Meck tonight. Kickoff is at 7 pm at Sabre Stadium. The Sabres like to keep it on the ground, and the Patriots love to throw the ball. Should be interesting.

Read about those games Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Former Miss USA and Big I grad dating Twins star

Chelsea Cooley

Chelsea Cooley, born in Mint Hill and an Independence High School grad, is rumored to be dating Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins. Mauer, whose Twins played the Chicago White Sox last night for a chance to reach the playoffs, was the American League batting champion two of the last three seasons. Cooley has appeared on David Letterman and Deal or no Deal in addition to winning Miss USA in 2005. She now is a partner in Standout Productions, a leadership consulting firm.

Cooley and Mauer have not offically announced they are dating, but the chatter on Twins message boards would suggest they are an item.

Last year, former Butler student and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker began dating tennis superstar Andy Roddick.

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