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

SOUTH MECK 14 Continue reading

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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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Butler and Independence games rescheduled yet again

The Butler-Ardrey Kell and Independence-Myers Park football games were rescheduled yet again. Now they will be played Monday, October 6 at 7 pm. The games, originally to be played last Friday night, were canceled because of rain. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools then changed the games to Monday, but because that fell on a Jewish holiday, moved the games to Wednesday. Now they are moved to one week from today.

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