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Independence: Game Week 3

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-2) at Olympic (0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 35-0, on Nov. 14, 2014

Key Players: Independence: quarterback Christian McPhail, running back Quantavious McGill, cornerback/receivers Elijah Small and Cedric Stone, linebackers Tylon Clawson, Jerome Cochran and Rob Casanova, defensive ends Christian Colon and Kima Bell; Olympic: quarterback Dylan Earney, running backs Rikki Manning, Jr. and Marquis Robinson, Jr., receiver Isaiah Boswell, defensive backs Martin Delgado, Jordan Daniles and Dushawn Hemphill, linebacker Jaz Young, lineman Joshua Allen.

The Keys: The Patriots have won each of the past seven meeting between the two teams and badly need a win to get the season rolling. They may be going to the right place to do just that as the Trojans didn’t show much pop in Week 1. However, Olympic has had a week to think about their lackluster performance and prepare for the Patriots after taking an early-season bye last week.

Independence:  It’s hard to imagine the Patriots have scored just 19 points and surrendered 100 in their first two games, but that’s the reality in 2015.  […]

Mint Hill teen develops skills as Bank of America Student Leader

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill resident and Northwest School of the Arts graduate Nia Moore spent the past summer interning with Freedom School Partners as part of the national Bank of America program Student Leaders.

Moore was one of five students selected from the Charlotte area to participate in an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit. The goal is to recognize students for their community efforts by providing them with valuable career experience.

“I had to wake up earlier than I did throughout the school year, but it was definitely worth it,” Moore said.

Moore had previously volunteered with the nonprofit Promising Pages, which seeks to build literacy for underprivileged children by giving them access to early education through books. “I’ve already been interested in educational disparities,” she said. “Working with Freedom Schools definitely aligned with that.”

Freedom School Partners works to combat summer learning loss and make gains in literacy through a six-week summer program each year. Moore’s responsibilities varied each day, providing an overview of each facet of a nonprofit. Tasks included site deliveries, scholar evaluations and field trips. Interns were able to meet with the marketing and finance departments to learn more about the roles they play.  […]

Recent Independence grad signs with Hawks Bowling NLI

Highly decorated scholastic bowler and recent Independence High School graduate, Kaci Collings, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Collins will bring her experience on the lanes to Princess Ann, Md., for the 2015-16 campaign.

“Kaci has bowled against some of the top competition in the country and been successful doing so. She has been coached by some of the top coaches in the nation and her physical game is solid. I expect her to have an immediate impact for our team,” says Coach Kayla Bandy.

Collins bowled in travel leagues throughout her high school career and owns the league record for high series in both six and three games series. She went undefeated throughout league play, placing first in every singles event throughout her prep career. She was named Bowler of the Year by the league each year. […]

Independence Game Week 2

FOOTBALL FRIDAY

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-1) hosts Scotland (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 20-7, on Nov. 29, 2002

Key Players: Independence: quarterback Christian McPhail, running back Quantavious McGill, cornerback/receivers Elijah Small and Cedric Stone, linebackers Tylon Clawson, Jerome Cochran and Rob Casanova, defensive ends Christian Colon and Kima Bell; Scotland: running back Zamir White, quarterback Sergio Gibson, receiver Ryan Leak and Ty’Quan McNealy, linebackers Jonathan Smith and Mitchell Smith, defensive backs Ahmed Monley and Manny Smith, defensive end Tony Smith, Jr.

The Keys: Last week was a very uncharacteristic week for the proud Patriots as they were drubbed 58-6 by Mallard Creek, a team ranked in the top 50 of nearly every national poll. Independence hasn’t suffered a loss like that since Vance shut them out in 2012 and haven’t begun a season 0-2 since 2010 when they went just 3-8. They need to rebound in a hurry, but Scotland is no slouch and is coming off its own impressive win with a 47-25 victory over South View. […]