Butler and Independence scrimmage tomorrow, but not each other

[singlepic=8,150,150,,right]High school football preseason kicks off tomorrow in the Mint Hill area. Butler High gets things started with a scrimmage at 7 am against Olympic at home. Independence gets its preseason underway at 7 pm at Independence against Charlotte Catholic. The last two scrimmages against Charlotte Catholic have been unlucky for the Patriots. One was canceled because of weather, and tight end Mario Carter tore an anterior cruciate ligament last year. Carter now plays for N.C. State.

Butler and Independence open the regular season August 29. The Bulldogs play North Meck at Butler, and the Patriots take on the Olympic Trojans at Independence.

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Patriots get down to business

The Independence Patriots want to forget the sting of last year’s three-loss season. Coaches led kids through position drills and 7-on-7 drills on a warm, humid Monday morning as they head back to work for the upcoming season.

Don’t worry though. These kids aren’t running laps in the August heat, they are running to get some water during a short break.

Football practice started Friday at Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools.

Look for more photos Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Former Big I standout denied enrollment

The Rock Hill Herald reports today former Independence High School football player Dominique Walker was denied enrollment into South Pointe High School in S.C. Walker, who was (unfairly) hit with a 14 game suspension for ineligibility at the Big I last season, can’t play in S.C. as a result.

DeVonte Holloman, the all-world safety who is also seeking a transfer to South Pointe from Independence, has not officially been allowed to enroll either. Holloman’s parents are separated, and the school system is waiting for the divorce papers.

Both Walker and Holloman are honor roll students who are graduating after the fall so they can begin college early. Holloman has always lived in the right school district; Walker just wants one more chance to showcase his talents to colleges so he can get a scholarship. (Holloman is going to Clemson in the fall.)

What’s going on here? Good kids who just want an opportunity to play and yet because they went to Independence–and because Independence has had a stellar run of 9 years–they are being persecuted.

Enough is enough. Everyone has suffered because of the ineligibility probes. Let the kids play. Now.

**UPDATE: Jeff Taylor at the Meck Deck blog wonders this:

Bonus Observation: Maybe the reason one CMS HS has thus far avoided the full-on CMS inquisition on athletic eligibility is that one of its coaches is dating the daughter of an area super. Just a thought.

Don’t know what school he’s talking about, but if his info is true, it’s an interesting correlation.

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Holloman still not enrolled in Rock Hill

DeVonte Holloman

DeVonte Holloman

Former Independence defensive back DeVonte Holloman is still not officially enrolled at his new school, according to The Rock Hill Herald. Holloman needs to sign a statement affirming his parents are separated and he moved to the Rock Hill South Pointe district with his father. Holloman left Independence earlier this summer.

He was joined at South Pointe by Independence teammate Dominique Walker. The Herald reported there are questions about Walker’s eligibility. The district could rule him ineligible because he was suspended for 14 games while at Independence.

According to the Herald, South Carolina High School League rules say players must be eligible in a sport to play after transferring to another school.

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Robbie Tucker, RIP

Independence High School rising senior Robbie Tucker, who was killed Thursday when struck by a car while walking home from a friend’s house, was buried today.

On Friday, two of Robbie’s friends,  Sydney Leibert (left) and Jessica Burkett painted the Big I rock in front of the school to pay tribute.

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