Patriots collect more than $1,000 for patriots

[singlepic=39,200,120,,right]Independence football players collected $1,349 to donate to the United Services Organization. The players were at seven businesses in and around Mint Hill. The players also collected disposable cameras, magazines and phone cards. The items will be presented September 26 to the USO during halftime of the Independence vs. Myers Park football game. Independence team mom Teresa Oliver, one of the collection effort organizers, said Independence has contacted Myers Park about participating in the USO collection.

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Bulldogs, Patriots open preseason

Lawrence Martin makes a big hit Tuesday in the Patriots' scrimmage against Catholic.

Lawrence Martin makes a big hit.

The Butler Bulldogs and Independence Patriots scrimmaged against local high school football teams yesterday. Butler scrimmaged the Olympic Trojans at 8 am, and the Patriots faced the Charlotte Catholic Cougars at 7 pm. Continue reading

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Butler and Independence players declared ineligible

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said yesterday it found three players ineligible at Butler and Independence high schools.

After an investigation by CMS Law Enforcement, one Butler High School varsity football player and one Butler High basketball player were declared ineligible. The students violated a CMS residency rule by falsifying their addresses. A junior varsity football player from Independence High School was also declared ineligible for violating the same CMS residency rule. One of the Butler students has already graduated; the other students who were not at their correct home schools will be sent to the correct schools for the 2008-2009 school year.

CMS did not release the students’ names in its press release. According to the CMS communications department, the ineligible players were discovered by tips sent to CMS Law Enforcement. The tip can come in the form of an e-mail, phone call or simply seeing CMS Athletic Director Vicki Hamilton in public and telling her directly. All tips, according to CMS, are investigated.

Superintendent Peter Gorman is scheduled to announce tomorrow at 11:30 am changes in the system’s eligibility verification policies. Developing…

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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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