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Patriots get tough first test on gridiron

By Andrew Stark

First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots. released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.

After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]

By |May 22nd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Girls lacrosse academies, travel team come to Mint Hill

This summer, girls as young as second grade can develop lacrosse skills while those in high school can join a travel team thanks to a newly launched organization, Carolina Crush Lacrosse.

About a month ago, Sandy Barnett, executive ad- ministrator of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa LaDez, head varsity lacrosse coach at Independence High School with extensive experience as a player, decided to partner to pursue an idea close to both of their hearts.


Independence High School hires new football coach

Q&A with Coach Justin Hardin
After Independence dropped a bombshell by announcing that second-year football coach Joe Evans would not return to the program in 2015, the Patriots took less than two weeks to find its new coach.
And they may have struck gold, hiring former Providence and Weddington coach Justin Hardin.
Hardin was a star quarterback at Kannapolis’ A.L. Brown where he played for his father, Bruce, a North Carolina Athletics Directors Hall of Fame coach who recently stepped down at Providence Day and is the orchestrater of 332 career wins.
Hardin went on to play quarterback at The Citadel, and had assistant coaching stops in high school and college before getting his first head coaching job at Weddington High in  2009. That season he inherited an 0-11 team but posted a 14-11 record the following two seasons. After a year as an assistant at Rock Hill South Pointe, Hardin returned to the coaching ranks at Providence, where he posted am 18-9 record in two seasons, including a 10-4 mark this year.

By |March 25th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, History, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Independence, Rocky River basketball game marred by fights

The Rocky River girls basketball team defeated Independence by a score of 65-42 on February 10, but the biggest story came off the court as a series of fights postponed the boys game.
Independence coach Preston Davis said he saw one fight which took place between fans during halftime, but was surprised to learn that at least three more fights had taken place either outside the gymnasium or in the stands.

By |February 13th, 2015|Around Town, Independence High School, Rocky River High School, Sports|0 Comments