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Bain aims for personal learning approach this year

By Leah Schmalz

Bain Elementary is striving to make education more individualized and effective this year by personalizing learning to the needs of each student.

“One of our new goals this year is to start looking at each child and determining the best way they learn,” said Principal Tracey Hayes. “Our school will be taking on a personalized learning approach for our students.” […]

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. […]

Rocky River Game Week 2


Who: Rocky River (0-1) hosts Berry (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Berry won, 49-0, in the team’s only other match-up on September 3, 2010

Key Players: Rocky River: quarterback Tyshawn Carter, running backs Elijah Henry, Justice Styron and Nygle Farmer, receiver/defensive back Kendall Lewis, receiver Johari Alexander, lineman Bryson Adams, defensive back Tyrell Robinson, linebacker Larry Blanton; Berry: quarterback/tight end Bryan Digsby, receiver/safety Mike Roberts, receiver Kusegi Cureton, receiver/defensive back Gary Williams, running back Malik Brown, defensive backs Josh Barrett and Cameron Porter and lineman Jovaughn Gwyn

The Keys: This is the battle of two teams that could possibly be beginning uncharacteristic seasons. Berry hasn’t won its first two games since 2011, which was the last time they had a winning record. The Ravens opened last year 0-2, but rebounded to finish 9-5, so another loss isn’t the end of the world but certainly not the way they want to start 2015.

Rocky River:  The troubling thing about the Ravens 34-7 loss to perennial power Richmond wasn’t just the score. Coach Jason Fowler always runs a balanced, attacking offense, but last week his patented running game struggled – a potentially cautious tale and definitely something to look for in Week 2. Running behind a nearly entirely rebuilt offensive line, the Ravens mustered just 28 yards on 37 carries and that’s worrisome.  […]

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Independence Game Week 2


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. […]