Independence Patriots Varsity basketball

The Independence Patriots varsity basketball teams opened their Southwestern 4A conference play at home Friday night against the Eagles of East Meck.

Girls
East Meck          72
Independence  35
After a close first quarter, the visiting Lady Eagles pulled away and earned a 72-35 conference win.  Camile Martin led the Lady Patriots with 13 points while Jayla Horton paced the Lady Eagles and led all scores with 18 points.
Scoring:
East Meck       13  22  16  21  -   72
Independence   8   7   10  10  -  35
East Meck:  Jayla Horton 18,  Zhamya Wills 16,  Ciera Rucker 13,  LaBria King 10,  Miya Bull 6,  Taylor Hudson 5,  Shatoya Alexander 2,  Rachel Collins 2.
Independence:  Camile Martin 13,  Lydajah Mcleod 7,  Monique Dubose 6,  Krysta Peterson 6,  Laryn Sullivan 3.
Boys
East Meck          61
Independence  66
In the boys’ game The Independence Patriots held off a fourth quarter rally by the East Meck Eagles to pick up the 66-61 win in the conference opener for both teams.  East Meck entered the fourth quarter trailing by 12 points and out scored the Patriots 26-19.
Tryle Poindexter led the Eagles with 20 points. Independence got another big night from Deion Lane who led all scores with 28 points along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots.  He hit 5 out of 6 from the floor, 4 three pointers and went 6 for 6 from the line.  Workpeh Kofa also had a big night with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots and 6 deflections.
Scoring:
East Meck          12  13  10  26  -    61
Independence  18  14  15  19  -    66
East Meck:  Tryle Poindexter 20,  John Rankin 10,  Ray’Quelle Days 8,  Reggie Smith 7,  Desmond Covington 6,  Jaylen McManus 4,  Charles Patton 4,  Cameron Stradford 2.
Independence:  Deion Lane 28,  Junior Bowen 9,  Workpeh Kofa 9,  Tayon Gleaves 8,
Marcus Thomas 7,  Matthew Statile 3,  Kadeem Harry 2.
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Queen’s Grant Community School production– Accepted into 2014 junior theater festival

By Michele Dotson   dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Students from queens grant 11have been accepted into the 2014 Junior Theater Festival which will take place January 17-19 18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Freshman Garrett Costin is in his second year in musical theater and this will be his first time attending the festival.

“I have so much fun getting together with people I’m comfortable with,” says Costin. “This is a great activity; a way of expressing who I am.”

For Costin, who has aspirations of being involved with Broadway someday, the festival will offer opportunities to see all aspects of theater.

Created by New York’s iTheatrics and produced by the Junior Theater group, the Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest musical theater festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theater. The 2014 festival will bring together more than 4,500 students, teachers, and Broadway professionals to celebrate on-stage and backstage excellence in musical theater. Continue reading

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Indendence 39–Butler 46

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Indy 39 – Butler 46.  The Independence football season ended in the second round of the State Playoff with a loss to Butler for the second time this season.   Butler will advance to the third round of the State Playoffs friday night by traveling to and playing the number on seed West Forsyth.    Rocky River will also advance to the third round after beating Porter Ridge 37 to 29.  The Ravens  will travel to Greensboro to play Dudley High this Friday night.

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Texas Roadhouse of Matthews to hold fundraiser for Bain restoration project

Texas Roadhouse, located at 10450 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC (704-814-0285) will donate a percentage of its food sales on Sunday, November 24, to the Historic Bain Academy Restoration, as well as any donations received that day.

Patrons should present the Texas Roadhouse coupon between 11 am and 10 pm, and the Bain project will receive 10 percent of those sales.  Proceeds from the Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser will go toward restoring Historic Bain, which was established 1889 and has served thousands of students in its 124-year history. Continue reading

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The voice of Indy football for 10 years John Trela heads to Poughkeepsie for retirement

By Michele Dotson 
Staff Writer
Although Independence High School Assistant Principal John Trela officially retired last June, he has continued to announce home football games as he has done for the past 10 years.
“I’ve enjoyed it more than I can tell you,” says Trela. “To me, it’s just so much fun. Seeing the kids on the field, and then going on to see them in college games, and then some of them on Monday night football; it’s thrilling.”
This year has been a bit of a challenge for Trela, who was diagnosed three years ago with polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which clusters of noncancerous cysts develop within the kidneys.
“Once I was diagnosed, I was put immediately on the list for a transplant,” he says. 
Trela’s sister suffered from the same disorder and received her transplant about four years ago.
“We had a game against West Meck on a Thursday,” says Trela. “I knew I was close to the top of the list so I figured I’d wait it out here.”
Trela’s wife Cathy has held a position at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY for about two and a half years and the two have commuted back and forth until John’s official retirement. He took the time in Charlotte to ready their house for the market and finish packing for a final move once he recovered from the impending surgery. Continue reading
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