Butler-West Charlotte on radio tonight

The Butler-West Charlotte football game at Lion Stadium tonight will be broadcast live by WFNZ 610 AM radio. The game begins at 7 pm. The Bulldogs have never beaten the Lions going back to when Tom Knotts coached in the late 1990s. Last season, West Charlotte stunned an undefeated Butler team in week 4 when they beat the Bulldogs in Matthews. The game was eventual forfeited by West Charlotte because of eligibility issues, but coach Mike Newsome said that doesn’t matter to the players who want to win it legitimately on the field.

“We’re talking to our kids about doing something we’ve never done,” Newsome said.

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Independence ejection free in 2007-2008

The NCHSAA released its list of ejection-free athletic programs for the 2007-2008 school year, and Independence High was one of 125 member schools to achieve the status. The Patriots are joined by East Meck as the only two teams in the Southwestern 4A conference to go the whole year without an ejection. Every ejection-free program will be recognized during the next two weeks at the NCHSAA’s regional meetings. The association meets today in Charlotte. The highest number of ejection-free programs is 202 during 2006-2007.

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Patriots quiet Lions’ roar

Lawrence Martin owned the night. Martin caught six passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and he threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sebastian Green on a wide receiver pass. Head coach Tom Knotts said Martin also wasn’t too shabby on defense.

“We have to use him both ways, and he probably is one of the top five players in Charlotte,” he said. “It’s hard to play both ways, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

INDEPENDENCE 49

WEST CHARLOTTE 3

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Bulldogs stuff Cardinals

[singlepic=143,320,240,,left]Butler football got off to a rough start Friday as Berry scored on a 72-yard touchdown pass to freshman Germone Hopper on the second play of the game. The Bulldogs quickly settled down, however, and cruised to a convincing win.

Eight Bulldogs scored touchdowns on the evening. By the second half, coach Mike Newsome played second and third stringers the rest of the game.The win makes Butler 3-0 for the season, setting up a showdown next Friday against West Charlotte.

BUTLER 66

BERRY 12

(Photos by mark sward)

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Butler volleyball undefeated

[singlepic=125,320,240,,right]Butler football is not the only team perfect in 2008. The volleyball team is 8-0, including wins against Providence and Myers Park, two traditional volleyball powerhouses. Read the full story by Don Nicholas in this week’s Mint Hill Times. The Lady Bulldogs’ next home match is September 16 vs. Independence.

Back left: Megan Smith, Kendra Stowe, Ashley Radar, Moriah Bellissimo, Bethany Liebner, Laura Icenhour, Summer Higdon. Middle: Hayley Calkin, Ashley Aspenwall, Nakia McDonald and Kristen Muth. Front: Laura Craig and Sara Miller.

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