Patriots cancel trip to Florida

[singlepic=80,80,160,,left]Patriot Nation won’t take the show to Florida this week because tropical storm Hanna looms in the Atlantic and threatens the Southeast. Independence was scheduled to play Madison County High, the reigning Florida 2A champion. Head coach Tom Knotts said when the trip was announced the Patriots looked forward to playing Madison County, and the team always look for a challenge.

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Softball champs honored at halftime

The 2007-08 Butler state softball champs were honored Friday at halftime of the North Meck football game. The state title is the third in a row for the Lady Bulldogs, and they won more than 50 games in a row. It’s the best run ever for a high school fast pitch softball team.

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Bulldogs blast North Meck

There’s a lot of new faces on the 2008 Butler Bulldogs team. The talent, however, has never been better. [singlepic=59,260,180,,right] Running back Markel Moore and the rest of the Bulldogs were fast and physical against North Meck. PHOTO: swardpics.com

Butler 49 North Meck 7

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Patriots make it rain on Troy

[singlepic=60,270,190,,right]The weather at the end of the Independence season opener last night resembled the Patriots offense in the first half. Both made it rain on the field as Independence beat Olympic 47-0. The Patriots only took 3 minutes 57 seconds to score their first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run by quarterback Anthony Carrothers.

“He understands the offense a lot more, he’s more patient and he stays in the pocket a lot more,” offensive lineman Ryan Thompson said. “He’s matured a lot.” Continue reading

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Former Butler and Big I players return Saturday

[singlepic=51,250,170,watermark,left]Virgina Tech players Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Whitley return to the area Saturday to open the 2008 college football season. Boykin was Butler’s best receiver last year, and he was also a great all-around talent for the Bulldogs. Boykin and Whitley aren’t the only local players opening the season in Bank of America Stadium. East Carolina’s Dominique Lindsay and D.J. McFadden graduated from Independence. This is Lindsay’ senior season at ECU.

The game is televised Saturday at noon on ESPN.

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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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