Butler practices in dawg days of summer

Prospective Bulldogs took over two practice fields Tuesday morning preparing for the upcoming football season.Assistant coaches led players through various position drills while head coach Mike Newsome looked-in at each station. Newsome also advised some of the younger players about their position.

Butler had two water fountains to counter the effects of the early morning heat.

The Bulldogs finished last season 10-3 and open the 2008 season August 29 at home against North Meck.

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Ryan Houston looks lean and mean at UNC

Last year, former Butler Bulldog Ryan Houston entered UNC weighing a whopping 273 pounds–as a running back! He netted 145 yards and scored one TD playing a back-up role for the 2007 Heels. This season, Scout.com reports, he’s at 240 pounds and looks like a new man. He’s listed at No. 2 on the Tar Heel depth chart, but look for him to make huge strides this season. Butler’s head Coach Mike Newsome said he could one day see Houston playing in the NFL. He seems to be on the right path.

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Butler students head for Outward Bound

photo courtesy of ncobs.org

Twelve students from Butler High School, along with 36 other CMS high school students from Philip O. Berry, Myers Park and Vance high schools, will head out for an adventure tomorrow morning. The students will participate in Outward Bound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trip will last eight days and the students “will learn decision-making and leadership skills while rock-climbing and backpacking.” Sounds like a nice vacation before school starts.

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Patriots get down to business

The Independence Patriots want to forget the sting of last year’s three-loss season. Coaches led kids through position drills and 7-on-7 drills on a warm, humid Monday morning as they head back to work for the upcoming season.

Don’t worry though. These kids aren’t running laps in the August heat, they are running to get some water during a short break.

Football practice started Friday at Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools.

Look for more photos Thursday in The Mint Hill Times.

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Former Big I standout denied enrollment

The Rock Hill Herald reports today former Independence High School football player Dominique Walker was denied enrollment into South Pointe High School in S.C. Walker, who was (unfairly) hit with a 14 game suspension for ineligibility at the Big I last season, can’t play in S.C. as a result.

DeVonte Holloman, the all-world safety who is also seeking a transfer to South Pointe from Independence, has not officially been allowed to enroll either. Holloman’s parents are separated, and the school system is waiting for the divorce papers.

Both Walker and Holloman are honor roll students who are graduating after the fall so they can begin college early. Holloman has always lived in the right school district; Walker just wants one more chance to showcase his talents to colleges so he can get a scholarship. (Holloman is going to Clemson in the fall.)

What’s going on here? Good kids who just want an opportunity to play and yet because they went to Independence–and because Independence has had a stellar run of 9 years–they are being persecuted.

Enough is enough. Everyone has suffered because of the ineligibility probes. Let the kids play. Now.

**UPDATE: Jeff Taylor at the Meck Deck blog wonders this:

Bonus Observation: Maybe the reason one CMS HS has thus far avoided the full-on CMS inquisition on athletic eligibility is that one of its coaches is dating the daughter of an area super. Just a thought.

Don’t know what school he’s talking about, but if his info is true, it’s an interesting correlation.

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Yet another school gets trashed

Butler High was the victim of vandalism in June.

Butler High was the victim of vandalism in June.

Providence High is the third victim this summer of high school property damage. Arsonists set fire to three sheds near the school’s softball field. Two sheds housed Panther football practice equipment and the third was used by the Matthews Athletic Association. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools estimated the fires caused roughly $31,000 in damage.

Security cameras at the school caught a dark-colored sedan on Providence school grounds that night.

Butler High and Northeast Middle were also vandalized earlier this summer. Perpetrators broke windows at the schools, and they destroyed televisions and computers at Butler. The damage at Butler and Northeast was an estimated $58,000.

No suspect has been named in either case. Please contact CMS police or Matthews police if you have any information.



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