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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Team Elam finishes 4th in fundraiser

The Elam-N8 Cancer team raised more than $26,435.34 at this past weekend’s 24 Hours of Booty bike race  to help fight cancer. It was the 4th highest amount raised of any team in the competition. Team member Charles Cullen raised the most money for an individual–$23,852.85. Way to go guys!

In the spring, the Mint Hill Athletic Association named a field for Brandon Elam, a former MHAA baseball player. Brandon passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

**UPDATE: The 24 hours of booty Web site updated its stats–Team Brandon Elam drops to 5th place. No worries, it’s still an awesome performance!

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Holloman still not enrolled in Rock Hill

DeVonte Holloman

DeVonte Holloman

Former Independence defensive back DeVonte Holloman is still not officially enrolled at his new school, according to The Rock Hill Herald. Holloman needs to sign a statement affirming his parents are separated and he moved to the Rock Hill South Pointe district with his father. Holloman left Independence earlier this summer.

He was joined at South Pointe by Independence teammate Dominique Walker. The Herald reported there are questions about Walker’s eligibility. The district could rule him ineligible because he was suspended for 14 games while at Independence.

According to the Herald, South Carolina High School League rules say players must be eligible in a sport to play after transferring to another school.

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CMS story on Mint Hill’s Tiffany Hacker

Mint Hill native Tiffany Hacker, who the Mint Hill Times featured three weeks ago, got a nice little story on the CMS web site Friday. Hacker won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and is using it to study murals in Southeast Asia. She currently attends the National University of Singapore where she is working on a second master’s degree.

In last week’s Mint Hill Times, Hacker wrote a guest column on why it is good for college students to study in Asia.

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