Class of 2012 – High school seniors in Mint Hill

High school seniors in Mint Hill are finishing their last week of school and preparing for graduation.  In the coming week Queen’s Grant, Rocky River, and Independence High Schools will turn their tassels and celebrate their accomplishments.
Queen’s Grant High School has a graduating class of 88 students, and 95 percent of them plan to further their academic careers.  As a whole, the students have applied to over 90 colleges, and have been accepted to over 50, including Notre Dame, William and Mary, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Cornell, Columbia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Baylor.  Three percent of the seniors intend to enlist in the military in the next year. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Area High School Football Previews

Ardrey Kell Knights
2-2 (1-0, Southwestern 4A Conference)
at
Independence Patriots
5-0 (1-0, I-Meck Conf.)
Patriot Stadium in Mint Hill
Friday at 7pm

Independence’s ‘Season of Redemption’ continues this Friday as the Patriots host Ardrey Kell.  It’s the Knights who will be seeking revenge in this contest as the Patriots spoiled Ardrey Kell’s homecoming game last season with a 51-30 beat-down.
This contest will be a test for Indy’s vaunted offense, as Ardrey Kell’s defense has been giving up an average of 22 points per game this season.  That is well below the Patriots’ scoring average of 45 points per game.
Independence will need to game-plan plays away from the Knights’ defensive end Romeo Okwara.  The senior is ranked at number 65 in the state recruiting class and has committed to Notre Dame next season.
The Patriots offensive line has been excellent all season, but Friday night’s test could be their biggest yet.

Also on Friday…

Butler Bulldogs
3-1 (1-0, Southwestern 4A Conference)
at
Rocky River Ravens
2-3 (0-1, I-Meck Conf.)
“The Rock” in Mint Hill
Friday at 7pm

Head Coach Brian Hales has Butler looking as dominating as last year’s version, if not more so.  After dropping a heart-breaker on the road to the number one ranked team in the state, the Bulldogs seem to be taking it out on the remainder of their schedule.  No one needs to be reminded that this team is still the two-time defending state 4AA champion.
Quarterback Riley Ferguson is ranked as the fourth best recruit in the state according to MaxPreps, and he’s only a junior.
Butler put 77 on the scoreboard last week against Myers Park, a team that had only been giving up 15 points per game in their previous four contests.  It looks as if the entire Southwestern 4A Conference will be lining up for their annual Butler smack-down.
Next up on the list is Rocky River.   The Ravens are definitely not the team they were last season.  They are vastly improved on both sides of the ball, and have already notched two wins.
The game against Butler will be a good chance for the Ravens’ players to garner some needed experience against a local powerhouse.
One other thing for sure, as Butler will take the win in this game, the Ravens fans will still fill the stadium at “The Rock” and be extremely vocal for their team.  Rocky River’s players are never short on support from their coaches, fans, and family.
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Boys’ Basketball Conference Tourney Update

The Mint Hill Times

Independence Coach Preston Davis chats with the referee.

The Independence Patriots boys’ basketball team lost 56-42 to South Meck in the first round of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament Tuesday night.  The Patriots played a gritty game, taking a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.  But the Sabres’ size and quickness was too tough in the final period.

Brandon Davis led the Patriots with 13 points.  Ivan Blair added nine points and eight rebounds.  Independence’s season comes to an end with a 7-17 record.  Head Coach Preston Davis is pleased with his players’ performance against a tough opponent.

“Overall our effort was there.  Our execution started getting a little sloppy on offense.  We just have some little things here and there to work on.”

The game marks the end of the careers for seniors Brandon Davis, Ramon Bing, and Christian Truesdale.  Coach Davis knows these core leaders will be missed next season.

“Brandon has been a leader on and off the court.  He has a great attitude, he works hard, and he is a good student.  He’s the type of kid that we want to model the rest of our players after.  I think he’s done a great job in helping other guys develop the same habits.”

“Because of this senior class our team has continued the growth process.  I think now it’s up to the younger guys to remember how hard these seniors worked, and to push forward and add onto it next year.”

Two years ago the Patriots recorded two wins.  Last year they won four games.  Independence’s seven wins this season shows that the program is still moving in the right direction.

The Rocky River boys’ basketball team ended their season on Tuesday night with a 75-46 loss to Myers Park in the first round of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament.  Dequann Simpson led the Ravens with 11 points.

Rocky River ends their season with a 13-11 mark, impressive in that they played the entire year with no seniors.  The Ravens will certainly be a conference contender the next few seasons.

Butler defeated Providence 75-50 on Tuesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Southwestern 4A Conference tournament.

Boys’ Southwestern 4A Conference Tournament Semi-Finals, Thursday at Rocky River High School

South Meck vs. Myers Park (6:00)

Ardrey Kell vs. Butler (7:30)

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Loaded gun found at Rocky River High School

A high school resource officer at Rocky River High School found a loaded firearm in the car of a student this morning at Rocky River High School. The resource officer was patrolling the student parking lot and noticed an open container of alcohol in the front seat floorboard of a vehicle on campus. The student who drove the car to the school, Asia Scott (B/F, 16 years of age), was removed from class and a search was performed on the vehicle in question. A knife and a loaded .32 caliber revolver handgun were located within the vehicle.

Mint Hill Police say that at this time there is no evidence indicating that the student had any plans to use the firearm. The gun reportedly belongs to her mother.

Asia Scott was arrested and transported to Mecklenburg County Jail for charges of having a weapon on school grounds.

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Close Independence High School to save money? Probably not.

First it was the threat to split Mint Hill into several different high schools in the redistricting for the new Rocky River High School. This time, CMS is talking about closing Independence High School and moving the students to Rocky River. WBTV is reporting there is not enough support on the Board of Education to do this. Board member Tim Morgan said tonight in an e-mail that as far as he knows, Kaye McGarry is the only one supporting the closing of Independence. North Meck was also mentioned as a school that could possibly close.

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