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Independence Patriots beat Olympic Trojans 35-0

By Ron Morris

According to head coach Joe Evans his Independence Patriots didn’t open the playoffs with one of their best starts. However, the finish was more than enough to make up for their sluggish first half start as the Patriots beat the Olympic Trojans 35-0 at Independence High School Friday night in the first round of the state football playoffs.

The Patriots received the opening kickoff but were unable to move the ball and had to punt. After getting the ball back, the Patriots’ Qunatavious McGill carried the ball for a twenty yard gain. On the next play McGill went off tackle for a 45 yard touchdown run giving the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first quarter.

For the rest of the first half, neither team could get any offense going. According to Coach Evans his team looked sluggish in the first half saying that he didn’t know if it was the big win over Butler or if it was the bitter cold weather. However, the Patriots got their second score with 43 seconds left in the first half when AJ Peal ran for a 4 yard touchdown giving the Patriots a 14-0 half time lead.The only score in the third quarter came on Indy’s first possession when Kelvin Hopkins hit Jamar Jenkins for a 64 yard touchdown pass making the score 21-0 with 8:07 left in the quarter. […]

By |November 18th, 2014|Around Town, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Patriots allow Huskies to score points but not win

By Ron Morris

Entering Friday’s night non-conference battle between county rivals the Hough Huskies and host Independence, the Patriots had been un-scored on and undefeated.
However, at the 8:14 mark in the second quarter, the Patriots gave up 3 points on a 27-yard field goal. Before the game ended, Hough managed to put 17 points on the board, but the Patriots stayed undefeated by defeating Hough 27-17.
Independence was the first to get on the board with 1:30 to go in the first quarter. The Patriots drove the ball 52-yards and on a one yard run by quarterback Kelvin Hopkins. The Patri- ots took the lead 7-0. […]

By |September 25th, 2014|Around Town, Independence High School, Schools, Sports|3 Comments

Rocky River High Celebrates Success Launches First Annual Raven Fest

By Michele Dotson 
Staff Writer
dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Rocky River High’s First Annual Raven Fest was held on Thursday, October 31, from 12:30-2:05 pm. The school’s student government sponsored the event as a way to celebrate their achievements and share their school spirit.  
“We wanted to celebrate our students and our successes,” says Assistant Principal Quintin Chiles. “This is the […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Rocky River High School, Schools, Sports|5 Comments

Indy basketball advances to round two of state tourney

The Independence Patriots basketball team moved one step closer to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state tournament last Monday night, with a narrow first-round playoff win against the RJ Reynolds High School Demons.

The game was close and hard-fought the entire time, with the final seconds deciding the outcome, 74-73 in the Patriots’ favor.

RJ Reynolds (12-15) came into the game averaging less than 60 points per game, compared to Independence’s (23-5) Southwestern 4A Conference title season and scoring average of 66.5.

Independence won the tip-off, and strong defense on both sides made scoring difficult in the first quarter, but Independence held on to the early lead, ending the quarter with a score of 21-15, in Indy’s favor.

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By |February 28th, 2013|Around Town, Sports|2 Comments

Raven boys fly past Mustangs, 64-68

The Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team bounced back after two tough losses to defeat the Myers Park Mustangs at home.

This game was another matchup between two evenly matched teams in the tightly bunched Southwestern 4A Conference. The teams entered the game with identical 3-3 conference records.

Head Coach Jason Buzzard had his squad firing on all cylinders right from the outset. 
Senior Forward Kendall Burton came out hot, hitting three consecutive three-pointers and scoring 12 total points in the quarter. The Ravens led 21-10 at the end of the first quarter and really never looked back. 

The Mustangs made the defensive adjustment on Burton in the second quarter, which opened up the lane for lightning- quick point guard Senior Sidney Lawson to have his way. Lawson scored six of his 17 total points in the quarter, but it was also his harassing defense that led to turnovers and easy baskets for his teammates. The half ended with Rocky River doubling up Myers Park 32-16.
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By |February 1st, 2013|Sports|10 Comments

Rocky River girls lose to Myers Park

The Rocky River Ravens girls’ basketball team was defeated by the Myers Park Mustangs 59-32 on the Ravens home court. 

The loss for the Ravens wasn’t totally unexpected. Myers Park is the number one ranked girls’ team in the state and number 17 in the entire nation. Rocky River was simply overmatched in all areas. The Mustangs used a combination of size, speed, and experience to overwhelm the young Ravens squad.

Early on the Ravens played even. Both teams came out pressing and the score was tied at four apiece midway through the first quarter. That’s when the dam broke for Rocky River. Myers Park substituted in an entire second team.
That depth took the wind out of the sails of the Ravens. Myers Park scored the next 12 points in a row and the quarter ended with the Mustangs leading 16-5.

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By |February 1st, 2013|Sports|1 Comment