Independence softball ready for playoffs

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Coach Ken Orsilio has a lot to be proud of this year when it comes to his Independence girl’s softball team. The squad has a record of 16-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference with its last regular season game this past Monday night against longtime rival Butler High School, which they won 10-0.
As they end the year in conference play and head into playoff territory, Coach Orsilio has high hopes for the team and his two brightest stars, Erin Standley and Katie Pearsall. The two have played together for years now, and their chemistry and experience playing together has really uplifted the team this year. Continue reading

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Indy Lacrosse fundraiser

The Independence HS Lacrosse program will have a fundraiser on Thursday, April 26 at Pizza and Beyond Express in Mint Hill. A portion of the day’s receipts will help grow the 2012-2013 athletic program. Stop by to dine-in, carry out or call for delivery 980-207-2690. The restaurant is open 11:30 am to 9 pm and located at 7427 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill.

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NY Port Authority World Trade Center flag flew in Mint Hill

The Charlotte Fire Department’s baseball team played the New York Port Authority last week at Rocky River High School. The two teams are both in their first year.
Civil service baseball teams have been around a long time, and the Charlotte FD team is the first official team since 1958. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department also has a team, and helps the CFD team.
The team is part of Charlotte’s Premier Adult Baseball League, and the league regularly uses the Rocky River High School fields for games. That’s how this baseball game, and a flag from the World Trade Center, made it to Mint Hill.
The NYPA brought with them an American flag that flew over the World Trade Center before 9/11. Since the Charlotte Fire Department could not bring out their own truck to fly the flag, the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department donated their truck for the night.
Charlotte won the baseball game 15-1 with spectators watching.
“I was very pleased with the turnout of the crowd,” said Pritchard.
New York’s American flag was donated to the Charlotte Fire Department who in turn gave the flag to the Mint Hill VFD for their generosity.

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Local business supports car consumers, wrestling team

Independence High School’s wrestling team and Manchester Automotive and Tire are teaming up for Car Care Awareness Month. The wrestling team will provide car washes while Manchester offers free vehicle check-ups from 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, April 21.
Manchester will provide a checklist for vehicles, inspecting lights, fluids, tires, and more.
“Free inspection is something we just try to give back to the community,” says owner Ken Manchester. “It’s the simple things. [For example] nobody really checks the air in their tires anymore.”

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Two sisters and a love of Lacrosse

Mint Hill is home to two talented, high-scoring lacrosse players–and they’re sisters. Austin and Cassie Brown have been playing sports their whole lives. You may have seen them at the Mint Hill Athletic Association fields. But basketball, baseball, and field hockey did not catch them like lacrosse did.
Introduced to lacrosse by their aunt, Austin and Cassie have been playing the sport since middle school. Both girls are on the Providence Day varsity team and are two of the top scorers, accounting for 56 percent of the team’s goals.
They have been practicing together since they were young, which has proven to be very beneficial.
“Most of my assists are with [my sister],” said Cassie.
“I can throw passes to Cassie that I know no one else can catch,” added Austin.
The Providence Day team is ranked fourth in the state.

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Coach Knotts goes to the Super Bowl

Former Independence High School football coach Tom Knotts was invited to the Super Bowl last weekend by Giants’ receiver Hakeem Nicks. Knotts coached Nicks at Independence during the record-setting win streak in the mid 2000s. Nicks, who caught 10 passes in the game, posed with Knotts after the win.
Knotts texted words of encouragement after the game to another NFL wide receiver he coached in high school, Mohamed Massaquoi of the Cleveland Browns. According to Massaquoi on Twitter, Knotts said, “You’re next–get me there.”

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