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Recent Independence grad signs with Hawks Bowling NLI

Highly decorated scholastic bowler and recent Independence High School graduate, Kaci Collings, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Collins will bring her experience on the lanes to Princess Ann, Md., for the 2015-16 campaign.

“Kaci has bowled against some of the top competition in the country and been successful doing so. She has been coached by some of the top coaches in the nation and her physical game is solid. I expect her to have an immediate impact for our team,” says Coach Kayla Bandy.

Collins bowled in travel leagues throughout her high school career and owns the league record for high series in both six and three games series. She went undefeated throughout league play, placing first in every singles event throughout her prep career. She was named Bowler of the Year by the league each year. […]

Football Season Preview: Rocky River Ravens

By Andrew Stark

Opening Act

The Ravens are replacing dynamic playmakers on both sides of the ball, but especially on defense and along both lines. Offensively, the Ravens have their usual stash of skill guys, but must get their offensive line in order in a hurray to give them time and space to operate. Defensively there are a lot of holes to fill as all 12 of the team’s top tacklers have moved on, but lots of talent is on the roster to help offset the losses.

Offense

ITyshawn Carter returns to Rocky River after beginning last season as South Meck’s starting quarterback before breaking his collarbone. Carter is a dual-threat talent and has plenty of skills to lead the Raven offense. As a freshman, Carter guided Rocky River’s JV team to the conference title, so he’s had success in the system.

Elijah Henry got a taste of varsity last year, but gained more than 3,000 yards rushing on the JV team and is a special talent. He’s joined in the backfield by Justice Styron, who was the team’s second-leading rusher last year with 431 yards. Those two will be joined by Nygle Farmer and Bryson Adams and all will get plenty of touches in the Raven run game. […]

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Rocky River Game Week 2

FOOTBALL FRIDAY

Who: Rocky River (0-1) hosts Berry (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Berry won, 49-0, in the team’s only other match-up on September 3, 2010

Key Players: Rocky River: quarterback Tyshawn Carter, running backs Elijah Henry, Justice Styron and Nygle Farmer, receiver/defensive back Kendall Lewis, receiver Johari Alexander, lineman Bryson Adams, defensive back Tyrell Robinson, linebacker Larry Blanton; Berry: quarterback/tight end Bryan Digsby, receiver/safety Mike Roberts, receiver Kusegi Cureton, receiver/defensive back Gary Williams, running back Malik Brown, defensive backs Josh Barrett and Cameron Porter and lineman Jovaughn Gwyn

The Keys: This is the battle of two teams that could possibly be beginning uncharacteristic seasons. Berry hasn’t won its first two games since 2011, which was the last time they had a winning record. The Ravens opened last year 0-2, but rebounded to finish 9-5, so another loss isn’t the end of the world but certainly not the way they want to start 2015.

Rocky River:  The troubling thing about the Ravens 34-7 loss to perennial power Richmond wasn’t just the score. Coach Jason Fowler always runs a balanced, attacking offense, but last week his patented running game struggled – a potentially cautious tale and definitely something to look for in Week 2. Running behind a nearly entirely rebuilt offensive line, the Ravens mustered just 28 yards on 37 carries and that’s worrisome.  […]

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Independence Game Week 2

FOOTBALL FRIDAY

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-1) hosts Scotland (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 20-7, on Nov. 29, 2002

Key Players: Independence: quarterback Christian McPhail, running back Quantavious McGill, cornerback/receivers Elijah Small and Cedric Stone, linebackers Tylon Clawson, Jerome Cochran and Rob Casanova, defensive ends Christian Colon and Kima Bell; Scotland: running back Zamir White, quarterback Sergio Gibson, receiver Ryan Leak and Ty’Quan McNealy, linebackers Jonathan Smith and Mitchell Smith, defensive backs Ahmed Monley and Manny Smith, defensive end Tony Smith, Jr.

The Keys: Last week was a very uncharacteristic week for the proud Patriots as they were drubbed 58-6 by Mallard Creek, a team ranked in the top 50 of nearly every national poll. Independence hasn’t suffered a loss like that since Vance shut them out in 2012 and haven’t begun a season 0-2 since 2010 when they went just 3-8. They need to rebound in a hurry, but Scotland is no slouch and is coming off its own impressive win with a 47-25 victory over South View. […]