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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. […]

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. […]

Patriot Life Line orients incoming IHS freshmen

By Leah Schmalz

Attending Independence High School for the first time this fall? Stop by the school on August 13 from 2 to 5 pm for Patriot Life Line, an orientation event.

“Patriot Life Line is a way for our rising ninth graders to be introduced to the campus,” said IHS history teacher Tamara Babulski. “We just want as many upcoming freshman as possible to come so they’re not overwhelmed.”

Members of the Indy Dream Team and student council will lead games and show groups of ninth graders around the campus. These upperclassmen then act as mentors for the students throughout the year, answering any questions and offering support.  […]

MHAA is thriving, planning for growth

By Andrew Stark

Since 1972, the Mint Hill Athletic Association has been providing kids in the area a chance to play recreational sports and offering all of the benefits that go with teambuilding, competition and good sportsmanship.

This year the association has added boys and girls tennis and wants to add lacrosse at some point in the future, but must first overcome the biggest issue the association faces, which is space.

The association uses the fields at Independence High School, Northeast Middle and Mint Hill Park on Hwy. 218, but is still having to turn away kids in its biggest sports. […]