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Local players named to the SW4A All Conference Team

Butler:  Jalen Cousar Defensive Line,  Jarrett Norman Linebacker,  Christian Dixon Linebacker,  Clifton Buck Defensive Back, Jerome Simpson Offensive Line,  Cody Kluttz Offensive Line,  Michael Andry Offensive,  Benny LeMay Running Back,Alex Barrow Wide Receiver,  Jacob Deluca Tight End. Anthony Ratliff-Williams was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.
Independence:  Kima Bell Defensive Line,  Christian Colon Defensive Line, […]

By |December 10th, 2014|Around Town, Schools|0 Comments

Mint Hill volunteers give back to seniors at annual holiday party

By Leah Schmalz

Residents decked out in red, green and white gathered at the long banquet tables filling the cafeteria of Independence High School for the annual senior citizen holiday party last Saturday. Sponsored by the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce and Carolinas Healthcare System, the event featured a warm meal, gift bags for everyone in […]

By |December 10th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds|0 Comments

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

Independence High Steals the Show at Drama Competition

By Charles Kelleher Harris

Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.

“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”

Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.

For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.

After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.

A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.

Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History|0 Comments