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News Notes

Can Food Drive

Independence High School is collecting can food for the 2015 Student Hunger Drive. The town of Mint Hill is invited to help end hunger within Charlotte by donating can food items. There will be a drop off bin located at the Town Hall. Cans may be dropped off between October 12 and November 9.

Independence High School Homecoming and Fall Fest

Independence High School Student Council invites the community to come to the homecoming football game October 16. The gates open at 6 pm. If you attended Independence as a student, you can get into the game for free. Email Mrs. Hamrick your name and the year you graduated at Prior to the game Fall Fest will begin at 4:45 pm. All are invited to come out and enjoy fun games, a haunted house, and more. […]

By |October 16th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Food, Good deeds, Government, History|0 Comments

Patriots lend a helping hand

Coach, team get behind HOPE Week
By Andrew Stark

Independence booster club president Brian Haislip had an idea he wanted to share with Patriot football coach Justin Hardin.

Haislip thought the coach would be on board, but was overwhelmed with the response Hardin gave him for Haislip’s HOPE Week idea.

“I presented it to coach Hardin and he was 100 percent behind it,” Haislip said. “He put the air in the sails and ran with it.”

HOPE stands for “Helping Others Persevere and Excel,” and the program has allowed two Mint Hill Middle School eighth-graders with special needs— Caroline Backus and Kevin Ramirez—to participate in practice all week and to lead the Patriots onto the field before they battle East Meck last Friday.

“It’s just a great message and what the week is all about for us,” Hardin said. “This is about helping others, perseverance and excelling. I’m a big fan of watching those Make a Wish segments on ESPN, and you can see the impact that children with daily challenges can have on players, coaches and everyone.” […]

Independence v. Porter Ridge


By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (3-3) at Porter Ridge (0-5)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Independence won, 42-7, on October 2, 2014

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; Porter Ridge: receivers Devon Irizarry and Jordan Crowell, running back Mason Mills, defensive back Cole Johnson and Mayimona Joel Lutuango, quarterback Tate Dill, linebackers Jared Wheatley, Zach Rutledge and Chase Welch, lineman Nick Chiaravalloti

The Keys: Independence is coming off its most complete win of the season in a 19-0 beating of East Meck, a team which entered the match-up on a high note after getting its biggest win in years over Providence.

The Pirates have taken a nose dive since 2013 when they were co-conference champions, losing 14 of its past 16 games. This year they played Sun Valley tough, but have been blown out in each of the previous two weeks, so are desperate to make a move. […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Patriots take down East Meck 19-0

By Ron Morris

Last Friday night at Independence High School the Patriots opened  Southwestern 4A Conference play with a 19-0 win over the East  Mecklenburg Eagles.

Just before the first half kick off the rain also found its way to Indy’s homefield creating a steady downpour for the duration of the contest. Both teamshandled the conditions very well without any turn overs.

The Patriots scored all of its points in the first half while the defense held the Eagles scoreless. With 8:19 left in the first quarter Indy’s Cederick Stone returned an East Meck punt 92 yards for the score putting Indy up 6-0.

Senior running back Quantavious McGill added another first quarter score atthe 3:17 mark with a 4 yard run making the score 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. Indy got its final touchdown at the 9:19 mark in the second quarter when quarterback Christian McPhail found Duane Perking in the end zone for a 16 yard touchdown pass. Caleb Ritch kicked the point after making the score 19-0. […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments