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Independence v. East Meck.

GAME WEEK 5

By Andrew Stark

Who: East Meck (2-3) at Independence (2-3)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Independence won, 38-0, on Sept. 26, 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; East Meck: quarterback Khalil Gilliam, running backs Juan Powell and Khamal Howard, receiver Aaron Walker, linebackers Jonathan Jones, Trey Hodge and Tyler McCall, linemen Cody Allen, Keyshawn Barnes and Xavier Jackson

The Keys: The Patriots have a losing record for the first time since 2010, but hope is on the way. East Meck has a pair of wins, but the next three Independence opponents are a combined 2-12 so they should make a run. The Patriot defense has been a little shaky and the Eagles will try to attack it on the ground with Juan Powell and Khamal Howard, who have combined to run for over 1,000 yards already. If they can find running lanes, they could have another big day. […]

By |September 24th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Independence v. Vance

GAME WEEK 5

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (2-2) at Vance (3-1)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Vance won, 35-0, on Aug. 30, 2012

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; Vance: quarterback Kingley Ifedi, receivers Myles Dorn, Nathaniel Jones and Jonathan Ifedi, tight end Jeremiah Hall, defensive backs Emauel Phillips and Jalen Weddington, linebackers Gerald Nathan, Jr. and Anthony Butler, running back Donnavan Spence, linemen Marlin Edwards, Jirod Carr, Kedrick Brown, Jason Gaston and Jason Cascen

The Keys: The Patriots took until into the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard before pulling away from West Meck last week. They can ill afford a slow start against the Cougars, who are ranked fifth in Maxpreps.com’s statewide all classification poll and has playmakers all over the field. It’s another tough out-of-conference match-up for the Patriots, but one they are capable of keeping close, especially if their defense continues to play as it has the past two weeks, where they’ve allowed nine total points. […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Independence: Game Week 3

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-2) at Olympic (0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 35-0, on Nov. 14, 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; Olympic: quarterback Dylan Earney, running backs Rikki Manning, Jr. and Marquis Robinson, Jr., receiver Isaiah Boswell, defensive backs Martin Delgado, Jordan Daniles and Dushawn Hemphill, linebacker Jaz Young, lineman Joshua Allen.

The Keys: The Patriots have won each of the past seven meeting between the two teams and badly need a win to get the season rolling. They may be going to the right place to do just that as the Trojans didn’t show much pop in Week 1. However, Olympic has had a week to think about their lackluster performance and prepare for the Patriots after taking an early-season bye last week.

Independence:  It’s hard to imagine the Patriots have scored just 19 points and surrendered 100 in their first two games, but that’s the reality in 2015.  […]

Mint Hill teen develops skills as Bank of America Student Leader

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill resident and Northwest School of the Arts graduate Nia Moore spent the past summer interning with Freedom School Partners as part of the national Bank of America program Student Leaders.

Moore was one of five students selected from the Charlotte area to participate in an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit. The goal is to recognize students for their community efforts by providing them with valuable career experience.

“I had to wake up earlier than I did throughout the school year, but it was definitely worth it,” Moore said.

Moore had previously volunteered with the nonprofit Promising Pages, which seeks to build literacy for underprivileged children by giving them access to early education through books. “I’ve already been interested in educational disparities,” she said. “Working with Freedom Schools definitely aligned with that.”

Freedom School Partners works to combat summer learning loss and make gains in literacy through a six-week summer program each year. Moore’s responsibilities varied each day, providing an overview of each facet of a nonprofit. Tasks included site deliveries, scholar evaluations and field trips. Interns were able to meet with the marketing and finance departments to learn more about the roles they play.  […]