Independence and Portor Ridge

On Thursday night at the Grady Cole Center the Independence Patriots scored another 

conference victory 79-60 over the Porter Ridge Pirates.
Deion Lane and Tayon Gleaves paced the Patriots offensively scoring a combined 44
points on the night.  Deion poured in 23 points grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded his
13th double-double this year hitting 8-of-13 from the field with a three-pointer and going
6-of-9 from the line. Deion finished the night with 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots.
Tayon Gleaves also had a big night with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He was
 5-of-12 from the floor with two three-pointers and 9-of-10 at the foul line. Defensively
Tayon blocked 1 shot and played a tough defensive game the entire night guarding
Porter Ridge’s leading scorer.  Continue reading
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UNCC’s Austin Duke visits Alma Mater

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.43 PMThe students and staff at Independence High School had a surprise on Friday, September 13 during the morning announcements. Former student and current UNCC football standout Austin Duke returned to the Big-I’s morning news broadcast to share some information about his post-secondary educational experiences as well as his role in UNCC’s inaugural football season.
“It’s a great time to be a Niner!” says Duke, who is studying business and marketing, and planning a career as a sports agent.
Duke appeared on the school’s morning news show to promote UNCC as a possibility for this year’s high school seniors. The university will have representatives on campus in the coming weeks and they are anxious to promote a different kind of campus than most students are familiar with. Continue reading
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