Photos by Leah Schmalz
By Andrew Stark
First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots.
CarolinaPreps.tv released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.
After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.
The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]
By Andrew Stark
Bain Elementary School third- through fifth-grade boys learned about fitness, teamwork and character in Xcel 2 Fitness, a program new to the school this year.
What do swimming noodles, cones, tennis balls, climbing ladders and a group of third- to fifth-graders have in common?
To elementary school boys involved in Xcel 2 Fitness, those are the building blocks to friendship, self-confidence, athleticism and teamwork, and they’ve been on display since Bain Elementary began its program this fall.
“They have noodles, cones and everything else out here and (outsiders) probably look at it like, ‘OK, what is this going to do for them?’” Bain instructor and physical education teacher Jake Doster said. “But if they can get together and do games and activities that are put together in a curriculum and work as a team, that’s what sports pretty much are.
“They’re running through ladders and improving their agility and working on things like that. Everything is based around fitness and developing as teammates.” […]
By Leah Schmalz
Mint Hill Madness is honoring veterans and promoting healthy living at the 32nd annual festival, which takes place at Veterans Memorial Park this Friday from 4 to 11 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm.
The festival has grown from last year, offering new features and even more variety. The amount of vendors has increased from 72 last year to 115 this year. The fireworks show on Saturday at 9 pm will also see some exciting changes. “We doubled the budget, so it will be twice as big and twice as long,” Event Organizer
Sheryl Smith said. It will be the largest fireworks show to date in Mint Hill.