2012 Shriner Bowl stars local players

The 2012 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was played last Saturday, December 15, and featured some local football players on the North Carolina team.

This year’s game was the 76th anniversary, and after each player touched “The Rock” of the Shrine Bowl as they took the field, South Carolina came out on top, with a score of 23-19.

Local Mint Hill players at the game were Matthew Wogan, a kicker from Porter Ridge, Jack Tocho, a defensive back from Independence, and Sean Wiggins, a linebacker from Butler.

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Christmas cheer for all to hear

For the fourth year in a row, one neighborhood in Mint Hill is again bringing Christmas cheer to its residents in a free event called Neighborhood Noel.
JAMin. (Jeff Andler Ministries) Christmas Singers, a group of 10 voices, will  present a wide variety of secular and sacred music to the Apple Creek Farmwood neighborhood December 22. The singers will perform a tune from Home Alone 2, The Charlie Brown Christmas Special, a salsa setting of the carol, Pat-a-Pan, and the hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Hot chocolate will be free for all who attend and candy will be given to children. Last year, the group gave away more than 500 cups of hot chocolate to attendees, and they hope to have more this year.
Attendees can also help those in need while watching the performance. The group will be collecting new small toys and canned goods to be distributed to the needy.
“It is a great atmosphere of Christmas cheer for family and community,” said Jeff Andler, leader and coordinator of JAMin. singers and the neighborhood event.
Andler and his neighbor, Whitley Stevens decorate their homes extensively every year for the Christmas season and decided in 2009 to add a musical aspect to their light displays. JAMin. singers are already well prepared each year for musical performances, and the musical Neighborhood Noel was a welcome addition to the schedule.
“It has become our favorite and probably most popular Christmas event,” said Andler.
The event is December 22 from 6-9 pm at 10204 Old Roam Court in the Apple Creek Farmwood Subdivision. Parking for the event is street side and JAMin. asks all attendees to not block the flow of traffic.

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Ravens drop heartbreaker to Sun Valley, 49-46

In a see-saw battle, the Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten on their home court by the Sun Valley Spartans last Friday night 49-46. These two teams met just nine days earlier on the Spartans’ home floor with Sun Valley prevailing 45-42. Although the margin of victory for the Spartans was the same the second time around, the Ravens nearly came out with a win this time. This was an evenly matched game from the start.

The Ravens and Spartans both played stingy, albeit different, zone defenses. New head coach Jason Buzzard’s Ravens periodically switched from a standard 2-3 defense to a trapping 1-3-1. Both types were effective at times.  Sun Valley stayed in an active matchup 2-3 zone that the Ravens had a hard time penetrating.  The defenses really dictated the flow of the game, that is to say, there wasn’t any.  Most of the scoring in the first half was from loose balls and turnovers.  The two teams’ zone offenses had their moments but for the most part were ineffective.  The Ravens lead at the end of the first quarter 13-10 and 27-24 at the half.

Both teams made adjustments at the half.  Sun Valley was able to get the ball inside the Ravens’ zone in the first two minutes of the half and grabbed the lead 30-29.  Rocky River was intent on pressing the Spartans, hoping for some turnovers which would lead to easy buckets.  It worked to a degree but the Ravens also committed more fouls in the frenetic pace. The Spartans outscored the Ravens 15-7 in the third quarter and led 39-34 to start the fourth quarter.

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Two Patriot wrestlers are champions at county tourney

By Frank Smithwick

Sports Writer
frank@minthilltimes.com

Eighteen schools participated in the two-day Al Kessie Mecklenburg County Wrestling Tournament held at Olympic High School this past weekend. 
The tournament is named after a former coach and athletic director in CMS who started the tournament many years ago. 
From Mint Hill, Independence, Rocky River, and first time participant Queens Grant wrestled. 
Queens Grant came away with one place winner, Connor Day, who took fourth place at 145 lbs. Rocky River had one place winner as well, Seth Johnson, who came in fourth place in the 195 lbs. weight class.
The Independence wrestling team came in third in team points without a full lineup.
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UPDATED: Mint Hill teen’s body found

The body of missing Mint Hill teen Kayla Campbell was recovered from a pond near Mint Hill approximately 12:15 am Thursday.

The pond, on Sable-Cap Road, is where her bicycle, helmet, and cell phone were found earlier. Investigator’s accepted a local contractor’s offer to drain the pond, installing four pumps on Wednesday, December 12.

The cause of death is still being determined and investigators are still working to find out what happened.

Ten extra counselors were on hand at Independence High School, where Kayla was a student, to help students grieve.

Anyone with information about Campbell, or who could have seen her Sunday, is asked to call the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.

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Hospital tells chamber timeline on track for 2014

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews speaks to members of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce at the monthly members luncheon. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce was updated on the status of Presbyterian Hospital Mint Hill at its monthly member luncheon Thursday, November 15 at Pine Lake Country Club.

Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews spoke during the luncheon, telling the chamber the timeline is still on track to begin construction in 2014, and complete the hospital in 2016.

Bibeau spoke to the chamber in August of 2011, and at that time, the hospital was taking a second look at the plans, given the economic and political environment surrounding the healthcare industry.

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