Athletes of the Week

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Independence Patriots 


Anthony Allen – The senior shooting guard is having an excellent season in the first 12 games of the season for the Patriots. He scored 25 and 34 points in his most recent basketball contests to lead Independence to the East Lincoln Winter Jam title. He has averaged 18.1 points per game. Allen was named the MVP of the tournament for his outstanding performances.

Omarion Bodrick – The 6’7″ junior continues to improve with each game showcasing his value in the Patriots 8-4 start. Against Hough, he scored 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks and 3 deflections. In the title game, he contributed 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, 3 steals, with 5 blocks and 5 deflections.

Nygell Verdier – The 6’5″ combination guard and forward scored 15 points hitting 1-2 from the 3-point range, and shooting 6-8 in 2-pointers  from the floor. He also grabbed 2 rebounds and 3 steals against Hough. Verdier added 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in the tournament title game to make a major contribution.

Jalen Hinton – Another Patriot junior is making his mark scoring 21 points shooting 6-9 from the 3-point range against East Lincoln giving opponents a second perimeter shooting challenge to defend when playing Independence.

Girls Basketball: 

Braylyn Milton – Led the Lady Patriots scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in the win over East Lincoln.

Trinity Thompson – The senior transfer contributed 21 points, 2 rebounds 4 assists and 6 steals in the victory.

Laura Flynn – The senior made a solid contribution with 6 points, however, her 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block were all valuable in obtaining the tournament win over East Lincoln.

Queen’s Grant Stallions: 


Joshua Williams – The sophomore point guard scored 18 points with 3 assists while navigating the team past local rival Union Academy recently.

LB Boyette – The senior contributed 17 points, 6 rebounds, and had 4 assists in the conference win over the Cardinals on Friday night. He also contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds vs. Gaston Christian.

Jeremiah Murphy – The team’s versatile senior leader added 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in the victory placing the Stallions tied for first place in their conference. He also scored 28 points with 9 rebounds against Gaston Christian.

Rocky River Ravens:


Calik “Duke” Thomas – The junior leading scorer on the Ravens is averaging 14.6 points per game. He continued his consistent play in the Hoodies House of Hoops Tournament scoring 19 points against Lancaster in the win, and 10 points in the loss to Myers Park. He is averaging 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Stephon Richards – Another junior steadily showcasing his ability as a reliable and aggressive player for the Ravens. He is averaging 10.4 points per game, 7.1 rebounds, along with 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals. In the tournament, he scored 11 points against Lancaster with 5 rebounds, and vs. Myers Park, he contributed 10 points with 7 rebounds.

Nick Burns – The senior guard is averaging 9.0 points per game for the Ravens. He scored 10 points against Lancaster and contributed 4 rebounds in the victory. He puts in productive and valuable minutes while providing senior leadership.

Tobias Forte – The guard played his best game of the season scoring 14 points against the Core 4 School in the Hoodie’s tournament, he was solid scoring 10 points in the Lancaster contest.

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