Athletes of the Week

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Independence Patriots 


Senior Nygell Verdier. Photo: Ron Morris

Nygell Verdier – The senior forward scored 26 points and hauled down 9 rebounds in his final game as a Patriot. He also was named to the Southwestern 4A All-Conference Basketball Team. Verdier averaged 13.6 points per game scoring 408 points while grabbing 162 rebounds and added 26 blocks.

Omarion Bodrick – The 6′ 7″ forward the “Big O” grabbed 5

Junior Omarion “Big O” Bodrick. Photo: Ron Morris

rebounds but blocked 7 shots during the Patriots 4th round state playoff. He was nominated to the Southwestern 4A All-Conference Basketball Team. He averaged 9.0 points per game and is a huge shot-blocker accumulating 91, while grabbing a team-high 207 rebounds.

The Lady Patriots had two players voted to the all-conference team.

Women’s Team: Senior Trinity Thompson and Junior Braylyn Milton

Junior Braylyn Milton. Photo: Ron Morris
Senior Trinity Thompson. Photo: Ron Morris


Peyton Milleman – The Indy catcher threw out two base runners trying to steal and called an excellent game behind the plate for the Patriots in a tough 3-1 loss to South Mecklenburg. He also had seven putouts in the field the most of any player.

Michael Rawlings – The senior starter pitched 4.1 innings throwing 13 first-pitch strikes, accumulated 7 strikeouts, with a 0.33 Whip.

Carson Gesling – The junior pitcher came in relief to pitch 2.2 scoreless innings for the Patriots in a good outing.


Jaylin Adkins – The senior pitched 8 innings allowing only 1 earned run on 6 hits while smacking a double against South Mecklenburg.

Maya Douglas – The junior slugger went 3-4 with a triple and a RBI against the Sabres in the 3-3 tie.

Midori Walkup – The sophomore went 2-4 including an RBI against the Sabres.

Honorable Mention:

Anthony Allen – The senior guard was selected to the Southwestern 4A All-Conference

Senior Anthony Allen. Photo: Ron Morris

Basketball Team. He averaged 15.6 points per game and scored a team-leading 453 points. He added 60 rebounds, 95 assists, and 51 steals. He shot 70% of his free throws for the season.

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