This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence Patriots 


Annaliese Shelley – The senior standout completed her high school career as Indy’s all-time scoring leader in the schools history. In four years she played 72 games, scored 107 goals, accumulated 237 points, took 250 shots, 53 assists, 1.5 goals per game, 3.5 shots per game. This season she added 37 goals, 7 assists for 81 points to lead the Patriots in all categories.


Mallory Shaver – The power hitting sophomore hit s 3 run homer against High Point while going 3-4, 4 RBI’s.  On the season the first baseman is hitting .500, OBP .541, SLG .823, OPS 1.365 with 15 extra base hits.

Anna Easter – The senior third baseman went 3-3, 1 RBI in the High Point win. She packs a solid .350 batting average and has played a reliable hot corner.

Maya Douglas – The sophomore athlete leads the team with a .557 batting average, her power numbers are off the charts 18 extra base hits which include 10 doubles, 2 triples and 6 home runs in 21 games.

Kayla Douglas – The senior pitching ace tossed 5 innings of shutout softball against High Point to improve her winning record on the season. She has a solid 3.16 ERA, 81.6 innings on the mound, with 84 strikeouts while allowing only one home run.

Jaylin Adkins – On the mound she has pitched mostly in relief 32 innings has a solid 1.53 ERA, allowed only 7 earned runs, 10 walks, has 31 strikeouts while facing 133 batters in 14 appearances on 478 pitches which is very efficient.

Queens Grant Stallions 


Nathan Gremore – The sophomore had a solid second season for the Stallions. Overall, he was 7-8 and being the number one seed on the team, he was forced to play against his opponents best player who normally was an upperclassman at good programs like Pine Lake Prep and at Davidson. He went to the Regional Tournament recently in Elkin. He lost in the 1st Round, 7-5, 6-3 however, he was playing against a more mature and stronger opponent. Next season should be a big test for his development on the court.

Track & Field:

Lucas Brown –The senior who has had a fabulous career as a Stallion. The athlete who has earned All-Conference, All-Regional and All-State recognition in Cross Country and in the 3200 meters competition. A true student-athlete who has been consistently among the top five distance runners in the state at the 1A level in these events. Also, ranking in the top 25 statewide in Cross Country across all levels of competition. Lucas is considered a premiere 3200 meter performer with a 9:34.74 time in this event. He has earned the phrase of “Run Lucas Run” by the student body.

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