Mint Hill Athletes of the Week

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Independence Patriots

Boys Lacrosse: 

Cole Thompson – The senior scored 10 goals along with 9 assists for a total of 19 points. He took 39 shots on goal, his fielding of ground balls was 31, and he won 26 of 70 faceoffs during his final season to lead the team in all major categories.

Girls Lacrosse:

Bailey Withers – A senior team leader who scored 28 goals, had 7 assists for a total of 35 points for the Lady Patriots. She took 35 shots on goal and scored 28 goals for an excellent shooting percentage of .800. Thompson was selected as a “Charlotte Observer Player of the Week” during her final campaign.

Queens Grant Stallions 

Girls Softball: 

Abi Sawyers – The solid freshman went 2-3, had a double, 3 steals, and 3 RBI’s while pitching 5 clutch innings of relief including 2 shut-out innings to help defeat Pine Lake Prep in a big conference match-up. Abi allowed only 2 walks and had 6 strikeouts. She also went 3-6 with a double and 2 RBI’s against Bradford Prep on the road.

Kayla Purdy – Another strong freshman went 4-5 and hit for the cycle with 4 RBI’s and 5 runs scored to lead the Stallions offensively against Pine lake. Purdy pitched two competitive innings and showed a competitive spirit. She also went 3-6 with 5 RBI’s including a triple. She pitched 7 full innings while allowing 6 hits, 4 walks, and had 6 K’s.

Sydney Reynolds – The super sophomore went 3-4 including 2 extra base hits, a homer over the center field fence and a double against the Pride. In the away game vs. Bradford Prep, Sydney went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s on a home run and added a double.

Carson Ouimet – The quick sophomore contributed by going 3-5, scoring 3 runs, and a stolen base against the Pride. Then vs. the Bears, Carson went 3-6 with 5 RBI’s, a double, and 3 stolen bases.

Anne Estelle Strawn – The senior went 2-4 with 4 RBI’s vs. the Pride, she had 2 doubles and 2 runs in the  contest. Against the Bears on the road she went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s including a double to make a nice consistent contribution.

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