Legrand vs. LeGrand Fundraiser Big Win for Local Rivals

On Thursday night at the Independence High School gymnasium the first “Coaches Cup” fundraiser between rivals Independence and Butler took place.  The event was a huge success as it raised over $3000 for the schools sports programs.  The Butler Bulldogs walked away with the Cup as they won more events than their rival Patriots.

There were different competitive events held during the evening between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.  The Independence Coaches won the Coach’s game 36-24.  Lauren Galvani the Patriots girls varsity head basketball coach led all scorers with 19 points.  The former college standout showed she still can play hitting 6 of 8 three point shots during the contest with 4 swishing through the net in the second half of the game.  She was named the MVP and was carried off the court by her fellow coaches and the entire student section chanting MVP.

Meanwhile, the 3 point shooting contest was won by Rinnah Green from the Butler High School varsity girls team, and DJ Little who represented the Bulldogs boys team defeating Ashley Wilson and Matt Statile from Independence in a closely contested shootout.

John LeGrand Principal of Butler defeated David Legrand Principal from Independence in the Hot Shot contest and in the One on One challenge both by the slimmest of margins.

Brian Haislip President of the Independence Booster Club who was responsible for getting this fundraising event in motion was very pleased with the turnout and outcome. “I was most proud to see all the students cheering and supporting their coaches.  These coaches work hard to build their programs and mold these young men and women into better people.  It was a great atmosphere that will go a long way in continuing to build school spirit on the Butler and Independence campuses.  Both David and John Legrand were great competitors that represented their high schools to the same standards they set for their coaches and student athletes, said Brain.”

This Friday night the two boys varsity teams are playing for the conference championship with Butler undefeated (23-0) overall, and (11-0) in conference play against Independence (19-4) overall, and (10-1) in conference competition with their only loss to Butler.  The game will begin at 7:30 pm at Independence High School.  This game is truly the high school basketball game of the season in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

The “Coaches Cup” will be held by Butler until next year’s game when the Patriots will try to win it back and reclaim it prior to the rivals final game of the season.  The Cup will be held by the victors for one year, thus a new tradition begins enhancing an already intense and competitive rivalry.



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