This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence High School Patriots


Ty Clawson – The talented senior linebacker and defensive Captain for the Patriots played an outstanding game for the green and gold in his last game at Independence.  He had multiple solo tackles, many assists, put pressure on the Mustangs QB all night, and forced errors while reaping havoc all over the field disrupting a good offensive team.  The Captain executed Defensive Coordinator’s Linwood Ferguson game plan perfectly holding Myers Park to only 10 points including blitzing the QB.

Zach Repak The junior defensive back continued his fine and consistent play for the Patriots on Friday night.  He had another interception and shut down all the wide receivers on his side of the field.  He also was involved in several solo tackles and assists for Indy.

Patriots Honorable Mentions –  Chase Rappe, Elijah Beamer, Ian Mccaskill, Kaleb Baker, Raevon Wofford.


C. Van Than –  The Patriots single season all time scorer added another goal his 31st of the season in the second half to put the game away over the Butler Bulldogs 2-0 on a header beating the goalkeeper.

David Martinez – David the super freshman played 26 minutes, however, he scored the Patriots first goal with 12:00 minutes remaining in the first half giving all the momentum to Independence.  Also, David was named the Player of the Game.

Omar Arellano – Omar the Patriots goalkeeper continues to play well in the net for Indy.  He made six saves, recorded the win and this was his second clean sheet in a row without giving up a goal.

Jake Tyree – Jake Tyree played all 80 minutes of the match and earned a very valuable assist to help the Patriots beat Butler in the first round of the NCHSSA 4A playoffs.

Women’s Tennis – Congratulations to Lady Patriots Tennis team for an outstanding 2017 season.  The team finished fourth in the Southwestern 4A Conference.  Indy sent three girls to the NCHSAA 4A Regionals, Captain Aleena Oakley earned a berth in the singles, and Elizabeth Frier and Maggie McDonald earned a doubles berth.

Queens Grant High School Stallions


Mario Portillo – Mario the teams leading scorer added 2 more goals against Highland Tech for the Stallions in their first round victory in the NCHSSA 1A playoffs.

Jose Durarte – The senior goal keeper had four saves against Highland Tech at QGHS home field to secure the Stallions 5-1 victory in the playoffs.

Jaimie Membrano – Jaime had a big game for the Stallions scoring two goals against Highland Tech in their first round playoff win.  While Jake Braswell the senior midfielder scored the first goal setting the tempo of the match.

Cross Country:

Lucas Brown –  The junior standout at the NCHSSA 1A Midwest Regionals who is the Stallions best track and field athlete ran a 16:53 and finished in second place earning all-region recognition and advanced to the state championships for the second year in a row.

Matthew Dougherty – The sophomore in his first year of running Cross Country ran a 18:03 finishing in 11th place, and freshman Josh Divers clocked in at 18:44 finishing in 16th place for the Stallions.  Dougherty will advance to the states with his time to compete.

Rocky River High School Ravens


Brent Jones – The junior QB had his second consecutive solid game for the Ravens giving the team momentum going into next season.  The offense beat down the Garinger defense in the first half.

Jaylon Sharpe – The junior linebacker had multiple solo tackles, assists, forced errors while putting pressure on the Wildcats QB.  The defensive leader continued to dominate and led the Ravens to their second victory allowing only 13 points.

Ravens Honorable Mentions –  James Maye, John Park, Marqui Lowery, Jailyn Wilson, Kentrelle Groom.

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