This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence High School Patriots


Matt Smith – The junior forward standout was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Queen City Clash Tournament where he averaged 14.0 points per game, and 12.0 rebounds per game leading the Patriots into the championship game.

Raja Milton – The junior guard had a solid tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Queen City Clash averaging 12.6 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Honorable Mention: Senior Jamarius Burton averaged 12 points per game, and 5.0 rebounds per game.  Myles Pauldin averaged 4.6 points per game, and 7.0 rebounds per game off the bench as the Patriots sixth man.  He also played outstanding defense throughout the tournament.  Andra McKee the junior guard averaged 10.0 points per game to make a significant contribution in each of the games played.

Girls Basketball:

Braylyn Milton – The freshman guard with excellent skills will only get better with experience and maturity had a consistent and solid performance for the Patriots.  She was selected to the Lady All-Tournament Team at the Queen City Clash.  She averaged 20.3 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Honorable Mention: The Lady Patriots who made major contributions in the tournament include Sharonda Smith who averaged 9.6 points per game and 3.0 rebounds, Laura Flynn  averaged 7.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds, Ayanna Anderson 8.0 points per game and 3.6 rebounds.


John Hebert – Finished in first place in the 50 Free with a time of 24.42 and 100 Free with a time of 55.34 against Hickory Ridge recently.

Orion Townsend – Had a first place finish in the 100 Fly with a time of 1.02.01 for the Patriots vs. Hickory Ridge.

Queens Grant High School Stallions


Jah’Quez Sanders – The junior guard who has been a consistent performer for the Stallions all season was selected to the All-Tournament Team representing QGHS at the Queen City Clash over the holidays.  He averaged 15.0 points per game for the tournament. This is his second selection to an All-Tournament team this season.

Rocky River High School Ravens

Jaden Springer – The states best basketball player in the 2020 graduating class continues to dominate when he scored 23 points,  grabbed 14 rebounds, while adding 6 blocks, 4 steals, 2 assists in the victory over Hough.

Darlinstone Dubar – The junior forward scored 18 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double to make a significant contribution for the ravens in their win against Hough.

Honorable Mention: Marcus Evans earned the highlight spot this week scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal against Hough.

The Ravens are away playing in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic in Lexington, KY and defeated Doss High School, Louisville, KY 73-72 in their opening round game.  The Ravens will play Bryan Station High School, Lexington, KY next.

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