This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence High School Patriots


Cvan Than The junior Patriot Forward scored 2 goals against the Ragin Bulls from Hickory Ridge to lead Independence to a 3-1 victory.  Than is the leading goal scorer on the team and made the winning goal.  Cvan added another goal vs. East Mecklenburg.

Chase Davis – The strong junior midfielder/forward scored the third goal with 7:00 minutes remaining in the match against Hickory Ridge to put the game out of reach for the hometown Patriots.  Chase also added a goal against the Eagles.

Dino Silva –  Dino played a solid game against Hickory Ridge with some excellent passing. He made a perfect corner kick in front of the net for Cvan Than to score a header for the go ahead goal putting the Patriots up 2-1 vs. the Ragin Bulls for an important game winning assist.

Jack Hebert – Had a goal and one assist against the East Mecklenburg Eagles accounting for 3 points in the match.  Patriots won 4-0.

Omar Gonzalez – This senior was named player of the game vs. East Mecklenburg.  His outstanding and consistent play for the entire 80 minutes of the match was a difference maker.

Ah Sang – The junior scored an important goal during the match with the Eagles.  He picked up 2 points for his efforts and has been a key contributor throughout the season for the Patriots.

Bidur Bhattarai – The senior continues to make consistent contributions for the Patriots the entire season without much attention.  However, he picked up 2 assists this week with solid play on the field.

Queens Grant High School Stallions


David Steger – Stallions sophomore defensive player scored the game winning goal on a corner kick from Luke Braswell who earned the assist defeating Union Academy 2-1 in a key conference game.

Mario Portillo – The junior midfielder opened the game with a big first half goal giving the Stallions an early edge.

Jose Duarte – Jose the senior goalkeeper for the Stallions had 22 saves in the 1-0 shut-out over Forest Hills for an important victory setting the tone for the Union Academy match.

Jake and Luke Braswell –  The twin senior midfielders for the Stallions have been the most consistent players on the field for Coach Mark Guercio this season.

Rocky River High School Ravens  


James Maye – The speedy junior wide receiver and kickoff return specialist ran back a 90 yard return against North Mecklenburg to spark the Ravens in another close contest.

Brian Grier – The sophomore 205 pound linebacker had 8 solo tackles for the Ravens against North Mecklenburg in the 16-14 away loss.  His play made a major contribution throughout the game in key situations.

Note: Both the Independence Patriots and Rocky River Football teams had a bye week. They will return to action this Friday night with Indy taking on Hickory Ridge at home and the Ravens are away at Butler.


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