This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence Patriots


Shai Wheeler – The wide receiver caught two touchdown passes for Indy in their win over Garinger on Friday night.  The TD receptions were for 5 and 22 yards.

Luke McPhail – The senior quarterback threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another in the Patriots 27-7 win over Garinger.  McPhail continues with providing solid consistent performances for Indy along with senior leadership.

Honorable Mention – Goes to the Patriots entire defensive team who stopped their opponent 8 times on fourth down and short yardage to spoil their homecoming.


Cvan Than – The senior attacker scored the only goal in the Patriots double overtime 1-0 win against rival Butler recently.  He also scored a goal in the 2-1 Butler win and scored another goal in the Garinger victory.  He continues to lead Independence in all offensive categories.

Chase Davis – The senior midfielder and attacker has scored 10 goals, with 4 assists for a total of 24 points over 18 games recorded.  He is averaging 1.3 points per game for the Patriots.  He scored a key goal against rival Butler in an important 2-1 victory.  He also had a goal and assist in the Garinger win.

Adam Ali – The senior goalkeeper has played 1280 minutes in goal this season over 18 games.  He has accumulated 8 shut-outs and picked up two clean sheets this past week with a 1-0 win over Butler in two overtimes and a 6-0 victory over Garinger.  Adam also added a clean sheet against Rocky River with a 1-0 win recently.

Ro Lian – The sophomore scored the only and winning goal of the match against Rocky River in a recent Independence 1-0 victory.

Queens Grant Stallions


Mario Poirtillo – The senior leads the Stallions with 22 goals and 11 assists for 55 points on the season in 21 games played.  He is averaging 2.6 points per game and is having an outstanding year for the Matthews High School.

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