This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

Local High School Sports
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Independence Patriots 


Matthew Smith – The senior power forward led the Patriots with 16 points in the Northwood Temple Academy win with multiple rebounds.  He added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the Village Christian Academy game.

Raja Melton – The senior guard contributed 8 points in the Northwood Temple game and led the Patriots with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the Village Christian Academy contest.

AJ McKee – The Queens College commit had 14 points against Northwood Temple and contributed 9 points in the Village Academy game.

Honorable Mention: Junior guard Anthony Allen poured in 12 and 11 points respectively for the Patriots, Miles Pauldin, threw his weight around in these games contributing 4 points in each while picking up key rebounds and assists, Tyler Harris added 11 points in the opening round ballgame.

Queens Grant Stallions 


Jah’Quez Sanders – The senior Stallion shooting guard scored 21 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds in the clubs second win over Sugar Creek.  He also, lead all scorers with 27 points in the win 65-46 over Wake Christian.

Xavier Westbrook – The senior forward scored 5 points with multiple rebounds against Sugar Creek and contributed 11 points in the Wake victory.

Josh Suggs – The senior point guard contributed 12 points, 7 steals and 3 assists against Sugar Creek, while adding 7 points in the Wake win.

Honorable Mention: Jeremiah Murphy contributed 10 and 7 points in each ball game. LB Boyette added 6 and 7 points in each contest along with key rebounds.

Butler Bulldogs: 


Raquan Brown – Was recently honored for scoring 1,000 career points, a milestone for the Bulldog guard who still has plenty of buckets ahead of him with an entire season remaining.

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