This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence Patriots


Matt Smith –  The senior power forward scored 19 points, hauled down 10 rebounds along with 2 steals and 2 blocks in the Patriots second round state championships playoff win at Independence.  He also scored 15 points, hauled down 9 rebounds, had 5 steals and 5 blocks in the huge third round game for the Patriots.

Raja Milton – The senior point guard contributed 12 points, dished out 6 assists, had 5 steals and added 2 rebounds in the win on Thursday night.

Andra McKee – always seems to step up in a big game.  He scored 13 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 5 assists along with one steal against Ardrey Kell in the Pats final game of the season.

Honorable Mention:  Tyler Harris contributed 13 points, 2 rebounds, including an assist and steal, while teammate Anthony Allen added 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal against Ardrey Kell.


Bryson Jusko – The junior went 2-3 with an RBI including a double in the gap to lead the Patriots offensively in their home opener against Hopewell.

Drew Harris – The starting game pitcher went 4 innings on a cold day, facing 21 batters while allowing 4 hits, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts and just one earned run.  He was the winning pitcher with an ERA of 1.75.

Connor Randall – In relief he shut down the opposition for three innings allowing only 1 hit, 1 run, 3 base on balls, 3 strikeouts with no earned runs in the clubs home opener win.

Queens Grant Stallions 


LB Boyette – The junior had a big game Scoring 23 points, Jeremiah Murphy contributed 12 and Jah’Quez Sanders added 10 points for the Stallions in there 62-58 loss to East Surry in the state championship playoffs recently.  Queens Grant men’s basketball team finished with an overall 18-10 record on the 2018-2019 season.


Bryce Gorospe – The senior No. 1 starter for the Stallions on a cold day pitched 5 innings while allowing just one hit, one earned run, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts.  His game ERA is 1.40 and he picked up a key 2-1 win over Longtree Charter Academy.

Rocky River Ravens 

Girl’s Basketball: 

Delayzha Dixon – The junior standout scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds for another double-double in the Lady Ravens opening round 55-53 win against East Forsyth.  She also dished out 5 assists and had 3 steals in the contest.

Mashya Scott – This returning junior contributed 15 points, along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the first round win of the state championship playoffs.

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