This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence High School Patriots


Dylan Bryan – The senior wide receiver recently had 4 receptions for a total of 95 yards.  His longest reception was for 47 yards, he also scored one touchdown.  Dylan in the big victory over Garinger Friday night had his best game of the season with 10 receptions for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns receiving.

Luke McPhail: The junior quarterback had a breakout game on Friday night passing for 327 yards while completing 16/28 passes including 5 touchdowns in the Patriots 35-21 victory.

Davion Nelson – Freshman running back had 16 rushes for 178 yards for the Patriots in his first start on the varsity.

Ty Clawson – The senior linebacker had 6 solo tackles, 4 assists for a total of 10 tackles in a recent conference game for the Patriots.

Chase Rappe – the senior defensive back contributed 5 solo tackles and added 4 assists for a total of 9 tackles in a recent game  for Independence.

Honorable Mention: Shai Wheeler the Sophomore wide receiver had 4 receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown and Sophomore Brian Morgan had 1 reception for 26 yards and one touchdown.


C Van Than –  The junior forward continues with his scoring ways and smacked in two more goals this week for the Patriots improving upon his single season school record total to 20 goals with Rocky River coming up next week.

Kevin Lulendo – The senior who is always active in the middle of the action contributed with two important assists in both matches this past week for the Patriots.

Queens Grant High School Stallions


Mario Portillo – The Stallions leading goal scorer had a hat trick in the Carolina International match for Queens Grant in their 6-1 victory.

Cross Country:

Lucas Brown – The best track athlete on the Stallions squad finished in third place at the Piedmont Athletic Conference (Pac-7) championship at Fisher Park in Davidson with a time of 16:24.

Matthew Daugherty – This Stallion ran a personal best time of 17:50 for Queens Grant making a contribution to the teams third place finish in the men’s competition.

Esther Jesalva –  The girls team finished in fifth place and Esther made a nice contribution with a personal best time of 24:40 for the Stallions.

Rocky River High School Ravens


Jaylan Sharpe – The junior outstanding linebacker for the Ravens made 9 solo tackles, 2 stops for a loss of yardage and had 2 forced fumbles in a recent conference contest for Rocky River.

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