High School Sports

Independence basketball team trying to get an autographed Hornets basketball to auction

Independence High’s basketball players have organized a fundraiser for Tuesday’s home game with Garinger to support a teammate who lost everything in a fire. The Patriots have been on social media trying to get an autographed Hornets basketball to auction as well as hoping to get a Hornets player to attend.

Patriots junior Marcus Thomas hit the winning shot last Tuesday night against Porter Ridge. Early Wednesday, Thomas and his family lost nearly everything in a house fire. Independence High started an online fundraising campaign at gofundme.com/thomasfamilyfund. As of Tuesday afternoon, it had raised $1,120.

Led by Kelvin Hopkins, also the quarterback for the football team, the team created a YouTube video.

• Josh Freund and Rhyle Scott, Ardrey Kell’s post players, had double-doubles in Friday’s 50-46 win against Harding. Freund had 15 points and 11 points. Scott had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ardrey Kell, which will play rival Providence on Tuesday, is 66-14 in its past 80 games.


Myers Park’s Charlotte Hylinski won the 100-meter butterfly at the Southwestern 4A swimming championships last week at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center.

• The N.C. 4A Western Regional diving championship will be Friday at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic Center. The meet will begin approximately at 10 a.m. The swimming regional will be Saturday at Mecklenburg Aquatic Center at approximately 4:15 p.m.


Cannon School football coach Michael Cox resigned after one season. He took a private industry job in Houston.

“Coach Cox had a professional offer he simply couldn’t refuse, and we respect that,” said Cannon athletics director Pat Moyer said. “Coach Cox is in high demand in his professional career for the very same reasons that we wanted him to run our football program at Cannon School. He is clearly a leader of distinction and a man who knows how to put together a winning organization.

“We are thankful for the time he had with our football program and our student-athletes. We are sorry to see him leave, and we wish him success and friendship for him and his family in the future.”

Cox led Cannon to a 5-6 record last season and the school earned a No. 4 seed in the N.C. Independent Schools Division II playoffs. That was Cannon’s highest-ever seeding. Cannon lost in the first round of the playoffs 42-13 to private school power Harrells Academy.

Cannon had three players earn All-NCISAA honors – seniors Kent Andrews and Dante Lowe plus junior Ben Wyatt – and the school recently opened a 4,100 square foot strength and conditioning center and hired a full-time strength and conditioning coach.

Moyer said the school will begin the search for a coach immediately.

• SouthLake Christian’s Aapri Washington played for Team USA in the International Bowl on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Washington helped Team USA to a 24-10 win against Team Canada. The International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes from both nations.