Athletics at Independence serve as an integral component of the school's educational program. The function of our athletic department is to educate the students through their participation in intramural and interscholastic sports. Beyond the development of physical coordination, strength and general athletic skills, our goal is for the student to learn teamwork, sportsmanship and character-building traits inherent in sports and competition.
During the 2014-15 school year, Patriot teams amassed a cumulative 98-5-4 record and completed undefeated campaigns in nine sports: baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, co-ed cross country, girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ soccer, co-ed tennis and girls’ volleyball.
That immense success carried over into the fall of 2015, when boys' soccer finished flawless for a second consecutive season and third in four years while extending its overall unbeaten streak to 26 contests, dating back to October 2013. In cross country, the boys placed first as a team and featured four individual Top-10 runners at the Delaware Independent Schools Conference Championship, while the girls earned second place behind a 1-2 finish individually.
Even more athletic achievement followed in the spring of 2016, as girls’ soccer matched the boys with back-to-back undefeated campaigns and a third in four years. The tennis program also showed its dominance once again by garnering a fifth-consecutive undefeated run to extend its overall unbeaten streak to 50 matches, going back to April 2011.
Independence is proud to count among its impressive list of alumni former Major League baseball outfielder Kevin Mench, who played for four different franchises over an eight-year career, and numerous talents currently competing at the NCAA Division I level, including 2015 National Champion midfielder Laura Hurff (Syracuse field hockey), Troy Reeder (Penn State/Delaware football) and Calvin Scott (Delaware baseball).
7th- & 8th-Grade Interscholastic Sports offered at Independence are as follows:
Fall -- Co-ed Cross Country, Field Hockey, Boys' Soccer and Girls' Volleyball
Winter -- Boys' and Girls' Basketball, Co-ed Indoor Track and Wrestling
Spring -- Baseball, Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse, Girls' Soccer and Co-ed Tennis
These sports typically practice Tuesday through Friday.
All of these sports are also offered as intramural programs to our 5th- and 6th-grade students, meeting once a week during the season – generally from 3-4:30 p.m. Click here for current team schedules.