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.
However, the immense success of Independence’s athletic programs doesn’t begin or end there. Since the start of this decade, boys’ soccer possesses an .801 winning percentage, with undefeated seasons in 2012, ’14 and ’15 sandwiching a 26-game unbeaten streak that stretched across almost a three-year period. Girls’ volleyball has accumulated a dominant 65-7 record, or .903 winning percentage, with two undefeated runs and four one-loss campaigns since 2010.
During the spring of 2017, the Patriots compiled a .755 winning percentage across five sports, highlighted by the tennis program moving its unbeaten streak to six consecutive seasons and 58 matches overall, dating back to April 2011. The 2016-17 school year also included Delaware Independent Schools Conference Championships for girls’ cross country, which triumphed on the strength of a 1-2 individual finish and four Top-10 placers, and wrestling. Three individual DISC Tournament winners, as well as a perfect 11-0 record for one of the team’s eighth graders, capped a dramatic turnaround for the wrestling program, which, just two seasons prior, only had one competitor take the mat.
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), Calvin Scott (Delaware baseball) and brothers Troy and Colby Reeder (Delaware football).
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.
For the DIAA Physical Form, click here.
Watch below to see how some of our outstanding student-athletes from the historic Class of 2015 are doing in high school.