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school athletic teams

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 .804 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 75-7 record and .915 winning percentage, with three undefeated runs, including this past fall, and four one-loss campaigns since 2010.

During the spring of 2018, the Patriots compiled an .887 winning percentage across five sports. Highlights included the tennis program moving its unbeaten streak to seven consecutive seasons and 70 matches overall, dating back to April 2011, girls’ lacrosse completing a second undefeated run in four years and baseball earning a 10-1 record while outscoring the opposition 139 to 12. The 2017-18 school year also saw an individual Delaware Independent Schools Conference Championship for an eighth-grade girls’ cross country runner and the boys’ basketball team return to its winning ways at 10-1 after a pair of difficult years.

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, 2015 NCAA Division I National Champion midfielder Laura Hurff (Syracuse field hockey), and numerous talents currently competing at the D-I level, including 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.


Boys' Basketball vs. Tatnall
Girls' Basketball @ Tatnall
Boys' Basketball @ Sanford
Girls' Basketball vs. Sanford
Wrestling @ Tatnall


Heather Horsey

Heather Horsey joined Independence as a health and physical education teacher in 1999, before adding assistant athletic director to her resume and eventually, Director of Athletics with Jason Motta in the fall of 2011. Prior to beginning her tenure at Independence, Mrs. Horsey earned her degree in physical education studies, with a concentration in exercise science, from the University of Delaware.

In addition to her roles during the school day, Mrs. Horsey also coaches co-ed cross country in the fall and co-ed indoor track in the winter. She previously led the girls’ soccer program and started a girls’ fitness class. In the fall of 2015, her boys’ cross country team captured the Delaware Independent Schools Conference Championship, while the girls achieved the same feat a year later.

At the beginning of the decade, Mrs. Horsey took over Summer at Independence’s wildly successful Adventure program, which has since expanded from a few days each season to three perennially sold-out, action-packed weeks of activities.

Her family’s passion for Independence spans three generations. As the child of a longtime employee, Mrs. Horsey grew up around the school, and her daughter now shares that same love as a student.

Jason Motta

Jason Motta joined Independence as a health and physical education teacher in 2002 and later settled in to his role of Director of Athletics with Heather Horsey in the fall of 2011. Prior to beginning his tenure at Independence, Mr. Motta earned an honors degree in physical education, with a minor in coaching, from the University of Delaware.

A four-year letter winner for UD from 1998-2001, Mr. Motta helped lead the Blue Hens to back-to-back America East Conference titles in 1999 and 2000, as well as an NCAA Elite Eight berth in ’99. Additionally, he served as a member of Delaware’s men's lacrosse coaching staff from 2003-06 and is one of only two players in school history to play and coach in the NCAA Tournament for the Division I program.

In December 2005, the Philadelphia Barrage selected Mr. Motta in the 12th round of the Major League Lacrosse Draft, and he went on to help the franchise win consecutive World Championships in 2006-07.

In the spring of 2007, Mr. Motta started Independence’s boys’ lacrosse program, which completed its seventh-straight winning season after earning a 9-2 record in 2018.