Andrews’ Simmons, McKiver take state indoor track titles
NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A CHAMPIONSHIPS
WINSTON-SALEM — It’s been quite a week for T.W. Andrews’ Paisley Simmons.
Simmons, who signed a track scholarship with N.C. State on Wednesday, captured the state title in the 55-meter dash in the seventh annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1A/2A/3A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track on Saturday.
Simmons clocked 7.17 seconds in the 55. Teammate Nora McKiver placed second in the 300 dash in 40.65 with Simmons fifth in 41.99.
McKiver added a state title of her own by winning the 55-meter hurdles in 8.21 seconds.
For Andrews’ boys, Amari Devaugh placed second in section 5 of the 500 run in 1:07.07.
Ledford’s Courtney Cefalo placed fourth in section 2of the girls long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 9.25 inches.
Isaiah Moore of Burlington Cummings won a pair of events Saturday to lead Burlington Cummings to the boys team title.
The Cummings junior established a 1A/2A/3A record in the 55 meters in 7.44 seconds and also took first place in the high jump to win the meet’s Most Valuable Performer award. The Cavaliers tallied 36 points, with North Lincoln second with 27 points and Northeast Guilford a point back in third with 26. Weddington. North Forsyth and Charlotte Berry Academy were tied for fourth with 22 points. Andrews’ bots tied for 34th with five points. A total of 63 schools tallied points in the boys meet.
West Carteret’s John Crossley shattered the classification record in the 1,000 by over four seconds in 2:30.34.
The girls championship was tightly contested, with four teams within a single point of first place entering the final couple of events before West Carteret prevailed. West scored 41 total points with Waxhaw Marvin Ridge and Monroe tied for second at 34. Andrews and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons were deadlocked in fourth with 31 points. Ledford’s girls tied for 29th with seven points. There were 54 schools scoring in the girls championship.
Blake Dodge, a junior at West Carteret, had a great performance in the girls meet to earn MVP honors. She won both the 1,000 and the 1,600, setting a classification record in the 1,000, and ran the lead leg on two winning relay teams, in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
The Cummings girls, who had taken the team title five times in the last six years, finished in a tie for 10th.
NCHSAA 4A CHAMPIONSHIPS
WINSTON-SALEM — Knightdale held off Cary, clinching the team championship on the final event, to win the boys title late Saturday night in the 27th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4A indoor track and field championships at JDL Fast Track.
Southwest Guilford’s Hunter Roberts won the girls 55-meter hurdles in 8.10 seconds to highlight area athletes.
Knightdale shared the title with Southeast Guilford a year ago. Knightdale held a 65-54 edge over runnerup Cary, followed by Southeast Raleigh (43), Fayetteville Terry Sanford (31) and Ragsdale (23). HP Central shared 42nd with two points. SW Guilford tied for 47th with one point. Fifty schools scored points in the boys meet.
Cary senior Bakri Abushouk, who won the NCHSAA 4-A individual cross country title in the fall, had a tremendous meet, capturing three individual titles to earn Most Valuable Performer honors. He took first place in the 1000, 1600 and 3200.
In the girls meet, Tyra Lea led Wakefield to its third straight title. Lea won the triple jump and took first in a record time in the 300 meters to earn MVP honors. Wakefield tallied 80 points to 72 for second-place Southeast Raleigh. Parkland was third with 32 points, followed by Asheville T.C. Roberson (31) and Cary Green Hope (29). Southwest Guilford placed 16th with 10 points, while High Point Central tied for 33rd with three points. Forty schools scored in the girls meet.
For the Bison girls, Alyiah Riley placed sixth in the 55 hurdles in 8.41.
For the Bison boys, Justin Johnson took seventh in the 55 hurdles in 8.11.
For Ragsdale’s boys, Winston Craig placed fifth in the shot put at 51 feet, 10.5 inches. Xavier Jones clocked second in the 300 run in 35.28, bagged seventh in the 500 run in 1:07.34 and took eighth in the 55 dash in 6.60.
For the Cowboys, Deandre Baker placed eighth in the long jump at 20 feet, 11.5 inches.
CCC 2A TOURNAMENT
THOMASVILLE — Host Thomasville captured 10 individual titles and three second-place finishes en route to a dominating performance in the Central Carolina 2A Conference championships on Saturday.
The Bulldogs won with 287 points, followed by Central Davidson at 157, East Davidson at 128, Salisbury at 101, West Davidson at 87 and Lexington at 48.
Thomasville’s champions were Q Martin at 106, Jason Boutsady at 113, Assan Butt at 120, Louis Dupree at 126, Corbin Wilson at 132, Bret Hokenson at 138, Luke Williams at 145, Aaron Reeves at 170, Gabe Brockett at 182 and Tekwan Williams at heavyweight. The Bulldogs’ second-place finishers were Evan Makupson at 160, Keith Clemons at 195 and Anthony Brisana at 220. Felix Fernandez took fourth at 152.
The Golden Eagles got second-place finishes from Gage Love at 132, Jose Navarro at 138 and Logan Ware 182. Placing third for East were Guilinao Postek at 120, Bryce Barnard at 152, Bryce Bolen at 170 and Deven Hadsock at 220. The Golden Eagles’ fourth-place finishers were Danyl Wurdemann at 106, Zach Tysinger at 126, Patrick Hemric at 145 and Chase Robison at 160.
Thomasville wrestles in the first round of the NCHSAA dual-team playoffs on Tuesday in a pod with North Surry, Wheatmore and West Caldwell. Site and times are to be determined.
HPCA BOYS 86, RABUN GAP 52
RABUN GAP, Ga. — Isiah Gill pumped in 24 points to spark High Point Christian Academy’s boys to an 86-52 win over Rabun Gap on Saturday.
Joey McLean added 13 points for the Cougars (21-6), while Jackson Kent had 11 and Malik Wright 10. Diante Baldwin finished with eight points and eight assists for HPCA, which plays host to Greensboro Day for a key PACIS 3A contest on Tuesday.
BISHOP MCGUINNESS, NORTH SURRY
MOUNT AIRY — North Surry’s boys slipped past Bishop McGuinness for a 49-44 Northwest 1A/2A Conference victory late Friday.
Kevin Weckworth led the Villains (12-9, 7-7) with 19 points. Nick Efird added nine points and six rebounds for Bishop.
FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY, WESLEYAN
HIGH POINT — Forsyth Country Day School’s girls netted a 41-29 win over Wesleyan Christian Academy late Friday.
Holland Robinson led the Trojans (8-14) with 13 points.
CENTRAL DAVIDSON, EAST DAVIDSON
THOMASVILLE — Central Davidson’s girls turned back East Davidson 50-45 late Friday.
Bayley Plummer had 15 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Golden Eagles. Madi Hallman scored 12 points from four 3-pointers. Jordan Isom added eight rebounds for East.
Paige Chavis led the Spartans with 19 points.
WESLEYAN BOYS RED TAKE TTTLE
WINSTON-SALEM – The Wesleyan Christian Academy boys Red took the Triad Baptist Invitational in middle school action that ended just as The High Point Enterprise was going to press on Saturday.
Wesleyan topped host Triad Baptist 43-30 in the final after downing Redeemer Presbyterian 46-15 in the semifinals.
Ty Radford of WCA was voted tourney MVP and teammate Koty Proctor joined him on the all-tournament team.
In the finals, Proctor scored 11 points and Jacob Kohns tallied 10. Proctor had 10 points in the semifinals, followed by Radford and Will Pruitt with nine each.
Wesleyan ends the season 14-4.
NCHSAA 1A/2A CHAMPIONSHIPS
CARY — Bishop McGuinness’ boys took fifth place in the NCHSAA 1A/2A swimming and diving championships that ended late Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
North Carolina School of Science and Math won the boys crown with 281 points to 237.5 for second-place Carrboro, which was the three-time defending champion. Lake Norman Charter was third at 214, with Shelby (168) fourth and Bishop (112) fifth. Thirty-nine schools scored points in the boys championship.
Olivia Ontjes led Raleigh Charter to a third consecutive girls team championship. Ontjes earned Most Valuable Performer honors in the meet with individual titles in the 100 free and the 100 breast, setting a 1A/2A record in the 100 free and recording All-American Automatic times in both events. She also swam on two victorious relay teams.
Raleigh Charter amassed a whopping 376 points, well ahead of runnerup Carrboro with 161. Lincoln Charter was third at 154 with Lake Norman Charter and Pittsboro Northwood tied for fourth with 148 points. East Davidson’s girls shared 25th with 25 points, while Trinity’s girls notched 28th with 20 points and Bishop’s girls tied for 29th with 18 points. Forty-three schools scored in the girls meet.
Parker Campbell of Shelby was the boys MVP, setting a pair of 1A/2A records while winning the 200 IM and the 100 back.
East Davidson’s Marina Moore placed fifth in the girls 50 free in 24.86 and took eighth in the 100 free in 55.59.
For Trinity’s girls, Morgan Davis took sixth in the 500 free in 5:19.56.
For Bishop’s boys, the 200 free relay of Bryan Soltis, Grant Davidson, Joseph Farley and Been Coon took second in 1:31.42 and the 200 medley relay of Davidson, Sean Gorham, Coon and Soltis placed third in 1:42.56. Coon took 10th in the 100 free in 50.34. Davidson placed 11th in the 100 back in 57.84 and was 12th in the 200 IM in 2:09.01. Gorham secured 11th in the 100 breast in 1:05.22. Soltis notched 13th in the 100 free in 50.81.
For Bishop’s girls, the 400 free relay of Brianna Eichhorn, Colleen Gillooley, Erica Justice and Emily Fiore took 11th in 4:01.73 and the 200 medley relay of Justice, Fiore, Gillooley and Maria Kammire placed 14th in 2:05.03.