Wrestling team comes up just short in regional final
The Northwest Guilford wrestling team was one victory away from having a chance to win the NCHSAA 4-A dual-team state championship but fell 39-27 last Thursday to two-time defending champion West Forsyth in the regional final.
The Vikings finished the dual-team season 30-3 and will now turn their attention to the Midwest 4-A Regional, which will begin Friday at Glenn. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to next week's 4-A state championships.
Junior Chris Garrison, who wrestles in the 171-pound weight class, is ranked No. 1 in the state according to rankwrestlers.com. He placed fifth in the state tournament last season.
Junior Shane Chavis (120 pounds) is ranked No. 3 in his weight class. Freshman Riley Edwards is ranked No. 6 at 106 pounds and senior George Cooke is ranked No. 6 at 182.
Other members of the team who will be competing at the regional are: Lake Price (113), Zane Ducat (126), Matthew Heras (132), Dontrey King (132), Finn Queen (145), Nick Nefe (152), Ian Adams (160), Jacob Hardy (195), Stephen Vega (220), and Jordan Harrison (285).
5 headed to swim, dive, track state championships
The NCHSAA 4-A swimming and diving and indoor track state championships will be held on Friday and Saturday.
In indoor track, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, D'Andre Hayes will compete in four events. Hayes qualified for the long jump, triple jump, high jump, and 55-meter hurdles. Nicholas Stone (triple jump) and Naudia Thompson (pole vault) will also be chasing state titles on Saturday.
The swimming and diving championships will be held Feb. 10 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
Noah Zawadzki, who won last week's 4-A Midwest Regional, is the top seed in the boys' competition. Samantha Gillis qualified for girls' diving.
Phoebe Martin qualified for two events - the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races.
Kitley, Reavis recognized
Junior Elizabeth Kitley recently eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark of her career during last Friday's win against Ragsdale.
Kitley, who has committed to Virginia Tech, was honored with a ball signed by her teammates, as well as some fresh roses for her achievement.
Lee Reavis, who guided Northwest to the regular season championship of the Metro 4-A this season, was recently named as the coach of the boys team for the Carolinas Classic All-Star game that will be played on March 24 at Hoggard High School in Wilmington. The game will feature the top seniors from both North Carolina and South Carolina.