Sports Recap Jan. 15-19

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Sydney Hines

Sophomore Tianna Cooper squats during the powerlifting meet. The girls placed first with 43 points.

Andrea Hernandez, Staff Writer

The varsity boys and girls basketball teams both played against Canton on Tuesday, and the boys team won 47-45, and the girls team lost 52-40. Both teams also played Cumberland on Friday, and the varsity boys won 51-21.

“[The boys] have done a phenomenal job of protecting their home court en route to back-to back-to back district titles,” head basketball coach Chris Grotemat said. “They showed tremendous competitive character all night long, and put together what is arguably our best performance of the season.”

Also on Tuesday, the varsity boys and girls soccer teams played their first district games against Cumberland, and the boys team lost 1-0, and the girls team won 3-0. The varsity girls team, also played against Carthage on Friday and won 2-1. The next games will be on Tuesday against Athens.

“It was a great game against Carthage, and I’m glad we were able to win against them,” sophomore Jacky Ramirez said. “I’m also happy that I was able to score a goal nearing the end of the game.”

On Thursday, a powerlifting meet was held in the MAC, and the boys placed first overall with 55 points. Juniors Miles Miller, Jalin Hines, and Mason Lemmert, sophomores Gunner Johnson and Drew Ragland, and senior Gabe Hart all placed first in their individual weight classes. 

“The great thing about powerlifting is you’re not just competing with other schools, but you are also competing against yourself to beat your previous lift,” Hines said. “It’s a great feeling to place first in my class with 1045 total pounds lifted.”

The girl’s powerlifting team placed first overall with 43 points. Sophomore Addison Fraizer and seniors Kathleen Goodwin and Gabby Cabrera placed first in their weight classes. The next meet will be the Chapel Hill Invitational on February 9. 

“I love powerlifting and the family I’ve built within in,” senior Christiana Ussery said. “This past meet was an overall neat experience, and I think it was really coolbeing able to see teachers, coaches, and peers come watch and encourage us along the way.”