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Cross-country, volleyball teams win conference titles

By Marc Pruitt
For the Clemmons Courier

The boys and girls cross-country teams at West Forsyth swept their way to winning the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championships last week at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

Senior Andrew Okon took home first place in the boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 36.34 seconds and was also recognized as the Boys Runner of the Year.

Junior Kendall Phillips won the girls race in 18:47.51 and was named the Girls Runner of the Year.

The West boys placed their five scoring runners in the top 14 and finished with 38 points to edge runner-up Reynolds, which finished with 45 points.

Jeremy Eldredge (16:54.84) finished fifth and Jackson Nichols (17:02.28) finished sixth, with Will Atkins (17:14.75) finishing in 12th and freshman Wesley Haggstrom was 14th in 17:21.39.

In the girls race, the Titans placed their five scoring runners in the top 11.

Junior Eliza Broce finished third in 19:08.93, while Shelby Lowder (19:36.80) and Bailey Reutinger (19:47.73) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Sophomore Taylar White (19:56.83) was eighth, and Ellie Acree (20.22.66) was 11th.

The Titans will return to Ivey Redmon on Saturday for the 4-A Midwest Regional. The NCHSAA state championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, also at Ivey Redmon.

Volleyball team claims CPC regular season and tournament championships

The Titans’ volleyball team followed up their regular season volleyball title by winning the CPC conference tournament last week after defeating Davie County in four sets, 20-25, 26-24, 25-18, and 25-22.

West will enter the NCHSAA 4-A state tournament on Tuesday with the No. 4 overall seed and a 22-4 overall record after finishing 9-1 in the conference, with its only league loss coming against East Forsyth in five sets on Sept. 17.

The Titans won 14 of their final 15 matches of the regular season and conference tournament and played host to Greensboro Page in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday.

This is the best season the Titans have had in Lauren Gillon’s 10 years as coach. West finished 21-7 and in a three-way tie for the regular season conference championship in 2014.