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Titans’ cross country teams striding into state championship meet

Girls win third straight Midwest 4-A Regional; Boys claim second straight

By Marc Pruitt
For the Clemmons Courier

The boys and girls cross country teams appear to be peaking at the right time once again.

Following up on sweeping the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference championships two weeks ago, the Titans’ cruised to team championships at last week’s Midwest 4-A Regional at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

It was the third straight regional win for the girls team, which finished with 33 points to easily out-distance Reagan, which finished with 64.

West placed four runners in the top 10 and all five of its scoring runners in the top 14.

Kendall Phillips was the top finisher for the Titans, coming in second overall with a time of 19 minutes, 15.71 seconds.

Bailey Reutinger (20:02.82) and Eliza Broce (20:03.66) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Sophie Cowart (20:14.81) finished ninth.

Ellie Acree was the fifth Titan to cross the finish line, finishing 14th overall in 20:29.04.

Blair Newsome (20th) and Taylar White (27th) also posted solid finishes for the Titans.

In the boys race, Jeremy Eldredge and Andrew Okon posted to 10 finishes for West, which had 64 points to ease past Charlotte Myers Park, which finished with 79 points.

Eldredge was fourth overall in 16:35.07 and Okon finished close behind in sixth place with a time of 16:38.36.

Will Atkins was 14th in 17:08.98, Jackson Nichols was 17th in 17:11.03, and Wesley Haggstrom rounded out the scoring runners for the Titans with a 23rd place finish in 17:22.94.

Both teams will compete in the NCHSAA 4-A state championship meet on Saturday, which will also be held at Ivey Redmon.

Volleyball team falls in 4-A state tournament quarterfinals

West Forsyth’s season and run in the NCHSAA 4-A state volleyball tournament came to an end last Saturday in the quarterfinals at the hands of Charlotte Ardrey Kell at Simpson Gymnasium.

Kell won in straight sets by scores of 36-21, 25-21 and 25-23.

West Forsyth, which was seeded No. 4, finished the season 24-5 and won the Central Piedmont 4-A regular season and conference tournament. It was the first conference championship for West since 2014. The team’s 24 wins is also the most in a season for Lauren Gillon in her 10 years as coach.

The Titans lost just one match in conference play this season and won 15 of their last 16 matches before the match against Kell, including a win against Greensboro Page in the second round of the state tournament.

Field hockey team falls in state semifinals

The West Forsyth field hockey team lost to Charlotte Myers Park 4-0 in the semifinals of the NCFHA state tournament to finish the season 17-3.

The Titans won the conference championship and won 13 straight games to start the season, 11 of which were by shutout.

The Titans allowed just 14 goals all season while pouring in 57.

Two Titans compete at 4-A golf state championship

Congratulations to freshman Mary-Paige King and junior Ambur Howerton who both competed at the NCHSAA 4-A state golf championship last week at Pinehurst No. 5.

King finished tied for 44th after shooting rounds of 87-84, while Howerton was 78th after rounds of 106-103.