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West Forsyth girls finish as runner up in NCHSAA 4-A cross country meet

Titan girls finish second for second straight year; boys team finishes ninth

By Marc Pruitt
For the Clemmons Courier

The West Forsyth girls cross country team had another close call with a NCHSAA 4-A state championship last Saturday at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

The Titans finished with 108 points, 21 points behind Wilmington Hoggard, to narrowly miss out on that state title that has been so close the last three seasons.

It was the second straight runner-up finish for West, which also finished in third place at the state meet in 2017. The runner-up finish also came on the heels of winning the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference meet and Midwest 4-A Regional the last two weeks.

Kendall Phillips led the way for the Titans, finishing in seventh place in 18 minutes, 55. 41 seconds to earn all-state honors.

West had three other runners along with Phillips to place in the top 23—Eliza Broce was 11th in 19:06.52, Shelby Lowder was 21st in 19:29.49, Bailey Reutinger was 23rd in 19:33.74—and Ellie Acree, the team’s fifth scoring runner, finished 68th in 20:21.67.

The boys team, paced by a 23rd place finish from Andrew Okon, finished ninth with 197 points.

Jeremy Eldredge (27th), Will Atkins (41st), Jackson Nichols (49th) also put in solid finishes for the Titan boys, who also won the conference and regional championships this season.

Soccer team bows out in second round of playoffs

The West Forsyth boys soccer team lost to Charlotte Providence in the second round of the NCHSAA 4-A state tournament last Saturday to close their season at 17-5-1.

After playing to a 2-2 tie in regulation, Providence nipped the Titans 6-5 in penalty kicks to advance to the third round.

West closed the season strong by winning six of its last seven games to finish second in the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference. The Titans finished 8-2 in league play, with their only two losses coming against Reynolds, which didn’t lose a conference match all season (10-0).