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LOCAL ROUNDUP: HPCA boys receive No. 1 seed; Westchester, Wesleyan open play Thursday

Feb. 12—HIGH POINT — High Point Christian will be the No. 1 seed in the 3A when play begins today in the NCISAA boys basketball playoffs.

The Cougars, who reached the finals two seasons ago, head into the state playoffs with a 25-3 overall record and a share of their first conference title in program history.

They earned two byes and will host a quarterfinal game Saturday. Play will continue Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the higher seed before culminating with the state championships Saturday, Feb. 24, at Ravenscroft.

Wesleyan Christian (18-11) received a No. 6 seeding and a bye in the 4A boys bracket. It will host either Charlotte Christian (5-22) or Durham Academy (16-14) in a second-round game Thursday.

Westchester Country Day (8-18) also earned a first-round bye in the 2A boys bracket. It will host Hickory Christian (12-10) in the second round Thursday.

On the girls side, High Point Christian (20-4), a state finalist the last two seasons, received the No. 3 seed in the 3A. Following two byes, it will host a quarterfinal game Saturday.

Wesleyan Christian (21-10) earned the No. 4 seed in the 4A girls bracket and two byes. It will also host a quarterfinal game.

NCHSAA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

CARY — Bishop McGuinness' girls finished inside the top 10 as a team to highlight Saturday's NCHSAA 1A/2A swimming championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

Amelia Wolff (fourth — girls 50 freestyle, 25.62; fourth — girls 100 backstroke, 1:00.95) and Iara Silvagnoli (ninth — girls 500 free, 5:39.86) reached the championship finals, as did the girls 200 medley (sixth, 1:58.31) and girls 200 freestyle (sixth, 1:46.37).

Iara Silvagnoli (15th — girls 200 freestyle, 2:08.39), plus the boys 200 medley (15th, 1:53.24), boys 200 freestyle (13th, 1:37.19) relays, reached the consolation finals.

Wheatmore's Sydney Hall reached the girls 100 butterfly consolation final, taking 12th in 1:04.17. East Davidson's Aileen Najera-Flores also took 22nd in the girls 500 freestyle final in 6:08.55.

Raleigh Charter won the boys team title with 294 points, while Pine Lake Prep won the girls championship with 242 points.

In the 4A, Marvin Ridge won the boys team championship with 255 points, and Myers Park won the girls title with 259 points.

NCHSAA WRESTLING REGIONALS

MOUNT PLEASANT — Trinity won the team score to highlight Saturday's 2A Midwest wrestling regional at Mount Pleasant. Thomasville also took fourth in the 1A East at South Davidson.

Spencer May (120 pounds), Levi Dennis (132), Jaden Allred (138) and Gavin Hardister (215) won weight-class titles for Trinity. Edgar Vasquez (113), Brayden Hall (126), Bear Schaefer (144) and Baron Justice (150) were second. Aiden Burkholder (106), Lawson Coltrane (165) and Joseph Trahan (285) were third and Xavier Horton (190) took fourth.

East Davidson's Christian Peace (126), Joseph Myers (144) and Foster Warren (215) each finished fourth and advanced to this weekend's state tournament. Wheatmore's Trey Swaney (138) and Dominic Hittepole (175) took second place, while Zack Starkweather (150) was third.

In the 1A East at South Davidson, Thomasville's Josue Gomez won at 120 pounds, while Eriberto Torres was second at 157 pounds. Taj Gabriel was third at 215 pounds, and Donate Smith was fourth at 132 pounds.

In the 2A Mideast at Morehead, T.W. Andrews' Tristan Kirwood won at 150 pounds.

In the 3A Midwest at North Davidson, Ledford's Omar De Los Rios Arroyo (113), Tylen Schoeppner (150) and Choen Batchek (175) each took third, while Jake Cartrette (120) was fourth. Oak Grove's Chris Pass (150), Carson Mendenhall (157) and Brian Byrd (165) each were second. Juan Alcazar (126) was fourth. Southern Guilford's Camorie Townsend (113) was third.

In the 4A Midwest at Ragsdale, Ragsdale's Auden Sumners won at 106 pounds while Alexzander Little was second at 285. Bradley Yokum (120) was third and Hayden Rogers (165) was fourth. Southwest Guilford's Donovan Edwards won at 144 pounds.

FRIDAY'S BASKETBALL SCORES

Smith boys 79, High Point Central 42

Caldwell boys 76, Westchester Country Day 50

Bishop McGuinness boys 71, Winston-Salem Prep 20

South Davidson boys 69, East Davidson 54; East Davidson girls 75, South Davidson 37

East Forsyth boys 61, Glenn 48; Glenn girls 42, East Forsyth 39

North Davidson boys 71, Ledford 31; North Davidson girls 50, Ledford 23

Southern Guilford boys 91, Eastern Guilford 57; Eastern Guilford girls 43, Southern Guilford 39

Southwestern Randolph boys 51, Wheatmore 24; Southwestern Randolph girls 61, Wheatmore 42