Sports Shorts for February 10

Swim and dive state meet this weekend

Porter Ridge football players (seated, from left) Thomas La Bianca, Lee McNeill and Shane Burns signed National Letters of Intent on Feb. 1. La Bianca, a lineman, inked with the Charlotte 49ers, as did McNeill, a quarterback. Burns, a linebacker, signed with Davidson College. (Courtesy of Porter Ridge High School )

The Western Regional swimming and diving championships were held last week, and several Union County athletes placed in the top three of their respective events, earning themselves a trip to the state championship meets this week.

In the girls 3A competition, Marvin Ridge’s Sara Maleski took first place in the 1-meter dive competition, followed by teammate Raquelle Pollock, who claimed third. Fellow Mav Lauren Greenberg took third in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle. Abby House finished third in the 100 butterfly.

In the boys meet, Marvin Ridge’s Lane Bretschneider led the way with a win in the 200 individual medley while also claiming silver in the 100 breaststroke.

Marvin Ridge qualified relay teams for the boys 200 medley, the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. They also qualified in the girls 200 medley, the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. Weddington’s girls qualified for the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relays.

In the 1A/2A competition, Cuthbertson’s Elle Grier claimed second place in the 500 freestyle and also qualified for the state meet in the 200 IM. Teammate Kimberley Parnell took third in the 50 freestyle, while fellow Cav Allie Everhart qualified in both the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. Parnell also will compete in the 100 freestyle. The Cavs also will send relay teams in the girls 400 freestyle and the 200 medley.

Only the top eight from each event in the 4A Western Regional advanced to the state meet, but the Porter Ridge girls still managed to qualify in three events. Emily Covert’s fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly advanced her to the state competition, where she’ll also compete in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Spartans claim conference wrestling title

On Feb. 4, the Sun Valley wrestling team scored 195.3 points to eke out the Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference championship over runner-up Porter Ridge, which had 193 points.

Weddington was third with 117 points, followed by Marvin Ridge (77), Parkwood (70) and Anson (49).

The Spartans were led by five individual conference champions, including 106-pounder Rohan Johnson, who outscored Porter Ridge’s Bryan Newsome, 9-6; 126-pounder Billy Benfield, who beat Marvin Ridge’s Stuart Todd, 5-2; 170-pounder Logan Farlowe, who pinned Porter Ridge’s James Elliott in 2 minutes, 52 seconds; 182-pounder Keenan Whalen, who outscored Anson’s Jekev Robinson, 10-7; and 195-pounder Michael Maccheavello, who pinned Porter Ridge’s Garren Orr in 1:23.

Porter Ridge received wins from Austin Smith (132 pounds), Josh Green (145) and Patrick Phillips (220). Weddington got a pair of wins from Michael Hartman (113) and Kyle Deacon (138), while Marvin Ridge’s Royce Rammer picked up the 120-pound title.

Indoor state track finals this weekend

The state indoor track and field championships are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Eddie Smith Field House on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and several Union County athletes have a chance at bringing home some hardware.

In the 1A/2A/3A boys competition, Weddington’s Cole Finch is the second seed in the high jump, while Monroe’s Brandon Little is the second-rated participant in the 55-meter dash. Marvin Ridge’s Alex Lane also has a strong shot at a 1,000 title after qualifying fourth.

In the 1A/2A/3A girls meet, Monroe senior Jamie Glenn has a strong chance at a trio of titles. Glenn is the third-seeded athlete in both the shot put and triple jump while also notching the second-best distance in the long jump.

Marvin Ridge pole vaulter Sarah Fell is seeded third in her event, while Weddington’s Mallary Price is the fourth-ranked runner in the 3,200, followed by fifth-place Madison Simmons of Cuthbertson. Monroe’s Janieyah “Ladybug” Collins is seeded fourth in the 55 hurdles. Marvin Ridge’s Nicole Pappalardo is seeded fourth in the 1,000.

In the relays, Marvin Ridge has the second-seeded girls 4×800 team, followed closely by Weddington, a third seed. The Mavs also have the second-ranked 4×400 team. In the boys relays, Marvin Ridge and Weddington are ranked second and third, respectively, in the 4×800.

In the 4A meet, Sun Valley runner Rickell Reid was the lone Union County athlete to qualify, ranking 10th in the 500 and 22nd in the 300.

Run for the Ridge 5K

The Marvin Ridge Parent Teacher Student Organization will hold the first Run for the Ridge 5K and Fun Run, scheduled for March 24 at 8 a.m.

The race will begin at Marvin Ridge High School, and the 5K course will end at the Mavericks’ track.

All proceeds will go toward classroom technology. All runners will receive a shirt and a raffle ticket. Prizes include a $500 gift certificate from REI and a weekend vacation in Myrtle Beach.

The PTSO is still taking sponsors and volunteers, and there is still space available for runners and walkers. To register, visit or send an e-mail to Terri Patton at for more information.

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