Pinecrest, Union Pines compete at states in swimming, track

Mixed results for county’s basketball squads

Girls’ basketball

The Pinecrest girls’ basketball team lost both games last week, falling, 61-46, at Lee County and 57-53 against Scotland. Ava Depenbrock led the way with 14 points and 17 rebounds against Scotland. Zanodiya McNair had 22 points against Lee and 10 against Scotland. The Patriots are 6-14, 4-6 in the Sandhills, good for fifth place with two games left.

Union Pines went 1-1 last week, losing at Richmond, 72-37, and winning at Hoke County, 44-36. Junior Taryn Pekala had a 19-point game at Hoke. The Vikings are now 11-10 and in third in the Sandhills at 5-5.

North Moore split two games last week, losing 59-8 at Seaforth and winning at Graham, 55-53. Junior Zekierra Young had 28 points against Graham. The Mustangs are now 8-13, 3-11 and in eighth place in the Mid-Carolina conference.

Boys’ basketball

The Pinecrest boys ran their winning streak to three games with a 79-52 win at Lee County and a 72-60 victory over Scotland. Elijay Melton had 15 and 13 points in the two wins. The Patriots are 11-8, 5-5 and in fourth place in the Sandhills.

North Moore lost a pair of games last week, 83-61 at Seaforth and 62-59 at Graham. Colby Pennington had 19 points and 11 rebounds against Seaforth. North Moore is now 6-14, 2-12 in the Mid-Carolina, good for eighth place.

Union Pines lost both games last week, falling 102-64 at Richmond and 54-49 in overtime at Hoke County. Trent Hilburn had 20 points at Hoke, while Kingsley Donaldson scored 15 at Richmond. Union Pines is now 10-11 and sixth in the Sandhills at 2-8.


Union Pines’ girls’ swim team finished tied for 29th at the 3A state meet. Ava Milkowich earned points with a ninth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Claire Weld matched the ninth-place finish in her race, the 100 breast. Zaina Threet and Emma Post joined Milkowich and Weld in the 200 medley relay, and the boys were represented by Cullen Cox, who competed in the 100 breast.

Pinecrest competed in the 4A meet, with Grant Larsen competing in the 50 and 100 free.

Indoor track

Pinecrest finished 50th in the boys’ indoor 4A state meet. The 4×800 team of Jacob Dorsch, Brent Mangum, Gavin Rush and Isaac Carter finished in eighth place to earn points. Wendell Wells also tied for eighth in the high jump. Mangum (500 M), Nathan Holler (pole vault), Tyvrain Praylo (triple jump) and the 4×200 relay team of Alexander Boulanger, Praylo, Donaven Brown and Keaten Pegues also competed at states.

Corrinne McGuire (500 M), Alessia Potts (1600 M), Nar’yah Williams (high jump) and Opie Hagan (pole vault) competed for the girls’ team.

The Union Pines’ girls finished 17th at the 3A meet, while the boys came home with a fifth-place finish at states.

Briana St. Louis finished third in the 55 M and second in the 300 M. Clara Kellner added an eighth-place finish in the high jump. St. Louis and Kellner also competed in relays.

Ellie Powell (triple jump and relays), Melody Brown (triple jump and relay), Selah Kellner (triple jump and relay), Vanessa Monroe (relay), Janie Spicer (relays), Keelyn Finn (relay), Jacqueline Lowe (relay), Anna Gaab (relay) and Nicole Norman (shot put) also competed.

For the boys, Christian Hackett won the high jump He also finished ninth in the triple jump. Ethan Biggs finished fifth in the 55 M. Logan Totten-Lancaster added a sixth-place finish in the 1000 M. The relay team of Roger Patterson, Jaydon Sterling, Caleb Milton and Biggs also finished fourth in the 4×200. Sterling added a fourth-place finish in the triple jump, while Jack Binion finished eighth in the pole vault.

Totten-Lancaster also competed in relays and Sterling in the 300 M. Other competitors at states were Monte Hay (500 M and relay), Corbin Weeks (1600 M, 3200 M and relays), Milton (55 M hurdles and relays), Braiden Benedict (relays) and Braydon Muhly (relay).

By Lauren Rose

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