The Hilltoppers particularly made their presence felt in diving as Nicholas Dorr (357.30 points) recorded a first-place finish while teammate Nick VanEaton (346.00) was runner-up in the boys’ competition. On the ladies’ side, Grace Powell finished second with 317.45 points.
The swimmers went up against Blacksburg High, whose defending state-champion boys proved triumphant 95-75. Last year’s state runners-up, Blackburg’s girls posted a 105-65 victory.
Science Hill did have its bright spots, though, with Matthew Potter winning the boys’ 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Furthermore, he was part of the winning 200 medley relay team that also included Dustin Niebauer, Luke Barnes and Jayden Anderson. Noel Gordon showed the way in the girls’ 100 breaststroke.
“This weekend we wanted to give all of our atheltes the best opportunity to challenge themselves,” said Science Hill coach Chris Coraggio. “That’s why we went to two different meets. For our divers, this was an excellent opportunity for them to compete in an 11-dive event. Normally, in dual meets, they compete in a 6-dive event. This is a championship-format 11-dive meet. They’ll have to dive in that format in the regional championship and the state championship, so this gave them good experience.
“Regarding our swimmers, we want to challenge ourselves with excellent competition. Sometimes that involves travel and racing coming right off the bus, but I felt that our swimmers did an excellent job of being competitive even though we came out on the short end of the swim this time.”
On Saturday, the Science Hill swimmers will compete in the Southwest Virginia Invitational in Christiansburg, Virginia. The event consists of roughly 30 teams.
University High 69, KACHEA 67
With Mason Broome, Kaleb Meredith, Matthew Carter and Marshall Fleenor each scoring in double figures, the Buccaneers edged a good KACHEA team in a back-and-forth affair at Brooks Gym.
Broome was high man with 18 while Meredith was close behind, netting 17. Carter tossed in 11 and Fleenor 10.
Broome and Ander Blowers grabbed six rebounds apiece and Meredith tallied four steals.
For the Wildcats, it was James Reese producing 18 points and eight rebounds and Will Joyner pairing 14 points and seven boards. Jacob Reese had 13 points while Landon Fuller went 4-of-5 from 3-point territory for a 12-point showing.
David Crockett 60, Cherokee 52
ROGERSVILLE—Getting 15 points from Mack Hensley and 12 more out of Donta Hackler 12, the Pioneers opened their Big Seven Conference schedule on a good note.
Mason Britton totaled 10 points and Prince Kollie nine in the victory.
Cloudland 57, Providence Academy 54
Elijah Blair poured in 21 points and Hunter Shell 17 as the Highlanders got past stubborn Providence Academy.
Chris Miller was tops for the Knights with 14 points. Caleb Zepeda added 11.
Dobyns-Bennett 86, Jefferson County 51
DANDRIDGE — Abiah Releford poured in 35 points as the Indians romped to the win over the Patriots in an early District 1-AAA versus District 2-AAA showdown.
Zane Whitson finished with a dozen, while Malachi Hale and Jack Browder chimed in with 11 points each.
Tommy Griffin was the only Patriot in double figures with 13 points. Braxton Chaney and Jacob Thompson each scored eight points.
John Battle (Va.) 52, Sullivan North 50
BRISTOL — Reed Samuel scored 20 points and Zane Smith added 16 as the Trojans scored a dramatic win over the Golden Raiders.
Bryson Vance led a balanced North attack with nine points. Jacob Cross and Christian Hill each ended with eight.
Sullivan South 32, Johnson County 26
KINGSPORT—The Lady Rebels surrendered only five first-half points, then fought off Johnson County after intermission.
Alex Harris accounted for exactly half (16) of Sullivan South’s points, converting five 3-pointers. She scored 12 of those in guiding her team to a 19-5 halftime advantage, then the Lady Longhorns got back in the game with a 12-2 third quarter.
Sadie Stout had 10 points (8 in second half) and Taylor Cox nine to pace JCHS.
Union, Va. 55, Sullivan East 43
WISE, Va.—Held to 32% shooting (16 of 50), the Lady Patriots lost in the Powell Valley National Bank Tip-Off Classic semifinals.
Emili Brooks accumulated 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and five steals for Union, which gained some separation after leading by only three points (25-22) at halftime. Jayda Smith coupled 15 points with seven rebounds while Heather Lipps registered a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double, adding three steals.
Hayley Grubb racked up 15 points, seven boards and four steals to pace Sullivan East. Emma Aubrey contributed nine points and Morgan Bringman five assists.
Jefferson County 50, Dobyns-Bennett 35
DANDRIDGE — Alexa Gramann compiled 15 points and Cayla Smith came through with 14 to lead the Lady Patriots over the Lady Indians.
Jabrea Johnson scored 10 points and Megan Ayers netted nine to lead Dobyns-Bennett.
Cloudland 54, Providence Academy 19
Jasmine Birchfield pitched in 12 points and the Lady Highlanders held Providence to single digits in all four quarters.
Mandy Benfield and Kaylen Fields each collected seven points for Cloudland. Mary McAllister had seven points for the Lady Knights.