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Science Hill boys dominate at Freedom Hall pool

Johnson City Press • Jan 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Bolstered by multiple wins from Dustin Niebauer and Matthew Potter, Science Hill’s boys claimed victory in Friday’s swimming/diving meet at Freedom Hall.

Niebauer showed the way in the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, with Potter doing the same in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Jayden Anderson won the 50 freestyle, Nick Van Eaton took the diving competition and the Hilltoppers, with 119 points, more than doubled up second-place Knox Farragut (57.5).

On the girls’ side of the equation, it was Farragut proving victorious with 116 points. The Lady Hilltoppers scored 52 for runner-up recognition.

100 breaststroke winner Noel Gordon and diving front-runner Grace Powell were tops for Science Hill.

“This was a nice meet to have toward the end of our winter training cycle,” said Science Hill coach Chris Coraggio. “It let me see the progress we’ve made in the past couple of weeks and allows us to refocus our goals on the championship meets coming up in January and February.

Daniel Boone, Chuckey-Doak and University High competed in the meet with far smaller squads. All three schools scored, with Boone’s Cassie Lowe (400 freestyle) and Zach Anguish (400 freestyle) each recording a victory.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Unicoi County 66, Chuckey-Doak 55

AFTON — Brock Thompson fired in 19 points and the Blue Devils captured a non-conference win over the Black Knights.

Four players hit double digits as Caleb Adkins and Lucas Slagle each scored 13 points. Brett Lingerfelt stoked the winning fire with 11 points.

Alex Maupin was the leader for the Black Knights with 23 points. Corwin Ramsey accounted for 19 points for Chuckey-Doak.

Cloudland 57, Washburn 39

JAMESTOWN—Elijah Blair clicked for 17 points as Cloudland, in control most of the way, tumbled Washburn in the Sgt. York Southeastern Invitational.

Hunter Shell contributed 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Bentley Gilbert 11 for the Highlanders.

Cloudland asserted itself with a 20-10 opening quarter, saw the Pirates inch back within seven at halftime, then controlled second-half play.

Mountain Heritage 86, Elizabethton 41

BURNSVILLE, N.C.—The Cyclones were overmatched by an outstanding Mountain Heritage squad, which steadily built a big lead over the first three quarters.

Nico Ashley was the lone Elizabethton player in double-digit scoring, netting 12 points. Jordan Haynes chipped in eight.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Unicoi County 53, Chuckey-Doak 21

AFTON — The Lady Devils raced out to a 30-7 halftime lead as they scorched the Lady Black Knights.

Tenley Holt burned the nets with 17 points, while Ashtan Vance added fuel with 15 more. Caroline Podvin also finished in double figures with 10 points.

Sierra Jaynes had 11 of the Lady Knights’ 21 points.

Mountain Heritage 62, Elizabethton 52

BURNSVILLE, N.C.—The Lady Cyclones couldn’t keep pace in the opening half, trailing 14-2 after the first quarter and 29-14 at intermission.

Lina Lyon and Renna Lane tossed in nine points apiece for Elizabethton, which sank eight 3-point shots..

Virginia High 57, Tennessee High 53

BRISTOL, Va.—Ale Sydnor poured in 17 points, Bre Owens 14 and Maria Wilson 12 in a close win for Virginia High.

Kenzie Nickles collected 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Lady Vikings, who got 12 rebounds, seven points and five steals courtesy of Tori Ryan. Riley Fritts pitched in 12 points.

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