BESSEMER CITY — Thomas Jefferson distance runner Hayden Alexander had himself a day on Thursday as he won both the 1600 (5:02) and 3200-meter (10:46) races in a nine-team tack and field meet at Bessemer City on Thursday. Hunter Huss, Lake Norman Charter, Bessemer City, Pine Lake Prep, North Gastonn, Cherryville, Highland Tech and Challenger were the other schools in attendance.
The Thomas Jefferson boys finished third as a team while the Gryphon girls finished sixth.
Chris Brassel had a nice showing for TJCA finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles (48:06) and third in triple jump (31-07) while Mason Fenner earned a second-plce finish in the high jump (5-08).
Also, the boys’ 4x100-meter relay team of Brian Miller, Keaton Poole, Brassel and Fenner finished third with a time of 4:12.
The Lady Gry[hons were led by Alethia Griffin with a second-place finish in the high jump (4-02) and a third-place finish in the triple jump (24-10).
Gillian Germack finished fouth in the 300-meter hurdles (1:03), Laura Thompson finished fifth in the discus throw (57-01) and Malarie Harris finished fifth in both the 1600-meter race (6:34) and the 800-meter race (2:57) to round out the top female performers from TJCA.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Germack, Harris, Kristin Bullock and Brett Williams finished third with a time of 12:43.
CONNELLYS SPRINGS — East Rutherford’s Kaleb McEntyre cemented himself as the man to beat when it comes to being called the South Mountain Athletic Conference’s (SMAC) fastest man when he won the SMAC Pre-Confernce Meet’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.04 on Thursday, edging Shelby’s Tyrone Allen. he alson finished second in the 400-mester dash with a time of 54.55, just ahead of R-S Central’s Malik Whetstone who finished third (56.85).
R-S Central’s Lauren Revis was the only other county participant to win an even by claiming the 400-meter race with a time of 1:06.62, nearly a full second ahead of Burns’ Ashlea Houston. Revis also finshed fifth in the 800-meter run (2:50.44).
R-S Central’s Aaron Logan had a strong day on the hurdles finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles (46.67) behind Shelby’s Ralph Jolly and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (16.68).
RUTHERFORDTON — R-S Central softball picked up another conferecne win on fFriday defeating Kings Mountain, 6-5.
Makayla Crain pitched a complete game for the Lady Hilltoppers allowing just two earned runs.
Makayla Crawford paced Central at the plate with two hits including a double and an RBI while Kyonna McEntyre had two RBIs of her own.
The Lady Hilltoppers (4-3, 3-2 SMAC) return to action on Tuesday at East Burke. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Hilltoppers fall to Kings Mountain
RUTHERFORDTON — Kings Mountain baseball rode a four-run second inning to a 5-4 victory at R-S Central on Friday.
R-S Central’s Dustin McEntire was tabbed with the loss allowing four earned runs and one unearned run.
Central was led at the plate by Garen Murray and Andrew McDaniel who each had two hits.
The Hilltopers (5-3, 2-3 SMAC) hope to bounce back on Tuesday at East Burke. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Gryphons blank CSD
FOREST CITY — Thomas Jefferson baseball picked up a crucial conference win Friday night with a 4-0 victory over Community School of Davidson.
Brandon Riggs picked up the win on the mound for the Gryphons.
TJCA returns to the field on Monday as the take on Highland Tech at 5 p.m. at McNair Field.
R-S Middle announces annual golf tournament
RUTHERFORDTON, NC – RS Middle School will be hosting its Fourth Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country Club, the No. 6 rated golf course in North Carolina by the PGA, on Saturday, April 5.
A hot dog lunch & driving range warm-up begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $50 per person or $200 per four-person team. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place teams with additional prizes for various contests including longest drive & closest to pin competitions.
Mulligan packages will also be available for sale. As an additional benefit, every player will receive a free round of golf with cart for future date of your choice at Cleghorn.
Two levels of sponsorships are available for local businesses. Hole sponsorships are $100 and offer business name and/or logo displayed by the hole and at the registration table. Event sponsors are $50 in cash, merchandise or services and offer business name and/or logo displayed at the registration table. Donations are tax deductible and you will be given a tax identification letter for tax reporting purposes.
For information, registration and sponsorship please contact R-S Middle School at (828) 286-4461 or e-mail RSMKORT@gmail.com.