9 Oakridge Middle wrestlers place in top

December 21, 2012 

Wrestling

The Oakridge Middle School wrestling team competed Dec. 15 in a state qualifying tournament at Clover High School. The wrestlers performed well and had nine of 21 wrestlers place in the top four in their division. Some of these divisions had as many as 32 wrestlers.

The results are:

• First place, gold medalist/state qualifiers: Brent Courtwright, Austin Oldenburg, Wyatt Emory.

• Second place, silver medalist/state qualifier: Philip Rector

Third place, bronze medalists: William Emory, Hunter Vowell.

• Fourth place: Owen Johnson, Alex Mora, Cole Woodworth.

Basketball

• On Dec. 17, the seventh-grade girls got back in the win column with a 20-11 victory over Fort Mill. The team struggled in the first half, but allowed only 6 points in the final three quarters. The team was led on offense by Amber Lipscomb with 9 points and Brenna Allen with 5 points. Everyone on the roster added at least one rebound while Amber Lipscomb and Kendra Hickman led the team in steals and assists.

• The eighth-grade girls on Dec. 17 beat Fort Mill 27-10. The Lady Eagles dominated from the opening tip. Leading the way for Oakridge were: Taylor Morneault, 13 points, 2 assists, 4 steals; Kaidyn Nadolny, 8 points, 3 assists, 3 steals; Chloe Crank, 4 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals; Joelle Keffer, 2 points, 8 rebounds; and Erika Drutis, 6 rebounds, 1 steal.

• The seventh-grade boys lost to Fort Mill 24-23 in overtime Dec. 17. Defensively, OMS played strong, but offensively the Golden Eagles could not get the ball to drop. The team was led by Andrew White with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals. Others contributing were: Jackson Watkins, 2 points; Luke Darling, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Austin Gunnels, 1 point; Kendall Strout, 2 points, 6 rebounds; and Will Griffith, 4 rebounds, 2 steals.

• On Dec. 17, the eighth-grade boys beat Fort Mill with a final score of 37-25. After the first quarter, the Golden Eagles led 14-4. The second quarter was more of the same with the Golden Eagles continuing to force the Yellow Jackets into making bad decisions. Going into halftime, the score was Oakridge 27, Fort Mill 14. Fort Mill got the best of OMS in the third period, outscoring Oakridge 6-2, but the Golden Eagles fought until the final buzzer, eventually winning by 12 points. Oakridge played tough defense throughout the night, leaving Fort Mill flustered on offense by not allowing them to get many open looks. With the win, Oakridge is in first place in the division. Scoring for the Golden Eagles: Wally Wilmore, 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals; Parker Largen, 10 points; Cole Hybargar, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; Matt Ringler, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals; Wade Summer, 1 point, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; and Joe Glover and Jay Largen also added 2 points each.

OMS schedule

Wrestling

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• Jan. 8, Rawlinson Road, away

• Jan. 12, Fort Mill Qualifier, away, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 15, Dutchman Creek, home

• Jan. 19, Carolina Invitational, away, 8 p.m.

Jan. 22, Clover, away

• Jan. 26, Conference Tourney, Saluda Trail, 8 p.m.

Girls basketball

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• Jan. 7, Banks Trail, away

• Jan. 10, Springfield, home

• Jan. 14, York, away

• Jan. 17, Gold Hill, home

• Jan. 24, Clover, away, 1 p.m.

• Jan. 28, Conference Tourney (seventh grade)

• Jan. 30, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Jan. 31, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

Feb. 4, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

• Feb. 6, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

Boys basketball

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• Jan. 7, Banks Trail, home

• Jan. 10, Springfield, away

• Jan. 14, York, home

• Jan. 17, Gold Hill, away

• Jan. 24, Clover, home, 1 p.m.

• Jan. 28, Conference Tourney (seventh grade)

• Jan. 30, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Jan. 31, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Feb. 4, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

• Feb. 6, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

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