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Cyclone girls win, Blue Devil boys lose in regional basketball

Practices have begun for spring sports, but for the Eastern View High School girls basketball team the winter sports season is still in session.
The Cyclone girls (22-3) trounced visiting Jamestown High School 58-29 in the first Region I, District 4 playoff game Tuesday night. They move on to face a familiar foe – Courtland.

Over at Culpeper County High School the results were not so positive for the home team. Lafayette High School forced the Blue Devils into overtime and came away with an 80-78 win in the Region I opener. The loss ends the boys season with a 23-3 mark.

Taylor Shanks scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the EVHS girls. Tonight they will face Courtland High School for the fifth time this season, a team they have beaten once and lost to three times. A win gains the Cyclones an automatic state berth as well as a spot in the regional finals.
EVHS coach Mike McCombs was recently named Battlefield District “Coach of the Year.” Shanks and Ciara Jackson made first team all district while Randi Mauck, Tiara Jackson and Shirlena Bowles earned honorable mention.

CCHS Coach James Thompson was also named district “Coach of the Year” for the boys. Senior guard Nik Stewart was chosen as “Player of the Year” in the Battlefield District. Henry Butler was named to the first team and Anthony Butler garnered second team All-Battlefield honors.
Two winter sports – wrestling and swimming – finished last Saturday with their respective state championships.

In wrestling, Eastern View High School sophomore Bryan Ramey returned from Salem as the 113-pound state champion after taking a 2-1 decision over Brookville High School's Landon Curry. And his teammate, junior Austin Jenkins took second place in the 145-pound class. Three other Cyclone mat men placed with freshman Yar Aldiva third at 106 pounds, Logan Shurina fifth at 160 pounds and Brett Shurina sixth at 120 pounds. EVHS wrestlers Tony Pritt (138) and Cullen Burnett (220) competed at states but did not place. Eastern View placed third as a team.
Culpeper County High School sent three wrestlers to states: David Counts (132), Cody Vick (170) and Wyatt Carroll (285). None placed.

Three EVHS swimmers placed in the top 10 at the AA meet in Christiansburg.
Freshman Annie Boone was second in the state in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the individual medley. Her fellow freshman, Jacqueline Barklund, swam a personal best in the 100 backstroke to finish 10th. Sophomore Owen van Krimpen was fourth in the 500 freestyle and 6th in the 200 freestyle.
Alex Bessette and Mason Azais competed at state for CCHS but did not place.
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