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Donoho swimmers advance to state finals; Tallassee, Weaver, Alexandria are top three teams after first day of Gene Taylor Memorial wrestling

By East Alabama Sports Today

AUBURN — Donoho’s Pitts Angell advanced to the state finals in two individual events and helped the Falcons’ 400 freestyle relay qualify Friday at the State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Angell will be seeded fourth in the 1A-5A boys 100 butterfly and seeded eighth in the 1A-5A boys 100 freestyle in the finals at the Auburn University pool on Saturday. He swam personal best times in both preliminaries.

“Pitts swam well today,” Donoho coach Johnnie Pearson said. “He has an opportunity to really shine in the final tomorrow.”

Angell also swam the third leg of the relay, behind Camden Kitchen and Slade Haney and ahead of anchor Marshall Twigg.

“The boys relay continues to have good things happen to them; another three seconds faster than sectionals and grabbed a spot in the final,” Pearson said. “They have done a tremendous amount of work to get to this point and they have earned their spot.”

Other local swimmers who swam in the event and failed to make the finals were Weaver’s Lucia Balma, White Plains’ Jacob Heath, Faith Christian’s Sydney Parker and Oxford’s Cade Hilbun.


WEAVER — Tallassee, host Weaver and Alexandria are the top three teams in the field going into what is expected to be a competitive final day of the Gene Taylor Memorial Tournament Saturday

Tallassee, with nine wrestlers still undefeated, posted 78 points in Friday’s first day of matches. Weaver, with seven wrestlers undefeated, has 62 points. And Alexandria, with seven undefeated wrestlers (two in 120), has 54 points.

Saks has four undefeated wrestlers in the field and Saks has two. Fourteen of the 18 teams here have at least one undefeated wrestler.

Here are the team scores going into Saturday’s final day:

Tallassee 78, Weaver 62, Alexandria 54, Madison County 46, Holtville 44, Susan Moore 40, Leeds 36.5, Cleburne County 31.5, Saks 30, Scottsboro 30, Elmore County 26, Ohatchee 24, Cedartown (Ga.) 18, Prattville Christian 16, Deshler 12, Ashville 11, Ranburne 8, ASB 4.

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