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White Plains’ pole vaulter Moore (cover photo center), Alexandria wrestler Knop claim titles during respective MLK Day events

By East Alabama Sports Today

BIRMINGHAM – White Plains junior Matthew Moore won the Class 1A-5A high school pole vault and the Wildcats’ combined track program set seven school records at the MLK Indoor Track Classic Monday at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Moore, last year’s Calhoun County pole vault runner-up and a former sectional champion, vaulted a school-record 12 feet to win Monday’s event. He edged out three other vaulters for the gold.

“It was a great feeling when I found out I won,” he said. “Very few things compare to that level of excitement and happiness.”

Moore also was part of the school-record-setting 4×200 relay (1:39.77).

Presley Whitten, competing in her first season of indoor, set school records in the long jump (15-1 1/2) and triple jump (31-15) and qualified for the state meet in the high jump. Ryleigh Randall set the school record in the 60-meter hurdles (10.91) and the girls set records in the 4×800 (11:27.56) and 4×200 (2:00.05) relays.

In all, the Wildcats had 14 qualify for the state meet. They included Dalton Kelley (60), James Elrod (high jump, triple jump), the boys 4×400 relay, Savannah Yates (pole vault, 60) and Madeline Weathington (400).

Meanwhile, Sacred Heart’s Raegan Green won the 1A-5A girls 60 hurdles (9.50), long jump (16.5) and triple jump (38-4.75). Two-time state champion Rachel Faucett led a 1-3-4 Pleasant Valley finish in the 1A-5A girls high jump (5-0).


MADISON – Alexandria’s Christian Knop won his weight division, Weaver’s Nick Souder suffered his first loss of the season in his championship match and their finished 11th and eighth, respectively, at the Dick Clem Invitational at Bob Jones High School.

Knop remained undefeated and pinned the top-ranked wrestler in Class 6A, Athens’ Thomas Carter, in 1:20 to win the 184-pound class. It was his fourth pin of the meet.
He is now 38-0 and is current winning streak stands at 94.

Souder had his winning streak snapped at 109 when he lost his first match of the season in the 128-pound final to Gabe Hixenbaugh of Thompson, 12-5. Souder is now 47-1.

Weaver’s Caleb Allison made it to the podium when he finished third in 222. Alexandria’s Fletcher Swindall was third at 122, while teammates Gannon Womack and Jaden New were fourth at 140 and 108, respectively.

Team scores: Vestavia Hills 402, Thompson 310, Southside 274, Grissom 273, Athens 253, Sparkman 253, Hewitt-Trussville 244, Weaver 229, Tuscaloosa County 218, Bob Jones 216, Alexandria 208, James Clemens 176, Madison County 150, Buckhorn 73, Gadsden City 60.

108 Results
4th Place – Jaden New of Alexandria
7th Place – Cody Souder of Weaver
3rd Place Match: Zaevian Toney (Bob Jones) 18-9, So. over Jaden New (Alexandria) 36-4, 7th. (Dec 7-3).
7th Place Match: Cody Souder (Weaver) 39-10, 8th. over Gabe Hodge (Hewitt-Trussville) 20-28, So. (Dec 6-4).

115 Results
11th Place – Dylan Deloach of Weaver
11th Place Match: Dylan Deloach (Weaver) 8-23, So., bye.

122 Results
3rd Place – Fletcher Swindall of Alexandria
9th Place – Kaleb Matthews of Alexandria
11th Place – Ian Markham of Weaver
14th Place – Nolan Poplin-jones of Alexandria
3rd Place Match: Fletcher Swindall (Alexandria) 29-4, So. over Keelan Gibb (Hewitt-Trussville) 30-9, Sr. (Fall 3:29).
9th Place Match: Kaleb Matthews (Alexandria) 25-8, Fr. over Aaron Stuart (Grissom) 24-14, Fr. (Dec 7-0).
11th Place Match: Ian Markham (Weaver) 11-11, Jr. over Blake Mears (Bob Jones) 18-21, Fr. (Dec 6-3).
13th Place Match: Andrew Gomez (Sparkman) 11-16, 7th. over Nolan Poplin-jones (Alexandria) 1-4, So. (Fall 3:00).

128 Results
2nd Place – Nick Souder of Weaver
1st Place Match: Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson) 62-4, So. over Nick Souder (Weaver) 47-1, Sr. (Dec 12-5).

134 Results
9th Place – Dakota Meddars of Alexandria
9th Place Match: Dakota Meddars (Alexandria) 20-13, Fr. over Cade Kelly (Grissom) 4-6, Jr. (Fall 1:29).

140 Results
4th Place – Gannon Womack of Alexandria
12th Place – Taylor Ward of Weaver
3rd Place Match: Peter Dazzio (Vestavia Hills) 32-7, So. over Gannon Womack (Alexandria) 32-4, Sr. (Dec 10-4).
11th Place Match: Trey Lyon (Sparkman) 2-3, Jr. over Taylor Ward (Weaver) 20-21, Fr. (For.).

147 Results
7th Place – Aaron Whittaker of Alexandria
8th Place – Drake Monroe of Weaver
7th Place Match: Aaron Whittaker (Alexandria) 33-4, Jr. over Drake Monroe (Weaver) 27-17, So. (MD 14-5).

154 Results
10th Place – Stefon Kirby of Weaver
13th Place – Connor Hall of Alexandria
14th Place – Scottie Poore of Alexandria
9th Place Match: Matthew Morales (Tuscaloosa County) 23-10, So. over Stefon Kirby (Weaver) 23-24, So. (MD 15-2).
13th Place Match: Connor Hall (Alexandria) 8-15, 7th. over Scottie Poore (Alexandria) 1-4, Fr. (TF-1.5 5:05 (16-0)).

162 Results
7th Place – Billy Whitson of Weaver
12th Place – Randall Purdy of Alexandria
7th Place Match: Billy Whitson (Weaver) 17-25, So. over Jacob Mcphearson (Thompson) 17-41, So. (Fall 4:00).
11th Place Match: Terrance Lawson (Sparkman) 2-3, Fr. over Randall Purdy (Alexandria) 9-22, Fr. (Fall 5:52).

172 Results
6th Place – Kyle Clapper of Weaver
5th Place Match: Hunter Biggs (Grissom) 18-15, Jr. over Kyle Clapper (Weaver) 44-5, Sr. (Dec 8-6).

184 Results
1st Place – Christian Knop of Alexandria
1st Place Match: Christian Knop (Alexandria) 38-0, So. over Thomas Carter (Athens) 33-3, Jr. (Fall 1:20).

197 Results
7th Place – Caleb Russell of Weaver
9th Place – Dalton Sexton of Alexandria
7th Place Match: Caleb Russell (Weaver) 33-11, So. over Brylan Beasley (Tuscaloosa County) 18-18, Fr. (Fall 5:06).
9th Place Match: Dalton Sexton (Alexandria) 19-20, Jr. over Micah Burdette (Madison County) 2-3, So. (Fall 5:46).

222 Results
3rd Place – Caleb Allison of Weaver
3rd Place Match
Caleb Allison (Weaver) 32-4, So. over Thor Zogg (Tuscaloosa County) 21-11, Fr. (Fall 1:20).

287 Results
7th Place – Connor Uesry of Weaver
8th Place – Skylar Payne of Alexandria
7th Place Match: Connor Uesry (Weaver) 23-13, Sr. over Skylar Payne (Alexandria) 14-23, So. (Fall 1:29).

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