O'Neal honors senior swimmers at final home meet

The Falcons celebrated senior night for varsity swimming last week, honoring seniors Kevin Klenzak and Daniel Wray for all their contributions to the swim program.

Varsity Swimming

The Falcons participated in their last home meet of the season this past Tuesday. Before the meet, the Falcons honored their two senior swimmers — Daniel Wray and Kevin Klenzak.

The girls team is looking strong going into the Tri-TAC conference meet, which is on Jan. 30 at the Triangle Aquatics Center. The women were second to Marlins of Moore 48-43 and won the meet against Grace of Sanford 72-11. Distance swimmers Malia Stone and Ava Taylor Walker had standout swims in the 500-meter freestyle event.

The boys team had an excellent final home meet against Marlins of Moore, St. David’s, and Grace of Sanford. The boys team beat Marlins of Moore 44-40 and Grace of Sanford 55-15 and lost to St. David’s 48-38. Simeon Morin had an excellent meet, qualifying for the state meet in the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle.

Varsity Girls Basketball

The Falcons took a break from conference play last week to travel to Freedom Christian Tuesday afternoon. Stifling pressure and half-court trapping saw the Falcons jump to a 25-8 first quarter lead. All in uniform saw extended minutes as the Falcons used their depth to outpace some early foul trouble and head into the halftime locker room up 38-16. The second half saw continued dominance for the Falcon, who finished the contest winning 68-25, moving to 17-2 on the season and sitting comfortably at third in the NCISAA 2A MaxPreps rankings.

The Falcons were led in scoring by Ashanti Fox with 27 points. A balanced scoring attack rounded out the scoresheet — Kennedy Moore with nine points, Reily Johnson with nine points, Ava Vonderkall with seven points, Tamiya Judd with six points, Brooklyn Adams with six points, and Clara Tanner with four points.

Varsity Boys Basketball

The Falcons started the week off on the road Monday at Freedom Christian Academy. The Falcons started the game strong with some good defense and making key plays on offense. Nick Joyce had 12 points and 10 rebounds and had his best game of the season, trying to keep the Falcons in the game.

Eventually, turnovers hurt the Falcons, and an experienced Freedom team was able to pull away. Leading the Falcons in points was Malachy White with 18 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Also contributing was Gavin Rabon with two points and four rebounds and Holt Neville with two points and two assists.

The Falcons hosted Cary Christian on Wednesday night. The Falcons came out the gates strong, playing well on the offensive side of the ball during the first half of the game. The second half of the game went well for the Falcons, but Cary Christian hit some key shots to extend their lead.

Leading the Falcons in points was Malachy White with 11 points and nine rebounds. Contributing to the action was Dakota Bender with 10 points and five rebounds, Nick Joyce with six points and four rebounds, Brennan Hodges with six points, two rebounds, and two steals, Will Slagle with five points and two rebounds, Holt Neville with two points and two assists and Gavin Rabon with two points and two rebounds.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel contributor Lulu Brase. Photo by Wendy Hodges.

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