Spartans' swimmers do well at regionals

South Caldwell’s Trey Ramsey (24) takes a jumper over Hickory’s Nick Everhart (14) during the first half of Friday’s night home loss in Sawmills. The Spartans overcame a slow start until being outscored by the Red Tornadoes 24-15 in the fourth. South Caldwell bounced back Friday’s loss with a win Saturday over Alexander Central.

South Caldwell set personal bests in seven of its eight races at the 4A West regional over the weekend, but the Spartans end their season without any berths in the state meet.

“It was a good day for us,” said Spartans coach Brent Tomberlin. “No one advanced to states. (Kayana) Taylor and (Brady) Carroll both advanced last year, but we just could not get through to the championship meet this year. I’m proud of the way people finished. I’m glad we did not let all the changes to the season impact us mentally — we went out there and did our best, and I was happy for the kids.”

Taylor placed 10th in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle with a finals time of 2:01.46. She also placed 12th in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in 1:01.82.

Carroll placed eighth in the boys’ 50 free with a finals time of 22.65 seconds, but he missed the boys’ 400 freestyle relay because of an injury. Michael Mesa filled Carroll’s spot in the race and set a season best in his 100-yard portion of the event. The relay team, comprised of Luke Powell, Mesa, Aaron Annas and Ben Tomberlin placed 10th with a time of 3:41.72

Ben Tomberlin also swam the boys’ 100 backstroke in 56.19 seconds and placed seventh.

Boys basketball Spartans 47, Cougars 31

South Caldwell led by as many as 20 points in Saturday’s win over Alexander Central.

Trey Ramsey scored 17 points to lead South Caldwell (5-4), followed by Kaleb Reese with 14. Kaleb Icenhour finished with six points, while Kolton Smith and Isaiah Kirby finished with four and three points, respectively. Will Connor had two points, and Jagger Carr scored one point.

The Spartans, who lost to Hickory 58-46 on Friday, are scheduled to visit Freedom tonight.

Girls basketball Wildcats 60, Panthers 50

Draughn led by as many as 20 points in its win over Hibriten on Saturday to sweep the season series. The Panthers, plagued by poor shooting from the free-throw line and behind the 3-point arc, were able to whittle the lead down in the second half but couldn’t get over the hump.

The Wildcats, who won the first meeting 70-63 on Jan. 6, improved to 3-2 on the season and are in third place in the Northwestern Foothills Athletic Conference.

Fifth-place Hibriten (4-5) is scheduled to play tonight at Patton and at Foard on Thursday.

Late Wednesday Panthers 9, Bears 0

David Franquiz scored three goals, and Kevin Rivera added two more as Hibriten added another mercy-rule shutout win at Bunker Hill.

The Panthers scored four goals in the first half and added five more in the second to end the game early.

Erwin Guzman, Simon Hawkins, Gerardo Rodriguez and Allen Meza all added one goal apiece for Hibriten (4-0), which hosted county rival West Caldwell on Monday and is scheduled to visit Fred T. Foard on Wednesday.

Local Colleges Late Friday Women’s Basketball Cobras 67, Centurions 63

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute improved to 3-2 on the season with Friday’s win over Carolina Christian College.

Paola Martinez led the Cobras with 17 points, followed by Mikayla Hill with 11 and Akria Jenkins with 10. Nikya Lynch and Kaitlyn Brock scored nine points each, while Amaia Mack and Amaya Adams finished with seven points and four points, respectively.

The Cobras return to action at home tonight against Patrick Henry. Game time is set for 6 p.m.