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Four Eagles make All-Conference in LKC Cross Country Meet

Seth Backus crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead to become the LKC boys’ XC champion Thursday. In the race, run at North Bend State Park, Coach Lauri Spencer saw four of her runners earn All-Conference honors.
The only BCHS runner to make First-Team, Backus finished the race at 16:48, a season best time for him. Coach Spencer noted that this was the senior’s second win in less than two weeks. The boys’ race included 99 runners.
Kaleb Brown, with a time of 18:40 and 17th place, earned Second-Team honors. Also named Second-Team All-Conference were Nicoletta Bonazzo and Olivia Wayne. Bonazzo, who ran the race in 23:27—a season best for her, finished 16th. Wayne’s 18th place came with a time of 23:33.
Both the Braxton boys’ team and girls’ team placed fifth in the LKC. Running PRs (Personal Records) in the race were Brown, Todd Spencer, Lilly Ware, and Braylee Woods.
The Eagles XC team will run in the Region II meet Thursday. Coach Spencer explained that Braxton’s region has been changed. She said, “With the realignment of regions, we are now in Region II.” She said that Region II includes 23 schools although not every school has a cross country team. “We do not know how many teams will be running Thursday,” she said, adding, “Hopefully ten more teams will race, then four teams will qualify for states.” Five team members must start the race to qualify as a team entry. The coach also explained that 20% of the number of contestants that start the race will qualify for the state meet with a minimum of 10 individual qualifiers.
As to the competition which Braxton will face Thursday, Coach Spencer said, “Bridgeport, Doddridge, and Elkins have been strong teams all season. Since this is Bridgeport’s home course, I expect them to do well.” She added, “Even though this is a challenging course, we may surprise some people on Thursday. Our runners have made great improvements since our first race of the season, which was on this course.”

Knights’ soccer team go 2-1 on the week

The Knights’ soccer team scored wins over Anstead and Independence last week but lost a tough game to Ripley Middle.
On Monday, Braxton took on the Anstead Blazers and earned an 8-1 win. Wylie Skidmore, Coach Jennifer Grindo said, had a hat trick on the night. Jacob Loudin, Summer Mays, Richard Westfall, Dom Grindo, and Dalton Hardway also added goals for the Knights. Coach Grindo named Hardway Man of the Match “for his improvement in positioning and ball control.”
Wednesday the team had a hard-fought battle against Ripley before Ripley ended with a 4-3 win. Skidmore contributed two goals, and Grindo had one in that game. Man of the Match was Spencer Bosely “for his control of the back line and aggressive defense.”
On the field again Friday, Braxton secured their seventh win of the season with a 6-1 victory over the Independence Patriots. Skidmore scored twice for the Knights. Grindo, Charlie Harmon, Summer Mays and Gage Triplett each scored one goal. Man of the Match “for his development in front of the net” was Nathan Whitney.
The Knights will take on the Bible Center Rams Thursday for their last home game.
The eighth-grade players and their parents will be recognized at 5 p.m. followed by the game at 5:30.

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