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Backus qualifies for state XC meet

Seth Backus placed second in the A-AA Region II XC meet at Bridgeport Saturday to qualify for the state meet slated for October 29. The Braxton boys’ team came fell short by only one place of qualifying for the state as a team.
Coach Lauri Spencer commenting on Backus’ accomplishment, said, “Seth has been running well all season.” She also pointed out that this is the fourth time that Backus has qualified for the state meet. In his freshman year, he finished 26th. As a sophomore, he placed 11th, and last season, he finished fifth for All-State honors.
Overall, Coach Spencer felt her team “ran very well this meet.” She said, “Many of our runners made great improvement on their time from our first race of the season, which was on the same course.” She mentioned, too, that the boys’ team “ran the best they have all season.” The top three teams from Braxton’s region qualified, and Braxon’s boys came in fourth.
“This was somewhat surprising,” the coach noted “because of our lack of experience. We have only two returning male runners and four first-year runners.”
Coach Spencer commented that Olivia Wayne, a junior, “ran well and was only four places from qualifying for the state meet. She improved her time by 1:43 from our first meet of the season.”
The coach went on to say that one of the best things about the season “has been the team-first attitude by both the athletes and their parents.” She added, “Everyone has been very supportive of each other.”
Backus runs at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cabell Midland High School.

Knights’ eighth grade soccer players honored

In last week’s soccer play, the Knights tied their first game but lost the second. The tie came on Tuesday as Braxton hosted the Bible Center Rams. At halftime, the Knights were down by one. With the skies darkening as a storm approached in the second half, Dom Grindo placed a shot in the back of the net with 22:07 left in the game for the tie. The game was called shortly after that because of lightning.
Before that game, the Knights’ eighth-graders Charles Harmon, Nathan Whitney, Dominic Grindo, Wiley Skidmore, Gavin Dennison, Summer Mays, Cheyenne Westfall, and George Burgess, along with their parents were introduced at midfield. Each received a basket from the team.
Coach Jennifer Grindo said the athletes “were recognized for their accomplishments as Knights and wished well by their teammates and the crowd as they will play for the Eagles next year.”
For the second game of the week, the Braxton team traveled to Lewisburg to take on the Purple Knights of Eastern Greenbrier. Although Skidmore scored early in the game, the Knights could not keep the lead. Eastern Greenbrier defeated Braxton 6-1.
Braxton’s last game of the season is set for tomorrow night as the Knights travel to Poca to take on the Dots.

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