Four Bulldogs finish among top 10 at girls state weightlifting championships

Mainland's boys basketball team advances to the elite eight

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FPC's Midlyne Thomas finished among the top 10 in both competitions at the Class 3A girls weightlifting championships.
FPC's Midlyne Thomas finished among the top 10 in both competitions at the Class 3A girls weightlifting championships.
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With their coach, Duane Hagstrom, participating in his 47th state championships, four Flagler Palm Coast weightlifters finished among the top 10 in their weight classes at the Class 3A state girls championships Feb. 18 in Lakeland.

Brianna Tucker placed sixth in the Olympic competition and ninth in the traditional competition. The 129-pound lifter snatched 135 pounds and clean and jerked 155 pounds on her third attempt for a 290-pound Olympic total. Tucker also benched 145 pounds for a 300-pound traditional total.

Midlyne Thomas finished seventh in the traditional competition and eighth in Olympic in the 183-pound class. Thomas totaled 305 pounds in Olympic and 330 in traditional. She lifted 130 in snatch, 175 in clean and jerk and 155 in bench press.

Aryannah Rosa also qualified in both competitions for the Bulldogs. Rosa was seventh in the traditional competition in the 119-pound class with a 300-pound total. She finished 13th in Olympic lifts with a 255-pound total. Her 150-pound bench press ranked fourth in her weight class.

Zoey Gotera was 10th in the Olympic competition in the unlimited weight class with a 285-pound total. Gotera had the fourth-best clean and jerk in her class with a 175-pound hoist.

FPC’s other lifters at state were Colleen Haaf in unlimited, who had a 315-pound traditional total, and 139-pound lifter Leila Turner, who totaled 265 pounds in Olympic.

Rilee Whitmore was Matanzas’ lone competitor in the Class 2A state championships. Competing in both traditional and Olympic lifts, the 169-pound lifter totaled 240 pounds (Olympic) and 290 pounds (traditional).

Bucs advance

Mainland was held to three points in the fourth quarter but still outlasted Jacksonville Riverside 32-29 in a Class 5A boys basketball regional semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Bucs improved to 23-5 and will host Lake City Columbia in the regional final on Friday, Feb. 24. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

If the Bucs win, they will match Mainland’s girls team with a trip to the final four in Lakeland.

Columbia (20-9) defeated Pensacola Washington 69-55 in the other semifinal.

Pirates win opener

Matanzas defeated Taylor 9-2 in its softball opener on Feb. 21. The Pirates collected 10 hits at their home field.

Sophomore Skylar Ludovici got the win in the circle, allowing five hits and 0 earned runs in the circle. Ludovici also chipped in with a triple and two RBIs.

Ashley Sampselle went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs, while Ashleigh Pigeon had a double and four RBIs. Matanzas hosts Seabreeze on Thursday, Feb. 23, and Mainland on Friday, Feb. 24. Both games are at 6 p.m.

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