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Caleb Strum was one of eight Fauquier wrestlers to win a Conference 22 championship Friday. --Fauquier Times Staff File Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Highland Hawks placed sixth in the boys and girls standings Saturday during the VISAA Division II state swim meet at the Freedom Aquatic Center in Manassas.

"It was a great day for the Hawks,” Highland coach Ross Malinow said, “and we can't wait to see what we can do at the DAC meet next week.”

Among the Hawks’ highlights was a pair of state meet records set by senior Reni Moshos. She won two races and was named the female swimmer of the meet.

Those performances allowed the Highland girls to improve upon their eighth-place finish at the D-II meet last season. The Highland boys took 11th last season.

On Saturday, Cameron Smith placed second in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 200 freestyle. Also, Caleb McGuire and Preston Mulford each swam a state-qualifying time – McGuire in the 500 free and Mulford in the 50 free.

Fredericksburg Academy girls basketball 35, Highland 29

Despite 19 points from Kayla Soltys, the Highland Hawks lost to the Fredericksburg Academy girls basketball team, 35-29, Saturday on the road.

“It was a tough conference game but the girls really put forward a great effort,” said Hawks coach George Logan, whose team fell to 2-3 in the Delaney Athletic Conference and 11-6 overall.

"Kids played extremely hard; true team effort,” Logan said. But “they struggled on first half with turnovers.”

Highland had only three turnovers in the second half to keep the score close. Margaret Groux led the Hawks defense with six blocks.

Fauquier wrestling wins conference title

The Fauquier Falcons won the Conference 22 wrestling championship by going 8-0 in the finals with four pins to come from behind and beat runner-up Freedom, 223.5-201.5, Friday at Liberty High in Bealeton.

Liberty, meanwhile, placed fourth with 127 points while Kettle Run took fifth with 92.

The Falcons' victory gave them their third consecutive Conference 22 title and 12th overall conference-level championship (including district titles). Individually, in addition to eight conference champions, Fauquier had a trio of third-place finishers, which will give the Falcons a large contingent in the Class 4A West Region tournament at John Champe.

In the conference finals, Kyle Budd won via pin at 113 pounds, while Ty Foster beat Freedom's Nicky Scolarici via technical fall at 126. Camden Franklin pinned Freedom's Hunter Hall at 132 while Kyle Roche defeated Freedom’s Bobby Wrenn, 10-6, at 138, Caleb Strum beat John Champe’s Devyn Kreb, 3-2, at 145, Garrett Tingen pinned John Champe’s Andrew Andrade at 160, Clifford Harrison defeated Freedom’s Garrett Moody, 12-0, at 170, and Thomas Palmer beat John Champe’s Alan Pena via pin at 220.

Placing third for Fauquier were Joe DelGallo (120 pounds), Franco Camara (152) and Rob Patchett (182), while A.J. Prudhum took fourth at 106.

Highland boys basketball 80, Fredericksburg Christian 57

The Highland Hawks improved to 7-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference on Friday with an 80-57 road win over the Fredericksburg Christian boys basketball team.

Highland had 10 players score in the game with Wil Rasmussen contributing 14 points, Brooks Mays adding 13 and Mark Terrell producing 11. Nate Decker and Freshman Darret Justice added nine points each while Anthony Martinez had five assists.

The victory also gave Highland a 12-7 overall record with sixth consecutive wins.
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