FLORENCE — The Florence wrestling team earned a pair of wins Thursday night as the Falcons hosted matches against East Limestone and Deshler.

In the first match Florence defeated East Limestone 48-36. Carson Casteel (160 pounds), Joseph Grijalva (170), Eli Weakley (220) and Joey Riley (285) each won their match with a pin to lead the Falcons to the victory.

Florence late beat Deshler 51-21. Seth Puryear (120), Cade Casteel (145), Joseph Grijalva (170), Sam Daniel and Eli Weakley (220) each pinned their opponent, while Carson Casteel edged Deshler’s Jake Statom 4-3 at 160 pounds.

Nathan Deaton (126) and Brenden Lindsey (152) win by pin for Deshler, while Hayden Adkins (106) won a 9-4 decision over Florence’s Hill Leavitt.

Deshler and East Limestone tied at 36 in the other match, but Deshler won via the tiebreaker.

Florence will host a match with Bob Jones, James Clemens and Lawrence County (Tennessee) next Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Boys Basketball

Mars Hill 76, Shoals Christian 26: Mars Hill put away Shoals Christian early as the Panthers recorded an area win.

The Panthers jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead and extended the lead at halftime to 36-13. Mars Hill recorded a 27-point third quarter to put it out of reach.

Avery Thrasher tallied a game-high 23 points for the Panthers. Chase Thornton scored 13 points and Kyler Murks had nine.

Jaylen Akin scored 12 points for Shoals Christian.


Girls Basketball

Mars Hill 66, Shoals Christian 26: Mars Hill had four players score in double figures as the Panthers cruised past Shoals Christian.

Sadie Killen and Abbey Steadman scored 11 points each for Mars Hill (12-6), while Kylie Thigpen and Lauren Allen finished with 10 points apiece. Ella Edwards paced Shoals Christian with 16.

Phillips 68, Berry 29: Phillips showed why it is ranked No. 4 in Class 1A as the Bears recorded a dominating victory over Berry.

Gracie Hallman led Phillips with 22 points, followed by Lexie Dishner with 19. Zoe Mauldin led Berry with 11 points.

• Belgreen 80, Vina 51: A strong 46-21 halftime lead and a 25-point fourth quarter finish helped Belgreen secure a victory over Vina.

Gracie Dempsey led Belgreen with 19 points. Emma Dempsey and Emma Willingham each scored 16 points, followed by Ansley Tate with 14 and Katie Dempsey with 10.

Rayleigh Guin led Vina with 15 points, followed by Abbie Petree, Amma Humphres and Sara Scott with 11 points each.


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