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Bruins' Penegar looks to state meet

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By The Staff

Lancaster High School sophomore Wylie Penegar will compete in the Class AAAA state cross country meet after posting a 16:56 for 3.1 miles in the state qualifying meet. The state meet will be held at the Sandhills Research Center in Columbia.Penegar was fifth overall in the region meet in a time of 17:09, which earned him a spot on the all-region team this fall. Drew Burn was 21st overall with a time of 18:20.Brooke Penegar was our top LHS girl, finishing 10th overall with a time of 22:59.Courtney Cauthen was the LHS second girl, placing 27th overall with a time of 24:52.“All of our runners really deserve a hand as they all have made incredible improvement during the season,” LHS coach Josh Pauling said. “They have cut a lot of time from the beginning of the season.”Indian Land High School has also qualified to compete in the Class A state meet which will also be held Saturday in Columbia.LHS cheer competitionSpring Valley captured the Region IV-AAAA cheer competition held Wednesday in the Lancaster High School gym.The Vikings’ squad was followed by Rock Hill and South Pointe High School of Rock Hill.The host Lancaster High School Bruins’ squad of first-year coach Brittney Kennington did not place in the top three.Lancaster is scheduled to compete in the upcoming Class AAAA Upper State cheer meet.Rams fall at ChesterThe Rucker Rams capped their football season, falling to Chester 20-6 on Thursday in Chester.Chester Junior High bolted to a 20-0 halftime lead, but Rucker held CJH scoreless in the second half. Rucker battled to the end as quarterback Jordan Ribelin hit Doug Carelock on a 20-yard pass play on the final play of the game.Rucker coach Brett Blackmon praised the play of linebacker Jason Plexico, who led the Rams’ charge in holding Chester scoreless in the second half.“I also felt Joseph Evans had a good game for us,” Blackmon said. “He ran the ball hard and caught the ball well.“Overall, I felt we improved as a team from the start to the end of the season,” Blackmon said. “We had some guys out playing for the first time, but they learned how to practice and some developed a love for the game. The big factor is to help them prepare to go to the next level.”Rucker finished 2-6 this season.