Lampasas' Cameron Everts won his first two matches Friday in the state wrestling tournament to advance to today's Class 5A semifinals in Cypress.
Competing in the 160-pound division, Everts defeated Midlothian's Cristian Vega by technical fall (17-2) in the first round, then outlasted Bryan's Kairo Turrubiartes in overtime in the quarterfinals.
Everts (29-4) takes on Prosper's Tommy Flaherty today for a spot in the final.
In the 6A girls 165 bracket, Killeen High's Zharia Hopkins also advanced to the semifinals in dominating fashion. She opened with an 18-5 major decision over Cypress Woods' Erryn Davis, then pinned Arlington Houston's Taniya Bradford.
Hopkins (28-3) will face Cypress Falls' Augustina Ijoma for a spot in the final. Ijoma (45-1) also had little trouble advancing.
Shoemaker's Dhaikiyah Geter pinned Coppell's Gabryella Reynosa in her opening match in the girls' 6A 138 bracket, but lost in the same manner to Katy's Mhina Oseitutu in the quarterfinals.
Geter was eliminated from the third-place bracket in a 3-2 decision against Cypress Ranch's Madison Guinn.
Ellison freshman Ayanna Bess lost 7-0 to Arlington Martin's Mikaela Clavier in her first match in the 215 bracket.
She rebounded with a pin of Cypress Ridge's La'nazia Curtis, but was knocked out of the third-place bracket when she was pinned by Haltom's Aaliyahrai Stewart.
SALADO 4, GATEWAY 0: Salado's Tyler Pierce capped a big day by scoring a goal in the Lady Eagles' victory over Georgetown Gateway in Georgetown.
Earlier in the day, Pierce signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Sam Houston State.
Ashlen LaCanne, Allison Carnahan and Avery Wright also scored Friday for the District 25-4A-leading Lady Eagles. Hannah Reavis assisted on two goals. LaCanne also had an assist.
Salado travels to Jarrell on Tuesday night.
BELTON GIRLS 6, KILLEEN 0: At Buckley Stadium, Rachel Mahan, Tiarra Hodges and Abby Cargile each scored two goals apiece and Belton shut out the Lady Roos.
Belton (11-6-2, 7-2-1 District 8-6A) scored three goals in each half. Cargile gave the Lady Tigers an early 2-0 lead in the first half and Hodges converted the following two scores. Mahan capped off the rout with a pair of goals in the final minutes.
The Lady Tigers continue District 8-6A play Tuesday at Shoemaker at 7:30 p.m.
SAN ANGELO CENTRAL 4, COPPERAS COVE 1: Aidan Henry scored the first two goals and the Bobcats (10-0 8-6A) became the first team in the district to clinch a playoff spot.
Ray Barros scored with one second remaining to help the Bulldawgs (0-8-2 8-6A) avoid the shutout. Caden Chapman earned the assist.
KNIGHTS WIN AND LOSE IN GARLAND: Kaven Jones and Brandon Kluna each homered as Harker Heights beat Mesquite Poteet 8-6 at the Garland Naaman Forest tournament. The Knights finished the day with a 6-3 loss to Frisco Heritage.
BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Class 6A Area
- Ellison 64, Flower Mound 59
Class 4A Area
- Waco Connally 64, Lampasas 59
- San Angelo Central 4, Copperas Cove 1
- Waco Midway 2, Harker Heights 1
- Gatesville 2, Lorena 1
Garland Naaman Forest tournament
- Frisco Heritage 6, Harker Heights 3
- Harker Heights 8, Mesquite Poteet 6
Round Rock tournament
- Leander 2, Belton 0
- Belton 2, Brenham 2, tie
- Belton 6, Killeen 0
- San Angelo Central 6, Copperas Cove 0
- Lorena 4, Gatesville 1
- Salado 4, Georgetown Gateway 0
- Burnet 9, Lampasas 0
Marble Falls tournament
- Lampasas 9, Marble Falls 0
- Lampasas 6, Fredericksburg 3
Pearland ISD tournament
- Katy 6, Belton 0
- Alvin 1, Belton 0