Up & Coming Weekly

February 12, 2019

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FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 UCW 25 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM County female wrestlers make history in state tournament by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Jack Britt's Madajah Trapier and Pine Forest's Anamaria Bailey were part of North Carolina high school athletic history recently. Trapier and Bailey were among a handful of female wrestlers from Cumberland County to take part in the first official statewide invitational tournament for female wrestlers. They were the only two from Cumberland County to stand atop the awards platform at the end of the competition; Trapier won the 152-pound championship while Bailey placed second in the com- bined 160-170 pound category. Trapier got her start in wrestling in middle school at Anne Chesnutt but didn't return to competition until this year when she tried out for the team at Jack Britt. "My dad wrestled in high school but never got the chance to go to state,'' Trapier said. "I wanted to wrestle and con- tinue his legacy.'' In North Carolina, there's been no separate division for girls to wrestle head-to-head, so they have to compete with boys in their own weight class. "I like the fact that girls are underestimated,'' Trapier said. "I can show that technique beats strength any day and girls can do just as good as guys.'' At the state tournament, there were only three girls in Trapier's weight class, two from Hoke County and one from Overhills. Instead of being paired up in brackets, the four girls wrestled in a round robin format. Trapier beat Hoke's Melanie Jones and Madeline Ramallah and Jasmine Davis of Overhills, winning all three matches by fall to take the championship. "I got a chance to watch their moves,'' she said of her three opponents. "I saw what technique they were using, and I was able to depict what I could use when it was my turn to go against them." Trapier said it took a few days for her to realize she had won a state championship — the first one for high school girls in North Carolina history. "I was really happy and proud of myself,'' she said. "I'm hoping I (can) go to nationals in Texas and get the opportunity to wrestle in college.'' Bailey, a junior at Pine Forest, is no stranger to rugged sports, hav- ing played rugby before an injury forced her to stop. Her brother and his friends talked her into giving wrestling a try. She's in her third year wrestling with the team at Pine Forest. "It was definitely a challenge, but I think it made me better,'' she said. "When I started wrestling, it helped me challenge myself not only physically but mentally. "Without wrestling, I wouldn't have the right discipline to put me on the path to greater things.'' After a first-round bye, she won by fall over Ashley Boggess of Pisgah. But she lost by fall to LaSean Boyd of Overhills in the championship match. Despite the setback, Bailey is already looking ahead to her senior year at Pine Forest. "Everybody wants a better record and to be able to win more," Bailey said. "That's what my thing is - let them know I was a better wrestler than last year.'' In addition to Trapier and Bailey, the follow- ing Cumberland County female wrestlers took part in the recent state tournament but did not finish in the top four in their weight class: Tina Silva, South View, 113; Emmaline Morgan, Terry Sanford, 113; Andrea Moore, Jack Britt, 120. Sara Baxley Terry Sanford • Bowling • Senior Baxley has a 4.63 grade point average. She's a three-year starter for the Bulldog bowling team. In addition to serving as the team's captain, Baxley is a member of National Honor Society as well as Health Occupations Students of America at Terry Sanford. She also works as a Cape Fear Valley Junior Volunteer. Tommy Cooney Terry Sanford • Bowling/Baseball • Junior Cooney has a 4.09 grade point average. He is a three-year starter for the Bulldog bowling team. Tommy has also led the Terry Sanford Marching Band as its drum major for the past two years and is a pitcher for the Terry Sanford baseball team. Tommy is also involved in the Kiwanis Club's Clean Up Streets and Parks group. Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop congratulates these amazing scholar athletes of the week and invites them to the Rocket Fizz Store at 1916 Skibo Rd. to receive a FREE gift recognizing their achievement! www.rocketfizz.com Anamaria Bailey Madajah Trapier 10 20 30 40 40 30 20 10 50 10 20 30 40 40 30 20 10 50 10 20 30 40 40 30 20 10 50 10 20 30 40 40 30 20 10 50 SATURDAY FEB 16TH To air on WCLN 105.7 FM @ TBA North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 3rd Round Playoffs Fayetteville Academy EAGLES vs. opponent TBA Check website NCISAA.org for schedule of teams & WILL BE PRESENTING CUMBERLAND COUNTY BASKETBALL IN 2019

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