Prep roundup: Interlachen lifters outscore Branford, Keystone in tri-meet

Down a player, Palatka boys soccer rallies to tie Middleburg

Interlachen won six weight classes and had four second place competitors to win a crowded girls weightlifting tri-meet Wednesday at IHS.

The Rams rang up 50 points to defeat Branford (36) and Keystone Heights (21). Both Interlachen and Branford, a first-year program, had almost 25 lifters.

The Rams’ Marissa McKibben posted the heaviest total of the day, winning the 199-pound class with a combined bench press and clean and jerk of 300 pounds.

Elivia Gutierrez (unlimited) won with 265 pounds. Interlachen also swept the four lightest classes – Haley Hoskinson (101-pound class) at 155 pounds, Priscilla Griffin (110) at 185, Alyssa Livingstone (119) at 195 and Halie Gutierrez (129) at 215.

Rose Todd, Leyondrea Hart, Melayne Vazquez and Zanovia Palmer each placed second for Interlachen. Sarah Allen, Jolee Gaylord and Kaylyn Diesfield were third.

n Eleven Crescent City lifters earned points while placing second in a five-team meet on Wednesday at Flagler Palm Coast. The host Bulldogs won easily, but the Raiders outscored Deltona, Pierson Taylor and Daytona Beach Seabreeze for second place.

The smallest Raider, Artia Williams, led the way by winning the 101-pound weight class with a 145 total. Brianna Bennett captured second in the 110 class with a 180 total.

Three others finished third – Jordan Williams (169 class), Sabrisha Glover (199) and Sierrah Cox (unlimited). Caeley Parish (129), Antwanne Brown (154), Natasha Brantley (199) and Janice Scott (unlimited) were all fourth. Givoeanna Cole Lebo and Sierra Baynton (183) placed fifth.

n Palatka placed 10th in the St. Johns River Athletic Conference meet Wednesday at Menendez.

Iyenna Roberts was the Panthers highest finisher, fourth in the 183-pound class with a 215 total. Two teammates collected fifth-place points – Betty Arnold (unlimited) with her 275 total and Emma Coyle (154) with her 255 total.

Boys soccer

n Once the Palatka High School boys soccer team went down a player via a blue card for the final 20 minutes of play Wednesday night, the game got interesting for the Panthers.

Palatka fell behind, then rebounded to tie the game and almost won it, settling for a 2-2 tie with host Middleburg.

The Panthers held a 1-0 lead on a Rudy Sales unassisted goal in the first half. But a blue card led to a Panthers player being taken out of the game and the Panthers having to play a man down.

The Broncos rallied to take a 2-1 lead before the Panthers rallied and Sammy Santana took a Devin Williams pass and scored with eight minutes left to make it 2-2. Then the Panthers had the chance to take the lead on a penalty kick, but Santana delivered a kick at Middleburg’s goalie to keep it deadlocked.

Dalton White stopped 10 shots in the tie. Palatka (1-3-1) hosts St. Augustine tonight.

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