NTMWD Plant Smart 2024

Princeton girls win district championship, eight boys qualify for regionals

by | Feb 7, 2023 | Sports

The Princeton boys and girls wrestling teams went to the district championships in Lovejoy last Saturday, with several Panther wrestlers qualifying for regionals.

Delaying the event on multiple occasions for bad weather closing the school, Princeton had to wait until Saturday to claim its crown as the District 9-5A champions for girls wrestling. The Lady Panthers finished with 163 team points, edging out Carrolton Creekview (144.5 points), Whitesboro (128 points) and Anna (126 points) for the top spot.

Of the 10 competitors in the tournament, eight Lady Panthers qualified for the regional meet, led by individual district champions Erin Marquez, Paris Kelleher, Makayla Johnson and Brianna Tenpenny. Kelleher won her second consecutive district championship as only a sophomore and hopes to get back to the state meet as she did last season and compete for a medal.

“We’re young and we still don’t have a senior on our girls team,” head coach Ryan DeLaVergne said. “Our goal was to take care of the district this season and prepare to potentially win regionals and compete for state next year. They did such a great job though and we want to compete. Paris is our first two-time district championship in school history and we’re excited about what she can do.”

Scarlet Hillis, Alyssa Irons, Jahnna Espanol and Rebekah Sorrell also qualified for the regional championships for the Lady Panthers. The team competed at a high level, and all qualifiers will head to Anna next weekend for the regional championships.

“We took 10 on both sides and qualified eight from each team which is an amazing thing to see,” DeLaVergne said. “Our girls did exactly what I expected them to do which was to go out and win a district championship, but our goal down the stretch is to win a regional championship and compete for that and get ready for state. I believe in their talent and think they might be ready.”

On the boys side, Conner Leon, Camden Mansanales, Elisha Wilson, Trystan Sanderson, Matt Johnson, Asher McFarland, Gunner Morris and Hunter Morris all finished in the top four of their respective weight classes to qualify for the regional championship. Carson Cook placed fifth in the 215-pound weight class, earning an alternate nod as well.

It was a strong showing for a Panthers team that dealt with several key injuries this season and worked hard through the adversity this season.

“We’ve been really banged up this season and that hurt us a bit, but they came out and competed well,” DeLaVergne said. “I thought we’d be able to come out and compete with Lovejoy and possibly finish second, but Melissa was really good and competed at a high level. I wouldn’t be surprised if those two teams are the top two in regionals as well and we competed.”

The Panthers finished third in District 9-5A with 133 points, trailing only Melissa (188.5 points) and district champion Lovejoy (292.5 points) for the championship. The boys also head to Anna this weekend for the Region 3-5A championship, where coach DeLaVergne hopes they can compete among the best again.

“We’ve been training for it all year long,” DeLaVergne said. “We’ve tried to develop situational wrestling skills so that we can win at the regional and state level because there are some moves that won’t work against the best. It’s all training for those best moments all year, where it helped two of our kids win in overtime.”

For more sports coverage, subscribe here.

For more sports pictures, see here.

Photos online

0 Comments

American Heart Association 300x250

Related News

Croley gets big turnout for Princeton volleyball camp

Croley gets big turnout for Princeton volleyball camp

Coach Rachel Croley puts the future Lady Panthers through a drill during last week’s youth volleyball camp. A Princeton-native, Coach Croley in her staff got a great turnout for the camp, signaling a bright future for the program. (Austin Smith/The Princeton Herald)...

read more
Young hoopers kick off a series of PHS youth camps

Young hoopers kick off a series of PHS youth camps

Denning thrilled for big turnout Jaslyn Mosley gears up for a shot during a drill at last week’s youth basketball camp for girls at Princeton High School. (Austin Smith/The Princeton Herald) (More Photos) With June finally here, the kids are officially done in the...

read more
Princeton honors seniors at annual sports banquet

Princeton honors seniors at annual sports banquet

With the school year wrapping up, Princeton held their annual Senior Sports Banquet this week. There, the senior athletes were honored with awards and gifted various scholarships, while the coaches detailed their terrific feats over the 2023-24 school...

read more
Flowers, passing attack stepping up in 7-on-7 work

Flowers, passing attack stepping up in 7-on-7 work

Marcus Flowers (1) has had a strong showing in Princeton’s 7-on-7 sessions this month. After attempting 91 passes last fall as a sophomore, Flowers is working to take over as the full-time starter next season. (Austin Smith/The Princeton Herald) (More Photos) The...

read more
Panthers host Wylie East for 7-on-7 event

Panthers host Wylie East for 7-on-7 event

Jordan Mosley skies for the touchdown catch over the Wylie East defender. The Panthers have been getting plenty of work in this month, hosting several 7-on-7 sessions. (Austin Smith/The Princeton Herald) (More Photos) Next fall, the Princeton Panthers football team...

read more
Lady Panthers ousted by top-ranked Forney

Lady Panthers ousted by top-ranked Forney

The Princeton Lady Panthers saw their tremendous season end last week at the hands of the top-ranked team in Class 5A. Despite two losses to Forney, the girls made quite the run to clinch a playoff spot, finishing the year 13-16. (Oladipo Awowale/The Princeton Herald)...

read more
Princeton girls excited for playoff challenge

Princeton girls excited for playoff challenge

After securing their second playoff-bid in as many seasons, Tiffany Urenda (5) and the Princeton Lady Panthers will take on Forney next Tuesday. (Austin Smith/The Princeton Herald)  The Princeton girls soccer team closed out the regular season last week, finishing...

read more
Princeton powerlifters show out at regionals

Princeton powerlifters show out at regionals

Emmanuel Martinez is one of four Princeton lifters heading to the state meet for the boys team, joining Michael Lopez, Will Ngyuen and Daniel Tyutyunnik. Martinez not only won his weight division, but was also awarded the event’s award for Best Bench Press in the...

read more
Lady Panthers’ magical ride comes to an end

Lady Panthers’ magical ride comes to an end

For the first time in program history, the Princeton Lady Panthers made it to the regional finals, just one win shy of qualifying for Class 5A State Tournament. While the girls lost that game, the Lady Panthers had a terrific season, finishing 28-11. GARLAND – The...

read more
Photos online