Jonna Strange

North Iredell's Jonna Strange, seen here leading a group of runners at the 2019 Iredell County Championships, captured the 3A West region title for the second time in as many years Saturday in Morganton.

North Iredell senior Jonna Strange blew away the 150-runner field Saturday at Freedom High School in Morganton and won the 3A West region cross country championship with a time of 17 minutes, 54 seconds.

The runner-up, A.C. Reynolds’ Mary Elizabeth Shoop, was nearly a full two minutes behind Strange. She completed the 5-kilometer course in 19:52.

It was the second straight 3A West region title for Strange, a Furman commit. As a junior she won the race in Charlotte with a time of 18:35.90 and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the 3A state meet.

This coming Saturday, Strange will compete for the 3A state title one last time at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

PLP captures 1A tennis crown

Pine Lake Prep defeated Franklin Academy (17-1) in the NCHSAA 1A state final Saturday at the Burlington Tennis Center to secure the first state championship for the girls tennis program.

The Pride won four of the six singles matches and swept doubles.

Pine Lake Prep senior Haley Frye was named the most valuable player. Frye won the No. 2 singles match 6-7 (7-4), 6-1, [10-6] over Abby Armistead. Later, she teamed up with 1A state singles champion Andersen Schubert to win the No. 1 doubles match 7-2.

Pine Lake Prep finished the season with a perfect 15-0 record.

NPC volleyball champ West Rowan in first region final

Top seed West Rowan (28-0) hosts No. 2 seed West Henderson (29-6) in the 3A West region final at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner advances to the state championship match Saturday in Fayetteville, where they will play the winner of the East region final between No. 1 Chapel Hill (25-1) and No. 2 D.H. Conley (25-4).

West Rowan, in the midst of its deepest playoff run, beat No. 4 seed and previously unbeaten Watauga in four sets Saturday to advance. West Henderson, a four-set winner over South Iredell in the third round, defeated defending 3A state champion Marvin Ridge, the No. 3 seed, in five sets Saturday.

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