Bob Sutton

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Hayes ready for challenge at Providence Grove

Hayes ready for challenge at Providence Grove

School’s new football coach is Trinity alum CLIMAX – David Hayes has been around high school football teams for more than a decade as an assistant coach. Now it’s something different. He’ll be a head coach. Providence Grove hired Hayes, who has close ties to a couple of other schools in Randolph County, as its next football coach. “I feel like I was ready to take an opportunity like this,” Hayes said. Hayes takes the vacancy left when Calvin Brown departed to become Asheboro’s coach. Most recently, Hayes has been an assistant coach and physical education teacher at Thomasville, which…
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UCA wrestlers pin down state duals title

UCA wrestlers pin down state duals title

Here’s the Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestling team after winning the Class 1-A dual team state championship by defeating Avery County on Saturday in Greensboro. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSBORO – All the pieces came together for Uwharrie Charter Academy’s wrestling team in another tight battle with Avery County. So this time, the Eagles won the Class 1-A dual team state championship. “Anytime you do something like this, it’s pretty special,” UCA coach Chris Waddell said. “It takes plenty – so moving parts to make it happen. It takes a collective effort.” Both teams won seven matches, but UCA racked up crucial…
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UCA wrestlers head for title rematch with Avery County

UCA wrestlers head for title rematch with Avery County

UCA’s Alec Millikan works against North East Carolina Prep’s Anthony Cairo during a 152-pound match in the state duals last weekend. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Uwharrie Charter Academy’s wrestling team will try again against Avery County with a Class 1-A dual team state championship on the line. The teams meet Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum’s field house in a rematch of the 2022 title meet. UCA (35-0) has blown through most opponents, while Avery County (27-7) had stiffer tests to reach this stage again. These teams are familiar competitors in the finals. UCA won the 2019 title before Avery County…
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Randleman girls set high bar in PAC

Randleman girls set high bar in PAC

Randleman’s Elizabeth York looks to go up for a shot against Eastern Randolph’s Logan Beaver. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) RANDLEMAN – Staying atop the Piedmont Athletic Conference has been a challenge for the Randleman girls’ basketball team. The Tigers have passed the test and that’s one of the rewarding aspects of another stellar season. “Right now, everybody is bringing their ‘A’ game against us, but that’s OK,” coach Brandon Varner said. Randleman withstood threats from Eastern Randolph and Southwestern Randolph during the past week. But it has turned out to be another title season for the Tigers, who are 9-0 in…
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At Trinity, they can call it ‘Tim’s Gym’

At Trinity, they can call it ‘Tim’s Gym’

Trinity’s Tim Kelly poses outside the gym named in his honor. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) School names gym after longtime, championship coach TRINITY – When Tim Kelly took the job as Trinity’s boys’ basketball coach, he didn’t intend for it to be a career-long passion. Now he’ll be connected to the Bulldogs forever. The school’s gym was named in his honor this week – Tim Kelly Gym. Kelly is in his 33rd season leading the team. This stint began as a means to appease his wife. “I came to this area because she wanted to move over here closer to her…
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Moran moves to AD role at Providence Grove

Moran moves to AD role at Providence Grove

Cody Moran has been on Providence Grove’s football staff. (Courtesy photo) CLIMAX – Cody Moran figured that staying at Providence Grove might fit him best. Moran is the new athletics director at the school. “This might be my opportunity to move up here,” he said. Moran replaces Calvin Brown, who was named the new football coach at Asheboro. At Providence Gove, Brown held the dual role as football coach and athletics director. Brown remained in the AD role at Providence Grove through last week. Moran was an assistant coach on Brown’s staff and also has been an assistant for two…
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Seabolt’s condition improves as sheriff handles some duties

Seabolt’s condition improves as sheriff handles some duties

ASHEBORO – Randolph County Sheriff Gregory Seabolt remains under medical care, but he has resumed some of his duties remotely. “He’s doing much better,” Amanda Varner, government relations and public affairs director for the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday. “They’ve got him eating again.” With Seabolt away, there has been a shifting of temporary duties. Col. Aundrea Azelton, chief deputy of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, is overseeing operations. Last week, the following statement was issued from the Randolph County Sheriff's Office via Deric Skeen on behalf of Seabolt and his family: “Sheriff Seabolt has been hospitalized with an…
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A new way of doing it works fast for Eastern Randolph boys’ team

A new way of doing it works fast for Eastern Randolph boys’ team

Members of the Eastern Randolph boys' basketball team have come together for a special season. MEBANE – No longer in a rut, the Eastern Randolph boys’ basketball program is doing it on its own terms. That’s fast – and to the point. “We practice fast,” senior Davonte Brooks said. “We come to the games just like practice. All fast, all fast. We all knew from the get-go what we were getting into, from Day 1.” Turns out this means getting all sorts of victories under first-year coach Johnny Thomas. The Wildcats are a rapid-paced, action-filled group all the way to…
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Prep football: Brown works on compiling Asheboro staff while finishing duties at Providence Grove

Prep football: Brown works on compiling Asheboro staff while finishing duties at Providence Grove

CLIMAX – New Asheboro football coach Calvin Brown is still finishing his time at Providence Grove. While no longer the football coach of the Patriots, Brown is remaining at the school in other roles, including as athletics director, through Jan. 20. Then he makes the full transition to Asheboro. In more than a month’s time between his introduction as Asheboro’s coach and completely leaving Providence Grove, Brown said he hopes to have in place most of his new staff with the Blue Comets. “I’d like to have everything lined up,” he said. Brown, who spent seven seasons as Providence Grove’s…
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Uses for Asheboro sites remain unclear

Uses for Asheboro sites remain unclear

Here's the former B.B. Walker Company building during its recent demolition. (Randolph Record) ASHEBORO — Plans for the former home of B.B. Walker Company – known to locals as Walker Shoe Company – in Asheboro have been kept mostly close to the vest despite widespread speculation. There could be something forthcoming after the demolition of the building at the 414 East Dixie Dr. site. One local real estate agent said the prospects for the location have generated considerable chatter. “There’s all sort of rumors all over town, and they’re all unfounded,” he said. “It’s going to be a project.” Either…
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