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Prep Football: Cougars clobber Asheboro; Wildcats roll in non-league finale

Prep Football: Cougars clobber Asheboro; Wildcats roll in non-league finale

Asheboro’s Markell Graham is pursued by Southwestern Randolph’s Danny Jackson and Caleb Shelton, far right, during Friday night’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Southwestern Randolph scored on the first snap of the game and went on to drub visiting Asheboro 40-2 on Friday night. Adam Cole took a short pass from Easton Clapp and burst 64 yards for a touchdown for the first points. “It was open,” Southwestern Randolph coach Seth Baxter said. “I think our wide receivers did a tremendous job of blocking on that play.” Southwestern Randolph (4-1) heads into Piedmont Athletic Conference play on a two-game…
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Spooky Woods scares up attention for Archdale

Spooky Woods scares up attention for Archdale

Kersey Valley has become a must-visit attraction for many thrill seekers each autumn. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ARCHDALE – While Kersey Valley’s Spooky Woods has grown to become more technical with special effects, owner Tony Wohlgemuth said he understands the grassroots nature of the themed venue. Now the Archdale business has gained considerable national attention. “This particular year, it got picked up a lot,” Wohlgemuth said of listings among the best haunted attractions nationally. “It puts Archdale on the map with a lot of big cities.” The scene is a fictional town called Kersey Valley. The oldest attraction at Kersey Valley…
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Eastern Randolph QB cuts weight, but still wants to feast on victories

Eastern Randolph QB cuts weight, but still wants to feast on victories

Quarterback Stratton Barwick of Eastern Randolph bulls his way for a touchdown against Walkertown earlier this season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RAMSEUR – The thought of the quarterback for Eastern Randolph’s wildly successful football team being the big man on campus wasn’t a grand idea for veteran coach Burton Cates. He put Stratton Barwick on a diet. Now a bit swifter, Barwick hopes to put the Wildcats on the fast track again this year. Listed at 6-foot-1, Barwick is down to about 235 pounds after playing the 2021 season at 250. “He has gotten a step quicker,” Cates said. This weight…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Riley Queen

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Riley Queen

 Wheatmore  |  boys’ soccer   Queen has been an offensive force early in the season as the Warriors have been on a tear. A senior forward, Queen has 12 goals and four assists in nine games. That helped the Warriors to a 6-0-3 start. Queen scored Wheatmore’s only goal in last week’s 1-1 overtime tie at home with rival Trinity in a Piedmont Athletic Conference game. Later in the week, he notched two goals and an assist as the Warriors won 7-1 at Randleman. Henry Santos also had two goals in the Randleman game, while Hayden Hemming, Anakin Leister, and…
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Randolph County School System employees to receive bonus pay

Randolph County School System employees to receive bonus pay

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Board of Education met Monday and was presented with a resolution to provide bonus pay to nearly all of its employees. The board approved the resolution to provide COVID-19 Premium Pay to Randolph County School System Employees due to pandemic-related disturbances and staff shortages through the ESSER funds. “We have great staff members, they’re highly qualified, and they are loved and appreciated by our school system’s leadership and the board of education,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey. “And so we want to present this tonight as a recommendation to try and keep staff members with…
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Elementary teacher takes pride in RCSS honor

Elementary teacher takes pride in RCSS honor

Sophie Herring was selected as the Teacher of the Year for the Randolph County School System. (Courtesy photo) ASHEBORO – Once Sophie Herring discovered the joys of teaching, she became hooked. The elementary school teacher has been rewarded for her efforts in classrooms and among her peers by being named the Teacher of the Year for the Randolph County School System. “I know I’m young in the career,” she said. “It’s a huge honor. I’ve been overwhelmed with the love I’ve gotten from this.” She spent the past six school years teaching third grade at Trindale Elementary School. Her selection…
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Area Sports: Asheboro goes perfect 10 in soccer; Wheatmore title team receives rings

Area Sports: Asheboro goes perfect 10 in soccer; Wheatmore title team receives rings

Members of the 2022 Wheatmore girls' soccer team receive rings for winning last spring's Class 2-A state championship. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Asheboro boys keep rolling in soccer ASHEBORO – The Asheboro boys’ soccer team has picked up state rankings on the way to a perfect record through 10 games of the season. The Blue Comets have made some schedule adjustments, but those didn’t slow down the team. Asheboro added a home game against Langtree Charter Academy, winning 1-0 on Thursday night for the 10th win of the season. Cristian Ortiz scored the second-half goal on an assist from Ozmar…
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Blue Comets enter win column, but Providence Grove suffers first loss

Blue Comets enter win column, but Providence Grove suffers first loss

TRINITY – Every team in Randolph County has at least one victory after Friday night’s results. There also is no longer an undefeated team among the seven football-playing schools in the county. Asheboro entered the win column by securing an 18-13 road victory at Wheatmore. The Blue Comets (1-3) won for the first time since August 2021, snapping a 12-game losing streak. Josh Meadows scored on a 2-yard run with about four minutes to play for the winning points. Michael Brady scored a first-half touchdown for Asheboro. Kai Matthews ran 18 yards for the Blue Comets’ second touchdown. Wheatmore is…
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Former Asheboro AD takes conference role

Former Asheboro AD takes conference role

ASHEBORO – Steve Luck didn’t stay away from high school athletics for long. The former Asheboro High School athletics director is the new commissioner of the Mid-Piedmont Conference. “Those ADs in the Mid-Piedmont know me and I know them,” Luck said. “I’m working with six ADs and those guys are good at what they do.” Luck replaces long-time commissioner Charlie Chapman, who reduced his workload and yet remains commissioner of the Piedmont Athletic Conference. Luck retired from Asheboro in the spring. Yet he remained an interested observer of the Blue Comets as his son, sophomore Ben Luck, is a participant…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Liberty Beane

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Liberty Beane

Providence Grove |  volleyball Beane came through with a team-high 16 service points as the visiting Patriots defeated Trinity last week. That outcome helped Providence Grove to its second consecutive victory in the Piedmont Athletic Conference. The Patriots won two of their first three matches in league play after finishing last season with a sub-.500 conference record.  Combined with a four-set non-league loss at Southeast Guilford, the Patriots had other big contributors during the week. Riley Mazzarone had a total of 66 assists, and Emma Mazzarone compiled 32 kills in the two matches. Allie Frazier notched 15 digs in the…
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