Blue Comets to stage first Fan Fest on Friday

Asheboro High School seeks community interest

ASHEBORO – The first Blue Comets Fan Fest for Asheboro High School athletics will be held Friday night at Lee Stone Stadium on campus.

Athletics director Wes Berrier said the objective is to create a massive community event.

“The main reason is trying to bridge that gap between the school and community,” Berrier said. “More or less building school spirit and building community spirit. It’s a great way for us to introduce our fall athletes and kind of showcase these teams.”

Fall sports teams will be featured.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The evening’s activities are a lead-up to the football team’s midnight madness practice that’s expected to run for about 90 minutes beginning at midnight.

Admission is free, though wristbands will need to be purchased to use a bounce house and inflatable water slides along with chances to throw at the dunking booth. Concessions will be sold and the Booster Club will have spirit gear for sale.

The idea for the Fan Fest came from new football coach Calvin Brown, formerly of Providence Grove where the Patriots had a similar event. Berrier said meetings with the Booster Club began in the spring to put this together.

It will extend beyond the high school Blue Comets. Middle school football players and cheerleaders and youth football and cheerleaders also will be recognized. The school’s marching band will perform.

Asheboro is the largest high school in Randolph County. It’s the only school in the county that’s a member of the Mid-Piedmont Conference.

While the emphasis is on fall sports, the school’s wrestling team and girls’ soccer team will be involved with concessions and face painting.

Those in the dunking booth, in half-hour intervals, include Brown, principal Ryan Moody, boys’ basketball coach Brian Nance, superintendent Aaron Woody, school counselor Allyson Key and Berrier. There’s a reason that Berrier goes last because he ”hopes everyone’s arm is tired” by that point.

Berrier said the goal is for a festival atmosphere and “to make this a huge school / community event that will continue to grow every year.”

New coaches

In addition to Brown, there are several new coaches leading fall teams for Asheboro.

The cross country coach is Griffin Dozier, son of former coach Angela Dozier. She’ll move to a role as assistant coach.

Griffin Dozier is a former Asheboro runner from the Class of 2017.

Dwayne Lester will take over as girls’ golf coach, replacing Heather Norris.

Kelly Smith was named the new volleyball coach last winter.

By Bob Sutton