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State playoffs: Home dates dot early postseason slates for Randolph County teams

State playoffs: Home dates dot early postseason slates for Randolph County teams

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Kayla Brown shoots against Randleman’s Audra Petty during the regular season. The girls’ teams for UCA and Randleman both have home games to start the state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Boys’ basketball teams from Randleman and Eastern Randolph could play multiple home games in the state playoffs, while Asheboro will begin the tournament at home as well. First-round games are set for Tuesday night. Winning teams advance to Friday night’s second round. The three-week tournament wraps up March 15 and 16 in Winston-Salem. All the Randolph County teams are in the West Region. Randleman (20-5) is…
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PAC boys: Tigers take tournament title

PAC boys: Tigers take tournament title

Tyshaun Goldston had a big role in Randleman's PAC Tournament games. (Randolph Record file photo) RANDLEMAN – Randleman kept getting better in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament championship game for boys’ basketball. That’s much how the season has gone as a whole for the Tigers. Tyshaun Goldston poured in 34 points and top-seeded Randleman defeated second-seeded Trinity 69-47 in Friday night’s title game. Jirah Price had 12 points and Chase Farlow notched nine points to help the Tigers (20-5) avenge a loss from their regular-season finale. Randleman led 23-19 at halftime, then produced 23 points in each of the final…
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PAC girls: Randleman rules again, captures tourney   

PAC girls: Randleman rules again, captures tourney  

RANDLEMAN – Randleman tightened its stronghold on Piedmont Athletic Conference girls’ basketball. The Tigers won the PAC Tournament for the third year in a row. Friday night’s home victory against second-seeded Southwestern Randolph came with Chenleigh Robinson tallying 19 points and Audra Petty providing 17 points. Southwestern Randolph (23-4) received 14 points from Jordin George and nine points from Macy Allred. The Cougars are 0-3 vs. Randleman this season. Randleman has gone three consecutive seasons without a loss in PAC competition. The Tigers won tournament finals the past two seasons by defeating UCA and Eastern Randolph in the championship games.…
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Blue Comets blister foes in league tourney

Blue Comets blister foes in league tourney

Asheboro’s Jerquarius Stanback dunks against North Davidson in the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament semifinals. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Asheboro pretty much knows the winning formula in boys’ basketball. It includes a heavy dose of offense from Jerquarius Stanback and Camden Walker. That’s what the Blue Comets used in the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament. In Friday night’s tournament final against top-seeded Central Davidson, Stanback posted 23 points and Walker had 16 points as the Blue Comets won 61-46 on their home court to avenge a pair of regular-season losses. Asheboro (22-3) was the designated home team for the semifinals and final. It…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Nathan Ellis

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Nathan Ellis

Southwestern Randolph, boys’ basketball Ellis has produced a solid senior season for the Cougars. The senior point guard is averaging 15 points per game for the second-highest mark on the team. He’s delivering about 4.5 assists per game and is also Southwestern Randolph’s leader in steals. After an 0-8 start to the season, the Cougars entered this week’s Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament with a 9-15 record. Ellis also was a versatile player for Southwestern Randolph’s football team, receiving All-PAC recognition.
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Prep boys: Blue Comets take momentum to league tourney

Prep boys: Blue Comets take momentum to league tourney

Asheboro’s Jerquarius Stanback had another big week on offense heading into the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament. (Randolph Record file photo) ASHEBORO – Asheboro’s boys’ basketball team carries a five-game winning streak into the Mid-Piedmont Conference Tournament. And the Blue Comets won’t have to leave home this week because the pre-determined site for semifinals and finals is Asheboro’s gym. Asheboro (20-3) had one of two byes to the semifinals. The Blue Comets play the winner between sixth-seeded Montgomery Central and third-seeded North Davidson at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The final is set for the same time Friday night. Central Davidson is the top…
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Prep girls: Randleman looks to run through PAC Tournament at home

Prep girls: Randleman looks to run through PAC Tournament at home

RANDLEMAN – One victory is all it will take for Randleman to reach the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament championship on its home court in girls’ basketball. The Tigers will be going for a third consecutive tournament title if they top the winner of a game between fourth-seeded Uwharrie Charter Academy and fifth-seeded Wheatmore in the semifinal round. Other matchups at the beginning of the week pitted sixth-seeded Eastern Randolph at third-seeded Providence Grove and seventh-seeded Trinity visiting second-seeded Southwestern Randolph. Wednesday’s semifinals are slated for the site of the higher seed. Randleman is the designated site for Friday night’s final…
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Trinity’s Hardister knocks off champ on way to title

Trinity’s Hardister knocks off champ on way to title

Trinity’s Gavin Hardister reacts after defeating Matthew Cranfill of Bandys to win the 215-pound state title in Class 2-A . (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSBORO – Gavin Hardister had to defeat a defending state champion along the way, but the Trinity wrestler largely dominated the rest of the Class 2-A field at 215 pounds on the way to a state championship. The Bulldogs senior finished it with a 13-5 decision against Bandys senior Matthew Cranfill in Saturday’s final at the Greensboro Coliseum. His toughest match: Against another wrestler from the Piedmont Athletic Conference. Trinity had seven wrestlers with top-six finishes in…
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Three UCA wrestlers claim state titles

Three UCA wrestlers claim state titles

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Jaden Maness lifts Tyler Stevens of Pamlico County during the Class 1-A final at 215 pounds. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSBORO – Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestlers were busy in Saturday’s finals of the Class 1-A state tournament, coming away with three championships and two runners-up spots at the Greensboro Coliseum. UCA’s Lorenzo Alston won his second state title by cruising at 150 pounds, while teammates Carson Robinson at 157 and Jaden Maness at 215 also nabbed championships. Eagles seniors Ethan Hines (106 pounds) and Alek Millikan (165) were runners-up, while junior Caden Bond (175) was third. Robbinsville won…
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Trinity, UCA lead charge into wrestling states after strong regionals

Trinity, UCA lead charge into wrestling states after strong regionals

Trinity’s Bear Schaefer works on top against Seaforth’s William Bass during a key match in the Class 2-A dual team final. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Trinity and Uwharrie Charter Academy will be well-represented in the wrestling state tournament after both schools produced four regional champions. Add in Randleman’s Braxton Walker among wrestlers from Randolph County winning regionals and holding high seeds for the states. Numerous other wrestlers from the county qualified as well and could be contenders for place finishes. Wrestlers in the top four in regionals advance to states. Trinity and UCA claimed team regional titles. Both teams were state…
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