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It all came down to Randolph County gyms

It all came down to Randolph County gyms

Revisiting 2021 basketball title games held at Providence Grove, Wheatmore With another high school basketball season ramping up for many schools this week, it comes full circle for a couple of Randolph County schools. That’s because when North Carolina High School Athletic Association basketball left off from the 2020-21 school year, it concluded at Providence Grove and Wheatmore. Those were schools selected to hold the NCHSAA championship games as part of the revamped season, which had been shortened because of the pandemic. So suddenly the goal for teams across the state had been to make it to Randolph County. “It…
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Athlete of the Week: Arhman Tyson

Athlete of the Week: Arhman Tyson

ARHMAN TYSON Asheboro | Wrestling | Senior Tyson won six matches during the week, one of several Blue Comets to sweep their bouts. Tyson, a senior, completes in the heavyweight division. He posted victories in matchups with Ragsdale and East Chapel Hill as part of a tri-meet with the Asheboro team winning in each case as well. Then in Saturday’s Forbush Falcon Duals, Tyson won four more times as Asheboro posted a 2-2 record in the event. The Blue Comets defeated North Stokes 66-18 and Forbush 70-12, while falling to Ashe County by 42-36 and to St. Stephens by 37-23.…
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Eastern Randolph falls to Murphy in football state playoffs

Eastern Randolph falls to Murphy in football state playoffs

RAMSEUR — All season it was Eastern Randolph that captured momentum and carried that to football victory after victory.   But that wasn’t the case in the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs. It was Murphy that built on its success and abruptly ended the Wildcats’ season. “We didn’t play our best,” Eastern Randolph coach Burton Cates said. “Needless to say, it just was not our night.” So Eastern Randolph, which was the No. 1 seed in the West Region, tumbled by a 64-31 score to ninth-seeded Murphy, which is the reigning state champion. It was a rough…
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Prep Notes: UCA wrestling tourney to focus on veterans

Prep Notes: UCA wrestling tourney to focus on veterans

There are a couple of wrestling tournaments in Randolph County set for Saturday. Uwharrie Charter Academy will hold the Wounded Warrior Challenge. The UCA event will offer free admission to veterans. Arrangements have been made for veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project to be present. During a pause in the competition, a recognition ceremony will be held for veterans. Champions in each weight class will receive a custom Wounded Warrior singlet from MyHouse, which makes sports gear. Also, the Wheatmore Warriors Duals will be held. Randleman and host school Wheatmore will be among the in-county entrants for that tournament. Basketball…
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Area athletes lock in next destinations

Area athletes lock in next destinations

Wheatmore swimmer Spencer Hall   Several athletes from around Randolph County signed letters of intent or made college commitments when the early signing period began last week. Some of these had been previously announced intentions. Baseball players were among those most active. From Randleman’s 2021 state-championship team, five players confirmed their intentions. They were Brooks Brannon to North Carolina, Kaden Ethier to Montreat, Braylen Hayes to UNC Greensboro, Trey Way to Virginia Tech and Ryan White to Western Carolina. Randleman volleyball player Kylie Vaughan, an outside hitter, has committed to Guilford College. Wheatmore’s Spencer Hall is heading to Milligan, where…
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Black claims victory in Mischa Sell Memorial

Black claims victory in Mischa Sell Memorial

SOPHIA – Tony Black was the winner in the Limited Late Models feature as part of the Mischa Sell Memorial racing card Saturday at Caraway Speedway. Black led the 15-car field, with Mitchell Wright the runner-up and Casey Kepley in third place across the 100 laps. Black also won the pole bonus. The pole runner-up was Zack Clifton, who finished 10th. In 602 Modifieds, Lee Jeffreys finished first, followed by Junior Snow and Carson Loftin among 10 drivers. The UCars victory went to Allen Vance, with Daniel Hughes second and Steven Collins in third.
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Athlete of the Week: Elias Alston

Athlete of the Week: Elias Alston

ELIAS ALSTON Eastern Randolph | Football | Senior Alston turned in yet another big game for the Wildcats, this time scoring four touchdowns in the team’s second-round game in the Class 1-A state playoffs. Alston scored on a pair of receptions as part of his 159-yard receiving out. He also returned a punt for a touchdown. Alston is a senior receiver who also plays as a defensive back.            
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Eastern Randolph faces reigning state champion next

Eastern Randolph faces reigning state champion next

RAMSEUR — The state playoffs sure become interesting in a hurry for Eastern Randolph. The Wildcats opened play in the Class 1-A West Region with a romp past No. 16 seed Draughn on Friday night. That sends Eastern Randolph (10-0), the No. 1 seed, into a third-round matchup this week with visiting Murphy. Murphy (8-4) is the reigning Class 1-A state champion. “We’ll go to work on it,” Eastern Randolph coach Burton said of the assignment. “We just take one game at a time. Everybody says that, but we really do.” Eastern Randolph, which received a bye in the first…
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Faith Christian girls run to state title

Faith Christian girls run to state title

PLEASANT GARDEN – Faith Christian School twins Karrie Gaines and Kylie Gaines were the top two runners in the North Carolina Christian School Association’s state cross country meet Thursday at Hagan-Stone Park. The duo led a wave of strong finishes for Faith Christian, which secured the team championship for the second season in a row. Karrie Gaines posted a time of 20 minutes, 27.81 seconds on the 5-kilometer course to repeat as individual champion. Kylie Gaines was next in 21:42.18. Faith Christian’s Ruth McLanahan, the 2020 state champion for middle school, was fourth in 23:15.93, Madison Avelino was sixth in…
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