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Asheboro grad Adams deals with injury, but can still pitch for Post 45

Asheboro grad Adams deals with injury, but can still pitch for Post 45

Connor Adams (Bob Sutton / Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – The role for Connor Adams with Randolph County Post 45 is going to be different. After surgery for a wrist injury, he’ll be content with having a way to contribute. Adams, who’s in his third season with Post 45, has torn cartilage in his left wrist. That means he wasn’t able to bat when the American Legion season began, but he could still pitch. “That’s what I’m best at anyway – pitching,” Adams said. “I feel more comfortable pitching.” Adams completed his senior high school season for Asheboro in the spring,…
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Ledbetter, Duggins lead Challengers at Caraway

Ledbetter, Duggins lead Challengers at Caraway

SOPHIA – Gary Ledbetter had mixed results in Challengers features Saturday night at Caraway Speedway, where the track began a busy stretch of race nights. In the division’s first race, Ledbetter edged Brody Duggins in the 20-lap event, with Bryson Pickard placing third and Todd Garren in fourth. Dalton Ledbetter crossed the line first in the second feature, but that result was wiped out because of a technical infraction and so Duggins was declared the winner, while Gary Ledbetter was third, followed by Allen Vance and Pickard. In the twin UCARs features, Jeremy Moose captured both races. He held off…
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High Point Rockers chairman Williard dies

High Point Rockers chairman Williard dies

HIGH POINT – High Point Rockers team chairman Coy Williard Jr. died during the weekend following a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The Rockers wore patches with “Coy” on their jerseys during Sunday’s 5-1 victory against the visiting Charleston Dirty Birds at Truist Point. Some members of the Williard family were in attendance at the game. A moment of silence was observed prior to the game. Williard died Sunday at age 79. He was presented a ceremonial key to the City of High Point during a ballpark presentation last year. “Our players felt…
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Check on the PAC spring all-conference selections

Check on the PAC spring all-conference selections

Addie Flinchum of Eastern Randolph produced a special softball season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Piedmont Athletic Conference all-conference Randolph Record Here’s a list of the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s major award winners and all-conference selections for spring sports:   Baseball Player of the Year: Seth Way (Randleman) Pitcher of the Year: Jake Riddle (Randleman) Coach of the Year: Jake Smith (Randleman) All-conference Randleman: Tate Andrews, Caden Lasley, Jake Riddle, Braxton Walker, Seth Way. Uwharrie Charter Academy: Tory Carver, Trey Kennedy, Brett Smith, Caleb Stickle. Wheatmore: Caleb Coggins, Clay Hill, Parker Kines. Trinity: Gage Griffiths, Brody Little, Andon Simmons, Ethan Willard Southwestern Randolph: Brady Armfield, Jonah Campbell, Lake Lunsford Providence Grove: Jayten Beasley,…
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Randolph County School System superintendent Stephen Gainey set for new NCHSAA role

Randolph County School System superintendent Stephen Gainey set for new NCHSAA role

Stephen Gainey, right, presents an award to Southwestern Randolph pitcher Macie Crutchfield after the Class 2A softball state finals earlier this month in Greensboro. (Jamie Kent / Special to Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Stephen Gainey has been connected to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for a long time. Now, there’s something more for the superintendent of the Randolph County School System. He’s the next president of the NCHSAA, which is the governing organization for sports in public schools in the state. He takes that position July 1. “I love the North Carolina High School Athletic Association,” Gainey said.…
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Asheboro hires baseball coach from Bunker Hill

Asheboro hires baseball coach from Bunker Hill

Brad Rudisell (Courtesy photo) ASHEBORO – Brad Rudisill has been hired as the next baseball coach at Asheboro High School, anxious to reap the benefits of the area’s rich youth baseball environment. Rudisill has been on the Bunker Hill baseball staff for the past three seasons, including the past two as head coach. He said he’s impressed with the commitment and facilities, both on campus and at McCrary Park, connected to Asheboro’s baseball program. “They didn’t leave any stone unturned,” he said. “Just a lot of commitment to excellence. The people were really passionate about Asheboro.” He fills the vacancy…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Tucker Batten

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Tucker Batten

Providence Grove, football / tennis He finished the school year as a multi-sport All-Piedmont Athletic Conference selection for his efforts in football and boys’ tennis. Batten was the kicker for Providence Grove’s football team, connecting for several key kicks during the past couple of seasons. He was on the All-PAC football team as a junior and senior. In tennis, Batten moved up to No. 1 singles for Providence Grove as a senior. ** During the summer, we recognize seniors from the past school year.
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Blackledge builds own career with Asheboro ZooKeepers

Blackledge builds own career with Asheboro ZooKeepers

Owen Blackledge has brought energy to the Asheboro ZooKeepers for a second summer. (Courtesy of Asheboro ZooKeepers) Son of former NFL quarterback makes good use of time in Asheboro ASHEBORO – At about this time last year, Owen Blackledge had just left Omaha, Neb., where he was a member of a College World Series team. While some goals and destinations have changed, Blackledge is now in the middle of his second season with the Asheboro ZooKeepers. The rising senior outfielder knows how to make adjustments. He once played collegiately for national power Texas Christian University and now has one year…
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Stickle stays in groove with Randolph County Post 45

Stickle stays in groove with Randolph County Post 45

Caleb Stickle, who began the month helping Uwharrie Charter Academy win a state championship, is a key infielder for Randolph County Post 45. (Bob Sutton / Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Some of the tension might have lessened since the thrilling baseball postseason in high school for Caleb Stickle. But he said he doesn’t want his mindset to change with Randolph County Post 45. Fresh of Uwharrie Charter Academy’s second consecutive Class 1A state championship, he has graduated. Last week, he committed to play for Guilford Tech. “It was getting late,” he said of the desire to lock in a plan.…
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Wheatmore distance standout Hazelwood ready to run at different pace

Wheatmore distance standout Hazelwood ready to run at different pace

Zach Hazelwood of Wheatmore relaxes after his final high school race last month in the Class 2A state meet. (Bob Sutton / Randolph Record)  GREENSBORO – Zach Hazelwood is looking forward to more relaxing runs after a stellar high school career as the area’s top distance runner. Hazelwood finished his senior year for Wheatmore and figured it’s time to back off from the running pace. “I’m just about ready to be done,” he said following his final high school competition last month at North Carolina A&T’s track in Greensboro. Hazelwood placed 10th in the 3,200 meters in the Class 2A…
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