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Prep baseball: UCA blasts three foes in Asheboro event; Randleman adds to win total during spring break

Prep baseball: UCA blasts three foes in Asheboro event; Randleman adds to win total during spring break

Southwestern Randolph’s Grant Kirk slides into the plate to score a run against Westchester Country Day School last week at McCrary Park in Asheboro. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Uwharrie Charter Academy’s baseball team won three times in the Asheboro ZooKeepers Classic last week at McCrary Park. The Eagles socked Southern Alamance 12-1, trounced Jordan-Matthews 15-5 and topped Montgomery Central 9-0. Wheatmore had a winning record in the classic, while Southwestern Randolph and Asheboro both finished with 1-2 records in the multi-day competition. UCA’s Jake Hunter pitched in the first game of the event. Walker Wilkins had four hits, including…
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College league to bring baseball finals to Asheboro

College league to bring baseball finals to Asheboro

ASHEBORO – The South Atlantic Conference is moving its baseball tournament’s championship series to Asheboro’s McCrary Park next month. The NCAA Division II league was in a pinch to find a new venue and chose Asheboro, with the Asheboro ZooKeepers acting as hosts. “We reached out to them,” SAC commissioner Patrick Britz said. “We were able to work something out. … We’re only a month out. We had to move pretty quickly.” The best-of-3 finals are set for May 10 and 11 (and May 12, if necessary). The SAC Tournament finals had been held in recent years at Smokies Stadium…
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Son finishes ahead of father at Caraway

Son finishes ahead of father at Caraway

SOPHIA – Dylan Ward claimed the 60-lap race in Late Models, one spot ahead of his father, Dean Ward, on Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. Dylan Ward borrowed a care from his brother Trevor Ward, so it was a full family affair. Dylan Ward took the lead by passing fast qualifier Jamie York early in the race and led the rest of the way. Camden Thomas placed third and Colby Fogleman was fourth. York had engine trouble and didn’t finish. ** In Modifieds, it was a dad who drove ahead of his son. That was Dean Lowder winning the race,…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Macy Allred

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Macy Allred

Southwestern Randolph, girls’ soccer ‌Allred is on pace to lead the Cougars in goals again as she has provided some strong outputs this season. She has been among the team’s top goal scorers since her freshman season. The Cougars racked up their second-highest goal total of the season in last week’s 7-5 victory against visiting Eastern Randolph. Allred had five goals and one assist in that game in what became Southwestern Randolph’s first victory against another Randolph County team in five tries this season. The Cougars are off this week because of spring break. They hold a 5-5-1 overall record…
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College notes: Coleman leads ACC in softball batting; Oakley wins two bouts in NCAAs

College notes: Coleman leads ACC in softball batting; Oakley wins two bouts in NCAAs

Alex Coleman (Courtesy photo)   Southwestern Randolph alum Alex Coleman, an outfielder for North Carolina’s softball team, is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading batter more than halfway through the season.   Coleman checked at .495 entering this week. Her numbers reflect a conference-leading 53 hits in 107 official at-bats with three doubles. The Tar Heels leadoff batter also has drawn 14 walks with only eight strikeouts.   Behind Coleman in batting average is Florida State’s Jaysoni Beachum at .470.   Coleman’s 37 runs scored rate second in the ACC. She’s also 20-for-21 on stolen-base attempts to rank tied for second…
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Prep roundup: Randleman edges UCA in tight baseball tilts

Prep roundup: Randleman edges UCA in tight baseball tilts

Wheatmore’s Payton Mooney makes contact during the Warriors’ 4-3 baseball victory at West Davidson last week. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) There was a reduced number of competitions last week in high school sports around Randolph County, largely because of weather-related postponements or cancelations. This week, schedules are limited in many cases because of spring break at many schools. Here are some the highlights from last week’s events: Baseball Randleman swept a Piedmont Athletic Conference doubleheader from Uwharrie Charter Academy, winning 1-0 and then 3-1 in nine innings in a matchup of recent state champions. Jake Riddle pitched the first game for…
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Wheatmore’s Garrison sets state record with special goal

Wheatmore’s Garrison sets state record with special goal

Wheatmore’s Ellie Garrison takes a shot between two Pine Lake Prep players during last year’s state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) TRINITY – There are lots of ways to score a goal in soccer, and Ellie Garrison’s state-record tally ranked up there as quite unique. The Wheatmore senior became North Carolina’s girls’ record holder for goals by scoring against Bishop McGuinness last week. The record came shortly after the Warriors gave up a goal. Garrison wanted to receive the first pass when play resumed. “She noticed the goalie was way off the line,’ Wheatmore coach Rick Maness said. “She struck it,…
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Here’s the Piedmont Athletic Conference winter all-conference selections

Here’s the Piedmont Athletic Conference winter all-conference selections

Randleman’s Audra Petty makes a move against Lincoln Charter in the state playoffs for girls’ basketball. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Here’s a list of the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s major award winners and all-conference selections for winter sports: Boys’ basketball Player of the Year: Dominic Payne (Trinity) Coach of the Year: Daniel Mitchell (Randleman) All-Conference Eastern Randolph: Julian Brooks, Timothy Brower, Nicah Taylor Providence Grove: Brady Collins, James Ellis Randleman: Connor Cassidy, Tyshaun Goldston, Greg Price Southwestern Randolph: Nathan Ellis, Marcus Robertson Trinity: Brandon Campbell, Jacob Hodges, Dominic Payne Uwharrie Charter Academy: Braeden Lamb Wheatmore: Parker Kines   Girls’ basketball Player of the Year: Audra Petty…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kinzie Ivey

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kinzie Ivey

Randleman, softball ‌Ivey has made quite an impression as a pitcher and batter in the opening weeks of her freshman season for Randleman. The left-handed pitcher rolled up four victories in her first five decisions. She recorded 39 strikeouts in 31 innings. She also has come through with key hits for the Tigers, who won seven of their first eight games. Ivey posted two of the team’s first three home runs this season.
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Ward holds strong for Caraway victory

Ward holds strong for Caraway victory

SOPHIA – Dean Ward was the top qualifier and rode the pole position to victory in Sunday’s Late Models feature at Caraway Speedway. Ward was in control in the 60-lap event, with Jamie York the runner-up, followed by Camden Thomas, Brody Duggins and Colby Fogleman. ** There were 14 entrants in Challengers, with Austin Harris the winner after sitting in the fourth position for a top-six redraw. Michael O’Brian was in second place with Duggins in third spot, followed by former NASCAR Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield in fourth. Then came Gary Ledbetter, Nate Gregg and Christian Henderson. ** In…
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