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A step forward: App State hopes for breakthrough season

A step forward: App State hopes for breakthrough season

RALEIGH — Appalachian State has quietly built one of the nation’s top programs outside of the Power Five. Now the Mountaineers will look to take the next step. App has gone to six straight bowls, winning them all, sent their last two coaches to ACC and SEC head jobs, respectively, and last year snapped a string of four straight Sun Belt titles. This year, the Mountaineers return 17 starters, add veteran talent and have a schedule that could put them on the national radar, if things go well. Quarterback: Chase Brice arrives after a disappointing year as the Duke starter.…
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Post 45 vies for another regional title

Post 45 vies for another regional title

ASHEBORO — It’s a well-rested Randolph County Post 45 baseball team competing in this week’s American Legion postseason games at McCrary Park. Perhaps experience is on Post 45’s side along with homefield advantage for the eight-team Mid-Atlantic Regional. Randolph County begins its quest to make the national tournament by taking on Allentown, N.J., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The five-day regional runs through Sunday. The winner advances to the American Legion World Series later this month in Shelby. Also on the opening-day regional docket is Harrisburg (Pa.) Post 370 vs. Wilmington (Del.) Post 1; Ridge (Md.) Post 255 vs. Pottstown, Pa.;…
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Junior golf tourney coming this weekend

Junior golf tourney coming this weekend

ASHEBORO — Asheboro Municipal Golf Course will hold the Junior Amateur tournament Saturday and Sunday for golfers ages 7-18. Entrants will be split into three age divisions based on number of entrants. Entry fee is $25. Advance registration is required through the Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Services office or online through the department’s website.
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Pennsylvania driver nabs spot for Caraway event

Pennsylvania driver nabs spot for Caraway event

SOPHIA — Matt Hirschman, a Pennsylvania driver, became the first driver to secure a spot in November’s 19th annual John Blewett Memorial North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway. Hirschman did so by winning an open Modified Series event race at Star Speedway in New Hampshire. His $17,322.50 winnings for the result marked the largest payday of his career. There were 41 initial entries in the race. The next scheduled qualifier for automatic entry to the North-South Shootout comes Aug. 21 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. On Saturday night, a full card of racing is scheduled at Caraway Speedway. Points races…
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Prep baseball awards go to area players, coaches

Prep baseball awards go to area players, coaches

ASHEBORO — Randleman third baseman Hunter Atkins was selected as the PAC-7 Player of the Year in baseball. Atkins's teammate Andrew Cox was picked as Pitcher of the Year in the league for the eventual Class 2-A state champions. The league’s Coach of the Year is Glen Hunt of Providence Grove. In the Mid-Piedmont Conference, Southwestern Randolph’s Bryson Hogan was picked as Player of the Year. Asheboro’s Brett Hoogkamp of the regular-season co-championship team was named Coach of the Year for the league.
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Scoring big for Faith Christian

Scoring big for Faith Christian

With more than 2,000 points, Brunson reached new heights RAMSEUR — By the time Trevor Brunson reached the high school grades at Faith Christian, he was well-known on and off the basketball court. His name figures to last in the athletic department’s record books for quite some time. Brunson finished with 2,045 career points, averaging about 23 points per game in the process in a four-year varsity career. This was in the works for quite some time since he moved up to the junior varsity while still in eighth grade. “I got a lot of experience playing against older guys,”…
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Copperheads navigate tricky season, seek playoff spot

Copperheads navigate tricky season, seek playoff spot

ASHEBORO -- Closing in on the completion of a full season is an accomplishment in many ways for the Asheboro Copperheads, who are about to wrap up their Coastal Plain League baseball schedule. For first-year head coach Jeremy Knight, the challenges showed up at just about every turn but he was happy to have the chance to navigate the season. “Doing stuff like this is a great opportunity for me,” Knight said. A spot in the CPL postseason seems possible for the Copperheads, who entered the last week of the regular season playing at about a .500 clip for the…
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City explores major McCrary Park renovations

City explores major McCrary Park renovations

Ballpark overhaul includes several stages, fundraising needs ASHEBORO -- The Asheboro City Council is looking for a collaborative project involving public and private money for a major renovation of McCrary Park. The city-owned baseball facility attracts thousands of visitors a year and a facelift is in order, council members have said. “We see this investment as a true form of economic development,” mayor David Smith said. “Tournaments and ball games at McCrary Park consistently bring people to Asheboro businesses throughout the spring and summer. These improvements will further strength our partnership with the American Legion baseball program, Copperheads baseball and…
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Foust continues to shine in showcase event

Foust continues to shine in showcase event

Basketball player becomes first from Providence Grove as N.C. East-West All-Star ASHEBORO -- When playing for Providence Grove, Jonathan Foust made steady improvements on the basketball court the past couple of seasons. “Once he got comfortable, he did some really good things,” coach Wes Luther said. Much of that could apply to how Foust handled his role last week in the North Carolina East-West All-Star game. “I had a great time,” Foust said. “It was different from what I’m used to.” Luther became the first participant in any sport from Providence Grove to be selected for a North Carolina East-West…
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Brinkley sweeps features at Caraway

Brinkley sweeps features at Caraway

SOPHIA – Teenager Blaise Brinkley won twice Saturday night to extend his points lead in the Late Models division at Caraway Speedway as part of the Hot Summer Clash. Brinkley, who’s from Sanford, claimed both features in the class, with JR Goode the runner-up in each of those 35-lap races. Tony Black was in third place both times. There were twin features in three other divisions. In the 602 Modifieds race, Rich Hunter and Jody Utt were winners in 20-lap events. In the Challengers division, Nathan Bess won the first 20-lap feature among 14 entrants. The second feature was captured…
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