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Former Ramseur man runs summer baseball circuit for college-age players

Former Ramseur man runs summer baseball circuit for college-age players

Alec Allred oversees the Old North State League.   RAMSEUR –  Alec Allred is making a career out of baseball and it’s not on the field. He’s the president of the Old North State League, a summer college circuit that wrapped up what he called a successful season earlier this summer. “This is my full-time job now, trying to coordinate everything,” Allred said. “It’s a lot that goes into it, but it’s a ton of fun.” Allred, 27, is from Ramseur and a 2014 graduate of Faith Christian. His family has largely overseen Eastern Randolph Post 81’s program on the…
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Prep football: Wildcats trounce Asheboro; Providence Grove, SWR cruise

Prep football: Wildcats trounce Asheboro; Providence Grove, SWR cruise

Southwestern Randolph’s Grant Little heads for a big gain against South Stanly on Friday night. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RAMSEUR – Ervodd Cassady scored on four touchdown runs as Eastern Randolph bashed visiting Asheboro 69-7 in Friday night’s non-conference football game The Wildcats improved to 1-1 to maintain dominance in the series under veteran coach Burton Cates. Eastern Randolph scored 28 points in each of the first and second quarters to build a 56-0 lead by halftime. Stratton Barwick threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Nicah Taylor returned an interception for a touchdown, marking one of the three pick-offs…
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Post 45 could have core of roster back next year

Post 45 could have core of roster back next year

Alex Martinez, shown here batting for Randolph County Post 45 during the Southeast Regional earlier this month in Asheboro, could be among the team's returning players for 2023. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   ASHEBORO – When the season ended for Randolph County Post 45 earlier this month, it was a downer. The team lost back-to-back games to be eliminated from the Southeast Regional in American Legion baseball in its home ballpark. Yet there might have been a ray of hope regarding the future that day at McCrary Park. “Only three of our 17 players are gone,” Randolph County manager Ronnie Pugh…
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Elder Labonte to be honored at Caraway Speedway

Elder Labonte to be honored at Caraway Speedway

Bob Labonte, rear, poses with his sons Bobby Labonte, left, and Terry Labonte, right. (Courtesy photo) SOPHIA -- Bob Labonte will be inducted into Caraway Speedway’s Wall of Fame on Saturday during the speedway’s 57th anniversary night. He’ll join Wayne “Speedy” Thomas, Ronald Fox, Banner Shelton and Archie Adams, Sr. in the Wall of Fame’s Class of 2022. Bob Labonte is the father of NASCAR Cup champions Terry Labonte and Bobby Labonte and grandfather of Justin Labonte. Bob Labonte was born in 1933 in Rumford, Maine and turned 89 this year. He became interested in racing when he was 16…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Cristian Cruz

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Cristian Cruz

Asheboro  |  boys’ soccer Asheboro began the season with going 3-0 during the first week, boosted by Cruz’s production. The senior striker and midfielder had a total of three goals and four assists in those games. It was a strong opening stretch for the Blue Comets, who outscored their first three opponents by a combined score of 16-2. Asheboro has a steady diet of non-conference games before beginning Mid-Piedmont Athletic Association play with a Sept. 26 home game against Oak Grove. This week began well for Asheboro. On Monday night at home, the Blue Comets blanked 2021 Class 3-A state…
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Prep Roundup: Cougars begin strong in volleyball: Blue Comets kick in gear in soccer

Prep Roundup: Cougars begin strong in volleyball: Blue Comets kick in gear in soccer

Asheboro goalkeeper David Agudelo makes a stop against Southwestern Randolph’s Fernando Hernandez during last week’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record). Here’s how some area teams fared at the beginning of the new school year: Volleyball Reigning Class 2-A state champion Southwestern Randolph began the season with a sweep of host Asheboro in a non-conference match last Wednesday. The Cougars won 25-14, 25-15, 25-8. Southwestern Randolph received 14 kills from Madelyn Smith, while Gracie Hodgin added nine kills and six aces. Raegan LeRoy provided 21 assists and four digs. The Cougars capped the week by playing in a two-day tournament at East…
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Prep Football: Randleman blanks Asheboro in opener; PG rolls; SWR, Trinity score big

Prep Football: Randleman blanks Asheboro in opener; PG rolls; SWR, Trinity score big

Randleman’s Anthony Santos tries to pull away from Asheboro’s Julian Faz on Friday night. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Randleman clicked better in the second half of a 24-0 season-opening victory Friday night at Asheboro. The Blue Comets never got into a groove. Those factors allowed the Tigers to avenge last year’s season-opening loss. “They had to live with last year’s score all year,” Randleman coach Shane Timmons said of his players. Even as they wasted a few chances until late in the first half, there were reasons for the Tigers to be pleased. “They kind of got the butterflies…
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Randleman must start season minus standout Dobias

Randleman must start season minus standout Dobias

Randleman’s Thomas Dobias won’t be on the field at the start of the season after knee surgery. (Bob Sutton/Randolph Record) Surgery means Tigers linebacker / running back will miss at least a month RANDLEMAN – Randleman junior Thomas Dobias, considered one of the top football players in Randolph County, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus Thursday. He’s expected to play this season for the Tigers after missing four to six weeks. “I should be back for the start of conference play,” said Dobias, who plays linebacker and running back. Randleman, which opens the season Friday night at Asheboro,…
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Southwestern Randolph Cougars find more roles for Clapp

Southwestern Randolph Cougars find more roles for Clapp

Even in a new position, Easton Clapp should have ample chances to carry the ball for Southwestern Randolph. (File photo) After record season, Southwestern Randolph seeks to keep it going ASHEBORO – Trying to follow the best season in school history, Southwestern Randolph has moved one of its best players to another position. Makes good sense to the Cougars. They enter this season with Easton Clapp, the hard-running ball carrier, taking snaps at quarterback. Don’t worry, his mentality hasn’t changed. “I knew I was going to have to play quarterback this year,” said Clapp, who had been a running back.…
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Experienced Providence Grove Patriots look primed for more on football field

Experienced Providence Grove Patriots look primed for more on football field

Chase Whitaker will remain a key part of Providence Grove’s defense, but his role might expand on offense. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Providence Grove’s large senior class could pay off CLIMAX – Two of the most productive players from Providence Grove’s special 2021 football team are gone. But don’t feel bad for the Patriots because they’re bustling with experience. “A lot of people assume that we’re going to be pretty good,” said coach Calvin Brown, whose roster has 22 seniors. “I think that experience and being a year older is going to make a difference. We’re not relying on a lot…
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