Prep Roundup: Asheboro, Trinity, Providence Grove boys win basketball openers

Asheboro’s Guillermo Santos, top, works the back of Providence Grove’s Josh Fogleman during a heavyweight bout last week in Asheboro. Santos won the match. (Randolph Record)

ASHEBORO – There was a sampling of season-opening basketball games for some Randolph County schools Friday night.

That included Southwestern Randolph and Asheboro splitting a pair of meetings.

In the girls’ game, Caressa King’s 20 points led host Southwestern Randolph to a 67-33 triumph against Asheboro.

On the boys’ side, Asheboro won 70-43 behind Jerquarius Stanback’s 26 points and Camden Walker’s 22 points.

** Trinity opened the season with a 71-42 whipping of visiting Albemarle as Dominic Payne racked up 33 points in the boys’ game.

** Providence Grove won its boys’ opener in the debut for new coach Brett Andrews by edging host Chatham Charter 48-46 with Gabe McKoy scoring 19 points.

** Uwharrie Charter Academy’s boys’ team was in its second week of competition last week and the Eagles romped past visiting River 70-47 and prevailed at East Rowan by 73-53. Those results pushed the Eagles’ record to 4-0.


At Hillsborough, Bearik Bigelow’s runner-up finish was the top spot for Asheboro in the Red Wolf Invitational, which was held at Cedar Ridge.

Bigelow, competing in the 120-pound weight class, lost to Cedar Ridge’s Pierce Prescod via a second-period pin in the final.

Earlier, Bigelow defeated South Granville’s Brandon Mann 12-4 and Western Alamance’s Omar Rushing 5-1.

Asheboro’s Alex Patino (132, fourth) and Oscar Zelaya (138, fourth) also had top-four finishes. Zelaya had a 5-2 record, while Patino was 3-2.

Earlier last week, Bigelow, Patino and Zelaya were among Asheboro wrestlers with 3-0 records in a quad meet as the Blue Comets defeated Jordan-Matthews 84-0, Providence Grove 62-12 and North Carolina Leadership Academy 69-9.

** At Cary, Uwharrie Charter Academy went on the road and swept meets by topping Northeast Guilford 60-13, Cary 42-20 and Knightdale 81-0.

By Randolph Record