Prep Notes: Trinity players keep rapid scoring paces; Wrestlers win from Trinity, Wheatmore

Tyshaun Goldston of Randleman dunks against Lexington during one of his big games last week. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

TRINITY – It was another big week for Trinity guard Dominic Payne.

He racked up 32 points in a 66-53 victory at Jordan-Matthews. That was just the appetizer. He scored 27 points in a 61-45 victory against visiting North Carolina Leadership Academy. Then he finished the week in style by going for 42 points when the Bulldogs defeated host East Rowan 82-68.

Payne wasn’t the only big scorer during the week for Trinity.

Autumn Gentry poured in 33 points to go with 11 rebounds and Kennedy Jackson pumped in 26 points in a 61-44 victory against East Rowan for the girls’ team.

  • Randleman’s Tyshaun Goldston had a big week as well.

It began with 21 points in a 67-47 romp past visiting Ledford. His basket off a steal provided the winning points in a 56-54 victory against visiting Union Pines. The Tigers lost 59-56 at Oak Grove despite Goldston’s 25 points.

  • On the girls’ side, Eastern Randolph’s Brecken Snotherly supplied 31 points in a 58-49 home loss to Western Alamance.


At Millers Creek, with three individual champions, Wheatmore’s team was the runner-up in the eight-team C.H. Necessary Invitational at West Wilkes.

Trey Swaney (132 pounds), Dominic Hittepole (160) and Zechariah Starkweather (170) were the champions for Wheatmore. Renato Barron (220) of the Warriors placed second.

West Wilkes won the title with 169 points and Wheatmore was next with 135.

  • Joey Smith of Trinity won the 220-pound weight class in the 20-team Mount Pleasant Invitational.

Smith defeated Alex Lahners of Cannon School in the final with a first-period pin. Smith notched two pins and two decisions by shutouts in the tournament.

Trinity’s Brayden Hall (113), Spencer May (120) and Gavin Hardister (182) all placed third.

Southwestern Randolph’s Erick Lopez (160) was fourth.

Trinity was seventh in the team standings and Southwestern Randolph was 15th.

By Bob Sutton