Prep Roundup: Spring athletes hit strides

Logan Zepfir of UCA slides in safely at the plate as Trinity catcher Eva Porter applies a late tag during a PAC softball game earlier this season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Three days after appearing in the Class 1-A state championship game for boys’ basketball, Eastern Randolph’s Connor Carter shot 44 for second place in a Piedmont Athletic Conference boys’ golf match at Colonial Country Club.

Ryan Marshall of Wheatmore was the winner with 43.

In a PAC match Thursday at Tot Hill Farm, Carter topped the seven-team field by shooting 37 for a six-shot victory on runner-up Cooper Wright of Providence Grove.

Carter wasn’t the only Eastern Randolph basketball player in action in another sport last week.

Teammate Davonte Brooks placed second in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches in a PAC tri-meet that also included host Providence Grove and Southwestern Randolph. Devonte Dukes of Southwestern Randolph won the event at 5-8.


Eastern Randolph’s Skylar Pugh struck out 10 batters with one walk in a five-inning no-hitter against visiting Wheatmore in a 10-0 victory.

** Providence Grove’s Emma Mazzarone struck out 16 in a no-hitter of host Uwharrie Charter Academy in a 6-1 victory.


Asheboro used a nine-run third inning in an 11-9 non-conference home victory against Eastern Randolph. Tanner Marsh’s three-run home run was the big blast.

Stratton Barwick and Rayden West homered for Eastern Randolph, which lost twice during the week to the Blue Comets.

** Trinity thumped Southwestern Randolph twice, winning 16-6 on the road and 10-5 at home. Trinity’s Jake Little homered in the first meeting and then drove in two runs and was the winning pitcher in the rematch. Jaxson Coble knocked in four runs in the first matchup between the teams.

** Randleman claimed two PAC victories against Wheatmore by 9-4 and 12-2 counts. Then came Saturday’s 1-0 loss to undefeated High Point Christian in a non-conference loss in a neutral-site game at Finch Field in Thomasville.

** Jake Hunter of UCA threw a nine-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks in a 5-0 decision against host Providence Grove.

That outcome avenged Providence Grove’s 3-2 victory earlier in the week. Andrew Thomas struck out nine UCA batters in the road victory.

Girls’ soccer

Ellie Garrison of Wheatmore registered seven goals in a 9-1 home victory against East Davidson. Summer Bowman had the other two goals for the Warriors.

** Tess Moody scored three goals as Asheboro topped visiting Southwestern Randolph 5-1.

** Asheboro won again by defeating visiting UCA 3-1 with Moody scoring another goal along one goal apiece for teammates Natalie Flores and Madison Luck.

By Randolph Record