Asheboro Blue Comets

Former Trinity, Asheboro football coach retires

Former Trinity, Asheboro football coach retires

Gillespie coached state champions in Greensboro Kevin Gillespie, who made two of his four stops as a high school football head coach in Randolph County, announced his retirement Friday. Gillespie stepped down from his post at Thomasville, where he spent the past four seasons. Gillespie coached at Trinity and Asheboro, with a stop in between to guide Greensboro Page to a state championship. He had an overall record of 172-110 after going 32-12 with Thomasville. Gillespie’s final game came last November in a 40-19 road loss at Eastern Randolph in the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs. The…
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Eastern Randolph’s Corea throws to state crown in discus

Eastern Randolph’s Corea throws to state crown in discus

Here's Mirianna Corea after winning the discus competition in the Class 1-A state championships. (Courtesy photo) Asheboro boy improves from last season’s spots in state meet GREENSBORO – Eastern Randolph’s Mirianna Corea won the girls’ discus in the Class 1-A track and field state championships Monday. The sophomore thrower unleashed a heave of 118 feet, 8 inches to win the event by more than 3 feet at the throwing area outside North Carolina A&T’s stadium. The runner-up was North Rowan’s Brittany Ellis at 115-5. Corea placed seventh in the shot put at 31-2. The winner was Ellis at 38-1¼. The…
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Track and field: Everhart, Beane win two regional events

Track and field: Everhart, Beane win two regional events

The stadium at North Carolina A&T will be the site of this week's high school state championships for track and field.  Asheboro, Randleman lead area teams to states CONCORD – Lance Everhart of Asheboro will be entered in three events in the Class 3-A state meet after winning two events and placing second in another in the Class 3-A Midwest Regional on Saturday at Robinson High School. Everhart’s first-place leap of 21 feet, 11 inches in the long jump gave him a 2½-inch margin on Greensboro Dudley’s Keyaun Dow. In the pole vault, Everhart cleared 13-7. The runner-up was Greensboro…
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Wheatmore, UCA girls hold best seeds from area for soccer playoffs

Wheatmore, UCA girls hold best seeds from area for soccer playoffs

Randleman’s Carolina Candelero, left, and Providence Grove’s Taryn Waugh contend for possession during a game last month. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Wheatmore has a challenging path to try to reach the Class 2-A state final for the third year in a row in girls’ soccer. The Warriors hold the No. 6 seed in the West Region based on seeds and pairings unveiled Friday. First-round games are Monday. Wheatmore, which was the 2022 state champion and last year’s runner-up, opens against No. 27 seed Lincoln Charter (4-10-2). The Warriors will be guaranteed another home game if they win. Wheatmore lost a Piedmont…
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Everhart makes big jumps for Blue Comets

Everhart makes big jumps for Blue Comets

Lance Everhart of Asheboro is a versatile track and field athlete with big goals. (Bob Sutton/Randolph Record) Asheboro senior sets high bar in field events ASHEBORO – Lance Everhart has found plenty of worthwhile events in track and field, but he knows what he likes best. “High jump, most definitely,” the Asheboro senior said. He has jumped into the conversation on a statewide level as one of the top leapers. The next phase of the postseason comes with Saturday’s Class 3-A Midwest Regional at Robinson High School in Concord. Everhart has a personal-best mark of 6 feet, 6 inches –…
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Hoogkamp leaves baseball post following Asheboro’s playoff loss (updated)

Hoogkamp leaves baseball post following Asheboro’s playoff loss (updated)

Asheboro baseball coach Brett Hoogkamp makes a mound visit during a game this season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Asheboro baseball coach Brett Hoogkamp has stepped down, but he’s bound to be involved in area athletics again. Hoogkamp announced his intentions to resign shortly after the Blue Comets lost in the first round of the Class 3-A state playoffs Tuesday night. He finished his eighth season in the position. “It has been a good eight years,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it. Once I got into coaching, it was kind of a dream of mine (to be a head coach) and I got…
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Asheboro, Providence Grove girls, Randleman boys claim league track titles

Asheboro, Providence Grove girls, Randleman boys claim league track titles

Asheboro boys’ track and field coach DeNeal McNair’s team had a strong showing in the Mid-Piedmont Conference championships. (Bob Sutton/Randolph Record) TROY – Asheboro’s girls’ track and field team won the Mid-Piedmont Conference championship in a tight competition with Oak Grove last week. The Blue Comets racked up 133 points to Oak Grove’s 129, followed by host Montgomery Central (105), North Davidson (82), Central Davidson (63) and Ledford (42). Jalaya Showers led Asheboro by winning the 100 (12.43 seconds), 200 (25.28) and long jump (15 feet, 9½ inches). Asheboro’s Lia George and Rebecca Wilson placed first and second, respectively in…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Carlisle Dozier

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Carlisle Dozier

Asheboro, girls’ soccer Dozier has provided an ideal final layer of defense for the Blue Comets. The senior goalkeeper has averaged nearly 10 saves per game this season. Her six saves helped the Blue Comets defeat Ledford last week. She also was credited with a late-game tip save to preserve a shutout of Central Davidson earlier this month. In March, she made 23 saves in a game. Dozier was a Mid-Piedmont Conference all-league selection last year. With a 9-3-1 record entering this week, the Blue Comets had already matched last season’s win total.
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Prep Roundup: PAC softball race tightens after upset

Prep Roundup: PAC softball race tightens after upset

Anaeli Puente Garza cuts between Randleman’s Jocelyn Segovia, left, and Lacy Nelson during last week’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Fourth-place Eastern Randolph muddled the Piedmont Athletic Conference softball race by defeating first-place Southwestern Randolph 4-1 last week with Addie Flinchum striking out seven in the road victory. Uwharrie Charter Academy closed within a half-game of Southwestern Randolph by week’s end. The teams will meet April 25 at Southwestern Randolph to end the regular season. UCA nipped host Eastern Randolph 5-4 behind Mollie Bulla’s pitching. Jayla Hurley and Aubrie Kauffman both doubled and scored a run. Earlier in the week UCA,…
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Hitting his Mark: Sprinter gives boosts to Blue Comets

Hitting his Mark: Sprinter gives boosts to Blue Comets

Asheboro’s Valentino Mark leads at the beginning of the final leg of the 400-meter relay in the Randolph County Championships. (Bob Sutton/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Valentino Mark is in a hurry, and that’s showing. Mark set two personal-best times in a dominating performance in Tuesday’s Randolph County championships. “Time is ticking,” Mark said of his urgency as a senior. Mark, the triple jump champion, won the 100 and 200 meters and anchored the winning 400 relay as part of host Asheboro’s team championship. Teammate Lance Everhart was a four-time winner as the Blue Comets racked up 220 points to runner-up…
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