athlete of the week

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lane Dalke

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lane Dalke

Southwestern Randolph  |  baseball,football Dalke, a senior, wrapped up his high school career by leading the Cougars with 20 runs batted in. He homered twice to lead the team in that category while playing in all 25 games. On the field, Dalke was a third baseman and catcher. He played primarily behind the plate when an injury on the team necessitated that versatility. Dalke was a linebacker for the school’s eight-win football team. He received All-Piedmont Athletic Conference honors for his role as one of the key contributors to the defense. 
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kaylee McDonald

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kaylee McDonald

Trinity  |  girls’ soccer, basketball McDonald, a senior, wrapped up her high school career with a spot on the All-Piedmont Conference girls’ soccer team. McDonald was a goalkeeper for the Bulldogs. She also was a starter on the Trinity girls’ basketball team. McDonald ranked in the top three in many of Trinity’s basketball statistics.   
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Joseph Phetmixay

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Joseph Phetmixay

UCA  |  boys’ tennis Phetmixay had an undefeated season in dual competition in singles and doubles for Uwharrie Charter Academy. Phetmixay joined with classmate Drew Auman to finish as the Class 1-A state runners-up in doubles. Phetmixay played No. 1 singles for the Eagles, who were unbeaten duals in the regular season and finished with a 12-1 overall team record. Phetmixay received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and will head to Colorado Springs, Colo. As a junior, he was one of five UCA students to become a professionally licensed drone pilot. Phetmixay also was a member of…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Makayla McClain

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Makayla McClain

Providence Grove  |  softball McClain completed the season with a team-leading .597 batting average for the Patriots, who were undefeated into the fourth round of the Class 2-A state playoffs. She also was tops on the team with 11 home runs, 41 runs batted in and 34 runs scored for the team that ended up with a 24-1 record for the Piedmont Athletic Conference champions. She also had eight doubles and three triples to go with 14 stolen bases. McClain, a senior infielder, was a four-year member of the Providence Grove team. She’s regarded as one of the program’s top…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Summer Bowman

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Summer Bowman

Wheatmore  |  girls’ soccer   Bowman scored two goals to boost the Warriors in the Class 2-A state championship game. That resulted in a 4-1 victory against Clinton on Friday night in Cary. She was named Most Valuable Player of the title game. Bowman, a junior forward, was an instrumental part of Wheatmore’s 25-0-0 season that was capped by the school’s first state team championship. In the West Region final earlier in the week, Bowman had the team’s only two assists in the 4-3 overtime triumph at Wilkes Central. Bowman finished the season third on the team in goals (36)…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ellie Garrison

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ellie Garrison

Wheatmore  |  girls’ soccer   Garrison racked up more big offensive numbers as the Warriors completed an undefeated regular season with two more victories last week. Garrison, a sophomore, produced four goals and one assist in a 12-3 triumph against visiting Uwharrie Charter Academy. Summer Bowman was credited with five goals and three assists, Natalie Bowman posted two goals and one assist and Maggie Messner had a goal in that game. Garrison followed that a day later with six goals and one assist in the 9-0 romp past host Providence Grove to conclude the Piedmont Athletic Conference portion of the…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Connor Carter

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Connor Carter

Eastern Randolph  |   boys’ golf   Carter has turned in a strong postseason. First, he won the Piedmont Athletic Conference individual championship in the league tournament. Then he placed second in last week’s Class 1-A Midwest Regional. Carter, a junior, posted 4-over-par 78 on Monday in the first round of the Class 1-A state tournament at Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Southern Pines. That put him in a three-way tie for second place one shot off the lead going into Tuesday’s final round. Also in the state tournament, Wheatmore’s Ryan Baynard was in the Class 2-A, with competition at…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Arianna Lovingood-Smith

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Arianna Lovingood-Smith

Asheboro  |  track and field  Lovingood-Smith won three individual events as the Blue Comets were overwhelming winners in the Mid-Piedmont Conference championship last week at Oak Grove. Lovingood-Smith, a senior, won the high jump with an effort of 4 feet, 8 inches, claimed the long jump at 15-7 and captured the triple jump at 36-6. This was all part of Asheboro’s title effort. The Blue Comets rang up 157 points compared to runner-up Central Davidson’s 93. Asheboro also had an individual winner in the shot put with Morgan Williams’ toss of 29-4½. 
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brody Gardner

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brody Gardner

Eastern Randolph  |  baseball Gardner had a role in the most successful week of the season for the Wildcats as they sweep three games in the ZooKeepers Baseball Invitational at Southwestern Randolph. Eastern Randolph topped Wheatmore 11-4, beat Southwestern Randolph 5-1 and hammered Rockingham County 14-5. Gardner is a senior pitcher and utility player. He was the winning pitcher against Wheatmore, working six innings. He also went 3-for-3 with a home run and double at the plate in that game. He had a hit and scored a run against Southwestern Randolph. The Wildcats won just five of their first 17…
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