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Soccer teams start state playoffs strong at home

Soccer teams start state playoffs strong at home

Asheboro and Uwharrie Charter Academy won opening-round games in the state playoffs for girls’ soccer Monday night. Asheboro defeated visiting Foard 2-1 behind two goals from Tess Moody in Class 3-A. Natalie Flores had an assist and goalkeeper Sarah Allred made nine saves. UCA topped Piedmont Community 7-0 in Class 1-A, with Ava Cugino posting two goals and one assist, Kendall Jarrell scoring twice and Chloe Douglas, Kaylen Trucks and Ivy Redding all providing one goal. Second-round games are set for Thursday. A pair of Class 2-A teams from Randolph County failed to advance, while undefeated Wheatmore was slated to…
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Randleman tunes up for states with another special night

Randleman tunes up for states with another special night

Randleman's Braylen Hayes rips one of his two grand slams in the PAC Tournament title game against Trinity. (PJ Ward-Brown / Randolph Record) RANDLEMAN – There were a few more highlights for Randleman’s baseball team before the Tigers get around to main event. For the 25-win team, the state playoffs are about to arrive. “There will definitely be pressure because it’s playoffs, one-and-done type deal,” center fielder Braylen Hayes said. “I feel we can overcome the pressure once we get out there.” There were no nerves present for the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament, with the Tigers rolling to the championship.…
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Prep Notes: Wheatmore golfers claim PAC crown

Prep Notes: Wheatmore golfers claim PAC crown

Asheboro’s David Elliott putts on the fourth green during a match at Asheboro Municipal Golf Course in March. (PJ Ward-Brown / Randolph Record) Wheatmore was the overwhelming winner in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament for boys’ golf last week at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville. The Warriors posted a score of 324 for a 43-shot advantage on runner-up Providence Grove. Randleman (375) was third, followed by Trinity (376), Uwharrie Charter Academy (417) and Southwestern Randolph (453). Eastern Randolph didn’t have enough entrants for a team score, but that didn’t stop the school from making an impact. The individual champion was…
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College Notes: Hill picks up first win, league award

College Notes: Hill picks up first win, league award

Uwharrie Charter Academy alum Hunter Hill was named Rookie Pitcher of the Week recently in the USA South Conference for baseball. Hill, a North Carolina Wesleyan freshman from Asheboro, threw four shutout innings across two relief outings. He gave up a total of four hits with four strikeouts and without a walk. Hill, a right-hander, logged the victory in N.C. Wesleyan’s 3-2 victory at Greensboro College. The result marked his first career decision. That was part of what became a six-game winning streak for the Battling Bishops, who take a 23-14 overall record and 15-3 USA South mark into the…
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Prep Notes: Dominant teams clinch area titles

Prep Notes: Dominant teams clinch area titles

Providence Grove’s undefeated softball team sealed at least a share of the regular-season title in the Piedmont Athletic Conference. The Patriots began this week with a 17-0 overall record and, with two conference games left, a 10-0 record in the PAC. Randleman’s baseball team finished its regular season league schedule with a 12-0 record against PAC opponents. The Tigers will end up with at least a four-game edge in the standings. Randleman outscored PAC opponents by a combined 146-11 in those 12 games. Among the other teams, only Trinity has a chance to finish with a positive run differential in…
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Prep Notes: Trinity jumper rates high in state

Prep Notes: Trinity jumper rates high in state

Randleman's baseball team has largely continued its success this season. Here, players Gus Shelton, left, Bryson Sweatt and Brooks Brannon meet with coach Jake Smith. Dylan Hodges’ mark of 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump is tied for the second-best leap in the state this year behind Kyzaiah Stone, a senior from Clayton Cleveland.  Hodges, a Trinity junior, had his top effort March 19 at the Mighty Viking Invitational. Stone posted a leap of 7 feet on April 9 in the All-American Track Classic at Spring Valley, S.C. Among other North Carolina prep athletes with recorded jumps of…
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Prep Notes: Races brew in PAC standings

Prep Notes: Races brew in PAC standings

Ethan Frye of Eastern Randolph takes a swing during a baseball game last week against Uwharrie Charter Academy. With schools in the Piedmont Athletic Conference on spring break this week, the schedules are limited in many sports. It’s also a good time to check on some key remaining matchups. For instance, Wheatmore and Uwharrie Charter Academy are unbeaten in PAC girls’ soccer games. Those teams will meet April 22 in what is bound to be a critical clash, though there will be a rematch May 10. In softball, undefeated Providence Grove has defeated second-place Southwestern Randolph twice. The only remaining…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Rob Hales

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Rob Hales

Wheatmore  |  baseball  Hales did important work on the pitching mound and at the plate as the Warriors won a pair of games against Eastern Randolph. Hales threw six innings in the first meeting, giving up one earned run and two walks while striking out 10 across in an 8-2 outcome. Three days later, Hales drove in two runs and had a double as the Warriors posted an 11-1 victory while compiling their highest run total of the season. Wheatmore improved to 4-5, winning its Piedmont Athletic Conference games for the first time and also capturing back-to-back games for the…
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Prep Notes: County teams starting strong; Trinity jumper posts record

Prep Notes: County teams starting strong; Trinity jumper posts record

Randleman’s Ryan White watches the ball as he strokes a hit in last week’s 9-1 baseball victory at Asheboro. With the spring regular seasons about one-third of the way complete in many cases, several Randolph County teams began this week with unblemished records. The group includes the Randleman baseball team, the Providence Grove softball team and the Wheatmore girls’ soccer team. Randleman moved to 8-0 with some dominating baseball results. The Tigers have outscored opponents by a combined 87-7 score. Providence Grove has had similar success in softball. The Patriots rolled to 8-0 with a cumulative margin of 80-3. Providence…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brooks Brannon

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brooks Brannon

Brooks Brannon  |  Randleman, baseball Brannon had two big games at the plate as the Tigers opened Piedmont Athletic Conference play with a pair of victories against Eastern Randolph. They had posted a non-league win against North Davidson on a neutral field. Brannon, a senior catcher, drove in 12 runs in two games against Eastern Randolph. In a 13-0 victory, he racked up three hits with a double and a triple and four runs batted in. He was behind the plate as Ryan White, Seth Way and Austin Lemmons combined on a non-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Later in the week,…
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