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Hayes ready for challenge at Providence Grove

Hayes ready for challenge at Providence Grove

School’s new football coach is Trinity alum CLIMAX – David Hayes has been around high school football teams for more than a decade as an assistant coach. Now it’s something different. He’ll be a head coach. Providence Grove hired Hayes, who has close ties to a couple of other schools in Randolph County, as its next football coach. “I feel like I was ready to take an opportunity like this,” Hayes said. Hayes takes the vacancy left when Calvin Brown departed to become Asheboro’s coach. Most recently, Hayes has been an assistant coach and physical education teacher at Thomasville, which…
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Moran moves to AD role at Providence Grove

Moran moves to AD role at Providence Grove

Cody Moran has been on Providence Grove’s football staff. (Courtesy photo) CLIMAX – Cody Moran figured that staying at Providence Grove might fit him best. Moran is the new athletics director at the school. “This might be my opportunity to move up here,” he said. Moran replaces Calvin Brown, who was named the new football coach at Asheboro. At Providence Gove, Brown held the dual role as football coach and athletics director. Brown remained in the AD role at Providence Grove through last week. Moran was an assistant coach on Brown’s staff and also has been an assistant for two…
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Prep football: Brown works on compiling Asheboro staff while finishing duties at Providence Grove

Prep football: Brown works on compiling Asheboro staff while finishing duties at Providence Grove

CLIMAX – New Asheboro football coach Calvin Brown is still finishing his time at Providence Grove. While no longer the football coach of the Patriots, Brown is remaining at the school in other roles, including as athletics director, through Jan. 20. Then he makes the full transition to Asheboro. In more than a month’s time between his introduction as Asheboro’s coach and completely leaving Providence Grove, Brown said he hopes to have in place most of his new staff with the Blue Comets. “I’d like to have everything lined up,” he said. Brown, who spent seven seasons as Providence Grove’s…
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Fields set for big high school holiday basketball tournaments

Fields set for big high school holiday basketball tournaments

Asheboro’s Hakemme Butler goes up for a shot as Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Ethan Kinney, left, and Walker Wilkins look on. Both teams are in this week’s Davidson-Randolph Christmas Classic, though at different sites. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) CLIMAX – The Davidson-Randolph Christmas Classic is set for another go-around using two sites, but the field isn’t quite as big as last year. This week’s girls’ and boys’ basketball tournaments will have one slight difference in terms of number of teams. Providence Grove and Ledford are the sites. But the Providence Grove site has only seven girls’ and seven boys’ entrants, so that…
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Prep Football Notes: More changes come in Mid-Piedmont Conference; Asheboro man coaches 13-win team

Prep Football Notes: More changes come in Mid-Piedmont Conference; Asheboro man coaches 13-win team

Mount Airy players cling to Eastern Randolph's Ervodd Cassady during the Class 1-A West Regional semifinal in November. Mount Airy went on to win the state championship. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) The coaching change at Asheboro isn’t the only change atop a football program in the Mid-Piedmont Conference. Calvin Brown is leaving Providence Grove to be Asheboro’s new coach, replacing Blake Brewer. Oak Grove has lost coach Mark Holcomb, who has taken the job at Bishop McGuinness. Holcomb, a former coach at North Davidson, had been at Oak Grove for all six seasons that the program existed. Oak Grove was 11-1…
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New Asheboro football coach: ‘A great opportunity’

New Asheboro football coach: ‘A great opportunity’

Calvin Brown was introduced Monday as Asheboro High School's new football coach. He spent the past seven seasons in that role at Providence Grove. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Calvin Brown will try to get Asheboro’s football program back on a winning path. “We want to compete on Friday nights and I know that’s what Asheboro expects,” Brown said Monday. “We want to change the culture and bring back the winning atmosphere.” Brown is leaving Providence Grove, where he directed sustained success, to become coach of the Blue Comets. Among more than 40 applicants, Brown was a clear choice for the…
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Asheboro hires Providence Grove’s Brown as next football coach

Asheboro hires Providence Grove’s Brown as next football coach

Here's Calvin Brown during Providence Grove's 2022 game at Asheboro (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Calvin Brown will try to get Asheboro’s football program back on a winning path. Brown is leaving Providence Grove, where he directed sustained success, to become coach of the Blue Comets. Brown’s Providence Grove teams were 42-34 in seven seasons. He guided the Patriots to their first postseason football victory in school history earlier this fall as part of an 8-4 record. Brown takes the position held by Blake Brewer, a former Asheboro quarterback whose three-season record was 2-25 as head coach. The Blue Comets…
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Experienced Providence Grove Patriots look primed for more on football field

Experienced Providence Grove Patriots look primed for more on football field

Chase Whitaker will remain a key part of Providence Grove’s defense, but his role might expand on offense. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Providence Grove’s large senior class could pay off CLIMAX – Two of the most productive players from Providence Grove’s special 2021 football team are gone. But don’t feel bad for the Patriots because they’re bustling with experience. “A lot of people assume that we’re going to be pretty good,” said coach Calvin Brown, whose roster has 22 seniors. “I think that experience and being a year older is going to make a difference. We’re not relying on a lot…
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