Eastern Randolph Wildcats

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ayanna Mears

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ayanna Mears

Eastern Randolph, softball Mears has been an important part of the Wildcats’ lineup as the team has put together another winning record. Mears, a senior shortstop, has been among the leading hitters for Eastern Randolph. She’s in her fourth season with the team. Eastern Randolph won five of its last six games in the regular season heading into this week’s Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament. Mears, who’s also a past member of the volleyball and basketball programs at Eastern Randolph, has committed to play softball at North Carolina A&T.
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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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State playoffs: Randleman boys move to West Region semifinals with road victory; Wildcats fall in Class 1-A

State playoffs: Randleman boys move to West Region semifinals with road victory; Wildcats fall in Class 1-A

NEWTON – Randleman’s boys’ basketball team kept its season alive with Tuesday night’s 62-59 victory against Newton-Conover in the third round of the Class 2-A state playoffs. Tyshaun Goldston scored 21 points for the sixth-seeded Tigers (23-5), who’ll play Friday night at second-seeded Salisbury (26-3) in a West Region semifinal Connor Cassidy’s 18 points and Greg Price’s 11 points also boosted Randleman, which held on after leading 52-41 going to the fourth quarter. Randleman’s lead was as large as 15 points in the second quarter. The advantage was down to 60-57 before a Goldston basket. Third-seeded Newton-Conover, which eliminated Trinity…
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State playoffs: Asheboro boys survive; Trinity pulls upset; Eastern Randolph advances; Randleman teams, Cougars, UCA girls move on

State playoffs: Asheboro boys survive; Trinity pulls upset; Eastern Randolph advances; Randleman teams, Cougars, UCA girls move on

Camden Walker, with arm raised, and the Asheboro boys’ basketball team celebrate a victory against Carson in Class 3-A. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Girls’ teams from Randleman, Southwestern Randolph and Uwharrie Charter Academy and boys’ teams from Asheboro, Eastern Randolph, Randleman and Trinity won first-round games in the state playoffs Tuesday night. The only team from Randolph County to win a road game was the Trinity boys. Second-round games are Friday night. Boys – first round Asheboro pulled out a 72-70 victory against visiting Carson on Camden Walker’s two free throws in the final second of a Class 3-A game. This…
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State playoffs: Home dates dot early postseason slates for Randolph County teams

State playoffs: Home dates dot early postseason slates for Randolph County teams

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Kayla Brown shoots against Randleman’s Audra Petty during the regular season. The girls’ teams for UCA and Randleman both have home games to start the state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Boys’ basketball teams from Randleman and Eastern Randolph could play multiple home games in the state playoffs, while Asheboro will begin the tournament at home as well. First-round games are set for Tuesday night. Winning teams advance to Friday night’s second round. The three-week tournament wraps up March 15 and 16 in Winston-Salem. All the Randolph County teams are in the West Region. Randleman (20-5) is…
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Prep boys: Randleman, Eastern Randolph, Asheboro look to build off big weeks

Prep boys: Randleman, Eastern Randolph, Asheboro look to build off big weeks

Eastern Randolph’s Julian Brooks goes up for a shot against Southwestern Randolph’s Nathan Ellis last week in Ramseur. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Randleman’s boys’ basketball team clinched the Piedmont Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a couple of convincing victories last week. Heading into this week with an 18-4 overall record and 11-0 mark in PAC play, the Tigers could sew up a perfect league mark by winning Tuesday night’s finale against visiting Trinity. Randleman’s 69-50 victory against host Uwharrie Charter Academy came with 18 points apiece from Tyshaun Goldston and Greg Price. The Tigers finished the week with an 84-58 romp…
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Prep boys: Trinity splits games as Payne hits milestone

Prep boys: Trinity splits games as Payne hits milestone

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Braeden Lamb goes up for a shot against Wheatmore’s Parker Kines during a game last week. Wheatmore’s Robert Nyamongo, left, looks on. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Randleman and Trinity were involved in a Piedmont Athletic Conference boys’ basketball showdown last week and it turned out to be a compelling matchup. Randleman needed overtime to defeat host Trinity 74-69 with Greg Price recording 24 points, Connor Cassidy posting 18 points and Tyshaun Goldston providing 16 points. Dominic Payne had 21 points and Brandon Campbell racked up 18 points for Trinity. Randleman kept it going by blowing out host Wheatmore…
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Eastern Randolph basketball teams still hope for rewards

Eastern Randolph basketball teams still hope for rewards

Coach Johnny Thomas talks to his Eastern Randolph boys’ basketball team during a game last month. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RAMSEUR – The win-loss record looks drastically different for Eastern Randolph’s boys’ basketball team from a year ago. But second-year coach Johnny Thomas said there could be a payoff in the coming weeks. Thomas lined up the Wildcats for a stiff schedule this season and the game results have been mixed. “What a lot of people don’t understand,” Thomas said. “They ask the question: Why would you play this team? Why would you play this team? Why would I not?” So…
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Prep boys: PAC race looks crowded

Prep boys: PAC race looks crowded

It’s tight atop the Piedmont Athletic Conference boys’ basketball schedule near the midway mark of the league slate. Trinity suffered its first PAC loss of the season when host Eastern Randolph won 81-77 in Friday night’s game at Ramseur. That was a rematch of last February’s PAC Tournament championship game on the same court, with the Wildcats winning that one as well. Eastern Randolph also entered this week with just one PAC defeat. Randleman is unbeaten in PAC play going into a game early this week vs. Trinity. Timothy Brower’s 34 points and Nicah Taylor’s 19 points led the way…
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Plenty of special sports moments to savor in 2023

Plenty of special sports moments to savor in 2023

It was another special season for Southwestern Randolph’s volleyball team and coach Darby Kennedy. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) Here’s a look at some of the top sports-related story topics in Randolph County in 2023: ** The gym at Trinity High School was named in honor of longtime boys’ basketball coach Tim Kelly. ** Uwharrie Charter Academy’s wrestling team won the Class 1-A dual team state championship by defeating Avery County in Greensboro. ** Eastern Randolph’s Brecken Snotherly set a school record for points in a girls’ basketball game by posting 51 against Trinity. Snotherly had a stellar senior season before going…
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