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For Super Bowl entertaining, make room for melty hot dips

For Super Bowl entertaining, make room for melty hot dips

In the coldest months, we all look for bright spots, and football fans this winter have had plenty. The Super Bowl (on Feb. 13) is always a dead-of-winter highlight. And while gatherings might be smaller than in pre-pandemic years, we can still pull out the stops with snacks and food.  My Super Bowl menu changes from year to year, but there are recurring themes: sliders, chilis, nachos, pulled pork, pizza and always, always a dip. Most of the time, that’s a hot dip plunked down on the table to a very warm reception. I’ve yet to find a person who…
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Mid-Piedmont Conference all-conference

Mid-Piedmont Conference all-conference

Here’s a list of the Mid-Piedmont Conference’s major award winners plus Asheboro’s all-conference selections for fall sports: Boys’ cross country Runner of the Year: Issac Reyna (Ledford) Coach of the Year: Trey Cook (Central Davidson) Asheboro: Seth Hydiak, Brandon Aguilar Girls’ cross country Runner of the Year: Jillan Parks-Wooten (Central Davidson) Coach of the Year: Daniel Parker (North Davidson) Asheboro: Malakia Khan, Sophia Roman Football Lineman of the Year: Arhman Tyson (Asheboro) Offensive Player of the Year: Nate Carr (Ledford) Defensive Player of the Year: Tanner Jordan (North Davidson) Coach of the Year: Brian Flynn (North Davidson) Asheboro: Hakemme Butler,…
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Eastern Randolph’s Lilly wants to make most of showcase game

Eastern Randolph’s Lilly wants to make most of showcase game

RAMSEUR — Na’heim Lilly is glad to be playing in a football game this weekend. He just wishes it was a different game. But the Eastern Randolph standout said he’ll aim to make the most of his opportunity in the Carolina Bowl Senior Showcase on Sunday in Gaffney, S.C. “I had a good year,” Lilly said. “Didn’t get as far as I wanted. I didn’t get the job done.” Lilly is one of the running backs for the North Carolina team, which takes on a South Carolina team. For Lilly, who says he likely won’t sign with a college this…
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Poole provides big freshman impact

Poole provides big freshman impact

Former Randleman standout Dominick Poole has been racking up honors after his freshman season with The Citadel football team. Poole, a defensive back, has received recognition on the Southern Conference and national levels. Poole was named Freshman of the Year in the Southern Conference by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association. Poole became The Citadel’s first media Freshman of the Year since 1982. That was the only other time a Bulldog has been honored with that award. Poole came off the bench in The Citadel’s first two games before starting the final nine. He finished the season with 51 total…
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Eastern Randolph falls to Murphy in football state playoffs

Eastern Randolph falls to Murphy in football state playoffs

RAMSEUR — All season it was Eastern Randolph that captured momentum and carried that to football victory after victory.   But that wasn’t the case in the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs. It was Murphy that built on its success and abruptly ended the Wildcats’ season. “We didn’t play our best,” Eastern Randolph coach Burton Cates said. “Needless to say, it just was not our night.” So Eastern Randolph, which was the No. 1 seed in the West Region, tumbled by a 64-31 score to ninth-seeded Murphy, which is the reigning state champion. It was a rough…
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Eastern Randolph faces reigning state champion next

Eastern Randolph faces reigning state champion next

RAMSEUR — The state playoffs sure become interesting in a hurry for Eastern Randolph. The Wildcats opened play in the Class 1-A West Region with a romp past No. 16 seed Draughn on Friday night. That sends Eastern Randolph (10-0), the No. 1 seed, into a third-round matchup this week with visiting Murphy. Murphy (8-4) is the reigning Class 1-A state champion. “We’ll go to work on it,” Eastern Randolph coach Burton said of the assignment. “We just take one game at a time. Everybody says that, but we really do.” Eastern Randolph, which received a bye in the first…
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Football Playoffs: Looking for history

Football Playoffs: Looking for history

Providence Grove coach Calvin Brown throws up 1 finger for the extra point after a touchdown against visiting Jordon-Mathews in a non-league game in Climax on September 3, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL Providence Grove, Southwestern Randolph seek playoff breakthroughs ASHEBORO — Three football teams from Randolph County will play in home games to begin the state playoffs, though one of them will have to wait an extra week before playing. Undefeated Eastern Randolph (9-0) is the No. 1 seed for the Class 1-A West Region, receiving a bye to the second week of the playoffs. That’s when the Wildcats…
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ER, Providence Grove, SWR to open football playoffs at home

ER, Providence Grove, SWR to open football playoffs at home

ASHEBORO — Three football teams from Randolph County will play in home games to begin the state playoffs, though one of them will have to wait an extra week before playing. Undefeated Eastern Randolph (9-0) is the No. 1 seed for the Class 1-A West Region, receiving a bye to the second week of the playoffs. That’s when the Wildcats will be slated for a home game Nov. 12 against the Draughn / Elkin winner. Eighth-seeded Providence Grove (8-2) and 16th-seeded Southwestern Randolph (8-2) will open the Class 2-A states at home Friday night. Providence Grove takes on No. 25…
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Prep Football Roundup: Patriots edge Cougars for key PAC win with late drive

Prep Football Roundup: Patriots edge Cougars for key PAC win with late drive

Providence Grove's Caleb Rogers runs the ball against visiting Southwestern Randolph during a 40-34 victory in a PAC game at Climax on October 22, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL CLIMAX – Providence Grove struck the final and most decisive blows to pull out a 40-34 victory against visiting Southwestern Randolph in a key Piedmont Athletic Conference football clash Friday night. The Patriots used a 96-yard drive after recovering a fourth-quarter fumble for the go-ahead points. “We were resilient and kept on fighting and found a way,” Providence Grove coach Calvin Brown said. The outcome means that Providence Grove (7-2, 3-1…
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Patriots primed for crucial busy slate

Patriots primed for crucial busy slate

Providence Grove's Zane Cheek scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Trinity in a 49-14 victory Monday night in Cilmax. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL   Providence Grove treads through hectic week of games CLIMAX – A schedule packed with critical games is coming fast for Providence Grove’s football team. The importance of each of those continues to be magnified for the Patriots, who’ll play for the third time in eight days Friday night when Southwestern Randolph visits. “I told our guys that as long as I’ve done it, I’ve never done anything like this,” coach Calvin Brown said Monday…
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