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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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Trinity’s Hardister knocks off champ on way to title

Trinity’s Hardister knocks off champ on way to title

Trinity’s Gavin Hardister reacts after defeating Matthew Cranfill of Bandys to win the 215-pound state title in Class 2-A . (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSBORO – Gavin Hardister had to defeat a defending state champion along the way, but the Trinity wrestler largely dominated the rest of the Class 2-A field at 215 pounds on the way to a state championship. The Bulldogs senior finished it with a 13-5 decision against Bandys senior Matthew Cranfill in Saturday’s final at the Greensboro Coliseum. His toughest match: Against another wrestler from the Piedmont Athletic Conference. Trinity had seven wrestlers with top-six finishes in…
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Three UCA wrestlers claim state titles

Three UCA wrestlers claim state titles

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Jaden Maness lifts Tyler Stevens of Pamlico County during the Class 1-A final at 215 pounds. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSBORO – Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestlers were busy in Saturday’s finals of the Class 1-A state tournament, coming away with three championships and two runners-up spots at the Greensboro Coliseum. UCA’s Lorenzo Alston won his second state title by cruising at 150 pounds, while teammates Carson Robinson at 157 and Jaden Maness at 215 also nabbed championships. Eagles seniors Ethan Hines (106 pounds) and Alek Millikan (165) were runners-up, while junior Caden Bond (175) was third. Robbinsville won…
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Trinity, UCA lead charge into wrestling states after strong regionals

Trinity, UCA lead charge into wrestling states after strong regionals

Trinity’s Bear Schaefer works on top against Seaforth’s William Bass during a key match in the Class 2-A dual team final. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Trinity and Uwharrie Charter Academy will be well-represented in the wrestling state tournament after both schools produced four regional champions. Add in Randleman’s Braxton Walker among wrestlers from Randolph County winning regionals and holding high seeds for the states. Numerous other wrestlers from the county qualified as well and could be contenders for place finishes. Wrestlers in the top four in regionals advance to states. Trinity and UCA claimed team regional titles. Both teams were state…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Levi Dennis

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Levi Dennis

Trinity, wrestling Dennis is wrapping up another stellar season for the Bulldogs. He won four matches last week to win the Class 2-A Midwest Regional at 132 pounds. He recorded two pins and a technical fall before defeating East Surry’s Michael Fischer 6-2 in the final. Dennis, a senior, holds a 49-1 record this season. Last February, he placed fifth in the state at 126. He received All-Piedmont Athletic Conference recognition the past two years.
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State championships: Asheboro’s Everhart excels in indoor meet; UCA’s Becker places in swimming

State championships: Asheboro’s Everhart excels in indoor meet; UCA’s Becker places in swimming

WINSTON-SALEM – Lance Everhart of Asheboro placed third in three events in the Class 3-A indoor track and field state championships Saturday at JDL Fast Track. Everhart cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump, posted a mark of 13-6 in the pole vault and leaped 22-3 in the long jump. Kai Matthews of Asheboro was fifth in the long jump (21-6). On the girls’ side, Jalaya Showers had the 11th-best time in the 55 dash at 7.33 seconds. In Class 1-A/2-A, Randleman’s Trisan Chriscoe was sixth in the 55 hurdles (8.42) and teammate Amari Ferdna placed seventh in…
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Southwestern Randolph wrestler ramps up for repeat

Southwestern Randolph wrestler ramps up for repeat

Jose Flores is embraced by coach Jacob Clapp with assistant Otto Wolin looking on after winning a state championship last February. (Randolph Record file photo) Reigning state champion aims for another title ASHEBORO – Southwestern Randolph junior Jose Flores has learned during the season what it’s all about to receive extra attention. While that came with certain challenges because of his status, now he wants more of the spotlight as he seeks to repeat as a state champion. “I’m excited about the postseason,” Flores said. “I’ve been working harder than ever. I want to be a two-time (champion).” That quest…
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UCA excels for pressure-packed Class 1-A team title

UCA excels for pressure-packed Class 1-A team title

Uwharrie Charter Academy's wrestling team claimed the top hardware in Saturday's Class 1-A dual team final. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Eagles wipe out deficit with pins to defend crown GREENSBORO – Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestlers say they thrive on embracing pressure situations. One after another, the Eagles had chances to show that on a big stage Saturday afternoon. Needing to get through most of the back half of the Class 1-A dual team championship meet against Avery County without a glitch, the Eagles clicked time and time again. Then it came down to 215-pounder senior Jaden Maness in the final bout.…
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UCA, Trinity head to state finals Saturday in Greensboro

UCA, Trinity head to state finals Saturday in Greensboro

Members of the Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestling team pose for a photo after winning the Class 1-A East Region title Wednesday night at home. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSOBORO – Trinity and Uwharrie Charter Academy will try to capture state championships in dual team wrestling Saturday afternoon. Trinity is bidding for its first state crown when it takes on Seaforth in the Class 2-A final at noon. UCA (34-1) will tangle with Avery County (30-1) for the third year in a row and for the fourth time in as many tournaments in Class 1-A at 3 p.m. Avery County won in…
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UCA, Trinity eye next rounds of wrestling duals

UCA, Trinity eye next rounds of wrestling duals

Defending Class 1-A state champion Uwharrie Charter Academy and undefeated Class 2-A team Trinity held up their ends to begin the wrestling dual team state playoffs. They're tops-seeded teams and looked the part when those competitions began Saturday with two rounds on their respective home mats. UCA and Trinity advanced to this week’s third round, which is set for Wednesday. Winners in the third round meet against in regional finals later Wednesday. The winner goes on to Saturday’s state finals. UCA (32-1) is the designated home team in the East Region for Wednesday. The third-round pits UCA vs. fifth-seeded Albemarle…
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