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Area Sports: Asheboro goes perfect 10 in soccer; Wheatmore title team receives rings

Area Sports: Asheboro goes perfect 10 in soccer; Wheatmore title team receives rings

Members of the 2022 Wheatmore girls' soccer team receive rings for winning last spring's Class 2-A state championship. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Asheboro boys keep rolling in soccer ASHEBORO – The Asheboro boys’ soccer team has picked up state rankings on the way to a perfect record through 10 games of the season. The Blue Comets have made some schedule adjustments, but those didn’t slow down the team. Asheboro added a home game against Langtree Charter Academy, winning 1-0 on Thursday night for the 10th win of the season. Cristian Ortiz scored the second-half goal on an assist from Ozmar…
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Prep Notes: Asheboro to move to another volleyball venue

Prep Notes: Asheboro to move to another volleyball venue

Wheatmore senior Haley Pease spikes the ball during Monday night's victory at East Davidson. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – The Asheboro volleyball team is moving practices and matches to South Asheboro Middle School from Sept. 8-26. For the second season in a row, the Blue Comets have been displaced from the high school’s gym because of the massive construction and renovation project taking place on campus. The Blue Comets had been using North Asheboro Middle School as its home facility. This latest move comes as repairs to the gym floor at North Asheboro Middle School are scheduled to begin next…
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Blue Comets spike Trinity in Black’s coaching return as new season begins

Blue Comets spike Trinity in Black’s coaching return as new season begins

Coach Kim Black directs her team during Monday night's season opener vs. Trinity. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Kim Black came back as a winner as Asheboro’s volleyball coach. Black’s third stint as coach of the Blue Comets began with Monday night’s 25-19, 25-17, 25-14 non-conference sweep of visiting Trinity at North Asheboro Middle School. Kaylen Nance provided 23 assists and Piper Davidson had 12 digs and eight kills for Asheboro. Sarah Hildreth’s six kills and three aces and Ellen Long’s five kills and four blocks also helped the cause for the Blue Comets. Black, the winningest coach in the…
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Early showdowns dot Randolph County prep schedules

Early showdowns dot Randolph County prep schedules

Asheboro boys' soccer players celebrate a goal during a game last year, which turned out to be a good season for the Blue Comets (File photo) High school sports games and matches for the 2022-23 school year begin next week with competitions that count on the records. For most sports in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the first date for competition comes Monday (Aug. 15). Here are a few notable events on early schedules: •  On Aug. 15, Southwestern Randolph travels to Central Davidson in the first boys’ soccer game with Jimmy Walker back in charge as coach…
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Defending champ Cougars eager to see impact of changes for volleyball season

Defending champ Cougars eager to see impact of changes for volleyball season

Coley Shiflet is bound to be a key player again for Southwestern Randolph’s volleyball team. (File photo) Southwestern Randolph gears up for volleyball season after 2021 state title ASHEBORO — Southwestern Randolph’s volleyball team has a few different components this season. There will be a new offensive make-up and a key transfer with the Cougars. But one thing they don’t want to change is the rate of success. “There’s a lot of excitement in our gym,” coach Darby Kennedy said. “They want to hold onto the title and defend that title.” Southwestern Randolph is the reigning Class 2-A state champion.…
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David Makupson gears up for next challenges

David Makupson gears up for next challenges

David Makupson of Trinity reacts to winning the Class 2-A state title at 138 pounds during the past season in a match vs. Will Nix of Bandys. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Trinity’s state champion built powerful prep career TRINITY — In order for Trinity’s David Makupson to become a high school state champion in wrestling, he took a path of nonstop pursuit of that goal. He thought he worked hard to attain that. Now, he’s aiming even higher. “I just know I have to work that much harder if I want to be on the D-I level,” Makupson said. “I got…
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Randleman’s Brannon: ‘Feels like a dream’ after Red Sox select him in draft

Randleman’s Brannon: ‘Feels like a dream’ after Red Sox select him in draft

Brooks Brannon had an award-winning high school career with Randleman. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RANDLEMAN – Catcher Brooks Brannon of Randleman was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of baseball’s amateur draft Monday. “It felt like a dream come true,” Brannon said Monday night. “Excited isn’t even the word. It was ecstasy.” Brannon, 18, is enrolled at North Carolina, where he’ll play for the Tar Heels if he decides to pass on this pro opportunity. Brannon was selected with the 279th pick overall during the second day of the three-day draft that concludes Tuesday. In that spot,…
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Loud, proud prep career for Brannon

Loud, proud prep career for Brannon

Brooks Brannon had a record-setting high school season with some incredible power-hitting numbers. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Randleman catcher awaits draft after season filled with thrills RANDLEMAN — For all the noise Brooks Brannon can bring to a ballpark, it might be a level of calmness that helped him – and his teammates – most. Yet there could be more commotion connected to his baseball career this weekend when baseball’s amateur draft begins, and the Randleman catcher is bound to be among those selected. Whether he goes from high school to the pros – or chooses a route playing college baseball…
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Baseball coach Smith adds Randleman’s AD title

Baseball coach Smith adds Randleman’s AD title

Jake Smith has led Randleman to back-to-back state championships in baseball and is taking on additional duties. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   State-champion baseball coach expands role at school RANDLEMAN – Randleman baseball coach Jake Smith has a new job, but he’s not going anywhere because of it. Smith, who has directed the Tigers to the past two Class 2-A state championships, is adding the athletics director title to his duties. “I’m going to try my hand at that a little bit,” Smith said. “It’s something I’m excited about.” He takes over for Ryan Dobias, who’s stepping aside from that role…
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