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Eastern Randolph QB cuts weight, but still wants to feast on victories

Eastern Randolph QB cuts weight, but still wants to feast on victories

Quarterback Stratton Barwick of Eastern Randolph bulls his way for a touchdown against Walkertown earlier this season. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) RAMSEUR – The thought of the quarterback for Eastern Randolph’s wildly successful football team being the big man on campus wasn’t a grand idea for veteran coach Burton Cates. He put Stratton Barwick on a diet. Now a bit swifter, Barwick hopes to put the Wildcats on the fast track again this year. Listed at 6-foot-1, Barwick is down to about 235 pounds after playing the 2021 season at 250. “He has gotten a step quicker,” Cates said. This weight…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Riley Queen

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Riley Queen

 Wheatmore  |  boys’ soccer   Queen has been an offensive force early in the season as the Warriors have been on a tear. A senior forward, Queen has 12 goals and four assists in nine games. That helped the Warriors to a 6-0-3 start. Queen scored Wheatmore’s only goal in last week’s 1-1 overtime tie at home with rival Trinity in a Piedmont Athletic Conference game. Later in the week, he notched two goals and an assist as the Warriors won 7-1 at Randleman. Henry Santos also had two goals in the Randleman game, while Hayden Hemming, Anakin Leister, and…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Madison Burgiss

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Madison Burgiss

Madison Burgiss  | Trinity, volleyball Burgiss, a senior setter, has been a steady contributor as Trinity has gone on a good stretch early in the season. She helped the Bulldogs to three victories last week. It began when the Bulldogs avenged a loss to Asheboro by winning in three sets at home as Burgiss provided 28 assists. Burgiss recorded 31 assists as the Bulldogs swept Southern Guilford and then posted 21 assists in a three-set sweep of High Point Central. Teammate Karrington Batten helped finish many of the assists from Burgiss by racking up 31 kills during the week. Kaitlyn…
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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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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Cristian Cruz

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Cristian Cruz

Asheboro  |  boys’ soccer Asheboro began the season with going 3-0 during the first week, boosted by Cruz’s production. The senior striker and midfielder had a total of three goals and four assists in those games. It was a strong opening stretch for the Blue Comets, who outscored their first three opponents by a combined score of 16-2. Asheboro has a steady diet of non-conference games before beginning Mid-Piedmont Athletic Association play with a Sept. 26 home game against Oak Grove. This week began well for Asheboro. On Monday night at home, the Blue Comets blanked 2021 Class 3-A state…
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Prep Roundup: Cougars begin strong in volleyball: Blue Comets kick in gear in soccer

Prep Roundup: Cougars begin strong in volleyball: Blue Comets kick in gear in soccer

Asheboro goalkeeper David Agudelo makes a stop against Southwestern Randolph’s Fernando Hernandez during last week’s game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record). Here’s how some area teams fared at the beginning of the new school year: Volleyball Reigning Class 2-A state champion Southwestern Randolph began the season with a sweep of host Asheboro in a non-conference match last Wednesday. The Cougars won 25-14, 25-15, 25-8. Southwestern Randolph received 14 kills from Madelyn Smith, while Gracie Hodgin added nine kills and six aces. Raegan LeRoy provided 21 assists and four digs. The Cougars capped the week by playing in a two-day tournament at East…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Clay Sugg

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Clay Sugg

Southwestern Randolph, football/wrestling  Sugg was an all-Piedmont Athletic Conference lineman for the Cougars, who had their best football season in school history last fall. He was a senior. Sugg was also an all-conference performer in wrestling. He racked up a 32-8 record, concluding by winning his final five matches on the way to a third-place finish in Class 2-A in the state tournament at 195 pounds. Those five victories came with two pins followed by three decisions, including two outcomes that avenged losses from the Midwest Regional a week earlier. Sugg has entered the military, joining the Army. This concludes…
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New Asheboro AD sees grand potential, calls Blue Comets ‘a sleeping giant’

New Asheboro AD sees grand potential, calls Blue Comets ‘a sleeping giant’

Wes Berrier, the new athletics director for Asheboro High School, checks out the first day of football practice last week. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Wes Berrier’s view of athletics at Asheboro High School is one of great potential. He’d like to see the Blue Comets’ programs return to prominence. “A sleeping giant,” the new athletics director said. “I feel I’m coming in at a great time. I’m expecting big things as far as our athletics.” Berrier officially became the athletics director this summer, though he filled that role for the final couple of months of the 2021-22 school year…
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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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Troutman transfers out of UCA

Troutman transfers out of UCA

Basketball standout heads to private school for senior season BURLINGTON — One of the most highly recruited boys’ basketball players in Randolph County in the upcoming senior class will no longer will be playing for a school in the county. Ashton Troutman is transferring from Uwharrie Charter Academy to The Burlington School. He said he’s looking for more exposure and a higher level of competition. “Just being in a basketball environment and for a good team,” Troutman said. “I would have never flirted with the idea of leaving if it wasn’t for basketball.” Troutman, a 6-foot-7½, 205-pound post player, was…
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