Southwestern Randolph, boys’ soccer Ortiz was a major contributor in three victories last week for Southwestern Randolph. He supplied a goal against both Trinity and North Davidson after earlier in the week notching an assist against Providence Grove. The Cougars have been a strong team in racking up a nine-game winning streak entering this week. Through 11 games, they’ve outscored their opponents by a cumulative score of 54-9. Ortiz is a sophomore midfielder.
Eastern Randolph, volleyball Flinchum is a senior outside hitter and middle hitter for the Wildcats. She has been a force at the net, leading the team in kills. She’s averaging almost four kills per set. Flinchum was the Wildcats’ only representative on last year’s All-Piedmont Athletic Conference team. This year, Eastern Randolph won five of its first seven matches. That matched the Wildcats’ top victory total in any of the past four seasons. Flinchum has been an All-PAC selection in softball. She’s a pitcher for the Wildcats.
Uwharrie Charter Academy, volleyball Painter has been among the key contributors for the Eagles during the first few weeks of the season. When they opened Piedmont Athletic Conference play by defeating Providence Grove 25-20, 25-13, 25-23 last week, Painter provided 25 assists, six kills, 10 digs and two aces. Painter, a senior, is listed as a setter and return specialist. The Eagles took a 6-2 record into this week, holding a three-match winning streak. Prior to defeating Providence Grove, UCA topped Richmond and Central Davidson.
Randleman, volleyball Kennington is one of four seniors on the Tigers’ roster. The defensive specialist has been a key contributor to Randleman’s strong start to the season. She had 26 digs against Oak Grove last week and later in the week provided 18 digs against Northern Guilford. She has had 19 or more digs in three matches so far. Kennington’s stat lines have also included aces, kills and assists. Randleman, a Class 2-A school, set a schedule with Class 3-A opponents for each of its first six non-conference matches. The Tigers entered this week with a 4-1 record.
Eastern Randolph teammates Cora Sparrow, left, and Logann Beaver make a play at the net against Western Alamance. Teammate Kenly Whitaker, far left, looks on. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) Several volleyball teams rack up multiple wins Strong starts to the season came in various forms for Randolph County teams as the fall competitions began last week. Here’s a glance at some of the highlights: Boys’ soccer Asheboro, coming off the best season in program history, won its opener in the new season by a 5-1 count against Newton Foard. The Blue Comets had five different goal scorers – Daniel Guttierez, Henry Martinez…
Kidd, partner play well in senior four-ball PINEHURST – Steve Kidd of Liberty and Linley Tate of Greensboro combined to tie for 12th place in the North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship last week at Pinewild Country Club. The winning team was Gastonia’s Larry Cloninger and Belmont’s Mark Hodges at 17-under-par 199. The Kidd/Tate combo checked in at 9-under. Brian Skeen of Trinity and Craig Stroup of Thomasville tied for 21st place at 5-under. There were 79 teams entered in the Carolinas Golf Association event. ** Asheboro’s Sam Davidson didn’t make it to the round of 16 in the North Carolina…
Providence Grove, multi-sport Cheek was active in each of the sports seasons, beginning as a multi-purpose back for the football team. He averaged more than 90 rushing yards per game as a senior in 2022. He again was selected as an All-Piedmont Athletic Conference player. He was one of Providence Grove’s key players in boys’ basketball as a guard. He wrapped up his prep career as a sprinter on the track and field team. His twin brother, Zander Cheek, also was a standout athlete for the Patriots. ** During the summer, we recognize seniors from the past school year.
Uwharrie Charter Academy, girls’ soccer Cugino repeated a spot on the Piedmont Athletic Conference all-conference team. This year, she was second among the Eagles with seven goals and third on the team with 11 assists. She also was one of the primary options on UCA for corner kicks. UCA produced an 8-11-2 record that included one road victory in the Class 1-A state playoffs. Cugino also participated in girls’ tennis for the Eagles.
Asheboro, boys’ golf Elliott wrapped up his high school career by tying for 57th in the Class 3-A state tournament this spring. Elliott was a member of the Mid-Piedmont Conference all-conference team for the third year in a row. He was a three-time regional qualifier (while his freshman season in 2020 was cut short by the pandemic). Elliott has competed in numerous youth and amateur tournaments. ** During the summer, we recognize seniors from the past school year.
Eastern Randolph, softball – Pugh was a force in the pitching circle and at the plate for the Wildcats during her senior season. She posted eight wins to go with two saves as a pitcher. She was credited with 131 strikeouts in 69 innings. Pugh’s four home runs were second on the team. Eastern Randolph finished with an 18-6 record. That’s the most wins for the Wildcats since 2019.