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Trinity state champ Hardister discovers right combinations

Trinity state champ Hardister discovers right combinations

Gavin Hardister reacts at the end of the state final. (Photo provided) TRINITY – Gavin Hardister had a solid wrestling background as he came up through high school. Then the Trinity wrestler made his final season his best when he became a Class 2A state champion last winter. “I feel like I was always good enough,” he said. “There was always a moment that got in my head. (As a senior), I didn’t let the moment be too big.” He’ll take the next step soon as he heads to Iowa Western Community College, which is a National Junior College Athletic…
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UCA wrestler Alston proves strong in nationals

UCA wrestler Alston proves strong in nationals

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Lorenzo Alston, here holding down Avery County’s Mason Bentley in the state tournament in February, reached the semifinals in a national tournament. (Randolph Record file photo) Mixed results come for Randolph County entrants VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Sophomore Lorenzo Alston of Uwharrie Charter Academy turned in one of the best finishes of any wrestler from North Carolina in the National High School Coaches Association’s national tournament in April. Alston placed fourth in the sophomore division at 145 points at Virginia Beach Sports Center. Alston reached the semifinals before losing 11-3 to Kross Cassidy of Fairfax, Va. He…
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Here’s the Piedmont Athletic Conference winter all-conference selections

Here’s the Piedmont Athletic Conference winter all-conference selections

Randleman’s Audra Petty makes a move against Lincoln Charter in the state playoffs for girls’ basketball. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)   Here’s a list of the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s major award winners and all-conference selections for winter sports: Boys’ basketball Player of the Year: Dominic Payne (Trinity) Coach of the Year: Daniel Mitchell (Randleman) All-Conference Eastern Randolph: Julian Brooks, Timothy Brower, Nicah Taylor Providence Grove: Brady Collins, James Ellis Randleman: Connor Cassidy, Tyshaun Goldston, Greg Price Southwestern Randolph: Nathan Ellis, Marcus Robertson Trinity: Brandon Campbell, Jacob Hodges, Dominic Payne Uwharrie Charter Academy: Braeden Lamb Wheatmore: Parker Kines   Girls’ basketball Player of the Year: Audra Petty…
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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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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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Trinity wrestlers cap unbeaten run with Class 2-A crown

Trinity wrestlers cap unbeaten run with Class 2-A crown

Trinity's wrestling team poses for a photo after winning the Class 2-A dual team final. (Randolph Record) Bulldogs blow past Seaforth for first dual team championship GREENSBORO – Once Trinity got rolling, there was no stopping the Bulldogs in the Class 2-A dual team state finals. Trinity racked up victories in seven consecutive bouts and came away with a 36-31 triumph against Seaforth on Saturday afternoon at the fieldhouse on the Greensboro Coliseum Complex grounds. Lawson Coltrane clinched the victory and undefeated season for the Bulldogs with a second-period pin in the 170-pound match. “The whole team did it,” Coltrane…
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