Providence Grove athletics

Wheatmore, UCA girls hold best seeds from area for soccer playoffs

Wheatmore, UCA girls hold best seeds from area for soccer playoffs

Randleman’s Carolina Candelero, left, and Providence Grove’s Taryn Waugh contend for possession during a game last month. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Wheatmore has a challenging path to try to reach the Class 2-A state final for the third year in a row in girls’ soccer. The Warriors hold the No. 6 seed in the West Region based on seeds and pairings unveiled Friday. First-round games are Monday. Wheatmore, which was the 2022 state champion and last year’s runner-up, opens against No. 27 seed Lincoln Charter (4-10-2). The Warriors will be guaranteed another home game if they win. Wheatmore lost a Piedmont…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brooke Ingram

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Brooke Ingram

Providence Grove, girls’ basketball ‌Ingram had a 25-point outing when Providence Grove won its Piedmont Athletic Conference opener by defeating visiting Uwharrie Charter Academy last week. That continues a nice trend for the Patriots, who held a 6-2 overall record through the end of last week. With that, it meant that Providence Grove had matched the team’s win total for the entire 2022-23 season. Ingram, a senior guard, entered this week with a team-leading 13.3 points per game – or about twice her average for last season. She also had provided 2.4 assists per game. This is her fourth season…
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Close connections define matchup for Blue Comets, Patriots

Close connections define matchup for Blue Comets, Patriots

New Providence Grove football coach David Hayes, left, and former coach Calvin Brown talk at a Providence Grove basketball game last winter. (Randolph Record file photo) Asheboro staff stocked with ex-Providence Grove coaches CLIMAX – Providence Grove’s football team has thrived in the opening weeks of the season. Next comes a version of show-and-tell in a reunion of sorts when Asheboro visits Friday night. There’s far from an ordinary vibe for the non-conference matchup. “It’s weird, for sure,” Providence Grove senior running back/linebacker Logan Fox said. “It’s definitely going to be emotional on both sides. It will be more than…
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Prep Football: Eastern Randolph, Randleman roll; Providence Grove pulls out victory

Prep Football: Eastern Randolph, Randleman roll; Providence Grove pulls out victory

Eastern Randolph’s Nicah Taylor, here with the ball earlier this season, had another big night for the Wildcats. (Randolph Record)   RAMSEUR – Nicah Taylor caught three of Carter Revelle’s four touchdown passes in Eastern Randolph’s 36-15 non-conference home victory against Southern Lee on Friday night. Revelle threw for 269 yards, with 212 of those to Taylor. Rayden West made the other touchdown reception for Eastern Randolph (2-1). West also intercepted a pass. Lucas Smith ran for an Eastern Randolph touchdown. Southern Lee (2-1) trailed 22-7 at halftime and neither team scored in the third quarter. Randleman 56: Cedar Ridge…
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Brown encouraged as first football season with Asheboro Blue Comets nears

Brown encouraged as first football season with Asheboro Blue Comets nears

First-year Asheboro coach Calvin Brown, shown here during a practice earlier this month, is encouraged by improvement from the Blue Comets. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record)   ASHEBORO – Another phase of Asheboro football takes form with the beginning of the season under first-year coach Calvin Brown. There’s a new set of optimism for the Blue Comets, who’ve won a total of two games the past three seasons. The season begins with Friday night’s home game against Albemarle. “There’s a lot of excitement in Asheboro,” said Brown, who arrived after seven seasons as Providence Grove’s coach. “We’re not going to start winning…
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Providence Grove finds next girls’ coach

Providence Grove finds next girls’ coach

CLIMAX – Providence Grove moved quickly this summer to hire a new girls’ basketball coach. Johnathan Gainey is the new coach, filling the vacancy caused by the departure of Dylan Eppley. Gainey previously coached girls’ teams at Winston-Salem Prep and Winston-Salem Reynolds. He also was the boys’ basketball coach at his alma mater, Kernersville Glenn. Eppley left Providence Grove after three seasons to become the boys’ basketball coach at Southern Alamance. “I felt like this was a move that I needed,” Eppley said of a chance to expand his professional experiences. Eppley’s Providence Grove teams had a 26-37 record, including…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Zane Cheek

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Zane Cheek

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.
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In review: UCA’s state titles highlight top area moments

In review: UCA’s state titles highlight top area moments

Members of the Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestling team celebrate a dual team state championship last winter. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) There were championships and near misses and an assortment of other superlatives associated with the 2022-23 school year for Randolph County high school teams. Uwharrie Charter Academy racked up a pair of team state championships in Class 1-A. The Eagles secured the dual team wrestling title and a few months later picked up the baseball crown. ** Eastern Randolph’s boys’ basketball team had its most successful season ever by advancing to the Class 1-A state championship game. Wilson Prep won the…
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Piedmont Athletic Conference all-conference spring lists

Piedmont Athletic Conference all-conference spring lists

Hunter Atkins of Randleman takes a swing during a Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament game against Trinity. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Here’s a list of the Piedmont Athletic Conference’s major award winners and all-conference selections for spring sports: Baseball Player of the Year: Hunter Atkins (Randleman) Co-Pitchers of the Year: Austin Lemons (Randleman), Cade Hill (Trinity) Coach of the Year: Ryan Spencer (Trinity) All-conference Randleman: Hunter Atkins, Austin Lemons, Shawn Miller, Seth Way. Trinity: Jaxson Coble, Cade Hill, Jake Little, Landon Mowery. Southwestern Randolph: Easton Clapp, Adam Cole, Tyler Parks. Wheatmore: Payton Mooney, Mason Rich. Providence Grove: Joe Coltrane, Logan Fox, Andrew Thomas. Eastern Randolph: Samuel Asbill,…
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Cruising Cougars collect PAC Tournament title in softball

Cruising Cougars collect PAC Tournament title in softball

Southwestern Randolph team members celebrate after the PAC Tournament championship game against visiting Providence Grove. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) ASHEBORO – Macie Crutchfield threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts as Southwestern Randolph completed its domination of the Piedmont Athletic Conference with Thursday night’s 7-0 victory against visiting Providence Grove in the league tournament championship game. Carleigh Whitson had two hits and two runs batted in to help the Cougars to their first conference tournament title in eight years. Caressa King, who had a triple, drove in one run and scored a run, while Madelyn Smith and Madison Varner both knocked…
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