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Championships, individual excellence highlight spring prep season in county

Championships, individual excellence highlight spring prep season in county

Asheboro’s Arianna Lovingood-Smith’s makes an attempt in the high jump during the Class 3-A state championships last month at North Carolina A&T. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) There was plenty to digest for spring prep sports involving Randolph County teams in addition to Wheatmore’s girls’ soccer team and Randleman’s baseball team winning Class 2-A state championships. Those accomplishments were certainly among the highlights, but other developments deserve certain attention as well.   Blue Comets jump ahead Asheboro’s girls’ track and field team won the program’s first conference championship by capturing the Mid-Piedmont Conference title. “We’ve had some good talent come through, but…
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Wheatmore girls hold state record, will play for state title

Wheatmore girls hold state record, will play for state title

Wheatmore’s Kara Comer, right, heads the ball over East Davidson’s Carson Suggs during a game in the Class 2-A state playoffs earlier this spring in Trinity. Wheatmore won the second-round game 5-1. (PJ Ward-Brown/North State Journal) TRINITY – Wheatmore owns a state record in girls’ soccer. Now it’s a matter of seeing if the Warriors can add a state championship to that. It took overtime in Tuesday night’s regional final, with a 4-3 victory at Wilkes Central to keep the season alive. In the fourth round of the Class 2-A state playoffs, Wheatmore scored three goals to set the record…
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Prep Roundup: Special softball season ends for Patriots

Prep Roundup: Special softball season ends for Patriots

Wheatmore’s Ellie Garrison takes a shot and scores a goal against East Davidson during a second-round victory in the Class 2-A state playoffs last Thursday. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL CLIMAX — Providence Grove’s magical softball season came to a close with Friday night’s 1-0 home loss to West Stokes in the fourth round of the Class 2-A state playoffs. The Patriots, who were the top seed in the West Region, were doomed by a lead-off home run in the fourth inning. Fifth-seeded West Stokes advanced to the regional finals.  Providence Grove finished with a 24-1 record. Emma Mazzarone struck out…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ellie Garrison

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Ellie Garrison

Wheatmore  |  girls’ soccer   Garrison racked up more big offensive numbers as the Warriors completed an undefeated regular season with two more victories last week. Garrison, a sophomore, produced four goals and one assist in a 12-3 triumph against visiting Uwharrie Charter Academy. Summer Bowman was credited with five goals and three assists, Natalie Bowman posted two goals and one assist and Maggie Messner had a goal in that game. Garrison followed that a day later with six goals and one assist in the 9-0 romp past host Providence Grove to conclude the Piedmont Athletic Conference portion of the…
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Prep Roundup: Soccer teams start state playoffs strong at home

Prep Roundup: Soccer teams start state playoffs strong at home

Asheboro and Uwharrie Charter Academy won opening-round games in the state playoffs for girls’ soccer Monday night. Asheboro defeated visiting Foard 2-1 behind two goals from Tess Moody in Class 3-A. Natalie Flores had an assist and goalkeeper Sarah Allred made nine saves. UCA topped Piedmont Community 7-0 in Class 1-A, with Ava Cugino posting two goals and one assist, Kendall Jarrell scoring twice and Chloe Douglas, Kaylen Trucks and Ivy Redding all providing one goal. Second-round games are set for Thursday. A pair of Class 2-A teams from Randolph County failed to advance, while undefeated Wheatmore was slated to…
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Prep Notes: Races brew in PAC standings

Prep Notes: Races brew in PAC standings

Ethan Frye of Eastern Randolph takes a swing during a baseball game last week against Uwharrie Charter Academy. With schools in the Piedmont Athletic Conference on spring break this week, the schedules are limited in many sports. It’s also a good time to check on some key remaining matchups. For instance, Wheatmore and Uwharrie Charter Academy are unbeaten in PAC girls’ soccer games. Those teams will meet April 22 in what is bound to be a critical clash, though there will be a rematch May 10. In softball, undefeated Providence Grove has defeated second-place Southwestern Randolph twice. The only remaining…
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Young players highlight first USWNT camp of 2022

Young players highlight first USWNT camp of 2022

The next wave of U.S. soccer talent includes several players who are under 22 The new year has brought new faces to the U.S. women’s national team. The back-to-back World Cup champions opened their January camp in Austin, Texas, with 14 players who have fewer than 12 appearances for the United States. Coach Vlatko Andonovski is taking a look at the team’s next generation as it begins preparations for qualifying this summer for the 2023 tournament. Among them is Ashley Hatch, a 26-year-old forward who plays for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League and who won the…
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UCA bows out in Class 1-A soccer

UCA bows out in Class 1-A soccer

MT. AIRY – Uwharrie Charter Academy’s season ended in boys’ soccer with a 4-2 loss to host Mt. Airy on Monday night in the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs. “We’ve had an amazing season, the best season our school has ever had,” UCA coach Nathan Russell said. “We gave it our absolute all. It just didn’t fall our way.” Sixth-seeded UCA (12-4-1) allowed a season-high goal total. It gave up three goals in two games for the previous high surrendered, while securing 10 shutouts. Mt. Airy (25-0) led 3-1 at halftime. Last week, Danny Palma scored two…
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Soccer playoffs start with mixed results for area teams

Soccer playoffs start with mixed results for area teams

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Max DeNamur scores a goal against Avery County during the first round of the Class 1-A state playoffs at Asheboro. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL ASHEBORO — For all the good that Asheboro and Eastern Randolph did during the regular season in boys’ soccer, it was gone in a flash. Both teams were upset in the first round of the state playoffs Monday night. There was better news for Trinity and Uwharrie Charter Academy as both teams moved to the second round. In Class 3-A, Asheboro fell 2-1 in double-overtime to visiting No. 29 North Lincoln in the…
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Four soccer teams to start states at home

Four soccer teams to start states at home

Uwharrie Charter Academy's Max DeNamur takes a shot on goal against Wheatmore during their conference soccer game last month in Asheboro. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL ASHEBORO — Four boys’ soccer teams from Randolph County schools will open the state playoffs with home games Monday. Asheboro tops the list as a No. 4 seed in the West Region bracket for Class 3-A. The Blue Comets (14-1-3) take on North Lincoln in the first round. Asheboro gained the top spot for seeding out of the Mid-Piedmont Conference after it tied with Ledford in the regular season. Both teams had 8-0-2 records, though…
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