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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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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 Roundup: UCA pair takes second in 1-A tennis; Providence Grove sparkles in softball

Prep Roundup: UCA pair takes second in 1-A tennis; Providence Grove sparkles in softball

The Uwharrie Charter Academy doubles team of Joseph Phetmixay and Drew Auman ended up as state runner-up in Class 1-A boys’ tennis at Cary Tennis Park. Phetmixay and Auman won two matches before they were denied in the final. The Bishop McGuinness pairing of Luca Pestana and Timothy Hackman captured the title by winning 6-1, 6-4. For the Villains, it was the fourth time the school has produced a doubles state champion pair, though the first since 2014.  A day earlier, the Phetmixay-Auman tandem defeated Voyager Academy’s Jacob McKenna and Simon Osceanas by 6-0, 6-0 and then claimed the semifinal…
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Prep Notes: Wheatmore golfers claim PAC crown

Prep Notes: Wheatmore golfers claim PAC crown

Asheboro’s David Elliott putts on the fourth green during a match at Asheboro Municipal Golf Course in March. (PJ Ward-Brown / Randolph Record) Wheatmore was the overwhelming winner in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament for boys’ golf last week at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville. The Warriors posted a score of 324 for a 43-shot advantage on runner-up Providence Grove. Randleman (375) was third, followed by Trinity (376), Uwharrie Charter Academy (417) and Southwestern Randolph (453). Eastern Randolph didn’t have enough entrants for a team score, but that didn’t stop the school from making an impact. The individual champion was…
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Prep Notes: Dominant teams clinch area titles

Prep Notes: Dominant teams clinch area titles

Providence Grove’s undefeated softball team sealed at least a share of the regular-season title in the Piedmont Athletic Conference. The Patriots began this week with a 17-0 overall record and, with two conference games left, a 10-0 record in the PAC. Randleman’s baseball team finished its regular season league schedule with a 12-0 record against PAC opponents. The Tigers will end up with at least a four-game edge in the standings. Randleman outscored PAC opponents by a combined 146-11 in those 12 games. Among the other teams, only Trinity has a chance to finish with a positive run differential in…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Edi Austin

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Edi Austin

Providence Grove  |  softball Austin had some big outings at the plate as the Patriots maintained their undefeated record entering the last week of the regular season. Providence Grove beat Trinity 15-0, Uwharrie Charter Academy 7-5 and Randleman 4-0. Austin had a total of seven hits in those games. Austin was a big part of an offense in support of pitching standout Emma Mazzarone. Austin, a senior infielder, drove in three runs in the Trinity game. Against UCA, Austin roped two triples and scored two runs. She followed that by going 3-for-4 with a home run and triple and knocking…
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Prep Notes: Trinity jumper rates high in state

Prep Notes: Trinity jumper rates high in state

Randleman's baseball team has largely continued its success this season. Here, players Gus Shelton, left, Bryson Sweatt and Brooks Brannon meet with coach Jake Smith. Dylan Hodges’ mark of 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump is tied for the second-best leap in the state this year behind Kyzaiah Stone, a senior from Clayton Cleveland.  Hodges, a Trinity junior, had his top effort March 19 at the Mighty Viking Invitational. Stone posted a leap of 7 feet on April 9 in the All-American Track Classic at Spring Valley, S.C. Among other North Carolina prep athletes with recorded jumps of…
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Maness excels for Wingate softball

Maness excels for Wingate softball

Southwestern Randolph softball alum Heaven Maness was the Player of the Week for South Atlantic Conference softball earlier this month. Maness is a sophomore infielder for Wingate. She batted 8-for-16 with two home runs, a double and three stolen bases during a four-game stretch. The Bulldogs won each of those games. Maness was last year’s SAC Freshman of the Year.  Since the week for which Maness was honored, Division II Wingate has stretched its winning streak to eight games. The Bulldogs entered this week, which marks the last of their regular-season games, with a 32-15 record.
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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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Asheboro names scoreboard after former softball coach

Asheboro names scoreboard after former softball coach

Carol McCauley, left, and assistant coach Kristen Faircloth help unveil of the new softball field scoreboard in memory of former coach Lisa Robertson at Asheboro High School on March 2. ASHEBORO – Asheboro High School has a new scoreboard at its softball field named after former coach Lisa Robertson. The dedication ceremony took place last week prior to this season’s home opener. “She left an indelible mark on not just coaches and staff, but also look at all the people around here,” athletics director Steve Luck said after the ceremony. “Former players are bringing their kids back to see the…
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