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Wheatmore denied in quest to return to state soccer final

Wheatmore denied in quest to return to state soccer final

MOORESVILLE – Wheatmore’s bid to make it to the state final in girls’ soccer for the third year in a row was dashed Tuesday night. Pine Lake Prep defeated the visiting Warriors 3-2 in the Class 2A West Region final in a rematch from last season. Ellie Garrison scored both goals for the sixth-seeded Warriors (17-5). Natalie Bowman provided an assist. Lucy Lockwood recorded 12 saves, though her four-game shutout streak ended. Avery Garrett, Maddyson Kerley and Morgan Reisig scored goals for top-seeded Pine Lake Prep. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Pine Lake Prep (20-1-1) will face East…
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UCA Eagles put down hammer in baseball regional final

UCA Eagles put down hammer in baseball regional final

UCA infielder Caleb Stickle makes a throw during a game earlier this spring. (Randolph Record file photo) Strong pitching carries team back to Class 1A state finals MOUNT AIRY – Uwharrie Charter Academy’s baseball team made a definitive statement in the winner-take-all game of the Class 1A West Region finals. The Eagles blasted Mount Airy 12-0 in Saturday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-3 finals to keep alive their hopes of repeating as state champions. Logun Wilkins pitched a shutout to continue the team’s dominating work from the mound. The Eagles allowed one run across the three games. “Our pitching…
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Southwestern Randolph Cougars advance to state finals after tense regionals in softball

Southwestern Randolph Cougars advance to state finals after tense regionals in softball

Southwestern Randolph's Maddie Strider prepares to bunt in a state-playoff game against Walkertown earlier this month. (Scott Pelkey / Randolph Record) Southwestern Randolph aims for first state title in 14 years NEW LONDON – Southwestern Randolph’s softball team made enough clutch plays in the Class 2-A West Region finals that was full of tense moments. The Cougars earned a spot in the state championship series by defeating host North Stanly 2-0 on Friday night in the decisive Game 3 behind pitcher Macie Crutchfield’s five-hitter. That means that the Cougars have more games to play under first-year coach Toby Strider by…
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Formula works for Faith Christian girls’ soccer program’s first state title

Formula works for Faith Christian girls’ soccer program’s first state title

Faith Christian’s Caroline Scarlett, left, Karrie Gaines, center, and Kyle Gaines celebrate during the state semifinals. (Courtesy photo) Eagles finally break through for elusive crown RAMSEUR – Faith Christian won a state championship in girls’ soccer for the first time in school history earlier this month. It didn’t occur by accident. “We knew we had the people if everybody did what they were supposed to do and everybody stayed healthy,” Eagles coach Brian Gaines said. Faith Christian topped host Wilson Christian 4-1 in the championship game of the North Carolina Christian School Association’s Class 2-A state tournament. It marked the…
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lucy Lockwood

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lucy Lockwood

Wheatmore, girls’ soccer Lockwood, a goalkeeper, has recorded three consecutive shutouts in the Class 2-A state playoffs. That makes her Wheatmore’s all-time leader in shutouts for girls’ soccer. Her 25th career shutout tied the record last week against Mount Pleasant in the second round and she moved into the sole spot on the list with another blanking Monday night against Wilkes Central in the third round. Lockwood is in her second season with the soccer team. Victoria Lowe, who was the goalkeeper for the 2022 state championship team, had set the school record. Lockwood, a senior, is planning to play…
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Prep soccer: Wheatmore’s Garrison puts on show in potential final home game

Prep soccer: Wheatmore’s Garrison puts on show in potential final home game

Members of Wheatmore's girls' soccer team pose for a photo after winning a second-round game in the Class 2-A state playoffs. (Bob Sutton / Randolph Record) TRINITY – Ellie Garrison has scored more high school goals than any other player in North Carolina girls’ soccer history, so the second-round game of the Class 2-A state playoffs had fitting elements. It might have been Garrison’s final game on Wheatmore’s field, and she sure made the most of it. Garrison scored five times as the Warriors breezed past Mount Pleasant 9-0 on Thursday night. “It’s a very important game and it just…
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Prep softball: Shutouts send Southwestern Randolph Cougars to regional finals

Prep softball: Shutouts send Southwestern Randolph Cougars to regional finals

MILLERS CREEK – Southwestern Randolph’s softball team turned in shutouts on consecutive nights in the Class 2-A state playoffs and that has put the Cougars in the West Region finals. Pitcher Macie Crutchfield logged a pair of shutouts. Fourth-seeded Southwestern Randolph scored a seventh-inning run in Friday night’s 1-0 victory at top-seeded West Wilkes. Southwestern Randolph (19-6) plays in the best-of-3 regional finals for the first time in 14 years against second-seeded North Stanly (20-3-1) next week. North Stanly topped the Cougars 3-0 in a non-conference game March 13. Against West Wilkes, Madelyn Smith became the only Southwestern Randolph base…
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Prep Baseball: UCA survives in 8 innings, advances to West Region finals

Prep Baseball: UCA survives in 8 innings, advances to West Region finals

ASHEBORO – Defending Class 1-A state champion Uwharrie Charter Academy was on the verge of elimination before scoring in three straight innings Friday night to survive. The Eagles pulled out a 4-3, eight-inning victory against visiting Christ the King in the fourth round of the state playoffs. That puts second-seeded UCA (24-5) back in the best-of-3 West Region finals against top-seeded Mount Airy, which edged visiting Cherryville 4-2 on Friday night. Jose Ramirez drove in the winning run in the eighth inning. The Eagles trailed 3-1 before plating a run in the sixth and then benefitting from a seventh-inning error…
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Perfect game marks history for Faith Christian baseball team

Perfect game marks history for Faith Christian baseball team

Faith Christian pitcher Mason Taylor cranked out a perfect game during the state playoffs. (Photo courtesy Faith Christian) RAMSEUR – Mason Taylor made history for Faith Christian’s baseball team by throwing a perfect game. It marked the first such accomplishment in the 60-year history of the school, headmaster Todd Daniel said. For Taylor, a freshman right-hander, it came in the quarterfinals of the North Carolina Christian School Association state playoffs Tuesday. “I feel I’ve definitely improved,” Taylor said. He struck out 12 of 15 Southside Christian batters in the 10-0 home victory. The game ended when the Eagles scored four…
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Two UCA teams plus Randleman in baseball, Cougars in softball move on in states

Two UCA teams plus Randleman in baseball, Cougars in softball move on in states

Southwestern Randolph’s Alyssa Harris slides into the plate as Walkertown catcher Sadie Smith tries to make a play in a first-round game of the Class 2-A state playoffs for softball. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) Two baseball teams and two softball teams from Randolph County made it through the first week of the state playoffs. Now it likely becomes more challenging for Randleman and Uwharrie Charter Academy in baseball and Southwestern Randolph and UCA in softball. In baseball, there was one team from the county guaranteed to advance to the third round when Randleman and visiting Wheatmore met in Friday night’s second-round…
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