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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Thomas Vickers

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Thomas Vickers

Trinity  |  boys’ track and field Vickers was productive in his senior season for the Bulldogs, who he helped to the Piedmont Athletic Conference title. In the PAC championships, he was part of three point-producing events for Trinity. He placed second in the 400 meters in 58.63 seconds and took third in the triple jump at 35 feet, 1½ inches. While he didn’t place in the long jump, he posted a mark of 16-5 for 10th place. Vickers was part of the winning 1,600 relay, which had a time of 4:00.97. He was joined by teammates Ayden Harlow, Mason Lewis,…
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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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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Arianna Lovingood-Smith

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Arianna Lovingood-Smith

Asheboro  |  track and field  Lovingood-Smith won three individual events as the Blue Comets were overwhelming winners in the Mid-Piedmont Conference championship last week at Oak Grove. Lovingood-Smith, a senior, won the high jump with an effort of 4 feet, 8 inches, claimed the long jump at 15-7 and captured the triple jump at 36-6. This was all part of Asheboro’s title effort. The Blue Comets rang up 157 points compared to runner-up Central Davidson’s 93. Asheboro also had an individual winner in the shot put with Morgan Williams’ toss of 29-4½. 
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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: 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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Prep Notes: County teams starting strong; Trinity jumper posts record

Prep Notes: County teams starting strong; Trinity jumper posts record

Randleman’s Ryan White watches the ball as he strokes a hit in last week’s 9-1 baseball victory at Asheboro. With the spring regular seasons about one-third of the way complete in many cases, several Randolph County teams began this week with unblemished records. The group includes the Randleman baseball team, the Providence Grove softball team and the Wheatmore girls’ soccer team. Randleman moved to 8-0 with some dominating baseball results. The Tigers have outscored opponents by a combined 87-7 score. Providence Grove has had similar success in softball. The Patriots rolled to 8-0 with a cumulative margin of 80-3. Providence…
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Prep Notes: Providence Grove softball coach nabs milestone in opening game

Prep Notes: Providence Grove softball coach nabs milestone in opening game

Eastern Randolph’s Brody Gardner hits a double against visiting North Moore in a baseball game Friday. North Moore won 11-8.   Providence Grove softball coach Tim Brown picked up his 100th career victory when the Patriots defeated host Southern Guilford 14-0 to open the season last week. Assistant coach Andy Beane has been there for each of those victories. Makayla McClain, who homered twice in that game, scored four runs for Providence Grove. Mailey Way, who hit two doubles, drove in five runs. Emma Mazzarone pitched the shutout in the game reduced to five innings. Best of seven Two track…
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Asheboro triple jumper takes third at state meet

Asheboro triple jumper takes third at state meet

Senior Arianna Lovingood-Smith of Asheboro claimed third place in the Class 3-A girls’ triple jump in the indoor track and field state championships Saturday at the JDL Fast Track Indoor Facility in Winston-Salem. Lovingood-Smith had a mark of 34 feet, 10 inches. Cramer’s Alexis Willis won the event with an effort of 37-10, while Lovingwood-Smith was just 2 inches off the mark from runner-up Gisele Dulnuan-Kersey of Franklinton. On Friday in Class 1-A/2-A, Randleman had two solid finishes in the girls’ shot put. Iniyah Mitchell was fifth in 31-5¾ and Kyle Vaughn placed seventh at 30-1. In the boys’ 55-meter…
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