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It all came down to Randolph County gyms

It all came down to Randolph County gyms

Revisiting 2021 basketball title games held at Providence Grove, Wheatmore With another high school basketball season ramping up for many schools this week, it comes full circle for a couple of Randolph County schools. That’s because when North Carolina High School Athletic Association basketball left off from the 2020-21 school year, it concluded at Providence Grove and Wheatmore. Those were schools selected to hold the NCHSAA championship games as part of the revamped season, which had been shortened because of the pandemic. So suddenly the goal for teams across the state had been to make it to Randolph County. “It…
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SWR captures 2A state volleyball championship

SWR captures 2A state volleyball championship

The Southwestern Randolph Cougars hold the state championship banner after their win against Camden County Bruins in the 2A State Championship volleyball match at Valvano Arena at Historic Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, NC on November 6th, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL RALEIGH -- The Cougars of Southwestern Randolph are once again state champions in volleyball. The Cougars faced a Camden County Bruins team that was undefeated and had only lost one set all season. The Cougars started quickly at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State Saturday with a first set win. The Bruins came back to tie the…
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SWR advances to volleyball state title match

SWR advances to volleyball state title match

Southwestern Randolph’s Carleigh Whitson digs the ball against East Surry during the Class 2-A West Regional final at East Surry in Pilot Mountain on November 2, 2021. Southwestern Randolph won 3-2. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Southwestern Randolph Cougars will play for the Class 2-A state volleyball championship at Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh after defeating host East Surry in five sets Tuesday night. The Cougars (27-5) will face Camden County at 11 a.m. Saturday in the state final. The Cougars dropped the first set before taking a 2-1 advantage. After a…
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SWR volleyball team advances to regional finals

SWR volleyball team advances to regional finals

ASHEBORO — Southwestern Randolph dropped its first set of the state playoffs but went on to defeat visiting McMichael in the fourth round in Class 2-A on Saturday. The home-standing Cougars prevailed 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21. Payton Shiflet had 23 kills, 20 digs and three blocks, Madelyn Smith had 12 kills, Josie Allred had 10 kills and four blocks, Coley Shiflet had 21 digs, Carleigh Whitson had 15 digs and Raegan LeRoy had 46 assists and seven digs. "McMichael beat us early in the season and knowing what they were capable of was helpful at times but also a struggle,"…
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SWR reaches final eight in Class 2-A volleyball playoffs

SWR reaches final eight in Class 2-A volleyball playoffs

Southwestern Randolph’s Madelyn Smith spikes the ball against West Stanly’s Addi Barbee during the Class 2-A state playoffs at Southwestern Randolph in Asheboro on October 28, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL ASHEBORO — Southwestern Randolph will be home against McMichael in the fourth round of the Class 2A state volleyball playoffs at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Cougars advanced to the regional semifinals with a straight-sets victory against West Stanly on Thursday night. Southwestern Randolph took the three sets 25-9, 25-18, and 25-19 over the visiting Colts.. Payton Shiflet had 15 kills and 10 digs, Madelyn Smith had 10 kills, Josie…
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Athlete of the Week: Gabi Greene

Athlete of the Week: Gabi Greene

GABI GREENE Uwharrie Charter Academy | Senior | Volleyball The senior outside hitter was a key contributor as the Eagles won all four of their matches. The first three triumphs came on consecutive days in the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament as UCA was a surprise winner. Then came the opening round of the Class 1-A state playoffs against Andrews. Greene was charted for a total of 51 kills, 41 digs, 11 aces, seven blocks and strong serve receiving in those matches.              
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Uwharrie Charter heads to the second round in volleyball

Uwharrie Charter heads to the second round in volleyball

Uwharrie Charter Academy’s Carter Duggins spikes the ball against Andrews' Rylie McDonald in the first set in the Class 1-A West state playoffs in Asheboro on October 23, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL ASHEBORO -- Coming off of a conference tournament championship, Uwharrie Charter Academy volleyball coach Lee Kennell hoped his team would maintain its momentum in the the first round of the Class 1-A state playoffs. The Eagles did just that with a three-set victory against Andrews on Saturday, winning 25-8, 25-9, 25-14. The third-seed Eagles were tied at 12-12 in the third set before turning up the tempo…
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Randleman tops Pine Lake in volleyball playoffs

Randleman tops Pine Lake in volleyball playoffs

Randleman’s Hannah Hinshaw spikes the ball against Pine Lake Prep in the Class 2-A West bracket state playoffs in Randleman on October 23, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL RANDLEMAN -- Randleman topped Pine Lake to advance to the second round of the Class 2-A state volleyball playoffs Saturday afternoon. The 13th-seeded Tigers defeated the 20th-seed Pride in straight sets to improve to 19-6. The Pride opened a 7-2 lead in the first set. Later tied at 16-16, Randleman and Pine Lake traded the lead with the Tigers ultimately taking the set 25-22. Randleman led the entire way in the second…
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Cougars advance with first-round win over Forbush

Cougars advance with first-round win over Forbush

Southwestern Randolph’s Carleigh Whitson sets the ball for her teammate against Forbush in the NCHSAA 2A West bracket playoffs at Southwestern Randolph in Asheboro, NC on October 23, 2021. PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL ASHEBORO -- Following a five-set loss to Uwharrie Charter on Wednesday in the Piedmont Athletic Cnference Tournament championship, the second-seeded Southwestern Randolph Cougars volleyball team opened the state playoffs in Castelloe Gym by defeating visiting Forbush. The Cougars, who let a two-set lead evaporate in their loss Wednesday, kept their intensity against the visiting Falcons on Saturday to advance with a straight sets win. Southwestern Randolph took…
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PREP ROUNDUP: UCA wins PAC Tournament in volleyball; Providence Grove runners claim titles

PREP ROUNDUP: UCA wins PAC Tournament in volleyball; Providence Grove runners claim titles

Third-seeded Uwharrie Charter Academy upset top-seeded Southwestern Randolph to win the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament for volleyball Wednesday night. The Eagles won 24-26, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13,15-13 against the host school. UCA swept Trinity and Randleman earlier in the week to reach the final. Southwestern Randolph, which swept Wheatmore in the semifinals after a first-round bye, had been undefeated in PAC play. The Cougars received 29 kills and nine digs from Payton Shiflet, 22 digs from Coley Shiflet and 19 digs from Carleigh Whitson. Raegan LeRoy added 39 assists and 17 digs. UCA (17-5) heads to the Class 2-A state playoffs…
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