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Eastern Randolph destroyed Mountain Heritage 81-36 in the second round of the 1-A state playoffs.    Eric Abernathy/Randolph Hub

ER, RHS survive into third round

Mike Duprez

Randolph Hub


Randolph County started the week with nine teams in the state basketball playoffs (4 boys teams and 5 girls teams). Seven survived first-round action, but by the end of the week, only two remained — Randleman’s boys in 2-A and Eastern Randolph’s boys in 1-A. They both played third-round action on Tuesday night.

Here are some of the highlights from the week in Randolph County as spring sports began in earnest.



*Eastern Randolph scored 24 straight points in the second quarter and pulled away for an 83-50 win over Hayesville in the first round of the 1-A state playoffs. Timothy Brower led the Wildcats with 23 points and Nicah Taylor had 22. Julian Brooks added 12 points.

*Domnic Payne led with 25 points as Trinity beat Hendersonville 69-53 in the first round of the 2-A state playoffs. Jacob Hodges had 13 points and Walker Parrish contributed 12.

*Cam Walker made two free throws with 0.4 seconds left, lifting Asheboro to a 72-70 win over Carson in the first round of the 3-A state playoffs. Jerquarius Stanback led the Blue Comets with 25 points before being injured late in the fourth quarter when he landed on his head following a successful dunk and was taken to the hospital. Walker scored 18 points and Jalial Timmons had 11.

*Greg Price scored 21 points and Tyshaun Goldston had 18 as Randleman whipped East Gaston 63-46 in the second round of the 2-A state playoffs. Chase Farlow had 10 points.

*Taylor had a huge night with 38 points as Eastern Randolph romped over Mountain Heritage 81-36 in the second round of the 1-A state playoffs. Brower scored 14 points while Camden Jones and Rayden West each had 8.

*Payne ended his career with a flourish, scoring 40 points in Trinity’s 85-71 loss to Newton-Conover in the second round of the 2-A state playoffs.

* Asheboro lost in Asheville to AC Reynolds 87-53. Stanback was unable to play. He was in confusion protocol after Tuesday’s scary injury, which resulted in not only the concussion, but four staples in the back of his head for Stanback, plus a broken finger and a dislocated wrist. A senior, Stanback has signed with Appalachian State for next season.



*Jordin George scored 17 points in Southwestern Randolph’s 39-33 win over Hendersonville in the first round of the 2-A state playoffs. Gracie Hodgin had 7 points and 13 rebounds.

*Nevaeh Staples scored 14 points while Sammy Chriscoe and Hannah Williams each had 9 as Uwharrie Charter slipped by Bessemer City 46-43 in the first round of the 1-A state playoffs.

*Audra Petty scored 15 points in Randleman’s 53-38 loss to Lincoln Charter in the second round of the 2-A state playoffs. Chenleigh Robinson added 9 points and Kadie Green had 8. Randleman won its first-round game 46-31 over Madison.



*Brody Little went 3-for-3, including a home run, and had 3 RBIs in Trinity’s 9-1 thumping of Salisbury to open the 2024 season. Andon Simmons had two hits and an RBI. Ethan Willard had a hit and two RBIs. Gage Griffiths had a hit and an RBI. Lincoln Cole got the win.

*Caleb Coggins knocked a two-run double as Wheatmore edged Asheboro 5-4. Jonathan Heraldo had a double and RBI. Parker Kines pitched four innings, allowed no earned runs and struck out 10. Heraldo went three innings, giving up an earned run and striking out four.

Ben Luck had a single, double and two RBIs for Asheboro. Sam Gore also had two hits for the Blue Comets. Adam Curry had a double and two RBIs. Connor Adams allowed no earned runs and struck out four in two innings. Gavin Allen gave up three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

*Cody Bowman had a hit and two RBIs in Eastern Randolph’s 7-5 win over Southern Alamance. Bryson Marley and Bishop Moore had RBI hits. Avery Wright got two RBIs without a hit as the Wildcats received seven walks. Samuel Asbill went five innings, allowing one earned run with three strikeouts. Cade McCallum struck out six and walked one in two innings.

*Trinity scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and rallied for a 9-7 win over Asheboro in eight innings. Jacob Proctor had a single, double and two RBIs for the Bulldogs, Little had two hits and an RBI. Lincoln Coble had a hit and RBI. Ethan Willard picked up the win in relief and Proctor earned a save by getting the final out.

Andon Simmons struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs in six innings. 

*Ayden Byrd had a hit and RBI in Wheatmore’s 5-1 loss to West Davidson.

*Asbill had a hit and two RBIs in Eastern Randolph’s 6-3 loss to Eastern Guilford. Bishop Moore had a hit and RBI. Carlos Cordero had a double and scored two runs. McCallum got the loss, allowing six runs – two earned – in 3 2/3 innings.



*Addie Flinchum pitched an overpowering one-hitter with 15 strikeouts as Eastern Randolph beat Jordan-Matthews 5-0. Logann Beaver smacked a three-run double while Wynne Bartholow and Flinchum both had two hits. Hailey Ritter had an RBI double. 

*Lara Wiseman homered and drove in three runs as Providence Grove beat Seaforth 11-3. Callie Lambert had 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Devon Kelly scored four runs. Ruby Caudle was the winning pitcher, striking six.

*Trinity beat Asheboro 17-13 in a high-scoring, eight-inning game. Kaitlyn McCoy had 4 hits and 6 RBIs for Trinity. Faith Powell had 2 hits and 4 RBIs. Eva Porter had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Kara Dagenhart and Carlie Roberts both had two hits. Winning pitcher Jessica Ann Huneycutt recorded 15 strikeouts.

Addison Allen had three hits, including a double and triple, and three RBIs for Asheboro. She also pitched and struck out 15. Kyla Woody had a single, double and two RBIs.

*Kenzie Ivey had three hits, including a home run and a triple, and three RBIs as Randleman outscored Richmond County 12-8. Kaylee Phillips had a homer, single and two RBIs. Addyson Dees had two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Elsie Prince had two hits, including a double. Ivey got the win with 14 strikeouts.

*Maddie Nichols had three hits and three RBIs as Wheatmore beat Southwest Guilford 8-5. Hannah Shoe had a pair of hits. Adalyn Boles had a double and two RBIs. Arielle Turgeon had a triple and two RBIs. Carmen Turgeon struck out 12 and got the win.



*Jaira Arellano and Abby Becker scored the goals in Asheboro’s 2-1 win over Randleman. Chloe Chammaly and Arellano each had an assist. Carlise Dozier made 12 saves.

*Alma Garcia scored two goals as Southwestern Randolph downed Southern Guilford 4-1. Lucy Griffin and Alaina Kidd got the other goals. Mallory Garner had two assists.

*Rylee Stove tallied two goals as Providence Grove beat Central Davidson 4-1. Anaeli Garza and Sarah Majors scored the other goals. Majors also had an assist and Jenny Banuelos made four saves.



*Evan Morin, Aiden Allred, Colton Bryant, Gavin Charlesworth and Daniel Lyerly won in singles as Uwharrie Charter beat Providence Grove 7-2. The doubles teams of Noah Miller-Robbins/David Pages and Allred/Bryant also won.

Micah Oates won in singles for Providence Grove along with the doubles team of Tucker Batten/Oates.



*Wheatmore split a meet with East Davidson, with the boys winning 65-55 and the girls falling 82-28.

Winning for the Wheatmore boys were Dakota Ludwick (100 meters), Peyton McDevitt (200 meters, 400 meters), Zach Hazelwood (800 meters, 1600 meters, 3200 meters) and Trey Swaney (110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles).

Winning for the Wheatmore girls were Kahmarii McNeil (100 meters, 200 meters) and Chloe Gentry (triple jump).

*Southwestern Randolph’s girls were third in a three-team meet with North Davidson and Central Davidson. The boys were fourth versus North Davidson, Central Davidson and South Davidson.

Winning for the Southwestern Randolph boys were the 4x200 relay team (Noah Stills, Brady Combs, Gavin Varner, Asher Haggerty) and the 4x100 relay (Devonte Dukes, Damoni Freshwater, Jentezen Cox, Stills, Austin Malachi Dunn, Varner, Dawson McLeod, Haggerty).

Winning for the Southwestern Randolph girls were the 4x100 relay (Ay-Janai Doggett, Coley Shiflet, Zuyanah Crawford, Kiersten Litell), Shiflet (800 meters), Madelyn Hodge (300 meter hurdles), the 4x200 relay (Bailey Blackmon, Madilyn Baker, Morgan Peele, Makayla Aaron).