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Trinity’s Dominic Payne scored 57 points over two games to help Trinity upset both Randleman and Eastern Randolph in the final week of regular season play.    Eric Abernathy/Randolph Hub

RHS boys, girls, AHS boys earn first-round byes in conference tourneys

Mike Duprez
Randolph Hub 


Trinity’s boys had an eventful week, beating both top-seed Randleman and then second-seed Eastern Randolph to forge a tie with ER for second. That could make for some interesting top seed play in that conference tournament. 


Here are those and other highlights for the week:



*Jerquarius Stanback scored 30 points in Asheboro’s 86-40 rout of Ledford. Camden Walker had 25 points while Elijah Woodle had 9 and Osiris Rodriguez 8.


*Dominic Payne led the way with 26 points as Trinity outlasted Randleman 56-52 and handed the Tigers their first conference loss of the season. Jacob Hodges added 13 points for the Bulldogs.


Greg Price led Randleman with 21 points and Tyshaun Goldston had 11.


*Parker Kines scored 27 points in Wheatmore’s 53-52 loss to Uwharrie Charter. Robert Nyamongo had 12 points and 9 rebounds.


*Timothy Brower had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in Eastern Randolph’s 78-62 win over Providence Grove. Nicah Taylor added 24 points and 7 rebounds for the Wildcats. Carter Revelle had 8 points and 7 rebounds.


Brower led Eastern Randolph with 16 points and Will Stalker had 11. Taylor scored 9 points and Julian Brooks had 8.


*Brady Collons scored 23 points as Providence Grove edged Wheatmore 63-62. Gabe McCoy scored 13 points and James Ellis had 12.


Kines led Wheatmore with 17 points. Nyamongo had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Weston Driggers scored 11 points and Jonathan Kelly had 10.



*Jada Nixon scored 21 points in Providence Grove’s 53-43 win over Eastern Randolph. Brooke Ingram added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.


Mariana Corea led Eastern Randolph with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kenly Whitaker had 10 points and 10 rebounds. 


*Audra Petty posted 26 points and had 9 rebounds as Randleman rolled past Trinity 56-24. Gracie Beane had 16 points while Chenleigh Robinson had 9 points and 9 steals.


*Chloe Painter had 11 points in Uwharrie Charter’s 50-25 loss to Wheatmore.


*Laurel Bernhardt scored 20 points as Providence Grove held off Wheatmore 53-49. Asia Steverson added 15 points and Nixon had 10.


Kynnedi Routh led Wheatmore with 20 points. Brianna Hill had 13 points and Meredith Partin had 8.


*Maddie Strider scored 21 points and Caressa King had 16 in Southwesterm Randolph’s 58-36 win over Uwharrie Charter. 


Nevaeh Staples led Uwharrie Charter with 16 points.


*Ziera Watson had 22 points and 5 steals in Eastern Randolph’s 51-25 win over Trinity. Whitaker had 10 points and 10 rebounds.



*Trinity’s Evan Stepp, a 6-foot-6 lineman, signed with Catawba. Stepp is a three-time all-conference selection.


*Philip Yarborough resigned as football coach at Wheatmore after seven seasons, the school announced. Yarborough was 34-37 at Wheatmore. His best season was in 2018 when the Warriors were 12-2 and reached the third round of the state playoffs. Wheatmore was 2-8 in the 2023 season.



*Four Randolph County wrestlers won individual state championships, including three from Uwharrie Charter. 


In 1-A, taking titles for the Eagles were Lorenzo Alston at 150, Carson Robinson at 157, Jaden Maness at 215. Robinson, a senior, finished the season with a 40-3 record. Maness (33-3) is also a senior.


Alston went undefeated (43-0) to win his second straight title.


Uwharrie Charter, the 1-A dual team state champion, was third in the standings behind Robbinsville and Avery County.


Trinity’s Gavin Hardister won the 215-pound 2-A state championship and wound up with a 46-1 record for the season.


The Bulldogs, who won the 2-A dual team state championship, was second, just 2.5 points behind Seaforth in the team standings.


Uwharrie Charter also had a pair of second place finishers — Ethan Hines at 106 and Alek Millikan at 165. David Lambright (126) and Caden Bond (175) finished fourth.


Trey Swaney (138) and Spencer May (120) had second-place finishes for Trinity. Wheatmore’s Dominic Hittepole was second at 175.


Others from the county who placed in 2-A were Randleman’s Alex Raymundo (fourth, 106), Trinity’s Levi Dennis (fifth, 132), Trinity’s Jaden Allred (fourth, 138), Trinity’s Charles Schaefer (fifth, 144), Trinity’s Lawson Coltrane (third, 165), Randleman’s Braxton Walker (fourth, 190), Southwestern Randolph’s Jose Flores (fourth, 215) and Trinity’s Joseph Trahan (fifth, 285).


Other 1-A placers were Eastern Randolph (fourth, 126) and Uwharrie Charter’s Caden Bond (175).






Monday, Feb. 19


#1 Randleman — Bye

#5 Wheatmore at #4 UCA, 6 p.m.

#6 E. Randolph at #3 Prov. Grove, 6 p.m.

#7 Trinity at #2 SW Randolph, 6 p.m.


#1 Randleman — Bye

#5 Providence Grove at #4 SWR, 7:30 p.m.

#6 UCA at #3 E. Randolph, 6 p.m.

#7 Wheatmore at #2 Trinity, 6 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 21


#4/#5 winner at Randleman, 6 p.m.

#3/#6 winner at #2/#7 winner, 6 p.m.


#4/#5 winner at Randleman, 7:30p.m.

#3/#6 winner at #2/#7 winner, TBD


Friday, Feb. 23

Championship at girls No. 1 seed

Girls, 6 p.m.

Boys, 7:30 p.m.




Tuesday, Feb. 20


#1 C. Davidson, #2 Asheboro — Byes 

#5 Ledford at #4 Oak Grove

#6 Montgomery Central at #3 N. Davidson


#1 Oak Grove, #2 N. Davidson — Byes 

#5 Asheboro at #4 Central Davidson

#6 Ledford at #3 Montgomery Central


Wednesday, Feb. 21

At Asheboro High School

Girls semifinals

#4/#5 winner vs. #1 Oak Grove, 6 p.m.

#6/#3 winner vs. #2 N. Davidson, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, Feb. 22

At Asheboro High School

Boys semifinals

#4/#5 winner vs. #1 C. Davidson, 6 p.m.

#6/#3 winner vs. #2 Asheboro, 7:30 p.m


Friday, Feb. 23

At Asheboro High School

Girls final, 6 p.m.

Boys final, 7:30 p.m.



Tuesday, Feb. 27

State playoffs, first round


Friday, March 1

State playoffs, second round