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2016 Spring Postseason Preview

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Senior Nights
Baseball – Tuesday, April 19 
Softball –  Thursday April 28
Soccer, Track, & Tennis – Friday, April 22 

BASEBALL
Randolph has two regular season games remaining Monday and Tuesday before hosting the first round of the state play-offs on Friday. Monday the Raiders beat New Hope 16-2 giving them a record win #31 and Tuesday they will host #1 1A Decatur Heritage at 5:00. Tuesday’s game will also be senior night as we celebrate our three seniors, Ryan Hufford, Jack Plott and Powell Stockton. The ceremony will begin at 4:45. Please come out and say thank you to these 3 seniors. On Friday, April 22, the Raiders will host Ardmore in a DH starting at 4:00 with a game 3, if necessary, at 12:00 on Saturday. Please come out and support this team in the first round of the state play-offs!

GOLF
Congratulations to our girls who won their 2nd match of the season yesterday verse Westminster Christian Academy! Ellie Walker led the way with a 55 and won her match by 11 strokes on the very difficult front nine of The Ledges. Sarah Mixon followed Ellie’s score with a 60 and a seven stroke victory over her opponent. Mary Leigh Oliver shot a solid 65 and drove the ball really well, and Rainey Gray shot a 68 which is incredible considering she has only been playing for about two months. The final tally was Randolph 180 and Westminster 200. Good job Raiders!

On the boy’s side, its very important to remember that our boys team is made up of almost all freshmen or younger players. Most of these players have only played in a handful of competitive golf matches. Despite this our boys record is a very respectable 5-7.

This Tuesday April 19th we will be taking our girls and boys to the courses where they will play their Sectionals. Sectional are the 25th. The boys will be going to Chelsea Oaks and the girls to Twin Pines.

The players for sectional:
Girls: Ellie Walker, Ella McCary, Sarah Mixon, Mary Leigh Oliver, and Rainey Gray
Boys: Jason Todd, Chris Wiginton, Jackson Rogers, Fletcher Wilson, David Strickland

SOCCER
The Varsity Boys Soccer team has once again won their area and are heading back to the playoffs.  This year’s team is a mix of young talent and good senior leadership.  The youth is extremely talented.  Freshman, Parker League, leads the team in scoring and freshman, Sam Hartley, is third on the team in scoring.  Several other freshman and sophomores contribute significantly to the varsity team and even two eighth graders see significant time.  The seniors are the backbone of the team and will lead this team into the playoffs.  There are nine seniors on this roster.  Four seniors, Alexander Cox, Saahil Katayal, Boe Santos, and Jake Teachey, have all played on varsity since their eighth grade year.  This group of boys have won the area, and reached the final four every year made it to the state championship game three times bringing home the championship last year.  The team is looking to make another trip back to the final four again this 
year.  The team is playing their best soccer of the year, losing only one time since Spring Break. State Playoffs begin Saturday April 30th 7:00 at home.

The Varsity Girls soccer season is winding down and the team is preparing diligently for the playoffs.  They will open the playoffs hosting Priceville on April 30 at 5:00 on the Garth Campus soccer field.  The season record isn’t impressive but since most of the matches were versus 6A and 7A schools we will be well prepared for post season action.  Coach Hudson’s high school teams win count is at 198 and he hopes this team gets to the 200th win count before the playoffs start.  The seniors which will be honored this Friday are a special group of student-athletes to Coach Hudson.  “I have coached these young ladies since 7th grade and they are great kids.  I would do anything to help them and they are some of the hardest working players I have ever coached.”  Deepa Gadde – UAB, Mariam Hassoun – Emory, Julia Houser – Samford, Windham Hunter – Vanderbilt, Elle Noller – Mississippi State, and Megan Thurber – Auburn are all special players and have been a pleasure to be around.  Come out and support our seniors Friday and all show the team your Raider spirit on April 30.

SOFTBALL
With only a few games left in their senior year, Zoey Davis, Marina Egbaria, Hannah Page Clayton, Libby Gold, and Jordan Loftin have fought hard throughout this unpredictable season to finish in 2nd place on Area play. Their leadership and unselfishness have held the this team together through this season. Heading into post season play, this team is motivated to step on the field and fight to win. Weather permitting, the 2016 Seniors will be be recognized during pregame at their April 21 home game against Woodville High School. The Area Softball Tournament will be played at Madison County High School. Randolph will kick off the tournament at 4:00 on May 3 against Johnson High School.

TENNIS
VG and VB Tennis Section Tournament started today April 18. The girls swept the tournament, winning all 6 singles championships and all 3 doubles. Very proud of the girls, as several battled through some tougher matches than anticipated! Boys strong in finals of sectionals. We are going back to state!. State Tennis tournament will be in Mobile on April 25th and 26th. Read more about the Tennis team.

TRACK AND FIELD

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The track teams wrapped up their regular season at the Big Cat Invitational on Saturday, where Raymond Jones ’16 broke the school record in the 400m. Jones, Gabe Menchaca, Colin Quirk, and Jackson Pearson also broke the school record in the 4x400m relay. The team looks forward to competing at the 5A Section 4 Meet at James Clemens on April 29-30. Competition will be tight with Columbia at Sectionals, but Randolph’s senior-heavy squad is looking strong. In order to qualify for State, athletes must be top five at Sectionals as well as meet the State minimum requirements in their respective event. 5A State will be May 5-7 in Gulf Shores.

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