It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another regular Fall season. Raiders are working hard and looking towards State. Coaches took a moment to reflect and talk about their teams and their future goals. Come out this Friday for Homecoming and Raider football vs. Sardis. Go Raiders!!
The girls have worked extremely hard all football season and will start working on basketball in the next two weeks. They have practiced for 4 hours a week to prepare for their games and pep rallies. This year’s cheerleaders are a solid hard working group of girls. The senior leaders have worked diligently to help bring up the skill levels of the new 9th grade cheerleaders. They have also been great at including the new girls and making them feel a part of the program. We are excited about the playoffs and looking forward to a successful Homecoming pep rally and game!
The Randolph Cross Country team started their training during the summer to get ready for the regular season this past August. Starting from the Green Corn Cross Country back in August to the Liz Hurley run this October, the Raiders have shown their dedication to the team. All the runners have improved significantly, all thanks to their effort during workouts. There have been many personal goals met by the runners. There have been many personal records broken this season as well. Senior Matthew Estopinal broke the school record for a 5K race this season!
The seniors have an important role in the team, as they become role models for the younger students. The team looks forward to Sectionals and the State Championship Meet in November. The girls’ focus is to clinch a back-to-back championship this season, while the boys want to leave with a trophy again as well. All members of the cross-country team have dedicated so much time to the team, from early morning practices to competing in out of state competitions. All the work has paid off; the team looks strong and ready to compete in the last two competitions of this season. Let’s go Raiders!
The dance team consisted of 13 dancers: 6 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 3 juniors and 1 senior. Our lone senior and dance team captain was Sara Laine McNew. She choreographed all our dances this season. She spent many hours looking for songs, videoing herself to help teach the others, and led our practices. Juniors, Olivia Ives and Hannah Stutts helped lead our dance team this fall and will take a more active role ending the year and getting ready for next year.
The girls started the season attending a custom home dance camp just before school started led by UDA. When the football season began we were disappointed that we did not get to perform at our first two home games because of a reschedule and weather. All the girls worked very hard getting ready to dance at the two pep rallies and three home games. They practiced early in the morning and spent a lot of time on their own learning choreography. Many of the fans at the football games and pep rallies complimented and praised the dance team for their outstanding performances. We are looking forward to dancing at a basketball game and the next all school pep rally in the winter.
The Randolph football program has enjoyed much success this season. The Raiders are currently 6-2 overall and 4-1 in 4A Region 7. The Raiders are in a 3-way tie for first place with Madison Academy and Sardis. The Raiders have enjoyed success this year from multiple sources. Levon Fletcher and Sam Kimel has been very productive offensively. Fletcher has rushed for over 700 yards in 8 games. Kimel has accumulated 988 all-purpose yards so far. Defensively the Raiders are only giving up an average of 13 points per game and holding opponent’s offenses to only 88 rushing yards per game. The defense has been led by Jackson Vest with a team high 86 tackles. The Raiders have relied on senior Tripp Slyman in the kicking game this year. Slyman is averaging 41 yards a punt and has made opponents start inside their 10 in 6 games this year. The Raiders will host Sardis Friday night (Homecoming) with a home field playoff spot on the line. Here is what a few seniors had to say.
“It’s going to be a really big environment Friday and I am excited to be back at home. Every goal we set out to accomplish is right in front of us. I’m excited to see what all we can accomplish moving forward.” -Brad Layton
“I’m glad we are back at home. Any time you get an opportunity to play for something you have never done before its exciting. We need to focus on winning each day and have a good week of preparation. These are the games you always remember.” Levon Fletcher
“Playing Sardis for a chance to host a home playoff spot is exciting. It’s something this senior class has always wanted to do and a goal we set out to achieve.” Tim Curran
Lauren Kate Dodd
Members of Randolph Swim and Dive Team have competed in five meets since the beginning of the season. From those meets, seventeen swimmers have qualified for the AHSAA North Sectionals Meet on November 17th-18th, here in Huntsville. Our diver is working towards qualifying for Sectionals, as well.
Our two seniors, Sophie Byers and Delaney Wood, will represent Randolph at Sectionals. Sophie in the 50 free and 100 fly, Delaney in the 50 free, 100 free, or the 200 free. Besides swimming, Sophie and Delaney are busy looking at colleges. Both have Auburn in mind, while Sophie is interested in American University, Davidson, and University of Richmond, Delaney is looking at Wake Forest and Sewanne. Sophie and Delaney have contributed to Randolph Swim Team with their leadership and hard work for several years.
This successful season will end with the State Meet in Auburn on December 1st-2nd.
Volleyball wrapped up their season last night in a match against Madison Academy. Raiders dropped 10-25, 24-26, 16-25. These last few weeks our team has done a great job of coming together and playing hard as one unit.
Our senior leadership has been big for this team. Senior Annie Gold did a great job of stepping into a very challenging role to be our setter. Our outsides Crosby Loftin and April Harriman have really been the heartbeat of this team both on offense and defense. Next year we will really miss LK Dodd’s defense in middle back which has been incredibly solid for us. Nayana Vuppala earned All Area Team honors by being a dominating force for us at the net.
“I am so proud of this team for fighting as hard as they did. This has not been an easy season. This team chose to finish strong instead of giving up which would have been very easy to do. I am proud of the character they developed and displayed during this process. I’m grateful to these seniors because they’ve helped lay the foundation for what a successful program is built upon”. – Coach McKannan
Returning we will have Juniors April Harriman and Ruth Theodros. Sophomore Laura Kamelchuk and Freshmen Emma Gold, Eliana Horowitz, and Mary Maddox Creech.