We are extremely excited about the 2018-19 edition of the Randolph Boys Basketball team. We will be paced by 9 seniors who all have played minutes in varsity basketball games… Yes 9… Graham Copeland, Chase Hammett, Sam Hartley, Andy Hufford, Sachin Katyal, Teddy Kubista, Parker League, Blake Mitchell, and JB Stockton will be our leaders both on and off the court this season. Juniors Ian Emerson, Phillip Porter, and Cadyn Campbell will also contribute greatly to our success using their length, athleticism, and abilities to score the basketball. Sophomores Noah Reed and Curtis Cooper all could see minutes on the court this season, as well.
Coach Bunnell is entering his 2nd season at the helm for the Randolph Boys. Randolph will look to continue and even speed up their pace of play both offensively and defensively this season. The Raiders will play an up-tempo offense that will be unique to our area. We will attach defenses with layups, free-throws, and 3 point shots in that order. Defensively we will look to pressure our opponents with multiple presses and zones. We hope that we play a fun, entertaining brand of basketball and put a product on the court that the Randolph Community will be proud of!
We open our season on November 15 at home vs. Woodville. We have 12 home games this season, so there are plenty of opportunities to come out and support the Raiders! Let’s get together, get loud, and make TOC Court in the Shields-Jones Athletic Complex the toughest place to play in the state!
The 2018-19 Girls basketball season will be one for the record books. The dynamics of our team in just one year are like none-other. With a squad of 10 players, there is one senior, two juniors, four sophomores, no freshman, two eighth graders and one seventh grader.
Lead by Senior Point Guard, Claire Couvillon, who transferred to Randolph at the beginning of her sophomore year and had to initially sit out that year. Always puts the team before herself. She wants our team to be individually and collectively successful.
Our two Juniors (Mo Amjad and Emily Eichsteadt), both are multi-sport athletes and excel in the classroom. Mo and Emily play soccer and Emily is also on the swim team. This junior class duo are fierce competitors and solid teammates.
Our four Sophomores (Sarah Kate Davenport, Emma Gold, Eliana Horowitz, and Lily Naderi), are also multi-sport athletes in volleyball, soccer and softball. These girls have been committed to basketball since their days of RAP basketball and have stayed the course throughout much adversity. They are no longer freshman and are willing to take on any challenge set before them.
Our two eighth graders (Madison DeOrio and Joanna Vega), bring our team a sense energy and determination. Again, they are multi-sport athletes playing soccer and softball respectively as well as excel in the classroom. At their age, their mental toughness and desire to compete will hold us all accountable to a higher standard. As a coach, I love this type of player. What they have is contagious. And the more we play together, the more versatile we will become.
And last but certainly not least, our seventh grader, Ashlyn Hafley, will be a player to really watch over the coming years. Being 12 years old and playing on a varsity team is no easy task physically, mentally or emotionally. Ashlyn has the qualities it takes to be an amazing player. And it starts with her “love” for the game. Her skills will catch up with her passion as she stays with it.
Our goal this season is to simply continue to improve who we are each day; to build one another up, to be accountable, take responsibility whether on the court, in the classroom, or at home. It takes a village. And we need your support in reaching our goal. We hope to see more students, faculty, and families in the stands this year than ever before.
The Bowling Team has been working hard since the beginning of October putting time at bi-weekly practices. They have been working to improve existing skills as well as developing new techniques to deepen their appreciation and performance of the sport.
As the new season rolls around the women’s bowling team have four returning starters and four new comers. It is clear that the leaders of the girls team are focused on returning to Regionals with an eye on making it to state.
On the men’s team, there are 5 returning bowlers from last year’s squad. There were also several, new additions to the roster which has spiced up the rotations. They have been working hard at practices and have shown a great deal of improvement from the first day.
It is an exciting time in burgeoning bowling team as we continue to improve year after year.
The track teams are gearing up for another winter season of Indoor Track! Both teams, which have members in Grades 7-12, graduated some talent last May, but have some key returners as well as some new faces this year. On the boys’ side, the team will look to experienced juniors Jack Schamban, Lee Thomas, Joshua Eastin, and Wes Minton for leadership. On the girls’ side, seniors Brianna Lu, Ariana Smartt, and Faith Davis, as well as several others, will likely lead the team this winter. Both teams will continue to develop their MS athletes and see great potential coming up from the younger grades. Indoor track is always open to newcomers; their first practice is Monday, November 12th if you are interesting in trying it out. The teams will begin their competitive season at the Magic City Invitational on December 1st in Birmingham. Go Raiders!
Randolph is unrolling a brand new sport this winter… WRESTLING!
Tanner Wright, Race Wright, George Jennings, David Clary, Eli Isbell, and Carter Pollack will be leading our team onto the mats this year. Coach Scott Williams will be preparing our new grapplers for what is certain to be an exciting new endeavor for our athletic department. In the deep tradition of other combat sports like boxing and the martial arts, wrestling demands a challenging combination of strength, endurance and technique. Athletes and spectators alike are certain to get their heart rate up as our Raiders battle on the mat. We will be fielding a young and inexperienced team this year, but we are laying the foundations for what is expected to grow into a state championship program in the near future.