Randolph Varsity Spring teams are already well underway with practices and strength training. Spring season opening games begin this week. The Raiders are all looking towards another great season. Be sure to check the schedules and come out and support your teams! #RaiseTheR
The Randolph Raiders baseball team will usher in a new era for the 2019 season. There will be fresh faces everywhere after graduating 14 seniors and bringing in an entirely new coaching staff. Coach Flowers will be the new head coach for the Raiders. For many schools that would signify a re-building year, but the Raiders are looking to re-load after gaining a talented ninth grade class and having significant returners from last year’s team.
Baseball starts with pitching and that’s where the Raiders will turn to returning players, Miles Butler and Major Dwyer to anchor the pitching staff. Butler was third on last year’s staff with 38 innings pitched. In those 38 innings, he was 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and an impressive 45 strikeouts with 25 walks. Dwyer only had 4 innings pitched last year, but in those 4 innings, he struck out 6 and walked none. He has shown that he can command the strike zone and be a very effective pitcher this spring. Newcomer Frederick Wessel has already impressed the coaching staff this year and will be called on to start on the mound for the Raiders in his freshman season. Providing depth on the bump will be juniors Brandon Holland, JC Perry, Phillip Porter, sophomores Evans Bryant, Pierson Burbach, and Sam Hunter, and freshmen Landon Carroll and Daniel Helstowski.
Filling out the battery will be junior Ty Callahan, sophomore Carter Wimberly, and freshman John Michael Schmitz. Schmitz receives the ball very well and has shown leadership skills early as a freshman. Wimberly and Callahan have shown power from the plate and are working to become better behind the dish.
On the infield, the Raiders will see familiar faces with Butler, Dwyer, and Wessel anchoring the infield and sharing time at all the infield positions. Last year Butler hit .237 with a .539 OPS and 4 stolen bases, but he has shown increased power and speed this year. Dwyer hit .222 with a .508 OPS and 3 stolen bases but will be called on to lead things off in the lineup. Dwyer was a solid glove on the infield last year as he fielded an impressive .958 and will be asked to provide that kind of defense again this year. Last year Wessel hit 4 homeruns as an eighth grader on the middle school team and has shown he can hit for power at the varsity level too. He also has great hands, feet, and of course a great arm on the infield. JC Perry will play a corner spot for the Raiders. Last year he was called up to varsity at the end of the year and was 2-4 with a double and 2 walks. Perry has a natural left-handed swing that has showcased power this spring. Landon Carroll and Bennett Slinkard will battle for starts at first base this year. Carroll, a freshman, and Slinkard, a junior, have both shown that they are ready to be inserted into the lineup. Freshman Jackson Robinson and Sophomore Sam Hunter will provide depth on the infield and will provide options to play infield positions when Butler, Dwyer, or Wessel are on the mound. Freshman Jack Wimberly has shown signs of power from the plate and will provide depth at first base.
Roaming the outfield will be a plethora of new faces anchored by returning starter, Winston Kelly. Kelly, one of only two seniors on this year’s team, hit .270 with a .753 OPS and 3 stolen bases in 81 plate appearances. He was also second on the team with 16 walks showing good plate discipline. Vying for starting positions in the outfield will be senior Raymond Dexter, juniors Zach Bender, Brandon Holland, and Phillip Porter, sophomores Evans Bryant, Sam Hunter, and freshmen Richard Laube and Jackson Robinson.
The Raiders will throw their first pitch of the season February 18 in a double-header at Priceville against the home team and Decatur Heritage at 11:00 and 1:00.
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The Randolph golf program enters a new era under the leadership of Michael Morard. Coach Lewallen will serve as head boys’ coach. This year’s boys team enters the season with experienced players as well as promising newcomers. The Raiders return 5 players from last year’s team that advanced to the sub-state qualifier. This includes 3 seniors, the first time in several years Randolph has had a senior on the team. Added to this are 5 new players – 3 middle schoolers and 2 upper schoolers.
As in the past 2 years, the team looks to count on 9th grade stalwart golfer Charles Warren to lead the charge. However, Chris Kobriger, a transfer from Poland and eligible this year looks to challenge Charles for the number 1 position. Bryce Johnson has improved over last year’s solid season and seniors Chris Wiginton, Blake Mitchell and Fletcher Wilson will provide team leadership.
Newcomers Evan DiVine, Luke Lunsford, Drew Dodgen and Evan Brown will compete for top 5 team honors and gain important competition experience.
Randolph golf has made it to the sub-state qualifier tournament the past two years, and it is our goal this year to break through and reach the state tournament in Prattville. Team members have begun strength and conditioning morning workouts. Our season focus will be to prepare for the 18-hole sub-state tournament challenge at RTJ Silver Lakes. Coach Morard and Coach Lewallen are excited about the mix of experience as well as the potential of this year’s golf team.
Coach Morard will also serve as the girls’ varsity head coach for 2019. This year’s girls team returns all four starters from the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A-5A State-Runner-Up team and includes a very promising younger player. The team remains relatively young with one junior, two freshmen and two eighth graders.
This year’s experienced team will no longer be the “dark horse” after last year’s performance at the state tournament. Led by Randolph junior Michaela Morard, a University of Alabama 2020 verbal commit who was named to the 2018 USA Today High School Sports All-USA Golf Team, the two-time Class 7A AHSAA Individual Champion is looking to lead the girls’ team back to the State Tournament in 2019. Eighth grader Elle Webber and freshman Bella Duesing have been focused on golf and working very hard on their golf skills during the past summer and fall seasons by playing in many local SJGT, HJGT, AJGO tournaments. Both secured several impressive top-three finishes. Freshman Emma Benton is motivated by her clutch performance in last year’s AHSAA state tournament and is beginning to focus more on her golf game as this season begins. Emma is expected to compete with the others on the team. Eighth grader Lucy Sinclair has returned to the team this year and is eager to learn from team leaders and will gain valuable practice and match playing experience this year.
In 2018, the Randolph Varsity Girls Golf team won the AHSAA Class 4A-5A section four tournament, placed second in the AHSAA Class 4A-5A sub-state tournament and finished top three in several local high school tournaments. Each member of the team is working hard to return to the AHSAA State Tournament in Prattville later this year. Both the Randolph girls and boys team members have begun an early morning golf-specific strength and conditioning program which focuses on 18-hole tournament golf. Coach Morard and Coach Lewallen are excited about the mix of experience and potential of the players and are positioning the Randolph Golf Teams for long-term success on the golf course.
The Randolph varsity boys’ soccer team enters the year as back to back defending state champions. The Raiders once again set their goals on another state championship. This team is facing a tough challenge with the new AHSAA competitive balance rule moving them to 6A this year. With 10 seniors the team is very experienced and expect to be playing in May once again. The seniors Sam Hartley, Andy Hufford, Neel Joshi, Sachin Katyal, Ted Kubista, Parker League, Sahil Malhotra, Carter Schmitz, Max Shaw and Tyler Williams will all be the backbone of the team. These young men are beginning their final year looking to win their 3rd state championship.
The team averaged more than five goals a game last year and have three of the four top goals scores are returning this year; Junior Ian Krajna with 17 goals, Parker League added 15 and leading scorer Sam Hartley with 25 goals and Back to Back MVP of the Championship games.
We will also be strong defensively, returning seniors goal keeper Max Shaw and center backs Andy Hufford and Tyler Williams with Curtis Cooper and Ted Kubista on the flanks for the defense. The talented midfield led by juniors Sean O’Hare and Ian Krajna, and seniors Parker League and Sachin Katyal were all significant contributors from last year’s team. This year’s schedule is going to be another challenging one, but it will help them prepare for another possible run at the 6A state championship. Raiders will play five 7A teams and participating in the Lakershore Shootout and Southern Soccer Challenge, which always brings in top talent from across the southeast and the nation. When the playoffs come around this team will be tested and ready.
This year Randolph girls’ soccer program will look a little different this year. Our varsity team will have a deep squad and for the first time in multiple years we will have a middle school girls soccer team. We are returning a lot of players from last year and have added a bunch of quality. It’s exciting that two players who have been injured in the last couple of years, are able to suit up for their Senior year. We will have a strong core of 4 Seniors in, Sydney Scoggins, Mary Coomer, Renae Washburn, and Noor Yusuf. Their leadership will be paramount in helping 8th graders Madison DeOrio, Sarah Kate Mitchell, and May May Park immerse themselves in the team and become leaders of their own.
The Varsity Softball team is getting excited about the new season. With the loss of five seniors from the 2018 team, we are rebuilding for the 2019 season.
Returning starters, Emma Nordeman, Eliana Horowitz, Emma Gold, Joanna Vega are joined by former players Xiara Banks and Kensey Salster. Seniors, Claire Couvillon, Brenna-Claire Fogg, Sara Hutchens, Madisen Murphy, and Julia Williamson are new additions to the roster. The team is practicing hard and setting goals to help achieve a successful season.
Each player hopes to improve in a few categories throughout the season. If we can improve in each category, then the year has been successful.Along with Coach Traci Darwin, Coach Michael Cagle, and Coach Pete Townsend, the players are working hard to get ready for our first game of the season on Monday, March 4 at 5:00 PM against Madison County at the Randolph Softball Field on the Garth Campus.
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The Randolph Raiders Boys Tennis team returns to action hoping to build on last year’s success under first-year head coach David Garrison. The team will feature a blend of experience and youthful talent. 6-year starter and the team’s lone senior, Sean Davis looks to cap off a productive career with over 100 match wins and a state title.
Ninth grader Kaustubh Holcomb became just the third player in school history to win a state championship at #1 Singles, and he did it as a middle schooler. He lost just one singles match to in-state competition, picking up wins against Huntsville, Altamont, UMS-Wright, LAMP, and Briarwood Christian. Also returning from last year’s varsity squad is eleventh grader Matthew Tao who looks to build on a solid sophomore campaign. The seventh-grade duo of Kirthan Holcomb and Houston Jacques may be new to the Randolph team, but their tennis games are already well developed, and they look to play a prominent role on this year’s team. Junior Ali Hassan, and freshmen Josh Evers and Paresh Jampala return ready to take on an increased role. The Raiders are also happy to welcome seventh grader Josh Fagan to the team.
We look forward to another successful and exciting year of boys’ tennis!
Randolph is thrilled to announce that Andrea Foust will serve as head coach of Randolph Girls Tennis. The Randolph Varsity Girls Tennis team is looking forward to a great season. We have our first home match at ACA on 2/21 at 3:45. We have 6 returning players, 3 of which are seniors and 3 new players this season. Our team has a lot of talent and more important than that they all seem eager to learn and improve.
Our team members are:
Maddie Burbach Dani Dailey Katherine Hunter
Annie Crain Ji Soo Kim Ridley Fann
Megan Tao Alana Boyce Olivia Bailey
Please come out and cheer these girls on. They have all worked hard in the off season to make our team strong. Go Raiders!!!
Track and Field
Many of these are young athletes, who will be looking to team leaders such as seniors Brianna Lu (sprints/hurdles/relays), Faith Davis (sprints/hurdles/relays), Hannah Stutts (sprints/relays), Leah Gilbert (sprints/relays), Zerahiah Joseph (sprints/relays/jumps) and Will Kessler (sprints/hurdles/relays).
The girls will hope to continue their dynasty of Sectional Champions and the boys will look towards a Sectional championship as well.
At Indoor State last weekend, the Raider boys were 4th among 4A-5A teams and the Raider girls were 9th. However, within just 4A teams, the boys were tied for 1st and the girls were tied for 4th, giving the team high hopes for outdoor season.