Multiple Teams · Spring Season Preview


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

Baseball

The Randolph Raiders baseball program returns with an experienced roster and a whole new outlook in 2020.  The program looks to build on last year with a roster that returns 12 varsity players including 8 regular starters, 9 seniors, and the whole coaching staff.  “Experience alone will not make us better this year, but it does put an arrow in our quiver that we didn’t have last year.  We still need to work hard every day to get better,” said head coach J.D. Flowers, who is returning for his second year at the helm of the Raiders baseball program. 

Pitching will be the key element of this year’s team as the Raiders return their top three starters on the mound and almost the entire bullpen.  Senior Miles Butler will be called upon to lead the staff after leading the team in innings last year with 35 while accumulating 44 strikeouts and only allowing 12 walks.  Senior Major Dwyer will also be counted on to pitch a multitude of innings in 2020.  Dwyer was the poster child of consistency last year with 21 strikeouts and 6 walks and a team leading 1.76 WHIP. Sophomore Frederick Wessel had a very good freshman year on the mound last year and will be called upon to pitch more and more big games as his Raider career progresses.  Last year Wessel threw in 23 innings, recorded 24 strikeouts, and walked 12.  Another arm the Raiders will rely on is junior Pierson Burbach.  Burbach led the team last year out of the bullpen with 10.2 innings pitched and a paltry 1.21 WHIP.  Providing bullpen depth this year will be seniors Zach BenderBrandon Holland, JC Perry, and Phillip Porter; sophomore Landon Carroll; and freshmen Andrew Hunter, Alex Roberson, Jack Sanders and Nic Strong.  

The battery mates to the pitching staff are going to play a major role in the 2020 season for the Raiders.  “We still have some things to figure out behind the plate.  I’m looking forward to the start of practice so these guys can compete and win a job,” stated Flowers.  Senior Miles Butler tested his skills behind the plate this summer and really impressed the coaching staff.  Along with returning varsity player John Michael Schmitz and newcomer Alex Roberson, there will be lots of competition at the catching position.  Providing depth behind the plate this year will be freshman Conner Goodson.  

Infield play is always an important part of the game and the 2020 Raiders return all of their infield position players from last year.  JC Perry will be looked to anchor the third base position again this year.  Last year Perry showed he has the ability to be a force at the plate with 2 homeruns, and a .455 slugging percentage, while batting .250, and an on base percentage of .431.  Frederick Wessel and Major Dwyer will be up the middle for the Raiders in 2020.  Last year Dwyer led the team in almost every offensive statistical category including batting average (.362), on base percentage (.524), slugging percentage (.468) and OPS (.992).  Wessel had a solid freshman year at the plate last year.  After a slow start, he progressed throughout the year hitting .231 with a .310 on base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage.  Depending on how the catching situation ends up, Miles Butler could figure into the infield mix.  Butler will be in the lineup as he was a mainstay at the top of the lineup last year.  He led the team in hits (17), RBI (11), and runs (13).  Sophomore Landon Carroll will be called upon to play first again this year.  He started almost every game at first as a freshman last year.  Providing depth at infield will be Senior Bennett Slinkard, freshmen Andrew Hunter, George Jennings, Thomas Kruza, Alex Roberson, and Jack Sanders; and eighth grader Dane Miller. 

Outfield play will be one of the few question marks for the Raiders this season.  Senior Brandon Holland started almost every game for the Raiders in center field last year and will be the front runner to fill that position this year.  Zach Bender and Bennett Slinkard fought for playing time in right field last year and will continue to do the same this year.  Seniors Ty Callahan and Caydn Campbell will fight for playing time in the outfield as well as freshmen Jimmy Bailey, Micah Bender, and Nic Strong and eighth graders Roan Campbell and Theo Reischauer. 

The Raiders will throw their first pitch of the season Tuesday, February 18 at Brewer High School at 4:30 pm with the junior varsity game to follow.  The first home game will be that Saturday, February 22 in a varsity doubleheader against Decatur Heritage starting at 11:00. 

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Golf

The Randolph golf program enters the second year under the leadership of Varsity Head Coach Michael Morard who will serve as both the Boys and Girls Head Coach. The 2019 boys team set numerous scoring records and won a High School Golf Tournament for the 1st time in over a decade while advancing to the sub-state tournament and missing out on qualifying for the State tournament by 2 strokes. The 2019 Varsity Girls team continues its historic run by setting many scoring records while capturing several high school tournaments on the way to winning the 2019 AHSAA Class 4A-5A State Championship bringing to Randolph school its 1st ever Golf State Team Championship.

Boys
The 2020 Randolph Varsity Boys Team was hit hard by senior graduation and student transfers leaving only 2020 Captain Bryce Johnson from last year’s Randolph Blue team. Bryce will be joined by members of last year’s team, 9th graders, Luke Lunsford and Evan Brown and 8th grader Drew Dodgen. Returning to the team after a 1-year layoff is Senior Ian Emerson. New to the Randolph Varsity Boys Golf team are 8th Grader Harrison Word and 7th Grader Ben Shannon.

Head Coach Morard stated “The 2020 Randolph Boys team is a very young team, but we have excellent senior leadership. We have great players with excellent golfing skills and I’m looking for our Senior Boys Varsity Captain Bryce Johnson to lead and show our younger players exactly how to practice and play Randolph Golf.” Luke, Evan and Drew, all members of the 2019 team, will be expected to step into prime playing positions for the upcoming 2020 season.

Girls
The 2020 Randolph Varsity Girls was also hit hard by transfers as it lost 2 of the 4 members from the 2019 AHSAA Class 4A-5A State Championship Team. The 2020 Varsity Girls team will be led by 2020 Girls Captain and Univ. of Alabama signee Michaela Morard who also won the 2019 AHSAA Class 4A-5A State Individual Championship. Sophomore Bella Duesing will be asked to step up and play in the important #2 spot this year as she has been working hard on her game during the off season. Also returning to the 2020 team is Freshman Lucy Sinclair who gained valuable playing experience in 2019 and will be joined by 8th grader newcomer Charlotte Brinkley. Coach Morard stated “Randolph Girls team have 2 of the better High School players in the state and I’m looking for them to lead the other girls in showing them exactly how to practice and play Randolph Golf.

The 2020 season kicks off for both teams with a scheduled match against Class 7A Huntsville High School at The Ledges on March 12th.

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Soccer

Boys
The Randolph Varsity Boys soccer team is ready to kickoff the spring season.  The boys will once again be playing up in the 6A classification and are looking forward to the challenge.  Last year the team went to the 3rd round of the playoffs and missed a trip to the final four on penalty kicks.  We are looking to build on last year’s performance and return to the final four once again.  This year the team has a lot of leadership with seven seniors on the roster.  Seniors Sean O’Hare and Ian Krajna are both 4 year starters and bring experience and leadership to the team.  Wes Minton, Clay Walker and Patrick Ahearn are all returning for their senior year to give the team the needed experience.   Alexander Grelier and Jack Johnson join the team as seniors and will help fill vital roles.    We will be looking to some underclassmen to help the team get back to the playoffs.  Junior Cooper Wyatt has been impressive early this spring and looks to fill the void after losing Randolph’s all time goal scorer, Sam Hartley, last year.  Another, Junior, Curtis Cooper will lead the defense after we graduated 4 starters last year.  Sophomores Anders Hughes, Ethan Kubista, Davis McClure, Owen Phillips, Cole Queeney and Sam Servick all look to play larger roles this year.  Our freshmen class is talented as well with Chris Krajna, Brennen O’Hare and Hunter Hess all battling for spots in the starting lineup.  The team will be mix of good senior leadership and young talent.  If they come together as a team, they can put themselves in position for a great season.

Raiders coaching staff will remain the same this year with Coach Tomlinson and Coach Katamba in their ninth season, and Coach Moore in his fourth.  Coach Moore will oversee the keepers but will also be taking on a bigger role on the pitch.  Raiders open up at home on Feb 6 against East Limestone, 7:00.

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Girls
We are off to a brand new start this year! New Focus, new goals, and a new coaching staff.  The coaching staff has a lot of experience, but they are new to Randolph. We will have a young fast team with some core upper classman leadership. Our varsity team will have experience of our Seniors Mohymina Amjad, Emily Eichstaedt, and Katy Ann Klingel. The junior class offers additional talent and additional skills with Sarah Kate Childs, Emma Hudson, Bridget Lake, and Lily Naderi. The rest of the team are made up of quality underclassmen, returning Varsity freshmen, and a new group of quality eighth grade players stepping up to join the team! The pool of middle school is again solid and provides the tools from which the program will continue to grow.

Raiders are excited to announce Head Coach Christy Copeland. Coach Copeland brings a lot of experience across multiple levels of high school soccer. She will be joined by Assistant Varsity Coaches Nick Smith and Rebecca Copeland, and Coach Derek Baudy returns to lead the Middle School Team. Andrea Wimberly returns to continue the development of the program as a whole and supporting all the coaches on and off the field as the faculty sponsor.

The Varsity team is young, talented and full of potential. With positive attitude and hard work the girls are prepared to take a competitive schedule including two tournaments. Individual efforts will be focused towards team successes both on and off the field. The team has set high goals for the season and the girls have started down the path to get there.  The Players and Coaching staff are ready and preparations have already begun. Go Raiders!

Raiders hit the home pitch on Feb 6 at 5:00 against East Limestone.

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Softball

Randolph Softball is ready to swing into the Spring season. With the return of only 5 players, the softball team will have a lot of new faces. They are a young team with no Seniors. Returning behind the plate will be Eliana Horowitz, at 1st base will be Emma Gold, moving from 2nd to 3rd will be Anna Cate Goodson, at short and pitching will be Joanna Vega. Madeline Horowitz and Melissa Amador Mateos will be getting work in the outfield. Joanna spent every inning in the pitching circle. Fortunately, this year, Joanna will be able to split pitching time with Gracie Boothe. After sitting out last year, Gracie will have an immediate impact on the team.  New to the team are Anna Claire Sutherland, Phoebe Duncan, Eliza McCrary, Lily Kate Swoboda, Ryann Bulger, and Grace Vanek.

Head Coach Traci Darwin and Coach Michael Cagle return to field with new coaches Adam Boothe and former Randolph softball player, Sanders Clayton. We are looking forward to working hard, setting goals, and achieving those objectives. On and off the field, the players need to learn to believe in themselves. It is our job to teach them how. If, when the players leave the field, they believe in themselves, we are a success.

“Every morning we wake up we have a choice at how we are going to believe in ourselves.  Too easily we forget, especially when we are in the middle of a whirlwind of a season, that every day we wake up is a new day, and you have a choice every morning if and how you are going to believe in yourself.  You own that belief.  No one else does.”

“Realize this: We aren’t going to be perfect with our outcomes/results, in this game of failure we call softball. However, every time you are in a pressure situation it’s a chance to prove that you’re in the “perfect” frame of mind. The “success” and “failure” comes from being in the right frame of mind and giving yourself a chance to have success when the big moment comes; it doesn’t always necessarily come with the outcome, despite what all eyes watching might think. Results will come once the frame of mind has been altered.”  –Amanda Scarborough

Raiders first game will be at Home on Feb 20, 5:00 against Westminster.

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Tennis

Boys
Coming off an undefeated season and a second-place finish at the State tournament last year the Raider Tennis team will have many new faces on the courts this season. Seniors Matthew Tao and Ali Hassan, along with 8th grade phenom Houston Jacques return with a combined 66 match wins. They will be joined by Senior Alex Kelley, Sophomore Paresh Jampala and 7th grade newcomers Paul Lee and Nathan Beck. Everyone will have to step up to keep Randolph’s Section Championship streak alive, but we look forward to the challenge! Our first match is February 20th at 4:00 v Arab HS at Athletic Club Alabama.

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Girls
Randolph Girls Tennis team is looking forward to a great season.  We have 5 returning players and 3 new additions.
Our team members are Ji Soo Kim, Annie Crain, Laura Kate Evans, Ridley Fann, Lydia Slocum, Dollie Meredith Murray, Megan Tao, and Olivia Bailey.  Raiders first match is 2/3@ DAR.

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Track and Field

The Raiders look to build on last year’s successes as they kick off their 2020 season. The team will be looking to seniors Lee Thomas (distance), Jack Schamban (distance), Samuel Grover (throws), and Josh Eastin (sprints) for guidance this season.

Both teams will be looking at vying for a Sectional Championship (April 24-25) and individual successes at the State level (April 30-May 2). The teams’ section (Brooks, Cherokee County, Danville, DAR, Elkmont, Good Hope, Fairview, Hokes Bluff, Madison Academy, North Jackson, Oneonta, Priceville, Randolph, Rogers, St. John Paul II Catholic, West Limestone, and West Morgan) is very competitive, so the road to State will require a high level of dedication!

The Raiders first must finish out their indoor track season at AHSAA 4A-5A State on February 7th and 8th before the outdoor season begins.

The Raiders’ first Varsity OTF meet will be the Co-Ed Relays on the Lake at Guntersville HS on Friday, February 28th. Each relay will be composed of two male and two female athletes–we’d love to see some of you there for this fun meet!

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