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The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end on Tuesday night on the road at the hands of host Walters State.

The Red Hawks fell 75-48 to the Senators, losing for the first time in six games.

Shaniya Lester scored a team-high 20 points to pace CVCC (7-2) in the contest, while Zharia Brown added 11 points.

Zacharyia Esmon scored 19 points to lead the Senators (10-3) in their victory, while teammate Dajah Montgomery added 15 points.

The Red Hawks remained within striking distance after the first quarter, trailing 17-14 to the Senators.

However, Walters State outscored CVCC 23-12 in the second quarter, distancing itself en route to the non-conference victory.

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Virginia Beach, Va. to take on Bryant & Stratton College. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

For the second time this season, Appalachian State senior Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week.

The league office announced the winner Wednesday, three days after the 20th-ranked Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga.) earned a 10-4 decision at 174 pounds against Daniel Bullard from No. 6 NC State. It was only the second loss of the season for Bullard, who has dual victories against two other SoCon teams.

Przybysz improved to 4-1 in dual meets this year and 11-4 overall. He is 67-41 in his career.

Przybysz was also honored by the SoCon in mid-November, after he won by a 6-2 decision against Bloomsburg and opened the conference schedule with a pin against Davidson.

App State (3-2) returns to action Sunday at No. 20 Oklahoma (1-2).

Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Draughn: 58
West Iredell: 42

Hibriten: 53
Bunker Hill: 52, 3 OT

Patton: 63
Fred T. Foard: 49

South Fork Athletic:
Lincolnton: 54
Newton-Conover: 46

Maiden: 61
Bandys: 45

East Burke: 70
Freedom: 56

St. Stephens: 45
South Iredell: 28

Statesville: 50
Alexander Central: 42

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Bunker Hill: 60
Hibriten: 53

Draughn: 67
West Iredell: 59

Patton: 62
Fred T. Foard: 50

South Fork Athletic:
Lincolnton: 78
Newton-Conover: 51

Maiden: 61
Bandys: 35

Freedom: 64
East Burke: 19

South Iredell: 82
St. Stephens: 57

Statesville: 61
Alexander Central: 34

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Savannah Drummonds has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week, league officials announced earlier today. Drummonds shares the award with Queens' To'Mara Carmichael.

Drummonds, a junior from Palm Coast, Fla., finished seventh in the women’s pole vault (10’6”) at the Mountaineer Open this past weekend at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C. The mark was the second-best in program history.

Drummonds holds the school record in the indoor pole vault (11’0”) and earned NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors by the USTFCCCA last year. Drummonds is also the program record-holder for the outdoor pole vault (10’6”) and is a two-time outdoor track and field all-region honoree (2016-17) in the event as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field returns to competition on Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, in Johnson City, Tenn., in the East Tennessee State University Indoor Invitational.

Four men’s college basketball teams will compete during two days of competition at the PDQ Classic this Friday and Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball program is hosting the event, which will feature the men’s basketball teams from CVCC, as well as Central Carolina, Guilford Tech and Johnston community colleges.

The PDQ Classic, formerly known as the CVCC Classic, has taken place since the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.

“We’ve been happy to host this tournament the past three years, but are excited to now partner with local business PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality),” said CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “This unique partnership provides an opportunity to showcase four great community colleges across the state of North Carolina as well as promote PDQ. This tournament will be a springboard to promote competitive basketball and our relationship with PDQ as we go into the future.”

The community will also be a huge part in this two-day event.

The Newton-Conover youth basketball organization will be performing an exhibition during halftime of CVCC’s game on Friday against Central Carolina Community College.

There will be also several giveaways during the event, including free cookie coupons to the first 100 fans attending Friday’s games and a surprise halftime giveaway on Saturday.

Below is a complete schedule of the PDQ Classic:

PDQ Classic schedule

Friday’s games
Johnston vs. Guilford Tech, 4 p.m.
CVCC vs. Central Carolina, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s games
Central Carolina vs. Guilford Tech, 1 p.m.
CVCC vs. Johnston, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:11

Dick's Sporting Goods Classic Pairings Released

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The Hickory Metro Sports Commission has announced the pairings for the 31st Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th thru Friday, December 29th, 2017. The tournament will feature the men’s and women’s teams from eight area high schools competing in the three day event.

In the Men’s bracket, Hickory High will be the #1 Seed. Maiden will be #2 and St. Stephens is #3. The #4 Seed will be Alexander Central followed by #5 Bunker Hill, #6 S. Caldwell, #7 Fred T. Foard and #8 Newton-Conover. The first men’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 11:30 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 Maiden and #7 Fred T. Foard.

On the Women’s side, Maiden will be the #1 Seed. St. Stephens will be #2 and S. Caldwell is #3. The #4 Seed will be Newton-Conover followed by #5 Alexander Central, #6 Bunker Hill, #7 Hickory High and #8 Fred T. Foard. The first women’s contest will tip-off at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 St. Stephens and #7 Hickory High.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic has been well known throughout the region and the state of North Carolina as the premier holiday high school event for over 30 years. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools. Following the 2016 event, each participating high school received a donation of more than $3,000 for their athletic programs.

Tickets go on sale at 8:30am and doors open at 9am each day. Tickets for the event will be $7.00 a day. All games are played at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex.

Dick's Sporting Goods Classic
Game 1: No. 7 Hickory vs. No. 2 St. Stephens, 10 a.m.

Game 2: No. 6 Bunker Hill vs. No. 3 South Caldwell , 1 p.m.

Game 3: No. 5 Alexander Central vs. No. 4 Newton-Conover, 4 p.m.

Game 4: No 8 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 1 Maiden, 7 p.m.

Game 5: Hickory-St. Stephens loser vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell loser, 10 a.m.

Game 6: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover loser vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser, 1 p.m.

Game 7: Hickory-St. Stephens winner vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell winner, semifinal, 4 p.m.

Game 8: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover winner vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner, semifinal, 7 p.m.

Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 10 a.m.

Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 1 p.m.

Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 4 p.m.

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 7 p.m.

Game 1: No. 7 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 2 Maiden, 11:30 a.m.

Game 2: No. 6 South Caldwell vs. No. 3 St. Stephens, 2:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 5 Bunker Hill vs. No. 4 Alexander Central, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4: No. 8 Newton-Conover vs. No. 1 Hickory, 8:30 p.m.

Game 5: Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens loser, 11:30 a.m.

Game 6: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central loser vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory loser, 2:30p.m.

Game 7: Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens winner, semifinal, 5;30 p.m.

Game 8: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central winner vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory winner, semifinal, 8:30 p.m.

Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 11:30 a.m.

Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 2:30 p.m.

Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 5:30 p.m.

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:17

Hibriten Wins State 2AA Football Championship

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Hibriten slugged their way to a 16-14 victory over East Duplin in the first football State Championship appearance, claiming the school’s first title. Hibriten used a bend but don’t break defense and a great game from their punter to bend the field position and the game in their favor.

East Duplin took their third play from scrimmage, handing it to Melvin Scott, who ripped off an 81-yard run for a score, putting East up 7-0 with just over 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. Scott was named the East Duplin Most Outstanding Offensive Player for his three-carry, 108 yard and a touchdown performance.

The two teams trade possession uneventfully until East Duplin intercepted a pass at their own two early in the second quarter, taking over deep in their own end. On the next play from scrimmage, Chris Benson was nabbed for a two-yard loss and a safety, cutting the East Duplin lead to 7-2. After the free kick, Hibriten used a halfback pass from 9McKinley Witherspoon to a wide-open Miles Simon to take a 9-7 lead with 9:26 to go in the second quarter.

Later in the quarter, Simon hauled in a 43-yard pass from quarterback Jaylen Scott for another touchdown, extending their lead to 16-7 with 1:53 to go in the first half. Simon was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, hauling in just the two catches, for a total of 96 yards and two scores.

East Duplin made a last push to make the game very interesting late, driving 99 yards on 20 plays in the fourth quarter, capped off by a 1-yard run by Chris Benson to make the score 16-14. Despite outgaining Hibriten 359-190 yards on the day, East Duplin just couldn’t overcome the tough field position they found themselves in most of the day.

Hibriten had a fantastic performance from their punter, Noah Haney, who punted six times for an average of 46 yards kept East Duplin deep in their own end most of the night. Five of those Haney punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the ten. He was named Hibriten’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player. The Defensive Award for Most Outstanding Player for Hibriten went to Charles Tassinari, who had 16 tackles including an assist on a tackle for loss.

East Duplin’s most outstanding player defensively was Amaru Herring. Herring registered 10 tackles on the day, including three tackles for a loss, which was the second highest tackle total on the team.


East (East Duplin) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Amaru Herring

East (East Duplin) Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Melvin Scott

West (Hibriten) – Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Charles Tassinari

West (Hibriten) – Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Noah Haney

Championship M.V.P. – Miles Simon (Hibriten)

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:15

CVCC Men's Basketball Suffer Third Straight Loss

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday, falling 76-68 on the road in Region X action to Lenoir Community College.

Myles Williams led the Red Hawks (3-6, 0-2) with 16 points in the contest, while Hughston Finklea added 15 points.

The Red Hawks led by one point at halftime — 29-28 — with Williams guiding CVCC at the break with 13 points.

The Lancers (3-8, 1-5) would storm back in the second half, paced by Michael Satterfield’s 15 points in the half. Satterfield led Lenoir in the contest with a game-high 18 points — one of five Lancer players to reach double digits in scoring in the contest.

Finklea kept the Red Hawks in the game in the second half, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the half.

However, Lenoir outscored CVCC 48-39 in the second half en route to the come-from-behind victory.

The CVCC men’s basketball team is back in action on Friday and Saturday when it hosts the two-day PDQ Classic at the Tarlton Complex.

With a standing-room-only crowd still filling Varsity Gym on a snowy weekend in the High Country, Appalachian State’s young wrestling team put up a spirited fight in a 34-3 loss to No. 6 NC State.

In the first six completed matches, App State (3-2) received a 10-4 decision from 174-pound senior Forrest Przybysz and had four losses to the Wolfpack (9-0) by decisions with a margin of three points or less.

“I thought our guys wrestled hard,” App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “It’s a tough test for us right here before exams start, and I was proud of the way our guys battled. There were a couple matches I felt like we kind of let slip away, but the effort was there, and mental errors made the difference in some of those matches.

“All in all, we take a lot of positives from today. We had a lot of good energy and a lot of good effort with a lot of young guys wrestling hard, and we had a great crowd here. Any time we’re in Varsity Gym, we like wrestling here because we always have really good fan attendance. I appreciate the fans of App Nation for coming out today.”

App State had strong showings in consecutive matches from Przybysz and Alan Clothier at 184 pounds before the halfway-point intermission.

Ranked 20th nationally, Przybysz fell behind 2-0 against Daniel Bullard before tying the match and taking a 4-2 lead on a takedown with 39 seconds left in the first period. Ahead 6-4 entering the third period, Przybysz seized control with an escape and takedown before winning 10-4. He improved to 11-4 this season and handed Bullard only his second loss.

Clothier, a redshirt freshman, nearly pulled off an upset of unbeaten senior Pete Renda, who is ranked No. 3 nationally at 184. Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second period, Clothier rode out Renda to prevent him from earning one point for an escape.

Clothier swung overall riding time in his favor while tying the match on a takedown with 1:09 remaining. With Clothier on top near the edge of the mat with only 16 seconds left, an out-of-bounds stoppage brought both wrestlers back to the center, and NC State coach Pat Popolizio had a discussion with the referee at the scorers table.

With time to catch his breath during the discussion, Renda executed a tiebreaking escape from the down position with nine seconds remaining. Clothier finished with 58 seconds of riding time – 2 short of the minute needed for a tying point — in a 3-2 decision that had both wrestlers engaging with the loud, large crowd.

After the Clothier-Renda match, NC State sent out another top-10 wrestler as App State’s Randall Diabe faced No. 7 Michael Macchiavello at 197 pounds.

Diabe took a 1-0 lead with a second-period escape and trailed 2-1 entering the third period. Macchiavello moved ahead 4-1 with a reversal, and Diabe was behind 4-2 when he made a late push for points, but Macchiavello used his advantage in riding time to claim a 5-2 decision.

There were also close calls at 149 pounds, as 18th-ranked Beau Donahue of NC State claimed a 6-3 decision against App State’s Gavin Londoff, and 165 pounds, where 20th-ranked NC State senior Brian Hamann won a 5-3 decision against redshirt freshman Thomas Flitz.

Flitz used an early takedown to move ahead 2-0, and Hamann broke a 3-3 tie with a third-period escape.

App State returns to action next Sunday, Jan. 17, at No. 21 Oklahoma.


NC State 34, App State 3

149: #18 Beau Donahue (NCSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 6-3 dec. (0-3)

157: #17 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) def. Laken Cook (APP), fall, 6:29 (0-9)

165: #20 Brian Hamann (NCSU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 5-3 dec. (0-12)

174: #20 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Daniel Bullard (NCSU), 10-4 dec. (3-12)

184: #3 Pete Renda (NCSU) def. Alan Clothier (APP), 3-2 dec. (3-15)

197: #7 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 5-2 dec. (3-18)

HWT: Malik McDonald (NCSU) def. Cary Miller (APP), 6-1 dec. (3-21)

125: Tommy Cox (NCSU) def. De’Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), fall, 2:19 (3-27)

133: Tariq Wilson (NCSU) def. Codi Russell (APP), 8-2 dec. (3-30)

141: #2 Kevin Jack (NCSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 15-3 maj. dec. (3-34)

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Down UNC-Pembroke

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (7-4) used a balanced scoring effort and its strongest defensive performance of the season in a 67-51 victory over UNC Pembroke (2-3) Sunday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne had five players score in double figures. Junior forward and preseason all-league honoree Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, posted a double-double – 13 points and 14 rebounds – in the win.

Senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) had a good all-around game for the Bears as well, totaling four rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Bears also received 11 points from freshman center Olivia Nunn (Lexington, N.C.) and junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Chrerokee, N.C.) while senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the home team with 10 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne also held advantages in both points in the paint (24-16) and points off turnovers (20-12).

The 51 points the Bears gave up today was a season-best. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne is riding a three-game winning streak.

Suddreth ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.3 points per outing. Nunn had a career-high in points this afternoon as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne is undefeated at 7-0 this year when having a positive assist-to-turnover ratio. Today, the ratio was 18-to-13.

The Bears never trailed in the contest.

UNC Pembroke’s Nyla Allen (East Orange, N.J.) led all scorers with 20 points but the Braves shot just 26 percent (17-of-66) from the field.

Lenoir-Rhyne prepares for a two-game road trip before the Christmas Holiday Break begins, starting with a South Atlantic Conference contest on Wednesday, December 13, against Mars Hill in Mars Hill, N.C., at 6:00 p.m.

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