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Ben Witter, one of the world’s premier long drive and golf trick-shot entertainers, will highlight Tuesday’s “special events day” at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic with a Trick Shot Exhibition presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

Following an extremely successful college golf career, Witter was pursuing his life-long dream of a PGA TOUR career when he was diagnosed with cancer. During an extended hospital stay, Witter passed the time by bouncing a golf ball on the face of a golf club. Soon, he began performing tricks for the hospital staff. One of his doctors invited him to play in a pro-am where he performed a brief trick-shot routine, and his career as a trick-shot entertainer was born.

Witter, who was named the 2012 Golf-Fest entertainer of the year by Golfweek Magazine, will wow the Greater Hickory Kia Classic crowd on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Noon at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa practice range. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge, but tournament admission is $20.

Prior to the trick-shot exhibition, “special events day” begins with a 9 a.m. breakfast with the authors of Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa clubhouse. Breakfast tickets are available through the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. At 2 p.m., “special event day” concludes with the annual Dale Jarrett Celebrity Shootout on the Jones Course; only tournament admission is required to attend the Dale Jarrett Celebrity Shootout.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 22:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Defeats Brevard 3-1

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (12-5, 6-4) got back on the winning track with a 3-1 South Atlantic Conference victory over Brevard (8-8, 2-7) Tuesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Tornados by scores 25-27, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-19.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 16 kills and 22 digs while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 43 assists, six kills and six digs as the Bears improved to 14-1 all-time against the Tornados.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive specialist Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added a match-high 31 digs as the Bears rallied to win the match after losing the first set.

Brevard, losers of five consecutive matches, was paced by Fatima Gharachorloo (Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA) with 16 kills while Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) added 38 assists and 15 digs in the setback.

Sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) also finished in double digits in kills with 11 for the Bears, who also totaled 11 blocks on the night in the win.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Queens.

Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate
October 6-7, 2014 – Final Results
Sunset Beach, N.C.
Sea Trail Golf Resort

Women – par 72, 5,810 yards
Men – par 72, 6,797 yards

1. Florida Tech 589 (+13)
2. Wingate 604 (+28)
3. Limestone 610 (+34)
4. Newberry 613 (+37)
5t. Erskine 620 (+44)
5t. Lincoln Memorial 620 (+44)
7t. King 622 (+46)
7t. Queens 622 (+46)
7t. Coker 622 (+46)
10. Catawba 627 (+51)
11. Mount Olive 628 (+52)
12. Tusculum 629 (+53)
13t. Barton 664 (+88)
13t. Pfeiffer 664 (+88)
15. Belmont Abbey 667 (+91)
16. Anderson 669 (+93)
17. Lenoir-Rhyne 676 (+100)
18. Mars Hill 677 (+101)
19. Emmanuel 694 (+118)
20. Virginia-Wise 765 (+189)

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
56t. Tessa Young 162 (+18)
59t. Evelyn Stein 163 (+19)
79t. Elizabeth Ewing 173 (+29)
88t. Ashlyn Setzer 178 (+34)
96. Brianna Williams 185 (+41)

1. Mars Hill 573 (-3)
2. Wingate 574 (-2)
3. Mount Olive 575 (-1)
4t. North Greenville 576 (E)
4t. Queens 576 (E)
6t. Lincoln Memorial 578 (+2)
6t. Pfeiffer 578 (+2)
8. Southern Wesleyan 579 (+3)
9. Barton 585 (+9)
10. Emmanuel 589 (+13)
11t. King 590 (+14)
11t. Belmont Abbey 590 (+14)
13. Lenoir-Rhyne 605 (+29)
14. Coker 610 (+34)
15. Belmont Abbey “B” 615 (+39)
16. Walters State CC 621 (+45)
17. Cape Fear CC 622 (+46)
18. Chowan 624 (+48)
19. Belmont Abbey “C” 687 (+111)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
16t. Jordan Vogler 144 (E)
48t. Jackson Bailey 150 (+6)
70t. Blake Childers 155 (+11)
72t. Drew Alford 156 (+12)
88. Benjamin James 164 (+20)
94. Jordan White 175 (+31)

Women’s winner: Florida Tech’s Johanna Larsson with a 140 (-4)
Men’s winner: Wingate’s Tyler Stone defeated teammate Benedict Gebhardt in a playoff. Both players shot a 137 (-7)

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s team next competes in the State Farm Intercollegiate in Tazewell, Tenn., while the women’s squad plays in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C. Both tournaments take place on Monday, October 13, and Tuesday, October 14.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has announced a time change for its regular season finale against Catawba at home on Saturday, November 15.  The two teams will now kick off at 12:30 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.  The contest was originally scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Both amateur golfers and Champions Tour professionals will have a chance to win a brand new Kia Motors car during the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic hosts four Pro-Ams during tournament week with two each on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 16. During the Pro-Ams, the first amateur golfer to make a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole will win a 2015 Kia Optima courtesy of Kia Motors. Only one amateur can win the car; the first hole-in-one scored by an amateur, regardless of the pro-am in which it happens, will end the amateur portion of the contest.

In addition, during the final round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Sunday, Oct. 19, the first Champions Tour professional to make a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole will win a 2015 Kia K-900 courtesy of Kia Motors; only one professional can win the K-900. For more information on the Kia K-900, Optima or any other Kia model, please visit www.kia.com.

“Kia is incredibly generous to offer a new car to a Champions Tour professional for a final-round hole-in-one,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “But we are ecstatic to offer a similar opportunity to our pro-am participants; what a thrill it would be if one of our amateurs won that Kia Optima! We are very grateful to Percy Vaughn and everyone else at Kia Motors for making these opportunities possible next week.”

In addition to the new cars, amateur golfers in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Ams will have opportunities to win other prizes. The first amateur to score a hole-in-one on the par three fourth hole with will a Krank Golf Formula 5 driver. The first pro-am participant to make a hole-in-one on the par three seventh hole will win a vacation for four at the Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa in Lajitas, Texas. And finally, the first pro-am golfer to score an ace on the par three 12th hole may choose either TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway woods and rescue or TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons and wedges.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:50

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Surry CC

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The Catawba Valley Red Hawks volleyball team travelled to Surry County on Monday, October 6th to face the Surry CC Knights in a 7:00 match. CVCC controlled the tempo winning in 3 straight sets 25-16, 25-15, and 25-16. Catawba Valley had 43 kills for the match, 5 total blocks and 4 aces. Aimee Cloninger led in the kill category with 12, followed by Tiffany Brooks with 9 and Anna Henderson with 7. Madison Pogue had 6 kills, 24 assists, 9 digs, as well as a block and an ace for the match. Katelyn Houser led defensively with 19 digs and Aimee Cloninger had 10. Hannah Griffin controlled the net with 2 blocks and also posted 5 kills for the night.

CVCC will host Lenoir Community College for a 6:00 match on Friday, October 10th for their annual "Dig Pink" event. Special music will be provided by Katelyn Houser and Sydney Hudson.

The Red Hawks overall record is 24-6 and their conference record is 11-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College October 6, 2014
CVCC wins over Surry in 3

Match scores: 25-16, 25-15, 25-16

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Tiffany Brooks 9, Anna Henderson 7, Madison Pogue 6, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Aimee Cloninger 10, Madison Pogue 9, Emily Horn 7, Katie Ruff 5
Assists: Madison Pogue 24, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 1, Katelyn Houser 1, Madison Pogue 1, Lyndsey Detter 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Madison Pogue 1, Anna Henderson 1

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn will host its annual youth golf clinic with Champions Tour professionals on Friday of tournament week, the event announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

The Youth Golf Clinic, presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy, is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 on the Rock Barn practice range. Champions Tour professionals will participate after they complete first-round play in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic; which Champions Tour professionals will participate has not yet been determined. Clinic participation is free of charge with tournament admission. For those people attending the clinic but not the first round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, admission and parking will be free of charge after 3:30 p.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 3
Freedom: 1

Hickory: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0

St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 1

Watauga: 3
Patton: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Crest: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
North Lincoln: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Hickory: 0

Freedom: 2
Hibriten: 1

Patton: 4
Watauga: 3

St. Stephens: 6
South Caldwell: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Crest: 0

Southern District 7:

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
North Lincoln: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Hickory: 0

Freedom: 2
Hibriten: 1

Patton: 4
Watauga: 3

St. Stephens: 6
South Caldwell: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Crest: 0

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 3
Bandys: 0

West Caldwell: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Appalachian State University women’s basketball has a complete staff after the hiring of two assistant coaches, as announced by head coach Angel Elderkin on Monday.

Sean Costello and Emily Roberts will join Elderkin and assistant coach Jessica Jackson for the 2014-15 season. The three assistants boast a combined 18 years of coaching experience.

“I am really excited about the coaching staff that we’ve assembled,” said Elderkin. “Both Emily and Sean bring a passion and energy for the game that will be infectious and contagious for our student-athletes. They not only will be a tremendous asset to the Appalachian State and Boone communities but they will work tirelessly to make sure our program is successful on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Costello arrives at Appalachian State after spending nine years (2005-2014) as a coach for the varsity girl’s basketball program at The Shipley School in Brynn Mawr, Pa. Costello joined the staff in 2005 as an assistant coach before moving to head coach in 2008.

While at The Shipley School Costello amassed an impressive 114-40 overall record. Under Costello’s leadership, the girl’s basketball team won two Pennsylvania Independent Schools state titles, while gathering five conference championships.
Costello has been the head coach of the Philadelphia Belles AAU program since 2008, finding four Mid-Atlantic Region Championships and becoming the AAU National Runner Up in 2011.

He’s no stranger to college athletics either, playing soccer for the University of Rhode Island one year before transferring to the University of Scranton. While at Scranton, Costello was named team captain while earning second-team all-conference honors.
Costello graduated from the University of Scranton in 2003 with a degree in communications. He is married to Caitlin Mulroy.

“I am so excited to welcome Sean Costello to our App State family,” said Elderkin. “Sean is a brillant basketball mind and has a tremendous ability to relate to student athletes. He is an excellent teacher of the game and will play a vital role in our development of our players. “

Roberts comes to Appalachian after spending the past three seasons (2011-2014) at Elon University. Roberts was hired as the women’s basketball director of operations during the 2011-12 season before being promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2012. While at Elon, the basketball team gathered a 36-22 Southern Conference record, while making it to the second round of the WNIT tournament in 2012.

Prior to Elon, Roberts served as the video coordinator with the Memphis women’s basketball program during the 2010-11 season, preparing opponent game film and practice film for the team.

In 2006, Roberts accepted a coaching position at Cedar Ridge High School as the girl’s varsity assistant coach and head JV basketball coach. After two seasons at Cedar Ridge, Roberts was promoted to assistant athletic director, overseeing all of the Cedar Ridge athletic programs. She left Cedar Ridge in 2008 to become the assistant boy’s basketball coach at Cressent Christian Academy in Durham, N.C.

Roberts played basketball at UNC Wilmington from 2002-2005, graduating with a degree in communication studies in just three years. She is a native of McBee, S.C.

“We are really excited about the addition of Emily Roberts to our Appalachian State women’s basketball family,” said Elderkin. “Emily is a tremendous recruiter and will impact our program immediately with her recruiting efforts. She is excellent at building relationships and is a perfect fit for Appalachian State.”