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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team wrapped up a four-game road trip to open the season and ended the stretch with a 61-49 victory against the Chowan University Hawks on Saturday afternoon.

Kendall Toineeta led the Bears in scoring with 15 points and was aggressive on the floor as she added five rebounds, led the team with three assists, two steals and a block. Three different Bears scored eight points – senior Ashley Rodriguez, freshman Hanna McClung and sophomore Olivia Nunn.

The Bears were active on the defensive end with three players having multiple steals – Toineeta, Madi Suddreth and Allie Wagner. Toineeta, Suddreth and Karlie Bearden also added one rejection a piece.

LR only shot 34.4 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from long range but were active and efficient from the charity stripe making 14-of-17, good for 82.4 percent. The Hawks only shot 30.9, 17.6 and 63.2 percent respectively.

The Bears had the advantage on the glass, winning the rebounding battle by a count of 43-38. This led to a 19-7 count in points off turnovers, in favor of the Bears.

Seven of the 11 players to step on the floor for the Bears put up at least five points in the game.

Suddreth's double-digit scoring streak came to an end today after six games, dating back to last season. In losses the senior is averaging 20.5 per contest, and in wins she has put up 8.5 per game, allowing for a more balanced scoring attack for the Bears.

Toineeta's point total has allowed her to lead LR in scoring for the second straight game, and she is averaging 16.5 points per contest in that stretch.

LR evens their record to 2-2 on the season. The Bears will play at home for the first time this season and open South Atlantic Conference play this Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Newberry at 5 p.m.

Monday, 19 November 2018 03:47

App State Volleyball Wins Sun Belt Semifinal Match

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Appalachian State volleyball advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament finals with a 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 30-28, 25-23) victory over Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon.

The second seeded Mountaineers (22-7) will take on top seed Texas State on Sunday at 1 p.m., with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

App State will make its second ever appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament finals. The Mountaineers played in the championship match in 2015, falling to Arkansas State 3-2.

The teams were gridlocked at a set apiece as the Mountaineers won the first set 25-20, while the Red Wolves (21-13) grabbed the second 25-21.

In Set 3, Arkansas State jumped out to a 15-12 lead, only to see App State answer back with five straight points to take a 17-15 edge. The Mountaineers built a 21-19 advantage, but Arkansas State responded with four straight points to take a 23-21 lead. The Black and Gold tied the set at 23-23 and saved four set points to knot the set at 27-27. A kill by Kara Spicer gave the Mountaineers a 28-27 lead, but the Red Wolves came right back with a point to tie the score at 28-28. Victoria Wilform put the Apps back in front with a kill and block assists by Spicer and Wilform on a Red Wolves attack clinched the set for App State by a 30-28 count.

Arkansas State took a commanding 20-15 lead in Set 4. The Mountaineers countered with seven of the next eight points to jump in front 22-21. The Red Wolves won the next point, but App State got a kill from Emma Longley and an attack error by Arkansas State to open a 24-22 edge. Following a Red Wolves point, Amya Giger clinched the victory with a kill to give App State the set by a 25-23 count.

Three players posted at least 15 kills for the Black and Gold. Longley tallied a team-high 18 kills on a .326 hitting mark to go along with 10 digs. Spicer added 16 kills and Giger posted a career-high 15 kills on a .560 hitting percentage.

Becky Porter notched a double-double with 57 assists and a career-high 19 digs. She also recorded her 1,000th assist of the season in the victory. Emma Reilly also reached double figures in digs with 20.

Monday, 19 November 2018 03:45

CVCC Men's Basketball Upends Lees-McRae JV Squad

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Behind 22 points from Zach De La Cruz and 20 points from Isayah Johnson, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team rallied for a 94-81 victory against host Lees-McRae on Friday night.

CVCC (4-1) trailed 46-44 in the first half against Lees-McRaem and Johnson led the first-half charge for the Red Hawks with 13 points.

Despite trailing at halftime, Catawba Valley rallied behind the play of De La Cruz and guard Dezure Moulden, who scored 13 and 12 second-half points, helping the Red Hawks outscore the Bobcats 50-35 during the half en route to its victory.

Catawba Valley was aided in Friday’s non-conference game by strong performances at the free throw line. The Red Hawks made 31 of their 36 attempts at the charity stripe, including De La Cruz making nine of his 10 free chances.

Off to its best start since the 2015-16 season, the Catawba Valley men’s basketball team returns to action next Sunday for the second of three-straight road contests.

The Red Hawks travel to Gaffney, S.C. for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Limestone JV squad.

2AA:
Bandys: 28
Franklin: 14
Trojans advance to the second round hosting West Stokes

Hibriten: 63
East Henderson: 0
Panthers advance to the second round hosting South Point

West Stokes: 36
Fred T. Foard: 27
Tigers season ends at 6-6.

2A:
East Rutherford: 17
Maiden: 10
Blue Devils season ends at 8-4

Wheatmore: 24
Patton: 0
Panthers season ends at 6-6.

3A:
Monroe: 43
Freedom: 20
Patriots season ends at 9-3.

3AA:
Erwin: 48
Alexander Central: 21
Cougars season ends at 9-3.

A pair of wins by the 10th-seeded Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team has the program on the cusp of history.

The Red Hawks defeated Northern Virginia Community College and Lake-Sumter State College on Friday at the Charleston Civic Center to reach the ninth-place match of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII tournament.

CVCC (35-10) also has a chance to win three matches at the national tournament for the first time in program history.

Catawba Valley volleyball head coach Shannon Hudson said the new goal of winning three tournament matches was one brought to the table by Red Hawks Athletic Director Nick Schroeder following the team’s first-round tournament loss on Thursday.

“That’s been our new goal,” Hudson said. “We are almost there. We get to play on Saturday, which is a huge accomplishment, especially for such a young group. I’m so proud of how they played together today.”

A balanced offensive attack against the 15th-seeded NOVA Nighthawks helped propelled Catawba Valley to a 3-0 victory in the Red Hawks’ first consolation match of the tournament on Friday.

Freshmen middle hitter Emma Clark drove down a team-high eight kills in the match, and teammates Meredith Patterson and Siena Naotala weren’t far behind with seven kills apiece.

CVCC also received 11 digs and four aces from Madi Bolch, 14 digs from libero Emily Williams and 14 assists each from setters Emilee Webber and Macy Pope.

In the nightcap, the Red Hawks faced a second set of Hawks — this time the 11th-seeded LakeHawks of Lake-Sumter State College (Fla.).

The three-headed offensive attack of Siena Naotala, Clark and Patterson helped Catawba Valley pull ahead 7-1 in the first set against LSSC, and despite a late charge by the LakeHawks, the Red Hawks were able to win the set, 25-19.

After powering ahead early in set two and eventually holding on to win the set 25-22, the Red Hawks were in firm control of their second consolation match and one set away from advancing.

However, Lake-Sumter State (16-14) roared back, taking a commanding 14-3 lead in set three after some early mistakes by CVCC.

Despite falling behind early, the Red Hawks received a fortunate break though when a computer at the scorer’s table malfunctioned, forcing a short delay that allowed CVCC’s players and coaches to gather themselves.

“It gave us a chance to talk to the girls and kind of regroup,” Hudson said of the break. “We didn’t come back and win that (third) set, but we got really close and got the momentum that we needed going into the fourth set.”

Despite going on to lose set three by a score of 25-22, Catawba Valley managed to regain some its edge during the set, which proved to be pivotal in set four.

CVCC trailed by two points for a majority of the fourth set before making a late run. Down 16-13 to the LakeHawks, the Red Hawks won 12 of the final 14 points, winning the set 25-18 to advance to Saturday’s ninth-place match.

Four Red Hawks tallied double-digit kills against Lake-Sumter State, including Patterson (12), Naotala (11), Clark (10) and Sage Harrington (10).

“They are a really good team,” Hudson said of the LakeHawks. “We knew which rows we needed to score on, but we just couldn’t. We kept making silly errors or small mistakes — a ball off the block barely or one of their hits was barely in-bounds. We were kind of battling from one or two (points) behind the entire match, but we knew if we could just kind of get that push and get a couple of aggressive serves to get them out of system just a bit that we could get that run that we needed to kind of finish the game.”

Catawba Valley faces No. 13 seed Moraine Valley (31-7) — 3-2 winners against No. 9 North Dakota State College of Science (31-4) — in Saturday’s ninth-place match at 9 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

This will make the third time that the Red Hawks and Cyclones have met in the NJCAA DII tournament. CVCC won 3-0 in the second round of consolation action in 2012, but Moraine Valley returned the favor in 2013 with a 3-1 victory in the first consolation round.

“We saw them play just for a little bit today,” Hudson said of the Cyclones. “Moraine is a very consistent team. They don’t make many errors so we are going to have to play clean tomorrow and stay aggressive, but be really careful about the errors that we’re making. I think our girls can come out with a win.”

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team finds themselves in third place with 250 points while the Women’s Swimming Team is currently in seventh place with 141 points after night one of the 2018 Sheraton Le Meridien Fall Frenzy at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

The men started out the night by breaking the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team consisting of sophomore Spencer Ashby (Spartanburg, S.C.), junior Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.), freshman Jacob Greene (Lewisville, N.C.), and junior Seth Hurst (Clover, S.C.) finished fifth with a time of 1:24.43. Ashby also broke his own school record in the 50-yard freestyle with his eleventh-place finish in a time of 21.11. Other top finishers for the men tonight included freshman Alex Ballard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) in the 500-yard freestyle (seventh place, 4:38.63) and Queen in the 200-yard individual medley (fifth place, 1:51.55).

The women had two record-breaking finishes in both the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. The 200-yard freestyle relay team consisting of sophomore Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, MD), freshman Elizabeth Bowman (Thomasville, N.C.), junior Jaime Fullerton (Apex, N.C.), and junior Jessica Myers (York, S.C.) finished seventh, posting a time of 1:38.45, while the 400-yard medley relay team consisting of sophomore Kiana Schumacher (Fort Branch, Ind.), freshman Kimberly Scheiber (Pleizenhause, Germany), Bowman, and Rutherford finished in seventh with a time of 3:55.67. Rutherford broker her own record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.32, while Schumacher broke her own 100-yard backstroke record in a time of 58.74.

The competition continues Saturday with the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, and 800-yard freestyle relay.

2018 Sheraton Le Meridien Fall Frenzy
November 16-18
Charlotte, N.C.
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center

Host: Queens University of Charlotte

WOMEN
Queens 691
George Washington University 537
University of North Carolina Asheville 312
Bellarmine University 202
Wingate University 178
Gardner-Webb University 150
Lenoir-Rhyne University 141
Mars Hill University 92
Catawba College 72
Converse College 57
King University 50
Chowan University 40
Lees-McRae College 10
Pfeiffer University 2

MEN
Queens University of Charlotte 608
George Washington University 499
Lenoir-Rhyne University 250
Mars Hill University 209
Gardner-Webb University 190
Wingate University 186
Bellarmine University 184
King University 96
Catawba College 94
Lees-McRae College 89
Chowan University 56
St. Andrews University 41

Justin Forrest poured in a season-high 28 points, but Appalachian State men's basketball fell to Wichita State 82-76 on the second day of the Charleston Classic.

Forrest went 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) from the field and 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) from beyond the arc. He also pulled down a season-best seven rebounds (three offensive) and dished out two assists.

Ronshad Shabazz added 17 points and recorded a season-best five rebounds. Hunter Seacat tied his career-high with nine points, while adding four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Markis McDuffie had a team-high 24 points for Wichita State (2-2). Jamarius Burton and Samajae Haynes-Jones each finished with 14 points.

The Shockers jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, only to see App State (1-3) counter with 10 consecutive points to take a 12-8 lead. A jumper from Forrest at the 7:27 mark of the first half gave the Mountaineers a 31-25 edge. From there, Wichita State closed the half on a 19-4 run to take a 44-35 advantage into the break.

In the second half, the Mountaineers chipped away at the Wichita State lead and tied the score at 57-57 on a free throw by Shabazz with 10:57 to play. Following a dunk by Wichita State, the Black and Gold scored the next three points to open a 61-60 lead.

Two free throws from Isaac Johnson at the 6:18 mark of the second half gave the Mountaineers a 66-61 edge. The Shockers countered with a 12-2 spurt to retake the lead 73-68.

Shabazz hit a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left to cut the App State deficit to two points at 77-75. The Mountaineers fouled on the Shockers next possession and Erik Stevenson made his first free throw, but missed the second. McDuffie grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. He drained both of his free throws to push the Shocker lead to 80-75 and put the game away.

App State went 26-of-55 (47.3 percent) from the field and 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from deep. Wichita State shot 30-of-59 (50.8 percent) from the field and went 9-of-20 (45.0 percent) on three-pointers.

The Mountaineers will close out play at the Charleston Classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. versus Ball State on ESPN3. Appalachian State will then play next on Nov. 26 inside the Holmes Center at 7 p.m. against Winston-Salem State.

Monday, 19 November 2018 03:26

Hickory Crawdads Announce 2019 Winter Caravan

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The Hickory Crawdads and Texas Rangers have scheduled their 2019 Winter Caravan Luncheon for Thursday, January 10th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, with the event set to run from 12:00pm - 1:30pm.

The luncheon will feature a slate of Rangers personnel and members of the Crawdads coaching staff. The details of the attendees are still developing and will be announced in the coming weeks.

"The Rangers always do a great job with this event," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "We are excited to launch the 2019 season with our annual Winter Caravan Luncheon."

Tickets for the Winter Caravan Luncheon are available now for $25. Ticket price includes the main event and a picnic-style buffet. For more information or to order tickets, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000 or stop by the 'Dads front office at L.P. Frans Stadium. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Thursday night, in a game that had been delayed twice due to the weather of this week, Newton-Conover went on the road and downed Salisbury 4-2 in penalty kicks in the Western Regional Finals. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, forcing overtime. No goals were scored, so the game was decided on penalty kicks.

With the win, the Red Devils advance to the 2A soccer championship on Saturday. Newton-Conover will face Clinton at NC State University's, Dail Soccer Field at 11am tomorrow morning. Clinton is 25-1 on the season and the Red Devils are 23-3-1. Newton-Conover is making championship appearance number four, and are the defending state champions. They also won the 2A state title in 2007 and 2014. Meanwhile, Clinton is making their first Championship Appearance.

 

2A MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRING

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - NC State University, Dail Soccer Field -11:00 a.m.

#2 Clinton (25-1-0) vs. #4 Newton-Conover (23-3-1)

 

For the second-straight season, Catawba Valley women’s basketball head coach Tisha England reached another career milestone on Thursday.

England’s Red Hawks fended off the Montreat JV team to earn a 75-70 victory in overtime at the Tarlton Complex — recording the sixth-year head coach’s 100th career coaching win.

The victory comes one season after England passed mentor Tommy Edwards for the most coaching wins in CVCC women’s basketball program history.

“It means a lot,” England said of her 100th victory. “To be honest, I don’t think about wins and losses in that sense as far as trying to reach that peak. My desire is that these young ladies take these life skills and life lessons with them wherever they go and to be productive citizens through the game of basketball. I want to impact their lives in a positive way so when they take these teachings to wherever they go in life that they’ll be able to hold on to them and be able to overcome adversity. That is my desire. I love the game of basketball. The Lord has blessed me to use this as a tool for them to be productive citizens and to get to know them and push them to be the best that they can be.”

Montreat led CVCC 33-29 at halftime behind nine first-half points from Kendal Marlowe, but Catawba Valley (2-1) answered back, outscoring the Cavs 23-10 in the third quarter, including seven points from sophomore forward Sherry Johnson.

“We started out great and then we had our rocky spots, but they fought back,” England said of her players. “They had heart at the end. We made some turnovers, and at the end, they just fought back hard. It was all or nothing tonight to gain our pride back. The girls did a wonderful job.”

The Cavaliers were able to return the favor in quarter four, out-gaining CVCC 19-9 during the stanza to force overtime.

During the extra session, it was six more points from Johnson that would help the Red Hawks gain the advantage en route to England’s history-making win.

Johnson recorded a double-double with a team-high 28 points and 14 rebounds in the contest, while teammates Ivy Eller and Zharia Brown also reached double figures in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

England is proud of her team for fighting back from a difficult loss on Tuesday against Clinton to come through with a momentum-building win on Thursday.

“It makes me feel that they are learning how to overcoming adversity, and that’s what I want,” she said. “I want us to overcome adversity. At the end, it took everything that we had. It was all about heart tonight.”

England will try to add win No. 101 to her impressive coaching resume on Sunday when the CVCC women’s basketball team hosts Belmont Abbey for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest at the Tarlton Complex. Admission is free.

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