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Catawba Valley Community College sophomore guard Nikkyana McCaskill has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Fayetteville State University.

Joined by her family, friends and teammates, McCaskill made her signing official on Sunday in a ceremony held at the Tarlton Complex.

McCaskill is grateful to continue her career in the classroom and court, but even more thankful for her journey at Catawba Valley.

“I just want to say that CVCC was the greatest experience I've ever had,” McCaskill said. “I had a coach that cared about me as a person and my teammates are truly my sisters. I learned so much in coach England’s program, and I am in the best shape I've ever been. I want to thank everyone who helped me grow as a person and enhance my athletic ability. I will miss CVCC, but I will forever be a Lady Red Hawk. I look forward to my next journey at Fayetteville State University.”

McCaskill averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this past season for the Red Hawks, helping them go 26-6 overall and 20-2 in Region X play.

The 5-foot-2 guard from Gastonia, N.C. was a key defensive piece for a Red Hawks team that averaged 10.4 steals per contest and limited opposing teams to just 37.8 shooting percent from the field.

McCaskill also etched her name into the CVCC record books this past season, recording the most 3-point field goals attempted in a season (129) while still shooting 34.1 percent from behind the line.

Off the court, McCaskill is a standout in the classroom, graduated this spring with a 3.3 grade point average.

“It has been a pleasure coaching Nikky and to see her growth has been remarkable,” said CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “She is undersized, but has a big heart with great skills and shooting ability. Her vocal leadership and directing the team was vital to our success. Nikky will do great things at Fayetteville State in the classroom as well as on the court. I look forward to watching her play in the CIAA. She will truly be missed.”

McCaskill joins Shaniya Lester (UNC Pembroke), Tanisha Wall (Montreat College) and Joyous Wilson (Mars Hill) as the fourth member of the 2017-18 Catawba Valley women’s basketball team sophomore class to sign with a four-year school.

Monday, 21 May 2018 12:26

CVCC Volleyball Signs Virginia's Naotala

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The Catawba Valley Community College women’s volleyball program has announced the addition of Siena Naotala to its 2018-19 recruiting class.

Naotala comes to the Red Hawks from Menchville High School in Newport News, Va.

"What an exciting late addition Siena is,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “She's an all-around great athlete who I believe will make an immediate impact this fall. Her strength, versatility and commanding presence at the net are tremendous assets that Siena brings to the program."

During her time at Menchville, the 5-foot-10 Naotala was named first team all-district and all-conference and a second team all-state selection in the Division 5A ranks.

Naotala played both middle hitter and outside hitter for the Monarchs, leading them to a 16-8 overall record.

Naotala joins an incoming recruiting class for the Red Hawks, which includes Alexander Central's Chesney Millsaps, Kelsea Dejarnette and Sage Harrington, Butler’s Alli Dowe, Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, North Buncombe's Bre Myers, North Henderson's Zoe Phillips, North Iredell's Meredith Patterson, North Surry's Paige Sizemore, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga's Emma Clark, West Iredell's Macy Pope, West Stokes' Abigail Gordon and Rachel Delcamp, Willamette's (Ore.) Sophie Brennan and West Virginia Tech transfer Lauren McCall.

The Red Hawks are coming off a 28-9 overall record and 15-0 mark in Region X play last fall — winning their sixth-straight regulars conference championship.

The Saint Leo Men's Lacrosse Team (16-2), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship game after escaping with a 12-11 win over fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (17-3) Sunday afternoon at a packed Moretz Stadium.

Saint Leo jumped out to a 4-0 advantage just under nine minutes into the contest and never trailed in the victory. The Lions were led by Kyle Pauwels (Kamloops, British Columbia, CANADA) and Matt Shand (Whitby, Ontario, CANADA) with two goals each. Ten players scored for Saint Leo.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior midfielder Quinn Kuhn (Buffalo, N.Y.) each scored a game-high three goals for the Bears, who lost despite holding advantages in both shots taken (59-30) and ground balls (40-30).

Saint Leo's goalkeeper, Thomas Tatarian (Shoreham, N.Y.), came up big for the Lions with 16 saves while earning the victory. LR senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) suffered the loss despite 10 stops.

With two goals and an assist, Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished the year with school-records in goals (a league-leading 62) and total points (91).

Corrigan finished with three goals and four assists for the second straight contest and totaled 14 points in the two playoff games this season. Corrigan ended the year ranked second on the team in total points with 81.

Despite the loss, Lenoir-Rhyne is 40-6 in its last 46 contests.

The Bears set a school-record for wins in a season (17) this spring.

Luke Watts fielded the comebacker to the mound, ran toward first base and flipped the ball to Conner Leonard for the final out.

The classmates embraced as the rest of Appalachian State's team charged away from the home dugout to join them.

Appalachian State ended a long Senior Day in style, capping head coach Kermit Smith's second season with an 11-7 victory against 16th-ranked league champion Coastal Carolina.

It was the last game appearance at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium for Leonard, Watts, Tristan Helms, Reed Howell, Travis Holden, Robert Langdon and Drake Zupcic. The exchange between Watts, whose nine saves this year rank fifth in App State's single-season history, and Leonard, who made 175 starts at first base in 195 career games, provided a fitting conclusion.

The Mountaineers (18-36, 9-21 Sun Belt) and Chanticleers (38-17, 23-7) played 21 innings Saturday, as Coastal Carolina finished off a 10-4 victory in Game 1 of the series and won 10-5 in Game 2 before falling to App State in the finale.

Appalachian trailed 3-0 in Game 3 before recording its highest-scoring inning of the season with a six-run fourth that included seven walks and two hit batters. Leading 7-5 in the seventh inning, the Mountaineers extended their advantage thanks to Joel McDaniel's solo homer, CJ Brown's sacrifice fly to score Drew Beck and Alex Leshock's two-run double. Bailey Welch followed Langdon home and beat the throw to the plate to score all the way from first.

After starting pitcher Will Sprinkle exited the game with a fifth-inning lead and Andrew Papp (1-0) threw scoreless sixth and seventh innings en route to his first App State win, Watts retired all five batters he faced in lowering his senior-year ERA to 2.29 in 30 appearances. He led the league with 27 games finished.

Leonard went 3-for-8 with four RBIs in his last two games, while Langdon started the final two games at second base, had an RBI single in Game 2 of the series and helped turn an inning-ending double play to preserve a 7-5 lead after Coastal Carolina loaded the bases in the seventh inning.

Helms and Howell came out of the bullpen to record ninth-inning strikeouts in the series opener, which followed a graduation ceremony for the seven seniors, and Holden pitched the eighth inning of Game 2. That game ended with a crowd-pleasing at-bat for Zupcic, a 2017 starter who entered the lineup for the first time in two months. An arm injury limited him to 13 at-bats, most of them as a pinch-hitter, before he was shut down a month into the season.

With its first home victory against a top-20 opponent in recent history, App State was able to send its seniors out with a memorable win.

Monday, 21 May 2018 08:54

Hickory Crawdads Fall in Extra Innings

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Saturday night, the Hickory Crawdads fell to the Kannapolis Intimidators on the road 3-2 in 10 innings.

The game was tied 1-1 after nine innings, and the Crawdads were able to plate a run in the top of the 10th. However, the Intimidators got two runs in the bottom of the 10th for the win.

Hickory got on the board in the fifth inning. With two outs, Yohel Pozo doubled to left field and scored when Sam Huff hit a single to right field.

In the 10th, Tyler Ratliff doubled bringing in pinch runner Ryan Dorow who was pitch running for Tyreque Reed to start the 10th.

 

2A:
Franklin: 4
Fred T. Foard: 3
Tigers season ends at 20-4.

3A:
Alexander Central: 1
Cox Mill: 0
Cougards advance to the regional finals on Tuesday taking on Jesse Carson.

4A:
South Caldwell/Mooresville, ppd. to Saturday at 12 noon

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Justin Dean has been named to the 2018 D2CCA All-Southeast Region Baseball Second Team. D2CCA is the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.

 

Dean, a junior outfielder from Mauldin, S.C., led the Bears in several offensive categories this year including batting average (.398), runs scored (59), hits (74), doubles (13), triples (seven), total bases (119), slugging percentage (.640), on-base percentage (.498) and stolen bases (14).

 

Dean was a 2018 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree who started all 49 games for Lenoir-Rhyne (27-22, 13-14). Dean, a three-year starter (2016-18), tied for the league lead in triples (seven).

 

The Peach Belt Conference had 16 honorees on the two teams while the South Atlantic Conference had 11 and the Conference Carolinas totaled six. The first-team selections will move on to the All-America ballot.

 

The D2CCA All-America programs honor student-athletes in Division II athletic programs. The mission of the CCA is to encourage and promote Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the school’s sports information directors. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.

 

2018 DIVISION II CONFERENCE COMMISSIONERS ASSOCIATION

ALL-SOUTHEAST REGION BASEBALL HONORS

 

First Team

C – MATT HONEYCUTT, MARS HILL

1B – CHANCE BOWDEN, CATAWBA

2B – SETH HARTINGS, UNC PEMBROKE

3B – TREY JACOBS, UNC PEMBROKE

SS – COLIN ALLMAN, NEWBERRY

OF – LOGAN MATTIX, GEORGIA COLLEGE

OF – CONNOR GRANT, NORTH GREENVILLE

OF – LUKE JACKSON, UNC PEMBROKE

DH – CONNOR GRAINGER, UNC PEMBROKE

SP – CHARLIE HECHT, GEORGIA COLLEGE

SP – TUCKER BURGESS, NORTH GREENVILLE

SP – ETHAN ELLIOTT, LINCOLN MEMORIAL

SP – KOLTON INGRAM, COLUMBUS STATE

RP – ZACH VENNARO, MOUNT OLIVE

UTIL/P – CHARLES HALL, TUSCULUM

UTIL – NATE SCHMAL, GEORGIA COLLEGE

 

Second Team

C – ANDRES PEREZ, NORTH GEORGIA

1B – MATTHEW MILLER, GEORGIA COLLEGE

2B – DAULTON MARTIN, TUSCULUM

3B – DAULTON WEEKS, USC AIKEN

SS – TYLER ADAMS, LINCOLN MEMORIAL

SS – COLIN ROSENBAUM, BELMONT ABBEY

OF – LUKE CURETON, BELMONT ABBEY

OF – JUSTIN DEAN, LENOIR-RHYNE

OF – WESLEY WOMMACK, GEORGIA COLLEGE

DH – COLBY SKEEN, TUSCULUM

DH – CHRIS SALVEY, LINCOLN MEMORIAL

SP – MICHAEL LIVINGSTON, YOUNG HARRIS

SP – GERMAN REYES, MOUNT OLIVE

SP – ANTHONY BURKE, UNC PEMBROKE

SP – AUSTIN TURGEON, WINGATE

RP – PARKER MORRISON, NORTH GEORGIA

UTIL – ETHAN BAUCOM, UNC PEMBROKE

 

SOUTHEAST REGION PITCHER OF THE YEAR

CHARLIE HECHT, GEORGIA COLLEGE

 

SOUTHEAST REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LOGAN MATTIX, GEORGIA COLLEGE

Marty Curtis, head baseball coach for the last 35 years at Bunker Hill High School is retiring.

In a career that has seen him coach over 1,000 total games between St. Stephens and Bunker Hill, he lead the Bears to 455 wins, including a 19-6 record this season and a berth in the 2A state playoffs.

Curtis has been a baseball coach or assistant for 46 years, including a stint as the head coach of the Hickory American Legion team as well as the Caldwell County American Legion team.

The baseball field at Bunker Hill high School was named the Mark Curtis Field in 2004.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ines Flueck has been named to the 2018 IWLCA NCAA Division II All-South Region Second Team. IWLCA is the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

 

Flueck, a senior goalkeeper from Coppell, Texas, was named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after leading the Bears (9-10, 8-0) to their first-ever league regular season championship.

 

On the year, Flueck was 9-8 with a 11.20 goal-against average and 148 saves. Flueck is the Bears’ all-time leader in stops with 606.

 

Flueck, a four-year starter, is a two-time first-team all-league selection (2016 and 2018) and earned NCAA Division II All-American honors as a sophomore.

 

The IWLCA has honored 128 student-athletes in Division II with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2018. These student-athletes are now eligible to be named to a national IWLCA All-American team. The IWLCA will celebrate the 2018 All-Americans during Divisional All-American Announcement Shows, which will be launched online in mid-June.

 

2018 IWLCA NCAA Division II

All-Region Teams

South Region

 

FIRST TEAM

Cammy Case, Queens University of Charlotte, Junior, Defense

Dani Bursinger, Florida Southern College, Junior, Midfield

Caroline Dunleavy, Florida Institute of Technology, Senior, Attack

Kallie German, Rollins College, Junior, Attack

Shannon Gilfedder, Florida Southern College, Senior, Attack

Olivia Going, Florida Institute of Technology, Sophomore, Defense

Sara Grenier, Florida Institute of Technology, Senior, Attack

Sam Keesey, Florida Southern College, Junior, Defense

Meghan O'Brien, Florida Southern College, Senior, Attack

Emily Santoli, Florida Southern College, Senior, Midfield

Samantha Schiano, Florida Institute of Technology, Junior, Midfield

Shannon Sisk, Limestone College, Senior, Attack

Bridget Sutter, The University of Tampa, Freshman, Goalkeeper

Lauren Tybor, Florida Institute of Technology, Sophomore, Midfield

Lindsay Van Beck, Rollins College, Junior, Defense

Alyssa Voccia, Limestone College, Junior, Defense

 

SECOND TEAM

Hannah Ashton, Rollins College, Sophomore, Attack

Rose Blackburn, Limestone College, Junior, Defense

Kiara Burke, University of Mount Olive, Sophomore, Midfield

Rachel Crawford, The University of Tampa, Junior, Attack

Marin Felsoci, Belmont Abbey College, Sophomore, Midfield

Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Senior, Goalkeeper

McKenzie Jackson, Embry-Riddle University, Freshman, Midfield

Courtney Lafler, Limestone College, Junior, Midfield

Rebecca Luca, Belmont Abbey College, Senior, Attack

Mal Olin, Rollins College, Senior, Goalkeeper

Sarah Rheinsmith, Florida Southern College, Senior, Defense

Hanna Scott, Queens University of Charlotte, Junior, Attack

Alexa Scudillo, The University of Tampa, Sophomore, Defense

Steph Stuart, Florida Institute of Technology, Senior, Goalkeeper

Meghan Vadala, Florida Southern College, Senior, Defense

Katie Wardle, Queens University of Charlotte, Junior, Midfield

Friday, 18 May 2018 20:53

Crawdads Rained Out on the Road

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The Hickory Crawdads game scheduled for Friday against the Kannapolis Intimidators on the road was postponed due to the weather.

The Crawdads will now play a doubleheader at Kannapolis, with the first game starting at 2:35pm. Hickory plays a single, nine-inning game against the Intimidators on Saturday at 7:05pm.

The Crawdads return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday to host the Delmarva Shorebirds.

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