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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
West Caldwell: 1

Freedom: 5
St. Stephens: 2

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 15
Patton: 5

Hibriten: 10
Bunker Hill: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 8
Maiden: 3

Newton-Conover: 14
Lincolnton: 6

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 6
West Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 9
Freedom: 1

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 16
Patton: 1

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Maiden: 6
Bandys: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 6
West Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 2
Freedom: 1

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 1
Patton: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Maiden: 1
Bandys: 0

Lincolnton: 2 (4)
Newton-Conover: 2 (3)

Chris Seise had three extra-base hits as Hickory broke open a 4-4 game with two runs in the fifth en route to a 7-4 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws on the opening night of the 2019 season on the road for the Crawdads.

The Crawdads took the lead on a groundout from Matt Whatley and added a run on a Pedro Gonzalez RBI single.

Hickory scored three in the top of the fourth with two outs off BlueClaws starter Colton Eastman.

The Crawdads would also score two runs in the fifth. After a single from Julio Pablo Martinez and a double from Chris Seise, Tyler Carr relieved Colton Eastman. Matt Whatley drove in a run on a groundout and Pedro Gonzalez singled home another to put the Crawdads up 6-4.

Eastman (0-1) took the loss after he was charged for six runs in four innings (plus two batters). Hickory reliever Scott Engler retired all eight hitters he faced and earned the win. Abdiel Mendoza threw three scoreless innings to close the game and earn the save.

The BlueClaws and Crawdads play game two of their series on Friday night at 7:05 pm.

Friday, 05 April 2019 09:09

CVCC Volleyball Signs Two for 2019 Class

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program announces the signings of Lilly Weaver and Amber Barker to its 2019 recruiting class.

Weaver, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter and setter, recorded a team-high 33 kills this past season at South Stokes High School. She added 32 aces, 11 blocks and 416 digs, helping lead the Sauras to a 19-8 overall record and a 1A playoff appearance.

“Lily is a smart and seasoned hitter who will add depth to our fall roster at that position,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Lily is a competitor and a smart player who sees the court well. I’m excited to see how she continues to develop as a player this season.”

Weaver is also a four-time all-conference selection in the Northwest 1A and Western Piedmont 2A conferences, and she was named an all-conference tournament performer as a senior this past fall.

“Lilly is one of the most dedicated volleyball players I have coached,” said South Stokes head volleyball coach Jayson Duncan. “She leads with actions and words. Her hard work made South volleyball better while she was here and in the future. We have players that look up to her work ethic and positive attitude. She will be a great asset to the CVCC volleyball program and the school community.”

Barker comes to CVCC from the Greater Cabarrus Stallions, where she helped lead the program to a 47-11 overall record in her three seasons, including a 15-5 mark this past fall season.

“Amber brings athleticism and a nice vertical to an already talented front row for our team this fall,” Hudson said. “Amber’s versatility as a setter and hitter make her an invaluable asset and I’m looking forward to watching her grow her game in our offense.”

A setter and right side, Baker helped lead the Stallions to three top-three finishes in the state, including first place as a sophomore in 2016, third place as a junior in 2017 and second place as a senior in 2018.

“The first time she stepped onto the court, I knew she was going to be a great player,” said Stallions head volleyball coach Lee Dupre. “Amber is an all-around player and a great teammate that leads by example. She works hard to master the game of volleyball, which allows her to excel in any position she plays.”

Weaver and Baker join a Red Hawks volleyball team that is coming off a tremendous 2019 season in which they finished 36-10 overall and reached the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII tournament, winning three matches at nationals for the first time in program history.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team has announced the addition of Nas Tyson (Wingate, N.C.) to the 2019-20 signing class. Tyson comes to LR after a highly decorated career at Forest Hills High School.

“We are excited to add Nas Tyson to our program,” said Head Coach Everick Sullivan. “Nas has been well coached and enjoyed extreme success playing for Coach Matt Sides at Forest Hills. Nas will bring a toughness and basketball IQ that we look for in the players we bring into our program. We look forward to making Nas a part of our basketball family.”


Career stats:

126 Career Games Played

2,169 Career Points (1st All Time FHHS & Union County)

271 Career 3PT FG (8th All Time in North Carolina)

823 Career Rebounds (3rd All Time Union County, `1st All Time FHHS)

451 Career Assists (1st All Time FHHS & Union County)

306 Career Steals (1st All Time FHHS & Union County)

Career Record 113 wins, 13 losses (Part of winningest senior class in Union County History)

2 State Championship Appearances (2018 and 2019)

1 State Championship (2018)

Most Outstanding Player of State Championship Game (2019)

4 Time Rocky River All-Conference Team

3 Time Rocky River Conference Player of the Year

1st Team North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District 9 Team (2019)

The Bears won 21 games this year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history and the first time since 2016. Lenoir-Rhyne beat Queens twice when they Royals were ranked in the top-10 in the nation and also beat Lincoln Memorial for the first time since 2010.

Thursday, 04 April 2019 12:08

CVCC Baseball Falls on the Road Wednesday

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The 20th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team gave up a program-record 22 hits in a 16-4 loss to Division I Florence Darlington Tech at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Third baseman Grant Tilley led the Red Hawks (23-13) with two RBIs, while left fielder Jackson Brown and designated hitter Sabion Thomas tallied a team-high two hits in the contest.

The Stingers (28-9) scored in all, but one inning of Wednesday’s non-league contest, scoring four runs in the first and third innings, three runs in the second inning, two runs in the fifth and sixth innings and one run in the fourth inning.

Of the 16 runs surrendered by CVCC pitchers, 10 were earned. The Red Hawks also committed five errors in the contest.

Second baseman Ryan Moore led Florence Darlington Tech with four hits in six at bats, including six RBIs and three runs scored.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend for a conference series against Southeastern Community College.

The Red Hawks and Rams play a nine-inning game Saturday morning at 11am.

The Mountaineers had a vision and a purpose during the postseason, and it was met on Wednesday evening.

Led by the starters scoring 75 of the 76 points and four players in double figures, the Mountaineers capped off a stellar season with a 76-59 WBI championship victory over North Texas in the Holmes Center.

App State won its second WBI title in front of a record crowd, setting the Holmes Center mark of 1,823 fans for a women's basketball game.

Ashley Polacek had her offense going with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added four rebounds and four assists. Polacek did her damage in the second half, scoring 15 of her points in the third and fourth quarters.

The WBI Tournament MVP, Pre Stanley, posted 19 points on the evening with seven field goals. Stanley finished the month on a torrid stretch, especially during the tournament where she averaged 19.3 points on 51.9 percent shooting from the field.

Madi Story couldn't have finished her career off in a better way. The redshirt-senior finished her final game as a Mountaineer with a victory and a championship on her home floor. The senior staple put forth a 17-point performance, shot 7-of-11 from the field and pulled down five off the glass.

Lainey Gosnell scored 10 points to round on the leading scorers on just seven shots. Bayley Plummer, who showcased a dominant performance down low, snagged a career-high 22 rebounds on top of eight points in the triumph. Plummer amassed three straight games with 20 or more rebounds in the three victories.

Minus a slow start in the first quarter when North Texas captured a 22-15 lead, it was all App State. Appalachian outscored UNT in the final three quarters, 57-31, dominating both sides of the ball.

After UNT shot 47.4 percent from the field including four 3-pointers, the App defense posed its will, limiting the visitors to just 12-of-46 shooting from the floor in the last three periods.

Appalachian started to take over in the second quarter when it was trailing 29-24. The Mountaineers finished the second period on a 6-1 burst in the final 4:16 of the first half to tie up the contest, 32-32. Story scored the final six points of the frame to give the Black and Gold momentum.

The Mountaineers started the quarter by scoring 12 of the first 16 points en route to a 44-36 advantage. From that point on, Appalachian ran away with the contest, converting on seven of its final eight field goals to go into the final frame with a 57-44 lead.

North Texas never threatened in the final quarter, as the Black and Gold extended the lead to as much as 23 following a Polacek trifecta.

App State sealed the victory and ended the season with a triumph, celebrating the postgame festivities with confetti and cutting down the nets.

The Mountaineers tied for the highest win improvement in program history with a 14-win turnaround, secured 22 victories (most since 2011-12) and extended their Holmes Center record with 14 victories.

Stanley was named the Most Outstanding Player, while Story and Plummer were named to the WBI All-Tournament Team.

Appalachian State (25-9) won both games of the midweek doubleheader against NC Central on Wednesday. The Mountaineers won 3-0 in the first game and 7-1 in the second.

With the wins, the Mountaineers continue the incredible success with their 25th win of the season. They are the first App State team to do so since the 2013 season.

Game 1
Sydney Holland picked up the win in the circle for game one, bringing her record to 8-5 on the year. Holland allowed only three hits and one walk on a game-high six strikeouts.

Jenny Dodd failed to get on base in the first game of the doubleheader, ending her streak of reaching base safely at 29. It is the longest streak of reaching base safely on record at App State. Dodd continues to lead the Sun Belt in walks and is second in the nation with 35 total walks.

The Mountaineers scored two of their three runs on errors by the Eagles. NC Central ended the game with four total errors.

Caylie Kifer, Keri White and Alison Durrence all had singles that put runners in scoring position. Sidney Russell and Mary Pierce Barnes each had a double that moved runners as well.

The Mountaineers scored a run in the first, second and sixth innings and maintained their ninth shutout of the season.

Game 2
Maddie Siemer picked up the win for game two, evening her record out to 2-2 on the season. Siemer finished with a game-high five strikeouts with five walks while allowing only one run on the game.

The Mountaineer bats were hot in game two, scoring two runs in the first, second and third innings each. The scoring spree was interrupted when the Eagles managed to load the bases in the fourth inning and draw a walk to bring home a run.

Megan Walker started the Apps off again in the fifth with a double to center bringing home Laura Sales for the final run of the game.

Walker, Sales and White all had two hits in game two. Haley Stewart, Kifer and Durrence each finished the game with one hit a piece.

The Mountaineers head to San Marcos, Texas to resume Sun Belt play and take on Texas State in the weekend series. App State will be heading in with an 12-3 record in the last 15 games. The Mountaineers have yet to lose a conference series this season after sweeping Georgia Southern and ULM and beating Georgia State and South Alabama 2-1 in each series.

First pitch for game one is set for 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday, April 5 in San Marcos. Game two is set for 3 p.m. EST on Saturday followed by a 12 p.m. EST start time for game three on Sunday.

Thursday, 04 April 2019 08:02

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Blows out Benedict

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team used five runs in the second, six in the third and five in the seventh to take care of business against the Benedict Tigers on Wednesday night in nonconference action, 16-4.

Eight different members of the Bears' lineup recorded a base hit, with Clayton Jeffries (3-for-4), E.J. Ranel (2-for-3) and Alex Reynolds (2-for-4) leading the way with multiple base knocks on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne had starter Kain Kiser on a predetermined pitch count, but the freshman earned the win anyway, going 4.0 innings with just giving up one run and striking out five. Michael Allen worked 3.0 innings in relief and struck out six more while giving up just one run and two hits in the outing.

The Tigers started Jacob Lagos, who took his second loss of the year as he worked 2.0 innings, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk.

Benedict's leadoff hitter Michael Garner shined at the plate going 2-for-5 with a run batted in and one run scored while Javier Santiago also notched two base hits in four attempts, also driving in a run.

Ranel was explosive at the plate, hitting his second triple and sixth homer of the season.

The Bears own a midweek record of 7-4 and improved their home mark to 7-13 on the year.

Benedict put four arms on the mound and each gave up at least three runs in their appearances.

The Bears are 17-21 on the season. L-R will get set to hit the road for a South Atlantic Conference match up with the Mars Hill Lions on Friday to begin a three-game series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

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