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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:52

Clark Named New Head Football Coach at Bunker Hill

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Patrick Clark has been named as the new head football coach at Bunker Hill. Clark takes over for David Haynie who announced his retirement.

Clark comes to Bunker Hill after serving as an assistant at Maiden for three seasons. He has also been an assistant at Cherryville and North Gaston in previous stops.

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team rose to No. 18 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll, which was released on Tuesday.

The Red Hawks, who are currently 13-4 overall and 8-1 in Region X play, were ranked No. 19 in last week’s poll, but moved up one spot this week.

“I’m happy for the ladies and the program,” said CVCC women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “I’ve stayed true to what I believe, which is to teach these ladies life skills and life lessons through the game of basketball and building life long relationships for them to be women with a purpose. It takes faith, belief, trust, commitment, hard work, persistence and consistency to build a program and these ladies have come in and bought into the system. Thanks to everyone who has prayed, supported and not gave up on the Lady Red Hawks. I’m just enjoying the moment and looking to create many more memories.”

After starting the week with a difficult 87-84 overtime conference loss to Guilford Tech, the Red Hawks responded with victories against Wake Tech (92-74) and Louisburg (95-69), who previously received votes in the poll, but fell out of the rankings this week.

In the victory against the Hurricanes this past Thursday, sophomore guard Shaniya Lester scored a career-high 31 points, becoming the all-time leading scorer in CVCC women’s basketball history by surpassing former Red Hawk All-American Anika Jones (2012-14).

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Patrick Henry Community College.

Entering head coach Kermit Smith's second season as head coach, Appalachian State's baseball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division.

South Alabama received all 12 first-place votes to win the East Division in the Coaches' Preseason Poll.

After winning 19 games during Smith's debut season, App State has added eight junior college transfers, nine freshmen and one now-eligible Division I transfer to a group that returns several veteran pitchers and three position players who started in 2017.

The Mountaineers will have a 25-game home schedule, beginning with a March 2-4 series against Marshall, and play 40 of their 56 regular season games in the state of North Carolina. The in-state schedule includes a March 6 game against South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.


2018 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

EAST DIVISION
1. South Alabama (12) - 72 pts
2. Coastal Carolina - 59 pts
3. Georgia Southern - 43 pts
4. Troy - 41 pts
5. Georgia State - 20 pts
6. Appalachian State - 16 pts

WEST DIVISION
1. Louisiana (9) - 68 pts
2. UTA (2) - 56 pts
3. Texas State (1) - 51 pts
4. Arkansas State - 36 pts
5. Little Rock - 27 pts
6. ULM - 11 pts

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:47

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces Special Football Luncheon

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University athletic department has announced a special football reception titled “Charging Forward” that is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 16, at Moretz Mills from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the reception is to kick-off a new era of Lenoir-Rhyne football under recently hired head coach, Drew Cronic as he shares his vision and goals for the future of LR football. Coach Cronic will also introduce his new coaching staff and highlight his upcoming signing class.

“Our staff is very excited for this event in February,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Football Coach Drew Cronic. “We have worked extremely hard to sign a fantastic group of talented young men and this will provide a great forum for us to give Bear Nation a sneak peek of the future. It was also be an opportunity for us to share the vision for Bears’ Football as we Charge Forward into a new era!”

The event will be free admission and there will also be free food provided courtesy of Hannah’s BBQ South. Hannah’s BBQ South is a proud supporter of the Bears and plans on providing BBQ, Sliders, Chicken Wings, and other popular tailgate options for Bear Nation to enjoy during the event.

The athletic department extends an invitation to all LR alumni, campus and community members, and Bears fans to come out and meet Coach Cronic and his staff and celebrate the future of Bears Football.

“We hope to see all of our incredible alumni, members of the community, and our dedicated Bears Club supporters at the Charging Forward event,” said athletic director Kim Pate. “There is great enthusiasm and energy coming from the staff, our players, and a talented group of new recruits and we need everyone to truly get behind Coach Cronic and his staff as we enter an exciting new era of Lenoir-Rhyne Football.”

RSVP is required to attend the event and limited space is available. Those interested in attending need to send an email to Kay.Smith@lr.edu by February 9th to secure their spot.

Dual team wrestling championships (First and second rounds)
2A:
Patton at West Wilkes. Winner faces the winner of North Surry/Central Academy match in the second round.

Fred T. Foard hosts Newton-Conover. Winner faces the winner of the Mt. Pleasant/Surry Central match in the second round.

Bunker Hill is at West Lincoln. Winner faces Smoky Mountain/Pisgah winner in the second round.

3A:
St. Stephens faces Enka at North Iredell. Winner faces the winner of the North Iredell/Kings Mountain winner in the second round.

Alexander Central faces North Henderson at Crest. Winner faces Crest/West Rowan winner in the second round.

Both the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams earned CSCAA Scholar All-American Team honors for the Fall Semester of 2017. CSCAA is the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.

To earn the honor, the teams were required to post a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the Fall Semester. A total of 688 teams earned the distinction this past fall. The teams represented 430 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions.

Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams posted grade point averages of 3.10 and 3.40, respectively, for the most recent semester.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams return to the pool on Wednesday, February 14, to compete in the four-day 2018 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships in Charlotte, N.C., at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball road game against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) has been rescheduled.


After being postponed twice due to severe weather conditions, the Red Hawks (8-12, 3-8 in Region X play) will now take on the Bobcats (14-5, 10-2 in Region X) on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.


The next CVCC men’s basketball game is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31 at home against Guilford Tech (7-10, 1-9 in Region X). Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Six Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball players reached double figures in scoring in a 92-74 victory against visiting Wake Tech at the Tarlton Complex on Saturday.

Shaniya Lester led the 19th-ranked Red Hawks (13-4, 8-1 in Region X play) on Saturday, scoring 23 points — her third-straight game with at least 20 points. She added eight rebounds and six assists.

Lester, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., was also honored with less than 30 seconds to go in Saturday’s game after breaking the all-time CVCC women’s basketball record for points.

Lester passes Anika Jones, who recorded 703 points during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

“I didn’t think I would hit it this early,” Lester said of the record. “I put in the work. (The scoring record) was something me and coach England talked about. I told her my goals. I told her I wanted to try to in the record book for different things. (The scoring record) was one of them.”

CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England is thrilled that Lester was able to achieve the goal of breaking the career scoring milestone for the Red Hawks.

“She wanted to exceed that,” England said. “She put the work in. I’ve been pushing her every single day about making sure she is staying in the gym, working on her game, her character and her attitude. It takes so much to make (breaking the scoring record) happen. She’s been doing a great job of handling the pressure. I’m proud of her. It doesn’t surprise me at all about Shaniya. She’s a great kid and a great student-athlete. I’m just glad to be a part of it and share that moment with her.”

The Red Hawks and Eagles battled early and often in Saturday’s Region X contest with CVCC gaining a 44-35 lead by halftime.

Despite the early advantage, England was not pleased with her team’s play and addressed the issues at halftime.

“We started out slow and just didn’t play defense,” England said. “We were sluggish and not communicating. Our defense triggers our offense. After halftime, we had to regroup. Our girls fought through the third quarter and fourth quarter. We fought through it. That’s been our story — the heart and determination all year long.”

Wake Tech trailed as little as six points — 56-50 — with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

However, CVCC exploded in the fourth quarter, outscoring Wake Tech 29-18 in the final stanza — led by sophomore forward Tanisha Wall’s eight points. Wall finished Saturday’s game with a double double — 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Fellow sophomores Nikkyana McCaskill (16 points), Tory Agrusa (14 points, eight assists) and Joyous Wilson (10 points, eight rebounds) also helped lead the charge, and CVCC freshman Jada Reid also tallied a career-high 12 points.

Khadijah Daniels paced the Eagles (8-7, 5-6 in Region X) with a game-high 33 points

Up next for the Red Hawks is a make up game against Patrick Henry Community College at home on Tuesday. Tip off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) set a meet record and tied another as the Appalachian State women's track & field team won the Thundering Herd Invitational, hosted by Marshall.

The Mountaineers finished with a team total of 132 points, with Marshall finishing second with 99 points and Bowling Green rounding out the top-three with 77 points.

Hargrave finished first in the long jump, posting a new PR mark of 19-10.25. Her new topped her own meet record mark set last season. In addition, she also won the triple jump with a PR mark of 40-9.00, which tied the meet record in that event.

Junior Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) took home first place in the pole vault, clearing 11-11.75. Junior Lainey Hunnicutt(Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenberg) finished third in the event, with a mark of 11-11.75.

Senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) was victorious in the high jump, clearing 5-6.50 and sophomore LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenberg) won the 60-meter dash in 7.65 seconds. King also captured the 200-meter dash, crossing first in 24.91 seconds.

Senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) won the 800-meter dash in 2:14.40, with junior Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) finishing right behind in second place in 2:15.95.

In the shot put, senior Ashley Muschiattie (Newark, Del./Padua Academy) placed second with a mark of 40-4.25 and junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) was third in the triple jump, covering 39-6.00.

In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) placed second in a personal record 8.66 seconds.

The Appalachian State men's track & field team had a strong showing at the Thundering Herd Invitational, finishing first of 10 teams.

The Black and Gold posted a team score of 134.50, edging out Charlotte, who finished with 128 points. Eastern Kentucky was third with 87 points.

For the fourth consecutive meet, the App State saw a school record fall. The 400-meter relay tandem of junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge), sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) and freshman De'Shawn Ballard(Wilmington, N.C./Laney) were second in 3:14.30. The time bettered the old record 3:14.89 set in 2014.

Hastings set a new meet record in the 800-meter dash, crossing first in 1:50.48 and topping the meet record by nearly half a second.

Ballard captured the 200-meter dash in 21.37 seconds.

Senior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) captured the 1-mile run in 4:14.68 and sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11 seconds.

Junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) finished second the pole vault, clearing 16-0.75, with junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Leford) finishing third, also clearing 16-0.75. Both marks did break the previous meet record.

Senior Hampton Harvin (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Waldo) was second in the high jump, clearing 6-7.00. Sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) finished in a tie for third in the event, with a mark of 6-3.25.

Junior Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) placed third in the weight throw with a PR mark of 49-11.75 and freshman Brenton Ervin (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) was third in the 60-meter dash in 6.90 seconds.

The Mountaineers will compete next weekend at the ETSU Invitational on February 2 and 3.

Sunday, 28 January 2018 21:44

CVCC Men's Basketball Drop Third Straight

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday, falling 103-65 on the road to conference leader Louisburg College.

Tyrell Oglesby led the Red Hawks (8-12, 3-8 in Region X) with 15 points, while Marcus Talley added 12 points. Post player Matthew Gray also reached double figures in scoring, tallying a season-high 10 points in the game.

Seth McCoy paced the Hurricanes (15-4, 9-1 in Region X) with 24 points, including 16 of those scored in the first half. Lewis Freeman (16 points), Jalen Gaddy (15 points) and Jordan Oakley (12 points) also reached double figures in scoring for Louisburg.

The Hurricanes built a 64-23 lead by halftime and despite being outscored 42-39 were able to hold their large lead throughout most of Saturday’s conference game.

The CVCC men’s basketball team will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday when it hosts Guilford Tech at the Tarlton Complex. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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