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Friday, 10 November 2017 07:48

CVCC Baseball Pitcher Signs With NC State

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Catawba Valley Community College sophomore pitcher Julian Smith officially signed his National Letter of Intent with N.C. State baseball on Thursday.


Smith, a left-hander from Concord, N.C., becomes the first Red Hawk baseball player to sign with a four-year school in a Power Five conference in program history.


“It’s truly an honor to be the first one here at CVCC to sign to play in a Power Five conference,” Smith said. “I feel that this signing is a reflection of the coaching staff and the work that they’ve put in to get me here.”


Smith initially committed to the Wolfpack on Oct. 4, but his signing was made official on Thursday.


During his freshman season in 2016, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Smith earned two wins in his seven starts. He also made one save in his nine total appearances on the mound, and he struck out 51 batters.


Smith sat out this past spring following Tommy John surgery, but he bounced back during this past fall season, showing an increase in the velocity of his pitches.


During his first start of the fall at Winston-Salem State on Sept. 29, Smith’s fastball was clocked at 91-94 miles per hour on a radar gun.


This past week, Smith was voted by his teammates as one of four captains for the CVCC baseball team heading into its 2018 spring season.

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program added to its 2018 incoming freshman class on Thursday by signing a pair of West Stokes High School standouts.


Outside hitter Rachel Delcamp and libero Abigail Gordon signed their National Letters of Intent with the Red Hawks volleyball program during a ceremony held at West Stokes High School.


“Rachel and Abigail bring experience and competitiveness to our fall 2018 roster,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “They have a unique bond having played sports — soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball — together since they were seven.”


Delcamp tallied a team-best 392 kills (4.5 per set) during her senior season with the Wildcats. She also recorded 262 digs, 68 aces and 21 blocks in her final prep volleyball season.


A defensive stalwart, Gordon registered a team-high 317 digs this past season for the Wildcats. She also made 56 aces and 18 assists.


“Both players have tremendous ball control and aggressive serves,” Hudson said. “Rachel will bring size and versatility to our outside hitting position, and Abigail's speed and consistent serve receive will be huge assets in our back court. I couldn't be more excited to have them joining our Red Hawks program.”


Behind Delcamp and Gordon, the Wildcats finished their season 19-8 overall and 8-4 in Western Piedmont Athletic 2A conference play. West Stokes also reached the second round of the 2A playoffs.


Outside of their prep careers, Delcamp and Gordon both played club volleyball together for the Champion Volleyball Club under head coach Kevin Troup.


While at CVCC, Delcamp and Gordon both plan to pursue an Associate in Arts degree.

Friday, 10 November 2017 07:41

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Signs Six

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey announced today the signing of six players for the 2018-19 season: Star Ergle (Columbia, S.C.), Madeline Hardy (Madison, N.C.), Tatum McBride (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Hanna McClung (Buckhannon, W.Va.), Kiara Moore (Morristown, Tenn.) and Alyssa Wagner (Harrisburg, N.C.).

“I am extremely excited about the addition of these student-athletes to our roster for next season,” said Sealey. “They all bring unique skills and qualities that will continue to uphold the high standard of excellence that our athletic department represents.”

“I have had the pleasure to get to know each student-athlete, their families, and coaches and it is a tribute to all of those individuals that we are adding six exceptional people who will be very successful student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne University.”

Star Ergle
5-7 - Combination Guard
Saluda High School
Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina 76ers

Following an impressive 2016-17 campaign where she averaged 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game, Star was tabbed as one of the top ten best players in South Carolina for the 2018 class. She has prepped at Saluda High School under Jeanette Wilder (a 2008 multi-sport Hall of Fame Inductee at Newberry College). Star has earned all-region honors the past three years as well as All-State Honors. She also was recognized as a two-time region player of the year and a two-time All-Lakeland Player of the Year. Prior to starting her senior season, she has joined the 1,000-point club at Saluda High School.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Star is a playmaker in a multitude of ways. Her strong build allows her to finish at the rim while accepting contact. She can also score off the dribble, create for her teammates, go one-on-one in transition and hit open jump shots. Her ability to make plays with the ball in her hand caught my attention early. Coach Wilder and Coach Wiley have been awesome mentors for her and have placed her around a multitude of college prospects for her to compete against. Star adds an immediate presence to our basketball program.”

Madeline Hardy
6-0 – Forward
Rockingham County High School
Madison, N.C.
Lady Phoenix Elite

Madeline comes from a highly reputable high school program (25-4, 26-5 and 25-4 over the last three years): the three-time District Champions at Rockingham County. She averaged 23.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.4 steals per game last season. In addition, she surpassed the 1,000-point mark in December of 2016. She was recognized as a member of the 3A All-State Team for her efforts. She was also tabbed as Mid-State 3-A Player of the Year concluding her sophomore year. Madeline is involved with Beta Club, a member of the choir, plays piano and is also a National Honor Society member.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Madeline is an impressive individual. I noticed her leadership abilities the moment I walked into the gym. Her record under Coach Wall at Rockingham speaks volumes, and the development from himself and Coach Rudd over the summer is second to none across North Carolina. I am thrilled to see Madeline join former teammate, Olivia Nunn, in the post next season. Madeline is tough, a relentless rebounder, a competitor, presents a nice touch at the rim, and has range out to the three-point line. She is involved in many different programs, has musical talents, while also being an all-state basketball player, that’s not an easy feat. Madeline is a perfect fit for Lenoir-Rhyne, our program and her future teammates.”

Tatum McBride
5-6 – Guard
Newton High School
Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Dayton Lady Hoopstars Premier

Tatum helped guide her team to a 19-8 overall record last season. She averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game during her junior campaign, while also surpassing the 1,000-point mark. At Newton High school under Coach Han, she currently stands through three seasons as the all-time leader in points and assists. During her high school career, she has earned all-conference honors in cross country three times and received All-Area Honors throughout Division Four in Ohio. Tatum is a member of the National Honor Society, FCA, Student Council as well as being a part of the Youth Group.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Our latest commitment of the 2018 class, Tatum, is a workhorse. She devotes a lot of time to improving her game, and deserves this milestone. I am eager to lead such a tough, relentless, coachable and dedicated player of the game. She is a strong rebounder at the guard position, will get up and defend, can knock down shots from the perimeter, leads by example and will bring 100 percent to the court each and every day. We are lucky to have such a high character student-athlete join our program.”

Hanna McClung
5-5 - Point Guard
Buckhannon-Upshur High School
Buckhannon, W.Va.
West Virginia Thunder

Hanna helped guide her team to a state championship appearance this past season with a 24-4 record overall. She was recognized as First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State, First Team All-Tournament, along with Big 10 Conference Player-of-the-Year honors. She averaged 17 points, five assists, and five steals per game while joining the 1,000-point club her junior season. She also excelled in softball, being named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State her junior year. Hanna was recognized back-to-back years (2016 and 2017) as Warner Female Student-Athlete of the Year. In the classroom, she holds a 4.5 grade point average, is a member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society, is Student Body Treasurer and is the Youth Leadership Association Treasurer.

Cameron Sealey quote:

“Hanna is the complete package. She will be a legend upon graduation at Buckhannon High School, not only for her outstanding athletic accomplishments, but also for the number of individuals she has impacted throughout her time there. She is a floor general, can find her way to the rim at ease, shoot from deep and can impact the tempo of the game with her energy and defensive pressure. She plays in an outstanding AAU organization, West Virginia Thunder, under Tim Lupardus and Scott Johnson, who are known for prepping players for the collegiate level. In addition, she is mentored by Coach Maxwell at Buckhannon, an inspiring leader and coach to Hanna since middle school. Despite her 5-5 frame, Hanna is one of the toughest competitors I watched in the 2018 class.”

Kiara Moore
5-11 - Forward
Morristown-Hamblen East High School
Morristown, Tenn.
Tennessee Lady Trotters

Kiara had an impressive junior year finishing as the team’s leading scorer (tallying 11.5 points a game) while shooting 51 percent from the field. She also was the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game. She earned all-conference and all-district honors for her efforts. She has an overall grade point average of 4.3 and is vice president of the Nutritional Advisory Committee. Along with being a student-athlete, Kiki is an active member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and was awarded the Governor Volunteer Star Award in Hamblen County.

Cameron Sealey quote:

“Kiki is a natural athlete with a very long frame. She has a nice touch at the rim, can run the floor, and has the capability to play from the high post and knock down the mid-range jumper, all of which plays perfect into our offensive game plan. Not to mention she is very good at altering shots on the defensive end and holding a presence in the paint. Coach Potts, at Morristown East, and Coach Fritz, with the Trotters, have done an awesome job prepping her for the college game in a multitude of ways. Kiki will come in with the skill set to play multiple positions for us.”

Alyssa Wagner
5-8 - Shooting Guard
Hickory Ridge High School
Harrisburg, N.C.
North Carolina Spartans

Alyssa played a key role as a varsity starter on Hickory Ridge’s 31-1 State Championship Runner-Up Team in 2016-17 when the squad was also won league regular season and tournament championships. She has recently been added to the 2018 Charlotte Hoops watch list. Alyssa averaged five points and three rebounds per game on a very balanced and talented squad. Prior to Hickory Ridge, she played her first two high school seasons at Farmington High School where she was tabbed as Honorable Mention All-South Suburban Conference and named Teams Most Outstanding Player. Alyssa holds a 4.13 GPA and is a member of numerous clubs such as Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Student Athletic Trainer Program and Nursing Fundamentals.

Cameron Sealey quote:
“Hickory Ridge girls’ basketball program, led by Tolonda Simmons, has made a name for themselves throughout North Carolina the last few years, and will make a run at a state championship again this upcoming season. Alyssa has been a vital part of that success. She is a winner and does all the little things that do not always show up on the stat sheet. She is capable of stretching the defense with her range, represents a high basketball IQ, holds a strong defensive presence, brings 100 percent every day, and her leadership abilities are vital to a team. Coach Ziggy of the N.C. Spartans made me aware of Alyssa the day I got the LR job, and he was accurate: Alyssa impressed me from day one. I believe Alyssa is meant to be in a Lenoir-Rhyne uniform next year.”

“Assistant Coach (Sierra) Simpson has done an outstanding job with Assistant Coach (Andy) Olejack’s help, leading our recruiting efforts for the 2018 class. It was a high priority for our staff upon arrival that we continue to build upon the high character, team first, and 100 percent effort and culture demonstrated here at Lenoir Rhyne,” added Sealey.

Appalachian State men's basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced the signing of Adrian Delph (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) on Wednesday.

As a junior at Kings Mountain High School in 2016-17, Delph averaged 20.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals. He was named Gaston Gazette All-Area First Team, Charlotte Observer All-Area Third Team, NCBCA All-District 10 First Team and South Mountain Athletic Conference First Team.

Delph elevated his game last season against stiff competition, posting strong outings against state tournament semifinalist Butler High School. In two games, he averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in those games.

Delph will join the Mountaineers for the 2018-19 season and will aim to make an immediate impact. He can play either guard position and will bring a strong defensive skillset.

2A:
Newton-Conover: 4
Owen: 0
Red Devils advance to the fourth round hosting South Point on Saturday.

Patton vs. Lake Norman Charter, ppd. to Thursday.

3A:
Statesville: 3
Hickory: 0
Red Tornadoes season ends at 17-7-1

Hickory High grad Caron Corpening made 1-of-2 free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining, lifting the Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute men’s basketball team to a thrilling 104-103 victory against visiting Catawba Valley Community College on Wednesday night.

Corpening drew a foul on contact from CVCC’s Steve Ruszala going to the basket in the game’s closing moments, and the freshman from Hickory, N.C. made the second of two free throws for the eventual game-winning point.

CVCC (1-2) attempted to drive the length of the court and put up a shot to win the game after the go-ahead free throw, but the Red Hawks’ Tyrell Oglesby lost control of the ball to end the game.

It was back and forth between the Red Hawks and Cobras for most of the game with CCC&TI leading 47-45 at halftime. The largest lead by either team in the entire contest was just eight points.

Oglesby led the charge for Catawba Valley in Wednesday’s game, scoring a team-high 23 points, while teammate Myles Williams, a Freedom graduate, added 20 points. Both players made four 3-point baskets in the contest.

Trevor Willis paced the Cobras (2-1) in victory, scoring 18 points — all of which came from behind the 3-point line.

Caldwell goes to 2-1 on the early season. They are at Louisburg College tomorrow.

CVCC drops to 1-2 on the season. They are back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Lees-McRae at 7 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:23

App State Men's Basketball Wins Lone Exhibition Contest

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Seven players scored in double figures as Appalachian State men's basketball posted a 126-71 victory over Warren Wilson in an exhibition contest on Tuesday evening inside the Holmes Center.

Leading the way for the Mountaineers was junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep School), who scored a game-high tying 23 points on 7-13 (53.8 percent) shooting. He also added three rebounds and four assists.

Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) tallied 10 points and four rebounds.

Off the bench, freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) finished with 17 points and sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) finished with 15 points and eight assists. Junior Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) and junior Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) each scored 11 points.

After the teams traded baskets in the early going, the Mountaineers used a 17-0 run to open a 25-9 lead with 14:35 left in the first half.

App State would push its lead to as large as 23 points in the opening half at 40-17 on a dunk by Williams. The Mountaineers would take a 56-34 lead into the break.

The Black and Gold put the game out of reach midway through the second half, using a 17-3 run to open up a 93-53 advantage.

The Mountaineers shot 45-of-81 (55.6 percent) from the field and limited the Owls to 25-of-83 (30.1 percent) shooting.

App State also dominated the rebounding battle, pulling down 71 boards, 24 of which were offensive.

Appalachian State will open the 2017-18 season with two games this weekend at the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers will host Toccoa Falls at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and will take on Bridgewater at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Both contests will be aired on ESPN3.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:22

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Drops SAC Match at Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (10-14, 6-12) suffered its fourth straight setback with a 3-1 defeat to Mars Hill (11-15, 9-10) Tuesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Stanford Arena. The Lions won by scores of 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a double-double – 17 kills and 19 digs – while freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) added 16 kills in the setback.

Freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) totaled 30 assists and 21 digs as well for the Bears, who added nine blocks as a team.

Mars Hill’s Rebecca Butler (Bradenton, Fla.) and Maddie Spurgeon (Waxhaw, N.C.) both finished with 13 kills each while Butler added 26 digs for the double-double.

The Lions swept the season series from the Bears and picked up their fourth consecutive victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 10-14 overall and 6-12 in the conference. The Bears return home to face Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday night at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Madi Suddreth has been named to the 2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Second Team.

Suddreth, a junior forward and Alexander Central grad, led the Bears in scoring last year (12.6 points per game) in addition to 27 three-pointers and 4.7 rebounds per outing. Suddreth also blocked 25 shots and led a defense which ranking eighth in the nation in scoring (allowing just 55.5 points per contest).

Lenoir-Rhyne (17-12 overall and 13-9 in the South Atlantic Conference) was also picked seventh in the conference preseason head coaches poll. The Bears totaled 40 points.

Wingate, the 2017 SAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Champions, was voted to win the title after receiving seven first-place votes and 97 total points. Lincoln Memorial, the defending SAC Regular Season Champions and regional finalists, was runner-up in the poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season by hosting the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Tip-Off Classic on Friday, November 10, against Barton at 8:30 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. LR is coached by first-year mentor Cameron Sealey.

2017-18 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason
Head Coaches Poll

1. Wingate (7) 97
2. Lincoln Memorial (1) 85
3. Anderson (3) 84
4. Carson-Newman 74
5. Newberry 71
6. Catawba 65
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 40
8. Tusculum 36
9. Queens 30
10. Coker 21
11. Mars Hill 11

2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Teams

FIRST TEAM
Danasia Witherspoon, Wingate
Terri Rogers, Catawba
Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
Shea Coker, Lincoln Memorial
Marta Miscenko, Wingate
Meg Essex, Newberry

SECOND TEAM
Nicola Handreck, Newberry
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson
Kasey Johnson, Tusculum
Madison Baggett, Anderson
Madi Suddreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
Serena Brown, Catawba

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team has been voted to finish eighth in the 2017-18 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll.

Queens, the 2016-17 SAC Co-Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to repeat as league champions. The Royals were the host school of the Southeast Regional Tournament last year and are ranked No. 2 in the nation. Queens received eight first-place votes for a total of 98 points.

Lincoln Memorial tied Queens for the league regular season title last year and was picked runner-up with two first-place votes and 91 points. The Railsplitters advanced to the national semifinals last year and begin the season ranked fourth in the country.

Lenoir-Rhyne, 10-17 overall last year including a 9-13 mark in league play, received 37 total points.

The Bears got their season off to a strong start with a 97-83 victory over The Citadel in an exhibition on Sunday, October 29, at home. Senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) is the top returning scorer for the Bears, averaging 13.0 points per contest with 69 treys last year. Top newcomers for the Bears this year include junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) and junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.).

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Friday, November 10, against No. 23 UNC Pembroke at 3:00 p.m., in the South Atlantic Conference/Peach Belt Conference Challenge in Pembroke, N.C.

2017-18 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason
Head Coaches Poll

1. Queens (8) 98
2. Lincoln Memorial (2) 91
3. Carson-Newman (1) 80
4. Catawba 67
5. Wingate 62
6. Newberry 57
7. Anderson 48
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 37
9. Tusculum 34
10. Coker 17
11. Mars Hill 14

2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Teams

FIRST TEAM
Charles Clark, Carson-Newman
Randall Shaw, Anderson
Jalin Alexander, Queens
Jameel Taylor, Catawba
Todd Withers, Queens
Dorian Pinson, Lincoln Memorial

SECOND TEAM
Mike Davis, Queens
Trevon Shaw, Lincoln Memorial
Jerrin Morrison, Catawba
Emmanuel Terry, Lincoln Memorial
Ike Agusi, Queens
Marshall Lange, Newberry

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