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For the first time in program history, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program has received a national weekly honor from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Sophomore forward Alliyah Chaplin was named the NJCAA DII Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Wednesday for games played Dec. 9-15 — becoming the first-ever Red Hawk women’s basketball player to earn that honor.

In two games played last week, Chaplin averaged 17.5 points and 13.0 rebounds, leading Catawba Valley to conference wins against USC Salkehatchie and 19th-ranked Cape Fear.

During Tuesday’s home game against the Indians, the 6-foot forward showcased her complete game, recording a career-high six assists to go along with her 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-43 Region 10 victory.

Chaplin followed that performance up with a 22-point, 16-rebound game in Wilmington against the Sea Devils — her fifth double double of the season. She also tallied a career-high six blocked shots in the 80-63 conference road victory against Cape Fear.

Those two Region 10 victories last week helped propel the CVCC women’s basketball team to 15th in the latest NJCAA DII women’s basketball poll, which was released on Monday.

A Chapel Hill, N.C. native, Chaplin currently leads Catawba Valley in points per game (17.0), rebounds per game (8.9) and blocks per game (2.7) so far this 2019-20 season.

Chaplin and the Catawba Valley women's basketball team return to the court on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 against Division I Walters State. Tip off at the Tarlton Complex is set for 1 p.m.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 16:26

CVCC Softball Releases Inaugural Season Schedule

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Entering its first-ever season in program history, the Catawba Valley Community College softball team has released its 2020 spring schedule.

The Red Hawks play their first-ever regular-season games on Monday, Feb. 3 at home against the Belmont Abbey JV squad. All CVCC home softball games will take place at the Highland Recreation Center, located at 1451 8th St Dr NE in Hickory.

“To say we are looking forward to getting started this coming spring is an understatement,” said CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “We are anxious to see show how we stack up against the competition. We have a schedule that we feel will prepare us for the postseason — highlighted by a stretch in the middle of February where we play five-straight days.”

After starting the season with back-to-back home doubleheaders against Belmont Abbey and conference foe Fayetteville Tech, the CVCC softball team plays five consecutive days from Thursday, Feb 13 to Monday, Feb. 17.

Included in that stretch are conference games in Virginia against Paul D. Camp and Bryant & Stratton and a two-day Sheilah R. Cotten Invitational hosted by Louisburg College, which includes games against not only the host Hurricanes, but also Richard Bland and Region 10 divisional opponent Pitt.

“This season we jump right into the fire,” Bumgarner said. “It’s either ‘sink or swim’ and that's how I like it.”

The entire month of March features 10 CVCC softball doubleheaders — all on the road — including visits to conference divisional opponents Florence-Darlington (S.C.), Cleveland, Surry, Patrick Henry, Caldwell and Southwest Virginia.

Despite that lengthy road trip, all but one set of doubleheaders in the month of April are at home.

Catawba Valley plays home-and-home softball series against nine different schools, including Belmont Abbey, Fayetteville Tech, Southwest Virginia, Florence Darlington, Cleveland, Walters State, Surry, Patrick Henry and Caldwell.

Following the completion of the regular-season, the Red Hawks open South Atlantic District tournament play on Wednesday, May 6 in Burlington, N.C.

The District tournament continues through Saturday, May 9 with the winner advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII National tournament on Tuesday, May 19 in Clinton, Miss.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 12:38

Appalachian State Softball Announces 2020 Schedule

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App State softball announced its 2020 spring schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The 55-game slate features four tournaments and 22 games in Boone.

"This team has more athleticism and depth than we have had in the past few years so I am excited to see how that translates during the spring season," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "We return our pitching staff that was strong on the mound for us and some key infielders as well. I look forward to different players competing and stepping up in the preseason to fill some critical roles."

The 2020 season also marks the 20th anniversary of softball at App State.

The Mountaineers open their season in Charlotte, taking on Virginia on Feb. 8 at noon. App State will also face Charlotte that Saturday and then both teams again on Sunday.

The following weekend, App State will be in Orlando, Fla. playing in the D9 Citrus Blossom Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports from Feb. 14-16. The Mountaineers play in their final two tournaments in Charleston, S.C. from Feb. 21-23 and Greensboro, N.C. from Feb. 28-March 1.

The Apps' home opener will be a midweek matchup on March 4 against ACC opponent Virginia Tech. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. Other midweek opponents include Southeastern Louisiana (March 11), Western Carolina (March 18), North Carolina Central (March 25), North Carolina A&T (April 1), East Tennessee State (April 7 and 14) and UNC Greensboro (April 22).

The Mountaineers open Sun Belt play on the road, taking on South Alabama from March 6-8. That will be the first of three conference series on the road for App State, who will also travel to Louisiana (March 13-15) and UTA (March 20-22).

App State will wrap up Sun Belt play in Boone, hosting the next six weekends. Georgia State makes the trip to Boone on March 27-29 to play a three-game series, followed by Louisiana Monroe (April 3-5).

The Mountaineers finish the regular season with Texas State (April 9-11), Troy (April 17-19), Georgia Southern (April 24-26) and Coastal Carolina (April 30-May 2). The series against the Chanticleers will serve as Senior Weekend.

The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be held in Atlanta, Ga. from May 6-9. The Mountaineers look to follow up their first-ever appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament in 2019.

App State is coming off a historical 2019 season, notching a 31-25 record and tying the win total set by the 2013 team that won the regular-season Southern Conference title.

App State, which had not won more than two Sun Belt games in a season prior to Hoerner's arrival, posted 13 victories against league competition in 2019. The team earned its first Sun Belt Tournament berth as the No. 5 seed and its first postseason berth to the NISC. With a strong group of returners and seven newcomers, the Mountaineers look to continue building the program as they set their sights on the 2020 season.

App State men's soccer midfielder Alex McGrath was named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Men's NCAA Division I Scholar All-South Region team, the organization announced this week.

McGrath started in all 19 games in 2019. Selected as captain, the midfielder tallied three assists in wins against George Mason, UNC Greensboro and Howard. The graduate student took eight shots and also helped in the defensive effort throughout the season.

The graduate student posted a 3.45 cumulative GPA during his academic career at App State. He will graduate in May 2020 with a Masters degree in exercise science.

The Mountaineers consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Southeast region in the United Soccer Coaches poll during 2019, ranking as high as No. 4. App State's RPI took a huge leap as well, jumping from 121 in 2018 to 68 in 2019. The Mountaineers ranked as high as 43 in the RPI during the 2019 season. App State scored 26 goals over the course of the season, the most since 2009.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 09:42

CVCC Men's Basketball Wins Third Straight

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team won its third-straight game on Tuesday night, knocking off conference foe Wake Tech 85-73 at the Tarlton Complex.

Jonathan McFall paced CVCC (6-4, 3-2 in Region 10) with a team-high 23 points — his third 20-point scoring performance in four games and fourth overall on the season.

The Red Hawks gained a quick double-digit lead in Tuesday’s league game behind a pair of early 3-pointers from guard Zach De La Cruz, and they would hold that advantage for a majority of the first half.

However, Wake Tech (5-7, 5-2 in Region 10) would close the final five minutes of the first half on a 13-2 run, turning CVCC’s 41-27 lead into only a 43-40 deficit at halftime.

Catawba Valley would respond, capitalizing on five offensive fouls by Wake Tech during the first five minutes of the second half. That allowed the Red Hawks to regain their double-digit advantage — one they did not surrender.

Jehlon Johnson and Jahleer Black added 10 points apiece in the victory for CVCC.

The Catawba Valley men’s basketball team will try to extend its winning streak to four games when it returns to the court on Friday for the first of the two-day CVCC Classic at the Tarlton Complex.

The Red Hawks face off with Central Carolina Community College at 6 p.m. Friday before playing Johnston Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to both games.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 09:41

CVCC Women's Basketball Suffers First Loss of Season

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Attempting to win its first-ever match up with Division I Walters State, the 15th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team’s goal came up just short in a 66-63 overtime loss to the Senators on Tuesday afternoon at 'Z' Buda Gymnasium.

Aniya Taylor paced CVCC (8-1) with 17 points and six rebounds, while Ariana Montgomery added 15 points and four rebounds. Diamond Steward also recorded a career-high 10 rebounds and scored four points.

Despite trailing by seven points after the opening quarter, Catawba Valley outscored Walters State 19-8 during the second quarter to take a 29-25 halftime lead. Taylor led the way for the Red Hawks with eight first-half points.

The Senators (9-4) responded to open the second half by outscoring CVCC 26-15 in the third quarter to take a 51-44 lead after three quarters of play.

Remaining resilient, the Red Hawks fought back behind six fourth-quarter points from sophomore forward Aaliyah Chaplin to eventually tie the contest, sending it into overtime.

As they had done for most of Tuesday’s non-conference game, the Red Hawks and Senators continued to trade baskets and the lead down the stretch until a made 3-pointer by Walters State’s Blayre Shultz with 30 seconds left in overtime gave the Senators the final go-ahead score.

The CVCC women’s basketball team will get one more chance to make history when it returns to the court on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 in a rematch against Walters State. Tip off at the Tarlton Complex is set for 1 p.m.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission has announced the pairings for the 33rd Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic Tournament scheduled for Friday, December 27th, Saturday, December 28th and Monday, December 30th, 2019. The tournament will feature the men’s and women’s teams from eight area high schools competing in the three day event.

In the Men’s bracket, Hickory will be the #1 Seed. Newton-Conover will be #2 and Alexander Central is #3. The #4 Seed will be Maiden followed by #5 St. Stephens, #6 Fred T. Foard, #7 Bunker Hill and #8 South Caldwell. The first men’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 11:30 am on Friday, December 27th between #2 Newton-Conover and #7 Bunker Hill.

On the Women’s side, South Caldwell will be the #1 Seed. Newton-Conover will be #2 and Bunker Hill is #3. The #4 Seed will be Hickory followed by #5 Fred T. Foard, #6 Alexander Central, #7 St. Stephens and #8 Maiden. The first women’s contest will tip-off at 10:00 am on Friday, December 27th between #2 Newton-Conover and #7 St. Stephens.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic has been well known throughout the region and the state of North Carolina as the premier holiday high school event for over 30 years. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools. Following the 2018 event, each participating high school received a donation of $3,700 for their athletic programs.

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer team had four players announced to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region teams announced Monday afternoon.

Seniors Christina Shimshock and Hannah Van Eerden cap off their four year careers with Scholar All-South First Team awards. Shimshock, a senior defender from Asheville, N.C., was just recently named an All-American after completing a career-best year. Van Eerden, a senior forward from Stokedale, N.C., finished second for the Bears in goals with 12 and first with five assists.

Abigael McGarel and Aleisha Cruwys rounded out the accolades earning Scholar All-South Second Team. McGarel, a senior midfielder form Morristown, Tenn., finished her career as top 5 in LR's history in penalty kicks made and attempted. Cruwys, a junior defender from Bournemouth, England, had a career year from the back line earning Second Team SAC All-Conference honors.

Lenoir-Rhyne University will add four sports to its roster in the 2020-21 academic year. Women's triathlon will begin in the fall as a varsity sport, while men's triathlon, and men's and women's weightlifting will launch as club sports.

LR currently offers 22 varsity sports —11 men's sports and 11 women's featuring more than 575 student-athletes — and no club sports. The addition of competitive club sports is a major initiative for the Athletic Department.

"We have been exploring sport expansion at Lenoir-Rhyne," said Vice President of Athletics Kim Pate. "These sports have been chosen strategically to help us continue our strong athletics tradition."

The introduction of women's triathlon as LR's 23rd varsity sport was made possible through a grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation's Women's Emerging Sport Grant. This grant is distributed to select NCAA member institutions to develop, implement and sustain women's triathlon programs at the NCAA varsity level.

"Women's triathlon is an increasingly popular college sport, and we are excited to add it in the fall," said Pate. "I want to thank USA Triathlon for its support in bringing women's triathlon to LR."

LR is the 32nd NCAA program to offer women's varsity triathlon, becoming the 13th institution at the NCAA Division II level and the fourth in North Carolina. The Bears will compete in Regional Qualifier races during the regular season with the possibility of qualifying the team and individuals for National Championship level competitions.

LR is the 37th university level team to offer weightlifting. The teams will compete in USAW-sanctioned events and allow athletes to qualify for the USAW University National Championships, as well as additional championship events.

"Club triathlon and weightlifting are great fits within the framework and structure of our athletics family," said Pate. "The student-athletes who participate in these club programs will succeed at a high level both academically and athletically by being a part of the Bears athletics program. We hope to finalize coaching hires by January 2020."

Sunday, 15 December 2019 22:51

Caldwell Men's Basketball Wins 12th Straight

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Caldwell Community College and Technical School opened the game hot and never cooled down for the next 40 minutes against Walters State, winning 107-75 on the final day of the Brunwick Classic Sunday.

Caldwell put up 53 points in the opening half. Caldwell shot 60.3 percent for the game and hit 18 three-pointers. The Cobras won the battle of the boards by a significant margin, 44-26.

Lloyd Hemming led the way for Caldwell with 25 points. Alex Lineberger scored 14, Na'Kwan Kitchen had 12 and Demitri Dixon finished with 11.

The Cobras are 12-0 on the season. They play in the CVCC Classic Friday against Johnston Community College.

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