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For the eighth-straight year, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has an All-American.

Red Hawks sophomore pitcher Logan Bender was named a First Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on Tuesday.

“It’s a pretty cool award to receive,” Bender said. “For our program to do it eight-straight times is special. It’s great that I can keep that streak going. Being named an All-American was one of my goals to achieve coming into this year. To cross that off my list is a cool accomplishment, and being selected to the first team list is a really special.”

Bender joins a list of CVCC baseball players who have received All-American status that includes left-handed pitcher Julian Smith, outfielders Chandler Jenkins, Ty Andrus and Bryson Bowman, third baseman Danny Sullivan, first baseman Ryan Smith and second baseman Danny Fraga.

“All of that is a mark of a program being successful, but a program’s success is dictated by the type of players that are a part of it,” said Catawba Valley head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle of the eight-straight All-Americans. “We have been very blessed in our program.”

This is the second-straight year that Bender has been named an All-American. He was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last spring while attending Campbell University.

“Not everyone gets the opportunity to leave their mark on the program,” Bender said. “’I’m thankful to have left a positive impact on the program. It’s is a very special feeling. I was only here for a year, but I had a good time. Coming from a different school, it took me a bit to get acquainted to, but I enjoyed my time at CVCC. I made some life-long friends and memories were made. Catawba Valley Community College will definitely hold a special place in my heart.”

Bender becomes the third First Team All-American baseball player for the Red Hawks, joining Jenkins and Sullivan.

“We are extremely proud of Logan,” Rozzelle said. “What he did on the mound was completely dominant. He is very well deserving. A lot of teams missed out on this young man last week during the MLB draft, but I feel like he’s going to prove them wrong and do tremendous things next year at N.C. State.”

Bender was dominant on the mound in his lone season at Catawba Valley, compiling a perfect 7-0 record while leading all NJCAA DII pitchers in ERA (0.78) and finishing second among them in strikeouts (114).

The highlight of Bender’s 2019 sophomore campaign came on May 4 when he struck out a program record 18 batters against Fayetteville Tech.

A Dunn, N.C. native and Triton High School alumnus, Bender finished the 2019 CVCC baseball season by earning Region 10 Pitcher of the Year and All-Region 10 First Team accolades.

Bender has thought a lot about what he accomplished on the diamond for the Red Hawks this past spring.

“After the season ended, I kind of sat back and looked at what I achieved,” he said. “I feel like that doesn’t happen very often. The cherry on top was the 18 strikeout performance. To actually strike out an opposing hitter 18 times was definitely one for the books.”

Bender now embarks on a journey to the Division I level this upcoming school year where he’ll attend N.C. State University and and play baseball for the Wolfpack, but he will forever remember his time at CVCC and the friendships made.

“All the memories I have will never go away,” Bender said. “To able to come in and leave with a life-long memories and friends — I wouldn’t change anything.”

Catawba Valley Baseball All-Americans
2018-19: Logan Bender, RHP, First Team
2017-18: Julian Smith, LHP, Third Team
2016-17: Chandler Jenkins, OF, First Team (NJCAA Player of the Year)
2015-16: Ty Andrus, OF, Second Team
2014-15: Danny Sullivan, 3B, First Team
2013-14: Bryson Bowman, OF, Third Team
2012-13: Ryan Smith, INF, Third Team
2011-12: Danny Fraga, INF, Second Team

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), in conjunction with Wells Fargo, has announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2018-2019 sports season. The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia, and now Wells Fargo, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980. In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. From our area conferences:

Northwestern Foothills 2A: With championships in men’s tennis, softball, baseball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s track during the spring, Fred T. Foard came in first place. Patton finished second, posting a second-place finish in women’s track, third-place finishes in women’s soccer and women’s golf and a tied third-place finish in baseball during the spring. Draughn finished in third place with a men’s golf championship, a second-place finish in softball and a third-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: Fred T. Foard 840, Patton 692.5, Draughn 672.5, Hibriten 665, West Iredell 625, East Burke 592.5, Bunker Hill 502.5.

South Fork Athletic 2A: East Lincoln is the Conference Cup Champion after a very close race thanks to a men’s tennis championship and second-place finishes in softball and women’s soccer. In second place was North Lincoln with a tied first-place finish in baseball and a men’s track championship. Lake Norman Charter finished in third place with a women’s soccer championship to highlight their spring. Conference Standings: East Lincoln 119, North Lincoln 117, Lake Norman Charter 116, Maiden 93, West Lincoln 86, Bandys 80, Newton-Conover 72, Lincolnton 57.

 

Northwestern Athletic 3A/4A: Watauga claimed the Conference Cup, pushing through the spring with championships in women’s track and women’s soccer along with a second-place finish in men’s track. Alexander Central was second, completing the year with a men’s track championship and a second-place finish in softball. Hickory was in third place, finishing the year with a tied first-place finish in women’s soccer along with a second-place finish in men’s tennis. Conference Standings: Watauga 210, Alexander Central 196.5, Hickory 195, Freedom 190.5, South Caldwell 178.5, St. Stephens 169.5, McDowell 137.5, West Caldwell 113.5.

The rest of the state:
Class 1A Conference Results
Albemarle Athletic 1A: John A. Holmes finished on top of the conference thanks to championships in baseball and men’s tennis along with second-place finishes in women’s soccer, women’s track and men’s golf. In second place was Manteo with championships in women’s soccer, men’s golf, and men’s track along with a second-place finish in men’s tennis and fourth-place finishes in baseball, softball and women’s track. Camden County was in third place with championships in softball and women’s track along with a second-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: John A. Holmes 58, Manteo 53, Camden County 46, Gates County 36, Perquimans 31, Washington County 20.

Atlantic 1A: Bear Grass Charter won the Conference Cup with championships in baseball and softball along with a tied first-place finish in women’s soccer. In second place was Cape Hatteras finishing tied for first-place finish in women’s soccer, a second-place finish in softball, and a tied second-place finish in baseball. In third place was Columbia, finishing tied second-place finish in baseball and a third-place finish in softball. Conference Standings: Bear Grass Charter 295, Cape Hatteras 285, Columbia 190, Mattamuskeet 150, Ocracoke 125.

Carolina 1A: Princeton won the Conference Cup thanks to championships in softball, men’s golf and men’s and women’s track. Rosewood finished in second with a baseball championship and second-place finishes in softball, men’s golf and men’s and women’s track. Hobbton came in third place with a second-place finish in baseball added to their total during the spring season. Conference Standings: Princeton 92.5, Rosewood 85.5, Hobbton 62, Lakewood 61, Neuse Charter 42, North Duplin 39.5, Union 21.5.

Central Tar Heel 1A: Raleigh Charter came out on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in women’s soccer and men’s golf along with second-place finishes in women’s track and men’s tennis. Research Triangle finished in second with championships in men’s and women’s track and men’s tennis along with a second-place finish in women’s soccer. Chatham Central came in third place with championships in baseball and softball. Conference Standings: Raleigh Charter 73.5, Research Triangle 60.5, Chatham Central 56, Cornerstone Charter Academy 45, River Mill Academy 35.5, Chatham Charter 32.5, Woods Charter 30, Clover Garden 18.

Coastal Plains 1A: With championships in baseball and men’s golf, Riverside-Martin finished first place. In second place was Pamlico County with a second-place finish in baseball. Southside was third place with championships in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: Riverside-Martin 507.5, Pamlico County 492.5, Southside 420, Tarboro 385, Northside-Pinetown 370, South Creek 310, Jones Senior 195.

North Central Athletic Conference 1A: Franklin Academy came out on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in women’s soccer, men’s golf and men’s and women’s track. Voyager Academy was second with a men’s tennis championship, a second-place finish in men’s track and a third-place finish in baseball. Roxboro Community finished in third place with a softball championship and second-place finishes in baseball and women’s soccer. Conference Standings: Franklin Academy 76, Voyager Academy 65, Roxboro Community 56, Falls Lake Academy 59, Vance Charter 44, East Wake Academy 37, Oxford Preparatory 36, Henderson Collegiate 29.

Northwest 1A: East Surry was the conference champion after the spring sports season thanks to championships in baseball, men’s golf and men’s track. Bishop McGuinness came in second place with a men’s tennis championship and a second-place finish in women’s soccer. Mount Airy finished third with second-place finishes in men’s track, men’s golf and men’s tennis. Conference Standings: East Surry 94, Bishop McGuinness 83.5, Mount Airy 80, South Stokes 63, North Stokes 49, Winston-Salem Preparatory 30.5.

PAC 7 1A: Pine Lake Preparatory finished in first place after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s golf, women’s track and men’s tennis along with second-place finishes in men’s track, softball and baseball. Community School of Davidson came in second with second-place finishes in women’s soccer and men’s tennis along with third-place finishes in men’s and women’s track and men’s golf. Mountain Island Charter was in third place with championships in softball and men’s track along with second-place finishes in baseball and women’s track. Conference Standings: Pine Lake Preparatory 193, Community School of Davidson 181, Mountain Island Charter 180, Union Academy 178, Queen’s Grant 129, Bradford Preparatory 121, Langtree Charter Academy 94, Carolina International School 71.

Smoky Mountain 1A: Murphy was the victor after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s track along with a tied first-place finish in softball. Swain County finished in second place with a women’s soccer championship and a second-place finish in women’s track. Hayesville came in third with a tied second-place finish in baseball and a third-place finish in women’s track. Conference Standings: Murphy 163, Swain County 142, Hayesville 135.5, Robbinsville 119, Cherokee 112, Rosman 82.5, Andrews 79, Highlands 70, Hiwassee Dam 63, Blue Ridge 62, Tri County Early College 41, Nantahala 25.

Southern Piedmont 1A: Lincoln Charter took home the Conference Cup thanks to championships in men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s soccer and men’s track. In second place was Highland Tech with a women’s track championship. Thomas Jefferson came in third place with second-place finishes in men’s golf and men’s tennis. Conference Standings: Lincoln Charter 133, Highland Tech 124, Thomas Jefferson 123, Cherryville 104, Bessemer City 92, Piedmont Charter 59.

Tar Roanoke 1A: Northampton County was the top finisher after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s track along with a second-place finish in baseball. KIPP Pride was second with second-place finishes in men’s and women’s track and softball. North Edgecombe came in third place with fourth-place finishes in men’s track and softball. Conference Standings: Northampton County 445, KIPP Pride 395, North Edgecombe 365, Weldon 365, Rocky Mount Preparatory 365, Northwest Halifax 290, Southeast Halifax 260.

Yadkin Valley 1A: With championships in baseball and women’s track along with a third-place finish in softball, North Stanly finished in first place. Gray Stone Day was second with championships in women’s soccer and men’s tennis. South Stanly came in third place with a softball championship and a second-place finish in men’s tennis. Conference Standings: North Stanly 810, Gray Stone Day 712.5, South Stanly 680, North Moore 630, West Montgomery 547.5, South Davidson 542.5, Albemarle 485, Uwharrie Charter 437.5, North Rowan 415.

Class 1A/2A Conference Results
Coastal 8 1A/2A: Croatan jumps to the front of the competition after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s track. Southwest Onslow finished second with a third-place finish in baseball. Richlands was in third place with a softball championship and a second-place finish in men’s tennis. Conference Standings: Croatan 159, Southwest Onslow 109, Richlands 102, East Carteret 93.5, Dixon 92.5, Lejeune 87.5, Pender 84, Heide Trask 83.

Mountain Valley 1A/2A: After a close race for first place, Wilkes Central pulled ahead with championships in women’s soccer and men’s golf along with a second-place finish in baseball and third-place finishes in men’s and women’s track. Ashe County finished in second place with championships in men’s and women’s track and third-place finishes in men’s tennis, women’s soccer and baseball. West Wilkes was third with championships in softball and baseball. Conference Standings: Wilkes Central 107, Ashe County 106.5, West Wilkes 88, East Wilkes 81, Elkin 80.5, Starmount 76.5, Alleghany 68, North Wilkes 66.5.

Northern Carolina 1A/2A: Roanoke Rapids finished first thanks to a strong spring season with championships in baseball, men’s golf and men’s tennis. South Granville came in second with a softball championship. Granville Central was in third place with championships in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: Roanoke Rapids 96, South Granville 88.5, Granville Central 77.5, Bunn 73, Louisburg 62, Vance County 58.5, J.F. Webb 42, Warren County 23.5.

Three Rivers 1A/2A: Whiteville finished on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in baseball, softball, and men’s tennis along with a tied first-place finish in women’s soccer. East Bladen was second as they wrapped up the spring with a tied first-place finish in women’s soccer and a second-place finish in baseball. St. Pauls was in third place with championships in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: Whiteville 127.5, East Bladen 103.5, St. Pauls 96.5, South Columbus 93.5, West Bladen 75, Red Springs 67, Fairmont 60.5, West Columbus 59, East Columbus 46, South Robeson 33.5.

Western Highlands 1A/2A: Polk County is the Conference Cup Champion after the spring sports season thanks to championships in baseball and men’s and women’s track along with a tied first-place finish in men’s tennis. Mountain Heritage was second with a second-place finish in softball and third-place finishes in men’s track and men’s tennis. Owen came in third place with a women’s soccer championship and a tied first-place finish in men’s tennis. Conference Standings: Polk County 154.5, Mountain Heritage 140, Owen 139.5, Avery County 135, Madison 105.5, Mitchell 103.5.

Class 2A Conference Results:
Central Carolina 2A: Ledford is the Conference Cup Champion after the spring sports season thanks to championships in women’s track and baseball and a second-place finish in men’s tennis. North Davidson finished second with championships in softball and men’s track along with a second-place finish in baseball. Salisbury came in third place with championships in women’s soccer and men’s tennis. Conference Standings: Ledford 182.5, North Davidson 178, Salisbury 153.5, Oak Grove 151.5, West Davidson 150.5, Central Davidson 149.5, South Rowan 132, East Davidson 119.5, Lexington 98.5, Thomasville 72.5.

East Central 2A: East Duplin finished in first place with a men’s track championship and second-place finishes in women’s soccer, softball, baseball, men’s tennis and men’s golf. Clinton was second with championships in women’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s track. Goldsboro came in third place with a second-place finish in women’s track. Conference Standings: East Duplin 91, Clinton 84, Goldsboro 80, Midway 70, Spring Creek 47, Wallace-Rose Hill 43, James Kenan 36.

Eastern Carolina 2A: Washington is the Conference Cup Champion after the spring sports season thanks to championships in softball, women’s soccer, women’s track, baseball and men’s golf. Ayden-Grifton wrapped up the year in second thanks to strong spring results posting a second-place finish in women’s track and a third-place finish in softball. South Lenoir and North Lenoir are tied for third place overall. North Lenoir finished the season with second-place finishes in baseball and men’s tennis. South Lenoir finished the season with second-place finishes in softball and women’s soccer along with a third-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: Washington 750, Ayden-Grifton 522.5, South Lenoir 507.5, North Lenoir 507.5, Greene Central 505, West Craven 487.5, Kinston 395.

Eastern Plains 2A: Nash Central came out on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in women’s track, men’s golf and baseball. North Johnston finished in second with a nice spring season that saw them post championships in men’s tennis and softball. Farmville Central was in third place with a women’s soccer championship and a second-place finish in softball. Conference Standings: Nash Central 66, North Johnston 62.5, Farmville Central 60.5, Beddingfield 57.5, Southwest Edgecombe 54, North Pitt 48.5.

Mid-State 2A: North Carolina School of Science and Math claims the Conference Cup with championships in baseball and men’s tennis along with a second-place finish in men’s golf and a tied second-place finish in women’s soccer during the spring. Carrboro came in second place with a women’s soccer championship and second-place finishes in men’s track and men’s tennis along with a tied second-place finish in softball. Durham School of the Arts was in third place with championships in men’s and women’s track and a tied second-place finish in women’s soccer. Conference Standings: North Carolina School of Science and Math 109.5, Carrboro 106, Durham School of the Arts 84.5, Reidsville 75, Bartlett Yancey 54, Cummings 49.5, Graham 34.5.

Mountain Six 2A: After a close race for first, Hendersonville came out on top thanks to championships in women’s track, women’s soccer and men’s golf. Brevard finished second with a men’s tennis championship and second-place finishes in men’s and women’s track to highlight their spring season. Franklin was in third place with championships in men’s track, baseball and softball during the spring. Conference Standings: Hendersonville 76, Brevard 73.5, Franklin 73, Pisgah 66.5, Smoky Mountain 60, East Henderson 43.5.

Northeastern Coastal 2A: First Flight is the top finisher this year thanks to championships in men’s tennis, softball and men’s track along with a second-place finish in baseball during the spring. Currituck County came in second place with championships in baseball, softball and women’s track along with second-place finishes in men’s tennis and women’s soccer. In third place was Northeastern with a second-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: First Flight 91, Currituck County 79, Northeastern 53, Hertford County 47, Pasquotank County 37, Bertie 30.

PAC 7 2A: Wheatmore is the Conference Cup Champion after the spring sports season thanks to a men’s golf championship, a second-place finish in women’s soccer and a third-place finish in men’s tennis. Randleman came in second place thanks to a women’s track championship, a tied first-place finish in baseball and second-place finishes in softball and men’s track during the spring. In third place was Providence Grove with a tied first-place finish in baseball and second-place finishes in men’s tennis and men’s golf. Conference Standings: Wheatmore 97.5, Randleman 96.5, Providence Grove 78, Trinity 70, Jordan-Matthews 59.5, Eastern Randolph 57.5, T.W. Andrews 30.

Rocky River 2A: West Stanly finished first after the spring sports season thanks to championships in softball, men’s and women’s track along with second-place finishes in men’s golf and baseball. In second place was Mount Pleasant with championships in baseball and men’s tennis along with a second-place finish in softball. Central Academy came in third place with championships in women’s soccer and men’s golf along with second-place finishes in men’s track and men’s tennis. Conference Standings: West Stanly 98, Mount Pleasant 82.5, Central Academy 77.5, Forest Hills 63, Anson County 45.5, East Montgomery 43.5.

Southwestern Athletic 2A: R.S. Central finished on top after the spring sports season thanks to a men’s golf championship, a tied first-place finish for softball and a tied second-place finish for women’s soccer. In second place was South Point with a women’s soccer championship and a second-place finish in men’s tennis to highlight the spring. Shelby was in third place with a men’s tennis championship and a tied second-place finish in women’s soccer. Conference Standings: R.S. Central 78, South Point, 77.5, Shelby 74, East Rutherford 54.5, East Gaston 47.5, Chase 38.5.

Western Piedmont Athletic 2A: Surry Central claimed the Conference Cup Championship with a women’s track championship to highlight their spring. In second place was West Stokes with second-place finishes in women’s soccer and softball. In third place was Forbush with championships in men’s golf, women’s soccer, softball and baseball. Conference Standings: Surry Central 110, West Stokes 108.5, Forbush 96.5, Atkins 94, North Surry 80, Walkertown 53, Carver 27.

Class 3A Conference Results
Big 8 3A: With championships in men’s track and men’s tennis along with second-place finishes in women’s soccer, women’s track and men’s and women’s lacrosse, Chapel Hill came in first place. In second place was East Chapel Hill with championships in baseball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Northwood finished in third place with a men’s golf championship and a tied second-place finish in baseball. Conference Standings: Chapel Hill 112.5, East Chapel Hill 100.5, Northwood 95, Orange 83, Northern Durham 71.5, Cedar Ridge 63, Hillside 52, Southern Durham 36.5.

Big East 3A: Fike captures the Conference Cup finishing the sports season with championships in baseball and men’s golf along with a second-place finish in women’s soccer. In second place was Hunt with a women’s soccer championship and second-place finishes in men’s golf and baseball. Southern Nash came in third place with a softball championship, a tied first-place finish in men’s tennis and a second-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: Fike 191, Hunt 187.5, Southern Nash 176.5, Franklinton 171, Northern Nash 170, Rocky Mount 169.

Big South 3A: Kings Mountain won the Conference Cup after the spring sports season thanks to a women’s soccer championship and second-place finishes in softball and men’s and women’s track. Forestview was in second with championships in men’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s track along with a tied second-place finish in women’s soccer. Stuart Cramer came in third place with third-place finishes in men’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s track. Conference Standings: Kings Mountain 210, Forestview 204, Stuart Cramer 190, Crest 188.5, North Gaston 169.5, Ashbrook 169, Hunter Huss 141.5, Burns 117.5.

Coastal 3A: West Carteret was the victor after the spring sports season thanks to championships in softball, men’s golf and women’s track. Jacksonville finished second with men’s track championship and a tied first-place finish in baseball. Swansboro came in third place with third-place finishes in baseball and men’s track. Conference Standings: West Carteret 109.5, Jacksonville 95.5, Swansboro 73.5, White Oak 69.5, Havelock 45.5, Northside-Jacksonville 38.5.

Greater Neuse 3A: Clayton claimed the title after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s soccer. Cleveland came in second place with championships in women’s track and softball. West Johnston was third, finishing the sports year with a baseball championship. Conference Standings: Clayton 233.5, Cleveland 225, West Johnston 172, South Johnston 153, East Wake 143, Smithfield-Selma 140.

Mid Piedmont 3A: After the spring sports season, Southeast Guilford came in first place with championships in baseball and men’s and women’s track along with a second-place finish in women’s soccer. Asheboro was second with a women’s soccer championship, a tied first-place finish in softball and a second-place finish in men’s golf. Southern Alamance came in third place with a tied first-place finish in softball. Conference Standings: Southeast Guilford 105, Asheboro 99.5, Southern Alamance 91.5, Williams 84, Southwestern Randolph 68, Eastern Guilford 57, Southern Guilford 29.5.

Mid-State Athletic 3A: Northern Guilford was the conference leader after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s tennis, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track along with a tied first-place finish in baseball. Eastern Alamance came in second place with championships in softball and men’s golf along with second-place finishes in men’s and women’s track and women’s soccer. Western Alamance was third, finishing the spring with second-place finishes in men’s golf and men’s tennis, a third-place finish in women’s soccer and tied third-place finishes in baseball and softball. Conference Standings: Northern Guilford 340.5, Eastern Alamance 320, Western Alamance 306.5, Rockingham County 298, Morehead 278, McMichael 274, Person 263, Northeast Guilford 227.

North Piedmont 3A: Jesse Carson took the Conference Cup after the spring sports season thanks to championships in baseball and women’s track along with a second-place finish in softball. South Iredell was second with championships in men’s tennis and women’s soccer. West Rowan came in third place with championships in men’s track and softball during the spring. Conference Standings: Jesse Carson 807.5, South Iredell 780, West Rowan 750, East Rowan 662.5, North Iredell 645, Statesville 630.

Piedmont Triad 3A: With championships in men’s tennis and men’s track along with second-place finishes in women’s soccer, women’s track and men’s golf, Mount Tabor finished the season strong and in first place. Southwest Guilford was second, completing the spring with championships in baseball, softball, women’s soccer and men’s golf along with second-place finishes in men’s track and men’s tennis. Parkland and Western Guilford tied for third place. Parkland finished the season with a women’s track championship and a second-place finish in softball. Western Guilford finished the season with a second-place finish in baseball and third-place finishes in women’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s golf. Conference Standings: Mount Tabor 97.5, Southwest Guilford 93.5, Parkland 60, Western Guilford 60, Dudley 40.5, North Forsyth 36.5, Ben L. Smith 27.

South Piedmont 3A: Cox Mill jumped to the front of the competition with championships in women’s soccer, women’s track and baseball. Central Cabarrus came in second place with a softball championship and a third-place finish in baseball. In third place was Northwest Cabarrus with second-place finishes in baseball and women’s track. Conference Standings: Cox Mill 902.5, Central Cabarrus 710, Northwest Cabarrus 700, Concord 675, A.L. Brown 662.5, Jay M. Robinson 624.

Southern Carolina 3A: Marvin Ridge was the victor after the spring sports season thanks to championships in softball and men’s tennis along with tied first-place finishes in baseball and women’s soccer. Cuthbertson was second, finishing the spring with a women’s track championship and a second-place finish in men’s track. Weddington came in third place and had a strong spring with a men’s track championship, a tied first-place finish in baseball and third-place finishes in men’s tennis and women’s track. Conference Standings: Marvin Ridge 325, Cuthbertson 277.5, Weddington 267.5, Charlotte Catholic 252.5, Sun Valley195, Piedmont190, Parkwood 187.5, Monroe 85.

Tri-County 6 3A: Union Pines was in first place after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s track. Harnett Central was second, wrapping up the year with a softball championship and a second-place finish in women’s track. Lee County came in third place, completing a nice year with a tied second-place finish in women’s soccer and third-place finishes in softball and men’s golf. Conference Standings: Union Pines 97.5, Harnett Central 72.5, Lee County 64.5, Triton 58, Southern Lee 57.5, Western Harnett 50.

Western Mountain Athletic 3A: T.C. Roberson came out on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in women’s soccer and women’s track along with a tied first-place finish in baseball. Asheville was second, wrapping up the year with championships in men’s tennis and men’s track along with a tied first-place finish in baseball. A.C. Reynolds came in third place after a spring that saw a second-place finish in women’s soccer. Conference Standings: T.C. Roberson 278, Asheville 246, A.C. Reynolds 244, West Henderson 194, North Buncombe 184, Enka 161, Tuscola 150, Erwin 117, North Henderson 101.

Class 3A/4A Conference Results
Eastern Carolina 3A/4A: With championships in women’s soccer, baseball and softball along with a second-place finish in men’s track, D.H. Conley cruised to first place. J.H. Rose finished second, completing the year with second-place finishes in women’s track and men’s golf. South Central was in third place with spring championships in men’s and women’s track. Conference Standings: D.H. Conley 118, J.H. Rose 92.5, South Central 90.5, New Bern 83, C.B. Aycock 68.5, Eastern Wayne 53.5, Southern Wayne 43.

Mideastern 3A/4A: Hoggard was in the lead after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer and men’s track. Laney was second wrapping up the year with a women’s track championship and second-place finishes in men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer. Topsail came in third place finishing the year with a softball championship and a second-place finish in men’s golf. Conference Standings: Hoggard 145, Laney 128.5, Topsail 109.5, Ashley 106, New Hanover 103.5, South Brunswick 74, West Brunswick 70, North Brunswick 49.5.

Patriot Athletic 3A/4A: Cape Fear came in first place thanks to championships in softball and men’s golf along with second-place finishes in men’s tennis and men’s track. Terry Sanford was second finishing the year with championships in women’s soccer, baseball and men’s tennis along with a second-place finish in women’s track. Pine Forest came in third place with a spring highlighted by second-place finishes in women’s track, women’s soccer and men’s golf. Conference Standings: Cape Fear 150.5, Terry Sanford 145.5, Pine Forest 132, Gray’s Creek 128.5, South View 125, Overhills 99, E. E. Smith 57.5, Westover 53.5, Douglas Byrd 32.5.

Class 4A Conference Results
Cap 7 4A: Cardinal Gibbons was the Conference Cup winner after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and men’s tennis. Leesville Road finished second, highlighting their spring with a women’s soccer championship and second-place finishes in baseball and softball. Broughton was in third place after the season with a men’s golf championship and second-place finishes in women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis. Conference Standings: Cardinal Gibbons 127, Leesville Road 115.5, Broughton 94.5, Millbrook 90.5, Sanderson 72, Enloe 68, Southeast Raleigh 71.5.

Central Piedmont 4A: West Forsyth came out on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in softball and women’s soccer along with second-place finishes in men’s track, women’s lacrosse and men’s golf. Reagan was in second place with championships in men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track along with second-place finishes in men’s lacrosse and baseball. R.J. Reynolds came in third place with championships in men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s golf. Conference Standings: West Forsyth 92.5, Reagan 91, R.J. Reynolds 80, Davie 70, East Forsyth 66.5, Glenn 39.

I-Meck 4A: Hough claimed the Conference Cup, thanks to a strong spring sports season that saw championships in baseball, men’s golf, women’s soccer, and men’s tennis. Mooresville came in second thanks to spring championship highlights in baseball, softball and men’s track. Lake Norman came in third place, wrapping the year with second-place finishes in softball, women’s soccer and men’s golf. Conference Standings: Hough 127, Mooresville 113, Lake Norman 105, Mallard Creek 91, Hopewell 77, North Mecklenburg 67.5, Vance 52.5, West Charlotte 27.

Metro 4A: Northwest Guilford was the victor after the spring sports season thanks to championships with baseball, softball, men’s golf and men’s lacrosse. Page came in second thanks to a spring highlighted by a women’s soccer championship, tied second-place finishes in baseball and men’s tennis, and second-place finishes in men’s golf and men’s lacrosse. Grimsley was in third place, capping off the year with championships in men’s tennis and women’s track along with a tied second-place finish in baseball and a second-place finish in men’s track. Conference Standings: Northwest Guilford 86, Page 73.5, Grimsley 65.5, Ragsdale 53, High Point Central 37.

Northern Athletic 4A: Heritage and Wake Forest tied for first place. Heritage finished the year with championships in softball and women’s soccer along with second-place finishes in baseball and men’s lacrosse. Wake Forest capped the season with second-place finishes in men’s golf, men’s tennis, softball and women’s track. In third place was Wakefield with championships in men’s lacrosse and men’s tennis along with second-place finishes in men’s track and women’s soccer. Conference Standings: Heritage 96, Wake Forest 96, Wakefield 95, Corinth Holders 74, Rolesville 66, Knightdale 31.

Sandhills Athletic 4A: With championships in men’s and women’s track and baseball, Pinecrest captured the Conference Cup. Jack Britt finished second, highlighting the spring with a men’s tennis championship and a second-place finish in softball. Richmond County was in third place thanks to a strong spring on the diamond with a softball championship and a second-place finish in baseball. Conference Standings: Pinecrest 138.5, Jack Britt 118.5, Richmond County 103.5, Lumberton 73, Scotland County 73, Hoke County 64.5, Purnell Swett 48.5, Seventy-First 43.

South Meck 7 4A: Ardrey Kell is the Conference Cup winner after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s and women’s track and men’s tennis along with a second-place finish in men’s golf. Providence finished second, capping the year with championships in baseball, softball, women’s soccer, and men’s golf along with second-place finishes in men’s tennis and women’s track. South Mecklenburg was in third place, highlighting the spring with a second-place finish in baseball. Conference Standings: Ardrey Kell 118.5, Providence 113, South Mecklenburg 87.5, Olympic 78, Berry Academy 52, West Mecklenburg 39, Harding University 28.5.

South Wake Athletic 4A: Holly Springs came out on top after the spring sports season thanks to championships in baseball and women’s soccer along with a tied first-place finish in softball. Apex Friendship was second, wrapping the year with championships in men’s golf and women’s track. Apex finished in third place, highlighting the year with championships in men’s tennis and men’s track along with second-place finishes in women’s track and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Conference Standings: Holly Springs 125.5, Apex Friendship 123, Apex 115, Middle Creek 105, Fuquay Varina 78, Garner 70, South Garner 16.5.

Southwestern 4A: Myers Park came in first place after the spring sports season thanks to championships in baseball, men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s track and women’s soccer. Hickory Ridge came in second place with championships in softball and women’s track. Porter Ridge was third thanks to second-place finishes in men’s golf and men’s tennis to finish the year. Conference Standings: Myers Park 136, Hickory Ridge 117.5, Porter Ridge 101, Butler 93, Independence 86, East Mecklenburg 67.5, Rocky River 33, Garinger 22.

Triangle 6 4A: Green Hope took the Conference Cup after the spring sports season thanks to championships in men’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s soccer. Panther Creek was second with spring championships in women’s track and softball. Jordan was in third place, capping the year with championships in men’s lacrosse and baseball. Conference Standings: Green Hope 108, Panther Creek 100, Jordan 71.5, Cary 70.5, Athens Drive 66.5, Riverside-Durham 46.

The Hickory Crawdads fell on the road to the Greensboro Grasshoppers Monday night, 5-2 in a seven-inning game.

The Grasshoppers started off quickly with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Hickory would respond in the top half of the second however. Melvin Novoa would be issued a walk. However, he was thrown out after a force out by Pedro Gonzalez. Gonzalez would get to second base on a wild pitch before Jose Almonte his his third home run of the season to left field.

The Grasshoppers would respond with two more runs in the bottom of the second and tack on an insurance run in the fourth for the final 5-2 score.

The Crawdads managed only three hits on the night, with Miguel Aparicio and Curtis Terry registering the hits along with Almonte's home run. Cole Winn took the loss as the starter for Hickory. He went four innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, three of which were earned while striking out one. Ronny Henriquez pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.

The Crawdads drop to 38-23 on the first half of the season. Hickory will stay on the road at Greensboro through Wednesday, and end the first half of the season on the road at division leading Delmarva.

The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2019 University Division All-State Softball Teams on Monday, June 10. A total of 24 student-athletes from seven different North Carolina schools, including three from Appalachian State, were named to the first and second teams. Infielder Keri White and pitcher Kenzie Longanecker were both named to the first team, while outfielder Megan Walker was tabbed second team all-state.

White ended the 2019 regular season with a team-high .347 batting average and .474 slugging percentage. The third baseman tallied 66 hits, three home runs and 23 RBI. White's 66 hits were good for fifth in the Sun Belt this season and second in App State history.

Along with hits, White led the Mountaineers with 190 at bats, 38 runs, 11 doubles, and two triples. She was also a perfect 13-13 in stolen bases this season. White's 182 regular season at bats were good for fifth in the Sun Belt this season as well as sixth-most in a single-season in App State history.

A pitcher from Sanford, Fla., Longanecker became the first Mountaineer ever to be named to the All-Sun Belt first team since App State joined the conference in 2014. She was one of only three pitchers chosen to the first team.

Longanecker was consistently ranked a top pitcher in the Sun Belt all season after posting a 2.40 ERA with a 14-9 record and 95 strikeouts. Her 14 wins are tied for second-most wins in a single season in program history. Against Louisiana this season, Longanecker picked up her 300th career strikeout, becoming only the fourth pitcher in App State history to do so. Along the way, she has tallied 31 wins in her career, tied for second all-time.

Walker started all 56 games in the outfield this season for the Black and Gold. She batted a perfect 7-7 in the first two games of the conference opener against Georgia Southern and finished the weekend going 8-11, including two doubles and three RBI.

The outfielder accumulated 121 hits in her career, including 36 in 2019. She also finished seventh in App State history with four career triples. Walker now sits at eighth in program history after playing in 200 total games as a Mountaineer.

Campbell University led the way with four athletes on the all-state first team, including sophomore Kayla Fredendall who was the lone player to receive unanimous first team votes. Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb tied for second with two players each on the first team, while North Carolina Central, Western Carolina, Elon, and North Carolina A&T each had one athlete placed on the all-state first team.

Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin has announced that Jon Mitchell has been promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being.

Mitchell will oversee student-athlete health and well-being units, which include athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, sports psychology and App State's strategic partnership with AppOrtho. He will also serve on the athletics department's executive team.

"As we continue our focus on the health and well-being of Appalachian student-athletes, we have added several professional staff, enhanced our collaboration with our university partners and added strategic partnerships to enable us to better care for our student-athletes," Gillin said. "Jon has been a vital part of these efforts, and I look forward to his leadership in structuring these areas to continue to enhance the health and well-being of our student-athletes."

Since Mitchell joined the App State staff in 2014, he has worked as the athletic trainer for men's basketball for four seasons, while overseeing the athletic training department. He was named Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being during the 2017-18 school year.

"I want to thank Doug Gillin and Appalachian State University," said Mitchell. "I am excited to continue our growth and development in the area of student-athlete health and well-being. This is an important part of keeping everyone healthy. As a department, we will continue to identify ways to better serve our student-athletes in physical, emotional and mental health."

Under Mitchell's leadership, App State student-athletes have seen growth in health and well-being initiatives. The department hired its first full-time dietitian, hired a full-time psychologist, maintains a relationship with AppOrtho for physician care and entered into a partnership with sports performance psychologist Dr. Desaree Festa. In addition, the strength and conditioning department saw the addition of renowned coach Anthony Glass and football director of athletic performance Jeff Jones, and athletic training has seen an increase in staff support and the latest methods to keep student-athletes healthy.

He recently earned his Doctorate of Education in global sports leadership from East Tennessee State and is a 1996 graduate of Mars Hill College (bachelor's) and 1998 graduate of Gardner-Webb University (master's). Mitchell came to App State after 15 years in athletic training at Gardner-Webb. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Payton and Camden.

Appalachian State University women's tennis head coach Blake Mosley is excited to announce the signing of Cassie McLay (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community High School) to the 2019 recruiting class.

McLay will join Virginia Poggi and recently-signed Utah State transfer, Sasha Pisareva. The trio will join a Mountaineer squad that just came off its best season in program history with a 15-6 mark and the first women's tennis conference title in after capturing the outright Sun Belt regular-season championship.

"We're extremely happy to have Cassie join our team this fall", Mosley said. "Cassie has had some great junior results, and her attacking style will fit in perfectly with our team's identity."

A native of Boca Raton, Fla., McLay earned four varsity letters at Boca Raton Community High School. She is currently a 10 in singles and doubles on the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) scale, posting a 16-10 mark in singles action and a 7-4 showing in doubles.

Dating back to June of 2018, McLay participated in nine singles tournaments and five doubles events. She posted a 3-0 mark in singles action at the United State Tennis Association (USTA) Florida Level 4 Summer Smash Sectional Championships in the summer of 2018. She also went 4-1 at the IMRecruitable College Tennis Showcase, highlighted by three straight victories. In her most recent outing, she picked up a pair of wins at the USTA National Winter Championships in December.

App State returns four student-athletes from last season in all-Sun Belt selection Teodora Sevo, Kate Earnhardt, María José Zacarias, and Sandra Anglesjö.

Lenoir-Rhyne softball's Talon LaClair, Kylee Leonhardt and Savannah Moorefield were named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association 2019 College Division All-State Softball Teams. LaClair was a first team selection while Leonhardt and Moorefield were second team honorees.

LaClair finished her sophomore campaign with a team-high .414 batting average, including a conference-best .507 batting average in league play. She recorded a hit in nine straight at bats and she finished in the top ten in five offensive categories. LaClair led the team with 44 RBIs and had 15 multi-hit games. She was also named second team all-conference in the South Atlantic Conference, second team all-southeast region and earned third team academic all-American status as well. Last season, LaClair was a second team all-state receipient from the NCCSIA.

Leonhardt, last year's SAC Freshman of the Year, earned her first career All-Region selection earlier this season and the catcher was a First Team All-Conference performer in her second season in Hickory. She finished her sophomore campaign with a .338 batting average, eight home runs, 33 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage.

Moorefield led the South Atlantic Conference with 51 runs scored, five more than any other player in the league. Moorefield also stole 13 bases and posted a .385 batting average and .464 on-base percentage. The sophomore had six doubles, three trips and seven home runs in her 44 games. She was named to the second team all-conference this season.

Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

Sunday's Hickory Crawdads games have been cancelled due to storms. The Crawdads and Fireflies were scheduled to resume Saturday night's suspended game and play their originally scheduled game this afternoon. The games will not be made up on the schedule since the teams do not meet again until the second half when standings reset.

Tickets for Sunday's game can be redeemed for any other Crawdads regular season home game during the 2019 season. An upgrade is required for July 4th and the Christian Concert on July 27th.

The 'Dads will hit the road for seven games as they take on Greensboro and Delmarva. They will return home to open the second half on Thursday, June 20th as the 'Dads pay homage to the TV show Riverdale. It is also Thirsty Thursday.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 21:46

CVCC Softball Signs South Caldwell's Wright

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The Catawba Valley Community College softball program announces the signing of South Caldwell standout Katie Wright on Friday.

“Katie brings a ton of big game experience and knowing how to win to our team,” said CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “She’s a solid first basemen who carries a big bat. We are very excited to have her coming to the Valley.”

A senior utility player for the 2019 4A state champion Spartans, Wright scored 20 runs and drove in 18 RBI during her senior campaign, posting a .309 on-base percentage.

She finished her South Caldwell softball career with 88 games played, 73 hits (11 doubles, one triple, five home runs), 49 runs scored and 70 RBI, while posting a .308 career batting average.

During her time with the Spartans, Wright was part of teams that went 46-12 during her two seasons, including a state championship this spring and a state runner-up as a junior in 2018.

An All-Northwestern 3A/4A performer this spring on the diamond, Wright is a two-sport athlete who also participated in volleyball at South Caldwell.

Wright joins a group of 15 signees for the inaugural season of Red Hawk softball, which starts championship contention in the spring of 2020.

Saturday's Hickory Crawdads game against the Columbia Fireflies has been suspended due to storms in the area.

The game will resume in the bottom of the second inning Sunday at 1pm with Sunday's originally scheduled game beginning 30 minutes following the end of the suspended game. Both games will be seven innings. The second game slated for Saturday night has been cancelled and will not be made up.

Tickets for Saturday's game can be redeemed for any other Crawdads regular season home game during the 2019 season. An upgrade will be required for July 4th and the Christian Concert on July 27th.

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