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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 17:07

Hickory Motor Speedway Releases 2019 Schedule

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Hickory Motor Speedway has just released their schedule for the 2019 race season. The Historic Race Track will open up their 69th season of racing on March 9th, 2019 with the Cosmo Motors Spring Classic, and the track will once again be headlined each week with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models.

Paramount Auto Group will return as the title sponsor for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and Paramount KIA will return for the popular Paramount KIA "Big 10" Racing Challenge, which provides 10 races with feature events that provide additional purse money and a championship of its own.

Hickory Motor Speedway will continue promoting events for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, One Design Super Trucks, Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders,
Renegades and the Hickory Vintage Racing Series during their weekly events.

The PASS Super Late Models will return to America’s Most Famous Short Track in 2019, including the Easter Bunny 150 on April 20th, 2019.

The track will play host to the Cars Racing Tour again in 2018 with two dates. The Cars Racing Tour has had a long history at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and will return on March 23rd and Aug, 3rd for
the Throwback Series event.

The Knights of Destruction will return with two events beginning on June 1st and is sure to deliver excitement and thrills for all that attend. This event provides a fun filled night of special racing including
a school bus race, skid plate race, chain race, and much more. The second event will be Oct. 5th and
prove to be just as exciting.

Also on tap will be one event for the popular Southern Modified Series on Oct. 12th. The Southern Modified Series has provided some great racing for their events with multiple Modified stars in

The season will also include the running of the Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial race presented by Black Tire and Auto Service on the Saturday August 31st of Labor Day weekend, a very
special tradition at the legendary track, honoring the late Bobby Isaac. The Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl presented by Calico Coatings will be held on October 19th which is a 200-lap feature special event for the
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models, 100-lap Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model, 50-lap One Design Super Trucks and more.

Hickory Motor Speedway continues to be more than a race track with Hog Happenin on June 15th which will features live bands and great food. The SunDown Audio Competition on Aug. 17th featuring elaborate car stereos from around the United States and the Cosmo Motors Cops for Tots Toy Drive and Car Show to end the season on Nov. 16th.

There are still a few dates to be secured and some to be announced later, but several sponsors have already secured their dates for 2019 at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. This is a tentative
schedule and could be subject to minimal changes.

Ticket prices will remain the same in 2019 (excluding special events) for weekly NASCAR events ($12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and teens, with kids 12 and under free).

Hickory Motor Speedway will remain open for testing throughout the off season.

Hickory Motor Speedway management will continue to work hard for the sponsors, fans, and competitors, to provide a level field of competition and great entertainment in a family oriented

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:44

App State Volleyball Signs Five for 2019

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Appalachian State head volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of five student-athletes to the program for the 2019 season.

Samantha Bickley (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut), Kaitlyn Brown (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Senior), Morgan Flores (Advance, N.C./Davie County), McCall Denny (High Point, N.C./Ledford Senior) and Sarah Missroon (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) all join the program for the 2019 season.

"We've got another talented group coming to Boone in 2019," said Ginipro. "Each one of these five players brings a high level of skill and fits right into our strong team culture. We're looking forward to working with Kaitlyn next semester and having the other four join her in the fall."

Samantha Bickley
6-0; Setter
Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut

Samantha Bickley joins the Mountaineers as a setter from Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio. She was named all-conference as a junior and a senior and all-district as a junior. During her senior season, she tallied over 1,000 assists and 100 service aces.

Ginipro's Comments: "Sammi is a talented setter we are excited to start working with. She has a great court demeanor and good size for the position. Her club and high school experience will make her a great addition as well."

Kaitlyn Brown
5-4; Defensive Specialist
Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland Senior

Kaitlyn Brown joins the Mountaineers from Lakeland Senior High School in Lakeland, Fla. She was named Rookie of the Year during her freshman season and team captain during the 2018 season. In her career, she tallied over 1,000 digs and averaged over 4.0 digs per set, while adding a total of 125 service aces.

Morgan Flores
5-5; Defensive Specialist/Libero
Advance, N.C./Davie County

Morgan Flores, who won three letters for Davie County High School, joins the Black and Gold from Advance N.C. She was named all-conference as a sophomore and co-Defensive Player of the Year during her senior season. She totaled over 1,000 digs in her three seasons.

Ginipro's Comments: "Kaitlyn and Morgan continue our good fortune of having skilled back row players interested in App State. We have really made first contact a priority, so our defensive group is very important to our success. Both Kaitlyn and Morgan are quick and aggressive players who will push for playing time right away."

McCall Denny
5-9; Outside Hitter
High Point, N.C./Ledford Senior

McCall Denny comes to the High Country from Ledford Senior High School in High Point, N.C. She was a three-time all-conference honoree and was named Player of the Year as a junior. During her senior season, Denny totaled 452 kills.

Ginipro's Comments: "We have known McCall for a long time and can't wait to finally get her in a Black & Gold jersey. She's a dynamic outside hitter who is also a multi-sport athlete, so she's a tough competitor. With us graduating Melissa McMath and Jenna Talbert, it was important to bring in a talented outside hitter, like McCall, in this class."

Sarah Missroon
6-2; Middle Blocker
Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando

Sarah Missroon joins the program from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Wando High School. She was named to the SC All-Rookie Team in 2016 and SC All-State in 2018. In addition, she was named All-Region 7 AAAAA in 2018 and was named to the 2018 South Carolina North-South All Star Team. As a senior, she tallied 343 kills on a .405 hitting percentage and 134 total blocks.

Ginipro's Comments: "Sarah is a big middle hitter who has the potential to be a physical player for us at the net. She brings in a great playing career at one of the top high schools in South Carolina."

The Accolades keep rolling in for the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team on Monday as the United Soccer Coaches tabbed senior Abbie Brown and junior Christina Shimshock as Second Team Academic All-Americans.

Shimshock, a junior defender for the Bears, is a health and exercise science major with a 3.81 grade point average. She played nearly 1500 minutes while starting in all 18 games for Lenoir-Rhyne and was an elite distributor, racking up four assists. She anchored a defense that had seven shutouts during the 2018 season.

Brown, an elite scorer and Leeds, England native, is also a health and science major with a 3.87 GPA. The forward managed to lead her team with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points. Six of those goals are game-winners.

This is the first time since 2014 for the Bears to place multiple players on an All-American team when Garcelle Alequine and Brianna Belsky earned the honor.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 17:41

CVCC Women's Basketball Contest Postponed

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The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team has postponed its non-conference game against Walters State scheduled for Wednesday.

No make up date for the contest has been set.

The Red Hawks (6-1, 2-1 in Region X) will return to the court on Sunday when they host Bryant & Stratton College (8-0, 5-0) in a Region X match up that tips off at 1 p.m.

The United Soccer Coaches Women's Scholar All-South Region Teams were announced Monday and four Lenoir-Rhyne players found their names on the list – Christina Shimshock and Abbie Brown on the First Team and Claire Neibergall and Aqsa Mushtaq on the Second Team. Of the eight players from the South Atlantic Conference named to the team, half of them came from Lenoir-Rhyne. Additionally, the Bears were the only program in the league to have players on the first or second team, the four other SAC representatives were named to the Third Team.

On the first team for the Bears, junior defender Christina Shimshock and senior forward Abbie Brown were the representatives. Shimshock, an Asheville, N.C. native, is majoring in health & exercise science with a 3.81 grade point average. Brown, a native of Leeds, England, has a 3.87 GPA in the same major.

Two Bears were also selected to the second team: senior defender Claire Neibergall and junior midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq. From Springfield, Ill., Neibergall, the 2018 SAC Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete, has a 3.76 GPA in computer science. Mushtaq, a native of Bradford, England, maintains a 3.39 GPA in psychology.

Lenoir-Rhyne joins other members from the South Atlantic Conference who all placed on the third team – Peyton Pruitt (Catawba), Nicole McMillen (Tusculum), Daphne Heyaime (Newberry) and Holly Talbut-Smith (Carson Newman).

These student-athletes who excelled in the classroom, helped the Bears finish tied for second in the SAC with an overall record of 11-6-1 and 7-3 in conference play.

Senior Madi Suddreth has been dynamic all season for the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team, and this week her hard work paid off as the South Atlantic Conference named her the Astroturf Women's Basketball SAC Player of the Week Monday morning.

The Taylorsville native and Alexander Central grad, was a key cog in the Bears' 78-75 road upset over No. 20 Carson-Newman last Wednesday. The senior stuffed the stat sheet with a season-high 30 points, seven rebounds while adding two takeaways and two blocks. Suddreth shot almost 60 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free-throw line.

The Preseason All-SAC selection leads the team in points scored (15.8) and is fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (52.8 percent).

The Bears look to keep up their winning ways on the road as they travel to Anderson on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:18

Caldwell Men's Basketball Falls in Overtime

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The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute men's basketball team fell in overtime to Mt. Zion Prep at home 81-78. The Cobras had a six point lead at halftime at 45-39, but Mt. Zion Prep was able to tie the score back up at 75 at the end of regulation.

The loss drops the Cobras to 6-5 on the season. Caldwell will next compete at the Brunswick Community College Holiday Classic Friday, December 14 through Sunday, December 16. The Cobras will first face Bryant and Stratton on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Caldwell women's basketball team was to face the Warren Wilson JV squad on the road Saturday. That matchup was canceled. The Cobras will next play Friday on the road at Chattanooga State.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team tied its best start to a season in school history on Saturday with an 81-63 victory against visiting Lenoir Community College at the Tarlton Complex.

Catawba Valley sophomore forward Jordan Powell scored 22 points against the Lancers, following up a season-high 24-point performance on Wednesday against Davidson County.

In a back-and-forth first half between the two squads, CVCC was able to take a 32-28 lead against Lenoir at halftime.

Leading 41-40 with 13:32 remaining in the game, the Red Hawks (8-1, 2-0 in Region X) exploded offensively out of a timeout, going on a 14-0 run during a four-minute span to push them ahead for good in the game.

Lenoir (5-6, 2-4 in Region X) would make a late run though with a pair of 3-pointers by Brandon Kelson and Kristian Williams to cut their deficit to just four points. The Lancers made 12 3-pointers in Saturday’s game, including four by Kelson and three by Tyler Wilson.

However, CVCC answered the run with back-to-back 3-pointers of its own from Byron Sanders and Zach De La Cruz to push its lead back to double digits on its way to the 18-point conference victory.

Freshman guard Byron Sanders scored a season-high 12 points for the Red Hawks, while fellow freshman guard Dezure Moulden added 11 points — nine of those coming in the first half.

Kelson paced the Lancers with 17 points, while Jason Robinson added 16 points.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Friday for the first of two-straight games.

The Red Hawks play Central Carolina Community College at 6 p.m. Friday and return to the court on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest against Johnston Community College.

Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:10

CVCC Women's Basketball Handles Fayetteville Tech

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The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start on Saturday, erupting in the second half on its way to an 84-44 victory against visiting Fayetteville Tech at the Tarlton Complex.

Sophomore forward Sherry Johnson paced the Red Hawks (6-1, 2-1 in Region X), scoring a season-high 29 points — her sixth-straight game with at least 20 points scored.

Plagued by 19 first-half turnovers, CVCC led Fayetteville by just four points at halftime, 34-30.

However, the Red Hawks responded out of the break, outscoring the Trojans 22-11 during the third quarter. Ivy Eller helped lead the charge with six points in the quarter, while Sherry Johnson and Iyonna Harris added four points.

Catawba Valley would go on to outscore Fayetteville Tech 50-14 in the second half.

Eller added 16 points in the game for the Red Hawks, while Zharia Brown scored 13 points.

Kiana Gravely scored 14 points to lead Fayetteville Tech (5-2, 4-2 in Region X).

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday for a road non-conference contest against Division I foe Walters State. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Morristown, Tenn.

Appalachian State men's basketball held a 47-19 edge in bench scoring en route to a 82-73 victory over North Carolina Central on Saturday afternoon.

The victory improves the Mountaineers (4-5) to a perfect 4-0 at home this season and extends their home non-conference winning streak to 11 games.

The 47 points from the bench are the second most the bench has scored this season for App State, trailing only a 68-point output in a season opening victory over Mars Hill.

Joseph Battle led the way for the Black and Gold with a career-high 18 points off the bench on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting and a 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) clip from the charity stripe. He also added three rebounds, all of which offensive.

O'Showen Williams chipped in with a season-high 13 points, going 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) from deep, to go along with a season-best four assists. Also off the bench, Adrian Delph had 10 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting.

Ronshad Shabazz and Tyrell Johnson each reached double figures for App State. Shabazz finished with 12 points and three assists, while Johnson tallied 11 points on 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) and six rebounds.

The first half was tight and featured six ties and three lead changes. After trailing for the majority of the half, the Black and Gold jumped in front 32-31 on a basket from Battle with just over three minutes left. App State pushed its lead to four points on three-pointer from Breki Gylfason, but a late N.C. Central (4-6) basket trimmed the Mountaineer lead to 38-36 at the break.

In the second half, the Eagles opened the half on a 9-2 run to take a 45-40 advantage. The Mountaineers stormed back with a 14-3 spurt to take a 54-48 edge with 12:41 left to play. The Black and Gold continued to pull away and a trifecta from Williams capped a 20-5 run and gave the Black and Gold with 74-56 lead with just under five minute to go. The Eagles trimmed the Mountaineer lead to seven in the closing minute, but were unable to get any closer.

Appalachian State shot 27-of-59 (45.8 percent) from the field and went a season-best 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) from the free throw line. The Eagles went 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) from the field.

Raasean Davis led N.C. Central with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds, while Larry McKnight Jr. chipped in with 17 points and six rebounds.

App State will now hit the road for a two-game road trip. The Mountaineers will take on South Florida on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. on ESPN3 followed by a contest at Georgetown on Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. on FS1.

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