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Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:26

CVCC Releases 2017 Volleyball Schedule

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Catawba Valley Community College head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson announced the release of her team’s 2017 schedule on Wednesday.

Coming off their best season in program history, including a fourth-place finish in the nation in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II ranks, the Red Hawks kick off their 2017 volleyball campaign on Thursday, Aug. 17 with a home scrimmage at the Tarlton Complex against Bob Jones University (3:30 p.m.) and Montreat College (6:30 p.m.).

CVCC will also be hosting its annual Catawba Valley volleyball scrimmages on Saturday, Aug. 26, which includes matches against Lenoir-Rhyne University, Belmont Abbey College, Catawba College, Converse College (S.C.), Meredith College and Queens University.

The Red Hawks’ 2017 volleyball schedule includes road trips to three tournaments in three different states, including at the Owens Community College Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio on Sept. 1-2, at the Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcat Invitational in New Port Richey, Fla. on Sept. 8-9 and at the Wallace State Fall Bash in Hanceville, Ala. on Oct. 13-14.

“Our schedule this year is very similar to those in the past few years,” Hudson said. “Our opening tournament will be in Ohio where we face the NJCAA Division II National Champions – Parkland College – in our first match of the tournament. We will be traveling to the Pasco-Hernando tournament in Florida and will also head back to Alabama to face several Division I opponents, including host Wallace State.”

With five returning sophomores and a plethora of new freshman talented added into the mix, Hudson believes the 2017 CVCC volleyball season, especially the early portion of the calendar, will be a great gauge of measuring where her team is at.

“Our roster makeup this year is completely different than what we typically have,” she said. “We are much smaller than usual, but the court awareness of this year’s team is phenomenal. Ball control is also looking promising, so we are excited to see how the offense comes together. And, we are freshmen heavy, so our busy schedule at the beginning of the fall gives everyone a chance to unify before we hit the meat of our conference schedule.”

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:03

O'Boyle Named to NABC Honors Court

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s recent graduate Matt O’ Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) was named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, announced on Tuesday.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria, which includes: academically a junior or senior and a varsity player, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year and matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

O’Boyle graduated this past spring with a 3.37 grade point average and a degree in criminal justice. He will now pursue a Master’s in public administration to eventually become a high ranking official in a government agency.

During the season, O’Boyle appeared in 22 games and made one start, logging seven minutes per contest and shooting 51.7 percent from the floor. He scored a season-high 10 points against Montreat on Dec. 11 on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

Bobby Dalbec hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Greenville Drive to a 3-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Monday.

The single by Dalbec came in the midst of a three-run inning and gave the Drive a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Granger Studdard hit an RBI single, bringing home Tyler Hill.

In the top of the first, Hickory grabbed the lead on a solo home run by Brallan Perez.

Greenville left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (4-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on three hits over six innings. Opposing starter Walker Weickel (2-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing three runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. Hunter Smith retired the side in order for his seventh save of the season.

The Crawdads are 14-11 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads are off on Tuesday before hosting the Asheville Tourists on Wednesday.

Neither rain, nor hail, nor a storm-related loss of power would stop these race cars from making their rounds on Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Night presented by Coca Cola at Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday night. 
Leading off the night's racing would be the Renegades and their 25 lap feature. Kyle DiVanna in the #71 would lead the field to the green flag. DiVanna would take the early lead but David Hasson in the #83 would make his way around and move to the top spot. Hasson would hold on for the win with Darren Dickinson in the #6 finishing 2nd. Justin Austin in the #1 would finish 3rd, Robert DiVanna in the #71D would finish 4th, and R.J. Williams in the #21 would round out the top five in 5th.
Up next would be Round #7 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Chase for the Championship for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would lead the field to the green flag with Monty Cox in the #21 to his outside. Pelfrey would take the early lead and stay there until lap 30 when Mack Little in the #16 would move to the top spot. Other battles would be going on throughout the field. Little would stay at the point for the remaining 20 laps and take the win. Pelfrey would hang on and finish 2nd and Mitch Walker in the #29 would come home in 3rd. Dylon Wilson in the #1 and Cox would round out the top 5.
Hitting the famed 3/8 mile oval next would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models for their feature event. Ty Gibbs in the #18 and Kres VanDyke in the #15 would roll off from the front row in the 75 lap battle. VanDyke would grab the early lead and set the early pace with Gibbs close behind. Caution at lap 58 would bunch the field with Landon Huffman in the #75 moving up to second to challenge VanDyke. The lead duo would start side by side but Huffman would use the high groove and move to the top spot. VanDyke would settle back in behind Huffman to make a charge at the leader but contact between himself and Ryan Millington in the #76 would send VanDyke spinning and to the garage for the rest of the night with damage to the front end and Millington to the rear of the field. On the restart Huffman would pull ahead of Gibbs and back to the front. Huffman would hold on to the top spot and drive on to grab the Checkered Flag. Stefan Parsons in the #98 would work his way into the battle for the win to finish 2nd. Charlie Watson in the #9 would overcome a late pit stop to come home in 3rd. Millington and Gibbs would round out the top 5.
The One Design Super Trucks would roar to life next for their 35 lap feature. Sheflon Clay in the #15 would lead the field to the initial green flag but would have a mechanical issue that would sideline him for the rest of the night and necessitate a total restart. Tyler Dayton in the #36 would bring the field to the green flag but Allen Huffman in the #51 would use the high line and take the early lead. Dayton would bide his time and on a restart at lap 24 would make his way around a Huffman for the lead. Dayton would hold on for the win and capitalize on Clay's misfortune to make the One Design Super Truck series points battle close up. Huffman would finish 2nd and Joey Shuryan in the #30 would finish 3rd. Tony Black in the #05 and Charlie Neill in the #26 would round out the top 5.
Closing out the evening's program would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks. Kevin Eby in the #03 would lead the field to the green flag but a four way battle for the lead would result in Cody DeMarmels in the #18 taking the top spot with Mark Whitten in the #77 second, close in tow. DeMarmels would hold on for the win while Whitten would finish 2nd. A spirited battle for 3rd would see Marshall Sutton in the #64 take the spot. Eby in 4th and Trey Buff in the #69 in 5th would round out the top 5.
Next Saturday night the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns with NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Church Night presented by 84 Lumber. The racing action will include Twin 40 lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models, 35 laps for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, 30 laps for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 25 laps for the 4-Cylinders, and 25 laps for the Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen.
Gates will open at 5:15pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.
Tickets are only $12.50 Adults, &10.50 Youth/Seniors, and Children 10 & under FREE!
For more info check us out at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 7/15/2017

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 75 Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
2 98S Stefan Parsons Cornelius, NC
3 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
4 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
6 5F Michael Faulk Huntersville, NC
7 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
8 15V Kres VanDyke Abingdon, VA
9 36M Neil Meredith Anderson, SC
10 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
11 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
12 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
13 16L Mack Little, III Winston-Salem, NC
14 1C Sheflon Clay ,

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
2 15V Kres VanDyke Abingdon, VA
3 5F Michael Faulk Huntersville, NC
4 75 Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
5 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
6 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
7 98S Stefan Parsons Cornelius, NC
8 36M Neil Meredith Anderson, SC
9 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
10 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
11 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
12 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
13 16L Mack Little, III Winston-Salem, NC
14 1C Sheflon Clay ,

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16L Mack Little, III Winston-Salem, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
4 1 Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
5 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
6 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
7 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
8 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
9 5M Kelsie Martin ,

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
4 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
5 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
6 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
7 16L Mack Little, III Winston-Salem, NC
8 1 Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
9 5M Kelsie Martin ,

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
2 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
3 1 Justin Austin ,
4 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
5 21 RJ Williams Conover, NC
6 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
7 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
8 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
2 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
3 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
4 1 Justin Austin ,
5 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
6 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
7 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
8 21 RJ Williams Conover, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
4 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
5 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
4 05T Tony Black Lexington, NC
5 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
6 3 Colby White Maiden, NC
7 91 Keith Norville Forest City, NC
8 97H Zach Hale Catawba, NC
9 70B Travis Baity Hays, NC
10 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
2 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
3 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
4 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
5 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
6 3 Colby White Maiden, NC
7 97H Zach Hale Catawba, NC
8 05T Tony Black Lexington, NC
9 91 Keith Norville Forest City, NC
10 70B Travis Baity Hays, NC

Franklin Rollin homered and had two hits, and Kyle Cody hurled six scoreless innings as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Greenville Drive 3-1 on Sunday.

C.D. Pelham got Carlos Tovar to hit into a double play with a runner on first to end the game for his fifth save of the season.

Cody (5-6) allowed four hits while striking out eight and walking two to pick up the win.

Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Alex Kowalczyk hit a solo home run and Elio Castillo hit an RBI single.

After Hickory added a run in the eighth on a home run by Rollin, the Drive cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Tyler Hill hit an RBI single, driving in Lorenzo Cedrola.

Jay Groome (1-2) went five innings, allowing two runs and seven hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out seven and walked one.

Isaias Lucena singled three times for the Drive.

Hickory improves to 14-10 on the second half of the season and currently have a one game lead atop the standings of the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. Hickory stays on the road at Greenville tonight. They are off tomorrow and will host Asheville at L.P. Frans Stadium on Wednesday.

Bobby Dalbec hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, and Darwinzon Hernandez tossed five scoreless innings as the Greenville Drive topped the Hickory Crawdads 7-4 on Saturday.

Hickory had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but Leody Taveras grounded out to end the game.

The grand slam by Dalbec scored Santiago Espinal, Tyler Hill, and Roldani Baldwin to give the Drive a 7-3 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Hickory cut into the lead on a single by Charles Leblanc that scored Anderson Tejeda.

Hernandez allowed three hits while striking out five.

Matthew Gorst (5-3) got the win in relief while Joseph Kuzia (1-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.

Greenville improved to 3-1 against Hickory this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne University recently entered into a partnership with the YMCA of Catawba Valley. Through this alliance, the tennis facilities at the Hickory Foundation YMCA will serve as the new home of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Tennis programs.

According to Nat Auten, President & CEO of the YMCA of Catawba Valley, the partnership will be mutually beneficial for Lenoir-Rhyne and the YMCA tennis community.

“Having the expertise of Lenoir-Rhyne’s tennis program on our YMCA campus makes our YMCA stronger, and enables us to serve more people. We are delighted to embark on this transformational relationship that will positively impact our community," said Auten.

“We are excited to announce this new partnership with the YMCA, and for the chance to train and compete in their top-notch facilities as the new home of LR Tennis. This partnership not only enhances the student-athlete experience, but it also fosters connections between our student-athletes and local youth. It is a win for everyone,” said Kim Pate, Director of Athletics for Lenoir-Rhyne University.

“The YMCA, just like LR, is dedicated to building and strengthening the communities where we live, work, and raise families. Through collaboration, we can reach more community members with our mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy minds, bodies, and spirits,” added Auten.

Monday, 17 July 2017 06:50

Hickory Crawdads Pick Up Win at Asheville

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Blaine Prescott had two hits and scored two runs, and Michael Matuella threw five scoreless innings as the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Asheville Tourists 6-3 on Friday.

C.D. Pelham got Brian Serven to fly out with runners on second and third to end the game for his fourth save of the season.

Matuella (1-5) allowed three hits while striking out four to get the win.

Hickory took the lead in the first when it put up four runs, including RBI singles by Brallan Perez and Alex Kowalczyk.

After Hickory added a run in the third on a single by Franklin Rollin, the Tourists cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Willie Abreu hit an RBI single and Bobby Wernes drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the eighth when Perez hit an RBI single, bringing home Prescott.

Breiling Eusebio (1-1) went 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and six hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out one and walked four.

Appalachian State head softball coach Shelly Hoerner announced the hiring of Alex Hupp as the Mountaineers’ new softball assistant coach on Thursday.

At App State, Hupp will serve as the pitching coach and will also coach outfielders. She will also have a large hand in recruiting and assist in day-to-day operations.

“I'm excited to have Alex join our softball family here at App,” Hoerner said. “She brings great knowledge along with a sense of maturity which will be very beneficial to our staff. The rapport Alex has with the student-athletes she has worked with in the past is very impressive, and will aid greatly in re-establishing this program. She's a terrific recruiter and motivator who has a lot of passion and energy. Alex has the same goals and values as myself for this program. I look forward to bringing our vision together.”

"I would like to thank Coach Hoerner and the Appalachian State athletic department for this opportunity to join the Mountaineer family," Hupp said. "I believe in the culture and values that Coach Hoerner brings to the game, and I am excited to build a program alongside her and these talented, young women."

Hupp comes to App State after two seasons as an assistant coach at Troy University, following a stint as the top assistant at East Tennessee State University in 2015. Hupp also served on the coaching staff at South Dakota State University as an assistant coach in 2013, and interim head coach in 2014. Before her time at South Dakota State, Hupp helped lead Emporia State University as an assistant coach to a combined 84-27 record over two seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Regionals.

An Olathe, Kansas native, Hupp graduated from University of Nebraska in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. As a softball student-athlete at Nebraska, Hupp was a pitcher and outfielder, amassing 58 total pitching appearances and 239 career at bats. In her sophomore season, Hupp emerged as Nebraska's No. 2 starter, logging 133 innings, while also tossing a no-hitter against the University of Northern Colorado.

Hupp had a standout career at Olathe East High School, posting a 69-1 career record in the circle. While earning First Team High All-America Honors in 2006, she was also named the 2005-06 Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for the state of Kansas. Hupp helped lead Olathe East to three consecutive Class 6A state championships from 2004-06.

Friday, 14 July 2017 05:38

Crawdads Fall Thursday In Asheville

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The Asheville Tourists defeated the Hickory Crawdads 9-4 Thursday (July 13) in Asheville. Hickory fell behind 7-1 after five innings before plating three in the 6th. Asheville added two more runs in the 7th for the final 9-4 result.

Anderson Teheda had three hits and an RBI, Alex Kowalczyk and Charles Leblanc had two hits apiece, and Eric Jenkins homered for the Crawdads. With the loss, Hickory falls to 12-9 on the second half of the season, they remain tied for first place with Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League second half standings, 1-1/2 games ahead of Delmarva.

Hickory wraps up the series at 7:05 tonight (July 14) at Asheville before heading to Greenville for a three game series.

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