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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 21:10

Hickory Crawdads Release 2018 Game Times

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The Hickory Crawdads have announced the game times for their 2018 schedule.

The Crawdads early, spring start times are back for the sixth consecutive season. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday contests will once again begin at 6:00 pm EST with Sunday games beginning at 3:00 pm EST for the first half of the season. After debuting last season, 7:00 pm start time for Thursdays will return throughout the season.

Beginning after the All Star break in June, all Monday - Saturday games will begin at 7:00 pm, while Sundays will revert to a 5:00 pm first pitch. Friday night games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm throughout the year.

First half of the Season
Monday - Wednesday & Saturday: 6:00 pm
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm

Second half of the Season
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm

The Crawdads will also have nine day games at L.P. Frans Stadium in 2018, serving as Education Day, Senior Day, Business Person Lunch Special, and Summer Camp Day Games:
Wed. April 18th - 10:30 am
Wed. April 25th - 10:30 am
Tues. May 15th - 10:30 am
Mon. May 28th- 1:00 pm
Wed. June 6th - 10:30 am
Tues. June 26th - 12:00 pm
Wed. August 1st- 12:00 pm
Mon. August 13th - 12:00 pm
Mon. September 3rd - 1:00 pm

The Crawdads will kick off the 2018 season on April 5th with a 7-game road trip to Greensboro and Delmarva. They open the home portion of their schedule on April 12th with 4 games against West Virginia, followed by 3 games against Lexington. The Crawdads will also be home for Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day in addition to 10 Thirsty Thursdays and 11 Fireworks Fridays.

The entire 2018 schedule is available online at

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 15:03

CVCC Baseball Announces 2018 Captains

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has named its four captains for the spring 2018 season.

Pitchers Julian Smith and Hunter Isaacs, catcher/outfielder Daniel Brinegar and third basemen Graham Mitchell were all voted captains by their teammates following the fall 2017 baseball season for the Red Hawks.

“We take the naming of our captains very seriously here,” said fourth-year CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “They have been put in this position by their peers in how they carry themselves on and off the field as well as their level of play. We are very excited to watch these guys lead by example.”

Smith, a left-handed pitcher from Concord, N.C., recently committed to North Carolina State University. Coming off Tommy John Surgery last year, Smith’s fastball touched 94 miles per hour during his first outing of this past fall season.

A right-handed starter from Boone, N.C., Isaacs improved his command and ability to throwing strikes this past fall, giving up just one run on the mound in more than 10 innings pitched.

Brinegar, a redshirt sophomore from Elkin, N.C., played in 31 games this past spring season. He carried a .370 batting average and hit three home runs, drove in 14 RBIs, scored 24 runs and stole six bases.

A redshirt sophomore from Greenville, S.C., Mitchell batted .316 last spring with five home runs, 34 RBIs, 21 runs scored and two stolen bases in 45 games played.

The Red Hawks open their 2018 baseball season on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. with a home doubleheader against Piedmont International JV team at Henkel-Alley Field.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:58

Alexander Central Pair Sign With CVCC Volleyball

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has added the first two recruits to its 2018 signing class.

The Alexander Central High School duo of Chesney Millsaps and Kelsea DeJarnette signed with the Red Hawks volleyball program during a ceremony hosted by the Cougars on Monday morning.

“We are so excited to add Chesney and Kelsea to our fall 2018 roster,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “Both athletes bring size and strength to the net for us. It’s great to be able to bring in local talent who have been involved in our Red Hawk volleyball events and camps for years. We already feel like Chesney and Kelsea are part of the family.”

Playing both middle hitter and right side during her high school career, Millsaps tallied 184 kills, 77 blocks, 35 digs and 19 assists in her senior season with the Cougars.

Millsaps enjoyed the wide variety of positives CVCC had to offer her, which led to her signing with the Red Hawks.

“The campus was very friendly,” Millsaps said. “The coaches are very friendly and have good attitudes. They are always nice. They greet you with a hug. They always have smiles on their faces, and they always put a smile on yours. They are always positive. CVCC was nice all around.”

Playing outside hitter for the past two seasons at ACHS, DeJarnette finished her senior season at ACHS with 163 kills, 26 assists, 38 blocks and 154 digs.

A strong reason why DeJarnette signed with CVCC was because of its coaching staff.

“I loved the facilities, and I love the coaches,” DeJarnette said. “The coaches have great attitudes. I just feel like they are really going to help me when I get to where I can play for them. I know they are a great people, and they are willing to help me. They were just so nice to me when I came to their camps. It was a really great experience, especially with the girls, too.”

Behind DeJarnette and Millsaps, Alexander Central went 17-8 overall and 10-4 in Northwestern 3A/4A volleyball games this past fall season, including a second-round appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) playoffs.

Outside of their prep careers, DeJarnette and Millsaps also played club volleyball together for Carolina Select under Ally Greer. The two have also played volleyball together since middle school.

Alexander Central head volleyball coach Leslie Herwig believes the strong bond between the two players and friends will help them excel at CVCC.

“They bring work ethic, they bring strength and they bring power,” Herwig said. “They bring a special bond between each other on the court being that they are best friends. They’ll work all year round to become a better player. That’s a really special quality they both have.”

At CVCC, Millsaps plans to pursue her Associate in Nursing, while DeJarnette plans to pursue an Associate in Applied Science (Radiology).

Second round boys soccer playoffs
Newton-Conover: 4
Lexington Senior: 1
Red Devils advance to the third round hosting Owen on Wednesday.

Patton: 3
Hibriten: 0
Hibriten's season ends at 12-8-3. Patton advances to the third round hosting Lake Norman Charter on Wednesday.

Hickory: 2
Parkland: 1
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round going to Statesville on Wednesday.

South Meck: 2
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 10-6-3.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-3-3) earned its second consecutive berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs and will face Young Harris (11-3-2) in the opening round of the 2017 postseason tournament on Thursday.

The Bears are the fifth seed in Southeast Region while the Mountain Lions are seeded fourth. The scheduled start time is 7:00 p.m., and the contest will take place at Saints Field in Gaffney, S.C. The winner will take on the host school – No. 7 and top-seeded Limestone (15-2-2) – in the second round on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be meeting Young Harris for the first time in school history while the Bears downed the Saints by a 1-0 score on Saturday, September 9, in double overtime at home.

The Bears will be making their third appearance all-time in the NCAA Division II Playoffs: 2006 and 2016 were the other two seasons. Young Harris is making its third trip to the playoffs in the last four seasons.

The other half of the Southeast Regional Tournament includes second-seeded and defending national champion Wingate (14-4-1), third-seeded Lander (12-3-2) and sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial (10-4-3).

Two to six teams were selected from each of the eight regions around the nation. Teams from the same region will be paired for first and/or second round contests, which be conducted from Thursday, November 9, through Sunday, November 12, on campus sites.

Third round and quarterfinal matches will be held on campus sites as well and will be completed by Sunday, November 19. The national semifinals and finals will be played on Thursday, November 30, and Saturday, December 2, at Children’s Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Kan. The Final Four will be hosted by Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Sports Commission.

NCAA Division II Southeast Regional
Men’s Soccer Tournament (as part of Super Region No. 4)

Gaffney, S.C. – Saints Field
FIRST ROUND - Thursday, November 9
No. 4 Young Harris (11-3-2) vs. No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (10-3-3), 7 p.m.

SECOND ROUND – Saturday, November 11
Young Harris/Lenoir-Rhyne winner at No. 1 Limestone (15-2-2), 7 p.m.

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate Soccer Complex
FIRST ROUND - Friday, November 10
No. 3 Lander (12-3-2) vs. No. 6 Lincoln Memorial (10-4-3), 7 p.m.

SECOND ROUND – Sunday, November 12
Lander/Lincoln Memorial winner at No. 2 Wingate (14-4-1), 1 p.m.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 07:43

Appalachian State Football to Play Wisconsin in 2020

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The Appalachian State football team will travel to Madison, Wis., to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 19, 2020.

The matchup will be the first between the Mountaineers and Badgers and continues Appalachian’s trend of annually scheduling some of the nation’s most recognizable programs. App State also has future matchups slated at Penn State (2018), at North Carolina (2019), at Wake Forest (2020), at Miami (2021) and at home vs. North Carolina (2022). The program has hosted Miami (2016) and Wake Forest (2017) the last two years and has traveled to LSU (2008), Florida (2010), Virginia Tech (2011), Georgia (2013, 2017), Michigan (2014), Clemson (2015) and Tennessee (2016) and over the last decade.

“We’re excited to add a high-caliber program like Wisconsin to our future football schedule,” director of athletics Doug Gillin said.

Wisconsin currently boasts the fourth-most wins (50) among any team in the country over the last five years and at 9-0 is one of five unbeatens remaining in 2017. It will become the third Big Ten program to play Appalachian State, following Michigan and Penn State. The Mountaineers made history on Sept. 1, 2007 when they stunned No. 5 Michigan, 34-32, in Ann Arbor to become the first NCAA Division I FCS team to ever beat a nationally ranked FBS squad. Appalachian is now in its fourth season as a member of the FBS Sun Belt Conference.

App State is aiming to qualify for its third straight bowl appearance in its first three seasons eligible for FBS postseason play. The Mountaineers were crowned champions of the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowls, becoming the first program in history to win bowl games in its first two years after making the transition from FCS. Head coach Scott Satterfield’s team also earned a share of its first Sun Belt Conference title in 2016.

Wisconsin joins Wake Forest and Massachusetts on the Mountaineers’ 2020 nonconference slate.


Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 22 vs. GARDNER-WEBB

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 19 at Wisconsin

Sept. 4 vs. EAST CAROLINA (Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)

Sept. 17 at Marshall

Sept. 9 at North Carolina

Sept. 14 at East Carolina


Sept. 5 at East Carolina

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kyle Dugger has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.

Dugger, a sophomore defensive back from Fayetteville, Ga., returned a punt 38 yards for a score in the second quarter last Saturday in the Bears’ setback to Carson-Newman.

Dugger also had an outstanding performance at safety, finishing with a game-high 18 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Dugger, the 2015 SAC Defensive Freshman Of The Year, currently leads the squad in takedowns (79), pass break-ups (five) and forced fumbles (two).

For his collegiate career, Dugger now has touchdowns on a punt return, a blocked punt return, a fumble return and a blocked field goal return.

In addition, Dugger was named the Southside Power & Fitness Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter winner for the Eagles’ game. Dugger wins the honor for the second time this season.

Southside Power and Fitness will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in the honor of Dugger as this week's winner of the Heavy Hitter Award.

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6, 2-4) wraps up the regular season on Saturday, November 11, against long-time rival Catawba (8-2, 4-2) in Salisbury, N.C., in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, 06 November 2017 09:35

Appalachian State Wrestling Competes at Hokie Open

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Appalachian State had five wrestlers post top-four finishes at the Hokie Open on Sunday in Roanoke, Va.

Competing at the Berglund Center, the Mountaineers were led at 149 pounds by a second-place showing from Gavin Londoff and a third-place effort from Matt Zovistoski.

Londoff went 4-0 with two one-point victories before falling 2-1 in the second tiebreak period to North Carolina’s Troy Heilmann in the open division final. Zovistoski won his first two matches, lost 3-2 to Heilmann in the semifinals and won 3-2 against Campbell’s Joshua Heil in the third-place match.

App State got fourth-place finishes from Forrest Przybysz (174 pounds), Thomas Flitz (165) and Bradley Irwin (141) in their open brackets. In the freshman/sophomore division, Isaiah Johnson was second at 157 pounds.

The other top open bracket results came from Irvin Enriquez (fifth, 141), Angel Najar (fifth, 165), Alan Clothier (fifth, 184), Taylor Jackson (sixth, 184) and Cary Miller (sixth, 285). In the freshman/sophomore bracket, App State also had top-six results from Codi Russell (fourth, 133) and Paul Carson (sixth, 197).

App State returns to action Saturday by facing Bloomsburg (noon) and Southern Conference foe Davidson (2 p.m.) in the Mountaineer Duals at Varsity Gym.

App State University women's tennis freshman María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia) recorded a pair of big wins at the Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Court Classic hosted by ESPN personality Dick Vitale.

Both Zacarias and Sevo represented the Mountaineers well in the final fall tournament of the season. With teams like Florida, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Illinois, South Florida, Texas, TCU, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, the pair took advantage of an excellent opportunity to face some of the best talent from across the country.

"I'm really happy the way María and Teodora competed this weekend," head coach Blake Mosley said. "With two great wins over players from a Big 12 powerhouse in TCU, Maria having set points against the ITA No. 12 ranked player and eventual tournament winner from the defending national champions (UF), I think we were able to show we belong."

The two first-year Mountaineers picked up victories in the Round of 32 with Sevo recording an impressive 7-6 (3), 6-3 triumph over TCU's Alexis Pereira. Zacarias also captured a solid win over a TCU opponent in straight sets over Stevie Kennedy (6-2, 6-2). Both were big wins over Power Five opponents as Pereira boasts NCAA Tournament experience and Kennedy came into this season as the No. 42 overall recruit coming out of high school.

In the round of 16, Sevo fell to Ashley Bongart of Liberty in a valiant effort in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. Zacarias faced the tournament's No. 1 overall seed and eventual tournament champion in Josie Kuhlman (Florida), who was a First-Team All-SEC selection last season and is 12th in the country. Zacarias fell in the first set but would rally to claim the second frame to force a match-deciding third stanza. However, Kuhlman would win the final game and the match, 6-1, 7-6, 7-6 (2).

"Thanks to Chris Marquez, Paul Lederman and the crew at Lakewood Ranch for putting on such a great tournament," Mosley said. Thanks to Dick Vitale for hosting a great player's party and our host family, Peter and Lisa Cecacci for their hospitality. We're looking forward to coming back next year!"

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