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Friday:
Asheville: 11
Burke County: 8

Cherryville: 8
Hickory: 5

Maiden: 9
Kings Mountain: 2

Rutherford County: 14
Caldwell County: 1

Sunday:
Caldwell County: 3
Asheville: 2

Randolph County: 8
Hickory: 3, Game 1

Hickory: 10
Randolph County: 2, Game 2

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ines Flueck has been selected to play in the 2018 IWLCA Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, June 2, at 1:00 p.m. The contest takes place at Tierney Field at the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md.

 

Flueck, a senior from Coppell, Texas, will play for the NCAA Division II South Team. IWLCA is the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. The game will be streamed at IWLCA-tv.com.

 

Flueck was named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year after leading the Bears (9-10, 8-0) to their first-ever league regular season championship this spring. Flueck was also a first-team all-conference and second-team all-league pick this year after finishing with a 9-8 record, a 11.20 goals-against average and 148 saves.

 

Flueck, a four-year starter, earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in 2016 as a sophomore and leaves Lenoir-Rhyne as the school’s all-time leader in saves with 606.

 

2018 IWLCA Senior All-Star Game

Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.

Sparks, Md. – Tierney Field

NCAA Division II

 

NORTH TEAM

Head Coach: Meghan McNamara, Long Island University Post

Sarah Gabriele, Kutztown University, Attack

Jessica Mazliah, University of New Haven, Attack

Emily Jehle, Mercy College, Attack

Casey Gelderman, Pace University, Attack

Karie Znaniecki, New York Institute of Technology, Attack

Alyssa Milano, New York Institute of Technology, Attack

Sabrina Fusco, Millersville University, Attack

Alexa Bedell, Southern New Hampshire University, Midfield

Chessie Rahmer, East Stroudsburg University, Midfield

Alex O’Herrick, Lock Haven University, Midfield

Beth Ann Pierce, Adelphi University, Midfield

Michele Scannell, Adelphi University, Midfield

Katie McDonough, Lock Haven University, Midfield

Haley McCusker, Coker College, Midfield

Erin Woods, Bentley University, Defense

Morgan Cushing, Assumption College, Defense

Hope Coticchio, Mercy College, Defense

Najmah James, Pace University, Defense

Courtney Duffy, University of New Haven, Defense

Kelly McQuail, New York Institute of Technology, Defense

Olivia Kirk, Long Island University Post, Goalkeeper

Emily Bitka, Slippery Rock University, Goalkeeper

 

SOUTH TEAM

Head Coaches: Julie Duffy, Merrimack College and Alicia Groveston, GVSU

Meghan O'Brien, Florida Southern College, Attack

Dana DiPasquale, McKendree University, Attack

Elle MacMillan, Tiffin University, Attack

Rebecca Luca, Belmont Abbey College, Attack

Taylor Izzo, Mercyhurst University, Attack

Allison Hurley, Lindenwood University, Attack

Shannon Sisk, Limestone College, Attack

Sara Grenier, Florida Institute of Technology, Midfield

Taylor Shannahan, Stonehill College, Midfield

Haley McCusker, Coker College, Midfield

Erika Neumen, Grand Valley State University, Midfield

Xena Valenzuela, Georgian Court University, Midfield

Sophie Buelow, Lindenwood University, Midfield

Emily Santoli, Florida Southern College, Midfield

Samantha Yurechuk, Limestone College, Defense

Makenzie Magnotta, Shippensburg University, Defense

Sarah Gebre, West Chester University, Defense

Meghan Vadala, Florida Southern College, Defense

Tiffany Anderson, Tiffin University, Defense

Monica Colwell, North Greenville University, Defense

Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Goalkeeper

Rachel Ortell, Lindenwood University, Goalkeeper

 

The Hickory Crawdads and RiverDogs's bats came alive on Friday night, scoring a combined 15 runs, but the 'Dads ultimately fell 8-7.

The RiverDogs got off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the 'Dads quickly erased the lead. Third baseman Justin Jacobs sent a ball high over the right field fence in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game up at 1.

The RiverDogs retook the lead in the second, scoring two more runs to make the score 3-1.

The Crawdads battled back in the bottom of the second, picking up a pair of runs. Right fielder Tyler Ratliff led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a double by catcher Yohel Pozo. Designated hitter Sam Huff hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Ratliff to tag up and score. They tied the game up on a single up the middle by shortstop Yonny Hernandez that brought in Pozo.

The 'Dads broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth with a double by Huff that scored first baseman Tyreque Reed.

The RiverDogs evened the score back up in the fifth inning, scoring a run off AJ Alexy. Alexy, coming out of the bullpen for the second time this season, threw 3.2 innings in relief for the 'Dads. The RiverDogs scored four unearned runs off Alexy in the eighth to give them an 8-4 lead.

The 'Dads made up some ground in the bottom of the inning on a three-run homerun by Ratliff, his third of the season.

Tomorrow evening the ZOOperstars! will be making an appearance at the Frans thanks to Brown and Neuwirth, Whitfields Flowers and More, and Big Dawg 92.1. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Crawdads hat courtesy of Sam's Xpress Carwash. The 'Dads will give the ball to right hander Derek Heffel (0-0, 6.75 ERA) for his first start with the team. He will face the RiverDog's righty Alexander Vargas (2-0, 3.77 ERA) in a 6pm start.

2A Softball Regional Finals:
Franklin: 5
Bunker Hill: 4
Bears lose the series 2-1. The Bears end the season at 17-8.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Justin Dean has been named to the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Second Team. ABCA is the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Dean, a junior outfielder from Mauldin, S.C., earned his second regional accolade of the year: the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) last week.

Dean was a 2018 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree this year after leading the Bears (27-22, 13-14) with a .398 batting average, 59 runs scored, 74 hits, 119 total bases and a .640 slugging percentage.

Dean, who started all 49 games for Lenoir-Rhyne this year, also totaled six home runs and 36 runs batted in to go along with a team-high 13 doubles, a league-leading seven triples, a .498 on-base percentage and 14 stolen bases.

The regional teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. II All-America Committee.

ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Tuesday, May 29. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced Wednesday, June 20.

The ABCA All-America team was first recognized in 1949 and now includes nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.

 

2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division II

All-Southeast Region Teams

 

FIRST TEAM

C - Andres Perez, So., North Georgia

1B - Chance Bowden, Sr., Catawba

2B - Daulton Martin, So., Tusculum

3B - Trey Jacobs, Fr., UNC Pembroke

SS - Tyler Adams, So., Lincoln Memorial

OF - Logan Mattix, Sr., Georgia College

OF - Luke Jackson, Jr., UNC Pembroke

OF - Luke Cureton, Sr., Belmont Abbey

OF - Connor Grant, Jr., North Greenville

DH - Austin Mapes, Sr., Erskine

UTIL - Nate Estes, Jr., Mount Olive

P - Charlie Hecht, Sr., Georgia College

P - Tucker Burgess, Jr., North Greenville

P - Kolton Ingram, Jr., Columbus State

P - Ethan Elliott, Jr., Lincoln Memorial

RP - Zach Vennaro, Sr., Mount Olive

 

SECOND TEAM

C - Matt Honeycutt, Jr., Mars Hill

1B - Matthew Miller, Sr., Georgia College

2B - Seth Hartings, So., UNC Pembroke

3B - Chase Allen, Jr., Limestone

SS - Colin Allman, So., Newberry

OF - Justin Dean, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne

OF - Justin Carroll, Sr., Mount Olive

OF - Logan Augustine, Sr., Lincoln Memorial

OF - Austin Pharr, Jr., Columbus State

DH - Connor Grainger, Fr., UNC Pembroke

UTIL - Colin Rosenbaum, Sr., Belmont Abbey

P - Michael Livingston, Sr., Young Harris

P - Anthony Burke, Sr., UNC Pembroke

P - Christian Aragon, Sr., USC Aiken

P - German Reyes, Sr., Mount Olive

RP - Bradly Cammack, Jr., Georgia College

 

Southeast Region Position Player of the Year: Chance Bowden, Sr., 1B, Catawba

Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year: Charlie Hecht, Sr., Georgia College

Appalachian State sophomores Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) concluded their respective seasons on Friday at the NCAA East Preliminaries.

Graves, who advanced to the quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday, finished 23rd in the event on Friday with a mark of 52.27 seconds. The top three runners from each heat plus the next top-three times advanced to the semifinals in Eugene, Ore. on June 6.

Graves sees his season come to an end after repeating as the 400-meter hurdle champion at the Sun Belt Championships. With his victory in this season's conference championship, the Mountaineers have now won the last four 400-meter hurdle Sun Belt titles.

Johnson competed in the First Round of the 200-meter dash, placing 39th with a time of 20.99 seconds. The top three runners from each heat, plus the next six times advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday. Johnson ends the 2018 outdoor season as the school record holder in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 20.70 seconds at the Sun Belt Championships.

The Black and Gold were represented by four other athletes in Thursday's First Round action.

Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge), who was making his second consecutive appearance in the East Preliminary Round, finished 33rd in the 800-meter run in 1:50.03. Hastings sees his career come to a close with the school record in the event, posting a time of 1:48.02 at the Duke Invitational last season.

Junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) competed in the pole vault and finished in a tie for 33rd, clearing 15-11.00. He concludes the season with the third best height in school history, recording a mark of 16-7.50 at the Sun Belt Championships.

Sophomore Jalen Virgil (Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View) notched a 41st place finish in the 100-meter dash in 10.58 seconds. Virgil, who is also a member of the football team, concludes his season with the second fastest time in the event in program history, with a time of 10.29 seconds, set at the Sun Belt Championships.

After a lengthy weather delay, senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) placed 42nd in the long jump with a mark of 18-7.00. Hargrave was making her second consecutive appearance at the NCAA East Preliminaries. She ends her career ranked third all-time in the long jump, with a distance of 20-1.75, which earned her a gold medal at this season's Sun Belt Championships.

Due to the inclement weather, all events at Hickory Motor Speedway for Saturday, May 26th have been cancelled.


Unfortunately, with heavy rains and steady showers this morning, the track will weep throughout the day.


With more unfavorable predictions expected throughout the evening forecast Hickory Motor Speedway management feels that it will be best for the Competitors, Sponsors, and Fans to race in more favorable conditions.


Hickory Motor Speedway General Manager Kevin Piercy stated “This is a tough spot, We do not take these decisions lightly, We have several competitors that are eager to hit the track”


Weather predictions are that we will be through this pattern by the end of next week.


We look forward to getting back to racing soon.

Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team earned 2018 USILA/Nike NCAA Division II All-American honors. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) were named to the first team while senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) garnered second-team All-American accolades.

 

Dickinson made the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team for the second straight year after finishing with 40 goals, 16 assists and 56 total points while Lett was the 2018 SAC Player of the Year. Lett – who finished with seven goals, five assists, 12 total points and 77 ground balls – also won the Specialty Player Award for Long Stick Middle. Lett earned All-American honors for the second straight year as well.

 

Corrigan led the Bears in assists with 36 and finished second on the team in goals scored (45) and total points (81). Corrigan, a three-time all-league honoree (2016-18), was especially impressive in two playoff games as he totaled six goals and eight assists.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) earned 2018 Honorable Mention USILA/Nike All-American accolades after a record-breaking season. Buduo, a first-team all-league honoree, set the school single-season record for both goals scored (a conference-high 62 goals) and total points with 91.

 

The four players led Lenoir-Rhyne to its best season in school history in 2018 as the Bears went 17-3 on the year including a perfect 8-0 record in South Atlantic Conference play. LR also won its third straight league regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the first time in school history. The Bears were also ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation this spring.

 

2018 USILA/Nike NCAA Division II

Men’s Lacrosse All-American Teams

 

FIRST TEAM

Attack - Charlie Bertrand, Merrimack

Attack - Jake Gilmour, Saint Leo

Attack - Justin Kesselring, LeMoyne

Midfield - Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Midfield - Dan Entenmann, LeMoyne

Midfield - Michael Osmundsen, Adelphi

Midfield - Zack Rusch, Seton Hill

Defense - James Bassett, Merrimack

Defense - Zac Prattson, LeMoyne

Defense - Greg Weyl, Mercyhurst

SSDM - Hunter Schmell, Merrimack

LSM - Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne

FO - Blake Boudreau, Merrimack

GK - Will Urban, Mount Olive

 

SECOND TEAM

Attack - Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne

Attack - Andrew Kew, Tampa

Attack - Jack Moran, Seton Hill

Attack - Lucas Shafer, Lake Erie

Midfield - Anthony Busconi, St. Anselm

Midfield - Ryan MacSpadyen, Mercy College

Midfield - Jake Mosher McGraw, Tampa

Midfield - Jack Trask, Merrimack

Defense - Anthony Cesario, Belmont Abbey

Defense - Brendan Entenmann, LeMoyne

Defense - Reed Hnidy, Lake Erie

Defense - Luke Posner, Tampa

SSDM - Andrew French, LeMoyne

LSM - Ian Prate, NYIT

FO - Ross Dickerson, Tampa

GK - Thomas Tatarian, Saint Leo

 

THIRD TEAM

Attack - LeRoy Halftown, NYIT

Attack - Nicolas Racalbuto, Adelphi

Attack - Adam Wiedemann, Belmont Abbey

Midfield - Thatcher Clark, Mount Olive

Midfield - Conor Gronbach, Wingate

Midfield - Tyler Papa, Limestone

Midfield - Andrew Zito, NYIT

Defense - Drew Bourdeau, Saint Anselm

Defense - Joe Cillo, Seton Hill

Defense - Cole Groebner, Mount Olive

SSDM - Brady Elbin, Mount Olive

LSM - Brett Craig, Seton Hill

FO - Mark Andrejack, Adelphi

FO - Dryden Brous, Lynn

GK - Max Eismann, Seton Hill

GK - Liam Guiton, College of St. Rose

GK - Brendan McDougal, Adelphi

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Attack - Jacob Ball, Mount Olive

Attack - Sean Black, Merrimack

Attack - Joe Buduo, Lenoir-Rhyne

Attack - Liam Osborne, Belmont Abbey

Midfield - Jack Griffin, Colorado Mesa

Midfield - Kyle McGinley, Belmont Abbey

Midfield - Logan Sweeney, Florida Institute of Technology

Midfield - Clarke Walter, Limestone

Defense - Jake Bye, Saint Leo

Defense - Tyler Gaulton, Limestone

Defense - Maxwell Littleton, Mercy

Defense - Justin Napolitano, Adelphi

FO - Jay Scerbo, Seton Hill

 

Donald MacLaughlin, Jr., Award Outstanding Midfielder

Danny Entenmann, LeMoyne

 

J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award Outstanding Attackman

Charlie Bertrand, Merrimack

 

Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr., Award Outstanding Goalkeeper

William Urban, Mount Olive

 

William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player

Zac Prattson, LeMoyne

 

Raymond J. Enners Award Outstanding Player

Danny Entenmann, LeMoyne AND Charlie Bertrand, Merrimack

 

Specialty Player Award - Faceoff

Blake Boudreau, Merrimack

 

Specialty Player Award - SSDM

Hunter Schmell, Merrimack

 

Specialty Player Award - LSM

Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne

 

2A:
Franklin: 8
Bunker Hill: 4
Series tied 1-1. The deciding game three will be held Saturday at Franklin.

3A:
Alexander Central: 20
Carson: 8
Cougars win the series 2-0. Alexander Central will play in the state championship series next weekend facing either Cleveland or Western Alamance.

4A:
South Caldwell: 10
Richmond: 9
Spartans win the series 2-0. South Caldwell will play in the state championship series next weekend facing Jack Britt or South Central.

Sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) advanced to the quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminaries on Friday.

Graves, who entered the event with the 18th best time in the region, crossed the finish line in 51.74 seconds. His time ranked fourth in his heat and 21st out of 48 competitors in the event. The top three finishers from each of the six heats, plus the next six best times advanced to the quarterfinals.

He will race again on Friday at 2:30 p.m. with a chance to advance to the semifinals in Eugene, Ore. on June 6. The top-three runners from each of the three heats, in addition to the next three best times will advance to Eugene.

App State saw four other athletes compete on Thursday.

Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge), who was making his second consecutive appearance in the East Preliminary Round, finished 33rd in the 800-meter run in 1:50.03. Hastings sees his career come to a close with the school record in the event, posting a time of 1:48.02 at the Duke Invitational last season.

Junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) competed in the pole vault and finished in a tie for 33rd, clearing 15-11.00. He concludes the season with the third best height in school history, recording a mark of 16-7.50 at the Sun Belt Championships.

Sophomore Jalen Virgil (Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View) notched a 41st place finish in the 100-meter dash in 10.58 seconds. Virgil, who is also a member of the football team, concludes his season with the second fastest time in the event in program history, with a time of 10.29 seconds, set at the Sun Belt Championships.

After a lengthy weather delay, senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) placed 42nd in the long jump with a mark of 18-7.00. Hargrave was making her second consecutive appearance at the NCAA East Preliminaries. She ends her career ranked third all-time in the long jump, with a distance of 20-1.75, which earned her a gold medal at this season's Sun Belt Championships.

Along with Graves, sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) will also compete on Friday. Johnson is slated to compete in the First Round of the 200-meter dash at 3 p.m.

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