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Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Defeats Lees-McRae

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (6-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over Lees-McRae (1-5), 8-1, Thursday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Three players – freshmen Alex Ayguavives (Barcelona, SPAIN) and Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) and sophomore Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) – all won at singles and doubles for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Lees-McRae hosts Pfeiffer on Wednesday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Lees-McRae 1
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Gabriel Muniz (LMC), 6-3, 6-1
2. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Garrett Lackey (LMC), 6-2, 7-5
3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Sebastian Zuhr (LMC), 6-1, 6-2
4. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Brandon Caldwell (LMC), 6-0, 6-0
5. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Cole Douglas-Fields (LMC), 7-5, 6-1
6. Thomas Deeley (LMC) def. William Hewett (LR), 4-6, 6-3, 10-2

Doubles competition:
1. Paul Lenz/Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Gabriel Muniz/Garrett Lackey (LMC), 8-2
2. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Sebastian Zuhr/Cole Douglas-Fields (LMC), 8-2
3. William Hewett/Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Grant Miller/Thomas Deeley (LMC), 8-0

Records: Lees-McRae (1-5), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-3)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (2-1) won its second straight one-goal game with an 11-10 triumph over Tiffin (Ohio) (0-2) Thursday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) scored a game-high four goals while freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) scored three times for the second straight contest in the victory.

The Dragons’ Elle Hamilton (Victoria, British Columbia) scored three goals but Tiffin couldn’t hold a 3-0 advantage early in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) broke a seven-all tie with a free position goal at the 12:12 mark of the second half to give the Bears the lead for good.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (28-24) and ground balls (20-10) while junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after making nine saves while Tiffin’s Kat Schneeberger (Oviedo, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite stopping six shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Coker in Hartsville, S.C., at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:44

Hickory Crawdads Announce 2017 Promotions

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The Hickory Crawdads have released their promotional calendar for the 2017 season with the schedule featuring plenty of appearances, giveaways, and fun theme nights.

2017 celebrity appearances include The Bachelorette contestant Luke Pell (Ladies Night-April 29), the return of 2-time NL MVP Dale Murphy (June 10), and UFC Hall-of-Famer Dan Severn (July 8). Also on the calendar are plenty of acts and appearances the whole family will enjoy including the ZOOperstars! (May 27 & July 22), BirdZerk! (May 28), Enchanted Elegance Princesses (Disney Night-June 23), and Heroic Ventures Superheroes (Superhero Night-July 21). On June 10th, Nickelodeon Night will feature an appearance by a Power Ranger and the 'Dads will be wearing special Power Rangers themed jerseys.

There will once again be two separate post-game Christian Concerts, with Aaron Shust performing on May 13th and Building 429 on August 5th.

This season's promo calendar is packed with giveaways. The 'Dads will kick off the season with the annual magnet schedule (April 13) and poster schedule (April 15) giveaways. Other freebies include replica jerseys (April 29), hat (July 22), t-shirt (June 24) and 2017 team card set (Sept 2). The 'Dads are also giving away 25th anniversary themed items: 4 different t-shirts depicting a different Crawdads uniform over the past 25 seasons (April 25, May 25, July 25, August 25) and a card set of the 25 Greatest Crawdads (June 25).

The season wouldn't be complete without fun theme nights. Returning favorites include Star Wars Night (August 4) and Christmas in July (July 7) and new for 2017 is Dynamic Duo Night (April 28), Stranger Things Fright Night (August 26) and Space Jam Night (September 1). The 'Dads will pay tribute to a pair of movies also celebrating their 25th anniversary: A League of Their Own (June 9) and The Mighty Ducks (July 20).

The Crawdads have also released their 2017 Daily Promotions Calendar with a full lineup of returning specials: Church Bulletin Sunday, Make a Difference Monday, Dollar Dog Tuesday, Kids Win Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Fireworks Friday, and Super Saturday.

In all, the schedule features 12 fireworks shows highlighted by the July 4th spectacular, 10 giveaways, two concerts, three celebrity appearances, and variety of acts and themes in one fun-filled summer.

Fans can view the entire Promotional Calendar as well as the Daily Promotions Calendar online at

The Crawdads begin their 2017 schedule with an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Monday, April 3rd at L.P. Frans Stadium. The 'Dads will then kick off their regular season on the road in Greensboro on Thursday, April 6th before hosting the Kannapolis Intimidators on Thursday, April 13th for the Home Opener.

For more information regarding the Crawdads 2017 promotions, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Darrion Evans has been named to the 2016-17 All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Honorable Mention Team, league officials announced earlier today.

Evans, a senior guard and a graduate of both Freedom High School and Catawba Valley Community College, led the squad in scoring this year at 14.8 points per contest in addition to 62 three-pointers, 74 assists and 23 steals. Evans averaged 15.9 points per game in league play as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a record of 10-17 including a 9-13 mark in South Atlantic Conference play.

2016-17 All-South Atlantic Conference

Men’s Basketball Teams


Charles Clark, Carson-Newman

Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial

Chris Perry, Lincoln Memorial

Randall Shaw, Anderson

Jalin Alexander, Queens

Mike Baez, Wingate


Sawyer Williams, Carson-Newman

Jameel Taylor, Catawba

Todd Withers, Queens

Dorian Pinson, Lincoln Memorial

K.J. Arrington, Catawba

Josh Dominguez, Wingate


Daniel Camps, Queens

Kendall Patterson, Tusculum

Mike Davis, Queens

Jerrin Morrison, Catawba

Keith Griffin, Wingate

Darrion Evans, Lenoir-Rhyne


Marshall Lange, Newberry

Cornelius Taylor, Lincoln Memorial

Carlos Dotson, Anderson

Daniel Carr, Queens

Justin Hartfield, Mars Hill


Charles Clark, Carson-Newman


Marshall Lange, Newberry


Josh Schertz, Lincoln Memorial


Points Per Game – Charles Clark, Carson-Newman, 22.5

Three Pointers Per Game – Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial, 4.04

Rebounds Per Game – Shaun Jones, Carson-Newman, 9.6

Blocked Shots Per Game – Keith Griffin, Wingate, 2.65

Field Goal Percentage – Chris Perry, Lincoln Memorial, 68.0

Assists Per Game – Kendall Patterson, Tusculum, 5.1

Assist-to-Turnover Ratio – Valentine Bauer, Mars Hill, 2.87

Steals Per Game – Gerald Evans, Newberry, 2.57

Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial, 48.7

Free Throw Percentage – Ronnie Baylark, Tusculum, 85.1

Team Scoring Offense – Newberry, 94.0

Team Steals - Newberry, 367

Team Field Goal Percentage – Lincoln Memorial, 52.1

Team FG Percentage Defense - Lincoln Memorial, 39.9

Team Assists – Lincoln Memorial, 488

Team Rebounding - Lincoln Memorial, 1,215

Team Blocked Shots – Wingate, 151

Team Three Point FG Percentage - Lincoln Memorial, 40.9

Team Scoring Defense – Queens, 73.7

Team Free Throw Percentage – Wingate, 75.6

Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Lincoln Memorial, 1.41

Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:44

Lenoir-Rhyne's Romero Named SAC Honorable Mention

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Chelsey Romero has been named a 2016-17 Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball selection, league officials announced today.

Romero, a senior center from Hampton, Va., finished second on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game and led the squad in both rebounds (7.3 per game) and blocked shots with 60.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 17-12 on the year including a 13-9 record in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears also notched their first winning season in three years.

2016-17 All-South Atlantic Conference

Women’s Basketball Teams


Megan Pittman, Lincoln Memorial

Terri Rogers, Catawba

Mika Wester, Carson-Newman

Bri Johnson, Catawba

Marta Miscenko, Wingate

Madison Lenox, Brevard


Danasia Witherspoon, Wingate

Shea Coker, Lincoln Memorial

Meg Essex, Newberry

Heather Jankowy, Anderson

Kailyn Brooks, Carson-Newman

Nicola Handreck, Newberry


Josey Harding, Lincoln Memorial

Jasmine Franklin, Anderson

Kasey Johnson, Tusculum

Paige Chavis, Mars Hill

Serena Brown, Catawba

Chelsey Romero, Lenoir-Rhyne


Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson

Madison Baggett, Anderson

Sydney Duggins, Lincoln Memorial

Madison Hallman, Catawba

Aliyah Farmer, Mars Hill


Megan Pittman, Lincoln Memorial


Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson


Krystal Evans, Lincoln Memorial


Points Per Game – Madison Lenox, Brevard, 20.0

Three Pointers Per Game – Kailyn Brooks, Carson-Newman, 2.78

Rebounds Per Game – Josey Harding, Lincoln Memorial, 10.5

Blocked Shots Per Game – Meg Essex, Newberry, 2.83

Field Goal Percentage – Iresha Cooper, Coker, 55.0

Assists Per Game – Serena Brown, Catawba, 5.5

Assist-to-Turnover Ratio – Kailyn Brooks, Carson-Newman, 2.12

Steals Per Game – Benedicta Makakala, Tusculum, 3.26

Three Point Field Goal Percentage – Bri Johnson, Catawba, 45.6

Free Throw Percentage – Bri Johnson, Catawba, 86.0

Team Scoring Offense – Carson-Newman, 80.5

Team Steals – Carson-Newman, 262

Team Field Goal Percentage – Wingate, 44.9

Team FG Percentage Defense – Anderson, 35.8

Team Assists – Carson-Newman, 490

Team Rebounding – Lincoln Memorial, 1,216

Team Blocked Shots – Lenoir-Rhyne, 122

Team Three Point FG Percentage – Lincoln Memorial, 39.5

Team Scoring Defense – Lenoir-Rhyne, 55.4

Team Free Throw Percentage – Lincoln Memorial, 73.6

Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio – Carson-Newman, 1.29

The Wingate Women’s Basketball Team (23-5) downed Lenoir-Rhyne (17-12), 56-46, Wednesday night in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship at Cuddy Arena.

The Bulldogs, the third seed in the tournament, will face seventh-seeded Catawba (16-12) in the semifinals of the championship at 2:30 p.m., at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.

Wingate was led by Marta Miscenko (Riga, Latvia) with 16 points and 11 rebounds – her 14th double-double of the year – as the Bulldogs defeated the Bears for the third time this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the sixth seed, was led by sophomore guard Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with a game-high 18 points including 16 points in the first half but the Bears shot just 35 percent (18-of-51) for the contest.

Wingate also held a 43-29 advantage on the boards and converted on 16-of-20 free throw attempts. The Bulldogs are also ranked sixth in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Poll – the top eight teams qualify for the national postseason tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 12 points off the bench for the Bears in the losing effort.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated 17th ranked Louisburg College Wednesday night 65-59 at home.

Nikki McCaskill had a game high 15 points to lead the Red Hawks in the win. Joyus Wilson added 12 points for CVCC.

The Red Hawks finish the season with 20 wins the first time since the 2013-14 with a record of 20-7 overall and 12-6 in the conference. The Red Hawks next game will be in the Region X tournament with the winner earning a spot in the 16 team National Tournament. Currently the Red Hawks sit at the #4 seed in the Region. Catawba Valley Community College will be hosting this years tournament on Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 21:47

L-R's St. Clair Named Regional Pitcher of the Week

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Pitcher Of The Week. NCBWA is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., had one of the best outings of his career last Friday in a 9-0 victory over Anderson on the road in the South Atlantic Conference opener.

St. Clair threw a three-hitter and struck out a program-best 17 batters in the conference opener against the Trojans.

St. Clair, who set the school single-season record for strikeouts in 2015 with 91, has been named the AstroTurf SAC Pitcher Of The Week twice this year including on Tuesday for his performance against Anderson.

St. Clair is 5-0 on the year with a 1.38 earned run average and a nation-leading 46 strikeouts.

Catawba’s Luke Setzer was named the NCBWA Division II Southeast Region Player Of The Week for the second straight week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3) returns to the field on Friday against Catawba to begin a conference weekend series at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-America awards, publication and writing contests.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team moved up two places to No. 10 in the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Top 25 Poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne (16-2) has won 10 straight games and returns to the field on Friday against Bluefield State (4:00 p.m.) and Virginia Union (7:00 p.m.) at the Shaw Challenge in Cary, N.C.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Records reflect games played through Sunday, Feb. 26.

2017 NFCA NCAA Division II
Softball Top 25 Poll
Week 3 – March 1

1. Humboldt State (16) 9-0
2. Southern Arkansas 14-2
3. St. Mary's 16-2
4. North Georgia 18-5
5. Valdosta State 16-3
6. West Texas A&M 17-2
7. Grand Valley State 3-1
8. Saint Leo 15-4
9. Chico State 8-1
10. Lenoir-Rhyne 16-2
11. Central Oklahoma 9-3
12. Dixie State 14-3
13. Southern Indiana 7-1
14. Colorado Mesa 7-2
15. West Virginia Wesleyan 0-0
16. Alabama-Huntsville 13-5
17. Angelo State 17-1
18. Pfeiffer 15-1
19. Harding 11-3
20. Caldwell 0-0
21. Indianapolis 9-4
22. Lubbock Christian 16-2
23. North Alabama 14-6
24. Missouri Western 15-3
25. Cal State Monterey Bay 11-2

The Hickory Crawdads promotional calendar includes three Meet-N-Greets this season, with Luke Pell, Dale Murphy and Dan Severn all scheduled to appear at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Fans who purchase Meet-N-Greet tickets will be treated to a special pre-game, private event that includes the opportunity to meet, take a photo with, and receive autographs from the celebrity. The Meet-N-Greet ticket also includes a meal voucher, a reserved ticket for that night's Crawdads game, and an automatic entry into a drawing to win a special prize package, including the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch that night.

Luke Pell will highlight Ladies Night on Saturday, April 29th with the Meet-N-Greet beginning at 4pm. Pell, a country singer-songwriter, is best known for capturing hearts across America on Season 12 of ABC's hit television show The Bachelorette. For $22, fans will receive a rose from The Bachelorette contestant himself, a printed 5x7 photo of Pell, and an opportunity to take part in a Q&A. All fans who purchase a Meet-N-Greet will be automatically entered to win a Rock Barn package which includes: 3 days and 2 nights in a Stay and Play Townhome, 15% off spa services, and 18 holes on the Tom Jackson Course.

Saturday, June 10th at 4pm will mark the return of Dale Murphy to L.P. Frans Stadium. For $25, fans will have exclusive, private time with the former Major Leaguer and will be automatically entered to win four tickets to the Texas Rangers vs. Atlanta Braves game on September 5th at SunTrust Park. Dale Murphy is a 2-time NL MVP and 7-time All-Star. Over his 18-year career, the former Atlanta Brave collected five Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards.

UFC Night on Saturday, July 8th will feature Dan Severn with the Meet-N-Greet beginning at 5pm. For $22 fans will receive a 5x7 printed photo of Severn and an automatic entry into a drawing to win a signed copy of his book "The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn" as well as a signed, framed poster. In addition to being a UFC Hall-of-Famer, Severn is a UFC Superfight Champion as well as the only UFC Triple Crown Champion. He also has two National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Championship Belts and is the first and only man to hold an MMA and professional wrestling championship simultaneously.

Meet-N-Greet tickets are now available for purchase online (Luke Pell, Dale Murphy, Dan Severn), in-person at L.P. Frans Stadium, or over the phone.

For more information regarding the Meet-N-Greets, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.

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