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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Tournament:
First round
Alexander Central: 20
St. Stephens: 0

South Caldwell: 16
Hickory: 0

West Caldwell: 22
Freedom: 5

 The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team has earned a spot in the 2018 NCAA Division II South Super Regionals. The three-day regional tournament will take place from Monday, May 7, through Wednesday, May 9, at the Germantown Country Club in Germantown, Tennessee.

 

Christian Brothers University, located in Memphis, Tenn., will serve as the host institution. The Bears are making their first postseason appearance as a team since the 2003 season.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne has had an outstanding season so far in 2017-18. The Bears have won four tournaments – Patsy Rendleman Invitational (Oct. 8-9), Lincoln Memorial Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate (Feb. 26-27), Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 19-20), and Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic (March 26-27) – in addition to several individual victories.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) won Lincoln Memorial’s Tournament while sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM) finished first at Wingate’s annual spring tournament before falling in a playoff a week later at UNC Pembroke’s tournament.

 

Hartsell and O’Connor were both 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference honorees while Hartsell was the league player of the year and an NCAA Division II All-American last spring in addition to individually qualifying for the regionals.

 

All participants will compete through the 54 holes of competition. The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.

 

The year’s finals take place at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, from Wednesday, May 16, through Saturday, May 19. Texas A&M International University and the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority will serve as co-hosts. Barry won last year’s national championship.

 

2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf

South Regional – May 7-9

Germantown, Tenn.

Germantown Country Club

 

Host: Christian Brothers University

 

1. Nova Southeastern

2. Barry

3. Saint Leo

4. Flagler

5. Lynn

6. Florida Southern

7. Rollins

8. Wingate

9. Lee

10. Florida Tech

11. Lenoir-Rhyne

12. Limestone

 

Individuals:

1. Paloma Vaccaro, West Florida

2. Megan Sobol, North Georgia

3. Kiira Riihijarvi, Tampa

4. Franziska Bremm, West Georgia

5. Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman

6. Dominika Czudkova, Lincoln Memorial

Four Appalachian State football players emerged from the NFL Draft weekend with deals to begin their professional careers.

Offensive lineman Colby Gossett, offensive lineman Beau Nunn, safety A.J. Howard and linebacker Eric Boggs took the next step Saturday, starting with Gossett being picked in the sixth round of the draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Nunn signed a free agent deal with the Detroit Lions, Howard signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals and Boggs agreed to terms to participate in the New York Jets' rookie mini-camp, which begins Thursday.

In addition to the four rookies, eight App State alums ended the 2017 season on NFL rosters, and offensive lineman Parker Collins signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in April. Gossett, Nunn and Collins — who were part of the same recruiting class that enrolled in 2013 — are among the five offensive linemen in that group of 13.

Two of the rookies are joining organizations with Appalachian ties, as App State alum Steve Wilks is the first-year head coach of the Cardinals and former App State assistant coach George Edwards in the Vikings' defensive coordinator.

The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Gossett became the first offensive guard from the Sun Belt Conference to ever be selected. He capped his App State career with 46 consecutive starts before appearing at both the prestigious Reese's Senior Bowl in January and the NFL Scouting Combine a month later.

With Gossett often at right guard and Nunn at right tackle, Appalachian ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks allowed and the top 25 in rushing yards per game in each of their four seasons as starters. They were key cogs for an offensive line that allowed only eight sacks in 2017 (No. 2 among FBS teams) and helped the Mountaineers rush for more than 300 yards in each of their last three games.

The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Nunn started 41 career games. Entering the 2017 bowl season, his overall grade of 86.6 from the PFF College Football site ranked 19th among 260-plus FBS tackles, and his four quarterback pressures led the 179 FBS tackles with at least 300 pass-block snaps. In receiving a grade of 92 from App State's coaches in a 34-0 win against Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl, Nunn had 13 knockdown blocks (increasing his season total to 75) and seven pancakes (raising his season total to 21).

Nunn, who excelled at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January, showed off his athleticism by amassing 28 bench-press reps and clocking in at 5.01 seconds in the 40 at App State's Pro Day.

Howard started in 38 of his 51 career games at App State, totaling 219 tackles, four interceptions and 11 tackles for loss. He also played on a significant number of special teams units, a valuable skill for NFL rookies.

Howard made a stop on a catch at the 1-yard line seconds before time expired in a 20-13 win at Texas State in 2017, and his 61-yard interception return at Georgia State helped the Mountaineers take a 24-7 lead in a 31-10 victory.

Howard's impressive draft prep, which began with a strong performance at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January, included 24 bench-press reps and a time of 4.50 seconds in the 40 at App State's Pro Day.

With Howard and Boggs playing important roles, App State's defense ranked first or second among Sun Belt teams in both points allowed per game and yards allowed per game in each of the last three seasons. Boggs was the team's leading tackler in all three of those seasons.

As an inside linebacker, Boggs played in 51 college games and started the final 45 of his career. He finished his App State career with 347 tackles, 12.5 sacks and eight interceptions.

Boggs was the only FBS defender in 2017 with the versatility to possess career totals of at least 325 tackles, 10 sacks and eight interceptions.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship for 2018. The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to an outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and/or Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school.

Out of the regional recipients, one male and one female student athlete will be selected as a state scholarship recipient and each will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship as state award winners. The state recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

The Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship is in honor of Durham-native, Willie Bradshaw, an NCHSAA Hall of Fame inductee in 1995 and National High School Hall of Fame inductee in 2010. Bradshaw was an outstanding athlete at Hillside High School, playing on the undefeated 1943 football team that went untied and unscored upon. He went on to North Carolina College (now NC Central University) and then on to pitch professionally for several Negro League teams. He became the first African-American city or county athletic director when he took over for the Durham City School system until his retirement in 1992.

From Region 7 that includes the Greater Hickory Metro, Maiden's Elena Propst received the regional scholarship.

Propst carries a 4.70 weighted GPA into her final semester of her senior year at Maiden High School. Propst has played soccer and basketball during her four years at Maiden, earning All-Conference honors during three seasons in soccer while being named the Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year during her junior season and being named to the All-Region team. She is a member of the Junior BETA Club, HOSA Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and attended North Carolina Girls State. She plans to attend Carson-Newman University in the fall majoring in Pre-Medicine.

 

2018 REGIONAL RECIPIENTS

Region 1 – Shandronique Jackson, John A. Holmes High School

Region 2 – Krystal Martinez, Hobbton High School

Region 3 – Benjamin Anstead, Durham Riverside High School

Region 3 – Jordan Gary, Southeast Raleigh High School

Region 4 – Nsaia Rogers, Whiteville High School

Region 5 – Giovanni Santibanez-Mendoza, Page High School

Region 5 – Jose Romero, East Davidson High School

Region 5 – Khali Maxfield-Davis, North Davidson High School

Region 6 – Bryanna Foster, A.L. Brown High School

Region 6 – Siamani Olomua, Concord High School

Region 7 – Elena Propst, Maiden High School

Wonderful weather and action packed racing would be on the docket for the Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton Night, PLLC at the Races at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Leading off the evening would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for the first of two 40 lap features. Ryan Repko in the #14 would take the pole position with Austin McDaniel in the #12 to his outside while Ryan Millington in the #17 and Craig Moore in the #1 would make up row two. Repko and McDaniel would battle side by side for the top spot for several laps with Repko eventually moving to the first position. With McDaniel moved up to the high line and Millington would move into second. Repko would look to have the race in hand but Millington would start methodically tracking him down and with five laps to go the defending track champion would work his way under Repko. At the checkered flag Millington would nose ahead for the win. Repko would finish 2nd while McDaniel would gain ground on the lead duo but settle for 3rd. Ty Gibbs in the #18 and Justin Carroll in the # 57 would round out the top 5.

Next up would see the Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders roll onto the track for 25 laps of action. Dennis Ward in the #25 would set the fast time and lead the field to the green flag with Randy Canipe in the #09 to his outside. The front pair would battle for the top spot with Ward moving to the front. Ward would lead until problems would cause him to spin on the front stretch and put him in the pits. The #6 of Brian Mundy and the #29 of Allison Houston would both give chase to the leader. Mundy would move around for the top spot bringing Houston with him to second. When the checkered flag would fall it would find Mundy as the winner and headed to his first victory lane celebration as a driver. Houston would challenge over the closing laps but would have to settle for 2nd along with Canipe finishing 3rd. Cody Combs in the #9 and Dennis Trivette in the #28 would grab 4th and 5th.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would hit the track next for 50 laps and Round #3 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Racing Challenge. Pat Rachels in the #34 would pace the field to the green flag with Tyler Gregory in the #7 starting to his outside. The action would be furious and non-stop as Rachels, Gregory, the #4 of Dylon Wilson, and the entire 23 car field would mix it up in their quest for the top spot. Gregory would move around Rachels for the top spot and look as if he would have the race in hand when contact with a slower car would send Gregory into the outside wall and ruin his chances of a victory. Rachels would take the opportunity and move to the point with just five laps to go. The #1 of Brody Pope would give Rachels a handful as he would challenge for top spot. Rachels would hold off the challenger and grab the victory with Pope, in his first Hickory Motor Speedway start, finishing 2nd. Taylor Gray in the #15 would finish 3rd, Taylor Nesbitt in the #92 would come home 4th, while Brandon Lemke in the #22 would grab 5th.

Hitting the track next would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks for their 30 lap slugfest. The #18 of Troy DeMarmels would start from the top spot with Kevin Eby in the #03 would start to his outside. DeMarmels would move to the top spot but Eby would try repeatedly to put the pressure on to make the pass. DeMarmels would hang on to grab his first victory at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars while Eby would finish 2nd. The #64 of Marshall Sutton would take the 3rd spot after a spirited battle with Jared Broadbent in the #74. Broadbent would finish 4th with Mark Whitten in the #77 finishing 5th.

The One Design Super Trucks would roll off next for another hard fought 35 lap battle. Dakota Slagle in the #13 and Allen Huffman in the #51 would make up the front row starting positions. Huffman would grab the early lead with Slagle close behind. Before the end of the race 5, that’s right 5 different leaders would move to the top spot in the 35 lap affair, but Slagle would prove too strong and grab the victory, despite having to restart once from the rear of the field. Sheflon Clay in the #15 would finish in the runner-up position with Huffman coming home in 3rd. Zach Hale in the #97 and Josh Stark in the #39 would round out the top 5.

Closing out the night would see the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models fire up for the second 40 lap feature of their double header. After a nine car invert from the finishing order of race number one Jacob Heafner in the #95 would start the second 40 lap feature from the point with Craig Moore in the #1 just to his outside. Heafner would jump to the early lead and pace the field with Moore making repeated attempts at the top spot. First race winner, Ryan Millington in the #17, would make a methodical charge through the field with the #12 of Austin McDaniel close behind, with both drivers looking for the winner’s trophy. Lap 28 would see Millington reach Heafner and begin to pressure him. After a battle for the lead Heafner would make a crossover move on Millington and make his bid to take back the lead. Millington would eventually power ahead to the lead in his quest to double up on the night's races. McDaniel would make his move around a Heafner and give chase to the leader. Millington would prove too strong on the night and grab the victory, sweeping the pair of 40 lap features. McDaniel would finish close behind in 2nd with Heafner in his tracks for 3rd. Justin Carroll in the #57 would grab the 4th finishing position while Allen Gordon in the #15 would finish out the night with a top 5 finish in 5th.

Next week the CARS Response Energy Tour makes their first visit of 2018 to America's Most Famous Short Track for the Cloer Construction 300. The CARS Late Models and Super Late Models will each do battle for 150 action-packed laps with rivalry’s to be settled.

In two weeks the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will return to action at Hickory Motor Speedway with the running of the Coca-Cola Night at the Races.
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Hickory Motor Speedway
Unofficial Race Results for 4/28/2018

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6M Brian Mundy Concord, NC
2 29H Allison Houston Conover, NC
3 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
4 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
5 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
6 25 Dennis Ward Hickory, NC
7 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 25 Dennis Ward Hickory, NC
2 9 Randy Canipe Maiden, NC
3 6M Brian Mundy Concord, NC
4 29H Allison Houston Conover, NC
5 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
6 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
7 28T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC DNS

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
4 1M Craig Moore ,
5 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
6 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
7 15A Allen Gordon Columbus, GA
8 51A Austin Hill Salisbury, NC
9 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
10 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
11 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
12 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
13 28H Chris Hudspeth Ronda, NC
14 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
15 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
2 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
3 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
4 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
5 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
6 51A Austin Hill Salisbury, NC
7 15A Allen Gordon Columbus, GA
8 1M Craig Moore ,
9 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
10 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
11 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
12 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
13 28H Chris Hudspeth Ronda, NC
14 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
15 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
2 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
3 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
4 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
5 15A Allen Gordon Columbus, GA
6 51A Austin Hill Salisbury, NC
7 1M Craig Moore ,
8 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
9 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
11 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
12 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
13 28H Chris Hudspeth Ronda, NC
14 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
15 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC

Limited Late Model - Paramount Race
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
2 1P Brody Pope Harrisonville, NC
3 15G Taylor Gray Mooresville, NC
4 92N Taylor Nesbitt Swannanoa, NC
5 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
6 14 Vince Midas Catawba, NC
7 44 Josh Kossek Tobaccoville, NC
8 12P Gage Painter Statesville, NC
9 4W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
10 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
11 57 Carter Davison Elizabethton, TN
12 29F David Flynn White Pine , TN
13 5B Hannah Bell Raleigh, NC
14 51H Chris Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
15 47J Chase Janes Harrisburg, NC
16 00H Andy Holt Greensboro, NC
17 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
18 12L Mason Ludwig N. Branch, MI
19 19C Jessica Cann ,
20 95G Eric Green Fairview, NC
21 23 Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
22 4H Leland Honeyman ,
23 32A Austin Self Mooresville, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
2 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
3 4W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
4 1P Brody Pope Harrisonville, NC
5 12L Mason Ludwig N. Branch, MI
6 15G Taylor Gray Mooresville, NC
7 12P Gage Painter Statesville, NC
8 44 Josh Kossek Tobaccoville, NC
9 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
10 23 Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
11 57 Carter Davison Elizabethton, TN
12 4H Leland Honeyman ,
13 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
14 92N Taylor Nesbitt Swannanoa, NC
15 29F David Flynn White Pine , TN
16 95G Eric Green Fairview, NC
17 5B Hannah Bell Raleigh, NC
18 51H Chris Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
19 00H Andy Holt Greensboro, NC
20 47J Chase Janes Harrisburg, NC
21 19C Jessica Cann ,
22 14 Vince Midas Catawba, NC
23 32A Austin Self Mooresville, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18 Troy DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 74B Jared Broadbent Spruce Pine, NC
5 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
6 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18 Troy DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 74B Jared Broadbent Spruce Pine, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
6 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC
2 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
3 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
4 97H Zach Hale Catawba, NC
5 39 Josh Stark Troutman, NC
6 86S Joe Simpson Mocksville, NC
7 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
5 97H Zach Hale Catawba, NC
6 39 Josh Stark Troutman, NC
7 86S Joe Simpson Mocksville, NC

 

Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:04

App State Baseball Doubled Up by Little Rock

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Appalachian State took a first-inning lead and pulled even on Joel McDaniel’s two-run homer in the fourth inning, but a four-run fifth propelled Little Rock to a 12-6 victory Sunday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

App State matched its highest-scoring output in a loss this season, as McDaniel homered for the second straight day, Kendall McGowan added a solo homer to highlight a 2-for-5 performance and Drew Beck went 2-for-5 with a two-run single to close a series in which he was 5-for-12 with five RBIs and two doubles.

The Mountaineers (12-31, 4-17) totaled 26 hits in the three-game Sun Belt series, which included a 7-6 home win Saturday.

After retiring App State Director of Track & Field and Cross Country John Weaver threw out the first pitch to full-time Director of Athletics and part-time catcher Doug Gillin, Will Sprinkle tossed a scoreless first inning and the Mountaineers went ahead on Beck’s two-out, two-run single to left. His hit brought home Conner Leonard (two-out walk) and Riley Smith (two-out double).

Little Rock (23-19, 12-8) led off the second inning with a home run and scored two unearned runs in the third inning, as back-to-back errors to begin the frame included a play in which the first-base umpire ruled that Leonard’s foot left the bag as he stretched to catch a throw.

The Trojans went ahead 4-2 in the fourth, but CJ Brown’s one-out walk put a runner on base for McDaniel, who homered to left.

Little Rock’s four-run fifth featured two controversial plays. Multiple Mountaineers pointed in the “foul” direction after Beck’s entire body ended up a few feet into foul territory as he tried to make a diving stop near third base on a ball that was ruled fair for a leadoff double.

With two on and nobody out, Riley Pittman greeted new pitcher Andrew Papp with a flyball to center. Brown, the right fielder, sprinted into the picture and cut in front of center fielder Alex Leshock, who actually made a basket catch near his shins despite on-field confusion as to whether the ball hit the ground or not.

Leshock threw to second base to potentially get a forceout in the case of a non-catch or, in the case of a catch, double-up the runner who had been on second when the play began. After an umpires meeting in which the advancing runner appeared to briefly be signaled out, he stayed at third base and was credited with tagging up on the flyout.

Nick Perez followed that sequence with a tiebreaking three-run homer — the celebration and reaction to the celebration caused the umpires to issue warnings to both teams — and Ryan Benavidez’s solo homer in the next at-bat gave the Trojans an 8-4 lead.

Little Rock added an unearned run in the seventh before Leonard’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh and McGowan’s home run in the bottom of the eighth cut App State’s deficit to 9-6 entering the ninth.

The Mountaineers return to action Wednesday with a 5 p.m. home game against North Carolina A&T, and they’ll be in Texas next weekend for a Sun Belt road series at UT Arlington.

The 14th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball program bid farewell to its 17 departing baseball players on Sunday during the final home game of their careers against Patrick Henry Community College.

The Patriots proved to be spoilers on this special day, defeating the Red Hawks 6-2 at Henkel-Alley Field. By virtue of its doubleheader sweep on Saturday, CVCC wins the series, 2-1 — its 12th series win this spring.

Sophomores Jimmy Marcelli and Graham Mitchell led Catawba Valley (36-14, 15-7 in Region X) in Sunday's contest. Mitchell drove in a run on a sac fly in the bottom of the first inning, while Marcelli connected on his second career home run — a solo shot to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Despite those efforts, CVCC batters struggled in Sunday's matinee, stranding 12 runners on base and striking out 12 times.

Patrick Henry starting pitcher Danny Hosley allowed four hits, two earned runs, five walks and struck out 10 batters to pick up his third win of the season.

Catawba Valley starting pitcher Thomas Walden allowed three hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out two batters in the final home outing for the sophomore from Raleigh, N.C.

Relievers Matthew Dailey, Hunter Isaacs, Will Angel, Tyler Nigro, Connor Hewell, Josh Rice, Nic Messina and Greg Collins all saw action on the mound for the Red Hawks on Sunday, combining to close out the final seven innings against the Patriots (31-14-1, 13-5-1 in Region X). The eight pitchers allowed a total of four hits, three runs, six walks and striking out nine batters.

Following the conclusion of Sunday's contest, all 17 departing CVCC baseball players were honored at home plate with their families, receiving hugs and handshakes from Red Hawk head coach Paul Rozzelle, pitching coach Kris Harvey and hitting coach Colby Dishmond.

The CVCC baseball team caps off its regular season next weekend with a road series against New River Community College in Dublin, Va.

The Red Hawks and Muskies will play one nine-inning and one seven-inning game on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before playing one single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (9-9) fell to Queens (11-8) by a 13-9 score on Sunday afternoon in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship game at Graham Gill Field.

The Royals’ Katie Wardle (Ellicott City, Md.) led all scorers with six goals as Queens won its fifth straight league tournament championship (2014-18).

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) with four goals while sophomore attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) added three scores and two assists in the setback.

After falling behind by a 12-5 score with just over 15 minutes left in the contest, the Bears tried to rally with four straight goals but couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way.

Queens’ Chase Brokaw (Sykesville, Md.) earned the win in goal after stopping four shots while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas), the league player of the year, suffered the loss despite totaling 14 saves.

Sousa increased her school single-season record for goals to 63 while Gaffney now has a Lenoir-Rhyne record and league-leading 40 assists on the season.

The Bears were competing in their fourth SAC Championship game in school history.

Sousa, Flueck, junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) and senior defender Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) all earned league all-tournament honors for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host ninth-ranked Limestone on Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m., in the regular season finale at Moretz Stadium.

Sunday, 29 April 2018 22:54

Hickory Crawdads Win in Walkoff Fashion

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The 'Dads won Sunday afternoon against the Delmarva Shorebirds on a wild walkoff to cap the homestand. Left fielder Miguel Aparicio dashed home for the winning run as catcher Melvin Novoa was caught in a rundown following a wild pitch. The 'Dads won the game 7-6

Sunday's victory was the first Crawdads walkoff on a wild pitch in five seasons. The last Crawdads walkoff win came last season on August 3rdin a game also against the Shorebirds.
The Shorebirds started the scoring in the top of third inning on a single past the glove of the diving first baseman Yohel Pozo that brought in two runs.

The 'Dads responded in the bottom of the third with a two out double by catcher Melvin Novoa that gave the Crawdads their first run of the game and drove Shorebirds starting pitcher DL Hall out of the game.
'Dads starter Reid Anderson finished the afternoon with six innings pitched and two earned runs allowed. Right hander Dario Beltre took over for Anderson and allowed the first four batters to reach and three runs to come in. He exited with a runner on third that scored off of Crawdads reliever Josh Advocate that increased the Shorebird's lead to 6-1.

The Crawdads got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by centerfielder Eric Jenkins with the bases loaded. The 'Dads cut away at the deficit in the bottom of the eighth with a two run single by third baseman Tyler Ratliff that put the 'Dads behind by two.

The 'Dads bats stayed hot in the ninth inning. Shortstop Yonny Hernandez and Jenkins walked in back to back at bats. Left fielder Miguel Aparicio hit a groundball that was dropped by the Delmarva shortstop trying to put a tag on Jenkins as he slid into second. Novoa tied the game with a single to left. Designated hitter Sam Huff came to the plate with Novoa at first and Aparicio at third. Novoa got stuck in a pickle following a wild pitch. While Novoa was trying to escape a tag, Aparicio sprinted home for the game's winning run.

The Crawdads are on the road until May 9th, when they return for the first Kids Win Wednesday of the season. Thursday, May 10thwill be Dunder Mifflin Night and Thirsty Thursday. Crawmoms weekend will kick off the following night with a post-game fireworks show. Throughout the weekend the Crawdads will be playing as the Crawmoms, wearing special caps and jerseys. On Saturday, there will be a replica jersey giveaway for the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of Pepsi. Crawmoms weekend will wrap on Mother's Day so the first 100 mothers will receive a carnation thanks to Whitfield's Flowers and more. Wine and Design will also be teaching a class on the picnic deck at Sunday's game.

The Wingate University Men’s Lacrosse Team (11-5) prevailed over third-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (16-2), 12-9, in the finals of the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship Sunday afternoon at Graham Gill Field. The Bulldogs also ended the Bears’ 12-game winning streak.

Wingate was able to hold on despite Lenoir-Rhyne’s advantages in both shots taken (40-23) and ground balls (41-22). Alex Llerandi (Marietta, Ga.) led the way with a game-high five goals for the Bulldogs, who avenged an earlier loss to the Bears in the regular season.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) - who totaled three goals and two assists – and junior attacker Ryan Bell (Havre de Grace, Md.) with three scores despite the loss.

Ryan Ahrens (Austin, Texas) was key for the Bulldogs as well, stopping 18 shots and picking up the win in goal. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) made four saves but suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost for the first time away from home this year and fell to the Bulldogs for the first time since 2012. LR had beaten Wingate six straight times.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist to extend a pair of school single-season records: a league-leading 59 goals and 86 points.

The Bears lost for only the fifth time in their last 44 games.

Senior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.), sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior midfielder Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) all earned league all-tournament honors for the Bears. Dickinson scored seven goals in two league tournament games this year while Gottberg won 21-of-23 face-offs today with 18 ground balls.

Lenoir-Rhyne is likely to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second straight year as the Bears are the top team in the South Regional rankings. The selection show is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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