Sports

Sports (1172)

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame 2018 class highlights the county’s rich auto racing, basketball and football history, a nationally recognized softball dynasty and a Special Olympics champion.

“This year's class is a real tribute to the depth of outstanding athletes, coaches and contributors in Catawba County's sports history,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. “It’s special to know that with almost 80 members already in the Hall of Fame, we still have inductees who have achieved national recognition, professional status, performed at a high level of Division I athletics or garnered statewide recognition.”

The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 includes:

Championship Crew Chief Mike Beam, who has more than 80 wins across all three of NASCAR’s national racing series

Bandys High School state basketball champion Vernon Odom, who continued his playing career contributing to four 20-win seasons at West Virginia University

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s all-time leading scorer Raeford Wells, a three-time All-American

Duke University’s all-time leader for rushing and all-purpose yards Chris Douglas, a multi-sport athlete who won state and national track titles while attending Bandys

North Carolina Special Olympian Greg Brunt, a 40-year competitor who has won more than a hundred medals

Three-time national championship softball manager Bob J. Lutz, who led this year’s Team of Excellence, the Howard’s Furniture/Western Steer Softball Team, a national softball powerhouse for three decades

Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.

New inductees will be celebrated during the annual Hickory Metro Sports Commission Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, May 14 at the city of Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center where hall of fame plaques are on permanent display.

"We believe this year's class is very deserving and will be extremely well received,” Phillips said. “We look forward to celebrating their many accomplishments with them, their families and friends.”

In addition to an induction ceremony, the annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame banquet salutes Student Athletes of the Year from the public and private high schools throughout Catawba County. Area high school athletic directors or school representatives selected a male and a female finalist from each school. Many of these student athletes participate in multiple sports, and some are at the top of their academic class. From the finalists, one male student athlete and one female student athlete will each receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by Cody Law Firm of Hickory.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet go on sale April 9 for $25 each. The May 14 banquet includes a meal catered by Boxcar Grille of Claremont. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County and the Hickory Highland Recreation Center.

 

 

Mike Beam

NASCAR Championship Crew Chief Mike Beam is the leading vote-getter in his first-ballot election to the Hall of Fame. He’s one of only three crew chiefs in the history of NASCAR to record wins in all three national series. He was crew chief for Carl Edwards’ 2010 Xfinity Championship, Butch Lindley’s Late Model National Titles (1977-78), and has been at the helm for more than a dozen other drivers including NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty, Bill Elliott and Dale Jarrett.

"Since the early 1980s Mike Beam has been among the best at what he does,” Phillips said. “He's worked with some of the most famous drivers and families in NASCAR history and will only add to the racing heritage already in the CCSHOF."

As a crew chief, Beam has more than 80 wins, and most recently, he was General Manager of GMS Racing when driver Johnny Sauter won the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Championship. From there, the Hickory native’s career stretches back to “The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars” Hickory Motor Speedway where he was crew chief for Harry Gant and Dale Jarrett in their Bobby Isaac Memorial wins.

“Mike’s innate talents and tireless work ethic gained him the knowledge necessary to become one of the most sought after crew chiefs/managers in the history of NASCAR,” says long-time radio and TV broadcaster Glenn Jarrett. “In his 35-plus years of NASCAR, he has always been a true gentleman conducting himself with class and with dignity even in some of the sport’s most volatile situations.”

Vernon Odom

Vernon Odom led Bandys High School to the 1982 North Carolina High School Athletic Association state basketball championship, as well as a pair of runner-up finishes before matriculating to West Virginia University and Division I basketball. There, he played a critical role in four 20-win Mountaineer teams.

"Vernon Odom is perhaps the most prolific scorer who has ever played high school basketball in Catawba County history,” Phillips said. “His numbers jump off the page even more when you consider there was no three-point line in the early 1980s.”

Odom was North Carolina’s second all-time leading scorer when he graduated from Bandys with 2,575 career points, and he still ranks fifth in the state. He currently ranks second in North Carolina for career field goals made (1,054), 20-point career games (74) and 20-point games in a season (28), a category where he also holds the No. 3 position (27). His total for field goals made in a season ranks fourth (334) and seventh (326) in state history. Odom is 11th all-time for career free throws made (467).

He was Catawba County Co-Player of the Year three times and was named Athlete of the Year in 1982. His performance earned All-State honors twice, a McDonald’s All-American Honorable Mention and a full scholarship to West Virginia.

“Bandys finished in the top four in the state every season, and Vernon was the undisputed best player on those teams,” long-time college and pro basketball coach and 1976 Bandys graduate Bobby Lutz writes in support of Odom’s nomination. “Numbers alone do not tell the complete story. He played with a passion and energy that was special. Vernon was a phenomenal scorer who was at his best when his best was needed.”

As a freshman at West Virginia during the season-opener, Odom scored one of the first-ever three-point shots allowed in college basketball. In his four-year career as a Mountaineer, he played in 110 games, hit 264 of 556 field goals (47.5 percent), hit 139 of 167 free throws (79 percent) and scored 679 points. He graduated with 124 assists, 192 rebounds and a reputation.

“(West Virginia) Coach Gale Catlett once told me that Vernon was one of the finest young men he has ever coached, which speaks well of his character,” Lutz writes. “Vernon represented Catawba County very well and he still does today.”

Raeford Wells

Raeford Wells (1935-1995) is one of the best college basketball players in Lenoir-Rhyne history. The NAIA and Lenoir-Rhyne Hall of Famer still holds the Bears’ career scoring record - 2,628 points that was once good enough to be a state record. The center was a three-time All-American from 1955-57 and a four-year all-conference selection.

“Raeford Wells is considered the finest all-around basketball player in Lenoir-Rhyne and St. Stephens High School history,” Phillips said. “To read his bio, it's easy to see why he was among the best round-ballers in the nation in the 1950s."

Drafted by the New York Knicks in 1957, Wells’ basketball career began at St. Stephens, where he scored 1,743 points. His teams went 75-12, including a 32-0 senior season in 1952-53. Wells declined an invitation to attend University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the college coach who kept him in Hickory said the four-year starter made an immediate impact.

“He was as good as anyone I’ve ever coached,” said Jim “Pappy” Hamilton, 93, Lenoir-Rhyne coach from 1950-57. “He was great under the board, had a nice shooting touch from 15 feet, was a great rebounder and could run the floor, too. Raeford loved playing at Lenoir-Rhyne and was really proud of his roots in Catawba County.”

Wells’ senior year with 810 points and a 28.9-point average is still the best season in school history. During that 1957 season he led Lenoir-Rhyne to a record 24 straight wins and a North State Conference Championship. His 1955-56 season ranks second in school scoring (688) and scoring average (26.5), and sixth all-time in field goal percentage (.603). Wells is second all-time at Lenoir-Rhyne for rebounds and rebounding average (23.9 in 1956-57).

An educator and principal in Catawba County and North Carolina for a decade after his Lenoir-Rhyne career, he moved to Arizona in 1967 where his career in education continued 20 years. Wells died July 3, 1995.

Chris Douglas

Chris Douglas is Duke University’s all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards. At Bandys High School, he was not only dominant on the football field, but also the track where he won state and national championships.

"Chris Douglas is one of the best football players and all-around athletes to come out of Bandys High,” Phillips said. “And to be named among Duke University’s ‘Hall of Heroes’ speaks to his impact as a gridiron star for the Duke Blue Devils as well.”

Douglas’ 3,122 career rushing yards on a record 695 carries and 5,753 all-purpose yards are still Duke Football records. His career rushing touchdown total (21) ranks fifth best in Duke history. Douglas was a first team All-ACC selection in 2003 when the three-time All-ACC academic honoree also received the Jim Tatum Award for the ACC’s top senior football student athlete. He was inducted into the ACC Legends in the 2015 class.

A multi-sport athlete at Bandys, he won a 1999 NCHSAA title in the 100-meter hurdles and a national championship in the 400-meter hurdles with the Catawba County Stallions Track Club. On the gridiron, the Sherrills Ford native rushed for 3,276 yards as the Trojans went 26-2 during his varsity career. Douglas was 1998 Catawba County Male Athlete of the Year and winner of the Coca-Cola Golden Helmet Award for the High School Football Player of the Year.

“Chris Douglas was probably the most impactful football player I coached in my 35 years on the field. His impact was felt by his teammates, coaches and all of Bandys High School,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame member and long-time Bandys football coach Randy Lowman. “Chris was at the top of his class academically. He was gifted in the arts and a leading member of Bandys’ music program. Athletically, he was in a class of his own.”

Douglas was drafted by the New York Giants before his pro football career was shortened by injury. He is senior district manager for Kohl’s based in Washington, D.C.

Greg Brunt

Greg Brunt has won more than 100 Olympic medals in 40 years of competition in the Special Olympics of North Carolina. A multi-sport athlete born with Down syndrome, he’s an avid swimmer that trains and competes in the backstroke, butterfly, freestyle and relays. The pool veteran also helps train younger swimmers for Special Olympics competition.

"Greg Brunt has compiled an amazing career as one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of the N.C. Special Olympics,” Phillips said. “We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments."

One of eight children born in a military family of swimmers, Brunt first learned to swim at 8 months old. At age 6, he had open-heart surgery but was not deterred. When his father retired in 1974, a 12-year-old Brunt moved to Hickory and began training with the Hickory Seahorses before joining Catawba County’s Special Olympics team. He’s been competing ever since.

Since Special Olympics of North Carolina began recording medal results in the 2001 state games, Brunt has won 33 gold medals, 15 silver, 12 bronze and a handful of medals for fourth-sixth place. In addition to swimming he also competes in track and field and softball, and he loves to dance.

“Greg truly believes in the Special Olympics slogan, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt,” said Catawba County Special Olympics Swim Coach Debbie Bandy. “It is rare to still be in competition at Greg’s age, yet he is brave in every attempt.”

His success in the Special Olympics is reflected in the U.S. Congressional Record.

“Mr. Brunt’s road cannot have been easy. He’s overcome challenges that many Americans don’t have to face,” said U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx during remarks in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Instead of giving in, Mr. Brunt gives back. As a swimming instructor to younger children, Mr. Brunt teaches children the value of practice and perseverance.”

Brunt’s enthusiasm for competition extends to sporting events in the Hickory Metro. He rarely misses a Lenoir-Rhyne home softball game, attends most Hickory Crawdad games at L.P. Frans Stadium, and “truly loves all sports and all teams of the Catawba Valley,” Bandy said. “There is simply no greater fan.”
Bob J. Lutz and the Howard’s Furniture/Western Steer Team of Excellence

Bob J. Lutz (1935-2012) and the Howard’s Furniture/Western Steer Softball team brought national attention to Catawba County during a three-decade run that peaked with six national championships.

“Bob J. Lutz managed and coached with distinction one of, if not, the most famous slow-pitch softball team in the nation. He was a superb athlete who helped put Howard's Softball on the map,” Phillips said. “The Howard's softball team of the 1970s and 1980s brought national recognition to eastern Catawba County as the ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ of slow-pitch softball. I can't imagine how many thousands of fans were entertained by watching those guys play."

A point guard known as a long-distance sharp-shooter, Lutz earned Catawba County Athlete of the Year honors in 1954. He was named to four different Hickory Metro all-tournament teams during a high school basketball career with an estimated scoring total of 1,373 points. He was valedictorian of his class at Bandys and attended University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Lutz’s accomplishments on the softball diamond were dominant. When the Howard’s Furniture slow-pitch softball team started in 1964, he played as an outfielder. As manager of the Howard’s Furniture/Western Steer team from 1969-1979, he won three national Amateur Softball Association titles (1973, 1974, 1978) and posted a record of 1059-233.

“That was an extremely remarkable winning percentage of .820 and is very, very high for the game of softball. During this time Howard’s was the supreme team in North Carolina and at the top of the teams in the United States,” writes Amateur Softball Association of American N.C Commissioner Tony Laws in support of Lutz’s nomination. “Bobby coached this team in a very professional manner and always with respect. He was not a fiery type of coach, but a man who controlled his team with a quiet manner and who was loved by his players.”

Lutz was inducted into the Amateur Softball Association of America Hall of Fame in 1983.

“Bobby loved the sport and what the team accomplished,” said Lutz’s son, Bobby M. Lutz, in support of his dad’s nomination. “He saw it as an achievement for Catawba County, his home of all his adult life. Bobby has immense pride in his local team defeating teams from all over the nation.”

Howard’s Softball’s domination was built on the foundation laid by Lutz the manager, as well as team founder Richard Howard, a discount furniture company owner who fell in love with the game playing church league softball. From 1964-1989, the team won six national championships (1973, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984).

A handful of Howard’s players from those championships teams have been recognized among the greatest in their sport. Alongside Lutz, other players inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame include, owner Richard Howard, Richard Wilborn, Dick Martel, Don Arndt, Gene Fisher, Steve Harvey, Rick “The Crusher” Scherr.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.J. Lotharp has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, league officials announced.

Lotharp, a sophomore from Indian Trail, N.C., finished third in the men’s 100-meter dash in a school-record 10.58 seconds this past weekend at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

The time is currently ranked ninth in NCAA Division II and provisionally qualifies Lotharp for the 2018 D-II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The finals are set to take place at Johnson C. Smith University from Thursday, May 24, through Saturday, May 26.

Lotharp, a 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field All-American in the men’s 60-meter dash, also ran in the men’s 400-meter (41.80) and 1,600-meter (3:21.21) relays for the Bears. The relays finished fifth (400) and ninth (1,600) on the day.

Queens’ Ricko Meckes has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Teams next compete in the Adidas Winthrop Outdoor Classic on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:20

CVCC's Williams Signs to Play at Montreat

Written by

After one season with the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program, freshman defensive specialist Kara Williams is moving on to the next level.

 

Williams signing her National Letter of Intent with Montreat College during a special ceremony held in the Tarlton Complex on Tuesday.

 

“It’s pretty exciting,” Williams said of signing. “It’s good to know that all the time and effort that I’ve put into it so far has finally gotten me to be able to go to a higher level and pursue volleyball like I’ve always wanted to.”

 

A late add to the Catawba Valley volleyball roster this past fall after transferring from Guilford College, Williams was a stalwart from her defensive specialist position, tallying 270 digs (2.29 per set).

 

Williams, along with her sister Emily and teammate Katie Rupp, anchored the back row for the Red Hawks this past fall, helping the team go 28-9 overall and 15-0 in conference games. CVCC also won its sixth-straight Region X championship.

 

CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson said Kara has been an asset to her program.

 

“Her ball control has been phenomenal. We’ve really enjoyed that,” Hudson said. “Her defense, speed and agility have all been great attributes that we’ve enjoyed. We are definitely going to miss that. Her serving game has been really strong this spring. That’s another one of the things that we’ll definitely miss next year. She’s just been a great player for us, and we are excited to see her move on to the next level.”

 

Kara said playing volleyball at CVCC has helped her develop into a better player.

 

“It’s definitely been a good experience keeping me in the gym, upping my game, pushing me and just improving all of my skills to be able to even play at a higher level,” Williams said.”

 

Williams becomes the 23rd Red Hawk volleyball player in program history to sign to continue her playing career with a four-year school.

 

“We tell the girls coming in that we want to help them move on to the next level, if that’s what they want to do,” Hudson said. “We have some players who come here to do one of our two-year programs or they might just want to play two years and be done. For the ones that want to move on and continue playing, it’s one of our goals is to help them find that right fit for them. So we are really excited for Kara and for the other players who have moved on.”

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Kenley and Erin Boone have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, league officials announced earlier today. Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 6-0 week as the Bears (25-4, 2-0) increased their winning streak to 15 games.

Kenley, a junior pitcher from Charlotte, N.C., won all three of her starting decisions last week while compiling a 0.35 earned run average with 18 strikeouts.

Kenley (13-1) has won 13 straight games while sporting a 0.95 earned run average with four shutouts and 68 strikeouts. Kenley also wins the pitching honor for the second time this season.

Boone, a junior outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., batted .588 (10-for-17) with two home runs and seven runs batted in to go along with a 1.118 slugging percentage for the week.

Boone, a two-time All-SAC First Team honoree (2016-17) and a 2017 Third-Team NCAA Division II All-American, currently leads the squad in numerous offensive categories: batting average (.442), runs scored (27), hits (38), doubles (nine), total bases (63), slugging percentage (.733) and on-base percentage (.555).

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the diamond on Thursday to take on Catawba (13-14, 1-1) in a league doubleheader in Salisbury, N.C., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:16

CVCC Volleyball Sings Patterson of North Iredell

Written by

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program added the final piece to its 2018 line up in North Iredell standout Meredith Patterson.

The Raiders held a special signing ceremony for Patterson at North Iredell High School on Monday morning.

“I can't think of a better player to round out our roster for this fall than Meredith Patterson,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “She has the experience and control that we are looking for in a middle, and I'm excited to have her joining a very talented fall group of athletes.”

A two-time all-conference and all-county selection, Patterson finished her senior season at North Iredell with 162 kills, 198 blocks, 78 digs and 37 aces.

Behind her performance, Patterson helped lead the Raiders to a 28-2 overall record and a 3A state championship victory against Chapel Hill — the school’s second state title in volleyball.

The Raiders were also 10-0 in conference play — the third time North Iredell had won its conference championship with Patterson on its roster.

Outside of her prep career, Patterson also played club volleyball for the Iredell County Stars.

Also a standout in the classroom, Patterson is a member of the Beta Club and National Honors Society at North Iredell. She plans to obtain her associate in science at CVCC.

Patterson finishes a 2018 Catawba Valley volleyball recruiting class that also includes Alexander Central’s Chesney Millsaps, Kelsea Dejarnette and Sage Harrington, Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, North Buncombe's Bre Myers, North Henderson's Zoe Phillips, North Surry's Paige Sizemore, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga's Emma Clark, West Iredell's Macy Pope, West Stokes' Abigail Gordon and Rachel Delcamp, Willamette's (Ore.) Sophie Brennan and West Virginia Tech transfer Lauren McCall.

Due to weather projections, Tuesday's baseball game against Wake Forest has been moved to Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem.

First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., and admission is free. App State will wear its white uniforms as the home team.

This is the only scheduled meeting in 2018 between the Mountaineers (5-12) and Demon Deacons (9-11, 4-2 ACC).

App State's Brandon Boone and Wake Forest's Cole McNamee are the probable starters on the mound.

Engines roared back to life on Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway for the Cosmo Motors Season Opener. Fans were treated to a nice field of cars, a full slate of racing action and a beautiful night for racing

Leading off would be the first of two 40 lap features on the night for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models. 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway champion, Ryan Millington, in the #17 would set the fast time in qualifying with Ty Gibbs in the #18 to his outside. Josh Berry in the #88 and Charlie Watson in the #9 would make up row two. Millington and Gibbs would have a spirited battle for the top spot at the drop of the green flag with Millington finally taking the top spot. Gibbs wouldn’t get much of an opportunity to settle in before Berry would start pressuring him for second. Berry would take the spot and set his eyes on the leader Millington. Around lap 15 the pair would battle side by side for the top spot with Berry moving ahead to pace the field. Millington would settle in to second with past Track Champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 moving up to pressure Gibbs for third. Gibbs and McDaniel would be the pair to watch for the next 20 laps as they each wanted the final front stretch podium finishing position. McDaniel would finally get by Gibbs as the laps counted down. Berry would hold on for the win and put the JR Motorsports Chevrolet back in Victory Lane with Millington coming home in 2nd. McDaniel would take the 3rd position with Gibbs in 4th and the #95 of Jacob Heafner in 5th.

Next up would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks roll off onto the grid for their 30 lap battle. Jeff Sparks in the #7 would top the qualifying charts with the #4 of Todd Bradburry starting just to his outside. Sparks would grab the early lead with Bradburry close in tow. Bradburry would bide his time and eventually make his move for the top spot getting around Sparks for the lead. Bradburry would hold on for the win with Sparks taking 2nd. The #64 of Marshall Sutton, racing in his 51st season, would close in late in the race and grab the 3rd position. After several years in the US Air Force, Troy DeMarmels would return and take over the reins of the potent #18, finishing a solid 4th. Multi-time Track Champion Kevin Eby in the #3 would round out the top 5.

The One Design Super Trucks would hit the track next for their 35 lap race. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would set the hot lap in qualifying and take the pole position with Allen Huffman in the #51 to his outside. Shuryan and Huffman would take up where the left off last year with a furious battle for the top spot. Shuryan would eventually settle in to the lead but Huffman would be hot in his tracks with Charlie Neill in the #26, Sheflon Clay in the #15, Dakota Slagle in the #13, and the #39 of Josh Stark giving hard pursuit as well. Huffman would eventually get by Shuryan but would still face repeated challenges from Shuryan, Clay, Neill, and Slagle. Huffman would hold on to grab the victory with Slagle grabbing 2nd. Neill would settle for 3rd with Clay, 4th, and Stark, 5th, rounding out the top 5.

Round #1 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Racing Challenge would roll off next for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and their 50 lap feature. The #7 of Tyler Gregory would take the top spot in qualifying with Monty Cox in the #21 starting to his outside. The front pair would put on an exciting side by side battle until Cox would finally jump to the early lead. Gregory would keep Cox within striking distance and finally make his way around to the top spot. The race would be stopped several times for cautions, bunching the field and making for exciting racing each and every time. The #34 of Pat Rachels would pressure Cox and get around him for the second spot. Gregory would hold on for the win with Rachels finishing 2nd. Brandon Lemke in the #22 would get by Cox late in the race and have his best Hickory Motor Speedway finish finishing in 3rd. Cox would bring his ride home in 4th with the #12 of Mason Ludwig finishing 5th.

The Renegades would roar to life next for a 20 lap slugfest. David Hasson in the #83 would score the pole position with the #1 of Justin Austin to his outside. Hasson would take the early lead but Austin, would be on a mission, and soon drive by. Austin, who lost his father, long-time Hickory Motor Speedway competitor Greg Austin, just before the season, would take home the win and celebrate an emotional Victory Lane celebration with family, friends, and most of his competitors. The #8 of Kenneth Roberts would finish 2nd with Hasson taking 3rd, Robbie Hollifield in the #51 coming home 4th, and the #7 of Robbie Larkin rounding out the top 5 in 5th.

Hitting the track next would be the Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders and a 25 Lap feature. Brian Mundy in the #6 would set fast time and start from the top spot with Dennis Ward in the #25 just to his outside. Mundy would grab the early lead with Ward, Allison Houston in the #29, and Cody Combs in the #9 giving chase. Mundy would have mechanical issues on a restart and lose the lead to Ward. Ward and Combs would have a hard fought battle for the top spot but Ward, a former 4-Cylinder Hickory Motor Speedway $ Cylinder Track Champion would grab the victory with Donn Wardo in the #59 finishing 2nd. Combs would finish 3rd, Mundy would take 4th, and Robert Trivette in the #11 would come home in 5th.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models would close out their evening with the second 40 lap feature of thr night for the premiere division. With an 8 car invert from the finishing order of race #1, Sam Mayer in the #9 would start from the top spot. With Mayer choosing the preferred outside position for the start, Justin Johnson in the #44 would start inside row 1. Charlie Watson in the #9 and Jacob Heafner in the #95 would make up row 2. Mayer would battle with Johnson for several laps but would eventually move ahead to the top spot. Johnson would soon face a challenge from team Josh Berry in the #88 who was charging hard through the pack from the 8th starting position. Mayer would keep the point for quite a few laps but would ultimately see a challenge from his JR Motorsports teammate Berry. Berry would complete the pass and drive on for the win sweeping the Twin 40 lap features on the night. Mayer would finish 2nd, grabbing his best Hickory Motor Speedway finish. Austin McDaniel in the #12 would work his way up to grab another 3rd place finish on the night. Ryan Millington in the #17 would finish 4th while Johnson would hold on for a top 5 finish with 5th.

Ending an eventful evening would be the always exciting Smash & Crash Series. The fun filled division would see several spins and crashes, multiple occasions of drivers showing their reverse driving abilities, and a quick red flag that placed a target on the race leader at the time. As the checkered flag would fly a good time was had by all, with many repairs needed before the next installment.

Next week will see the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series back in action at America’s Most Famous Short Track. Racing action will include 80 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models, 35 laps for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, 35 laps for the One Design Super Trucks, 30 laps for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 25 laps for the Hickory Vintage Racers, and 20 laps for the Renegades.

Gates will open at 5pm, Qualifying at 5pm, Autograph Session at 6pm, and Racing at 7pm. Tickets are only $12.50 for Adults, $10.50 for Teens/Seniors, and Children 12 & under FREE!

In two weeks the PASS Series returns with the Easter Bunny 150 for the Super Late Models. The Southern Modified Racing Series will also be in action for 75 laps.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/17/2018
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 25 Dennis Ward Hickory, NC
2 59 Donn Wardo Harmony, NC
3 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
4 6M Brian Mundy Concord, NC
5 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
6 93 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
7 29H Allison Houston Conover, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6M Brian Mundy Concord, NC
2 25 Dennis Ward Hickory, NC
3 29H Allison Houston Conover, NC
4 9 Cody Combs Lenoir, NC
5 59 Donn Wardo Harmony, NC
6 11 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
7 93 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC DNS

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
2 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
3 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
4 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
5 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
6 9M Sam Mayer Franklin, WI
7 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
8 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
9 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
10 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
11 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
12 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
13 44J Justin Johnson Troy, NC
14 15R Rusty Skewes Winter Garden, FL

Late Model - Twin I
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
4 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
5 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
6 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
7 44J Justin Johnson Troy, NC
8 9M Sam Mayer Franklin, WI
9 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
10 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
11 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
12 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
13 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
14 15R Rusty Skewes Winter Garden, FL DNS

Late Model - Twin II
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 9M Sam Mayer Franklin, WI
3 12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
4 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
5 44J Justin Johnson Troy, NC
6 5G Cole Glasson Rockwall, TX
7 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
8 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
9 95H Jacob Heafner Dallas, NC
10 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
11 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
12 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
13 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
14 15R Rusty Skewes Winter Garden, FL DNS

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
2 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
3 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
4 12L Mason Ludwig N. Branch, MI
5 12P Gage Painter ,
6 15G Taylor Gray , NC
7 14 Vince Midas Catawba, NC
8 57 Carter Davison Elizabethton, TN
9 92N Taylor Nesbitt Swannanoa, NC
10 23 Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
11 44 Josh Kossek Tobaccoville, NC
12 51H Chris Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
13 47J Chase Janes Harrisburg, NC
14 00H Andy Holt ,
15 13 Chase Ratliff Bristol, VA
16 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
17 88S Jason Smith Claremont, NC
18 4W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
19 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC DQ

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 7G Tyler Gregory North Wilkesboro, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
4 4W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
5 12P Gage Painter ,
6 15G Taylor Gray , NC
7 22L Brandon Lemke Eagle, WI
8 13 Chase Ratliff Bristol, VA
9 12L Mason Ludwig N. Branch, MI
10 88S Jason Smith Claremont, NC
11 11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
12 44 Josh Kossek Tobaccoville, NC
13 23 Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
14 14 Vince Midas Catawba, NC
15 57 Carter Davison Elizabethton, TN
16 47J Chase Janes Harrisburg, NC
17 51H Chris Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
18 00H Andy Holt ,
19 92N Taylor Nesbitt Swannanoa, NC DNS

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 1 Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
2 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
3 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
4 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
5 7 Brian Larkin ,
6 17 Barney Arnette Vilas, NC
7 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC DNS

Renegades - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
2 1 Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
3 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
4 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
5 7 Brian Larkin ,
6 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
7 17 Barney Arnette Vilas, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 4B Todd Bradburry Concord, NC
2 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
3 18 Troy DeMarmels Newton, NC
4 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
5 5C Jesse Clark Marshall, NC
6 74B Jared Broadbent Spruce Pine, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
9 22 Greg Wise ,
10 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
11 21C Drew Cox Granite Falls, NC DNS
12 7S Jeff Sparks , DQ

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 7S Jeff Sparks ,
2 4B Todd Bradburry Concord, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 77P Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA
5 18 Troy DeMarmels Newton, NC
6 5C Jesse Clark Marshall, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
9 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
10 74B Jared Broadbent Spruce Pine, NC
11 22 Greg Wise ,
12 21C Drew Cox Granite Falls, NC DNS

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
2 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC
3 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
4 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
5 39 Josh Stark Troutman, NC
6 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI

Super Trucks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
2 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
3 13 Dakota Slagle Asheville, NC
4 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
5 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
6 39 Josh Stark Troutman, NC

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team is currently tied for third after round one of the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge Monday at the Rolling Hills Country Club.

 

The Bears shot a 312 (+24) on the par-72, 5,968-yard course while Lincoln Memorial leads with a 308 (+20). The Lady Railsplitters also have the top individual at the halfway point in Dominika Czudkova, who carded an even-par 72.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne is led by junior All-American Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.), who is tied for fourth overall with a four-over 76. In addition, junior Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.) and sophomore Laura Morrison (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM) are tied for 12th for the Bears with a 78 (+6).

 

The second and final round of the tournament takes place on Tuesday.

 

Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge

March 19-20, 2018 – First Round Results

Monroe, N.C.

Rolling Hills Country Club

 

Wingate University, host

 

Par: 72

Yards: 5,968

 

1. Lincoln Memorial 308 (+20)

2. Wingate 311 (+23)

3t. Lenoir-Rhyne 312 (+24)

3t. Young Harris 312 (+24)

5. North Georgia 319 (+31)

6. Belmont Abbey 325 (+37)

7t. Coker 329 (+41)

7t. Tusculum 329 (+41)

7t. King 329 (+41)

10. Catawba 331 (+43)

11. Pfeiffer 347 (+59)

 

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

4t. Abbey Hartsell 76 (+4)

12t. Chelsea Mansel 78 (+6)

12t. Laura Morrison 78 (+6)

21t. Ainee O’Connor 80 (+8)

41t. Jordan Young 84 (+12)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Gabby Sousa has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, league officials announced today. 

Sousa, a junior attacker from Delran, N.J., totaled 11 goals, four assists and 15 total points this week for the Bears.

Sousa combined for nine goals against No. 18 Tampa and No. 5 Florida Tech – both on the road – before a two-goal, three-assist performance in a 20-9 league victory over Tusculum at home this past Sunday.

 Sousa, a preseason all-league honoree, currently leads the team in goals scored (28) and total points (35). Sousa’s 28 scores also rank second currently in the conference.

 Queens’ Cammy Case has been named the AstroTurf SAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.

 Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6, 3-0) returns to the field on Wednesday when the Bears host No. 17 Queens (2-6, 0-1) in a South Atlantic Conference showdown at Moretz Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Sierra Simpson has been named a 2017-18 WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Thirty Under 30 Honoree.

 

The WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship, professional manner, and professional association involvement.

 

Simpson just finished her first season as an Assistant Coach for the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Team. Simpson previously coached at Wofford College (2016-17) and Anderson (S.C.) University (2015-16) before joining the Bears staff.

 

Simpson was also a standout player for the Trojans. She was named the 2014-15 SAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and led Anderson to two SAC Regular Season Titles (2012-13 and 2014-15), the 2013 SAC Tournament Championship and two berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2013 and 2015). In addition, Simpson was named the 2015 Ed Oxford Anderson University Student-Athlete of the Year and earned both her master’s degree (business administration) and bachelor’s degree (kinesiology) from AU.

 

“Sierra (Simpson) makes me better, makes our staff better and definitely makes our players better,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey. “She has earned this honor, she is a rising star in this profession and my only fear is that one day I may have to coach against her.”

 

Along with this recognition, Head Coach Cameron Sealey has promoted Simpson to Associate Head Coach, effective immediately.

 

“This recognition comes at a perfect time as we elevate Sierra (Simpson) to Associate Head Coach,” added Sealey. “In a short period, Sierra has made a huge impact on our program at Lenoir Rhyne. As long as she feels she is developing as a coach - professional and person - I want her at LR guiding our student-athletes to that same standard.”

 

For more information on the WBCA, visit wbca.org.

 

2017-18 WBCA Thirty Under 30 presented by Marriott Rewards® honorees:

 

• Samantha Allen, head coach, University of Southern Maine

• Katie Baker, assistant coach, Oregon State University

• Katie Bourk, assistant coach, Augustana University

• Janet Butler, assistant coach, Monmouth University

• Christal Caldwell, assistant coach, West Virginia University

• Joy Cheek, assistant coach, Vanderbilt University

• Taylor Coleman, assistant coach, University of Scranton

• Camille Collier, assistant coach, Radford University

• Adria Crawford, assistant coach, College of Charleston

• Alysha Devine, assistant coach, University of Alaska-Anchorage

• Kelly Frings, assistant coach, Drury University

• Stephanie Gehlhausen, assistant coach, Western State Colorado University

• Marcilina Grayer, assistant coach, Salt Lake Community College

• Lauren Hayden, assistant coach, Lynchburg College

• Special Jennings, assistant coach, Flagler College

• Abby Jump, assistant coach, Morehead State University

• Tianni Kelly, assistant coach, Florida Southern College

• Courtney Kust, assistant coach, Hope College

• Natalie Marlowe, assistant coach, University of Texas-Dallas

• Chandler McCabe, assistant coach, Bethune-Cookman University

• Amber Moore, assistant coach, Saint Leo University

• Drew Muscatell, assistant coach, University of Portland

• Katelin Oney, assistant coach, University of North Dakota

• April Phillips, assistant coach, Loyola Marymount University

• Tobias Pinson, assistant coach, Winthrop University

• Travis Ponton, assistant coach, Loyola University

• Sierra Simpson, assistant coach, Lenoir-Rhyne University

• Kayla Tetschlag, assistant coach, University of South Dakota

• Carly Thibault, assistant coach, University of South Dakota

• Jeanne-Marie Wilson, assistant coach, Northwest Kansas Technical College

News Arrest Disclaimer:
The individuals depicted have been arrested but not convicted at the time of story postings. This information does not infer or imply guilt of any actions or activity other than their arrest. We make no warranty or guaranty as to the accuracy of this data.

© 2018 Long Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved
526 Main Avenue SE, Hickory, NC 28602 - Phone: 828-322-1290 - Fax: 828-322-8256