The North Carolina High School Athletic Association presented special awards at its just completed eight regional meetings across the state.
Interim commissioner Que Tucker of the NCHSAA and associate commissioner Rick Strunk, on behalf of the Association, presented both the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards and the Special Person awards to recipients in each region.
The Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Awards are given per region and go to a person with at least 10 years experience in education and athletics who is still active in the field and has regularly gone "above and beyond" the call of duty at both the local and the state level. The Special Person award is similar but may go to a contributor to the NCHSAA who is not directly in coaching or education.
The award winners included in region 7 was, the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service winner, Jim Woodruff, athletic director, St. Stephens— Jim has had a long and distinguished career in athletics. He was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Bunker Hill High School in Catawba County for 28 years, including a 20-year stint as men’s basketball coach. He taught and coached at St. Stephens from 1979 to ’84, then went to Bunker Hill. After a one-year retirement from Bunker, Jim has since been working at St. Stephens.
He is a native of West Jefferson and graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
With the season opener over a month away, Appalachian State University women’s basketball will prepare for the 2015-16 campaign with the first official preseason practice on Sunday.
Coming off a 14-16 mark and a 9-11 record in their inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference, second-year head coach Angel Elderkin and the Mountaineers return eight players that also includes three starters.
The Apps bring in six newcomers with four transfers and two sharp-shooting freshmen in Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph) and Elizabeth Norregaard (Middleton, Wisc./Middleton). Teammates at George Mason, Cydni Cole (Glen Burnie, Md./George Mason) and Qierra Murray (Owings Mills, Md./George Mason) both have to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules, while Amber Driver (Houston,Texas/Tyler JC) and Jasmine Ogunjimi (Chicago, Ill./Hutchinson CC) are both eligible to play.
Despite losing the program’s third all-time leading scorer Maryah Sydnor (1,821 career points – 17.5 ppg) and the other lone player to average double figures in Katie Mallow (10.5 ppg), the Mountaineers will have three returning players that averaged at least five points per game.
Amongst those players is point guard Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth), who started in 28 of 30 games and returns as the team’s leading scorer after producing an 8.4 scoring clip and dishing out a team-high 2.5 assists per game.
The Georgia native has shown the capability to score notching 10 games in double figures, including a 20-point outing against Gardner-Webb (11/25).
Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and Ashley Bassett-Smith (PIckerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) round out the returning leading scorers at 5.5 and 5.1 points per game, respectively.
Carter will look to keep the trend of improving going into her junior season as she more than doubled her production in every statistical category from her freshman year. She also led the squad in shooting at 52.8 percent and was the only player to shoot over the 50-percent mark with at least 100 shot attempts.
Down low, Bassett-Smith made her presence felt on the defensive end swatting away a team-high 53 shots, which was good for third in the Sun Belt. Along with Keke Cooper (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) (28 blocks) and Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) (16 blocks), the Apps will return 77.6 percent of their blocking output.
The only player to start in all 30 games, Marshall averaged 3.5 points, 4.3 rebounds per game while finishing second on the team with 51 offensive boards. Cooper returns as the leading rebounder as she grabbed 5.2 off the glass, and was the only player to tally at least 150 rebounds, 25 blocks and 25 steals.
Others returning include Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys), Farrahn Wood (Kernersville, N.C./Forsyth Country Days) and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwest Randolph). The three shooters combined to make 40 3-pointers, including 21 from Wood, which was the second-highest on the team.
Appalachian will begin the season with a Nov. 7 exhibition contest against Lenoir-Rhyne before opening up the season at the Holmes Center against 2015 NCAA participant Liberty Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m.
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 42
Alexander Central: 28
South Caldwell: 41
North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 3
Alexander Central: 2
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 2
Due to impending severe weather expected to hit North Carolina later this week, NASCAR and officials at Hickory Motor Speedway have preemptively moved the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race to Sunday, Oct. 4.
The MTP Tire 150 was originally scheduled for the North Carolina track on Saturday. The schedule for Sunday is still being finalized; NASCAR and track officials will continue to monitor the weather situation and make updates accordingly.
The race is the 10th in an 11-race schedule, and defending series champion Andy Suess leads brothers Burt and Jason Myers by 10 points apiece. Four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III is just 13 points out of the lead and won the race at Hickory in 2011, the last time the tour visited the .363-mile oval.
Following the Hickory event, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will conclude the season on Thursday, Oct. 8 on the front stretch quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (5-2-1) scored 24 seconds into the first overtime Wednesday afternoon in a 2-1 victory over North Georgia (1-6-1) at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
With the score tied at one, senior midfielder Raffaele Di Puorto (High Point, N.C.) took control of a loose ball right in front of the net and scored at the 90:24 mark in the victory for the Bears. The goal was Di Puorto’s third score of the season.
North Georgia forced overtime when Alex Grant (Wolverhampton, ENGLAND) scored with just under two minutes left in the second half after taking advantage of a defensive misplay. Carl Ludwig Eriksson (Uppsala, SWEDEN) was credited with the assist.
Lenoir-Rhyne opened the scoring in the 67th minute when freshman midfielder Romain Lopez (Cannes, FRANCE) scored his first goal of the year on a header off a cross from sophomore forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE).
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 23-11 advantage in shots taken while sophomore Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win in goal. King stopped four shots on the afternoon.
North Georgia’s goalkeeper, Diego Casillas (Lilburn, Ga.), suffered the loss despite making six saves. The Nighthawks have also lost five straight matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Queens in Charlotte, N.C., beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University men’s and women’s basketball announced tipoff times for its regular-season home Sun Belt Conference games in 2015-16 on Wednesday.
As was the case last season, all of Appalachian State’s Sun Belt Conference games will be played as women’s/men’s doubleheaders. Sun Belt doubleheaders will be played at 5 p.m. (women)/7:30 p.m. (men) on Thursdays and 1 p.m. (women)/3:30 p.m. (men) on Saturdays.
In previously announced non-conference action, Appalachian State’s men host Jacksonville (Nov. 14 - season opener), Furman (Nov. 17) and Charlotte (Dec. 19) at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
The Mountaineer women host their four non-conference opponents — Liberty (Nov. 13 - season opener), ETSU (Nov. 19), Richmond (Dec. 17) and Furman (Dec. 20) — at 11:30 a.m., 7 p.m., 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Single-game and season tickets for Appalachian State basketball can be purchased now by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079 or by ordering online by visiting appstatesports.com/tickets.
For the most up-to-date game times, please check the men’s and women’s schedule pages by visiting appstatesports.com. All game times are subject to change due to the potential for yet-to-be-determined television arrangements.
The men’s basketball contest at North Carolina on Monday, Dec. 21 will be televised on ESPN2. No other television arrangements for the men or women have been finalized.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Walter State, Lenoir, Guilford Tech, Wake Tech, Brunswick and Brevard College JV
September 25th – 29th
CVCC defeats Walter State Community College
CVCC 3, WSCC 0
Match scores: 25-14, 25-17, 26-24
Kills: Savannah Dishman 12, Megan Fair 11, Ada Thompson 7, Regan Redmond 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 21, Ada Thompson 16, Megan Fair 15
Assists: Ada Thompson 43, Katelyn Houser 7
Aces: GaoSee Vang 2, Savannah Dishman 1, Megan Fair 1
Blocks: Tori Carter 1.5, Savannah Dishman 1, Ada Thompson 1
CVCC wins over Lenoir Community College
CVCC 3, Lenoir 0
Match scores: 25-17, 25-16, 25-13
Kills: Megan Fair 11, Hannah Griffin 8, Regan Redmond 5
Digs: Ada Thompson 12, Regan Redmond 12, GaoSee Vang 11, Katelyn Houser 10
Assists: Ada Thompson 20, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Katelyn Houser 3, Savannah Dishman 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Tori Carter 1.5
CVCC topples Guilford Tech Community College
CVCC 3, WSCC 0
Match scores: 25-7, 25-15, 25-19
Kills: Megan Fair 12, Hannah Griffin 7, Ada Thompson 5
Digs: Megan Fair 18, Katelyn Houser 13, Ada Thompson 10
Assists: Ada Thompson 19, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Katelyn Houser 3, Ada Thompson 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2.5, Madison Steed 1
CVCC downfalls Wake Tech Community College
CVCC 3, WTCC 1
Match scores: 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 15-18
Kills: Megan Fair 17, Hannah Griffin 10, Savannah Dishman 10, Ada Thompson 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 30, Ada Thompson 14, Megan Fair 13
Assists: Ada Thompson 34, Katelyn Houser 5
Aces: Natalie Unger 3, Megan Fair 3, Katelyn Houser 3, Savannah Dishman 3
Blocks: Hannah Griffin .5, Tori Carter .5
CVCC defeats Brunswick Community College
CVCC 3, Brunswick 0
Match scores: 25-20, 25-21, 35-33
Kills: Megan Fair 11, Hannah Griffin 10, Regan Redmond 4, Savannah Dishman 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 30, GaoSee Vang 18, Ada Thompson 16
Assists: Ada Thompson 29, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Ada Thompson 3, Katelyn Houser 1, Natalie Unger 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2.5, Savannah Dishman 2, Megan Fair 1
CVCC beats Brevard College JV
CVCC 3, Brevard 0
Match scores: 25-11, 25-17, 25-17
Kills: Megan Fair 11, Ada Thompson 6, Emily Horn 5, Savannah Dishman 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 17, Megan Fair 15, GaoSee Vang 14
Assists: Ada Thompson 20, Katelyn Houser 4
Aces: Natalie Unger 4, GaoSee Vang 3, Katelyn Houser 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Ada Thompson 1
The Red Hawks overall record is 19-8 and their conference record is 10-0.
The Red Hawks are away on Tuesday, October 6th against conference rival Guilford Tech before hosting the second annual Catawba Valley Invitational Friday, October 9th – Saturday, October 10th.
Lenoir-Rhyne will add four members to its Sports Hall Of Fame as Marisa Carmody, John Charles, Brad Lawing and Brandi Mueller make up the Class of 2015.
The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Homecoming Weekend and will take place in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on LR’s campus at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
The four will also be honored prior to Lenoir-Rhyne’s Football Game with Wingate, which begins at Noon at Moretz Stadium.
Carmody (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1983) was a three-sport athlete (women’s basketball, softball and volleyball) and was named Team MVP for all three sports during the 1982-83 academic year. During her four years on the LR women’s basketball team, the squad compiled a record of 87-32 to go along with three NCAIAW State Championships (1980-82). The 1980 team won a school-record 28 games while the 1981 squad earned a berth in the national semifinals. Carmody ranks ninth in rebounds (626) and eighth in rebounding average (7.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.508) on the Bears’ career lists. Carmody, who earned her master’s degree in 1995 from South Florida, spent time teaching English in Venezuela and made trips throughout South America. Carmody was the 2005-06 Teacher Of The Year at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., and currently serves as the school’s athletic director.
Charles (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1950) (posthumous) was a three-time Team Most Valuable Player and all-conference honoree (1947-49) as a member of the Bears’ football team under legendary Head Coach Clarence Stasavich. Charles was also an inaugural class inductee into the Surry County Sports Hall Of Fame. Charles was a 21-year high school head coaching veteran that included the following sports: football, baseball, basketball and track and field. Charles led Taylorsville (N.C.) High School to the 1956 state championship in women’s basketball and Elkin (N.C.) High School to the 1967 state title in football. Charles, who also coached in the 1967 Shrine Bowl, finished his prep football coaching career with a 124-31-2 record and eight league titles. Charles led four track teams to undefeated campaigns at Elkin as well. Charles, a native of Lewiston, Pa., is also a World War II veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne.
Lawing (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1979) was a four-year starter at linebacker as a member of the Bears’ football team and was named the Team Defensive MVP in 1978 and Team Captain in 1979. Lawing also played baseball at LR and earned his master’s at Appalachian State in 1985. Lawing led the Havelock (N.C.) High School baseball team to the state championship game in 1983 before becoming a college football coach. Lawing’s coaching stops include Appalachian State (six years), South Carolina (17), Michigan State (four), North Carolina (three), Florida (two) and Florida State beginning this year. Lawing has coached with four national championship coaches – Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and Jimbo Fisher – and has been involved in numerous bowl game appearances and NCAA Division I-AA Playoff berths. Lawing was a 2011 Broyles Award nominee (given annually to the top assistant coach in college football) and has sent over 30 players to the NFL including six first round picks.
Mueller (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2005) is one of the best softball players in school history. Mueller started every game all four seasons with the Bears (2002-05) and led the program to its first-ever NCAA Division II Playoff berth in 2002. Mueller was a four-time All-South Atlantic Conference honoree as well who ranks third all-time in school history in hits with 248 to go along with a .350 batting career average. Mueller also led the Bears to a pair of SAC Tournament Championships in 2001 and 2002 and the 2004 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Title. The Bears won 142 games the four seasons Mueller played as well. Mueller graduated Magna Cum Laude in athletic training from Lenoir-Rhyne and has been a certified athletic trainer since 2005.
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0
West Lincoln: 0