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Lenoir-Rhyne placed seven on the D2CCA All Super Region 2 team, headlined by senior DE Jaquan Artis being named Regional Defensive Player of the Year.

Jaquan Artis - Regional Defensive Player of the Year

Artis leads the nation with 14.5 sacks and is fourth in Division II with 23 tackles for loss and has forced three fumbles. Artis is also a finalist for the Harlon Hill trophy along with being named a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. Artis was also selected to the First Team All-Region.

First Team All-Region: OL Jason Poe, DL Artis, LB Clayton Horn, S Kyle Dugger

Poe was selected as the South Atlantic Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner for the second straight season. The junior anchors a line that rushes for a league-best 268.2 yards per game which ranks seventh in Division II.

The Bears defense earned three first team all-region nods led by Artis. Horn ranks just behind the DE for the team lead in tackles with 77 and the LB has seven tackles for loss and four sacks to go with a pair of interceptions. Horn has added three fumble recoveries and a pair of forced fumbles. Despite missing six games, Dugger earned a spot on the First Team All-Region. The senior NFL prospect has 31 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pair of interceptions on the year.

Second Team All-Region: TE Drake Starks, RS Kyle Dugger, DL Dan Louba

Six of Starks' 13 catches on the year have gone for touchdowns and the TE is vital as a run blocker as well. Dugger earned a spot as a return specialist, running back a pair of punts for TDs and winning a National Special Teams Player of the Week honor. Louba earns his first career all-region selection after tallying 43 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Sunday, 08 December 2019 21:45

Five Bears Named All-State Women's Soccer

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The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2019 College Division All-State Women's Soccer Teams. Aqsa Mushtaq, Christina Shimshock, Hannah Van Eerden, Neve Duston, and Charlotte Warner all earned All-State honors for LR.

Mushtaq, Shimshock, Van Eerden, and Duston were named to the first team. Warner earned second team honors. These five players helped lead LR to one of the best finishes in program history finishing 15-4 and winning the 2019 regular season title. Shimshock also collects her second All-State honor of her career.

A total of 22 student-athletes from eight different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2019 College Division All-State Women's Soccer Teams

First Team

Position First-Team Year School
Defense Shaunalee Govia Jr. University of Mount Olive
Defense Christina Shimshock % Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne University
Defense Katie Beck So. Catawba College
Defense Emily Sanders Fr. University of Mount Olive
Forward Aqsa Mushtaq Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne University
Forward Hannah Van Eerden Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne University
Forward Sara Berglund Jr. University of Mount Olive
Keeper Taylor Lewis Jr. University of Mount Olive
Midfield Neve Duston Fr. Lenoir-Rhyne University
Midfield Kali Schindler Fr. University of Mount Olive
Midfield Jaedan Smith Sr. Johnson & Wales Charlotte
Second Team

Position Second-Team Year School
Defense Katy Ryan Sr. UNC Pembroke
Defense Aimee Darrow Sr. University of Mount Olive
Defense Meredith Manson Jr. Pfeiffer University
Defense Morgan Cecil So. Pfeiffer University
Forward Lana Truese Sr. Johnson & Wales Charlotte
Forward Nia Gaither Fr. Queens University of Charlotte
Forward Jaelyn Brown Jr. University of Mount Olive
Keeper Charlotte Warner R-Fr. Lenoir-Rhyne University
Midfield Jovana Sanchez So. Catawba College
Midfield Carolina Lucci %# Jr. Chowan University
Midfield Paula Valbuena Jr. UNC Pembroke

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 66
Lincolnton: 29

Bunker Hill: 60
St. Stephens: 47

Fred T. Foard: 76
Maiden: 69

Freedom: 58
East Burke: 45

Hickory: 56
Statesville: 32

South Caldwell: 37
Patton: 35

Non-conference:
Bunker Hill: 77
St. Stephens: 74

Freedom: 80
East Burke: 58

Hickory: 71
Statesville: 59

Lincolnton: 60
Alexander Central: 55

Maiden: 39
Fred T. Foard: 38

Patton: 51
South Caldwell: 44

West Caldwell: 66
Bandys: 48

Outside hitter Emma Longley was named First Team All-NCCSIA and middle blocker Kara Spicer was tabbed as Second Team All-NCCSIA, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced on Thursday.

Both Longley and Spicer earn their second straight All-NCCSIA selections.

Longley started in all 30 matches this season, totaling a career-high 464 kills (4.00 k/s) on a career-best .207 hitting percentage. She was named First Team All-Sun Belt and First Team All-NCCSIA for the second straight season.

She concludes her career with 350 or more kills in three different seasons and 1,340 total kills, which ranks seventh in program history.

Spicer earns her second straight Second Team All-NCCSIA selection. In the 2019 season, she recorded a career-high 349 kills (3.01 k/s) on a career-best .331 hitting percentage. She also led the team with 102 total blocks.

In her career, Spicer has tallied 965 kills and is hitting .307, which is the fourth highest hitting percentage in program history.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2019 University Division All-State Women's Volleyball Teams

First Team

Position First-Team Year School
Libero Yumi Garcia $# Sr. Charlotte
Middle Blocker Kaley Rammelsberg Fr. High Point University
Middle Blocker Jocelyn Stoner $@ Sr. Charlotte
Outside Hitter Sydney Rowan Jr. Charlotte
Outside Hitter Emma Longley $ Sr. Appalachian State
Right Side/OH Edie Brewer Jr. North Carolina A&T State University
Setter Hannah Price Jr. Western Carolina University
Second Team

Position Second-Team Year School
Libero Meagan Sanchez Sr. Western Carolina University
Middle Blocker Kara Spicer % Jr. Appalachian State University
Middle Blocker Ammaarah Williams So. North Carolina Central University
Outside Hitter Leah Daniel So. Elon University
Outside Hitter Megan Kratzer Fr. High Point University
Right Side/OH Nalani Lyde Fr. Charlotte
Setter Annika Wetterstrom Fr. Charlotte
Key
$ - First-Team All-State in 2018
% - Second-Team All-State in 2018
# - First-Team All-State in 2017
@ - Second-Team All-State in 2017

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis announced the commitment of Nicolas Moser.

Moser, a native of Austria, will join the recruiting class of 2020. He has had a decorated tennis career, winner in singles at Europe Grade 3 U16 in Kopavogur Iceland in 2018 and finalist at ITF G5 in 2019. Moser was previously ranked 52 in the tennis Europe Juniors U16 rankings in 2018. Moser was an U16 state champion in 2018 and advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Austrian National Championship under 16 the same year. Moser also has an highly touted doubles career, winning in the tennis Europe Grade 3 U16 in Kopavogur Iceland in 2017 and multiple semifinalists in ITF G4 Corfu 2019 and G5 Isa Town 2019.

Head Coach Jesse Tarr mentioned what kind of addition Moser is to the team.

"When you can add a player who reached the final of an ITF tournament, it is a win for the program," Coach Tarr said. "What makes this win special is the caliber of person Nicolas is. He is a person of outstanding character, who is committed to striving for excellence in everything he does. I couldn't be happier to welcome Nicolas to our tennis family. I know he will represent our program, our athletics department, our university and our community the right way."

Thursday, 05 December 2019 13:58

App's Harris Named to All-State Men's Soccer Team

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App State men's soccer defender Zeiko Harris was named First Team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. A total of 22 student-athletes from seven different North Carolina schools were named to the 2019 University Division All-State men's soccer first and second teams.

Harris anchored the App State defense that ended the regular season leading the Sun Belt in shutouts (7), T-2nd in goals allowed (20) and 3rd in goals against average (1.153). App State's shutout percentage of .412 sat at 37th nationally. The Mountaineers also posted their eighth shutout of the season in the Sun Belt Tournament against Howard.

Along with Harris' defensive effort, he scored two goals this season, including the game-winner in the 2-0 win over George Mason. The defender tallied nine shots with four on goal. This is one of many honors for Harris, who was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and All-Sun Belt First Team in November.

Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

Nominations were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by NCCSIA members.

Non-conference:
Newton-Conover: 79
Fred T. Foard: 39

St. Stephens: 51
Bandys: 41

South Caldwell: 36
Hibriten: 13

Non-conference:
Bandys: 78
St. Stephens: 76

Newton-Conover: 75
Fred T. Foard: 55

Hibriten: 47
South Caldwell: 44

West Caldwell:
Lincolnton:

Thursday, 05 December 2019 00:03

CVCC's Clark Named NJCAA Division 2 All-American

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Catawba Valley Community College sophomore volleyball player Emma Clark made school history on Wednesday, becoming the first student athlete to earn All-American status on First Team twice in a Red Hawk career.

Clark was tabbed First Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) — becoming only the seventh student athlete at CVCC to earn All-American status in both of their seasons.

"It means a lot," Clark said of her second-straight All-American honor. "I'm very honored for it. I couldn't have done it without my team and without my coaches. I wasn't expecting it. I'm very honored for it. I'm very thankful for it."

Clark's All-American status extends Catawba Valley's streak of consecutive years with at least one All-American to nine straight.

She is the third CVCC volleyball player to earn All-American status twice in a career, joining Megan Fair (2015-17) and recent CVCC Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Terri Ferber Fulbright (2005-07).

"I am so proud of Emma and all that she has accomplished in her seasons at Catawba Valley," said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "I can't think of a more deserving young lady. It has been a blessing to be Emma's coach. Every practice with her was full of effort, enthusiasm and encouragement for her teammates. She's the ultimate player, and I know that she will continue to do great things at the next level."

Powered by Clark and a group of eight other sophomores, the Catawba Valley volleyball team finished its season with a 34-6 overall, including an 11-0 mark in Region 10 play.

The Red Hawks did not lose a single set in conference matches this fall — a program first — and CVCC made a ninth NJCAA national tournament appearance after winning the Southeast District championship.

Clark believes her team's successes were a product of becoming closer with one another.

"Our relationships have definitely grown stronger since last year," she said. "On a team, you're going to have highs and lows. You grow through those times. With us, we've had a lot of those highs and lows this year. At the end of the day, we are really close now."

Despite its achievements in 2019, the Catawba Valley volleyball team came up short of its goal of claiming a first-ever national championship in program history after being hampered late in the season by injuries, including Clark's ankle.

"At end of the day, we were hurt and sad that we lost, but we were more proud and thankful for the journey," Clark said. "That's what I like about this team. Honestly, I believe that brought us more together because we wanted to work harder. We realized we were all going through it. I have relationships that will probably last for a lifetime honestly."

Aside from improving her physical talent, Clark believes she has matured as a person during her two years at Catawba Valley Community College.

"I've always had a confidence issue," she said. "I didn't really have the confidence in myself. I put myself down easily, but over these past two years, I've learned to kind of get rid of that low self esteem and tell myself that I can do this if I put my mind to it. Just looking back at this past year, I see what I am capable of. We are all capable of something amazing if we just have that confidence."

Clark finishes her CVCC career with a record 326 blocks, surpassing former Red Hawk volleyball standout Anna Henderson's mark of 311 blocks.

The former Watauga product and Boone, N.C. native also ends her career ranked in the top-three in several statistical categories, including 735 kills (third), 1016.5 points scored (third) and 1.27 blocks per set (second).

"It's nice that I won't be forgotten," Clark said. "I wanted to be able to make an impact. I didn't want to be forgotten."

Other than her time on the court, Clark will remember how just much Catawba Valley Community College impacted her life as a student and person.

"The whole environment here is so welcoming," she said. "It takes that stress away that I had. If I do have struggles with a class, I can go get help for free. Everyone always has time for you. That's what I love about CVCC is just not having to feel like you don't have anyone to help. You always have someone here to help you."

This season, Clark, a middle blocker led the Red Hawks in kills (358), kills per set (3.25), hitting percentage (.383), and blocks per set (1.11). In addition, her hitting percentage was 12th best in the nation and her blocks per set was 16th best. She is the only player in the NJCAA Division 2 to be in the top 20 of both hitting percentage and blocks per set.

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