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Friday, 26 September 2014 23:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (9-3, 3-2) ended a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep over Lincoln Memorial (7-6, 3-2) Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-18.

Three players registered 13 kills for the Bears in the win: junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.), sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 41 assists and seven digs as the Bears hit .356 for the match in the victory.

Lincoln Memorial, which lost its second straight match, was led by Brooke Fleeman (Nashville, Tenn.) with seven kills while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) added 19 assists and 11 digs in the setback.

The Lady Railsplitters also hit just .151 for the match while the Bears tallied six service aces in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 2pm.

Friday, 26 September 2014 23:01

App State Field Hockey Falls at Home to W&M

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Two late goals was not enough for Appalachian State University field hockey (2-8, 0-1 NorPac) dropping an 8-4 match to William and Mary on Friday at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

The last six minutes of the match was all Appalachian. Time ran short for the Mountaineers as senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) scored the last two goals in regulation to close the match at 8-4.

Appalachian scored first and early in the match. Freshman Amber Prince (Sinking Springs, Pa./Conrad Weiser) scored her second goal on the season after the Mountaineers was awarded a corner. Junior Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) took the corner that was passed to Wetmore. Wetmore took the initial shot but was saved by the goalie and Prince was there to score off the rebound and give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.

William and Mary (2-8, 0-0 CAA) scored the next three goals, two that were deflected off the goalie and one that was almost saved by an Appalachian defender but bounced off the stick and went through the net. The Tribe led 3-1.

After a timely steal by sophomore Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) that was passed to a sprinting Prince, senior Jordyn Warren (Allentown, PA./William Allen) received the pass on a fast break, showcased her speed and beat the defender down the right side to pull within one and make the score 3-2 going into halftime.

The Tribe scored right before the half after a second shot attempt. Brittany Hopkins whiffed the first shot, but collected herself and found the net, After the half, William and Mary found chance after chance to score, reeling off three scores to give them an 8-2 lead but the Mountaineers did not back down applying pressure and scoring the final two goals of the match.

Appalachian recorded eight shots in the game in which five were on goal. Three of the four goals were assisted on. Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madsion) recorded the loss in the net moving her to 2-8 on the year but she added to her save total of the year with two in the game. Senior Laura Malinoski (Easthampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) recorded a defensive save helping Ceppi in the back line for her first defensive save of the season.

Wetmore led the charge for the Mountaineers scoring two goals and added an assist. Prince added one goal and an assist while Hanna French had two assists.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday at noon as they take on the visiting Hawks of Saint Joseph’s at Adcock Field.

In 1964 at Ridgeview High School in Hickory, not one single football player across North Carolina could score on the Ridgeview Panthers. Not one. The Panthers set a record at their season’s final game against the Monroe Avenue Tigers of Hamlet. The game was played on the football field of Lenoir-Rhyne College. The Panthers ended with a perfect season, an untouchable season.

For the “Untouchable” Panthers, according to a 1964 article by Hickory Daily Record sports writer, Ellis Johnson, the football team won the Northwestern Conference, District Class AA (District Two and defeated the District One champion) and defeated the District Three champions for the Western Class AA title.

The Ridgeview Panthers became the North Carolina Negro Class AA champions for the second time, wrote Johnson. “In 1962 they defeated Edenton for the crown on College Field (LR). For Coaches R.W. Davis and Roger Scales it was a happy ending to a dream.” Ridgeview High School was closed in 1966.

This Friday night, September 26, Hickory High School will host the 50th reunion and celebration of the former Ridgeview High School Panther’s “UNTOUCHABLES.” Beginning at 6:30 PM, a reception will be held in the Media Center of Hickory High where the Ridgeview athletic trophies are on display for all to view. The Ridgeview Panthers will be introduced as special guests at the reception, along with family and friends. In addition, a spotlight tribute will be given to the members of the 1964 “Untouchable” Panthers football team. These players are truly the stars of the evening as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their untouchable season.

Following the reception, the football game will begin at 7:30 PM at Hickory High’s Frank Barger Football Stadium. During half-time, the Ridgeview Panthers and the “Untouchables” of 1964 will be recognized on the football field.

The 1964 Ridgeview Panther lineup included:


End: Danny Carter, Detroit Rhyne

Tackle: Dwight Thompson

Guard: Xenephone Lutz

Center: Mitchell Anthony

Guard: Johnny Hodge (Co-Captain)

Tackle: Craig Wilfong

End: Hubbard Morrison

Quarterback: Allen Pope

Back: Lee Douglas Bumgarner (Co-Captain)

Back: Edward Cunningham

Back: Alan Burch

Placekicker: James Thompson

Punter: James Thompson


Line: Harrison James

Line: Johnny Hodge

Line: Xenephone Lutz

Line: Edward White, Craig Wilfong

Line: Charles Redmon

Line: Mitchell Anthony

Linebacker: Tillis Rendleman

Linebacker: William Heard, Edward Cunningham

Back: Allen Pope

Back: Frank Abernathy

Back: James Thompson, Alan Burch

Hickory High Principal, Dr. Ann Stalnaker and HHS Athletic Director, David Craft, recently shared news of the Ridgeview Panther “Untouchable” Anniversary on WHKY with Hal Row. The entire community is invited to attend this special 50th anniversary celebration.

To listen to the WHKY interview, click the following link or visit the HPS website (www.hickoryschools.net) to listen to the interview: http://www.hickoryschools.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=4133365

One hundred and one Appalachian State students were named to the Sun Belt Conference commissioners list and 109 student-athletes were named to the academic honor roll for the previous school year, the league office announced on Thursday.

The Mountaineers led the way with 210 student-athletes named to the lists beating second-place Arkansas State by 32 students.

Football paced the Mountaineers on the academic honor roll list with 23 honorees, followed by baseball and men’s track and field with 13. Women’s soccer paced the Mountaineers with 19 honorees on the commissioners list, followed by women’s track and football with 16.

A total of 1,700 student athletes were named to the Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner’s List.

The Commissioner’s List is comprised of student-athletes who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the previous academic year, while the Academic Honor Roll is awarded to those maintaining a 3.0-3.49 GPA.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association presented special awards at its just completed eight regional meetings across the state.

Commissioner Davis Whitfield of the NCHSAA and deputy commissioner Que Tucker, 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.

In region 7, the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service went to Rob Bliss, principal of Maiden. Rob Bliss is currently the principal at Maiden High School after an outstanding career as a head basketball coach, most recently at Fred T. Foard High School in Catawba County, and also served as athletic director. He led the Foard basketball program for three years and also coached at East Burke and West Henderson, winning a total of 288 games during his career. He was also chosen to coach in the North Carolina Coaches’ Association East-West games.

World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price, the International Team Captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup Matches, has joined the field for next month’s 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event is set for Oct. 13-19, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Price joins a field that also includes World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite and Larry Nelson as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas, the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookie and two-time Major winner Lee Janzen. In all, 22 of the top-25 golfers in the current Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

A native of Zimbabwe, Price is a three-time Major championship winner and the winner of the 1993 Players Championship. Price won both the PGA TOUR and PGA of America Player of the Year awards twice each, and was the PGA TOUR’s leading money winner two times. He has 18 PGA TOUR victories, four Champions Tour wins and 29 international victories to his credit. This year’s tournament will be Price’s seventh Greater Hickory Kia Classic appearance; he has four top-10 finishes here, but his best finish came in 2009 when he finished tied for fourth.

“Nick Price joining our field is fantastic news,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Any time you can add a World Golf Hall of Fame member, it has a positive effect on the field, but Nick is an international star and the international captain for the Presidents Cup matches. He’s a big-time player, and we are ecstatic that he will play the Greater Hickory Kia Classic again this year.”

Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Class

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Lenoir-Rhyne will add four members to its Sports Hall Of Fame as Kaylyn Bayly, Craig Corbett, Wilmer Walker and Daniel Willis make up the Class of 2014.

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 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

The four will also be honored at halftime of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Football Game with North Greenville, which begins at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Kaylyn Bayly (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1991) was one of the best all-around female athletes in school history, excelling in both volleyball and softball.

Bayly played four years on the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team, leading the squad to a combined record of 78-46 including 23-12 marks in both 1988 and 1989. Bayly was a two-time All-NAIA District 26 honoree (1987-88) and a two-time all-league performer (1988-89). In addition, Bayly led the Bears to the 1987 Carolinas Conference Championship and a berth in the All-District 26 playoffs.

On the softball field, Bayly was a First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection (1990-91) and was the Team Most Valuable Player in 1991 after leading the squad in batting average (a school-record .500), runs (45) and hits (54). Bayly finished second in the nation in hitting in 1991 as well and was invited to the Pan American Games tryouts. Bayly is currently a teacher and coach at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla.

Corbett (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1981) was an outstanding two-sport athlete (football and baseball) for the Bears.

In 1980, Corbett led the Bears in passing yards (1,317) and total offense (1,677) and set numerous single-season school marks when the year ended. His 429 yards of total offense against Liberty Baptist in 1980 still stands as the school record as well as his 89-yard touchdown pass to Steve Fleming against Elon.

Craig Corbett was the first-ever Lenoir-Rhyne quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in a game – 339 vs. Liberty Baptist in 1980 – and currently ranks ninth in passing yards (2,373) and touchdowns (21) and 10th in completions (163) on the Bears’ all-time lists. Corbett was a Team Captain and an All-South Atlantic Conference selection in 1980.

On the diamond, Corbett was a four-year starter who became the school’s first-ever player drafted by Major League Baseball: in the 10th round of the 1981 draft by the Montreal Expos. Corbett was an honorable mention All-District 26 selection in 1981 and led the squad in numerous offensive categories in 1980 including hits (34), doubles (eight), home runs (six) and RBI (26). Corbett also led the Bears to a playoff berth in 1980. Corbett is currently working in District Sales for Pfizer and resides in Huntersville, N.C.

Wilmer Walker (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1977) was a four-year letterwinner for the Bears’ Football Team from 1973 to 1976 where he earned all-conference honors as offensive lineman three times (1974-76). In addition, Walker was a two-time All-NAIA District 26 First-Team selection (1975-76) and led the Bears to the first-ever South Atlantic Conference Championship in 1975.

Walker was a key member of an offensive unit in 1975 which finished second nationally in NAIA in rushing offense (300.0 ypg) and total offense (433.8 ypg). Walker was an All-Lutheran College honoree and won the prestigious Lee Kirby “Team Before Self” Award in 1976. Walker also played two seasons of baseball for the Bears in 1974 and 1975.

Walker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from Blue Ridge Bible College and a Doctor of Theology from the Great Commission Theological Seminary in 1989. Walker has worked for Carroll Leather since 1993 and resides in Conover, N.C.

Daniel Willis (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2001) is one of the greatest players in men’s basketball history at Lenoir-Rhyne. A four-year letterman (1998-01), Willis ranks second in school history and third in South Atlantic Conference history in total points scored with 1,980.

In 2000-01, Willis averaged 24.4 points per game and was named the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Player Of The Year and Male Athlete Of The Year. Willis was a three-time All-SAC honoree and was named to the all-league first team in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Willis was a 2001 NCAA Division II Lutheran College First Team and NABC Second Team All-American.

Willis, a 2010 South Atlantic Conference Hall Of Fame Inductee, also played three years of baseball for the Bears (1998-00) and led the team in saves in 1998. Willis is currently Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 22:09

CVCC Volleyball Downs Montreat

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The Lady Red Hawks of Catawba Valley volleyball team traveled to Montreat College for a 6:30 match on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. CVCC won in 4 sets, 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15.

Leading in the kill category for the Lady Red Hawks was Aimee Cloninger with 17 for the match. Madison Pogue posted 10 kills followed by Anna Henderson with 9 and Rachel Anderson and Tiffany Brooks with 4 kills each. Pogue also led the assist category with 23 for the match and had 3 service aces as well, to add Lyndsey Detter’s astounding 5 aces on the night. Leading the defensive game was Katelyn Houser with 13 digs. Aimee Cloninger had 11 digs for the match followed by Rachel Anderson with 6 and Katie Ruff with 4. The Red Hawks dominated the net with 16 total blocks against the Cavaliers. Anna Henderson dominated the net with 1 block solo and 8 blocks assists. Tiffany Brooks and Madison Pogue each had 2.5 total blocks for the night.

The Hawks travel to Raleigh on Friday for a tri-match with Wake Tech Community College and Pitt Community College and continue east to play Cape Fear and Brunswick Community Colleges on Saturday. CVCC returns home next weekend, October 3rd & 4th for their invitational tournament with Spartanburg Methodist, Pasco Hernando State College, Northern Virginia and Walter State.

The Red Hawks overall record is 15-5 and their conference record is 6-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Montreat College JV

CVCC defeats Montreat College JV in 4
CVCC 3, Montreat JV 1

Match scores: 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 17, Madison Pogue 10, Anna Henderson 9, Rachel Anderson 4, Tiffany Brooks 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 13, Aimee Cloninger 11, Madison Pogue 9, Rachel Anderson 6, Katie Ruff 4
Assists: Madison Pogue 23
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 5, Madison Pogue 3
Blocks: Anna Henderson 5, Tiffany Brooks 2.5, Madison Pogue 2.5

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:46

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/24/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Watauga: 0

Hickory: 3
Freedom: 0

Patton: 3
South Caldwell: 1

St. Stephens: 3
Hibriten: 1

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 23:43

High School Boys Soccer Results From Wednesday, 9/24/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 5
Alexander Central: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 4
Freedom: 3

Patton: 3
South Caldwell: 2

St. Stephens: 2
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 8
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 4
Maiden: 2

Newton-Conover: 4
West Caldwell: 1