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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (2-2) suffered a 47-39 loss to Lubbock Christian (4-3) Saturday morning on the final day of the Puerto Rico Classic at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Lubbock Christian, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, was led by Hannah Harbin (Lubbock, Texas) with 14 points while Tess Bruffey (Lubbock, Texas) added eight points, 15 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) and senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) with nine points each but the Bears shot just 29 percent (15-of-51) for the game as no one crossed double figures in scoring.

The Lady Chaps also limited the Bears to just three points in the third period and held a 39-29 advantage on the boards in the victory. Lubbock Christian held a 24-23 edge at halftime but took control after intermission.

Lubbock Christian led by as many as 15 points – 41-26 with 9:18 left in the contest – on a three-pointer by Allison Szabo (Merkel, Texas) and remained ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday, November 30, when the Bears travel to Harrogate, Tenn., to take on Lincoln Memorial beginning at 5:30 p.m.

East Lincoln: 34
West Caldwell: 14
Warriors season ends at 10-3.

Hibirten: 62
Burns: 28
Panthers will host West Rowan in the third round Friday.

Pisgah: 22
Patton: 13
Panthers season ends at 8-5.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (2-1) defeated UPR Bayamon (2-5), 60-53, Friday afternoon on the first day of the Puerto Rico Classic at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds while senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added 13 points in the victory.

For P.R.-Bayamon, Daneichka Canales (San Juan, Puerto Rico) finished with 14 points and Karelis Zayas (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) totaled 13 points in the setback for the Vaqueras.

Sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) and senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 10 points for the Bears, who held a 45-33 advantage in rebounding. Lenoir-Rhyne also led at halftime by a 30-25 margin.

On the final day of the classic tournament on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lubbock Christian at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Hickory Motor Speedway released their schedule of events for the 2017 season today. The schedule includes all of the great NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events and the popular touring series/shows that make up the season for this historic facility. Special events for the 2017 season will be two events each for the Knights of Destruction, Pro All Star Series (PASS), CARS Racing Tour, Must See Racing Sprint Cars and the Southern Modified Race Series. The Spring Classic, Bobby Isaac Memorial and traditional Fall Brawl will be the tracks signature events again in 2017. Also on tap will be the return of the Sundown Audio Showdown on August 19th and the 3rd Annual Hickory Vintage Swap Meet and Auto Fair. Hickory Motor Speedway still has some available dates open for track rental for your events.

One new addition for 2017 will be multiple twin races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Cars. The number of events will be the same as in 2016, however with the twin events it will give more cars the opportunity to visit victory lane this year. This will give the Hickory Motor Speedway fans an opportunity to see two Late Model races for the price of one adding value to their tickets. Another 2017 addition will be all NWAAS events moving to a 7:30 starting time on Saturday Nights.

A new wrinkle for the 2017 race season will be the addition of the Paramount Auto Group taking the division sponsorship for what will now be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models. Along with this change for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models will be the addition of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Challenge moving to the Limited Late Models for 2017. Over $12,000 in additional purse and points fund monies has been added to 10 (ten) Limited Late Model Events for a points race within the
regular season points races that will create additional awards for the Limited Late Model season.

“The greatest thing about the way this Paramount Kia “Big 10” Challenge is structured is that no one that runs these races will get eliminated from a chance at the Championship” Hickory Motor Speedway General Manager Kevin Piercy also stated “We are excited with the changes that are being made at Hickory Motor Speedway for 2017, we feel that these changes will present a great opportunity for businesses in the Hickory and surrounding area to get involved again with America’s Most Famous Short

With these new additions and the excitement each and every Night, the Historic Hickory Motor Speedway is the place you will want to be on Saturday Nights in 2017.

Hickory Motor Speedway is also welcoming all types of manufacturing and other facilities to give their employees an opportunity to bring their families to the track for one of our employee appreciation nights.

If you would like to market your company or participate in an employee appreciation night please contact Kevin Piercy at (828) – 464-3655 or contact us by e-mail at

Friday, 25 November 2016 06:57

Appalachian State Women's Basketball Downs ETSU

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With the clock winding down in the final seconds and the game tied, Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) banked a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Appalachian State University women’s basketball (3-2) past ETSU in a thrilling 71-68 victory Wednesday evening at Brooks Gymnasium.

After Jones had hit a pair of free throws to put the Apps ahead, 68-65, ETSU’s Tianna Tarter drilled a 3-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game. That’s when Jones took the ball and ran up the floor to hit the monumental game-winner. Jones stepped up scoring the final seven points for Appalachian in the final 20 seconds of the game.

The senior leader was more than clutch scoring 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half while grabbing a season-high eight boards in the process and dishing out a team-high three assists.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) scored a season-high 12 points and grabbed seven boards while Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) scored 12 points on three buckets and a 6-of-8 performance from the line. The senior forward was big down low with a season-best eight boards and a block.

Bria Carter (Spotsylvania,Va./Spotsylvania) recorded season highs in points and rebounds with nine and seven, respectively.

App State came out of the gate strong with a 13-4 jump in the first 5:39 of the game. Story scored seven of the team’s first nine points with the Apps getting the start they have been looking for recently. Later in the quarter, Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) drove the lane for a layup before Carley Lytton hit a trifecta to put the Mountaineers’ lead at six,15-9.

The second quarter belonged to ETSU as it outscored Appalachian, 26-16, shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and out rebounding the Black and Gold, 15-4. After Jones hit a jumper to extend the lead back to nine (24-15) with 6:18 left in half, the Bucs would score 20 of the next 27 points to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.

ETSU came out of the locker room with the first four points of the second half to stretch the lead to its largest at eight, 39-31. But the Apps showed grit and toughness slowly clawing their way back with a 15-6 run over 6:31 that was sparked by back-to-back buckets by Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason). The starting five took charge during the run as all five contributed in the scoring column. Both teams had traded baskets before Carter and Bassett-Smith hit three foul shots in the last 41 ticks to hold a 48-47 edge going into what was an exciting fourth period.

The Black and Gold’s defense clamped down on ETSU, holding the hosts to a 22.2 percent shooting clip from the field, which was the second time the Bucs shot 25 percent or less in a quarter.

Quarter four was neck-and-neck with both teams as neither team led by more than four points. The Bucs would take a 50-48 lead to open the fourth quarter before Jones’ jumper started a quick 6-0 spurt. Murray scored the next four points including her lone 3-pointer that proved to be clutch after struggling from beyond the arc.

Appalachian stayed in front for the majority of the final period until ETSU hit two from the charity stripe to take a 63-62 lead with 1:06 left in the game.

With Carter and Bassett-Smith fouling out earlier in the frame at the 3:50 mark, the Apps were thin in the front court, but freshman Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) stepped up when her name was called. Plummer scored six of her eight points in the quarter including a pair of crucial free throws that gave Appalachian the lead back with 48 seconds left. Plummer’s defense on the other end played a factor as she altered Dean’s go-ahead attempt and came down with the rebound.

From that point on, Jones would take over to help push the Apps to their seventh win the last eight meetings against ETSU.

The coaching staff put in a perfect game plan on defense to contain Shamauria Bridges and Tarter and give the Bucs different looks on the defensive end. Despite the duo scoring 31 points, the points didn’t come easy. The Mountaineers limited the pair to 9-of-27 shooting from the field.

App State outscored ETSU in the paint, 34-24, and took advantage of 19 ETSU turnovers and scored 11 points.

Appalachian will begin its home slate on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest against College of Charleston at the Holmes Center.

“ What a fun finish and a great effort from our entire team. I’m really proud of how we fought and the execution we displayed tonight. Our team showed tremendous FIGHT, and we played really hard for each other. I am happy for Joi (Jones) and really grateful I was able to share that buzzer-beater with her and our team tonight”. - Angel Elderkin


- App State shot 30 or more free throws for the fourth time in five games this season.
- The Mountaineers are 3-0 this season when at least three-student athletes score in double figures.
- Bassett-Smith has scored in double figures in four-straight outings.
- The Mountaineers have dealt ETSU two of its six all-time losses in Brooks Gymnasium.
- Story (16), Murray (13) and Bassett-Smith (10) led the team in the plus/minus category.
- Jones showcased a team-high 20 Player Efficiency Rating
- The Bucs' nine points in the first quarter is the lowest they have scored in any game this season
- Head Coach Angel Elderkin improves to 3-0 all-time against ETSU.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball used a 19-4 run at the beginning of the second half to propel themselves to a 70-61 road victory at Hartford on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (2-2) for the fourth-straight game outrebounded their opponent, 41-30, including a 12-7 advantage on the glass. App State shot 46.9 percent from the floor in the second half.

Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) led the Black and Gold in scoring with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting, including two threes and a perfect 6-for-6 at the line. Shabazz also finished with a team-high eight rebounds.

Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished the game with a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds. Johnson was the only other Mountaineers to finish with double-figures.

After two Johnson free throws gave App State a 14-12 lead, the Hawks (1-4) would construct a 9-2 run to take a 21-15 lead with 6:52 left in the opening half. Appalachian closed the half on a 17-8 run to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.

The run was keyed by Shabazz layup and capped by a layup from Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) with 10 seconds left in the half.

App State opened the second half on a 19-4 which was sparked by a Shabazz layup and included threes from Shabazz and Babic. The run as capped by a Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) bucket.

With a 51-33 lead, the Hawks would try and chip away at the 18-point deficit. Hartford would close to within just four at 63-59, but down the stretch Shabazz went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and a Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) dunk and a free throw from Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) helped seal the road win for App State.

Appalachian returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 26 when it travels to Duke for a showdown with the Blue Devils at Noon from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Notes: Appalachian outrebounded its opponent for the fourth consecutive game … under head coach Jim Fox the Apps are 19-11 when they outbound their opponent … Ronshad Shabazz narrowly missed achieving a career high in points (29) … Shabazz tied his career high for field goals in a game (10) - only achieved it twice last season … Isaac Johnson netted career highs in points (11) and rebounds (7) … despite not scoring, Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military) grabbed seven boards and continues to pace the team with 5.5 rebounds per game.

Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team garnered 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State accolades. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Of the four players, two earned first-team all-state honors for the Bears: senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) and senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.).

Smith led the team in goals scored (nine), assists (eight) and total points (26) while Leano sported a 0.90 goals-against average with 59 saves and six shutouts. Both players were named to the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) and senior defender Kim Migliarese (Salem, Va.) were named to the all-state second team.

McGarel, the 2016 SAC Freshman Of The Year, finished with five goals, two assists and 12 points while Migliarese anchored a backline which limited its opponents to just 18 goals in 20 matches with eight shutouts. Both McGarel and Migliarese were named to the All-SAC Second Team as well.

All four players led Lenoir-Rhyne (13-5-2, 8-2-1) to its sixth South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in seven seasons this fall and a berth in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament.

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.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2016 College Division All-State Women’s Soccer Teams


D - Macy Franklin, Sr., Wingate, Conover, N.C.

D - Sydney Priest, Jr., Salem, Frisco, Texas

D - Mariah Lewis, Jr., Queens, Viera, Fla.

D - Kortney Maggard, Sr., Methodist, Baltimore, Md.

MF - Kathy Fisher, Sr., Queens, Tucson, Ariz.

MF - Danielle Doyle, So., Johnson & Wales, East Islip, N.Y.

MF - Kaitlyn Brunworth, Sr., Wingate, Littleton, Colo.

MF - Mackenzie Wright, So., UNC Pembroke, Liberty, N.C.

F - Brooke Bukas, Jr., Salem, Tobaccoville, N.C.

F - Kendall Smith, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Asheville, N.C.

F - Rebekah Beal, Fr., Chowan, Rocky Mount, N.C.

GK - Andrea Leano, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, San Diego, Calif.


D - Madeline Gadd, Sr., Pfeiffer, Concord, N.C.

D - Kim Migliarese, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Salem, Va.

MF - Abigael McGarel, Fr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Morristown, Tenn.

MF - Breona Tate, Jr., Mars Hill, Asheville, N.C.

MF - Taylor Cavazos, Sr., Methodist, Fayetteville, N.C.

MF - Ellice Johnson, Sr., Meredith, Cary, N.C.

F - Jordan Lanier, Jr., Salem, Asheboro, N.C.

F - Stacey Scott, So., UNC Pembroke, Jacksonville, N.C.

F - Jessica Wallace, So., Meredith, Kitty Hawk, N.C.

GK - Gina Ryan, Fr., UNC Pembroke, Cape Carteret, N.C.

Appalachian State University has notified the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Committee on Infractions of its acceptance of penalties for a rules violation committed by a former football assistant coach.

In June 2015, the university initiated an internal investigation into allegations that a former football assistant coach sent over 400 impermissible text messages in 2012-13 to the parent of a prospective student-athlete, a violation of NCAA Bylaw (from the 2012-13 NCAA Manual) which limited electronically transmitted correspondence that may be sent to prospective student-athletes or their parents or legal guardians to email and facsimiles. The university immediately notified the NCAA and the Sun Belt Conference of the potential rules violation. The coach subsequently resigned prior to the 2015 season.

Athletic Director Doug Gillin said, “Appalachian State has an established culture of compliance with NCAA rules and the response to this isolated incident confirms the university’s continued commitment to NCAA compliance. I am confident that our corrective actions will help further strengthen the university’s culture of compliance.”

At the conclusion of its internal investigation, Appalachian informed the NCAA of the results and corrective actions. In Nov. 2016, the NCAA sent Appalachian official notice of determinations and conditions, including a financial penalty of $5,000 and public reprimand and censure. Appalachian immediately informed the NCAA of acceptance of these determinations and conditions.

The NCAA cited the following mitigating factors in its decision: “Prompt acknowledgement of the violation, acceptance of responsibility and imposition of meaningful corrective measures and/or penalties; an established history of self-reporting Level III or secondary violations; implementation of a system of compliance methods designed to ensure rules compliance and satisfaction of institution’s/coaches’ control standards; the violations were unintentional, limited in scope and represent a deviation from otherwise compliant practices by the institution; other factors warranting a lower penalty range.” The committee classified the institution's violation as Level II-Mitigated, and no aggravating factors were identified. The committee will release a public infractions decision in the near future.

Addressing the matter, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said, “While I am disappointed that a violation occurred, the immediate actions taken by Athletics Director Gillin and Head Coach Scott Satterfield to address the issue and self-report the inappropriate contact to the NCAA illustrates our Athletics Department’s dedication to operating with the highest standards to positively support the academic mission of the university and positively represent Appalachian’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community.”

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 05:41

CCC&TI Men's Basketball Lose Shootout on the Road

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The Caldwell Community College men's basketball team fell to Davidson Community College on the road Tuesday, 94-91.

Caldwell had five players going into double figures, in the shootout that saw the halftime score favore Caldwell by two, 53-51. The Cobras were hurt at the free throw line, shooting 71 percent while Davidson County shot 83 percent from the stripe.

Shawn Robinson had 19 points to pace the Cobras. Chase Byrd came off the bench to add 18 points and seven rebounds.

With the loss, Caldwell falls to 5-2 overall. They will play again a week from Sunday hosting Fayetteville Tech.


Alexander Central: 48
Watauga: 46

Ashe County: 60
Bunker Hill: 30

Hickory: 72
Newton-Conover: 34

St. Stephens: 65
West Iredell: 42


Alexander Central: 68
Watauga: 58

Bunker Hill: 46
Ashe County: 43

Hickory: 67
Newton-Conover: 20

St. Stephens: 68
West Iredell: 65

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