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Friday, 22 August 2014 12:49

CVCC Volleyball Begins Season on Monday

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The Catawba Valley Lady Red Hawks begin their 2014 Fall Season this Monday, August 25th with a 6:30 match against Montreat College JV on their home court. The Lady Red Hawks return six sophomores: Tiffany Brooks, Madison Pogue, Anna Henderson, Aimee Cloninger, Lyndsey Detter and Katie Ruff.

Madison Pogue brings leadership and tenacity back to the offense this year. Madi ranked 6th in the nation last year in service aces with 96 total aces and was 12th in the nation in aces per set with .73. She also made headlines last season in the assists category with 1,244 total assists which ranked her 15th in the NJCAA rankings. Madi’s aggressive approach to the setting position led her to a season total of 1.42 kills per set and she plans to raise those figures this fall.

NJCAA Division II All- American nominee Aimee Cloninger returns to the Red Hawk line-up this fall and promises to make national headlines again this season. Aimee won Region X Player of the Year honors and was also named District P Tournament Most Valuable Player for the fall 2013 season. Aimee boasts national rankings in several categories including service aces with 95 aces during last season which ranks her 7th in the nation and a number 11 ranking in aces per set with .75. In addition, Aimee finished 21st in the standings for points per set with 4.2 for the year.

Middle hitter Anna Henderson finished the 2013 season ranked 7th in the nation in hitting percentage and looks to dominate again this year. Anna finished 16th in the nation last fall in block assists with 115 and rounded out the blocking category with 145 total blocks.

Tiffany Brooks’ versatility will be her strong suit again this season. Her speed and aggressive mentality make her an invaluable asset to the program. Tiffany finished the 2013 season with a .243 hitting percentage and 47 block assists.

Katie Ruff dominated last fall in the aces category finishing 30th nationally with 61 total aces for the year. Although Katie’s primary role last fall was defensive, she will make the switch this year to the offensive side of the game because of her increased vertical and quicker approach.

Sophomore Lyndsey Detter will continue to contribute defensively and plans to add to her Red Hawks service aces total of 32.

The 2014 Red Hawks Volleyball freshman class is the most talented and athletic group ever recruited to the CVCC campus. As the largest freshman class in CV Volleyball history, this freshman group is sure to make headlines this fall. The players are Katelyn Houser, Emily Horn, Montana Moore, Kristen Moore, Liza Sipe, Taylor Offnick, Hannah Griffin, Rachel Anderson and Madison Steed.

Local superstar Katelyn Houser of St. Stephens High School boasts numerous accolades including 1st Team 3A/4A, All-Conference 2011, 2012 and 2013, St. Stephens High School Most Outstanding Offensive Player for 2013 and Hickory Metro Sports Commission Student-Athlete of the Year. Katelyn also received the Award of Academic Excellence all four years of high school and the North Carolina Scholar Award. Katelyn will contribute to the 2014 Red Hawks team as a setter and defensive specialist.

South Caldwell graduate Rachel Anderson plans to dominate this season as a powerhouse hitter for the Lady Red Hawks. Her high school honors include All-Conference, Caldwell County Player of the Year, and 2012 and 2013 Offensive Player of the Year. Rachel was also an honor roll student and a NC Scholar Athlete.

Hannah Griffin of Hickory Grove Christian in Charlotte promises to be another towering presence at the net for the Red Hawks this fall. Hannah made the All-State team her senior year and was named All-Conference her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Another Charlotte all-star, Emily Horn of Marvin Ridge High School, will bring ball control and consistency to the Red Hawks line-up this fall. Emily received All-Conference honors as well as Varsity Unsung Hero and Captains Award her senior year.

Montana Moore of Pisgah High School adds depth to the Red Hawks 2014 defensive roster and contributes to the aggressive serving strategy. Montana’s court awareness and quick first step is sure to place her high in the national rankings for digs per set this season.

Another versatile athlete, Taylor Offnick of Lake Norman High School, will bring both offensive and defensive contributions to the game. Taylor was a part of the 3A/4A All-Conference Team and was also named to the Iredell All-County Team. Taylor was the Lake Norman Most Valuable Player and the Mooresville Weekly Player of the Year.

Liza Sipe played for North Lincoln High School and local club, Carolina Select. Her club team won numerous tournaments including Gold K-2 Wilderness, Winter Bump and the Southern Classic. Liza will play a defensive role for the Red Hawks this fall.

Madison Steed was a 2 year starter for volleyball powerhouse Audrey Kell High School, who finished 1st in the 4A State Championships Madison’s junior year. Madison’s primary contribution to the 2014 Red Hawks will be in the blocking game.

Kristen Moore of East Burke High School made All-Conference her junior and senior years, was voted Best All Around for volleyball her senior year and graduated with Academic Honors. Kristen is being utilized as a setter and defensive specialist for the Red Hawks this fall.

As defending Conference and District Champions, the Catawba Valley Red Hawks look to dominate Region X again this fall. NJCAA Pre-Season Polls have the Red Hawks ranked at 18th in the nation and the team is determined to soar up the polls with opened talons. With a National Title in sight, the 2014 Lady Red Hawks are ready to begin the new journey.

For more information and game dates, visit gocvcc.com.

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Bandys: 0

East Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Maiden: 3
West Lincoln: 0

East Burke: 3
Freedom: 0

North Gaston: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Crest: 0

Ashe County: 3
Alexander Central: 2

Chase: 3
Mooresville: 3

Fred T. Foard: 3
TC Roberson: 2

Freedom: 4
West Caldwell: 0

Hibriten: 1
Bandys: 0

Patton: 6
McDowell: 0

Friday, 22 August 2014 08:35

Crawdads Fail to Produce Sweep of Augusta

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The Hickory Crawdads rallied late and moved the tying run to third base three separate times in the later innings Thursday night, but the go-ahead hit never came for the 'Dads as they fell to the Augusta GreenJackets 4-3 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Crawdads entered the 6th inning down 4-0 to the GreenJackets before rallying for three runs on four hits and an error to cut the deficit to 4-3. The 'Dads would eventually load the bases in the frame, but would leave the bases full before also leaving runners at the corners in the 7th and two men in scoring position in the 9th to fall just short in their 4-3 loss. The defeat snaps a four-game win streak for Hickory while also denying the 'Dads a series sweep over the 'Jackets.

Augusta built their lead with one big inning, as the GreenJackets got to Crawdads starting pitcher Tyler Smith for four runs on five hits in the 3rd inning to take a 4-0 advantage. Smith settled down after the 3rd and finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts over five innings pitched. The Hickory bullpen followed suit beginning in the 6th, with Felix Carvallo and Patrick Kaminska combining to toss three shutout innings of relief to keep the 'Dads in the game.

The Crawdads responded with their 3-run rally in the 6th to make the score 4-3. Nick Urbanus kick started the rally with a leadoff single to left before Luis Marte reached on a fielding error by Augusta shortstop Rando Moreno and Michael De Leon got aboard with a base knock to right to load the bases with nobody out. Even Van Hoosier got the 'Dads on the board with a RBI fielder's choice groundout prior to Ronald Guzman coming through with a 2-RBI double inside the first base line.

Joe Jackson followed with a bloop double to left that put runners on the corners with one away. One out later, Travis Demeritte drew a walk to re-load the bases with two outs, but the 'Jackets were able to escape the inning when Marcus Greene ground out to third. The Crawdads threatened again in the 7th and 9th, but would never score again as the team left eight men on base, six in scoring position.

Augusta starting pitcher Robert Ramer (3-4) earned the win after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings pitched. Smith (7-5) took the loss for the 'Dads with four runs given up on seven hits, two walks, and 10 Ks. 'Jackets reliever Raymundo Montero picked up his fifth save of the year with a scoreless 9th.

Guzman finished the game 1-4 with a double and two RBI, while De Leon went 1-3 with two walks. Urbanus also reached base safely multiple times, going 1-2 with a walk.

The Crawdads (33-27) will now return to L.P. Frans Stadium for their final home stand of the regular season. First pitch on Friday against the Hagerstown Suns is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 22:05

Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country Set to Begin Season

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's and Men's Cross Country Teams were picked to finish fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Coaches Preseason Poll.

On the men's side, Mars Hill was picked to win their 18th consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship while the Wingate Women's Cross Country Team was voted on to win its second straight title. The Bulldogs also captured the 2013 Southeast Regional Championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led by juniors Kyle Barry (Gilbertsville, Ky.) and Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) on the men's side.

Meanwhile, the Bears' women's team, the three-time South Atlantic Conference Champions (2008, 2009 and 2012), is paced by junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.).

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams open the 2014 season on Saturday, September 13, at the Elon Invitational beginning at 9:00 a.m.

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Mars Hill 120
2. Queens 112
3. Anderson 95
4t. Lincoln Memorial 80
4t. Brevard 80
6. Wingate 78
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 68
8. Carson-Newman 42
9. Tusculum 38
10. Coker 28
11. Catawba 27
12. Newberry 24

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate 121
2. Queens 110
3. Mars Hill 97
4. Anderson 91
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 86
6. Brevard 69
7. Lincoln Memorial 59
8. Catawba 44
9. Carson-Newman 39
10. Tusculum 32
11. Coker 23
12. Newberry 21

Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced his team’s schedule for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, highlighted by seven home meets and an intense non-conference schedule.

“I am looking forward to the number of great home meets we have in Boone this year. It will be a great opportunity for us to build on our fanbase and get the student body involved,” Bentley said.. “We are wrestling a great in-state schedule with the addition of 3 Atlantic Coast Conference schools.”

Appalachian’s non-conference opponents feature two top-20 teams from the final Intermat polls from last season. The Mountaineers will face No. 13 Illinois on Nov. 14 and No. 19 North Carolina State on Dec. 17. In addition to the Illini and Wolfpack, the Mountaineers will face nine teams that finished ranked ahead of Appalachian in the final polls.

“The 2014-2015 schedule will be a tremendous test, and I believe our wrestlers are up for the challenge,” Bentley said. “Our schedule will definitely prepare our athletes for success at the NCAA’s in March!”

The NCAA tournament is set for March 19-21 but the Mountaineers will have to get through their challenging schedule first.

The fall season begins with the Mountaineer Duals, where the squad will face Cumberland University and Buffalo before traveling cross-country to take on Cal State Bakersfield. Staying on the west side of the country, the Mountaineers will participate in the Roadrunner Open, a tournament in which they finished sixth of 27 schools last year. A week later, Appalachian will compete in the Keystone Classic, a tournament that sophomore Dylan Cottrell claimed third place at last year in the 149-pound weight class.

In addition to facing NC State, the Mountaineers will also face ACC foes North Carolina on Nov. 30 in Boone and Duke on Jan. 31.

Appalachian’s conference schedule begins Jan. 7 against SIUE and will end Feb. 22 against Davidson. The 78th annual Southern Conference Wrestling Championships will start March 7 at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, N.C. The Mountaineers finished fourth at the league championships a year ago.

2014-15 Appalachian State Wrestling Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 2 Cumberland University Boone, N.C. 11 a.m.
Nov. 2 Buffalo Boone, N.C. 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Cal State Bakersfield Gilroy, Calif. 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Illinois Gilroy, Calif. 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 Roadrunner Open Fresno, Calif. All Day
Nov. 23 Keystone Classic Philadelphia, Pa. All Day
Nov. 30 North Carolina Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Dec. 5 Ohio University Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 N.C. State Raleigh, N.C. 7 p.m.
Jan 1-2 Southern Scuffle Chattanooga, Tenn. All Day
Jan. 7 SIUE * Edwardsville, Ill. 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Campbell * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Jan. 11 Binghamton Boone, N.C. 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 The Citadel * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Jan. 24 Appalachian Open Boone, N.C. All Day
Jan. 30 Gardner-Webb * Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 Duke Durham, N.C. 5 p.m.
Feb. 8 UTC * Boone, N.C. 2 p.m.
Feb. 16 VMI * Lexington, Va. 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 Davidson * Davidson, N.C. 2 p.m.
March 7 SoCon Championships Asheville, N.C. All Day
March 19-21 NCAA Championships St. Louis, Miss. All Day

Bandys: 3
South Caldwell: 0

East Burke: 3
East Rutherford: 2

St. Stephens: 3
North Gaston: 1

South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Asheville: 2
Hickory: 0

Bunker Hill: 9
Cherryville: 0

Maiden: 5
East Burke: 2

Newton-Conover: 6
North Iredell: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:01

Crawdads Win in 10

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The Hickory Crawdads and Augusta GreenJackets matched up in another low scoring affair Wednesday night, with the two clubs going into extra innings tied at 1-1 before Travis Demeritte broke up the tie with a go-ahead 2-RBI double in the 10th to give the 'Dads a 3-1 win over the 'Jackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The 10th inning began with Crawdads center fielder Zach Cone getting hit by a pitch from GreenJackets All-Star reliever Jake Smith on the very first pitch of the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Torres, Jairo Beras drew a walk to put runners at first and second with one out for Demeritte. The 'Dads second baseman came through with a double down the left field line to plate both Cone and Beras to give Hickory the 3-1 lead they would go on to win by.

The 'Dads led throughout most of the game thanks to an inside-the-park, solo home run by Evan Van Hoosier in the 1st that gave the Crawdads a 1-0 advantage. The unusual homer occurred when Augusta center fielder Randy Ortiz dove in an attempt to catch Van Hoosier's line drive to center, only to have the ball skip by him and have Van Hoosier round the bases for his 10th home run of the year.

Hickory's one-run lead held all the way until the 7th thanks to six shutout frames by Crawdads starter Frank Lopez. The GreenJackets were able to scrape across a run against 'Dads reliever Jose Monegro in the 7th, with a leadoff walk by Ryan Tuntland, a sacrifice bunt from Gabriel Cornier, and a RBI single by Randy Ortiz combining to tie the game at 1-1.

The score remained deadlocked until the 10th, when Demeritte's 2-RBI double gave Hickory the lead again and Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina made it hold up with a scoreless bottom of the frame for a 3-1 'Dads win.

Demeritte ended the game 1-4 with a double and two RBI, while Van Hoosier finished 1-4 with a home run. Cone was the only Crawdad to have a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a hit-by-pitch and a run scored.

Hickory reliever Ryne Slack (8-2) earned the win with a perfect inning in the 9th, while Valdespina (7) recorded his second save in as many nights with a flawless 10th. Smith took the loss for Augusta after allowing both runs in the 10th.

The Crawdads (33-26) have now won four straight and will go for the series sweep of the GreenJackets (24-35) on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team, the four-time defending league regular season champions, was voted second in the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

Wingate, last year’s conference tournament and Southeast Regional Champion, was picked to win after receiving seven first-place votes and 117 total points.

Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 110 points with four first-place votes from the 12 conference head coaches.

In addition, five players earned preseason first-team all-league honors for the Bears.

The selections were junior forwards Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) and Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.), junior midfielders Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) and Hanna Kiebel (Parker, Colo.) and junior defender Amber Madriaga (Wailuku, Hawaii).

Alequine, an All-Southeast Region and All-American last year, led Lenoir-Rhyne in goals scored (nine) and total points (23) in 2013 while Mullins finished with seven goals, a team-high six assists and 20 points. Mullins is a two-time first-team all-conference selection and was the 2012 SAC Freshman Of The Year.

Dunn was an all-region pick as well and finished with six goals and 13 points in addition to a hat trick on October 9, 2013, in a 6-0 victory over Mars Hill.

Kiebel, the 2011 SAC Freshman Of The Year, tallied four goals and two assists last season while Madriaga finished with two goals and two assists and anchored a defense which limited its opponents to a 0.96 goals-against average and six shutouts. Both Kiebel and Madriaga have been All-Southeast Region honorees the last two seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 14-4-2 mark including a 9-1-1 record in conference play in 2013 and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, opens the season against No. 16 Rollins on Friday, September 5, in Winter Park, Fla., at 7:00 p.m. The Bears are under first-year Head Coach Tammy DeCesare.

2014 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Wingate (7) 117
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (4) 110
3. Lincoln Memorial (1) 93
4. Catawba 83
5. Queens 78
6. Tusculum 77
7. Carson-Newman 70
8. Newberry 50
9. Anderson 44
10. Mars Hill 31
11. Coker 24
12. Brevard 16

2014 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Soccer Teams

Jade Montgomery, Wingate
Garcelle Alequine, Lenoir-Rhyne
Leah Mullins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Mary Kirkman, Catawba

Gabriell Brodie, Newberry
Hanna Kiebel, Lenoir-Rhyne
Caitlyn Rodrigues, Queens
Emmi Dunn, Lenoir-Rhyne

Amber Madriaga, Lenoir-Rhyne
Brayden Miller, Newberry
Macy Franklin, Wingate
Ashley Osiecki, Queens

Liz Morris, Coker

Michelle Hunter, Lincoln Memorial
Breanna Naranjo, Newberry
Kelli Gottry, Queens
Brooke Howell, Wingate

Sophie Waller, Catawba
Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate
Olivia Thompson, Lincoln Memorial
Nikki Arthur, Tusculum

Jordan Roy, Coker
Faith Johannes, Anderson
Alex Hulsey, Catawba
Olivia Kilgore, Tusculum

Ashlyn Hardie, Wingate