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The Carson-Newman Baseball Team (21-19, 12-10) opened a South Atlantic Conference series with a 7-5 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (25-17, 11-11) Friday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Complex.

Trailing by a 2-1 score, the Eagles took control with a five-run fifth inning with three of those runs being unearned. Carson-Newman was led by Ethan Goforth (Blacksburg, Va.) and Brendan Campbell (Yardley, Pa.) with two hits and an RBI each.

The Bears tried to rally with a three-run ninth inning but the Eagles registered the final out with runners at second and third base. Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Falls Church, Va.) with two run-scoring doubles while senior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added an RBI double as well.

Carson-Newman’s Dillon Cate (Sevierville, Tenn.) improved to 5-2 after earning the win while Greg Valentine (Knoxville, Tenn.) registered the final out for his 10th save of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (4-4) was tagged with the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 14-9 advantage in hits in the contest.

The Bears’ pitchers have thrown a league-high 358 strikeouts.

From a Red Hawk to member of the Pride, Catawba Valley Community College sophomore Hailey Tatu signed on Thursday to play volleyball at Greensboro College.

“I’m super excited,” Tatu said of signing. “Coming into CVCC, I really didn’t have a plan. Coming out of high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I didn’t know if I was even going to get to play (volleyball), so coming here (to CVCC) really helped me kind of figure out not only what I wanted to do, but who I was. Just getting that opportunity to continue playing and finish my degree is amazing. I’m blessed, and I’m excited to keep going.”

Tatu finished her sophomore season with 36 kills, nine aces, 62 digs and 14 blocks, helping the Red Hawks finish their season 28-9 overall with a sixth-straight Region X regular-season championship.

As a freshman, the 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Mooresville, N.C. was also a part of the Red Hawks’ third-place national finish in 2016 — a team that went 41-7 overall.

Tatu finished her Catawba Valley career with 86 kills, 125 digs, 20 blocks and 124 points.

Playing volleyball at Catawba Valley has meant everything to Tatu.

“The coaches are amazing,” she said. “I got to do some things I thought I’d never be able to do. We went to Niagra Falls twice. We went to a bunch of different places and we won. We won a lot. We went to the national championships. I’ve met some of my best friends. I wouldn’t trade these last two years for the world.”

Tatu plans to pursue a degree in business administration while attending Greensboro College.

Saturday, 14 April 2018 22:32

App's Webster Named Fourth Best in Australia

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The stellar season for Appalachian State University men's tennis senior Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) continues, as he was named the fourth-best Australian in collegiate tennis according to on Friday.

Webster is featured on the list with six athletes from five power five programs including Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Oregon and Minnesota, and is ranked in front athletes that represent the Ducks, Vols, Gophers, and Gonzaga. The Perth, Australia native moves up two spots from last season's list into the top five with a score of 13.59. For a second straight season, Aleks Vukic of Illinois owns the top spot with a score of 14.73, VT's Mitchell Harper (14.04) is second and fellow Perth native Scott Jones (Tennessee) rounds out the top three clocking in at 13.62.

"It's cool, my best mate from back home is No. 3 (Jones) on the list, so he's giving me stick about it," Webster said. "But really, it's awesome to see so many Australian's excelling in college tennis, and to be a part of that group is nice recognition."

For the season, Webster is an excellent team-best 14-4 in singles and 13-4 in doubles action with partner, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood). The team's No.1 in the lineup has won at least 13 matches in singles and 12 contests in doubles all four seasons, leading to a 59-16 (singles) record and a 50-23 (doubles) showing. Combine both records and you get over 100-career wins, adding another feat to his already remarkable career.

Webster and the 10-10 Mountaineers will close out the season with a tough out as they visit a 13-5 Davidson squad on Saturday at 1 p.m.

1.Aleksandar Vukic (UTR 14.73)-Sydney, AUS- Illinois
2.Mitchell Harper (UTR 14.04)-Brisbane, AUS-Virginia Tech
3.Scott Jones (UTR 13.62)-Perth, AUS-Tennessee
4.Scott Webster (UTR 13.59)-Perth, AUS-Appalachian State
5.Adam Walton (UTR 13.46)-Home Hill, AUS-Tennessee
6.Cameron Green (UTR 13.36)-Sydney, AUS-Furman
7.Cormac Clissold (UTR 13.29)-New South Wales, AUS-Oregon
8.Justyn Levin (UTR 12.99)-Melbourne, AUS-Minnesota
9.Ruadhan O’Sullivan (UTR 12.94)-Cherrybrook, AUS-Gonzaga
10.Koby Jansen (UTR 12.91)-Queensland, AUS-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Several members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team have earned 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced earlier today.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) was named to the all-league first team for the third consecutive season while sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM) earned second-team all-league accolades.


Hartsell was named a 2017 WGCA NCAA Division II Second-Team All-American and won the Lincoln Memorial Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate (Feb. 26-27 in Fleming Island, Fla.). Hartsell also forced a playoff at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3 in Sunset Beach, N.C.).


O’Connor has been one of the best golfers in the league recently, winning the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 19-20 in Monroe, N.C.) and forcing a playoff at the Sunoco Oil Campbell Classic (March 26-27 in Wallace, N.C.).


Lenoir-Rhyne junior Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.) and sophomore Laura Morrison (Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM) picked up All-SAC Honorable Mention Accolades.


The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team is looking to defend its league title beginning this weekend at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship which is taking place at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, S.C. The tournament runs from Sunday, April 15, through Tuesday, April 17. Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m., on all three days. LR will also be looking to win its fifth tournament of the year.


In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne checks in at No. 11 in the first NCAA Division II Women’s Golf South Regional Rankings of the year. This year’s regionals will take place at the Germantown Country Club in Germantown, Tennessee from Monday, May 7, through Wednesday, May 9.


2018 All-South Atlantic Conference

Women's Golf Teams



Diana McDonald, Wingate

Dominika Czudkova, Lincoln Memorial

Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne

Lise Malherbe, Lincoln Memorial

Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman



Ainee O’Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne

Ciara Rattana, Tusculum

Kaley Barts, Catawba

Kate Hill, Anderson

Mind Puangcharoen, Wingate



Laura Nunez Rodriguez, Wingate

Chelsea Mansel, Lenoir-Rhyne

Katie Tomassoni, Tusculum

Anna Freeman, Anderson

Laura Morrison, Lenoir-Rhyne



Anna Freeman, Anderson



Diana McDonald, Wingate



Erin Thorne, Wingate


NCAA Division II South Region

Women’s Golf Rankings

April 12, 2018


1. Nova Southeastern

2. Saint Leo

3. Barry

4. Florida Southern

5. Flagler

6. Lynn

7. Rollins

8. Lee

9. Wingate

10. Florida Tech

11. Lenoir-Rhyne

12. Limestone

13. West Georgia

14. Tusculum

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the West Virginia Power 6-2 Thursday night in their home opener for their first win of the season. The 'Dads struck out 17 Power batters to tie a team record for strikeouts in a 9-inning game set in 2009.

The 'Dads jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a bases loaded double by catcher Melvin Novoa. First baseman Justin Jacobs followed up with a single to drive in Novoa and extend the Crawdads lead to 4-0.

The Power surged back with two runs back in the top of the fifth on a homerun by left fielder Calvin Mitchell. The Crawdads responded with back-to-back singles in the bottom of the inning by designated hitter Sam Huff and third baseman Tyler Ratliff. Novoa then singled in Huff to make the score 5-2. A Kole Enright single allowed Ratliff to score and concluded the scoring for either team for the night.

On the basepaths, Eric Jenkins stole his third and fourth base of the season by stealing second and third in the bottom of the second while right fielder Miguel Aparicio was at the plate. Shortstop Yonny Hernandez also added his third base swipe of the season.

Crawdads starting pitcher Alex Eubanks tossed five innings, allowing 2 earned runs. He struck out 8 Power batters while allowing 1 walk. Josh Advocate pitched 2 scoreless innings and recorded 4 strike outs. Demarcus Evans relieved Advocate in the 8th and struck out the side. Grant Zawadzki sealed the 'Dads win by striking out two hitters.

The series continues Friday night with a 7pm game. Crawdads righty Jean Casanova will be taking on the Power's right hander Gavin Wallace. Following the game the 'Dads will be hosting their first fireworks show of the season.

Catawba Valley Community College volleyball standout Sabrina Pinard has committed to continue her athletic and academic career at UNC Asheville.

"I'm so excited to continue my education and most of all be able to play the sport I love at UNC Asheville," Pinard said.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore was a two-year starter at right side for the Red Hawks, finishing her final season at CVCC with a .282 hitting percentage with 1.8 kills and .67 blocks per set. She helped Catawba Valley clinch its sixth-straight Region X regular-season championship this past fall.

During her freshman season, Pinard played in 48 matches and helped CVCC reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National tournament, where the Red Hawks finished a program-best fourth in the country. Pinard finished the 2016 season with 164 kills, 43 digs and 57 blocks.

Also a standout in the classroom, Pinard has placed on the Athletic President's list at CVCC (3.75 GPA or higher) two years in a row.

"I am so proud of Sabrina and all that she has accomplished during her last two years at the Valley," said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "She has excelled on the court and in the classroom and has grown into a dominant leader who is respected and admired by her peers. It has been a privilege to watch her personal growth, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to coach Sabrina. I know she will be able to contribute right away at UNC Asheville, and I think it's a great fit for her."

For the third time in program history, the Catawba Valley women’s basketball team had one of its players selected as an All-American.

Red Hawks sophomore guard Shaniya Lester was named by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on Wednesday as one of 30 athletes to receive All-American status in the Division II ranks.

Lester was selected as one of 10 athletes as All-American honorable mention.

Lester joins Kadesha Gibbs (2013-14, first team) and Anika Jones (2012-13, first team) as the only women’s basketball All-Americans in Catawba Valley program history.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a All-American,” Lester said. “Thank you to my teammates and coaches. Without them this wouldn’t have been possible. Everything I do is for my mother and my deceased father and my siblings.”

The 5-foot-6 guard shattered the Catawba Valley record books this past season, becoming the first-ever women’s or men’s basketball player at the school to reach 1,000 points in scoring. She finished her career with 1,065 points.

Lester also set career records for games played (61), 2-point field goals made (361), total field goals made (422), field goals attempted (921) and points per game (17.5).

During her sophomore season, Lester played in 32 games, scoring 641 points and averaging 20.0 per game — all CVCC single-season records.

She also set season records for total field goals made (208), field goals attempted (540) and had the fourth-most steals in a season (80).

"Shaniya Lester is a true student-athlete who has worked hard in the classroom as well as on the court,” said Catawba Valley head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “I am proud of her, and honored that she trust me to be her coach. She has set the bar for many to follow in every area. I wish Shaniya much success in her endeavors. She will truly be missed, but will always be dear to my heart and forever a Lady Red Hawk."

Lester signed Nov. 16, 2017 to continue her academic and athletic career at UNC Pembroke — becoming the 13th Red Hawk to sign with a four-year school during England’s tenure.

Bandys: 4
East Burke: 2

Bunker Hill: 7
Newton-Conover: 3

Davie County: 16
West Caldwell: 6

Fred T. Foard: 4
West Lincoln: 1

Freedom: 8
Draughn: 3

Lake Norman: 4
Alexander Central: 1

Maiden: 7
St. Stephens: 3

Draughn: 12
Freedom: 2

East Burke: 7
West Lincoln: 5

Newton-Conover: 12
Statesville: 0

North Wilkes: 16
Hickory: 6

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (13-7, 4-5) gave No. 15 Queens (8-3, 7-1) all it could handle but eventually fell to the Royals by a 6-3 score on Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference match on Senior Day for the Bears at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.


The Royals were ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II and seventh in the region entering the contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne won at No. 5 singles – sophomore Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) – and at first doubles – juniors Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Souse, TUNISIA) and Shane O’Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) – and third doubles with the duo of junior Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) and sophomore Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL). The Bears had a 2-1 advantage entering singles play.


Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up league regular season play on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in Harrogate, Tenn., against Lincoln Memorial while Queens faces Mars Hill on the road Friday beginning at 4:00 p.m., in Mars Hill, N.C.


NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final

No. 15 Queens 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)


Singles competition:

1. Andor Vas (QU) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-7, 6-4, 6-3

2. Julian Bosch (QU) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-3, 7-6

3. #54 Agustin Aran Martin (QU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-0, 6-1

4. Sebastian Meum (QU) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

5. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Kasper Rolfsen (QU), 3-6, 7-6, 10-6

6. Joel Dunlap (QU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-3, 7-6


Doubles competition:

1. Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Julian Bosch/Joel Dunlap (QU), 8-6

2. Andor Vas/Kasper Rolfsen (QU) def. Paul Lenz/Tomas Hons (LR), 8-7

3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Agustin Aran Martin/Sebastian Meum (QU), 8-6


Records: No.15 Queens (8-3, 7-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (13-7, 4-5 SAC)

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