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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:13

CVCC Volleyball Adds Sizemore from North Surry

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program continued to add to its 2018 line up for this fall on Tuesday, signing North Surry standout Paige Sizemore during a special ceremony held by the Greyhounds.

Red Hawks volleyball coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Sizemore to her team.

“Paige is a smart, athletic player with great high school and club experience,” Hudson said. “She is a solid right side hitter who sees the court well. Paige is also comfortable playing back row defense, which adds versatility and ball control to her skill set.”

Hudson discovered Sizemore three years ago through assistant coach Mark Wimberley, who was recruiting another player. Hudson immediately felt Sizemore would be a great addition for her program.

“I’m excited to add Paige to our roster and am looking forward to seeing how she fits into our offensive strategy for the fall,” Hudson said.

The 5-9 Sizemore played both the outside hitter and opposite positions during her high school career.

As a senior at North Surry this past fall, Sizemore tallied 253 kills, 396 digs, 42 aces and 24 blocks, helping lead the Greyhounds to 29-2 overall and 12-0 conference records and a berth in the 2A Western Regional championship game.

Sizemore earned all-conference volleyball honors as a junior and senior for the Greyhounds and was named all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore. She was also named to the All-Western Piedmont Athletic 2A conference volleyball tournament team and was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

A standout in the classroom as well, Sizemore is a member of the school’s National and Technical honor societies and carries a 4.1 grade point average. She plans to study arts at Catawba Valley Community College.

Sizemore joins a 2018 Catawba Valley volleyball recruiting class that also includes Alexander Central’s Chesney Millsaps and Kelsea DeJarnette, Fred T. Foard’s Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian’s Anna Clarke, North Buncombe’s Bre Myers, North Henderson’s Zoe Phillips, St. Stephens’ Madison Bolch, Watauga’s Emma Clark, West Iredell’s Macy Pope, West Stokes’ Abigail Gordon and Rachel Delcamp, Willamette’s (Ore.) Sophie Brennan and West Virginia Tech transfer Lauren McCall

Appalachian State led the league with both four all-conference selections and four all-freshman picks as the All-Southern Conference wrestling honors were announced Wednesday.

The Mountaineers, who won the SoCon regular season championship with a 7-0 record, were represented on the all-conference team by senior Forrest Przybysz (5-0 league record at 174 pounds), junior Randall Diabe (7-0 at 197 pounds), junior Angel Najar (5-0 at 157 pounds) and sophomore Gavin Londoff (6-1 at 149 pounds).

The all-freshman team included Alan Clothier (6-1 at 184 pounds), Codi Russell (6-1 at 133 pounds), De'Andre Swinson-Barr (3-3 at 125 pounds) and Joe Accousti (2-0 at 174 pounds).

A vote of the league's eight head coaches determined the selections. Chattanooga senior Bryce Carr (7-0 league record and No. 12 national ranking at 184 pounds) was named wrestler of the year, and Campbell's Korbin Meink (6-0 at 125 pounds) was named freshman of the year.

After App State, three schools had two all-conference selections apiece to round out the 10-member team, and Campbell was second with three all-freshman picks.

Przybysz's career record of 77-44 includes a 21-7 mark this season, and he went 22-4 in SoCon duals during his career. Diabe is 16-7 this season with victories in App State's last seven duals, Londoff is 19-9 with a team-high eight major decisions and Najar is 16-6 overall.

Clothier's 25-8 record gives him the team lead in victories, and Russell's 11 wins include a strong finish to the regular season. Swinson-Barr had pins in his last two SoCon victories, and Accousti's 13 overall wins include two SoCon victories in which he filled in for Przybysz.

The SoCon Wrestling Championships will be held Saturday in Charleston, S.C., with competition beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Eight student-athletes from the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Indoor Track and Field Team garnered 2018 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


The Bears' 1,600-meter relay – which established a new school mark this year (3:56.01) and took first place at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championships – earned a spot on the all-region team. The squad includes freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.), juniors Dakota Alston (Irmo, S.C.) and Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) and senior Keyua McElveen (Lexington, N.C.).


Fair and Hardwick also earned all-region accolades in the 400-meter dash. Fair is the league champion in the event while Hardwick has the school mark (57.86). In addition, McElveen was named to the All-Southeast Region Team in the 200-meter dash (school-record 25.84).


The Bears also had several all-region performers in the field events: freshman Montana McElroy (Sapphire, N.C.) in the high jump, sophomore Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) in the shot put, junior Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) in the pole vault and senior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) in the shot put and weight throw.


McElroy established a new school record in the high jump (5'3) while Drayton was runner-up in the shot put (a school-record 41'0") at the SAC Championships. In addition, Salamon ranks second on the school's all-time lists for both shot put (40'10") and weight throw (51'0") and Drummonds holds the program mark in the pole vault (11'0").


Salamon, Fair and Drayton all earned all-region accolades for the second straight year.


The outdoor season for Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Track and Field Team begins on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C.


2018 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II

All-Southeast Region

Women's Indoor Track and Field Honors



Dakota Alston, 1,600-meter relay

Autumn Drayton, Shot Put

Savannah Drummonds, Pole Vault

Paiton Fair, 400 Meters, 1,600-meter relay

Saidah Hardwick, 400 Meters, 1,600-meter relay

Montana McElroy, High Jump

Keyua McElveen, 200 Meters, 1,600-meter relay

Haylea Salamon, Shot Put, Weight Throw

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:02

CVCC Baseball Swept by Spartanburg Methodist

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The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team suffered its first major setback of the season on Tuesday, dropping both games of a road doubleheader against Spartanburg Methodist.

The Red Hawks (10-4) fell 8-5 in game one against the Pioneers (10-5) before dropping an 11-4 decision in game two of the twin bill.

Game one: Spartanburg Methodist 8, No. 17 Catawba Valley 5

Falling behind early, the Red Hawks comeback attempt came up short in a three-run loss to the Pioneers in game one on Tuesday afternoon.

Spartanburg Methodist quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead in game one, led by a two-run home run and two-run double from Houston Wright in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, respectively.

Catawba Valley ended the shutout attempt by the Pioneers in the top of the fifth inning, scoring runs on an RBI single from Jimmy Marcelli and an RBI triple by Garrison Burress.

However, the Pioneers answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead 8-2 entering the final frame.

The Red Hawks mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning when CVCC right fielder David Graves drove in two runs on a double and catcher Brett Macchia added an RBI single, but the rally fell short by three runs.

CVCC starting pitcher Hunter Isaacs took the loss. He gave up four hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out four.

Red Hawk pitchers combined to allow six walks and eight hits, and all eight Pioneer runs were earned.

Chad Brown earned the win on the mound for Spartanburg Methodist, going six innings and giving up five hits, two earned runs, two walks. Brown also registered three strike outs.

Game two: Spartanburg Methodist 11, No. 17 Catawba Valley 4

The Pioneers capitalized on pitching woes by the Red Hawks to score in all, but two innings and close out the doubleheader sweep on Tuesday night.

Catawba Valley took a quick 1-0 lead in the game two when an RBI groundout by Graham Mitchell plated Cory Watt.

That lead would be short lived as the Pioneers answered in the bottom half of the first with a two-run double from Andrew Krauss to go ahead 2-1.

Nick Hoffman helped extend that advantage 5-1 in the bottom of the third inning with a three-run home run.

Rod Munoz’s RBI double in the top of the fourth inning made it a 5-2 deficit for Catawba Valley, but the Pioneers added four more runs in the bottom half of the frame, including an RBI single from Wright and a three-run homer from Watkins.

Willie Gordon’s two-run double in the top of the fifth cut the Pioneers’ lead to 9-4, but once again, Spartanburg Methodist answered those runs with a two-run single by Donald Hansis in the bottom of the fifth for the game’s final tally.

On the mound, Madisyn Bolin suffered the loss for the Red Hawks, going three innings and giving up two hits, five runs (four earned) and five walks, and he struck out four.

Red Hawk pitchers struggled once again in the second game of the two-game set, giving up 10 earned runs, seven hits and 11 walks.

The CVCC baseball team returns to the diamond on Saturday for a home doubleheader against Louisburg College starting at 1 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field.

The Red Hawks and Hurricanes will play one nine-inning game and one seven-inning game on Saturday before playing another nine-inning game on Sunday at noon to close out the three-game set.

3A Boys Fourth Round
Ben L. Smith: 73
Hickory: 62
Red Tornadoes season ends at 27-3.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team won the 2018 Lincoln Memorial Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at the Fleming Island Golf Club.


The Bears shot a 601 (+33) on the par-71, 5,844-yard course and defeated Tusculum by two strokes. The victory was the second this season for Lenoir-Rhyne: the Bears also won the Patsy Rendleman Invitational (October 9 and October 10) in Salisbury, N.C.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.), last season’s South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Year, was the top individual for the tournament. Hartsell won by six strokes with a two-under 140.


Hartsell has three tournament victories in her career while sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM) tied for second with a 146 (+4) on her way to all-tournament honors as well for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Low Country Invitational on Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, in Bluffton, S.C. The tournament is hosted by Wingate University.


Lincoln Memorial Women’s Golf Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate

February 26-27, 2018 – First Round Results

Fleming Island, Fla.

Fleming Island Golf Club

Host school: Lincoln Memorial


Par: 71

Yards: 5,844


1. Lenoir-Rhyne 601 (+33)

2. Tusculum 603 (+35)

3. Wingate 608 (+40)

4. Lincoln Memorial 616 (+48)

5. North Georgia 622 (+54)

6. Queens 626 (+58)

7. Belmont Abbey 630 (+62)

8. Carson-Newman 632 (+64)

9. Coker 637 (+69)

10. Southern Wesleyan 647 (+79)


Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals

1. Abbey Hartsell 140 (-2)

2t. Ainee O’Connor 146 (+4)

14t. Laura Morrison 155 (+13)

28t. Chelsea Mansel 160 (+18)

46. Tessa Young 169 (+27)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-6) suffered a 19-3 loss to Belmont Abbey (16-2) at home on Tuesday at Bears Field in a non-conference regional affair. The Crusaders, ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II, ran their winning streak to 11 games.

The Crusaders put the contest away early, leading by a 12-0 score after three innings of play. The early onslaught was spearheaded by Colin Rosenbaum (Archdale, N.C.) who hit a grand slam in the third inning and finished with six runs batted in.

Belmont Abbey’s Kevin Elefante (Chapel Hill, N.C.) added a three-run home run while Griffin Baker (Durham, N.C.) (1-0) was credited with the victory.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) and junior pinch hitter Hunter Jackson (Cherryville, N.C.) drove in runs while junior Clayton Jeffries (Lakeland, Fla.) (1-1) was tagged with the setback for the Bears.

In the latest NCBWA NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings, Belmont Abbey is ranked No. 1 and Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked tenth.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Florence, S.C., to take on Francis Marion in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 3, in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team (13-4), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, swept Belmont Abbey (6-12), 4-3 and 8-0, Tuesday evening in a non-conference regional doubleheader at Bears Field.

In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a three-all tie which proved to be the game-winner.

The Bears were led by senior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.), who finished with two hits and a run batted in while junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (5-3) went the distance for the victory. Parks allowed just one earned run while striking out seven batters.

For Belmont Abbey, Melissa Neyhouse (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlin Moore (Kannapolis, N.C.) drove in runs while Chace Helms (Monroe, N.C.) (3-4) took the loss for the Crusaders.

In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a pair of run-scoring doubles as the Bears run-ruled the Crusaders. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) scored twice while junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (7-1) threw a four-hit shutout.

Belmont Abbey’s Annabeth Watkins (Wendell, N.C.) fell to 2-6 after taking the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne now leads the all-time series with Belmont Abbey, 51-4-1. Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 8-0 at home this year.

Head Coach Shena Hollar, in her 21st season of collegiate coaching, has 755 wins at Lenoir-Rhyne and 45 victories at Newberry.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Florence, S.C., to take on Francis Marion on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 2pm.

Appalachian State University men's tennis (7-4) fell in a 5-2 decision to Gardner-Webb (6-8) on Tuesday afternoon at GWU Tennis Courts.


The Mountaineers couldn't get the momentum going on Tuesday falling in two of three doubles matches and four of six singles contests. GWU needed a tiebreaking win in the deciding doubles match and a pair of three-set victories to down App. App State could've earned its eighth win of the season if two of those down-to-the-wire matches went in the Mountaineers' favor.


Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) was the first team to finish and gave App a leg up in doubles with a 6-0 win over Adam Schmidt and Johan Fors to improve to 7-3 on the season as a tandem. However, GWU claimed the next two matches to hold a 1-0 edge going into singles. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to Millen Hurrion, and Maximilian Scholl, 6-2, before Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Weddington) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) suffered a tough setback, 7-6 (6-0).


Stone fell to Breno Plentz in the first finished match in singles, 6-2, 6-4, that gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage. GWU claimed a 3-0 lead Ben dropped a 6-2, 6-3, affair to Hurrion in the following match. Scott put the Apps on the board with a 6-2, 6-3, as the No. 1 in the lineup over Scholl to cut the deficit to 3-1. The last three matches were decided in three frames. Brea fought valiantly in his three-set defeat, as he crawled back from a first-set loss in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-5) before forcing a third set, 6-3. However, Brea would fall in the final stanza, 6-2, which would seal the win for GWU.


Pavkovich got off to a solid start capturing the first set over Schmidt, 6-4. The hosts' No. 4 then brought home the next two stanzas in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5) and 10-5. Bargeron ended the day on a high note earning a hard-fought three-set triumph over Paul Hogan in three sets. Bargeron won the first set, 7-5, and would fall in the middle frame, 7-5, followed by the 7-6 (7-4) victory for his sixth win of the season in singles action.


Appalachian will aim for a bounce-back performance against Stetson on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Deland, Fla.

With its biggest early inning outburst in six years, Appalachian State rolled to a 13-3 victory at Western Carolina on Tuesday.

The Mountaineers (3-4) scored twice in the top of the first inning, four times in the second inning and four times in the third inning to claim a 10-1 lead on the road against the Catamounts (1-7). Designated hitter Jason Avers and catcher Riley Smith finished with four RBIs apiece, and Conner Leonard hit a solo homer in the eighth inning.

"We took advantage of a couple mistakes on their part and turned it into a lot of positives on our part," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "It was nice to see us show up that way. It was very similar to the way we came out Saturday against Wilmington."

It was the first time App State reached double figures in the first three innings of a game since the 2012 team that won a conference championship and reached an NCAA Regional scored 10 runs in the first three innings of a 15-4 win against Rider. That victory included a nine-run third inning.

The offensive explosion created a favorable cushion for starting pitcher Travis Holden, who improved to 2-0 on the season by allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out six batters in six innings. The Mountaineers' starting pitchers have a 2.58 ERA this year, as Holden allowed no earned runs over five innings in his first start.

"He was fantastic," Smith said. "It was nice to throw up a couple runs for him so he could throw up a few zeroes," Smith said.

Holden received plenty of run support Tuesday on a warm, sunny day at Hennon Stadium.

Avers had three run-producing plate appearances and, with the help of a two-run double, four RBIs as six Mountaineers registered at least one RBI and eight of them posted at least one hit in the first three innings.

Avers ended up 2-for-5 with one walk, and Riley Smith was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and two walks. Leonard and Alex Leshock also finished with two hits.

Bailey Welch (walk), Joel McDaniel (error) and Smith (walk) loaded the bases with no outs in the first before Avers brought Welch home with a fielder's choice and Leonard delivered an RBI single.

App State took a 2-1 lead into the second inning and strung together five straight one-out hits to claim a 6-1 advantage. Singles by Leshock and Welch set up an RBI double from McDaniel and a two-run double inside the bag at third from Smith, who scored on an RBI single from Avers.

An inning later, singles by Beau Myers and Calev Grubbs preceded Leshock's RBI double inside the bag at first. Grubbs scored on a groundout from Welch, and Avers drilled his two-run double into the left-center gap.

The Mountaineers increased their lead to 12-2 on Smith's two-run double in the seventh inning. Tristan Helms and freshman Cameron Kepley combined for a scoreless bottom of the seventh, Kepley capped his Appalachian debut with a scoreless eighth and redshirt sophomore Andrew Papp made his Appalachian debut by pitching the ninth.

App State returns to action Friday at 4 p.m. with its 2018 home opener against Marshall, which is traveling to Boone for a three-game series. After that series concludes, the Mountaineers will face SEC foe South Carolina on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark.

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