CVCC Baseball Earns Multiple All-Region Honors, Including Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the YearWritten by Jason Savage
The Catawba Valley Red Hawks Baseball team took two of the major sports awards while placing two players on First Team All-Region 10 and three players on the All-Region 10 Defensive Team. Sophomore, outfield Chandler Jenkins won Region 10 Player of the Year and Riley Smith was named Region 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Jenkins and Cole Whitney were each named First Team All-Region while Jimmy Marcelli, Harry Hatcher, and Smith were named All-Region 10 Defensive team.
Jenkins claims the Player of the Year award and is the second player in a row from CVCC to win the Award, Ty Andrus won in 2016. Jenkins also earned a First Team All-Region nod finishing the regular season first in the region in 8 offensive categories. Jenkins belted 18 homeruns while grabbing 157 total bases (2nd had 119) and 72 runs batted in (2nd had 61). Nationally, Jenkins is top 5 in 6 offensive categories and top 3 in 5. Jenkins who will graduate from CVCC this spring will attend East Carolina University next season to continue his baseball career.
Cole Whitney joins Jenkins as a First Team All-Region selection. Whitney led the Region in innings pitched during the regular season with 81.0 innings. Whitney also recorded the most strikeouts in the region with 93 and was sixth in the region with 10.33 strikeouts per 9 innings. Whitney posted a 2.56 earned run average which was fourth best in the region. With only 19 walks on the season Whitney posted one of the best strikeouts to walk ratios with 4.89 strikeouts per walk. Whitney is graduating this spring will attend Georgia Southern next season to continue his baseball career.
Sophomore catcher, Riley Smith, was named the Region 10 All-Defensive team catcher and won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Smith posted an impressive .996 fielding percentage in having only 1 error on 256 total chances, fourth most in the Region. Smith also recorded 242 putouts, fourth most in the region, and threw out 7 base stealers on the season on 18 attempts. Smith is graduating this spring and will attend Appalachian State next season to continue his baseball career.
Joining Smith on the All-Defensive team is freshman second baseman, Jimmy Marcelli and redshirt freshman pitcher, Harry Hatcher. Marcelli had 121 total chances with 5 errors on the season for a .959 fielding percentage. Marcelli also recorded 43 putouts and 73 assists while recording 13 double plays. Hatcher posted a 1.000 fielding percentage with 13 total chances on the season.
At the Southern Piedmont Athletic Association (SPAA) Conference Track Championships held at Woodlawn School in Mooresville the University Christian High School girls captured the first ever track championship in school history.
UCHS outpaced host Woodlawn with Victory Christian and Hickory Christian Academy taking third an fourth respectively.
In the Men's competition Woodlawn took firts place ahead of Victory Christian and Hickory Christian Academy.
Trinity Morrow and Sarah Roseman of UCHS won three individual events each and Roseman also anchored a winning relay.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Individual Championships are scheduled for this weekend. Play begins on Friday at 9:00 a.m. for each venue and classification. The 2A classes are scheduled to compete at Cary Tennis Park in Cary while the 3A is slated for Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington.
Representing schools from the Hickory Metro are:
#1 Ian Walston (North Johnston) vs. #4 Daniel Crutcher (Maiden)
#1 Brian Reid (Newton-Conover) vs. #4 Lucien Steyn (First Flight)
#2 Luke Laney (Maiden) vs. #3 Noah Little (Ayden-Grifton)
#2 Henry Cox & Aaron Ham (Newton-Conover) vs. #3 Jared Taylor & Brett Howard (North Lenoir)
#2 Josh Arditti & Edgar Ellis (Hickory) vs. #3 Thomas Hodges & John Gilarmis (Fike)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-12), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, fell to Limestone (44-11) by a 5-3 score Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.
The Bears, the fifth seed in the tournament, will take on top-seeded and third-ranked North Georgia (44-11) in an elimination game on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Limestone faces eighth-seeded North Greenville (36-17) on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Crusaders upset the Nighthawks by a 2-1 score in their opening round contest.
The Saints' Emma Swearingen (Simpsonville, S.C.) finished with three hits and two runs batted in as Limestone beat Lenoir-Rhyne for the third time this year.
Limestone held a 5-1 advantage before junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a two-run double in the sixth inning but the Bears couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. Cates drove in all three runs for Lenoir-Rhyne despite the loss.
On the mound, the Saints' Courtney Smith (Bluffton, S.C.) improved to 18-5 on the year after earning the win while Josie Weber (Stanley, N.C.) was credited with the save. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) fell to 14-8 after taking the loss.
Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Appalachian State University Athletics will implement a clear bag policy for all ticketed events in Kidd Brewer Stadium. The University regularly reviews policies and procedures to improve fan and student-athlete safety. The implementation of the clear bag policy is intended to enhance patron safety and expedite entry into Kidd Brewer Stadium by reducing the time required searching bags at stadium gates. This policy also aligns with other clear bag policies from NCAA FBS institutions and the National Football League.
Appalachian State University athletics encourages all fans to adhere to the new clear bag policy and leave unauthorized items at home or in their cars.
Approved bags will include:
• Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” (bags will be available for purchase at the Appalachian State University Bookstore by early August or at designated locations outside of Kidd Brewer Stadium).
• Small clutch purses (with or without straps) that are no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”.
• One gallon clear plastic freezer bags.
• Individual seat cushion that does not include arms or pockets.
• Credentialed media and personnel will continue to enter the designated stadium checkpoints where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections.
• Exceptions will be made for medically-necessary items after proper inspection at Kidd Brewer Stadium entrances.
Bags that are no longer approved will include:
• Diaper bags
• Binocular cases
• Camera cases
• Tinted or printed pattern plastic bags
• Fanny packs
• Cinch bags
• Oversized tote bags and mesh bags
• Purses exceeding 4.5” x 6.5”
• Prohibited bags and items cannot be placed in a clear bag in order to gain entry. The clear bag is to be used as a substitute for any prohibited bag.
• This is not a restriction on items permitted within Kidd Brewer Stadium. This policy is only a restriction on the types of con tainers used to carry permitted items.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why did Athletics adopt this policy?
Clear bags policies are becoming the standard at NCAA Division I and professional sports venues. This policy will aid in improving fan safety and other venues have seen decreases in wait times to enter.
How does it make entry into Kidd Brewer Stadium more convenient for fans?
This policy allows our guests to move through our security stations at our stadium entrances faster by allowing staff to be more efficient in checking bags that are brought to Kidd Brewer Stadium. It is hoped that guests will experience shorter lines and enter the stadium with fewer delays.
How many bags can each person carry into Kidd Brewer Stadium?
Each guest can enter Kidd Brewer Stadium with one large clear bag (12” x 12” x 6” or 1 gallon clear plastic freezer bag) and an approved clutch purse (no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”). The clutch purse can be carried separately from the clear bag and will be subject to search.
Do fans have to put everything into the permissible bags?
No. Each guest is permitted to carry items such as keys, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc., if they choose not to put them in a clear bag or clutch purse. Extra jackets, blankets, binoculars without cases and cameras without cases can be carried into Kidd Brewer Stadium. Only prohibited items cannot be carried in clear bags into Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Can fans bring blankets during cold weather?
Yes. Guests are welcome to carry blankets outside of a clear bag. Blankets with pockets will be subject to search prior to stadium entry.
What can fans substitute for diaper bags?
Diapers and other baby supplies can be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, is allowed to carry one approved band and a clutch into the stadium.
What will happen if I show up with a prohibited bag?
Guests that arrive to Kidd Brewer Stadium entrances with prohibited bags will not be permitted through the gates. In these cases, prohibited bags will need to be returned to guests’ vehicles and/or dorm rooms. Guests can then return with an approved clear bag and gain entry into Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Bunker Hill: 4
Bears advance to the second round going to Franklin.
Wildcats advance to the second round going to Forbush.
South Rowan: 7
Red Tornadoes season ends at 18-10.
South Caldwell: 9
Spartans advance to the second round hosting East Forsyth
Wildcats advance to the second round going to Forbush.
North Surry: 3
Blue Devils advance to the second round at R-S Central.
West Stokes: 6
East Burke: 5
Cavaliers season ends at 13-8.
Hickory Ridge: 10
Panthers season ends at 8-17.
Ledford Senior: 11
St. Stephens: 1
Indians season ends at 9-13.
South Caldwell: 15
Ronald Reagan: 5
Spartans advance to the second round hosting Hopewell.
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 6-12-2
Red Devils advance to the second round hosting West Davidson.
West Stokes: 7
Blue Devils season ends at 11-10.
Northwest Cabarrus: 2
Panthers advance to the second round going to Kings Mountain.
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 9-12-1.
South Caldwell: 1
Spartans season ends at 9-7-1.
Blake Rutherford tripled twice and singled twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple as the Charleston RiverDogs beat the Hickory Crawdads 11-2 on Wednesday.
Isiah Gilliam doubled twice and singled with two runs for Charleston.
Charleston started the scoring in the first inning when Rutherford hit a two-run triple.
Charleston later scored in three additional innings, including a four-run third, when Rutherford hit an RBI triple and then scored on a single by Carlos Vidal to help punctuate the blowout.
Charleston starter Jio Orozco (1-2) picked up the win after allowing just two hits over five scoreless innings. Opposing starter Kyle Cody (0-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after giving up six runs and five hits over 2 2/3 innings.
Yeyson Yrizarri doubled and singled for the Crawdads. Hickory drops to 12-20 on the second half of the season. They will host Charleston again Thursday night at 7.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Hartsell Finishes Seventh at NCAA Division II Women’s Golf South Super Regional TournamentWritten by Jason Savage
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbey Hartsell improved six spots over the final round Wednesday of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf South Super Regional Tournament at The Members Club at Woodcreek to tie for seventh overall.
Hartsell, a sophomore from Taylorsville, N.C., finished with a 227 (+11) on the par-72, 6,114-yard course while Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi won the regional championship with a 220 (+4).
Riihijarvi joins Florida Tech’s Brittany LaPadula (222, +6) and Saint Leo’s Marie Coors (223, +7) as the three individuals who earned berths to the national championship.
Barry shot a 918 (+54) to win the team regional title while Rollins (923, +59) and Lee (928, +64) also advanced to the Division II Championship. Rollins was runner-up while Lee downed Nova Southeastern in a playoff to move on the finals.
The 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championships will take place on May 17-20 at the Findlay Golf Course in Findlay, Ohio.
2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf
South Super Regional Tournament
May 8-10 – Final Results
The Members Club at Woodcreek
Newberry College, host institution
1. Barry 918 (+54)
2. Rollins 923 (+59)
3t. Lee 928 (+64)*
3t. Nova Southeastern 928 (+64)
5. Saint Leo 930 (+66)
6. Florida Tech 931 (+67)
7t. West Georgia 936 (+72)
7t. Montevallo 936 (+72)
9. Lynn 943 (+79)
10. West Florida 948 (+84)
11. Flagler 958 (+94)
12. Armstrong State 962 (+98)
1. Kiira Riihijarvi (Tampa) 220 (+4)
2. Brittany LaPadula (Florida Tech) 222 (+6)
3. Marie Coors (Saint Leo) 223 (+7)
4t. Krissy Ortiz (Lynn) 225 (+9)
4t. Charlotte Puts (Barry) 225 (+9)
6. Elaine Wood (Montevallo) 226 (+10)
7t. Seher Atwal (Rollins) 227 (+11)
7t. Abbey Hartsell (Lenoir-Rhyne) 227 (+11)
7t. Carolina Moore (Lee) 227 (+11)
10t. Amanda Jakobsson (Saint Leo) 228 (+12)
10t. Lexie Toth (Rollins) 228 (+12)
Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team – senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore pitcher Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) – garnered 2017 NFCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades.
NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Kenley and Boone were named to the first team while Parks was voted on to the all-southeast region second team.
Kenley was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year and has a .438 batting average with a team-leading 11 home runs, 54 runs batted in and 133 total bases so far this year.
Boone is a two-time First-Team All-SAC honoree who currently ranks first in the league in numerous offensive categories including batting average (.443), hits (85), runs scored (65) and on-base percentage (.511). Boone, one of 25 players on the NFCA Watch List for Player Of The Year, also has seven home runs and 49 RBI this spring.
Parks is 21-2 this year with a 1.57 earned run average, eight shutouts and 129 strikeouts. Parks has also won 32 of 34 decisions going back two years.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the NFCA’s eight regions with first and second-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2017 NFCA NCAA Division II All-American squads.
Lenoir-Rhyne (46-11), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, is the fifth seed in the 2017 Southeast Regional Tournament and will face fourth-seeded Limestone (43-11) in the opening round on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., in Dahlonega, Ga., on the campus of North Georgia.
2017 NCAA Division II NFCA
Softball All-Southeast Region Teams
Pitcher – Kylee Smith, North Georgia
Pitcher - Ally Marcano, Flagler
Catcher – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
First Base - Faith Flanders, Georgia College
Second Base - Natalie Willis, Newberry
Third Base - Jamie Johnson, UNC Pembroke
Shortstop - Sydney Sprague, North Georgia
Outfield - Stephanie Hartness, North Georgia
Outfield – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
Outfield - Kelsey Vining, Montevallo
Designated Player - Haley Simonds, Newberry
Utility (Pitcher) - Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
Utility (Non-Pitcher) - Alex Watkins, UNC Pembroke
Pitcher - Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne
Catcher – Logan Harrell, Armstrong State
First Base - Joshlyn Martin, Georgia Southwestern State
Second Base - Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
Third Base - Makenzie Pennell, Pfeiffer
Shortstop - Hayley Tierce, Georgia Southwestern State
Outfield - Caroline Hill, Limestone
Outfield - Hannah Riddle, King
Outfield - Kaycee Casteel, King
Designated Player - Alishia Frierson, North Georgia
Utility (Pitcher) - Jane Trzaska, Armstrong State
Utility (Non-Pitcher) - Elizabeth Perdue, Columbus State
Sean McMenomy has resigned as the head football coach at South Caldwell High School.
The Spartans went 2-9 under McMenomy in his first and only season at South Caldwell. The Spartans won two of their last three games to end the season.
Marc Kirkpatrick has been named as acting head coach for South Caldwell.
With McMenomy resigning, the Hickory Metro will have five new head football coaches for next season. East Burke, Freedom, Hickory, and West Caldwell all saw head coaching changes this off season as well.
Surry Central: 3
Blue Devils season ends at 13-10.
Fred T. Foard: 5
Cox Mill: 2
Tigers advance to the second round hosting either Asheboro or Asheville
Panthers season ends at 13-11
Alexander Central: 2
Cougars advance to the second round hosting either Grimsley or going to TC Roberson
East Lincoln: 11
Bunker Hill: 7
Bears season ends at 14-9.
East Davidson: 11
West Caldwell: 0
Warriors season ends at 11-12
Central Cabarrus: 6
Panthers season ends at 12-10.
Marvin Ridge: 5
Patriots season ends at 9-11.
Fred T. Foard: 5
Central Davidson: 2
Tigers advance to the second round hosting West Iredell or Forestview on Friday.
Alexander Central: 10
Cougars host Southeast Guilford on Friday in the second round.