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2A Girls
East Burke: 51
North Surry: 41
Cavs advance to the third round hosting Wilkes Central Saturday.

3A Girls:
West Rowan: 67
Freedom: 55
Patriots season ends at 23-5.

2A Boys:
East Lincoln: 72
Draughn: 60
Wildcats season ends at 22-7.

Patton: 54
Wilkes Central: 35
Panthers advance to the third round going to Mountain Heritage on Saturday.

R-S Central: 44
Maiden: 37
Blue Devils season ends at 17-9.

3A Boys:
Hickory: 72
Parkland: 50
The Red Tornadoes advance to the third round hosting South Iredell on Saturday. Listen to that game on WHKY Talk Radio, 1290 AM, 102.3 FM or, Saturday at 7pm.

With its voting points in the National Wrestling Coaches Association top 25 poll and ranking of No. 14 in the NWCA's Mid-Major poll, Appalachian State's wrestling program has ended the 2018 regular season with more national recognition.

The Mountaineers (9-4, 7-0) are preparing for next weekend's Southern Conference tournament in Charleston, S.C., after wrapping up another run to an unbeaten SoCon regular season championship.

App State's 20-1 record in SoCon dual meets since the start of the 2015-16 season has included three straight conference championships and two straight outright titles with a 7-0 league mark.

Nationally, during the same three-year stretch, coach JohnMark Bentley's program is 29-1 against non-Power Five Conference opponents with five victories against teams from Power Five leagues: Duke (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), No. 15 Oregon State (2016-17), No. 25 North Carolina (2016-17) and Duke (2016-17).

App State cracked the top 25 of the NWCA poll for the first time thanks to an 8-2 start to the 2015-16 season and climbed to as high as No. 16 with its 13-2 start to the 2016-17 season. With a rebuilt lineup often including six or seven underclassmen among the 10 weight classes, the Mountaineers have received top-25 voting points at several points this season. They're currently No. 29 based on their two voting points following a 45-6 victory at The Citadel on Sunday.

The 2018 Southern Conference tournament will be held March 3 at The Citadel's McAlister Field House, with competition beginning at 10 a.m.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:22

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Topped by Erskine

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The Erskine Baseball Team (9-3) scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally and beat Lenoir-Rhyne (10-4), 12-5, Wednesday evening at Grier Field in a regional contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne couldn't hold a 5-2 advantage after five innings of play. The Bears were led by junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) with three hits and a run scored.

Erskine was powered by three home runs – courtesy of back-to-back-to-back round-trippers by Kyle Heiss (Bayville, N.Y.) Trey Watts (Lexington, S.C.), Trevor Wood (Dexter, Ga.) – in the seventh inning in the victory.

On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Patrick LaGanke (Raleigh, N.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss while Will McSwain (York, S.C.) (1-0) earned the victory in relief. Six of the Flying Fleet's 12 runs were unearned while Erskine won its fourth straight game.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Friday against Anderson in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 6pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (11-4), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, split a doubleheader with Limestone (8-4) Wednesday afternoon at Babe Ruth Field. Limestone prevailed in the first contest by a 2-1 score while the Bears took the nightcap, 1-0.

In game one, Limestone scored single runs in the second and third innings – just enough offense – to take the first contest. Sydney Turner (Cumming, Ga.) had a run-scoring single in the third frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne's lone run came in the fourth inning courtesy of freshman third baseman Talon LaClair's (Statesville, N.C.) RBI single.

On the pitcher's mound, LR junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (4-3) was tagged with the loss while Courtney Smith (Bluffton, S.C.) (4-0) stayed unbeaten on the year after picking up the win. Both pitchers went the distance.

In game two, LaClair came through again for the Bears, singling down the third base line – scoring sophomore pinch runner Ashten Hinkle (Capron, Va.) – with two outs in the top of the seventh inning for the lone score of the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 6-1 after throwing a two-hit, four-strikeout shutout. Josie Weber (Stanley, N.C.) (3-4) was the hard-luck loser for the Saints.

Lenoir-Rhyne saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Wednesday, February 28, when the Bears host Belmont Abbey in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (11-15, 9-11) was dealt a 75-55 loss to Queens (26-1, 18-1) Wednesday evening on Senior Day and the regular season finale for the Bears at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Royals are ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II.

Lenoir-Rhyne guard Branford Rogers (Alexandria, VA.) – one of five seniors honored prior to the game – led the way with a season-high 14 points.

Queens showed balance with four players in double figures – led by Todd Withers (Greensboro, N.C.) with 16 points – and dished out 25 assists as the Royals pulled away in the second half. Queens, winners of 12 straight games, also shot 54 percent (30-of-56) from the field.

LR couldn’t capitalize in the first half on Queens’ turnovers. The Royals turned the ball over 11 times but the Bears still trailed by a 33-21 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA), the Bears’ leading scorer on the year, added 12 points as the Bears were making their first trip to the conference tournament in two seasons.

LR’s regular season is finished and will compete in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship beginning with the Quarterfinal Round on Wednesday, February 27, on the road. The seedings will be announced this weekend.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (15-13, 9-11) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 61-45 triumph over Queens (4-21, 1-18) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne once again turned up its defense, limiting the Royals to just 32 percent shooting (18-of-55) including 0-for-12 from behind the three-point line.

The Bears were led by junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 12 points while senior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 10 points as Lenoir-Rhyne dished out 18 assists on 23 field goal attempts.

Queens, losers of 12 straight, was led by Lade Adepoju (Alicante, SPAIN) with 13 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Royals.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be seeded eighth in the league tournament and will face either Carson-Newman or Wingate in the quarterfinal round next Wednesday.

LR junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) – who totaled five points, four assists and three rebounds on the evening – continues to lead the conference in assists with 143.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s regular season is over and will now await a berth to the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship beginning with the Quarterfinal Round on Wednesday, February 28.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:13

Caldwell CC Men's Basketball Team Edges Out Cape Fear

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Caldwell Community College men's basketball defeated Cape Fear Community College 77-75 at home last night. Hickory High grad Chase Byrd had 23 points for the Cobras. Caldwell improves to 19-8 overall and 6-4 in region x play. The Cobras are at Clinton Community College on the road Saturday.

Catawba Valley Community College baseball split a doubleheader against USC Salkehatchie Wednesday, winning game one 5-2 but losing the night cap, 5-0. The Red Hawks are 7-2 on the season. CVCC will be at home this weekend against USC-Union with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team started a three-game road trip on Wednesday with a difficult 93-85 loss against Patrick Henry Community College.

Forward Isayah Johnson paced Catawba Valley (10-17, 5-13 in Region X) with 19 points in the contest, while guard Tyrell Oglesby added 17 points.

The Red Hawks fell behind early in Wednesday’s conference road game and trailed 52-32 at the halftime break. Hafeez Anifowoshe scored 15 first-half points to lead the charge for the Patriots (13-12, 11-8 in Region X).

Catawba Valley would rally, though, outscoring Patrick Henry 53-41 in the second half — led by 15 second-half points from Oglesby.

Despite that effort, the Patriots — powered by a pair of 20-point performances from Tahkey Williams (23 points) and Anifowoshe (20 points) — were able to hold on down the stretch for the win.

The CVCC men’s basketball team will attempt to bounce back on Friday when it plays the second of three-straight road games against Bryant & Stratton College (18-9, 14-5) in Norfolk, Va. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:47

CVCC Women's Basketball Blows Out Guilford Tech

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Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball won at home against Guilford Tech 104-72. Tanisha Wall led the Red Hawks with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Red Hawks are 21-4 overall and 16-1 in conference play. In addition, the Red Hawks moved up two spots in the NJCAA Division 2 polls as they are now ranked 15th. The Red Hawks are back in action Saturday at Cape Fear Community College.

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