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Sunday, 19 October 2014 10:47

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (14-6, 8-5) got back on track with a 3-0 sweep of Coker (3-17, 0-13) in South Atlantic Conference action Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Cobras by scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-22 and swept the season series from Coker.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) with 35 assists while senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) added a match-high 11 kills.

Sophomore defensive specialist Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) added 10 digs for the Bears, who hit .310 for the match and finished with seven service aces in the victory.

Coker was led by Megan Hardy (Lancaster, N.Y.) with 10 kills while Samantha Celek (Charleston, S.C.) totaled 10 digs in the setback. The Cobras hit just .023 for the match in suffering their 15th straight loss in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face eighth-ranked Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 21
Statesville: 17

Northwestern Conference: 
Fred T. Foard: 41
Patton: 12

Freedom: 27
South Caldwell: 10

St. Stephens: 49
Hickory: 43, OT

Watauga: 49
Hibriten: 21

South Mountain Athletic Conference: 
Crest 42
East Burke: 0

East Rutherford: 35
Draughn: 12

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 29
Maiden: 21

East Lincoln: 49
Newton-Conover: 28

Lincolnton: 57
Bunker Hill: 2

West Lincoln: 28
West Caldwell: 24

Appalachian State University football's Nov. 1 home game versus Georgia State will kick off at 3:30 p.m., Appalachian State athletics and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Thursday.

Television arrangements for the first-ever meeting between Appalachian State and Georgia State will be determined on Monday.

A limited number of reserved seats remain for the Family Weekend contest and can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets.

The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn continued today with the third and fourth Greater Hickory Kia Classic pro-ams. Top finishers are below; full results are attached.

Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Thursday-morning Pro-Am:

Pro: Jim Rutledge; Amateurs: Gary Zarzycki, Tim Dyson, Allen Hester, Kelly Hoover – 51
Pro: Bill Glasson; Amateurs: Omer Tomlinson, Mark Gould, John Stacy, Rob Fowler – 51
Pro: Esteban Toledo; Amateurs: John Taylor, Will Myer, Jim Schumacher, Will Cavlder – 52
Note: The Rutledge group won the card playoff with an eagle on hole 18 to take first place. The Toledo group won the card playoff to break a tie for third with birdie on the 17th hole.

Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Thursday-afternoon Pro-Am:

Pro: Jim Thorpe; Amateurs: Colin Brady, Moore Patton, Tom East, Dick Finch – 51
Pro: Kenny Perry; Amateurs: Harold Nunn, Rick Whitesell, Jim Martin, Ellis Martin – 53
Pro: Dan Forsman; Amateurs: Kevin Phillips, Ted Phillips, Mitch Mitchell, Lee Mitchell – 53
Note: The Perry group won the card playoff with a birdie on the 13th hole to break the second-place tie.

Tournament Notes:

Military Tribute:

Official tournament play in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn will begin with tomorrow’s military tribute, flag raising and opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th tee of the Champions Course (first tee of Jones Course). JROTC departments from Bandys High School, Newton-Conover High School, Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School, Maiden High School and St. Stephens High School as well as the Newton-Conover High School marching band will participate in the event. Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Todd Hilbert will participate in the ceremony while riding horseback. Hilbert is a member of the Horses for Heroes program, a therapeutic riding program sponsored by Rising Hope Farm in Claremont, N.C. This 501(c)3 non-profit program provides therapeutic aid to military veterans who suffer from some form of physical or emotional challenge as a result of their service to our nation.

Youth Golf Clinic:

The Youth Golf Clinic presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday on the Rock Barn practice range. Champions Tour professionals John Harris, Bobby Clampett and Skip Kendall are tentatively scheduled to participate. In addition, Trent Scruggs, ninth in the world in the current Long Drive Rankings, will provide tips on hitting long tee shots. Clinic admission is free of charge with tournament admission. For those people attending the clinic but not the first round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, admission and parking will be free of charge after 3:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness:

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the tournament’s final round on Sunday. Proceeds from all general admission tickets sold at the tournament on Sunday will be donated to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. In addition, Champions Tour professionals will wear pink ribbons during Sunday’s final round.

In Memory of Rocky Hobday:

Last year at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, Champions Tour golfer Mark McNulty’s caddie, Rocky Hobday, was fighting stomach cancer. That tournament became Hobday’s final Champions Tour event on McNulty’s bag. Hobday passed away last weekend, and in his memory, Champions Tour professionals will wear black ribbons during the first round of the tournament on Friday.

Friday Schedule:

8 a.m. Gates Open

9:30 a.m. Military Salute and Flag Raising Ceremony – No. 10 tee, Champions Course

10:40 a.m. First round of official tournament play begins on No. 1 tee and No. 10 tee

4:30 p.m. Free youth golf clinic presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy with Champions Tour professionals on Rock Barn practice range.

Admission: $20 for a daily ticket; $60 for a weekly badge

The full tournament schedule is available here: http://www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com/tournament-schedule

Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:28

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Wins Fifth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (9-3-1) made it five victories in a row with a 4-1 win over Georgia College (3-9-1) Wednesday in a non-conference affair at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Taylor Hockley (Casper, Wy.) scored the first two goals of her collegiate career as the Bears won for the ninth time in the last 10 contests.

The Bears got on the board with an own goal in the 15th minute before the Bobcats tied the score courtesy of Ashley Veilleux (Monroe, Ga.) at the 17:39 mark of the first half.

However, Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good when junior All-American midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) scored right in front of the net just two minutes later. Alequine now has a league-leading 12 goals on the season.

Hockley put the match away for the Bears with back-to-back goals right after halftime including one just 46 seconds into the second half. The Bears also held a 28-11 advantage in shots taken.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 5-0 with the win. Morris stopped four shots on the night while Georgia College’s Annie Stephens (Fayetteville, Ga.) suffered the loss. Stephens made five saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to face Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn continued today with the first and second Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn pro-ams. Top finishers are below; full results are attached.

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Wednesday-morning Pro-Am:

Pro: Dan Forsman; Amateurs: David Green, Dean Cowan, Patrick Zawacki, Frank Cairon - 52
Pro: Hal Sutton; Amateurs: Joe Theismann, Chuck Sawannack, Ira Cronin, Richard Burr – 53
Pro: Wayne Levi; Amateurs: Kenneth Stewart, Rudi Risill, Teudi Flores, Marcel Black - 54

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Wednesday-afternoon Pro-Am:

1. Pro: Billy Andrade; Amateurs: Ed Fowler, Lunce Bass, Mike Brock, Steve Mitchell – 51

2. Pro: Tom Purtzer; Amateurs: Kevin Barnwell, Brian Blalock, Mike Machemehl, Brian Isaacs – 52

3. Pro: Wes Short, Jr.; Amateurs: Tim Bianco, Ken Neves, Mike Simmons, Tim Becker - 53

Tournament Notes:

1. The Governor: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will play in tomorrow afternoon’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Pro-Am with World Golf Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie.

2. Champions Tour Ironman: This week’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is the 102nd consecutive Champions Tour event in which Jeff Sluman has played. Coincidentally, the last official tournament in which Sluman did not play was the 2010 Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

3. High School State Champion Golfers in Pro-Am: Four high school golfers from Charlotte will play in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Am on Thursday. Selena Marsland, Megan Cullip, Cameron Whitney and Nicole Kramer make up the bulk of the Ardrey Kell High School women’s golf team, the three-time and defending 4A State champions. The ladies, as well as their coach Bart Whitney and principal David Switzer, are playing in two of the Kia Motors America groups Thursday afternoon. Marsland’s father, Steve, is the district sales manager for Kia’s southern division.

4. Withdrawal: 2012 Greater Hickory Kia Classic runner-up Duffy Waldorf withdrew for personal reasons; two-time Champions Tour Major winner Mike Reid replaced him in the field.

5. First-Round Pairings: Pairings for the first round of Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn official tournament play are available here: http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/champions/tournaments/greater-hickory-kia-classic-at-rock-barn/tee-times.html

Thursday Schedule:

7 a.m. Gates Open

7:45a.m. Official Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Am – Shotgun start, Champions Course

1:15 p.m. Official Greater Hickory Classic Pro-Am – Shotgun start, Champions Course

Admission: $20 for a daily ticket; $50 for a weekly badge

The full tournament schedule is available here: http://www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com/tournament-schedule

Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:20

Appalachian State Baseball Releases Schedule

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Two series against teams that advanced to NCAA Super Regionals in 2014 — including one that will be played at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium — headline Appalachian State University baseball’s 2015 schedule, head coach Billy Jones announced on Wednesday.

Appalachian State plays 24 games at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium in 2015, beginning with a four-game series versus Canisius (Feb. 20-22) and closing with a contest against longtime local rival East Tennessee State on May 12.

Other highlights of the 24-game home slate include a visit from Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference (March 24) and Sun Belt Conference series against Texas State (March 13-15), UL Monroe (March 20-22), Troy (April 3-5), Georgia State (April 17-19) and defending conference champion UL Lafayette (May 1-3). In addition to winning the Sun Belt regular-season and tournament titles in 2014, UL Lafayette (58-8) hosted and won an NCAA Regional before falling one win short of advancing to the College World Series with a two-games-to-one Super Regional defeat to Ole Miss.

For the third-straight season, the Mountaineers open the campaign at NC State (Feb. 13-15). However, instead of a three-game series against the Wolfpack, Appalachian will participate in a tournament that includes NC State, longtime Southern Conference rival Davidson and Villanova.

Other highlights of the road schedule include a three-game series at 2014 Super Regional participant Maryland (Feb. 27-March 1), a two-game series at Georgia (March 10-11), single games at North Carolina (March 17), South Carolina (April 7) and Virginia Tech (April 28) and Sun Belt series at Georgia Southern (March 6-8), UALR (March 27-29), South Alabama (April 10-12), Arkansas State (April 24-26) and UT Arlington (May 8-10).

The 2015 Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set for May 20-24 at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Ala.

Appalachian State returns five members of its starting lineup, three starting pitchers and 18 letterwinners from its 2014 club for its first season in the highly regarded Sun Belt. The Sun Belt came in at No. 11 out of 31 NCAA Division I conferences in last season’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings.

Sent on behalf of Dr. Walter Hart, Superintendent, Hickory Public Schools:

Today, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Mike Helms resigned as the football coach at Hickory High School, effective immediately. Assistant Coach Forrest Blake will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Mr. Helms remains an employee of the district.

I cannot and will not elaborate about personnel matters.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:02

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball's Rally Falls Short

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The Anderson Volleyball Team (15-5, 8-4) held off a furious rally by Lenoir-Rhyne (13-6, 7-5) to win in five sets, 3-2, in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.

The Trojans defeated the Bears by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 16-25, 14-25 and 15-12 and completed the season series sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne.

Hailey Pittman (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) finished with 18 kills while Priscilla Irizarry (Laras, Puerto Rico) added 38 assists and 13 digs as Anderson won its second straight match.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) finished with a match-high 50 assists and 22 digs and senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) totaled 18 kills but the Bears couldn’t overcome a two-set deficit to start the match.

Sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) tallied another double-double – 10 kills and 16 digs – while junior defensive specialist Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) finished with a team-high 35 digs for the Bears, who suffered their fourth straight loss to the Trojans.

Alix Hooker (Plant City, Fla.) finished with a match-high 39 digs for Anderson, who took over sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday at 7pm.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:11

CVCC Volleyball Defeats Lenoir CC

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Catawba Valley hosted the Lenoir Community College Lancers for a 6:00 match at their annual “Dig Pink” event on Friday, October 10, 2014. CVCC won in 4 sets, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, and 25-22. Sydney Hudson performed the National Anthem to begin the evening and Katelyn Houser sang “Dressed All in Pink” accompanied by David Osborne on the piano during an intermission rose ceremony.

The Red Hawks overall record is 25-6 and their conference record is 12-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Lenoir Community College

CVCC defeats Lenoir in 4
CVCC 3, Lenoir CC 1

Match scores: 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 25-22

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 10, Rachel Anderson 10, Anna Henderson 8, Madison Pogue 4, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 17, Aimee Cloninger 17, Katie Ruff 12, Rachel Anderson 9, Madison Pogue 7
Assists: Madison Pogue 27, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2, Hannah Griffin 1
Blocks: Tiffany Brooks 3, Anna Henderson 2.5, Hannah Griffin 1