Catawba Valley Volleyball is proud to announce the addition of Katie Rupp of North Iredell High School to their 2017 roster. Ruppmade it official on December 15th with mom and dad Tom Rupp and Corrine Rupp, sister Megan Rupp, North Iredell Coach Natalie Tribble, North Iredell Coach and former CVCC player Leah Wells, North Iredell Athletic Director Robert Thompson, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year at North Iredell, Rupphelped lead the Raiders to the 4th Round of State Play-offs and a 23-3 overall record. Katie posted 349 assists for the Raiders her senior year and had 117 digs. Rupp also added 36 aces and had 30 kills for the 2016 season. Her athletic awards include the JV Most Valuable Player Award and the “Raider” Award. Rupp is also on A/B Honor Roll.
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson comments, “Katie has been a Catawba Valley recruit since she was a high school freshman. I have waited with anticipation since we first met, that she would one day help lead our Lady Red Hawks team and I am excited that the wait is finally over! Katie’s court awareness, excellent defense, aggressive serve and setting strengths are all going to be invaluable assets to a young 2017 roster.”
Rupp plans to obtain her Associate in Arts degree and transfer after her two years at CVCC.
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 54
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 77
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball fell to Bryant and Stratton College Thursday night at home, 60-48. Despite holding a three point lead at halftime, the Red Hawks fell for the second straight contest.
The Red Hawks were led by Nikki McCaskill who had 11 points. Jala Daniels grabbed eight rebounds despite the loss.
Catawba Valley falls to 6-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play. The Red Hawks will be at home Saturday hosting Lenoir Community College at 2pm.
Four players scored in double figures as the Caldwell Community College men's basketball team edged out Clinton College 88-87 Wednesday night in South Carolina as the Cobras opened up conference play.
Jahi Hugues led the Cobra attack with 19 points. AJ Sales and Jabrie Bullard both came a rebound shy of a double-double. Sales had 10 points and nine rebounds while Bullard had 17 points and nine boards. Hickory High grad Chase Byrd came off the bench to add 10 points.
The Cobras shot 48 percent from the field in the win, and was 46 percent from behind the three point line on the night as well hitting 13 of 28.
With the win, the Cobras improve to 14-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Caldwell is back in action Saturday hosting Brunswick Community College at 3pm.
Emily Williams of North Iredell High School signed on December 15th to play volleyball next fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were mom and dad Kevin and Teresa Williams, sisters Kara and Haley Williams, North Iredell Coach Natalie Tribble, North Iredell Coach and former CVCC player Leah Wells, North Iredell Athletic Director Robert Thompson, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.
In her senior year at North Iredell, Emily helped lead the Raiders to the 4th Round of State Play-offs and a 23-3 overall record. Emily posted 323 digs for the season and had 48 aces. Emily received the Raider Outstanding Hustle Award for her efforts.
“I am thrilled to have Emily joining our roster for 2017”, commented CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson. “Emily’s serve receive and ball control are exceptional and I’m looking forward to having her defensive leadership on the court.”
Emily plans to obtain her Associate in Arts degree from Catawba Valley and will transfer to a four year school once her two years at CVCC are finished.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 54
South Caldwell: 36
St. Stephens: 42
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 62
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 56
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 64
South Caldwell: 59
St. Stephens: 51
Watauga: 52, OT
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 72, OT
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 63
The Queens University of Charlotte Men’s Basketball Team (15-0, 9-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, remained unbeaten on the season with a 78-56 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-8, 5-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Curry Arena.
The Royals were led by Todd Withers (Greensboro, N.C.) with a double-double – 26 points and 11 rebounds – while Darryl White (Charlotte, N.C.) added 13 points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) with 26 points and junior Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 12 points in the loss. Both players hit four three-pointers but the Bears were limited to just 33 percent shooting (20-of-60) for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne was in striking distance at halftime – trailing by only a 39-31 score – but Queens broke the contest open after intermission.
The Royals used a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach capped off by a three-pointer from White for a 60-42 advantage with just under 10 minutes left in the game.
Queens also held a 42-31 edge on the boards while both teams hit 10 treys on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game while Queens travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum. Both South Atlantic Conference games take place on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (9-6, 5-4) defeated Queens (3-11, 3-6), 56-51, in a South Atlantic Conference road game Wednesday evening at Curry Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) led the way with a career-tying 24 points while sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) added 11 points as the Bears rallied from a 30-25 halftime deficit to take the victory.
The Royals, losers of three straight games, were led by McKell Oliverio (Florence, Ky.) with 14 points and Cheyenne Logan (Asheville, N.C.) with 10 points despite the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne used a 12-0 run midway through the third period to take the lead for good. The run was capped off by a lay-up from Suddreth with 2:01 left in the stanza to give the Bears a 43-38 advantage.
Senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who picked up their first league regular season on the road this year.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference contests on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Guilford Tech 88-71 at home Wednesday night. With the win, head coach Bryan Garmroth wins his career 250th game.
The Red Hawks were led by Emmanuel Wembi with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Wembi recorded his second double-double of the season. Derick Brewer added 15 points and Alex Ijames came off the bench to score 14.
Catawba Valley shot 43 percent from the field in the contest, at 33 of 77.
With the win against Guilford Tech head coach Bryan Garmroth recorded his 250th career Junior College win. This season is Coach Garmroth’s sixth season with the Red Hawks, 13th season in Junior College basketball and 25th season in college coaching. Garmroth entered the season 11 wins shy of the 250 mark and with tonight’s win he now holds a 250-134 record for a career 65.1 win percentage for his 13 seasons as a Junior College basketball head coach.
Garmroth helped lead the Red Hawks to their best season ever in 2015-2016 posting a program best 23-9 record and finishing runner-up in the district tournament, one game shy of reaching the National Tournament. Garmroth was voted by his peers as the Region X Coach of the Year, the third time he has received this award in his career and first with the Red Hawks. This was only the second time the Red Hawks basketball team had recorded 20+ wins, with the first being in 2012-2013 also under Garmroth.
With the win, the Red Hawks are 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Red Hawks this weekend will play at Lenoir Community College on Saturday and at Pitt Community College on Sunday.
Appalachian State University 133-pound wrestler Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week on Wednesday after his 2-0 showing on Sunday, Jan. 8 on Old Timer’s Night.
The freshman opened up the afternoon pinning The Citadel’s Andrew Szalwinski in 2:47 to help catapult the Mountaineers to a 34-15 victory over the Bulldogs. In his second match, the Missouri native took down Roshaun Cooley of Clarion in a 14-2 major decision that helped the Apps defeat the Golden Eagles 23-10.
Due to his spectacular performance on Sunday, Smith now owns an overall record of 20-7, he remains undefeated in the SoCon (4-0) and has registered two pins on the season.
Up next, the No. 21 Mountaineers (9-2, 4-0 SoCon) will face off against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17. App State will resume SoCon action on Jan. 24 when they host Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Athletic Department would like to honor our high academic achieving Student-Athletes for the 2016 fall semester. Student-Athletes who achieve a 3.75 GPA are named to the athletics President's List while student-athletes with a 3.2 GPA or higher are named to the Athletic Director's List.
We are excited honor these 35 student-athletes for their academic achievement and proud to announce the most student-athletes (11) with 4.0 in program history.
President's List (3.75 or higher)
Daniel Brinegar 4.0 (Baseball)
Jenna Dunsmore 4.0 (Volleyball)
Courtney Eckmann 4.0 (Volleyball)
Grant Gordon 4.0 (Baseball)
Justin Greer 4.0 (Baseball)
Charles Hall 4.0 (Baseball)
Chandler Jenkins 4.0 (Baseball)
Sabrina Pinard 4.0 (Volleyball)
Ada Thompson 4.0 (Volleyball)
GaoSee Vang 4.0 (Volleyball)
Grace Wellman 4.0 (Women’s Basketball)
Mallory Bailey (Volleyball)
Awuor Dit (Women’s Basketball)
Brad Dzeskewicz (Baseball)
TJ Goco (Baseball)
David Graves (Baseball)
Leslie Leonard (Volleyball)
Shaniya Lester (Women’s Basketball)
Regan Redmond (Volleyball)
Athletic Director's List (3.2 or higher)
Vittoria Agrusa (Women’s Basketball)
Ramsey Fulmer (Volleyball)
Kaidyn Hamilton (Baseball)
Jordan Jeter (Baseball)
Ieshia Love (Women’s Basketball)
Jimmy Marcelli (Baseball)
Nikkyana McCaskill (Women’s Basketball)
Todd Mulkey (Baseball)
Tyler Nigro (Baseball)
Sadie Outhouse (Women’s Basketball)
Jacob Ruettgers (Baseball)
Julian Smith (Baseball)
Walker Smith (Baseball)
Andrew Tillghman (Baseball)
Thomas Walden (Baseball)
Cory Watt (Baseball)
Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced the addition of former William & Mary forward Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) to the Mountaineer roster on Wednesday. Seacat will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers beginning in the 2017-18 season.
Seacat, a current sophomore, finished his freshman campaign for the Tribe in 2015-16. The Mooresville, N.C. native stands as a 6-foot, 9-inch 235-pound forward who came off the bench in 19 contests for the Tribe last season.
Averaging 8.7 minutes per game, Seacat posted 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest for William & Mary. He scored a season-high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and added five rebounds in 13 minutes against Hofstra. Seacat finished the season shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the floor.
A graduate of Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, Seacat was named to the 12-man Associated Press North Carolina All-State team as a senior. During his final season at Lake Norman, Seacat averaged 18.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 67.0 percent from the field - helping his team to a 17-9 mark, including a second-round state playoff victory.
He was selected as a Statesville Record and Landmark County Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2015, scoring 20 or more points in 13 of his team’s 26 games and tallied a double-double on nine occasions. He ranks first in school history in field goals made, field goal percentage and career blocks, while coming second in total rebounds defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds.
A forward who possesses a 7-foot wingspan, Seacat was invited to compete in the North Carolina Top 80 event in March 2014. He played AAU (American Athletic Union) for PSB Select, coached by Brendan Winters, helping the program to the Silver Bracket Division I SuperShowcase title and the Best of the South Tournament crown during the summer of 2014.
Seacat was high school teammates with current Mountaineer sophomore guard, Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).
HEAD COACH JIM FOX
“We are thrilled to announced the addition of Hunter Seacat to the Appalachian State basketball family. Hunter fits into our system well and based on his work ethic, we are excited for his contribution to our program over the next couple of years.”
Appalachian State University freshman defensive back Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) continues to rack up the postseason awards, as he was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Team.
Leading up to the honor, Duck was named the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year and was named to USA Today’s Freshman All-American Team in December. The true freshman is the lone student-athlete from the Sun Belt to be honored, while the list features players from schools such as Ohio State, USC, Penn State, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan and other Power Five programs.
Duck made a splash in his first season in a Mountaineer uniform, starting in all 12 games as a true freshman and leading the Apps with five interceptions, eight breakups and 13 deflections. Duck was tied for second in the Sun Belt in picks and first amongst all freshman. In addition, the lockdown cornerback led the league in passes defended and helped an App State squad rank third in the nation in interceptions with 20 while holding Sun Belt opponents to the fewest points allowed in the league with 94.
Appalachian’s pass defense ranked 29th in the country in passing yards allowed at 200.3 per game and third in the conference.
Duck’s numbers were on par with some of the top defensive backs in the nation as he was tied for ninth in the nation in interceptions and was tied with freshman Jessie Bates (Wake Forest) for the most amongst freshmen.
Duck also showed his aggressiveness by recording 54 tackles, which was fourth on the team. Duck’s career-high 13 tackles against Akron (9/24) was a team best this season, while 41 of his tackles were solo stops and notched 2.5 tackles for a loss.
His best stretch of the season came against Idaho and Georgia Southern, where he tallied three interceptions. His two-interception performance against Idaho also included his first career touchdown that came on a pick six.
Duck will return for his sophomore season and help the Apps defend their Sun Belt Championship, go for a third-straight 10-win season and a 3-0 start in bowl games.
Three double-digit scorers and a 12-0 explosion out of the gates gave Appalachian State University men's basketball the advantage, toppling Arkansas State, 70-57, on Monday night at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (6-9, 1-3 Sun Belt) used a confident 51.9 percent shooting percentage in the second half to nab their first conference win of the season, while the Red Wolves (11-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) fell in their second straight game.
Leading all-scorers for the game was Mountaineer guard Ronshad Shabazz, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals -- all without a single three-throw attempt.
Emarius Logan also chipped in 12 points, including a clutch 4-4 from the line late, while Isaac Johnson came off to give key bench minutes, grabbing six boards to go along with 10 points, two steals and a block.
Chances from the charity stripe, while hard to come by in a physical battle, also went in the Mountaineers favor as they shot 72.7 percent from the line, while the Red Wolves mustered just 56 percent.
The Mountaineers now head on the road for three-straight, beginning at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m.