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An unseasonably warm and pleasant March day greeted competitors and fans alike as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rolled back in to Hickory Motor Speedway for Round 2 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Racing Challenge.

Leading off the evening's events would be the Catawba Realty & Insurance Co. Classic Sportsman Racing Series hotrods and their 25 lap feature. Bill Webb in the #16 would lead the field to green after turning the hot lap in qualifying with the #95 of Eddie Gilbert lined up to his outside. Gilbert would grab the early lead but would face constant pressure by 2015 series co-champion Webb. The pair would set a torrid pace but in the end Gilbert would grab win #1 for the year with Webb finishing a close 2nd. Dennis Hinkle in the #90 would come home in 3rd, Bill Powell in the #71 would get 4th, and Tom Fenn in the #83 would round out the top 5.

The Limited Late Models would roar to life next as they would roll off for their 35 lap feature. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would grab the pole and start from the point with Monty Cox in the #21 to his outside. Pelfrey would jump to an early lead as the green flag fell. The battle for 2nd would stay interesting throughout the event as it was contested by Cox, Evan Duggins in the #12, Evan Swilling in the #18, and Charlie Watson in the #9. Despite a late race caution Pelfrey would drive on for the win and celebrate in an emotional victory lane. A regular fixture at Hickory Motor Speedway, Pelfrey had missed the season opener with an unexpected hospitalization. A joyous celebration in victory lane with family and friends would help soothe any lingering effects and provide the story book ending that everyone wanted to see. Coming home 2nd for the second straight week would be Swilling. Rounding out the top 5 would be Watson in 3rd, Duggins in 4th, and Mitch Walker 5th in the #29.

The Street Stocks would take to the track with the #10 of Kevin Townsend showing the way and Cody DeMarmels in the #18 to his outside. At the start Townsend would jump to the lead and DeMarmels would battle with Kevin Eby in the #18 for 2nd. Townsend would hold on for win number two of the early season as DeMarmels would get around Eby for 2nd. Eby would grab 3rd, Eric Evans in the #7 would take 4th, and Marshall Sutton in the #64 would come in 5th after spirited battles with Jeremy Harrell in the #32 and Trey Buff in the #69.

Dexter Canipe in the #5 would set the fast time and grab the pole for Round 2 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Racing Challenge for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. Josh Berry in the #88 would qualify 2nd fastest and start to Canipe's outside, with the 2nd row being filled by the #21 of your 2015 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model Track Champion Matt Piercy and the #18 of Casey Pierce. The green flag would see Canipe lead the field for the first few laps as the field jockeyed for position behind him. Berry would finally create a small opening and drive in it to take the point with Canipe and Piercy close in tow. As the laps began to count down Piercy would get by Canipe and begin to reel in Berry. However, the lead would prove to be insurmountable as Berry would go on to grab his first victory of the 2016 season. Piercy would grab 2nd in his first HMS start of the 2016 season with Canipe coming home in 3rd. Christian Eckes in the #1 and Ryan Millington in the #17 would round out the top 5.

Closing out the night's events would be the 4 Cylinders with the #28 of Robert Trivette on the pole and the #17 or Curtis Pardue to his outside. Trivette would lead early until mechanical problems would force him to pit road and surrender the lead to Charlie Neill in the #2 who had charged through the field. Neill would hold on for the victory. Pardue would grab the 2nd spot, Rob Lewis in the #98 would take 3rd, and rounding out the top 5 would be Rusty Fann in the #82 and Rodney Trivette in the #6.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will once again roar to life this coming Saturday night, March 19th, with 100 laps for the Bojangles Late Models, 35 laps for the Limited Late Models, 30 laps for the Street Stocks, 25 laps for the 4-Cylinders, and Twin 20 lap events for the Renegades.
Gates will open at 4:45pm, with Qualifying at 5pm, Autograph session at 6pm, and back to our regular schedule with Racing at 7pm.
Tickets only $11 Adults, $9 Teens/Seniors, and Children 12 & under FREE!

For more information check us out at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, on Facebook, and Twitter!

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/12/2016

4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 2 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
3 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC
4 82F Rusty Fann Hickory, NC
5 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
6 28 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
7 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC

4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 28 Robert Trivette Newton, NC
2 17 Curtis Pardue Hickory, NC
3 4M Dylan Mundy Concord, NC
4 6T Rodney Trivette Newton, NC
5 2 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
6 98 Rob Lewis Morganton, NC DNS
7 82F Rusty Fann Hickory, NC DNS

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
2 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
3 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC
6 66 Robert Webb Harmony, NC
7 95 Tim Gilbert Newton, NC

Classic Sportsman Racing - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
2 95G Eddie Gilbert Newton, NC
3 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
4 71P Bill Powell Newton, NC
5 66 Robert Webb Harmony, NC
6 95 Tim Gilbert Newton, NC
7 83 Tom Fenn Lincolnton, NC

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 21P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
3 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
4 1E Christian Eckes Middletown, NY
5 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
6 18P Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
7 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
8 77T Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
9 23D Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
10 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
11 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
12 42 Craig Thomas Mooresville, NC

Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
2 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
3 21P Matt Piercy Conover, NC
4 18P Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
5 17M Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
6 1E Christian Eckes Middletown, NY
7 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
8 77T Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
9 23D Zachary Dabbs Mooresville, NC
10 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
11 42 Craig Thomas Mooresville, NC
12 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC DNS

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
3 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
4 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
5 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
6 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
7 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
8 47P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC
9 88M Mark Johnson Newton, NC
10 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC

Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
2 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
3 12D Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
4 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
5 18S Evan Swilling Cohutta, GA
6 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
7 88M Mark Johnson Newton, NC
8 41 Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
9 47P Kenneth Pardue Millers Creek, NC
10 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
5 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
6 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
7 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
8 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
9 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
10 77W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA DNS

Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 10T Kevin Townsend Lenoir, NC
2 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
3 3 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
6 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
7 32J Jeremy Harrell Newton, NC
8 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC
9 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
10 77W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA DNS

Appalachian State University softball played its home/Sun Belt Conference openers on Saturday, but fell to the “home team” on the scoreboard, UL Monroe, 9-5 in game one and the Warhawks walked off with a 6-5 victory in eight innings for the nightcap.

ULM improved to 14-9 overall and 2-0 in the Sun Belt while the Mountaineers fell to 4-19 on the season, including 0-2 in conference play, and have dropped five straight. UL Monroe has won all five of the all-time meetings between the two teams.

For the day, a trio of Apps recorded three hits including Tiffany Taynor (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) and Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill). Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) each tallied two base knocks of their own. Dodd went yard once in each game for her team-leading four home runs and Josey hit her 10th career blast (third this season) in game one.

Game One: UL Monroe 9, App State 5

After three innings, UL Monroe was out in front 6-0 before App State began to stage a comeback. In the top of the fourth, Orcutt doubled in Walters and Taynor singled in Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek). In the home half of that frame, though, the Warhawks scored two more runs to go up 8-2.

In the top of the sixth, Orcutt led off the inning with a single to center, Taynor walked and Dodd touched them all with a hit over the fence in left center. That pulled the Black and Gold within three, 8-5, but it wasn’t enough as ULM added a ninth run in the bottom half.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State) (La Habra) went the distance (2-9) and gave up nine earned runs on 13 hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Game Two: UL Monroe 6, App State 5 (8 Inn.)

Appalachian State was the first to strike in game two and did so with a two spot in the top of the first. Orcutt drew a base on balls, Taynor moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt, and two outs later, Josey went deep to center field.

UL Monroe retook the lead with three runs the next half inning before the Mountaineers answered with a three spot in the top of the third to go back up 5-3. All three of those scored on Dodd’s second home run of the day, a shot to left field.

In the bottom of the third, the Warhawks pulled within one, 5-4, to set up for the dramatic seventh and eighth innings.

In the seventh, ULM loaded up the bases with two outs against App State starter, Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (2-5), before a wild pitch went over the glove of Dodd behind the plate to allow a run from third to tie the game. In the bottom of the eighth, with two outs once again, the best hitter in the Sun Belt, Rochelle Roberts, walked it off with a homer to left center.

Kennedy gave up six runs, five earned, on 11 hits with two free passes and two punchouts.

Due to a forecast of rain in the Boone area on Sunday, first pitch against the Warhawks has been moved back to 11 a.m. inside Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (3-4) scored five goals in the fourth and final period to rally and notch an upset win over Lynn (5-2), 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) led the way with five goals including four in the final period as the Bears came from behind to win their second straight game.

Buduo scored the game-winner with 4:50 left in the contest while sophomore attacker Taylor Thilo (Greensboro, N.C.) assisted on three of Buduo’s goals in the fourth period.

Lynn, ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division II, lost despite holding a 50-34 edge in shots taken.

The Fighting Knights were led by Anthony Rainone (Lynbrook, N.Y.) and Johnny Gavin (Laguna Beach, Calif.) with two goals each.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) scored a pair of first-half goals while sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) made an impressive 19 saves on the day to earn the win.

Lynn’s goalkeeper, Pat Brothers (Burlington, Mass.), suffered the loss despite making 12 saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday night at Wingate at 7:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Saturday, 12 March 2016 21:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Defeats Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (5-3, 2-0) powered its way by Wingate (3-3, 0-1), 18-9, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) finished with a game-high six goals while senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added four goals and two assists as the Bears turned the contest into a rout by outscoring the Bulldogs by an 8-1 margin to close out the game.

Schwitkis has a team-leading 21 goals on the year while sophomore attacker Christine Faircloth (Winter Park, Fla.) added three scores and three assists in the victory.

Wingate, which scored four consecutive goals at one point to cut the margin to 7-6 late in the first half, was led by Paulena Dempsey (Jarrettsville, Md.) and Emily Nosek (Bel Air, Md.) with four and three scores, respectively.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (35-25) and ground balls (26-22) in picking up its third consecutive victory.

In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win for the Bears while the Bulldogs’ Arion Pierre (Haymarket, Va.) suffered the loss. Both players totaled nine saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up a seven-game home stand against No. 6 Rollins on Thursday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Running against 2016 Olympic hopefuls, Appalachian State University women’s track and field sprinter, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./North Carolina Central/South View), finished in seventh out of seven in heat two of the 60-meter dash prelims at the USATF Indoor Championships on Friday.

“It was a great experience racing against some of the best in the world,” said Darlene. “Although there were some issues hearing the gun, I felt really good in my race. I know what I need to work on going into the outdoor season. I want to thank Appalachian State athletics, Doug Gillin, coach (John) Weaver, and especially coach (Damion) McLean for the opportunity to be here.”

Girardeau was one of 20 competing amongst three heats and running out of lane five, she was clocked at 7.63. The fastest overall time was 7.13 turned in by Barbara Pierre in heat two.

“She raced well and it was really good race experience for her for the future,” said associate head coach Damion McLean. “They were having problems with the electronic gun and no one could hear it. That’s why they called the first heat back, someone didn’t move.”

This event wraps a successful indoor season for the junior who competed in four different events for 2015-16 season and won in each event including the 60 (one win), long jump (one win), 55-meter dash (two wins), and 200-meter dash (one win).

Girardeau now looks to the outdoor season, which begins on March 18-19 at the Wake Forest Invitational.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (17-5) lost twice to USC Aiken (18-6), 3-2 and 6-3, in a regional doubleheader Friday afternoon at J.H. Satcher Field.

Game One – USC Aiken 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 2 (10 innings)

The Pacers scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning thanks to a two-run, walk-off double from Samantha Chubb (Summerville, S.C.) as USC Aiken prevailed in extra innings.

Lenoir-Rhyne and USC Aiken battled for eight scoreless innings before each squad plated a run in the ninth frame. Sophomore second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) and sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) drove in runs for the Bears despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (1-1) pitched into the 10th inning and struck out 11 batters despite the loss. USC Aiken’s Taylor Morgan (Chapin, S.C.) improved to 10-3 on the year after going the distance and earning the victory.

Game Two – USC Aiken 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Trailing by a 3-1 score, the Pacers plated five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good to complete the sweep. Sydney Murphy (Cincinnati, Ohio) highlighted the frame with the game-winning, three-run home run.

Carter hit a two-run home run and freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) finished with three hits while senior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (1-1) took the loss for the Bears.

Chandler Terrapin (West Columbia, S.C.) improved to 5-3 on the mound for the Pacers, who increased their winning streak to four games.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Augusta, Ga., to take on Augusta University in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Newberry Baseball Team (16-7-1, 3-4) opened a South Atlantic Conference weekend series with Lenoir-Rhyne (16-6, 2-2) with a 3-1 triumph Friday night at Bears Field.

Newberry’s Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) and Danton Hyman (Prosperity, S.C.) combined to limit the Bears to just one run and six hits in the victory.

The Wolves took the lead for good with a two-run sixth inning. Newberry’s Jeff Snead (Cumming, Ga.) scored the game-winning run with the bases loaded on a fielder’s choice.

Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) and JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) both had run-scoring singles for the Wolves in the victory.

Nations improved to 4-0 on the year while Hyman pitched three scoreless innings for his first save on the season.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) drove in a run with a single in the fourth inning while sophomore Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) fell to 2-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s starter, sophomore Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio), allowed just one run in five innings of work as well.

Newberry and Lenoir-Rhyne face off in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Bears Field on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., to wrap up the league series.

Three errors led to eight unearned runs in Appalachian State University baseball’s 13-3 loss to Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State took a 1-0 lead against Georgia Southern ace Evan Challenger in the bottom of the first inning but surrendered six runs (five unearned) with two outs in the top of the second and never pulled closer the rest of the way.

Appalachian leadoff hitter Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) opened the game with a single off Challenger, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, took third on a balk and came home on an RBI groundout by Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) to give the Mountaineers the early 1-0 advantage.

Georgia Southern’s six-run second inning began innocuously enough, as App State starting pitcher Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) easily recorded two outs after a leadoff single. However, needing only one out to get out of the inning unscathed, Hampton hit No. 8 batter Cal Baker with a 2-2 pitch, followed by a game-tying RBI single to No. 9 hitter Evan McDonald.

After the score was knotted at 1-1, Hampton appeared to get out of the inning without any more damage when he induced a ground ball to shortstop Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) but Herman skipped the throw to first base to allow Georgia Southern to take a 2-1 lead and extend the inning.

The error loomed large two batters later when GS cleanup hitter Hunter Thomas blasted a 2-1 pitch off the scoreboard in right field for a grand slam that gave the Eagles a commanding 6-1 advantage.

Georgia Southern added two more runs in the fourth inning (one unearned), three in the fifth (two unearned) and two in eighth to extend its lead to 13-1.

That was more than enough run support for Challenger. The defending first-team all-Sun Belt selection retired 11-straight batters after Mann-Fix’s leadoff single and didn’t allow another hit until Robert Langdon’s (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dreyfoos) one-out double in the sixth. The junior southpaw went on to pitch eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out five and moving to 3-1 on the season.

Appalachian State (3-11, 0-1 Sun Belt) plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth to account for the final margin.

Thomas (1-for-5, walk, five RBI) and McDonald (2-for-3, three RBI) paced Georgia Southern (9-5, 1-0 Sun Belt) offensively.

With rain in the forecast for Sunday, the Mountaineers and Eagles will wrap up their three-game Sun Belt series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

Ramsey Fulmer of Smoky Mountain High School in Cullowhee, NC signed last week to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. In her senior year as a Mustang, Ramsey posted 1.1 kills per set and .8 blocks per set. Her team finished the season 12-12 overall. Ramsey also plays for Xcel Volleyball Performance on the 18’s Select. Ramsey boasts a 3.8 GPA and plans to pursue a career in Health and Fitness Science.

Saturday, the Freedom Patriot grils basketball team takes on Northern Guilford for the state 3A girls basketball championship. The Nighthakes come in at 25-7 overall, but have won their last 12 straight games. They are making their first appearance in the championship game and are led by Elissa Coo-nane, a six foot three sophomore who averages a double-double per contest, 18 points and 14 rebounds. Meanwhile, Freedom is making their seventh appearance in the championship all at the 4A level. The Patriots most recently won the title in 2002. Freedom is 31-0 on the season and have three players who average double digits in scoring: Aryianna Williams at 15 points a game, Lindsey Adams at 14 points a game, and A-MEER-ah Corpening who averages 10 a game. The state 3A championship will be played at Carmichael Arena Saturday at 5 in Chapel Hill.

For the first time in seven seasons, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team has earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Lenoir-Rhyne (19-9), the seventh seed, will take on second-seeded King (Tenn.) (25-6) in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., at Tex Turner Arena in Harrogate, Tenn. Lincoln Memorial (29-2), ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, will serve as the host institution of the regionals for the second straight year. The Railsplitters were perfect in the regular season and won the SAC Tournament Championship. Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Ryan Odom, was one of four teams in the South Atlantic Conference to earn a berth to the playoffs. Lenoir-Rhyne is led this year by South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year Keenan Palmore. Palmore, a senior guard, ranks first in the league in points (22.1), rebounding (9.4) and assists (189). In addition, the Bears have hit a conference single-season record 355 three-pointers and currently ranks first nationally in three-pointers per game (12.7) and eighth in scoring (91.2). Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Will Perry ranks second on the team in scoring (17.7) and his 92 three-pointers is a school single-season record. King is the 2015-16 Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Champions. The Tornado are 13-1 in their last 14 games and are led this season by C.J. Good (17.1 ppg and a nation’s-best 127 three-pointers made) and Hunter Leveau (14.8 ppg). King and Lenoir-Rhyne rank first and third in the nation in three-pointers made, respectively.

SoCon heavyweight champion Denzel Dejournette was named Southern Conference Wrestling Athlete of the Month for February, the league office announced on Thursday. Dejournette won the honor after going 4-0 in dual matches and 2-0 in SoCon matches in February. The redshirt junior started the month with a 6-0 decision win over No. 11 Jared Johnson in the Mountaineers’ road win at Chattanooga. Dejournette and three of his teammates will head to New York City for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship Mar. 17.

On Saturday, Hickory Motor Speedway brings you the 2nd Round of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge featuring 100 laps for the Nascar Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models, 35 Laps for the Limited Late Models, 30 Laps for the Street Stock, 25 Laps for the 4 Cylinders and 25 laps for the Classic Sportsman Racing Series. Gates will open at 3pm with a special starting time for Racing at 5pm. Tickets are just $11Adults, $9 Seniors and Teens, and kids 12 and under are free

SoCon heavyweight champion Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R. J. Reynolds) was named Southern Conference Wrestling Athlete of the Month for February, the league office announced on Thursday.

“Denzel keeps getting better and better,” said JohnMark Bentley. “I’m excited for the opportunity in front of him at the NCAA Championship.”

Dejournette won the honor after going 4-0 in dual matches and 2-0 in SoCon matches in February. The redshirt junior started the month with a 6-0 decision win over No. 11 Jared Johnson in the Mountaineers’ road win at Chattanooga.

The Winston-Salem, N.C. native then recorded pins in back-to-back matches against VMI and Missouri. Dejournette pinned Tasi Mathias 2:58 minutes into the bout against VMI. The following night against Missouri, Dejournette stuck James Romero at the 2:06 mark.

During the NWCA National Duals Championship Series against Indiana, Dejournette won a 5-1 decision over Garrett Goldman.

This award marks the second time this season that Dejournette has been voted SoCon Wrestling Athlete of the Month after winning in November. Dejournette was also named SoCon Wrestler of the Week three times in 2015-16 and Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year.

Dejournette and three of his teammates will head to New York City for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship Mar. 17.