Bunker Hill: 69
Fred T. Foard: 59
East Burke: 64
West Iredell: 39
Alexander Central: 66
West Caldwell: 65
St. Stephens: 17
South Caldwell: 40
South Fork Athletic:
West Lincoln: 30
Bessemer City: 33
Bunker Hill: 70
Fred T. Foard: 53
East Burke: 39
West Iredell: 37
Alexander Central: 72
West Caldwell: 60
St. Stephens: 44
South Caldwell: 73
South Fork Athletic:
West Lincoln: 38
Bessemer City: 47
Behind a total team effort, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team erased a 15-point first-half deficit against Central Carolina Community College on Friday en route to a 93-70 win during the first day of the PDQ Classic at the Tarlton Complex.
Isayah Johnson scored 14 points and Victor Tshiona added 13 points in the win for the Red Hawks (4-6), who had six players reach double digits in scoring in the contest.
Caleb Bryson, Steve Ruszala, Dante Starr and Tyrell Ogelsby added 10 points apiece for Catawba Valley in its victory.
Trailing 19-4 in the first half, CVCC went on a 24-7 run to take control of the game for good against Central Carolina, and the Red Hawks outscored the Cougars 49-31 during the second half.
David Thompson scored 22 points to lead Central Carolina (8-8) on Friday.
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday for the second and final day of the PDQ Classic.
Following a 1 p.m. contest between Guilford Tech and Central Carolina, CVCC faces Johnston Community College at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
Avery County: 55
West Caldwell: 36
Fred T. Foard: 34
North Lincoln: 48
North Lincoln: 44
Fred T. Foard: 47, OT
West Caldwell: 67
Avery County: 60
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (4-5, 2-2) ran its winning streak to three games with a South Atlantic Conference road victory over Mars Hill (2-8, 0-4), 74-55, Wednesday night at Stanford Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with 17 points including 15 in the second half to key the Bears' offensive output after intermission.
Redshirt freshman guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) totaled 13 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists for the Bears, who scored 47 points after halftime.
Mars Hill was led by Daniel Nassyr (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Austin Gilyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) with 12 points each but the Lions were limited to just 33 percent shooting (22-of-66) for the contest. Mars Hill also hit just three-of-22 three-point attempts.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) had an impressive all-around game, totaling eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Awana leads the league in blocks with 27.
The Bears ran their winning streak to three games and earned their first victory on the road this year.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (8-4, 2-2) pushed its winning streak to four games with a convincing 90-64 victory over Mars Hill (1-10, 0-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Stanford Arena.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – including a game-high 18 points from junior guard Madi Suddreth, an Alexander Central grad, and 17 points and seven assists from junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) – in the victory.
Suddreth ranks first in the league in scoring at 19.2 points per game while Toineeta tops the conference in assists at 6.4 per outing.
Holding a 20-19 lead at the end of the first period, Lenoir-Rhyne took control by outscoring Mars Hill by a 28-12 in the second stanza and never looked back. The Bears led by as many as 30 points – 81-51 – at the 6:33 mark of the fourth period.
The Lions were led by Shayla Smith (Johnston, Pa.) with 14 points but the Lions were limited to just 38 percent shooting (26-of-69) for the game. The Bears held a 51-37 advantage in rebounding as well.
The Bears handed the Lions their ninth straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Carson-Newman in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end on Tuesday night on the road at the hands of host Walters State.
The Red Hawks fell 75-48 to the Senators, losing for the first time in six games.
Shaniya Lester scored a team-high 20 points to pace CVCC (7-2) in the contest, while Zharia Brown added 11 points.
Zacharyia Esmon scored 19 points to lead the Senators (10-3) in their victory, while teammate Dajah Montgomery added 15 points.
The Red Hawks remained within striking distance after the first quarter, trailing 17-14 to the Senators.
However, Walters State outscored CVCC 23-12 in the second quarter, distancing itself en route to the non-conference victory.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Virginia Beach, Va. to take on Bryant & Stratton College. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
For the second time this season, Appalachian State senior Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference wrestler of the week.
The league office announced the winner Wednesday, three days after the 20th-ranked Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga.) earned a 10-4 decision at 174 pounds against Daniel Bullard from No. 6 NC State. It was only the second loss of the season for Bullard, who has dual victories against two other SoCon teams.
Przybysz improved to 4-1 in dual meets this year and 11-4 overall. He is 67-41 in his career.
Przybysz was also honored by the SoCon in mid-November, after he won by a 6-2 decision against Bloomsburg and opened the conference schedule with a pin against Davidson.
App State (3-2) returns to action Sunday at No. 20 Oklahoma (1-2).
West Iredell: 42
Bunker Hill: 52, 3 OT
Fred T. Foard: 49
South Fork Athletic:
East Burke: 70
St. Stephens: 45
South Iredell: 28
Alexander Central: 42
Bunker Hill: 60
West Iredell: 59
Fred T. Foard: 50
South Fork Athletic:
East Burke: 19
South Iredell: 82
St. Stephens: 57
Alexander Central: 34
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Savannah Drummonds has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week, league officials announced earlier today. Drummonds shares the award with Queens' To'Mara Carmichael.
Drummonds, a junior from Palm Coast, Fla., finished seventh in the women’s pole vault (10’6”) at the Mountaineer Open this past weekend at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C. The mark was the second-best in program history.
Drummonds holds the school record in the indoor pole vault (11’0”) and earned NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors by the USTFCCCA last year. Drummonds is also the program record-holder for the outdoor pole vault (10’6”) and is a two-time outdoor track and field all-region honoree (2016-17) in the event as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field returns to competition on Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, in Johnson City, Tenn., in the East Tennessee State University Indoor Invitational.
Four men’s college basketball teams will compete during two days of competition at the PDQ Classic this Friday and Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball program is hosting the event, which will feature the men’s basketball teams from CVCC, as well as Central Carolina, Guilford Tech and Johnston community colleges.
The PDQ Classic, formerly known as the CVCC Classic, has taken place since the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.
“We’ve been happy to host this tournament the past three years, but are excited to now partner with local business PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality),” said CVCC Athletic Director Nick Schroeder. “This unique partnership provides an opportunity to showcase four great community colleges across the state of North Carolina as well as promote PDQ. This tournament will be a springboard to promote competitive basketball and our relationship with PDQ as we go into the future.”
The community will also be a huge part in this two-day event.
The Newton-Conover youth basketball organization will be performing an exhibition during halftime of CVCC’s game on Friday against Central Carolina Community College.
There will be also several giveaways during the event, including free cookie coupons to the first 100 fans attending Friday’s games and a surprise halftime giveaway on Saturday.
Below is a complete schedule of the PDQ Classic:
PDQ Classic schedule
Johnston vs. Guilford Tech, 4 p.m.
CVCC vs. Central Carolina, 6 p.m.
Central Carolina vs. Guilford Tech, 1 p.m.
CVCC vs. Johnston, 3 p.m.
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission has announced the pairings for the 31st Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, December 27th thru Friday, December 29th, 2017. The tournament will feature the men’s and women’s teams from eight area high schools competing in the three day event.
In the Men’s bracket, Hickory High will be the #1 Seed. Maiden will be #2 and St. Stephens is #3. The #4 Seed will be Alexander Central followed by #5 Bunker Hill, #6 S. Caldwell, #7 Fred T. Foard and #8 Newton-Conover. The first men’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 11:30 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 Maiden and #7 Fred T. Foard.
On the Women’s side, Maiden will be the #1 Seed. St. Stephens will be #2 and S. Caldwell is #3. The #4 Seed will be Newton-Conover followed by #5 Alexander Central, #6 Bunker Hill, #7 Hickory High and #8 Fred T. Foard. The first women’s contest will tip-off at 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 27th between #2 St. Stephens and #7 Hickory High.
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic has been well known throughout the region and the state of North Carolina as the premier holiday high school event for over 30 years. The Hickory Metro Sports Commission serves as the host organization for the event and distributes the gate receipts among the participating schools. Following the 2016 event, each participating high school received a donation of more than $3,000 for their athletic programs.
Tickets go on sale at 8:30am and doors open at 9am each day. Tickets for the event will be $7.00 a day. All games are played at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex.
Dick's Sporting Goods Classic
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Game 1: No. 7 Hickory vs. No. 2 St. Stephens, 10 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 Bunker Hill vs. No. 3 South Caldwell , 1 p.m.
Game 3: No. 5 Alexander Central vs. No. 4 Newton-Conover, 4 p.m.
Game 4: No 8 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 1 Maiden, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 28
Game 5: Hickory-St. Stephens loser vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell loser, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover loser vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser, 1 p.m.
Game 7: Hickory-St. Stephens winner vs. Bunker Hill-South Caldwell winner, semifinal, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Alexander Central-Newton-Conover winner vs. Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner, semifinal, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 10 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 1 p.m.
Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 4 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27
Game 1: No. 7 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 2 Maiden, 11:30 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 South Caldwell vs. No. 3 St. Stephens, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 5 Bunker Hill vs. No. 4 Alexander Central, 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 8 Newton-Conover vs. No. 1 Hickory, 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 28
Game 5: Fred T. Foard-Maiden loser vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens loser, 11:30 a.m.
Game 6: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central loser vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory loser, 2:30p.m.
Game 7: Fred T. Foard-Maiden winner vs. South Caldwell-St. Stephens winner, semifinal, 5;30 p.m.
Game 8: Bunker Hill-Alexander Central winner vs. Newton-Conover-Hickory winner, semifinal, 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 29
Game 9: Loser Game 5 s. Loser Game 6, seventh place, 11:30 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, fifth place, 2:30 p.m.
Game 11: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, third place, 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, championship, 8:30 p.m.
Hibriten slugged their way to a 16-14 victory over East Duplin in the first football State Championship appearance, claiming the school’s first title. Hibriten used a bend but don’t break defense and a great game from their punter to bend the field position and the game in their favor.
East Duplin took their third play from scrimmage, handing it to Melvin Scott, who ripped off an 81-yard run for a score, putting East up 7-0 with just over 8 minutes to go in the first quarter. Scott was named the East Duplin Most Outstanding Offensive Player for his three-carry, 108 yard and a touchdown performance.
The two teams trade possession uneventfully until East Duplin intercepted a pass at their own two early in the second quarter, taking over deep in their own end. On the next play from scrimmage, Chris Benson was nabbed for a two-yard loss and a safety, cutting the East Duplin lead to 7-2. After the free kick, Hibriten used a halfback pass from 9McKinley Witherspoon to a wide-open Miles Simon to take a 9-7 lead with 9:26 to go in the second quarter.
Later in the quarter, Simon hauled in a 43-yard pass from quarterback Jaylen Scott for another touchdown, extending their lead to 16-7 with 1:53 to go in the first half. Simon was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, hauling in just the two catches, for a total of 96 yards and two scores.
East Duplin made a last push to make the game very interesting late, driving 99 yards on 20 plays in the fourth quarter, capped off by a 1-yard run by Chris Benson to make the score 16-14. Despite outgaining Hibriten 359-190 yards on the day, East Duplin just couldn’t overcome the tough field position they found themselves in most of the day.
Hibriten had a fantastic performance from their punter, Noah Haney, who punted six times for an average of 46 yards kept East Duplin deep in their own end most of the night. Five of those Haney punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the ten. He was named Hibriten’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player. The Defensive Award for Most Outstanding Player for Hibriten went to Charles Tassinari, who had 16 tackles including an assist on a tackle for loss.
East Duplin’s most outstanding player defensively was Amaru Herring. Herring registered 10 tackles on the day, including three tackles for a loss, which was the second highest tackle total on the team.
East (East Duplin) Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Amaru Herring
East (East Duplin) Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Melvin Scott
West (Hibriten) – Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Charles Tassinari
West (Hibriten) – Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Noah Haney
Championship M.V.P. – Miles Simon (Hibriten)
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday, falling 76-68 on the road in Region X action to Lenoir Community College.
Myles Williams led the Red Hawks (3-6, 0-2) with 16 points in the contest, while Hughston Finklea added 15 points.
The Red Hawks led by one point at halftime — 29-28 — with Williams guiding CVCC at the break with 13 points.
The Lancers (3-8, 1-5) would storm back in the second half, paced by Michael Satterfield’s 15 points in the half. Satterfield led Lenoir in the contest with a game-high 18 points — one of five Lancer players to reach double digits in scoring in the contest.
Finklea kept the Red Hawks in the game in the second half, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the half.
However, Lenoir outscored CVCC 48-39 in the second half en route to the come-from-behind victory.
The CVCC men’s basketball team is back in action on Friday and Saturday when it hosts the two-day PDQ Classic at the Tarlton Complex.
With a standing-room-only crowd still filling Varsity Gym on a snowy weekend in the High Country, Appalachian State’s young wrestling team put up a spirited fight in a 34-3 loss to No. 6 NC State.
In the first six completed matches, App State (3-2) received a 10-4 decision from 174-pound senior Forrest Przybysz and had four losses to the Wolfpack (9-0) by decisions with a margin of three points or less.
“I thought our guys wrestled hard,” App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “It’s a tough test for us right here before exams start, and I was proud of the way our guys battled. There were a couple matches I felt like we kind of let slip away, but the effort was there, and mental errors made the difference in some of those matches.
“All in all, we take a lot of positives from today. We had a lot of good energy and a lot of good effort with a lot of young guys wrestling hard, and we had a great crowd here. Any time we’re in Varsity Gym, we like wrestling here because we always have really good fan attendance. I appreciate the fans of App Nation for coming out today.”
App State had strong showings in consecutive matches from Przybysz and Alan Clothier at 184 pounds before the halfway-point intermission.
Ranked 20th nationally, Przybysz fell behind 2-0 against Daniel Bullard before tying the match and taking a 4-2 lead on a takedown with 39 seconds left in the first period. Ahead 6-4 entering the third period, Przybysz seized control with an escape and takedown before winning 10-4. He improved to 11-4 this season and handed Bullard only his second loss.
Clothier, a redshirt freshman, nearly pulled off an upset of unbeaten senior Pete Renda, who is ranked No. 3 nationally at 184. Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second period, Clothier rode out Renda to prevent him from earning one point for an escape.
Clothier swung overall riding time in his favor while tying the match on a takedown with 1:09 remaining. With Clothier on top near the edge of the mat with only 16 seconds left, an out-of-bounds stoppage brought both wrestlers back to the center, and NC State coach Pat Popolizio had a discussion with the referee at the scorers table.
With time to catch his breath during the discussion, Renda executed a tiebreaking escape from the down position with nine seconds remaining. Clothier finished with 58 seconds of riding time – 2 short of the minute needed for a tying point — in a 3-2 decision that had both wrestlers engaging with the loud, large crowd.
After the Clothier-Renda match, NC State sent out another top-10 wrestler as App State’s Randall Diabe faced No. 7 Michael Macchiavello at 197 pounds.
Diabe took a 1-0 lead with a second-period escape and trailed 2-1 entering the third period. Macchiavello moved ahead 4-1 with a reversal, and Diabe was behind 4-2 when he made a late push for points, but Macchiavello used his advantage in riding time to claim a 5-2 decision.
There were also close calls at 149 pounds, as 18th-ranked Beau Donahue of NC State claimed a 6-3 decision against App State’s Gavin Londoff, and 165 pounds, where 20th-ranked NC State senior Brian Hamann won a 5-3 decision against redshirt freshman Thomas Flitz.
Flitz used an early takedown to move ahead 2-0, and Hamann broke a 3-3 tie with a third-period escape.
App State returns to action next Sunday, Jan. 17, at No. 21 Oklahoma.
NC State 34, App State 3
149: #18 Beau Donahue (NCSU) def. Gavin Londoff (APP), 6-3 dec. (0-3)
157: #17 Hayden Hidlay (NCSU) def. Laken Cook (APP), fall, 6:29 (0-9)
165: #20 Brian Hamann (NCSU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 5-3 dec. (0-12)
174: #20 Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Daniel Bullard (NCSU), 10-4 dec. (3-12)
184: #3 Pete Renda (NCSU) def. Alan Clothier (APP), 3-2 dec. (3-15)
197: #7 Michael Macchiavello (NCSU) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 5-2 dec. (3-18)
HWT: Malik McDonald (NCSU) def. Cary Miller (APP), 6-1 dec. (3-21)
125: Tommy Cox (NCSU) def. De’Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), fall, 2:19 (3-27)
133: Tariq Wilson (NCSU) def. Codi Russell (APP), 8-2 dec. (3-30)
141: #2 Kevin Jack (NCSU) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 15-3 maj. dec. (3-34)