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The third draft of the 2017-21 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Realignment Plan has been released. After reviewing the second draft, which was released in January, member schools were invited to share concerns and/or opinions to the NCHSAA during the regional realignment meetings in Greenville and Lincolnton on February 8, 2016 and February 10, 2016 respectively. The Committee reviewed this information and proposals during the March 16, 2016 meeting and produced this third draft.

Conference F
Bunker Hill
East Burke
Fred T. Foard
West Iredell

Conference G
East Lincoln
Lake Norman Charter
North Lincoln
West Lincoln

Conference B (combo 3A/4A league)
Alexander Central (3A)
Freedom (3A)
Hickory (3A)
St. Stephens (3A)
Watauga (3A)
West Caldwell (3A)
McDowell (4A)
South Caldwell (4A)

No changes were made to area schools in the Hickory Metro.

A deadline for final appeals to the realignemnt committee is set for April 1. Those final appeals are reported to the committee on April 13, and the final draft is approved at the NCHSAA Board of Directors Spring Meeting, set for May 3 and 4.

The new conferences will take place on August 1, 2017.

To see the full third draft of realignment for the entire state, download the attachment below.

The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks baseball team jumped out to an early lead on Rockingham CC and captured a 15-0 victory on
Wednesday at home.

Brandon Ford hit a three round home run in the five run first inning as the Red Hawks jumped out to an early insurmountable lead. In addition, the Red Hawks hit five home runs in the win. Craig Zalewa had six RBI for CVCC.

On the mound, Taylor Purus and Julian Smith combined for a one-hit shutout.

With the win, CVCC improves to 13-13 on the season. The Red Hawks will host Pasco-Hernando State College on Friday and Saturday.

Appalachian State University softball rolled past visiting Campbell 9-0 in five innings for game one before the Camels took the nightcap by a score of 4-3. That game one decision equaled the largest margin of victory for the Mountaineers this season.

“Vanessa (Ciocatto) threw extremely well today and held them scoreless,” said head coach Janice Savage. “Our offense exploded in the first game and made adjustments late in the second game. In that second game, we learned a lot about ourselves and we will work on those things in practice tomorrow as we prepare for another conference weekend.”

App State is now 6-20 overall and Campbell went back to Buies Creek with a record of 11-12. On the day, Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill) led the offense with four hits in her six at-bats to push her team-leading batting average to .348 and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) had three hits of her own. Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth), Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community), Tiffany Taynor (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), and Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) each tallied a couple base knocks and Josey pushed her hitting streak to six games.

Savage continued, “To take two out of three from Campbell this year is a big step for our program after we struggled to beat them in the seven seasons prior.”

Josey has enjoyed squaring off against the Camels this season. In the three games against them, she is 4-for-11 with eight RBI, two runs scored, one home run, and one walk.

Orcutt hit her first-career home run, a three-run shot to center in game one, while Butler had a solo bomb in each contest. App State has now hit at least one blast in each of the last five games, which hadn’t been done since April 12-18 of last season. The Black and Gold have crushed a total of nine over that span to increase their season total to 18.

Game One: App State 9, Campbell 0 (5 Inn.)

Appalachian scored one run in the first, two in the third and six more in the fourth. In the first, Josey singled in Orcutt with a ball right back up the middle and two innings later, Dodd brought in both Taynor and Orcutt with a single to left.

For the big bottom of the fourth, Butler led off with her first home run of the day and that was just the beginning of it. Orcutt hit her three-run bomb and Parker pushed a couple across with a two-run double to left center.

That was plenty of run support for Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (4-9) who went the distance with her first shutout of the year and did so with five innings of one-hit work, one walk and four strikeouts.

Game Two: Campbell 4, App State 3

Campbell struck first this time and put up a two spot in the top of the first. The Mountaineers got one back in the second, but after three innings, the Camels were up on the home team, 4-1. The Black and Gold didn’t go away quietly, though.

In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Butler was looking for her third home run of the day with a towering fly ball to right. However, it looked like an easy play for the right fielder who looked like she had the ball in her glove, but lost it after crashing into the fence. Butler advanced all the way to third and pinch-hitter, Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory), singled her in.

In the bottom of the seventh, Josey singled in Taynor to pull the Apps within one and the bases were loaded for Butler. Butler lined in to a 4-6 double play, though, and that would do it.

Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (2-6) got the start and went two innings with four earned runs given up. In relief, Ciocatto was brilliant with five shutout innings, four hits surrendered, one free pass and three punchouts.

Next up, Appalachian State hosts Troy for one on Friday (4:30 p.m.) and two on Saturday (1/3 p.m.).

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High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/15/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Hibriten: 3

South Caldwell: 6
Hickory: 3

St. Stephens: 5
Patton: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 7
Draughn: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 1

Lincolnton: 5
Bandys: 2

Maiden: 3
West Caldwell: 2

West Lincoln: 11
Newton-Conover: 1

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High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/15/16

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 5
North Lincoln: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 18
Watauga: 1

Hibriten: 9
Fred T. Foard: 8

St. Stephens: 13
Patton: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 9
Draughn: 3

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
East Lincoln: 0

Maiden: 4
West Caldwell: 0

West Lincoln: 7
Newton-Conover: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1

Hickory: 4
South Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Patton: 0

Watauga: 2
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 8
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 5
Bunker Hill: 0

Lincolnton: 6
Bandys: 1

Newton-Conover: 3
West Lincoln: 0

West Caldwell: 10
Maiden: 1

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (21-10) saw its season come to a close with a 103-80 setback to top-ranked Lincoln Memorial (32-2) Tuesday evening at Tex Turner Arena in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship.

The Railsplitters’ Jalen Steele (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored a game-high 27 points while Emanuel Terry (Enterprise, Ala.) added 24 points and hit 10-of-11 field goals as Lincoln Memorial advanced to the 2016 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which takes place at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas, beginning on Wednesday, March 23.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the seventh-seeded team in this year’s regional tournament, was led by South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Palmore, a senior guard, finished with a team-high 23 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.

The Railsplitters jumped out to a 24-7 advantage just under six minutes into the contest and never looked back. Lenoir-Rhyne tried to rally but couldn’t get within double digits the rest of the way.

Lincoln Memorial, winners of 22 straight contests, was the top seed in the region for the second straight year and is making its first-ever trip to the national quarterfinals.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bears including junior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.), who came off the bench to score 16 points while senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 13 points in the losing effort.

The Railsplitters shot 53 percent (32-of-60) for the game in beating the Bears for the 13th consecutive time. Lenoir-Rhyne hit 11 treys and finished the year with a league-record 384 three-pointers. The Bears advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional Finals for the first time in school history and won 20 games in a season for the first time in eight years.

Appalachian State University baseball hit four home runs on Tuesday night en route to a 7-6 victory over N.C. A&T at historic War Memorial Stadium.

The Mountaineers (4-13, 0-3 Sun Belt) hit three home runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh. First, Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) hit a three run blast over the left-field wall. Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) made it back-to-back homers when he launched a ball to center field. It was the first time that the Mountaineers have hit back-to-back home runs since former Mountaineer Michael Pierson and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) accomplished the feat on April 1, 2015 in a 12-10 win over N.C. A&T.

Later in the sixth inning, Leonard added the third home run with his solo shot to right-center field. The home run was the first of the season for Leonard. App State had not hit three home runs in one inning since Feb. 18, 2013 in a win over Canisius.

Freshman right-hander Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) pitched very well for the first five innings of the game. Through five innings, Gorham fanned nine batters, gave up two hits, no runs, and no walks.

The Aggies (3-14) would quickly answer the Mountaineers run with six runs of their own. Jarett Norman hit a lead-off home run. After a pair of singles and a wild pitch, N.C. A&T plated a run on a ground out. Another RBI single brought the Aggie back within two runs. With two men on base, Keenan Herring it a high-flying home run to left field to take a 6-5 lead.

Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) leveled the score at 6-6 with one swing of the bat that crushed a ball over the right-center field wall. The homer was Mann-Fix’s second of the year. The fourth home run of the game marked the first time that the Mountaineers hit four longballs in one game since last season at N.C. A&T.

After a scoreless eighth inning, Leonard hit a lead-off single and advanced second on the throw. Henry Davis (Darlington, S.C./Mayo H.S. for Math, Science and Technology) then attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson), who came in to pinch run, into scoring position. Davis’ bunt was fielded by the pitcher who committed a throwing error that allowed Zupcic to score the winning run.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) moved in from right field to the pitchers mound to close out the ninth inning. Bauk struck out two of the final three batters for his second save of the season.

The Mountaineers will be back in action this weekend for their first Sun Belt road series of the year in San Marcos, Texas against the Texas State Bobcats.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (19-7) swept a doubleheader from Concord (5-10), 15-6 and 5-1, Tuesday afternoon at Epling Stadium.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 15, Concord 6 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne, trailing by a 5-3 score after two innings of play, broke the contest open with a nine-run third inning to take the first contest on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) drove in three runs while freshman outfielder Justin Lara (Coconut Creek, Fla.) added three runs scored, three hits and two RBI in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) improved to 4-0 on the year after pitching three innings of middle relief and striking out four batters while Concord’s Nate Werner (Brookville, Ind.) fell to 0-3 after taking the loss.

Concord’s Jordan Clark (Scott Depot, W.Va.) drove in two runs but the Mountain Lions were hurt by three errors and five Bears’ runs were unearned.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Concord 1 (10 innings)
The Bears broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run tenth inning to win the game and complete the sweep of the Mountain Lions.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) opened the frame with the game-winning, solo home run while Lara and senior first baseman Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) both drove in two runs.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Patrick LaGanke (Raleigh, N.C.) (3-0) was credited with the victory while Concord’s Troy Beckner (Roanoke, Va.) (0-3) was tagged with the loss despite pitching into the tenth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., against Brevard in Brevard, N.C. Concord hosts West Liberty in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne (19-7) and Belmont Abbey (7-17) split a softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears won by a 10-1 score in five innings in the first contest before falling in the nightcap, 3-1.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Belmont Abbey 1 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a walk-off grand slam in the fifth inning to end the game as the Bears run-ruled the Crusaders.

Kenley finished with five runs batted in while Lenoir-Rhyne took advantage of five Belmont Abbey errors in the victory. Freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) added two hits and a run batted in each as well for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (2-2) went the distance and earned the win while Samantha Jacobs (Salisbury, N.C.) fell to 3-6 on the year after suffering the loss for the Crusaders.

Belmont Abbey’s Selena Thompson (Portsmouth, Va.) hit a solo home run in the losing effort.

Game Two – Belmont Abbey 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Belmont Abbey scored twice in the first inning and held on for the win to salvage the split.

The Crusaders’ Laura Williams (Rolesville, N.C.) had a two-run single in the frame while Sloane McPeak (Winston-Salem, N.C.) hit a solo home run later in the contest in the victory. Williams (2-4) also notched the complete game win.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) fell to 7-4 despite striking out 10 batters. Junior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) drove in the Bears’ lone run in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces King in Bristol, Tenn., on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in a doubleheader.