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Forbush: 3
Newton-Conover: 1
Red Devils season ends at 16-3-1.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Team has announced the hiring of Sierra Simpson as its new Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

Simpson was an Assistant Coach at both Wofford (2016-17) and Anderson (S.C.) (2015-16) for the past two years. Last season, the Terriers won their second-most games in the NCAA Division I era since the 2000-01 campaign. Two years ago, Simpson was part of a Trojans’ staff which captured the 2015-16 SAC Regular Season Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

“I am thrilled to have Sierra (Simpson) join me on this journey,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cameron Sealey, a first-year mentor. “Her knowledge of the game, experience with the South Atlantic Conference and success in the Southeast Region will be of huge benefit to our student-athletes.”

Simpson was a four-year standout at Anderson (2011-15), earning SAC Player-Of-The-Year honors as a senior. Simpson led the Trojans to a pair of SAC Regular Season Championships (2012-13 and 2014-15), two berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2013 and 2015) and the 2013 SAC Tournament Championship.

Simpson finished her career with 1,049 points and led the league in assists (4.6) as a senior in 2014-15. Simpson was also named the 2015 Ed Oxford Anderson University Student-Athlete Of The Year.

“The commitment, dedication and hard work she puts forth every day are exactly what our program is about,” added Sealey. “Sierra has a gift in this profession and we are fortunate she’s at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She will be a great role model for our players on and off the court.”

Simpson, a native of Simpsonville, S.C., earned both her bachelor’s degree (kinesiology) and master’s degree (business administration) from Anderson University.

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame celebrated the 2017 Scholar Athletes of Excellence during the annual Hall of
Fame Banquet at the Hickory Highland Recreation Center.

Athletic directors or school representatives selected a male and a female finalist from each public and private high school in Catawba County. Many are at the top
of their class, participate in more than one sport and dedicate additional free time to community service.

“How today’s student-athletes find the time to mix academics, athletics and community service is something the Hickory Metro Sports Commission
recognizes as unique and noteworthy,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. We celebrate their tremendous dedication, hard
work and commitment.”

Award recipients were recognized alongside 2017 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Scholar athletes and their families were also invited to enjoy
dinner and the event’s keynote speaker, Baseball America Editor John Manuel, a former sports reporter for Hickory Daily Record.

Catawba County’s 2017 Scholar Athletes of Excellence include:
Bandys High School – Zeke Kennedy, Cortney McCall
Bunker Hill High School – Seth Miller, Maggie Huffman
Challenger High School – Noah Rudisill, Rachel Engelmann
Fred T. Foard High School – John Kanipe, Cassie Setzer
Hickory Christian Academy – Lance Cook Jr., Deja Powell
Hickory High School – Kaleb Hewitt, Emmaline Peterson
Maiden High School – Caleb Farley, Grace Canella
Newton-Conover High School – Aaron Hamm, Madelyn Becker
St. Stephens High School – Noah Brown, Lauren Morgante
Tabernacle Christian School – David Dume, Brianna Oldham
University Christian High School – Santiago Ramirez-Escobar, Trinity Morrow

Appalachian State University baseball would lead the ballgame for three innings to start the night before dropping a seven-run fifth inning that allowed No. 15 Wake Forest to get the 10-3 win on Tuesday night at Keeter Stadium.

The Mountaineers (19-33) were led by Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) who finished 2-for-3 on the night with a double and an RBI while the 15th-ranked Demon Deacons (36-16) used 14 hits and three innings to score their 10 runs.

Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech), Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) also finished with a hit on the night.

Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) kept the streak alive, getting a single in the game to extend his reached base streak to an impressive 17.

The Diamond Apps used three pitchers overall with Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./A.B. Aycock) getting his usual start and striking out five batters in four innings. Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) provided two innings of relief, allowing just three hits before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) fanned three in the final two innings.

Offensively, a leadoff single by Zupcic started things off in the second for the Black and Gold. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) then drew a four-pitch walk before a sacrifice bunt from Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) moved everyone forward.

Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) then was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Mountaineers capitalized on a wild pitch that allowed both Brill and Zupcic to score. Seagle then punched an RBI single up the middle to bring home Grubbs.

The Mountaineers will conclude its Sun Belt and regular season schedule with a three-game series against the defending World Series Champions, Coastal Carolina, that begins Thursday at 2 p.m.

Marvin Ridge: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2
Tigers season ends at 19-6.

Southeast Guilford: 10
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 19-6.

Draughn: 5
South Stokes: 1
Wildcats advance to the fourth round going to Parkwood Friday.

Alexander Central: 10
Southwest Guilford: 0
Cougars advance to the fourth round hosting

North Davidson: 3
South Caldwell: 1
Spartans season ends at 21-7.

Yanio Perez had three hits and two RBI, and Kyle Cody struck out 10 hitters over seven innings as the Hickory Crawdads defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 6-1 on Tuesday.

Cody (1-4) picked up the win after he walked one while allowing four hits.

Hickory went up 6-0 in the second after Perez hit a two-run single as part of a four-run inning.

Jordan Holloway (0-1) went 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs and four hits while walking three in the South Atlantic League game.

The Crawdads improve to 15-23 on the first half of the season. Hickory is off on Wednesday. The Crawdads go on the road Thursday, travelling to Kannapolis.

The Texas Rangers have announced their monthly minor league awards for April, and a pair of Crawdads are being honored for their impressive month. Infielder Yanio Perez has been named Rangers Minor League Player of the Month while outfielder Leody Taveras takes the title of Rangers Defender of the Month.

Perez, 21, batted .358/.453/.642 in 23 games with the 'Dads, posting the highest OPS (1.095) in the South Atlantic League and 9th-highest in all of minor league baseball. The Cuba native was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week for April 24th-30th. Perez signed with Texas as a free agent in 2016.

Taveras, 18, started 22 games in center field and did not commit an error in 50 total chances. At the plate, the switch hitter batted .247 (24-97) with 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 11 runs, and 2 stolen bases. A native of the Dominican Republic, Taveras signed with the Rangers as a free agent in 2015.

Two other former 'Dads were also honored by the Rangers as well, as Frisco's Collin Wiles was named Pitcher of the Month and Ricardo Rodriguez was named Reliever of the Month with the Wood Ducks.

Six members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team were named to the 2017 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region Team. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Two athletes – senior Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) and freshman Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) – earned all-region accolades in two events: Jones in the discus and hammer throw and Drayton in the discus and shot put.

Jones holds the school record in the hammer (163’3”) and won the event at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships. Jones, a five-time first-place finisher in the hammer throw this outdoor season, was named the 2017 SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of The Year.

Drayton won the discus (135’6”) and set the school record in the shot put (40’3”) at the league championships this year as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) and junior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) earned all-region accolades in the pole vault and discus, respectively. Drummonds, a two-time all-region selection (2016-17), holds the school record in the pole vault (10’6”) while Salamon earned all-region honors for the third straight year. Salamon set the program record in the discus (154’11) as a freshman in 2015.

Sophomore Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) made the All-Southeast Region Team in the 400-meter dash for the second straight spring as well for the Bears. Fair has the top time in the event in school history, clocking a 56.29 to finish second at this year’s SAC Championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Sarai Hayes (Valdese, N.C.) was an all-region selection in the women’s 200-meter dash. Hayes has the best time in school history – 24.67 seconds – which was set at this year’s conference championships, good for second place.

The top five individuals in each event from each of the eight regions earned all-region distinction in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top-three relay teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West – match those used during the indoor track & field season.


Autumn Drayton - Shot Put, Discus
Savannah Drummonds - Pole Vault
Paiton Fair - 400-Meter Dash
Sarai Hayes – 200-Meter Dash
Domonique Jones - Discus, Hammer
Haylea Salamon - Discus

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Myles Braswell-Sample has been named to the 2017 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA All-Southeast Region Team for Outdoor Track and Field. USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Braswell-Sample, a senior from Durham, N.C., picked up the honor in the men’s shot put. Braswell-Sample finished first five times this past spring in the event and earned an NCAA Division II provisional mark at the North Carolina A&T State University Last Chance Meet this past Sunday, May 14, with a personal-best throw of 52’11”.

Braswell-Sample is a two-time South Atlantic Conference Champion in the men’s shot put (2016-17) and has also earned all-region outdoor track and field honors the past two years.

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned all-region distinction in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top-three relay teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West – match those used during the indoor track & field season.

The 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

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