Head Volleyball Coach Dave Markland has announced the addition of five players to his 2019 recruiting class. Two of the additions are from North Carolina with one coming from South Carolina, one coming from Florida and one from Serbia.
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Statesville, NC
High School: North Iredell High School
Club Team: Twin City Volleyball Academy
2017 3A State Champion
2018 All- Conference
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Belgrade, Serbia
High School: Freedom Christian High School
Club Team: Eastside Volleyball Club
2018 2A State Champion
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Maitland, Florida
High School: Winter Park High School
Club Team: Winter Park Volleyball Club
Team MVP- 2016, 2017, and 2018
2017 Scholar Athlete of the Year
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Position: Right Side Hitter
Hometown/ Country: Simpsonville, SC
High School: Mauldin High School
Club Team: Upward Stars Volleyball Club
North/South Senior All-Star Team
2018 All Region Player
A member of the National Honors Society
Year: FR, enrolling Fall 2019
Hometown/ Country: Sanford, NC
High School: Lee County High School
Club Team: L2 Volleyball Club
2 Time High School MVP
3 Time All-Conference
4 Time Academic All-Conference
Member of the National Honors Society
Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics has announced the addition of Trent Caldwell as the new Director of Strength and Conditioning. Caldwell comes to Hickory after serving as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Furman since June 2015.
"I am looking forward to the knowledge, energy and vision Trent will bring to Lenoir-Rhyne as the Director of Strength and Conditioning," said Michael Flicker, Associate AD of Sports Performance / Head Athletic Trainer. "This hire is timed perfectly with the Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center set to open in the fall. I am proud of the Strength and Conditioning program to this point under Luis Velez and look forward to continued growth with Trent at the helm."
At Furman, Caldwell was primarily responsible for programming and implementing annual strength and conditioning programs for the Paladins football team as well as men's lacrosse, baseball, tennis, golf, basketball, tennis volleyball and golf programs. He also was responsible for recruiting and developing an Intern Staff in his Strength and Conditioning department. During his time with Furman, the Paladins won Southern Conference Championships in football, men's basketball, women's tennis, women's golf and volleyball and Matthew Schmidt won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2017.
Caldwell is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), as well as being a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach Certification and holds an Advanced Olympic Lifting Certification (Totten Training Systems).
Prior to joining the Furman staff, Caldwell served 10 months as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Troy University, where he worked primarily with football and men's basketball. Caldwell also spent one year as an intern at the University of Tennessee and a semester at the University of Notre Dame.
Caldwell began his graduate education at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where he assisted in the founding of TAMUCC Athletics' strength and conditioning program, before earning his master's degree from UNC Pembroke in December of 2012 while working as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Caldwell graduated from UNC Pembroke in May of 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health & physical education. He was a member of Pembroke's inaugural football team in 2007, and was a three-year letter winner.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Demarius Hampton was named AstroTurf Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for meets contested February 4 through February 10, the Conference office announced today.
Hampton, a senior from Carthage, N.C., won the triple jump at the JDL College Challenge. His jump of 48'-4.75" was a Lenoir-Rhyne program record and an NCAA Division II provisional mark. He is now ranked No. 13 in the nation in the triple jump.
This marks the first Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for Hampton.
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Women's Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for events during Feb. 4 through Feb. 10. Lenoir-Rhyne earned the track honors with Paiton Fair.
A senior sprinter/middle distance runner and Newton-Conover grad, Fair won the 800 meter dash at the JDL College Team Challenge in a time of 2:15.37. The mark, for the Newton, N.C. native, tops the previous school record and puts her in 17th across Division II, while earning a NCAA provisional time. This is Fair's first Track Athlete of the Week honor this season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team secured their first win of the season on Friday, and freshman goalie Teanna Sieben was announced by the South Atlantic Conference on Monday morning, the Defensive Player of the Week honor, her first of her career.
In her collegiate debut in goal, Sieben was crucial in the defense of the Bears 16-13 road win at Belmont Abbey. The Saskatchewan, CANADA native played the entire second half and collected nine saves, allowing six goals and held the Crusaders off for the LR victory.
This is her first Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. The Bears will return to action as they host Sunshine State Conference opponent, Florida Tech, on Friday with a 4 p.m. start time.
Appalachian State head volleyball coach Matt Ginipro has announced that Colby Arrington has been named an assistant coach for the program.
"Any time you meet young coaches, part of you wonders if you would hire that person in the future if you had an opening," added Ginipro. "That's exactly what happened when Colby came to work our camp a few summers ago. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the game and his passion for the sport."
Arrington spent last season at William & Mary, where he helped Claire Farrell earn Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team honors.
Prior to William & Mary, Arrington was a member of the James Madison coaching staff in which he held various positions throughout his three-year stint with the program. During the 2017 campaign, the Dukes compiled a 23-6 record as they went on to win their second consecutive CAA Championship, before falling to Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arrington was an instrumental piece in guiding four players to All-Conference honors, which included three members on the All-CAA Second Team and one member on the CAA All-Rookie Team. Working primarily with defense and serve/pass systems, he also guided senior libero, Taylor Austin, to AVCA All-Region Honors.
While at JMU, Arrington was also a member of the nationally-ranked men's club volleyball program. He served as president of the organization for two years where he was responsible for running the day-to-day operations which included practice planning, fundraising, and travel arrangements.
Throughout his college career, Arrington was actively involved with JMU Volleyball Camps and spent time working other college and satellite camps. Prior to his time at JMU, Arrington spent three years on the 18's coaching staff for Next Revolution Volleyball Club in Roanoke, Va.
A native of Rocky Mount, Va., Arrington earned his Bachelor of Science in sport & recreation management from JMU in 2017.
"As I got to know Colby more over the past year, I realized that he would definitely be high on my list if I had an opening on my staff," added Ginipro. "I think he's an up and coming young coach who fits perfectly in our team culture and is going to do great things for Mountaineer volleyball."
Appalachian State Softball falls to the Elon Phoenix 4-0 in an errorless matchup Sunday.
The Apps' sole hit came from freshman Mary Pierce Barnes in her first start as a Mountaineer.
Junior Sydney Holland (0-2) takes the loss. Kenzie Longanecker entered the circle in the fifth inning, escaping a two-out, bases-loaded situation. The two right-handers combined allowed four runs with three strikeouts and six walks.
Baylee Morton, who led the Sun Belt in runners picked off in 2018, threw her first pickoff in the fourth inning at third base.
The Mountaineers continue play on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Boone for a home-opening doubleheader against N.C. A&T. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
In the finale of the 2019 NFCA Leadoff Classic, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team dropped a 3-1 decision to Florida Tech on Sunday morning. The Panthers pushed their winning streak to six straight, while the Bears lost four of five against top of the line competition in the Sunshine State.
Mackensi Swain provided the only scoring for the Bears with a solo bomb in the seventh inning. For the junior, the homer was the first of the season and tenth of her career.
As was the case in both LR games yesterday, the contest was scoreless until late in the afternoon. With no score in the bottom of the fifth, Florida Tech pushed across a pair of runs on two hits in the inning.
The Panthers added insurance in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI base hit. However, Macie Gibson limited the damage by throwing out a runner at the plate to end the inning.
LR was held to four hits in the contest with Swain's being the only extra base hit. Gibson, Leanna Sherrill and Savannah Moorefield each had singles.
Brandi Parks was the tough-luck loser in the circle, taking her first loss on the year despite allowing four hits and two runs. Parks struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
The majority of the teams competing in the NFCA Leadoff Classic advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
Moorefield reached base twice in the game, once via a free pass, and has reached safely in six of seven games so far this year.
The Bears drop to 3-4 on the season. L-R will return to action on Saturday in their home opener against Virginia St. on Saturday at noon. The game is part of LR's Bear Bash Tournament.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team completed a four-game sweep against USC Union on Sunday, winning both games of a second-straight doubleheader against the Bantams at Sarratt-Whitener Field.
Game one: CVCC 14, USC Union 3 (five innings)
The Red Hawks erupted for 13 hits at the plate, including three off the bat of Trent Jones, to earn the run-rule victory against the Bantams in the opening game of the doubleheader on Sunday.
R.J. Conner and Sabion Thomas led CVCC (3-0) with three RBI each, while Jackson Brown and Brett Eurey tallied two each.
Eurey also connected on his first career home run — a solo shot to left field in the top of the third inning.
On the mound, Red Hawks starting pitcher Timothy Davila allowed one hit, one unearned run, three walks and struck out three batters in three innings of work to earn his first win of the season.
Red Hawk pitchers Chris Banks, Noah Eaker and Davila combined to allow just three hits and one earned run in the contest.
Game two: CVCC 3, USC Union 2 (seven innings)
Kevin Gonzalez delivered a clutch two-RBI hit in the fourth inning and pitcher Myles White closed out a bases loaded situation in the seventh inning, securing CVCC's one-run victory against the Bantams in the doubleheader finale on Sunday.
Despite a stout performance from Red Hawks starter Trae Starnes, the Bantams cracked the scoreboard first in the third inning, scoring an unearned run on a sac bunt from Justin Kerosetz, plating Dez Good.
The Red Hawks answered quickly when Gonzalez plated Vinny Consolo and Jamie Sheek on a two-out, two-RBI double to left field that put Catawba Valley ahead for good in the contest.
Consolo added an insurance run on a fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning, scoring catcher Javier Socorro to make it a 3-1 CVCC lead.
However, the Bantams fought back to load the bases in the ninth inning, scoring one run on a wild pitch.
However, relief pitcher White was able to force USC Union's Preston Farmer to fly out to Sheek in foul territory to end the game.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action this weekend when it faces DI powerhouse Walters State. The Red Hawks and Senators play a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.
The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team won its 11th straight game on Sunday, defeating Lenoir Community College 78-41 at Coach Bobby Dawson Court.
Sophomore forward Sherry Johnson scored 30 points to lead the Red Hawks (19-3, 13-1 in Region X) — her second 30-point game this week.
The Red Hawks took a 20-11 lead after the first quarter and held the Lancers to just five points in the second quarter to go ahead 36-16 at halftime.
CVCC scored at least 20 points in each of the third and fourth quarters, and the Red Hawks' defense gave up just 25 second-half points to the Lancers in their 37-point conference win.
Ivy Eller and Zharia Brown also reached double figures in scoring for Catawba Valley with 13 points apiece, while Aniya Taylor added 12 points.
Chrystall Jerome and Tammaria Smith led the Lancers with 11 points apiece.
The CVCC women's basketball team tries to extend the winning streak to 12 games on Friday when it returns home for a conference game against Guilford Tech. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Titans is set for 6 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team opened its 10th Anniversary season in style on Saturday afternoon with a two-game sweep of host USC Union at Sarratt-Whitener Field.
Game one: CVCC 8, USC Union 2
The Red Hawks scored six runs in the first two innings and held the Bantams to just three total hits in a six-run victory in the opening game of the two team’s series on Saturday afternoon.
CVCC took a quick 1-0 lead through one inning and added to that advantage by scoring five runs in the top of the second — four of them coming on a pair of two-RBI doubles from Garrison Burress and Grant Tilley.
On the mound, starting pitcher Blake Dockery was dominant — allowing no hits, no runs, one walk and striking out one batter to earn his first victory.
After Dockery exited in the third inning, the Bantams broke on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Alex Miller, who later scored in the inning on a passed ball.
Catawba Valley answered with a pair of insurance runs late off the bat of Trent Jones in the top of the seventh to seal the season-opening victory.
Game two: CVCC 10, USC Union 8
Behind shortstop Garrison Burress’ five-RBI performance, the Red Hawks closed out a sweep of the Bantams during the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.
CVCC and USC Union battled early and often for the lead in game two.
The Bantams took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when a dropped third strike plated a run, but the Red Hawks answered with three runs in the top of the second, including a two-RBI single from Burress and an RBI single by Cole Chapman.
USC Union pulled back within 3-2 after scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning on an error, but CVCC expanded its lead to seven runs with a six-run fourth inning.
Burress drove in three of those runs on his first home run of the season. Trent Jones added an RBI double, while David Kennedy and Cole Chapman drove in one run each on a pair of singles.
The Bantams answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the fourth, led by RBI singles from Carter Lott and Dez Good.
After Chapman drove in his third run of the game on a fly out in the top of the sixth inning, USC Union made one final push in the seventh inning with a two-run home run by Daiquon Davenport.
However, CVCC relief pitcher Chase Covington was able to close the door, striking out three batters in his lone inning of work, to seal the win.
Starting pitcher Logan Bender earned his first win of the season for the Red Hawks, allowing two unearned runs, two walks, no hits and striking out seven batters.
The Red Hawks and Bantams squad off in a second doubleheader on Sunday afternoon in Union, S.C. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-5) suffered a 4-0 setback to a formidable East Carolina (5-1) team inside the ECU Tennis Facility.
The Mountaineers came in facing a tough Pirate team that has won 25 of its last 31 matches at home. Appalachian fell in the doubles portion before ECU claimed three matches in singles.
App State's Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) and Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal) teamed up on Court No. 1 but was edged by Ronny Georgi and Wisse Jonker, 6-3. Alex Brea and Milo Bargeron suffered a 6-0 decision to Diogo Marques and Austin Allen, 6-0. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./ Needham B. Broughton) were tied, 4-4, with Simon Labbe and Austin Allen, but went unfinished.
Pavkovich fell to Jonker, 6-0, 6-1 before Viana was topped by Vlad Anghel, 6-3, 6-1. Bargeron was the final match finished. The junior won the first set before Marques collected the next two sets to complete the match. Heaven and Stone's match went unfinished.
App State will return to action next weekend for a pair of matches. The Mountaineers will face Furman on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Greenville, S.C. before they take on UNC Asheville the following day on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Asheville.
ECU 4, App State 0
Georgi/Jonker (ECU) def. Heaven/Viana (App), 6-3
Marques/Allen (ECU) def. Brea/Bargeron (App), 6-0
Pavkovich/Stone (App) vs. Labbe/Renones (ECU), 4-4, unf.
Marques (ECU) def. Milo Bargeron (App), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
Anghel (ECU) def. Afonso Viana (App), 6-3, 6-1
Jonker (ECU) def. Pavkovich (App), 6-0, 6-1
Zion Heaven (App) vs. Renones (ECU), 2-2, unf.
Campbell Stone (App) vs. Georgie (ECU), 1-0, unf
Both Lenoir-Rhyne and Mount Olive had the bats hot in game three of the series on Sunday, but it was the Bears who would come up short in the 14-8 nonconference loss on Sunday. The Trojans went home with a road sweep in regional action.
Both the Bears and Trojans knocked out one grand slam each, one by Mike McHugh for Lenoir-Rhyne and the other was Joe Mason from Mount Olive.
Each position player for Lenoir-Rhyne earned a hit in the game, with two leading the way with two each. Clayton Jeffries and Zack Shoemaker each went 2-for-5, but Jeffries added two runs batted in.
Neither starter, Jake Conroy or Hunter Britt, made it through inning four and each got a no decision, being bailed out by their team's offense. Mount Olive's Caleb Irwin earned the win as he worked 6.1 innings without giving up an earned run on three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Kevin LaRosa took the loss for the Bears, giving up five runs, three of them earned, without recording an out.
The Trojans were led by Mason, who went 2-for-4, was responsible for the grand slam and walked twice in his chances at the plate.
Lenoir-Rhyne has now lost five in-a-row and is winless at home.
The eight runs scored in this one is a season-high just seven games in and this was the first grand slam of the year.
The Bears are 1-6 on the early season. L-R is back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Erskine for their fourth road game of the season. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. in Due West, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne baseball dropped a pair of games to the visiting Mount Olive Trojans on Saturday afternoon, 16-2 and 7-3. The Bears have lost four in a row on the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne used five pitchers and gave up 16 runs on 11 hits thanks in large part to free passes by the Bears arms' and timely hitting from the Trojans.
Lenoir-Rhyne gave up six runs in the first inning of game two, but Alex Shirazi settled in and the bats began to wake up for the Bears in game two of the day. Shirazi and Hunter Martin combined to pitch in the seven inning game as much as the bullpen was used in game one of the day. Shirazi was credited with his first loss of the season as Caleb Bishop picked up the win for the Trojans.
The Bears were efficient at the plate in the second game, scoring three runs on three hits, and each came from a separate player. Matthew Freeman, E.J. Ranel, and Corbin Watson all earned base knocks and Brock Johnson, Ranel and Clayton Jeffries were credited with one run batted in each.
Lenoir-Rhyne looks to salvage Sunday's game with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.