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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 22:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (7-3-1, 5-1) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 2-0 shutout victory over Mars Hill (0-11, 0-6) Wednesday night at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium.

Junior midfielders Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) and Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) both scored for the Bears, who remained tied for first place in the conference standings with Newberry and Wingate.

Dunn scored her first goal of the year on a header off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Jessica Tooley (Tega Cay, S.C.), who was credited with the assist, in the 18th minute. Dunn now has four goals on the season.

Alequine, an All-American, put the match away with an unassisted goal at the 53:28 mark of the second half. Alequine scored from 20 yards out for her league-leading 11th goal of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 27-3 advantage in shots taken in picking up its second consecutive victory. In goal, freshman Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned her second straight shutout win as well. Morris picked up a pair of saves.

Maslyn Greene (Dallas, Ga.) took the loss in goal despite totaling 14 saves for the Lions, who are still searching for their first win of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road Friday to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 2pm.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held its fall 2014 Coach-Captain Retreat the weekend of October 4-5, the 34th in the history of this program.

The event, part of the Association’s Student Services program, was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary and attracted students from all over North Carolina.

Retreat teams include student-athletes who will be captains or leaders of their athletic squads in the coming year, a coach from the school and a parent representative. The retreats are designed to promote the concept of “teamwork.” Issues such as leadership development, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, violence prevention strategies and academic success are addressed at these retreats, the first of which was held in the spring of ‘95.

The retreats are designed to help student-athletes define leadership qualities, identify key issues that affect them, learn to communicate effectively with other students and adults about these issues, and then to understand what captains can do to use their influence to prevent problems and promote healthy lifestyles.

"The Coach-Captain Retreat is just one example of the tremendous programs offered through the NCHSAA for our member schools," said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. "Our staff and the facilitators do a great job of developing the content for the retreats and coordinating the activities, so this program will reach schools and student-athletes all over the state."

Facilitators included the following NCHSAA Student Services Trainers: Faye Corbin, teacher and coach at Hope Mills South View High School; Teresa Coleman, teacher at Bladenboro Middle School and Central SASI director; Mike Greene, teacher and coach at North Wilkes High School; Shelba Levins, teacher and athletic director at Woods Charter School of Chapel Hill; Larry Ratliff, teacher and coach at Southern Guilford High School; and P.J. Taylor, a retired teacher and coach from the Martin County Schools and the Northeast SASI director.

Coach-Captain retreats are organized and administered by NCHSAA assistant commissioner Mark Dreibelbis and director Chiquana Dancy.

“Student Services is the ‘value-added’ division of the NCHSAA,” said Dreibelbis. “The Coach/Captain Retreat emphasizes the responsibility of student-athletes to take their leadership skills and implement programs promoting positive life skills and total development through athletics to both their school and community. Having the opportunity to develop these initiatives and assist in their implementation is what Student Services is all about. Our programs make a difference and create winners for life.”

Teams always conclude their retreat experience by developing an action plan, to be taken back and executed in their local school. Among the components of the action plan could be bulletin boards in the school, public service announcements for the school intercom, a community service project, a special newsletter for student-athletes or other school/community ideas generated by the team itself.

In addition to the staff, there were 70 participants in the retreat, with a total of 51 student-athletes and 19 adults attending. The adult total included 12 coaches or administrators and seven parents of athletes.

Teams at the retreat represented the following 11 schools: Alexander Central, Cape Fear, Gates County, C.E. Jordan, McDowell, Mountain Island Charter, North Wilkes, South Brunswick, Voyager Academy, West Brunswick and West Iredell.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Chloe Newell has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Newell, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., led the Bears with a sixth-place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. Newell was one of 405 competitors in the silver race and led Lenoir-Rhyne to an 11th-place finish as well. Newell ran an 18:50 on the 5K course.

Newell also was the Bears’ top runner in the first race of the year in the Elon Invitational on Saturday, September 13, in Elon, N.C.

Tusculum’s David Cooper was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Blue Ridge Open on Friday, October 17, at 3:30 p.m., in Boone, N.C.

Ben Witter, one of the world’s premier long drive and golf trick-shot entertainers, will highlight Tuesday’s “special events day” at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic with a Trick Shot Exhibition presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

Following an extremely successful college golf career, Witter was pursuing his life-long dream of a PGA TOUR career when he was diagnosed with cancer. During an extended hospital stay, Witter passed the time by bouncing a golf ball on the face of a golf club. Soon, he began performing tricks for the hospital staff. One of his doctors invited him to play in a pro-am where he performed a brief trick-shot routine, and his career as a trick-shot entertainer was born.

Witter, who was named the 2012 Golf-Fest entertainer of the year by Golfweek Magazine, will wow the Greater Hickory Kia Classic crowd on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Noon at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa practice range. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge, but tournament admission is $20.

Prior to the trick-shot exhibition, “special events day” begins with a 9 a.m. breakfast with the authors of Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa clubhouse. Breakfast tickets are available through the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. At 2 p.m., “special event day” concludes with the annual Dale Jarrett Celebrity Shootout on the Jones Course; only tournament admission is required to attend the Dale Jarrett Celebrity Shootout.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 22:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Defeats Brevard 3-1

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (12-5, 6-4) got back on the winning track with a 3-1 South Atlantic Conference victory over Brevard (8-8, 2-7) Tuesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Tornados by scores 25-27, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-19.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 16 kills and 22 digs while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 43 assists, six kills and six digs as the Bears improved to 14-1 all-time against the Tornados.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive specialist Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added a match-high 31 digs as the Bears rallied to win the match after losing the first set.

Brevard, losers of five consecutive matches, was paced by Fatima Gharachorloo (Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA) with 16 kills while Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) added 38 assists and 15 digs in the setback.

Sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) also finished in double digits in kills with 11 for the Bears, who also totaled 11 blocks on the night in the win.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Queens.

Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate
October 6-7, 2014 – Final Results
Sunset Beach, N.C.
Sea Trail Golf Resort

Women – par 72, 5,810 yards
Men – par 72, 6,797 yards

1. Florida Tech 589 (+13)
2. Wingate 604 (+28)
3. Limestone 610 (+34)
4. Newberry 613 (+37)
5t. Erskine 620 (+44)
5t. Lincoln Memorial 620 (+44)
7t. King 622 (+46)
7t. Queens 622 (+46)
7t. Coker 622 (+46)
10. Catawba 627 (+51)
11. Mount Olive 628 (+52)
12. Tusculum 629 (+53)
13t. Barton 664 (+88)
13t. Pfeiffer 664 (+88)
15. Belmont Abbey 667 (+91)
16. Anderson 669 (+93)
17. Lenoir-Rhyne 676 (+100)
18. Mars Hill 677 (+101)
19. Emmanuel 694 (+118)
20. Virginia-Wise 765 (+189)

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
56t. Tessa Young 162 (+18)
59t. Evelyn Stein 163 (+19)
79t. Elizabeth Ewing 173 (+29)
88t. Ashlyn Setzer 178 (+34)
96. Brianna Williams 185 (+41)

1. Mars Hill 573 (-3)
2. Wingate 574 (-2)
3. Mount Olive 575 (-1)
4t. North Greenville 576 (E)
4t. Queens 576 (E)
6t. Lincoln Memorial 578 (+2)
6t. Pfeiffer 578 (+2)
8. Southern Wesleyan 579 (+3)
9. Barton 585 (+9)
10. Emmanuel 589 (+13)
11t. King 590 (+14)
11t. Belmont Abbey 590 (+14)
13. Lenoir-Rhyne 605 (+29)
14. Coker 610 (+34)
15. Belmont Abbey “B” 615 (+39)
16. Walters State CC 621 (+45)
17. Cape Fear CC 622 (+46)
18. Chowan 624 (+48)
19. Belmont Abbey “C” 687 (+111)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
16t. Jordan Vogler 144 (E)
48t. Jackson Bailey 150 (+6)
70t. Blake Childers 155 (+11)
72t. Drew Alford 156 (+12)
88. Benjamin James 164 (+20)
94. Jordan White 175 (+31)

Women’s winner: Florida Tech’s Johanna Larsson with a 140 (-4)
Men’s winner: Wingate’s Tyler Stone defeated teammate Benedict Gebhardt in a playoff. Both players shot a 137 (-7)

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s team next competes in the State Farm Intercollegiate in Tazewell, Tenn., while the women’s squad plays in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C. Both tournaments take place on Monday, October 13, and Tuesday, October 14.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has announced a time change for its regular season finale against Catawba at home on Saturday, November 15.  The two teams will now kick off at 12:30 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.  The contest was originally scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Both amateur golfers and Champions Tour professionals will have a chance to win a brand new Kia Motors car during the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic hosts four Pro-Ams during tournament week with two each on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 16. During the Pro-Ams, the first amateur golfer to make a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole will win a 2015 Kia Optima courtesy of Kia Motors. Only one amateur can win the car; the first hole-in-one scored by an amateur, regardless of the pro-am in which it happens, will end the amateur portion of the contest.

In addition, during the final round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Sunday, Oct. 19, the first Champions Tour professional to make a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole will win a 2015 Kia K-900 courtesy of Kia Motors; only one professional can win the K-900. For more information on the Kia K-900, Optima or any other Kia model, please visit www.kia.com.

“Kia is incredibly generous to offer a new car to a Champions Tour professional for a final-round hole-in-one,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “But we are ecstatic to offer a similar opportunity to our pro-am participants; what a thrill it would be if one of our amateurs won that Kia Optima! We are very grateful to Percy Vaughn and everyone else at Kia Motors for making these opportunities possible next week.”

In addition to the new cars, amateur golfers in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic Pro-Ams will have opportunities to win other prizes. The first amateur to score a hole-in-one on the par three fourth hole with will a Krank Golf Formula 5 driver. The first pro-am participant to make a hole-in-one on the par three seventh hole will win a vacation for four at the Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa in Lajitas, Texas. And finally, the first pro-am golfer to score an ace on the par three 12th hole may choose either TaylorMade JetSpeed fairway woods and rescue or TaylorMade SpeedBlade irons and wedges.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:50

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Surry CC

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The Catawba Valley Red Hawks volleyball team travelled to Surry County on Monday, October 6th to face the Surry CC Knights in a 7:00 match. CVCC controlled the tempo winning in 3 straight sets 25-16, 25-15, and 25-16. Catawba Valley had 43 kills for the match, 5 total blocks and 4 aces. Aimee Cloninger led in the kill category with 12, followed by Tiffany Brooks with 9 and Anna Henderson with 7. Madison Pogue had 6 kills, 24 assists, 9 digs, as well as a block and an ace for the match. Katelyn Houser led defensively with 19 digs and Aimee Cloninger had 10. Hannah Griffin controlled the net with 2 blocks and also posted 5 kills for the night.

CVCC will host Lenoir Community College for a 6:00 match on Friday, October 10th for their annual "Dig Pink" event. Special music will be provided by Katelyn Houser and Sydney Hudson.

The Red Hawks overall record is 24-6 and their conference record is 11-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College October 6, 2014
CVCC wins over Surry in 3

Match scores: 25-16, 25-15, 25-16

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Tiffany Brooks 9, Anna Henderson 7, Madison Pogue 6, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Aimee Cloninger 10, Madison Pogue 9, Emily Horn 7, Katie Ruff 5
Assists: Madison Pogue 24, Katelyn Houser 1
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 1, Katelyn Houser 1, Madison Pogue 1, Lyndsey Detter 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 2, Madison Pogue 1, Anna Henderson 1

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn will host its annual youth golf clinic with Champions Tour professionals on Friday of tournament week, the event announced today. The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

The Youth Golf Clinic, presented by the Rock Barn Golf Academy, is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 on the Rock Barn practice range. Champions Tour professionals will participate after they complete first-round play in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic; which Champions Tour professionals will participate has not yet been determined. Clinic participation is free of charge with tournament admission. For those people attending the clinic but not the first round of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, admission and parking will be free of charge after 3:30 p.m.