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Thursday, 31 January 2019 03:40

CVCC Men's Basketball Drops Second Straight

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The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team dropped its second-straight conference road game on Wednesday afternoon, falling 88-85 to Guilford Tech at the Mary Perry Ragsdale Family YMCA.

Freshman guard Malik Leach scored a career-high 20 points, leading the Red Hawks (16-7, 8-6 in Region X) in the contest.

Leach was one of five CVCC players to reach double figures in scoring in Wednesday’s game, including Jordan Powell (15 points), Jonathan McFall (13), Isayah Johnson (12) and Jahleer Black (10).

Catawba Valley fought back from a slow start on Wednesday, and despite trailing Guilford Tech 30-23 with four minutes left in the first half, the Red Hawks pulled within 39-38 by the halftime buzzer. Johnson paced CVCC in the first half with 11 points, while McFall added nine points.

In a back-and-forth second half, the Red Hawks would receive 13 points apiece from Leach and Powell, but despite that effort would fall by three points to the Titans (15-4, 9-3).

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to the court on Saturday when it faces off with conference opponent Bryant & Stratton (Va.). Tip off between the Red Hawks and Bobcats is set for 3 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team went into the Levine Center and handed No. 6 Queens a decisive 92-79 victory on Wednesday evening. Queens had won 14 straight and was a perfect 11-0 in league play heading into this contest but the Bears forced 20 turnovers and shot 6-of-10 from long range in the second half to pull out the victory.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bears, led by Emmanuel Wembi's season-high 16 points. Wembi scored eight of the Bears' first 10 points and went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.

Darius Simmons caught fire in the second half and finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Simmons hit back-to-back three's midway through the second half to push LR's lead to double digits.

Jon Jean had 12 points and six assists. The senior PG turned the ball over just one time. As a team, the Bears committed just nine turnovers and converted the Queens giveaways into 23 points.

Bertrand Awana had 10 points but his biggest stat was his blocked shots. The senior center blocked four shots, three in the second half, and altered the Royals shots around the basket.

Sean Willett led the Royals with a game-high 30 points. Willett went 11-for-21 from the field and hit four 3-pointers.

Second place Lincoln Memorial also suffered a loss tonight, drawing the Bears one game closer on both teams.

LR had lost six straight to Queens heading into this contest. The Bears handed the Royals their second home loss of the season, with both of them coming by double digits.

Queens averaged over 88 points per game coming into tonight and only turned the ball over an average of 16 times per game.

LR improves to 15-4 overall and 8-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are back in action on Saturday as they host Carson-Newman at 4 p.m.

High school wrestling dual team championship:
2A:
Fred T. Foard: 71
North Surry: 0, first round

Mount Pleasant: 48
Patton: 27, first round
Panthers season ends at 31-9.

Fred T. Foard: 54
Mount Pleasant: 21, second round
Tigers advance to the third round facing defending state champion West Lincoln at Newton-Conover. The winner will face the winner of the Newton-Conover/Pisgah contest to advance to the state championship Saturday.

Newton-Conover: 63
Brevard: 7, first round

R-S Central: 39
Bunker Hill: 38, first round
Bears season ends at 23-11.

Newton-Conover: 43
R-S Central: 27, second round
Red Devils advance to the third round hosting Pisgah. The winner faces the winner of Fred T. Foard/West Lincoln in the fourth round.

3A:
St. Stephens: 55
Statesville: 23, first round

St. Stephens: 36
Enka: 31, second round
Indians advance to the third round facing Piedmont at Asheboro High School. The winner will face the winner of Southeast Guilford/Ashboro in the fourth round.

West Rowan: 42
Alexander Central: 33
Cougars season ends at 17-17.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 03:18

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Downs Queens

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For the 15th time in the last 16 matchups, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team defeated Queens. The Bears held on by a final score of 75-72 despite a comeback attempt from the hosts that saw a 15-point LR lead cut to two in the fourth quarter. The win was the eighth straight road win over Queens for the Bears since 2007-08 as Madi Suddreth sank two free throws with 10 seconds to play to ice the victory.

Suddreth finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The senior has topped the 20 point mark five times so far this season. She also recorded her sixth double-double of the season, grabbing 11 boards.

The duo of Allie Wagner and Tatum McBride each posted season-high scoring efforts. Wagner scored 10 points and missed just two shots and McBride came off the bench to score seven points and add five assists and three rebounds.

Madeline Hardy scored 19 points for the Bears and went 6-for-9 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. The freshman added seven boards.

Kristian Eanes led the Royals with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The Royals shot just 42.6 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from long range.

With her two 3-pointers made tonight, Kennedy Weight has now hit multiple threes in six straight games.

The Bears, who lead the nation in free throw shooting percentage, went 19-27 in this one.

The Bears improve to 10-9 overall and 5-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R is back in action on Saturday when they host Carson-Newman at 2pm.

Girls basketball:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 46
Alexander Central: 26

McDowell: 60
St. Stephens: 53

South Caldwell: 33
West Caldwell: 31

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 65
Draughn: 53

East Burke: 56
Patton: 46

Fred T. Foard: 67
Hibriten: 60

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Maiden: 55
West Lincoln: 34

Newton-Conover: 71
Bandys: 59 

Boys basketball:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 67
Alexander Central: 51

St. Stephens: 83
McDowell: 82, OT

West Caldwell: 61
South Caldwell: 48

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 74
Bunker Hill: 62

Hibriten: 61
Fred T. Foard: 60

Patton: 62
East Burke: 44

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Maiden: 61
West Lincoln: 30

Newton-Conover: 65
Bandys: 59

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced their 2019 preseason poll on Wednesday afternoon. Lenoir-Rhyne captured No. 19 in the early edition of the rankings after finishing 2018 at No. 21, receiving 109 votes. The Bears were picked to finish first in the recently released SAC Preseason poll.

The Bears ended last season with a record of 45-10 overall and 19-1 in SAC play to finish at the top of the conference in the regular season. Lenoir-Rhyne advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship as the No. 2 seed and a host institution before bowing out just shy of the Super Regional.

Lenoir-Rhyne earned three of the four conference postseason awards: Coach of the Year (Shena Hollar), Pitcher of the Year (Emily Kenley), and Freshman of the Year (Kylee Leonhardt).

The Bears open the 2019 campaign on Saturday when they travel to Chowan.

Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team is ranked for the first time during the regular season in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 polls. The Red Hawks are 20th this week, after receiving votes the last several weeks. CVCC opened the preseason polls ranked 16th, but fell out of the top 20 poll by the first regular season ranking on December 4th.

Meanwhile, the Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team is receiving votes in the National Junior college Athletic Association Division 2 polls. The Red Hawks are receiving a vote for the first time since they were ranked 16th in the December 18th poll. However, the Red Hawks suffered their worse run of the season after that season high ranking, losing three straight. Since then, CVCC has won six of their last eight games.

Most area high school athletic contests for tonight have been postponed due to the threat of winter weather, especially for teams in the mountains coming down to the Hickory Metro.

All basketball games in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference and in the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference have been postponed.

The first rounds of the dual team wrestling championships have been postponed until Wednesday for all but one of our area teams. In the 2A class, Bunker Hill, Fred T. Foard, Newton-Conover have had their matches postponed, as has St. Stephens in the 3A class. Alexander Central, however, is competing at Piedmont Middle School in Monroe for the first rounds and will still be competing tonight.

Ryan Gettys has been named as the new head football coach at Fred T. Foard High School. Gettys takes over after Derrick Minor stepped down at the end of the season.

Gettys spent eight years as the head football coach with the Tigers from 2003-2010. He went 30-61 in that time span with three playoff appearances.

The Don Hansen Football Committee has released the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team. Lenoir-Rhyne OL Jason Poe was selected as a Second Team All-American, while return specialist Kyle Dugger earned Honorable Mention accolades.

Poe won the South Atlantic Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy and was also named First Team All-Conference and D2CCA First Team All-Region. Poe played in all 14 games for the Bears, starting 13 times. He helped open up huge holes in the running game thanks to his ability to pull from the guard position. Thanks in part to Poe's run blocking, the Bears ranked No. 10 in the nation in rushing yardage, averaging 268.1 yards per game.

Dugger's selection as an honorable mention came as a return specialist. Dugger broke the program records for punt return yardage (534) and most punt returns (31). Dugger was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week as he broke a single game record with two punt returns for touchdowns against Newberry.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

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