Alexander Central: 0
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 2
Fred T. Foard: 3
East Rutherford: 2
R-S Central: 2
South Caldwell: 3
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team has released its upcoming 2019-20 schedule.
The Red Hawks kick off their winter campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in a road scrimmage at Spartanburg Methodist. It marks the first of two scrimmages in the preseason, including a home scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18 against Mount Zion Prep at the Tarlton Complex.
“We have a very competitive schedule this year,” said Catawba Valley head men’s basketball coach Bryan Garmroth. “With 12 teams in the region, there are 22 region games. That leaves very little time to breathe. Region 10 is always very balanced and extremely tough.”
The Catawba Valley men’s basketball team officially opens its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 at home against Brevard College JV.
November is a busy month for the Red Hawks, who play two games each against rival Caldwell and conference foe Pitt.
“We have Caldwell — who is always very good — twice in November, and we play Pitt —who won our league — twice in November,” Garmroth said. “Two league games in November is not an ideal situation, but with as many teams as we have in the region, scheduling is tough.”
New to the Red Hawks’ schedule this winter will be two out-of-state opponents, including Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville (Md.) on Sunday, Nov. 24 and Pasco-Hernando State College (Fla.) on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Both match ups will take place at the Tarlton Complex.
“We will also play CCBC-Catonsville from Maryland, and Pasco-Hernando from Florida at home,” Garmroth said. “It will be good to see two teams from different areas.”
Catawba Valley will also once again host its annual CVCC Classic on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, playing against Central Carolina and Johnston community colleges.
When the calendar year turns over to 2020, the Red Hawks resume conference play with their 17 remaining Region 10 games, including 10 in January and seven in February, before starting Region 10 tournament play.
This year’s Region 10 men’s basketball tournament is being held at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C.
“I think this is probably the toughest schedule we have had in my time at CVCC,” Gamroth said. We will be tested right off the bat in November. The freshmen will definitely be thrown into the fire quickly. Our goal will be to improve every day, and playing good competition is the best way to make that happen.”
Four Appalachian State cross country runners were tabbed as Runners to Watch by the Sun Belt Conference on Thursday.
On the men's side, Gable Dershem and Dakota Mendenhall were named Runners to Watch, while Izzy Evely and Samantha Kolor earned the honor on the women's side.
Dershem is a two-time All-Sun Belt honoree in cross country. He earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors with an eighth place finish in 2017 and followed that up with Third Team honors and an 11th place finish at the Sun Belt Championships last season.
Mendenhall enjoyed a strong freshman season in 2018, competing in four races and placing in the top-15 each time. He was named Second Team All-Sun Belt after placing ninth at the Sun Belt Championships.
Evely played a large role in the Mountaineer women capturing their second Sun Belt title in three seasons in 2018. At the Sun Belt Championships, she finished fifth overall to earn First Team honors and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year accolades.
Kolor notched her first all-conference accolade in cross country last season, placing 13th at the Sun Belt Championship for Third Team honors. She also posted three top-10 finishes in 2018.
In voting done by the league's head coaches, the App State men were chosen to finish second in the conference, trailing UT Arlington for the top spot. The App State women were also picked to finish second behind Texas State. The Mountaineer men placed second last season, while the women captured the conference title.
The Black and Gold will open the 2019 season on Friday by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. The women's 5K race is slated for 5 p.m. followed by the men's 8K race at 5:45 p.m. at the Don Kennedy Trails.
Top 7 Women's Cross Country Runners to Watch
Izzy Evely, Appalachian State
Samantha Kolor, Appalachian State
Pauline Meyer, Arkansas State
Lisha Van Onselen, Coastal Carolina
Andonet Cheruiyot, South Alabama
Sydney Cole, Texas State
Leslie Romero, Texas State
Women's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish
1. Texas State
2. Appalachian State
3. Arkansas State
4. Georgia State
5. South Alabama
6. Coastal Carolina
8. UT Arlington
9. Georgia Southern
10. Little Rock
Top 7 Men's Cross Country Runners to Watch
Gable Dershem, Appalachian State
Dakota Mendenhall, Appalachian State
Adriaan Wildschutt, Coastal Carolina
Nadeel Wildschutt, Coastal Carolina
Warno Potgieter, South Alabama
Justin Domangue, UT Arlington
Jared Lautenslager, UT Arlington
Men's Cross Country Predicted Order of Finish
1. UT Arlington
2. Appalachian State
3. Coastal Carolina
4. South Alabama
5. Texas State
8. Arkansas State
9. Little Rock
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced it's 2019 Southeast Region Women's Cross Country Preseason Poll.
Four teams from the South Atlantic Conference were represented in the poll. Lenoir-Rhyne is in ninth place in the polls.
Continuing South Atlantic Conference schools, the poll includs preseason favorite, Queens in the No. 1 spot. The Royals are coming off an exceptional season in 2018, where they finished first at regionals leading them to their third Division II NCAA National Championship top-10 finish.
Anderson checked in at No. 3 and No. 8 belongs to Catawba. Anderson finished second in last season conference championship earning a bid to regionals where they placed third, while Catawba finished fifth in the conference championship.
The Lenoir-Rhyne cross country season gets underway on Friday, Sep. 6 when they host the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational.
A.C. Reynolds: 5
Alexander Central: 0
West Iredell: 0
East Burke: 2
North Lincoln: 2
North Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 1
The Hickory Crawdads had 14 hits and the pitching staff allowed only four Firefly hits as they would defeat Columbia on the road, 7-0. With the win, the Hickory Crawdads are tied for the top spot in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League and are only one win away, or one Greensboro Grasshopper loss, to clinch a playoff berth.
Hickory got on the board in the fourth inning when Melvin Novoa scored on a Ryan Anderson double. In the fifth, Jonathan Ornelas and Jax Biggers scored when Josh Jung hit a double.
The floodgates opened in the eighth inning when Hickory scored three runs. Pedro Gonzalez hit his SAC/Team high 22ns home run of the season with two aboard, giing the Crawdads a 6-0 lead.
Hickory wrapped up the scoring with an Ornelas single that drove in Ryan Anderson.
On the mound, Cole Winn pitched a gem of a contest to get his fourth win of the season. He pitched seven innings, allowed only four hits, and struck out five while walking none, throwing 80 total pitches. Hever Bueno took the final two innings, fanning two while not allowing another hit or issuing a walk.
Hickory wraps up the series Thursday at Columbia for heading home to take on the Lexington Legends Friday through Labor Day Monday to close the regular season.
The fifth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team dominated in its home opener on Tuesday night, knocking off Southwest Virginia in straight sets at the Tarlton Complex.
Set scores were 25-11, 25-14 and 25-10.
Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson was pleased with her team’s performance despite a slow start.
“We started off the first few points kind of rocky with playing on the big court, which we hadn’t done yet this year. The first few points I think they were getting familiar with everything, but then they just took off,” Hudson said. “We played really well on our side of the net and clicked as a team, which I was hoping we would be able to do early in the season. It was a nice win. It was nice to see the girls play together so well.”
Sophomore Meredith Patterson led the Red Hawks (1-0) on the offensive attack with 10 kills and eight digs. Fellow sophomore Emma Clark added four kills, a team-high six blocks and three aces for CVCC, and another sophomore — Anna Clarke — had five kills and two blocks.
Defensively, Red Hawk libero Bre Myers recorded a team-high 10 digs and added three aces.
Freshman setter Amber Barker made a team-best 16 assists and five digs for Catawba Valley, while captain Macy Pope chipped in 10 assists and a team-high four aces.
As a team, the Red Hawks recorded 12 aces — something Hudson has worked on daily with her players in practice.
“We work hard on serves,” she said. “That’s just one of those things we try to push is consistency and putting a lot of pressure on the ball. I think we did that tonight.”
With a win under its belt, the Catawba Valley volleyball team returns to action this weekend at the Owens Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio.
The Red Hawks play two matches each on Saturday and Sunday, including a top-five nationally ranked match up against No. 2 Parkland, which has won its first eight matches this season without giving up a single set.
“Our real test will be this upcoming weekend in Ohio when we face some really tough competition,” Hudson said. “It was nice to get this win under our belts and see the girls play well together. We’re looking forward to a great weekend of competition for sure.”
Bunker Hill: 3
Avery County: 0
East Burke: 3
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Community School of Davidson: 2
West Caldwell: 0
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Columbia Fireflies 3-2 on the road Tuesday night.
Hickory struck first in the fourth inning. With one out, Frainyer Chavez doubled. Josh Jung would follow up with a double of his own, putting Chavez to third. Tyreque Reed singled, scoring Chavez, but Jung would be stranded on third.
Hickory added a run in the fifth inning. Miguel Aparicio tripled and would score two batters later when Kole Enright singled.
The Fireflies would add two in the sixth inning and a seventh inning solo home run was the difference of the game.
Hickory would make noise in both the eighth and ninth innings without scoring. With one away, Reed would double on a line drive to left field, but Melvin Novoa flied out to center field and Ryan Anderson popped up in foul territory.
In the ninth inning, Miguel Aparicio struck out swinging, but advanced to first with a wild pitch on the third strike. He would advance to second with a sacrifice bunt by Pedro Gonzalez. Kole Enright worked a seven pitch count and lined out hard to first base. Jonathan Ornelas then went down with three strikes stranding the tying run on second base.
Reed had two hits and an RBI.
The loss drops Hickory to 38-25 on the second half of the season. The Crawdads did not clinch a playoff spot, however, their magic number to clinch a postseason berth remains at two. Hickory remains at Columbia through Thursday and will host Lexington to end the regular season for four games starting Friday.
Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz opened his first weekly press conference Monday with a newsworthy update: the team has three permanent captains for the 2019 season.
A team vote has led to seniors Josh Thomas, Victor Johnson and Jordan Fehr being named permanent captains. There will be two additional game day captains who rotate throughout the season.
The announcement came five days before Drinkwitz makes his official debut as App State's coach with a season-opening home game against East Tennessee State. Kickoff at Kidd Brewer Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are available to purchase online, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the App State athletics ticket office located in the Holmes Center.
"We're very excited to kick off the 2019 football season," Drinkwitz said. "Obviously, it's a very strong opponent and a very good opponent that has our entire team's focus."
ETSU went 8-4 last season, claimed a share of the Southern Conference title and appeared in the first round of the FCS playoffs. App State returns 10 of 11 offensive starters and six defensive starters from a 2018 team that went 11-2, won a third straight Sun Belt title, improved to 4-0 in bowl games and attained a Top 25 ranking for the first time in the program's brief FBS history.
Johnson, an offensive tackle, and Thomas, a safety, were also captains last season as juniors along with departed seniors MyQuon Stout and Jalin Moore.
Fehr is a senior linebacker who had 86 tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks for a 2018 defense that ranked fourth nationally by allowing just 15.5 points per game. He averaged 8.6 tackles during the seven Sun Belt Conference games in which he was fully available last season, highlighted by a three-sack game at Coastal Carolina and a 15-tackle performance at Arkansas State.
Johnson started at left tackle in each of the previous three seasons and made the All-Sun Belt Conference first team each of the last two years. Named the league's best pass blocker by Lindy's, he's the most experienced member on an offensive line that has ranked in the top 25 nationally in both rushing yards per game and fewest sacks allowed for the last five years.
Thomas intercepted four passes last season for a defense that also set a Sun Belt Conference record with only 20 defensive touchdowns allowed and tied for first place nationally with only eight passing touchdowns allowed. He finished the year with 43 tackles.
The demolition of the home side stands in Moretz Stadium and installation of temporary bleachers was completed with the final inspection confirmed. The project, which was completed by InProduction, was finished and has a seating capacity of 3,306.
The temporary bleachers feature 10 sections with four middle sections reserved for Bears Club members and corporate sponsors. All Bears Club members will receive their seats in the mail by the end of the week. Access points include ramps on both sides and stairs along the back of every few sections. ADA access has been improved with a section at the top of the stands for access and ease of view. The brick wall that had previously served to encase the stands was able to be retained and thus preserves the look and feel that fans and student-athletes have come to appreciate when playing Between the Bricks.
"We are appreciative of everyone involved with this project who worked quickly to address the demolition and installation of temporary bleachers," said VP of Athletics Kim Pate. "This was certainly a tight turnaround and we couldn't have pulled it off as smoothly if it were not for great partners like David E. Looper Construction and our friends at InProduction. I've heard a lot of positive feedback from our coaches, alumni, and members of the community on how the temporary bleachers turned out with most people stating that you'd hardly know they were temporary."
The temporary bleachers will be in place for the duration of the 2019 football season. Currently, the development of a more comprehensive design plan for permanent seating and other key stadium renovations are underway with the goal of permanent seating being installed by summer 2020.
"We are excited to embark on planning for a permanent solution with the opportunity to enhance other aspects of the facility to position Moretz Stadium as one of the top venues in Division II," stated Pate. "We look forward to seeing all of our students, alumni, and fans out to cheer on our Bears football team this year as we celebrate 100 Years of LR Football."
Moretz Stadium opened in 1924 and is named for Helen and Leonard Moretz. It is the fourth-oldest stadium in continuous use in NCAA Division II and one of the oldest in the country. In 1960, Moretz Stadium was the site for the NAIA national semifinal football game, which Lenoir-Rhyne won on its way to the only national championship in school history. Moretz Stadium was also home to a 1962 NAIA national semifinal game and a NCAA Division II semifinal game in 2013. The stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 7,500, has hosted seven NCAA football playoff games in its history, including two from the memorable 2018 season, as well as three NCAA men's lacrosse playoff games, including a national semifinal game in 2018.
The season-opener for the Bears Football team is set for Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. against St. Augustine's inside Moretz Stadium, but fans can get an earlier look at the facility Wednesday at the 828 day which will serve as host to the community. The event is free to the public and will be full of family-friendly activities and include an autograph session with student-athletes, spirit squads, and coaches. The evening event will be capped by a visit from the Spirit of LR Marching Band and Joe Bear, LR mascot.
The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced the 2018-19 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards and Lenoir-Rhyne tied a school record with 123 recipients. The Bears have had 123 award winners in each of the last two years, nearly doubling the mark of 74 from 2016-17. The total of LR Academic Achievement Award winners is the 12th highest number in all of NCAA Division II.
The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. In total, 11,660 student-athletes from 185 institutions were recognized for the 2018-19 Academic Achievement Awards.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues-paying member of the D2 ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year