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South Point: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 19-3-1.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Brigit Folland has been named the ITA Regional Men's Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year. Folland helped the Bears to the most wins in a single season in program history.

"Brigit has been instrumental in turning around the culture and competitiveness of Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "When she came in two years ago, the guys record was 11-10 and they were unranked and eighth in the SAC. At the conclusion of this season, the guys went 18-5 (8-2 in conference) and tied for second in the conference along with being ranked No. 21 nationally. She has endless energy, tremendous hunger to grow as a coach and cares deeply for her players."

Folland helped LR beat No. 5 Wingate and coached six players to All-Conference selections. Off the court, the Bears completed over 140 hours of community service and had a team GPA of 3.65.

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year

George Frazier; West Liberty University (Atlantic)
Carlos Crisostomo; Harding University (Central)
Fabio Minami; Queens College NY (East)
Bob Jackson; Wayne State University (Midwest)
Jean-Baptiste Mateo; Lynn University (South)
Jacob Carey; Cameron University (South Central)
Brigit Folland; Lenoir-Rhyne University (Southeast)
Kirby Ronning; Azusa Pacific University (West)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:23

CVCC Softball Signs West Lincoln's Gilmore

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The Catawba Valley Community College softball program announces the signing of West Lincoln standout Kinsley Gilmore on Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to be signing a player like Kinsley,” said CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “The mixture of speed and power she brings to the table will really be beneficial for our program.”

The senior outfielder for the Rebels just completed her senior season where she tallied a .328 batting average, 13 runs scored and a team-high 18 RBI.

She finished her four-year West Lincoln softball career with 94 games played, 82 hits (21 doubles, six triples, five home runs), 75 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and 68 RBI.

A two-sport athlete who also played basketball at WLHS, Gilmore helped lead the Rebels to 65 wins on the softball diamond, including 38 in conference play, and a 2A state runner up finish during her freshman season in 2016.

Defensively, Gilmore recorded a .982 fielding percentage with just two errors in 112 total chances.

Gilmore joins a CVCC softball program that officially starts this fall and will be immediately eligible for championship contention in the spring of 2020.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:04

CVCC Women's Basketball Signs Georgia Product

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The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball program announces the signing of Eagle’s Landing High School (Ga.) standout Jailen Cummings.

“We are excited to bring Jailen Cummings aboard to Red Hawk Nation,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “She’s a 5-10 power forward that’s strong on the boards. I’m looking forward to working with her and expanding her game. She’s a good addition to the Lady Red Hawks.”

A four-year varsity athlete on the court, Cummings finished her prep basketball career at Eagle’s Landing with 82 games played, 299 points scored, 200 rebounds and 47 steals.

Behind Cummings, the Eagles went 23-6 overall and 16-1 in AAAAA Region 4 standings this past, advancing to the third round of the state tournament. They also won region regular-season and tournament championships.

In her four years, Cummings helped lead the program to 87 wins, and the Eagles lost only 27 games. Eagle’s Landing was also 58-9 in conference play.

Cummings joins a Red Hawks women's basketball team that went 24-6 overall last season, including 17-3 in Region 10 games — claiming the school's second-ever regular season conference title.

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced their 2019 All-Region Teams on Tuesday afternoon and it was nine men in 13 events and nine women in 14 events that were named to the Southeast Team from Lenoir-Rhyne.

On the women's side it was Autumn Drayton who made the team in the Discus, Hammer Throw and Shotput while NCAA International Woman of the Year finalist, Haylea Salamon, made the cut in the Discus and Javelin throws as well. Senior Savannah Drummonds made her way onto the team with her performance in the Pole Vault to round of that trio of Bears.

On the track, it was Paiton Fair and Saidah Hardwick who made the list in multiple events. Both are teammates on the same 4x400-meter relay team while Fair made her mark in the 800-meters and Hardwick did the same in 400. Kylie Dahlberg excelled in the 800-meters while her teammate Jada Harrison is part of the team in the 400-meter hurdles. Finally, the women's 4x400-meter relay that made the cut was made up of Fair, Hardwick, Taylor Meadows and Tyra Poole.

On the men's side, Anthony Brown was the only Bear to make the team in the multi-event, Decathlon. His name also was given as a member based on his performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Other field athletes with multiple event appearances on the all-region team were Cole Henderson in the Hammer Throw and Shotput and Jaquay Mitchell, who leapt his way to both a Long Jump and Triple Jump selection. Chris Reichenbach in his freshman campaign was recognized for his height cleared in the Pole Vault and Demarius Hampton was added for his performance in the Triple Jump as well.

On the track, the 4x100-meter relay team, which is good for fourteenth in the country and will be competing in the NCAA National Championships later in May, consists of P.J. Lotharp, JaTay Culliver, Kaynmon Maddox and Lucas Besong. Lotharp, who will advance to the NCAA Championship as an individual as well in the 200-meters adds that to his list of accolades on the Southeast All-Region Team.

On the women's side, Lenoir-Rhyne leads the South Atlantic Conference in number of athletes selected with nine. The men are second in the conference behind Queens with nine.

Alexander Central: 5
Cox Mill: 1
Cougars advance to the quarterfinals hosting Marvin Ridge on Friday.

South Caldwell: 5
Davie County: 2
Spartans advance to the quarterfinals hosting Reagan on Friday.

Madison: 3
Draughn: 0
Wildcats season ends at 17-6.

North Davidson: 4
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 12-9.

South Caldwell: 10
Reagan: 0
Spartans advance to the quarterfinals hosting Providence

The Greenville Drive and the Hickory Crawdads were scoreless after nine innings at Fluor Field on Tuesday night, but it was the Crawdads that came out on top, 4-3, after 12 in the series opener.

Pitching was the story through regulation, as neither team managed to get on the board through the first nine frames. Drive starter Thad Ward worked 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts against a lone walk. The righty retired the final 14 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the third inning.

On the other side, Hickory starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Scott Engler combined to allow just three hits with eight strikeouts against one walk through the first eight innings of the contest.

Hickory broke through in the 10th with a pair of runs. With a runner starting the inning on second, Jose Almonte laced a one-out triple to center to score the first run of the game. Miguel Aparicio followed with a sac fly to left to plate Almonte and give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead.

Greenville answered in the bottom of the 10th. With a runner starting at second, Triston Casas doubled to center to bring in the first Drive run. After Casas moved to third on a wild pitch, Tyler Esplin singled to right to score him and tie the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless 11th for both sides, Hickory added two more in the 12th. With runners on the corners, Sherten Apostel hit a sac fly to right to bring in one. Two batters later, a fielder's choice by Aparicio brought in a second run, making it a 4-2 lead.

The Drive attempted a rally in the bottom half. With position player Tyler Depreta-Johnson pitching for Hickory, Devlin Granberg singled to right on the first pitch he saw, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Esplin singled to right, scoring Jordan Wren from third, to cut the lead to 4-3 with two on and one out. Back-to-back flyouts ended the inning and preserved the 4-3 win for the Crawdads.

Nick Starr (1-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 3.0 innings of work. Logan Browning (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work.

Esplin paced the Drive on the night with three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Casas doubled with a run and an RBI, while Wren and Granberg accounted for the remaining two Drive runs. Rio Gomez threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just a pair of hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.

The series continues on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. Drive right-hander Yasel Santana (0-3, 6.05 ERA) goes to the mound for the Drive against Hickory right-hander Ronny Henriquez (0-1, 3.21 ERA).

Appalachian State scored several times in unorthodox fashion, but UNC Asheville used a six-run third to take control in a 13-7 victory Tuesday at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

It was the home finale for the Mountaineers (21-28) before they close the regular season with a series at Coastal Carolina from Thursday through Sunday.

The Sun Belt Conference Championships, which will also be held in Conway, S.C., begin Tuesday. With a 12-14 league record, App State is currently in ninth place in the 12-team conference, and 10 teams make the tournament.

In the last non-conference game of 2019, Luke Drumheller hit a first-inning double down the right-field line and came all the way around to score thanks to a throwing error after he had stopped at second.

UNC Asheville (15-33) loaded the bases with nobody out in the third against starter Will Sprinkle before scoring on an infield single, three straight walks and two straight sacrifice flies.

The Mountaineers trimmed their deficit to 6-3 thanks to an inside-the-park home run off the left-center wall from Kendall McGowan, who homered for the seventh time in the last 11 games, and Tyler Leek’s RBI triple in which Riley Smith scored as a collision with the fence caused the center fielder to lose control of the hard-hit ball.

The Bulldogs responded with a three-run sixth and fourth-run sixth to move ahead 13-3.

McGowan sped around the bases in 16.23 seconds on a ball that was hit with a 98 mph exit velocity, according to the @AppStSportsData account, and he was responsible for one of App State’s eight hits.

App State seniors Joel McDaniel, Drew Beck (double) and CJ Brown had hits in their home finales, and freshman Hayden Cross picked up two RBIs on an eighth-inning single that scored McDaniel and Brown. Another senior, Bobby Hampton, recorded one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning.

The Bulldogs faced seven App State pitchers, posted 14 hits and capitalized on eight walks.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Track and Field Team will have representation for two events in the 2019 NCAA National Championships – the 4x100 meter relay and the men's 200-meter race. The Championships are set for May 23 – 25 in Kingsville, Texas.

The Men's 4x100-meter relay team is comprised of Kaynmon Maddox, Ja'Tay Culliver, P.J. Lotharp and Lucas Besong. This team heads into the competition tied for sixth nationally.

Lotharp also ran his way to a spot in the 200-meter race and ranks fourteenth in the country heading into the championships.

Several other student-athletes were considered based on NCAA provisional marks and a program record number of 11 made a list of candidates, which are as follows:

P.J. Lotharp – 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m Relay
Kaynmon Maddox – 4 x 100m Relay
Ja'Tay Culliver – 4 x 100m Relay
Lucas Besong – 4 x 100m Relay
Demarius Hampton – Triple Jump
Jaquay Mitchell – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Saidah Hardwick – 400m, 4 x 400m Relay
Paiton Fair – 4 x 400m Relay
Tyra Poole – 4 x 400m Relay
Taylor Meadows – 4 x 400m Relay
Autumn Drayton – Discus

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