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Thursday, 01 February 2018 07:54

Appalachian State Football to Play at Clemson in 2024

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Extending a streak of top-level competition, the Appalachian State football team will play at Clemson on Sept. 7, 2024.

The Mountaineers have played seven games against teams from Power Five conferences in head coach Scott Satterfield’s first five seasons, including a 2015 trip to Clemson. They’re now set to play at least one game against a Power Five team in each of the next seven seasons, starting with a 2018 visit to Penn State on Sept. 1.


App State also has future Power Five matchups scheduled for 2019 (at North Carolina), 2020 (at Wisconsin, at Wake Forest), 2021 (at Miami), 2022 (North Carolina at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone) and 2023 (North Carolina).

Five of the six P5 teams on future App State schedules have ended at least one of the last three regular seasons as a top-10 team, and the six P5 schools on App State schedules from 2013-17 were a combined 66-28 during the seasons in which they played the Mountaineers. All but one of those teams finished that season with at least eight victories.

Clemson has a 5-0 record against App State, as the Tigers won 41-10 early in a 2015 season in which they reached the national championship game. The Tigers won the national title a year later and concluded the 2017 season with a third straight game against Alabama in the College Football Playoff. In the last 45 games, Clemson is tied for first nationally with a 41-4 record, and App State is tied for fifth with a 36-9 mark.

Two dates are filled on App State’s 2024 schedule, as the Mountaineers will follow the Sept. 7 trip to Clemson with a visit to East Carolina on Sept. 14.


Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 22 vs. GARDNER-WEBB

Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina

Sept. 12 at Wake Forest

Sept. 19 at Wisconsin

Sept. 4 vs. EAST CAROLINA (Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)

Sept. 17 at Marshall

Sept. 9 at North Carolina


Sept. 7 at Clemson
Sept. 14 at East Carolina


Sept. 5 at East Carolina

The Hickory Metro Sports Commission together with the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame are pleased to announce the creation of an annual scholarship awards program for Catawba County high school male and female scholar-athletes.

The awarding of the scholarships will be an addition to the Student Athlete of Excellence Awards that are presented at the annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHOF) induction banquet and ceremony in May and will be sponsored by the Cody Law Firm of Hickory.

“The Hickory Metro Sports Commission is always attempting to celebrate the rich athletic traditions of Catawba County sports history, said CCSHOF Chair JuJu Phillips. “Now, in addition to saluting the student athletes of the year, this scholarship program will allow us to provide additional opportunities for athletic leaders of today and of tomorrow.”

Area high school athletic directors or school representatives select a male and a female finalist from each school. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee with one female and male nominee chosen to each receive a $500.00 scholarship to the post-secondary school of their choice.

“I have no doubt that this HOF scholarship program will turn into an exceptional and noteworthy honor,” noted Phillips. “In the past we’ve recognized kids who were the brightest in the classroom while excelling on the fields and courts. Catawba County has scholar-athletes as accomplished as anybody.”

Those that apply for the annual Hall of Fame scholarships will need to meet certain criteria in the areas of academics, citizenship, community outreach; and athletic honors.

The CCSHOF will hold its 18th Induction Ceremony on Monday, May 14th at the Highland Recreation Center in Hickory.

January 29, 2018

After yesterday's men's tennis match, an Appalachian State student-athlete engaged in behavior that was derogatory and offensive. The student-athlete has been suspended indefinitely from the team, effective immediately, for violating the student-athlete discipline policy. We have reached out to #NCAT to convey our apologies on behalf of Appalachian Athletics and the university for the conduct of this member of the team.

January 30, 2018
Appalachian State Athletics is wholeheartedly dedicated to the university's commitment to diversity of thought, belief and community. Based on our review of the incident that took place after the men's tennis match on January 28, I am suspending Coach Lake from all coaching duties effective immediately through the next four matches. The conduct displayed on Sunday does not reflect the values of our tennis program, department and university."

- Director of Athletics Doug Gillin

Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 50
Hibriten: 22

East Burke: 81
Bunker Hill: 43

Patton: 76
West Iredell: 36

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 46
South Caldwell: 36

Hickory: 56
West Caldwell: 27

McDowell: 56
Alexander Central: 36

St. Stephens, ppd.

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 75
Bandys: 57

Maiden: 64
North Lincoln: 52

Newton-Conover: 55
Lake Norman Charter: 44

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 82
East Burke: 55

Hibriten: 65
Draughn: 56

Patton: 65
West Iredell: 58

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Freedom: 96
South Caldwell: 53

Hickory: 68
West Caldwell: 46

McDowell: 83
Alexander Central: 61

St. Stephens, ppd.

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 75
Bandys: 59

Lake Norman Charter: 56
Newton-Conover: 49

Maiden: 63
North Lincoln: 62

Dual team wrestling championships (First and second rounds)
2A First Round:
Fred T. Foard: 29
Newton-Conover: 25
Red Devils season ends at 37-5.

West Lincoln: 34
Bunker Hill: 33
Bears season ends at 26-11.

West Wilkes: 43
Patton: 29
Panthers season at 22-12.

2A Second round:
Fred T. Foard: 41
Mt. Pleasant: 30
Tigers advance to the third round Thursday night.

3A First round:
St. Stephens: 37
Enka: 30

North Henderson: 44
Alexander Central: 25
Cougars season ends at 17-9.

3A Second round:
St. Stephens: 49
North Iredell: 26
Indians advance to the third round Thursday night.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:52

Clark Named New Head Football Coach at Bunker Hill

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Patrick Clark has been named as the new head football coach at Bunker Hill. Clark takes over for David Haynie who announced his retirement.

Clark comes to Bunker Hill after serving as an assistant at Maiden for three seasons. He has also been an assistant at Cherryville and North Gaston in previous stops.

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team rose to No. 18 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll, which was released on Tuesday.

The Red Hawks, who are currently 13-4 overall and 8-1 in Region X play, were ranked No. 19 in last week’s poll, but moved up one spot this week.

“I’m happy for the ladies and the program,” said CVCC women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “I’ve stayed true to what I believe, which is to teach these ladies life skills and life lessons through the game of basketball and building life long relationships for them to be women with a purpose. It takes faith, belief, trust, commitment, hard work, persistence and consistency to build a program and these ladies have come in and bought into the system. Thanks to everyone who has prayed, supported and not gave up on the Lady Red Hawks. I’m just enjoying the moment and looking to create many more memories.”

After starting the week with a difficult 87-84 overtime conference loss to Guilford Tech, the Red Hawks responded with victories against Wake Tech (92-74) and Louisburg (95-69), who previously received votes in the poll, but fell out of the rankings this week.

In the victory against the Hurricanes this past Thursday, sophomore guard Shaniya Lester scored a career-high 31 points, becoming the all-time leading scorer in CVCC women’s basketball history by surpassing former Red Hawk All-American Anika Jones (2012-14).

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Patrick Henry Community College.

Entering head coach Kermit Smith's second season as head coach, Appalachian State's baseball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division.

South Alabama received all 12 first-place votes to win the East Division in the Coaches' Preseason Poll.

After winning 19 games during Smith's debut season, App State has added eight junior college transfers, nine freshmen and one now-eligible Division I transfer to a group that returns several veteran pitchers and three position players who started in 2017.

The Mountaineers will have a 25-game home schedule, beginning with a March 2-4 series against Marshall, and play 40 of their 56 regular season games in the state of North Carolina. The in-state schedule includes a March 6 game against South Carolina at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.

2018 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll
First-place votes in parentheses

1. South Alabama (12) - 72 pts
2. Coastal Carolina - 59 pts
3. Georgia Southern - 43 pts
4. Troy - 41 pts
5. Georgia State - 20 pts
6. Appalachian State - 16 pts

1. Louisiana (9) - 68 pts
2. UTA (2) - 56 pts
3. Texas State (1) - 51 pts
4. Arkansas State - 36 pts
5. Little Rock - 27 pts
6. ULM - 11 pts

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:47

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces Special Football Luncheon

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University athletic department has announced a special football reception titled “Charging Forward” that is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 16, at Moretz Mills from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the reception is to kick-off a new era of Lenoir-Rhyne football under recently hired head coach, Drew Cronic as he shares his vision and goals for the future of LR football. Coach Cronic will also introduce his new coaching staff and highlight his upcoming signing class.

“Our staff is very excited for this event in February,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Head Football Coach Drew Cronic. “We have worked extremely hard to sign a fantastic group of talented young men and this will provide a great forum for us to give Bear Nation a sneak peek of the future. It was also be an opportunity for us to share the vision for Bears’ Football as we Charge Forward into a new era!”

The event will be free admission and there will also be free food provided courtesy of Hannah’s BBQ South. Hannah’s BBQ South is a proud supporter of the Bears and plans on providing BBQ, Sliders, Chicken Wings, and other popular tailgate options for Bear Nation to enjoy during the event.

The athletic department extends an invitation to all LR alumni, campus and community members, and Bears fans to come out and meet Coach Cronic and his staff and celebrate the future of Bears Football.

“We hope to see all of our incredible alumni, members of the community, and our dedicated Bears Club supporters at the Charging Forward event,” said athletic director Kim Pate. “There is great enthusiasm and energy coming from the staff, our players, and a talented group of new recruits and we need everyone to truly get behind Coach Cronic and his staff as we enter an exciting new era of Lenoir-Rhyne Football.”

RSVP is required to attend the event and limited space is available. Those interested in attending need to send an email to by February 9th to secure their spot.

Dual team wrestling championships (First and second rounds)
Patton at West Wilkes. Winner faces the winner of North Surry/Central Academy match in the second round.

Fred T. Foard hosts Newton-Conover. Winner faces the winner of the Mt. Pleasant/Surry Central match in the second round.

Bunker Hill is at West Lincoln. Winner faces Smoky Mountain/Pisgah winner in the second round.

St. Stephens faces Enka at North Iredell. Winner faces the winner of the North Iredell/Kings Mountain winner in the second round.

Alexander Central faces North Henderson at Crest. Winner faces Crest/West Rowan winner in the second round.

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