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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:42

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Falters to Barton

The Barton Men’s Soccer Team (4-1) came back from a one-goal deficit late in the second half to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (1-3-1), 3-2, in overtime Wednesday night at the Outdoor Athletics Complex.

The Bulldogs’ Erik Pajunk (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL) forced overtime with a goal in the 85th minute before ending the match with another goal just 3:31 into the first overtime.

The match-ending goal was also double assisted by the Bulldogs’ Jonathan Rembecki (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.) and Kevin Strassburger (Campo Bom, BRAZIL).

The Bears’ goals came from senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) and junior defender Makonnan Clare (Syracuse, N.Y.).

Clare’s goal, in the 65th minute, was a shot off the far post and assisted by sophomore forward DeJean Charlton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.). The goal also gave the Bears a 2-1 advantage but the Bulldogs were able to rally to take the win.

Barton’s Derek Collins (Quinby, Va.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves while Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:18

Rock Barn Book Authors to Speak at Tournament

The authors and designer of Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways, a book about Rock Barn Golf & Spa, will be the featured guests at a Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn breakfast Tuesday morning of tournament week for the 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event is set for Oct. 13-19, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.

Rock Barn: From Fields to Fairways authors Michael E. Smith and Sharon E. Smith will join designer Tim Kirby to speak about their book during a light breakfast set for Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the clubhouse at Rock Barn Golf & Spa; the event is open to the general public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $10 by contacting the tournament office at (828) 459-4000. Wednesday tournament admission is $20.

The book’s website states: “Rock Barn Golf and Spa is a special place. Cradled in the curve of the Catawba River, its rolling topography presents a tantalizing preview of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This premier golf course development, boasting two championship courses and an abundance of amenities, makes “living the good life” an everyday reality. Those responsible for creating this distinctive community possess a rare combination of vision and persistence: They are dreamers and they are doers. Two hundred years ago, another remarkable man settled in this area; he too dreamed big and labored long to bring his dreams to fruition. He established a large plantation and from the stones of Lyle’s Creek fashioned a splendid rock barn. This impressive structure became a community landmark and is now listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This brief history will examine the origins of the Rock Barn and trace the development of the golf course community that proudly bears its name, Rock Barn Golf and Spa.”

The 12th annual Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn is set for Oct. 13-19 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. The event features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition among some of the greatest legends in golf. Operated by the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the tournament donates all net proceeds to charities throughout the Greater Hickory Metro area each year. For more information, please call (828) 459-4000 or visit www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com. Follow the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Twitter: @greaterhickory

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:51

Hiddenite Festival Road Race Coming Up

Alexander County is planning its Hiddenite Festival Road Race in conjunction with the Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, September 27. The event will feature three races including a 5K (3.1 miles), a 10K (6.2 miles), and a half-marathon (13.1 miles).

The half-marathon course starts at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The 10K course starts on Allen Road at the end of Rocky Springs Road. The 5K starts on York Institute Road. All races begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at the Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion, home of the Alexander County Visitor Center. The courses are on paved, hilly, rural state roads passing by many farms, churches, uninhabited woodlands, and Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area.

Six aid stations will be provided for the half-marathon, with three aid stations for the 10K, and two aid stations for the 5K. Both the 10K and half-marathon courses are USA Track and Field certified; however, the 5K course is not certified.

Registration fee for the half-marathon is $25 and the fee is $20 for the 5K and 10K events. Registration cost does not include a race shirt, so please add $10 if you would like a shirt. To register, mail a check (made payable to Alexander County) and completed entry form to: Hiddenite Festival Road Race, 621 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase on race day.

Race packets and numbers may be picked up at the Alexander County Administration Office (621 Liledoun Road in Taylorsville) on Friday, September 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Late registrations will also be accepted that day. Race number pickup and registration will be at Hiddenite Elementary School (374 Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite) from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall males and females in all three races. Masters awards will be presented to the first male and female over age 40 in each race. There will be no age group awards. There will be no duplication of awards. No awards will be mailed. Custom medals are for finishers only, and will be presented at the finish line. Awards will also be presented at the finish line.

Race vans will be available at Hiddenite Elementary School for runners only. The vans will take runners to the starting line for all races. Van will run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. There will be no post-race van service. Runners are encouraged to use the free race vans before the race to avoid having to return for a car after the event.

To download the registration form, directions, and course map, visit www.alexandercountync.gov/events/hiddenite-festival-road-race/. For more information, call Rick French, Race Director, at (828) 632-9332.

Catawba Valley travelled to New Port Richey, Florida this past weekend for the Pasco Hernando State College “Conquistador Invitational”. The Lady Red Hawks struggled in the tournament due to several injuries, but were able to pull out a 3-2 victory against Cape Fear in the first match on Friday. In the Friday evening match, CVCC played host Pasco Hernando and fought hard the first two sets, but lost heart in the final set, losing in 3. The losing streak continued into Saturday and the Red Hawks fell 3-1 to both Eastern Florida State College and Clearwater Christian. Box Scores of each match follow:

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Cape Fear Community College
September 12, 2014

24-26, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-7

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 17, Anna Henderson 9, Madison Pogue 8, Tiffany Brooks 7, Hannah Griffin 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 30, Aimee Cloninger 19, Emily Horn 18
Assists: Madison Pogue 27
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 4, Hannah Griffin 3, Lyndsey Detter 3, Emily Horn 2
Blocks: Anna Henderson 4

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pasco Hernando State College
September 12, 2014

25-21, 24-26, 25-4

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 11, Anna Henderson 7, Tiffany Brooks 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 19, Madison Pogue 11, Emily Horn 9, Aimee Cloninger 8,
Assists: Madison Pogue 10
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 1, Hannah Griffin 1 Blocks: Anna Henderson 2

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Eastern Florida State College
September 13, 2014

Eastern Florida 3, CVCC 1
17-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Anna Henderson 12, Madison Pogue 7, Tiffany Brooks 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 36, Emily Horn 16, Madison Pogue 15, Aimee Cloninger 13
Assists: Madison Pogue 26
Aces: Katelyn Houser 2, Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2
Blocks: Anna Henderson 3, Hannah Griffin 1

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Clearwater Christian College
September 13, 2014

Clearwater 3, CVCC 1
25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 25-17

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 10, Katelyn Houser 9, Madison Pogue 8, Anna Henderson 7, Emily Horn 7
Digs: Montana Moore 31, Aimee Cloninger 20, Emily Horn 20
Assists: Madison Pogue 23, Katelyn Houser 12
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 4, Madison Pogue 2, Emily Horn 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 2.5, Tiffany Brooks 1.5, Katelyn Houser 1.5

The Red Hawks overall record is 13-5 and their conference record is 5-0.

Catawba Valley travels to Guilford Tech Community College on Thursday, September 18, 2014 for their first away conference match of the season to take on the Lady Titans for a 6:00 match.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Belmont Abbey

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (2-2-1) picked up its second straight win Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over Belmont Abbey (1-2-2) in a non-conference match at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex. The match was delayed an hour due to lightning.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) scored both goals for the Bears, who avenged a setback in penalty kicks to the Crusaders in the regional finals at home last year.

Alequine, who leads the team in goals (four) so far this season, scored just 36 seconds into the match on a corner kick.

The contest remained 1-0 until the 73rd minute when Alequine finished off a long pass down the left sideline from freshman defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.), who was credited with the assist.

Belmont Abbey cut the lead in half with Jillian Lang's (Matthews, N.C.) goal at the 81:23 mark but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Genny Little (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned her second straight win after finishing with four saves while Belmont Abbey's Hannah Kohls (Cincinnati, Ohio) stopped three shots in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:30 p.m.

North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Lincoln: 1

Maiden: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:30

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Opens SAC Play with Win

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-1, 1-0) won its sixth consecutive match with a 3-1 victory over Newberry (6-3, 0-1) Tuesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in the Bears’ 2014 home opener.

Lenoir-Rhyne prevailed over Newberry by scores of 25-21, 26-24, 17-25 and 28-26 in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both squads.

The Bears were led by senior outside hitter Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) with 15 kills while junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) finished with 50 assists and 16 digs in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added a double-double as well – 12 kills and 15 digs – as the Bears avenged a sweep at the hands of the Wolves last season.

Newberry’s Jessica King (Los Angeles, Calif.) led all players with 17 kills and Rachel Moran (Cypress, Texas) added 48 assists and 13 digs but the Wolves suffered their second straight defeat.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to face Coker

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:27

App State Women's Golf Finishes Ninth

Appalachian State University women’s golf placed ninth of 13 schools scoring a 24-over 312 in the final round of the William and Mary Invitational at the par-72, 5,948-yard Kingsmill Resort on the Plantation course on Tuesday.

Seventy players participated in the event and the Mountaineers golfers finished with a better score than at least half of them.

The Mountaineers posted three-round scores of 307,310 and 312 in the tournament. Senior Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) fired her best round score of 3-over 75 in the final round and finished with a three-round total of 232. The score was good enough to tie for 25th place and her par-3 scoring was good enough to place her third best on that list.

Sophomore Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) finished two strokes behind Zagoria and finished tied for 35th place. Junior Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) was one stroke behind Craver while freshman Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and sophomore Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished tied for 39th, firing an overall 236.

Elon was the champions of the tournament, finishing 19 strokes ahead of second place Morehead State. Elon’s Kelsey Badmaev finished at even-par and was crowned individual champion.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sept. 29 for a two-day tournament at the Forest Oaks Fall Classic in Greensboro, N.C..

Appalachian State University men’s soccer players Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Alex Beranger (Meudon, France/ Lyceé Rabelais/Richland College) earned Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

“Both these guys have worked extremely hard this year and have been great teammates,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “For them to have the week that they did was well deserving. Congratulations to them.”

Broaden, a senior, and Beranger, a junior, each contributed at a high level, helping the Mountaineers post back-to-back shutout victories and back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2012 season. App State dominated Presbyterian on Sept. 12 by a 4-0 final and shutout Marshall on Sept. 15 by a 2-0 score.

Broaden, a Wilmington, N.C. native, earned Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three goals, including game-winning goals in both games. Broaden scored first against Presbyterian in the 14th minute. Against Marshall, Broaden netted the first of his two goals in the 56th minute and posted his second just a mere six minutes later to propel the Mountaineers.

The multi-goal game against the Herd was Broaden’s third of his career, while the game-winning goals were the third and fourth of his career.

Beranger earned Defensive Player of the Week and led a stingy defensive unit against Presbyterian. The Apps allowed just four shots, including one on goal in the match. Originally from Meudon, France, Beranger tallied his first career goal wearing the Black and Gold on a header in the 61st minute off of an Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) corner kick.

The Mountaineers continue their season on Wednesday, Sept. 24 when they host Radford for a non-conference match. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Sun Belt Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Cristian Marcel, NJIT
Sept. 9: Shaun Keegan, NJIT
Sept. 16: Stanley Broaden, Appalachian State

Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2: Jack Falle, Georgia Southern
Sept. 9: Kit Tregear, Hartwick
Sept. 16: Alex Beranger, Appalachian State

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 23:19

Hickory Crawdads Set 6-Year High in Attendance

The Hickory Crawdads welcomed 148,417 fans through the gates at the newly renovated L.P. Frans Stadium in 2014, marking the highest single-season attendance for the 'Dads since 2007.

The Crawdads boasted four regular season sellout games this season in addition to a max capacity crowd for South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 17th. The high-water mark for the year came during the 'Dads Christian Concert game on August 16, where 5,263 fans packed the ballpark for the Crawdads game and post-game concert by Kutless.

"We received a tremendous amount of support from the fans this year and our final attendance number reflects that," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "I think it shows that baseball is stronger than ever, not only in Hickory but across the country as well."

The 'Dads rise in attendance also mirrors the overall attendance growth in Minor League Baseball, with 42,411,194 total fans witnessing a MiLB game this year. The lofty total marks the 10th consecutive year that MiLB has drawn more than 41 million fans across its 176 teams in 15 leagues.

"The fact that Minor League Baseball has recording its top 10 attendance totals in the past decade demonstrates the cumulative power of the brand and validates our place among recognizable sports properties," said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner. "MiLB continues to prove year after year that it is a quality product, not just in terms of entertainment on the field, but also as a sound partner in its communities and with both local and national marketing sponsors. The tremendous support of our fans has afforded us the opportunity to accomplish these milestones."

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