The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team went on the road and took down the Coker College Cobras on Wednesday night, 75-64, in South Atlantic Conference play and extends its win streak to five games.

The four headed monster of Bertrand Awana, Djibril Diallo, R.J. Gunn and Cory Thomas led Lenoir-Rhyne in scoring with double digit performances of 14, 17, 10 and 20 points respectively.

Awana was dominant down low adding 12 rebounds to make it a double-double to go along with a steal, block and one assist.

The Bears had as much as a 23-point lead with just over nine minutes left in the second half before the Cobras made a run to bring the score to within five, 64-59, with 2:26 left to play.

Coker had three score in double figures, led by Kennedy Malcolm with 20 points, two rebounds, an assist, one steal and went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.

The Bears recorded 44 points in the paint as opposed to the Cobras’ 38 on the night. The visitors shot 59.2 percent from the floor while Coker shot 39.0 percent.

This is the first double-digit victory for Lenoir-Rhyne since the road triumph at Carson-Newman on Dec. 5, 2018.

The senior duo of Diallo and Thomas have both scored in double-digits in 14 of the 16 games they have played in this season. Gunn has scored in double figures for the past three contests.

Awana’s double-double was his second of the season, the last since he posted 11 points and 15 rebounds at Belmont Abbey on Dec. 19, 2018.

After the win, Lenoir-Rhyne finds itself tied for second in the conference standings with Catawba, both holding identical overall and conference records. They are two games behind Queens for first place in the SAC.

LR improves to 13-3 overall and 6-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Lincoln Memorial for a 4 p.m. contest.

Sophomore Kennedy Weigt and freshman Madeline Hardy led the Bears to a second consecutive win, topping Coker by a final score of 77-61. Weigt went off for a season-high 23 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range and Hardy finished with her third career double-double with 20 points and 10 boards.

The duo of Weigt and Hardy combined for 43 of the Bears 77 points on the night. Hardy went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line, tying the record for best FT % in a single game.

The Bears went 24-for-28 from the free throw line for a percentage of 85.7, the eighth time LR shot higher than 85 percent from the line this season.

Coker held a 32-16 advantage in bench scoring thanks to a team-high 16 points from reserve Ashauntee Nelson.

While the Bears were terrific from the charity stripe, Coker was unable to take advantage of their opportunities. Coker made just 15-of-31 from the line, a 48.4 percent clip.

LR would pull away with a strong third quarter. The Bears outscored Coker 20-13.

Hardy has double-doubles in two straight and has scored in double figures in five of her past seven games.

The Bears have won five straight against Coker

The Bears improve to 9-7 overall and 4-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will close out the short two-game road swing on Saturday with a game at Lincoln Memorial.

Behind a total team effort, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team won its third-straight game on Wednesday night, defeating Vance Granville 97-77 at the Tarlton Complex.

Three Red Hawks recorded a double double in the contest, including Sal-Bey Young (12 points, 13 rebounds), Victor Tshiona (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Isayah Johnson (10 points, 10 rebounds).

Nine different CVCC men’s basketball players scored at least nine points in the contest, including a team-high 13 points from Zach De La Cruz, 12 from Malik Leach, 10 from Jordan Powell and nine from Jahleer Black and Byron Sanders.

Leading by as many as 14 points during the first half, the Red Hawks (13-4, 5-3 in Region X) grabbed a 47-37 halftime lead on the visiting Vanguard (3-9, 0-7). Johnson and Leach led the first half charge with eight points apiece.

Catawba Valley followed up a 30-rebound performance in the first half by continuing to crash the glass in the second half, recording 35 rebounds (17 offensive, 18 defensive) in the half, including 11 from Tshiona and eight from Young.

The Red Hawks shot 50 percent from the field (40-for-80) in Wednesday’s game and behind the combined team effort in both shooting and rebound the basketball, Catawba Valley closed out their fifth conference victory of the season.

The CVCC men’s basketball team tries to make it four wins in a row when it hits the road on Saturday to take on Lenoir Community College in Kinston, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Lancers is set for 3 p.m.

AFCA National Coach of the Year Drew Cronic has announced the addition of two defensive coaches to his staff along with title changes to a handful of returning coaches.

Joel Taylor takes over the title of Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach after serving as the Defensive Passing Game Coordinator and Safeties Coach at The Citadel. Taylor went to The Citadel in 2014 from South Carolina State, and was part of a coaching staff that led the Bulldogs to Southern Conference titles in 2015 and 2016. He will be returning to LR where he previously coached linebackers in 2009.

Taylor, who played college ball at S.C. State, was instrumental in the development of Citadel standouts such as all-SoCon safety Aron Spann III and Kailik Williams, the SoCon Defensive Player of The Year in 2016.

Cronic will also be adding Delontae Amey as a Defensive Assistant. Amey played his college ball at the University of West Georgia as a Defensive Back. Amey earned his Master's in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Georgia State University in 2018.

A few returning coaches who are adding titles include David Cole who will be Associate Head Coach. Jimmy Long is adding Defensive Run Game Coordinator and Tim Foster is adding the title of Passing Game Coordinator.

Girls basketball:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Watauga: 55
Hickory: 46

McDowell: 40
South Caldwell: 27

West Caldwell: 50
Hibriten: 45 

Boys basketball:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 66
Watauga: 57

McDowell: 87
South Caldwell: 56

Hibriten: 54
West Caldwell: 49

Celebrating its 10th season, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program will host its first-ever 'First Pitch Banquet' on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 6 p.m. This special evening and dinner will be an opportunity for Red Hawk baseball supporters to help kick off the 2019 season.

The event will be headlined by a special sit-down interview with MLB All-Star and coach Bryan Harvey, who played nine seasons with the California Angels and the Florida Marlins. Harvey was elected to the MLB All-Star Game twice — as a member of the American League in 1991 and in the National League in 1993. He led the American League with 46 saves in 1991. He finished second in the 1988 American League Rookie of the Year balloting and was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. Harvey currently owns and operates the Harvey Baseball Academy while serving as a special pitching coach for the Texas Rangers organization.

The 'First Pitch' dinner will start with a meet and greet with the current 2019 Red Hawk Baseball team at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program starting at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will take place in the West Wing Auditorium on the Catawba Valley Community College main campus.

To register for the event, please complete the online form. A check may be mailed to the program or may be paid online electronically at If paying online, please go to the bottom of the web page and select baseball and in the comment section put "First Pitch Banquet."

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the fall standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2018 fall sports season.

The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.

The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia, and now Wells Fargo, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.

Class 3A/4A Conference Results:
Northwestern Athletic 3A/4A: With championships in football, volleyball and men’s cross country, Watauga is in first place. In second place is Hickory with a women’s tennis championship and a second-place finish in volleyball. Alexander Central is in third place with second-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country. Conference Standings: Watauga 83.5, Hickory 79, Alexander Central 74.5, Freedom 69, St. Stephens 55, South Caldwell 54, McDowell 41, West Caldwell 29.

Northwestern Foothills 2A: After the fall sports season, Fred T. Foard is in first place thanks to championships in volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s cross country. In second place is Hibriten with championships in football, men’s soccer and women’s golf. Patton is in third place with a second-place finish in women’s cross country and third-place finishes in men’s soccer and football. Conference Standings: Fred T. Foard 302, Hibriten 255, Patton 247.5, Draughn 242.5, East Burke 237.5, West Iredell 230, Bunker Hill 180.

South Fork Athletic 2A: East Lincoln is the frontrunner after the fall sports season thanks to a championship in volleyball and second-place finishes in women’s tennis and men’s soccer. North Lincoln is in second place with a men’s cross country championship and a second-place finish in women’s cross country. Maiden is in third place with a women’s tennis championship and a second-place finish in volleyball. Conference Standings: East Lincoln 47, North Lincoln 45, Maiden 42, Lake Norman Charter 41, Bandys 35, West Lincoln 25, Newton-Conover 16, Lincolnton 12.







The Hickory Crawdads have unveiled their game times for the 2019 season.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Crawdads will have an earlier start time for select days of the week in the first half. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday contests will begin at 6:30 pm (all times EST) with Sunday games beginning at 3:00 pm for the first half of the season.

Beginning after the All Star break in June, all Monday - Saturday games will begin at 7:00 pm, while Sundays will revert to a 5:00 pm first pitch. Thursday and Friday night games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm throughout the year.

First half of the Season
Monday - Wednesday & Saturday: 6:30 pm
Thursday & Friday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm

Second half of the Season
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm

The Crawdads will once again host two Christian Concerts with a special 5:00 pm first pitch on both dates. The concerts are scheduled for Saturday, April 27th and Saturday, July 27th. The artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Crawdads will also have four day games at L.P. Frans Stadium in 2019, serving as Education Day, Senior Day, Business Person Lunch Special, and Summer Camp Day Games:
Wed. April 17th - 10:30 am
Mon. May 13th - 10:30 am
Wed. June 5th - 10:30 am
Wed. June 26th - 12:00 pm
The Crawdads will begin the 2019 season on the road with trips to Lakewood (New Jersey) and Greensboro. The first homestand is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, April 11th with a four-game series again Kannapolis followed by three games against Asheville. The Crawdads will also be home for Memorial Day and July 4th this season. The schedule will also feature 10 Thirsty Thursdays and 11 Fireworks Fridays.

Tickets for groups and the hospitality areas are currently available. Individual tickets will go on sale on March 23rd.

In 2018, P.J. Lotharp earned All-American status in the indoor championships for his time in the 60m Dash. In the first indoor meet of 2019, he ran a 6.81 in the same event, earning him Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Track Athlete of the Week in the indoor season for the time period between Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, as announced on Tuesday morning.

His performance was good for second place at the JDL January College Kickoff on Jan. 13, which qualified him for the NCAA Nationals and his time of 6.81 holds the No. 7 spot in all of Division II in the 60m Dash and is the fastest in the SAC.

As the second All-American in Indoor Track and Field's history, the junior looks to build on his unprecedented success going into the indoor season. This is his second AstroTurf SAC Track Athlete of the Week honor this season, his first coming on Dec. 4, 2018.

The Bears will travel to the Gamecock Inaugural in Columbia, S.C. on January 18-19 for their next Indoor meet.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams competed for the first time in 2019 at the JDL College Kickoff with a deep field to begin the indoor season on Sunday in Winston Salem, N.C.

Leading the women were Caroline Hilliard, who came out the sole victor with a time of 11:02.57 in the 3000 meter race, the 4x400 meter relay team of Paiton Fair, Tyra Poole, Jada Harrison and Saidah Hardwick with a time of 4:01.45, and Savannah Drummonds who took first place in the Pole Vault with a final height of 3.25 meters cleared.

The women had 13 individuals or relay performances that cracked the Women's All-Time Indoor Performance List while two additional athletes posted season or lifelong bests over the weekend.

The men had two first-place finishers in Josh Adkins in the 1600 meter with a final time of 4:29.08 and Demarius Hampton jumped to new lengths with a triple jump measurement of 14.57 meters. 2018 Indoor Track & Field All-American P.J. Lotharp managed to finish second in the 60 meter dash, posting a time of 6.81.

The Bears posted two new indoor school records with Hampton's triple jump as well as Chris Reichenbach's pole vault with a height of 4.30 meters. Hampton's triple jump was an NCAA provisional mark and so was Lotharp's improvement in the 60 meter dash, improving from 6.87 in the first meet to 6.81 on Sunday. Lotharp is ranked seventh on the NCAA Automatic, or "Provisional Ranking List", in the 60 meter dash as well as Hampton in the triple jump at the 16th spot.

For the men, 16 new individual or relay performances cracked into the Men's All-Time Indoor Performance List this weekend while three others were able to post either a season or lifetime best in their particular competitions.

Both the men and women have multiple top-25 appearances in the NCAA rankings -

P.J. Lotharp - 60m Dash - No. 7 with a time of 6.81
Demarius Hampton - Triple Jump - No. 16 at 14.57m

Paiton Fair - 800m - No. 10 with a time of 2:15.44
Fair, Tyra Poole, Jada Harrison, Saidah Hardwick - 4x400m relay - No. 16 with a time of 3:58.16

The next indoor meet for the Bears will be January 18, 2019 in Columbia, S.C. at the Gamecock Inaugural.

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