Add the title of 2019 All-American to a long list of accolades that has been given to junior sprinter P.J. Lotharp in the 2018-19 Indoor Track & Field season.
Lotharp earned First Team All-American status for the second season in-a-row after the Indian Trail, N.C. native finished sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.83, which is a one-spot improvement from his seventh place finish in 2018.
Lotharp also finished 10th in the 200-meters in Friday's prelims with a time of 21:58, which earns him a spot on the Second Team All-American list. This finish was a four-spot improvement, as he moved up from No. 14 last season to No. 10 this year.
He will join his Lenoir-Rhyne Track & Field teammates as the outdoor season will begin with the LR Southside Power & Fitness Invitational on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 in Hickory, N.C.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with conference rival Wake Tech at Ting Park, falling by one run in the opener before earning a run-rule victory in the nightcap.
The Red Hawks improve to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in Region X games this season, while the Eagles are now 11-4 overall and 1-1 in conference games.
Game one: Wake Tech 5, Catawba Valley 4 (nine innings)
An RBI double by left fielder Tommy Perrin in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Eagles a thrilling walk-off victory during the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
The Red Hawks and Eagles battled furiously throughout the opening contest of the day, trading the lead four times and tying three times.
Trent Jones gave CVCC a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring R.J. Conner on an RBI fielder’s choice.
Wake Tech answered in the bottom of the second inning with its only hit off Red Hawks starting pitcher Blake Dockery — a two-out, two-RBI double by Andrew Vogler — to take its first lead of the contest, 2-1.
Catawba Valley seized the lead back by scoring one run each in the fifth and sixth innings.
Jackson Brown’s ground out in the top of the fifth inning scored Rod Munoz, and catcher Willie Gordon delivered a solo home run to left field in the sixth inning, giving CVCC a 3-2 advantage through six complete.
Once again, the Eagles would tie the game in the eighth inning, plating a run on an RBI single by Austin Bulman, who scored Tyler Vaughan to make it a 3-3 game.
The Red Hawks looked poised to claim the conference win after Conner scored from third base on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning to make it a 4-3 Catawba Valley advantage heading to the final half inning.
However, an RBI single from Kevin Catrine set the table for Perrin’s RBI double that rolled all the way to the base of the wall in right field to plate Catrine for the game winner.
Dockery allowed just one hit, two earned runs, three walks and struck out eight batters in his six-inning no decision appearance. Red Hawk reliever Greg Collins took the loss after allowing four hits, three earned runs, one was and striking out three batters in 2.1 innings.
Game two: Catawba Valley 10, Wake Tech 0 (five innings)
Behind starting pitcher Logan Bender’s one-hit performance on the mound and a 10-hit offensive production at the plate, the Red Hawks claimed a run-rule win in game two of the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Ting Stadium.
CVCC immediately attacked Wake Tech starting pitcher Jackson Keene in the opening stages of the second game of the twin bill, scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-RBI single by designated hitter Sabion Thomas to take a quick 2-0 lead.
The Red Hawks’ biggest inning offensively came in the second when they plated seven runs on five hits, including a bases-clearing triple by Brett Eurey, an RBI double by Jackson Brown and an RBI single from Tyler Campbell, making it a 9-0 game.
Settling in with a big lead, Bender struck out at least two batters in each of his five innings on the mound, recording all three outs by strikeout in the second and fifth innings.
Thomas added the game’s final run in the top of the fourth inning on a solo home run that bounced back on to the playing surface after hitting the light pole in left field.
Bender finished Saturday’s doubleheader finale with a season-high 12 strikeouts and no walks during his five-inning complete game performance, earning his third win of the season.
The Red Hawks and Eagles finish their three-game set on Sunday with a single nine-inning game. First pitch is set for noon at Ting Park.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (16-13, 10-8 SBC) grinded to a 59-50 win over South Alabama (20-9, 9-9 SBC) on Saturday afternoon in the Mitchell Center.
With the win, the Mountaineers secure the fifth seed in the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament. Appalachian will play the winner of the No. 8 and 9 seed on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals.
Appalachian records its first winning record, first Sun Belt winning mark and the highest finish in the league under head coach Angel Elderkin. The 16 wins and counting are the most since the 2012-13 season.
Four players scored in double figures in the victory. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was excellent down low with her seventh double-double of the season. The sophomore scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field with a game-high 13 rebounds. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) and Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) both scored 12 points in the victory. Stanley and Polacek combined for five of the Apps' seven assists. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central scored 11 points while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with eight points.
It was a low-scoring game affair with both teams shooting under 40 percent from the floor. The Mountaineers improved to 15-0 when holding opponents to under 70 points after limiting South Alabama to just 25 percent shooting from the field and 17.4 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Holding a 41-40 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers put together a 7-0 run with back-to-back layups from Plummer and Polacek before Wilson hit one of her two 3-pointers to go up 48-40.
South Alabama pulled to with four, 48-44, but the Mountaineers wouldn't let the Jaguars any closer thanks to a 6-0 burst with a bucket from Plummer and consecutive field goals from Stanley to go up by 10, 54-44. Appalachian held South Alabama to 1-of-11 shooting over the final 4:24 of the game to keep the Jags' offense at bay.
Appalachian State men's basketball fell to South Alabama by a 78-71 score on Saturday afternoon in its regular season finale on Senior Day.
Prior to tip, the Mountaineers (11-20, 6-12 SBC) honored three support staff members in Jon Garst, Josh Harris and Zac Lyon and seven student-athletes in Trey Ford, Bennett Holley, Nick Hough, Tyrell Johnson, Kevin Kerley, Ronshad Shabazz and Jake Wilson.
Justin Forrest finished with a team-high 21 points and four assists. Shabazz added 16 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Adrian Delph had nine points, five rebounds and three assists, while Hunter Seacat tallied eight points on 3-of-3 shooting and four rebounds.
App State used an early 6-0 run to jump in front 10-5 and built its lead to 13-7 on a trifecta from Shabazz with 13:39 left in the first half. South Alabama (15-16, 8-10 SBC) countered with the next six points to knot the score at 13-13 and took a 23-22 lead at the 5:21 mark of the first half on a three-pointer from Kory Holden. The Jaguars took a 36-30 lead into the break.
In the second half, South Alabama scored the first five points to expand its lead to 41-30 with just under 19 minutes remaining. The Jaguars pushed their lead to 13 points at 65-52, only to see the Black and Gold pull to within six points at 71-65 on a three-pointer from O'Showen Williams with 3:56 to go.
App State pulled to within five points of a free throw from Forrest with 24 seconds left. South Alabama split a pair of free throws on its next possession with 22 seconds left. Shabazz then made on of two free throws to bring the Black and Gold within 76-71. The Mountaineers fouled again and the Jaguars converted on a pair of free throws. The Mountaineers missed a three-pointer on their next possession and South Alabama ran out the clock for the victory.
The Jaguars won the rebounding battle 36-34, but App State held a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass. App State also dished out 16 assists on 23 made field goals.
The Mountaineers will now be seeded 10th headed into the Sun Belt Tournament and will play Tuesday evening at a time and against an opponent that has yet to be determined.
Appalachian State (13-6) completed its first ever Sun Belt sweep with a 6-5 win over Georgia Southern (13-10) in eight innings on Saturday.
Eight of nine Mountaineers had a hit in today's game with Cayle Kifer leading the way, going 3-3 against the Eagles. Ally Walters helped the Mountaineers as well with her second homer of the season.
Haley Stewart saw plenty of action on defense. She was responsible for all three outs in the first inning with an unassisted double play and a groundout. Stewart gathered eight putouts in the field against the Eagles.
Georgia Southern scored first, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back singles followed by a two-run double.
The Mountaineers answered with five runs in the top of the third inning. Kifer and Jenny Dodd drew back-to-back walks to lead off before Stewart reached on a fielding error at shortstop to load the bases. Mary Pierce Barnes drove in the first run with a single to right field, and another run scored on a fielding error. Russell earned the RBI single before Ally Walters smashed her second homer of the season over the left field fence to bring the Mountaineers to a 5-2 lead.
The Eagles tied it up with two runs scored in the bottom of the third and a solo home run in the fifth. After two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, the Apps pulled ahead in the top of the eighth. Keri White singled through the left side. Kifer followed with a bunt for a hit in front of the plate. Stewart drove in the winning run on a single through the left side.
Kenzie Longanecker picked up her seventh win in the circle after finishing out the final five innings of the game. She struck out seven batters of the 18 at bats. Maddie Siemer and Taylor Nichols combined pitched the first three innings. As a staff, the Mountaineers limited the Eagles to seven hits without walking a single batter.
The Mountaineers head home after nine days on the road. They will continue play on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, Mar. 13. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Boone.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team competed in the semifinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon, falling in the battle with the Anderson Trojans, 77-65, in a neutral site battle at Furman University.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost the battle in the paint as they were outrebounded, 41-35, but the Bears shot better from beyond the arc, 38.5 percent to 34.6 percent. LR managed to turn the ball over less, 9-6, but only had 10 assists compared to the Trojans' 13.
The Bears had another outstanding effort from freshman Madeline Hardy who led the team in scoring with 16 and rebounding with eight. Both Kennedy Weigt and Madi Suddreth rounded out the double-digit scorers with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Anderson was led in scoring by Alexy Mollenhauer with 27 and Ace Easter who finished with 20.
Lenoir-Rhyne's senior duo of Suddreth and Toineeta wrapped up their decorated careers in the top-10 in scoring and assists, respectively.
Hardy has scored in double-figures in nine of the last 11 games
The trio honored by the SAC on Thursday combined for 36 points, 16 rebounds and averaged 33.3 minutes between the three of them in this game.
The Bears season ends at 17-13.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team will have to wait another year to make its first national tournament appearance in program history.
The second-seeded Red Hawks were handed a 90-54 defeat at the hands of third-seeded Cape Fear during the semifinals of the Region X/District J tournament on Friday afternoon at the Roger Taylor Arena on the campus of Louisburg College.
Catawba Valley ends its 2018-19 women’s basketball season with a 24-6 overall record — the third-straight season its eclipsed the 20-win plateau.
“I am proud of my ladies,” said sixth-year CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “Most people didn’t think that we would get here and that we wouldn’t make it, but we believed in ourselves.”
In her final junior college game, sophomore forward Zharia Brown led the Red Hawks with 23 points and 16 rebounds — her 11th double double of the season. Fellow sophomore Sherry Johnson added 11 points and six rebounds.
CVCC was plagued in Friday’s tournament game by poor field goal shooting, making just 2-of-14 attempts in the first quarter and 7-of-31 attempts by halftime, allowing Cape Fear (24-4) to gain a 43-19 advantage by halftime.
“At the beginning of the game, we just didn’t knock down shots,” England said. “We just didn’t finish shots, and it kind of caught us off guard a little bit. Our defense kind of slacked a little bit. We picked it back up, but we had dug ourselves a hole, and it was just hard to get back out of it.”
Down 24 points at the break, the Red Hawks played catch up during the third and fourth quarters, but continued to struggle from the field, finishing the contest with a 25.2 shooting percentage (22-for-87). CVCC also committed 22 turnovers, leading to its season-ending loss.
“At the end of the day, I’m truly thankful and truly blessed for these young ladies,” England said of her players. “They have put the work in. It’s bigger than basketball. So much stuff has happened in their lives outside of basketball. God gave them this gift and this tool, and they are using it to get an education and move forward in life. I’m thankful for that.”
Friday’s game was the final for five Catawba Valley sophomores — Brown, Johnson, Alizeya Mitchell, Milequa Eason and Danielle Rainey.
England said replacing the veteran group will be difficult, but the Red Hawks have a talented group of freshman returning to the court for their sophomore seasons this winter.
“It’s going to be hard. Every year it is hard to replace a group, but the Lord always sends me another group through for us to keep moving forward,” England said. “We’ll be back.”
Appalachian State University women's tennis (6-4) split a pair of matches on Friday to end the week. The Mountaineers convincingly defeated North Carolina Central, 6-1, in the morning before suffering a 7-0 decision to No. 11 North Carolina State in the evening.
The Mountaineers ended the week with a 3-2 mark and is now 4-3 on the road this season.
After Friday, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) is 8-2 in singles play while six other Mountaineers boast at least three singles victories. Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken Norrköping) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) are a team-best 6-1 in doubles.
App State 6, North Carolina Central 1
App State was unblemished in doubles play with all three tandems capturing wins.
Swope and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) won their match over Frida Cnossen/Hannah Gaines, 6-1, while Sevo/Anglesjö captured a 6-0 sweep over Maru Berghaus/Ivana Dragovic. Completing the 3-0 doubles record was Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord)/Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual won their second straight match with a 6-3 win over Sofia Miller/Emily Pena.
The momentum continued in singles, as the Black and Gold came away with five of the six singles match going to straight sets. Daniel picked up a win over Gaines, 6-2, 6-3. Zacarias won her battle over Berghaus in sweeping fashion, 6-3, 6-2.
Rebecca Morse (Cypres Creek, Fla./Lehigh Acres) topped Miller in her match, 6-1, 6-1, while Hope won her eighth match of the campaign against Polina Sakharova, 6-3, 6-2.
Anglesjö kept up her play as the No. 6 in the lineup against Dragovic, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 11 NC State 7, App State 0
Appalachian faced another top ACC program, as the Wolfpack were the second-nationally ranked program from the ACC the Mountaineers have faced (then-No. 2 North Carolina.)
App State couldn't get any rhythm going against NC State in doubles play. The Apps had won the last two doubles point prior to Friday's match.
In doubles, Swope and Zacarias gave Anna Rogers/Alana Smith, the No. 12 doubles partner in the country, all they could handle. The App pairing only lost by two points to their counterpart.
NC State claimed the next doubles contest to go into singles with a 1-0 edge. App was unable to get any momentum going, as NCSU claimed the six singles matches to pull away for the win.
App State will face Coastal Carolina on the road to open Sun Belt play. First serve is set for 10 a.m. in Conway on Wednesday, March 13.
Appalachian State (12-6) defeated Georgia Southern (13-9) on Friday in a 7-0 shutout to secure the Sun Belt series win. Sydney Holland picked up her fifth win as a Mountaineer for a complete game shutout.
Today's win marks the second ever Sun Belt series victory for the Mountaineers. Their last series victory was against the ULM Warhawks in the opening weekend of Sun Belt play in 2018.
Senior Megan Walker continued her hitting streak against the Eagles, batting 3-3 with a double and two singles. Walker is now 7-7 against the Eagles this weekend after having only three hits in the previous 16 games. In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, she made a fantastic diving play in centerfield to end the game.
The first Mountaineer run of the game came in the top of the third inning after back-to-back doubles from Baylee Mortonand Walker. Three scoreless innings followed for both the Apps and the Eagles, but App State picked up six insurance runs off of four hits in the top of the seventh inning.
Ally Walters led off with a single to centerfield. Walker and White both followed with singles before Caylie Kifer drew a walk for the RBI. Jenny Dodd was hit by a pitch to bring in the third run. Haley Stewart's singled through the right side, bringing the Mountaineers to a total of five runs. Mary Pierce Barnes earned an RBI on a groundout to the first baseman, and Dakota Christie scored the seventh and final run for the Apps on a wild pitch while pinch running for Stewart.
Appalachian State University men's head coach Jason O'Keefe is excited to announce the addition of assistant coach Matty Evans to the coaching staff.
"We are very excited to add Matty to our staff," O'Keefe stated. "Matty has worked some of our camps in the past and will be a fantastic addition to our program. He has hit the ground running and already helped the program in many ways. He brings international experience to the staff coming from England, where he grew up playing and then came over to the US to play and get his degree. He has worked with two of the top Division II programs over the past couple of years, so he knows what it takes to win a championship. He brings a great wealth of knowledge and background of successfully training goalkeepers to develop and exceed their potential."
Evans joins a program that was the top defensive team in the Sun Belt in 2018 with seven shutouts, while the Mountaineers had their highest finish in the Sun Belt since joining the conference and posted an 8-5-3 record. It was Appalachian's first winning mark in the O'Keefe era and the first winning season since 2012. The Mountaineers will bring back 25 of the 28 players from last season's team but will need to replace graduate, Jake Chasteen. Chasteen was the top goalkeeper in the league. He earned a plethora of awards including Sun Belt's Co-Player of the Year and was named an Academic All-American.
Evans will be responsible for the development of the goalkeepers and looking for more talent to join the High Country.
The newly-hired assistant is no stranger to success, as both of his stints at West Chester and most recently, Lander, combined for a 30-5-5 mark and deep runs in the postseason. In his one-year stint at Lander, he helped the Bearcats boast a 16-2-3 record and a 6-1 Peach Belt Conference record. Lander finished as a regular season and tournament runner-up while earning a Southeast Regional championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Lander finished the season ranked fifth in the nation. The Bearcats allowed just 12 goals during the season thanks in large part to a stellar 16 shutouts and a Lander record of 942 minutes without suffering a score. Lander saw six players earn all-conference recognition, five all-region selections and one All-American in Jordan Skelton. Among Lander's all-conference selections was the goalkeeper, Jordan Withers, who led the league in save percentage and posted nine clean sheets out of the 11 opponents he faced.
While at West Chester, he contributed to the Golden Rams' 14-3-2 season and an unblemished 11-0 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, capturing a conference championship. West Chester advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the first time in over 50 years. Five players earned all-conference honors with four being named all-region. The Golden Rams finished 17th in the country in the final rankings.
Evans played professionally in the USL league 2 in 2016 for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
As a player at Seton Hill, Evans was a successful goalkeeper, starting in 36 career matches and totaling over 3,000 minutes of playing time between the posts. He helped the team to a school-record 12 wins in 2015, while his eight shutouts were the fourth most in conference history. He totaled 131 saves in two seasons with a career save percentage of .744.
"I want to give a big thank you to coach O'Keefe and Doug Gillin for the opportunity to coach in an extremely successful athletics department," coach Evans said. "I am excited to be able to work with Jason & Brad (Franks) in continuing to transform Appalachian State men's soccer into a championship-winning program. I have been able to get to know Jason over the past few months and our philosophies, coaching style, and beliefs are very similar. His love for the game is contagious and I am excited to be apart of his coaching staff. I want to say thank you to Lee Squires at Lander University for being an incredible mentor as I continued to make the transition from being a player to a coach. I wish Lee and the program all the best for the future"
Evans graduated from Seton Hill University with a bachelor's of science degree in sports management. He will be joined in Boone by his wife, Rachel.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team ran its winning streak to seven straight with a SAC-opening 7-0 victory over Mars Hill on Thursday afternoon. The win over the Lions is LR's fourth straight win over Mars Hill.
"The guys finished very strongly today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "I was pleased that all our freshman got their first wins in the SAC and we are looking forward to a good challenge against Belmont Abbey on Saturday."
Doubles action was tightly contested by the hosts but Lenoir-Rhyne came away with the point. At first doubles, Hamed Gandouz and Shane O'Dea beat MHU's top pair by a score of 6-4. In the second spot, Tales Miranda and Rhodri Atkinson won 6-4 and Josh Lazenby and Mauricio Hernandez won in the third line by a final of 6-3.
The Bears won all singles matches in straight sets. Reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Lazenby took a 6-4, 6-3 win in second singles for his third straight victory. Fellow freshman Lewis Scott earned his first conference win by a final score of 6-3, 6-2 in fifth singles. Atkinson also earned his first conference win in singles 7-5, 6-0.
The Bears are 10-1 overall, 1-0 in South Atlantic Conference action. L-R will return home for a match against Belmont Abbey on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team ran its winning streak to seven straight with a SAC-opening 7-0 victory over Mars Hill on Thursday afternoon. The win over the Lions is LR's fifth straight win over Mars Hill.
"The ladies took care of business as was expected today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "I was pleased that some of our freshmen got their first wins in the SAC. It was another solid outing for our program."
Doubles action went to the Bears thanks to wins in all three spots. The first doubles duo of Lucy Whelan and Marta Escanero took a 6-3 victory, while Diana Babinets and Gemma Southwick took a 6-4 win.
It was more of the same in singles play with the Bears sweeping the Lions, all in straight sets. Freshmen Southwick, Babinets and Ally Garofoli all earned their first league wins in convincing fashion.
The Bears are 9-1 overall, 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return home for a match against Belmont Abbey on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.
In the Sun Belt opener, Appalachian State (11-6) captured its first conference win of the 2019 season on Thursday over Georgia Southern (13-8). In a 9-2 ballgame, the Mountaineers tied their season-best 13 hits.
With the win, the Mountaineers break a 17-game losing streak dating back to May 2013 against the Georgia Southern Eagles. This is also the second time the program has won its Sun Belt opener since joining the league in 2014. Both instances occurred under the helm of head coach Shelly Hoerner.
Eight of nine Mountaineers collected at least one hit in an impressive offensive performance. Haley Stewart and Sidney Russell each had two hits apiece. Megan Walker went 4-4 with a double and three singles for two RBI, leading the Mountaineers. Walker earned herself a spot in the record book for her four hits, tying the highest number of hits in a single game for the Apps.
Baylee Morton threw out her fourth runner caught stealing this season, currently tied for third in the Sun Belt.
Kenzie Longanecker picked up the win for a 6-0 overall record in the circle for the Mountaineers. With only one walk, she limited the Eagles to two runs with five strikeouts in 93 pitches.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 13
Alexander Central: 5
West Caldwell: 3
South Caldwell: 10
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 2
Fred T. Foard: 11
West Iredell: 1
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
North Lincoln: 0
East Lincoln: 11
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 10
Alexander Central: 10
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 12
West Iredell: 4
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 4
North Lincoln: 1
St. Stephens: 5
Wilkes Central: 8
Alexander Central: 0
The second-seeded Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start and seventh-seeded USC Salkehatchie on its way to an 88-50 win in the Region X/District J quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center on the campus of Louisburg College.
The Red Hawks (24-5) advance to Friday’s semifinals against third-seeded Cape Fear, who defeated sixth-seeded Wake Tech, 83-70.
CVCC and CFCC split the regular season series with both teams winning at home — the Red Hawks claiming a 73-60 win on Jan. 5 in Hickory, N.C. and the Sea Devils coming away with an 83-61 victory on Feb. 23 in Wilmington, N.C.
Danielle Rainey scored a career-high 19 points to lead Catawba Valley in its quarterfinal victory on Thursday, while teammates Zharia Brown and Aniya Taylor also reached double figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
CVCC took a quick 6-0 lead in the early moments of Thursday’s quarterfinal match up, but USC Salkehatchie (13-15) came back to tie the comets 12-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Gathering itself and gaining a 40-33 lead by halftime, the Red Hawks would outscore the Indians 48-17 during the second half on its way to advancing to the tournament semifinals.
Loni Sales and Zymbraya Corley each scored a team-high 13 points to lead the Indians, who committed four technical fouls during Thursday’s game.
Friday’s semifinal match up between Catawba Valley and Cape Fear is set for 4 p.m. at the Roger G. Taylor Arena.
The winner of that contest will meet the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded Bryant & Stratton and fifth-seeded Clinton in Saturday’s championship game at 1 p.m.
2018-19 Region X/District J women’s basketball tournament
#6 Wake Tech 70, #11 Lenoir 37
#7 USC Salkehatchie 86, #10 Fayetteville Tech 49
#9 Brunswick 69, #8 Guilford Tech 60
Quarterfinals (Thursday, March 7 at Louisburg)
#1 Bryant & Stratton 80, #9 Brunswick 45
#5 Clinton 93, #4 Louisburg 82
#2 Catawba Valley 88, #7 USC Salkehatchie 50
#3 Cape Fear 83, #6 Wake Tech 70
Semifinals (Friday, March 8 at Louisburg)
#1 Bryant & Stratton (24-5) vs. #5 Clinton (10-15), 2 p.m.
#2 Catawba Valley (24-5) vs. #3 Cape Fear (23-4), 4 p.m.
Championship game (Saturday, March 9 at Louisburg)
Bryant & Stratton/Clinton winner vs. Catawba Valley/Cape Fear winner, 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (4-9) split a pair of matches on Thursday to end the week with a 3-2 mark. The Mountaineers fell to Valparaiso, 6-1, before defeating Norfolk State, 4-2, in the second match of the evening.
Four Mountaineers posted singles wins on the day, while Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) went 2-0 on the day. Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, Hi./Florida Virtual) and Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal) both had a singles win and doubles victory through the two contests.
App State 4, Norfolk State 2 (0-4)
It was a different story in the second match after the loss to the Crusaders. Brea and Stone started the Mountaineers off on the right foot when they dealt Andres Alcaraz/Dan Dumitrascu a 6-4 defeat. Clinching the 1-0 advantage for App was the freshmen tandem of Heaven/Viana, who topped Vini Da Silva/Ignacio Guevel, 7-5.
NSU claimed the first two contests in singles to go up 2-1. Viana stepped up once again when he tied up the match, 2-2, after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Flavian Fernandez.
Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) gave the Apps a 3-2 advantage with his 6-1, 7-5 win over Guevel as the No. 6 in the lineup.
Capping off the run of three straight singles wins was Heaven. The Ewa Beach, Hi., native won the contest against Dumitrascu to end the week on a high note.
Valparaiso 6 (9-3), App State 1
In doubles play, the Mountaineers were edged as the deciding match went to a tiebreaker. Stone and Brea defeated Gabriel Carvajal/Franklin Brozovich, 7-4, after Valpo won the first doubles contest.
Heaven and Viana fell to Chad Kissell/Brian Pecyna in the doubles clincher but showcased a valiant effort. The duo fell in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4), leading to a 1-0 lead for Valpo.
The Crusaders would win the first two finished matches to take a lead. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) brought the Black and Gold to a 3-1 deficit with his 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Kissell. However, Valpo claimed the next three contests to pick up the win.
App State will return to action on Friday, March 15 against Southern Mississippi at 2 p.m. for its home opener.
The fifth-seeded Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Thursday with a 87-65 loss to host Wake Tech in the Region X/District IV quarterfinals.
The Red Hawks finish their 2018-19 season with a 22-9 record — the second-most wins in a season in program history.
After the game, CVCC head coach Bryan Garmroth, who just completed his eighth season of leading the Red Hawks, addressed his players and gave them one simple message.
“I told them it’s been one of the most enjoyable years I’ve ever had coaching,” he said. “They’ve been really fun to work with. They come to work pretty much every day to practice hard, play hard and compete in games. 22-9 is a good season. We certainly felt like it could have been better. We feel like we had about three games we let get away because we couldn’t make free throws.
“Tonight, it’s sad to end it on a disappointment like this where we come out, and it wasn’t like that we didn’t play hard. We were fumbling and couldn’t do anything right,” he added. “We got beat by a much better team tonight.”
CVCC was plagued by 19 first-half turnovers, falling behind 16-3 to Wake Tech (18-11) in the first eight minutes of the half before going on to trail 47-33 at halftime.
“That game there was ugly and a nightmare,” Garmroth said. “Everything we did was wrong, but we kept playing hard and we kept competing. That’s the character of the guys on this team. That’s what has made this fun.”
Catawba Valley attempted to come back in the second half, but could not get its deficit down into the single digits en route to its elimination.
Thursday’s contest was the final for five Red Hawks sophomores — Everett Palmer, Victor Tshiona, Brandon Reeves, Isayah Johnson and Jordan Powell.
However, Garmroth expects to return most, if not all, of his young nucleus of 10 freshmen next winter, including Jonathan McFall, who scored a career-high 21 points to lead CVCC in Thursday’s season finale.
“I think we’ll have a great group of leaders,” Garmroth said. “We’ve just got to get some other guys to come in here and help us.”
As for what he’ll remember the most from this season, it’s all about the players for Garmroth.
“The record is good, but the people that we’ve been with all year are what is important,” he said. “They were a great, great group to coach and one of my most enjoyable seasons ever because of the people on the team. The individuals are what will stick out. That’s what you remember are the kids and the guys who come to practice every day, do what they are supposed to do and play and compete.”
2019 Region X/District VI men's basketball tournament
First round scores (from Monday)
#5 Catawba Valley 95, #12 Vance-Granville 75
#6 Bryant & Stratton 82, #11 Lenoir 62
#7 Davidson County 95, #10 Fayetteville Tech 86
#8 Louisburg 71, #9 Patrick Henry 67
Quarterfinals (Thursday at Wake Tech CC)
Game 1: #2 Guilford Tech 93, #7 Davidson County 83
Game 2 :#1 Pitt 80, #8 Louisburg 74
Game 3: #6 Bryant & Stratton 87, #3 Florida Gateway 59
Game 4: #4 Wake Tech 87, #5 Catawba Valley 65
Semifinals (Friday at Wake Tech CC)
#2 Guilford Tech (23-5) vs. #6 Bryant & Stratton (14-16), 5 p.m.
#1 Pitt (23-7) vs. #4 Wake Tech (18-11), 7 p.m.
Championship Game (Saturday at Wake Tech CC)
Guilford Tech/Bryant & Stratton winner vs. Pitt/Wake Tech winner, 1 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team used 11 stolen bases to take a doubleheader sweep against Belmont Abbey's JV team at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds on Thursday afternoon.
With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 10-7 overall on the season, winning their past four games in a row.
Game one: Catawba Valley 6, Belmont Abbey JV 5 (eight innings)
Grant Tilley's pinch-hit, walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Jamie Sheek from third base, lifting the Red Hawks to their ninth win of the spring.
The Red Hawks cracked the scoreboard in the first inning when catcher Willie Gordon laced a double to left field, scoring Tyler Campbell, who had singled earlier in the inning. During the hit, an error in left field allowed Gordon to round all the bases and give the Red Hawks a 2-0 lead.
The Red Hawks added two more runs to their lead, scoring one each in the fourth and fifth innings. David Kennedy stole home during the fourth inning, and Campbell delivered a two-run blast over the left field fence, scoring Cole Chapman to make it a 5-0 CVCC advantage.
Chapman led the Red Hawks with three hits in game one of the doubleheader, while Campbell and Gordon each added two hits apiece.
The Crusaders roared back in the seventh inning, tying the contest on a bases loaded walk, hit batter and back-to-back hits to even the score at 5-5.
After a lead-off walk and stolen base by Sheek, Tilly pinch hit for Nathan Collins, singling to left field to bring home Sheek for the winning run.
CVCC starting pitcher Austin Blevins tossed five innings of shutout baseball, allowing only one hit and striking out six. Reliever Myles White earned the win, pitching the final 1.2 innings while striking out four batters and giving up one run on two hits.
Game two: Catawba Valley 5, Belmont Abbey JV 1 (seven innings)
The Red Hawks scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, defeating the Crusaders by four runs to earn the doubleheader sweep on Thursday.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, a fielder's choice by Ryan Healy plated Trent Jones to open the game's scoring. For the second game in a row, a Red Hawk baserunner — this time Grant Tilley — scored by stealing home plate on a double steal attempt that also saw Healy swipe second base.
Back-to-back RBI singles from Jackson Brown and Mason Lyda extended the Red Hawks' advantage to 5-0 through four complete innings.
Belmont Abbey was able to break the shutout bid by CVCC in the seventh inning, plating its lone run on a wild pitch.
Catawba Valley starting pitcher Chris Banks earned the win on the mound, going five innings and striking out seven batters while allowing no runs on two hits. Reliever Noah Eaker earned the save by coming in the seventh inning and striking out three batters and giving up one run on one hit and two walks
The CVCC baseball team returns to the field this weekend for a conference series against Wake Tech in Raleigh, N.C. The Red Hawks and Eagles square off in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before playing a single nine-inning game on Sunday at noon.