Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the promotion of Kim Pate to the position of vice president for athletics. Pate, who has served as the director of athletics since March 1, 2016, will continue to provide leadership to the athletic department as well as serve on the president's leadership team to support the broader campus mission and strategic direction.
Under Pate's leadership, LR has had unparalleled success on the field, including:
The 2018-19 season marked LR's best finish in the Echols Athletic Excellence Award standings, finishing just 10 points out of first place. The Bears' 1,521 points were a program record, and the Bears were in first place after both the fall and winter seasons for the first time.
The football team advanced to the NCAA Playoff Elite 8 and finished the season ranked No. 8 nationally under first year head coach Drew Cronic. Cronic, whom Pate hired in December 2017, was named AFCA National Coach of the Year and the Bears were the most improved team in the nation, improving their win total by nine wins from 2017 to 2018.
Entering 2018-19, LR had two National Coaches of the Year in school history, but Cronic along with head men's lacrosse coach Greg Paradine doubled that total in one season as both picked up national COTY honors
Women's outdoor track and field and men's soccer each won their first South Atlantic Conferences championships in program history and six teams/individuals advanced to NCAA competition last year.
In addition, Pate has lead improvements to facilities, including the completion of a successful $3.25 million fundraising campaign for the Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center. The facility features 14,000 square feet of new and enhanced space, a weight room, nutrition bar and indoor turf training area, dedicated team meeting rooms, additional coaches' offices, and an enclosed pavilion and outdoor courtyard for Bears Club hospitality and engagement space. Announced in August 2018, the fundraising and construction were completed in just 12 months.
Other athletic facilities experienced marked improvement with the renovation of Shuford Memorial Gym Lobby, and the addition of air-conditioning in Shuford Gym, Moretz Gym, and numerous locker rooms. Another notable upgrade was the addition of grandstands at the Moretz Sports Complex soccer and track facility and the installation of a new state-of-the-art Mondo track surface. Additionally, a new video board was installed at the baseball field.
Pate has helped the Bears excel off the field as well. Over her first three years, Lenoir-Rhyne has led the SAC with a combined 579 student-athletes on the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
The Bears also posted a record-high number of Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards (123) which tied for the most representatives in the SAC and was the eighth-most recipients in Division II. During the 2018-19 season, LR boasted four Academic All-Americans and four Elite 20 award winners. Pate also added an emphasis on community service since starting in Hickory and the Bears ranked in the top 20 of NCAA Division II athletic departments last year with 6,029 community service hours. Also, the SAAC raised more than $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which ranked No. 17 in Division II.
Prior to LR, Pate served as director of athletics at the University of Illinois Springfield for five years, where she was responsible for the administration and oversight of a 16-sport NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Before that, she worked at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, as the director of athletics for more than three years (2007-11). She oversaw 18 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs in the SAC.
During her tenures at the two previous institutions, Pate led several initiatives including transitioning Brevard College from NAIA to NCAA Division II status, implementing multiple new sports programs including football, establishing a new 500-member booster club while more than doubling fundraising contributions, and leading multiple capital facility improvements including the development of a new baseball facility, golf driving range, and numerous other facility renovations.
While at Brevard, Pate also gained collegiate coaching experience serving as the assistant softball coach for three years. She helped lead the team to a program-record winning season of 28-22, during her first year of coaching.
Pate's experience also includes more than six years of active involvement on numerous national athletic committees and organizations. In 2019, she was selected to be an officer on the Division II ADA board of directors as the third vice president. Also, Pate was selected to serve on the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics executive committee in spring 2019. She has served as a representative on the NCAA Division II legislative committee, chair of the NCAA Division II interpretation subcommittee, vice chair of the NCAA Division II membership committee, as well as a member of both the NCAA diversity and inclusion fellows design team and the SAC strategic planning committee. In 2015, Pate was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as a Woman of Influence honoree.
Pate received her Master of Business Administration from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Brevard, where she received her bachelor's degree in business and organizational leadership, graduating summa cum laude.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team was predicted to finish sixth in the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll as announced by the league. Additionally, LR's Taylor Prall and Jackie Denny earned Preseason Second Team All-Conference honors.
The Bears finished in a fourth-place tie in the SAC standings a season ago, going 11-9 in league play and 17-11 overall. The Bears won their first seven games of the season before a handful of late season injuries brought the season to an abrupt finish in the SAC Quarterfinal.
Prall, an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection in 2018, led LR with 287 kills as a sophomore and added 15 service aces, 187 digs and 38 blocks. Prall finished 10th in the league in kills and had six double-doubles on the year including a monster 22-kill, 18-dig effort in a 3-2 win over Queens.
Denny was also an Honorable Mention All-Conference performer a season ago after finishing the season with 82 total blocks. Denny added 154 kills and was second on the team with a .236 hitting percentage. The senior had a pair of 13-kill performances and notched a double-double with 10 kills and 11 blocks against UNC Pembroke on Aug. 31.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on September 6 when they take on Francis Marion at 3 p.m. at Queens University.
2019 Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Wingate (10) 131
2. Anderson (2) 121
T-3. Lincoln Memorial 104
T-3. Carson-Newman 104
5. Queens 90
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 87
7. Mars Hill 67
T-8. Tusculum 51
T-8. Catawba 51
10. Coker 49
11. Newberry 46
12. UVa-Wise 23
2019 SAC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Rylee Storms, Lincoln Memorial
Taylor du Bray, Coker
Casey Tarvin, Queens
Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill
Hailee Wilhelm, Anderson
Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (L)
Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman
Zoe Dinkins, Newberry
Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Regan Duty, Anderson
Logan Witt, Queens
Jackie Denny, Lenoir-Rhyne
Emily Walter, Lincoln Memorial
Ciara Kain, UVa-Wise
Jaycee Jones, Queens (L)
The Hickory Crawdads fell 4-2 on Saturday night to the Greensboro Grasshoppers to even the series at one game each. The 'Dads magic number remains at six with nine games to play.
Greensboro got a pair of runs across in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Crawdads starter Tyree Thompson finished his evening after five innings, giving up two runs (only one earned) on five hits and one walk.
The 'Dads tied the game up at two in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pedro Gonzalez drew a walk with two outs to get things started. Gonzalez stole second and took third on a throwing error by the catcher. He came into to score on a double by Matt Whatley. Kole Enright drove a double off the right field wall to even the score.
The Grasshoppers pulled ahead 4-2 in the seventh inning on a hit batter and walk with the bases loaded.
Racing returned for a great cause this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway for Pink Heals Night at the Races presented by Dickinson Service Center.
Leading off the evening’s events would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for 40 laps in race one of their doubleheader. Travis Swaim in the #21 would take the top spot in qualifying with Matt Leicht in the #2 starting to his outside. Row two would be made up of Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Thomas Beane in the #31 and Zach Bruenger in the #55. The green flag would see Swaim and Leicht side by side for the top spot until Leicht would get loose off of turn two on lap two giving the spot to Swaim. Beane would use the opportunity to move under Leicht and complete the pass five laps later. Leicht would shadow Beane for several laps until lap 26 when he would move around for the second spot. Swaim would have his racer on cruise control setting a blistering pace early in the race and drive on to the win. Leicht would close the gap late but have to settle for 2nd with Beane extending his points lead and finishing 3rd. Mike Darne in the #6 would finish 4th and Bradley McCaskill in the #18M finishing 5th.
Next up would be the Renegades for their 20 lap feature. Justin Austin in the #1 would set fast time in qualifying and start from the top spot with the #6 of Spencer Dickinson to his outside. Dickinson would get a great start on the outside, but Austin would take the top spot back coming off of turn two. Brian Larkin in the #7 would move up to third, but pull to pit road with mechanical issues on lap 5. Austin and Dickinson would make it a two car battle for the top spot over the remaining laps. Austin would hold on and take the win and extend his series points lead. Dickinson would finish 2nd with Gary Ledbetter in the #8 coming home in 3rd. Kyle DiVanna in the #71K would finish 4th and Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would round out the top five in 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for 35 laps of exciting racing action. The front row would be made up of the current top two in points for the division with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 on the pole and Josh Kossek in the #44 to his outside. Mason Ludwig in the #12 and Chase Janes in the #47 would make up the second row. As the green flag would fly DeMarmels would spin the rear tires and give Kossek the opening to move to the top spot. The battle for the top spot would see DeMarmels move back around to the point on lap 11, but Kossek wasn’t going to give up quite yet. The duo would battle side by side until Kossek would finally make the pass once again on lap 18. The lead duo would be alone nose to tail until Ryan Rackley in the #1 would move up to their bumper in 3rd. Lap 28 would see the caution fly as Josh Stark in the #32 would spin on the front stretch. The restart would see Kossek and DeMarmels in row one and Rackley and Mason Ludwig in the #32 making up row two. Kossek and DeMarmels would take back up where they left off before the caution flew with a hard battle for the top spot. Kossek would hang on for the win. DeMarmels would finish 2nd with Rackley finishing 3rd. Chase Janes in the #47 would make the most of his return to Hickory by finishing 4th and Ludwig would finish 5th.
25 laps would be the plan for the 4-Cylinders who would hit the track next. Brian Mundy in the #6 would be the fastest in qualifying and start from the pole position with Curtis Pardue in the #17 to his outside. Mundy would move to the early lead with Pardue close in tow. Robert Trivette in the #11 would give chase and keep the leaders within striking distance while running third. Cody Combs in the #9 and Ashton Trivette in the #21 would have a spirited battle for fourth. Mundy would drive on to the win. Pardue would finish 2nd With Robert Trivette finishing 3rd. Ashton Trivette would finish 4th while Combs would round out the top five in 5th.
The Street Stocks would roar to life next for their 30 lap battle. Jeff Sparks in the #7 would take the point in qualifying with Drew Cox in the #21 to his outside. Jesse Clark in the #5 and Derek Fowler in the #31 would make up row two for the green flag. Sparks would take the early lead with Cox in his tire tracks. Sparks would set a blistering pace with Cox peddling hard to reel in the leader. Sparks would drive on to the win. Cox would finish 2nd with Clark finishing 3rd. Fowler and the #77 of Mark Whitten would have a furious battle off of turn four on the final lap for position. Whitten would take the spot and finish 4th and Fowler would end up 5th.
Closing out the night’s action would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for 40 more laps in race two of their doubleheader. With the invert of the finishing order from race one Gracie Trotter in the #2 would start from the top spot with Bradley McCaskill in the #18M to his outside. The #18 of Connor Mosack and the #31 of Thomas Beane would make up the second row for the start. Trotter and McCaskill would battle door to door for the first several laps until Trotter would start to nose ahead. As Trotter would take the top spot Beane would move by for second. Beane would quickly look under Trotter and take the top spot on lap six. 2015 Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Matt Piercy in the #25 and Charlie Watson in the #9 would work their way from the rear of the field to third and fourth by lap 15. Lap 21 would see the caution fly with debris present on the backstretch. The restart would see Beane and Trotter in row one and Piercy and Watson in row two. Beane would pull ahead on the start and Piercy would follow to second. Watson would work his way to third and bring Matt Leicht in the #2 with him to fourth. Lap 35 would see Leicht move around Watson for third. Piercy would look for the lead, but Beane would prove too strong on the night and drive on to the win. Piercy would finish 2nd with Leicht finishing 3rd. Watson would finish 4th and Swaim would finish 5th.
Next week will see the prestigious Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial roll into the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars for its 43rd running.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be in action the following two weeks as they wind down the 2019 points battle.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 8/24/19 (Unofficial)
Late Model Race #1
1 #21T Travis Swaim
2 #2 Matt Leicht
3 #31 Thomas Beane
4 #6 Mike Darne
5 #18M Bradley McCaskill
6 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
7 #9 Charlie Watson
8 #2T Gracie Trotter
9 #55 Zachary Bruenger
10 #34 Pat Rachels ( r )
11 #83 Chris Honeycutt
12 #26 Joey Trent
13 #75 Quincy Adkins
14 #25 Matt Piercy
15 #71 Nathan Lineback
16 #28 Danny Chafin
17 #25L Kevin Leicht - DNS
Late Model Race #2
1 #31 Thomas Beane
2 #25 Matt Piercy
3 #2 Matt Leicht
4 #9 Charlie Watson
5 #21T Travis Swaim
6 #2T Gracie Trotter
7 #18M Bradley McCaskill
8 #34 Pat Rachels ( r )
9 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
10 #55 Zachary Bruenger
11 #6 Mike Darne
12 #83 Chris Honeycutt
13 #26 Joey Trent
14 #71L Nathan Lineback
15 #28 Danny Chafin
16 #75 Quincy Adkins
17 #25L Kevin Leicht - DNS
Limited Late Model
1 #44K Josh Kossek
2 #18D Cody DeMarmels
3 #1 Ryan Rackley
4 #47 Chase Janes
5 #12 Mason Ludwig
6 #71 Nathan Lineback
7 #32 Josh Stark ( r )
8 #13 Mark Johnson
9 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
10 #42 Ricky Bruce ( r )
1 #7 Jeff Sparks
2 #21C Drew Cox
3 #5 Jesse Clark
4 #77 Mark Whitten
5 #31 Derek Fowler
6 #64 Marshall Sutton
7 #2 Ethan Johnson
8 #03 Kevin Eby
9 #32 David Harrell
1 #6 Brian Mundy
2 #17 Curtis Pardue
3 #11 Robert Trivette
4 #21 Ashton Trivette
5 #9 Cody Combs
6 #98 Robbie Lewis
7 #1 Mark Chapman
1 #6 Spencer Dickinson ( r )
2 #8 Gary Ledbetter
3 #71K Kyle DiVanna
4 #51 Robbie Hollifield
5 #71 Robert DiVanna
6 #95 Rodney Elkins ( r )
7 #72 Zachary Mullins
8 #69 Megan Campbell
9 #81 Matthew Chambers
10 #7 Brian Larkin
11 #1 Justin Austin – DQ
The South Atlantic Conference Cross Country Coaches Preseason Poll was released and the Lenoir-Rhyne Men were selected to finish sixth, while the Women selected to finish in third.
The men placed sixth at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championships, with the women bringing home a third-place finish. New Head Coach Kevin Paterson looks to continue to build on the Bears success.
Queens was picked to finish first on both the men's and women's side, with each team garnering 11 of the 12 first place votes.
2019 Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Queens (11) 132
2. Anderson 115
3. Wingate (1) 110
4. Lincoln Memorial 98
5. Catawba 94
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 81
7. Tusculum 73
8. Carson-Newman 68
9. Mars Hill 54
10. Newberry 38
11. Coker 36
12. UVa-Wise 25
2019 Women's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Queens (11) 132
2. Anderson 113
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 107
4. Wingate (1) 97
5. Catawba 94
6. Carson-Newman 93
7. Tusculum 77
8. Lincoln Memorial 63
9. Mars Hill 48
10. Newberry 40
11. Coker 33
12. UVa-Wise 27
The Hickory Crawdads magic number for a playoff berth is down to six after Friday night's 16-5 romp of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Crawdads scored the first run of the game, putting a run up in the first. Jonathan Ornelas started off inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Jax Biggers. Josh Jung grounded into a double play but Ornelas was able to score on the play.
Greensboro evened the score at one in the second inning.
The 'Dads quickly took the lead back, scoring three in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Anderson and Miguel Aparicio began the inning with back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third. Frainyer Chavez doubled to score both runners and put the Crawdads up by two. Ornelas singled in Chavez, pushing the score to 4-1.
The Grasshoppers added another run in the top of the third but still trailed by two.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Crawdads took a four-run lead as they added on another pair of runs. The 'Dads got two runners aboard as Tyreque Reed doubled and Melvin Novoa was hit by a pitch. Aparicio moved both up on a ground out. Kole Enright hit the Crawdads' fourth double of the night to drive in Reed and Novoa.
The 'Dads scored once again in the fourth inning. Reed collected his second double and third hit of the game. He came home on a single by Novoa to make the score 7-2.
The offense erupted for seven runs in the fifth to take a 14-3 lead. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Chavez drew a walk and Ornelas was hit by a pitch. Chavez and Ornelas stole second and third, their sixteenth and thirteenth steals of the season, respectively. Biggers hit a single to bring in the first two runs. He got himself in scoring position with his eleventh stolen base of the year. The Grasshoppers hit Jung with a pitch in the next at bat. Tyreque Reed singled in Biggers. Novoa drove a double to left to score Jung and Reed. Once again, the 'Dads got a free base as Anderson was hit. Aparicio hit a singled to bring in Novoa and Enright followed up with a RBI single to plate Anderson.
Greensboro picked up a run in the sixth and two in the eighth but still trailed the 'Dads by nine.
The Crawdads struck again in the bottom of the eight for two runs. Enright and Ornelas singled to get things started. A wild pitch allowed them to take second and third. Biggers delivered a two-run single to push the lead back to eleven.
App State women's soccer fell to Radford 3-0 in the season opener on Friday evening at Cupp Stadium.
Three first-half goals on set pieces were the difference for App (0-1), who was facing the Big South Conference favorites and a team that has won 15 of its last 18 matches at home.
Minus a 14-minute span for the Highlanders where they scored all their goals, the Mountaineers stayed even with the hosts.
"Tonight we battled a very good Radford team," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "Finishing in the top 50 in the nation last season, they are definitely a solid and organized team. We did a great job 18-to-18 and played quality soccer. With us conceding three goals on set pieces, it will be a focus tomorrow to prepare for a ranked Wake Forest on Sunday
Appalachian had its opportunities with six shots on goal, three of which came from Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley). The Mountaineers held a 6-5 shot on goal advantage and outshot Radford, 12-7.
Radford scored its first goal on an unlucky break for the Black and Gold in the 21st minute. The Highlanders scored at 22' and 35" in the first half.
Appalachian State volleyball overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat ETSU 3-2 in an exhibition contest on Friday evening.
After dropping the opening set 25-21 and the second 25-22, the Mountaineers stormed back to win the final three sets by 25-17, 25-22 and 15-13 scores.
Three Mountaineers posted double digit kills in the win. Victoria Wilform tallied 17 kills, Kara Spicer added 12 on .647 hitting mark and Grace Morrison added 10 kills.
Sam Bickley dished out 53 assists and Emma Reilly reached double digit digs with 20.
After falling behind 2-0, App State scored nine straight points to take a commanding 16-7 lead in Set 3 and never looked back, taking the set 25-17 to force a fourth set.
In Set 4, the Black and Gold broke a 20-20 tie with a pair of errors from the Buccaneers. Leading 23-21, ETSU went on the attack. Bickley dove and deflected the ball towards Grace Kinsch, who then kicked the ball over the net for a kill to make the score 24-21. The Black and Gold went on to win the set 25-22.
In the fifth set, the Black and Gold broke a 5-5 tie with three consecutive points. App State opened a commanding 14-9 lead, only to see ETSU cut the lead to one at 14-13. Wilform clinched the comeback victory with her 17th kill of the evening.
App State shifts its focus to the regular season and will begin play on Aug. 30 at the Cactus Classic hosted by Arizona. The Mountaineers will battle the 24th ranked Wildcats at noon EST and Samford at 6:30 p.m. EST on Aug. 30 and take on Loyola Marymount at noon EST on Aug. 31.
Statesville, ppd. to Monday, 7pm (WHKY Radio, whky.com)
Alexander Central: 28
St. Stephens: 15
East Burke: 41
Highland Tech: 6
Fred T. Foard: 24
Bunker Hill: 14
North Buncombe: 60
South Caldwell: 60
West Caldwell: 7
West Lincoln: 52
Appalachian State will implement alcohol sales at Kidd Brewer Stadium beginning with the Aug. 31 football season opener against East Tennessee State.
After Gov. Roy Cooper signed North Carolina House Bill 389 into law on June 26 to allow public universities to sell beer and wine at athletics facilities, the Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution on July 25 to allow the university to seek alcohol sales permits for athletics facilities.
Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said university officials and community partners collaborated to develop sales policies and procedures that prioritize a safe, positive experience for all attendees.
“We appreciate everyone who has been part of this thorough, diligent effort to further enhance the game day experience for our fans,” Gillin said. “The atmosphere at The Rock is already among the best in the country, and we believe these new options will be a positive addition. Throughout the planning process, we have prioritized fan safety and security and want to maintain a family-friendly environment on game days.”
Beer will be sold at six different locations – three in the east concourse, two in the west concourse and one in the south end zone behind the video board – and served by Red Moon Catering and Reid’s Catering. See concessions map here.
Policies and Procedures
· Service begins with the opening of main gates, two hours prior to kickoff, and ends at the completion of the third quarter.
· All patrons will be required to produce valid identification, which will be checked at the point of sale during each transaction.
· Per state law, patrons 21 years of age or older will be permitted to purchase a maximum of one alcoholic beverage per transaction with valid identification.
· Patrons will not be permitted to leave the stadium with alcohol purchased within the venue.
· Law enforcement and contracted security staff will monitor the concourse and seating areas for underage drinking, beverage pass-offs and problematic patrons or situations.
· Public service announcements about drinking responsibly will be shown on the video board and announced via the stadium’s public address system.
Policies and procedures will be subject to change and modification as the process evolves. Plans for beer and wine sales at additional App State athletics venues continue to be evaluated.
The back-to-back-to-back Sun Belt champion Mountaineers will host a pair of home games to start the 2019 campaign – Aug. 31 vs. ETSU and Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte – before traveling to Chapel Hill for a Sept. 21 tilt against UNC.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has announced its fall 2019 schedule, which serves as a tune up for its 2020 spring campaign.
The Red Hawks officially kick off their fall campaign on Friday, Oct. 4 with a doubleheader against cross-town rival Lenoir-Rhyne University.
It’s the first of three match ups this fall for the Red Hawks with NCAA DII schools. CVCC also plays at Limestone College on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and at Queens University on Saturday, Oct. 26.
“We have three NCAA Division II schools in Lenoir-Rhyne, Limestone and Queens on our schedule,” said Catawba Valley head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “All these programs provide our players with an opportunity to compete against great programs and allow them the chance to be seen and evaluated to maybe have a shot to play at one of these schools after their time here.”
Following a home round robin event with the Dry Pond and Five Star baseball organizations on Sunday, Oct. 6, the Catawba Valley baseball team travels to Appalachian State University to face off with another local rival in CCC&TI on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“We have two junior college opponents, which will show us how we stack up at our current level,” Rozzelle said. “Our precedent for how we will play in the spring starts in the fall. All of our players and staff are excited to get out on the field and build the foundation for what we hope is a very successful year.”
The lone NCAA DI opponent on the Red Hawks’ fall baseball schedule is at North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Oct. 19.
“It’s exiting time for our program this fall as we get to compete against North Carolina A&T — an NCAA Division I team that two years ago was competing in an NCAA Regional,” Rozzelle said. “(Aggies head baseball) coach (Ben) Hall is doing a fantastic job in building that program to national prominence.”
The Catawba Valley baseball team hold its Prep Baseball Report Scout Day on Wednesday, Oct. 30 before finishing its fall slate with its traditional CVCC World Series on Monday, Nov. 4 and (if necessary) Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Lenoir-Rhyne Vice President for Athletics Kim Pate has announced the hiring of Jesse Tarr as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach. Tarr has served as the Associate Head Coach at Queens University since 2016 and helped lead both programs to national rankings and a total of five NCAA Tournament berths.
"I am excited to welcome Jesse Tarr to our Bears Family," said Pate. "He brings tremendous experience, energy, and a true passion for developing student-athletes both on and off the court. I am confident that he will build on the tremendous success and recent momentum to take our program to the next level with the goal of competing for championships and NCAA postseason opportunities."
In his three years with the Royals men's and women's programs, Queens never lost more than five matches in a season and the men advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three years. The women made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and Tarr recruited two players who would go on to win SAC Freshmen of the Year honors. In total, Tarr helped the Royals to two conference championships, two conference Players of the Year and 23 All-Conference selections while graduating 100% of student-athletes.
Prior to his time at Queens, Tarr was the Men's and Women's Assistant Coach at UNC Charlotte from 2010-2016 and also held the title of Men's Interim Head Coach. During his time in Charlotte, Tarr helped build five recruiting classes that were recognized nationally and coached 24 All-Conference players.
During the 2015 season, the men's program amassed an 18-4 mark, one of its best in school history, while winning a school-record 13 matches-in-a-row. Four different 49ers were honored as All-Conference USA selections. The women's team in 2014-15 doubled its win total from the previous campaign against a schedule that featured five nationally-ranked opponents. Nine players were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the program recorded the highest semester grade point average in athletic department history.
Both programs ended up in the ITA Carolina Regional rankings, marking only the third such listing for the women's program in school history.
Tarr was also an Assistant Coach at the College of William & Mary as well as a Volunteer Assistant at Boise State University where he helped the team to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 20 national ranking.
"I would like to thank Kim Pate, President Whitt and all of Lenoir-Rhyne University for the opportunity to lead the tennis programs," said Tarr. "I am truly honored to be given this responsibility. It's my goal to help the student-athletes on my teams grow and be successful personally, academically and athletically. I see a great deal of potential in these programs and am excited to get to Hickory and hit the ground running."
Tarr was a standout during his playing career at James Madison from 2004-08. Tarr was a five-time All-Conference selection and a nationally-ranked doubles player. He graduated from JMU in 2008 with a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in coaching education.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT COACH TARR
"Lenoir-Rhyne has made a great hire with Jesse Tarr! Jesse will work tirelessly to ensure that the student-athletes have the best collegiate experience possible on and off the court. Congrats to everyone involved with these programs."
–Stephen Secord, James Madison University Head Tennis Coach
"Jesse Tarr made an immediate impact on our Royals team, helping lead them to multiple conference championships and NCAA appearances. Even greater was his impact on the student-athletes that he coached during his time at Queens. An excellent coach, but even a greater person to have in an athletic department with his positive attitude and influence. We wish Jesse and his family continued success as they embark on their journey at Lenoir-Rhyne."
–Cherie Swarthout, Queens University Director of Athletics
"Congratulations to Lenoir-Rhyne University. Jesse is a wonderful addition to the Lenoir-Rhyne University Department of Athletics. He is a person of exceptional character and his enthusiasm for coaching and teaching is contagious. Working with Jesse for the better part of the last decade has been an absolute pleasure, and I will be eternally grateful to him for all of his efforts and support. The future of Lenoir-Rhyne tennis is bright."
–Billy Boykin, Queens University Head Tennis Coach
"Lenoir-Rhyne has made a terrific hire. Jesse has been a key piece to bringing new heights to each program he has been part of in his career. His resume with each team and every coach he has helped speaks for itself. Not only is he one of the top recruiters in the country, but his ability to encourage and care for his student-athletes outside of the court has left legacies in each of his stops. The tennis student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne have just added value to their tennis and their lives, with this addition to their college experience."
–Jay Bruner, College of Charleston Head Men's Tennis Coach
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Alexander Central: 0
West Caldwell: 0
Wilkes Central: 3
Bunker Hill: 3
South Iredell: 5
Alexander Central: 1
The Hickory Crawdads walked-off against the Columbia Fireflies for the second time this week. Jax Biggers was the hero in Thursday's game, providing the game-winning single in the 10th inning to give the 'Dads a 3-2 victory.
Columbia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but didn't hold onto the lead for long.
The Crawdads tied things up in the bottom of the second inning. Tyreque Reed singled to start off the inning. Reed was out on a force at second by Ryan Anderson who reached first base on the play. Miguel Aparicio lined a foul ball to left field that scored Anderson.
The Fireflies pulled ahead again with a run in the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth, the 'Dads tied it up at two. Josh Jung drew a walk and moved up to second as Tyreque Reed was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Anderson hit a grounder that brought Jung home to tie the game.
The game remained tied until the tenth inning, when the Crawdads got a run across for their second walk-off in the three game set. Jonathan Ornelas laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Matt Whatley, who began the inning as the runner on second base. Jax Biggers poked a bunt single to first that Whatley slid home safely on to win the game 3-2.
The walk-off is the Crawdads' eleventh of the year, which ties a franchise record for most in a year (records date back to 2002).
Friday evening the Crawdads kick off a key three-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers at the Frans. The 'Dads are currently 3.5 games ahead of the Grasshoppers for the second playoff spot in the Northern Division with eleven games to play. Friday night is also Star Wars night thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry and a post-game fireworks show.
Entering its inaugural season this upcoming spring, the Catawba Valley Community College softball program has released its 2019 fall schedule.
The 15-game schedule, which includes games in both North and South Carolina, will serve as a tune up for the Red Hawks’ inaugural softball season just four months later.
“We are excited to play tough competition this fall to see where we stand,” said Catawba Valley head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “By playing top college competition, we have the opportunity to get better as a team, as well as a chance for our players to be seen by four-year colleges.”
The Red Hawks kick off their fall campaign with a doubleheader at Montreat College on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Following two weeks off from competition, Catawba Valley will participate in the two-day Carolinas Clash tournament, playing in three games on Saturday, Sept. 21 and two games on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Among the many teams participating in the Carolinas Clash are Limestone College, Lees-McRae College, Appalachian State University, Winthrop University, UNC Greensboro, USC Union, Clafin University, Belmont Abby College, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Queens University and Converse College.
The Red Hawks will also play their first-ever softball games against cross-town rival Lenoir-Rhyne University on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in a doubleheader against the Bears.
Other games this fall for the Catawba Valley softball program include doubleheaders at Belmont Abbey College on Saturday, Sept. 5 and at Erskine College on Thursday, Oct. 10 before the Red Hawks finish the fall at Catawba College on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Marvin Ridge: 3
Ashe County: 3
Alexander Central: 3
Wilkes Central: 1
South Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Surry Central: 2
West Caldwell: 6
St. Stephens: 1
Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas has been named to the Watch List for the Manning Award, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2019 season, and Thomas is one of 10 juniors on the list.
The Manning Award, which was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
This summer, Thomas served as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, where he placed second in the passing competition. He already has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Thomas' QBR of 79.8 in 2018 ranks ninth nationally among returning FBS quarterbacks. The Sun Belt's reigning Offensive Player of the Year, he completed his first season as an App State starter with 2,039 passing yards, 504 rushing yards and a combined 32 touchdowns (21 through the air, 10 as a runner and one as a receiver).
Going into their 11th straight season of double-digit wins, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team was selected to finish third in the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced this morning.
Lincoln Memorial earned seven first-place votes and are the preseason favorites. Just behind the Railsplitters in the poll is Carson-Newman with the Bears rounding out the top three.
Additionally, four players- senior midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq (Bradford, England), senior defender Christina Shimshock (Asheville, N.C.), senior midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.), and senior forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokedale, N.C.) – all were chosen to the All-SAC Preseason Teams.
Mushtaq and Shimshock earned Preseason All-SAC first team honors. Mushataq netted five goals and dished four assists for the Bears totaling 14 points which was good for third on the team in 2018.
Shimshock started all 18 games and delivered four assists as a defender. Led by Shimshock, the Bears defense allowed on 1.0 goal per game on average which was good for third in the SAC in 2018.
McGarel and Van Eerden earned second team honors. McGarel started all 18 games for the Bears this past year and finished with one goal and one assist. McGarel has earned all-conference honors in each of her first three seasons.
Van Eerden appeared in 18 games and started in 15 finishing with six goals and two assists totaling 14 points in 2018.
Lenoir Rhyne opens the season at home on Thursday Sep. 5 against Lees-McRae. Opening kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
2019 Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Lincoln Memorial (7) 106
2. Carson-Newman (3) 100
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (1) 93
4. Catawba 82
5. Tusculum 66
6. Queens 63
7. Wingate 59
8. Anderson 57
9. Newberry 37
10. Mars Hill 29
11. Coker 17
Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference 2019
F – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
F – Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial
F – Itzel Ballesteros, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Maria Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Mariana Diaz, Lincoln Memorial
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman
D – Leanne Bryant, Queens
D – Katie Webb, Catawba
GK – Jackie Burns, Carson-Newman
F – Lulu Phan, Queens
F - Sanne Martinsen, Mars Hill
F – Hannah Van eerden, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Kirsten Armetta, Anderson
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Bethany Morgan, Anderson
MF – McKenna Delong, Wingate
MF – Lara Hallgrimsdottir, Carson-Newman
D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Fabienne Loetscher, Lincoln Memorial
D – Maggie Black, Anderson
D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
GK – Shelby Thompson, Catawba