Hickory Motor Speedway has just released their schedule for the 2018 race season, and it is packed full of excitement. The Historic Race Track will open up their 68th season of racing on March 17th, 2018 with the Cosmo Motors Spring Classic, and the track will once again be headlined each week with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles’ Late Models.
The track is presently in discussions for the Paramount KIA sponsorship of the popular Paramount KIA "Big 10" Racing Challenge, which provides 10 races with feature events that provide additional purse money and a points championship of its own.
Hickory Motor Speedway will continue promoting events for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, One Design Super Trucks, Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders, Renegades and the Catawba Realty and Insurance, Co. Sportsman Racing Classics during their weekly events.
The PASS Super Late Models will return to America’s Most Famous Short Track for two events in 2018, including the Easter Bunny 150 on March 31st and the prestigious Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 300 on Nov. 16th and 17th.
The Hugely popular Bandit Big Rig Series Semi Truck race will be back in action at Hickory Motor Speedway on April 7th with thundering Semi Trucks battling for a chance to visit victory lane.
The Must See Sprint Cars will return on April 21st with Sprint Car action turning 12 second laps at the Historic Oval.
The track will play host to the Cars Racing Tour again in 2018 with two dates. The Cars Racing Tour has had a long history at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and will return on May 5th and Aug, 4th for the Throwback Series event.
The Knights of Destruction will return with two events beginning on June 2nd and is sure to deliver excitement and thrills for all that attend. This event provides a fun filled night of special racing including a school bus race, skid plate race, chain race, and much more followed by a night of fireworks. The second event will be Oct. 13th and prove to be just as exciting.
Also on tap will be two events for the popular Southern Modified Series on July 7th and September 22nd. The Southern Modified Series began at Hickory Motor Speedway last season and provided some great racing for their events with multiple Modified stars in attendance.
The season will also include the running of the Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial race presented by Black Tire and Auto Service on the Saturday September 1st of Labor Day weekend, a very special tradition at the legendary track, honoring the late Bobby Isaac. The Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl presented by Calico Coatings will be held on October 20th and which is a 200-lap feature special event for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles’ Late Models, 100-lap Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model, 50-lap One Design Super Trucks and more.
There are still a few dates to be secured and some to be announced later, but several of our sponsors have already secured their dates for 2018 at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. The Catawba Reality and Insurance Co. Sportsman Racing Classics dates are tentative.
Ticket prices will remain the same in 2018 (excluding special events) for weekly NASCAR events ($12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and teens, with kids 12 and under free).
Hickory Motor Speedway has been voted the Finest Sports Venue in Hickory Daily Records Best of Catawba Valley for 2017 and Hickory Motor Speedway will soon be releasing a special discounted season pass for the first 100 fans that place an order. Please look for the offer coming soon at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com or on our Facebook page.
Hickory Motor Speedway management will continue to work hard for the sponsors, fans, and competitors, to provide a level field of competition and great entertainment in a family oriented atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you at the track in 2018.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbie Brown has been named to the 2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Women’s Soccer Second Team. CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.
Brown, a junior midfielder from Leeds, ENGLAND, ranked first on the team in goals scored (seven), assists (five) and total points (19). Brown was a 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team selection as well and had four game-winning goals this fall.
Brown led the Bears to their 10th consecutive winning season this past fall. LR finished 11-5-2 on the year and 6-3-1 in conference regular season play.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes NCAA-II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact D-II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities. In addition, all first-team selections are eligible for All-America accolades.
2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast
Women's Soccer Region Teams
GK - Gina Ryan, UNC Pembroke, So., Cape Carteret, N.C.
D - Helen Seed, Carson-Newman, Sr., Preston, England
D - Tehgan Anguilm, Columbus State, So., Newnan, Ga.
D - Hugrun Elvarsdottir, Columbus State, Sr., Gardabaer, Iceland
D - Jasmine Senecal-Guzman, UNC Pembroke, Sr., Montreal, Canada
MF - Cassandra Wade, Columbus State, Sr., Augusta, Ga.
MF - Alana Jefferson, Queens, Sr., Washington, N.C.
MF - Holly Rawcliffe, Limestone, Jr., Preston, England
MF - Fio Spano, Columbus State, So., Quebec, Canada
F - Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman, Sr., Coleraine, Northern Ireland
F - Olivia Jarrell, Columbus State, Jr., St. Augustine, Fla.
F - Carolina Lucci, Chowan, Fr., Monaca, Pa.
F - Amanda Bartholomew, Georgia College, Jr., Peachtree City, Ga.
GK - Jackie Burns, Carson-Newman, So., Cookstown, Northern Ireland
D - Mariah Lewis, Queens, Sr., Viera, Fla.
D - Averi Williams, Carson-Newman, Jr., Powell, Tenn.
D - Madeline Goodfellow, Columbus State, Fr., Columbus, Ga.
D - Lea Hippauf, Limestone, Jr., Borsfleth, Germany
MF - Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Leeds, England
MF - Taylor Leyble, Wingate, Sr., Jacksonville, N.C.
MF - Ann-Cathrin Zabel, Clayton State, Fr., Schwarme, Germany
MF - Kimmi Moore, Wingate, Jr., Hubert, N.C.
F - Charlène Nowotny, Flagler, So., Marburg, Germany
F - Riley Clark, Columbus State, So., Peachtree City, Ga.
F - Renee VanHorn, North Georgia, Jr., Marietta, Ga.
F - Alex Mathis, Limestone, Jr., Cowpens, S.C.
Southeast Region Player of the Year – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
Appalachian State men's basketball will take part in the 2018 Gildan Charleston Classic.
The tournament will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 through Sunday, November 18, 2018 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.
The eight team field will feature the Mountaineers, as well as Alabama, Ball State, Davidson, Northeastern, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Wichita State.
The family friendly tournament offers teams a week of practice, play and experiences around the city of Charleston.
The Gildan Charleston Classic is one of 11 college basketball events that is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Charleston Classic site at www.charlestonclassic.com.
App State women's basketball (0-3) staged a furious comeback to tie the game going into the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough in a 70-57 defeat to ETSU (2-1) on Wednesday evening in the Holmes Center.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) paced the Mountaineer offense with a career-high 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the field. Wilson scored 13 of her points in the second half and shot 3-of-5 from the floor, a vast improvement from her 2-for-8 performance in the first half. Wilson would also come down with a personal-high six rebounds to go along with two assists. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had another stellar game rebounding with a game-best 13 off the glass, tying her career high. The sophomore was one point shy of a second consecutive double-double, while she's amassed at least 10 rebounds in all three games this season. Plummer tied a career mark with three blocked shots.
Several Mountaineers would reach career highs in different areas including Lainey Gosnell's (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) eight points off the bench. The freshman led the reserves in scoring en route to a season-high 22 points for the bench. Kaila Craven (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) also contributed to the effort with seven points, six of which came on two 3-pointers. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) had her best performance of the season in her young career, where she hustled and battled her way in the paint to four points and five off the glass.
Despite the setback, the Mountaineers can take positives away from Wednesday's effort. Appalachian scored a season-high 57 points and assisted on a season-best 16 of 20 field goals (80 percent). Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) and LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) each had a team-best four assists while seven different student-athletes chipped in with a helper. Appalachian also protected the ball much better in the second with eight miscues as opposed to the first half with 11 turnovers, and the Black and Gold won the battle on the boards with a 48-41 edge. After making just two 3-pointers on Sunday at Radford, the Black and Gold drained a season-high seven trifectas.
Facing a 38-28 deficit in the third quarter with 6:17 left in the frame, the Black and Gold frontcourt of Plummer, Calder, and Gosnell sparked a 16-6 run with three straight field goals highlighted by Gosnell's corner 3-pointer over a 1:10 span to bring the Apps to within three, 38-35. App State continued the charged when Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) and Wilson scored the final nine points including one of Wilson's two treys to tie up the contest going into the fourth period.
Appalachian had by far its best quarter in the third stanza as it shot 50 percent from the field and outscored the Bucs, 21-10, holding the visitors to just three-made buckets.
ETSU would recapture the momentum early outscoring the hosts by seven in the first 4:55 of the frame. Wilson stepped up once again with another 3-pointer to bring the Apps to six, 58-52, but the Buccaneers ended the contest on a 12-5 run over the last 3:34 of the game to clinch its first win over App in the last four matchups.
Three players for ETSU scored in double figures with Tianna Tarter pouring in a game-high 22 points, while Eric Haynes-Overton (15 points) and Alayjah Sherer (12 points) rounded out the leading scorers.
The 22 points off the bench are the most since the Apps scored 27 against UNC Asheville last season.
Plummer is the first Mountaineer since Mia Marshall in 2015-16 to record 10 rebounds in three straight games. The Thomasville, N.C. is averaging 12.7 rebounds, 8.0 points, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game through the first three contests of the season.
App State will look for its first win on Sunday against Davidson at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (2-2) moved back to .500 on the year with a 73-69 win over Winston-Salem State (1-2) Wednesday evening in the Bears' first road contest of the season at the C.E. Gaines Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) and freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) with 22 points each. Weigt added six treys in just 25 minutes of action off the bench.
Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Rams – led by Briana Arnold (Raleigh, N.C.) with 14 points – while Winston-Salem State held a 43-33 edge in rebounding despite the loss.
The Bears limited the Lady Rams to just 23 percent shooting (three-of-13) from behind the three-point line and forced the home team into 16 turnovers.
Suddreth continues to lead the team at 18.5 points per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne played its fourth game in six days Wednesday night.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, November 21, at 6:00 p.m., against Newberry in Newberry, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (0-3) fell in its home opener – 72-71 to King (2-1) – in overtime Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Mack Owens (Abingdon, Va.) hit the game-winning shot off a put back with time running out in the first overtime for the Tornado.
Owens finished with a double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – while Jordan Floyd (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led all scorers with 30 points and hit a trey at the end of the second half to force overtime and a three-pointer late in overtime to carry the Tornado to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) with a team-high 21 points with four treys while junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) added 13 points in the loss.
The Tornado held a 44-31 advantage on the boards and received a seven-point, 13-rebound performance from Mike Salomon (Statesboro, Ga.).
Lenoir-Rhyne has now lost eight straight games dating back to last season.
King and Lenoir-Rhyne met in the playoffs in 2006: an 83-79 Bears' victory on Saturday, March 12, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Monday, November 20, at 7:00 p.m., against Newberry in Newberry, S.C.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team struggled to shoot the ball Tuesday against the Milligan JV team and suffered its first setback of the season in a 72-62 loss at the Tarlton Complex.
Milligan made six 3-pointers in the first quarter, powering its way to an early 31-16 lead in the contest.
Attempting to rebound by halftime, CVCC (1-1) shot just 5.3 percent (1-for-19) from the field in the second quarter, and the Red Hawks trailed 41-20 at the break.
Catawba Valley bounced back in the second half, cutting its deficit to just seven points with 5:02 left in the contest. CVCC outscored Milligan 42-31 in the half, but that effort wasn’t enough to overcome its early shooting trouble.
A trio of Red Hawks — starters Shaniya Lester and Tanisha Wall and reserve Zharia Brown — each scored 15 points to lead CVCC in Tuesday’s contest. Brown was the only bench player to score for the Red Hawks in Tuesday’s game.
Teal Davis paced Milligan with a game-high 16 points — one of four Buffs to reach double digits in the contest, including Megan Pietrowski (13 points), Emma Kate Brown (12) and Lauren Baxter (10).
CVCC returns to action on Friday, opening up conference play at home against Brunswick Community College at the Tarlton Complex. Tip off is set for 5 p.m.
A pair of Catawba County products are joining the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program.
Fred T. Foard’s Jayln Rice and St. Stephens’ Madison Bolch will play volleyball at CVCC next fall after a pair of signing ceremonies held at their respective schools on Tuesday.
CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson is excited about the additions of Rice and Bolch.
“What an awesome day for Red Hawks volleyball,” Hudson said. “We were privileged to sign two very talented local players, and I am looking forward to having both Jayln and Madison on our roster this fall. Both players are going to be able to get a jump-start with the program by practicing and competing with our team this spring. They are super coachable and hard workers who know what it takes to compete at our level.”
Rice, a middle blocker, helped guide the Tigers to a 20-9 season on the volleyball court this past fall, including a 10-2 mark in Northwestern 3A/4A play. She also helped Foard reach the 2A West Region finals.
At CVCC, Rice will be reunited with former Foard teammate Adair Melton, who just completed her first collegiate volleyball season with the Red Hawks.
“Jayln is a quick, aggressive and smart middle who has been around our camps and program for several years, so our offense is a natural fit for her,” Hudson said.
A 5-foot-8 outside hitter and defensive specialist, Bolch tallied 127 kills and a .288 hitting percentage during her final volleyball season at St. Stephens.
She also registered 186 digs, 40 aces and 17 blocks, guiding the Indians to a 15-9 overall record and 9-5 mark in Northwestern 3A/4A play.
“Madison is no stranger to the Tarlton Complex and will bring consistent ball control and versatility to the team,” Hudson said.
Rice and Bolch join a growing list of recruits in the 2018 class for the Red Hawks, including Alexander Central’s Kelsea DeJarnette and Chesney Millsaps, West Stokes’ Rachel Delcamp and Abigail Gordon and First Assembly Christian’s Anna Clarke.
Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team – junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN), freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN) and senior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY) – garnered 2017 NCAA Division II D2CCA All-Southeast Region accolades. D2CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association for Division II.
de Goya, a first-team all-region selection, was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player Of The Year after leading the team in goals scored (12), assists (three) and total points (27).
Both Cascon and Cihan were named to D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second Team. Cascon finished the season runner-up on the team in goals (four) and points (11) while Cihan headed up a defense which allowed just 18 goals in 17 matches this season. The Bears also shut out seven of their opponents. All three players were 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honorees.
The trio also led Lenoir-Rhyne (10-4-3, 6-2-2) to a second-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season standings and a second straight berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.
The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities. In addition, all first-team selections are eligible for All-America accolades.
2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast
Men's Soccer Region Teams
GK - Thomas Osborne, Limestone, Sr., Summerville, S.C.
F - Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial, Sr., Campinas, Brazil
F - Sebastian Loibl, Mount Olive, So., Passau, Germany
F - Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Madrid, Spain
F - Jon Ander, Wingate, Sr., Bilbao, Spain
MF - Tom Read, Carson-Newman, Sr., London, England
MF - Marco Micaletto, Young Harris, Jr., Rome, Italy
MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate, Sr., Brotas, Brazil
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae, Sr., Oxford, England
D - Damian Gaona, Wingate, Sr., Santiago, Chile
D - Macauley King, Young Harris, Jr., Narborough, England
D - Jordan Skelton, Lander, Jr., Newcastle, England
D - Harvey McMorrow, Lees-McRae, So., Maidstone, England
GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile
F - Edmundo Robinson, Queens, Jr., Stone Mountain, Ga.
F - Till Neumann, Newberry, Fr., Calden, Germany
F - Elliot Cutts, Wingate, So., London, England
F - Ruairi Croskery, Limestone, So., Castlewellan, Northern Ireland
MF - Kwaku Dwamena, Clayton State, Jr., Richmond, Va.
MF - Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne, Fr., Salamanca, Spain
MF - Thibault Chretien, Lander, Fr., Laval, France
MF - Nathan Watt, Lees-McRae, Sr., Newcastle, England
D - Jamie Smith, Limestone, Fr., Sutton, Coldfield, England
D - Sercan Cihan, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Sundern, Germany
D - Samuel Jenkins, Carson-Newman, Sr., Oxford, England
D - Michael Hornsby, Queens, Fr., Biberach an der Riss, Germany
Southeast Region Player of the Year - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae
After a 2-0 weekend with a pin in Appalachian State’s first league match, senior Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week.
Competing at 174 pounds during the Mountaineer Duals at Varsity Gym, Przybysz won by a 6-2 decision against Bloomsburg and opened the SoCon schedule with a pin early in the second period of his match against Davidson. App State (2-0) picked up 28-7 and 45-0 victories.
Przybysz is one of two seniors on the Mountaineers’ roster, and he has a 60-39 career record after wrestling at 165 pounds earlier in his career.
App State, which had two voting points in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released this week by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, is scheduled to compete Sunday at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia.
Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) officials announced today that Mike Kellar will no longer serve as head football coach. Kellar joined the Lenoir-Rhyne staff in December of 2015, and served as head coach for the past two seasons.
"I want to thank Coach Kellar for his contributions to LR and for the dedication he and his staff have shown in support of our student-athletes. I wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors,” said Kim Pate, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Dr. Frederick K Whitt, University President, echoed Pate’s sentiments. “We appreciate Mike’s efforts on behalf of LR football. LR has a storied football tradition and we are committed to supporting our student athletes and developing champions both on and off the field.”
Kellar finishes his two seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne with an overall record of 6-15, and a 5-9 record in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play. Following the loss to Catawba, the football program finished seventh out of eight in the SAC this season with a 2-5 conference record, 3-7 overall.
LR has a rich and successful football history, including a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game. From 2011 to 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne won four SAC Championships and earned three consecutive berths in the NCAA postseason tournament. The Bears compiled a 40-9 record during that time and led the nation in rushing for three consecutive seasons (2012-14). Lenoir-Rhyne set an all-time NCAA single-season rushing mark with 5,563 yards in 2013 and set an NCAA Division II single-season rushing record by averaging 416.2 yards per game in 2014. LR was also ranked as high as second in the nation in 2013, while 12 players earned All-America accolades.
Kellar came to Lenoir-Rhyne from California University of Pennsylvania, where he served four years as head coach. He was the 21st head coach in LR school history.
A national search will begin immediately for LR’s new football coach. Current Assistant Coach Dave Cole will serve as the interim coach.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Taylor Prall has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Freshman Of The Year, league officials announced this morning.
Prall, an outside hitter from Tipp City, Ohio, finished second on the team in kills with 255 to go along with 219 digs, 37 blocks and seven service aces.
In addition, senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) was named to the 2017 All-SAC Second Team for the Bears. Redmond, a three-time all-league honoree (2014-16), led the Bears in kills with 281 while finishing second in digs with 315. Redmond also tallied 40 blocks and 16 service aces on the season as well.
Redmond, the 2015 SAC Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 SAC Tournament MVP, led the Bears to two playoff appearances (2014 and 2015), a league tournament title (2015) and a berth in the regional finals (2015). On the Bears’ all-time career lists, Redmond ranks second in kills (1,286) and eighth in digs (1,248).
Lenoir-Rhyne finished 10-16 overall and 6-14 in South Atlantic Conference play in 2017.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Katie Bludau, Wingate
Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Anna Holmquist, Wingate
Rebecca Cochran, Queens
Rachel Burts, Anderson
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Sydney Kunz, Queens
Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (libero)
Marnie Steeter, Carson-Newman
Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Taylor Henry, Queens Phoebe
Cassie Born, Tusculum
Kori Adams, Wingate (libero)
Serena Jackson, Anderson
Rebecca Butler, Mars Hill
Jessica Raines, Queens
Taylor du Bray, Coker
Lauren Hochstetler, Mars Hill
Shannon Murphy, Tusculum
Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum (libero)
Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Anne Abernathy, Wingate
Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman
Casey Tarvin, Queens
Sarah Pasour, Mars Hill
Jaycee Jones, Queens
Alicia Kessler, Lincoln Memorial
Player of the Year - Katie Bludau, Wingate
Freshman of the Year - Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach of the Year - Todd Hay, Anderson
Appalachian State volleyball outside hitter Melissa McMath has been named Second Team All-Sun Belt, the league announced on Wednesday.
This is the first all-conference honor for the Lexington, N.C. native.
This season, McMath lead the Mountaineers with a career-high 342 kills (3.08 K/S), while also posting a career-best 47 total blocks (11 solo, 36 assists).
In Sun Belt action, McMath averaged a team-high 3.04 K/S (164 total). In a four set win over Georgia Southern on October 8, she recorded a career-high 28 kills on a .358 hitting percentage.
Overall, McMath tallied double digit kills in 18 total matches, including seven Sun Belt contests.
The Mountaineers, seeded sixth, will take on seventh seed UT Arlington in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on the campus of Arkansas State on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.
First Team All-Sun Belt
Drew Jones (Arkansas State, Senior, OH)
*Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Junior, OH)
*Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Senior, OH)
Lauren Reichard (Georgia Southern, Junior, MH)
Dree'Ana Abram (Louisiana, Sophomore, MB)
Hali Wisnoskie (Louisiana, Freshman, OH)
Kelley Hartman (South Alabama, Sophomore, MB)
**Qiana Cañete (UTA, Senior, OH)
Madison Daigle (Texas State, Junior, MB)
Micah Dinwiddie (Texas State, Sophomore, DS)
**Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Senior, S)
Amy Pflughaupt (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)
Second Team All-Sun Belt
Melissa McMath (Appalachian State, Sophomore, OH)
Marina Avram (Little Rock, Senior, OH)
Tatum Ticknor (Arkansas State, Freshman, DS)
Ellie Watkins (Arkansas State, Junior, S)
Sydney Alvis (Coastal Carolina, Junior, DS)
Celeste Friesen (Georgia State, Sophomore, DS)
Jessica Bartczyszyn (Louisiana, Senior, S)
Sydney Davis (Louisiana, Junior, LB)
Kristina Alabastro (South Alabama, Junior, OH)
Zhanelle Geathers (UTA, Junior, MB)
Jaliyah Bolden (Texas State, Senior, MB)
Megan Porter (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)
Player of the Year
Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Senior, OH)
Offensive Player of the Year
Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Junior, OH)
Defensive Player of the Year
Micah Dinwiddie (Texas State, Sophomore, DS)
Setter of the Year
Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Senior, S)
Freshman of the Year
Hali Wisnoskie (Louisiana, Freshman, OH)
Newcomer of the Year
Amy Pflughaupt (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)
Coach of the Year
Jozsef Foreman, Coastal Carolina
* - 2016 First Team All-Conference selection
** - 2016 Second Team All-Conference selection
2A Western Regional Finals
Panthers season ends at 24-2.
The Red Devils will play for the 2A state championship Saturday afternoon at 2:05 taking on First Flight at North Carolina State University
Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team garnered 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Football accolades, league officials announced earlier today.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) was named to the all-league first team after garnering second-team accolades in 2016. Brown finished with 1,071 yards on the ground in addition to 10 rushing touchdowns.
Brown rushed for 256 yards against Tusculum (a 23-7 victory) on September 30 – fourth-best in school single-game history – and finished second in the league in rushing yards (107.1 per game).
Three Bears – junior center Jalen Soto (Vacaville, Calif.), sophomore linebacker Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) and sophomore safety Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) – were named to the All-SAC Second Team.
Dugger led the team in tackles with 87 in addition to six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and an interception. Dugger, the 2015 league defensive freshman of the year, was an outstanding return specialist as well and returned one punt for a touchdown.
Williams was second on the team in tackles (72) to go along with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble while Soto started all 10 games at center for the Bears and anchored the offensive line.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished 3-7 on the year including a 2-5 mark in league play and fell short – 24-20 - in the season finale this past Saturday against Catawba (9-2) in Salisbury, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Softball Coach Shena Hollar has announced the first six signees for the 2019 season and one for this upcoming spring season (Talon LaClair). The signees for next year are Kendall Osborne, Kory Hammett, Leanna Sherrill, Macie Gibson, Taylor Beard and Hannah Jennings.
Mount Pleasant High School
Osborne plays for the successful organization Caroline Elite under the direction of M.K. Cheek.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“We are getting a very well-rounded student-athlete with Kendall. She will have the opportunity to play outfield for us.”
J.F. Webb High School
Hammett plays travel ball for the NC Dominators coached by Jackie Day.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“We have had a handful of successful student-athletes come from the Dominators organization and we see Kory being no exception. Kory is a versatile athlete that can play outfield or infield.”
West Iredell High School
Sherrill played travel ball for the Carolina Cobras under coach Bryan York and now plays for the Carolina Cardinals under Scott Long.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Leanna is a true infielder; she can play any position on the infield and also has a consistent bat with power. I see Leanna playing third base and making a contribution in the lineup.”
Scotland High School
Gibson plays travel ball for the SEC Elite coached by Danny Lampley and Dee Harris.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Macie is the speed in this recruiting class. She mainly plays outfield but can easily play infield if needed. Macie brings a lot of energy and love for the game which is a great asset to possess.”
Maiden High School
Beard plays travel ball for the very competitive Team NC under Jesse Summey.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Taylor will carry some catching duties for us. She is a very smart catcher and blocks the ball well. Taylor is a true student-athlete who excels in the classroom. She should continue to excel in both the classroom and on the softball field.”
Madison County High School
Jennings plays travel ball for the successful organization Carolina Elite coached by Tim Collie.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Hannah is another versatile athlete who can pitch and play infield. She is very athletic, which is something I look for in our student-athletes. Her athleticism allows her to be good defensively and a treat on offense as she can slap and hit for power.”
ONE SIGNEE FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON:
West Iredell High School
LaClair is a high school and travel ball teammate of Leanna Sherrill who also played travel ball for the Carolina Cobras under Bryan York and now plays for the Carolina Cardinals under Scott Lang.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Talon is a gifted player that brings a lot to the field. She can play anywhere on the field and brings a very good bat to our lineup. I see Talon making an impact for us this spring.”
“I am very excited about this class,” said Hollar. “They represent the true student-athlete. They excel in the classroom and on the softball field. They will bring a lot to Lenoir-Rhyne University on and off the field.”
Lenoir-Rhyne (46-13, 20-4) clinched a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship last year and earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament. The Bears will open the season on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, at the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Chowan Women's Basketball Team (2-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 74-68 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2), 74-68, Monday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hawks used balance scoring – with five players in double figures – in the victory. Chowan was led by Dhyamond Crenshaw (Burke, Va.) with 17 points while Joanne Williams (Norfolk, Va.) tallied a double-double – 10 points and 12 rebounds – in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with a game-high 21 points while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) neared a triple-double again – 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists – despite the loss.
The Bears cut a 16-point deficit to two points at 70-68 on a three-point play by Suddreth with 23 seconds left but the Hawks scored the final four points to take the victory.
The Hawks took control in the first quarter as they outscored the Bears by a 24-15 margin and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into 12 turnovers. Chowan also owned the free throw line: connecting on 22-of-36 free throw attempts.
Suddreth leads the team at 17.3 points per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne will hit the road for the first time this season on Wednesday, November 15, against Winston-Salem State in Winston-Salem, N.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Appalachian State football team’s first-place showdown at Georgia State on Nov. 25 has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
App State, Georgia State and Troy are currently part of a three-way tie for first place with 5-1 records in the Sun Belt Conference, and all three teams have byes this weekend. Arkansas State, which fell to 4-1 in the league with a loss at South Alabama last weekend, could join the first-place tie with a home win Saturday against Texas State.
Two days after Thanksgiving, the winner of the game in Atlanta between the Mountaineers (6-4 overall) and Panthers (6-3 overall) will be 6-1 in the Sun Belt with a chance to clinch at least a share of a conference title in its Dec. 2 finale. It will also be App State’s first visit to Georgia State Stadium, which was formerly Turner Field as home to the Atlanta Braves.
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield and first-year Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott were App State teammates from 1991-95, with Satterfield playing quarterback and Elliott excelling as a defensive lineman. Elliott was also on Jerry Moore’s staff when Satterfield began his coaching career as an App State assistant from 1998-2008.
The Mountaineers are moving forward from a 27-6 win in which they limited Georgia Southern to 191 yards of offense with no touchdowns, quarterback Taylor Lamb threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for a career-high 130 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jens Roessler has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s Soccer NCAA Division II First Team for District III. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America. District III consists of Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and the South Atlantic Conference.
Roessler, a senior defender from Ettlingen, GERMANY, led the Bears to a 10-4-3 record (6-2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference), a second-place tie in the league regular standings and a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second straight year.
Roessler, who played in all 17 matches with 16 starts, helped anchor a Bears’ defense which limited their opponents to just 18 goals in 17 matches, a 1.01 goals-against average and seven shutouts. Roessler, a two-year starter, has a 3.97 grade point average and is on the entrepreneurship track as part of the MBA program at Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 D-II and D-III Academic All-America® teams program.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Soccer
NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT III
(Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)
GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, 3.42, Sport Management
D - Javier Anton, Limestone, 3.80, Business Management & Sport Management
D - Breki Bjarnason, Catawba, 3.96, Psychology
D - Quincy Kroeschell, Newberry, 3.98, Graphic Design
D - Jens Roessler, Lenoir-Rhyne, 3.97, Entrepreneurship (MBA)
MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate, 4.00, Sport Management
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae, 3.88, Psychology
MF - David Fairgrieve, Wingate, 3.97, Marketing
MF - Tom Read, Carson-Newman, 3.75, MBA
F - Juan Carlos Carrillo, Queens University, 4.00, Biochemistry
F - Carlos Gomez, Young Harris, 3.50, Business and Public Policy
F - Levin Sandmann, Francis Marion, 3.46, Business Economics
F - Pol Vassart, Lees-McRae, 3.61, Business Administration (Finance & Accounting)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Xzavion Huff has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week, league officials announced today.
Huff, a freshman running back from Maiden, N.C., returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ 24-20 setback to Catawba in the regular season finale last Saturday on the road.
Huff led the team in kickoff returns this year – 423 yards on 17 returns for a 24.9-yard average – and finished second on the squad in rushing (227 yards) with two scores.
In addition, Huff was named the Southside Power & Fitness Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter winner for the Indians' game. Huff wins the honor for the first time in his collegiate career.
Southside Power and Fitness will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in the honor of Huff as this week's winner of the Heavy Hitter Award.