Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
West Caldwell: 28
South Caldwell: 32
Alexander Central: 40
St. Stephens: 18
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 72
Fred T. Foard: 60
West Iredell: 57
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln; 53, 2 OT
East Lincoln: 54
North Lincoln: 34
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
West Caldwell: 63
Alexander Central: 60
South Caldwell: 35
St. Stephens: 45
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 54
Fred T. Foard: 70
West Iredell: 59
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 30
East Lincoln: 77
North Lincoln: 46
Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-7, 1-2 SBC) fell to UTA (10-4, 2-1 SBC) in a double-overtime heartbreaker, 99-94, on Thursday evening inside College Park Center.
Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) posted the best game of her Black and Gold career with a career-high 26 points on a stellar 9-for-10 shooting and dished out five assists.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) turned in a season-high 19 points (12 in the second) half, shot 6-of-11 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) stepped up off the bench with the second double-double of her career, turning in career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) had it going from outside, as she tied a season best with 17 points. Wilson and Calder combined to shoot 11-for-21 from the floor with 33 points, leading a bench attack that outscored UTA's reserves 38-19.
Appalachian tied a season high with 94 points while shooting a season-high 50.8 percent from the field. Appalachian although committed 23 turnovers that became 19 points for the visitors. UTA also capitalized on 13 offensive rebounds into 11 second-chance points.
The Mountaineers had the Mavericks on the ropes in a back-and-forth affair that featured six lead changes five ties just in both overtime periods.
After UTA went 1-for-2 at the line on back-to-back trips to take a 91-89 lead, Gosnell drained a 3-pointer to push the Apps to a 92-91 edge with 2:39 left in the game.
Moments later, Wilson hit two more free throws at the charity stripe to help App retake the lead, 94-93, following a bucket from UTA. However, the Mavericks finished the final 1:05 on a 6-0 run to close out the game.
The Mountaineers had a chance to tie but committed a turnover with three seconds left in the game.
Appalachian showed grit and fight all evening as it faced multiple 10-point deficits. The Mountaineers started off the game to a slow start, which gave UTA a 10-0 jump in the first 2:08 of the game.
App wouldn't take its first lead of the game until the 5:41 mark of the third period thanks to a 6-0 spurt when down 40-36. Polacek made a layup before Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) notched a field goal. Gosnell hit a pair at the line to push the Black and Gold to a 42-40 edge.
Gosnell was pivotal in the comeback, later hitting a trifecta that broke a 45-45 tie to give App its largest lead of the game, 48-45.
UTA responded with a run of its own, piecing together am 18-6 run over the final 4:38 of the quarter. The Mavs went into the final quarter with a 64-53 edge.
For the third time in the game, the Mountaineers faced a 10-point gap and didn't quit, going 5-of-6 over a 6:24 span during a 17-9 run capped off by a Calder layup to push the Apps into a 71-69 lead.
UTA once again came back and claimed a 78-74 lead before a personal 6-0 burst by Polacek gave the Mountaineers the 80-78 edge. Polacek scored the final eight points of regulation for the Black and Gold.
UTA came back on the final trip of the game to force a shooting foul, which Cierra Johnson hit both at the line to send it into overtime.
App started off strong in the first overtime, taking a three-point lead thanks to a Polacek trey. The Mavericks came back to take the lead before the Canadian point guard hit two clutch free throws at the line to tie things up, 89-89.
Appalachian came up with the big stop on the final possession to force an exhilarating second overtime.
Cierra Johnson scored a game-high 29 points and Katie Ferrell posted a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Appalachian State will aim to bounce back on Saturday against Texas State to close out the weekend at 3 p.m. (ET).
Four players reach double figures, but Appalachian State men's basketball came up on the short end of a 82-72 home contest against UT Arlington on Thursday evening.
Isaac Johnson finished with 16 points, including a 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) mark from the free throw line, to go along with seven rebounds. Johnson's nine made free throws ties his career-high, which was set last season against UT Arlington.
Ronshad Shabazz also had 16 points for the Mountaineers (5-11, 0-3 SBC), while adding three rebounds and two steals. He also moved into second place on the all-time scoring list, passing Don King (1,794) with a jumper at the 5:19 mark of the second half.
Off the bench, O'Showen Williams tallied 13 a season-high points on 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) shooting, to go along with a team-high tying three assists and a game-high tying two steals. Tyrell Johnson added 12 points, a season-high eight rebounds and a season-high tying two blocks.
The first half was tight throughout and featured eight ties and nine lead changes. With the score tied at 24-24, App State scored the next four points to take a 28-24 edge. The two teams traded buckets on each of their next two possessions and the Mountaineers took a 32-28 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Mavericks (5-11, 1-2 SBC) scored the first 11 points to jump in front 37-32. UTA pushed its lead to 52-42 with 9:50 remaining and opened as large of a lead of 14 points at 69-55 with 3:43 to play. The Black and Gold trimmed the deficit to seven points in the final two minutes, but could get no closer.
The Mountaineer bench outscored the Maverick bench 33-19 in the contest. The 33 bench points marks the fourth time the App State bench has scored 30 or more points in a game this season.
Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround and will host Texas State on Saturday. Tip is set for 2 p.m. on AppVision. Single game tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here or by contacting the Appalachian State ticket office at 828-262-2079.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its second-straight conference game on Thursday night, overcoming a slow start to defeat Guilford Tech 68-38 at the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA.
Sherry Johnson scored a team-high 26 points for the Red Hawks, who improve to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in Region X play. The 20-point performance by Johnson is her seventh so far this season.
CVCC trailed 25-24 at halftime against Guilford Tech (4-8, 1-6), but responded quickly out of the break by outscoring the Titans 23-3 during the third quarter.
Johnson helped lead the third-quarter charge with 12 points.
The Red Hawks would go on to outscore the Titans 44-13 in the second half of the contest en route to the 30-point victory.
Milequa Eason and Ivy Eller added eight and seven points respectively in the win for Catawba Valley.
J’hai Millner scored 16 points to lead Guilford Tech.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday for a home conference contest against Lenoir. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m at the Tarlton Complex.
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball's John Grigg as a member of the Southeast Region Player to Watch on the mound, as well as 2018 signee E.J. Ranel as a Southeast Region Newcomer to Watch.
Grigg, a Lawndale, N.C. native, shined for the Bears in his sophomore campaign on the hill, leading the South Atlantic Conference in wins, and was third in earned run average while being named to the 2018 SAC Gold Glove Team. The RHP played his way onto the All-SAC and North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) second teams.
Ranel, an outfielder that hails from Lawrenceville, Ga. and transferred in from Chattahoochie Valley Community College, comes in as a part of a nationally-heralded signing class that finished as high as No. 4 in the nation according to Perfect Game. Ranel managed to lead his team with a .458 batting average through 47 games including 20 home runs and 70 Runs Batted In.
Players from nine different SAC programs were among the three squads with Newberry leading the way with three players selected. Anderson, Catawba, Coker, Lenoir-Rhyne, Lincoln Memorial, Mars Hill and Wingate had two players each, while Tusculum rounded out the selections with one.
The 2019 campaign begins with a road trip to Rollins College with a three-game series February 1-3.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team snapped a three-game skid on Wednesday night, knocking off conference foe Guilford Tech 93-79 at the Tarlton Complex.
Adding to his career-best 32-point performance on Sunday, CVCC sophomore forward Jordan Powell scored a team-high 29 points in Wednesday’s conference game — his fifth 20-point game of the season. He also recorded eight rebounds and three blocks.
CVCC (11-4, 3-3 in Region X) led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Guilford Tech (11-3, 5-2) went on a 14-2 run to pull within 27-26 with just over three minutes left until halftime.
The Red Hawks re-expanded their advantage to double digits with a late first-half run, which included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by forward Isayah Johnson, to pull ahead 40-30 at halftime.
Powell scored 15 points in the second half, helping Catawba Valley grow its advantage against Guilford Tech en route to the 14-point conference victory. The Red Hawks led by as many as 28 points during the second half.
Sal-Bey Young added seven points and 11 rebounds in the win for CVCC, while Zach De La Cruz and Isayah Johnson both reached double figures in scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The CVCC men’s basketball team will try to stretch its win streak to two games when it travels Saturday to take on Fayetteville Tech. Tip off in Fayetteville, N.C. is set for 3 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team battled Wingate and came away with a 67-64 road victory on Wednesday evening. The Bears earned their second straight win inside Cuddy Arena and move to 5-1 in road games on the season.
The game was tightly contested throughout. The Bears largest lead of the night was nine points and Wingate never led by more than four.
Cory Thomas paced the Bears with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Thomas added six boards and a pair of steals.
Djibril Diallo was held to a season-low five points but contributed in other ways. The senior pulled down a season-best 10 rebounds.
Jon Jean would add 12 points and five rebounds to go along with four assists. Jean scored nine of his 12 points in the first half and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
LR's stingy defense held the reigning SAC Player of the Week Marco Haskins to 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Haskins entered the game leading Divisions I, II and III in 3-point FG% but LR held the senior to just 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Point guard Freddie Jackson led the hosts with 18 points and completed the double-double with a team-high 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs held a 41-33 edge on the glass but were held to their lowest scoring output of the season.
Wingate had a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer that hit off the front of the rim as the Bears secured the win. The biggest play of the game came on the defensive end. With 22 seconds, the Bears led by three points but a bad pass resulted in a Wingate steal. As the Bulldogs attempted an outlet pass, Thomas came away with a huge steal which ended up being the turning point.
LR's 3-point defense was the difference tonight. The Bears held Wingate to 6-of-24 from long range, the worst shooting percentage from the 3-point line of the season for the Bulldogs.
LR improves to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the SAC. The Bears are back in action on Saturday as they return to Shuford Gym to host Mars Hill. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team traveled to Wingate to take on the Bulldogs in a midweek South Atlantic Conference battle and held the 25-23 lead at the half, but fell 59-43 Wednesday night when it was all said and done.
Eight different players for Lenoir-Rhyne were able to score, but only Madi Suddreth reached double figures, putting up 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and a couple assists to fill the stat sheet.
Getting to the line was a difference in the game. While the Bears were an impressive and perfect 11-for-11 there, the Bulldogs got to the charity stripe more often and converted on 17-of-23.
Another key to the game was the third quarter, one that Wingate dominated, 25-6.
The Bears dropped to 4-2 on the road and lost three-straight for the first time this season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne defense has remained a stingy one from the start, and held the Bulldogs to under 60. That is their seventh game to hold their opponent to fewer than the 60-points in a game.
The Bears are 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the SAC. L-R returns home for another SAC contest on Saturday, January 12 at 2 p.m. against the Mars Hill Lions inside the friendly confines of Shuford Gymnasium.
Four players with ties to the Catawba Valley Community College baseball program have been selected by College Baseball Newspaper to the publication’s “Players to Watch” list.
Current Red Hawks Trae Starnes, Garrison Burress and Logan Bender were all named to the list while former CVCC standout and current Western Carolina senior pitcher Taylor Purus was also honored by the publication in its Jan. 4 edition.
A left-handed pitcher from Taylorsville, Starnes comes off a solid first season for the Red Hawks in 2018. In 13 appearances (10 starts) and 51.1 innings pitched, Starnes compiled a 6-2 record with one complete game and a 4.38 ERA. He allowed 60 hits, 36 runs (25 earned), 22 walks and struck out 51 batters — the third most punch outs on team.
Starnes’ best performance of the season came in the Region X/Southeast District tournament against Pasco-Hernando on Mother’s Day, where he allowed just five hits, two walks and one earned run in a 7-1 complete game victory against the Bobcats.
Burress, a 6-1 shortstop from Granite Falls, N.C., returns to the team after finishing in the top three in multiple offensive categories, including hits (64 - third), doubles (15 - second), triples (3 - first), home runs (7 - second) and RBI (45 - second).
The sophomore also had a .346 batting average, .435 on-base percentage, .573 slugging percentage and finished with the second-most extra-base hits for the Red Hawks last season (25) en route to being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 40th round (1,209th overall) in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Bender, a 6-foot right-handed pitcher, transferred to Catawba Valley after earning All-American status and Big South Freshman of the Year honors on the mound during his only season at Campbell University. He went 5-2 with the Camels with a 3.42 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched. Opposing batters also hit just .199 against him.
The sophomore from Dunn, N.C. threw 88-92 miles per hour on the mound this past fall. He has committed to play baseball at North Carolina State University next season — becoming the second Red Hawk in as many years to sign with a Power Five school.
Purus, a redshirt senior left-handed pitcher, enters his final season with the Catamounts after leading Western Carolina with 100 strikeouts. He also tied for the team lead in wins last spring.
In his team-best 15 starts, the former South Caldwell High School standout recorded five or more strikeouts in 11 of those starts for Western. Some of Purus’ best performances came during the Southern Conference tournament, where he earned the win against top-seeded UNC Greensboro in the tournament’s opening round. He finished the tournament tied with a team-high 15 strikeouts.
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team kicks off its season on Saturday, Feb. 9 at USC Union in a doubleheader that is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is pleased to announce the six-member group that will join the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019. This year’s class includes individuals who made tremendous impacts on their communities through coaching and athletic administration. This year’s class is the 33rd to join the Hall of Fame which is dedicated to honoring those who “have done the most for high school athletics in North Carolina” throughout their careers.
The Class of 2019 includes former Freedom boys basketball coach Terry Rogers.
Rogers began his teaching and coaching career at Oak Hill High School in 1967 where he compiled a career record of 98-39 before moving to Freedom High School in Morganton, NC in 1973. While at Freedom, Rogers served as the school’s Athletic Director as well as a coach in Football, Basketball and Golf, compiling a 603-194 record. His basketball teams won 18 Conference Championships and 13 Conference Tournament Titles. They also won State Championships, one in 1994 and the other in 1998, while securing 10 Sectional Titles.
Rogers has been named the Coach of the Year 16 times by various organizations and was the Associated Press and Charlotte Observer Coach of the Year in 1998. He served as the Head Coach of the World Youth Games in Moscow, Russia, bringing home a Gold Medal Winning Team that year. In 1998, he moved up to the collegiate level, serving as Associate Head Coach at Western Carolina University until 2000. He was on the NC Coaches Association Board of Directors and has received honors from numerous organizations including the National Association of Basketball Coaches, National High School Coaches Association, the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association, the North Carolina Association of Educators and the National Association of Educators.
Others 2019 class members include: Delano “Cobby” Deans from Ayden, Stacy Lail, Jr. from Rutherfordton, Roland “Dixon” Sauls from Farmville, Woodrow “W.A.” Wall from Reidsville, and Gerald Whisenhunt from Goldsboro.
The class will be formally introduced at a Press Conference and Lunceheon on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the NCHSAA Offices in Chapel Hill at 11am. The Formal Induction Ceremony and Banquet for the Class of 2019 will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. The Banquet and Ceremony is open to the public. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and will go on sale in May 2019.
For the second time in less than a week, the Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team struggled against DI powerhouse Walters State, falling 65-46 to the 19th-ranked Senators on Tuesday afternoon at the Tarlton Complex.
CVCC (7-4) led 12-8 after the first quarter — equaling its total points from the first half of its first contest against Walters State, which took place on Jan. 2.
However, the Senators (12-4) responded and led by 10 second-quarter points from forward Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, took a 31-21 lead at halftime.
Walters State stretched its lead further in the second half, outscoring CVCC 34-25 en route to the 19-point non-conference win. Catawba Valley shot just 28.8 percent from the field (15-for-52) and 22.2 percent from 3-point range (2-for-9) against the Senators.
Milequa Eason and Ivy Eller paced the Red Hawks with eight points each, Danielle Rainey scored seven points and both Sherry Johnson and Taziah Hardin added six points apiece.
Mendijadeu and teammate Diamond Forrest scored a team-high 14 points for the Walters State.
The CVCC women's basketball team returns to action on Thursday with a conference road game against Guilford Tech. Game time in Jamestown, N.C. is set for 6 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne Football Coach Drew Cronic has been named the NCAA Division II American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Coach of the Year as announced Tuesday. In his first season at the helm, Cronic turned the Bears from a 3-win team in 2017 to a 12-win program this year, the largest turnaround in Division II.
The 12 wins in 2018 marked the second-highest total in program history and Cronic led the Bears to a trip to the Super Region 2 Finals for just the second time in team history. The Bears won 12 straight games this year and didn't lose a game for over three months.
Despite being picked to finish sixth in the South Atlantic Conference preseason poll, the Bears went a perfect 7-0 in league play to capture the eighth SAC Championship all-time.
The Bears entered the National polls on Oct. 22 when they were ranked No. 24 in the nation. LR would move up to No. 21 the following week and No. 17 in the final regular season rankings. After the Playoffs were wrapped up, LR was ranked No. 8 in the final AFCA National rankings.
Cronic's offense produced some record-breaking numbers in his inaugural season. QB Grayson Willingham’s 26 touchdowns shattered the previous single-season record of 18 and his 2,281 yards ranks as the second-most in team history. The 2,570 team passing yards and 30 team passing touchdowns are new records, along with 574 points scored.
13 different players won an award under Cronic this season, highlighted by a National Special Teams Player of the Week honor going to Kyle Dugger. Sherrod Williams won three SAC Defensive Player of the Week awards and Jason Poe won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and was named First Team All-Region.
This marks the second National Coach of the Year honor in program history, Clarence Stasavich earned the same distinction in 1959. As an Athletic Department, Lenoir-Rhyne has four National Coaches of the Year with two (Cronic and Greg Paradine – Men’s Lacrosse) coming a month apart.
The Texas Rangers announced the 2019 coaching staff for the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday afternoon. Matt Hagen will return for his second season as Crawdads manager.
Jose Jaimes will also resume his role as pitching coach for the 2019 season. Rounding out the staff are hitting coach Jared Goedert, fourth coach Josh Johnson, and athletic trainer Bronson Santillan.
Hagen enters his second season as Crawdads manager and third overall in Hickory after previously serving as a coach in 2016. The 37-year-old made his managerial debut in 2017 with Spokane, helping them to a second half division title. Hagen spent 11 years as a player, 5 in the minor leagues and 7 in independent leagues, hitting .264.
Jaimes returns to Hickory for his fourth year as pitching coach and his 19th year in the Rangers organization. The former Texas farmhand began his coaching career during the 2008 campaign, when he served in a dual role as a player and pitching coach in the Arizona League. The Venezuela native would go on to spend four seasons as a pitching coach with the DSL Rangers before returning stateside in 2013 with the AZL Rangers and serving in the same capacity in 2014 with the Spokane Indians. Jaimes was originally signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 and went 12-8 with a 4.93 ERA over six seasons in the Texas farm system.
Goedert joins the Crawdads staff for his fourth season as a hitting instructor in the Rangers organization. He spent the 2017 season as a hitting coach with the Spokane Indians. Previously he served on the AZL Rangers and Spokane Indians staffs. He joined the coaching ranks following a playing career that spanned nine seasons in the Cleveland (2006-12), Pittsburgh (2013), and Toronto (2014) organizations. The Kansas native was selected by Cleveland in the ninth round of the 2006 June Draft out of Kansas State and was named a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2007 when he led all Cleveland farmhands with 27 home runs. Goedert was a second-team All-Big 12 Conference selection at Kansas State in 2006 after hitting .337 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI as a junior.
Johnson begins his first season as a member of the Rangers organization. He was a coach for the San Diego Padres last season, working primarily with infielders. Johnson spent the 2016 and 2017 campaigns in the Washington Nationals organization as the manager of the GCL Nationals. Prior to his coaching career, Johnson was selected in the third round of the 2004 draft by the Kansas City Royals. He played six seasons with the Royals (2004-2009) before joining the Nationals organization where he played another six seasons (2010-2015).
Santillan comes into is in his third season as a trainer in the Texas farm system and first year with the Crawdads. The California native spent his first season in the organization as an athletic trainer with the Arizona League Rangers and last season with the Spokane Indians. During the 2016 campaign he served in the Tampa Bay Rays organization as an assistant athletic trainer for the GCL Rays and High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. At Texas A&M, Santillan earned a Master of Science in Athletic Training and worked with the baseball, football, and women's soccer teams. He earned his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University and completed an internship with the San Diego Padres in 2013. Santillan also worked with USA Baseball at the 2016 18U team trials in Houston.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 33
West Caldwell: 15
St. Stephens: 39
Alexander Central: 32
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 76
Fred T. Foard: 51
Bunker Hill: 50
West Iredell: 51
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 42
North Lincoln: 36
Lake Norman Charter: 17
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 22
Alexander Central: 53
St. Stephens: 29
West Caldwell: 40
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 70
Fred T. Foard: 60
West Iredell: 38
Bunker Hill: 61
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 76
Lake Norman Charter: 67
North Lincoln: 51
Appalachian State was first in the others receiving votes category, totaling the 26th-most voting points in the nation, in the final AP Top 25 of the 2018 college football season.
The final media poll was released early Tuesday morning, following Clemson's win against Alabama in the national championship game. App State posted the highest AP poll finish in school and Sun Belt Conference history.
The Mountaineers, who went 11-2 with victories in the Sun Belt Championship Game and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, had 96 voting points in the final poll. Iowa rounded out the Top 25 with 120 voting points, and App State had the most remaining voting points among a group that also included Stanford (52), Mississippi State (45), Utah (43), UAB (32), Iowa State (26), Auburn (15), Oregon (11), Missouri (10), Troy (6), Georgia Southern (6), Oklahoma State (3), Wisconsin (2) and NC State (2).
On Dec. 15, roughly two months after becoming just the second Sun Belt football team to earn a Top 25 ranking, Appalachian won 45-13 against Middle Tennessee in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That made App State the only FBS program with no losses in at least four bowl appearances, and it has accomplished that feat in just four postseason-eligible seasons.
The Mountaineers have won three straight Sun Belt titles and posted the nation's fifth-best winning percentage in the last four seasons. They won three consecutive FCS national championships from 2005-07.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and the Hickory Metro Sports Commission (HMSC) are pleased to announce a return to Hickory of the NCHSAA’s Western Regional Basketball Finals for 2019. Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Shuford Memorial Gymnasium and at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex will serve as the host sites of the eight-game, single-day event that features four games in each facility.
“We are so pleased to be returning to Hickory for the Western Regional Finals and are excited about our partnership with Hickory Metro Sports Commission for this event,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “With our long history of hosting the Regional Tournaments in Hickory, it truly feels like coming home. We know that Tarlton Complex and Shuford Memorial Gymnasium will serve as exceptional hosts. From the atmosphere in the arena, to the support of the Hickory community, we are sure that this is a wonderful opportunity to create life-long memories for the athletes, coaches and school communities participating in our Regional Finals.”
The Western Regional Finals will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 with four games at each of the two sites in Hickory. The Eastern Regional Finals will be held on the same day, remaining at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum in Greenville and at Capel Arena on the campus of Fayetteville State University. Play is scheduled to begin at 12 noon at each site; however, the schedule for each site, including classifications and matchups, along with ticket information will be announced at a later date.
“We are truly thrilled to bring the excitement, drama and intensity of the NCHSAA Regional Finals back to the Hickory community,” Mark Seaman, President of the Hickory Metro Sports Commission said. “The tournament will provide an outstanding opportunity for our community to enjoy some of the best high school basketball in the country and showcase the many wonderful things that the Hickory area has to offer to visitors from around the state.”
About the Venues
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Shuford Memorial Gymnasium was opened in 1956 and was built in the memory of A. Alex Shuford , Sr. The arena has a capacity of 2,400 and underwent major renovations prior to the 2014-15 season when a new court and lower-level bleachers were installed. The Gymnasium hosts the University’s Volleyball team, the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, the Piedmont Educational Foundation/Bears Club and part of the College’s School of Health Sciences.
Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex is capable of hosting volleyball, basketball and other events in its 63,778 square feet of facility. The capacity of the basketball and volleyball configuration is 2,100 spectators. The venue also includes a Neoshock running track on the second floor with four classrooms, catering and concession areas on the main level with a fully-equipped weight room and aerobics studio.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Jacob Queen has been selected as the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season, as announced by league officials earlier today.
Queen, a junior and St. Stephens grad, won two events and helped lead the Bears to a 153–108 win over Barton College this past Saturday. Queen took first in both the 100-yard backstroke (52.44) and 200-yard backstroke (1:55.75). Queen was also a member of each of the winning relays for the Bears – 400-yard freestyle relay (3:14.49) and 400-yard medley relay (3:33.92).
Queen currently holds six individual school records: 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes, and the 200-yard individual medley. He was also a member of the record breaking 200-yard, 400-yard, and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Swimming Team is back in action for a double-dual meet against Catawba and Wingate on Saturday, January 18, in Wingate, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Teams were announced among the South Atlantic Conference's elite squads heading into the 2019 season on Monday, being named third behind Queens and Wingate, but each receiving a first-place vote.
For the men's team the SAC named P.J. Lotharp (sprints), Josh Adkins (distance) and Cole Henderson(field) as players to watch.
Lotharp emerged as a national threat last season in the inaugural SAC Indoor Championship, winning the 200-meter dash (21.80) and went on to earn All-American honors after finishing seventh in the finals of the 60-meter dash (6.80) in the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Adkins paced the LR Men's Cross Country Team this fall in his junior campaign while finishing 24th in the SAC Championship meet with a time of 26:23.7.
Henderson, also an offensive lineman for the recent 2018 SAC Football Champions, was a 2018 standout for the Bears this past winter, finishing second in the men's weight throw (a school-record 53'4") and the men's 1,600-meter relay (another program-best 3.25.50).
The women's team have a trio of standouts to watch as well: Saidah Hardwick (sprints), Paiton Fair (distance) and Autumn Drayton (field).
Fair, a senior from Newton, N.C., came out victorious in the SAC Championship meet with a 400-meter dash time of 58.89 and was a part of the Bears' league-winning 1,600-meter relay squad. Hardwick, a sophomore Rolesville, N.C. native, was also a part of the 1,600-meter relay squad with Fair.
Drayton, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., finished second in the women's shot put at the conference meet (41'0"), establishing a new school record in the process.
The Bears have already participated in the JDL Early Bird meet on Dec. 2, but will put the cleats back on January 13 at the JDL January College Kickoff. The 2019 SAC Indoor Championships are set for Feb. 23-Feb. 24.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University's Women's Swimming Team came out triumphant over Barton College 154.50–105.50 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Shuford Physical Education Center.
The ladies started off the afternoon with a win in the 400 medley relay. The team consisting of sophomore Kiana Schumacher (Fort Branch, Ind.), freshman Kimberly Scheiber (Pleizenhausen, Germany), freshman Elizabeth Bowman (Thomasville, N.C.) and sophomore Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, M.D.) touched the wall in a time of 4:08.94.
The Bears were led by Scheiber and Bowman who won two individual events for the meet. Scheiber garnered wins in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.98) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:46.29), while Bowman took first place in the 50-yard freestyle (25.52) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.16).
Other individual event winners for the Lady Bears included: sophomore Sarah Helfert (1,000-yard freestyle, 11:30.46), junior Jessica Myers (200-yard freestyle, 2:04.88), sophomore Kelsey Krumanocker (1:03.09), sophomore Kiana Schumacher (2:16.22), and senior Alyx Koert (500-yard freestyle, 5:30.36).
In addition, the Bears 400-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Bowman, Rutherford, Myers, and Scheiber came out victorious in a time of 3:46.18.
Next up, the Women's Swimming Team travels to Salisbury, N.C., on Saturday, January 19, where they will take on Catawba and Wingate for their final double-dual meet of the season.
Barton at Lenoir-Rhyne
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Shuford Physical Education Center
Lenoir-Rhyne 154.50, Barton 105.50
Meanwhile, the Lenoir-Rhyne University's Men's Swimming Team came out victorious in their dual meet against Barton 153–108 on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Shuford Physical Education Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne opened the night with a win in the 400-yard medley relay. The team consisting of freshman Jacob Greene (Lewisville, N.C.), junior Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.), freshman John Ryan (Cummings, Ga.) and sophomore Spencer Ashby (Spartanburg, S.C.) finished in a time of 1:37.78.
The Bears were led by Queen and senior Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) who won two events each for the meet. Queen won the 100-yard backstroke (52.44) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.75), while Sink won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.02) and the 100-yard butterfly (53.57).
Other individual event winners for the meet included: Greene (200-yard freestyle, 1:46.98), senior Sam Melnyk (200-yard butterfly, 2:00.74), junior Dillon Carey (50-yard freestyle, 22.39), and freshman Alex Ballard (400-yard individual medley, 4:21.83).
The men finished the night victorious in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team consisting of Ashby, Queen, Carey, and Greene finished in a time of 3:14.49
Next up, the Men's Swimming Team travels to Wingate, N.C., on Friday, January 18, where they will take on Catawba and Wingate for their final double-dual meet of the season.
Barton at Lenoir-Rhyne
Friday, January 5, 2019
Shuford Physical Education Center
Lenoir-Rhyne 153, Barton 108
The Football Writers Association of America has become the second organization to honor Appalachian State punter Clayton Howell as a Freshman All-American.
Howell, a redshirt freshman from High Point, N.C., received similar recognition from The Athletic. He ranked eighth nationally and first among FBS freshmen with a net punting average of 41.9 yards during the 2018 season.
Howell capped his award-winning season in impressive fashion, launching a 60-yard punt that teammate AJ Beach downed at the 1-yard line in the closing minutes of a 45-13 victory in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Overall, Howell averaged 43.6 yards per punt with just one touchback as a redshirt freshman, and opponents were limited to a combined 61 return yards on his 47 punts. Only 15 of his punts were returned, as there were 12 attempts forcing a team to start a drive inside its 20-yard line and 20 attempts that were fair caught.
From the snaps by senior Elias McMurry to downfield coverage from the likes of Beach, Austin Exford, Steven Jones, Desmond Franklin and Akeem Davis-Gaither, it was a team effort.
Howell's 10 punts of 50-plus yards also included a season-long kick of 62 yards that was delivered from his own end zone and downed at the Arkansas State 29. He had punts of 56 and 54 yards from his own end zone to go along with a 53-yard punt that was downed at the Penn State 4, a 53-yard punt that was downed at the Louisiana 1 and a 49-yard punt that was downed at the Coastal Carolina 2.
Following Penn State's 29-yard return on Howell's first punt of the season, his final 46 attempts produced a 42.1 net average with only 32 total return yards.
Of the 32 freshmen honored by the FWAA, nine were players from a Group of Five conference, and there were two from the Sun Belt Conference. Howell became the first Mountaineer to be named a Freshman All-American since cornerback Clifton Duck earned that recognition in 2016.