The Catawba Valley Athletic Department would like to honor our high academic achieving Student-Athletes for the 2016 fall semester. Student-Athletes who achieve a 3.75 GPA are named to the athletics President's List while student-athletes with a 3.2 GPA or higher are named to the Athletic Director's List.
We are excited honor these 35 student-athletes for their academic achievement and proud to announce the most student-athletes (11) with 4.0 in program history.
President's List (3.75 or higher)
Daniel Brinegar 4.0 (Baseball)
Jenna Dunsmore 4.0 (Volleyball)
Courtney Eckmann 4.0 (Volleyball)
Grant Gordon 4.0 (Baseball)
Justin Greer 4.0 (Baseball)
Charles Hall 4.0 (Baseball)
Chandler Jenkins 4.0 (Baseball)
Sabrina Pinard 4.0 (Volleyball)
Ada Thompson 4.0 (Volleyball)
GaoSee Vang 4.0 (Volleyball)
Grace Wellman 4.0 (Women’s Basketball)
Mallory Bailey (Volleyball)
Awuor Dit (Women’s Basketball)
Brad Dzeskewicz (Baseball)
TJ Goco (Baseball)
David Graves (Baseball)
Leslie Leonard (Volleyball)
Shaniya Lester (Women’s Basketball)
Regan Redmond (Volleyball)
Athletic Director's List (3.2 or higher)
Vittoria Agrusa (Women’s Basketball)
Ramsey Fulmer (Volleyball)
Kaidyn Hamilton (Baseball)
Jordan Jeter (Baseball)
Ieshia Love (Women’s Basketball)
Jimmy Marcelli (Baseball)
Nikkyana McCaskill (Women’s Basketball)
Todd Mulkey (Baseball)
Tyler Nigro (Baseball)
Sadie Outhouse (Women’s Basketball)
Jacob Ruettgers (Baseball)
Julian Smith (Baseball)
Walker Smith (Baseball)
Andrew Tillghman (Baseball)
Thomas Walden (Baseball)
Cory Watt (Baseball)
Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox has announced the addition of former William & Mary forward Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) to the Mountaineer roster on Wednesday. Seacat will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers beginning in the 2017-18 season.
Seacat, a current sophomore, finished his freshman campaign for the Tribe in 2015-16. The Mooresville, N.C. native stands as a 6-foot, 9-inch 235-pound forward who came off the bench in 19 contests for the Tribe last season.
Averaging 8.7 minutes per game, Seacat posted 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest for William & Mary. He scored a season-high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and added five rebounds in 13 minutes against Hofstra. Seacat finished the season shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the floor.
A graduate of Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, Seacat was named to the 12-man Associated Press North Carolina All-State team as a senior. During his final season at Lake Norman, Seacat averaged 18.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 67.0 percent from the field - helping his team to a 17-9 mark, including a second-round state playoff victory.
He was selected as a Statesville Record and Landmark County Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2015, scoring 20 or more points in 13 of his team’s 26 games and tallied a double-double on nine occasions. He ranks first in school history in field goals made, field goal percentage and career blocks, while coming second in total rebounds defensive rebounds and offensive rebounds.
A forward who possesses a 7-foot wingspan, Seacat was invited to compete in the North Carolina Top 80 event in March 2014. He played AAU (American Athletic Union) for PSB Select, coached by Brendan Winters, helping the program to the Silver Bracket Division I SuperShowcase title and the Best of the South Tournament crown during the summer of 2014.
Seacat was high school teammates with current Mountaineer sophomore guard, Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman).
HEAD COACH JIM FOX
“We are thrilled to announced the addition of Hunter Seacat to the Appalachian State basketball family. Hunter fits into our system well and based on his work ethic, we are excited for his contribution to our program over the next couple of years.”
Appalachian State University freshman defensive back Clifton Duck (Matthews, N.C./Butler) continues to rack up the postseason awards, as he was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Team.
Leading up to the honor, Duck was named the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year and was named to USA Today’s Freshman All-American Team in December. The true freshman is the lone student-athlete from the Sun Belt to be honored, while the list features players from schools such as Ohio State, USC, Penn State, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan and other Power Five programs.
Duck made a splash in his first season in a Mountaineer uniform, starting in all 12 games as a true freshman and leading the Apps with five interceptions, eight breakups and 13 deflections. Duck was tied for second in the Sun Belt in picks and first amongst all freshman. In addition, the lockdown cornerback led the league in passes defended and helped an App State squad rank third in the nation in interceptions with 20 while holding Sun Belt opponents to the fewest points allowed in the league with 94.
Appalachian’s pass defense ranked 29th in the country in passing yards allowed at 200.3 per game and third in the conference.
Duck’s numbers were on par with some of the top defensive backs in the nation as he was tied for ninth in the nation in interceptions and was tied with freshman Jessie Bates (Wake Forest) for the most amongst freshmen.
Duck also showed his aggressiveness by recording 54 tackles, which was fourth on the team. Duck’s career-high 13 tackles against Akron (9/24) was a team best this season, while 41 of his tackles were solo stops and notched 2.5 tackles for a loss.
His best stretch of the season came against Idaho and Georgia Southern, where he tallied three interceptions. His two-interception performance against Idaho also included his first career touchdown that came on a pick six.
Duck will return for his sophomore season and help the Apps defend their Sun Belt Championship, go for a third-straight 10-win season and a 3-0 start in bowl games.
Three double-digit scorers and a 12-0 explosion out of the gates gave Appalachian State University men's basketball the advantage, toppling Arkansas State, 70-57, on Monday night at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (6-9, 1-3 Sun Belt) used a confident 51.9 percent shooting percentage in the second half to nab their first conference win of the season, while the Red Wolves (11-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) fell in their second straight game.
Leading all-scorers for the game was Mountaineer guard Ronshad Shabazz, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals -- all without a single three-throw attempt.
Emarius Logan also chipped in 12 points, including a clutch 4-4 from the line late, while Isaac Johnson came off to give key bench minutes, grabbing six boards to go along with 10 points, two steals and a block.
Chances from the charity stripe, while hard to come by in a physical battle, also went in the Mountaineers favor as they shot 72.7 percent from the line, while the Red Wolves mustered just 56 percent.
The Mountaineers now head on the road for three-straight, beginning at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball defeated Pitt Community College 90-77 at home Monday night.
Derick Brewer scored 24 points to lead the Red Hawks, with 21 of those coming in the second half as CVCC outscored Pitt 57-41 in the second half for the win.
A pair of players had double-double for CVCC. Emmanuel Wembi had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Matthew Powell had 14 points and Steve Ruszala added 11 points, both off the bench.
With the win, CVCC improves to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play. CVCC will host Guilford Tech Wednesday night at 7.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (6-7, 5-3) picked up a key South Atlantic Conference road win Sunday afternoon, 94-85 over Anderson (7-7, 5-3) at the Abney Athletic Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with a career-high 32 points in addition to six treys in the victory. Evans also added five rebounds and five assists for the Bears, who hit 15 three-pointers in the contest.
Anderson lost despite a pair of double-doubles from Carlos Dotson (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Randall Shaw (Greenville, S.C.). Dotson scored 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds while Shaw added 23 points and pulled down 11 boards.
The Bears scored 55 points after halftime and led by as many as 14 points – 61-47 with 11:58 left in the game – and held on for the victory.
Evans keyed the second-half surge for the Bears – scoring 21 points – while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 12 points and four three-pointers off the bench.
Junior guards Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) also scored 11 points for the Bears, who shot 57 percent (16-of-27) in the second half and turned the ball over just eight times in the win.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Charlotte, N.C., to take on Queens.
Appalachian State University wrestling rolled over The Citadel and Clarion on Old Timer’s Day on Sunday afternoon in Varsity Gym and extended their undefeated conference streak to 4-0.
The Mountaineers (9-2, 4-0 Southern Conference) defeated The Citadel by double digits in the first match of the afternoon, smashing the Bulldogs 34-15.
Three Mountaineers took down their opponents with pins to catapult them over The Citadel. Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) started the day off strong with a 2:47 pin to give App the early 6-0 lead. Later In the 184 weight class, David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) overpowered Chandler Sambets in 1:13. Finally, Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) took no mercy and neutralized his opponent in 2:11.
For the second match of the afternoon, App State registered another double-digit win, 23-10, over the Golden Eagles.
Mirroring the first match against the Bulldogs, Smith started the latter half of the afternoon collecting the most points in a 14-2 major decision. After dropping the next weight class, the Mountaineers won five straight bouts ending in decisions to secure a convincing lead Clarion could not recover from.
Up next, Appalachian will travel down to Durham, N.C. to take on the Duke Blue Devils at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Logan Durham (APP) def. Charles Kearney (The Citadel), 10-3 dec.
Cameron Butler (Clarion) def. Logan Durham (APP), 8-5 dec.
Logan Durham (APP) finished 1-1
Colby Smith (APP) pinned Andrew Szalwinski (The Citadel), 2:47
Colby Smith (APP) def. Roshaun Cooley (Clarion), 14-2 maj. dec.
Colby Smith (APP) finished 2-0
Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Douglas Gudenburr (The Citadel), 6-2 dec.
Brock Zacherl (Clarion) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), 16-6 maj. dec.
Irvin Enriquez (APP) finished 1-1
Tyler Buckiso (The Citadel) pinned Miller Clark (APP), 2:30
Miller Clark finished 0-1
Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Jake Keller (Clarion), 12-3 maj. dec.
Matt Zovistoski finished 1-0
Aaron Walker (The Citadel) pinned Gavin Londoff (APP), 5:38
Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Taylor Cahill (Clarion), 2-1 dec.
Gavin Londoff (APP) finished 1-1
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Ruston Hill II (The Citadel), 16-1 TF
Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Evan Delong (Clarion), 6-5 dec.
Forrest Przybysz (APP) finished 2-0
Nick Kee (APP) def. Martin Duane (The Citaqdel), 18-3 TF
Nick Kee (APP) def. Dominic Rigous (Clarion), 5-3 dec.
Nick Kee (APP) finished 2-0
David Peters-Logue (APP) pinned Chandler Sambets (The Citadel), 1:13
David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Scott Marmoll (Clarion) 5-1, dec.
David Peters-Logue (APP) finished 2-0
Sawyer Root (The Citadel) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 7-2 dec.
Dustin Conti (Clarion) def. Randall Diabe (APP), 4-1 dec.
Randall Diabe (APP) finished 0-2
Denzel Dejournette (APP) pinned Joseph Bexley (The Citadel) 2:11
Denzel Dejournette (APP) def. Evan Daley (Clarion), 4-3 dec.
Denzel Dejournette (APP) finished 2-0
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-6, 4-4) was handed a 61-53 setback to Anderson (10-2, 7-1) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Trojans, winners of three straight games, were led by Nakia Young (Taylors, S.C.) with a game-high 19 points while Madison Baggett (Huntsville, Ala.) added 15 points off the bench in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored a team-high 14 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 13 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne was held without a three-pointer in seven attempts and was forced into 27 turnovers in the setback.
Anderson, which never trailed in the contest, also received a double-double from Jasmine Franklin (Simpsonville, S.C.) with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Trojans also remained a half-game behind Lincoln Memorial in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Charlotte, N.C., to face Queens Wednesday at 6pm.
Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) posted his third career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) notched a career-high 14 points, however, it would not be enough in a 76-68 loss to Little Rock inside the Holmes Center on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (5-9, 0-3 Sun Belt) were led by both Kinney and Johnson, while Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) tallied 12 points. Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) both finished with nine points each, while Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) grabbed seven rebounds for the Black and Gold.
Down by three points early, the Mountaineers regained a lead after a Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) 3-pointer to take a 15-13 lead. The Apps pushed the lead to a game-high six on the heels of back-to-back buckets from T. Johnson and Shabazz at 19-13 with 9:41 left in the opening half.
With a 31-28 lead, a Deondre Burns three would tie the game for the Trojans (11-5, 2-1 Sun Belt) heading into the break.
Little Rock got out to a fast start in the second half with a three-point play from Lis Shoshi to go up 34-31. Shortly thereafter, the Trojans pushed its lead to a game-high eight points at 43-35 with 16:52 to go in the game.
Down 45-38 after a Marcus Johnson, Jr. layup, the Mountaineers engineered a 8-0 run with threes from Good and Shabazz and a layup from Kinney. The run spanned just 1:16.
Following a Shoshi layup, the Mountaineers were back down by six points with 6:23 left in regulation. The Mountaineers refused to go away quietly and orchestrated a 7-0 run to regain the lead 63-62 on an and-one play from Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal).
Unfortunately, the Trojans would regain the lead on two Shoshi free throws and never look back en route to the 76-68 win.
Appalachian State will return to the court on Monday, Jan. 9 when it hosts Arkansas State at 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: With the loss, App State moves to 2-5 all-time against Little Rock … the Mountaineers drop to 4-2 at home in 2016-17 … Griffin Kinney notched his third career double-double and matched his career high with 11 rebounds … with 12 points, Ronshad Shabazz netted his 31st career double-digit scoring game … the Mountaineers assisted on 16 of its 24 field goals … App State scored 18 points off of Little Rock’s seven turnovers.
Four starters scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough as Appalachian State University women’s basketball (7-8, 2-2 SBC) fell to Little Rock (10-6, 4-0 SBC) on Saturday in the Holmes Center, 77-69.
Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored a team-high 16 points while hitting all three of the Apps’ 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) both scored 15 points while Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) chipped in with 11 points.Four student-athletes snagged five rebounds and Jones led the team with five assists. Carter and Story both recorded three steals for the day, which led to 11 swipes for Appalachian.
Appalachian shot well from the free throw line going 12-for-14 for a season-high 85.7 percent mark.
Despite the setback, Appalachian’s 69 points ties a season-high given up by LR, and is 14.5 points higher than what it was allowing coming into the contest (54.5). App State would get into the lane on many occasions during the game for easy opportunities, but shots weren’t falling for the Black and Gold.
Appalachian forced 19 turnovers while committing just 13 miscues, held a 38-28 advantage in points in the paint and a 15-13 edge in points off turnovers.
However, LR shot 52.8 percent from the floor to App State’s 41.5 percent shooting clip and hit six 3-pointers to Appalachian’s three treys. The first and third frames proved to be the difference, as App was outscored by 18 points. Appalachian outscored the visitors, 45-35, in the second and fourth quarters.
LR stymied the Apps’ offense holding the Black and Gold to 3-for-13 shooting from the field, which led to a 20-10 lead after the first quarter. Appalachian would slice the gap to seven, 22-15, after scoring five of the first seven points in the second quarter. Carter had scored on consecutive layups before Story hit the back end of a pair at the line. Little Rock responded by going on a 6-2 spurt to out in front, 28-17 lead.
When it looked like the Mountaineers were about to start a run, LR would answer with a field goal. The Trojans kept the lead for the rest of the half and went ahead, 41-31.
The Trojans came out of the break putting together a 12-2 run to take a 53-33 lead. LR stayed on top of Appalachian, limiting the hosts to just 5-for-18 shooting while posting a 61.5 percent clip from the floor.
Appalachian saved its best quarter for last, outscoring LR, 24-14. Appalachian trimmed the deficit to as low as the final margin of victory for Little Rock. The Mountaineers shot 66.7 percent in the final quarter and held LR to 45.5 percent shooting, the lowest of any quarter. Murray scored 12 of her 16 points in the frame. Appalachian forced seven LR turnovers into nine points.
App State will have next Thursday off before traveling to Conway, S.C. to start a string of three-straight road conference games, beginning with Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m.
- Jones is now just seven points away from becoming the 24th member of the 1,000-point club.
- App State lost its first game when scoring 30 or more points in the paint.
- After hitting all three of her foul shots, Carter is now shooting a career-high 73.5 percent from the line.
- Story’s 15 points are the highest she’s scored in conference plus thus far.
- It’s the fifth game this season Murray has hit multiple 3-pointers
With season tickets set to go on sale next week, Appalachian State announced their Sun Belt Conference football opponents for the 2017 season on Friday.
App will host (in no particular order) Georgia Southern, Louisiana, New Mexico State, and Coastal Carolina at Kidd Brewer Stadium, while traveling to Georgia State, ULM, Idaho, and Texas State.
Home Sun Belt Opponents: Georgia Southern, Louisiana, New Mexico State, Coastal Carolina
Home Non-Conference: Savannah State (Sept. 9), Wake Forest (Sept. 23)
Road Sun Belt Opponents: at Georgia State, at Idaho, at ULM, and at Texas State
Road Non-Conference: at Georgia (Sept. 2), at UMass (Oct. 28)
NOTE: Game dates for Sun Belt Conference games and opponents will not be announced until the television schedule is completed in the spring. Game dates for non-conference games are set and are not likely to change.
TICKETS: 2017 Appalachian State Football Season tickets will go on sale later next week (date and time) to be announced soon. Visit appstatesports.com and follow @appstatesports on Twitter for additional information on how to purchase and renew season tickets.
Rival Georgia Southern, Louisiana, New Mexico State, and Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina will visit Kidd Brewer Stadium for conference home games as App State will try to repeat as Sun Belt Conference Champions. App went 3-0 on the road against the group last season, with a 34-10 win over GaSo on ESPNU on a Thursday night, and a 37-7 win at New Mexico State to clinch the Sun Belt crown.
App’s non-conference opponents, which had been previously announced, features a visit from ACC-foe Wake Forest on Sept. 23. The Mountaineers host Savannah State in their home opener on Sept. 9.
App’s road opponents for Sun Belt game have also been announced. App will travel to Georgia State, ULM, and Idaho in league play in addition to a first-ever trip to Texas State. App topped all four opponents in home games this season, en route to a perfect conference record (4-0) at The Rock.
The season opens on Sept. 2 “between the hedges” in Athens, Ga. as App faces the Georgia Bulldogs. In a rematch of the 2006 I-AA National Championship Game, App travels to UMass on Oct. 28 in their second, non-conference road contest.
App was 7-0 last season against their 2017 Sun Belt opponents, outscoring them by a combined total of 226-66.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s and Men’s Basketball South Atlantic Conference doubleheader, scheduled for Saturday on the road against Anderson, has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon due to the forecast of snowy weather. The women’s game tips at 2:00 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 4:00 p.m.
Fred T. Foard: 66
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 66
Kings Mountain: 56
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 59
West Caldwell: 50
West Lincoln: 30
Fred T. Foard: 45
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 67
East Burke: 49
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 75
East Lincoln: 65, OT
West Lincoln: 43
Led by five double-digit scorers and a season-high 54 points in the paint, Appalachian State University women's basketball rocketed to their largest conference victory in two years, downing Arkansas State 76-50 on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (7-7, 2-1 Sun Belt) used 45.7 percent shooting and staunch defense to hand the Red Wolves (3-12, 1-2 Sun Belt) their largest defeat since 2012-13 when they lost to Middle Tennessee, 93-49.
Appalachian was led by Bria Carter, who finished with a career-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals and one block. Right behind her was Joi Jones, who tallied 13 points, five rebounds and two steals as well as one takeaway on the night.
Bayley Plummer finished the game with her first career double-double, having 10 points and pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Her career-high 11 boards matched the team total for Arkansas State for the game.
Plummer becomes the first freshman since Maryah Sydnor to tally a double-double. Sydnor's came against Chattanooga on March 4, 2012 (30 points, 10 rebounds).
Q. Murray continued her strong season with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals, while Brooklyn Allen finished with career-high 10 points and five rebounds to go along with four assists.
The Mountaineers refused to give up after the first shot all evening, setting a season-high for second-chance points. App State out-rebounded the Red Wolves 51-35 to get 29 second-effort points. Their 51 rebounds ties a season-high as well.
Also on the defensive side, the Black and Gold forced 26 miscues, which led to a season-high 29 points-off-turnovers. The 26 turnovers is the most that Arkansas State has given up all season.
Leading the rim protection was Ashley Bassett-Smith, who finished with a season-high five rejections while also snagging six rebounds on the night.
The Mountaineers will look to extend their current win streak to three games on Saturday when they take on Little Rock at the Holmes Center. Tipoff is set for 1pm.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Bryant and Stratton 74-64 at home Thursday night at the Tarlton Complex.
Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Whitener would also have five steams on the night as well.
Whitener was one of four players to score in double digits for the Red Hawks. Derrick Brewer had a game high 21 points and Kennan Turpin and Emmanuel Wembi each added 10.
With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 9-5 overall and are 3-2 in conference play. CVCC is scheduled to play Sunday at home against Pitt Community College at 3pm.
The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s annual Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame nomination period includes a new opportunity to salute the county’s strong sports heritage.
For the first time, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for an Exceptional Team of Excellence. The new award aims to salute a standout amateur or professional team from the past. Election will be based on outstanding accomplishments including regional, state or national recognition and championships or notable records.
“This is the public’s chance to nominate a team that they feel is deserving. We urge people to be a part of the process for this inaugural Team of Excellence. We need help finding the best nominees that reflect the strong tradition of team sports in this county,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. “I hope this new recognition becomes a very special and important aspect of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame.”
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame aims to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.
The Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for both individuals and Teams of Excellence through Tuesday, Feb. 21. The public can submit nominations online at www.hickorymetrosports.com.
"We are looking forward to honoring more local sports legends again this year," Phillips said. "Catawba County has been very fortunate to have outstanding athletes, coaches and supporters who have been instrumental in building the sports heritage here."
Already, 74 men and women are enshrined in the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame at Hickory’s Highland Recreation Center. Plaques representing Hall of Fame members are on permanent display and are available for public viewing daily at the recreation center.
Hall of Fame members represent a broad variety of sports, and they are individuals who distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches and/or supporters of athletic endeavors in Catawba County.
New members to the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame and the Exceptional Team of Excellence will be inducted during a ceremony at the Hickory Highland Recreation Center in May.
Nomination forms are also available at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce office, located at 1055 Southgate Corporate Park Southwest in Hickory. Mail nominations to c/o Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1828, Hickory, N.C., 28601.
Junior Appalachian State University men’s tennis student-athlete Scott Webster (Perth,Australia/Scotch College) landed in the Oracle/International Tennis Association (ITA) national and regional rankings after a spectacular sophomore campaign.
Webster comes in as 102nd in the nation and one of two players (Tuki Jacobs - South Alabama) from the Sun Belt to be named to the list. Regionally, Webster debuts at 14th in the Carolina Region with student-athletes from Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina and South Carolina.
In 2016, the junior netter tied a team high with 13 wins as the primary No. 1 in singles play while finishing 13-3 in a superb doubles campaign with former Mountaineer, Jan-Willem Kleynhans. Webster endured at least two four-match win streaks including a five-match win streak in singles competition. With Kleynhans, the duo would go on a nine-match win streak as the top duo.
Webster helped lead the Mountaineers to their most wins since the 2012 season and their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win, upending the then-defending tournament champions, Troy. Webster was named to the Sun Belt All-Second Singles and Doubles squad. In two full seasons as a Mountaineer, Webster has put up impressive numbers, posting a 31-8 mark in singles competition and a 25-10 record in doubles play.
App State will open up the spring slate on Jan. 21 on the road at UNC Wilmington.
Caldwell Communtiy College men's basketball team won over Davidson County Communtiy College 83-75 Wednesday night at home. The Cobras avenged a 94-91 setback back in November to the previously undefeated and number one ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 3 polls. Wednesday, Caldwell raced out to a 40-29 halftime lead and would hold on for the win.
Four players scored in double figures for the Cobras, led by Jahi Hughes who had 16 points. Jahmeel Watts added 10 points and both he and Hughes were one rebound shy of having a double-double.
Davidson County, who averages 49.1 percent shooting per game and 109.8 points per game this season, was held to a dismal 30 percent shooting on the night and 75 points.
With the win, Caldwell improves to 13-3 on the season. The Cobras open conference play up Wednesday, January 11 at Clinton Junior College.
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team fell in overtime to Newberry 80-75 Wednesday night at home.
The Bears had a 19 points halftime lead evaporate in the second half and the Bears could only manage two points in the extra frame in losing to the Wolves. Lenoir-Rhyne led for 39 minutes and 38.6 seconds. The Bears would score first 19 seconds in, then see Newberry tie the game with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by Reed Lucas who had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Lucas had 18 of his points come from behind the arc as he was 6-of-10 shooting from the three-point line. As a team, the Bears were 13-of-40 from three point land. Conversely, Newberry was 16-of-50 shooting from downtown. The two teams combined to throw up 90 three point shots. Three quarters of the shots taken by Newberry were a three point attempt (75 attempts). The Wolves are the top team in NCAA Division II in made three point field goals with 15.5 per game this season.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 5-7 overall and 4-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Anderson on Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-5, 4-3) got back to its winning ways with a 50-36 victory over Newberry (7-4, 3-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) led the way with a game-team 14 points while sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 12 points as the Bears held the Wolves to just 23 percent shooting (13-of-57) for the contest in the setback.
Newberry was led by Shelby Britten (Shepparton, Vic, Australia) with 13 points and Jaya Shultz (Santa Clarita, Calif.) with eight points and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense, the top-ranked unit in the conference, was on full display tonight. The Bears held the Wolves to just five points in the third period and used a 14-0 run to end the stanza on their way to the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne also improved to 7-0 at home and has now won 14 straight games at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium dating back to last year.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne also held Newberry to one three-pointer in 12 attempts and blocked six shots in the triumph.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Anderson, S.C., to take on Anderson.