Caldwell County: 1, 2
Henderson County: 0, 6
Gastonia: 5, 5
Maiden: 4, 4
The Hickory Crawdads fell in both games of a doubleheader at home on Sunday, losing game one 1-0 and game two 8-5 Sunday.
In game one, Caleb Baragar struck out nine hitters over six innings, leading the Augusta GreenJackets over the Hickory Crawdads in a 1-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Hickory had runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, but a runner was thrown out on a single to end the game as Patrick Ruotolo earned his fifth save of the season.
Baragar (2-5) allowed three hits while walking one to pick up the win.
The game's only run was scored in the top of the fourth inning. After reaching base with two outs on a walk, Jose Vizcaino scored following singles by Sandro Fabian and Frandy De La Rosa.
Michael Matuella (0-4) went four innings, allowing one run and six hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out one and walked one.
The Crawdads were blanked for the fourth time this season, while the GreenJackets' staff recorded their fifth shutout of the year.
In game two, Jacob Heyward hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-5 win over the Hickory Crawdads in the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday.
The home run by Heyward capped a five-run inning and gave the GreenJackets a 7-4 lead after Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run single earlier in the inning.
The GreenJackets tacked on another run in the sixth when Heyward hit an RBI single, driving in Vizcaino.
Sandro Cabrera (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Matthew Smoral (0-1) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Eric Jenkins doubled twice, scoring two runs for the Crawdads. Leody Taveras tripled and singled, driving in two runs.
Caldwell County: 5
Bruke County: 2
Hickory: 2, 10
Asheville: 3, 3
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Swimming Team was recognized as a Scholar All-America Team for the Spring Semester of 2017 by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The Bears’ GPA for the semester was 3.38.
The top grade point averages in NCAA Division II were McKendree (women) and Urbana (men) with grade point averages of 4.00 and 3.69, respectively.
Across all NCAA levels, a total of 720 teams representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher this past spring semester. The numbers of schools topping the 700-mark was a first in the organization’s 95-year history.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team opens the 2017-18 campaign with the annual Black and White Intersquad on Friday, September 29.
Burke County: 1
Taylorsville: 3, 3
Henderson: 2, 1
Ti'Quan Forbes hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 5-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday.
The single by Forbes, part of a two-run inning, gave the Crawdads a 1-0 lead before Tanner Gardner hit an RBI single later in the inning.
After Hickory added two runs in the third, the GreenJackets cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Sandro Fabian and Frandy De La Rosa hit back-to-back home runs.
The Crawdads tacked on another run in the eighth when Eric Jenkins scored on a ground out.
Luke Lanphere (3-0) got the win with three innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Augusta starter Melvin Adon (1-7) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Nick Dignacco retired the side in order for his second save of the season.
Appalachian State University Director of Athletics, Doug Gillin, named Shelly Hoerner head softball coach on Friday. Hoerner brings 18 years of head coaching experience with over 500 career wins to the App State program.
“We’re looking forward to the experience and excitement Shelly will bring to the program at Appalachian State. I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Jonathan Reeder, for their work,” said Gillin. “After a national search, Shelly’s success as a coach, in addition to her reputation as a leader, made her a natural fit for App State. I am thrilled to welcome Shelly, Jeff, and Meeka May to the Appalachian State family.”
Hoerner comes to App after a four-year stint as Head Coach at Georgia Tech, where she earned her 500th career win in 2016. At Tech, her team had the highest GPA in the athletic department in 2016 and 2017, averaging over a 3.2 all four years. Hoerner coached the Yellow Jackets to four wins over nationally-ranked opponents, with three Yellow Jackets earning All-ACC honors.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, she led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference.
From 2000-05, Hoerner was the head coach at Barry University, compiling an overall record of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Conference championships in 2002 and 2003, and was named the conference's Coach of the Year in both seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as Regional Coach of the Year.
Hoerner began her head coaching career at Valdosta State, where she coached one season (2000). She first embarked on her coaching career as an assistant coach at Barry from 1996-99.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series. In her two seasons at Barry, she struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.
Following the 1994 season she transferred to Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she ranks among the school's all-time leaders in fielding percentage and stolen bases. In 1995, Hoerner led the Golden Griffins to a 28-14 mark, 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and records of 33-7 and 11-1 in 1996. Canisius won the MAAC title in both years and Hoerner was a two-time all-conference selection.
Hoerner also gained professional playing experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France. She played catcher and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.
A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also holds a Master's degree from Barry in 2003. Hoerner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999, and have a daughter, Meeka May.
Statement from Coach Hoerner…
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Doug Gillin for this incredible opportunity to rebuild and lead the App State program. The vision he has for the athletic department mirrors what I was looking for. Jonathan Reeder and the entire search committee have been terrific through this process and very welcoming. I am excited to lead this program with passion and purpose, and will provide the necessary structure and support to help our student-athletes be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The young women will be prepared for life after they graduate from App State. I look forward to bringing a family atmosphere to this program along with engaging our alumni and their families. We will work as one unit to establish a championship mentality and elevate App State Softball in the Sun Belt Conference.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT SHELLY HOERNER…
"Coach Hoerner will bring a lot of game experience to the program at App. State. She is a coach that also truly cares about the student-athlete and their collegiate experience. I feel like this is a great fit for Coach Hoerner and App State.”
- Ken Erickson, Team USA Head Coach, South Florida Head Coach
“She was my first-ever recruit at Barry, and through her infectious personality we’ve been able to remain friends. It has been fun to follow her career and I’m excited to see what she will do at App State. She knows the game very well and is going to make some things happen for the program.”
- Lisa Navas, Associate Head Coach, University of South Carolina
“Shelly is a wonderful person and leader. She has a terrific personality and a passion for the game. She will do great things for Appalachian State’s program.”
- Bobby Cremins, Legendary College Basketball Coach
“Shelly has great experience playing and coaching at some outstanding programs. She's knowledgeable and works to get the best out of her players. She does it right and is concerned about the person as well as the athlete.”
- Mike Rappi, Former Canisius Head Coach
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2017 class on Wednesday.
Tyquann Perinchief (Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School), Olamide Onajide (Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.)) and Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) will officially join the Mountaineers.
“We are pleased to announce our final roster additions for the 2017 class,” O’Keefe said. “We have been able to address all of our needs with this class. It has size, speed, strength, versatility, competitive spirit and winning mentality. The group will be one that helps add to our current group and set a foundation to build on for the next four years.”
With the addition of three more newcomers, the class of 14 now features four forwards, a dual threat, two midfielders, three defenders and a goalkeeper. In the class, nine of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida, one from Rhode Island, two from Bermuda and one from Germany.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Austin Hill - MF/F - 5-6 - Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - MF/F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - MF/F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Olamide Onajide - MF - 5-6 - Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.)
Tyquann Perinchief - F - 5-11 - Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School
Marc Pfrogner - MF/F - 5-8 - Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Prince Titus - F - 5-9 - Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 - Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic
OLAMIDE ONAJIDE (5-6, 160, Midfield, Providence, R.I./North Providence (Iowa Lakes C.C.))
Played two years at Iowa Lakes Community College ... named first team academic all-region ... a two-time ICCAC regional semifinalist ... helped lead his team to a 26-9 record in two years and a No. 15 national ranking ... a three-year letterwinner at North Providence ... named first team all-division twice ... named to the Dean’s list the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 ... full name is Olamide Onajide ... born March 29, 1998 ... son of Adenike Onajide ... intends on majoring in political science ... enjoys reading and playing soccer in his spare time ... cousin, Olumide Onajide played basketball at Rutgers.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Olamide joins us with two years of college and Nigerian youth national team experience. He has an infectious positive personality which will help us every day. He is a left footed versatile player who can play in the back or midfield. He is very competitive and wants to be great in everything he does which will add to our overall depth.”
TYQUANN PERINCHIEF (5-11, 156, Forward, Warwick, Bermuda/Saltus Grammar School)
Played soccer and rugby at Saltus Grammar School ... played on XRoads - “A” Division soccer team ... named to all-stars East vs. West soccer game ... was MVP for soccer and rugby ... was also a track and field champion in 2015, 2016 and 2017 ... during the CAIS Tournament, scored 14 goals in seven games ... full name is Tyquann Tyrell Perinchief ... born on May 20, 1999 ... son of Melody Rand ... has one sibling: Jacob Rand.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Tyquann is a center forward from Bermuda with a nose for the goal and a toughness that will be very helpful in his transition to the college game. He is one of the hardest working players I have seen. He can score a spectacular goal or create something out of his sheer work and desire. He will bring a professional attitude and discipline which will help us from day one.”
MARC PFROGNER (5-8, 140, Midfield/Forward, Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen))
Attended Gymnasium Feuchtwangen ... also played with FC Nürnberg ... full name is Marc Pfrogner ... born Jan. 9, 1998 ...son of Gertrud and Wolfgang Pfrogner ... has three siblings: Kai, Lars and Thea.
O’Keefe’s Take: “We are very excited to have Marc join us in August. He is a pacey, crafty attacking player that can create and score goals. He will help continue to develop our team’s soccer IQ and help our team continue to develop a style of play by increasing our relationships on the field. Marc has played at the highest level in Germany as a youth and will bring some great experience to our team.”
Caldwell County- 4
Rutherford County-4 /10 innings
Ricardo Valencia hit a walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning, as the Hickory Crawdads topped the Augusta GreenJackets 5-4 on Thursday.
Alex Kowalczyk scored the game-winning run after he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then went to third on a single by Valencia.
The GreenJackets tied the game 4-4 in the top of the eighth when Adam Sonabend hit an RBI double, bringing home Sandro Fabian.
Hickory starter Edgar Arredondo allowed one run and three hits over six innings. He also struck out two and walked one. Kaleb Fontenot (3-2) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Nolan Riggs (1-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Yeyson Yrizarri doubled twice and singled, driving in three runs in the win. Kowalczyk doubled and singled twice.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Haylea Salamon has been named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Second Team for Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Salamon, a junior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, earns Academic All-America accolades for the second straight year. Salamon is an exercise major with a grade point average of 3.93.
This indoor season, Salamon earned All-Southeast Region accolades in both the shot put and weight throw and established a school record in the shot put (40’1") at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., in the middle of January.
In outdoor track and field, Salamon was named the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women's Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 and 2016 SAC Women’s Field Athlete Of the Year. In addition, Salamon holds the school record in the discus (154’11”) and won the event two years in a row – 2015 and 2016 – at the South Atlantic Conference Championships.
At the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Mich., Salamon was named a Second-Team All-American after finishing 12th in the discus.
Salamon was also a member of the Canadian Junior National Team and placed eighth in the women’s discus at the 2015 Pan-Am Junior Games in Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.
Twenty of the 45 members of the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with nine student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 15 members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.90.
The 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country teams consisted of 13 student-athletes who made repeat appearances on the team, including four student-athletes who received their third appearance on the list.
2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America®
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
NCAA Division II
Sabrina Anderson, Slippery Rock, Gr., Warren, Pa., 3.91, 4.00 (G), MBA (G) / Exercise Science (UG)
Jamie Ashcroft, Alaska Anchorage, Sr., Shawnigan Lake, B.C., 3.85, Health Science
Breanna Colbenson, Minnesota Duluth, Sr., Elmwood, Wis., 3.89, Physical Education
Bethany Drake, Western Washington, Gr., Sandy, Ore., 3.87, 4.00 (G), Master In Teaching (G) / Art (UG)
Olivia Esbenshade, Cedarville, Sr., Marietta, Pa., 3.82, Nursing
Lacey Herbert, Oklahoma Baptist, Sr., Perryton, Texas, 4.00, Elementary Education
Summer Hill, California (Pa.), Jr., Honesdale, Pa., 3.89, Sport Management
Alyssa Johnson, Wingate, Sr., San Jose, Calif., 4.00, Elementary Education
Carsyn Koch, Cedarville, Jr., Washburn, Maine, 3.54, Nursing
Marissa McCay, Humboldt State, Sr., McKinleyville, Calif., 3.83, Liberal Studies / Elementary Education
Carly Muscaro, Merrimack, Sr., Ashland, Mass., 3.88, Criminology
Natalie O'Keefe, Southwest Baptist, Sr., Granite City, Ill., 4.00, Art
Georgia Porter, Western State Colorado, Sr., Stevenson, Wash., 4.00, Recreation & Outdoor Education
Stachia Reuwsaat, Chadron State, Sr., Black Hawk, S.D., 3.97, Legal Studies (Pre-Law)
Cheyenne Thompson, Montevallo, Sr., Chelsea, Ala., 4.00, Biochemistry
Kaitlyn Barber, Walsh, Jr., Toledo, Ohio, 3.96, Pre-Physical Therapy (Biology)
Sarah Berger, Walsh, Jr., Wadsworth, Ohio, 3.90, Pre-Med Biology
Thalie Carmigniani, Lynn, Gr., Tours, France, 3.99, 4.00 (G), Financial Valuation (G) / Business (UG)
Michaela Dendinger, Wayne State (Neb.), Jr., Coleridge, Neb., 3.63, Biology
Kendra Foley, Grand Valley State, Sr., Noblesville, Ind., 3.54, Communication Studies
Mel Herl, Chadron State, Gr., Eaton, Colo., 3.79, 3.78 (G), Organizational Management
Brittany Kallenberger, Central Missouri, Sr., Lee's Summit, Mo., 3.81, Design & Drafting Technology
Alicja Konieczek, Western State, Colorado, So., Zsrit Powodowo, Poland, 3.78, Exercise & Sports Science
Molly Montonye, Minnesota State Moorhead, Sr., Graceville, Minn., 3.96, Medical Technology
Colett Rampf, Saint Leo, Sr., Premnitz, Germany, 3.78, Economics
Emily Roberts, Southern Indiana, Jr., Fredericktown, Ohio, 3.82, Exercise Science (Occupational Therapy)
Haylea Salamon, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 3.93, Exercise Science
Emily Sechrist, Oklahoma Baptist, Jr., Hillsboro, Kan., 4.00, Special Education
Kendra Smith, Lindenwood, Sr., Whitby, Ontario, 3.88, Marketing
Emi Trost, Minnesota Duluth, Jr., Goodhue, Minn., 3.76, Exercise Science
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Volleyball Coach Dave Markland has signed six recruits for the 2017 campaign. The Bears welcome Madison Asher, Maggie Bogart, Angelica Hernandez, Taylor Prall, Megan Treadway and Taylor Walton.
"I'm very excited about this class," said Markland. "This group fills a variety of needs and every position is covered. All these student-athletes are top-notch academically and will be excellent representatives of Lenoir-Rhyne University."
Asher (Abingdon, Va.) is a three-time first-team all-conference honoree and a two-time all-region selection who graduated as Abingdon High School's all-time leader in kills. Asher was also a member of the VHSL All-Star Team and was Team Most Valuable Player. Asher was a member of the Tri Cities Extreme Travel Team as well.
Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) was an Eastern Kansas League honorable mention selection in 2016 was named to the All-State Academic Team twice (2015 and 2016). Bogart also played club volleyball for Final Slam 18s.
Hernandez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was named most outstanding player for Colegio Espíritu Santo. Hernandez's club teams were GVA (Guaynabo Volleyball Academy), VB Rags and Borinquen Coqui.
Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) earned first-team all-league honors twice and is a two-time all-district selection. Prall led Tippecanoe High School to the section and district championships in 2015. Prall also played club volleyball for Elevation out of Mason, Ohio. An outstanding all-around athlete, Prall also earned all-conference accolades in both women's basketball and women's track and field.
Treadway (Valdese, N.C.) was Team MVP and an all-conference honoree for Jimmy C. Draughn High School. Her club team, BEVC Kryptonite, was coached by former Lenoir-Rhyne player and assistant Meredith Lutz and current player Kathryn Sizemore.
Walton (Advance, N.C.) was an all-league and team most valuable player for Davie County High School. Walton also played for the Piedmont Volleyball Club.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2017 season on Friday, September 1, against Saint Leo (11:30 a.m.) and American International (4:30 p.m.) in the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Women’s Soccer Coach Gary Higgins has officially released the Bears’ 2017 schedule.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-5-2 overall, 8-2-1 South Atlantic Conference) is looking to build on last year’s league regular season championship crown and subsequent berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
“We are very excited for the upcoming season,” said Higgins. “We are looking to build on a strong 2016 campaign and are looking forward to a very challenging schedule.”
The Bears will play nine games at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex including non-conference opponents Limestone (Thursday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m., in the opener), Mount Olive (Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m.), Lees-McRae (Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m.) and Saint Leo (Tuesday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m.).
In the opener, the Bears will take on a Saints’ squad which went 18-2 on the year, earned a playoff berth and finished with a No. 22 national ranking. In addition, Saint Leo (13-4-1) also played in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The league portion of the schedule begins on Wednesday, September 13, against Catawba in Salisbury, N.C., at 5:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne shared the league title last year with Tusculum (10-5-3) and Carson-Newman (17-4-1). The Bears host the Pioneers on Saturday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m., before traveling to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman on Wednesday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m. The Eagles were a playoff team in 2016 as well.
“We had five to six freshmen starting almost every game last season so we are looking forward to them having a little more experience as well as some talented players joining our program,” added Higgins.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns sophomore forward Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.), last year’s league freshman of the year, and all-league senior defender Helen Ramsey (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.).
“We have eight incoming players with a good mix of freshman and transfers so hopefully we can hit the ground running and have another successful year,” added Higgins, the 2016 SAC Coach Of The Year.
“As always, we have given ourselves a very tough schedule and will play some quality regional opposition. Our conference is always strong with at least three of four teams pushing for a national ranking each year.”
“We hope to see our loyal fan base cheering on the Bears as we look to defend our conference championship and hopefully represent Lenoir-Rhyne University on the national stage once again.”
Caldwell County- 13
Burke County 3
Caldwell County 5
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team has officially released its 2017 schedule.
The Bears, 12-18 and 10-12 in South Atlantic Conference play last fall, will be looking to bounce back from their stellar 2015 campaign in which Lenoir-Rhyne won the SAC Championship Tournament and advanced to the finals of the Southeast Regionals for the first time ever.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under 15-year mentor Dave Markland, opens the season at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational (September 1 and 2) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Bears will be facing Saint Leo, American International, Nova Southeastern and Saint Anselm. Saint Leo (20-11) earned a berth in the playoffs.
The Bears’ home opener is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m., against Lees-McRae at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. LR will play 12 games at home in 2017.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens league play on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m., against Anderson in Anderson, S.C.
A pair of South Atlantic Conference schools – Queens (22-9) and Wingate (29-5) – punched tickets to the NCAA Division II Playoffs last season. The Bears host the Bulldogs (Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m.) and the Royals (Saturday, September 30, at 2:00 p.m.) in back-to-back contests.
“When 75 percent of your matches are against South Atlantic Conference opponents, every year is tough,” said Markland. “This season, we also travel to Florida in September for a tournament that will include nationally-ranked teams as well as hosting two traditionally strong programs from the Southeast Region. Our 2017 schedule will be very challenging.”
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by a pair of all-league honorees: senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) and senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.). Steele had 242 kills and a team-leading 109 blocks last year while Redmond totaled 282 kills, 243 digs and 35 blocks.
Lenoir-Rhyne looks to keep the momentum going after strong finish last year when the Bears won five of their last six matches including three straight victories over first-place league opponents.
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Schedule
Date Day Opponent Site Time
Sept. 1 Fri. !Saint Leo Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 1 Fri. !American International Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 2 Sat. !Nova Southeastern Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 2 Sat. !Saint Anselm Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 9 Sat. Lees-McRae Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 Tues. #Anderson Anderson, S.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 15 Fri. #Tusculum Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 Tues. #Catawba Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 22 Fri. #Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 23 Sat. #Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. 2:00 p.m.
Sept. 28 Thurs. #Wingate Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 30 Sat. #Queens Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Tues. #Mars Hill Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 6 Fri. #Newberry Newberry, S.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sat. #Coker Hartsville, S.C. 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 11 Wed. #Anderson Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 13 Fri. Francis Marion Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 20 Fri. #Tusculum Greeneville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Tues. #Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 27 Fri. #Carson-Newman Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 Sat. #Lincoln Memorial Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 2 Thurs. #Wingate Wingate, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 Sat. #Queens Charlotte, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 Tues. #Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 10 Fri. #Newberry Hickory, N.C. 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 Sat. #Coker Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 Tues. 2017 SAC Championship Higher Seeds TBA
Nov. 17-18 Fri.-Sat. 2017 SAC Championship Jefferson City, Tenn. TBA
(Semifinals and Finals)
Home matches are boldfaced
# South Atlantic Conference match
! Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational
Head Coach: Dave Markland
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jack Winter has announced the 2017 schedule for the Bears.
The schedule includes eight home games at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in addition to a home exhibition contest on Saturday, August 19, against Montreat at 5:00 p.m., to kick off the season. LR also faces NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb in an exhibition on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m., in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne went 12-5-3 overall in 2016 including a 7-3-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in 10 years. LR advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Pfeiffer.
“After a very successful 2016 season, we are extremely excited about this year,” said LR Head Men’s Soccer Coach Jack Winter. “It is always important for us to add some tough regional games to our very competitive conference schedule.”
The Bears open the season on Friday, September 1, at 7:00 p.m., on the road against USC Aiken before hosting Lander in the home opener on Sunday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Limestone on Saturday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m., in a key Southeast Region showdown. Both the Bearcats (14-4-1) and the Saints (16-4) were playoff teams in 2016.
The league portion of the schedule opens on Wednesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m., against long-time rival Catawba in Salisbury, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Tusculum (16-4), an NCAA Division II Playoff Team with a final national ranking of No. 24, on Saturday, September 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne will also travel to Wingate, the 2016 NCAA Division II National Champions, for a conference showdown on Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m.
“As usual, the South Atlantic Conference will continue to improve year by year as shown by its universities prevalence in the NCAA Division II Tournament every year,” added Winter.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns the 2016 SAC Player Of The Year in senior forward Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, MALI) and junior forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN), an all-league forward. Noumansana led the league in goals scored (17) and total points (35) while Fernandez total four goals, a team-high nine assists and 17 points.
“We will be looking to improve on our away record this year while maintaining our home dominance,” said Winter. “We have always felt comfortable and confident at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.”
“With the addition of 11 new players this year, our biggest challenge will be the smooth transition of our new members into the processes and systems we have at Lenoir-Rhyne. I am very excited about this group of young men, both returning and new. I hope to see everyone’s continued support on the sidelines this year.”
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Schedule
Date Day Opponent Site Time
Aug. 19 Sat. Montreat (Exhibition) Hickory, N.C. 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 22 Tues. Gardner-Webb (Exhibition) Boiling Springs, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 1 Fri. USC Aiken Aiken, S.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 3 Sun. Lander Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 9 Sat. Limestone Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 13 Wed. #Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 Sat. #Tusculum Hickory, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Wed. #Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Sat. #Lincoln Memorial Harrogate, Tenn. 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Wed. Lees-McRae Hickory, N.C. 5:00 p.m.
Sept. 30 Sat. #Queens Charlotte, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Wed. #Mars Hill Hickory, N.C. 5:00 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sat. #Anderson Hickory, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 Wed. Flagler Savannah, Ga. 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 14 Sat. Francis Marion Florence, S.C. 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 18 Wed. #Coker Hickory, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 Sat. #Wingate Wingate, N.C. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 Sat. #Newberry Hickory, N.C. 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 Tues. 2017 SAC Men’s Soccer Higher Seeds TBA
Nov. 3 Fri. 2017 SAC Men’s Soccer Rock Hill, S.C.^ TBA
Nov. 5 Sun. 2017 SAC Men’s Soccer Rock Hill, S.C.^ TBA
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Thomas St. Clair Earns 2017 All-State Baseball Honors
Senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
Hickory, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named to the 2017 NCCSIA College Division All-State Baseball Second Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.
St. Clair, a senior starting pitcher from Winston-Salem, N.C., was taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th round as the 724th selection. St. Clair was the seventh player drafted in school history.
St. Clair had one of the best seasons in school history this past spring as he finished with a 10-4 record, a 2.28 earned run average and a school-record 116 strikeouts in addition to being named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year.
St. Clair, a first-team all-region selection as well, set the school single-game record for strikeouts (17) in a 3-0 win over Anderson on Friday, February 24, in Anderson, S.C.
St. Clair’s accolades also include pitcher-of-the-week honors four times by the league, twice by the region and once on the Division II national level by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
In addition, St. Clair finished with 284 strikeouts – three off tying the school career mark – and went the distance three times in 2017.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.
The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2017 College Division All-State Baseball Teams
C - Andrew Webster, Barton
DP - Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive
INF - Calvin Hawke, Barton
INF - Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill
INF - Drew Ellis, Mount Olive
INF - Ethan Baucom, UNC Pembroke
OF - Luke Setzer, Catawba
OF - Roberto Rivera, UNC Pembroke
OF - Nick Debo, UNC Pembroke
RP - Zack Mozingo, Mount Olive
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba
SP - Austin Hutchison, Mount Olive
SP - Anthony Burke, UNC Pembroke
C - Zac Almond, Catawba
DP - Stibel Aleman Saba, UNC Pembroke
INF - Ricky Surum, Mount Olive
INF - Zack Cooper, Chowan
INF - Trevor Denton, Guilford
INF - Kyle Smith, Catawba
OF - Randy Norris, Winston-Salem State
OF - Brett Brubaker, Mars Hill
OF - Troy Maslowski, Barton
RP - Zack Cooper, Chowan
RP - Kyle Ramsey, UNC Pembroke
SP - Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP - Bruce Zimmermann, Mount Olive
Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitcher Kyle Cody has been named the South Atlantic League's Pitcher of the Week for June 12th-18th, thanks to his impressive performance against the Lakewood BlueClaws on June 17th.
Cody, 22, tossed eight scoreless innings of 1-hit ball, while issuing just one walk and fanning eight batters. The 6'7" righty has now recorded 6 starts this season in which he pitched at least 5.0 innings and allowed 3 earned runs or less.
Signed in the 6th round of the 2016 Draft, Cody currently leads all Crawdads starting pitchers in strikeouts (51) and innings pitched (59.2) to go along with a 51/21 K/BB ratio.
Cody joins now-former 'Dads Yanio Perez and Jonathan Hernandez as winners of SAL Weekly Awards in 2017, with Perez winning Player of the Week and Hernandez being named Pitcher of the Week in weeks 3 and 6 respectively, this season.
Darick Hall hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, leading the Lakewood BlueClaws to a 4-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday. With the victory, the BlueClaws swept the three-game series.
The double by Hall, part of a three-run inning, gave the BlueClaws a 3-1 lead before Henri Lartigue hit an RBI single later in the inning.
In the top of the first, Hickory took the lead on a single by Leody Taveras that scored Blaine Prescott. Lakewood answered in the bottom of the inning when Hall hit an RBI double, driving in Arquimedez Gamboa.
Gamboa singled twice, scoring two runs for Lakewood.
Trevor Bettencourt (3-1) got the win with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Reid Anderson (1-4) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
Prescott doubled twice and singled for the Crawdads.