The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (0-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, fell to second-ranked Limestone (1-0) in the 2017 season opener Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
The Saints, the national runners-up last year and the 2014 and 2015 national champions, were led by Charlie Sheehan (St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA) with five goals in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was paced by junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) with a pair of goals while junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) added a pair of assists in the setback.
Limestone won 25 of the 29 faceoffs and held a 57-31 advantage in shots taken in the victory.
After Corrigan scored to tie the contest at five at the 5:44 mark of the second period, the Saints reeled off six straight goals to take control.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 10 saves while Limestone's Danny Forren (Trumbull, Conn.) earned the win in goal after stopping nine shots on the afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Rollins in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday beginning at 6pm.
Behind 14 3-pointers and double-figure scoring from Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)), Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), Appalachian State University men’s basketball swatted away Georgia State and moved to 3-0 against the Panthers inside the Holmes Center since joining the Sun Belt.
Down 56-48 with 11:58 to play in regulation, the Mountaineers (7-16, 2-10 Sun Belt) received a late surge off the bench from Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) who hit three 3-pointers in crucial moments for Appalachian to help them seal a five-point win over the Panthers (16-8, 9-3 Sun Belt).
Even bigger was the Mountaineers’ defense down the stretch, allowing just nine points to the Panthers over the final 7:38 of the game, including two massive blocks from Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) to help clinch the victory.
Johnson nearly finished with his second career double-double and collected nine points and 11 rebounds.
App State was led by Good’s 15 points, while Shabazz notched 14 and both Logan and Babic finished with 10 points a piece. The Black and Gold shot just 3-for-7 from the line in the first half, but finished 12-for-14 in the second period to help nail down the win.
Appalachian hit on 8-of-19 threes in the second half, including three from Good.
The Mountaineers will return to the court on Monday, Feb. 13 when they host Georgia Southern for a 7 p.m. tip inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: Appalachian earned its second Sun Belt win of the season and third home win over Georgia State dating back to 2014-15 … Patrick Good notched 15 points - his seventh double-digit scoring game of the year … Isaac Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds and collected his third double-digit rebounding effort, tying his career high … Ronshad Shabazz netted his 21st double-digit scoring game of the season and 39th of this career … Bennett Holley poured in a season-high 3 three-pointers, tying a career-high … the Mountaineers’ 14 threes were the second-most this season.
The Carson-Newman Women's Basketball Team (16-8, 13-5) started hot and never let up in downing Lenoir-Rhyne (15-9, 11-7), 82-75, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Holt Fieldhouse.
The Eagles' Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) scored 20 points, tying a game-high, and Carson-Newman raced to a 31-10 lead after the first period of play and never looked back.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) also scored 20 points while senior forwards Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 15 points each but the Bears couldn't recover from the early burst from the Eagles.
Carson-Newman shot 51 percent (16-of-31) in the first half while four Eagles reached double figures in scoring.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 33-27 advantage of the boards but hit just one-of-13 three-point attempts on the afternoon. In addition, the Eagles forced a season series split with the Bears.
In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Newberry, S.C., to take on Newberry.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Bryant and Stratton 68-60 on the road in Virginia Saturday.
Myles Williams led the Red Hawks with 14 points as CVCC jumped out to an eight point advantage by halftime and held the same advantage for the final.
The Red Hawks are 17-8 overall and 11-5 in the conference. CVCC travels to Vance-Granville on Wednesday.
Caldwell Community College men's basketball team fell to Cape Fear Community College by two Saturday on teh road, 82-80.
Shawn Robinson had 21 points to lead the Cobras but Caldwell could not overcome two 20-point outputs by Cape Fear. Chase Byrd, a Hickory High grad, added 12 points. Jahmeel Watts contributed 15 points and MJ Phifer added 10 points.
The Cobras fall to 19-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
Appalachian State University women’s basketball (10-14, 5-8 SBC) fell to Georgia State in heartbreaking fashion, 59-55, on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center in the annual #Play4Kay contest.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) had one of her most efficient games of the season where she scored a game-high 25 points, grabbed nine boards and chipped in with two assists. The junior wing shot 8-for-13 from the field, tied a career high with five 3-pointers and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Story played a hand in 52 percent of the Apps’ points (25 points, two assists) and has scored in double figures in eight straight games.
In a game of runs, it ultimately came down to free throws where GSU shot 14-of-20 from the line while App shot just 11-for-23. The Panthers hit 10 of their 14 free throws in the final quarter. App would go just 1-of-4.
With App trailing 47-45 at the 6:39 mark of the fourth quarter, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) hit a free throw before Joi Jones’ (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) coast-to-coast layup gave App a 48-47 edge. Story rose up for a clutch trifecta that capped off a 6-0 spurt and gave the Black and Gold a 51-47 lead. Appalachian stayed in front of the Panthers until with 1:30 left and up by three, 55-52, GSU ended the game on a 7-0 run to claim the win.
Appalachian did have a chance to tie on multiple occasions including a chance at the line while trailing 57-55, but App couldn’t convert.
The Mountaineers and Panthers were in a defensive struggle in the beginning of the game as both shot 23.1 percent from the floor. But App held the two-point edge, 12-10, going into the second frame thanks in large part to a Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) 3-pointer with 41 ticks left on the clock.
App used a 6-0 surge to go in front with a 20-14 lead after Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) muscled her way for a layup off an offensive rebound. However, the Panthers climbed back to tie the game at 20-apiece before App went into the break with a 24-23 advantage.
The Mountaineers came out fast with a 9-0 run in the first 2:04 of the third quarter. Murray started the run with a layup followed by five of the next seven points from Story including a 3-pointer. A free throw from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, North/UT Martin) free throw with 6:10 left in the period gave Appalachian a 10-point lead, 37-27.
Georgia State sliced the lead to 40-38 with 26 seconds until Story heaved a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Black and Gold a 43-38 advantage. Appalachian held the lead for 29:46 while the GSU only held the lead for 2:16. The Panthers responded to App’s runs during the game before hitting late free throws to pull away.
App State notched 15 offensive rebounds and mustered up a 14-10 edge in second-chance points. Georgia State was led by three players in double-figures with Tiffany Holston scoring 14 points. App did a good job on Holston on the glass as she only registered four boards. Holston came into the game snagging 10 boards per game in conference action.
- Story led the team with a Player Efficiency Rating of 27 (PER).
- The Mountaineers 34-30 edge in rebounding makes it the 13th time in 15 games that they have outrebounded their opponent.
- Saturday was the first time all season the Apps didn’t record a block.
- Murray’s three steals makes it the fifth-straight game the redshirt-sophomore has notched multiple swipes.
Appalachian State University softball dropped a 5-3 nail-biter to Jacksonville University in extra innings on Friday night at the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex. App State held the lead at the bottom of the ninth until the Dolphins hit a walk-off homer to take the win.
Two Mountaineer freshmen showed out on opening day in Florida. In the fourth, Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./Garner) sent out a bomb that landed over the centerfield fence to tie up the score at one a piece and sparked a fire in the Mountaineer dugout. Josey would see home plate again after grabbing a run off of a wild pitch that gave App the lead at the top of the ninth. In addition to Josey, freshman shortstop Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) had a great opening day going two-for-three and grabbing three putouts including a diving save.
On offense, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell), Alisha Josey, Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and Russell all cranked out a combined five hits with the Josey duo seizing one RBI a piece. Freshman Gabby Buruato (Valdese, N.C./Jimmy C. Draughn) and Alisha Josey scored App’s three runs, and none of App State’s hitters struck out.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Mountaineers collected 26 putouts with Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) and A. Josey all scooping up five each.
In the circle, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) was the starter for the season opener with freshman Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) rounding out the second half of the game. Ciocatto pitched 4.0 innings and struck out two hitters, and Longanecker threw for 4.2 and dished out three strikeouts.
In the first inning, the Dolphins took the early 1-0 lead until A. Josey smashed out the homerun in the fourth to tie up the game. For the next three innings, neither team could strike up the right play to earn a run, so the score remained tied at the end of regulation, which made way for two extra innings.
Due to the International Tie Breaker rule, in extra innings, a runner starts at second base, which opened up an opportunity for App at the top of the eighth. H. Josey stepped up to bat and hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Buruato to sprint home for the score and give App their first lead of the night at 2-1. Appalachian’s lead did not last long due to a JU run in the bottom of the eighth to make it all even.
With the score tied at two a piece at the top of the ninth, both squads were eager to make the winning play to take home the victory. Stewart went up to bat and had A. Josey ready to jet at third. After a wild pitch, A. Josey hustled to home plate and gave App the lead for the second time.
After JU had grabbed the third out down by one run, it was the Mountaineers’ time to put the game away in the ninth. Longanecker fired out her third strike of the day to give the Apps two outs with one hitter to go and two runners on base. With the game on the line, both teams knew the next play would determine the victory.
Longanecker wound up the pitch, and JU hit a walk-off homer over the centerfield fence to win the game.
The Black and Gold will return to the field tomorrow, February 11 to play College of Charleston at noon and Jacksonville University again at 5 p.m. at the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex.
South Caldwell: 44
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 58
Bunker Hill: 39
South Caldwell: 77
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 76
Bunker Hill: 42
The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team picked up a pair of wins Friday as they hosted the Bear Bash at Bears Field. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Johnson C. Smith 10-2 in five innings and Mercyhurst 6-3 in game two of the day.
In the win over Johnson C. Smith, the Bears spotted the Bulls the first two runs of the game in the first inning, but L-R would score four in their half of the first and roll from there. Erin Boone went two-for-three with two RBI. Sarah Kenley added a home run for the Bears.
Against Mercyhurst, the Bears plated five runs in the second inning and would hold on for the win. Savannah Davis went two-for-three with a triple and three RBI.
The Bears are 5-1 on the season. They continue the Bear Bash Saturday hosting Concord at 3pm and UVa-Wise at 5pm.
Senior runner Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Appalachian State University women’s cross country both earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the second-straight year on Thursday.
Van Ord grabs her second consecutive USTFCCCA All-Academic honor after a spectacular cross country season and snatching 22nd at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Meet on Oct. 11. The Chapel Hill native snagged all-region honors after a lifetime-best performance of 21:05.60 in the 6k at Panorama Farms. To be considered for this accolade, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 at regionals or finish as an All-American at the national meet. As a whole 256 student-athletes and 168 women earned spots on the academic list.
In addition to Van Ord’s individual award, the Curcio-led women’s squad earned All-Academic Team honors. To be recognized for academic achievement, teams have to own a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and place high at regionals. App was one of 431 teams to acquire this distinction and was one of 242 women’s teams to be recognized.
The 2016 fall season was highlighted by Van Ord and the Mountaineers seizing the Sun Belt Cross Country Championship title. The women accumulated 43 points to take the crown, and all of Appalachian’s competitors landed inside the top-15 clinching all-conference honors.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team is ranked No. 20 in the nation in the latest D2 Baseball News National Top 25 Poll in addition to a fourth-place ranking in the Southeast Region Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne (5-0) returns to action on Saturday against Emmanuel (Georgia) in a doubleheader at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
D2 Baseball News
National Top 25 Poll
February 9, 2017
1. Nova Southeastern (Fla.) 5-0
2. Millersville (Pa.) 3-0
3. Tampa 3-0
4. Southern New Hampshire 0-0
5. USC Aiken 4-0
6. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 0-0
7. Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 0-0
8. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 0-0
9. Southern Indiana 0-0
10. Minnesota State 0-0
11. Dixie State (Utah) 4-0
12. Angelo State (Texas) 2-1
13. Colorado Mesa 0-0
14. Lubbock Christian (Texas) 4-0
15. West Georgia 3-0
16. San Diego 3-1
17. Mount Olive 3-0
18. Columbus State (Ga.) 2-1
19. Quincy (Ill.) 0-0
20. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 5-0
21. Central Missouri 2-1
22. Emporia State (Kan.) 2-1
23. Indianapolis 0-0
24. Cal Poly Pomona 2-3
25. Florida Southern 3-0
D2 Baseball News
Southeast Regional Rankings
February 9, 2017
1. USC Aiken 4-0
2. Mount Olive 3-0
3. Columbus State 2-1
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 5-0
5. Belmont Abbey 3-2
Suffocating defense, dominant interior play and a team-centric performance led Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-13, 5-7 SBC) to a convincing 73-48 victory over archrival Georgia Southern (10-13, 6-6 SBC) on Thursday evening at the Holmes Center.
All nine student-athletes who got in the game scored while four players notched double-figures in the scoring column. Appalachian did a great job moving the ball with 19 assists on 29 field goals.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) led all scorers with 17 points for her seventh straight game in double-figures. The junior wing led the team with six assists and snagged four boards. Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) shot an efficient 7-for-10 from the floor with seven rebounds and four helpers.
Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) turned in a solid effort on both ends of the floor with 12 points, four boards and four swats, surpassing KeKe Cooper (2012-15) for fourth place all-time with 131 career blocks and counting. Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points, and Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) corralled 10 off the glass for a game-high.
The Mountaineers led wire-to-wire never trailing in the contest, as a 13-0 start in the first 6:06 of the game was all the Black and Gold needed. App held the Eagles scoreless for the first 6:35 of the quarter and missed their first 10 shots of the contest en route to a 17-7 lead going into the second frame.
Appalachian stayed in front of the visitors for the rest of the half taking a 30-20 advantage going into the break. The 20 points by GS tied a season-low for fewest points in any half this season.
App State stayed in control with ease as the lead never dipped below 13 points in the second half, and eventually went up by 25 in the waning seconds of the game. App snapped Georgia Southern's three-game win streak and matched last season's win total.
The Black and Gold forced 18 Georgia Southern turnovers that led to 24 points while holding a dominating 23-5 advantage in second-chance points. The Mountaineers recorded a 32-26 advantage in points in the paint and a 46-33 rebounding advantage.
Defensively, the App defense held Georgia Southern's two leading scorers Angel McGowan (15. 3 ppg) and Patrice Butler (15.0 ppg) in check to a combined 9-for-25 shooting performance and just 24 points.
After making 30 3-pointers combined over the last three games, the Apps held Georgia Southern to 3-for-22 from beyond the arc, which was a season low in trifectas for the Eagles.
App will look for its third-straight conference win against Georgia State in the annual #Play4Kay game. Tip will start at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
"We really wanted to disrupt them defensively and not let them get off any 3-pointers because they came into the game averaging 10 3-pointers over their win streak. The team stuck to the game defensively, and executed it really well. On offense, we really attacked their zone by moving the ball and it showed on how many of our field goals were assisted on. This was the best ball movement we've had against the zone this season and it paid off today. Everyone contributed to tonight's win, and we're looking forward to Saturday.
- App State is 7-0 when scoring 70 or more points.
- The Mountaineers are 10-4 when recording 10 or more assists.
- Jones led the team with a 21 Player Efficiency Rating (PER).
- The entire starting five of Murray, Carter, Jones, Bassett-Smith and Story had a plus/minus of 19 or more.
- Bassett-Smith's plus-32 tonight was a career-high for the senior and a team-high this season.
- Appalachian is 6-1 when scoring at least .900 points per possession.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 57
West Iredell: 41
St. Stephens: 72
Fred T. Foard: 39
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 75
Kings Mountain: 60
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 54
West Iredell: 27
Fred T. Foard: 63
St. Stephens: 61
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 63
East Burke: 55
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Patrick Henry Community College on the road Thursday evening, 86-63.
Six different players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks, led by Shaniya Lester with 17 points. Jala Daniels and Tory Agrus had 13 points each. Aliyah Woods and Tanisha Wall both had 11 points and Iesha Love added 10 points.
With the win, CVCC improves to 15-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference. The Red Hawks are back in action Saturday on the road at Wake Tech.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (10-12, 9-8) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 96-67 win over Coker (7-16, 4-13) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) combined for 41 points as the Bears swept the season series against the Cobras.
Evans led all scorers with 21 points while Calhoun added 20 points and hit six treys as the Bears scored 56 points after halftime and hit 15 treys on the night.
Coker's Miguel Priest (Southfield, Mich.) finished with a team-high 18 points but was the lone player to reach double figures in scoring for the Cobras.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 50-34 edge in rebounding while twelve players scored on the night for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Coker returns home to take on Tusculum on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team defeated Tusculum 4-1 on the road in a non-conference regional contest Wednesday.
Reigning South Atlantic Conferece player of the week, Justin Dean continued his hot start going four-of-five with two runs scored, including his third triple of the season. Alex Reynolds broke open a scoreless contest in the fifth inning with a three-run home to seal the win for the Bears.
Thomas St. Clair picked up his first win of the season with a 5.2 inning effort, allowing only five hits, no runs, and striking out seven.
The Bears stay undefeated on the season with a 5-0 start. They will look to continue their torrid start when they next hosts Emmanuel (Georgia) in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (15-8, 11-6) won its third straight game, 59-52 over Coker (5-17, 4-13) on Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 14 points – as Lenoir-Rhyne swept the season series from Coker.
Lenoir-Rhyne's offense finally woke up in the fourth period as the Bears netted 23 points and moved into sole possession of fifth place in the league standings.
Coker was led by Sydney Shull (Irmo, S.C.) with 11 points but the Bears held the Cobras to just 27 percent shooting (15-of-55) for the game.
Two players tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears – senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) and senior forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) – and junior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 11 points off the bench in the victory.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne plays at Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., while Coker hosts Tusculum.
Appalachian State University wrestling downed VMI, 38-6, on Wednesday night to win its second-straight Southern Conference regular season championship and third under head coach JohnMark Bentley – ninth championship overall.
The 17th-ranked Mountaineers (13-2, 7-0 SoCon) go undefeated in league play for the first time since 2011-12 – coach Bentley’s first regular season championship. The win gives App State its most wins since 2011-12 (13-4), its most SoCon wins in team history and fewest losses since 2002-03 (11-2). Winning 87 percent of their dual matches this season, the Black and Gold posted the best team winning percentage in program history.
Since Dec. 15, 2015, App State wrestling has won 22 of 26 dual matches for exceptional recent dominance in the mid-majors, downing five Power 5 programs and two top-25 teams.
This season saw the Mountaineers rank as high as No. 20 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, No. 16 in the InterMat rankings and No. 6 in the newly formed NWCA/National Duals Selection Committee Mid-Major Top 20 Poll.
After a down-to-the-wire match against Chattanooga, App State only had three days to turn around and head to the Keydets’ (1-10, 0-4 SoCon) home gym to wrestle in its final SoCon match. The Black and Gold got out to a quick start, winning the first four matches – three of them by pins.
No. 20 senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) battled hard at the 125-pound weight class against Dalton Henderson, edging out the 9-7 decision victory. No. 24 freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) pinned Michael Hulcher in a time of 4:38, Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) pinned John Reed in a time of 2:22, and No. 18 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) pinned Alex Rinehart in a time of four-minutes flat.
The Keydets were able to take close 157 and 174 weight classes, with Neal Richards taking down freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) in a tight 4-2 sudden-victory decision and Shabaka Johns downing Elliott Raiford (Branch, Ga./West Hall), 9-7.
Junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) took the 165-pound weight class by defeating Cade Kiely by an impressive 11-3 major decision. Junior 184-pounder David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) continued the bonus point streak, downing Chris Beck of VMI with a 13-4 major decision.
Sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) gave Appalachian another victory at 197 pounds when he defeated Taylor Thomas with an 11-4 decision. Meanwhile, No. 9 senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) finished out the evening with the Mountaineers’ fourth pin, taking down Thomas Shae-Roop in 2:59.
As the SoCon Champions, Appalachian State will now host the 2017 NWCA Division I Dual Championship Series presented by The United States Marine Corps and Theraworx. The match will be on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. against a to-be-determined Big Ten Conference team.
Newton-Conover City Schools released a statement regarding the use of an ineligble wrestler in Saturday's 2A state dual team championship match:
On Saturday, February 4th, Newton-Conover High School competed in the NCHSAA 2A Dual-Team State Wrestling Championship. After a long season of hard-fought victories, the team emerged with the title for the fourth championship win in five years.
Late Saturday evening following the championship, the coaching staff became aware that one of the athletes competing on the team did not meet the minimum athletic eligibility requirements for participating in the final match. The wrestler whose eligibility was in question was eligible for the entire competition season, but lost academic eligibility when grades were completed following the close of the Fall Semester at the end of January.
Though ineligible, this wrestler did compete in the state championship match on Saturday, February 4th.
Immediately upon realizing the student’s academic ineligibility, Newton-Conover City Schools self-reported the oversight to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
To remain in compliance with Section 1 of the NCHSAA’s Student Handbook, Student Requirements for Interscholastic Athletic Participation, and Policy 1.25: Scholastic Requirements, “[a] student must have passed a minimum load of work during the preceding semester to be eligible at any time during the present semester. The semester is normally considered half of the academic year.” A minimum load is defined in Policy 1.25 as passing “three [of four] courses for schools on the ‘block’ format.”
In an effort to comply with the aforementioned policy, Newton-Conover High School will vacate the Dual-Team Championship Title for the Winter 2017 season, leaving no state champion for the 2A Dual-Team Wrestling Championship. Newton-Conover High School in no way competed with the knowledge that this student was ineligible for the state championship, and will work to ensure that, with a tight timeline between end-of-semester grades posted and the state championship match, this does not take place in the future.
The Hickory Crawdads have announced a pair of Christian Concerts for the 2017 season. Aaron Shust, presented by Catawba County Social Services, Hickory Christian Academy and 106.9 The Light will perform after the 'Dads game on Saturday, May 13th, while the Chick-fil-A Christian Concert on Saturday, August 5th will feature Building 429, presented by Catawba County Social Services, Gardner-Webb University, and 106.9 The Light.
Suites, Party Patios, Picnics, and group tickets are on sale now for both concerts, with individual tickets going on sale at the Crawdads Spring Fling event on Saturday, March 11th. Tickets include admission to both the game and post-game concert.
Bursting on to the scene a decade ago, Aaron Shust was named both New Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2007 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and his song "My Savior My God" was recognized with the Song of the Year honor.
Shust is also well known for such hits as "My Hope is in You," which spent 14 weeks at No. 1, "No One Higher," which hit the summit on the Inspirational chart and "Ever Be," which made its way to No. 3 on the NCA chart.
"I've always said that in a concert setting I want people to worship," says Shust. "I am always encouraging people to sing along. The biggest compliment I can receive after a concert is when someone says, 'that was less of a concert and more of a church service, more of a worship experience.'"
Building 429 broke through in 2005 with "Glory Defined," which was named BMI's Christian Song of the Year. The hit reached No.1 on eight different radio charts, including Christian Radio Weekly's Adult Contemporary Chart in which it rose to No. 1 faster than any other single in the publication's history. That same year, Building 429 was named New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards and were nominated in the Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.
The band has since spent over a decade in the national spotlight, with their most recent album Unashamed released in 2015. They have toured with Casting Crowns, tobyMac and others as well as headlining several treks.
For more information regarding either concerts or to reserve your group outing, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.