The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team record-setting season came to an abrupt end on Friday with a 74-69 loss to Louisburg in the Region X tournament semifinals.
The Red Hawks finish their season with a 26-6 overall record.
“It’s been a glorious season. I can’t ask for anything better,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “The girls gave me their heart, and that’s what they’ve been giving me all year long. When I went into the locker room to hear the cries and the pain, I saw myself as a former student-athlete. I know that cry and pain. All year, we’ve just been taking one step at a time, trusting the process and saying ‘we’ve got to get there.’ Today, we were short a little in some areas. We kind of got out scored and out rebounded in some areas, but our girls laid it all on the line.”
Shaniya Lester scored 24 points to lead Catawba Valley in the tournament semifinal, while forward Joyous Wilson tied her career high in scoring with 18 points. It was the third game this season that Wilson had scored 18 points in a contest.
The Red Hawks led through most of the first quarter of Friday’s game, but a four-point play to end the quarter by Kaila Thompson gave the Hurricanes a 17-15 lead after one stanza.
Lester would power Catawba Valley back and into a double-digit lead by halftime. The sophomore guard from Charlotte, N.C. scored 17 points and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the first half, helping CVCC earn a 40-29 advantage at the halftime break.
The Hurricanes regrouped in the locker room and responded by outscoring the Red Hawks 23-13 in the third quarter to pull within 53-52. A second buzzer beater by Louisburg ended the quarter — this time by the Hurricanes’ Amecca McCalin.
Teana Lewis led the way for Louisburg in the third quarter, scoring six points, and teammates Shontai Totten and Laichelle Sparrow added five points apiece.
In late four trouble and struggling offensively without sophomore guard Tory Agrusa, who was out with an injured right ankle suffered in Thursday’s first-round win against Fayetteville Tech, the Red Hawks traded the lead back and forth with the Hurricanes four times before Louisburg was able to gain the advantage late and hold on for the five-point victory.
Friday’s game was the final in the careers of five CVCC sophomores — Nikkyana McCaskill, Tanisha Wall, Lester, Wilson and Agrusa.
All five athletes have a special place in England’s heart.
“These five young ladies trusted me from the beginning,” England said. “They all had a scholarship their freshman year. They could have went to a four-year school, but they decided to come back because they were chasing something. They wanted to get better. They wanted to be better student athletes, and they have. They have given their all in the classroom, they have given their all on the court and they made history. They will forever be remembered in my heart as well as the CVCC Lady Red Hawks of this year 2017-18 class.
“They mean so much to me,” she added. “They are like my kids. We are able to laugh, talk, be disciplined, corrected and then love on each other. I will always be a part of them, and they will always be a part of me. I will follow them wherever they go.”
Friday’s game was the 32nd played by the CVCC women’s basketball program — another record on top of what was a record-setting season.
“I’m looking forward to another successful year next year,” England said. “It doesn’t stop. The Red Hawks are on the map. I’m grateful to be a part of that.”
Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley has been announced as one of eight finalists for the Division I Theraworx NWCA National Coach of the Year award.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Theraworx Coach of the Year program. The award is presented to the coach who has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The award winner will be announced on Tuesday in Cleveland prior to the start of the 2018 NCAA Championships.
In 2016, the NWCA partnered with Theraworx for it to become the official prevention partner of the NWCA. Theraworx Protect is a topical formulation that optimizes and preserves the skin's natural antimicrobial function.
This year's finalists are:
Appalachian State: JohnMark Bentley
Lock Haven: Scott Moore
Ohio State: Tom Ryan
Missouri: Brian Smith
Eastern Michigan: Dave Bollard
North Carolina State: Pat Popolizio
Virginia Tech: Tony Robie
Lehigh: Pat Santoro
Last weekend, Bentley was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time in his nine seasons as the Mountaineers' head coach.
Improving Bentley's career record to 88-59-1, App State won a third straight regular season title and a sweep-completing tournament title with a young 2017-18 team that had only two returning starters competing at the same spots from the previous year. The Mountaineers' primary lineup included three freshmen and two sophomores, with two additional freshmen also making multiple dual meet appearances, and Appalachian won the title even though it redshirted the only 2017 NCAA qualifier on the roster.
App State went 7-0 in the Southern Conference for the second straight year, put eight wresters in the finals of the league tournament and had four wrestlers qualify for this week's NCAA Championships. The Mountaineers also wrestled in front of standing-room-only crowds at home against NC State and Duke, with the Blue Devils' appearance drawing more than 300 students to Varsity Gym.
App State's 20-1 record in SoCon dual meets since the start of the 2015-16 season included a stretch in which the Mountaineers climbed to as high as No. 16 in the national rankings during the 2016-17 season.
Nationally, during the same three-year stretch, Bentley's program is 29-1 against non-Power Five Conference opponents with five victories against teams from Power Five leagues: Duke (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), No. 15 Oregon State (2016-17), No. 25 North Carolina (2016-17) and Duke (2016-17).
Since Bentley became head coach, the Mountaineers have had 28 NCAA qualifiers, including All-Americans in 2017 (Denzel Dejournette) and 2012 (Kyle Blevins, Austin Trotman). Bentley finished third in voting for National Coach of the Year in 2012.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (6-1, 1-0) got back on the winning side with a dominant victory over Mars Hill (2-8, 0-2), 8-1, in its South Atlantic Conference opener Friday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Lenoir-Rhyne had five of its six players win at both singles and doubles play as the Bears bounced back from its lone loss of the year last Saturday at Emmanuel (Ga).
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for its Spring Break trip and opens play against Edinboro (Pa.) on Monday, March 12, while Mars Hill faces Anderson in Anderson, S.C., on Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 1:00 p.m., in league action.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Mars Hill 1
Friday, March 9, 2018
Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)
1. Jasha Geerdink (MHU) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 7-5
2. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Evan Lake (MHU) 6-2, retired
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Sophia Pelaez (MHU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Dani Potts (MHU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Demarron Johnson (MHU), 8-0
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Brittany Wilkins (MHU), 8-1
1. Sanne Janssen/Emily Murchland (LR) def. Jasha Geerdink/Evan Lake (MHU), 8-4
2. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Sophia Pelaez/Dani Potts (MHU), 8-4
3. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Demarron Johnson/Brittany Wilkins (MHU), 8-0
Records: Mars Hill (2-8, 0-2 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-1, 1-0 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (7-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a rousing 7-2 victory over Mars Hill (4-7, 0-2) Friday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Two Bears – sophomores Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) and Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) – won at singles and doubles play as Lenoir-Rhyne increased its winning streak to four matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne will next take on Edinboro (Pa.) on Monday, March 12, at Hilton Head Island, S.C., while Mars Hill doesn’t play again until Wednesday, March 21, against Anderson in a league contest in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Mars Hill 2
Friday, March 9, 2018
Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)
1. Ben Reid (MHU) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 7-6, 7-6
2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Rodrigo Ramos (MHU), 6-3, 7-6
3. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Fernando Neto (MHU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Kyrel Trim (MHU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Tom Farman (MHU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Pedro Pinassi (MHU), 6-0, 6-2
1. Ben Reid/Rodrigo Ramos (MHU) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-5
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Fernando Neto/Tom Farman (MHU), 8-2
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Kyrel Trim/Pedro Pinassi (MHU), 8-4
Records: Mars Hill (4-7, 0-2 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-2, 1-0 SAC)
The Newberry Baseball Team (11-9, 4-3) scored early and often in downing Lenoir-Rhyne (15-8, 4-3), 11-1, Friday night in the opener of a South Atlantic Conference weekend series at Bears Field.
Newberry led by a 10-0 score after an inning and a half thanks to a seven-run second frame. The Wolves were led by Derek Olenchuk (Irmo, S.C.) with four hits and two runs batted in while Colin Allman (Tampa, Fla.) scored three times and collected three hits in the win. Newberry finished with 17 hits in the contest.
LR's lone run came in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single from redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.).
Newberry's Evan Estridge (Belton, S.C.) (1-2) earned his first victory of the year after allowing one unearned run in seven innings of work while junior Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (1-2) suffered the loss for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne still has a chance to win its third straight conference series this year.
Neither team scored after the third inning.
The two teams wrap up the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Elon scored two runs in each of the first three innings as Appalachian State suffered a 10-0 road loss at Latham Park on Friday.
Conner Leonard (2-for-4) and Drew Beck (1-for-3, walk) had fifth-inning singles Friday as the Mountaineers produced four baserunners on two hits and two walks in the six innings pitched by hard-throwing Elon right-hander George Kirby, who finished with 10 strikeouts.
App State starter Andrew Vaccacio pitched into the third inning and departed following an injury visit to the mound. Reed Howell, Andrew Papp, Tristan Helms and freshman Will Sprinkle also pitched for the Mountaineers, with Sprinkle tossing two scoreless innings. He struck out three batters, including two straight after he entered in the seventh.
"I thought Andrew (Papp) and Will (Sprinkle) threw the ball well on a night that Andrew (Vaccacio) had to leave the game because of injury," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "You have to give a lot of credit to Elon on a night like this. They played a pretty complete game. Kirby was really good."
Elon took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Cam Devanney's two-run double inside the third-base bag. A single and sacrifice fly in the second doubled the Phoenix's advantage, and App State trailed 6-0 after three innings.
CJ Brown and Alex Leshock drew walks against Kirby to account for the Mountaineers' other baserunners against the Elon starter.
App State put two runners on in the eighth when Leshock reached second on a two-out throwing error and Robert Langdon drew a walk on a 3-2 offering, but a strikeout ended the threat. Leonard reached third base with one out in the ninth, and a pair of two-out walks loaded the bases before Josh Broughton ended the game with a popout.
Missing three opening-day starters, App State played Jason Avers in left field and gave Drake Zupcic his first start of the season as a designated hitter. Kendall McGowan did make his return with a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning.
The fifth seeded Appalachian State men's basketball team fell in the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals by an 84-68 score to fourth seed Texas Arlington on Friday at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) led the Mountaineers (15-18) with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) shooting, to go along with six rebounds. The 22 points marks the second time this season that Kinney eclipsed the 20-point plateau, also scoring 28 points at Akron on December 9.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) added 17 points, while junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) chipped in with 10 points.
Sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished a basket and a rebound shy of a double-double, tallying eight points and nine rebounds.
Erick Neal paced UT Arlington (20-12) with a game-high 37 points, while Kevin Hervey had 17 points and five rebounds off the bench. UTA advances to the Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals with the victory and will take on top seed Louisiana on Saturday.
The Mavericks jumped out to an early 12-6 lead and used a 11-0 run later in the half to build a 28-12 advantage.
App State would cut into the Maverick lead and a late basket by Isaac Johnson trimmed the UT Arlington advantage to 43-31 at the break.
In the second half, Kinney would open the scoring with a basket. But UTA came right back with a 10-0 run to build its lead to 53-33 with 17:44 to play.
The Mountaineers would battle back and were able to cut the Maverick lead to 59-45 with just over 10 minutes to play. UTA was able to respond with the next four points to push its lead back to 18 points.
The Black and Gold were able to trim the Maverick lead to 14 points five more times but were unable to get any closer.
App State shot 23-of-68 (33.8 percent) from the field, while UTA went 30-of-57 (52.6 percent). The Mountaineers won the rebounding battle 42-33, including a 17-3 edge on the offensive glass.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis coach Bob Lake has announced his decision to step down from his coaching position, effective immediately.
In accepting Lake’s resignation, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin thanked Lake for his 18 years leading the university’s men’s tennis program, noting four Southern Conference tournament semifinal appearances, one Sun Belt semifinal appearance, 15 double-digit win seasons, and an overall record of 208-185-1.
A national search for App State’s next men’s tennis head coach begins immediately.
Jack Maddocks will serve as acting head coach in the interim.
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Burke: 7
Bunker Hill: 13
West Wilkes: 14
West Caldwell: 4
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
Fred T. Foard: 7
West Lincoln: 4
Sun Valley: 7
Bunker Hill: 4
West Lincoln: 0
East Burke: 0
West Caldwell: 1
North Iredell: 3
South Caldwell: 1
The second-seeded Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Region X tournament on Thursday with an 88-53 victory against Fayetteville Tech.
“It was a good win. It was a sloppy win, but a win is a win,” said Catawba Valley women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “Like I told the girls, I’m proud of them. We survived today, and we’ve got to get back and ready for tomorrow. At the end of the day, it’s all or nothing. We just went out there and put our heart soul into it. We came out victorious.”
Shaniya Lester scored a team-high 28 points for Catawba Valley (26-5), and freshman post Zharia Brown recorded 18 points and 16 rebounds — her seventh career double double.
The Red Hawks also received a career-high 13-assist performance from sophomore guard Nikkyana McCaskill.
“I just told Nikki that she played an incredible game,” England said. “She was a great team player. She was unselfish. There were a lot of times when she could have taken a shot, but she gave it up for an easier or better basket. At the end of the day, she wants to win.”
The lone blemish in Thursday’s win for the Red Hawks was the loss of sophomore guard Tory Agrusa, who injured her right ankle on a jump shot with three minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
“We’re praying for her to get some rest tonight, and we’ll go from there,” England said of Agrusa’s injury. “Tory is vital to our team — hands down. Throughout the year, we’ve been talking about injuries and taking care of ourselves. We learn how to overcome it.”
The Red Hawks advance to the Region X semifinals where they face third-seeded Louisburg at 4 p.m. Friday at Lenoir Community College. The Hurricanes (22-4) defeated sixth-seeded Bryant & Stratton (Va.) 60-47 in their first-round match-up on Thursday.
CVCC swept the season series with Louisburg, winning 95-69 in Hickory on Jan. 25 and earning an 82-78 win on Feb. 15 in Louisburg.
2018 Region X tournament schedule
Monday, March 5 (play-in round)
No. 5 Brunswick 68, No. 12 Lenoir 53
No. 10 Fayetteville Tech 82, No. 7 Clinton 75
No. 6 Bryant & Stratton 57, No. 11 Johnston 42
No. 8 Patrick Henry 97, No. 9 Wake Tech 79
Quarterfinals (Thursday, March 8)
No. 5 Brunswick 84, No. 4 Guilford Tech 83
No. 1 Cape Fear 88, No. 8 Patrick Henry 50
No. 2 Catawba Valley 88, No. 10 Fayetteville Tech 53
No. 3 Louisburg 60, No. 6 Bryant & Stratton 47
Semifinals (Friday, March 9)
No. 1 Cape Fear vs. No. 5 Brunswick, 2 p.m.
No. 2 Catawba Valley vs. No. 3 Louisburg, 4 p.m.
Championship (Saturday, March 10)
Cape Fear/Brunswick winner vs. Catawba Valley/Louisburg winner, 2 p.m.
The No. 17 Mercyhurst Women’s Lacrosse Team (1-1) held off a furious Lenoir-Rhyne rally to prevail over the Bears by a 15-13 score Thursday afternoon at Moretz Stadium. LR is 1-4 on the season.
The Lakers’ Angelina Simon (Snyder, N.Y.) scored four goals while Taylor Izzo (Buffalo, N.Y.) added a goal and six assists as Mercyhurst raced to a 13-7 lead at the 16:28 mark of the second half and held off Lenoir-Rhyne to take the win.
The Bears were paced by junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.), who scored a game-high six goals in the setback. Sophomore midfielder Kaley Harris (Havre de Grace, Md.) and junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) also scored twice for Lenoir-Rhyne but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Abby Miller (Cranberry Township, Pa.) stopped five shots for the victory in goal for Mercyhurst, who held a 33-22 advantage in shots taken. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite making 10 saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne has played its first five games at home and will now play away from Moretz Stadium for the first time this year.
Sousa and Elmore rank first and second on the team in goals scored with 13 and 12, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., against Wingate.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (17-4), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, made easy work of Davis & Elkins (5-5) with a doubleheader sweep, 16-1 and 6-1, Thursday afternoon at Bears Field.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Talon LaClair (Statesville, N.C.) hit a three-run home run in the first inning and the Bears put the contest away with a 10-run second inning. LaClair finished with four runs batted in.
The Bears registered only nine hits in the first contest but was aided by eight walks and four errors.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 7-3 after picking up the win while Allie Lapallo (North Chesterfield, Va.) (3-3) suffered the loss but hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Senators.
In game two, two Bears – junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) – hit solo home runs while senior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) drove in three runs in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (9-1) won her ninth straight contest with the complete game victory while Victoria Krystynak (Ronceverte, W.Va.) fell to 1-3 after taking the loss for Davis & Elkins.
Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 10-0 at home this year and has now won 15 of its last 16 contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Converse in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3pm.
A third-quarter surge by Little Rock doomed Appalachian State University women's basketball in a 66-34 defeat to the top-seeded Trojans on Thursday afternoon in Lakefront Arena.
App State concludes the 2017-18 season at 8-23, while LR will play the winner of Troy and South Alabama in the semifinal round on Saturday.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) and Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) each scored a team-high nine points while Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) amassed a game-high eight rebounds off the bench. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) paced the Black and Gold with three assists and six points.
Appalachian knew it was in for a battle with the Sun Belt regular-season champs. Both teams started slowly on offense as each started 2-for-7 from the field. After Little Rock started out the gate 6-1 in the first 4:37 of the game, Mathews, and Lainey converted on back-to-back field goals to score four of the next six points to bring the deficit to three, 8-5. LR scored the following four points to take a seven-point edge into the second quarter.
In the second frame, the Apps couldn't get the momentum going on offense as it would eventually go down by 17 until Gosnell hit a reverse layup that sent the Apps into the break with a 26-11 deficit.
App State's offense found some rhythm at the beginning of the third period hitting its first three shots with Stanley hitting a jumper and tough 3-pointer from the right corner followed by a bucket from Gosnell. However, the Trojans answered all three field goals and then some when it shot 66.7 percent from the field and four of their 10-made shots from behind the arc that kept the Apps at bay.
Appalachian improved on defense in the final quarter, limiting the Trojans to just 10 points, but it was too little, too late. Aside from the third quarter, the Black and Gold held LR to 36.1 percent from the field. Appalachian outrebounded LR, 34-32, and held a 13-9 edge in offensive rebounds, but mustered up just three second-chance points.
With the Mountaineers having the least experienced team in the Sun Belt, they'll have the entire team expected to return next season along with the injured players Madi Story, Kaila Craven and UCF transfer Ashley Polacek. Adding those three talented players back to the team with the now-experienced group that was active and the three future Mountaineers in Haile McDonald, Brooke Bigott, and A'Lea Gilbert, the Apps will be loaded and ready to contend for a Sun Belt title.
Appalachian State's Randall Diabe has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for February,
Diabe, a junior from Greensboro, had a 3-0 dual meet record at 197 pounds last month with victories against Duke and two NCAA qualifiers from the Southern Conference.
Diabe capped a 7-0 run through the league with 3-2 decisions against 10th-ranked Scottie Boykin of Chattanooga and The Citadel's Sawyer Root, with the upset win in Chattanooga helping App State erase a 16-12 deficit in an 18-16 victory that gave the Mountaineers a third straight SoCon title. Diabe also earned a win by an 8-3 decision against Duke's Alec Schenk in February.
Diabe (19-7) has received an at-large berth for next week's NCAA Championships in Cleveland, where he will face Kent State's Kyle Conel (24-10) to open competition in their 33-man bracket. Diabe is 31st nationally in his weight class by the Division I Wrestling Coaches' Panel and 28th in the RPI.
Updated forms of those two rankings lists were released Thursday, and five Mountaineers were included.
Forrest Przybysz, a 12th-seeded NCAA qualifier at 174 pounds, is No. 14 in the RPI and No. 18 in the coaches' rankings. Another NCAA qualifier, 184-pound Alan Clothier, is No. 26 in the coaches' rankings and No. 28 in the RPI.
Gavin Londoff, the first alternate for the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds, is No. 32 in the RPI. Cary Miller is No. 32 in the coaches' rankings at the heavyweight spot.
The annual Crawdads Spring Fling, presented by Lonnie Shook CPA PLLC, is returning to the Frans on Saturday, March 17th from 11am to 1pm. The free stadium event will be full of games, food, and exclusive ticket deals. The first 250 fans will receive a prize as they enter the stadium.
The Spring Fling will kick off individual game tickets going on sale for the 2018 season. Fans at the event can take advantage of an exclusive deal of four tickets for Opening Weekend for just $10.99 (savings of $25).
For fans looking to bring groups out to a game, the Crawdads will be offering a deal during the Spring Fling of $10 off the price of a suite or party patio rental in April and May for every upset during the first round of March Madness.
Fans will be able to purchase sweetFrog Claw Club, the official Crawdads kids club for kids 12 and under, and Silver Slugger, the 'Dads club for fans 60+, memberships. Fans who already signed up for the clubs will be able to pick up their membership cards at the event.
The Spring Fling will feature a shamrock shake drinking contest and an apple pie eating contest. The Crawdads will play a movie on the video display for fans to check out the new board. There will also be an inflatable bounce house, speed pitch, cornhole, and an arts and crafts table set up at the event.
Because of weather projections, this weekend's Appalachian State baseball series at Elon will now conclude with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.
Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. in Elon. Game 2 will begin at noon on Saturday and be followed by a series-ending Game 3 the same day.
Andrew Vaccacio is scheduled to start Friday’s game on the mound for App State (4-6), and the projected starter for Elon (5-8) is George Kirby.
Catawba Valley Community College head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson announces the addition of Alexander Central standout Sage Harrington to her fall 2018 line up.
Harrington officially joined the Red Hawks during a special signing ceremony held by the Cougars on Wednesday morning in Taylorsville, N.C.
“Sage is a wonderful late addition to our fall roster,” Hudson said. “She is a consistent, dominating middle who doesn't let her size deter her from scoring. Sage's speed and experience work to her advantage on the net and we are excited to utilize those attributes this upcoming season.”
Harrington led the Cougars this past season on the volleyball court with 218 kills, and she also tallied 94 blocks, 38 digs and 24 aces.
Behind Harrington, Alexander Central finished its fall 2017 season with a 17-8 overall record, 10-4 mark in conference games and made a trip to the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
Harrington is the third member of the Alexander Central volleyball team to play at Catawba Valley, joining teammates Kelsea Dejarnette and Chesney Millsaps, who signed with the Red Hawks on Nov. 7, 2017.
“It's always nice to bring local players onto the roster and in this case, it's a huge gain for Catawba Valley athletics,” Hudson said.
Harrington joins a 2018 Catawba Valley volleyball recruiting class that also includes Fred T. Foard's Jayln Rice, First Assembly Christian's Anna Clarke, North Buncombe's Bre Myers, North Henderson's Zoe Phillips, North Surry’s Paige Sizemore, St. Stephens' Madison Bolch, Watauga's Emma Clark, West Iredell's Macy Pope, West Stokes' Abigail Gordon and Rachel Delcamp, Willamette's (Ore.) Sophie Brennan and West Virginia Tech transfer Lauren McCall.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
West Iredell: 5
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 2
West Caldwell: 4
South Caldwell: 5
St. Stephens: 0