Eight Lenoir-Rhyne football players named to All-Region
1/15/2013 12:02:16 AM
Eight members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team have earned 2012 NCAA Division II Don Hansen's All-Super Region 2 honors.
Sophomore fullback Isaiah Whitaker (Salisbury, N.C.) and senior offensive lineman Kaleb Myrick (Loganville, Ga.) were named to the all-region first team.
Whitaker, a 2012 All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team honoree, finished second on the squad in rushing yards this season with 874 to go along with five touchdowns. Whitaker also earned all-region accolades for the second straight season.
Myrick won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the conference, this past fall. Myrick, a two-time all-league pick, helped anchor an offensive line that ranked second in the nation in rushing this season at 376.2 yards per game.
Two Lenoir-Rhyne linebackers earned second-team all-region accolades by Don Hansen this year: senior Demetrius Green (Cedartown, Ga.) and sophomore Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.).
Demetrius Green finished second on the squad in tackles this year with 107 and earned First-Team All-SAC honors for the third straight season in 2012. Demetrius Green was also a Don Hansen All-Region pick in 2011, the same season he was named conference defensive player of the year.
Botts led the squad in tackles this past fall with 113 to go along with four sacks and two interceptions en route to first-team all-league laurels.
Senior placekicker Zach Neumann (Mechanicsville, Md.), sophomore return specialist Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) and junior defensive backs Myer Nolan (Atlanta, Ga.) and Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) were named to the All-Super Region 2 Third Team.
Neumann, a second-team all-conference selection, broke the school single-season record for points by a kicker with 84 while Spears returned kickoffs for both 95 and 99 yards, respectively, this season.
Spears also led the Bears in rushing yards this year with 994 while averaging 13.3 yards per carry and scoring nine touchdowns on the ground en route to First-Team All-SAC honors as a running back.
Nolan led the squad in interceptions (six) while Michael Green picked off four passes and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in L-R's playoff victory over Fort Valley State.
Michael Green and Nolan also finished with 73 and 61 tackles, respectively, on the season. Both players were first-team all-conference picks in 2012 as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished the season with a 9-3 overall record including a 6-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears also won their second straight South Atlantic Conference Championship in 2012 including its first outright league title in 37 years.
In addition, L-R earned a bid to the playoffs for the first time in 50 years and won its first playoff game since 1962, a 21-6 triumph over Fort Valley State. Lenoir-Rhyne fell to Carson-Newman by a 38-35 score in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs in Jefferson City, Tenn., in November.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be named later this month.
Friday, December 06, 201312/6/2013 - Rowan County Shooting Suspect May Have Ties to Alexander County
12/6/2013 - Employee Busted in Price Switching Scheme at Academy Sports
12/6/2013 - Morganton Man Charged with Felony Vehicle Theft
12/6/2013 - Suspect Sought in Financial Card Fraud in Boone
12/6/2013 - Two Trailers Stolen in Boone
12/6/2013 - Four L-R Soccer Players Earn All-Region Honors
12/6/2013 - Unemployment Rates for October Released
12/6/2013 - Two Charged with Attempted Robbery; Kidnapping in Boone
12/6/2013 - Club Cabaret to Host Event in Support of U.S. Troops
12/6/2013 - Hickory Man Injured in Early Friday Morning Shooting
12/6/2013 - Matthews Man Shot; Charged with Attempted Murder after Shooting at Police
12/6/2013 - Statesville Man Accused of Robbing Woman at ATM
Thursday, December 05, 201312/5/2013 - Anderson Named to Academic All-America Football Division II Second Team
12/5/2013 - Cox Named SoCon Offensive Player of the Month
12/5/2013 - App State Tennis Signs Machado
12/5/2013 - App State Women Announce Golf Schedule
12/5/2013 - Hickory Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense
12/5/2013 - Two Habitat for Humanity to be Dedicated December 14
12/5/2013 - Hickory Woman Charged with Indecent Liberties
12/5/2013 - Good Samaritan Ends Up as Victim
12/5/2013 - Catawba County EDC Names New Director of Existing Industry Services
12/5/2013 - High School Girls Basketball Results From Wednesday, 12/4/13
12/5/2013 - High School Boys Basketball Results From Wednesday, 12/4/13
12/5/2013 - Appalachian State Women Drop Non-Conference Tilt
12/5/2013 - Lenoir-Rhyne Men Pick Up Road Basketball Win Over Brevard
12/5/2013 - Appalachain State Men Get Second Win of Season
12/5/2013 - CVCC Men Fall to Spartanburg Methodist College 80-70
12/5/2013 - Lenoir-Rhyne Women Defeat Brevard in Hoops Action
12/5/2013 - Six L-R Football Players Named to All-Super Region II honors
12/5/2013 - Rennovations to Begin at L.P. Frans Stadium
12/5/2013 - Catawba County Hires New Chief Information Officer
12/5/2013 - Shop-n-Save Larceny Suspect Captured; Another at Large [MUGSHOTS ADDED 9:30 a.m.]
12/5/2013 - J. Iverson Riddle Christmas Parade Today in Morganton
12/5/2013 - Governor McCrory to Visit Cabarrus County this Morning
Wednesday, December 04, 201312/4/2013 - Hudson Man Faces Felony B&E; Larceny Charges
12/4/2013 - Granite Falls Man Charged with Vehicle Theft; More
12/4/2013 - Lenoir Man Charged with Assault; Disorderly Conduct; Resisting; More
12/4/2013 - Granite Falls Man Faces Weapons & Drug Charges
12/4/2013 - Florida Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant in Boone
12/4/2013 - No One Injured in Lenoir House Fire
12/4/2013 - Morganton Chick-fil-A to Open December 12
12/4/2013 - HPD Seeks Information on Early Morning Break-In at Bisanar's
12/4/2013 - West Virginia Woman Extradited to Iredell County for Credit Card Fraud
12/4/2013 - High School Girls Basketball Results From Tuesday, 12/3/13
12/4/2013 - High School Boys Basketball Results From Tuesday, 12/3/13
12/4/2013 - High School Wrestling Results From Tuesday, 12/3/13
12/4/2013 - Morganton Woman Charged in Connection to Stabbing
12/4/2013 - Chick-Fil-A in Statesville to Help with Deputy's Medical Bills
12/4/2013 - Mother & Son Escape Fire South of Hickory
12/4/2013 - Catawba County Gets a Clean Audit for FY 2012-13
Tuesday, December 03, 201312/3/2013 - Rhyne Named to All-Southeast Region Volleyball Team
12/3/2013 - Obacha Named to Good Works Team
12/3/2013 - Hickory Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge in Caldwell County
12/3/2013 - Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Assault on Gov't Official
12/3/2013 - Lenoir Woman Faces Felony Charges for Larceny; More
12/3/2013 - Hiddenite Woman Jailed for Possession of Stolen Vehicle
12/3/2013 - Statesville Police Seek Suspect in Robbery at ATM
12/3/2013 - Local Company Participates in Habitat's Team-Building Exercise
12/3/2013 - Thief Enters TJ Maxx through the Roof
12/3/2013 - Piedmont Painters Opening Night Reception Set for this Thursday
12/3/2013 - Rudy & Donna Wright to Co-Chair Catawba County Heart Ball
12/3/2013 - Vale Man Busted for Making Meth
12/3/2013 - Unresponsive Child in Long View Taken to Baptist Hospital
12/3/2013 - Caldwell Community College Men Fall to Denmark Tech in Basketball
12/3/2013 - Hickory Post Office Offers Extended Saturday Hours Before Christmas
12/3/2013 - Lenoir-Rhyne Names New Major Gifts Officer
12/3/2013 - Hickory Firefighter Promoted to Fire Inspector
Monday, December 02, 201312/2/2013 - Delbridge Named to All-State University Soccer Second Team