CVCC BF Creation and Signing (CD-CVCC)

South Caldwell's Nathan Smith (seated, left) and Lane Bailey (seated, right) are the first two signees for the CVCC bass fishing program that will begin competition next academic year. Photo courtesy of Cody Dalton/CVCC Athletics

The Catawba Valley Community College athletic department has announced the creation of a bass fishing program to debut for the 2019-20 school year, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

The new program makes CVCC just the third junior college and 13th college overall in North Carolina to offer competitive fishing.

“This is a unique opportunity to give students outside of traditional sports the chance to be collegiate student-athletes,” CVCC athletic director Nick Schroeder said via the release. “With our location in between Lake Hickory and Lake Norman, we can offer an elite program that is an option to students who are interested in bass fishing.”

Additionally, the Red Hawks announced the program’s first two signees in South Caldwell anglers Lane Bailey and Nathan Smith. The senior Spartans, who helped to start a bass fishing team at their high school, officially signed in a ceremony Monday.

“We are both really excited about this obviously,” Smith said via the release. “It has been a goal we’ve wanted. We started out high school fishing a couple of years ago, and we didn’t really think it would come to this. This is something that we’ve really wanted.”

The Red Hawks will compete in two collegiate leagues: the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series (Eastern Region) and FLW College Series (Southeastern Division). An adviser for the team is still being sought, but James Reed, the coach and adviser at South Caldwell, will assist the program.

For more information, contact Schroeder at

L-R’s Hartsell to compete in NCAA regional

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Abby Hartsell has been selected to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division II women’s golf South Regional, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Hartsell earned eight top-10 finishes during her senior season, including a third-place finish at the South Atlantic Conference Championships, and was also named All-SAC for the fourth straight year. She is one of four individuals to qualify from the SAC, joining Wingate’s Mind Puangcharoen, Lincoln Memorial’s Lise Malherbe and Carson-Newman’s Maeve Cummins. Anderson qualified as a team by virtue of winning the SAC Championships.

The South Regional will take place May 6-8 at the Cleveland Country Club in Cleveland, Tenn. After 54 holes, the top four teams and top four individuals not associated with a full team will advance to the NCAA championship to be played May 14-18 at the PGA National Resort and Spa in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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