CVCC MBB Palmer, Tshiona Signing (CD-CVCC)

Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball players Everett Palmer and Victor Tshiona have signed to continue their athletic careers at four-year colleges, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

Palmer will be joining Ferrum College, an NCAA Division III school in Ferrum, Va. Tshiona will stay in-state to play at Montreat College in NAIA Division II.

A 6-foot-3 guard, Palmer averaged 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds while playing in all 31 of the Red Hawks’ games this past season. He finishes his CVCC career with 171 points, 74 rebounds and 42 assists. He becomes the first Red Hawk to sign with Ferrum.

A 6-foot-6 forward, Tshiona averaged 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 28 games this season. He tallied 254 points and 165 rebounds in his CVCC career and is the first from the program to sign with Montreat.

They become the second and third Red Hawk sophomores from this class to continue to the next level after Isayah Johnson signed with Mars Hill.  

Crawdads’ Huff named SAL player of week

The Hickory Crawdads’ Sam Huff has been named the South Atlantic League player of the week for the week of April 22-28, according to a press release from the Crawdads.

Over that seven-game stretch, Huff hit .348 with five home runs and seven RBIs. He also had an on-base percentage of .444 while scoring six runs, drawing four walks and stealing a pair of bases.

For the season, Huff is hitting .326 and ranks first in the SAL with 13 home runs through Thursday.

Hickory began a four-game series at Kannapolis on Friday and will return home Wednesday to host Asheville for the first of a six-game homestand.

Crawdads hosting Western Piedmont Symphony

The Hickory Crawdads will welcome the Western Piedmont Symphony to L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday for its “May the Fourth Be with You: An Evening of John Williams” event, according to a press release from the Crawdads.

The concert is set to start at 7:30 p.m. at the stadium. The Western Piedmont Symphony will perform a program of John Williams classics such as Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and an entire second half dedicated to Star Wars.

Ticket prices are $25 per adult in advance and $35 at the gate. Tickets for children aged 3-17 are $10. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 at WPSymphony.org/Tickets or by calling 828-324-8603. You can also visit hickorycrawdads.com or call 828-322-3000 for tickets. 

Hickory Parks & Rec to hold basketball camps

The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department has announced dates for its 2019 Greater Hickory Metro Basketball Camp and ELITE Academy, according to a press release from the department.

The basketball camp will be held July 8-12 at the Highland Recreation Center. The camp is for boys and girls who will be going into the first through ninth grades and will focus on skill and fundamental drills while including competitive contests and team games. The boys camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily, with the girls camp running from 1-5 p.m. The cost is $70 per person.

The ELITE Academy will be held July 15-19 at the Highland Recreation Center. This is for boys and girls going into the sixth through 12th grades who are serious about wishing to excel at the sport. The academy will be led by high school and college coaches, professional skill development instructors and professional players. The academy runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily and the cost is $70 per person.

Applications can be found online at www.hickorync.gov and at all recreation centers. For more information, contact camp director Gary Bowne at 828-381-1856 or 1453bowne@charter.net.

Hickory Elks hosts L-R hoops appreciation dinner

The Hickory Elks Lodge hosted an appreciation dinner for the Lenoir-Rhyne basketball programs on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Elks Lodge.

The dinner is held annually to thank the university for hosting the Hickory Elks’ annual Hoop Shoot contest. A steak dinner was provided for both the men’s and women’s team, along with the Hoop Shoot winners and their families, and the physical education teachers from the participating schools.

In addition, Billy Auton, a Hickory Elks member and chairman of the event, was awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Service from the Elks Grand Lodge in Chicago for his more than 30 years of service to the program.

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