David Scearce/Record File Photo: Lenoir-Rhyne's Kylee Leonhardt (3) was one of three Bears to earn all-conference honors on Thursday.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Kylee Leonhardt and two others were named to the All-South Atlantic Conference softball teams on Thursday, according to a press release from the SAC.

Leonhardt was selected as a first-team recipient, while Savannah Moorefield and Talon LaClair both earned second-team nods.

Leonhardt, a sophomore catcher and West Lincoln graduate, hit .336 with eight home runs this season. Last year’s SAC freshman of the year started all 44 of the Bears’ games and had nine doubles, 32 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Moorefield, a sophomore outfielder, hit .385 and led the conference with 51 runs. She added seven home runs, 24 RBIs and a team-high 13 stolen bases.

LaClair, a sophomore shortstop, ranked third in the conference with a .419 batting average and a .487 on-base percentage. She led the Bears this year in hits (57), doubles (15) and RBIs (44).

Lenoir-Rhyne, which ranks 10th in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, is the No. 8 seed in the SAC tournament. The Bears will face top-seeded Lincoln Memorial at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Salisbury.

L-R men’s, women’s tennis in regional rankings

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s and women’s tennis teams were both listed in their latest respective NCAA Division II regional rankings, according to multiple press releases from the South Atlantic Conference.

The Bears’ men’s team checked in at No. 9 regionally and No. 22 nationally. They have a record of 18-4 this season (8-2 SAC) and lost to Queens in the conference tournament semifinals.

The Lenoir-Rhyne women rank eighth regionally and 37th nationally. They posted an 18-5 record (7-3 SAC) and also lost in the conference tournament semifinals to Tusculum.

L-R men’s lacrosse has 2 wins nullified

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s lacrosse team had two wins nullified due to the use of an ineligible player, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

The Bears’ record was adjusted to 6-7 overall and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference after the nullification of wins against Tusculum on March 16 and Newberry on March 23. According to the release, Lenoir-Rhyne used a student-athlete who had dropped below the minimum requirement of 12 credit hours.

“When we discovered it, we immediately addressed it and self-reported the violation to the conference and NCAA,” the release states. “It was unfortunate given the situation was inadvertent, unintentional, and quickly resolved, yet we are committed to operating with the highest level of integrity and making sure we self-report any and all violations.”

Lenoir-Rhyne will face conference champion Wingate in the SAC tournament semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Wingate.

CVCC to host softball tryouts

The Catawba Valley Community College softball program will hold tryouts this weekend, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics. 

The tryout will be Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Newton-Conover High School. These tryouts are open to anyone who has completed their junior year of high school and has remaining eligibility. Those interested must bring a copy of a signed sports physical from the past 13 months and dress accordingly. Additionally, interested athletes should bring batting equipment to the tryout.

For more information, contact coach Josh Bumgarner at jbumgarner918@cvcc.edu.

Hickory Post 48 to host registration

The Hickory Post 48 baseball team will hold registration this weekend for its upcoming season, according to a press release.

Registration will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the American Legion building at the Legion Fairgrounds. Players interested in playing for Post 48 need to bring a birth certificate and a parent with them to registration.

Additionally, Post 48 will host tryouts for its junior fastpitch softball team this weekend. Tryouts will be held at Bandys High School on April 27 at 1 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. These tryouts are for any rising seventh- through 10th-grader in the Catawba County area. Girls only need to attend one of the two tryouts. For more information, email post48jrsoftball@gmail.com.

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