The Lenoir-Rhyne women’s track and field team captured its first-ever South Atlantic Conference outdoor championships in dominant fashion on Saturday, according to a press release from the SAC.

The Bears earned 212.5 points to easily outpace Queens (180 points) and third-place Wingate (98.5). Danny Williamson was named the league’s coach of the year and Autumn Drayton earned field athlete of the meet honors.

Drayton won two gold medals on the final day of the competition. She took first in the shot put with a distance of 41 feet, 10 inches. She also set a new conference and championship meet record mark in the discus throw with her winning toss of 151 feet, 2 inches.

Saidah Hardwick was a two-time winner as well, taking titles in the 200 meters (25.34 seconds) and the 400 meters (56.19). Kylie Dahlberg won the 800-meter title in 2:18.31, while Jada Harrison captured the 400-meter hurdles crown in a winning time of 1:04.40.

Lenoir-Rhyne will host a qualifier meet on May 12.

L-R men’s track & field 2nd in SAC tourney

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s track and field team earned a second-place finish at the South Atlantic Conference outdoor championships concluding Saturday, according to a press release from the SAC.

The Bears finished with 156 points, trailing only Queens and its 205 points. Carson-Newman placed third with 124 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne had four winning performances on the final day of the championships. Lucas Besong won the 400 meters in 48.23 seconds, and Anthony Brown brought home the 110-meter hurdles title in 14.65 seconds.

The Bears also won both relay events, with the 4x100 team of Kaynmon Maddox, JaTay Culliver, P.J. Lotharp and Besong setting a SAC and championship meet record with a time of 40.47 seconds. The 4x400 team crossed the line in a winning time of 3:18.44.

Hickory’s Poston places 6th at RBC

PGA professional and Hickory native J.T. Poston tied for sixth at the RBC Heritage concluding this weekend in Hilton Head, S.C.

Poston led all competitors with a final-round 66 to finish at 9-under 275 along with Seamus Power and Kevin Streelman. Poston’s best finish of the season netted him a purse of $231,150, giving him more than $915,000 in winnings this year.

The Hickory High School graduate currently ranks 61st in the FedExCup standings, with the top 125 players at the end of the season advancing to the playoffs.

L-R’s Elmore, Stanley named SAC players of week

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Rachel Elmore and Connor Stanley have both been recognized by the South Atlantic Conference for their outstanding play last week, according to multiple releases from LRU Athletics.

Elmore was named the league’s offensive player of the week for women’s lacrosse. The senior midfielder scored nine total goals in wins over Mars Hill and Coker. She also added seven draw controls, two ground balls and two forced turnovers. This is Elmore’s second SAC weekly award of the season.

Stanley earned the SAC defensive player of the week award for men’s lacrosse. The sophomore defender forced three turnovers and scooped up six ground balls in an 11-6 win over Coker on Saturday. This is his first weekly award this season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne women’s team earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SAC tournament and earned a first-round bye. The Bears will face the winner between Lincoln Memorial and Coker in Friday’s semifinal hosted at Wingate.

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s team is the No. 4 seed in its upcoming SAC tournament. The Bears will host No. 5 Newberry on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Moretz Stadium.

CVCC baseball run-ruled by Brunswick

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team was run-ruled for the first time in three seasons after Brunswick claimed a 12-2 win in eight innings on Saturday, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

Brett Eurey hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season for the Red Hawks (26-17 overall, 10-8 Region X), who hadn’t suffered a run-rule defeat since a 12-2 loss to Brunswick on April 9, 2016. Eurey and R.J. Conner each finished with a pair of hits on the day.

Starting pitcher Blake Dockery (4-2) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs (one earned) and seven hits in four innings. Only seven of Brunswick’s 12 runs were earned as CVCC committed four errors in the field.

CVCC and Brunswick played just one game this weekend as rain forced cancellations on Friday and half of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader. The Red Hawks return to action with a nonconference doubleheader at Spartanburg Methodist on Tuesday.

L-R baseball loses in extra innings

The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team lost 4-3 on Saturday as Tusculum walked off in the 12th inning, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Brock Johnson had given the Bears (22-25 overall, 7-15 South Atlantic Conference) the lead in the top of the 11th with an RBI double to score Will Jones. But the Pioneers (28-19, 15-7) tied the game in the home half of the inning with a sacrifice fly and got the winning hit an inning later from Jarel McDade.

Jones finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs to lead the visitors, who struck out 16 times in the contest. Reliever Hunter Martin (1-4) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum completed their three-game series with a doubleheader on Monday but results weren’t available by press time.

Hickory Post 48 to host registration

The Hickory Post 48 baseball team will have registration this weekend for the 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

Poplin to host spring break hoops camp

Hickory High School boys basketball coach Andy Poplin will host a spring break basketball camp later this week, according to a release from Poplin.

The camp for boys and girls ages 5-14 will run from April 23-25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hickory High School. The clinic will focus on building individual fundamental skills, including ball-handling and dribbling drills, layups and form shooting.

The cost is $50 and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. the first day of the camp. For more information, contact Poplin at or visit

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