The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association released its 2019 girls all-state teams and three local high school athletes made the list, according to a press release.
For the 3A all-state team, Izzi Wood and Jess LaFrancis both represented Hickory. Wood, a junior forward, scored a team-high 53 goals this season. She scored in all but two of the 22 games the Red Tornadoes played, while recording multiple goals in 15 matches. Wood scored a season-high six times Feb. 27 in a 9-0 win over Crest. She also finished the year with 14 assists.
LaFrancis, a senior midfielder, tallied 12 goals while leading Hickory with 35 assists. She had an assist in all but three games this season, while notching a season-best four assists March 19 in a 9-0 win over Alexander Central. She finished with 12 multi-assist games, and also scored twice in a 7-0 playoff win against Rockingham County on May 7.
Together, the duo led Hickory to an 18-3-1 regular-season record with a 13-1 mark in Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play to capture a share of the league title. The Red Tornadoes advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A playoffs.
Foard’s Abby Walker made the 2A all-state team. Walker, a senior forward, guided the Tigers to a 19-3-1 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference play to win the league title. Foard advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs this season.
L-R promotes Clayton to director of marketing
Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics has promoted Leah Clayton to the position of director of marketing, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.
Clayton had served as a graduate assistant in marketing and promotions since January 2018. During her time as a graduate assistant, she worked to boost attendance at sporting events, formed a marketing internship program and created numerous game promotions. She also assisted with planning events and fundraisers for the Bears Club.
"We could not be more excited that Leah will be staying at L-R as our new director of marketing," said Aaron Bessey, senior associate athletic director and directory of the Bears Club. "She has proven to be a great addition to our athletic department over the last 18 months and will do an awesome job in this full-time role."
In her new role, Clayton will work to plan more than 100 athletic events during the course of the academic year while also working with departments on campus as well as the local community to maximize involvement. She will also oversee the Bears Supporting Bears Club and student-athlete community service.
Hickory-Maiden Legion baseball game rescheduled
The American Legion baseball game between Hickory Post 48 and Maiden Post 240 scheduled for June 10 has been rescheduled, according to a release from Post 240.
The contest has now been moved to June 23 at 7 p.m. at Henkel-Alley Field. The two teams will meet this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maiden High School.
This week, Post 240 travels to Lincoln County Post 455 on Wednesday and Union County Post 535 on Friday. Both games start at 7 p.m. at East Lincoln High School and Wingate University, respectively.
Post 48 plays four straight home games this week. Hickory faces Mocksville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Caldwell at 7 p.m. Thursday and Cherryville at 7 p.m. Friday ahead of its local showdown at Maiden on Saturday.