COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne adding AstroTurf field in first phase of stadium improvements

Published Friday, November 6th, 2020

Field will be named Durham Field with season-opener set Feb. 20-21   HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The first phase of construction on Lenoir-Rhyne University’s baseball facility began last week. In a press release, school officials said the start of a three-phase upgrade for its on-campus baseball stadium will include adding an AstroTurf field. The Bears are scheduled to open their 2020-2021 schedule …

COLLEGE: South Atlantic Conference won’t play any fall sports

Published Friday, August 7th, 2020

Lenoir-Rhyne will not play a 2020 football season; league expects to resume in spring 2021   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) announced Friday it will not play fall sports. In a press release, league officials said the decision is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the conference will resume sports in …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Willis says timing was perfect to accept job as boys’ coach at Hickory

Published Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

One of Red Tornadoes’ all-time best athletes leaving The Citadel basketball staff   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – As Hickory High’s next varsity boys’ basketball head coach, Daniel Willis is excited about impacting the program by stressing the things that got him where he is. While playing multiple sports for the Red Tornadoes, Willis said he was taught discipline, …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Reports say Huff leaving LRU, star WR picks Bears, Maiden star going to Western Carolina

Published Thursday, April 9th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com Local football moves, from tweets by Lenoir-Rhyne University broadcaster JuJuPhillips: — Lenoir-Rhyne University running back Zay Huff, a former Maiden High star, is transferring to Glenville State to play for former LRU head coach Mike Kellar. Phillips’ tweet says Huff will have two years of eligibility left. There’s no confirmation on either LRU or Glenville State football websites but …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne’s new head coach from William Peace

Published Monday, April 6th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University found its next women’s head basketball coach on Monday, naming Grahm Smith of William Peace College in Raleigh as its new leader. Smith has been at William Peace – an NCAA Division II school — for two seasons and has a seven-year coaching record of 135-53 and winning percentage of .814. He replaces Cameron Sealy, …