Lenoir-Rhyne Head Men's Basketball Coach John Lentz will be inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall Of Fame as part of the Class of 2014.
Joining Lentz as part of this year's class includes Jeff Barkley, Odell Moose (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1951) and Beth Laney Queen. Daniel Willis (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2001) will be the keynote speaker.
The four new inductees will be celebrated during the annual Hickory Sports Commission Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m., at the city of Hickory's Highland Recreation Center.
Lentz just completed his 28th season at Lenoir-Rhyne and has fashioned a 424-356 mark as Bear mentor. Including three years at Pfeiffer (1983-86), Lentz's collegiate head coaching record stands at 477-389.
Under Lentz, the Bears have won eight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships, four Food Lion SAC Tournament Championships and have earned five berths to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
In addition, Lentz guided the Bears to four straight berths to the playoffs as a member of NAIA and his 1992-93 team advanced all the way to the national quarterfinals.
Lentz also coached four SAC Players Of The Year including Willis, an NCAA Division II All-American, in 2000-01.
An outstanding player as well, Lentz is still the Bears' all-time leader in assists (524) and ranks fifth on the team's career scoring list (1,755). Lentz, a three-time first-team all-league honoree, led Lenoir-Rhyne to a pair of Carolinas Conference Championships (1971-72 & 1972-73). Lentz was inducted into the L-R Sports Hall Of Fame in 1999.
Willis, a two-time first-team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, is the second-leading scorer in school history (1,980) and has been the Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach at VMI since the 2007-08 season.
Willis averaged a then-league-record 24.4 points per game in 2000-01, third-best in the nation that season, and left L-R with league records for points in a season (660), career free throw attempts (641) and free throws made (543) and season free throw attempts (241) and free throws made (195).
The new home of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame, the Highland Recreation Center and the city of Hickory established a permanent display for plaques paying tribute to members of the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame banquet salutes Student Athletes of the Year from the public and private high schools in Catawba County.
Tickets for the hall of fame banquet are on sale for $25.00 each. The banquet will include a meal provided by Boxcar Grille. Tickets are available at high schools throughout Catawba County, the Hickory Highland Recreation Center, L.P. Frans Stadium and at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Discount tickets are available for table reservations by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at (828) 328-6111.
Established in 2000, the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary efforts and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and contributors, while also reinforcing a sense of history and tradition in Catawba County.
The 2014 class of inductees to the Hickory Metro Sports Commission Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame exemplifies Catawba County's rich athletic heritage and the Hickory Metro tradition of contributing to the support, growth and development young athletes.
Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Downs Mars Hill, 15-6, To Advance To The Food Lion SAC Tournament Finals
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (10-3) punched a ticket to the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship after beating Mars Hill (7-7), 15-6, in the semifinals Thursday evening at the Queens Sports Complex.
L-R, the second seed in the tournament, will face top-seeded Queens (11-4) in the league tournament finals Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Queens beat fourth-seeded Coker (6-8), 13-5, in the semifinal round earlier in the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) led all scorers with four goals while junior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored three times as the Bears beat the third-seeded Lions for the second time this season.
Mars Hill was led by Ryan Sage (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) with a team-high three goals and Anthony Malcolm (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) scored twice in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 4-3 advantage early in the second period before blowing the contest wide open after reeling off seven straight goals.
L-R freshman attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a goal and three assists as the Bears held a 34-24 advantage in shots taken and improved to 9-1 in their last 10 contests.
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the win after making nine saves while Mars Hill's Patrick McMahon (Buffalo, N.Y.) took the loss. McMahon stopped six shots
Photo Courtesy: John Lentz, L-R Athletics