Sports

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (39-13), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, was eliminated from the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Friday after splitting its pair of games.

The Carolina Panthers have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Cam Newton ’s rookie contract. Newton is now under contract through the 2015 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Kevin Baxter ran a school-record 13.95 seconds in the preliminaries of the college men's 110-meter hurdles Friday afternoon at the 2014 Penn Relays at Franklin Field and qualified for the finals.

Due to heavy rains, Friday night’s championship game between the Watauga High baseball team and Southampton Academy (Va.) was rained out. The game will be played on Saturday at a time yet to be announced.

Lees-McRae sophomore catcher Sadie Lagle has been named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference first-team for her on field success in 2014, the conference office announced lateThursday evening.