Archive for April, 2013


Tisha England Named New Women’s Basketball Coach

Catawba Valley Community College Athletics is excited to announce the naming of new Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tisha England. Coach England, will only be the second coach in CVCC Women’s Basketball history. She will take over the program she has helped as an Assistant Coach for the last three seasons. During her time she has helped guide the program to new heights with an overall record of 67-23 and a 30-1 record this last season which included the first Carolinas-Virginia Conference Championship. Previous to her time at CVCC, Coach England served as an Assistant Coach for Newton-Conover High School which went 56-8 and lost in Regional Finals both years to eventual state champions Salisbury High School. Coach England also served as a personal assistant in the NBA and was the Director at the J.D. Lever 21st Afterschool Program in Aiken, SC.

Coach England excelled at the game of basketball starting in her high school career at Newton-Conover where she was able to letter in Basketball and Softball for four years and was a 1,000 point scorer in Basketball. Coach England was named team MVP for all four seasons she participated in, was a three time All-State selection, and was named to the All-USA first team. She was also named Western Regional Player of the Year, Charlotte Observer Player of the Year, Greensboro Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year, and Kodak High School All-American. Following her last season Newton-Conover honored her by retiring her #32 jersey, the first and only jersey retired at Newton-Conover.

Upon graduating Newton-Conover High School she went on to play college basketball at USC Aiken where she graduated in 1993 with a BA in Education. In her first two seasons she participated in the NAIA and was named AWSF Fast Break All-American as a freshman and was a NAIA All-Conference and All-District selection in both her freshman and sophomore years. After her sophomore year the school transitioned into the NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt Conference. In the teams inaugural season in the Peach Belt Conference Coach England led the team to a Conference Championship and was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, she followed up in her senior year claiming the Player of the Year award for the second time, being the only USC Aiken basketball player to receive the award twice. Despite playing just two years in the NCAA she still ranked 4th at the school as an All-Time scoring leader. She also still holds the school and conference record for scoring average at 20.0 points per game. As the same in her high school career Coach England had her #32 jersey retired at the completion of her career.

As a player Coach England left the game as one of the most decorated players for her multiple accomplishments and contributions to the game. Coach England has been inducted into four hall of fames for her accomplishments. For three of the hall of fames she was selected in the inaugural class making her one of the first athletes given her the honor. On November 30, 2007 she was named to the inaugural Hall of Fame for USC Aiken, on November 10, 2010 she was named to the inaugural Hall of Fame at Newton-Conover High School, and on May 19, 2012 she was named to the inaugural All-Time NAIA District Six Women’s Basketball Team. This May 13, 2013 she will enter the Catawba Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach England will continue her position at the CVCC Learning Assistance Center as a Learning Skills Specialist. During the last 3 years Coach England has displayed her love to work with all CVCC students, faculty and staff. She has helped improve the academic quality for CVCC student-athletes and continues to strive for improvement in the graduation rates and continued learning for all CVCC student-athletes.

Sophomore Zech Wiggs.  Copyright SportsFotos.

#4 Bucs Baseball Splits with DI #9 Walters State

Sophomore Zech Wiggs. Copyright SportsFotos.

The Buccaneers baseball team welcomed the #9 team in Division I baseball Walters State Community College Senators to American Legion field for a mid week double header. The Bucs lost the first game 5-6 but were able to gain the split in claiming the second game 3-2 in 10 innings.

The Bucs lost game one in a hotly contested 5-6 game in seven innings after surrendering the lead in the sixth inning. The Bucs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The threat began with a single by Blake Myers. A single by Zechariah Wiggs then moved Myers from first to second. Kurt Stabasefski singled, bringing home Myers. The Bucs tacked on more runs when Wiggs scored on a wild pitch, Mayberry scored on a passed ball, Stabasefski scored on an RBI double by Bryson Bowman, and Bowman scored on an RBI double by Ryan Smith. Walters State went up for good in the sixth, scoring one run on an RBI double.

In game 2 Bryson Bowman’s walk-off error off boosted the Bucs to a 3-2 win over Walters State in 10 innings. Bowman went 1-5 and drove in one. He singled in the eighth inning. Dallas Conner got the win for the Bucs. He pitched three shutout innings. Conner struck out three, walked one and gave up two hits.

The offense was sparked by Zechariah Wiggs and Stefan Susi, who teamed up for five hits and two RBIs.
In the bottom of the second, the Bucs grabbed the early lead, 2-0. The rally started when Wiggs singled. A groundout by Ryan Karl then moved Wiggs from second to third. Susi singled, bringing home Wiggs and Loren King.

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Anika Jones Selected First Team All-American

The CVCC Buccaneers Women’s Basketball team is proud to announce the naming of freshman, Anika Jones, to the NJCAA First Team All-American Squad for DII Women’s Basketball. Jones is the first, First Team selection from CVCC in the last ten years and the first Women’s Basketball player named to the All-American squad.

Jones finished the season with 586 points (6th in the nation) and averaged 18.9 points per game (15th in the nation). She shot an amazing 56.6 from the field to be ranked 8th in the nation, which helped the entire CVCC squad be 2nd in the nation with a 45.7 shooting percentage. Jones also logged 89 steals (24th in the nation) and averaged 5 rebounds a game.

“I am so proud of Anika being named to the First Team All-American squad,” said Coach Tommy Edwards. “Anika has put in countless hours of work and preparation to improve and refine her game. This award is a great honor for her and her teammates to enjoy amidst their success in this last season. I know Anika will continue to improve, and the sky is the limit for her and her basketball ability.”

#10 Anika Jones. Copyright SportsFotos

Jones was only 1 of 7 freshmen named an All-American. This selection marks the 3rd straight season with a Buccaneer being selected to the All-American Squad with Jennifer Beatty (Volleyball) and Daniel Fraga (Baseball) each being named to the second team All-American Squad during this last year.