Archive for May, 2013

Head Coach Tisha England names Ike Williams to staff

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tisha England is excited to announce the hiring of Isiah “Ike” Williams to her Women’s Basketball staff as an assistant coach. Coach Williams has been a fixture in women’s basketball for over 24 years serving as a coach in AAU organizations Carolina Pacers and Carolina Express along with coach at Newton Conover and Statesville High School during this time.

Coach Williams has been the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Newton-Conover High School the last two years were he compiled a 40-15 record two CVAC Tournament Championships and one regular season CVAC championship. Coach Williams had 5 selections to All-Conference team and 3 to the All-District team. This group included current Buccaneers student-athlete Kadesha Gibbs who was an All-Conference player and second team All-District in 2012. Prior to Newton-Conover Coach Williams was the Associate Head Coach at Statesville High School from 2007-2010 where his team compiled a 72-21 record and made the 3A NCHSAA Western Sectional Semifinals all 3 years. Statesville High School claimed the Western Piedmont Conference Championship twice and was Tournament Champions all 3 years.

Coach Williams also served as the Head Coach and Basketball Director for the Carolina Pacers AAU organization since 2007. His teams have finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the AAU western Regionals, 3rd and 4th in the NC AAU State Finals, and 23rd and 31st in the National AAU Tournament. He has had multiple players continue on to play at the collegiate level and has coached 4 players named as a Top 200 women’s basketball recruit in the nation. Prior to the Pacers organization Coach Williams coached for the Carolina Express were he had multiple Region and State top 3 finishes along with having teams ranked nationally in the AAU at 19th, 21st, 25th, and 45th.

Coach Williams has coached multiple athletes onto college such as Clemson University, Boston University, Lenoir Rhyne University, Wingate University and Catawba Valley Community College. Coach Williams lives in Hickory, NC where he enjoys family time with his wife, Shannon and his two children, Autumn 14 and Errington 10.

“I am excited to be able to work with Ike on a Collegiate Level.” Says Head Coach Tisha England, “Our coaching philosophy, values, morals and just the love for people are unified. We are looking forward to continue the success here at CVCC one day at a time”.

Bucs Fall to Lenoir CC to be Eliminated from Region X Tournament

The Buccaneers Baseball team finished with a loss to Lenoir CC Monday night in the Region X Tournament Game. The loss has the Bucs finish 3rd in the Region X tournament and finish the season with a 38-13 record, a #10 ranking and the Carolinas-Virgnia Conference Championship.

Bryson Bowman went 2-4, but the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers still fell to Lenoir CC 8-5 on Monday at Morehead City.

Bowman reached base three times in the game for the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers. He singled in the seventh and ninth innings.

Seth Weekly handled Lenoir CC’s lineup with ease, racking up three strikeouts. Weekly allowed one earned run, five hits and no walks over five innings.

Grant Cain recorded the win for Lenoir CC even though he allowed five runs over six innings. Cain struck out three, walked five and gave up seven hits.

The bottom of the first saw the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers take an early lead, 2-0. A single by William Little, bringing home Kurt Stabasefski started the inning off. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers added more runs when Mayberry scored on an RBI single by Derek Deaton.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored one run of their own in the fourth. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored on a sacrifice fly by Blaine Lewis.

Lenoir CC never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring five runs on an error, a fielder’s choice, and three singles.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored one run in the fifth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the fifth, the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored on an RBI single by Zechariah Wiggs, scoring Bowman.

An RBI single by Christian Faust sparked the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers’ rally. Finally, Mason Warren induced an inning-ending fly out from Lewis.

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Former Women's Basketball Head Coach: Tommy Edwards

Women’s Basketball Coaches Past and Present are Honored Tonight

The CVCC Athletic Department is excited to announce that two of their own will be inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame. Former Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tommy Edwards and current Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tisha England will be named in a ceremony held tonight at the Tarlton Complex on CVCC’s campus.

Former Women's Basketball Head Coach: Tommy Edwards

Tommy Edwards has been a pillar in the Catawba County women’s basketball community. It is hard to talk to anyone who played women’s basketball in at a Catawba county school in the last 40 years that does not know who Coach Edwards is. Over his basketball coaching career he finished with a 629 wins and only 307 losses. Coach Edwards was the first coach of CVCC Women’s Basketball and during his career was able to record a winning season every year and a 82-30 record and in the last year he took an undefeated Bucs squad, first time Carolinas-Virginia Conference champion and #3 nationally ranked team into the District finals where they had their only loss to the eventual NJCAA national champion. Coach Edwards was honored for this great season being named the Region X Coach of the year by his coaching peers. Coach Edwards was the key cog in building up this program to what it is today and will always be known as the Father of Women’s Basketball at CVCC. Prior to coming to CVCC Coach Edwards coached at Bunker Hill High School where he posted a 418-199 record and was named Conference Coach of the Year six times. He still lives in Conover, NC and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Head Women's Basketball Coach: Tisha England

Tisha England came to CVCC three years ago to assist Coach Edwards, but if you ask him it was Coach England that took the program to the next level. Coach England brought an atmosphere of hard work and determination which she used to achieve a successful and decorated basketball career. Since Coach England joined the coaching staff the team has logged 66 wins and only 23 losses, along with leading the team to an undefeated Bucs squad, first time Carolinas-Virginia Conference champion and #3 nationally ranking. Coach England was a graduate of Newton Conover High School. During her career there she garnered All-American honors, was Gatorade Player of the Year and was the only athlete to have her jersey (32) retired. She was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame at Newton Conover high on March 18, 2010. She furthered her education at the University of South Carolina Aiken and graduated with a B.A. in Education. During her time at USC-Aiken, England was a two time All-Conference player and the only USC-Aiken player (male or female) to win PBC Player of the Year honors. She holds the school and conference scoring average record at 20 points per game. Her jersey (32) was the third to be retired in USC-Aiken’s history. On November 30, 2007, England was one of thirteen Hall of Fame inductees to make up the inaugural class at USC-Aiken. Outside of basketball Coach England enjoys learning more about the Lord and spending time with her family.

It is an exciting day for CVCC Athletics and the two individuals being honored for all their accomplishments. While they are both being honored for their successful athletic careers the most important attribute they have is their love of all students and their love of the game of basketball. Not only have both successfully coached great teams and created a program of excellence, but have seen athletes graduate and move on in their college career sending players to colleges such as UNC-Asheville, Montreat College and Brevard College to not only finish their career in basketball but to obtain a 4 year degree. Tonight as the two are honored the past and future of the CVCC Women’s Basketball team will be on display in bright lights and not just the coaches but all of the former student-athletes they have coached will truly be honored.

#1 Bucs fall to #2 Brunswick 3-6

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers lost 6-3 at Morehead City on Sunday, despite outhitting Brunswick CC 10 to six.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers’ Ryan Smith was perfect at the dish, going 2-2. He singled in the third and ninth innings.

Blake Mosteller had an impressive outing against Brunswick CC’s lineup. Brunswick CC managed just two hits off of Mosteller, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during his four innings of work.

J Boyd got the win for Brunswick CC. He allowed three runs over seven innings. J Boyd struck out four, walked four and gave up nine hits.

The bottom of the first saw the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers take an early lead, 2-0. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers attack began with a single from Kurt Stabasefski. A groundout by Ryan Mayberry then moved Stabasefski from first to second. Bryson Bowman singled, scoring Stabasefski. The scoreboard lit up again for the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers when Smith scored on an RBI single by William Little.

The game’s last lead went to Brunswick CC thanks to a second inning rally that saw five runs cross the plate on two singles and two bases loaded walks.

One the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers run crossed the plate in the bottom half of the third, making the score 5-3. An RBI single by Smith gave the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers life. Derek Deaton to end the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers threat.

Bucs Uses Late Offense to Beat Patrick Henry CC

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored four runs in the seventh to cap a 9-3 win over Patrick Henry on Saturday.

The game was back-and-forth heading into the sixth, with five lead changes.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored on an RBI single by Ryan Smith off Belcher, plating Blaine Lewis.

Smith racked up five RBIs on three hits for the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers.

Steven Blythe got the win in relief for the Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers. Blythe pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed one run.

The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored one run of their own in the fifth. The Catawba Valley Community College Buccaneers scored on an RBI double by Derek Deaton.

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