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CVCC Athletics Starting a Re-Branding Campaign

CVCC ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT – Catawba Valley Community College is excited to announce the campaign “Our School, Our Brand” in which a new mascot will be selected to represent CVCC. The new brand at CVCC looks to embody all of the past and future success of CVCC and the Catawba Valley area through the naming of a new mascot. To achieve the best representative of CVCC they are asking the CVCC Faculty, Staff, and Students, along with everyone in the Catawba Valley area to submit ideas of a new mascot to All submissions will be considered and submission of mascot ideas is open on Wednesday, February 26 and will go through Friday, March 21. The top ideas will be selected from the submissions and will be made public for a final vote on Wednesday, March 26 through Thursday, April 3. The selection of the new brand will be announced at CVCC’s annual Spring Fling hosted by SGA on Wednesday, April 9.

The current mascot for CVCC is the Buccaneers, and while this has served the community well in the past, the move into the new era of CVCC calls for a brand that encompasses the history and tradition of CVCC and of the Catawba Valley Region.

In the past years CVCC has seen a multitude of success in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and through our student organizations. CVCC has had national and state champions in academic programs such as Skills USA, cosmetology, and entrepreneurship. The CVCC athletics program has accumulated 12 Conference titles, 11 Region titles, 7 District titles, and 7 appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament in just the past 9 years. In the past 3 years we have had a least 1 team represent CVCC in the National Tournament.

Soph. #12 Bryson Bowman

Bucs Weekend Wrap-Up

Soph. #12 Bryson Bowman

Guilford Tech Weekend Wrap-up (Feb 8-9)

The #6 Bucs took on Division I Guilford Tech in a four game series this past weekend and walked away with the series sweep. Pitching and defense again ruled the weekend for the Bucs as they moved to 6-1 on the year.

The first two games of the slate were played on Saturday at the Bucs home field. The Bucs jumped on the Titans from Guilford Tech early putting 7 runs up in the first inning. This blow was just too much for the Titans as the Bucs went on to win Game 1 by a score of 9-3. Landon Fraley (1-0) earned the win only allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Sophomore Bryson Bowman led the way offensively going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs. Redshirt Sophomore Colby Dishmond added 2 RBIs on 2 hits and Sophomore Kurt Stabasefski gathered 2 hits as well.

Game 2 saw a pitching masterpiece from Freshman Justin Norton (1-1). Norton threw a complete game, 1 hit shutout and was dominant the entire game. Norton had 7 strikeouts and 0 walks. The returning sophomores led the way offensively and the Bucs won Game 2 by a score of 4-0. Bryson Bowman again went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI, Captain Sophomore Ryan Smith also went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Kurt Stabasefski went 1 for 2 with 1 RBI.

Games 3 and 4 were played on Sunday in Greensboro as the Bucs hit the road for the first time this season. The Bucs found the road a very fitting place as they displayed a dominant performance in Game 3 beating the Titans 14-0. The offense shined in this game however, pitching and defense stole the show. Sophomore Dustin Greene (1-0) was credited with the win but it was the combined effort of all the pitchers in Game 1 that had the Bucnation fans in attendance on the edge of their seats. Redshirt Freshman Brandon Norton, Dustin Greene, Sophomore Dallas Connor, and Sophomore Alex Embler combined for no hitter for the Bucs. (There will be more on the effort from this group later in the week on their special day.) Colby Dishmond led the way offensively for the Bucs going 2 for 2 with a homerun and 2 RBIs, Bryson Bowman went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, and both Ryan Smith and Kurt Stabasefski went 2 for 4.

Sophomore Dustin Batson (1-0) took the mound for the Bucs in Game 4 and only gave up 1 run on 4 hits. Batson earned the victory as the Bucs took Game 4 by a score of 4-1. Redshirt Freshman Shane Denton earned the 6 out save as he came in and shut the door on the Titan offense. The Bucs were led offensively again by Colby Dishmond who went 1 for 1 with 2 RBIs and Bryson Bowman who went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.

Bryson Bowman earned Player of the Week honors by going 8 for 13 with 7 RBIs. The South Caldwell product and Western Carolina commit provided an offensive spark to the team including timely hits and played exceptional defense all weekend.

The Bucs defense, in total, has only had 1 error through 7 games.

The Bucs are waiting to see when there next game will be as Cuyahoga Community College cancelled their upcoming series with the Bucs due to weather. If the Bucs are unable to find an opponent for next weekend’s games, their next game will be February 19th at Limestone College.

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Bucs Baseball Weekend Round-Up

Opening Weekend Louisburg Series Wrap-Up

The Bucs opened the 2014 campaign at home against longtime NJCAA Division I power, the Louisburg College Hurricanes, this past weekend. Louisburg is coming off a 34-15 year in 2013 and looks to contend for a World Series birth in 2014. The Bucs, who are dominant at home, continue the trend with winning the weekend series by claiming two out of three games.

The Bucs and the Hurricanes began play with a double header on Saturday. Landon Fraley started the first game and pitched 6 innings for the Bucs. Fraley settled in nicely after giving up 3 runs in the second inning, allowing the Bucs to cut into the lead. The Bucs scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th to give CVCC a 5-4 lead. Hunter King (1-0) got the win as he pitched the final 3 innings only allowing 1 run.

Justin Norton (0-1) started game the second game of the double header for the Bucs and pitched beautifully. Only one mistake by Norton led to a Louisburg 2-run home run giving the Hurricanes a lead that they would not relinquish. The CVCC offense struggled to provide the big hit leaving multiple runners on base throughout the game and ultimately lost 3-1.

Dustin Batson started the rubber match of the series on Sunday but struggled to find a rhythm in the first inning giving up 2 quick runs. Brandon Norton (1-0) entered the game in the second inning and dominated the Hurricane hitters for the final 8 innings. Norton gave up zero runs as the offense settled in behind him scoring 9 runs. The Bucs took game 3, and the series, winning 9-2.

Pitching and defense came up big for the Bucs this weekend holding Louisburg to only a .225 batting average on the weekend.

Top Offensive Performers

Clay Hodges (.615) led the way going 8 for 13 scoring 5 times. Trip Dunn (.500), who started Sunday behind the plate went 2 for 4. Colby Dischmond (.364) went 4 for 11 with an RBI and Kurt Stabasefski (.333) went 3 for 9 with an RBI. Ivan Acuna and Ryan Smith each drove in three runs in the series while Bryson Bowman led the weekend with 2 stolen bases.

The Bucs next series will be a four game series against Guilford Tech starting Saturday, February 8th. The Bucs will play at home on Saturday and travel to Greensboro on Sunday.