HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team has released its upcoming 2019-20 schedule.
The Red Hawks kick off their winter campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in a road scrimmage at Spartanburg Methodist. It marks the first of two scrimmages in the preseason, including a home scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 18 against Mount Zion Prep at the Tarlton Complex.
"We have a very competitive schedule this year," said Catawba Valley head men's basketball coach Bryan Garmroth. "With 12 teams in the region, there are 22 region games. That leaves very little time to breathe. Region 10 is always very balanced and extremely tough."
The Catawba Valley men's basketball team officially opens its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 at home against Brevard College JV.
November is a busy month for the Red Hawks, who play two games each against rival Caldwell and conference foe Pitt.
"We have Caldwell — who is always very good — twice in November, and we play Pitt —who won our league — twice in November," Garmroth said. "Two league games in November is not an ideal situation, but with as many teams as we have in the region, scheduling is tough."
New to the Red Hawks' schedule this winter will be two out-of-state opponents, including Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville (Md.) on Sunday, Nov. 24 and Pasco-Hernando State College (Fla.) on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Both match ups will take place at the Tarlton Complex.
"We will also play CCBC-Catonsville from Maryland, and Pasco-Hernando from Florida at home," Garmroth said. "It will be good to see two teams from different areas."
Catawba Valley will also once again host its annual CVCC Classic on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, playing against Central Carolina and Johnston community colleges.
When the calendar year turns over to 2020, the Red Hawks resume conference play with their 17 remaining Region 10 games, including 10 in January and seven in February, before starting Region 10 tournament play.
This year's Region 10 men's basketball tournament is being held at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C.
"I think this is probably the toughest schedule we have had in my time at CVCC," Gamroth said. We will be tested right off the bat in November. The freshmen will definitely be thrown into the fire quickly. Our goal will be to improve every day, and playing good competition is the best way to make that happen."
For a complete look at the Catawba Valley men's basketball schedule, please visit www.gocvcc.com/sports/mbkb/2019-20/schedule