LMC Sports News..... (2018-08-12 13:49:35)

Softball announces the signing of 10 student-athletes for the 2019 season

BANNER ELK, N.C. – With the start of the 2018-19 academic year fast approaching, the Lees-McRae College softball team announced its incoming recruiting class on Friday. Overall, the Bobcats signed 10 student-athletes, including eight from North Carolina, one from Maine and one from Tennessee.

Skylar Edwards – Pitcher – Bear Creek, N.C. (Chatham Central HS)

Played for the Carolina Elite Travel Team
Struck out 220 hitters this past season on her way to winning the Conference Player of the Year Award
Intends to major in Nursing at Lees-McRae

Faith Cooke – Catcher/Third Base – Denver, N.C. (East Lincoln HS)

Also played on the Carolina Elite Travel Team with fellow Bobcat recruit, Skylar Edwards
A three-time All-Conference player in high school
Proposed psychology major at LMC
Bryanna Thomas – Centerfield/Infield – Kernersville, N.C. (Wesleyan Christian Academy)

Helped her high school team win three straight conference championships and a state title in 2016
Named Conference Player of the Year in 2018 and was also a member of the All-State team
Intends to major in nursing at Lees-McRae

Katelyn Wyatt – Third Base/Pitcher – Wilkesboro, N.C. (Wilkes Central HS)

Played for the Carolina Extreme travel team
A four-time All-Conference player
Will be a biology major while attending Lees-McRae

Elena Schusterick – Catcher/Third Base – Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden HS)

A player on the Tennessee White Lightning travel team
Born on July 28, 2000
Will enroll at LMC with the intent of majoring in Communications Arts and Design

Julie Gast – Shortstop/Second Base – Taylorsville, N.C. (Alexander Central HS)

A member of the Carolina Cardinals Traveling Team
Helped her team win a State Championship in 2018. Went 3-for-6 in the clinching victory
Undecided on a major at Lees-McRae

Lauren Hudgins – Catcher/Third Base/Outfield – Marion, N.C. (McDowell HS)

Played on the Firecrackers travel ball team based out of Asheville, N.C.
High School Teammate of current Bobcat, Karly McRary
Undecided on a major at LMC

Kayla Massey – Pitcher/Utility – Bangor, Maine (John Bapst Memorial HS)

Two-Time All-Conference Player
Played Soccer and Boy's Hockey in high school on top of softball
Will enroll in the nursing program at Lees-McRae

Brianna Wright – Centerfield/Utility – Whitsett, N.C. (Eastern Guilford HS)

Was named a scholar athlete
Will also play basketball for Lees-McRae
Proposed Biomedical Science major at Lees-McRae

Emily King – Outfield/Second Base – Kure Beach, N.C. (Eugene Ashley HS)

Team MVP in 2017
As a senior, King hit .250 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 20 games
Intends on majoring in health sciences at Lees-McRae

Brian Jorgensen named new Assistant Cycling Coach

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Lees-McRae College's Head Cycling Coach Tim Hall announced the hiring of Brian Jorgensen as the program's new assistant coach Wednesday afternoon. Jorgensen, who will help coach both the men's and women's cycling teams, is a 2014 graduate of Lees-McRae.

"Brian is wonderful addition to our staff and offers a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to our athletes," Hall said of Jorgensen. "As a graduate of our program and former volunteer coach, he understands what it takes to lead others and compete at a high level. I look forward to having Brian positively impact our athletes to help them reach their goals, on and off the bike."

Jorgensen brings more than 15 years of national-level racing experience in road, mountain and cyclocross disciplines to the Bobcat coaching staff. Since 2011, Jorgensen has served as a Youth Cycling Coach at the Bend Endurance Academy. Additionally, Jorgensen also was a volunteer assistant coach for LMC in the fall of 2014 and in the spring of 2015.

Jorgensen is set to officially begin his duties on August 27.

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Women’s Soccer adds two more student-athletes to the roster for 2018

BANNER ELK, N.C. – With the start of the 2018 Lees-McRae College women's soccer season a mere few weeks away, the team announced the signing of two more student-athletes that will take the pitch for the Bobcats this fall. The newest Bobcats are Hanna Rooney (Greenwood, S.C.) and Nicole Shapiro (Cornwall, N.Y.).

Hanna Rooney- Midfield- Greenwood, SC (Cambridge Academy)

About Rooney - A member of Lakeland Toro's Soccer Academy, Rooney holds the title of captain, team choice award, Offensive MVP, and All-Lakeland Player. This impact player for Cambridge Academy has been a positive attacking force for her four years there.

Off the pitch - Rooney is in the National Honor Society, a class representative, a member of the 'A' honor roll, student government treasurer, and holds art awards and recognitions. Rooney holds a high GPA with interests in arts and athletics.

Why Lees-McRae - "The campus is what caught my attention, but after attending the soccer ID camp, I realized the school was for me," said Rooney. "The players were friendly and seemed like a family. I am excited to become a part of such a supportive, welcoming school."

Coach's Take - "Hanna was a late addition to our recruiting class," said LMC Head Coach Kiko Magaña. "After getting her on campus and coaching her at our camp, we knew Lees-McRae would be a perfect fit for her. She has the qualities we look for in our incoming freshman class and she will play in important role for us in providing depth within our roster."

Nicole Shapiro- Midfield- New Windsor, New York (Southern Vermont College)

About Shapiro - Shapiro comes to the women's soccer program following in her graduated sister's footsteps, Megan. She is a transfer from Southern Vermont College instilling one year of collegiate playing experience with one goal and five assists, rookie of the week accolades, and 11th in the conference for assists. Previously, Shapiro played for New York Xtreme while playing ODP for five years as a two time captain. For high school, she was a four-year varsity letter and the MVP of varsity soccer.

Off the pitch - On the academic side, Shapiro is an aspired nurse dabbling as a SAAC representative while at Southern Vermont College. At Cornwall Central high she was a safe school ambassador, and youth in government.

Why Lees-McRae - "The close knit campus/community environment, women's soccer program, and location is why I chose Lees-McRae," said Shapiro. "My family has been vacationing in the area since I was little and I fell in love with the high country's view and atmosphere. I always knew this is where I'd end up and I am glad I have found the place that feels like home."

Coach's Take - "We look forward to Nicole joining us this fall," Magaña said. She transfers to us with previous college experience and that experience will be important to her success at Lees-McRae. She has proven to be a contributor on the flanks as she was very successful in her first collegiate year. Nicole's attacking flair will help us in our wing position for this fall."

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