College Athletics in the Catawba Valley Region

Lenoir-Rhyne University, in Hickory, North Carolina, hosts many athletic events.  They offer lacrosse, baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and track and field events.

LRBears is the official site for Lenoir Rhyne athletics. You can also follow the bears on Facebook.

2011 is the Inaugural Season for Lacrosse at L-R. The roster of 29 players has recently been announced. “We are very proud of our inaugural team,” said Paradine, head Lacrosse coach. “With nine states represented in this class, we have scoured the country to bring in a tremendous group of young men.” The schedule features 15 matches, with 8 at home. The season opens on February 12, 2011.

The L-R softball team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Champions. Last season, they were the regular season and tournament champions, and they finished the year with a best-ever 53-9 record. In school history, the team has captured six conference championships, and they are looking to win the seventh.

This year, 2 L-R juniors, Chandler Rearden and Le-Quan McCorkle, have been named to the 2010 NCAA Division II Don Hansen All-American Football Teams. This is the third All-American Team Rearden has been a part of. These players helped Lenoir-Rhyne lead NCAA Division II n rushing (319.5 yards per game) this year.

Community and school support has allowed for an  increased number of sports played  in the last few years. It is common for games to be packed, so get your tickets early!