Rachel Lalonde to Radford

Rachel LaLonde (23) drives the ball during North Iredell's first-round playoff victory over North Buncombe this past season.

Radford University has added recent North Iredell High School graduate Rachel LaLonde to its 2019 recruiting class for women’s basketball.

A first-team member of the R&L All-County Girls Basketball team, LaLonde averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 steals as a senior. The 6-foot-1 forward helped the Raiders get to the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state playoffs before they suffered a 49-47 loss at the buzzer to Asheboro and finished 19-6 overall.

“Rachel LaLonde is a welcomed addition to our women’s basketball program,” said Radford coach Mike McGuire, the two-time reigning Big South Conference Coach of the Year.

“In my opinion, Rachel flew way under the radar in this region and we feel like we have a diamond in the rough,” McGuire continued in a prepared statement released to the media. “Rachel is a skilled, versatile forward that is comfortable playing different positions on the floor. Along with her versatility, I love her competitive mindset and toughness. Rachel has a huge upside and will have an opportunity to contribute as soon as she steps on campus.”

LaLonde eclipsed 1,100 points during her North Iredell career primarily playing small forward and power forward. She was named All-North Piedmont Conference and second team All-District in her final season.

In the classroom, LaLonde earned a 3.74 grade point average as a member of the National Technical Honors Society.

“I really like the supportive coaching staff and the welcoming campus,” LaLonde noted in the university press release when asked why she chose Radford. “I am very competitive and want to win, and I know that the coaches and players at Radford deliver wins.”

The Highlanders are coming off a historic season in which they won a school record 26 games, including 17 in the Big South. Radford reeled off a program-record 18 straight victories prior to losing to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

LaLonde became the second North Iredell basketball player from this past season to select a Virginia college to further their career.

Just up the road from Radford will be Addie Pennell. The R&L County Girls Basketball Player of the Year signed with Roanoke College.

County softball players earn All-State recognition

Nine Iredell County players were named to the N.C. Softball Coaches Association (NSCA) All-State teams this season. Mooresville High freshman shortstop Ellie Goins highlighted that list. The R&L County Softball Player of the Year was named the West region Player of the Year in 4A. She was also recently named to the 2019 MaxPreps Freshman All-American Softball Team.

Joining Goins on the NCSCA 4A All-State team were Mooresville’s Hailey Lane (second base), Kali Morton (pitcher), Mariah Pearson (left fielder) and Jentri Meadows (catcher).

South Iredell shortstop Kelby Goodrum was named to the NCSCA 3A All-State team.

The NCSCA 1A All-State team featured three Pine Lake Prep players: third baseman Reagin Luby, shortstop Ashley Marchitelli and left fielder Sarah Sweitzer.

SHS volleyball summer camp set

Statesville High School will host its annual youth volleyball camp July 29-31. It is for rising third through eighth graders and will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Campers will be grouped based upon ability so everyone will learn new skills and grow in their game.

Statesville head coach Denise Hayes will serve as the camp director, and her staff will include her assistant coach as well as past and present Greyhounds players.

The cost is $40. Checks should be made payable to SHS VOLLEYBALL prior to July 26. Cash only on the day camp begins.

The money covers a camp T-shirt, skill development, offensive and defensive strategies, as well as terminology and rules.

For more information contact Hayes at dhayes@iss.k12.nc.us.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please keep it clean, turn off CAPS LOCK and don't threaten anyone. Be truthful, nice and proactive. And share with us - we love to hear eyewitness accounts.