College roundup: Kropp earns all-region spot, helps lead GTCC to national tourney

Former Polk County standout Hayley Kropp helps cut down the net after Guilford Tech earned the Region X/District J championship on Saturday (photo courtesy Teresa Kropp).

Former Polk County basketball standout Hayley Kropp earned all-Region X honors and also helped lead Guilford Technical Community College to the Region X/District J championship on Saturday in Hickory.

Kropp, Polk County’s all-time leading scorer, averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game in the regular season for Guilford Tech, who finished with a 25-3 record. She finished the season ranked fifth nationally in 3-point percentage, shooting 45.4 percent from being the arc.

In defeating region rival Cape Fear Community College on Saturday, Guilford Tech (28-3) earned a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s National Basketball Tournament, set for March 21-25 on the campus of North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark. Sixteen teams will compete in the national tournament.

APPALACHIAN STATE INDOOR TRACK: Mountaineer freshman Sean Doyle posted a season-best time of 1:57.51 in the 800-meter run at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational in February.

Doyle also took part in the 400-meter run at the Mountaineer Open Indoor Track Meet in January and posted a 53.85.

LEES-MCRAE INDOOR TRACK: Lees-McRae junior Matthew Darden had a busy day at the Conference Carolinas Indoor track and Field Championships on Feb. 19.

Darden placed 16th in the long jump with a mark of 18-11 1/2, 11th in the high jump with a leap of 5-8 and helped the Lees-McRae 4×400-meter relay squad take fourth in the conference with a time of 3:31.23.

MONTREAT INDOOR TRACK: Sophomore Eli Hall recorded a career-best time of 1:27.59 in the 600-meter run during the Appalachian Athletic Conference Challenge on Feb. 17.

Hall, who took sixth in the 600, also helped the Montreat 4×400-meter relay squad place sixth in the event with a time of 3:26.95.

WINGATE INDOOR TRACK: Junior J.C. Suddeth had a banner day of competition during the Finn Pincus Invitational in early February.

Suddeth recorded career indoor bests in the shot put, throwing 43-6 1/2, and hammer throw, posting a mark of 43-11 3/4.