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Quinn Kuhn from Lenoir-Rhyne was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Elite 18 honoree. This is a new award for the SAC and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who is competing at the final site of each of the Conference's 18 team championship sports


Kuhn, a sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y. carries a 3.89 GPA as a management major.


On the field, Kuhn finished the regular season with four goals and six caused turnovers for the Bears. He put 61 percent of his shots on frame to go along with eight ground balls.

The Queens Men’s Lacrosse Team (10-6) scored with three seconds left in the first overtime to take down No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2), 10-9, in the semifinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday at the Royals Athletic Complex.

The Royals’ Duncan Smith (Chittenango, N.Y.) scored as time was running out in the first overtime as Queens rallied from a 9-7 deficit with just under two minutes left in the fourth period to take the victory and advance to the league championship game.

Queens, who avenged an earlier loss to top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the regular season, will now compete in the finals against the winner of Tusculum and Wingate on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Royals were seeded fourth in the tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored three goals while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) both scored twice as the Bears saw their 12-game winning streak snapped.

Dickinson leads the league in goals scored (49) while both Dickinson and Hanlon rank first in the conference in points scored with 66. Junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Va.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 13 saves for the Bears, who held a 48-38 advantage in shots taken.

For Queens, Justin Swick (Easton, Pa.) finished with three goals while goalkeeper Anthony Valenza (Mount Airy, Md.) made 17 stops in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked second in the latest regional rankings, will wait and see if it earns a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in school history. The top four teams in each region make the playoffs.

Friday, 28 April 2017 07:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Wins in Walk-Off Fashion

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (45-9), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, won a thrilling 5-4 contest over Tusculum (27-24) in the opening round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday afternoon at Byerly Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), the league player of the year, hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs to help the Bears advance in the tournament. The Bears forced extra innings after scoring a run on an illegal pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second seed in the tournament, will take on third-seeded Newberry (32-16) on Friday at 10:00 a.m., while seventh-seeded Tusculum will face the number six seed, Wingate (25-24), on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m., as well. The Wolves bested the Bulldogs in eight innings by a 3-2 score in their opening round contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) had a two-run single while freshman pitcher Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) improved to 14-5 with the victory.

The Pioneers rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a four-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run single from Erica Hester (Kings Mountain, N.C.) but Taylor Plemons (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell to 12-13 after taking the setback.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (22-26) ended its season on a high note with a 10-2 victory over No. 21 UNC Pembroke (35-12) Wednesday night at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears snapped the Braves' 14-game winning streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year earlier in the day, improved to 10-4 after picking up the win.

St. Clair struck out five batters to increase his league-leading total to 116 while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) tied a school record with three doubles as the Bears ran off 10 straight runs to take the win.

Shoemaker's two-run double in the bottom of the second inning proved to be the game-winning hit while Lenoir-Rhyne then put the contest away with a five-run fourth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Josh Kent (Winston-Salem, N.C.) added a two-run double as the Bears ended the year by snapping a seven-game losing streak as well.

For UNC Pembroke, Hank Simpson (Holly Springs, N.C.) fell to 4-1 after taking the loss while Nick Debo (Durham, N.C.) had a run-scoring double in the losing effort.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
Statesville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 6
Patton: 2

St. Stephens: 8
Freedom: 7

South Caldwell: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 14
East Burke: 8

East Rutherford: 5
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 3
West Caldwell: 1

Maiden: 6
East Lincoln: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 17, 16
Statesville: 0, 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 16
Hickory: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 6
East Lincoln: 3

Newton-Conover: 2
Bunker Hill: 0

Non-conference:
Stuart Cramer: 7
Patton: 6

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 9
Statesville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
St. Stephens: 2
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 3
East Burke: 0

East Rutherford: 10
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 4
West Lincoln: 0

Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) became a three-time Sun Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.

After being announced Athlete of the Week last Friday, Hastings topped his performance in the 800-meter run on day one of the Duke Invitational with a time of 1:48.02 to break his own program record. The time was also a Duke Invite meet and facility record.

Only once before this season had someone posted a sub-1:50.00 time in the 800 meters, but now Hastings has accomplished that feat twice. His performance in the 800 last Friday is tops in the Sun Belt by over two seconds, while also ranking 28th in the country and 18th in the East Region.

Hastings was also a member of the fifth-place finishing 4x400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:21.18.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Thomas St. Clair has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.

St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., has a 9-4 record with a 2.21 earned run average and a conference-leading and school-record 111 strikeouts so far this season. St. Clair is the first league pitcher of the year in school history as well.

St. Clair's strikeout total also ranks third in the nation and his 17 strikeouts in a 9-0 complete game victory over Anderson on February 24 in Anderson, S.C., set a new program single-game mark as well.

St. Clair is a four-time conference pitcher of the week and a two-time region pitcher of the week this year and was named the NCBWA NCAA Division II National Pitcher Of The Week for his performance against the Trojans. In addition, St. Clair ranks second in school history in career strikeouts with 279, eight off tying the mark.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) was named to the 2017 SAC Gold Glove Team. Shoemaker ranks second on the team in batting average (.370) with a team-tying 70 hits while starting 46 games. Shoemaker, who earned the gold glove as the left fielder, has a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) in addition to three home runs and 30 RBI.

Lenoir-Rhyne (21-26) closes out the regular season tonight at home against No. 21 UNC Pembroke (35-11) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference

Baseball Honors

FIRST TEAM

OF – Luke Setzer, Catawba

OF – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial

OF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry

1B – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial

2B – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill

SS – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial

3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum

C – Zach Almond, Catawba

DH – Ben Herring, Newberry

SP – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne

SP – Zack Kelly, Newberry

SP – Ethan Carpenter, Tusculum

RP – Bryan Blanton, Catawba

SECOND TEAM

OF – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman

OF – Brett Brubaker, Mars Hill

OF – William Thomas, Anderson

1B – Nick Lacina, Tusculum

2B – Kyle Smith, Catawba

SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba

3B – Eric Kalman, Lincoln Memorial

C – Greg Jones, Carson-Newman

DH – Nick Coble, Catawba

SP – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba

SP –Tim Hardy, Tusculum

SP – Brandon Jean, Lincoln Memorial

RP – Griffin Hollifield, Coker

HONORABLE MENTION

OF – Mason Ewers, Lincoln Memorial

OF – Malachi Hanes, Catawba

OF – Jeremy Glore, Tusculum

1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba

2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum

SS – Tyler Miller, Anderson

3B – Brett Langhorne, Carson-Newman

C – Russell Clark, Lincoln Memorial

DH – Bradley Brown, Wingate

SP – Forrest Arnold, Coker

SP – Zac Brown, Mars Hill

SP – Evan Estridge, Newberry

RP – Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial

GOLD GLOVE

RF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry

CF – Danton Hyman, Newberry

LF – Marcus Shoemaker, Lenoir-Rhyne

1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba

2B – Cody Ezzell, Newberry

SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba

3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum

C – Jeff Sneed, Newberry

P – Zac Brown, Mars Hill

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Luke Setzer, Catawba

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Hunter Shepherd, Catawba

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Jim Gantt, Catawba

Jeff Sziksai, Lincoln Memorial

Statistical Champions

Team Batting Average – Catawba (.334)

Team Slugging Percentage – Catawba (.559)

Team On-Base Percentage – Lincoln Memorial (.415)

Team Doubles Per Game – Catawba (2.45)

Team Triples Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)

Team Home Runs Per Game – Catawba (1.64)

Team RBIs Per Game – Tusuclum (7.11)

Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Mars Hill (1.69)

Team Earned Run Average – Tusculum (4.32)

Team Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (10.6)

Batting Average – Luke Setzer, Catawba (.425)

On-Base Percentage – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial (.516)

Slugging Percentage – Zach Almond, Catawba (.736)

Home Runs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.34)

RBIs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (1.27)

Runs Scored Per Game – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial (1.40)

Doubles Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.44)

Triples Per Game – Justin Dean, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.14)

Stolen Bases Per Game – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill (0.65)

Earned Run Average – Griffin Hollifield, Coker (1.50)

Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (13.38)

Pitching Victories – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (9)

Appalachian State University women's tennis head coach Blake Mosley will bring in four new Mountaineers in his first recruiting class as the head coach at App State.

The Mountaineers will bring in three international athletes in Sandra Anglesjö (Sweden), Teodora Sevo (Serbia), María José Zacarias (Mexico) and Georgia native, Emily Gaskins (Marietta). The quartet will look to help App and the six returning Mountaineers next season. All four athletes are capable of helping the team win immediately.

“Coach Schwartz and I are extremely excited about our first recruiting class here at App State,” mentioned Mosley. “We feel these four athletes will add a wealth of experience and depth to our returning squad. Throughout our recruiting process, we stressed the core values of App State Athletics and the vision of our program going forward. This class has bought into taking App State women's tennis to new heights.”

Sandra Anglesjö | 5'8 | Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden | Fria Läroverken, Norrköping
Playing a pivotal role for her Swedish team back home, her squad was successful in the first division where they advanced to the Swedish Champion playoffs for all Swedish teams, finishing in the top four amongst all squads. Sandra has one ITF doubles title, a G4 in Kramfors, Sweden. Anglesjö is currently not ranked but reached a career-high combined ranking of 860 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) last year.

Mosley on Anglesjö:
“Sandra was our first commitment here at App. After watching her train down in Miami over Christmas break, I offered her right away. Sandra is a strong lefty who embodies our values and vision at App.“

Teodora Sevo | 5'5 | Poljoprivredna škola sa domom uńćenika Futog | Futog, Serbia
At 14, Sevo won the U16 Serbian Cup and captured the U18 Serbian Cup two years later. In 2014, Sevo was the number one U18 Serbian player and was ranked first in the Serbian Junior rankings.

Mosley on Sevo
“Teodora will also add more depth to our lineup. Although she does not have as much international experience as our other recruits, with the number of top WTA players coming out of Serbia, we feel fortunate to have a former top No. 1 Serbian Junior coming to play for us. Her work ethic on and off the court will help us solidify the culture change we initiated this past season.“

María José Zacarias | 5'5 | La Loma Centro Deportivo | San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Zacarias was the fourth-ranked junior in Mexico in 2016. She captured three ITF tournament titles in doubles, two G4's and a B3 while reaching the singles final at a Grade B3. Maria has won several national tournaments and picked up one WTA point two years ago. Zacarias is currently ranked 1143 in ITF with a career-high ranking of 337 last February.

Mosley on Zacarias:
“Maria also brings a wealth of international experience to Boone. With her doubles skills especially, we will be in contention for every doubles point. Her hard work and dedication to her game will only increase our overall level.”

Emily Gaskins | 5'8”| Walton High School | Marietta, Ga.
As a freshman and sophomore, Gaskins won the 6A doubles title with her twin, Grace, as well as the team championship. In her junior season, Gaskins won another 6A Championship and team title. In the 16's, Gaskins was ranked ninth in Georgia and 40th in the Southern Region. Emily and Grace reached the semifinals of the prestigious Southern's Tournament in 2015. Emily will join App State as a walk-on in 2017.

Mosley on Gaskins:
Emily will bring a ton of energy and enthusiasm to our team this next year. Emily will excel in our environment and hopefully reach her full potential as a student-athlete.

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