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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:33

Appalachian State Baseball Contest Postponed

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Because of forecasts for continued rain, today's home baseball game against UNC Asheville has been postponed.
The Mountaineers will return to action Wednesday as the home team in a nonconference game against Gardner-Webb in Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark. First pitch in the Charlotte Knights' downtown stadium is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Kenley has been named to the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Player of the Year Watch List. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Kenley, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., has a 21-3 record on the year with a 1.45 earned run average, five shutouts and 106 strikeouts. Kenley leads the South Atlantic Conference in both victories and earned run average.

This group of student-athletes is represented by 20 different programs and 13 conferences. Ten student-athletes from the original Top 50 “Watch List” made the cut with the final group consisting of nine seniors, nine juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.

The Top 10 finalists will be announced on Tuesday, May 15, with the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on Monday, June 4.

The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II.

Lenoir-Rhyne (42-7, 19-1), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II and second in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, will be the top seed in the 2018 SAC Championship and will face eighth-seeded Carson-Newman (29-19) in the quarterfinals on Friday in Anderson, S.C., at 12:30 p.m.


2018 Schutt Sports NFCA NCAA Division II

Top 25 Player of the Year Watch List


Rosa’Lynn Burton, So., OF, Wilmington

Megan Deiter, Jr., P, Washburn

Haley Gilham, Sr., P, Chico State

Brooke Goad, R-Sr., OF, Southern Arkansas

Kinsie Hebler, So., UTIL/P, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Brooke Hodgson, Sr., UTIL, Colorado Mesa

Mariah Jameyson, Sr., C, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Amber Johns, So., P, North Georgia

Jamie Johnson, Sr., 3B, UNC Pembroke

Emily Kenley, Jr., P, Lenoir-Rhyne

Allison Lipovsky, Jr., P, Grand Valley State

Brandy Marlett, Sr., P, Angelo State

Jessica Mohl, Sr., SS, Valdosta State

Kylee Moore, Jr., INF, West Texas A&M

Taylor Moran, So., 1B, Lee

Callie Nunes, Fr., P, Concordia Irvine

Samantha Reilly, Jr., C, Georgian Court

Christa Reisinger, Jr., OF, Truman State

Hannah Schmoll, Sr., OF, Minnesota Duluth

Kylee Smith, So., P, North Georgia

Victoria Taylor, So., P, Southern Arkansas

Hannah Thieroff, Jr., DP/1B, California Baptist

Suka Van Gurp, Jr., INF, West Texas A&M

Kelsey Vining, Sr., OF, Montevallo

Kaylynn Wheeland, R-Jr., DP, Bloomsburg

For the fifth time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ryan Crompton has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.

Crompton, a senior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., made nine saves in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15-7 win over Coker in the regular season finale this past Saturday at Moretz Stadium. The victory helped the Bears clinch the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the third straight year.

Crompton, the Bears’ all-time leader in saves (469), leads the league in save percentage (57.3) and ranks second in stops with 169. Crompton was a 2018 preseason all-conference honoree and earned the weekly league defensive honor for the 11th time in his collegiate career.

Lincoln Memorial’s Adam Golia was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (15-1, 8-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II and No. 1 in the recent South Regional poll, is the top seed in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will play in the semifinals on Friday at 11:00 a.m., in Wingate, N.C.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:22

Hickory Crawdads Rained Out on Monday Night

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Monday's Hickory Crawdads series opener against the Greensboro Grasshoppers has been rained out. The game will be made up as part of a double header on Wednesday, April 25th. The first game will start at the regularly scheduled time of 10:30am and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Tickets for Monday's game can be redeemed for any other Crawdads regular season home game during the 2018 season. An upgrade will be required for July 3rd and Christian Concert dates (April 28th and July 21st).

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Toby Webb Coach of the Year Awards. The Toby Webb award recognizes two coaches annually, one male and one female. Amber Reddick from Freedom and Roy Cooper from Apex have been selected as this year’s winners.


Since 2006, the Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award seeks to recognize and honor coaches who have had an impact on the lives of student-athletes, and students in general, by encouraging them to succeed, helping to develop self-confidence, ambition, a sound work ethic, and other skills necessary for success in the students’ later lives. Consideration is also taken for coaches with a record of encouraging student-athletes to be well-rounded and display excellence in the areas of scholarship, citizenship, and music among many others.


Each recipient of the Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award is recognized at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill. They also receive a $2,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque.




Amber Reddick has been coaching at Freedom High School in Morganton for 17 years now. For the last 14 years she has piloted the Women’s Basketball Program, enjoying much success. Her women’s hoops teams have piled up five conference championships, made four regional appearances, and won a 3A State Championship in 2016. She has posted 20+ wins in each of the last 10 seasons, with first round playoff wins in each of the last 12 years. Reddick has been named conference coach of the year three times.


In addition to her success on the court, Coach Reddick has picked up the head coaching position for Women’s Tennis for the last two years. She has been named a District or regional Coach of the year, an NFHS State Coach of the Year Award winner and an Associated Press Coach of the year and was nominated for the MaxPreps National Coach of the Year Award by the NC Coaches Association. In her first 13 years as head coach at Freedom, she helped 15 athletes achieve their dreams of getting a scholarship to play basketball at the collegiate level.


Ali Ford played for Coach Reddick from 2005 until 2009 at Freedom and she said, “[Reddick] was always there for all her players but being the point guard, it seemed like I found myself in her classroom on a daily basis talking scouts and strategy. As I got older, the talks turned from being mostly about the game, to mostly about life, seeing the bigger picture to everything.




Roy Cooper has coached Track and Field and Cross Country for 33 years. The Apex High School Coach has served at the school since 1984 when he was hired as a teacher and Athletic Director. During his tenure he has also served as an assistant with the women’s basketball team and as the school’s first women’s soccer coach. Cooper became Head Coach of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams in 1985.


During his years with the Cougars, his teams have posted an overall record of 1136-318-1 while winning 46 Conference Championships and finishing top 10 in the State 59 times. He has State Championship participants in 94 consecutive seasons, spanning the fall with Cross Country, winters with Indoor Track and spring with Outdoor Track.


In addition to his athlete’s success on the track, Cooper has served as Regional or State Meet Director on 30 different occasions. He has also been the Meet Director for the Apex Lion’s Relays for the last 33 years. Cooper has worked at the National High School Outdoor Track and Field Championships the past 18 years, while serving at the National High School Cross Country Championships in each of the last 13 seasons.


Megan O’Donnell, an assistant coach with Coach Cooper at Apex, said, “The definition of a coach usually includes words such as ‘instruct, guide, lead, mentor, tutor’, and the best coaches perform most of these roles. [Cooper] performs these roles and so many more.” She continued, “Five years after coaching our daughter, Roy was offering words of encouragement to our son, despite him competing against Coach Cooper’s Apex High teams. Unlike our daughter, our son wasn’t always as committed to running, but being around Coach Cooper and the environment Roy helped foster, where it starts with the team and there is a bigger life purpose that ‘what’s in it for me?’, our son stuck with distance running. He went on to run in the 2011 Brooks PR Mile Invite and competes for UNC where he has developed into one of the top runners in the country.”



2006 - Hal Capps, Western Alamance & Carolyn Rogers, Perquimans

2007 - Patty Evers, East Bladen & Mickey Lineberger, South Point

2008 - Cindi Simmons, Smoky Mountain & Tom Evaul, Avery County

2009 - Vickie Peoples, Enloe & Norman Trzaskoma, R.J. Reynolds

2010 - Debra Philyaw, Jones & John Moon, Eastern Alamance

2011 - Zoe Bell, Ardrey Kell & Ray Horton, Pender

2012 - Sherry Norris, Chapel Hill & Terry Frazier, Roanoke Rapids

2013 - Sandra Martin, Providence & Eddie Rivers, Forest Hills

2014 - Wendy Gaines, Triton & Michael Gainey, Rocky Mount

2015 -Scott Braswell, Hoggard & Natalie Tribble, North Iredell

2016 – Darlene Joyner, Northwest Guilford & Johnny Sowell, Monroe

2017 – Sue Moon, North Henderson & John Gray, Charles E. Jordan


The King Softball Team (27-17) cooled off No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne (42-7) with a doubleheader sweep, 2-1 and 4-3, Friday afternoon at Tornado Field. The Tornado walked off with the win in both contests. Lenoir-Rhyne also saw its 16-game winning streak come to an end.

In game one, King’s Katie McCann (Mount Carmel, Tenn.) came through with the walk-off, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) hit her fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning.

King’s Leslie Odom (Morristown, N.C.) (16-4) earned the complete game victory while junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) fell to 19-4 on the season after seeing her 15-game winning streak come to an end.

In game two, King’s Hannah Riddle (Greeneville, Tenn.) broke a three-all tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with the game-winning RBI single.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) tallied four hits and an RBI despite the loss.

On the mound, Rachel Farmer (Corryton, Tenn.) (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) fell to 21-3 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne has still won 40 of its last 44 games despite being swept by King. The Bears haven’t been swept since March 22, 2017, against Wingate.

Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked No. 2 in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship which begins on Saturday, April 27, in Anderson, S.C.

Monday, 23 April 2018 06:39

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Drops Weekend Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (26-20, 12-13) suffered a 13-7 setback to Coker (17-24, 6-19) Friday night in the opening game of a South Atlantic Conference weekend series at Bears Field.

Trailing by a 2-0 score after three innings of play, the Cobras took control by scoring 10 of the game’s next 12 runs. Coker was led by Thomas Lopez (St. Cloud, Fla.) and Charlie Burguieres (Greensboro, N.C.) with two hits and three runs batted in to lead the visitors on offense.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Falls Church, Va.) totaled three hits and three runs batted in, redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.) had three hits and scored twice and sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) added a solo home run in the losing effort.

LR walked 11 batters while six of the Cobras’ 13 runs were unearned. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 8-2 after taking the loss while Coker’s Griffin Hollifield (Falls Church, Va.) (4-3) earned the win.

With five strikeouts on the night, Lenoir-Rhyne raised its league-leading total to 386.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams both finished third overall at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championships which wrapped Friday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.


The women’s team finished with 127.5 points while the men’s squad totaled 113 points. Wingate (206.5) and Queens (240.5) captured the women’s and men’s 2018 league titles, respectively. The Bulldogs took their second straight league championships while the Royals finished first for the fourth consecutive season.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) was named the 2018 SAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 200-meter dash (21.18) and taking first as part of the Bears’ 400-meter relay squad (a program-record 41.17). The squad also consisted of senior T.J. Smith (Charleston, S.C.), junior C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) and sophomore Kaynmon Maddox (Hickory, N.C.).


Lotharp also finished second in the 100-meter dash (10.38, unofficial) and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team (school-record 3:18.47) which was also runner-up.


In addition, sophomore Jaquay Mitchell (Middlesex, N.C.) established a new school mark in the men’s triple jump (48’4”). Mitchell finished second in the event and also provisionally qualified for nationals.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Anthony Brown (Jacksonville, Fla.) captured league honors in the men’s decathlon with a school-record 5,192 points.


On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.) took gold in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.37 seconds while senior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) won the discus (142’9”). Salamon wins the women’s discus at the league championship for the third time in her career.


Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the Aggie Last Chance Meet on Sunday, May 13, in Greensboro, N.C., on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.


2018 South Atlantic Conference

Outdoor Track and Field Championships

April 19-20 – FINAL RESULTS

Charlotte, N.C.

Irwin Belk Complex


Johnson C. Smith University, host



1. Wingate 206.5

2. Queens 200

3. Lenoir-Rhyne 127.5

4. Coker 95

5. Carson-Newman 49

6. Lincoln Memorial 40

7. Anderson 36

8. Mars Hill 20

9. Tusculum 19

10. Catawba 12

11. Newberry 10



1. Queens 240.5

2. Wingate 171

3. Lenoir-Rhyne 113

4. Carson-Newman 81

5. Anderson 56

6. Coker 38

7. Lincoln Memorial 36

8. Mars Hill 32

9. Catawba 16.5

10. Tusculum 16

11. Newberry 15


SAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year - Hannah Wolkenhouer, Queens

SAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year - Vanisha Wiltshire, Wingate

SAC Women’s Freshman of the Year - To’mara Carmichael, Queens

SAC Women’s Coach of the Year - Travis Lefluer, Wingate


SAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year - Martin Nauer, Queens

SAC Men’s Freshman of the Year - Martin Nauer, Queens

SAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Year – P.J. Lotharp, Lenoir-Rhyne

SAC Men’s Coach of the Year - Jim Varencamp, Queens

Colin Schmid set the tone with a strong start, CJ Brown gave Appalachian State an early boost with a home run and Joel McDaniel provided insurance with a ninth-inning homer as the Mountaineers began their Sun Belt Conference series at ULM with a 4-1 victory Friday.

Schmid (3-4) allowed five hits, including two infield singles, and struck out six batters while allowing only an unearned run in 7.2 innings. Kaleb Bowman recorded a strikeout to end the eighth inning after he entered the game with two ULM runners aboard, and Luke Watts posted his fifth save by stranding three baserunners in a scoreless ninth.

Watts had two strikeouts, and the game ended on a chopper to second baseman Bailey Welch, who flipped the ball to McDaniel for a force at second.

Offensively, Brown returned from injury to hit his team-leading fourth home run, which gave App State a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

In his return to the starting lineup, Kendall McGowan scored on a two-out single in the fifth inning from Alex Leshock, who came to the plate after Beau Myers’ single moved McGowan to third. ULM responded with a run in the bottom half of the fifth courtesy of a two-out error.

The Mountaineers maintained their 2-1 edge until catcher Riley Smith, also back from injury, led off the ninth with a single and scored on the second career homer, an opposite-field shot to right, from McDaniel.

Smith led App State with two hits in four at-bats, and pitcher-turned-outfielder Bobby Hampton stole a base for the first time in his three-year college career.

Schmid, who has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his 10 starts this year, retired the side in order four times in the first six innings Friday. He struck out the side in the fourth inning.

ULM had two runners in scoring position with one out in the third, but third baseman Drew Beck’s backhanded stop and throw home to Smith erased the lead runner, and Schmid blocked a comebacker while facing center field and threw to first for the third out.

The Warhawks had runners at the corners with two away after they scored the unearned run against Schmid in the fifth, and Smith threw to second to stop a potential steal. Welch caught the throw and fired back home to Smith, who tagged out the lead runner.

The Mountaineers shut out ULM over the final four innings, escaping the ninth-inning jam unscathed.

It did it again, for the second time in four seasons, No. 7 seed Appalachian State University men's tennis pulled off an upset against a higher-seeded team. This time, it was against second-seeded Louisiana in a 4-2 win on Friday evening at Peachtree Tennis Center.

The match came down to the wire, where the final two contests went to a third set.

With the win, the Mountaineers ensure a winning season for a third straight season.

"We couldn't be more proud of the team tonight," Jack Maddocks said. "All season, we've battled adversity, and the guys fought tonight to get this win."

After the Ragin' Cajuns won the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead, the top three courts for the Mountaineers claimed the three contests for the victory.

With the match tied 2-2, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) bounced back from a second-set loss to Nico Sojka, which would force a match-deciding third set. From there, the sophomore came away with a timely 6-3 win to put App ahead, 3-2.

Just moments later on Court No. 3, Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) was up 5-4 and clinched the victory for App on the next game against Arthur Libaud. The freshman was clutch the big stage in his first Sun Belt Tournament match, as he needed to come back from a one-set deficit to force a third frame.

Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) started the comeback when he dealt Elio Lago a hard-earned 6-3, 6-4 victory to tie up the contests.

Webster had a big day where he and Bargeron clinched doubles over Lago/Vlad Kramarov, 6-2, to hand App a 1-0 advantage.

Webster and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) gave the Black and Gold an early edge when it cruised to a 6-1 triumph over Pearce Dolan/Pierce Giheany.

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