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There were more runs than hits for the Bears, but the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took advantage of Crusader mistakes to a 12-8 home victory to split the midweek series against the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey on Wednesday night.

Lenoir-Rhyne spread the wealth as it pertains to hits, but Hunter Jackson was dominant at the plate, recording three hits, two of which were doubles, all while driving in two and scoring three himself. Grant Fuller and Caleb Beatty join Jackson with two runs batted in for the game. Will Jones did not record a hit but had the batters eye working as he drew a season-high three walks.

The Bears sent Matt Ranson out to start the game but took him out after 2.0 innings of work. Michael Allen came onto the mound in relief, earning his first win of the season after working 4.0 innings, giving up just one run and three hits plus fanning four batters in the process.

Belmont Abbey was led at the plate in the top of the order by Richard DeLaCruz, who finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored. Hitters one through five in the lineup went 8-for-16 (.500) in the game. Ben Gobbel, Mason Dodd and Derrick Dabney each finished with two RBIs on the night.

The Bears take the 2-1 lead in the season series against the Crusaders with the final game between the two teams set for March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne has now scored 10 or more runs six times this season and are undefeated when doing so.

With the win the Bears snapped their four-game losing skid.

The Bears improve to 12-16. L-R will prepare for a four-game road swing with a three game series starting at Georgia Southwestern that is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team held a 10-7 lead late in the third quarter but No. 10 Queens rallied and sent the game into overtime with a goal with 13 seconds left in regulation. Jesse Oliver would net the game-winner with 2:07 left in overtime.

Joe Buduo scored a season-high four goals and is now in third in program history with 114 career goals. Buduo, who is the reigning South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, added an assist a ground ball and a caused turnover.

Eric Dickinson, who is fourth all-time in team history with 111 goals, netted a hat trick with all of his goals coming in the first half.

Ben Austin scored twice in the game and added an assist. On the defensive end, Connor Stanley finished with five caused turnovers and grabbed six ground balls. Weston Bimstefer also added six ground balls for the Bears.

Queens scored five of the game's final six goals to complete the comeback victory. Taking advantage of an LR turnover, Queens' Reed Murphy sent the game to OT with a goal in the final seconds. The game-winner was slowed down by LR goalie Noah Johnson but it eventually trickled past the goal line to give Queens the win.

Queens held a 49-35 advantage in shots in the game and held a 33-31 advantage in in ground balls. Queens won 17 of the 25 face offs in the matchup.

The Royals were led by a hat trick from Quinn Tallant and got two goals and one assist from Murphy and Oliver.

Queens now owns the all-time series over LR 7-6. The Bears had won six of the last seven in the series before today's loss.

This is LR's fifth matchup against a nationally ranked team in 2019 as LR has played one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

Freshman goalie Noah Johnson, who was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week, made 12 saves for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Newberry for a 3 p.m. face off.

After posting the top 5,000-meter run time in the Sun Belt, Appalachian State distance runner Isaac Benz has been named Sun Belt Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

It marks the first Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week honor for Benz.

At the unscored season opening 49er Classic, Benz placed sixth of 27 runners in the 5,000-meter run invite with a PR time of 14:50.55. His time ranked as the fastest time in the Sun Belt during the opening weekend of competition and ranked as the 11th fastest time in the East Region.

His time is also the fastest time in the 5,000-meter run at App State since the 2016 outdoor season.

Benz and the Mountaineers will compete again on Friday at Saturday at the ADIDAS Winthrop Invitational.

After her stellar performance last week in Sun Belt play, Appalachian State University women's tennis senior Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual) was named the Sun Belt Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

Daniel earns her first weekly Sun Belt honor after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles play last week, helping the Mountaineers go unblemished with a 2-0 mark. App State earned a 4-2 win over Coastal Carolina on the road in the Sun Belt opener before defeating Arkansas State, 4-3. It's the first time since 2013-14 the Apps have won multiple league matches, while it's the first time since 2012-13 the Black and Gold have won back-to-back conference contests on the road.

The senior clinched the match in singles play against the Chanticleers on Court No. 4 in a 7-6, 6-4 win over Zduniak, Alicja, capping off a stellar day after her and Rebecca Morse won their doubles match. Against A-State, Daniel/Morse tied up the doubles portion with a 6-3 triumph against Amelia Guevremont/Pornpawee Pramethon. Later in the contest, Daniel served up a 6-2, 6-3 straight-set win against Anita Detlava in the No. 3 position.

Daniel is playing some of her best tennis right now, where she is 4-1 over her last five matches in singles and 6-1 in doubles.

App State is 8-4 overall and 2-0 in Sun Belt competition. The Mountaineers will host a pair of matches this weekend, facing 13-1 on Friday at 10 a.m. against South Alabama before facing Troy on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:35

High School Baseball Results From Tuesday, 3/19/19

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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 8
Hickory: 1

McDowell: 6
West Caldwell: 5

South Caldwell: 5
St. Stephens: 2

Watauga: 4
Freedom: 1

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 6
Draughn: 0

Fred T. Foard: 11
Hibriten: 5

Patton: 18
East Burke: 1

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 11
Lincolnton: 1

Maiden: 11
Lake Norman Charter: 10

West Lincoln: 2
Newton-Conover: 1

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:34

High School Softball Results From Tuesday, 3/19/19

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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 15
Hickory: 0

McDowell: 8
West Caldwell: 2

South Caldwell: 9
St. Stephens: 3

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 4
Draughn: 0

East Burke: 14
Patton: 10

Hibriten: 4
Fred T. Foard: 3

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 4
Lincolnton: 3

Maiden: 15
Lake Norman Charter: 0

Newton-Conover: 6
West Lincoln: 5

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 0 (4)
South Caldwell: 0 (1)

McDowell: 8
West Caldwell: 2

Watauga: 9
Freedom: 1

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 1
Bunker Hill: 0

Fred T. Foard: 4
Hibriten: 0

Patton: 3
East Burke: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lincolnton: 5
Bandys: 2

Newton-Conover: 4
West Lincoln: 0

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:19

Appalachian State Baseball Downs NC Central

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Brandon Boone started a shutout of North Carolina Central for the second straight year, and he had plenty of help Tuesday.

Boone, Cam Roberts, Evan Mauldin, Austin Primm and Kaleb Bowman combined on a three-hitter in a 13-0 home victory for Appalachian State, which scored three runs apiece in the second, third, fifth and eighth innings.

The Mountaineers (8-11) used 23 players overall and had seven stolen bases in the first five innings, including two steals from Alex Leshock and three from Tyler Leek, who scored four times. App State's 14 hits, coupled with five errors by N.C. Central (9-12), contributed to the lopsided result.

Boone, who was relieved by Bowman in a seven-hit shutout of the Eagles last season, struck out four batters and allowed one hit in three innings Tuesday before exiting because he had reached his designated pitch count. Roberts, who took the mound with a 6-0 lead, gave up one hit and struck out two batters in three scoreless innings.

Mauldin, Primm and Bowman each pitched an inning apiece to close out a victory in which N.C. Central didn't have a baserunner reach third.

Leek made a diving catch in left field, first baseman Robbie Young initiated a 3-6-1 double play, Drew Beck made an over-the-shoulder catch beyond first base and second baseman Luke Allison followed a diving stop and acrobatic flip for a ninth-inning forceout by starting a game-ending double play.

Offensively, App State had its leadoff hitter reach base in each of the team's last six at-bats, and 12 players had at least one hit for the Mountaineers. Leshock (2-for-2, two RBIs, two runs) and reserve catcher Hayden Cross (2-for-2) had multi-hit games.

Leek's first steal of the game, followed by a walk to Allison, a double steal and a hit by pitch, loaded the bases in the second inning for Luke Drumheller, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner following a hard-hit single by Kendall McGowan. Drumheller picked up his 19th and 20th RBIs of the season with a two-run single, and an unearned run gave Appalachian a 3-0 lead.

Young and Phillip Cole scored on an infield error in the third inning, and Leshock delivered an RBI single for a 6-0 advantage. Leshock had another RBI single in the fifth inning, and Riley Smith hit a two-run single for a 9-0 lead. Allison's sixth-inning sacrifice fly pushed the margin to double figures, and Kyle Decker's leadoff triple triggered a three-run eighth.

Facing his brother Ryan's team, Decker scored on an infield single from Beck, Leek scored on Andrew Terrell's fielder's choice with the bases loaded and CJ Brown raced home on an RBI single from Cross.

App State returns to action Friday with Game 1 of a Sun Belt Conference road series against Louisiana.

Standouts on the court, but more importantly in the classroom, more than half of the members of the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team have been honored for their academic successes.

The Red Hawks’ Milequa Eason, Ivy Eller, Tazah Hardin, Deja Ross, Iyonna Harris, Aniya Taylor and Danielle Rainey have all been named to the All-Academic Team for Region X — representing just under half of the 15-person team comprised of women’s basketball players from the entire 11-team conference.

“We take pride here at CVCC in striving for excellence in everything that we do — in the classroom as well as on the court,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England, who also serves as Learning Assistance Center Coordinator. “It’s going to take the girls making sure that they get their academics done to get to the next level. I stress that a lot — being a student first in student athlete as well as their character and integrity. That goes a long way.”

In order to quality for the Region X All-Academic Team, a student must have attained a 3.7 GPA after one semester of academic coursework or a 3.6 GPA with two or more semesters.

Four of the seven Red Hawks chosen to the Region X All-Academic team have 4.0 grade point averages — Eason, Eller, Hardin and Ross.

All seven athletes also made either the President’s List (3.75 or higher GPA) or Athletic Director’s List (3.74 to 3.2 GPA) last this past fall semester.

“I have some players that truthfully shouldn’t have ever been in college, but because they came in, worked hard, believed in the system and believed in me, they have put it all together,” England said. “I am so proud of them. I cannot be prouder as a head coach for the work that they have put in.”

Below is a look at the complete Region X All-Academic team:

2018-19 Region X All-Academic Team:

Cara Bailey, Brunswick

Shai Robinson, Brunswick

Milequa Eason, Catawba Valley

Ivy Eller, Catawba Valley

Tazah Hardin, Catawba Valley

Deja Ross, Catawba Valley

Iyonna Harris, Catawba Valley

Aniya Taylor, Catawba Valley

Danielle Rainey, Catawba Valley

Rayanna Davis, Clinton

Tee Dorsey, Clinton

Tammaria Smith, Lenoir

Faith Stroud, Lenoir

Harmony Davidson, Louisburg

Breelyn Clark, Wake Tech

 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:15

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls to Belmont Abbey

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took advantage of mistakes, scoring an efficient seven runs on seven hits, but it was not enough as the Bears fell to Belmont Abbey, 11-7, in the first of two midweek games this week.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Belmont Abbey fed off each other's mistakes as both teams combined for seven errors and 18 walks.

The Bears were led at the plate by Caleb Beatty (2-for-3, two walks) and Zack Shoemaker (2-for-5) while Grant Fuller managed a two-RBI double, accounting for two of the visiting team's five runs barred in on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne starter Brett Fulk took the loss, giving up six earned runs with just three hits given up and five free passes and he did not make it out of the second inning. His season record dropped to 2-1 on the season.

The Crusaders got a big night at the plate from catcher Zach Aehlert who finished with two base hits and four RBIs while Mason Dodd recorded a base knock with two more RBIs added to the box score.

The Bears and Crusaders have met up twice now this season and have split the contests, 1-1. There will be another game tomorrow and two more times in Hickory this season.

Kain Kiser was impressive in his 2.0 innings of work as he struck out a new season-high five batters in tonight's outing.

The Bears are ans 11-16 on the season. L-R will meet the Crusaders for their third time this season on Wednesday with first pitch at Bears Field set for 6 p.m.

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