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After being named D2CCA All-Americans, Lenoir-Rhyne football's Jaquan Artis and Jason Poe were tabbed as First Team Associated Press Division II All-Americans.

The team, presented by Regions Bank and released Wednesday, was selected by a panel of sports information directors and the AP.

Artis was named the Ron Lenz D2CCA Defensive Player of the Year as well as First Team All-American honors while Poe took home second team accolades.

Behind a season-high 32 points from Justin Forrest, App State men's basketball posted an 81-71 victory at South Alabama in its Sun Belt opener on Thursday evening.

The win marks the third time the Mountaineers (7-4, 1-0 SBC) have posted a win in their first conference game since joining the Sun Belt in the 2014-15 season. It also marks the second time App State has won its first road Sun Belt contest since joining the league.

The Black and Gold's seven wins through its first 11 games ties the program's best start since the 2009-10 season. In addition, it marks the fourth time since the 1999-00 season that the Mountaineers have won at least seven of their first 11 games.

In the victory, the Mountaineers shot 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the field, which is the second-best shooting percentage for App State this season, trailing only a 54.5 percent (24-of-44) output against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 16.

Forrest went 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) from the field and 9-of-10 (90.0 percent) from the free throw line. He added four rebounds, a season-high tying six assists and a career-high tying four steals. His 32-point scoring output marks the fifth time in his career he has scored 30 or more points in a game.

Isaac Johnson posted his second straight and fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Off the bench, Kendall Lewis had nine points and four rebounds, while James Lewis Jr. chipped in with seven points and three rebounds.

In the first half, South Alabama (6-5, 0-1 SBC) jumped out to a 17-11 lead and pushed its advantage to 24-17 with 7:44 remaining in the frame. App State countered with the next nine points to take a 26-24 lead. The Jaguars took the lead back and held a 39-35 advantage, before a basket by Lewis at the buzzer cut the South Alabama advantage to 39-37 at the intermission.

The Mountaineers scored the first seven points of the second half to jump in front 44-39. App State pushed its lead to nine points at 53-44 on a layup from Forrest with 15:53 left to play. The Jaguars trimmed the Mountaineers lead to three at 57-54, only to see the Black and Gold score the next five points to build a 62-54 advantage with 10:01 remaining.

Leading 64-60, App State went on an 8-2 run to open a double-digit lead at 72-62 with 1:16 to play. South Alabama pulled within seven points, but could get no closer as the Mountaineers closed out the victory.

The Black and Gold held a 34-28 edge in the rebounding battle and dominated the points in the paint battle, outscoring the Jaguars 52-24.

The Mountaineers continue Sun Belt play on Saturday with a road contest at Troy at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN+. The Black and Gold then close out non-conference action on Dec. 29 with a 4 p.m. contest at N.C State on ACC Network.

Friday, 20 December 2019 09:27

L-R Men's Swimming Finish Fifth at Spartan Invite

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming team wrapped up the most successful week in program history at Spartan Invite. Between the Men's and Women's team the week saw 37 record breaking swims, 26 team records broken and 12 NCAA 'B' cut times.

Coach Paul Schiffel after Day 4, "We finished one of the most outstanding meets of my 45 year career. And that of the LRU Bears."

Day 4 saw more records to fall. Micah McRea broke the school record on his way to a 4th place finish in the 200 breast. McRea time of 2:00.46 was good for another NCAA 'B' cut time. McRea now qualified for four events for Nationals this week.

However McRea was not done, in the last event of the evening McRea started off the 400 free relay with a :45.32. His time was good for a school record that Spencer Ashby broke earlier that evening. The 400 free relay finished 5th with a time of 3:03.50. The team consist of McRea, Ashby, Dillon Carey and Jacob Greene which broke the school record by over three seconds.

Overall the Bears finished 5th with a total of 315.5 points.

The Bears will return to the pool on Saturday January 4th at Barton.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming wraps up a very successful week at the Spartan Invite. The four day invite saw three Bears qualify for the NCAA championship.

Kimberly Scheiber led the way qualifying for four events. Joining Scheiber will be Lisa Boernigen and Lauren Rutherford. Rutherford qualified for two events while Borenigen one.

On Thursday evening, Day 4 saw three more records to fall. First Lisa Boernigen won the C final in the 100 free with a school record :52.32 but minutes later Lauren Rutherford won the B final with a new record of :52.19.

The Bears finished the event in style with a new school record in the 400 free. The team consisting of Scheiber, Boernigen, Rutherford and Elizabeth Bowman finished 6th in the A final of the 400 Free with a time of 3:33.58.

Overall this week combined with the Men's team the Bears saw 37 record break swims, 26 team records broken and 12 NCAA 'B' cut times this week in Clearwater.

Coach Paul Schiffel after Day 4, "We finished one of the most outstanding meets of my 45 year career. And that of the LRU Bears."

The Bears finished the competition in 5th place with a total 173 points.

The Bears will head to Barton on Saturday January 4th.

App State Athletics has received an anonymous $1 million pledge toward A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence, the comprehensive initiative that enhances every aspect of the Mountaineers’ athletics department.

“We are very thankful for this generous gift that is a boost to our ongoing efforts to enhance the educational and athletic experience of our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “The App State brand is expanding daily with the success of our student-athletes on and off the field. Our supporters continue to step up to the challenge of helping us reach new heights competitively and providing the Mountaineers a world-class experience.”

Launched in February 2017, A Mountaineer Impact is a drive to enhance athletics facilities, provide critical scholarship support and impact the overall athletics experience for student-athletes and fans, while strengthening campus and community engagement.

App State Athletics is incredibly grateful for the generosity shown through this leadership gift. In less than three years, the initiative has raised more than $40 million toward the $60 million goal.

Facility projects that are already underway include the north end zone facility and Appalachian 105. Updates on facility progress and ways to get involved can be found at

Appalachian State women's basketball suffered a 61-44 decision to Bethune-Cookman on the first day of the Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson at the Edmunds Center.

The Mountaineers drop to 2-7 while the Wildcats move to 7-3. Appalachian will conclude the tournament with a 1 p.m. contest against Canisius tomorrow.

Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) highlighted an App State offense that shot under 30 percent, scoring a game and season-high 21 points with four of her seven field goals from beyond the arc. It's the fifth-career game of 20 points for the senior with four of the 20-point performances coming on the road.

The Mountaineers and Wildcats were in a defensive battle in the first quarter with neither team shooting over 37 percent, while both teams combined for 15 turnovers. App trailed 11-9 going into the second period.

The second frame was a game of runs, as App's 6-0 spurt coupled with a 3:38 scoring drought by BCU gave the Black and Gold their largest lead of the game, 15-11. A Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) trifecta and three free throws by Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) led the charge. Then, BCU scored nine straight points followed by a quick 5-0 run that tied up the game 20-20. However, the Wildcats ended the half by scoring the final seven points over the final 3:42 to go into the break with a 27-20 lead.

A Polacek 3-pointer and a Stanley layup cut the gap to within one possession, 27-25. The defending MEAC Tournament champions put together an 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 38-25.

The Apps wouldn't go away as four different Mountaineers scored 16 of the next 24 points to slice the gap to five, 46-41, with 7:47 left in the game. Just when App was gaining momentum, BCU pulled away with a 6-0 surge and taking a double-digit lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

App State held a 35-32 edge on the glass including a 10-3 advantage on the offensive end, but mustered only five second-chance points. The Mountaineers also collected a season-high 12 steals with three different players collecting multiple swipes. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) led the team with seven rebounds. Stanley posted nine points, six rebounds and a team-high three assists.

Camary Harris led the Wildcats with 13 points, while six other players scored at least seven points.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 64
McDowell: 38

Watauga: 61
South Caldwell: 44

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 40
Bunker Hill: 34

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 55
Maiden: 37

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 61
McDowell: 46

Watauga: 70
South Caldwell: 50

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 54
Bunker Hill: 51

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Maiden: 59
Bandys: 45

Thursday, 19 December 2019 14:18

CVCC Baseball Announces 2020 Schedule

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team has officially released its 2020 schedule.

The Red Hawks start their 11th baseball season in program history on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a home doubleheader against DI USC Union. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

“We are very excited about the 2020 season and the opportunities to have our guys go out and face really good competition,” said CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “It’s a long season, and we are going to be tested, but we also get the opportunity to kind of see what we are made of and also put together a team and find the guys that we believe are going to give us the best chance as we go into regionals.”

New to the schedule this year will be a home-and-home match up with rival Caldwell CC&TI. The Red Hawks and DIII Cobras battle on the diamond for the first time on Wednesday, March 18 at Henkel-Alley Field before clashing again Wednesday, April 8 in Hudson.

Another addition to the schedule is a contest against new conference member Southwest Virginia. The Red Hawks travel to Richlands, Va. for a three-game Region 10 set on March 21-22.

For the first time in four years, the Red Hawks will also battle nearby Surry Community College. CVCC travels to Dobson to battle the DIII Knights in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 23.

The 2020 CVCC baseball schedule features 56 regular-season games, including 13 games in the month of February, 19 games in March and 21 games in April.

The final three games of the regular season take place May 2-3, 2020 on the road against Fayetteville Tech.

Following the regular season, the Red Hawks participate in the South Atlantic District tournament on May 7-11, 2020 in Burlington, N.C. with the winner advancing to the NJCAA World Series in Enid, Okla. from May 23-30, 2020.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of the year,” Rozzelle said. “We have a lot of high expectations out of this group — not necessarily in terms of wins and losses, but in terms of how we play the game. We are ready to get after it.”

Christina Shimshock was named a USC Scholar First Team All-American announced Thursday afternoon.

Shimshock, a senior defender from Asheville, N.C., just completed one of the best single season careers in LR history. Shimshock has played in and started every single game of her career. This year, she scored her first collegiate goal and led the Bears in assists with five. She helped lead LR to a program-best start of 9-0 and an overall record of 15-4 which secured the 2019 SAC regular season title.

Shimshock also becomes the first LR player to be named USC First team All-American in both academics and athletics.

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