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Sunday, 05 March 2017 23:21

L-R Men's Tennis Edged Out by Carson-Newman

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In one of the longest matches in recent memory, Carson-Newman (2-4, 1-1) prevailed over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-4, 1-3), 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School in a South Atlantic Conference match.

Two players for the Bears – sophomore Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) and junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) – won at both singles and doubles for the Bears despite the setback. The duo teamed at first doubles to defeat Carson-Newman's Stefano Daza and Rodolfo Schwarz by an 8-3 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on North Georgia on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., while Carson-Newman stays in league play to face Coker on the road on Saturday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Carson-Newman 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Joao Pedro Oliveria (C-N) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 7-6, 5-7, 6-3
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Rodolfo Schwarz (C-N), 6-3, 6-1
3. Marc Bantel (C-N) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Stefano Daza (C-N), 7-6, 6-2
5. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Gabriel Dabdab (C-N), 6-2, 6-2
6. Kevin Mendes (C-N) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Stefano Daza/Rodolfo Schwarz (C-N), 8-3
2. Joao Pedro Oliveria/Gabriel Dabdab (C-N) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 9-8
3. Jesus Barcete-Sanz/Marc Bantel (C-N) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-6

Records: Carson-Newman (2-4, 1-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-4, 1-3 SAC)

The Carson-Newman Women's Tennis Team (2-4, 1-1) picks up a 6-3 South Atlantic Conference victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-6, 1-3) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School.

The Bears won three singles matches but fell victim to the Eagles in all three doubles contests. Lenoir-Rhyne picked up victories and No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 singles.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts North Georgia on Friday at 2:00 p.m., while Carson-Newman takes on Coker in a conference match on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m., in Hartsville, S.C.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Carson-Newman 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Ali Harris (C-N) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
2. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Jill Corsato (C-N), 6-3, 6-7, 7-6
3. Alisa Liashova (C-N) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 6-2
4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Klara Vuckovic (C-N), 6-4, 6-2
5. Lindy Tatum (C-N) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-4, 7-6
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Sydney Ledington (C-N), 6-4, 3-6, 10-6

Doubles competition:
1. Ali Harris/Jill Corsato (C-N) def. Emily Murchland/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-4
2. Alisa Liashova/Klara Vuckovic (C-N) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-6
3. Lindy Tatum/Sydney Ledington (C-N) def. Jessica Rumple/Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-1

Records: Carson-Newman (2-4, 1-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-6, 1-3 SAC)

Appalachian State University wrestling took home second place at the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament with a score of 86.0 as a team on Saturday. Campbell was this year’s champion with 89.5.

The Mountaineers had eight wrestlers place and three qualify for the NCAA Championship in St. Louis, Mo.

2016-17 SoCon Wrestler of the Year Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) started off the heavyweight division with a bang, pinning VMI’s Thomas Shae-Roop in 30 seconds before getting the 20-4 technical fall win over SIUE’s Jake McKiernan. In the first place matchup, Dejournette battled with Campbell’s Jere Heino and won out his spot in the NCAA Championship by winning 7-4.

Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) began the 149-pound division with a 12-0 major decision over Joby Armenta of Gardner-Webb before narrowly defeating Ben Barton of Campbell with a 2-1 decision. Zovistoski then faced SIUE’s John Fahy for the first place batter where App State got the 6-5 decision victory, earning Zovistoski a ticket to the NCAA Championship.

At 125 pounds, senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) fell to Campbell’s Nathan Kraisser, 16-1, before Pasone bounced back to blast Gardner-Webb’s Landon LoAlbo with a 20-7 major decision. Pasone then got the third place and spot in the NCAA Championship by defeating Alonzo Allen in an 18-1 technical fall.

Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) started off the 133-pound bracket by downing The Citadel’s Andrew Szalwinski in a 9-1 major decision. Smith then got another major decision when he defeated Jonathan Ryan of Campbell, 12-1, to get to the first place bout. The freshman would fall to Chattanooga’s Chris Debian 7-4 in double overtime to finish second overall.

In the 141-pound division, Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) started off hot when he downed Gardner-Webb’s Ryan Hull with a 20-5 technical fall and a 16-1 tech fall over VMI’s John Reed to reach the match for first place. Facing Campbell’s Joshua Heil, Enriquez was unable to topple him, falling 10-2 to place second for the tournament.

Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) made quick work of SIUE’s Clayton Bass to start the 165-pound weight class before getting the narrow 1-0 decision win over Chattanooga’s Justin Lampe to proceed to the first place match. Facing Campbell’s Quentin Perez, Przybysz fell 8-4 to garner second place honors.

Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Bradley) pinned Ira Dent of Chattanooga in overtime (7:41) to advance to wrestle The Citadel’s Sawyer Root, but Diabe fell 13-1 in the major decision. In consolation, Diabe got the sudden victory, 3-1 win over VMI’s Taylor Thomas to battle for third place honors, which he was awarded due to injury forfeit.

At 184-pounds, David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) downed Davidson’s Konner Pritchard 8-1 before falling to Ville Heino of Campbell by one point, 6-5. Peters-Logue then pinned Chris Beck of VMI in 1:30 to play Gardner-Webb’s Hunter Gamble to set up the third place matchup. Gamble stretched the lead over Peters-Logue and he wasn’t able to battle back, falling 13-4 to finish fourth overall.

In the 174-pound division, Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt) fell to SIUE’s Jake Residori before downing VMI’s Shabaka Johns in a 10-2 major decision. Najar then fell to Chattanooga’s Sean Mappes in a slight 8-2 decision. At 157 pounds, Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) fell in his opener, but responded to down Chattanooga’s Dylanger Potter 3-0. Londoff then fell 4-0 to VMI’s Neal Ricahrds.

Dejournette, Pasone and Zovistoski will all participate in the 2017 Division I Wrestling Championship in St. Louis, Mo. The tournament is set to take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center.

Appalachian State University softball went 1-1 on the final day at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Camel Stampede rolling over Rider University 7-1 and slipping to Norfolk State 3-1 in Buies Creek, N.C.

“I would have liked to have gone out of here with a sweep this weekend, but I think my girls played hard,” said head coach Janice Savage. “The girls worked hard and everything that we did today was a learning experience, and we are going to grow from it, and that is exciting.”

Appalachian State improves to 10-8 after four weekends of tournament play, the most wins recorded in App State history after the first week of March. Five Mountaineers spearheaded the offense cranking out multiple hits including Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) (3-for-6), Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) (3-for-6), Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) (2-for-6), Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) (2-for-6) and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) (2-for-6). Also, Orcutt bombed out two home runs at the Amanda Littlejohn Stadium in each game, her seventh and eight homers of her career.

In the circle, App State’s pitching staff only allowed seven hits and four runs with four walks and 15 strikeouts.

Game One: App State 7, Rider 1

Rider broke onto the boards first scoring the first run of the ballgame in the top of the first, but their lead did not last long as the Mountaineers tacked on two runs in the bottom of the second to take the 2-1 advantage. Parker crashed a double to dead center to bring home Stewart who reached on a single, and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) pinched in for a sac. bunt to pave the way for Dodd to dash home.

At the bottom of the fourth, Dodd bombed her first triple of the season at the peak of the right center fence, and Parker brought her home firing out a single to center field to take the two-run advantage.

In the following inning, App State pounded out back-to-back doubles by Orcutt and Walters to add one more to Appalachian’s run count.

Then at the bottom of the seventh, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 7-1 lead thanks to a three-run homer by Orcutt.

The Broncs would never recover from the six-run drought, and App State snatched their third victory of the tournament.

In the circle, Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) (1-0) pitched the first 5.0 innings and held RU to two hits and one run (unearned) with three strikeouts. In relief, Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) closed out the game with a no-hitter in 2.0 innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

Parker led the offense putting out a perfect performance at the plate (3-for-3) with two RBI and Orcutt, Walters and Dodd turned in a trio of two-hitter outings.

Game Two: Norfolk State 3, App State 1

The Mountaineers struggled to make something happen offensively for the first four innings to counter Norfolk State’s 3-0 lead until Orcutt sent over her second home run of the day over the right center fence in the fifth to cut the Spartans’ lead to 3-1.

After going down in order in the sixth, the Mountaineers had one last chance in the seventh to rally back into the game. The Apps appeared to squash the Spartans’ lead loading the bases with one out left, but Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) flied out to left field to drop the rematch 3-1.

App State turned in a sound defensive performance holding the Spartans to four consecutive three-and-outs after the first along with four Longanecker strikeouts.

Stopping the Spartans in their tracks after their three runs was Longanecker who threw a 6.2-inning shutout and only gave up one hit and one walk with six strikeouts.

After an 18-game road stretch, the Black and Gold will host their season and conference opener on March 11-12 against No. 18 Louisiana. On Saturday, App State will open with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. against the Ragin’ Cajuns and will finish the three-game series on Sunday with a single game at 12 p.m. at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone.

2A Girls:
North Surry: 53
East Burke: 32
Cavaliers season ends at 27-4

3A Girls:
Hickory Ridge: 55
Freedom: 42
Patriots season ends at 29-2.

3A Boys:
Cox Mill: 64
Freedom: 52
Patriots season ends at 28-3.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (20-2), ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II, ran its winning streak to 14 games with a pair of wins over Virginia State (13-0) and Lock Haven (8-0) Saturday afternoon at the Shaw Challenge at Thomas Brooks Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne 13, Virginia State 0 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) drove in three runs including a two-run triple in the third frame as the Bears easily run-ruled the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) threw a two-hitter while striking out eight batters in improving to 6-0 on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 13 hits in the contest.

Virginia State's Dominique Mulero (Chatham, Va.) fell to 1-2 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Lock Haven 0 (six innings)
The Bears run-ruled their fourth straight opponent when senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) ended the game with an RBI double in the sixth inning.

Junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) drove in a game-high three runs while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 10-0 on the season after earning the win. Parks struck out nine batters for her fifth shutout on the year.

Lock Haven's Bekah Slattery (Douglassville, Pa.) fell to 0-5 on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up the tournament on Sunday against Charleston (W.Va.) on 1:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (3-1, 1-0), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, opened South Atlantic Conference play with a statement victory over Coker (1-3, 0-1), 21-7, Saturday afternoon on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) tied a school single-game record with seven goals in addition to four assists while senior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) added five goals as the Bears won their third straight contest.

Coker was led by Garrett Kilgore (Fayetteville, Ga.) with a pair of goals and an assist and Brooks Long (Mount Laurel, N.J.) added two assists in the setback.

Coker ran off five straight goals to cut a large Lenoir-Rhyne lead to 12-7 late in the third period but the Bears responded by scoring the final nine goals of the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne held decisive edges in both shots taken (61-28) and ground balls (55-28) while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after making nine saves while Coker's Anthony Malik (Knoxville, Md.) made 16 saves in goal despite being tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game on Tuesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

With 45 seconds left in regulation and Appalachian State University men’s basketball leading by one at 69-68, Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) drove to the basket and completed an old-fashioned three-point play to put App State up 73-69 and would hold off Coastal Carolina for a 77-73 victory.

The Mountaineers (9-20, 4-13 Sun Belt) got out to a lightning fast start and led the Chanticleers (15-16, 10-8 Sun Belt) 20-8 at the 10:16 mark of the first half. App State pushed its lead to a game-high 20 points right before the half on a Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in the half. App State took a 48-30 lead into the break.

Shabazz led the Mountaineers with 18 points.

Coastal opened the second half on a 29-9 run that spanned the first 11:52 of the second period and took a 59-57 lead - its first of the game. The next handful of possessions would see-saw back and forth with the lead changing hands on three occasions before Robinson completed his three-point play.

In the last four minutes of regulation, the Mountaineers finished the game 10-for-13 at the foul line to help put the game away.

Five Mountaineers finished in double-figures. After Shabazz, both Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) tallied 11, while Robinson and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) collected 10 points each.

Kinney led the team with eight rebounds, while Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Babic each grabbed seven boards.

Appalachian State will play as the No. 11 seed in the Sun Belt Conference tournament next week. The Mountaineers will face-off against Troy for the second time this season on Wednesday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Notes: With the win, Appalachian moves to 1-1 all-time against Coastal Carolina … head coach Jim Fox moves to 5-0 all-time in the month of March … with a team-high 18 points, Ronshad Shabazz posted his 26th double-digit scoring game of the season and 44th of his career … Shabazz is also 150 points shy of becoming the 33rd 1,000 point scorer in program history … Griffin Kinney led the Mountaineers with eight rebounds and led team in rebounding for the ninth time this season … Jake Babic tied his career-high with seven rebounds.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-9) rolled past North Carolina Central by a score of 6-1 on Saturday at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

App stopped its four-match skid while giving North Carolina Central (0-8) its eighth-straight loss to start the season. The Mountaineers captured both doubles matches and five of six singles contests en route to a 2-1 mark at home this season.

“It was great to bounce back and get a win today in front of our home crowd,” said head coach Blake Mosley. We came together and performed very well in doubles and singles. Our tenacity and focus were at a high level during the day, and the final results showed that. I’m proud of the way we played to get the win.”

Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) got it started for the Mountaineers by defeating Tamara Jeremic and Emily Pena, 6-0 in No. 3 doubles. The duo would pick up their first win of the season as a pairing.

Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) also took care of business beating Jasmine Gabriel and Lynsey Cover, 6-3, clinching the doubles point for the Apps, improving to 6-5 on the season.

The No. 1 doubles featured Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian) against Jamie Rogers and Frida Cnossen but the match went unfinished.

No. 1 Swope notched her fifth singles victory of the season against Rogers, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9). Swope and Rogers continued to go back-and-forth in the second set with Swope edging out her counterpart to claim the triumph.

Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) continued the trend for the Mountaineers as she won 6-2, 6-3, over Cnossen. Machado fell to Gabriel in a valiant three-set effort, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, in the No. 3 matchup.

Wreder clinched the match for the Mountaineers as she won the No. 4 slot, 6-0, 6-0, over Cover.

Mullen beat Pena, 6-1, 6-2, to garner her fifth win of the season as the No. 5 in the lineup. Bygrave defeated Jeremic, 7-5, 6-4, to claim her seventh-straight singles victory and move to 7-3 on the year.

The Black and Gold look to win back-to-back matches on Thursday against Grand Canyon at Deer Valley Racquet Club for the final home match of the season on Senior Day. App State will honor its three seniors in Mullen, Wreder and Zupan.

Lenoir-Rhyne (14-4, 3-2) and Catawba (12-4, 4-1) split a South Atlantic Conference Baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears won the first game by a 6-2 score while the Indians salvaged the split with a 13-7 triumph in the nightcap.

Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Catawba 2
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) struck out 16 batters – one off his own school single-game record – and earned the complete game victory.

St. Clair, who leads the nation in strikeouts (62), improved to 6-0 on the year after allowing just one earned run in pitching his second straight complete game.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led offensively by sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.), who hit a two-run home run and finished with four hits and two runs scored.

For Catawba, Kyle Smith (Greensboro, N.C.) drove in a run while Russ Weiker (Albemarle, N.C.) (1-1) suffered the loss.

Catawba 13, Lenoir-Rhyne 7 (seven innings)
The Indians took control early, plating six runs in the second inning, and held off a Bears' rally while taking advantage of four Lenoir-Rhyne errors in splitting the doubleheader.

Lenoir-Rhyne cut the lead to 8-6 with a five-run fifth inning highlighted by a three-run home run from senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) but Catawba responded with a four-run seventh frame. Seven of Catawba's 13 runs were unearned.

The Indians' Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C.) and Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C.) both hit home runs while Nick Coble (Concord, N.C.) improved to 2-0 after picking up the win. Lenoir-Rhyne senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (1-1) was tagged with the defeat.

The two teams wrap up the weekend series with a single game on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

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