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Lenoir-Rhyne University's Alex Ballard has been selected as the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week, as announced by league officials earlier today.

Ballard, a freshman from Winston-Salem, N.C., receives this honor after winning two events and helping to lead the Bears to a win over Catawba this past Friday. Ballard took first in both the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.07) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:45.60).

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Swimming Team is back in action February 6ththrough February 9that the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship held in Charlotte, N.C., at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

After putting forth her best Sun Belt performance of the season, Appalachian State University women's basketball redshirt senior Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named College Sports Madness' Sun Belt Player of the Week, announced on Monday.

Story poured in a game-high 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting with a season-high four 3-pointers. The redshirt-senior also played a key cog in holding the Sun Belt's second-leading scorer, D.J. Williams, to 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field. She added six rebounds in the Mountaineers' 67-53 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

Appalachian surpassed last season's win total with the victory and improved to 7-1 at home this season.

The Maiden, N.C., native scored 15 of her points in the second half, including 11 in the fourth quarter. With Coastal Carolina holding a 44-43 lead going into the final period, Story spearheaded an 11-3 charge in the first 4:03 of the frame with three trifectas to give App a commanding eight-point lead.

Story scored at least 20 points for the third time this season and hit double figures for the ninth time. App State is 7-2 in those games while the Mountaineers are 5-0 when she scores at least 10 points and grabs five boards.

Earlier this season, Story became the 25th member of the 1,000-point club when she scored a season-high 28 points against Wofford. She is currently 21st all-time in school history in scoring with 1,058 points. Story is averaging 11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Story and the Apps will look to continue their solid play on Thursday when they host Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team saw its four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of host Pitt Community College in a 65-60 road conference loss on Sunday afternoon.

It was CVCC’s second loss to Pitt in the past 14 days. The first defeat came on Jan. 6 when the Red Hawks had a last-second game-winning shot waved off by officials in a 109-108 overtime loss to the Bulldogs at the Tarlton Complex.

Sal-Bey Young paced the Red Hawks (14-5, 6-4 in Region X) with 10 points, while Zach De La Cruz, Isayah Johnson and Cole Johnson each scored eight points.

Catawba Valley and Pitt played an extremely competitive first half, but the Bulldogs (14-4, 11-0 in Region X) gained a 29-27 lead at halftime. De La Cruz scored all eight of his points in the first half for CVCC.

Pitt managed to hold its advantage in the second half, paced by nine points from Rujon Walters and eight from Reginald Clark, to secure the five-point conference win.

Clark led Pitt with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Walters added 12 points. The Bulldogs, who lead Region X by three games, have now won nine-straight contests.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to the court on Wednesday in another pivotal conference contest against rival Wake Tech. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Eagles is set for 7 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Team fought hard today but fell to both Wingate 128-71 and Catawba 115-89 at the Johnson Pool on Saturday. In the other contest, Wingate beat Catawba 127-75.

The Lady Bears started out the morning with a second place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The team consisting of sophomore Kiana Schumacher (Knoxville, Tenn.), freshman Kimberly Scheiber (Pleizenhausen, Germany), freshman Elizabeth Bowman (Thomasville, N.C.), and sophomore Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, Md.) finished with a time of 4:09.81.

The Bears were led by Scheiber with a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.34). Other notable swims for the day included Bowman with two second-place finishes in the 100-yard freestyle (55.08) and 200-yard freestyle (1:57.86) and senior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) with a second-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:01.51).

Next up, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming Team heads to Charlotte, N.C., to compete at the 2019 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship taking place Wednesday, February 6th, through Saturday, February 9th, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming Team fell to Wingate, but prevailed over Catawba on Friday at the Wingate Natatorium.

The Bear were led by junior Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman Alex Ballard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) who each took home two individual first-place finishes. Queen topped both the 400-yard individual medley (4:07.14) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:07.39), while Ballard won both the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.07) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:45.60).

Alongside these first-place efforts were two second-place finishes from sophomore Spencer Ashby (Spartanburg, S.C.). Ashby took second in both the 50-yard freestyle (21.97) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.02).

Next up, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Swimming Team heads to Charlotte, N.C., to compete at the 2019 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship taking place Wednesday, February 6th, through Saturday, February 9th, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-2) fell to ETSU (1-0) on Saturday morning Bristol Racquet Club.

Appalachian's tough start to the schedule continued against a Bucs squad that went to the NCAA Tournament last season and went undefeated in SoCon play including a conference title. Two of the first three opponents over the weekend for the Black and Gold combined to go 32-16 in 2017-18.

Highlighting the Apps' day was the freshmen tandem of Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) and /Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal). The pair won their first collegiate doubles match with a 7-6 victory over Sergi Fontcuberta/David Gonzalez as the second duo in the book.

ETSU won the double point, but the Apps gave the hosts all they could handle. Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day)/Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to Frazier Rengifo/Yusuf Khamis, 6-3 before App tied up doubles. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Bence Tamas (Budapest, Hungary) took Juan Lugo and Chris Mikrovas to the distance but fell in a close 7-5 contest.

The Bucs carried the momentum into singles play, capturing all six matches. Bargeron at the one position went three sets with his counterpart, forcing a third frame after falling in the first set, but suffered the defeat in the third stanza.

Appalachian's schedule doesn't get easier, as it faces Clemson next Saturday, Jan. 26 on the road.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team stretched its winning streak to four games on Saturday afternoon with a 105-56 road victory against Lenoir Community College.

Jonathan McFall led the Red Hawks (14-4, 6-3 in Region X) with 16 points — one of six CVCC men’s basketball players who reached double figures in scoring, including Cole Johnson (14 points), Everett Palmer (13), Isayah Johnson (12), Zach De La Cruz (11) and Brandon Reeves (11).

Led by Johnson’s 14 first-half points, CVCC took a commanding 52-26 lead at halftime against the Lancers (6-11, 3-7 in Region X).

The Red Hawks continued their pace in the second half, outscoring the Lancers 53-30 in the second half to record their third 100-point game of the season. The 53 points are the most in a half this season by CVCC.

Catawba Valley connected on 14 3-pointers during Saturday’s contest — four from Johnson and three apiece from De La Cruz and Palmer.

The CVCC men’s basketball team goes for its fifth-straight win on Sunday when it takes on conference leader Pitt in Winterville, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Bulldogs is set for 3 p.m.

Monday, 21 January 2019 02:30

App State Women's Tennis Drops Season Opener

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Appalachian State University women's tennis (0-1) fell to a tough Davidson (1-0) squad, 4-3, in the season opener on Saturday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers enjoyed some impressive individual performances in their season opener against Davidson. The match was tightly contested despite the setback against the Wildcats, who are coming off a 16-5 mark last season.

App fell in the doubles portion of the contest while capturing three singles victories.

Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) had an impressive day with a single and doubles triumph. Sevo and Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergotland Sweden/Fria Norrrköping) secured the lone victory for the Mountaineers in doubles play, downing Gabrielle Centenari/Mira Gladstone, 6-0.

Appalachian gained early momentum, but Davidson claimed the last two doubles matches with Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual/Colorado) and Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) suffering losses.

Zacarias bounced back in her singles match as the first finished in the No. 3 spot, defeating Centenari in convincing fashion, 6-0, 6-0. Sevo continued to shine with a 6-2, 6-2 win in singles over Megan Scholvinck, giving App the 2-1 lead.

Davidson tied up the match in the next completed contest. Daniel fell to Alexandra Abele in a matchup of No. 2's.

With the score tied 2-2, the final three singles matches came to the 4, 5 and 6 spots. The visitors won two of those three contests in hard-fought matches. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) fell to Elizabeth Truluck in the fifth spot of the lineup.

Earnhardt showcased a valiant effort against Samantha Armas in her first collegiate match. The redshirt freshman came back from a one-set deficit to tie up and force a third frame. Armas topped Earnhardt by a slim margin of 7-5.

Swope ended the Apps' day on a high note with an impressive triumph over Alyssa Hahn that went to three sets. Swope won the first set and lost the second in a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreak, but fought through for a 6-4 win.

App seeks for a bounce-back victory on Feb. 3 against Western Carolina at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Overcoming a slow start with a strong finish, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team picked up its fourth-straight win on Saturday afternoon, knocking off conference foe Wake Tech 65-44 at the Tarlton Complex.

Freshman Ivy Eller paced the Red Hawks (11-2, 6-2 in Region X) with 19 points and four rebounds, while sophomore Zharia Brown added 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Red Hawks fought through a difficult first half to take a 21-19 lead at halftime against the Eagles (8-7, 4-5 in Region X). CVCC shot just 9-for-32 from the field in the first half and committed 14 turnovers.

Emerging from the locker room, Catawba Valley went on an 11-0 run to start the third quarter and would go on to outscore Wake Tech by a 27-8 margin during the quarter.

That margin allowed the Red Hawks to run away with the game in the second half en route to their sixth conference victory of the 2018-19 season.

The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when it travels to take on Louisburg College. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Hurricanes is set for 5 p.m.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (9-7, 3-2 SBC ) used a dominating fourth quarter to run away with a 67-53 victory against Coastal Carolina (8-9, 0-5 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) scored a game-high 26 points, including 11 of her 15 points second-half points in the fourth quarter. Story shot 10-for-20 from the field with a season-high four 3-pointers and added six boards. The redshirt senior was a catalyst in holding the Sun Belt's leading scorer, DJ Williams (17.2 ppg) to just 5-of-13 shooting for 15 points.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had herself an all-around monster performance with her third double-double of the season, posting 14 points, a game-high 17 rebounds and tying season-highs in assists (4) and blocks (3). Plummer was 5-of-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line. The Thomasville, N.C., native is now ninth all-time in rebounds with 710, surpassing Andreia Hinton (694;1993-97) and Kelsey Sharkey (700;2009-13).

Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) had the offense going from the point with a game-best eight assists to just three turnovers in 36 minutes. Polacek rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points.

Coming into the contest, Coastal Carolina was fifth in rebounds per game (46.7), fifth in offensive rebounds per game at 18 and 13th in rebound margin at plus-10.1. However, App won the battle on the glass with a 45-35 edge on the glass and a 15-11 advantage on the offensive end. The plus-10 rebounding margin is the largest an opponent has outrebounded Coastal this season. In addition, the Apps posted a 17-6 win in second-chance points.

Also, the Mountaineers moved the ball very well on offense with 17 of their 24 field goals (70.8 percent) being assisted on. Four players for the Apps registered at least two helpers in the victory.

Trailing going into the fourth quarter, 44-43, Story canned back-to-back trifectas to give App a 49-44 lead. Appalachian wouldn't relinquish the advantage the rest of the way. But Coastal made things interesting with consecutive layups off two Appalachian turnovers to cut the deficit to just three, 56-53.

After that, it was all Mountaineers coming out of the 30-second timeout, finishing the game on an 11-0 run over the final 4:23 of the game. The App defense forced CCU to miss its final eight shots of the contest during the drought. Appalachian saved its best offense for last, shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the period.

It was a game of runs with each team winning every other quarter. Appalachian was able to get off open looks in the opening period but shot just 6-of-19 while Coastal went 9-of-15.

The cold spell on offense in the opening frame led to Coastal opening up a 20-9 lead. With 38 seconds left in the quarter, App scored five quick points with a Story field goal and a big 3-pointer by Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) to cut the lead to six, 20-14.

It was the Apps' turn in the second quarter to go on a run of its own. Appalachian went on a 6-of-10 stretch in the second quarter with Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habesham Central) scoring six of her eight points during the surge and accounting for three field goals. Her layup with 2:42 left off a no-look pass from Plummer gave App a 32-26 lead.

The Chanticleers responded by going on a 6-0 run to tie up the game, 32-32. Story hit a jumper in the paint to give App the lead 34-32 going into the break.

It was a low-scoring third quarter with both teams combining for just 21 points. Coastal at one point took a 44-40 lead late in the third period before Nicola Mathews pin-pointed a skip pass to Polacek for another 3-pointer, which would make the score 44-43 at the end of the period.

App State dominated on both ends in the final frame to surpass last season's win total and improve to 7-1 at home this season.

The Mountaineers will look to ride their momentum next week. They host a formidable Arkansas State team at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Monday, 21 January 2019 02:22

L-R Men's Basketball Falters at Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team went cold at Lincoln Memorial, shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 29 percent from long range in a tough 79-68 loss at Lincoln Memorial. The Railsplitters were the SAC favorite heading into the season and went a perfect 20-0 in league play last season but the Bears had chances to be the first SAC road team to beat LMU at home since December 2016.

The Bears, who shot a season-high 59.2 percent on Wednesday in a win over Coker, were held to a season-low shooting performance. Saturday marks the first time this season that LR was held under 42 percent from the field.

Cory Thomas was the Bears leading scorer on the night, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Thomas went 2-for-4 from deep and added three rebounds and two assists.

LMU earned the benefit of the whistle, getting to the line twice as much as the Bears. The Railsplitters went 24-for-35 from the line with LR shooting 13-of-17. Kamaran Calhoun of LMU went 13-for-16 individually from the line, nearly getting as many attempts as the entire LR team.

Calhoun led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Lincoln Memorial held a 41-32 advantage on the boards which led to a 21-8 edge in second chance points.

The Bears trailed by two (30-28) at the break but shot just 12-for-33 in the second half. LMU went 14-of-27 in the final 20 minutes, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.

PG Jon Jean finished with three assists and has recorded three or more dimes in six straight games.

Lincoln Memorial has won 19 of the last 21 matchups between the two programs.

With the loss, LR falls a game behind LMU in the SAC standings. Losses by Catawba and Wingate keep the Bears in a three-way tie for third place.

LR is 12-4 overall, 7-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are back in action on Wednesday as they host Catawba at 8 p.m.

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