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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 59
St. Stephens: 46

Alexander Central: 48
South Caldwell: 40

Freedom: 53
McDowell: 41

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 71
Fred T. Foard: 27

East Burke: 64
West Iredell: 38

Patton: 61
Draughn: 39

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 55
North Lincoln: 33

Lincolnton: 44
Maiden: 42

Newton-Conover: 75
East Lincoln: 37

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 85
St. Stephens: 35

Alexander Central: 48
South Caldwell: 32

Freedom: 74
McDowell: 64

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 46
West Iredell: 30

Patton: 80
Draughn: 45

West Caldwell: 64
Hibriten: 59, OT

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lincolnton: 64
Maiden: 48

Newton-Conover: 70
East Lincoln: 69

North Lincoln: 63
Bandys: 54

The Women's Track and Field team competed at the JDL January College Kick-off in Winston-Salem.

Freshman Christine Clerger led LR finishing first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.01. Mya Jones finished 24th in the women's 200m with a time of 28.05. Jordan Cruce had a strong showing in the mile finishing 12th with a time of 5:44.08. Lacey Triplett also contributed in the pole vault finishing 7th with a 2.95m (9'8") jump.

For the jumps, Annelle Grealis and Maigan Bowman both placed 10th in the high jump with jumps of 1.46m (4'9.5"). 

The Men's Track and Field team competed at the JDL January College Kick-off in Winston-Salem. Freshman Royce Turner Jr. led LR finishing with three top 10 finishes in all of his sprint events.

Turner finished 4th in the 60m event with a 7.04 and 8th in the 200m final with a time of 23.36.  Freshman Timothy Smith also showed out for LR finishing 2nd in the 60m hurdle with a 8.27, which is now the 2nd fastest time in school history. Petar Ivackovic had a strong showing in the mile finishing 12th with a time of 4:46.03.

For the throws Dalton Hatley, Ellis Horton, and Dawson Sigmon stood out. Hatley finished 6th in the shotput with a 13.76m throw. Horton finished 9th in weight throw with a 13.37m. Sigmon finished 4th in weight throw with a 14.13m. These were all career best days the trio.

The Bears next meet will be Friday Jan. 24-25 at the Finn Pincus Invitational in Salem, Va.

Appalachian State men's basketball dropped a 73-57 home decision to Little Rock on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Forrest paced the Mountaineers (10-10, 4-5 SBC) with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) mark from deep, to go along with eight steals. His eight steals were just one shy of tying the single game program record of nine, set by D.J. Thompson during the 2006-07 season.

O'Showen Williams added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds. Isaac Johnson and Adrian Delph chipped in with seven points apiece.

Little Rock (13-7, 7-2 SBC) scored the first six points of the game and built an 11-point lead at 15-4. App State stormed back and cut its deficit to a point at 19-18, but the Trojans countered with the next four points. Little Rock took a 37-29 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Trojans used an 9-0 run to take a 49-33 lead with 15:42 to go. The Mountaineers cut the Little Rock lead to 57-43 on a pair of free throws by Forrest and a layup by Williams. From there, the Trojans scored seven straight points to build their lead up to 21. App State made a late charge to cut the deficit to 14, but could get no closer.

The Black and Gold forced Little Rock into 18 turnovers and tied its season-high with 13 steals. The Mountaineers also held a 12-8 edge on the offensive glass.

Jovan Stulic and Nikola Maric had 18 points and 17 points, respectively, off the bench for the Trojans.

App State will embark on a three-game road trip, beginning on Jan. 25 at Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Upsets Catawba

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In the  NCAA Division II National Showcase Game broadcast by ESPN3, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team went to Catawba and came away with a big 91-85 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Bears are heating up at the right time, winning five of six since the calendar flipped to 2020.

After a slow start that saw Catawba jump out to a 12-5 advantage, the Bears came back to take a 19-18 lead with 10:05 left in the first half. LR was able to get Catawba into foul trouble and marched to the free throw line 21 times in the first 20 minutes.

The Bears finished the opening half 17-for-21 from the charity stripe with R.J. Gunn and Darius Simmons combining to go 14-for-14. At the break, the Bears trailed by one at 45-44.

LR set the tone for the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 52-45 advantage that they would never give back. Consecutive three's from Mason Hawks and Simmons followed a Cooper Fowler layup which forced a Catawba timeout. 

A 3-point field goal by Gunn with 9:04 to play put LR up 11 but  Devin Cooper scored 11 of Catawba's next 13 points to cut the lead to 77-75. 

Cooper would score 24 of his 37 points in the second half but couldn't get Catawba closer than two points. LR would go 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the last minute to seal the victory. 

Simmons tied a Lenoir-Rhyne record by going a perfect 13-for-13 from the line and finished with a team-high 27 points. Simmons went 6-for-8 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range to go with three rebounds and two assists. 

Hawks had 23 on the day and was 8-of-11 from the floor while Gunn went for 21 points and eight boards.

Catawba was whistled for 16 fouls in the first half.

This was the 208th all-time meeting between LR and Catawba and was a rematch of last season's SAC Tournament Championship game. The Bears hold the all-time series 114-94.

This is the sixth game this season that LR has allowed an opposing player to score at least 24 points. Coincidentally, the Bears are 4-2 in those games.

LR shot 57.1 percent from the field which is a season-high.

LR has gone consecutive seasons with a win over a ranked opponent. Last year, the Bears beat Queens twice with the Royals being ranked inside the top 10 both times. 

The Bears wrap up their three-game road trip with a matchup at Mars Hill on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 

App State women's basketball fell to Coastal Carolina, 80-53, on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

App falls to 4-13 and 1-5 in Sun Belt play, while Coastal improves to 15-2 and 5-1 in league action.

Ashley Polacek led the team with 13 points with six field goals. Pre Stanley scored 10 to round out the leaders in double figures. Brooke Bigott scored five points, dished out four assists and tied the team lead with five off the glass. Lainey Gosnell also pulled down five rebounds with seven points, and Jackie Christ scored a personal-high seven points off the bench.

Coastal took a commanding lead early in the contest after App hit the game's first basket off a Gosnell layup.

The Black and Gold sliced a 15-8 deficit to three after Gosnell and Stanley scored on back-to-back buckets late in the first quarter. CCU went into the second frame with a 17-12 advantage. From then on, the Chanticleers pulled away as they outscored App by 12 in the second period.

Appalachian had open shots throughout the contest but was able to find the bottom of the net. CCU took advantage of 15 offensive rebounds in 19 second-chance points, hit 12 3-pointers and 20 free throws.

D.J. Williams led three players in double figures with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Her and Aja Blount (15 points) shot a combined 14-25 from the field (Rest of the Team: 10-33).

The Mountaineers will look to regroup with the week off and a bye on Thursday. App travels to Little Rock for a 3 p.m. (ET) tilt.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:13

L-R Women's Basketball Fall to Catawba

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Lenoir-Rhyne's Women Basketball hung tough but fell to #13 Catawba 67-57 in the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Showcase Game of the Week.

Catawba came into the game third in the nation with forcing 26.86 turnovers per game. The Indians forced the Bears today into 23 turnovers which  lead to 25 points off turnovers. On the other hand, The Bears only forced nine turnovers on the day.

Both teams shot below their average from the floor. The Bears shot 36.4% while the Indians shot 34.2%. The difference was Catawba got 17 more shots up  thanks to a 16 offensive rebounds which lead to 10-5 second change point advantage.

The Bears held Catawba to their second worst shooting day of the year. The Indians shot 31% last Saturday in a 60-56 win over Lincoln Memorial.

 Madeline Hardy just missed her 8th double-double of the year. Hardy finished with 9 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

 Kennedy Weigt continue to stay hot coming off a 20-point performance on Wednesday. Weigt finish today with 14 points and went 4-8 from three- point range. It is Weigt's fourth game with at least four three pointers already this year. 

Both teams went deep into their bench today. Bears played eleven different players with nine different players scoring while Catawba played fourteen different players with ten scoring.  The Indians held a 26-25 advantage in bench points. 

Catawba came in as the #13 team in the D2SIDA rankings, Catawba only loss this year was in OT 69-68 against Carson-Newman.

Since 2012, These two teams have spilt the last sixteen games. Before tonight, the home team has lost the last four games in this series.

Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne both have a deep rotation. Each team has 9 players that average at least 10 minutes per game and neither team has a player averaging over 30 minutes a game this season.

Hardy also tied a career high with four blocks on the night. Hardy had four blocks against Queens earlier this season. 

Hardy's previous career high in rebounds came earlier this year with 15 rebounds against UNC-Pembroke on November 16. 

It was only the third time all year that Catawba failed to reach 70 points. The Indians are 12-0 when reaching 70 points on the year. On the flip side, The Bears are 5-1 when scoring 70 points. 

The Bears are 6-10 overall and 4-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will make the short trip to Mars Hill on Wednesday evening for a 5:30 tip off.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 08:40

L-R Women's Swimming Defeats Catawba

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Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming beats Catawba but falls to #5 Wingate Saturday in the second annual tri-meet between these teams. The Bears won five events led by Lisa Boernigen winning the 100 and 200 Fly.

Team Scores:
#40 Lenoir Rhyne 131, Catawba 127
#40 Lenoir Rhyne 95, #5 Wingate 167

Bears Winners:
Lisa Boernigen- 100 Fly (:58.85), 200 Fly (2:10.53)
Lauren Rutherford- 50 Free (:25.74)
Kimberly Scheiber- 100 Breast (1:07.28)
Kiana Schumacher- 100 Back (1:01.33)

The Bears will see Wingate and Catawba again next month at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship in Charlotte, N.C. The four day event will kick off on Thursday February 13.

Bears will finish their home schedule with a meet against Lees-McRae next Saturday at 2 PM.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 61
Alexander Central: 58

Freedom: 62
Watauga: 49

South Caldwell: 45
St. Stephens: 42

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 71
West Iredell: 62

East Burke: 65
West Caldwell: 27

Patton: 68
Fred T. Foard: 25

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 62
Lake Norman Charter: 43

Newton-Conover: 71
Maiden: 29

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 47
Alexander Central: 45

Freedom: 71
Watauga: 67

South Caldwell: 89
St. Stephens: 52

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 73
West Iredell: 68

Hibriten: 72
Bunker Hill: 42

Patton: 66
Fred T. Foard: 54

West Caldwell: 84
East Burke: 69

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 52
Bandys: 50

Newton-Conover: 64
Maiden: 42

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