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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 19:34

L-R Softball's Carter Named SAC Player of the Week

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Madison Carter has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Carter, a sophomore shortstop from Bessemer City, N.C., batted .769 (10-for-13) for the week including five runs batted in to lead the Bears to a 4-0 start to the 2016 campaign.

Carter had at least two hits in each of the four games and drove in a pair of runs in both of Sunday’s home victories: 21-0 over Bluefield State and 4-3 over Mount Olive. Carter also scored three runs and finished with a .923 slugging percentage for the week.

Catawba's Carley Tysinger has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-0) remains at home to take on Concord (11:00 a.m.) and Mercyhurst (1:00 p.m.) on Saturday.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 19:30

L-R Baseball Team Rescheduled Due To Temperatures

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team has rescheduled tomorrow’s home game against Limestone due to forecasted winter temperatures.  The two teams will now play on Thursday, February 18, at 4:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 07:38

Palmore Leads Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball to Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (14-7, 9-7) started strong and finished strong in a 91-79 victory over Brevard (3-19, 2-14) Monday evening in South Atlantic Conference action at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) notched his fourth triple-double of the year – 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists – and sophomore guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score 20 points and hit six treys in the victory.

Brevard’s Demarcus Threatt (Alabaster, Ala.) led all scorers with 33 points including 20 in the first half in the setback.

Trailing by a 64-59 score with 11:48 remaining in the second half, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off 13 straight points over the next three minutes capped off by a three-pointer from junior guard JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.).

The Bears remained ahead the rest of the way to take the season sweep from the Tornados. Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) and sophomore guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 14 and 13 points, respectively, as the Bears were one three-pointer off their school single-game record. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 18 treys in the victory.

Brevard’s Miles Leathers (Charlotte, N.C.) totaled 14 points and nine rebounds and the Tornados shot 51 percent (27-of-52) for the game despite the setback.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 07:35

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Win in Overtime

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-12, 7-9) was able to pull out a 72-66 win in overtime against Brevard (1-19, 0-16) Monday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Four players reached double figures for the Bears including sophomore guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) with a team-high 13 points. Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) added 12 points as the Bears completed the season sweep of the Tornados.

Katie Williams (Robbinsville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 15 points and hit the game-tying three-pointer with time running out in the second half to force overtime but the Tornados fell short and remained winless in league play.

Lenoir-Rhyne built a 14-point lead – 46-32 with 4:18 left in the third period – but Brevard was able to rally and force overtime with Williams’ trey with two seconds left in the second half as the game deadlocked at 62-62.

The Bears never trailed in the extra frame as Lenoir-Rhyne held Brevard without a field goal in 10 attempts in overtime. The Tornados, who suffered their 16th consecutive loss, were limited to just 22-of-79 shooting (27 percent) for the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) added 11 points and senior center Shelly Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched a double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds – in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Coker on Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at 6:00 p.m., in Hartsville, S.C.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Student-Athlete of the Week for her performances against UL Lafayette and UL Monroe last week, the league office announced on Monday.

Story garners the award after averaging 20.5 points, five rebounds and four assists while shooting 40 percent from the floor, 36.4 from beyond the arc and an impressive 92.9 percent (13-for-14) from the free throw line.

Story is the first student-athlete on the team to receive the accolade this season, while being the first Mountaineer since Maryah Sydnor was named Student-Athlete of the week last season on Nov. 25, 2014.

Against ULL where the Apps won by an impressive 17 points (76-59), Story played facilitator as she scored a team-high 23 points, dished out five assists and grabbed six boards. Story scored in various ways on six buckets, a pair of 3-pointers and a career-high nine free throws in 35 minutes of action, which tied her career high. The all-around performer scored 18 of her points the second half against the Cajuns, including 11 in the final period when the Apps exploded for 31 points. Story finished with a plus-16 in the plus/minus category and a team-high 22 PER (player efficiency rating). She played a hand in 33 of the team’s 76 points (43 percent) as well.

In the 64-52 win over ULM on Saturday that swept the season series, Story scored a game-high 18 points (12 in the second half) while her plus-13 was a game-high and finished with a PER of 16. Story scored 30 of her 41 points in the second half over the two contests shooting 47 (8-17) percent from the floor. The Maiden, N.C. native recorded a team-high plus-29 last week as well.

Story has taken on the leading scorer’s role averaging a team-high 12.1 ppg along with 4.3 rpg and 2.2 apg. In conference play, Story is seventh in scoring at a 14.0 ppg clip and ranks in the top 15 in apg. She’s scored in double figures in nine-straight games, turning in 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.8 apg during the stretch. Story has played at least 30 minutes in five out of the past six games. In games where she’s played at least 30 minutes, she’s averaged 17.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.3 apg.

The Mountaineers and Story will look to push the win streak to three games on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (ET) at Texas State in San Marcos.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (4-1) took the third and final game over Glenville State (0-3), 10-2, Sunday afternoon to complete the weekend series sweep of the Pioneers.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) hit two home runs and finished with five runs batted in as the Bears nearly posted their third consecutive shutout over Glenville State.

De La Rosa hit consecutive two-run home runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively, as the Bears jumped out to a 7-0 advantage after four frames and cruised to the victory.

Glenville State finally got on the board thanks to a two-run double by Sam Hanke (Kingsville, Md.) in the top of the ninth inning with two outs.

On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (1-0) was credited with the victory while Glenville State’s Wesley Stauffer (Orrville, Ohio) took the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) finished with three hits and a run batted in as the Bears pounded out 17 hits for their third consecutive victory.

Four players also totaled two hits and two runs scored for the Bears: freshman outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) senior designated hitter Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.), senior first baseman Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) and De La Rosa.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Limestone at Bears Field Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Glenville State hosts Barton next Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m., in a doubleheader.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (4-0) remained perfect on the year with victories over Bluefield State, 21-0, and Mount Olive, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne 21, Bluefield State 0 (five innings)
The Bears put the Lady Blues away early with a 10-run first inning and Lenoir-Rhyne run-ruled Bluefield State in the easy victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) hit a three-run home run and finished with five runs batted in while junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added four runs batted in. Landreth keyed the first inning with a two-run double.

Freshman Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 2-0 on the year after pitching the final two innings while Bluefield State’s Emily Day (McGraw, W.Va.) suffered the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Mount Olive 3
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) came on in relief and retired the final two batters with two runners on for the save and preserve the win for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winning, two-run single in the third inning. The Bears finished with 11 hits in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) (1-0) earned the victory while Caitlin Ewers (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) suffered the loss. Anna Ingram (Rosewood, N.C.) drove in two runs to lead the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Concord (11:00 a.m.) and Mercyhurst (1:00 p.m.) next Saturday.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field won five events and placed in the top three for 14 on Friday and Saturday as part of ETSU’s Buccaneer Invitational inside the ETSU/MSHA’s Athletic Center.

Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) won the 5,000 (16:45.85), Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville), Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) took first in the distance medley relay (12:07.72), Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) won the high jump (5-7), Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) took first in the shot put (49-3.50), and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) won the long jump (19-8).

Second-place finishers included Van Ord in the mile (5:00.56), Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) in the 5,000 (17:25.00), and Tate in the weight throw (54-7.25). Van Ord was in action for just the second time this season and came through with both her first victory and second-place finish. Campanaro was also competing for the first time since the Kentucky Invitational and did well in her return.

Those who took home third place included Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./North Carolina Central/South View) in the 60-meter dash (7.66), Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) in the 5,000 (17:06.50), both Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./East Carolina/Watauga) and Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) in the pole vault (11-3.75), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) in the triple jump (39-9.75), and Girardeau in the long jump (19-6.25). Cox secured her second third place of the season, the first of which came in the Mountaineer Open’s mile.


Next up for the Black and Gold is the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.V. on Feb. 12-13.

Appalachian State University men's track and field won three events and placed in the top three for eight on Friday and Saturday as part of ETSU's Buccaneer Invitational inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

In a field that included nearly 60 schools, Chris Anderson won the 5,000 (15:02.75), Evan Georges, Trey Edgerton, Ryan Hastings, and Evan Laratta took first in the distance medley relay (10:17.72) and Phillip Thomas tied for first in the pole vault (16-2.75). For Anderson, that marked just the second event he has competed in this season with the first being the 3,000 at the Kentucky Invitational.

In second place was Nathan Milch in both the shot put (53-11) and weight throw (59-3.50). As far as third-place finishers, those included Stanley Broaden in the 60-meter hurdles (8.21), William Buckley in the 200 (21.84), and John Leonard in the weight throw (59-2). Broaden had also been out of action since Kentucky, largely due to his attendance at the NCAA's Emerging Leaders Seminar in Indianapolis, Ind.

Next up for the Black and Gold is the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.V. on Feb. 12-13.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (13-7, 8-7) put an end to its three-game losing streak with a 96-87 triumph over Tusculum (10-11, 6-10) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in South Atlantic Conference action.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) led all scorers with 26 points while senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hit 16 three-pointers on the day and set a new school single-season record for treys with 239. Sophomore guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score 16 points as five players reached double figures for the Bears, who completed the season sweep of the Pioneers.

Tusculum’s Chase Mounce (Elkin, N.C.) led four players in double figures for the Pioneers as well, totaling 19 points in the setback. Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) added 18 points and the Pioneers shot 51 percent (33-of-65) despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne was able to build an 18-point advantage – 79-61 late in the second half – and held on in the end for the win. Senior guard Lawrence Miller (Gastonia, N.C.) and sophomore guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 11 points each as well for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Tusculum hosts Lincoln Memorial in a league game on Wednesday night beginning at 8:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

Monday, 08 February 2016 08:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Topples Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (7-12, 6-9) got back on the winning track with a 71-59 victory over Tusculum (10-9, 8-8) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forwards Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) each scored 14 points as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Pioneers and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tusculum lost despite a game-high 22 points from Kasey Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) and 13 points and 10-of-10 free throws from Maelyn Head (Greeneville, Tenn.).

Lenoir-Rhyne hit 17-of-19 free throw attempts on the day and led by as many as 16 points – 64-48 with 3:25 left – in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne also hit six treys while 10 players scored for the Bears. Robinson pulled down 10 rebounds for the double-double, her third of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 42-38 edge in rebounding as well. For the Pioneers, Shynese Whitener (Newton, N.C.), the league’s leading scorer, was held to just 11 points while the Pioneers shot just 35 percent (21-of-60) as a team.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference game on Monday evening at 5:00 p.m., while Tusculum host Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday night beginning at 6:00 p.m.