The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team was picked by the South Atlantic Conference Head Coaches to finish third in the 2014-15 league race.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which finished 24-7 last season and won a share of the conference regular season title, picked up two first-place votes. The Bears hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament last year as well.
Wingate, who shared the league championship with the Bears, was picked to repeat after garnering six first-place votes and 123 points. The Bulldogs went 24-6 last year and won the conference tournament.
The Bears also placed two players on the 2014-15 All-SAC First Team: senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.).
Charles led the squad scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg) last season en route to All-American honors while being named the 2013-14 SAC and Southeast Region Player Of The Year.
Gust was second on the squad in scoring at 12.5 points per game last year in addition to averaging 5.0 rebounds per game with a team-best .453 field goal percentage.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Katie Pate, faces North Carolina State in an exhibition on Friday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m., in Raleigh, N.C. The Bears' 2014-15 season opener is slated for Friday, November 14, at 3:30 p.m., in the Loch Shop Region Challenge against Columbus State in Morrow, Ga.
Lenoir-Rhyne's home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25, in a league game against Wingate at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 4:00 p.m.
2014-15 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (6) 123
2. Newberry (3) 114
3. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 109
4. Carson-Newman 102
5. Lincoln Memorial 91
6. Anderson 88
7. Catawba 75
8. Coker 67
9. Tusculum 54
10. Mars Hill 42
11. Brevard 33
12. Queens 26
2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Basketball Teams
Jazmine Charles, Lenoir-Rhyne
Haylee Lepaio, Newberry
Kristen McMillion, Tusculum
Jenni Gust, Lenoir-Rhyne
Chloe Bully, Catawba
Sierra Simpson, Anderson
Tanesha Stenson, Coker
Kaitlyn Cupples, Carson-Newman
Lesley Woods, Anderson
Chantal Dunbar, Wingate
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Samantha Creed, Newberry
Lenoir-Rhyne University was voted sixth in the 2014-15 South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Head Coaches Poll, league officials announced this afternoon.
Lincoln Memorial, last year's SAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions, was picked to win the title again after receiving nine first-place votes.
The Railsplitters were 28-3 last year and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the nation. Lincoln Memorial is ranked No. 25 in this year's NABC NCAA Division II National Preseason Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne was 16-12 last year including a 15-7 mark in league play which tied for third overall in the conference standings.
The Bears return five letterwinners including two starters: junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) and junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.). Perry averaged 13.1 points per game and led the league in free throw percentage (.914) while Noyes averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing last year.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tennessee in an exhibition on Saturday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m., in Knoxville, Tenn. The Bears open the season on Friday, November 14, against UNC Pembroke at 6:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C., in the SAC/Peach Belt Conference Challenge.
Lenoir-Rhyne's first home game takes place on Tuesday, November 25, against Wingate at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m.
2014-15 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Lincoln Memorial (9) 130
2. Newberry (3) 117
3. Queens 108
4. Wingate 100
5. Anderson 97
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 76
7. Carson-Newman 75
8. Coker 54
9. Brevard 47
10. Tusculum 43
11. Catawba 41
12. Mars Hill 38
2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Men's Basketball Teams
Dondray Walker, Newberry
Lorenza Ross, Lincoln Memorial
Ryan Daye, Wingate
Darius Moose, Brevard
Demarkus Smith, Newberry
Myson Jones, Anderson
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Kijuan Arrington, Catawba
Chris Ross, Anderson
Larry Felder, Coker
Jared Johnson, Carson-Newman
Isaiah Cuthbertson, Mars Hill
On the strength of three league road victories, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team took both South Atlantic Conference Volleyball weekly honors, league officials announced this afternoon.
Junior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) were named the SAC Volleyball Player and Specialist Of The Week, respectively.
Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to three five-set victories over Newberry, Lincoln Memorial and Carson-Newman last week on the road.
Wells averaged 14.0 kills and 3.3 digs last week including a 16-kill performance against the Eagles on Saturday which snapped Carson-Newman’s nine match-winning streak. Wells is currently third on the team in kills with 190.
Gottberg averaged 38.0 assists, 14.3 digs and 3.7 blocks last week including 47 assists and 19 digs in the victory over the Lady Railsplitters last Friday in Harrogate, Tenn.
Gottberg, a preseason all-league honoree, was named the SAC Specialist Of The Week for the second time this year. Gottberg leads the squad in assists (868) to go along with 248 digs, 65 kills, 37 blocks and 21 service aces.
Rock Barn Intercollegiate
October 27-28, 2014 – Final Results
Rock Barn Golf & Spa
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
Women – par-71, 5,865 yards (Jackson Course)
Men – par-72, 6,960 yards (Jones Course)
1. Queens 630 (+62)
2. Lander 641 (+73)
3. California State-East Bay 655 (+87)
4. Barton 685 (+117)
5t. Lenoir-Rhyne 727 (+159)
5t. Charleston (W.Va.) 727 (+159)
7. Alderson Broaddus 785 (+217)
Individual Leaders (All-Tournament)
1. Linda Brown (California State-East Bay) – 147 (+5)
2t. Valentina Bueno (Lander) – 155 (+13)
2t. Grace Glaze (Queens) – 155 (+13)
4t. Sophie Stone (Lander) – 156 (+14)
4t. Kadi Pallastrone (Queens) – 156 (+14)
18t. Bree Keller 178 (+36)
21t. Tessa Young 184 (+42)
24. Evelyn Stein 185 (+43)
25. Ashlyn Setzer 188 (+46)
1. Chico State 590 (+14)
2. Georgia Southwestern 594 (+18)
3. Central Oklahoma 602 (+26)
4. North Greenville 603 (+27)
5. Indiana (Pa.) 606 (+30)
6. Wingate 607 (+31)
7. Ferris State 608 (+32)
8. Belmont Abbey 610 (+34)
9. Erskine 611 (+35)
10. Lander 615 (+39)
11t. Newberry 618 (+42)
11t. California State-East Bay 618 (+42)
11t. King 618 (+42)
14. Limestone 620 (+44)
15. Lenoir-Rhyne 621 (+45)
16t. Queens 623 (+47)
16t. Barton 623 (+47)
18. California Baptist 632 (+56)
19. California (Pa.) 636 (+60)
20. Charleston (W.Va.) 642 (+66)
21. Alderson Broaddus 685 (+109)
Individual Leaders (All-Tournament)
1. Lee Gearhart (Chico State) – 139 (-5)
2. Zak Kiefer (Ferris State) – 144 (E)
3t. Ben Cook (Ferris State) – 146 (+2)
3t. Tucker MacDonald (North Greenville) – 146 (+2)
3t. Nicholas Ward (Georgia Southwestern) – 146 (+2)
10t. Jordan Vogler 149 (+5)
25t. Jackson Bailey 152 (+8)
57t. Drew Alford 157 (+13)
91t. Blake Childers 164 (+20)
98t. Benjamin James 168 (+24)
The tournament concludes the 2014 fall season for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams.
For the second team in three weeks, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (8-0, 5-0) moved up one place in the AFCA NCAA Division II National Top 25 Coaches Poll as the Bears take over the No. 4 spot. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.
Lenoir-Rhyne remained unbeaten on the year after defeating Mars Hill by a 45-17 score last Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
The Bears, off to their best start since the 1962 season, rushed for a season-high 585 yards against the Lions and now rank first in NCAA Division II in rushing offense (410.5 ypg).
Lenoir-Rhyne has also won 21 of its last 22 contests and takes an 18-game South Atlantic Conference winning streak into Jefferson City, Tenn., this Saturday.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces No. 16 Carson-Newman (6-1, 4-0) in a league showdown on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bears' last league loss came against the Eagles by a 47-23 score on September 15, 2012, on the road.
Lenoir-Rhyne is also ranked second in the first NCAA Division II Super Region No. 2 Poll, which came out this afternoon. Third-ranked North Alabama (7-0) sits at the top of the poll. Carson-Newman is regionally-ranked seventh this week.
The Bears were the top seed in the region last season en route to a berth to the NCAA Division II Championship game in 2013. The top six teams in the region earn a berth to the national playoffs.
AFCA NCAA Division II
Football Coaches Top 25 Poll
(October 27, 2014)
1. Minnesota State-Mankato (26) 8-0
2. Minnesota-Duluth (2) 8-0
3. North Alabama (2) 7-0
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 8-0
5. Ferris State (Mich.) (1) 8-0
6. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 8-0
7. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 7-1
8. Northwest Missouri State 7-1
9. Colorado State-Pueblo 7-1
10. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 8-0
11. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 7-1
12. Ohio Dominican 6-1
13. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 7-0
14. Henderson State (Ark.) 7-1
15. Concord (W.Va.) 8-0
16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6-1
17. Harding (Ark.) 6-1
18. Colorado School of Mines 7-1
19. Delta State (Miss.) 6-1
20. West Chester (Pa.) 7-1
21. Michigan Tech 6-1
22. Shepherd (W.Va.) 6-1
23. Ashland (Ohio) 7-1
24. Azusa Pacific (Ohio) 7-1
25. California (Pa.) 7-1
Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M-Commerce, 30; Indianapolis (Ind.), 28; Midwestern St. (Texas), 22; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 16; Humboldt St. (Calif.), 15; Central Missouri, 13; Central Oklahoma, 11; West Georgia, 6; Grand Valley St. (Mich.), 4; Angelo St. (Texas), 3.
NCAA Division II
Super Region No. 2 Rankings
1. North Alabama 7-0
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 8-0
3. Delta State (Miss.) 6-1
4. Tuskegee (Ala.) 6-2
5. Valdosta State (Ga.) 5-2
6. West Georgia 6-2
7. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6-1
8. Albany State (Ga.) 5-2
9. Miles (Ala.) 5-3
10. Fort Valley State (Ga.) 6-2
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jarrod Spears has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced this afternoon.
Spears, a senior running back from Bunnlevel, N.C., earns the weekly honor for the second time in his collegiate career.
Spears rushed for a career-high 195 yards on just 10 carries in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 45-17 victory over Mars Hill last Saturday at home. Spears totaled 111 yards on the ground in the Bears’ 28-point third quarter which broke the contest open.
Spears is second on the squad in rushing yards (713) this fall to go along with two scores while Lenoir-Rhyne is once again ranked first in NCAA Division II in rushing offense at 410.5 yards per game.
Spears, a two-time All-SAC First-Team honoree (2012-13) and a 2013 All-Region selection, now ranks ninth all-time on Lenoir-Rhyne’s career rushing list with 2,691 yards.
Spears also averages close to 10 yards per carry and has scored 18 touchdowns on the ground so far in his Bear career. An outstanding return man as well, Spears has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in both 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Tusculum’s Caushaud Lyons and Hunter Cantrell were named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Defensive and Special Teams Players Of The Week, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne (8-0, 5-0), now ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, faces No. 16 Carson-Newman (6-1, 4-0) in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Bandys travels to Trinity
Newton-Conover hosts Madison
West Caldwell goes to Ashe County
Fred T. Foard hosts Kings Mountain
Freedom hosts West Iredell
Hickory is on the road at Concord
Patton goes to Cox Mill
St. Stephens travels to AC Reynolds
South Caldwell travels to Charlotte Catholic
To see the full seedings for all four classifications in the state, click on the attachment below.
After an exciting comeback win on Saturday, Appalachian State University field hockey fell to Saint Francis on Sunday at Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field. The Mountaineers fell to 4-13 on the season after the 5-0 loss.
Appalachian could not keep the momentum of the previous two matches going as they were shut out by the Red Flash. Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) and Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) were the only Mountaineers to register shots. O’Briena and Van Cleave each had one shot.
Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) fell to 4-12 on the season. Ceppi saved 4 shots in 63 minutes. Jordan Yaukey (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring) came into the match for the final 7 minutes but did not record any saves.
The Red Flash offense was too much for Appalachian, out shooting the Mountaineers Nine to two. Autumn Pellman opened up the scoring in the seventh minute and Saint Francis never looked back. Pellman finished with four goals. Selena Adamshick recorded one goal and two assists for the Red Flash.
The Mountaineers host the last two matches of their regular season next weekend. The Apps play Longwood on Friday and VCU on Sunday.
The Appalachian State University women’s soccer team concluded its 2014 regular season with a 2-0 loss at Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon.
“Today was a tough game against a very good Georgia Southern team,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “We came out much more organized in the second half and created some quality chances. We are looking forward to how the seeds shake out for the Sun Belt Conference tournament.”
The Mountaineers (8-10, 5-4 Sun Belt) outshot the Eagles 20-8, including 8-6 in shots on goal. Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) led the team in shots with six and put two of those on frame. The Apps had some tremendous scoring opportunities, including one shot that hit the crossbar.
Georgia Southern got on the board very early with a really tough foul call in the box that resulted in a penalty kick. Nora El-Shami would convert the PK and the Eagles would lead 1-0 just 1:33 into the game.
Coming out of the locker room at halftime, the Eagles would tally its second early in the second half. El-Shami scored an unassisted goal to put Georgia Southern up 2-0.
The Mountaineers outshot the Eagles 15-1 in the second half. The Apps had numerous great scoring chances in the half that included multiple shot efforts on single entries into the 18-yard box.
Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished with three and two on net. Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Jenni Loveless (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) all tallied two shots each. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made four saves on the day in net for the Apps.
The Mountaineers will now await the seeding of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The tournament will be held Nov. 5 through Nov. 11 in Mobile, Ala.