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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Outlast Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (4-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 98-88 victory over Wingate (3-1, 0-1) Tuesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) led all scorers with 27 points to go along with 17 rebounds – both career-highs – while senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 20 points and four treys as the Bears continued their best start in three seasons.

Six players scored in double figures for the Bears including another double-double by senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) – 11 points and 10 assists – and Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 14 three-pointers including 11 in the first half in the victory.

Wingate’s Isiah Cureton (Waxhaw, N.C.) finished with a team-high 21 points but the Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 53-39 advantage entering intermission and never let its lead fall under five points the rest of the way. The Bears also dished out 23 assists on the night and hit 58 percent (34-of-59) from the field.

The Bulldogs’ Mike Baez (Huntersville, N.C.) scored 19 points and the Bulldogs turned the ball over just seven times despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Livingstone on Friday in the Finis Horne Classic in Greenwood, S.C., beginning at 5:30pm.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Loses SAC Opener

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The Wingate Women’s Basketball Team (1-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with an 84-34 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2, 0-1) Tuesday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs’ Alex Tomlinson (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with 17 points while Courtney Robinson (Taylors, S.C.) added 14 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Wingate really turned it on in the second half – outscoring the Bears by a 50-16 margin – and limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 17 percent shooting (11-of-66) for the game.

A total of 13 players scored for the Bulldogs, who also held a 59-30 edge in rebounding and dished out 22 assists in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) with eight and seven points, respectively. The Bears also hit just one-of-16 three-point attempts in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Gaffney, S.C. to take on No. 9 Limestone on Saturday beginning at 2pm.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:49

Appalachian State Field Hockey Signs Four

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- Meghan Dawson announced her first signing class as the head coach of Appalachian State University field hockey on Tuesday with the addition of four student-athletes for the fall of 2016.

"I am really excited about the student-athletes we have committed so far this year," said Dawson. "They are all hard workers who are excited to embrace the challenges of making this program better every single day. Their attitudes on and off the field are going to bring a positive and competitive environment to our program."

ASHTON COLEY • 5-2 • Defense • Kernersville, N.C. • R.J. Reynolds

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Ashton is a committed kid who works really hard and has a positive attitude on and off the field."

HIGH SCHOOL: Has won four letters in both field hockey and lacrosse ... named a North Carolina All-Star as a junior and senior ... was also a first team all-conference performer for both of those seasons ... earned Defensive Player of the Year recognition as a junior and senior ... named most improved for lacrosse ... has put 41 shots on goal with three assists ... was No. 1 in takeaways/interceptions with 86 and tallied 21 defensive clears ... also played for the Charlotte Ambush Field Hockey Club.

PERSONAL: Full name is Ashton Rose Coley ... daughter of Richard and Amber Coley ... born February 10, 1998 (17 years old) ... plans to major in exercise science.

TORI HUGHES • 5-4 • Defense/Midfield • Norfolk, Va. • Granby

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Victoria is a hard worker who has a good set of basics and a good attitude. She is adaptable on the field and will work hard no matter what."

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three times in field hockey ... experienced a very decorated career playing for the Focus Field Hockey club ... for that club, Tori's U16 team was ranked 13th in the USA Field Hockey Club Rankings and her U19 team was ranked 20th ... those teams competed in several events including the Futures Tournament, the Disney Showcase, the National Indoor Tournament, the National Field Hockey Festival, and she was a part of the team that was U19 Focus Showcase Tournament Champions in both 2014 and 2015 ... also a member of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalauette Diploma Program.

PERSONAL: Full name is Victoria Alane Hughes ... daughter of Carolann and Robert Hughes ... born November 27, 1998 (16 years old) ... plans to major in pre-med physical therapy with a minor in exercise science.

KALEY SELNER • 5-5 • Defense/Midfield • Herndon, Va. • Herndon

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Kaley is good defender with a good set of basic skills. She sees the field and distributes the ball to other players really well."

HIGH SCHOOL: Won three letters as a member of the field hockey team ... named first team all-district tournament in both 2014 and 2015 and first team all-district in 2015 ... was on the Herndon Invitational all-tournament team in 2014 and was on the first team for that event in 2015 ... this past fall, she scored six goals to go with four assists ... played for Freedom Hockey: National Club Championship in 2014 and 2015, National Indoor Championship in 2015 and Disney Showcase in 2015 as a defender.

PERSONAL: Full name is Kaley Anne Selner ... daughter of Leonard and Darlene Selner ... born January 13, 1998 (17 years old) ... major is undecided ... sister Kyra was first team all-conference as a sophomore for field hockey at Johnson & Wales University.

ALI WILLIAMS • 5-7 • Midfield/Defense • Myersville, Md. • Middletown

DAWSON'S SIDE: "Ali is a really hard worker. She is going to bring to us an intensity and work rate on the field that I am really excited about!"

HIGH SCHOOL: Won four letters in field hockey and one more in track and field ... named second team all-conference as a junior and first team as a senior ... earned Frederick News Post Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 3, 2015 ... team's MVP as both a junior and senior ... played in the Frederick County All-Star Senior Game ... team captain for junior and senior seasons ... also played for the Freedom hockey team and had great success ... that team won the U19 National Club Championship in 2015, played in the U19 National Indoor Tournament in 2015, won the U16 National Club Championship in 2014, took first place in the Junior Premier Outdoor League for U16, competed in the Festival Showcase (2012, 2014, 2015), and the Disney Showcase (2013, 2015) ... she was the U19 Regional Club Championship MVP in 2015.

PERSONAL: Full name is Alyssa Lynn Williams ... daughter of Jaime and Bruce Williams ... born July 20, 1998 (17 years old) ... plans to major in biology ... sister Courtney played field hockey at American International College and father Bruce ran cross country and track and field at Westfield State University.

For the third time in four years, the Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team has earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The Bears (23-7), winners of 11 straight matches, is the seventh seed in the Southeast Regional Tournament and will face second-seeded Flagler (23-7) in the opening round on Friday, December 4, at the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.

USC Aiken (27-5) is the top seed in the region and will serve as the host institution. Match times will be announced later.

Both Lenoir-Rhyne (South Atlantic Conference) and Flagler (Peach Belt Conference) won their respective league tournaments to capture automatic qualifying bids to the national postseason tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Wingate by a 3-1 margin – scores of 17-25, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-23 – on Sunday in Anderson, S.C., to win its first-ever SAC Tournament Championship. The Bears also made the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2004, 2012 and 2014.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this year by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.).

Redmond, a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, leads the team in kills with 349 and was named the 2015 SAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Gottberg ranks first on the team in assists (678) and digs (345) and was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team.

The semifinals and finals of the regional tournament are scheduled for Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6. The regional winner will advance onto the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 10, in Tampa, Fla., at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center.

2015 NCAA Division II Southeast Region
Volleyball Tournament
December 4-6 – Aiken, S.C.
Convocation Center

Friday, December 4 – QUARTERFINALS
No. 8 Erskine (22-6) at No. 1 USC Aiken (27-5)
No. 4 Carson-Newman (26-7) vs. No. 5 Armstrong State (18-10)
No. 2 Flagler (23-7) vs. No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne (23-7)
No. 3 Wingate (28-4) vs. No. 6 Lander (24-12)

Saturday, December 5 - SEMIFINALS

Sunday, December 6 - FINALS

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Brianna Belsky has been named to the 2015 CoSIDA NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Academic All-America Second Team. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Belsky, a senior defender from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., earns Academic All-American accolades for the second consecutive year.

Belsky, a chemistry major with a 3.94 grade point average, is a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection (2012, 2014-15) and a two-time First-Team All-Southeast Region pick (2012 and 2014).

Belsky has started four years for the Bears and has led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 58-14-9 record during her career in addition to three consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships and three straight berths to the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2012-14).

As a freshman in 2012, Belsky earned honorable mention All-American honors as the Bears won the SAC Tournament Championship. For her Lenoir-Rhyne career, Belsky totaled seven goals, 12 assists and 26 points.

Twenty-two of the 33 members of the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II women’s soccer teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with 11 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. The 11 members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.91.

The CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

2015 Academic All-America® Women’s Soccer Team
NCAA Division II

GK - Maylyn Parsons, Columbus State, Jr., Greenville, S.C., 4.0, Engineering Studies

D - Clare Carlson, Grand Valley State, Jr., Ada, Mich., 3.92, Engineering

D - Breanne Hatfield, Minot State. Sr., Manteca, Calif., 4.00, Biology / Mathematics / Chemistry

D - Shayla Page (1), Seattle Pacific, Sr., Redmond, Wash., 3.95, Communications

D - Shelby Rolling, Columbus State, Sr., Stayner, Ontario, 3.95, Health Science

MF - Maria Marti Bartis, Clayton State, Gr., Girona, Spain, 4.00, Health Administration

MF - Mani Brueckner (3,#), Gannon, Sr., Valencia, Pa., 3.70, Engineering

MF - Marti Corby (2), Grand Valley State, Jr., Ada, Mich., 3.60, Pre-Med

F - Nicole Corcione, Columbus State, Jr., Candler, N.C., 4.00, Nursing

F - Andrea Froshaug, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Sr., Oslo, Norway, 3.90, Business Administration

F - Haley Hatcher, Ouachita Baptist, Sr., Maumelle, Ark., 4.00, Mass Communications

GK - Olivia Lynch, Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Sr., Naples, Fla., 3.66, Aeronautics

D - Romina Bell, American International, Sr., Stockerau, Austria, 3.88, Education

D - Brianna Belsky (1), Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 3.94, Chemistry

D - Taylor Groth (2), Adelphi, Sr., Setauket, N.Y., 3.94, Psychology

D - Chrissy Hollan, Bloomsburg, Sr., Laurys Station, Pa., 3.91, Speech Pathology

MF - Audrey Adkison (2), Harding, Sr., Gorham, Maine, 4.00, Health & Kinesiology

MF - Ally Barys, Georgia College, Sr., Ladera Ranch, Calif., 4.00, Exercise Science

MF - Bella Mitrevski, Roberts Wesleyan, Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3.91, Pre-Law

F - Korey Kronforst (2), Minnesota St., Mankato Sr., Cary, Ill., 3.80, Special Education

F - Chloe Richards, North Alabama, Sr., Cornwall, England, 3.45, Exercise Science

F - Jacoby Ziegler ($), Cedarville, Sr., Wellington, Ohio, 3.72, Nursing

GK - Kaitlyn Emanuel, Upper Iowa, Sr., Byron, Minn., 4.00, Athletic Training

D - Reilee DuPratt, Edinboro, Sr., Olmsted Falls, Ohio, 3.90, Early Childhood Education

D - Courtney Kozak, Ohio Dominican, Jr., Millersburg, Ohio, 4.00, Accounting & Finance

D - Shannon Quinn, Grand Valley State, So., Grand Rapids, Mich., 3.89, Biomedical Sciences

D - Carlie Thornber, Tusculum, So., Oshawa, Ontario, 4.00, Biology (Pre-Medicine)

MF - Kaitlyn Brunworth, Wingate, Jr., Littleton, Colo., 4.00, Biology

MF - Ashley Burton, Quincy, Sr., St. Louis, Mo., 3.64, Physical Education

MF - Anna Hoffman, Trevecca Nazarene, Sr., Chattanooga, Tenn., 3.89, Education

F - Lavinia Nkomo, Barry, Sr., Southampton, England, 3.93, Exercise Physiology

F - Sarah Stram, Bemidji State, Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill., 3.94, Chemistry

F - Susanne Vistnes, Liu Post, Gr., Randaberg, Norway, 3.57, Business

Academic All-America® of the Year: Haley Hatcher, Ouachita Baptist

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2014
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2014
(3) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team selection in 2014
($) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2013
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2013

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Lenoir Community College Monday night 63-60 as the Red Hawks opened up conference play.

CVCC was led by Kianna Bowe with 19 points. Millie Graves added 12 points for the Red Hawks as CVCC came back from a six point halftime deficit.

CVCC is now 3-0 to start the season and 1-0 in conference play. CVCC will be off until December 2 when they travel to Southern Wesleyan.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball team is ranked third in the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors of America Southeast Region Poll.

The Bears have started the season 3-0 and are ranked third with two first place votes in the regional poll.

The Bears are the top of five teams from the South Atlanitc Conference in the top 10 poll. Wingate is ranked fourth, Lincoln Meorial is fifth, Queens is sixth, and Coker is ninth.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Keenan Palmore has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Player Of The Week for the second time this year, league officials announced today.

Palmore, a senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., tallied the Bears’ first triple-double in 20 years in the Bears’ 92-83 victory over Catawba last Saturday in Lenoir-Rhyne’s home and league opener.

Palmore finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists against Catawba and became the first player in a Bears’ uniform to notch a triple-double since Shun Englund (20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) on January 20, 1996, against Mars Hill.

Palmore, who is in his first year with the Bears, leads the league in points per game (26.3) and assists per contest (9.0) and ranks fourth in the conference in rebounds per outing (9.0).

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-0, 1-0) remains at home to face Wingate (3-0, 0-0) on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game. The Bears are off to their best start in three seasons.

After taking the first two sets of the Sun Belt Conference title match, Appalachian State University volleyball let the lead slip away and fell to the top-ranked Red Wolves of Arkansas State 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (22-8, 13-3 Sun Belt) opened up the match determined to win a championship. After trading points in the opening moments of the first set, the Red Wolves (28-1, 16-0 Sun Belt) had built a small two-point advantage and extended it to three at 15-12. App State would battle back and regain the lead on a 5-0 run sparked by a kill from Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic).

Following an A-State attack error, Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) strung together three-straight kills.

With both team vying for some breathing room, A-State went ahead 21-18 but App State clawed back and tied it at 23-23 with the help of kills from Corrigan and Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven). Both teams would tie three more times until it was 26-26. A kill from Corrigan and an attack error from Kelsey Reis sealed the set victory for App State.

In the second set, A-State got out to an 8-3 lead forcing a Mountaineer timeout. The Apps would slowly work their way back into the set and a 5-1 run would bring them to within one at 11-10. Three kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and back-to-back kills from Keller would spark the run.

App State would finally come back and tie the set at 18-18 on consecutive kills from Corrigan and Keller. Tying the set would come as part of a 9-1 run from App State to finish the set and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match over the No. 1 seed Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves would get out to a 10-6 lead in the third set to force an App State timeout. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers wouldn’t be able to bring it to within a three-point deficit and dropped the set 25-18.

The fourth set would be one that the Mountaineers would never lead. They would tie A-State at 5-5, but that’s the closest they would get. A-State built a narrow three point lead at 10-7 following two Mountaineer attack errors and a kill from Darby Graff. Later in the set, App State would get to within one at 21-20, but could not overcome and a 4-1 run would seal the set for A-State 25-21.

With the championship match tied at 2-2, it came down to a fifth and final deciding set. With both teams matching each other in the opening moments, it was A-State that garnered a gap that helped propel them to the championship. With the set tied 5-5, the Red Wolves generated a 4-0 run sparked from a Shoff attack error that could have gone either way.

Three more attack errors had the Red Wolves sitting comfortably and they were able to fend off App State and clinch the Sun Belt tournament championship.

Keller led the attack with 26 kills, while Corrigan notched 21 and Gregory contributed 19 in the loss. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) recorded a career-high 65 assists in the effort and will finish her career as the new career assist leader with sit at 4,478. Corrigan will finish second all-time in career kills with 1,399 and Keller cracked the top ten and sits 10th with 1,210.

Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) will finish second all-time in career digs with 1,855.

Appalachian’s season ends with back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2005-2006.

Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:15

Appalachian State Men's Basketball Falls to Tulane

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball shot a dismal 20.7 (6-for-29) percent from the field in the first half and could not overcome an 10-0 Tulane run to begin the game and fell 76-48 at Devlin Fieldhouse on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (1-3) were held scoreless until the 15:13 mark of the first half when Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) provided a great post move and parlayed it into an easy layup. Kinney led the Mountaineers with 14 points and six rebounds.

After not scoring for the opening 4:47 of the game, Appalachian went the next 4:09 without a bucket until Kinney drilled a baseline jumper. A 9-0 Green Wave run would be halted by a 5-0 run from the Apps. Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) poured in three of his 11 points followed by a Kinney jumper.

After a 10-0 run from Tulane, App State would outscore the Green Wave 7-5 to finish the half. Eaves hit another three, Landon Goesling (Irving, Texas/Coppell) and Kinney hit three free throws.

The Black and Gold would come out of the locker room and strike first with an Eaves three-pointer. The Mountaineers began to find consistent offense with buckets from Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) and Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian).

A slew of App State freshmen began to get involved beginning with a Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) jumper on a possession kept alive by an Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) offensive board. Johnson would hit another jumper followed by a Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) layup and Logan jumper.

In the second half, the Mountaineers would outscore Tulane in the paint 20-16, in points off turnovers 12-0 and second-chance points 9-2. Overall, App State tied Tulane 31-31 in the second half of play.

Nine Mountaineers scored points on the night, including six from Johnson, five from Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), four from Goesling and two each from Shabazz, Obacha, Burgess and Logan.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 26 when they play in their first game of the 2015 Challenge in Music City tournament in Nashville, Tenn. App State will face-off against Liberty at 3 p.m. ET. They will also play Mercer on Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. ET.