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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (10-3-2, 6-2-1) shut out Coker (2-9, 1-8), 5-0, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Cobras Athletic Field.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Dylan Bedell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored twice as the Bears netted all five goals in the first half in winning their third consecutive match.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) added a goal and a pair of assists including the match-winner just 18 seconds into the contest. Smith scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and assisted the final two goals in the match.


Bedell scored back-to-back goals to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage while freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) and senior midfielder Miranda Simon (Burlington, N.C.) rounded out the scoring for the Bears at the 34:52 and 44:05 marks of the first half, respectively.


In goal, senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory – the third straight for the Bears – while Shelby Middleton (Lilburn, Ga.) totaled 10 saves for the Cobras despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 30-3 edge in shots taken as well. Lenoir-Rhyne is in sole possession of third place in the league standings.


Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll Of The Year, returns home to host Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Senior Day Saturday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


NCAA Division II Southeast Region

Women’s Soccer Poll

(October 19, 2016)

1. Columbus State 11-2

2. Limestone 12-1

3. UNC Pembroke 9-2

4. North Georgia 10-1-2

5. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-2

6. Carson-Newman 11-3

7. Young Harris 6-2-3

8. Armstrong State 10-1-1

The National Junior College Athletic Association tabbed Red Hawk Sophomore Outside Hitter Mariah Wallace as Player of the Week. The #4 ranked Red Hawks went 5-1 on the past week including defeating four Division 1 opponents. Wallace posted a .342 hitting percentage as well as averaging 3.94 kills and 3.31 assists per set during the winning week. On the season, Wallace is second on the team with total kills, 292, and total digs, 320.

This weekend the Red Hawks will travel to Illinois for the toughest competition of the season playing 4 top 20 teams including 3 in the top 10. On Friday, October 21 the Red Hawks will face tournament host and #5 ranked team Lincoln Land CC (Illinois) at 4:00pm and then face the #10 ranked team, Johnson County CC (Kansas), at 5:00pm. On Saturday the Red Hawks will play #17 ranked Fort Scott CC (Kansas) at 10:00am and then the #1 ranked team Parkland CC (Illinois) at 12:00pm.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball sophomore guard Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) earned third-team all-Sun Belt honors, as voted on by the conference’s 12 head coaches and released by the league office on Wednesday morning.

Shabazz returns for his sophomore campaign after a standout freshman season that saw the rookie average 11.9 points per game - the most by a true freshman for Appalachian since Ricky Nedd averaged 11.6 points per game during the 1990-91 season. Shabazz broke out in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 at then No. 7 North Carolina. The Raleigh, N.C. native scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor.

Over the course of the season, Shabazz posted five more 20-point outings, including a career-high 29 point performance in a narrow 101-100 loss at home to Georgia Southern. Shabazz finished 10-of-17 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the charity stripe.


In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll for the new 12-team league which now features former Big South member Coastal Carolina. UT Arlington (140 points, 10 first-place votes) finished atop the poll, while Little Rock (124 points, one first-place vote) and Georgia State (114 points, one first-place vote) rounded out the top three.

Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five. South Alabama was picked sixth, followed by UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, Troy and Arkansas State. Appalachian was picked to finish 11th with Texas State picked 12th behind the Mountaineers.


Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

Team Points (first-place votes)

1. UT Arlington 140 (10)

2. Little Rock 124 (1)

3. Georgia State 114 (1)

4. Georgia Southern 111

5. Coastal Carolina 88

6. South Alabama 75

7. UL Lafayette 70

8. UL Monroe 59

9. Troy 54

10. Arkansas State 46

11. Appalachian State 28

12. Texas State 27

Preseason First Team All-Conference

Devin Carter (Arkansas State, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Guard, Sport Management)

Marcus Johnson Jr. (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Criminal Justice)

Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington, Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Erick Neal (UT Arlington, Junior, Guard, Communication Broadcasting)

Preseason Second Team All-Conference

Elijah Wilson (Coastal Carolina, Freshman, Guard)

Mike Hughes (Georgia Southern, Junior, Guard, Sport Management)

Jeremy Hollowell (Georgia State, Senior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Ken Williams (South Alabama, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Wesley Person (Troy, Junior, Guard, Global Business)

Preseason Third Team All-Conference

Ronshad Shabazz (Appalachian State, Sophomore, Guard, Undecided)

Jay Wright (UL Lafayette, Senior, Guard, General Studies)

Nick Coppola (UL Monroe, Senior, Guard, Risk Management and Insurance)

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Texas State, Senior, Forward, General Studies)

Jordon Varnado (Troy, Sophomore, Forward, Global Business)

Preseason Player of the Year

Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington, Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:34

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-13, 5-8) swept Brevard (4-17, 3-11), 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference contest Tuesday night at Boshamer Gymnasium.


The Bears won by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23 and avenged an earlier home setback to the Tornados.


Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) with eight kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 23 assists and 10 digs – in the victory.


Junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with six kills each and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) totaled 11 digs for the Bears, who limited the Tornados to a .138 hitting percentage.


For Brevard, Savannah Cox (Kannapolis, N.C.) led the way with a match-high 13 kills and Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) dished out 36 assists to go along with nine digs. The Tornados, however, lost their third consecutive contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State men’s golf finished tied for ninth in the 2016 Elon Phoenix Invitational at the Alamance Country Club on Tuesday. The Mountaineers finished the final round of the tournament with a total score of 861 (+9).


Appalachian State shot 288 and 287 in the first two rounds, respectively, before shooting a 284 to round out the tournament.


Leading the Mountaineers and continuing a strong year was Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) who had back-to-back 69s to start the tournament before having a 67 in round three to finish eight-under (205) to finish tied for fourth overall.


Behind Burris was Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C./Lee County) who finished with a tournament score of 216 (tied-36th) after shooting a 70, 74 and 74 during the event. Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) finished one stroke behind him at 217 (tied-42nd) after carding a 74, 71 and 72.


Rounding out the team was Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C./Rockingham County) who shot an 80, 73 and 75 to finish with a tournament score of 228 (tied-77th) and Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) who shot a 230 after a 75, 77 and 78.


The Mountaineers finished out the fall portion of their 2016-17 schedule and will now be off until they return in the spring with the Stetson University Invitational in Longwood, Fla. The tournament will take place Monday, Feb. 27 through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jacob Queen has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week.


Queen, a freshman from Hickory, and a graduate of St. Stephens High School, won three events – the men’s 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.05), the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:56.59) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:10.95) – last Saturday in a dual meet victory over St. Andrews (150-109) in the 2016-17 season opener in Spartanburg, S.C., on the campus of Converse College.


In addition, Queen also swam his split in 49.00 on the winning men’s 400-yard medley relay (3:34.92) for the Bears.


Barton’s Annika Jasek-Rysdahl was named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Women’s Swimmer Of The Week.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams next compete in a dual meet with Mars Hill on the road on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s golf finished the final round of the 2016 Bill Berg Invitational on Tuesday at the Ridges Country Club. The Mountaineers finished fourth for the tournament after shooting 911 (+47) for the tournament, just two stroked off second place host team Western Carolina.


Appalachian State shot 304 in the first round before carding a 307 and 302 in the second and third rounds, respectively.


Leading the pack for the Mountaineers was Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan), who finished tied-seventh with a tournament score of 225 after shooting a 79, 72, and 74 for the tournament to finish just nine over. Just behind her was Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) who finished three stroked back with a 228. Stinson shot a 76, 80 and 72 for the tournament to finish 12 over for the tournament (tied-15th).


Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School of Arts) carded a final round 78 to finish with a tournament score of 229 (tied-17th), while Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga) finished tied for 19th with a 231 final score after having a 74, 79, and 78 for the tournament.


Rounding out the team participants was Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C./South Caldwell) who finished with a tournament score of 249 after shooting an 83, 82 and 84 during the event.


Playing as an individual for the Mountaineers, Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C./Elkin (Catawba)) finished with a tournament score of 250 after shooting an 84 and 87 in the first two rounds before finishing strong in round three with a 79.


Appalachian State will move to play its final tournament of the 2016 fall schedule when it travels to participate in the 2016 Winthrop Fall Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. The tournament will take begin on Saturday, Oct. 22 and finish up on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball junior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named to the All-Sun Belt Preseason Second Team on Tuesday, while the Mountaineers were selected eighth in the preseason poll, the league office announced.

One of the most improved student-athletes in the Sun Belt, Story increased her scoring average by 8.6 ppg from her freshman to sophomore seasons as she finished second in scoring averaging a career-high 12.0 ppg. Story did a little bit of everything, where she led the team in free throws made (106) and attempts (148), tied for the team lead in steals (1.5 spg), ranked second in assists (2.0 apg) and was fourth in rebounds per game at a career-high clip of 4.6 rpg.

The junior reached double figures in 20 contests, including a 31-point outburst in a win over Texas State at the Holmes Center on Jan. 9. Story also averaged a double-double (15.5 ppg, 11 rpg) against the eventual Sun Belt Tournament champion Troy Trojans.

Story was named Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 8 for her impressive performance where she averaged 20.5 points, five boards and four assists per game in wins over UL Monroe and UL Lafayette,

Story led the team in scoring in conference play with a 13.8 per game average that ranked 10th in the Sun Belt. Her 1.7 swipes per contests during league action put her ninth in the league.

Over the last 18 games of the season, Story averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest.

After a 10-20 campaign and a 7-13 mark in Sun Belt play, the Mountaineers were picked eighth in the league’s preseason poll. Appalachian was one of four schools to receive a first-place vote and earned 64 points. Defending SBC Tournament Champion Troy was picked to repeat to win the title as voted by the league’s coaches.

Little Rock was chosen second with 121 points but had a league-high five first-place votes. UT Arlington was selected third with 118 points and three first-place votes while South Alabama (109 points) and UL Lafayette (101 points) rounded out the top five.

App State returns 13-of-15 student-athletes from last season’s squad, including the top two returning scorers in Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Story. A veteran team across the board with five seniors, three juniors, and five sophomores, the Apps are poised to have a bounce-back season.

Appalachian will open the season with a pair of home exhibition games against Coker on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Lenoir-Rhyne on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers will tip-off the regular season against DePaul on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.

2016-17 Conference Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll

(First-place votes in parentheses)

1. Troy (3) - 125 pts
2. Little Rock (5) - 121 pts
3. UT Arlington (3) - 118 pts
4. South Alabama - 109 pts
5. UL Lafayette - 101 pts
6. Texas State - 81 pts
7. Arkansas State - 80 pts
8. Appalachian State (1) - 64 pts
9. Georgia State - 52 pts
10. Georgia Southern - 39 pts
11. Coastal Carolina - 26 pts
12. UL Monroe - 20 pts


Preseason All-Conference First Team
Kaitlyn Pratt (Little Rock, Senior, Forward, Social Work)
Angel McGowan (Georgia Southern, Senior, Guard, Exercise Science)
Marquita Daniels (South Alabama, Junior, Guard, Criminal Justice)
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Junior, Center, Pre-Law)
Caitlyn Ramirez (Troy, Senior, Forward, Psychology)


Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Madi Story (Appalachian State, Junior, Guard, Exercise Science)
Sharde’ Collins (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Sociology)
Makeba Ponder (Georgia State, Junior, Guard, Sociology)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Junior, Center, Allied Health)
Cierra Johnson (UT Arlington, Junior, Guard, Child Psychology)


Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Patrice Butler (Georgia Southern, Senior, Center, Exercise Science)
Simone Fields (UL Lafayette, Junior, Forward, Computer Science)
Erin Peoples (Texas State, Senior, Guard, Psychology)
Kaitlin Walla (Texas State, Junior, Guard, Biochemistry)
ArJae’ Saunders (Troy, Senior, Guard, Sport Management)


Preseason Player of the Year
Rebekah VanDijk (UT Arlington, Junior, Center, Pre-Law)

Three Appalachian State University wrestlers were ranked in the Top 20 individuals for their respective weight classes in the InterMat 2016-17 Preseason NCAA Division I rankings.


Senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) headlines the group, ranking at No. 10 in the nation in the heavyweight class after his Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year campaign last season. Junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) was ranked 16th in the 174-pound weight-class with junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) rated just behind him at 17th in the 165-pound class.


Appalachian State’s four overall selections on InterMat’s preseason rankings are the second-most in the conference, behind only Chattanooga’s four.


The recognition for the three isn’t their first of the preseason as they all finished in the top 20 of Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s 2016-17 Tournament Power Index. Przybysz was ranked 19th in the 165-pound division after finishing 22-13 while Kee ranked 13th in the 174-pound division, finishing 29-9 last year. Dejournette ranked 11th in the heavyweight class after finishing 32-4 last year.


2016 Appalachian State wrestling season and individual match tickets are on sale now. Season tickets for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) and Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.

For the second time in as many weeks, freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the week for his career-high eight saves in his shutout against Hartwick, the league announced Tuesday.


“What Jake was able to do last week was incredible for our team and I’m glad the Sun Belt recognized him once more,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “It’s also a testament to the core of goalkeepers we have in Agnew, Jaron Bradley, Jake Chasteen and Mitch Kilmer. They push each other daily as well as the team in front of them, which has been doing well also. Their continued hard work in practice and preparation for games puts us in a position to succeed.”


Once again last week, Agnew proved to be an immovable object between the frames, earning his third-straight shutout against the No. 1 overall Sun Belt team Hartwick in a rematch of the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament semifinals. With his career-high eight saves, the freshman stretched his unbeaten record to 3-0-3 – six-straight unbeaten for him and the team, which is the second longest streak in the Sun Belt. The shutout is the first time that Hartwick has been held scoreless by a conference opponent since Oct. 12, 2014 (Ga. Southern). With the clean sheet, Agnew has now gone 310 minutes without allowing a goal and is now second in the league in shutouts.

Despite just having six games under his belt, Agnew continues to top the conference with a 0.41 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. Those totals are good enough to rank him No. 2 in the country in both GAA and save percentage, while also making him the leader in both among freshman goalkeepers nationwide.


Agnew continues to top the conference with a 0.41 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. Those totals also rank him second-best in the country in both GAA and save percentage, while also making him the leader in both among other freshman goalkeepers in the nation.


The Mountaineers and Agnew return home and will look to extend their unbeaten streak to seven matches when they host Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. for the annual “Pack the Mack” game. Fans are asked to come out and wear black to support their men’s soccer team. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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