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North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 5
Alexander Central: 4

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 3
Watauga: 2

Hickory: 8
St. Stephens: 1

South Caldwell: 7
Freedom: 1

Bunker Hill: 4
West Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 15
Hickory: 0

South Caldwell: 4
St. Stephens: 3

Appalachian State’s Noah Schneider tied for eighth to lift the Mountaineers to a third-place finish in the 16-team field at the 2017 Cape Fear National Intercollegiate, which wrapped up Monday at Cape Fear National Golf Club.

Schneider closed with a final round 74 (+2) to finish at 7-over. He was 2-under for a 10-hole stretch during the middle of his final round.

Jacksonville State (+26) won the event, holding off an impressive charge from Florida Gulf Coast (+34) on Monday. FGCU was 9-under as a team at one point, but could not completely close the gap. Three players tied for medalist honors at 4-over including Casper Howells of Florida Gulf Coast, who closed with a 67 (-5). Jacksonville State’s Camilo Aguado and La Salle P.J. Acierno also finished at 4-over.

App State (+41) finished five shots ahead of Sun Belt-foe UT Arlington and USC Beaufort, both of whom tied for fifth. The Mountaineers put together a charge on the front nine on Monday to put some heat on JSU.

Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) opened with four birdies in his first six holes to get App going. He finished tied for 12th at 8-over, closing the event with a 73 (+1). He was 4-under through 10 holes before a double bogey on No. 11 set him back.

The highlight of the week came from sophomore Thomas Hodges (Waxhaw, N.C.), who aced the par three 14th in the second round on Sunday.

App sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) also started hot with birdies on three of his first six holes, he was 2-under through 14 holes before finishing with App’s low round of the day, a 72 (E). He finished tied for 21st at 11-over.

Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) finished at 16-over and tied for 34th, while Walker Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) was 66th and had a 78 (+6) on Monday.

App State returns to action on April 2 at the Wofford Invitational. The 54-hole event is played at the Country Club of Spartanburg.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Mike Hanlon has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Hanlon, a senior attacker from Haymarket, Va., tallied a game-high five goals and an assist in leading the Bears to a 12-11 league overtime victory over Tusculum last Saturday at home.

Hanlon, a 2016 first-team all-conference honoree, currently has 20 goals on the season and leads the league in both assists (20) and total points (40).

Hanlon is the third Lenoir-Rhyne player – sophomore attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) were the others – to earn league weekly offensive accolades.

Catawba’s Ryan Applegate was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (6-1, 4-0), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, puts its six-game winning streak on the line against Young Harris Tuesday on the road in Young Harris, Ga., beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars would play host to Cosmo Motors Night at the Races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with another great menu of racing.

The One Design Super Trucks rolled off first on the night with the #30 of Joey Shuryan on the pole and the #26 of Charlie Neill to his outside. From the start Neill would flex his muscle and jump to the early lead with Shuryan battling the #15 of Sheflon Clay, the #36 of Tyler Dayton, and the #51 of Allen Huffman for 2nd through 5th. The front runners Clay, Dayton, Huffman, and Shuryan would battle hard until Dayton would move by to make a run at the leader. He would come up just short as Neill would grab the win, in only his 2nd One Design Super Truck start, with Dayton finishing runnerup. Clay would hold on for the 3rd position, Shuryan would grab 4th, and Huffman would work his way from the back to round out the top 5.

Next up would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks and their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would grab the pole with Kevin Eby in the #03 starting to his outside. DeMarmels would nose ahead at the start but Eby would make him work hard as he would keep the pair side by side for several laps. DeMarmels would eventually pull ahead and drive to the win with Eby finishing 2nd. Terrence Tucker in #10 would make the most out of his first Hickory Motor Speedway 2017 visit by grabbing 3rd, while Marshall Sutton in the #64 and Eric Evans in the #07 would round out the top 5.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would line up next for Round #2 of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Racing Challenge with the #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey on the pole and Pat Rachels in the #34 to his outside. The pair would run side by side for a several laps until Rachels would finally nose ahead. Rachels and Pelfrey would run nose to tale for several laps until the #21 of Monty Cox would bring his Cadillac in to the mix. Cox would work his way around Pelfrey with 15 to go and set sail for the leader. Rachels would fight hard to maintain the lead but Cox would prove too tough and get around him for the lead with only 5 laps to go. Pelfrey would also take the opportunity to follow Cox and move by Rachels as the three men would mix it up for the win. Cox would drive on to the win and do his signature burnout on his way to Victory Lane. Pelfrey would finish 2nd and Rachel's would take home 3rd. Mitch Walker in the #29 would finish 4th with Alex Reece in the #18 finishing 5th.

The Renegades would hit the track next with the #69 of Ben Campbell at the point and the #71 of Kyle DiVanna in the #71 to his outside. Campbell would take the early lead with DiVanna close in his tire tracks. The pair would be glued together the first 8 laps until a caution would bunch the field. On the restart the pair would tangle with Campbell spinning sending them both to the back of the field for the restart. Danny Cump Jr. In the #97 would move to the point for the restart and mayhem would continue at the front of the field with numerous restarts and the entire field getting their shot at a top 3, at one time or another. When the dust settled Darren Dickinson in the #6 would be the first to checkered flag and grab another win with Kyle DiVanna close behind in 2nd. Crump would hold on for 3rd, David Hasson the #83 would take 4th, and Casey Meyer in the #18 would finish 5th.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models would be roaring to go after sitting in the wings waiting their turn and watching all the great racing action. Ryan Millington in the #76 would set the fast time and grab the pole with Charlie Watson in the #9 to his outside, Tal Davidson in the #77 and Justin Carroll in the #57 to his outside. Millington would move to the early lead in the 100 lap feature event while Watson and Carroll would soon join him. Watson would make his move after a few laps and jump to the front moving around Millington. The trio would run single file for numerous laps until Millington decided that he wanted to move back to the lead and would take the point. Carroll took the opportunity to look under Watson and moved to the 2nd position to begin his bid for the lead. Millington would lead for a few laps but Carroll would work his way around and take the top spot with Watson following around for 2nd. But as soon as things were looking good for Carroll it all changed as something went amiss in his drivetrain and he would have to come to the pits for the evening. A caution would fly with 9 laps to go and bunch the field for a final rally. Watson would take point, Millington to the outside, Davidson inside 2nd row, and Ty Gibbs in the #18 outside 2nd row. When the green flag flew Watson would get a great start and move back to the lead as Millington would have his hands full holding off Davidson. Watson would drive on to his 2nd win of the year with Millington holding on for 2nd. Davidson finished 3rd, Gibbs would grab 4th after coming back from a hard crash last week, and Mitch Walker in the #29 would finish 5th .

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Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/18/2017

Late Model - Feature

Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 9W Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
2 76 Ryan Millington Statesville, NC
3 77T Tal Davidson Mooresville, NC
4 18G Ty Gibbs Charlotte, NC
5 29M Mitch Walker Newton, NC
6 12G Andrew Garcia Eagle Pass TX, NC
7 41T Dennis Trivette Newton, NC
8 57C Justin Carroll Concord, NC
9 99E Matthew Elledge Statesville, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
11 51H Christopher Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
12 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
13 51P Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
14 31 Thomas Beane Hudson, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
2 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
3 34 Pat Rachels China Grove, NC
4 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
5 18R Alex Reece Granite Falls, NC
6 13J Mark Johnson Newton, NC
7 99E Matthew Elledge Statesville, NC
8 51H Christopher Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
9 3D Dylan Oliver Stanley, NC
10 43 Greg Wise Candler, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
2 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
3 97 Danny Crump, Jr. Morganton, NC
4 83 David Hasson Newton, NC
5 18 Casey Meyer Troutman, nc
6 51 Robbie Hollifield Morganton, NC
7 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
8 71D Robert Divanna Statesville, NC
9 1 Justin Austin

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
2 3 Kevin Eby Lenoir, NC
3 10 Terrence Tucker
4 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
5 7 Eric Evans Mooresville, NC
6 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
7 2J Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC

Super Trucks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown DQ/DNS/DNF
1 26 Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
2 36D Tyler Dayton Mooresville, NC
3 15C Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
4 30 Joey Shuryan Dearborn, MI
5 51 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
6 8 Robert Hapeman Midland, NC
7 99 David Messer Asheville, nc
8 3 Colby White Maiden, NC
9 15Z Zach Hale Catawba, NC

Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) fired out 73 strikes in 109 pitches to keep the game close, but the Texas State Bobcats hit a walk-off homer in extra innings to edge Appalachian State University softball 4-1 to take the three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon in San Marcos, Texas.

Appalachian State (11-12, Sun Belt 0-3) dropped a heart-breaker to Texas State (20-4, 5-0 Sun Belt) in eight innings after keeping the game tied at one apiece for five innings. Four different Mountaineers pounded out hits at the Bobcats Softball Stadium and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) scored the Apps’ sole run in the second inning.

Longanecker had an outstanding outing pitching her third complete game in 7.1 innings striking out three Bobcats, allowing four earned runs and did not give up any walks.

Texas State 4, App State 1 (8 innings)

A defensive showdown and a pitching duel dominated the Sunday conference ballgame allowing only three hits apiece from both squads after seven innings which kept the game tight.

Appalachian hopped onto the scoreboard first at the top of the second scoring a run on a throwing error, but the Bobcats answered back tacking on one run on a sac. bunt

Both Sun Belt conference teams tried to make something happen offensively to take the lead, but nothing opened up and the game went into extra innings.

After retiring Apps’ three batters following a Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./ Topsail) single, the Bobcats started the bottom of the eighth with a single and two bunts to advance runners to first and third. Up next was Ariel Ortiz who closed out the game with the walk-off home run to grab game three, 4-1.

App State held the Bobcats to one run for seven innings thanks to a great defensive output. Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) fielded a huge double play that emptied the bases to halt the Bobcats’ offensive threat in the bottom of the fourth, and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) turned in a solid performance at shortstop making multiple athletic plays to stop the Bobcats’ hits from touching the ground to keep the game close.

App State will return to Boone Wednesday, March 22 to play a doubleheader with UNC-Greensboro for their home opener at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. First pitch is set at 4 p.m.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Blanks Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (8-7, 2-4) picked up a 9-0 South Atlantic Conference road victory over Brevard (4-12, 0-6) Sunday afternoon.

The Bears rolled to the win with five players notching victories in singles and doubles play and snapped a two-match losing streak in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Virginia-Wise next Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m., at Hickory High School. Brevard faces league-foe Mars Hill on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as well in Mars Hill, N.C.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Brevard 0
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Brevard, N.C. (Brevard Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Cre Still (BC), 6-4, 6-1
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Tom Mittring (BC), 6-2, 7-5
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. J.R. Davis (BC), 6-2, 6-1
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Tim Hengst (BC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Will Christiansen (BC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Christoph Plasa (BC), 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Tom Mittring/J.R. Davis (BC), 8-5
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Cre Still/Will Christiansen (BC), 8-4
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Tim Hengst/Christoph Plasa (BC), 8-0

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-7, 2-4 SAC), Brevard (4-12, 0-6 SAC)

Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Sweeps Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (8-8, 2-4) shut out Brevard (1-14, 0-6), 9-0, Sunday afternoon on the road in a South Atlantic Conference contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne had three players – sophomores Iulia Ponomareva (Smolensk, RUSSIA) and Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN) and freshman Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (Panama City, PANAMA) – all win in singles and doubles competition.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lincoln Memorial on Friday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School. Brevard plays on the road next Saturday, March 25, against Mars Hill beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Brevard 0
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Brevard, N.C. (Brevard Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Kelsey Kushner (BC), 6-0, 6-0
2. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Sam Miranda (BC), 6-0, 6-0
3. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Katie Hatter (BC), 6-0, 6-1
4. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Carmen Boone (BC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Abbi Wood (LR) def. Audrey Cardwell (BC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Caroline Lindsey (LR) def. Gabi Harness (BC), 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Kelsey Kushner/Sam Miranda (BC), 8-0
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Katie Hatter/Audrey Cardwell (BC), 8-0
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Gabi Harness/Carmen Boone (BC), 8-0

Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-8, 2-4 SAC), Brevard (1-14, 0-6 SAC)

With extra innings seemingly on tap for Appalachian State University baseball in the series finale of its Sun Belt Conference opening week with No. 14 Louisiana, a would-be diving fly out was ruled to have hit the ground, putting the eventual winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth.

The Mountaineers (9-11, 1-2 Sun Belt) battled with the Ragin’ Cajuns (11-6, 2-1 Sun Belt) fell 4-3 on a walkoff safety squeeze two batters later after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third on Sunday afternoon at Russo Park.

After having an 11-hit explosion in Game Two, Appalachian had another good day in the batter’s box, despite having “just” five hits on the day.

For the first time all weekend, App State struck first on the scoreboard, putting up two runs in the third. Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) began the inning by drawing his 19th walk on the day (would finish with two on the day to have 20 overall) before Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) reached on a throwing error by the pitcher. Designated hitter Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) loaded the bases as he was sent to first base on catcher’s interference.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) then brought in two-thirds of Appalachian’s run total on a shot into center field’s no man’s land to bring in Curtis and Grubbs – his second and third RBI of the week.

Fourteenth-ranked Louisiana responded with two of its own, setting the stage for what would largely be a back-and-forth affair.

The Black and Gold would then get two hits, but no runs in the fourth, before Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to move their lead back to one – his second of the year. The Cajuns responded in the sixth inning, but would be held scoreless until their final at-bat.

Appalachian once again kept runs to a minimum on the defensive side. Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) went 5.2 innings on the day, allowing just six hits and three runs while striking out two. After getting the save in Game Two, Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) game in to provide relief in the sixth inning, striking out two batters and allowing one run.

Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) also made a brief appearance getting one out in two batters faced.

The pitching staff finished its opening conference weekend with a 3.20 ERA in 25.1 innings, finishing with 21 strikeouts and just nine earned runs overall compared to App State’s 13 earned runs.

After opening the season with 19 of 20 games on the road, the Mountaineers return to the High Country for five-straight games, beginning Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

Appalachian State fired the third-lowest round of the day (323) to climb three spots and finish ninth at the 2017 Lowcountry Invitational, which wrapped up on Sunday on the South Course at Moss Creek Golf Club.

The Mountaineers (+78) finished two shots back of Quinnipiac in ninth. High Point won the overall event (+62), three shots ahead of Gardner-Webb (+65). Seton Hall (+68) took third. Presbyterian’s Celia Mansour (+5) won the event by five strokes and was the only player to finish in single digits over par.

“Still not the performance we are capable of, but we battled better today,” App State head coach Heather Brown said. “I’m looking for us to learn from our mistakes this week and head to Georgia ready to compete.”

Senior Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was App’s top finisher, tying for sixth for a Top 10. She had three birdies during a 76 (+4) on Sunday.

Fellow senior Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) carded an 81 (+9) on Sunday to finish tied for 31st. Sophomore Jo Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) added an 83 (+11) to tie for 33rd.

Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) finished 47th with two birdies during a solid back nine in Sunday’s final round 83 (+12).

Freshman Melany Chong (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) added an 85 (+13).

App State returns to action next weekend the the John Kirk Panther Invitational in Stockbridge, Ga.

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