Lenoir-Rhyne women's swimming went to East Carolina University on Saturday Afternoon to face a pair of Division 1 schools. The Quad-Meet included East Carolina and Campbell, a pair of Division 1 schools and Catawba, like LR a member of the Bluegrass Mountain Conference. LR did come away with a victory over Catawba but fell to ECU and Campbell. It is the second straight year the Bears have completed in this East Carolina Invite, but first time ever L-R has faced Campbell in the pool.
East Carolina 186, Lenoir Rhyne: 76
Lenoir Rhyne: 140, Catawba 117
Campbell 203, Lenoir Rhyne: 53
Kimberly Scheiber placed 4th in 200 Yard Breaststroke (2.30.12, season best). Kiana Schumacher placed 5th in 100 Yard Backstroke (1:02.19). Lauren Muehl placed 9th in 100 Yard Breaststoke (1:14.94). Lisa Boenigen placed 7th in 200 Yard Butterfly (2:11.41) and Lauren Rutherford placed 9th in 100 Yard Freestyle (56.81)
L-R Will head to Spartanburg, N.C. Saturday to compete in the Converse Invite against host Converse and St. Andrews.
In a matchup of division leaders, No. 24 Appalachian State rolled to its first win as a ranked FBS team.
The league-leading and now bowl-eligible Mountaineers are the lone Sun Belt team without a conference loss following their 52-7 home victory against ULM on homecoming Saturday.
After the Warhawks posted a touchdown on the game's opening possession, App State (6-0, 3-0) scored the next 52 points, including 31 straight to take a 24-point lead into the break of their 250th win in Kidd Brewer Stadium.
"We were well aware that no Sun Belt football team has ever been ranked for two straight weeks in the history of the conference," first-year App State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said, "so we were motivated to write our own history and to always compete to do it better than it's been done before."
Zac Thomas threw for 214 yards, rushed for 58 and had a hand in four touchdowns, including three through the air. Darrynton Evans scored once while rushing for 136 yards on 17 carries, and he added a touchdown catch as part of his 41 receiving yards for App State, which is responsible for two of the three Sun Belt teams to ever crack the Top 25.
With a strong effort from the offensive line, the Mountaineers put up 572 total yards, including 302 on the ground.
Defensively, they limited standout quarterback Caleb Evans to 75 passing yards and held high-scoring ULM (3-4 2-1) to 213 total yards, including only 121 yards after its game-opening touchdown drive. After throwing for 61 yards on the opening drive, Evans completed five of his final 13 attempts for 14 yards before he was replaced in the third quarter by Colby Suits, who went 2-for-8 for 27 yards.
Josh Thomas had a big fumble return to set up a score, Shaun Jolly intercepted a pass for the third time this season and Jordan Fehr added his first interception of the season.
"I felt like they were going to try and make it a shootout," Thomas said. "I just wanted to make sure that our players were ready to play from the get go."
With App State behind 7-0, Darrynton Evans rushed for a 59-yard touchdown on his team's third play from scrimmage, sprinting through a hole created by H-back Henry Pearson's open-field block on a linebacker and a wall created by left guard Ryan Neuzil, center Noah Hannon and right guard Baer Hunter.
A three-and-out secured by Nick Hampton's tackle set up a 12-play, 76-yard touchdown drive to give App State the lead for good. Marcus Williams Jr.'s first three runs netted 40 yards, and Zac Thomas hit Thomas Hennigan for a 6-yard touchdown pass.
App State struck again thanks to a forced fumble by George Blackstock, who knocked the ball loose as Fehr began to bring down ULM's runner. Josh Thomas recovered the ball at the App State 39 and gained 37 yards on a return to the ULM 24.
Five plays after the fumble return, Zac Thomas bulled into the end zone on a 1-yard keeper to help push App State ahead 21-7 late in the first quarter.
Thomas' 54-yard pass to Corey Sutton, who gained 44 yards after breaking a tackle at the App State 41, set up Chandler Staton's 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Jolly ended the next drive with an interception, and App State bounced back from its first lost fumble of the season to add one more score before halftime.
Thomas directed an eight-play, 64-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by his 32-yard keeper to the ULM 15. Two plays later, from the 1, senior tight end Collin Reed secured the 11th touchdown catch of his career.
By the break, Evans had 130 rushing yards on 13 carries, and App State converted 13 of its 18 third-down chances in the game.
"You just have to do your job," said Hannon, who has started 32 straight games at center. "The coaches put a scheme together, so that if we do our job, the plays will hit."
The Mountaineers continued to increase the margin after halftime, moving ahead 38-7 on Thomas' 15-yard touchdown pass to Evans. Fehr came up with his interception in the third quarter, and Williams added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Jacob Huesman's 56-yard touchdown on a short pass to the speedy Jalen Virgil capped the scoring.
App State will retain a Top 25 ranking when it returns to action next Saturday for an ESPNU game at South Alabama.
"I think that it was just good for us to get this win under us and still be ranked," Thomas said. "I think that shows a lot about our team that we can put stuff behind us ... All week, we preach that you just have to keep fighting and don't let the news get too big for your head. I think we did a good job like we do every week trying to be 1-0 every week."
The No. 8 ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer team downed Wingate 3-1 Saturday evening on the road.
Hannah Van Eerden started the scoring off in the 14th minute putting the Bears up 1-0. Van Eerden then found the back of the net again off a set piece assist from Neve Duston in the 27th minute. Van Eerden now has 9 goals on the season which is tied for first in the SAC with teammate Aqsa Mushtaq.
Wingate would finally put one in the net in the 87th minute.
Allie Zueger capped things off for the Bears with a chip over the keeper in the 87th minute.
LR outshot Wingate 13 (7 SOG) - 10 (6 SOG).
Charlotte Warner finished with five saves.
LR moved into a tie for first in the SAC with Carson-Newman and Wingate.
The Bears are 11-2 overall, 6-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Anderson Saturday at 7:30pm.
The No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team moved to 7-0 with an impressive 36-23 victory over Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon. The win extended the LR regular-season winning streak to 17 straight and their South Atlantic Conference winning streak to 12 straight. Additionally, LR has won 11 straight games inside Moretz Stadium, the second-longest streak in Division II. In addition, after losing 31 straight from 1979-2009 to the Eagles, the Bears have now won seven of their last nine against Carson-Newman.
For the third straight game, Lenoir-Rhyne scored in the first two minutes of the game. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Jaquay Mitchell took the first offensive play of the day 65-yards down to the one yard line before Ameen Stevens punched it in to put LR up 7-0. Just under three minutes later, Carson-Newman's punter Nate Craft fumbled the snap out of the back of the end zone for a safety to put the Bears ahead 9-0.
The lead was pushed to 16-0 when Grayson Willingham ran it in from one yard out on a broken play as the Bears flexed their muscle early. The Eagles would respond with a back-to-back touchdown runs from QB Derrick Evans to cut the lead to 16-14. The second TD drive was especially impressive for the visitors who went 88 yards in 20 plays and ate up 11:09 on the drive and were aided by a fourth-down penalty by the Bears to keep the drive alive.
Leading by just two, Grayson Willingham engineered a quick response. With 1:11 remaining in the half, Willingham led a drive that went 67 yards in just four plays which was capped by a perfect 26-yard TD pass to Demarius Hampton. That touchdown tied him for the all-time lead at Lenoir-Rhyne with 39 career TD passes.
The teams would trade third quarter field goals before Ameen Stevens added his second TD run -- and fifth in his past two games -- to put the Bears up 33-17. The Eagles scored with 7:16 left to play but failed on the two point conversion and also the onside kick attempt.
Carson-Newman entered the game averaging 346 yards rushing per game but were held to just 158 yards on 44 carries with 62 of them coming on two plays. Evans two rushing touchdowns match the amount of TDs on the ground LR had given up all season. Also, a 37-yard run by Antonio Wimbush was the longest run against LR this season.
Clayton Horn had 10 tackles, including eight of the solo variety, and added a crucial fumble recovery on the C-N seven yard line in the fourth quarter. Kyle Dugger added nine tackles and Sherrod Williams sealed the game with a strip-sack in the fourth quarter. The senior LB added eight stops.
Deondre Lester made his first career start and caught a career-high four balls for 35 yards.
Michael Owen was outstanding for the Bears, punting three times with all three landing inside the 10 including one at the one yard line.
LR is 7-0 overall, 5-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears continue conference play when they travel to Limestone on Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team started the season with a 7-0 victory over Lees-McRae at home Saturday morning.
Rhodri Atkinson and Josh Lazenby led the Bears in No.1 Doubles def. Popovic/Wang 6-3. Alex Hyman/Eric van Nunen also contributed in No. 2 doubles winning a nail-biter 7-6.
Van Nunen and Tales Miranda dominated the on the singles side only allowing a set a piece to their opponents. Lewis Scott defeated Popovic 6-1,6-4 for the decisive win that put the Bobcats away.
"They have put in a lot of work and it is definitely showing," said Head Coach Jesse Tarr. "Lees-McRae is a tough, well-coached team. We had to play well from start to finish."
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 63
South Caldwell: 34
St. Stephens: 14
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 37
East Burke: 14
West Caldwell: 14
Fred T. Foard: 13
West Iredell: 25
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 23
Lake Norman Charter: 7
North Lincoln: 42
App State women's soccer snapped it's three-game losing streak with a 3-0 win against ULM Friday night at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers improve to 5-8-2 and 2-4-1 in the Sun Belt, while the Warhawks fall to 3-10-2 and 0-7 in Sun Belt play. Appalachian also maintains a 5-0-2 unbeaten record at home.
Appalachian came out strong with Kyndall Edwards (Monroe, N.C. / Sun Valley) rising high to score a header from the delivery of Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman). Brown doubled the lead less than seven minutes later with a free-kick from the left side of the penalty area in the upper-90, giving the senior goals in back-to-back games while it's the first time this season she has turned in a performance with at least one goal and one assist.
The offense stayed on the attack with 10 more shots in the final 31:30 of the first period, six of which were on target attempted by four different student-athletes. App went into the half with a commanding 2-0 lead.
App State tacked on one more on the board when Emma McGibany (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) scored her first collegiate goal after Blair Anderes' (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) shot came off the post, rebounded back to her and set up McGibany for the score.
Kerry Eagleston (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) made the start between the posts for the Apps, seeing 73 minutes of action and allowing zero goals with one save, while Alisa Ostwald (Germany_ came in for the final 17 minutes to finish things off with one save. The defense did a stellar job of allowing ULM to get off any clean looks as the two shots on frame by ULM were a season-best for the Black and Gold.
The Apps posted a dominating 22-6 edge in shots and for the second time this season, tallied double-digit shots on goal with a season-high 11. Fourteen of the 22 players who attempted at least one shot with Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) and Hayley Boyles (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) firing off three attempts.
Appalachian will look to end the home slate with an unblemished mark against Arkansas State on Sunday at 12 p.m. for Senior Day. App will honor nine members in Taylor Ray, Ava Dawson, Jess Easley Kayce Ransone, Blair Anderes, Tristin Derrick, Kristin Brown, Maggie Hanusek and student assistant Heather Ostwalt.
Emma Longley, Kara Spicer and Victoria Wilform each had 11 kills, but Appalachian State volleyball dropped a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-23) contest to Coastal Carolina on Friday evening in the Holmes Center.
Wilform hit .320 in the contest, reaching double figures in kills for the fourth straight contest and sixth time in the last seven matches. Spicer hit .286 and has now reached double figures in kills 14 times on the season. Longley has now posted 10 or more kills in eight straight matches and 14 of her last 15 contests.
Sam Bickley dished out 34 assists and added five digs. On defense, Sydney Farthing, Morgan Flores and Emma Reilly all had six digs for the Mountaineers (9-12, 5-3 SBC).
Coastal Carolina (18-2, 8-0 SBC), jumped out to a 11-3 advantage, thanks to an early 9-1 run in the opening frame. App State chipped away at the lead and trimmed the Chanticleer edge to four points at 14-10 on a kill from Spicer, before Coastal Carolina used a pair of 3-0 spurts to take control of the set en route to a 25-17 victory.
In Set 2, App State won three consecutive points to take a 7-6 lead. The Chanticleers jumped back in front 12-10, before a kill and block solo from Spicer knotted the score at 12-12. Coastal Carolina answered with a 6-1 run to build a 18-13 advantage. Trailing 24-21, the Black and Gold use back-to-back kills from Longley to pull within 24-23. On the next point, Kyla Manning clinched the set for the Chanticleers with a kill.
App State used a 6-0 run in the third set to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 11-6 lead. The Chanticleers responded with the next five points to tie the score at 11-11. The Mountaineers came right back with three of the next four points, capped by a Spicer service ace, to build a 14-12 advantage. With the Chanticleers leading 18-17, the Mountaineers scored three straight points, getting a kill from Spicer and Wilform in the process, to take a 20-18 lead. Coastal Carolina jumped back in front later in the set 23-22, before a Chanticleer attack error tied the set at 23-23. From there, Coastal Carolina used back-to-back kills to clinch the set and victory.
The Mountaineers registered 37 kills and hit .242 in the contest, while the Chanticleers finished with 42 kills and hit .405.
App State will remain in the High Country for a pair of home matches next weekend. On Oct. 25, the Mountaineers will host UT Arlington at 6:30 p.m. in their Dig Pink match. The Black and Gold then welcome Sun Belt West Division leader Texas State to the Holmes Center on Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team fell to Anderson in straight sets, 3-0 on the road Friday. The Bears have now dropped seven straight to Anderson. LR swept Anderson in 2015 but haven't found the win column since.
Hannah Houston and Alannah Thomas each had seven kills to lead the Bears who hit .096 as a team. Ashley Hawkins led LR with 21 digs and Selena Scudder paced the Bears with 14 assists. Regan Duty had a match-high nine kills and Emily Conlin handed out 33 assists.
Anderson hit .250 as a squad and had just nine errors, compared to 21 by LR. Anderson also held a 5-2 advantage in service aces and blocks.
This marks the seventh straight game away from home for the Bears as the enter the final stretch of a nine-game road swing.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 11-8 overall, 6-5 in the South Atlantic Conference.
The sixth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program completed a two-match swing in Virginia on Friday with a pair of sweeps against Bryant & Stratton and Richard Bland College.
With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 26-4 overall, and the victory over the Bobcats moves CVCC's conference record to a perfect 10-0.
No. 6 Catawba Valley 3, Bryant & Stratton 0
The Red Hawks made it 136 straight conference wins on Friday morning by defeating the Bobcats on the road in straight sets.
Set scores were 25-16, 25-14 and 25-14.
Emma Clark led Catawba Valley with 11 kills and four blocks. During the match, Clark became just the second-ever CVCC volleyball player to reach 300 blocks in her Red Hawk career — joining former Red Hawk and UNC Charlotte standout Anna Henderson.
Also leading the attack for the Red Hawks against the Bobcats were Lilly Weaver (six kills), Sage Harrington (five kills) and Macy Pope (four kills and eight assists).
Defensively, CVCC libero Bre Myers tallied a team-high 10 digs, setter Amber Barker led the team with 10 assists and defensive specialist Abigail Gordon made a team-best four aces.
No. 6 Catawba Valley 3, Richard Bland 0
The Red Hawks closed out their Virginia road trip with a non-conference sweep against the Statesmen on Friday afternoon.
Set scores were 25-22, 25-18 and 25-15.
Emma Clark once again paced Catawba Valley, recording 15 kills and six blocks. Sage Harrington added six kills and two blocks for the Red Hawks, while Aasia McNeill and Lilly Weaver both recorded five kills each
CVCC setters Amber Barker (13) and Macy Pope (10) combined for 23 assists to help facilitate their team's offense.
Defensively, Catawba Valley libero Bre Myers recorded a team-high 13 digs. Barker added nine digs and Pope tallied eight.
The CVCC volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday for its final regular-season home match of 2019. The Red Hawks welcome Belmont Abbey for "Sophomore Night" at the Tarlton Complex. Match time is set for 6 p.m.
Kylee Frady finished fourth overall to lead Appalachian State women's cross country to a fourth place finish at the VertCross Invitational on Friday evening.
App State tallied 87 points in the meet, which featured 19 teams. Host High Point won the team title with 47 points, Wake Forest and Clemson both finished with 59 points, with the Tigers winning the tiebreaker to finish second.
Frady navigated the 6K course in 21:53.63, finishing over nine seconds ahead of the next competitor.
Sarah Venable and Sarah Sandreuter also posted top-20 finishes for the Mountaineers. Venable placed 13th overall in 22:30.82 and Sandreuter was 17th with a time of 22:49.92.
Lila Peters finished 23rd in 23:01.62, Natalie Richardson crossed 32nd in 23:18.43 and Madi Provo was 38th with a time of 23:28.23.
The Mountaineers will shift their focus to the Sun Belt Championships, which take place on Nov. 2 in McDonough, Ga. App State has won two of the past three conference titles, including last year.
1. High Point, 47; 2. Wake Forest, 59; 3. Clemson, 59; 4. Appalachian State, 87; 5. Charleston Southern, 119; 6. Radford, 212; 7. ETSU, 214; 8. VMI, 288; 9. USC Upstate, 306; 10. Winthrop, 307; 11. King, 315; 12. UNC-Asheville, 319; 13. Longwood, 357; 14. Mount Olive, 394; 15. Gardner-Webb, 407; 16. Roanoke, 410; 17. Guilford, 482; 18. Limestone, 483; 19. Salem, 537
Appalachian State men's cross country placed five runners in the top-20 to win the Vertcross Invitational on Friday evening.
The Mountaineers tallied 57 points in the meet to win the championship. High Point was second with 64 points and Clemson finished third with 65 points.
App State has now won two of four meets it has scored in this season and posted a top-seven finish in all four scored races.
Isaac Benz led the Black and Gold across the finish line for the third time this season, finishing third overall on the 8K course in 25:14.8. Benz now has three top-three finishes on the season.
Ben Cignarale and Oliver Wilson-Cook both recorded top-15 finishes for App State. Cignarale placed 11th overall in 25:38.8 and Wilson-Cook was 14th in 25:43.7.
Ryan Brown finished 16th with a time of 25:43.8 and Michael Flanagan was right behind in 17th in 25:48.8.
Ethan Barber placed 14th in 26:05.1, reigning Sun Belt Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week Lawson Benfield placed 27th in 26:12.4 and Sawyer Gwyn-Rowsom was 29th in 26:16.7.
App State will compete next at the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2 in McDonough, Ga.
1. Appalachian State, 57; 2. High Point, 64; 3. Clemson, 65; 4. VMI, 100; 5. Charleston Southern, 117; 6. North Carolina A&T, 137; 7. UNC-Asheville, 199; 8. Radford, 227; 9. USC Upstate, 228; 10. Roanoke, 274; 11. King, 356; 12. Winthrop, 359; 13. Longwood, 384; 14. William Peace, 456; 15. Hampden-Sydney, 462.
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
North Lincoln: 2
East Lincoln: 3
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 2
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 0
East Burke: 1
Fred T. Foard: 3
West Iredell: 0
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Watauga, ppd. rain. Rescheduled for Thursday
Alexander Central: 5
South Caldwell: 9
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 11
West Caldwell: 5
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 5
West Lincoln: 1