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Junior Sprinter P.J. Lotharp keeps reeling in the accolades after a record-breaking 2018-19 Indoor Track & Field season. The USTFCCA tabbed him as the Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year on Monday morning.

Lotharp, an Indian Trail, N.C. native, is ranked third nationally in the 60-meters at 6.73 and twelth nationally in the 200-meters at 21.36. It was at the South Atlantic Conference Championships where he won the 60, 200 and was a member of the record-breaking and first-place 4x400 relay team.

The last regional award winner for Lenoir-Rhyne was Kate Griewisch in 2011 and 2012.

Lotharp is set to compete in the 60 and 200 at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kan. this weekend.

Award winners were determined by a vote of the USTFCCCA member coaches and the regional awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Josh Lazenby has been named the South Atlantic Conference AstroTurf Men's Tennis Player of the Week for matches played February 25 through March 3, the Conference announced today.

Lazenby, a freshman from Beverley, England, led the Bears to a 2-0 record last week, extending their winning streak to six matches. He was perfect in both singles and doubles play; defeating opponents from Limestone and Tiffin at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles.

This is Lazenby's first Player of the Week selection this season.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:55

CVCC Baseball Drops Rubber Match to Pitt

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team fell 6-3 to 12th-ranked Pitt in Sunday morning’s conference match up at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.

The Bulldogs (7-3-1, 2-1 in Region X) recorded three solo home runs in the contest —one each off the bats of Chandler Blackwelder, Joey Goldsmith and Garrett Tyndall — in its three-run win.

Pitt took an early 2-0 lead in Sunday’s “rubber match,” scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth inning and Blackwelder’s solo blast in the sixth inning.

The Red Hawks (6-7, 2-3 in Region X) broke up the shutout in the bottom of the sixth inning when Garrison Burress’ single drove in Trent Jones.

Opening up a four-run lead, the Bulldogs scored threes runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Goldsmith homered and Josh Netterville record an RBI single in the seventh inning, and Caleb Morris added an RBI single in the eighth inning.

CVCC attempted a comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring on a pair of RBI singles by Jackson Brown and Jones.

Brown led the Red Hawks at the plate in Sunday’s nine-inning game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and third baseman Jamie Sheek also had two hits and a run scored.

Scoring for the fourth-straight inning, Tyndall’s solo home run in the ninth inning expanded Pitt’s lead back to three runs, and Bulldogs closer Noah Jones retired the final five Red Hawk batters to pick up his third save of the season.

CVCC starting pitcher Trae Starnes suffered his second loss of the season. Starnes allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and struck out five batters in his six-inning appearance.

The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Division I Spartanburg Methodist at Henkel-Alley Field.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:52

App State Men's Basketball Defeats Louisiana

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Hunter Seacat poured in a career-high 16 points as Appalachian State men's basketball recorded a 90-80 victory at Louisiana on Sunday afternoon.

Seacat went 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field and added eight rebounds (four offensive).

Ronshad Shabazz tallied a team-high 20 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line, and five rebounds. With four made field goals, Shabazz now has 699 field goals made in his career and is just two baskets shy of becoming the program's all-time leader.

Justin Forrest added 13 points and Tyrell Johnson finished with 15 points and three rebounds in a reserve role.

Isaac Johnson added 10 points and eight rebounds and Adrian Delph finished with nine points and four rebounds.

The Mountaineers used 15-4 run to open 23-13 lead, capped off by a trey from Shabazz, with 10:47 left in the opening half. The Black and Gold pushed its lead to as large as 12 points at 30-18, but a late surge by the Ragin' Cajuns trimmed the Mountaineer lead to 41-37 at the break.

Early in the second half, App State used a quick 5-0 spurt to build a 54-45 lead with 14:53 remaining. The Mountaineers expanded their lead to 16 points at 68-52 thanks to an 10-0 run with 8:18 left to play.

Louisiana chipped away at the Mountaineer lead and trimmed the App State lead to 78-71 with 2:56 left in the game, but Forrest drew a foul on the next possession and drained both free throws to push the Mountaineer lead back to nine.

Louisiana continued to chip away at the App State lead and a trey from P.J. Hardy cut the Mountaineer advantage to 83-78. Isaac Johnson was fouled on the next possession and drained both free throws to push the edge back to 85-78 with 56 seconds to go.

App State got another stop and Isaac Johnson was fouled again. He stepped to the line and hit both free throws to give the Black and Gold a nine-point lead and put the game away.

JaKeenan Gant had 23 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Ragin' Cajuns. Hardy added 16 points and six rebounds and Cedric Russell chipped in with 14 points.

The Mountaineers shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field and limited Louisiana to just 41.8 percent (28-of-67).

Appalachian State will return to Boone for its final two games of the regular season. App State will host Troy on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:51

Appalachian State Softball Lose Two

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Appalachian State (9-6) battled in two close competitions but ultimately fell to Miami 5-4 in extra innings and dropped one to Eastern Illinois 2-1.

App State vs. Miami (OH) (L, 4-5, 9 inn.)
The Apps' defense remained strong throughout the game. Haley Stewart made multiple diving plays to help the Mountaineers against the Redhawks, but Miami's bats powered through for the win.

The Mountaineers first scored in the top of the fourth inning. Jenny Dodd went 2-4 against the Redhawks, including an RBI double. The Apps collected six runs on six hits in their rematch against the Redhawks.

Miami tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning after a leadoff walk and a standup triple. International Tiebreaker took effect in the eighth inning, placing the last out at second base for both teams.

After a scoreless eighth inning, App State took the lead in the top of the ninth. Stewart's sacrifice bunt moved Caylie Kifer to third base. Dodd beat out the throw on a single to deep shortstop before Sidney Russell singled to the third baseman to bring in the go-ahead run for the Mountaineers. Ally Walters followed by beating out the throw from the third baseman to score Maddy Bloom, making the score 4-2.

Miami scored three in the bottom of the ninth to take the win in walk-off fashion. Sydney Holland was credited with the loss after her 3.1 innings pitched.

App State vs. Eastern Illinois (L, 1-2)
Taylor Nichols started in the circle, and Kenzie Longanecker came in to relieve. Longanecker came in during the fourth inning and escaped a bases-loaded situation by striking out the batter for the third out.

Mary Pierce Barnes made her second start for the Mountaineers and smashed a double to the outfield. Baylee Morton immediately followed with a double, bringing in the Mountaineers' sole run of the game.

The Panthers took the lead in the fourth inning on a two-RBI homer. The Apps fought until the end, but the Panthers held onto the win.

The Mountaineers continue play in Nashville this week for their first midweek doubleheader as they take on Tennessee State on Tuesday, Mar. 5.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:48

CVCC Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Pitt CC

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team split its home conference doubleheader with rival Pitt on Saturday afternoon at Henkel-Alley Field at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.

The Red Hawks improve to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in Region X play, while the Bulldogs are now 6-3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference games.

Game one: Pitt 2, Catawba Valley 1

Despite a dominant pitching performance from freshman Blake Dockery, the Red Hawks fell just short in a one-run loss in the opening game of the twin bill on Saturday.

Dockery tied a school record with a 14-strikeout performance in just six innings. He allowed only three hits, two walks and one earned run — a solo home run by Pitt left fielder Austin LaFollette in the fourth inning, which opened the game’s scoring.

CVCC tied the game in the fifth inning when shortstop Garrison Burress scored from third base on a wild pitch.

After center fielder Josh Netterville led the eighth inning off with a triple, the Bulldogs gained the lead for good after Mikey Polansky drove in Netterville on a sac fly.

The Red Hawks managed to get the tying run to second base during the ninth inning, but a fly out by Burress to center field ended the game.

Game two: Catawba Valley 3, Pitt 1

Behind timely hitting and a stout pitching performance on the mound from redshirt sophomore Logan Bender, the Red Hawks earned a two-run victory against the Bulldogs in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Bender allowed just three hits, one unearned run, two walks and struck out eight batters to earn his second victory of the season.

Pitt quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI single by Chandler Blackwelder, which plated Josh Netterville.

However, CVCC answered in the bottom of the first inning, tying the game on an RBI ground out by Tyler Campbell, who scored teammate R.J. Conner.

The Red Hawks scored the eventual game-winning runs in the bottom of the third inning, including Conner’s first collegiate home run and an infield RBI single by freshman catcher Cole Chapman.

After Bender exited in the top of the sixth inning, Red Hawks receiver Nic Messina closed out the final two innings of the contest, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks and striking out four batters to earn his second save of 2019.

With its biggest offensive outburst in a decade, Appalachian State Baseball posted its highest-ever run total in Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium during a 24-3 home victory against Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

The record-setting win completed the rain-shortened weekend series with the Runnin’ Bulldogs, who started Saturday’s doubleheader with a 12-3 victory.

Appalachian (3-6) closed the doubleheader with 23 hits, including four apiece from Luke Drumheller and Robbie Young, while amassing as many as 24 runs for the first time since a 24-4 road victory against Furman in 2009.

The program record for single-game runs is 26, set during a road win against Elon in 2008, and the Mountaineers’ previous high for runs at their 12-year-old stadium was 23 against UNC-Asheville in 2008. Their 23-2 victory at Davidson in 2007 was their last win by at least 21 runs.

“I think everyone just stuck to (hitting) coach (Erik) Lunde’s plan, and we were all seeing the ball well,” Drumheller said. “It was great to see the bats explode the way they did.”

On the mound, App State starter Tyler Tuthill (2-1) allowed no runs and just one hit (off a leaping infielder’s glove) through five innings. He finished with three earned runs allowed and three strikeouts in seven innings, as Austin Primm and Jack Hartman didn’t allow any hits over two scoreless innings of relief against the Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-2).

The Mountaineers turned two double plays defensively in an error-free game, recorded seven extra-base hits and had 12 players post at least one hit. They led 1-0 before blowing the game open with a three-run third and five-run fourth. App State added two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, five in the seventh and six in the eighth — Bret Baldwin could have circled the bases on an outfield error that let the ball roll to the wall, but he was stopped at third by assistant coach Britt Johnson.

Young reached base in all six plate appearances during his 4-for-4 night that included a walk, a hit by pitch and four runs scored. Drumheller was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs and one walk, designated hitter Dalton Williams went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs and two walks in his first start and Hayden Cross went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in his first start at catcher.

Center fielder Tyler Leek went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a triple in his first start, Phillip Cole also scored three runs, Luke Allison was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in his third straight start at third base and Bailey Welch went 2-for-5 with two runs. Kendall McGowan also contributed a triple and scored twice.

In the series opener, Allison and Riley Smith had two hits apiece. Smith scored twice, and Welch produced two RBIs.

Gardner-Webb scored four times in the third inning and three times in the fifth inning, with only four of those seven runs being earned. The Runnin’ Bulldogs had two runners on with a 1-0 lead in the third inning when a line drive to the outfield turned from a potential diving catch for the third out into a 4-0 advantage for the visitors, as Chandler Redmond officially recorded a two-run triple and raced home on a mishandled relay throw.

App State heads to Florida on Monday in preparation for a Tuesday night game at Florida Atlantic (5-6) and a Wednesday night game at Miami (7-2).

Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:40

L-R Softball Wins Sixth Straight

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Playing against two of the top teams in the region, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team earned an impressive sweep of Georgia College and Young Harris on Saturday evening. Rain changed the schedule over the course of the weekend but didn't stop LR from pushing their winning streak to six straight.

Against Georgia College, the Bears got on the board in the top of the first on an RBI base hit from Leanna Sherrill and a bases-loaded walk to Mackensi Swain. However, the Bobcats would rally with a pair in the bottom of the fourth to even the score.

Each team would score a run in the sixth before LR pushed across two in the top of the seventh to take control. Swain hit the first of her two homers of the night and Kory Hammett singled in a run.

Brandi Parks would pick up her sixth win of the season by allowing just one earned run. Parks struck out four and allowed just four base hits to a tough lineup.

Savannah Moorefield went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Erin Boone had a four-hit game. Boone added a run scored and an RBI.

Against Young Harris, Parks was dominant in the nightcap, firing a complete game four-hitter. Parks struck out three and tossed her second complete game shutout of the season.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when LR erupted for four runs. Talon LaClair stroked an RBI single to right field to score Moorefield to set the stage for Swain. The first basemen crushed a 3-run homer to left field to seal the LR win.

Boone added two more hits in game two as did LaClair. Moorefield went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk and added a double.

With her two homers today, Swain has four bombs on the season. Swain has homered in three different states so far this year: Florida, North Carolina and now Georgia.

Parks is tied for second in the league with seven wins. Swain is tied for fourth in the conference in long balls.

LR is 10-5 on the season. The Bears return home for the first time since Feb. 16 when they host Erskine on Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team celebrated their five seniors as they played their final home game of their careers inside Shuford Gymnasium. The Bears came out victorious 58-55 over Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, launching them into the No. 4 seed heading into the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Wednesday.

Three Bears put in double-figures in scoring as Madeline Hardy lead the team with 14, followed closely by senior Madi Suddreth with 13, including six of the team's final 10 of the game to secure the victory, and Kennedy Weigt who added 10 herself.

LMU was led by Griffith twins, Emily with 18 and Rachel with 13 points on the night.

Kendall Toineeta had more assists than points, 9-8, and adds on to her historic career in assists as she came into the game leading the SAC in assists per game.

The seniors honored tonight all received the start in the contest and combined for 26 of the team's 58 points.

With the win, the Bears secured the No. 4 seed in the SAC Tournament, meaning the Bears will play host to Newberry on Wednesday March 6 with a time to be determined.

The back-and-forth home finale featured a defensive battle that saw eight ties and 12 different lead changes.

Lenoir-Rhyne ended the regular season on a four-game win streak. With the win their home record is above .500 at 7-6 and they increase their overall win total from 2017-18 by one game and their conference record by two from the same season.

The Bears are 16-12 overall and 11-9 in the SAC. The Bears will play host as the No. 4 seed in the SAC Tournament as the welcome in the Newberry Wolves as the No. 5 seed.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:34

L-R Women's Lacrosse Downs UVa-Wise

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team defeated UVA Wise on Saturday afternoon, 16-11.

The Bears took advantage of home field, dominating draw controls (22-7), ground balls (20-19), and shots on goal (30-28).

Lenoir-Rhyne had 10 different players put in goals in the game, led by Kaley Harris and Gabby Sousa who each had a hat trick while Rachel Elmore and Alyssa Sack each had two. 16 different Bears recorded at least one ground ball while nobody had more than two.

Elmore was nearly unstoppable on draw controls, winning eight of those, which is more than the road team had combined.

UVA Wise had a duo of hat trick scorers in the form of Jesse French and Caroline Earnshaw. McKayla Grasham led the Cavaliers with four ground balls.

Cristi Rowland was dynamite in goal for the Bears, getting the win and 10 saves in the process of giving up just seven goals in a little over 39 minutes played.

10 saves is Rowland's career high in goal.

This is the second-straight win for the Bears. 16 goals seem to be a key for Lenoir-Rhyne as that is their winning-score each time they have taken a victory this season.

Cathleen Gaffney continues to be the player to watch for the Bears, as she has eight goals but 12 assists on the season, good enough for 20 points to lead the Bears. Elmore continues to lead Lenoir-Rhyne with 15 goals scored this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 3-2 on the season. The Bears will hit the road as they take on Young Harris College on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

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