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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:25

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Upset Bid Falls Short

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The Wingate Men’s Tennis Team (11-5, 9-1) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (8-11, 1-6) by a 6-3 score Monday in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite the play of senior Marvin Mueller (Hagen, GERMANY), who won at first singles and first doubles.

Mueller teamed with senior Patrick Bauer (Helmstedt, GERMANY) to beat Wingate’s Neal Towlson (Warwick, BERMUDA) and Sebastian Hall (Lorrach, GERMANY) at first doubles by an 8-4 score.

Mueller is 13-4 on the year at singles play including a 12-3 mark in the top spot.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Brevard, N.C., to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Wingate plays at Coker in a league contest on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., as well.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Wingate 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
April 6, 2015
Hickory, N.C.
Hickory High School

Singles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller (LR) def. Neal Towlson (WU), 6-3, 6-1
2. Sebastian Hall (WU) def. Robin Hochguertel (LR), 6-4, 7-5
3. Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Amir Zari (WU), 6-4, 6-2
4. Connor Kudrick (WU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-2, 6-2
5. Filippo Pezzoli (WU) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 6-2, 6-1
6. Josh DuToit (WU) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Neal Towlson/Sebastian Hall (WU), 8-4
2. Connor Kudrick/Amir Zari (WU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Matthew Ledford (LR), 8-1
3. Filippo Pezzoli/Tyler Schofer (WU) def. Robin Hochguertel/John Christian Reid (LR), 8-5
Records: Wingate (11-5, 9-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-11, 1-6 SAC)

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 09:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Falls to Wingate

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The Wingate Women’s Tennis Team (12-4, 10-0) clinched at least a share of its fifth consecutive South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with an 8-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (8-10, 3-4) Monday at Hickory High School.

The Bears’ lone win came at first doubles when seniors Dominique Bruce (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA) and Zorica Djuric (Belgrade, SERBIA) beat Wingate’s Becca Thomas (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Andrea Ternera (Bogota, COLOMBIA) by an 8-2 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match Tuesday afternoon in Brevard, N.C., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Wingate 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
April 6, 2015
Hickory, N.C.
Hickory High School

Singles competition:
1. Andrea Ternera (WU) def. Zorica Djuric (LR), 6-4, 7-5
2. Caroline Holland (WU) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 6-4, 6-0
3. Oroma Womeodu (WU) def. Lucy Stofberg (LR), 7-5, 6-3
4. Layla Tanik (WU) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR), 6-4, 6-2
5. Becca Thomas (WU) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-1, 6-0
6. Maria Garcia (WU) def. Maggie Brown (LR), 8-1

Doubles competition:
1. Dominique Bruce/Zorica Djuric (LR) def. Becca Thomas/Andrea Ternera (WU), 8-2
2. Oroma Womeodu/Maria Garcia (WU) def. Lela Sparks Thompson/Taylor Snowdon (LR), 8-2
3. Caroline Holland/Layla Tanik (WU) def. Jessica Rumple/Amanda Bryan (LR), 8-1
Records: Wingate (12-4, 10-0 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-10, 3-4 SAC)

Scott Webster and Trey Morris earned singles victories, but Appalachian State University men’s tennis fell to Sun Belt Conference foe Georgia State by a 5-2 final in a neutral-site contest on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (8-11) dropped the doubles point to fall behind the Panthers (8-12) early and were never able to fully recover.

Appalachian’s No. 3 doubles pairing of Morris/Oliver Casey earned an 8-5 win, but losses at the No. 1 (8-6) and No. 2 spots (8-2) gave Georgia State the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead.

In singles play, three contests went to decisive third sets as Morris grabbed a thrilling win at No. 6 (6-4, 4-6, 10-7) and Webster was a winner at No. 2 (1-6, 6-0, 6-2).

Webster’s victory moved him to a team-best 15-4 on the season and marked his first victory at the No. 2 spot this year while Morris moved to 11-8 this year including a 9-5 mark at No. 6.

Zach Bost was able to force a third set at No. 4 singles, but ultimately fell by a score of 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 and the Panthers picked up straight-set wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 to take the match.

The Mountaineers return to action on Wednesday when they play host to Gardner-Webb as part of a season-ending, three-match homestand.

Georgia State 5, Appalachian State 2
Apr 05, 2015 at Johnson City, Tenn.

Singles competition
1. Koeke,Jannis (GSU) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-3, 6-2
2. Scott Webster (APP) def. Kennedy,Zack (GSU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
3. Acuna,Sebastian (GSU) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-2, 7-5
4. Andrukhou, Andrei (GSU) def. Zach Bost (APP) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
5. Chevallier,Sofiane (GSU) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4, 6-2
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. Jaworski,Felipe (GSU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7

Doubles competition
1. Chevallier,Sofiane/Kennedy,Zack (GSU) def. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-6
2. Acuna,Sebastian/Andrukhou, Andrei (GSU) def. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) 8-2
3. Oliver Casey/Trey Morris (APP) def. Koeke,Jannis/Jaworski,Felipe (GSU) 8-5

Match Notes
Appalachian State 8-11
Georgia State 8-12

Appalachian State University baseball banged out 14 hits but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Troy’s even hotter bats in a 12-5 loss to the Trojans on Sunday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With the defeat, Appalachian State (10-23, 3-12 Sun Belt) dropped this weekend’s Sun Belt Conference series to Troy (17-16, 6-6 Sun Belt), two games to one.

Sunday’s series finale was a wild affair from the outset, as the Mountaineers led 4-3 after a crazy first inning that lasted 39 minutes and saw the teams combine for eight hits, two errors and 66 pitches thrown. Appalachian had six of the eight hits in the first, including a two-run double by Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) and an RBI bunt single by Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant).

However, despite plating four runs and taking a one-run lead, the Mountaineers left the bases loaded to end the first. They would go on to strand a total of nine baserunners in the first four innings (three in the first and two apiece in the second, third and fourth).

The missed opportunities to pad its lead would come back to haunt App State, as Troy tied the score with a run in the third, regained the lead with another single run in the fourth and blew the game wide open with five-run fifth that gave it a commanding 10-4 advantage.

The Trojans extended the lead to 12-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh before the Mountaineers closed out the scoring on an RBI single by Parker Henderson (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge) in the bottom of the frame. The hit and RBI were the first of the true freshman’s career.

Redshirt freshman Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) went 3-for-4 to pace Appalachian State’s 14-hit attack. The Mountaineers’ 14 hits were just one shy of a season high but the Mountaineers were plagued by 12 stranded baserunners. Over the course of the three-game series, Appalachian recorded 32 hits but left 32 men on base.

Troy topped the Mountaineers’ offensive outburst with 17 hits in Sunday’s victory, highlighted by No. 9 hitter Calhoun Tripp’s 3-for-4 effort. Seven different Trojans had multiple hits in the win.

Appalachian State begins a six-game road stint on Tuesday with a non-conference battle at No. 18 South Carolina. Game time is currently slated for 7 p.m. at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Teams completed competition on Saturday at the VertKlasse Meeting at Dick Vert Stadium on the campus of High Point University.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) placed second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.21 seconds while junior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.) was eighth in the men’s javelin throw (157’1”) and 11th in the men's hammer throw (153'5").

In distance running, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) with 10th in the men’s 5,000-meter run (15:17).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) also placed 11th in the men's discus throw (143'9").

On the women’s side, freshman Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) was seventh in the discus throw (129’3”) and eighth in the javelin throw (108’5”) for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Ashley Wells (Arrington, Va.) was 10th in the women’s javelin throw (106’7”) as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in Western Carolina University’s Beynon Catamount Classic on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, in Cullowhee, N.C.

Appalachian State University track and field finished up the second day of the VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday by posting 35 top-ten finishes.

William Buckley posted a second-place finish in the 100 meter dash to start the day, finishing with a time of 10.43 for a personal best. Marshall McRae followed in sixth-place with a time of 10.75. Buckley’s time puts him fifth on the Appalachian all-time list.

Buckley and McRae then placed third and fifth, respectively, in the 200 meter dash. Buckley’s time of 21.30 was another personal best and ranks ninth on the Appalachian all-time list.

Ryan Hastings placed third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.38 and Raphael Rojas finished in fourth with a time of 48.68.

Stanley Broaden took sixth in the 110 meter hurdles, posting a time of 14.89, and then finished third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.19.

Appalachian’s 4x100 meter relay team took first in the race, finishing with a time of 41.37. The 4x400 relay team then recorded a time of 3:17.22 for another first-place finish.

Henry Bustle highlighted the field events by taking first-place in the triple jump with a mark of 47-1.

On the women’s side Brooke Brekke started off the second day of competition by placing third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.54, while Morgan Oakley followed in fifth-place with a time of 1:09.06.

App State’s 4x400 meter relay team found success, taking second in the race with a time of 3:58.56.

Catherine Crawford finished in the top-ten in the 200 meter dash, placing ninth with a time of 25.29. Crawford followed that up by finishing eighth in the 400 meter dash, posting a time of 58.56.

Shelby Howell earned a seventh-place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:14.93, while Krystal Clarke led the team in the field events placing fifth in the long jump with a jump of 18-3.

The track and field team will return to action when they compete at the Tennessee Relays on April 10-11.

Saturday, 04 April 2015 22:40

L-R Women's Lacrosse Rolls Over Newberry

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (8-6, 6-1) remained in sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with an emphatic 18-2 victory over Newberry (5-8, 2-4) Saturday evening at Setzler Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielders Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) and Sarah Gioconda (Apex, N.C.) led the way with four goals each while freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) added three goals and two assists in the win. Donovan has a team-leading 41 goals on the season now.

Lindsay Huber (Selden, N.Y.) and Alexis Kahler (West Bloomfield, Mich.) both scored for the Wolves despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne put the game away early, taking a 13-1 advantage into halftime before scoring 15 goals at one point during the contest.

The Bears were also dominant in several statistical categories including shots taken (28-7) and ground balls (34-24). Lenoir-Rhyne also won its fourth straight game.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made a pair of saves in earning the victory while Newberry’s Morgan Raffaele (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Belmont Abbey on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.

The Newberry Baseball Team (24-16, 15-8) swept Lenoir-Rhyne (23-18, 9-15) in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader, 5-1 and 13-1, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field to complete the weekend series sweep.

Game One – Newberry 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Wolves’ Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit his third home run in two games while Jonathan Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Newberry to the win.

Rosenberger improved to 2-3 on the year after limiting the Bears to just two hits while striking out eight batters.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) helped the Bears avoid the shutout with a solo home run, his fifth of the year, in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Newberry’s Matt Chapman (Summerville, S.C.) pitched the final two innings for his first save of the year while Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (2-3) took the loss.

Game Two – Newberry 13, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (seven innings)
Newberry’s JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) both finished with two hits and three runs batted in while Sneed hit a three-run home run as the Wolves completed the sweep of the Bears.

The Wolves put the contest away with nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings while Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) (6-3) pitched five scoreless innings to earn the win.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) tallied three hits and drove in the Bears’ lone run while Vieitez (4-5) took the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces the Hickory Crawdads in an exhibition on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m., at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Anderson on Friday at 6:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game at Bears Field.

Saturday, 04 April 2015 22:37

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Edges Out Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (7-5, 6-1) remained in the hunt for the league regular season crown after holding on to beat Mars Hill (4-6, 4-3), 10-9, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Meares Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Ethan Tingler (Stokesdale, N.C.) finished with three goals as the Bears remained in a first-place tie in the conference standings with Coker and Queens.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) both scored twice as well as the Bears prevailed despite giving up the final three goals in the last two minutes of regulation.

Mars Hill, which suffered its second straight setback, was led by Ryan Sage (Kelowna, British Columbia) and Hunter Maggs (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) with three goals each.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first four goals of the match and never trailed in the contest while holding advantages in both shots taken (36-27) and ground balls (30-27).

In goal, senior Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the win after stopping five shots and playing the first half for the Bears while freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) totaled six saves in the final 30 minutes. Mars Hill’s Jack Grinewich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) suffered the loss despite making 11 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Catawba on Senior Night in the regular season finale on Saturday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Senior pitcher Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point) outdueled Troy ace Lucas Brown to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 5-2 win over the visiting Trojans on Saturday afternoon at blustery Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With its third victory in four games, Appalachian State (10-22, 3-11 Sun Belt) evened its three-game Sun Belt series versus Troy (16-16, 5-6 Sun Belt) at a win apiece. The rubber match of the weekend series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Smith Stadium.

Springs headlined Saturday’s triumph by limiting Troy to just two runs on six hits over seven innings of work. The southpaw struck out six and moved to 2-1 on the campaign.

Springs was backed up by an Appalachian State offense that nearly matched the amount of runs that had been scored all season against Brown (2-1).

Troy’s right-handed junior came into Saturday with a sterling 1.15 ERA, having surrendered only six runs (five earned) in 39 innings. However, the Mountaineers plated five runs (four earned) against the Trojans’ ace to hand him first loss of the season.

Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second but the biggest hit of the ballgame came an inning later when Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) doubled off the center-field wall to stretch the Mountaineers’ lead to 3-0.

After Troy scored its only two runs of the afternoon in the fourth, Appalachian State responded with a two-spot of its own in the bottom of the frame to maintain the three-run advantage. Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) both delivered RBI singles for the Mountaineers in the two-run fourth.

From there, Springs turned in three scoreless innings, highlighted by keeping the Trojans off the board after a runner reached third base with nobody out in the fifth.

Junior Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) relieved Springs in the eighth and turned in two hitless innings to close out the win and earn the first save of his career.

Dobson, Pierson and Holmes combined for five of Appalachian State’s six hits and four of the club’s five RBI. Holmes led the way by going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Dobson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run and Pierson went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run.

T.J. Binder (2-for-3) was Troy’s lone player with multiple hits.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team defeated Brunswick Community College 11-3 at L.P. Frans Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Redhawks won the weekend series two games to one against Brunswick and moved into first place in the Carolina's Virginia-Conference.

CVCC was led by Randal Ortiz who went three-for-five with three runs scored and an RBI. Clay Hodges batted two-for-five with a run scored and an RBI. Brandon Ford was two-for-four at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI. Skyler Strickland went two-for-three with a team high three RBI.

The winning pitcher was Bryce Hensley who went seven innings, allowing seven hits, but no earned runs and striking out four. He improves to 4-2 on the season.

CVCC held the game at LP Frans Stadium which saw a large turnout for the Hickory Crawdads Open House. The event was also a homecoming event for CVCC Alumni. The school honored former All-American player Danny Fraga before the game and his number will be on display at all CVCC home baseball games.

The Redhawks are now 21-15 (7-2). Their next game will be Tuesday at South Caldwell High School versus Division I #4 Walters State. Game time is 5:30.