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The Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team fell to Newberry 65-43 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (7-14, 6-11) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game on the road.

The Wolves’ Haylee Lepaio (Bathurst, NSW, Australia) led all scorers with 24 points and 13 rebounds and connected on 11-of-15 field goal attempts as Newberry swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne.

Sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) was the lone player to score in double figures for the Bears, finishing with 12 points but Lenoir-Rhyne shot just 31 percent (18-of-59) from the field in the loss.

The Wolves closed the first half on a 14-3 run over a six-minute stretch for a 32-22 edge entering the break.

Newberry never let its lead fall under double digits the rest of the way as the Wolves remained tied for third in the South Atlantic Conference standings with Catawba. The Wolves’ Nicola Handreck (Heywood, Vic, Australia) added 14 points and hit four three-pointers in the win as well.

Junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) added eight points for the Bears, who suffered a season-low in points scored.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Lincoln Memorial on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game at Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (0-1) suffered an 8-7 setback to Mount Olive (3-0) Wednesday afternoon in the Bears’ 2015 season opener at Amon Field.

The Trojans’ Riann Daziel (East Hampstead, N.H.) led all scorers with five goals including the match-winner with 5:59 left as Mount Olive remained unbeaten on the year.

Daziel scored four of her five goals after halftime including the Trojans’ final three of the contest with 15 minutes left in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) with two goals each despite the season-opening loss.

The Trojans held the advantage in both shots taken (24-15) and ground balls (15-11) while Sarah Snell (Greenfield, N.H.) earned the win in goal after stopping six shots on the day.

Senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) added a goal and an assist for the Bears, who couldn’t hold a 6-5 lead with 15 minutes left in the contest. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the defeat despite tallying 10 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Moretz Stadium to host Rollins in its home opener on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 21:59

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Sets New Winning Streak Record

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (7-0) set a school record with its 16th consecutive victory dating back to last year in a 12-1 triumph over Pfeiffer (3-5) Wednesday afternoon at Joe Ferebee Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) drove in five runs while sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) hit his first home run of the season in the victory.

Holding a 3-1 advantage, the Bears put the contest away with a seven-run third inning highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Vieitez.

Junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) added a two-run single in the frame for Lenoir-Rhyne, who continued its best start since winning its first 10 games of the 1996 season.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) also scored three times as the Bears finished with a season-high 17 hits in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) (1-0) pitched into the sixth inning while allowing one unearned run in addition to three strikeouts in the victory. Pfeiffer’s Tyler Leguire (Lexington, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after suffering the loss.

Izzy Perez (Miami, Fla.) drove in the Falcons’ lone run with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning but Lenoir-Rhyne kept Pfeiffer off the board the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener on Friday at Bears Field beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University track and field sophomore Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) earned Sun Belt Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, while freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Van Ord ran an impressive time in the 3,000 meter run last weekend at the Sykes and Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native finished in 9:49.35 - good for fourth all-time in program history, as well as, the top time in the Sun Belt this season.

A two-time winner of the award, Van Ord earned recognition from the conference earlier this season after posting a top-three time in the Sun Belt in the mile. Van Ord’s time of 4:59.06 stands fifth all-time in program history.

Hoffman has burst onto the season this season for the Mountaineers, excelling in both the long and triple jump. The true freshman placed third over the weekend in the long jump with a jump of 23-4.50 feet, while taking fourth in the triple jump with a personal-best jump of 49-7.75 feet.

In his first career meet at the Appalachian Open, the Raleigh, N.C. native, cracked the top ten long jump list in program history with a jump of 24-1.50 feet.

The Mountaineers will continue to prepare for the Sun Belt Conference championships in two weeks when they travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the Samford Invitational this weekend.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country was named All-Academic Status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

A total of 226 institutions earned All-Academic recognition with the Mountaineers posting a 3.29 cumulative team GPA.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 21:44

Hickory Crawdads Field Staff Finalized

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The Hickory Crawdads 2015 Field Staff has been finalized, with the Texas Rangers announcing that Francisco Matos will join the 'Dads as the new hitting coach while Chad Comer will serve as the team's new 4th coach.

Matos replaces Josue Perez as the Crawdads hitting coach, with Perez becoming the Rangers minor league hitting coordinator. Matos and Comer will join returning 'Dads manager Corey Ragsdale along with incumbent pitching coach Oscar Marin, strength & conditioning coach Wade Lamont, and athletic trainer Sean Fields.

Matos, 45, spent the last eight seasons as a hitting coach in the Los Angeles Angels system, with the past four years spent with Triple-A Salt Lake City. Prior to his time in Salt Lake, Matos was the hitting coach for Double-A Arkansas from 2009-2011, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2008, and short-season Orem in 2007. Matos' playing career began in 1987 when he was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Athletics. He spent the next eight seasons in the A's organization, including playing 14 games in the major leagues in 1994. Matos went on to spend time with the Pittsburg, New York (Yankees), Montreal, Baltimore, and Seattle systems from 1995-2000 before finishing his career playing in the Mexican League and various independent leagues from 2001-2004. A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Matos currently lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife Susan.

Comer, 26, joins the Rangers organization as a first-year coach after playing in the Atlanta Braves system in 2011 and 2012. A 29th round selection by the Braves in the 2011 Draft out of the University of Texas at Arlington, Comer played as a catcher in both the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League in 2011, before spending his final season with the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats in 2012.

The Crawdads open their regular season on Thursday, April 9th as a part of a weeklong, 7-game home stand at L.P. Frans Stadium. Ticket Books and "Five Pack of Fun" mini plans are on sale now, with single game tickets going on sale March 14th.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 23:34

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 2/10/15

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North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 49
West Iredell: 32

Freedom: 72
St. Stephens: 48

Hibriten: 44
Patton: 34

Hickory: 76
Watauga: 26

South Caldwell: 40
Fred T. Foard: 23

South Mountain Athletic:
Draughn: 53
Shelby: 46

East Burke: 75
Chase: 35

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 69
West Lincoln: 26

Lincolnton: 58
West Caldwell: 38

Maiden: 67
East Lincoln: 63

Newton-Conover: 69
Bunker Hill: 51

North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 51
West Iredell: 27

Fred T. Foard: 77
South Caldwell: 40

Freedom: 79
St. Stephens: 65

Hibriten: 88
Patton: 73

Watauga: 92
Hickory: 74

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 72
Chase: 46

Shelby: 58
Draughn: 51

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 87
Maiden: 52

Newton-Conover: 75
Bunker Hill: 65

West Caldwell: 61
Lincolnton: 53

West Lincoln: 60
Bandys: 51

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brandi Hole has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week, league officials announced this morning.

Hole, a junior from Sandy Ridge, N.C., went 3-0 for the week with a 0.00 earned run average, two shutouts and 15 strikeouts.

In addition, Hole did not allow an earned run in 19 innings of work while leading the Bears to six wins to start the 2015 season.

Hole threw a three-hit shutout in the season opener at Pfeiffer in a 5-0 triumph last Wednesday before scattering two hits in a 12-0 victory in five innings over Mercyhurst on Sunday at home.

Last year, Hole finished with a 20-6 mark with a league-best 1.28 earned run average to go along with 136 strikeouts. For her efforts, Hole earned 2014 second-team NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades by Daktronics.

Carson-Newman’s Bri Lockett has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (6-0) returns to action this Saturday against King (10:00 a.m.) and Armstrong State (2:00 p.m.) in Savannah, Ga. The Bears also face King (10:00 a.m.) and Armstrong State (Noon) on Sunday as well.

Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Matt Nelson announced the signing of six freshman for the upcoming 2015 season.

“I am extremely excited about adding this year’s signing class to our current crop of players,” said Nelson. “As a team, we have been steadily improving over the past two years and with this group of highly touted players we are ready to take the next step necessary in the development of our program.”

“The most exciting part about this group is not just how much ability they will add to the team on the field, but the character and leadership they possess that will also add to what we are building off the field as well. This might be one of the most complete recruiting classes we have signed since I have been a part of the Appalachian State men’s soccer program.”

Daniel Avila • 5-8 • 145 • Midfield • Smithfield-Selma High School
Nelson’s Take: “Danny brings excellent technical ability that, when combined with his tremendous understanding of the game, can unlock defenses and help us create multiple scoring opportunities.“

High School: A midfielder from Smithfield, N.C., Avila was an all-conference selection as a junior and senior, while also being an all-region pick his junior year. As a member of TFCA 96 Alliance, Avila ranked in the top 150 players in his high school class by College Soccer News. He was a three-time state cup champion (2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14). In 2014, Avila was a Region III finalist and a Disney Showcase champion. Rated as a four-star recruit in the 2015 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. He is the #124 recruit in the nation, according to College Soccer News.

Ian Bennett • 5-11 • 170 • Midfield • New Hanover High School
Nelson’s Take: “Ian has the ability to become the engine of our team. His work rate is extremely high and he brings an excellent ability to break up plays and become a top player at the collegiate level.”

High School: A midfielder from Wilmington, N.C., Bennett was an all-conference player his junior and senior seasons, while earning all-region both of those years, as well as, all-state as a senior. Bennett earned team MVP and appeared in the All-Star East-West game and the Clash of the Carolinas. He scored 15 goals and tallied 13 assists and amassed 43 points in his high school career. Bennett was member of Triangle Futbol Club Alliance 96 and was a state champion and regional finalist in 2014.

Jamir James • 5-9 • 172 • Defender • Charlotte Catholic High School
Nelson’s Take: “Jamir will add an extremely athletic option for us at outside back. He is a prototypical modern fullback that can add to the attack and become a shut-down defender when needed.”

High School: A defender from Charlotte, N.C., James played high school soccer his senior year and scored three goals, while being a participant in the N.C. state high school playoffs. James is a member of the Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy. He has played academy level soccer for three years, and was a participant in the Dallas Cup, Disney Showcase and Academy Showcase.

Caleb Moore • 5-4 • 140 • Midfield • Northwestern High School
Nelson’s Take: “Caleb will add an attacking option that can play anywhere through the midfield, he possesses the strength and technical ability that would improve any program in the country.”

High School: A defender from Rock Hill, S.C., Moore played high school soccer at Northwestern High School. He was also a member of South Carolina Battery club team. Moore is rated as a four-star recruit in the 2015 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. He is also ranked as the No. 65 recruit in the nation, according to College Soccer News. He is also a Top 150 Recruit on Top Drawer Soccer.

Christopher O’Grady • 6-0 • 170 • Forward/Midfield • Weddington High School
Nelson’s Take: “A technical striker that has a the ability to score from anywhere in the final third. His movement is fantastic and he will consistently find himself in good situations because of this. He will help us add to our attacking ability next year.”

High School: A forward/midfielder from Matthews, N.C., O’Grady enjoyed an extremely decorated high school and club soccer career. O’Grady was a member of the NCSCA men’s all-star team, while being named first-team all-Observer in 2014. He helped lead his team to a school record 22 wins in a single season. O’Grady set the school record for goals (31) and assists (26).

His team was No. 1 on the Sweet 16 soccer poll for eight weeks. O’Grady was the team captain, while earning all-conference, all-region and all-state honors. He was named Union County Player of the Year and was ranked No. 4 by MaxPreps in the state. As a junior, O’Grady scored 18 goals and tallied 15 assists en route to all-conference and all-region honors. O’Grady is currently a member of Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy.

Raheem Somersall • 5-11 • 175 • Midfield • Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
Nelson’s Take: “Raheem brings size, strength and mobility to our team. His composure on the ball will add to our teams ability to maintain possession and his ball winning capabilities will add a dimension when we are looking to win it back.”

High School: A midfielder from Durham, N.C., Somersall has been a four-time all-conference player (4A Pac-6 and 3AA Big-8). In 2014-15, Somersall was a all-state and all-region selection, as well as, Big-8 Conference Player of the Year. He earned team MVP in 2011 and 2013 and received the offensive award in 2012. Somersall finished his career with 30 goals and 23 assists. Somersall was a member of Triangle Futbol Club Alliance. He was an ASL All-Star team selection in 2013 and earned 2013 ASL All-Events team. Member of 2014 NCYSA regular season and state champion team and U.S. Region III finalist squad. Orginally from the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts and Nevis, Somersall was a member of the U-17 National Team in 2012 and received a U.S. Soccer Training invite in 2013.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 23:26

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Signs Eight

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the signing of eight student-athletes for the 2015 season.

“I’m so excited to welcome these ladies to Appalachian State women’s soccer,” said Strickland. “They are an incredible group and will bring another dimension to our team. I am ready for August to be here!”

Alexa Asher • 5-5 • Defense • Millbrook High School
High School: A defender from Raleigh, N.C., Asher has been a three-time all-conference player and has served as her team’s captain. Asher scored the game-winners to win the conference championship for sophomore and junior seasons. She led the defense in goals scored and assists three years in a row.

Currently a member of CASL ECNLU 18. Asher participated in the 2009 and 2010 U13 Disney Jr. Soccer Showcase, was a 2010 U13 N.C. state finalist, 2011 USYSA Region III quarter finalist, 2011 U14 N.C. State Cup champion and earned a 2012 second-place ECNL Southeast Conference finish.

Emmily Cowie • 5-10 • Midfield/Forward • William Amos Hough High School
High School: A midfield/forward from Cornelius, N.C., Cowie was an all-conference and all-region selection as a junior. Cowie has been a two-time 2012 4A State Champion, while finishing runner-up as a sophomore. She earned Most Outstanding Player as a freshman and won the Husky Award as a junior. As a member of the Carolina Rapids, Cowie was a two-time State Champion in 2013 and 2014.

Jessica Easley • 5-7 • Forward • Marvin Ridge High School
High School: A forward from Waxhaw, N.C., Easley was an SCC all-conference and all-region player her junior season. Easley was named team MVP in 2014 en route to scoring 16 goals and tallying 10 assists. A member of Charlotte Soccer Academy, Easley was the goals and assists leader from 2012-14.

Kathryn Greer • 5-8 • Forward • Brookland Cayce High School
High School: A forward from Cayce, S.C., Greer has been a three-time all-region, two-time all-area and two-time all-state player. Greer has also earned state newspaper all-area 3A/2A Player of the Year as a sophomore. She was the captain of her high school team, honorable mention at ODP Region 3 camp and NSCAA high school soccer Atlantic Region honors.

From freshman through junior year has contributed 90 goals. Greer is a member of South Carolina United FC 96 Premier and was a runner-up for the South Carolina state championship.

Sarah Murphy • 5-9 • Defense • Mount Tabor High School
High School: A defender from Winston-Salem, N.C., Murphy has been a two-time all-conference and all-region player, as well as, an all-state nominee. Murphy earned the top Defensive Player award as a junior, while also claiming the Iron Spartan award. Member of N.C. Fusion ECNL U18.

Jamie Palermo • 5-5 • Defense/Midfield • Northwood High School
High School: A defender/midfielder from Pittsboro, N.C., Palermo has been a three-time all-conference and all-region player. She has earned team MVP and the Coach’s award. As a member of Triangle United 96 Gold, Palermo was a team captain.

Taylor Ray • 5-7 • Goalkeeper • Porter Ridge High School
High School: A goalkeeper from Indian Trail, N.C., Ray has been a Southwestern AAAA all-conference honoree, as well as, an all-region recipient. She is a four-year letterwinner and has been a team captain in 2014-15. Ray holds the school record for GAA (0.65), most shutouts in a season (17), most shutouts in a career leading up to junior season (32).

As a member of Charlotte Soccer Academy 96 ECNL, Ray was a 2010 state cup champion, 2011 Region 3 championship qualifier and has been named N.C. ODP first-team.

Leah Smith • 5-6 • Defense/Midfield • South Stokes High School
High School: A defender/midfielder from Walnut Core, N.C., Smith has been a three-time all-conference honoree, two-time all-region and was all-state as a junior.

Earned team MVP as a freshman, sophomore and junior, while scoring 81 goals and tallying 64 assists. Member of N.C. Fusion ECNL and has been a captain all four seasons. Smith was invited to PDP even in Richmond (ECNL) and was a Top Drawer Top 25.