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Appalachian State men's track & field sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) has been named Sun Belt Field Athlete of the Week.

Johnson posted a record breaking performance at the Appalachian Open on Saturday, capturing the long jump with a distance of 25-2.00 (7.67 meters). His mark broke a 31-year school record of 21-1.25, set by Michael Hanks in 1987. The mark also set a Holmes Center record.

Johnson's distance currently ranks 10th in the nation in the long jump and is the top mark in the Sun Belt.

He has competed in the long jump in two meets this season, winning both of them. He also recorded a first place finish at the Mountaineer Open on December 9, covering a distance of 23-11.75.

The Mountaineers will compete on Friday and Saturday at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Iulia Ponomareva was named to the 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Preseason Singles Second Team, league officials announced earlier today.

In addition, the Bears were picked eighth in the league head coaches preseason poll while Tusculum and Wingate finished in a first-place tie with 101 points each.

Ponomareva, a junior from Smolensk, RUSSIA, earned All-SAC honors in 2017 after finishing 12-9 overall including a 7-4 mark in league competition while playing either first or second singles.

Ponomareva also notched five victories in doubles play last year.

Lenoir-Rhyne, 2-0 already on the season after picking up the two wins in the fall, returns to the court on Thursday, February 1, to face Young Harris at home at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.

2018 South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis

Preseason Head Coaches Poll

1t. Tusculum (5) 101

1t. Wingate (4) 101

3. Queens (2) 95

4. Anderson 86

5. Lincoln Memorial 70

6. Carson-Newman 64

7. Newberry 60

8. Lenoir-Rhyne 48

9. Catawba 35

10. Coker 32

11. Mars Hill 23

2018 All-South Atlantic Conference

Preseason Women's Tennis Teams

First-Team Doubles

1. Franziska Funke/Katarina Majorova, Tusculum

2. Maria Garcia/Oroma Womeodu, Wingate

3. Johanna Delisse/Julia Loos, Lincoln Memorial

Second-Team Doubles

1. Alisa Liashova/Klara Vuckovic, Carson-Newman

2. Laura Dean/Jacqueline Olivia, Anderson

3. Brittani Brooks/Amber Lackey, Tusculum

First-Team Singles

1. Carlotta Nassi, Queens

2. Laura Dean, Anderson

3. Katarina Majorova, Tusculum

4. Franziska Funke, Tusculum

5. Claudia De Andreis, Wingate

6. Ivey Welborn, Anderson

Second-Team Singles

1. Iulia Ponomareva, Lenoir-Rhyne

2. Amanda Carrillo, Newberry

3. Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial

4. Ali Harris, Carson-Newman

5. Annie McCullough, Tusculum

6. Caroline Nielsen, Queens

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team is ranked No. 25 in the NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches National Preseason Poll. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

In addition, the Bears were picked second in the SAC Preseason Head Coaches Poll earlier this week and had three players earn preseason all-league accolades: junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), senior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) and junior pitcher Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off a 46-13 season including a 16-4 mark in South Atlantic Conference play this past spring. The Bears shared their 11th league regular season title in school history with Carson-Newman and earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Friday, February 2, against West Alabama (10:00 a.m.) and No. 11 Lee (4:45 p.m.) at the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala. LR also competes against No. 7 North Georgia and No. 20 Carson-Newman.

2018 NFCA NCAA Division II

Top 25 Coaches Poll

January 24 (Preseason)

1. Minnesota State (14) 64-7

2. Angelo State (2) 60-7

3. West Florida 46-15

4. West Virginia Wesleyan 51-10

5. Humboldt State 44-15

6. Southern Indiana 46-14

7. North Georgia 48-13

8. Colorado Mesa 48-8

9. Dixie State 42-14

10. Southern Arkansas 46-18

11. Lee 36-20

12. Harding 58-9

13. West Texas A&M 43-11

14. UMSL 42-15

15. Cal State Monterey Bay 43-13

16. West Chester 48-13

17. Molloy 37-18

18. Valdosta State 39-19

19. Wayne State (Mich.) 40-16

20. Carson-Newman 43-13

21. Chico State 39-18

22. St. Mary's 44-16

23. Saint Leo 37-15

24. Winona State 52-13

25. Lenoir-Rhyne 46-13

Receiving Votes: Adelphi (35), Saginaw Valley State (21), California Baptist (20), North Alabama (16), Central Oklahoma (14), Concordia Irvine (14), Texas Woman’s (13), Palm Beach Atlantic (12), University of Alabama in Huntsville (7), Mississippi College (4), Limestone (4).

The 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regionals. First-place votes in parenthesis.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:29

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 1/23/18

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Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Bunker Hill: 59
Fred T. Foard: 44

Draughn: 58
Patton: 41

Freedom: 62
Hickory: 39

McDowell: 50
St. Stephens: 43

South Caldwell: 45
West Caldwell: 35

Watauga: 51
Alexander Central: 39

South Fork Athletic:
Maiden: 56
West Lincoln: 35

Newton-Conover: 64
Bandys: 35

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Bunker Hill: 66
Newton-Conover: 49

Patton: 62
Draughn: 44

Hickory: 82
Freedom: 56

McDowell: 61
St. Stephens: 60

Watauga: 54
Alexander Central: 40

West Caldwell: 80
South Caldwell: 76

South Fork Athletic:
Bandys: 61
Newton-Conover: 49

Maiden: 71
West Lincoln: 32

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team suffered its first conference loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday night, falling 87-84 in overtime on the road to Guilford Tech.

The Red Hawks (11-4, 6-1 in Region X) were plagued by 37 team fouls in the game, which led to 51 free throw attempts and 29 made free throws for the Titans. There were a total of 61 fouls in Tuesday night’s game.

Despite those fouls, CVCC would gain the advantage late in the game and lead 73-69 with 54.1 seconds left in the contest. However, Guilford Tech guard J’Nai Millner would rally the Titans (11-3, 8-3 in Region X) back to tie the contest 76-76 by the end of regulation.

In the extra session, the Titans’ Jada Faison would score five points and Miller added four points — all on free throws — to help propel Guilford Tech to the win.

Nikkyana McCaskill scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Red Hawks — the first 20-point performance in the career of the sophomore from Gastonia, N.C.

Fellow Red Hawk sophomore Shaniya Lester scored 21 points, recording her team-leading sixth 20-point performance of the season.

The CVCC women’s basketball team will attempt to bounce back on Thursday night at 6 p.m. when it hosts Louisburg College at the Tarlton Complex. Admission to the game is free.

With the Sun Belt Conference and the American Cancer Society recently teaming up to create a partnership involving all 12 teams, Appalachian State University women's basketball will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Week and 3-Point Challenge.

For this weekend's home games against Little Rock on Thursday and Arkansas State on Saturday, the coaching staff will sneakers and gold laces in the support for the fight against cancer with over 4,000 college basketball across the country. Suits and Sneakers Week is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer.

In addition, the Apps are set to participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge during the month of February. Fans can pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer by their favorite team by clicking HERE while you can find out where your team ranks nationally by going HERE.
Last season, App State was first among women's programs while finishing ninth overall in the nation between both men's and women's basketball programs. Penn State finished first with an estimated $12,154 raised in February. Fellow Sun Belt member, Texas State, finished second among women's basketball programs raking in $2,542 and 12th overall. The Bobcats' men's team was first in the Sun Belt on the men's side.

The Sun Belt raised an impressive $15,662 across the league, which was the third out of all conferences behind only the Big Ten Conference and the ACC.

For the first time in three seasons, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball is ranked among the top 20 Division II teams in the nation.

After receiving votes in the previous two weeks, the Red Hawks are now ranked No. 19 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, which was released on Tuesday.

The last time that the CVCC women’s basketball team was among the top-20 teams in the country was on Jan. 22, 2015 when the Red Hawks were ranked 17th in the Division II poll.

“We are excited,” said fifth-year CVCC head women’s basketball coach Tisha England. “The girls have worked hard this season. I think they deserve to be represented in the national rankings. We just take it one game at a time and try to get better each day to continue the success here at CVCC.”

The CVCC women’s basketball team is currently 11-3 overall and 6-0 in Region X play — earning a 64-62 victory against Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) last Monday and an 84-65 road victory at Fayetteville Tech on Saturday.

With Friday’s and Saturday’s victories, England tied and passed mentor and first-ever CVCC women’s basketball coach Tommy Edwards for the most coaching wins in CVCC women’s basketball program history (83).

The Red Hawks are back in action on the road Tuesday night at 6 p.m. against Guilford Tech (10-3, 7-3 in Region X) before returning home at 6 p.m. Thursday night to host Louisburg College (12-2, 8-2), which fell from the top-20 NJCAA rankings, but still received votes.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Champions in 2018. The Bears were voted first in the preseason head coaches poll, receiving six first-place votes for a total of 60 points.

In addition, the Bears dominate the first-team preseason all-league selections as they occupy six of the 12 spots.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) was named league freshman of the year after setting the school record for goals in a season with a league-high 50 scores while tying for the team lead in points with 67.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished with 26 points, 17 assists and 43 points while senior defender Jacob O’Connor (Penfield, N.Y.) anchored a backline which allowed just 10 goals per contest last season.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) was named to the NCAA Division II All-American Third Team in 2017 after totaling five goals, four assists and 60 ground balls on the season.

Senior midfielder Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) won 67 percent of his face-offs (217-of-323) in addition to a school-record 119 ground balls last spring for the Bears while senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) finished with a 9.24 goals-against average and 154 saves.

Dickinson, Corrigan, O’Connor, Lett and Gottberg were First-Team All-SAC honorees in 2017 while Crompton was an honorable mention pick.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the year with a 12-3 record and a perfect 8-0 mark in league play on its way to a third SAC Regular Season Championship in four seasons. The Bears also earned their first trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, falling in the quarterfinal round to Tampa at home by an 11-8 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne was also ranked No. 7 in the USILA/Division II Coaches Preseason Poll, the official rankings for men’s lacrosse. USILA is the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2018 season on Saturday, February 3, against Young Harris at Moretz Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m.

2018 South Atlantic Conference

Men's Lacrosse Preseason Head Coaches Poll

1. Lenoir-Rhyne (6) 60

2. Wingate (3) 58

3. Queens 52

4. Tusculum 43

5. Lincoln Memorial 35

6. Catawba 30

7. Mars Hill 23

8. Coker 15

9. Newberry 8

2018 All-South Atlantic Conference

Preseason Men's Lacrosse Teams


A – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne

A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial

A – Justin Swick, Queens

MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne

MF – Nate Wade, Tusculum

MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate

D – Jacob O'Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne

D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate

D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial

LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne

Spec. – Shane Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne

GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne


A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate

A – Dima Ferreira, Mars Hill

A – Dalton Cook, Catawba

MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate

MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial

MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial

D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens

D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens

D – Julian Maxey, Catawba

LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens

Spec. – Wyatt Weiseman, Wingate

GK – Ryan Kearney, Mars Hill

2018 USILA Division II

Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Limestone

2. Merrimack

3. Le Moyne

4. Adelphi

5. Pace

6. Tampa

7. Lenoir Rhyne


9. Seton Hill

10. Belmont Abbey

11. Mercyhurst

12. Mount Olive

13. Wingate

14. Colorado Mesa

15. Indianapolis

16. Mercy

17. Lindenwood

18. Florida Tech

19. Saint Leo

20. Saint Anselm

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Paiton Fair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, league officials announced earlier today.

Fair, a junior from Newton, N.C., finished second in the women’s 800-meter dash at the Appalachian Open with a school-record time of 2:23.85 this past Saturday. Fair was also part of the women’s 1,200-meter relay team, which placed first overall with a program-best 2:49.61 at the meet as well.

Fair also holds the indoor school record in the women’s 300-meter dash (43.00) and 400-meter dash (58.39), the latter event she is a 2017 All-Southeast Region honoree. In addition, Fair is part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s program-record 1,600-meter relay squad (4:01.37).

Wingate's Vanisha Wilshire was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Buccaneer Invitational on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

Girls basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Bunker Hill: 61
Hibriten: 50

South Fork Athletic:
Maiden: 54
Bandys: 46

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Foothills:
Hibriten: 64
Bunker Hill: 55

South Fork Athletic:
Bandys: 68
Maiden: 67

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