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Friday, 03 April 2015 14:11

L-R Men's Tennis Falls to Charlotte

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (8-9) suffered a 7-0 loss to Charlotte (15-2) Friday afternoon at the Halton-Wagner Tennix Complex.

The Bears return to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday against Newberry at 11:00 a.m., at Hickory High School.

NCAA Men's Tennis Final
Charlotte 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
April 2, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.
Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex

Singles competition:
1. Forrest Edwards (CHA) def. Marvin Mueller (LR), 6-3, 6-0
2. J Massalle Ferrer (CHA) def. Robin Hochguertel (LR), 6-2, 6-4
3. Kamil Khalil (CHA) def. Patrick Bauer (LR), 6-2, 6-0
4. Nate Shanok (CHA) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-2, 6-1
5. Alex Calott (CHA) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 6-1, 6-2
6. Paul Cisti (CHA) def. Jordan Lawson (LR), 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Forrest Edwards/Alex Calott (CHA) def. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR), 8-2
2. Kamil Khalil/Nate Shanok (CHA) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Jordan Lawson (LR), 8-0
3. Paul Cisti/Jack Williams (CHA) def. Robin Hochguertel/John Christian Reid (LR), 8-4
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-9), Charlotte (15-2)

Friday, 03 April 2015 14:07

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Swept by Charlotte

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (8-8) fell to Charlotte (10-8) by a 7-0 score on Friday afternoon at the Halton-Wagner Tennix Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m., at Hickory High School.

NCAA Women's Tennis Final
Charlotte 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
April 2, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.
Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex

Singles competition:
1. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 6-2, 6-2
2. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR), 6-0, 6-1
3. Fleur Holtkamp (CHA) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-0, 6-0
4. Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Maggie Brown (LR), 6-1, 6-0
5. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Amanda Bryan (LR), 6-0, 6-0
6. Briana Bodner (CHA) def. Abbi Wood (LR), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Fleur Holtkamp/Victoria Pahlett (CHA) vs. Taylor Snowdon/Lela Sparks Thompson (LR), unfinished
2. Lisa Grosselius/Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Amanda Bryan/Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-0
3. Tyler Baker/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Maggie Brown/Dominique Bruce (LR), 8-0
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (8-8), Charlotte (10-8)

Friday, 03 April 2015 14:07

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Game Postponed

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team’s doubleheader on the road against Lincoln Memorial, scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m., has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.  The two teams will now play on Thursday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis was unable to hand South Alabama its first loss of the season as it suffered a 7-0 loss to its Sun Belt Conference rival in a neutral-site contest on Thursday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (8-13) were able to take just one set from the Jaguars (15-0), who are off to the best start in school history.

South Alabama seized early momentum as it cruised to the doubles point thanks to an 8-1 win at the No. 2 spot and an 8-2 win at No. 3. Appalachian’s No. 1 pairing of Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure trailed just 5-3, but the contest went unfinished as the Jaguars had already clinched the point.

In singles play, South Alabama was able to quickly clinch the contest as it won it straight sets in all but one match. Brianna Armellino was the first Mountaineer to fall as she suffered a 6-2, 6-0 loss at No. 4 before McKayla Zupan was downed by a 6-1, 6-1 final at No. 6.

The Jaguars clinched the match and picked up their fourth point when Monica Mitta earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cox at the No. 1 spot. Melissa Machado suffered a 6-2, 6-0 loss at No. 5 and LaSure was topped by a final of 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2.

Gabrielle Wreder put up App State’s most competitive showing of the day as she took the first set at No. 2, but eventually fell by a score of 6-7, 6-1, 10-1.

The Mountaineers return to action tomorrow morning when they face Troy at 11 a.m. in another neutral-site contest in Atlanta.

South Alabama 7, Appalachian State 0
Apr 02, 2015 at Atlanta, Ga.

Singles competition
1. Mitta, Monica (USA) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-2, 6-2
2. Valkova, Laura (USA) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-7, 6-1, 10-1
3. Meszarosova, M. (USA) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-3, 6-1
4. Newton, Emily (USA) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-2, 6-0
5. Martin, Mary Angela (USA) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-2, 6-0
6. Matuskova, Laura (USA) def. McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) vs. Valkova, Laura/Newton, Emily (USA) 3-5, unfinished
2. Martin, Mary Angela/Meszarosova, M. (USA) def. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) 8-1
3. Sanchez, Paula/Mitta, Monica (USA) def. McKayla Zupan/Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 8-2

Match Notes
South Alabama 15-0
Appalachian State 8-13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,6,1,5,3,2

Appalachian State University baseball outlasted North Carolina A&T on Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium, 12-10, for its second win in as many days. Appalachian was powered to the win by the long ball with three different Mountaineers (9-21, 2-10 Sun Belt) combining to hit four home runs.

The Aggies (3-23, 1-10 Big MEAC) got on the board in first inning with the aid of a wild pitch and a throwing error to take an early lead. Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) led off the second inning and drove the fourth pitch he saw over the right field wall to even to score.

After A&T tacked on a run in the bottom of the second and a scoreless third inning, the Mountaineers exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth. Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) led off the inning, drew a walk and then advanced on Grayson Atwood’s (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) sacrifice bunt. Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) singled through the left side on the infield, driving Holmes across the plate.

After another walk, Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) hit a double that drove in two more runs. The inning seemed to be over when Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) popped up to the right of the pitcher’s mound, but the Aggie second baseman dropped the ball allowing Burris to score and keeping the inning alive. Pierson stepped up to the plate and blasted his second home run of the day. Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan)followed up Pierson’s homer with one of his own and Appalachian opened an 8-2 lead.

The Aggies didn't go down easy, scoring four runs in the fourth to make it a two run ballgame. After retiring the Mountaineers in order in the fifth, A&T loaded the bases and plated two runs to tie the game at eight apiece.

It didn't take long for Appalachian to regain the lead in the sixth inning when Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) scored on a wild pitch. Then Holmes doubled off the center field wall, driving in two more runs. The Mountaineers would lead the rest of the way. Dobson hit a solo home run in the eighth to extent the lead to 12-8.

NC A&T made a final push in the bottom of the ninth on A.J. Hunt's two run homer, but was to complete the comeback.

Appalachian State will host Troy this weekend for a three-game Sun Belt conference series at Beaver Field. Game times are scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 07:29

L-R's Jazmine Charles Earns All-State Honors

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jazmine Charles has been named to the 2014-15 NCCSIA College Division Women’s Basketball All-State First Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Charles, a senior guard from Lexington, N.C., picks up first-team all-state accolades for the second straight season.

This year, Charles led the Bears in several offensive categories including scoring (17.5 ppg), three-pointers made (54), free throw percentage (.828) and steals (37) on her way to all-league and all-region laurels.

Charles has been named to the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team for the past three seasons and was named the 2013-14 SAC and Southeast Region Player Of The Year.

In addition, Charles garnered third-team All-American honors as a junior and was named the 2014-15 SAC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Of The Year.

For her career, Charles ranks fifth in scoring (1,605) and first in three-pointers made (183) in program history.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2014-15 College Division All-State Women’s Basketball Teams

G - Camille Glymph, Sr., Mars Hill, Greenville, S.C.
F - MacKenzie Owen, Sr., Belmont Abbey, Burlington, N.C.
F - Chantal Dunbar, Sr., Wingate, Virginia Beach, Va.
G - Jazmine Charles, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Lexington, N.C.
G - Katie Williams, Jr., Brevard, Robbinsville, N.C.

F - Quantashea Lewis, Jr., Salem, Charlotte, N.C.
G - Shanita Hampton, Sr., Greensboro, Bolton, N.C.
F - Anais Weatherly, So., Guilford, Winston-Salem, N.C.
C - Tiffani Stephens, Sr., Greensboro, Charlotte, N.C.
G - Jessi Hayes, So., Meredith, Franklinton, N.C.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 07:28

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Beats Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (7-6, 5-1) used strong offensive performance in the first half to down Coker (6-7, 2-4), 20-11, in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday afternoon at Byerly Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) led all scorers with five goals while senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) added four goals and three assists as the Bears scored 14 times before halftime and rolled to the win.

Junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and senior midfielder Sarah Gioconda (Apex, N.C.) both scored three times as well for the Bears, who remained tied for second place in the league standings with Tusculum.

For Coker, Claudia Jenkins (Keedysville, Md.) scored three goals but the Cobras suffered their second straight setback.

Freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after registering 12 saves for the Bears while the Cobras’ Kaitlyn Vela (Winter Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making eight stops.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored eight straight goals at one point in the game and held the advantage in both shots taken (31-26) and ground balls (25-21) for its third consecutive victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Newberry in a league game on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 07:27

L-R Baseball Defeats King 9-5

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (23-15) took control early in the game on its way to a 9-5 victory over King (17-17), 9-5, Wednesday afternoon at Tornado Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) hit a three-run home run and junior third baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) added four hits and three runs batted in as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Tornado.

Thompson’s home run came in the third inning and a two-run double by De La Rosa highlighted a five-run fourth inning as the Bears built a 9-1 advantage and held on for the win.

In addition, junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) and freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) both totaled three hits and an RBI as the Bears finished with 14 hits on the day.

For King, Tyler Raymond (Grove City, Ohio) hit a two-run triple while Ryan Whitt (Brentwood, Tenn.) drove in a pair of runs despite the loss.

On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Tenn.) improved to 2-0 on the year after pitching into the sixth inning and earning the victory while King’s Eric Stapleton (Defiance, Ohio) fell to 0-1 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference game on Friday at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 02 April 2015 07:26

App State Women's Tennis Downs King

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Appalachian State University women’s tennis closed out its home schedule with a 5-0 victory over visiting King University on Wednesday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.

The Mountaineers (8-12) finished their home slate with a 7-1 record as it handed the Tornado (2-12) its third consecutive loss. The victory also marked Appalachian’s second-straight shutout win and its third shutout of the season.

With the Tornado able to field just four players, the teams played just two doubles contests and four singles matches as opposed to the customary three doubles and six singles.

Appalachian made quick work of King in doubles play as the tandem of McKayla Zupan/Megan Mullen earned a 6-2 win at No.1 and the No. 2 squad of Gabrielle Wreder/Marisa Anthony came away with a 6-0 win.

Mullen and Olivia King both earned 6-0, 6-0 wins in singles play as Mullen played at the No. 3 spot and King played as the No. 4. Wreder closed out her day with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 and Zupan was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at the No. 2 spot.

The Mountaineers return to action on Thursday when they face Sun Belt Conference rival South Alabama, which is a perfect 14-0 this season. Appalachian will close out the weekend when it faces another Sun Belt foe, Troy, on Saturday.

Appalachian State 5, King University 0
Apr 01, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Nia Gilliam (KING) 6-2, 6-2
2. McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Katya Cerny (KING) 6-2, 6-1
3. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Amanda Huffaker (KING) 6-0, 6-0
4. Olivia King (APP) def. Pearl Annan (KING) 6-0, 6-0
5. No player (KING) vs. No player (APP) no result
6. No player (KING) vs. No player (APP) no result

Doubles competition
1. McKayla Zupan/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Katya Cerny/Nia Gilliam (KING) 6-2
2. Gabrielle Wreder/Marisa Anthony (APP) def. Pearl Annan/Amanda Huffaker (KING) 6-0
3. No player/No player (KING) vs. No player/No player (APP) no result

Match Notes
King University 2-12
Appalachian State 8-12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,1,2)
Playing only four singles and two doubles flights as King only has four players

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:00

Hickory Crawdads Opening Day Roster Released

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The Texas Rangers, parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have released the Opening Day rosters for their minor league affiliates, including the 25 active players who will begin the season with the 'Dads.

The Crawdads boast six players who are ranked among the Rangers Top 30 prospects by both Baseball Americaand MLB.com, headlined by 2014 first round draft pick and returning 'Dads pitcher Luis Ortiz (Baseball America #9/MLB.com #10). Joining Ortiz in the Top 30 ranking is infielder Josh Morgan (10/14), infielder Travis Demeritte (19/13), infielder Michael De Leon (16/19), outfielder Jairo Beras (23/25), and infielder Ronald Guzman (28/26).

There are 11 total returning players on the roster, including 10 who helped the 'Dads to their first 80-win season as a Rangers affiliate in 2014. Demeritte, whose 25 home runs led the South Atlantic League and all MiLB teenagers last year, tops the list of alumni which also includes Beras, De Leon, Guzman, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Ortiz, Eduard Pinto, Kevin Torres, Collin Wiles, and Kelvin Vasquez. 2012 Crawdads pitcher Kevin Matthews also returns to Hickory for a second tour, with the 2011 first round draft pick working his way back from a shoulder surgery that cost him the entire 2013 season.

Also of note is pitcher Chris Dula, who was a standout at South Iredell High School in Troutman, NC. The right-handed hurler went on to lead Catawba College to the South Atlantic Conference championship while being named the conference Male Athlete of the Year in 2014. Fellow North Carolina native Luke Tendler was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American at North Carolina A&T. The slugging outfielder was a Northwest League All-Star last year and tied for the league lead with 11 home runs while playing for the Spokane Indians.

The entire Crawdads Opening Day roster can be found by clicking the attachment at the bottom of this page.

The Crawdads open the season with a friendly exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday, April 7th, before starting their South Atlantic League schedule on Thursday, April 9th against the Hagerstown Suns at L.P. Frans Stadium. Tickets for all 70 'Dads home games are on sale now.

For more information regarding the Crawdads Opening Day roster, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.