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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (8-6, 1-4) fell to Newberry (17-4, 4-1) by a 6-3 score Wednesday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.


The Bears lost despite the play of junior Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN), who prevailed at third singles and third doubles.


Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum in a league match on Friday at 1:00 p.m., while Newberry returns home to face Lincoln Memorial in a conference contest Friday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m.


NCAA Division II Women's Tennis

Newberry 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)


Singles competition:

1. Amanda Carrillo (NC) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-1, 6-3

2. Elisa Aguirre (NC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-4, 6-2

3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Marta Gomar (NC), 6-2, 6-0

4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Lucia Davila (NC), 6-3, 6-0

5. Rebeca Martinez (NC) def. Sanne Janssen (LR), 6-3, 6-3

6. Joelle Husle (NC) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6


Doubles competition:

1. Amanda Carrillo/Marta Gomar (NC) def. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR) 8-2

2. Elisa Aguirre/Lucia Davila (NC) def. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-5

3. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Joelle Husle/Rebeca Martinez (NC), 8-3


Records: Newberry (17-4, 4-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-6, 1-4 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (28-5, 5-1), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, swept Coker (22-12, 3-5), 8-0 and 1-0, in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader Wednesday at Bears Field.

In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) and freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) both hit two-run home runs while Leonhardt’s round-tripper was a walk-off as the Bears run-ruled the Cobras in six innings.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) won her ninth straight game. Parks (13-3) threw a four-hit shutout – her fourth of the year – while striking out five batters in the win.

In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne scored the lone run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning when sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) drove in freshman pinch runner Ashten Hinkle (Capron, Va.).

LR junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 14-2 on the year after tossing a two-hit shutout, her fifth of the year. Meanwhile, Coker’s Taylor Forehand (New Bern, N.C.) (3-3) suffered the loss despite throwing a two-hit complete game as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 14-0 at home this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder All-American Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), who had three hits in the first contest, still leads the team in hitting (.434).

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on first-place Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference showdown Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Appalachian State University and Director of Athletics Doug Gillin have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him at App State through 2022.

Gillin was named the school’s director of athletics on Feb. 27, 2015, and he officially began the role on April 6, 2015. The extension was announced Wednesday by Chancellor Sheri Everts.

“Doug Gillin’s leadership of the athletics division has led to unprecedented success for our student-athletes in the classroom and in their sports,” Everts said. “I appreciate his emphasis on the academic success of our student-athletes, his inclusive vision and his thoughtful approach to growth for our athletics programs.”

In the midst of his third year in Boone, Gillin has overseen progress in all facets of an athletics department that was in the beginning stages of its transition from FCS football and Southern Conference membership to FBS football and the Sun Belt Conference upon his arrival.

Among the achievements under Gillin’s leadership have been App State student-athletes leading the way academically within the Sun Belt; installation of state-of-the-art video boards at Holmes Convocation Center and Kidd Brewer Stadium; plans approved for a $38.2 million football end zone project, field hockey stadium upgrades and other facility enhancements; negotiating home games against top-tier programs such as Miami, North Carolina and South Carolina; record-breaking football crowds; and a significant increase in philanthropic giving.

“I would like to thank Chancellor Everts for giving me the opportunity to lead the athletics department at this great institution,” Gillin said. “We have a wonderful team of administrators, coaches and support staff who consistently recruit and develop high-quality student-athletes. We’ve been able to enhance our program through articulating our vision for comprehensive excellence in all facets of our athletic department - academically, athletically, socially and through innovative resource acquisition. We will keep working hard toward our goal of being the best athletics department in the country and provide our student-athletes a world-class college experience. My family and I are excited about what the future holds at Appalachian.”

Gillin has helped oversee one of the most successful transitions to the FBS level of football in history. The Mountaineers, under the leadership of head coach Scott Satterfield, became the first team to win bowl games in the first three consecutive years after making such a transition. They claimed the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowl trophies and were most recently crowned champions of the 2017 Dollar General Bowl after a 34-0 shutout of MAC champion Toledo.

The football team claimed Sun Belt Championships in 2016 and 2017. Its 36-9 record over the last 45 games trails only Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Wisconsin among all FBS programs.

Other team championships under Gillin’s watch include 2016, 2017 and 2018 Southern Conference wrestling, 2016 Sun Belt women’s indoor track and field, 2016 Sun Belt women’s cross country and 2017 Sun Belt men’s cross country.

Following are some of the top achievements during Gillin’s tenure as director of athletics.

· Fall 2017 marked the 11th consecutive semester that App student-athletes achieved a collective 3.0 grade point average. App State received the Institutional Graduation Rate Award from the Sun Belt in 2015 and 2017 and led the league with 237 total student-athletes making the 2016-17 Sun Belt Commissioner’s List (3.5+ GPA) or Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA).

· The design phase of a $38.2 million football end zone project has been approved.

· State-of-the-art video boards were installed at Holmes Convocation Center (for basketball and volleyball) and Kidd Brewer Stadium this past summer. The football video board is the largest of its kind among Group of Five programs.

· Volleyball received locker room upgrades in 2017, while plans are underway for field hockey and wrestling facility enhancements thanks to generous donations to the program.

· Gillin negotiated big-time home games versus Power Five opponents in Miami (2016), North Carolina (2022) and South Carolina (2025). The Miami crowd of 34,658 set a stadium record that was eclipsed by the Wake Forest crowd of 35,126 a year later. Other future home-and-home series include East Carolina and Marshall.

· Giving to the Yosef Club has hit record highs, thanks to leadership gifts like App alum Mark Ricks’ donation of $10 million toward the university’s A Mountaineer Impact initiative. Ricks’ gift, announced Nov. 9, 2017, is the largest outright gift in university history.

· The Mountaineer Impact initiative was announced in February 2017 and has generated $30 million toward the $60 million overall goal as of March 2018. Contributions to the initiative help construct and enhance athletic facilities and provide critical scholarship support, while impacting the overall athletic experience for App State student-athletes and fans.

Before arriving in Boone, Gillin was most recently the deputy director of athletics at the University of Missouri from 2012-15, playing a prominent role in the Tigers’ transition to the Southeastern Conference.

Gillin spent a decade in North Carolina in various roles with ISP Sports/IMG College from 2002-12. The first nine years of his athletics career were spent on college campuses, including Lehigh (1993-94), New Mexico (1994-95), Missouri (1995-99) and Syracuse (1999-02).

Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:07

Hickory Crawdads Opening Day Roster Released

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The Hickory Crawdads and the Texas Rangers, their parent club, are pleased to announce the Opening Day roster for the 'Dads.The 2018 Opening Day roster features 28 players, including 15 pitchers, 4 catchers, 5 infielders, and 4 outfielders.

Twelve players will be returning to the 'Dads after having stints in Hickory during the 2017 season. Returner pitchers include A.J. Alexy, Reid Anderson, Dario Beltre, Demarcus Evans, Joe Kuzia, Sal Mendez, Tyler Phillips, and Grant Zawadzki. Position players that will be returning are Yohel Pozo, Ryan Dorow, Miguel Aparicio, and Eric Jenkins.

The 'Dads roster includes six of the Rangers Top 30 Prospects by outfielder Pedro Gonzalez (#9), pitcher A.J. Alexy (#16), outfielder Miguel Aparicio (#17), pitcher Alex Speas (#22), catcher Sam Huff (#24) and pitcher Tyler Phillips (#30).

Teams are allowed 26 players on the active roster so two players will be starting the season on the inactive list.

The 2018 Crawdads will make their debut in a friendly exhibition game against the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks on Monday, April 2nd. The game will begin at 6pm with gates opening at 5pm. All tickets will be general admission seating and free of charge compliments of the Catawba County Partnership for Children. The Catawba County Partnership for Children will be on site collecting donations for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for those that wish to donate.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team finished in sixth place at the Bearcat Classic – hosted by Lander University – which wrapped up Tuesday at the Greenwood Country Club. 

The Bears totaled an 876 (+12) on the par-72, 6,800-yard course after 54 holes of play while Young Harris took the top spot with a 14-under 850. 

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Dawson Walker (Lenoir, N.C.) led the Bears with a third-place tie overall. Walker carded a five-under 211 after three rounds on his way to all-tournament honors for the Bears. 

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Tennessee River Rumble on Tuesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 4, in Loudon, Tenn., at the Tennessee National Golf Club.


Bearcat Classic

March 26-27, 2018 – Final Results

Greenwood, S.C.

Greenwood Country Club


Lander University, host


Par: 72

Yards: 6,800


1. Young Harris 850 (-14)

2. Lincoln Memorial 867 (+3)

3. Georgia Southwestern 870 (+6)

4. Belmont Abbey 871 (+7)

5. Columbus State 872 (+8)

6. Lenoir-Rhyne 876 (+12)

7. Lander 877 (+13)

8. Coker 879 (+15)

9. Georgia College 884 (+20)

10. Clayton State 887 (+23)

11. Barton 889 (+25)

12. Mount Olive 892 (+28)

13t. Wingate 894 (+30)

13t. Erskine 894 (+30)

15. Erskine 900 (+36)

16t. King 905 (+41)

16t. Anderson 905 (+41)

18. Flagler 909 (+45)

19. North Georgia 915 (+51)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

3t. Dawson Walker 211 (-5)

22t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 219 (+3)

26t. Jordan Vogler 222 (+6)

65t. Jackson Bailey 229 (+13)

65t. Brad Robinson 229 (+13)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:36

Appalachian State Baseball Defeats Gardner-Webb

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Conner Leonard helped Appalachian State build an early lead, Kaleb Bowman thwarted a middle-inning rally and the Mountaineers rewarded Bowman's effort with a three-run sixth that provided some separation in an 8-4 road victory at Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night.

Leonard hit a two-run homer in the second inning and an RBI single in a two-run third as App State (6-16) jumped ahead 4-0. The Runnin' Bulldogs (13-14) scored twice in the bottom of the third before cutting their deficit to 4-3 in the fourth, but Bowman (1-0) relieved starter Brandon Boone with runners at the corners and ended the threat with a strikeout.

Bowman struck out two more batters in a scoreless fifth to set the stage for a three-run top of the sixth that gave Appalachian a 7-3 advantage.

Alex Leshock finished 3-for-6 at the plate with an RBI triple, three runs scored and one stolen base from the leadoff spot, and Leonard's 16th career homer was part of a 2-for-5 night with three RBIs. Drew Beck had a third-inning RBI single and a hit-by-pitch RBI to cap a three-run sixth, which included CJ Brown's RBI double to score catcher Riley Smith from first and Leshock's RBI triple.

Boone, Bowman, Reed Howell, Cameron Kepley and Luke Watts limited Gardner-Webb to five hits, as Kepley and Watts both had two strikeouts in perfect innings to close the victory. With his sixth straight scoreless appearance, Bowman has recorded 14 strikeouts and allowed no runs on five hits over his 8.0 innings during that stretch.

Offensively, Beck's leadoff walk in the second inning preceded a one-out shot over the left-field fence from Leonard, who homered for the third time this season.

Leshock led off the second inning with a single, stole second base and moved to third on a Bailey Welch single before scoring on Beck's single. Leonard's infield hit to a diving shortstop brought home Welch.

Gardner-Webb cut its deficit in half with Corey Howard's two-run double in the bottom of the third. The Bulldogs had runners at the corners with one out when Smith threw out a potential base stealer at second, and Boone ended the inning with a strikeout.

A leadoff error, one-out walk and two-out single contributed to an unearned run against Boone before Bowman took the mound in the fourth. He kept the Runnin' Bulldogs at bay until Appalachian had its first six batters of the sixth inning reach base.

Smith singled to right and scored on Brown's double off the wall in left-center by sliding under a tag following an aggressive wave home from his head coach. A high-rising hit down the right-field line dropped for a triple by Leshock, and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Beck, who was hit by a 1-2 pitch.

Gardner-Webb added a run in the sixth on JP McGuire's solo homer, and Leshock scored an unearned run by racing home from first on a two-out outfield error in the top of the seventh. Howell, Kepley and Watts finished off the game from there.

App State heads directly from Boiling Springs toward Mobile, Ala., for a three-day Sun Belt Conference series that begins Thursday at South Alabama.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team picked up its fourth victory of the season – this time at the Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic – which concluded Tuesday at the River Landing Golf Club.

Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 918 (+54) on the par-72, 5,812-yard course and finished 11 strokes better than second-place UNC Pembroke. The Bears also won their second straight tournament and claimed their third first-place finish this spring.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led once again by sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM). O’Connor, who won last week at the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge, forced a one-hole playoff for the second straight tournament but fell to Wingate’s Diana McDonald. Both players shot a 223 (+7).

In the third and final round today, the Bears were aided by the play of junior All-American Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.). Hartsell tied for sixth overall with a 229 (+13) but shot a two-under 70 today to propel Lenoir-Rhyne to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Championship at The Members Club at Woodcreek in Elgin, S.C., on Sunday, April 15, through Tuesday, April 17.


Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic

March 26-27, 2018 – Final Results

Wallace, N.C.

River Landing Golf Club


UNC Pembroke, host


Par: 72

Yards: 5,812


1. Lenoir-Rhyne 918 (+54)

2. UNC Pembroke 929 (+65)

3. Wingate 932 (+68)

4. Anderson 934 (+70)

5. Carson-Newman 935 (+71)

6. Mount Olive 960 (+96)

7. Lincoln Memorial 964 (+100)

8. Catawba 975 (+111)

9. Erskine 982 (+118)

10. Mars Hill 1,077 (+213)

11. Southern New Hampshire 1,090 (+226)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

2. Ainee O’Connor 223 (+7)

6t. Abbey Hartsell 229 (+13)

11. Laura Morrison 232 (+16)

13t. Chelsea Mansel 234 (+18)

48t. Tessa Young 258 (+42)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:33

L-R Baseball Picks Up Midweek Win Over Augusta

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (21-12) won big in a mid-week regional contest over Augusta University (9-22), 15-4, Tuesday evening at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by redshirt freshman third baseman Will Jones (Clayton, N.C.) with four hits and three runs batted in while junior catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) hit his second home run of the year to lead the Bears to the win.

After falling behind by a 2-0 score in the opening frame, the Bears took control with 10 straight runs to turn the contest into a rout. LR was also aided by three Jaguar errors which led to seven unearned runs.

LR sophomore Alex Shirazi (Charlotte, N.C.) (1-1) earned the win in relief as the Bears used seven pitchers on the night.

Augusta’s Zack Goble (Blackshear, Ga.) drove in two runs but Jordan Kelly (Lilburn, Ga.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

The Bears are one win away from tying last year’s victory total.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored in every inning but one in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday against Lincoln Memorial at 4:00 p.m., in Harrogate, Tenn.

Appalachian State University men's tennis (10-7) fell to UNCG (7-6) in a 6-1 decision on Tuesday afternoon at UNCG Tennis Courts.

The Mountaineers weren't able to get anything going against the hosts. UNCG claimed all three doubles matches and landed five of six singles contests. Four of the six singles matches either went to a tiebreaker or a third frame.

Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) highlighted the Apps' day with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) triumph as the No. 2 in the lineup over Marcus Vidgren. Bargeron moves to .500 on the season in singles play with an 8-8 mark.

UNCG claimed the first two doubles matches for the 1-0 lead, while Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Bargeron suffered a tiebreaking 7-6 (7-3) defeat to Connor Thompson and Nico Grewe.

Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) fell to Daniel Hammarstedt in straight sets as the No. 5 in the book, which gave UNCG a 2-0 edge. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) put forth a solid effort but dropped both sets including a 7-6 (7-5) heartbreaker to his counterpart.

App State wouldn't quit despite being down 3-0, as the final four contests were tight-knit decisions. Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell in three sets to Ian Melnik, 6-4, 2-6, 5-7, before Bargeron put the Black and Gold on the board.

Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) fought back from a one-set deficit to force a tie-breaking set but was downed 6-3 in the third frame to Ollie Palmer.

Scott was the last to finish and claimed the first set of the match but dropped the final two stanzas.

Appalachian will look for a bounce-back win against its archrival, Georgia Southern on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Statesboro.

The Appalachian State men’s golf team finished its third tournament of the spring Tuesday at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate, shooting a three-round team score of 894 (+54) good for 12th place out of 24 teams.

Junior Alex Burris led the team in overall scoring, firing a 7-over 217 total to tie him for 11th out of 127 golfers. Burris also had the lowest round on the team this week with a 71 (+1) in the second round.

In the first round, the Mountaineers shot a 16-over 296 putting them tied for sixth place after day one. They would then finish with a 302 (+22) in the second round and another 296 in the final round placing them 12th in the final leaderboard.

Rounding out the top scorers on the team were freshman Candler Rice at 224 (+14) and closely behind him sophomore Tripp Summerlin carding a 226 (+16) three-day total.

Southern Illinois won the tournament shooting a team score of 862 (+22), four shots ahead of second place.

App State returns to the course April 9 (Monday) and April 10 (Tuesday) at the Wofford Invitational for its penultimate regular-season match before the Sun Belt Championship.

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