Sports (663)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (18-14, 4-9) staged a furious rally in the ninth inning but came up short to Carson-Newman (17-16, 6-7), 11-8, Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Silver Diamond Complex.

Trailing by an 11-2 score, the Bears plated six runs in their half of the ninth inning but the deficit was too great to overcome. Sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and freshman designated hitter Brandon Lam (Bradenton, Fla.) both had two-run hits to highlight the frame.

Carson-Newman took control with a seven-run eighth inning aided by three Lenoir-Rhyne errors. Six of the Eagles’ 11 runs were unearned on the day.

The Eagles were also powered by three home runs courtesy of Greg Jones (Maryville, Tenn.), Eric Lynch (Boonton, N.J.) and Brett Langhorne (Mechanicsville, Va.). Jones finished with a game-high three runs batted in.

On the mound, Carson-Newman’s Greg Valentine (Knoxville, Tenn.) improved to 3-0 on the year after earning the win while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (8-2) suffered the loss. St. Clair allowed just two earned runs while pitching six innings and increased his national-leading strikeout total to 90 after fanning 11 on the afternoon.

Australia native Xavier Subotsch (Melbourne, Victoria, Aus.) is newest member of the 2017 Appalachian State Football Signing Class, Head Coach Scott Satterfield announced on Friday.

Subotsch is a 6’2, 198-pound punter and will join the program this summer. He brings App’s total signing class to 19 for 2017, including two early enrollees.

Subotsch, born in Perth, Australia, grew up in Melbourne, attended high school at Haileybury College and graduated in 2015. He grew up playing Australian Rules football. He trained as a punter under Nathan Chapman and John Smith at Prokick Australia.

"We are very excited to welcome Xavier to Appalachian State,” Satterfield said Friday. “We are looking forward to him arriving and competing for the punter position."

App State will try to replace punter Bentlee Critcher, who is graduating. Critcher’s 41.7-yard career punting average puts him among the career leaders in Sun Belt history. Critcher’s younger brother Rylee, a redshirt freshman and placekicker Michael Rubino, are also in the mix for App’s open punting spot.

App State completed spring practice at the beginning of March and is already in the midst of conditioning for the 2017 season, which opens Sept. 2 at Georgia.

Xavier Subotsch - Punter (Melbourne, Victoria, Aus./Haileyburg College)

Subotsch is a 6’2, 198-pound punter who will join the program this summer…Born in Perth, Australia, grew up in Melbourne, attended high school at Haileybury College and graduated in 2015…Grew up playing Australian Rules football…Trained as a punter under Nathan Chapman and John Smith at Prokick Australia…Born November 1, 1997…Son of Nick and Bambi Subotsch…Has one sister, Portia…Plans to study business at App State.

Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair to USC Upstate on Wednesday in a midweek doubleheader at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium in Boone. The Spartans routed the Mountaineers 12-1 in five innings in game one and edged App State 4-2 in game two.

Appalachian State (12-18, 0-6 SBC) made nine connections on Wednesday with Cara Parker pounding out two RBI and her seventh home run of the season, her 37th of her career. The Georgia native is only two jacks shy of tying second on the App State Career Home Runs list and is seven away from matching the No. 1 total at 44 career homers.

In the circle, four ladies made appearances against the Spartan offense and Kenzie Longanecker struck out her 80th batter of the season and is ten strikeouts away from surging onto Appalachian’s single-season records list.

Game One USC Upstate 12, App State 1 (5 innings)

The Spartans’ (29-7, 2-1 ASUN) nine-run first inning and tough pitching limited the Mountaineers as USC Upstate took game one 12-1 in five innings.

App State fell into a hole early after USC Upstate exploded out to a 9-0 lead at the top of the first on seven hits and two errors, but Parker chipped away at the Spartans’ lead in the bottom half ripping a home run over the left field fence.

In the fourth inning, the Spartans plated two more runs and added an extra in the fifth which put the game out of reach.

At the plate, Parker, Sidney Russell and Katie Mathewson all went 1-for-2, and Annaleise Kennedy and Katie Williford saw action on the mound in game one.

Game Two: USC Upstate 4, App State 2

Despite a late rally, the Mountaineers dropped a tight seventh-inning battle to USC Upstate in the nightcap.

The Spartans jumped out to a one-run lead and were able to maintain their leg up on App State until they extended their advantage scoring three more at the top of the seventh.

At the bottom half, the Apps challenged Upstate’s 4-0 lead going on a two-run rally but fell short in the process. Keri White opened the inning with a single to left field and followed with her second stolen base of the season. Next was Parker who knocked in her second RBI of the day to shrink the Spartan’s lead to 4-1. With one runner on base and two outs, the Mountaineers started to build a momentum to put themselves back in the game. Up next was Ally Walters who crashed out a RBI single, but was thrown out attempting to reach third which ended the game, 4-2.

The Mountaineers slammed out six hits with Parker going 2-for-4 at the plate.

On the mound, Longanecker turned in a solid performance limiting Upstate’s offensive attacks by recording five scoreless frames and striking out two in 6.1 innings.

App State softball will host their first conference opponent, South Alabama, April 1-2 for a three-game weekend series. First pitch for Saturday’s doubleheader will go off a 1 p.m., and Sunday’s finale will begin at 11 a.m. at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium.

North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 1
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 2
Crest: 1

Hibriten: 8
Bunker Hill: 3

Watauga: 8
West Caldwell: 5

North Piedmont Conference:
South Caldwell: 15
Hickory: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 3
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 14
Newton-Conover: 8

East Burke: 11
Patton: 0

Wilkes Central: 5
Bunker Hill: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 2
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 9
Draughn: 0

St. Stephens: 2
Lincolnton: 0

Lenoir-Rhyne (31-8, 5-3) and Newberry (22-11, 5-3) split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at the Smith Road Complex. The Wolves rallied to win the first contest by a 6-5 score before the Bears shut out the Wolves, 11-0, in the second game to salvage the split. Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II.

Game One – Newberry 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 5

Trailing by a 5-3 score, the Wolves scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the victory. Tori Caldwell (Prosperity, S.C.) crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give Newberry the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) both hit home runs in the losing effort. Landreth’s round-tripper, her third of the year, was part of a two-run seventh inning to give the Bears a 5-3 advantage before the Wolves’ rally.

Newberry’s Christina Linton (Odessa, Fla.) drove in two runs while Devon Morris (Tampa, Fla.) improved to 13-4 after earning the complete game victory. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) (8-2) was tagged with the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Newberry 0 (five innings)

Boone drove in four runs while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) (5-4) threw a four-hitter as the Bears run-ruled the Wolves to salvage the split.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 4-0 lead before exploding for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning highlighted by two-run hits from junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.), junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and Boone.

Newberry’s Emily Marchbanks (Sweet Home, Ore.) fell to 8-7 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Mars Hill in a league doubleheader Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field student-athlete Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) earned Sun Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Week, voted on by the conference’s head coaches and announced by the league office on Wednesday.

“This past weekend Ryan accomplished another one of his collegiate goals, running under a 1:50.00 time for the 800-meters,” said head coach John Weaver. “We thank the Sun Belt coaches for recognizing this feat and honoring him with athlete of the week. He is now number one all-time in the 800-meters and a school record holder.”

Hastings, a junior from Matthews, N.C., broke the Mountaineer program record over the weekend in the 800-meter run. While at the Weems Baskin Invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina, Hastings ran a 1:49.42 record-breaking time. He finished third in the event.

Hastings’ time broke Alex Taylor’s previous record of 1:49.80 which was set in 2012. Hastings was previously third on the all-time program list in the 800-meters with a time of 1:50.46. His new personal-record is is the top time in the Sun Belt by more than two seconds and ranks 16th in the country.

Hastings, along with the rest of the Mountaineers, head to the Florida Relays this weekend.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field student-athlete Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) earned Sun Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Week, voted on by the conference’s head coaches and announced by the league office on Wednesday.

“Tristin has consistently performed at the highest levels within the Sun Belt and the NCAA,” said head coach John Weaver. “The frequent selection by the Sun Belt coaches for athlete of the week honors for her is testimony to her achievements as a collegiate runner. She is a team leader for us and is the finest example of the athletes in our program.”

Van Ord, no stranger to program records, broke her own program record in the 10,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays this past weekend. Van Ord finished sixth in the event with a time of 34:04.64.

The time for Van Ord is good for the fastest time in the Sun Belt by more than three minutes and ranks as the fifth fastest time in the country.

Van Ord and the Mountaineers travel to the Florida Relays this weekend.

Appalachian State University baseball came up just shy against its seventh nationally ranked opponent in 2017, falling 5-4 on Tuesday night against No. 24 Wake Forest in front of a packed, 955 crowd at Smith Stadium

The Mountaineers (10-15) led three times in nine innings of back and forth with the Demon Deacons (19-7), falling just shy of the mark by less than three runs for the 14th time this season.

Appalachian was able to respond to a solo home run in the top of the first by Wake Forest with two runs off a leadoff single by Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) that is advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge). A Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) double down the right-field line brought home Grubbs before Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) shot one through the right side to score Vernon.

The Demon Deacs tied up the ballgame in the second on their second of three home runs on the day.

Starting pitchers Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) and Colin Peluse then battled for 3.1 innings scoreless innings, before the Black and Gold retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth off a solo homer by Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) – his third on the year.

Wake Forest took the lead in the sixth inning when it scored two runs off two hits before App State continued the close matchup by retying the game in home-half of the sixth when a Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) suicide squeeze brought home Curtis from third.

The 24th-ranked Deacs then hit the go-ahead and eventual game-winner in the top of the ninth to get the result.

Vernon, Stroup and Leonard all led offensively for the Mountaineers with two hits each as also had all but Zupcic’s RBI in the game. On the mound for App State, Hampton would go 6.0 innings and allow just six hits, four runs, while striking out five batters. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) and Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) also provided relief in the effort as Howell struck out three before Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) came in to throw the final inning, striking out two and allowing one run.

News Arrest Disclaimer:
The individuals depicted have been arrested but not convicted at the time of story postings. This information does not infer or imply guilt of any actions or activity other than their arrest. We make no warranty or guaranty as to the accuracy of this data.

© 2017 Long Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved
526 Main Avenue SE, Hickory, NC 28602 - Phone: 828-322-1290 - Fax: 828-322-8256