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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:45

Times Set for L-R Spring Game, Awards Ceremony

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has set dates and times for its annual Awards Ceremony and Spring Game.

The ceremony, which will honor last year’s championship squad, will take place this Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Meanwhile, the 2015 Spring Game is scheduled this Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Indoor Track and Field Teams garnered 2015 NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades by the USTFCCCA.

USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Heading up the list for the Bears is junior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Baxter holds the fifth-best time in the nation – 7.92 seconds at the Buccaneer Invitational on February 7 – and has won the event three times this year.

Baxter has once again qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place March 13 through March 14 in Birmingham, Ala.

Two other Bears earned all-region honors on the men’s side: sophomore Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) in the shot put and senior Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) in the weight throw. Downs set the school record in the men’s weight throw (51’8”) in the JDL Kickoff Classic on December 6.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) picked up all-region accolades in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Wilson set the school record in the event (9.33) in the Winston-Salem Open in January.

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top three relay teams. The regions used for this award match those used during the cross country season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Teams open the outdoor season on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, in the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Girls
2A
Bandys: 62
Thomasville: 40
Trojans hosts Madison Tuesday in the third round.

East Davidson: 66
East Burke: 56
Cavs season ends at 16-10.

3A
Freedom: 60
South Iredell: 44
Patriots travel to Southwestern Randolph on Tuesday in the third round.

Hickory: 71
Hickory Ridge: 23
Red Tornadoes hosts Northern Guilford Tuesday in the third round (1290 WHKY and whky.com coverage begins at 6:30pm.)

4A
Alexander Central: 50
Rocky River: 27
Cougars travel to undefeated Northwest Guilford Tuesday in the third round.

South Caldwell: 55
Mallard Creek: 49
Spartand travel to Myers Park in the third round on Tuesday.

Boys
2A
East Lincoln: 75
Newton-Conover: 66
Red Devils season ends at 16-8.

3A
Hickory: 56
Hibriten: 51
Panthers season ends at 16-9.
Red Tornadoes hosts Ashbrook in the third round on Tuesday.

Bandys: 10
South Iredell: 1

Bunker Hill: 8
St. Stephens: 3

Maiden: 12
West Iredell: 2

Fred T. Foard: 2
Mooresville: 0

Freedom: 3
East Burke: 0

Patton: 6
Draughn: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Burns: 0

Appalachian State University women’s tennis saw its four-match winning streak come to an end in a 4-3 loss at Gardner-Webb on Monday.

The Mountaineers (6-4) picked up three wins in singles play, but dropped the always-crucial doubles point as the Runnin’ Bulldogs (3-2) snapped a two-match losing streak.

Clare Cox and Mackenzie LaSure got Appalachian off on the right foot with an 8-3 win at No. 1 singles, but GWU earned an 8-3 win at No. 2 and an 8-4 win at No. 3 to grab the doubles point and take an early 1-0 lead.

Cox was able to tie the contest at 1-1 when she cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1. Melissa Machado put the Apps up, 2-1, when she scored a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 5 spot.

Gardner-Webb grabbed straight-set wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles to regain a 3-2 advantage and put the Mountaineers on the ropes. Brianna Armellino responded with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 win at No. 3 to tie things up at 3-3.

Megan Mullen appeared to be on the way to the match-clinching point for App State after winning the first set at No. 6, but was unable to hang on in a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss as the Bulldogs snuck away with the win.

Appalachian State returns to action this weekend when it plays at UNC Asheville on Saturday before heading to College of Charleston on Sunday.

Gardner-Webb 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 02, 2015 at Boiling Springs, N.C.

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Yasmin Doost (GWU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Rokia Sacko (GWU) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 7-6, 6-1
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Sarah Rieckmann (GWU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
4. Catherine White (GWU) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-4, 7-6
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Mary Walker Mixon (GWU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Teodora Stanciu (GWU) def. Megan Mullen (APP) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Yasmin Doost/Mary Walker Mixon (GWU) 8-3
2. Rokia Sacko/Teodora Stanciu (GWU) def. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) 8-3
3. Catherine White/Sarah Rieckmann (GWU) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 8-4

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-4
Gardner-Webb 3-2

Order of Finish
Doubles- 1,3,2
Singles- 1,5,4,2,3,6

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (3-2) won its third consecutive game with a 16-11 victory over Florida Southern (1-4) Monday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) set a school single-game record with seven goals while senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) added four scores and three assists in the victory.

Florida Southern, led by Dane Sorensen’s (Victoria, British Columbia) five goals, rallied from a 6-2 deficit after one period to tie the contest at seven but couldn’t overtake the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 9-8 advantage early in the third stanza then broke the contest open with four straight goals capped off by a score from senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.). Hanlon finished with three goals on the day for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (43-30) and ground balls (25-21) while senior Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the victory in goal. Squires stopped five shots.

For Florida Southern, Lucas Claude (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) finished with two goals and two assists despite the loss. The Mocs’ goalkeeper, Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.), picked up 11 saves in the setback as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday, March 11, against Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match at Moretz Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 02 March 2015 17:26

App State Softball Schedule Changes Announced

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Appalachian State University softball’s first Sun Belt Conference series versus UL Monroe, originally scheduled to be played Saturday-Sunday at Appalachian State’s Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium, has been moved to Wingate University in Wingate, N.C. due to lingering effects of winter weather in the High Country.

The weekend set between Appalachian State (8-7) and UL Monroe (14-6) will still include a doubleheader on Saturday and a single-game on Sunday. Action on Saturday will begin at 1 p.m. with the second game immediately following. On Sunday, the first pitch is set for noon at the WU Softball Complex (East Wilson Street, Wingate, NC, 28174)

APPALACHIAN STATE SOFTBALL vs. UL MONROE
Saturday, March 7 (DH) – 1 p.m. (WU Softball Complex)
Sunday, March 8 – Noon (WU Softball Complex)

The single-game scheduled against USC Upstate from Spartanburg, S.C. on Tuesday, March 3 has been canceled due to rain.

Monday, 02 March 2015 09:14

App State Men's Tennis Drop Second Straight

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Despite grabbing an early 1-0 advantage by taking the doubles point, Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to hang on in a 4-3 loss at East Carolina on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (4-6) used victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take the early edge over the Pirates (8-6), but ultimately dropped four of six singles matches and suffered their second loss of the weekend.

Scott Webster and Jack Maddocks earned a 7-5 in at No. 2 doubles before Trey Morris and Oliver Casey clinched the point with a 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot. It was the third-straight win of the season for the Morris/Oliver duo, which began playing together against NJIT on Feb. 21.

In singles play, Casey came up big with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1, but the Apps dropped the next two singles matches as ECU was able to tie things up at 2-2.

Webster put the Mountaineers in the driver’s seat with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 as App State came within a point of securing the victory.

The Pirates were able to rally from there and grabbed wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to complete the comeback and hand Appalachian State its second loss in as many days.

The Mountaineers return to action on March 9 when they face Northern Illinois in Orlando, Fla. as part of a three-match trip to the Sunshine State.

East Carolina 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 01, 2015 at Greenville, N.C. (ECU Indoor Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Nicolas Soriano (ECU) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
3. Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) def. Zach Bost (APP) 7-6 (5-0), 1-6, 6-3
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. Damien Brenard (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Kasey Countee (ECU) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Colin Roller (ECU) def. Trey Morris (APP) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Colin Roller/Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) def. Zach Bost/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Ross Nigro/Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) 7-5
3. Trey Morris/Oliver Casey (APP) def. Nicolas Soriano/Patriek Wolterbeek (ECU) 6-2

Match Notes
Appalachian State 4-6
East Carolina 8-6

Monday, 02 March 2015 09:12

App State Baseball Falls to Maryland

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Despite a big day by senior Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant), Appalachian State University baseball couldn’t overcome two big innings by Maryland and lost Sunday’s series finale to the 16th-ranked Terrapins, 8-2, at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex.

With the loss, Appalachian State (4-5) dropped its three-game weekend series to No. 16 Maryland (7-2), two games to one. Maryland edged the Mountaineers, 4-2, in Friday’s series opener before App State won Saturday’s second contest, 9-7.

In Sunday’s rubber match, the Terps scored five runs in the third inning and three more in the fifth to jump out to a commanding 8-0 lead.

Appalachian’s only runs came on a two-run homer by Burris in the top of the sixth. In addition to his second home run in as many days, Burris also doubled in the third inning and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Freshman Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) also had two hits for the Mountaineers while senior Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) doubled in first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and reach base for the 39th-straight contest.

Sophomore Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) started on the mound for Appalachian State and allowed five runs in 2.2 innings to suffer the loss and fall to 0-1 on the season. However, four Mountaineer relievers combined to limit Maryland to two earned runs over the final 5.1 innings of the ballgame. Sophomore southpaw Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) headlined the relief effort by allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Appalachian State returns to action on Tuesday when it makes the short trip to High Point for a non-conference contest. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at HPU’s Williard Stadium.