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Sunday, 29 March 2015 23:22

App State Track and Records Fall in Raleigh

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Tristin Van Ord finished fourth in the 10,000-meter run and set a new school record as Appalachian State University women’s track and field posted five top-10 finishes at the Raleigh Relays over the weekend.

Van Ord finished in a time of 34:23.08 as she competed in the 10,000 meters for the first time in her collegiate career, obliterating the previous school record of 34:52.76, set by Amanda Hamilton in 2013. Teammate Dana Cox came in 25th as she posted a career-best time of 35:51.52, nearly a full minute better than her previous career best, and moved into sixth in school history.

The Mountaineers also performed well in the high jump as Janet Watson finished sixth in the college division with a mark of 5-1 (1.55 meters) while Hunter Welborn was sixth in the invitational division with a jump of 5-5 (1.65 meters).

India McWhorter added to Appalachian’s top-10 performances with a ninth-place showing in the discus throw, thanks to a toss of 132-2 (40.28 meters).

Three other Appalachian State student-athletes finished with personal bests as Samantha Campanaro finished the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:16.36 and Torre Moser ran the 1,500-meters in a time of 4:35.25. The performance moved Campanaro into sixth all-time in her event while Moser posted the 10th-best time in school history.

Brittany Williams posted a career-best mark of 36:34.18 in the 10,000 meters to finish 29th overall and move into 10th all-time in the event.

Appalachian’s 4x800-meter relay team rounded out the Mountaineers’ top-10 performances with a seventh place showing, clocking a time of 9:21.58.

On the men’s side, Stanley Broaden took sixth in the 400-meter hurdles and Appalachian State grabbed six top-10 finishes over the weekend.

Elsewhere in the competition, Michael Ellis set a new personal record and finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:14.53. The time also moved Ellis into ninth all-time in school history.

Henry Bustle finished eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 47-8 (14.53 meters) while the Mountaineers’ 4x800-meter relay team finished sixth in a time of 7:47.64.

Evan Laratta also set a personal record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:33.09 and Appalachian’s sprint medley relay team took fourth with a time of 3:29.91.

The Mountaineers return to action next weekend when they head to High Point for the annual VertKlassee Meet.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (6-6, 4-1) won its second straight game with a 21-7 victory over Wingate (6-7, 3-3) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Irwin Belk Track Complex.

Senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), the Bears’ all-time leading scorer, led the way with a match-high four goals and two assists as Lenoir-Rhyne scored 15 goals before intermission on its way to the victory. Donovan now has a team-leading 33 goals on the year.

Junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added three goals and four assists for the Bears, who broke a 5-5 tie with nine straight scores to take control of the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) scored three goals each as the Bears held the Bulldogs to just one goal after halftime.

Wingate was led by Paulena Dempsey (Jarrettsville, Md.) with three goals but the Bulldogs suffered their second straight setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne was dominant throughout, holding large advantages in both ground balls (56-30) and shots taken (42-15).

In goal, freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) picked up the win after playing the first 30 minutes and stopping two shots for the Bears. Wingate goalkeeper Nicole Hinkle (Fallston, Md.) suffered the loss despite making 14 saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Coker on the road in a conference game on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., in Hartsville, S.C.

The Carson-Newman Baseball Team (17-15, 11-13) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (21-15, 9-12), 5-3 and 9-0, Saturday afternoon at the Silver Diamond Complex.

Game One – Carson-Newman 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
The Eagles’ Vince Apicella (Dillsburg, Pa.) improved to 4-4 on the year after pitching into the eighth inning and striking out 12 batters to lead the Eagles to the win.

Apicella allowed just three runs while Carson Bryant (Fletcher, N.C.) picked up his second save on the year after retiring the final four batters in the contest.

Carson-Newman broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning highlighted by the game-winning, run-scoring single by Joe Tipton (Dandridge, Tenn.).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) hit a solo home run, his team-leading fifth of the year, while sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added a two-run double despite the loss. On the mound, sophomore John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) fell to 2-2 with the setback.

Game Two – Carson-Newman 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0 (seven innings)
Carson-Newman’s Jamie Miller (Wardensville, W.Va.) pitched a three-hit shutout as the Eagles completed the doubleheader sweep of the Bears. Miller (4-1) scattered three hits and struck out six batters in the victory.

The Eagles broke the game open with a seven-run fifth inning. Carson-Newman was led offensively Evan Jurjevic (New Carlisle, Ind.) and Eric Lynch (Boonton, N.J.) with two hits and two runs batted in each. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) fell to 4-4 after being tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Montreat on Tuesday night at Bears Field beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 22:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Swept by Carson-Newman

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The Carson-Newman Softball Team (24-8, 8-2) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne (24-13, 4-6), 5-1 and 8-0, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Carson-Newman 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Eagles’ Elayna Siebert (Knoxville, Tenn.) opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a solo home run while Sarah Howard (Georgetown, Ky.) earned the complete game victory on the mound.

Howard improved to 4-3 on the season after limiting the Bears to just four hits and striking out three batters while Lenoir-Rhyne was hurt by four errors which lead to four unearned Carson-Newman runs.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) fell to 13-4 after taking the loss while sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) drove in the lone run of the contest for the Bears.

Game Two – Carson-Newman 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
Carson-Newman’s Danielle Kranz (Fairfield, Calif.) threw a three-hit shutout as the Eagles took the nightcap as well. Kranz also struck out five batters and improved to 9-4 on the year.

Carson-Newman took control early with a four-run first inning highlighted by a two-run double by Erin Stanley (Coeburn, Va.). Stanley led the way with three hits and two runs batted in as the Eagles finished with 14 hits in the contest. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 11-9 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Hartsville, S.C., at 2:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University baseball dropped a heart breaker to University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Friday. The Trojans (8-13, 5-4 Sun Belt) hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim game one of the weekend series 2-1.

Reigning Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week, Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) pitched brilliantly for the Mountaineers (7-19, 2-8 Sun Belt). Thurber threw eight and two third innings with six strikeouts, one walk, and only allowed two runs on four hits.

The senior gave up one run in the first inning but then settled down. Thurber retired 13 straight Trojans from the spanning from the first inning to the end of the fifth.

Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount), the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week, continued his hot hitting and smashed his team-leading seventh home run over the right field wall in the first inning and gave Appalachian a quick 1-0 lead. Dobson went 2-for-4 and was one of two Mountaineers with hit on the day.

After a 12 hit outing against Wake Forest on Wednesday, the Mountaineer bats went quite. Outside of Dobson the Apps went 1-for-23 with nine strikeouts against UALR.

The Trojan offense wasn't very effect either, but timely hits with runners in scoring positions in the first and ninth innings allowed them to win the first ever meeting between the two schools.

With another tough-luck loss, the Mountaineers fall to 2-10 this season in games decided by two runs or less

The Mountaineers continue their Sun Belt series versus UALR tomorrow. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m.

Friday, 27 March 2015 22:26

Hickory Motor Speedway Set to Race on Saturday

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Saturday Night March 28th Hickory Motor Speedway will be featuring the 2nd Round of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models.

The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge is a 10 Race Championship Series within the overall NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship at Hickory Motor Speedway and provides additional purse money to the NWAAS Bojangles Late Models and additional season ending point funds to be distributed among the Top 3 Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge finishers.

Also on tap for this Saturday Night will be the T- Mobile Limited Late Models for 35 laps. Other divisions on the schedule will be the Street Stocks for 30 laps, the Wrench Rags Renegades for 20 laps and the popular Sportsman Racing Classics.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing action beginning at 7pm. Tickets are just $11.00 for adults, $9.00 for Seniors and Teen and 12 and under are free.

Friday, 27 March 2015 22:17

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Edges Out Carson-Newman

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (21-13, 9-10) surpassed last year’s win total by holding on to beat Carson-Newman (15-15, 9-13), 9-8, Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Silver Diamond Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) once again led the Bears in hitting, finishing with three hits and three RBI including a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

With the score tied at six entering the top of the ninth inning, the Bears took the lead for good with three runs in the frame. Freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) provided the game-winning hit with a two-run double in the inning.

Carson-Newman plated a pair of runs in the ninth but freshman pitcher Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (3-2), who was credited with the win, was able to register the final out with a runner on second base.

Junior catcher Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) added two hits and two runs batted in for the Bears, who finished with 15 hits on the afternoon.

For Carson-Newman, Greg Jones (Maryville, Tenn.) hit a solo home run and Eric Lynch (Boonton, N.J.) added three hits and two runs batted in despite the loss. The Eagles’ Michael Cogliano (Medford, N.J.) fell to 1-3 with the setback on the mound.

The two teams wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at Noon.

Scott Webster earned his team-best 13th win of the season, but Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to pick up another point as it fell to No. 57 Troy, 6-1, on Friday at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.

The Mountaineers (6-9) narrowly dropped the doubles point as the Trojans (18-5) picked up their eighth-straight victory.

Appalachian’s top doubles pairing of Oliver Casey/Jan-Willem Kleynhans suffered a 6-1 defeat and Troy clinched the point when its No. 3 duo topped the Mountaineer tandem of Zach Bost/Trey Morris by a narrow 7-5 score. Webster and fellow Australian Jack Maddocks were tied 6-6 at No. 2 doubles, but the match went unfinished as Troy had clinched the point.

In singles play, the Trojans rolled to straight-set wins at No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 to take clinch the match and take a commanding 5-1 lead. Webster got Appalachian State on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 and Casey suffered a hard-fought loss at No. 1 (6-1, 4-6, 10-8).

The Mountaineers wrap up the weekend on Saturday when they square off with New Orleans at 10 a.m.. Appalachian was slated to play South Carolina State on the same day, but the contest has been canceled.

#57 Troy 6, Appalachian State 1
Mar 27, 2015 at Troy, Ala. (Lunsford Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Gabriel Dias (TROY) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8
2. Hassan Ndayishimye (TROY) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-0, 6-1
3. Scott Webster (APP) def. Andy Lau (TROY) 6-4, 6-2
4. Pablo Moreno (TROY) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-2, 6-3
5. Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-3, 6-3
6. Cyprian Owczarz (TROY) def. Trey Morris (APP) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Andy Lau/Gabriel Dias (TROY) def. Oliver Casey/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-1
2. Pablo Moreno/Hassan Ndayishimye (TROY) vs. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) 6-6, unfinished
3. Calum McKinlay/Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Trey Morris/Zach Bost (APP) 7-5

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-9, 1-1
Troy 18-5, 5-0; National ranking #57
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,4,3,6,1)

After leading Appalachian State University men’s basketball in scoring and earning second team all-Sun Belt Conference accolades, junior guard Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) has been named as a NABC all-district selection, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced on Friday.

Eaves finished fifth in the Sun Belt in scoring (16.6 ppg) and posted 22 double-digit scoring performances, including 11 games with at least 20 points. He was named Sun Belt Player of the Week twice and helped Appalachian finish sixth in the 11-team conference despite being selected to finish last in the preseason coaches poll.

He is one of 10 players from the Sun Belt to be named as an all-district selection for District 24. The team is selected and voted on by NABC members from around the country.

District 24
First Team
R.J. Hunter - Georgia State
Shawn Long - UL Lafayette
Jelani Hewitt - Georgia Southern
Tylor Ongwae - UL Monroe
Ryan Harrow - Georgia State

Second Team
Anthony Livingston - Arkansas State
Frank Eaves - Appalachian State
Ken Williams - South Alabama
Lonnie McClanahan - UT Arlington
Emani Gant - Texas State

District 24: Mark Byington, Georgia Southern

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.

Friday, 27 March 2015 22:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Defeats Tampa

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (5-6) scored the first 11 goals of the game on its way to a 15-6 win over Tampa (5-8) Friday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Three players scored three goals for the Bears – senior midfielders Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) and Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) and junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) – as Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 10-0 halftime lead in the victory.

Tampa’s Amanda Voges (Bayshore, N.Y.) scored three times as well but the Spartans couldn’t get any closer than eight goals the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman attacker Brooke Ouderkirk (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Kaitlyn Karp (Freeport, N.Y.) both scored twice and junior midfielder Bailey Leonard (Cornelius, N.C.) finished with a pair of assists on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) played the first half and held Tampa scoreless on her way to earning the win. Flueck made five saves for the Bears, who held the advantage in both shots taken (34-17) and ground balls (29-16).

Tampa’s Vala Molamusa (Wyckoff, N.J.) suffered the loss in goal. Molamusa played the first half as well and was credited with four saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.,