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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams garnered Team Scholar All-American accolades by the CSCAA for the Fall 2014 semester. The CSCAA is the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

For the seventh consecutive semester, the Bears men’s team finished in the top three among NCAA Division II schools with a grade point average of 3.39. Only Catawba (3.67) and Urbana (3.44) had higher GPAs than Lenoir-Rhyne.

On the women’s side, the Bears totaled a team grade point average of 3.14. The top women’s team in NCAA Division II was LIU Post (3.71).

The Fall Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester/quarter.

The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and again in the spring to recognize teams achieving a 3.0 in the semester coinciding with the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.

Appalachian State University women's basketball got the win over Georgia Southern on Thursday with a score of 66-39.

The Mountaineers (12-14, 7-10 Sun Belt) stayed in control for the majority of the game, getting a series sweep over the Eagles (4-22, 1-16) this season.

Mia Marshall notched the first points of the game, finding a layup 30 seconds in for a 2-0 lead for Appalachian. Georgia Southern responded with two points of their own on the next possession but Farrahn Wood would hit a three-pointer for the Mountaineers.

The Apps continued to score, taking a 9-5 lead at the 15:00 minute mark, but the Eagles began to chip away, going on a 6-1 run to pull ahead, 11-10 with 10:10 to play in the first. The Apps managed to regain composure, scoring a combined 10-straight points from Maryah Sydnor and Joi Jones.

Appalachian closed out the first half with an 11-4 run, leading 33-18 at the half.

Bria Carter led the Apps with seven points in the first half, while Sydnor added 7 rebounds. The team recorded a 42.4 percent field goal percentage in the first 20 minutes.

The Eagles were led by Patrice Butler's six points while the team shot 23.3 percent from the floor.

Georgia Southern started the second half strong, going on a 6-0 run, featuring two layups and two free throws to trail by just nine points and 18 minutes to play.

From there the Mountaineers went on a 6-2 run, as Carter took control to score four-straight. The Eagles got their first three-pointer of the game at the 15:24 minute mark to cut App's lead to ten points, but KeKe Cooper would steal the ball to allow two points for Jones.

The scoring would go back-and-forth until the Apps recorded ten-straight points over a three-minute span. The Eagles ended their drought at the 6:51 minute mark to trail 54-35.

App State finished the game with an 11-4 run, as Katelyn Doub sealed the game with a three-pointer in the final minute. The Apps got the win over the Eagles with a final score of 66-39.

Sydnor led the team with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Carter finished with 13 points, Jones added 11.

The Mountaineers shot 42.4 percent from the field, recording 46 rebounds and 13 turnovers.

Georgia Southern was led by Butler's ten points as the team recorded just a 27.6 field goal percentage. The Eagles tallied 44 rebounds and 23 turnovers.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 28 when they play UL Monroe at 1 p.m.

With the Mid-South Classic Tournament called off, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team will now play three games this weekend in the Columbus State University Classic.  The Bears will play Bellarmine (9:00 a.m.) and Flagler (11:00 a.m.) on Saturday and Columbus State (1:00 p.m.) on Sunday afternoon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team has altered its weekend South Atlantic Conference series with Lincoln Memorial at Bears Field.  The two teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday at Noon and a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:31

Lenoir-Rhyne 2015 Football Schedule Released

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its 2015 schedule, school officials announced today.

The Bears, coming off an 11-1 campaign and a No. 8 national ranking in 2014, will open the season with four consecutive road games before ending the year with five of their final seven contests at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the year on Thursday, September 3, against West Chester on the road. The Bears and Golden Rams met in the national semifinals two years ago with Lenoir-Rhyne prevailing by a 42-14 score which propelled them to the national championship game.
West Chester is coming off an 11-2 season, a berth in the second round of the playoffs and a No. 15 final ranking.

The Bears then travel to Tigerville, S.C., to take on North Greenville on Saturday, September 12.

Lenoir-Rhyne plays two teams in non-conference action for the first time ever: Limestone on September 26 in Gaffney, S.C., and the University of Faith out of St. Petersburg, Florida, at home on October 10.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on the road against Tusculum on September 19 and also travels to Mars Hill (October 24) and Catawba (November 14) for the regular season finale. The Bears and Indians have met 94 times with Catawba holding a 46-44-4 advantage but Lenoir-Rhyne prevailing in six straight games in the series.

Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Carson-Newman (October 3) in a conference showdown and Wingate (October 17) for its annual Homecoming contest.

The Bears also face Newberry (October 31) at Moretz Stadium for the Bishops’ Trophy – the annual game between the two Lutheran Schools of North and South Carolina – and host Brevard (November 7) for Senior Day.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s annual Spring Game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 7, at Moretz Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The contest is free and open to the public. In addition, fans are welcome to the Bears' annual Awards Ceremony, which is slated for Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:18

High School Basketball Playoffs Still Postponed

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Girls
2A
Bandys hosts Shelby, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Bunker Hill travels to Wilkes Central, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Draughn is at Surry Central, ppd. Friday, 5pm
East Burke is at Parkwood, ppd. Friday 4pm
Maiden goes to North Wilkes, ppd. Friday, 5pm

3A
Freedom is at home to Enka, ppd. Friday, 4pm
Hickory hosts Kings Mountain, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm

4A
Alexander Central hosts North Meck, ppd. Friday, 4pm
South Caldwell is at home against Providence, ppd. Friday, 5pm

Boys
2A
East Burke is at home against R-S Central, ppd. Friday, 5pm.
Newton-Conover travels to Trinity, ppd. Saturday, 4pm

3A
Fred T. Foard hosts Anson, ppd. Friday, 5pm
Freedom travels to Pisgah, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
Hibriten hosts Enka, ppd. Saturday, 3pm
Hickory is at home against West Henderson, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
Patton goes to Ashbrook, ppd. Friday, 6:30pm

4A
Alexander Central hosts Robinson, ppd. Friday, 5:30pm
South Caldwell at Ardrey Kell, ppd. Friday, ppd. 5:30pm

Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:57

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Suffers Another Setback

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The Coker Men’s Basketball Team (11-14, 10-11) handed Lenoir-Rhyne (8-17, 6-15) a 73-67 loss on Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference action at the DeLoach Center.

Coker’s Donte Samuels (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Errick Bethel (Irmo, S.C.) combined for 50 points as the Cobras avenged a loss to the Bears earlier in the season and gear up for the league tournament.

Samuels led all players with 28 points while Bethel, the conference’s leading scorer, added 22 points and hit four treys in the victory.

Three players scored 13 points for the Bears – freshman guards Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) and junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) – despite the loss.

Trailing by a 67-56 score with just over two minutes left, Lenoir-Rhyne reeled off nine straight points to cut the margin to two – 67-65 with 50 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Perry – but Coker was able to hold on for the win.

The Cobras, who forced the Bears into 19 turnovers in the game, hit six free throws in the final 45 seconds to ice the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds but the Bears suffered their sixth consecutive loss.

In the final regular season games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference contest.

Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) homered twice and Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) allowed one run over five innings to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 10-1 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday afternoon at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Davis’ first home run opened the scoring for Appalachian State (3-3) in the fourth inning and his second was the biggest hit in a four-run eighth that turned a slim 4-1 lead into a commanding 8-1 advantage. The Mountaineers tacked on two more runs in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) also homered for the Mountaineers, which set season highs for runs and hits (12) in the romp. The No. 2-4 hitters in Appalachian’s batting order — Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest), Davis, Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) — combined for eight of the club’s 12 hits, with Pierson going 3-for-4 with two walks and three RBI, Davis finishing 2-for-6 with the two bombs and Dobson going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Making his first start after 54 career relief appearances, Thurber retired Wake Forest’s first 12 batters of the ballgame before the Demon Deacons scored their only run on a solo homer by Will Craig in the bottom of the fifth inning. Craig’s blast snapped a string of 24-consecutive hitters that Thurber had retired over his last three outings.

Thurber (1-0) surrendered only three hits in five innings before three Appalachian State relievers — freshman Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant), sophomore Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) and freshman Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) — slammed the door with four shutout frames out of the bullpen.

Appalachian State returns to action this weekend when it travels to Emerson, Ga. for a three-game series versus No. 16 Maryland. Game times are set for 1 p.m. Friday (note change from original game time), 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the Perfect Game LakePoint Complex. The series was originally scheduled to be played on Maryland’s campus in College Park, Md. but was moved south due to wintry weather in the Mid-Atlantic region.

NOTES: Pierson reached base for the 36th-consecutive game, good for a tie for the third-longest streak in the nation … Appalachian State snapped a three-game losing streak against longtime rival Wake Forest with its first win over the Demon Deacons since a 10-5 triumph on April 28, 2010 … Appalachian won at Wake Forest for the first time since an 18-8 win in Winston-Salem on Feb. 27, 2008 … App State’s baseball and softball programs are a combined 3-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents this season … Appalachian softball defeated North Carolina, 4-3, on Feb. 13 and Pittsburgh, 5-2, on Feb. 20.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (10-15, 9-12) won its second straight game Wednesday night with a 68-42 victory over Coker (10-17, 6-15) in a South Atlantic Conference game at the DeLoach Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) led all scorers with 20 points as the Bears swept the season series from the Cobras.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 14 points as the Bears limited the Cobras to just 23 percent shooting (14-of-60) for the contest.

Coker, losers of three consecutive games, was led by Tanesha Stenson (Nashville, Tenn.) with 16 points and nine rebounds but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Cobras.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which never trailed in the contest, rolled to a 33-15 halftime advantage en route to the easy league victory. The Bears also forced 19 turnovers and held the Cobras to just two three-pointers in 20 attempts (10 percent).

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) also scored in double figures, totaling 12 points on the night. The Bears shot 51 percent (23-of-45) from the field as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Mars Hill on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:13

Hickory Crawdads to Host Bob Horner on May 30th

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The Hickory Crawdads are proud to announce that former Atlanta Braves Rookie of the Year and All-Star Bob Horner will appear at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday, May 30th as the Crawdads host the Rome Braves at 6pm.

Bob Horner Meet-N-Greet tickets are on sale now for $25. Fans who purchase a Meet-N-Greet ticket are treated to a special pre-game picnic that includes the opportunity to meet, take a photo with, and receive autographs from Horner. The Meet-N-Greet ticket also includes a meal along with a Reserved ticket for the Crawdads game.

The Meet-N-Greet will begin at 5pm in the Picnic Pavilion. Meet-N-Greet tickets can be purchased over the phone at (828) 322-3000, in-person at L.P. Frans Stadium, or online at www.hickorycrawdads.com.

Individual game tickets for the 'Dads 2015 season go on sale Saturday, March 14th at the Crawdads free Spring Fling event at L.P. Frans Stadium. The 'Dads open their season with an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday, April 7th before beginning South Atlantic League play at home on Thursday April 9th against the Hagerstown Suns.

Horner, 57, was the 1978 National League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 1982 for the Atlanta Braves. A star collegiate third baseman at Arizona State University, Horner was named the MVP of the 1977 College World Series before winning the first-ever Golden Spikes Award as the nation's best amateur player in 1978. He was eventually a member of the inaugural College Baseball Hall of Fame class in 2006.

Following his standout collegiate career, Horner became just the 12th player since the creation of the draft in 1965 to go straight to the major leagues when he was drafted first overall by the Braves in '78. He would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award after batting .266 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI over 89 games. Horner was named a National League All-Star in '82 with a .261 average, 32 homers and a career-high 97 RBI. He spent nine total seasons in Atlanta, before playing one year in Japan with the Yakult Swallows in 1987 and one season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1988. Horner finished his career with a .277 average, 218 home runs, and 685 RBI.

For more information regarding the Bob Horner Meet-N-Greet, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000.