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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (17-11, 13-9) ended the regular season with two straight victories including an 89-50 win over Mars Hill (7-21, 5-17) in the finale Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at Stanford Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) finished with a double-double – 22 points and 13 rebounds – while junior guard Cassidy Joyner (Dobson, N.C.) added 11 points off the bench as the Bears cruised to the easy win and swept the season series from the Lions.

Mars Hill’s Paige Chavis (Lexington, N.C.) finished with a team-high 16 points but the Lions shot just 30 percent (20-of-67) for the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne notched a season-high in points and shot 58 percent (36-of-62) from the field. In addition, the Bears hit eight three-pointers while 14 players scored.

Lenoir-Rhyne will be the sixth seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship and will face third-seeded Wingate (22-5, 18-4) in the Quarterfinal Round on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.

Sunday, 26 February 2017 23:07

Appalachian State Baseball Doubles Up Gardner-Webb

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In a game that needed just 125 pitches to put away, Appalachian State University baseball got its second win of the weekend over Gardner-Webb, winning 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Bill Masters Field.

The Mountaineers (3-3) scored three of their four runs on the day with to the help of sacrifice bunts in the fifth and seventh inning, while junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) got out of a late jam against the Runnin’ Bulldog (2-5) to get the save.

Howell completed the great day for pitchers by coming in the ninth and striking back-to-back batters with runners on second and third to keep the win for the Black and Gold.

After Appalachian scored in the second by Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) getting his first career triple to bring around Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern), Robert Langdon laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth to move Zupcic to second and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) to third. From there, Bauk was able to steal home after GWU’s pitcher threw a wild pitch before Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) singled to center field to score in Zupcic.

Curtis then added App State’s final run of the game in the seventh when he sacrifice bunt Robert Langdon (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dreyfoos) to second who brought around by a Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) single to center.

The Black and Gold’s bottom of the order carried the team offensively as their four runs on the day came from the 4-8 spots in the order. Overall, however, the game marks the first time this season that they have reached 10-plus hits for a game.

Sophomore lefty Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) received the win, going 7.1 innings and striking out seven batters with only allowing two runs. Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) also came in in relief for two batters, striking out both to get to the ninth.

The Mountaineers will look to sweep the series against Gardner-Webb on Sunday, Feb. 25. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and is broadcast on Big South Network.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (1-1) rallied from a four-goal halftime deficit to pick up its first win of the year in thrilling fashion, 9-8, in double overtime over Mount Olive (4-2) Saturday afternoon at Ray McDonald Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) scored the game-winner in the second overtime with 55 seconds left as the Bears spotted the Trojans a 7-3 advantage at halftime.

Sack, who finished with three goals, forced overtime with a goal with seven seconds remaining in the second half as the Bears picked up their first win under new mentor Carlee Buck.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) added three goals while junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win and kept the Bears in the contest after making 17 saves on the day.

For Mount Olive, Claire Murray (Hagerstown, Md.) and Saffron Snethen (Mercer Island, Wash.) both scored two goals but Siena Miller (Vail, Colo.) suffered the loss in goal despite making six stops. The Bears were also able to pull out the victory despite the Trojans holding a 32-17 edge in shots taken.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Tiffin (Ohio) on Thursday, March 2, at 4:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (14-2), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, ran its winning streak to eight games after winning twice on Saturday – 14-6 over St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and 7-2 over Mount Olive – on its first day of the Mid-South Classic at Tyger River Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne 14, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 6 (five innings)

The Bears put the game away early with a seven-run second inning capped off by a two-run triple from junior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) as Lenoir-Rhyne run-ruled St. Joseph’s.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) led the way offensively with four hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in while sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 4-0 after earning the win on the mound.

For the Pumas, Ashley Whitaker (Greenfield, Ind.) tallied two hits and two runs batted in while Sara DeMuth (Shell Rock, Iowa) (0-2) took the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Mount Olive 2

Lenoir-Rhyne broke a two-all with a five-run seventh inning including the game-winning, run-scoring single from junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.).

Sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 7-0 on the year after going the distance and allowing just one earned run while Cates and senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) both drove in two runs for the Bears in the win.

For Mount Olive, Jennibeth Burge (Sanford, N.C.) finished with a pair of hits and a run batted in but Emily Chaisson (Stokesdale, N.C.) (5-2) took the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Flagler (10:00 a.m.) and Augusta (Noon) Sunday in the final day of the tournament.

Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:47

App State Women's Basketball Defeats UL Monroe

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If Appalachian State University women’s basketball (11-17, 6-11 SBC) wants to be playing its best basketball going into the Sun Belt Tournament, Saturday was an excellent way to start, as the Mountaineers downed UL Monroe (5-21, 2-14 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center, 79-61.

Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) played a great game inside tying her career high with 19 points on a very efficient 8-for-10 performance from the field to go along with seven boards. Making her first-career start as a freshman, Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) shined in her debut and didn’t disappoint. The forward fired in a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and tied a career mark with six off the glass. Hampton her confidence going early in the game hitting her first five shots.

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) added 15 to the mix with a season-high six assists and just two turnovers in 34 minutes. Like her usual self, Jones notched eight points in the fourth quarter and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

It wasn’t just the three Mountaineers in double figures that contributed in the scoring column, as all eight student-athletes who got into the game scored. App assisted on 72 percent of its field goals (18-of-25) with four student-athletes recording multiple assists. With the 79 points, improved to 8-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) brought down a game-high 11 boards and scored nine points. In her first-career start, Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) chipped in with seven points in 20 minutes.

ULM’s first and only lead came in the early moments of the game with a 4-0 lead. But after starting 0-for-5 from the floor, Appalachian went seven for its next 11 to end the quarter outscoring the visitors, 18-5, and go into the second period with an 11-point advantage. App held the opponents to 26.7 percent shooting from the field, while the Black and Gold assisted on six of the seven-made field goals.

Appalachian kept its foot on the pedal going up by as much as 19 points in the frame, 40-21, thanks to a pair of free throws by Story. The Mountaineers held ULM to just under 33 percent shooting from the floor during the half, and App converted at the free throw line hitting 13-of-18 attempts.

Coming out of the game, Hampton continued her big day with back-to-back buckets to push the App lead to 22, 46-24, for its largest lead of the contest. The Mountaineers kept the Warhawks at bay until ULM trimmed the App State lead to 12 at the end of the period, 55-43.

ULM would get to within 10 points on three separate occasions in the final quarter, putting a little pressure on App. With App State leading 66-56, Cydni Cole (Glen Burnie, Md./George Mason) made a splash in her first appearance since 12/31 at Texas State from a lower body injury, hitting a 3-pointer to bury the Warhawks for good.

App cruised the rest of the way en route to surpassing last season’s win total. The Mountaineers dominated the boards, 49-24, including a 20-6 edge on the offensive glass that led to a whopping 29-0 output in second-chance points. App would rebound 57.1 percent of its missed shots on the day, while the Black and Gold shot 51.1 percent (22-43) inside the arc.

Also, App outscored ULM, 26-10, making a season high in free throws. The Mountaineers shot 78.8 percent from the line, which is the highest percentage this season when attempting at least 20 free throws.

Quotable:
“Our team is at our best when we’re able to get contributions from everyone. We are really proud of our commitment and effort on the boards. I loved our response to the adversity we faced today, and I am looking forward to March with this team. “ - Head Coach Angel Elderkin

Tip-Ins
- Bassett-Smith and Hampton were a combined 14-for-17 from the field with 33 points and 13 rebounds.

- All eight players were on the plus side in the plus/minus column.

- Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) held a career-high and tied a team-high with a plus-32 in 25 minutes, chipping in with six point and three boards.

- App is 5-0 all-time against ULM, while all three wins at home have been by double digits.

- The Mountaineers are 10-3 this season when scoring at least 30 points in the paint.

- App attempted at least 30 free throws for the seventh time this season.

- Jones dished out at least four assists for the sixth-straight game. With 27 assists and just eight turnovers, Jones has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3:1.

- Story recorded double-digit rebounds for the sixth time this season and the third time in the past four games.

- Bayley Plummer (East Davidson/Thomasville, N.C.) is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game over the last two contests after grabbing eight boards, her best two-game stretch this season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (2-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, won its second straight game by outlasting Wheeling Jesuit (0-3), 21-17, Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) led the way with a game-high six goals while senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a pair of goals and six assists as the Bears rallied from a 10-6 deficit just before halftime to take the win. Dickinson has a team-leading 10 goals on the season.

The Cardinals, still searching for their first victory of the year, were led by Dereck Downs (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) and Matt Lee (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) with five goals each despite the loss.

With the score tied at 15 entering the final period, the Bears broke it open by scoring the first five goals of the frame including the match-winner from junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) added three goals while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) played both the first and fourth periods in picking up the win. Crompton made eight saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (60-37) and ground balls (47-28). Wheeling Jesuit’s Jake Lilly (Marcellus, N.Y.) made 13 saves but suffered the loss in goal.

Lenoir-Rhyne next opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, March 4, in Hartsville, S.C., against Coker beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Girls
2A WEST:
East Burke: 77
Monroe: 46
Cavaliers advance to the fourth round going to Smoky Mountain on Tuesday.

Smoky Mountain: 51
Maiden: 39
Blue Devils season ends at 21-8.

3A WEST:
Freedom: 75
Kings Mountain: 57
Patriots host Central Cabarrus Tuesday in the fourth round.

BOYS
3A WEST:
Freedom: 82
South Point: 75
Patriots advance to the fourth round hosting Jay M. Robinson on Tuesday.

Hickory: 75
North Henderson: 65
Red Tornadoes advance to the fourth round going to Cox Mill on Tuesday. Listen to the game on 1290 AM, 102.3 FM and whky.com.

Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:49

App State Baseball Outlasts Gardner-Webb

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Appalachian State University baseball came away with its second victory of the season as it downed Gardner-Webb in the first of a three-game series on Friday evening at Bill Masters Field, 5-4.

The Mountaineers (2-3) never trailed in the effort, going up 2-0 in the top of the first and never looking back despite a late push by the Runnin’ Bulldogs (2-4) in the bottom of the ninth.

The hot bats started early in the first when senior Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) doubled to center as the second at-bat of the game. Junior Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) drew a walk to set the stage for a Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) double to left field to drive both Stroup and Vernon home.

After that, right-hander Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) held Gardner-Webb scoreless through five innings. Holden finished the game with 5.2 innings pitched, seven hits, but only one run allowed, striking our four batters.

Starting off the top of the six for Appalachian, Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) hit a solo bomb to left center to go up 3-0. The Runnin’ Bulldogs then responded with a solo home run of their own to left field to end their drought.

Right-handed junior Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) provided relief with two outs in the sixth before throwing 10-straight strikes, keeping Gardner-Webb off the scoreboard until the ninth. Howell finished with three punchouts in 2.1 innings pitched, throwing 25 strikes in 37 pitches total.

In the top of the ninth, freshman Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Vernon again came across the plate on a Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) laser up the middle. The Runnin’ Bulldogs attempted to rally in the bottom-half of the inning by scoring three on back-to-back doubles, but closer right-hander Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) put them away without allowing any more damage.

The Mountaineers will continue its three-game series with Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Feb. 25. First pitch at 2 p.m. and is broadcast on Big South Network.

Appalachian State University softball split the day defeating the UMBC Retrievers 5-3 in the morning and slipping to the North Texas Mean Green 1-0 at nightfall on day one at the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic at Boseman Field on Friday.

The Black and Gold (6-5) competed in two close ballgames in Wilmington pulling out the second-straight win against UMBC (3-8) and falling short to North Texas. In the morning, Appalachian pounded out eight hits but was held to only two in the nightcap. Eight different Mountaineers made connections with the ball on Friday, and freshmen Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) recorded multi-hit days with Rivenburgh going 2-for-3 and Russell going 2-for-6.

Game One: App State 5 , UMBC 3 (5-6)

UMBC took the early 2-0 lead in the first after a RBI double and a RBI single, but the two-run drought did not phase App State as they responded with two RBI singles from Rivenburgh and Russell.

After holding each other scoreless in the third, Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) opened up the fourth smashing a double deep to left center, and she was followed by back-to-back walks which filled up the bases. Soon after that Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) came up to bat and lightly tapped the ball for a sacrifice bunt to open up a lane for Parker to dash home and snatch their first lead of the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, the ballgame would see its second tie of the day after UMBC capitalized off a passed ball to even up the score, but Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) stopped the Retrievers in their tracks striking out the first batter of the game to end the fifth with a 3-3 count.

Then at the top of the sixth, App State snatched the lead back on Ally Walters’ (Orange City, Fla./University) second at-bat of the season cracking one out to left field for a RBI single. Right after that, H. Josey followed with her second RBI of the game to extend Apps’ advantage to two runs.

After Longanecker had halted UMBC for the second time to end the sixth, the Mountaineers retired the Retrievers’ batters at the bottom of the seventh to snag the second-straight ballgame away from UMBC 5-3.

On the mound, App State’s pitchers held UMBC scoreless for five innings, and Longanecker threw out four strikeouts.

Game Two: North Texas 1, App State 0

Under the lights, the two defenses and pitching staffs duked it out and kept the game close throughout seven innings registering a combined four three-and-outs, 12 strikeouts and six total hits.

Both teams struggled to create something offensively for four outings until North Texas scored an earned run off a RBI single to grab the one-run advantage in the fifth.

After White had fielded a double play at the top of the sixth and App went down in order at the bottom, Appalachian knew they had one more chance to either tie or take the lead. App State tried to make something happen in the bottom of the seventh when Rivenburgh hit a single for a base hit and White advanced pinch runner Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) struck out swinging, it was up to Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) to muster something up offensively to keep App in the game, but she flew out to left field to end the ballgame with the Mean Green on top.

In the circle, Appalachian’s aggressive pitching from Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) (0-1) and Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) was an essential part in holding NT to one run and four hits. Both pitchers only walked one batter apiece and struck out a total of seven batters.

The Black and Gold will stay in Wilmington, N.C. for day two of the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawks Softball Classic and will play UNCW at 12:30 p.m. and face off against North Texas at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:46

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Blanks Anderson in SAC Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-2, 1-0), ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, opened South Atlantic Conference play in record-breaking fashion with a 9-0 win over Anderson (4-8, 0-1) Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after throwing a three-hit shutout and striking out a school-record 17 batters.

Lenoir-Rhyne broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning by plating three runs kicked started by a two-run double from sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.).

The Bears then put the contest away with a three-run sixth inning and finished with the game with 13 hits. Junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit his team-tying fourth home run of the year while sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in.

Anderson’s Ryan Owens (Boca Raton, Fla.) fell to 1-2 on the year after suffering the loss.

The two teams will wrap up the weekend league series with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

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