For the second straight game, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-9) won a 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship game with a walk-off home run as the Bears downed Newberry (32-15), 3-2, Friday morning at Byerly Park.
Junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Bears, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II and the second seed in the league tournament. The Wolves are seeded third.
Lenoir-Rhyne continues in the winner’s bracket and will face top-seeded Carson-Newman (41-11) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Eagles defeated Coker (38-16) by an 11-3 score in six innings Friday afternoon. Carson-Newman and LR shared the 2017 SAC Regular Season Championship.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 21-2 on the year after earning the win in relief while senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) hit a two-run home run for the Bears as well. Parks allowed just one unearned run in seven innings while striking out three batters.
Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is proud to announce the signing of four student-athletes to the 2017-18 signing class.
Elderkin and the staff brings in four highly-talented commits that will look to make an immediate impact to the Mountaineer program, including two in Tierra Wilson and Dominique Jeffery who were rated by ESPN as three-star recruits. Lainey Gosnell also highlights the class as she was a successful multi-sport athlete who dominated on the court in four seasons. Maya Calder will add toughness and scoring down low in the post for App next season.
“We are really excited to welcome these young women into our Appalachian State Family,” stated Elderkin. “Each of our signees bring a different but valuable skill set to our program. We are not only excited to get them on the court but, we are also excited for them to impact our community." The four freshmen will join eight returning Mountaineers for the 2017-18 campaign.
Tierra Wilson | 5'8 | Guard | Winston-Salem, N.C. | RJ Reynolds High School
Rated by ESPN as a three-star recruit. “Lead-guard with a scorer's mentality; smooth off the bounce with mid range game to the arc; half-court manager - (ESPN)”. Wilson earned one varsity letter under the helm of Jonathon Gainey at RJ Reynolds. Wilson endured a solid high school career where she averaged 20 points, four assists, four rebounds and five steals per game en route to 1,180 career points. She was named Central Piedmont All-Conference in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15/2015-16 while earning the CPC Conference Player of the Year Honor in 2015-16. She was also named RJ Reynolds' Most Valuable Player for two-straight seasons and the Most Outstanding Player in 2015-16. She showed her defensive prowess as Wilson led her team in steals in 2014-15, receiving the steals title before being named the team's Defensive Player of the Year in 2015-16. This season, Wilson was named to the Lowe's Roundup Classic All-Tournament team after a superb showing at the tournament. Wilson is just as successful off the court as she received a North Carolina High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award in 2015-16. The future Mountaineer played for Carolina All-Stars Bond under Porsche Jones in AAU. Born on Christmas in 1998, Wilson is the daughter of Timothy and Lisa Wilson. She has two brothers, William and Malik, and one sister, Tianna. Her cousin, Ashley Porter, played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University. She intends to major in exercise science at App State and plans to attend pharmacy school after graduation.
Elderkin on Wilson
“Tierra is an outstanding point guard with a passion for playing both sides of the basketball. We are excited for Tierra to infuse our program with her competitive spirit and her work ethic.”
Lainey Gosnell | 6'1 | Small/Power Forward| Demorest, Ga. | Habersham Central High School
Becoming just the second female athlete ever at Habersham Central to sign a Division I scholarship, Gosnell was nothing short of successful in high school as a multi-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball and track and field. She went on to earn 10 varsity letters including four in basketball and volleyball. Not only was she recognized for basketball, but she also showcased her athleticism in track and field where she was invited to the Super 5 Camp all four seasons for premiere track and field athletes, and won the “Daylight to Midnight” for the best work ethic at the camp in her sophomore season. She broke the school record in the high jump at 5'4. In volleyball, she was named first-team all-region all four seasons while earning Channel 32's Blitz Player of the Year after posting 342 kills, 244 digs, 112 solo block and 31 aces in her final volleyball season. The stretch forward that can get it done on both ends of the floor led Habersham in scoring and rebounding averaging no less than 17.0 points and nine rebounds per game all four years. Her impressive numbers resulted in four Most Valuable Player Awards, four-straight seasons of being selected to the Gainesville Times All-Area team. In addition, her excellent production on the court led to all-region recognition all four seasons including a Region 6A All-First Team selection in her sophomore and junior years and a Region 8A Player of the Year Award in her senior season. In her sophomore season, she posted her first double-double with 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. She racked up more awards after a second-straight year averaging a double-double scoring 18.9 points and grabbing 10.8 rebounds per game. She made the AJC Honorable Mention All-State team for her efforts and was awarded her first of two-straight Channel 32 Blitz Player of the Year Awards. In her final season, she didn't disappoint being named to the AJC All-State Team after turning in career bests of 20.3 points and 11.5 rebounds along with 3.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. She was later named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) All-State First Team and the GACA North-South All-Star Game. Gosnell broke the single-season scoring mark with 590 points, becoming Habersham's all-time leading scorer with 2,008-career points. She helped the team win 16 games en route to just the fourth-ever appearance in the GACA State Tournament.Gosnell played her AAU ball for Peak Performance under Bosco McAfee in 2015 and EOTO under Ken Hoffmann in 2016. Born on Aug. 31, 1998, Gosnell is the daughter of Jeff and Connie Gosnell. She has one younger brother, Logan, and will major in exercise science at App.
Elderkin on Gosnell
“Lainey is an incredible athlete with the versatility to play multiple positions in our system. She will provide us with instant offense with her ability to rebound the basketball and stretch the defense from behind the arc.”
Maya Calder | 6'0 | Forward | Landover, Md. | National Christian Academy
A hard-nosed rebounder that doesn't take a play off. Calder is a native of Maryland and played under the tutelage of Henry Anglin at national powerhouse, National Christian Academy. Calder had a breakout senior season where she nearly averaged a double-double at 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In 31 games, she grabbed at least 10 boards in 17 contests including a career-best 18 boards to go along with 13 points. Her best performances of the season came in a 28-point, 13-rebound performance. Averaging 11 points for her career, Calder was also named the Most Valuable Player at the Rose Classic in New York. At the Nike EYBL playing with some of the premiere high school talent from across the country, she recorded the highest offensive rebound percentage at 15.9 percent and the highest defensive rebound percentage at 23 percent. Calder played her AAU ball with the Fairfax Stars under Coach Aggie. Born on Jan. 6, 1999, Calder is the daughter of Antoinette and has six siblings, Marlon, Mickesha, Zoey, Keana, Kevin and Kevion. She intends to major in business and finance at Appalachian.
Elderkin on Calder
“Maya bring us a level of toughness and work ethic in the paint that we are really excited about. She has an unbelievable knack for rebounding the basketball and will provide us great depth in the post."
Dominique Jeffery | 6'1 | Forward | Tallahassee, Fla. | FAMU DRS
A two-year starter and team captain, Jeffery has been lauded by numerous scouting sites including a three-star grade by ESPN. “Versatile perimeter prospect competes on glass; brings developing offensive game; defends, traps, active in passing lanes (ESPN).” She averaged 13.4 points, 9.4 rebounds 2.6 steals,1.4 blocks and 1.3 assists per game at FAMU DRS. Jeffery helped the Rattlers reel off three state championships after a dominating run to the tournament. She scored eight points, corralled 11 off the glass and came away with four steals in the finals. She played her travel ball with Essence Girls Basketball under Kimberly Davis Powell. Born on Sept. 10, 1998, Jeffery is the daughter of Eugene and Dorinda Jeffery and has one sister, De'Ja.
Elderkin on Jeffery
“Dominique is an outstanding scorer who is super competitive. Her skill set to score inside/out will allow us to play her multiple positions in our system. Her winning mindset will help us continue to build our culture.”
Quinn Kuhn from Lenoir-Rhyne was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Elite 18 honoree. This is a new award for the SAC and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who is competing at the final site of each of the Conference's 18 team championship sports
Kuhn, a sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y. carries a 3.89 GPA as a management major.
On the field, Kuhn finished the regular season with four goals and six caused turnovers for the Bears. He put 61 percent of his shots on frame to go along with eight ground balls.
The Queens Men’s Lacrosse Team (10-6) scored with three seconds left in the first overtime to take down No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2), 10-9, in the semifinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday at the Royals Athletic Complex.
The Royals’ Duncan Smith (Chittenango, N.Y.) scored as time was running out in the first overtime as Queens rallied from a 9-7 deficit with just under two minutes left in the fourth period to take the victory and advance to the league championship game.
Queens, who avenged an earlier loss to top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the regular season, will now compete in the finals against the winner of Tusculum and Wingate on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Royals were seeded fourth in the tournament.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored three goals while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) both scored twice as the Bears saw their 12-game winning streak snapped.
Dickinson leads the league in goals scored (49) while both Dickinson and Hanlon rank first in the conference in points scored with 66. Junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Va.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 13 saves for the Bears, who held a 48-38 advantage in shots taken.
For Queens, Justin Swick (Easton, Pa.) finished with three goals while goalkeeper Anthony Valenza (Mount Airy, Md.) made 17 stops in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked second in the latest regional rankings, will wait and see if it earns a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in school history. The top four teams in each region make the playoffs.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (45-9), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, won a thrilling 5-4 contest over Tusculum (27-24) in the opening round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday afternoon at Byerly Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), the league player of the year, hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs to help the Bears advance in the tournament. The Bears forced extra innings after scoring a run on an illegal pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the second seed in the tournament, will take on third-seeded Newberry (32-16) on Friday at 10:00 a.m., while seventh-seeded Tusculum will face the number six seed, Wingate (25-24), on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m., as well. The Wolves bested the Bulldogs in eight innings by a 3-2 score in their opening round contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) had a two-run single while freshman pitcher Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) improved to 14-5 with the victory.
The Pioneers rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a four-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run single from Erica Hester (Kings Mountain, N.C.) but Taylor Plemons (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell to 12-13 after taking the setback.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (22-26) ended its season on a high note with a 10-2 victory over No. 21 UNC Pembroke (35-12) Wednesday night at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears snapped the Braves' 14-game winning streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year earlier in the day, improved to 10-4 after picking up the win.
St. Clair struck out five batters to increase his league-leading total to 116 while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) tied a school record with three doubles as the Bears ran off 10 straight runs to take the win.
Shoemaker's two-run double in the bottom of the second inning proved to be the game-winning hit while Lenoir-Rhyne then put the contest away with a five-run fourth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Josh Kent (Winston-Salem, N.C.) added a two-run double as the Bears ended the year by snapping a seven-game losing streak as well.
For UNC Pembroke, Hank Simpson (Holly Springs, N.C.) fell to 4-1 after taking the loss while Nick Debo (Durham, N.C.) had a run-scoring double in the losing effort.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
St. Stephens: 8
South Caldwell: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 8
East Rutherford: 5
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 1
East Lincoln: 2
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 17, 16
Statesville: 0, 0
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Stuart Cramer: 7
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 9
St. Stephens: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 0
East Rutherford: 10
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 0
Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) became a three-time Sun Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.
After being announced Athlete of the Week last Friday, Hastings topped his performance in the 800-meter run on day one of the Duke Invitational with a time of 1:48.02 to break his own program record. The time was also a Duke Invite meet and facility record.
Only once before this season had someone posted a sub-1:50.00 time in the 800 meters, but now Hastings has accomplished that feat twice. His performance in the 800 last Friday is tops in the Sun Belt by over two seconds, while also ranking 28th in the country and 18th in the East Region.
Hastings was also a member of the fifth-place finishing 4x400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:21.18.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Thomas St. Clair has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., has a 9-4 record with a 2.21 earned run average and a conference-leading and school-record 111 strikeouts so far this season. St. Clair is the first league pitcher of the year in school history as well.
St. Clair's strikeout total also ranks third in the nation and his 17 strikeouts in a 9-0 complete game victory over Anderson on February 24 in Anderson, S.C., set a new program single-game mark as well.
St. Clair is a four-time conference pitcher of the week and a two-time region pitcher of the week this year and was named the NCBWA NCAA Division II National Pitcher Of The Week for his performance against the Trojans. In addition, St. Clair ranks second in school history in career strikeouts with 279, eight off tying the mark.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) was named to the 2017 SAC Gold Glove Team. Shoemaker ranks second on the team in batting average (.370) with a team-tying 70 hits while starting 46 games. Shoemaker, who earned the gold glove as the left fielder, has a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) in addition to three home runs and 30 RBI.
Lenoir-Rhyne (21-26) closes out the regular season tonight at home against No. 21 UNC Pembroke (35-11) beginning at 6:00 p.m.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
OF – Luke Setzer, Catawba
OF – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry
1B – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill
SS – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum
C – Zach Almond, Catawba
DH – Ben Herring, Newberry
SP – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – Zack Kelly, Newberry
SP – Ethan Carpenter, Tusculum
RP – Bryan Blanton, Catawba
OF – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman
OF – Brett Brubaker, Mars Hill
OF – William Thomas, Anderson
1B – Nick Lacina, Tusculum
2B – Kyle Smith, Catawba
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – Eric Kalman, Lincoln Memorial
C – Greg Jones, Carson-Newman
DH – Nick Coble, Catawba
SP – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
SP –Tim Hardy, Tusculum
SP – Brandon Jean, Lincoln Memorial
RP – Griffin Hollifield, Coker
OF – Mason Ewers, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Malachi Hanes, Catawba
OF – Jeremy Glore, Tusculum
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
SS – Tyler Miller, Anderson
3B – Brett Langhorne, Carson-Newman
C – Russell Clark, Lincoln Memorial
DH – Bradley Brown, Wingate
SP – Forrest Arnold, Coker
SP – Zac Brown, Mars Hill
SP – Evan Estridge, Newberry
RP – Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial
RF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry
CF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
LF – Marcus Shoemaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Cody Ezzell, Newberry
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum
C – Jeff Sneed, Newberry
P – Zac Brown, Mars Hill
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Luke Setzer, Catawba
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Jim Gantt, Catawba
Jeff Sziksai, Lincoln Memorial
Team Batting Average – Catawba (.334)
Team Slugging Percentage – Catawba (.559)
Team On-Base Percentage – Lincoln Memorial (.415)
Team Doubles Per Game – Catawba (2.45)
Team Triples Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Catawba (1.64)
Team RBIs Per Game – Tusuclum (7.11)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Mars Hill (1.69)
Team Earned Run Average – Tusculum (4.32)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (10.6)
Batting Average – Luke Setzer, Catawba (.425)
On-Base Percentage – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial (.516)
Slugging Percentage – Zach Almond, Catawba (.736)
Home Runs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.34)
RBIs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (1.27)
Runs Scored Per Game – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial (1.40)
Doubles Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.44)
Triples Per Game – Justin Dean, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.14)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill (0.65)
Earned Run Average – Griffin Hollifield, Coker (1.50)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (13.38)
Pitching Victories – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (9)
Appalachian State University women's tennis head coach Blake Mosley will bring in four new Mountaineers in his first recruiting class as the head coach at App State.
The Mountaineers will bring in three international athletes in Sandra Anglesjö (Sweden), Teodora Sevo (Serbia), María José Zacarias (Mexico) and Georgia native, Emily Gaskins (Marietta). The quartet will look to help App and the six returning Mountaineers next season. All four athletes are capable of helping the team win immediately.
“Coach Schwartz and I are extremely excited about our first recruiting class here at App State,” mentioned Mosley. “We feel these four athletes will add a wealth of experience and depth to our returning squad. Throughout our recruiting process, we stressed the core values of App State Athletics and the vision of our program going forward. This class has bought into taking App State women's tennis to new heights.”
Sandra Anglesjö | 5'8 | Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden | Fria Läroverken, Norrköping
Playing a pivotal role for her Swedish team back home, her squad was successful in the first division where they advanced to the Swedish Champion playoffs for all Swedish teams, finishing in the top four amongst all squads. Sandra has one ITF doubles title, a G4 in Kramfors, Sweden. Anglesjö is currently not ranked but reached a career-high combined ranking of 860 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) last year.
Mosley on Anglesjö:
“Sandra was our first commitment here at App. After watching her train down in Miami over Christmas break, I offered her right away. Sandra is a strong lefty who embodies our values and vision at App.“
Teodora Sevo | 5'5 | Poljoprivredna škola sa domom učenika Futog | Futog, Serbia
At 14, Sevo won the U16 Serbian Cup and captured the U18 Serbian Cup two years later. In 2014, Sevo was the number one U18 Serbian player and was ranked first in the Serbian Junior rankings.
Mosley on Sevo
“Teodora will also add more depth to our lineup. Although she does not have as much international experience as our other recruits, with the number of top WTA players coming out of Serbia, we feel fortunate to have a former top No. 1 Serbian Junior coming to play for us. Her work ethic on and off the court will help us solidify the culture change we initiated this past season.“
María José Zacarias | 5'5 | La Loma Centro Deportivo | San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Zacarias was the fourth-ranked junior in Mexico in 2016. She captured three ITF tournament titles in doubles, two G4's and a B3 while reaching the singles final at a Grade B3. Maria has won several national tournaments and picked up one WTA point two years ago. Zacarias is currently ranked 1143 in ITF with a career-high ranking of 337 last February.
Mosley on Zacarias:
“Maria also brings a wealth of international experience to Boone. With her doubles skills especially, we will be in contention for every doubles point. Her hard work and dedication to her game will only increase our overall level.”
Emily Gaskins | 5'8”| Walton High School | Marietta, Ga.
As a freshman and sophomore, Gaskins won the 6A doubles title with her twin, Grace, as well as the team championship. In her junior season, Gaskins won another 6A Championship and team title. In the 16's, Gaskins was ranked ninth in Georgia and 40th in the Southern Region. Emily and Grace reached the semifinals of the prestigious Southern's Tournament in 2015. Emily will join App State as a walk-on in 2017.
Mosley on Gaskins:
Emily will bring a ton of energy and enthusiasm to our team this next year. Emily will excel in our environment and hopefully reach her full potential as a student-athlete.
Yanio Perez went two-for-four in leading the Hickory Crawdads, however, Rome's Randy Ventura doubled and singled, also stealing two bases as the Braves defeated the Hickory Crawdads 3-1 on Wednesday. The Braves swept the three-game series with the win.
Brett Cumberland doubled and singled for Rome.
Brandon S. White struck Yeyson Yrizarri out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Rome started the scoring in the first inning when Juan Yepez hit an RBI single and Anthony Concepcion hit a sacrifice fly.
The Crawdads cut into the deficit in the second inning when Yrizarri hit an RBI single, scoring Ricardo Valencia.
The Braves tacked on another run in the seventh when Derian Cruz hit an RBI single, driving in Ventura.
Rome right-hander Ian Anderson (2-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on just three hits over five innings. Opposing starter Kyle Cody (0-2) took the tough loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The Crawdads fall to 6-14 on the first half of the season. They host the Columbia Fireflys tomorrow night at 7pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the signing of the program’s second recruit for the 2017-18 campaign in R.J. Gunn.
Gunn was a standout player at Irmo High School in Columbia, S.C., averaging 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals per game.
In addition, Gunn has led Irmo to three Lower State finals and a berth in the state championship game.
Gunn joins Catawba Valley Community College’s Emmanuel Wembi as part of the Bears’ recruiting class for next year. Sullivan finished his first year as Lenoir-Rhyne mentor this past winter.