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Due to inclement weather, which is now forecast for across the state starting tonight, any NCHSAA basketball playoff game which cannot be played today (Wednesday, February 25) should be postponed and rescheduled for Thursday night (February 26).

The NCHSAA staff will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information about games scheduled for Thursday by mid-morning on Thursday. Scheduling should be done on a day-by-day basis only, but the NCHSAA is also exploring a variety of alternatives if postponements continue.

One other change: schools should note that games may start no earlier than 4 p.m. on Thursday, provided the schools mutually agree to that earlier time due to the weather. A time earlier than 4 p.m. must be requested and approved by the NCHSAA.

Appalachian State women’s track and field wrapped up the indoor season on Tuesday, finishing in sixth at the Sun Belt Conference championships.

The Mountaineers were led on day two by sophomore Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who broke a program and championship meet record in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:39.75. Van Ord’s time topped Whitney Ball’s time of 16:52.94, which was set in 1989.

The time topped the previous best in the Sun Belt Conference championship meet from last year by nearly seven seconds. The previous record holder was Kristina Aubert from Arkansas State who finished in 16:46.32 last season.

Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) finished in sixth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 17:20.66. The time for Cox is a personal-best and is good for sixth all-time in program history.

Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) took second in the 800 meter run with an indoor personal-best time of 2:11.25. The time tops her previous indoor best and is good for second all-time in program history. Senior Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 48-10.75 feet.

In the mile run, Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) took seventh and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) placed eighth. Ratcliffe ran a time of 4:59.42 and Moser finished in 5:01.51. The times were personal-bests, while Ratcliffe’s time is good for seventh all-time in program history and Moser’s time places her 10th all-time.

The Mountaineers took seventh in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:56.77. The team consisted of Taryn Stern (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge), Krystal Clarke (Frederick, Md./Tuscarara), Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) and Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview).

Meanwhile, the Appalachian State men’s track and field finished the indoor season on Tuesday and took sixth at the Sun Belt Conference championships.

The Mountaineers were led on day two by Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School), who won the 5,000 meter run with a time of 14:31.90. The time for McFoy was a personal-best by over 30 seconds and is also good for third all-time in program history.

Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) finished fifth in the same event with a time of 14:40.15. That time for Ellis is a personal-best and is also good for sixth all-time. Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville/Charlotte) finished ninth with a time of 14:46.52. It was also a personal-best for Cox.

The triple jump went well for the Mountaineers on day two with Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) placing second, while Henry Bustle (Statesville, N.C./South Iredell) took fourth. Hoffman’s jump was 50-4.00 feet, while Bustle jumped 49-1.00 feet. Also finishing in the top five was Isaiah Relliford (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) who took fifth with a jump of 48-8.75. All three jumps were good for personal-bests.

In the shot put, Nathan Milch (Longwood, N.C./Lake Brantley) took fifth with a throw of 53-9.00. The throw for Milch is a personal-best and is good for sixth all-time. Raphael Rojas (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) finished in seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.91.

Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished in fifth in the men’s 800 meter run. Hastings ran a time of 1:53.75, which was good for a personal-best and ninth all-time.

Appalachian State’s 4x400 meter relay team finished in fifth with a time of 3:17.86. The team consisted of Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Hoffman, Hastings and Rojas.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 18:12

Lewis Out as Head Girls Basketball Coach at Patton

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Chip Lewis will not return as the head girls basketball coach at Patton High School. Lewis has been the head girls varsity coach in the last three seasons.

Lewis went 40-38 in his tenure at Patton including a 9-15 record overall this year and 5-9 in the Northwestern Conference.

Lewis will still teach at Patton this spring and coach track.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:35

Lenoir-Rhyne Lacrosse Matches Moved to Gatlinburg

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse road matches on Saturday with Lincoln Memorial have been moved to the Rocky Top Sports World Complex in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The women’s match begins at Noon with the men’s scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.

The address for the complex is 1870 Sports World Boulevard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:47

High School Basketball Playoff Postponements

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Bandys hosts Shelby, ppd. Wed 5pm
Bunker Hill travels to Wilkes Central, ppd. Wed 5pm
Draughn is at Surry Central, ppd. Wed 6:30pm
East Burke is at Parkwood, ppd. Wed 4pm
Maiden goes to North Wilkes, ppd. Wed 5pm
Newton-Conover hosts Polk County - Still on for tonight

Freedom is at home to Enka, ppd. Wed 5pm
Hickory hosts Kings Mountain, ppd. Wed 5:30pm

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

Smoky Mountain: 72
Bunker Hill: 41, Monday

East Burke is at home against R-S Central, ppd. Wed 4pm
Newton-Conover travels to Trinity, ppd. Wed 7pm
West Caldwell hosts West Stokes, ppd. Wed 4pm.

Fred T. Foard hosts Anson, ppd. Wed 5pm
Freedom travels to Pisgah, ppd. Wed
Hibriten hosts Enka, ppd. Wed. 5pm
Hickory is at home against West Henderson, ppd. Wed 4pm
Patton goes to Ashbrook, ppd. Wed 6:30pm

Alexander Central hosts Robinson, ppd. Wed 6:30pm
South Caldwell at Ardrey Kell, ppd. Wed 5pm

Monday, 23 February 2015 16:52

L-R Baseball Time Changed Due to Impeding Weather

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (11-2) has moved its home game with Belmont Abbey (9-3) on Tuesday up two hours to 4:00 p.m.

Lenior-Rhyne's Lauren Donovan was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, for games played Feb. 16-22, the League announced today.

Donovan, a senior from Hollywood, Md., scored four goals and dished out five assists to lead the Bears to a 17-4 win over Tusculum on Feb. 22. She also caused three turnovers, picked up six ground balls and posted three draw controls in the win. The midfielder fired seven shots in the win with six shots on frame. The honor is her first Offensive Player of the Week nod this season.

Winter weather along the East Coast continues to alter Appalachian State University’s baseball schedule, as Tuesday’s game at Wake Forest has been moved to Wednesday and this weekend’s series versus Maryland has been moved to Emerson, Ga.

Wednesday’s game at Wake Forest (4-3) will begin at 4 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The three-game weekend series against nationally ranked Maryland (5-1), which was originally slated to be played on UM’s campus in College Park, Md., has been moved to the Lake Point Complex in Emerson, Ga. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Beginning with this week’s contests against Wake Forest and Maryland, Appalachian State (2-3) plays six of its next 10 games against power-conference opponents.

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:22

L-R Baseball Drops Series Finale to Wingate

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The Wingate Baseball Team (9-3, 6-3) took the third and final game of a South Atlantic Conference series from Lenoir-Rhyne (11-2, 4-2), 9-6, Sunday afternoon at Ron Christopher Stadium. The Bears are ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II.

The Bulldogs’ Thomas Spitz (West Chester, Pa.) hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with four runs batted in to lead Wingate to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) both hit home runs despite the loss. Both players also drove in two runs on the afternoon.

With the score all tied up at five, the Bulldogs took the lead for good with a three-run sixth inning highlighted by Spitz’s game-winning two-run triple in the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) finished with four hits but junior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

For Wingate, Brad Cherry (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) drove in two runs while Tyler Brown (Suffolk, Va.) improved to 2-1 on the year after earning the win. Brown, who struck out three batters, finished the game after taking the mound in the fourth inning with two outs.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Belmont Abbey on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m., at Bears Field. Wingate hosts Brevard in a league game Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:21

Appalachian State Softball Splits Doubleheader

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Appalachian State University softball split a twin bill on the final day of the Cougar Classic on Sunday afternoon. The Apps blanked UMass 2-0 and then fell to College of Charleston 12-4 in five innings.

Game One: App State 2, UMass 0

The Mountaineers (5-6) scored both of their runs in the second inning against the Minutewomen. With one out, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) walked and Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) singled to set the table.

After both runners stole bases, Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) singled into left field to drive home both runs. The RBI for Warnock marked the second and third runs batted in this season for the senior.

From there, pitching dominated UMass hitters and stymied the Minutewomen’s offense. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) got the start in the circle and pitched four shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) relieved Johnson for the remaining three inning and allowed just one hit and no runs, while fanning one hitter.

Appalachian State got three hits in the game from Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), Rogers and Warnock’s timely two-run single.

Game Two: College of Charleston 12, App State 4

The second game of the day saw the Mountaineers jump off to a lightning fast start. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) and Heichen would open the game with back-to-back singles to get the Apps started.

Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) then hit into a fielder’s choice but the Cougar’s third baseman Brianna Davis couldn’t make the catch. With the bases loaded, Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) singled through the left side and gave App State an early 2-0 lead.

After Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) singled to third base, Butler hit a sac fly to right field in foul territory to score Josey from third. Then on a wacky play, Chambers was caught in a run down between first and second but one of the throws got away and Stewart scored.

The Apps 4-0 lead would last until the third inning when the Cougars plated six runs on six hits, including a three-run home run to put College of Charleston in front 6-4.

The Cougars would score two in the fourth and four in the fifth to eventually end the game in five innings.

The Mountaineers picked up seven hits from five different hitters, including two-hit performances from Heichen and Chambers. Gomez, Stewart and Warnock all picked up one hit each.

Appalachian State will return to action next weekend in the Blue/Gold Challenge in Greensboro, N.C. on the campus of UNCG. The Apps will open up on Friday, Feb. 27 against Hampton with a first pitch of 12:30 p.m.