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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Mike Hanlon and Sarah Kenley were named the first-ever recipients of the Wayne B. Powell Student-Athlete Award of Excellence. The award, which is determined at the conclusion of each year for one male and one female student-athlete, is in honor of the 11th President of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Powell retired on January 1, 2017, after 14 years of service in the role (more on the award below).

“I am very pleased to be able to recognize two outstanding student-athletes who embody excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. Both student-athletes are high character, high-achieving, and well-rounded individuals who demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their lives. They are excellent students, tremendous leaders, and great competitors,” said Kim Pate, Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics. “We look forward to seeing the great things they will achieve in their future postgrad and professional careers.”

Hanlon, a native of Haymarket, Va., was named to the 2017 USILA NCAA Division II All-American Third Team and the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year. Hanlon, a first-team all-league honoree, totaled 34 goals and finished second in the league in both assists (33) and total points (67).

Hanlon led Lenoir-Rhyne (12-3, 8-0) to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament where it hosted Tampa and garnered the Bears’ third SAC Regular Season Championship in the past four years. Hanlon also played in the NCAA D-II North-South All-Star Game and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in total points with 194.

Hanlon, now a graduate assistant for Athletic Administration within the Lenoir-Rhyne athletic department, cumulated a 3.65 grade point average and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Marketing this past May.

Kenley was the 2017 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Softball Player of the Year and was named to the NCAA Division II All-American Third Team by both the NFCA and the CCA. Kenley, a first-team all-league and all-region honoree, batted .429 with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in this past spring and led LR to the 2017 SAC Regular Season Championship. The Bears went 46-13 on the year and qualified for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

Kenley is now the school’s all-time leader in runs batted in (195) and finished this past spring with a 3.27 grade point average while majoring in human and community service. Kenley is now serving as a student assistant for the program as she finishes out her credits to graduate in December.

The two recipients will be honored at halftime of Lenoir-Rhyne’s football game against Newberry this Saturday, October 7, as part of the Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

Wayne B. Powell, Student-Athlete Award of Excellence

President Wayne Powell was instrumental in supporting the significant development and growth of both the University and the athletic department while establishing a culture of excellence across the entire campus. Working in collaboration with the Athletic Department and athletic boosters, a culture of excellence was developed that allowed the athletic department to ascend to the level of national prominence with 51 programs garnering conference titles while making 61 national championship appearances, and finishing as the 2013 Football National Championship Runner-Up. He emphasized developing the whole student to position graduates for success in their professional, personal, and spiritual lives. The recipients will embody excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics.

Eligibility Requirements

• The nominee must have competed in his or her primary sport representing Lenoir-Rhyne University for a minimum of two seasons of eligibility.

• The nominee must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (4.00 scale) and must have maintained good academic standing throughout their time enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Burke: 1

Draughn: 3
Hibriten: 0

West Iredell: 3
Patton: 0

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Hibriten: 6
Draughn: 3

Patton: 2
West Iredell: 0

South Fork Conference:
Bandys: 6
North Lincoln: 2

Newton-Conover: 2
East Lincoln: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 2

South Caldwell: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Watauga: 3
West Caldwell: 0

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:48

Appalachian State Field Hockey Wins in Overtime

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An overtime goal by freshman Meghan Smart helped Appalachian State University field hockey (4-7, 1-3 MAC) secure a 2-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth (8-3, 2-1 A-10) on Sunday afternoon at Cary Street Field.

Appalachian struck its first goal at 21' when Ali Williams sent a pass across the net to Taylor Cimbalist for the senior's seventh goal of the season.

The Rams would tie the game up at '42 on a penalty corner goal, but App State goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made two second-half saves and Annette Jarosz made a defensive save to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, it took nine minutes before either side was able to get a shot off. Savanna Sheridan had one shot before Smart scored the game winner on a breakaway.

Gaines picked up her fourth victory, amassing five saves.

App State's overtime triumph is the first since Sept. 14, 2014, when the Mountaineers defeated Davidson, 3-2. Just like today's victory, a freshman scored the game-winning goal: Taylor Cimbalist.

The Mountaineers have a quick turnaround as they prepare to host No. 13 Wake Forest on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:45

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Ties Queens

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Lenoir-Rhyne (4-2-2, 1-2-1) and Queens (4-3-3, 1-2-2) ended in a scoreless tie after 110 minutes of action in a South Atlantic Conference match at Dickson Field on Saturday night.

The Royals held a 13-6 edge in shots taken while the Bears tied their second consecutive opponent.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) notched his fourth shutout of the year after stopping three shots while Queens' goalkeeper, Sergio Lemus (Santiago, CHILE), also picked up the shutout. Lemus made two saves on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:42

Appalachian State Softball Swept By UT Arlington

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Appalachian State volleyball (6-12) loses to Sun Belt Conference opponent UT Arlington (8-9) in three matches on Oct. 1.

After starting behind in the first set, the Mountaineers volleyed to tie the score at 10-10. Grace Morrison led the first set in kills for App State, attempting to keep App State in the game with a service ace and a kill to bring the score closer at 21-19. UTA won the match 25-20.

Lexi Kohut started the second set off strong for App State with a kill to put App State up 1-0. The Mavericks continued to push ahead throughout the second set despite Melissa McMath's efforts at the end of the set with several kills. The Mavericks won 25-15.

UT Arlington started the third set with an early lead that allowed them to stay ahead and defeat the Mountaineers 25-15 to settle the match. Cassidy Stephenson and Amanda Krahl both stood out in the third set to lessen UT Arlington's lead.

Grace Morrison and Lexi Kohut led the team today with seven kills each. Kara Spicer, Amanda Krahl and Melissa McMath all follow with five kills. Olivia Loeffler had 13 digs, and Emma Reilly followed with nine. The Mountaineers and the Mavericks had a tie score ten times throughout the match, making it a tough competition. The Mountaineers are now 1-3 in Sun Belt play.

App State will play again at Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C. for their next SBC match against Georgia State on Friday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (2-3, 1-2) earned its first South Atlantic Conference win of the year with a 23-7 triumph over Tusculum (2-3, 0-2) Saturday evening at Pioneer Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) rushed for 256 yards on 30 carries – fourth-highest in school history – to go along with two scores as the Bears defeated the Pioneers for the sixth straight year. Brown's 261 yards against the Pioneers last year (September 17, 2016, in a 31-3 win) is the program's third-highest in single-game history.

Lenoir-Rhyne staked itself to a 10-0 lead when sophomore tight end Sam Camargo (Kissimmee, Fla.) caught his team-leading fourth touchdown pass of the year, a 15-yarder from sophomore quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) midway through the second quarter.

Brown gave the Bears a 16-0 advantage with his first of two rushing touchdowns – a three-yarder – with 2:38 left in the first half before Tusculum finally got on the board just 12 seconds before halftime.

Tusculum's Evan Gates (Charlotte, N.C.) caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Alex Ogle (Hobe Sound, Fla.) but the Bears were able to keep the Pioneers off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Lenoir-Rhyne's defense held Tusculum to just 257 yards of offense including 49 on the ground in addition to three sacks.

Brown rounded out the scoring with a 19-yard run midway through the fourth quarter while sophomore safety Denzal Gilmore (Concord, N.C.) totaled nine tackles, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble to lead the Bears on defense. Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 356 yards on offense in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Moretz Stadium to host Newberry next Saturday as part of Homecoming Weekend beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:36

App State Men's Soccer Draws With High Point

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Appalachian State University men's soccer (3-2-5) showcased a stingy defensive performance against High Point (3-3-2) in a 0-0 draw on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

The shutout for App is the second in the last four matches while the Black and Gold have blanked their counterparts in back-to-back home games in 200-plus minutes of allowing zero goals. Jake Chasteen and the Mountaineer defense posted another clean sheet, and in five home contests, Appalachian has allowed just three scores.

Appalachian's defensive performance is even more impressive coming against a sound High Point team that scored a season-high three goals in its previous outing against UNC Asheville.

"We're very proud of the team tonight to shutout a good team like HPU," head coach Jason O'Keefe said following the match. "We will build on it and continue to get better. We are excited to open up Sun Belt play at Howard on Saturday."

The Mountaineers did have some clean looks at the frame but would nearly miss on the opportunities including two by Marc Pfrogner that went just high of the net, which would have given App the lead. In the final overtime period, Ian Bennett got off a clean look at the back of the net but just barely missed to the left of the goal.

Appalachian's backline forced some tough shots from High Point while getting just two shots on goal. Jake Chasteen came away with one stop while the defense came away with a team save as well.

Conference play opens up for App starting next Saturday, as the Mountaineers will face Howard on the road at 7 p.m.

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:33

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Blanked By Queens

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The Queens University of Charlotte Women's Soccer Team (5-2-1, 3-2) shut out Lenoir-Rhyne (5-3-1, 1-2-1), 2-0, Saturday evening at Dickson Field.

The Royals received goals from Elizabeth Phan (Guilford, ENGLAND) off a free kick from Alyssa Bosak (Charleston, S.C.) and Emma Rose Stockton (Spring, Texas) in each half in the 41st and 80th minutes, respectively. Queens also held an 11-8 edge in shots taken in the victory as well.

Queens goalkeeper, Rachel Quest (Charlotte, N.C.), stopped a pair of shots for her third shutout of the season while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) suffered the setback in goal despite totaling six saves on the evening.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Mars Hill in a conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:30

App State Field Hockey Falls to Longwood

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Appalachian State University field hockey (3-7, 1-2 MAC) dropped a 4-1 decision to Longwood (9-1, 2-0 MAC), who moved into first place in the Mid-American standings with the win. Rebecca McLean scored her first goal of the season, which was also the senior's fifth of her Mountaineer career.

App State was unable to score in the first half behind seven shots, all in the final five minutes before halftime. The Mountaineer defense and goalkeeper Rachel Gaines faced eight shots in the first half, but Gaines made five saves while allowing just one goal.

The Lancers scored three more times in the second half to take a 4-0 lead. McLean found the back of the net on a penalty corner in the 56th minute. Her senior classmates, Savanna Sheridan and Taylor Cimbalist, earned the assist on McLean's score.

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