Sports (663)

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Watauga: 2

Hibriten: 6
St. Stephens: 0

Hickory: 5
Freedom: 1

South Caldwell: 4
Patton: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 3
Draughn: 0

Shelby: 7
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 5
Maiden: 3

West Caldwell: 8
Bandys: 1

West Lincoln: 2
Bunker Hill: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 15
Watauga: 1

Freedom: 21
Hickory: 4

Hibriten: 11
St. Stephens: 6

South Caldwell: 15
Patton: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 12
Shelby: 2

Kings Mountain: 11
Draughn: 7

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 10
Newton-Conover: 7

West Caldwell: 10
Bandys: 0

West Lincoln: 6
Bunker Hill: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 0
Shelby: 0

Kings Mountain: 9
Draughn: 0

Asheville: 2
Hickory: 1

Maiden: 1
Alexander Central: 0

North Lincoln: 3
Bandys: 0

Patton: 2
Erwin: 1

South Caldwell: 4
Bunker Hill: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Lincolnton: 2

Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:51

App State Baseball Shut Out at Missouri

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Cold bats once again plagued Appalachian State University baseball as they couldn’t overcome Missouri’s 4-0 advantage despite good pitching on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Mountaineers (6-7) held the Tigers (13-1) to five scoreless innings, but 26th-ranked Missouri edged their way forward with one run in the first and second innings and two in the seventh to outlast Appalachian.

Designated hitter Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) led the way with half of the team’s four total hits on the evening, going 2-4 and getting a two-out double in the second. Both Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) and Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) got the team’s over hits in the seventh and ninth innings to attempt a rally.

While the Tigers only scored four, only two of the runs were earned as throwing errors doomed an otherwise impressive defensive performance by Appalachian against its high-power opponent.

On the mound for App State to start was right-handed Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth). Holden had a solid outing with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched, allowing one earned run and just four hits. Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee CC) came in for relief in the sixth, going 1.1 innings, striking out one and allowing one earned run before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) finished up the seventh’s final two outs, getting a punchout and groundout.

Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) finished the game with a fine inning of work, facing six batters, striking out two and allowing just two hits to give Appalachian a chance to rally in the ninth.

The North Georgia Women's Tennis Team (9-1), ranked No. 34 in NCAA Division II, downed Lenoir-Rhyne (6-7), 9-0, Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Clarion in Hilton Head, S.C., on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m., while North Georgia takes on No. 8 Columbus State on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in Columbia, Ga.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
No. 34 North Georgia 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
Friday, March 10, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Kathrin Waidner (UNG) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-0, 6-3
2. Felicia Baratta (UNG) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-0, 6-3
3. Karina Gurgenyan (UNG) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-3, 5-7, 10-5
4. Holly Bennett (UNG) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-7, 6-4, 10-7
5. Lexa Loden (UNG) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-1, 6-1
6. Emma Etelalahti (UNG) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Kathrin Waidner/Felicia Baratta (UNG) def. Emily Murchland/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-4
2. Holly Bennett/Emma Etelalahti (UNG) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-2
3. Karina Gurgenyan/Lexa Loden (UNG) def. Abbi Wood/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 8-1

Records: No. 34 North Georgia (9-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-7)

Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:41

CVCC Baseball Wins Slugfest Over Lakeland

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Catawba Valley Community College defeated Lakeland Friday 17-14. What started out as an offensive explosion saw Lakeland slowly work their way back into the game. The Red Hawks were able to hold on for their third win in a row moving them to 11-12 on the season.

Chandler Jenkins went five-for-six with two homr runs, a double, four RBI and four runs scored. Riley Smith went a perfect three-for-three with four runs scored and was issued a walk. Graham Mitchell added a three-for-four offering at the plate with a home run, six RBI and a run scored.

The winning pitcher was TJ Goco who threw three and a third innings, allowing six hits, one earned run while striking out four and walking only one. Graham MItchell picked up the save with two innings of no hit ball, striking out two and walking only one.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (6-5) knocked off several nationally-ranked players in singles action but ultimately fell to No. 18 North Georgia (9-0), 6-3, Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

The Bears were extremely impressive in singles action – winning No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 – including two victories over nationally-ranked players.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) defeated No. 16 Alexander Reainauer (Stuttgart, GERMANY) by a score of 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3 at first singles while junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) downed seventh-ranked Niklas Zielen (Frankfurt, GERMANY), 0-6, 6-4 and 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Hilton Head, S.C., to face Montreat on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m., while North Georgia battles No. 8 Columbus State in a Peach Belt Conference showdown on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in Columbus, Ga.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
No. 18 North Georgia 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Friday, March 10, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. #16 Alexander Reinauer (UNG), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. #7 Niklas Zielen (UNG), 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Andre Canino (UNG), 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
4. Hugues Renaud (UNG) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-3, 6-3
5. Lukas Moritzen (UNG) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-3, 6-2
6. Jared Bones (UNG) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 7-5, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Niklas Zielen/Alexander Reinauer (UNG) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-5
2. Andre Canino/Lukas Moritzen (UNG) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 8-6
3. Hugues Renaud/Jared Bones (UNG) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-4

Records: No. 18 North Georgia (9-0), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (25-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, swept a doubleheader from USC Aiken (12-8-1), 8-0 and 11-2, Friday afternoon at Bears Field to run its school-record winning streak to 19 games.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, USC Aiken 0 (five innings)
Junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) finished with three hits and three runs batted in including an RBI triple while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw a three-hitter as the Bears run-ruled the Pacers.

The Bears scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the contest while USC Aiken's Hayley Elkins (Irmo, S.C.) fell to 5-4 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, USC Aiken 2 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) hit a grand slam in a seven-run second inning as the Bears scored early and often to run-rule USC Aiken for the second straight game.

Junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) added a two-run double as the Bears led 11-0 after just two innings of play. Parks (14-0) remained unbeaten on the year after registering the victory.

For the Pacers, Sydney Kate Murphy (Cincinnati, Ohio) drove in both runs while Chandler Terrapin (West Columbia, S.C.) fell to 4-4 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host King on Tuesday, March 14, at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field in a doubleheader.

The Lincoln Memorial Baseball Team (10-12, 4-3) took advantage of six errors to down Lenoir-Rhyne (14-7, 3-4), 7-4, in a South Atlantic Conference weekend series opener Friday evening at Bears Field.

The Railsplitters' Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa.) finished with two hits and two runs batted in including a RBI double as five of Lincoln Memorial's seven runs were unearned.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) finished with three hits and a RBI while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added a run-scoring double as the Bears couldn't hold a 2-0 lead.

Lincoln Memorial's Brandon Jean (Franklin, Tenn.) pitched into the seventh inning and improved to 2-3 on the year after picking up the victory while Dominic Morabito (Vienna, Va.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (6-1) suffered his first loss of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Lincoln Memorial wrap up the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at Bears Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Appalachian State held in the eighth spot with a 315 in the final round to close out the River Landing Classic on Friday in Wallace, N.C.

The Apps (+59) finished ahead of Morehead State, Richmond, and Youngstown State in their first full event of the spring.

Penn State (+14) rallied from a two-stroke deficit to start the day to win the event. The Nittany Lions were 4-over for the day to finish seven in front of East Tennessee State (+21). East Carolina was third (+23). ETSU’s Hee Ying Loy held on for a five stroke win and was the only player under par for the event.

App’s Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) turned in a third solid round with 75 (+3) on Friday to finish 17th. She had back-to-back birdies in the middle of her round to finish the week at 9-over.

Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) closed her tournament with a 78 (+6) to finish tied for 38th.

Sophomore Jo Elias (Jamestown, N.C.) had a pair of birdies in her 82 (+10) to finish 42nd. App’s Melany Chong (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) finished 50th with an 80 (+8) in her final round.

Senior Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had a solid stretch of golf at one point during her final round 83 (+11), but went on to finish 55th.

Junior Annika Winebarger (State Road, N.C.) tied for 59th with an 83 (+11) on Friday, while Patricia Thompson (Granite Falls, N.C.) closed with an 85 (+13).

App returns to action next weekend at the Low Country Intercollegiate. Play runs Saturday-Sunday in Bluffton, S.C.

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