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.
• 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
West Iredell: 3
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 0
South Fork Conference:
North Lincoln: 2
East Lincoln: 1
St. Stephens: 2
South Caldwell: 3
Alexander Central: 0
West Caldwell: 0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-4, 4-2) fell to Queens (9-4, 4-3), 3-1, in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Royals took the final three sets and won by scores of 21-25, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-11 in picking up their second consecutive victory.
Queens was led by Rebecca Cochran (Harrisburg, N.C.) with 12 kills and 21 digs while Casey Tarvin (Leander, Texas) added 10 kills as the Royals totaled 10 service aces in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with eight kills and 20 digs and senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) and sophomore middle blocker Jaclyn Denny (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) totaled six kills each in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne, however, totaled 15 blocks on the afternoon but was limited to a .000 hitting percentage.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Mars Hill on Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's soccer (2-7-3, 1-2-1 SBC) played to a 1-1 tie against a formidable Arkansas State (6-4-1, 2-2-1 SBC) team on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Appalachian showed resiliency and fight after falling to the visitors, 1-0, following a goal from Taylor Schneider in the 63rd minute. Taylor Ray stopped the shot, but the ball barely crossed the line. If it weren't for that score, the Black and Gold would be talking about an impressive win and getting back to .500 in conference play.
Appalachian had four shots on the target before the most important one of the match with just over five minutes left in regulation. Sarah Peatross was on the break down the middle of the field before finding a cutting Kat Greer on the left side of the box and then fired off an impressive shot past one of the Sun Belt's top goalkeepers in Megan McClure to the right corner for the score, tying up the match, 1-1.
For Greer, it was the fourth goal of the season and her third score in the past four matches, while all four of her goals have either given App the lead or tied up the match. Also, the assist for Peatross to Greer was the first of the season for the redshirt junior.
The Mountaineers attempted three more shots at the net including a near miss by Morgan Mosack in the first overtime period. App and Arkansas State wouldn't get a shot off at the frame in the final overtime stanza, leading to the first draw for either team in league action.
App State held a 13-10 edge in shots highlighted by a season-high eight shots on goal and a .615 shot on goal percentage. Also, Appalachian posted a season-high seven corner kicks.
Three different student-athletes in Lindsey Tully, Sarah Peatross, and Mosack registered multiple shots on goal with Tully staying aggressive as she totaled five shot attempts. Taylor Ray had a solid outing with five saves on 10 shots from the Red Wolves.
App didn't get the win but did pick up a point in the league standings to stay in a tie with Little Rock for seventh.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Cross Country Team took 11th place out of 25 schools Friday afternoon at McAlpine Creek Park in the Royals Challenge.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led once again by junior Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.), who took 47th overall with a time of 19:05 on the 5K course. Lee was the top overall team while Saint Leo's Colett Rampf won the race, clocking a 17:05.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, October 13, to compete in the Queen City Invitational.
Royals Cross Country Challenge
September 29, 2017 – McAlpine Creek Park
1. Lee 52
2. Queens 61
3. Saint Leo 96
4. Alabama-Huntsville 127
5. Tampa 150
6. Southeastern 161
7. Siena Heights 235
8. Florida Tech 242
9. St. Thomas (Fla.) 243
10. Radford 265
11. Lenoir-Rhyne 300
12. Lynn 311
13. Catawba 357
14. Reinhardt 439
15. North Greenville 491
16. Tusculum 502
17. Southern Wesleyan 518
18. Emmanuel (Ga.) 526
19. Francis Marion 544
20. Barton 579
21. Louisburg 634
22. Mars Hill 634
23. Converse 673
24. Benedict 702
25. Johnson C. Smith 711
47. Audra Yarber 19:05
53. Kendall Toineeta 19:17
66. Blakely Gantt 19:35
71. Kylie Dahlberg 19:39
105. Adie Bjerkness 20:19
106. Erin Illich 20:20
110. Gabriella Dalton 20:25
120. Brooke Zeman 20:42
156. Faith Faller 21:29
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Cross Country Team finished sixth out of 22 teams Friday at the Royals Challenge at McAlpine Creek Park.
The Bears were led by senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.), who placed 10th overall with a time of 24:52 over the 8K course while Saint Leo's Ronald Cheserek placed first overall (23:48). Queens, the host school, had three runners in the top five and took home team honors.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Charlotte, N.C., to compete in the Queen City Invitational on Friday, October 13, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Royals Cross Country Challenge
September 29, 2017 – McAlpine Creek Park
1. Queens 37
2. Lee 59
3. Alabama-Huntsville 104
4. Saint Leo 117
5. Louisburg 161
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 183
7. Mars Hill 230
8. Reinhardt 247
9. Radford 250
10. Tampa 268
11. Florida Tech 284
12. Emmanuel (Ga.) 309
13. North Greenville 341
14. Catawba 368
15. SCAD Atlanta 414
16. Tusculum 472
17. UNC Pembroke 494
18. Francis Marion 509
19. Southeastern 511
20. Benedict 591
21. Southern Wesleyan 596
22. Johnson C. Smith 712
10. Jacob Black 24:52
23. Derek Chavis 25:32
40. Petar Ivackovic 26:01
49. Brett Vogelsang 26:13
65. Josh Adkins 26:35
78. Zack Bunch 26:50
89. Jacob Franklin 26:59
102. Brett Haas 27:23
108. Corbin Boyles 27:38
151. Aubrey Hite 29:33
Appalachian State volleyball lost to Sun Belt Conference opponent Texas State in three matches on Sept. 29.
The Mountaineers fell to the Bobcats (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) despite a long lead in the third set. Kara Spicer and Courtney Sullivan lead the first set in kills with four each.
The second set proved strong for the Mountaineers with a 4-0 run to bring the lead to 10-6 early in the set. Lexi Kohut ended Texas State's 5-0 run with back-to-back kills. Morrison sparked a 2-0 run to bring the score closer late in the second set, but it was not enough for App State to come out on top. Lexi Kohut had eight kills while Reilly and Loeffler had 4 digs apiece.
In the third set, App State started with a 2-0 run and responded to Texas State again for a 5-0 run to come ahead 7-2. McMath and Morrison both had solid efforts to regain the lead at 20-19 before the Bobcats raced ahead to win the set and match.