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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (9-6) defeated Coker (9-4), 14-9, in the semifinals of the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday evening on the campus of Queens University.

With the victory, the third-seeded Bears will now play Mars Hill (7-6) in the finals on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The fourth-seeded Lions defeated No. 1 Queens (8-8) by a 12-11 score in the other semifinal game earlier in the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne is also advancing to its second straight South Atlantic Conference Championship Final. The Bears fell in last year’s contest to Queens.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) with four goals and two assists as the Bears avenged an earlier loss to the second-seeded Cobras.

Hanlon scored three of his goals in the final period as the Bears took control after entering the final stanza tied at seven with seven scores in the final 10 minutes.

The Bears’ Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.), the school’s all-time leading scorer, added three goals as Lenoir-Rhyne ended the contest on a 4-0 run. Senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) also scored twice as the Bears held a decisive advantage in both shots taken (41-21) and ground balls (29-20).

Coker, the league regular season co-champion, was led by John Bretton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.(Mendon, Mass.) and Josh Smith with three goals each despite the loss.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) notched the victory after stopping four shots while Coker’s Tim Ryan (Glocester, R.I.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves. The Cobras also saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end.

Scott Webster was named as the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year as Appalachian State University men’s tennis saw four players earn all-conference accolades, the Sun Belt announced on Thursday evening at its 2015 Championship Banquet.

Webster was named as the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year after finishing an incredible 17-4 in singles play this season. Webster rotated between the No. 2 (3-1), No. 3 (6-1) and No. 4 (8-2) spots in the lineup.

He posted an 11-match winning streak from Feb. 1 – Mar. 27, including a win over Andy Lau from No. 57 Troy. Webster was also solid in doubles play, posting an overall record of 12-7, which included a 10-4 mark at No. 2 singles with fellow Australian Jack Maddocks as the pairing earned second team all-Sun Belt honors.

With the honor, Webster becomes the second player in school history to earn a conference Freshman of the Year honor. Matt Lucas was the 1998 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Oliver Casey was named a second team singles and doubles selection. He posted a 12-9 record in singles play while competing exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Casey’s honor is the third all-conference honor of his career after he was named as a SoCon all-freshman and second team doubles selection last year.

Casey posted an 8-4 mark with partner Trey Morris in doubled play as the duo earned a second team all-Sun Belt nod. The combo of Casey/Morris played primarily at the No. 3 spot, where they posted an 8-2 mark.

The Mountaineers are seeded No. 6 at the Sun Belt Tournament and will face No. 3 South Alabama at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis junior Clare Cox was named as a second team all-Sun Belt Conference selection, the conference announced on Thursday evening at its 2015 Tennis Championship Banquet.

Cox finished 14-9 in singles play while competing exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Her performance this season marked the third-straight year in which she has finished with at least 10 singles victories.

It also marks her fourth all-conference honor. Cox was named as the Freshman of the Year and an all-freshman selection by the Southern Conference in 2013 and was a second team all-SoCon selection last season.

In addition to her impressive singles record, Cox also finished with six victories at No.1 doubles with partner Mackenzie LaSure. Appalachian State was defeated in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament by a 4-3 final against No. 10 Arkansas State in a match played on Thursday morning.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (30-15, 10-8) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lincoln Memorial (20-20, 9-9), 11-1 and 2-1, Thursday at Neely Field. The Bears have now won four straight games, all on the road.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Lincoln Memorial 1 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) and junior outfielder Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) each drove in three runs as the Bears run-ruled the Lady Railsplitters.

In addition, junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) earned the win after scattering five hits and striking out seven batters in the complete game for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne, who finished with 12 hits in the game, broke the contest open with a five-run third inning highlighted by a two-run single from Landreth.

For Lincoln Memorial, Jennifer Moose (Statesville, N.C.) drove in the Lady Railsplitters’ lone run while Samantha Smith (Knoxville, Tenn.) suffered the loss on the mound.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Lincoln Memorial 1
The Bears were able to sweep the Lady Railsplitters thanks to a two-out, game-winning, two-run home run from Landreth in the top of the seventh inning.

Hoskins (17-5) was credited with the victory once again after pitching the final three innings and holding Lincoln Memorial scoreless to go along with three strikeouts.

Smith (8-10) suffered the loss despite allowing just two runs in going the distance while Savannah Couch (Colonial Heights, Va.) drove in the Lady Railsplitters’ lone run in the bottom of the second inning with a sacrifice fly.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Queens in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:05

Hickory Crawdads Game Rained Out

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The Hickory Crawdads April 16th game in Kannapolis against the Intimidators has been postponed due to rain. The two teams will make the game up with a doubleheader on Friday, April 17th beginning at 5:05 pm.

The rainout marks the second consecutive day that the 'Dads have not played due to rain. The Crawdads home finale against the Asheville Tourists was canceled on April 15th, and will be made up in Asheville with a doubleheader on April 21st.

The Crawdads will be on the road for the next week, with a four-game series against the Intimidators, before moving on to Asheville for a 3-game set. The 'Dads will return home to L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday, April 23rd to start a 4-game, weekend series against Kannapolis.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:02

App State Men's Tennis Game Postponed

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The Sun Belt Conference announced that the time and venue of Friday's Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinal contest between Appalachian State University men's tennis and South Alabama will be moved to 9 a.m. ET at the UNO Tennis Center.

The change was made as heavy rain is forecast for the afternoon in New Orleans. The match was originally slated for 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The Mountaineers (10-11) enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed while the Jaguars (14-8) are the No. 3 seed.

The Catawba Valley Community College Baseball team announced that Freshman Left Handed Pitcher Bryce Hensley has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association DII Pitcher of the Week for April 6-12.

Hensley threw a no-hitter vs. conference opponent New River CC in Radford, VA. Hensley threw 6.0 innings with 14 strikeouts and allowed only 1 walk.

Hensley has pitched in 10 games for the Red Hawks this season throwing 53.0 innings. Hensley currently has an earned run average on 1.87 and in conference games has a 0.33 era. Hensley is also ranked in the top 25 nationally with 2 shutouts (6th), 4 complete games (7th), 55 strikeouts (17th), and the 1.87 era (23rd).

This is the second time this season a Red Hawk has received the national recognition of a player of the week. In week 7 (March 16-22) sophomore third baseman, Danny Sullivan, received the recognition. The Red Hawks sit in first place of the Carolinas-Virginia Conference with a 10-2 record and have an overall record of 24-16. The Red Hawks will travel to Surry CC in Dobson, NC this weekend for a 3 game conference series. A double header is scheduled on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.

Despite rallying from a one-point deficit to send the contest to doubles play, Appalachian State University women's tennis saw its season come to an end in a heartbreaking, 4-3 loss to Arkansas State in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday at City Park Center.

The Mountaineers (9-15) and Red Wolves (4-12) both fought against the elements as rain caused a 25 minute delay two hours into the match. Due to the poor weather conditions, the ITA Shortened Format was used - meaning the doubles portion was only played if the match was tied after singles play.

In a back-and-forth contest, Arkansas State grabbed the first point of the match when Tamara Slijepevic defeated Clare Cox by a 6-1, 6-1 score at No. 1. Melissa Machado would answer for Appalachian as she scored a straight-set win at No. 5 (6-4, 6-0]) to the the contest at 1-1.

Moments later, the Red Wolves would go up again as Julie Gaugery topped Gabrielle Wreder, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), in a highly competitive match at No. 2 singles. Mackenzie LaSure would knot the contest at 2-2 when she earned a win for the Mountaineers at No. 3 (6-4, 4-6, 6-4).

With the match tied and two singles contests remaining, Sabina Jeresic put Arkansas State just one point shy of victory when she grabbed a 7-5, 6-4 win over Brianna Armellino at the No. 4 spot.

On the brink of elimination, the Mountaineers would get a huge lift from Megan Mullen as she rallied from a first-set loss to earn a 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2 win that sent the match to doubles play.

The Red Wolves earned the first doubles win via a 6-2 win at No. 3 before Appalachian's No. 2 duo of Machado/Mullen pulled out a 6-3 win, setting up an heart-stopping finish as the match came down to the winner of No. 1 doubles.

In the end, it would be Arkansas State's tandem of Jeresic/Slijepevic whole would emerge victorious over Appalachian's team of Cox/LaSure. The 6-2 win gave the Red Wolves the match-clinching fourth point and set them up to face No. 2 Georgia State in Friday's quarterfinal round.

Arkansas State 4, Appalachian State 3
Apr 16, 2015 at New Orleans, La. (City Park Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara (ASU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-1, 6-1
2. Gauguery, Julie (ASU) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Pisani, Victoria (ASU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 7-5, 6-4
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Stefanov, Chiara (ASU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Krsmanovic, Sofia (ASU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara/Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2
2. Melissa Machado/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Krsmanovic, Sofia/Pisani, Victoria (ASU) 6-3
3. Gauguery, Julie/Heeps-Eriksen, Jess (ASU) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-2

Match Notes
Arkansas State 4-12
Appalachian State 9-15

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6)

2015 Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championship First Round

#7 Appalachian State vs. #10 Arkansas State

ITA Shortened Format: Singles played first, Doubles if necessary

RAIN DELAY: Approximately 25 minutes beginning at 9:57 AM CT

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brooke Robinson has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Runner Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Robinson, a sophomore from Newton, N.C., broke her own school record in the women’s 200-meter dash last weekend at Western Carolina University’s Beynon Catamount Classic.

Robinson finished 10th overall with a school-record 25.31 seconds and was part of a women's 400-meter relay squad which set a new program mark at the meet as well (49.46).

Robinson was the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Track and Field Freshman Of The Year and the league champion in the women’s 400-meter run, an event she also holds the school record in at 56.54 seconds.

Wingate’s Christina Matheny was named the AstroTurf SAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex and the Irwin Belk Track.

Appalachian State University women's tennis has had its first round match at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament moved up due to impending rain in New Orleans.

The Mountaineers (9-14) will take on No. 10 Arkansas State (3-11) at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans. The match was originally slated for an 11 a.m. ET start.