The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team (23-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, swept a doubleheader from Augusta (5-23), 3-2 and 4-2, Wednesday afternoon to run its winning streak to a school-tying 17 games.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Augusta 2
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 12-0 on the year after earning the complete game victory as the Bears were able to hold on and defeat the Jaguars.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) totaled three hits and a run scored while senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) added an RBI double as the Bears staked themselves to a 3-0 advantage in the victory.
Augusta's Courtney Browne (Aurora, Colo.) drove in both runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, while Morgan Hunter (Richmond Hill, Ga.) fell to 2-6 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Augusta 2
Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman third baseman Jessie Valerius (Punta Gorda, Fla.) both hit home runs as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit to complete the sweep of the Jaguars.
Kenley finished with three hits in the contest while Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 7-0 after pitching into the sixth inning and allowing just two unearned runs while Augusta's Kristen Mills (Harlem, Ga.) fell to 1-12 after taking the loss. Freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) was credited with the save for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face USC Aiken in a doubleheader on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 7
South Iredell: 1
Fred T. Foard: 4
St. Stephens: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 4
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 8
Bunker Hill: 0
West Caldwell: 6
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
South Iredell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 11
St. Stephens: 9
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 4
Bunker Hill: 9
West Caldwell: 5
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 4
South Point: 0
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (4-1, 2-0), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, made it four victories in a row with a 20-6 win over Brevard (2-5, 0-2) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) finished with six goals and three assists while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added three scores as the Bears also ran their league regular season winning streak to 10 contests.
Dickinson now has a conference-leading 20 goals on the year as the Bears held big advantages in both shots taken (59-27) and ground balls (50-18) on the night.
Brevard's Kyle Hunziker (Gainesville, Fla.) scored four of the Tornados' six goals but Brevard couldn't recover from an 8-0 deficit.
Twelve players scored for the Bears while junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win in goal after making eight saves. Brevard's goalkeeper, Christopher Stallings (Bel Air, Md.), suffered the loss despite making 12 saves in the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road again to face Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference showdown on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team moved up three spots on the final day Tuesday of the Pfeiffer Invitational at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes to finish fourth overall.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 612 (+36) on the par-72, 5,800-yard course while West Georgia won the tournament with a 587 (+11).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) tied for second after falling in a playoff to the winner: West Georgia's Franziska Bremm (146, +2). Five players vied for the individual title in the playoff.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team next competes in the Wingate Intercollegiate on Sunday, March 19, and Monday, March 20, in Monroe, N.C., at the Rolling Hills Country Club.
March 6-7, 2017 – Final Results
The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes
Pfeiffer, host institution
1. West Georgia 587 (+11)
2. Wingate 591 (+15)
3. King 600 (+24)
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 612 (+36)
5. Mount Olive 613 (+37)
6. Anderson 615 (+39)
7. Catawba 616 (+40)
8t. Erskine 624 (+48)
8t. Converse 624 (+48)
10. Southern Wesleyan 649 (+73)
11. Bridgewater 662 (+86)
12. North Greenville 666 (+90)
13t. Randolph-Macon 668 (+92)
13t. Chowan 668 (+92)
15. Quincy 679 (+103)
16. Pfeiffer 686 (+110)
17. Emmanuel 707 (+131)
2t. Abbey Hartsell 146 (+2)
15t. Chelsea Mansel 150 (+6)
35t. Ainee O'Connor 158 (+14)
35t. Laura Morrison 158 (+14)
61. Natalie Kratts 168 (+24)
Appalachian State University women's basketball ousted No. 8 Coastal Carolina with a convincing 79-58 victory in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Tuesday.
With the win, Appalachian will move onto the quarterfinals to face top-seed Little Rock on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET). The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET).
The Apps led from start-to-finish en route to their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament victory.
Five student-athletes scored in double-figures with Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) firing in an efficient performance scoring a team-high 24 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) played well on both ends of the floor with 13 points and 12 off the glass for her first double-double of the season.
Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored 13 points and dished out a game-high six assists. The redshirt-sophomore played a pivotal role in shutting down Coastal's leading scorer, Ced Gibson. Coming into the game, Gibson was averaging 14.9 points per game coming into the contest but was held to 1-for-12 shooting and just five points.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) ran the offense to a "T" with 11 points, five assists and just one turnover, while Bayley Plummer (East Davidson/Thomasville, N.C.) tied a career-high with 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting with five boards.
The backcourt of Jones and Murray played exceptionally well as the tandem combined for 24 points, 11 assists and just two turnovers.
Appalachian sprung out to a 24-15 lead in the opening quarter thanks to 66.7 percent shooting from the field and tenacious defense limiting Coastal to 6-for-19 from the floor. Leading 13-10 with 4:56 left in the game, App outscored Coastal, 11-5, to end the quarter for the nine-point lead.
The Mountaineers kept the intensity and energy up doubling up on Coastal, 34-17, thanks to the play of Bassett-Smith and Murray. Murray had a hand in all six points in a 6-0 spurt with a field goal and two assists, both of which went to Bassett-Smith.
Coastal would comeback to cut the deficit to eight, 38-30, with two minutes left in the opening half, but Jones sparked a 9-2 surge that pushed the lead back to 15 as App scored a season-high 47 points in the first half.
App shot an impressive 53.1 percent in the first half while committing just five miscues.
Coming out in the second half, the Apps didn't let up jumping out to a 20-point lead in the early minutes of the third period following a free throw from Story.
Coastal would slice the gap to 13, but never threatened the Apps the rest of the way as App kept the lead in double digits. App had leads by more than 10 points in the two setbacks against Coastal, but the third time was a charm as it coasted to the 21-point win.
App significantly improved in the turnover column, committing 12 turnovers. Appalachian averaged 22.5 turnovers against the Chanticleers in the two matchups during the regular season.
The Mountaineers' defense forced Coastal into 20 turnovers for 25 points.
- Story's 24 points is a career-high in a Sun Belt Tournament game, as the junior didn't score any points in the previous two SBC Tournaments.
- Story has hit at least 20 points in seven contests this season.
- The Mountaineers assisted on 57.1 percent (16-of-28) field goals.
- App is 9-1 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
- Jones led the team in plus/minus with a plus-20.
- App is 31-27 all-time in conference tournaments and 13-9 in the first round.
- The win snaps a three-game slide in conference tournaments
- The 21-point win is the largest conference tournament win since defeating Chattanooga, 77-52, on March 4th, 2012 in the SoCon Tournament.
Freshman 133-pound wrestler Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) qualified as an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, the association announced this week, bringing the total number of qualifiers for Appalachian State University wrestling to four.
Smith finished second overall in the 133-pound division in the Southern Conference Tournament after a thrilling, double-overtime first-place match with Chattanooga’s Chris Debian. Despite the setback, Smith impressed with his regular season performance, gathering 24 wins and just eight losses (13-3 in duals) en route to making the SoCon all-freshman team.
Placing first in the freshman/sophomore division at the Southeastern (Hokie) Open to start the season, Smith fought for six wins (four bonus) before also placing at the Keystone Classic (fifth). His season featured a seven-match win streak at one point as he finished the regular season with 14 bonus point victories.
Joining Smith in St. Louis, Mo. will be 2016-17 SoCon Wrestler of the Year Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) in the heavyweight division, Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) in the 149-pound division and Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) at 125 pounds.
The four Mountaineers will travel to the tournament in Missouri, which is set to take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sarah Kenley has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., batted .571 (eight-of-14) with a home run and 11 runs batted in this past weekend in leading the Bears to five wins in five contests at the Shaw Challenge in Cary, N.C. Kenley also had a slugging percentage of 1.071 on the week as well.
Kenley has started all 23 games this year and is batting .423 with a team-leading five home runs, 26 runs batted in and a .803 slugging percentage. Kenley was a 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team honoree.
Queens’ Courtney Pearson was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (21-2) is ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II and has won 15 straight games. The Bears next host Augusta (5-21) in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
For the third time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Thomas St. Clair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., notched his second straight complete game victory last Saturday in a 6-2 triumph over Catawba in the first game of a home league doubleheader.
St. Clair allowed just one earned run in addition to 16 strikeouts against Catawba and has struck out 33 batters in his last two outings.
St. Clair, last week’s national pitcher of the week by the NCBWA, is 6-0 on the year with a 1.29 earned run average. St. Clair also leads NCAA Division II in strikeouts with 62.
Wingate’s Bradley Brown was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (14-5) returns to the field on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., when the Bears host Belmont Abbey (10-11).
Alexander Central: 3
Fred T. Foard: 8
R-S Central: 5
South Caldwell: 1
Hickory Christian Academy: 0
TC Roberson: 4
West Henderson: 4
Catawba Valley Community College will be hosting the 2017 Region 10 / District J Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 9th through Saturday, March 11th at the Tarlton Complex on the CVCC campus.
The Red Hawks finished their regular season with an overall record of 20-7, including 12-6 in Region 10 play. The Red Hawks claimed the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 Bryant & Stratton College (20-9, 12-6) in a tournament quarterfinal contest on Thursday, March 9th at 12 pm. The Red Hawks split with Bryant & Stratton on the season and lost the tiebreaker for the 4 seed by Bryant & Stratton having a better quality win over the #2 seed Guilford Tech in the regular season.
The Region 10 Tournament is made up of eight teams from North Carolina and Virginia. The #1 seed for the tournament is #14 nationally ranked Cape Fear (NC) Community College. The #12 ranked nationally team Guilford Technical (NC) Community College holds the #2 seed, while the #3 seed Louisburg (NC) College is ranked #17 nationally. The following seeds are #4 Bryant & Stratton (VA) College, #5 Catawba Valley, #6 Wake Technical (NC) Community College and #7 Patrick Henry (VA) Community College. There is a play in game tonight where #8 Lenoir (NC) Community College will play #9 Brunswick (NC) Community College at Lenoir CC in Kinston, NC for the final spot in the tournament.
Catawba Valley clinched a 20 win season by defeating #17 ranked Louisburg at home in their last game of the season, the marks the first 20 win season since 2013/14 for the Red Hawks. Catawba Valley has been led by 3 double digit scorers. Freshman guard Shaniya Lester leads the team by scoring 15.0 points per game while grabbing 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game and leading the team in 2.1 steals per game. Sophomore forward Jala Daniels averages 12.0 points and leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game while being the only player to start all 27 games this season. Fellow sophomore guard Ieshia Love is averaging 10.7 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Play-in Round, Monday, March 6 at Lenoir Community College
6 p.m. | No. 8 Lenoir vs. No. 9 Brunswick
Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 9 at Catawba Valley Community College
12 p.m. | No. 4 Bryant & Stratton vs. No. 5 Catawba Valley
2 p.m. | No. 1 Cape Fear vs. No. 8 Lenoir/No. 9 Brunswick
4 p.m. | No. 2 Guilford Tech vs. No. 7 Patrick Henry
6 p.m. | No. 3 Louisburg vs. No. 9 Wake Tech
Semifinals, Friday, March 10 at Catawba Valley Community College
2 p.m. | B&S-CVCC winner vs. CFCC-LCC/BCC winner
4 p.m. | GTCC-PHCC winner vs. LC-WTCC winner
Championship, Saturday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College