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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:35

App's Sydnor Named to First Team All-State

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Appalachian State University women’s basketball senior Maryah Sydnor (Radford, Va./Radford) capped off her record-breaking career at Appalachian by being named NCCSIA first-team all-state by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association on Monday.

Sydnor was tabbed first-team all-conference earlier this month after leading the Mountaineers in their inaugural Sun Belt season by averaging 17.5 points per game. She finished the season ranked second in the conference in scoring average and ranks 65th in the nation.

The senior is also one of the league’s top rebounders, averaging 8.8 boards per game for a third-place ranking in the Sun Belt. Sydnor held the top-spot in the conference in free throw percentage all season, posting a mark of 84.9 percent to rank 39th in the nation.

The Radford, Va. native has amassed 456 points and 230 rebounds this year, scoring 1,821 points over her career to put her third in total career points in the Appalachian record books. She has recorded 29 career double-doubles and 90 double-digit scoring games over the past four seasons.

Sydnor’s best performance of the season came at Troy on Jan. 19 when she scored 31 points and tallied 11 rebounds, while shooting 10-14 from the floor. She will go down in the Appalachian State women’s basketball record book in at least eight other categories.

For the second time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lauren Donovan has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Donovan, a senior midfielder from Hollywood, Md., totaled eight goals, three assists, 11 points and 11 ground balls in leading the Bears to a pair of wins last week.

Donovan totaled three goals in a 15-6 win over Tampa at home on Friday before a four-goal, two-assist performance versus Wingate on the road in a 21-7 conference triumph Saturday night in Wingate, N.C.

Donovan, who leads the team with 33 goals, 16 assists and 49 points this year, also won the award in late February. Donovan is second in the conference so far this year in points scored as well.

A 2014 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, Donovan is Lenoir-Rhyne’s all-time leader in goals scored (142), assists (75), total points (217) and ground balls (206).

Coker’s Marabeth Durden was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (6-6, 4-1), winners of two straight games, returns to action on Saturday evening against Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference contest at 5:30 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

Appalachian State University baseball took a three-run lead into the eighth inning against University of Arkansas at Little Rock but fell in the series finale, 7-5, in extra innings at Gary Hogan Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (7-21, 2-10 Sun Belt) took a 5-4 lead in the top of ninth on Conner Leonard’s (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) RBI single that drove in Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) and sent the game into extra innings, but Joesph Palino hit a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the 10th to seal the victory and weekend series sweep for the Trojans (10-13, 7-4 Sun Belt).

Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the Sunday start and pitched well for Mountaineers, going seven innings with no walks and three strike outs. Holden had only given up one run going into the eighth. The freshman gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the eighth which cut the Mountaineer lead to two. Holden’s day ended after the next batter reached on an infield single.

With a man on first base, Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) entered the game to relieve Holden. DeVriese saw the UALR center fielder reach on a bunt and then two batters later gave an RBI double that brought the tying run to third base. Tanner Rockwell then flew out the center field allowing the runner on third to tag a score, knotting the game at four runs apiece. Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) entered the game and struck out his first batter to get out of the inning.

In the ninth inning, Burris singled up the middle and then stole second to get into scoring position. Burris then advanced on Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) ground out. With two outs, Leonard singled through the hole in the left side of the infield to plate the go-ahead run. The game looked to be over when with one out UALR second baseman hit a ground ball to Pierson who tried to turn the double play by flipping the ball to Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) for the out at second, but Dobson’s throw was not in time to get Kyle Barret out at first.

With Runners on the corners, pinch hitter Ryan McSwain doubled into left field, bringing the tying run across the plate. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) kept the Mountaineers alive with an incredible diving catch in center field to end the inning.

The Mountaineers got two men on base with one out in the top of the 10th, but Bauk grounded into a double play and UALR escaped the inning. Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) came into the game for Ross. Brill walked the first batter but then retired the next two, bringing Palino to the plate with two outs. Paulino made the most of his first at bat of the game and hit the game-winning home run.

The home run marked the third-straight walk-off loss of the weekend for the Mountaineers, who fall to 2-12 in games decided by two runs or less this season.

The Mountaineers will try to bounce back with two midweek games against High Point at home on Tuesday and at North Carolina A&T on Wednesday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (7-7, 2-2) picked up its second straight victory with an 8-1 win over Mars Hill (4-7, 1-5) in a South Atlantic Conference match Sunday morning at the Hart Tennis Center.

The Bears swept the doubles play and were led by three players who earned victories at both singles and doubles play: seniors Dominique Bruce (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA) and Lela Sparks Thompson (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman Jessica Rumple (Mooresville, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., at Hickory High School. Meanwhile, Mars Hill plays Queens in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Mars Hill 1
March 29, 2015
Mars Hill, N.C.
Hart Tennis Center
Singles competition:
1. Jasha Geerdink (MHU) def. Zorica Djuric (LR), 3-2, retired
2. Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Lucy McLaurin (MHU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Juliana Fisher (MHU), 6-2, 6-0
4. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR) def. Jade Henke (MHU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Natalie Hilbig (MHU), 6-0, 6-1
6. Maggie Brown (LR) def. Luz Heilman (MHU), 8-1

Doubles competition:
1. Zorica Djuric/Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Lucy McLaurin/Jasha Geerdink (MHU), 8-6
2. Lela Sparks Thompson/Taylor Snowdon (LR) def. Juliana Fisher/Luz Heilman (MHU), 8-2
3. Jessica Rumple/Amanda Bryan (LR) def. Jade Henke/Natalie Hilbig (MHU), 9-8
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (7-7, 2-2 SAC), Mars Hill (3-7, 1-5 SAC)

Monday, 30 March 2015 01:11

L-R Men's Tennis Loses to Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (7-8, 0-4) fell to Mars Hill (6-4, 3-3) by a 6-3 score in South Atlantic Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Hart Tennis Center.

Senior Robin Hochguertel (Erlensee, GERMANY) won at second singles and third doubles to lead the Bears. Hochguertel teamed with senior John Christian Reid (Claremont, N.C.) to beat Mars Hill’s Blake Covington (Reidsville, N.C.) and Carlos Suares Riesco (Montcada, Reixach, Spain) by an 8-2 score at No. 3 doubles.

Senior Patrick Bauer (Helmstedt, GERMANY) also won for the Bears at third singles.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team will next take on Catawba at Hickory High School in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Mars Hill 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
March 29, 2015
Mars Hill, N.C.
Hart Tennis Center
Singles competition:
1. Euquerio Guerrero (MHU) def. Marvin Mueller (LR), 6-4, 6-1
2. Robin Hochguertel (LR) def. Alberto Ortiz (MHU), 7-5, 6-2
3. Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Markus Gattner (MHU), 6-4, 6-0
4. Carlos Suares Riesco (MHU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 7-6, 1-6, 7-6
5. Sam Lee (MHU) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 6-0, 6-4
6. Blake Covington (MHU) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
Doubles competition:
1. Euquerio Guerrero/Alberto Ortiz (MHU) def. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR), 8-5
2. Sam Lee/Markus Gattner (MHU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Matthew Ledford (LR), 8-4
3. Robin Hochguertel/John Christian Reid (LR) def. Blake Covington/Carlos Suares Riesco (MHU), 8-2
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (7-8, 0-4 SAC), Mars Hill (6-4, 3-3 SAC)

Appalachian State University women’s tennis earned the doubles point and cruised to a 7-0 victory over Western Carolina on Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

The Mountaineers (7-12) earned straight-set victories in three of six singles matches to snap a nine-match losing streak and send the Catamounts (3-10) to their fifth-straight loss.

Appalachian got off to a fast start as it grabbed a 1-0 lead via the doubles point. The Mountaineer tandem of McKayla Zupan/Gabrielle Wreder grabbed an 8-4 win at the No. 2 spot, and with WCU unable to field a team at No.3, the Apps won by default despite a loss at No. 1 doubles.

Clare Cox snagged a quick 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles to put Appalachian up 2-0 and Melissa Machado won in straight sets at No. 4 (6-1, 6-3) to make it a 3-0 advantage.

Mackenzie LaSure was another winner in straight sets with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 win at No. 3, clinching the match with Appalachian State’s fourth point. Zupan rebounded from a first-set loss to grab a 2-6, 6-4, 10-4 victory at No. 5 and Wreder finished singles play with a thrilling 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 12-10 win at the No. 2 position.

Megan Mullen earned a win by default at the No. 6 spot to complete the shutout as Western Carolina was unable to field a full lineup.

The Mountaineers play their final home match of the year on Wednesday when they host King College at 2:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.

Appalachian State 7, Western Carolina 0
Mar 29, 2015 at Cullowhee, N.C. (Catamount Athletic Complex)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Megan McLinden (WCU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 12-10
3. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
4. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Erin Maguire (WCU) 6-1, 6-3
5. McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Montse Mesalles (WCU) 2-6, 6-4, 10-4
6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. No player (WCU), by default

Doubles competition
1. Shannon Bettiol/Megan McLinden (WCU) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 8-4
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. Montse Mesalles/Nicole Nielly (WCU) 8-4
3. McKayla Zupan/Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Erin Maguire/No player (WCU), by default

Match Notes
Appalachian State 7-12
Western Carolina 3-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,3,5,2)

Monday, 30 March 2015 01:03

CVCC Baseball Edges Out Patrick Henry CC

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball edged out Patrick Henry Community College 8-7 on Sunday.

Patrick Henry jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by the second inning. Aaron Biggerstaff came in to relieve starter Kyle Ramsey and held the Patriots offense in check for 3.2 innings while the offense rallied to eventually take a 8 to 4 lead. Patrick Henry would rally back in the 9th and pull within a run with the bases loaded when Josh Bottenfield got the game ending groundball double play. The Redhawks will play again out of conference Tuesday at USC Lancaster and return to conference play Friday at home against first place Brunswick CC. Saturday's game between Brunswick and Catawba Valley will be played at LP Frans Stadium at noon.

CVCC record is now 17-14 (5-1).

Walks doomed Appalachian State University softball in a 14-3 series finale loss to UT Arlington on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (9-21, 0-12 Sun Belt) got off to a hot start with two runs in the opening inning. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) led off with a single and was moved over to second after a Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) sac bunt.

Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) would double to deep center field to drive in Gomez and would get replaced at second after Tiffany Taynor (Edgewater, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) doubled to the right field corner to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Mavericks would cut the deficit to 2-1 on a sac fly with the bases loaded.

UT Arlington took off in Game Two on Saturday after an 11 run inning propelled them to a nine run victory. On Sunday, the Mavs plated eight runs in the third inning to take the momentum and a commanding 9-2 lead away from App State.

All eight runs for UTA in the third came with two outs on the board. The Mavericks used a single, double and two home runs to go along with four walks in the inning, with two of the walks coming with the bases loaded.

With a 9-2 lead, UT Arlington would tack on five more runs in the fifth inning to take an insurmountable 14-2 lead headed to the bottom half of the inning.

The Mavericks’ Mallory Foster was a thorn in the Mountaineers’ side all weekend long. Foster finished 5-for-5 with three home runs and 14 RBI for the weekend in the pinch hitter role.

App State would tack on one run in the fifth when Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) singled through the left side to drive in Taynor.

Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township/Monmouth) started int he circle for the Apps and pitched 2.2 innings, surrendering six runs on two hits. Schoelkopf walked eight and struck out one on the day.

In relief, Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) pitched one third of an inning and gave up three runs on two hits and walked one. Kaitlin Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) went 1.2 innings and was charged with five runs on five hits with one walk.

Mackenzi Steele (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) made her first career appearance with two outs in the fifth inning and walked one and struck out one.

Seven Mountaineers collected hits in the contest with Taynor and Parker both tallying two hits, while Gomez, Warnock, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell), Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) and Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) got one hit each.

The Mountaineers will return to Sywassink/Lloyd on Friday, April 3 when they host rival Georgia Southern for a single game at 3 p.m. Both teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 1 p.m.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/28/2015

Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 2 Don Fenn Lincolnton, NC
2 90 Dennis Hinkle Hickory, NC
3 4B Larry Benz Harrisburg, NC
4 16 Bill Webb Statesville, NC
5 60 Wayne Mullins Clintwood, VA DNS

Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 88B Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
2 00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 75H Landon Huffman Claremont, NC
4 5C Dexter Canipe, Jr. Conover, NC
5 25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
6 7 Ashley Huffman Connelly Springs, NC
7 5B Wes Burton Kannapolis, NC
8 1W Dylon Wilson Taylorsville, NC
9 6D Dylan Smith Concord, NC
10 4D Natalie Decker ,
11 12B Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
12 21D J P Dyar Charlotte, NC
13 97G Lance Gatlin Morristown, TN
14 67H Jacob Harrell Belmont, NC

Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 77B Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
2 2B Zachary Bruenger Granite Falls, NC
3 7W Dylan Ward Winston-Salem, NC
4 51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
5 29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
6 14R Ryan Repko Denver, NC
7 07H Hayden Humphrey Cornelius, NC
8 29R Jake Ruggles Kannapolis, NC
9 9 Charlie Watson Lenoir, NC
10 21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
11 15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC

Renegades - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8 Kenneth Roberts Hickory, NC
2 09W Adam Blake Walker Lenoir, NC
3 6 Darren Dickinson Hickory, NC
4 77H Shawn Hayes Lenoir, NC
5 57 Ray Triplett Lenoir, NC
6 71 Kyle Divanna Statesville, NC
7 4A Justin Austin Granite Falls, NC
8 69 Ben Campbell Hudson, NC
9 68 Steve Griffith Morganton, NC
10 27 Jon Averre Conover, NC
11 16T Randy Truett Granite Falls, NC DNS

Street Stocks - Feature
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
2 03 Kevin Eby Lenior, NC
3 64 Marshall Sutton Burnsville, NC
4 2N Charlie Neill Hickory, NC
5 18D Cody DeMarmels Newton, NC
6 2 Larry Mosher Taylorsville, NC
7 3W Mark Whitten Hogtown, VA, VA
8 23 Brendan Doyle Hendersonville, NC
9 44 Andrew Moss Hendersonville, NC
10 69 Trey Buff Hickory, NC
11 10 Ethan Johnson Hudson, NC
12 31 Wayne Edwards Denver, NC

Monday, 30 March 2015 00:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Defeats Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (6-4, 5-1) moved into a first-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings with an 11-5 victory over Wingate (6-7, 4-2) Saturday evening at the Irwin Belk Track Complex.

Senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) led the way with a game-high four goals and an assist and became the Bears’ all-time leader in points scored (149) as Lenoir-Rhyne moved into a tie at the top of the league standings with Queens and Coker.

The Bulldogs, losers of three straight contests, were led by Ryan Vogrig (Vancouver, British Columbia) with two goals in the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added three goals as the Bears jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the first period and never trailed in the contest. Senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) chipped in with a pair of goals and an assist as well for the Bears.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the win after stopping seven shots in playing the first half. Freshman Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) played the final 30 minutes of the game and tallied seven saves as well in addition to allowing just one goal.

Wingate goalkeeper, Jacob Ormerod (Lake Mary, Fla.), suffered the loss despite registering 15 saves on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (35-28) and ground balls (47-44) in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne steps out of conference play to face Lindenwood at home on Tuesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.