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Sunday, 02 April 2017 22:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Wins Third Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (10-7, 3-4) returned to South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 victory over Coker (3-8, 1-5) at Hickory High School.

Three players for the Bears – sophomores Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) and junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) – all won at singles and doubles on the day.

In addition, the Bears won their third straight match with the victory over the Cobras.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Wingate on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game. Coker hosts Lincoln Memorial Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Coker 3
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Mark Watt (COKER), 6-0, 6-3
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Henrik Hellbe (COKER), 6-0, 6-1
3. Felix Schweyer (COKER) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 3-6, 6-3, 10-3
4. Hunter Horton (COKER) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-2, 7-6
5. Simon Bergbom (COKER) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 8-5
6. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Dominic Allan (COKER), 8-3

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Felix Schweyer/Simon Bergbom (COKER), 8-5
2. Hamed Gandouz/Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Henrik Hellbe/Hunter Horton (COKER), 8-6
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Mark Watt/Dominic Allan (COKER), 8-2

Records: Coker (3-8, 1-5 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7, 3-4 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (9-1), ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division II, continued its outstanding season with a 9-6 triumph over No. 9 Belmont Abbey (7-4) in a game featuring two top 10 teams Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored three goals while senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) added a goal and three assists as the Bears won their ninth straight game and improved to 20-1 in their last 21 contests dating back to last year.

Dickinson has a league-leading 35 goals while Hanlon ranks first in the conference in assists (27) and points (51) and pushed his career point total to 178, a program record.

Belmont Abbey's Liam Osborne (Bomanville, Ontario, CANADA) and Adam Wiedemann (Caledon East, Ontario, CANADA) both scored twice but the Crusaders suffered their second straight loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne clung to a 7-6 advantage late in the contest before putting the game away with two goals in the final four minutes of play. Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.) and senior midfielder Collier Stone (Marietta, Ga.) both scored twice as the Bears held a 35-28 advantage in shots taken.

In goal, junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) came up big for the Bears – earning the victory after tallying 13 saves – while Belmont Abbey's Harley Whitham (Elk Grove, Calif.) stopped four shots but took the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Queens in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday, April 8, at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University baseball took an early 2-0 lead right out of the gates but was unable to hang on as Little Rock scored four runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh, getting the 6-2 win on Friday night at Hogan Field.

The Mountaineers (10-16, 1-6 Sun Belt) held the Trojans (10-16, 3-4 Sun Belt) to 5.2 scoreless innings to begin the game, but a grand slam in the sixth overcame a quick start by the Apps.

Shooting right out from the get-go, Appalachian used back-to-back singles by its first two batters, Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), to get into scoring position. Then, in a wild sequence, a strikeout/wild pitch brought Grubbs home all the way from second and put Curtis on third.

Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) then capitalized on the runner on deep scoring position by getting a groundout RBI, pulling Curtis home to go up 2-0 early.

Despite low scoring, the Black and Gold were able to record six hits on the night. Curtis led all with a 2-4 outing and one run, while four other Diamond Apps recorded one-hit nights.

Stroup finished 1-4 with the RBI, while Grubbs and Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) went 1-3 on the night and both drew walks. Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) also finished with a single, going 1-2 in the designated hitter spot.

Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) got the start for the Diamond Apps, holding Little Rock scoreless until the sixth. He finished with four strikeouts overall. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) entered in relief, striking our three batters between them and only allowing four hits.

Sunday, 02 April 2017 16:55

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Edge Out Tampa

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Lacrosse Team (8-3) pulled out a 14-13 victory over Tampa (5-7) Friday evening at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) led all scorers with five goals, a career-high, while freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added four scores as the Bears held off a late Spartan rally for their fourth straight victory. Sousa has a team-leading 27 goals on the year while Sack has totaled 26 scores so far this season.

Tampa, which scored five times in the final 2:02 of the game, was led by Natalie Carraway (Annapolis, Md.) and Claire Swanson (Cheyenne, Wy.) with three goals each.

Lenoir-Rhyne built a 13-8 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the contest and appeared to be in control before Tampa rallied to make it a one-goal final.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) finished with nine saves while picking up the victory. Tampa's goalkeeper, Mackenzie Hackett (Severna Park, Md.), suffered the loss despite totaling five saves.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis (10-6) won its fourth-straight match with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Deer Valley Racquet Club over UNC Greensboro (6-8) on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers have reached 10 wins for the fourth-straight season while the fourth-straight victory is a season long. A win on Saturday against USC Upstate will give App back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2011-12 seasons.

App battled all match long, and with the contest tied 3-3, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) came through in a big way as he clinched the match for Appalachian, defeating Daniel Hammarstedt in three sets as the No. 5 in the lineup. The freshman came back from a one-set deficit to upend his counterpart, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“This was an exciting match to watch and be a part of,” said head coach Bob Lake. “The guys battled all afternoon, and Alex (Pavkovich) stepped up when we needed him to. I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.”

The Mountaineers faced another deficit earlier in the match during doubles play with UNCG capturing the first match. Connor Thompson/William Albright dealt Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) a 6-4 defeat.

After Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Pavkovich tied up the doubles portion thanks to a hard-earned 7-6 (7-3) triumph over Warren Bryan and Logan Walker as the No. 3 tandem, Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) claimed the final doubles contest and the 1-0 lead for App with a 7-5 victory over Marcus Vidgren/Jack Burkill.

Singles play went back-and-forth as neither team won two-straight matches. UNCG tied it up at 1-1 with Maddocks falling to Vidgren 6-2, 6-3, while Morris continued his solid day with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Bryan as the No. 3 in the lineup. After Webster fell to Thompson 6-2, 7-5, Bargeron won his team-leading seventh-straight match over Albright in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

With App leading 3-2, Brea couldn’t get over the hump as he was dealt a 6-4, 6-2 setback to Burkill, setting up the final match for the win.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin was honored at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four with the prestigious U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

“To have this award in coach Summitt’s name, and to have a relationship with Pat (Summitt) is humbling and really hard to express,” said Coach Elderkin. “When I worked for Pat (Summitt), the greatest lesson that she taught me is that you win in life with the people that you surround yourself with. My award isn’t about me; it’s about Team Angel, it’s about all those people that reached out to me, that love me, that supported me, that fought the fight when I couldn’t fight. That lesson from Coach Summitt is what I live by and wake up with. I did it with the people that I surrounded myself with.”

Announced in December as the award winner with ESPN Analyst Holly Rowe, both recipients were on hand for the ceremony. The two award winners were honored after showing courage and strength battling cancer while continuing to work in their respective fields. Elderkin traveled to Chapel Hill for chemo-treatments from the summer until Nov. 14 after the team’s season-opening road trip at DePaul. The third-year head coach was on the court for all 31 games during the 2016-17 season.

Family, friends and other coaches from across the country were in attendance for the presentation, while LSU Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Nikki Fargas, presented the award to Coach Elderkin.

“I saw what it truly means to be a fighter,“ Fargas said.“When you have someone like Angel in your life, nothing else that you go through or have gone through can not compare to the fight that Holly (Rowe), Pat (Summitt) or Angel (Elderkin) have had to fight. So when I was asked to present to Angel, I know one thing, Coach Summitt would be very proud to have your name attached to her’s.”

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With more than 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (18-14, 4-9) staged a furious rally in the ninth inning but came up short to Carson-Newman (17-16, 6-7), 11-8, Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Silver Diamond Complex.

Trailing by an 11-2 score, the Bears plated six runs in their half of the ninth inning but the deficit was too great to overcome. Sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and freshman designated hitter Brandon Lam (Bradenton, Fla.) both had two-run hits to highlight the frame.

Carson-Newman took control with a seven-run eighth inning aided by three Lenoir-Rhyne errors. Six of the Eagles’ 11 runs were unearned on the day.

The Eagles were also powered by three home runs courtesy of Greg Jones (Maryville, Tenn.), Eric Lynch (Boonton, N.J.) and Brett Langhorne (Mechanicsville, Va.). Jones finished with a game-high three runs batted in.

On the mound, Carson-Newman’s Greg Valentine (Knoxville, Tenn.) improved to 3-0 on the year after earning the win while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (8-2) suffered the loss. St. Clair allowed just two earned runs while pitching six innings and increased his national-leading strikeout total to 90 after fanning 11 on the afternoon.

Australia native Xavier Subotsch (Melbourne, Victoria, Aus.) is newest member of the 2017 Appalachian State Football Signing Class, Head Coach Scott Satterfield announced on Friday.

Subotsch is a 6’2, 198-pound punter and will join the program this summer. He brings App’s total signing class to 19 for 2017, including two early enrollees.

Subotsch, born in Perth, Australia, grew up in Melbourne, attended high school at Haileybury College and graduated in 2015. He grew up playing Australian Rules football. He trained as a punter under Nathan Chapman and John Smith at Prokick Australia.

"We are very excited to welcome Xavier to Appalachian State,” Satterfield said Friday. “We are looking forward to him arriving and competing for the punter position."

App State will try to replace punter Bentlee Critcher, who is graduating. Critcher’s 41.7-yard career punting average puts him among the career leaders in Sun Belt history. Critcher’s younger brother Rylee, a redshirt freshman and placekicker Michael Rubino, are also in the mix for App’s open punting spot.

App State completed spring practice at the beginning of March and is already in the midst of conditioning for the 2017 season, which opens Sept. 2 at Georgia.

Xavier Subotsch - Punter (Melbourne, Victoria, Aus./Haileyburg College)

Subotsch is a 6’2, 198-pound punter who will join the program this summer…Born in Perth, Australia, grew up in Melbourne, attended high school at Haileybury College and graduated in 2015…Grew up playing Australian Rules football…Trained as a punter under Nathan Chapman and John Smith at Prokick Australia…Born November 1, 1997…Son of Nick and Bambi Subotsch…Has one sister, Portia…Plans to study business at App State.

Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair to USC Upstate on Wednesday in a midweek doubleheader at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium in Boone. The Spartans routed the Mountaineers 12-1 in five innings in game one and edged App State 4-2 in game two.

Appalachian State (12-18, 0-6 SBC) made nine connections on Wednesday with Cara Parker pounding out two RBI and her seventh home run of the season, her 37th of her career. The Georgia native is only two jacks shy of tying second on the App State Career Home Runs list and is seven away from matching the No. 1 total at 44 career homers.

In the circle, four ladies made appearances against the Spartan offense and Kenzie Longanecker struck out her 80th batter of the season and is ten strikeouts away from surging onto Appalachian’s single-season records list.

Game One USC Upstate 12, App State 1 (5 innings)

The Spartans’ (29-7, 2-1 ASUN) nine-run first inning and tough pitching limited the Mountaineers as USC Upstate took game one 12-1 in five innings.

App State fell into a hole early after USC Upstate exploded out to a 9-0 lead at the top of the first on seven hits and two errors, but Parker chipped away at the Spartans’ lead in the bottom half ripping a home run over the left field fence.

In the fourth inning, the Spartans plated two more runs and added an extra in the fifth which put the game out of reach.

At the plate, Parker, Sidney Russell and Katie Mathewson all went 1-for-2, and Annaleise Kennedy and Katie Williford saw action on the mound in game one.

Game Two: USC Upstate 4, App State 2

Despite a late rally, the Mountaineers dropped a tight seventh-inning battle to USC Upstate in the nightcap.

The Spartans jumped out to a one-run lead and were able to maintain their leg up on App State until they extended their advantage scoring three more at the top of the seventh.

At the bottom half, the Apps challenged Upstate’s 4-0 lead going on a two-run rally but fell short in the process. Keri White opened the inning with a single to left field and followed with her second stolen base of the season. Next was Parker who knocked in her second RBI of the day to shrink the Spartan’s lead to 4-1. With one runner on base and two outs, the Mountaineers started to build a momentum to put themselves back in the game. Up next was Ally Walters who crashed out a RBI single, but was thrown out attempting to reach third which ended the game, 4-2.

The Mountaineers slammed out six hits with Parker going 2-for-4 at the plate.

On the mound, Longanecker turned in a solid performance limiting Upstate’s offensive attacks by recording five scoreless frames and striking out two in 6.1 innings.

App State softball will host their first conference opponent, South Alabama, April 1-2 for a three-game weekend series. First pitch for Saturday’s doubleheader will go off a 1 p.m., and Sunday’s finale will begin at 11 a.m. at the Sywassink/Lloyd Family Softball Stadium.

North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 1
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 2
Crest: 1

Non-conference:
Hibriten: 8
Bunker Hill: 3

Watauga: 8
West Caldwell: 5

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