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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ines Flueck has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Flueck wins the league defensive honor for the second consecutive week.

Flueck, a sophomore goalkeeper from Coppell, Texas, tallied 40 saves with a .645 save percentage and a 7.33 goals-against average in leading the Bears to a pair of victories over Shippensburg (12-4) and Coker (15-2) at home on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Flueck tallied 17 saves against the Raiders before limiting the Cobras to just two goals to go along with 12 stops in the league opener.

Flueck, a preseason second-team all-league honoree, currently leads the conference in save percentage (59.0) and saves (82) in addition to an 8.71 goals-against average.

Brevard's Caitlyn Nemeth was named the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-3, 1-0) remains at home on Saturday at Noon against Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium beginning at Noon. The Bears have won four of their last five games.

The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team is going dancing. The Bears are in the NCAA Division 2 tournament, as they are the number seven seed in
their region and will travel to number two seed King out of Tennessee on Saturday. King is 25-6 on the season.

The two teams have common opponents in Lincoln Memorial, Tusculum and Belmont Abbey. King defeated Lincoln Memorial 83-69 and Tusculum 93-82 on back to back nights to open the season. However, the Tornadoes fell to Tusculum December 14th 99-94. King defeated Belmont Abbey 84-75 in December and 71-41 in February as the two are conference opponents.

Meanwhile, Lenoir-Rhyne fell to Lincoln Memorial in four overtimes December 2, 123-122 at home and on the road 86-75. The Bears defeated Tusculum in mid-December 78-72 on the road and then won at home 96-87 in early February. In their final non-conference game in early January, Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Belmont Abbey 94-68 at home.

Sunday, 06 March 2016 23:03

Mountaineer Baseball Edged Out By Elon

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Appalachian State University baseball nearly came all the way back from a 4-0 deficit but the Mountaineers’ rally fell one run shy in a 4-3 loss to Elon on Sunday afternoon at Latham Park.

Elon (5-7) scored its only runs in the third inning but thanks largely to a spectacular relief performance by freshman pitcher Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), Appalachian State (2-10) was able to cut the deficit to 4-3. However, the Mountaineers went down in order in the ninth inning and suffered their third one-run loss in their last six defeats.

Schoch kept the Mountaineers in the game with four innings of one-hit, scoreless relief. The right-handed side-armer retired the first 10 batters he faced and struck out eight in his four stanzas of work.

After putting only three balls in play in its first three innings against Schoch, the Phoenix loaded the bases on a seeing-eye single through the left side, an intentional walk and a hit batter in the eighth. However, Schoch capped his terrific performance by fanning the final batter he faced to escape the bases-loaded jam.

With Schoch dealing on the mound, Appalachian was able to get back into the game with two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) kickstarted the rally with a leadoff double in the sixth and came around to score the Mountaineers’ first run on a wild pitch. Later in the frame, Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) cut the deficit to 4-2 with a two-out RBI single up the middle.

Appalachian had the tying run in scoring position with one out in the eighth when Beau Myers (Thomasville, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) walked and Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) followed with his second double of the game to put runners on second and third. Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) made it 4-3 with an RBI groundout but Atwood struck out to end the inning with McCann stranded at third.

McCann led the Mountaineers with the first two extra-base hits of his career and finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Starting pitcher Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) cruised through the first two innings but ran into trouble in Elon’s four-run third. He went on to suffer the loss and fall to 0-3 on the season.

Appalachian State returns to action on Wednesday with a western North Carolina showdown against UNC Asheville. The contest will be played at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C. with first pitch set for 4 p.m.

Sunday, 06 March 2016 22:58

CVCC Sweeps a Doubleheader

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball took both games of a doubleheader against USC Salkhatchie 5-3 in game one, 9-3 in game two.

In game one, Ty Andrus led the Red Hawks at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases. Chris Stiles went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.

Aaron Biggerstaff picked up the win with an inning and two-thirds pitched, striking out two and not allowing a run.

In game two, Andrus once again was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. He also walked once. Austin Locklear went two-for-three at the plate with two doubles, two runs and walked once. Brandon Ford was two-for three with four RBI and Gray McCurry went two-for-three with a double and a run scored.

Andrew Tillgham picked up the win 1.1 innings pitched striking out two.

The Red Hawks are 11-13 on the season. CVCC plays Pitt CC at home on Wednesday beginning at 1pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (15-4, 2-1) won the first South Atlantic Conference series of the year with a 9-1 triumph over Mars Hill (14-8, 3-3) Sunday afternoon in the final game of the weekend at Henderson Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) hit a three-run home run in the first inning and finished with three hits and six runs batted in as the Bears took control early in the contest.

On the mound, four Bears limited the Lions to just one run in the contest. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) improved to 2-1 on the year after starting the game and strikeout out five batters in five innings of work.

The Bears added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to round out the scoring.

Mars Hill’s Dylan Powers (Botetourt, Va.) had a run-scoring double in the third inning while Tom Mastrodonato (Rochester, N.Y.) fell to 3-1 on the year after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) added three runs scored, two hits and an RBI for the Bears, who limited the Lions to just six hits on the afternoon as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Belmont Abbey on Tuesday afternoon at Bears Field beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (4-3, 1-0) made a statement in its South Atlantic Conference opener with a 13-2 victory over Coker (1-1, 0-1) Sunday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Christine Faircloth (Winter Park, Fla.) led the way with a game-high four goals while senior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added three scores and four assists as the Bears won their second straight contest.

Coker scored in each half with goals courtesy of Claudia Jenkins (Keedsyville, Md.) and Lindsay Ordemann (Toms River, N.J.).

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 4-1 advantage at halftime then took over in the second half by scoring nine straight goals to put the contest out of reach.

Junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) added two goals and now has a team-leading 15 scores on the season for the Bears, who held a 34-19 advantage in shots taken.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the victory after making 12 stops on the day. Coker’s goalkeeper, Cassie Dodge (Virginia Beach, Va.), made 10 saves but suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday, March 12, at Noon at Moretz Stadium.

Loyola-Chicago defeated Appalachian State University softball with the run rule, 9-0, on Saturday, but Sunday was a much different story between the two teams. The Ramblers and Mountaineers engaged in an all-out pitchers’ duel with Loyola-Chicago coming out on top, 1-0.

“Today was a great ballgame that could have gone either way,” said head coach Janice Savage. “I’m proud of our girls for bouncing back after yesterday against this team and playing a tight game with them today. Our pitchers threw very well and made great improvements today. We are heading in the right direction before we start conference play, which is very exciting.”

App State falls to 4-15 on the season while the Ramblers improved to 12-4 and have won nine of their last 10 contests. The Black and Gold’s four base knocks came from four different hitters including Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill), Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell), Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes), and Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek).

In the circle, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (2-7) got the start and was brilliant. The junior hurler pitched 5.1 innings and gave up just one earned run on four hits with one walk and a season-high six strikeouts. Since Feb. 13, Ciocatto has lowered her ERA from 8.56 down to 4.23. In relief, Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) tossed 1.2 innings of no-hit softball with one strikeout.

The game was without a run through the first four innings before Loyola-Chicago broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth. In that frame, the first batter, Kasubke, walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Cordell. One out later, Jenkins hit a lazy pop fly to shallow center with Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) coming on to field it, but the senior lost the ball in the sun and Kasubke scored from second for the game’s lone run.

Jones (5-1) was the winner for the Ramblers as she went the distance and gave up four hits with one free pass and nine punchouts. That one walk was to Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) who extended her reached-base streak to 12 games.

Next up, Appalachian State travels to UNCG on Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball will head to New Orleans as the eighth seed for the 2016 Sun Belt Championships taking place March 9-12 at Lakefront Arena.

Appalachian will face top-seeded Arkansas State on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN3. The Black and Gold concluded the regular season with an 83-74 setback to the Red Wolves this past Saturday at the Holmes Center. A-State finished the season at 25-4 and 19-1 in league play en route to capturing the regular season championship.

The Apps clinched a spot in the tournament on Thursday after Georgia State fell to Louisiana, 65-60. Appalachian had a chance to jump to the seventh spot with a win over Arkansas State and a loss by Texas State, but with both teams losing, Texas State earned the higher seed by defeating Little Rock earlier this season.

Appalachian finished the season 10-18 overall and 7-13 in the Sun Belt, including two pivotal road wins in Georgia two weeks ago that helped pushed Appalachian to the tournament berth.

The 2016 Southern Conference Championship came down to the final period of the final championship match. Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) delivered in the final moments of the heavyweight match to claim Appalachian State University wrestling’s first SoCon Tournament title since 2003.

The Mountaineers (12-4, 6-1 SoCon) trailed 77-73.5 to five-time defending champion Chattanooga going into the championship matches. 2016 SoCon Champions Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) at 141 pounds, Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) at 174 pounds, and Dejournette all secured wins to snap the Mocs run as champions.

“I’m so proud of this team, and how they battled today,” said 2015-16 SoCon Coach of the Year JohnMark Bentley. “This Championship took a team effort! Our focus now on getting some All-Americans.”

Longo used a first round pin of Billy McClelland of Davidson to advance to the semi-final match at 141 pounds. Longo was down early but fought back to pin John Muldoon of SIUE in the second round to secure his spot in the finals. Longo defeated Mike Pongracz of Chattanooga in a low-scoring contest for the second-straight year. With the win, Longo is headed to New York for his second trip the NCAA Championship in as many seasons.

Kee dominated his opening match against Nathaniel Powers of Davidson, winning by 17-0 technical fall. Kee marched on the 174-pound final with a 13-4 major decision over Conner McMahon. Like Longo, Kee completed his unblemished SoCon season in the championship match, winning by 14-6 major decision over Sean Mappes. Kee will head to the NCAA Championship for the first time in his career.

Dejournette cruised to an opening round technical fall over Will Cooley of Davidson, winning 17-2. Dejournette continued to roll with a 12-2 major decision in the semifinal to set up a rematch of the 2015 heavyweight championship with Jared Johnson of Chattanooga. A late takedown gave Dejournette a 4-2 decision win, his third win of the year over Johnson

App State had two wrestlers finish as runner-ups for the second-consecutive year. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) placed second at 125 pounds while Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) placed second at 165 pounds.

Pasone needed just over a minute to rack up a 16-0 technical fall victory over Zamir Ode of Davidson. In the semi-final, Pasone notched his second technical fall of the afternoon over Alonzo Allen of Chattanooga to punch his ticket into the 125-pound final. Pasone lead for most of the first two periods, but came up just short of a trip to nationals and had to settle for runner-up. Alfredo Rodriguez took control in the third period and went on to win 17-10.

Przybysz shut out Davidson’s Adam Flatt 12-0 in his opening round match to advance to the semi-final of the 165-pound bracket. Przybysz won a nail-biting semifinal match with a takedown in the overtime period to advance to a SoCon final for the second consecutive season. Przybysz competed hard all match and used a late flurry to tie the match in the third period against Austin Trott of Gardner-Webb. Trott’s riding time proved to be the difference as he used the extra point to win, 5-4.

Along with the five wrestlers that were in the finals, the Apps had another four third-place matches. Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) placed 3rd at 133 pounds and Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional), Taylor Jackson (Lady Lake, Fla./The Villages) (Rutgers), and Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) all placed fourth.

App State’s three conference champions will be headed to New York Ciy for the NCAA Championship held at Madison Square Garden on starting on Mar. 17.

Sunday, 06 March 2016 15:45

App State Baseball Lost to Bowling Green

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Bowling Green scored five of its six runs with two outs in a 6-2 win over Appalachian State University baseball on Saturday at Elon’s Latham Park.

After it scored its first run with one out in the first inning, Bowling Green (3-5) went on to plate each of its final five runs with two outs — one in the second, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh. Six of BG’s 10 hits came with two outs, as the Falcons went 6-for-13 (.462) when facing their final out in an inning.

In two victories at this weekend’s Elon Tournament (Friday’s 6-2 win over Elon and Saturday’s 6-2 win over App State), Bowling Green has scored 10 of its 12 runs with two outs.

On the other hand, Appalachian State (2-9) had just one hit in nine at-bats with two outs. The Mountaineers were 2-for-16 with runners on base and 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Center fielder Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) had two of Appalachian State’s four hits. The Mountaineers’ two runs were driven in on a groundout by freshman designated hitter Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) in the third inning and a two-out double by freshman second baseman Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) in the seventh.

Appalachian starting pitcher Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove), another true freshman, allowed four runs in five innings to fall to 0-2.

Shortstop Cody Callaway (3-for-4, 3 RBI) led Bowling Green offensively while starting pitcher Zac Carey (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 K) earned his first win of the season.

Appalachian State looks to come away with a 2-1 record at the Elon Tournament when it squares off against host Elon on Sunday. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.