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Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:18

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Drops Home Contest

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The Lenoir-Rhyne women's lacrosse team lost at home to Regis (Colorado) 16-9 Wednesday night.

The Bears were led by Claire Wach who had four goals. Torrey Schwitkis added three goals for L-R as well.

L-R is 2-3 on the season and hosts Shippensburg out of Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team defeated Pfeiffer at home last night 7-3. L-R was led by Justin Dean who went 4-for-5 at the plate with a run scored. Grant Fuller was 3-for-3 with two runs scored an an RBI. Bears improve to 13-3 on the early season. Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play in a doubleheader at Mars Hill beginning at Noon on Saturday in a doubleheader.

Senior designated player Mykah Nevin homered to back the six-hit pitching of senior right-hander Shelby Kelley as Francis Marion University beat 19th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne University 2-1 en route to a split of Wednesday afternoon's (March 2) non-conference softball doubleheader. Back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning led the Bears to a 3-2 victory in game two.

Francis Marion (13-7) returns home to host Brevard College for a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday (March 3) at 3 p.m. Please note the starting time has been moved up from the original 4 p.m. time to avoid forecasted precipitation on Thursday night.

In the opener, Kelley (7-6) allowed only six hits, walked none, and struck out seven. She avoided a first-and-third with one-out situation in the bottom of the seventh by recording a strikeout and a fielder's choice grounder.

Nevin gave FMU a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo homer to left field. An RBI ground out by junior right fielder Kaylee Childers doubled the Patriot margin (2-0) in the fourth.

LRU (15-3) cut the margin in half with a triple and an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, but left the tying run on base in each of the last three innings.

In the second contest, the Bears scored twice in the bottom of the first off FMU sophomore righty Samantha Wroblewski. Only one of the runs was earned due to a Patriot throwing error.

Francis Marion trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the third inning when freshman shortstop Taylor Johnson singled in pinch runner Kristen English (who was running for Nevin). FMU knotted the score when junior second baseman Taylor Brunson led off the sixth inning with a solo shot to left field.

However, back-to-back doubles by senior Ashley Oliver and sophomore Madison Carter accounted for LRU's winning tally in the bottom of the last frame.

Johnson was 2-for-3 in the second contest, while Nevin, Brunson, and senior third baseman Sharee Blomquist had one hit in each contest.

Kelley relieved Wroblewski in the sixth inning and was tagged with the loss. Wroblewski allowed just three hits in 5.1 innings of work.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior right-hander Maryann Hoskins (6-3) took the loss in game one and earned the win with one scoreless innings of relief work in game two.

The fifth-seeded Newberry Wolves shot 87.5 percent from the free throw line on the way to a 98-90 win over the fourth-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in the quarterfinals of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.

With the win, Newberry moves to to 18-11 overall on the season and will take on top-seeded Lincoln Memorial (27-2) in the SAC Tournament semifinals at Furman’s Timmons Arena in Greenville at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Bears used outside shooting to take an early lead with a pair of three-pointers by Reed Lucas, taking a 10-5 lead at the 15:26 mark. Newberry scored eight consecutive points to take a lead and L-R’s Billy Bales netted a triple at the 12:55 mark to tie the game at 13-all.

The Wolves then surged by making seven consecutive buckets, with a Crockett layup with just under 10 minutes remaining giving Newberry a 23-13 lead, which was the first double digit lead for either side.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s next three baskets were three-pointers and a Rob Noyes layup cut the lead to four at 28-24 with 7:19 to go. The Wolves went on a 12-4 run with a Spease three-pointer pushing Newberry’s lead to 40-28 with 4:11 in the half.

Newberry made four free throws in the final seconds of the half thanks to a Lenoir-Rhyne technical foul, pushing the lead for the scarlet and gray to 15 points at the halftime break with a 51-36 advantage.

The early second half saw Newberry push its lead to the largest of the night, with a D.J. Copeland triple at the 16:07 mark putting the Wolves up by a 59-40 score. The Bears would chip away at that lead, getting the margin back into single digits at the 11:34 mark on a Bales three-pointer.

The see-saw battle ensued from there, with both sides surging at various points. Scores on four straight Newberry possessions put the lead back at 16 points (78-62) at the 8:25 mark. A three minute drought from the field allowed the Bears back within striking distance with a Chambers three-pointer and layup for the hosts made it 80-72 with 6:42 to play.

Newberry led by 13 heading into the final three minutes before L-R’s outside shooting put a scare into the Wolves. Three straight trifectas from Will Perry cut the margin to 91-86 with 1:05 to play.

From there, Lenoir-Rhyne had to foul the Wolves to try and get back into the game, but the fiery foul shooting of the scarlet and gray would not falter. Newberry made 11-of-12 free throws in the final 2:17 to seal the win and the semifinal berth.

The Anderson University women’s basketball team followed up its second consecutive South Atlantic Conference regular season championship with a victory in the SAC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday, knocking off No. 8 seed Lenoir-Rhyne, 64-48, at the Abney Athletic Center.

The No. 25 Trojans – No. 5 in the Southeast Region poll – improve to 21-5 overall and advance to the semifinals on Saturday at Timmons Arena on the campus of Furman University. AU will take on Lincoln Memorial with tipoff slated for noon in Greenville.

The Bears close out their season at 12-15, 11-12.

“They’re one of the hottest teams in the league,” Anderson head coach Jimmy Garrity said. “They had won six out of eight coming in and they were playing to extend their season. They’ve done a great job.”

Alexis Dillard led the charge for the victors with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Jennifer Monroe had 13 points and six boards and Heather Jankowy contributed 12 points.

Shelly Harper had 15 points for Lenoir-Rhyne and Jasmine Stafford closed out double-figure Bears with 10.

In two regular season meetings between these schools Anderson won one in a nail-biter (57-54 on Jan. 9) and the second by a rout (61-44 on Feb. 20). This time Anderson split the difference for much of the contest, never quite pulling completely away from Katie Pate’s team until late.

Leading 32-23 to start the third quarter Anderson got ahead by as many as 17 before L-R tried to claw back into contention, getting the deficit down to 10 until a Jankowy trey made it 47-34 with 10 minutes remaining.

The fourth quarter, though, was owned by the Black and Gold, whose cushion got as fat as 20 points as they forced 19 turnovers along the way.

L-R used an 8-0 spurt to take a first quarter lead, ending the segment with a 16-14 edge.

The tourney’s top-seed did a good portion of its damage from the free throw line, scoring half its points via foul shots.

In the second quarter, however, Anderson began to break down the Bear defense and found the range from inside and outside, outscoring the visitors 18-7 in the frame and taking a 32-23 lead into the locker room.

Dillard already had 12 points and seven boards to lead the Trojans at intermission, while Harper had eight points for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Non-conference:
Bunker Hill: 11
St. Stephens: 9

Freedom: 9
East Burke: 1

Hickory: 5
Newton-Conover: 1

Non-conference:
Bandys: 13
North Iredell: 5

Draughn: 7
West Caldwell: 5

Fred T. Foard: 9
West Iredell: 7

Freedom: 6
East Burke: 4

Newton-Conover: 7
Hickory: 6

R-S Central: 10
Patton: 1

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 2
Watauga: 2

Fred T. Foard: 4
Bunker Hill: 0

Freedom: 4
Avery County: 0

Hickory: 9
R-S Central: 4

Newton-Conover: 3
Lincoln Charter: 3

St. Stephens: 4
Bandys: 0

Redshirt-junior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Year for the 2015-16 season and joined three other Mountaineer wrestlers on the all-Southern Conference team, the league office announced on Wednesday.

“Our all-conference selections have done an outstanding job and have been instrumental in the dual meet season we have had,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “I expect these guys to lead us in the postseason as we strive to produce All-Americans.”

The heavyweight from Winston-Salem, N.C. put together one of the best seasons in school history, compiling 27 wins and just two losses going into the conference tournament. Dejournette went undefeated in Southern Conference matches with a 7-0 record. Dejournette also won the Michigan State Open and the Keystone Classic and placed second at the ultra-competitive Southern Scuffle.

Dejournette was named SoCon Wrestler of the Week three times during his 2015-16 campaign which gave him five for his career and was also named Southern Conference Wrestling Athlete of the Month for November.

Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) at 125 pounds, Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) at 141 pounds, and Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) at 174 pounds joined Dejournette on the all-SoCon team. All three wrestlers went 7-0 in Southern Conference matches this season.

Pasone enjoyed another outstanding season after moving down to 125 pounds and tallied a 17-10 record over the course of the season that included a 4th place finish at the Keystone Classic. Pasone, the SoCon runner-up at 133-pounds last season, will look to make his first NCAA appearance this season.

Longo earned his first all-SoCon team selection after making the all-freshman team a year ago. Longo went 16-12 in his sophomore campaign. Longo really turned it up down the stretch of the season, winning nine of his last 11 matches. Longo heads into the SoCon Tourney looking to repeat as the 141-pound champion.

After winning Freshman of the Year last season at 165 pounds, Kee was selected to the all-SoCon team for the second-consecutive year, this time at 174 pounds. Kee excelled at his new weight class, going 25-7 with a 14-2 dual match record. Kee was named Wrestler of the Week after winning matches against UNC and NC State.

The Mountaineers had two true-freshman make the all-freshman team in Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) at 149 pounds and Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) at 133 pounds. Zovistoski went 16-12 overall and 4-3 in SoCon matches. Enriquez took over the 133 pounds spot late in the season and had an overall record of 6-6 with a 4-2 dual match record. Enriquez went 3-1 against Southern Conference schools.

The Mountaineers will travel to Asheville, N.C. for the Southern Conference Wrestling Championship on Mar. 5 at Kimmel Arena.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 21:57

Weaver, Van Hord Earn Sun Belt Honors

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Appalachian State University track and field head coach John Weaver was named the Women’s Indoor Track and Field Head Coach of the Year and Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was chosen as the Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, as announced by the Sun Belt on Wednesday.

This recognition comes just over one week after the women’s team captured the school’s first ever Sun Belt team title by taking first at the league’s indoor meet with 101.5 points, two points more than defending champion, Texas State. Weaver picks up right where he left off from the SoCon where he was named coach of the year 41 times (including cross country) and Van Ord continues to add to her impressive resume.

Since the 2014-15 SBC Indoor Championships, Weaver’s Mountaineers improved their standing from sixth to first and point total 47.5 points from 54 to 101.5.

Van Ord played a crucial role in App State bringing home the title as she only competed in two events, but won both of them to put 20 points towards the team score. The junior took first place in both the 3,000 (9:43.54) and the 5,000 (16:47.37) and is now a three-time Sun Belt indoor champion as she also won the 5,000 last season.

For the 2015-16 indoor season, the Chapel Hill, N.C., native competed a total of six times amongst the mile, 3,000 and 5,000. Those six races ended with three titles, two second-place finishes and one third place. That production came at the heels of a cross country campaign in which Van Ord won one meet, placed in the top 10 for four of the five meets she competed in and finished in 20th out of 235 total runners at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

For her career including cross country, Van Ord has been named all-conference five times, received a weekly honor from the Sun Belt five times, is a five-time SBC champ in both indoor and outdoor, has been named all-academic twice by the USTFCCCA, and was named a Division I Scholar Athlete by the USTFCCCA last season. Not to mention, her name is all over the program’s record books for fastest times.

Weaver and Van Ord will lead the women’s team into the outdoor season, which is set to begin on March 18-19 at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.