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Monday, 09 April 2018 01:29

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Continues Winning

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (12-1, 5-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, picked up a business-like victory over Lincoln Memorial (10-3, 4-2), 14-11, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior midfielder Quinn Kuhn (Buffalo, N.Y.) led the way with three goals each as the Bears increased their winning streak to eight games.

The Bears – holding an 8-7 advantage with 6:13 remaining in the third period – took control by reeling off four straight goals to end the frame including back-to-back scores from freshman attacker Myles Moffat (Airdie, Alberta, CANADA).

Senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after making 11 stops for the Bears, who held the advantages in both shots taken (57-37) and ground balls (29-21).

For Lincoln Memorial, Robert Tucker (Wantagh, N.Y.) led all scorers with four goals while goalkeeper Michael Kessler (Wantagh, N.Y.) suffered loss despite 13 saves.

With two goals and a pair of assists today, Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) increased his league-leading total to 46 scores in addition to a team-high 64 points.

Lenoir-Rhyne has won 21 straight SAC Regular Season games and is now 35-4 in its last 39 contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday evening in Salisbury, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, 09 April 2018 01:28

App State Women's Tennis Lose to Troy

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Appalachian State University women's tennis (10-8, 0-3 SBC) fell to a hot Troy (7-10, 3-2 SBC) at GSU Clarkston Campus.

The Mountaineers fell in the doubles point while the Trojans captured five of six singles contests.

Highlighting the Apps was the tandem of Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela), who improved to a team-best 12-4 after a 6-3 triumph over Maria Casa Blas/Pei Ju Hsieh. The 12 wins are the most for a tandem since the 2012 campaign when Jennifer Ansari and Ellie Linsell won 12 contests.

Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi,Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) fell to Nancy Karaky/Sanae Ohta in a valiant effort that went to a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-2). Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Ostergotland Sweden)/Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) fell to Jiayuan Xue and Efriliya Herlina, 6-3.

App looked to turn things around in singles, but the Trojans continued the momentum. The lone Mountaineer to earn a singles win was Swope, registering her sixth win of the season with a hard-fought three-set victory over Karaky. Swope fell in the first set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-2) before claiming the second frame, 6-2, followed by a second tiebreaking set 1-0 (10-5).

The Tusculum Baseball Team (19-19, 11-8) won the opener of a South Atlantic Conference weekend series with Lenoir-Rhyne (23-15, 10-9), 24-4, Friday evening at Bears Field.

The Pioneers put the contest away early, building a 9-0 advantage after three innings of play.

Tusculum was led by Daulton Martin (Lancaster, Pa.) and Jarel McDade (Magnolia, Texas). Martin hit a three-run home run and drove in six runs while McDade added five runs batted in for the Pioneers, who totaled 25 hits in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) had an RBI triple while junior catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added a run and two hits in the losing effort.

On the mound, Charles Hall (Dumfries, Va.) (4-1) pitched eight innings and earned the win for Tusculum while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) fell to 4-3 after taking the loss.

Sunday, 08 April 2018 13:49

App State Softball Drops Opener Against Troy

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Appalachian State softball dropped game one to Troy 13-3 in five innings on Friday, April 6. Game two was halted due to weather.

The Mountaineers produced their three runs in the third inning. Alisha Josey's sixth home run of the season scored two for the Mountaineers after Laura Sales reached on an error. Jenny Dodd and Baylee Morton followed with back-to-back doubles to the fence, scoring the Mountaineers' third and final run of game one.

Troy's 12 hits, four of which were home runs, allowed the Trojans to close out the game with a win. Kenzie Longanecker, the starting pitcher for the Mountaineers, received the loss. Longanecker walked only two batters. Julianna Roupas entered the circle for the final two innings, allowing six hits from Troy and walking three batters. Eleven of Troy's runs were earned.

Due to weather, game two was stopped under the "halted game rule" and will resume on Saturday at 1 p.m. Game three of the series will follow after the conclusion of game two.

A day of firsts contributed to a milestone accomplishment.

Kermit Smith picked up his 500th victory as a college head coach as Appalachian State’s baseball team won 5-2 against Troy at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium on Friday. He received a game ball from assistant coach Britt Johnson, who drew cheers from App State’s players by surprising Smith with the news at the end of the team’s postgame huddle.

Playing its first Sun Belt Conference home game of 2018, the Mountaineers recorded their first league win of the season. Freshman designated hitter Jason Avers’ first career home run gave App State the lead for good in the second inning, and starting pitcher Colin Schmid (2-3) turned a 3-2 lead over to the bullpen after working six high-pressure innings.

Kaleb Bowman threw two scoreless innings, and two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth preceded a three-out save for senior Luke Watts.

“It never gets old watching Colin make big pitches over and over again,” said Smith, who became a college head coach at Belmont Abbey in 2001 and made a combined three Division II World Series appearances before leaving Lander for App State in 2016. “Any time you can win a game on Friday night in this league, it's a good night.

“When you break down the game, you can really point to Conner's pick with men on second and third in the fifth inning, Kendall's two-out RBI, Riley's two-out RBI and Jason's home run as the big plays of the day. I’m very proud of our guys tonight, and it's very important that we carry this momentum into the rest of the weekend.”

App State (8-19, 1-9) and Troy (20-10, 5-5) are scheduled to resume their series Saturday at 3 p.m., weather permitting. The finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mountaineers took the series opener thanks to their strong pitching and timely offense against Troy starter Andrew Crane, the Sun Belt’s preseason pitcher of the year. Conner Leonard went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including a run-scoring single that followed a two-out RBI double from Riley Smith in the eighth inning. Smith was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, and Alex Leshock also scored twice.

A leadoff double and RBI fielder’s choice in the top of the second inning briefly gave Troy the lead, but Smith’s leadoff double in the bottom of the second set up an RBI single to center from Leonard.

Avers opened the third inning with a leadoff homer to left-center off Crane, and Leshock was hit by a pitch with one out. A failed pickoff attempt with two away pushed him all the way to third base, and he scored on a single to center field from Kendall McGowan.

Troy responded with one run in the top of the fourth, and the score remained 3-2 thanks to a fifth-inning defensive gem from Leonard. He stretched and snagged a short-hopped throw toward first after Troy’s Brandon Lockridge hit a two-out grounder with runners on second and third.

Crane took the mound in the eighth inning with a low pitch count, and Leshock led off the frame with a hard-hit single to center. He was on second when Smith drilled a first-pitch double to left, and Leonard’s RBI single ended Crane’s outing.

Watts needed only nine pitches to retire three batters in the ninth and post his third save. He relieved Bowman, who gave up consecutive one-out singles with a one-run lead in the top of the eighth before inducing a foul-out to third baseman Drew Beck and a flyout to Leshock in center. Bowman has now given up no runs, allowed nine hits and struck out 16 batters in his last 14 innings.

Schmid scattered 10 hits (nine singles), struck out four batters and issued no walks over six innings. Double-play groundouts involving shortstop Joel McDaniel and second baseman Bailey Welch ended Troy threats in two of the first three innings, and the Trojans managed only one fourth-inning run despite putting up three hits and benefiting from a two-base error.

Schmid ended that frame on a swinging strikeout with runners on second and third, and a three-hit fifth inning didn’t produce any runs for Troy. A one-out single was erased by Schmid’s successful pickoff attempt, and he induced a groundout to third with two runners in scoring position.

Appalachian State University men's tennis (10-10) fell to a formidable Campbell (12-5) squad on Friday afternoon at Varsity Courts.

The Mountaineers once again captured the doubles point but fell the visitors came away with four of six singles matches. App State has been in some close matchups as it is the third straight setback by two points or less.

Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) got it going with a convincing 6-2 win over Jonathan O'Neal and Gerard Sola to give App a leg up in doubles. Ben and Pavkovich are now an impressive 13-5 on the season. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) would clinch for the Black and Gold, defeating Dustin Werner/Lorenz Schwab by a score of 6-2. App's No. 1 pairing is 13-4, giving the top two tandems a 26-9 mark on the season.

Campbell and App went back and forth in the first four matches, as both teams answered each other with wins.

Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) fell to Sola in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, which tied up the match at 1-1.

Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga./James Madison), who was honored along with Scott before the match for Senior Day, was playing in his second singles match of the season. Free did not disappoint with a fitting 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Ted Williams to push App to a 2-1 lead.

After Ben fell to Werner, 6-2, 6-4, Scott tied the contest up with an impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory Ondrej Labek. The senior has won his last three contests and matches last season's win total with a 14-4 mark.

App would need just one more match to seal the deal, but the Camels came through in the last two singles affairs to pick up the win.

Bargeron suffered a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Scwhab that tied up the contests.

Pavkovich dealt Lukas Schaefer a 7-6 (7-5) defeat in the first set but Schaefer claimed the second set 6-1. The sophomore for App showcased valiant effort in the final frame, but fell 6-3.

Appalachian will have the rest of the week off before ending the regular season with a tough stretch against Davidson on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. before hosting Coastal Carolina on Sunday, April 15 at 11 a.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is set to host and produce the inaugural Bears’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The show is put on by athletes - for athletes - and will focus on their performances during the 2017-18 academic year.

 

The BCA is set to begin at 7:00 p.m., with red-carpet events beginning at 6:00 p.m., for the student-athletes to fellowship while taking interviews and photo shoots before the program’s start. The event is business casual attire at will take place and the P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

 

“I am excited about our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s leadership and vision to establish the Bears’ Choice Awards,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director Kim Pate. “This event is a great way to celebrate the achievements of our student-athletes in a way that is special and fun for them. This is their night and I’m thrilled with the level of ownership and commitment they’ve dedicated to champion this initiative.”

 

The SAAC is providing video entertainment throughout the night while the Lenoir-Rhyne Jazz Band will provide in-house music and entertainment during the show.

 

The student-athletes have numerous awards to present to teams, student-athletes, and Lenoir-Rhyne faculty.

 

The following awards will be voted on by the SAAC, Senior Administration and Sports Information Directors:

 

Biggest Upset/Comeback Win

Bears Supporting Bears

Comeback Player of the Year (M&F)

Newcomer of the Year (M&F)

Play of the Year

Supportive Faculty of the Year (picked by the SAAC)

Team Community Service Award

Game of the Year

Athlete of the Year (M&F)

Neill McGeachy Award

“Lead the Charge”

 

Former Wayne B. Powell Scholar Athletes, Rufus Moretz Scholar Athletes and all 2017-18 graduating seniors will be honored at the show as well.

 

Your hosts for the night will be senior softball player Christina Walker and junior football player and decathlon athlete Anthony Brown.

 

“With this being the first year of the Bears’ Choice Awards, it has been a long process, a process I am grateful to be a part of,” said Walker. “Having an award ceremony is something that the SAAC has pushed for since I have been here and thanks to the senior administrators, we are finally having one! I could not be more excited and I hope everyone enjoys the show."

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brad Robinson has earned 2018 Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf honors, league officials announced earlier today.

 

Robinson, a junior from Newcastle, UNITED KINDGOM, leads with Bears with a stroke average of 73.5 so far this year.

 

Robinson tied for second at the Richard Rendleman Invitational (March 5-6) in Salisbury, N.C., and tied for fourth at the J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate (March 11-12), a tournament the Bears claimed victory.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Cobbs Glen Country Club in Anderson, S.C., on Sunday, April 8, through Tuesday, April 10.

 

2018 All-South Atlantic Conference

Men’s Golf Teams

 

FIRST TEAM

Spencer Skiff, Newberry

Carlos Leandro, Newberry

Tom Foster, Carson-Newman

Harry Bolton, Newberry

Sam Broadhurst, Lincoln Memorial

 

SECOND TEAM

Wanjoo Lee, Coker

Jake Headrick, Carson-Newman

Harry Boyle, Lincoln Memorial

Dan Bradbury, Lincoln Memorial

Harry Butler, Mars Hill

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Ben Thompson, Newberry

Brad Robinson, Lenoir-Rhyne

Charles Joubert, Wingate

Gilberto Pena, Queens

Trey Burton, Catawba

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Dan Bradbury, Lincoln Memorial

 

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Carlos Leandro, Newberry

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Howard Vroon, Newberry

Highlighted by 11 home matches, the always-tough Sun Belt slate and a date with ACC foe Maryland, Appalachian State University women's head soccer coach Sarah Strickland has announced the 2018 schedule.

"We are very excited to share our 2018 schedule, coach Strickland said. "We are looking forward to many games at home as well as matches close to our fan base. We hope to see App Nation at many of our games next fall."

It's the first time since 2008 that the Mountaineers are playing at least 10 home matches, while six of the home contests are in non-conference action. App will play in nine non-conference matches and eight road contests.

Five of App's nine non-conference foes boasted a winning record in 2017 with one making a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

App State faces ETSU in a tune-up on Wednesday, Aug. 8 in Johnston City.

Two days later, Appalachian will kick off the season at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex against in-state rival, Western Carolina at 4 p.m. App State will then make the trip to High Point, N.C. to face the Panthers, who finished 13-8-1 en route to a Big South title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Appalachian and Campbell will faceoff on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Ted Mack before traveling to College Park, Md. to face ACC foe, Maryland on Aug. 24. The Black and Gold upended the Terrapins two seasons ago in a thrilling 2-1 victory at Ted Mack.

Appalachian then hits the road to face Old Dominion on Aug. 26 in Norfolk, Va. in the final non-conference road contest. The Mountaineers will have a six-match homestand starting with South Carolina State on Friday, Aug. 31.

The homestand will continue with Gardner-Webb (Sept. 2), North Florida (Sept. 6) and Radford (Sept. 8) just before Sun Belt play begins.

Right off the bat, the Mountaineers will play defending Sun Belt Tournament champion South Alabama at home on Friday, Sept. 14. The Apps will host Little Rock two days later to close out the homestand.

App will then play three-straight conference foes spanning over 500 miles starting with Troy on Sept. 21 followed by a Sept. 23 contest against archrival Georgia Southern in Statesboro.

The Mountaineers close out the trip in Conway, S.C. where they will face off against the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina, who finished as the Sun Belt runner-up. App dealt CCU a 1-0 loss at home in the regular-season finale to earn a berth in the Sun Belt Tournament.

Appalachian then comes back to Boone for a matchup against Texas State in the first match of October at Ted Mack, which starts a string of three home contests in a row. The Black and Gold will host Louisiana on Oct. 7 before an Oct. 12 matchup against Georgia State will be the final home game of the season.

App State is on the road for the final two matches of the season, beginning with UL Monroe on Oct. 19 before ending the regular season with a matchup against Arkansas State on Oct. 21.

The Sun Belt Conference Championship will take place in Foley, Ala. starting on Oct. 31.

Friday, 06 April 2018 10:13

Hickory Crawdads Open Season with 6-1 Loss

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The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers on the road Thursday night 6-1. The contest was the season opener for both squads.

Eric Jenkins led the Crawdads offenese with a three-for-five night at the plate. Kole Enright went two-for-four with a run scored on a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning.

Crawdads starter Tyler Phillips took the loss on the mound throwing 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits. He also strike out four.

The Crawdads are 0-1 to start the season. They will continue their series against the Grasshoppers through Sunday. Hickory goes to Delmarva for a three game series on Monday. Hickory will have their home opener at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night against the West Virginia Power.

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