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Saturday, 05 April 2014 17:03

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Edged Out by Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (8-11, 1-7) suffered a close setback to Brevard (4-9, 1-6), 5-4, in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Despite the loss, senior Lacey Lapp (Maitland, Fla.) won at fourth singles and third doubles for the Bears.

L-R junior Zorica Djuric (Belgrade, SERBIA) prevailed at first singles as well and improved to 8-1 in her last nine matches at No. 1 singles.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference contest beginning at Noon at Hickory High School.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis
Brevard 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
April 4, 2014
Hickory, N.C.
Hickory High School

Singles competition:
1. Zorica Djuric (L-R) def. Katie Daugherty (BC), 2-6, 7-5, 7-6
2. Michelle Prata (BC) def. Nateesha Hurtt (L-R), 6-1, 6-2
3. Jule Hermann (BC) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (L-R), 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Lacey Lapp (L-R) def. Claudia Hellman (BC), 7-5, 6-2
5. Nirvanna Silva (BC) def. Maggie Brown (L-R), 6-4, 6-2
6. Amanda Bryan (L-R) def. Ana Drummond (BC), 6-2, 1-6, 10-7

Doubles competition:
1. Katie Daugherty/Michelle Prata (BC) def. Zorica Djuric/Lela Sparks Thompson (L-R), 9-7
2. Nirvanna Silva/Claudia Hellman (BC) def. Nateesha Hurtt/Meaghan Liner (L-R), 8-5
3. Maggie Brown/Lacey Lapp (L-R) def. Jule Hermann/Ana Drummond (BC), 8-6
Records: Brevard (4-9, 1-6 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-11, 1-7 SAC)

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:13

Appalachian State Golf Wins University Cup

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The Appalachian State University men’s and women’s golf teams combined on Thursday to take down Gardner-Webb 4.5-3.5 to win the University Cup at the Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton, N.C.

With the team score tied at 3.5, senior John Michael Cole (Fayetteville, N.C./Cape Fear) and sophomore Lee Mitchell (Conover, N.C./Newton-Conover) pulled out to win the last match against Gardner-Webb’s Matt Yelverton and Elkie Kow without playing all 18 holes. Cole and Mitchell obtained a 3-and-2 victory to help the Mountaineers clinch the match.

The Mountaineers and Runnin’ Bulldogs paired players together in match play action of 18 holes. The Mountaineers started things strong taking the first victory of the match.

Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) and Lily Yatawara (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) teamed up to go 1-up over Gardner-Webb’s Blake Maum and Tessy Tuschen to give Appalachian the lead.

Gardner-Webb stormed back to win 3-and-2 in the second and third matches. Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) and Wenjia Cao (Ji Li, China/Monteverde Academy) teamed up to lose the second match while Kyle Austin (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) and Yuxuan Li (Beijing, China/ lost the third match.

Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) and Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) took the next match at 2-and-1 against Vincent Blanchette and Julia Hendderson. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got the point back in the next match with a 1-up victory.

With the Mountaineers down 2-3, Appalachian’s Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) and Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) teamed to secure the 1-up victory and tie the match with only two more pairings to play.

Jake Williams (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) squared off against Daley Byles and M.K. Donovan in the second-to-last match. Both teams battled to secure the match clinching point but they came all-squared to force the fantastic finish.

This match concluded the Appalachian State women’s team regular season. They will step on the green next at the Southern Conference Championships in Hilton Head, S.C. starting April 13.

The men’s team will continue its regular season play facing off at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. on Saturday.

Appalachian State 4.5 Score Gardner-Webb 3.5
Eric Eberspeaker/Lily Yatawara 1UP Blake Maum/Tessy Tuschen
Caleb Keck/Wenjia Cao 2&3 Chris Jones/Sarah Bertram
Kyle Austin/Yuxuan Li 2&3 Nick Browning/Courtney Yanch
Patrick Moriarty/Hannah Craver 2&1 Vincent Blanchette/Julia Henderson
Casey Komline/Haley Zagoria 1UP Clement Kumiawan/Taylor Dodson
Andrew Furr/Madalyn Davis 1UP Steve Jones/Pilar Morgan
Jake Williams/Emily Stinson AS Daley Byles/MK Donovan
Lee Mitchell/John Michael Cole 3&2 Matt Yelverton/Elkie Kow

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:09

Hickory Crawdads Open Season with Win

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The Hickory Crawdads started the 2014 season with an impressive all-around win Thursday night, with the 'Dads pounding 14 hits to back a dominant bullpen in an 8-3 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.

The Crawdads fell behind early in the contest when the Grasshoppers scored in each of the first three innings to put the 'Dads behind 3-1. Everything changed in the fifth however, as the 'Dads began a 7-0 run that saw the Hickory bats attack a vulnerable Greensboro pen while the 'Dads hurlers buckled down.

The 'Dads scored once in the fifth on an RBI single by DH Eduard Pinto, before exploding for four runs on four hits in the 6th to take a 6-3 lead they would never relinquish. Eight total 'Dads came to the plate in the decisive frame, with Nick Vickerson, Luis Marte and Pinto all driving in runs on doubles.

That proved to be more than enough support for the Hickory pen, led by right-hander Collin Wiles who tossed three shutout frames with two strikeouts, two hits and one walk. Wiles was followed by Ryne Slack, Yohander Mendez, and Abel De Los Santos, all of whom tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

The Crawdads would tack on a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth on RBIs from Lewis Brinson and Nomar Mazara, to finish the scoring at 8-3.

Every 'Dads starter had at least one hit, paced by Pinto and Marte who each went 3-5 with a pair of RBIs. Vickerson also had a good night at the dish, going 2-4 with a double, two RBIs, a walk and a run.

Wiles (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Crawdads, while Greensboro reliever Miguel Del Pozo (0-1) took the loss after allowing all 4 'Dads runs in the 6th. Hickory starting pitcher Cole Wiper earned a no-decision after allowing three runs on five hits, one walk, and 4 Ks over his three innings pitched.

The win gives the Crawdads a 1-0 record to start the year while the Grasshoppers fall to 0-1. The two teams will meet up again on Friday for game two of the 4-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.

The No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (31-8) made it six victories in a row with a doubleheader sweep of King (22-21), 6-0 and 3-2, Thursday afternoon at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears snapped the Tornado's 10-game winning streak.

Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 6, King 0
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw her second straight shutout as the Bears prevailed in the first contest.

Hoskins (14-5) limited the Tornado to just four hits in addition to striking out nine batters and walking none.

Lenoir-Rhyne opened the scoring with a three-run second inning aided by a pair of King errors.

Senior shortstop Jody Mizelle (Colerain, N.C.) added a two-run home run, her team-leading ninth of the season, in the sixth inning and finished with three runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively.

King's Hannah Light (Coeburn, Va.) fell to 21-14 on the year after taking the loss.

Game Two - Lenoir-Rhyne 3, King 2 (eight innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally from a 2-1 deficit to complete the doubleheader sweep.

L-R senior shortstop Ciera Cockerham (Yadkinville, N.C.) came through with the walk-off double, scoring sophomore pinch hitter Lauren Elder (Taylorsville, N.C.). Cockerham led the Bears with three hits in the contest.

L-R freshman catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) added a solo home run while Hoskins (15-5) retired three batters in relief in the top of the eighth inning to earn the win.

For King, Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) finished with two hits and drove in a run which broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth but Morgan Lowe (Damascus, Va.) (1-7) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference action this Saturday in a doubleheader at home against Lincoln Memorial beginning at 1pm.

Friday, 04 April 2014 09:04

App State Men's Tennis Suffer First SoCon Loss

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A late rally fell just short as Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to outlast a nationally-ranked Furman squad in a 4-3 loss in Southern Conference play on Thursday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.

The Mountaineers (7-10, 4-1 SoCon) suffered their first league and home losses of the season while the Paladins (12-7, 6-0) remain atop the league standings with a perfect conference record.

Appalachian started things off on the right foot as it won the doubles point by taking two of three doubles matches. The No. 1 team of Sebastien King/Zach Bost earned an 8-5 win before Furman earned an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles.

With the doubles point hanging in the balance, the Mountaineers’ No. 2 tandem of Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang hung on in a tiebreaker to win 8-7 (7-6) and give App State the first point of the match.

Furman responded quickly as its top player, Adam Steryous, earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over King at the No. 1 spot. Steryous entered the match ranked No. 94 overall in the latest ITA rankings. The Paladins tacked on another point to make it 2-1 when Juan Sheppard defeated Jan-Willem Kleynhans at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 6-2).

Jack Maddocks picked up his 10th win of the season and moved to 10-7 in singles play when he earned a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 5 spot to tie the match at 2-2.

The Paladins picked up another win as Luke Synn defeated Hoang at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4) to give Furman a 3-2 advantage, but Bost earned a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4 to tie things at 3-3.

In the decisive match at No. 2, Casey fell 7-6 in the first set and trailed 5-4 in the second before pulling even, but ultimately fell by a 7-6, 7-5 tally.

Appalachian State returns to action on Saturday when it heads to UNCG for a noon match before coming back to Boone on Sunday for an 11 a.m. contest against Chattanooga.

#75 Furman 4, Appalachian State 3
Apr 03, 2014 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. #94 Adam Steryous (FUR) def. Sebastien King (APP) 6-0, 6-2
2. Matt Browne (FUR) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 7-6, 7-5
3. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Daniel Hoang (APP) 6-3, 6-4
4. Zach Bost (APP) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 7-6, 6-1
5. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-2, 6-3
6. Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Zach Bost/Sebastien King (APP) def. Matt Browne/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-5
2. Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang (APP) def. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) 8-7 (7-6)
3. Ben Horst/Alex Christ (FUR) def. Steve Lake/Jack Maddocks (APP) 8-4

Match Notes
Furman 12-7, 6-0 SoCon; National ranking #75
Appalachian State 7-10. 4-1 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,5,3,4,2)
T-3:45 A-86

Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:37

Lenoir-Rhyne's Charles Named to All-State Team

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Lenoir-Rhyne University's Jazmine Charles has been selected to the 2013-14 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association College Division All-State Women's Basketball First Team.

Charles, a junior guard from Lexington, N.C., led the Bears in several categories this year including scoring (17.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and three-pointers made (55).

In addition, Charles was named the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year and earned All-American honors by both Daktronics and the Division II Bulletin.

Charles led Lenoir-Rhyne to 24-7 record including a 17-5 mark in conference play this season. In addition, the Bears finished with a No. 24 national ranking and won their fourth South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship in school history.

The Bears also hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament this year and was the top seed.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2013-14 College Division All-State Women's Basketball Teams

First Team
G - Janitsha Williams, Sr., Wingate, Statesville, N.C.
F - Satavia Taylor, Sr., Salem, Chicago, Ill.
G - Jazmine Charles, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Lexington, N.C.
F - Kayla Harris, Sr., Wingate, Raleigh, N.C.
G - Nyeshea Willie, Sr., Barton, Virginia Beach, Va.

Second Team
G - Ansley Ricker, Jr., Mars Hill, Greeneville, Tenn.
F - McKenzie Owen, Jr., Belmont Abbey, Burlington, N.C.
F - Gabby Oglesby, Sr., Guilford, Winston-Salem, N.C.
G - Jasmine McDonald, Sr., Mount Olive, Lorton, Va.
F - Shonice Pettaway, Sr., Queens, Walstonburg, N.C.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:40

Appalachian State Baseball Nabs Win Over ETSU

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True freshman Matt Brill’s (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Appalachian State University baseball a 7-6 walkoff win over ETSU on Wednesday evening at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With the score tied at 6-6, the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Brill lifted the first pitch he saw from ETSU’s Will Chesney well over the Buccaneers’ drawn-in outfield. The ball one-hopped the wall in right-center field and Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) scored easily from third base to set off a wild scrum in celebration of Appalachian State’s first walkoff victory of the season.

Davis sparked Appalachian’s ninth-inning rally with a one-out single to left field on an 0-2 pitch from Chesney (2-2). Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) followed with a bloop double into right center that landed just out of reach for ETSU’s diving center fielder Jeremy Taylor. With runners on second and third, the Bucs elected to intentionally walk Tyler Zupcic (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, including a game-tying RBI single in the seventh. Chesney struck out Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) for the second out of the inning but the strikout only served as a setup for Brill’s heroics one pitch later.

Appalachian State (9-17) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back homers from Davis, who blasted a no-doubt three-run bomb to left-center field, and Pierson, whose solo shot cleared the wall in right.

ETSU (14-14) drew even with a run in the third and two in the fourth but Appalachian regained a 5-4 advantage on Zupcic’s RBI double in the fifth.

The Bucs took their first lead of the ballgame on a two-run homer to left by Chris Riopedre in the top of the seventh but Zupcic answered with his game-tying RBI single in bottom of the frame that knotted the score at 6-6 and paved the way for the Mountaineers’ walkoff win.

Appalachian State matched a season high with 14 hits in the victory but stranded 10 baserunners. Pierson paced the 14-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Brill, Davis, Zupcic and Preston Troutman (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) added two hits apiece. Troutman became the first Mountaineer with two triples in a game since current San Francisco Giants’ farmhand Will Callaway tripled twice against LaSalle in 2011.

Robert Whaley (Hickory, N.C./Hickory), Appalachian’s seventh pitcher of the evening, picked up the win with two innings of flawless relief. Whaley (1-1) retired six of the seven batters he faced with the only baserunner getting aboard on an error.

Chris Cook and Dylan Tritsch led ETSU with two hits each.

Appalachian State returns to Southern Conference action with a three-game weekend series at Wofford. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C.

NOTES: Appalachian State won for only the second time in nine one-run games this season ... the walkoff win was Appalachian’s first since Dillon Dobson’s (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) RBI double capped a 9-8 win over No. 29 Western Carolina in the 2013 regular-season finale ... Brill is hitting .462 (12-for-26) during his current team-best eight-game hitting streak ... the Mountaineers moved to 6-1 this season and 43-13 since the beginning of 2012 at Smith Stadium ... however, the win was App State’s first over ETSU at home since 2010 ... the Bucs had won the previous two matchups at Smith Stadium.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:37

L-R Men's Lacrosse Drops SAC Contest to Queens

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The Queens Men's Lacrosse Team (7-4, 4-1) moved into a first-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 13-9 triumph Wednesday afternoon over 12th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (7-3, 4-1).

Matthew Michael (Easton, Pa.) and Casey Hock (Danville, Calif.) both scored three goals as Queens climbed into a first-place tie in the conference standings with Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba.

Senior midfielders Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) and Imari Davis (San Marcos, Calif.) both scored twice for the Bears, who saw their six-match winning streak come to an end.

Queens held a 6-5 advantage early in the second period before taking control with five consecutive goals capped off by a score from Garrett Chan (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada).

Queens, who held a 44-33 advantage in shots taken and a 30-26 edge in ground balls, never let Lenoir-Rhyne get within four goals the rest of the way.

Queens' goalkeeper, Eric Dolan (Hopkinton, Mass.), picked up the victory after making 16 saves on the day.

Ashton added three assists while junior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) took the loss for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Steven McGhee (Durham, N.C.) stopped 10 shots in goal as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday in Brevard, N.C., beginning at 3pm.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:36

L-R Women's Lacrosse Falls to Belmont Abbey

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (7-6) fell to Belmont Abbey (8-3) by a 19-17 score Wednesday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Crusaders' Katy Connery (Long Beach, N.Y.) led the way with a match-high nine goals as Belmont Abbey snapped a two-match losing streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) scored four times while sophomore midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added three goals and an assist in the losing effort.

Connery broke a 16-16 tie with the match-winning goal at the 6:35 mark of the second half.

Kassie Easter (Parker, Colo.) finished with four goals and Shanin Darley (Oviedo, Fla.) totaled three goals and four assists as well for the Crusaders.

Lenoir-Rhyne, who held a 32-29 advantage in shots taken despite the loss, rallied from a three-goal deficit midway through the second half to tie the contest but Belmont Abbey prevailed.

In goal, Belmont Abbey's Natasha Whitman (Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA) earned the win after stopping a pair of shots while Lenoir-Rhyne senior Amanda Cotto (Fort Myers, Fla.) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Mount Olive on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Moretz Stadium beginning at 3pm.

Appalachian State University softball crushed three long balls in a 7-5 defeat of North Carolina Central on Wednesday from Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.

The Lady Eagles (4-24) opened up the scoring the first inning on an Emerie Germ double to right center that would drive in London Germ for an early 1-0 lead.

The Mountaineers (13-19) would match the Lady Eagles in the first on a Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) double that would drive in Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) from third base to tie the game 1-1.

N.C. Central would take the lead back in the third inning on an Emerie Germ single to center field. Germ drove in London Germ who had advanced to third base on a throwing error. In a carbon copy of the first inning, the Mountaineers would tie the game on a Butler solo home run that would travel over the scoreboard in left center field to tie the game, 2-2. The home run for Butler was her first of the season and the third of her career.

The Lady Eagles would plate two in the fourth inning. Markel Wylie single to shortstop with the bases loaded and score De’Onna Smith. Later in the inning, Angelique Perricelli would be hit by pitch with the bases loaded and would give N.C. Central a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth inning, the Black and Gold would strike back on a Parker two out three-run blast to deep center field to vault the Apps in front with a 5-4 advantage. In a see-saw game, NCCU would tie it again in the sixth on an Emerie Germ single that scored Wylie to make it a 5-5 game. Germ made the last out attempting to take the extra base.

Continuing the story line, the Mountaineers would go back up by two when Alicia Van Winkle (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) teed off with Kerri Roberts already aboard in a pinch running situation. The home run from Van Winkle was the first of her career.

Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed) was pitching in relief of starter Sydney Laws (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) and finished the remaining 3.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out four. With the win, Landeros moves to 8-9 on the season. Laws went 3.1 innings giving up four runs on six hits and striking out two batters. Just three of the four runs were charged to Laws in the game.

The Mountaineers will be back in action this weekend when they welcome conference rival Georgia Southern to the High Country. The doubleheader scheduled for Saturday is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch. The series finale on Sunday is also slated for 1pm.