The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (16-4, 11-3) made it six victories in a row with a 97-75 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-10, 8-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Railsplitters’ Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds as Lincoln Memorial, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the 15th consecutive time.
Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) added 25 points including seven treys for the Railplitters, who hit 14 three-pointers on the afternoon and went 37-of-67 (55 percent) from the field.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite four players in double figures. Junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high 19 points while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 16 points off the bench in the setback.
The Bears hit 20-of-22 free throw attempts and connected on nine treys as well. Lincoln Memorial, however, led by as many as 30 points in the second half and dished out 22 assists against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up its three-game home stand on Wednesday against Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Louisburg College Saturday 92-76 at home.
The Red Hawks were led by Derick Brewer who had 26 points. Matthew Powell and Ty Ireland each had double digit scoring efforts with 16 points by Powell and 11 points by Ireland.
With the loss, CVCC falls to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the conference. The Red Hawks play again Wednesday at Guilford Tech.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (8-12, 3-6 SBC) got off to a fast start, but couldn't sustain the momentum against UT Arlington (15-4, 8-1 SBC) in a 73-62 defeat on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
Madi Story, a Bandys High School grad, led all scorers with 20 points on an efficient shooting performance, shooting 4-for-7 from the floor including three trifectas and went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored 12 points, while Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) both chipped in with eight points. Plummer grabbed eight off the glass to lead App State and also shot 6-for-8 from the line.
The Mountaineers got the start they wanted jumping to a 21-15 lead in the first quarter after a 7-for-10 performance from the field and shooting 6-of-7 from the free throw line. However, UTA held App to just 16 points over the next two quarters to claim a commanding lead.
App turned the ball over 24 times that led to 26 points for the visitors, while Mavericks shot 46.6 percent from the field. UTA show why it's one of the top defenses in the league, holding App to a 33.3 percent clip from the field.
Appalachian did outrebound the Mavericks, 39-34, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to a 16-9 edge in second-chance points.
The Black and Gold will hit the road next week to Arkansas for games against Little Rock and Arkansas State. Appalachian will play the Trojans at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball downed Fayetville Tech at home 77-45.
Jala Daniels had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Aliyah Woods and Shaniya Leter each added 17 points for the Red Hwaks.
With the win, CVCC improves to 11-4, 7-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks are back in action on Monday against Louisburg College on the road.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 61
North Lincoln: 38
Fred T. Foard: 37
South Caldwell: 28
St. Stephens: 63
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 72
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 55
Bunker Hill: 28
West Caldwell: 40
West Lincoln: 33
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 63
North Lincoln: 55
Fred T. Foard: 58
South Caldwell: 35
St. Stephens: 41
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 57
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 85
Bunker Hill: 26
West Caldwell: 47
West Lincoln: 52
Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors for the fall semester of 2016. CSCAA is the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the fall semester.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, the men's team earned a grade point average of 3.11 while the women's squad had a GPA of 3.15.
For NCAA Division II, the top men's and women's teams were Urbana (3.57) and Northern State (3.76), respectively, this semester.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams next compete in the 2017 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships which are taking place from Wednesday, February 8, through Saturday, February 11, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team is ranked No. 25 in the 2017 NFCA NCAA Division II National Preseason Softball Poll. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The Bears, picked to defend the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship, return all but one position starter this season. Lenoir-Rhyne also had seven players earn all-league preseason accolades including six on the first team.
North Alabama, the defending national champions, begins the year ranked No. 1 in the country.
Lenoir-Rhyne (48-13 overall, 20-2 in the conference in 2016) opens the season on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne's home opener for the 2017 campaign takes place on Sunday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m., in a doubleheader at Bears Field against Chowan.
Despite a double-double from junior Madi Story, Appalachian State University women's basketball couldn't overcome 19.6 percent shooting from the field and 19 miscues on offense, falling 53-37 to Texas State on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (8-11, 3-5 Sun Belt) and the Bobcats (10-9, 5-3 Sun Belt) went neck-in-neck in a defensive battle early, as neither team was able to pull away from the other. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the turnovers and cold shooting began to wear on the Mountaineers' offensive flow.
Where App State controlled things for the entire game was on the glass. Appalachian outrebounded Texas State 50-38, including 19-10 in offensive boards that led to a 14-3 second-chance-points advantage.
Individually, Story led the Black and Gold with a game-high 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Joi Jones was right behind her with 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Bayley Plummer finished with 10 boards as well while redshirt senior Ashley Bassett-Smith led defensively with a game-high three blocks.
The Mountaineers will continue their short homestand on Saturday when they host UT Arlington at the Holmes Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Noah McRea has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week by Collegeswimming.com.
McRea, a junior from Hickory, N.C., won two events last Friday in leading the Bears to a 130-128 victory over Catawba in a dual meet in Salisbury, N.C.
McRae prevailed in both the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:57.55) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:10.13) against the Indians.
McRea is the school’s record holder in six individual events: the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes, the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys. McRea is also a member of Lenoir-Rhyne program-best 400-yard individual medley relay squad.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to competition on Wednesday, February 8, to swim in the 2017 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. The four-day event takes place at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team was picked to finish seventh in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll.
The Bears received 70 total points while Catawba was picked to win the league championship after receiving eight first-place votes for a total of 107 points. The Indians earned the top preseason spot for the fifth straight year.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior pitcher Tad Ratliff, an Alexander Central grad, was named to the all-conference preseason second team. Ratliff went 1-0 last year with a 1.69 earned run average and two saves in 21 appearances in addition to 28 strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne (33-18 overall and 12-12 in league play last year) opens the 2017 season on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s home opener takes place on Saturday, February 4, in a doubleheader at Bears Field against Glenville State at 1:00 p.m.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Baseball Preseason Poll
1. Catawba (8) 107
2. Tusculum (1) 90
3. Newberry (1) 86
4. Carson-Newman (1) 78
5t. Lincoln Memorial 74
5t. Wingate 74
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 70
8. Mars Hill 39
9. Anderson 38
10. Coker 37
11. Brevard 19
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Baseball Preseason Teams
OF - Daymon Totherow, Newberry
OF - Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman
OF - Cade Snapp, Carson-Newman
1B - Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B - Zack Finchum, Tusculum
SS - Jimmy Rice, Carson-Newman
3B - Derek Olenchuck, Newberry
C - Jeff Sneed, Newberry
DH - Malachi Hanes, Catawba
SP - Zack Kelly, Newberry
SP - Russ Weiker, Catawba
SP - Ethan Elliot, Lincoln Memorial
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba
OF - Mason Ewers, Lincoln Memorial
OF - Danton Hyman, Newberry
OF - Austin Turgeon, Wingate
1B - Nick Lacina, Tusculum
2B - Kyle Smith, Catawba
SS - Bryson Conner, Coker
3B - Eric Kalman, Lincoln Memorial
C - Gooch Greer, Carson-Newman
DH - Bradley Brown, Wingate
SP - Brandon Donahue, Wingate
SP - Christian Raasch, Tusculum
SP - Zach Slagle, Tusculum
RP - Tad Ratliff, Lenoir-Rhyne
Appalachian State University wrestling ranked sixth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Duals Selection Committee’s newly formed Mid-Major Top 20 college wrestling poll on Thursday.
With the ranking in the first NWCA/NDS Mid-Major Top 20, the Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) are now ranked highly in three major wrestling polls. App State is also No. 21 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the InterMat poll.
The new poll will concentrate on programs outside the traditional Power 5 conferences with all-sports members of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC not eligible for consideration. The poll is also conducted independently of the USA Today/NWCA poll. Appalachian State remains the lone member of the SoCon to be ranked in the USA Today/NWCA and InterMat polls, but is joined by Campbell in the Mid-Major Top 20.
“We’ve seen college programs use mid-major polls in men’s and women’s basketball as another way to promote those sports to their fans and local media,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer of the new poll. “We feel this can be an adequate measure of performance for teams that don’t have the benefits of being in a Power 5 Conference.”
Firmly cementing itself as a mid-major wrestling powerhouse, Appalachian State has gone 3-2 this season against members of Power 5 conferences. The Mountaineers took an early 25-15 win over then-No. 15 Oregon State from the Pac 12, before downing ACC member North Carolina in an 18-16 victory. The Apps also delivered a convincing 25-11 victory over Duke of the ACC in Durham. The team’s only Power 5 losses have been to then-No. 9 NC State (ACC) and then-No. 5 Missouri (MAC/SEC).
The Mountaineers will host the Appalachian Open on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Appalachian’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.
NWCA/NDS Mid-Major Top 20 Rankings
Rank School Record Conference All-Sports Conf.
1 Cornell 7-2 EIWA Ivy
2 Lehigh 8-2 EIWA Patriot
3 Northern Iowa 7-2 MAC Missouri Valley
4 Central Michigan 3-2 MAC MAC
5 South Dakota State 8-3 Big 12 Summit
6 Appalachian State 11-2 SoCon Sun Belt
7 North Dakota State 9-4 Big 12 Summit
8 Edinboro 6-4 EWL PSAC (Division II)
9 Rider 7-1 EWL MAAC
10 Drexel 8-5 EIWA Colonial
11 American 3-4 EIWA Patriot
12 Army West Point 6-3 EIWA Patriot
13 Princeton 5-6 EIWA Ivy
14 Buffalo 7-4 MAC MAC
15 Bucknell 5-4 EIWA Patriot
16 Navy 7-1 EIWA Patriot
17 Ohio 6-4 MAC MAC
18 Campbell 5-6 SoCon Big South
19 Wyoming 3-5 Big 12 Mountain West
20 Utah Valley 4-2 Big 12 WAC
The Wingate Men’s Basketball Team (12-7, 9-4) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (9-9, 8-5), 79-72, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs – led by Josh Dominquez (Matthews, N.C.) with 18 points – as Wingate fought back from a 41-34 halftime deficit to secure its ninth straight win and sweep the season series from the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) with a game-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds while junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 16 points but the Bears saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
The Bears hit 10 three-pointers on the night but were just three-of-15 from behind the arc in the second half.
Wingate was also powered by a 25-of-31 performance from the charity stripe and held a 49-37 edge on the boards. The Bulldogs’ Mike Baez (Orlando, Fla.) totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds while Isiah Cureton (Waxhaw, N.C.) notched a double-double – 12 points and 11 rebounds – as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face No. 24 Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-7, 8-5) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 68-52 loss to Wingate (14-4, 10-3) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs’ Danasia Witherspoon (Hickory, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points as Wingate rallied from a 33-30 halftime deficit to take the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 19 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 13 points but the Bears saw their 15-game winning streak at home come to an end.
The Bulldogs took control in the third period by outscoring the Bears by a 20-6 margin and never trailed again. Wingate also limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 28 percent shooting (22-of-57) in the second half and swept the season series from the Bears.
Wingate, meanwhile, shot 58 percent (15-of-26) in the second half and converted 19-of-23 free throws in winning its third straight game.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts undefeated and fifth-ranked Lincoln Memorial.
Wednesday night, Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team exploded for 69 points in the second half for 106-82 win over Vance Granville Community College. With the win, head coach Bryan Garmouth picked up his 100th win at CVCC.
Two players had double-doubles to lead the Red Hawks. Emmanuel Wembi had 19 points and 20 rebounds. Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Derick Brewer had a game high 27 points for the Red Hawks. Matt Powell chipped in 16 points and Myles Williams added 11.
CVCC improves to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in conference play. CVCC will host first place Louisburg College Saturday at 3pm.