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Monday, 23 February 2015 16:52

L-R Baseball Time Changed Due to Impeding Weather

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (11-2) has moved its home game with Belmont Abbey (9-3) on Tuesday up two hours to 4:00 p.m.

Lenior-Rhyne's Lauren Donovan was tabbed the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, for games played Feb. 16-22, the League announced today.

Donovan, a senior from Hollywood, Md., scored four goals and dished out five assists to lead the Bears to a 17-4 win over Tusculum on Feb. 22. She also caused three turnovers, picked up six ground balls and posted three draw controls in the win. The midfielder fired seven shots in the win with six shots on frame. The honor is her first Offensive Player of the Week nod this season.

Winter weather along the East Coast continues to alter Appalachian State University’s baseball schedule, as Tuesday’s game at Wake Forest has been moved to Wednesday and this weekend’s series versus Maryland has been moved to Emerson, Ga.

Wednesday’s game at Wake Forest (4-3) will begin at 4 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The three-game weekend series against nationally ranked Maryland (5-1), which was originally slated to be played on UM’s campus in College Park, Md., has been moved to the Lake Point Complex in Emerson, Ga. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Beginning with this week’s contests against Wake Forest and Maryland, Appalachian State (2-3) plays six of its next 10 games against power-conference opponents.

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:22

L-R Baseball Drops Series Finale to Wingate

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The Wingate Baseball Team (9-3, 6-3) took the third and final game of a South Atlantic Conference series from Lenoir-Rhyne (11-2, 4-2), 9-6, Sunday afternoon at Ron Christopher Stadium. The Bears are ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II.

The Bulldogs’ Thomas Spitz (West Chester, Pa.) hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with four runs batted in to lead Wingate to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) both hit home runs despite the loss. Both players also drove in two runs on the afternoon.

With the score all tied up at five, the Bulldogs took the lead for good with a three-run sixth inning highlighted by Spitz’s game-winning two-run triple in the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) finished with four hits but junior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

For Wingate, Brad Cherry (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) drove in two runs while Tyler Brown (Suffolk, Va.) improved to 2-1 on the year after earning the win. Brown, who struck out three batters, finished the game after taking the mound in the fourth inning with two outs.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Belmont Abbey on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m., at Bears Field. Wingate hosts Brevard in a league game Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:21

Appalachian State Softball Splits Doubleheader

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Appalachian State University softball split a twin bill on the final day of the Cougar Classic on Sunday afternoon. The Apps blanked UMass 2-0 and then fell to College of Charleston 12-4 in five innings.

Game One: App State 2, UMass 0

The Mountaineers (5-6) scored both of their runs in the second inning against the Minutewomen. With one out, Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) walked and Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) singled to set the table.

After both runners stole bases, Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) singled into left field to drive home both runs. The RBI for Warnock marked the second and third runs batted in this season for the senior.

From there, pitching dominated UMass hitters and stymied the Minutewomen’s offense. Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) got the start in the circle and pitched four shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out one.

Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) relieved Johnson for the remaining three inning and allowed just one hit and no runs, while fanning one hitter.

Appalachian State got three hits in the game from Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), Rogers and Warnock’s timely two-run single.

Game Two: College of Charleston 12, App State 4

The second game of the day saw the Mountaineers jump off to a lightning fast start. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) and Heichen would open the game with back-to-back singles to get the Apps started.

Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) then hit into a fielder’s choice but the Cougar’s third baseman Brianna Davis couldn’t make the catch. With the bases loaded, Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) singled through the left side and gave App State an early 2-0 lead.

After Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) singled to third base, Butler hit a sac fly to right field in foul territory to score Josey from third. Then on a wacky play, Chambers was caught in a run down between first and second but one of the throws got away and Stewart scored.

The Apps 4-0 lead would last until the third inning when the Cougars plated six runs on six hits, including a three-run home run to put College of Charleston in front 6-4.

The Cougars would score two in the fourth and four in the fifth to eventually end the game in five innings.

The Mountaineers picked up seven hits from five different hitters, including two-hit performances from Heichen and Chambers. Gomez, Stewart and Warnock all picked up one hit each.

Appalachian State will return to action next weekend in the Blue/Gold Challenge in Greensboro, N.C. on the campus of UNCG. The Apps will open up on Friday, Feb. 27 against Hampton with a first pitch of 12:30 p.m.

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:14

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Open SAC Play with Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (1-2, 1-0) earned its first victory over the year in a 16-6 win over Tusculum (0-3, 0-1) Sunday afternoon in the South Atlantic Conference opener at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) scored a match-high four goals while sophomore midfielder Ethan Tingler (Stokesdale, N.C.) added three goals as the Bears raced to an 8-0 advantage on its way to the easy league victory.

The Pioneers, led by Ben Boyd’s (Bel Air, Md.) three goals, cut the margin to 10-5 in the third period but couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way. Lenoir-Rhyne responded with three consecutive scores to put the match out of reach.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) finished with two goals and an assist as the Bears held the advantage in both shots taken (50-20) and ground balls (27-18) in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished with four saves and was credited with the win while Tusculum’s Kevin Haggerty (Suffern, N.Y.) suffered the loss despite totaling 12 saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lincoln Memorial in its first road match of the season next Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 3:00 p.m. Tusculum hosts Ohio Valley on Saturday at Noon.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (1-2, 1-0) picked up its first win of the 2015 season with a 17-4 triumph over Tusculum (2-1, 0-1) Sunday afternoon at Moretz Stadium in the South Atlantic Conference opener.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) led the way with four goals and five assists while senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) also scored four times in the win.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne Head Coach Clare Gaeng picked up her first win as Bear mentor in the process.

Tusculum’s Savannah Elliott (Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA) scored twice but the Pioneers’ suffered their first loss in school history. Tusculum is a first-year program.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first eight goals of the match on its way to a 12-2 halftime advantage and never looked back. The Bears junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added two goals and two assists in the victory as well.

Freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) picked up the win in goal after registering a pair of saves for the Bears, who held a 33-9 edge in shots taken and a 32-16 advantage in ground balls.

Tusculum’s Brooke Wagner (Snellville, Ga.) took the loss in goal despite totaling seven saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lincoln Memorial on the road in a South Atlantic Conference match next Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tusculum hosts Virginia-Wise Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, 23 February 2015 06:32

CVCC Men's Basketball Fall to Vance-Granville CC

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team was edged out by Vance-Granville Community College at home Sunday 63-60.

Don Evans led CVCC with 12 points. Cornelius Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Kenny Lemon added 10 points.

The Red Hawks fall to 15-16 overall and 9-10 in conference play. CVCC hosts their final regular season game of the year on Wednesday taking on Patrick Henry Community College.

Monday, 23 February 2015 06:08

CVCC Women's Basketball Falls to Louisburg College

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team fell to Louisburg College Sunday 68-56.

Keyara McKnight led CVCC with 21 points. Shakira Allen had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kelantra Allen contributed nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Red Hawks fall to 15-10 on the season, 11-6 in conference play. CVCC hosts Patrick Henry Community College on Wednesday.

Appalachian State University wrestling completed it regular season on Sunday in Davidson against the Wildcats. The Mountaineers (9-8, 6-1 SoCon) cruised past Davidson, 38-6.

The match began at 125 weight class, where Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) won via forfeit that gave Appalachian a six point headstart. The Mountaineers would never look back as they won the first seven matches of the afternoon. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) defeated Anthony Elias by major decision, 20-9 at 133.

With the Mountaineers up 10-0, Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) pinned Dustin Runzo one minute into the second round. Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) earned bonus points in his second-straight match by winning 10-1 over James McCord.

At 157 pounds, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) pinned Alex Palinkski 3:22 into the bout. It was the second pin this week, having already recorded one against VMI on Wednesday. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) finished his Southern Conference season unblemished at 7-0 after winning by technical fall on Sunday.

Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) extended the Appalachian lead to 34-0 with a 5-0 decision win over Nathaniel Powers. The Wildcats would make it on the board when Scott Patrick won a 9-3 decision over Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity). Ian Solcz made it two decision wins in a row for Davidson, defeating Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) 4-2 in overtime.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) finished the match off with a 13-3 major decision over Eddie Isola.

The Mountaineers next stop is in Asheville, N.C. for the Southern Conference tournament on March 7th.

Appalachian State 38, Davidson 6
125: Dominic Parisi (APP) win by forfeit
133: Vito Pasone (APP) maj. dec. over Anthony Elias (Davidson) 20-9
141: Mike Longo (APP) fall over Dustin Runzo (Davidson) 4:00
149: Javon Johnson (APP) maj. dec. James McCord (Davidson) 10-1
157: Zachary Strickland (APP) fall over Alex Palinkski (Davidson) 3:22
165: Nick Kee (APP) tech fall over Patrick Devlin (Davidson) 17-1
174: Forrest Pryzbysz (APP) dec. over Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) 5-0
184: Scott Patrick (Davidson) dec. over Dominick Vetell (APP) 9-3
197: Ian Solcz (Davidson) dec. over Tyler Radford (APP) TB-1 4-2
285: Denzel Dejournette (APP) maj dec. over Eddie Isola (Davidson) 13-3