Alexander Central: 12
St. Stephens: 11
South Caldwell: 4
South Mountain Athletic:
Kings Mountain: 7
East Burke: 1
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 0
West Wilkes: 1
Bunker Hill: 0
South Mountain Athletic:
Kings Mountain: 8
Alexander Central: 6
West Caldwell: 0
Lincoln Charter: 2
west Iredell: 9
For the third straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Kevin Baxter will compete in the NCAA Division II Track and Field Indoor National Championship.
The 2015 finals take place at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., beginning on Friday. Baxter, a junior from Columbia, S.C, will compete in the preliminaries in the men’s 60-meter hurdles at 3:15 p.m. The finals of the event are scheduled for Saturday at 3:25 p.m.
Baxter earned All-American honors two years ago as a redshirt freshman with a sixth-place finish in the event. The 2013 national championships also took place in Birmingham, Ala. Baxter was the first-ever Lenoir-Rhyne athlete to garner All-American accolades in indoor track and field.
Baxter holds the school record in the men’s 60-meter hurdles – 7.92 seconds in the Buccaneer Invitational on February 7 in Johnson City, Tenn. – and has won the event three times this year. Baxter has the fifth-highest time in NCAA Division II as well this indoor season.
Baxter, a three-time indoor All-Southeast Region selection (2011-13), also holds the indoor school record in the men’s 55-meter hurdles – 7.43 seconds in 2013.
In addition, Baxter earned NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field All-American honors in 2014 with a fourth-place finish in the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles (14.17 seconds) in Allendale, Mich.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team has altered its South Atlantic Conference weekend home series with Coker at Bears Field. The two teams will now play a single game on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., and a doubleheader on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Sunday’s contests will both be seven-inning games.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team will now face Coker in a road South Atlantic Conference game on Friday at 1:00 p.m. The two teams were originally scheduled to play on Saturday but the contest was moved up one day due to the threat of inclement weather.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team (18-5) split a doubleheader with Winston-Salem State (4-10) Thursday afternoon at Bears Field. The Lady Rams prevailed in the first game by a 5-2 score before the Bears won the nightcap, 8-0.
Game One – Winston-Salem State 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Trailing by a 1-0 score, the Lady Rams took advantage of a pair of Bears errors in the second inning to take the lead for good after a three-run frame.
Winston-Salem State’s Katherine Zimmer (Kernersville, N.C.) drove in the game-winning run on a bunt single in the inning and finished with two hits and three runs batted in to lead the way offensively for the Lady Rams.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) hit a solo home run and finished with a pair of hits despite the loss. Junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) suffered the setback and fell to 9-3 on the year after allowing just two earned runs in addition to five strikeouts.
For Winston-Salem State, Mercedes Hargett (San Diego, Calif.) improved to 3-5 after notching the complete game victory. Hargett also struck out batters in the win.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Winston-Salem State 0 (six innings)
The Bears took control early with a five-run first inning highlighted by a three-run home run from sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.). Kenley now has a team-leading five home runs on the year.
Junior designated player Anne Marie Lackey (Fallston, N.C.) added a two-run home run in the third inning, her first of the season, as the Bears run-ruled the Lady Rams in six innings.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) improved to 9-2 on the year after registering the one-hit shutout. Hoskins also struck out eight batters and now has four shutouts on the year. The Lady Rams’ Chyna Riley (West Columbia, S.C.) fell to 0-4 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Anderson in its South Atlantic Conference opener in a doubleheader on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Hickory Motor Speedway will make some changes to their 2015 race schedule beginning this weekend, March 14th, 2015 " stated General Manager Kevin Piercy.
After fielding multiple calls from competitors and fans, Hickory Motor Speedway has added an additional $1, 000.00 dollars to the regular Saturday Night purse and beginning this Saturday Night all NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models races will be 100 laps in length.
Piercy added "You have to be willing to listen and make changes when necessary, We have felt for some time that we needed more support on our 50 lap events and after last Saturday Night's opener it was obvious what needed to be done"
The new purse will now pay $1,500 for the win and has been increased throughout the field to be similar to The Paramount Kia "Big 10" events. The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge will remain at $2,000 for the win.
The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge is a 10 Race Championship Series within the overall NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship at Hickory Motor Speedway and will still provide additional purse money for the Top 4 finishers in the NWAAS Bojangles Late Models and additional season ending point funds to be distributed among the Top 3 Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge finishers.
Also on tap for this Saturday Night will be the T- Mobile Limited Late Models for 35 laps. The T- Mobile Limited Late Models have become a fan favorite for the competitors and the Hickory Motor Speedway fans. Other divisions on the schedule will be the Smokeys Super Trucks for 35 laps, Street Stocks for 30 laps, and the Classic Sportsman Racing Series for 25 laps.
Gates will open at 5pm with racing action beginning at 7pm. Tickets are just $11.00 for adults, $9.00 for Seniors and Teen and 12 and under are free.
There will be a practice on Friday March 13th from 4pm-7pm. Fans are invited to attend.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (4-2, 3-0) proved too much for Brevard (4-4, 1-2) after prevailing by a 22-8 score in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday evening at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) led all scorers with six goals as the Bears won their fourth straight contest. Goldsmith, the reigning league offensive player of the week, has 13 goals in the last two games.
The Bears’ senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) added two goals and a game-high four assists as Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 5-0 advantage after just eight minutes of play and never looked back.
Brevard’s Anthony Alfonso (Port Charlotte, N.C.) finished with a team-high three goals and Adam Wiedemann (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) added two goals and two assists but Brevard couldn’t get within four goals the rest of the way.
A total of thirteen players found the back of the net for the Bears, who also dominated shots taken (48-21) and ground balls (70-22) in the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the victory after stopping four shots while Brevard’s Andy Reilly (Delmar, N.Y.) made nine saves but took the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., in Hartsville, S.C.
Appalachian State University women's basketball fell to second-seed Arkansas State on Wednesday with a score of 67-53 at the Lakefront Arena.
The Mountaineers (14-16, 9-12 Sun Belt) started the second half by cutting the Red Wolves' (22-9, 17-4) lead to just five points, but then let Arkansas State go to the foul line too many times, helping them get the win.
Katie Mallow started the game with a three for the Mountaineers to tie it up, 3-3 and Maryah Sydnor and Mia Marshall would each score to help App take a 7-5 lead with 16:48 to play. From there the Red Wolves would go on a 12-0 run, keeping the Mountaineers from scoring for four minute until Joi Jones would hit a shot from behind the arc.
Trailing 19-10 the Apps went on a 8-4 run, but Arkansas State continued to find points, finishing the half with six-straight points to lead 34-23 at halftime.
Sydnor led the team with nine points in the first half while the team shot 26.7 percent from the floor.
The Red Wolves were led by Khadijah Brown-Haywood's 12 points while the team recorded a 40.6 field goal percentage.
The Mountaineers came out in the second half by going on an 8-2 run, featuring six points from Sydnor to cut A-State's lead to just five points. Arkansas State responded with four points of their own, before Mia Marshall, KeKe Cooper and Bria Huffman each converted for the Apps as they trailed 42-37 with 13:17 to play.
Arkansas State went on an 10-4 run before the Apps would begin to foul, sending the Red Wolves to the free throw line on their next three possessions as A-State led 58-41 at the 7:15 minute mark.
Farrahn Wood hit a three-pointer with 2:50 to play, but it would not be enough as Arkansas State took the game, 67-52 to end Appalachian's season.
Sydnor led the team with a double-double, scoring 16 points and tallying ten rebounds. Huffman followed with 12 points, while Marshall added ten rebounds in the game.
The Mountaineers shot 32.3 percent from the floor, recording 43 rebounds and 19 turnovers.
Arkansas State was led by Aundrea Gamble's 19 points and Brown-Haywood's 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Red Wolves shot 37.1 percent from the field, recording 41 rebounds and turning the ball over nine times.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (3-3, 3-0) remained undefeated in South Atlantic Conference play with a 20-2 victory over Brevard (0-6, 0-3) Wednesday evening at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), the Bears’ all-time leading scorer, finished with a game-high four goals while dishing out a pair of assists in the win.
Three more players scored three times for the Bears – senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.), junior midfielder Bailey Leonard (Cornelius, N.C.) and freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) – in the easy league victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne put the contest away early and held a 14-1 advantage at intermission. The Bears also held the edge in both shots taken (34-4) and ground balls (27-14) over the Tornados.
In goal, freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win for the Bears while the Tornados’ Kayla Henderson (Shreveport, La.) suffered the loss despite making eight saves in the game.
Both Sade Allen (Miami, Fla.) and Alyssa Barrett (Watertown, N.Y.) scored for the Tornados, who continue to search for their first win on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to face Coker on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 1:00 p.m.