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For the second straight day, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (10-0) defeated both King, 12-4, and No. 8 Armstrong State, 9-8, Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Field and remained perfect on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne 12, King 4 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit two home runs and finished with four runs batted in as the Bears used a six-run first inning to put the contest away early and run-rule the Tornado.

Senior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) added a home run to go along with four runs batted in as well in the victory for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior pitcher Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after limiting King (1-5) to just one hit while allowing four unearned runs and striking out five batters.

Kenley’s run-scoring single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the contest. Kenley also added three hits and three runs scored while King’s Hollyn Frankin (Lincolnton, N.C.) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Armstrong State 8
The Bears dug themselves into a 7-0 hole but rallied to win after plating nine runs in the fifth inning in the victory over the Pirates (6-4).

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) capped the frame with the game-winning, two-run home run while Kenley and freshman third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) added round-trippers in the inning.

The Pirates’ Jane Trzaska (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) hit a grand slam in the first inning and Alexis Mercer (Rincon, Ga.) added a three-run home run in the fourth despite the loss. Trzaska hit a solo shot in the seventh inning and finished with five runs batted in.

On the mound, junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) went the distance and struck out 10 batters to earn the win and improve to 10-0 on the year. Ollivia McLemore (Salem, Ala.) fell to 3-2 on the year after taking the loss for the Pirates.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Mount Olive, N.C., to face Mount Olive in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, 16 February 2015 00:05

CVCC Men's Basketball Rebounds for Road Win

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Tidewater Community College on the road 72-56.

Leading scorers for the RedHawks were Kenny Lemon with 17 points and Corneilus Johnson with 14 points.

CVCC is now 14-13 overall and 9-8 in conference play. CVCC goes to Vance-Granville Community College on Wednesday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (0-2) came up short in its 2015 home opener, 13-12, to No. 18 Rollins (3-0) Sunday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Tars’ Tyler Thomas (Winter Park, Fla.) scored five goals as Rollins rallied from a 10-7 deficit in the second half to take the win.

Freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) scored the Bears’ first four goals but Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its second consecutive one-goal defeat.

Rollins’ Alley Rhinehart (Winter Springs, Fla.) broke a 10-all with the match-winning goal with 10:20 left in the contest as the Tars reeled off six straight scores late in the second half to take the victory.

Kristina Coppolino (Winter Springs, Fla.) also scored three times while Malorie Olin (Skaneateles, N.Y.) earned the victory in goal for Rollins after stopping 10 shots in the match.

Junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and sophomore attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) also scored twice as the Bears, who fell despite holding the advantage a 29-21 advantage in shots taken.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Paula Cortezano (Patchogue, N.Y.) suffered the loss despite finishing with three saves. Freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas), who started the match for the Bears, made two saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener next Saturday at Noon at Moretz Stadium.

Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Falls By One

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The Florida Tech Men’s Lacrosse Team (2-0) held off a furious rally by Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2) and prevailed by a 13-12 score Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Panthers’ Jason Terry (Bel Air, Md.) totaled five goals including the match-winner while Daniel Errett (Fairfield, Conn.) scored three times as Florida Tech jumped out to an 11-5 advantage after three periods of play and held on for the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which lost its second straight one-goal match, was led offensively by senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) with five goals.

The Bears scored seven goals in the final stanza and tied the match at 12 on Hanlon’s fifth and final goal with 1:36 left but the Panthers responded with the match-winner with 32 seconds on the clock.

Terry’s goal was assisted by Nick Wynne (Skyesville, Md.), who finished with three assists on the day, and Florida Tech defeated its first ranked opponent in school history. Lenoir-Rhyne entered the match ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II.

Sophomore attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) and senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) both scored two goals as well and senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) stopped six shots in the losing effort for the Bears.

For Florida Tech, Eric Biller (Westminster, Md.) was credited with the win in goal after making 11 saves on the day. The Panthers also held the edge in shots taken (38-37) and ground balls (41-34).

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener on Saturday, February 21, at Moretz Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis got back on the winning track, picking up a 5-0 victory over visiting Presbyterian College on Saturday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (3-3) fought hard to pick up the doubles point and then never looked back as the Blue Hose (4-2) failed to pick up a singles match.

Saturday’s match saw just four of the six singles matches finish up as inclement weather made its way to the High Country, forcing the match to conclude before all matches could wrap up.

App State’s No. 1 duo of Mackenzie LaSure and Clare Cox were first to win their doubles match, 8-2, before Megan Mullen and Melissa Machado secure the doubles point with a 8-3 win at No. 3.

In singles play, Appalachian carried the momentum forward as Cox and LaSure made quick work of the first two spots. Cox won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, while LaSure won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.

The closest match of the day came at No. 3 between Brianna Armellino and Demi Henschel. Henschel took a close first set 6-4, but Armellino roared back to take the second set handily, 6-2, to force a final set. She carried her energy into the third set, winning 6-2 to pick up the match-clinching fourth point.

Machado was able to handle No. 5 spot quickly as she won 6-3, 6-2, before matches at No. 4 and No. 6 went unfinished due to developing bad weather and Appalachian took the win with a 5-0 final.

The Mountaineers return for part two of their three-match homestand as they take on West Virginia State on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Appalachian State 5, Presbyterian College 0
Feb 14, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. RANSOM, Greer (PCW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. NUTTALL, Brittany (PCW) 6-0, 6-1
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. HENSCHEL, Demi (PCW) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) vs. ANDREWS, C.M. (PCW) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. deLOACH, Caroline (PCW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Megan Mullen (APP) vs. MCBRIDE, Sara (PCW) 3-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. RANSOM, Greer/HENSCHEL, Demi (PCW) 8-2
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. NUTTALL, Brittany/ANDREWS, C.M. (PCW) 8-3
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) vs. deLOACH, Caroline/MCBRIDE, Sara (PCW) 6-5, unfinished

Match Notes
Presbyterian College 4-2
Appalachian State 3-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
Official: Nick Wilson T-3:46 A-59

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (0-3) suffered a 5-4 setback to Pfeiffer (6-0) Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Tennis Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne seniors Marvin Mueller (Hagen, GERMANY) and Robin Hochguertel (Erlensee, GERMANY) prevailed at both singles and doubles despite the loss for the Bears.

The duo won at first doubles by an 8-6 score over Pfeiffer's Oscar Van Koch (Sollentana, SWEDEN) and Axel Woerner (Stuttgart, GERMANY) while Marvin defeated Van Koch at No. 1 singles - 6-0 and 6-3 - and Hochguertel got by Woerner at second singles, 7-6, 6-7 and 14-2.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road on Thursday when the Bears travel to Ettrick, Va., to face Virginia State beginning at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Pfeiffer 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
February 14, 2015
Misenheimer, N.C.
Knapp Tennis Center
Singles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller (LR) def. Oscar Van Koch (PFEIFFER), 6-0, 6-3
2. Robin Hochguertel (LR) def. Axel Woerner (PFEIFFER), 7-6, 6-7, 14-12
3. Bjorn Barwinski (PFEIFFER) def. Patrick Bauer (LR), 6-3, 6-2
4. Anthony Brennan (PFEIFFER) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-3, 6-2
5. David Weir (PFEIFFER) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 6-2, 6-1
6. Sebastian Wernecke (PFEIFFER) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Oscar Van Koch/Axel Woerner (PFEIFFER), 8-6
2. Bjorn Barwinski/Sebastian Wernecke (PFEIFFER) def. Matthew Ledford/Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 8-5
3. Robin Hochguertel/John Christian Reid (LR) def. David Weir/Orlando Castillo (PFEIFFER), 8-6
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-3), Pfeiffer (6-0)

Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:52

App State Men's Tennis Edged Out By Winthrop

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Despite wins in three singles matches, Appalachian State University men’s tennis dropped its seacond-straight, 4-3 decision in a loss at Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (3-4) were able to push two singles matches to third sets, but could not climb out of an early hole against the Eagls (3-2).

Winthrop was able to seize early momentum when it snagged 8-6 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to earn the first point. App State’s No. 2 duo of Jack Maddocks and Scott Webster were able to grab a 9-7 win at No. 2, but Appalachian failed to secure a second doubles win.

In singles play, Oliver Casey grabbed a first set win at No. 1, but eventually fell by a score of 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. Jan-Willem Kleynhans also snagged a win in his first set at No. 5, but also lost by a score of 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Maddocks, Webster and Trey Morries earned wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, but Winthrop’s win at the No. 2 spot would prove to be the difference as Appalachian State lost by the slimmest of margins.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 against NJIT. The match, which will be played once again in Rock Hill, S.C., is slated for a noon start time.

Winthrop Men’s Tennis 4, Appalachian State 3
Feb 14, 2015 at Rock Hill, SC (Winthrop Memorial Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
2. COMERFORD, Dylan (WUM) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-4, 6-0
3. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. PATRICK, Steven (WUM) 7-6, 6-4
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. NAGOVNAK, Peter (WUM) 6-3, 6-1
5. CHEN, Michael (WUM) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-7, 6-1, 6-3
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. FRANZANTI, Ruben (WUM) 7-5, 6-7, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. COMERFORD, Dylan/NAGOVNAK, Peter (WUM) def. Oliver Casey/Zach Bost (APP) 8-6
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. PATRICK, Steven/MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) 9-7
3. CHEN, Michael/FRANZANTI, Ruben (WUM) def. Trey Morris/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-6

Match Notes
Appalachian State 3-4
Winthrop Men’s Tennis 3-2

Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Takes Two Games on Saturday

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team moved to 8-0 on the season with victories over King, 4-3, and eighth-ranked Armstrong State, 13-5, Saturday afternoon at Armstrong Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne 4, King 3
The Bears scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning capped off by senior outfielder Brittany Coursen’s (Virginia Beach, Va.) game-winning RBI single with one out in the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) drove in two runs while junior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) improved to 4-0 on the year after striking 12 batters in the victory.

For King, Chrissy Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) hit a two-run home run in the first inning while Morgan Lowe (Damascus, Va.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 13, Armstrong State 5 (six innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Averi Miller (Taylorsville, N.C.) finished with four hits including a two-run home run and five runs batted in as the Bears run-ruled the Pirates.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) also drove in four runs as the Bears pounded out 17 hits in the victory. Junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (4-0) earned the victory for the Bears as well.

Armstrong State’s Alexis Mercer (Rincon, Ga.) hit two home runs but Jane Trzaska (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) took the loss and fell to 2-2 on the season.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field concluded the Samford Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountaineers had many standout performances over the weekend – highlighted by Patrick Quinn (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) finishing in second place in the pole vault. Quinn cleared 15-5.00 feet.

In the throwing events, Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) took third in the shot put with a throw of 52-10.75 feet, while John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) claimed ninth in the weight throw with a throw of 51-5.50 feet.

Henry Bustle (Statesville, N.C./South Iredell) took eighth in the long jump with a jump of 22-3.75 feet. Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished in fifth in the 800 meter run with a personal-best time of 1:54.19 and Raphael Rojas (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) took seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.24.

In the 3,000 meter run, Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) finished in sixth with a season-best time of 8:29.64, while Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard/LaSalle) ran a time of 4:21.30 in the mile and took 14th. William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) finished in 14th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.41.

In his first performance during the indoor track and field season, Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) finished in 13th in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:37.59. Ellis had a standout season on the Mountaineer cross country team and was an all-conference performer.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Joshua Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale), Hastings and Rojas bettered their time from earlier this season at the Penn State Invitational. They ran it nearly three seconds faster this weekend with a time of 3:19.94 and took fourth.

The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend when they host the App State Open.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field also finished up the Samford Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountaineers were led over the weeked by Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley). The senior thrower took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48-4.75, while placing ninth in the weight throw with a distance of 54-8.25 feet.

In the high jump, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) and Janet Watson (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) both cleared 5-3.00 feet and took eighth and ninth place, respectively. In the pole vault, Debra Dombermuth (Boone, N.C./Watauga) placed ninth and cleared 11-5.75 feet.

Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) ran a personal-best time in the mile, crossing the finish line in a time of 5:02.87. For her efforts, Ratcliffe placed seventh.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Taryn Stern (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge), Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) and Marie Atwater (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) finished in seventh with a time of 3:56.03. Of the three formed teams to run the 4x400 this season, the time this weekend was the fastest.

The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend when they host the App State Open.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:44

L-R Women's Tennis Swept by Pfeiffer

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (0-2) fell by a 9-0 score to Pfeiffer (4-1) Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Tennis Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Ettrick, Va., to face Virginia State beginning at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Pfeiffer 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
February 14, 2015
Misenheimer, N.C.
Knapp Tennis Center
Singles competition:
1. Olivia Nelms (PFEIFFER) def. Zorica Djuric (LR), 6-0, 6-4
2. Taylor Lindsay (PFEIFFER) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 0-6, 6-0, 10-4
3. Valeria Mendoza (PFEIFFER) def. Lucy Stofberg (LR), 6-3, 7-6
4. Hannah Wilson (PFEIFFER) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR), 6-7, 6-1, 11-9
5. Mylene Petipas (PFEIFFER) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 2-6, 6-1, 10-1
6. Mara Hofstetter (PFEIFFER) def. Maggie Brown (LR), 2-6, 6-1, 10-1
Doubles competition:
1. Olivia Nelms/Hannah Wilson (PFEIFFER) def. Zorica Djuric/Lucy Stofberg (LR), 8-2
2. Taylor Lindsay/Valeria Mendoza (PFEIFFER) def. Lela Sparks Thompson/Dominique Bruce (LR), 8-3
3. Mara Hofstetter/Mylene Petipas (PFEIFFER) def. Maggie Brown/Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-2
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2), Pfeiffer (4-1)