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No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne (19-7) and Belmont Abbey (7-17) split a softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears won by a 10-1 score in five innings in the first contest before falling in the nightcap, 3-1.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 10, Belmont Abbey 1 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a walk-off grand slam in the fifth inning to end the game as the Bears run-ruled the Crusaders.

Kenley finished with five runs batted in while Lenoir-Rhyne took advantage of five Belmont Abbey errors in the victory. Freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and sophomore second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) added two hits and a run batted in each as well for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (2-2) went the distance and earned the win while Samantha Jacobs (Salisbury, N.C.) fell to 3-6 on the year after suffering the loss for the Crusaders.

Belmont Abbey’s Selena Thompson (Portsmouth, Va.) hit a solo home run in the losing effort.

Game Two – Belmont Abbey 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Belmont Abbey scored twice in the first inning and held on for the win to salvage the split.

The Crusaders’ Laura Williams (Rolesville, N.C.) had a two-run single in the frame while Sloane McPeak (Winston-Salem, N.C.) hit a solo home run later in the contest in the victory. Williams (2-4) also notched the complete game win.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) fell to 7-4 despite striking out 10 batters. Junior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) drove in the Bears’ lone run in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces King in Bristol, Tenn., on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in a doubleheader.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Keenan Palmore has been named the 2015-16 NCAA Division II CCA Southeast Region Men's Basketball Player Of The Year. CCA is the Conference Commissioners Association.

Palmore, a senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., was named the South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year two weeks ago and currently leads the league in scoring (21.9), rebounding (9.2) and assists (6.4).

Palmore has four triple-doubles, 12 double-doubles and has scored 36 points twice this season.

Palmore has led Lenoir-Rhyne (21-9) to its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Regional Championship. The Bears, the seventh seed in this year’s Southeast Regional Tournament, will face top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Lincoln Memorial (31-2) Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., at Tex Turner Arena in Harrogate, Tenn.

The winner earns a berth to the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight, taking place this year at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

Players selected to the region first team will now be listed on the D2CCA All-American national ballot. The All-American team will be announced Monday, March 21.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America Men’s Basketball Team is sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The All-America Men’s Basketball team is selected by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).

2015-16 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association
Southeast Region Men's Basketball Teams

FIRST TEAM
Keenan Palmore, Lenoir-Rhyne, Guard, 6-2, Sr., Stone Mountain, Ga.
Gerel Simmons, Lincoln Memorial, Guard, 6-2, Sr., Accokeek, Md.
Terrell Harris, Georgia College, Forward, 6-3, Sr., Indiantown, Fla.
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial, Guard, 6-3, Jr., Laurens, S.C.
C.J. Wilson, Young Harris, Guard, 5-11, Jr., Conyers, Ga.

SECOND TEAM
Charles Clark, Carson-Newman, Guard, 6-2, So., Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Cam Baker, Columbus State, Guard, 6-1, Sr., Columbus, Ga.
Sean Morgan, Queens, Forward, 6-6, Sr., Kennesaw, Ga.
Austin Anderson, Lees-McRae, Guard, 6-6, Sr., Anderson, S.C.
Terrell Lipkins, Montevallo, Guard, 5-11, Sr., Canton, Ohio

Southeast Region Player Of The Year: Keenan Palmore, Lenoir-Rhyne

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Joe Buduo has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Buduo, a freshman attacker from Shrewsbury, Mass., scored five goals including four in the fourth and final period to lead the Bears to a 10-9 upset win over No. 17 Lynn last Saturday afternoon at home.

Buduo has 10 goals, two assists and 12 points to go along with seven ground balls so far on the season for the Bears.

Wingate junior goalkeeper Jacob Ormerod (Lake Mary, Fla.) has been named the AstroTurf SAC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-4, 1-0), winners of two consecutive matches, faces Wingate (3-4, 1-0) in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday night at Moretz Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University men’s golf completed the final round of the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate on Monday afternoon. The Mountaineers shot an even-par third round 288 and finished in fifth place with a tournament total of 900. The 288 score was tied for the lowest team score in round three.

Duke claimed the 2016 Cape Fear National Intercollegiate title with a total of 857. UNCW was the runner-up at 871. The Seahawks featured the Individual champion, Patrick Cover, who shot a 208 over three rounds.

Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) shot even-par 72 for the second time in the tournament in round three and finished in a tie for 14th place. Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) carded the lowest round of the tournament for the Mountaineers with a 3-under 69. Burris jumped 21 spots into 19th place.

Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County) posted a 74 on day two for a total of 224 for the tournament. Watson placed tied for 25th. Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) shot his lowest round of the tournament with a round three 73. Moriarty finished tied for 41st.

Jake Smith (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman) recorded a 79 in his final round for a total of 235. Smith tied for 53rd place.

The Mountaineers posted day-one rounds of 303 and 309 for a total of 612 and sat in 6th place going into the final round on Monday.

Keck led the way for the Mountaineers in the first round score of even-par 72 followed by a second round 77. Keck was for 17th place heading into the final 18 holes. Watson carded a second-round low for the Mountaineers with his75. Watson shot 78 in the opening round for a total of 153 and was in a tie for 28th place.

Burris shot a 155 over two rounds with scores of 76 and 79. Burris started the final round in a tie for 40th place. Smith finished one shot behind Burris with a total of 156. Smith carded back-to-back rounds of 78 and was tied for 44th place.

Rounding out the Mountaineer lineup, Moriarty shot 77 in round one followed by 81 in round two. Moriarty was tied for 54th place.

Competing as individuals, Thomas Hodges (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Kyle Austin (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) shot 233 and 245, respectively. Hodges finished tied for 47th while Austin place 75th

The Mountaineers will be back on the golf course on Mar. 20 for the Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va.

For the first time in school history, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (21-9) advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional Championship with a 76-69 triumph over Wingate (23-10) Sunday evening in the Southeast Regional semifinals at Tex Turner Arena.

The Bears are the seventh seed in the tournament while the Bulldogs were seeded third. Lenoir-Rhyne will now play either top-seeded and No. 1 Lincoln Memorial (31-2) Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., for a ticket to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard and South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) with 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Bears defeated the Bulldogs for the second time this year. Palmore had 20 points in the pivotal second half.

Wingate’s Keith Griffin (Concord, N.C.) scored a team-high 19 points in the setback for the Bulldogs, who hit just two-of-11 three-point attempts for the game. Mike Baez (Huntersville, N.C.) added 13 points as well for the Bulldogs.

Lenoir-Rhyne trailed by a 31-30 margin at halftime but heated up after intermission, scoring 46 points and shooting 62 percent (16-of-26) in the second half.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bears including sophomore guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 14 points and senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) and senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) with 12 points each.

A three-pointer by Perry just 53 seconds into the second half gave the Bears a 33-31 advantage and Lenoir-Rhyne would never trail again the rest of the way. The Bears also increased their South Atlantic Conference single-season record of treys to 373.

Sunday, 13 March 2016 22:26

Appalachian State Softball Defeats UL Monroe

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Not even a two hour, 10 minute rain delay could slow Appalachian State University softball, as sophomore Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) went 2-for-3 on the day, hitting two screamers beyond the fence to drive in three of the Mountaineers’ four RBI to defeat UL Monroe 4-1.

App State then went back-to-back as Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga. (Lowndes) joined the home run party with a solo shot deep into left that put the game further out of reach. That blast gave Parker three on the season, Josey leads the team with five and the Black and Gold hit three home runs in a game for the first time this season. For the Weekend Appalachian hit six home runs to up their season total to 15, one-third of last season’s total.

“I’m very proud of our team this past weekend,” said head coach Janice Savage. “We made great strides and grew a lot over the last three games. We have some things we still need to continue to work on, but for our first weekend out in Sun Belt play, I am very pleased.”

Josey has been on a tear lately as she has raised her average from .195 to .281 since March 5. During that span, the right-handed hitter is a combined 10-of-23 (.435) with six runs scored, 11 RBI, three doubles, and four home runs. That .281 average puts her in a tie for third on the team with Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek).

Savage continued, “Our girls fought and played with passion all weekend. We learned from our mistakes Saturday and made adjustments on Sunday. We will continue to practice hard this week and carry this momentum into our midweeks and next weekend’s series.”

The Mountaineers (5-19, 1-2 Sun Belt) earned their first conference win, an improvement over last season where the first league win came on April 12. Despite being the “home team,” the Warhawks (14-10, 2-1 SBC) dropped their first conference game of the year, after winning both in yesterday’s doubleheader.

Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) was credited with her first-career save and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (3-9) earned the win after throwing four innings with one earned run surrendered on four hits. The junior hurler walked four batters and struck out two. As a team, ULM had 24 hits in yesterday’s twinbill, but only five in today’s contest.

Both Kennedy and Ciocatto combined to hold one of the Sun Belt’s best hitters, Rochelle Roberts, hitless for just the fourth time this season. Prior to Sunday, Roberts was riding a seven-game hitting streak and had recorded at least one hit in 18 of her last 19 games. She entered the weekend with a conference-best .563 batting average that was also seventh-best in the nation.

Kennedy tallied the Mountaineers’ first save in nearly a year with three innings of one-hit ball and, lately, she has been Appalachian State’s hottest pitcher. Since March 5, the freshman has lowered her ERA from 8.18 to 5.43 and continues to creep up on the team low in that category. In her last five appearances, Kennedy has a 2.23 ERA in 22 innings pitched with six free passes and 12 punchouts.

Next up, App State will host Campbell for two on Wednesday with first pitch in game one set for 4 p.m. at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The Mountaineers and Camels met on March 5 as part of the Camel Stampede and Appalachian State came out on top, 16-9.

Despite a late rally in Game 1, Appalachian State University baseball suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. Georgia Southern won the opener of the twinbill, 8-6, and the nightcap, 5-1.

With the wins, Georgia Southern (11-5, 3-0 Sun Belt) swept this weekend’s three-game Sun Belt series from Appalachian State (3-13, 0-3 Sun Belt).

Appalachian trailed 5-1 and 8-4 in Saturday’s opener but scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-6. The score was still 8-6 when Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) led off the bottom of the ninth with his third hit of the game, a sharp single up the middle. Henry Davis (Darlington, S.C./Mayo) followed with a four-pitch walk and backup catcher Zach Hummel (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the tying run into scoring position with one out. However, Georgia Southern closer Chris Brown struck out freshmen Tanner Mann-Fix (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) to squelch the Mountaineers’ threat and end the game.

The bottom of the ninth inning was a microcosm of the game for Appalachian State, which saw the Nos. 5-8 hitters in its batting order go 8-for-14 with five RBI and four runs scored while the rest of the order combined for just two hits in 21 at-bats.

Vernon led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. It was a breakout performance for the junior-college transfer, who had only two hits in his first 12 games as a Mountaineer.

Three errors doomed App State in Game 1, as they led to three unearned runs in the two-run defeat.

App State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning in Game 2 but, after collecting two hits in the frame, managed just one hit the rest of the way.

Georgia Southern took advantage of Appalachian’s offensive struggles and pieced together one run in the third, one in the fifth and three in the sixth to finish off the series sweep.

The highlight of Game 2 for the Mountaineers was the play of Hummel behind the plate. In his first start of the season, Hummel threw out three would-be base-stealers in the nightcap. He also gunned down a runner after replacing starter Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) early in Game 1.

Appalachian State returns to action on Tuesday when it makes the short trip to Greensboro, N.C. to take on North Carolina A&T. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Greensboro’s historic War Memorial Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne (17-7, 3-3) and Newberry (17-8-1, 4-5) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. Lenoir-Rhyne won the first contest by a 9-5 score while Newberry salvaged the split with a 10-1 win in the nightcap.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Newberry 5
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) hit a grand slam and finished with six runs batted in to lead the Bears to the win.

Dean’s grand slam in the second inning opened the scoring before sophomore catcher Cole Fowler (Dobson, N.C.) had a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning to put the contest out of reach.

The Wolves finally got on the board in the seventh inning and added four runs in the eighth frame but it was too little, too late for Newberry. The Wolves’ Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.) totaled two hits and two runs batted in.

On the mound, sophomore Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) improved to 3-1 on the year after allowing just one run while pitching into the seventh inning for the Bears. Newberry’s Zack Kelly (Daleville, Va.) (3-2) took the loss.

Game Two – Newberry 10, Lenoir-Rhyne 1 (seven innings)
The Wolves hit three home runs – two by Jeff Sneed (Cumming, Ga.) and one by Daymon Totherow (Danville, Va.) – as Newberry came away with a split.
Sneed hit a three-run home run in the first inning and a solo shot in the third frame while Totherow connected on a two-run home run in the second inning as Newberry led by a 10-0 margin after three innings of play.

Lenoir-Rhyne got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning on a run-scoring double by senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas).

Newberry’s Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after limiting the Bears to just four hits in five innings of work. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) suffered the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Beckley, W.Va., to take on Concord in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne (18-6), ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division II, split a regional doubleheader with Augusta (9-23) Saturday afternoon at Jaguar Field. Augusta prevailed in the first contest by a 3-0 score while the Bears shut out the Jaguars, 3-0, in the nightcap to salvage the split.

Game One – Augusta 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Jaguars’ Haley Birkle (Gainesville, Fla.) pitched a three-hit shutout to lead Augusta State to the win. Birkle (3-6) struck out three batters in the victory.

Augusta was led at the plate by Brianna Dickens (Watkinsville, Ga.), who totaled two hits and two runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) went the distance as well and struck out six batters but fell to 1-2 on the year.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Augusta 0
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) led the Bears to the split. Parks improved to 4-0 on the season after notching a three-hit shutout in addition to six strikeouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) hit a solo home run, her team-tying fifth of the season, while junior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) also drove in a run in the victory.

Augusta University’s Paige Deschaine (Summerville, S.C.) fell to 4-8 after suffering the loss. Deschaine allowed just one earned run in addition to seven strikeouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Belmont Abbey in a doubleheader at Bears Field on Tuesday afternoon at 2pm.

It wasn’t without a struggle, but the Freedom (32-0) Women’s team downed Northern Guilford (25-8) 53-50 to win the school’s fifth state championship in Women’s Basketball.

Ariyana Williams had 16 points and 3 rebounds to lead the Patriots on her way to winning the 3A Women’s Championship Game Most Valuable Player award. The Patriots took care of the basketball all night with only nine turnovers on the game. They forced 14 Nighthawk turnovers including nine steals.

The Patriots led by 13 after the opening quarter, 20-7, as five players for Freedom had points in the quarter. They stretched the lead to 14 in the early second quarter on a free throw by Amy Rhoney. That’s when Northern Guilford started to chip away.

Elissa Cunane went to work for the Nighthawks beginning in the second quarter. She had six straight points for the Nighthawks to draw them within 8 in the mid-second quarter. She finished the night with 20 points and 14 rebounds on the night and was named the Nighthawks’ Most Outstanding Player.

Northern Guilford briefly cut the Freedom lead to two with 51 seconds remaining in the game on a pair of Kelly Lomax free throws, but the Nighthawks, who never led in the game, could not get any closer. Ariyana Williams iced the Patriots win hitting 3 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.

Lindsey Adams had 16 points for the Patriots, chipping in 2 rebounds and going 3 for 4 from beyond the three-point line. Adams was named Freedom’s Most Outstanding Player. The Patriots hit 4 of their 7 shots from the three-point line.

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