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he No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (28-5, 2-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Tusculum (14-14, 0-2), 5-0 and 11-9, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Tusculum 0
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw her seventh shutout of the year while both senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) finished with two hits and two runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively.

Parks scattered four hits and struck out six batters while Taylor Plemons (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell to 7-7 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Tusculum 9
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to an 11-3 advantage thanks to a nine-run fourth inning and were able to hold off a late Tusculum surge to complete the sweep.

Senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) highlighted the frame with a three-run home run – her second of the year – while sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) added three RBI for the Bears.

Tusculum scored two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Pioneers totaled 18 hits and were led by Sammie West (Maiden, N.C.) with five hits while Taylor Johnson (Spring Hill, Tenn.) added four hits and three runs batted in.

Parks (17-1) came on in relief to preserve the win. Kenley aided the Bears' effort with four hits and two more runs batted in. Tusculum's Eliza Davis (Lexington, N.C.) fell to 2-2 after suffering the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host Wingate in a league doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.,

Appalachian State University women and men’s track and field finished the Bob Davidson Spring Kick Off on Saturday afternoon at High Point. As a team, the women finished 10th out of 16 teams while the men finished eighth.

For the women, on day two, the Mountaineers were led by a first-place finish from Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga/East Carolina) in the pole vault. Drummonds vaulted a height of 12-11.50 feet. Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) finished in a tie for sixth in the vault with a height of 11-5.75 feet. Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) took 13th in the event and vaulted 10-11.75 feet.

Appalachian’s 4x100-meter relay team, made up of Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams), Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View/N.C. Central) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) took second-place with a time of 46.38.

In the 800-meter run, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished seventh with a time of 2:16.95. Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) finished 12th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.38.

For the men, Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) led the Mountaineers on day two of the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.17.

Smith also contributed to an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay event. Smith, Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret), Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) and Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished eighth with a time of 3:23.25.

In the 200-meter dash, Hastings took 11th with a time of 22.22. Doyle finished 17th in the 800-meter run, turning in a time of 1:59.44.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (7-8, 1-4) suffered a 7-2 loss to Newberry (12-5, 4-1) Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference game at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne did register victories at sixth singles – sophomore Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) – and third doubles courtesy of sophomore Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Seguara, SPAIN) and sophomore Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (Panama City, PANAMA).

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Brevard, N.C., to take on Brevard on Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Newberry plays Tusculum on the road next Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Newberry 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Elizabeth Williamson (NC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-0, 6-3
2. Amanda Carrillo (NC) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
3. Marta Gomar (NC) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-4, 7-6
4. Lucia Davia (NC) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-4, 6-2
5. Rebeca Martinez (NC) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-3, 6-3
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Kelly McManus (NC), 9-7

Doubles competition:
1. Elizabeth Williamson/Amanda Carrillo (NC) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-4
2. Lucia Davia/Kelly McManus (NC) def. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-5
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Rebeca Martinez/Marta Gomar (NC), 8-0

Records: Newberry (12-5, 4-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-8, 1-4 SAC)

Sunday, 19 March 2017 17:30

L-R Men's Tennis Lose to Newberry

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (7-7, 1-4) fell to Newberry (12-3, 4-1) by a 7-2 score on Saturday at Hickory High School in South Atlantic Conference action.

The Bears prevailed at fifth and sixth singles – freshmen Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) – despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Brevard Sunday at 1:00 p.m., while Newberry faces Tusculum next Saturday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Newberry 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Edison Ambarzumjan (NC) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-4, 6-3
2. Jordan Monosky (NC) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-1, 6-0
3. Nikhil Mannepalli (NC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-3, 6-4
4. Angel Pizarro (NC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-5
5. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Richard Zeh (NC), 9-7
6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Alex Amble (NC), 8-6

Doubles competition:
1. Jordan Monosky/Edison Ambarzumjan (NC) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-3
2. Nikhil Mannepalli/Angel Pizarro (NC) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 9-7
3. Richard Zeh/Logan Adkins (NC) def. Tales Miranda/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 9-8

Records: Newberry (12-3, 4-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-7, 1-4 SAC)

For only the fourth time since 2010, Appalachian State University baseball launched four home runs en route to a 12-4 victory over No. 14 Louisiana on Saturday afternoon at Russo Park.

The Mountaineers (9-10, 1-1 Sun Belt) had four players with multi-RBI performances as they handed the Ragin’ Cajuns (10-6, 1-1 Sun Belt) just their second loss all-time in games started by sophomore pitcher Nick Lee (11-2).

Appalachian handed 14th-ranked Louisiana its third game this season with 10-plus hits allowed and second time with 10-plus runs allowed as the bats caught fire early in the second inning when Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) singled to center field to score both Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) and Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern). Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) followed that up immediately with another two-RBI single to center field, plating both Zupcic and Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson).

Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech) led the way offensively with three hits on five at-bats getting a solo leadoff home run in the third inning. Stroup also got a leadoff solo homer, jacking the 3-1 hitter’s count pitch to left field in the seventh, for his second home run of the week and fourth of the season.

Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) continued on with the steady offensive attack with a clutch, two-out RBI single to right field in the eighth inning to bring in Vernon.

The derby continued into the top of the ninth in the final at-bat for the Mountaineers. Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) knocked a moonshot to left to bring in Grubbs and Zupcic – his first home run of the season. Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) then tight-roped one down the left-field line for a two-RBI home run – his first of the season.

Right-handed pitcher Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) earned his third win of the year, going 7.0 innings and just allowing six hits and four runs, only two earned, while striking out four of 30 batters faced. Closing the game for App State was Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood), who gave 2.0 fine innings, only allowing two hits and punching out two to get the save.

The Coker Baseball Team (15-9, 7-5) swept a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lenoir-Rhyne (15-11, 4-8), 11-0 and 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Tom J. New Field.

Game One – Coker 11, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
The Cobras' Forrest Arnold (West Columbia, S.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after firing a five-hit shutout while striking out seven batters in the victory.

Coker put the game away early with four runs in each of the first and second innings, respectively. The Cobras were led by Thomas Lopez (St. Cloud, Fla.) and Bryson Conner (North Augusta, S.C.) with a pair of hits and three runs batted in each.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) fell to 3-2 after taking the loss for the Bears.

Game Two – Coker 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
The Cobras broke a four-all tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when Robert Lybrand (Lexington, S.C.) came through with an RBI single to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) with three hits and two runs batted in and leads the league in batting average (.486).

For Coker, A.J. Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio) and Conner both hit home runs while Griffin Hollifield (Elgin, S.C.) improved to 2-0 on the year after pitching three scoreless innings in relief. Junior Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lander on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Wins in Overtime

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (6-1, 4-0), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, won its sixth straight game with a 12-11 overtime victory over Tusculum (5-2, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) scored the game-winner 45 seconds into overtime as the Bears won their second straight one-goal league contest. Dickinson scored twice on the afternoon and has a conference-leading 27 goals on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) led all scorers with five goals and now leads the SAC in both assists (20) and total points (40) as the Bears rallied from a 10-8 deficit entering the fourth period to take the victory. Hanlon forced overtime with a goal with 3:36 remaining in the final stanza.

Tusculum's Ben Boyd (Bel Air, Md.) finished with a team-high four goals while Liam Macdonald (Coquitlam, British Columbia) added three scores as the Pioneers' upset bid came up short.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) totaled 14 saves in the victory while Tusculum's Kevin Haggerty (Suffern, N.Y.) took the loss despite stopping 16 shots. The shots were nearly even with the Bears holding a slim 45-43 advantage and ran their winning streak in conference regular season play to 12 games.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Young Harris in a make-up contest on Tuesday, March 21, at 4:00 p.m., in Young Harris, Ga.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (5-3, 2-1) scored early and often in a 16-6 victory over Tusculum (4-6, 2-1) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) scored three goals while senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) added two goals and three assists as the Bears jumped out to a 10-1 advantage at intermission and never looked back.

Sack has a team-leading 18 goals on the year and the Bears' defense forced 15 turnovers and totaled 17 ground balls in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) played the first half and picked up the victory after tallying five saves.

For Tusculum, Emily Gleason (Brentwood, Tenn.) also scored three times but Brooke Wagner (Snellville, Ga.) suffered the loss in goal after stopping three shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 28-16 advantage in shots taken in the victory. In all, six Bears scored at least two goals in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn., on Wednesday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:46

App State Women's Tennis Edged Out by Mercer

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Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-14) suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat against Mercer (8-5) on Saturday afternoon at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center in Macon.

The Apps fell in the doubles portion and split the singles matches with the Bears. In the valiant effort, two of the defeats went to three sets while four of the singles contests went to a tiebreaking game.

Three Mountaineers in singles play netted wins despite the loss, which was the third defeat in four matches that has resulted by one point.

Trailing 1-0 after Mercer captured the doubles point, McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) tied the match at 1-apiece after her contest was retired in the No. 6 slot. Looking to take the lead, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) fell to Katie Sidor as the No. 3 in the lineup, 6-0, 6-2.

The Mountaineers aimed to tie the match when Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) grabbed the first set, 6-0, but fell in the next two sets 6-2, 6-2, suffering the three-set defeat to Katia Stravroulaki as the No. 1 in the roster.

Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) shortened the gap to 3-2 when she toppled Marie Mottet in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. However, the Bears claimed the match when Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) suffered a tightly contested three-set defeat to Haley Powell in a matchup of No. 5’s.

Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) earned herself the fifth win of the season as she set a career-high in singles wins with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 triumph over Grace Korta.

Swope and Zupan fell in their doubles match to Sovic/Sidor, 6-2, while Machado and Bygrave were dealt a close 6-4 loss to Powell/Mottet.

The Mountaineers will have six days off before they head to Mobile, Ala. for a pair of Sun Belt matches against Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. and South Alabama the following day at 8 a.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Patton: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 7
East Burke: 1

East Rutherford: 10
Draughn: 0

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 17
Newton-Conover: 4

Lincolnton: 10
Bunker Hill: 3

West Caldwell: 11
West Lincoln: 4

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