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Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:30

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Signs CVCC's Wembi

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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men's Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the program's first signee for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign in Emmanuel Wembi.

Wembi has been a standout for Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) for the past two years, leading the program to a combined 42-20 mark.

Wembi (6-8, 220, Center) averaged 11.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field for the Red Hawks this year and leading the squad to a third consecutive berth in the Region X Quarterfinals.

Wembi was also one of three players in the region to average a double-double for the year and was the region's second-best defensive rebounder (8.2). Wembi is a graduate of Rocky River High School in Mint Hill, N.C.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis suffered a tightly-contested 4-3 setback on Thursday afternoon to No. 7 seed and archrival Georgia Southern in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Tennis Championship held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts.

You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting match where both of App’s doubles wins were decided by two points and three of the six singles matches went to three sets. App was close once again as all three first round losses since joining the league have been decided by one point.

Trailing 3-2 during the match with their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers tied up the match thanks to Megan Mullen’s (Lake Norman, N.C./Mooresville) hard-fought three-set win over Monsey, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 as the No. 6 in the lineup.

Once again, it came down to Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and her counterpart in the match-deciding point. After winning the match for the Black and Gold in the previous matchup against Georgia Southern, Swope played valiantly against Giulia Riepe, but fell in three sets 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 2-6.

With App leading 1-0 going into singles play, the Eagles would capture the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead. Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) fell to Emilia Bujan, 6-7 (2-7), 2-6 before Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) suffered a 2-6, 5-7 setback to Arianna de Winter.

But the Apps, as they did all day, battled to tie up the match at 2-apiece following Taylor Bygrave’s (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 triumph over Mariana Ranzahuer. Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) was defeated in three sets to Truscott in another close match 6-3, 2-6, 1-6. It would come down to the last pair of matches in an exciting way.

The Mountaineers captured two of three doubles matches in exciting fashion to take a 1-0 lead going into singles. After Swope and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) fell to Mariana Ranzahuer and Lindsay Truscott, 2-6. App came back in the next two matches with Mullen and Wreder earning a hard-fought 7-5 win against De Winter/Riepe.

The clinching doubles match was down to Machado and Bygrave, as they gave App the doubles win in a clutch triumph over Bujan and Monsey by a score of 7-5.

App’s season has concluded while GASO will advance to the quarterfinal match against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday.

The Mountaineers will return six of their nine student-athletes including four of their top five wins leaders in singles play in Bygrave, Swope, Machado and Morse.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:20

L-R Athletics Launch Online Store

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced an exciting new endeavor as it has teamed with Advanced-Online to launch the official online store for Bears’ apparel and collectibles at

The website offers a wide variety of Lenoir-Rhyne clothing including T-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, shorts and hats including items from the official brand of the Bears, Under Armour. In addition, certain items can be customized to feature the sport of your choice.

The site also features collectibles ranging from flags and wall decals to jewelry and watches, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Lenoir-Rhyne University.

“This is a great opportunity for Lenoir-Rhyne to promote Bear Nation beyond the local community.” Deputy Athletics Director Brent Heaberlin said in a statement. “Giving our fans and alumni easy access to the gear they want is a big step forward in expanding our brand.”

Advanced-Online partners with over 80 corporations, 20 Greek organizations, and 150 colleges assisting them in producing client-centered solutions. Unlike any other e-commerce solutions on the market today, our stores require no inventory. Product availability is shown in real time and items ship within 24 hours.

Advanced-Online has teamed with such schools as Wake Forest University, Baylor University, Ball State and Coastal Carolina.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Falls in Road Contest to Lander

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The Lander Baseball Team (19-25) picked up a 7-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (21-23) Wednesday evening at Dolny Stadium.

The Bearcats, who avenged an earlier loss to the Bears, were led by Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C.) with a three-run home run and four runs batted in.

Lander took control with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings while Jones' round-tripper came in the fifth frame. Mason Dodd (Augusta, Ga.) also drove in three runs for the Bearcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) drove in the Bears' lone run in the fifth inning. The Bears, however, suffered their fourth straight setback.

On the mound, Tripper Ergle (Blythewood, S.C.) (1-3) pitched four innings in relief to pick up his first win of the year while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (1-2) was tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday against Newberry on the road beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Iulia Ponomareva has been named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Singles Second Team, league officials earlier today as part of its annual awards.

Ponomareva, a sophomore from Smolensk, RUSSIA, went 12-9 on the year including a 7-4 mark in league play as a competitor at No. 1 or No. 2 singles. This past fall, Ponomareva was the Bears' first-ever regionally-ranked player.

Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Tom Rees, finished 9-12 on the season including a 3-8 mark in conference action.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Tennis Honors

First-Team Doubles
Laura Dean/Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Franziska Funke/Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Elizabeth Williamson/Amanda Carrillo, Newberry

Second-Team Doubles
Carlotta Nassi/Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Maria Garcia/Oroma Womendu, Wingate
Sydney Homan/Andrea Ernera, Wignate

Honorable Mention Doubles
Johanna Delisse/Julia Loos, Lincoln Memorial
Layla Tanik/Claudia DeAndreis, Wingate
Alisa Liashova/Klara Vuckovic, Carson-Newman

First-Team Singles
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Elizabeth Williamson, Newberry
Laura Dean, Anderson
Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Franziska Funke, Tusculum

Second-Team Singles
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Elena Pellegrini, Wingate
Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Ivey Welborn, Anderson
Iulia Ponomareva, Lenoir-Rhyne
Amanda Carrillo, Newberry

Honorable Mention Singles
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial
Ali Harris, Carsion-Newman
Annie McCullough, Tusculum
Caroline Nielsen, Queens
Jill Corsato Owsianka, Carson-Newman
Melissa Laing, Queens

Player Of The Year
Carlotta Nassi, Queens

Freshman Of The Year
Katarina Majorova, Tusculum

Coach Of The Year
Michael Cabana, Wingate

Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (43-8, 15-3) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep of Queens (20-27, 6-14), 6-1 and 4-2, Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, also ran their winning streak to 13 games.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Queens 1

The Bears held a 2-1 advantage before taking control with a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run single from senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) hit the game-winning RBI double while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) garnered the win after holding the Royals scoreless after coming in relief in the third inning.

Queens’ Sydney Ditto (Mooresville, N.C.) and Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) both hit home runs to lead off their first innings, respectively, while the Royals’ Courtney Pearson (Candler, N.C.) (14-16) was tagged with the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Queens 2

Boone helped the Bears break a scoreless tie with a two-run single as part of a three-run second inning as Lenoir-Rhyne held on to beat Queens and earn a sweep.

Junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) scored twice while Miller (13-4) picked up the win for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) came on in relief to earn her first save of the year.

For Queens, Kelly Winter (Jacksonville, Fla.) had an RBI double while Evie Scott (Eden, N.C.) (6-7) was tagged with the setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman – the Eagles are tied for first place in the league standings with the Bears – in a conference doubleheader showdown as part of Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Catawba Valley Easter Classic:
Alexander Central: 10
Newton-Conover: 0

Hickory: 2
St. Stephens: 1 (Championship)

Causby Classic:
Bandys: 8
East Burke: 1

Draughn: 5
Freedom: 2

R-S Central: 7
Patton: 0 (Championship)

Mingo Bay Classic:
Maiden: 11
Bishop Grimes: 1

Shelby Classic:
Crest: 12
South Caldwell: 2

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:24

Hickory Crawdads Lose Third Straight

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The Hickory Crawdads lost their third straight game to the West Virginia Power in an 8-5 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium Wednesday night.

For the Crawdads, Yeyson Yrizarri homered and doubled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two. Franklin Rollin tripled and singled, also stealing two bases.

Sandy Santos and Logan Ratledge scored on an error in the fifth inning to help the West Virginia Power secure the win. The error gave the Power a 5-4 lead.

The Power later added single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory.

Hickory missed a scoring opportunity in the sixth, when Brallan Perez flew out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Stephen Alemais hit two solo homers for West Virginia.

West Virginia starter Luis Escobar (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Jonathan Hernandez (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings.

The Crawdads fall to 5-9 on the first half of the season. Hickory will go on the road to Kannapolis on Thursday.

Appalachian State fired a program record 3-under 285 in the final round to tie for third at the 2017 Sun Belt Women’s Golf Championships on Wednesday at the Fighting Joe Course.

Sophomore Joliana Elias’ (Jamestown, N.C.) and freshman Melany Chong (Missasauga, Ontario) both fired 2-under 70s as App State notched its best conference tournament finish since playing against a full field in either the Southern Conference or the Sun Belt.

Troy captured the team title at 878 (+14), holding off Georgia State (+19) down the stretch. App State and Texas State both tied for third at 886 (+22) for the week. App’s 285 (-3) was six shots better than any other team in the field in the final round. Arkansas State (+36) took fifth.

“I’m beyond proud of these ladies,” App State head coach Heather Brown said following the round. “They stuck to the process of preparation all last week and, especially our game plan these last three days. Now the result speaks for itself.”

Elias and Chong were flawless down the stretch, as Elias nabbed her first top five in taking third place at 1-under for the week. She finished five shots back of Texas State’s Sasikarn Somboonsup and one shot behind Troy’s Fatima Cano. Elias opened with five consecutive pars before a bogey on No. 6, but played her final 12 holes at 3-under with three birdies and no bogeys. Chong played her final 16 holes without a bogey to shoot a career-best 70 (-2) and finished tied for 12th at 6-over. She birdied the par-3 18th to finish her best collegiate event to date.

“Jo certainly lead the way,” Brown added of Elias. “She stayed patient and played within herself. I’m happy for her great showing and she had a great team to back her up. Today's record score represents the hard work of all of the players in and out of the (lineup). “Congratulations to these girls on a strong finish, especially the seniors.”

Seniors Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) both finished out their career on high note with the school record and with strong rounds. Stinson made four birdies in an even-par round of 72 to finish tied for 24th, while Craver closed out with a 73 (+1) to tie for 17th. Craver holed out on the par-4 fourth for an eagle to get her round going. Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) had a pair of birdies in her round of 82 (+10) to take 40th overall.

The 285 (-3) was seven shots better than App’s previous best round, a 292 (+4) at the Winthrop Intercollegiate in 2012-13.

1 Troy 878  (+14) 
2 Georgia State  883  (+19) 
T3 Texas State 886  (+22) 
T3 Appalachian State 886  (+22) 
5 Arkansas State  900  (+36) 
T6 Little Rock  901  (+37) 
T6 South Alabama 901  (+37) 
8 Georgia Southern 916  (+52) 
9 Coastal Carolina 919  (+55) 
10 ULM 949  (+85)

Appalachian State individual scores: 
3 Joliana Elias 73 72 70 215
T12 Melany Chong 76 76 70 222
T17 Hannah Craver 75 75 73 223
T24 Emily Stinson 76 79 72 227
40 Savanna Wood 75 80 82 237

Appalachian State University wrestling had four student-athletes named to the 2017 NWCA All-Academic individual team, the association announced on Tuesday.

The NWCA All-Academic team annually recognizes the top 30 teams in the country with the highest team grade point averages. The Mountaineers as a team finished No. 29 with a 3.107 overall GPA.

“I’m proud of our team and staff for a continual commitment to academics,” head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “These four Academic All-Americans represent our program well both on and off the mat. The 2016-17 season has been a tremendous success in all facets for our program.”

Redshirt senior and mainstay 125-pounder Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) made the list as he continues his education at Appalachian, getting a master’s degree in teaching. SoCon all-conference selection Pasone went 14-7 on the season and 10-3 in duals – undefeated in league action. This year, the senior has seven bonus point victories, including a string of three straight over a group that included nationally ranked opponents. His 89 career victories place him eighth all-time at Appalachian. Pasone was able to take third place at the SoCon Tournament after battling back from an early loss to down Gardner-Webb and getting a technical fall in the final match.

Sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) made the list as a staunch 149-pounder while he works toward a degree in biology. Zovistoski battled for two huge victories in the NCAA Tournament against NC State’s Sam Speno and Oregon State’s Joey Delgado after finishing the season with a 23-8 record, including eight bonus point victories before being crowned champion at 149 pounds in the SoCon Tournament.

Redshirt junior 165-pounder Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) continues to excel both on and off the mat as he works toward a degree in economics, getting his name on the NWCA All-Academic list for the second-straight year. Przybysz finished the regular season 22-12 overall and with an ever-dominant 11-5 duals record and 11 bonus point victories on the season. Continuing the end streak, he made quick work of SIUE’s Clayton Bass to start the 165-pound weight class before getting the narrow 1-0 decision win over Chattanooga’s Justin Lampe to proceed to the first place match. Facing Campbell’s Quentin Perez, Przybysz fell 8-4 to garner second place honors.

Redshirt senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) made the list for the third consecutive year while finishing eighth in the nation in the heavyweight division, working toward a master’s degree in exercise science. The two-time SoCon Wrestler of the Year entered the tournament with a 23-5 overall record to go along with an undefeated in SoCon action at 6-0. Dejournette had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season. The senior was also named SoCon Wrestler of the Year this year. In the conference tournament, he made quick work of his opponents, getting a 30-second pin to start things off before a 20-4 technical fall put him in the championship match where he won 7-4.

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