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Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 7
West Iredell: 2

Fred T. Foard: 3
Draughn: 1

Hibriten: 3
East Burke: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
St. Stephens: 2

South Caldwell: 6
Hickory: 2

West Caldwell: 9
Freedom: 8

Bandys: 16
South Iredell: 9

Patton: 7
West Wilkes: 5

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 5
West Iredell: 3

Fred T. Foard: 11
Draughn: 2

Hibriten: 16
East Burke: 5

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 27
St. Stephens: 1

South Caldwell: 16
Hickory: 1

Maiden: 4
Lincoln Charter: 1

East Rutherford: 7
Patton: 4

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 9
Draughn: 0

Hibriten: 9
East Burke: 0

West Iredell: 10
Bunker Hill: 0

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
St. Stephens: 2

Freedom: 4
West Caldwell: 1

South Caldwell: 1
Hickory: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 7
Maiden: 1

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team shot a 577 (+1) and currently stands in third place out of 19 schools after the first day and two rounds Monday of the Bearcat Classic – hosted by Lander – at the Greenwood Country Club.

Young Harris leads with a five-under 571 on the par-72, 6,800-yard course while Belmont Abbey's Levi Kettelhut is the top individual so far with 18 holes to go after carding a six-under 138.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led by freshman Dawson Walker, a Hibriten grad. Walker is in third place overall after firing a 140 (-4) after 36 holes of play.

The third and final round will take place on Tuesday.


Bearcat Classic
March 26-27, 2018 – Day One Results
Greenwood, S.C.
Greenwood Country Club
Lander University, host

Par: 72
Yards: 6,800

1. Young Harris 571 (-5)
2. Lincoln Memorial 575 (-1)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 577 (+1)
4. Belmont Abbey 580 (+4)
5t. Columbus State 582 (+6)
5t. Georgia Southwestern 582 (+6)
7. Lander 584 (+8)
8. Coker 585 (+9)
9. Georgia College 590 (+14)
10t. Wingate 592 (+16)
10t. Clayton State 592 (+16)
12. Barton 594 (+18)
13t. Erskine 600 (+24)
13t. West Georgia 600 (+24)
15. Mount Olive 603 (+27)
16. King 606 (+30)
17. Flagler 609 (+33)
18t. Anderson 613 (+37)
18t. North Georgia 613 (+37)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
3. Dawson Walker 140 (-4)
6t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 143 (-1)
26t. Jordan Vogler 146 (+2)
55t. Jackson Bailey 151 (+7)
63t. Brad Robinson 153 (+9)

After nearly four decades of coaching track & field at his alma mater, Appalachian State head coach John Weaver – a 43-time conference coach of the year – announced Monday that he will retire after the conclusion of the 2018 outdoor season.


“I’ve been so very fortunate to have been part of the growth of this program, with so many wonderful student-athletes,” Weaver said. “It’s just time. It’s time for someone else to have their opportunity. In 47 years of coaching, I’ve probably had more opportunities than I deserve.”


What Weaver has accomplished as App State’s director of track & field and cross country has been nothing short of spectacular. Since becoming the first head coach of the women’s program in 1982 and assuming duties as the overall men’s and women’s head coach in 1995, there have been 101 track team conference championships won. Weaver has claimed 78 of them.


In addition to their massive success at the conference level, Weaver’s pupils have won national championships, earned numerous All-America honors and advanced all the way to the Olympic Games.


“In the short time I’ve been at Appalachian, I’ve been extremely impressed by the success of our track & field and cross country program and the impact Coach Weaver has made on generations of Mountaineer student-athletes and supporters,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Coach Weaver these last three years. On behalf of the entire Mountaineer family, I thank him for all his years of service to our great university.”


A 1971 graduate of Appalachian State, Weaver taught biology and coached high school track & field until he returned to Boone in 1979 as a graduate assistant in the men’s program while earning his master’s in biology.


Since starting the women’s program in 1982, Weaver has overseen the women – including cross country, indoor and outdoor – achieve an NCAA Division I National Champion in the 1500 meters twice, nine NCAA Division I All-Americans with 23 All-American performances, 26 NCAA Division I qualifiers, two Sun Belt Conference team championships (women's indoor and women's cross country), 13 Sun Belt Conference individual titles, 63 Sun Belt all-conference performances (40 in track and 23 in cross country), one Sun Belt Conference Outstanding Track Performer, one Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honor, 373 Southern Conference individual champion performances, 928 Southern Conference all-conference performances, 34 Southern Conference MVP athletes, 45 Southern Conference team championships, 27 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors, 28 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors, 50 SoCon All-Freshman team honors, and two Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors.


In the Southern Conference, the women’s program accomplished seven triple crowns by winning the league title in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same academic year. The women won 20 straight SoCon Championships from 1987 to 1993. Mountain­eer women currently hold five SoCon indoor individual event records and 10 SoCon outdoor individual event records.


Weaver coached many accomplished women, highlighted by All-American Melissa Morrison-Howard, who won 12 SoCon individual titles and went on to earn a pair of Olympic bronze medals, and Mary Jayne Harrelson, the 1999 and 2001 NCAA 1500-meter champion.


After Weaver took over the men’s program in 1995, the Mountaineers have produced 10 NCAA Division I All-Americans, nine NCAA All-American performances, 37 Division I qualifiers, 178 Southern Conference individual champion performances, six Sun Belt Conference individual champion performances, 654 Southern Conference all-conference performances, 40 Sun Belt Conference all-conference performances, 29 Southern Conference MVP athletes, 30 Southern Conference team championships, one Sun Belt Conference team championship, 15 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors, 59 Southern Conference All-Freshman team honors and one Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor. In the SoCon, the men’s program accomplished four triple crowns, and Mountaineer men currently hold five SoCon indoor individual event records and 11 SoCon outdoor individual event records.


“I am indebted to the staff members that have been part of our program over the years and who have done outstanding jobs,” Weaver said. “The team’s success has really come from the quality of student-athletes we’ve had and the quality of staff members, from coaches through support staff. I’ve worked under seven different athletic administrations here, and all their support has been uplifting and has kept our motivation to succeed at a high level.


“I’ve just been a very fortunate man to have the family that has supported me so much over the years and has made it easy for me to do what I need to for this program. That’s one reason I need to step aside and spend some quality time with my family now.”


Since joining the Sun Belt Conference, Weaver’s men and women’s teams have garnered 18 individual event titles and 89 all-conference honors. The men’s program had the outdoor MVP in its first year. He has played a vital part in two Sun Belt Conference cross country championships, seeing the women capture the title in 2016 and the men in 2017.


The Weaver-directed programs for men and women have not only accomplished athletic honors, but academi­cally, they have distinguished themselves with 21 NCAA All-Academic team distinctions, 15 NCAA All-Academic women and three NCAA All-Academic men. There have been, on average, 35 of the program’s athletes on the semester honor rolls each semester since 1995.


Weaver worked as the Yosef Club Director (athletic fundraising arm of the ASU Foundation, Inc.) from 1982 to 1985. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, he has also taught classes in the education and physical education departments of the University and served as an assistant sports information director.


Currently, Weaver coaches the 800m and hurdles while overseeing all aspects of the track and cross country programs as its director. Weaver served on the NCAA Division I Track and Cross Country Committee from September 2006 until September 2010. He has served on the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee and was a member of the USTFCCCA Championship Advisory Committee and served as the 2nd Vice President on the USTFCCCA Division I Executive Committee.


During the summer of 2012, Weaver was chosen as the sprints and hurdles coach for the women’s USA National Under 23 team that competed in Mexico.


Each summer, Weaver directs the Grandfather Mountain Marathon, The Bear Race and two Cross Country Team Camps. More than 900 athletes attend camp at Appalachian each summer for cross country teams.


Weaver is married to Cynthia Harmon of Lenoir, North Carolina and has two sons, Chase and Jay, both graduates of Appalachian.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team stayed red hot Monday and took the lead after day one and two rounds of the 2018 Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic at the River Landing Golf Club.


Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 621 (+45) on the par-72, 5,812-yard course and leads by four strokes over Carson-Newman and UNC Pembroke after 36 holes of play.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM), who won last week at the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge, is tied for first place with UNC Pembroke’s Madison Corley at 151 (+7).


The third and final round takes place on Tuesday. The Bears are gunning for their fourth tournament victory of the season and second in as many weeks.


Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic

March 26-27, 2018 – First Round Results

Wallace, N.C.

River Landing Golf Club


UNC Pembroke, host


Par: 72

Yards: 5,812


1. Lenoir-Rhyne 621 (+45)

2t. UNC Pembroke 625 (+49)

2t. Carson-Newman 625 (+49)

4. Wingate 629 (+53)

5. Anderson 636 (+60)

6. Lincoln Memorial 640 (+64)

7. Mount Olive 647 (+71)

8. Catawba 659 (+83)

9. Southern New Hampshire 730 (+154)

10. Mars Hill 737 (+161)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

1t. Ainee O’Connor 151 (+7)

8. Laura Morrison 155 (+11)

9t. Chelsea Mansel 156 (+12)

18t. Abbey Hartsell 159 (+15)

33t. Tessa Young 166 (+22)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ines Flueck has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, league officials announced earlier today.

Flueck, a senior All-American from Coppell, Texas, wins the league honor for the second time in three weeks.

Flueck totaled 17 saves on the week including eight stops in the Bears’ come-from-behind 12-11 victory over then-No. 17 Queens Wednesday at home. Lenoir-Rhyne handed the Royals their first-ever league regular season setback.

On the year, Flueck has a 12.57 goals-against average and 79 saves. Flueck is the Bears’ all-time leader in saves with 537.

Queens’ Hanna Scott has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (4-7, 4-0), who holds sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings, does not play again until Wednesday, April 4, when the Bears travel to Mars Hill, N.C., to take on Mars Hill beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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 earlier today. Buduo wins the honor for the second time this year.

Buduo, a junior attacker from Shrewsbury, Mass., broke his own school single-game record with eight goals in a 24-8 league victory over Queens last Wednesday at home. Buduo also tallied a pair of assists for 10 total points against the Royals.

Buduo also added an assist in a 17-4 triumph over Newberry on Saturday afternoon. For the week, Buduo tallied 11 points and four ground balls. Buduo leads the South Atlantic Conference in goals scored with 42 and ranks second in the league in total points with 56.

Coker’s Chris Hagy was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1), ranked third in NCAA Division II, takes on No. 8 Tampa (8-2) in Savannah, Ga., at Daffin Park on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Bears have won six straight games.

Lenoir-Rhyne University sophomore Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, league officials announced earlier today. Lenz wins the award for the first time in his collegiate career.

Lenz earned victories in both singles and doubles play last week in conference action against Wingate and Carson-Newman on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Bears defeated the Eagles by a score of 8-1. Lenz teamed with junior Hamed Gandouz (Hamman Sousse, TUNISIA) to garner both doubles’ wins including a triumph at the second spot against the tenth-ranked Bulldogs.

On the year, Lenz is 6-4 in singles play – 3-1 in the SAC – and 11-3 in doubles action (3-1 in league play as well).

Lenoir-Rhyne (11-4, 2-2) hosts Newberry (14-4, 3-1) in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.

Appalachian State University women's tennis (10-7, 0-2 SBC) started off hot capturing the doubles point, but it wasn't enough in a 4-2 setback to Coastal Carolina (12-5, 2-1 SBC) on Sunday afternoon at the Stevens Tennis Complex.

App State won the doubles point, but the Chanticleers would pick up four of the five finished singles matches to claim the win.

Sandra Anglesjö (Nörrköping Ostergötland, Sweden/Fria Laröverken Ostergötland) and Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) started the Black and Gold off to a strong start with their sixth victory of the season after a 6-4 triumph over Jessie Mount and Rylie Cox.

Finishing off the doubles portion and giving App a 1-0 lead was Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), who downed Somer Dalla-Bona/Sara Bondar, 6-4. The win gives Swope and Zacarias their 10th win of the season as a tandem, boasting a 10-4 mark.

With the 1-0 lead and the momentum, the Chanticleers won the next two matches to take a 2-1 advantage. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) fell to Dalla-Boner, 6-2, 6-0 before Swope fell to Bondar, 6-4, 6-2.

Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) stepped up for the Mountaineers to bring the contest to a 2-2 tie. She notched her 10th win of the season when she dealt Maria Khomchenko a 7-5, 6-4 defeat. It's the second time of her career and the first time since her freshman season she's reached 10 singles wins.

The contest came down to the last two matches in which both affairs went to three sets. Zacarias fell early in the first frame to Rylie Cox, 6-2, but forced a match-deciding third frame after picking up the second stanza, 6-4. However, Cox won the last set and the match, 6-1.

Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) won the first set 6-4, but her counterpart won the next two frames, 6-2, 6-4.

Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) was in the midst of a three-set match with her and Natalie Wall splitting the first two stanzas. However, the contest went unfinished.

Appalachian will have the week off before facing Gardner-Webb on Monday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in the final home match of the season. App will recognize Machado, Bygrave and Marisa Anthony.

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