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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (1-2, 1-0) picked up its first win of the 2015 season with a 17-4 triumph over Tusculum (2-1, 0-1) Sunday afternoon at Moretz Stadium in the South Atlantic Conference opener.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) led the way with four goals and five assists while senior midfielder Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) also scored four times in the win.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne Head Coach Clare Gaeng picked up her first win as Bear mentor in the process.

Tusculum’s Savannah Elliott (Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA) scored twice but the Pioneers’ suffered their first loss in school history. Tusculum is a first-year program.

Lenoir-Rhyne scored the first eight goals of the match on its way to a 12-2 halftime advantage and never looked back. The Bears junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) added two goals and two assists in the victory as well.

Freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) picked up the win in goal after registering a pair of saves for the Bears, who held a 33-9 edge in shots taken and a 32-16 advantage in ground balls.

Tusculum’s Brooke Wagner (Snellville, Ga.) took the loss in goal despite totaling seven saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Lincoln Memorial on the road in a South Atlantic Conference match next Saturday in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tusculum hosts Virginia-Wise Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, 23 February 2015 06:32

CVCC Men's Basketball Fall to Vance-Granville CC

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team was edged out by Vance-Granville Community College at home Sunday 63-60.

Don Evans led CVCC with 12 points. Cornelius Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Kenny Lemon added 10 points.

The Red Hawks fall to 15-16 overall and 9-10 in conference play. CVCC hosts their final regular season game of the year on Wednesday taking on Patrick Henry Community College.

Monday, 23 February 2015 06:08

CVCC Women's Basketball Falls to Louisburg College

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team fell to Louisburg College Sunday 68-56.

Keyara McKnight led CVCC with 21 points. Shakira Allen had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kelantra Allen contributed nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Red Hawks fall to 15-10 on the season, 11-6 in conference play. CVCC hosts Patrick Henry Community College on Wednesday.

Appalachian State University wrestling completed it regular season on Sunday in Davidson against the Wildcats. The Mountaineers (9-8, 6-1 SoCon) cruised past Davidson, 38-6.

The match began at 125 weight class, where Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) won via forfeit that gave Appalachian a six point headstart. The Mountaineers would never look back as they won the first seven matches of the afternoon. Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) defeated Anthony Elias by major decision, 20-9 at 133.

With the Mountaineers up 10-0, Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) pinned Dustin Runzo one minute into the second round. Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) earned bonus points in his second-straight match by winning 10-1 over James McCord.

At 157 pounds, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) pinned Alex Palinkski 3:22 into the bout. It was the second pin this week, having already recorded one against VMI on Wednesday. Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) finished his Southern Conference season unblemished at 7-0 after winning by technical fall on Sunday.

Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) extended the Appalachian lead to 34-0 with a 5-0 decision win over Nathaniel Powers. The Wildcats would make it on the board when Scott Patrick won a 9-3 decision over Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity). Ian Solcz made it two decision wins in a row for Davidson, defeating Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) 4-2 in overtime.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) finished the match off with a 13-3 major decision over Eddie Isola.

The Mountaineers next stop is in Asheville, N.C. for the Southern Conference tournament on March 7th.

Appalachian State 38, Davidson 6
125: Dominic Parisi (APP) win by forfeit
133: Vito Pasone (APP) maj. dec. over Anthony Elias (Davidson) 20-9
141: Mike Longo (APP) fall over Dustin Runzo (Davidson) 4:00
149: Javon Johnson (APP) maj. dec. James McCord (Davidson) 10-1
157: Zachary Strickland (APP) fall over Alex Palinkski (Davidson) 3:22
165: Nick Kee (APP) tech fall over Patrick Devlin (Davidson) 17-1
174: Forrest Pryzbysz (APP) dec. over Nathaniel Powers (Davidson) 5-0
184: Scott Patrick (Davidson) dec. over Dominick Vetell (APP) 9-3
197: Ian Solcz (Davidson) dec. over Tyler Radford (APP) TB-1 4-2
285: Denzel Dejournette (APP) maj dec. over Eddie Isola (Davidson) 13-3

Appalachian State University women’s tennis stretched its home winning streak to six matches, and picked up its fourth-straight win overall, with a convincing 5-1 victory over visiting North Carolina Central on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (6-3) swept doubles play to take an early 1-0 lead over the Eagles (1-5) and rode the wave of momentum into singles play as they moved to a sterling 6-1 at home this season.

Appalachian’s top doubles pairing of Clare Cox and Mackenzie LaSure picked up an easy 6-3 win while the No. 2 tandem of Megan Mullen and Melissa Machado clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory. NC Central’s No. 3 team of Lynsey Cover and Jamie Rogers put up a solid effort, but it was the Mountaineer duo of McKayla Zupan and Gabrielle Wreder that came out on top (7-6).

Singles play started with a win at No. 3 for the Eagles, which tied the match at 1-1. The Apps rebounded and rolled to four-straight singles wins to put NC Central away. LaSure was the first to secure a point in singles play thanks to a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 2 while Cox followed with a hard-fought, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 1.

Wreder clinched the match-winning fourth point when she earned a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 spot. Machado finished off her opponent at No. 5 in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) and Mullen led her opponent, 2-1, at No. 6 in a match that went unfinished.

Up next for the Mountaineers is a contest at UNC Asheville at 1 p.m. on March 7. The match begins a stretch of nine-straight road/neutral site contests before the squad returns home on April 1 against King College.

Appalachian State 5, N.C. Central 1
Feb 22, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. MUAMBA,Aissa (NCCUW) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. NEKRASOVA,Ekaterina (NCCUW) 7-5, 6-3
3. WOOD,Rebecca (NCCUW) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-3, 6-4
4. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. RAMIC,Mia (NCCUW) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. ROGERS,Jamie (NCCUW) 6-4, 6-2
6. Megan Mullen (APP) vs. COVER,Lynsey (NCCUW) 2-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. NEKRASOVA,Ekaterina/WOOD,Rebecca (NCCUW) 6-3
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. RAMIC,Mia/MUAMBA,Aissa (NCCUW) 6-2
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) def. COVER,Lynsey/ROGERS,Jamie (NCCUW) 7-6

Match Notes
N.C. Central 1-5
Appalachian State 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,5)
T-4:05 A-37

Five unearned runs in the top of the second inning proved to be all Canisius needed in a 10-3 win over Appalachian State University baseball on Sunday afternoon at Lexington Sports Complex.

With the loss, Appalachian State (2-3) dropped the three-game weekend series to Canisius (4-3), two games to one. The series was originally scheduled to be a four-game set at Appalachian’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium but was moved to Lexington following a week of wintry weather that blasted much of North Carolina.

A catcher’s interference call against freshman backstop Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) opened the floodgates for Canisius in the five-run second inning. The Golden Griffins went on to score two more runs in the third, two in the fourth and one in eighth to extend the lead to 10-0.

The Mountaineers scored their only runs in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman Dylan Hamel (Lenoir, N.C./Hibriten) provided the inning’s big hit with an RBI triple in his first collegiate at-bat and later scored on a wild pitch. Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) also doubled and scored in the three-run eighth.

Appalachian State managed only five hits against four Canisius pitchers, including just three in five innings against starer Alex Godzak (2-0).

Conversely, Canisius plated seven runs (two earned) on seven hits in two-plus innings against Mountaineer starter Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, N.C./Moline), who suffered the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season.

In all, App State sent seven pitchers to the mound, headlined by senior Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), who struck out five and retired all 11 batters he faced in 3.2 perfect innings of relief.

Appalachian State looks to snap a two-game slide on Tuesday when it makes the short trip to Winston-Salem for a 4 p.m. matchup against longtime rival Wake Forest.

NOTES: Six players made their collegiate debuts for Appalachian State on Sunday — Hamel, designated hitter Parker Henderson (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge), outfielder Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) and pitchers Eric Sigovich (Downington, Pa./Downington East), Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) and Keith Walsh (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) … Appalachian State has only lost three series to northern opponents since 2006 but two of those three series defeats have come at the hands of Canisius … the Golden Griffins took 3-of-4 games from the Mountaineers in Kannapolis, N.C. in 2008 … Appalachian fell to 7-5 all-time against Canisius … all 12 games between the Mountaineers and Golden Griffins have been played since ’06.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (12-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a doubleheader sweep of Mount Olive (6-8), 8-3 and 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Mount Olive 3 (nine innings)
The Bears exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the first contest of the doubleheader over the Trojans. Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Ashley Oliver (Newton, N.C.) broke a two-all tie in the frame with the game-winning RBI double.

Freshman second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) and sophomore outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) each drove in two runs for the Bears while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) earned the win on the mound.

Hole improved to 6-0 on the season after striking out eight batters to go along with three unearned runs while Mount Olive’s Madison Johnston (Wilmington, N.C.) fell to 4-3 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Mount Olive 3
The Bears plated three runs in the top of the first inning while junior designated player Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) hit the game-winning solo home run in the top of the sixth inning as Lenoir-Rhyne completed the sweep of the Trojans.

Phillips drove in two runs while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) also improved to 6-0 on the season after going the distance and striking out six batters.

For Mount Olive, Lauren McGrath (Rocky Mount, N.C.) hit a two-run home run but Lauren Smith (Clinton, N.C.) fell to 2-5 after suffering the loss on the mound.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Belmont Abbey in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.

No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1, 4-1) split a South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon with Wingate (8-3, 5-3) at Ron Christopher Stadium. The Bulldogs snapped the Bears’ record 19-game winning streak in the first contest, 8-6, but Lenoir-Rhyne took the nightcap by an 8-1 score.

Game One – Wingate 8,
Lenoir-Rhyne 6
The Bulldogs hit three home runs – Bradley Brown (Rockingham, N.C.), Brad Cherry (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) and Shane Billings (Kernersville, N.C.) all connected – as Wingate took the first contest.

With the score tied at one, the Bulldogs took the lead for good with a four-run second inning highlighted by a two-run home run from Brown. Brown finished with three hits and three runs batted in to lead the Bulldogs offensively.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior catcher Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) drove in four runs despite the loss. Dishmond had two-run doubles in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, for the Bears.

On the mound, Brett Morgan (Clemmons, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after taking the win while Tyler Brown (Suffolk, Va.) picked up his first save on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) fell to 2-1 after suffering the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Wingate 1
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) allowed just one run to go along with 13 strikeouts while pitching into the sixth inning as the Bears salvaged the split. St. Clair improved to 3-0 in the process as well.

Vieitez was the Bears’ top offensive player for the game, finishing with three hits and four RBI including a two-run double in the third inning. Senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) also drove in two runs for the Bears.

For Wingate, Jimmy Doolittle (Charlotte, N.C.) (1-2) took the loss while Nick Triplett (Shelby, N.C.) drove in the Bulldogs’ lone run.

The two teams wrap up the weekend South Atlantic Conference series with a single game on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams competed Saturday at the Kent Taylor Invitational in the Eddie Smith Field House on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Zach Millsaps (Statesville, N.C.) set a new school record in the men’s one-mile run, finishing third overall with a time of 4:25.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) won again in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Baxter, who has already qualified for the indoor national finals in the event, clocked an 8.01 seconds. Baxter has won the event three times this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) was fourth in the men's weight throw (48'9.5") as well.

Also on the men’s side, the Bears had three fifth-place finishes: sophomore Sterling Jones (Winston-Salem, N.C.) in the 60-meter hurdles (8.67), sophomore Charles Koontz (Flemington, N.J.) in the 800-meter run (2:02.73) and freshman Jacob Hall (Lenoir, N.C.) in the 400-meter run (51.85).

In the women’s competition, junior Paige Smith (Ramseur, N.C.) placed fifth in the 800-meter run (2:35.22) and 11th in the one-mile run (5:38.52) for the Bears.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Hope Rust (New Bern, N.C.) was eighth in the women’s 3,000-meter run (11:42.80) while junior Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) was ninth in the women’s 200-meter dash (27.80).

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the George Mason Last Chance Meet in Fairfax, Virginia, on Sunday, March 1.

Appalachian State University baseball’s Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) combined for nine hits and five RBI in Saturday’s doubleheader split with Canisius at Lexington Sports Complex. Behind Dobson’s 3-for-3, three-RBI performance, Appalachian State won the opener, 8-4, but despite Pierson going 3-for-5 in the nightcap, Canisius earned the split with a 4-2 victory.

Dobson headlined the Mountaineers’ eight-run output in Game One with a two-out RBI triple in the third inning and a two-out, two-run home run that gave Appalachian the lead for good in the fifth.

Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) chipped in with a leadoff homer on Canisius’ first pitch of the game and freshmen Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) added two RBI apiece in the bottom of the eighth to turn what was a narrow 4-3 lead into a commanding 8-3 advantage.

Despite the offensive outburst, the story of the opener was 3.2 innings of stellar relief pitching by freshman Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) and senior Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), which allowed Appalachian State to rally from a 3-2 deficit.

Ross relieved starter Jeffrey Springs (Belmont, N.C./South Point) with one out in the fifth inning and turned in 2.1 innings of hitless relief before handing the ball over to Thurber with a runner on third and two outs in the seventh. Thurber worked the Mountaineers out of the jam in seventh and retired the side in the eighth.

The impressive showing out of the bullpen earned Ross (1-0) the first win of his career.

In the nightcap, Appalachian State (2-2) outhit Canisius (3-3), 9-4, but could not overcome a litany of walks and wild pitches in the early stages of the ballgame.

The Mountaineers combined to issue five walks and throw two wild pitches over the first five innings, which allowed the Golden Griffins to take a 4-2 lead despite managing only four hits (three singles and a double).

Behind four no-hit innings of relief by freshman Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) and a solo homer by Pierson in the seventh, App State pulled within a run. The Mountaineers came within inches of taking a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth when a would-be go-ahead two-run base hit by pinch-hitter Brandon Burris (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) landed just foul down the right-field line. Burris went on to strike out and Appalachian went down in order in the ninth to end the ballgame.

Appalachian State and Canisius play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday at noon at Lexington Sports Complex.

NOTES: Saturday’s meetings between Appalachian State and Canisius were the 10th and 11th in the programs’ series history, all since 2006 ... Appalachian leads the series, 7-4 ... Jones’ two-run double in the eighth inning of Game One was the first hit of his career ... fifth-year senior Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan), who missed the entire 2014 season due to a shoulder injury, recorded his first hit since May 25, 2013 with a leadoff single in the fourth inning of Game Two ... Appalachian State’s No. 1-4 hitters (Morton, Pierson, Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) and Dobson) combined to go 12-for-34 (.353) with a double, triple and three home runs during the doubleheader while the No. 5-9 hitters in the Mountaineers’ batting order combined to go 6-for-35 (.171) with one double over the course of the twinbill.