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The Appalachian State women's track & field team took part in the Weems Baskin Invitational on Friday and Saturday at South Carolina.

In the open 5,000-meter run, freshman Samantha Kolor (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) was second in 18:05.20 and sophomore Megan Scannell (Nottingham, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) crossed the finish line fifth in 18:29.38.

In the invitational pole vault, junior Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) finished in a tie for third, clearing 11-7.75. Junior Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenberg) finished in a tie for sixth with a mark of 11-7.75.

In the open javelin, senior Jessica Ricks (Rocky Mount, N.C./Northern Nash) held the lead after the first round of tosses and ended up with a third-place finish with a PR toss of 114-8. Senior Samantha Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) finished seventh in the event, covering 109-1.

The 3200-meter relay tandem of junior Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), junior Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), sophomore Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) and freshman Annika Merkh (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) crossed third in 9:34.38.

Venable would also post a third-place finish in the open 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:45.23 and Sargent placed seventh in the invitational 1,500-meter run in 4:49.59.

In the open 800-meter run, senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) crossed the finish line in fourth in 2:13.89.

In the invitational high jump, senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) cleared 5-4.50, which was tied for sixth, while freshman Kayleigh Pherigo (Rancho Cucomonga, Calif./Etiwanda) finished seventh in the open pole vault, clearing 9-10.00.

Meanwhile, seniors Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Isaiah Relliford (Winston-Salem, N.C./White Oak) each won events to lead the Appalachian State men's track and field team at the Weems Baskin Invitational, hosted by South Carolina, on Friday and Saturday

Hastings captured the invitational 800-meter run 1:49.85. His time was nearly a second better than the second place finisher.

Relliford took the lead in the open triple jump on his second leap, covering 47-5.25. He would then post a better mark of his next jump, covering 47-6.25. He finished nearly two inches ahead of the second-place finisher.

In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) finished in a tie for sixth with a time of 10.44 seconds. The time now ranks as the sixth fastest time in the event in program history. It marks the second time in as many meets that he has cracked the top-10 list, after posting the sixth fastest time in program history (21.07 seconds) in the 200-meter dash last weekend at the 49er Classic.

The 3,000-meter steeplechase saw the Mountaineers finish in three of the top-five spots. Sophomore Lawson Benfield (Apex, N.C./Apex) was second in a PR time of 9:31.71, senior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was third in 9:32.85 and freshman Zachary Mercer (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville Senior) placed fifth in 10:04.14.

In the pole vault invitational, the Apps claimed two of the top-five spots. Junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) was fourth with a PR mark of 16-4.75 and junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) placed fifth, clearing a height of 15-11.00.

Jabari Johnson teamed with sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth), sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and freshman Brenton Ervin (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) in the 4x100-meter relay for a fourth-place finish in 41.37 seconds.

In the open hammer throw, junior Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) placed fifth with a toss of 159-7. Kenn also finished sixth in open discus event with a mark of 145-4.

The 3200-meter relay tandem of senior Colin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almance), sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County), sophomore Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) and sophomore John Fravel (Roswell, Ga./Milton) crossed fifth in 8:08.07.

Loy was eighth in the open 1,500-meter run in 4:05.35.

Appalachian State will compete again on March 30 and March 31 at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by N.C. State.

In the first of two Sun Belt matches this weekend, Appalachian State University women's tennis (10-6, 0-1 SBC) fell to Georgia State (9-11, 3-1 SBC) in a narrow 4-3 setback on Saturday afternoon at the Stevens Tennis Complex.

The Panthers captured both doubles matches and the three singles contests they needed for the win.

Highlighting the Mountaineers' day was Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek). Sevo downed Elizabet Danailova in a three-set tiebreaker, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7) for her team-leading 10th win of the season in singles action.

Morse earned a hard-fought win over Lara Vovk in straight sets but needed a tiebreaking victory in the second frame to pick up the win, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8), and improve to 9-3 on the season.

With GSU having just five players, the Apps started doubles action already needing one match to clinch.

However, María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) fell in a tight 7-5 defeat to Daniela Ramirez/Danailova in a matchup of No. 1s. GSU took the 1-0 edge when Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela)/Sevo suffered a 6-2 loss to Kristin Rehse and Damira Muminovic.

App would already tie up the match at 1-1 after with GSU not having a sixth player for court six. But the Panthers regained the lead with Swope falling to Muminovic, 6-1, 6-2.

Zacarias was topped by Rehse as the No. 1 in the lineup, 6-2, 6-3, while Bygrave fell to Ramirez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

App State will look to bounce back tomorrow at 1 p.m. against the hosts, Coastal Carolina, to even the weekend.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (10-1, 4-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, defeated Newberry (4-6, 0-3) by a 17-4 score on Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

The Bears were led by freshman attacker Myles Moffat (Airdie, Alberta, CANADA) and senior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) with three goals each. Remsen scored his first three goals of the season.

Newberry did hold a 42-40 advantage in shots taken despite the 13-goal setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Damon Cummins (Lancaster, Pa.) earned his first victory after making eight saves in three periods of action. Junior Eddie Schoenig (Brewster, N.Y.) added six stops in the last stanza for the Bears while Newberry’s Erick Szurley (Holbrook, N.Y.) took the loss in goal. Szurley made seven saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne has won 20 straight South Atlantic Conference regular season games dating back three years and has won 33 of their last 37 contests dating back to the start of the 2016 campaign.

Ten players found the back of the net for the Bears.

Newberry is in its first year as an intercollegiate men’s lacrosse program.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces fifth-ranked Tampa in a national showdown on Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m., in Savannah, Ga.

Appalachian State pitchers Andrew Vaccacio and Kaleb Bowman collectively struck out 14 batters and allowed one earned run on four hits in a 2-0 loss at Sun Belt Conference foe Georgia Southern on Friday night.

Kendall McGowan, Jason Avers and Riley Smith had hits for the Mountaineers (5-14, 0-4). Vaccacio gave up two hits and struck out a season-high nine batters in six innings, and Bowman recorded five strikeouts while allowing two hits in two scoreless innings.

The Eagles (10-11, 3-1) scored an unearned run in the second inning, when Mitchell Golden raced home from third during a sequence in which Christian Avant was caught in a rundown and picked off from first base. Mason McWhorter's RBI double with two away in the sixth inning accounted for the other run.

The series will resume Saturday with a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Colin Schmid is scheduled to pitch Game 2 for App State, and Travis Holden is the probable starter in Game 3.

The Mountaineers' leadoff batter reached in four of the first seven innings Friday. Alex Leshock, who has reached base in all 16 of his career games, benefited from a game-opening error and advanced to second on CJ Brown's sacrifice bunt, but Georgia Southern starter Brian Eichhorn (10 strikeouts, three hits allowed in eight innings) retired the next two batters.

McGowan's leadoff single in the fourth was erased by a double play, and a sacrifice bunt pushed Joel McDaniel to second base following his leadoff walk in the fifth. Avers doubled to begin the seventh inning, and Eichhorn retired the next three batters.

App State's pitchers did their part to make it a low-scoring affair.

Vaccacio struck out two batters in a perfect first inning, had one strikeout in a perfect fourth and struck out the side in a perfect fifth.

Golden singled with two out and nobody on in the second inning before he stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. After a walk to Avant, Golden scored on the pickoff play. A leadoff walk and a one-out wild pitch preceded McWhorter's two-out double in the sixth.

Bowman took the mound in the bottom of the seventh and worked around a one-out single in each of his two innings. He has allowed no runs, given up five hits and totaled 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings over his last five appearances.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (19-11, 8-5) fell to Wingate (23-7, 10-3) by a 5-1 score in the opening contest of a South Atlantic Conference weekend series Friday night at Ron Christopher Stadium.

Hunter Morgan (Summerfield, N.C.) (4-0) allowed just one run while pitching into the eighth inning in picking up the win for the Bulldogs, who took over sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Wingate’s Zach Little (Troutman, N.C.) led the way with two hits and two runs batted in as the Bulldogs took control with a three-run sixth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Falls Church, Va.) hit a pair of doubles and drove in the Bears’ lone run - junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) - despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne junior Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) fell to 1-3 after taking the loss. Two of the five runs the Bears gave up were unearned. Martin struck out three batters while pitching into the sixth inning.

The Bears still have an opportunity to win a South Atlantic Conference series for the fifth straight weekend.

Beatty has a .615 batting average (eight-for-13) as the starting designated hitter over the last four games (the first four contests Beatty has played this year).

The two teams will wrap up the league weekend series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with a doubleheader.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (11-4, 2-2) snapped a two-match losing streak with an 8-1 win over Carson-Newman (2-8, 0-4) Friday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.


The following Bears picked up victories at singles and doubles competition on the day: senior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC), junior Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and sophomores Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) and Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY).


Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Newberry in a league contest Wednesday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Carson-Newman hosts league-foe Coker Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m.


NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final

Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Carson-Newman 1

Friday, March 23, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)


Singles competition:

1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Gabriel Dabdab (C-N), 6-0, 6-3

2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Rodolfo Schwarz (C-N), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

3. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Marc Bantel (C-N), 6-3, 6-7, 10-3

4. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Taylor Barie (C-N), 2-6, 6-4, 10-8

5. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Jesus Bacete (C-N), 8-5

6. Kevin Mendes (C-N) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 8-2


Doubles competition:

1. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Rodolfo Schwarz/Kevin Mendes (C-N), 8-7

2. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Gabriel Dabdab/Jesus Bacete (C-N), 8-3

3. Tales Miranda/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Marc Bantel/Taylor Barie (C-N), 8-2


Records: Carson-Newman (2-8, 0-4 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (11-4, 2-2 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (8-5, 1-3) fell to Carson-Newman (4-6, 1-3) by a 6-3 score in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.


Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite the play of junior Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Segura, SPAIN), who prevailed at first singles and second doubles. Escanero Funes teamed with junior Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) to defeat Carson-Newman’s Alisha Liashova and Hannah Price by an 8-6 score at No. 2 doubles.


Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference contest at home on Wednesday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m., while Carson-Newman hosts Coker in a league match on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.


NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final

Carson-Newman 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Friday, March 23, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)


Singles competition:

1. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Ali Harris (C-N), 6-3, 6-2

2. Jill Corsato (C-N) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-2, 6-2

3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Abby Reis (C-N), 7-6, 6-2

4. Hannah Price (C-N) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

5. Alisa Liashova (C-N) def. Sanne Janssen (LR), 7-5, 6-4

6. Mallory Jackson (C-N) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 6-2, 6-3


Doubles competition:

1. Jill Corsato/Abby Reis (C-N) def. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR), 8-7

2. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Alisa Liashova/Hannah Price (C-N), 8-6

3. Mallory Jackson/Ali Harris (C-N) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-5


Records: Carson-Newman (4-6, 1-3 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (8-5, 1-3 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team’s home league doubleheader with Lincoln Memorial – scheduled for this Saturday – has been moved to Monday, April 2, at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field. In addition, LR’s home doubleheader with Chowan on Sunday has been called off and will not be made up.

The Bears will be back in action again on Wednesday, when L-R hosts Coker for a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader. First pitch against the Cobras is scheduled for 3:30pm.

Appalachian State softball's Sun Belt series against Texas State on March 24-25 has been canceled due to weather projections for the weekend in Boone. As there is no bye weekend during conference play, this series will not be rescheduled or made up.

App State will resume conference play with a trip to Arlington, Texas, for a series against UT Arlington March 30-31. The Apps return home for a midweek doubleheader against Western Carolina on April 3 at 4 & 6 p.m.

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 7
Hibriten: 5

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 7
Watauga: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 7
West Lincoln: 2

Freedom: 8
Patton: 5

McDowell: 9
Draughn: 4

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