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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (5-4, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a thrilling, 5-4 victory over Mars Hill (3-6, 0-3) Thursday afternoon at Hickory High School.

With the score tied at four, sophomore Lucy Stofberg (Stellenbosch, Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA) pulled out a 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3 victory over the Lions’ Jade Henke (Perth, AUSTRALIA) in the win for the Bears.

Freshman Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) and sophomore Jessica Rumple (Mooresville, N.C.) were also key for the Bears in the victory as both players triumphed in singles and doubles play.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Queens in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Mars Hill 4
February 25, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Samantha Echevarria (MHU) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 6-2, 6-3
2. Jasha Geerdink (MHU) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Julia Ponomareva (LR) def. Lucy McLaurin (MHU), 6-4, 6-3
4. Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Jade Henke (MHU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Hannah Hill (MHU), 6-0, 6-2
6. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Luz Heilman (MHU), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Lucy McLaurin/Jasha Geerdink (MHU) def. Dominique Bruce/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-5
2. Samantha Echevarria/Jade Henke (MHU) def. Julia Ponomareva/Lucy Stofberg (LR), 8-4
3. Taylor Fredrickson/Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Hannah Hill/Luz Heilman (MHU), 8-3
Records: Mars Hill (3-6, 0-3 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (5-4, 1-0 SAC)

The OC Sports National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball Players and Pitchers of the Week were announced Thursday for all games played during Week 3 of the season – Feb. 15-21.

Catawba Valley Community College sophomore third baseman Craig Zalewa took home DII honors.

Zalewa hit .500 last week, with a double and two home runs with 10 RBI. In addition, he scored four runs and was walked twice.

On the season, in 11 games. He is hitting .385 with three homers, 17 RBI, and 10 runs scored.

CVCC will host Louisburg College this weekend at Hinkle-Alley Field.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 20:40

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Open SAC Play with Win

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (4-3, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 6-3 win over Mars Hill (3-6, 0-3) Thursday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Two Lenoir-Rhyne players earned wins at both singles and doubles – freshmen Shane O’Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) and Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) – as the Bears won their third straight match.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Queens on Friday in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Mars Hill 3
February 25, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Alberto Ortiz (MHU) def. Patrick Bauer (LR), 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Markus Gattner (MHU), 6-3, 7-5
3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Ben Reid (MHU), 6-4, 6-4
4. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Carlos Riesco (MHU), 6-1, 7-5
5. Sam Lee (MHU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-4, 7-5
6. Matthew Ledford (LR) def. Blake Covington (MHU), 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Patrick Bauer/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Alberto Ortiz/Sam Lee (MHU), 8-4
2. Markus Gattner/Ben Reid (MHU) def. Tomas Hons/Matthew Ledford (LR), 8-6
3. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) def. Blake Covington/Carlos Riesco (MHU), 8-3

Records: Mars Hill (3-6, 0-3 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (4-3, 1-0 SAC)

Due to inclement weather in the High Country, the schedule for Appalachian State University baseball’s four-game weekend series versus Quinnipiac has been altered.

Instead of playing a single games on Friday and Sunday and a doubleheader on Saturday, Appalachian State and Quinnipiac will now play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s doubleheader will be played at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory (home of the class-A Hickory Crawdads) beginning at noon. Sunday’s twinbill will be played at Appalachian State’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium with start time TBA.

Tickets for both days can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or at the gate. Appalachian State season tickets and student IDs will be honored for Saturday’s games in Hickory.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 23:22

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Win in Overtime at Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (18-8, 13-8) notched one of its biggest victories of the year with a 94-90 overtime victory over Queens (23-4, 17-4) Wednesday night at Curry Arena in a South Atlantic Conference game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) tied a career-high with 36 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Bears remained in sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

Queens, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, lost despite a team-high 28 points and 10 rebounds from Sean Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.). The Royals have lost two straight after reeling off nine consecutive wins.

Palmore scored eight of the Bears’ 10 points in overtime and spearheaded a 9-0 run – including the first seven points on free throws – to pull out the win. For the game, Lenoir-Rhyne finished 30-of-39 from the charity stripe.

Senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) finished with 14 points while sophomore guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) and junior guard Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) added 13 points each as the Bears hit 10 treys to increase their league single-season record to 320.

Queens’ Todd Withers (Greensboro, N.C.) came off the bench to score 19 points while Kendall Jones (Lenoir, N.C.) added 17 points in the losing effort.

In the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings, the Royals were second while the Bears were seventh. Lenoir-Rhyne is also 6-1 in its last seven contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Mars Hill at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium for Senior Day, Saturday at 4pm.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 22:47

CVCC Men's Basketball Drops Road Game to Patrick Henry

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Patrick Henry Community College on the road 73-70.

Cornelius Johnson led CVCC with 17 points and JaQueaz Jackson added 14 points.

The Red Hawks fall to 21-8 overall and 12-4 in the conference. CVCC will participate in the Region X District Tournament this weekend.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:08

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Defeats Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (11-14, 10-11) stayed in the hunt for a spot in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship with a 72-47 victory over Queens (5-21, 3-18) Wednesday evening at Curry Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) and senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) led the way with 13 points each as the Bears completed the season sweep of the Royals.

Toineeta also hit three of the Bears’ six treys and Lenoir-Rhyne connected on all eight throw attempts in the contest.

Senior center Shelly Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 10 points as the Bears shot 51 percent (29-of-57) for the game in the victory.

Queens was led by Carmen Richardson (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Karlesha Thompson (Richmond, Calif.) scored 13 points each as well but the Royals never led in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne took control in the first half and rolled into intermission with a 40-22 advantage. The Bears led by as many as 25 points and held a 33-25 margin in rebounding and forced the Royals into 15 turnovers.

In the final round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill for Senior Day while Queens travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on Tusculum.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:07

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Ranked in Top 25

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team is ranked No. 19 in the first AFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll of the season. AFCA is the American Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 11-1 on the year and will play this weekend in the Mid-South Classic in Duncan, S.C., at the Tyger River Sports Complex. On the first day on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne takes on Lander at Noon and St. Joseph’s (Indiana) at 4:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne is led this season so far by sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and senior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.). Carter has a .488 batting average with a team-leading 21 hits while Phillips leads the squad in home runs (five), runs batted in (20), slugging percentage (.897) in addition to hitting .462 so far on the year.

2016 AFCA NCAA Division II
Softball Top 25 Poll
February 24 - Week 1

1. West Texas A&M (12) 16-0
2. Alabama-Huntsville 16-2
3. Indianapolis (4) 3-0
4. Humboldt State 9-1-1
5. Missouri-St. Louis 10-0
6. Arkansas Tech 12-1
7. Catawba 10-0
8. North Alabama 18-4
9. California (Pa.) 3-1
10. Georgia College 13-2
11. California Baptist 13-3
12. St. Mary's (Texas) 12-5
13. Central Oklahoma 11-3
14. Saint Leo 9-0
15. Caldwell 0-0
16. West Virginia Wesleyan 0-0
17. UC San Diego 13-3
18. Valdosta State 12-3-1
19. Lenoir-Rhyne 11-1
20. Tarleton State 12-5
21. Winona State 5-1
22. North Georgia 10-4
23. Southern New Hampshire 0-0
24. Florida Tech 13-2
25. Dixie State 8-3

Other receiving votes: Southern Indiana (33), West Chester (19), Shorter (17), LIU Post (14), New Haven (7), Central Washington (4), Texas A&M University-Commerce (4), Pittsburg State (2), Armstrong State (1).

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball, Baseball Game Postponed

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University home doubleheader in softball with Converse, scheduled for today at 2:00 p.m., has been called off due to wet weather.  No make-up date has been set.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s baseball game today at Pfeiffer has been postponed due to wet weather. The Falcons and the Bears have not set a make-up date yet.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team finished 10th at the Converse Spring Invitational which concluded Tuesday at The Carolina Country Club.

The Bears shot a 698 (+122) on the par-72, 5,881-yard course while Anderson won with a 640 (+64).

Lenoir-Rhyne was led, once again, by freshman Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.). Hartsell tied for 17th overall with a 164 (+20). Erskine’s Krysta Schaus won the tournament with a 10-over 154.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team next competes in the Pfeiffer Invitational at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, S.C., on Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8.

Converse Spring Invitational
February 22-23, 2016 – Final Results
Spartanburg, S.C.
The Carolina Country Club
Par: 72
Yards: 5,881
1. Anderson 640 (+64)
2. Queens 641 (+65)
3. Wingate 643 (+67)
4. Converse “A” 650 (+74)
5. King 656 (+80)
6. Tusculum 657 (+81)
7. Milligan 669 (+93)
8t. Erskine 680 (+104)
8t. Pfeiffer 680 (+104)
10. Lenoir-Rhyne 698 (+122)
11. Coker 703 (+127)
12. Belmont Abbey 718 (+142)
13. Converse “B” 731 (+155)
14. Barton 739 (+163)
15. Brevard 817 (+241)
16. Spartanburg Methodist 821 (+245)

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
17t. Abbey Hartsell 164 (+20)
33t. Chelsea Mansel 171 (+27)
55t. Elizabeth Ewing 181 (+37)
58t. Evelyn Stein 186 (+42)
58t. Tessa Young 186 (+42)