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).
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
The Carolina Country Club
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)
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)
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Golf Team placed fifth overall out of 13 schools at the Newberry College Invitational which ended with the third and final round on Tuesday at The Ocean Course.
The Bears totaled a 907 (+43) on the par-72, 6,682-yard course while Georgia Southwestern was the top team with an 883 (+19).
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman Ulisses Toledo, Jr. (Curitiba, BRAZIL), who tied for fifth overall with a 221 (+5).
Georgia Southwestern’s Tyler Barker was the top individual after carding an even-par 216 after three rounds of action.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Richard Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C., on Monday, February 29, and Tuesday, March 1.
February 22-23, 2016 – Final Results
Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Ocean Course
1. Georgia Southwestern 883 (+19)
2. North Greenville 896 (+32)
3. Newberry 898 (+34)
4. Erskine 906 (+42)
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 907 (+43)
6. Mount Olive 915 (+51)
7. Mars Hill 926 (+62)
8t. Montevallo 927 (+63)
8t. Emmanuel 927 (+63)
10. King 928 (+64)
11. Hillsdale 933 (+69)
12. Southern Wesleyan 936 (+72)
13. Catawba 957 (+93)
5t. Ulisses Toledo, Jr. 221 (+5)
25t. Brad Robinson 229 (+13)
31t. Jordan Vogler 231 (+15)
33. Jackson Bailey 232 (+16)
34t. Hunter McCombs 233 (+17)
Longtime Appalachian State University athletics staff member Teresa Eggers has been promoted to assistant athletics director for ticket operations, associate athletics director Kindsay Reeder announced on Tuesday.
“We are excited to officially appoint and welcome Teresa into the role of assistant A.D. for ticket operations,” Reeder said. “Her years of experience, attention to detail and excellent customer service made her the top candidate for this position. We greatly appreciate her years of service thus far and are excited to have her lead this area as Appalachian State athletics continues to see tremendous growth and welcome fans to all of our athletic venues.”
Eggers has been a part of the Appalachian State athletics staff for 15 years, joining the department as assistant athletics ticket manager in 2001. She was promoted to associate athletics ticket manager in 2009 and has served as interim ticket manager since September.
“It’s an exciting time for Appalachian State Athletics as we continue to grow our fan base and athletic programs,” Eggers said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to direct ticket operations as we continue to provide quality fan service and build upon our Appalachian tradition.”
A national search is underway to fill the position on Appalachian State’s athletics ticket staff that was held by Eggers prior to her promotion.
Trojans travel to Smoky Mountain in the second round on Thursday.
East Burke: 53
Cavaliers travel to Mountain Heritage in the second round on Thursday.
Mountain Heritage: 63
West Caldwell: 50
The Warriors season ends at 11-13.
Stuart Cramer: 40
Red Devils host Lake Norman Charter Thursday night in the second round.
The Wildcats season ends at 12-14.
Smoky Mountain: 54
The Blue Devils season ends at 10-14.
Patriots host Carson on Thursday in the second round.
Sun Valley: 39
Red Tornadoes travel to Ashbrook in the second round on Thursday.
St. Stephens: 51
The Indians season ends at 17-11.
Alexander Central: 81
Vance: 74, 4 OT
Cougars host Page in the second round on Thursday.
South Caldwell: 59
Lake Norman: 32
Spartans host R.J. Reynolds in the second round on Thursday.
East Burke: 87
TW Andrews: 68
Cavaliers travel to Smoky Mountain in the second round on Thursday.
West Caldwell: 60
The Warriors season ends at 11-14.
Smoky Mountain: 65
Bunker Hill: 42
The Bears season ends at 10-16.
South Stokes: 49
Blue Devils travel to Forest Hills on Thursday in the second round.
Panthers season ends at 15-12. Patriots travel to Weddington in the second round on Thursday.
Panthers host West Guilford on Thursday in the second round.
South Iredell: 44
Red Tornadoes hosts Pisgah in the second round on Thursday (on 1290 WHKY and whky.com, 7pm)
Alexander Central: 63
Davie County: 48
Cougars host Southwest Guilford in the second round on Thursday
Appalachian State University women’s track and field captured the school’s first Sun Belt Conference title by winning the SBC Indoor Championships on Tuesday night with a team score of 101.5 points, two points better than second-place Texas State and 5.5 more than Arkansas State in third.
App State trailed the Red Wolves by six points before gaining 11 points in the final field event of the night, the triple jump, by taking third- and fourth-place in the triple jump. Arkansas State didn’t have anyone competing, which allowed the Apps to move in front and capture the title.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this championship comes down to the level of student-athletes that we’ve been able to recruit here,” said head coach John Weaver. “Those student-athletes have bought in to what we’re teaching and because of that, we were able to accomplish this goal faster than we thought we would. This is a very special group of young women.”
The Black and Gold racked up their total with 20 scoring marks spread out amongst 13 events. Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) led the way for App State with 20 points thanks to a pair of individual trophies in both the 3,000 on Monday and the 5,000 on Tuesday. Van Ord now has three career Sun Belt indoor titles after winning the 5,000 last season as well.
Van Ord was one of eight Mountaineers to score in multiple events including Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./North Carolina Central/South View), Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover), Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex), Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian), Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley), and Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams). The other student-athletes to earn team points for Appalachian were Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor), Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount), Sarah Hoffert (Cary, N.C./Cary), Makayla Roten (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes), Libby Florence (Cedar Grove, N.C./Cedar Ridge), and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./East Carolina/Watauga).
Weaver continued, “It’s exciting knowing this is the first Sun Belt team title at Appalachian State, but the fact that we were the ones to get it done makes it that much more special. This is what we were striving for and we thought it would take a couple years, but we did it, and I couldn’t be prouder. This championship helps to verify our move to the Sun Belt and the higher level of competition.”
Girardeau showed her versatility as the only Mountaineer to score in three different events as she placed third in the 60-meter dash, sixth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the long jump to collect a total of 11 points.
Howell secured a seventh-place finish in the 800 and was also part of the distance medley relay team that took home second on Monday. The other three members of that DMR team were Hoffert, Moser (also fourth in the mile) and Sargent (also sixth in the mile).
Girardeau was just a small part of the damage that Appalachian State did in the field events. Drummonds turned in the fourth-best height for the pole vault. In the high jump alone, H. Welborn was second, Roten was third and Florence tied for seventh. That was one of two events in which three Apps were able to score for the team along with the long jump in which Girardeau was joined by Hargrave in third and Gill in fourth. For the triple jump, Gill was third and Hargrave was fourth while Tate placed fifth in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field finished in fifth place at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships on Tuesday night with 74.5 points, one place and 8.5 points better than last season showing.
“The men’s side is extremely competitive just like the women’s, but with fewer teams, which makes for a tighter race,” said head coach John Weaver. “The fact that we moved up and scored more points shows that we are at the threshold of what we’re going to be able to accomplish with the men in this conference.”
Overall, the Mountaineers turned in 15 scoring marks scattered between 12 events. App State’s lone champion was Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) who came in first for the 800. This season, Hastings has run the 800 five times and come in first for all of them. The sophomore was also the only Mountaineer to score in an event three times as he was part of a couple relay teams in the distance medley relay (third) and the 4x400 (fifth).
Joining Hastings as multiple-event scorers were William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor), Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C. (Eugene Ashley), and Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley). The other Apps to add to the team total included Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington), Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./UNC-Charlotte/Westchester Country Day), Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), Trey Edgerton (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain), Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./LaSalle/Quince Orchard), Andrew Harris (Lexington, S.C./Winthrop/Lexington), Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Carthage/Lincoln-Way West), Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary), and John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C. (Terry Sanford).
Buckley was awarded points in the 60 (fifth) and 200 (fourth), Ellis was in the 3,000 (fourth) and 5,000 (fourth), Broaden was in the 60-meter hurdles (second) and 4x400, and Milch was in both the shot put (second) and weight throw (fourth).
The Black and Gold scored with multiple student-athletes in three events including the shot put with Milch and Leonard (seventh), the 800 with Hastings and Ovendorf (eighth) and the 3,000 with Ellis and Anderson (seventh).
Edgerton and Smith made up the rest of the 4x400 while Hastings was joined by Laratta, Harris and Georges on the distance medley relay team. As for the other field events and the rest of those who scored, Thomas was third in the pole vault and Hinton tied for sixth in the high jump.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jordin Phillips has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Phillips, a senior third baseman from Hampstead, N.C., batted .429 (nine-of-21) with three home runs and eight runs batted in to lead the Bears to a 5-1 week.
Phillips hit a three-run home run in both the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Limestone last Wednesday on the road and in a 7-6 victory on Saturday at home against Columbus State.
Phillips had at least one hit in five of the six games and also scored seven runs in addition to a pair of doubles on the week.
Phillips currently leads the team in home runs (five), runs batted in (20), total bases (35) and slugging percentage (.897) in addition to a .462 batting average, which ranks third-best on the squad.
Catawba’s Carley Tysinger (Lexington, N.C.) has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Pitcher Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1) next competes in the Mid-South Classic in Duncan, S.C., this weekend beginning on Friday against Lander (10:00 a.m.) and St. Joseph’s (Indiana) at 2:00 p.m.
In a battle of freshmen pitchers making their collegiate debuts, South Carolina’s Adam Hill outdueled Appalachian State University’s Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) and the 24th-ranked Gamecocks shut out App State baseball, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Founders Park.
Gorham surrendered just two hits and struck out five in four innings of work for Appalachian State (0-4) but Hill was even better for South Carolina (4-0), striking out 11 and allowing only two hits over six innings. Gorham allowed three runs (two earned) to suffer the tough-luck loss.
In all, South Carolina only managed five singles against four Mountaineer pitchers but the Gamecocks made the most of their opportunities, scoring two runs on sacrifice flies and another on an error. Although App State only issued three walks, three of South Carolina’s five runs were scored by runners that reached base via walk or being hit by a pitch.
Appalachian recorded four hits against three USC pitchers but didn’t have a runner advance past first base until the ninth inning. Freshman Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) had two of the Mountaineers’ four hits.
After dropping all four games of a grueling season-opening road trip (three of the four defeats came against nationally ranked opponents), Appalachian State opens the home portion of its schedule this weekend when it hosts a four-game series versus Quinnipiac. Game times are set for 3 p.m. Friday, a noon doubleheader on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Lacrosse Team (1-2) picked up its first victory of the year, 9-8 over Pfeiffer (0-2) Tuesday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) scored three goals – a game-high – while sophomore attacker Christine Faircloth (Winter Park, Fla.) scored twice as the Bears held on for the win.
Pfeiffer, which scored the final two goals of the match in the last two minutes, were led by Angela Fratantuono (Pasadena, Md.) with three goals in the losing effort.
Faircloth broke a 4-4 tie with the match-winning goal at the 24:50 mark of the second half and was the first of three straight scores by the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne held the edge in both shots taken (25-22) and ground balls (28-21) while sophomore Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the victory in goal after stopping 12 shots in the contest.
For Pfeiffer, Whitney Jaffe (Cohasset, Md.) added two goals and an assist while goalkeeper Cassidy Wilson (Centreville, Md.) tallied eight saves despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Saint Leo (Florida) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m.