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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:05

App State Men's Basketball Adds JuCo Transfer

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Appalachian State University men’s basketball and head coach Jim Fox announced the addition of junior college transfer guard O’Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy/South Georgia State College), who will join the Black and Gold for the 2017-18 season.

Williams played one season at South Georgia State College and averaged 13.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the floor. Williams earned all-freshman team recognition and was named Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association honorable mention.

In high school, Williams scored 1,521 career points and dished out over 500 assists at Stratford Academy. While there, Williams helped his team to multiple 2-AAA regional championships and a 2013-14 GISA AAA state title.

Williams was also a standout football player in high school and topped 1,000 rushing yards in 2014 and 2015.

Williams will join fellow transfers Nick Hough (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge/Belmont Abbey) and Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman/William & Mary) as the newest members of the program’s active roster looking ahead to 2017-18 and will have three eligibility years remaining.

“We are thrilled to welcome O’Showen to the Appalachian family. O’Showen is someone who will bring a basketball IQ, a desire to always get better and a toughness to our team next year. We are all anxious for him to get up here and get to work.”

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Thomas St. Clair has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Week, league officials.

St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., wins the weekly award for the fourth time this year after throwing a three-hitter last Friday in a 10-1 victory over Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Bears Field.

St. Clair also struck out nine batters for his third complete game of the year. St. Clair, a two-time region and one-time national pitcher of the week this year has well, broke his own single-season strikeout record against the Bulldogs and leads NCAA Division II in strikeouts with 99.

On the year, St. Clair sports a 9-2 record with a 1.68 earned run average and a shutout. In addition, St. Clair has limited hitters to just a .210 batting average.

Catawba's Luke Setzer was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player Of The Week.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:58

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls to Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (20-19) fell to Tusculum (24-11) by a 9-4 score on Tuesday evening in a non-conference, regional contest at Bears Field.

The Pioneers' Daulton Martin (Lancaster, Pa.) and Bradley Evans (Shelby, N.C.) both hit home runs and drove in three runs as Tusculum avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne at home.

Martin's home run, a two-run round-tripper, opened the scoring for the Pioneers and was part of a three-run second inning and gave Tusculum the lead for good.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Zach Jacobs (Moncks Corner, S.C.) cut the lead to 4-2 with a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning but the Bears couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. Sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Freeman (Belews Creek, N.C.) added an RBI double for the Bears in the losing effort.

Tusculum's Ethan Stewart (Bostic, N.C.) (1-1) picked up his first win of the year after throwing seven innings and striking out 11 batters. McKenly Berry (Elizabethton, Tenn.) earned his fifth save of the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 2-4 after being tagged with the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Augusta University on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Edges Out Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (11-9, 4-6) pulled out a 5-4 victory over Catawba (12-12, 4-7) Tuesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School.

The Bears were led by sophomore Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND), who won at fourth singles and first doubles as Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match in the regular season finale Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Catawba, meanwhile, see its season come to an end.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Catawba 4
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Michael Patch (CAT), 6-2, 6-2
2. Luca Picci (CAT) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-0, 6-2
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Lucas Miller (CAT), 6-1, 6-1
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Ryen Reid (CAT), 6-1, 6-2
5. Cason Hiers (CAT) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 7-3, 3-6, 10-5
6. Adam Rocko (CAT) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-4, 7-5

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Michael Patch/Luca Picci (CAT), 8-5
2. Ryen Reid/Cason Hiers (CAT) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 8-6
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Iago Nunez/Brad Smethurst (CAT), 8-4

Records: Catawba (12-12, 4-7 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (11-9, 4-6 SAC)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (9-11, 3-7) snapped a three-match losing streak with a 5-4 win over Catawba (13-11, 2-9) Tuesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Hickory High School.

The Bears receive good balance with six players earning a win while sophomore Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) led the way with victories at fifth singles and second doubles.

Lenoir-Rhyne closes out the regular season on Thursday at 3:00 p.m., at home in a league contest at Hickory High School. Catawba's season has come to an end with the setback to the Bears.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Catawba 4
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Erisa Onchi (CAT), 6-3, 6-2
2. Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-3, 6-4
3. Olivia Wooldridge (CAT) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 5-7, 7-6, 12-10
4. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Marina Geremias (CAT), 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Maddy Henderson (CAT), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
6. Emily Corcoran (CAT) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-3, 0-6, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Erisa Onchi/Sophie Hirsch (CAT) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 9-7
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Maddy Henderson/Marina Geremias (CAT), 8-5
3. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Olivia Wooldridge/Emily Corcoran (CAT), 8-1

Records: Catawba (13-11, 2-9 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (9-11, 3-7 SAC)

The Hickory Crawdads picked up their second win of the season when they defeated Columbia 5-1 on the road Tuesday night. Hickory used a four run sixth inning to break out from a 1-0 defeict and added an insurance run in the eighth inning.

Isaias Quiroz hit a bases-clearing triple in the sixth. The triple capped a four-run inning and gave the Crawdads a 4-1 lead after Yanio Perez scored on a passed ball earlier in the inning.

The Crawdads tacked on another run in the eighth when Preston Scott scored on a wild pitch.

Jose Almonte led the Crawdads at the plate with a two-for-three night with a run scored.

Tyler Phillips picked up the win for the Crawdads, throwing five innings, allowing four hits and only one run while striking out four and walking only one. Demarcus Evans and Jacob Lemoine pitched the final four innings, giving up only one hit. and striking out four each.

The Crawdads improve to 2-4 on the season. Hickory wraps up the series against Columbia Wednesday. The Crawdads will host the Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium Thursday night at 7.

Erin Boone of Lenoir-Rhyne was tabbed the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week for games played Apr. 3rd-Apr. 9th, the League announced. Boone wins the award for the second straight week and the third time this season.

Boone, a sophomore from Creedmoor, North Carolina, led the Bears to doubleheader sweeps of Catawba and Anderson last week. She totaled two home runs, six RBI, and batted .583. She hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh in the first contest with Anderson to force extra innings where the Bears would prevail 4-3, victoriously. Boone tallied a slugging percentage of 1.167 over the course of the contests, and she currently sits in first place with the best batting average league wide at a mark of .507.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Lake Norman: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 6
Kings Mountain: 2

Shelby: 10
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 13
Lincolnton: 3

East Lincoln: 11
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 4
Bandys: 0

West Lincoln: 8
West Caldwell: 4

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 3
Alexander Central: 2

Northwestern Conference:
Patton: 21
Hickory: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 14
Kings Mountain: 7

East Burke: 21
Shelby: 3

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 7
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 7
Bandys: 3

West Lincoln: 14
West Caldwell: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 8
Alexander Central: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Shelby: 1

Kings Mountain: 13
Draughn: 0

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 5
Bunker Hill: 0

Newton-Conover: 2
East Lincoln: 0

Maiden: 1
Bandys: 0

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