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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Ned Kaish has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced this afternoon. Kaish wins the first weekly honor for 2015.

Kaish, a senior attacker from Atlanta, Ga., scored a match-high five goals to go along with three assists and five ground balls in the Bears’ 17-16 loss to top-ranked Limestone this past Saturday in the season opener at Moretz Stadium. The Saints are also the defending NCAA Division II National Champions.

Kaish, a 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference Second-Team preseason honoree, is Lenoir-Rhyne’s all-time leader in goals scored (87).

Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1) returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., against Florida Tech (1-0) at Moretz Stadium.

Monday, 09 February 2015 00:04

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Falls to Mount Olive

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (0-2) fell to No. 24 Mount Olive (2-1) by an 8-1 score Sunday afternoon at the Walker Tennis Center.

Despite the loss, the Bears did pick up a victory at third singles by senior Patrick Bauer (Helmstedt, GERMANY). Bauer defeated Mount Olive’s Paul Wiederspahn (Wuppertal, GERMANY) by scores of 6-3 and 6-1.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team returns to action on Sunday, February 15, against Pfeiffer on the road beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
No. 24 Mount Olive 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
February 8, 2015
Mount Olive, N.C. (Walker Tennis Center)
Singles competition:
1. Matthew Finnerty (UMO) def. Robin Hochguertel (LR), 6-2, 6-4
2. Edgar Bub (UMO) def. Marvin Mueller (LR), 7-6, 6-2
3. Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Paul Wiederspahn (UMO), 6-3, 6-1
4. Lautaro Vazquez (UMO) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-1, 6-1
5. Martin Sousa (UMO) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 7-6, 6-1
6. Sherzod Akramov (UMO) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition:
1. Edgar Bub/Paul Wiederspahn (UMO) def. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR), 8-5
2. Henric Falkenberg/Matthew Finnerty (UMO) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Robin Hochguertel (LR), 8-3
3. Stan Roffe/Lautaro Vazquez (UMO) def. Matthew Ledford/John Christian Reid (LR), 9-7
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2), Mount Olive (2-1)

Louisburg, NC

#14 CVCC 5 - Louisburg 2

Offensive Performers

Thomas Waddell 3 for 4, 1 run
Ivan Acuna 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Lou Matarazzo 2 for 4, 1RBI, 1 run, 1 BB
Skyler Strickland 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Danny Sullivan 2 for 4, 1 run

Winning Pitcher - Kyle Ramsey (1-0) 5 IP, 5 Hits, 5Ks, 1 earned run
Save - Austin Gardner (2) 1 IP, 1 earned run

The Redhawks dominated in all facets of the game as the CVCC earned its first sweep of Louisburg in school history. Move to 4-2 on the season.

Next Game vs #16 Spartanburg Methodist College
2/14/15 @ 1:00pm
Hickory, NC

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team run-ruled both Mercyhurst (12-0) and Lees-McRae (13-0) Sunday afternoon in five innings to remain unbeaten on the season. With the victories, the Bears improved to 6-0.

Lenoir-Rhyne 12, Mercyhurst 0 (five innings)

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a three-run home run and finished with four runs batted in as the Bears run-ruled the Lakers and defeated Mercyhurst for the second straight day.

The Bears put the contest away with the nine runs after the first two innings of play highlighted by junior designated player Ashley Oliver’s (Newton, N.C.) two-run triple and Kenley’s home run in the second frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior pitcher Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after throwing a two-hit shutout while Mercyhurst’s Alexandra Puckly (Corry, Pa.) (1-1) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 13, Lees-McRae 0 (five innings)

Junior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw the Bears’ first perfect game in eight years as the Bears run-ruled their second straight opponent. Hoskins struck out 11 batters and improved to 3-0 on the year.

Oliver hit a three-run home run in the first inning to go along with five runs batted in and senior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) also drove in three runs as the Bears finished with 16 hits in the contest.

Lees-McRae’s Megan Paradise (Medina, Ohio) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces King (11:00 a.m.) and Armstrong State (1:00 p.m.) in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday.

Appalachian State University softball concluded the 2015 Plainsman Invitational on Sunday with a 9-0 defeat to the No. 19 ranked Auburn Tigers.

The Mountaineers (1-3) were the designated home team for the tournament matchup, so the Tigers batted first.

Auburn plated two runs in the opening inning off of an RBI groundout and an error that could have ended the inning.

The big inning for the Tigers came in the second inning when they scored five runs. Auburn got two RBI singles, an RBI double and a two-run homer to cap the inning and lead the Apps 7-0.

Auburn would then score one run in the third and one run in the fourth to build the 9-0 lead that would stand as the final after five innings of play.

For the Mountaineers, Katherine Johnson (Alameda, Calif./Alameda/Wichita State) received the start and pitched 1.2 innings and allowed five hits and four earned runs. Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra/Delaware State) relieved Johnson after she was hit by a line drive.

Ciocatto covered the remaining 3.1 innings and allowed just three hits and one earned run, while striking out three to stymie the Tiger offense.

Dani Heichen’s (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) single in the third inning extended her hitting streak to four games. The senior put together a program-best 17-game hitting streak last season.

Freshman Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and junior Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) collected the other two hits for the Mountaineers in the game.

In a relatively strange circumstance, Appalachian’s first game against George Washington ended after just 4.1 innings due to the Colonials needing to make it to their scheduled flight at the airport. The game was given a drop dead time of 1:15 p.m. CT.

App State was leading 4-2 at the time with Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) contributing a two-run double and Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) also added an RBI single. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) pitched 4.1 innings and struck out five Colonials.

The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend when they travel to Columbia, S.C. to play in the Gamecock Invitational. Appalachian will open up with the North Carolina Tar Heels in a single-game on Friday, Feb. 13. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (6-0) remained unbeaten on the season and tied the school record for consecutive wins after downing West Virginia Tech (0-3), 11-6, Sunday afternoon to complete the weekend series sweep at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior pitcher Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) improved to 2-0 after throwing six scoreless innings to go along with 11 strikeouts as the Bears tied the school record with their 15th consecutive win dating back to last year.

Vieitez has not allowed a run in 12 innings of work so far this year as Lenoir-Rhyne tied the mark set in both the 1952 and 2007 seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Ryan Perkins (Woodruff, S.C.) hit a two-run home run and finished with four runs batted in as the Bears jumped out to an 11-0 advantage after seven innings of work.

West Virginia Tech scored three times in each of the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Golden Bears’ Hugo Rodriguez (Santiago de Cuba) hit a three-run home run despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Chase Hathcock (Rockwell, N.C.) also finished with two triples and a pair of runs batted in while West Virginia Tech’s Jayson Sykora (Spencer, Ohio) (0-1) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Pfeiffer afternoon on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., in Misenheimer, N.C.

In front of a packed Varsity Gym, Appalachian State University wrestling squared off with Chattanooga on Senior Day. The Mountaineers (7-8, 4-1 SoCon) fell to the Mocs (11-5, 6-0 SoCon) 19-17 in a highly contested match that came down to the wire.

Prior to the match, seniors Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) and Nick Vetell (Trinity, N.C./Trinity) were recognized for all their hard work in their five years with App state’s wrestling program.

The match began at the 125 pound weight class with Parisi taking on No. 11 Sean Boyle. Boyle jumped out to an early lead with two first round take downs. Parisi fought back to get within one point, but time ran out on his comeback, and Parisi fell 8-6.

Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) was up next at 133 pounds to face No. 13 Nick Soto. Pasone nearly pinned Soto in the first period, but trailed 10-7 going into the third period. Soto would hold his advantage and win the match 11-7 to give UTC a 6-0 lead.

At 141, Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) took on Michael Pongracz. The match was scoreless through the first two periods before Longo scored a two point takedown in the third period to break the deadlock. Longo got the Mountaineers on the board with a 3-1 decision victory.

With the score 6-3 in favor of UTC, Javon Johnson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead after two first-period near falls against Shawn Greevy. Greevy led 17-9 after a big second period. Johnson was defeated by technical fall to give the Mocs an 11-3 advantage.

At 157, Zack Strickland (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) led 1-0 over Austin Sams after two periods. Strickland had a late third round take down that sealed his 4-3 decision win. UTC led 11-6 going into the intermission.

Reigning Southern Conference wrestler of the week Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) faced Justin Lampe at 165 pounds. Kee led 6-2 after three first-period takedowns. With a 10-4 advantage going into the third period, Kee won the Mountaineers their first bonus points of the match with a 16-5 major decision.

The 174 match began with UTC leading 11-10. Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) trailed 2-1 to Sean Mappes after the first period. Late in the third period Przybysz was down one, but then took Mappes down and held him the rest of the way to earn a 4-3 decision win. The victory pushed App State into the lead for the first time, 13-11.

Vetell gave up a technical fall to McCoy Newberg at 184 pounds. With UTC up 16-13, Tyler Radford (Marion, N.C./McDowell) got out to an early 5-0 lead over Scottie Boykin. With the score tied 10-10 late in the third round, Boykin took down Radford to earn a 15-10 decision win.

Appalachian was down six headed into the final match and needed a pin to tie the score. Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) was up against Clay Dent. Dejournette took a 7-0 lead into the third round, but was unable to stick Dent leaving the Mountaineers just shy of the Mocs.

With the loss the Mountaineers are still in second place in the Southern Conference standings. Appalachian will be back in action against Virgina Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Feb. 16th at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State 17, Chattanooga 19

125: Sean Boyle def. Dominic Parisi D, 9-6 (3-0, UTC)

133: Nick Soto def. Vito Pasone D, 11-7 (6-0, UTC)

141: Michael Longo def. Michael Pongracz D, 3-1 (6-3, UTC)

149: Shawn Greevy def. Javon Johnson TF, 26-9 (11-3, UTC)

157: Zack Strickland def. Austin Sams D, 4-3 (11-6, UTC)

165: Nick Kee def. Justin Lampe MD, 16-5 (11-10, UTC)

174: Forrest Przybysz def. Sean Mappes D, 4-3 (13-11, App)

184: McCoy Newburg def. Nick Vetell TF, 15-0 (16-13, UTC)

197: Scottie Boykin def. Tyler Radford D, 15-10 (19-13, UTC)

Hwt: Denzel Dejournette def. Clay Dent MD, 15-2 (19-17, UTC)

Sunday, 08 February 2015 23:36

CVCC Women's Basketball Takes out Tidewater CC

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The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Tidewater Community College 88-56 Saturday.

Shakira Allen led the Red Hawks with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Kelantra Allen added 14 points and five assists. Kianna Bowe chipped in 14 points and Keata McKnight had 13. Dayan Dula hauled in 11 rebounds for CVCC.

The Red Hawks improve to 15-9 overall and 10-5 in conference play.

CVCC plays again on Tuesday, February 16th at home against Clinton Junior College.

Highlighted by first-team honoree Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest), three Appalachian State University baseball student-athletes are part of College Sports Madness’ preseason all-Sun Belt Conference teams. Joining Pierson on the CSM preseason all-conference squads are second-team selections Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) and Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline).

A versatile senior, Pierson garnered first-team recognition as an infielder. He led Appalachian State in batting average (.343), on-base percentage (.425), runs (41), hits (69), doubles (16), total bases (108) and walks (26) en route to first-team all-Southern Conference recognition at second base as a junior last spring. Defensively, Pierson played both second (32 starts) and third base (21 starts) last season, has also made 11 appearances in left field during the course of his career and will likely be the Mountaineers’ starting shortstop when they open the season on Friday.

A junior and high-level prospect for this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, Dobson also earned first-team all-SoCon honors after hitting .299 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 39 RBI as a sophomore in 2014. He led Appalachian in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.545) last season, while tying for fifth in SoCon in home runs and ranking ninth in the league in slugging percentage. Dobson, who has played first base, second base, shortstop and left field during his first two collegiate seasons, is expected to be App State’s starting second baseman in 2015 after earning all-conference recognition as a shortstop last season.

Brill was a member of the SoCon’s all-freshman team last season after hitting .306 with four homers and 20 RBI in his first collegiate campaign. While he was selected preseason all-Sun Belt by CSM as an outfielder, he may also contribute as a pitcher this season. He was selected as a hurler by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

In addition to the three preseason all-conference selections by CSM, d1baseball.com has recently tabbed Appalachian State to finish third in the ultra-competitive Sun Belt this season. The accolades come on the heels of the Sun Belt’s coaches picking Appalachian to finish last in the 11-team Sun Belt and not recognizing any Mountaineers on their preseason all-conference team.

The much-anticipated 2015 campaign begins on Friday when Appalachian State takes on former SoCon rival Davidson on the opening day of the NC State Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at NC State’s Doak Field. Following Friday’s opener versus Davidson, the Mountaineers play Villanova on Saturday at 11 a.m. and NC State on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Sunday, 08 February 2015 23:29

CVCC Baseball Sweeps Louisburg

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Date: 2/7/2015

Location: Louisburg, NC

Game One
#14 CVCC 7 - Louisburg 3

Offensive Performers

Lou Matarazzo 3 for 4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 Run
Skyler Strickland 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 Runs, 2 BB
Danny Sullivan 3 for 5, 1 RBI
Mykel Davis 2 for 4, 2 RBI

Winning Pitcher - Justin Norton (1-0) 6.0 IP, 5 Ks, 2 earned runs

Game Two
#14 CVCC 5 - Lousiburg 4

Offensive Performers
Randal Ortiz 2 for 3, 1 RBI
Skyler Strickland 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 Runs
Danny Sullivan 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 Run
Sam Salyers 1 for 1, 1 RBI

Winning Pitcher - Aaron Biggerstaff (1-0) 3.0 IP, 5 Ks, 0 earned runs

Save - Austin Gardner (1)

CVCC rallies to win game in extra innings behind clutch performances at the plate and Aaron Biggerstaff coming in relief.

Next game: 2/8/15 @ 12:00pm
#14 CVCC (3-2) at Louisburg (1-3)