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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (12-6) broke open a close game with a 10-run seventh inning in rolling to an 18-8 win over No. 4 Mount Olive (14-3) Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field.

Sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) capped off the frame with a grand slam as the Bears snapped a five-game losing streak in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Adam Venditti (Charlotte, N.C.) and outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) added solo home runs as the Bears set a season high for runs in a contest.

Mount Olive jumped out to a 5-2 advantage early in the contest thanks to a three-run home run from Joe Koehler (Tampa Bay, Fla.) and a two-run inside the park home run from Zak Orrison (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.) in the second inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) also drove in four runs for the Bears and connected on the game-winning, two-run single in the seventh inning as well.

On the mound, sophomore Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 4-1 on the year after pitching two scoreless innings and striking out six batters.

Mount Olive’s Jose Serrano (Haines City, Fla.) fell to 1-1 after being tagged with the loss. Koehler drove in four runs to lead the Trojans offensively in the losing effort. Mount Olive also saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday against Catawba in Salisbury, N.C. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.

Redshirt-freshman Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) hauled in Freshman of the Year, all-Southern Conference team, and all-freshman team for the 2014-15 season, the league office announced on Wednesday.

“I am proud of Nick’s development throughout the year,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “He is primed and ready to compete at the SoCon and NCAA tournament.”

The 165-pounder finished the season with a 18-9 overall record, including an 11-3 dual meet mark. Kee was the only Mountaineer to make it through the Southern Conference schedule unscathed, posting a perfect 7-0 record.

The Laurinburg, N.C. native earned SoCon wrestler of the week honors on Feb. 4 and was ranked as high as 28th in the NCAA coaches’ panel rankings. Kee marks the second straight Appalachian wrestler to receive SoCon Freshman of the Year honors.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) joined Kee on the all-conference team after a breakout year for the Mountaineer heavyweight. Dejournette won his first 17 matches of the season and finished with a 29-4 record with a 15-2 mark in dual meets. The Winston-Salem native earned Southern Conference wrestling Athlete of the Month for November, as well as being named SoCon wrestler of the week twice during the 2014-15 season.

The Mountaineers placed two wrestlers outside of Kee on the all-freshman team. True-freshman Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and redshirt-freshman Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) both earned spots on the team after their successful seasons. Longo ended the season with a 18-14 record while going 5-2 in the SoCon at 141 pounds. Przybysz finished the year strong, winning seven of his last eight matches and posted a 6-1 SoCon mark.

The Mountaineers will head to Asheville N.C. this weekend to compete in the Southern Conference Championship on Saturday.

2014-15 Wrestler of the Year

Sean Boyle, R-Sr., 125, Chattanooga

2014-15 Freshman of the Year

Nick Kee, 165, Appalachian State

2014-15 All-Southern Conference Team

125 – Sean Boyle, R-Sr., Chattanooga
133 – Nick Soto, Sr., Chattanooga
141 – Mike Pongracz, So., Chattanooga
149 – Ryan Mosley, R-So., Gardner-Webb
157 – Aaron Walker, R-So., The Citadel
165 – Nick Kee, R-Fr., Appalachian State
174 – Jake Residori, Jr., SIUE
184 – Scott Patrick, R-Sr., Davidson
197 – Scottie Boykin, So., Chattanooga
HWT – Denzel Dejournette, R-So., Appalachian State

2014-15 All-Freshman Team

Nick Kee, Appalachian State
Mike Longo, Appalachian State
Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State
Ty Buckiso, The Citadel
Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
Angelo Silvestro, SIUE
Justin Lampe, Chattanooga

Appalachian State University women’s track and field had three student-athletes named to the all-conference team, announced by the league on Wednesday.

“As we completed the Sun Belt indoor championship, we are excited about the athletes that distinguished themselves at a very high level,” said head coach John Weaver. “That group for the women was highlighted by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who became our first women’s Sun Belt champion. We are excited that we had six all-conference performers, which has very vividly shown us what we have to do to be successful. We absolutely believe that as we make this transition and now know what it takes to be successful in the Sun Belt, we can rise to that occasion.”

Van Ord was honored following her program and meet record time in the 5,000 meter run. Van Ord set the Sun Belt Conference championship time by finishing in 16:39.75 and becoming the first Mountaineer to be a Sun Belt champion. The sophomore also placed second in the 3,000 meter run with a personal-best time of 9:45.08.

Shelby Howell (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) also earns all-conference honors for her performance in the 800 meter run. Howell placed second and finished in a personal-best time of 2:11.25. The time puts Howell second all-time in program history.

The distance medley relay team that consisted of Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts), Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville), Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) and Allison Cook (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) earned all-conference honors for finishing in third place. The team finished in a time of 11:59.29, which was season-best in the event for the Mountaineers.

App State will open the outdoor portion of its 2015 schedule on Friday, March 20 for the beginning of the Wake Forest Invitational.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field had six student-athletes named to the Sun Belt all-conference team, announced by the league on Wednesday.

“As we completed the Sun Belt indoor championship, we are excited about the athletes that distinguished themselves at a very high level,” said head coach John Weaver. “That group for the men was highlighted by Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who became our first men’s Sun Belt champion. We are excited that we had six all-conference performers, which has very vividly shown us what we have to do to be successful. We absolutely believe that as we make this transition and now know what it takes to be successful in the Sun Belt, we can rise to that occasion.”

McFoy was named for his performance in the 5,000 meter run and became the first men’s Sun Belt champion. McFoy won with a time of 14:31.90, which bested his previous top time by over 30 seconds – it also places the junior third all-time in program history.

Freshman Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) broke out in a big way during the indoor season and became one of the Mountaineers’ most consistent jumpers. Hoffman took second in the triple jump with a jump of 50-4.00 feet, which was good for a personal-best.

Also earning all-conference honors was the distance medley relay team. The squad finished in 10:07.93 – good for a season-best in the event. Members of the relay team were Raphael Rojas (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard/LaSalle).

The Mountaineers will open the outdoor portion of their 2015 schedule on Friday, March 20 when they compete at the Wake Forest Invitational.

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball Team garnered 2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference accolades – Jazmine Charles and Jenni Gust – league officials announced today.

Charles, a senior All-American guard from Lexington, N.C., earned first-team all-league honors for the third straight year. Charles leads the squad in scoring (17.2 ppg), free throw percentage (.836), steals (36) and three-pointers made (48) this year.

Charles, the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year, became the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (177) last game and ranks fifth on the school’s career scoring list with 1,562 points.

Gust, a senior guard from Colfax, Wis., picked up all-league laurels for the second straight year. Gust currently ranks second on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), three-pointers made and steals (26) and blocked shots (14).

Lenoir-Rhyne (11-15), the seventh seed in the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship, will face second-seeded Wingate (21-8) tonight at Cuddy Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the quarterfinal round.

The semifinals and finals of the league tournament championship will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Furman University’s Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.

2014-15 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Basketball Teams

FIRST TEAM
Sierra Simpson, Anderson
Samantha Creed, Newberry
Camille Glymph, Mars Hill
Chantal Dunbar, Wingate
Haylee Lepaio, Newberry
Jazmine Charles, Lenoir-Rhyne

SECOND TEAM
Jada Huntley, Catawba
Bri Johnson, Catawba
Katie Williams, Brevard
Tanesha Stenson, Coker
Jenni Gust, Lenoir-Rhyne
Andrea Bertrand, Wingate

HONORABLE MENTION
Chole Bully, Catawba
Lesley Woods, Anderson
Brittany Hill, Wingate
Shelby Tricoli, Wingate
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Jasmine Franklin, Anderson

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Terri Rogers, Catawba
Jessica Simerly, Carson-Newman
Nicola Handreck, Newberry
Shea Coker, Lincoln Memorial
Allison Hodge, Carson-Newman

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sierra Simpson, Anderson

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Terri Rogers, Catawba

COACH OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Garrity, Anderson

STATISTICAL CHAMPIONS
Points Per Game - Camille Glymph, Mars Hill, 23.9
Three Pointers Per Game – Camille Glymph, Mars Hill, 3.59
Rebounds Per Game - Chantal Dunbar, Wingate, 10.0
Blocked Shots Per Game - Lacey Singletary, Queens, 3.15
Field Goal Percentage - Haylee Lepaio, Newberry, 46.7
Assists Per Game - Sierra Simpson, Anderson, 4.7
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Brittany Hill, Wingate, 2.43
Steals Per Game - Brittany Hill, Wingate, 2.93
Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Katie Williams, Brevard, 42.4
Free Throw Percentage - Camille Glymph, Mars Hill, 88.2
Team Scoring Offense – Anderson, 71.3
Team Steals – Wingate, 280
Team Field Goal Percentage - Lincoln Memorial, 42.9
Team Field Goal Percentage Defense – Anderson, 38.1
Team Assists – Newberry, 418
Team Rebounding – Lincoln Memorial, 1,241
Team Blocked Shots – Lincoln Memorial, 112
Team Three Point Field Goal Percentage - Wingate, 37
Team Scoring Defense – Wingate, 58.7
Team Free Throw Percentage - Mars Hill, 76.2
Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Newberry, 0.96

With temperatures expected to climb well into the 70s in Raleigh on Wednesday, Appalachian State University baseball and NC State have agreed to make up their previously cancelled game on Wednesday evening at NC State’s Doak Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Appalachian State (5-5) and NC State (6-3) were originally scheduled to square off on Feb. 15 in Raleigh but that game was washed out due to cold and snow. The contest was not expected to be made up but with terrific weather in the forecast on a mutual open date, the clubs arranged late Tuesday evening to meet less than 24 hours later.

With the addition of the contest versus NC State, Appalachian State is now in the midst of playing 7-of-11 games against power-conference opponents. Last week, the Mountaineers split four games against Wake Forest (a 10-1 win on Feb. 25) and No. 16 Maryland (won 1-of-3 contests from Feb. 27-March 1 in Emerson, Ga.). Next Tuesday-Wednesday, App State visits Georgia for a two-game series.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 22:49

App State Baseball Shuts Out High Point

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Taylor Thurber (Mooresville N.C./ Lake Norman) pitched six innings as Appalachian State University baseball defeated High Point University 4-0 on a cold Tuesday in the Piedmont Triad.

The Mountaineers (5-5) were fueled by excellent pitching and great defense to shut out the Panther offense. Thurber struck out two, gave up four hits and improved to 2-0 on the season. The Start was the second of Thurber’s career.

Brandon Burris’s (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) bat stayed hot. After belting two home runs over the weekend against No. 16 Maryland, Burris went 4-for-5 and scored one of the Mountaineers’ four runs.

Appalachian broke the deadlock in the third inning when Dillon Dobson Hamptonville, N.C. (Starmount) hit a sacrifice fly that brought Burris across home plate. Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) then drove a ball into right field that was misplayed by the outfielder, allowing Atwood to reach first and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) to score from third. Pierson has now reached base in 40 consecutive games.

The Mountaineers added another run in the fourth when Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) drew a walk with the bases loaded, bringing Zach Hummel (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) across the plate. Hummel added a sacrifice fly that brought Atwood home three innings later to seal the Mountaineer victory.

Billy Jones used Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil), Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline), and Caleb McCann (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) in relief. Each pitched a full inning and allowed no hits.

High Point (2-7) struggled mightily in the batter’s box recording only four hits at 29 at bats.

The Mountaineers will be back in action this weekend in Statesboro, Ga. for a three game Sun Belt series versus Georgia Southern.

The Mount Olive Baseball Team (14-2), ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, shut out Lenoir-Rhyne (11-6), 11-0, in a rain-shortened, seven-inning game Tuesday night at Bears Field.

The Trojans finished with 12 hits in the game including three solo home runs by Zak Orrison (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Jason Morozowski (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Justin Manning (Apex, N.C.) in the sixth inning.

Derek Justice (Unionville, Va.) improved to 2-0 on the year after holding the Bears scoreless in six innings of work while scattering four hits and striking out nine batters for the Trojans, who won their sixth straight game.

In addition, Orrison and Rob Shipman (Valdosta, Ga.) both drove in three runs to lead Mount Olive offensively. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Nick Flachofsky (Pfafftown, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Mount Olive wrap up the series with a single game on Wednesday at Bears Field beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Girls
2A
Bandys: 65
Madison: 60
Trojans advance to the Western Regionals, Thursday at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex taking on East Davidson.

3A
Freedom: 80
Southwestern Randolph: 57
Patriots advance to the Western Regionals, Friday at the Lawerence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum taking on Weddington.

Hickory: 77
Northern Guilford: 51
Red Tornadoes advance to the Western Regionals, Friday at the Lawerence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum taking on Erwin.

4A
Northwest Guilford: 44
Alexander Central: 30
Cougars season ends at 19-8.

Myers Park: 62
South Caldwell: 23
Spartans season ends at 20-7

Boys
3A
Ashbrook: 48
Hickory: 44
Red Tornadoes season ends at 20-4.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 21:45

Times Set for L-R Spring Game, Awards Ceremony

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has set dates and times for its annual Awards Ceremony and Spring Game.

The ceremony, which will honor last year’s championship squad, will take place this Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m., in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Meanwhile, the 2015 Spring Game is scheduled this Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Indoor Track and Field Teams garnered 2015 NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region accolades by the USTFCCCA.

USTFCCCA is the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Heading up the list for the Bears is junior All-American Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Baxter holds the fifth-best time in the nation – 7.92 seconds at the Buccaneer Invitational on February 7 – and has won the event three times this year.

Baxter has once again qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place March 13 through March 14 in Birmingham, Ala.

Two other Bears earned all-region honors on the men’s side: sophomore Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) in the shot put and senior Anthony Downs (Chapin, S.C.) in the weight throw. Downs set the school record in the men’s weight throw (51’8”) in the JDL Kickoff Classic on December 6.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.) picked up all-region accolades in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. Wilson set the school record in the event (9.33) in the Winston-Salem Open in January.

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top three relay teams. The regions used for this award match those used during the cross country season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Teams open the outdoor season on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, in the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.