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Appalachian State University’s football coaches and student-athletes received their 2015 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl championship rings during a team meeting at the Appalachian Athletics Center.

The rings feature Appalachian State’s “Block A” logo and the words “Camellia Bowl Champions” encrusted with diamonds on the face. On one side, is the recipient’s name and the Mountaineers’ 11-2 record. The other side includes the Camellia Bowl logo, the words “1st Bowl Win” and the 31-29 final score from Appalachian’s thrilling triumph over Ohio in Montgomery, Ala.

“We’ve been anxiously waiting for the rings to arrive, so when they came in this week, we decided to surprise everyone with them today so they could take them home and show them off this weekend rather than waiting until after the break,” head coach Scott Satterfield said. “These rings represent a lot of hard work and a great accomplishment by a special group of players and coaches. Now that we have them, our full focus is on earning another one this season.”

Friday, 25 March 2016 20:58

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Falls to Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (6-12, 1-8) suffered an 8-1 setback to Wingate (10-5, 7-0) Wednesday on the road in South Atlantic Conference action.

Despite the loss, the Bears did prevail at first doubles with senior Dominique Bruce (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA) and freshman Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Segura, SPAIN) winning over Wingate's Oroma Womeodu (Memphis, Tenn.) and Andrea Ternera (Bogota, COLOMBIA) by an 8-6 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Newberry on Saturday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C., while Wingate hosts Anderson next Wednesday in a conference contest at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Wingate 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
March 24, 2016
Wingate, N.C. (Wingate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Claudia De Andreis (WU) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 6-4, 6-3
2. Andrea Ternera (WU) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0
3. Oroma Womeodu (WU) def. Julia Ponomareva (LR), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Caroline Holland (WU) def. Lucy Stofberg (LR), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
5. Layla Tanik (WU) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 6-0, 6-0
6. Sydney Homan (WU) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Dominique Bruce/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Oroma Womeodu/Andrea Ternera (WU), 8-6
2. Claudia De Andreis/Maria Garcia (WU) def. Julia Ponomareva/Lucy Stofberg (LR), 8-1
3. Layla Tanik/Sydney Homan (WU) def. Taylor Fredrickson/Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-0
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (6-12, 1-8 SAC), Wingate (10-5, 7-0 SAC)

Friday, 25 March 2016 20:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Swept by Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (4-11, 1-7) fell to Wingate (12-4, 6-1) by a 9-0 score in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday afternoon on the road.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C. Wingate hosts Anderson on Wednesday, March 30, at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Wingate 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
March 24, 2016
Wingate, N.C. (Wingate Tennis Complex)

Singles competition:
1. Sebastian Hall (WU) def. Patrick Bauer (LR), 6-0, 6-4
2. Connor Kudrick (WU) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 7-5, 6-0
3. Filippo Pezzoli (WU) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-0, 6-1
4. Amir Zari (WU) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-2, 6-2
5. Josh DuToit (WU) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-1, 6-4
6. Tyler Schofer (WU) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition:
1. Sebastian Hall/Connor Kudrick (WU) def. Patrick Bauer/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-5
2. Amir Zari/Duncan Addison (WU) def. Matthew Ledford/Jordan Lawson (LR), 8-1
3. Filippo Pezzoli/Tyler Schofer (WU) def. Tomas Hons/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 8-6
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (4-11, 1-7 SAC), Wingate (12-4, 6-1 SAC)

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-9) dropped a 4-2 decision to Troy (10-4) Thursday morning at The Lunsford Tennis Complex in Troy, Ala.

Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) were the two lone student-athletes to pick up points for Appalachian, as the two teammates notched singles victories.

The Trojans would take the two out of three doubles matches to capture the doubles point. The duo of Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) fell, 6-0, to Sanae Ohta/Nancy Karaky that gave the hosts the first doubles match. The tandem of Cox/Swope fell in a hard-fought match, 6-3, to Hannah Seizer/Alicia Rodriguez, propelling the Trojans to a 1-0 lead.

With Troy leading 1-0 going into singles play, the Trojans kept the momentum despite Wreder falling to Ohta in a tough straight-set decision 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Cox’s 6-3,6-3 triumph over Jiayuan Xue brought Appalachian to within a point, 2-1, but Karaky downed Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres,Fla./Cypress Lake) 6-2, 6-3 to put the Trojans back up, 3-1.

While Swope was able to bring Appalachian to within a point once again with her win over Efriliya Herlina, 6-4, 6-0, Troy claimed the final point for the win with Luisa Ferrauti earning a 6-3, 7-5 decision over Zupan.

App State will conclude the weekend with the 10 a.m. match tomorrow against No. 47 Georgia State in Troy, Ala.

Notables

- Heidi and Clare’s victory in singles play gives both student-athletes four wins on the season.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (23-8) continued its torrid pace of late with a 13-1 victory over No. 16 Belmont Abbey (24-6-1) Wednesday evening at Abbey Yard in a non-conference, regional contest.

The Bears took control early with a six-run first inning while senior first baseman Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) and junior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) both finished with two hits and two runs batted in as Lenoir-Rhyne avenged an earlier loss to Belmont Abbey.

Newcomer had an RBI double as part of a three-run fifth frame as the Bears scored the first nine runs before the Crusaders crossed the plate in putting the contest away.

Dishmond's two-run single highlighted by a four-run eighth inning for the Bears while senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) added three hits and drove in a run, giving him a conference-leading 48 RBI on the season, in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which improved to 6-1 in its last seven games, finished with 14 hits on the night. Freshman Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) improved to 1-0 on the year after allowing one run while pitching into the sixth inning and striking out four batters.

For Belmont Abbey, Thomas Yoder (Cary, N.C.) drove in the Crusaders’ lone run while Parker MacPhail (Sarasota, Fla.) (0-1) suffered the setback on the mound.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Friday when the Bears host Tusculum at 6:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 22:28

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Downs Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (6-4, 4-0) won its fifth consecutive game with a 22-13 triumph over Brevard (1-9, 0-4) Wednesday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Tornado Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) led all scorers with five goals while sophomore midfielder Ben Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga.), junior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) and senior attacker Taylor Thilo (Greensboro, N.C.) both scored three times as the Bears remained unbeaten on the season. Hanlon leads the team this year with 27 goals.

Brevard, still searching for its first league win on the year, was paced by Kyle Hunziker (Gainesville, Fla.) with three goals in the losing effort.

With the match tied at five early in the second period, the Bears took control with seven straight scores and never looked back.

Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (50-35) and ground balls (50-34) while sophomore midfielder Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) won 24 face-offs and collected 11 ground balls.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping nine shots while Brevard’s Xzavier Holmes-Copeland (Woodbridge, Va.) suffered the loss despite making 12 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday at Moretz Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Taylor Payne of Alexander Central High School is one of two recipients of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Jersey Mike’s Subs®.

Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.

Payne, a senior softball player, went 7 for 11 at the plate with two doubles, three home runs, and 11 runs batted in for three games last week against North Lincoln, Lake Norman and East Wilkes. In the East Wilkes game, Payne went 4 for 4 at the plate with three home runs in three straight at bats along with nine runs batted in. The three home runs in one game is an Alexander Central record as is the nine runs batted in during one game.

Appalachian State University softball won 4-2 in walk-off fashion for game one before dropping the nightcap against Morehead State by a score of 7-0.

The Mountaineers are now 7-24 on the season while the Eagles sit at 14-10 overall. For the day, a trio of Apps recorded multiple hits including Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) (2-for-5), Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) (2-of-5) and Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill) (2-for-6).

Orcutt extended her team-best hitting streak to eight games and remains first on the squad in average at .375. Heather Josey’s (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) hitting streak was snapped at 10 games without a base knock in the second contest.

Game One: App State 4, Morehead State 2

Parker came in clutch and gave the Mountaineers their first walk-off win of the season with a two-run bomb to left center that give them a 4-2 win over the Eagles.

Parker moved up to pass Josey (30) for first on the team in RBI with 32, hitting in all four runs for the Black and Gold. The second baseman also moved into first place on the team for multi-hit games with 10 and collected her ninth multi-RBI game of the season.

Appalachian hadn’t allowed a hit until the top of the third inning when Morehead State’s Ellen Barrett knocked a solo home run to right center to get the Eagles on the board first.

After getting out of the top half with only allowing one more hit, the Mountaineers responded in the bottom half. Josey reached on an error before Parker doubled down the left field line to send in both Josey and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth).

The pitching dual would continue as Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) (5-11) relieved Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) to pitch the rest of the game, but not before Morehead State evened up the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.

The score would stay tied at two apiece until the seventh where the Mountaineers got the visitors to go three up, three down in the top half.

Moving to the final half inning and the game still tied, Josey lasered a standup double into left field to get into scoring position before Parker came up to the plate. With a hitter’s count of 2-0, Parker launched one deep over the fence to give Appalachian the win.

Game Two: Morehead State 7, App State 0
For the second game, Morehead State scored four runs in the fourth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh. The home team managed only four hits off of Eagle hurler Allison Rager (7-2), who went the distance with four hits given up, four walks and 10 strikeouts.

Ciocatto (5-12) started and lasted 3.1 innings before relief work from Kennedy (2.0 innings pitched) and Claire Eosso (Moyock, N.C./Currituck County) (1.2 innings pitched). The four Mountaineer hits came from Orcutt (1), Dodd (1) and Butler (2).

Next up, the Mountaineers will host South Alabama for two on Friday (3:30 p.m. start) and one on Saturday (11 a.m.).

North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 9
Alexander Central: 4

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 4
Freedom: 3

Hickory: 4
Fred T. Foard: 3

South Caldwell: 5
St. Stephens: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 1
Burns: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 14
Bandys: 2

Maiden: 2
West Lincoln: 1

Newton-Conover: 4
Lincolnton: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
Mooresville: 9
Alexander Central: 7

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 13
Hickory: 0

Hibriten: 9
Freedom: 1

South Caldwell: 4
St. Stephens: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 17
Burns: 5

R-S Central: 3
East Burke: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 6
Bandys: 4

East Lincoln: 11
West Caldwell: 1

Newton-Conover: 21
Lincolnton: 6

West Lincoln: 8
Maiden: 4