The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team broke triple digits in scoring for the third time this season, topping visiting Vance-Granville 107-87 at the Tarlton Complex on Tuesday night.
Freshman Tyrell Oglesby scored a career-high 29 points in the contest, including 18 of those in the first half to help the Red Hawks (10-15, 5-11 in Region X) gain a 53-40 lead at halftime.
Bernard Gregory and Kenneth Finley Jr. scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Vance-Granville (1-21, 0-15 in Region X).
Eleven total 3-pointers helped keep the Vanguard within striking distance for most of Tuesday’s game.
However, Oglesby’s performance combined with Steve Ruszala’s 18 points and 10 rebounds and Myles William’s 15 points allowed the Red Hawks to snap a three-game skid.
Ruszala’s double double is his fifth of the season and seventh of his Red Hawk career.
A slam dunk by Ruszala with 3:45 left in the game helped give the Red Hawks their second 100-point game in the past five contests.
The CVCC men’s basketball team will try to continue its winning ways on Saturday with a home conference game against Louisburg College. Tip off for the “Sophomore Day” contest is slated for 3 p.m.
Playing for the second time in three games, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to power its way past visiting Patrick Henry Community College for a 91-64 victory on Tuesday at the Tarlton Complex.
Sophomore guard Tory Agrusa paced CVCC (17-4, 12-1 in Region) with a career-high 21 points, including making 5-of-9 shots from the 3-point line. She added seven assists and six assists in the contest.
The Red Hawks, who are ranked 17th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II poll released on Tuesday, struggled in the first half of Tuesday’s Region X game, shooting just 32 percent from the field.
Catawba Valley trailed 35-33 at halftime to the Patrick Henry (9-13, 7-11 in Region X).
However, CVCC responded in a big way at the midpoint of the third quarter.
Down 37-36, Catawba Valley exploded for a 9-0 run, including six-straight points from Tanisha Wall and a 3-pointer by Nikkyana McCaskill, to seize control for good in Tuesday’s conference contest.
The Red Hawks expanded their lead with a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter en route to their sixth-straight victory.
Wall finished Tuesday’s game with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Shaniya Lester added 21 points. Both players scored 15 points each in the second half.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Thursday with a road conference game at Louisburg College. Tip off is slated for 5 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (6-2) split a non-conference regional, seven-inning doubleheader with Barton (4-5) Tuesday afternoon at McCrary Park. The Bears won the first contest by a 9-3 score while the Bulldogs prevailed in the nightcap, 6-4.
In game one, trailing by a 2-0 score, the Bears took control by plating eight straight runs highlighted by a four-run third frame which gave the Bears lead for good. Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) hit a solo home run to lead off the frame and finished with two hits and two runs batted in.
On the mound, junior Jake Conroy (Binghamton, N.Y.) (1-0) earned the win while sophomore Brett Fulk (East Bend, N.C.) struck out six batters in three innings of work to earn the save.
Lenoir-Rhyne also received a two-hit, two-RBI performance from junior catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
For Barton, Colby Warren (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) hit a solo home run while Clay Walters (Wake Forest, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the setback.
In game two, the Bulldogs took control early with a three-run first inning and never trailed in the contest. Warren again led Barton's offense, finishing with a pair of hits and two runs batted in. Warren also picked up the save for the Bulldogs’ Landry Moore (Clayton, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior catcher Cole Fowler (Dobson, N.C.) with a run-scoring double while redshirt freshman third baseman Will Jones (Clayton, N.C.) drove in a run in each contest. However, sophomore Alex Shirazi (Charlotte, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the loss for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Limestone on Wednesday at Bears Field beginning at 5:00 p.m. Barton, meanwhile, hosts Mercy in a doubleheader on Friday at Noon.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer head coach Jason O’Keefe and the coaching staff is excited to announce the signing of 10 future Mountaineers for the 2018 campaign.
"This is another great class for us here at App State," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "All of these players have one common trait, and that is they are winners. They come from winning environments and have the mentality we are looking for. I want to thank Dan Louisignau and Shaun Utterson for working tirelessly to help deliver this 2018 class. This will be another deep class which will help us continue to move this program forward. It addresses our needs for some more goal scoring punch, athleticism, versatility, and a high soccer IQ. These young men are all scholar athletes and will represent App State tremendously well in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in the community. We're expecting to sign three more student-athletes, which only raises the profile of this skilled signing class. We can't wait to blend this group with our returning team and get to work. We are very excited for the future of App State Soccer.
Charlie Baird | 6’1 | Defender | Nottinghamshire, England | Outwood Academy (Portland)
Baird enjoyed a successful high school and club career where he was the most-captained student-athlete in five seasons. Baird was also named the Most Valuable Player and reached the quarterfinals in the North Nottinghamshire Cup under Mark Wolverson and showed off his scoring skills where he averaged two goals per game. The future Mountaineer played for Worksop Town FC, which is one of the oldest soccer clubs in the world. Born on Sept. 23, 1998, Baird is the son of Andy and Helen Baird. He has one brother (Samual). His hobbies include golf and cricket. He is a part of sports leaders and received the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Baird will major in international business.
O’Keefe on Baird
“He is a player with a nose for the goal and has played at the highest levels in England with Worksop Town FC and Harrogate Town FC U-21's. He has great experience and great success in the classroom. Charlie can score goals in bunches in a variety of ways. His soccer IQ combined with his competitive spirit will be an integral part of our future success.”
Parker Cross | 5’5 | Defender | Cary, N.C. | Panther Creek High School
A two-time letterwinner at Panther Creek, Cross garnered numerous and individual awards. Cross’ combined 38 goals and 14 assists in his sophomore and junior seasons led to an all-conference nod in both campaigns while being named all-state in his junior year. The awards didn’t stop there as he received the team’s Most Valuable Player Honor in his sophomore season. The Mountaineer commit led the conference in goals his junior year as well. Playing with his current club team, NCFC Academy in the U-19 Division under John Bradford, Cross has scored two goals thus far. Cross was born on Sept. 7, 1999. He is the son of Brian and Brittany Cross and has three brothers, Caleb (20), Jaden (16) and Cody (14).
O’Keefe on Cross
"Parker Is a versatile player who can play in the midfield or the back line coming out of NCFC USSDA Academy. He is a very gritty player that has a competitive side which we love. He is a technically gifted player that will make an immediate impact on and off the field here in Boone."
Joey Cipicchio | 5’11 | Goalkeeper | Columbus, Ohio | Brown University
A graduate transfer from Brown, Cipicchio had a great career at Brown where he started in 19 of 20 contests he saw action in, including a career-high 17 matches his final season. Cipicchio notched an impressive .77 goals against average with a .797 save percentage. His record was a solid 8-6-3 and tallied six shutouts with just 14 goals allowed. He played a pivotal role in the Bears’ first winning season since the 2015 campaign.
O’Keefe on Cipicchio
"A GK who will graduate from Brown University in May with his undergraduate degree. He has one year left to play and will be doing a one year MBA program here while playing for us this Fall. He comes in with high experience having come up in the Columbus Crew USSDA academy and being the full-time starter last year for Brown His winning mentality and maturity will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on our program."
Alex Hernandez | 5’6 | Midfielder | Asheboro, N.C. | Asheboro
Did his damage playing on the club circuit where he shined under Adam Reeke and Andy Butler at USSDA Fusion. He scored a total of 25 goals in three seasons including a career-high of 12 scores in the 2014-15 season. Hernandez helped lead his team to a national cup final in 2014 on top of an ODP first team selection in 2014. His effort didn’t go unnoticed where he was a National Training Center Invite all four years. While at Asheboro High School, he excelled off the field as he accumulated an impressive 4.67 GPA, was a junior Marshall and posted straight-A’s his freshman, junior and senior year. Also, he was 18th in his senior class, was a youth leader for the Sons of King Ministry, a volunteer in the Special Olympics and a young life participant. Hernandez was born on Sept. 16, 2000. He is the son of Silvia Karina Hernandez and has six siblings (four sisters, two brothers).
O’Keefe on Hernandez
"Alex is a talented midfielder with the versatility to play in any MF role coming out of the NC Fusion USSDA Academy. He has excellent quickness and technical ability to carry the ball, pass it or get off shots. He has a great work ethic and attitude. We look for Alex to come in and help continue to establish a style of play with his high soccer IQ."
Camden Holbrook | 6’2 | Forward | Cary, N.C. | Green Hope High School
Playing under the tutelage of David Corsbie, Holbrook amassed several big-time awards in his high school at Green Hope including the most recent North Carolina High School Gatorade Player of the Year last season. After being named all-conference in his sophomore campaign, Holbrook had a breakout junior year where he was named Conference Player of the Year, first team all-conference, first-team all-region, and state. In four years, he tallied 31 goals and 10 career assists. He played his club ball with Parker Cross on the U-19 NCFC Academy under John Bradford. Born on Jan. 2, 2000, Holbrook is the son of Jay and Michelle Holbrook. He has two siblings, MacLean and Catherine.
O’Keefe on Holbrook
"He is a tall, athletic and versatile player coming out of the NCFC USSDA academy, and can make significant contributions in the attacking third. He has scored and helped create goals at every level, and we look forward to him doing the same here in Boone over his four years."
Jacob Madden | 6’2 | Goalkeeper | Round Rock, Texas | Lonestar SC USSDA Academy
Madden played his ball with the Lonestar SC USSDA Academy under Ron Dennie. Madden is a stout goalkeeper that kept opponents in their tracks. Madden spearheaded Lonestar’s U-18 team to its best record in club history including a No. 1 ranking in the country for multiple weeks. The future Mountaineer posted a 13-4-2 mark in 19 starts. He ended the season with five shutouts, a plus-14 goal difference, and a winning .680 winning percentage. Born on Aug. 25, 1999, Madden is the son of Stephen and Kathy Madden. He has four siblings, Hannah, Zachary, Leah, and Josiah.
O’Keefe on Madden
"He is a GK who has an excellent pedigree coming out of Lonestar SC USSDA Academy. Jacob is athletic, has great feet, ability to make routine and spectacular saves. As a starter last year, his team was ranked in the top 10. He has a winning mentality and will do whatever is necessary to make a save and get a result for his team."
Mason Robicheaux | 6’2 | Defender | Mandeville, La. | St. Paul’s School
From the Bayou in Mandeville, the future Mountaineer endured a successful high school career both individually and as a team with a national powerhouse in St. Paul’s. In 2017, he was named to the Great Western Lotto All-Tournament Team and then earned a nod on the 2018 Louisiana Athletic Association All-Star squad. Robicheaux helped St. Paul’s capture two state champions on top of a No. 1 ranking in the country according to maxpreps.com. The 2018 signee amasses a stellar stat line of 15 goals and 18 assists as a defender. Playing for the CYSA Gunners in club ball, he was a team captain and a three-time Louisiana State Champion while competing in the Southern Regional Tournament for three consecutive seasons.
O’Keefe on Robicheaux
"Mason is an athletic and technically gifted versatile player who can play in the MF or the back line coming out of the high-powered St. Paul's high school program. He is looking to captain the team for his fourth straight and program’s fifth state championship. He has played club for Mandeville and Covington."
Austin Shuping | 6’0 | Goalkeeper | Chapel Hill, N.C. | Chapel Hill High School
Shuping is a two-year letterwinner at Chapel Hill High School where he played under Jason Curtis and also Adam Gal while at R.J. Reynolds. Shuping helped Chapel Hill advance to the NCHSAA 3A State Title game. He also started his freshman season between the posts at R.J. Reynolds. While playing for the NC Fusion Academy U-19 squad, head coach Adam Reekie selected Shuping to be a part of the leadership group. Before his playing time with Fusion Academy, Shuping played for the USA Gold Team that made it to the Jefferson Cup and CASL Showcase.
O’Keefe on Shuping
"Austin is a goalkeeper with tremendous upside coming out of the NC Fusion USSDA academy program. He has been to several camps here at App State over the past two years and has shown a lot of growth and development each time we saw him. He has shot-stopping ability and demonstrated great leadership on and off the field."
Wyatt Williams | 6’4 | Defender | Wilmington, N.C. | John T.Hoggard/Wilmington
All through high school and club ball, Williams and his teams have been nothing short of triumphant. Williams was a three-time all-conference member while being named all-region as a senior and a two-time honoree of the Wilmington Star-New All-Area team. He showed excellent leadership on and off the field as he was named the team captain in his senior campaign. He improved every year since his sophomore season, scoring a combined eight goals in his junior and senior campaigns. En route to a 21-2-1 record and 13-0-1 conference mark, his high school was an eastern regional semifinalist and a MEC champion. In his junior senior, he notched a personal-high four scores and helped qualify for the state tournament. Playing his club ball for the Wilmington Hammerheads, he contributed to a state cup title in 2016 and was a Disney Showcase finalist on top of capturing the 2016 Jefferson Cup championship. In 2017, he added more team hardware with a Cup Group title. Not only is Williams successful on the field, but he is successful off the field where he has a whopping 4.8 GPA, is part of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society. Also, he the Spanish Club President. His sister, Bailey, is the catcher at Emory and Henry. His other sister, Lindsey, plays soccer at Carson-Newman. Williams was born on March 31, 2000. He is the son of Greg and Peggy Williams. Wyatt has two siblings, Bailey and Lindsey.
O’Keefe on Williams
"Wyatt is a 6'4 defender with a tremendous air game and potential to become a force in the Black and Gold over his four years. He has a good passing range and is a stellar 1v1 defender. Wyatt captained his John T. Hoggard high school team to the fourth round while winning an NC State Cup championship in 2016. He is coming from the 99 Wilmington Hammerheads which is coached by Zach Haines. He is the definition of a student-athlete participating in the International Baccalaureate program at Hoggard while playing his soccer at a very high level."
Ibrahim Zaitawi | 5’8 | Midfield | Lexington, N.C. | Ledford High School
Zaitawi played his soccer at Ledford High School and his club ball under Adam Reekie for NC Fusion. Zaitawi was born on Aug. 27, 2000, and his the son of Amal Salah. He has two siblings, Eassa and Layla.
O’Keefe on Zaitawi
"Ibrahim is a versatile midfielder who can also drop a line deeper if needed. He is coming out of the NC Fusion USSDA academy. He is a tenacious player that does not back down from anything. He also has technical ability to make plays and not just break them up. He has great potential to lead and will do so from day one on campus with his tremendous work rate and competitive spirit. He has great ambition and has been taking a full load of college-level course."
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference Basketball Tournament First Round
East Burke - first round bye
Bunker Hill vs. Hibriten
Draughn vs. West Iredell
Patton vs. Fred T. Foard
Patton - first round bye
Bunker Hill vs. Fred T. Foard
Draughn vs. West Iredell
Hibirten vs. East Burke
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Basketball Tournament First Round
Freedom vs. Alexander Central
Hickory vs. St. Stephens
McDowell vs. South Caldwell
Watauga vs. West Caldwell
Freedom vs. St. Stephens
Hickory vs. South Caldwell
McDowell vs. Alexander Central
Watauga vs. West Caldwell
South Fork 2A Conference Basketball Tournament First Round
Lake Norman Charter vs. East Lincoln
Lincolnton vs. West Lincoln
Maiden vs. Bandys
Newton-Conover vs. North Lincoln
Bandys vs. Lake Norman Charter
East Lincoln vs. West Lincoln
Lincolnton vs. North Lincoln
Maiden vs. Newton-Conover
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Eric Dickinson and Ryan Crompton have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 17-13 road victory over Limestone last Saturday in Gaffney, S.C. The Saints were the top-ranked team in the nation and the defending national champions.
Dickinson, a sophomore midfielder from Charlotte, N.C., finished with nine points – five goals and four assists – in the Bears’ stunning upset of the Saints.
Dickinson was a first-team all-league honoree last spring and was named the 2017 SAC Freshman of the Year after leading the league with a school-record 50 goals to go along with a team-tying 67 points. Dickinson ranks first on the team in goals scored (seven) and total points (12) so far this year.
Crompton, a senior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., earns the weekly defensive honor for the second time this year and the eighth time in his collegiate career. Crompton, a preseason all-league first-team selection, totaled 13 saves against Limestone.
Crompton ranks second all-time in school history in saves (317) and goals-against average (9.64) and is starting for the third straight season.
Lenoir-Rhyne (2-0), now ranked No. 3 in the nation, returns home to take on ninth-ranked Seton Hill (1-0) Saturday at Moretz Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.
USILA NCAA Division II
Men’s Lacrosse National Top Poll
Week 2 – February 12, 2018
1. Merrimack (15) 0-0
2. Le Moyne (2) 0-0
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0
4. Adelphi 0-0
5. Limestone 0-1
6. Pace 0-0
7. Tampa 2-0
8. NYIT 1-0
9. Seton Hill 1-0
10. Belmont Abbey 2-0
11. Mount Olive 1-0
12. Wingate 1-0
13. Mercy 0-0
14. Colorado Mesa 1-0
15. Mercyhurst 0-1
16. Lindenwood 1-0
17. Saint Leo 2-0
18. Saint Anselm 0-0
19. Florida Tech 0-1
20. Indianapolis 0-0
Also receiving votes: Southern New Hampshire, Lake Erie, Rollins, Florida Southern, Assumption, Queens of Charlotte, North Greenville, LIU Post, Chestnut Hill, Lynn, Bentley, Molloy
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Madi Suddreth has been named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, league officials announced today.
Suddreth, a junior forward from Taylorsville, N.C., averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Bears to a pair of South Atlantic Conference victories over Catawba (61-56) and Mars Hill (81-46) last week.
In the upset victory over the Indians on the road on Wednesday, Suddreth led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds.
A preseason all-league selection, Suddreth leads the team in scoring (14.4), rebounding (7.1) and blocked shots with 20 so far this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne (14-11, 8-9) remains at home to take on No. 21 Wingate (19-3, 13-2) on Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference showdown beginning at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The contest is also the Bears’ annual Play 4Kay Day.
Appalachian State women's soccer head coach Sarah Strickland and the coaching staff is excited to announce the signing of six future Mountaineers to the 2018 signing class.
App State signs Jessica Peters, Kirsten Seeley, Amanda Sales, Molly Niewald, Lauren Murphy, and Lindsey Poff. Strickland and the coaching staff are bringing in three forwards, two midfielders and a defender, while five of the six commits are from North Carolina.
"We are very excited to welcome this group," head coach Sarah Strickland mentioned. "It is a very athletic group of young women that are attacking minded and very dangerous in the final third. This class will definitely complement our current squad and help us next fall."
Jessica Peters | 5'2 | Forward | Mooresville, N.C. | Mooresville High School
A talented forward that had a successful high school career under head coach Michael Ebel in Mooresville, Peters was named all-conference her freshman, sophomore and junior years in high school competition. She posted a staggering 94 goals in three seasons, serving as the leading scorer for each of those campaigns. Peters also excelled on the basketball court and was named the team's Most Valuable Player three consecutive seasons beginning her freshman year. Adding to her high school team accomplishments, the future forward played club soccer for head coach Nick Brown with the LNSC 00 Eclipse Elite. A part of this squad, Peters won multiple championships, including winning the National League and the NCYSA Premier League championship in 2017. Born on June 10, 2000, Peters is the daughter of Cyndi and Graham Peters. When she arrives at Appalachian, she intends to major in business and minor in criminal justice.
Kirsten Seeley | 5'5 | Forward| Manassas, Va. | Forest Park High School
A dynamic player that can be featured at multiple positions, Seeley played high school soccer under the tutelage of head coach Catherine Bruton. Playing three years of high school soccer, Seeley worked her way up the recognition latter, earning honors of All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman, all-conference second team as a sophomore and all-conference first team as a junior. The future Mountaineer also garnered impressive recognition from her squad, earning the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player for her play during her junior season. Seeley played club soccer for the Virginia Development Academy 99/00 under head coach Mike Cullina. Born on Aug. 17, 2000, Seeley is the daughter of Paula and Ed Seeley. She has one older sibling, Eric. Her hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, and tubing. When she arrives on campus, she intends to decide on a major and minor in business.
Amanda Sales | 5'6 | Defender | Holly Springs, N.C. | Middle Creek High School
An impressive multi-sport athlete in high school, the 2018 signee will be a reliable addition to the Mountaineers' squad. Sales played four years of high school soccer under head coach Guy Coleman, while also showing off versatility on the basketball court for three seasons. The Holly Springs native excelled in club soccer under the coaching of Pete Sadin, where her squad, the NCFC Elite 99, finished as a 2016 State Cup finalist and a 2017 State Cup semi-finalist. Born on Sept. 3, 1999, Sales is the daughter of Christine and John Sales. She has one younger brother, Luke.
Molly Niewald | 5'3 | Midfielder | West End, N.C. | Pinecrest High School
A midfielder that can pass and score, Niewald played four years of high school soccer under the direction of head coach Corey Rice. Earning distinguished honors, the incoming Mountaineer picked up all-conference honors as a sophomore and all-conference and all-regional honors as a junior. Voted the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player and captain, the 2018 signee notched 20 goals and six assists in 18 career contests. Aside from her high school soccer contributions, Niewald also thrived in club soccer. Scoring 17 goals and recording five assists, the team captain was a significant asset for head coach Pete Sadin. Niewald will join her former club teammate, Amanda Sales, on the Mountaineers' roster next season. Born on Oct. 28, 1999, Niewald is the daughter of Tim and Sherry Niewald. She has one older sister, Mikayla. Her parents both had former athletic careers, where her father played football during his first year in college, and her mother played volleyball and tennis in community college. The incoming freshman's hobbies include soccer, fitness, wake-surfing, painting, yoga and Young Life.
Lauren Murphy | 5'6 | Midfielder | Pfafftown, N.C. | Reagan High School
A skilled player on both sides of the pitch, Murphy played her high school soccer for head coach David Ashcraft. Putting in four years of work for her high school squad, the incoming Mountaineer earned multiple honors as a junior, including an All-Conference distinction and being named the Defender of the Year. The 2018 signee also played club soccer under the coaching of Chad Heinicke for the NC Fusion ECNL. Lauren will also be joining her sister, Sarah, who will be a senior next season for the Mountaineers. Born on June 22, 2000, Lauren is the daughter of Christopher and Sandra Murphy. Her hobbies include rollerblading and running. She will major in international business when she arrives at Appalachian.
Lindsey Poff | 5'10 | Forward| Charlotte, N.C.| Charlotte Catholic
Playing under the tutelage of Gary Hollett at Charlotte Catholic, Poff was a four-year letterwinner in soccer while earning all-conference honors. The Mountaineer signee played the travel circuit for the Carolina Rapids ECNL squad under Nathan Williams. Poff scored 18 goals and and amassed 13 assists, giving the future Mountaineer 49 points 23 games during the 2017 season. Her impressive numbers led to an all-conference and all-region selection. She helped lead her team to an NCHSAA state semifinals appearance. With the Carolina Rapids, she notched 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points. Poff's team success included a nationals appearance last summer. Born on Dec. 31, 1999, Poff is the daughter of Jim and Tracy Poff. She has one older brother, Jordan. Her hobbies include soccer, hiking, and traveling. Lindsey comes from a rich soccer background where her father played at North Carolina, mother at Boston College and her brother at Wofford. She intends to major in nursing when she steps on campus.
Stellar singles play for Appalachian State University men's tennis (6-2) played a pivotal role in a 4-2 win over Xavier on Sunday afternoon at the Greg Adams Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers bounced back in a big way finishing 2-0 this weekend with the wins over Eastern Kentucky and the Musketeers.
After showcasing dominant play in doubles play all season long, the Apps turned towards their singles performance to come back. Xavier took a 1-0 lead after capturing two of three doubles matches. Scott Webster and Milo Bargeron fell to Gabriel Araujo/Jack Dykema, 6-4. The Musketeers claimed the doubles point after Alex Pavkovich, and Ben Webster suffered a 6-4 decision to Connor LaFavre/ Brett Winters.
Appalachian kicked it into gear in singles when Scott Webster notched a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dykema in a matchup between No. 1s. Following Pavkovich's 6-2, 6-3, setback to Araujo, Ben tied up the math with a come-from-behind three-set triumph as the No. 2 in the lineup. Webster claimed the second and third frames en route to the win over Winters, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Bargeron bounced back to give App the 3-2 lead over Vrba, 6-3, 7-5, and Cambell Stone earned the clinching point with a hard-fought Lafavrel in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.
Appalachian will look for a second win streak of at least three matches it faces Elon on the road this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State softball split two on Saturday, Feb. 11 with a loss against Buffalo and a win against Morehead State to bring the record to 1-3 so far this season. The win against Morehead State was Head Coach Shelly Hoerner's first win at App State.
Game One vs. Buffalo (L, 2-5)
The Mountaineers had a big inning early in the game. In the second inning, Jenny Dodd sent a shot to the fence in left center for a single followed by a single from Haley Stewart on the right side. On a passed ball, Dodd scored the first run, and Stewart advanced to third. Megan Walker slapped a single up the middle for an RBI, bringing the score to 2-0 in favor of the Mountaineers.
Stewart ended the third inning with a diving play to tag first base with her glove to beat the runner and make the out. Alisha Josey stood out on both defense and offense in the sixth inning with a single up the middle and a diving play in the outfield for the final out of the inning. Josey went 2-3 against the Bulls to resume her hitting streak.
Kenzie Longanecker allowed only four hits from the Bulls in five innings.
Game Two vs. Morehead State (W, 15-8)
The Apps put up five innings with runs for a total of 16 hits and only four strikeouts in 35 at bats. Keri White went 4-5 in game two of the day with one RBI. Avery Wheatley went 2-3 with two hits and one RBI and one walk. Katie Williford was credited with the win, pitching 3.2 innings allowing five of Morehead State's nine hits.
Keri White joins the record book with four hits in a single game.
After two scoreless innings, the Mountaineers came out swinging in the third. Keri White hit a double followed by a single from Russell to score White. App State continued scoring after two outs with a double from Heather Josey and a single from Wheatley that loaded the bases. Megan Walker stepped up with a 3-RBI double to clear the bases. In the third inning alone, App State scored seven runs on five hits.
In the fifth inning, Callie Kuykendall entered for Williford. With bases loaded, Kuykendall struck out the batter to get out of the inning, leaving the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the fifth. Kuykendall had three strikeouts on the day while Williford had two.
App State now holds an all-time 3-1 record with the Eagles. Six players had a multi-hit game against the Eagles. Alisha Josey is on a 12-game hitting streak with two multi-hit games so far this season.
App State is now 1-3 on the season. The face Akron on Friday at Alabama State.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (10-13, 8-9) bounced back after consecutive losses with a 79-64 triumph over Mars Hill (3-20, 1-15) at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears – led by junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) with 18 points and junior guard Darius Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) with a career-high 15 points – in the victory.
LR led by as many as 19 points – 69-50 with 4:42 on a trey by Simmons – and forced Mars Hill into 19 turnovers in the win as well.
The Lions were paced by Justen Hartfield (Evans, Ga.) and Austin Gilyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) with 12 points each in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored three points and increased his career total to 1,075 (43rd on the Bears’ all-time list). Lucas also has 214 career treys.
Lenoir-Rhyne swept the season from Mars Hill and improved to 8-3 at home this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts rival Wingate in a league contest Wednesday at 8pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (14-11, 8-9) made it two victories in a row with an easy 81-46 win over Mars Hill (1-23, 0-16) in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Ashley Rodriguez (Orlando, Fla.) came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points in addition to four treys while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) added 14 points and seven assists for the Bears, who held a 51-28 edge in rebounding.
The Lions, who shot just 30 percent (17-of-56) from the field, were led by Cierra Hampton (Spring Lake, N.C.) and Jewel Walston (Columbia, S.C.) with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Eleven players scored for the Bears, who swept the season series from the Lions. Lenoir-Rhyne also hit 10 treys on the afternoon.
With five players logging all 40 minutes each for the Lions, the visitors were no match for the Bears. Mars Hill ran its losing streak to 22 games in the process.
LR’s 36-point victory was the largest since an 89-50 triumph over Mars Hill on the road on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Mars Hill, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on No. 21 Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Wednesday at 6pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team (5-1) took the third and final game of the home-opening weekend series over West Virginia State (1-2), 9-7, Saturday morning at Bears Field.
With the score tied at seven, Lenoir-Rhyne junior pinch hitter Clayton Jeffries (Lakeland, Fla.) hit the game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Grant Fuller (Simpsonville, S.C.) added two hits and two runs batted in for the Bears while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) (1-0) pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to earn the victory.
West Virginia State rallied from a 4-0 deficit after one inning of play to take a two-run advantage – 7-5 – in the middle of the sixth inning. Daniel Rutherford (Coal Grove, Ohio) and Jonathan Cline (Dunbar, W.Va.) both drove in a pair of runs but Matthew Washington (Douglasville, Ga.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Yellow Jackets.
In three appearances this year, Whitson has a victory and two saves and still hasn’t allowed a run.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to play a make-up doubleheader against Barton on Tuesday, February 13, at 1pm, in Asheboro, NC.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (4-4) concluded the weekend with a 1-1 finish highlighted by a 6-1 triumph over Campbell after falling to North Carolina State Saturday morning at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on the Wolfpack's campus.
The Mountaineers' doubles play was stellar finishing 4-1 and in both matches coming up with the doubles points. App State is 12-8 this season in doubles competition.
App State is just one win away from matching last season's win total and didn't capture their fourth win until March 4.
NC State 6, App State 1 (Final)
For the second time this season, the Mountaineers captured the doubles point over a Power Five program (Virginia Tech).
After Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton)/Sandra Anglesjö (Norrkoping, Ostergotland, Sweden) fell to Bianco Moldovan/Helene Grimm, 6-1, Heidi Swope and María José Zacarias tied up the doubles portion with a 6-2 triumph over Adrian Reami and Amanda Rebol.
Clinching the point was Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia), who pushed through adversity to topple Tayla Stena and Taylor Bridges in a tiebreaking win, 7-6 (8-6).
App went into singles play with a 1-0 lead, but the Wolfpack would take all six singles matches for the win.
App State 6, Campbell 1 (Final)
The Mountaineers dominated the second matchup of the day with the doubles point and five of six singles contests.
Machado and Sevo continued their solid day as a duo with a 6-4 victory over Lou Regen and Lea Cutura, which improved the pairing's mark to 6-2 this season.
Gaskins and Anglesjö came back after their loss from earlier to start App off on top, 1-0, with a 6-3 victory over Ana Castillo/Georgina Segarra.
Swope put the Apps at a 2-0 lead with a straight-set win over Isabel Boad, 6-1, 6-1, followed by a Sevo 6-1, 6-4 notch over Castillo, 6-1, 6-4.
With App leading 3-0 and looking to clinch the triumph, Zacarias defeated Alexandra Adrivot in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) earned a hard-fought victory over Regen in straight sets, but both frames went to a tiebreak, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7).
Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) fell to Alexandra Nicoara in three sets. Morse fought back from a one-set deficit to force a match-deciding third stanza, but suffered the 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4). Machado ended the day on a good note by claiming a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9) victory over Segarra. The senior trailed by one set but was victorious in the final two stanzas.
App will look to keep the momentum going in its home opener on Friday at 2 p.m. against UNC Asheville.