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The No. 23 Limestone Softball Team (23-3) ran its winnings streak to 13 games with a doubleheader sweep over fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (26-5), 5-2 and 7-2, Thursday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Limestone 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 2

The Saints’ Sydney Turner (Cumming, Ga.) and Emma Swearingen (Simpsonville, S.C.) both hit home runs while Courtney Smith (Bluffton, S.C.) improved to 9-1 after going the distance and allowing two unearned runs in the complete game victory.

Swearingen’s home run was a three-run round-tripper in the fifth frame to give the Saints control with a 5-0 advantage.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) drove in two runs while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (15-1) lost for the first time in 27 collegiate decisions.

Game Two – Limestone 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2

Turner helped the Saints put the contest away with a three-run home run as part of a six-run first inning as Limestone completed the sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne. Limestone’s Josie Weber (Stanley, N.C.) (10-1) struck out four batters in the complete game win.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit a two-run home run while sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) fell to 7-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday at home against Tusculum in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-13) suffered a 5-2 setback at College of Charleston on Thursday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.

Much like yesterday, the Mountaineers claimed the doubles point with two of three matches, but couldn’t sustain the momentum in singles play where a hot CSU (7-1) squad won its seventh-straight match winning five of six singles contests.

The Buccaneers won the first doubles match with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) falling to Mi’Kola Cooper and Valeria Koussenkova, 6-2. App bounced back in the next two matches to go into singles with a 1-0 lead.

Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) rolled past Femcke Van Rensburg/Kimberely Koerner, 6-4. In the ensuing finish, Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./ Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) finished off the No. 1 duo in Sophie Cloessner/Nicolin Luecke, 6-4, to clinch the doubles win.

However, CSU took the next five singles contest to pick up the win. Bygrave fell as the No. 5 to Koussenkova 6-2, 6-0, before Machado suffered a 6-3, 6-2 setback as the No. 4 in the lineup to Koerner, 6-3, 6-2.

In No. 3 singles, Wreder was toppled by her counterpart, 6-3, 6-2, followed by Mullen’s 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Yanar Morar. Rebecca Morse (Lehigh, Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) fell 6-1, 6-3, but Swope’s earned a well-deserved three-set win over Luecke as the No. 1 in the lineup, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, ending the day on a high note for Appalachian.

Machado and Bygrave are 5-0 this season as doubles partners.

The Apps will have the day off before they return to action in Macon, Ga. for a 10 a.m. match against Mercer on Saturday.

Suzette Mauney has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Development, announced on Thursday by Senior Associate Athletics Director Brian Tracy. Mauney is a veteran employee and two-time graduate of Appalachian State University.

“We are pleased to recognize the continued outstanding work and efforts of Suzette,” said Tracy. “She has worked diligently in support of her alma mater throughout her career. Her ability to engage in relationships, generate interest and financial support has been beneficial to the university and our student-athletes. Suzette will be instrumental in our efforts as we embark on A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive for Excellence.”

Mauney graduated from Appalachian in 1989 with a bachelors degree in communications and public relations. She later earned her masters degree from the University in higher education administration.

Since 1997, Mauney has worked in University Advancement as the Director of Development in several areas on campus with the majority of her work coming in the athletics department. She was also an adjunct professor in the communications department, teaching Principles of Fundraising for five years.

“My sincere thanks to University Advancement and the athletics team for their confidence in my work,” said Mauney. “It is an exciting time for App State athletics and I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to work hard and continue to give my all for Appalachian.”

Mauney hails from Charlotte, N.C. and currently resides in Boone with her husband, Danny.

The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Men's Tennis Team (8-3) pulled out a 5-4 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (7-6) Wednesday at the Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort.

The Bears picked up victories in three of the six singles matches but the Fighting Scots prevailed in two doubles' competitions to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) won at second singles while sophomore Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) prevailed for the Bears at No. 3 doubles to highlight the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School on Saturday beginning at Noon. Edinboro faces Augustana (S.D.) on Thursday at Hilton Head Island, S.C., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Edinboro 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort)

Singles competition:
1. Vitor Albanese (EU) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-1, 6-4
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Daniel Fernandez (EU), 6-1, 6-4
3. Mauricio Santos (EU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 6-4
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Mateus Santos (EU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Kevin Mboko (EU) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 7-5, 2-6, 10-8
6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Kolja Hein (EU), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Vitor Albanese/Mateus Santos (EU) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-6
2. Daniel Fernandez/Kevin Mboko (EU) def. Paul Lenz/Hamed Gandouz (LR), 8-3
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Mauricio Santos/Alexander Anderson (EU), 8-1

Records: Edinboro (8-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-6)

Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-12) won the doubles point and grabbed two singles wins, but it wasn’t enough in a 4-3 setback to College of Charleston on Wednesday at Patriots Point.

The Apps won the doubles point in thrilling fashion taking two out of three matches. Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) claimed their team-leading seventh win of the season with a 6-3 triumph as the No. 2 duo over Rachel McNeely and Turner Yates. Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) would fall in their match to Liza Fieldsend and Christi Woodson, 7-5, leading the doubles portion to a 1-1 tie.

With both teams capturing a match, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) gave App the 1-0 lead in an exciting 7-6 (7-3) victory over Sarah Jane Jones and Sarah Zschunke as the No. 3 tandem.

However, App couldn’t keep the momentum going with the hosts picking up four of six singles matches. Swope fell to Fieldsend in a hard-fought contest 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) before Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) suffered a 6-1, 6-3 setback to Woodson.

In No. 3 singles, Wreder would fall to Mara Argyriou in a tight match 6-2, 6-4, and Bygrave tried to bring App back but fell to Anastasia Palaska 7-5, 6-3.

With the Cougars having already clinched the match, Machado and Mullen ended the day on a high note for the Mountaineers. Machado dealt McNeely a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) defeat as the No. 4 in the lineup. Mullen followed up with a three-set triumph over Turner Yates, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 10-3.

App will have a quick turnaround as it faces Charleston Southern tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Charleston.

Left-handed pitcher Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) had a career afternoon on Wednesday as Appalachian State University got its second-straight win over NC Central, 7-5, at Durham Athletic Park.

The Mountaineers (8-9) outlasted a late push by the Eagles (9-8) to get their second-straight midweek win and 12-plus hitting night.

Sophomore Hampton went 6.2 innings on the evening, allowing just two runs, seven hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters. He becomes just the sixth Appalachian pitcher since 2013 to strike out double-digit batters in a game.

Mountaineer batting was also on display on Wednesday, having four players with a multi-hit effort. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) both led with the way with 2-3 outings, with Stroup having an RBI. Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) went 2-4 and 2-5, respectively, with Jackson having an RBI triple in the fourth.

Appalachian got on the board first in the top of the third when after a few walks and a bunt, Grubbs singled to left field to put Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) on second and Stroup on third. Then, the Eagles’ pitcher failed on a pickoff attempt and allowed Grubbs to take second and Zupcic and Stroup to score.

No inning would see more damage offensively than the fourth, however, as a leadoff single by Seagle and the Jackson triple scored the first run, before Stroup lined one to the right field fence to bring home Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) from second. Zupcic then reached first before capitalizing on a wild pitch and throwing error by the pitcher to make it to third. Grubbs then rocketed one down the left-field line to bring him home.

The final run for App State would come in the fifth when a Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) single, followed by a Jackson laser through the left side. Vernon then scored on heads-up baserunning when Bauk reached on a fielder’s choice that was close and as the defense waited on the call that was eventually safe, Vernon ran home.

Several Mountaineer pitchers got to see action over the last quarter of the game with Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest), Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) and Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove) all facing batters in relief. The Eagles then loaded the bases late in the ninth and, with the tying run on deck, Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) came in to finish the game and get the save.

The Mountaineers will now travel to Lafayette, La. to face their first conference opponent of 2017: Louisiana. First pitch on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. eastern.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (4-3) put up a valiant effort but fell short to No. 13 Lock Haven (3-0), 13-10, Wednesday afternoon at chilly Moretz Stadium.

Lock Haven’s Rachel Engler (Perkiomenville, Pa.) scored four goals as the Bald Eagles were able pull out a close victory over the Bears as the advantage was never more than three goals the entire contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) with four goals as well while freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added three scores in the setback. Both players also had two assists while Sack now leads the team with 15 goals and 19 points.

With the score tied at nine, Engler gave the Bears the lead for good with a goal at the 10:51 mark of the second half and the Bald Eagles were able to hold on for the victory.

Lock Haven held the advantage in both shots taken (27-23) and ground balls (21-17) while Hannah Houde (Jackson, N.J.) earned the win in goal after making seven saves. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite stopping eight shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:10

App State Men's Tennis Defeats Oral Roberts

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis (9-6) came back from a 1-0 deficit in doubles play to upend Oral Roberts (5-8) on Wednesday morning in Daytona, Fla.

The Mountaineers finish 7-5 on the 12-match road trip while winning six of their previous seven contests. App needed to win four singles matches after dropping the doubles portion. The win also gives App its third win streak of at least three matches this season.

“Today was a great test for us, especially when we face a deficit going into singles,” said head coach Bob Lake. “We bounced back very well, and the guys stepped up when we needed them to.

Appalachian’s lone win in doubles play came from No. 1 duo Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood), who improved to 5-1 as a tandem with a 6-1 win over Jan Pehnec and Kenneth Boykin.

However, the Owls narrowly picked up the next two doubles matches by two points in both contests. Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) fell to Barnabas Koncz and Amar Saletovic, 6-4. In the tiebreaking match, Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) suffered a 7-5 setback to Michael Sosnowski and Alvaro Santamaria.

With ORU leading 1-0, Brea stepped up in his singles match to tie up the contest in the No. 6 slot, as he dealt Eddy Leardini a straight-set defeat, 6-1, 6-0. Webster gave App State the lead for good when he toppled Koncz, 6-1, 6-2, and won his seventh-straight match to improve to 11-3 in singles.

Maddocks reeled in his 10th singles win of the season when he earned a hard-fought 6-3, 7-5 win over Pehnec Appalachian held the 3-1 edge before Morris clinched the win over Saletovic 6-2, 6-3 as the No. 3 in the lineup.

App will have 15 days off before they finish the season with five-straight home matches, beginning with UNC Greensboro at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 31.


Appalachian State University field hockey earned multiple National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Academic Awards for their hard work in the classroom during the 2016 fall season.

On March 8, App State was one of over 70 schools to earn Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Honors. In order to receive this distinction, teams have to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester and the Mountaineers wrapped up the fall acquiring a 3.34 team GPA.

For the individual honors, 13 Mountaineers were tabbed to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)), Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and Ali Williams (Myersville, Md./Middletown) grabbed the Scholar of Distinction Award for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher for the 2016 fall semester.

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad
Lydia Bullock
Rachel Gaines
Rebecca McLean
Melissa Nobile
Marissa O’Brien
Maddie Phillips
Isabelle Seligman
Kaley Selner
Savanna Sheridan
Michelle Taylor
Jordan Van Cleave
Ali Williams
Mallory Wolf

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction
Rachel Gaines
Melissa Nobile
Ali Williams

Thursday, 16 March 2017 07:59

CVCC Volleyball Signs Atkins From Pine Forest

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Nadiea Atkins of Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC signed recently to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were Tracy Atkins, Larry White, Pine Forest Principal David Culbreth, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson, CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley, friends and faculty members.

In her senior year at Pine Forest, Atkins was named the Most Valuable Player. Atkins played for Coach Monique Daniels with the Sandhills Volleyball Club.
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is anticipating great things from Atkins and is excited to add her to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Nadiea is quick, athletic and powerful. Her strengths fit perfectly with the type of offense we run and I know Nadiea will adapt to our systems well.”

Atkins plans to complete her Associate in Arts degree then transfer after her two years at CVCC.

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