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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 11
North Iredell: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 13
Watauga: 12

Patton: 5
Fred T. Foard: 3

St. Stephens: 6
Hickory: 3

South Caldwell: 4
Freedom: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 4
Maiden: 3

East Lincoln: 18
Newton-Conover: 0

Lincolnton: 4
Bunker Hill: 1

West Lincoln: 12
West Caldwell: 6

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 6
Patton: 0

Hibriten: 3
Watauga: 1

Hickory: 2
St. Stephens: 0

South Caldwell: 4
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Rutherford: 9
Draughn: 0

North Iredell: 6
Bunker Hill: 0

All Four Appalachian State University wrestlers competing in the NCAA Division I Championship started Friday’s morning session in the wrestle-back bracket. Appalachian’s season came to an end as all the Mountaineers lost their second match of the tournament and were eliminated from the tournament.

Michael Longo (Corona, Calif./Santiago) was on the mat first for App State when he took on the No. 11 seed Tommy Thorn of Minnesota. Longo dropped the consolation match, 10-0. With the loss Longo finished the season at 21-14.

Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) took on the No. 8 seed Chad Welch of Purdue in the consolation second round. Przybysz was eliminated after falling to Welch, 11-1.

Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) took a 9-6 lead into the final period of his second round consolation match against Alex Meyer of Iowa. Meyer tied the score at 9-9 and edged Kee on riding-time point to advance to the next round.

Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) faced Ross Larson of Oklahoma in his Friday morning match. Dejournette was pinned for the first time all season by Larson at the 1:28 mark. Dejournette finished the year at 31-4.

All Four Mountaineers Advance to Day Two at MSG

With the Mountaineers being eliminated from the tournament, their outstanding season comes to an end. App State went 12-4 overall with a 6-1 SoCon record. The Mountaineers won a share of the SoCon regular season for the first time since 2012 and won the SoCon Tournament for the first time since 2003.

Four Appalachian State University wrestlers completed the first day of action at Madison Square Garden for NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. All four Mountaineers are alive in the wrestle-back brackets going into day two.

Michael Longo was up first for the Apps in the 141-pound preliminary match vs. Zach Finesilver of Duke. After being knotted at 2-2 after the first period, Longo took the lead in the second and went on to win a 7-6 decision over Finesilver. With the win, Longo advances to wrestle No. 12 seed Chris Mecate of Old Dominion in bout 48.

Longo fell behind, 4-0, in the first period against Mecate. Mecate held off Longo in the final two periods to win 5-0. Mecate was an All-American in 2015.

In Longo’s first wrestle-back match he took on No. 5 seed Matt Manley of Missouri. Manely defeated Longo during the regular season when the Tigers came to Boone, but Longo got the best of Manley on Thursday night. Longo won the rematch by 12-3 major decision to progress to day two.

Forrest Przybysz took on No. 7 seed Anthony Perrotti in his first-career match at the NCAAs. Perrotti fought off a near-takedown from Przybysz and secured a win by pin in the first period.

Przybysz met Cody Wiercioch of Pittsburgh in his first consolation match at 165-pounds. Przybysz earned his first-career NCAA Championship win with a 6-1 decision over Wiercioch. Up next for Przybysz is Chad Welch of Purdue.

No. 14 seed Nick Kee in his first appearance at nationals wrestled against Jonathan Schleifer of Princeton. Kee trailed, 4-1, going into the final period but with the help of an escape, a takedown, and a riding-time point won a, 5-4, decision to advance to the next round.

Kee wrestled Matt Reed of Oklahoma who upset No. 3 seed Blaise Butler in the first round. Kee suffered a 11-5 setback to Reed and will enter the wrestle-back bracket starting tomorrow morning against Alex Meyer of Iowa.

No. 6 seed Denzel Dejournette started his tournament against Brooks Black of Illinois. Dejournette fell behind in the first round and was unable to recover, falling by a 7-2 decision.

Dejournette was slated to face Sam Stoll of Iowa in the wrestle-back bracket but Stoll sustained an injury in his first match and had to forfeit the match. Dejournette will face Ross Larson of Oklahoma in his first match tomorrow morning.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 23:00

Appalachian State Softball Swept by Troy

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Appalachian State University softball dropped both games of a doubleheader with Troy on Friday by scores of 11-1 in five innings and 23-6 in five innings.

The Trojans improved to 20-7 overall and 3-2 in the Sun Belt while the Mountaineers fell to 6-22 on the season including 1-4 in conference action. On the day, a trio of Apps tallied three hits including Natalie Orcutt (Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill) (3-for-4), Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) (3-of-5) and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) (3-for-5). Orcutt pushed her team-leading batting average to .371, Parker is now hitting .349 in second and Josey is third on the squad with a clip of .303.

In game one, Troy scored four runs in the first, three in the second, one in the third, and three in the fifth. The Black and Gold’s run came in the bottom of the fourth when Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) doubled in Josey with a hit to center. Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) was handed the loss and is now 2-7 on the spring.

In the nightcap, the score was tied 6-6 after two innings and App State scored four of those runs in the first and two more in the second. In the first, Josey singled in Orcutt and Parker hit a three-run shot, her fourth bomb of the season. The very next inning, Orcutt hit her second blast of the season, a two-run home run over the fence in left. However, the visitors went on to score 11 in the third and sixth in the fifth to win by the run rule. Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./Delaware State/La Habra) fell to 4-10 with the loss.

Next up, Appalachian will play Troy in game three of the series on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

Appalachian State University baseball took a 2-0 lead into the sixth innning of game one of its weekend Sun Belt series at Texas State before the Bobcats (13-5, 4-0) plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim a, 4-2, victory on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (4-14, 0-4) struck first in the second inning. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) drew a walk off starting Bobcat pitcher Lucas Humpal. Grayson Atwood (Mt. Pleasant, N.C./Mt. Pleasant) then launched one of the Mountaineers three hits on the day all the way to the left field wall. Vernon made his way home all the way from third to give the Apps a 1-0 lead.

Later in the inning, Atwood advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) grounded out to second base but allowed Atwood to get across the plate to make it 2-0 Appalachian.

Mountaineer starting pitcher Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) allowed no runs and just one hit through five innings. In the sixth inning with two men on base, Granger Studdard singled into left field. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) had the ball bounce off his glove and roll all the way back to the fence, allowing both runs to score and Studdard to advance to third.

Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) came in to relieve Hampton. Schoch got one out before giving up an RBI double and a single in which two more runs score. The four-run inning would close out the scoring for both teams, with each team only recording one more hit.

The Mountaineers and Bobcats will be back at Bobcat Ballpark tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET for game two of the three-game series. The Apps will throw Fr. RHP Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove).

Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:53

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Rips Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (20-7, 4-3) opened a South Atlantic Conference series with a 15-4 victory over Brevard (10-18, 1-9) Friday afternoon at Gil Coan Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) hit a two-run home run and finished with four runs batted in while junior infielder David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) had a bases-clearing double as part of a six-run sixth inning to lead the Bears to a relatively easy league victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) also hit his team-leading sixth home run of the year as the Bears scored the final eight runs of the contest.

Brevard’s Ryan Smith (Indian Trail, N.C.) led the way offensively for the Tornados with three hits and two runs batted in despite the loss.

Senior designated hitter Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) added two hits and three runs batted in for the Bears, who scored in all but two innings.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio) improved to 4-0 on the year after striking out eight batters in five innings of work while Brevard’s Kyle Pittman (Monroe, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

The two teams will wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader Saturday at Noon in Brevard, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Keenan Palmore will compete in the 2016 Reese’s® Division II College Men’s Basketball All-Star Game at the Dr. Pepper Arena on Friday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., local time.

The game will be played during the NCAA Division II Elite Eight on the day between the semifinals and championship games.

The 2016 Reese’s® Division II College All-Star Game will have two teams of 10 senior student-athletes. Two student-athletes are selected from each of the eight regions in NCAA Division II with the four remaining selections made at-large.

The coaches for the game are former Pittsburg State head coach Gene Iba and former Northeastern State head coach Larry Gipson.

Palmore, a senior guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., led the South Atlantic Conference in points (21.9 ppg), rebounding (9.2 rpg) and assists (6.3 apg) and was named both the 2015-16 league and the D2CCA NCAA Division II Southeast Region Player Of the Year.

Palmore tallied four triple-doubles on the season as well and led the Bears to a 21-10 mark and Lenoir-Rhyne’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Regional Championship. The Bears also won 20 games in a season for the first time in eight years.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:50

CVCC Baseball Wins in Walk-Off Fashion

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Walker Smith hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to lead the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks baseball team to an 11-10 win over Pasco-Hernando State Friday at Hinkely-Alley Field.

The Red Hawks were down 10-9 headed to the bottom of the ninth inning before Smith's heroics. Smith ended the night with two RBI.

Craig Zalewa went three-for-five with two runs scored and an RBI. Ty Andrus also went three-for-five with one run scored and an RBI.

CVCC improves to 14-13 on the season. The Red Hawks host Pasco-Hernando State again on Saturday.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 21:49

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Sweeps King

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (21-7) swept a road regional doubleheader from King (9-17), 9-1 and 5-0, Thursday afternoon at the Tornado Complex.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 9, King 1 (six innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) hit a two-run home run and sophomore designated hitter Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) drove in three runs in the victory.

The Bears, holding a 3-0 edge, broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning in run-ruling the Tornado. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) highlighted the frame with a two-run double.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman pitcher Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 3-2 on the year after earning the win on the mound while King’s Lauren Smith (Church Hill, Tenn.) fell to 3-5 after taking the loss. Olivia Lawson (Rogersville, Tenn.) hit a solo home run for the Tornado.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 5, King 0
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after pitching a two-hit shutout. Parks struck out nine batters as well.

Cates once again led the Bears offensively, hitting two home runs and finishing with three runs batted in. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) added an RBI triple and freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) totaled two hits and two runs scored in the win.

For the day, Boone had five hits and scored five runs while King’s Hayley Smothers (Camden, Tenn.) fell to 5-8 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (5-4) suffered a 15-2 setback to Rollins (7-0) Thursday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Tars, ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, received four goals from Kallie German (Centreville, Md.) and three scores from Claire Block (Bethesda, Md.) in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) and junior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) both scored for the Bears despite the loss. Schwitkis now has a team-leading 22 goals on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne also saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

The Tars took control early and built a 4-0 advantage just under nine minutes into the first half and never looked back.

Rollins also shut out Lenoir-Rhyne in the second half and held the edge in both ground balls (22-18) and shots taken (44-17). Kristina Coppolino (Winter Springs, Fla.) also scored twice for the Tars.

Rollins’ Malorie Olin (Skaneateles, N.Y.) earned the win in goal after making seven saves while Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the setback despite making 17 saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn., beginning at Noon.