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Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the addition of Mason Hawks to the 2017-18 recruiting class for the Bears. Hawks is the third student-athlete the squad has signed for next year.

Hawks, a three-time all-league honoree, led North Surry High School (Mount Airy, N.C.) to the state championship this year. Hawks is a 5-11 point guard.

In addition, Hawks was named the 2015-16 Western Piedmont 2A Conference Player Of The Year and finished his career with over 1,500 points and 500 assists. Hawks also averaged over 20 points and six assists per contest and has been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game.

Hawks joins R.J. Gunn (Columbia, S.C./Irmo High School) and Emmanuel Wembi (Mint Hill, N.C./Catawba Valley Community College) so far in this year’s recruiting class for the Bears.

For the second straight game, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (46-9) won a 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship game with a walk-off home run as the Bears downed Newberry (32-15), 3-2, Friday morning at Byerly Park.

Junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Bears, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II and the second seed in the league tournament. The Wolves are seeded third.

Lenoir-Rhyne continues in the winner’s bracket and will face top-seeded Carson-Newman (41-11) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Eagles defeated Coker (38-16) by an 11-3 score in six innings Friday afternoon. Carson-Newman and LR shared the 2017 SAC Regular Season Championship.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 21-2 on the year after earning the win in relief while senior outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) hit a two-run home run for the Bears as well. Parks allowed just one unearned run in seven innings while striking out three batters.

Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is proud to announce the signing of four student-athletes to the 2017-18 signing class.

Elderkin and the staff brings in four highly-talented commits that will look to make an immediate impact to the Mountaineer program, including two in Tierra Wilson and Dominique Jeffery who were rated by ESPN as three-star recruits. Lainey Gosnell also highlights the class as she was a successful multi-sport athlete who dominated on the court in four seasons. Maya Calder will add toughness and scoring down low in the post for App next season.

“We are really excited to welcome these young women into our Appalachian State Family,” stated Elderkin. “Each of our signees bring a different but valuable skill set to our program. We are not only excited to get them on the court but, we are also excited for them to impact our community." The four freshmen will join eight returning Mountaineers for the 2017-18 campaign.

Tierra Wilson | 5'8 | Guard | Winston-Salem, N.C. | RJ Reynolds High School
Rated by ESPN as a three-star recruit. “Lead-guard with a scorer's mentality; smooth off the bounce with mid range game to the arc; half-court manager - (ESPN)”. Wilson earned one varsity letter under the helm of Jonathon Gainey at RJ Reynolds. Wilson endured a solid high school career where she averaged 20 points, four assists, four rebounds and five steals per game en route to 1,180 career points. She was named Central Piedmont All-Conference in back-to-back seasons in 2014-15/2015-16 while earning the CPC Conference Player of the Year Honor in 2015-16. She was also named RJ Reynolds' Most Valuable Player for two-straight seasons and the Most Outstanding Player in 2015-16. She showed her defensive prowess as Wilson led her team in steals in 2014-15, receiving the steals title before being named the team's Defensive Player of the Year in 2015-16. This season, Wilson was named to the Lowe's Roundup Classic All-Tournament team after a superb showing at the tournament. Wilson is just as successful off the court as she received a North Carolina High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award in 2015-16. The future Mountaineer played for Carolina All-Stars Bond under Porsche Jones in AAU. Born on Christmas in 1998, Wilson is the daughter of Timothy and Lisa Wilson. She has two brothers, William and Malik, and one sister, Tianna. Her cousin, Ashley Porter, played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University. She intends to major in exercise science at App State and plans to attend pharmacy school after graduation.

Elderkin on Wilson
“Tierra is an outstanding point guard with a passion for playing both sides of the basketball. We are excited for Tierra to infuse our program with her competitive spirit and her work ethic.”

Lainey Gosnell | 6'1 | Small/Power Forward| Demorest, Ga. | Habersham Central High School
Becoming just the second female athlete ever at Habersham Central to sign a Division I scholarship, Gosnell was nothing short of successful in high school as a multi-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball and track and field. She went on to earn 10 varsity letters including four in basketball and volleyball. Not only was she recognized for basketball, but she also showcased her athleticism in track and field where she was invited to the Super 5 Camp all four seasons for premiere track and field athletes, and won the “Daylight to Midnight” for the best work ethic at the camp in her sophomore season. She broke the school record in the high jump at 5'4. In volleyball, she was named first-team all-region all four seasons while earning Channel 32's Blitz Player of the Year after posting 342 kills, 244 digs, 112 solo block and 31 aces in her final volleyball season. The stretch forward that can get it done on both ends of the floor led Habersham in scoring and rebounding averaging no less than 17.0 points and nine rebounds per game all four years. Her impressive numbers resulted in four Most Valuable Player Awards, four-straight seasons of being selected to the Gainesville Times All-Area team. In addition, her excellent production on the court led to all-region recognition all four seasons including a Region 6A All-First Team selection in her sophomore and junior years and a Region 8A Player of the Year Award in her senior season. In her sophomore season, she posted her first double-double with 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. She racked up more awards after a second-straight year averaging a double-double scoring 18.9 points and grabbing 10.8 rebounds per game. She made the AJC Honorable Mention All-State team for her efforts and was awarded her first of two-straight Channel 32 Blitz Player of the Year Awards. In her final season, she didn't disappoint being named to the AJC All-State Team after turning in career bests of 20.3 points and 11.5 rebounds along with 3.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. She was later named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) All-State First Team and the GACA North-South All-Star Game. Gosnell broke the single-season scoring mark with 590 points, becoming Habersham's all-time leading scorer with 2,008-career points. She helped the team win 16 games en route to just the fourth-ever appearance in the GACA State Tournament.Gosnell played her AAU ball for Peak Performance under Bosco McAfee in 2015 and EOTO under Ken Hoffmann in 2016. Born on Aug. 31, 1998, Gosnell is the daughter of Jeff and Connie Gosnell. She has one younger brother, Logan, and will major in exercise science at App.

Elderkin on Gosnell
“Lainey is an incredible athlete with the versatility to play multiple positions in our system. She will provide us with instant offense with her ability to rebound the basketball and stretch the defense from behind the arc.”

Maya Calder | 6'0 | Forward | Landover, Md. | National Christian Academy
A hard-nosed rebounder that doesn't take a play off. Calder is a native of Maryland and played under the tutelage of Henry Anglin at national powerhouse, National Christian Academy. Calder had a breakout senior season where she nearly averaged a double-double at 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In 31 games, she grabbed at least 10 boards in 17 contests including a career-best 18 boards to go along with 13 points. Her best performances of the season came in a 28-point, 13-rebound performance. Averaging 11 points for her career, Calder was also named the Most Valuable Player at the Rose Classic in New York. At the Nike EYBL playing with some of the premiere high school talent from across the country, she recorded the highest offensive rebound percentage at 15.9 percent and the highest defensive rebound percentage at 23 percent. Calder played her AAU ball with the Fairfax Stars under Coach Aggie. Born on Jan. 6, 1999, Calder is the daughter of Antoinette and has six siblings, Marlon, Mickesha, Zoey, Keana, Kevin and Kevion. She intends to major in business and finance at Appalachian.

Elderkin on Calder
“Maya bring us a level of toughness and work ethic in the paint that we are really excited about. She has an unbelievable knack for rebounding the basketball and will provide us great depth in the post."

Dominique Jeffery | 6'1 | Forward | Tallahassee, Fla. | FAMU DRS
A two-year starter and team captain, Jeffery has been lauded by numerous scouting sites including a three-star grade by ESPN. “Versatile perimeter prospect competes on glass; brings developing offensive game; defends, traps, active in passing lanes (ESPN).” She averaged 13.4 points, 9.4 rebounds 2.6 steals,1.4 blocks and 1.3 assists per game at FAMU DRS. Jeffery helped the Rattlers reel off three state championships after a dominating run to the tournament. She scored eight points, corralled 11 off the glass and came away with four steals in the finals. She played her travel ball with Essence Girls Basketball under Kimberly Davis Powell. Born on Sept. 10, 1998, Jeffery is the daughter of Eugene and Dorinda Jeffery and has one sister, De'Ja.

Elderkin on Jeffery
“Dominique is an outstanding scorer who is super competitive. Her skill set to score inside/out will allow us to play her multiple positions in our system. Her winning mindset will help us continue to build our culture.”

Quinn Kuhn from Lenoir-Rhyne was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Elite 18 honoree. This is a new award for the SAC and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who is competing at the final site of each of the Conference's 18 team championship sports

Kuhn, a sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y. carries a 3.89 GPA as a management major.

On the field, Kuhn finished the regular season with four goals and six caused turnovers for the Bears. He put 61 percent of his shots on frame to go along with eight ground balls.

The Queens Men’s Lacrosse Team (10-6) scored with three seconds left in the first overtime to take down No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2), 10-9, in the semifinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday at the Royals Athletic Complex.

The Royals’ Duncan Smith (Chittenango, N.Y.) scored as time was running out in the first overtime as Queens rallied from a 9-7 deficit with just under two minutes left in the fourth period to take the victory and advance to the league championship game.

Queens, who avenged an earlier loss to top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in the regular season, will now compete in the finals against the winner of Tusculum and Wingate on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Royals were seeded fourth in the tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored three goals while junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) both scored twice as the Bears saw their 12-game winning streak snapped.

Dickinson leads the league in goals scored (49) while both Dickinson and Hanlon rank first in the conference in points scored with 66. Junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Va.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 13 saves for the Bears, who held a 48-38 advantage in shots taken.

For Queens, Justin Swick (Easton, Pa.) finished with three goals while goalkeeper Anthony Valenza (Mount Airy, Md.) made 17 stops in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked second in the latest regional rankings, will wait and see if it earns a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in school history. The top four teams in each region make the playoffs.

Friday, 28 April 2017 07:54

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Wins in Walk-Off Fashion

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (45-9), ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, won a thrilling 5-4 contest over Tusculum (27-24) in the opening round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Thursday afternoon at Byerly Park.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.), the league player of the year, hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs to help the Bears advance in the tournament. The Bears forced extra innings after scoring a run on an illegal pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second seed in the tournament, will take on third-seeded Newberry (32-16) on Friday at 10:00 a.m., while seventh-seeded Tusculum will face the number six seed, Wingate (25-24), on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m., as well. The Wolves bested the Bulldogs in eight innings by a 3-2 score in their opening round contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) had a two-run single while freshman pitcher Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) improved to 14-5 with the victory.

The Pioneers rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a four-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run single from Erica Hester (Kings Mountain, N.C.) but Taylor Plemons (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell to 12-13 after taking the setback.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (22-26) ended its season on a high note with a 10-2 victory over No. 21 UNC Pembroke (35-12) Wednesday night at Bears Field. In addition, the Bears snapped the Braves' 14-game winning streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher Of The Year earlier in the day, improved to 10-4 after picking up the win.

St. Clair struck out five batters to increase his league-leading total to 116 while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) tied a school record with three doubles as the Bears ran off 10 straight runs to take the win.

Shoemaker's two-run double in the bottom of the second inning proved to be the game-winning hit while Lenoir-Rhyne then put the contest away with a five-run fourth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior designated hitter Josh Kent (Winston-Salem, N.C.) added a two-run double as the Bears ended the year by snapping a seven-game losing streak as well.

For UNC Pembroke, Hank Simpson (Holly Springs, N.C.) fell to 4-1 after taking the loss while Nick Debo (Durham, N.C.) had a run-scoring double in the losing effort.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
Statesville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 6
Patton: 2

St. Stephens: 8
Freedom: 7

South Caldwell: 3
Fred T. Foard: 2

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 14
East Burke: 8

East Rutherford: 5
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 3
West Caldwell: 1

Maiden: 6
East Lincoln: 2

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 17, 16
Statesville: 0, 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 16
Hickory: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 6
East Lincoln: 3

Newton-Conover: 2
Bunker Hill: 0

Stuart Cramer: 7
Patton: 6

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 9
Statesville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
St. Stephens: 2
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 3
East Burke: 0

East Rutherford: 10
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 4
West Lincoln: 0

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