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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-1, 5-0), ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II, reeled off its eighth straight victory with an 8-5 triumph over Mars Hill (2-5, 0-4) Sunday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Meares Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Collier Stone (Marietta, Ga.) scored four goals while freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) added two goals as the Bears remained the lone unbeaten team in league play. Dickinson has a conference-leading 32 goals on the year.

Mars Hill’s Alex Lipsky (Marietta, Ga.) scored a team-high three goals but the Lions suffered their fourth straight setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill were knotted at four-all late in the third period before the Bears scored four consecutive times to take control. Dickinson scored with game-winner with two seconds left in the third period.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.), the school’s all-time leading scorer (174 points), added three assists in the victory. Hanlon leads the league in assists (24) and total points (47) while the Bears are 19-1 in their last 20 games dating back to last year.

In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping 13 shots while Mars Hill’s Ryan Kearney (Tallahassee, Fla.) suffered the loss despite making 14 saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Belmont Abbey on Saturday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Appalachian State University fumbled to the Georgia State Panthers in Game Three of the weekend conference series on Sunday at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex in Decatur, Ga.

After jumping out to a four-run lead in the opening inning, Appalachian State (12-16, 0-6 SBC) faltered in the second half giving up a grand slam to tie up the score, and Georgia State (21-11, 7-2 SBC) tacked on five more to take the conference sweep, 9-4.

App State mustered up eight hits with Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City,Ga./Starr’s MIill) and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) both smacking out two apiece and four knocked in RBI including Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth), Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point), Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) and Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail).

On the mound, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif/La Habra (Delaware State)) (1-5) started the game pitching 4.1 innings with two strikeouts and yielded two earned runs and two walks, and Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) came in relief and pitched 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, and relinquished two earned runs and three walks.

Game Three: GSU 9, App State 4

App State started the game rolling opening the inning with three-straight singles which set the stage for a cascade of RBI to take the early 4-0 lead.

Dodd knocked in Orcutt to break the scoreboard first then Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) stepped up to the plate and drew a walk to load that bases. After that, Appalachian’s batters pounded out a stream of singles and drew one walk to shove the Panthers in a hole.

Despite the deficit, the Panthers matched Apps’ runs off a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning and broke the tie with a RBI single at the bottom of the fourth.

At the top of the fifth, the Mountaineers threatened the Panthers’ lead loading the bases with two outs, but GSU stopped the Black and Gold in their tracks with a strikeout and added four more runs to the board to snatch the series sweep by five runs.

App State softball will return to Boone on Wednesday, March 29 at 3 p.m. for a midweek doubleheader with USC Upstate.

Appalachian State University baseball had another back-and-forth, close battle but was unable to secure wins in the doubleheader against Texas State, falling 7-4 and 2-0 on Saturday.


The Mountaineers (10-13, 1-4 Sun Belt) battled back after a grueling 11-inning game on Friday to go toe-to-toe with the Bobcats (15-8, 4-1 Sun Belt) in Game One.

Appalachian was able to turn back-to-back singles by Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) and Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) in to the first run of the game by either squad when Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Grubbs in the first inning.

Texas State was able to take the lead after one run in the second and three runs in the third.

Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) doubled to right field before getting to advance to third on a failed pickoff attempt in the fifth inning. He would later score off a wild pitch to help App State inch closer. A Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) shot through the middle and a Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) walk set up a bunt opportunity for Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) to reach first.

In the seventh, Appalachian tied the game at 4-4 when Vernon tripled to center field before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) drove him home on a groundout.

The Bobcats would put up two in he eighth and one in the ninth to secure the wins.

On the mound in Game One, Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) went 7.1 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits, while striking two batters before Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee C.C.)) went the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one run and having one strikeout.


The Black and Gold and Texas State spent the second game in a pitchers’ duel on Saturday, squaring off Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central) against Nicholas Fraze.

In the low-scoring affair, Watts went six complete innings, allowing just three hits total and the two runs while striking out a game-high six batters on the day.

The Bobcats clawed away by getting one run in the first inning and the sixth inning to get the win, but it wouldn’t be without a fight.

Avery Jackson had his best outing of the season, going 2-3 and drawing one walk on the day. Matt Vernon, Brian Bauk, Tyler Stroup and Drake Zupcic all also got hits on the day to help the effort.

Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) provided relief on the mound for App State, going 2.2 innings and not allowing a hit or a run, striking out three. Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) also saw time out of the bullpen, seeing three batters and allowing no hits or runs, striking out one.

The Mountaineers will now focus on their midweek matchup as they conclude their five-game homestand at Smith Stadium. Appalachian hosts in-state ACC foe Wake Forest on Tuesday, March 28 with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished up its weekend meet at the Weems Baskin Invitational.

The Mountaineers garnered six top-five finishes on the day in South Carolina. Molly Pusateri won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:38.08. Sarah Venable finished fifth with a time of 4:44.33, while Megan Scannell and Ellen Spencer finished 13th and 18th, respectively. Grace Brooks took 29th with a time of 5:12.39.

Taylor Drummonds won the pole vault with a height of 12-7.50 feet. Lainey Hunnicutt finished fifth and Hannah Emery took sixth with vaults of 11-9.75 feet.

Makayla Roten won the the ‘B’ group of the high jump with a jump of 5-5.00 feet. In the ‘B’ group of the triple jump, K’Lynn Beal took second with a distance of 37-6.75 feet.

Amber Daniel took third in the shot put ‘B’ group with a distance of 39-6.75 feet. Daniel finished 13th in the ‘B’ group for discus with a distance of 115-5.00 feet.

In the invite portion of the 1,500-meter run, Torre Moser took fourth with a time of 4:41.40, while Elisa Sargent took eighth and Hana Ratcliffe finished ninth with times of 4:44.17 and 4:54.12, respectively.

In the 3,000-meter run, Kate Butler finished sixth with a time of 10:38.26, while Kayla Hall took 15th with a time of 11:15.76.

Imani Chapman finished 15th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.48, while Makaila Roberts finished 26th with a time of 15.66.

In the high jump, Hunter Welborn placed seventh with a height of 5-4.25 feet. Ellen Spencer placed 12th in the ‘B’ group of the 800-meter run with a time of 2:27.19.

LaBria King took 13th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.29. Catherine Crawford took 29th, while Chapman finished 31st with times of 24.79 and 24.90, respectively. Micah Hanks finished 63rd with a time of 26.76.

The Mountaineers’ 4x400-meter relay team took 10th-place with a combined time of 3:58.71. The team consisted of Crawford, Chapman, Hanks and Phylissa Greeley.

Appalachian State University softball dropped two to Georgia State on Saturday at the Robert E. Heck Softball Stadium in Decatur, Ga. The Mountaineers fell to the Panthers 12-2 in five innings and slipped to the Sun Belt Conference foe 5-3 in game two.

Appalachian State (12-15, 0-5 SBC) banged out ten hits on Saturday and four Mountaineers knocked in RBI including Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill), who went 3-for-5 at the plate and registered her third home run of the season, the eighth of her career.

Three ladies saw action at the mound for the conference doubleheader and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) pitched her third complete game of the season.

Game One: GSU 12, App State,2 (5 innings)

Two five-run outings doomed the Mountaineers as Georgia State (20-11 6-2 SBC) downed Appalachian 12-2 in five innings.

In the first, Georgia State loaded the bases to put the Mountaineers on their toes and came out of the inning with one run, but the Apps countered the Panthers’ attack putting up a pair thanks to a two-run jack by Orcutt who brought along Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) who reached on a walk.

At the bottom of the second, the Panthers snatched their lead back tacking on five runs from a two-run RBI single, a sac. fly and a two-run homer to end the inning up by four.

After scoring a single run in the third, GSU neutralized App’s offense and went on a scoring frenzy at the bottom of the fourth adding on five more runs. The Black and Gold never recovered from the ten-run deficit and the Panthers routed the Mountaineers 12-2 in five innings.

Mathewson turning in a perfect performance at the plate going 1-for-1.

Game Two: GSU 5, App State 3

Despite a fifth inning rally that put the Mountaineers within two runs, GSU outlasted Appalachian 5-3 to take the doubleheader sweep.

The Panthers hopped onto the scoreboard first seizing a one-run lead, but Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) answered back at the top of the second with a RBI single to even up the score at one apiece.

The tie did not last long as the Panthers regained their lead tacking on three off a RBI double at the bottom of the second and scored their fifth run of the game off a single at the bottom of the third.

At the top of the fifth, Appalachian’s bats started getting hot cutting the Panthers’ lead to two. Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) whacked out back-to-back doubles and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) brought home Dodd on a sac. fly. Right after that, Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) slapped out a RBI single to open the lane for Stewart to dash home to shrink GSU’s lead to 5-3.

With the game close, the Mountaineers were eager to initiate a scoring run to get back into the ballgame, but the Panthers halted App State’s offensive attack and snagged game two away from the Apps.

The Black and Gold will wrap up their conference series with Georgia State tomorrow, March 26, at noon at the Robert E. Heck Softball Stadium.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:24

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls at Rollins

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The Rollins Baseball Team (17-10) jumped out to a six-run advantage and held on to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (17-12), 7-5, Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.

The Tars’ Mike Purcell (Cheshire, Conn.) hit a two-run double as part of four-run fifth inning and Rollins took advantage of three Lenoir-Rhyne errors by plating four unearned runs in the contest.

Trailing by a 7-1 score after six innings of play, Lenoir-Rhyne tried to start a rally with three runs in its half of the seventh highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) but Rollins pulled out the win thanks to Joey Vecchione (Marlboro, N.Y.).

Vecchione pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save of the year. A.J. Chacon (Lutz, Fla.) (5-1) was credited with the win for the Tars.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added two hits and a RBI but freshman John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) fell to 2-2 after taking the loss. Shoemaker (.458) continues to lead the South Atlantic Conference in hitting.

The No. 15 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (30-7, 4-2) bounced back with a doubleheader sweep of Brevard (2-12, 0-6), 11-0 and 8-0, Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action on the road.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Brevard 0 (six innings)

The Bears run-ruled the Tornados thanks to an offense that produced 16 hits while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 18-2 on the year after pitching a three-hit shutout, her eighth of the season. Parks also struck out eight batters in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) both finished with three hits and two runs batted in while the Bears put the contest away with a four-run sixth inning.

Brevard’s Ricki Kuhn (Newton, N.C.) was tagged with the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Brevard 0 (five innings)

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Savannah Davis (Bostic, N.C.) hit a two-run home run, the first of her career, and the Bears once again used a four-run inning in the last frame to run-rule the Tornados. The home run was inside the park.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) added two runs batted in and sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) improved to 8-1 on the year after firing a one-hitter. Triplett also struck out five batters. Kuhn (2-11) took the defeat again for Brevard.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) was a catalyst for the Bears on offense, tallying a pair of hits and scoring three runs.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:18

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Routs Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (7-3, 4-1) captured its third consecutive win with an overwhelming 18-3 victory Brevard (1-7, 0-4) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) finished with two goals and three assists and notched the 100th goal of her career just 1:29 into the game.

Sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) scored a game-high four goals – giving her a team-tying 22 goals on the year – as the Bears rushed to a 14-2 advantage at halftime and never looked back.

Brevard, which suffered its fourth straight setback, was led by Nina Siu (Greensboro, N.C.) with two goals on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense also caused six turnovers while junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) picked up the win after playing the first half. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 31-4 advantage in shots taken while 12 players scored for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tampa on Friday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Blanks Virginia-Wise

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis (9-7) won its second straight match with a 9-0 victory over Virginia-Wise (3-10) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference, regional affair at Hickory High School.

Three players – junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC), sophomore Shane O'Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) – all won at singles and doubles for the Bears on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. UVA-Wise hosts Concord on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Virginia-Wise 0
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Andrii Rutnytskyi (UVAWISE), 7-5, 6-3
2. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Viktor Tunnikov (UVAWISE), 6-1, 6-0
3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Chris Armistead (UVAWISE), 6-1, 1-0, retired
4. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Josh McFadden (UVAWISE), 6-4, 6-1
5. William Hewett (LR) def. Daniel Laughlin (UVAWISE), 6-0, 6-0
6. Camden Tucker (LR) def. John Hamilton (UVAWISE), 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Andrii Rutnytskyi/Viktor Tunnikov (UVAWISE), 8-2
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Chris Armistead/Josh McFadden (UVAWISE), 8-0
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Daniel Laughlin/John Hamilton (UVAWISE), 8-0

Appalachian State University baseball led or was tied for 10 innings before dropping a heartbreaking three-spot in the top of the 11th to fall 6-3 to Texas State on Friday night at Smith Stadium.

The Mountaineers (10-12, 1-3 Sun Belt) allowed 17 hits, but limited the Bobcats (14-8, 3-1 Sun Belt) to just three runs until the end while managing 11 hits of their own – the fifth time in seven games that App State had reached double-digit hits.

Appalachian got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) sent a shot down the left field line to drive home Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) after he doubled to right field.

The Bobcats responded in the third, putting up one to tie, one of two ties on the night. Two scoreless innings later, the Mountaineers put up one on a Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) solo home run jack to left center, his second of the season.

The Diamond Apps extended their lead after Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) singled before being able to make it to second on a throwing error by the third baseman, setting up an RBI for Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) as he doubled down the right field line.

Texas State forced extra innings in the top of the ninth inning by scoring two runs to tie up the game at three apiece. Both teams went scoreless until the top of the 11th when the Bobcats secured the win.

On the mound to start for Appalachian was Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth). Holden went 6.2 innings, only allowing one run and two walks in 30 batters faced. Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Roswell) came in to relieve Holden and went 2.1 innings, allowing one unearned before Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went 1.2, having three runs cross the plate and striking out two.

Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) was the final relief pitcher out of the bullpen, seeing just one batter and striking him out.

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