The Appalachian State men's track & and field team landed nine All-Sun Belt honorees the league announced on Friday.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) led the way, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors. Junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick and freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) earned Second Team All-Sun Belt accolades.
Senior Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almance), senior Isaiah Relliford (Winston-Salem, N.C./White Oak), sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County), sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and freshman Gable Dershem (Clayton, N.C./Cleveland) were all named Third Team All-Sun Belt.
Hastings won the 800-meter run at the Sun Belt Championships in 1:50.87, after qualifying second in prelims. Earlier this season at the Thundering Herd Invitational, he set a PR in the 800-meter run, crossing in 1:50.48. His time was a meet and facility record and also earned him Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week honors.
Ballard recorded a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the Sun Belt Championships, with a PR time of 21.28 seconds. His time ranks second in the event in program history.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Ballard, Hastings, Johnson and Smith recorded a second-place finish at the Sun Belt Championships in 3:15.69. Earlier in the season at the Thundering Herd Invitational, the same team broke the school record in the event, finishing with a time of 3:14.30.
The DMR squad of Loy, Smith, Doyle and Dershem notched a third-place finish in the event at the Sun Belt Championships in 10:13.45.
Dale finished third in the high jump at the Sun Belt Championships, clearing 6-8.25. At the VMI Winter Relays earlier in the season, he set a new PR with a mark of 6-10.75. His height also ranks sixth in program history in the high jump.
Relliford would finish third at the Sun Belt Championships in the triple jump, covering a new PR distance of 47-10.00.
The Mountaineers recorded a fifth-place finish at the Sun Belt Championships and will open the outdoor season on March 15 at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of Charlotte.
MEN'S ALL SUN-BELT
Ryan Hastings, Appalachian State
Jaylen Bacon, Arkansas State
Michael Carr, Arkansas State
Tiaan Steenkamp, Arkansas State
Luke Fielding, South Alabama
Javen Jackson, South Alabama
Ben Rolader, South Alabama
Migael Strydom, South Alabama
Joel Duren, UTA
Michael Guerrero, UTA
Erik Martinsson, UTA
D'Undre Mitchell, UTA
Emeka Nwangwu, UTA
David Seastrunk, UTA
Brenden Wallace, UTA
Jemal Parharm, ULM
Alton Clay, ULM
Alvin Chikaeze, Texas State
Ben Collerton, Texas State
T-Mond Johnson, Texas State
De'Shawn Ballard, Appalachian State
Jabari Johnson, Appalachian State
Brandon Smith, Appalachian State
Heinrich Herbst, Arkansas State
Nick Hilson, Arkansas State
Itamar Levi, Arkansas State
Jacob Oury, Arkansas State
Bennett Pascoe, Arkansas State
Jamil Peeples, Arkansas State
David Phillips, Arkansas State
Cristian Ravar Ladislau, Arkansas State
Carter Shell, Arkansas State
Sven Glueck, Louisiana
Niel Giliomee, South Alabama
Rafael Scott, South Alabama
Beau Robinson, Louisiana
Justin Domangue, UTA
Jordan Dale, Appalachian State
Gable Dershem, Appalachian State
Sean Doyle, Appalachian State
Collin Loy, Appalachian State
Isaiah Relliford, Appalachian State
Charles Okeze, Little Rock
Landon Abernathy, Arkansas State
Hayden Hampton, Arkansas State
Elijah Ross, Arkansas State
Kyle Baudoin, Louisiana
Richard Delphin, Louisiana
Warno Potgieter, South Alabama
Petter Gustafsson, UTA
Joe Austin III, Texas State
Joseph Meade, Texas State
Senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) and junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) were named Second Team All-Sun Belt in women's track & field.
Hargrave finished second in the long jump at the Sun Belt Championships with a leap of 19-3.25. On the season, she recorded two first place finishes in the event, including a PR distance of 19-10.25 at the Thundering Herd Invitational. Her mark sits fourth on the all-time list.
In the triple jump, Hargrave recorded a third-place finish with a mark of 40-9.50 at the Sun Belt Championships. The distance marked a season-best for her in the event.
Chapman crossed the finish line second at the Sun Belt Championships in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.49 seconds. Her time represented a new PR and was also the third fastest time in the event in program history.
App State finished sixth at the Sun Belt Championships and will begin the outdoor season at the 49er Classic on March 15.
WOMEN'S ALL-SUN BELT
Shanieke Watson, Little Rock
Arabriuan Mack, Arkansas State
Jonnay Anthony, Coastal Carolina
Annie Bothma, Coastal Carolina
Alyssa LeClaire, Coastal Carolina
Aynslee van Graan, Coastal Carolina
Lisha van Onselen, Coastal Carolina
Micaiah Dendy, ULM
Michaela Preachuk, South Alabama
Alexus Henry, UTA
Madison Pecot, UTA
Chelsie Decoud, Texas State
Tramesha Hardy, Texas State
DeAijha Hicks-Boyce, Texas State
Esther Oyetunde, Texas State
Devina Schneider, Texas State
Kylah Smith, Texas State
Sydni Willis, Texas State
Indiya Summerville, Troy
Imani Chapman, Appalachian State
Chelsey Hargrave, Appalachian State
Calea Carr, Arkansas State
Anaelle Charles, Arkansas State
Hannah Dunderdale, Arkansas State
Danielle Lorenz, Arkansas State
Sarah Michael, Arkansas State
Tori Shelton, UTA
Dawnshae Evans, Texas State
Mylana Hearn, Texas State
Madilyn King, Texas State
Nikki Sanchez, Texas State
Erin Williams, Texas State
Niata Alexander, Troy
Tiarra Bailey, Troy
Gabrielle Henders, Troy
Madison Kennedy, Troy
Precious Ogba, Troy
Ellunde Montgomery, Georgia Southern
Sholonda Snell, Georgia Southern
Breanna Thornton, Georgia Southern
Bailey Willett, Georgia Southern
Rashell Reid, Georgia State
Megan James, South Alabama
Carolien Millenaar, South Alabama
Michella Obijiaku, South Alabama
Hanna-Mai Vaikla, South Alabama
Erica Cormier-Jordan, UTA
Taylor Davis, UTA
Brianna McClure, UTA
Astrid Rosvall, UTA
Tatiyana Terrell, UTA
Courtney Johnson, Texas State
Alexis Garrett, Troy
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (14-6, 3-1) opened up a South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a huge 3-2 victory over rival Catawba (7-10, 3-1) Friday evening at Newman Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Clayton Jeffries (Lakeland, Fla.) broke a two-all tie with the game-winning solo home run to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Jeffries finished with two hits and two runs batted in. Lenoir-Rhyne's starter - junior Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) - allowed just one run in five innings of work while striking out seven batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) improved to 2-0 after earning the victory. Whitson registered the final five outs of the contest.
For Catawba, Jacob Nester (Kernersville, N.C.) tallied a run-scoring single while Clay Young (Greensboro, N.C.) fell to 1-2 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne turned its first triple play in recent memory in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Catawba had come into the contest on a four-game winning streak and outscored Coker by a 57-10 margin in a three-game league sweep last weekend at home.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-1), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, bounced back from its first loss of the year six days ago with a 14-12 triumph over Florida Tech (1-3) Friday evening at Moretz Stadium.
The Bears were able to rally from a 3-0 deficit just over seven minutes into the contest to take the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with four goals each in the victory. Corrigan’s goal just 24 seconds into the second period broke a four-all tie and proved to be the match-winner.
Florida Tech’s Justin Williams (Forest Hill, Md.) scored four goals as well as the Panthers cut the deficit to one goal twice – 6-5 and 10-9 – but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping 15 shots while Florida Tech’s Daniel Flock (Ellicott City, Md.) suffered the loss despite 11 saves.
Buduo has a team-leading 19 goals on the year while Crompton added to his all-time saves lead with 372 after today’s performance on the Bears' career list.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s four-game home stand has come to an end.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on No. 8 Belmont Abbey on Wednesday, March 7, at 3pm.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (7-4) continued its surge with a fourth straight win defeating Radford, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Appalachian's win streak is the longest since the 2015 season when it won four straight while it's the longest overall since the 2013 campaign when the Mountaineers won five in a row. Also, the 7-4 mark is the best 11-match start since the same 2013 season in which the Black and Gold started 9-2.
App State showcased a stellar performance in doubles play against a Highlanders (4-4) squad that was 32-19 (.627) coming into the match. Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken, Norrköping) and Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) gave the Apps the early edge over Natalie Sayer and Tyler Blalock with a 6-4 triumph for their third win as a tandem. In the clinching match to hand App a 1-0 lead, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) registered their most impressive victory of the season over Drousile Dzeubou and Lotti Meszaros, 6-2. The duo gave RU's No. 1 pairing its first loss of the season after bringing a 7-0 record to the contest, while it snaps their 10-match win streak dating back to the fall season. Swope and Zacarias are now 7-2 on the year and have won seven consecutive matches since starting 0-2.
Ending doubles play was Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Domom Ucenika Futog), who dealt Zoe Fraser and Jeanie Acierto a 6-3 defeat to improve to 9-2 with a five-match win streak. After Friday, the Mountaineers are now a stellar 20-8 (.714) in doubles action.
Sevo kicked singles action off with a convincing, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Sayer as the No. 2 in the lineup for win No. 7 on top of four straight victories. Appalachian then took a 3-0 advantage when Zacarias netted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dzeubou as the No. 1. Along with Sevo, Zacarias continues her solid start to her collegiate career with five victories in a row and a 7-3 showing in 10 matches.
Just like the doubles win, Swope dominated right from the start to seal the win for the Mountaineers, downing Blalock in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, for her third win of the year and back-to-back victories. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) suffered a three-set defeat to Meszaros in a valiant effort. Bygrave won the first set 6-4, but suffered a 7-6 (8-6) decision and a 6-2 loss in the next two frames.
The final two matches belonged to App as Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) kept up her torrid pace with a hard-earned 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 toppling of Acierto as the No. 5 in the book to run her record to 5-2. Machado came back from a one-set deficit, 2-6, to win the ensuing frame, 7-5, to force a 10-point tiebreaker. Machado and Fraser went back-and-forth before the junior broke through to win by three points, 10-7. Morse has won four consecutive matches while Machado has won three contests in a row.
The singles play for App over the win streak has been impressive boasting a 21-3 (.875). Before the win streak, the Apps were just 13-24 in singles competition.
Appalachian will look to continue the streak on Monday when it faces Savannah State at 2 p.m. on the road.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team celebrated the careers of its five sophomores in style on Thursday, defeating Lenoir Community College 96-47 in the final regular-season home game at the Tarlton Complex.
Shaniya Lester led CVCC (23-5, 18-2 in Region X) with 30 points — one point off her career high in scoring — and fellow sophomore Joyous Wilson tied her career high with 18 points.
Tanisha Wall — a third Red Hawk sophomore — recorded her ninth career double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Catawba Valley was effective in moving the basketball in Thursday’s game, tallying 33 assists, including a team-high 10 assists from sophomore Nikkyana McCaskill and seven assists from sophomore Tory Agrusa.
The Red Hawks pulled out to a 50-19 lead at halftime, outscoring the Lancers (3-21, 1-21 in Region X) 30-8 in the second quarter. Lester led the way in the first half with a team-best 14 points.
In the second half, CVCC outscored Lenoir 46-28 on its way to picking up its 18th conference win of the season.
Justice Carr paced Lenoir with 15 points and Dellasia Freeman added 10 points
The CVCC women’s basketball team closes out its regular season with a pair of road games on Saturday and Sunday.
The Red Hawks travel to Leland, N.C. for a conference road game against Brunswick Community College at 4 p.m. Saturday before facing off with Johnston Community College for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.
Suddreth Named to All-Conference Honorable Mention, Weigt Named to All-Freshman Squad for L-R Women's BasketballWritten by Jason Savage
A pair of Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Basketball players – guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) and forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) – earned 2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference honors.
Weigt was named to the SAC All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.3 points per game and connecting on a team-leading 43 three-pointers. However, Weigt’s season was cut short due to injury: she only played in 16 games with 11 starts.
Suddreth was an honorable mention all-league pick after leading the squad in points scored (14.5), rebounds (7.1) and blocked shots (23). Suddreth started all 29 games and totaled four double-doubles on the year. Suddreth will also enter her senior season just 43 points away from 1,000 for her career.
Lenoir-Rhyne (15-14, 9-11) finished with its second straight winning season. LR fell to No. 7 Carson-Newman by a 75-63 score in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Djibril Diallo has been named an honorable mention 2017-18 All-South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball honoree, league officials announced today.
Diallo, a junior guard from Conakry, GUINEA, led the Bears in several categories this year including points scored (15.1), assists (111) and steals (42).
Diallo, in his first season with the Bears, also averaged 16.5 points against league opponents and started all 27 contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-16, 9-11) ended the season in a fifth-place tie in the league standings and fell to fifth-ranked Queens by a 73-61 score in the Quarterfinals of the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Championship in Charlotte.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.J. Lotharp has qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in both the men’s 60-meter and 200-meter dash.
The finals will take place this year at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kan., on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. Pittsburg State University will serve as the host institution.
Lotharp, a sophomore from Indian Trail, N.C., has the school record in both events – 60 meters (6.35) and 200 meters (21.69) – and ranks second in the Southeast Region in both races. On the national level, Lotharp is 12th-best in D-II in the 60-meter dash and 11th in the 200-meter dash.
Lotharp, a 2017 and 2018 All-Southeast Indoor Region honoree by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), won the 200-meter dash at this year’s South Atlantic Conference Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lotharp is the first Lenoir-Rhyne Indoor Track and Field Athlete to compete in the championships since Kevin Baxter in 2016 (60-meter hurdles). Lotharp qualified last year in the 60-meter dash but was forced to sit out due to injury.
Due to the potential for inclement weather Friday, the schedule for Appalachian State's home-opening baseball series against Marshall has changed, as the Mountaineers will begin the series Saturday at 1 p.m. and play a Sunday doubleheader starting at noon.
App State (3-4) played its first seven games on the road. Marshall (4-2) won two of three games at Elon last weekend.
Alexander Central: 5
South Iredell: 1
Fred T. Foard: 3
West Lincoln: 11
East Burke: 2
St. Stephens: 0
Central Cabarrus: 3
Alexander Central: 2
West Lincoln: 19
East Burke: 9
For the first time in program history, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team has back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) weekly award winners.
Red Hawks first baseman Kyran Russ was named the NJCAA Div. II Player of the Week on Wednesday — one week after Catawba Valley’s Julian Smith was named NJCAA Div. II Pitcher of the Week.
Russ was first informed of his Player of the Week honor by Catawba Valley head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle during practice on Wednesday.
“I was just surprised,” Russ said of finding out he was selected Player of the Week. “Honestly, it’s just a blessing to know that the hard work is paying off and God is showing His light in me. I’ve been working really hard on staying back and hitting the other way to the field.”
Russ drove in five RBI, including two home runs, and he tallied 12 total bases in the three games he played in last week — all wins against USC Union.
He also led the Red Hawks with an impressive 1.714 slugging percentage.
“I’m very proud of Kyran and the work he has put in,” Rozzelle said. “It has been a long road, but watching a young man fail, then learn, and ultimately grow is a coach’s dream. (Catawba Valley assistant) coach (Colby) Dishmond has put in a lot of time with our players, and Kyran has really benefitted.”
Russ is the first position player to win NJCAA Player of the Week since Craig Zalewa did so on Feb. 15-21, 2016.
“We have had a whole heck of a lot of good players here the last nine years, and I enjoy when they have success and for us to have guys in back-to-back weeks get honored is just special for me and anybody associated with our family,” Rozzelle said. “What makes it even better is I know that those two want team success above anything else and as a coach, I couldn't be happier."
Russ and the Red Hawks (10-4) return to the diamond on Saturday for a doubleheader against Louisburg College at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and admission is free.