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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (4-2, 1-1) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference win of the year with a 14-12 victory over Wingate (4-2, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Graham Gill Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) had one of the biggest impacts for the Bears – scoring a team-high four goals – while sophomore midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) and freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added three scores each as the Bears won their second straight contest. Sack leads the team with 12 goals on the year.

Wingate’s Brittany Andrews (Bel Air, Md.) was the leading scorer on the day – totaling six goals – and Shannon O'Neal (Severna Park, Md.) scored four times but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs.

Wingate tried to rally from a 12-6 deficit early in the second half but Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense, which caused nine turnovers, was able to hold on.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the win after making five stops and playing the entire 60 minutes. Wingate goalkeeper Arion Pierre (Haymarket, Va.) took the loss despite making 10 saves. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 32-21 advantage in shots taken as well in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Lock Haven (Pa.) on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis nearly completed a comeback while trailing 3-1 but fell short in the valiant loss to Mercer, 4-3, on Saturday morning at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center.

The Mountaineers nearly upended the Bears’ 13-match win streak and their first home loss this season. While trailing the hosts, 3-1, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) won his fourth-straight match over Fernando Guardia, 6-4, 6-2, in a matchup between No. 4’s. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) then tied up the match over Nicolas Guillon, 6-3, 6-3, with his team-leading eighth win of the season.

However, the Bears would capture the last match when Jack Maddocks was in a back-and-forth battle with Sam Philp, but fell 7-6, 6-3.

The Bears (15-2) captured four of six singles matches after App won the doubles point. Maddocks and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) won their fourth-straight match together as the No. 1 tandem over Guillona and Guardia, 6-1. Mercer tied up the doubles match at 1-1 when Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) fell 6-3 to Ruben Vanoppen/E. Tsiranidis, 6-3. But Webster and Bargeron came through in the clutch with a 6-3 triumph over Philp and Stuart.

Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) fell to Tsiranidis 6-1, 6-0 as the No. 6 in the lineup, leading to Mercer tying the match. Pavkovich then fell to Vanoppen in the ensuing finish before Morris suffered a 6-3, 6-2, decision to his counterpart, giving the Bears a 3-1 edge.

Webster improves to 8-3 in singles play this season while Bargeron is 7-4.

App will look to bounce back with a quick turnaround tomorrow against Bethune-Cookman at 9 a.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Watauga: 2

Hibriten: 6
St. Stephens: 0

Hickory: 5
Freedom: 1

South Caldwell: 4
Patton: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 3
Draughn: 0

Shelby: 7
East Burke: 2

Southern District 7:
Newton-Conover: 5
Maiden: 3

West Caldwell: 8
Bandys: 1

West Lincoln: 2
Bunker Hill: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 15
Watauga: 1

Freedom: 21
Hickory: 4

Hibriten: 11
St. Stephens: 6

South Caldwell: 15
Patton: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 12
Shelby: 2

Kings Mountain: 11
Draughn: 7

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 10
Newton-Conover: 7

West Caldwell: 10
Bandys: 0

West Lincoln: 6
Bunker Hill: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 0
Shelby: 0

Kings Mountain: 9
Draughn: 0

Asheville: 2
Hickory: 1

Maiden: 1
Alexander Central: 0

North Lincoln: 3
Bandys: 0

Patton: 2
Erwin: 1

South Caldwell: 4
Bunker Hill: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Lincolnton: 2

Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:51

App State Baseball Shut Out at Missouri

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Cold bats once again plagued Appalachian State University baseball as they couldn’t overcome Missouri’s 4-0 advantage despite good pitching on Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Mountaineers (6-7) held the Tigers (13-1) to five scoreless innings, but 26th-ranked Missouri edged their way forward with one run in the first and second innings and two in the seventh to outlast Appalachian.

Designated hitter Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) led the way with half of the team’s four total hits on the evening, going 2-4 and getting a two-out double in the second. Both Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) and Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) got the team’s over hits in the seventh and ninth innings to attempt a rally.

While the Tigers only scored four, only two of the runs were earned as throwing errors doomed an otherwise impressive defensive performance by Appalachian against its high-power opponent.

On the mound for App State to start was right-handed Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth). Holden had a solid outing with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched, allowing one earned run and just four hits. Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee CC) came in for relief in the sixth, going 1.1 innings, striking out one and allowing one earned run before Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) finished up the seventh’s final two outs, getting a punchout and groundout.

Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) finished the game with a fine inning of work, facing six batters, striking out two and allowing just two hits to give Appalachian a chance to rally in the ninth.

The North Georgia Women's Tennis Team (9-1), ranked No. 34 in NCAA Division II, downed Lenoir-Rhyne (6-7), 9-0, Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Clarion in Hilton Head, S.C., on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m., while North Georgia takes on No. 8 Columbus State on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in Columbia, Ga.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
No. 34 North Georgia 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
Friday, March 10, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Kathrin Waidner (UNG) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-0, 6-3
2. Felicia Baratta (UNG) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-0, 6-3
3. Karina Gurgenyan (UNG) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-3, 5-7, 10-5
4. Holly Bennett (UNG) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-7, 6-4, 10-7
5. Lexa Loden (UNG) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-1, 6-1
6. Emma Etelalahti (UNG) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Kathrin Waidner/Felicia Baratta (UNG) def. Emily Murchland/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-4
2. Holly Bennett/Emma Etelalahti (UNG) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-2
3. Karina Gurgenyan/Lexa Loden (UNG) def. Abbi Wood/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 8-1

Records: No. 34 North Georgia (9-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-7)

Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:41

CVCC Baseball Wins Slugfest Over Lakeland

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Catawba Valley Community College defeated Lakeland Friday 17-14. What started out as an offensive explosion saw Lakeland slowly work their way back into the game. The Red Hawks were able to hold on for their third win in a row moving them to 11-12 on the season.

Chandler Jenkins went five-for-six with two homr runs, a double, four RBI and four runs scored. Riley Smith went a perfect three-for-three with four runs scored and was issued a walk. Graham Mitchell added a three-for-four offering at the plate with a home run, six RBI and a run scored.

The winning pitcher was TJ Goco who threw three and a third innings, allowing six hits, one earned run while striking out four and walking only one. Graham MItchell picked up the save with two innings of no hit ball, striking out two and walking only one.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (6-5) knocked off several nationally-ranked players in singles action but ultimately fell to No. 18 North Georgia (9-0), 6-3, Friday afternoon at Hickory High School.

The Bears were extremely impressive in singles action – winning No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 – including two victories over nationally-ranked players.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) defeated No. 16 Alexander Reainauer (Stuttgart, GERMANY) by a score of 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3 at first singles while junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) downed seventh-ranked Niklas Zielen (Frankfurt, GERMANY), 0-6, 6-4 and 6-3 at No. 2 singles.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Hilton Head, S.C., to face Montreat on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m., while North Georgia battles No. 8 Columbus State in a Peach Belt Conference showdown on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., in Columbus, Ga.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
No. 18 North Georgia 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
Friday, March 10, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. #16 Alexander Reinauer (UNG), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. #7 Niklas Zielen (UNG), 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Andre Canino (UNG), 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
4. Hugues Renaud (UNG) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-3, 6-3
5. Lukas Moritzen (UNG) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-3, 6-2
6. Jared Bones (UNG) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 7-5, 6-2

Doubles competition:
1. Niklas Zielen/Alexander Reinauer (UNG) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-5
2. Andre Canino/Lukas Moritzen (UNG) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 8-6
3. Hugues Renaud/Jared Bones (UNG) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-4

Records: No. 18 North Georgia (9-0), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (25-2), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, swept a doubleheader from USC Aiken (12-8-1), 8-0 and 11-2, Friday afternoon at Bears Field to run its school-record winning streak to 19 games.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 8, USC Aiken 0 (five innings)
Junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.) finished with three hits and three runs batted in including an RBI triple while sophomore Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw a three-hitter as the Bears run-ruled the Pacers.

The Bears scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the contest while USC Aiken's Hayley Elkins (Irmo, S.C.) fell to 5-4 after taking the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, USC Aiken 2 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) hit a grand slam in a seven-run second inning as the Bears scored early and often to run-rule USC Aiken for the second straight game.

Junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) added a two-run double as the Bears led 11-0 after just two innings of play. Parks (14-0) remained unbeaten on the year after registering the victory.

For the Pacers, Sydney Kate Murphy (Cincinnati, Ohio) drove in both runs while Chandler Terrapin (West Columbia, S.C.) fell to 4-4 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to host King on Tuesday, March 14, at 3:00 p.m., at Bears Field in a doubleheader.

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