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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (0-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, fell to second-ranked Limestone (1-0) in the 2017 season opener Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Saints, the national runners-up last year and the 2014 and 2015 national champions, were led by Charlie Sheehan (St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA) with five goals in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was paced by junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) with a pair of goals while junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.) added a pair of assists in the setback.

Limestone won 25 of the 29 faceoffs and held a 57-31 advantage in shots taken in the victory.

After Corrigan scored to tie the contest at five at the 5:44 mark of the second period, the Saints reeled off six straight goals to take control.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 10 saves while Limestone's Danny Forren (Trumbull, Conn.) earned the win in goal after stopping nine shots on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Rollins in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday beginning at 6pm.

Behind 14 3-pointers and double-figure scoring from Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett), Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)), Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), Appalachian State University men’s basketball swatted away Georgia State and moved to 3-0 against the Panthers inside the Holmes Center since joining the Sun Belt.

Down 56-48 with 11:58 to play in regulation, the Mountaineers (7-16, 2-10 Sun Belt) received a late surge off the bench from Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) who hit three 3-pointers in crucial moments for Appalachian to help them seal a five-point win over the Panthers (16-8, 9-3 Sun Belt).

Even bigger was the Mountaineers’ defense down the stretch, allowing just nine points to the Panthers over the final 7:38 of the game, including two massive blocks from Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) to help clinch the victory.

Johnson nearly finished with his second career double-double and collected nine points and 11 rebounds.

App State was led by Good’s 15 points, while Shabazz notched 14 and both Logan and Babic finished with 10 points a piece. The Black and Gold shot just 3-for-7 from the line in the first half, but finished 12-for-14 in the second period to help nail down the win.

Appalachian hit on 8-of-19 threes in the second half, including three from Good.

The Mountaineers will return to the court on Monday, Feb. 13 when they host Georgia Southern for a 7 p.m. tip inside the Holmes Center.

Notes: Appalachian earned its second Sun Belt win of the season and third home win over Georgia State dating back to 2014-15 … Patrick Good notched 15 points - his seventh double-digit scoring game of the year … Isaac Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds and collected his third double-digit rebounding effort, tying his career high … Ronshad Shabazz netted his 21st double-digit scoring game of the season and 39th of this career … Bennett Holley poured in a season-high 3 three-pointers, tying a career-high … the Mountaineers’ 14 threes were the second-most this season.

The Carson-Newman Women's Basketball Team (16-8, 13-5) started hot and never let up in downing Lenoir-Rhyne (15-9, 11-7), 82-75, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Holt Fieldhouse.

The Eagles' Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) scored 20 points, tying a game-high, and Carson-Newman raced to a 31-10 lead after the first period of play and never looked back.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) also scored 20 points while senior forwards Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) and Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added 15 points each but the Bears couldn't recover from the early burst from the Eagles.

Carson-Newman shot 51 percent (16-of-31) in the first half while four Eagles reached double figures in scoring.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 33-27 advantage of the boards but hit just one-of-13 three-point attempts on the afternoon. In addition, the Eagles forced a season series split with the Bears.

In the next slate of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Newberry, S.C., to take on Newberry.

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Bryant and Stratton 68-60 on the road in Virginia Saturday.

Myles Williams led the Red Hawks with 14 points as CVCC jumped out to an eight point advantage by halftime and held the same advantage for the final.

The Red Hawks are 17-8 overall and 11-5 in the conference. CVCC travels to Vance-Granville on Wednesday.

Sunday, 12 February 2017 21:05

Caldwell Men's Basketball Falls at Cape Fear

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Caldwell Community College men's basketball team fell to Cape Fear Community College by two Saturday on teh road, 82-80.

Shawn Robinson had 21 points to lead the Cobras but Caldwell could not overcome two 20-point outputs by Cape Fear. Chase Byrd, a Hickory High grad, added 12 points. Jahmeel Watts contributed 15 points and MJ Phifer added 10 points.

The Cobras fall to 19-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

Appalachian State University women’s basketball (10-14, 5-8 SBC) fell to Georgia State in heartbreaking fashion, 59-55, on Saturday afternoon at the Holmes Center in the annual #Play4Kay contest.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) had one of her most efficient games of the season where she scored a game-high 25 points, grabbed nine boards and chipped in with two assists. The junior wing shot 8-for-13 from the field, tied a career high with five 3-pointers and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Story played a hand in 52 percent of the Apps’ points (25 points, two assists) and has scored in double figures in eight straight games.

In a game of runs, it ultimately came down to free throws where GSU shot 14-of-20 from the line while App shot just 11-for-23. The Panthers hit 10 of their 14 free throws in the final quarter. App would go just 1-of-4.

With App trailing 47-45 at the 6:39 mark of the fourth quarter, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) hit a free throw before Joi Jones’ (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) coast-to-coast layup gave App a 48-47 edge. Story rose up for a clutch trifecta that capped off a 6-0 spurt and gave the Black and Gold a 51-47 lead. Appalachian stayed in front of the Panthers until with 1:30 left and up by three, 55-52, GSU ended the game on a 7-0 run to claim the win.

Appalachian did have a chance to tie on multiple occasions including a chance at the line while trailing 57-55, but App couldn’t convert.

The Mountaineers and Panthers were in a defensive struggle in the beginning of the game as both shot 23.1 percent from the floor. But App held the two-point edge, 12-10, going into the second frame thanks in large part to a Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) 3-pointer with 41 ticks left on the clock.

App used a 6-0 surge to go in front with a 20-14 lead after Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) muscled her way for a layup off an offensive rebound. However, the Panthers climbed back to tie the game at 20-apiece before App went into the break with a 24-23 advantage.

The Mountaineers came out fast with a 9-0 run in the first 2:04 of the third quarter. Murray started the run with a layup followed by five of the next seven points from Story including a 3-pointer. A free throw from Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, North/UT Martin) free throw with 6:10 left in the period gave Appalachian a 10-point lead, 37-27.

Georgia State sliced the lead to 40-38 with 26 seconds until Story heaved a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Black and Gold a 43-38 advantage. Appalachian held the lead for 29:46 while the GSU only held the lead for 2:16. The Panthers responded to App’s runs during the game before hitting late free throws to pull away.

App State notched 15 offensive rebounds and mustered up a 14-10 edge in second-chance points. Georgia State was led by three players in double-figures with Tiffany Holston scoring 14 points. App did a good job on Holston on the glass as she only registered four boards. Holston came into the game snagging 10 boards per game in conference action.


- Story led the team with a Player Efficiency Rating of 27 (PER).

- The Mountaineers 34-30 edge in rebounding makes it the 13th time in 15 games that they have outrebounded their opponent.

- Saturday was the first time all season the Apps didn’t record a block.

- Murray’s three steals makes it the fifth-straight game the redshirt-sophomore has notched multiple swipes.

Appalachian State University softball dropped a 5-3 nail-biter to Jacksonville University in extra innings on Friday night at the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex. App State held the lead at the bottom of the ninth until the Dolphins hit a walk-off homer to take the win.

Two Mountaineer freshmen showed out on opening day in Florida. In the fourth, Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./Garner) sent out a bomb that landed over the centerfield fence to tie up the score at one a piece and sparked a fire in the Mountaineer dugout. Josey would see home plate again after grabbing a run off of a wild pitch that gave App the lead at the top of the ninth. In addition to Josey, freshman shortstop Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) had a great opening day going two-for-three and grabbing three putouts including a diving save.

On offense, Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell), Alisha Josey, Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) and Russell all cranked out a combined five hits with the Josey duo seizing one RBI a piece. Freshman Gabby Buruato (Valdese, N.C./Jimmy C. Draughn) and Alisha Josey scored App’s three runs, and none of App State’s hitters struck out.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Mountaineers collected 26 putouts with Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) and A. Josey all scooping up five each.

In the circle, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) was the starter for the season opener with freshman Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) rounding out the second half of the game. Ciocatto pitched 4.0 innings and struck out two hitters, and Longanecker threw for 4.2 and dished out three strikeouts.

In the first inning, the Dolphins took the early 1-0 lead until A. Josey smashed out the homerun in the fourth to tie up the game. For the next three innings, neither team could strike up the right play to earn a run, so the score remained tied at the end of regulation, which made way for two extra innings.

Due to the International Tie Breaker rule, in extra innings, a runner starts at second base, which opened up an opportunity for App at the top of the eighth. H. Josey stepped up to bat and hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Buruato to sprint home for the score and give App their first lead of the night at 2-1. Appalachian’s lead did not last long due to a JU run in the bottom of the eighth to make it all even.

With the score tied at two a piece at the top of the ninth, both squads were eager to make the winning play to take home the victory. Stewart went up to bat and had A. Josey ready to jet at third. After a wild pitch, A. Josey hustled to home plate and gave App the lead for the second time.

After JU had grabbed the third out down by one run, it was the Mountaineers’ time to put the game away in the ninth. Longanecker fired out her third strike of the day to give the Apps two outs with one hitter to go and two runners on base. With the game on the line, both teams knew the next play would determine the victory.

Longanecker wound up the pitch, and JU hit a walk-off homer over the centerfield fence to win the game.

The Black and Gold will return to the field tomorrow, February 11 to play College of Charleston at noon and Jacksonville University again at 5 p.m. at the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex.

Girls basketball:
Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 61
Patton: 22

Hickory: 66
Hibriten: 23

Watauga: 57
South Caldwell: 44

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 55
Lincolnton: 28

Newton-Conover: 80
Bandys: 65

West Caldwell: 58
Bunker Hill: 39

Boys basketball:
Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 74
Patton: 54

Hickory: 58
Hibriten: 42

South Caldwell: 77
Watauga: 72

Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 56
Maiden: 53

Bandys: 63
Newton-Conover: 57

West Caldwell: 76
Bunker Hill: 42

Friday, 10 February 2017 22:08

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Net Two Wins at Bear Bash

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The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team picked up a pair of wins Friday as they hosted the Bear Bash at Bears Field. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Johnson C. Smith 10-2 in five innings and Mercyhurst 6-3 in game two of the day.

In the win over Johnson C. Smith, the Bears spotted the Bulls the first two runs of the game in the first inning, but L-R would score four in their half of the first and roll from there. Erin Boone went two-for-three with two RBI. Sarah Kenley added a home run for the Bears.

Against Mercyhurst, the Bears plated five runs in the second inning and would hold on for the win. Savannah Davis went two-for-three with a triple and three RBI.

The Bears are 5-1 on the season. They continue the Bear Bash Saturday hosting Concord at 3pm and UVa-Wise at 5pm.

Friday, 10 February 2017 12:03

App State's Van Ord Earns All-Academic Honors

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Senior runner Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Appalachian State University women’s cross country both earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the second-straight year on Thursday.

Van Ord grabs her second consecutive USTFCCCA All-Academic honor after a spectacular cross country season and snatching 22nd at the 2016 NCAA Southeast Regional Meet on Oct. 11. The Chapel Hill native snagged all-region honors after a lifetime-best performance of 21:05.60 in the 6k at Panorama Farms. To be considered for this accolade, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 at regionals or finish as an All-American at the national meet. As a whole 256 student-athletes and 168 women earned spots on the academic list.

In addition to Van Ord’s individual award, the Curcio-led women’s squad earned All-Academic Team honors. To be recognized for academic achievement, teams have to own a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and place high at regionals. App was one of 431 teams to acquire this distinction and was one of 242 women’s teams to be recognized.

The 2016 fall season was highlighted by Van Ord and the Mountaineers seizing the Sun Belt Cross Country Championship title. The women accumulated 43 points to take the crown, and all of Appalachian’s competitors landed inside the top-15 clinching all-conference honors.

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