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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team ended a six-match losing streak with a 3-0 sweep of Francis Marion (6-11) Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears downed the Patriots by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) led the way with 14 kills while freshman right side hitter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) added 10 kills in the victory. The Bears hit a season-high .419 on the night and added to their league-high in blocks with nine total on the evening.

Francis Marion was led by Kayla Arthur (Holly Springs, N.C.) with 12 kills but the Patriots hit just .114 for the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-8 on the season. The Bears hit the road again to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
Draughn: 1

West Iredell: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0

Alexander Central: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Draughn: 1
East Burke: 0

Patton: 5
Hibriten: 2

West Iredell: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1

South Fork Conference:
Bandys: 3
Lincolnton: 2

Lake Norman Charter: 5
Maiden: 1

Newton-Conover: 9
West Lincoln: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Freedom: 2

Hickory: 2
Watauga: 1

South Caldwell: 9
McDowell: 0

St. Stephens: 5
West Caldwell: 0

The 25th annual United Way Cross Country Invitational was held Wednesday at Southside Park in Newton.

Highlights included:

Boys Championship –

Jayden Hefner, St. Stephens, 2nd
Daniel Hopkins, Lincolnton, 3rd
Ethan Deffke, HHS, 4th

Girls Championship –

Riley Carswell, Freedom, 2nd
Ashley Ramirez, St. Stephens, 5th
Caroline Hilliard, Bunker Hill, 6th

Hickory High, 3rd place team

Boys Invitational –

Beck Classey, East Lincoln, 1st
Alec Nguyen, East Lincoln, 3rd
Ben Trimm, Fred T. Foard, 6th
Austin Cornette, Bunker Hill, 8th

East Lincoln, 1st place team
East Burke, 2nd place team

Girls Invitational –

Olivia Humpfrey, East Lincoln, 1st
Makenzie Goodson, Bandys, 3rd
Karina Coulter, Fred T Foard, 4th
Rachel Morris, Maiden, 5th
Bentley Strong, East Burke, 8th

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:19

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Edges Out Catawba 4-3

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team used a hat trick from junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN) and a match-winner from freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN) with just over three minutes left to hold off feisty Catawba (1-8-1, 1-4-1), 4-3, Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Frock Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win in goal after making four saves. King's individual record continues to match the team's overall mark. Catawba's goalkeeper, Joe Gonzalez (Cambridge, ENGLAND), didn’t start the match but suffered the loss and fell to 0-4 while picking up two saves in the process.

The Bears outshot the Indians, 15-11, while eight of the Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15 shots (53.0 percent) were ruled on goal. The home team had seven of its 11 shots (63.6 percent) on goal.

L-R’s de Goya earned the hat trick before halftime and almost single-handedly dealt Catawba its eighth loss of the season. de Goya now has a team-leading nine goals on the year.

Cascon’s goal was the third of the season in his inaugural campaign for the Bears and he added an assist as well.

The Indians scored three late second-half goals in a span of 15 minutes: two from Philipp Hollenhorst (Muenster, GERMANY) and one from Jack Ragen (Terrigal, AUSTRALIA).

The Bears were able to edge the home team in corner kick opportunities, 4-3.

de Goya’s hat trick is the first by a Lenoir-Rhyne player since senior forward Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, MALI) in a 3-0 victory over Mars Hill on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in Mars Hill, N.C. de Goya also has five goals in his last two matches.

L-R improves to 6-2-3 overall and 3-2-2 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Bears hit the road on Saturday for another nonconference clash with Frances Marion at 7:00 p.m., in Florence, S.C.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team suffered its sixth consecutive setback with a 3-0 loss to Anderson Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match on the road. The Trojans, winners of 10 consecutive matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-19.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond with 10 kills while junior setter Jessica Funk added 25 assists and nine digs.

Anderson was spearheaded by Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Kathryn Hughes (Chapin, S.C.) with 13 and 11 kills each, respectively. The Trojans’ Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 41 assists in the victory as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the conference. The Bears host Francis Marion in a non-conference, regional match on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:01

App State Men's Soccer Downs UNC-Asheville

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It had been two seasons since Appalachian State University men's soccer senior John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) scored a goal, but that all changed on Tuesday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Walrath was fed a beautiful ball inside the box from Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) before placing the shot between the goalkeeper's legs with under a minute left in the first overtime to lift App State (4-5-3) to an exhilirating 1-0 triumph over a pesky UNC Asheville (1-12) team that came in looking to snap a five-match skid.

"Great team win and shutout," head coach Jason O'Keefe said following the victory. "Credit to UNCA as they competed for every minute. We're proud of our guys to stay with it, stay composed and together to find a way to get the win in the end. We will recover and get ready for a very good Hartwick team on Saturday. Please come out and support the team in a massive Sun Belt match."

It was Walrath's first goal of the season while becoming the eighth Mountaineer of the season to tally a score. Last season, App had seven student-athletes find the back of the net.

In front of a packed Ted Mack, the Mountaineers pulled through to improve to 3-1-2 at home, surpassing last season's win total and getting to within just one victory from matching last season's win output with six contests left in the campaign.

Goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and the defense bent but didn't break with a third-consecutive shutout and the fourth in the past six matches. App State has not allowed a goal in 304 straight minutes dating back to the Sept. 26 contest against then-No. 19 Duke, while the last time Appalachian allowed a goal at home was on Sept. 9 against ETSU. Chasteen came away with two saves on the evening including a big stop in overtime. After Tuesday, the Boone native is now one of two goalkeepers in the Sun Belt with a goals-against average under one (.933).

App did have its opportunities in the match to get up more goals on the board with some clean looks from Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg), Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany), Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany), and Hernandez. The Mountaineers kept the pressure on the UNCA defense all night until they broke through on a free kick leading to the game's lone goal.

The Mountaineers posted a 13-6 advantage in shots with a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. App also had an 8-6 tally in corner shots as well.

Appalachian will host Hartwick in its Sun Belt home opener on Saturday in the second home contest of a three-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) used a strong start with two first-half goals to send Saint Leo (3-6) back home with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears also extended their winning streak to three matches.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves. Morris’ individual record continues to match the team’s overall mark.

Sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) got her first start of the season and capitalized, putting Lenoir-Rhyne on the board in the sixth minute of the contest (her second goal of the season). The goal was also her second in as many games.

An assist by Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) tied her for the team lead with four with sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.).

The Bears were able to apply pressure all afternoon, outpacing the Lions by a 6-0 count in corner kick opportunities.

The Bears outshot the Lions, 13-11, but were more accurate as eight of the Bears’ 13 shots (61.5 percent) were ruled on goal. The road team only had three of its 11 shots (27.3 percent) on goal.

L-R continues its strong performances at home as it holds a 6-1 record at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears have limited their opponents to one or fewer goals in eight of their 12 matches this season.

The lone goal from the Lions came on a header in the 72th minute from Sophia Kenny (Celebration, Fla.), her first score of the year.

Saint Leo’s goalkeeper, Megan Charlton (Kent, Wash.), suffered the loss and fell to 1-2 but picked up six saves in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-3-1 on the season. They hit the road on Saturday for another nonconference clash with UNC Pembroke at 5:00 p.m., in Pembroke, N.C.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team shot a 590 (+14) overall to win the 2017 Patsy Rendleman Invitational which concluded Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury.

The Bears won by 11 strokes over Limestone and were led by junior All-American Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) and senior Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.). Hartsell was runner-up after carding a two-under 142 while Mansel tied for third with a 143 (-1) on the par-72, 5,973-yard course. Both players earned all-tournament honors. North Georgia’s Megan Sabol won the tournament with a five-under 139.

Lenoir-Rhyne concludes the fall campaign at the Leeann Noble Memorial next Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17, in Dahlonega, Ga.

2017 Patsy Rendleman
Women's Golf Invitational
Salisbury, N.C. – Oct. 9-10
Country Club of Salisbury
Final Results

Par: 72
Yards: 5,973

1. Lenoir-Rhyne 590 (+14)
2. Limestone 601 (+25)
3. Anderson 603 (+27)
4. Tusculum 604 (+28)
5. North Georgia 605 (+29)
6. Young Harris 606 (+30)
7. Carson-Newman 610 (+34)
8. Queens 616 (+40)
9. Erskine 623 (+47)
10. Catawba 631 (+55)
11. Coker 639 (+63)
12. North Greenville 640 (+64)
13. Belmont Abbey 647 (+71)
14. Barton 648 (+72)
15. King 652 (+76)
16. Chowan 689 (+113)
17. Pfeiffer 722 (+146)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
2. Abbey Hartsell 142 (-2)
3t. Chelsea Mansel 143 (-1)
16t. Ainee O'Connor 152 (+8)
20t. Laura Morrison 153 (+9)
61t. Jordan Young 163 (+19)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:43

CVCC Volleyball Rises in NJCAA Division 2 Rankings

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Coming off the heels of a successful Valley Invitational, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team moved up in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II rankings on Tuesday.

The Red Hawks, who were ranked 17th in last week’s Division II poll, moved up five spots to No. 12 in this week’s rankings. This is the second-highest that the program has been ranked this season behind only its fourth-place rank to start the season.

During this past weekend’s Valley Invitational, CVCC had a strong showing, defeating previously 12th-ranked Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) in a thrilling five-set match. The Bobcats dropped to No. 15 in this week’s poll.

Catawba Valley also played well in the tournament against No. 1 Owens, taking a set off the top-ranked Express before falling 3-1. The Red Hawks finished the tournament 2-2 overall, including a 3-2 victory against St. Clair County (Mich.) and a tough 3-0 loss against Division I Wallace State (Ala.).

The CVCC volleyball team is currently 17-5 on the season and 9-0 in conference play as it heads into this weekend’s Wallace State Fall Bash in Hanceville, Ala.

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