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The UNC Pembroke Football Team (5-1), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, used a strong second half to down Lenoir-Rhyne (2-4), 36-20, Saturday afternoon to spoil the Bears’ Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.


The Braves’ Rontonio Stanley (Nakina, N.C.) rushed for 192 yards on just 12 carries and scored three second-half touchdowns in the victory. Stanley scored on runs of 79, 45 and 50 yards, respectively, as UNC Pembroke took control in the third quarter.


The Braves held a slim 10-7 lead at halftime but scored the first 16 points of the third quarter spearheaded by a pair of touchdown runs by Stanley. UNC Pembroke’s quarterback, Patrick O’Brien (Mooresville, N.C.), passed for 217 yards and a score as the Braves rolled up 434 yards of total offense in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.


Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.) passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns despite the loss.


Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) – who totaled 99 yards rushing on 33 carries – scored from two yards out with 3:49 left to cut the margin to 29-20 but Stanley iced the game with his third touchdown run on the ensuing drive.


Lenoir-Rhyne freshman wide receiver Jaquay Mitchell (Bailey, N.C.) and senior wide receiver Patrick Rendleman (Lincolnton, N.C.) both caught touchdown passes while senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) added a game-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne also lost despite holding a decisive 39:34-20:26 edge in time of possession.


Lenoir-Rhyne steps back into South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., to take on Wingate on the road.

Appalachian State University men’s and women’s soccer joined 893 soccer teams (314 men, 579 women) nationwide in earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2015-16 College Team Academic Award for team grade-point average, the association recently announced.


To qualify for the NSCAA award, teams must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined for the award by adding every student-athlete’s GPA and then dividing by the total number of student-athletes.


Men’s soccer finished the year with a 3.07 GPA while women’s soccer finished with a 3.5 GPA. Men’s soccer was one of only three schools from the Sun Belt Conference to receive the honor, while women’s soccer was one of eight teams and had the second highest GPA for the year in the conference.


Appalachian State was one of only 223 institutions in the country and one of only two schools in the Sun Belt to receive the honor for both men's and women’s teams.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams competed Friday afternoon in the Royals Challenge, hosted by Queens University, at McAlpine Creek Park.

On the men’s side, the Bears finished 18th overall and were led by junior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.). Black ran a 25:21 on the 8K course and finished 20th out of 364 runners.

Lee (Tenn.) was the top men’s team in the race while James Quattlebaum (23:53) was the top individual.

In the women’s competition, the Bears were 21st while sophomore Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.) was the top Lenoir-Rhyne runner. Yarber ran the 5K course in 19:01 and finished 60th.

Emily Kearney of SCAD Atlanta won the women’s race with a 17:32 while Davidson was the top women’s team overall.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams next compete in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships on Saturday, October 22, in Columbia, S.C., at Clemson University’s Sandhill and Research Center.

2016 Royals Cross Country Challenge
Charlotte, N.C.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Charlotte, N.C. – McAlpine Creek Park


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
20. Jacob Black 25:21
40. Corbin Boyles 25:44
171. Josh Adkins 27:29
176. Zack Gross 27:33
206. Derek Chavis 28:00
257. Jack Stuart 28:48
280. Brett Haas 29:22


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals
60. Audra Yarber 19:01
135. Blakely Gantt 20:06
182. Erin Illich 20:54
188. Jessica Rumple 20:57
215. Brooke Zeman 21:26
300. Hayley Fowler 23:35

Appalachian State University field hockey stumbled to the Lock Haven Bald Eagles 3-0 Friday night at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field under a constant rainfall.

Both teams were slipping and sliding all around the pitch, but the pouring rain did not stop the hockey squads from playing a competitive match.

The majority of the first period was played at midfield with little attacks at the net. Lock Haven (7-4, 3-2 A-10) only delivered eight shots, and the Mountaineers (1-10) were right behind them administering seven towards the goal. Despite the lack of offensive plays, the Bald Eagles were able to connect two of their five shots on target to take the 2-0 lead at the half.

In the 9th minute, Alysica Smith barreled down the field and slammed in an unassisted shot into the goal to give LHU the one goal advantage. After 18 minutes of flip-flopping possessions, Tamia Roach discovered an opening off of LHU’s sole corner of the half to snatch the two-goal cushion.

Less than ten minutes into the second, Roach linked up with Stephanie Whiteman and Colleen McCabe to score her second goal of the match by cracking the ball into the left cage.

Yearning for a goal, App State continued to strike up plays off of their two corners dishing out four shots, but the Mountaineers fell short, and Lock Haven stole the match 3-0.


Although App State edged Lock Haven in corners (6-5), the Bald Eagles attacked the goal line seven more times (18-11) with 11 shots on goal.

Junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) was at the forefront of Appalachian’s offense recording five shots with four smacked towards goal. Right behind her was Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) who whaled three shots with one on goal.

Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) dove onto the turf for every ball and seized eight saves in 70:00 minutes.

The Black and Gold will hit the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 9 at noon right back in Boone to face off against St. Francis. Before Sunday’s match, App State will honor seniors Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Wynberg Girls) and Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard).

Sunday, 09 October 2016 20:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Falls to Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (5-12, 3-7) suffered a 3-1 setback to Lincoln Memorial (12-2, 9-1) Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


The Lady Railsplitters defeated the Bears by scores of 25-22, 25-14, 23-25 and 25-22 and remained in sole possession of second place in the league standings.


Lincoln Memorial, which won its fourth consecutive match, was led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with 16 kills while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) tallied a double-double – 48 assists and 14 digs – in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman middle blocker Jaclyn Denny (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) and freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) led the way offensively with 12 kills each and sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) totaled 40 assists in the losing effort.


The Lady Railsplitters’ Liz Brock (Lima, Ohio) and Danielle Ged (Smyrna, Tenn.) finished with 12 kills each in the win.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman on Saturday at 6:00 p.m., in a league contest.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 48
North Lincoln: 7


Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 56
Fred T. Foard: 7


Hickory: 40
South Caldwell: 28 (Thursday)


St. Stephens: 31
Patton: 29


Watauga: 45
Freedom: 7


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 20
Draughn: 0

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 49
Bunker Hill: 14 (Thursday)


Lincolnton: 54

Bandys: 28


West Caldwell: 35
Maiden: 12 (Thursday)


West Lincoln: 24
Newton-Conover: 21

Junior goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) made a career-high nine saves on Friday afternoon, but unfortunately, Appalachian State University women’s soccer wasn’t able to hang onto the lead, falling 3-2 to Little Rock at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.


“I’m proud of the girls for finishing two great opportunities and for Sam to have made so many saves,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We had some great moments as a team and then identified things we need to correct next week. We will get back after it and prepare for Georgia Southern next Sunday.”


Despite the muggy, constant rain, the Mountaineers (6-7-2, 1-4-2 Sun Belt) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Trojans (8-6, 3-3 Sun Belt), but would overall be outshot on the day 28-13, a rarity for Appalachian. It’s only the fifth time all season and first in four games that App State has been outshot.


Appalachian came out of the gates ramming the ball toward the opposing goal, firing a bunch of shots early and forcing the issue on Little Rock’s backline. The Mountaineers first goal came in the 14th minute when redshirt sophomore Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) broke away from the pack to go one on two with Little Rock. The Trojans’ goalkeeper dove in front of Settle but the ball ricocheted off the defender away from the goal, giving Settle an empty net to fire upon.


The Black and Gold’s second goal came in the 30th minute when junior Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) fired in her first career goal on a wicked curve out of her corner kick.


Little Rock would score one goal in the first half to close the gap in th 41st minute when Doro Greulich fired in one into the top left after making a nice move over the middle. The Trojans would find the back of the net two more times to win, having the equalizer come in the 66th minute as Shannon Shields found Arola Aparicio Gili on a breakaway and the game-winner in the 109th minute when Quin Wilkes found Shannon Shields on another flicker pass ahead of the pack, just edging it in.


Leading the App State shot effort in her first start as a Mountaineer was redshirt junior Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville (UAB)). She finished with three shots total and two on goal. Behind her was Settle (two total, two on goal) and senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Flanders and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) (two total, one on goal).


Rounding out the attack was Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) who each had one shot apiece.


Steyl played the entire 109 minutes in the game between the frames, making the nine saves, facing 28 shots and allowing just the three goals.


The Mountaineers will have just over a week off before preparing for the final stretch of the regular season. Their next game is on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Georgia Southern with a kickoff time slated for 1 p.m.

Friday, 07 October 2016 21:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Soccer Matches Changes Venues

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s and Men’s Soccer Teams’ road South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Anderson on Saturday has changed venues.  The doubleheader will now take place at the Upward Star Center.  The women’s match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., followed by the men’s match at 5:00 p.m.

With the threat of bad weather due to Hurricane Matthew on Friday, several high school football games have been moved to Thursday evening:

Northwestern Conference:
Hickory at South Caldwell (listen on 1290 WHKY and at 7pm)


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill vs. East Lincoln
Maiden vs. West Caldwell


All other games are still scheduled for Friday:

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central at North Lincoln


Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard vs. Hibriten
Freedom vs. Watauga
Patton at St. Stephens


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn vs. East Burke

Southern District 7:
Bandys vs. Lincolnton
Newton-Conover at West Lincoln


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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 0


Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 0


Watauga: 3
Hibriten: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Crest: 1

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