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Friday, 02 February 2018 08:29

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Drops Spring Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (3-2) suffered a 6-3 setback to Young Harris (1-0) in the 2018 spring opener Thursday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.

Despite the loss, the Bears were led by junior Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA), a 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason honoree. Gandouz won at second singles and teamed with junior Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) to prevail at No. 2 doubles by an 8-4 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces North Georgia on Sunday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m., in Dahlonega, Ga., while Young Harris takes on Carson-Newman next Tuesday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final

Young Harris 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)

Singles competition:

1. Mateo Besada (YHC) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-2, 7-6

2. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Alex Pavel (YHC), 6-4, 6-1

3. Guilherme Sergio (YHC) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-0, 6-3

4. Javier Villar (YHC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 7-6, 6-4

5. Tim Fleerkamp (YHC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-2, 6-7 (10-6), 1-0 (10-6)

6. Ignacio Ascarrunz (YHC) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-4, 7-6

Doubles competition:

1. Alex Pavel/Guilherme Sergio (YHC) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-7

2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Tim Fleerkamp/Javier Villar (YHC), 8-4

3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Mateo Besada/Ignacio Ascarrunz (YHC), 8-4

Records: Young Harris (1-0), Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2)

Dual team wrestling championships
2A Third Round
Fred T. Foard: 40
West Wilkes: 36

2A Fourth Round
West Lincoln: 35
Fred T. Foard: 28
Tigers season ends at 34-1.

3A Third Round
North Henderson: 35
St. Stephens: 33
Indians season ends at 39-5.

Friday, 02 February 2018 08:05

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Edge Out Young Harris

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (3-0) pulled off one of its biggest victories in program history, 5-4 over Young Harris (0-1) in the spring 2018 opener Thursday at the YMCA of Catawba Valley. The Mountain Lions came into the contest ranked No. 8 in the region.

Trailing by a 2-1 score after doubles play, the Bears rallied with four victories in the singles action to take the win.

The Bears were led by freshman Sanne Janssen (Maastricht, NETHERLANDS), who earned victories for the Bears in singles and doubles play. Janssen teamed with junior Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND) to earn an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in an exhibition against UNC Asheville on Friday, February 9, at 12:15 p.m., in Asheville, N.C. Young Harris travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman on Tuesday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final

Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Young Harris 4

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)

Singles competition:

1. Elin Rundcrantz (YHC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)

2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Oriana Labaqui (YHC), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)

3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Ana Rodriguez (YHC), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)

4. Laura Sanchez (YHC) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-3, 6-3

5. Lucy Whelan (LR) def. Carol Quevedo (YHC), 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-1)

6. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Beth Taylor (YHC), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition:

1. Oriana Labaqui/Ana Rodriguez (YHC) def. Marta Escanero Funes/Lucy Whelan (LR), 8-4

2. Carol Quevedo/Elin Rundcrantz (YHC) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-5

3. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Maria Puerta/Laura Sanchez (YHC), 8-5

Records: Young Harris (0-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (3-0)

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team has made a couple of changes to its upcoming schedule.

The Red Hawks (13-4, 8-1 in Region X) will make up this past Tuesday’s postponed home game with Patrick Henry on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader that will also feature the CVCC men’s basketball team in action against Vance-Granville Community College at 7 p.m.

The Catawba Valley women’s basketball team has also cancelled its game on Thursday, Feb. 1 against the Milligan JV squad and plans to add two games against Johnston Community College, but those dates have not been confirmed.

Also, the Red Hawks’ road game on Saturday at Clinton has been changed to a home game due to a broken backboard at Clinton. The CVCC women’s basketball team plays Clinton at 1 p.m. with the CVCC men’s basketball team hosting Bryant & Stratton at 3 p.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 45
South Caldwell: 39

Lincolnton: 52
Draughn: 48

Hickory: 47
Newton-Conover: 28

St. Stephens: 51
Fred T. Foard: 37

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 95
South Caldwell: 89, 3 OT

Draughn: 68
Lincolnton: 66

Hickory: 70
Newton-Conover: 42

St. Stephens: 49
Fred T. Foard: 39

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (9-11, 7-7) rallied from a 16-point deficit to down Newberry (11-10, 5-8), 89-82, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) with 19 points each. Bales and Diallo were two of four players to score in double figures for the Bears.

Bales scored 17 points in the first half highlighted by five treys and kept the Bears in the contest – LR trailed by a 43-33 advantage at intermission.

Newberry was led by Rob Valentine (Richmond, Va.) with 29 points and 11 rebounds while James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) scored 19 points but the Wolves couldn’t maintain a 36-20 advantage at the 7:04 mark of the first half.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense did clamp down in the second half as the Bears totaled 10 steals while the Wolves hit just three of their 14 treys after intermission.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored six points to increase his career total to 1,057, ranking 47th on the Bears’ all-time list.

The Bears held a 33-10 edge in points off the bench and were spearheaded by junior guard Cory Thomas’ (Louisville, Ky.) double-double: 15 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas leads the team in scoring (14.2) this year.

The two teams split the season series.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Carson-Newman Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team defeated visiting Guilford Tech 114-97 on Wednesday night at the Tarlton Complex — making history in the process.

The Red Hawks (9-12, 4-8 in Region X) set a new program record for points in a conference game in the contest, and the 114 points are also the second-most in a game in Catawba Valley men’s basketball history.

Freshman Tyrell Oglesby led CVCC in the contest with 25 points and four steals, while sophomore Steve Ruszala added a double double — 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Isayah Johnson (16 points), Caleb Bryson (15 points), Myles Williams (13 points) and Marcus Talley (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring for the Red Hawks in the game.

CVCC surged ahead 53-34 at halftime of the contest and scored 61 second-half points to record its fourth conference victory of the season and avenge a 93-83 loss to the Titans on Jan. 10.

Drew Cone and Eric Peaks both scored 23 points to lead Guilford Tech (7-11, 1-10 in Region X).

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday as part of a home conference doubleheader.

The Red Hawk women’s basketball team plays Clinton at 1 p.m. followed by the Red Hawk men’s basketball team hosting Bryant & Stratton at 3 p.m.

Most points in a game in CVCC men’s basketball history
115 vs. Belmont Abbey JV on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013
114 vs. Guilford Tech on Wednesday
113 vs. #6 Pasco-Hernando College (Fla.) in Region X/District VI tournament quarterfinals on Feb. 28, 2016
110 vs. Fayetteville Tech on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (12-10, 6-8) fell in a knock-down, gritty defensive game in which both teams were held to season-lows in scoring as Newberry (11-9, 6-7) left Shuford Memorial Gymnasium with a 49-43 win Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The scoring for both teams came primarily in the post as junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) and sophomore forward Karlie Bearden (Dawsonville, Ga.) led the Bears with 13 points and 11 points, respectively. No other members of the home team ended with double-digit scoring.

The leading scorer of the contest was the only player in double-figures for the Wolves - junior center Meg Essex (Glamorgan Vale, Queensland, AUSTRALIA) - who finished with a double-double effort of 19 points and 10 boards.

It was a battle of the bigs as the leading scorers on both teams came from the post. However, it was the Bears that held the 40-27 advantage on the boards throughout the contest.

With the loss, the Bears’ win streak ends at four games.

Bearden’s role has increased as the season has progressed, paying off for her tonight as she finished with a season-high of 26 minutes tonight played. Bearden also had season-highs as well in field goals made (four), field goals attempted (11), rebounds (eight) and steals (two).

The defense held up, giving up the least this season on the scoreboard, but they were also held to the lowest scoring output themselves.

Lenoir-Rhyne plays its second straight South Atlantic Conference game at home this Saturday against fifth-ranked Carson-Newman beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Pins in half its matches against VMI helped Appalachian State's wrestling team gain sole possession of first place heading into a SoCon showdown with Chattanooga.

The Mountaineers posted a 46-5 home victory at Varsity Gym on Wednesday thanks to five falls, one technical fall and two major decisions.

"We had a lot of guys step up that were taking risks," App State coach JohnMark Bentley said. "Even in matches that were not in question, at the end of matches, we were still trying to score, execute holds and things we needed to get better. That's what I was proud of."

App State (7-3, 5-0) can clinch at least a share of a third straight Southern Conference championship if it wins Sunday at Chattanooga (6-6, 4-0). Picked second in the preseason, the Mocs still have dual meets left against Appalachian, Gardner-Webb and preseason favorite Campbell, which lost 18-12 to the visiting Mountaineers last week. They have league matches left against Chattanooga and The Citadel.

App State's Angel Najar opened Wednesday's match at 157 pounds with a pin 26 seconds into the second period, and the other four pins occurred in the first period. In recording his team-leading 23rd victory, redshirt freshman Alan Clothier registered his first pin by wrapping up his match at 184 pounds in 2:36, and Cary Miller needed only 54 seconds to pin his heavyweight opponent.

De'Andre Swinson-Barr followed Miller with a pin in the closing seconds of the first period at 125 pounds, and Irvin Enriquez registered a pin in 1:15 at 141.

The five pins were App State's highest total since a 46-6 victory against Cumberland to open the 2014-15 season, when current assistant Dominic Parisi had one of the five in that dual meet.

"As a team, we went out there and wrestled hard," Najar said. "We went to our moves and did everything our coaches wanted us to do."

App State's tech fall against VMI came from Gavin Londoff by a 15-0 score at 149 pounds, while the Mountaineers won by major decision at 197 (Randall Diabe, 14-3) and 133 (Codi Russell, 11-1). Making his dual meet debut, freshman Joe Accousti posted a 6-1 decision at 174 pounds.

App State 46, VMI 5

157: Angel Najar (APP) def. Steve Midkiff (VMI), fall, 3:26 (6-0)
165: Blake Hohman (VMI) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 20-5 tech. fall (6-5)
174: Joe Accousti (APP) def. Gage Levine (VMI), 6-1 dec. (9-5)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Jack Scalio (VMI), fall, 2:36 (15-5)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Max Gallahan (VMI), 14-3 maj. dec. (19-5)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Jake Tomlinson (VMI), fall, 0:54 (25-5)
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Daniel Millstead (VMI), fall, 2:56 (31-5)
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. Hunter Starner (VMI), 11-1 maj. dec. (35-5)
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Michael Hulcher (VMI), fall, 1:15 (41-5)
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Kevin Keaveney (VMI), 15-0 tech. fall (46-5)

Senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge) has been named Sun Belt Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

At the Thundering Herd Invitational over the weekend, Hastings won the 800-meter run in a PR time of 1:50.48. His time also set a facility record, meet record and ranks as the second fastest 800-meter run time in school history. The mark currently sits 34th in the nation and is the top time in the Sun Belt.

In addition, Hastings teamed with 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) to break the school record in the 400-meter relay in 3:14.30. The time bettered the old mark of 3:14.89 set in 2014.

On the season, he has ran in four individual races, winning each of them. Hastings also won the 800-meter run at the ETSU Invitational (1:53.21) and the Mountaineer Indoor Meet (1:53.97), while also crossing first in the 400-meter dash at the Appalachian Open in a personal record time of 48.96 seconds.

This marks the second straight week the Black and Gold have captured a Sun Belt Player of the Week award, with Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) capturing the Sun Belt Field Athlete of the Week last week.

The Mountaineers, who have won all three scored meets this season, will compete again at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State on Friday and Saturday.

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