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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (7-2-2, 4-1-1) made it four straight victories with a 3-1 win over Mars Hill (3-6-1, 2-4) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Meares Stadium.


With the match tied at one, the Bears scored two goals in the final five minutes courtesy of junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) at the 85:43 and 88:37 marks, respectively.


Pullman’s goal, assisted by senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.), proved to be the match-winner for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) opened the scoring just 9:48 into the match unassisted from about 30 yards out.


Mars Hill’s Abby Mills (Ross, Ohio) scored the lone goal of the match for the Lions in the 71st minute before Lenoir-Rhyne took over the final minutes of the contest.


In goal, senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win for the Bears while the Lions’ goalkeeper, Maslyn Greene (Dallas, Ga.), suffered the loss despite making 12 saves. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne held a 25-5 advantage in shots taken in the victory.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Due to adverse weather forecasts from Hurricane Matthew barreling down on the East Coast, Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer will play its weekend series against UL Monroe and Little Rock in Boone, Appalachian State University athletics announced on Wednesday.


With the additional games being played at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, a change in the weekend schedule has been made:


Friday, Oct. 7
1 p.m. – Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe
3:30 p.m. – Appalachian State vs. Little Rock


Sunday, Oct. 9
12 p.m. – Coastal Carolina vs. Little Rock


Non-residential students at Coastal Carolina were called to leave campus as on Wednesday after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for evacuation of the coast and declared a state of emergency.


“Obviously, when Coastal Carolina reached out about the evacuation and what the possibility of moving their games here was, we said, ‘Absolutely, let’s figure out how we can make this happen,’” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “The Sun Belt’s motto is Together We Rise and when your conference partner in the Carolinas is in trouble, you’ve got to help them out and we’re happy that we can accommodate the games. What we really hope is that everyone gets through this time safely and that the devastation from the storm is minimal as our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.”


Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the South Carolina coast on Friday with winds exceeding 100 mph possible and storm surges of 5 to 7 feet. The storm is expected to reach the North Carolina coast on Friday as well, but as a decreased Category 2 storm with officials on the coast prepping for 4-8 inches of rain and winds up to 73 mph.


Weekend forecasts in Boone are cloudy on Friday and Saturday with highs of 64 and 66 degrees, while Sunday is a high of 62 with sunshine expected.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 22:29

Appalachian State Tennis Adds Schwartz to Staff

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Appalachian State University men’s and women’s tennis announced the addition of Craig Schwartz to the staff, as announced by men’s head coach Bob Lake and women’s head coach Blake Mosley on Wednesday.


Schwartz will be brought on as an assistant in his first season at App State and will bring a slew of experience from previous coaching stops, including his most recent as the head men’s tennis coach at Bucknell.


“Coach Schwartz brings a great pedigree of tennis experience that will help us win right away,” said coach Mosley. “He knows how to develop tennis athletes and brings out their full potential. We’re excited to have him here in Boone.”


“This is a great addition for us” stated coach Lake. “He’s been a Division I head coach at Bucknell and turned that program around. So he’s bringing experience that will certainly help us win here and contend in the conference.


The first-year assistant will help with the development, technique and skill of the student-athletes for both teams, looking to help the men’s and women’s teams become contenders in the Sun Belt.


“I am honored to be afforded the opportunity given by Coach Lake and Coach Mosley to work with both tennis programs at Appalachian State,” mentioned Schwartz. “ My job is to do whatever is needed to help us pursue our ultimate goal of winning a Sun Belt Championship. I am excited to get to work and assist in any way I can to better our student-athletes both on and off the court.”


In his three years with the Bison, Schwartz turned the Bison from a three-win squad to a 14-win team that reached the Patriot League semifinals.


At the helm, Schwartz guided BU’s Nick Bybel to Patriot League Player of the Year honors, who also won Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Bryan Adams.


Before heading into the Division I ranks, Schwartz spent five years as the tennis coach and coordinator at Queens College in Flushing, New York. He led the Knights to an 88-28 mark while earning NCAA Tournament berths all five seasons, advancing to the Round of 16 in four straight campaigns.


Schwartz was named the ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and the ECC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He coached two ITA All-Americans, three ECC Players of the Year and 23 ECC All-Conference selections during his five years with the program.


Schwartz began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, embracing two stints as the head coach at Dowling College during which time he compiled a 26-18 record. He guided the team to a NCAA Tournament berth and NYCAC championship during the 2003-04 season, earning NYCAC Coach of the Year honors. He then returned to the program from 2005-07, leading the Golden Lions to two more NCAA Tournament appearances.

Freshman goalkeeper Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) made three saves to get his first career shutout and remain unbeaten in his four matches between the frames for Appalachian State University men’s soccer as it drawed Presbyterian College 0-0 in double overtime on Tuesday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.


Presbyterian had their best look at a goal late in the first overtime off a header, but Agnew was to jump in front of it quickly, keeping Appalachian’s hopes alive after 95-plus minutes of action, getting the team's first shutout of the year and keeping the Blue Hose without a single goal in the two team’s three all-time contests.


“We watched a few games and saw a few opportunities but I don’t think we executed well – we had 10 corners but not a single shot on goal off of one, I don’t think, so that was pretty disappointing,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “I would expect to outshoot most teams at home. It’s our field, we should be aggressive. We started a little slow and Presbyterian didn’t have to do as much work in the first 30 minutes as I would have liked, so because of that, they were able to defend and stay compact and they did a great job of being well-organized.”


O’Keefe continued, “However, getting the shutout is a great positive from today. Defending as a unit, all 11 guys on the field, pressing a little better and getting at teams are all things we will continue to work at, but definitely, we’ll build on the shutout and we’ll build on an unbeaten streak in four games. Being 3-1-2 in our last six is a great thing to build on going into conference play. There’s a lot of things that are very good, but I’m going to be ultra-critical of the other things and that’s how we’ll get better.”


The Mountaineers (3-5-2) remain strong in recent outings, only having lost one match in their last six, while the Blue Hose (4-6-1, 2-0 Big South) continued to struggle on the road, being held scoreless for the first time in three matches.


The Black and Gold offense was clicking in every way but the finish in the matchup as they dominated in possession, shots (9-6) and corners (10-0). It’s the second-straight time that PC has been held without a corner kick. The backline and Agnew held strong as well, limiting PC to just the six shots and only three on goal.


Leading the Mountaineers on offense was Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Souther School of Energy and Sustainability), who, after getting his first career goal last week against UNC Asheville, has come alive to be a main part of the App State attack. Somersall finished with three shots and one on goal, while Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) had two shots and one on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) also had two shots, while John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) and Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) rounded out the attack with one shot each.


Since getting its first win on Sept. 13 over USC Upstate, Appalachian has totaled eight goals off five assists and have fired 77 total shots (33 on goal – .429 shot-on-goal percentage). In the recent six-match stretch, the Mountaineers have outshot opponents 77-56 with a 33-28 advantage on goal.


The Mountaineers will stay at home for their first back-to-back home series of the season, hosting Sun Belt Conference foe Howard on Saturday, Oct. 8. Appalachian State’s first conference match of the season is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team finished second out of 16 teams at the 2016 Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at the Ocean Ridge Plantation.


The Bears carded a 614 (+38) on the par-72, 5,916-yard course while West Georgia won the tournament with a 608 (+32). The women’s teams played on the Lion’s Paw Course.


Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore Abbey Hartsell, an Alexander Central grad, who tied for third with a 148 (+4) and earned all-tournament accolades. UNC Pembroke’s Ashlii Thompson was the female individual champion after firing a one-over 145.


On the men’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne tied for third overall with a 586 (+10) on the par-72, 7,072-yard course while Duke’s “B” Team won with a 556 (-20). The men’s teams competed on the Panther’s Run Course.


Junior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.) was the top Bears’ golfer in the tournament, finishing with an even-par 144 and tying for ninth overall. Duke’s Alexander Maltari and Shrish Dwivedi both tied for first place with a six-under 138.


In the next tournaments for Lenoir-Rhyne, the men’s squad will compete in the State Farm Intercollegiate in Tazewell, Tenn., while the women’s team travels to Salisbury, N.C., to play in the Patsy Rendleman Invitational. Both tournaments take place on Monday, October 10, and Tuesday, October 11.

Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate
October 3-4, 2016 – Final Results
Sunset Beach, N.C.
Ocean Ridge Plantation


Lenoir-Rhyne and Lincoln Memorial, host institutions


Par: 72
Yards: 7,072 yards


Panther’s Run Course


1. Duke “B” 556 (-20)
2. Lincoln Memorial 583 (+7)
3t. Coker 586 (+10)
3t. Belmont Abbey 586 (+10)
3t. Lenoir-Rhyne 586 (+10)
6. North Greenville 588 (+12)
7. Anderson 591 (+15)
8. Catawba 593 (+17)
9. Brevard 599 (+23)
10. Barton 604 (+28)
11t. Pfeiffer 605 (+29)
11t. Walters State CC 605 (+29)
13. Washburn 608 (+32)
14. Emmanuel (Ga.) 610 (+34)
15. Cape Fear CC 619 (+43)
16. Chowan 622 (+46)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Golfers
9t. Jackson Bailey 144 (E)
17t. Hunter McCombs 146 (+2)
26t. Blake Childers 149 (+5)
38t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 151 (+7)
53t. Brad Robinson 153 (+9)
38t. Jordan Vogler 151 (+7) – playing as an individual
70t. Luis Lopez Malo 155 (+11) – playing as an individual



Par: 72
Yards: 5,916 yards


Lion’s Paw Course


1. West Georgia 608 (+32)
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 614 (+38)
3. Wingate 615 (+39)
4. UNC Pembroke 616 (+40)
5. Anderson 623 (+47)
6. Tusculum 626 (+50)
7. Lincoln Memorial 629 (+53)
8. Newberry 636 (+60)
9. Coker 641 (+65)
10t. Mount Olive 659 (+83)
10t. Emmanuel 659 (+83)
12t. Belmont Abbey 665 (+89)
12t. Barton 665 (+89)
14. Pfeiffer 704 (+128)
15. Virginia-Wise 722 (+146)
16. Sandhills CC 737 (+161)


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Golfers
3t. Abbey Hartsell 148 (+4) – All-Tournament
9t. Chelsea Mansel 153 (+9)
14t. Ainee O'Connor 154 (+10)
31t. Laura Morrison 159 (+15)
69t. Tessa Young 174 (+30)
69t. Evelyn Stein 174 (+30) – playing as an individual
69t. Jordan Young 174 (+30) – playing as an individual

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
Lake Norman: 1

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 3
West Lincoln: 0


Bunker Hill: 3
Newton-Conover: 2


Maiden: 3
East Lincoln: 0


West Caldwell: 3
Lincolnton: 2


Davie County: 3
Fred T. Foard: 1

North Piedmont Conference:
Statesville: 2
Alexander Central: 1

Appalachian State University men’s golf finished the final round of play in Cleveland State University’s Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. The Mountaineers shot 292 (round one), 288 (round two) and 303 (round three) to finish tied for seventh overall with a tournament total of 883.


Kent State had a spectacular tournament to take the CSU Invitational title with a total of 818 (-46) with Oakland (862) and hosting Cleveland State (863) behind them in second and third. Kent State also featured the top two individual champions, Ian Holt and Chase Johnson, who finished -17 and -12, respectively.


Adverse weather proved to make conditions less than ideal, but the linksman kept playing as the heavy stuff wouldn’t come down for quite a while.

Leading the Mountaineers with +1 finish at 217 was Chance Watson (Newland, N.C./Avery County). Watson had a 76 in round one before following it up with a great second round (68). His third round of 73 gave him his total that was good enough for tied-18th.


Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) shot 74 in rounds two and three after starting off the tournament with a 71 to finish +3 (219) and tied-23rd overall.

Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) finished tied-31st with a tournament total of 223. He had a 71 first round, 73 second round and a 79 final round to finish +7 for the tournament.


Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Thomas Hodges (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Christian) finished right behind them with +10 (tied-43rd) and +14 (tied-55th) performances, respectively. Burris totaled 226 after 75 (round one), 73 (round two) and 78 (round three) efforts while Hodges finished with 230, shooting a 75 (round one), 77 (round two) and a final 78.


The Mountaineers best round as a team came in round two when they posted a 288 when they moved up to tied for fifth (+4). Moriarty and Watson were both dead even, tied-20th with 144s, including Watson’s 68 on day two. Summerlin was tied-24th at one-over (145) after two rounds while Burris and Hodges both found themselves at four- and eight-over.


Appalachian men’s golf will return to the course for their second-to-last fall tournament when they host the annual Donald Ross Intercollegiate at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., starting on Monday, Oct. 10.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (5-11, 3-6) picked up its first home win of the year with a 3-1 triumph over Tusculum (7-7, 4-5) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


The Bears defeated the Pioneers by scores of 25-21, 18-25, 25-22 and 25-16 and snapped a four-match losing streak in the process.


Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) led the way with a match-high 19 kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added 44 assists and nine digs as the Bears swept the Pioneers on the year.


Tusculum’s Laryssa Welch (New Castle, Ind.) and Rachel Garnett (Cincinnati, Ohio) both finished with 11 kills while Melissa Mazur (Chicago, Ill.) added 36 digs in the losing effort.


In addition, the Pioneers hit just .157 for match in suffering their third consecutive setback.


Junior libero Ashley Markland, a St. Stephens grad, totaled 19 digs for the Bears, who finished with 14 blocks and hit .261 on the night.


In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Friday at 7:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lincoln Memorial.

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


Hickory: 3
South Caldwell: 0


St. Stephens: 3
Patton: 0


Watauga: 3
Freedom: 0


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


Southern District 7:
Lincolnton: 3
West Caldwell: 0

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