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Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:31

CVCC Baseball Splits Doubleheader With USC-Sumter

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball split a doubleheader against USC-Sumter Saturday, winning game one 14-2, but falling in game two 11-2.

In game one, CVCC's Chandler Jenkins went three-for-five with three runs, two doubles and 4 RBI. Riley Smith went one-of-two with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Austin Adams went one-for-three with two RBI.

Cole Whitney picked up the win for the Red Hawks on the mound with five inning pitched, allowing only one earned run and striking out five.

In game two, the Red Hawks were led offensively by Jimmy Marcelli who went two-for-four with a double, a home run and two RBI. Thomas Walden took the loss for CVCC

The Appalachian State men’s tennis team captured its first road win of the season at Asheville Racquet Club on Saturday against UNCA, 5-2. Saturday's triumph marks third win in a row for the Black and Gold.

The Apps notched the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches resulting in the doubles point going to the Mountaineers.

Today was a great win for us on the road against a tough UNCA squad," mentioned head coach Bob Lake. "We really built off our doubles win and it rolled over into singles play. I'm proud of the way we're competing right now and I'm looking forward to next week's match at Radford."

Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) and Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) led off the victorious afternoon for the Apps after beating Henry Patten and Joshua Swindler, 6-3. The No. 1 tandem for App gave Patten and Swindler their first loss of the season in doubles play.

At No. 2 doubles, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) and Trey Morris improved to 3-0 as a tandem this season by knocking off James Massie and Andrew Sinai, 6-0. At No. 3, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia / Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell to Olly Cull and Reid Dillon, 6-0.

Webster suffered his first loss of the season to Henry Patton, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 1 singles.

The Mountaineers were able to capture the next four singles point with Pavkovich clinching the fifth point.

Maddocks battled with Swindler the entire match and came out on top, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Morris also went into the third set as he improved to 3-0 on the season in singles play against Cull, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In No. 4 singles, Bargeron beat Sinai in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6. He now improves to 3-1 in the spring slate.

Pavkovich was able to fend off the Bulldog’s Dillon, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and captured his second singles win of the season.

Brea battled at the No. 6 spot but eventually fell to Massie, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4, in a hard fought match.

The Mountaineers look to extend its win streak to four on Saturday, February 11th on the road against Richmond.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:25

L-R Men's Tennis Wins 6-3 Over Belmont Abbey

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (2-1) earned a 6-3 victory over Belmont Abbey (4-1) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School. The Bears were playing their first home match of the spring campaign.

The Bears swept through all three doubles matches and were paced by sophomore Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA), junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL). All three players earned victories at singles and doubles competition for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, February 11, at Noon at Hickory High School. Belmont Abbey plays on the road against Wingate on Monday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 3
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Juan Baez (BAC), 6-3, 6-2
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Grant Goldin (BAC), 6-0, 7-5
3. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-0, 6-2
4. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 6-4
5. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Carlos Nolasco (BAC), 7-6, 6-4
6. James Delaney (BAC) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Juan Baez/James Delaney (BAC), 8-3
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Grant Goldin/Carlos Nolasco (BAC), 8-5
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. George Barfoot/Jacob Andress (BAC), 8-5

Records: Belmont Abbey (4-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-1)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (2-2) defeated Belmont Abbey (2-3) by a 7-2 score on Saturday afternoon in the Bears' home opener for the spring season at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne swept Belmont Abbey by taking all three doubles matches while sophomores Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN), Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Segura, SPAIN) and Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) all won at singles and doubles for the Bears in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home next Saturday, February 11, to host Southern Wesleyan at Hickory High School beginning at Noon. Belmont Abbey, meanwhile, competes next Thursday, February 9, on the road against Augusta (10:00 a.m.) and USC Aiken (3:00 p.m.).

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Belmont Abbey 2
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Aisiri Jandyala (BAC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-3, 6-3
2. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Teagan McNamara (BAC), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Darian DeFrench (BAC), 6-4, 6-4
4. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Rachele Subik (BAC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Alex Weber (BAC) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-4, 6-7, 10-5
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Morgan Zahnd (BAC), 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Darian DeFrench/Morgan Zahnd (BAC), 8-4
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Teagan McNamara/Rachele Subik (BAC), 8-5
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Abbi Wood (LR) def. Alex Weber/Aisiri Jandyala (BAC), 8-6

Records: Belmont Abbey (2-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (3-0) opened the 2017 home portion of its schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Glenville State (0-2), 14-9 and 11-4, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Glenville State 9
Trailing by a 9-6 score, the Bears took control with a seven-run seventh inning highlighted by junior pinch hitter Cole Fowler's (Dobson, N.C.) three-run, game-winning triple.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) led the way for the Bears with four hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in.

Glenville State's John Peloro (Weeki Wachee, Fla.) and Zach Bacon (Seminole, Fla.) both finished with two hits and two runs batted in but the Pioneers were hurt by five errors in the contest.

On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne's Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out five batters in middle relief while Glenville State's Tyler McKinsey (Fairmont, W.Va.) (0-1) suffered the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Glenville State 4 (seven innings)
Once again, the Bears used a big inning – this time a six-run fifth inning – to complete the sweep of the Pioneers.

Dean once again came through for the Bears, finishing with two hits and three runs batted in, and senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added a two-run single as part of a four-run first inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after not allowing an earned run with nine strikeouts in six innings pitched.

Glenville State's Logan Henderson (Land o'Lakes, Fla.) had a two-run double while Art'om Rank (Fennville, Mich.) (0-1) suffered the loss for the Pioneers.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:16

App State Women's Basketball Wins in Overtime

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Needing five extra minutes in overtime, Appalachian State University women's basketball (9-13, 4-7 SBC) outlasted Arkansas State (5-18, 3-8 SBC) in a crucial 81-72 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

The win for App snaps a four-game slide while earning a season sweep over Arkansas State and the first-ever victory on the Red Wolves' home floor. App's 81 points scored ties a season high and is the most points it has scored in conference play.

The Mountaineers outscored the hosts,18-9, in overtime while hitting its final six shots en route to finishing 6-for-7 from the floor. Defensively, after A-State had hit four trifectas in the fourth quarter, Appalachian held the Red Wolves to 1-for-5 from beyond the arc in the extra period.

The final 22 points by App including all 18 points in overtime were scored by Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason), Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga.Duluth).

The trio of Murray (25), Story (25) and Jones (15) combined for 65 of the Mountaineers' 81 points and hit 25 of the 31-made field goals.

Murray's scoring output was a career-high for the redshirt sophomore, and Story led the team with a game-high nine boards.

App dominated A-State on the glass, 48-36, including 21 offensive rebounds that resulted in 17 second-chance points. The Mountaineers suffocated the Red Wolves into 20 turnovers for 28 points, and App held an impressive 48-26 effort in points in the paint.

Appalachian will seek to build off the win against archrival Georgia Southern on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field wins three events on the final day of the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.

On the track, LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) reeled in her first collegiate victory in the 60-meters flashing across the line in 7.64, and finishing in seventh was Chelsey Hargrave, (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) who ran a time of 7.83. In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) cut her former personal best by five-hundredths of a second to finish in third (8.76), and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)) darted across the finish line right behind her in fourth clocking a time of 8.87. In the last short sprint final of the day, Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C. /Forestview) took fifth in the 200 meters with a 25.27 effort.

For the middle distance races, App State seized two victories. Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) ran a personal best of 2:15.74 to take the 800-meter crown and in second was Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio /St. Thomas Aquinas (Ohio State)) with a five-second personal record of 2:17.59. In the mile, Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) grabbed her first event victory in 2017 cruising across the finish line with a seasonal-best time of 5:09.19. Finishing right behind her was Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) who ran a personal best of 5:16.93 to land in fourth.

Lastly, in the long distance race, Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) produced a 20-second personal best of 10:19.39 to finish in fourth in the 3,000 meters.

In the field events, Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) registered a seasonal-best mark of 36-2 (11.02m) in the triple jump to tie for 12th and in the shot put ring, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) threw a mark of 37-10.50 (11.54m) to place 11th.

2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results

60m (finals)- 1. LaBria King, 7.64; 7. Chelsey Hargrave, 7.83

60H (finals)- 3. Imani Chapman, 8.76 (pr); 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.87

200m (finals)-5. Catherine Crawford, 25.27

800m- 1. Phylissa Greeley, 2:15.74 (pr); 2. Molly Pusateri, 2:17.59 (pr); DNF. Sarah Hoffert

Mile- 1. Elisa Sargent, 5:09.19 (sb); 4. Sarah Venable, 5:16.93 (pr); 11. Megan Scannell,5:20.40 (pr); 13. Grace Brooks, 5:24.00 (pr); 27. Ellen Spencer, 5:38.92; 33. Kayla Hall, 5:46.52

3,000m- 4. Kerry Leonard, 10:19.39 (pr); DNS. Megan Scannell & Grace Brooks

Triple Jump- T12. Ila Mumford, 36-2 (11.02m) (sb); NM. K’Lynn Beal

Shot Put- 11. Amber Daniel, 37-10.50 (11.54m)

Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) breaks his former App State record and seizes his second shot put victory at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center as Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up competition at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Saturday.

Senior throwers Milch and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) continue to dominate the shot put circle by grasping their fourth consecutive top-three finish in 2017. Milch blasted out a lifetime best of 56-10.50 (17.33m) to take first, and Parham hurled the implement 52-11.25 (16.13m) to place second. Milch’s winning performance at the Buccaneer Invite broke his former indoor shot put record set in 2016 by a foot.

On the track, freshman Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) ran a collegiate personal best of 1:57.51 to finish 16th and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest)clocked a time of 4:34.04 in the mile. In the relay, the group of Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge), Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) ran a time of 3:19.37 to finish second.

In the field events, Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) registered his second-best high jump performance of the season clearing the bar at 6-6 (1.98m) to tie for fourth, and Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West (Carthage)) jumped 6-0.75 (1.85m) to place seventh. Lastly, three pole vaulters landed inside the top five with Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) finishing in third with a jump of 15-5 (4.70m), and tying for fourth was Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) and Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) with a clearance of 14-11 (4.55m).

2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results

800m- 16. Sean Doyle, 1:57.51 (pr)

Mile- 18. Chris Kelly, 4:34.04

3,000m- DNS. Chris Kelly, Ryan Shannon & Andrew Vandenberg

4X400 Relay- 2. Appalachian (Hanna, Hastings, Spear, Graves), 3:19.37

Men’s High Jump- T4. Jordan Dale, 6-6 (1.98m); 7. Nick Hinton, 6-0.75 (1.85m); NH. Daniel Lauffenburger

Men’s Pole Vault- 3. Phillip Thomas, 15-5 (4.70m); T4. Michael Utecht & Tristian Shaver, 14-11 (4.55m); NH. Matt Layne

Shot Put- 1. Nathan Milch, 56-10.50 (17.33m) (pr); 2. Ellsworth Parham, 52-11.25 (16.13m); 14. Michale Albert, 44-11.75 (13.71m); 16. Nicolas Bottett, 44-4.25 (13.52m)

Up Next

App State will travel down to Birmingham, Ala. to compete at the Samford Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex Feb. 10-11.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Lose Fourth Straight

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (9-12, 8-8) suffered its fourth straight loss with a 70-65 setback to Tusculum (10-12, 7-9) in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Pioneer Arena.

The Pioneers' Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) led all scorers with 20 points including five three-pointers as Tusculum avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne. The Pioneers also won their third straight home game.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guards Darrion Evans (Morganton, N.C.) and Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) both finished with 16 points but the Bears hit just eight-of-35 three-point attempts in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from a 13-point deficit to cut the margin to three points – 64-61 with 1:39 left – but Fagan iced the game with a trey.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 14 points and senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) pulled down 13 rebounds but the Bears fell back to .500 in league play this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Coker on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Richard Bland College 76-62 Saturday afternoon. Richard Bland is ranked fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 polls.

Myles Williams led the Red Hawks with 13 points. Emmanuel Wembi has 12 rebounds to pace CVCC on the glass.

With the loss, the Red Hawks fell to 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the confefence. CVCC travels to Patrick Herny Community College on Wednesday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (14-8, 10-6) made it two victories in a row with a 57-53 win over Tusculum (5-15, 4-12) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Pioneer Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) led all scorers with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Bears swept the season series from the Pioneers and moved into a fifth-place tie in the league standings.

Tusculum was led by Kasey Johnson (Greensboro, N.C.) with 14 points but the Pioneers shot just 37 percent (19-of-52) for the game in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which held a 39-27 edge on the boards, also received 15 points from senior forward Brooke Robinson and 10 points from senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.).

On Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., in South Atlantic Conference action, Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Coker.

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