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For the second game in a row, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball lost in the final seconds. Anderson came away with a 71-70 victory inside Shuford Gym on Saturday evening, giving the Bears consecutive one-possession losses in the same week.

The Trojans' Gage Ellis followed up an air balled 3-point attempt and laid it in as the shot clock expired to give Anderson a 71-68 lead with just under 12 seconds to play. A pair of Jon Jean free throws cut the lead to one before Anderson missed the front end of a one-and-one. However, the Bears were unable to convert a sideline out of bounds and Anderson secured the season sweep.

The Bears went cold, shooting a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and 19.0 percent from long range. The Trojans dominated the lane, outscoring the Bears 36-22 in the paint.

Senior guard Djibril Diallo finished with 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Diallo was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with six rebounds, three assists and two steals before fouling out late in regulation.

Jon Jean (12 points) and Cory Thomas (10 points) also finished in double figures for the Bears. Anderson was paced by 14 points from Gage Ellis and 12 from Randall Shaw.

The visitors committed 22 fouls and had two players foul out.

LR drops to fourth place with the loss, half-a-game ahead of Wingate.

Darius Simmons saw his consecutive made 3-point streak come to an end with a misfire Saturday. Prior to his miss against Anderson, Simmons had knocked down eight straight triples.

The Bears are 16-6 overall and now 9-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will stay at home on Wednesday night and host Wingate at 8 p.m. with sole possession of fourth place on the line.


Sunday, 10 February 2019 21:24

L-R Women's Basketball Nearly Topple Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team battled the South Atlantic Conference's top team on Saturday afternoon but fell by a final score of 69-63 inside Shuford Gym on Saturday afternoon. The win is the 19th in a row for the Trojans who have a three game lead in the conference standings over Wingate.

The Bears had a trio of players lead the team in scoring with 12 each: Madeline Hardy, Karlie Bearden and Kendall Toineeta. Hardy ended up dominating on the glass with 13 rebounds, giving her a double-double on the afternoon.

Kennedy Weigt led the Bears with three made three pointers in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne outscored the Trojans in the paint 30-22 and off the bench, 25-21. Anderson was more efficient from the field as they made 43.9 percent of their shots taken (25-of-57) compared to Lenoir-Rhyne's 39.4 percent (26-of-66).

Anderson had two score in double digits: Madison Baggett (16 points) and Alexy Mollenhauer (13 points). Mollenhauer grabbed 10 boards to give her a double-double in the game.

Hardy's double-double is her fourth of the year. The freshman from Madison, N.C. enjoys going head-to-head with Anderson. In the first matchup this season, Hardy recorded her first career double-double with 21 points and 14 boards.

The Bears fell to 4-6 at Shuford Gymnasium this season.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 11-11 overall and 6-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears continue their home stand as they host Wingate on Wednesday with tip off set for 6 p.m.

On day two of the NFCA Classic, the No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team defeated Eckerd, 9-0 but then fell to No. 22 Valdosta St., 6-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears broke a scoreless tie with a four spot in the top of the fifth inning and cruised to victory against Eckerd. The Bears pushed across all nine runs from the fifth inning on and pounded out 12 hits.

Erin Boone doubled in the first run of the game and came home on a Savannah Moorefield triple. Moorefield would add another RBI in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly.

Kylee Leonhardt and Hannah Jennings each drove in a pair of runs for the Bears and Cassie Healy scored twice.

Brandi Parks earned her second win of the season in the circle, tossing a complete game 5-hitter. Parks struck out nine batters on the day.

In game two, it was Valdosta St. who broke a 0-0 tie in the fifth as they pushed across three runs and scored all six of their runs from the fifth inning on.

Emily Kenley was saddled with her second loss of the year after allowing two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Kenley struck out five batters and issued just one free pass.

LR was held to three hits on the day and struck out nine times.

Valdosta St. is a perfect 7-0 on the young season.

The Bears drop to 1-3 at the NFCA Classic. The finale of LR's trip to Florida takes place Sunday as LR battles Florida Tech at 11 a.m.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 21:06

App State Men's Tennis Fall to Richmond

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Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-4) fell to Richmond (4-1) Saturday morning in the ECU Indoor Tennis Facility, 5-2.

The Pirates won the doubles points and picked up four of six singles matches for the win. However, the match was closer than the score indicated with three of Appalachian's losses going to three sets and one match in doubles going into a tiebreak.

Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) dispatched their opponent in convincing fashion as the first tandem done in the No. 3 spot, defeating Klein Evans/Joe Nardini, 6-4.

After Richmond had tied up the singles portion, the deciding match went into a tiebreak. Bence Tamas (Budapest, Hungary) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) fell to Kosh Keitelman and Matt Fernandez, 7-6 (7-0).

Bargeron tied up the match for App when he dealt Brice Polender a straight set, 6-4, 6-0 defeat. Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebe Porto Portugal) fell in a three-frame battle after winning the first set, 6-3, before falling in the next two stanzas.

Pavkovich came back from a one-set deficit to force a third and final frame. He won the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5), but ultimately fell to Matt Fernandez, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Richmond clinched the match on court No. 4 followed by Tamas collecting a 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3) triumph. The freshman also came back from a one-set deficit before storming back for his victory over Walsh.

Blake Carter's (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) match ended the day in a nail-biter. The sophomore won the first set 7-6 (7-5) but fell in the next two stanzas that included a tiebreak against Keitelman.

Appalachian will look to even the weekend tomorrow against the host, ECU, at 12 p.m.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 20:59

App State Women's Basketball Lose by Seven

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Appalachian State University women's basketball (12-10, 6-5 SBC) suffered a 72-65 decision to UT Arlington (18-5, 10-2 SBC) on Play4Kay Day inside the Holmes Center.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) paced the offense with 18 points (12 in the second half) on 6-of-16 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers and a 4-of-5 showing from the line. Facing one of, if not the tallest lineup in the Sun Belt with five players of 6'1 or taller, Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was impressive with her third straight double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Plummer was 6-of-10 in the contest, while she went for 8 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone.

The Mountaineers clawed back from an eight-point deficit early in the third period to close the gap to just one possession at the end of the quarter, 49-47. Trailing 47-41, with 3:07 left in the frame, Story scored the final six points during a 6-2 surge highlighted by a runner at the buzzer.

App went into the final frame with momentum, but UTA scored on back-to-back possessions to go up by six points, 53-47. The Mavs went up by eight (59-51) moments later before Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) came off the bench for her only 3-pointer to slice the lead down to five, 59-54. However, Claire Chastain was left open for a trifecta of her own on the following possession.

UTA stayed in front for the rest of the period. The Mountaineers cut the Mav advantage down to five once more when Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) hit a 3-pointer, 65-60.

That was the closest the Black and Gold would get to the visitors, as two scores on consecutive trips helped UTA pull away.

App State got off to a slow start with the Mavericks starting out with a 7-2 lead. UTA went up 16-9 late in the first quarter before Plummer hit a layup in the paint off a nice pass from Wilson.

Three straight points by Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) to start the second period brought the lead down to just one possession, 16-14. UTA responded by going on an 8-2 run that extended the lead to 24-16.

Story canned a 3-pointer that cut the lead to five, capping off a stretch in which App went 5-for-6. The defense during the stretch couldn't get the stops it needed to while UTA hit its next five shots. The Mavericks eventually pushed the lead to 10 points, 33-23, which was the largest lead for UTA.

App battled back with a 6-0 spurt thanks to a perfect pass by Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) to Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) for a 3-pointer. Wilson added three foul shots to dwindle the UTA favor to four, 33-29.

Bigott answered Cierra Johnson's free throws with a pair of her own that made the lead to four once again, 35-31. Johnson ended the half with a buzzer-beater to give her team a 38-31 lead going into the break.

Appalachian bested UTA on the boards, 37-31, including a 16-5 advantage on the offensive end. In addition, App posted 16 second-chance points to UTA's two and held a 30-24 favor in the paint. The bench also outscored UTA's reserves, 17-15. However, UTA shot 51.9 percent from the floor and made momentum-stopping shots when it looked like App State was preparing for a run.

Johnson led UTA with 19 points and Chastain finished the evening with 17 points.

Appalachian now has a tough three-game road trip coming up. The Mountaineers will have Thursday off before they face Coastal Carolina next Saturday at 2 p.m. in Conway.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 20:56

App State Softball Falls in 10 Innings

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Appalachian State Softball dropped an extra-inning decision 7-6 against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

The Mountaineers fell to the Colonels in a three-hour, 10-inning contest. The Apps are 1-2 going into the final game of the Elon Softball Opening Weekend Tournament.

Alison Durrence led the Mountaineer offense going 2-4 with her second homer of opening weekend. Ally Walters smashed an inside pitch down the leftfield line for her first home run of the season. Combined the two homers pushed the Mountaineers ahead 4-0 before the fourth inning.

Juniors Sydney Holland and Kenzie Longanecker split time in the circle. With only one walk, the duo combined to prevent the Colonels from scoring more than seven runs despite having 19 hits.

Both Haley Stewart and Durrence stood out on defense. Stewart captured an unassisted double play in the sixth inning by catching a fly ball in foul territory and making a tag at first base for the second out. Durrence threw a runner out advancing home from deep right field.

International tiebreaker took effect in the 10th inning. The Colonels were able to bring in the winning run in the top of the seventh, unanswered by the Mountaineers.

The Apps will wrap up this weekend's play against the Elon Phoenix at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday before returning to Boone for the home-opening doubleheader against N.C. A&T on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Appalachian State men's basketball came up on the short end of a 78-68 decision at UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon.

Ronshad Shabazz paced App State (8-16, 3-8 SBC) with 15 points, a season-high eight rebounds and a team-high three assists.

Isaac Johnson added nine points and six rebounds, while Justin Forrest had seven points and three rebounds.

Off the bench, Tyrell Johnson reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 11 points. Bennett Holley drained a trio of three-pointers to finish with nine points and Michael Bibby finished with a career-high seven points and three rebounds. In all, the Mountaineer bench held a 30-20 scoring edge.

In the opening half, neither team built a lead larger than four points. A jumper from Shabazz with 4:49 left in the first frame gave the Black and Gold a 33-29 edge. The Mavericks (12-12, 8-3 SBC) used a late spurt to take a 39-37 lead into the intermission.

In the second half, UTA used an early 9-2 run to build a 52-42 lead with 15:41 remaining in the game. The Mavericks pushed their lead to 13 points at 57-44, only to see the Black and Gold cut the deficit to nine points at 59-50 with 11:31 to play. UTA pushed its lead back to 76-61 with just under seven minutes remaining. App State would pull within 10 points late, but could get no closer.

The Mountaineers finished 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the field, while UT Arlington went 31-of-71 (43.7 percent) in shooting.

Brian Warren paced the Mavericks with game highs of 22 points and nine assists. Edric Dennis added 14 points and six assists and Andres Ibarguen and TiAndre Jackson-Young each had 10 points.

The Mountaineers will return to Boone and welcome Coastal Carolina to the Holmes Center on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The contest will serve as Alumni Day for the program and the App State football team will also be honored at halftime.

Appalachian State women's track & field competed at the Darius Dixon Invitational, hosted by Liberty, in its final meet before the Sun Belt Championships.

The meet was unscored.

The Mountaineers took the top two spots in the 3,000-meter run. Hana Ratcliffe won the race in 9:56.03, which is a PR and moves her into seventh place in program history in the event. Katelyn Butler was second in the event in 9:57.99 and moved into ninth place on the all-time list in the 3,000-meter run. Izzy Evely placed sixth and Megan Scannell was seventh in 10:15:06 and 10:15.68, respectively.

Emily Fedders posted a season-best in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:52.13, finishing first.

The Mountaineers saw three of the top eight finishers in the 800-meter run. Phylissa Greeley was second in 2:13.18, Kylee Frady placed fifth in 2:18.10 and Ann Mosely Whitsett crossed eighth with a time of 2:20.67.

Hannah Emery continued her strong indoor season, setting a PR in the pole vault, clearing 12-5.00 (3.80m), which placed her fourth in the event and moved her into second place in the Sun Belt. Elisa Sargent also set a new personal best in the 1-mile run, placing fourth in 5:00.40.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Jelonnie Smith, Jessica Dixon, Erin Morrison and Greeley crossed fourth with a time of 3:55.97.

Ashley Muschiatti recorded a fifth-place finish in the weight throw, covering 56-4.50 (17.18m).

App State will shift its focus to the Sun Belt Championships on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Last season, the Black and Gold finished sixth of 12 teams.

In their final meet before the Sun Belt Championships, Appalachian State men's track & field competed at the Darius Dixon Invitational, hosted by Liberty, on Friday and Saturday.

There was no scoring in the meet.

Gable Dershem captured the 5,000-meter run in a season-best 14:59.66. His time moved him from 17th place in the Sun Belt to first heading into the conference championship. Lawson Benfield was sixth in the event in 15:29.05 and Luke Bennett placed seventh with a time of 15:31.06.

In the 60-meter hurdles, Elliott Graves qualified second with a mark of 8.25 seconds. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the finals in 8.24 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay tandem of De'Shawn Ballard, Jabari Johnson, Sean Doyle and Graves placed third in 3:23.70. Johnson also posted a second place finish in the 200-meter dash in 21.60 seconds, with Brenton Ervin finishing seventh in a season-best 21.83 seconds.

Peter Kenn tied his PR in the weight throw, recording a sixth-place finish with a mark of 53-5.00 (16.28m). Tyler Lewis also recorded a PR in the triple jump, finishing fifth with a mark of 45-00.25 (13.72m).

In the high jump, Jordan Dale placed fourth with a mark of 6-4.25 (1.94m) and Daniel Lauffenburger was sixth also clearing 6-4.25 (1.94m).

The 3,000-meter run saw Michael Flanagan finish sixth in 8:33.31, Isaac Benz cross eighth in 8:38.26 and Ryan Brown place ninth with a time of 8:39.63.

Appalachian State will compete next at the Sun Belt Championships in Birmingham, Ala. On Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. Last season, the Mountaineers placed fifth of eight teams.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:30

Appalachian State Softball Splits Opening Games

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Appalachian State Softball took down the Longwood Lancers 6-3 and fell to the Elon Phoenix 10-2 in five innings on opening day of its 2019 season.

The Mountaineers have not had a 1-0 start since their 2013 season. In her first complete game, Kenzie Longanecker earned the W with seven strikeouts, allowing only nine hits and two walks.

Alison Durrence hit her first career homer as a Mountaineer in the seventh inning against the Lancers. Her two-run bomb allowed the Apps to pull ahead after a tied ballgame at 3-3. App State scored its final run after a single from Sidney Russell followed by a fielder's choice and a fielding error.

In game two, Elon's offense overpowered the Apps with eight hits, four of which were home runs. Maddie Siemer and Taylor Nichols combined for six walks, four groundouts and nine earned runs.

Keri White, Haley Stewart and Megan Walker had at least one hit in each game. White and Russell each had multiple hits against Longwood.

The Mountaineers continue play in the Elon Softball Opening Weekend Tournament on Saturday at noon against Eastern Kentucky, who finished 0-2 on the day.

Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:28

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Wins Home Opener

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In their first home match of the Spring season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (4-1) easily defeated Southern Wesleyan (1-3) in the first of five straight matches against Conference Carolinas opponents.

The Bears were tested in doubles but earned the point with wins at all three spots. The number one pair of Hamed Gandouz and Shane O'Dea came away with a 6-3 victory, followed by a mirror score in third singles from Rhodri Atkinson/Paul Lenz. Doubles finished with a number two line victory from Mauricio Hernandez and Josh Lazenby by a final score of 7-5.

The Bears would breeze through singles play and complete the sweep of SWU. Gandouz won 6-3, 6-1 and Lenz would win by default after jumping out to an early 2-1 advantage. LR wouldn't drop more than two games in any of the final three singles matchups en route to win number four for the year.

"It was a very pleasing performance from the men today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "We did not play our best doubles but found a way to win when it mattered. The energy in singles was terrific, as was the support from LR and Hickory communities."

The Bears return to action on Thursday when they travel to North Greenville at 2 p.m.

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