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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:45

CVCC Women's Basketball Downs Wake Tech

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball snapped a six game losing streak with a 51-48 win over Wake Tech on Tuesday evening.

Catawba Valley was trailing by 11 at 44-33 with six minutes to go in the game. The Red Hawks used a 18-4 run to finish the game with a win.

Monifa Angle scored 15 points to lead the Red Hawks. Kianna Angle added 11 points for CVCC.

The Red Hawks improve to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference. CVCC goes to Brunswick Community College on Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Lacrosse Team was voted on to finish second in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, league officials announced today.

The Bears led the way with five first-place votes and 70 total points. Queens, with 75 points including four first-place votes, was picked to win the league regular season championship for the third straight season.

In addition, three Lenoir-Rhyne players garnered All-SAC Preseason accolades: sophomore long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.), senior defender Brady Richardson (Westminster, Md.) and junior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.).

Lett and Richardson were named to the preseason all-conference first team while Hanlon was chosen to the All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason Second Team for men’s lacrosse.

Lett, a 2015 All-SAC Second-Team honoree, led the team in ground balls (59) last year in addition to three goals and one assist while Richardson started all 16 matches and finished with 28 ground balls. Richardson anchored a defense which limited its opponents to a 9.71 goals-against average, second-best in the league.

Hanlon, who also started all 16 matches, finished fourth on the team in goals scored (24) and total points (35) and his 11 assists tied for third on the squad.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished last year with a 9-7 overall mark including a 6-2 record in conference play and advanced to the SAC Tournament Championship game for the second consecutive season.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2016 season on Saturday, February 13, against Limestone in Gaffney, S.C., beginning at 3:00 p.m. Limestone is the two-time defending NCAA Division II National Champions.

2016 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Queens (4) 75
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (5) 70
3. Wingate 58
4. Coker 54
5. Mars Hill 50
6. Catawba 30
7. Tusculum 27
8. Lincoln Memorial 19
9. Brevard 18

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Preseason Teams

FIRST TEAM
A - Austin Murphy, Wingate
A - Garrett Chan, Queens
A - Ryan Vogrig, Wingate
MF - Hunter Maggs, Mars Hill
MF - Mike Martiello, Coker
MF - Josh Smith, Coker
Long Pole MF - Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Mike McKee, Mars Hill
D - Brady Richardson, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Drew Thompson, Wingate
Spec. - Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK - Eric Dolan, Queens

SECOND TEAM
A - Shane Wilson, Coker
A - Connor Kennedy, Catawba
A - Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF - Justin Stewart, Lincoln Memorial
MF - Anthony Alfonso, Brevard
MF - Nate Wade, Tusculum
Long Pole MF - Kyle Fleck, Lincoln Memorial
D - Mitch Chapman, Tusculum
D - Adam Oscienny, Queens
D - Robert Benjamin, Wingate
Spec. - John Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
GK - Ryan Kearney, Mars Hill

Sunday, 17 January 2016 22:31

CVCC Women's Basketball Lose to Cape Fear CC

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball lost their sixth straight falling to Cape Fear Community College on Sunday afternoon, 90-75.

Kianna Bowe had 24 points to pace the Red Hawks despite the setback. Bowe also added six rebounds. Takeyra Thomas added 14 points. Keyona Hicks had 11 points and led the team in rebounds with seven.

CVCC falls to 6-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Red Hawks host Wake Tech on Tuesday at 6pm.

After getting out to an 11-0 lead at the first media timeout of the game, Appalachian State University men’s basketball never looked back and raced to an 86-72 victory over the previously undefeated Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday night. The win also proved to be the first Sun Belt conference loss for the Red Wolves during the 2015-16 season, including football, volleyball and both men’s and women’s basketball.

Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) notched hits fourth 30-point game of the season with 31 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field and was a scorching 7-for-10 from behind the arc and 6-for-8 from the line. Two other Mountaineers scored in double figures as Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) finished with 13 points and Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) notched 12 points in the rout.

For just the second time this season, the Mountaineers (4-13, 2-4 Sun Belt) finished with 50-plus rebounds. The Apps finished with 52 boards on the night, including 19 on the offensive glass. Shabazz and Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian) both led the Mountaineers with nine rebounds. Those 19 offensive boards led to 19 second-chance points for the Apps.

The Black and Gold opened up the game 5-for-9 from the field and held A-State to 0-11 at the first media break of the first half and led 11-0. By the next media timeout, App State had stretched its lead to 20-3 with 11:44 remaining and would stretch its lead to its largest of the game at 24-3 following a Logan bucket and a foul - Logan converted the free throw.

Over the course of the next 8:51, A-State began to slowly work its way back into the game and would trail by just 10 points at 40-30 with 2:34 remaining. However, Appalachian would end the half on a 7-0 run keyed by a Shabazz three and back-to-back jumpers from Logan.

Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military/Purdue) chipped in six points in the first half. Lawson finished the game with two more blocks and has now tied his career high with 28 on the season.

Appalachian would keep the Red Wolves (8-8, 4-1 Sun Belt) at a distance in the second half and used its first half cushion to its advantage. The momentum would shift 100 percent in App State’s favor with 2:43 left in regulation. The Mountaineers led 79-64 and A-State’s Anthony Livingtson made a layup and drew the foul.

However, because of action prior to the play the Red Wolves’ bench drew two technical fouls which led to Eaves hitting 3-of-4 from the line and putting App State up 82-66.

The Mountaineers would ride out the remaining two and a half minutes of the game and coast to an 86-72 conference road victory.

For the game, App State outscored A-State’s bench 26-2 and crushed the Red Wolves in second-chance points to the tune of 19-9. The 14-point winning margin also proved to be the largest of the season for the Apps. The win for the Mountaineers

Appalachian State will look to continue its great play on the court when it returns home next week for a pair of conference games against Georgia State and Georgia Southern, respectively. App State will play Georgia State on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. before taking on Georgia Southern on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 3:45 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field placed six in the top five on Saturday afternoon as part of the Kentucky Invitational.

The Mountaineers’ top finish of the weekend came from Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams), who came in at second in the triple jump (39-7.25) and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) was close behind her in fourth (38-11.75). Hargrave was also the fourth-best finisher in the long jump with a leap of 18-9.75, which tied her personal record.

Junior, Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill), was in action for the first time this indoor season and didn’t disappoint as she took home third place for the 3,000 with a time of 9:53.80.

In the high jump, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) was among the top three for a third time in as many meets, this time with a mark of 5-8.75 (third) and Libby Florence (Cedar Grove, N.C./Cedar Ridge) was fifth in that event as well (5-5).

Next up, the Black and Gold will host the Mountaineer Open on Jan. 29-30.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field was once again led by Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) who won the 800 for a third time in as many meets as the Mountaineers placed five in the top five at the Kentucky Invitational.

Prior to this weekend, Hastings came in at first in the 800 at both the Appalachian Open (1:54.44) and the ETSU Invitational (1:55.43), and that trend continued this weekend in Lexington. The sophomore won the event with a personal-best time of 1:52.56. That mark moves Hastings up to fourth in the school’s record book.

Behind the long sprinter, freshman Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) achieved the first top-three placing of his collegiate career by finishing in third for the pole vault with a mark of 16-6.75. After just the second meet of Shaver’s career, that elevation is tied for second in program history.

The three other top-five finishers included William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) in the 60-meter dash (fifth/6.90), Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) in the triple jump (fifth/46-9) and the team of Ian Milder (Winston-Salem, N.C./N.C. State/Mt. Tabor), Hastings, Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./LaSalle/Quince Orchard), and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) in the distance medley relay (fifth/10:15.46).

Appalachain is off for two weeks before it will host the Mountaineer Open on Jan. 29-30.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Track and Field Teams competed Saturday afternoon at the 2016 Art and Linda Maillet Open at the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American Kevin Baxter (Irmo, S.C.) finished second in the finals of the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds while senior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.) was fourth in the men’s weight throw (47’0”).

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Aubrey Hite (Pelion, S.C.) finished fifth in the men’s 800-meter dash with a time of 2:01.48 and junior Charles Koontz (Flemington, N.J.) was eighth in the men’s one-mile run (4:48.17).

On the women’s side, sophomore Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) finished fourth in the shot put (a school-record 39’9”) and fifth in the weight throw (48’4”) for the Bears.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams next compete in the Camel City Invitational (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and the Mountaineer Open (Boone, N.C.) on Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (5-10, 2-4 SBC) suffered an 83-60 setback to first-place Arkansas State (11-4, 5-0 SBC) Saturday afternoon in the Convcation Center.

Mia Marshall (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) grabbed her third double-double of the season scoring 10 points on 10 boards (seven offensive) while shooting 4-of-8 from the field. Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) turned in a team-high 12 points and Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.

App State came out of the gate with a strong start getting off to an early 5-2 lead thanks to Jones scoring a layup and a 3-pointer from the top of the key in the first 2:18 of the contest.

After a 10-2 run over a 3:21 span from A-State that gave the hosts a 12-7 lead, the Mountaineers fought back to slice the deficit to a point, 12-11, following a jumper from Jasmine Ogunjimi (Hutchinson CC/Chicago, Ill.) and a pair of free throws from Marshall. When it looked like momentum swung in Appalachian’s favor, the Red Wolves would score nine of the next 11 points to go into the second period with a 21-13 lead.

App State trimmed the deficit to as close as seven, 24-17, thanks to another jumper from Ogunjimi with 8:06 left in the period. The Red Wolves showed why their undefeated in conference play going on a 17-4 run to go into the half with a 41-21 lead. Playing a pivotal part in the first half was 17 App State turnovers that turned into 21 of A-State’s points.

Much like the contest on Thursday, the Apps played better in the second half, outscoring the Red Wolves, 23-17, in the third quarter while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Trailing 47-25 with 7:46 left in the third quarter, Craven’s trifecta spearheaded a 9-0 run that cut the deficit to 13, 47-34. Marshall and Jones scored on back-to-back layups before an offensive board grabbed by Marshall capped off the run.

Once Arkansas State went on a run, the Apps would fight back. The Arkansas State lead dwindled to 12, 54-42 with 2:02 left in the third quarter after a 6-2 spurt was sparked by a layup from Jones. Appalachian stayed within striking distance to cut the lead to under double digits going into the fourth quarter, 58-44.

But the Red Wolves hit their stride once again in the final period reaching a 20-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Appalachian trimmed the lead to as low as 16, 69-53, but Arkansas State stayed on top of the Mountaineers en route to the victory to stay undefeated.

Compared to the first half, the Apps had just 10 turnovers (17 in the first half) while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor (29.0 percent in the first half). Appalachian also won the battle on the boards outrebounding A-State, 37-35, and scoring 17 second-chance points off 16 offensive boards.

The Mountaineers recorded 13 steals and the App State bench outscored the A-State reserves, 22-13, including seven points from Craven and a six from Ogunjimi. Ogunjimi gave the Mountaineers 17 solid minutes shooting 3-for-6 from the field.

App State will return home next week for a game against Georgia State on Thursday and a showdown against rival Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to get the win in its season opener against nationally ranked UNC Wilmington, falling 7-0 on Saturday afternoon.

In doubles play, No. 3 doubles duo Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C.) finished first for the Mountaineers (0-1), but lost out on a 6-2 decision. Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture/Madison County) dropped the No. 2 spot 6-2, giving the Seahawks (1-0) the doubles point.

The No. 1 doubles spot went unfinished.

App State continued to struggle against UNCW’s firepower in singles play as Kleynhans fell to Javier Restrepo 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3. Bost dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision at the No. 4 against Xander Veys, while Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) and C. Van der Burgh battled out the No. 2 spot. Maddocks was defeated 6-2, 6-4, to give the Seahawks the 4-0 victory.

Competition stiffened in the final three singles matches, as the Mountaineers tried to rally for a point. Brea lost a toughly defended No. 6 spot against Aviv Ben Shabat, 7-5, 6-3, before Morris fell to Agustin Savarino, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 5.

The No. 1 spot was the first to start and the final to end as a tough battle between Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Santtu Leskinen went three sets and the entire length of the singles competition. Leskinen took the first set 6-3, but Casey fought back to even things up, taking the second set 6-2. The third and deciding set was another hard battle, but finally ended with a 6-3 defeat for Casey.

The Mountaineers return to action for their first home opener next Saturday, Jan. 23, against Lees McRae. First serve is set for 9 a.m. at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (11-4, 6-4) erased an eight-point halftime deficit on its way to a 96-83 victory over Mars Hill (7-9, 3-7) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Stanford Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) led all scorers with 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists as the Bears outscored the Lions by a 58-37 margin in the second half to pick up the league road win.

Six players scored in double figures for the Lions – led by Tyree Griffin (Brevard, N.C.) with 19 points – but Mars Hill couldn’t hold a 46-38 lead entering intermission.

Senior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) added 18 points for Lenoir-Rhyne, who also connected on 24-of-35 free throw attempts and forced the Lions into 16 turnovers on the day.

With the score tied at 58-58 with 12 minutes left, Lenoir-Rhyne took control of the contest with 12 consecutive points. Senior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 13 points for the Bears, who shot 59 percent (20-of-34) in the second half.

Mars Hill’s Justin Yeargin (Oakland, Calif.) finished with 16 points and the Lions hit 15 three-pointers in the contest despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to play Coker at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Wednesday at 8pm.

Sunday, 17 January 2016 15:24

Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Wins on Senior Day

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams sent off the seniors on a high note with a victory over Catawba Saturday afternoon at the Shuford Physical Education Center.

The men’s squad for the Bears defeated the Indians by a 147-109 score while the Lenoir-Rhyne women prevailed, 129-125, over Catawba.

Three Bears – senior Leah Watts, a Fred T. Foard grad, junior Michael Reavis (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) – all won two events on the day.

Watts won the women’s 100-yard freestyle (55.88) and the women’s 400-yard individual medley (4:44.95) while Reavis prevailed in the men’s 100-yard butterfly (54.84) and the men’s 200-yard butterfly (1:59.75) events.

Finally, McRea placed first in both the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:57.33) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:09.47) for the Bears.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams next compete in the 2016 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships beginning on Wednesday, February 10, at the Rock Hill YMCA in Rock Hill, S.C.

NCAA Division II Swimming – Dual Meet
Catawba vs. Lenoir-Rhyne
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Hickory, N.C. – Shuford P.E. Center


WOMEN
Lenoir-Rhyne 129, Catawba 125


MEN
Lenoir-Rhyne 147, Catawba 109