For the second straight day, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (2-2) split its two games Saturday at the Gulf Coast Invitational at the Sportsplex. LR beat Shorter by a 7-2 score before falling to No. 7 North Georgia, 5-2.
Against Shorter, Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) hit a two-run home run while junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) (1-1) went the distance and picked up the complete game victory. Kenley struck out eight batters and held a shutout through the final inning.
For Shorter, Tiffany Holland (Chickamauga, Ga.) drove in both runs – unearned – in the bottom of the seventh while Hannah Draper (Trinity, Ala.) (0-1) took the setback.
In the game with North Georgia, the Nighthawks’ broke a two-all tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning highlighted by Sydney Sprague’s (Columbus, Ga.) game-winning solo home run, her second of the contest.
Boone (two hits, run-scoring single) once again led the Bears’ offense. Junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss for the Bears. Parks struck out three and went the distance.
Lenoir-Rhyne went 1-1 over the weekend against ranked teams (the Bears defeated No. 11 Lee on Friday).
Appalachian State University men's tennis (4-2) suffered a narrow 4-3 setback to Presbyterian (3-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Tennis Courts.
App State would sweep the doubles portion, but the Blue Hose won four of the six singles matches to grab the win, which snapped App's four-game win streak.
The Mountaineers got the start they wanted in doubles action to pick up a 1-0 lead. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) improved 4-1 and won their fourth straight doubles match with a 6-4 triumph over Jaime Castillo-Lopez/Daniel Stenger. In the following finish, Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) toughed out a 6-3 win to claim the doubles point over Alexander Lykou/Brandon Mills. The No. 1 pairing is now 4-0 on the year while boasting a 13-3 record as partners since last season. Appalachian has dominated the doubles circuit this season with a 13-3 record.
Pavkovich suffered his first setback of the season in singles play in the first finished match when he fell to Castillo-Lopez, 6-1, 6-3, which tied up the contest at 1-all. The hosts claimed a 2-1 lead when Bargeron suffered a 6-3, 6-0 setback to Alejandro Bejar. Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) won his third singles affair in a row at a pivotal moment to tie up the contest, 2-2, when he defeated Luis Conde as the No. 6 in the lineup. PC took a 3-2 lead when Ben fell to Brandon Mills, 6-1, 6-3. Scott tied up the match at 3-3 over Lykou, 6-4, 6-4, for his third win in a row.
However, the Blue Hose captured the win when Daniel Stenger won his match over Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton). The redshirt junior suffered a 6-0 loss in the first frame but gave Stenger all he could handle in the final stanza, 7-5.
Appalachian will look to bounce back when it faces Eastern Kentucky next Saturday at 1 p.m.
Senior Chelsey Hargrave (McCleansville, N.C./Williams) was named Most Outstanding Field Athlete to lead the Appalachian State women's track & field team at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State on Friday and Saturday.
Hargrave captured the long jump at the meet with a leap of 19-4.75. Her mark was five feet farther than the next closest jump in the event. Also in the long jump, junior K'Lynn Beal (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) finished fifth with a mark of 18-6.00 and junior Ila Mumford (Rural Park, N.C./Parkland) was seventh with a distance of 18-5.00. Beal also recorded a sixth place finish in the triple jump, covering 37-11.50.
Senior Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) won the 3,000-meter run in a season-best 10:14.75. Freshman Sarah Hajnos (Apex, N.C./Apex) was sixth in the event in 10:34.54 and sophomore Megan Scannell (Nottingham, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Academy) crossed the finish line in seventh place in 10:38.44. Both times also represent new season-bests.
Sophomore LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenberg) captured the 60-meter dash in 7.60 seconds.
Senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) was second in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.00 and junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) placed third in the pole vault, clearing 11-1.75.
Junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) was second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds
In the 5,000-meter run, freshman Samantha Kolor (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) finished fourth in a PR time of 18:18.07, junior Ann Sekutowski (Waukesha, Wis./Kettle Moraine) was fifth in 18:54.99 and sophomore Natalie Richardson (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) was sixth in 19:51.26.
Junior Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) was fourth in the 1-mile run in 5:15.68 and freshman Annika Merkh (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddon Township) was sixth in a PR time of 5:23.83.
Freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) was fourth in the 200-meter dash in a PR time of 25.27 seconds and junior Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) finished fifth in the 800-meter run in PR time of 2:18.78.
The Appalachian State men's track & field team participated in the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday, hosted by East Tennessee State.
Junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) led the Mountaineers, capturing the pole vault with a new PR height of 16-4.75.
Sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) finished second in the long jump with a leap of 23-11.75.
In the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Michael Flanagan (Landenburg, Pa./Tatnall School) crossed the finish line second in 8:49.55. Freshman Ben Cignarale(Greer, S.C./Riverside) finished right behind in third place in 8:51.15.
In the high jump, senior Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) cleared 6-4.75, which is a new PR and was third overall. Sophomore Daniel Lauffenburger (Wintson-Salem, N.C./Forsyth Country Day) was sixth in the event, with a height of 6-2.75.
Sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherford, N.C./Polk County) recorded a fifth place finish in 1:57.57 in the 800-meter run and sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) was fifth in the 400-meter dish 49.35 seconds.
Also competing on the day for the Black and Gold was senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge). Hastings competed at the Camel City Invitational in the Elite 800-meters and finished sixth with a time of 1:52.13.
App State will now set its sights on the VMI Invitational, which will take place on February 9 and 10.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (12-11, 6-9) was held under 50 points for the second straight home contest as No. 5 Carson-Newman (22-1, 14-1) downed the Bears, 73-48, on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in a South Atlantic Conference game.
The scoring for the Bears was limited as sophomore forward Jackie Denny (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) set a season-high in points (a team-high 12) and minutes played (24). Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) hit a pair of treys and totaled six points as well.
The Eagles were led by Kayla Marosites (Elizabethton, Tenn.), who earned herself a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Three other players scored in double digits for Carson-Newman as well: Mika Wester (Newport, Tenn.) with 17 points, Haris Price (Gatlinburg, Tenn.) with 15 points and Briana Smith (Nashville, Tenn.) with 12 points.
The Eagles held the Bears scoreless for a seven-minute stretch in the third quarter and broke the contest open by outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne by a 24-9 margin in the frame.
Carson-Newman took advantage of Lenoir-Rhyne turnovers, scoring 24 points off of Bears’ miscues. However, Lenoir-Rhyne did hold a 26-22 advantage in the paint and a 28-8 edge off the bench despite the loss.
The Eagles – with just one setback this year – ran their winning streak to six games and remained in sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne prepares to hit the road as it travels to Catawba for a 6:00 p.m., league game on Wednesday, February 7, in Salisbury, N.C.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (3-2) got back on the winning track with a 5-2 triumph over Charlotte (2-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers handed the 49ers their first loss of the season by capturing two out of three doubles matches and four of six singles contests. Singles was about as close you could ask for with three affairs that were decided in three sets.
"A great week of practice let to this great team victory," head coach Blake Mosley mentioned after the triumph. "I'm very proud of the way we fought and stayed true to our identities when we faced adversity. Credit to Charlotte for a tough battle to the end."
App State started off the afternoon on the right foot with Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) coming away with a 6-3 triumph over Sasha Lee/Rocio Safont as the No. 3 duo. Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Wedington)/María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) gave App the 1-0 lead going into singles when the pairing dealt Tai Martin/Immie Cooper a 6-4 loss as the No. 1 tandem.
The momentum rolled straight over to singles play where the Apps captured the first three finished matches to earn the win.
Continuing the solid day for the Apps was Machado, who defeated Megan Smith in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) to give App a 2-0 lead. Zacarias ended her day on a high note with another solid victory as she defeated Martin playing the No. 1 in the lineup in a straight-set win, 6-1, 6-4.
Sevo clinched the match in straight sets but needed a tiebreaking first stanza 7-6 (7-5), followed by capturing the 6-3 win in the final frame over Lee in a matchup between the No. 2s. Both of Charlotte's points had to go to three sets where Swope fell to Pierina Imparato, 6-1, 4-6, 3-6, while Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) came back to push a match-deciding third frame, but lost to Zoe Radojicic, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) successfully earned a third singles win in a hard-earned three-set victory over Safont, 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. The junior won the first frame before Safont forced a third stanza followed by Bygrave taking the contest back over.
The Appalachian State men's basketball team held Texas State to just 32.1 percent (9-of-28) shooting in the second half in a 59-56 road victory on Saturday.
A jumper by Shelby Adams of Texas State (14-11, 7-5 SBC) put the Bobcats in front 54-53. From there, the Mountaineers (10-15, 5-7 SBC) would not allow Texas State to make another field goal for the remaining 4:32 of the game.
The Black and Gold would jump in front 55-54 with 4:01 to play on a jumper from freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy), only to see the Bobcats tie the game with 2:44 to go on a free throw from Eric Terry.
The Mountaineers would jump back in front 56-55 with 2:28 to go on a freebie from senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth). But the Bobcats were able to draw a foul a minute later and got a free throw from Nijal Pearson to tie the game at 56-56 with 1:13 to go.
From there, the Mountaineers would get one free throw from Forrest and one free throw from junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) to build a 58-56 advantage with 13 seconds left.
The Mountaineers dug in and forced a tough jumper from Pearson with six seconds remaining. Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) was fouled battling for the rebound and drained a free throw to give App State a 59-56 edge with 2.6 seconds left in the game.
Texas State would get a look from the right corner to tie the game at the buzzer, but Tyler Blount's attempt was no good giving the Mountaineers the win.
In the first half, the Mountaineers used an early 7-0 run to take a 12-8 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the opening stanza.
The Black and Gold would build a seven-point lead at 25-18, only to see Texas State close the half on a 10-2 run to take a 28-27 advantage into the locker room.
Kinney paced the Mountaineers with game-highs of 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting (85.7 percent), and seven rebounds. Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) chipped in with 15 points and two assists.
Pearson led Texas State with 14 points, while Blount added 10 points.
Overall, the Mountaineers held the Bobcats to 19-of-46 (41.3 percent) shooting. The Black and Gold went 22-of-48 (45.8 percent) from the field. The Apps also held a 32-26 advantage in the rebounding battle.
App State will be back at it on February 10, playing their third consecutive road game at 3:30 p.m. at Coastal Carolina.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (9-12, 7-8) came out fast and furious but eventually fell in overtime to Carson-Newman (19-4, 11-4), 89-79, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guards Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) and Cory Thomas (Louisville, Ky.) combined for 40 points in the setback. Diallo totaled 18 points while Thomas led the Bears with 22 points and hit the game-tying lay-up as time expired in the second half to force overtime.
Carson-Newman, which rallied from a 27-11 deficit to start the game, was led by All-American Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) with a game-high 24 points, five assists and four rebounds. Clark also hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts.
The Eagles took control in the overtime – scoring 20 points – in sweeping the season series from the Bears and keeping a tight grip on third place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with 10 points and increased his career total to 1,067 while moving up to 43rd on the Bears’ all-time list.
Carson-Newman also had four players in double figures and held a 45-31 edge in rebounding for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces long-time rival Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., in a league game
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (1-0), ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division II, opened the 2018 season with an 18-7 victory over Young Harris (0-1) Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) led all scorers with four goals while freshman attacker Myles Moffat (Airdie, Alberta, CANADA) and senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added two goals and two assists each for the Bears.
LR took control early – 7-1 at the 8:37 mark of the second period – on its way to the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 51-22 edge in shots taken and a 26-17 advantage in ground balls in the win.
Young Harris was led by Bruce Silk (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Matty Ledon (Duluth, Ga.) with two goals each in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) played the first half and finished with four saves while picking up the win. Young Harris’ Sean Dever (Marietta, Ga.) suffered the loss in goal while making 12 stops.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 3-0 all-time against Young Harris.
Lenoir-Rhyne next faces the defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Limestone on Saturday, February 10, in Gaffney, S.C., at Noon.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-17, 4-8 SBC) suffered a 92-50 loss to Texas State (16-7, 9-3 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum.
Anna Perez Gomez (Canet de Mar, Spain/Eastern Wyoming) scored a personal-high 12 points with four off the glass while playing a career-high 22 minutes and shooting 5-of-9 from the field. Gomez was aggressive getting to the rim as four of her five field goals were layups. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) scored 10 points for her ninth game of the season in double figures and added a team-high five assists. It's the second game of the season for Mathews where she posted at least 10 points and five helpers.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points, seven of which were from the charity stripe. Gosnell hit a personal-high seven free throws going 7-of-10 from the line. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the Black and Gold with nine rebounds.
The Mountaineers started off hot hitting five of their first seven shots over the first 4:57 of the game after Mathews hit a 3-pointer to give App an 11-10 lead. However, the Apps went cold from the floor as it scored just two points over the final 6:03 of the opening frame, which led to a 24-13 lead for the hosts.
Appalachian improved on defense in the second quarter holding Texas State to 15 points but couldn't get any momentum going on the other end to close the gap. Texas State wouldn't look back the rest of the way, picking up a fourth straight win.
Four players scored in double figures for TXST with Toshua Leavitt recording 19 points. App made it hard for the Bobcats' leading scorer to find her buckets, as she shot just 6-of-17.
App will look to bounce back next Saturday against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team suffered a 100-78 conference defeat at the hands of 20th-ranked Bryant & Stratton College (Va.) on Saturday afternoon at the Tarlton Complex.
Sophomore Myles Williams (Morganton, N.C.) paced the Red Hawks (9-13, 4-9 in Region X), scoring 20 points, while Marcus Talley (Charlotte, N.C.) added 14 points in the contest.
Steve Ruszala (Waxhaw, N.C.) also reached double figures in scoring for Catawba Valley with 10 points.
The Bobcats (15-6, 11-3 in Region X) took a 29-11 lead midway through the first half of Saturday’s game, but the Red Hawks whittled away that deficit, outscoring the road team 19-10 in the final six minutes of the half.
However, Bryant & Stratton still held a 52-37 advantage at the halftime break.
CVCC trailed by as little as 12 points in the second half, but the visitors proved to be too much, growing their advantage en route to the road victory.
Gerrard Simpkins, Daryus Evans and Caleb Miles each scored 19 points to lead Bryant & Stratton.
The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Patrick Henry Community College. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.
The 18th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team reached the century mark for the second time this season on Saturday, defeating Clinton Junior College 100-56 at the Tarlton Complex.
Sophomore guard Shaniya Lester (Charlotte, N.C.) scored 20 or more points for the fourth-straight game, notching 21 points in the victory for the Red Hawks, who improve to 14-4 overall and 9-1 in Region X play.
CVCC freshman post player Zharia Brown added 19 points — setting a new career high in scoring — and four other Red Hawks reached double figures, including Nikkyana McCaskill (14 points), Tanisha Wall (13 points), Joyous Wilson (12 points) and Jada Reid (12 points).
After gaining a 29-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, Catawba Valley started the second quarter on a 14-0 run to distant itself from the Golden Bears (5-10, 5-7 in Region X) for good in the contest.
Jada Reid's lay up with 38.3 seconds left in the game puts the Red Hawks over the century mark for the second time this season and for the first time since a season-opening 112-30 victory against the North Greenville JV squad.
Tanaja Steveson led Clinton with 25 points in Saturday’s game.
The CVCC women’s basketball team returns to action on Thursday with a road game against Patrick Henry Community College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (1-0) opened the 2018 campaign with a 3-2 victory Friday over Barton (0-2) at the Carolinas Hospital System Classic at Sparrow Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after pitching six innings while giving up just two runs in addition to nine strikeouts.
LR senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to register the save and redshirt freshman third baseman Will Jones (Clayton, N.C.) hit a two-run triple in the third inning to give the Bears just enough offense to take the win.
Barton’s Noah Almond (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with a pair of hits and an RBI while Dylan Ward (Laurinburg, N.C.) fell to 0-1 after being tagged with the loss. Ward allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (1-1) opened the 2018 season by splitting its first two games at the Gulf Coast Invitational Friday at the SportsPlex. LR fell to West Alabama by a 6-2 score before rallying to down No. 11 Lee, 3-2, in eight innings.
West Alabama 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
The Lions' Audrey Diekmann (Niceville, Fla.) hit two doubles and drove in two runs to lead West Alabama to the victory. The Bears committed a pair of errors which also led to two Lions unearned runs in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to avoid the shutout. Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and senior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) both drove in runs for the Bears while junior Emily Kenley (Lincolnton, N.C.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
West Alabama's Andrea Edmonds (Surginer, Ala.) (1-0) pitched four scoreless innings while striking out four batters in earning the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne 3, Lee 2 (eight innings)
The Bears, ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II, scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to prevail over the eleventh-ranked Flames.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Cassie Healy (Apex, N.C.) drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh frame with two outs to force extra innings before freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) hit the game-winning, RBI single in the top of the eighth.
Moorefield finished with a pair of hits while junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) (1-0) went the distance and struck out 11 batters for the win. Lee's Shonna Penney (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) (0-1) took the loss and Stevie Baird (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) drove in both runs for the Flames.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 63
West Iredell: 48
Fred T. Foard: 59
East Burke: 69
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 40
South Caldwell: 31
St. Stephens: 59
West Caldwell: 30
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 17
East Lincoln: 58
North Lincoln: 50
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 61
West Iredell: 48
Fred T. Foard: 54
East Burke: 52
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 48
South Caldwell: 63
West Caldwell: 60
St. Stephens: 55
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 52
East Lincoln: 51
North Lincoln: 39