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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half but stole a 100-91 overtime victory against Carson-Newman on Saturday evening. LR trailed by 10 points with 5:48 but forced an overtime period that saw the Bears shoot 5-of-9 in OT.

A game after having five players score in double figures in a win at No. 6 Queens, the balanced Bears had seven players score in double-digits in this one. LR was led by Djibril Diallo who totaled 17 points and Cory Thomas finished with a double-double, totaling 12 points and 11 rebounds.

For the second straight game, Darius Simmons provided a huge spark off the bench. Simmons went 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from beyond the arc for 13 points in just 12 minutes. Over his last two games, Simmons is 7-for-8 from the 3-point line.

R.J. Gunn and Mason Hawks each finished with 12 points and Jon Jean chipped in 11 points and six assists.

Carson-Newman was led by Mason Bates' 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting.

Second place Lincoln Memorial suffered their second straight loss tonight, falling to Queens. LMU and LR are in a tie for second place in the league standings, each sitting at 9-3 in the league.
LR swept the season series from the Eagles. Earlier this season, the Bears went to Jefferson City, Tenn. and handed C-N a 78-62 loss.

The Bears trailed by as many as 19 points today. A 3-pointer from the Eagles with 1:25 to go in the first half made the score 50-31. From that point on, LR outscored the visitors 69-41.

LR improves to 16-4 overall and 9-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R is back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Newberry for an 8 p.m. tipoff.

Tristian Shaver set a new school record in the pole vault to lead Appalachian State men's track & field at the unscored Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State on Friday and Saturday.

Shaver cleared 17-0.25 (5.20) to win the event and better the previous school record of 16-8.75, set by Todd Poremba in 1998. Shaver has now won the pole vault in all four meets the Mountaineers have competed in this season.

The 5,000-meter run saw Luke Bennett place second with a season-best time of 15:43.64 and Jabari Johnson was second in the 200-meter dash in a season-best 21.65 seconds. Johnson also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter dash, finishing eighth overall in 7.04 seconds.

The Black and Gold claimed two of the top-five spots in the high jump. Jordan Dale cleared 6-6.75 (2.00m) and Daniel Lauffenburger was fifth with a mark of 6-2.75 (1.90m).

Elliott Graves won his prelim in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.31 and captured his semifinal heat in 8.24 seconds. In the finals, he crossed in 8.35 seconds, to place fourth in the event.

In the 1-mile run, Dakota Mendenhall placed fifth in 4:18.44 and Jabari Johnson qualified for the finals in the 60-meter dash, where he finished eighth in 7.04 seconds.

The weight throw saw Peter Kenn place fifth with a mark of 53-1.75 (16.20m) and Zachary Weinstein finish right behind in sixth place with a PR toss of 53-0.75 (16.17m).

App State will compete again next weekend at the Darius Dixon Open hosted by Liberty. The event will be the final meet for the Mountaineers before the Sun Belt Championships on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 in Birmingham, Ala.

Phylissa Greeley and Hana Ratcliffe etched their name in the record books in the 1-mile run as Appalachian State women's track & field competed at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State on Friday and Saturday.

The meet was unscored.

Greeley won the 1-mile run in 4:57.33 and Ratcliffe crossed second in 4:59.07. Greeley's time now ranks sixth all-time in the event in program history, while Ratcliffe's time sits ninth. Izzy Evely also posted a top-five finish in the event, finishing fifth in a PR time of 5:09.50.

The women's DMR tandem of Samara Gibson, Casey Turro, Jenna Lineberry and Sarah Venable took first place in 13:12.09.

In the pole vault, Sofia San Miguel finished second with a season-best mark of 11-11.75 (3.55m) and K'Lynn Beal recorded a second place finish in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 38-6.00 (11.73m).

Ashley Muschiatti took second in the weight throw with a mark of 55-4.25 and also placed fourth in the shot put, covering 42-2.25 (12.86m).

In the 60-meter hurdles, Jelonnie Smith and Erin Morrison won their respective prelim heats in 7.86 seconds. The duo then placed fifth and sixth with times of 7.81 and 7.83, respectively in the semifinals. In the finals, Smith clocked a time of 7.84 seconds to finish fourth and Morrison crossed in 7.92 seconds to finish sixth.

Morrison also won her prelim heat in the 200-meter run in a PR time of 25.36 seconds and went on to finish second in the event in 25.50 seconds. Jessica Dixon also won her prelim heat in the 200-meter dash in 25.54 seconds and went on to finish third overall in 25.87 seconds.

Kayla Carson was fourth in the high jump, tying her season-best mark of 5-3.00 (1.60m) and Elisa Sargent placed fifth in the 800-meter run in a season-best 2:19.18.

Appalachian State will compete next weekend at the Darius Dixon Open hosted by Liberty. The meet will be the final tuneup for the Mountaineers before the Sun Belt Championships, which will take place on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 in Birmingham, Ala.

Sunday, 03 February 2019 06:37

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Picks Up First Win of Season

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Thanks to an outstanding outing on the mound from Paul Hall and an efficient day at the plate the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team managed to respond from a loss yesterday with a 5-1 victory today to even the series against the Rollins College Tars on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears responded well to Friday night's shutout with 12 hits Saturday and had five runs to show for it. Grant Fuller, Clayton Jeffries and Matthew Freeman had multi-hit efforts and newcomer E.J. Ranel led the road team with three runs batted in.

Rollins was able to get five batters with at least one base knock, but the only Tars hitter to get multiple hits was the second baseman, Sam LaFontaine.

Lenoir-Rhyne was dominant on the mound as a whole. The Virginia Tech transfer, Paul Hall, got the starting nod for the Bears and shined, earning a win in his first career appearance. The Norfolk, Va. native worked 5.0 innings with six strikeouts and only giving up four hits. Nolan Flachofsky earned a four-inning save, giving up one run on two hits while fanning three batters.

The Tars sent out the 6-6 RHP Drew Daczkowski to start on the mound, but he absorbed the loss as he gave up two runs on four hits while striking out seven in his 4.0 innings of work.

The Bears left 10 runners on base while Rollins stranded six.

First baseman Alex Reynolds is the only player to have a hit in each of the first two games. He went 1-for-3 in the series opener.

The Bears are 1-1 on the season. The deciding game of the series between the Bears and Tars is set for noon on Sunday.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (11-9, 5-4 SBC) bounced back in a big way with a wire-to-wire 80-58 win over ULM (7-13, 1-8 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

It was a balanced scoring effort for the Apps, who saw four players score in double figures. All 11 Mountaineers who got into the game earned their way into the scoring column.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C/Bandys) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) each scored a game-high 16 points. Plummer corralled a game-best 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and shot 7-of-13 from the floor en route to tying a season high in points. In addition, the junior blocked three shots.

Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) ended her scoring slump of six straight games without scoring in double figures by dropping an efficient 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and four off the glass. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) rounded out the leaders with 10 points and a pair of 3-pointers. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) came off the bench to lead the team with four assists to just one turnover in 15 minutes.

Appalachian wasted no time in getting off to a strong start. The Apps jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 5:10 of the game. Later in the frame, Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) hit a pair of trifectas within a 1:26 span that extended the lead to 11, 17-6. Five straight points by Story ended the period, leading to a 22-8 edge at the end of the first. App dominated on both ends of the floor, as it held ULM to just 30.8 percent from the field in the period.

The Mountaineers kept their foot on the pedal in the second period by eventually ballooning their edge to as much as 17 with under a minute left in the half. ULM closed the gap to 37-26 with 3:03 left in the half before Appalachian ended the stanza on a 6-0 spurt for the 43-26 lead.

Coming out of the second half, Polacek scored five of the first seven points for App. The trifecta and jumper moments later gave the visitors a 50-32 cushion. ULM wouldn't come within less than 14 points the rest of the way. Appalachian's largest lead came in the final minute of the game when Haile McDonald muscled her way for an offensive rebound and finished with a putback. The freshman scored her first collegiate points after rehabbing through an ACL injury she suffered before arriving to App.

Following a 9-for-20 performance from the line on Thursday, the Apps improved at the charity stripe with a 16-of-20 showing. The Mountaineers also dominated inside the paint tying a season high with 46 points.

Appalachian returns home on Thursday at noon against Texas State for Education Day.

"This was a great bounce-back win. To come back from the loss on Thursday, then come back and put on the performance we did, it shows a sign of growth." - Head coach Angel Elderkin

- Plummer is now tied for seventh all-time in career rebounds with 757. She is tied with Jamie Gagliano (1997-01).
- The 22-point win on the road is the largest win away from the Holmes Center since a 23-point win at Radford (83-60) during the 2013-14 season.
- The 1.16 points per possession is a season high.
- Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) led the team in plus/minus at plus-21. The sophomore scored six points, grabbed six boards and tied a career high with three assists.
- App State is now 10-0 when allowing fewer than 70 points.
- The Mountaineers' nine turnovers ties a season low.
- Wilson is now 9-for-11 from beyond the arc at ULM in two games.

Senior Kendall Toineeta scored a season-high 26 points, but the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team fell at home in South Atlantic Conference action to the Carson-Newman Eagles, 89-81, on Saturday afternoon.

Toineeta finished with a season-high 26 points and went 5-for-10 from three point land. The senior has topped the 20-point mark three times this season.

Madi Suddreth posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Madeline Hardy was just shy of recording a double-double with 15 points and nine boards.

Kennedy Weigt put in 17 points for the Bears and went 6-for-15 from the floor and 5-for-14 from long range.

Harris Price led the Eagles with 44 points on 16-of-26 shooting. The Eagles shot 46.4 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from long range.

With her five 3-pointers made today, Weight has now hit multiple threes in seven straight games.

With her seven assists recorded today, Toineeta leads the South Atlantic Conference averaging 5.3 assists-per-game.

The Bears fall to 10-10 overall, 5-7 in South Atlantic Conference play. L-R will travel to Newberry on Wednesday.

Sunday, 03 February 2019 06:31

App State Men's Basketball Wins Third Straight

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Justin Forrest poured in a season-high 32 points and Hunter Seacat had a key block in the closing seconds as Appalachian State men's basketball recorded a thrilling 85-84 victory over ULM on Saturday afternoon.

Late in the contest, a pair of free throws from Isaac Johnson with 1:21 remaining allowed the Mountaineers (8-14, 3-6 SBC) to open an 85-82 lead. The Warhawks (11-10, 4-5 SBC) answered with a basket on their ensuing possession to cut the App State lead to 85-84. The Black and Gold came up empty on its next possession, but got a stop on ULM's next possession. Off the miss, Seacat grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 11 seconds left to play.

He stepped to the line to shoot a one-and-one and missed the front end. ULM pulled down the rebound and Michael Ertel drove the lane and had his shot blocked by Seacat. The Warhawks' JD Williams grabbed the loose ball and put up an off balance jumper that was no good. ULM could not get off another as shot as the buzzer sounded to give the Mountaineers the thrilling win.

The Warhawks opened an early 11-3 lead, before the Mountaineers jumped in front 19-17, getting 13 points from Forrest in the process. The score would be tied seven more times the rest of the half, before a late 6-0 run by the Mountaineers gave them a 46-40 lead at the intermission.

The second half saw the Black and Gold open its largest lead of the contest at 59-46 with 16:26 remaining on a three-pointer from Adrian Delph. ULM stormed back with a 18-5 run to tie the score at 64-64. From there, the score would be tied five times and change hands two more times, before Seacat's late rejection preserved the Mountaineer win.

Forrest scored 22 of his 32 points in the first half and finished the game 11-of-18 (61.1. percent) from the field and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from deep. It marks the third 30-point game of his career, joining a 32-point contest versus Iowa State and a career-high 36-point output at James Madison last season.

Isaac Johnson added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Ronshad Shabazz had 12 points and five assists and Delph tallied 11 points, including a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) clip from deep.

Off the bench, Tyrell Johnson reached double figures for the third time in his last four games with 11 points.

Ertel led the Warhawks with 26 points and Williams chipped in with 23.

App State shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the field and 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from deep. The 14 made threes are tied for the second most in a game this season, while the Mountaineers' shooting percentage and three-point percentage are their second highest on the year.

Appalachian State offensive assistant Ken Dorsey is leaving the Mountaineers to become an NFL quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.

“I’m thankful for Ken’s hard work in his brief time at Appalachian State,” Mountaineers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. “Like with our players, anytime you have the opportunity to further your career at the highest level of football, we always encourage that. We are dedicated the hiring the best and brightest coaches to mentor our young men. We wish Ken and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

Dorsey was hired by Drinkwitz on Dec. 23, 2018, and has spent the last five weeks recruiting and assisting with the Mountaineers’ offensive plans.

Before serving one year on the administrative staff with the Florida International football program in 2018, Dorsey spent five years as quarterbacks coach of the Carolina Panthers from 2013-17. He played six NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns from 2003-08 and was a national championship winner and Heisman Trophy finalist with the Miami Hurricanes.

Saturday, 02 February 2019 05:44

High School Basketball Results From Friday, 2/1/19

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Girls basketball:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 59
South Caldwell: 33

Alexander Central: 48
St. Stephens: 34

Freedom: 64
West Caldwell: 21

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 76
West Iredell: 47

East Burke: 63
Hibriten: 19

Fred T. Foard: 67
Draughn: 50

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lincolnton: 44
Bandys: 37

Maiden: 41
Lake Norman Charter: 35

Newton-Conover: 70
West Lincoln: 35

Boys basketball:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 75
South Caldwell: 43

Alexander Central: 62
St. Stephens: 51

Freedom: 93
West Caldwell: 65

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 68
West Iredell: 60

Draughn: 85
Fred T. Foard: 54

Hibriten: 49
East Burke: 29

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lincolnton: 83
Bandys: 76

Maiden: 78
Lake Norman Charter: 69

Newton-Conover: 57
West Lincoln: 41

Saturday, 02 February 2019 05:41

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Drops Season Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team traveled down to the sunshine state to open the 2019 campaign for a three-game series against the Rollins College Tars, but lost the season opener in nonconference play, 5-0.

Getting the starting nod for Rollins was Cameron Enck and his impressive outing included 16-straight batters retired and a perfect five-straight innings as he got the win on the mound with seven strikeouts and just one hit given up on the night in 7.0 innings of work.

Jake Conroy gave up two runs and two hits while striking out three and walking one as he took the loss in his first start for the Bears. Hunter Martin put in 2.0 innings of work in relief and Brett Fulk worked the final frame.

The Bears were limited at the plate, just getting three hits all night, two in the eighth inning alone. LR stranded two in the eighth in what proved to be a momentum breaker for the road team. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with no runs on three hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.

The Tars were led by Jared Herron, who hit the two-run bomb over the center field wall in a 1-for-2 day, to take the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Rollins finished at the plate with a line of five runs on five hits and three walks to go along with seven strikeouts.

The Bears have opened on the road every season since they hosted North Greenville on Feb. 1, 2014.

Lenoir-Rhyne was shutout for the first time since falling to Carson-Newman, 5-0, on April 14, 2018.

The Bears look to tie the three game series as it resumes Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

Appalachian State Softball's Jenny Dodd was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt team, the conference announced on Friday. Dodd is the first Mountaineer to earn preseason Sun Belt honors since the program joined the league in 2014.

This honor comes after a breakout junior year for Dodd as a 2018 second-team All-Sun Belt selection. With 45 starts in 47 appearances, she led the Mountaineers in six offensive categories, including batting average (.345), home runs (nine), slugging percentage (.622), walks (38) and on-base percentage (.521).

Dodd was consistently in the top 10 in the conference each week for batting average and on-base percentage during the 2018 season. Her campaign was highlighted by a doubleheader against Tennessee Tech with three total home runs on the day. She also pushed the Mountaineers to a conference victory against ULM with a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

2019 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Jr., P, Lafayette, La.) 1
Annie Willis, Troy (So., P, Huntsville, Ala.) 1
Lexie Comeaux, Louisiana (Sr., C, Tomball, Texas)
Reagan Wright, UTA (Jr., C, Mansfield, Texas) 1
Haleigh Davis, Texas State (Jr., C, Houston, Texas) 2
Hailey MacKay, Texas State (Jr., 1B, Leander, Texas) 1
Katie Webb, Troy (Jr., 1B, Salem, Ala.) 2
Kristin Hawkins, Georgia State (RSr., 2B, Dacula, Ga.)
Kara Gremillion, Louisiana (Sr., 3B, Gonzales, La.) 1
Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Jr., SS, Cypress, Texas)* 1
Jayden Mount, ULM (Jr., SS, Longview, Texas) 2
Courtney Dean, Coastal Carolina (So., OF, Indian Trail, N.C.) 1
Sydney McKay, ULM (Sr., OF, Pearland, Texas) 1
Laura Curry, UTA (Sr., OF, Temecula, Calif.) 1
Jenny Dodd, Appalachian State (Sr., DP/C, Mocksville, N.C.) 2

Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year
Alissa Dalton, Louisiana (Jr., SS, Cypress, Texas)* 1

Sun Belt Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Summer Ellyson, Louisiana (Jr., P, Lafayette, La.)1

1 2018 First Team All-Sun Belt selection
2 2018 Second Team All-Sun Belt selection
* 2018 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year

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