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Day one of the 2019 Outdoor NCAA National Championships wrapped up Thursday and the first group of Bears performers have competed in their preliminary.

The 4x100-meter team consisting of All-American P.J. Lotharp as well as Kaynmon Maddox, Lucas Besong and Ja'Tay Culliver finished fifth in heat two and eleventh overall but failed to qualify with a time of 41.27.

This marks the first time under Head Coach Danny Williamson that the Bears took multiple athletes to the National Championship meet. The team holds the top time for the 4x100-meter relay in program history.

South Caldwell: 6
Mooresville: 3
The best of three series is tied 1-1. Game three is Friday night at Mooresville

Hickory: 14
Gastonia: 1

Rutherford County: 5
Caldwell County: 1

The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Lexington Legends 8-3 on Wednesday night. With the Crawdads' extra-inning win last night, the series is now tied at one game each.

For the second day in a row, the 'Dads put up two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Ornelas started the inning off with a single. Miguel Aparicio followed up with a triple to give the 'Dads their first run. Aparicio was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Terry.

The Legends responded with four runs in the top of the second to pull ahead 4-2. 'Dads starting pitcher Cole Winn, who was a first round draft pick last season, finished his night after getting just four outs, all strikeouts. He allowed one hit and walked three and was charged with all four runs.

Another pair of runs by the Legends in the third inning put the 'Dads behind 6-2.

The Crawdads got a run back in the sixth inning but still trailed the Legends. Terry and Sherten Apostel singled to get things going. Both advanced on a wild pitch before Gonzalez delivered an RBI single.

Lexington added two more runs in the eighth to take an 8-3 lead.

On the bases Matt Whatley swiped his thirteenth base of the season and Gonzalez stole his fourth. Whatley's thirteen steals are tied for sixth most in the South Atlantic League.

The series continues Thursday at 7pm with Thirsty Thursday. Discounted Pepsi products and draft beer will be available thanks to Sheetz and Focus News. It is also Thanksgiving in May and the evening will feature food themed on-fields and other salutes to the holiday.

For the second consecutive season, the Indian Trail, N.C. native, P.J. Lotharp will compete in the 2019 NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Kingsville, Texas at Javelina Stadium, but this year in the 200-meter dash. He will also lead the men's 4x100 meter team in search of a medal and an All-American finish.

The three-day event will see Lotharp participate in the prelims of his event on Friday, scheduled for a 5:50 p.m. race time and the finals set for Saturday, May 25 at 7:55 p.m.

The 4x100-meter team is comprised of Lotharp, Kaynmon Maddox, Ja'Tay Culliver, and Lucas Besong. Their preliminary race will take place on Thursday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. while the final is set for Saturday at 5:20 p.m.

Lotharp was the only Bear to compete in last year's championship, earning All-American status in the 60-meter dash.

Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:13

Lenoir-Rhyne's Dickinson Named All-American

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Junior midfielder Eric Dickinson has been named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-American. Dickinson scored a team-high 45 goals for the Bears and tied for the team lead with 64 points.

Dickinson was also named to the First Team All-South Atlantic Conference and is just seven goals shy of breaking the program's all-time goal scoring mark. Dickinson sits with 135 career goals after his junior season and has topped 40 goals in each of his first three years. Dickinson owns 187 career points which ranks third in program history, just 23 points shy of breaking that mark.

There are currently 316 colleges and universities classified as NCAA Division II and Lenoir-Rhyne ranks 18th among all those programs in community service as announced by the NCAA. Lenoir-Rhyne is the only South Atlantic Conference institution ranked inside the top 20.

As an athletic department, Lenoir-Rhyne completed 6,029 community service hours for the 2018-19 academic year and had 100% participation over the 22 sports at LR. The student-athletes at Lenoir-Rhyne had 289 total opportunities, touching 82 different organizations in the Hickory community. This marks the second straight year LR volunteered over 6,000 hours.

The Softball Team led all teams with 14 average volunteer hours per student-athlete, trailed by Men's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis and Cheerleading with 13 average hours per student-athlete. The Football Team led in total hours, volunteering for 960 hours over the course of the year.


1. Arkansas Tech
2. Georgian Court University
3. Georgia Southwestern
4. University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
5. Converse
6. Daemen
7. Emporia State
8. Texas Women's
9. Davis & Elkins
10. St. Cloud State
11. Wayne State
12. New York Institute of Technology
13. St. Thomas Aquinas
14. Molloy
15. Clayton State
16. Regis
17. Fresno Pacific
18. Lenoir-Rhyne
19. Mercy
20. Northern State
21. Midwestern State
22. Dominican University of California
23. Califorina State University, Monterey Bay
24. Coker
25. Roberts Wesleyan

A strong relief effort from Kaleb Bowman kept Louisiana at bay, giving Appalachian State baseball time to tie the game with a fifth-inning rally, but a two-run, non-reviewable double ruled inside the bag at first gave Louisiana the lead for good in the sixth inning of its 6-2 victory Tuesday night in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Conway, SC.

Making their first postseason appearance since joining the Sun Belt, the ninth-seeded Mountaineers ended the year with a 22-31 overall record and a program-best 13 wins against Sun Belt competition. Eighth-seeded Louisiana (28-29) advanced to the eight-team, double-elimination portion of the tournament and will face No. 2 seed Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Louisiana led 2-0 with one earned run after two innings even though it didn't record a hit until the fourth. Replacing starter Jason Cornatzer with two on and nobody out in the second inning, Bowman officially pitched four straight scoreless innings and struck out four batters heading into the sixth.

App State tied the game with a two-run fifth, as Robbie Young and Luke Allison led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Young advanced to third on Tyler Leek's flyball to right, and Allison moved up when the throw got away from the third baseman.

A pop-out to second preceded a passed ball that allowed Young to race home, and Luke Drumheller delivered an RBI single shortly thereafter.

Bowman tied his career high of 4.2 innings pitched. A flyout started the bottom of the sixth, and the next two batters reached on a single and walk. Both runners moved up on a dribbler to Bowman, who got the out at first, and App State intentionally walked top-of-the-order standout Hayden Cantrelle to load the bases. Hunter Kasuls pulled a ball past first to bring home two runs, and the play wasn't reviewable because the ball touched the ground before reaching the bag in the air.

Andrew Papp took over on the mound and struck out the next batter before retiring the side in order in the seventh. Louisiana added a pair of two-out runs in the eighth on an RBI double and outfield error.

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Lexington Legends 3-2 on Tuesday evening on a walk-off single in the 10th inning by Miguel Aparicio.

The 'Dads offense wasted no time putting a rally together, jumping ahead 2-0. Jonathan Ornelas and Miguel Aparicio both singled to lead off the bottom of the first. Both runners stole a base to put men on second and third. Sherten Apostel singled to left to bring Ornelas in to score. Melvin Novoa hit the inning's fourth single to score Aparicio.

The Legends tied the game up with a pair of runs off Crawdads starter Ronny Henriquez in the third inning. Henriquez finished the evening with four innings pitched, five strikeouts, no walks, three hits allowed and was charged with two earned runs.

The game remained tied through the tenth inning, when Miguel Aparicio delivered the game winning hit. Jose Almonte began the inning as the designated runner on second base. Frainyer Chavez dropped a bunt single to advance Almonte to third. The Legends intentionally walked Ornelas to load the bases. Aparicio stepped up to the plate and delivered a single to left to win the game for the 'Dads.

Tomorrow evening the series continues with Kids Win Wednesday. All kids 12 and under will get a free ticket, meal voucher, and a pass for the speed pitch, bounce house, and carousel thanks to NC Pediatric Dentistry. It is also Wine Wednesday which means Carolina Vines and Catawba Farms will be on the concourse for a wine sampling. The first pitch is at 6:30pm and gates open at 5:30pm.

Softball Regional Finals
Mooresville: 10
South Caldwell: 1
Spartans are down in this best of three series, 1-0. Game two is at South Caldwell on Wednesday.

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