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Thursday, 10 October 2019 09:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Falls at Chowan

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The Lenoir-Rhyne men's soccer team ended their five-game road trip with their first trip to Chowan in 11 years but it was all Hawks, as the Bears fell 4-0. The hosts struck first in the 21st minute then added three second half goals for the win. LR finished the road trip with a 2-3 record.

Chowan's Sam Hall got the scoring started in the 21st minute with his third goal of the year. In the second half, Chowan's Ardon Harrison and Danny Gallegos scored in a four minute span to expand the Hawks lead to 3-0. Chowan's Toby Sims scored on a header, off a free kick to make it 4-0 in the 71st minute. It was Chowan's first ever win over the Bears; Bears hold a 4-1 all-time series record and it was also the first goals ever scored by Chowan against the Bears.

Giovanni Dacosta, Andres Ruiz, and Victor Cascon each had a shot on goal for the Bears as LR outshot the Hawks, 10-7. This marks the Bears first time without a goal in back to back games since September of 2017.

The game combined for 27 fouls and 8 yellow cards.

The Bears are 5-5-1 on the season. L-R will return home to face Newberry at 5pm on Saturday in a key SAC matchup.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf team finished tied for sixth at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational Tournament shooting a 612 (+36). The Bears ended day one in a tie for second but slipped on day two with a 314.

Playing in a field that consisted of five other South Atlantic Conference programs, the Bears finished second amongst league foes. Queens led the SAC schools with a 601 team score.

Ainee O'Connor led the Bears, finishing tied for 13th place while shooting 70-79--149 (+5). O'Connor has been excellent so far this fall, never finishing worse than 13th place.

Beatriz Espelosin is right behind O'Connor sitting tied of 17th place shooting a 71-80--151 (+7). Megan Robb shot a 75-80--155 to round out the top three golfers for the Bears.

The Bears will be back in action Oct.21-22 at the Flagler Fall Slam.

LR Top 5
Ainee O'Connor - 70-79--149 (+5) T-13 place
Beatriz Espelosin - 71-80--151 (+7) T-17th place
Megan Robb - 75-80--155 (+11) T-40th place
Katie Sibley - 82-76--158 (+14) T-48th place
Patricia Asensio - 82-79--161 (+17) T-63rd place

The Lenoir-Rhyne men's golf team finished in 7th place at the State Farm Intercollegiate shooting a 900 (+36). LR polished off 54 holes in two days, moving up two spots from day one thanks to a final round 294 which was the Bears best round of the tournament.

Lincoln Memorial landed a first-place finish, leading the tournament with a score of 848 (-16). There are a total of seven South Atlantic Conference schools competing at this tournament.

Liam Waldron led the Bears, finishing tied for 9th shooting a 73-73-70--216 (E). Waldron birdied five holes in day two shooting his best round of the tournament. This marks Waldron's second top-10 finish on the season and the freshman from Scotland has three rounds of 70 or lower. His best round of the season was an impressive 65 at the UNG Fall Invitational last week.

Cole Sutherland finished behind Waldron, finishing tied for 34th shooting a 77-75-74--226 (+10).

LR returns to action Oct. 13-14 as they host the Donald Ross Intercollegiate.

LR Top 5
Liam Waldron - 216 T-9th place
Cole Sutherland- 226 T-34th place
Jack Alward - 229 T-39th place
Georg Hartmann- 234 T-48th place
Tyler Hashmi- 237 T-53th place

Appalachian State remained undefeated by showing its grit and putting together a timely, clock-consuming touchdown drive to cap a defensive slugfest.

In a nationally televised matchup of two of the nation's highest-scoring teams, the Mountaineers pulled out a 17-7 victory at Louisiana on Wednesday night.

App State (5-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) held a three-point lead when it regained possession at its 3-yard line with 12:06 remaining. Two fourth-down conversions prolonged a 19-play, 97-yard touchdown drive that took 10 minutes, 11 seconds off the clock.

Zac Thomas scored his second touchdown of the night when he high-stepped into the end zone to end a 7-yard keeper with 1:55 remaining, and the Mountaineers could begin celebrating when a fourth-down pass from the Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 1-1) fell incomplete in the final minute.

"That drive said a lot about our offense, and we owe it all to our defense," Thomas said. "They played lights-out, and we owed it to them for keeping us in the game. That was our payback to them for a great job that they did."

With Thomas' first 7-yard touchdown run giving App State an early lead and Chandler Staton's 40-yard field goal breaking a third-quarter tie, the Mountaineers held Louisiana more the 37 points below its scoring average.

The lengthy fourth-quarter drive continued thanks to Thomas' 4-yard strike to Thomas Hennigan on a fourth-and-4 pass from the UL 38. The Mountaineers then faced a fourth-and-5 situation from the Louisiana 25 with less than three minutes left, and Corey Sutton drew a penalty for pass interference near the end zone to extend the series.

"We're always going to attack success," App State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. "We're never going to fear failure. I knew if I put the ball in our best players' hands, we were going to get it done."

Offensively, Thomas rushed for 63 yards and completed 11 of his 17 passes for 147 yards. Darrynton Evans added 69 hard-earned yards on the ground as App State totaled 196 rushing yards, or 73 more than Louisiana, which was averaging 314.0 rushing yards per game entering the ESPN2 contest.

Senior linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither led App State's stingy defense with 10 tackles, including 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, and Noel Cook added eight stops. Defensive end Demetrius Taylor had a sack, a fourth-down stop on a goalline stand and a quarterback hurry to force a three-and-out.

"It was just flying around," Davis-Gaither said. "We hadn't done it enough all season until this game, just flying around and sending all 11 hats to the ball. I think it showed up."

A low-scoring first half included an opening-series sack from Taylor and a third-down hurry from Taylor to force a second punt. The Mountaineers began their second series at their own 5 and marched 95 yards in seven plays, highlighted by a 47-yard completion to Sutton into Louisiana territory and then a 27-yard scramble from Thomas.

Strong blocks from Sutton and tight end Collin Reed helped Thomas race around left end for a TD midway through the first quarter, and the score remained 7-0 until Louisiana quarterback Levi Lewis threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Nick Ralston with eight seconds left before halftime.

The goalline stand early in the second quarter had kept the Ragin' Cajuns off the scoreboard, as Jordon Earle and Trey Cobb limited Trey Ragas to a 1-yard gain on a third-and-goal carry from the 2. Louisiana went for the touchdown, but Taylor and Cook stopped Elijah Mitchell for no gain.

"We couldn't let them in," Taylor said. "Our emphasis on this week was to limit them to field goals in the red zone, because we tried to improve on that. It was just time to prove that we had been working."

Louisiana moved into field goal range early in the third quarter before George Blackstock blocked the 42-yard attempt, which was returned 11 yards to the App State 25 by Josh Thomas. True freshman Raykwon Anderson's 23-yard run on first down advanced the ball close to midfield, and Zac Thomas used his legs on consecutive third-down conversions to set up Staton's 40-yard kick.

The final touchdown drive was all about steady play-making and fourth-down confidence. When Thomas headed toward the end zone with no one around him, he was able to score in style.

"It doesn't get better than that," he said. "That's the best feeling in the world."

After an off Saturday, App State returns to action Oct. 19 with a homecoming game against ULM.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 3
McDowell: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Freedom: 0

Watauga: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 3
Hibriten: 0

Fred T. Foard: 3
Draughn: 0

West Iredell: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 8
McDowell: 0

Watauga: 3
South Caldwell: 2

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 9
Draughn: 0

Hibriten: 4
East Burke: 2

West Iredell: 4
Bunker Hill: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 7
Maiden: 3

Newton-Conover: 3
Lincolnton: 1

The 27th United Way Cross Country Invitational was held Wednesday at Southside Park in Newton. Nearly 800 runners competed in the five races and heard an inspirational message from Dave Clark, a polio victim who is the only person to pitch professional baseball on crutches (10 years).

Full results can be found at

Patton finished second in the men’s invitational, and St. Stephens won the men’s championship with a score of 58. Tyler Christensen of St. Stephens was the top runner in the men’s championship, finishing with a time of 16:35.

Appalachian State sophomore men's cross country runner Ryan Brown has been named Sun Belt Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.

It marks the first Sun Belt Runner of the Week honor in Brown's career.

At the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Brown led the Mountaineers across the finish line, placing 20th overall in a field of over 375 runners with a time of 24:15.0. His time also bettered his PR, set earlier this season at the Mountains to Sea Open, by two seconds.

The Mountaineers placed seventh of 41 teams at the meet, finishing ahead of SEC schools Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Mississippi State. App State also was the third highest finishing team in its region at the meet.

App State will send a group of runners to the Royals Challenge in Charlotte on Friday and compete at the HPU VertKlasse Open on Oct. 18 in its final race before the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2.

Catawba Valley Community College sophomore volleyball player Emma Clark continue setting milestones on Wednesday, becoming the first Red Hawk player to win two weekly honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in a single season.

The 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Boone, N.C. was named the NJCAA’s Division II Defensive Player of the Week — two weeks after she received the association’s Offensive Player of the Week honor.

“It’s crazy. I’m blessed for it,” Clark said. “I never expected it. It’s not what I’m trying to pursue. I just play the game. I guess this is just the outcome. I couldn’t without my team, my coaches and everyone that supports me.”

Last week, Clark once again dominated on the block, recording 29 blocks (1.70 per set) during the five matches played by the Red Hawks.

Catawba Valley went 4-1 during those matches, including knocking off previously unbeaten 12th-ranked Division I Wallace State during the team’s fifth annual Valley Invitational.

Clark’s approach last week and every week is a simple one.

“I just play the game. I do what I can,” she said. “I do my best. Everyone wants to do their best and everyone has their own part on the court. We all have our own jobs. We practice every day. We just grow to get better.”

Clark currently ranks 13th in the nation in blocks per set (1.21) and 32nd in total blocks (80).

She is only 27 blocks away from breaking the all-time career record at Catawba Valley for blocks, which is held by former Red Hawk and UNC Charlotte standout Anna Henderson, who registered 311 blocks during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Clark and the Red Hawks return to action on Thursday when they travel to play Chattanooga, Tenn. to play Chattanooga State Community College at 3 p.m.

Catawba Valley’s match against CSCC takes place before the Red Hawks make their way to Hanceville, Ala. for the Wallace State Fall Bash this weekend.

During the first day of the Fall Bash on Friday, CVCC plays Region 10 rival Spartanburg Methodist as well as Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.) before entering pool play on Saturday.

For the second time in his career, Kyle Dugger has been named National Special Teams Player of the Week. Dugger previously won on Oct. 11, 2018.

Dugger returned two punts for touchdowns in LR's 63-6 victory over UVA Wise. Dugger's returns spanned 68 and 67 yards and it marked the second time in his career he returned multiple punts for touchdowns, all going for more than 60 yards. With his second punt return for a touchdown, Dugger broke the team record for most career punt return yards with 924 yards. Dugger broke the record that was held by Michael Green since 2013. Green had 903 career punt return yards.

Dugger and the Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Tusculum.

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