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Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:49

App State Women's Tennis Swept by Old Dominion

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The Appalachian State women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss on the road in Norfolk against Old Dominion.

After playing in Greenville, N.C. on Saturday, the Apps fell in each of the doubles matches and were unable to pick up a point in singles play.

At No. 1 doubles, Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) fell to Holly Hutchinson and Nataliia Vlasova 6-1. Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, NC / Hoggard) dropped the No. 2 doubles match to Ingrid Vojcinakova and Natalya Malenko, 6-0.

No. 3 doubles featured Marisa Anthony (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) and Remi Andre (Atlanta, GA / Greater Atlanta Christian School), who played together for the first time in the spring season, came up short against Borislava Botusharova and Marijana Novakovic, 6-1.

Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) played the No. 1 spot for the Mountaineers and fell to Hutchinson, 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 2 singles, Wreder took Vojcinakova into the tiebreaker in the second set, but was unable to come away with a win and was defeated, 6-0, 7-6.

Swope was able to keep the match close by also taking her second into the tiebreaker, but Eliska Petrackova came away with the point for the Monarchs, 6-3, 7-6.

The No. 4 player for the Apps, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela), fell to Malenko, 3-6, 6-3.

No. 5 singles featured Anthony and Raskovic with Raskovic outlasting Anthony 6-4, 6-2.

Andre competed for the first time this spring in singles play for the Apps, but fell to Novakovic 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6.

The Apps look to rebound against Radford next Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

In a see-saw affair that saw the overall lead change hands three times on the afternoon, Newton-Conover held off Carrboro 32-28 to win the 2A Dual Team Wrestling Championship for the third time in school history.

Newton-Conover held a one-point advantage heading into the final bout of the dual. Joshua Nichols won a hard fought 7-4 decision over David Veltri to seal the victory for the Red Devils in the 152-pound bout to close out the dual. Nichols was named the match M.V.P. for his clutch performance.

Mitch Glover (106) and Jayden Kimsey (120) won by pin for Newton-Conover. Glover took care of Louise Monnet in just 39 seconds while Kimsey dispatched A.J. Jackson in 1 minute, 23 seconds.

Carrboro finished the dual season at 10-3 and claimed the school’s first Eastern Regional Dual Team Championship. Newton-Conover finished at 43-1 in duals this season, claiming the school’s sixth Western Regional Championship in dual team and the Red Devils fourth dual team championship and their second straight.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball withstood 33 total fouls and four foul outs and posted three scorers in double digits, but fell to Arkansas State by one point on Saturday night, 79-78.

The Mountaineers (6-15, 1-9 Sun Belt) led for 26:39 of the contest with Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) leading the way with 19 points. Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with 16, while Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI), who earned his first career start, notched his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Black and Gold took a 39-37 lead into halftime over the Red Wolves (17-6, 8-2 Sun Belt), but would be outscored 42-39 in the second period to fall narrowly by one point.

With 6:30 left in the game, two free throws from Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) would put the Mountaineers up 64-58, but the Red Wolves got a three from Rashad Lindsey and a three-point play from Devin Carter to tie the game at 64-64 in just under one minute of game time.

App State would gain the lead two more times on a jumper from Shabazz and free throws from Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School), but a three-point play from the Red Wolves’ Carter would give A-State a lead they would not relinquish despite Appalachian’s best efforts.

Down 75-69, Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross), would come off the bench and knock down a corner three immediately to cut the deficit to three. Then again, down 77-75, Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) would bang home a three only to do it again down 79-75, but with one second left there was not enough time for the Mountaineers.

Appalachian will head to Little Rock for a Monday night showdown with the Trojans. Tip time is set for 9:05 p.m. ET.

Notes: Craig Hinton notched his first career double-double in his first career start … Hinton tied his career high with 10 points and set a new career high with 10 rebounds … Ronshad Shabazz tallied his 19th double-digit scoring game of the season and 37th of his career … Tyrell Johnson’s 16 points served as his sixth double-figure scoring game this season and 8th of his career … Patrick Good his three 3-pointers for the seventh time this season.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:31

CVCC Baseball Splits Doubleheader With USC-Sumter

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Catawba Valley Community College baseball split a doubleheader against USC-Sumter Saturday, winning game one 14-2, but falling in game two 11-2.

In game one, CVCC's Chandler Jenkins went three-for-five with three runs, two doubles and 4 RBI. Riley Smith went one-of-two with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. Austin Adams went one-for-three with two RBI.

Cole Whitney picked up the win for the Red Hawks on the mound with five inning pitched, allowing only one earned run and striking out five.

In game two, the Red Hawks were led offensively by Jimmy Marcelli who went two-for-four with a double, a home run and two RBI. Thomas Walden took the loss for CVCC

The Appalachian State men’s tennis team captured its first road win of the season at Asheville Racquet Club on Saturday against UNCA, 5-2. Saturday's triumph marks third win in a row for the Black and Gold.

The Apps notched the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches resulting in the doubles point going to the Mountaineers.

Today was a great win for us on the road against a tough UNCA squad," mentioned head coach Bob Lake. "We really built off our doubles win and it rolled over into singles play. I'm proud of the way we're competing right now and I'm looking forward to next week's match at Radford."

Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) and Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) led off the victorious afternoon for the Apps after beating Henry Patten and Joshua Swindler, 6-3. The No. 1 tandem for App gave Patten and Swindler their first loss of the season in doubles play.

At No. 2 doubles, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) and Trey Morris improved to 3-0 as a tandem this season by knocking off James Massie and Andrew Sinai, 6-0. At No. 3, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia / Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell to Olly Cull and Reid Dillon, 6-0.

Webster suffered his first loss of the season to Henry Patton, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 1 singles.

The Mountaineers were able to capture the next four singles point with Pavkovich clinching the fifth point.

Maddocks battled with Swindler the entire match and came out on top, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Morris also went into the third set as he improved to 3-0 on the season in singles play against Cull, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In No. 4 singles, Bargeron beat Sinai in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6. He now improves to 3-1 in the spring slate.

Pavkovich was able to fend off the Bulldog’s Dillon, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and captured his second singles win of the season.

Brea battled at the No. 6 spot but eventually fell to Massie, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4, in a hard fought match.

The Mountaineers look to extend its win streak to four on Saturday, February 11th on the road against Richmond.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:25

L-R Men's Tennis Wins 6-3 Over Belmont Abbey

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (2-1) earned a 6-3 victory over Belmont Abbey (4-1) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School. The Bears were playing their first home match of the spring campaign.

The Bears swept through all three doubles matches and were paced by sophomore Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA), junior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) and freshman Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL). All three players earned victories at singles and doubles competition for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, February 11, at Noon at Hickory High School. Belmont Abbey plays on the road against Wingate on Monday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Belmont Abbey 3
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Juan Baez (BAC), 6-3, 6-2
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Grant Goldin (BAC), 6-0, 7-5
3. George Barfoot (BAC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-0, 6-2
4. Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-4, 6-4
5. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Carlos Nolasco (BAC), 7-6, 6-4
6. James Delaney (BAC) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Juan Baez/James Delaney (BAC), 8-3
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Grant Goldin/Carlos Nolasco (BAC), 8-5
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. George Barfoot/Jacob Andress (BAC), 8-5

Records: Belmont Abbey (4-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-1)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (2-2) defeated Belmont Abbey (2-3) by a 7-2 score on Saturday afternoon in the Bears' home opener for the spring season at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne swept Belmont Abbey by taking all three doubles matches while sophomores Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN), Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Segura, SPAIN) and Taylor Fredrickson (Valdese, N.C.) all won at singles and doubles for the Bears in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home next Saturday, February 11, to host Southern Wesleyan at Hickory High School beginning at Noon. Belmont Abbey, meanwhile, competes next Thursday, February 9, on the road against Augusta (10:00 a.m.) and USC Aiken (3:00 p.m.).

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Belmont Abbey 2
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Aisiri Jandyala (BAC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-3, 6-3
2. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Teagan McNamara (BAC), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Darian DeFrench (BAC), 6-4, 6-4
4. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Rachele Subik (BAC), 6-1, 6-0
5. Alex Weber (BAC) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-4, 6-7, 10-5
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Morgan Zahnd (BAC), 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Darian DeFrench/Morgan Zahnd (BAC), 8-4
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Teagan McNamara/Rachele Subik (BAC), 8-5
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Abbi Wood (LR) def. Alex Weber/Aisiri Jandyala (BAC), 8-6

Records: Belmont Abbey (2-3), Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (3-0) opened the 2017 home portion of its schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Glenville State (0-2), 14-9 and 11-4, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Glenville State 9
Trailing by a 9-6 score, the Bears took control with a seven-run seventh inning highlighted by junior pinch hitter Cole Fowler's (Dobson, N.C.) three-run, game-winning triple.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) led the way for the Bears with four hits, three runs scored and two runs batted in.

Glenville State's John Peloro (Weeki Wachee, Fla.) and Zach Bacon (Seminole, Fla.) both finished with two hits and two runs batted in but the Pioneers were hurt by five errors in the contest.

On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne's Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out five batters in middle relief while Glenville State's Tyler McKinsey (Fairmont, W.Va.) (0-1) suffered the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 11, Glenville State 4 (seven innings)
Once again, the Bears used a big inning – this time a six-run fifth inning – to complete the sweep of the Pioneers.

Dean once again came through for the Bears, finishing with two hits and three runs batted in, and senior second baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added a two-run single as part of a four-run first inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) (1-0) earned the win after not allowing an earned run with nine strikeouts in six innings pitched.

Glenville State's Logan Henderson (Land o'Lakes, Fla.) had a two-run double while Art'om Rank (Fennville, Mich.) (0-1) suffered the loss for the Pioneers.

Sunday, 05 February 2017 21:16

App State Women's Basketball Wins in Overtime

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Needing five extra minutes in overtime, Appalachian State University women's basketball (9-13, 4-7 SBC) outlasted Arkansas State (5-18, 3-8 SBC) in a crucial 81-72 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

The win for App snaps a four-game slide while earning a season sweep over Arkansas State and the first-ever victory on the Red Wolves' home floor. App's 81 points scored ties a season high and is the most points it has scored in conference play.

The Mountaineers outscored the hosts,18-9, in overtime while hitting its final six shots en route to finishing 6-for-7 from the floor. Defensively, after A-State had hit four trifectas in the fourth quarter, Appalachian held the Red Wolves to 1-for-5 from beyond the arc in the extra period.

The final 22 points by App including all 18 points in overtime were scored by Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason), Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) and Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga.Duluth).

The trio of Murray (25), Story (25) and Jones (15) combined for 65 of the Mountaineers' 81 points and hit 25 of the 31-made field goals.

Murray's scoring output was a career-high for the redshirt sophomore, and Story led the team with a game-high nine boards.

App dominated A-State on the glass, 48-36, including 21 offensive rebounds that resulted in 17 second-chance points. The Mountaineers suffocated the Red Wolves into 20 turnovers for 28 points, and App held an impressive 48-26 effort in points in the paint.

Appalachian will seek to build off the win against archrival Georgia Southern on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field wins three events on the final day of the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Saturday in Johnson City, Tenn.

On the track, LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) reeled in her first collegiate victory in the 60-meters flashing across the line in 7.64, and finishing in seventh was Chelsey Hargrave, (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) who ran a time of 7.83. In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) cut her former personal best by five-hundredths of a second to finish in third (8.76), and Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)) darted across the finish line right behind her in fourth clocking a time of 8.87. In the last short sprint final of the day, Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C. /Forestview) took fifth in the 200 meters with a 25.27 effort.

For the middle distance races, App State seized two victories. Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) ran a personal best of 2:15.74 to take the 800-meter crown and in second was Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio /St. Thomas Aquinas (Ohio State)) with a five-second personal record of 2:17.59. In the mile, Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) grabbed her first event victory in 2017 cruising across the finish line with a seasonal-best time of 5:09.19. Finishing right behind her was Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) who ran a personal best of 5:16.93 to land in fourth.

Lastly, in the long distance race, Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) produced a 20-second personal best of 10:19.39 to finish in fourth in the 3,000 meters.

In the field events, Ila Mumford (Rural Hall, N.C./Parkland) registered a seasonal-best mark of 36-2 (11.02m) in the triple jump to tie for 12th and in the shot put ring, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) threw a mark of 37-10.50 (11.54m) to place 11th.

2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results

60m (finals)- 1. LaBria King, 7.64; 7. Chelsey Hargrave, 7.83

60H (finals)- 3. Imani Chapman, 8.76 (pr); 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.87

200m (finals)-5. Catherine Crawford, 25.27

800m- 1. Phylissa Greeley, 2:15.74 (pr); 2. Molly Pusateri, 2:17.59 (pr); DNF. Sarah Hoffert

Mile- 1. Elisa Sargent, 5:09.19 (sb); 4. Sarah Venable, 5:16.93 (pr); 11. Megan Scannell,5:20.40 (pr); 13. Grace Brooks, 5:24.00 (pr); 27. Ellen Spencer, 5:38.92; 33. Kayla Hall, 5:46.52

3,000m- 4. Kerry Leonard, 10:19.39 (pr); DNS. Megan Scannell & Grace Brooks

Triple Jump- T12. Ila Mumford, 36-2 (11.02m) (sb); NM. K’Lynn Beal

Shot Put- 11. Amber Daniel, 37-10.50 (11.54m)

Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) breaks his former App State record and seizes his second shot put victory at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center as Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up competition at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Saturday.

Senior throwers Milch and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) continue to dominate the shot put circle by grasping their fourth consecutive top-three finish in 2017. Milch blasted out a lifetime best of 56-10.50 (17.33m) to take first, and Parham hurled the implement 52-11.25 (16.13m) to place second. Milch’s winning performance at the Buccaneer Invite broke his former indoor shot put record set in 2016 by a foot.

On the track, freshman Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) ran a collegiate personal best of 1:57.51 to finish 16th and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest)clocked a time of 4:34.04 in the mile. In the relay, the group of Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge), Andrew Spear (Newport, N.C./West Carteret) and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) ran a time of 3:19.37 to finish second.

In the field events, Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) registered his second-best high jump performance of the season clearing the bar at 6-6 (1.98m) to tie for fourth, and Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West (Carthage)) jumped 6-0.75 (1.85m) to place seventh. Lastly, three pole vaulters landed inside the top five with Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) finishing in third with a jump of 15-5 (4.70m), and tying for fourth was Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) and Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) with a clearance of 14-11 (4.55m).

2/4 Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Results

800m- 16. Sean Doyle, 1:57.51 (pr)

Mile- 18. Chris Kelly, 4:34.04

3,000m- DNS. Chris Kelly, Ryan Shannon & Andrew Vandenberg

4X400 Relay- 2. Appalachian (Hanna, Hastings, Spear, Graves), 3:19.37

Men’s High Jump- T4. Jordan Dale, 6-6 (1.98m); 7. Nick Hinton, 6-0.75 (1.85m); NH. Daniel Lauffenburger

Men’s Pole Vault- 3. Phillip Thomas, 15-5 (4.70m); T4. Michael Utecht & Tristian Shaver, 14-11 (4.55m); NH. Matt Layne

Shot Put- 1. Nathan Milch, 56-10.50 (17.33m) (pr); 2. Ellsworth Parham, 52-11.25 (16.13m); 14. Michale Albert, 44-11.75 (13.71m); 16. Nicolas Bottett, 44-4.25 (13.52m)

Up Next

App State will travel down to Birmingham, Ala. to compete at the Samford Invite at the Birmingham Crossplex Feb. 10-11.

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