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Highlighted by fourth-place finishes from Matt Zovistoski and Jonathan Millner, App State had six wrestlers medal to tie for the third-highest total among 35 teams at the 2020 Southern Scuffle.

In addition to Zovistoski (157 pounds) and Millner (149), the other Mountaineers to reach the medal stand were unattached true freshman Caleb Smith (fifth place, 125), Cary Miller (sixth place, heavyweight), Thomas Flitz (seventh place, 174) and true freshman Sean Carter (seventh, 125).

App State doubled its number of medal winners from each of the previous three years, and the only teams with more than six medal winners in 2020 were No. 6 NC State and No. 9 Oklahoma State. The field included eight teams with Top 25 rankings, and the Mountaineers' total of 67 points ranked ninth.

With a pair of true freshmen placing fifth and seventh at 125, it was an impressive showing from both Smith and Carter, who claimed seventh with a 3-2 decision against seventh-ranked Nic Aguilar of Rutgers. Carter produced a second-period takedown, and he had a 24-second riding time advantage when he started the third period in the down position with the score tied at 2-all.

Aguilar stayed on top of Carter for the first 1:17 of the third period — putting him just seven seconds away from a minute advantage that would have put him in position for point — when Carter delivered his tiebreaking escape with 47 seconds remaining.

Zovistoski won seven of his first eight matches at McKenzie Arena, avenging a close Round of 16 loss to North Dakota State's Luke Weber and reaching the third-place match by getting a tiebreaking takedown with 1:03 left in a 7-6 decision against Weber on Thursday afternoon. Zovistoski lost 3-1 against Oklahoma State's Wyatt Sheets on Thursday night.

Millner's 5-2 tournament included a win against 15th-ranked Requir van der Merwe of Stanford and a 6-2 decision against Chattanooga's Tanner Smith. That win sent him to the third-place match before George Mason's Colston Diblasi won by fall.

Miller was a second away from reaching the championship final with a one-point win against 12th-ranked Gannon Gremmel of Iowa State, but officials ruled that Gremmel executed a takedown as time expired. He went 3-3 in Chattanooga with three dominant wins Wednesday.

Smith went 5-2, taking fifth thanks to a medical forfeit. He posted a takedown in the first 10 seconds of a 9-3 semifinal loss to fourth-ranked Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State and lost 2-0 against Navy's Logan Treaster in the next match.

Flitz capped a 5-2 showing in Chattanooga with a 6-5 decision against Lehigh's Jake Logan in the seventh-place match. Flitz broke the tie with an escape to open the third period.

App State returns to action Jan. 9 at Gardner-Webb for its first Southern Conference dual.

 

125
Caleb Smith, Unattached (Fifth place)
Aslan Kilic, Navy W, MD 16-8
Luke Resnick, Lehigh W, Dec 3-3 (Ride Time after TB-2)
John McGarry, VMI W, MD 13-0
Jonathan Tropea, Rider W, Dec 5-3
#4 Nick Piccininni, Oklahoma State L, Dec 9-3
Logan Treaster, Navy L, Dec 2-0
Michael McGee, Old Dominion W, MF

Carson Smith
Jackson Disario, Stanford L, Fall 2:42
Logan Heil, Cleveland State W, Dec 8-6
Tomasso Frezza, Binghamton W, Dec 8-3
Sean Carter, App State L, Dec 9-4

Sean Carter (Seventh place)
Carson Sauriol, Binghamton W, MD 12-3
Luke Werner, Lock Haven L, Dec 6-5
Carson Smith, App State W, Dec 9-4
Zurich Storm, Campbell W, Dec 7-5
Jonathan Tropea, Rider W, Dec 6-5
Sam Latona, Virginia Tech L, MD 10-1
#7 Nic Aguilar, Rutgers W, Dec 3-2

133
Codi Russell
Ramazan Attasauov, Iowa State L, MD 12-1
Wade Cummings, Chattanooga W, Dec 7-2
Jacob Allen, Navy W, Dec 3-2
Casey Cobb, Navy L, Dec 10-6

141
Anthony Brito
Caleb Rea, West Virginia L, Dec 11-4
Sawyer Degen, North Dakota State W, Dec 3-2
Lenny Petersen, Air Force L, Dec 6-4

Bradley Irwin
Anthony Sparacio, Binghamton L, Dec 8-4
Daniel Moran, Lehigh L, Dec 7-5

149
Jonathan Millner (Fourth place)
Matt Fields, NC State W, MD 10-2
Thomas Lisher, Little Rock W, Dec 7-2
Justin Yorkdale, George Mason W, MD 11-1
#15 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford W, Dec 4-3
#18 Andrew Alirez, Northern Colorado L, Dec 9-5
Tanner Smith, Chattanooga W, Dec 6-2
Colston Diblasi, George Mason L, Fall 4:26

157
Matt Zovistoski (Fourth place)
Nico O’Dor, Cleveland State W, Dec 2-0
Jose Champagne, Little Rock W, Dec 8-4
Luke Weber, North Dakota State L, Dec 5-4
Taylor Parks, Gardner-Webb W, Dec 6-3
Trey Brisker, Air Force W, Dec 3-1
Kolby Ho, George Mason W, Dec 6-3
Jared Franek, North Dakota State W, Dec 4-1
Luke Weber, North Dakota State W, Dec 7-6
Wyatt Sheets, Oklahoma State L, Dec 3-1

165
Will Formato
Nick Klussis, West Virginia W, Dec 2-1 (SV-1, stalling)
Chase Straw, Iowa State L, Dec 6-3
Jackson Turley, Rutgers W, Dec 10-6
Andrew Shomers, Oklahoma State L, Dec 5-2

174
Barrett Blakely
Billy Higgins, Northern Colorado L, Dec 8-6
A.J. Alford, The Citadel W, MD 15-1
Luke Nicksic, VMI W, MD 15-4
Cody Surratt, Air Force L, Fall 1:18

Thomas Flitz (Seventh place)
Tyler Wiederholt, Air Force W, Dec 3-1
#17 Daniel Bullard, NC State L, Dec 4-1
Billy Higgins, Northern Colorado W, Dec 10-3
Jared Siegrist, Lock Haven W, Dec 8-5
Spencer Carey, Navy W, MF
Chris Foca, Finger Lakes L, Dec 8-5
Jake Logan, Lehigh W, Dec 6-5

184
Julian Gorring
Deandre Nassar, Cleveland State L, Dec 3-2
Jackson Moomau, West Virginia L, Dec 2-1

Mason Fiscella
Bryan Martin, Rider W, Dec 9-3
#6 Lou Deprez, Binghamton L, Fall 0:24
Jackson Moomau, West Virginia W, Dec 3-2
Colt Doyle, Oregon State L, MD 15-2

197
Paul Carson
Jacob Koser, Navy L, Dec 4-0
Jarrad Dixon, Oregon State W, Dec 8-3
Roderick Davis, Gardner-Webb L, Dec 4-3

285
Michael Burchell
Brandon Metz, North Dakota State L, MD 11-3
Austin Harris, Oklahoma State W, MD 14-6
David Showunmi, Stanford W, Dec 14-8
Chris Beck, VMI L, Dec 4-0

Cary Miller (Sixth place)
Robert Winters, Northern Colorado W, Fall 0:38
Colin Lawler, NC State W, Dec 8-1
Dan Stibral, North Dakota State W, MD 8-0
#12 Gannon Gremmel, Iowa State L, Dec 3-2
Brandon Metz, North Dakota State L, Fall 2:17
Lewis Fernandes, Finger Lakes L, Dec 9-3

Adrian Delph tallied the first double-double of his career, but App State men's basketball dropped a 69-60 contest to Georgia State on Thursday evening.

Delph finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) shooting, to go along with a career-high 10 rebounds (four offensive). He added a pair of assists and a career-high tying three steals. He is now the fifth different Mountaineer to post a double-double this season, joining Isaac Johnson, Justin Forrest, Kendall Lewis and James Lewis Jr.

O'Showen Williams added 12 points, two assists and two steals, while Forrest reached double figures in scoring for the seventh consecutive game with 10 points. Hunter Seacat chipped in with seven points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds (five offensive).

Lewis added seven points and five rebounds and Donovan Gregory tallied six points and six rebounds off the bench.

After Delph made a free throw to knot the score at 3-3, the Panthers (10-4, 3-0 SBC) went on a 8-1 run to open a 11-4 edge. Georgia State pushed its lead to 13 points at 19-6, before App State (8-6, 2-1 SBC) responded with back-to-back threes from Delph and Williams to pull within seven at 19-12. The Panthers closed the opening half on a 9-0 run and took a 40-23 lead into the break.

In the second stanza, the Black and Gold used an 8-0 spurt to pull within 57-46 with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Panthers pushed their lead back to as large as 14, but App State scored six straight points to pull within 64-57 with 1:35 to play. From there, Georgia State made five free throws down the stretch to hold off the Mountaineer charge.

App State won the rebounding battle 45-37, including 17-8 on the offensive glass. The Mountaineers' 45 team rebounds were just one shy of its season-high of 46 set against UNCG on Nov. 18. In addition, the 17 offensive rebounds are the second most for App State, trailing only a 20-rebound effort on the offensive glass against St. Andrews on Dec. 3.

Jalen Thomas finished with 14 points off the bench to lead Georgia State. Justin Roberts had 13 points and Corey Allen and Joe Jones III each tallied 11 points.

The Mountaineers will have a quick turnaround and return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Georgia Southern.

D2football.com released its 2019 All-American Team and three Lenoir-Rhyne football members were selected. Jaquan Artis and Kyle Dugger were selected to the First Team, while Jason Poe was announced as a Second Team selection.

Artis earns his third First Team All-American selection as the defensive end was also selected to the D2CCA and D2 Associated Press teams. On top of being a finalist for the Harlon Hill, Cliff Harris and Gene Upshaw Awards, Artis was named the D2CCA National Defensive Player of the Year.

Dugger was named a First Team All-American after taking home the Cliff Harris Award given to the best small college defensive player in the nation. Despite only playing seven games, Dugger's impact led him to Second Team All-American selections in the D2CCA, D2 Associate Press and AFCA teams. This is Dugger's first First Team All-American honor.

Poe was named a Second Team selection and repeated as the South Atlantic Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner. Poe was tabbed a Second Team All-American by D2CCA and garnered a First Team selection by the D2 Associated Press.

Thursday, 02 January 2020 07:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Defeat Wingate

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Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball freshman center Cooper Fowler recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Lenoir-Rhyne to a 79-72 victory over Wingate in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday. The win snapped LR's four-game losing streak and extended Wingate's losing streak to seven in a row.

Fowler hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final 2:26 of play and had eight points in the final 3:06. Fowler's previous career-high was seven points and five rebounds against Anderson on December 14. The last double-double from a Lenoir-Rhyne player was on March 16, 2019 when Cory Thomas went for 24 points and 10 boards in an NCAA Tournament game against USC Aiken.

Wingate ran out to an early 16-8 advantage before a 7-0 run by the Bears cut the deficit to one. However, Wingate would extend the lead to 31-21 with 5:18 left in the first half for their largest lead of the night. The Bears rallied again, storming back to take a 38-34 lead into the break. Darius Simmons scored five points in the final 45 seconds of the half to give LR its first lead of the period.

Wingate would regain the lead in the second half and held a 63-59 advantage with 9:16 to play before Fowler went on a personal 4-0 run to even the game.
With the game tied at 65, Mason Hawks buried a clutch 3-pointer to give LR a 68-65 edge with 4:51 to play, a lead LR wouldn't relinquish.

Fowler took over late and finished the night 7-for-15 from the field and 3-for-7 from long range. Simmons added 15 points. Hawks and R.J. Gunn each had 13.

LR committed just eight turnovers on the night, compared to 21 for the Bulldogs.

LR shot 41.9 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line. Wingate went 24-from-52 from the field (46.2 percent) and 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from the three-point line.

This was only the second home game of the season for the Bears and the first since Nov. 16.

The Bears improve to 5-5 overall and 1-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R continues a four-game homestand when they host Coker on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Shuford Gym.

Thursday, 02 January 2020 06:59

Hickory Crawdads Announce Lineup for Winter Caravan

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The Hickory Crawdads released the lineup for their Winter Caravan Luncheon presented by K&L Dunrite Roofing and Restoration. The Caravan is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center from 12-1:30pm.

Carlos Cardoza, who was named the 'Dads 2020 manager, is slated to speak at the event along with Texas Rangers assistant director of player development Paul Kruger. Texas Rangers players Jeffrey Springs and Tyler Phillips will participate in a round table discussion. Rangers radio broadcaster Matt Hicks, will serve as the event's emcee. Joshua Johnson, a member of the Crawdads coaching staff in 2019 and manager of the High A Down East Wood Ducks in 2020, and Corey Ragsdale, a former Hickory manager and new member of the Rangers MLB staff, will also be at the event.

Springs attended Appalachian State and was drafted by the Rangers in 2015. He worked primarily as a reliever in the minors, appearing with the Crawdads in 2015 and 2016, before being called up to the Rangers in July 2018. He made 25 appearances last season out of the bullpen, going 4-1.

Philips is currently ranked as the Rangers #17 prospect going into the 2020 season. He made seven appearances for the Crawdads in 2017 before returning for a dominant 2018 campaign. He left his name in the Crawdads single-season record book, tying for most wins (11), ranking third in ERA (2.67) and fourth in WHIP (1.02) while also earning a spot on the South Atlantic League All-Star team. He began last season in Down East, posting a 1.19 ERA in 6 starts before being promoted to the Double A Frisco RoughRiders.

Tickets for the Winter Caravan Luncheon are available in advance at the stadium or over the phone. Ticket price includes the main event and a picnic-style buffet. For additional information on the event or to order tickets, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000. The office will be closed for the holidays through January 5th. It will reopen at 9am on Monday, January 6th.

Jonathan Millner's tight win against a highly ranked opponent, Cary Miller's dominant showing and unattached true freshman Caleb Smith's exciting run put three App State wrestlers into the semifinals of the Southern Scuffle.

Presented by Compound Sportswear, the Southern Scuffle concludes Thursday at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee with six Mountaineers still competing. In addition to Millner (149 pounds), Miller (heavyweight) and Smith (125), App State's Matt Zovistoski (4-1 at 157), Thomas Flitz (3-1 at 174) and Sean Carter (4-1 at 125) remain alive in consolation brackets.

There are 12 wrestlers remaining in each weight class, and wrestling resumes at 10 a.m. Semifinals are scheduled to start at noon, with finals beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

With six App State wrestlers still in the mix, that's tied for the sixth-best total among 35 teams in the loaded field.

Millner earned a 10-2 major decision against NC State's Matt Fields, a 7-2 decision against Little Rock's Thomas Lisher and an 11-1 major decision against George Mason before facing top-seeded and 15th-ranked Requir van der Merwe of Stanford.

Trailing 2-1 after one period against the reigning Pac-12 champion, Millner stayed on top for the entire second period, preventing van der Merwe from gaining a point for an escape while building a riding time advantage of more than 90 seconds. Millner needed just eight seconds to post a third-period escape, which tied the match at 2-all on the scoreboard but essentially gave him a lead because of the riding time margin.

Millner used strong defense to avoided a third-period takedown, gained another point on a stalling penalty against van der Merwe with 50 seconds left and survived one being called against him with 20 seconds remaining. Seeded eighth, he will face fourth-seeded and 18th-ranked Andrew Alirez of Northern Colorado in the semifinal round.

Miller's three-win push to the semifinal round included a pin just 38 seconds into his opening match against Northern Colorado's Robert Winters, an 8-1 decision against NC State's Colin Lawler and an 8-0 major decision against North Dakota State's Dan Stibral. Miller will face 12th-ranked Gannon Gremmel of Iowa State in a semifinal match.

Smith's 4-0 effort on Wednesday concluded with a 5-3 decision against Rider's Jonathan Tropea, who was ranked 17th in his weight class early in the 2019-20 season. Smith took a 2-0 lead on a physically imposing takedown with 1:49 left in the opening period and extended the margin to 5-1 on a takedown midway through the second period. He will face top-seeded and fourth-ranked Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State in the semifinal round.

Smith's march to the semifinals included a 16-8 major decision against Navy's Aslan Kilic, a tiebreaker-driven decision against Lehigh's Luke Resnick and a 13-0 major decision against VMI's John McGarry. Smith and Resnick were tied 3-3 at the end of the Tiebreaker 2 period (the ninth period of the match), and Smith prevailed based on his riding time advantage.

Those three Mountaineers were joined in the Round of 16 along with Carter (125), Zovistoski (157), Flitz (174), Will Formato (174) and Mason Fiscella (184).

Zovistoski posted a 2-0 decision against Cleveland State's Nico O'Dor before using a tiebreaking takedown and near fall in the final 25 seconds of an 8-4 decision against Little Rock's Jose Champagne. North Dakota State's Luke Weber finished right at one minute of riding time to claim a 5-4 decision against Zovistoski in the Round of 16, but Zovistoski bounced back to win his next two matches by decision.

Flitz followed a 3-1 decision against Air Force's Tyler Wiederholt with a 4-1 loss to 17th-ranked Daniel Bullard of NC State, then recorded wins against Northern Colorado's Billy Higgins (10-3) and Lock Haven's Jared Siegrist (8-5).

Carter's 4-1 day started with a major decision, and three straight wins by decision followed a one-point loss.

Other dramatic matches involved Formato's 2-1 decision in the Round of 32 against West Virginia's Nick Klussis, who was penalized a match-ending point for stalling in the Sudden Victory-1 period, and heavyweight Michael Burchell, who delivered the biggest comeback of the day for the Mountaineers.

Burchell trailed 6-0 in the early going and faced a two-minute disadvantage in riding time before storming back to claim a 14-8 decision against Stanford starter David Showunmi. With 10 seconds left, Burchell broke an 8-all tie by with a takedown and four additional near fall points.

125
Caleb Smith (Unattached)
Aslan Kilic, Navy W, MD 16-8
Luke Resnick, Lehigh W, Dec 3-3 (Ride Time after TB-2)
John McGarry, VMI W, MD 13-0
Jonathan Tropea, Rider W, Dec 5-3
#4 Nick Piccininni, Oklahoma State Semifinal

 

Carson Smith
Jackson Disario, Stanford L, Fall 2:42
Logan Heil, Cleveland State W, Dec 8-6
Tomasso Frezza, Binghamton W, Dec 8-3
Sean Carter, App State L, Dec 9-4

 

Sean Carter
Carson Sauriol, Binghamton W, MD 12-3
Luke Werner, Lock Haven L, Dec 6-5
Carson Smith, App State W, Dec 9-4
Zurich Storm, Campbell W, Dec 7-5
Jonathan Tropea, Rider Consolation

 

133
Codi Russell
Ramazan Attasauov, Iowa State L, MD 12-1
Wade Cummings, Chattanooga W, Dec 7-2
Jacob Allen, Navy W, Dec 3-2
Casey Cobb, Navy L, Dec 10-6

 

141
Anthony Brito
Caleb Rea, West Virginia L, Dec 11-4
Sawyer Degen, North Dakota State W, Dec 3-2
Lenny Petersen, Air Force L, Dec 6-4

 

Bradley Irwin
Anthony Sparacio, Binghamton L, Dec 8-4
Daniel Moran, Lehigh L, Dec 7-5

 

149
Jonathan Millner
Matt Fields, NC State W, MD 10-2
Thomas Lisher, Little Rock W, Dec 7-2
Justin Yorkdale, George Mason W, MD 11-1
#15 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford W, Dec 4-3
#18 Andrew Alirez, Northern Colorado Semifinal

 

157
Matt Zovistoski
Nico O'Dor, Cleveland State W, Dec 2-0
Jose Champagne, Little Rock W, Dec 8-4
Luke Weber, North Dakota State L, Dec 5-4
Taylor Parks, Gardner-Webb W, Dec 6-3
Trey Brisker, Air Force W, Dec 3-1
Kolby Ho, George Mason Consolation

 

165
Will Formato
Nick Klussis, West Virginia W, Dec 2-1 (SV-1, stalling)
Chase Straw, Iowa State L, Dec 6-3
Jackson Turley, Rutgers W, Dec 10-6
Andrew Shomers, Oklahoma State L, Dec 5-2

 

174
Barrett Blakely
Billy Higgins, Northern Colorado L, Dec 8-6
A.J. Alford, The Citadel W, MD 15-1
Luke Nicksic, VMI W, MD 15-4
Cody Surratt, Air Force L, Fall 1:18

 

Thomas Flitz
Tyler Wiederholt, Air Force W, Dec 3-1
#17 Daniel Bullard, NC State L, Dec 4-1
Billy Higgins, Northern Colorado W, Dec 10-3
Jared Siegrist, Lock Haven W, Dec 8-5
Spencer Carey, Navy Consolation

 

184
Julian Gorring
Deandre Nassar, Cleveland State L, Dec 3-2
Jackson Moomau, West Virginia L, Dec 2-1

 

Mason Fiscella
Bryan Martin, Rider W, Dec 9-3
#6 Lou Deprez, Binghamton L, Fall 0:24
Jackson Moomau, West Virginia W, Dec 3-2
Colt Doyle, Oregon State L, MD 15-2

 

197
Paul Carson
Jacob Koser, Navy L, Dec 4-0
Jarrad Dixon, Oregon State W, Dec 8-3
Roderick Davis, Gardner-Webb L, Dec 4-3

 

285
Michael Burchell
Brandon Metz, North Dakota State L, MD 11-3
Austin Harris, Oklahoma State W, MD 14-6
David Showunmi, Stanford W, Dec 14-8
Chris Beck, VMI L, Dec 4-0

 

Cary Miller
Robert Winters, Northern Colorado W, Fall 0:38
Colin Lawler, NC State W, Dec 8-1
Dan Stibral, North Dakota State W, MD 8-0
#12 Gannon Gremmel, Iowa State Semifinal

Girls
7th place
Fred T. Foard: 55
St. Stephens: 39

5th place
Alexander Central: 59
Maiden: 35

3rd place
Bunker Hill: 53
South Caldwell: 39

Championship
Hickory: 52
Newton-Conover: 42

Boys
7th place
Maiden: 56
Bunker Hill: 47

5th place
Fred T. Foard: 59
South Caldwell: 48

3rd place
Newton-Conover: 67
St. Stephens: 44

Championship
Hickory: 38
Alexander Central: 28

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:39

Lenoir-Rhyne to Name Basketball Court for John Lentz

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Lenoir-Rhyne is set to celebrate and honor the contributions of five-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year John Lentz on Saturday, February 8 as the Bears host Anderson in a basketball doubleheader.

In between the women's and men's games, a special ceremony will take place to officially name the court after Coach John Lentz. Following the men's game, there will be a special reception in honor of Coach Lentz in the Bears Club Pavilion with finger foods and beverages. February 8 also serves as this year's annual Men's Basketball Alumni Day.

"This is a special day for the Lenoir-Rhyne community as we celebrate the legacy of Coach John Lentz who dedicated his life's work to coaching and mentoring countless LR student-athletes over his 29-year tenure," stated Vice President for Athletics Kim Pate. "Coach Lentz' impact and contributions go far beyond his team's success on the court, but transcend through the countless players he mentored who earned their degrees and have gone on to make a difference in their communities, professions, and the lives of others."

Lentz guided the Bears to eight SAC regular-season titles and four conference tournament championships in his 29 years at LR and is the league's all-time leader in SAC victories (225) and overall wins (393). Lentz led the Bears to nine postseason appearances and owns a 432-374 career record and .535 all-time winning percentage. The 1992-93 season was one of Lentz' best years as the Bears went 25-7, won the league tournament and the NAIA District 26 Championship and advanced all the way to the NAIA Elite Eight. Lentz was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

As a player for the Bears, LR tallied a 79-42 record and captured the 1973-74 Carolinas Conference Championship. Lentz was a three-time all-conference performer and was the league's most valuable player following his sophomore season. Lentz still owns the team record for most assists in a career with 524 and his 19 assists against Barton in 1974 still stands as a single-game record.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 06:35

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball to Host First Pitch Banquet

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Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball is set to host their Inaugural LR Baseball First Pitch Banquet on Saturday January 18th at 6 p.m. in Moretz Mills. The Banquet will be an annual event that will gather alumni, family and fans to kick-off the upcoming baseball season and to introduce the 2020 Baseball Team.

Head Coach Chris Ramirez announced this year's guest speaker will be former Lenoir-Rhyne Head Baseball coach Frank Pait. Pait is the Bears all-time leader with 291 career wins. Pait coached the Bears from 1997-2007 and led the program to back-to-back conference tournament titles in 2000 and 2001. During the 2001 season, Pait led the Bears to their only NCAA tournament appearance.

"I've had the privilege to get to know Coach Frank Pait in my short time in Hickory ad I could not think of a better person to invite back as the very first LR Baseball First Pitch Banquet guest speaker." said Ramirez.

The banquet will take place at the Moretz Mill in Hickory, N.C at 7 pm on Saturday January 18th. Ticket price for the event and dinner will be $75.00 and tickets can be purchased online at www.LRbears.com/firstpitch.

"This event will be a great night to celebrate the past and present players of LR Baseball, while we look forward to a bright future!" said Ramirez.

Banquet Information:
Date: Saturday, January 18th
Time: 6 pm doors open/ 7 pm event & dinner
Location: Moretz Mill in Hickory, NC.
Dress: Business Causal
Ticket: Individual $75
Table Sponsor Price: $500 (includes all 8 seats at a table & Logo/name on table)
*cash bar and silent auction will also be available during the event*

App State men's basketball dropped its non-conference finale to NC State by a 72-60 score on Sunday afternoon.

Justin Forrest had another solid all-around game for the Mountaineers (8-5) with a game-high 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Adrian Delph reached double figures with 10 points and Isaac Johnson tallied seven points and eight rebounds. James Lewis Jr. had six points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Black and Gold conclude non-conference play with a 6-5 record. It marks the best non-conference season for the Mountaineers since a 5-4 mark in the 2007-08 season.

After the Wolfpack (10-3) jumped out to a 15-9 lead, the Black and Gold answered with six straight points to knot the score at 15-15. NC State came right back with the next five points to open a 20-15 lead. App State pulled within two points at 24-22, but the Wolfpack closed the half on a 11-4 spurt to take a 35-26 lead into the break.

NC State pushed its lead to 11 points early in the second half, only to see App State respond with six-straight to pull within five points at 39-34 with 15:59 to go. Following a Wolfpack basket, the Mountaineers got a trey from Forrest and layup from Delph to cut the NC State lead to 41-39 with 13:50 remaining.

The Wolfpack pushed their lead back to six points, but App State had another response, cutting its deficit to 50-48 on a layup by Lewis Jr. with 9:18 to play. From there, NC State scored eight consecutive points to build its lead back to 58-48. The Black and Gold trimmed its deficit to nine, but could get no closer the rest of the way.

DJ Funderburk had a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace NC State. Devon Daniels added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Markell Johnson tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Mountaineers will return to the High Country for three straight Sun Belt games. App State hosts Georgia State on Thursday at 7 p.m., Georgia Southern on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Louisiana on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

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