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Three members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team – junior forward Ignacio de Goya (Madrid, SPAIN), freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN) and senior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY) – garnered 2017 NCAA Division II D2CCA All-Southeast Region accolades. D2CCA is the Conference Commissioner’s Association for Division II.

de Goya, a first-team all-region selection, was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player Of The Year after leading the team in goals scored (12), assists (three) and total points (27).

Both Cascon and Cihan were named to D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second Team. Cascon finished the season runner-up on the team in goals (four) and points (11) while Cihan headed up a defense which allowed just 18 goals in 17 matches this season. The Bears also shut out seven of their opponents. All three players were 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honorees.

The trio also led Lenoir-Rhyne (10-4-3, 6-2-2) to a second-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season standings and a second straight berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities. In addition, all first-team selections are eligible for All-America accolades.

2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast

Men's Soccer Region Teams


GK - Thomas Osborne, Limestone, Sr., Summerville, S.C.

F - Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial, Sr., Campinas, Brazil

F - Sebastian Loibl, Mount Olive, So., Passau, Germany

F - Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Madrid, Spain

F - Jon Ander, Wingate, Sr., Bilbao, Spain

MF - Tom Read, Carson-Newman, Sr., London, England

MF - Marco Micaletto, Young Harris, Jr., Rome, Italy

MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate, Sr., Brotas, Brazil

MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae, Sr., Oxford, England

D - Damian Gaona, Wingate, Sr., Santiago, Chile

D - Macauley King, Young Harris, Jr., Narborough, England

D - Jordan Skelton, Lander, Jr., Newcastle, England

D - Harvey McMorrow, Lees-McRae, So., Maidstone, England


GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile

F - Edmundo Robinson, Queens, Jr., Stone Mountain, Ga.

F - Till Neumann, Newberry, Fr., Calden, Germany

F - Elliot Cutts, Wingate, So., London, England

F - Ruairi Croskery, Limestone, So., Castlewellan, Northern Ireland

MF - Kwaku Dwamena, Clayton State, Jr., Richmond, Va.

MF - Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne, Fr., Salamanca, Spain

MF - Thibault Chretien, Lander, Fr., Laval, France

MF - Nathan Watt, Lees-McRae, Sr., Newcastle, England

D - Jamie Smith, Limestone, Fr., Sutton, Coldfield, England

D - Sercan Cihan, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., Sundern, Germany

D - Samuel Jenkins, Carson-Newman, Sr., Oxford, England

D - Michael Hornsby, Queens, Fr., Biberach an der Riss, Germany

Southeast Region Player of the Year - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae

Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:29

App State's Przybysz Names SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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After a 2-0 weekend with a pin in Appalachian State’s first league match, senior Forrest Przybysz has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Competing at 174 pounds during the Mountaineer Duals at Varsity Gym, Przybysz won by a 6-2 decision against Bloomsburg and opened the SoCon schedule with a pin early in the second period of his match against Davidson. App State (2-0) picked up 28-7 and 45-0 victories.

Przybysz is one of two seniors on the Mountaineers’ roster, and he has a 60-39 career record after wrestling at 165 pounds earlier in his career.

App State, which had two voting points in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll released this week by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, is scheduled to compete Sunday at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:14

Lenoir-Rhyne Football's Kellar Out as Head Coach

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Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) officials announced today that Mike Kellar will no longer serve as head football coach. Kellar joined the Lenoir-Rhyne staff in December of 2015, and served as head coach for the past two seasons.

"I want to thank Coach Kellar for his contributions to LR and for the dedication he and his staff have shown in support of our student-athletes. I wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors,” said Kim Pate, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dr. Frederick K Whitt, University President, echoed Pate’s sentiments. “We appreciate Mike’s efforts on behalf of LR football. LR has a storied football tradition and we are committed to supporting our student athletes and developing champions both on and off the field.”

Kellar finishes his two seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne with an overall record of 6-15, and a 5-9 record in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play. Following the loss to Catawba, the football program finished seventh out of eight in the SAC this season with a 2-5 conference record, 3-7 overall.

LR has a rich and successful football history, including a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game. From 2011 to 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne won four SAC Championships and earned three consecutive berths in the NCAA postseason tournament. The Bears compiled a 40-9 record during that time and led the nation in rushing for three consecutive seasons (2012-14). Lenoir-Rhyne set an all-time NCAA single-season rushing mark with 5,563 yards in 2013 and set an NCAA Division II single-season rushing record by averaging 416.2 yards per game in 2014. LR was also ranked as high as second in the nation in 2013, while 12 players earned All-America accolades.

Kellar came to Lenoir-Rhyne from California University of Pennsylvania, where he served four years as head coach. He was the 21st head coach in LR school history.

A national search will begin immediately for LR’s new football coach. Current Assistant Coach Dave Cole will serve as the interim coach.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Taylor Prall has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Freshman Of The Year, league officials announced this morning.

Prall, an outside hitter from Tipp City, Ohio, finished second on the team in kills with 255 to go along with 219 digs, 37 blocks and seven service aces.

In addition, senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) was named to the 2017 All-SAC Second Team for the Bears. Redmond, a three-time all-league honoree (2014-16), led the Bears in kills with 281 while finishing second in digs with 315. Redmond also tallied 40 blocks and 16 service aces on the season as well.

Redmond, the 2015 SAC Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 SAC Tournament MVP, led the Bears to two playoff appearances (2014 and 2015), a league tournament title (2015) and a berth in the regional finals (2015). On the Bears’ all-time career lists, Redmond ranks second in kills (1,286) and eighth in digs (1,248).

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 10-16 overall and 6-14 in South Atlantic Conference play in 2017.

2017 All-South Atlantic Conference

Volleyball Teams


Katie Bludau, Wingate

Marissa Mitter, Anderson

Anna Holmquist, Wingate

Rebecca Cochran, Queens

Rachel Burts, Anderson

Emily Conlin, Anderson

Sydney Kunz, Queens

Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (libero)


Marnie Steeter, Carson-Newman

Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial

Rachel Alles, Wingate

Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne

Taylor Henry, Queens Phoebe

Havenaar, Wingate

Cassie Born, Tusculum

Kori Adams, Wingate (libero)


Serena Jackson, Anderson

Rebecca Butler, Mars Hill

Jessica Raines, Queens

Taylor du Bray, Coker

Lauren Hochstetler, Mars Hill

Shannon Murphy, Tusculum

Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill

Melissa Mazur, Tusculum (libero)


Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne

Anne Abernathy, Wingate

Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman

Casey Tarvin, Queens

Sarah Pasour, Mars Hill

Jaycee Jones, Queens

Alicia Kessler, Lincoln Memorial

Player of the Year - Katie Bludau, Wingate

Freshman of the Year - Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne

Coach of the Year - Todd Hay, Anderson

Appalachian State volleyball outside hitter Melissa McMath has been named Second Team All-Sun Belt, the league announced on Wednesday.

This is the first all-conference honor for the Lexington, N.C. native.

This season, McMath lead the Mountaineers with a career-high 342 kills (3.08 K/S), while also posting a career-best 47 total blocks (11 solo, 36 assists).

In Sun Belt action, McMath averaged a team-high 3.04 K/S (164 total). In a four set win over Georgia Southern on October 8, she recorded a career-high 28 kills on a .358 hitting percentage.

Overall, McMath tallied double digit kills in 18 total matches, including seven Sun Belt contests.

The Mountaineers, seeded sixth, will take on seventh seed UT Arlington in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on the campus of Arkansas State on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.

First Team All-Sun Belt
Drew Jones (Arkansas State, Senior, OH)
*Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Junior, OH)
*Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Senior, OH)
Lauren Reichard (Georgia Southern, Junior, MH)
Dree'Ana Abram (Louisiana, Sophomore, MB)
Hali Wisnoskie (Louisiana, Freshman, OH)
Kelley Hartman (South Alabama, Sophomore, MB)
**Qiana Cañete (UTA, Senior, OH)
Madison Daigle (Texas State, Junior, MB)
Micah Dinwiddie (Texas State, Sophomore, DS)
**Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Senior, S)
Amy Pflughaupt (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)

Second Team All-Sun Belt
Melissa McMath (Appalachian State, Sophomore, OH)
Marina Avram (Little Rock, Senior, OH)
Tatum Ticknor (Arkansas State, Freshman, DS)
Ellie Watkins (Arkansas State, Junior, S)
Sydney Alvis (Coastal Carolina, Junior, DS)
Celeste Friesen (Georgia State, Sophomore, DS)
Jessica Bartczyszyn (Louisiana, Senior, S)
Sydney Davis (Louisiana, Junior, LB)
Kristina Alabastro (South Alabama, Junior, OH)
Zhanelle Geathers (UTA, Junior, MB)
Jaliyah Bolden (Texas State, Senior, MB)
Megan Porter (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)

Player of the Year
Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Senior, OH)

Offensive Player of the Year
Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Junior, OH)

Defensive Player of the Year
Micah Dinwiddie (Texas State, Sophomore, DS)

Setter of the Year
Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Senior, S)

Freshman of the Year
Hali Wisnoskie (Louisiana, Freshman, OH)

Newcomer of the Year
Amy Pflughaupt (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)

Coach of the Year
Jozsef Foreman, Coastal Carolina

* - 2016 First Team All-Conference selection
** - 2016 Second Team All-Conference selection

2A Western Regional Finals
Newton-Conover: 3
Patton: 2
Panthers season ends at 24-2.
The Red Devils will play for the 2A state championship Saturday afternoon at 2:05 taking on First Flight at North Carolina State University

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 08:12

Four L-R Football Players Earn All-Conference Honors

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Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team garnered 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Football accolades, league officials announced earlier today.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) was named to the all-league first team after garnering second-team accolades in 2016. Brown finished with 1,071 yards on the ground in addition to 10 rushing touchdowns.

Brown rushed for 256 yards against Tusculum (a 23-7 victory) on September 30 – fourth-best in school single-game history – and finished second in the league in rushing yards (107.1 per game).

Three Bears – junior center Jalen Soto (Vacaville, Calif.), sophomore linebacker Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) and sophomore safety Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) – were named to the All-SAC Second Team.

Dugger led the team in tackles with 87 in addition to six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and an interception. Dugger, the 2015 league defensive freshman of the year, was an outstanding return specialist as well and returned one punt for a touchdown.

Williams was second on the team in tackles (72) to go along with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble while Soto started all 10 games at center for the Bears and anchored the offensive line.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 3-7 on the year including a 2-5 mark in league play and fell short – 24-20 - in the season finale this past Saturday against Catawba (9-2) in Salisbury, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Softball Coach Shena Hollar has announced the first six signees for the 2019 season and one for this upcoming spring season (Talon LaClair). The signees for next year are Kendall Osborne, Kory Hammett, Leanna Sherrill, Macie Gibson, Taylor Beard and Hannah Jennings.

Kendall Osborne


Concord, N.C.

Mount Pleasant High School

Osborne plays for the successful organization Caroline Elite under the direction of M.K. Cheek.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“We are getting a very well-rounded student-athlete with Kendall. She will have the opportunity to play outfield for us.”

Kory Hammett


Oxford, N.C.

J.F. Webb High School

Hammett plays travel ball for the NC Dominators coached by Jackie Day.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“We have had a handful of successful student-athletes come from the Dominators organization and we see Kory being no exception. Kory is a versatile athlete that can play outfield or infield.”

Leanna Sherrill


Statesville, N.C.

West Iredell High School

Sherrill played travel ball for the Carolina Cobras under coach Bryan York and now plays for the Carolina Cardinals under Scott Long.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“Leanna is a true infielder; she can play any position on the infield and also has a consistent bat with power. I see Leanna playing third base and making a contribution in the lineup.”

Macie Gibson


Laurinburg, N.C.

Scotland High School

Gibson plays travel ball for the SEC Elite coached by Danny Lampley and Dee Harris.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“Macie is the speed in this recruiting class. She mainly plays outfield but can easily play infield if needed. Macie brings a lot of energy and love for the game which is a great asset to possess.”

Taylor Beard


Newton, N.C.

Maiden High School

Beard plays travel ball for the very competitive Team NC under Jesse Summey.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“Taylor will carry some catching duties for us. She is a very smart catcher and blocks the ball well. Taylor is a true student-athlete who excels in the classroom. She should continue to excel in both the classroom and on the softball field.”

Hannah Jennings


Marshall, N.C.

Madison County High School

Jennings plays travel ball for the successful organization Carolina Elite coached by Tim Collie.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“Hannah is another versatile athlete who can pitch and play infield. She is very athletic, which is something I look for in our student-athletes. Her athleticism allows her to be good defensively and a treat on offense as she can slap and hit for power.”


Talon LaClair


Statesville, N.C.

West Iredell High School

LaClair is a high school and travel ball teammate of Leanna Sherrill who also played travel ball for the Carolina Cobras under Bryan York and now plays for the Carolina Cardinals under Scott Lang.

Coach Shena Hollar:

“Talon is a gifted player that brings a lot to the field. She can play anywhere on the field and brings a very good bat to our lineup. I see Talon making an impact for us this spring.”

“I am very excited about this class,” said Hollar. “They represent the true student-athlete. They excel in the classroom and on the softball field. They will bring a lot to Lenoir-Rhyne University on and off the field.”

Lenoir-Rhyne (46-13, 20-4) clinched a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship last year and earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament. The Bears will open the season on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, at the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The Chowan Women's Basketball Team (2-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 74-68 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2), 74-68, Monday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Hawks used balance scoring – with five players in double figures – in the victory. Chowan was led by Dhyamond Crenshaw (Burke, Va.) with 17 points while Joanne Williams (Norfolk, Va.) tallied a double-double – 10 points and 12 rebounds – in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with a game-high 21 points while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) neared a triple-double again – 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists – despite the loss.

The Bears cut a 16-point deficit to two points at 70-68 on a three-point play by Suddreth with 23 seconds left but the Hawks scored the final four points to take the victory.

The Hawks took control in the first quarter as they outscored the Bears by a 24-15 margin and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into 12 turnovers. Chowan also owned the free throw line: connecting on 22-of-36 free throw attempts.

Suddreth leads the team at 17.3 points per game.

Lenoir-Rhyne will hit the road for the first time this season on Wednesday, November 15, against Winston-Salem State in Winston-Salem, N.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Appalachian State football team’s first-place showdown at Georgia State on Nov. 25 has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN3.

App State, Georgia State and Troy are currently part of a three-way tie for first place with 5-1 records in the Sun Belt Conference, and all three teams have byes this weekend. Arkansas State, which fell to 4-1 in the league with a loss at South Alabama last weekend, could join the first-place tie with a home win Saturday against Texas State.

Two days after Thanksgiving, the winner of the game in Atlanta between the Mountaineers (6-4 overall) and Panthers (6-3 overall) will be 6-1 in the Sun Belt with a chance to clinch at least a share of a conference title in its Dec. 2 finale. It will also be App State’s first visit to Georgia State Stadium, which was formerly Turner Field as home to the Atlanta Braves.

Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield and first-year Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott were App State teammates from 1991-95, with Satterfield playing quarterback and Elliott excelling as a defensive lineman. Elliott was also on Jerry Moore’s staff when Satterfield began his coaching career as an App State assistant from 1998-2008.

The Mountaineers are moving forward from a 27-6 win in which they limited Georgia Southern to 191 yards of offense with no touchdowns, quarterback Taylor Lamb threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for a career-high 130 yards.

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