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Fresh of its best start in 19 years, the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (10-0, 3-0) is ranked No. 16 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II National Poll.

The Bears’ 10 victories to start the year matches the best start in school history with the 1996 squad, which opened the year with a 10-0 record as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne has also won a school-record 19 straight games dating back to the end of the 2014 season and is coming off a weekend South Atlantic Conference series sweep of Tusculum at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne is next scheduled to host Montreat at home on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The Bears were supposed to face Limestone on Tuesday in Gaffney, S.C., but the contest was postponed to the winter weather.

Collegiate Baseball
NCAA Division II Poll
February 16, 2015

1. Tampa (8-1)
2. Southern Indiana (1-2)
3. Colorado Mesa (5-1)
4. Emporia State (4-0)
5. Seton Hill (0-0)
6. UNC Pembroke (10-0)
7. Minnesota State-Mankato (0-0)
8. Nova Southeastern (9-0)
9. West Florida (7-2)
10. U.C. San Diego (7-3)
11. Cal. Poly-Pomona (5-1)
12. West Texas A&M (7-2)
13. Henderson State (6-1)
14. Armstrong State (8-1)
15. Mount Olive (8-2)
16. Lenoir-Rhyne (10-0)
17. Lynn (6-2)
18. Quincy (0-0)
19. Franklin Pierce (0-0)
20. Angelo State (7-1)
21. Chico State (1-2)
22. Drury (0-0)
23. Saint Leo (9-1)
24. Flagler (7-1)
25. California Baptist (4-2)
26t. Southern Arkansas (8-5)
26t. Slippery Rock (3-1)
28. St. Edward’s (6-4)
29. Mercyhurst (0-0)
30. Arkansas-Fort Smith (6-0)

Monday, 16 February 2015 12:53

App State's Tuesday Baseball Game Postponed

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Tuesday’s baseball game between Appalachian State and Campbell, slated to be played in Asheboro, N.C., has been postponed due to the wintry weather that is expected across the state this week.

No makeup date for the contest has been set.

Appalachian State (1-1) is scheduled to open the home portion of its 2015 ledger this weekend with a four-game series versus Canisius (1-1). Weather permitting, the home opener is set for 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m.

Monday, 16 February 2015 10:38

CVCC Women's Basketball Game Postponed

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball game scheduled for Monday evening against Clintion Junior College has been postponed due to impending weather. A makeup date is in the process of being rescheduled if both teams schedule allows.

North Piedmont Conference
First round games have been moved to Tuesday. All times and host sites remain the same as the original Monday schedule.

Northwestern Conference
First round of the Northwestern Conference Tournament was to start today. All games have been postponed to Tuesday. Tournament plans scheduled for Tuesday will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning and adjusted according to weather conditions.  Should games be played on Tuesday, start times may be adjusted.

South Mountain Athletic Conference
First round games of the SMAC tournament were scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

Southern District 7
All first round games were to start today and have now been postponed to Tuesday.

Monday, 16 February 2015 00:11

App State Women's Tennis Wins Second Straight

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Another weather-shortened match had no effect on Appalachian State University women’s tennis, as it cruised to a 5-1 win over visiting West Virginia State on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (4-3) picked up their fourth-straight home win and dealt the Yellow Jackets (0-1) a loss in their season-opener after entering the match ranked No. 49 in the NCAA Division II ITA Rankings.

Appalachian took the doubles point easily as the No. 2 tandem of Melissa Machado and Megan Mullen grabbed a 6-0 win before the No. 3 duo of Gabrielle Wreder and McKayla Zupan cruised to a 6-3 win to take the doubles point.

In singles play, West Virginia State was able to get on the board as Brittany Franco scored a 7-6, 6-4 win over Clare Cox at the No. 1 spot.

It would be all App State from there, as the Mountaineers grabbed straight-set wins in the next four singles matches. Mackenzie LaSure was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 2 while Brianna Armellino came away with a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 3.

Wreder grabbed Appalachian’s match-clinching fourth point with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 before Machado earned the final point of the day with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 5.

Olivia King was tied, 4-4, at No. 6 with WVSU’s Brenda Cumpa, but the match went unfinished so the visitors could hit the road before a major winter storm began to move towards the east coast.

Appalachian State returns to action on Friday for a 3 p.m. contest against Radford before hitting the road to take on Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The Mountaineers will also play host to North Carolina Central on Feb. 22 before a nine-match road trip to begin the month of March.

Appalachian State 5, West Virginia State 1
Feb 15, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Brittany Franco (WVSU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 7-6, 6-4
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Brooke Campbell (WVSU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Charlotte Sandy (WVSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Nina Dillwald (WVSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Diana Cotoros (WVSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Olivia King (APP) vs. Brenda Cumpa (WVSU) 4-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) vs. Brittany Franco/Brooke Campbell (WVSU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. Charlotte Sandy/Nina Dillwald (WVSU) 6-0
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Diana Cotoros/Brenda Cumpa (WVSU) 6-3

Match Notes
West Virginia State 0-1
Appalachian State 4-3

For the second straight day, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (10-0) defeated both King, 12-4, and No. 8 Armstrong State, 9-8, Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Field and remained perfect on the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne 12, King 4 (five innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) hit two home runs and finished with four runs batted in as the Bears used a six-run first inning to put the contest away early and run-rule the Tornado.

Senior outfielder Brittany Coursen (Virginia Beach, Va.) added a home run to go along with four runs batted in as well in the victory for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior pitcher Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after limiting King (1-5) to just one hit while allowing four unearned runs and striking out five batters.

Kenley’s run-scoring single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the contest. Kenley also added three hits and three runs scored while King’s Hollyn Frankin (Lincolnton, N.C.) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Armstrong State 8
The Bears dug themselves into a 7-0 hole but rallied to win after plating nine runs in the fifth inning in the victory over the Pirates (6-4).

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.) capped the frame with the game-winning, two-run home run while Kenley and freshman third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) added round-trippers in the inning.

The Pirates’ Jane Trzaska (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) hit a grand slam in the first inning and Alexis Mercer (Rincon, Ga.) added a three-run home run in the fourth despite the loss. Trzaska hit a solo shot in the seventh inning and finished with five runs batted in.

On the mound, junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) went the distance and struck out 10 batters to earn the win and improve to 10-0 on the year. Ollivia McLemore (Salem, Ala.) fell to 3-2 on the year after taking the loss for the Pirates.

Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Mount Olive, N.C., to face Mount Olive in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, 16 February 2015 00:05

CVCC Men's Basketball Rebounds for Road Win

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team defeated Tidewater Community College on the road 72-56.

Leading scorers for the RedHawks were Kenny Lemon with 17 points and Corneilus Johnson with 14 points.

CVCC is now 14-13 overall and 9-8 in conference play. CVCC goes to Vance-Granville Community College on Wednesday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (0-2) came up short in its 2015 home opener, 13-12, to No. 18 Rollins (3-0) Sunday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Tars’ Tyler Thomas (Winter Park, Fla.) scored five goals as Rollins rallied from a 10-7 deficit in the second half to take the win.

Freshman midfielder Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) scored the Bears’ first four goals but Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its second consecutive one-goal defeat.

Rollins’ Alley Rhinehart (Winter Springs, Fla.) broke a 10-all with the match-winning goal with 10:20 left in the contest as the Tars reeled off six straight scores late in the second half to take the victory.

Kristina Coppolino (Winter Springs, Fla.) also scored three times while Malorie Olin (Skaneateles, N.Y.) earned the victory in goal for Rollins after stopping 10 shots in the match.

Junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) and sophomore attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) also scored twice as the Bears, who fell despite holding the advantage a 29-21 advantage in shots taken.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Paula Cortezano (Patchogue, N.Y.) suffered the loss despite finishing with three saves. Freshman Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas), who started the match for the Bears, made two saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener next Saturday at Noon at Moretz Stadium.

Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Falls By One

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The Florida Tech Men’s Lacrosse Team (2-0) held off a furious rally by Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2) and prevailed by a 13-12 score Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

The Panthers’ Jason Terry (Bel Air, Md.) totaled five goals including the match-winner while Daniel Errett (Fairfield, Conn.) scored three times as Florida Tech jumped out to an 11-5 advantage after three periods of play and held on for the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which lost its second straight one-goal match, was led offensively by senior midfielder Jon Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) with five goals.

The Bears scored seven goals in the final stanza and tied the match at 12 on Hanlon’s fifth and final goal with 1:36 left but the Panthers responded with the match-winner with 32 seconds on the clock.

Terry’s goal was assisted by Nick Wynne (Skyesville, Md.), who finished with three assists on the day, and Florida Tech defeated its first ranked opponent in school history. Lenoir-Rhyne entered the match ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II.

Sophomore attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) and senior attacker Ned Kaish (Atlanta, Ga.) both scored two goals as well and senior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) stopped six shots in the losing effort for the Bears.

For Florida Tech, Eric Biller (Westminster, Md.) was credited with the win in goal after making 11 saves on the day. The Panthers also held the edge in shots taken (38-37) and ground balls (41-34).

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener on Saturday, February 21, at Moretz Stadium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis got back on the winning track, picking up a 5-0 victory over visiting Presbyterian College on Saturday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (3-3) fought hard to pick up the doubles point and then never looked back as the Blue Hose (4-2) failed to pick up a singles match.

Saturday’s match saw just four of the six singles matches finish up as inclement weather made its way to the High Country, forcing the match to conclude before all matches could wrap up.

App State’s No. 1 duo of Mackenzie LaSure and Clare Cox were first to win their doubles match, 8-2, before Megan Mullen and Melissa Machado secure the doubles point with a 8-3 win at No. 3.

In singles play, Appalachian carried the momentum forward as Cox and LaSure made quick work of the first two spots. Cox won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, while LaSure won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.

The closest match of the day came at No. 3 between Brianna Armellino and Demi Henschel. Henschel took a close first set 6-4, but Armellino roared back to take the second set handily, 6-2, to force a final set. She carried her energy into the third set, winning 6-2 to pick up the match-clinching fourth point.

Machado was able to handle No. 5 spot quickly as she won 6-3, 6-2, before matches at No. 4 and No. 6 went unfinished due to developing bad weather and Appalachian took the win with a 5-0 final.

The Mountaineers return for part two of their three-match homestand as they take on West Virginia State on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Appalachian State 5, Presbyterian College 0
Feb 14, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. RANSOM, Greer (PCW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. NUTTALL, Brittany (PCW) 6-0, 6-1
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. HENSCHEL, Demi (PCW) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) vs. ANDREWS, C.M. (PCW) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. deLOACH, Caroline (PCW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Megan Mullen (APP) vs. MCBRIDE, Sara (PCW) 3-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. RANSOM, Greer/HENSCHEL, Demi (PCW) 8-2
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. NUTTALL, Brittany/ANDREWS, C.M. (PCW) 8-3
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) vs. deLOACH, Caroline/MCBRIDE, Sara (PCW) 6-5, unfinished

Match Notes
Presbyterian College 4-2
Appalachian State 3-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
Official: Nick Wilson T-3:46 A-59