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Saturday Night March 28th Hickory Motor Speedway will be featuring the 2nd Round of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models.

The Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge is a 10 Race Championship Series within the overall NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship at Hickory Motor Speedway and provides additional purse money to the NWAAS Bojangles Late Models and additional season ending point funds to be distributed among the Top 3 Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge finishers.

Also on tap for this Saturday Night will be the T- Mobile Limited Late Models for 35 laps. Other divisions on the schedule will be the Street Stocks for 30 laps, the Wrench Rags Renegades for 20 laps and the popular Sportsman Racing Classics.

Gates will open at 5pm with racing action beginning at 7pm. Tickets are just $11.00 for adults, $9.00 for Seniors and Teen and 12 and under are free.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (21-13, 9-10) surpassed last year’s win total by holding on to beat Carson-Newman (15-15, 9-13), 9-8, Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at the Silver Diamond Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas) once again led the Bears in hitting, finishing with three hits and three RBI including a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

With the score tied at six entering the top of the ninth inning, the Bears took the lead for good with three runs in the frame. Freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) provided the game-winning hit with a two-run double in the inning.

Carson-Newman plated a pair of runs in the ninth but freshman pitcher Tad Ratliff (Taylorsville, N.C.) (3-2), who was credited with the win, was able to register the final out with a runner on second base.

Junior catcher Colby Dishmond (Statesville, N.C.) added two hits and two runs batted in for the Bears, who finished with 15 hits on the afternoon.

For Carson-Newman, Greg Jones (Maryville, Tenn.) hit a solo home run and Eric Lynch (Boonton, N.J.) added three hits and two runs batted in despite the loss. The Eagles’ Michael Cogliano (Medford, N.J.) fell to 1-3 with the setback on the mound.

The two teams wrap up the South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at Noon.

Scott Webster earned his team-best 13th win of the season, but Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to pick up another point as it fell to No. 57 Troy, 6-1, on Friday at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.

The Mountaineers (6-9) narrowly dropped the doubles point as the Trojans (18-5) picked up their eighth-straight victory.

Appalachian’s top doubles pairing of Oliver Casey/Jan-Willem Kleynhans suffered a 6-1 defeat and Troy clinched the point when its No. 3 duo topped the Mountaineer tandem of Zach Bost/Trey Morris by a narrow 7-5 score. Webster and fellow Australian Jack Maddocks were tied 6-6 at No. 2 doubles, but the match went unfinished as Troy had clinched the point.

In singles play, the Trojans rolled to straight-set wins at No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 to take clinch the match and take a commanding 5-1 lead. Webster got Appalachian State on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 and Casey suffered a hard-fought loss at No. 1 (6-1, 4-6, 10-8).

The Mountaineers wrap up the weekend on Saturday when they square off with New Orleans at 10 a.m.. Appalachian was slated to play South Carolina State on the same day, but the contest has been canceled.

#57 Troy 6, Appalachian State 1
Mar 27, 2015 at Troy, Ala. (Lunsford Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Gabriel Dias (TROY) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8
2. Hassan Ndayishimye (TROY) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-0, 6-1
3. Scott Webster (APP) def. Andy Lau (TROY) 6-4, 6-2
4. Pablo Moreno (TROY) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-2, 6-3
5. Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-3, 6-3
6. Cyprian Owczarz (TROY) def. Trey Morris (APP) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Andy Lau/Gabriel Dias (TROY) def. Oliver Casey/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-1
2. Pablo Moreno/Hassan Ndayishimye (TROY) vs. Jack Maddocks/Scott Webster (APP) 6-6, unfinished
3. Calum McKinlay/Giovani Samaha (TROY) def. Trey Morris/Zach Bost (APP) 7-5

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-9, 1-1
Troy 18-5, 5-0; National ranking #57
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,2,4,3,6,1)

After leading Appalachian State University men’s basketball in scoring and earning second team all-Sun Belt Conference accolades, junior guard Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) has been named as a NABC all-district selection, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced on Friday.

Eaves finished fifth in the Sun Belt in scoring (16.6 ppg) and posted 22 double-digit scoring performances, including 11 games with at least 20 points. He was named Sun Belt Player of the Week twice and helped Appalachian finish sixth in the 11-team conference despite being selected to finish last in the preseason coaches poll.

He is one of 10 players from the Sun Belt to be named as an all-district selection for District 24. The team is selected and voted on by NABC members from around the country.

District 24
First Team
R.J. Hunter - Georgia State
Shawn Long - UL Lafayette
Jelani Hewitt - Georgia Southern
Tylor Ongwae - UL Monroe
Ryan Harrow - Georgia State

Second Team
Anthony Livingston - Arkansas State
Frank Eaves - Appalachian State
Ken Williams - South Alabama
Lonnie McClanahan - UT Arlington
Emani Gant - Texas State

District 24: Mark Byington, Georgia Southern

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (5-6) scored the first 11 goals of the game on its way to a 15-6 win over Tampa (5-8) Friday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.

Three players scored three goals for the Bears – senior midfielders Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.) and Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) and junior midfielder Claire Wach (Cary, N.C.) – as Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 10-0 halftime lead in the victory.

Tampa’s Amanda Voges (Bayshore, N.Y.) scored three times as well but the Spartans couldn’t get any closer than eight goals the rest of the way.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman attacker Brooke Ouderkirk (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Kaitlyn Karp (Freeport, N.Y.) both scored twice and junior midfielder Bailey Leonard (Cornelius, N.C.) finished with a pair of assists on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) played the first half and held Tampa scoreless on her way to earning the win. Flueck made five saves for the Bears, who held the advantage in both shots taken (34-17) and ground balls (29-16).

Tampa’s Vala Molamusa (Wyckoff, N.J.) suffered the loss in goal. Molamusa played the first half as well and was credited with four saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.,

Lenoir-Rhyne (24-11, 4-4) and Wingate (17-11, 6-2) split a South Atlantic Conference Softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bulldogs took the first contest, 2-1, before the Bears earned the shutout win in the nightcap by a 6-0 score.

Game One – Wingate 2, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
The Bulldogs’ Emily Usiak (Matthews, N.C.) hit a solo home run before adding the game-winning, run-scoring double in the fifth inning to lift Wingate to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s lone run of the contest came in the second inning thanks to an RBI single by freshman shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.).

Wingate’s Stacey Houser (Mooresville, N.C.) went the distance and earned the victory on the mound. Houser scattered seven hits and struck out five batters in the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) fell to 11-8 after taking the loss. Hole allowed just two runs in addition to seven strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning despite the loss.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Wingate 0
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Jordin Phillips (Hampstead, N.C.) hit a two-run home run and finished with three hits and three runs batted in while junior Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) pitched a complete game shutout as the Bears salvaged the split with the Bulldogs.

Hoskins improved to 13-3 on the season after scattering seven hits with six strikeouts for her sixth shutout of the year.

Phillips’ home run, her team-tying seventh of the season, gave the Bears a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the third inning and Lenoir-Rhyne never looked back. Freshman second baseman Averi Miller (Taylorsville, N.C.) added a two-run single as well for the Bears.

Meanwhile, Houser (11-8) suffered the loss for the Bulldogs.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Carson-Newman in a league doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Clare Cox picked up her 11th singles win of the season, but Appalachian State University women’s tennis was unable to score another point as it fell by a 6-1 final to Charlotte on Thursday at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.

The Mountaineers (6-11) dropped their eighth-straight contest as the 49ers (7-8) grabbed the doubles point and won in straight sets at five of six singles spots.

Cox teamed with Mackenzie LaSure to pick up a hard-fought, 8-7 (9-7) win at No. 1 doubles, but Charlotte grabbed an 8-6 win at No. 2 and an 8-4 win at No. 3 to grab the doubles point and the early 1-0 lead.

In singles play, Cox improved to 11-6 on the season as she grabbed a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot. LaSure suffered a 6-1, 6-1 loss at No. 2 and Brianna Armellino was topped by a 6-2, 6-2 score at No. 3.

Gabrielle Wreder dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 4 while McKayla Zupan fell by a 6-2, 6-1 score at the No. 6 position. Melissa Machado put up a solid effort at No. 5, but was unable to grab the win as she lost by a score of 7-5, 6-4.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they square off with UNCG before traveling to Western Carolina on Sunday.

Charlotte 6, Appalachian State 1
Mar 26, 2015 at Charlotte, N.C. (Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-4, 6-4
2. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-1, 6-1
3. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Fleur Holtkamp (CHA) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-3, 6-3
5. Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 7-5, 6-4
6. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Fleur Holtkamp/Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 8-7 (9-7)
2. Lisa Grosselius/Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Melissa Machado/Megan Mullen (APP) 8-6
3. Tyler Baker/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 8-4

Match Notes
Appalachian State 6-11
Charlotte 7-8

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader against the Belmont Abbey JV winning game one 22-2 and winning game two 16-2.

Game one: CVCC 22, Belmont 2 (5 innings)

Offensive Leaders:
Clay Hodges 5-5, 4 doubles, 4 runs, 1 RBI
Randal Ortiz 3-4, 2 homeruns, 5 RBI, 2 runs
Ivan Acuna 4-4, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 4 runs
Danny Sullivan 3-5, homerun, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Trever Lee 3-5, homerun, 3 RBI, 3 runs
Lou Matarazzo 3-5, homerun, 3 RBI, 3 runs

Winning Pitcher: Brandyn Norton (2-2), 2 runs, 3 hit, 3 K, 2 BB

Red Hawks offense was on fire posting 22 runs on 25 hits while the pitching staff shut down Belmont to 2 runs on 4 hits. Red Hawks scored in every inning a 5 inning shortened game. Including a 8 run third and 7 run fourth. Every player in the starting lineup recorded a hit while 8 of the 9 had at least 2 hits.

Game two: CVCC 16, Belmont 2 (5 innings)

Offensive Leaders:
Thomas Waddell 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Brandon Ford 2-4, 2b, 5 RBI, 1 run
Skyler Strickland 2-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Winning Pitcher: Gavin Huffman (1-2) 2.0, 0 runs, 1 hits, 3 K, 1 BB

Red Hawks offense stays hot in game 2 recording 16 runs on 11 hits. The Red Hawks had a 10 run second inning and never looked back.

Red Hawks are 15-13 on the season. They will play Patrick Henry in the conference home opener this weekend. There will be a double header on Saturday starting at 1:00pm

Catawba Valley Community College baseball player Danny Sullivan was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II player of the week for of March 16-22.

Sullivan went 13-23 in 6 games for a .565 average while scoring 6 runs and 3 RBI. Sullivan hit 6 extra base hits with 4 doubles, a triple and a home run. Sullivan also added 2 stolen bases and helped lead the Red Hawks to a 4-2 record including a conference opener sweep over Lenoir CC where he went 7-12 and in a game was a homerun short of the cycle.

The NJCAA Player of the Week recognizes the top players and pitchers in the nation for each division. This is the first Red Hawks baseball player named for this season.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:21

Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Falls to Pfeiffer

The Pfeiffer Baseball Team (19-13) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (20-13) by an 11-4 score Wednesday night at Bears Field in non-conference action.

The Falcons, winners of four straight games, were led by Izzy Perez (Miami, Fla.) with a three-run home run and Zac Chilton (Pilot Mountain, N.C.) with a solo home run, three hits and three runs batted in.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led offensively by junior second baseman Matthew De La Rosa (Austin, Texas). De La Rosa hit a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with a game-high four hits despite the loss.

Perez’s home run was part of five-run third inning which gave the Falcons the lead for good. Pfeiffer totaled 16 hits on the night.

Pfeiffer’s Keith Little (Mooresville, N.C.) started the game and was credited with the victory. Little improved to 4-3 on the year.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore first baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) added two hits and a run batted in while junior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) (2-4) suffered the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday against Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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