Three players scored in double-figures, but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-17, 5-11 SBC) suffered a 68-58 decision to Louisiana (16-8, 10-5 SBC) in the Holmes Center on Saturday.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) recorded her sixth 20-point game of the season scoring a game-high 20 points (16 in the second half) on an efficient 9-for-12 shooting with eight boards and four assists.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a conference-best this season with 17 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line. She also added five assists and grabbed five off the glass. Q. Murray rounded out the leading scorers with 11 points and scattered five helpers.
Bayley Plummer (East Davidson, N.C./Thomasville) tied her career high with 11 boards on the night, her third double-digit rebounding game of the season.
In a physical game that featured 53 fouls, the Apps came back from as much as 12 in the third quarter to just one on multiple occasions in the second half.
After Louisiana hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third frame to take a 33-21 lead, the Apps surged back with a 14-3 run over a 4:34 span to cut the lead to one, 36-35. Nine points were scored by Story during the run while Murray and Amber Driver (Houston, Texas/Tyler JC) chipped in with five.
App continued to stay on the Cajuns' tails in the fourth quarter going into the period trailing by three. Following a Louisiana bucket that pushed the lead to 44-39, App sliced the deficit to one once again thanks to back-to-back layups in transition from Story and Jones.
As the trend continued during the game, Louisiana hit timely shots to keep App from taking the lead, as the visitors responded with a pair of buckets go out front by five, 48-43.
The Cajuns then went up by as much as 10 with 3:30 left, 60-50, before App stormed back to cut the deficit to three points, 61-58. Jones scored all eight points during the 8-1 run to give Appalachian a chance for a score-and-stop.
But Louisiana would score the next seven points to claim its fifth-straight victory.
App will look to end the weekend 1-1 on Saturday against UL Monroe at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (5-2, 1-1) fell short to Queens University of Charlotte (2-1, 2-0) Thursday afternoon with an 7-2 loss in a South Atlantic Conference match at Freedom Park.
In addition, Queens snapped Lenoir-Rhyne's four-match winning streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Alex Ayguavives (Barcelona, SPAIN) won his singles match against the Royals' Agustin Aran Martin (Mardel Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina) - 3-6, 6-4 and 10-4 - at number three. In addition, sophomore Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) prevailed at fourth singles for the Bears over Queens' Andor Vas (Subotica, SERBIA).
Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Tusculum on the road in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Queens hosts Brevard Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Queens 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Charlotte, N.C. (Freedom Park)
1. Jules Athalis (QUEENS) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-2, 6-2
2. Paolo Bompieri (QUEENS) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 6-2, 6-4
3. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Austin Aran Martin (QUEENS), 3-6, 6-4, 10-4
4. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Andor Vas (QUEENS), 6-3, 2-6, 10-7
5. Giovanni Setti (QUEENS) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 6-3, 6-2
6. Zachary Williams (QUEENS) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 10-8
1. Andor Vas/Paolo Bompieri (QUEENS) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-6
2. Giovanni Setti/Sebastian Meum (QUEENS) def. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR), 8-4
3. Jules Athalis/Joel Dunlap (QUEENS) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR), 8-4
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (5-2, 1-1 SAC), Queens (2-1, 2-0 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (5-4, 1-1) fell to Queens University of Charlotte (2-1, 2-0), 8-1, Thursday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Freedom Park. The Royals are ranked No. 39 in NCAA Division II.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Iulia Ponomareva (Smolensk, RUSSIA) won her singles match against the Royals' Marta Gonzalez (Vigo, SPAIN) - 7-5, 4-6 and 10-8 - at No. 2 but it was the only victory the Bears could muster.
Lenoir-Rhyne next plays Tusculum on the road in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Queens hosts Brevard Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
No. 39 Queens 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Charlotte, N.C. (Freedom Park)
1. Carlotta Nassi (QUEENS) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 2-6, 7-5, 10-2
2. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Marta Gonzalez (QUEENS), 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
3. Melissa Laing (QUEENS) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 6-3
4. Caroline Nielsen (QUEENS) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-1, 6-0
5. Hannah Lehfeldt (QUEENS) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-0, 6-4
6. Isabel Fornies (QUEENS) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 6-1, 6-4
1. Marta Gonzalez/Melissa Laing (QUEENS) def. Emily Murchland/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-4
2. Carlotta Nassi/Ana Bolson (QUEENS) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-7 (7-5)
3. Caroline Nielsen/Hannah Lehfeldt (QUEENS) def. Abbi Wood/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 8-0
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (5-4, 1-1 SAC), Queens (2-1, 2-0 SAC)
East Burke: 58
Cavaliers advance to the third round hosting Monroe on Saturday.
Blue Devils advance to the third round going to Smoky Mountain on Saturday.
Southwestern Randolph: 18
Patriots host North Henderson in the third round on Saturday.
North Iredell: 56
Red Tornadoes season ends at 20-7.
West Caldwell: 52
Warrirors season ends at 18-8.
Fred T. Foard: 40
Tigers season ends at 11-16. The Red Tornadoes advance to the third round going to North Henderson on Saturday. Listen to the game on 1290 AM, 102.3 FM and whky.com Saturday night.
Patriots advance to the second round hosting South Point.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team has released its 2017 schedule, school officials announced today.
The schedule includes five home games in addition to a Thursday night opener – August 31 – at Moretz Stadium against West Alabama. The Bears and the Tigers will be meeting for the first time in school history. West Alabama went 7-4 last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne's non-conference schedule also includes North Greenville (Sept. 9 at home), Limestone (Oct. 14 on the road) and UNC Pembroke (Oct. 28 on the road). The Crusaders went 9-5 last year and advanced to the national quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the Braves (10-2) also earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
In South Atlantic Conference play, Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Wingate (Sept. 23), Newberry (Oct. 7 for its annual Homecoming game) and Carson-Newman (Nov. 4 for Senior Day).
The Bears and Wolves play for the Bishops' Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran Schools of North and South Carolina. Newberry went 10-2 last year and won the league championship.
The Bears will play at Mars Hill (Sept. 16), Tusculum (Sept. 30) and long-time rival Catawba (Nov. 11) on the road in league action. The Indians and Bears have met 96 times with Catawba holding a 49-43-4 edge over Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under second-year mentor Mike Kellar, will host its annual Spring Game on Saturday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m.
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule
Date Day Opponent Location Time
Aug. 31 Thurs. West Alabama Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 9 Sat. North Greenville Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 16 Sat. #Mars Hill Mars Hill, N.C. 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 23 Sat. #Wingate Hickory, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 30 Sat. #Tusculum Greeneville, Tenn. 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sat. #Newberry (Homecoming) Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Oct. 14 Sat. Limestone Gaffney, S.C. 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 Sat. UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 Sat. #Carson-Newman Hickory, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 Sat. #Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 1:30 p.m.
# = South Atlantic Conference game
Five Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes have been accepted into the Lineberger Fellows program. The program is considered to be the university’s premier academic program which includes a minimum baseline grade point average of 3.8 in addition to a rigorous application and interview process.
The five Bears’ freshman student-athletes are:
Hawley Agee (women’s soccer) – Greenville, S.C. (Middle Grades Education)
Karlie Bearden (women’s basketball) – Dawsonville, Ga. (Medical Studies)
Tyler Daily (men’s lacrosse) – Leesburg, Va. (Engineering Physics)
Cora Dodson (women’s swimming) – Venice, Fla. (Nursing)
Hannah Houston (volleyball) – Claremont, N.C. (Medical Studies)
Kim Pate, LRU’s Director of Athletics acknowledged the students’ accomplishments: “We are extremely proud of the academic achievements of these five student-athletes and their acceptance into this distinguished program. This a tremendous opportunity for these young men and women and we look forward to their continued growth and development as a result of this rich learning experience.”
The Lineberger Fellows program is designed to recognize, support and celebrate the many achievements of highly motivated and talented Lenoir-Rhyne students. The program accomplishes this by preparing Lineberger Fellows to become more competitive applicants for post-graduate fellowships, awards and exceptional employment opportunities.
Dr. Rand Brandes, Lineberger Fellows Director welcomes the student-athletes. “These student-athletes were selected not only because of their academic success, but also because they stayed focused and committed to developing as a whole person during the toughest semester of college—the first semester. I look forward to ‘coaching them’ on their professional development over the next four years.”
The Fellows meet regularly with the Director to help establish personal and professional priorities, develop plans for success, explore networking opportunities, and practice formal and informal interviewing skills.
The Fellows have participated in career development workshops focusing on self-awareness, internships, the graduate school selection and application process, resume design, and social media branding. They have also met to discuss the Fellows “common read” book, Rising Strong (2015) by Brené Brown and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey.
The Lineberger Fellows Program Founder and Director is Dr. Rand Brandes, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Brandes is also Founder and Director of the highly-regarded Lenoir-Rhyne University Writer Series.
The Southern Conference received 19 qualifier allocations for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, the NCAA announced on Thursday as Appalachian State University wrestling saw six wrestlers earn spots in one or both the latest coaches’ panel and Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
The final rankings will be tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2017 NCAA Championships, which will take place March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The NCAA allocated the SoCon four qualifiers at heavyweight, three each at 125 and 184 pounds, two each at 149 and 157 and one each in the remaining weight classes.
Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches’ ranking.
For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each qualifying tournament, with automatic qualifying status, was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 49 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 7. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; quality wins; coaches’ ranking; results against common opponents; RPI; qualifying event placement; and winning percentage.
The coaches’ rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class. In order to be eligible for the rankings, wrestlers must have participated in at least five matches against Division I opponents in the weight class and have wrestled within the last 30 days. The RPI requires a minimum of 17 Division I matches to be eligible for a ranking.
The SoCon’s 26 ranked individuals are:
125 pounds (3 NCAA allocations)
Nathan Kraisser, Campbell (No. 14 coaches/No. 19 RPI)
Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE (22/23)
Vito Pasone, Appalachian State (25/30)
Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga (--/28)
133 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Colby Smith, Appalachian State (21/19)
Chris Debien, Chattanooga (--/32)
141 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
149 pounds (2 NCAA allocations)
Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State (18/18)
Chris Vassar, Gardner-Webb (28/20)
Ty Buckiso, The Citadel (31/--)
157 pounds (2 NCAA allocations)
Aaron Walker, The Citadel (27/20)
Austin Kraisser, Campbell (33/--)
Neal Richards, VMI (--/19)
165 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb (26/20)
Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State (29/33)
174 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Austin Trott, Gardner-Webb (24/18)
Nick Kee, Appalachian State (32/--)
Jake Residori, SIUE (--/32)
184 pounds (3 NCAA allocations)
Bryce Carr, Chattanooga (16/12)
Hunter Gamble, Gardner-Webb (18/16)
Ville Heino, Campbell (19/19)
197 pounds (1 NCAA allocation)
Sawyer Root, The Citadel (--/32)
Heavyweight (4 NCAA allocations)
Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State (9/8)
Jared Johnson, Chattanooga (10/9)
Jere Heino, Campbell (24/18)
Boyce Cornwell, Gardner-Webb (29/28)
Jake McKiernan, SIUE (31/--)
The Hickory Crawdads have scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday, April 15th and have opted not to play on Easter Sunday (April 16th). The twin bill will start at 5pm with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
"We wanted to give our fans, staff, players, and coaches the opportunity to celebrate Easter with their family and friends," said Crawdads GM Mark Seaman.
The 'Dads will still celebrate the holiday on Saturday, April 15th with the Easter Bunny scheduled to make an appearance. In addition to Easter, the 'Dads will also be celebrating the official 25th anniversary of Crawdads baseball, as the first ever game took place at L.P. Frans Stadium on April 16th, 1993.
In honor of the quarter century milestone, the Crawdads are offering a limited number of doubleheader tickets for only $2.50 each, with one ticket valid for both games.
Tickets for the doubleheader are available online now or by calling the 'Dads front office. Single game tickets for the rest of the 2017 schedule will be available at a later date.
For more information about the doubleheader, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
The Queens Men's Basketball Team (24-3, 18-3) remained in a first-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 94-81 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-16, 9-12) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Royals, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, shot 60 percent (33-of-55) for the game and were led by Mike Davis (Brunswick, Ga.) with 22 points in the victory. Queens remained at the top of the league standings with Lincoln Memorial.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite the play of senior guard Darrion Evans. The Freedom High and CVCC grad scored a game-high 31 points including 25 in the first half and hit nine three-pointers in the losing effort.
Senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 21 points but the Bears fell to 1-8 in their last nine contests.
Queens rallied from a 48-42 deficit at halftime by scoring 52 points after intermission. The Royals' Josh Van Weezep (Farmington, Utah) added 18 points and hit six treys in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mars Hill, N.C., to take on Mars Hill in a league game Saturday at 4pm.
Appalachian State University softball edged out the North Carolina A&T Aggies 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex in Greensboro, N.C.
“I thought Kenzie [Longanecker] came in and closed out really well, and threw well,” said head coach Janice Savage. “ I think offensively we need to continue to figure ourselves out, be able to hit with runners in scoring positions, make better adjustments at the plate earlier and learn off of other people’s at-bats and not just from our own.”
App State improved to 5-4 after five ladies pounded out hits and three knocked in RBI to withstand the Aggies and sweep the two-game series. In the circle, Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (4-2) shut out A&T for 5.2 innings and fired out two strikeouts.
Game Rundown: App State 3, N.C. A&T 2 (8)
After two quiet innings, North Carolina A&T (6-6) capitalized off of back-to-back RBI singles to take the 2-0 lead at the bottom of the third. Following their two runs, N.C. A&T took the field and neutralized Apps' offense, but Appalachian responded by stopping the Aggie scoring threat stranding a runner on second at the bottom of the fourth.
Then the ballgame took a turn in the fifth inning when Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) sparked life into App State’s offense crashing a double deep into left field. Right after that, Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail)and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) mirrored Russell’s double with back-to-back RBI doubles to even up the score at two apiece.
After holding each other scoreless in the sixth and seventh, the ballgame went into extra innings, and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) smashed in a RBI single to bring home Gabby Buruato, a Draughn High School grad, to take the one-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
With the game on the line, the Black and Gold knew that the next three outs would determine the ballgame. A&T attempted to open up the eighth with a bunt to advance the runner, but White threw the runner out at third on a fielder’s choice. Then after a walk, Longanecker closed out the inning throwing two consecutive batters out at first to snatch game two away from N.C. A&T.
The Black and Gold will travel east to Wilmington, N.C. for the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic Feb. 24-26.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell at home to Patrick Henry Community College 72-68.
The Red Hawks fought to get back into the game down two with only 25 seconds left in the game. Patrick Henry made their final foul shots making the Red Hawks comeback effort fall short.
Derick Brewer led the Red Hawks with 22 points. Emmanuel Wembi had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kenan Turpin had 13 points and Alex Ijames added 10 points despite the loss.
With the loss the Red Hawks are the number four seed out of 10 teams in the upcoming Region X tournament.
CVCC falls to 18-10 overall and 12-7 in the conference. Sunday, the Red Hawks host Fayetteville Technical Community College at 3pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's lacrosse team opened the 2017 season with a 9-8 loss in overtime at home to Belmont Abbey.
The Bears got on the board quickly in the first half when Christine Faircloth found Rachel Elmore who scored 1:31 into the game. The two each traded goals until Belmont Abbey took their first lead of the contest at 4-3, with 5:02 left in the first half. The Crusaders would tack on one additional goal with five seconds left in the half to extend their lead to 5-3.
L-R would open the scoring in the second half when freshamn Alyssa Sack scored her first career goal unassisted with a man advantage. Belmont Abbey would extend their lead to 7-4 with 19:58 left to go in regulation before the Bears tied the game with 14:51 left when Gabby Sousa scored with a man advantage. The two teams would trade goals again, with the Bears getting the final tally by Sosua with 5:19 left in the second half.
However, in the overtime period, Belmont Abbey scored 52 seconds in the sudden death frame.
Sousa led the Bears with three goals. Lenoir-Rhyne had 16 shots with 13 on goal.
The Bears are 0-1 to start the season. Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mount Olive on Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team kept Queens under double digit scoring in each quarter in a defensive clinic, winning 59-31 Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference play at home.
The Bears held Queens to 29.5 percent shooting (13-of-44). In addition, the Royals only went to the free throw line seven times, connecting on three, for a 42.9 percentage. Conversely, the Bears went 8-of-15 at the line for 53.3 percent.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Queens were tied at nine at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Royals 17-8 in the second quarter to hold a 26-17 lead at the break. The Bears held Queens to eight points in the third quarter and six in the fourth quarter.
Morgan Cooper led the Bears in scoring with 13 points. Chelsey Romero led the Bears on the glass with 13 rebounds, 10 of which were on the defensive side.
The win improves the Bears to 16-11 overall, 12-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R ends the regular season Saturday on the road at Mars Hill.
The 22nd ranked Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team fell on the road Wednesday night to 11th ranked UNC-Pembroke 5-2.
UNC-Pembroke jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning, when the Braves knocked a three-run home run and they would add a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Lenoir-Rhyne was held scoreless until the top of the sixth inning with, one on, David Newcomer reached on a fielding error. allowing Zach Jacobs to advance to second and scoring both Alex Reynolds and Marcus Shoemaker.
The Bears were held to four hits in the contest. Shoemaker, Reynolds, Newcomer, and Josh Kent all recorded a hit for the Bears, with Shoemaker getting a double.
John Grigg (2-1) took the loss on the mound for the Bears. He went five innings, allowing all five Pembroke runs on four hits, striking out four, walking three but hitting three Braves batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 11-2 on the season. The Bears open South Atlantic Conference play on Friday when they travel to Anderson for a single game Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of Daniel Louisignau and Shaun Utterson as assistant coaches on Wednesday.
“First, I want to thank Jeff Bilyk, Ronnie Hreha and Cole Atkins for all of their hard work and efforts in my first year here at Appalachian State. They were great in the transition,” O’Keefe said. “I am extremely excited to have Dan and Shaun join the App State family. They both have accomplished the things we are working with our players to achieve here at App State each and every day. They will be great role models on and off the field and will help our players grow and develop. They both are conference and national champions and winners in life. They have hit the ground sprinting and will continue to every day. They have already made us better and will continue to for a long time.”
Louisignau comes to Appalachian State after four seasons as an assistant coach at UMBC, helping lead them to the America East regular season title in 2013 and 2014 and league tournament championships in three straight years. In 2014, the team made it to the College Cup for the first time in program history. The coaching staff at UMBC earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors, while their head coach, Pete Caringi, won NSCAA and Soccer America Coach of the Year Honors. Working primarily with goalkeepers and defenders, Louisignau also worked in recruiting and evaluating academically and athletically qualified student-athletes, as well as working with the alumni base.
He oversaw the development of goalkeeper Phil Saunders, who signed a professional contract with BÍ Bolungarvík of the Icelandic First Division in 2013 after being voted America East Conference Tournament MVP the year prior. Louisignau also coached Billy Heavner, who led the conference in goals-against average (.830) and shutouts (10) in 2014. Through five games in the 2014 NCAA tournament run, UMBC posted four shutouts as the Retrievers became the first unseeded team in NCAA history to post four clean sheets in as many games on the road.
Prior to coaching at UMBC, Louisignau also played as their goalkeeper from 2009-11 after transferring from the University of Virginia. During his time there, the Retrievers posted a winning percentage of .731 and an overall record of 41-11-15 for the winningest three-year period in UMBC men’s soccer history.
In 2011, Louisignau was named the America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors after leading the conference in saves, save percentage and shutouts. In 2010, he had an 84.5 save percentage that was good for 10th in the nation, as well as leading the America East Conference in save percentage and saves per game (5.57) during league games. In more than 200 minutes of action in the NCAA tournament, Louisignau only allowed one goal and had a six-save effort against then-No. 9 William & Mary for a 0-0 double overtime draw.
“I would like to thank Jason O’Keefe and the entire search committee for selecting me to represent the Appalachian State men’s soccer program,” Louisignau said. “Jason’s reputation speaks for itself and after one conversation with him, I was convinced that it is a special time to be at Appalachian State. I am extremely humbled by this unique opportunity, and I look forward to building a soccer program for all of the Appalachian State community to be proud of.”
A Wilmington, Del. native, Louisignau graduated from UMBC in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. While living in Delaware, he played club soccer for the Baltimore Bays, where he won the USYSA National Championship in 2006 and 2009 and won the US Soccer Developmental Academy in 2008. Louisignau was also invited to train with the U18 U.S. National Team in 2007.
Utterson comes to Appalachian from Wingate University, where he was an assistant coach from 2014-16. During his tenure, Utterson was responsible for the domestic and international recruitment, scouting and analysis of opponents and team training sessions. With the Bulldogs, the team won the Division II National Championship (2016), a South-East Regional Championship (2016), one SAC Tournament Conference Championship (2015) and three-straight SAC Regular-Season Conference Championships (2014-16). During the title run in 2016, Utterson helped the team lead the nation in winning percentage and goals-against-average while being a part of a coaching staff that won NSCAA Southeast Regional and National Staff of the Year awards.
The 2016 team was the first NCAA program to go unbeaten and untied in a regular season (14-0) and the first NCAA Division II Champion to not concede a goal in the tournament. The Bulldogs were also being unbeaten at home for three years (23-0-2), ending with the team’s first NCAA No. 1 national ranking in school history in 2016.
Utterson worked with seven all-Americans, 17 all-Region selections, 22 all-SAC selections, three SAC Players of the Year, two NCAA Final Four MVP’s and one National Player of the Year.
Prior to coaching, Utterson was a four-year starter for UNC Wilmington from 2008-11 before playing semi-professionally in the English Conference North with the Blyth Spartans and professionally for the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro division in 2013-14. As a Seahawk, Utterson recorded 76 starts, scored three goals and helped keep the defense finish in the top 10 nationally in goals-against-average in 2009-10.
Utterson made 50 appearances with the Spartans, scoring two goals as a defender. During his time with the Hammerheads, he made 20 starts in his rookie season
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Appalachian State soccer family, and I can’t wait to get started with the team,” Utterson said. “I’d like to thank coach O’Keefe and the selection committee for giving me this fantastic opportunity. I am delighted to be joining such a passionate and enthusiastic athletics department and look forward to learning from coach O’Keefe. I am committed to working as hard as possible to ensure that our student-athletes can be successful in the classroom, in the community and on the field.”
A Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England native, Utterson graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2011 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in economics and earned an M.A. in sports management from Wingate University in 2016. He also holds English Football Association Level 1 & 2 Coaching Awards and Youth Module 1 qualifications, as well as NSCAA Premier, Advanced National, Director of Coaching and Diversity & inclusion Diplomas.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team has jumped 13 spots in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, NCAA Division II National Softball Poll this week to 12th place. The Bears started the preseason poll ranked 25th.
The Bears have opened up their season 12-2, most recenlty winning all four games played at the Catawba Invitaitonal this past weekend. The Bears are currently on a six game winning streak.
In addition this week, the Bears swept the South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week awards. Erin Boone was named the conference player of the week while Brandi Parks won the pitcher of the week accolade.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes at the Mid-South Classic this weekend. The Bears open up the event taking on St. Joseph's College (Ind.) at noon on Saturday followed by Mount Olive at 2pm. Sunday, the Bears will wrap up the tournament taking on Flagler at 10am and Augusta at 12 noon. The event will take place in Reidville, SC at the Tyger River Park.
East Burke: 75
Mount Pleasant: 23
Cavaliers advance to the second round hosting Trinity on Thursday.
East Davidson: 61
Red Devils season ends at 16-11.
West Davidson: 57
Blue Devils advance to the second round hosting Lincolnton on Thursday.
North Surry: 49
West Caldwell: 25
Warrior season ends at 12-12.
Smoky Mountain: 67
Trojans season ends at 8-16.
Cox Mill: 31
Patriots advance to the second round hosting Southwestern Randolph on Thursday.
Red Tornadoes travel to North Iredell in the second round on Thursday.
Southwestern Randolph: 57
St. Stephens: 54
Indians season ends at 14-12.
South Caldwell: 36
Spartans season ends at 16-10.
Rocky River: 69
Alexander Central: 64
Cougars season ends at 16-11.
North Surry: 95
Wildcats season ends at 14-12.
TW Andrews: 66
Blue Devils season ends at 15-11.
West Caldwell: 51
Warriors advance to the second round going to Owen on Thursday.
Fred T. Foard: 57
North Forsyth: 56
Tigers advance to the second round going to Hickory.
Patriots advance to the second round hosting Piedmont on Thursday.
Sun Valley: 47
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round hosting Fred T. Foard.
Hickory Ridge: 59
Panthers season ends at 12-14.
Marvin Ridge: 55
Panthers season ends at 16-10.
Ben L. Smith: 56
Alexander Central: 49
Cougars season ends at 19-9
High Point Central: 66
South Caldwell: 61
Spartans season ends at 14-12.
Grace Canella from Maiden High School was one of two recipients of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.
Canella, a senior on the Blue Devils women’s basketball team, led the Lady Blue Devils to their first conference tournament championship since 2003 and their third all-time. She scored 20 points in a first round victory over Bandys, then 17 in a semifinal win over Newton-Conover. She saved her best performance for the finals as Canella dropped in a career-high 37 points to beat East Lincoln in overtime, 71-66. She scored 24 of her 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-7) fell to No. 3 North Carolina (10-1) on Tuesday evening, 6-1, in Chapel Hill at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
App State had its hands full against the third-ranked team in the nation that featured four student-athletes ranked in the top 70.
Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) was the lone Mountaineer to pick up a point for the Black and Gold as she won her first set against Kane, 7-5, fell in her second set, 3-6, and then outlasted Kane in the tiebreaker 1-0. Bygrave’s impressive triumph on Tuesday gives the sophomore her fourth-straight win in singles competition.
At No. 2 doubles, Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Gabrielle Wreder (Maimi, Fla. / Miami Killian) were defeated by Cassandra Vazquez and No. 40 Alexa Graham, 6-1, and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) fell to No. 70 Makenna Jones and Maggie Kane, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles went unfinished with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) trailing No. 3 Hayley Carter and No. 19 Jessie Aney, 5-2.
Swope lined up in the No. 1 slot but fell to Carter, 6-3, 6-1, and Morse was defeated by Aney, 6-1, 6-0.
Machado faced Graham in No. 3 singles but fell, 6-0, 6-0. In the No. 4 matchup, Wreder dropped the match, 6-0, 6-2.
Mullen fell to Vazquez in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-3.
The Mountaineers look forward to returning home after a six-match road trip on Friday against Lipscomb. The first serve is set for 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished third by one point at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Tuesday totaling 98 points. Texas State won the team title with 166 points and beating out App State for the runner up position was Texas-Arlington (99 points)
Short sprinters Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) had a fantastic showing in Birmingham earning a combined 20 points in the 60 meters and the 200 meters. Girardeau tied her personal record and the second-fastest time in school history of 7.50 to place second in the 60-meter finals and King darted across the line in 7.57 for fifth. For the 200-meter dash, Girardeau won her finals heat but landed in fourth with a personal-best effort of 24.32, the third fastest time in indoor school history, and King turned in another personal best and all-time performance (6th all-time) of 24.65 to place sixth.
Senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) snatched her second medal of the 2017 indoor championships after a silver-medal finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:54.23. Finishing in fifth and eighth for the Mountaineers was Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) and Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) who both clocked personal best of 17:40.22 and 17:58.88.
Along with Girardeau and Van Ord who scored in multiple individual events, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)) snagged points on the track and the runway adding nine to the team total. Drummonds flashed to the 60-meter hurdle end line in a personal best of 8.71, the third-best time in school history, to land in fourth and she vaulted 12-0.50 (3.67m) to tie for fourth.
In the middle distance races, 800-meter runners Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thoma Aquinas (Ohio State)) finished fourth and sixth respectively running 2:13.31 and 2:14.2. In the mile, Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) ran a time of 4:59.24 to place fifth place and Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle (High Point University)) clocked a time of 5:01.47 for seventh.
Lastly, in the field events, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) bounded to a personal-best mark of 41-2.25 (12.55m) for the bronze medal. Her third-place jump ties Kaytlyn Gill on the all-times list as the seventh-best jump in indoor history.
2/21 SBC Indoor Track & Field Championship Results
60m (finals)- 2. Darlene Girardeau, 7.50 (t-pr); 5. LaBria King, 7.57
60H (finals)- 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.71 (pr)
200m (prelim)- 4. Darlene Girardeau, 24.32 (pr); 6. LaBria King, 24.65 (pr)
800m (prelim)- 4. Phylissa Greeley, 2:13.31; 6. Molly Pusateri, 2:14.27
Mile- 5. Torre Moser, 4:59.24 ; 7. Katie Farina, 5:01.47; 14. Hana Ratcliffe, 5:10.68; 18. Elisa Sargent, 5:15.98
5,000m- 2. Tristin Van Ord, 16:54.23; 5. Emily Fedders, 17:40,22 (pr); 8. Natalie Kile, 17:58.88 (pr); 10. Kate Butler, 18:07.07 (pr); 13. Kerry Leonard, 18:30.50; 14. Erin Jameson, 18:32.12
4x400m- 11. Appalachian A (Imani Chapman, Catherine Crawford, Phylissa Greeley, Brook Brekke), 4:15.23
Triple Jump- 3. Chelsey Hargrave, 41-2.25 (12.55m) (pr); 15. K’Lynn Beal, 37-9.25 (11.51m)
Pole Vault- T4. Taylor Drummonds, 12-0.50 (3.67m); T9. Lainey Hunnicutt,b12-0.50 (3.67m); 11. Hannah Emery, 11-6.50 (3.52m); 15. Sofia San Miguel, 11-6.50 (3.52m)
Pentathlon - 15. Makaila Roberts, 2,936 points (8th all-time;pr); 60H-9.13 (pr); HJ- 5-2.50 (1.59m) (pr); SP- 32-5 (9.88m) (pr); LJ- 16-10.75 (5.15m) (t-pr); 800m- 2:58.92
2017 SBC Indoor Championships Women’s Team Rankings
1. Texas State - 166 points
2. Texas-Arlington - 99 points
3. Appalachian State - 98 points
4. South Alabama - 73.50 points
5. Arkansas State - 70 points
6. Georgia State - 48 points
7. Georgia Southern - 25 points
8. Coastal Carolina - 24.50 points
9. Troy - 22 points
10. Little Rock - 20 points
11. Louisiana - 14 points
12. Louisiana-Monroe - 3 points
Appalachian State University men’s track and field landed in sixth place with a team total of 70.50 points at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday. Texas-Arlington was crowned indoor champions with 133.50 points and in second and third was Texas State (119 points) and Louisiana (103.50 points.)
Despite not qualifying for the 60-meter finals, William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) bounced back and earned a finals spot in the 200 meters and placed third with a personal-best time of 21.39. His bronze medal effort is now App State’s new indoor school record, breaking the previous record of 21.47 set by Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) at the JDL College Kick-off Classic this year.
In addition to Buckley’s 200-meter points, Appalachian also scored in five other running events in Birmingham. In the 60-meter hurdles, Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) cleared all barriers and finished in seventh with a time of 8.36. In the 800 meters, Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) hustled to the line and pushed out the third-best time in App State indoor history for a second-place finish (1:51.70/pr). Also, the 4x400-meter relay quartet of Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College), Smith and Hastings landed in second running a season’s best of 3:15.91, which was one second shy of breaking the school record set in 2004 (3:14.89).
For the distance races, Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished right behind each other in fifth and sixth respectively running 4:15.34 (pr) and 4:15.65 in the mile. Rounding out the scorers on the track was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day (UNC-Charlotte)) who clocked a personal best of 14:46.63 in the 5,000 meters for the bronze medal.
In the field events, shot putters Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) wrapped up their indoor campaign with a three-four punch scoring 11 points for the Mountaineers. The powerhouse pair threw one centimeter apart with Milch tossing out the implement 55-10.50 (17.03m) and Parham muscling out the metal ball 55-10.25 (17.02m). Tuesday marked the sixth time this season the throwing duo landed inside the top-five in the event.
2/21 SBC Indoor Track & Field Championship Results
60H (final)- 7. Brandon Smith, 8.36
200m (final)- 3. William Buckley, 21.39 (pr)
800m (final)- 2. Ryan Hastings, 1:51.70 (pr)
Mile- 5. Ian Foley, 4:15.34 (pr); 6. Evan Georges, 4:15.65; 13. Jacob Sears, 4:19.23
5,000m- 3. Chris Anderson, 14:46.63 (pr); 15. Andrew Vandenberg, 15:34.69
4x400m- 2. Appalachian A (Josh Hanna, Elliott Graves, Brandon Smith, Ryan Hastings), 3:15.91(sb)
High Jump- 10. Jordan Dale, 6-4 (1.93m); T11. Nick Hinton, 6-4 (1.93m)
Shot Put- 3. Nathan Milch, 55-10.50 (17.03m); 4. Ellsworth Parham 55-10.25 (17.02m)
2017 SBC Indoor Championships Men’s Team Rankings
1. Texas-Arlington - 133.50 points
2. Texas State - 119 points
3. Louisiana - 103.50
4. Arkansas State - 102.50 points
5. South Alabama - 79 points
6. Appalachian State - 70.50 points
7. Louisiana-Monroe - 29 points
8. Little Rock - 25 points
Student-athletes who qualify for nationals will compete at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Mar. 10-11. Mountaineers who do not finish inside the top-16 nationally in their respective events will prepare for the outdoor season opener at High Point, N.C. for the High Point Invitational March 17-18.