App State men's basketball shot a single-game program record 72.7 percent from the field, but fell at league leading Little Rock 93-86 on Saturday afternoon.
App State (12-11, 6-6 SBC) went 15-of-20 (75.0 percent) from the field in the first half and 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) in the second half to finish 32-of-44 from the field. The field goal percentage bettered the previous mark of 71.0 percent (44-of-62) set against Tennessee Wesleyan on Dec. 30, 1999.
In addition, the Black and Gold shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) on three-pointers. It marks the best three-point percentage in a game for the Mountaineers since Feb. 19, 2011 at High Point, when App State shot 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from deep.
Justin Forrest led four Mountaineers in double figures with 23 points on 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) shooting and a 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) clip from deep.
O'Showen Williams added 18 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from deep. Isaac Johnson had a near double-double with 17 points on 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) shooting, a career-high nine assists and four steals. Kendall Lewis added 11 points on 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) shooting and four rebounds off the bench.
In the first half, the Mountaineers scored five straight points to jump out to a 7-3 lead. Little Rock (17-7, 11-2 SBC) responded with the next seven points to take a 10-7 advantage, only to see the Black and Gold tie the score at 12-12. The Mountaineers opened up a 22-18 edge at the 11:15 mark of the opening half on a three from Forrest. The Trojans used an 8-2 run later in the half to open a 37-31 lead and took a 44-40 lead into the break.
Little Rock opened the second half with seven straight points to extend its lead to 51-40. The Trojans used a 6-0 run to open a 15-point lead at 59-44, only to see the Mountaineers counter with six consecutive points to pull within nine at 59-50. A three-pointer from Williams brought the Mountaineers within eight points at 64-56. Little Rock came right back with a 12-3 run to build its lead back to 76-59 with 10:14 to play. App State chipped away at the lead and pulled within seven points late, but could get no closer.
Ben Coupet Jr. led five Trojans in double figures with 23 points. Markquis Nowell added a double-double with 17 points and 13 assists.
App State will return to the High Country on Thursday as the Mountaineers welcome UT Arlington to the Holmes Center for a 7 p.m. tip.
For the second straight season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team opened up the season with a sweep. This year, the opponent was Columbus St., who won 35 games last season, but the Bears handed the Cougars a pair of losses thanks to the long ball. LR hit five home runs, including a grand slam from Savannah Moorefield and two bombs from Kylee Leonhardt, to top the Peach Belt Conference opponent, winning game one 11-2 and game two, 9-7.
In game one, Leonhardt started and ended the game with home runs. A two-run blast to left in the first put the Bears up 2-1 and another 2-run bomb to dead center invoked the mercy rule in the sixth inning. Leonhardt's first homerun was the 20th of her career.
Talon LaClair, starting her 100th game for the Bears, added a two-run shot in the fourth inning and Lora Beth Wood plated two more with a double to left center as LR pushed across four runs to take a 7-1 lead.
After the Cougars cut the lead to 7-2 in the top of the fifth, Mackensi Swain answered with LR's third of four 2-run bombs in the game.
Leonhardt finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and LaClair was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and RBIs. Wood and Lauren Rakes also had multi-hit games.
Moorefield added a stolen base and drew three walks from the leadoff spot.
In her LR debut, freshman Morgan Beeler allowed two runs through six innings to earn her first career win. Beeler struck out five and allowed just three hits.
Game two featured an 8-run first inning for the Bears and each team hitting a grand slam. For the second time, Columbus St. scored first but the Bears would answer in a major way. LR would push across eight runs on five hits in the first, capped by a grand slam from Moorefield. Moorefield went 2-for-2 in the inning and led the game off with a single as the first five hitters reached base safely.
In the opening frame, LR drew six walks and sent 14 hitters to the plate.
Moorefield went 5-for-5 in game two and drove in five runs. Swain drew three walks and drove in a run.
Rakes would earn her first career victory in the nightcap, tossing four innings and allowing four earned runs. Mary Anna Clement earned her first career save by tossing three innings and allowing just one hit and two runs.
The last meeting between these schools was February 20, 2016 in Hickory. On that day, the Bears hung on for a 7-6 win. The Bears scored 7 runs in the first three innings before holding off Columbus State, who had the tying run on base in the top of the 7th.
Columbus State had a 35-16 record last year and finished second in the PBC. They enter the 2020 season predicted to finish third in the conference based on the preseason poll.
Since 2015, the Bears are 11-1 on opening day. The only lost was in the first game of the Gulf Coast Invite to West Alabama 6-2 in 2018. The Bears did bounce back later in that day defeating Lee 3-2 in 8 innings.
Moorefield's four runs give her 100 in her career and her stolen base was her 30th. She comes off a 2019 that saw her score the 7th most runs in a season in program history.
Bears will travel to Due West, SC on Monday for a doubleheader against Erskine.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team shot just 28 percent in a 54-44 loss to Wingate on Saturday afternoon. Karlie Bearden was tremendous for the Bears, scoring 10 points to go with 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Neither team could find the groove offensively. Wingate shot just 29 percent for the game, compared to 28 percent from LR. LR hit just 15 percent from long range while the Bulldogs went 4-for-12.
Teliyah Jeter led the Bulldogs with a double-double. Jeter finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and added six blocks.
LR led 28-23 at the break but the third quarter proved to be the difference. LR shot 2-of-12 in the quarter and were outscored 17-6.
Jackson Douglas came off the bench for Wingate to add 11 points and Destiny Coleman added 12 boards.
Kennedy Weigt added 10 points for the Bears.
Heading into the game, Wingate had won three out of the last four games with the Bears. All four games have been wire to wire close games as all games have finished within six points.
Saturday's contest featured two of the best three-point shooters in the conference. Wingate's Hannah Clark came into the game shooting 45% from three-point range in conference play this season, while Lenoir-Rhyne's Weigt has made 2.5 three-pointers per game this season, which is good for third in the SAC conference this year. Clark has made at least one three-pointer in 17 of 19 games this year while Weigt has made at least one in 18 of 19 games this year.
As good as Clark has been beyond the arc, the rest of Wingate's team only shot 25% from deep (33/127) on the season. Wingate has shot the least amount of three's in the SAC conference. Wingate has only shot 213 of them while Carson-Newman leads the SAC with 544 three-point attempts.
Lincoln Memorial will travel to Shuford Gymnasium to take on the Bears on Wednesday evening at 5:30 PM
Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball opened their 2020 season, and their first year under Head Coach Chris Ramirez, with a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon. Alex Shirazi and Joshua Lanham combined to allow only two hits and strike out 16.
Shirazi started for the Bears and traded zeroes with Warriors starter Rett Wages through five innings. Both teams only had a single hit in the first five innings.
The Bears finally broke through in the Bottom of the 6th, with two out Damian Pierce hit his first homerun for the Bears. The homer gave the Bears a 1-0 lead, which is all the runs the Bears needed.
Freshman Joshua Lanham relieved Shirazi in the 6th inning and only allowed a single to lead off the 9th while striking out 8 hitters to record his first collegiate win.
LR did have chances earlier in the game but went 0-3 with runners on third with less then 2 outs.
The Bears did add two runs in the bottom of the 7th thanks to a Bryce Stober RBI single and three errors by the Warriors.
Junior Will Jones started the rally in the 7th with a single to centerfield. Going back to last year, Jones has had at least one hit in 6 out of his last 7 games for the Bears.
All three of the Bears runs were with two outs.
Despite only playing one time in program history before today, these two programs will play each other twice in the next 11 days. Lenoir-Rhyne will make the trip to Central, SC to play Southern Wesleyan on February 11.
In the previous meeting here in Florence in 2018, the Bears used three pitchers and only allowed four hits to beat Southern Wesleyan 4-0.
With the win, the Bears are now 5-1 in the last six opening day games. The only loss was last year to Rollins. However, the Bears rebounded and beat Rollins the next day. The Bears have not opened their season at home since 2014, when they hosted North Greenville to open the year.
The win was Ramirez's first win with the Bears and his 200th in his career.
Rett Wages had the rare four strikeout inning. Wages struck out four Bears in the third inning thanks to a throwing error by the Warriors after a drop third strike.
Lenoir-Rhyne men's lacrosse senior midfielder Eric Dickinson has been named USILA Preseason Second Team All-American.
Dickinson enters the season needing just seven goals and 23 points to become the all-time leader in Lenoir-Rhyne and South Atlantic Conference history. Dickinson was a First Team All-American in 2018 and an Honorable Mention selection a season ago. With an All-American selection in 2020, Dickinson can become the first three-time All-American in program history.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming teams both garnered CSCAA Scholar All-America accolades for the fall semester of 2019 announced yesterday.
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 762 programs from 480 institutions to the Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2019 semester. Teams were selected on the basis of their Fall 2019 grade point averages and represent 17, 687 student-athletes.
Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Team finished sixth in Division II with a 3.64 GPA while the Men's Team finished 16th with a 3.27 GPA.
Both teams will return to the pool on February 13th in Charlotte, N.C. to battle for the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship.
Both App State men's and women's cross country programs were named All-Academic Teams for the 2019 season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period.
The App State men were one of 191 teams recognized by the USTFCCCA with a team GPA of 3.11. The women's squad was one of 237 teams to earn the honor with a 3.52 GPA.
The men's team won its second Sun Belt title in the past three seasons under head coach Michael Curcio. The women's team landed three All-Sun Belt honorees and finished third at the conference championship.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 57
West Caldwell: 31
East Burke: 84
Fred T. Foard: 57
West Iredell: 62
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 41
West Lincoln: 34
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 65
Fred T. Foard: 48
West Iredell: 41
Bunker Hill: 56
West Caldwell: 89
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 61
West Lincoln: 27
Justin Forrest poured in a game-high 26 points and Hunter Seacat tallied a double-double as App State men's basketball posted a 71-64 road victory at Arkansas State on Thursday evening.
The win over the Red Wolves (15-8, 7-5 SBC) secures a season sweep of Arkansas State for the Mountaineers (12-10, 6-5 SBC) for the second time since joining the Sun Belt. App State's 12 victories before February are most since the 2009-10 season, when the Black and Gold also won 12 contests.
Forrest went 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from beyond the arc and shot 8-of-10 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line to reach double figures for the 15th consecutive game. During that span, he has scored 20 or more points nine times.
Seacat's 13 points represent a new season-high. He went 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the field and pulled down a season-high tying 10 rebounds. He becomes the seventh Mountaineer to record a double-double in a game this season, joining Adrian Delph, Isaac Johnson, Kendall Lewis, James Lewis Jr., O'Showen Williams and Forrest.
Delph finished with 12 points, scoring 10 in the second half. Williams added nine points and Johnson chipped in with four points, five rebounds and five assists.
After the Red Wolves scored the first two points of the game, App State answered with eight straight points to jump in front 8-2. Arkansas State came right back with an 8-1 run to reclaim the lead 10-9. The Black and Gold used a 9-0 run later in the half to build a 22-15 lead. Arkansas State jumped back in front 27-26, but a triple from Williams late in the frame gave the Mountaineers a 32-29 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Red Wolves jumped in front 36-35, but App State came right back with seven of the next eight points to open a 42-37 advantage. The Red Wolves took the lead back and opened up a four-point edge at 57-53 with just over eight minutes to play. From there, the Mountaineers went on a 13-0 run, capped by five straight points from Delph, to take a 66-57 edge with 5:15 to go. The Red Wolves responded with four straight points to pull within five, before Forrest answered with a deep three-pointer with 1:34 left to extend App State's lead to 69-61. Arkansas State pulled within five points again, but a free throw from Forrest and Williams down the stretch put the game away.
The Black and Gold finished with 13 assists on 24 made field goals. In all, the Mountaineers shot 50.0 percent (24-of-48) from the field and have recorded a shooting percentage of 50.0 percent or better in four games this season.
Caleb Fields paced Arkansas State with 14 points and seven assists. Malik Brevard added 10 points and seven rebounds and Jerry Johnson had 10 points off the bench.
The Mountaineers conclude their three-game road swing on Saturday at Sun Belt leading Little Rock. Tip is set for 3 p.m. EST.
App State women's basketball put forth a dominating 65-37 performance over Georgia State on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers improve to 5-14 and 2-6 in league play, while GSU drops to 4-15 and 1-7 in the Sun Belt.
In the wire-to-wire victory, App posted its largest triumph since the 36-point win over Coastal Carolina in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament last season.
It was a balanced scoring effort with 10 of the 11 Mountaineers who saw action scoring. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) posted a game-high 15 points with three assists and two steals.
With 4:16 left in the first, Stanley offensive rebound and put-back for the and-1 gave the junior 1,000-career points, becoming the 26th member of the illustrious club. She's the first player to reach the milestone since Maryah Sydnor before their senior season.
Haile McDonald (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) turned in 10 points, seven boards and two blocks, leading a bench charge that outscored Georgia State's reserves, 22-8. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) dished out a season-best seven assists with eight points. Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) chipped in with nine points, six boards and two assists. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the rebounding attack with eight off the glass.
All the Black and Gold needed was a 9-0 run in the first 5:07 of the contest to take a commanding lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the contest.
App outscored GSU 17-4 in the first quarter, which is the lowest the Mountaineers have held an opponent in a period this season. Georgia State pulled to within seven, 18-11, following a 7-1 run.
Stanley put the hopes of any Panther comeback to rest when she scored six straight points and pushed the lead back to double digits.
The App defense suffocated the Georgia State offense into 35 points, the lowest in a league game. App forced a season-high 22 turnovers into 22 points and dominated in the paint 32-18.
App also held a 16-3 favor in second-chance points thanks to 16 offensive rebounds.
Appalachian will look for its first Sun Belt sweep of the season on Saturday against Georgia Southern at 1 p.m. in the annual Play4Kay game.
For the first time as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, two App State players earn a spot on the 2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team.
Sophomore second baseman Luke Drumheller and senior reliever Andrew Papp become App State's first two Sun Belt preseason honorees in program history. The Mountaineers joined the league in 2015, winning their most conference games (13) as a league member this past season.
Drumheller, a Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American, led the Mountaineers with a .337 batting average, 15 doubles, 37 RBIs, 67 hits and a .401 on-base percentage. The second baseman recorded 21 multi-hit games, tying an NCAA record with a five-double performance in a 14-0 win at Furman.
Drumheller ranked second among Sun Belt second basemen in 2019 with 37 RBIs, a .452 slugging percentage and 15 doubles.
Papp led App State with six saves and finished second on the team with a 3.38 ERA as a junior. The reliever has posted an ERA under 3.40 in both of his seasons at App State, striking out 45 batters and allowing just 14 walks in 42.2 innings pitched in 2019. Opposing hitters batted only .226 against the right-hander, which ranked second among App State pitchers this past season.
The Mountaineers were also picked to finish fifth in the Sun Belt's East Division. App State finished fifth in the division in 2019, recording a program-best 13 victories in conference.
Appalachian returns three .300 hitters this season – Drumheller, Tyler Leek and Kendall McGowan. Along with Papp, App State's pitching staff welcomes back starter Tyler Tuthill, who finished his freshman season with six victories, 60 strikeouts and a 4.36 ERA.
App State adds 10 newcomers, comprising six freshmen and four transfers. D1Baseball tabbed freshman Noah Hall, a right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Sun Belt's No. 4 impact freshman in its 2020 Sun Belt Conference Preview.
The Mountaineers open the 2020 season at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 14. App State begins Sun Belt play at Texas State on March 13.
App State Baseball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan of Boone for serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2020 season. Season tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE for the App State Ticket Central site, by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 or by going to the ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball Team
Drake Nightengale, South Alabama (Senior, Starting Pitcher, Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Zach McCambley, Coastal Carolina (Junior, Starting Pitcher, Mount Pocono, Pa.)
Levi Thomas, Troy (Senior, Starting Pitcher, Cullman, Ala.)
Andrew Papp, Appalachian State (Senior, Relief Pitcher, Raleigh, N.C.)
Jack Jumper, Arkansas State (Senior, Relief Pitcher, Benton, Ark.)
Kale Emshoff, Little Rock (RS-Senior, Catcher, Robstown, Texas)
Kaleb DeLatorre, South Alabama (Senior, First Base, Fort Scott, Kan.)
Luke Drumheller, Appalachian State (Sophomore, Second Base, Charlotte, N.C.)
Hayden Cantrelle, Louisiana (Junior, Shortstop, Lafayette, La.)
Garrett Scott, Little Rock (RS-Senior, Third Base, Spring, Texas)
Mason McWhorter, Georgia Southern (Senior, Outfielder, Cumming, Ga.)
Ethan Wilson, South Alabama (Sophomore, Outfielder, Andalusia, Ala.)
Rigsby Mosley, Troy (Junior, Outfielder, Maitland, Fla.)
Will Hollis, Texas State (Senior, Designated Hitter, McKinney, Texas)
Andrew Beesley, ULM (Senior, Utility, Natchez, Miss.)
2020 Preseason Player of the Year
Ethan Wilson, South Alabama (Sophomore, Outfielder, Andalusia, Ala.)
2020 Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Drake Nightengale, South Alabama (Senior, Starting Pitcher, Hattiesburg, Miss.)
2020 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. South Alabama (6) - 62 pts
2. Coastal Carolina (4) - 61 pts
3. Georgia Southern (2) - 50 pts
4. Troy - 41 pts
5. Appalachian State - 23 pts
6. Georgia State - 15 pts
1. UT Arlington (3) - 58 pts
2. Louisiana (5) - 57 pts
3. Texas State (3) - 55 pts
4. Little Rock (1) - 39 pts
5. ULM - 25 pts
6. Arkansas State - 18 pts
Rallying from down 19 points, the Catawba Valley Community College stunned visiting Guilford Tech on Wednesday night, winning 91-87 at the Tarlton Complex.
Jahleer Black led the Red Hawks (14-8, 9-6 in Region 10) with a career-high 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Sal-Bey Young added a double double of his own with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Committing 16 turnovers during the first half, CVCC fell behind 49-37 at halftime against Guilford Tech.
The Titans (11-8, 6-7 in Region 10) continued their torrid pace in the second half, taking their biggest lead of the game with 12:48 left in the contest, going ahead 70-51.
Despite that large deficit, the Red Hawks continued to fight, capitalizing on late foul trouble by Guilford Tech to outscore them 33-13 during the next nine-plus minutes.
A three-point by sophomore guard Byron Sanders put Catawba Valley ahead 84-83 with just three minutes, 21 seconds left in the contest. It was CVCC’s first lead since going ahead 12-11 at the 13:59 mark of the first half.
Trading the lead five times during the game’s final three minutes, the Red Hawks gained the advantage for good in the contest when Young drove to the basket for a lay up with just 55.2 seconds remaining for the eventual game-winning score.
The CVCC men’s basketball team completes a three-game home stand with a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday against Bryant & Stratton at the Tarlton Complex. Admission is free.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team dropped a 77-70 contest to Tusculum on Wednesday night, completing the season sweep for the Pioneers. R.J. Gunn scored 26 points and missed just two shots on the night, going 9-for-11 from the field.
The Bears were ice cold in the first half, shooting just 34.5 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range. Tusculum grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the first half and led by as many as 12.
The Bears went into the break trailing 37-25. Brandon Mitchell led the Pioneers with 15 first half points and added seven boards. Trenton Gibson added 13 points and two dimes in the first 20 minutes.
LR trailed by double digits for the majority of the second half but a quick 10-0 run for the Bear cut the lead to 66-65 with 2:27 to play. However, the Pioneers would outscore LR 9-3 in the final 1:15 to come away with the seven point victory.
Gibson finished with 24 points for the visitors and Mitchell had 19 and 10. Aside from Gunn, Cooper Fowler added 17 and Darius Simmons finished with 14.
Tusculum came into the game with 40 more offensive rebounds than any other Division II team in the nation. Tusculum also leads the nation in rebounding margin, grabbing 11 more boards than their opponents each night.
Mitchell is sixth in the nation in offensive rebounds per game.
Tusculum won the earlier season battle by a final score of 70-58 on Nov. 26. The Bears won two of the three matchups a season ago, including the SAC Tournament Quarterfinal game.
80 is the magic number for the Bears. LR is a perfect 10-0 when they hit the 80-point mark and just 1-7 when they fail to reach 80.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 11-7, 7-6 in the South Atantic Conference. The Bears travel on Saturday with a matchup against Wingate.
App State men's track athlete De'Shawn Ballard has been named Sun Belt Men's Track Athlete of the Week.
It marks the first Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week honor for the Wilmington, N.C. native.
At the VMI Team Challenge on Saturday, Ballard won two events to help the Mountaineers finish second of seven teams at the meet. Ballard qualified second for the finals of the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.93 seconds. In the finals, he shaved .03 seconds off his time to cross first in 6.90 seconds. He also went on to win the 200-meter dash in 21.40 seconds.
On the season, Ballard's time of 21.40 seconds on Saturday in the 200-meter dash sits first in the Sun Belt. In addition, his time of 6.86 seconds in the 60-meter dash, set at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational earlier this season, ranks fifth in the Sun Belt.
The Mountaineers will return to action this weekend at the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday at ETSU.
App State has hired Brian Haines as an assistant coach who will work with the Mountaineer offense, head football coach Shawn Clark announced Wednesday.
Haines comes to Boone after spending 12 of the last 13 years on staff at Ohio University, where he helped lead the Bobcats to 91 victories, two Mid-American Conference East Division titles, nine bowl appearances and the first five bowl titles in school history.
“We’re excited to welcome Brian and his family to the App Family,” Clark said. “He has a reputation as a great recruiter and a strong developer of talent on the field. He will be a great asset to our program.”
A native of Williamstown, W.Va., Haines has served as a special teams coordinator for the last eight seasons and as a recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach for each of the last 10 seasons. He also had stints at West Virginia and his alma mater, Marietta College, early in his coaching career.
“My family and I are really excited to move to Boone and get around the App State players,” Haines said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to join such a tradition-rich program and excited to get to work with Coach Clark and the rest of the staff.”
Ohio did not have a losing season in the 10 years after Haines joined Frank Solich’s staff as a full-time assistant in 2010. In that decade, Haines helped the Bobcats win eight or more games on seven occasions, including a 10-4 record in 2011 when they won the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the school’s first bowl victory.
Other Ohio bowl wins during Haines’ tenure included the 2012 Independence Bowl against ULM, the 2017 Bahamas Bowl against UAB, the 2018 Frisco Bowl against San Diego State and the 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Nevada.
The Bobcat offense set numerous school records in recent seasons and ranked among the best in the FBS and MAC in a variety of statistical categories. The 2019 offense was 20th in the country in scoring average, while it ranked 12th in 2018 and ninth in 2017. Ohio’s rushing offense was 20th in 2019, ninth in 2018 and 16th in 2017.
Three of Haines’ Ohio tight ends went on to play in the NFL: Jordan Thompson, Keith Heitzman and Troy Mangen.
Under Haines' watch, Ohio's special teams unit consistently ranked as one of the best in both the FBS and the MAC in terms of kickoff and punt returns and kickoff and punt defense. He coached the two highest-scoring players in program history in Louie Zervos (437 points, 2016-19) and Matt Weller (409 points, 2009-12) as well as three of the top four kickers in terms of field goals made in Weller (79; 2009-12), Zervos (73; 2016-19) and Josiah Yazdani (31; 2013-15). Zervos’ school-record 29 field goals in 2016 set an NCAA record for field goals by a freshman.
Haines also developed four-year starting punter Michael Farkas into one of the best in school history.
The Bobcats’ kickoff return defense was top 15 in the country each of the last three years, including No. 2 nationally in 2019. It was also No. 8 nationally in 2015, No. 7 in 2013 and No. 9 in 2012, his first year directing the special teams.
In 2010, Haines returned to Athens in a full-time capacity after spending 2009 as a graduate assistant at West Virginia, supervising the Mountaineers’ slot receivers and running backs. He helped coach the team's leading rusher (All-Big East first team tailback Noel Devine) and leading receiver (Jock Sanders) as the team made an appearance in the Gator Bowl.
From 2010-11, he coached the Bobcat tight ends and served as recruiting coordinator before adding special teams duties the next year.
Haines served as a graduate assistant for the Bobcats' offense during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He assisted the offensive staff and worked directly with the wide receivers and offensive line.
Haines served as an assistant coach at Marietta College, his alma mater, for three seasons from 2004-06. He coached the wide receivers for two seasons and the secondary for one. He also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for two years.
Haines, a standout wide receiver for Marietta from 2000-03, graduated in 2004 and went on to earn master’s degrees from Marietta in 2007 and Ohio in 2008. He and his wife, Mary, have two daughters: Blair and Quinn.
For a second week in a row, App State women's tennis junior Sasha Pisareva was named the Sun Belt Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday.
Pisareva is the first App player since the Mountaineers have been in a conference to garner the weekly award in back-to-back weeks.
The No. 1 in singles for the Black and Gold defeated her second straight opponent from a Power Five program. After downing then-No. 18 Anna Rogers in straight sets, Pisareva defeated Natalie Novotna of Virginia Tech in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, bouncing back from a second-set defeat before pulling out the final frame.
Pisareva is 2-0 singles in the top spot. She and the Apps will look for their first win on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Campbell in the home opener.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball fell to Tusculum in double-overtime 88-84 Wednesday evening at Shuford Gymnasium. Ashley Woodroffe had a career-high 27 points for the Bears.
After a back and forth first half, Tusculum stormed out to a 15 point third quarter lead before the Bears stormed back with a 8-0 run to start the 4th quarter.
After Tusculum's Jalia Arnwine hit one of two free throw with 7 seconds left, Woodroffe hit a layup to bring the deficit to 71-70 with 1.1 seconds. Hanna McClung stole the inbound pass and got fouled before hitting one-of-two free throws to send the game into overtime.
LR didn't score a field goal in the first overtime, scoring all five from the charity stripe. Trailing 76-75, Nakia Hooks was fouled with 28 seconds to play. The freshman went 1-for-2 and the Bears came up with a defensive stop on the final possession to force double overtime.
Woodroffe put the Bears up to start the second OT but the Pioneers would answer. A 9-0 spurt gave the visitors an 85-78 edge which proved to be insurmountable.
Tusculum's Mia Long had three steals. Long entered the game second in Division II with 3.72 steals a game.
Both teams entered the game evenly matched in a lot categories. Each team shot around 40% from the floor, average 39 rebounds a game, 13 assists a game and 16 turnovers a game.
Tusculum's Kasey Johnson played the entire 50 minutes and scored 34 points on 12-for-24 shooting. Johnson went 4-for-10 from long range and had nine boards and three steals.
Kennedy Weigt played in 46 minutes for the Bears and Karlie Bearden played 40. Bearden nearly missed a double-double with 16 points and nine boards. Hooks also came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points and add even boards.
With Tusculum's win, they have now won six straight games against the Bears and hold a 26-23 lead in the all-time series.
Bearden recorded her 50th career steal in the contest.
Laney Fox's four points and Kiara Moore's eight pushed the duo past the 100-point mark for their careers.
Both of these teams entered the game shooting 30% from three-point range. However Tusculum has attempted 150 more three this season then LR. Tusculum has shot 482 three's this year, second most in the SAC behind Carson-Newman's 517 attempts.
The Bears trailed by as many as 15 points (3:53 mark of the third quarter) before mounting a tremendous comeback.
Tusculum led for 29:11. The lead changed 16 times and was tied on eight occasions.
LR drops to 8-11, 6-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will welcome Wingate to Hickory on Saturday at 2 PM.
Caldwell Community College men's basketball team defeated Denmark Tech at home Wednesday night, 103-94. Freedom High grad Alex Lineberger led the Cobras with 25 points. The 16th ranked Cobras, with the win, improves to 21-0 on the season. Caldwell will host USC-Salkehatchie Saturday at 4pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse team was ranked No.15 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced Tuesday evening.
The Bears finished 8-8 overall and 4-2 in SAC conference play, which was good for fourth in the SAC. The Bears lose their all-time leading scorer Joe Buduo, but return a younger cast full of sophomores and juniors. LR is led by senior Eric Dickinson on offense and senior Tyler Bane and junior Connor Stanley on defense. Dickinson currently six goals away from being the all-time goal scorer in LR and SAC history.
Lenoir-Rhyne is one of two SAC teams in the USILA preseason poll. The Bears are just behind Wingate who sit at 12. The Bears are 40-11 all-time as a ranked team.
The Bears start their season off at home against Young Harris on Saturday, Feb. 8.
USILA Division II Preseason Top-20 Results
2 Le Moyne
6 Belmont Abbey
7 Seton Hill
11 Mount Olive
20 Colorado Mesa