The fourth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (12-1, 8-0) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 14-13 victory over Catawba (8-7, 4-4) Saturday afternoon in addition to clinching the outright South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship for the second straight year.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior forward Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) both scored four goals as the Bears won their 12th straight contest and improved to 22-1 in their last 23 games dating back to last year.
Dickinson has a league-leading 47 goals on the year and broke the school record for points (64) in a single season. Dickinson added two assists as the Bears ran their winning streak in conference regular season play to 16 dating back two years. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also notched two goals for the Bears.
Catawba’s Liam Lynch (Marietta, Ga.) scored four times and the Indians nearly pulled off the upset.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked team in the region, held a decisive 56-33 edge in shots taken and a 21-8 advantage in ground balls despite the close margin of victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping five shots while Catawba’s Ryan Applegate (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite making 21 saves on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne will be the top seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship and will play a semifinal round game on Thursday, April 27, in Charlotte, N.C., at 4:00 p.m. Catawba is seeded fifth and will travel to fourth-seeded Queens on Tuesday for a quarterfinal contest. The Bears will play the winner of the Royals and Indians’ affair.
Franklin Rollin hit a pair of homers, leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 15-6 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Friday.
Leody Taveras and Anderson Tejeda also homered for the Crawdads.
Rollin hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Yosmer Solorzano and then hit a solo homer in the fifth off Luis Ledo.
Hickory right-hander Emerson Martinez (2-1) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Solorzano (1-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed seven runs and six hits over four innings.
Four runs in the sixth would doom Appalachian State University baseball as it fell to Georgia State, 8-6, on Friday night after a four-hour rain delay.
The Mountaineers (14-24, 4-12 Sun Belt) moved the game up to 4 p.m. with hopes of avoiding rain but after just four outs, the teams exited the field for a rain delay that put the eventual restart time at 8:30 p.m.
Immediately back, Appalachian was able to put runs up on the board, taking a 3-0 lead over the Panthers (14-23, 4-12 Sun Belt). Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) shot a single to left field before Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) sacrificed him to second.
Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) walked to set up a Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) single to center field to bring home Vernon before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) was able to send a two-RBI double down the left field line, scoring Zupcic and Stroup.
Georgia State put up four runs in the top of the third to take the lead, but it would be short-lived as the Black and Gold scored two in the bottom half. Stroup lasered one up the middle before Zupcic walked and Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) capitalized on reaching on a fielding error to load the bases.
Jackson then reached on a fielder’s choice with Stroup getting out at home, but that set up Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) knocking one through the right side to bring home Leonard and Zupcic.
The Panthers took their final lead in the sixth by scoring their four runs (all unearned), however, Appalachian did close the gap to 8-6 by scoring in the seventh. Stroup again pulled an inside pitch through the right side after Curtis had been hit by a pitch to give Zupcic a chance to hit an RBI -single that plated Curtis.
Despite the loss, Appalachian matched GSU hit-for-hit, getting 10 on the day. The Diamond Apps, however, left five runners on base over the last three innings after only stranding three there prior.
Zupcic led all hitters with a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and two runs. Jackson had another good outing at the plate as well in the designated hitter role. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Bauk and Stroup also went 2-for-4 for the game, with Bauk batting in two runs as well.
After Travis Holden (Advance, N.C./West Forsyth) started the game and pitched the first inning before the rain delay, Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) pitched the next 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, eight runs (four earned) and striking out seven. Schmid has now struck out 20 batters in his last two appearances, only walking three.
Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) closed the final 3.1 innings of the game for App State, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Seventh-seeded Appalachian State University men’s tennis suffered a 4-0 setback to No. 2 seed and 47th-ranked South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Championship at City Park Tennis Courts in New Orleans on Friday night.
Appalachian had the tall task right out of the gate facing a tough South Alabama team that featured the Sun Belt Player of the Year (Tuki Jacobs), Newcomer of the Year (Juan Cruz Soria) and Freshman of the Year (Clement Marzol). The Mountaineers finish their season at 12-9 for their second-straight winning season and first back-to-back winning campaigns since 2011-12.
The Mountaineers would fall in doubles play to the second-seeded Jaguars, leading to a 1-0 edge for USA heading into singles play. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) fell to Juan Cruz Soria and Loic Close, 6-2. Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fell in a tightly-contested match to Olivier Gingras and Pierre Noyon, 6-4.
After falling early in the match to USA, the Apps tried to get some momentum going in singles action. However, the Jaguars captured the first three finished matches to advance to the semifinals and will await the winner of UT Arlington and Georgia Southern.
Brea fell to Noyon 6-3, 6-2 as the No. 6 in the lineup before Bargeron suffered a 6-1, 7-5 defeat to Cloes in the fourth slot. Pavkovich fell to a tough opponent in Gonzalez as the No. 5, 6-3, 6-3.
Webster held a lead over the 104th-ranked Jacobs, 6-4, 2-1, but would go unfinished. Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) was battling with Soria through two sets before going unfinished, and Trey Morris’ (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) contest went unfinished with Gingras on court No. 3.
Despite the defeat, App still had a successful season with 12 wins. Appalachian will return six of eight athletes on the roster including four in Bargereron, Brea, Pavkovich and Webster that made up four of the six Mountaineers in the singles lineup and two of the three doubles tandems.
The Newberry Baseball Team (29-19, 14-8) opened a South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a 3-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (21-24, 6-16) Friday evening at Smith Road Complex.
The Wolves' Zack Kelly (Daleville, Va.) improved to 7-3 on the year after throwing a six-hit shutout. Kelly struck out nine batters in handing the Bears their fifth straight setback.
Newberry held a 1-0 advantage entering the eighth frame after Tommy Passerello's (Davenport, Fla.) sacrifice fly in the fourth inning before plating two runs highlighted by Ben Herring's (Hopkins, S.C.) RBI double.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) fell to 9-4 on the year despite allowing just two runs while pitching into the eighth inning. Senior John Curtis (Lenoir, N.C.) struck out two batters in relief for the Bears.
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of two student-athletes for the 2017 class on Friday.
Austin Hill (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)) and Prince Titus (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) will officially join the Black and Gold.
With the addition of two newcomers, the class of 11 now features four forwards, a dual threat, two midfielders, three defenders and a goalkeeper. In the class, nine of them hail from North Carolina with one from Florida and one from Bermuda.
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE MEN’S SOCCER SIGNEES
Name - Pos. - Ht. - Hometown/High School (Previous College)
Jack Butterfield - GK - 6-3 - Chapel Hill, N.C./CE Jordan
Roman Galaska - F - 6-3 - Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose
Brady Gunter - D - 6-1 - Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth
Austin Hill - M/F - 5-6 - Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance (Elon)
Zeiko Harris - D - 6-4 - Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent
Juan Hernandez - F - 6-0 - Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange
Reed Hunnicutt - F - 5-8 - Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg
Justin Pruitt - MF - 5-10 - Matthews, N.C./Weddington
Yoni Spencer - D - 5-11 - Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Prince Titus - F - 5-9 - Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley
Parker Washburn - MF - 5-8 Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic
Austin Hill (5-6, 145, Midfield/Forward, Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance)
Played one year at Elon ... named to CAA all-freshman team ... recorded three goals as a freshman and played 410 minutes in 15 out of 16 games ... lettered one year at Southern Alamance High School ... was named a Metro 4-A all-conference team as a freshman ... earned Metro 4-A Freshman of the Year ... played for North Carolina Fusion under Andy Butler ... team captain senior year leading the way to the USSDA playoffs ... scored 16 goals as a senior after nine goals as a junior ... won the NCYSA 2013 State Cup Championship ... full name is Austin William Hill ... born Nov. 24, 1997 ... son of Jessie and Avery Hill ... intended major and minor is undecided ... mother was an Elon cheerleader ... enjoys making music with friends in his spare time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “I have known [Austin] since he was 9 years old. He is coming in with college game experience in a winning program. He has a competitive spirit and winning mentality. No matter if it was a 3v3 game at 9 years old or the Academy playoffs, Austin is laser focused and goes out to win. He is dynamic and will make our program better from day one. He can score, defend and has a good soccer IQ. He does the simple thing very often, which helps him and his teammates execute more plays.”
Prince Titus (5-9, 165, Forward, Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley)
Attended James. B. Dudley High School ... played for NC Fusion under Andy Butler ... started in 22 Developmental Academy matches 2015-2016 season while playing in 32. Full name is Prince Terrence Titus ... born on Nov. 13, 1999 ... son of Sophia Krah ... cousin, Aaron Krah, played football at Appalachian State ... cousin, Marcus Krah, runs tracks for North Carolina ... enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends in his free time.
O’Keefe’s Take: “Prince is a fantastic person that will bring a tremendous amount of real life experience into our locker room. He possesses athletic ability with strength and pace and has the ability to score goals and set teammates up. We are excited to work with him over the next four years as the sky is the limit for Prince with the right work ethic, discipline and commitment.”
Appalachian State University men’s track and field standout runner Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) claimed his second Sun Belt Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Friday.
Hastings turned in dominant performances last week at the Charlotte Invitational with wins in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run, as well as, a member of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team.
The junior from Matthews, N.C. posted a personal-best in the 400-meters with a time of 47.97, which is also tops in the Sun Belt this season. Hastings won the fast section of the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.70, while also a member of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team who finished with a time of 3:18.70.
Hastings and the Mountaineers are competing this weekend at the Duke Invitational.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Hunter McCombs earned 2017 Honorable Mention All-South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf accolades, league officials announced earlier today.
McCombs, a senior from Morganton, N.C., led the Bears this year with a 73.60 stroke average over 16 rounds this year. McCombs tied for seventh – his best finish – at the Richard Rendleman Invitational on February 27-28.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team will compete in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship starting on Sunday, April 23, and running through Tuesday, April 25, at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, N.C.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Golf Teams
Adam Lumley, Mars Hill
Spencer Skiff, Newberry
John Carter McFadyen, Queens
Sam Broadhurst, Lincoln Memorial
Tom Forster, Carson-Newman
Carlos Leandro, Newberry
Jake Headrick, Carson-Newman
John Ingle, Coker
Dalton Reese, Carson-Newman
George Duncan, Lincoln Memorial
Hunter McCombs, Lenoir-Rhyne
Ben Thompson, Newberry
Luis Vega, Brevard
Harry Boyle, Lincoln Memorial
Taylor Smith, Tusculum
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Adam Lumley, Mars Hill
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Tom Forster, Carson-Newman
COACH OF THE YEAR
Travis Muncy, Lincoln Memorial
The Hickory Crawdads dropped their fourth straight game in a 6-2 loss on the road at Kannapolis Thursday night.
Ricardo Valencia led the Crawdads with a two-for-three night at the plate with a run scored. Yeson Yrizarri and Brallan Perez each had sacrafice flies.
Mitch Roman had three hits and two RBI, and Jimmy Lambert allowed just four hits over eight innings for Kannapolis.
Lambert (2-0) picked up the win after he struck out four while allowing two runs.
Kannapolis started the scoring with a big second inning, when it crossed the plate for four runs, including a solo home run by Seby Zavala.
Following the big inning, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the top of the next frame when Yeyson Yrizarri and Brallan Perez hit sacrifice flies.
The Intimidators extended their lead in the fifth when Roman scored on a triple and Jameson Fisher scored on an error.
Kyle Cody (0-1) went four innings, allowing four runs and six hits while striking out three in the South Atlantic League game.
Hickory falls to 5-10 on the first half of the season. Hickory stays in Kannapolis through Sunday.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis had three student-athlete receive All-Sun Belt accolades on Thursday evening, as the awards were announced at the Sun Belt Awards Banquet on Thursday night.
The Mountaineers are one of five teams in the league to have multiple student-athletes receive postseason honors and one of two teams (South Alabama) to have a student-athlete on both the all-first team and all-second team singles list.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College), Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) all were recognized for their successful seasons. Webster landed on the all-first team singles and doubles team, while Bargeron joined Webster as his partner on the all-first team doubles list. Maddocks’ career season led to an all-second team singles nod.
“All three athletes are very deserving of the recognition they receive,” said head coach Bob Lake. “Jack, Milo and Scott all had successful seasons for us, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
The trio helped App to a 12-8 mark going into its first round matchup against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Bargeron, Maddocks and Webster have contributed to the Mountaineers' 9-3 finish after a 3-5 start to the season.
Webster is the first student-athlete to land on the All-Sun Belt First Team since the Mountaineers joined the conference, while he is the first athlete to garner all-first team honors since Alex Markov in 2011 when App was in the Southern Conference. He’s also the first athlete to make both the all-first team singles and doubles team. The junior led the Appalachian with an impressive 14-4 singles mark as the No. 1 in the lineup, surpassing last season’s win total. Webster is a stellar 10-1 in his last 11 matches going into the Sun Belt Championship. He ran a season- long seven-match win streak at one point, while all his victories have come in straight sets.
Bargeron and Webster make the first team after a solid 9-2 mark in singles as the top duo in the lineup. The pair didn’t start playing together until Feb. 19 at Coastal Carolina. Bargeron and Webster are the first doubles team to land on an all-first team doubles list since Zach Bost and Sebastien King made first-team all-doubles in 2014 when App was in the SoCon. The pair for App are 7-1 in their last eight doubles contests. In addition, Bargeron has the best doubles record of any Mountaineer with 13-4 overall record in doubles play. He’s the first freshman since Webster to earn an all-conference honor.
It’s no surprise as one of the most consistent Mountaineers in the last four seasons was tabbed for a postseason award. Maddocks ended the regular season with a 13-6 singles mark as the No. 2 in the lineup. His 13 wins tied a career high from his freshman season. The senior has played his best tennis of the season down the stretch where he’s boasted a 6-1 record. Maddocks earns postseason recognition by the conference for the second-straight season while he's earned a postseason award all four years at App.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men's Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the program's first signee for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign in Emmanuel Wembi.
Wembi has been a standout for Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) for the past two years, leading the program to a combined 42-20 mark.
Wembi (6-8, 220, Center) averaged 11.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field for the Red Hawks this year and leading the squad to a third consecutive berth in the Region X Quarterfinals.
Wembi was also one of three players in the region to average a double-double for the year and was the region's second-best defensive rebounder (8.2). Wembi is a graduate of Rocky River High School in Mint Hill, N.C.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis suffered a tightly-contested 4-3 setback on Thursday afternoon to No. 7 seed and archrival Georgia Southern in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Tennis Championship held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts.
You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting match where both of App’s doubles wins were decided by two points and three of the six singles matches went to three sets. App was close once again as all three first round losses since joining the league have been decided by one point.
Trailing 3-2 during the match with their backs against the wall, the Mountaineers tied up the match thanks to Megan Mullen’s (Lake Norman, N.C./Mooresville) hard-fought three-set win over Monsey, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 as the No. 6 in the lineup.
Once again, it came down to Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and her counterpart in the match-deciding point. After winning the match for the Black and Gold in the previous matchup against Georgia Southern, Swope played valiantly against Giulia Riepe, but fell in three sets 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 2-6.
With App leading 1-0 going into singles play, the Eagles would capture the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead. Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) fell to Emilia Bujan, 6-7 (2-7), 2-6 before Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) suffered a 2-6, 5-7 setback to Arianna de Winter.
But the Apps, as they did all day, battled to tie up the match at 2-apiece following Taylor Bygrave’s (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 triumph over Mariana Ranzahuer. Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) was defeated in three sets to Truscott in another close match 6-3, 2-6, 1-6. It would come down to the last pair of matches in an exciting way.
The Mountaineers captured two of three doubles matches in exciting fashion to take a 1-0 lead going into singles. After Swope and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) fell to Mariana Ranzahuer and Lindsay Truscott, 2-6. App came back in the next two matches with Mullen and Wreder earning a hard-fought 7-5 win against De Winter/Riepe.
The clinching doubles match was down to Machado and Bygrave, as they gave App the doubles win in a clutch triumph over Bujan and Monsey by a score of 7-5.
App’s season has concluded while GASO will advance to the quarterfinal match against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday.
The Mountaineers will return six of their nine student-athletes including four of their top five wins leaders in singles play in Bygrave, Swope, Machado and Morse.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced an exciting new endeavor as it has teamed with Advanced-Online to launch the official online store for Bears’ apparel and collectibles at shoplrbears.com.
The website offers a wide variety of Lenoir-Rhyne clothing including T-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, shorts and hats including items from the official brand of the Bears, Under Armour. In addition, certain items can be customized to feature the sport of your choice.
The site also features collectibles ranging from flags and wall decals to jewelry and watches, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Lenoir-Rhyne University.
“This is a great opportunity for Lenoir-Rhyne to promote Bear Nation beyond the local community.” Deputy Athletics Director Brent Heaberlin said in a statement. “Giving our fans and alumni easy access to the gear they want is a big step forward in expanding our brand.”
Advanced-Online partners with over 80 corporations, 20 Greek organizations, and 150 colleges assisting them in producing client-centered solutions. Unlike any other e-commerce solutions on the market today, our stores require no inventory. Product availability is shown in real time and items ship within 24 hours.
Advanced-Online has teamed with such schools as Wake Forest University, Baylor University, Ball State and Coastal Carolina.
The Lander Baseball Team (19-25) picked up a 7-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (21-23) Wednesday evening at Dolny Stadium.
The Bearcats, who avenged an earlier loss to the Bears, were led by Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C.) with a three-run home run and four runs batted in.
Lander took control with three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings while Jones' round-tripper came in the fifth frame. Mason Dodd (Augusta, Ga.) also drove in three runs for the Bearcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) drove in the Bears' lone run in the fifth inning. The Bears, however, suffered their fourth straight setback.
On the mound, Tripper Ergle (Blythewood, S.C.) (1-3) pitched four innings in relief to pick up his first win of the year while Lenoir-Rhyne junior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (1-2) was tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Friday against Newberry on the road beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Newberry, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Iulia Ponomareva has been named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Singles Second Team, league officials earlier today as part of its annual awards.
Ponomareva, a sophomore from Smolensk, RUSSIA, went 12-9 on the year including a 7-4 mark in league play as a competitor at No. 1 or No. 2 singles. This past fall, Ponomareva was the Bears' first-ever regionally-ranked player.
Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Tom Rees, finished 9-12 on the season including a 3-8 mark in conference action.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Tennis Honors
Laura Dean/Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Franziska Funke/Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Elizabeth Williamson/Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
Carlotta Nassi/Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Maria Garcia/Oroma Womendu, Wingate
Sydney Homan/Andrea Ernera, Wignate
Honorable Mention Doubles
Johanna Delisse/Julia Loos, Lincoln Memorial
Layla Tanik/Claudia DeAndreis, Wingate
Alisa Liashova/Klara Vuckovic, Carson-Newman
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Elizabeth Williamson, Newberry
Laura Dean, Anderson
Rebecca Bruning, Anderson
Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Franziska Funke, Tusculum
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Elena Pellegrini, Wingate
Marta Gonzalez, Queens
Ivey Welborn, Anderson
Iulia Ponomareva, Lenoir-Rhyne
Amanda Carrillo, Newberry
Honorable Mention Singles
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial
Ali Harris, Carsion-Newman
Annie McCullough, Tusculum
Caroline Nielsen, Queens
Jill Corsato Owsianka, Carson-Newman
Melissa Laing, Queens
Player Of The Year
Carlotta Nassi, Queens
Freshman Of The Year
Katarina Majorova, Tusculum
Coach Of The Year
Michael Cabana, Wingate
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (43-8, 15-3) remained tied for first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep of Queens (20-27, 6-14), 6-1 and 4-2, Wednesday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, also ran their winning streak to 13 games.
Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Queens 1
The Bears held a 2-1 advantage before taking control with a four-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run single from senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).
Lenoir-Rhyne junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) hit the game-winning RBI double while freshman Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) garnered the win after holding the Royals scoreless after coming in relief in the third inning.
Queens’ Sydney Ditto (Mooresville, N.C.) and Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) both hit home runs to lead off their first innings, respectively, while the Royals’ Courtney Pearson (Candler, N.C.) (14-16) was tagged with the loss.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Queens 2
Boone helped the Bears break a scoreless tie with a two-run single as part of a three-run second inning as Lenoir-Rhyne held on to beat Queens and earn a sweep.
Junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) scored twice while Miller (13-4) picked up the win for the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Ty Triplett (Valdese, N.C.) came on in relief to earn her first save of the year.
For Queens, Kelly Winter (Jacksonville, Fla.) had an RBI double while Evie Scott (Eden, N.C.) (6-7) was tagged with the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman – the Eagles are tied for first place in the league standings with the Bears – in a conference doubleheader showdown as part of Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
Catawba Valley Easter Classic:
Alexander Central: 10
St. Stephens: 1 (Championship)
East Burke: 1
R-S Central: 7
Patton: 0 (Championship)
Mingo Bay Classic:
Bishop Grimes: 1
South Caldwell: 2
The Hickory Crawdads lost their third straight game to the West Virginia Power in an 8-5 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium Wednesday night.
For the Crawdads, Yeyson Yrizarri homered and doubled, scoring a couple of runs while also driving home two. Franklin Rollin tripled and singled, also stealing two bases.
Sandy Santos and Logan Ratledge scored on an error in the fifth inning to help the West Virginia Power secure the win. The error gave the Power a 5-4 lead.
The Power later added single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory.
Hickory missed a scoring opportunity in the sixth, when Brallan Perez flew out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Stephen Alemais hit two solo homers for West Virginia.
West Virginia starter Luis Escobar (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Jonathan Hernandez (0-2) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings.
The Crawdads fall to 5-9 on the first half of the season. Hickory will go on the road to Kannapolis on Thursday.
Appalachian State fired a program record 3-under 285 in the final round to tie for third at the 2017 Sun Belt Women’s Golf Championships on Wednesday at the Fighting Joe Course.
Sophomore Joliana Elias’ (Jamestown, N.C.) and freshman Melany Chong (Missasauga, Ontario) both fired 2-under 70s as App State notched its best conference tournament finish since playing against a full field in either the Southern Conference or the Sun Belt.
Troy captured the team title at 878 (+14), holding off Georgia State (+19) down the stretch. App State and Texas State both tied for third at 886 (+22) for the week. App’s 285 (-3) was six shots better than any other team in the field in the final round. Arkansas State (+36) took fifth.
“I’m beyond proud of these ladies,” App State head coach Heather Brown said following the round. “They stuck to the process of preparation all last week and, especially our game plan these last three days. Now the result speaks for itself.”
Elias and Chong were flawless down the stretch, as Elias nabbed her first top five in taking third place at 1-under for the week. She finished five shots back of Texas State’s Sasikarn Somboonsup and one shot behind Troy’s Fatima Cano. Elias opened with five consecutive pars before a bogey on No. 6, but played her final 12 holes at 3-under with three birdies and no bogeys. Chong played her final 16 holes without a bogey to shoot a career-best 70 (-2) and finished tied for 12th at 6-over. She birdied the par-3 18th to finish her best collegiate event to date.
“Jo certainly lead the way,” Brown added of Elias. “She stayed patient and played within herself. I’m happy for her great showing and she had a great team to back her up. Today's record score represents the hard work of all of the players in and out of the (lineup). “Congratulations to these girls on a strong finish, especially the seniors.”
Seniors Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C.) both finished out their career on high note with the school record and with strong rounds. Stinson made four birdies in an even-par round of 72 to finish tied for 24th, while Craver closed out with a 73 (+1) to tie for 17th. Craver holed out on the par-4 fourth for an eagle to get her round going. Junior Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C.) had a pair of birdies in her round of 82 (+10) to take 40th overall.
The 285 (-3) was seven shots better than App’s previous best round, a 292 (+4) at the Winthrop Intercollegiate in 2012-13.
1 Troy 878 (+14)
2 Georgia State 883 (+19)
T3 Texas State 886 (+22)
T3 Appalachian State 886 (+22)
5 Arkansas State 900 (+36)
T6 Little Rock 901 (+37)
T6 South Alabama 901 (+37)
8 Georgia Southern 916 (+52)
9 Coastal Carolina 919 (+55)
10 ULM 949 (+85)
Appalachian State individual scores:
3 Joliana Elias 73 72 70 215
T12 Melany Chong 76 76 70 222
T17 Hannah Craver 75 75 73 223
T24 Emily Stinson 76 79 72 227
40 Savanna Wood 75 80 82 237
Appalachian State University wrestling had four student-athletes named to the 2017 NWCA All-Academic individual team, the association announced on Tuesday.
The NWCA All-Academic team annually recognizes the top 30 teams in the country with the highest team grade point averages. The Mountaineers as a team finished No. 29 with a 3.107 overall GPA.
“I’m proud of our team and staff for a continual commitment to academics,” head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “These four Academic All-Americans represent our program well both on and off the mat. The 2016-17 season has been a tremendous success in all facets for our program.”
Redshirt senior and mainstay 125-pounder Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) made the list as he continues his education at Appalachian, getting a master’s degree in teaching. SoCon all-conference selection Pasone went 14-7 on the season and 10-3 in duals – undefeated in league action. This year, the senior has seven bonus point victories, including a string of three straight over a group that included nationally ranked opponents. His 89 career victories place him eighth all-time at Appalachian. Pasone was able to take third place at the SoCon Tournament after battling back from an early loss to down Gardner-Webb and getting a technical fall in the final match.
Sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) made the list as a staunch 149-pounder while he works toward a degree in biology. Zovistoski battled for two huge victories in the NCAA Tournament against NC State’s Sam Speno and Oregon State’s Joey Delgado after finishing the season with a 23-8 record, including eight bonus point victories before being crowned champion at 149 pounds in the SoCon Tournament.
Redshirt junior 165-pounder Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) continues to excel both on and off the mat as he works toward a degree in economics, getting his name on the NWCA All-Academic list for the second-straight year. Przybysz finished the regular season 22-12 overall and with an ever-dominant 11-5 duals record and 11 bonus point victories on the season. Continuing the end streak, he made quick work of SIUE’s Clayton Bass to start the 165-pound weight class before getting the narrow 1-0 decision win over Chattanooga’s Justin Lampe to proceed to the first place match. Facing Campbell’s Quentin Perez, Przybysz fell 8-4 to garner second place honors.
Redshirt senior Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) made the list for the third consecutive year while finishing eighth in the nation in the heavyweight division, working toward a master’s degree in exercise science. The two-time SoCon Wrestler of the Year entered the tournament with a 23-5 overall record to go along with an undefeated in SoCon action at 6-0. Dejournette had 10 bonus point victories and two seven-match win streaks on the season. The senior was also named SoCon Wrestler of the Year this year. In the conference tournament, he made quick work of his opponents, getting a 30-second pin to start things off before a 20-4 technical fall put him in the championship match where he won 7-4.