The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (10-3, 1-1) saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end with a 7-2 setback to Anderson (7-4, 1-1) Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at the Trojans Tennis Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne did prevail at first and second singles courtesy of junior Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA) and sophomore Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL), respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Wingate in Wingate, N.C., in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday beginning at 2:00 p.m. Anderson hosts league-foe Queens Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Anderson 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Anderson, S.C. (Trojans Tennis Complex)
1. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Ignacio Bidegain (AU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Jeffrey Dayton (AU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Tomas Depiaggio (AU) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-1, 6-2
4. Preston Morpeth (AU) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-4
5. Simon Wilson (AU) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-3, 6-3
6. Hufelder Duarte (AU) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 8-3
1. Tomas Depiaggio/Hufelder Duarte (AU) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-6
2. Jeffrey Dayton/Hank Sartain (AU) def. Paul Lenz/Hamed Gandouz (LR), 8-6
3. Ignacio Bidegain/Preston Morpeth (AU) def. Tales Miranda/Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 8-2
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (10-3, 1-1 SAC), Anderson (7-4, 2-1 SAC)
A seventh-inning lightning delay interrupted a pitchers' duel that continued with an Appalachian State comeback and ended with a 3-2 loss at Texas State.
A bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the win to the Bobcats (12-4-1, 2-0). The Mountaineers drop to 5-11, 0-2.
Drew Beck's two-out RBI single after Alex Leshock reached on a misplayed third strike with one away enabled App State to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning, shortly after play resumed and relief pitcher Luke Watts stranded three Texas State baserunners with a strikeout.
The Mountaineers loaded the bases in the top of the ninth as Jason Avers reached on another misplayed third strike, pinch-runner Robert Langdon moved to third on Joel McDaniel's one-out double and CJ Brown drew a two-out walk. Texas State right fielder Dylan Paul made a diving catch to prevent a go-ahead hit from Leshock.
A leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and intentional walk created a possible double-play situation in the bottom of the ninth, but two more walks closed the game.
McDaniel (2-for-4) led App State's offense with two doubles, and Beck accounted for both RBIs. Defensively, catcher Riley Smith erased three baserunners, as he threw out a potential base stealer in the second inning, picked a runner off first with two Bobcats aboard in the third inning and threw out a potential base stealer in the eighth inning.
App State starting pitcher Colin Schmid allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out five batters in 6.1 innings. Kaleb Bowman and Watts (0-1) pitched out of the bullpen.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Bobcats broke through with two runs, only one of which was earned. Schmid retired the first two Texas State batters, but two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Derek Scheible. His infield single to short brought home the first run, and a throwing error enabled a second run to score on the play.
App State responded with one run in the sixth on an RBI groundout from Beck, but that's all the Mountaineers mustered after Leshock hit a leadoff single and moved to third on a Bailey Welch double.
Appalachian faced a 2-1 deficit with one out and two runners on in the seventh when Bowman replaced Schmid, who had issued two walks in the inning. Bowman followed a wild pitch with a swinging strikeout, and a lightning delay halted play for the next 84 minutes. When play resumed, Watts loaded the bases with a walk and escaped the jam with a strikeout.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (8-1, 2-0), ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, won its 18th straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season game with a 14-10 triumph over Tusculum (3-4, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field
Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tied a school single-game record with seven goals as the Bears rallied from a 8-4 deficit midway through the second period to take the win. Buduo leads the team with 34 goals and 45 total points.
The Bears, who scored the final six goals of the contest and kept the Pioneers off the board in the fourth period, also held advantages in both shots taken (44-40) and ground balls (42-26). Junior attacker Ryan Bell (Havre de Grace, Md.) added three scores for the Bears.
For Tusculum, Andrew Kransberger (Grand Rapids, Mich.) totaled two goals and an assist in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) stopped nine shots and earned the win while Tusculum’s Patrick Thomas (Tega Cay, S.C.) made 13 saves but suffered the loss in goal.
Buduo is also tied for the league lead in goals scored. Jay Goldsmith scored seven times for the Bears on March 2, 2015, against Florida Southern (a 16-11 win).
Lenoir-Rhyne is 4-0 on the road this year and is 31-4 in its last 35 games dating back to the beginning of the 2016 campaign.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 5-0 all-time against Tusculum.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Queens in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Wednesday at Moretz Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team extended its winning streak to six games on Saturday with a conference doubleheader sweep of host Wake Tech at Ting Stadium.
Game one: No. 17 Catawba Valley 6, Wake Tech 1 (nine innings)
The Red Hawks scored three runs each in the sixth and eighth innings and held off a late charge by the Eagles to win game one of the series by five runs.
CVCC and Wake Tech were scoreless through five complete innings until the Red Hawks scored three runs in the sixth inning — led by an RBI single from sophomore Graham Mitchell down the third base line that scored freshman shortstop Garrison Burress.
Two batters later, David Graves connected on an 0-2 pitch, hitting a two-run home run off the scoreboard in left center field — his fourth of the season — to extend CVCC’s advantage to 3-0.
A solo home run by Wake Tech’s Martin Cervinka in the seventh inning ended the shutout bid for CVCC starting pitcher Julian Smith, who had another dominating outing. Smith struck out 10 batters and allowed just one hit, one earned run and three walks to earn his fourth victory of the season.
The Red Hawks added three insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning when Cody Payne’s double down the third base line scored both Rod Munoz and Mitchell, and Cory Watt followed that hit with an RBI single to score Payne.
Wake Tech was able to load the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Red Hawks closer Kevin Finzer was able to work his team out of both jams unscathed to secure the Region X victory.
Game two: No. 17 Catawba Valley 6, Wake Tech 4 (seven innings)
Behind home runs from David Graves and Rod Munoz and a stout pitching performance from Harry Hatcher, the Red Hawks closed out the doubleheader sweep on Saturday with a two-run win in game two.
Catawba Valley jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Garrison Burress, which plated Cory Watt.
The Red Hawks added to that advantage with five runs in the sixth inning, including an RBI double from Kyran Russ, an RBI single from Graham Mitchell and home runs from Munoz (solo) and Graves (two-run).
Hatcher held the Wake Tech bats at bay for most of the second game of the twin bill. He threw a complete game, giving up eight hits and three walks, and he struck out eight Eagle batters.
All four of Hatcher’s earned runs in the game came in the sixth and seventh innings, where Wake Tech once again had its comeback bid cut short.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (19-10, 8-4) split a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Mars Hill (6-17-1, 3-9) Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Lions prevailed in the first contest by an 11-6 score before the Bears rallied to win the nightcap, 4-3.
In game one, trailing by a 3-1 score after one inning of play, Mars Hill took control by plating the next seven runs on its way to the win. The Lions’ Matt Honeycutt (China Grove, N.C.) led the way with five hits and four runs batted in.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior outfielder Aaron Stamper (Clemmons, N.C.), who hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season and finished with three runs batted in. Junior designated hitter Caleb Beatty (Falls Church, Va.) added three hits and two RBI for the Bears in the setback.
Mars Hill’s Alec Bivins (Lawndale, N.C.) (1-2) earned his first win of the year after going six innings while senior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) (3-1) was tagged with the loss for Lenoir-Rhyne.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth as the Bears rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) improved to 5-0 on the year after earning the win. Grigg allowed just one earned run in addition to 10 strikeouts in six innings of work while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his seventh save of the year.
Mars Hill’s Travis Owens (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) hit a solo home run while Mike Ramunno (Hollywood, Fla.) fell to 0-2 after taking the loss for the Lions.
Lenoir-Rhyne has won all four South Atlantic Conference weekend series to start the year and is tied for third currently in the league standings.
Whitson is tied with Josh Kellar (2007) for most saves in a single season for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on No. 13 Belmont Abbey on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.
The Appalachian State women's track & field team opened the outdoor portion of the season at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.
Senior Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount), junior Emily Fedders (Beckely, W.Va./Woodrow Wilson) and junior Sofia San Miguel (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) paced the Mountaineers with third place finishes. Welborn finished in a tie for third in the high jump, clearing 5-4.25 (1.63m), while Fedders crossed the finish line third overall in the 10,000-meter run in a new PR time of 37:10.92. San Miguel was third in the pole vault, clearing 11-11.75 (3.45m), which represents a new PR.
The Black and Gold also saw three other runners place in the top-10 in the 10,000-meter run. Junior Erin Jameson (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) finished fourth in 37:51.50, senior Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) placed eighth in 38:30.16 and junior Ann Sekutowski (Waukesha, Wis./Kettle Moraine) recorded a ninth place finish in 38:37.49.
App State also had success in the pole vault, with juniors Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) and Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenberg) finishing in a tie for fourth, clearing 11-5.75 (3.50m)
Senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) posted a time of 2:13.83 in the 800-meter run, which was good for seventh place.
Junior Imani Chapman (Raleight, N.C./Sanderson) was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.45 seconds and junior Katelyn Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) crossed 12th in the 5,000-meter run in a new personal best time of 17:50.63.
In the 3,000-meter run, senior Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) set a new PR with a time of 10:24.09, which placed her 13th in the event. Senior Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) also posted a new PR, tossing a mark of 41-3.00 (12.57m) in the shot put, finishing 14th.
Senior Samantha Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) was 13th in the hammer throw, covering 158-10 (48.43m).
Meanwhile, Appalachian State men's track & field opened their outdoor season at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) won the 200-meter dash in a PR time of 21.07 seconds. Johnson's mark also ranks as the sixth fastest time in program history.
The Mountaineers took two of the top three spots in the 10,000-meter run. Freshman Ben Cignarale (Greer, S.C./Riverside) placed second in 32:01.34 and freshman Luke Bennett (Durham, N.C./Voyager Academy) finished third in 32:07.20.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Mathews, N.C./Porter Ridge) notched a fourth place finish in the 400-meter dash in 48.07 seconds.
Junior Peter Kenn (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) recorded a seventh place finish in the hammer throw, covering 157-2 (47.90m), with freshman Evan Hardin (Alworth, Ga./Carl Harrison) posting an eighth place finish in the event with a mark of 151-9 (46.27m). Kenn was also 13th in the discus with a mark of 14-2 (43.29m) and sophomore Michael Albert finished right behind in 14th, covering 141-7 (43.17m)
In the high jump, senior Hampton Harvin (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando) and sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) finished in a tie for eighth, clearing 6-4.75 (1.95m). Senior Nick Hinton (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was 14th in the event, clearing 6-2.75 (1.90m).
The 110-meter hurdles saw junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) finish 11th in a new PR time of 14.88 seconds. Sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) was 12th in the event, crossing the finish line in 14.90 seconds. Smith also was 10th in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 54.67 seconds.
In the pole vault, sophomore Jackson Widener (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) placed 15th overall, clearing 13-9.25.
The Mountaineers will return to action again on March 23 and March 24 at the Weems Baskin Invitational, hosted by South Carolina.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (10-6) won its third straight match with a dominating sweep over The Citadel (8-18), 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in Sumter, S.C.
App State has won three straight matches for the second time this season while it reaches 10 wins for a fifth consecutive year.
The Mountaineers captured two doubles wins before claiming the three singles contests they needed to clinch the triumph.
Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) got things started with a convincing 6-1 victory over Gavin Stewart and Noah Nawabi for their fifth straight win and move to 10-3 on the season. Since partnering up last season, the pair is an excellent 19-6 over 25 matches. Clinching the doubles point and giving App a 1-0 edge was Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College), who defeated their counterparts, Matthew Henson and Will Graham, 6-1. Pavkovich and Ben are a solid 9-5 on the season.
Moving into singles, App State continued the momentum where all three singles wins went straight sets. Ben moved to 9-6 on the year when he toppled Nawabi, 6-2, 6-0, followed by Alex Brea's (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) first singles victory of the season over Roy Hobson in sweeping fashion, 6-0, 6-4. Scott sealed the deal with a 6-4, 6-2, victory over Henson, handing the senior his seventh win in a row and an 11-3 record on the year.
App State will have a week off before it faces Coastal Carolina on Sunday, March 25 at home in its first Sun Belt match of the season. First serve is at 2 p.m.
A four-run fourth inning allowed Texas State to gain separation in an 8-2 victory against Appalachian State as both teams opened their Sun Belt Conference schedules Friday night.
App State (5-10, 0-1) trailed 2-1 after CJ Brown homered off Nicholas Fraze in the top of the third inning. It added another run in the ninth inning with an RBI single from Joel McDaniel to score Kendall McGowan, who returned to his opening-day spot as the starting left fielder. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
"I thought we did a good job early against Fraze, and then he settled in around the third," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "They really held us at bay from that point on until the ninth.
"It's nice to have McGowan healthy and back in the lineup. Colin gets the ball tomorrow to give us a chance to even the series. He's been throwing it extremely well."
The Bobcats opened the scoring with two runs in the second, followed by one in the third and four in the fourth.
App State starting pitcher Andrew Vaccacio was relieved in the fourth inning by Bobby Hampton, and Will Sprinkle pitched the final four innings.
The top of the ninth inning saw the Mountaineers load the bases twice. After a lineout to start the inning, four straight batters reached base, with one scoring. The comeback attempt fell short as Bobcats pitcher Kyle Bradford struck out the final two batters.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (2-6) wrapped up a three-game road trip against No. 5 Florida Tech (9-0) on Friday evening at Panther Stadium and came away with a 16-5 loss.
The Bears were led by junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.), who scored four goals in the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Cathleen Gaffney (Allentown, Pa.) added one late goal of her own.
Florida Tech was paced by Leah Dunn (Arnold, Md.) with a game-high six goals and four ground balls in the contest.
With the home field advantage, came the shot advantage. Florida Tech took 41 shots, 28 of which were on goal. The Panthers held the Bears to 13 shots (12 on goal).
Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) took the loss despite saving eight shots and picking up four ground balls. Stephanie Stuart (Palm Coast, Fla.) earned the win for the Panthers in goal. Stuart stopped seven shots on the evening.
Sousa – who leads the team in goals scored with 26 this year – also has four contests so far this spring with at least four or more scores.
The Panthers are 7-0 at home this year.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (18-9, 7-3) rallied from a four-run deficit to take a 9-6 South Atlantic Conference victory over Mars Hill (5-16-1, 2-8) Friday night at Bears Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) broke a six-all tie with the game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Mars Hill’s Travis Owens (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA) and Christian Stampler (David, Fla.) both hit home runs but the Lions couldn’t hold a 6-2 advantage midway through the fourth frame.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.) both finished with three hits and an RBI to lead the Bears’ 16-hit attack.
On the mound, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Nolan Flachofsky (Pfafftown, N.C.) (2-0) earned the win while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) struck out the side in the ninth inning for his sixth save of the year. Mars Hill’s Kaleb McCurry (Burnsville, N.C.) fell to 0-3 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne has won three straight league games and has rallied from at least a two-run deficit in all three contests.
Appropriately, the last win in Appalachian State senior Forrest Przybysz's standout wrestling career was a memorable, dramatic triumph.
Przybysz went 2-2 in the second NCAA Championships appearance of his career, falling 11-3 against Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith not long after he advanced in the 174-pound bracket thanks to a sudden victory takedown of Utah Valley's Kimball Bastian.
Przybysz picked up his 78th career victory by breaking a 2-2 tie with three seconds left in the first overtime period Friday at a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena.
"Over time, both guys are going to be exhausted," Przybysz said. "I just knew if I pushed it a little harder than he did for that last sudden victory minute, then I'd be able to come out with a takedown. I got to my underhook and just decided to drive through it with everything I had. Luckily, he went down.
"I had a great experience in my five years at App. I couldn't ask for a better coaching staff or teammates, so I'm really grateful for the people I've been surrounded with."
Przybysz posted a 26-9 record during a redshirt senior year in which he earned a top-20 national ranking, went unbeaten in Southern Conference dual meets and won his first SoCon tournament title after three runner-up finishes.
A multi-year academic All-American and current MBA student, he helped the Mountaineers claim a third straight SoCon regular season title and complete a sweep of 2018 championships with his tournament breakthrough in Charleston, S.C.
"He's really just a quality person, and those are the kinds of young men we want to put out from our program — in all aspects, and not just wrestling," App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. "He's just a fine young man, and I know he's going to be successful in the next chapter of his life."
Seeded 12th in Cleveland, Przybysz won his first match with a 7-2 decision against Wisconsin's Ryan Christensen on Thursday before falling into the consolation bracket with a loss to fifth-seeded Myles Amine of Michigan. Przybysz trailed 2-1 entering the third period against Bastian and quickly tied the match with an escape from the down position.
The 4-2 win against Bastian gave App State three victories at this year's NCAA Championships, as junior Randall Diabe won his second match in the 197-pound bracket Thursday. Diabe, fellow junior Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds) and redshirt freshman Alan Clothier (184 pounds) were all making their NCAA debuts. Gavin Londoff (149 pounds) appeared in Cleveland as a first alternate and was part of a group coached by Bentley, Ryan LeBlanc, Josh Roosa and Dominic Parisi.
"I'm proud of this team and the growth we made this year," Bentley said. "I think all the guys we had at this tournament competed hard, and they represented our university very well. I think the young guys are going to take a lot from this tournament, and hopefully it will help them in the future when they get here again."
Appalachian State University men's tennis (9-6) edged College of Charleston (5-7) in a thrilling 4-3 win on Friday morning at Patriots Point.
Appalachian captured the doubles point while claiming the three singles matches it needed for back-to-back road wins.
With the Black and Gold trailing 3-2, it came down to Scott Webster (Perth Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) to bring the Mountaineers back for the win. Scott won his first set, 6-2 before Benedikt Henning forced a third set when he claimed the second stanza, 6-4. The senior for App regrouped and convincingly downed Henning, 6-1, for the win and tied up the match at 3-apiece. Scott improves to 10-3 on the year thanks to his sixth straight win, while the doubles and singles triumph puts him at 101-career victories at App.
The contest between the No. 4s ultimately decided the contest, where Pavkovich fought through after splitting the first two frames with Alec Angradi. After Angradi eeked out a tiebreaking 7-6 (7-4) set two win, Pavkovich earned the 6-3 third-frame triumph and the victory for the Apps.
It wasn't the first time Appalachian had to fight a deficit, as the hosts won the first two singles matches with Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) falling both matches as the No. 5 and 6, respectively. After CofC took a 2-1 advantage, Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) stepped up for a 6-2, 6-3 win to tie up the match, 2-2.
Appalachian needed a big win in doubles play to start the contest with a 1-0 lead. Scott and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England,/Bullerswood) topped Ksawery Pocie/ F. Ramirez Lascurian in a 6-2 defeat before Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga./James Madison) fell to Angradi and Henning, 6-4. In what turned to be a stellar day for Pavkovich and Ben, the pairing registered a valiant victory over Youssef Dabbai and Juan Estevarena in a tight-knit 7-6 (7-2) affair.
The Mountaineers will look to continue the momentum and their 10th win of the season over The Citadel tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Sumter, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Outdoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams were both picked to finish third in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Coaches Preseason Poll, league officials announced earlier today.
On the men’s side, Queens was picked to win its fourth straight league championship after garnering 10 first-place votes with 116 total points. Lenoir-Rhyne totaled 92 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.). Lotharp earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in the men’s 60-meter dash last week after finishing seventh at the D-II Indoor Championships in Pittsburg, Kan., and won the 200-meter dash at the 2018 SAC Indoor Finals in February in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lotharp will be looking to make a name for himself on the outdoor circuit after missing last year’s outdoor season due to injury.
The Bears also return senior Derek Chavis (Lexington, N.C.), who has won the past two men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase events at the league championships (2016 and 2017).
In the women’s competition, Queens was voted to win its fourth South Atlantic Conference Championship in the league’s five years of existence for the sport. The Royals totaled nine first-place votes for a total of 102 points while the Bears garnered 90 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by sophomore Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.), the 2017 SAC Outdoor Women’s Freshman of the Year and defending league champion in the women’s discus.
The Bears also return senior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA), the 2015 and 2016 SAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Salamon, a freshman All-American in the women’s discus, also sat out last year’s outdoor campaign due to injury. Salamon is a two-time league champion in women’s discus (2015 and 2016) as well.
Both squads took third place in the inaugural South Atlantic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last month. Lenoir-Rhyne opened its 2018 outdoor season this weekend at the 49ers Classic in Charlotte, N.C.
2018 South Atlantic Conference
Outdoor Track and Field Preseason
Head Coaches Poll
1. Queens (9) 116
2. Wingate (2) 102
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 90
4. Coker 80
5. Anderson 77
6. Carson-Newman 75
7. Lincoln Memorial 52
8. Mars Hill 46
9. Tusculum 36
10. Catawba 30
11. Newberry 18
1. Queens (10) 116
2. Wingate (1) 101
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 92
4. Carson-Newman 89
5. Coker 68
6. Anderson 63
7. Tusculum 55
8. Lincoln Memorial 47
9. Mars Hill 41
10. Catawba 30
11. Newberry 20
The Hickory Crawdads have unveiled their 2018 promotional schedule featuring theme nights, giveaways, a name change, and 12 fireworks shows.
The schedule features nine giveaways: a magnet schedule giveaway on Opening Night, Thursday, April 12th (Absolute Tree Care,1290 WHKY), Poster Schedule giveaway on Saturday, April 14th (Baker Tire Center, Daniel Boone Inn, Lake Hickory Vet, Hickory Printing Solutions, Big Dawg 92.1), Crawmoms replica jersey giveaway on Saturday, May 12th (Pepsi), carnation giveaway to moms on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13th (Whitfields Flowers and More), hat giveaway on Saturday, May 26th (Sam's Xpress Car Wash, 1290 WHKY), tee shirt giveaway Saturday, June 23rd (Duck Graphics), drawstring bag giveaway on Saturday, June 30th (Blue Ridge Energies), a team card set giveaway on Saturday, September 1st, and a mystery MiLB item giveaway to close out the season on Monday, September 3rd. The mystery giveaway includes items that teams across Minor League Baseball have donated and include signed baseballs, bobbleheads, stadium replicas and various other items.
ZOOperstars! will be returning to the Frans this season for two appearances. Their first visit will be during Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 26th (Whitfields Flowers & More and Big Dawg 92.1). They will also be performing on Saturday, August 25th (1250 WHKY). Birdzerk! Will also be making an appearance this season on Sunday, May 27th.
The two annual post-game Christian Concerts will return this season as well. Finding Favour will perform on Saturday, April 28th presented by 106.9 The Light and Sidewalk Prophets will perform on Saturday, July 21st presented by Gardner-Webb University and 106.9 The Light.
For the first time during their 26 year history, the Crawdads will be changing their name. On Mother's Day weekend (May 11th-May 13th) the team will be playing as the Hickory Crawmoms. They will wear pink Crawmoms jerseys and hats throughout the weekend featuring the specialty designed logos and wordmarks.
A minor league baseball promotional schedule wouldn't be complete without theme nights and the 2018 season has plenty. Returning fan favorites include Texas Rangers Night on Friday, April 13th (NC Pediatric Dentistry), NFL Draft Party on Thursday, April 26th, Disney Night with Enchanted Elegance Princesses on Friday, June 8th (Disney, Mann Travels, NC Pediatric Dentistry, Big Dawg 92.1), Halloween celebration on Friday, July 13th (Lake Hickory Haunts, Big Dawg 92.1), Christmas in July on Friday, July 20th, Superhero Night on Friday, August 10th (Children's Home Society of North Carolina, NC Pediatric Dentistry, 1290 WHKY), and Star Wars Night on Friday, August 24th (NC Pediatric Dentistry, Kicks 103.3). The season will also include new theme nights including: Dunder Mifflin Night on Thursday, May 10th, Tribute to Jim Carrey on Thursday May 24th, Grease 40th Anniversary Night on Thursday June 7th, Land Before Time Night on Saturday, June 9th (NC Pediatric Dentistry, Kicks 103.3), Margaritaville on Thursday, June 21st, Fact or Fiction Night on Monday, July 2nd, Sandlot 25th Anniversary Night on Thursday, July 12th, 90s Night on Saturday, August 11th, Backwards Night on Friday, August 31st (Big Dawg 92.1), and Little Rascals Night on Saturday, September 1st.
In addition to the specialty Crawmoms jerseys on Mother's Day weekend, the Crawdads will be wearing patriotic jerseys on Memorial Day, July 3rd, and Labor Day. The jerseys, presented by StratX, will be auctioned off on Labor Day and the proceeds will benefit the Disabled American Veterans.
The season will feature fireworks shows following every Friday game and also a show on the Crawdads
Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd.
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 1
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Alexander Central: 6
West Caldwell: 1
South Caldwell: 9
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 14
East Burke: 2
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 5
South Iredell: 8
Fred T. Foard: 15
St. Stephens: 2
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
West Lincoln: 2
Alexander Central: 4
East Burke: 0
Appalachian State senior wrestler Forrest Przybysz has advanced to the second day of the NCAA Championships at Quicken Loans Arena, which drew lively crowds exceeding 18,600 to each session Thursday.
Seeded 12th at 174 pounds, Przybysz won his first match with a 7-2 decision against Wisconsin's Ryan Christensen before falling into the consolation bracket Thursday night with a loss by technical fall to fifth-seeded Myles Amine of Michigan. Przybysz (25-8) will face Utah Valley's Kimball Bastian (20-10) on Friday.
App State junior Randall Diabe dropped his opener at 197 pounds before taking an early lead, executing a late takedown and claiming an 8-4 decision against 11th-seeded Corey Griego of Oregon State. Diabe wrestled a third time Thursday night and lost by technical fall against Northern Iowa's Jacob Holschlag to finish the season 20-9.
It's the second NCAA appearance for Przybysz. Diabe, fellow junior Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds) and redshirt freshman Alan Clothier (184 pounds) were all making their NCAA debuts.
Enriquez (17-13) lost by a 9-6 decision against Navy's Nicholas Gil in the opening round and was beaten by technical fall against Lock Haven's Kyle Shoop, the national leader in that category.
Clothier (27-11) was tied entering the third period of a 10-6 loss to Minnesota's Brandon Krone in their first match, and Clothier was also tied beginning the third period of his 8-5 loss to Wyoming's Chaz Polson.
Przybysz was scoreless after one period against Christensen in the opening round, and the App State standout took a 2-1 edge into the final period. He moved ahead 3-1 on an escape and gained separation on a takedown with 1:05 remaining.
"Forrest wrestled really well, scored a lot of points and scored three takedowns in the second and third periods," App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. "For him, it really opened it up and got the ball rolling for our team. The guys that wrestled before him, we competed hard, we just didn't do enough in those matches to get our hands raised."
The No. 12 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (23-4) stayed red shot with a doubleheader sweep of USC Aiken (8-20), 8-3 and 9-0, on the road at J.H. Satcher Field on Thursday afternoon. With the sweep, the Bears have run their winning streak to 13 games.
In game one, with the score tied at three after two innings of play, the Bears took control by plating the final five runs of the contest including the game-winning, run-scoring single by junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) in Lenoir-Rhyne’s half of the fourth frame.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 17 hits in the contest and was led by freshman outfielder Savannah Moorefield (Claudville, Va.) with four hits and sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) with a home run and three runs batted in. Junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 10-3 with the win for the Bears.
For USC Aiken, Jessica Stanley (Moncks Corner, N.C.) hit a three-run home run but Caroline Cockrell (North Augusta, S.C.) fell to 2-6 after taking the loss.
In game two, the Bears run-ruled the Pacers in six innings.
Moorefield and freshman first baseman Kylee Leonhardt (Lincolnton, N.C.) had two-run hits while Boone hit her team-tying fourth home run of the season. Leonhardt drove in three runs as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 12-1 on the year with her 12th straight victory. Kenley struck out six batters for her fourth shutout of the season while the Pacers’ Hannah Price (Seneca, S.C.) fell to 2-5 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 21-1 in its last 22 games.
In the last 15 contests, Boone is batting .574 (27-of-47) with three home runs, 13 runs batted in and a .979 slugging percentage.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Sunday against Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn., with a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (10-2) ran its winning streak to seven matches with a 6-3 victory over Fairmont State (5-6) Thursday morning at the Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort.
Lenoir-Rhyne was powered by its doubles play as the Bears claimed victories in all three contests.
In addition, three players – senior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC), sophomore Alex Ayguavives (Barcelona, SPAIN) and junior Shane O’Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) – all earned victories for the Bears in singles and doubles competition.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday against Anderson in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Fairmont State 3
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort)
1. Guilherme Pachane (FSU) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-3, 6-4
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Joao Lucas Alves (FSU), 2-6, 6-1, 12-10
3. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Joao Martins (FSU), 6-1, 6-3
4. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Dillon Early (FSU), 4-6, 7-6, 10-8
5. Tom Liddy (FSU) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7
6. Bradley Schug (FSU) def. William Hewett (LR), 6-1, 4-6, 10-7
1. Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Guilherme Pachane/Dillon Early (FSU), 8-0
2. Tomas Hons/Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Joao Lucas Alves/Matias Higueras (FSU), 8-6
3. Paul Lenz/William Hewett (LR) def. Joao Martins/Bradley Schug (FSU), 9-7
Records: Fairmont State (5-6), Lenoir-Rhyne (10-2)