Appalachian State junior guard Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) has been named Second Team All-District 24 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Shabazz, who was named Second Team All-Sun Belt last week, earns NABC All-District honors for the first time in his career.
This season, Shabazz led the team in scoring at 18.5 ppg and also dished out a team-best and career-high 100 assists. He also posted a career-high 36 steals and shot .400 from the field, which represents a new career-best.
Shabazz also left his mark in the Mountaineer record book during the season. He finished with 609 total points, which ranks as the fifth most in single season history. In addition, his 206 made field goals are tied for the seventh most in a season in program history.
In his career, he has tallied 1,481 points, which sits 11th on the App State all-time scoring list. Shabazz also has drained 190 career three-pointers, which ranks him seventh all-time.
Appalachian State finished the 2017-18 season with a 15-18 overall mark and a 9-9 record in Sun Belt play, which was tied for fifth. The fifth place finish was the best for the program since it joined the Sun Belt in the 2014-15 season and the nine wins are tied for the most for the program in Sun Belt play.
NABC All-District 24
D'Marcus Simonds, Georgia State
Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington
Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern
Frank Bartley, Louisiana
Bryce Washington, Louisiana
Jordon Varnado, Troy
Ronshad Shabazz, Appalachian State
JaKeenan Gant, Louisiana
Rodrick Sikes, South Alabama
Travis Munnings, UL Monroe
Led by sophomore Tripp Summerlin’s runner-up individual finish, the Appalachian State men’s golf team placed fourth out of 13 teams at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate, held Sunday-Monday at the Cape Fear National course.
Summerlin, a native of Summerfield, N.C., used an opening-round 68 (4 under par) to take an early lead in the tournament. He finished at 2 under with a three-round score of 214 (68-72-74), and if not for a bogey on the 17th hole Monday, he may have captured individual medalist honors. VCU’s Sachin Kumar won the tournament by one shot over Summerlin at 3 under (213).
App State shot 898 (285-308-205) as a team to finish fourth. UT Arlington (858) claimed the team title, followed by Jacksonville State (888) and South Carolina Beaufort (891).
“We’re encouraged that we’re starting to show a little progress, but we’ve still got a way to go,” App State head coach Bo Redman said. “Tripp led the way for us, and we had two freshmen play well this week. I feel like the team is trending in the right direction. We’re looking forward to our next tournament in a couple weeks and to keep building on some momentum.”
Freshman Candler Rice tied for fifth place overall with a 1-over 217 (71-73-73), while freshman Jack Brea was just outside the top 20 in a tie for 21st at 9-over 225 (72-73-80).
The next tournament for the Mountaineers is the March 25-27 Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va., hosted by William & Mary.
Cape Fear National Intercollegiate Final Team Results
1. UT Arlington – 285-283-290-858 (-6)
2. Jacksonville State – 283-302-303-888 (+24)
3. South Carolina Beaufort – 291-303-297-891 (+27)
4. Appalachian State – 285-308-305-898 (+34)
5. Robert Morris – 299-305-300-904 (+40)
6. Loyola (Chicago) – 294-303-312-909 (+45)
7. Wright State – 311-304-296-911 (+47)
8. Tusculum College – 310-308-296-914 (+50)
9. La Salle – 311-330-318-959 (+95)
10. North Carolina Central – 321-316-326-963 (+99)
11. North Carolina A&T – 322-333-327-982 (+118)
12. Hampton – 333-347-324-1004 (+140)
DNF. VCU – 294-307-DNF-829
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Joe Buduo and Ryan Crompton have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Both players led Lenoir-Rhyne to a pair of road victories last week over seventh-ranked Belmont Abbey (10-4) and conference-rival Wingate (13-11) on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
Buduo, a junior attacker from Shrewsbury, Mass., scored four goals in both games and added four assists and five ground balls for the week as well. Buduo leads the team in both goals scored (27) and total points (38).
Crompton, a senior goalkeeper from Frederick, Md., totaled 28 saves with a .651 save percentage in both contests for the Bears. Crompton has won the league weekly honor three times this year – nine total for his collegiate career – and is the Bears’ all-time leader in saves with 400.
Crompton is also a 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason Men’s Lacrosse First-Team honoree who has a 10.05 goals-against average with 100 saves so far this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne (7-1, 1-0), now ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, will put its 17-game South Atlantic Conference Regular Season winning streak on the line this Saturday against Tusculum (3-3, 1-0) at 3:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.
2018 USILA NCAA Division II
Men’s Lacrosse Top 20 National Poll
March 12 – Week Four
1. Merrimack (16) 3-0
2. Le Moyne (4) 4-0
3. Pace 3-0
4t. Lenoir-Rhyne 7-1
4t. Colorado Mesa 6-0
6. Seton Hill 4-1
7. Tampa 6-1
8. Mercyhurst 4-1
9. Adelphi 2-1
10. Belmont Abbey 5-1
11. Limestone 4-3
12. Mount Olive 5-2
13. LIU Post 2-2
14. Saint Leo 5-1
15. Mercy 5-1
16. Lindenwood 3-1
17. Saint Anselm 1-0
18. NYIT 2-4
19. Indianapolis 3-1
20. Lake Erie 1-1
The 11th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team won two of three games against Bryant & Stratton College on Saturday and Sunday in its opening conference series of the 2018 season.
The Red Hawks (13-7, 2-1 in Region X) dropped a competitive 6-4 match up in the first game of the three-game set before powering back to win 4-2 and 11-0 in games two and three.
Game one: Bryant & Stratton 6, No. 11 Catawba Valley 4
The Red Hawks watched an early three-run lead evaporate in a two-run loss in the series opener against the Bobcats on Saturday.
After a Kevin Russell RBI single gave Bryant & Stratton an early 1-0 lead through one inning, Catawba Valley responded with a four-run second inning, including an RBI single by R.J. Conner, an RBI double by Cory Watt and a RBI groundout by Jimmy Marcelli.
Bryant & Stratton slowly whittled CVCC’s lead away, scoring one run in the third, fifth and sixth innings and two runs in the fourth inning to pull ahead in the contest.
Bobcat starting pitcher Seth Houston held the Red Hawk bats at bay to secure his team’s victory. Houston allowed just five hits and struck out 10 batters to earn the win.
CVCC pitcher Julian Smith suffered his first loss of the season, allowing three hits, four runs (three earned) and six walks, and he struck out nine batters.
Game two: No. 11 Catawba Valley 4, Bryant & Stratton 2
Tied 1-1 through eight innings, the Red Hawks scored three runs in the ninth inning and held off a late charge by the Bobcats to earn a two-run Region X win.
Bryant & Stratton took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single from Kevin Urena, but that lead was short lived.
Catawba Valley tied the contest in the top of the third inning on an RBI single from Jimmy Marcelli, which plated Matt Yarbrough.
The two teams remained deadlocked until the ninth inning when Cory Watt’s leadoff home run to left field broke the tie for good. The Red Hawks added a pair insurance runs in the inning on RBI singles from Willie Gordon and Matt Tilley.
The Bobcats made a comeback charge in the bottom of the ninth inning and were able to load the bases, scoring one run on the a bases loaded walk by Conner Hanes.
However, CVCC closing pitcher Kevin Finzer was able to minimize the damage to one run and earn the save, closing out CVCC’s first conference win of the season.
Red Hawks starting pitcher Harry Hatcher allowed three hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out five in a solid quality start for the sophomore from Hickory, N.C.
Catawba Valley pitcher Nic Messina relieved Hatcher in the seventh inning, earning his second win of the season. Messina allowed one hit, one earned run, three walks and struck out two.
Game three: No. 11 Catawba Valley 11, Bryant & Stratton 0
The Red Hawks put on an offense onslaught in the final game of the series against the Bobcats on Sunday, tallying 11 runs on 15 hits to earn their fourth shutout win of the season.
Tyler Campbell and Garrison Burress led the charge for Catawba Valley. Both freshmen drove in three runs on three hits, including a two-run home run by Campbell in the fifth inning and a solo home run by Burress in the sixth inning.
Second baseman Jimmy Marcelli also drove in three runs for the Red Hawks on two hits, including a double in the fourth inning.
On the mound, CVCC starting pitcher Trae Starnes allowing just three hits, three walks and struck out one batter to earn the victory. Conner Hewell closed out the last inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Red Hawks return to the diamond on Wednesday for a home doubleheader against the Limestone JV squad. Catawba Valley swept its road series with the Saints on Feb. 14 — 5-0 and 12-0.
First pitch for Wednesday’s first game at Henkel-Alley Field is slated for 2 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Rachel Elmore and Ines Flueck have been named AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, league officials announced earlier today.
Both players led the Bears (2-4, 2-0) to a 1-1 week including a 15-8 victory over Wingate in a league contest Saturday on the road. LR lost a tough, 15-13 game to No. 17 Mercyhurst last Thursday at Moretz Stadium.
Elmore, a junior midfielder from White Plains, Md., scored 13 goals to go along with 16 draw controls for the week including a seven-goal performance against the Bulldogs. Elmore, a second-team preseason all-league honoree, currently leads the team in goals scored with 19.
Flueck, a senior goalkeeper from Coppell, Texas, finished the week with 21 saves, a .477 save percentage and six ground balls including 11 stops against the Bulldogs. Flueck is a 2016 NCAA Division II Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-SAC honoree who currently has a 11.57 goals-against average and 45 saves this spring. Flueck is the Bears’ all-time leader in saves with 503.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on No. 18 Tampa (5-2) on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday's doubleheader against Western Carolina has been moved to Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 4 & 6 p.m. at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone, N.C.
App State softball heads to Lafayette, La. this weekend to play Louisiana for their next conference series March 17-18.
The start time of Appalachian State’s road baseball game against North Carolina Central on Tuesday has been moved up to 4 p.m.
The game will be played at the Durham Athletic Park, also known as the DAP, where the “Bull Durham” movie was filmed.
The Appalachian State softball team takes the series finale in walk-off fashion against the UL Monroe Warhawks. The Apps won 9-8 in eight innings with a complete game by Kenzie Longanecker in the circle. In this conference-opening weekend alone, the team has tied the previous two seasons' Sun Belt win record for App State.
"What a great team win! I'm so proud of our resiliency and our mental toughness today. We had timely hitting in clutch scenarios, and Kenzie threw an outstanding game," Hoerner said.
App State captures the victory in the final game against ULM, taking the series 2-1. Longanecker threw a complete game, walking only one batter in eight innings. She threw 107 pitches. Only one run was earned for the Warhawks.
ULM scored six of their runs in the top of the third inning off of five hits and one error. The Apps answered with four runs in the bottom of the third on five hits. Avery Wheatley singled to the shortstop. Alisha Josey hit a double to the fence to score Keri White and Wheatley. Jenny Dodd singled down the right field line and scored on a double from Baylee Morton.
A. Josey hit her fourth homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning to lessen the Warhawks' lead to one run. ULM pulled ahead again in the top of the sixth with two runs on two hits and one error, but it did not phase App State. In the bottom of the seventh, A. Josey started the inning with her second home run of the game. With two outs, Megan Walker singled through the left side, hitting the first pitch. She advanced to second base on a fielding error by the left fielder before Morton brought two runs across the plate to tie up the score at eight all.
In an extra inning, the Mountaineers did not allow the Warhawks to score with a three-up, three-down inning. In the bottom, White was hit by a pitch to become a base runner. Sales reached on a fielder's choice, and White was safe at second when the third baseman earned herself a throwing error trying to make the play. ULM intentionally walked A. Josey, who was 3-4 on the day already with a double and a two home runs. With bases loaded, Dodd singled up the middle for a walk-off single to score White from third base and win the game.
"Jenny Dodd was prepared for the situation in the bottom of the eighth inning. Her calm demeanor and focus is exactly what we needed," Hoerner said.
Dodd was 3-5 in game three against ULM. Morton also played a great offensive game, going 3-4 with three RBIs. Walker had a multi-hit game going 2-4. The Mountaineers totaled 14 hits in a season-high 36 at bats and a season-high three home runs in a single game. Longanecker pitched a season-high eight innings in her complete game.
App State is now 12-11 overall and 2-1 in the Sun Belt. Their record at home is 3-1 this season. The Mountaineers return to Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium for a midweek doubleheader against Western Carolina on Wednesday, March 14 at 4 & 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Golf Team shot a four-under 572 to lead by eight strokes after day one and two rounds Sunday of the J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate at the Monroe Country Club.
The Bears lead second-place Belmont Abbey on the par-72, 6,725-yard course. LR is also leading its second straight tournament after the first day (the Bears topped the leaderboard at the Richard Rendleman Invitational in Salisbury, N.C., on March 5).
Lenoir-Rhyne is paced so far by senior Brad Robinson (Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM) and junior Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen (Malaga, SPAIN), who are both tied for fourth with a two-under 142 after 36 holes of play. Wingate’s Jarett Stowe is the top individual after carding a 137 (-5) on the day.
The third and final round takes place on Monday.
J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate
March 11-12, 2018 – Day One Results
Monroe Country Club
Host school: Wingate University
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 572 (-4)
2. Belmont Abbey 580 (+4)
3. Wingate 581 (+5)
4. Coker 585 (+9)
5. Catawba 589 (+13)
6. Belmont Abbey "B" 594 (+18)
7. Brevard 606 (+30)
8. Anderson 610 (+34)
9. Pfeiffer 625 (+49)
10. Wingate "B" 634 (+58)
11. Benedict 688 (+112)
12. Pfeiffer "B" 700 (+124)
4t. Brad Robinson 142 (-2)
4t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 142 (-2)
9t. Jordan Vogler 144 (E)
9t. Dawson Walker 144 (E)
26t. Jackson Bailey 151 (+7)
The No. 12 Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (19-4) continued its winning ways as it used power and pitching to sweep Converse (2-22), 12-1 and 11-0, in two five-inning contests at Bears Field on Saturday afternoon.
In game one, the Bears were led by senior catcher Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.), who was three-for-three with a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) added three runs batted in as well.
LR was not fazed by the Valkyrie pitching as each player in the starting lineup recorded a hit in the game. Four Bears finished with multiple-hit contests as well.
Converse’s Allison Plafcan (Maggie Valley, N.C.) went one-for-two and drove in the Valkyries’ lone run of the game.
Junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) earned the victory for the Bears, improving her record to 8-3 after pitching three innings and allowing just run to go along with five strikeouts. The loss was given to Converse’s Jianna Pellegrino (Oak Ridge, N.C.) (1-5).
In game two, the Bears kept the hot hitting going, once again paced by Cates. Cates finished with two home runs – including a grand slam – and drove in six runs.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) earned her 10th victory of the season - now 10-1 on the year – after throwing the complete game, four-hit shutout. Converse’s Marissa Steadman (1-11) suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 6-0 all-time against Converse.
The Bears now own a gaudy 12-0 record at home this year and are riding a nine-game winning streak.
This is the fifth shutout of the year for Lenoir-Rhyne and the 13th game that the Bears have held an opponent to one run or less this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne leaves the friendly confine of Bears Field for a doubleheader against Augusta on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., in Augusta, Ga.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (17-8, 6-3) bounced back from a disappointing loss the night before to sweep Newberry (11-11, 4-5) in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader, 7-4 and 6-4, Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears rallied from 4-2 deficits in both contests to take the sweep.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) broke a four-all tie with the game-winning, two-run double in the eighth inning while junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) and redshirt freshman third baseman Will Jones (Clayton, N.C.) added two RBI each to lead the Bears to the win. Reynolds also finished with three hits.
Newberry’s Tyler White (Chapin, S.C.) hit a three-run home run but Hunter Hill (Little Mountain, S.C.) (0-2) suffered the loss for the Wolves.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Kevin LaRosa (Orange Park, Fla.) (1-1) earned the win in relief while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) registered the final out for his fourth save of the year.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Aaron Stamper (Clemmons, N.C.) tied the game at four with a solo home run before sophomore shortstop Corbin Watson (Eden, N.C.) came through with the game-winning RBI single – both in the fifth frame – to help the Bears complete the sweep.
Junior designated hitter Clayton Jeffries (Lakeland, Fla.) drove in two runs while sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) improved to 4-0 after earning the win. Whitson pitched a scoreless seventh frame for his fifth save this spring.
For the Wolves, Colin Allman (Tampa, Fla.) drove in three runs but Mike DeLee (Dorchester, S.C.) fell to 1-3 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne won its third straight league weekend series to start the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Young Harris Wednesday at 4pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s P.J. Lotharp earned All-American honors after finishing seventh in the finals of the men’s 60-meter dash Saturday at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the at Robert W. Plaster Center. Pittsburg State University is serving as the host institution of the meet.
Academy of Art’s Mobolade Ajomale won the individual championship with a time of 6.60 seconds.
Lotharp, a sophomore from Indian Trail, N.C., clocked a 6.80 seconds in the finals after setting a new school record (6.75) in the preliminaries on Friday. Lotharp, who also competed in the preliminary round of the men’s 200-meter dash on Friday, becomes the second All-American in indoor track and field in school history (Kevin Baxter in the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 2013 and 2015).
Lotharp is the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Champion in the 200-meter dash, an event he also holds the program record (21.62 seconds in the preliminaries). In addition, Lotharp earned 2018 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honors in indoor track in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash.
The outdoor season begins for Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C.
NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships
60-meter dash – Finals
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Pittsburg, Kan.
Robert W. Plaster Center
1. Mobolade Ajomale, Academy of Art, 6:60
2. Jonte Baker, Tiffin, 6.61
3. Reginald Thomas, Tiffn, 6.68
4. Widchard Guervil, Tusculum, 6.70
5. NaRon Rollins, Pittsburg State, 6.73
6. Marcus Parker, Eastern New Mexico, 6.76
7. P.J. Lotharp, Lenoir-Rhyne, 6.80
8. Ricky Bell, Rogers State, 6.83
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (7-1, 1-0), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, opened South Atlantic Conference play by pulling out a 13-11 win over Wingate (2-4, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Graham Gill Field.
The Bears were led by junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with four goals and three assists. Buduo ranks first on the team in goals scored (27) and total points (38) this year.
With the score tied at eight at the 5:34 mark of the third period, LR took control by reeling off the next four goals including the game-winner from sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.). Dickinson scored twice for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) added a pair of goals and two assists as the Bears won their third straight game.
Wingate was led by Conor Gronbach (Cary, N.C.) with four goals and the Bulldogs held a 34-24 advantage in shots taken despite the loss.
In goal, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win while stopping 10 shots. Wingate's Jacob Ormerod (Lake Mary, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal despite eight saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne has won 17 straight South Atlantic Conference regular season games and improved to 3-0 on the year away from Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Tusculum in a league contest next Saturday, March 17, beginning at 3pm.
Elon swept a Saturday doubleheader against visiting Appalachian State, winning 5-0 and 5-2 at Latham Park.
With the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning of the series finale, Calev Grubbs ended the Phoenix's shutout bid by delivering a two-run single that brought Conner Leonard and Jason Avers home.
App State (4-9) got two more effective starts on the mound, as Colin Schmid (1-1) allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out eight batters in seven innings to begin the doubleheader. Travis Holden (2-1) limited Elon to three runs and seven singles in the first five innings of the series finale, and Luke Watts struck out two batters in a perfect eighth inning.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Elon and their coaching staff," App State head coach Kermit Smith said. "They implemented a terrific game plan, and we were unable to adjust all weekend. Their pitching staff did a fantastic job.
"Colin was terrific again today, as he has been all year. It was very frustrating that we couldn't get him any support. Travis really competed, and I thought that Watts was lights-out at the end."
The Mountaineers return to action Tuesday with a 6 p.m. road game against North Carolina Central at the Durham Athletic Park. They open Sun Belt Conference play next weekend with a road series against Texas State.
GAME 1 RECAP
Held to two hits in Game 2 of the series, App State trailed just 2-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to another stellar outing from Schmid.
Two of the five hits allowed by the junior left-hander didn't extend beyond App State's infield, and Schmid pitched seven innings for the third straight start. He struck out 26 batters and allowed five runs in those 21 innings.
The Phoenix moved ahead thanks to an RBI double and a sacrifice fly that followed a sacrifice bunt during a two-run fourth.
Elon added three runs to its 2-0 lead in the eighth inning as the Phoenix benefited from a hit by pitch, walk and wild pitch with the bases loaded and nobody out against App State's bullpen. A hit by pitch on an 0-2 offering, a walk and a bunt single to third loaded the bases before Joe Satterfield came to the plate to begin the plate-crossing sequence.
Riley Smith and Drew Beck both went 1-for-3 at the plate for the Mountaineers, and Alex Leshock drew two walks.
Appalachian had the leadoff batter reach in the second inning (walk), fourth inning (Smith single) and fifth inning (walk) against Elon starter Kyle Brnovich, who had 12 strikeouts, three walks and three hit batters in seven scoreless innings.
GAME 2 RECAP
Elon (8-8) held a 3-0 lead before Liam O'Regan hit a solo home run in the sixth, and the Phoenix followed a pitching change with a home run from Zach Evers.
The Mountaineers mounted a threat in the seventh, when Leonard reached on a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single from Avers. A one-out walk to CJ Brown loaded the bases, ending the day for Elon starter Owen Lorenz, and Grubbs pulled a two-out single over the second baseman's head to trim the deficit to three runs.
Elon jumped ahead with a pair of RBI singles in the second inning, and it increased the lead to 3-0 on an RBI single in the third. Holden prevented the Phoenix from adding on as he induced an inning-ending groundout with the bases loaded.
Grubbs went 2-for-5 to lead App State's offense. Leshock, Leonard and Avers accounted for the other hits.
Appalachian State softball split two games against the UL Monroe Warhawks on Saturday, March 10, in the first conference series. The Mountaineers won the first game 7-3 and lost the second game 12-4 in five innings.
App State won their conference-opening game for the first time since joining the Sun Belt in the 2015 season. The Apps have now taken two wins from ULM in 12 games. The first win against the Warhawks was in 2016. The Apps had a seven-game winning streak going before game two of the day. This 7-0 record was the longest winning streak in program history.
Game One (W, 7-3)
App State had thirteen hits in the first game against the Warhawks. Kenzie Longanecker was the winning pitcher with a complete game. She had three strikeouts with 115 total pitches, allowing only six hits. Longanecker's record is now 3-6.
Four Mountaineers had a multi-hit first game including two apiece for Keri White, Jenny Dodd and Megan Walker. Laura Sales went 3-4. The Mountaineers scored a run in four of the six innings of offense. The Warhawks did not score until the third inning on two doubles and a walk.
The bottom of the fifth inning was a strong inning for the Apps. Four singles in a row from White, Sales, Alisha Josey and Dodd and a hit apiece from Sidney Russell and Walker allowed the Mountaineers to score three. The Apps were not done scoring. In the bottom of the sixth, Avery Wheatley beat out the throw on a single to shortstop. White laid down a sacrifice bunt before Sales placed a bunt in front of home plate for a single. Dodd reached on an error that allowed Sales to score Sales and Wheatley.
Game Two (L, 12-4, 5 innings)
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Warhawks' offense came up big in the first inning. Three errors and ten hits allowed the Warhawks to get an early head start for a 10-0 lead.
The Mountaineers scored three of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Walker and Stewart both drew walks to put runners on base for Wheatley, who laid down a bunt and beat out the throw from the catcher. With bases loaded, Sales reached on a fielder's choice, but Walker was out at home. A. Josey sent the ball to the fence to clear the bases for the Mountaineers with three RBIs.
The Warhawks scored two more in the top of the fourth before the Mountaineers scored one in the bottom of the fourth off of a single from Baylee Morton and Walker. White reached on an error that brought Buruato across the plate for the Mountaineers' final run. In five innings, App State had four hits and three errors.
Annaleise Kennedy took the loss for the Mountaineers. Her record is now 2-1 this season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (2-4, 2-0) went on the road for the first time this year and prevailed in South Atlantic Conference play, taking down Wingate (1-6, 0-1), 15-8, Saturday afternoon at Graham Gill Field.
The Bears were paced by junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.), who scored a game-high seven goals and tallied eight draw controls in the victory. Lenoir-Rhyne junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) also scored four times as the visitors dominated in the second half, scoring the final nine goals over a span of 25:25.
Kendall Wells (Elkridge, Md.) led Wingate with three goals in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) earned the victory, saving 11 shots and picking up four ground balls. Arione Pierre (Haymarket, Va) suffered the loss in goal for the Bulldogs, earning three saves in the process.
The Bears were playing their first road game of the year.
Elmore also has 13 goals in the last two games. Elmore and Sousa rank first and second on the team in goals scored with 19 and 17, respectively, so far this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 5-0 all-time against Wingate.
Lenoir-Rhyne continues its road swing on Wednesday, taking on No. 23 Tampa on Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m., in Tampa, Fla.
The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team record-setting season came to an abrupt end on Friday with a 74-69 loss to Louisburg in the Region X tournament semifinals.
The Red Hawks finish their season with a 26-6 overall record.
“It’s been a glorious season. I can’t ask for anything better,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “The girls gave me their heart, and that’s what they’ve been giving me all year long. When I went into the locker room to hear the cries and the pain, I saw myself as a former student-athlete. I know that cry and pain. All year, we’ve just been taking one step at a time, trusting the process and saying ‘we’ve got to get there.’ Today, we were short a little in some areas. We kind of got out scored and out rebounded in some areas, but our girls laid it all on the line.”
Shaniya Lester scored 24 points to lead Catawba Valley in the tournament semifinal, while forward Joyous Wilson tied her career high in scoring with 18 points. It was the third game this season that Wilson had scored 18 points in a contest.
The Red Hawks led through most of the first quarter of Friday’s game, but a four-point play to end the quarter by Kaila Thompson gave the Hurricanes a 17-15 lead after one stanza.
Lester would power Catawba Valley back and into a double-digit lead by halftime. The sophomore guard from Charlotte, N.C. scored 17 points and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the first half, helping CVCC earn a 40-29 advantage at the halftime break.
The Hurricanes regrouped in the locker room and responded by outscoring the Red Hawks 23-13 in the third quarter to pull within 53-52. A second buzzer beater by Louisburg ended the quarter — this time by the Hurricanes’ Amecca McCalin.
Teana Lewis led the way for Louisburg in the third quarter, scoring six points, and teammates Shontai Totten and Laichelle Sparrow added five points apiece.
In late four trouble and struggling offensively without sophomore guard Tory Agrusa, who was out with an injured right ankle suffered in Thursday’s first-round win against Fayetteville Tech, the Red Hawks traded the lead back and forth with the Hurricanes four times before Louisburg was able to gain the advantage late and hold on for the five-point victory.
Friday’s game was the final in the careers of five CVCC sophomores — Nikkyana McCaskill, Tanisha Wall, Lester, Wilson and Agrusa.
All five athletes have a special place in England’s heart.
“These five young ladies trusted me from the beginning,” England said. “They all had a scholarship their freshman year. They could have went to a four-year school, but they decided to come back because they were chasing something. They wanted to get better. They wanted to be better student athletes, and they have. They have given their all in the classroom, they have given their all on the court and they made history. They will forever be remembered in my heart as well as the CVCC Lady Red Hawks of this year 2017-18 class.
“They mean so much to me,” she added. “They are like my kids. We are able to laugh, talk, be disciplined, corrected and then love on each other. I will always be a part of them, and they will always be a part of me. I will follow them wherever they go.”
Friday’s game was the 32nd played by the CVCC women’s basketball program — another record on top of what was a record-setting season.
“I’m looking forward to another successful year next year,” England said. “It doesn’t stop. The Red Hawks are on the map. I’m grateful to be a part of that.”
Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley has been announced as one of eight finalists for the Division I Theraworx NWCA National Coach of the Year award.
The National Wrestling Coaches Association is pleased to announce the establishment of the Theraworx Coach of the Year program. The award is presented to the coach who has demonstrated outstanding effort throughout the season in developing and elevating their program on campus and in the community. The award winner will be announced on Tuesday in Cleveland prior to the start of the 2018 NCAA Championships.
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This year's finalists are:
Appalachian State: JohnMark Bentley
Lock Haven: Scott Moore
Ohio State: Tom Ryan
Missouri: Brian Smith
Eastern Michigan: Dave Bollard
North Carolina State: Pat Popolizio
Virginia Tech: Tony Robie
Lehigh: Pat Santoro
Last weekend, Bentley was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time in his nine seasons as the Mountaineers' head coach.
Improving Bentley's career record to 88-59-1, App State won a third straight regular season title and a sweep-completing tournament title with a young 2017-18 team that had only two returning starters competing at the same spots from the previous year. The Mountaineers' primary lineup included three freshmen and two sophomores, with two additional freshmen also making multiple dual meet appearances, and Appalachian won the title even though it redshirted the only 2017 NCAA qualifier on the roster.
App State went 7-0 in the Southern Conference for the second straight year, put eight wresters in the finals of the league tournament and had four wrestlers qualify for this week's NCAA Championships. The Mountaineers also wrestled in front of standing-room-only crowds at home against NC State and Duke, with the Blue Devils' appearance drawing more than 300 students to Varsity Gym.
App State's 20-1 record in SoCon dual meets since the start of the 2015-16 season included a stretch in which the Mountaineers climbed to as high as No. 16 in the national rankings during the 2016-17 season.
Nationally, during the same three-year stretch, Bentley's program is 29-1 against non-Power Five Conference opponents with five victories against teams from Power Five leagues: Duke (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), No. 15 Oregon State (2016-17), No. 25 North Carolina (2016-17) and Duke (2016-17).
Since Bentley became head coach, the Mountaineers have had 28 NCAA qualifiers, including All-Americans in 2017 (Denzel Dejournette) and 2012 (Kyle Blevins, Austin Trotman). Bentley finished third in voting for National Coach of the Year in 2012.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (6-1, 1-0) got back on the winning side with a dominant victory over Mars Hill (2-8, 0-2), 8-1, in its South Atlantic Conference opener Friday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Lenoir-Rhyne had five of its six players win at both singles and doubles play as the Bears bounced back from its lone loss of the year last Saturday at Emmanuel (Ga).
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for its Spring Break trip and opens play against Edinboro (Pa.) on Monday, March 12, while Mars Hill faces Anderson in Anderson, S.C., on Wednesday, March 21, beginning at 1:00 p.m., in league action.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Mars Hill 1
Friday, March 9, 2018
Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)
1. Jasha Geerdink (MHU) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-2, 7-5
2. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Evan Lake (MHU) 6-2, retired
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Sophia Pelaez (MHU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
4. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Dani Potts (MHU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Demarron Johnson (MHU), 8-0
6. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Brittany Wilkins (MHU), 8-1
1. Sanne Janssen/Emily Murchland (LR) def. Jasha Geerdink/Evan Lake (MHU), 8-4
2. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Sophia Pelaez/Dani Potts (MHU), 8-4
3. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Demarron Johnson/Brittany Wilkins (MHU), 8-0
Records: Mars Hill (2-8, 0-2 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-1, 1-0 SAC)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (7-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a rousing 7-2 victory over Mars Hill (4-7, 0-2) Friday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.
Two Bears – sophomores Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) and Tales Miranda (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL) – won at singles and doubles play as Lenoir-Rhyne increased its winning streak to four matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne will next take on Edinboro (Pa.) on Monday, March 12, at Hilton Head Island, S.C., while Mars Hill doesn’t play again until Wednesday, March 21, against Anderson in a league contest in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Mars Hill 2
Friday, March 9, 2018
Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)
1. Ben Reid (MHU) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 7-6, 7-6
2. Tales Miranda (LR) def. Rodrigo Ramos (MHU), 6-3, 7-6
3. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Fernando Neto (MHU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Kyrel Trim (MHU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Tom Farman (MHU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Pedro Pinassi (MHU), 6-0, 6-2
1. Ben Reid/Rodrigo Ramos (MHU) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-5
2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Fernando Neto/Tom Farman (MHU), 8-2
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Kyrel Trim/Pedro Pinassi (MHU), 8-4
Records: Mars Hill (4-7, 0-2 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-2, 1-0 SAC)