Appalachian State University men’s tennis men (2-1) swept past Lees-McRae, 7-0, on Sunday morning at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Each of the doubles pairings for the Black and Gold was debuted today, as each pairing appeared for the first time together this season. All three of the doubles matches went to the Mountaineers on Sunday.
In addition, five of the six singles matches resulted in straight sets.
“From start to finish, I thought we played really well,” stated head coach Bob Lake. “Some of the guys were able to get their first wins of the season, and we got to see some different pairings in doubles play. It was great to have everyone contribute to the win, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.”
Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga. / Tyler JC) took the first doubles match of the day, 6-3 versus Sebastian Zuhr and Cole Douglas Fields.
At No. 3 doubles, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) clinched the doubles point, 6-3, against Thomas Deeley and Grant Miller.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C.) were able to finish No. 1 doubles as they beat Gabe Muniz and Garrett Lakey, 6-2.
Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) played in the No. 1 spot for the first time this season and took the first set, 6-0. Muniz was able to capture the second set, 6-4, but Maddocks dominated the third set winning, 6-0, and clinching the match for Appalachian.
Brea finished his singles match in two sets defeating Zuhr 6-3, 6-4, while Bargeron and Lakey were the second singles match to finish on the day, as the Apps took the No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-3).
Pavkovich continued the sweep of the Bobcats as he defeated Fields 6-2, 6-0 before at No. 5 singles, Galen Arney (Boulder, Colo. / Boulder) finished off Brandon Caldwell 6-3, 6-2.
Free completed the sweep of the Bobcats by defeating Deeley 6-2, 6-1.
The Apps look to extend their winning streak to three on Saturday, Feb. 4 against UNC Asheville on the road at 3 p.m.
Appalachian State University wrestling had five student-athletes place in its fifth annual Appalachian Open on Saturday at Varsity Gym.
Appalachian wrestlers were joined on the mats by Virginia, Campbell, Ohio, Campbell, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, NC State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Duke, The Citadel, and Limestone College.
The Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) were led by Laken Cook (Ilion, N.Y./Central Valley Academy), Demazio Samuel (Durham, N.C./Northern), Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt), Alan Clothier (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) and Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) on the day, all placing in the top four.
Battling at 157 pounds, Cook started the day off with a 9-0 major decision over Virginia Tech’s Derek Ciavarro, before getting a technical fall over fellow Mountaineer Carl Guess (Hickory, N.C./South Caldwell), 16-0. Cook would then fall to Old Dominion’s Larry Early in the first place match in a 6-2 decision to be the second-place champion.
In the 197-pound weight class, Samuel began with a 6-0 decision victory over Gardner-Webb’s Andy Bennett, before getting a 7-0 decision over Ohio’s Devin King. Samuel battled tough in the championship match, but would drop a tight 6-4 decision to Gardner-Webb’s Terry Henderson to be placed second on the day.
After an early tight 7-6 loss to Old Dominion’s Early at 157, Najar battled back with an 8-0 major decision over Virginia’s Michael Murphy before pinning teammate Michael Elliott (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) in 6:05. Najar would then take down another Mountaineer, Guess, in an 8-2 decision, before falling to Virginia Tech’s Ryan Blees in a 25-9 technical fall to place fourth overall on the day.
At 184 pounds, Clothier began the day with back-to-back bonus point victories, getting a 15-0 technical fall win over unattached Garrett Stokes and then an 11-0 major decision over Ohio’s Hunter Yeargan. Clothier would suffer a sudden-victory setback to Chattanooga’s Dominic Lampe, but would bounce back to take down Duke’s Araad Sarrami in a 12-2 major decision. In the third place match, Clothier fell to NC State’s Nicky Hall 10-2, placing the freshman fourth overall.
In the heavyweight division, Miller battled back from an early pin by NC State’s Michael Rogers, rattling off five-straight victories to place in the weight class. Miller began with an impressive 55-second pin of West Virginia’s Zachary Schrader before getting a 5-2 decision over Andrew Gunning of North Carolina. Miller then squeaked passed Old Dominion’s Ali Wahab with a 3-2 decision, before taking Virginia’s Tyler Love to the second sudden victory round, where Miller got the 4-3 win. Miller would fall 3-1 in the third place match to The Citadel’s Michael McAleavy to place fourth overall.
The Mountaineer’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished day two of the Thundering Herd Invitation on Saturday night in Huntington, W.Va. Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) won her second race of the season and broke two records.
On the track, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central)) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) had two great showings in the short sprints. Girardeau produced a season’s best of 7.64 in the 60 meters to take fifth place, and King darted across the finish line in 7.68 to grab sixth. In the 200 meters, King clocked a collegiate personal-best of 25.04 to land in ninth. After her solid performance in the pole vault on Friday, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga) turned in a personal-best effort of 8.85 to finish fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Quarter-miler Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) ran an indoor personal best in the 400-meter race of 57.36 to finish in 12th out of 46 competitors.
In the middle distance races, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) rounded out the top-ten best times in the 800 meters clocking a season’s best of 2:17.02. In the mile run, Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle (High Point University)) and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) both turned in personal-best performances to grab seventh and eighth running 5:00.59 and 5:01.18 respectively.
Senior Van Ord continues her reign in the long distance events with a first-place victory in the 3,000 meters. She ran a season’s best of 9:44.40 to win the race and broke the facility and meet record in the process. Right behind her was Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) in fifth who ran a PR of 10:09.53.
In the field events, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) carried over her momentum from yesterday’s long jump competition to take third in the triple jump producing her best mark of the season 39-11.50 (12.18m). Lastly, in the high jump, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) placed second clearing the bar at 5-7 (1.70m), her highest jump so far in 2017.
1/28 Thundering Herd Invitational Results
60m (prelims)- 6. LaBria King, 7.68q; 7. Darlene Girardeau, 7.73q
60m (finals)- 5. Darlene Girardeau, 7.64 (sb); 6. LaBria King, 7.68
60H (prelims)-8. Taylor Drummonds, 8.92q; 10. Imani Chapman, 8.96; 21. Makaila Roberts, 9.22
60H (finals)-4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.85 (pr)
200m- 9. LaBria King, 25.04 (collegiate pr); 14. Darlene Girardeau, 25.34; 22. Imani Chapman, 25.68
400m-12. Catherine Crawford, 57.36 (indoor pr)
800m- 10. Phylissa Greeley, 2:17.02 (sb); 21. Sarah Hoffert, 2:19.87
Mile- 7. Kathryn Farina, 5:00.59 (pr); 8. Torre Moser, 5:01.18 (pr); 37. Kate Butler, 5:19.20 (pr)
3,000m- 1. Tristin Van Ord, 9:44.4 (sb); 5. Hana Ratcliffe, 10:09.53 (pr); 20. Emily Fedders, 10:29.16
4x400 Relay- 14. Appalachian A (Chapman, Greeley, Crawford, Hoffert), 4:02.85
High Jump- 2. Hunter Welborn, 5-7 (1.70m); 9. Makayla Roten, 5-3 (1.60m); T14. Libby Florence, 5-3 (1.60m)
Triple Jump- 3. Chelsey Hargrave, 39-11.50 (12.18m); NM. K’Lynn Beal
Shot Put-26. Amber Daniel 37-8 (11.48m)
Appalachian State University men’s track and field snatched three first-place victories on the final day of the Thundering Herd Invitational in Huntington, W.Va on Saturday.
The Mountaineers had many top-five performances on the track in West Virginia. In the 60-meter hurdles, the Apps finished with a one-two punch with freshman Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) winning his second hurdle competition of the year with PR of 8.13 and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) landing in second with a PR of 8.19. In the 60 meters, William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) stormed across the finish line in 6.88 to grab second place. For the 200-meter race, Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) clocked a time of 21.73 to finish third, and Buckley produced a time of 21.89 to place fourth.
In the middle distance races, App State ran the fastest times in the 800 meters and the mile run. Sun Belt Champion Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) ran a season’s best of 1:52.43 to win the 800 meters and broke the meet record. Junior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) snagged his first victory of the year with a personal-best time of 4:15.56. Finishing in third was Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek (College of William and Mary)) with a PR of 4:16.95 and Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) ran a PR of 4:19.81 to take sixth.
In the field events, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) continued his record-breaking streak by winning the pole vault with a jump of 16-0.75 (4.90m) which broke the meet record. In the horizontal jumps, Tylen Noel (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) landed in fifth with a leap of 21-8 (6.60m) and Jordan Alexander Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) flew 21-2.75 (6.47m) to take eighth. Lastly, the shot put duo of Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla. (Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) seized their third straight top-three finish with Milch tossing out the implement 55-10.25 (17.02m) for second and Parham chucking out the shot put 53-7 (16.33m) for third.
1/127 Thundering Herd Invitational Results
60m (prelims)- 6. William Buckley, 6.97q; 20. Antonio Marcano Jr., 7.16; 28. Tylen Noel, 7.34
60m (finals)- 2. William Buckley, 6.88
60H (prelims)-2. Elliott Graves, 8.31q; 5. Brandon Smith, 8.37q; 14. Andrew Spear, 8.78
60H (finals)-1. Elliott Graves, 8.13 (pr); 2. Brandon Smith, 8.19 (pr)
200m- 3. Jabari Johnson, 21.73; 4. William Buckley, 21.89; 17. Jordan Alexander Johnson, 22.66; 19. Antonio Marcano Jr., 22.69; 22. Elliott Graves, 22.88
400m-10. Brandon Smith, 49.67 (pr); 16. Josh Hanna, 50.32; 24. Andrew Spear, 50.97 (pr)
800m- 1. Ryan Hastings, 1:52.43 (sb); 21. Sean Michael Doyle, 1:58.58 (pr)
Mile- 1. Evan Georges, 4:15.56 (pr); 3. Jacob Sears, 4:16.95 (pr); 6. Ian Foley, 4:19.81 (pr); 20. Chris Anderson, 4:30.24
4x400 Relay- 3. Appalachian A (Hanna, Smith, J. Johnson, Hastings), 3:17.36
Pole Vault- 1. Phillip Thomas. 16-0.75 (4.90m); NH. Tristian Shaver and Michael Utecht
Long Jump- 5. Tylen Noel, 21-8 (6.60m); 8. Jordan Alexander Johnson, 21-2.75 (6.47m)
High Jump- T10. Jordan Dale, 6-2.75 (1.90m); NH. Nick Hinton
Shot Put-2. Nathan Milch, 55-10.25 (17.02m); 3. Ellsworth Parham, 53-7 (16.33m)
App State will roll down to Johnson City, Tenn. for the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Feb. 2-4.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (1-1) rolled past Presbyterian (2-2) with a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
The Mountaineers took home the doubles point with two of three doubles matches while capturing four of six singles points. App picked up its first win of the season and can improve to 2-1 tomorrow against Lees-McRae at the DVC.
“It was great to see us get our first win today, “ said head coach Bob Lake. “ I was proud of the way we came back after dropping the first doubles match, then from there, the momentum rolled into singles play.”
The Apps fell in the first doubles match with Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) falling to Jaimie Lopez and Diego Manzanas in a tough 6-3 match. From that point on, the Apps rolled taking both doubles matches and the first four singles contests that finished.
Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) took home a 6-4 win over Ben Kelly and Joel Roberts as the top duo. In the third and final doubles match, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) turned in a tightly-contested 7-6 (7-2) tiebreaking win to give App the 1-0 lead going into singles play.
Maddocks got things started for the Black and Gold with a straight set 6-2, 6-3 win over Lopez followed by a Webster victory against Manzanas in a battle at the No. 1 slot that went to a tiebreak in the second set, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
At the No. 2, Morris clinched the win for the Apps against Brandon Mills, 6-3, 6-3. Bargeron would continue his solid day recording a hard-fought 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) triumph over Alejandro Bejar as the the No. 4 in the books.
Brea competed in singles action as the No. 6 in the lineup but fell to Roberts, 6-4, 6-3. Pavkovich also would fall in the five slot, taking his opponent (Kelly) to a tiebreak in the first set before suffering the 6-1 defeat.
First serve against Lees-McRae is set for 9 a.m. tomorrow as the Apps look to sweep the weekend.
Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) posted his second 30-point game in three contests, while Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) collected his fourth double-double of the season, but it would not be enough in an 83-67 loss to UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (6-13, 1-7 Sun Belt) were led by Shabazz’s 33 points, including 21 in the first half. Shabazz finished 12-for-19 from the floor, including 8-for-12 from 3-point range. His eight threes were a career-high.
Kinney’s 10 points and 10 rebounds was his fourth double-double of 2016-17 and of his career. Four of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
In the first half, the Black and Gold held the Mavericks (16-5, 6-2 Sun Belt) to their lowest first-half point total of the season with just 24 and led by eight at the break.
App State held the Mavs to just 31.0 percent shooting from the floor in the first half, but UTA broke out in the second period - shooting 54.5 percent.
UTA scored five-straight points in the second half and Appalachian was able to fend them off and hold the lead until the 13:34 mark until the Mavericks’ Kaelon Wilson completed a three-point play to give UTA a 44-43 lead.
A Shabazz jumper see-sawed the lead back into the Mountaineers’ favor, but two free throws from Jorge Bilbao would give the Mavs the slight advantage the would need. Following Bilbao’s free throws, the Mavs would put together an 11-3 run to open things up en route to the 16-point win.
Kevin Hervey led the Mavericks with 22 points, while Wilson notched 17.
The Mountaineers shot just 53.6 percent (15-28) from the foul line in the game. After shooting just 5-for-12 in the opening half, the Mavericks finished the game 17-for-21 from the charity stripe.
Appalachian will return to action on Monday, Jan. 30 when it hosts Texas State. Tipoff is 7 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.
Notes: For the second time in three games, Ronshad Shabazz notched at least 30 points … it marks the second 30-point game of his career and 18th double-digit scoring game of the season - 36th of his career … Shabazz’s eight 3-pointers was a career-high … over his last three games, Shabazz is averaging 29.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game - shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from long range … Griffin Kinney collected his fourth double-double of the season - also the fourth of his career … in league play, Kinney is averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (16-4, 11-3) made it six victories in a row with a 97-75 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-10, 8-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Railsplitters’ Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds as Lincoln Memorial, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the 15th consecutive time.
Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) added 25 points including seven treys for the Railplitters, who hit 14 three-pointers on the afternoon and went 37-of-67 (55 percent) from the field.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite four players in double figures. Junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high 19 points while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 16 points off the bench in the setback.
The Bears hit 20-of-22 free throw attempts and connected on nine treys as well. Lincoln Memorial, however, led by as many as 30 points in the second half and dished out 22 assists against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up its three-game home stand on Wednesday against Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Louisburg College Saturday 92-76 at home.
The Red Hawks were led by Derick Brewer who had 26 points. Matthew Powell and Ty Ireland each had double digit scoring efforts with 16 points by Powell and 11 points by Ireland.
With the loss, CVCC falls to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the conference. The Red Hawks play again Wednesday at Guilford Tech.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (8-12, 3-6 SBC) got off to a fast start, but couldn't sustain the momentum against UT Arlington (15-4, 8-1 SBC) in a 73-62 defeat on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
Madi Story, a Bandys High School grad, led all scorers with 20 points on an efficient shooting performance, shooting 4-for-7 from the floor including three trifectas and went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored 12 points, while Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) both chipped in with eight points. Plummer grabbed eight off the glass to lead App State and also shot 6-for-8 from the line.
The Mountaineers got the start they wanted jumping to a 21-15 lead in the first quarter after a 7-for-10 performance from the field and shooting 6-of-7 from the free throw line. However, UTA held App to just 16 points over the next two quarters to claim a commanding lead.
App turned the ball over 24 times that led to 26 points for the visitors, while Mavericks shot 46.6 percent from the field. UTA show why it's one of the top defenses in the league, holding App to a 33.3 percent clip from the field.
Appalachian did outrebound the Mavericks, 39-34, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to a 16-9 edge in second-chance points.
The Black and Gold will hit the road next week to Arkansas for games against Little Rock and Arkansas State. Appalachian will play the Trojans at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball downed Fayetville Tech at home 77-45.
Jala Daniels had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Aliyah Woods and Shaniya Leter each added 17 points for the Red Hwaks.
With the win, CVCC improves to 11-4, 7-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks are back in action on Monday against Louisburg College on the road.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 61
North Lincoln: 38
Fred T. Foard: 37
South Caldwell: 28
St. Stephens: 63
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 72
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 55
Bunker Hill: 28
West Caldwell: 40
West Lincoln: 33
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 63
North Lincoln: 55
Fred T. Foard: 58
South Caldwell: 35
St. Stephens: 41
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 57
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 85
Bunker Hill: 26
West Caldwell: 47
West Lincoln: 52
Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors for the fall semester of 2016. CSCAA is the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the fall semester.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, the men's team earned a grade point average of 3.11 while the women's squad had a GPA of 3.15.
For NCAA Division II, the top men's and women's teams were Urbana (3.57) and Northern State (3.76), respectively, this semester.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams next compete in the 2017 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships which are taking place from Wednesday, February 8, through Saturday, February 11, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team is ranked No. 25 in the 2017 NFCA NCAA Division II National Preseason Softball Poll. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The Bears, picked to defend the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship, return all but one position starter this season. Lenoir-Rhyne also had seven players earn all-league preseason accolades including six on the first team.
North Alabama, the defending national champions, begins the year ranked No. 1 in the country.
Lenoir-Rhyne (48-13 overall, 20-2 in the conference in 2016) opens the season on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne's home opener for the 2017 campaign takes place on Sunday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m., in a doubleheader at Bears Field against Chowan.
Despite a double-double from junior Madi Story, Appalachian State University women's basketball couldn't overcome 19.6 percent shooting from the field and 19 miscues on offense, falling 53-37 to Texas State on Thursday night at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (8-11, 3-5 Sun Belt) and the Bobcats (10-9, 5-3 Sun Belt) went neck-in-neck in a defensive battle early, as neither team was able to pull away from the other. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the turnovers and cold shooting began to wear on the Mountaineers' offensive flow.
Where App State controlled things for the entire game was on the glass. Appalachian outrebounded Texas State 50-38, including 19-10 in offensive boards that led to a 14-3 second-chance-points advantage.
Individually, Story led the Black and Gold with a game-high 10 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Joi Jones was right behind her with 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Bayley Plummer finished with 10 boards as well while redshirt senior Ashley Bassett-Smith led defensively with a game-high three blocks.
The Mountaineers will continue their short homestand on Saturday when they host UT Arlington at the Holmes Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Noah McRea has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men’s Swimmer Of The Week by Collegeswimming.com.
McRea, a junior from Hickory, N.C., won two events last Friday in leading the Bears to a 130-128 victory over Catawba in a dual meet in Salisbury, N.C.
McRae prevailed in both the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:57.55) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:10.13) against the Indians.
McRea is the school’s record holder in six individual events: the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes, the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medleys. McRea is also a member of Lenoir-Rhyne program-best 400-yard individual medley relay squad.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to competition on Wednesday, February 8, to swim in the 2017 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships. The four-day event takes place at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Baseball Team was picked to finish seventh in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Head Coaches Poll.
The Bears received 70 total points while Catawba was picked to win the league championship after receiving eight first-place votes for a total of 107 points. The Indians earned the top preseason spot for the fifth straight year.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior pitcher Tad Ratliff, an Alexander Central grad, was named to the all-conference preseason second team. Ratliff went 1-0 last year with a 1.69 earned run average and two saves in 21 appearances in addition to 28 strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne (33-18 overall and 12-12 in league play last year) opens the 2017 season on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s home opener takes place on Saturday, February 4, in a doubleheader at Bears Field against Glenville State at 1:00 p.m.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Baseball Preseason Poll
1. Catawba (8) 107
2. Tusculum (1) 90
3. Newberry (1) 86
4. Carson-Newman (1) 78
5t. Lincoln Memorial 74
5t. Wingate 74
7. Lenoir-Rhyne 70
8. Mars Hill 39
9. Anderson 38
10. Coker 37
11. Brevard 19
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Baseball Preseason Teams
OF - Daymon Totherow, Newberry
OF - Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman
OF - Cade Snapp, Carson-Newman
1B - Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B - Zack Finchum, Tusculum
SS - Jimmy Rice, Carson-Newman
3B - Derek Olenchuck, Newberry
C - Jeff Sneed, Newberry
DH - Malachi Hanes, Catawba
SP - Zack Kelly, Newberry
SP - Russ Weiker, Catawba
SP - Ethan Elliot, Lincoln Memorial
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba
OF - Mason Ewers, Lincoln Memorial
OF - Danton Hyman, Newberry
OF - Austin Turgeon, Wingate
1B - Nick Lacina, Tusculum
2B - Kyle Smith, Catawba
SS - Bryson Conner, Coker
3B - Eric Kalman, Lincoln Memorial
C - Gooch Greer, Carson-Newman
DH - Bradley Brown, Wingate
SP - Brandon Donahue, Wingate
SP - Christian Raasch, Tusculum
SP - Zach Slagle, Tusculum
RP - Tad Ratliff, Lenoir-Rhyne
Appalachian State University wrestling ranked sixth in the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Duals Selection Committee’s newly formed Mid-Major Top 20 college wrestling poll on Thursday.
With the ranking in the first NWCA/NDS Mid-Major Top 20, the Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) are now ranked highly in three major wrestling polls. App State is also No. 21 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll and No. 16 in the InterMat poll.
The new poll will concentrate on programs outside the traditional Power 5 conferences with all-sports members of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC not eligible for consideration. The poll is also conducted independently of the USA Today/NWCA poll. Appalachian State remains the lone member of the SoCon to be ranked in the USA Today/NWCA and InterMat polls, but is joined by Campbell in the Mid-Major Top 20.
“We’ve seen college programs use mid-major polls in men’s and women’s basketball as another way to promote those sports to their fans and local media,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer of the new poll. “We feel this can be an adequate measure of performance for teams that don’t have the benefits of being in a Power 5 Conference.”
Firmly cementing itself as a mid-major wrestling powerhouse, Appalachian State has gone 3-2 this season against members of Power 5 conferences. The Mountaineers took an early 25-15 win over then-No. 15 Oregon State from the Pac 12, before downing ACC member North Carolina in an 18-16 victory. The Apps also delivered a convincing 25-11 victory over Duke of the ACC in Durham. The team’s only Power 5 losses have been to then-No. 9 NC State (ACC) and then-No. 5 Missouri (MAC/SEC).
The Mountaineers will host the Appalachian Open on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Appalachian’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.
NWCA/NDS Mid-Major Top 20 Rankings
Rank School Record Conference All-Sports Conf.
1 Cornell 7-2 EIWA Ivy
2 Lehigh 8-2 EIWA Patriot
3 Northern Iowa 7-2 MAC Missouri Valley
4 Central Michigan 3-2 MAC MAC
5 South Dakota State 8-3 Big 12 Summit
6 Appalachian State 11-2 SoCon Sun Belt
7 North Dakota State 9-4 Big 12 Summit
8 Edinboro 6-4 EWL PSAC (Division II)
9 Rider 7-1 EWL MAAC
10 Drexel 8-5 EIWA Colonial
11 American 3-4 EIWA Patriot
12 Army West Point 6-3 EIWA Patriot
13 Princeton 5-6 EIWA Ivy
14 Buffalo 7-4 MAC MAC
15 Bucknell 5-4 EIWA Patriot
16 Navy 7-1 EIWA Patriot
17 Ohio 6-4 MAC MAC
18 Campbell 5-6 SoCon Big South
19 Wyoming 3-5 Big 12 Mountain West
20 Utah Valley 4-2 Big 12 WAC
The Wingate Men’s Basketball Team (12-7, 9-4) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (9-9, 8-5), 79-72, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs – led by Josh Dominquez (Matthews, N.C.) with 18 points – as Wingate fought back from a 41-34 halftime deficit to secure its ninth straight win and sweep the season series from the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) with a game-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds while junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) added 16 points but the Bears saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
The Bears hit 10 three-pointers on the night but were just three-of-15 from behind the arc in the second half.
Wingate was also powered by a 25-of-31 performance from the charity stripe and held a 49-37 edge on the boards. The Bulldogs’ Mike Baez (Orlando, Fla.) totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds while Isiah Cureton (Waxhaw, N.C.) notched a double-double – 12 points and 11 rebounds – as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face No. 24 Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference game.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (12-7, 8-5) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 68-52 loss to Wingate (14-4, 10-3) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs’ Danasia Witherspoon (Hickory, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points as Wingate rallied from a 33-30 halftime deficit to take the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with 19 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added 13 points but the Bears saw their 15-game winning streak at home come to an end.
The Bulldogs took control in the third period by outscoring the Bears by a 20-6 margin and never trailed again. Wingate also limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 28 percent shooting (22-of-57) in the second half and swept the season series from the Bears.
Wingate, meanwhile, shot 58 percent (15-of-26) in the second half and converted 19-of-23 free throws in winning its third straight game.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne hosts undefeated and fifth-ranked Lincoln Memorial.
Wednesday night, Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team exploded for 69 points in the second half for 106-82 win over Vance Granville Community College. With the win, head coach Bryan Garmouth picked up his 100th win at CVCC.
Two players had double-doubles to lead the Red Hawks. Emmanuel Wembi had 19 points and 20 rebounds. Fred T. Foard grad Nolan Whitener had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Derick Brewer had a game high 27 points for the Red Hawks. Matt Powell chipped in 16 points and Myles Williams added 11.
CVCC improves to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in conference play. CVCC will host first place Louisburg College Saturday at 3pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Picked to Repeat as SAC Champions, Seven Players Earn Preseason All-ConferenceWritten by Jason Savage
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team was picked to repeat as South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions after being voted first in the 2017 league preseason head coaches poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne received nine first-place votes for a total of 130 points. Last year, the Bears finished 48-13 overall including a 20-2 mark in conference play while earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
In addition, seven Bears garnered preseason all-league accolades including six players on the first team: sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.), junior outfielder Christina Walker (Roxboro, N.C.), senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.), junior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.), junior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) and senior catcher Sarah Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.).
Boone was a first-team all-region and all-conference honoree and was named the SAC Freshman Of The Year in 2016 after leading the team in several offensive categories including batting average (.402), runs (62), hits (86), total bases (127), slugging percentage (.593) and stolen bases (14).
Walker, a first-team all-conference pick as well, batted .400 while Landreth finished with a .357 batting average, six home runs and 30 runs batted in. Landreth is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference First-Team honoree (2015-16).
Poe was a second-team all-conference selection last year while Carter started all 61 games and finished with a .379 batting average, 17 doubles, four home runs and 47 runs batted in. Carter was both a First-Team All-SAC and All-Southeast Region honoree.
Kenley was named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team after leading the squad in home runs with nine in addition to 44 runs batted in and a .333 batting average.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior utility player Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) hit seven home runs with 39 runs batted in while garnering all-region accolades last spring.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the season on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey in a doubleheader on the road in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Softball Preseason Poll
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (9) 130
2. Carson-Newman (3) 117
3. Wingate 109
4. Catawba 93
5. Anderson 91
6. Lincoln Memorial 90
7. Newberry 68
8. Queens 66
9. Mars Hill 52
10. Coker 47
11. Tusculum 43
12. Brevard 19
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Softball Preseason Teams
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Christina Walker, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Kristen Stinnard, Catawba
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Madison Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Madison Carter, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Misty Doran, Wingate
DP – Taylor Lail, Mars Hill
UTIL – Katie McLaurin, Wingate
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Allison Webster, Carson-Newman
P – Augie Pena, Anderson
OF – Christina Linton, Newberry
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Riley Morris, Coker
1B – Ashton Whitaker, Queens
2B – Taylor Barcomb, Coker
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill
DP – Katherine Shumaker, Catawba
UTIL – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Rachel Weidner, Wingate
P – Lauren Rudesheim, Anderson