For the second time this year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jacob Black has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner Of The Week.
Black, a senior from Manassas, Va., also wins the honor for the fourth time in his collegiate career. Black finished fourth overall – out of 122 runners – with a time of 24:33 over the 8K course at the Queen City Invitational this past Friday at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. Black led the Bears to a third-place finish in the meet as well.
Black finished third in last year’s conference championships to earn All-SAC First-Team accolades and also garnered All-Southeast Region honors.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will next host the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championships this Saturday, October 21, at Southside Park in Newton, N.C. The women’s race begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by the men’s competition at 10:00 a.m.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 3
East Burke: 0
South Fork Conference:
East Lincoln: 3
North Lincoln: 2
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team wrapped up the 2017 fall season with a third-place finish at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate Tuesday at the Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot an 872 (+32) on the par-70, 6,718-yard course while Newberry won by 29 shots and carded a one-under 839 after 54 holes of play. The Wolves had three of the tournament’s top four golfers.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Brad Robinson (Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM) and senior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.). Both players tied for 10th overall with a five-over 215. North Greenville’s Evan Gfeller was the top individual, firing a three-under 207.
2017 Donald Ross Intercollegiate
October 16-17 - Final Results
Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club
1. Newberry 839 (-1)
2. Belmont Abbey 868 (+28)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 872 (+32)
4. North Greenville 876 (+36)
5. Coker 877 (+37)
6. Barton 878 (+38)
7. Milligan 882 (+42)
8. Erskine 892 (+52)
9. Emmanuel (Ga.) 895 (+55)
10. Anderson 900 (+60)
11. Catawba 902 (+62)
12. Chowan 962 (+122)
13. Felician 969 (+129)
10t. Brad Robinson 215 (+5)
10t. Jackson Bailey 215 (+5)
25t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 219 (+9)
38t. Dawson Walker 227 (+17)
43t. Jordan Vogler 228 (+18)
43t. Luis Lopez Malo 228 (+18) - I
69t. Blake Childers 237 (+27) - I
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Golf Team finished fourth overall at the fourth annual LeeAnn Noble Memorial which concluded Tuesday at the Achasta Golf Club.
Lenoir-Rhyne carded a 617 (+41) on the par-72, 5,934-yard course while Lee won the tournament with a 586 (+10).
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM), who tied for ninth overall after 36 holes of play with a 151 (+7). Lee’s Haverly Harrold was the individual winner with a one-under 143.
The tournament concludes the 2017 fall season for the Bears.
Fourth Annual LeeAnn Noble Memorial
October 16-17, 2017 – Final Results
Achasta Golf Club
North Georgia, host institution
1. Lee 586 (+10)
2. North Georgia 605 (+29)
3. Young Harris 606 (+30)
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 617 (+41)
5. Lincoln Memorial 620 (+44)
6. Columbus State 627 (+51)
7. Tusculum 628 (+52)
8. Erskine 632 (+56)
9. Montevallo 637 (+61)
10. Converse 641 (+65)
11. UNC Pembroke 643 (+67)
12t. Newberry 649 (+73)
12t. Catawba 649 (+73)
14. King 652 (+76)
15. West Alabama 658 (+82)
16. Southern Wesleyan 675 (+99)
9t. Ainee O'Connor 151 (+7)
13t. Chelsea Mansel 152 (+8)
28t. Abbey Hartsell 157 (+13)
28t. Laura Morrison 157 (+13)
82. Jordan Young 178 (+34)
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Fork Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 0
West Caldwell: 0
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 0
Fred T. Foard: 0
West Iredell: 3
South Fork Conference:
East Lincoln: 6
North Lincoln: 2
Lake Norman Charter: 1
Alexander Central: 5
West Caldwell: 1
South Caldwell: 3
St. Stephens: 1
Battling top tier talent, including three NJCAA Division I teams, the 12th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team earned one victory during this past weekend's Wallace State Fall Bash held at the Tom Drake Coliseum.
The Red Hawks (18-8) defeated the Mississippi University for Women 3-0 during the second day of the two-day tournament on Saturday.
CVCC struggled against several perennial Division I NJCAA squads, including a pair of 3-1 losses to Vincennes University, Ind. (26-6) and host Wallace State (29-8). Catawba Valley was also swept 3-0 by Division I Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette (19-5).
Below are the results from the matches:
Vincennes University 3, CVCC 1
The Red Hawks dropped their opening match of the Wallace State Bash to the Trailblazers on Friday afternoon.
Set scores were 18-25, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-22.
Karsyn Mundy paced Catawba Valley with 12 kills in a balanced offensive attack. Leslie Leonard (11 kills) and Adair Melton (10) also reached double digits in kills, and Sabrina Pinard added nine kills.
CVCC's Emilee Webber assisted on 38 of those kills — a season high for the freshman.
Defensively, Emily Williams led the Red Hawks with 24 digs, while Webber and Katie Rupp added 20 and 19 digs each, respectively.
Wallace State 3, CVCC 1
In the second meeting between the two schools this season, the Lions once again got the better of the Red Hawks on the volleyball court, winning in four sets.
Set scores were 25-14, 25-22, 18-25 and 25-14.
Adair Melton paced CVCC with 11 kills in the match, while Leslie Leonard added eight kills and 2.5 blocks. Emily Williams also made 29 digs defensively for Catawba Valley, and Emilee Webber made 26 assists.
CVCC 3, Mississippi University for Women 0
Dominating the first two sets, the Red Hawks held off the Owls in the third set to earn a sweep and their first win of the Wallace State Bash during their first tournament game of the day on Saturday.
Set scores were 25-6, 25-7 and 25-23.
Karsyn Mundy paced CVCC with 10 kills in the match, while Mikayla Creswell added seven kills.
The Red Hawks' Emilee Webber assisted on 27 kills.
Defensively, Catawba Valley's Emily Williams made 13 digs, while Kara Williams added 11 digs.
Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette 3, CVCC 0
The Red Hawks closed out the Wallace State Fall Bash with a loss Saturday afternoon to the Division I Sun Chiefs.
Adair Melton paced CVCC with eight kills, while Karsyn Mundy and Mallory Bailey added seven and six kills each, respectively.
Emily Williams paced Catawba Valley on defense with 18 digs, while Sabrina Pinard made 12 digs. Emilee Webber also made 25 assists for CVCC.
The Red Hawks will try to extend their Region X record to 10-0 when they return to action on Tuesday when the travel to take on conference foe USC Lancaster. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ignacio de Goya’s has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced this morning.
de Goya, a junior forward from Madrid, SPAIN, scored four goals last week in leading the Bears to pair of road victories over Catawba (4-3) and Francis Marion (2-1) on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively. de Goya wins the award for the second time this year.
de Goya tallied a hat trick in the first half against the Indians before scoring the match-winner versus the Patriots. de Goya leads the team in both goals scored (10) and total points (21) so far this fall.
Lenoir-Rhyne (7-2-3, 3-2-2) returns to South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday. The Bears will host Coker (2-7-1, 1-5-1) at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Landon Scott has been named the South Atlantic Conference Football Defensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Scott, a sophomore defensive back from Moultrie, Ga., picked off two passes for 137 yards including a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first quarter to help lead Lenoir-Rhyne to a 35-7 victory over Limestone last Saturday on the road.
Scott, who also finished with three tackles, had the longest interception return for a score by a Bears’ player since Michael Green (100 yards) in a playoff game on Saturday, November 17, 2012, against Fort Valley State at Moretz Stadium. Scott has 28 tackles and a team-high three picks so far on the season.
In addition, Scott was named the Southside Power & Fitness Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter Award winner. Scott wins the weekly honor for the first time in his collegiate career.
Southside Power and Fitness will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in the honor of Scott as this week's winner of the Heavy Hitter Award.
Lenoir-Rhyne (3-4) next travels to Pembroke, N.C., to take on UNC Pembroke (1-5) on Saturday, October 28, at 4:00 p.m.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has finalized the 2017 Women’s Tennis Dual-Team Championship brackets for each of the four classifications.
The field will consist of 32 teams for each classification, with the exception of the 1A bracket which will feature 24. The format of the tournament includes dual matches consisting of six seeded singles matches in a best of three set format. Singles play will be followed by three seeded doubles matches in a pro-set format (First pair to win 10 games). Once a team reaches the necessary five match victories for advancement, all matches will be terminated.
All matches will be held at the home of the higher seed until the State Championship round, which is scheduled to be contested on Saturday, November 4th at Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington, N.C. First round action is scheduled to begin on October 18th, with second round matches scheduled for October 24th, third round on October 30th, and Regional Finals on November 1st.
Area teams are in bold:
2017 2A Women’s Tennis Dual Tennis First Round Pairings
Jordan-Matthews (15-1) at Salisbury (19-1)
Forbush (11-8) at East Montgomery (10-1)
Ledford (18-2) at Surry Central (16-0)
Wheatmore (11-3) at Ashe County (15-3)
Fred T. Foard (8-2) at Lake Norman Charter (11-1)
Pisgah (12-4) at South Point (6-4)
Maiden (12-4) at East Burke (14-1)
Owen (9-6) at Hendersonville (13-0)
2017 3A Women’s Tennis Dual Tennis First Round Pairings
South Iredell (14-2) at Williams (14-1)
Cox Mill (9-5) at Mount Tabor (7-3)
Eastern Guilford (13-3) at Jesse Carson (12-2)
T.C. Roberson (14-3) at Concord (16-2)
Hickory (9-3) at Charlotte Catholic (17-3)
A.C. Reynolds (13-3) at Kings Mountain (10-0)
Weddington (14-5) at Watauga (10-0)
Forestview (11-1) at Asheville (16-0)
2017 4A Women’s Tennis Dual Tennis First Round Pairings
Reagan (9-4) at Page (13-3)
Lake Norman (13-5) at Davie County (13-1)
Ardrey Kell (12-3) at Porter Ridge (13-3)
Hickory Ridge (8-5) at Mooresville (18-1)
North Mecklenburg (9-6) at Myers Park (20-0)
Northwest Guilford (10-5) at R.J. Reynolds (14-4)
Independence (8-6) at Providence (15-3)
Hough (13-6) at South Caldwell (10-2)
Appalachian State University women's tennis concluded the Spartan Classic Invitational hosted by UNCG on Sunday, capturing the third weekend with 20-plus wins in as many tournaments.
The Mountaineers finished 12-5 in singles play and a solid 9-3 in doubles competition over the two-day event, which was in a hidden dual format.
Appalachian participated in singles and doubles play against host UNCG, Campbell and Presbyterian.
On day one, Appalachian posted a 9-4 mark en route to capturing four out of seven matches against the Camels and a dominating 5-1 mark against the Blue Hose. Eight of nine singles victories were in straight sets, while the trio of Rebecca Morse, Teodora Sevo, and Heidi Swope finished 2-0. Melissa Machado, Emily Gaskins, and Maria José Zacarias all chipped in with a win as well.
The Mountaineers finished 2-2 in doubles action on day one but vastly improved with more opportunities on the final day of the invite, netting a 7-1 mark. Taylor Bygrave and Morse had themselves a stellar weekend as partners, teaming up for a perfect 3-0 record. Machado and Sevo recorded a pair of victories on the second day as partners while Swope and Zacarias, along with Gaskins and Anglesjö, earned two wins in doubles action.
App State will continue the fall season with the ITA Regionals hosted by North Carolina next week from Oct. 18-22.
SPARTAN CLASSIC RESULTS
Campbell vs. App State - Singles
Alex Andrivot vs. Maria Zacarias – Campbell, 5-7, 6-4, 10-2
Isabel Boada vs. Teodora Sevo – App State, 6-4, 6-4
Lou Regan vs. Taylor Bygrave – Campbell, 6-2, 6-1
Lea Cutura vs. Heidi Swope – App State 7-5, 6-1
Georgina Segarra vs. Rebecca Morse – App State, 6-1, 6-3
Alex Nicoara vs. Melissa Machado – Campbell, 6-1, 6-2
Pauline Roustan vs. Emily Gaskins – App State, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8
UNCG vs. App State – Doubles
Blaine Boaz and Nancy Bridges vs. Heidi Swope and Maria Jose Zacarias – UNCG, 8-3
Alice Taylor and Corine Blythe vs. Emily Gaskins and Sandra Anglesjö – App State, 8-5
Sophia Adams and Emily Ory vs. Melissa Machado and Teodora Sevo – UNCG, 8-5
Brianna Gomez and Tayah Cross vs. Taylor Bygrave and Rebecca Morse – App State, 8-2
App State vs. Presbyterian - Singles
Maria Zacarias vs. Tracy Johnson – App State, 6-2, 6-2
Teodora Sevo vs. Beth Taylor – App State, 6-2, 6-3
Taylor Bygrave vs. Sam Calais – PC, 7-6 (0), 6-0
Heidi Swope vs. Demi Henschel – App State, 6-4, 6-1
Rebecca Morse vs. Brittany Nuttall – App State, 7-5, 6-2
Melissa Machado vs. Katie Thompson – App State, 6-3, 6-2
App State vs. Campbell – Doubles
Maria José Zacarias and Heidi Swope vs. Alex Andrivot and Isabel Boada – App State, 8-3
Emily Gaskins and Sandra Anglesjo vs. Georgina Segarra and Ana Castillo – Campbell 8-6
Melissa Machado and Teodora Sevo vs. Lou Regan and Lea Cutura – App State, 8-7 (5)
Rebecca Morse and Taylor Bygrave vs. Pauline Rouston and Emily Nicoaro – App State 8-6
UNCG vs. App State - Singles
Nancy Bridges vs. Maria Jose Zacarias – App State, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
Blaine Boaz vs. Teodora Sevo – UNCG 7-5, 6-1
Sophia Adams vs. Taylor Bygrave – App State 6-3, 1-6, 10-6
Brianna Gomez vs. Heidi Swope – App State 5-7, 6-4, 10-8
Corinne Blythe vs. Rebecca Morse – 6-2, 7-5
Emily Ory vs. Melissa Machado - 6-2, 0-6, 10-7
Tayah Cross vs. Emily Gaskins – 6-3, 6-4
App State vs. Presbyterian – Doubles
Maria José Zacarias and Heidi Swope vs. Tracy Johnson and Demi Henschel – App State, 8-6
Sandra Anglesjö and Emily Gaskins vs. Caroline Ferrari and Sam Calais – App State 8-0
Melissa Machado and Teodora Sevo vs. Katie Thompson and Beth Taylor – App State, 8-3
Taylor Bygrave and Rebecca Morse vs. Brittay Nuttall and Emily Rowley – App State, 8-2
Appalachian State University women's soccer (3-10-3, 2-5-1 SBC) tied a season-high three goals in an exciting 3-2 triumph over Louisiana (5-8-2, 2-4-2 SBC) in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at the Cajun Soccer Complex.
The win snaps a six-match winless streak while it's the second conference win on the road. Appalachian needed a win to stay in thick of the conference tournament race, and collecting two points on Sunday brings App to within one point behind the Ragin' Cajuns and Little Rock.
"I'm so proud of these ladies," head coach Sarah Strickland said following the win. "We have had a tough schedule and played several games on Sundays where the team was rested on Friday, and this team has stuck to the process. We have seen several significant injuries this season, and the group has continued to battle and step forward into a new role. UL is a great program and is very disciplined and well coached. They are dangerous in a multitude of ways, so getting a result was huge."
Scoring her first goal of the season, Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) made sure it was a crucial one as she sent a corner into the net at 104 to give the hosts their third-straight loss. Cowie had a stellar day with a score and an assist, giving the junior six points on the season and a team-best four helpers.
Appalachian had to come back from one-goal deficits twice in the contest, including a clutch goal from Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce), who tied things up in the 88th minute when App was facing a 2-1 deficit. It was Greer's team-leading fifth goal of the season while all five scores have either given App the lead or tied up the match for the Black and Gold. Louisiana struck first in the opening five minutes of the contest before Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored her second goal in as many games 14 minutes later to notch the score at 1-apiece.
In a back-and-forth affair, UL recaptured the lead, 2-1, in the 80th minute before Appalachian fought from behind to score the next two goals in regulation and overtime, picking up the significant victory.
App State will finish the regular season with a pair of home contests next weekend. The Mountaineers will host ULM at 7 p.m. before hosting Coastal Carolina on Sunday for Senior Day at 1 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Swimming Team defeated Converse (566-526) and St. Andrews (599-100) in its season opener Saturday afternoon at O'Herron Pool. In the other head-to-head competition, Converse downed St. Andrews by a 578-103 score.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Alyx Koert (Naples, Fla.) won the 500-yard (5:28.27) and 1,000-yard (10:58.86) freestyle events while sophomore Addison Herndon (Greensboro, N.C.) prevailed in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.91) and 200-yard individual medley (2:19.63).
In addition, freshman Kiana Schumacher (Princeton, Ind.) finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.19) and 200-yard backstroke (2:16.28) for the Bears while freshman Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, Md.) won the 50-yard (26.29) and 200-yard (2:06.29) freestyle events as well.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Swimming Team opened the 2017-18 campaign with a convincing victory over St. Andrews in a dual meet – 697-98 – Saturday afternoon at the O'Herron Pool.
Lenoir-Rhyne won both the 400-yard medley (3:37.81) and 400-yard freestyle (3:17.97) relays which anchored the beginning and the end of the meet. Both teams consisted of senior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.), junior Sam Melnyk (Newton, N.C.), sophomore Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) and freshman Spencer Ashby (Duncan, S.C.).
Melnyk (1,000-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly), McRea (100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke) and Queen (100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke) all won two individual events for the Bears as well. In addition, sophomore Seth Hurst (Clover, S.C.) won the 100-yard freestyle (50.63) for the Bears as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Mars Hill in its home opener on Friday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m., at the Shuford Physical Education Center.
Appalachian State volleyball lost a close one to Coastal Carolina on Sunday 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-13).
Appalachian State, now 2-6 in the Sun Belt, fell just behind Coastal Carolina in a close match. Kara Spicer led the Mountaineers in kills on the day with 22. Melissa McMath had 15 kills, and Courtney Sullivan and Lexi Kohut each had 11 kills. Ashlyn Brown continued to lead in assists with 58, and Olivia Loeffler had 21 digs.
A 5-0 run in the first set helped App State defeat the Chanticleers and bring the score to 17-21 before winning 23-25. A 4-0 and a 3-0 run aided their victory in the second set, staying ahead to win 22-25.
The Chanticleers fought back to take the third set from the Mountaineers, barely pulling ahead to bring the score to 27-25.
Coastal Carolina ultimately came out on top of the Mountaineers, but it took five sets to do so. App State will continue play on Friday, Oct. 20 at Louisiana at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Monroe for a match on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. against ULM.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team used goals from a pair of junior forwards from Spain - Marc Fernandez (Barcelona) in the first half and Ignacio de Goya (Madrid) after intermission - to secure a 2-1 road win at Frances Marion Saturday night at Hartzler Field. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win in goal after making three saves. Francis Marion's goalkeeper, Raul Guillamon Bejar (Palau-solità i Plegamans, SPAIN), suffered the loss despite picking up four saves in the process.
The Bears outshot the Patriots, 17-7, with 47.1 percent of their shots on goal. For the Patriots, 57.1 percent of their shots were on goal.
The goal was de Goya’s team-leading 10th this fall and sixth in the last three contests. de Goya also has three match-winning scores in 2017.
The Bears were able to edge the home team in corner kick opportunities, 6-5. Lenoir-Rhyne won its second straight contest and improved to 4-0-1 against non-conference opponents this year.
The Patriots scored first when junior forward Oliver Drakenhammar (Partille, Sweden) finished off a shot at the 19:29 mark of the first half. The lead was short-lived, however, as Fernandez tied the contest 55 seconds later. The goal was Fernandez’s first of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 7-2-3 on the season. The Bears return home on Wednesday for another South Atlantic Conference clash with Coker at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Appalachian State University men's soccer (4-6-3, 0-1-1 SBC) suffered a 3-0 decision to Hartwick (5-6-1, 1-1-0 SBC) on Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers' streak of scoreless defense stopped in the first five minutes of the match when Jamie O'Grady scored one of this three goals to push the visitors to a 1-0 lead. Appalachian held opponents to 309 minutes without a goal before the streak ended. App tried to get some offense going moments later with simultaneous shots from Juan Hernandez and Ian Bennett, but both shots were fended off by the Hartwick defense.
Appalachian held Hartwick to a 1-0 edge going into the half despite two more shots at the target, which were saved by the goalkeeper, Jake Chasteen. The Black and Gold stayed on the Hawks' tails for the better part of the second stanza. Hernandez fired off his second goal, which was on frame, but Lenny Wilson prevented the ball from going into the back of the net. It wasn't until a 2:08 span that Hartwick would take a commanding lead with less than five minutes to go thanks to two more scores from O'Grady to extend the lead to three.
Felix Kollmannthaler and Zeiko Harris both attempted shots at the frame, but couldn't get the shot in the back of the net.
App State will look to get back on track with a home match on Tuesday against Campbell at 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-4, 2-3) bounced back again with a decisive victory over Limestone (3-4, 2-2), 35-7, Saturday evening at the Reservation at Gaffney High School in a South Atlantic Conference game.
Lenoir-Rhyne rushed 50 times for 199 yards and was led by freshman running back Xzavion Huff, a Maiden grad, with 85 yards. Sophomore tailback Nelson Brown added 78 yards. Huff scored on a 39-yard touchdown run while Brown scored twice in the win.
L-R sophomore safety Landon Scott returned an interception 95 yards for a score late in the first quarter: the longest by a Bears player since All-American Michael Green returned a pick 100 yards to pay dirt in a playoff game on November 17, 2012, against Fort Valley State. Scott finished with two interceptions for 137 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore tight end Sam Camargo (Kissimmee, Fla.) caught his team-leading fifth touchdown of the season: a 16-yarder in the second quarter.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore linebacker Quentin Hayes (Power Springs, Ga.) was a star on defense, finishing with nine tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 2-1 on the road this year and held an opponent to seven points for the second time this fall. LR picked off four passes for the first time since 2012.
Limestone’s Jerko’ya Patton (Charlotte, N.C.) scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Saints in the second quarter on a 38-yard run.
Lenoir-Rhyne will not play again until Saturday, October 28, against UNC Pembroke in Pembroke, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State mounted its biggest comeback in seven years and remained unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play with a 23-20 victory at Idaho on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (4-2, 3-0) trailed 20-0 early in the third quarter before rallying behind a sack-hungry, turnover-minded defense and three touchdown throws from senior quarterback Taylor Lamb, who tied Armanti Edwards' school record of 74 career TD passes. It was App State's biggest comeback since it erased a 35-14 deficit in the fourth quarter of a 42-41 victory at Chattanooga in the 2010 opener.
Idaho (2-4, 1-2) regained possession at its 46-yard line with 2:23 remaining, and Tee Sims had a hand in two sacks leading up to a fourth-and-24 pass that was completed but stopped a yard short of the marker. After the Mountaineers fell behind 20-0, their defense allowed 17 yards on the final 17 plays, including the 23-yard pass on the Vandals' last offensive snap.
Sims was credited with 2.5 sacks, and senior linebacker Eric Boggs made two fourth-quarter fumble recoveries. Lamb threw for 155 yards, and senior Ike Lewis scored twice while catching six passes for 101 yards.
Idaho forced a turnover on the first play of the third quarter, but an App State defensive stand limited the Vandals to a short field goal that pushed them ahead 20-0.
The Mountaineers went 3-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in scoring touchdowns on each of their next two drives.
Facing a fourth-and-2 situation from its 44 with nine minutes left in the third quarter, Jalin Moore gained 18 yards to set up Lewis' 38-yard touchdown reception on a short pass from Lamb.
A kickoff tackle from Zy Letman at the 13, followed by big hits from Boggs and Tae Hayes, forced a quick Idaho punt. Lamb rushed for 11 yards on a fourth-and-6 keeper from the Idaho 36 to prolong the drive, and Terrence Upshaw gained 3 yards on a fourth-and-1 carry from the 16 before Lamb found tight end Collin Reed for a 6-yard touchdown with 13:23 remaining in the game.
Chris Willis' first career sack and two under-pressure incompletions led to another three-and-out series for Idaho's offense. Lamb tied Edwards' school record of 74 career touchdown passes with a 45-yard pass to Lewis and Rubino tied the game on his PAT with 10:04 remaining.
Outside linebacker Rashaad Townes forced a fumble on the next play from scrimmage, and Boggs' short return to the Idaho 28 set up a 31-yard, tiebreaking field goal from Rubino with 7:24 left.
App State trailed 17-0 at halftime, as Matt Linehan threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Joe Wysocki with nine seconds left before the break. Cade Coffey's 28-yard field goal early in the second quarter opened the scoring, and Linehan connected with Alfonso Onunwor on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:24 remaining in the half.
Appalachian State, which started playing football in 1928, won its 600th game. The Mountaineers are 600-333-28 overall.
Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb tied Armanti Edwards' school record of 74 career TD passes. Lamb had three second-half TD passes, including two to Ike Lewis, and Lamb is two away from tying FAU’s Rusty Smith (76 from 2005-09) for fourth place on the Sun Belt career list. Edwards played at App State from 2006-09.
Lamb improved to 31-11 as a starter, breaking a second-place tie on the App State career QB victories list with D.J. Campbell (30-17). Edwards was 42-7 in his career.
Lewis set career highs for receiving yards (101), receptions (six) and touchdowns (two). His previous highs were 60 yards (vs. ULM in 2016) and five catches (vs. New Mexico State in 2016).
App State was 1-for-3 on fourth-down conversions in its first five games. It went 3-for-3 on Saturday, converting one on its first touchdown drive and two on its second touchdown drive.
Credited with 2.5 sacks, Tee Sims beat his previous high of 2.0 against Old Dominion and Louisiana last season. He also had a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss. Sims is up to 11.5 career sacks, including 4.5 this year. He had 7.0 in 2016.
Senior linebacker Eric Boggs recovered two fourth-quarter fumbles to set up App State’s tiebreaking field goal with 7:24 left and prevent Idaho from scoring after it began a drive at the Mountaineers’ 18 with 4:46 remaining. They were the first fumble recoveries by App State’s defense since Ronald Blair forced and recovered one in the third quarter of the 2015 Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers recovered a fumbled punt on special teams in the 2016 opener at Tennessee.
App State had six sacks, matching its highest output since a Nov. 2015 win against Louisiana. In addition to Sims, the Mountaineers got one sack apiece from Boggs, Myquon Stout and Chris Willis, while Caleb Fuller helped Sims bring down quarterback Matt Linehan in the fourth quarter. It was the first career sack for Willis, a redshirt freshman.
Sophomore tight end Devin Papenheim made his first career start. He played on the defensive line last year as a redshirt freshman.
App State returns home to face Coastal Carolina next weekend at 3:30 p.m.
The UNC Pembroke Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) ended Lenoir-Rhyne’s three-match winning streak with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Bears Saturday evening at Lumbee River EMC Stadium. The Bears were able to put pressure on the Braves but couldn’t convert their chances.
Both of the Braves’ goals came in the first half courtesy of Alexis Pittman (Greensboro, N.C.) and Stacey Scott (Jacksonville, N.C.) at the 10:11 and 20:32 marks, respectively.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite holding a 14-5 advantage in shots taken. In terms of shots on goal, the percentages were 61.5 percent for the Bears and 80 percent for the Braves. The Bears are held scoreless for only the second time this year. Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) suffered the loss. Morris was credited with a pair of saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) – making her third consecutive start – failed to extend her two-game goal scoring streak.
UNC Pembroke’s Gina Ryan (Cape Carteret, N.C.) earned the shutout victory in goal after stopping 10 shots on the day. UNC Pembroke held the edge in corner kicks, 3-2. UNC Pembroke is now 5-0-1 in its last six contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 8-4-1 on the season. The Bears return home to take on Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
For the fourth time in four meets this season, the Appalachian State women’s cross country team finished second while competing in a deep field.
The Mountaineers were second out of 16 teams Friday at the Vertcross Invitational hosted by High Point at Beeson Park in Kernersville. Led by Emily Fedders, App State totaled 68 points to finish six behind first-place High Point and five ahead of third-place East Tennessee State, which had edged the Mountaineers via a tiebreaker at the Upstate Invitational last month.
App State’s top five runners were separated by only 16 seconds and its top six runners were separated by only 20 seconds on an extended 6K course.
Fedders finished 10th with a time of 22:13.01, and Phylissa Greeley was 12th in 22:16.52. Hana Ratcliffe had her best team finish of the season by crossing next with a 14th-place time of 22:27.80, and Megan Scannell took 14th in 22:28.31. Kerry Leonard also scored with a 17th-place time of 22:29.00, while 20th-place Katelyn Butler (22:33.08) and 23rd-place Natalie Kile (22:46.71) rounded out the top seven.
Wofford’s Hannah Steelman won by more than 32 seconds with a time of 21:02.54.
App State returns to action Oct. 28, when the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions will go for a repeat on their home course in Boone.
1. High Point 62
2. Appalachian State 68
3. East Tennessee State 73
4. Furman 83
5. Wofford 129
6. Marshall 198
7. UNCW 235
8. VMI 236
9. Radford 241
10. Coastal Carolina 244
11. North Carolina A&T 262
12. Charleston Southern 297
13. Winston-Salem State 379
14. Meredith 400
15. Longwood 438
16. Peace 490
With continued improvement from several freshmen, the Appalachian State men’s cross country team finished third out of 17 teams Friday at the Vertcross Invitational.
With High Point serving as the host on the 8K Beeson Park course in Kernersville, the Mountaineers totaled 108 points to finish behind traditional powerhouse Furman (56) and second-place East Tennessee State (70). Charleston Southern was fourth with 114.
Evan Georges led App State with a 13th-place showing in 25:08.59, a 42-second improvement from the same meet in 2016, and redshirt freshman Ian Foley was second on the team with a 19th-place finish of 25:29.23. He had been the team’s third-place runner in each of the previous two meets.
Michael Flanagan, another freshman, was third on the team and 25th overall with a personal-best time of 25:40.28. That cut roughly 55 seconds off his best time from App State’s first two home meets.
An under-the-weather Collin Loy placed 29th with a time of 26:03.46, and freshman Luke Bennett completed the App State scoring by placing 40th with a personal-best time of 26:23.72. App State freshman Ben Cignarale (42nd, personal-best 26:24.87) and Jacob Toczko (44th, 26:25.78) rounded out the top seven.
Coastal Carolina’s Nadeel Wildschutt won by more than 15 seconds with a time of 24:22.51.
1. Furman 56
2. East Tennessee State 70
3. Appalachian State 108
4. Charleston Southern 114
5. Marshall 168
6. High Point 181
7. VMI 185
8. Coastal Carolina 200
9. Radford 242
10. North Carolina A&T 278
11. Elon 283
12. Wofford 299
13. UNCW 346
14. Coker 401
15. Longwood 479
16. Winston-Salem State 503
17. Peace 525