Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) became a three-time Sun Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Week, announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.
After being announced Athlete of the Week last Friday, Hastings topped his performance in the 800-meter run on day one of the Duke Invitational with a time of 1:48.02 to break his own program record. The time was also a Duke Invite meet and facility record.
Only once before this season had someone posted a sub-1:50.00 time in the 800 meters, but now Hastings has accomplished that feat twice. His performance in the 800 last Friday is tops in the Sun Belt by over two seconds, while also ranking 28th in the country and 18th in the East Region.
Hastings was also a member of the fifth-place finishing 4x400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:21.18.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Thomas St. Clair has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Baseball Pitcher Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.
St. Clair, a senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., has a 9-4 record with a 2.21 earned run average and a conference-leading and school-record 111 strikeouts so far this season. St. Clair is the first league pitcher of the year in school history as well.
St. Clair's strikeout total also ranks third in the nation and his 17 strikeouts in a 9-0 complete game victory over Anderson on February 24 in Anderson, S.C., set a new program single-game mark as well.
St. Clair is a four-time conference pitcher of the week and a two-time region pitcher of the week this year and was named the NCBWA NCAA Division II National Pitcher Of The Week for his performance against the Trojans. In addition, St. Clair ranks second in school history in career strikeouts with 279, eight off tying the mark.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) was named to the 2017 SAC Gold Glove Team. Shoemaker ranks second on the team in batting average (.370) with a team-tying 70 hits while starting 46 games. Shoemaker, who earned the gold glove as the left fielder, has a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) in addition to three home runs and 30 RBI.
Lenoir-Rhyne (21-26) closes out the regular season tonight at home against No. 21 UNC Pembroke (35-11) beginning at 6:00 p.m.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
OF – Luke Setzer, Catawba
OF – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry
1B – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial
2B – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill
SS – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum
C – Zach Almond, Catawba
DH – Ben Herring, Newberry
SP – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – Zack Kelly, Newberry
SP – Ethan Carpenter, Tusculum
RP – Bryan Blanton, Catawba
OF – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman
OF – Brett Brubaker, Mars Hill
OF – William Thomas, Anderson
1B – Nick Lacina, Tusculum
2B – Kyle Smith, Catawba
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – Eric Kalman, Lincoln Memorial
C – Greg Jones, Carson-Newman
DH – Nick Coble, Catawba
SP – Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
SP –Tim Hardy, Tusculum
SP – Brandon Jean, Lincoln Memorial
RP – Griffin Hollifield, Coker
OF – Mason Ewers, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Malachi Hanes, Catawba
OF – Jeremy Glore, Tusculum
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
SS – Tyler Miller, Anderson
3B – Brett Langhorne, Carson-Newman
C – Russell Clark, Lincoln Memorial
DH – Bradley Brown, Wingate
SP – Forrest Arnold, Coker
SP – Zac Brown, Mars Hill
SP – Evan Estridge, Newberry
RP – Dominic Morabito, Lincoln Memorial
RF – Daymon Totherow, Newberry
CF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
LF – Marcus Shoemaker, Lenoir-Rhyne
1B – Chance Bowden, Catawba
2B – Cody Ezzell, Newberry
SS – Jeremy Simpson, Catawba
3B – John Topoleski, Tusculum
C – Jeff Sneed, Newberry
P – Zac Brown, Mars Hill
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Luke Setzer, Catawba
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Hunter Shepherd, Catawba
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Jim Gantt, Catawba
Jeff Sziksai, Lincoln Memorial
Team Batting Average – Catawba (.334)
Team Slugging Percentage – Catawba (.559)
Team On-Base Percentage – Lincoln Memorial (.415)
Team Doubles Per Game – Catawba (2.45)
Team Triples Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Catawba (1.64)
Team RBIs Per Game – Tusuclum (7.11)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Mars Hill (1.69)
Team Earned Run Average – Tusculum (4.32)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (10.6)
Batting Average – Luke Setzer, Catawba (.425)
On-Base Percentage – Timmy Wages, Lincoln Memorial (.516)
Slugging Percentage – Zach Almond, Catawba (.736)
Home Runs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.34)
RBIs Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (1.27)
Runs Scored Per Game – Logan Augustine, Lincoln Memorial (1.40)
Doubles Per Game – Zach Almond, Catawba (0.44)
Triples Per Game – Justin Dean, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.14)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Hunter Merrill, Mars Hill (0.65)
Earned Run Average – Griffin Hollifield, Coker (1.50)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (13.38)
Pitching Victories – Thomas St. Clair, Lenoir-Rhyne (9)
Appalachian State University women's tennis head coach Blake Mosley will bring in four new Mountaineers in his first recruiting class as the head coach at App State.
The Mountaineers will bring in three international athletes in Sandra Anglesjö (Sweden), Teodora Sevo (Serbia), María José Zacarias (Mexico) and Georgia native, Emily Gaskins (Marietta). The quartet will look to help App and the six returning Mountaineers next season. All four athletes are capable of helping the team win immediately.
“Coach Schwartz and I are extremely excited about our first recruiting class here at App State,” mentioned Mosley. “We feel these four athletes will add a wealth of experience and depth to our returning squad. Throughout our recruiting process, we stressed the core values of App State Athletics and the vision of our program going forward. This class has bought into taking App State women's tennis to new heights.”
Sandra Anglesjö | 5'8 | Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden | Fria Läroverken, Norrköping
Playing a pivotal role for her Swedish team back home, her squad was successful in the first division where they advanced to the Swedish Champion playoffs for all Swedish teams, finishing in the top four amongst all squads. Sandra has one ITF doubles title, a G4 in Kramfors, Sweden. Anglesjö is currently not ranked but reached a career-high combined ranking of 860 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) last year.
Mosley on Anglesjö:
“Sandra was our first commitment here at App. After watching her train down in Miami over Christmas break, I offered her right away. Sandra is a strong lefty who embodies our values and vision at App.“
Teodora Sevo | 5'5 | Poljoprivredna škola sa domom učenika Futog | Futog, Serbia
At 14, Sevo won the U16 Serbian Cup and captured the U18 Serbian Cup two years later. In 2014, Sevo was the number one U18 Serbian player and was ranked first in the Serbian Junior rankings.
Mosley on Sevo
“Teodora will also add more depth to our lineup. Although she does not have as much international experience as our other recruits, with the number of top WTA players coming out of Serbia, we feel fortunate to have a former top No. 1 Serbian Junior coming to play for us. Her work ethic on and off the court will help us solidify the culture change we initiated this past season.“
María José Zacarias | 5'5 | La Loma Centro Deportivo | San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Zacarias was the fourth-ranked junior in Mexico in 2016. She captured three ITF tournament titles in doubles, two G4's and a B3 while reaching the singles final at a Grade B3. Maria has won several national tournaments and picked up one WTA point two years ago. Zacarias is currently ranked 1143 in ITF with a career-high ranking of 337 last February.
Mosley on Zacarias:
“Maria also brings a wealth of international experience to Boone. With her doubles skills especially, we will be in contention for every doubles point. Her hard work and dedication to her game will only increase our overall level.”
Emily Gaskins | 5'8”| Walton High School | Marietta, Ga.
As a freshman and sophomore, Gaskins won the 6A doubles title with her twin, Grace, as well as the team championship. In her junior season, Gaskins won another 6A Championship and team title. In the 16's, Gaskins was ranked ninth in Georgia and 40th in the Southern Region. Emily and Grace reached the semifinals of the prestigious Southern's Tournament in 2015. Emily will join App State as a walk-on in 2017.
Mosley on Gaskins:
Emily will bring a ton of energy and enthusiasm to our team this next year. Emily will excel in our environment and hopefully reach her full potential as a student-athlete.
Yanio Perez went two-for-four in leading the Hickory Crawdads, however, Rome's Randy Ventura doubled and singled, also stealing two bases as the Braves defeated the Hickory Crawdads 3-1 on Wednesday. The Braves swept the three-game series with the win.
Brett Cumberland doubled and singled for Rome.
Brandon S. White struck Yeyson Yrizarri out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
Rome started the scoring in the first inning when Juan Yepez hit an RBI single and Anthony Concepcion hit a sacrifice fly.
The Crawdads cut into the deficit in the second inning when Yrizarri hit an RBI single, scoring Ricardo Valencia.
The Braves tacked on another run in the seventh when Derian Cruz hit an RBI single, driving in Ventura.
Rome right-hander Ian Anderson (2-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on just three hits over five innings. Opposing starter Kyle Cody (0-2) took the tough loss in the South Atlantic League game after allowing two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The Crawdads fall to 6-14 on the first half of the season. They host the Columbia Fireflys tomorrow night at 7pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Everick Sullivan has announced the signing of the program’s second recruit for the 2017-18 campaign in R.J. Gunn.
Gunn was a standout player at Irmo High School in Columbia, S.C., averaging 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals per game.
In addition, Gunn has led Irmo to three Lower State finals and a berth in the state championship game.
Gunn joins Catawba Valley Community College’s Emmanuel Wembi as part of the Bears’ recruiting class for next year. Sullivan finished his first year as Lenoir-Rhyne mentor this past winter.
The Hickory Crawdads were swept by the Rome Braves in both games of a doubleheader at L.P. Frans Stadium Tuesday night, losing game one, 2-1 and falling the second game, 4-1.
In gmae one, Randy Ventura scored on a double play in the first inning, leading the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Hickory had a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh, but Anderson Tejeda struck out to end the game.
Ventura scored on the double play in the first to give the Braves a 1-0 lead after he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then went to third on a single by Cristian Pache.
After Rome added a run in the third on a single by Pache, the Crawdads cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Ricardo Valencia scored on a forceout.
Jon Kennedy (2-0) got the win in relief while Hickory starter Jonathan Hernandez (0-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.
In game two, Juan Yepez doubled and singled, and Oriel L Caicedo allowed just two hits over five innings as the Rome Braves topped the Hickory Crawdads 4-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Caicedo (4-0) allowed one run while striking out two to pick up the win.
Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Yanio Perez hit a solo home run.
Rome answered in the next half-inning, scoring three runs to take the lead for good. Anfernee Seymour scored on a ground out en route to the two-run lead.
The Braves tacked on another run in the sixth when Seymour hit an RBI single, bringing home Randy Ventura.
Tyler Phillips (1-1) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits while walking two in the South Atlantic League game. Matt Custred pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (11-7) defeated Catawba (13-5), 14-10, in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Tuesday night at Shuford Stadium.
The Bears, the fifth seed in the tournament, will now take on top-seeded and eighth-ranked Queens (14-3) Friday afternoon in the semifinals at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C. The Indians were the fourth seed.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) led all scorers with six goals and two assists as the Bears avenged a 12-11 overtime loss to the Indians last Saturday in the regular season finale at home.
Catawba's Imani Grays (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high three goals in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba were tied at three-all before the Bears took control by scoring five straight goals to take an 8-3 advantage into intermission. From there, Indians couldn't get closer than two goals the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) added four goals – increasing her season total to a team-high 48 scores – including three in a row in the final 1:24 of the first half.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made 11 saves in the victory while Catawba's Madison Anselmo (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) took the loss despite stopping five shots.
Avery Jackson’s (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) walk off home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth rallied Appalachian State University baseball past ETSU, 8-7, on Tuesday night at Smith Stadium.
Jackson sailed the third pitch from ETSU reliever Dillon Cate (L, 0-1) just inside the left field foul pole to set off a wild celebration at the plate. The Mountaineers (17-24), who trailed for most of the night, scored the final three runs to overcome a two-run deficit in their final four at-bats.
Relievers Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) (W, 1-2) combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to hold ETSU (19-19) down after the Buccaneers took a 7-5 lead in the top of the sixth. Mason struck out two in 2.2 innings of work and did not allow a hit.
App trailed early, falling behind 2-0 in the first, but chipped away at ETSU’s lead all night, scoring once in the sixth, again in the eighth, and finally walking off on the ninth.
Jason Curtis’ (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) RBI single with the infield in scored Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) to tie the game in the seventh. Vernon tripled off the centerfield fence with one out and Curtis lined a single off the glove of reliever Peyton Taylor to knot it at 7-7. App took advantage of three ETSU wild pitches in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-6 at the time.
App cut into the lead in the third on a two-out, RBI single from Jackson to score pinch runner Connor Baldy and make it 4-3, ETSU.
The Mountaineers grabbed the lead an inning later on an RBI single from Bradley Davis (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) to score Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury), who reached with a leadoff double. Vernon followed with a double down the left field line to plate Davis and give the Apps their first advantage at 5-4.
ETSU would re-tie the game in the fifth as the see-saw continued, taking a two-run lead in the sixth.
The Mountaineers would close the gap in the sixth as Vernon was able to score off a wild pitch after reaching by walk before they tied the game in the eighth. Vernon shot a triple to center field before being driven home by a Curtis RBI single up the middle.
Vernon finished 3-for-4 and scored three times, while Jackson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Mountaineers will conclude their seven-game homestand with a three-game series with Arkansas State on Friday night at Smith Stadium. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Golf Team finished 12th overall at the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship which concluded Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury.
The Bears shot a 467 (+43) on the par-71, 6,685-yard course while Carson-Newman won in a fourth-hole playoff over Coker to take the team crown. Both teams shot a 431 (+7).
The tournament, scheduled for three days and 54 holes, was shortened to just 27 holes due to persistent rain and flooding at several locations on the course.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.), who tied for 32nd overall with a 113 (+7). Coker's Wanjoo Lee was the individual champion with a 104 (-2).
The Eagles earned an automatic qualifying berth to the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional Tournament which takes place at The Shoals Golf Club in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, from Monday, May 8, through Wednesday, May 10.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Golf Championship
April 23-25, 2017 - Final Results
Country Club of Salisbury
Catawba College, host
1t. Carson-Newman 431 (+7) *
1t. Coker 431 (+7)
3. Newberry 432 (+8)
4. Queens 434 (+10)
5. Tusculum 437 (+13)
6t. Lincoln Memorial 441 (+17)
6t. Brevard 441 (+17)
8. Mars Hill 448 (+24)
9. Anderson 449 (+25)
10. Wingate 451 (+27)
11. Catawba 462 (+38)
12. Lenoir-Rhyne 467 (+43)
32t. Jackson Bailey 113 (+7)
49t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 117 (+11)
51t. Hunter McCombs 118 (+12)
54t. Brad Robinson 119 (+13)
60. Blake Childers 124 (+18)
* Team Champion
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Sarah Kenley has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Softball Player Of The Year, league officials announced earlier today.
Kenley, a senior catcher from Charlotte, N.C., is hitting .451 on the season with a team-leading nine home runs and 52 runs batted in. Kenley also ranks first on the squad in total bases (124), slugging percentage (.756) and doubles (21) and is the Bears' first league MVP in six years.
Joining Kenley on the 2017 All-SAC First Team for Lenoir-Rhyne are sophomore outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) and senior first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.).
Boone ranks first in the league in batting average (.466), hits (83) and runs scored (62) to go along with six home runs, 48 runs batted in, 17 stolen bases and 123 total bases so far this year. Landreth, meanwhile, has a .405 batting average with four home runs and a team-leading 53 RBI.
Both Boone (a two-time first-team all-league pick) and Landreth (three-time First-Team All-SAC honoree) have started all 53 games this year for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Mackenzie Cates (Efland, N.C.) and freshman pitcher Sydney Miller (East Bend, N.C.) were named to the all-league second team. Cates is batting .314 with seven home runs and 45 RBI while Miller is 13-5 with a 2.27 earned run average, two saves and 53 strikeouts. In conference play, Miller won nine of 11 decisions.
Lenoir-Rhyne (44-9), ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division II, will be the second seed in the 2017 SAC Championship and will face seventh-seeded Tusculum (25-23) at 12:30 p.m., in the Quarterfinal Round Thursday at Byerly Park in Hartsville, S.C. LR shared its 11th league regular season championship in school history with Carson-Newman this year.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Naomi Sapp, Wingate
OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Sydney Landreth, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B - Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Hailey Drawe, Newberry
3B – Casey Stanek, Mars Hill
DP – Haley Simonds, Newberry
UTIL – Mindy North, Coker
C – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
P – Devon Morrison, Newberry
OF – Christina Linton, Newberry
OF – Sammie West, Tusculum
OF – Elaina Frantellizzi, Queens
1B – Maria Williamson, Coker
2B – Natalie Willis, Newberry
SS – Dakotah Fraley, Lincoln Memorial
3B – Mackenzie Cates, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Taylor Wells, Wingate
UTIL – Taylor Martin, Catawba
C – Cailah Niles, Anderson
P – Sydney Miller, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Augie Pena, Anderson
OF – Casey Simmons, Coker
OF – Kelsi Bachmann, Coker
OF – Cassidy Dahle, Mars Hill
1B – Emily Hester, Tusculum
2B – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
SS – Kristen Toppel, Carson-Newman
3B – Hannah Price, Coker
DP – Ashton Whitaker, Queens
UTIL – Addison Harris, Mars Hill
C – KaraLynne Levi, Carson-Newman
P – Taylor Forehand, Coker
P – Allison Webster, Carson-Newman
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
COACH OF THE YEAR
Vickee Kazee-Hollifield, Carson-Newman
SAC Statistical Champions
Team Batting Average – Lenoir-Rhyne (.375)
Team Slugging Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.557)
Team On-Base Percentage – Lenoir-Rhyne (.426)
Team Runs Scored Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (7.24)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Anderson (0.97)
Team Triples Per Game – Wingate (0.34)
Team Doubles Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (0.45)
Team RBIs Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (6.50)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Queens (1.82)
Team ERA – Carson-Newman (1.92)
Team Strikeouts Per Game – Carson-Newman (7.25)
Batting Average – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (.466)
On-Base Percentage – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (.534)
Slugging Percentage – Cailah Niles, Anderson (.787)
Home Runs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (0.29)
RBIs Per Game – Cailah Niles, Anderson (1.14)
Runs Scored Per Game – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne (1.16)
Triples Per Game – Cacey Simmons, Coker (0.13)
Doubles Per Game – Sarah Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne (0.41)
Stolen Bases Per Game –Sydney Ditto, Queens (0.59)
ERA – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (1.35)
Strikeouts Per Seven Innings – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (7.70)
Pitching Victories – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman (21)
Appalachian State University redshirt freshman goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Ketterng, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)) was selected to the U.S. Senior Indoor National Field Hockey Team on Wednesday as announced by USA Field Hockey.
“This is a really big deal for Rachel and our program,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “Rachel is a dedicated student-athlete who works tirelessly on and off the field. She is committed to pushing herself to be the best she can be and to achieve her goals. As a program, we are proud of what Rachel has achieved and look forward to her career here at Appalachian.”
Gaines was one of 20 athletes chosen to train throughout the summer and represent the red, white and blue at the Pan American Indoor Cup (PAIC) and later travel to Guyana for the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Tournament held in October.
“I am very excited to be training with the national team,” said Gaines. “Indoor field hockey is a passion of mine and competing on the national team has been one of my goals since I was introduced to the sport. It is an honor to be able to represent App State and my country at the international level.”
The Ohio State transfer played a significant role in App State’s defensive core and started in every game in 2016. In 1126:53 minutes of play protecting the cage, Gaines registered a .620 save percentage that included 119 rejections. On Oct. 1, her stellar performance against Pacific University ranked third in the nation that week blocking a career-high of 19 shots on goal. Also, the Ohio native reeled in a pair of Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Academic honors after achieving a 4.0 G.P.A.. during the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Cameron Sealey as its new Head Women's Basketball Coach, school officials confirmed earlier today. Sealey becomes the 12th coach in program history, and the first to return to her alma mater.
"We have a very special and unique opportunity to hire one of the top up-and-coming coaches in women's college basketball who also happens to be one of Lenoir-Rhyne's most accomplished players, said Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics Kim Pate. "Coach (Cam) Sealey brings tremendous passion and pride for our University and will immediately ignite excitement in our players, recruits, and alumni to restore a tradition of excellence that will return the program to national prominence."
Sealey comes to LR after serving one year as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wofford College (2016-17). As a member of the Terriers' staff, Sealey developed Chloe Wanink into a All-SoCon Second-Team honoree and was part of a team which produced the second-most victories for Wofford since the 2000-01 campaign.
Prior to Wofford, Sealey was an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia State (2015-16) for one season as well. At GSU, Sealey recruited this year's Sun Belt Freshman Of The Year (Jada Lewis) and coached the league freshman of the year in 2015-16 (Madison Newby).
"I am honored to return to my alma mater to teach and learn from these special student-athletes," said Cameron Sealey. "It is an exciting time for LR Women's Basketball and I cannot wait to get started on our team's journey as we grow together. I also would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Fred K. Whitt (LR President), Kim Pate (LR Athletics Director) and their team for trusting me with this opportunity."
Sealey's last experience at the NCAA Division II level came at USC Aiken where she served as an Assistant Coach for two seasons (2013-15). Sealey helped lead the squad to a third-place finish in the Peach Belt Conference and a berth in the league tournament semifinals in 2014-15. Sealey began her coaching career at Pittsburgh-Johnstown (2012-13). At UPJ, Sealey guided both Kaitlynn Fratz (WVIAC All-Conference First Team) and Jasmine Harper (WVIAC Freshman Of The Year).
Sealey earned her bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012 in business administration before obtaining her master's from Concordia University Irvine in 2016 in coaching and athletic administration.
Sealey played four years at Lenoir-Rhyne (2008-12) and left as one of the best players in recent history. Sealey was a three-time all-league honoree including a First-Team All-SAC selection in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and led the Bears to a pair of NCAA Division II Playoff berths (2009 and 2010). Sealey was also an all-region selection as a senior.
Sealey currently ranks sixth in scoring (1,493 points), second in free throw percentage (.796) and 10th in assists (267) on the school's all-time lists and was part of two SAC Regular Season Championship Teams (2008-09 and 2009-10) and one league tournament title in 2009. As a freshman in 2008-09, the Bears went 27-5 on the year and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
"I am extremely blessed and humbled to be named the next Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women's Basketball Coach," added Sealey. "I would be remiss if I did not recognize former LR Head Coaches Todd Starkey and Katie Pate for bringing the program to regional and national prominence.
A native of Gastonia, N.C., Sealey starred at East Gaston High School as she still holds the school record for both points scored (1,500) and assists (450) and played in the prestigious NCSAA East/West All-Star Game.
Lenoir-Rhyne posted its first winning season in three years in 2016-17, finishing 17-12 overall with a 13-9 record in South Atlantic Conference play.
A press conference and meet-and-greet session is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m., in the PEF Board Room located in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. All members of the media are invited and the meeting is open to the public.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMERON SEALEY
"I watched Cameron (Sealey) grow into one of the best players and toughest competitors in Lenoir-Rhyne history. Since she left LR, she has developed into one of the brightest young coaches in America. Other than her family, no one is more proud of Cameron than I am … and the Bears will win again."
Todd Starkey, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Kent State University
Lenoir-Rhyne is getting a terrific coach in Cam (Sealey) to lead its women's basketball program. Coach Sealey has a passion for basketball and developing players both on and off the court. She will demand excellence from them in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Cam is an excellent recruiter and I am confident she will bring in players that will continue to make LR's program successful. She will bring in players of high character, work ethic and who will place a high priority on being good teammates. We are sad to see Coach Sealey move on but could not be more excited for her to take over the women's basketball program at her alma mater. We wish her nothing but the best."
Jimmy Garrity, Head Women's Basketball Coach
"Cameron (Sealey) is a great young coach. She is mature beyond her years and understands the game and the importance of relationships in this profession. She has integrity and character and a strong competitive drive. I am excited to watch her success at LR. They made a great hire."
Sharon Baldwin, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Georgia State University
Appalachian State University men’s basketball and head coach Jim Fox announced its second addition for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) on Tuesday.
Forrest, a six-foot, two-inch, 195-pound combo guard and son of former Georgia Tech star James Forrest, will come to App State after posting back-to-back Georgia High School Association Class A-Private Boys State Championships. His father played for heralded former Appalachian State basketball head coach Bobby Cremins while at Georgia Tech.
Forrest recently led Greensforest to its second-straight Class A-Private championship. He finished with 36 points, two assists and two rebounds in an 81-57 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian in the title game. For his efforts, Forrest was named to the Class A-Private GHSA Boys All-State First Team.
Over his junior and senior seasons, Forrest averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from beyond the arc. During that span, he lead his team to a 57-7 combined record.
Forrest will join O’Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy/South Georgia State) as the two newest commitments for Appalachian State heading into 2017-18. Both will join Nick Hough (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge/Belmont Abbey) and Hunter Seacat (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman/William & Mary) in their first year of eligibility.
HEAD COACH JIM FOX
“We are thrilled to have Justin and his family become part of our Appalachian State family. Justin comes from a great basketball family and we are excited to add his toughness, versatility and competitive drive to keep moving our program forward. I am anxious for him to get on campus and get to work.”
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Lacrosse Team took home all three of the top 2017 South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced earlier today.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) was named the league player of the year while attacker Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) has been voted on as the conference freshman of the year. In addition, Greg Paradine earned coach-of-the-year accolades for the second time in his career.
Hanlon, the Bears' all-time leading scorer (189 points), has 31 goals, 31 assists and 62 total points so far this season. Meanwhile, Dickinson has already set the school single-season record for goals (47) and total points (64). Both statistics currently lead the conference.
Joining Hanlon and Dickinson on the 2017 All-SAC First Team from Lenoir-Rhyne are junior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.), junior defender Jacob O'Connor (Penfield, N.Y.), junior specialist Shane Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) and junior long stick middle Collin Lett (Greensboro, N.C.).
Corrigan has 22 goals, 16 assists and 38 points on the year while O'Connor anchors a defense which allows just under 10 goals per game (9.91). Gottberg leads the team in ground balls (109) and has won 201 of 287 faceoffs this year while Lett has three goals, three assists, six points and 48 ground balls.
Junior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned honorable mention all-league accolades after winning 11 of 12 decisions so far this season and has a 9.06 goals-against average with 130 saves for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1, 8-0), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, was won 22 of its past 23 contests including 12 straight games. The Bears won their second consecutive league regular season championship outright this past Saturday and will enter the 2017 SAC Men's Lacrosse Championship as the No. 1 seed.
Lenoir-Rhyne will face the winner of the fourth-seeded Queens (8-6) and fifth-seeded Catawba (8-7) quarterfinal game in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C., on the campus of Queens University.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Lacrosse Honors
A – Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Austin Murphy, Wingate
A – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Ben Corrigan, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Nate Wade, Tusculum
MF – Daniel Godwin, Wingate
D – Drew Thompson, Wingate
D – Jacob O'Connor, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Anthony Crisera, Wingate
LP – Collin Lett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Spec. – Shane Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Will Sheridan, Wingate
A – Ben Boyd, Tusculum
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Justin Swick, Queens
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Adam Golia, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Billy Kopsky, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ross Parsons, Tusculum
D – Chris Gazzio, Wingate
D – Ryan Benck, Lincoln Memorial
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Jonathan Paige, Queens
GK – Kevin Haggerty, Tusculum
A – Jeremy Sullivan, Wingate
A – Dima Ferreira, Mars Hill
A – Dalton Cook, Catawba
MF – Dallas Wade, Tusculum
MF – Alex Lipsky, Mars Hill
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial (Tie)
MF – Ryan Vogrig, Wingate (Tie)
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Asych Schildt, Mars Hill
D – Julian Maxey, Catawba
LP – Tyler Antram, Wingate
Spec. – Vinny Aiello, Wingate
GK – Ryan Crompton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player Of The Year
Mike Hanlon, Lenoir-Rhyne
Freshman Of The Year
Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach Of The Year
Greg Paradine, Lenoir-Rhyne
Goals per Game – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne (3.58)
Assists per Game – Austin Murphy, Wingate (2.77)
Shot Percentage – Adam Golla, Lincoln Memorial (.538)
Save Percentage – Will Sheridan, Wingate (.623)
Goals-Against Average – Will Sheridan, Wingate (7.02)
Faceoff Win Percentage – Jonathan Paige, Queens (.708)
Ground Balls per Game – Jonathan Paige, Queens (9.31)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Josh Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial (2.62)
Points per Game – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne (4.83)
Team Scoring Offense – Tusculum (14.83)
Team Scoring Defense – Wingate (6.77)
Team Scoring Margin – Tusculum (6.0)
Team Man-Up Offense – Lenoir-Rhyne (.476)
Team Man-Down Defense – Tusculum (.800)
Team Faceoff Win Percentage – Queens (.677)
Team Shot Percentage – Brevard (.367)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (37.58)
Appalachian State sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) tied for 28th to lead the Mountaineers at the 2017 Sun Belt Championships, which concluded on Monday at Raven Golf Club. Burris eagled the par-5 eleventh hole as part of his round of 74 (+3) to finish the week at 8-over par.
Troy (+3) grabbed the top seed in tomorrow’s match play, followed by Georgia Southern (+12), Arkansas State (+20), and Georgia State (+20) in the four-team playoff. App (+47) fired a 298 in the final round and couldn’t close the gap on the rest of the field, finishing 12th.
Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) closed out his career with a 75 (+4) with a slow start, but a birdie on his fifth hole helped him play the final 14 holes at 1-over.
Freshman Noah Schneider (Jackson, Miss.) finished with a 76 (+5) after opening his round with eight consecutive pars. He finished tied for 40th in his first championship appearance.
Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) closed out his first championship with a 79 (+8).
Freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) carded back-to-back birdies on his fourth and fifth holes to close with App’s low final round, a 2-over 73.
Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team – freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) and junior defender Emily Kessler (Syracuse, N.Y.) – were named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team.
Sack ranks second on the team in both goals scored (36) and total points (48) while Kessler has started every game for the Bears this year and has anchored a defense which has allowed just under 10 goals per contest.
Four members of the team – sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.), sophomore midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.), senior defender Melissa Bechtel (Eldersburg, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) – picked up all-league honorable mention laurels.
Sousa leads the team with 44 goals and 50 points while Elmore has 17 goals, seven assists and 24 total points. In addition, Bechtel has started all 17 contests while Flueck ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average (10.52) in addition to 155 saves this year.
Lenoir-Rhyne (10-7), the fifth seed in the 2017 SAC Championship Tournament, will take on fourth-seeded Catawba (13-4) in Salisbury, N.C., on Tuesday in the quarterfinals beginning at 7:00 p.m.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Lacrosse Honors
A – Faith Kent, Coker
A – Brittany Andrews, Wingate
A – Hanna Scott, Queens
A – Shannon O’Neal, Wingate
MF – Kelly Dowd, Queens
MF – Marabeth Durden, Coker
MF – Alexandra Bruder, Queens
MF – Madison Malone, Tusculum
D – Cammy Case, Queens
D – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker
D – Aarika Kaester, Queens
D – Hannah Scott, Catawba
GK – Arion Pierre, Wingate
A – Kirstyn Kruse, Catawba
A – Haley McCusker, Coker
A – Nina Siu, Brevard
A – Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
MF – Alyssa Sack, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Paulena Dempsey, Wingate
MF – Mackenzie Baker, Coker
MF – Nicole Hunt, Catawba (Tie)
MF – Nicolette Salay, Catawba (Tie)
MF – Rachel Dillon, Newberry (Tie)
D – Jasmin Singh, Queens
D – Lindsay Ordemann, Coker
D – Morgan Insel, Wingate
D – Emily Kessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Chase Brokaw, Queens
A – Abigail Paulus, Queens
A – Savannah Elliott, Tusculum
A – Gabby Sousa, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Claudia Jenkins, Coker
MF – Casey Kelly, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Rachel Elmore, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Becky Frost, Catawba
D – Juliette Cusano, Tusculum
D – Gracie Wolfman, Catawba
D – Melissa Bechtel, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player Of The Year
Faith Kent, Coker
Freshman Of The Year
Gianna Pezzulo, Catawba
Coach Of The Year
Kate Keagins, Coker
Draw Controls per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (4.20)
Ground Balls per Game – Shannon Novak, Lincoln Memorial (3.86)
Assists per Game – Madison Malone, Tusculum (2.93)
Saves per Game – Ines Flueck, Lenoir-Rhyne (11.00)
Goals-Against Average – Shelby Arsenault, Brevard (12.13)
Save Percentage – Arion Pierre, Wingate (.506)
Goals per Game – Brittany Andrews, Wingate (4.07)
Caused Turnovers per Game – Kaitlyn Kimball, Coker (3.00)
Points per Game – Faith Kent, Coker (5.38)
Team Points per Game – Queens (21.38)
Team Caused Turnovers per Game – Queens (11.75)
Team Ground Balls per Game – Catawba (23.06)
Team Scoring Offense – Queens (14.75)
Team Scoring Defense – Queens (7.56)
Team Scoring Margin – Queens (7.19)
Team Draw Controls per Game – Coker (13.94)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Eric Dickinson has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Dickinson, a freshman midfielder from Charlotte, N.C., wins the award for the second time this year.
Dickinson came up big for Lenoir-Rhyne in the season finale – four goals and two assists – as the Bears pulled out a 14-13 victory over rival Catawba on Senior Day last Saturday at home. Dickinson scored twice in the pivotal fourth period.
Dickinson leads the league in goals scored (47) and total points (64) – both school single-season records – in addition to 17 assists, 34 ground balls and seven game-winning scores.
Wingate’s Will Sheridan was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1, 8-0), ranked No. 5 in the nation and the outright league regular season champions, will be the No. 1 seed in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Bears will play in the semifinals on Thursday against the winner of the Queens and Catawba game at 4:00 p.m., in Charlotte, N.C.
Appalachian State shot a team-297 is tied for ninth with UT Arlington following the opening round of the 2017 Sun Belt Men’s Golf Championships on Sunday at Raven Golf Club.
Teams endured a three and half hour rain delay mid-morning before going back out to complete the first round about 1:30 p.m. CT. Teams finished their first rounds, and the second round was underway when darkness ended play around 7:30 p.m.
Teams will finish the second round, of which App has played about nine holes, and play a third round on Monday. The top four teams in stroke play advance to match play.
App State (+13) is a stroke back of Louisiana (+12) for eighth and five back of Texas State and Arkansas State (+6). Georgia State (-6) holds a six-shot lead over Troy (E) after one round. Georgia Southern (+1) is third.
Sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) carded a 2-under 69 with five birdies and three bogeys in his round. He finished the opening round in sixth, playing his final 11 holes at 6-under.
Freshman Noah Schneider (Jackson, Miss.) fired a 4-over 75 and is tied for 36th. He had three birdies in his opening round.
Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) is tied for 41st after 18 holes following a round of 76 (+5).
Senior Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) had a pair of birdies in his round of 77 (+6), and freshman Walter Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) put together a round of 83 (+12).
App’s final hole of the opening round was its only flaw in an otherwise solid first round. The Mountaineers played No. 9 at 10-over toward their team score to slip in the standings.
Play resumes on Monday morning 8:30 a.m.
Despite a late rally that cut Troy’s lead to one run, Appalachian State University softball slipped to the Trojans 7-6 in the final inning on Sunday at the Troy Softball Complex in Troy, Ala.
App State (12-30, 0-18 SBC) had held the 2-0 lead before the Trojans (20-29, 8-14 SBC) scored four runs in the third to help edge the Mountaineers in game three. Appalachian turned in the best conference performance against the Trojans scorings six runs on nine hits and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) was piping hot at the plate going 3-for-4 and registered her 17th RBI of the year.
Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) (1-4) started things off in the circle for the Mountaineers and pitched 3.0 innings, and Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) came in relief and rang up two batters.
Game Three: Troy 7, App State 6
Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) wasted no time in the first, parking a solo jack over the center field fence on the second pitch to snag the early lead in the first.
After an hour rain delay and an epic dance batting, the Apps closed out the second inning with a ground out, and Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) opened the third hitting a double that tap danced down the left field line and later dashed home on a Trojan fielding error for the 2-0 advantage.
In the third, the Trojans mustered up a string of RBI to take the 4-2 lead then tacked on two more in the fourth, but Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory), Parker and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla. (University) knocked in back-to-back-back RBI single to shrink Troy’s lead to 6-5.
Then in the sixth, the Trojans extended their advantage to 7-5 with a sacrifice fly, but App State began to rally back into the game at the top of the seventh when Maddy Bloom (Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) pinched in and pounded out a RBI single, but the Trojans stopped Appalachian’s last batter to slide past the Black and Gold 7-6.
App State softball heads back to Boone for a four-game homestand that starts on Wednesday, April 26 at 5 p.m. against UNC Charlotte and continues April 29-30 against conference foe UTA.
For the second straight day, Appalachian State University track and field was able to top another program record. On Saturday it was Taylor Drummonds on the women’s team who topped her own mark in the pole vault with a new record of 13-2.25 feet to claim first in the pole vault invite event.
Makayla Roten claimed a first-place finish in the high jump after clearing 5-6.00. The Mountaineers 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Catherine Crawford, Darlene Girardeau, LaBria King and Chelsey Hargrave, finished fourth with a time of 45.53.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Torre Moser, Molly Pusateri, Sarah Venable and Elisa Sargent finished 14th with a time of 4:09.19.
King placed eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.30, while Girardeau took 13th with a time of 24.50.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kate Butler placed sixth with a time of 11:10.35, while Emily Fedders ran it in 11:31.59 and came in 16th. Venable finished 32nd in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:51.31.
After qualifying on Friday for the 100-meter hurdles finals, Girardeau took sixth with a time of 14.96. In the 400-meter hurdles, Brooke Brekke placed 23rd with a time of 1:06.18.
At the Virginia Challenge, Tristin Van Ord ran the 5,000-meters and finished 18th with a time of 16:26.48.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field wrapped up the final day of the Duke Invitational on Saturday.
Elliott Graves moved into fourth all-time in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing in second-place with a time of 51.48. Brandon Smith took 10th with a time of 53.54 and Andrew Spear finished 18th with a time of 54.81.
William Buckley finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.31. Antonio Marcano Jr., finished 11th and Jordan Johnson took 13th with times of 21.61 and 21.63, respectively. Brandon Smith finished 57th (22.19) and Andrew Spear took 37th (22.37).
Appalachian’s 4x100-meter relay team of Buckley, Johnson, Marcano Jr. and Graves finished third with a time of 40.92.
The Black and Gold’s 4x400-meter relay team consisting of Josh Hanna, Ryan Hastings, Smith and Jabari Johnson finished fifth with a time of 3:21.18.
Nick Hinton took ninth in the high jump with a height of 6-3.25. In the shot put, Nicolas Botett finished 17th with a throw of 47-9.75. Michael Albert placed 18th in the discus with a throw of 146-7.00, while Peter Kenn finished 20th with a distance of 145-7.00.