Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-7) fell on the road to UNC Asheville, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club.
Despite the loss, the Apps showcased a valiant effort against an undefeated UNCA (9-0) squad. App picked up one singles and one doubles match, while two of the Black and Gold's losses in singles went to three sets.
In doubles, Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) earned their first win of the season as a tandem over Olly Cull and S. Daosaengsawang by a score of 6-2.
It was a strong start for the Mountaineers, as the Stone/Brea victory was the first match finished. Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) gave Oli Nolan/Henry Patten, who are the top-ranked doubles team in the nation, all they could handle despite falling 6-3.
Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and Will Hart (Vass, N.C./Union Pines) were edged in a narrow 7-5 match against Quinn Fender and Charlie Morkel, which gave UNCA the 1-0 lead going into singles.
Highlighting singles play for App was Hart. The freshman earned App's lone point with his first collegiate win as the No. 5 in the lineup. Hart defeated Edward Colclough in three sets. He won the first frame, 7-5, before Colclough won the next set. In the third and final set, Hart notched a 1-0 (10-4) victory.
UNCA picked up the first two finished matches on courts No. 2 and 1, leading to a 3-0 lead for the hosts. Stone fell in the first set to Fender, 6-1, but came back and forced a deciding third frame, 6-3, before he was edged out in the final stanza, 6-3.
Carter also came back while trailing after the first set. He won the second stanza, 7-5, but was narrowly defeated in the tiebreaker, 1-0 (10-8) against Finley Ray McFayden.
App State will have the week off before it heads to Florida for its Spring Break trip. The Mountaineers will play the first of five matches on Sunday, March 3 at Stetson. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
Appalachian State Softball (7-3) extended its winning streak on Saturday to six straight games, making their weekend record 4-0 going into their final game on Sunday. App State defeated Radford 2-0 and went on to defeat Power Five opponent Iowa State 2-1.
The Apps have not beaten a Power Five opponent since 2014 when they beat North Carolina 4-3. Timely hitting, key defensive plays and solid pitching in the circle allowed the Mountaineers to sweep day two of the Holy City Showdown.
App State vs. Radford (W, 2-0)
Maddie Siemer earned the shutout win in her first complete game of the season. She kept the Highlanders to four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Mountaineers scored their runs in the top of the third inning. Caylie Kifer started the rally with a double down the left field line. Jenny Dodd and Alison Durrence loaded the bases with a walk and a hit by pitch. Baylee Morton drew a walk to bring in the first run and earn the RBI. Ally Walters smacked a single through the 5-6 hole for the second run.
App State vs. Iowa State (W, 2-1)
After six scoreless innings, the Mountaineers stepped up in the top of the seventh with a pair of go-ahead runs. Kifer singled to the pitcher to lead off the inning. Stewart reached on a fielder's choice on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to second base when Iowa State caught Kifer in a rundown advancing to third.
Durrence smoked her fifth home run over the left field fence to bring in both runs for the Mountaineers. A solo homer from the Cyclones in the bottom of the seventh wasn't enough, and the Apps came out on top with the 2-1 win.
The infield made key defensive moves with a couple of diving plays from second baseman Sidney Russell and first baseman Haley Stewart. A double play from White in the bottom of the fifth stranded two Cyclones on base.
Taylor Nichols pitched 4.1 innings for the Mountaineers before Sydney Holland entered the circle in the fifth. Holland earned the win and now holds a 3-2 record.
Ten boys and eight girls teams from the Hickory Metro will be competing in the state basketball playoffs. First round action begins on Tuesday. Of our area teams:
#5 Newton-Conover (23-4) vs. #28 North Wilkes (14-12)
#12 West Wilkes (18-7) vs. #21 Patton (18-8)
#13 Bunker Hill (19-8) vs. #20 Pisgah (13-12)
#4 East Burke (21-5) vs. #29 Ashe County (13-11)
#15 Bandys (16-8) vs. #18 Madison (16-10)
#2 Salisbury (22-4) vs. #31 Fred T. Foard (12-14)
#10 Hickory (17-7) vs. #23 Ashbrook (16-8)
#2 Freedom (26-1) vs. #31 A.C. Reynolds (7-17)
#16 Bunker Hill (16-10) vs. #17 Lexington (17-9)
#12 Walkertown (19-7) vs. #21 Hibriten (20-5)
#3 Shelby (20-5) vs. #30 Bandys (10-12)
#11 Maiden (22-4) vs. #22 Newton-Conover (16-11)
#7 Draughn (21-5) vs. #26 Patton (14-12)
#8 Hickory (22-4) vs. #25 Asheboro (16-9)
#9 Southern Guilford (21-4) vs. #24 Alexander Central (17-9)
#3 Freedom (25-2) vs. #30 West Henderson (14-11)
Appalachian State Wrestling split two duals in Pennsylvania on Saturday, winning 32-6 at Bloomsburg before traveling 70 miles and falling 31-7 at No. 21 Lock Haven.
App State (9-7) started the day by winning eight of 10 matches against Bloomsburg, with Irvin Enriquez's technical fall against Lewis Williams at 141 pounds and Matt Zovistoski's pin against Aaron Coleman at 149 pounds establishing an early 11-0 lead.
Angel Najar trailed 7-0 after one period of his 14-8 decision against Nate Newberry at 157 pounds in the next match. Najar got an escape, takedown and four-point near fall to tie the match entering the third period, and he followed an escape by Newberry with a takedown and another four-point near fall.
With a minute-plus advantage in riding time, Michael Elliott was practically tied at 4-4 with Alex Carida following a late takedown, but Elliott then executed an escape with six seconds left to claim a 5-4 decision.
Thomas Flitz's 19-2 technical fall against Gavin Hale at 174 pounds pushed the lead 22-0, and Randall Diabe produced a tiebreaking takedown with 28 seconds remaining in his 3-1 decision against Kyle Murphy at 197 pounds. App State heavyweight Cary Miller followed that match with a 7-1 decision against Bruce Graeber, and Codi Russell capped the dual with a 15-6 major decision against Shawn Orem at 133 pounds.
Against Lock Haven, Zovistoski won a 3-2 decision against Brock Port to give the Mountaineers a lead after one match, and Diabe used five takedowns to secure a 12-4 major decision against Parker McClellan.
The Mountaineers will return to action March 10 as hosts for the Southern Conference Championships at the Holmes Center.
App State 32, Bloomsburg 6
141: #26 Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Lewis Williams (BU), 16-0 tech. fall
149: #27 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Aaron Coleman (BU), fall, 4:50
157: Angel Najar (APP) def. Nate Newberry (BU), 14-8 dec.
165: #33 Michael Elliott (APP) def. Alex Carida (BU), 5-4 dec.
174: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Gavin Hale (BU), 19-2 tech. fall
184: Trevor Allard (BU) def. #27 Alan Clothier (APP), 5-3 dec.
197: #13 Randall Diabe (APP) def. Kyle Murphy (BU), 3-1 dec. (25-3)
HWT: #31 Cary Miller (APP) def. Bruce Graeber (BU), 7-1 dec. (28-3)
125: Willy Girard (BU) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 11-8 dec. (28-6)
133: #27 Codi Russell (APP) def. Shawn Orem (BU), 15-6 maj. dec.
No. 21 Lock Haven 31, App State 7
149: #27 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Brock Port (LHU), 3-2 dec.
157: Alex Klucker (LHU) def. Angel Najar (APP), 13-8 dec.
165: #5 Chance Marsteller (LHU) def. #33 Michael Elliot (APP), fall, 0:53
174: Jared Siegrist (LHU) def. Thomas Flitz (APP), 7-3 dec.
184: #17 Corey Hazel (LHU) def. #27 Alan Clothier (APP), 8-2 dec.
197: #13 Randall Diabe (APP) def. Parker McClellan (LHU), 12-4 maj. dec.
285: #22 Thomas Haines (LHU) def. #31 Cary Miller (APP), fall, 2:16
125: #32 Luke Werner (LHU) def. De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP), 7-1 dec.
133: #30 DJ Fehlman (LHU) def. #27 Codi Russell (APP), 11-7 dec.
141: #21 Kyle Shoop (LHU) def. #26 Irvin Enriquez (APP), 12-0 maj. dec.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team sent its five sophomores out in style on Saturday with a 93-66 victory against visiting Fayetteville Tech during “Sophomore Day” at the Tarlton Complex.
With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 21-8 overall and 13-7 in Region X play. The 21 wins by the CVCC men’s basketball team this winter are tied for the second-most in a season in program history.
Cole Johnson paced the Red Hawks with a team-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers. As a team, CVCC made 11 3-pointers in Saturday’s contest, including three by Everett Palmer and Zach De La Cruz.
Behind tenacious defense and fast-paced scoring offense, Catawba Valley took a 48-21 halftime lead. Johnson led the first-half scoring outburst with 15 of his 18 points.
The Red Hawks started off slow early in the second half, allowing the Trojans (14-15, 7-13) to pull back within 16 points, but Catawba Valley powered back to score 45 second-half points and go on to win by 27 points.
CVCC sophomore forward Jordan Powell scored all 10 of his points during the second half. Powell and Johnson were two of four Red Hawks who reached double figures in scoring on Saturday, including Palmer (13 points) and Dezure Moulden (10 points).
The Red Hawks now await play in the Region X/District O tournament. CVCC will likely host a play-in game on Monday, March 4. The opponent and game time have not been announced.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-6) fell to Furman (7-3), 7-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Mickel Tennis Center.
The gauntlet of a road schedule continued with the Mountaineers' sixth opponent in seven matches that boasts a winning record.
App State fell early 1-0 to the Paladins after falling in the doubles portion of the contest.
The Mountaineers was unable to gain any momentum with the hosts picking up wins in the six singles matches.
Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) would go up against the 104th-ranked player in the nation in Ivan Mitric on Court No. 1. Bargeron was upended by Mitric, 6-2, 6-1. Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera Portugal, Cebes Porto Portugal) nearly took one of their sets to a tiebreak, but both Stone and Viana fell in straight sets. Stone suffered a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Jake Bhangdia, while Viana was edged 6-4, 7-5 to Jake Munns.
App continues the tough road slate tomorrow at 1 p.m. against an 8-0 UNC Asheville team. The Bulldogs boast the No. 1 doubles tandem in the country in Oli Nolan and Henry Patten.
Combined with the Bulldogs' record, seven of the first eight opponents for App are a combined 50-17.
Furman 7, Appalachian State 0
1. Ivan Mitric/Jake Munns (FUR) def. Viana, Afonso/Pavkovich, Alex (APP) 6-2
2. Clarke Wilson/Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. Bargeron, Milo/Brea, Alex (APP) 6-2
3. Drew Singerman/Henrik Atlevi (FUR) def. Carter, Blake/Stone, Campbell (APP) 6-0
1. #104 Ivan Mitric (FUR) def. Bargeron, Milo (APP) 6-2, 6-1
2. Clarke Wilson (FUR) def. Pavkovich, Alex (APP) 6-2, 6-4
3. Jake Munns (FUR) def. Viana, Afonso (APP) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) def. Stone, Campbell (APP) 7-5, 6-3
5. Drew Singerman (FUR) def. Carter, Blake (APP) 6-3, 6-2
6. Henrik Atlevi (FUR) def. Hart, Will (APP) 6-0, 6-4
Appalachian State pitcher Will Sprinkle took a no-hitter and a five-run lead into the seventh inning as the Mountaineers recorded a 5-2 win against Manhattan in their 2019 home opener at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium on Saturday.
App State (1-3) scored twice in the fourth inning, twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth inning in support of Sprinkle, who didn’t allow a hit until Matt Padre singled with one out in the top of the seventh.
Sprinkle (1-1) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits over seven innings, Andrew Papp allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth and Kaleb Bowman recorded his first career save with a scoreless ninth. With a runner on first, the game ended as shortstop Joel McDaniel fielded a grounder and flipped the ball to second baseman Bailey Welch for a forceout.
App State catcher Riley Smith led the offense by going 2-for-4 with a triple that turned into a fifth-inning run and an RBI double in the sixth inning. Welch, who started at third base, went 2-for-4 with a fourth-inning triple that resulted in a run and an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Kendall McGowan hit an RBI double, and a single apiece from McDaniel and Luke Drumheller helped the Mountaineers outhit Manhattan 7-3.
Welch led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple over the center fielder’s head and scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Drumheller. Phillip Cole was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, and he scored all the way from first on McGowan’s double.
Smith opened the bottom of the fifth with a triple to right, and after CJ Brown was hit by a pitch, Smith came home on a groundout to short to give the Mountaineers a 3-0 lead over the Jaspers (1-3). An attempt to turn a double play led to a throwing error that put Kyle Decker in scoring position, and he raced home on Welch’s single.
App State increased its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning thanks to a one-out walk to Robbie Young, who scored from first on a double by Smith. That was enough offense with the way App State pitched and played defense. Sprinkle, Papp and Bowman combined for six strikeouts and just one walk.
After hitting Manhattan’s first batter of the game, Sprinkle retired 19 of the next 21 hitters, with a hit batter in the second inning and infield error by Sprinkle on a sixth-inning grounder to the mound accounting for the only baserunners during that stretch. After a passed ball put two seventh-inning runners in scoring position, Alex Cerda produced the Jaspers’ only runs with a two-run single.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team traveled to Georgia to take on No. 12 Tampa but lost in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon, 16-11. Tampa scored four goals in every quarter and had three players record hat tricks.
Eric Dickinson scored all three of his goals in the first half as the Bears trailed 8-6 heading into the break. However, the Spartans came out of the lockerroom hot and held the Bears scoreless in the third quarter.
The Spartans went on a 7-2 scoring run to take a 15-8 lead in the fourth quarter.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 42-35 advantage in shots on the afternoon and a 29-22 lead in shots on goal. However, Tampa dominated in face offs (24-5) and ground balls (42-22).
The Bears were held scoreless in five attempts with the man advantage in the game, while Tampa converted on two of its five attempts.
Ryan Bell scored a pair of goals and Weston Bimstefer had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Colin White, Matt Vetter and Jake Mosher McGraw each finished with three goals for the Spartans. Goalie B.J. Borowski made 19 saves to earn the win and Ross Dickerson was credited with 15 ground balls.
These two teams met a year ago with LR coming away with a 12-9 victory. Joe Buduo and Dickinson each had four points in that victory.
LR has played three ranked teams to start the season, with two (Limestone and Belmont Abbey) currently ranked inside the top five.
This is LR's first three-game losing streak since dropping four straight to close out the 2013 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne will head back to Georgia to take on Florida Tech in Savannah on Saturday. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team lost both of the double header games on Saturday afternoon against the Newberry Wolves, 14-2 and 6-5 in extra innings.
Jake Conroy got the starting nod for the Bears as he took the loss going 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. He was one of six pitchers to see work in the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne had just three players with hits, but E.J. Ranel had two of the team's four. He and Caleb Beatty each scored a run.
Newberry sent Tomas Sorcia, Jr. picked up the win after working 8.0 innings and throwing 99 pitches while giving up just two runs on four hits. Ryan Harbin finished the game for the Wolves.
Eight members from the home team recorded base knocks with Tyler Ackard arguably having the best game going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and a walk.
After throwing six pitchers in the first game of the double header, the Bears handed the ball to Alex Shirazi and he worked nearly the entire game, putting in 6.0 innings of work, giving up four runs on seven hits, seven strikeouts and three walks. He left in a tied ballgame and did not receive the decision. Hunter Martin came in for the Bears in relief and took the loss, his second of the season, after throwing 2.1 innings and giving up two runs on five hits, three strikeouts and two walks.
The Bears were led at the plate by DH Matthew Freeman, who had a monster game at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and two RBIs and three runs to show for it. Fuller was close behind with a 2-for-5 day including a double and a run scored.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored one in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth while the Wolves had a 4-spot in the third inning and one in the eighth and ninth to take the win.
Newberry was led at the plate Zane Terrance who finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and drove in the winning RBI Double in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Wolves.
In game one, Clay Ervin and John Bauguess made their first appearances of the season.
Fuller's eight-game hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance in the first game of the day.
The Bears will stay on the road to play Belmont Abbey on Tuesday, Feb. 26 with first pitch set for 5 p.m.
The 11th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College had its 15-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon at the hands of 20th-ranked Cape Fear in an 83-61 defeat at the Schwartz Center.
Sherry Johnson led the Red Hawks (22-4, 16-2 in Region X) with 20 points, while teammates Aniya Taylor and Milequa Eason also reached double figures in scoring with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
CVCC fell behind 24-8 after the first quarter, but outscored Cape Fear 22-17 during the second quarter to cut its deficit to just 41-30 at halftime.
The Red Hawks and Sea Devils (21-4, 16-3 in Region X) scored at will in the third quarter, combining to score 44 points, but CFCC extends its lead to 13 points entering the final quarter of play.
Cape Fear would go on to outscore the Red Hawks 19-10 during the fourth quarter to give CVCC just its fourth loss of the season and second in conference play.
Ayonna Cotten scored 22 points to lead the Sea Devils in the win — one of four CFCC players to reach double figures in scoring, including A’Terria Quick (20 points), Ny Langley (17 points) and Autum Morings (12 points).
The CVCC women’s basketball team will attempt to start a new winning streak on Sunday when it faces Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, N.C. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Dolphins is set for 2 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (13-12, 7-7) got back in the win column with a bounce-back 70-52 triumph over archrival Georgia Southern (7-19, 2-13 SBC) on Saturday afternoon at Hanner Fieldhouse.
The Mountaineers were led by three players who scored at least 15 points for the afternoon and shot a combined 47.5 percent from the field.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds), who was making her second straight start, poured in a season-high 18 points with four of her five field goals coming from behind the arc.
Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) dropped 17 points for another efficient performance on offense, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) also shot 7-for-13 en route to 15 points while grabbing five rebounds (three offensive) in the process. BayleyPlummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) recorded 16 rebounds, tying a season high with seven boards on the offensive end. The junior added eight points as well.
Georgia Southern got off to a hot start in the opening period shooting 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the floor. The Eagles jumped out to their largest lead at seven, 23-16, following an 8-0 run late in the frame. Appalachian scored the final five points thanks to a Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) putback and a buzzer-beating trifecta from Gosnell to cut the GS lead to two, 23-21.
After the first quarter, the Mountaineers' defense shut the Eagle offense down, limiting GS to just 29 points over the final three periods and 9-of-40 shooting from the field.
With the game tied, 30-30, in the second period, Polacek sparked an 11-4 run over the final 6:06 by scoring seven straight points. Plummer scored the final four points for Appalachian and helped App go into the break with a 41-34 advantage.
The Apps continued to flex their muscle on defense, as they held GS to only seven points in the third quarter. Appalachian forced the visitors into a 4:40 scoring drought and six straight missed shots during the stretch, which led to a 51-36 lead for App. GS did slice the lead to 10, 51-41, but back-to-back field goals by Gosnell pushed the advantage to 14, 51-36.
Appalachian held a double-digit lead throughout the final period. The Mountaineers scored eight of the final 10 points thanks to a pair of treys from Wilson and Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida), on top of a field goal by Plummer.
Saturday's triumph gives App its sixth win in the past eight meetings against GS, while the average margin of victory over the past three victories is 24.6 points.
App State outscored GS, 18-3, in second-chance points and took advantage of 20 Eagle miscues that turned into 21 points.
The Mountaineers will return to action next week for their final two home games of the regular season. App will host both Louisiana schools on Thursday and Saturday, beginning with ULM on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.
App State is 11-0 this season when holding opponents to 70 points or less
Plummer's streak of 10 or more rebounds is up to 14 straight games.
The five highest-scoring performances by Polacek this season have come on the road.
Gosnell has scored in double figures in the last three road games.
Appalachian is 7-1 when it scores 15 or more second-chance points.
Gosnell and Wilson each posted a team-high plus-18 in plus/minus.
The Mountaineers have won the rebounding battle in all 13 victories this season.
Djibril Diallo scored 23 points and Jon Jean dished out a season-high 10 assists as the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team scored 53 second half points to defeat Mars Hill 96-79 on Saturday afternoon. The Bears shot 64 percent in the second half and topped the 90-point mark for the second consecutive game.
Jean finished two points shy of a double-double, tallying eight points to go with his 10 dimes. Most impressively, Jean committed just one turnover on the afternoon and added three boards and a steal.
Diallo went 7-of-13 and buried five 3-pointers in the rout. The senior added four assists and three rebounds.
Darius Simmons (12 points) and Cory Thomas (10 points) also finished in double digits in scoring against the Lions. Bertrand Awana added eight points and seven boards for the visitors.
Mars Hill was paced by 31 points from Ja'Shawn Brooks. Brooks finished the game 11-for-20 from the field and 4-of-8 from long range.
13 different players scored for LR.
The Bears scored 59 points in a half against Coker on Wednesday and nearly topped that total with the 53-point second half this afternoon.
The win keeps LR within striking range of fourth place in the conference. The top four seeds earn a home game in the quarterfinal round of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament.
The Bears improve to 18-8 overall, 11-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne will hit the road on Wednesday evening for their final away game of the regular season. The Bears travel to Catawba for an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Appalachian State men's basketball dropped a 92-69 contest to Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
Justin Forrest tallied a team-high 15 points, two rebounds and a steal for App State (9-18, 4-10 SBC).
Ronshad Shabazz added 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. With a free throw at the 14:01 mark of the second half, Shabazz moved into 10th place all-time in Sun Belt history in points scored with his 1,949th career point.
Hunter Seacat added nine points and six rebounds, while Isaac Johnson tallied eight points, a game-high 12 rebounds, a team-high three assists and two steals. Johnson had now reached double figures in the rebounding department 11 times this season.
Adrian Delph chipped in with eight points and a game-high three steals.
Shabazz broke an early 5-5 tie with a three-pointer and the Mountaineers pushed their lead to 11-7 with 15:20 left in the opening half on a trey from Bennett Holley.
Georgia Southern (18-10, 10-5 SBC) used a 7-0 spurt to open a 20-13 lead, only to see the Black and Gold trim its deficit to 24-21 with just over nine minutes left in the opening half. From there, the Eagles closed the half on a 28-13 run to take a 52-34 edge into the break.
Trailing 57-39 early in the second half, the Mountaineers scored eight consecutive points to cut the Eagles lead to 57-47 with 14:01 remaining in the game. Georgia Southern pushed its lead back to 16 points at 66-50 and put the game away with a late 9-3 run.
Tookie Brown led the Eagles with a game highs of 28 points and eight rebounds. Simeon Carter had 18 points off the bench and Montae Glenn tallied 10 points and seven rebounds.
Appalachian State will hit the road for its final road trip of the season next week. The Black and Gold will take on ULM on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. EST and Louisiana on Mar. 3 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
The Bears were down at Mars Hill by as many as 10 points in the second half, but Kennedy Weigt and the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team got hot down the stretch and used a three pointer from Weigt with four seconds left to defeat the Lions on their senior day, 83-81, in South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led in scoring by the hot-shooting duo of Weigt and senior guard Kendall Toineeta. Weigt hit the three off the offensive rebound by Madeline Hardy that put the Bears on top for good and led the visiting team in scoring with 20 points, including six three pointers.
Not to be outdone, Toineeta flirted with a triple-double putting in 18 points while grabbing eight rebounds and distributing the ball for an assist seven times.
Mars Hill had four players score in double figures, led by Tatum Boggs with 25, Mariah Johnson scored 18 and had a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds, Alexis Pardue with 18 and Shayla Smith finished with 11 points of her own.
The road team held the advantage in bench points (31-18), second chance points (17-8) and fast break points (10-7). This game featured nine lead changes.
The Bears have matched their conference win total from last season with today's win.
LR has proven to be an impressive road team as they are now 8-4 away from home.
This is Weigt's eighth double-digit scoring game and her second 20-point performance of the season, but her six three pointers is a season high for the sophomore. Toineeta has scored double-figures in 16 games.
The Bears improve to 14-12 overall, 9-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will stay on the road as they return to action on Wednesday night at Catawba in SAC play. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Girls conference tournament championships:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 61
Bunker Hill: 56
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Boys conference tournament championships:
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Hibriten: 60, OT
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 79
Appalachian State (5-3) begins the Holy City Showdown undefeated with a pair of wins against Dartmouth (1-1) and College of Charleston (5-7) on Friday.
Keri White extended her hitting streak to four straight games, going 1-2 against Dartmouth and 2-4 against College of Charleston today. She has had at least one hit in seven of eight games with four multi-hit performances.
App State vs. Dartmouth (W, 2-1)
The top of the lineup produced for the Mountaineers with a hit apiece from White, Caylie Kifer and Alison Durrence.
White launched a home run over the left center field fence to get the Mountaineers on the board early in the first inning. In the fifth, Jenny Dodd singled down the leftfield line, and Ally Walters followed with a walk. A dropped fly ball in left field allowed Megan Walker load the bases for the Mountaineers. White's sacrifice fly to deep centerfield brought in the second and final run for the Apps.
Eight of Apps' 21 outs were strikeouts for Kenzie Longanecker, breaking her season-high seven strikeouts from the season opener against Longwood. Today's game against Dartmouth was Longanecker's second consecutive game with no walks. She totals 23 strikeouts on the season in her five appearances for a 3-0 record in the circle.
App State vs. College of Charleston (W, 4-1)
The Mountaineers answered the Cougars' run in the first inning with a run in the second. Singles from Stewart and Morton and a walk from Dodd loaded the bases for Russell, who drew a walk to bring Stewart across the plate.
In the top of the seventh, Stewart smashed one off the glove of the pitcher and into the outfield to bring in two runs for the Mountaineers, putting the Apps on top. With bases loaded, Morton's shallow grounder allows her to reach first base on an error by the catcher whose throw pulled the fielder off the bag. Kifer scored on the play for the Mountaineers' fourth run.
Sydney Holland brings her record to 2-2 after today's win in the circle against the Cougars. She totals five strikeouts on the season in her 18.2 innings of work for a team-low 1.50 ERA.
The Apps continue play in the Holy City Showdown on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. against Radford and at 5:45 p.m. against Iowa State at Patriots Point (College of Charleston).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team took the early 2-0 lead, but gave up four-straight runs and failed to tie the game with runners at second and third with two outs in the eighth. The Bears fall in the South Atlantic Conference opener to the Newberry Wolves, 4-2.
Lenoir-Rhyne outhit the Wolves, 10-2, but Newberry did most of their damage with free passes allowed by the Bears. The road team also stranded 11 runners in what proved to be a two run game.
Zack Shoemaker, Mike McHugh, E.J. Ranel and Clayton Jeffries led the Bears at the plate with McHugh knocking in one run with a double and Shoemaker drove in the other run on the night.
Peyton Spangler was the difference maker for Newberry as he drove in two runners on a double to tie the game after a multitude of walks.
Paul Hall got the starting nod for Lenoir-Rhyne and had a quality start in his first SAC outing, working 5.0 innings and giving up just three earned runs on two hits. The five walks is what did the damage against the former Virginia Tech transfer. Quinton Driggers got the win on the mound and improved to 4-0 on the year while Hall dropped to 2-2.
Fuller is on an eight-game hit streak and has multiple base hits in three of his past five games. He leads the team in batting, with a .432 average, and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.148 while driving in nine so far this season, second only behind Jeffries who has 14 runs batted in.
That is two-consecutive quality starts for Hall after picking up the win last weekend against West Virginia State.
Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team held the 4-2 lead just under 10 minutes into the game but it was the No. 9 Rollins College Tars who proceeded to go on a 13-0 scoring run to take down the Bears, 15-4, at home on Friday afternoon.
The Tars held the advantage in nearly every statistical category, including shots (34-17), shots on goal (21-12), saves (8-6), clearing efficiency (15-of-18 to 11-of-19), draw controls (12-9) and free position shots (5-4). The Bears turned the ball over less (19-17) while earning more ground balls than the visiting team (18-17).
Lenoir-Rhyne had a different player score each goal, including Rachel Elmore, Cathleen Gaffney, Gabby Sousa and Gia Colombo. Gaffney was the lead facilitator of the group, dishing out two assists on the Bears' four goals.
Cassie Lafler was in the Tars' faces all game long, forcing three turnovers on the defensive end of the field. She also led the Bears with five ground balls.
Rollins used six players to score their 15 goals, and they were led by the four goals of Paige Brock.
Colombo, Elmore, and Gaffney have accounted for 18 of the team's 28 goals so far this year and have put one in for each game they stepped on the field.
Lenoir-Rhyne has now gone head-to-head with its second top-10 team from the Sunshine State Conference.
Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 1-2 on the season. L-R will continues its home stand Monday against North Greenville Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball won its fourth-straight game on Thursday night, knocking off visiting Patrick Henry Community College 95-70 at the Tarlton Complex.
With the victory, the Red Hawks improve to 20-8 overall and 12-7 in Region X play — the first time the program has reached the 20-win plateau since the 2015-16 season and only the third time ever its reached that mark.
Freshman forward Sal-Bey Young scored a career high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second career double double at CVCC.
Down 18-15 during the middle stages of the first half, the Red Hawks used a 9-0 run to eventually catapult into a 38-31 halftime lead.
Young and teammate Jahleer Black led the Red Hawks in the first half with nine points apiece.
Coming out of the break, Catawba Valley clamped down on defense to start the second half, holding the Patriots (11-14, 7-12) to just five points in the first five minutes, 37 seconds of the half.
With just over 10 minutes left in the second half, CVCC pulled away for good in the contest by outscoring PHCC 19-10 during a four-minute stretch.
Sophomore forward Jordan Powell guided the Red Hawks during the second half with 14 of his 17 points, while Young wasn’t far behind with 13 second-half points.
Tankey Williams scored 19 points to pace Patrick Henry (11-14, 7-12 in Region X) in Thursday’s conference game, and teammates Anthony Taylor (16 points) and Jaylen Dillard (13 points) also reached double figures in scoring.
The CVCC men’s basketball team closes out its regular season on Saturday with a home conference contest against Fayetteville Tech. The Red Hawks will also host its annual “Sophomore Day” festivities at the game.
Tip off between the Red Hawks and Trojans is set for 3 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex. Admission is free.
The 11th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team celebrated “Sophomore Night” in style on Thursday afternoon, defeating Louisburg 82-61 at the Tarlton Complex.
Sophomore forward Sherry Johnson led the charge for Catawba Valley (22-3, 16-1 in Region X), recording her 17th career double double of the season with 30 points and 10 rebounds.
It was the third time this season that Johnson scored 30 or more points in a game.
Fellow sophomore Zharia Brown also recorded a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Catawba Valley, and freshman Aniya Taylor also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points.
The Red Hawks battled through a number of issues during the first quarter, including Johnson picking up two quick fouls and also the loss of freshman forward Ivy Eller to a severe ankle injury.
Despite that early-game adversity, CVCC gained a 37-32 advantage against Louisburg at halftime.
After an extremely competitive third quarter that left CVCC still leading by only eight points, the Red Hawks erupted offensively in the fourth quarter, outscoring Louisburg 30-17 during the final stanza.
Johnson led the way in the second half by scoring 24 of her game-high 30 points, and that fourth-quarter push allowed Catawba Valley to claim its 16th conference win of the 2018-19 season.
Markela Avent paced Louisburg (18-8, 10-8) with 18 points in Thursday’s game, while teammates Caleah Smith and Harmony Davidson each scored 12 points apiece.
With the home side of its schedule complete, the CVCC women’s basketball team closes out its regular-season schedule with three-straight road conference games, including back-to-back road contests this weekend.
The Red Hawks are in Wilmington, N.C. on Saturday to take on Cape Fear before playing Brunswick on Sunday in Bolivia N.C. Tip off for both games is set for 2 p.m.