For the fourth time this season and third time in their last four games, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team lost a one-possession game. The Bears dropped a 56-54 contest at Tusculum and have lost four straight games.
The Bears were held to a season-low 54 points and shot a frigid 39.2 percent from the field on the day. LR connected on 38.1 percent from long range and only went to the free throw line seven times.
Three players scored in double figures for the Bears, led by 12 points from Darius Simmons. Simmons came off the bench and went a perfect 4-for-4 from long range. Jon Jean and Bertrand Awana each added 10 points with Awana completing the double-double with 10 boards.
Tusculum was led by 20 points and 12 rebounds by Caleb Hodnett. The Pioneers shot 42.9 percent from the field buy only 4-of-19 from the 3-point line.
The hosts held a 36-28 advantage on the glass, including an 11-6 advantage on the offensive boards.
The Bears had the ball and trailed 55-54 with just over three seconds to go but the Pioneers came away with a timely steal to secure the victory.
The two teams combined to shoot just 14 free throws and were whistled for a total of 20 fouls.
Both matchups between these two teams were decided by one possession. On Jan. 5, LR came away with a 77-74 victory.
Prior to today, the Bears season-low point total was 68 at Lincoln Memorial.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 16-8 overall and 9-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return home on Wednesday night as they host Coker for an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Appalachian State men's basketball shot 53.7 percent from the field and saw six players score eight or more points in a 88-79 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (9-16, 4-8 SBC) went 29-of-54 from the field, including a 17-of-30 (56.7 percent) clip in the second half. It marked the seventh time this season the Black and Gold have shot 50.0 percent or better from the field. In addition, App State limited Coastal Carolina (12-12, 6-6 SBC) to just 38.2 percent (26-of-68) shooting and 22.7 percent (5-of-22) shooting from beyond the arc. The Chanticleers 38.2 percent shooting mark is the second lowest by a Mountaineer opponent this season.
Ronshad Shabazz paced the balanced Mountaineer attack with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) shooting and a 3-of-6 (50.0 percent) mark from beyond the arc.
Justin Forrest added 18 points, including a season-high tying nine made free throws, and eight rebounds. Isaac Johnson chipped in with 14 points and a game-high tying eight rebounds and Adrian Delph had 11 points and five rebounds. Tyrell Johnson also reached double figures with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a reserve role.
Hunter Seacat chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and three blocks.
The Chanticleers jumped out to an early 16-10 lead, but the Mountaineers answered with 12 of the next 14 points to take a 22-18 lead with 5:28 left in the opening half. App State pushed its lead to 26-20, but a late run by Coastal Carolina gave them 32-30 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Black and Gold scored the first 10 points to take a 40-32 advantage. Coastal Carolina trimmed the Mountaineer lead to two points at 52-50, before App State responded with an 8-0 run to open a 60-50 edge with 10:18 left in the contest.
The Chanticleers cut the Mountaineer lead back to 64-59, but App State scored the next five points to open a 69-59 advantage with 7:10 to go. App State continued to pull away and opened its largest lead of the contest at 14 points at 79-65 on a three-pointer from Delph. The Chanticleers would pull within eight points late, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
App State won the rebounding battle 40-35.
Appalachian State will continue its home stand on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against Georgia State.
Appalachian State Baseball held Tennessee's offense in check but lost 2-0 on Saturday against the Volunteers, who scored on a third-inning sacrifice fly and fifth-inning RBI groundout.
App State pitchers Tyler Tuthill, Kaleb Bowman and Brandon Boone allowed a combined six hits and totaled seven strikeouts. Riley Smith posted a hit for the second straight day, and freshman Phillip Cole recorded the first hit of his college career.
Making his college debut as a freshman, the left-handed Tuthill struck out the first two batters he faced in a clean first inning and pitched around a leadoff double in the second by striking out Jake Rucker with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Tuthill finished with five strikeouts and one run allowed on two hits in four innings. He exited after 83 pitches, and Bowman allowed a fifth-inning run before retiring the side on six pitches in the sixth inning.
Boone allowed two hits and issued two walks but stranded all four runners in two scoreless innings.
The Volunteers (2-0) got five scoreless innings from right-handed starter Zach Linginfelter, who posted five strikeouts, and a four-inning save from hard-throwing lefty Garrett Crochet, who retired all 12 batters he faced and struck out nine of them.
The Mountaineers (0-2) close their season-opening series against Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m. Cameron Kepley, a sophomore, is App State's probable starter on the mound.
Aggressive baserunning contributed to both Tennessee runs Saturday.
A double steal with one out in the third set up Evan Russell's sacrifice fly off Tuthill, who induced a pop-up to end the inning. Two innings later, with Bowman on the mound, Justin Ammons hit a leadoff single and moved to third on Jay Charleston's single.
Bowman recorded a strikeout, and Charleston stole second with one away. Moments later, without the double play in order, Ammons scored as Russell grounded out to shortstop Joel McDaniel.
Offensively, Cole reached base twice by also drawing a walk. Bailey Welch and Kendall McGowan also drew walks from the top third of the order, and Welch stole one base.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team dropped its second straight to start the 2019 campaign, falling to No. 5 Belmont Abbey by a final score of 21-15 on Saturday afternoon. Noah Haas scored seven times for the Crusaders who have won three straight.
The Bears were led by a seven-point afternoon from junior Eric Dickinson. Dickinson scored four times and dished out a trio of assists.
Joe Buduo also scored four goals for the hosts who saw Ryan Bell and Quinn Kuhn net hat tricks.
Eight different Crusaders found the back of the net in this one as BAC held a 57-37 advantage in shots on the day. The Crusaders also held a decisive lead in shots on goal (38-24) and ground balls (43-36).
LR went into the break trailing 11-6 but started the second half hot with a pair of goals in the first 1:20 of the third quarter. However, BAC would respond with two goals in 30 seconds to start a 5-1 scoring spurt that gave the visitors breathing room.
The Bears went 16-for-21 in clear attempts. Belmont Abbey went 22-18 on faceoffs and forced LR into 17 turnovers.
The Bears were a perfect 3-for-3 with the man advantage.
LR hasn't started 0-2 in a season since dropping their first two games in 2016.
Belmont Abbey owns a 5-3 advantage in the head-to-head matchup with the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 0-2. The Bears will take on another nationally ranked opponent next weekend when they travel to Marietta, Ga. and play the University of Tampa at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz added another key piece to his inaugural staff Saturday with the hire of championship-winning North Carolina high school coach and Appalachian alum Lance Ware as senior assistant to the head coach.
“We’re excited to welcome Lance back to Appalachian State,” Drinkwitz said. “As a former player, he’ll be a huge asset in continuing our great tradition of championship football. I’m excited to give him an opportunity to join the college football ranks after his success as a high school football coach.”
As head coach of Shelby High School just outside of Charlotte, Ware compiled a 99-25 overall record over eight seasons and won five state championships in the last six years.
In his new role on the mountain, Ware will assist the head coach with all aspects of organization and running the Mountaineer football program.
“I would like to thank Coach Drinkwitz and App State for this incredible opportunity,” Ware said. “I’ve spent the past 22 years at the best high school in the state of North Carolina.”
A four-year letterman at Appalachian under head coach Jerry Moore from 1992-96, Ware was the Mountaineers’ full-time long snapper for all of his last three seasons and most of his freshman campaign.
As Shelby’s head coach, Ware led the Golden Lions to 2A state championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and 2AA state titles in 2016 and 2018. During his eight-year tenure, Shelby went 33-3 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs.
Ware has spent his entire 22-year coaching career at his high school alma mater, working under head coaches Jim Taylor and Chris Norman. During his 22 seasons there, the Golden Lions played for 11 state titles, winning eight.
Ware and his wife, Catherine, have three children – Reece, Stockton and Presley.
Softball is coming to Catawba Valley Community College.
The CVCC Athletic Department officially announced on Friday the addition of a softball program starting in the 2019-20 academic year.
A private donation helped spearhead the start of the first-ever CVCC softball program.
“This is a great opportunity to grow athletics at CVCC with a program that is so well supported in this region,” said Red Hawks Athletic Director Nicholas Schroeder. “Softball is a perfect fit for our school, and with the local talent and administrative support, we look to be competing for championships in the very first year of play.”
A nationwide search is currently underway for the first-ever Red Hawks softball coach, and the position will remain open until filled.
Along with the creation of a softball program is announcement of the new program’s first two signees — local products in former Alexander Central High School standouts Chesney Millsaps and Kelsea Dejarnette.
The Most Valuable Player of the 2018 3A state championships series, Millsaps recorded a 28-5 record and 3.14 ERA on the mound for the Cougars as a senior with 128 strikeouts in 196 innings pitched. The 5-foot-10 pitcher threw 31 complete games (eight shutouts) during her senior campaign, and she finished her career at ACHS with a 36-6 pitching record.
Offensively, Millsaps tallied 74 hits (14 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs) and drove in 67 RBIs during her junior and senior seasons.
An 5-foot-10 outfielder, Dejarnette finished her ACHS softball career with 79 hits (25 doubles, two triples, four home runs), 47 runs scored and 57 runs batted in.
Both athletes helped lead Alexander Central to a 28-5 overall record, 12-2 mark in Northwestern 3A/4A and a 3A state softball championship last spring — claiming the program’s 10th state title all time.
Millsaps and Dejarnette were all-conference, All-Region and all-state selections during their senior season at ACHS. Millsaps was also named the 3A West Region Pitcher of the Year.
Also multi-sport athletes, Dejarnette and Millsaps were a part of a CVCC volleyball program this past fall that went 36-10 overall, claimed its seventh-straight conference championship, placed ninth nationally and won three matches at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII national tournament for the first time in school history.
“I am so excited to have Chesney and Kelsea become the first signees of the program,” Schroeder said. "They will set the standard of our recruits at CVCC earning state championships and all-State recognition. We are so proud to have to amazing student-athletes to represent the start of our program.”
The creation of softball at CVCC gives the Red Hawks five athletic programs, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.
For more information on CVCC softball and Red Hawk Athletics, please visit www.gocvcc.com.
The 14th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team recorded its 12th-straight win on Friday, edging Guilford Tech 71-63 at the Tarlton Complex.
With its win, the Red Hawks improve to 20-3 overall and 14-1 in Region X. This is the fifth time in the program’s 10-year history that CVCC has eclipsed the 20-win plateau.
Red Hawks sophomore forward Sherry Johnson recorded her 15th double double this season in the contest, scoring 21 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Johnson scored 18 first-half points, helping power Catawba Valley out to a 43-34 halftime lead against the Titans.
The Red Hawks led by as many as 22 points in Friday’s conference contest, using an 11-0 run to take a 57-35 lead midway through the third quarter.
However, the Titans rallied late, answering with a 12-4 run to start the fourth quarter to pull within 64-57 with nine minutes, 54 seconds remaining.
CVCC overcame a 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) shooting performance during the second half and made key free throws down the stretch, slipping past Guilford Tech to extend its winning streak to 12 games — the second-longest winning streak in program history.
Zharia Brown and Aniya Taylor also reached double figures in scoring for CVCC with 14 and 11 points each. Brown was 8-for-8 from the free throw line and also recorded eight rebounds.
J’nail Millner led Guilford Tech (10-13, 6-11) with a game-high 32 points.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 13
South Caldwell: 52
Alexander Central: 50
West Caldwell: 40
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 75
West Iredell: 26, Thursday
Fred T. Foard: 58
Bunker Hill: 56
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
North Lincoln: 44
Maiden: 53, 2 OT
East Lincoln: 59
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 51
Alexander Central: 53
South Caldwell: 37
West Caldwell: 57
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 101
Fred T. Foard: 68
East Burke: 70
West Iredell: 34, Thursday
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
North Lincoln: 54
East Lincoln: 80
Appalachian State Baseball opened the 2019 season with a 6-0 loss at Tennessee, which led 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
App State starting pitcher Will Sprinkle held the Volunteers’ offense in check through five innings, allowing the single run on a third-inning sacrifice fly. Tennessee moved ahead 3-0 with solo home runs from Justin Ammons and Evan Russell in the sixth.
Sprinkle finished with three perfect innings, two strikeouts, no walks, five hits allowed and three runs allowed in six innings. The Volunteers added two more runs on a pair of sacrifice flies in the seventh inning and scored an unearned run in the eighth.
Tennessee starter Garrett Stallings gave up one hit and recorded eight strikeouts in seven innings. Redmond Walsh and Chase Silseth allowed one baserunner over the final two innings.
Riley Smith’s third-inning single Friday accounted for one of four baserunners for the Mountaineers, who had four sophomores, three freshmen and one other newcomer in their Game 1 starting lineup.
Seven players made their App State debuts, with freshman right fielder Phillip Cole batting in the cleanup spot, freshman infielder Luke Drumheller starting at second base, freshman catcher Hayden Cross serving as the designated hitter and junior transfer Robbie Young playing first base. Andrew Terrell drew a pinch-hit walk in his first career plate appearance, Luke Allison made his debut as a late-inning defensive replacement at third base after he spent last season recovering from arm surgery and relief pitcher Cam Roberts struck out two batters in his first career inning of work.
The first ball put in play this season led to an official umpires review at the SEC venue, as Alex Leshock was ruled out at first despite a dropped ball by first baseman Luc Lipcius. The on-field call that the ball was being transferred from the glove wasn’t changed after the review, and Bailey Welch reached on a third-strike passed ball in the next at-bat
A double play with a strikeout and caught stealing ended that frame, and Smith’s one-out single in the third was erased by a double play. Tennessee, which had two flyouts against Sprinkle after a one-out double in the first, used a double and single to establish a threat with nobody out in the third inning. One run scored as Sprinkle induced an infield pop-up, an RBI flyout to left and a flyout to center.
Sprinkle pushed his streak of consecutive batters retired to nine with clean fourth and fifth innings, and App State had its best chance to score in the fourth. Leshock reached on a leadoff throwing error and reached second with two away before being stranded.
In Friday's home opener, Appalachian State Softball shut down the North Carolina A&T Aggies in back-to-back, five-innings shutouts, winning game one 15-0 and game two 12-0. The team posted an outstanding 21 hits and 27 total runs on the day.
The Mountaineers swept the Aggies to bring their overall record to 3-3. Junior Keri White batted a perfect 6-for-6 on the day with three hits in each game. Alison Durrence continues to shine with a home run and a grand slam on the day, bringing her total to four so far this season. She had four RBIs in game one and three in game two.
The team's batting average increased from .179 before today's doubleheader to .259 after two impressive offensive performances. The Apps' last shutout win came on March 6, 2018 at Norfolk State.
Game One (W, 15-0, 5 innings)
Junior Keri White went 3-3 with a single, double and a triple in game one against the Aggies. Durrence's grand slam came in the second inning as she launched it over the left centerfield fence for the first grand slam of her career. The Mountaineers racked up 15 runs on 10 hits for the win.
Kenzie Longanecker limited the Aggies to two hits while striking out five batters. Taylor Nichols made her Sywassink/Lloyd debut, coming in for the final 1.2 innings in the circle. She struck out one without allowing any hits in the five batters she faced.
Game Two (W, 12-0, 5 innings)
The Apps crushed four total home runs in game two in a 12-0 win, three of which came in the first inning from Caylie Kifer, Haley Stewart and Jenny Dodd. Durrence followed in the second inning with a three-run homer. Dodd went 2-2 with a home run, a double and a walk for a game-high four RBIs in game two.
Sydney Holland, Maddie Siemer and Leanna Whaley split time in the circle for the Mountaineers. Holland picked up the one-hitter win. As a pitching staff, Apps' five pitchers combined did not allow a single walk in today's doubleheader.
The Mountaineers continue their season in Charleston, S.C., for the Holy City Showdown Feb. 22-24.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team split a non-conference doubleheader against Virginia-Wise Friday in the Bears' home opener. Lenoir-Rhyne won the opener 9-1 in five innings and lost the nightcap 6-3.
In game one, Savannah Moorefield went 3-for-3 with leadoff home runs in the first and fifth innings. She also scored three runs.
Mackensi Swain's grand slam home run highlighted a seven-run fifth inning that led to the Bears' walk-off run-rule win.
Ashten Hinkle scored the winning run on Kory Hammett's pinch-hit rbi-ground out.
Kylee Leonhardt and Leanna Sherrill contributed to the Bears' 10-hit attack with two hits apiece.
Emily Kenley tossed a complete-game four-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks.
Virginia-Wise had a run taken off the scoreboard when a runner was ruled to have not tagged home plate on a bases-loaded walk.
In game two, the Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the first on a throwing error on Erin Boone's sacrifice bunt.
Talon LaClair doubled in the bottom of the sixth and scored on Kailey Travis' pinch-hit single to pull the Bears within 5-3.
Hammett also had a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning.
Starter Brandi Parks tossed 4 1/3 inning and took the loss.
The Bear Bash was changed from a Saturday-Sunday tournament to a pair of Friday-Saturday doubleheaders due to threat of rain forecast for the weekend.
After hitting two home runs in their first seven games, the Bears erupted for three home runs in game one.
Moorefield collected hits in each of her first four at bats in the doubleheader.
After a slow start in the first half, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team used a six-goal push to bring the score within two, but it was the Florida Tech Panthers who added three more in the final minutes, leaving with a 13-8 win over the Bears.
The Bears were outshot (30-18) and Florida Tech had the advantage in shots on goal (23-14). The excess of shots led to 10 saves for last week's Defensive Player of the Week, Tienna Sieben, who took the loss for the home team.
Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in draw controls, 13-10, and both teams had equal opportunity in free-position shots, 7-7.
Senior Rachel Elmore and junior Cathleen Gaffney led the Bears in scoring with three goals apiece. Alyssa Sack and Gia Colombo added to the scoring effort for the home team.
The Panthers were led in scoring by Mollie Kaplan (4) and Sam Schiano (3). Kaplan also forced two turnovers and gathered two groundballs while Schiano caused two turnovers and won four draw controls.
Elmore led the Bears in scoring in both games this season. The White Plains, Md. native scored five in the victory over Belmont Abbey.
The freshman keeper and last week's South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week has accumulated 19 saves in the past two games.
Lenoir-Rhyne only had two goals at halftime, but picked up the intensity for six in the comeback effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 1-1 on the season. They will continue its home stand as they prepare for a game with another Sunshine State Conference opponent, Rollins College, on Friday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team celebrated Valentine's Day by defeating North Greenville on the road on Thursday afternoon, 6-1. The win was LR's second straight victory.
"It was a clinical performance from the ladies today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "We were pushed at the top spots in singles but battled well and came up with a strong team performance."
The Bears barely broke a sweat in doubles action, winning by scores of 5-0 (unfinished), 6-0 and 6-0 to claim the doubles point.
As mentioned, the Crusaders pushed the Bears at the top two singles spots. NGU claimed its only win of the day in first singles, winning by scores of 6-3, 2-6 and 10-8. However, the Bears would take the rest of the decisions including a 7-6, 6-3 win from Diana Babinets in the second spot. Marta Escanero (6-2, 6-2), Gemma Southwick (6-1, 6-0), Ally Garofoli (6-0, 6-0) and Sanne Janssen (6-0, 6-0) all earned singles victories for LR.
The Bears are scheduled to return to action on Saturday as they host Emmanuel at 1 p.m. as long as the weather cooperates.
Playing against a second straight Conference Carolinas opponent, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team came away with a 5-2 victory at North Greenville on Thursday afternoon.
"Today was a good challenge for our guys," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "We came back to win after losing the doubles point which shows a lot of character. Matches like today where we had to tough out a victory will make us stronger in the future."
The Bears dropped first and second singles to start the afternoon and salvaged a win in the third spot but fell in an early 1-0 hole.
Rhodri Atkinson earn the first singles victory in the number three spot with a 6-2, 6-0 win. The second singles victory came from the number six spot as Mauricio Hernandez took a 6-1, 6-2 win to put LR ahead 2-1. After a win in number five singles, the clincher came from Hamed Gandouz in the first line. Gandouz came away with a 6-0, 6-1 win to clinch the victory. NGU would steal a win at number two for their only singles win of the day.
The Bears are 5-2 on the season and are scheduled to return to action on Saturday as they host Emmanuel at 1 p.m. as long as the weather cooperates.
Both Appalachian State men's and women's cross country programs have been named an All-Academic Team for the 2018 season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
To qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better on 4.0 scale.
Overall, a combined 427 men's and women's squads earned the honor. The Appalachian men were one of 195 men's teams to be recognized, while the Mountaineer women were one of 222 to earn the award.
The fall season was highlighted by strong showings at the Sun Belt championships. The women's program, under the direction of Michael Curcio, captured its second Sun Belt title in three seasons, while the men's program recorded a second place finish.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team announced a schedule change for this weekend's Bear Bash. The four-team tournament has shifted to two double headers due to severe weather possibilities in the forecast.
The Bears will now play UVA Wise in on Friday at 2 and 4 p.m. followed by Lees-McRae College at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Bears are set to open the season at home after a 3-4 start, including a two game sweep over Chowan on the road and a neutral site win over Eckerd College in the Sunshine State.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team and the Wingate Bulldogs went head-to-head in a top five South Atlantic Conference match up on Wednesday night. The Bears were within three with less than a minute to play, but the Bulldogs pulled away late to go home with the 87-79 victory over the home team.
The two-headed monster duo of Djibril Diallo and Cory Thomas combined for 50 points as they each scored 25 on the night. Darius Simmons was the only other Bear to score in double figures with 14.
Wingate's five starters were the only players to score for the visiting team, as they had zero bench points.
Lenoir-Rhyne only shot 29.4 percent from beyond the arc while the Bulldogs hit 46.4 percent from long range.
Wingate's leading scorer was Jakob Dawkins, who finished with 21 points and Emarius Logan was not far behind with 20 points of his own.
The Bears have now lost the last three games by a combined point total of 11 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate split the season series, 1-1, with the win for the Bears coming on Jan. 9, 67-64.
Thomas put up a season-high in points tonight, while Diallo tied his as well.
The Bears drop to 16-7 overall and 9-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will hit the road and travel to take on the Tusculum University Pioneers on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (2-1) toppled ETSU (4-3) in an exciting 4-3 match on Wednesday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
App captured the doubles point with a pair of wins, and are now 4-0 over the last two matches during the doubles portion. The Mountaineers claimed the three singles matches for the triumph, including a pair of momentum-changing three-set victories.
"This was a great team win", head coach Blake Mosley said following the match. "Everyone came out and battled from start to finish in a really exciting match."
Capping off what was a solid day on the court, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) stepped up with the clinching singles point following a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Yi Chi Ma to stay undefeated in singles play at 3-0. She and doubles partner, María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo), won their first match of the season together after defeating Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales, 6-4.
Turning the momentum was the three-set wins that turned a 1-1 tie into a commanding 3-1 lead for the Black and Gold. Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) downed Bakhodirova in a battle of No. 1's, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, followed by Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) coming back from a one-set deficit over Alejandra Morales. Earnhardt suffered a 7-5 first-frame defeat before coming back to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Appalachian got off to a strong start in doubles thanks to Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Creek) and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual). The duo registered their first victory as a tandem this season, posting a 6-0 win over A. Pascual-Larrinaga and Yunuen Elizarraras.
Morse fell in her singles match in three sets to Elizarraras, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6), while Daniel suffered a 6-3, 6-2 setback to Amaro. Zacarias was edged by Pascual-Larrinaga, 6-0, 6-4.
App State will look for its third straight win on Saturday at 1 p.m. against UNCG in Greensboro.
App State 4, ETSU 3
Swope/Zacarias (APP) def. Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales (ETSU), 6-4
Anglesjö/Sevo (APP) vs. Amaro/Yi Chi Ma (ETSU), 4-5, unf.
Morse/Daniel (APP) def. Pascual-Larrinaga/Elizarraras, 6-0
Teodora Sevo (APP) def. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-5
Kate Earnhardt (APP) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. María José Zacarias (APP), 6-0, 6-4
Raquel Amaro (ETSU) def. Jeannez Daniel (APP), 6-3, 6-2
Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Rebecca Morse (APP), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
Heidi Swope (APP) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU, 6-1, 6-4
Both the Bears and the Bulldogs shot over fifty percent from the floor in the first half in a to-and-fro game, but it was stifling defense as the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team forced two-straight turnovers and held Wingate to nine points in the fourth quarter en route to the 66-62 victory in South Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday night.
The Bears were led by freshman Madeline Hardy who was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field, putting in a career-high 23 points in the Bears' home upset. Junior Karlie Bearden was the only other Bear in double-figures with 10 to go along with two rebounds, two assists, but most importantly three steals, and a block, which arguably may have been the game-winner with a little less than 10 seconds on the clock.
There were 12 lead changes and three ties in this back-and-forth battle in Shuford Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne put in 47.1 percent of the shots they made (24-of-51) while the Bulldogs were limited to 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the floor.
Wingate had three score in double-figures, with Jordan Quick leading the way scoring 13, Jo Snow with 12, and Caroline Averette with 11.
The Bears defense was stingy, limiting their top three scorers on the season to below their scoring average.
Lenoir-Rhyne improved its home record to 5-6 after beating the Bulldogs, who held the No. 2 spot in the SAC standings heading into the game.
LR managed to take two of the top-ranked teams in the conference to the final minutes in Anderson and Wingate in the past two games, and have come out with a 1-1 record between them.
Post play has improved in the last few games as Hardy and Bearden combined for 33 points tonight and Bearden has scored in double digits in two straight games, giving her four games scoring in double figures in the 2018-19 campaign.
The Bears improve to 12-11 overall and 7-8 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will hit the road and travel to Greeneville, Tenn. to take on Tusculum University on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team had two grand slams and 12 runs led to a 12-3 road victory over the Erskine Flying Fleet in nonconference action on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bears put up an eight spot and the first grand slam of the day by leadoff hitter and senior outfielder Grant Fuller to take an early 8-0 lead after the first inning. The South Carolina native led the road team at the plate with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two walks, two hits and four runs batted in on the day.
With an 8-3 score heading into the seventh inning, it was South Caldwell grad Brock Johnson who hit the second grand slam of the game down the left field line. The second baseman finished the day 1-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs.
Veterans were hot at the plate, but it was a freshman on the mound, Michael Allen, who got the victory for the Bears on the mound as he moved to 1-0 on the season. Allen worked 3.0 innings while giving up one hit and no runs in addition to two strikeouts. Josh Talton took the loss for Erskine, giving up eight runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of work.
Lenoir-Rhyne have managed to hit three grand slams in two games.
The Bears improved their road mark to 2-2.
The Bears improve to 2-6 on the early season and return home to host West Virginia State in a three game series starting with a double header scheduled for Saturday with first pitch at 1 p.m.