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Lenoir-Rhyne Men Fall On The Road In Overtime To Belmont Abbey

Belmont, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team (3-5) fell to Belmont Abbey (4-4) in overtime by an 87-83 score Wednesday night in a non-conference regional game at the Wheeler Center.

The Crusaders' Jacob Wilson (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA) led all scorers with 24 points while Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds as Belmont Abbey snapped a three-game losing streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points and hit seven three-pointers despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added a double-double - 16 points and 10 rebounds - and senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) scored 17 points while the Bears, as a team, hit 14 treys in the setback.

Bales nailed a three-pointer as time ran out in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 77 but the Crusaders responded by scoring the final seven points to take the win.

Belmont Abbey's Drexler Clark (Davidson, N.C.) dished out a career-high 16 assists without a turnover and the Crusaders shot 52 percent (33-of-64) from the field on the night in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game onWednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Belmont Abbey takes on Erskine on Saturday in Due West, S.C., beginning at4:00 p.m.


Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Wins Second Straight Game

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team (4-3) made it two straight victories with a 54-44 win over Greensboro (2-5) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) led all scorers with 16 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points in the victory.

The Pride was led by Kylee Barry (Smyrna, Ga.), who totaled 14 points and hit four treys but was the lone Greensboro player to score in double figures in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one period of play and never looked back. The Bears held the Pride to seven points in both second and third stanzas in addition to a 45-30 edge in rebounding on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 30 years.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. Greensboro hosts Mid-Atlantic Christian University on Friday at 7:00 p.m.


Seven Eagles Earn All-Sun Belt Honors

NEW ORLEANS – Seven Georgia Southern football players were honored by the league coaches and members of the media as the Sun Belt Conference announced Wednesday the selections for its all-conference teams.

Senior linebacker Ironhead Gallon, senior offensive lineman Andy Kwon and senior kicker Younghoe Koo were chosen for first-team All-Sun Belt Conference accolades.
Named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer team was Georgia Southern junior transfer linebacker Ukeme Eligwe. Four more Eagles, senior cornerback Darius Jones Jr., senior quarterback Kevin Ellison, senior receiver BJ Johnson III and Eligwe earned honorable mention recognition.
The Sun Belt Conference’s coaches and a member of the media representing each team voted on the list of candidates for the teams with points assigned for rankings for each position. The first and second teams are compromised of 12 offensive players (1 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 5 OL), 12 defensive players (4 DL, 3 LB, 4 DB, 1 at large selection) and 4 special team players (K, P, Return Specialist and All Purpose).
A Lou Groza Award finalist, Koo was one of the top kickers in the country. The Ridgewood, New Jersey, native made 19 of 20 field goals and led the Eagles in scoring. He made 14 straight field goals to start the season, a new school record, and his 19 makes tied the school mark for field goals in a season.

Gallon had a standout season a year after making the honorable mention squad a year ago. The Madison, Florida, native had 102 tackles, including 6.0 for loss, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Kwon, who was a second-team choice last season, played his way onto the first team this season. The Suwanee, Georgia, native was a Rimington Award nominee - given to the nation’s top center - and helped pave the way to 24 rushing touchdowns by the Eagles this season.

Eligwe earned a spot on the All-Newcomer team, leading the Eagles in stops with 104. His 18 tackles in the finale against Troy pushed him to the top of the list. The Florida State transfer also had 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to go along with three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, which he returned 90 yards for a touchdown.
Four Eagles earned honorable mention recognition: Johnson III, Jones Jr, Eligwe and Ellison. Johnson III led the team with 42 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns. Jones Jr., led a young secondary and picked off two passes while Ellison led the Eagles in rushing with 678 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing for 871 yards and eight scores.

Below are all the entire first and second team, as well as the individual awards:

First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
Brandon Silvers (Troy, Junior, QB)
Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, RB)
Robert Davis (Georgia State, Senior, WR)
Al Riles (Louisiana, Senior, WR)
Emanuel Thompson (Troy, Junior, WR)
Gerald Everett (South Alabama, Senior, TE)
Parker Collins (App State, Senior, OL)
Colby Gossett (App State, Junior, OL)
Jemar Clark (A-State, Senior, OL)
Andy Kwon (GS, Senior, OL)
Antonio Garcia (Troy, Senior, OL)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
Chris Odom (A-State, Senior, DL)
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
Randy Allen (South Alabama, Senior, DL)
Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
Ironhead Gallon (GS, Senior, LB)
Otha Peters (Louisiana, Senior, LB)
Rodney Butler (NM State, Senior, LB)
Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
Mondo Williams (App State, Senior, DB)
Money Hunter (A-State, Senior, DB)
Bobby Baker (Georgia State, Senior, DB)
Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, Junior, DB)
First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
Younghoe Koo (GS, Senior, PK)
Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, P)
Jabir Frye (Troy, Freshman, RS)
Jordan Chunn (Troy, Junior, AP)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense
Matt Linehan (Idaho, Junior, QB)
Marcus Cox (App State, Senior, RB)
Elijah McGuire (Louisiana, Senior, RB)
Shaedon Meadors (App State, Junior, WR)
Josh Magee (South Alabama, Senior, WR)
Deondre Douglas (Troy, Sophomore, WR)
Blake Mack (A-State, Junior, TE)
Beau Nunn (App State, Senior, OL)
Colton Jackson (A-State, Senior, OL)
Steve Matlock (Idaho, Senior, OL)
Jeff Savage (ULM, Senior, OL)
Tyler Lassiter (Troy, Senior, OL)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense
Dezmin Reed (App State, Senior, DL)
Tee Sims (App State, Junior, DL)
Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
Tueni Luupeamanu (Idaho, Senior, DL)
Joe Dillon (Louisiana, Freshman, DL)
Eric Boggs (App State, Junior, LB)
Kennan Gilchrist (App State, Senior, LB)
Xavier Woodson-Luster (A-State, Senior, LB)
Cody Brown (A-State, Senior, DB)
Justin Clifton (A-State, Sophomore, DB)
Jaden Wright (NM State, Junior, DB)
Jalen Rountree (Troy, Senior, DB)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams
Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Senior, PK)
Brandon McKee (South Alabama, Senior, P)
Blaise Taylor (A-State, Junior, RS)
Warren Wand (A-State, Sophomore, AP)
Player of the Year
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (A-State, Junior, DL)
Offensive Player of the Year
Jalin Moore (App State, Sophomore, RB)
Defensive Player of the Year
Rashad Dillard (Troy, Senior, DL)
Freshman of the Year
Clifton Duck (App State, Freshman, DB)
Newcomer of the Year
Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, Junior, DL)
Coach of the Year
Paul Petrino, Idaho
All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention
Barrett Burns (App State, Sr., TE)
A.J. Howard (App State, So. DB)
Taylor Lamb (App State, Jr., QB)
Myquon Stout (App State, So,. DL)
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, So., QB)
Chris Humes (Arkansas State, Sr., DB)
Waylon Roberson (Arkansas State, Sr., DL)
Kendall Sanders (Arkansas State, Sr. WR)
Kevin Ellison (Georgia Southern, DB, Sr., QB)
Darius Jones, Jr. (Georgia Southern, Sr., CB)
Ukeme Eligwe (Georgia Southern, Jr., LB)
BJ Johnson III (Georgia Southern, Sr., WR)
Shawanye Lawrence (Georgia State, Senior, DL)
Alonzo McGee (Georgia State, Senior, LB)
Keith Rucker (Georgia State, Senior, TE)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, Junior, DB)
Trent Cowan (Idaho, Sr., Tight end)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, So., Linebacker)
Jordan Rose (Idaho, Jr., Offensive line)
Keenan Barnes (Louisiana, So., WR)
Karmichael Dunbar (Louisiana, Sr., DL)
Eddie Gordon (Louisiana, Sr., OL)
Tre’maine Lightfoot (Louisiana, Sr., LB)
Justin Backus (ULM, Sr., DB)
David Griffith (ULM, So., LB)
Ajalen Holley (ULM, Sr., WR)
Frank Sutton, Jr. (ULM, Jr., OL)
Kourtland Busby (NM State, Jr., DL)
Greg Hogan (NM State, RJr., WR)
Anthony McMeans (NM State, Sr., OL)
Tyler Rogers (NM State, Sr., QB)
Roman Buchanan (South Alabama, Sr., LB)
Kalen Jackson (South Alabama, Sr., DB)
Xavier Johnson (South Alabama, Jr., RB/RS)
Kevin Kutchera (South Alabama, Sr., WR)
Ryan Kay (Troy, Sr., PK)
William Lloyd (Troy, Sr., LB)
Kamryn Melton (Troy, Jr., DB)
Baron Poole (Troy, Jr., DL)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Fr., OL)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)
Gabe Loyd (Texas State, Jr., LB)
Jordan Mittie (Texas State, RS Fr., DE)
2016 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer Team
Vic Johnson (App State, Fr., OL)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, Jr., LB)
Ukeme Eligwe (GS, Jr., LB)
Conner Manning (Georgia State, Jr., QB)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, Fr., OL)
Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Fr., OL)
Dayton Balvantz (ULM, Sr., P)
Sage Doxtater (NM State, Fr., OL)
Kris Weatherspoon (Troy, Jr., DB)
Darrell Songy (South Alabama, Jr., LB)
Bryan London (Texas State, RS Fr., LB)


Lenoir-Rhyne's Jacob Slagle Named The 2016 South Atlantic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Of The Year


Rock Hill, S.C. - Lenoir-Rhyne University's Jacob Slagle has been named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Of The Year, the league announced earlier today.

Slagle, a senior offensive lineman from Sharpsburg, Ga., wins the award for the second straight year. Slagle earned this honor for his outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Slagle has been a starter on the offensive line since the end of his freshman year in 2013. Including his redshirt year, Slagle has been a part of three South Atlantic Conference Championship squads (2012-14), three NCAA Division II Playoff Teams (2012-14) and was a member of the 2013 national finalist team.

As a starter, Slagle helped the Bears lead the nation in rushing in both 2014 (an NCAA Division II single-season rushing record 416.2 yards per game) and 2015 (384.7 yards per game). Slagle's first start of his collegiate career came in Lenoir-Rhyne's 42-14 win over West Chester in a 2013 national semifinal game.

Slagle, a religious development major with a 3.89 grade point average, has named to both the Dean's List and President's List at Lenoir-Rhyne and is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll. Currently, Slagle is working on his master's degree in counseling (Lenoir-Rhyne's Bridges-To-Dreams Program). Slagle is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District (2014-16) honoree as well.

On campus, Slagle is a member of several Honors Societies including Psi Chi International and Alpha Lambda Delta (Senior Class President) and is a part of Lenoir-Rhyne's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the Angel Bear Program, the team's leadership council and Campus Crusade For Christ (CRU).

In addition, Slagle is the recipient of both the Honors Trustee Scholarship and Major James Ursano Scholarship and won the Phil Burns Award (given to a rising senior on the team who exhibits a life of Christian Faith, Exemplary Leadership and hard work off and on the field). Slagle has traveled abroad leading mission trips in North and Central America and has volunteered for the Salvation Army.

The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete Of The Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league's conference championship sports and is voted on by the conference's Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee.


Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Signs Four Players For The 2018 Season

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team and Head Coach Shena Hollar has announced the signing of Savannah Moorefield, Kylee Leonhardt, Kim Blair and Cherise Cowoski for the 2018 season.

Savannah Moorefield (Outfielder, Claudville, Va./Patrick County HS):
Moorefield plays travel ball for the Carolina Cardinals under Rick McHone . A member of the ASA 18U National Championship squad . Also runs indoor track where she competes in the 500-meter dash and the 1,600-meter relay squad.

"Savannah (Moorefield) adds a lot of speed to our team," said Hollar. "She is like a gazelle in the outfield with a strong arm. She comes from a great family and I look forward to seeing what she will do for us in the next four years."

Kylee Leonhardt (Catcher/Utility, Lincolnton, N.C./West Lincoln HS):
Leonhardt and Moorefield are teammates on the national-champion Carolina Cardinals Team . Member of the NCHSAA 2A State runners-up squad under Tyler Sain . Also plays tennis where she earned berths to the state playoffs in both singles and doubles action.

"Kylee (Leonhardt) is a local recruit with lots of championship play experience," said Hollar. "She is a well-rounded player that will help us in the lineup at three or four-hole with her power and could play anywhere we asked of her. I'm very excited to have Kylee coming to our program."

Kim Blair (Right-Handed Pitcher, Knoxville, Tenn./Halls HS):
Blair plays travel ball for the very competitive 16U Team Knoxville under Head Coach Jimmy Graham . Her prep coach is Brian Gordon.

"Kim (Blair) is a pitcher that has lots of spin and gets a ground ball that will allow us to show off our defense behind her," said Hollar. "She comes from the Knoxville, Tennessee, area that is full of talent. Kim will be a very good addition to our pitching staff."

Cherise Cowoski, First Baseman, DeLeon Springs, Fla./Father Lopez HS):
Cowoski plays travel ball for the 18U Windmere Wildfire coached by WesPolluck . Prep coach is Shanah Thomas.

"Cherise (Cowoski) is an energetic and hardworking young lady," said Cowoski. "We liked what we saw in here softball ability the first time we saw her. She can play first base, hit left-handed and play some outfield. She will be a versatile player for us."

Lenoir-Rhyne (48-13, 20-2) won the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship last year and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Bears open the year on Wednesday, February 1, against Belmont Abbey on the road in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.