Trailing by just one at halftime, Appalachian State University men’s basketball couldn’t overcome a late 13-2 Troy run and would fall on the road for the second consecutive contest, 76-66 on Monday night.
The Mountaineers (8-18, 3-12 Sun Belt) got 15 points and seven rebounds from junior forward Griffin Kinney. For the game, Kinney finished 7-for-11 from the field. His seven rebounds shared the team lead on the night with Isaac Johnson.
In his first game back from injury, Kelvin Robinson finished with 12 points on five made field goals - connecting on two 3-pointers. Robinson finished a team-best +15 on the floor.
Both teams would trade leads in the early going and with the Trojans (16-12, 8-6 Sun Belt) leading 13-12, the Mountaineers would use a small 4-0 run to grab a 16-13 lead behind a free throw from Kinney and a three from Craig Hinton.
Troy led by as many as nine at 27-18, but the Black and Gold finished the half on a 14-6 run which was capped by a crazy sequence that saw Patrick Good hit a mid-range buzzer beater right before the break.
A Kinney layup to begin the second period would give Appalachian its last lead of the game at 34-33. Up by nine at 49-40, the Trojans’ lead was whittled down to just two at 52-50 after a 7-3 run from the Apps. The run was sparked by a three from Robinson and capped by a layup from Robinson.
Unfortunately, App State couldn’t maintain that momentum and the Trojans would engineer a 13-2 run that opened up the game at 65-52 at the 8:39 mark of the second half.
The Mountaineers would get as close as five points following a Bennett Holley 3-pointer to cut the Troy lead to 71-66 with 1:04 left in regulation. The Trojans added four more points at the foul line late in the contest to seal the win.
Troy managed to commit just six fouls in the contest. The Trojans were led by Jordon Varnado who finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Notes: The loss marked the Mountaineers’ first all-time to Troy (came into tonight a perfect 6-0) … Griffin Kinney’s 15 points marked his 15th double-digit scoring game of the season and 22nd of his career … Kelvin Robinson’s 12 points marked his fifth double-digit scoring game of the season … for the 11th time this season, Isaac Johnson led the Mountaineers in rebounding (shared the lead with seven tonight).
Appalachian State has announced a three-game series with the University of North Carolina beginning in 2019, App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday afternoon.
North Carolina will host the Mountaineers in 2019 and 2023, while the two teams will square off in Boone in 2022. The series opener is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2019 in Chapel Hill, N.C. with the Tar Heels coming to Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 3, 2022 to open the season. The series finale is Sept. 9, 2023 back in Chapel Hill.
“This series is the next addition in bringing Power 5 programs to Kidd Brewer Stadium,” Gillin said Monday. “With a record crowd for Miami last year, Wake Forest this season, and North Carolina in 2022 we are continuously looking for opportunities to bring great opponents to The Rock. Our goal is to continue to bring Power 5 opponents, when available, and quality Group of 5 opponents to Boone, which benefits our students, student-athletes, university and community. I truly enjoyed working with the UNC administration in constructing a series that is a win-win. Playing regional and in-state opponents makes a lot of sense for us. We will see an increase in tickets sales both home and away, reduced travel costs and less missed class time for our students. Over the next eight seasons we will be playing the series with UNC, in addition to a four-game series with ECU, and home-and-home series with Wake Forest, Charlotte, and Marshall.”
UNC will be the third ACC opponent to play at Kidd Brewer in a seven-year span. App hosted Miami in September of 2016 in front of a record crowd of almost 35,000 and Wake Forest comes to Kidd Brewer on Sept. 23 this season.
App State and UNC have met only once in football, back in 1940.
Appalachian was 10-3 in 2016 capturing the program’s first Sun Belt Conference Championship and winning a second consecutive Camellia Bowl. The Mountaineers are at the midway point of spring practice and open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
Series Dates: Appalachian State-North Carolina Football
Game 1 - Sept. 21, 2019 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Game 2 - Sept. 3, 2022 in Boone, N.C.
Game 3 - Sept. 9, 2023 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team fell to 12th ranked Guilford Tech 79-75 in overtime Monday night.
The Red Hawks outscored Guilford Tech 23-15 in the 4th quarter including a Shaniya Lester three-pointer with five seconds left to force overtime. The Red Hawks had a chance to tie in overtime with a three-point shot from Tory Agrusa that bounced off the rim with four seconds left. Guilford Tech was able to make a free throw to give them a four point lead and the game.
Ieshia Love and Lester each scored 18 points to lead the Red Hawks despite the loss. Nikki McCaskill scored 13 points. Jala Daniels pulled down eight rebounds.
With the loss, the Red Hawks fall to 18-6 overall, 12-5 in conference play.
CVCC will return home on Wednesday, March 1 for their final home game of the season and sophomore night against Louisburg College at 6:00pm.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Joe Buduo has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.
Buduo, a sophomore attacker from Shrewsbury, Mass., scored three goals and tallied two assists in the Bears’ 14-12 victory over No. 20 Rollins last Saturday in Savannah, Ga. Buduo also tallied three ground balls in the contest.
Buduo was one of the top first-year players in the league last year, totaling 26 goals, 12 assists and 38 points in helping the Bears win both the conference regular season and tournament championships.
Mars Hill’s Ryan Kearney was named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player Of The Week.
Lenoir-Rhyne (1-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, returns to the field on Saturday at Noon against Wheeling Jesuit in a home match at Moretz Stadium.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer midfielder Raheem Somersall (Basseterre, St. Kitts/Southern School of Energy and Sustainability) will join his national team and participate in the U20 CONCACAF Championship for the World Cup.
Somersall arrived in Costa Rica two weeks before the main event, preparing by playing two friendly matches against professional club Saprissa and another under-20 team that qualified. The sophomore then opened up competitive play against Haiti on Feb. 18 where the team fell 5-1 but will have a second match against Panama on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The final group stage match will be against the United States on Friday, Feb. 24.
“I am honored to be a part of my national team at the youth level and to be able to participate in a World Cup Qualifiers,” Somersall said. “This is important for me because I have been selected as one of 22 members to represent my country and I feel like every footballer dreams of playing professionally or being able to represent their country.”
This is the second time that St. Kitts and Nevis have qualified to the U20 CONCACAF Championship for the World Cup. The team is locally based with 19 amateur players that play in the SKNFA Premier League in St. Kitts & Nevis and one player that plays overseas: Somersall. A talented team, many of their players have been chosen to practice in Brazil and represent the Caribbean Football Union team that played in Texas last year.
“I am very excited for Raheem to get another opportunity to represent his country in a World Cup qualifying event,” Appalachian head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe said. “We are proud of him and know he will continue to represent his family, App State and his country of St. Kitts & Nevis in a great way. It is a tremendous achievement for Raheem and our program. He is an inspiration to everyone in our locker room and future Mountaineers that you can achieve all your dreams from the environment here at App State.”
If St. Kitts & Nevis qualify, Raheem will be with the U20 team until the first week of March.
“This is a challenge for me as I will be playing against top players from North, Central & South America, and I’ll also be tested on my ability to focus on school while being away from school,” Somersall continued. “I just want to thank God for bringing me this far and blessing me with this opportunity, Coach O’Keefe for making sure that I’m laser focused at all times, my advisor Cliff Poole, my professors for allowing me to be away for this period of time, my strength coach and my teammates who push me to get better every day and in every way possible.”
Newcomer Zeiko Harris (Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent) is also playing in the U20 Championship in Costa Rica representing his home country of Bermuda. They tied Trinidad 1-1 on Sunday and will face El Salvador on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Costa Rica on Saturday, Feb. 25.
To follow Somersall and Harris and the St. Kitts & Nevis and Bermuda U20 national teams, head to www.concacaf.com.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association finalized the 2017 Basketball playoff brackets this afternoon. Play will begin at the higher regional seeded team on Tuesday. Rounds one through four will all be held at the home of the higher seed. The Regional Finals (Round 5) will be played in Fayetteville for the East and Greensboro and Winston-Salem for the West.
Of Hickory Metro teams:
W1 (1) Smoky Mountain (24-2) vs. MW16 (32) Bandys (8-15)
W5 (12) Maiden (19-7) vs. MW12 (25) West Davidson (13-13)
W3 (4) East Burke (23-3) vs. MW14 (29) Mount Pleasant (10-14)
MW3 (7) North Surry (21-5) vs. W14 (26) West Caldwell (12-11)
MW7 (11) East Davidson (19-6) vs. W10 (19) Newton-Conover (16-10)
W1 (3) Freedom (25-1) v. MW16 (32) Cox Mill (9-15)
MW8 (16) Southwestern Randolph (16-9) vs. W9 (20) St. Stephens (14-11)
W7 (14) Hickory (19-6) vs. MW10 (18) Piedmont (17-10), Tuesday on 1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com starting at 6:30pm.
MW4 (6) Rocky River (19-7) vs. W13 (24) Alexander Central (16-10)
MW3 (5) Page (19-7) vs. W14 (25) South Caldwell (16-9)
MW4 (7) T. Wingate Andrews (17-8) vs. W13 (23) Maiden (15-10)
MW6 (13) Monroe (13-9) vs. W11 (19) West Caldwell (17-7)
MW3 (5) North Surry (22-4) vs. W14 (25) Draughn (14-11)
W1 (1) Freedom (24-2) vs. MW16 (30) Concord (10-15)
W7 (14) Hibriten (16-9) vs. MW10 (21) Marvin Ridge (16-11)
MW5 (11) Hickory Ridge (19-7) vs. W12 (24) Patton (12-13)
MW3 (6) North Forsyth (18-9) vs. W14 (29) Foard (10-15)
W6 (10) Hickory (21-6) vs. MW11 (22) Sun Valley (15-11), Tuesday on 1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com after the girls game
W7 (11) Alexander Central (19-8) vs. MW10 (20) Ben L. Smith (16-9)
W6 (9) South Caldwell (14-11) vs. MW11 (21) High Point Central (15-9)
In the final game of the Hughes Bros. Challenge, Appalachian State University faced-off against the host-team UNC Wilmington in a wild, dramatic, back-and-forth affair on Sunday afternoon at Brooks Field.
The Mountaineers (1-3) fell 6-5 on a walkoff single through the middle after leading the 24th-ranked Seahawks (3-0) 5-3 going into the ninth.
Momentum seemed to change a little bit toward UNCW’s way when the leadoff hitter to the bottom of the ninth, Robbie Thorburn, reached first on a struck out swinging, past ball. After that, the Seahawks worked the small ball game and brought around the two runs they needed to win.
Appalachian once again received incredible pitching from its bullpen. Making his first career start after 30 relief appearances, was junior Luke Watts (Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central). The right-handed thrower went a career-long 5.0 innings, allowed just five hits, two runs and struck out a career-high seven batters – more than doubling his previous career high of three.
Watts finished the day throwing an impressive 60 strikes on 97 pitches for the afternoon.
Providing relief on the day was senior Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil), junior Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest), sophomore Will Herman (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) and senior Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carrol Catholic (Tallahassee CC). UNC Wilmington went to the bullpen quite a bit on the day, using six pitchers in the four-hour game.
The Black and Gold knew they needed to be able to put pressure on the pitcher in order to contend with nationally ranked UNCW’s offense, and they did just that, having five players get a hit on the day.
Senior Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) went 1-2 on the day, scoring an RBI and crossing the plate twice. He also drew two walks. Junior Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) continues the hot start to the season by going 2-2 on the day, with one run and one walk.
Perhaps the best eyes at the plate for the Mountaineers came from App State freshman third-baseman and leadoff hitter, Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll). In five total plate appearances, Grubbs drew three walks and went 1-2, crossing the plate once as well. Through the first weekend, the freshman leads the team in batting (.308), slugging (.385), on-base (.500), runs (three) and hits (four).
Senior Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech) once again came up in the clutch for App as he got his lone hit in the eighth with the lead only one. Vernon drilled a double down the right-field line to drive home Grubbs, extending the lead.
The Mountaineers will have the midweek off before traveling to Boiling Springs, N.C. where they will play Gardner-Webb in a three-game series. Game 1 begins on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Big South Network.
Appalachian State University softball played Valparaiso on Sunday morning and crushed the UMBC Retrievers 9-2 in an afternoon rematch on the final day of the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. Due to the fact that Appalachian and Valparaiso only completed four innings at dead time, the ballgame was voided.
App State improved to an overall .500 record (4-4) after claiming a victory against UMBC. In the rematch, seven Mountaineers crashed out hits and five dished out RBI with Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) registering two on a double.
In the circle, Vanessa Ciocatto (La Habra, Calif./ La Habra (Delaware State)) started the game off by shutting out UMBC in 2.2 innings, and Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (3-2) came in relief for 4.1 innings and had two hits and two earned runs, and fired out seven strikeouts. Longanecker totaled 17 strikeouts this weekend in three games.
Game One: App State 6, Valpo 6 (4) (Voided due to four innings played)
App State got into a hole early in the first after Valparaiso (4-0) hit a 3 RBI homerun over center field, but the Black and Gold quickly climbed out of the ditch tying up the score at three apiece. In the second, Valpo regained a one-run lead, but the Mountaineers answered back with a pair of runs to take the 5-4 advantage heading into the third.
After the Mountaineers had held the Crusaders scoreless in the top of the third, App tagged on another run, but Valpo bounced back and evened up the score at six apiece after a 2 RBI homerun to end the fourth.
In a back-and-forth tied game, both teams were prepared to make the next offensive play to take the lead, but the game ended in dead time to stop the bout at 6-6.
Game Two: App State 9, UMBC 2
Appalachian jumped on the boards first when Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) hustled home on a wild pitch in the top of the third. After neutralizing UMBC’s (3-5) offense in the second half of the inning, Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./Garner) opened up the fourth with a single to middle infield, and Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) followed with a double that tapped danced down the left line. Then in a blink of an eye, App earned three more runs after back-to-back wild pitches and a sacrifice fly by Parker.
In the fifth inning, App went on a scoring spree racking up five runs on three hits and one error. The Black and Gold Bunting Squad opened up the inning with an error off a bunt, a bunt single and a sac. bunt that allowed A. Josey to lift up a RBI sacrifice fly to widen Apps’ gap to five runs. Directly after that, Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) jetted home on a wild pitch, and Stewart bombed a double to right center to bat in pinch runners Gabby Buruato (Valdese, N.C./Jimmy C. Draughn) and Caitlin Shepherd (North Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) for the 8-0 lead.
The Mountaineers were not done cranking out bombs when Heather Josey (Statesville, N.C./North Iredell) pinched in at the eighth slot and bounced the ball off the middle of the left field fence for a double to bring home Stewart and conclude Appalachian’s multi-run inning at 9-0.
Up by nine, Appalachian sensed a five-inning victory was near, but the Retrievers kept themselves in the ballgame. With bases loaded, UMBC scored two straight runs off a single and a wild pitch, but their scoring threat was halted when Parker ended the inning diving on the ground in middle infield for the out.
After the fifth, both teams held each other scoreless in the sixth and seventh and App captured the 9-2 victory.
The Black and Gold will travel back down to Greensboro for the third-straight time to play North Carolina A&T for the second half of the two-game series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
Appalachian State University wrestling dropped its first home match of the season in the NWCA Division I Championship Series matchup with Indiana on Sunday afternoon, 21-12.
In a rematch of last year’s National Duals match, the 19th-ranked Mountaineers (12-3, 7-0 SoCon) battled toe-to-toe once again with the Hoosiers (10-8, 2-6 Big Ten), but the score would up being almost exactly reversed to 2015.
Highlighting the match for the Black and Gold, the team won five weight classes on the day. No. 24 freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) downed Indiana’s Garrett Pepple in a 5-0 decision at 133 pounds to tie the team score at 3 apiece. No. 18 sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) took down Chris Perez in a 5-1 decision at 149 pounds to once again tie the score at 6-6.
Sophomore 197-pounder Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) shut out IU’s Jake Hinz in a 4-0 decision before No. 9 senior heavyweight Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) overthrew Fletcher Miller in a 4-1 decision, but it wouldn’t be enough as two bonus point victories by the Hoosiers put the match out of reach.
The Mountaineers fell in a momentum-shifting start to the match at 125 pounds when Elijah Oliver got a late takedown in overtime for the sudden victory over No. 20 senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers). Another neck-and-neck match came at 141 pounds when sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) fell 5-4 to IU’s Cole Weaver.
The match changed entirely, however, when the Hoosiers rattled off three-straight wins at 165, 174 and 184 pounds. Bryce Martin took down No. 29 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) before Elliott Raiford (Branch, Ga./West Hall) dropped an 18-2 technical fall to Devin Skatzka. Sixth-ranked Nate Jackson sealed the win with a 15-3 major decision over junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) to give the Indiana 21 team points.
Appalachian wrestling now has two weeks off before heading to Charleston, S.C. to participate in the Southern Conference Tournament. The tournament takes place March 4 at The Citadel’s McAlister Field House. Ticket information is to-be-determined but will be announced when available on appstatesports.com.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis (3-5) fell to Coastal Carolina in its first conference match of the year 6-1 at Coastal Carolina Tennis Facility.
Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) was the lone Mountaineer to score a point for the Black and Gold on Sunday afternoon. He defeated Luiz Faria in the No. 2 singles match, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, to improve to 4-3 in singles action.
In No. 1 doubles, Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) beat Francesco Migliano and Sebastian Schneider, 6-0.
The Chanticleers came away with the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches, as Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C. / Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia / Mansfield State) fell 7-5 to Vuk Velikovic and Jose Ortega. Maddocks and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) were defeated 7-5 by Francesco Gamero Cori and Faria.
Webster was outlasted by Velickovic, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 1 singles match, and Morris fell to Schneider, 6-2, 6-2.
Bargeron was lined up in the No. 4 slot but dropped the match 6-3, 6-4 to Migliano.
In No. 5 singles, Pavkovich was defeated by Ortega, and in No. 6 singles, Brea took Gamero Cori to the tiebreaker but eventually fell 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The Apps look to stop the skid on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Wofford on the road at 12 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (11-1) rallied from a four-run deficit to beat West Virginia Tech (3-7), 9-8, Sunday afternoon at Bears Field to claim the weekend series from the Golden Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch with one out as the Bears were able to pull out the victory after falling behind by a 6-2 score in the middle of the fifth frame.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore pinch hitter Josh Kent (Winston-Salem, N.C.) tied the contest at eight in the eighth inning with a two-run double while junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) added three hits and two runs batted in to lead the Bears offensively.
Senior Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 4-0 after striking out the final batter in the top of the ninth inning while sophomore first baseman Alex Reynolds (Charlotte, N.C.) hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season for the Bears.
West Virginia Tech’s Wyatt Belinda (Alexandria, Pa.) hit a solo home run and drove in two while Garrison Vandeventer (Ocala, Fla.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on UNC Pembroke on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., in Pembroke, N.C.
Sophomore Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) threw a gem in a career night, helping Appalachian State University baseball down VMI in the second matchup this weekend, 3-1, on Saturday night and get head coach Kermit Smith his first win at the helm of the program.
The Mountaineers’ (1-2) southpaw tied a career-high by pitching seven shutout innings and set a new career record by striking out nine batters on the night. Hampton is the first Appalachian pitcher since Sam Agnew-Wieland on April 6, 2013 (vs. Georgia Southern) to throw at least 7.0 innings, strike out nine batters and not allow a run.
Hampton also limited the Keydets (1-2) to two hits during his time on the hill.
The game proved to be another pitching battle through three-and-a-half scoreless innings before junior Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) started off the bottom of the fourth by launching a solo jack on the just the second pitch of the at-bat to put App up 1-0. The homer was Stroup’s ninth of his career.
The Black and Gold would increase their lead in the sixth when junior Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) singled to shallow center field and senior Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) walked on four-straight pitches. After sophomore Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) moved everybody one base on a groundout, Bauk broke home off a wild pitch by Brandon Barbery.
Wild pitches would afford Appalachian its final run of the evening in the seventh when freshman Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) broke home as Kyle Staats’ ball hit the dirt and bounced to the backstop, giving him time to cross the plate.
After seven complete innings for Hampton, senior Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) came in to close out the game – his first action on the mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015. Brill allowed just one run and one hit in 2.0 innings pitched, throwing 90-plus mph consistently throughout and getting three punchouts.
The Mountaineers have just one game remaining in the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. They take on host-team UNC Wilmington on Sunday at 2 p.m. to finish out the first tournament of the 2017 season.
Despite a six-point halftime lead, Appalachian State University men’s basketball fell to a hot-shooting second half South Alabama team by a final score of 87-74 on Saturday night inside the Mitchell Center.
The Mountaineers (8-17, 3-11 Sun Belt) were led by Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) who turned in a career-high 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Five Mountaineers finished in double-figures and were led by Hinton and Ronshad Shabazz’s (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) 13 points. Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) notched 12, while Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) scored 11 and Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) tallied 10.
I. Johnson led the Mountaineers with eight rebounds and three steals. Kinney finished with seven boards.
App State opened the game hitting its first six shots and led by as many as 10 points in the first half following a Hinton three to put the Black and Gold up 22-12 at the 10:50 mark.
At the 6:16 mark, the Jaguars (13-13, 6-7 Sun Belt) closed to within just three points at 25-22, but Appalachian outscored South Alabama 11-8 to finish the half and take a 36-30 lead into the locker room.
South Alabama opened the second half on a 9-0 run before a 3-pointer from I. Johnson knotted the score up at 39-39 with 15:14 left in the second period. After tying the game, App State surrendered back-to-back threes which forced the Mountaineers into their first timeout of the half.
That six-point cushion would close to as little as one point following a Holley triple to cut the Jaguar lead to 51-50. Over the next 4:24 of the half, the Jaguars would grow its lead to a game-high 10 points, 65-55, with 6:23 left.
The Mountaineers would scrap their way back into the game and trailed by just five with 3:32 left after a free throw from Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School).
Unfortunately, when the Mountaineers needed a stop, the App State defense nearly forced a shot clock violation but the Jaguars’ Ken Williams hit a fadeaway dagger three at the end of the shot clock to put the Jags back up by eight.
The Apps would be forced to foul down the stretch to try and stop the clock and get back into it, but the Jaguars hit 19-of-24 free throws in the second half to help seal the victory.
Ken Williams led the Jaguars with 20 points, while three others finished in double-figures.
Notes: App State is now 1-4 all-time against South Alabama … Craig Hinton notched a career-high 13 points … he tied his career high with four field goals and set a new career high with three 3-pointers … Isaac Johnson led the team in rebounding for the 10th time this season … he leads the team in steals and finished with a team-high three … it was Johnson’s sixth double-digit scoring game … Griffin Kinney tallied his 14th double-digit scoring game and 21st of his career … Ronshad Shabazz netted his 23rd double-digit scoring game and 41st of his career … Bennett Holley posted his first double-digit scoring game since Montreal (Dec. 11) … Fifth time this season that Emarius Logan tallied at least 5 assists … with 217 3-pointers this season, App State has totaled its ninth-most threes in a single season.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (3-4) fell to Campbell (7-1) on Saturday afternoon, 5-2, in Conway, S.C. at the Coastal Carolina Tennis Facility.
Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C. / Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) was the standout Mountaineer today, as he beat Dustin Werner, 2-6, 6-2, 14-12, in a come-from-behind battle. With the help of Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia / Mansfield State), downed Nicolas Rakitin and Lukas Schaefer in No. 2 doubles, 6-1.
Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia / Lambton) and Scott Webster (Perth, Australia / Scotch College) fell to Lorenz Schwab and Werner in a tiebreaker, 7-5 in No. 1 doubles.
As the doubles matches were tied up 1-1, the tandem of Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C.) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England / Bullerswood) was defeated by Gerald Sola and Jonathan O’Neal, 6-3.
In the No. 1 singles match, Webster beat Schaefer 6-0, 6-4, notching his fourth singles win of the year.
Maddocks was defeated by Rakitin in No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-1, and Bargeron fell to Sola in a back and forth No. 4 match in the third set, 7-6, 4-6, 10-7.
Pavkovich played his fifth match at the No. 5 spot of the year but was defeated by Schwab, 6-1, 6-2.
In the No. 6 spot, Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham B. Broughton) made his third individual appearance of the Spring slate, but fell to Fernando Clemente, 6-1, 6-2.
The Mountaineers look for a split on the weekend, as they face host Coastal Carolina on Sunday in their first Sun Belt match of the season. First serve is set for 11 a.m.
The NCHSAA Wrestling Championships concluded on Saturday:
2A 126 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Nathan Oakley (Providence Grove, 48-5) won by decision over Noah Gilbert (East Burke, 49-2) (Dec 8-4)
2A 132 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Quincy Monday (Carrboro, 31-1) won by major decision over Schuyler Spurrier (Maiden, 37-4) (MD 14-4)
2A 170 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Chase Emory (Chase, 56-6) won by decision over Andy Henze (Newton-Conover, 48-11) (Dec 7-2)
2A 220 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Shykale Steptoe (West Caldwell, 41-6) won by decision over Kaleb Dunn (Surry Central, 33-1) (Dec 2-1)
3A 106 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Clay Beach (Freedom, 27-9) won by decision over Nick Butler (Swansboro, 39-4) (Dec 6-2)
3A 126 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Tyler Gregor (Hickory Ridge, 36-1) won by fall over Nick Kaufmann (Fred T. Foard, 44-7) (Fall 1:00)
3A 138 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Blaine Mainz (Jacksonville, 37-0) won by decision over Spencer Leonhardt (Freedom, 54-3) (Dec 7-3)
3A 160 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Hayden Wyke (Hibriten, 31-0) won by decision over Parker Holcomb (Union Pines, 23-4) (Dec 9-2)
4A 152 – Championship Finals
1st Place Match - Keon Muckelvene (West Forsyth, 58-0) won by fall over Ethan Lewis (Alexander Central, 46-3) (Fall 2:43)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (1-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, won its first game of the 2017 campaign with a 14-12 victory over 20th-ranked Rollins (2-1) Saturday evening at Optimist Field at Daffin Park.
Three players scored three goals for the Bears – sophomore attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.), senior attacker Will Remsen (Baldwin, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) – and Lenoir-Rhyne broke a nine-all tie with five straight goals beginning late in the third period and were able to hold on for the win.
Rollins was led by Jack Vonarb (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) with three goals in the losing effort.
Senior attacker Mike Hanlon (Haymarket, Va.) scored the game-winner with 1:47 left in the third period and finished with two scores on the night for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne's goalkeepers totaled 20 saves on the night while junior Damon Cummins (Lancaster, Pa.) (1-0) earned the win after stopping 19 shots. Rollins' Jake Hogan (Westwood, Mass.) made 10 saves but suffered the loss. The Tars also lost despite holding a 60-35 edge in shots taken.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday, February 25, at Noon.
Shooting woes plagued Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-15, 5-10 SBC) in a 54-41 setback to South Alabama (9-16, 4-10 SBC) on Saturday evening in the Mitchell Center.
App shot just 20.9 percent from the floor and hit just one 3-pointer against the Jaguars. South Alabama shot 35.7 percent from the field and outscored App 12-3 from 3-point range.
The Mountaineers held a 32-27 lead going into the fourth quarter, but South Alabama shot 69.2 percent in the final period en route to outscoring the Black and Gold by 18.
Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) notched her fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and tied a game-high with 12 boards. The junior wing has registered five double-doubles in the past nine games. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) also grabbed 12 off the glass, tying her career best and chipped in with seven points.
Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) both scored nine while Jones brought down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
App State had the start it wanted with a 16-10 lead in the opening period, shooting 50 percent in the opening period while limiting the hosts to a 23.5 percent clip. App sprinted to a 9-2 lead in the first 3:42 of the game with four different Mountaineers scoring, resulting in the six-point edge.
App continued to stay in front in the second quarter, as it went into the break with a 21-20 advantage going into the half. The Mountaineers went up by as much as five with 6:12 left in the period thanks to a pair of free throws from Carter, but USA sliced the deficit to one at the end of the half after a Candice Williams trifecta.
In the third quarter, App took a 27-20 lead in the first 4:20 with a 6-0 spurt. Jones found Bassett-Smith for a layup followed by back-to-back buckets from Story and Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason).
However, the Jaguars wouldn't go away keeping the lead to five points at the end of the period, 32-27. USA started the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 38-34 lead and didn't look back.
App had its opportunities with 64 shot attempts and 22 offensive rebounds, which only led to eight second-chance points. App also struggled from the free throw line going 12-for-24.
With the final three games at home, the Apps will look to ride into the Sun Belt Tournament on a high note and aim to be playing their best ball at the end of the season.
Colby Davis scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Jaguars in double-figures. Davis shot 7-for-12 from the floor while Chyna Ellis and Genesis Perrymond scored 12 and 10, respectively.
The Mountaineers will host Louisiana on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Center on ESPN3.
- With a team-high four helpers, Jones is now 10th all-time in assists with 275 and counting, passing Whitney Tossie (2004-07).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (10-1) split a doubleheader with West Virginia Tech (3-6) Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Golden Bears won the first game by a 9-5 score while the Bears took the second contest, 17-4, to salvage the split.
Game One – West Virginia Tech 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 5
The Golden Bears' Jacob Reimold (Greenville, Pa.) hit a two-run home run and finished with three runs batted in as West Virginia Tech handed Lenoir-Rhyne its first loss of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite run-scoring triples from sophomore outfielder Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) and junior outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
On the mound, the Golden Bears' Jerod Jobst (Dunbar, W.Va.) (1-0) was credited with the win in relief while junior outfielder Austin Hancock (Defiance, Ohio) (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Bears.
Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 17, West Virginia Tech 4 (seven innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne junior third baseman Fred Wadsworth (Columbia, S.C.) hit a pair of three-run home runs and finished with six runs batted in as the Bears were able to salvage the split with West Virginia Tech.
Trailing by a 3-2 score, the Bears put the contest away with an eight-run second inning including the game-winning two-run home run from sophomore catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after pitching into the fifth inning and striking out seven batters while West Virginia Tech's Jayson Sykora (Spencer, Ohio) fell to 0-2 on the season.
Appalachian State University softball split the day falling 1-0 to UMBC in the morning and silencing Howard 11-0 in the afternoon at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro on Saturday.
“Our pitchers threw really well again today,” said head coach Janice Savage. “We are starting to get some really consistent outings out of them, which is exciting. I think offensively we still have to get a little more consistent with our bats. We have a really hot game and have 12 to 18 hits, and then in the next game, we are kind of flat. So we just have to figure ourselves out offensively and stop rollercoaster riding and stay straight through.”
Appalachian improved to 3-4 on Saturday after going 1-1 in Greensboro. For the day, 11 Mountaineers made connections with the ball, and four ladies recorded multiple hits including Alisha Josey (Garner, N.C./ Garner) (2-for-6), Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C. /West Forsyth) (2-for-6), Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) (3-for-4) and Katie Mathewson (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) (2-for-4). Also , seven ladies pounded out RBI, and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) blasted out her second homer of the season.
Appalachian’s pitching staff turned in two great performances that included seven hits, one earned run and 19 total strikeouts. Ten of those strikeouts came from Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (career-high) in the first game.
Game One: UMBC 1, App State 0
The first four innings of the ballgame were dormant with each team smacking out one hit a piece. Then at the top of the fifth, UMBC smashed a triple down left center which set the runner up to score off of Longanecker’s wild pitch.
App was ready to tie up the score and eventually take the advantage in the bottom of the fifth when Parker reached first base due to a hit by pitch and White singled to the shortstop. Up next was Mathewson who pinched for Megan Walker (Raleigh, N.C./Middle Creek) and fired out a single to load all the bases. App was in position to tie up the game, but Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) couldn’t find the right pitch to bat a runner in and popped out at right field.
After Longanecker had tossed out three strikeouts in the top of the sixth and seventh, App was eager to build off of her momentum and challenge UMBC’s lead. After two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh, Taylor Rivenburgh (Rocky Point, N.C./Heide Trask) pinched in to hit, but couldn’t find the right swing and the Retrievers took the ballgame 1-0
Longanecker (2-2) had an outstanding 3.1 innings firing out a career-high ten strikeouts with one earned run and one walk. In the starting position was Vanessa Ciocatto ( La Habra, Calif./La Habra (Delaware State)) who pitched for 3.2 innings.
Game Two: App State 11, Howard 0 (5)
Appalachian hit the ground rolling, scoring one run in the first and tagging on two more in the second to take the early 3-0.
In the top of the third, App added four more to the board with Stewart smashing a double to right center for a RBI, Parker bombing one over the left center fence for 2 RBI and White jetting home on a passed ball.
After App’s defense had neutralized The Bison’s offense for a third-straight time, the Black and Gold racked up three more runs in the top of the fourth. A. Josey started App off with a single to right field, and Dodd accompanied that with a RBI double. H. Josey kept the momentum flowing swatting out a single RBI to stretch Apps’ lead to 5-0, and Ally Walters (Orange City, Fla./University) continued the scoring stream when she sprinted home on a passed ball to give App State the ten run lead.
After Russell had produced a great double play for outs two and three in the bottom of the fourth, the Black and Gold knew a victory was near. Then in the bottom of the fifth, Rivenburgh would answer the final call when she sent out a missile to right center for a RBI single to solidify the shutout 11-0.
Ciocatto (1-2) grabbed her second start of the day dishing out six strikeouts in 3.0 innings. In relief was Katie Williford (Kannapolis, N.C./Northwest Cabarrus) and Annaleise Kennedy (Kents Store, Va./Fluvanna) who both pitched an inning a piece and collectively hurled out six strikeouts.
The Black and Gold will finish up action at the Aggie Invitational tomorrow, Feb. 19, when they play Valparaiso at 11 a.m. and UMBC at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-6) fell to Wake Forest (9-2) on Saturday, 6-1, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem.
Sophomore Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) recorded her third straight singles win as she notched a 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4) victory over the Demon Deacons' Alexis Franco in the No. 6 singles match.
Wake Forest took all three doubles matches, as Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) fell to Emma Davis and Chandler Carter, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. At the No. 2, Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Gabrielle Wreder (Maimi, Fla. / Miami Killian) were defeated by Samantha Asch and Joanna Zalewski, 6-1.
Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) were also downed 6-1 by Courtney Meredith and Alexis Franco.
Swope played in the No. 1 slot for the first time this season but felt to Davis, 6-1, 6-2. At the No. 2, Morse was defeated by Zalewski, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 singles featured Machado, who fell to Asch, 6-0, 6-1, and Wreder fell to Luisa Fernandez in the No. 4 slot, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
Mullen was defeated in the No. 5 singles match by Meredith, 6-3, 6-3.
The Apps look to rebound against North Carolina on Tuesday in Chapel Hill. The first serve is set for 1:30 p.m.