The Queens Men's Basketball Team (24-3, 18-3) remained in a first-place tie in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 94-81 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-16, 9-12) Wednesday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Royals, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, shot 60 percent (33-of-55) for the game and were led by Mike Davis (Brunswick, Ga.) with 22 points in the victory. Queens remained at the top of the league standings with Lincoln Memorial.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite the play of senior guard Darrion Evans. The Freedom High and CVCC grad scored a game-high 31 points including 25 in the first half and hit nine three-pointers in the losing effort.
Senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 21 points but the Bears fell to 1-8 in their last nine contests.
Queens rallied from a 48-42 deficit at halftime by scoring 52 points after intermission. The Royals' Josh Van Weezep (Farmington, Utah) added 18 points and hit six treys in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mars Hill, N.C., to take on Mars Hill in a league game Saturday at 4pm.
Appalachian State University softball edged out the North Carolina A&T Aggies 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex in Greensboro, N.C.
“I thought Kenzie [Longanecker] came in and closed out really well, and threw well,” said head coach Janice Savage. “ I think offensively we need to continue to figure ourselves out, be able to hit with runners in scoring positions, make better adjustments at the plate earlier and learn off of other people’s at-bats and not just from our own.”
App State improved to 5-4 after five ladies pounded out hits and three knocked in RBI to withstand the Aggies and sweep the two-game series. In the circle, Kenzie Longanecker (Sanford, Fla./Winter Springs) (4-2) shut out A&T for 5.2 innings and fired out two strikeouts.
Game Rundown: App State 3, N.C. A&T 2 (8)
After two quiet innings, North Carolina A&T (6-6) capitalized off of back-to-back RBI singles to take the 2-0 lead at the bottom of the third. Following their two runs, N.C. A&T took the field and neutralized Apps' offense, but Appalachian responded by stopping the Aggie scoring threat stranding a runner on second at the bottom of the fourth.
Then the ballgame took a turn in the fifth inning when Sidney Russell (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) sparked life into App State’s offense crashing a double deep into left field. Right after that, Keri White (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail)and Natalie Orcutt (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr’s Mill) mirrored Russell’s double with back-to-back RBI doubles to even up the score at two apiece.
After holding each other scoreless in the sixth and seventh, the ballgame went into extra innings, and Haley Stewart (Belmont, N.C./South Point) smashed in a RBI single to bring home Gabby Buruato, a Draughn High School grad, to take the one-run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
With the game on the line, the Black and Gold knew that the next three outs would determine the ballgame. A&T attempted to open up the eighth with a bunt to advance the runner, but White threw the runner out at third on a fielder’s choice. Then after a walk, Longanecker closed out the inning throwing two consecutive batters out at first to snatch game two away from N.C. A&T.
The Black and Gold will travel east to Wilmington, N.C. for the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic Feb. 24-26.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell at home to Patrick Henry Community College 72-68.
The Red Hawks fought to get back into the game down two with only 25 seconds left in the game. Patrick Henry made their final foul shots making the Red Hawks comeback effort fall short.
Derick Brewer led the Red Hawks with 22 points. Emmanuel Wembi had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kenan Turpin had 13 points and Alex Ijames added 10 points despite the loss.
With the loss the Red Hawks are the number four seed out of 10 teams in the upcoming Region X tournament.
CVCC falls to 18-10 overall and 12-7 in the conference. Sunday, the Red Hawks host Fayetteville Technical Community College at 3pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's lacrosse team opened the 2017 season with a 9-8 loss in overtime at home to Belmont Abbey.
The Bears got on the board quickly in the first half when Christine Faircloth found Rachel Elmore who scored 1:31 into the game. The two each traded goals until Belmont Abbey took their first lead of the contest at 4-3, with 5:02 left in the first half. The Crusaders would tack on one additional goal with five seconds left in the half to extend their lead to 5-3.
L-R would open the scoring in the second half when freshamn Alyssa Sack scored her first career goal unassisted with a man advantage. Belmont Abbey would extend their lead to 7-4 with 19:58 left to go in regulation before the Bears tied the game with 14:51 left when Gabby Sousa scored with a man advantage. The two teams would trade goals again, with the Bears getting the final tally by Sosua with 5:19 left in the second half.
However, in the overtime period, Belmont Abbey scored 52 seconds in the sudden death frame.
Sousa led the Bears with three goals. Lenoir-Rhyne had 16 shots with 13 on goal.
The Bears are 0-1 to start the season. Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Mount Olive on Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team kept Queens under double digit scoring in each quarter in a defensive clinic, winning 59-31 Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference play at home.
The Bears held Queens to 29.5 percent shooting (13-of-44). In addition, the Royals only went to the free throw line seven times, connecting on three, for a 42.9 percentage. Conversely, the Bears went 8-of-15 at the line for 53.3 percent.
Lenoir-Rhyne and Queens were tied at nine at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Royals 17-8 in the second quarter to hold a 26-17 lead at the break. The Bears held Queens to eight points in the third quarter and six in the fourth quarter.
Morgan Cooper led the Bears in scoring with 13 points. Chelsey Romero led the Bears on the glass with 13 rebounds, 10 of which were on the defensive side.
The win improves the Bears to 16-11 overall, 12-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R ends the regular season Saturday on the road at Mars Hill.
The 22nd ranked Lenoir-Rhyne baseball team fell on the road Wednesday night to 11th ranked UNC-Pembroke 5-2.
UNC-Pembroke jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning, when the Braves knocked a three-run home run and they would add a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Lenoir-Rhyne was held scoreless until the top of the sixth inning with, one on, David Newcomer reached on a fielding error. allowing Zach Jacobs to advance to second and scoring both Alex Reynolds and Marcus Shoemaker.
The Bears were held to four hits in the contest. Shoemaker, Reynolds, Newcomer, and Josh Kent all recorded a hit for the Bears, with Shoemaker getting a double.
John Grigg (2-1) took the loss on the mound for the Bears. He went five innings, allowing all five Pembroke runs on four hits, striking out four, walking three but hitting three Braves batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 11-2 on the season. The Bears open South Atlantic Conference play on Friday when they travel to Anderson for a single game Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.
Appalachian State University head men’s soccer coach Jason O’Keefe announced the addition of Daniel Louisignau and Shaun Utterson as assistant coaches on Wednesday.
“First, I want to thank Jeff Bilyk, Ronnie Hreha and Cole Atkins for all of their hard work and efforts in my first year here at Appalachian State. They were great in the transition,” O’Keefe said. “I am extremely excited to have Dan and Shaun join the App State family. They both have accomplished the things we are working with our players to achieve here at App State each and every day. They will be great role models on and off the field and will help our players grow and develop. They both are conference and national champions and winners in life. They have hit the ground sprinting and will continue to every day. They have already made us better and will continue to for a long time.”
Louisignau comes to Appalachian State after four seasons as an assistant coach at UMBC, helping lead them to the America East regular season title in 2013 and 2014 and league tournament championships in three straight years. In 2014, the team made it to the College Cup for the first time in program history. The coaching staff at UMBC earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors, while their head coach, Pete Caringi, won NSCAA and Soccer America Coach of the Year Honors. Working primarily with goalkeepers and defenders, Louisignau also worked in recruiting and evaluating academically and athletically qualified student-athletes, as well as working with the alumni base.
He oversaw the development of goalkeeper Phil Saunders, who signed a professional contract with BÍ Bolungarvík of the Icelandic First Division in 2013 after being voted America East Conference Tournament MVP the year prior. Louisignau also coached Billy Heavner, who led the conference in goals-against average (.830) and shutouts (10) in 2014. Through five games in the 2014 NCAA tournament run, UMBC posted four shutouts as the Retrievers became the first unseeded team in NCAA history to post four clean sheets in as many games on the road.
Prior to coaching at UMBC, Louisignau also played as their goalkeeper from 2009-11 after transferring from the University of Virginia. During his time there, the Retrievers posted a winning percentage of .731 and an overall record of 41-11-15 for the winningest three-year period in UMBC men’s soccer history.
In 2011, Louisignau was named the America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors after leading the conference in saves, save percentage and shutouts. In 2010, he had an 84.5 save percentage that was good for 10th in the nation, as well as leading the America East Conference in save percentage and saves per game (5.57) during league games. In more than 200 minutes of action in the NCAA tournament, Louisignau only allowed one goal and had a six-save effort against then-No. 9 William & Mary for a 0-0 double overtime draw.
“I would like to thank Jason O’Keefe and the entire search committee for selecting me to represent the Appalachian State men’s soccer program,” Louisignau said. “Jason’s reputation speaks for itself and after one conversation with him, I was convinced that it is a special time to be at Appalachian State. I am extremely humbled by this unique opportunity, and I look forward to building a soccer program for all of the Appalachian State community to be proud of.”
A Wilmington, Del. native, Louisignau graduated from UMBC in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. While living in Delaware, he played club soccer for the Baltimore Bays, where he won the USYSA National Championship in 2006 and 2009 and won the US Soccer Developmental Academy in 2008. Louisignau was also invited to train with the U18 U.S. National Team in 2007.
Utterson comes to Appalachian from Wingate University, where he was an assistant coach from 2014-16. During his tenure, Utterson was responsible for the domestic and international recruitment, scouting and analysis of opponents and team training sessions. With the Bulldogs, the team won the Division II National Championship (2016), a South-East Regional Championship (2016), one SAC Tournament Conference Championship (2015) and three-straight SAC Regular-Season Conference Championships (2014-16). During the title run in 2016, Utterson helped the team lead the nation in winning percentage and goals-against-average while being a part of a coaching staff that won NSCAA Southeast Regional and National Staff of the Year awards.
The 2016 team was the first NCAA program to go unbeaten and untied in a regular season (14-0) and the first NCAA Division II Champion to not concede a goal in the tournament. The Bulldogs were also being unbeaten at home for three years (23-0-2), ending with the team’s first NCAA No. 1 national ranking in school history in 2016.
Utterson worked with seven all-Americans, 17 all-Region selections, 22 all-SAC selections, three SAC Players of the Year, two NCAA Final Four MVP’s and one National Player of the Year.
Prior to coaching, Utterson was a four-year starter for UNC Wilmington from 2008-11 before playing semi-professionally in the English Conference North with the Blyth Spartans and professionally for the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Pro division in 2013-14. As a Seahawk, Utterson recorded 76 starts, scored three goals and helped keep the defense finish in the top 10 nationally in goals-against-average in 2009-10.
Utterson made 50 appearances with the Spartans, scoring two goals as a defender. During his time with the Hammerheads, he made 20 starts in his rookie season
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Appalachian State soccer family, and I can’t wait to get started with the team,” Utterson said. “I’d like to thank coach O’Keefe and the selection committee for giving me this fantastic opportunity. I am delighted to be joining such a passionate and enthusiastic athletics department and look forward to learning from coach O’Keefe. I am committed to working as hard as possible to ensure that our student-athletes can be successful in the classroom, in the community and on the field.”
A Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England native, Utterson graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2011 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in economics and earned an M.A. in sports management from Wingate University in 2016. He also holds English Football Association Level 1 & 2 Coaching Awards and Youth Module 1 qualifications, as well as NSCAA Premier, Advanced National, Director of Coaching and Diversity & inclusion Diplomas.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team has jumped 13 spots in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, NCAA Division II National Softball Poll this week to 12th place. The Bears started the preseason poll ranked 25th.
The Bears have opened up their season 12-2, most recenlty winning all four games played at the Catawba Invitaitonal this past weekend. The Bears are currently on a six game winning streak.
In addition this week, the Bears swept the South Atlantic Conference Softball Player of the Week awards. Erin Boone was named the conference player of the week while Brandi Parks won the pitcher of the week accolade.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes at the Mid-South Classic this weekend. The Bears open up the event taking on St. Joseph's College (Ind.) at noon on Saturday followed by Mount Olive at 2pm. Sunday, the Bears will wrap up the tournament taking on Flagler at 10am and Augusta at 12 noon. The event will take place in Reidville, SC at the Tyger River Park.
East Burke: 75
Mount Pleasant: 23
Cavaliers advance to the second round hosting Trinity on Thursday.
East Davidson: 61
Red Devils season ends at 16-11.
West Davidson: 57
Blue Devils advance to the second round hosting Lincolnton on Thursday.
North Surry: 49
West Caldwell: 25
Warrior season ends at 12-12.
Smoky Mountain: 67
Trojans season ends at 8-16.
Cox Mill: 31
Patriots advance to the second round hosting Southwestern Randolph on Thursday.
Red Tornadoes travel to North Iredell in the second round on Thursday.
Southwestern Randolph: 57
St. Stephens: 54
Indians season ends at 14-12.
South Caldwell: 36
Spartans season ends at 16-10.
Rocky River: 69
Alexander Central: 64
Cougars season ends at 16-11.
North Surry: 95
Wildcats season ends at 14-12.
TW Andrews: 66
Blue Devils season ends at 15-11.
West Caldwell: 51
Warriors advance to the second round going to Owen on Thursday.
Fred T. Foard: 57
North Forsyth: 56
Tigers advance to the second round going to Hickory.
Patriots advance to the second round hosting Piedmont on Thursday.
Sun Valley: 47
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round hosting Fred T. Foard.
Hickory Ridge: 59
Panthers season ends at 12-14.
Marvin Ridge: 55
Panthers season ends at 16-10.
Ben L. Smith: 56
Alexander Central: 49
Cougars season ends at 19-9
High Point Central: 66
South Caldwell: 61
Spartans season ends at 14-12.
Grace Canella from Maiden High School was one of two recipients of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Each week two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.
Canella, a senior on the Blue Devils women’s basketball team, led the Lady Blue Devils to their first conference tournament championship since 2003 and their third all-time. She scored 20 points in a first round victory over Bandys, then 17 in a semifinal win over Newton-Conover. She saved her best performance for the finals as Canella dropped in a career-high 37 points to beat East Lincoln in overtime, 71-66. She scored 24 of her 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis (3-7) fell to No. 3 North Carolina (10-1) on Tuesday evening, 6-1, in Chapel Hill at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
App State had its hands full against the third-ranked team in the nation that featured four student-athletes ranked in the top 70.
Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) was the lone Mountaineer to pick up a point for the Black and Gold as she won her first set against Kane, 7-5, fell in her second set, 3-6, and then outlasted Kane in the tiebreaker 1-0. Bygrave’s impressive triumph on Tuesday gives the sophomore her fourth-straight win in singles competition.
At No. 2 doubles, Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C. / Lake Norman) and Gabrielle Wreder (Maimi, Fla. / Miami Killian) were defeated by Cassandra Vazquez and No. 40 Alexa Graham, 6-1, and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) fell to No. 70 Makenna Jones and Maggie Kane, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles went unfinished with Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) trailing No. 3 Hayley Carter and No. 19 Jessie Aney, 5-2.
Swope lined up in the No. 1 slot but fell to Carter, 6-3, 6-1, and Morse was defeated by Aney, 6-1, 6-0.
Machado faced Graham in No. 3 singles but fell, 6-0, 6-0. In the No. 4 matchup, Wreder dropped the match, 6-0, 6-2.
Mullen fell to Vazquez in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-3.
The Mountaineers look forward to returning home after a six-match road trip on Friday against Lipscomb. The first serve is set for 4:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished third by one point at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Tuesday totaling 98 points. Texas State won the team title with 166 points and beating out App State for the runner up position was Texas-Arlington (99 points)
Short sprinters Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) had a fantastic showing in Birmingham earning a combined 20 points in the 60 meters and the 200 meters. Girardeau tied her personal record and the second-fastest time in school history of 7.50 to place second in the 60-meter finals and King darted across the line in 7.57 for fifth. For the 200-meter dash, Girardeau won her finals heat but landed in fourth with a personal-best effort of 24.32, the third fastest time in indoor school history, and King turned in another personal best and all-time performance (6th all-time) of 24.65 to place sixth.
Senior Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) snatched her second medal of the 2017 indoor championships after a silver-medal finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:54.23. Finishing in fifth and eighth for the Mountaineers was Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) and Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) who both clocked personal best of 17:40.22 and 17:58.88.
Along with Girardeau and Van Ord who scored in multiple individual events, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga (East Carolina)) snagged points on the track and the runway adding nine to the team total. Drummonds flashed to the 60-meter hurdle end line in a personal best of 8.71, the third-best time in school history, to land in fourth and she vaulted 12-0.50 (3.67m) to tie for fourth.
In the middle distance races, 800-meter runners Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Molly Pusateri (Canton, Ohio/St. Thoma Aquinas (Ohio State)) finished fourth and sixth respectively running 2:13.31 and 2:14.2. In the mile, Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) ran a time of 4:59.24 to place fifth place and Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle (High Point University)) clocked a time of 5:01.47 for seventh.
Lastly, in the field events, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) bounded to a personal-best mark of 41-2.25 (12.55m) for the bronze medal. Her third-place jump ties Kaytlyn Gill on the all-times list as the seventh-best jump in indoor history.
2/21 SBC Indoor Track & Field Championship Results
60m (finals)- 2. Darlene Girardeau, 7.50 (t-pr); 5. LaBria King, 7.57
60H (finals)- 4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.71 (pr)
200m (prelim)- 4. Darlene Girardeau, 24.32 (pr); 6. LaBria King, 24.65 (pr)
800m (prelim)- 4. Phylissa Greeley, 2:13.31; 6. Molly Pusateri, 2:14.27
Mile- 5. Torre Moser, 4:59.24 ; 7. Katie Farina, 5:01.47; 14. Hana Ratcliffe, 5:10.68; 18. Elisa Sargent, 5:15.98
5,000m- 2. Tristin Van Ord, 16:54.23; 5. Emily Fedders, 17:40,22 (pr); 8. Natalie Kile, 17:58.88 (pr); 10. Kate Butler, 18:07.07 (pr); 13. Kerry Leonard, 18:30.50; 14. Erin Jameson, 18:32.12
4x400m- 11. Appalachian A (Imani Chapman, Catherine Crawford, Phylissa Greeley, Brook Brekke), 4:15.23
Triple Jump- 3. Chelsey Hargrave, 41-2.25 (12.55m) (pr); 15. K’Lynn Beal, 37-9.25 (11.51m)
Pole Vault- T4. Taylor Drummonds, 12-0.50 (3.67m); T9. Lainey Hunnicutt,b12-0.50 (3.67m); 11. Hannah Emery, 11-6.50 (3.52m); 15. Sofia San Miguel, 11-6.50 (3.52m)
Pentathlon - 15. Makaila Roberts, 2,936 points (8th all-time;pr); 60H-9.13 (pr); HJ- 5-2.50 (1.59m) (pr); SP- 32-5 (9.88m) (pr); LJ- 16-10.75 (5.15m) (t-pr); 800m- 2:58.92
2017 SBC Indoor Championships Women’s Team Rankings
1. Texas State - 166 points
2. Texas-Arlington - 99 points
3. Appalachian State - 98 points
4. South Alabama - 73.50 points
5. Arkansas State - 70 points
6. Georgia State - 48 points
7. Georgia Southern - 25 points
8. Coastal Carolina - 24.50 points
9. Troy - 22 points
10. Little Rock - 20 points
11. Louisiana - 14 points
12. Louisiana-Monroe - 3 points
Appalachian State University men’s track and field landed in sixth place with a team total of 70.50 points at the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday. Texas-Arlington was crowned indoor champions with 133.50 points and in second and third was Texas State (119 points) and Louisiana (103.50 points.)
Despite not qualifying for the 60-meter finals, William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) bounced back and earned a finals spot in the 200 meters and placed third with a personal-best time of 21.39. His bronze medal effort is now App State’s new indoor school record, breaking the previous record of 21.47 set by Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) at the JDL College Kick-off Classic this year.
In addition to Buckley’s 200-meter points, Appalachian also scored in five other running events in Birmingham. In the 60-meter hurdles, Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) cleared all barriers and finished in seventh with a time of 8.36. In the 800 meters, Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) hustled to the line and pushed out the third-best time in App State indoor history for a second-place finish (1:51.70/pr). Also, the 4x400-meter relay quartet of Josh Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College), Smith and Hastings landed in second running a season’s best of 3:15.91, which was one second shy of breaking the school record set in 2004 (3:14.89).
For the distance races, Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) and Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished right behind each other in fifth and sixth respectively running 4:15.34 (pr) and 4:15.65 in the mile. Rounding out the scorers on the track was Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day (UNC-Charlotte)) who clocked a personal best of 14:46.63 in the 5,000 meters for the bronze medal.
In the field events, shot putters Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) wrapped up their indoor campaign with a three-four punch scoring 11 points for the Mountaineers. The powerhouse pair threw one centimeter apart with Milch tossing out the implement 55-10.50 (17.03m) and Parham muscling out the metal ball 55-10.25 (17.02m). Tuesday marked the sixth time this season the throwing duo landed inside the top-five in the event.
2/21 SBC Indoor Track & Field Championship Results
60H (final)- 7. Brandon Smith, 8.36
200m (final)- 3. William Buckley, 21.39 (pr)
800m (final)- 2. Ryan Hastings, 1:51.70 (pr)
Mile- 5. Ian Foley, 4:15.34 (pr); 6. Evan Georges, 4:15.65; 13. Jacob Sears, 4:19.23
5,000m- 3. Chris Anderson, 14:46.63 (pr); 15. Andrew Vandenberg, 15:34.69
4x400m- 2. Appalachian A (Josh Hanna, Elliott Graves, Brandon Smith, Ryan Hastings), 3:15.91(sb)
High Jump- 10. Jordan Dale, 6-4 (1.93m); T11. Nick Hinton, 6-4 (1.93m)
Shot Put- 3. Nathan Milch, 55-10.50 (17.03m); 4. Ellsworth Parham 55-10.25 (17.02m)
2017 SBC Indoor Championships Men’s Team Rankings
1. Texas-Arlington - 133.50 points
2. Texas State - 119 points
3. Louisiana - 103.50
4. Arkansas State - 102.50 points
5. South Alabama - 79 points
6. Appalachian State - 70.50 points
7. Louisiana-Monroe - 29 points
8. Little Rock - 25 points
Student-athletes who qualify for nationals will compete at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Mar. 10-11. Mountaineers who do not finish inside the top-16 nationally in their respective events will prepare for the outdoor season opener at High Point, N.C. for the High Point Invitational March 17-18.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Golf Team finished fifth at the Converse Spring Invitational which concluded Tuesday at the Carolina Country Club.
Lenoir-Rhyne shot a 642 (+66) on the par-72, 5,881-yard course while Converse won the tournament with a 627 (+51).
Lenoir-Rhyne had a pair of players finish in the top five: sophomores Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.) and Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.). Mansel tied for third with a 152 (+8) while Hartsell carded a 154 (+10), good for a fifth-place tie after two rounds of play.
Converse's Marley Felthousen won the tournament with a five-over 149.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Pfeiffer Invitational on Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, in Hardeeville, S.C.
Converse Spring Invitational by Founders FCU
February 20-21, 2017 - Final Results
Carolina Country Club
Converse, host institution
Yards: 5,881 yards
1. Converse 627 (+51)
2. King 631 (+55)
3. Lincoln Memorial 636 (+60)
4. Coker 639 (+63)
5. Lenoir-Rhyne 642 (+66)
6. Anderson 645 (+69)
7. Tusculum 646 (+70)
8. Carson-Newman 647 (+71)
9. North Carolina A&T State 658 (+82)
10. Erskine 670 (+94)
11. Catawba 671 (+95)
12t. Belmont Abbey 676 (+100)
12t. Trevecca Nazarene 676 (+100)
14. Barton 683 (+107)
15. Pfeiffer 691 (+115)
16. Converse "B" 693 (+117)
17. Emmanuel 696 (+120)
18. Chowan 725 (+149)
19. Montreat 876 (+300)
3t. Chelsea Mansel 152 (+8)
5t. Abbey Hartsell 154 (+10)
43t. Ainee O'Connor 168 (+24)
47t. Laura Morrison 169 (+25)
52t. Natalie Kratts 171 (+27)
Appalachian State has promoted Scot Sloan to Co-Defensive Coordinator, Head Football Coach Scott Satterfield announced on Tuesday.
Sloan enters his eighth season at App State in the fall and is coming off a season in which the App State secondary helped spearhead a 10-3 season for the Mountaineers, including the program’s first Sun Belt Conference Championship, and a second consecutive Camellia Bowl win. He has also spent the last five seasons as the Mountaineers’ recruiting coordinator, putting together recruiting classes which have led to one of the most successful FCS to FBS transitions in history.
“It’s a deserving title for what Sloan has been able to do in the defensive room as a coach, as well as what he does for our program in recruiting,” Satterfield said. “A large part of our success has been the ability to keep our core group of coaches together. This is a staff that is comfortable with each other and works as team. Sloan has been a part of creating that continuity.”
Sloan coached an App secondary that was sixth nationally in interceptions and a key piece of one of the nation’s best defenses in 2016. App State was ninth nationally in total defense and allowed 81 total points in conference play, the fewest by any team in the FBS last season.
A 22-year college coaching veteran, Sloan has coached App’s secondary for seven seasons, and is coming off a year in which App was the national leader in interceptions for part of the 2016 season and finished with 20 interceptions. Freshman cornerback Clifton Duck was named FBS Freshman All-American and First Team All-Sun Belt with five interceptions this season. Fellow-corner Mondo Williams took a second spot on the Sun Belt’s First Team.
In his seven seasons at Appalachian State, Sloan has mentored Duck and two NCAA Division I FCS all-Americans (Mark LeGree in 2010 and Demetrius McCray in 2011) and nine all-conference honorees at both levels.
Under Sloan, App has been in the Top 12 nationally in back-to-back seasons with 18 interceptions in 2015. including seven from Latrell Gibbs, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Gibbs was named First Team All-Sun Belt, while senior safety Doug Middleton was All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention. Middleton went on to play significant snaps for the New York Jets in the NFL this season as a rookie.
On the recruiting trail, Sloan’s impact is evident in back-to-back 10-win season for App State in the program’s first two seasons of bowl eligibility. App’s 2014 recruiting class — its first as an NCAA Division I FBS program — was ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference by 247Sports while Sloan was tabbed as the Sun Belt’s top recruiter by Scout.com.
Sloan is married to the former Stephanie Crisco. They have two sons — Seth and Samuel.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Golf Team finished third overall out of 16 schools at the Newberry College Invitational which concluded Tuesday at The Ocean Course.
Lenoir-Rhyne carded an 898 (+34) after three rounds on the par-72, 6,626-yard course while Newberry won the tournament with an 873 (+9).
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Hunter McCombs (Morganton, N.C.) was the Bears' top golfer, finishing tied for eighth overall with a 221 (+5). After 54 holes, Newberry's Spencer Skiff came out the winner with an eight-under 208 including a 65 in the final round.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Richard Rendleman Invitational at the Country Club of Salisbury on Monday, February 27, and Tuesday, February 28, in Salisbury, N.C.
Newberry College Invitational
February 20-21, 2017 - Final Results
Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Ocean Course
Newberry, host institution
1. Newberry 873 (+9)
2. Clayton State 888 (+24)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 898 (+34)
4. USC Aiken 899 (+35)
5. Missouri-St. Louis 901 (+37)
6. Georgia Southwestern 911 (+47)
7. North Greenville 912 (+48)
8. Mars Hill 917 (+53)
9. Montevallo 918 (+54)
10t. Emmanuel (Ga.) 919 (+55)
10t. Harding 919 (+55)
12. Southern Wesleyan 920 (+56)
13. Mount Olive 932 (+68)
14. Erskine 937 (+73)
15. Hillsdale 941 (+77)
16. Southern New Hampshire 967 (+103)
8t. Hunter McCombs 221 (+5)
12t. Jackson Bailey 224 (+8)
23t. Brad Robinson 228 (+12)
23t. Blake Childers 228 (+12)
54t. Ulisses Toledo, Jr. 236 (+20)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Erin Boone and Brandi Parks were named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Softball Player and Pitcher Of The Week, respectively, league officials announced earlier today.
Both players led No. 25 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2) to six victories in six contests last week.
Boone, a sophomore outfielder from Creedmoor, N.C., batted .632 (12-of-19) with 10 runs scored, 12 hits, five runs batted in and a .947 slugging percentage for the week.
Boone, a 2016 All-SAC and All-Southeast Region First-Team honoree, currently ranks second on the team in batting average (.563) while topping the squad in runs scored (21), hits (27) and total bases (39). Boone was also last season’s conference freshman of the year.
For the week, Parks went 3-0 with three complete games while allowing just one unearned run with 22 strikeouts. On the year, Parks, a sophomore from Roaring River, N.C., is 6-0 with a 0.81 earned run average, three shutouts and 48 strikeouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which won all four games in the Catawba Invitational this past weekend, returns to the field on Saturday, February 25, against St. Joseph’s (Indiana) (Noon) and Mount Olive (2:00 p.m.) at the Mid-South Classic in Duncan, S.C.
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.