East Lincoln: 7
Red Devils season ends at 19-4-1
West Iredell: 1
Panthers advance to the fourth round host Forest Hills.
Cuthbertson: 0, OT
Red Tornadoes advance to the fourth round going to Charlotte Catholic.
Mason Hawks buried a game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime where the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team outlasted Southern Wesleyan 93-87. With the Bears trailing 77-74, Hawks took a dribble handoff and buried an NBA range triple and then LR outscored the hosts 16-10 in the overtime period to stay undefeated.
The game was tied at 39 at the break but Southern Wesleyan charged ahead with a 10-0 run to start the second half. The Bears trailed for the entire second half and were down as many as 12 at the 11:15 mark.
Darius Simmons came off the bench to drop 18 points and went 14-for-16 from the free throw line. Simmons added five rebounds and his previous career-high in made free throws was seven against Mars Hill on Dec. 13, 2017.
R.J. Gunn overcame a slow start to score 18 points and came one rebound shy of a double-double.
Freshman Zim Fields took over in overtime, scoring seven straight points.
Davion Bradford finished with 11 points and was 5-for-5 from the field including a highlight reel dunk in the second half.
LR outscored SWU 28-13 from the charity stripe and converted 80 percent from the free throw line.
The Bears shot 49 percent from the field but were held well below their season average of made 3-pointers. LR hit just seven threes and came into the night averaging 12.5 made triples per game.
This is only the second all-time meeting between the two programs. LR beat SWU 83-52 inside Shuford Gym on 11/13/2018. The Bears have won five straight games against Conference Carolinas foes.
LR had six steals and two blocks in the first five minutes of the game.
12 of Anthony Rice's 16 points came in the first half.
This is the second straight 3-0 start for the Bears.
LR opens up the home portion of its 2019-20 schedule when Lander visits Hickory Saturday at 7pm.
Appalachian State softball head Coach Shelly Hoerner announced the signing of eight future Mountaineer student-athletes on Wednesday.
"We are excited to welcome this large class to the mountain. As we lose a senior class that has made an impact on our program, it was important to find players that can continue to build what those players have," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "The senior class has helped change the image and culture of this program and I am proud of them for laying the foundation for future mountaineers like this incoming class."
"The class of 2020 has a bright future ahead of them. They have a high IQ of the game and have played against top competition in their travel ball organizations. The group overall is very competitive, versatile and has a blue-collar mentality. I look forward to them being a success on and off the field and in the App and Boone community."
Elkview, W.V. / Herbert Hoover High School
A standout pitcher at Herbert Hoover, Buckner joins the Mountaineers after posting a 52-3 record as a pitcher through her junior year. Buckner was a First Team All-Conference selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She was named Second Team All-State as a freshman and First Team All-State as a sophomore and junior, as well as the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore. Buckner has compiled 664 strikeouts over her three years, and ended with a .331 ERA as a junior. At the plate, Buckner posted two homeruns and a .495 batting average her junior year.
Sharpsburg, Ga. | Trinity Christian School
A five-year varsity softball player, Carson has been named team MVP four times at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, Ga. She led the team in homeruns junior and senior year and led the team in stolen bases every year. Carson is also a four-time earned All-Region selection, posting a .449 batting average and .512 on base percentage. Carson has been a member of three travel ball teams, including the Georgia Intensity, East Cobb Bullets and most recently, the Georgie Impact.
Raleigh, N.C. | Middle Creek High School
Cornett joins the Mountaineers from Raleigh, where she has earned All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors at Middle Creek High School. 2017 was a standout year for Cornett, when she earned those accolades, along with Offensive Player of the Year. Off the field, the outfielder was named Academic All-Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is also a Modern Woodmen Scholar Athlete.
Greenfield, Wisc. / Whitehall High School
A three-year varsity player at Whitehall, Cunningham was named First Team All-Conference and All-Region as a junior. She was also an Honorable Mention All-State selection. She posted a .500 batting average with 39 RBI and six home runs at the end of her junior year. Cunningham was Second Team All-Conference as a freshman and sophomore and helped her team to a state championship as a sophomore. Cunningham plays travel ball for BATS Academy, where she was named the Most Improved Player in 2018.
Rock Hill, S.C. / South Pointe High School
Houston will join the Mountaineers as an outfield for the 2021 season. During her career at South Pointe High School, she has been awarded Team MVP, Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP. She was an All-State selection as a sophomore and junior, and an All-Region selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. She has posted above a .500 batting average every season, including a .622 as a freshman, .596 as a junior, and .512 as a junior. She was also perfect in stolen base attempts as a junior, completing all 24 of her attempts.
Anniston, Ala. / White Plains High School
An All-State selection at White Plains High School, Jones will join the Mountaineers after a standout high school career. Along with her All-State honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior, Jones was named All-District in 2016 and was the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year. As a junior, Jones was named MVP after posting the highest batting average with a .500, most stolen bases (47) and most runs scored (52). She was also the Area Tournament MVP and named to the All-Star North Team in 2019.
Cumming, Ga. / Lambert High School
Sewell brings many academic and athletic honors to the Appalachian roster. The infielder was named Second Team All-County as a junior after posting a .377 batting average, a .442 on base percentage, and a .954 fielding percentage. She also earned the team's Longhorn Award for her hustle and leadership. Academically, Sewell earned All-Academic honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior.
The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) officially announced the 2019 SAC Women's Soccer All-conference honorees with seven Bears earning recognition. Aqsa Mushtaq earned the SAC Offensive Player of the Year with Gary Higgins receiving his second Coach of the Year award.
Senior forward Hannah Van Eerden, sophomore midfielder Neve Duston, and senior defender Christina Shimshock also earned first-team recognition, which gives LR a conference-leading four players on the league's first-team. Senior midfielder Abigael McGarel and junior defender Aleisha Cruwys claimed second-team recognitions. Redshirt-freshman Charlotte Warner wrapped up honors as honorable mention team member.
Mushtaq, a native of Bradford, England earns her second straight SAC first-team honor and her first SAC Offensive Player of the Year award. She finished second in the league currently in goals 13, points 30, and shots with 83. Mushtaq was first the SAC with shot on goal percentage with a .590.
Van Eerden, a native of Stokesdale, N.C.,earns her first SAC All-Conference team nod. Van Eerden is currently third in the SAC in goals with 12 and fifth in assists at five. She is also top 10 in LR history in goals with 28 for her career.
Duston, a native of Palm City, Fla., earns her first SAC All-Conference nod. Duston is currently eighth in the SAC in goals with eight second-most by any freshmen in the conference.
Shimshock, from Asheville, N.C., earned her third SAC All-conference nod and her second first-team honors. She is currently fifth in the SAC in assists with five. Shimshock has led a defense that has given up a league-low 10 goals on the season.
McGarel, a native of Morristown, Tenn., secures her fourth straight SAC All-Conference honors. She is currently fourth on the Bears in goals with seven, while posting a .400 career shot on goal percentage and has started and played in every game since her freshman year.
Cruwys, a native of Bournemouth, England, claims her first SAC All-Conference honors. Cruwys helped lead LR to a SAC leading goals-against average of .59.
Warner, a native of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, earns her first SAC All-conference honors. She leads the SAC conference in shutouts at 10 and goals-against average at .59.
Coach Higgins secures his second SAC Coach of the Year award of his coaching career. Higgins secured the 50th win of his career against Limestone earlier this year and the 15 wins this season marks the most in a season under Higgins.
Lenoir-Rhyne claimed its seventh regular season SAC championship with a 3-1 win over Coker. The Bears will compete against Lincoln Memorial in the semifinals of the SAC tournament this weekend Friday Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.
2019 South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer All-Conference
F – Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Jessica Cravero, Lincoln Memorial
F – Nia Gaither, Queens
F – Hannah Van Eerden, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – McKenna DeLong, Wingate
MF – Maria Hernandez, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Neve Duston, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Katie Beck, Catawba
D – Ermelinda Pantaleao, Lincoln Memorial
D – Kristen DeBiase, Wingate
GK – Abbey Frail, Wingate
F – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F – Emilee Futrell, Carson-Newman
F – Shelby Vasich, Catawba
F – Sanne Martinsen, Mars Hill
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Lulu Phan, Queens
MF – Kristina Markfort, Carson-Newman
MF – Jess Lafrancis, Wingate
D – Aleisha Cruwys, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Chandler Hendrix, Wingate
D – Beatrice Gards, Carson-Newman
D – Jente Kuper, Carson-Newman
GK – Shelby Thompson, Catawba
F – Erin Cepeda, Anderson
MF – Karen Juarez, Queens
MF – Jacqueline Aldrete, Newberry
MF – Addie Henry, Carson-Newman
MF – Emma rose Stockton, Queens
D – Kenzie Ellenburg, Tusculum
D – Thenia Zervas, Lincoln Memorial
D – Emma Harms, Newberry
GK – Charlotte Warner, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Player of the Year
Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Player of the Year
Katie Beck, Catawba
Freshman of the Year
Nia Gaither, Queens
Coach of the Year
Gary Higgins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Fair Play Award
The South Atlantic Conference has announced its All-Conference teams and two LR players were named to the list. Victor Cascon was named Second Team All-Conference and Goncalo Garcia earned Honorable Mention.
Junior Victor Cascon has been on the All-SAC Team all three years here at Lenoir-Rhyne. In 2017 and 2018, Cascon was selected to the First team All-SAC team. This year, Cascon started and played in all 17 games for the Bears. The Salamanca, Spain native lead the team in goals with seven, including the game-winning goal in the Bears upset of #2 Young Harris on September 25. In his first three years, Cascon now has scored 21 goals for the Bears. Cascon will enter his senior year four goals shy of 5th place all-time in Bears history.
Garcia's honorable mention comes after a senior season that saw him scored 14 points for the Bears. Garcia finished the 2019 season with 4 goals and 6 assists. Garcia netted the game-winning goal with his second goal of the game against the SAC champion, Carson-Newman on October 2. The Lisbon, Portugal native lead the team in assists with six and at one point in the season, Garcia assisted on five straight Bear goals.
The duo helped the Bears beat two top ten national ranked schools during the season. Bears beat then #9 and the 2018 National Champions Barry 1-0 in OT here at home then followed that up when Cascon scored to help the Bears knock off #2 Young Harris on the road 1-0.
2019 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference
F – Paul Ngongo, Wingate
F – Henrique Devens, Tusculum
F – Ibrahim Nadir, Newberry
F – Jacques Fokam-Sandeu, Coker
MF – Christian Provenzano, Coker
MF – Elliot Cutts, Wingate
MF – David Alvarez, Queens
MF – Mikkel Fahlen Bruun, Wingat
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
D – Kensho Yoshikoshi, Carson-Newman
D – Owen Marshall, Wingate
D – Alan Brandao, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Bram Kaarsgaren, Carson-Newman
F – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Thaylan Silva, Carson-Newman
F – Harry Ward, Anderson
F – Caio Brandao, Queens
MF – Keegan Burton, Queens
MF – Danilo Seglio, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Will Sainsbury-Logan, Carson-Newman
MF – Nic Carsh, Carson-Newman
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Ryan Tyrer, Anderson
D – Sam Ottley, Newberry
D – Robi Obrstar, Coker
GK – Jens Bergendorff, Wingate
F – Goncalo Garcia, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
F – Sofian Maghouz, Carson-Newman
F – Alexander Cox-Ashwood, Anderson
MF – Boris Basara, Queens
MF – Fabian Proesch, Tusculum
MF – Hunter Stroble, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Ben Bielby, Catawba
D – Monoel Dos passos, Queens
D – Clement Dagorn, Tusculum
D – Jeppe Christensen, Mars Hill
D – Dani Gongora, Tusculum
GK – Sebastian Kalk, Queens
Offensive Player of the Year
Paul Ngongo, Wingate
Defensive Player of the Year
Kensho Yoshikoshi, Carson-Newman
Freshman of the Year
Paul Ngongo, Wingate
Coach of the Year
Stephen Lyons, Carson-Newman
Fair Play Award
Justin Forrest had a game-high 22 points and Adrian Delph added a career-high 19 as Appalachian State men's basketball topped East Carolina 68-62 on Tuesday evening in the Holmes Center.
Forrest scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half. He added three rebounds and went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) from the free throw line. Forrest has now scored 20 or more points in all three contests this season.
Delph tallied 14 of his 19 points in the first half. He also had a career-high nine rebounds and dished out two assists in the win. He bettered his previous career-high of 18 points, set twice last season.
The App State (2-1) defense also limited the Pirates (1-2) to just 35.6 percent (21-of-59) shooting from the field and 22.7 percent (5-of-22) shooting from deep. The Mountaineers have now held their last two two opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field and under 25 percent on three-pointers.
The Black and Gold scored the first nine points of the game to jump out to an early 9-0 lead. ECU trimmed the App State lead to two points at 21-19, before getting a basket by Hunter Seacat and a three from Delph to take a 26-19 lead with 6:04 remaining in the opening frame. The Pirates cut the Mountaineers lead to a point, but a late three-pointer from Michael Bibby gave the Black and Gold a 31-27 halftime lead.
In the second half, ECU took a 40-37 lead at the 15:08 mark. App State scored the next four points to jump back in front and pushed its lead to five points at 57-52 on a three-pointer from Forrest. ECU countered with the next four points, but the Mountaineers got a basket from Isaac Johnson and a pair of free throws from James Lewis Jr. to open a 61-56 lead with 1:05 remaining.
Leading 65-59 with under a minute left, App State got key blocks from Lewis Jr. and Johnson to regain possession. Delph was fouled and drained a free throw to give the Mountaineers a 66-59 lead and put the game away.
Seacat finished with seven points on 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) shooting off the bench. Johnson had a solid all around game with six points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying five steals. Bibby drained a pair of threes and finished with six points off the bench.
The Black and Gold held a 14-6 edge in points off turnovers and also outscored the Pirates 18-6 on the fast break.
The Mountaineers will now shift their focus to the Spartan Invitational, hosted by UNC Greensboro, where they play three games in four days. App State will battle Montana State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., with both games in Fleming Gymnasium. The Black and Gold then close out the invitational against UNC Greensboro in the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday at 7 p.m.
App State Football received another accolade in its season of firsts as the College Football Playoff committee placed the Mountaineers at No. 25 in this week’s rankings.
App State (8-1) once again achieves something no Sun Belt Conference school had before, becoming the first league school to crack the CFP rankings. The Mountaineers are at No. 24 in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll and are one spot shy of an Associated Press Top 25 ranking this week. Two weeks ago, their No. 20 ranking in the AP poll was the highest ever by a Sun Belt school.
At the end of the season, the CFP poll’s highest-ranked conference champion from Group of Five leagues will earn a berth to the New Year’s Six Cotton Bowl. App State joined fellow Group of Five schools No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Memphis, No. 21 Boise State and No. 23 Navy in this week’s rankings.
The Mountaineers, led by first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, won 20-15 at South Carolina last week to become the first Sun Belt school to capture two victories over Power Five opponents in the same season. They also won 34-31 at North Carolina on Sept. 21.
App State travels to fellow Sun Belt East member Georgia State this Saturday for a showdown of bowl-eligible teams, slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU. Since moving up to the FBS level in 2014, App State is 23-11 on the road, putting the program in a tie for fourth place nationally with Ohio State for the most road wins in that span. Clemson has 25, followed by Oklahoma and Boise State with 24 apiece. App State is 18-4 in Sun Belt road games.
App State, winner of three straight league titles and four straight bowl games, has a football program known for firsts. Listed chronologically, it is the:
· First FCS team to defeat a nationally ranked FBS team (34-32 vs. No. 5 Michigan in 2007)
· First FCS team to receive votes in the AP Top 25 poll (2007)
· First team to win three straight NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) national titles (2005-07)
· First team to win a bowl game in each of its first two years of FBS bowl eligibility (2015-16)
· First team to win a bowl game in each of its first three years of FBS bowl eligibility (2015-17)
· First team to win a bowl game in each of its first four years of FBS bowl eligibility (2015-18)
· First team to host and win a Sun Belt Championship Game (2018)
· First Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 25 on multiple occasions (2018, 2019)
· First Sun Belt team to win as a Top 25 team (2019)
· First Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 25 in consecutive weeks (2019)
· First Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 20 in the AP poll (2019)
· First Sun Belt team to start a season 7-0 (2019)
· First Sun Belt team to defeat two Power Five teams in one season (2019)
· First Sun Belt team to receive a College Football Playoff in-season ranking (2019)
The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week 10 of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne quarterback Grayson Willingham was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week.
Willingham, a junior from Matthews, N.C., led the No. 7 Bears to a 45-31 win over UNC Pembroke last week. He connected on 12 of 16 passes (75 percent) for 303 yards and three touchdowns, including a 99-yard touchdown pass. Willingham became just the 44th player in NCAA Division II history to throw a 99-yard touchdown pass. He averaged 18.9 yards per attempt and had a passing efficiency of 296. This is Willingham's first offensive player of week honor of the season and his career.
Willingham and the Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Catawba for a noon kickoff.
For the second time in a week-and-a-half, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team fell to Carson-Newman. The loss means LR dropped both games in Tennessee this weekend and 1-5 in their last six games.
Taylor Prall was once again the offensive leader for LR as the junior tallied 17 kills and came one dig shy of a double-double. Prall's 360 kills continue to pace the South Atlantic Conference. Ashley Hawkins had 28 digs and Rachel Bewick added 13.
Alexis Ivey had four blocks and Jackie Denny added three. Helen Hamilton finished with three aces to go with 27 assists.
Carson-Newman was led by 14 kills from Marnie Streeter and six blocks by Katie Parnell as the Eagles have won 14 of their last 15 matches.
This was the last road game of the regular season for the Bears who finish 5-6 on the road.
The Bears are 15-13, 10-10 SAC. They will look to bounce back on Friday night when they host Coker at 7 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Communtiy College Men's Basketball Team fell to Pitt Community College 81-75 on the road Saturday. Four players scored in double figures for the Red Hawks, but they were outscored 30-14 from the bench.
Zach De La Cruz was a rebound shy of a double-double and led the Red Hawks in scoring. he had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Sal-Bey Young scored 15 points, Jahleer Black added 12 adn Jonathan McFall had 11 for the Red Hawks.
CVCC shot 28.6% from the field and only connected on six of their 24 three-point attempts.
The Red Hawks drop to 1-2 on the early season and 0-1 in conference play. They are off until Saturday, November 23 when they host Pitt CC.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team moved to 2-0 and scored the most points in a game since Everick Sullivan took over as Head Coach in a 110-99 win at Young Harris. Three players came off the bench to score in double figures led by a 29-point outburst from Darius Simmons.
Simmons erupted for 29 points on 8-of-18 shooting and 10-for-11 from the charity stripe. The junior added six assists and six rebounds. R.J. Gunn added 22 points, his second straight 20-plus point performance.
Tyson McClain and Zim Fields also came off the bench to combine for 32 points on 11-for-16 shooting.
As a team, Lenoir-Rhyne shot 55.8 percent in the second half and hit seven threes in the final 20 minutes of play. Lenoir-Rhyne made the most of their free throw opportunities, knocking down 20 of 23 attempts.
The duo of Alphonso Willis and Brian Harper combined for 53 points with Willis grabbing 14 boards and Harper dishing out nine assists for Young Harris.
This is the most points scored in a game since scoring 122 in a loss to Newberry in 2015. However, LR has now put up 100 in consecutive games against Young Harris. The Bears topped the Mountain Lions 101-72 to open the 2018-19 season.
Young Harris outscored LR 60-40 in the paint and led by as many as 10 points at the 9:20 mark of the first half.
Over the final 9 minutes of the first half, the Bears outscored YHC 32-17.
This is the second straight 2-0 start for the Bears.
LR is 2-0 to start the season. They return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Southern Wesleyan for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Emma Longley recorded her second straight double-double as Appalachian State volleyball posted its second win in as many days by a 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 26-24, 25-11) score on Saturday evening.
The win clinches a spot in the Sun Belt Tournament for the Mountaineers (11-16, 7-7 SBC).
Longley finished with 16 kills and 10 digs, after tallying 13 kills and 16 digs in a four-set win over Georgia Southern on Friday. She now has a team-high 11 double-doubles this season.
Kara Spicer also reached double figures in kills, recording 11 on a .476 hitting percentage. She also had five digs and four blocks (two solo, two assists).
Sam Bickley dished out 39 assists, while adding five kills. Lexi Kohut and Amya Giger each chipped in with five kills.
Emma Reilly finished with 18 digs and Sydney Farthing chipped in with six.
Georgia State (8-17, 4-10 SBC) opened an early 8-4 lead in the opening frame, only to see the Mountaineers counter with the next 16 points to take a 20-8 lead. The Black and Gold never looked back, taking the opening set 25-17.
The Panthers opened an 10-3 lead in the second set. App State pulled within three points at 15-12, but Georgia State built its lead back to as large as seven points and knotted the contest at a set apiece with a 25-18 victory.
App State snapped a 6-6 tie with three straight points in the early going of the third set. After Georgia State tied the score at 11-11, the Mountaineers scored three straight points again to take a 14-11 advantage. The Panthers battled back and held a set point at 24-23, but a Georgia State attack error tied the set at 24-24. The Mountaineers used a block solo from Spicer to take a 25-24 lead and got a kill from Longley to clinch the set 26-24 and take a 2-1 lead.
The Mountaineers scored the first five points of the fourth set to take an early 5-0 lead. App State continued to expand its lead and used a 4-1 spurt later in the set to open a 12-point lead at 21-9. The Black and Gold used kills from Anna Kincaid and Longley and a service ace from Bickley to win the final three points and clinch the set and match by a 25-11 count. In all, the Black and Gold hit .650 in the fourth set, tallying 14 kills against just one error.
The Mountaineers hit .217 with 51 kills, while the Panthers hit .137 and had 45 kills.
The Mountaineers will return to the High Country for their final two matches of the regular season. On Friday, the Black and Gold will battle South Alabama at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. contest with Troy on Nov. 17 on Senior Day.
The Catawba valley Community College Red Hawks women's basketball opened the season with a run away win over Converse College JV with a 77-39 win.
Using a big second quarter where they outscored Converse 25-5 the Red Hawks took a 41-15 lead into the half and never looked back.
The women were led by their freshman group in the first game of the season with Ariana Montgomery and Jordan Jenkins scoring 18 points while MaKayla Weaver added 12 points of her own. Montgomery turned it on in the second half scoring 14 of her 18 points in the second half.
The women's team will return back home on Thursday, November 14th when they play Montreat College JV before heading into conference play on Saturday, November 16th when they welcome Fayetteville Tech to the Tarlton Complex.
The No. 8 Women's Soccer downs Newberry 3-0 on Saturday evening to advance to the SAC tournament semifinals.
Aqsa Mushtaq opened up scoring in the 4th minute scoring directly off a corner 1-0. Hannah Van Eerden then scored in the 54th minute off an assist from Judith Verdaguer-Sanchez putting the Bears up 2-0. Van Eerden capped things off scoring her second goal of the match off an assist from Mushtaq in the 69th minute.
Jayleen Gant of Newberry finished with 13 saves for the Wolves.
LR outshot Newberry 38 (16 SOG) - 6 (3 SOG).
LR led Newberry in corner kicks 8-0.
LR is now 11-0 at home and with 15 wins on the season this marks the most under Gary Higgins stint as head coach.
The Bears are 15-2, 8-2 SAC. They will face Lincoln Memorial in the SAC Semifinals on Friday in Matthews.
High school boys soccer second round playoff results, Saturday
Newton-Conover: 2 (4)
Fred T. Foard: 2 (1)
The Red Devils advance in a penalty kick shoot out. Newton-Conover advances to the third round going to East Lincoln. The Tigers season ends at 16-5-5.
West Caldwell: 1
Panthers advance to the third round hosting West Iredell. Warriors season ends at 14-6-2.
South Iredell: 0
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round hosting Cuthbertson.
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 11-8.
Forty-four years after he helped App State improbably beat South Carolina for the first time, Tommy Sofield stood in Williams-Brice Stadium and called out for the Mountaineers to force a Gamecock turnover.
Moments later, true freshman Nicholas Ross returned a second-quarter interception for a tiebreaking touchdown.
Make that two dramatic wins against the SEC program. And a locker room celebration that included Sofield holding a commemorative game ball.
Becoming just the seventh Group of Five team since the Sun Belt was formed in 2001 to post two Power Five road wins in the same season, App State escaped Columbia with a 20-15 victory in front of 80,849 fans and an ESPN2 audience Saturday night.
"I'm just proud of the focus and effort our guys played with," first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said "I'm proud of the way they battled all game. They never flinched."
After cutting into a 20-9 deficit on a touchdown with 2:58 left, South Carolina regained possession and faced a fourth-and-15 from the App State 35 with 19 seconds left. Ryan Hilinski completed a pass for 26 yards to the 9 before spiking the ball with nine seconds remaining.
Nick Hampton forced a holding penalty on a pass rush as George Blackstock batted down the throw, leading to a snap from the 19 with six seconds left. The Gamecocks committed holding on a pass that didn't connect at the back of the end zone, leading to a frenzied celebration from the Mountaineers.
"You have a big crowd that's counting on us, different people that are counting on us, coaches that are counting on us, and we're counting on ourselves, too," senior linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither said. "We knew we were going to have to fight for 60 minutes, and that's what we did."
App State's 34-31 win at North Carolina earlier this year was the Mountaineers' first victory against a Power Five team since the historic 2007 upset of Michigan, and now they have back-to-back wins against P5 teams. Most importantly, they will head to Georgia State next weekend at 8-1 overall and a league-leading 4-1 in the Sun Belt, with one fewer conference loss than the Panthers and fellow East Division foe Georgia Southern.
Jordan Fehr (team-high 12 tackles), Nick Hampton and Davis-Gaither had important sacks to lead a defense that forced five punts, one interception and one turnover on downs in a nine-possession stretch leading up to South Carolina's closing push. Josh Thomas added 10 tackles, and fellow safety Desmond Franklin accounted for three of App State's 11 pass breakups.
Offensively, Darrynton Evans' 85 rushing yards were part of his 158 all-purpose yards.
The teams traded two field goals apiece in the first 23 minutes, with Chandler Staton converting game-tying kicks from 40 and a season-long 47 yards, before Ross' 20-yard interception return of a tipped pass gave App State its first lead of the night with 1:51 remaining in the half.
The Mountaineers' defense held tight after a turnover early in the third quarter, forcing South Carolina to kick a 50-yard field goal, and Jalen Virgil's 57-yard kickoff return to the Gamecocks' 39 put App State in position to add to a 13-9 lead. Corey Sutton's 23-yard gain to the 3 set up Zac Thomas' 1-yard keeper for a touchdown midway through the third quarter.
One offensive touchdown proved to be enough for App State thanks to the third defensive touchdown of the season from the Mountaineers. Demetrius Taylor scored one in the road win at UNC, and Ross came up his interception in the middle of the field before heading toward the left sideline and following blocks from D'Marco Jackson and Fehr to reach the end zone.
"That was an amazing feeling just knowing it's a next-man-up mentality on the team," Davis-Gaither said. "Whoever is in the game, we expect them to play at the highest level. Him coming up and making that play, that was awesome."
With the Gamecocks looking to rally early in the fourth quarter, Fehr sacked Hilinski for a 10-yard loss, and South Carolina advanced to the App State 35 before Davis-Gaither produced a sack for a 10-yard loss on fourth down.
A fourth-down false start prevented South Carolina from attempting a 51-yard field goal while trailing by 11 in the closing minutes, but the Gamecocks completed a fourth-and-15 pass for 16 yards and then scored on Bryan Edwards' 23-yard reception with 2:58 remaining.
Franklin picked off the pass on the two-point try, and App State began its next drive at its own 4-yard line. South Carolina took over at its 45-yard line after a punt with 1:50 left, and Hampton's forced fumble on a sack contributed to the Gamecocks facing a fourth-and-18 from midfield.
A 20-yard completion prolonged the drive, and another fourth-down conversion put South Carolina inside the 10, but App State held to cap another memorable road win.
"It makes you know all that hard work in the offseason is paying off, so I'm super excited for these guys," Thomas said. "These seniors deserve it. They've been through some ups and downs in different seasons, and we got them two this year."
Added senior tight end Collin Reed, "Everything you do is so much more important because you know it's the last ride. It meant a lot to me what this team did, going out there and getting that W. You just try to soak everything up and embrace every single person that I see and let them know how much I love them. This team is something special. It's something we've been doing for a long time, and we just have to keep moving forward."
The Caldwell Community College men's basketball team downed Louisburg College 104-84 on Saturday.
Five players scored in double figures for the Cobras, led by Lloyd Hemming who had 24. He was also one of two Cobra players to have a double-double as he also led them in rebounds with 13.
Jalen Barr had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hibriten grad Anderson Keller had 10 rebounds as well.
Tyrell Mendenhall had 17 points, Kameron Cooke added 15 and Demitri Dixon came off the bench to score 11. As a team, the Cobras had 76 shots from the field, connecting on 39 of them for a 51.3% shooting percentage.
The Cobras are 5-0. They host the Combine Academy on Friday.
For the first time this season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team trailed in a game played at Moretz Stadium but LR would score the final 21 points of the game to come away with a 45-31 victory over upset-minded UNC Pembroke on Saturday afternoon. The win preserves LR's home win streak at 13 and extends the Bears regular-season winning streak to 20 in a row.
This marked the first time LR faced a deficit at home since Drew Cronic took over the reins prior to the 2018 season. Pembroke held leads of 10-7, 17-14 and 31-24 before LR pulled away late.
A record-breaking play sealed the game at the 8:38 mark of the fourth quarter. A week after breaking the record for the longest TD pass in team history, Grayson Willingham and Jaquay Mitchell set a new mark with a 99-yard score. The 99-yard touchdown is just the 44th in the history of NCAA Division II.
Dareke Young finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown on the day. The junior scored his duo of TDs on just four touches (three rushes, one catch).
On his first career carry, freshman Cal Dickie scored a nine-yard touchdown. His TD erased a 17-14 deficit and put LR on top in the second quarter.
Mitchell finished with five rushes for 44 yards and two catches for 108 yards. The senior has found another gear in his last three games. Mitchell has accounted for 232 rushing yards and 266 receiving yards and scored four touchdowns over the Bears last three games.
A QB showdown saw UNCP's Josh Jones go 34-for-46 for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Willingham finish 12-for-16 for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was a career-high for Willingham and the seventh-most passing yards in a single game in program history. Willingham became the second player in Bears history to have a pair of 300-yard games. Brett Meunier had three from 2001-2002.
The Braves featured a pair of 100-yard receivers on the day. Marcus McDonald had seven catches for 142 yards and Sean Brown had seven grabs for an even 100 yards. For LR, Drake Starks had two catches for 72 yards including a 50-yarder that he grabbed with one hand. Demarius Hampton caught a 22-yard touchdown, his third score of the year.
Reigning South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Clayton Horn was a monster again for LR. The senior tallied 14 total tackles and a tackle for loss. Dan Louba added 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble and Jaquan Artis added a sack and eight stops.
This is just the fifth 10-0 start for LR in the 100-year history of LR Football and just the second since 1962. Most recently, LR went 10-0 in 2014.
The 382 yards passing for Jones was the most allowed by LR all season. Devin Jones' 42-yard kickoff return was the longest allowed by the Bears special teams unit in 2019.
Pembroke held LR to a season-low 155 yards rushing. For just the second time this season, the Bears didn't have a rush longer than 30 yards.
UNCP possessed the ball for 36:31, while LR had the ball for just 23:29 of game action. Pembroke also had 25 more plays than LR.
LR is now 2-2 all-time against UNC Pembroke and has won each of the last two matchups.
The Bears honored 18 seniors prior to kickoff as part of Senior Day.
LR is 10-0 on the season. The Bears will close the regular season with a noon kickoff against Catawba on the road next week. A win would assure LR of an outright SAC Championship.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team won the Secional Championship 3-0 over Walters State on Saturday. With the win, the Red Hawks will compete for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship, Nov. 21-23 in Charleston, West Virginia.
The Red Hawks were paced by Aasia McNeill who had 11 kills. She also led the team with three service aces. McNeill had a double-double as well with 10 digs.
Bre Myers led CVCC in digs with 14. Lilly Weaver also had 10 digs.
Set scores for the Red Hawks were 25-17, 25-15, 25-13.
On the second day of the Peach Belt Conference/South Atlantic Conference Challenge, the Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball team saw Kennedy Weigt brake the school record for most three pointers in a game with eight. Weigt led all scorers with 27 points to lead the Bears to a 82-70 over USC Aiken. LR also tied the school record with a total of 14 three point field goals.
USC AIken jumped out to a 15-7 lead to start the game before the Bears went on a 9-0 run to close the first quarter. LR then went on a 27-5 run to take a double digit lead, which the Bears held on to for the rest of the game.
Laney Fox sparked the Bears off the bench to score 24 points, five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. Fox scored 24 of the 27 bench points for the Bears. Weigt and Fox combined to shoot 14 from 30 beyond the three point line.
Madeline Hardy added 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Hardy also added nine rebounds and five assists. Karlie Bearden was a force in the paint, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking six Pacers shots. Beaden also pitched in with eight points.
This was LR's first win over USC Aiken in 10 years. Bears last win was in 2009 over the Pacers. However, the Pacers still lead the all-time series 8-2.
The win was the Bears first in the two years of the PBC/SAC Challenge.
Before Weigt's eight three points, the previous record was seven which happened three previous times. Tami Matheny (1992), Sally Logan (2002) and most recently Lanica Williams in 2003 all hit seven triples. The Bears tied the school record with 14 three points as L-R also made 14 on February 23, 2019 against Mars Hill.
Before the Bears return home for their home opener on Saturday, they will make the short drive to play UNC Asheville in an exhibition game Wednesday at 6 PM.