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Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:29

App State Men's Basketball Fall to Georgia State

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Appalachian State men's basketball overcame a 17-point first half deficit, but fell 80-75 to Georgia State on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.

The Panthers (19-8, 10-4 SBC) jumped out to an early 24-7 lead, only to see the Mountaineers (9-19, 4-9 SBC) storm back with a 21-4 run to tie the score at 28-28. Georgia State pushed its lead back to five points and took a 40-36 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Mountaineers jumped in front 58-57 on a three-pointer from Michael Bibby with 12:08 left in the game.

Georgia State took the lead back at 66-61, but the Mountaineers battled back to tie the score at 75-75 with 1:49 on a jumper from Tyrell Johnson.

Both teams would come up empty on their next possession. Following a Georgia State timeout, Kane Williams scored on a layup and was fouled on the play by Isaac Johnson. He sank the ensuing free throw to put the Panthers up 78-75 with 42 seconds left.

On App State's next possession, the Mountaineers were whistled for a travel and were forced to foul Williams. He missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Black and Gold grabbed the rebound. Ronshad Shabazz had a look at a game-tying three, but it was blocked by the Panthers. Georgia State gained possession and Jordan Tyson sunk a pair of free throws in the final seconds to put the game away.

Justin Forrest led four Mountaineers in double figures with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Isaac Johnson posted his seventh double-double of the season and 11th of his career with 13 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting and a game-high 10 rebounds. Shabazz reached double figures for the eighth consecutive game with 11 points, while adding five rebounds.

Tyrell Johnson had 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks off the bench. He also moved into fifth place in program history in career blocks, recording the 119th of his career. Also off the bench, Bibby drained a trio of three-pointers to finish with nine points.

Malik Benlevi tallied a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds to pace Georgia State. D'Marcus Simonds and Kane Williams each finished with 18 points.

App State went 27-of-54 (50.0 percent) from the field, while Georgia State was 29-of-60 (48.3 percent). The Mountaineers held a 36-25 edge in the rebounding battle.

Appalachian State will look to bounce back on Saturday against Georgia Southern at 2 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (12-12, 6-7 SBC) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers and received a career-high 27 points from Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF), but it wasn't enough in an 85-75 decision at Georgia State (14-10, 9-5) on Thursday evening in the GSU Sports Arena.

Polacek broke out of her shooting slump to tie a school record with seven trifectas, becoming the second player (Tierra Wilson; 1/6/18 at ULM) in as many seasons to hit the mark. The Canadian point guard also added six rebounds and four assists. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) came off the bench to score 14 points with five rebounds, while Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) and Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leading scorers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the team with 12 rebounds, giving the junior her 13th straight game with 10 or more boards. With the 14 boards, she becomes the sixth player in school history with at least 800 rebounds. She stands at 810 for her career going into Saturday.

App shot a solid a solid 48.2 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from beyond the arc. However, Georgia State posted a 57.6 percent shooting clip and eight 3-pointers of its own.

The Mountaineers held a lead in what was a back-and-forth affair in the first period. After going down, 13-12, a layup by Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) and five straight points by Polacek gave the Apps their largest lead of the game, 19-13. Four quick points by GSU cut the gap to just two, 19-17.

Appalachian would go down by three, 31-28, before two Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) free throws and a layup in transition by Stanley pushed the Apps to a 32-31 advantage with 4:59 left in the first half. Georgia State responded by hitting seven of its next nine shots to go into the break with a 45-38 edge.

In the third quarter, the Black and Gold clawed its way back to eventually tie up the game, 51-51, thanks to back-to-back trifectas from Polacek and Wilson. App tied up the game once later in the quarter, 56-56, but the Panthers ended the frame on a 12-2 run to take a 68-58 lead.

GSU pushed its lead to 17 early in the quarter. App State had one more run with a 7-0 burst behind a layup from Plummer, a trey from Polacek and a field goal from Stanley.

That was the closest the Mountaineers would get with GSU going back up by double digits to pull away.

Walnatia Wright (22 points) and Allison Johnson (20 points) led the way on offense for GSU.

App State will look to get back on track and snap its three-game skid on Saturday against archrival, Georgia Southern, at 2 p.m. in Statesboro.

Semifinal round conference tournament girls basketball
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 54
McDowell: 43

Freedom: 50
Watauga: 47

Championship game, Friday:
Hickory hosting Freedom (WHKY Talk Radio, 1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com at 6:30pm)

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 57
Patton: 41

East Burke: 81
Fred T. Foard: 38

Championship game, Friday:
East Burke hosting Bunker Hill

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 76
East Lincoln: 68

Newton-Conover: 64
Maiden: 33

Championship game, Friday:
Bandys vs. Newton-Conover at Lincolnton High School 

Semifinal round conference tournament boys basketball
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 45
Alexander Central: 31

Freedom: 69
Watauga: 34

Championship game, Friday:
Hickory hosts Freedom (WHKY Talk Radio, 1290 AM, 102.3 FM, whky.com at 8:30pm)

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 73
Patton: 60

Hibriten: 60
Bunker Hill: 54

Championship game, Friday:
Hibriten takes on Draughn at East Burke

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 49
Maiden: 45

Championship game, Friday:
Newton-Conover faces East Lincoln at Lincolnton High School

The Google Cloud Academic All-District Team was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon, and Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball's senior forward Madi Suddreth was named to the first team.

The Taylorsville, N.C. native is a chemistry major with a 3.76 grade point average and went into the season with high expectations, being named a preseason All-South Atlantic Conference pick.

On the court, Suddreth leads Lenoir-Rhyne in points per game (14.1), field goal percentage (50.4), rebounds per game (6.6) and is second on the team in minutes per game with 30.1. She has put up seven double-doubles this season with her best game coming against Carson-Newman on the road where she scored a season-high 30 points. Suddreth is now No. 13 on the all-time scoring list in Bears history with 1,212 and is 15 points away from tying Donna Elrod (1978-82).

Suddreth was named with four other student-athletes that play for a SAC institution and will be put in the ballot for the Google Cloud Academic All-America selections.

The 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's and Women's Basketball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:09

Hickory Crawdads Spring Fling Set For March 23rd

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The Crawdads will be hosting their annual Spring Fling, presented by Lonnie Shook CPA PLLC, at the Frans on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:30am to 1pm. The free stadium event will be full of games, food, and exclusive ticket deals. The first 250 fans will receive a mystery Crawdads prize as they enter the stadium.

Individual tickets will go on sale in-person during the Spring Fling. Fans at the event can take advantage of an exclusive deal of four tickets for Opening Weekend for just $10.99 (savings of $29).

The Crawdads will be offering a limited-time sale at the Spring Fling on suite and party patio rentals. For every upset during March Madness' round of 64, fans can take $10 off the price of a rental in April or May (excluding the Christian Concert on April 27th).

Fans will be able to purchase sweetFrog Claw Club, the official Crawdads kids club for kids 12 and under, and Hickory Falls Silver Sluggers, the 'Dads club for fans 60 and older. Membership cards for those who previously signed up for the clubs will be available for pick up.

The Spring Fling will also feature an inflatable bounce house, speed pitch, cornhole, and an arts and crafts table. Throughout the event, a high school baseball game will take place on the field.

Lonnie Shook CPA PLLC staff will be on hand at the Spring Fling to answer any tax questions. They are committed to providing high quality professional service to every client. Their goal is your satisfaction and your success. Each member of their staff is a degreed professional and has multiple years of accounting and tax experience.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:51

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Snap Losing Streak

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team took an early 7-0 lead and never looked back as the Bears crushed the head of the Cobras for the 98-71 South Atlantic Conference home victory on Wednesday night, ending their four-game losing streak.

The Bears had four players score in double-figures, led by Jon Jean, with his season-high 20 points on a perfect night from the floor (7-for-7). Jean was also perfect from long range, 4-for-4. Cory Thomas (18), Darius Simmons (13) and Djibril Diallo (12) round out the list of double-digit scorers.

Lenoir-Rhyne was efficient on the offensive end, shooting 48.8 (39-of-80) for the game while the Cobras were limited to 42.9 (27-of-63). The Bears held the Cobras to 4-of-22 from beyond the arc, 18.2 percent.

The Bears owned the boards in the win, outrebounding the Cobras by a count of 48-33 and held the advantage in second chance points (14-4), points off turnovers (19-11), bench points (39-35) and made 23 assists on 39 made field goals.

Coker was led by three double-digit scorers, Khalil Halls and Chandler Lindsey with 14 each and Abdul Sarki with 10. Sarki was flirting with a double-double as he led the team with eight rebounds.

LR's first half total of 59 points was the highest mark in a half for the 2018-19 season.

The deficit in the victory is the second-largest of the season at 27 points.

The Cobras give up an average of 88 points per game going into the contest, and the Bears fell just short of the century mark for their ninth game of more than 90 points this year.

The win marks conference win No. 10 and ends the Bears' four-game losing skid heading into this game.

The Bears improve to 17-8 overall, 10-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will hit the road as they return to action on Saturday afternoon at Mars Hill in SAC play. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:28

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Charms Cobras

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team defended home court on Wednesday night and took down the Coker Cobras, 73-61, in South Atlantic Conference play. Senior Kendall Toineeta and freshman Madeline Hardy both scored 20-plus points, carrying the Bears to victory.

Only two Bears were in double digits in the scoring column, as Toineeta went off for a career-high in scoring with 27 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds. Hardy was one-shy of tying her career-high with 22 points scored to go along with nine rebounds as she flirted with another double-double to add to her impressive freshman campaign.

Lenoir-Rhyne won the game with points off turnovers, outscoring their opponent 23-12 in that category. They forced the Cobras into 15 turnovers. Karlie Bearden led the home team in rebounding with 10, but the Bears owned that category, outrebounding Coker 40-24.

Coker, despite having no players to average double figures in scoring, was led by Saquita Joyner with 19 and Hayley Kropp with 13 of her own. The Cobras had an impressive 30-point bench performance.

LR was nearly perfect from the free-throw line (29-of-32, 90.6 percent), shooting above 90.0 percent for the sixth time this season. Toineeta and Hardy combined to be a perfect 24-for-24 from the charity stripe.

With the win, LR is now an even 6-6 at home this season.

Tonight was the fourth 20-point game on the season for both Hardy and Toineeta. This is also the highest shooting percentage on the year for the senior from Cherokee, N.C. at 63.6 percent (7-of-11).

The five steals snagged by Toineeta ties a season-high and puts her total at 60 for the season, putting her average at 2.5 takeaways per game.

The Bears are now 13-12 overall and 8-9 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will hit the road as they return to action on Saturday afternoon at Mars Hill in SAC play. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Appalachian State Baseball is now scheduled to play its 2019 home opener against Manhattan on Saturday afternoon and conclude that three-game series with a Sunday doubleheader at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Game one is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and the Sunday doubleheader is set to start at noon, with Game three beginning shortly after the conclusion of Game two.

Saturdays at Smith Stadium are Winter Gear Collectible Days, with fans receiving a different item of winter gear per each game attended. On Sunday, the first 100 fans through the gate will receive a free biscuit, and faith community members can bring a Sunday program to the gate to receive a $3 ticket.

The NCAA Division II Golfstat women's golf rankings were released on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf Team was tabbed No. 24 nationally heading into the 2019 spring season.

The Bears will open their campaign at the Battle at Hilton Head on Feb. 25-26. Lenoir-Rhyne closed out its fall season with a runner-up finish at the Flagler Fall Slam. Abbey Hartsell led the squad with a T-3rd placement, just one shot off from the individual winner. The senior is currently ranked as the No. 38 individual nationally in division II.

Two other women's teams from the South Atlantic Conference find themselves in the top-25, with Anderson Trojans at No. 22 and the Wingate Bulldogs at No. 25.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 13:12

CVCC Men's Basketball Game Postponed to Thursday

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Tonight’s Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball conference game against Patrick Henry CC has been postponed until tomorrow. It will be the second game of a doubleheader tomorrow night with the CVCC women’s basketball game against Louisburg starting at 5 p.m.

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