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Friday, 19 December 2014 09:17

App State Wrestling Loses to NC State

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Appalachian State University wrestling traveled to Raleigh to take on NC State Thursday night in the Reynolds Coliseum. The Mountaineers (2-6) fell to the No. 19 ranked Wolfpack 29-12.

Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week Dominic Parisi, won the first match of the night at the 125-weight class when he defeated Joe DeAngelo by a 6-2 decision to put the Apps up 3-0. Following Parisi’s victory, Vito Pasone extended the Appalachian lead with a pin of Bryce Meredith 4:34 into the bout.

With Appalachian up 9-0, the Wolfpack fought back and won matches in the next two weight classes. At 141, No. 16 Sam Speno defeated Michael Longo via major
decision 11-1 to bring NC State back within five points. At 149, Brian Hamann earned a pin over Javon Johnson 2:33 into the match to push the Wolfpack into the lead for the first time.

Zack Strickland gave the lead back to Appalachian when he defeated Chad Pyke by a 9-3 decision at the 157 weight class. Nick Kee then dropped a close 3-1 decision to No. 15 Max Rohskopf. Rohskopf’s victory gave NC State a 13-12 lead that they held onto the rest of the way.

At 174, Forrest Przybysz was defeated by Pete Renda via a 6-2 decision to stretch the Wolfpack lead to 16-12. Nicky Hall pinned Nick Vetell at the 184-weight class 2:46 into the match. Tyler Radford then dropped a 5-1 decision to Michael Boykin at 197.

The heavyweight match up featured two nationally ranked wrestlers. No. 2 Nick Gwiazdowski defeated No. 8 Denzel Dejournette via a 15-6 major decision. The loss was Dejournette’s first of the season as he fell to 17-1.

The Mountaineers will next compete in the Southern Scuffle tournament hosted by Chattanooga on Jan. 1-2.

NC State 29, Appalachian 12

125: Dominic Parisi (APP) dec. Joe DeAngelo; 6-2 - 0-3
133: Vito Pasone (APP) fall Bryce Meredith; 4:34 - 0-9
141: #16 Sam Speno (NCSU) major dec. Mike Longo; 11-1 - 4-9
149: Brian Hamann (NCSU) fall Javon Johnson; 2:33 - 10-9
157: Zachary Strickland (APP) dec. Chad Pyke; 9-3 - 10-12
165: #15 Max Rohskopf (NCSU) dec. Nick Kee; 3-1 - 13-12
174: Pete Renda (NCSU) dec. Forrest Przybysz; 6-2 - 16-12
184: Nicky Hall (NCSU) fall Dominick Vetell; 2:46 - 22-12
197: Michael Boykin (NCSU) dec. Tyler Radford; 5-1 - 25-12
285: #2 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCSU) major dec. #19 Denzel Dejournette; 15-6 - 29-12

Appalachian State University men’s basketball raced out to an early 10-0 lead, but was unable to hold on in a 75-65 loss to Charlotte on Thursday night at Halton Arena.

The Mountaineers (3-5) dropped their third-straight game despite a game-high 20 points from Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) and a double-double from Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]). The 49ers (6-4) picked up their second-straight win and downed the Apps for the second time in as many years.

Eaves opened the contest by sinking a shot from long range on the team’s opening possession before Spagnolo hit a layup one minute later. After Eaves scored again, Dustin Clarke (Newland, N.C./Avery County [Hartford]) capped off the game-opening 10-0 run with a three-point shot of his own with 17:54 left in the first half.

Appalachian would remain in control until the 49ers made a 15-6 run midway through the opening period to grab their first lead of the contest, 27-26, with 2:31 to play. The Mountaineers responded with a 6-0 run to close the half and took a 32-27 lead into the locker room.

Despite a poor shooting performance in the first half (37.0 percent), App State connected on 9-of-13 free throws in the opening stanza to help stake it to the halftime lead.

After stretching the lead to six points (37-31) in the first three minutes of the second half, Appalachian went cold over the next four minutes as Charlotte regained the lead with a 12-4 run to go up, 43-41, with 14:37 remaining and never trailed the rest of the way.

The Mountaineers were able to cut the deficit to just one point (52-51) when Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) hit a layup with 10:32 left to play, but Charlotte reeled off an 11-4 run over the next four minutes to stretch the lead to 63-55 and never led by less than four the rest of the way.

Eaves logged his third 20-point performance of the season, thanks in part to an 11-of-13 performance at the charity stripe, and tied a career-high with seven rebounds. Spagnolo scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting and ripped down 11 rebounds while Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) added 11 points.

Charlotte finished with four double-digit scorers. Torin Dorn came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points while Braxton Ogbueze (13), Willie Clayton (12) and Keyshawn Woods (12) each scored in double figures. Clayton also pulled down a team-best eight rebounds and added two assists.

Appalachian finished 21-of-52 (40.4 percent) from the floor and 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) from the free-throw line, but finished just 4-of-20 from beyond the arc. The 49ers connected on 30-of-65 shots (46.2 percent), including 9-of-22 from long range, but were just 6-of-12 at the line.

While App State grabbed more rebounds (38-35) than Charlotte, the Mountaineers committed 16 turnovers which led directly to 20 points for the 49ers. Charlotte also dominated on second-chance buckets, outscoring the Apps 21-9 in that category.

Appalachian State closes out its non-conference slate when it heads to Alabama on Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. matchup with the Crimson Tide. The Mountaineers will have a 12-day break before opening conference play at Arkansas State on Jan. 3.

NOTES: Appalachian State fell to 13-21 all-time against Charlotte ... the 49ers have now defeated the Mountaineers in back-to-back contests for the first time since winning six in a row between 1991-97 ... the teams had traded wins in each of the previous six meetings ... the Apps dropped to 40-51 all-time against current members of Conference USA ... Spagnolo’s double-double was his third this season and the 11th of his career ... all of his double-doubles have come in the Mountaineers’ last 21 games dating back to last year ... Eaves has now scored 60 of his team-best 131 points at the free-throw line (45.8 percent) ... he has made at least seven free throws in six of the last seven games ... the Mountaineers are shooting 81.3 percent (39-of-48) from the charity stripe over the past three games ... Charlotte’s bench outscored Appalachian’s by a margin of 34-8.

Friday, 19 December 2014 09:13

CVCC Women's Basketball Wins Easily

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The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Wake Tech Thursday night 97-74.

Kianna Bowe led the way for the Red Hawks, scoring 15 and adding eight rebounds. Symone Simmons scored 15. Shakira Allen added 12 and Kelantra Allen and Keyara McKnight each added 10 points a piece.

CVCC improves to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference. They are to take on Virginia Western Community College on January 3.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:51

Appalachian State Women's Basketball Wins in Overtime

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Appalachian State University women's basketball got an overtime win over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night with a score of 72-70.

The Mountaineers (4-4) stayed with the Aggies (6-4) for the entire game, sending it into overtime and then winning with a layup from Mia Marshall in the final seconds.

Appalachian started the game strong, taking a 14-5 lead just five minutes into play. The Mountaineers maintained their lead, never letting the Aggies within less than four points until N.C. A&T would go on a 8-2 run to tie the game at 33 with 1:37 left in the first half.

The Aggies' Michelle Fitzgerald would hit a three-pointer and Joi Jones would respond with a jumper to end the half, but the Mountaineers trailed, 38-36 at halftime.

Appalachian was led by Maryah Sydnor's eight points in the first half as the team shot 48.3 percent from the floor.

Aprill McRae led the Aggies with 13 points in the first 20 minutes, while the team recorded a 48.4 field goal percentage.

The second half did not begin well for the Mountaineers as N.C. A&T went on a 9-0 run to lead 47-36 just two minutes into the half.

Four-straight points from Bria Carter would end the Mountaineer's drought and Katie Mallow would hit a shot from behind the arc to put the Apps down 47-43.

Katelyn Doub would add a spark for the Apps as she hit a layup with 14:14 to play. The Aggies responded with two points of their own, but Doub would hit a three-pointer off a Bria Huffman steal as the Apps trailed N.C. A&T, 51-48 with 11:48 in the game.

Five-straight points from KeKe Cooper tied the game at the 8:39 minute mark and then Huffman would hit a jumper and two free throws to stretch the Mountaineer lead. Madi Story hit a shot from behind the arc with 6:14 on the clock to put the Mountaineers up 60-53.

Things would look good for the Mountaineers until the Aggies went on another 9-0 run to take a 61-60 lead with 3:35 to play.

The Aggies' Eboni Ross would convert on a three-point play to lead the Mountaineers 66-64 and two minutes on the clock. The Mountaineers missed a shot and turned the ball over on two possessions, but Mallow would get a steal with 28 seconds left and Huffman would hit a close jumper to tie the game with seven seconds to play. The Aggies would not score, sending the game into overtime.

The Aggies struck first in overtime with two points but the Apps would respond with a free throw from Jones and then a three-point play from Cooper to lead 70-68 with 2:19 to play. N.C. A&T converted on two free throws to tie the game.

With 25 seconds left in overtime Mallow would get a defensive rebound and push the ball up the court. Huffman found Marshall in the paint and Marshall scored two points with 13 seconds left. The Aggies could not find a basket as the Mountaineers took the game, 72-70.

Cooper and Mallow led the team with 12 points each, while Cooper grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. Huffman added ten points, while dishing out a career-high eight assists.

Appalachian shot 46.6 percent from the floor, recording 33 rebounds and 27 turnovers.

The Aggies were led by Eboni Ross' 23 points and McRae's 18. The team shot 48.4 percent, while notching 40 rebounds and 26 turnovers.

The Apps will return to action on Dec. 30 when they host Catawba at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Center.

Three Lenoir-Rhyne University players have earned 2014 NCAA Division II Daktronics All-American Football honors.

Junior offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) and senior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were named to the first team while senior offensive lineman Jim Bayer (Lawrenceville, Ga.) garnered second-team accolades.

Both Ray and Bayer are first-team all-conference and all-region performers who anchored an offensive line which helped pave the way for the Bears to rush for a school-record and national-best 416.2 yards per game this year.

Ray won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second straight year in 2014, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference, and is a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award as the top offensive or defensive lineman in all of NCAA Division II.

Ray was also named to the 2014 Beyond Sports Network Division II All-American First Team on Monday.

Botts took home his third First-Team All-American honors in 2014 – BSN and the American Football Coaches Association were the others – after leading the squad in tackles for the third straight year this fall with 89 in addition to 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Botts, the 2014 SAC and Super Region II Defensive Player Of The Year, led a unit which finished first in the league in total defense (302.4 ypg) and allowed just 15.6 points per game. Botts tallied 385 tackles for his collegiate career. Both Botts and Ray are now two-time All-Americans (2013-14).

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 11-1 on the year and claimed its fourth consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship. The Bears, the third-ranked team in the nation at the end of the regular season, were also top seed in the region for the second straight year this fall.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable displays systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).

2014 NCAA Division II Daktronics
All-American Football Teams

First Team Offense
TE - Cole Spurgeon, Colorado Mines, Jr., 6-3, 235, Gretna, Neb.
OL - Josh Meeker, Minnesota State-Mankato, Sr., 6-2, 290, Omaha, Neb.
OL - Jacob VanderKlok, Ferris State (Mich.), Sr., 6-6, 305, Caledonia, Mich.
OL - Justin Glover, Ferris State (Mich.), Sr., 6-0, 315, Grand Rapids, Mich.
OL - Scotland Coyle, Colorado State-Pueblo, Sr., 6-3, 265, Longmont, Colo.
OL - Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Jr., 6-1, 270, Atlanta, Ga.
WR - Darius Davis, Henderson State (Ark.), Sr., 5-11, 210, Frisco, Texas
WR - Tyler Slavin, New Mexico Highlands, Sr., 6-2, 215, Corona, Calif.
QB - Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State (Mich.), Jr., 6-4, 240, Frankfort, Ill.
RB - Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Sr., 6-2, 240, Oxnard, Calif.
RB - Anthony Bilal, Lake Erie (Ohio), Jr., 5-7, 170, Painesville, Ohio
RS - Etauj Allen, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Sr., 5-9, 185, San Antonio, Texas
PK - Tom Obarski, Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), Sr., 5-11, 185, Burnsville, Minn.

First Team Defense
DL - Joshua Gordon, Minnesota State-Mankato, Jr., 6-2, 250, Milwaukee, Wis.
DL - Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo, Sr., 6-4, 250, Pueblo, Colo.
DL - Matt Longacre, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-3, 270, Omaha, Neb.
LB - Nores Fradi, Wayne State (Mich.), Sr., 6-1, 215, Deerborn Heights, Mich.
LB - Kole Kadavy, Colorado Mines, Sr., 5-11, 205, Greeley, Colo.
LB - Tanner Botts, Lenoir Rhyne (N.C.), Sr., 6-2, 215, Lawrenceville, Ga.
LB - Tyler Henderson, Minnesota State-Mankato, Jr., 6-3, 235, Mankato, Minn.
S - Zack Mitchell, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Sr., 6-0, 185, Vilonia, Ark.
S - Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst (Pa.), Sr., 5-11, 180, Erie, Pa.
CB - Stephan Dickens, Colorado State-Pueblo, Sr., 5-9, 170, Aurora, Colo.
CB - Solomon St. Pierre, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Jr., 5-11, 170, Wagner, S.D.
P - Patrick Carney, New Mexico Highlands, Sr., 6-0, 215, Chico, Calif.

Second Team Offense
TE - Tim Brown, West Chester (Pa.), Jr., 6-3, 235, Clifton Heights, Pa.
OL - Tyler Smith, Pittsburg State (Kan.), Sr., 6-4, 285, Sand Springs, Okla.
OL - Andrew Muer, Minnesota Duluth, Sr., 6-3, 275, Perham, Minn.
OL - Jim Bayer, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Sr., 6-1, 275, Lawrenceville, Ga.
OL - Perrin Cunningham, Ohio Dominican, Sr., 6-2, 275, Cincinnati, Ohio
OL - Tory Day, Harding (Ark.), Sr., 6-1, 255, Memphis, Tenn.
WR - Marquise Cushon, Pittsburg State (Kan.), Jr., 5-10, 160, Kansas City, Mo.
WR - Xavier Milton, Florida Tech, Sr., 6-0, 190, Alameda, Calif.
QB - Anthony Abenoja, Pittsburg State (Kan.), Sr., 6-3, 215, Overland Park, Kan.
RB - LaVance Taylor, Central Missouri, Sr., 5-11, 195, Raytown, Mo.
RB - Andy Hibbett, Carson-Newman (Tenn.), Sr., 6-0, 200, Corryton, Tenn.
RS - Danarius Appling, West Georgia, Sr., 5-7, 155, Griffin, Ga.
PK - Conner Hollabaugh, West Texas A&M, So., 5-10, 180, Amarillo, Texas

Second Team Defense
DL - Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock (Pa.), Fr.-RS, 6-3, 235, West Mifflin, Pa.
DL - Justin Zimmer, Ferris State (Mich.), Jr., 6-3, 260, Greenville, Mich.
DL - Devin Benton, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Sr., 5-11, 270, Arlington, Texas
LB - Jared Koster, New Mexico Highlands, Sr., 6-1, 210, Corona, Calif.
LB - Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg (Pa.), Sr., 6-0, 240, Harrisburg, Pa.
LB - Rush Seaver, Angelo State (Texas), Sr., 6-3, 250, Lampasas, Texas
LB - Connor Harris, Lindenwood (Mo.), So., 6-0, 235, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
S - Deonte Hurst, Grand Valley State (Mich.), Sr., 5-11, 185, Kentwood, Mich.
S - Charles Moore, Tarleton State (Texas), Sr., 5-10, 200, Carrollton, Texas
CB - C.J. Roberts, Colorado State-Pueblo, Sr., 6-0, 180, Boynton Beach, Fla.
CB - De’Vante Bausby, Pittsburg State (Kan.), Sr., 6-2, 180, Kansas City, Mo.
P - Jake Medlock, Valdosta State (Ga.), Sr., 6-3, 225, Jacksonville, Fla.

Ron Lenz National Players Of The Year
Offense - Jason Vander Laan, Ferris State
Defense - Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo

Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:39

CVCC Men's Basketball Falls to Lenoir CC

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The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Lenoir Community College 78-76 Wednesday night as the Red Hawks failed to convert on a last second shot that would have tied the game.

Trevin Miller was just shy of a double-double for the Red Hawks with 20 points and nine rebounds. Tryle Poindexter added 19 points in the loss.

The Red Hawks fall to 4-8 overall, 1-3 in conference play. CVCC takes on South Side Community College as part of the CVCC Classic on Friday.

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, founded as a Champions Tour event in 2003, was not included in the 2015 Champions Tour schedule released yesterday by the PGA TOUR. Without sufficient commitments of sponsorship for 2015 and beyond, the tournament was unable to commit to hosting a Champions Tour event at this time. The Greater Hickory Foundation continues to explore options for sponsorship in hopes of being added to the schedule at a later date.

“We are certainly disappointed in this turn of events, but we can’t commit to hosting another Greater Hickory Kia Classic without full sponsorship,” executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “Our discussions will continue with current and potential new sponsors in hopes of resuming our event. We are incredibly appreciative of the many corporations and individuals that have supported the Greater Hickory Kia Classic over the years, and we certainly hope we can return to the Champions Tour in the near future.”

The Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition among some of the greatest legends in golf. Operated by the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the tournament donates all net proceeds to charities throughout the Greater Hickory Metro area each year. For more information, please call (828) 459-4000 or visit www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com. Follow the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Twitter: @GreaterHickory

Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:03

Wells Fargo Conference Cup Fall Standings Released

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Wells Fargo, along with the North Carolina School Athletic Association, today announced the final standings in the Wells Fargo Conference Cup competitions for the 2014 fall sports season.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup and recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Wachovia and now Wells Fargo has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points. Conferences are listed alphabetically by classification.

Of conferences with teams from the Greater Hickory Metro:

Class 2-A Conference Results

Southern District 7 2-A: It’s a tight race after the fall season, with Newton Conover holding a small lead over East Lincoln and Lincolnton. Newton-Conover finished on top in women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s soccer. East Lincoln and Lincolnton are tied for second. East Lincoln won conference crowns in football and women’s cross country, while Lincolnton took runner-up finishes in men’s cross country, men’s soccer, and football. Conference Standings: Newton-Conover 36.5, East Lincoln 34, Lincolnton 34, Bandys 31, West Lincoln 23.5, Maiden 22, Bunker Hill 19, West Caldwell 15.

Class 2-A/3-A Conference Results

South Mountain Athletic 2-A/3-A: Shelby is in front of the pack after the fall season, with first place finishes in men’s soccer and cross country, and a runner up finish in football. Kings Mountain takes the second place slot for the fall with conference crowns in volleyball and women’s cross country. Right behind Kings Mountain is Crest, which finished in first place for football and women’s tennis. Conference Standings: Shelby 43, Kings Mountain 39.5, Crest 38, Draughn 37, R-S Central 33.5, East Burke 30, East Rutherford 15.5, Chase 13, Burns 12.5.


Class 3-A/4-A Conference Results

Northwestern Athletic 3-A/4-A: Watauga takes the top spot after the fall, dominating both the cross country championships and also finishing in a tie for second place for women’s tennis. Hickory is second with championships in volleyball and women’s tennis. South Caldwell takes the third place spot, with a top finish in women’s golf and a runner-up finish in football. Conference Standings: Watauga 79.5, Hickory 76, South Caldwell 61.5, Freedom 58.5, Fred T. Foard 57.5, St. Stephens 57.5, Hibriten 50.5, Patton 47.

North Piedmont 3-A/4-A: Lake Norman finishes the fall sports season out in front with top performances in football, women’s tennis, and women’s cross country. Mooresville is in the second spot with top finishes in football and women’s tennis, while South Iredell is third based on performances in volleyball and women’s golf. Conference Standings: Lake Norman 302.5, Mooresville 260, South Iredell 245, North Iredell 222.5, North Lincoln 222.5, Alexander Central 210, Statesville 190, West Iredell 167.5.

The Belmont Abbey Women’s Basketball Team (7-2) rallied from a nine-point deficit late in the second half to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6), 66-63, Wednesday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Belmont Abbey’s McKenzie Owen (Burlington, N.C.) led all scorers with 25 points as the Crusaders overcame a 60-51 deficit with just over four minutes left in regulation to take the victory.

The Crusaders’ Morgan Midkiff (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 18 points including four three-pointers and hit the game-winning trey with 12 seconds left to break a 63-63 tie en route to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) scored a team-high 21 points and sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) recorded her third double-double of the season – 11 points and 14 rebounds – in the losing effort.

Midkiff scored 16 of her 18 points after halftime with all four treys coming in the second half while Tajanna Brown (Downey, Calif.) finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who hit three-of-12 three-point field goal attempts in suffering their second straight defeat.

Lenoir-Rhyne does play again until Saturday, January 3, against Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference at home beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 17:04

Appalachian State Football Signs Two JUCO Transfers

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Two junior-college standouts — wide receiver Zireycus Letman (Lincolnton, Ga./Lincoln County/Georgia Military College) and cornerback Mondo Williams (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West/Iowa Western J.C.) — signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to attend and play football at Appalachian State University, head coach Scott Satterfield announced.

Both Letman and Williams will begin attending Appalachian State in January. They will join the Mountaineers for football activities immediately upon their enrollment and will participate in spring practice in 2015. Both have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

A 6-3, 195-pound wideout, Letman is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports. He caught 35 passes for 541 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons at Georgia Military, where he was teammates with current Appalachian State receiver Montez McGuire in 2013. Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 11 junior-college receiver in the nation, Letman drew interest from a slew of power-conference programs, including Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee and UCLA. He was also recruited by in-state rival Charlotte and Sun Belt Conference opponent Georgia State.

A 5-11, 175-pound cornerback, Williams is rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports. He intercepted eight passes, broke up nine more and had 44 tackles in 2014, en route to being named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) second-team all-American. Williams returned one of his eight interceptions for a touchdown and helped lead Iowa Western to an 11-0 regular-season record and a berth in the NJCAA national championship game. He chose Appalachian State over Georgia State, Idaho, New Mexico, Ohio and Toledo.

“Zireycus and Mondo are both experienced players that will step right in and compete for big roles on our team in 2015,” Satterfield said. “Zireycus is a physical receiver that will give us a big target in the passing game and joins a long list of Georgia Military alums that have become great student-athletes here at Appalachian State. Mondo fills an immediate need for us at cornerback and will compete for the starting role left behind by the graduation of all-Sun Belt corner Joel Ross. We’re excited that they’ll be here next month to get a jump on things in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field.”

With the addition of Letman and Williams, Appalachian State football has four newcomers slated to join the program for the spring semester. Tight end Collin Reed (Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs) and place kicker Michael Rubino (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek), both early high-school graduates, are also expected to enroll at Appalachian in January.

The newcomers join an Appalachian State squad that returns 20 starters in 2015. In their first season as a member of the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference, the Mountaineers won their final six games to finish 7-5 in 2014. Appalachian is slated to open spring practice on Friday, Feb. 6.

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