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Appalachian State men's basketball dropped a 73-57 home decision to Little Rock on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Forrest paced the Mountaineers (10-10, 4-5 SBC) with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) shooting and a 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) mark from deep, to go along with eight steals. His eight steals were just one shy of tying the single game program record of nine, set by D.J. Thompson during the 2006-07 season.

O'Showen Williams added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds. Isaac Johnson and Adrian Delph chipped in with seven points apiece.

Little Rock (13-7, 7-2 SBC) scored the first six points of the game and built an 11-point lead at 15-4. App State stormed back and cut its deficit to a point at 19-18, but the Trojans countered with the next four points. Little Rock took a 37-29 lead into the break.

In the second half, the Trojans used an 9-0 run to take a 49-33 lead with 15:42 to go. The Mountaineers cut the Little Rock lead to 57-43 on a pair of free throws by Forrest and a layup by Williams. From there, the Trojans scored seven straight points to build their lead up to 21. App State made a late charge to cut the deficit to 14, but could get no closer.

The Black and Gold forced Little Rock into 18 turnovers and tied its season-high with 13 steals. The Mountaineers also held a 12-8 edge on the offensive glass.

Jovan Stulic and Nikola Maric had 18 points and 17 points, respectively, off the bench for the Trojans.

App State will embark on a three-game road trip, beginning on Jan. 25 at Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Upsets Catawba

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In the  NCAA Division II National Showcase Game broadcast by ESPN3, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team went to Catawba and came away with a big 91-85 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Bears are heating up at the right time, winning five of six since the calendar flipped to 2020.

After a slow start that saw Catawba jump out to a 12-5 advantage, the Bears came back to take a 19-18 lead with 10:05 left in the first half. LR was able to get Catawba into foul trouble and marched to the free throw line 21 times in the first 20 minutes.

The Bears finished the opening half 17-for-21 from the charity stripe with R.J. Gunn and Darius Simmons combining to go 14-for-14. At the break, the Bears trailed by one at 45-44.

LR set the tone for the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 52-45 advantage that they would never give back. Consecutive three's from Mason Hawks and Simmons followed a Cooper Fowler layup which forced a Catawba timeout. 

A 3-point field goal by Gunn with 9:04 to play put LR up 11 but  Devin Cooper scored 11 of Catawba's next 13 points to cut the lead to 77-75. 

Cooper would score 24 of his 37 points in the second half but couldn't get Catawba closer than two points. LR would go 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the last minute to seal the victory. 

Simmons tied a Lenoir-Rhyne record by going a perfect 13-for-13 from the line and finished with a team-high 27 points. Simmons went 6-for-8 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range to go with three rebounds and two assists. 

Hawks had 23 on the day and was 8-of-11 from the floor while Gunn went for 21 points and eight boards.

Catawba was whistled for 16 fouls in the first half.

This was the 208th all-time meeting between LR and Catawba and was a rematch of last season's SAC Tournament Championship game. The Bears hold the all-time series 114-94.

This is the sixth game this season that LR has allowed an opposing player to score at least 24 points. Coincidentally, the Bears are 4-2 in those games.

LR shot 57.1 percent from the field which is a season-high.

LR has gone consecutive seasons with a win over a ranked opponent. Last year, the Bears beat Queens twice with the Royals being ranked inside the top 10 both times. 

The Bears wrap up their three-game road trip with a matchup at Mars Hill on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 

App State women's basketball fell to Coastal Carolina, 80-53, on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

App falls to 4-13 and 1-5 in Sun Belt play, while Coastal improves to 15-2 and 5-1 in league action.

Ashley Polacek led the team with 13 points with six field goals. Pre Stanley scored 10 to round out the leaders in double figures. Brooke Bigott scored five points, dished out four assists and tied the team lead with five off the glass. Lainey Gosnell also pulled down five rebounds with seven points, and Jackie Christ scored a personal-high seven points off the bench.

Coastal took a commanding lead early in the contest after App hit the game's first basket off a Gosnell layup.

The Black and Gold sliced a 15-8 deficit to three after Gosnell and Stanley scored on back-to-back buckets late in the first quarter. CCU went into the second frame with a 17-12 advantage. From then on, the Chanticleers pulled away as they outscored App by 12 in the second period.

Appalachian had open shots throughout the contest but was able to find the bottom of the net. CCU took advantage of 15 offensive rebounds in 19 second-chance points, hit 12 3-pointers and 20 free throws.

D.J. Williams led three players in double figures with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Her and Aja Blount (15 points) shot a combined 14-25 from the field (Rest of the Team: 10-33).

The Mountaineers will look to regroup with the week off and a bye on Thursday. App travels to Little Rock for a 3 p.m. (ET) tilt.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:13

L-R Women's Basketball Fall to Catawba

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Lenoir-Rhyne's Women Basketball hung tough but fell to #13 Catawba 67-57 in the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Showcase Game of the Week.

Catawba came into the game third in the nation with forcing 26.86 turnovers per game. The Indians forced the Bears today into 23 turnovers which  lead to 25 points off turnovers. On the other hand, The Bears only forced nine turnovers on the day.

Both teams shot below their average from the floor. The Bears shot 36.4% while the Indians shot 34.2%. The difference was Catawba got 17 more shots up  thanks to a 16 offensive rebounds which lead to 10-5 second change point advantage.

The Bears held Catawba to their second worst shooting day of the year. The Indians shot 31% last Saturday in a 60-56 win over Lincoln Memorial.

 Madeline Hardy just missed her 8th double-double of the year. Hardy finished with 9 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

 Kennedy Weigt continue to stay hot coming off a 20-point performance on Wednesday. Weigt finish today with 14 points and went 4-8 from three- point range. It is Weigt's fourth game with at least four three pointers already this year. 

Both teams went deep into their bench today. Bears played eleven different players with nine different players scoring while Catawba played fourteen different players with ten scoring.  The Indians held a 26-25 advantage in bench points. 

Catawba came in as the #13 team in the D2SIDA rankings, Catawba only loss this year was in OT 69-68 against Carson-Newman.

Since 2012, These two teams have spilt the last sixteen games. Before tonight, the home team has lost the last four games in this series.

Catawba and Lenoir-Rhyne both have a deep rotation. Each team has 9 players that average at least 10 minutes per game and neither team has a player averaging over 30 minutes a game this season.

Hardy also tied a career high with four blocks on the night. Hardy had four blocks against Queens earlier this season. 

Hardy's previous career high in rebounds came earlier this year with 15 rebounds against UNC-Pembroke on November 16. 

It was only the third time all year that Catawba failed to reach 70 points. The Indians are 12-0 when reaching 70 points on the year. On the flip side, The Bears are 5-1 when scoring 70 points. 

The Bears are 6-10 overall and 4-6 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will make the short trip to Mars Hill on Wednesday evening for a 5:30 tip off.

Sunday, 19 January 2020 08:40

L-R Women's Swimming Defeats Catawba

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Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Swimming beats Catawba but falls to #5 Wingate Saturday in the second annual tri-meet between these teams. The Bears won five events led by Lisa Boernigen winning the 100 and 200 Fly.

Team Scores:
#40 Lenoir Rhyne 131, Catawba 127
#40 Lenoir Rhyne 95, #5 Wingate 167

Bears Winners:
Lisa Boernigen- 100 Fly (:58.85), 200 Fly (2:10.53)
Lauren Rutherford- 50 Free (:25.74)
Kimberly Scheiber- 100 Breast (1:07.28)
Kiana Schumacher- 100 Back (1:01.33)

The Bears will see Wingate and Catawba again next month at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship in Charlotte, N.C. The four day event will kick off on Thursday February 13.

Bears will finish their home schedule with a meet against Lees-McRae next Saturday at 2 PM.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 61
Alexander Central: 58

Freedom: 62
Watauga: 49

South Caldwell: 45
St. Stephens: 42

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 71
West Iredell: 62

East Burke: 65
West Caldwell: 27

Patton: 68
Fred T. Foard: 25

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 62
Lake Norman Charter: 43

Newton-Conover: 71
Maiden: 29

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 47
Alexander Central: 45

Freedom: 71
Watauga: 67

South Caldwell: 89
St. Stephens: 52

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 73
West Iredell: 68

Hibriten: 72
Bunker Hill: 42

Patton: 66
Fred T. Foard: 54

West Caldwell: 84
East Burke: 69

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 52
Bandys: 50

Newton-Conover: 64
Maiden: 42

App State head football coach Shawn Clark has added another key piece to his first coaching staff, hiring Cortney Braswell as an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball.

Braswell, a former high school head coach in Georgia and Tennessee, comes to Boone after serving as a defensive quality control coach at Louisville for the 2019 season.

“We’re excited to welcome Cortney and his son Cayden to the App Family,” Clark said. “Cortney worked his way up the high school ranks and is more than prepared to be a college coach. He has great energy and will bring his relentless work ethic to the football field and our recruiting efforts.”

During his one season at Louisville working for former App State head coach Scott Satterfield, Braswell helped the Cardinals to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football with an 8-5 record and a win over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be at the best place in the country to coach,” Braswell said. “Things like this just don’t happen for kids from rural northwest Georgia. I have so much respect for the championship culture at App State and fond memories of bringing my high school teams here for training camp and talking football with guys like Dale Jones, Nate Woody and Bryan Brown.”

As the head coach at Ridgeland High School in his hometown of Rossville, Ga., in 2018, Braswell led the Panthers to an 8-4 overall record, a Region 6-AAAA runner-up finish and a 34-14 state playoff victory over Flowery Branch before a second-round loss at Cartersville, the eventual state runner-up. Ridgeland also scored a big regular season road win at Sandy Creek.

Braswell was the head coach at Chattanooga Central High School in 2016 and 2017 and led the Purple Pounders to the TSSAA state playoffs twice. He also served on the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Board of Directors, helping to represent the interests of football coaches statewide and serving as a contributing voice with the TSSAA legislation.

A two-time all-state running back at Baylor School in Chattanooga and a Mr. Football finalist for the Red Raiders as a senior in 2004, Braswell graduated from his high school as its single-game and career rushing and scoring leader and later played college football at Liberty University.

He began his coaching career in 2009 as he coached defensive backs at Ringgold. He went on to be defensive coordinator at Soddy-Daisy, East Ridge, North Murray, Chattanooga Central and Bradley Central and was the 2014 District Assistant Coach of the Year during his first stint with the Purple Pounders.

As the offensive coordinator at Chattanooga Notre Dame in 2012, Braswell's offense was one of the best in the state, where the Irish averaged more than 34 points a game.

Friday, 17 January 2020 12:11

Appalachian State Wrestling Dominates Lock Haven

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As the lead continued to increase, so did the noise inside Varsity Gym. Takedowns on the mat repeatedly brought fans to their feet.

App State posted its most impressive showing of the season and extended its winning streak to five matches with a 29-10 dual victory Thursday against Lock Haven, which is unofficially No. 31 in the NWCA Coaches Poll as the sixth-place team in the others receiving votes category.

A year after suffering a lopsided loss to the Bald Eagles, the Mountaineers (5-2) rolled to a decisive win thanks to victories by Codi Russell (133 pounds), Jonathan Millner (149), Matt Zovistoski (157), Will Formato (165), Thomas Flitz (174), Julian Gorring (184) and Cary Miller (285).

In addition to Millner’s pin and Zovistoski’s tech fall, dramatic two-point wins for Russell and Flitz sent the App State fans into a frenzy.

“I was really pumped,” App State head coach JohnMark Bentley said. “I thought our guys wrestled really well. We looked motivated and hungry, which is something I wanted to see. We had an opportunity to wrestle a team that beat us pretty convincingly last year at their place, and getting a chance to wrestle them on our home mat was really good. Just a lot of great efforts tonight.”

Russell trailed 3-2 after two periods and used a tiebreaking takedown with 53 seconds left to earn a 5-3 decision against DJ Fehlman, who had beaten Russell last year in the dual at Lock Haven and in the NCAA Championships.

With Lock Haven (5-3) ahead 7-3 after three matches, Millner took a 2-0 lead into the second period against Brock Port before using an escape and takedown to set up a pin midway through the period, and Zovistoski turned a 5-0 lead entering the third period against Collin Glorioso into a 21-6 tech fall thanks to a whopping seven takedowns in the final 90 seconds. In rapid succession, Zovistoski repeatedly took down his exhausted opponent, cut him loose and succeeded in going for two more points.

Leading 14-7 going into the halfway-point intermission, App State fed off the bonus-point surge and crowd excitement to win the next three matches, starting with Will Formato’s 4-0 decision against Austin Bell. Formato rode out the second period in a scoreless match and took control with a reversal early in the third.

Flitz then used a takedown with 12 seconds left in the Tiebreaker-2 period to win a 4-2 decision against Jared Siegrist, who had defeated Flitz in the 2019 dual at Lock Haven. Tied 2-2 after three periods, they went through a scoreless Sudden Victory period to enter a pair of 30-second tiebreakers that gave each wrestler a chance to escape from the down position. Flitz executed an escape in the first one, and Siegrist did the same in the next one, but Flitz responded with a takedown 10 seconds later and road out his opponent.

The Mountaineers increased their lead to 23-7 when true freshman Julian Gorring claimed a 6-1 decision against Ray Bernot while competing against a team from his home state of Pennsylvania. With App State ahead 23-10 going into the final match, Lock Haven opted to not send its heavyweight out to face Miller, who added six points with a win by forfeit.

The Bald Eagles picked up wins at 125 from 25th-ranked Luke Werner, at 141 from Kyle Shoop, a 2019 All-American, and at 197 from Parker McClellan. Even in defeat against ranked opponents, App State limited the damage as Lock Haven finished one point shy of a major decision at 125 and one point shy of a tech fall at 141.

With Lock Haven strong at the lower weights, App State held a 9-7 lead after Millner’s pin in the fourth match instead of being tied, in part, because of the way the two losses ended. That set the stage for Zovistoski’s big win.

 The Mountaineers return to action next Thursday, Jan. 23, against Duke.


App State 29, Lock Haven 10

125: #25 Luke Werner (LH) def. Sean Carter (APP), 7-0 dec.
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. DJ Fehlman (LH), 5-3 dec.
141: #20 Kyle Shoop (LH) def. Bradley Irwin (APP), 14-0 maj. dec.
149: #20 Jonathan Millner (APP) def. Brock Port (LH), fall, 4:10
157: #19 Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Collin Glorioso (LH), 21-6 tech. fall
165: Will Formato (APP) def. Austin Bell (LH), 4-0 dec.
174: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Jared Siegrist (LH), 4-2 dec. (TB-2)
184: Julian Gorring (APP) def. Ray Bernot (LH), 6-1 dec.
197: Parker McClellan (LH) def. Paul Carson (APP), 4-0 dec.
285: #25 Cary Miller (APP) def. Trey Hartsock (LH), forfeit

App State women's basketball suffered a 76-58 decision to Arkansas State on Thursday evening inside First National Bank Arena.

Appalachian falls to 4-12 (1-4 SBC) while Arkansas State moves to 7-9 and 4-1 in conference play.

Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) led the way on offense with a season and personal-high 18 points, hitting a career-best six treys, which was one shy of tying the school record for the most trifectas in a game. She also tied a season-best with three assists. The senior led a bench attack that outscored A-State's reserves, 29-19. Brooke Bigott (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes) tied a personal-high with her second straight game of six assists on top of six points.

Hurting the Apps was an Arkansas State squad shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc with 11 3-pointers. A-State came into the game shooting 27.9 percent from deep and averaging just over five 3-pointers per game.

Appalachian was able to slice a 25-point lead to as little as 13, 71-58, with 4:27 left in the game thanks to a 24-12 run in which the visitors. However, A-State kept the Black and Gold scoreless the rest of the game when it looked like the Apps had gained momentum.

The 10 treys by App were the second most in a game this season and the highest converted in league play. Sixteen of App's 22 field goals (72.7 percent) were assisted on.

Four Red Wolves scored in double figures with Peyton Martin scoring a game-high 20 points.

Appalachian will look to even the weekend when it faces a hot Coastal Carolina team at 2 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men.

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