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3A Western Regional Finals:
South Point: 26
Hibriten: 0
Panthers season ends at 14-1

Girls basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 47
South Iredell: 46

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 61
Draughn: 49

Maiden: 38
Patton: 30

Newton-Conover: 60
Fred T. Foard: 52

St. Stephens: 64
Bunker Hill: 19

Stuart Cramer: 65
Bandys: 33

Boys basketball
North Piedmont Conference:
South Iredell: 45
Alexander Central: 43

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 70
Kings Mountain: 54

Fred T. Foard: 66
Newton-Conover: 44

Maiden: 55
Patton: 53, OT

St. Stephens: 73
Bunker Hill: 42

Stuart Cramer: 76
Bandys: 61

Appalachian State University women’s soccer forward Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was named to the 2016 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer First Team, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced this week.

Cline was one of a total of 22 student-athletes from six different North Carolina schools to be named to the first and second teams, joining student-athletes from Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, Elon and Western Carolina.

Cline, a member of the all-Sun Belt first team and the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, earned all-tournament honors as she helped the Mountaineers reach the tournament and, scoring four goals in the three final must-win games and for her performance in the quarterfinal and semifinal matchups.

The Cornelius, N.C. native’s senior year was remarkable as she finished the regular season with 11 goals, three assists, 25 points, 91 shots (54 on goal) and five game-winning goals while logging 1,589 minutes.

Cline’s season put her tied for first all-time in Appalachian’s history for single season goals, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season. She’s now second in program history for points in a season and tied for second all-time in career assists (14).

NCCSIA First Team
F Jane Cline (Sr., Appalachian State, Cornelius, N.C.)
F Megan Greene (Fr., Charlotte, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.)
F Serenity Waters (Jr., UNCW, Sharpsburg, Ga.)
M Payton Ormsby (Sr., Campbell, Wilmington, N.C.)
M Martha Thomas (Jr., Charlotte, Weston, Fla.)
M Katie O’Neill (Sr., Charlotte, Kearny, N.J.)
M Moa Jarl (Sr., UNCW, Gothenburg, Sweden)
D Riley Orr (Fr., Charlotte, Mooresville, N.C.)
D Kendall Ballotti (Jr., Elon, Long Valley, N.J.)
D Madison Melnick (Sr., UNCW, Mason, Ohio)
GK Carolyn Huddy (Sr., UNCW, Huntersville, N.C.)

Appalachian State University men’s soccer senior forward Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) continues to collect postseason awards, most recently garnering third-team All-Southeast Region, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced this week.

Chapman joins student-athletes from southeastern schools such as South Carolina, Charlotte, Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast. The forward represents Appalachian State as one of six total selections from the Sun Belt Conference to the three teams and one of three student-athletes to hail from the state of North Carolina.

The Greensboro-native was a leader for the Mountaineers both in the classroom and on the field, being a constant offensive threat this year, ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (eight), third in points (18) and ninth in shots (30).

His best conference game of the season game against Howard at home when he buried a penalty kick late in the game to put the Mountaineers ahead before lasering in a goal later to seal the win.

The senior adds this recognition to a stellar year that included first team All-Sun Belt honors as well as receiving the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week award once this season. He led the team in all offensive categories, while also ranking tied for first on the team with two assists. He also finished 5-5 in PKs this year.

NSCAA All-Southeast Third Team
F Stephen Chapman (Sr., Appalachian State University, Greensboro, N.C.)
F Mamadou Guirassy (Jr., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Paris, France)
F (Arion Sobers-Assue (So., Florida Gulf Coast University, Miami, Fla.)
F Mike Rood (Sr., Hartwick College, Conklin, N.Y.)
M Kurtis Turner (Sr., University of South Carolina (Sheffield, England)
M Josh Castellanos (Jr., University of North Florida, Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
M Dylan Sacramento (Jr., Florida Gulf Coast University, Winnipeg, Man.)
D Einar Einarsson (Sr., Coastal Carolina University, Akranes, Iceland)
D Alex Bumpus (Jr., University of Kentucky, Hilliard, Ohio)
D Matej Dekovic (Sr., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Zagreb, Croatia)
GK Stuart Ford (Jr., University of Kentucky, Shaker Heights, Ohio)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Emily Steele has been named to the 2016 NCCSIA College Division All-State Volleyball Second Team. NCCSIA is the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

Steele, a junior middle blocker from Greenville, N.C., led the team in hitting percentage (.273), service aces (30) and total blocks (109) this year in addition to 242 kills and 89 digs.

Steele was also named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team and finished tied for first in the league in blocks per set (1.06).

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association

2016 College Division All-State Women’s Volleyball Teams


L/DS - Kendra Johnson, Jr., Montreat, Ararat, N.C.

MB - Jayde Jacobs, Jr., Fayetteville State, Fayetteville, N.C.

MB - Alex Hafliger, Jr., Meredith, Monroe, N.C.

OH - Hayley Marshburn, So., Barton, Henderson, N.C.

OH - Meredith Jones, Sr., Queens, Blythewood, S.C.

RS/Opp. - Abby Saehler, Sr., Wingate, Iowa City, Iowa

S - Hannah Blaylock, Jr., Meredith, Roxboro, N.C.


L/DS - Bailey Zavala, Jr., Chowan, Las Vegas, Nev.

MB - Caroline Pridgen, Sr., UNC Pembroke, Laurinburg, N.C.

MB - Emily Steele, Jr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Greenville, N.C.

OH - Lucy Herrmann, Sr., Johnson & Wales, San Diego, Calif.

OH - Suraya Chase, Sr., Chowan, Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago

RS/Opp. - Shakera Hall, So. Saint Augustine's, Bridgetown, Barbados

S - Angelica Acevedon, So. Barton, Coamo, Puerto Rico

Thursday, 08 December 2016 10:54

CVCC Volleyball Signs Creswell From Crest

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Mikayla Creswell of Crest High School signed on November 30th to play volleyball next fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were mom and dad Chad and Tracy Creswell, Crest Head Coach Jamie Wilson, Assistant Coaches Erin McWhirter and Taylor Izokovic, Crest Principal Holly Robinson, Mikayla’s best friend Jenna Wacaster, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson and CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley.

In her senior year at Crest, Creswell earned All-Conference Team honors and was named the Most Valuable Player. She started on Varsity all 4 years of high school. Coach Jamie Wilson commented, “I am so glad that Mikayla gets the opportunity to continue her volleyball career after high school. It has been an honor to be able to coach Mikayla through her high school years and be able to watch her progress to the athlete she has become!”

CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is excited to add Mikayla to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Mikayla is an extremely athletic middle whose quickness and court awareness will be huge assets to our team. She is a phenomenal young lady and I am looking forward to working with her next fall.”
Mikayla plans to study business and transfer after her two years at CVCC. Mikayla is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Career and Technical Honor Society and is involved in Student Government.

Thursday, 08 December 2016 10:13

Allen Out As Head Football Coach at Freedom

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Brandon Allen has stepped down as the head football coach at Freedom High School. Allen led the Patriots for the past three seasons and had a record of 27-9-1. This past season, the Patriots went 6-6 and were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by West Rowan. A search for a new head coach is underway. The full press release from Burke County Schools:

Freedom High School Head Football Coach Brandon Allen has resigned his position as the football coach. He leaves the team after three years of service and with a winning record of 27-9-1. Freedom High School Principal Mike Swan announced Allen’s decision on Wednesday. Swan said, “Coach Allen has been a part of some of the greatest moments in this program's history, and we are very hopeful about what the future holds for Patriot football. I appreciate Coach Allen’s three years of service as head coach of our football program. Coach Allen leaves the team with a winning tradition, one that we will certainly continue to build upon.” Swan said the search for a new football coach will begin immediately. Coach Allen said he is honored to have had the opportunity to work and coach at Freedom High School, he appreciates the opportunity and he wishes the program much success.

Girls basketball
Bandys: 65
Fred T. Foard: 46

Freedom: 61
Draughn: 24

South Caldwell: 31
Alexander Central: 22

Boys basketball
Fred T. Foard: 67
Bandys: 47

Freedom: 54
Draughn: 41

Patton: 52
East Burke: 50

South Caldwell: 54
Alexander Central: 45

West Caldwell: 92
Challenger: 28

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-5) fell to Belmont Abbey (4-4) in overtime by an 87-83 score Wednesday night in a non-conference regional game at the Wheeler Center.

The Crusaders’ Jacob Wilson (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA) led all scorers with 24 points while Deion Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) added 23 points and 10 rebounds as Belmont Abbey snapped a three-game losing streak.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points and hit seven three-pointers despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward JacQues Chambers (Maysville, N.C.) added a double-double – 16 points and 10 rebounds – and senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) scored 17 points while the Bears, as a team, hit 14 treys in the setback.

Bales nailed a three-pointer as time ran out in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 77 but the Crusaders responded by scoring the final seven points to take the win.

Belmont Abbey’s Drexler Clark (Davidson, N.C.) dished out a career-high 16 assists without a turnover and the Crusaders shot 52 percent (33-of-64) from the field on the night in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m., in Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (4-3) made it two straight victories with a 54-44 win over Greensboro (2-5) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) led all scorers with 16 points while junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added 11 points in the victory.

The Pride was led by Kylee Barry (Smyrna, Ga.), who totaled 14 points and hit four treys but was the lone Greensboro player to score in double figures in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 21-10 lead after one period of play and never looked back. The Bears held the Pride to seven points in both second and third stanzas in addition to a 45-30 edge in rebounding on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) totaled seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 30 years.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m., at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

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