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Appalachian State University basketball student-athletes Kelvin Robinson and Patrick Good have been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules.

In a statement, head coach Jim Fox said, “We pride ourselves on living up to certain standards here at Appalachian State. They will use this as a learning experience. They are an important part of our program and we care about them. We look forward to them getting back on the court.”

Appalachian State women’s tennis (0-3) fell to UNCA, 5-2, at Asheville Racquet Club on Sunday afternoon.

The doubles play started off in convincing fashion for the Mountaineers as Melissa Machado (Miami,Fla. / Felix Varela) and Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla. / Cypress Lake) downed Hunter Hall and Amalie Davidson, 6-0.

Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla. / Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, Lake Norman) won their second match of the year and clinched the doubles point for the Black and Gold against Hannah Francisco and Kylee Shipley, 6-3.

Although unable to finish, No. 2 doubles partners Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C. / Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C. / Hoggard) were leading Christin Louw and Lauren Watson-Steele, 5-3.

The tides turned during the singles matches as the Bulldogs (3-1) took five of six points.

At No. 1, Morse fought hard against Francisco but came up short, 6-4, 6-4. After taking the first set against Watson-Steele, Wreder fell in the second and third set, ending the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 4 singles, Machado notched the only Mountaineers point with a tough 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win against Davidsen.

Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia / Miami Gold Coast) looked to pick up a point for the Mountaineers but was defeated by Louw. Swope fell to Shipley after a hard fought match, 6-3, 6-2.

At the No. 6 spot, Marisa Anthony (Raleigh, N.C. / Sanderson) was defeated by Hall 6-2, 6-2.

The Black and Gold look to pick up its first win of the season against Western Carolina at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 22:00

Appalachian State Men's Tennis Sweeps Lees-McRae

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis men (2-1) swept past Lees-McRae, 7-0, on Sunday morning at Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Each of the doubles pairings for the Black and Gold was debuted today, as each pairing appeared for the first time together this season. All three of the doubles matches went to the Mountaineers on Sunday.

In addition, five of the six singles matches resulted in straight sets.

“From start to finish, I thought we played really well,” stated head coach Bob Lake. “Some of the guys were able to get their first wins of the season, and we got to see some different pairings in doubles play. It was great to have everyone contribute to the win, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team today.”

Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alexander Free (Johns Creek, Ga. / Tyler JC) took the first doubles match of the day, 6-3 versus Sebastian Zuhr and Cole Douglas Fields.

At No. 3 doubles, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) clinched the doubles point, 6-3, against Thomas Deeley and Grant Miller.

Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C.) were able to finish No. 1 doubles as they beat Gabe Muniz and Garrett Lakey, 6-2.

Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) played in the No. 1 spot for the first time this season and took the first set, 6-0. Muniz was able to capture the second set, 6-4, but Maddocks dominated the third set winning, 6-0, and clinching the match for Appalachian.

Brea finished his singles match in two sets defeating Zuhr 6-3, 6-4, while Bargeron and Lakey were the second singles match to finish on the day, as the Apps took the No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-3).

Pavkovich continued the sweep of the Bobcats as he defeated Fields 6-2, 6-0 before at No. 5 singles, Galen Arney (Boulder, Colo. / Boulder) finished off Brandon Caldwell 6-3, 6-2.

Free completed the sweep of the Bobcats by defeating Deeley 6-2, 6-1.

The Apps look to extend their winning streak to three on Saturday, Feb. 4 against UNC Asheville on the road at 3 p.m.

Appalachian State University wrestling had five student-athletes place in its fifth annual Appalachian Open on Saturday at Varsity Gym.

Appalachian wrestlers were joined on the mats by Virginia, Campbell, Ohio, Campbell, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, NC State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Duke, The Citadel, and Limestone College.

The Mountaineers (11-2, 5-0 Southern Conference) were led by Laken Cook (Ilion, N.Y./Central Valley Academy), Demazio Samuel (Durham, N.C./Northern), Angel Najar (Bethel, N.C./North Pitt), Alan Clothier (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) and Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) on the day, all placing in the top four.

Battling at 157 pounds, Cook started the day off with a 9-0 major decision over Virginia Tech’s Derek Ciavarro, before getting a technical fall over fellow Mountaineer Carl Guess (Hickory, N.C./South Caldwell), 16-0. Cook would then fall to Old Dominion’s Larry Early in the first place match in a 6-2 decision to be the second-place champion.

In the 197-pound weight class, Samuel began with a 6-0 decision victory over Gardner-Webb’s Andy Bennett, before getting a 7-0 decision over Ohio’s Devin King. Samuel battled tough in the championship match, but would drop a tight 6-4 decision to Gardner-Webb’s Terry Henderson to be placed second on the day.

After an early tight 7-6 loss to Old Dominion’s Early at 157, Najar battled back with an 8-0 major decision over Virginia’s Michael Murphy before pinning teammate Michael Elliott (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) in 6:05. Najar would then take down another Mountaineer, Guess, in an 8-2 decision, before falling to Virginia Tech’s Ryan Blees in a 25-9 technical fall to place fourth overall on the day.

At 184 pounds, Clothier began the day with back-to-back bonus point victories, getting a 15-0 technical fall win over unattached Garrett Stokes and then an 11-0 major decision over Ohio’s Hunter Yeargan. Clothier would suffer a sudden-victory setback to Chattanooga’s Dominic Lampe, but would bounce back to take down Duke’s Araad Sarrami in a 12-2 major decision. In the third place match, Clothier fell to NC State’s Nicky Hall 10-2, placing the freshman fourth overall.

In the heavyweight division, Miller battled back from an early pin by NC State’s Michael Rogers, rattling off five-straight victories to place in the weight class. Miller began with an impressive 55-second pin of West Virginia’s Zachary Schrader before getting a 5-2 decision over Andrew Gunning of North Carolina. Miller then squeaked passed Old Dominion’s Ali Wahab with a 3-2 decision, before taking Virginia’s Tyler Love to the second sudden victory round, where Miller got the 4-3 win. Miller would fall 3-1 in the third place match to The Citadel’s Michael McAleavy to place fourth overall.

The Mountaineer’s next duals match will be against SoCon rival Chattanooga on Sunday, Feb. 5. The action begins at 2 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field finished day two of the Thundering Herd Invitation on Saturday night in Huntington, W.Va. Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) won her second race of the season and broke two records.

On the track, Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./South View (North Carolina Central)) and LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) had two great showings in the short sprints. Girardeau produced a season’s best of 7.64 in the 60 meters to take fifth place, and King darted across the finish line in 7.68 to grab sixth. In the 200 meters, King clocked a collegiate personal-best of 25.04 to land in ninth. After her solid performance in the pole vault on Friday, Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./Watauga) turned in a personal-best effort of 8.85 to finish fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Quarter-miler Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview) ran an indoor personal best in the 400-meter race of 57.36 to finish in 12th out of 46 competitors.

In the middle distance races, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) rounded out the top-ten best times in the 800 meters clocking a season’s best of 2:17.02. In the mile run, Kathryn Farina (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle (High Point University)) and Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) both turned in personal-best performances to grab seventh and eighth running 5:00.59 and 5:01.18 respectively.

Senior Van Ord continues her reign in the long distance events with a first-place victory in the 3,000 meters. She ran a season’s best of 9:44.40 to win the race and broke the facility and meet record in the process. Right behind her was Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) in fifth who ran a PR of 10:09.53.

In the field events, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) carried over her momentum from yesterday’s long jump competition to take third in the triple jump producing her best mark of the season 39-11.50 (12.18m). Lastly, in the high jump, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) placed second clearing the bar at 5-7 (1.70m), her highest jump so far in 2017.

1/28 Thundering Herd Invitational Results

60m (prelims)- 6. LaBria King, 7.68q; 7. Darlene Girardeau, 7.73q

60m (finals)- 5. Darlene Girardeau, 7.64 (sb); 6. LaBria King, 7.68

60H (prelims)-8. Taylor Drummonds, 8.92q; 10. Imani Chapman, 8.96; 21. Makaila Roberts, 9.22

60H (finals)-4. Taylor Drummonds, 8.85 (pr)

200m- 9. LaBria King, 25.04 (collegiate pr); 14. Darlene Girardeau, 25.34; 22. Imani Chapman, 25.68

400m-12. Catherine Crawford, 57.36 (indoor pr)

800m- 10. Phylissa Greeley, 2:17.02 (sb); 21. Sarah Hoffert, 2:19.87

Mile- 7. Kathryn Farina, 5:00.59 (pr); 8. Torre Moser, 5:01.18 (pr); 37. Kate Butler, 5:19.20 (pr)

3,000m- 1. Tristin Van Ord, 9:44.4 (sb); 5. Hana Ratcliffe, 10:09.53 (pr); 20. Emily Fedders, 10:29.16

4x400 Relay- 14. Appalachian A (Chapman, Greeley, Crawford, Hoffert), 4:02.85

High Jump- 2. Hunter Welborn, 5-7 (1.70m); 9. Makayla Roten, 5-3 (1.60m); T14. Libby Florence, 5-3 (1.60m)

Triple Jump- 3. Chelsey Hargrave, 39-11.50 (12.18m); NM. K’Lynn Beal

Shot Put-26. Amber Daniel 37-8 (11.48m)

Appalachian State University men’s track and field snatched three first-place victories on the final day of the Thundering Herd Invitational in Huntington, W.Va on Saturday.

The Mountaineers had many top-five performances on the track in West Virginia. In the 60-meter hurdles, the Apps finished with a one-two punch with freshman Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) winning his second hurdle competition of the year with PR of 8.13 and Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd) landing in second with a PR of 8.19. In the 60 meters, William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) stormed across the finish line in 6.88 to grab second place. For the 200-meter race, Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) clocked a time of 21.73 to finish third, and Buckley produced a time of 21.89 to place fourth.

In the middle distance races, App State ran the fastest times in the 800 meters and the mile run. Sun Belt Champion Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) ran a season’s best of 1:52.43 to win the 800 meters and broke the meet record. Junior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) snagged his first victory of the year with a personal-best time of 4:15.56. Finishing in third was Jacob Sears (Raleigh, N.C./Panther Creek (College of William and Mary)) with a PR of 4:16.95 and Ian Foley (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) ran a PR of 4:19.81 to take sixth.

In the field events, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) continued his record-breaking streak by winning the pole vault with a jump of 16-0.75 (4.90m) which broke the meet record. In the horizontal jumps, Tylen Noel (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) landed in fifth with a leap of 21-8 (6.60m) and Jordan Alexander Johnson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) flew 21-2.75 (6.47m) to take eighth. Lastly, the shot put duo of Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla. (Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) seized their third straight top-three finish with Milch tossing out the implement 55-10.25 (17.02m) for second and Parham chucking out the shot put 53-7 (16.33m) for third.

1/127 Thundering Herd Invitational Results

60m (prelims)- 6. William Buckley, 6.97q; 20. Antonio Marcano Jr., 7.16; 28. Tylen Noel, 7.34

60m (finals)- 2. William Buckley, 6.88

60H (prelims)-2. Elliott Graves, 8.31q; 5. Brandon Smith, 8.37q; 14. Andrew Spear, 8.78

60H (finals)-1. Elliott Graves, 8.13 (pr); 2. Brandon Smith, 8.19 (pr)

200m- 3. Jabari Johnson, 21.73; 4. William Buckley, 21.89; 17. Jordan Alexander Johnson, 22.66; 19. Antonio Marcano Jr., 22.69; 22. Elliott Graves, 22.88

400m-10. Brandon Smith, 49.67 (pr); 16. Josh Hanna, 50.32; 24. Andrew Spear, 50.97 (pr)

800m- 1. Ryan Hastings, 1:52.43 (sb); 21. Sean Michael Doyle, 1:58.58 (pr)

Mile- 1. Evan Georges, 4:15.56 (pr); 3. Jacob Sears, 4:16.95 (pr); 6. Ian Foley, 4:19.81 (pr); 20. Chris Anderson, 4:30.24

4x400 Relay- 3. Appalachian A (Hanna, Smith, J. Johnson, Hastings), 3:17.36

Pole Vault- 1. Phillip Thomas. 16-0.75 (4.90m); NH. Tristian Shaver and Michael Utecht

Long Jump- 5. Tylen Noel, 21-8 (6.60m); 8. Jordan Alexander Johnson, 21-2.75 (6.47m)

High Jump- T10. Jordan Dale, 6-2.75 (1.90m); NH. Nick Hinton

Shot Put-2. Nathan Milch, 55-10.25 (17.02m); 3. Ellsworth Parham, 53-7 (16.33m)

App State will roll down to Johnson City, Tenn. for the Buccaneer Track & Field Invitational Feb. 2-4.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 21:40

Appalachian State Men's Tennis Downs Presbyterian

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis (1-1) rolled past Presbyterian (2-2) with a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers took home the doubles point with two of three doubles matches while capturing four of six singles points. App picked up its first win of the season and can improve to 2-1 tomorrow against Lees-McRae at the DVC.

“It was great to see us get our first win today, “ said head coach Bob Lake. “ I was proud of the way we came back after dropping the first doubles match, then from there, the momentum rolled into singles play.”

The Apps fell in the first doubles match with Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) falling to Jaimie Lopez and Diego Manzanas in a tough 6-3 match. From that point on, the Apps rolled taking both doubles matches and the first four singles contests that finished.

Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) took home a 6-4 win over Ben Kelly and Joel Roberts as the top duo. In the third and final doubles match, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) turned in a tightly-contested 7-6 (7-2) tiebreaking win to give App the 1-0 lead going into singles play.

Maddocks got things started for the Black and Gold with a straight set 6-2, 6-3 win over Lopez followed by a Webster victory against Manzanas in a battle at the No. 1 slot that went to a tiebreak in the second set, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

At the No. 2, Morris clinched the win for the Apps against Brandon Mills, 6-3, 6-3. Bargeron would continue his solid day recording a hard-fought 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) triumph over Alejandro Bejar as the the No. 4 in the books.

Brea competed in singles action as the No. 6 in the lineup but fell to Roberts, 6-4, 6-3. Pavkovich also would fall in the five slot, taking his opponent (Kelly) to a tiebreak in the first set before suffering the 6-1 defeat.

First serve against Lees-McRae is set for 9 a.m. tomorrow as the Apps look to sweep the weekend.

Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) posted his second 30-point game in three contests, while Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) collected his fourth double-double of the season, but it would not be enough in an 83-67 loss to UT Arlington on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (6-13, 1-7 Sun Belt) were led by Shabazz’s 33 points, including 21 in the first half. Shabazz finished 12-for-19 from the floor, including 8-for-12 from 3-point range. His eight threes were a career-high.

Kinney’s 10 points and 10 rebounds was his fourth double-double of 2016-17 and of his career. Four of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

In the first half, the Black and Gold held the Mavericks (16-5, 6-2 Sun Belt) to their lowest first-half point total of the season with just 24 and led by eight at the break.

App State held the Mavs to just 31.0 percent shooting from the floor in the first half, but UTA broke out in the second period - shooting 54.5 percent.

UTA scored five-straight points in the second half and Appalachian was able to fend them off and hold the lead until the 13:34 mark until the Mavericks’ Kaelon Wilson completed a three-point play to give UTA a 44-43 lead.

A Shabazz jumper see-sawed the lead back into the Mountaineers’ favor, but two free throws from Jorge Bilbao would give the Mavs the slight advantage the would need. Following Bilbao’s free throws, the Mavs would put together an 11-3 run to open things up en route to the 16-point win.

Kevin Hervey led the Mavericks with 22 points, while Wilson notched 17.

The Mountaineers shot just 53.6 percent (15-28) from the foul line in the game. After shooting just 5-for-12 in the opening half, the Mavericks finished the game 17-for-21 from the charity stripe.

Appalachian will return to action on Monday, Jan. 30 when it hosts Texas State. Tipoff is 7 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.

Notes: For the second time in three games, Ronshad Shabazz notched at least 30 points … it marks the second 30-point game of his career and 18th double-digit scoring game of the season - 36th of his career … Shabazz’s eight 3-pointers was a career-high … over his last three games, Shabazz is averaging 29.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game - shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from long range … Griffin Kinney collected his fourth double-double of the season - also the fourth of his career … in league play, Kinney is averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (16-4, 11-3) made it six victories in a row with a 97-75 win over Lenoir-Rhyne (9-10, 8-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Railsplitters’ Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds as Lincoln Memorial, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, defeated Lenoir-Rhyne for the 15th consecutive time.

Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) added 25 points including seven treys for the Railplitters, who hit 14 three-pointers on the afternoon and went 37-of-67 (55 percent) from the field.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite four players in double figures. Junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) finished with a team-high 19 points while junior guard Jarvis Calhoun (Birmingham, Ala.) added 16 points off the bench in the setback.

The Bears hit 20-of-22 free throw attempts and connected on nine treys as well. Lincoln Memorial, however, led by as many as 30 points in the second half and dished out 22 assists against Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lenoir-Rhyne wraps up its three-game home stand on Wednesday against Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 21:20

CVCC Men's Basketball Drop Conference Contest

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball fell to Louisburg College Saturday 92-76 at home.

The Red Hawks were led by Derick Brewer who had 26 points. Matthew Powell and Ty Ireland each had double digit scoring efforts with 16 points by Powell and 11 points by Ireland.

With the loss, CVCC falls to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the conference. The Red Hawks play again Wednesday at Guilford Tech.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (8-12, 3-6 SBC) got off to a fast start, but couldn't sustain the momentum against UT Arlington (15-4, 8-1 SBC) in a 73-62 defeat on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.

Madi Story, a Bandys High School grad, led all scorers with 20 points on an efficient shooting performance, shooting 4-for-7 from the floor including three trifectas and went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored 12 points, while Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) both chipped in with eight points. Plummer grabbed eight off the glass to lead App State and also shot 6-for-8 from the line.

The Mountaineers got the start they wanted jumping to a 21-15 lead in the first quarter after a 7-for-10 performance from the field and shooting 6-of-7 from the free throw line. However, UTA held App to just 16 points over the next two quarters to claim a commanding lead.

App turned the ball over 24 times that led to 26 points for the visitors, while Mavericks shot 46.6 percent from the field. UTA show why it's one of the top defenses in the league, holding App to a 33.3 percent clip from the field.

Appalachian did outrebound the Mavericks, 39-34, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to a 16-9 edge in second-chance points.

The Black and Gold will hit the road next week to Arkansas for games against Little Rock and Arkansas State. Appalachian will play the Trojans at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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