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The Appalachian State football team’s first-place showdown at Georgia State on Nov. 25 has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN3.

App State, Georgia State and Troy are currently part of a three-way tie for first place with 5-1 records in the Sun Belt Conference, and all three teams have byes this weekend. Arkansas State, which fell to 4-1 in the league with a loss at South Alabama last weekend, could join the first-place tie with a home win Saturday against Texas State.

Two days after Thanksgiving, the winner of the game in Atlanta between the Mountaineers (6-4 overall) and Panthers (6-3 overall) will be 6-1 in the Sun Belt with a chance to clinch at least a share of a conference title in its Dec. 2 finale. It will also be App State’s first visit to Georgia State Stadium, which was formerly Turner Field as home to the Atlanta Braves.

Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield and first-year Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott were App State teammates from 1991-95, with Satterfield playing quarterback and Elliott excelling as a defensive lineman. Elliott was also on Jerry Moore’s staff when Satterfield began his coaching career as an App State assistant from 1998-2008.

The Mountaineers are moving forward from a 27-6 win in which they limited Georgia Southern to 191 yards of offense with no touchdowns, quarterback Taylor Lamb threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for a career-high 130 yards.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jens Roessler has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s Soccer NCAA Division II First Team for District III. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America. District III consists of Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and the South Atlantic Conference.

Roessler, a senior defender from Ettlingen, GERMANY, led the Bears to a 10-4-3 record (6-2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference), a second-place tie in the league regular standings and a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second straight year.

Roessler, who played in all 17 matches with 16 starts, helped anchor a Bears’ defense which limited their opponents to just 18 goals in 17 matches, a 1.01 goals-against average and seven shutouts. Roessler, a two-year starter, has a 3.97 grade point average and is on the entrepreneurship track as part of the MBA program at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 D-II and D-III Academic All-America® teams program.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Soccer
(Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)

GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, 3.42, Sport Management
D - Javier Anton, Limestone, 3.80, Business Management & Sport Management
D - Breki Bjarnason, Catawba, 3.96, Psychology
D - Quincy Kroeschell, Newberry, 3.98, Graphic Design
D - Jens Roessler, Lenoir-Rhyne, 3.97, Entrepreneurship (MBA)
MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate, 4.00, Sport Management
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae, 3.88, Psychology
MF - David Fairgrieve, Wingate, 3.97, Marketing
MF - Tom Read, Carson-Newman, 3.75, MBA
F - Juan Carlos Carrillo, Queens University, 4.00, Biochemistry
F - Carlos Gomez, Young Harris, 3.50, Business and Public Policy
F - Levin Sandmann, Francis Marion, 3.46, Business Economics
F - Pol Vassart, Lees-McRae, 3.61, Business Administration (Finance & Accounting)

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Xzavion Huff has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week, league officials announced today.

Huff, a freshman running back from Maiden, N.C., returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ 24-20 setback to Catawba in the regular season finale last Saturday on the road.

Huff led the team in kickoff returns this year – 423 yards on 17 returns for a 24.9-yard average – and finished second on the squad in rushing (227 yards) with two scores.

In addition, Huff was named the Southside Power & Fitness Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter winner for the Indians' game. Huff wins the honor for the first time in his collegiate career.

Southside Power and Fitness will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in the honor of Huff as this week's winner of the Heavy Hitter Award.

Monday, 13 November 2017 10:49

App State Women's Basketball Falls Late to Radford

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A fourth-quarter surge from Radford (1-0) doomed App State women's basketball (0-2) in a 61-40 setback on Sunday afternoon in the Dedmon Center.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the team with 11 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds, giving the sophomore her first double-double of the season and the third of her career. The Thomasville, N.C. native stepped up in the second half where she scored 10 of her 11 points in the stanza and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field after missing all four of her shots in the first half.

LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rocklege) had an efficient performance with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting and five rebounds, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also turned in eight points. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) contributed seven points off the bench to lead the reserves, which was a season high for the first-year Mountaineer.

The Mountaineers gave the Preseason Big South favorites all they could handle until Radford's 23-6 run over the final 7:49 of the contest helped the hosts pull away. Radford shot 58.8 percent in the fourth quarter alone while entering the fourth quarter, the Apps held RU to just 30 percent shooting from the floor.

It was a low-scoring affair in the first half where each team shot below 33 percent. Trailing 7-1 in the opening frame, App State scored six of the next 10 points to go into the second period with a four-point deficit, 11-7.

Trailing 12-7 in the second frame, Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) sparked a 10-2 run over a 2:48 span with five-straight points before back-to-back layups from Stanley and Gosnell capped off the spark to give App a 17-14 edge. With the momentum shifted to the Black and Gold, Radford would respond with a run of its own over the last 6:26 of the first half to retake the lead at four points. 22-18.

Despite a Jen Falconer 3-pointer that extended RU's lead to seven in the opening minutes of the third frame, 25-18, the Mountaineers fought back to tie up the contest at 29-29 with 4:25 left in the quarter. Plummer and Wilson spearheaded the surge with all nine of App State's points during a 9-4 spark.

Once again the Highlanders answered scoring seven of the next points to go into the final frame with a 36-30 lead. Appalachian dwindled the deficit to four points, 38-34, with 7:49 left in the game. Although the Highlanders showed why they have won 17 games in a row at home with the late surge it needed to clinch the win.

Through the first two games of the season, Plummer is averaging 12.5 rebounds per game.

The trio of Plummer, Stanley and Mathews shot a combined 11-for-18 from the floor and 24 points.

Appalachian will look to rebound on Wednesday against former SoCon rival, ETSU on Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) scored 25 points and junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 20 to lead Appalachian State men's basketball past Bridgewater 95-57 in a non-bracket game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach on Sunday inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers stand at 2-0 on the season, marking the first time they opened the season 2-0 since 2010-11.

Shabazz tallied his second straight 20-point performance, after scoring 21 in Saturday's win over Toccoa Falls. He finished 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field, dished out four assists and recorded a career-high tying three steals.

Johnson knocked down 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) of his free throws and also pulled down seven rebounds in the win.

Off the bench, freshman O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) tallied a career-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds.

The Mountaineers scored the first seven points of the game to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. App State used an 8-0 run minutes later to expand its lead to 15-6 with just under 14 minutes in the opening half.

A 10-0 run by Appalachian pushed its lead to 39-16 with just over three minutes left in the first half. App State took a 41-21 advantage into the break.

In the second half, the Mountaineers would continue to expand their lead and used a 9-0 spurt over a 2:52 span to build an 81-42 lead with 5:36 remaining and put the game away.

The Black and Gold defense was tough for the second straight game, limiting the Eagles (0-1) to 31.1 percent (19-of-61) shooting and forcing 25 turnovers.

Appalachian also held a 54-36 edge in the rebounding battle.

The Mountaineers will be back at it on Thursday, as they open the bracket portion of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach. Appalachian will take on Iowa State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Catawba Football Team (9-2, 5-2) won its fourth straight game after holding off Lenoir-Rhyne (3-7, 2-5), 24-20, Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) led the way with a team-high 104 yards and a touchdown to cross over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Brown finished with 1,071 yards and 11 total touchdowns on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman running back Xzavion Huff, a Maiden High School grad, returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, the first since October 29, 2016, by sophomore Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.): 91 yards versus Newberry.

Catawba totaled 233 yards on the ground including 142 yards and two touchdowns from Kenyatta Greene (Edgewater Park, N.J.). The Indians held a 392-229 edge in total yards.

Williams finished with a game-high 10 tackles and the Bears' defense registered three sacks on the day.

Brown is the first 1,000-yard back from Lenoir-Rhyne since Kristaan Ivory (1,066 yards) in 2015. Brown is the 14th player in school history to cross the 1,000-yard mark on the season for the Bears.

Catawba leads the all-time series with Lenoir-Rhyne, 49-44-4, and has won three straight over the Bears.

Catawba is currently sixth in the latest Super Region No. 2 Poll and will wait and see if it earns a berth to the playoffs (the top seven teams from each of the four regions advance).

Lenoir-Rhyne's season comes to an end with a record of 3-7 overall, 2-5 in conference play.

On the final day of the Peach Belt Conference/South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Challenge, Francis Marion (2-0) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2), 78-70, Saturday evening at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 14 points while junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) added 13 points and eight rebounds in the setback.

Francis Marion's Detrek Browning (Columbia, S.C.) was the offensive player of the night, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting including six treys.

The Bears led by as many as 10 points midway through the first half and held a 33-30 advantage at intermission.

The Patriots hit 11-of-12 free throw attempts in the second half.

Francis Marion avenged a loss to Lenoir-Rhyne last year – 75-52 on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in Hickory, N.C. – when the same four teams gathered including Catawba and UNC Pembroke - for the two-day challenge.

Lenoir-Rhyne looks to snap a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts King on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in its home opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

A total of four program records fell as Appalachian State men's basketball rolled to a 135-34 victory over Toccoa Falls in its season opener on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.

The Apps (1-0) 134 points topped the previous program record of 120 points, set in a victory over Wofford on December 7, 1977.

In addition, the 101-point margin of victory betters the program record of 68, set last season in a 119-51 win over Warren Wilson. It is also just the sixth game in Division I men's basketball history to have a margin of victory over 100 points. (ESPN Stats & Info)

App State made 50 field goals in the win, bettering the previous mark of 49 set on February 13, 1978 against Chattanooga. The Mountaineers also set a new program standard in 3-pointers made, draining a total of 20, topping the previous mark of 17 set against the Citadel on January 27, 2006.

All 13 Mountaineers to see action played double digit minutes and scored. Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) led App State with a game-high 24 points on 61.5 percent (8-of-13) shooting.

Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) and junior Trey Ford (Morresville, N.C./Lake Norman) each finished with 15 points. Ford's scoring output marks a new career-high.

Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) had 14 points and six rebounds, senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tallied 13 points and seven rebounds and senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) and junior Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) each had 10 points.

On the glass, sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and junior Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) each posted new career-highs with 13 and 11, respectively.

Appalachian came out of the gates strong, scoring the first seven points to jump in front 7-0.

The Mountaineers later used a 18-0 run to open a 39-5 lead with 9:47 remaining in the first half. Appalachian held the Screaming Eagles scoreless for a span of 6:12 during the stretch.

App State took a 63-16 lead into the intermission.

In the second half, the Mountaineers went on a 35-1 run over a 9:45 span to put an exclamation point on the victory.

App State dominated the rebounding battle, holding a 76-24 advantage. The Mountaineers also dished out 31 assists on its 50 made field goals.

Defensively, the Apps limited Toccoa Falls to 15.9 percent (11-of-69) shooting mark and a 12.0 percent (3-of-25) clip from deep.

Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:00

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Drops Senior Night Contest

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The Coker Volleyball Team (14-16, 7-13) earned a berth to the South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 3-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-16, 6-14) Saturday afternoon in the league and regular season finale at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Cobras' Taylor du Bray (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished with 15 kills and 14 digs while Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 49 assists and 14 digs in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) also totaled 15 kills and senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) added 13 kills and 14 digs but the Bears hit just .142 for the contest.

Junior setter Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) came back in a big way for the Bears from injury – totaling 23 assists and 10 digs – despite the loss.

Coker swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne and handed the Bears their sixth consecutive setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne failed to advance to the conference tournament for the first time since the 2010 campaign.

LR recognized its five seniors prior to the contest: Redmond, senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.), senior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.), senior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) and senior middle blocker Samantha Bishop (Spring Hill, Fla.).

Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:54

App State Wrestling Picks Up Pair of Wins

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Appalachian State’s wrestling team swept two matches at the Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, beating Bloomsburg 28-7 and starting Southern Conference competition with a 45-0 victory against Davidson in Varsity Gym.

Laken Cook (157 pounds), Thomas Flitz (165), Forrest Przybysz (174), Alan Clothier (184), Randall Diabe (197), Cary Miller (285), Irvin Enriquez (141) and Gavin Londoff (149) won two matches apiece for the Mountaineers (2-0, 1-0 SoCon).

MATCH ONE: App State 28, Bloomsburg 7

Starting at 157 pounds, App State built a 20-0 lead by winning the first six matches before closing with major decisions from Enriquez and Londoff.

Cook and Flitz began the Bloomsburg match with 11-2 and 12-1 major decisions, and Przybysz posted a 6-2 decision. Clothier won a 2-1 decision against Trevor Allard by accumulating more than a minute of riding time during a sequence in which a lengthy escape allowed Allard to enter the third period with a 1-0 lead. Clothier opened the final period with a one-point escape and had exactly one minute of riding time, the minimum to gain an additional point, when the match ended.

Diabe’s 8-4 decision pushed the Mountaineers ahead 17-0, and Miller won a 2-1 decision against Bruce Graeber. Trailing 1-0 as he entered the final period in the down position, Miller received two points in quick succession when he completed an escape moments after Bloomsburg committed a one-point violation for a hand lock.

Bloomsburg cut into its deficit with two straight victories before Enriquez and Londoff won 9-1 and 10-1, respectively.

App State 28, Bloomsburg 7

157: Laken Cook (APP) def. Kevin Laubach Jr. (BLM), 11-2 maj. dec.
165: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Nate Newberry (BLM), 12-1 maj. dec.
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Kyle Murphy (BLM), 6-2 dec.
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Trevor Allard (BLM), 2-1 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Logan Womelsdorf (BLM), 8-4 dec.
285: Cary Miller (APP) def. Bruce Graeber (BLM), 2-1 dec.
125: Willy Girard (BLM) def. Logan Durham (APP), 16-0 tech. fall, 4:07
133: Andy Schutz (BLM) def. Codi Russell (APP), 15-6 maj. dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez Jr. (APP) def. Braden Stahlnecker (BLM), 9-1 maj. dec.
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Evan Campbell (BLM), 10-1 maj. dec.

MATCH TWO: App State 45, Davidson 0

App State won in all 10 weight classes, using two pins and two victories by technical fall to register the SoCon win.

Przybysz won by fall in 3:37, and Logan Durham (125 pounds) won by fall in 46 seconds. The victories by technical fall came from Flitz (17-2 in 5:31) and 133-pound Codi Russell (25-10 in 6:43).

The tightest matches occurred at 184, where Clothier won 7-4 by breaking a tie with a takedown in the final 30 seconds before gaining a point via riding time, and 197, where Diabe won a 2-0 decision. Ahead 1-0 in the final period, he accrued riding time while preventing Konner Pritchard from escaping from the down position.

Cook, Miller (by forfeit), Enriquez and Londoff also contributed wins for the Mountaineers, who wrestle next weekend at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia.

App State 45, Davidson 0

157: Laken Cook (APP) def. Tony Palumbo (DAV), 12-0 maj. dec.
165: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Hunter Costa (DAV), 17-2 tech. fall, 5:31
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Noah Satterfield (DAV), fall, 3:37
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Ryan Devlin (DAV), 7-4 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Konner Pritchard (DAV), 2-0 dec.
285: Cary Miller (APP) won by forfeit
125: Logan Durham (APP) def. Michael McClelland (DAV), fall, 0:46
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. Zamir Ode (D), 25-10 tech. fall, 6:43
141: Irvin Enriquez Jr. (APP) def. Dustin Runzo (D), 5-1 dec.
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Will Baldwin (D), 12-1 maj. dec.

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