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Appalachian State linebacker Jordan Fehr, running back Darrynton Evans and receiver Thomas Hennigan have made the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Football Team.

Selected by CoSIDA, the teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Fehr, Evans and Hennigan are members of the 25-player District 3 team that includes FBS and FCS players from the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Possessing a 3.81 GPA as a management major, Fehr has emerged as one of the Sun Belt Conference's top defensive players as a junior. He has 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss and one fumble to help lead a group that ranks first in the league in scoring defense (15.8 points), total defense (277.7 yards), passing defense (154.4 yards) and rushing defense (123.2 yards).

A two-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week, Fehr's 4.0 sacks in league games rank third in the conference. In his five full Sun Belt games (he had two tackles before leaving the Georgia Southern game in the first quarter), Fehr is averaging 9.0 tackles per game, a total that would rank third in Sun Belt play behind defenders from Texas State and South Alabama.

Evans, a redshirt sophomore who has a 3.52 GPA as a communication studies major, averages a league-leading 153.3 all-purpose yards per Sun Belt game. His 111.2 rushing yards per game in league play is one-tenth of a yard behind first place, as Evans has posted 100-yard rushing games against Arkansas State (115), Louisiana (183) and Coastal Carolina (159). He opened the season at Penn State with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown before App State's offense even took the field, and he has rushed for 733 yards with six touchdowns while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

A management major with a 3.78 GPA as a sophomore, Hennigan has started all 22 games in his App State career. He has 20 catches for 206 yards this season, a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown that contributes to a 20.2 average on punt returns and a 23.9 average on kickoff returns.

Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot. First- and second-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced in early December.

Following a 3-0 weekend that included a win against an opponent who was ranked No. 7 in the country, Appalachian State's Angel Najar has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week.

Najar had an unbeaten record at 157 pounds as App State faced Sacred Heart, No. 15 Rutgers and Ithaca College on Saturday at the Journeyman MyHouse Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. He had a second-period pin against Sacred Heart, won by a 5-1 decision against the highly ranked John Van Brill of Rutgers and won by technical fall against Ithaca.

A senior from Bethel, N.C., Najar improved to 8-1 on the season and 26-7 in the last two seasons, including a 5-0 mark in SoCon duals.

The Mountaineers return to action Sunday with the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, and their next dual match is Nov. 25 against visiting North Carolina in Varsity Gym.

Season tickets for App State Wrestling are available for $35 (adults) and $15 (youth) by clicking HERE for an online purchase, contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079 or going to the App State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Single-match tickets are $7 (adult) and $3 (youth), with the visits from UNC, Oklahoma and Chattanooga set as premium matches with a price of $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:03

L-R Women's Soccer Has Two Named to All-Region Honors

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The Division II Conference Commissioners Association announced the Southeast All-Region Team, and two Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Players find their name on the second team list, Abbie Brown and Aqsa Mushtaq.

Brown, the forward from Leeds, ENGLAND, was dynamic on the attack for the Bears, leading the team and finishing third in the South Atlantic Conference with 16 goals. She added six assists, had six game-winners and finished with 38 points in her senior season.

Mushtaq, the junior midfielder from Bradford, ENGLAND, started in 17 of the 18 games she played in and was third on the team with five goals. She added four assists to give her 14 points on the year.

Sports information directors from NCAA Division II Southeast Region schools and conferences selected the two D2CCA All-Southeast Region teams. The process concludes with All-America selections announced later in the month.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team has three players named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association Southeast All-Region Team. Sophomore Victor Cascon and senior Marcos Enriquez find themselves voted onto the first team while senior forward Ignacio de Goya was added to the second team.

Cascon, the team's leading-scorer, scored 10 goals to go with three assists and totaled 23 points for the 2018 campaign. His 10 goals is good for second in the SAC and was formerly a second team D2CCA Southeast All-Region Team selection last season.

Enriquez, the SAC Defensive Player of the Year and SAC First Team selection, started and played in all 17 games for the Bears while adding one goal and one assist for three points this season.

De Goya, this year's SAC First Team selection and scoring threat for the Bears finished second on the team with seven goals scored to go along with one assist, giving him 15 points this year. He and Cascon provide the SAC's most dynamic 1-2 punch, combining for 17 goals and 38 points.

Sports information directors from NCAA Division II Southeast Region schools and conferences selected the two D2CCA All-Southeast Region teams. The process concludes with All-America selections announced later in the month.

The South Atlantic Conference Champion Lenoir-Rhyne Bears had nine All-SAC football selections as the annual football honors were released today.

Leading the way on offense were Offensive Player of the Year Craig Rucker from Mars Hill and Offensive Freshman of the Year Nijere Peoples from Wingate. On the defensive side of the ball, Wingate's Cardell Rawlings was named Defensive Player of the Year and Tusculum's Nelson Louis was named Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Jason Poe was named the Jacobs Blocking Trophy award winner and Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Drew Cronic took home Coach of the Year honors.

Rucker, a junior wide receiver from Orlando, Fla., finished the season ranked first in the conference in touchdowns (16), receiving yards (1,234), all-purpose yards (1,549), receiving yards per game (123.4) and receptions (82). He is ranked in the top five in NCAA Division II in receiving yards per game (No. 1), receiving yards (No. 4), receptions per game (No. 5) and receiving touchdowns (No. 5). For his efforts, Rucker was awarded SAC AstroTurf Football Offensive Player of the Week honors twice during the 2018 season.

Peoples, a freshman running back from Charlotte, N.C., led the conference in rushing yards per game (110.4), rushing touchdowns (13) and rushes (176). He finished second in the conference in total yards, rushing for 994 yards during the regular season. He was also fourth in the conference in yards per carry, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He was named the SAC AstroTurf Offensive Player of the Week once during the season.

Rawlings was a force on the defensive line this season. The senior from Smithfield, N.C., racked up 75 total tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and a conference leading 14.5 sacks. He forced three fumbles, had two fumble recoveries and broke up two passes during the year as well. Rawlings is ranked third in NCAA Division II in sacks per game, averaging 1.32 per contest. He is also ranked No. 6 in tackles for loss per game, with an average of 1.80 per game. He was named SAC AstroTurf Defensive Player of the Year once for his efforts this season.

Louis, a freshman defensive lineman from Moultrie, Ga., had a fantastic season for the Pioneers. He had 53 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, a forced fumble and he broke up a pass. He finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference in sacks and third among the Pioneers in tackles.

Poe, a sophomore offensive lineman from Fitzgerald, Ga., played in all 11 games for the Bears and help lead them to the 2018 SAC Football Championship. He anchored an O-Line that helped the Bears accumulate 3,227 rushing yards and 1,938 passing yards during the 2018 season.

In his first season at the helm of the Lenoir-Rhyne football team, Cronic led the Bears to the 2018 SAC Football Championship, the Bears' first since 2014-15, with a perfect 7-0 record in conference. Ranked No. 17 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches Poll, Cronic's Bears have the fourth best rushing offense in the country, averaging 293.4 yards per game on the ground and they are ranked No. 7 in scoring offense, averaging 44.5 points per game. The Bears are currently riding a 10 game winning streak as they head into the 2018 NCAA Division II Football Playoffs.

In addition to Lenoir-Rhyne's nine All-SAC selections, Wingate had a conference leading 11 All-SAC picks, while Tusculum had 10 and Catawba and Carson-Newman had nine selections each. Newberry had six players named to the All-SAC teams, while Mars Hill and Limestone rounded out the list with three picks each.

2018 South Atlantic Conference Football All-Conference

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB – Austin Brown, Mars Hill

RB – Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman

RB – Kenyatta Greene, Catawba

RB – Nijere Peoples, Wingate

WR – Markell Castle, Newberry

WR – J.T. Stokes, Wingate

WR – Craig Rucker, Mars Hill

OL – Phil McDowell, Carson-Newman

OL – Quinzavious Sands, Catawba

OL – Johnathan Black, Wingate

OL – Keveon Broadwater, Tusculum

OL – Jason Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne

TE – Jourdan Osinskie, Catawba

PK – McLean Robertson, Wingate

LS – Kelly Donnelly, Tusculum

RS – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL – Montel Presley, Carson-Newman

DL – Cardell Rawlings, Wingate

DL – Dan Louba, Lenoir-Rhyne

DL – Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry

LB – Jeremiah Ferguson, Catawba

LB – Ivan Hogans, Tusculum

LB – Joe Blue, Newberry

LB – Temoris Coats, Carson-Newman

DB – Joshua Simmons, Limestone

DB – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

DB – Desmond Fairell, Carson-Newman

DB – Davion Washington, Wingate

DB – Malik Goodman, Tusculum

P – Christopher Birozes, Wingate

Shea Rodgers, Newberry

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB – Derrick Evans, Carson-Newman

RB – Jordan Shippy, Tusculum

RB – Xzavion Huff, Lenoir-Rhyne

RB – Austin Barnes, Newberry

WR – T.J. Smith, Lenoir-Rhyne

WR – Cody Rau, Limestone

WR – Will Sweeper, Catawba

OL – Cody Meree, Limestone

OL – Jordan Seal, Carson-Newman

OL – Austin May, Wingate

OL – Caleb LaFleur, Tusculum

OL – Travis James, Mars Hill

TE – Drake Starks, Lenoir-Rhyne

PK – Lee Brackman, Catawba

LS – Dawson Campbell, Carson-Newman

RS – Kenyatta Greene, Catawba

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL – Jordan Hemingway, Catawba

DL – Brian Bemby, Carson-Newman

DL – Auntrell Mack, Wingate

DL – Colton Strickland, Tusculum

LB – Sherrod Williams, Lenoir-Rhyne

LB – Randy Hooks, Tusculum

LB – Elijah Gilmore, Wingate

LB – Robbie Wallace, Wingate

DB – David Vereen, Newberry

DB – Dee Alford, Tusculum

DB – Cris Page, Catawba

Offensive Freshman of the Year

Nijere Peoples, Wingate

Defensive Freshman of the Year

Nelson Louis, Tusculum

Offensive Player of the Year

Craig Rucker, Mars Hill

Defensive Player of the Year

Cardell Rawlings, Wingate

Jacobs Blocking Trophy

Jason Poe, Lenoir-Rhyne

Coach of the Year

Drew Cronic, Lenoir-Rhyne

Statistical Champions
Rushing Yards Per Game: Nijere Peoples, Wingate (110.4)
Passing Yards Per Game: DJ Phillips, Limestone (227)
Total Offense Per Game: Austin Brown, Mars Hill (249.1)
Receptions Per Game: Craig Rucker, Mars Hill (8.2)
Receiving Yards Per Game: Craig Rucker, Mars Hill (123.4)
All-Purpose Yards Per Game: Craig Rucker, Mars Hill (154.90)
Passing Efficiency Rating: Shaw Crocker, Wingate (155.9)
Punt Return Avg.: Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne (17.3)
Kick Return Avg.: Lor'remzo Pratt, Tusculum (28)
Punting Avg.: Thomas Cook, Limestone (43.8)
Scoring Average (TDs): Craig Rucker, Mars Hill (9.6)
Scoring Average (K): Chase Allbaugh, Lenoir-Rhyne (8.09)
Field Goals Per Game: Griffin Martin, Limestone (1.33)
Field Goal Percentage: McLean Robertson, Wingate (.818)
Tackles Per Game: Joe Blue, Newberry (10.4)
Sacks Per Game: Cardell Rawlings, Wingate (1.32)
Tackles for Loss Per Game: Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry (1.9)
Interceptions Per Game: Cameron Wrice, Mars Hill (0.40)
Team Scoring Offense: Lenoir-Rhyne (44.5)
Team Scoring Defense: Newberry (17.3)
Team Passing Offense: Mars Hill (268.4)
Team Passing Defense: Newberry (158.4)
Team Rushing Offense: Carson-Newman (347.6)
Team Rushing Defense: Lenoir-Rhyne (108.5)
Team Total Offense: Lenoir-Rhyne (469.5)
Team Total Defense: Newberry (285.0)

The Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball team improve to 3-0 on the early season with a resounding 83-52 home win over Southern Wesleyan Tuesday evening.

Djibril Diallo led the Bears going 10-for-11 from the field, including five-of-five from the three point line, scoring 25 points. 10 other players scored for the Bears who shot 57 percent from the field on the night.

The Bears broke open a six-to-six score two minutes into the first half when Diallo hit the first of his three pointers. L-R then went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes and would never trail. The Bears would lead by single digits only one point after that, leading by 25 at the half, 48-23.

Lenoir-Rhyne would extend the lead by as many as 42 points with just over six minutes reamining in the contest before Southern Wesleyan went on a 14-3 run to end the game.

The Bears are 3-0 to start the season. They will be on the road to face Livingstone College Friday night.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:10

CVCC Women's Basketball Drop Home Opener

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The 16th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team had its home opener spoiled on Tuesday night at the hands of visiting Clinton Community College, who delivered the Red Hawks a 79-56 setback at the Tarlton Complex.

CVCC (1-1, 0-1 in Region X) committed 30 turnovers in the contest, which led to the Red Hawks’ first 20-point loss at home in conference play under sixth-year head coach Tisha England.

Leading 18-16 after the first quarter, the Golden Bears used a 15-0 run to start the second quarter to gain a double digit lead in Tuesday’s Region X game that it did not surrender.

Tee Dorsey led Clinton (2-1, 2-0 in Region X) with a game-high 24 points, while Briunna Anderson added 14 points.

Sherry Johnson and Zharia Brown both scored 14 points apiece to pace Catawba Valley, with trailed 42-30 at halftime.

The CVCC women’s basketball team will try to bounce back when it returns to action on Thursday for the second of three-straight home games.

The Red Hawks welcome the Montreat junior varsity squad — who they beat 59-47 in their season opener last Thursday — for a 6 p.m. contest at the Tarlton Complex.

Appalachian State University men's soccer student-athlete Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team selected by CoSIDA.

Posting a 3.91 GPA in exercise science, Chasteen was nothing short of spectacular both on and off the field as a senior for the Mountaineers. Chasteen registered the most shutouts in the Sun Belt with seven, which is also tied for the second most in a single season in program history and is tied for 21st in the country. His .844 goals against average were the highest in the Sun Belt and 37th in the nation, while he posted a league-high .762 save percentage.

His stellar numbers and contribution to the Mountaineers' first winning season since 2012 with an 8-5-3 mark on top of their first Sun Belt winning record at 2-1-1 led to being named Sun Belt Co-Player of the Year and All-First Team. He
became the first Mountaineer since 1989 (Carlos Lee) to garner a conference player of the year honor.

Off the field, Chasteen exemplifies what being a student-athlete is all about. In the summer he interned in Monrovia, Liberia with Samaritan's Purse with World Medical Mission, assisting the ELWA Hospital and the active ministry. Jake will graduate in December with a degree in exercise science with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in chemistry.

For his career, Chasteen finished with an impressive .96 goals against average in four seasons with a .758 save percentage and 138 saves. In three of his four seasons, he posted a GAA of 1 or less, while allowing no higher than 15 goals in any of his four years.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third team (if necessary) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics announces that Colin Lett and Haylea Salamon have been named to the prestigious list of recipients of the Wayne B. Powell Student-Athlete Award of Excellence. The award, which is determined at the conclusion of each year for one male and one female student-athlete, is in honor of the 11th President of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Powell retired on January 1, 2017, after 14 years of service in the role.

"I am thrilled to be able to recognize two outstanding student-athletes who embody excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. Both student-athletes are high character, outstanding leaders, and well-rounded individuals who demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their lives. They are excellent students, tremendous individuals, and great competitors," said Kim Pate, Lenoir-Rhyne Director of Athletics. "We look forward to seeing the impact they will make in their future careers and the communities they will serve."

Lett, a native of Greensboro, N.C., was named to the 2018 USILA NCAA Division II All-American First Team and was the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year. Lett – who finished with seven goals, five assists, 12 total points and 77 ground balls – also won the Specialty Player Award for Long Stick Midfielder while earning All-American honors for the second-straight season.

Lett led Lenoir-Rhyne (17-3, 8-0) to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Final Four where the eight-year-old program hosted but fell to Saint Leo. Lett also played in the NCAA D-II North-South All-Star Game and signed with the Charlotte Hounds after graduation.

The former LSM for the Bears graduated this past May Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing and a grade point average of 3.44.

Salamon, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne in May with a degree in Health and Exercise Science and an impressive 3.95 grade point average. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Salamon was the top graduate for the College of Health Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne, earning Summa Cum Laude honors and she was also the Student Government Associate President's Award winner.

In addition to her academic prowess, Salamon was exceptional on the track, earning SAC Female Field Athlete of the Year honors in 2015 and 2016. She won three SAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the discus, while placing in the top 10 in the shot put, javelin and hammer throw all four years. She earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors for the shot put and discus in both indoor and outdoor track and field five times, and was also a NCAA Division II Second Team All-American in the discus in 2015.

The two recipients will be honored at the Bears Choice Awards at the end of the athletic season.

Wayne B. Powell, Student-Athlete Award of Excellence
President Wayne Powell was instrumental in supporting the significant development and growth of both the University and the athletic department while establishing a culture of excellence across the entire campus. Working in collaboration with the Athletic Department and athletic boosters, a culture of excellence was developed that allowed the athletic department to ascend to the level of national prominence with 51 programs garnering conference titles while making 61 national championship appearances, and finishing as the 2013 Football National Championship Runner-Up. He emphasized developing the whole student to position graduates for success in their professional, personal, and spiritual lives. The recipients will embody excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics.

Highlighted by Becky Porter being named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year, four members of the Appalachian State volleyball team earned All-Sun Belt honors in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.

The four all-conference honorees are tied for the most for the program since joining the league in 2014 (also had four in 2015). App State also ranked second in the league with four All-Sun Belt honorees, trailing only Texas State, who had five.

Porter was also tabbed as a First Team All-Sun Belt honoree to go along with her Newcomer of the Year award. Joining Porter on the First Team was outside hitter Emma Longley. Libero Emma Reilly and middle blocker Kara Spicer were named Second Team All-Sun Belt.

Porter, a three-time Sun Belt Setter of the Week award winner, joined the Mountaineers this season from N.C. State. She has a team-high nine double-doubles and leads the Sun Belt in assists per set, averaging 10.71. She posted 40 or more assists in 11 contests this season, including a career-high 62 on Sept. 7 against Utah Valley.

Longley has proven to be one of the top offensive players in the Sun Belt. She ranks third in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.76. Longley has five double-doubles on the season and recorded double digit kills in 22 of 28 contests.

Reilly played the whole season as the Mountaineer libero. She recorded double digit digs in 26 matches, including the last 18 contests. She sits second in the conference in service aces per set (0.39) and third in digs per set (4.42).

Spicer notched double digit kills in 13 matches on the season. She leads the team blocks per set (0.98) and ranks second in hitting percentage at .289.

Appalachian State finished 21-7 in the regular season and captured the Sun Belt East Division title with a 13-3 mark. By winning the division title, the Black and Gold receive a double bye in the Sun Belt Tournament and will open play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against an opponent that has yet to be determined on ESPN+.

2018 SUN BELT VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON HONORS
All-Sun Belt First Team
Emma Longley, Appalachian State
Becky Porter, Appalachian State
Veronica Marin, Little Rock
Carlisa May, Arkansas State
Sydney Alvis, Coastal Carolina
Kyla Manning, Coastal Carolina
Anett Nemeth, Coastal Carolina
Madison Hill, UTA
Madison Daigle, Texas State
Emily DeWalt, Texas State
Cheyenne Huskey, Texas State
Janell Fitzgerald, Texas State

All-Sun Belt Second Team
Emma Reilly, Appalachian State
Kara Spicer, Appalachian State
Carol Barbosa, Little Rock
Ellie Watkins, Arkansas State
Lauren Reichard, Georgia Southern
Hanna Rovira, Louisiana
Hali Wisnoskie, Louisiana
Kelley Hartman, South Alabama
Cheyenne Hayes, Troy
Zhanelle Geathers, UTA
Kylie Jedlicka, UTA
Amy Pflughaupt, Texas State

Sun Belt Player of the Year
Veronica Marin, Little Rock

Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year
Carlisa May, Arkansas State

Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
Sydney Alvis, Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt Setter and Freshman of the Year
Emily DeWalt, Texas State (Fr., S, Helotes, Texas)

Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year
Becky Porter, Appalachian State

Sun Belt Coach of the Year
Karen Chisum, Texas State

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