Appalachian State University wrestling made program history on Tuesday, ranking No. 22 in the nation in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll after going 2-1 last week.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-0 SoCon) moved up one spot to their highest-ever ranking in the major poll, now being the sole member of the Southern Conference in the Top 25 after Virginia knocked Chattanooga from No. 24 to third-highest in the “others receiving votes” category. Appalachian is also one of only four schools in the rankings to have at least five wins and no more than one loss, joining Nebraska, Rutgers and Drexel.
The Black and Gold’s lone loss this season came on Nov. 30 when No. 9 NC State pulled away late to get the victory. After the setback, App State bounced back in a big way, defeating its first SoCon opponent of the year, Davidson, 43-3 before downing Sacred Heart later in the day 43-0 to complete its tough stretch of four matches in six days.
App State wrestling’s USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking continues to be, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, the only Appalachian sports team to have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
The Mountaineers will take a break for finals before returning to the mat on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Varsity Gym as they host SoCon foe Campbell. The action is set to begin at 7 p.m.
East Lincoln: 62
North Gaston: 43
South Caldwell: 42
East Lincoln: 53
South Caldwell: 71
North Gaston: 46
Appalachian State University baseball officially announced its class of 10 newcomers on Monday, the first under new head coach Kermit Smith. The class of 10 includes two student-athletes who will transfer to Appalachian State and eight who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this fall.
The class features one catcher, two infielders, two outfielders and five pitchers. Of the 10 student-athletes, seven hail from Appalachian State's backyard of North Carolina with the rest coming from Georgia, Virginia and Florida.
“This was an absolute team effort,” Smith said. “Britt Johnson and Justin Aspegren worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail to identify and cultivate relationships with the future of Appalachian State baseball. Erik Lunde’s diligence on the home front afforded us the ability to be on the road as much as we were. We could not be more excited to have these 10 young men join our family.”
Smith continued, “One of the themes that you see in this class is that we have a group of winners. All of these guys play for good programs, good coaches, and not only won games but won championships. I have to give credit to our current team. Every time we had a visit on campus, our guys were very welcoming and helped share our vision for the future. It’s a great day to be a Mountaineer.”
2017 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL SIGNEES
Jason Avers (C, 5-11, Marietta, Ga./Walton)
Kaleb Bowman (RHP, 6-1, Roundhill, Va./Woodgrove (Spartanburg Methodist))
Jason Cornatzer (RHP, 6-5, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
Cam Kepley (RHP, 6-3, Concord, N.C./Central Cabarrus)
Alex Leshock (OF, 6-1, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
Kendall McGowan (OF, 5-11, Forest City, N.C./East Rutherford)
John Price (RHP, 6-1, Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard)
Cameron Roberts (RHP, 5-10, Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson)
Jordan Tylski (IF, 6-2, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin (Golf Coast State College))
Bailey Welch (IF, 5-9, Randleman, N.C./Randleman)
JASON AVERS (5-11, Catcher, Marietta, Ga./Walton)
A three-year letterwinner in baseball ... winner of the Iron Man Award his junior year ... hit the game-winning run home in game two of the state championship as a senior ... an honorable mention for all-county as a sophomore ... a member of the East Cobb Yankees AAU team ... was Connie Mack World Series Co-Champions ... full name is Jason Henry Avers ... son of Leslie and Jeff Avers ... born Sept. 22, 1998 ... has two siblings: Lindsey and Tyler ... major is undecided.
KALEB BOWMAN (6-1, Right-Handed Pitcher, Roundhill, Va./Woodgrove (Spartanburg Methodist))
A four-year letterwinner in baseball ... named second team all-district as a sophomore ... named all-Met High honorable mention as a sophomore, junior and senior ... named baseball MVP in Loudoun County as a sophomore ... earned the Coaches Award as a sophomore, junior and senior ... finished his high school career with 100 innings pitched, 146 strikeouts, 52 hits allowed, 10 earned runs and one save ... was a part of the EVOShield Canes AAU team during their back-to-back WWBA national championship runs in 2013-14 after being national champion runner-ups in 2012 ... attended Spartanburg Methodist College for two years ... finished 2016 1-1 with 15 innings pitched, 21 strikeouts, two walks, 3.5 ERA ... full name is Kaleb Alexander Bowman ... son of Shawn Ann and Kurt Bowman ... born May 22, 1997 ... has one sibling: Kaelin ... intends to major in business and be a coach/scout or open his own business after graduation ... enjoys hunting, fishing and paddle boating in his spare time.
JASON CORNATZER (6-5, Right-Handed Pitcher, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball ... named all-conference and all-state ... named Union County Pitcher of the Year ... earned first-team all-Union County ... two-time state champion ... in his junior year, finished with a 0.62 ERA, striking out 85 batters en route to an 11-1 record ... full name is Jason Thomas Cornatzer ... son of Carol Ann and Jeff Cornatzer ... born March 5, 1999 ... has three siblings: Anna, Jacob and Amber ... intends to major in marketing ... enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
CAM KEPLEY (6-3, Right-Handed Pitcher, Concord, N.C./Central Cabarrus)
A multi-year letterwinner in both baseball and football ... named all-conference his sophomore and junior year ... named team MVP his sophomore year ... full name is Cameron Chavis Kepley ... son of Denise and David Kepley ... born Oct. 5, 1999 ... has two siblings: Chelsey and Brittany ... major is undecided ... enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
ALEX LESHOCK (6-1, Outfield, Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball and a three-year letterwinner in football ... named all-conference in baseball as a sophomore and junior and all-state as a junior ... named first team all-South Charlotte as a junior ... named USA Today All-State SCC Player of the Year and Union County MVP as a junior ... named All-Charlotte Observer as a junior ... named to Union County Super Team as a sophomore and junior and named newcomer of the year as sophomore ... as a sophomore, hit .411 avg, had 30 hits, 21 RBI, 30 runs, and 14 stolen bases ... as a junior, hit .450 avg, 54 hits, three home runs, 21 RBI, 33 runs, 20 stolen bases and 10 doubles ... in football, was named all-conference as a junior before having more than 1,200 all-purpose yards as a senior ... full name is Alexander Michael Leshock ... son of Karen and James Leshock ... born Jan. 24, 1999 ... has one sibling: Alan ... major is undecided ... enjoys fishing in his spare time.
KENDALL McGOWAN (5-11, Outfield, Forest City, N.C./East Rutherford)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball and a one-year letterwinner in football ... named all-conference and all-state as a junior ... won state championship his junior year ... named JV team MVP as a freshman ... finished junior year with .470 batting avg, .480 on-base percentage, .769 slugging percentage, 55 hits, five home runs, 14 doubles, four triple, and 34 RBI ... full name is Kendall King McGowan ... son of Kathryn and Terry McGowan ... born Dec. 30, 1998 ... has four siblings: Kenbritt, Patrick, Mason and Marshall ... major is undecided ... father, Terry, was an all-American football player at Gardner-Webb.
JOHN PRICE (6-1, Right-Handed Pitcher, Wilmington, N.C./John T. Hoggard)
Lettered one year in baseball ... in 48 innings pitched during his junior year, struck out 46 batters en route to a 1.08 ERA ... full name is John Furman Price ... son of Violet Price ... born Sept. 5, 1998 ... has one sibling: Sarah ... intends on majoring in exercise science and minor in construction management ... enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time.
CAMERON ROBERTS (5-10, Right-Handed Pitcher, Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball ... named all-conference and all-South team his junior year ... named team pitcher of the year after a junior campaign that saw him serve 104 K Burgers ... struck out 30 batters in his sophomore year and 12 as a freshman ... has a 1.20 career ERA ... recorded 20 strikeouts for a 2.90 ERA for the South Charlotte Panthers ... full name is Cameron Tyler Roberts ... son of Connie and Brent Roberts ... born Aug. 21, 1998 ... has three siblings: Brendon, Shelby and Ryan ... intended major is computer science.
JORDAN TYLSKI (6-2, Infielder, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin (Golf Coast State College))
A four-year letterwinner in baseball, three-year letterwinner in football and two-year letterwinner in basketball ... earned all-conference honors all four years ... named all-state his senior year ... named team MVP all four years ... spent two years at Golf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla. ... full name is Jordan Richard Tylski ... son of Richard Tylski ... born Sept. 30, 1996 ... has two siblings: Josh and Jake ... intended major is business ... enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time ... father, Rich, played nine years in the NFL
BAILEY WELCH (5-9, Infielder, Randleman, N.C./Randleman)
A four-year letterwinner in baseball and a two-year letterwinner in football ... named all-state as a junior ... named all-conference as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... named all-county as a sophomore and junior ... earned team MVP award as a junior ... as a junior, he hit .400 avg, 39 hits, one home run, 12 stolen bases and two triples ... in football, named all-conference as a sophomore and junior ... named all-county as a junior for finishing with 1,600 passing yards, 600 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns ... full name is Bailey Whitman Welch ... son of Lisa and Clayton Welch ... born June 8, 1999 ... has two siblings: Easton and Chesney ... major is undecided.
Despite 11 straight points from redshirt sophomore Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) in the final 3:43 of the game, Appalachian State University women’s basketball fell short against Radford, 57-54, on Sunday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
In a back-and-forth game that never saw a lead for either team grow past nine points, the Mountaineers (4-4) battled tough defensively, holding the Highlanders (5-1) to 18.2 percent from downtown and forced 19 turnovers.
For the first time this season, Appalachian dropped a game while having at least three double-digit scorers. Senior Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) led the pack, having 19 points to go along with a season-high eight rebounds.
Junior Madi Story was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine boards, while Murray finished with 11 points.
The trio scored 43 of the team’s points and hit 17 of the Apps’ 19 field goals. App State would connect on a season-high six 3-pointers in the game and shot a season-best 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
On the defensive side, senior Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) grabbed three boards, had one steal while blocking two shots on the day. With the blocks, Bassett-Smith became the seventh player all-time in program history to amass 100 blocks and is now tied for sixth all-time with 101 with Jessica Jank (2001-05).
Trailing the entire game, Appalachian wouldn’t capture its first lead until the 1:54 mark when Murray hit a pair of free throws during her 11-point barrage to put the Apps ahead, 49-47. But the Highlanders’ leading scorer, Destinee Walker, scored the next seven points to put the visitors ahead, 53-49, with 26 seconds left in the game.
After Murray came down for her third trey of the quarter, the Apps and Highlanders traded a pair of free throws and a layup from Jones to kept the RU lead to 56-54. Jen Falconer hit the front end of a pair at the line, giving the Mountaineers a chance to tie, but Murray’s tying attempt fell short off the trim, giving RU its fifth consecutive win.
In what has been App State’s formula in its four wins getting inside the paint and turning turnovers into points, Radford turned the tide, holding a 14-6 edge in points off turnovers and a 30-16 advantage in points in the paint.
Despite the opening quarter being close, the Highlanders held onto the lead for the entire frame. RU held App to 25 percent shooting from the field. Jones helped the Apps stay within striking distance scoring nine of the team’s 10 points, while the visitors went into the second quarter with a 13-10 lead.
RU extended the lead to as much as nine, 23-14, with 3:05 left in the half following an 8-2 run over a 3:28 span. App State responded scoring the next seven points thanks to a pair of jumpers from Jones and a 3-pointer by Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) before the break to slice the deficit to two, 23-21.
Coming out of the half, RU scored seven of the next eight points to push the lead to eight, 30-22. App State once again crawled back to keep the deficit to one possession, but the Highlanders answered as they went into the fourth quarter with a 41-34 lead. In the third quarter alone RU outscored App State 14-4 in the paint and seven points off of turnovers.
Appalachian kept grinding to get back into the game until Murray caught fire in the final minutes to help App State have a chance to tie the game before regulation.
Destinee Walker scored a game-high 22 points for the Highlanders with 11 boards while Jayda Worthy recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sydney Nunley posted 13 off the glass along with nine points.
The Mountaineers now have a full week off before traveling to Atlanta where they will take on Georgia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Appalachian State will face the Toledo Rockets on Dec. 17 in the 2016 Camellia Bowl at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The Sun Belt Conference-Mid-American matchup was announced on Sunday afternoon as the 2016-2017 bowl schedule was unveiled.
App State (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) claimed a Sun Belt Championship for the first time in 2016 behind a record-setting defense and the Sun Belt’s top offense during league play. The Mountaineers finished the regular season with back-to-back one sided wins over UL Monroe and New Mexico State, allowing only 94 points in Sun Belt play, the fewest allowed in conference history in an eight-game schedule.
Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) finished second in the MAC West behind Western Michigan to earn the Camellia Bowl berth. The Rockets have wins over Arkansas State and Fresno State.
The Camellia Bowl will feature two of college football’s active rushing leaders in App’s Marcus Cox (4,960 career yards) who needs 40 yards for 5,000. Toledo’s Kareem Hunt has 4,825 career yards and will also be chasing 5,000 yards.
The bowl berth is the second in as many seasons for App State, both in the Camellia Bowl. App went 11-2 last season and claimed a 31-29 win over Ohio on a last season field goal in the 2015 Camellia Bowl. App rallied from a 24-7 deficit to set a Sun Belt record for wins in a season (11) and became the first team to win a bowl game in their first FBS bowl eligible season.
The Sun Belt regular season was completed on Saturday. All-conference awards will be released on Wednesday afternoon. A bowl practice schedule, media availability, and bowl travel plans for the Apps will be announced on Monday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams opened the 2016-17 indoor season by establishing four new marks Saturday at the JDL Kick-off Fast Track Classic.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore C.J. Williams (Oakland, Tenn.) finished seventh in the men’s 200-meter dash with a school-best 22.60 seconds.
On the women’s side, sophomore Savannah Drummonds (Palm Coast, Fla.) set a school record in the pole vault (10’6”) while also placing seventh overall and freshman Kayonna Lewis (Fleming Island, Fla.) established a new Lenoir-Rhyne mark in the women’s triple jump (33’3”). Lewis was 15th in the event.
Finally, the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s 800-meter run saw a new school record when freshman Sheniya Marshall (Columbia, S.C.) finished in 2:28.51, good for 12th-place overall.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the Art and Linda Maillet Open, hosted by the University of North Carolina, on Saturday, January 14, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Appalachian State University women’s track and field put up a great showing in their season opener on Saturday at the JDL College Kick-off Classic in Winston-Salem. The Mountaineers finished the day with ten top-ten finishes including a 1-2-3 punch in the pole vault.
Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./ Watauga) started the season with a first place finish and an indoor personal-best clearance of 12-5.50 (3.80m). Right behind her was Lainey Hunnicutt (Charlotte, NC./South Mecklenburg) in second with a lifetime-best mark of 11-11.75 (3.65m) and Hannah Emery (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Lakeview) in third producing a vault of 11-5.75 (3.65m). In the horizontal jumps, Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) was the top Black and Gold finisher in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.74 (5.63) which tied for fourth. In the triple jump, sophomore K’Lynn Beal ( Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) bounded to ninth place with a 35-8.75 (10.89m) effort.
On the track, freshman LaBria King (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) broke out on the scene early landing inside the top five in both of her events in her first Division I competition in an Appalachian uniform. King sprinted past the finish in 25.83 to place third in the 200 meters and ran a time of 7.65 in the 60 meters to take fourth. In the hurdles, sophomore Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) produced a time of 8.83 to grab third in the 60-meter hurdles. For the middle distance competition, Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:22.83 in her first race after the cross country season.
Lastly, In the circle, Amber Daniel (Greensboro, N.C./ Gimsley) tossed the shot put 40-4.25 (12.30m) to snatch seventh place out of 45 competitors.
4. 60m-LaBria King: 7.65
3. 200m-LaBria King: 25.83
17. 400m-Cahterine Crawford: 59.62
39. 400m-Sydni Fields: 1:02.40
DNF. 400m-Micah Hanks
11. 800m-Sarah Hoffert: 2:28.43
7. Mile-Phylissa Greeley: 5:22.83
3. 60H-Imani Chapman: 8.83
15. 60H- Makaila Roberts: 9.33 (PR)
17 60H- Sydni Fields: 9.34 (pr)
14. 4x400m Relay: 4:22.91
T-4. LJ-Chelsey Hargrave: 18-5.75 (5.63)
11. LJ- K’Lnn Beal 17-2.75 (5.25m)
NM. LJ Ila Mumford
9. TJ-K’Lynn Beal:36-8.50 (11.19m)
11. TJ-Ila Mumford: 35-8.75 (10.89m)
NM. TJ: Chelsey Hargrave
1. PV-Taylor Drummonds: 12-5.5 (3.80m) (indoor PR)
2. PV-Lainey Hunnicutt: 11-11.75 (3.65m) (PR)
3. PV- Hannah Emery:11-5.75 (3.50m)
7. SP-Amber Daniel 40-4.25 (12.30m)
The Mountaineers will travel down to Johnson City, Tenn. on January 13-14 for the ETSU Meet.
Appalachian State University men’s track and field gathered nine top-ten finishes at the JDL College-Kickoff-Classic on Saturday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Two Mountaineer newcomers had breakout performances in their first Division I competition sporting the Black and Gold jersey. Freshman Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) snatched first-place in the 200m (21.85), and Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) was the fastest Mountaineer hurdler running a time of 8.33 to place sixth in the 60-meter hurdles.
In the 60 meters, senior William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) stormed across the finish line in 6.90 to take third place out of 84 competitors. Sun Belt Champion Ryan Hastings (Matthew, N.C./Porter Ridge) started the season finishing in fifth place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.15. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Mountaineer quartet landed in sixth with a team effort of 3:26.02.
In the field events, Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) and Ellsworth Parham (Asheville, N.C./Christ School) finished third and fourth in the shot put throwing 55-3.75 (16.86m) and 54-6.50 (16.62m) (PR) respectively. Lastly, in the high jump, Nick Hinton opened up the indoor season finishing the day with a clearance of 6-2.75 (1.90m) to tie for seventh.
3. 60m-William Buckley:6.90
7. 60m-Antonio Marcano Jr.: 7.00 (PR)
1. 200m-Jabari Johnson: 21.85
13. 400m-Josh Hanna: 51.17
15. 400m-Brandon Smith: 51.45
28. 400m-Andrew Spear: 52.35
5. 800m-Ryan Hastings: 1:57.15
13. 800m-Sean Doyle: 2:01.38
6. 60H-Elliott Graves: 8.33
11. 60H-Andrew Spear: 8.46 (PR)
13. 60H-Brandon Smith: 8.50
NM. LJ-Tylen Noel
t-7. HJ-Nick Hinton: 6-2.75 (1.90m)
NH. PV-Phillip Thomas
3. SP-Nathan Milch: 55-3.75 (16.86m)
4. SP-Ellsworth Parham: 54-6.50 (16.62m) (indoor PR)
App State will train over the break for to prepare for the ETSU Meet on January 13-14 in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (3-4, 2-2) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 69-58 win over Brevard (1-6, 0-2) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium in South Atlantic Conference action.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored a game-high 25 points – including 16 in the first half – in addition to five treys in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, Fla.) also scored in double figures - 10 points - for the Bears, who broke a 50-all tie at the 7:00 mark of the second half with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes to take control the rest of the way.
Four players scored in double figures for the Tornados – led by Omar El Diraoui (Beirut, LEBANON) with 14 points – and Brevard rallied from a 31-17 halftime deficit to take the lead briefly in the second half but eventually fell in the end.
Evan Dunham (Marietta, Ga.) and Stevie Williams (High Point, N.C.) added 13 points each for the Tornados, who turned the ball over 18 times in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Wednesday against Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (3-3, 1-2) won its first South Atlantic Conference game of the year with a 71-37 victory over Brevard (4-1, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) and sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) combined for 44 points in the victory.
Romero led all scorers with 23 points while Suddreth added 21 points as the Bears broke the contest open by outscoring the Tornados by a 29-6 margin in the third period.
Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Tornados with 21 points but Brevard hit just five-of-27 three-point attempts and finished the game by shooting 27 percent (15-of-56) in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which shot 64 percent (18-of-28) in the decisive second half, held a 42-25 advantage on the boards in defeating Brevard for the 21st time in 22 all-time contests. Junior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) added eight rebounds and nine assists – both game-highs – in addition to three points in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne also blocked four shots and snapped a two-game losing streak in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Greensboro at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Caldwell Community College men's basketball team defeated Sandhills Community College 93-82 on the road Saturday.
Three players scored in double digits for the Cobras, led by Jahmeel Watts with 23 points. He was also one rebound shy of a double-double with nine points.
Jahi Hughes added 18 points and Jabrie Bullard had 13 points.
Caldwell shot 50 percent from the field and went to the free throw line 36 times, hitting 25 of them for 69 percent.
With the win, Caldwell improves to 8-2 on the season. They will host Catawba Valley Community College on Wednesday.
Appalachian State University men’s basketball shot just 3-for-21 in the second half and fell late to Western Carolina, 58-53, on Saturday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (2-5) pulled to within one point at 54-53 with 23 seconds left in the game, but wouldn’t be able to take the lead as the Catamounts (3-5) made four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Leading the Black and Gold offensively for the afternoon as the lone double-digit scorer was sophomore Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep W.V.)), who finished with 17 points, including 9-for-12 from the charity stripe. Freshman Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished with seven points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Leading the board crashing for App State was sophomore Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson). Johnson finished with 11 boards to go along with six points and three blocks in 26 minutes of action.
After shooting 10-for-28 in the opening half, Appalachian went cold after the break, shooting just 14.3 percent from the floor to finish the game and 26.5 percent overall.
The Black and Gold’s defense was able to hold WCU to 14.3 percent 3-point shooting in the second half, but it wouldn’t be enough to offset the Apps’ 24-14 deficit in the paint.
Appalachian’s largest lead of the game came in the second half with 16:01 remaining. Already up 35-33, an Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) three put App State up five points. Unfortunately, a 10-2 run from the Cats would put Western Carolina in front for good.
The Mountaineers return to action in the second game of their short two-game home stand when they take on Montreat College inside the Holmes Center on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
Notes: This marks the third-straight loss to Western Carolina in the all-time series … 53 points is the lowest total the Mountaineers have registered this season … the last time Appalachian State shot as poorly from the field was at Georgia Southern (29.0 percent - Feb. 25, 2016) … Ronshad Shabazz made a career-high nine free throws … Tyrell Johnson’s 11 rebounds were a career high … with an attendance of 2,497 - it was the largest attendance since Feb 2, 2013 against Western Carolina (2,852).
Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team traveled to Petersburg, VA to take on Richard Bland College Saturday. The Red Hawks fell to the Statesmen 89-66.
Leading scores for the Red Hawks were Myles Williams, a Freedom High grad, with a game-high 20 points. Matthew Powell added 11 points for the Red Hawks, while Kenan Turpin and Jamal Tanner each had 10 points, the latter off the bench, as well. CVCC shot 31% (16-51) from the field, including 33% (6-18) on three-pointers, and 62% (28-45) at the line. Emmanuel Wembi has 11 rebounds.
Red Hawks fall to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Red Hawks travel to Caldwell Community College on Wednesday.
Appalachian State University wrestling used six pins on the day to overpower Southern Conference foe Davidson, 43-3, and Sacred Heart, 43-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Baker Sports Complex.
The No. 23 Mountaineers improve to 4-1 (1-0 SoCon) on the season, dropping the Wildcats to 3-2 (0-1), while the Pioneers fall to 1-3.
MATCH ONE: APP STATE 43, DAVIDSON 3
Appalachian State University wrestling only allowed one loss on the day against its first Southern Conference opponent of the 2016-17 season, ripping past the Davidson Wildcats 43-3 on Saturday.
The Mountaineers gained the victory by pinning four Davidson wrestlers, getting one major decision and one forfeit.
After senior Vito Pasone (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./E.L. Meyers) won by forfeit at the 125-pound match, freshman Colby Smith (Wentzville, Mo./Holt) improved to 11-4 on the year by getting the close victory over Dustin Runzo with a 3-2 decision.
The Black and Gold began to assert strength in the 141- and 149-pound matches when sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) and sophomore Matt Zovistoski (Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) got pins over Hunter Costas (2:51) and Aiden Conroy (6:01), respectively.
App State would drop its lone match of the day at the 157 weight class as freshman Gavin Londoff (St. Louis, Mo./Holt) fell in a close, hard-fought battle to Tony Palumbo in a 4-3 decision.
The Mountaineers immediately regained its stride at the 165-pound match when No. 18 junior Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) pinned Noah Satterfield (1:23) before No. 18 174-pounder, junior Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) returned to action in a big way, pinning Conor Fenn (5:24).
Junior David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) then downed Konnor Pritchard in a 5-2 decision before sophomore Randall Diabe (Greensboro, N.C./James B. Dudley) bounced back from a midweek loss, getting an 11-2 major decision over Ryan Devlin.
Wrapping up the decisive win for Appalachian was sophomore Cary Miller (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) in the heavyweight bout. Miller took on Will Cooley and improved to 7-4 on the season by downing the Wildcat in a 7-3 decision.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) wins by forfeit
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Dustin Runzo (DAV) 3-2 dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Hunter Costa (DAV) pin (2:51)
149: Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Aidan Conroy (DAV) pin (6:01)
157: Tony Palumbo (DAV) def. Gavin Londoff (APP) 4-3 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Noah Satterfield (DAV) pin (1:23)
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. Conor Fenn (DAV) pin (5:24)
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Konnor Pritchard (DAV) 5-2 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Ryan Devlin (DAV) 11-2 maj. dec.
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Will Cooley (DAV) 7-3 dec.
MATCH TWO: APP STATE 43, SACRED HEART 0
Appalachian State University wrestling continued its hot play, making quick work of its second opponent of the day in a 43-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday.
The match began with Vito Pasone getting the decisive 16-0 technical fall over Tim Johnson at the 125 match and Colby Smith getting the 15-7 major decision over Gerald Daley in the 133-pound matchup.
Irvin Enriquez carried the momentum forward, getting the 5-2 decision win over Brandon Levesque at the 141 weight class before Matt Zovistoski got the commanding 19-7 major decision over Alex Harnsberger at the 157.
The Mountaineers continued to roll as Gavin Londoff got back on track from the loss earlier, getting the 5-4 decision win over Casey Mitchell. Forrest Przybysz and Nick Kee combined to get huge wins for App State at the 165 and 174 weight classes, respectively, getting the 14-4 major decision and 17-1 technical fall.
David Peters-Logue got his third pin of the year, downing Elliott Antler in 1:15 before Randall Diabe got his second win of the day with the 6-2 victory over Sasha Oliinyk.
Once again, Cary Miller took the Mountaineers home to victory in the final match of the day, ending with a bang as the sophomore got his second pin of the season, taking Dan Hayden down in 2:22.
Appalachian State wrestling now goes on a brief break from duals matches after having four matches in six days, returning to Varsity Gym on Dec. 14 when the Mountaineers host Campbell. The action begins at 7 p.m.
125: Vito Pasone (APP) def. Tim Johnson (SH) 16-0 TF
133: Colby Smith (APP) def. Gerald Daley (SH) 15-7 maj. dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez (APP) def. Brandon Levesque (SH) 5-2 dec.
149: Matt Zovistoski (APP) def. Alex Harnsberger (SH) 19-7 maj. dec.
157: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Casey Mitchell (SH) 5-4 dec.
165: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Matt Fisher (SH) 14-4 maj. dec.
174: Nick Kee (APP) def. Mark Boyle (SH) 17-1 TF
184: David Peters-Logue (APP) def. Elliott Antler (SH) pin (1:15)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) 6-2 dec.
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) def. Dan Hayden (SHU) pin (2:22)
The Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks volleyball team added some more firsts after one of the most successful seasons in program history. Megan Fair was named a NJCAA DII First Team All-American while teammate Mariah Wallace was named a Second Team All-American. This is the first time in program history two players have been named All-Americans and the first time a Volleyball Red Hawk was named to the First Team.
Fair who becomes the first Red Hawk to be a two time All-American since Teri Ferber who was named an NJCAA All-American, Honorable Mention in 2006 & 2007. Fair was also named to the Region X All-Region Team as well as Region X Player of the Year for the second year in a row. She continued her play into the national tournament earning a spot on the NJCAA All-Tournament team.
Fair led the team with 507 kills (10th in the nation) which made her the first player to have over 1000 kills in their career at Catawba Valley. Fair was responsible for 578 points (11th in the Nation) on the season averaging 4.0 points per set (29th in the nation). Fair also had 421 digs and 45 total blocks.
Wallace was second on the team with 416 Kills, 504.5 points and 3.5 points per set. She also was second on the team with digs posting 464 and had 46 total blocks. Wallace earned First Team All-Region X with Fair.
Fair will continue her career on scholarship to University of Tennessee Martin, an NCAA Division I school which competes in the Ohio Valley Conference. Wallace is still in the recruiting process but actively seeking as school for the upcoming season.
The Red Hawks volleyball team posted a 41-7 record and finished 4th in the National Championship, both of which were program bests.