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The Carson-Newman Men’s Basketball Team (3-6, 2-3) rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Lenoir-Rhyne (3-6, 1-4), 80-76, Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference game at Holt Fieldhouse.

Carson-Newman’s Jared Johnson (Springfield, Mass.) led all scorers with 19 points and five treys while Andy Barnett (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) also hit five three-pointers and finished with 15 points as the Eagles came back from a 46-32 halftime deficit to take the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman center Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 17 points and 10 rebounds – and the Bears finished with 13 three-pointers including 10 treys before halftime but couldn’t pull it out.

The Eagles also hit 13 three-pointers on the night with eight coming in the second half as Carson-Newman overtook Lenoir-Rhyne to snap a two-game losing streak.

With the score tied at 75, Carson Brooks (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a free throw with 37 seconds left to give the Eagles the lead for good. Brooks finished with 12 points for Carson-Newman in the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman guards Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) and Justice Morgan (Kennesaw, Ga.) added 14 and 13 points, respectively, and the Bears shot 55 percent (27-of-49) from the field despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Saturday, January 3, against Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference game at home beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The Carson-Newman Women’s Basketball Team (8-0, 5-0) remained unbeaten on the year with a 57-52 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (3-5, 2-3) Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Holt Fieldhouse.

The Lady Eagles were led by Whitney Kyle (Jefferson City, Tenn.) with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Jessica Simerly (Talbott, Tenn.) added a double-double as well – 11 points and 10 rebounds – in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led all scorers with 20 points and senior All-American guard Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) finished with 12 points but the Bears shot just 37 percent (22-of-60) from the field and hit four-of-11 free throw attempts.

The Bears scored the game’s first eight points but the Lady Eagles quickly responded and took a 30-27 advantage into intermission.

Carson-Newman would push the margin to 11 points – 43-32 with 11:05 left – on a field goal by Kyle but Lenoir-Rhyne would rally.

The Bears would eventually cut the lead to one point at 51-50 on a trey by Gust with one minute left before the Lady Eagles responded with four free throws to put the game away.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Brooke Robinson (Vale, N.C.) added nine points and a game-high 16 rebounds in the losing effort. Carson-Newman, as a team, hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Belmont Abbey in a non-conference game next Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

Headlined by Freshman of the Year quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) and first-team all-conference offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland), 11 Appalachian State University football student-athletes garnered Sun Belt Conference postseason awards, the league announced on Wednesday.

In addition to Lamb, Lamm and Middleton, running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) earned second-team accolades, tight end Drew Bailey (Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman), offensive lineman Parker Collins (North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta), linebacker Kennan Gilchrist (Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville) and defensive back Joel Ross (Damascus, Md./Damascus) received honorable-mention recognition and offensive lineman Beau Nunn (York, S.C./York Comprehensive) was Appalachian State’s representative on the league’s all-newcomer team.

Lamb is Appalachian State’s third-straight conference Freshman of the Year, joining Cox and Sean Price, who were the Southern Conference’s Freshmen of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Lamm and Cox were named all-SoCon in 2013 but the rest of Appalachian’s nine all-Sun Belt selections are first-time all-conference honorees.

The all-Sun Belt teams and postseason awards are selected by the conference’s coaches and a panel of media that cover the league. In addition to Lamb, the Sun Belt’s individual awards went to UL Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (Player of the Year/Offensive Player of the Year), Texas State linebacker David Mayo (Defensive Player of the Year) and Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz (Coach of the Year).

Picked to place seventh in the Sun Belt in its first NCAA Division I FBS campaign, Appalachian State won its final six games to finish 7-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play, good for third place in the 11-team league. Appalachian returns 20 starters in 2015.

SUN BELT FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
QB Taylor Lamb (Fr., 6-2, 200, Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun)
Leads the Sun Belt in passing efficiency (142.1 passer rating) … should he finish the season as the Sun Belt’s pass-efficiency leader, he would become only the second freshman in conference history to do so (joining Troy’s Corey Robinson: 137.9 – 2010) … set new Appalachian State freshman records for passing yards (2,381) and touchdown passes (17), shattering the previous records of 2,251 yards and 15 touchdowns held by Armanti Edwards (2006) … despite not entering the starting lineup until the third game of the season, ranks sixth in the Sun Belt in total offense (2,864 yds – 238.7 ypg) and passing yardage (2,381 yds –198.4 ypg) … 397 passing yards against Liberty are an Appalachian State freshman record and rank eighth overall in school history … 415 yards of total offense against Liberty were also an Appalachian State freshman record and are tied for 10th in school history … named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week after completing 71.4 percent of his passes (25-of-35) and throwing for 276 yards and two touchdowns in win over UL Monroe (which finished the season with the Sun Belt’s No. 2-ranked defense) … accounted for 1,394 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns while throwing only two interceptions during Appalachian State’s six-game winning streak to end the season.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-SUN BELT
OL Kendall Lamm (Sr., 6-6, 305, Charlotte, N.C./Butler)
Started all 12 games at left tackle, protecting the blind side for right-handed quarterbacks Kameron Bryant and Taylor Lamb … recorded 46 knockdowns and allowed only two sacks over a team-high 817 snaps … graded out at 85 percent over 12 games … graded out at 80 percent or higher in all 12 games … three-highest knockdown totals came against three of the best defensive fronts Appalachian State faced all season – 8 at UL Lafayette, 6 at Michigan and 6 at Georgia Southern … best grade of the season (90 percent) also came at Michigan … clear-cut leader of an offensive line that allowed only 11 sacks all season (1.0 pg — tied for 12th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams) and rushed for 241.8 yards per game (19th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams) … during Appalachian State’s six-game winning streak to close the season, the Lamm-led offensive line paved the way for the Mountaineers to rush for 1,747 yards (291.2 ypg) and allowed only one sack.

DB Doug Middleton (Jr., 6-0, 205, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland)
Started all 12 games at free safety … tied for third in the Sun Belt in passes defended (10), tied for fourth in the conference in interceptions (4) and tied for 22nd in the league in total tackles (74) … is the only player in the Sun Belt with at least four interceptions, 10 passes defended and 70 tackles this season … scored Appalachian State’s longest defensive touchdown of the season with a 52-yard interception return vs. Campbell … had seven or more tackles four times in 12 games … helped Appalachian State finish regular season with the Sun Belt’s No. 1-ranked defense (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe).

SECOND TEAM ALL-SUN BELT
RB Marcus Cox (So., 5-10, 200, So., Dacula, Ga./Dacula)
Ranks 17th among all NCAA Division I FBS players with 1,415 rushing yards … is tied for ninth among all NCAA Division I FBS players with a Sun Belt-best 19 rushing touchdowns … ranks 31st among all NCAA Division I FBS players with 1,595 all-purpose yards … is tied for 15th among all NCAA Division I FBS players with a Sun Belt-best 114 total points … 1,415 rushing yards ranks sixth in Appalachian State history … 19 rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth in Appalachian State history … 114 total points are tied for ninth in Appalachian State history … rushed for 100 yards eight times, including six times in the final seven games of the season … rushed for 200 yards twice (250 vs. Georgia State, 229 at Arkansas State) … was one of the primary catalysts for Appalachian State’s six-game winning streak to close the season, rushing for 969 yards (161.5 ypg) and 13 touchdowns over the final six games … totaled 78 touches over a two-game span in road wins over defending Sun Belt co-champions Arkansas State (40 rushes) and UL Lafayette (36 rushes, two receptions) … two-time Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week … Doak Walker Award candidate … played in all 12 games despite undergoing knee surgery 15 days prior to the season opener … became the first running back in Appalachian State history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman and a sophomore.

DL Ronald Blair (Jr., 6-4, 275, Greensboro, Ga./Greene County)
One of only seven players to rank among the Sun Belt’s top 10 in sacks and tackles for loss … seven quarterback hurries are tied for the most by an Appalachian State player in a single season since 2011 … 22 of his 43 tackles, three of his six sacks, five of his 13 tackles for loss and five of his seven quarterback hurries came over the final four games of the season (wins vs. UL Monroe, at Arkansas State, at UL Lafayette and vs. Idaho) … accounted for 10 percent of the sacks that UL Lafayette surrendered all season (2-of-20) ... for the season, led Appalachian State in both sacks and tackles for loss … led all Appalachian State linemen and tied for fifth on the team overall in total tackles … was the heart and soul of the Sun Belt’s top-ranked defense (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe) … impressive campaign came after missing the final 10 games of the 2013 season due to a thumb injury.

LB John Law (So., 6-0, 235, Atlanta, Ga./Grady)
Led Appalachian State and is tied for 10th in Sun Belt with 91 total tackles … tied for 21st in the Sun Belt with five passes defended (one INT, four PBU) from his inside linebacker position … is tied for second on squad with six tackles for loss … recorded double-digit tackles three times in eight Sun Belt games (at Georgia Southern, vs. South Alabama, vs. Idaho) … recorded at least eight tackles seven times in 12 games, including five times in eight Sun Belt contests … named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week after recording a game-high 14 tackles in win over Idaho in season finale … no other player in the Appalachian State-Idaho game had more than nine stops … as the only inside linebacker to start all 12 games for Appalachian State, serves as the “quarterback” for a unit that leads the Sun Belt in total defense (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe).

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-SUN BELT
TE Drew Bailey (Sr., 6-4, 245, Sr., Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman)
Used primarily as a blocker, Bailey helped Appalachian State rush for 241.8 yards per game (19th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams) and allow only 11 sacks all season (1.0 pg — tied for 12th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams) … graded out at a team-high 89 percent as a blocker over the course of the season … recorded 18 knockdowns in just 323 snaps … saw his playing time increase significantly in the second half of the season when he helped Appalachian State rush for 1,987 yards (283.9 ypg) over the final seven games of the season … turned in perhaps the best performance of his career with six knockdowns and a 93-percent grade at UL Lafayette … only reception of the season was a two-yard touchdown vs. South Alabama.

OL Parker Collins (So., 6-3, 295, North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta)
Saw action in all 12 games … did not make his first start until the sixth game of the season … Appalachian State went 6-1 and rushed for 1,987 yards (283.9 ypg) in his seven starts at left guard … recorded a team-high 49 knockdowns despite only playing 561 snaps, the third-highest total on the team … surrendered only one sack all season … dominated perhaps the Sun Belt’s top defensive front – UL Lafayette – with an Appalachian State season-high 14 knockdowns … also had double-digit knockdowns at Arkansas State (10) … helped Appalachian State rush for 241.8 yards per game (19th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams), including 291.2 ypg during the Mountaineers’ six-game winning streak to close the regular season.

LB Kennan Gilchrist (So., 6-2, 210, Abbeville, S.C./Abbeville)
Started 11-of-12 games at outside linebacker … finished fourth on team with 44 total tackles … tied for second on squad with six tackles for loss … was particularly impressive down the stretch, recording 18 of his 44 tackles while helping Appalachian State to a 5-0 record in the month of November (all against Sun Belt opponents) … helped Appalachian State finish regular season with the Sun Belt’s No. 1-ranked defense (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe).

DB Joel Ross (Sr., 5-10, 185, Damascus, Md./Damascus)
The only senior starter on an Appalachian State defense that was the top-ranked unit in the Sun Belt Conference (347.5 ypg – 26 per game fewer than the conference’s No. 2-ranked defense, UL Monroe) … tied for eighth in the Sun Belt with three interceptions … as Appalachian State’s top cornerback, played a big role in limiting the Sun Belt’s top three passing offenses (UL Monroe, Georgia State and Idaho) to a total of 506 yards (168.7 ypg) – for the season, those three teams averaged 277.7 passing ypg … limited the Sun Belt’s top receiver (Idaho Biletnikoff Award candidate Joshua McCain) to three catches for 39 yards in the regular-season finale … ranked fourth on team with 32 solo tackles.

SUN BELT ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
OL Beau Nunn (Fr., 6-4, 290, York, S.C./York Comprehensive)
Appeared in all 12 games as a freshman with three starts at left guard and seven at right tackle … made the challenging transition from LG to RT midseason … did not allow a sack all season … had 32 knockdowns in 620 snaps … highest knockdown totals of the season came against terrific defensive fronts in back-to-back road wins at defending Sun Belt co-champions Arkansas State (5) and UL Lafayette (8) … helped Appalachian State rush for 241.8 yards per game (19th among all NCAA Division I FBS teams), including 291.2 ypg during the Mountaineers’ six-game winning streak to close the regular season.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:21

Parisi Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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The Southern Conference named Appalachian State University wrestler Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) as the conference’s wrestler of the week, the SoCon office announced Wednesday.

Parisi has enjoyed a strong start to his season, posting a 15-3 overall record and going 6-1 in duals thus far. The Concord native also has a pair of third place finishes at the Road Runner Open and Keystone Classic.

"Really proud of the leader that Parisi is for our program,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “ He has given us a big boost in dual meets with the number of pins he has gotten!”

Over the past two weeks, Parisi has gone 3-0 with three pins. In Appalachian’s loss to North Carolina, Parisi pinned Cody Karns 4:31 into the match at 125 to give the Mountaineers an early 6-0 lead.

At last Friday’s meet against Ohio and Belmont Abbey, Parisi recorded pins against both schools. First he pinned Ohio’s KeVon Powell, who was a 2013 NCAA qualifier, 1:28 into the bout to push Appalachian into the lead 12-11. In his second match of the night, Parisi stuck Belmont Abbey’s Patrick Mestrez at the 4:42 mark en route to a 42-4 Mountaineer victory.

This marks the first time in school history that Appalachian State wrestlers have earned SoCon Wrestler of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks. Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) won the award for the weeks of Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.

The Mountaineers return to the mats in Raleigh, N.C. for a dual against NC State on Dec. 18.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:32

High School Basketball Results From Tuesday, 12/9/14

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Girls
South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 76
East Rutherford: 71

R-S Central: 67
Draughn: 58

Non-conference:
Bandys: 73
Fred T. Foard: 24

Bunker Hill: 65
South Iredell: 57

McDowell: 63
Alexander Central: 42

West Iredell: 64
Maiden: 43

Boys
South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 70
East Rutherford: 58

R-S Central: 68
Draughn: 60

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 67
McDowell: 58

Bunker Hill: 66
South Iredell: 55

Fred T. Foard: 79
Bandys: 41

West Iredell: 61
Maiden: 38

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team finished the season ranked No. 11 in the final 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. NSCAA is the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The Bears finished the year with a record of 16-4-3 including a 10-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play.

Lenoir-Rhyne also won its fifth straight conference regular season championship in 2014 and advanced all the way to the Southeast Regional Finals before falling to Columbus State by a 1-0 score in Winter Park, Fla.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosted the regional tournament for the third time in four years this fall and put together a 14-match unbeaten streak.

The Bears were led this year by junior midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.), who earned All-American honors for the second straight year after finishing first on the team in goals scored (14), assists (six) and total points (34).

Lenoir-Rhyne has also made five consecutive berths to the NCAA Division II National Tournament and has compiled an 82-15-10 mark since the start of the 2010 season. Grand Valley State, the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer National Champions, finished the year in the top spot.

2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire
NCAA Division II Women's Soccer
Top 25 Poll - Final Ranking
December 9, 2014

1. Grand Valley State 22-2-2
2. Rollins 20-3-0
3. College Of Saint Rose 21-1-3
4. Colorado School Of Mines 16-2-6
5. Columbus State 19-0-1
6. Central Missouri 21-1-2
7. West Chester 17-3-2
8. Minnesota State-Mankato 22-1-0
9. California State-Stanislaus 16-4-2
10. Wisconsin-Parkside 18-1-3
11. Lenoir-Rhyne 16-4-3
12. Mercy 17-3-1
13. Texas A&M-Commerce16-5-1
14. East Stroudsburg 20-1-1
15. Saint Leo 14-6-0
16. Cal Poly Pomona 15-6-1
17. Western Washington 16-1-4
18. Barry 11-2-3
19. California State-Los Angeles 16-2-3
20. West Virginia Wesleyan 13-5-3
21. North Georgia 17-4-2
22. LIU Post 15-3-1
23. Valdosta State 12-7-2
24. St. Edward's 15-5-0
25. Kutztown 15-5-1

Also receiving votes: Angelo State (6), Bellarmine (5), Metropolitan State (5), Central Oklahoma (4), Wingate (3), Winona State (2), Sonoma State (1).

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:11

L-R's Botts Named to AFCA All-American Team

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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Tanner Botts has been named to the 2014 AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches All-America Football Team. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.

Botts, a senior linebacker from Lawrenceville, Ga., led the Bears in tackles for the third straight year in 2014 with 89 and was named the South Atlantic Conference and Super Region II Defensive Player Of The Year by both Daktronics and the Beyond Sports Network (BSN).

Botts added 11.5 takedowns for a loss, 2.5 quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery this year and led a unit which allowed just 15.6 points per contest.

Botts is a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree (2012-14) who earned All-American honors last year as well and finished with 385 tackles for his collegiate career.

Lenoir-Rhyne ended the year with a record of 11-1 this fall and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation. The Bears also won their fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Championship in 2014 and was the top seed in the region for the second straight season.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The AFCA’s Division II  All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s nine districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee.

The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The AFCA’s Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s nine districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

2014 AFCA NCAA Division II
Coaches’ All-America Team

Offense
WR - Darius Davis, 5-11, 210, Sr., Henderson St. (Ark.), Frisco, Texas (Wakeland)
WR - Vernon Johnson, 6-1, 190, Sr., Texas A&M-Commerce, Fort Worth, Texas (Brewer)
OL - Cole Manhart, 6-6, 310, Sr., Nebraska-Kearney, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge)
OL - Isaiah Shelton, 6-2, 310, Sr., Shepherd (W.Va.), Temple Hills, Md. (Charles H. Flowers)
OL - Travis Hening, 6-5, 305, Jr., East Central (Okla.), Yukon, Okla. (Yukon)
OL - Mike Lorenzo, 6-2, 280, Sr., Chadron St. (Neb.), Oak Park, Calif. (Westlake)
OL - Andrew Muer, 6-3, 275, Sr., Minnesota-Duluth, Perham, Minn. (Perham)
QB - Jason Vander Laan, 6-4, 240, Jr., Ferris St. (Mich.), Frankfort, Ill. (Chicago Christian)
RB - Calvinaugh Jones, 5-9, 200, Jr., Concord (W.Va.), Glen Burnie, Md. (Meade)
RB - Terrell Watson, 6-2, 240, Sr., Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Oxnard, Calif. (Oxnard)
RB - Romo Westbrook, 5-10, 210, Sr., Harding (Ark.), Marion, Ark. (Bishop Byrne)

Defense
DL - Josh Gordon, 6-2, 250, Jr., Minnesota St.-Mankato, Milwaukee, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran)
DL - Matt Longacre, 6-3, 270, Sr., Northwest Missouri State, Omaha, Neb. (Millard West)
DL - Alex Markarian, 6-4, 275, Sr., Humboldt State (Calif.), Chino Hills, Calif. (Reuben Ayala)
DL - Darius Allen, 6-4, 250, Sr., Colorado St.-Pueblo, Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo East)
LB - Tanner Botts, 6-2, 215, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), Lawrenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge)
LB - Nores Fradi, 6-1, 215, Sr., Wayne St. (Mich.), Dearborn Heights, Mich. (Dearborn)
LB - Grant Singer, 6-1, 225, Sr., Mary (N.D.), Turtle Lake, N.D. (Turtle Lake-Mercer)
DB - Jordan Shaw, 6-2, 215, Jr., Shorter (Ga.), Jasper, Ga. (Pickens County)
DB - Will Brown, 6-1, 190, Sr., Missouri S&T, Hazelwood, Mo. (Hazelwood West)
DB - Michael Jordan, 6-0, 200, Jr., Missouri Western State, Hazelwood, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)
DB - Solomon St. Pierre, 5-11, 170, Jr., Sioux Falls (S.D.), Wagner, S.D. (Wagner)

Specialists
P - Tom Obarski, 5-11, 185, Sr., Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.), Burnsville, Minn. (Apple Valley)
PK - Brent Wahle, 6-2, 175, Jr., Ohio Dominican, Pataskala, Ohio (Bishop Hartley)
AP - Isaiah Davis, 5-10, 185, Jr., Central Washington, Bremerton, Wash. (South Kitsap)

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:31

App State Women's Golf Signs Two

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Appalachian State University women’s golf head coach Heather Brown has announced the signing of two golfers for her 2015-16 roster.

“I am excited about the addition of Joliana Elias and Patricia Thompson to our program. Both players bring a great work ethic and positive mindset to the mix,” said coach Brown “I look forward to both athletes adding more depth to the line up, but most especially their enthusiasm for App State.”

Elias, a native of Jamestown, N.C, attended Penn-Griffen School for the Arts in High Point, N.C. and was named all-conference all four years. Elias earned Player of the Year awards her junior and senior season. Elias was also a participant in the NCHSAA 4A Central Regionals and NCHSAA 4A State Championship. She was the runner-up at regionals her junior season and won the regional competion in her senior season. Elias posted a scoring average of 37 in her senior season.

Thompson is a native of Granite Falls, N.C. and attended South Caldwell in Hudson, N.C. where she was named to the all-conference team all four years. Thompson was also named conference and Caldwell County Player of the Year in 2013. As a junior and senior, Thompson earned most
valuable player of her high school team. During her senior campaign at South Caldwell, Thompson recorded a scoring average of 38.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jazmine Charles has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player Of The Week, league officials announced this afternoon.

Charles, a senior All-American guard from Lexington, N.C., averaged 24.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in leading the Bears to a pair of home wins over North Georgia (77-65) and Brevard (58-50) last Tuesday and Sunday, respectively.

Charles also hit five three-pointers and connected on 10-of-11 free throw attempts for the week.

Charles led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting in handing the Nighthawks their first loss of the season before tallying a double-double – 19 points and 13 rebounds – in the league victory over the Tornados.

Charles, the 2013-14 South Atlantic Conference and Southeast Region Player Of The Year, currently leads the Bears in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg), assists (11) and three-pointers made (10) this year.

Charles also ranks 11th on the Bears’ all-time scoring list with 1,229 points. Charles has earned league player-of-the-week accolades for the fourth time in her collegiate career as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-4, 2-2) travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to face Carson-Newman (7-0, 4-0) in a South Atlantic Conference game Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

Sports Illustrated recognized Madison Bumgarner as the 2014 Sportsman of the Year on Monday.

The South Caldwell grad will be featured on the cover of the December 15 issue of Sports Illustrated with a featured article written by Tom Verducci.

According to Sports Illustrated, Bumgarner is the first San Fransico Giant and seventh Major League Baseball pitcher to earn the award that has been handed out annualy since the magazine's inception in 1954.