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North Piedmont:
Alexander Central: 41
Lake Norman: 39

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 61
Burns: 45

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 90
East Lincoln: 58

Newton-Conover: 52
West Caldwell: 49

Bunker Hill: 41
St. Stephens: 37

McDowell: 70
Freedom: 53

South Caldwell: 45
Maiden: 37

North Piedmont:
Lake Norman: 49
Alexander Central: 31

South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 77
Burns: 67

Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 78
Newton-Conover: 70

McDowell: 65
Freedom: 33

St. Stephens: 65
Bunker Hill: 57

South Caldwell: 61
Maiden: 55

Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Bryant and Stratton Friday at home 74-54.

JaQueaz Jackson led CVCC with 10 points and seven rebounds.

CVCC falls to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. They will host Lenoir Community College on Wednesday.

Sunday, 14 December 2014 22:14

CVCC Women's Basketball Pick Up Conference Win

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Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Bryant and Stratton Friday at home 71-59.

Daryan Dula had 16 points to lead the way. She also added seven rebounds. Shakira Allen had a double-double with 14 points adn 12 rebounds. Kelantra Allen added 10 points and had seven assists.

CVCC is now 6-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. They will host Lenoir Community College on Wednesday.

Tom Hopkins was named the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn volunteer of the year during a ceremony Wednesday night, the tournament announced today. In addition, the other four volunteer of the year finalists have joined the tournament’s volunteer hall of fame while eight tournament chairmen have joined the chairman hall of fame.

Hopkins is a member of the distribution committee; he delivers tournament programs, makes very early-morning rounds placing tournament pairings guides around the course, and perhaps most importantly, he delivers meals to fellow volunteers and other groups among other duties. While his primary responsibility lies with the distribution committee, Hopkins also made a major impact with the transportation committee during this year’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic. As tournament volunteer leaders strive to be efficient with their volunteer workforce, more volunteers are working on multiple committees. This year’s winner is a prime example, and for that reason, among others, he was selected as the 2014 volunteer of the year.

“Tom always answered the call for help regardless of the nature of the request,” tournament vice chairman Annette Brittain said. “He started out by helping off load cars when they arrived from Kia, processing them and applying decals. He helped in the shuffling of cars arranging them by player and then by dealer; he drove cars to the SAS Championship in Cary so Champions Tour golfers could drive them to Hickory; he drove players to and from airports and was available in a minute’s notice. He helped transportation so much and still was able to fully perform his distribution responsibilities. Tom is a shining example of a dedicated volunteer that will do anything to help and never says no. We have several of those among our volunteers, but Tom really came through for us.”

Hopkins received the Alan Bohler Volunteer of the Year Award during last night’s volunteer awards ceremony ­­­­­­­­­­­­­at Rock Barn Golf & Spa; the award is named in memory of tournament vice-chairman Alan Bohler who passed away in 2013. The other four volunteer of the year finalists were Phil Hennesee (pro-am, hole 15), Neil Stegman (hole 4), Ronnie Setzer (carts & shuttles), Rhea Swift (office administration) and Janet Platt (volunteer services).

All five finalists were inducted into the tournament’s Volunteer Hall of Fame, which recognizes volunteers who have made exceptional efforts during the 12-year history of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. A complete list of the volunteer hall of fame is below.

In addition to the Volunteer Hall of Fame, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic also honored its volunteer chairmen who, in addition to donating their time, take on the additional responsibility of recruiting, scheduling and training other volunteers for the tournament’s various volunteer committees. The following volunteer chairmen were inducted into the Chairman Hall of Fame Wednesday night: Sylvia Sigmon (volunteer tent), Lance Shealy (standard bearers), Steve Deal (transportation), Diane Stegman (hole 4) and James Kennedy (hole 18). A complete list of the Chairman Hall of Fame follows below.

“A strong team of volunteers is vital for a professional golf tournament,” Greater Hickory Kia Classic executive tournament director Jim Correll said. “At the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, much of our continued success is due in part to our volunteer chairmen. They play a major role in training the new volunteers, scheduling the volunteers hours and overseeing their individual committee. Our volunteer chairmen play a tremendous role in our tournament operations, and we appreciate all they do for our event. We truly couldn’t do it without them.”

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Volunteer Hall of Fame

2014 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Phil Hennesee (pro-am, hole 15)

Tom Hopkins (distribution, transportation)

Neil Stegman (hole 4)

Ronnie Setzer (carts & shuttles)

Rhea Swift (office administration)

Janet Platt (volunteer services)

2013 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Henry Helton (Volunteer Services)

Pete Lail (Transportation)*

Tom Shea (Hole 13)

Wade Smith (Practice Range)

Larry Wagoner (Hole 3)

2012 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Joe Bingham (Hole 6)

Tom Boesman (Distribution, Volunteer Services)*

Dick Lineberger (Transportation)

Janet Mitchell (Office Administration)

John Pascone (Television)

2011 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Jerry Campbell (Transportation)

Barry Henline (Carts & Shuttles)

Ella Rae Matthews (Player, Transportation, Walking Scorers)*

Jim Turner (Media Center)

Phyllis Yount (Uniforms)

2010 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Tommy Hedrick (Walking Scorer & transportation)*

Shirley Key (Admissions/Will Call)

Bill LePage (Marshal)

Timothy “Blue” Pittman (Standard Bearer)

Charlene Shumate (Uniforms, Driving Range and Office Administration)

2009 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Tom Boesman of Hickory (volunteer services)

Pete Lail of Newton (transportation)

Allen Payne of Statesville (standard bearer)*

Flo Stines of Morganton (hole marshal)

2008 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Mike Iduni of Conover (transportation)

Earl & Freida Jackson of Taylorsville (marshals)

Janet Mitchell of Hickory (office administration)

Harold Shook of Hickory (carts and shuttles)*

Rodney Teague of Taylorsville (marshal)

2007 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Mitch Atkinson of Granite Falls (marshal)

Larry Isenhour of Hickory (walking acorer)

Tom Johnston of Catawba (support committees)

Pat Rice of Conover (transportation)*

2006 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Alice Averitt of Vale (distribution committee and

coordinator, Greater Hickory High School Classic)

Frank Azzarita of Hickory (marshal)*

Teresa Foster of Hickory (transportation)

Craig Howes of Granite Falls (standard bearer)

Sylvia Sigmon of Conover (uniforms & volunteer services)

2005 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Joel Carroll of Hudson (walking scorer)

Gary Delp of Valdese (marshal)

Frank Garriga of Hickory (marshal)

Tony Godinho (transportation)*

Paula Hollar of Claremont (player registration)

Jim & Sharon Pennington of Sherrills Ford (uniforms, volunteer services and marshals)

Gary Stone of North Wilkesboro (volunteer services)

2004 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Alan Bohler of Newton (marshal)

Kim Bolick of Conover (office administration)*

Dan Huene of Hickory (finance)

Dan Marshburn of Hickory (carts and shuttles)

Butch McSwain of Morganton (marshal)

Eric Shook of Newton (carts and shuttles)

Bill Wilson of Morganton (marshal)

2003 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Elaine Godinho of Conover (volunteers)

Jim Green of Granite Falls (hole captain)

Jean Hampton of Conover (transportation)*

Dale Sherrill of Claremont (marshal)

Jim Thompson of Lenoir (walking Scorer)

*Denotes Volunteer of the Year

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Chairman Hall of Fame

2014 Chairman Hall of Fame

Sylvia Sigmon (Volunteer Tent)

Lance Shealy (Standard Bearers)

Steve Deal (Transportation)

Diane Stegman (hole No. 4)

James Kennedy (hole No. 18)

2013 Chairman Hall of Fame

Harry Beck (Courtesy Vehicles)

Ed Jacobs (hole No. 6)

Donna Majeskie (Player Registration)

Ella Rae Matthews (Transportation)

Ed Sain (Driving Range/ Caddy Support)

Geri Shea (Player Registration)

David Rockett (hole No. 15)

Karen Rockett (hole No. 15)

2012 Chairman Hall of Fame

Steve Berg (hole No. 12 co-chair)

Ray Hilderbran (uniforms co-chair)

Mike Induni (transportation)

Nina Minmier (player registration)

2011 Chairman Hall of Fame

Tom Devlin (hole No. 7 co-chair)

Dick Henchey (admissions/ will call)

Paula Hollar (player registration)

Mike Rozea (hole 12)

Frank Willis (hole No. 7 co-chair)

2010 Chairman Hall of Fame

Gary Delp (marshal)

Tony Godinho (transportation)

Larry Isenhour (walking scorers)

Sandy Johnson

Steve Jones (volunteer services/pool)

Tom Lilly (marshal)

2009 Chairman Hall of Fame

David Daly of Hickory (standard bearers)

Elaine Godinho of Conover (volunteer services)

Steve Graff of Newton (hole No. 14 marshals)

Dick Jessee of Hickory (hole No. 4 marshals)

Jim Powers of Hickory (transportation)

2008 Chairman Hall of Fame

David Bloom of Hickory (hole captain)

Don Brittain of Hickory (co-chair, transportation)

Angela Dean of Claremont (co-chair, admissions/will call)

Larry Hale of Connelly Springs and Tom Rykaceski of Hickory (co-captains, hole No. 5)

Sandy Hardin of Claremont and Susan Knowles of Hickory (co-chairs, driving range)

2007 Chairman Hall of Fame

Marlene Cruise of Conover (player registration)

Richard Dickey of Hickory (front nine marshals)

Keith Garland of Conover (caddy support committee)

Bob & Nancy Meek of Hickory (back-nine marshals)

Tom Neff of Claremont (television)

2006 Chairman Hall of Fame

Nancy Hilderbran of Conover (support, uniforms)

Norm Lefort of Mooresville (marshals)

Bob Patrick of Conover (marshals)

Eric Shook of Newton (carts and shuttles committee)

Jim TenKate of Conover (finance committee)

Friday, 12 December 2014 07:28

App's Broaden Earns All-Region Honors

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Senior striker Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) continues to rack up accolades based off of his play during the 2014 campaign. Broaden is being recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) by earning 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I men’s all-southeast region third team honors, announced by the NSCAA on Thursday.

“It’s great to see Stanley continue to receive postseason awards,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “He has worked hard for the program over the past four years and deserves the recognition he is receiving. Congrats to him for making the all-region team and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Broaden netted seven goals, including game-winning goals against Presbyterian, at Marshall, at USC Upstate and against Jacksonville. The Wilmington, N.C. native scored two multi-goal games to give him four for his career. The four game-winners gave him five for his career. The senior’s 14 points led the team this season and Broaden earned Sun Belt Conference first-team for his production on the field. Broaden was also named NCCSIA all-state second-team.

For his career, Broaden scored 14 goals and tallied eight assists for 36 points in 73 games played while wearing the Black and Gold.

2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s All-Southeast Region

Third Team
Pos. Player Class School Hometown
GK Kyle Nasta Jr. North Florida Jacksonville, Fla.
D Jay Bolt So. North Florida Jacksonville, Fla.
D Moe Kaba Sr. South Carolina Ypsilanti, Mich.
D Diogo Quirino Sr. North Florida Sao Paulo, Brazil
M Cristian Marcel Sr. NJIT East Setauket, N.Y.
M Stephen McGill Sr. Georgia State Dublin, Ireland
M Jesse Miralrio So. Old Dominion Arlington, Texas
M Alex Morrell Jr. North Florida Lakeland, Fla.
F Stanley Broaden Sr. Appalachian State Wilmington, N.C.
F Daniel Jodah So. Marshall Mississauga, Ont.
F Mikkel Knudsen Fr. South Carolina Allested-Veji, Denmark

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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

R-S Central: 67
Draughn: 58

Bandys: 73
Fred T. Foard: 24

Bunker Hill: 65
South Iredell: 57

McDowell: 63
Alexander Central: 42

West Iredell: 64
Maiden: 43

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

R-S Central: 68
Draughn: 60

Alexander Central: 67
McDowell: 58

Bunker Hill: 66
South Iredell: 55

Fred T. Foard: 79
Bandys: 41

West Iredell: 61
Maiden: 38